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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8. Chapter 8

We went our separate ways and headed to each studio the groups were assigned. Val just stuck to my side not sure what to do except follow me. We passed Ray on the second floor and waved. He smiled back and stuck out his tongue childishly. The contestants all had assigned times for practicing and working with their mentors. I had about a half and hour wait until I was up so I sat myself in a plush chair in the waiting area next to Val and Charlie.

 

"Did anyone else notice how close Harry was walking next to Ash this afternoon at the shop?" Charlie winked my way. Val kept quiet and I just shrugged.

 

"No I didn't notice anything" I denied her accusation. Of course I could tell he was purposely trying to get closer to me and I sort of  felt my stomach fill with butterflies.

 

"Oh come on don't play dumb. You and him have something going on. He's totally interested in you" Charlie insisted.

 

"As if. I'm a regular girl from Connecticut and he's a national pop star who brings home a new girl every weekend. He's just messing with me and I should quit while I'm ahead" I snap. The room fell silent. Shit I said that too loud for my liking and now the other girls in the room were staring at me with confusion. Charlie's eyes grew wise for a moment then filled with sympathy. But I didn't need her pity.

 

"Ashton, he isnt' like that. Have you seen how he looks at you" Charlie said softly. I rolled my eyes and turned facing away from both of the girls now looking at me. A few minutes of silence passed, just pure silence. 

 

"Listen Ashton you're assuming things. Do me a favor and give Harry a chance" Charlie pleaded quietly. I sighed and nodded my head slightly once, hoping she wouldn't see it. 

 

"Thanks Ash" she said making me want to sink further down into the seat. Val oddly stayed quiet the whole conversation and it wasn't like her. I shoved all the thoughts spinning around my head out of my mind and shut my eyes trying to get in a few minutes rest. 

 

Luckily for me a worker came out and called my name (Note the sarcasm.) I groaned and walked back not even acknowledging Charlie or Valerie. I was not in the mood to talk to them. 

 

I walked in and was greeted by five boys sitting at an expensive looking table. Noticing the camera's everywhere I made sure to put on a wide smile and focus on music for the next half an hour of time I have with my coaches. 

 

"Ashton. Nice to see you" Liam said hugging me. The other four hugged me and Harry whispered a soft "Hello" to me. I fought back the blush wanting to creep on my face and walked up to the microphone set up.

 

"So what song did you have in mind?" Zayn asked.

 

"Yesterday by the Beatles. I know that it can be a generic song but I wanted to make it my own and see what you guys think." 

 

"Great take it away" Louis smiled. 

 

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away

Now it looks as though they're here to stay

Oh I believe in yesterday


I continued to sing softly, pouring my emotions into the song. I stole a glance or two at Harry who was completely numb to everything other than my performance. My heart swelled just knowing how fascinated he was with me as I was with him. I finished the song perfectly and stood waiting for the boys to say something. They all sat quietly until Liam snapped them out of their daze by clapping. Then they all started to clap. My face swelled into a wide grin as they stood up and proudly clapped. 

 

"Well, you always seem to surprise and amaze me Ashton. I think you'll blow America away" Niall said. I thanked him and looked at the time. I only had five more minutes before my session was over and I desperately wanted to hear what Harry had to say. 

 

"It was fabulous and we have no worries with your performance whatsoever" Zayn said, clearly dismissing me. I nodded and reluctantly left the room. my eyes never leaving Harry's figure.

 

Charlie and Val met me at the door. Val was huffing like she was annoyed and Charlie was going on and on about how she was sorry and didn't want me to be mad at her. I wanted to laugh but I just told her I wasn't mad. Charlie was up after me and she quickly departed leaving me and Val together. We agreed to go back to the hotel and relax for the rest of the day. I was exhausted and  in dire need of a nap.

 

But before we could make if far Harry came rushing out of the room in a panic. I was confused as he ran up and hugged me tightly. The other girls watched us, some glaring and some with longing shown in their eyes. I hugged the boy back and I was glad of his affections towards me. He brought his soft lips to my forehead and pressed a sweet peck to it. 

 

"I love hearing you sing" he whispered in my ear, so close that his pink lips brushed the lobe of my ear making me shiver.

 

"I love watching you hear me sing" I reply giggling a bit. We just stayed their in each other's embrace until I remembered all of the other girls currently sat in the room watching us curiously. 

 

"Harry, their are other people here" I warn. He merely shrugged and I had to pry him off me. He plastered a cute pout onto his features as I waved goodbye to him. 

 

I caught up with Val and we walked back to the hotel in silence. Valerie was becoming more and more quiet every day and I was getting worried. Maybe bringing her here was too overwhelming for her. I was meaning to ask her once we were in the privacy of the hotel room but when we arrived she swiftly rushed into the other bedroom and locked the door. 

 

I shrugged and made my way to my own bed, jumping on it face down not bothering to cover myself up before drifting off into sleep. 

 

 

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