Arms (Harry Styles Fanfiction)

I hope that you see right through my walls

I hope that you catch me 'cause I'm already falling

I'll never let a love get so close

You put your arms around me and I'm home

What if you started as a simple person with a simple life? Same boring routine everyday, same people to face day in and day out. Nothing exciting ever happened. That is until you took the leap and tried something out of your comfort zone.

Ashton Harrell is an eighteen year old girl with big plans. She's always loved singing and felt as though she belonged on a stage surrounded by people who love music as much as she. But things weren't always in her favor, that is until she tried out for a huge television show called the X Factor.

Throughout her experience she faces hurdles she must overcome. After all she didn't come here for nothing and she wasn't going to let anything, or anyone, distract her, even if the largest pop icon Harry Styles had his eye on her.

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7. Chapter 7

I woke up to the sound of my phone ringing beside the bed. I rolled over gently trying not to disturb Val's slumber. With sleep still overwhelming my sight I pressed the answer button and put the device to my ear. 

"Hullo?" I asked groggily

"Hey Ash, It's Charlie I need some insight ASAP" I woke up to the sound of her serious tone of voice. Charlie is usually so happy-go-lucky and full of energy. Something must me wrong for her to call me at eight in the morning. 

"Okay I'll come up to your room. What number?" I ask

"452 floor five" she replied with a heavy sigh. I told her I'd be up there in a few minutes and then hung up so I could look less of a zombie like how I was now. 

I just pulled my hair into a low pony tail and splashed some water on my face so I looked more normal. I brushed my teeth and but perfume and deodorant on and I was ready. I didn't feel like changing into real clothes anyway. 

I wrote a small note telling Val that I would be at 452 five floor if she needed me. Once I was done I grabbed a banana on the way out the door and to the elevators. I was located in the second floor and I was definitely not taking three flights of stairs this early. I probably needed the go to the gym soon. Maybe later after this Charlie thing I can go with Ray or Val. 

I reached her room in no time and immediately started knocking on the room, eager to know what was wrong. She opened it in no time and invited me in. We both took a seat on the couch and I took this time to take in her appearance. 

Her usually so put together blonde hair was sticking out everywhere in knotted strands and her eyes were dull. She gave off a tension of worry throughout the room, making me uneasy in my stomach.

"Thanks for coming Ashton. I need some advice" she began.

I nodded and waited for her to continue.

"Well, this may be news to you but Ray and I have been a little friendly to each other lately...too friendly for just friends," she began, "And well I don't know what to do! I can tell Ray and I have chemistry and every time hugs me or brushes past me I feel a spark throughout my body"

"What's so bad about that?" I asked

"I have a boyfriends named Matt back home in California!" she cried out putting her head in her hands, burying her face from my view. I felt a pang of sympathy as I patted her reassuringly. I could see how this was tearing her apart. 

"Well who are you most happy with?" I gently asked her.

"I've been with Matt for two years but I don't feel the same butterflies and shivers with him when I'm with Ray. I just am torn right now and I don't know what to do" she started to quietly sob into my shoulder. I welcomed her with open arms and began to softly sing, knowing how much she apparently "adored" my voice. 

Where did I go wrong?

I lost a friend

Somewhere along in he bitterness 

And I would have stayed up with you all night

Had I known how to save a life...

 

"Way to make it  cliche Ash" Charlie chuckled and sniffled at the same time. The front of my shirt was completely soaked but I didn't mind at all. It must suck to be in her position. Good thing I never was the cutest girl in school and the boys in Bolton went for the beautiful girls all the time. 

"That's my job. Now c'mon chipper up! We have a competition to kick ass in!" I said, dragging Charlie up from the bed and into her bathroom. 

"Get ready and we'll do something fun today" I offer. I wanted to keep her mind off her problems for as long as I could. She laughed and locked herself in. I heard the shower start to run and I knew she would take forever to get ready. Charlie was one of those girls who would'nt dare to go out in public without her hair and makeup perfect. I groaned and rolled me eyes. 

"You know you can go to your room and get ready. I'll meet you in you room once I finished!" Charlie yelled loudly over the sound of the rushing water. I sighed in relief and made my way out of her room and towards the direction of my own room. 

I remembered that Val was here when I saw her sleeping body in the bed snoring. I'll invite ehr along too. I knew Charlie wouldn't mind at all and Val wanted to meet my new friends when I told her about them last night. 

I took a quick shower and applied light makeup. Drying my hair and straightening I took my time. I learned that if you were on a television show with fans and stuff you'd get pictures anytime out in public whether you look good or not. 

Once I was done I changed into light blue skinny jeans, a t-shirt that said 'Geek' on the friend and some high top white converse. After some thought I put on my baby blue beanie and some thick fake glasses. They went well with my shirt and made the outfits less boring. 

Not long after I got dressed Val woke up. I told her she, Charlie and me were going shopping and to get ready. She ran off and started to shower right away, eager to explore Vegas. Charlie came down twenty minutes later while Val was finishing curling her blonde mid length hair. They talked to each other for a good ten minutes before we were on our way to the shopping outlets 

 

~*~ 

 

"Does this dress look cute?" Charlie asked, holding up a beautiful sleeveless ocean blue dress that came down over the ankles. It was stunning and looked even better when she put it on. I insisted she buy it. 

