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.


9. Chapter 9

"Hello I'm Mario Lopez, you're host and this is the X Factor" Mario said overly hyped. The stage went alive with lights and special effects. To say I was nervous to perform on such a huge stage would be an understatement but at the same time all I wanted to do was show my stuff. I sat backstage peeking out the side to see what was going on. 

"Now, here are you judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland" he said as the four judges made their way to the panel all smiling and waving at the roaring crowd. They all looked so professional and the girls were dressed stunningly while Simon was clad in his signature black suit and red tie.

"And don't forget our guest judges this season: One Direction" The whole audience bursts out into hysterical cheers and clapping as the five teenage boys strutted out. My jaw dropped. They all were dressed in black suits, each had a different colored bow tie. They really cleaned up well. I had to wipe any drool that escaped my mouth and focus on Mario who was talking to the audience about something else. 

I couldn't help but stare at Harry. He looked so handsome and mature in his suit. His usually unruly curled hair was styled into a gel covered quiff and the same signature smirk played on his lips. Seriously does he know how do smile or frown? The only time I've seen him he had the same goddamn smirk. 

"So judges, anyone you're particularly keeping an eye on tonight?" Mario asked. 

"I think Ray Cahone will hit it out of the park tonight" Simon remarked nonchalantly while Paulina nodded in agreement.

"One Direction? Any thoughts?" Mario pressed. I held my breath eager to hear what they had to say. 

"We collectively our strongest members are Charlie Jealler and Ashton Harrell and they will make us proud tonight" Louis said smiling. The crowd erupted into shouts and cheering again. I couldn't help the grin from appearing on my face. 

Mario moved on saying that the first performance tonight will be in the boys group and Ray was going first after the commercial. I took this time to gaze into the audience and saw my mom and Val sitting together looking excited as ever. They were holding a sign that said 'Sing your heart out Ashton' and I smiled. 

But then I noticed my little sister Ava and my dad sitting a row back from them wearing shirts with my name on them. I wanted to jump up and down at the sight of them. I missed them so much from my time here and all I wanted to do was hug them both to death. I chuckled thinking about his Ava was on Cloud nine watching One Direction in the same room as her. 

Then I remembered Ray was up next and I needed to wish him luck before he went out. I rushed backstage passing the other contestants on the way making my way to the other side where Ray was pacing back and forth. He ran up and hugged me once I was in his view. I snuggled into his fit body so glad he was such a great friend. 

"Knock 'em dead Ray" I whispered in his ear. He nodded and softly kissed my cheek like how an older brother would do. That's how I saw our relationship. We were like long lost siblings and from the moment we met  we just clicked. 

A stage manager called Ray up to the stage as we pulled away. I whispered a last 'good luck' to him and watching his run onto the stage full on smiles. He would do great like always and I would get to brag about him later to everyone else. 

Mario introduced Ray saying he would be singing Counting Stars by One Republic. I watched from the side as Ray sang the who song with such passion. Once he was finished the crowd went mad as well as me cheering wildly from back stage. The judges all had smiles on their faces. Each one loved his performance and I knew he would make it to the next round. 

Then all the other boys performed and we were on the group of the girls. Charlie went up in no time singing an Ed Sheeran song called 'Drunk' and I could tell Harry really liked her performance since he was good friends with Ed. She was stunning and did a great job, earning huge compliments from all the judges. 

Before I knew it I was being called up to the stage. I felt my nerves take flight erupting into butterflies furiously circling in my stomach. I walked confidently on stage smiling and waving at the audience. My family went wild and I chuckled a bit at them. All eyes were on me as the band started playing the accompaniment. 

I sang my heart out, belting it out when needed and softening my voice when needed. I really worked with this song to make it my own since the song was so generic. I had noticed that the whole night everyone sang fairly new song and here I was singing the Beatles but I honestly loved being unique.

"Wondeful Ashton!" Mario came up to me and slung his arm around my shoulders. I stumbled back  bit but recovered within seconds from Mario's touch. He sure was strong even if he didn't mean to be.

"Well I thought it was lovely to listen to, you made it your own and overall it was a perfect performance" Simon said smiling.

"I agree there were no pitch problems and I could tell you poured your heart into it, making it more real for me" Demi added.

"I actually liked this version of Yesterday more than the original Beatles" Kelly admitted making me grin. Wow that was a huge compliment.

"I love you, you are so real and raw and you make the audience want to hear more" Paulina said.

I nodded and smiled at all of them as the audience cheered obviously agreeing with the judges. I turned and looked patiently towards the boys.

"We collectively love you as a performer and you'll definitely go far" Zayn spoke for all five. I nodded my head in gratitude before starting to walk off but Mario stopped me. 

"So if you thought that Ashton did good enough to stay in the competition vote 553609 to help her out" he recited his script given to him from the show producer. I smiled and then proceeded to walk off only to be tackled into a tight hug between Charlie and Ray. They were saying prideful things in my ears and I started laughing at them. 

"Thanks guys. You were amazing too" I said to them both. I them was attacked by my mother, father, Ava and Val into another group hug. They all were cheering with wide smiles and happy demeanours. 

"So when do we meet One Direction?" Ava asked excitedly making everyone laugh. I grabbed hold of her hand and we both wandered off to the dressing room the boys were in. I walked past the security with ease since they knew who I was and knocked on the door. A muffled "Come it!" was heard from the other side and Ava started to bounce up a down with excitement.

We entered and saw five boys sprawled out on couches and eating snacks from the table on the other side of the room. Ava's eyes went wide and she refused to move. They boys smiled and welcomed me then directed their attention towards Ava.

"Who's this little one?" Niall asked.

"Boys, this is my little sister Ava. She never shuts up about you guys at home. I have her to thank for knowing everything I do about you" I tease making Ava blush.

I nudged her forward and she scooted timidly towards Liam who was smiling broadly. I could tell the boys loved meeting the younger fans by how they all were hypnotized with every move Ava made. 

"Hi" she squeaked and the boys all chuckled. 

"Hello Ava. Did you like the show?" Zayn sweetly asked. Ava nodded and within a second flung herself towards Niall hugging him tightly. He was shocked but then instantly hugged back with a huge grin on his face. I knew Niall was her favorite and it was her dream to get a 'Horan Hug' whatever that was. 

I made my way shamelessly over to Harry and he greeted me with a hug. 

"Great job tonight love. Amazing as always" he complimented making me blush slightly. 

"Thanks Haz" I said 

"So my new nickname is Haz now huh?" he smirked. I rolled my eyes playfully. 

"Yeah it suits you" I said twirling my fingers through his unruly locks. He let out a small moan at my touch and I knew I found his weak spot. Better keep that locked away in my mind.

"Well I'd better get back to my family and Val. Ava just wanted to say hi" I said leaving Harry with a fake pout on his face. I grabbed Ava who was reluctant to go and would only leave after I promised she'd see the boys again before she left. 


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