Val had purchased a few new outfits that looked cutsey and young for her. Charlie found more of the formal outfits, picking out a lot of dresses and skirts. I personally didn't like dresses that much and stayed with skinny jeans, leggings, graphic tee shirts, boots and converse. I was told multiple times that I dressed like a 'punk rocker' by Charlie but refused to try on any dresses or skirts of any kind. 

Suddenly their was waves of screaming and the sound of large groups of people running. I looked around and saw that hundreds of teenage girls were stood outside the shop we were at. What the hell? It obviously wasn't us, I mean we weren't that popular and had that big of a fan base. I looked around to see the shop manager talking to an all too familiar Doncaster boy and a beautiful brunette bombshell beside him. I assumed that was Eleanor, his girlfriend who Ava constantly talked about back home. 

I had to admit, Ava was right when she said she was stunning. She had a perfect figure and a smile that naturally brightened the whole room. I felt a pang of jealously run through me. I hated seeing perfect looking people. It seemed that every girl was gorgeous and had amazingly perfect features except for me. But I must say Louis looked adorable with Eleanor. 

Louis looked over our way and saw us immediately. He waved us over and withing seconds I was standing beside him. He engulfed me and Charlie in a hug while Val just stood quietly. I could tell she was starstruck and it was hilarious seeing her try not to freak out. I think I forgot to mention that Valerie was a die hard One Direction fan. A fangirl, if you will. 

"Hey Lou. Fancy seeing you here" I smiled. He nodded and nudged his girlfriend. 

"Hello, I'm Eleanor, Louis' girlfriend" she warmly said, shaking all three of our hands. Louis looked strangely at Val. I forgot that he didn't meet her before and she was too much in shock to properly introduce herself so I took matters into my own hands. 

"Louis, Elanor, this is my good friend Valerie" I said nudging Val. She snapped out of her daze and apprehensively shook the couple's hands. 

"Nice to meet you" Louis said. 

"Is Harry here?" I blurted out, instantly regretting it. Charlie and Val snickered and Elanor's smile widened while Louis chuckled. Was I missing something? 

"He's around here somewhere with Niall" he informed me, "You miss him already?" his eyes sparkled with mischief. I slapped hims gently on the arms and went to find Harry. Oh, and Niall too. 

Charlie stayed talking to Elanor about fashion stuff and Val engaged in conversation with Louis. I figured they wouldn't miss me much and searched around the large store. I assumed they would be in the men's section and checked their first. I didn't find them so I looked through the whole store. 

I made my way to the bra and panties section thinking they wouldn't be here. But to my surprise they were in the dressing rooms, trying on different types of bras. Wow. I began sneaking up on them, trying to hold in my laughter as Harry came out wearing a large padded lace bra and flaunting around in it while Niall laughed and laughed. I took out my phone and snapped a couple pictures before deciding to let them know I was here.

"Wow, didn't think I'd see you boys here" I snickered. Their faces turned bright red as they turned around and looked at my smirking face. Niall instantly stopped laughing and looked down in embarrassment. Harry stood their and returned a cheeky smirk. 

"You like what you see Ash" he asked shimmying his "boobs." I rolled my eyes and giggled. 

"You two are crazy" I muttered

"We know. Anyways, why are you here?" Niall asked. 

"I was shopping like you two were I guess" I laughed. 

"Oh" they both said at the same time making me chuckle. Niall then claimed that he had to go tell Louis about something important and left Harry and I alone, giving Harry a wink before swiftly walking away. I rolled my eyes at him then turned my attention to Harry. 

"You ready for tonight?" he asked.

"Yeah I have a song in mind that I think you guys will like" I mention, picking at my nails. It was weirdly awkward between us and I didn't know why. The first time we were alone together was at the coffee shop and he was s animated. I could tell something was up but didn't question it. 

He cleared his throat. "Well I'm excited to hear it then" he winked. And there was the Harry I knew. He was the flirty cheeky Cheshire boy like always. Maybe something was on his mind and that's why he was so apprehensive at first. 

"Eleanor is really sweet. Perfect for Louis" I blurted out. I really need to stop doing that, I look like a stupid ditz. He chuckled, a smile forming on his face. I gazed at his profound dimples, memorized by them. Every time I saw him he grew more handsome.

"They're a cute couple" he remarks before plastering his signature smirk onto his face and pulling me over to the group. Charlie, Louis, Eleanor, Niall and Val were chattering with each other contently as we approached. Harry was right by my side, his had brushing mine as we walked through the store. 

Everyone's eyes were on us as we came over, all of them devilishly smiling. I rolled my eyes and Harry just smirked. What is with these people. It's not like Harry and I were going to confess our love for each other and ride into the sunset in front of them. He may be friendly towards me but I still didn't know if I could trust him as bad as that sounds. I knew Harry was sweet and just a regular teenage boy but I also know he's portrayed as a womanizer in the media. I know I shouldn't assume things but I can't help that nagging feeling in my gut. Nevertheless I was glad I could count on this group of people right in front of me.

We all were clear to leave after security showed up and directed the crowds away. After maneuvering through tons of bodies we decided to head to the X Factor building together. 

 

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