The boy next door

Gabrielle Nelson is just a normal New York City girl, but when her mom's job gets moved to the small English town of Holmes Chapel she has to leave the city life for the suburbs. Within minutes of arriving at her new homes, she sees popular heart breaker Harry Styles, her new next door neighbor. What is in store for Gabrielle and Harry? Will Gabrielle's past get in the way? Or is there Friendship, hatred and more?


1. "You must be Gabrielle. I'm Harry Styles."

Gabrielle's P.O.V.

“Gabrielle!”, Eleanor yelled.

“El! Hey!”, I cheered, pulling her in for a hug.

“It’s really good to see you again,Gabrielle .” 
“El, I told you how much I hate being called by my full name.”, I complained.

“Oh, right! Sorry.”, El apologized quickly. I shook my head, saying it was alright.

“So, how are you liking the new environment?”, El asked.

“Oh, erm, it’s alright.”, I smiled.

I was still trying to adapt to the new environment in Manchester, you know the weather
and all. I miss America but I had to move down here because this is where I wanted to further my studies anyway.

“So, which dorm are you in?”

“Oh, erm, dorm 64.”, I replied.

“Oh my God! Really?!”, El asked, cheerfully.

“Yeah, why?”

“That’s my dorm!” My mouth was wide open. I was so excited to being able to share a dorm with Eleanor.

“Oh my God!”, we yelled in unison as we hugged each other tightly.

“Come on, let’s go!”, El sang. I was really happy because I didn’t really know anyone here except Eleanor. And also because Eleanor and I have been best friends since we were 14. We met through Facebook and we just started talking and we wrote to each other and we just became best friends. We told each other everything. I was really lucky to actually meet her because she’s the best friend a girl could ever ask for!

As I made my way up the stairs towards mine and El’s dorm, I’ve received a few hi’s and hello’s from a few people. Seems like they’re really nice people. I smiled at the thought of that. “Here we areeee!”, El cheered as she opened the door to our dorm. I stepped in, looking amazed because the room was beautiful. The color of the walls were turquoise and there were little lighting's dangling from the ceiling. There were two sets of comfy beds on each side of the room, the floor was carpeted, there was a bean bag next to one of the beds and two study tables, one of them was empty. Everything in the room was a dream come true, I mean back home, my room was never this nice. “Nice, isn’t it?”, Eleanor asked, snapping me out of my thoughts. “Yeah it is.”, I smiled. “Okay, come on let’s get you settled in!”, Eleanor said, leading me into the dorm. While we were unpacking my things and arranging it, there was a knock on the door.

“Come in!”, Eleanor yelled. I turned to the door to see who it was. A tall boy around 5’9 with brown hair and blue eyes, wearing a striped t-shirt,a pair of jeans and a pair of Converse walked in with a huge smile on his face.

“Eleanor!”, the boy yelled, opening his arms.

“Louis!”, Eleanor yelled back, smiling as she ran to his opened arms.

I watched as they hugged each other and mumbled sweet things to each other. I couldn’t help but tug a smile on my face, this must be Louis, the one she always talked about when we Skyped. She has always said Louis would come around and ask her out, she said he was the sweetest guy on Earth though he has a number of tattoos but it didn’t really bother her.

“Oh, Louis! This is Gabrielle, I mean Brie ”, Eleanor said, smiling. I smiled at the thought that she immediately corrected herself after she called my full name. She was so cute. 
“Ah, the famous Brie!”, Louis said with a smile on his face.

“You must be Louis.”, I smiled, putting my hand out. He took me by surprise when he pulled me in for a hug instead. I giggled, hugging him back.

“Nice to meet you, love.”, Louis said. He had a strong British accent just like Eleanor.

“Hey, babe, is it alright if I bring a few friends tonight? We can have an ice breaking session since Gabrielle is new.”, Louis suggested.

“Of course! Bring them over, I want everyone to know Brie.”, Eleanor said, clinging onto my arm.

“Alright, I’ll pick you up later for lunch?”

“Yeah, sure. Oh wait, can Brie tag along?”

“Oh, no it’s alright, I don’t wanna interrupt you guys or-“

“Nonsense, Brie! Just tag along! I can bring Harry.”, Louis said, waving his hand in the air.

“Harry?”, I asked.

“Lou, are you sure you want to bring Harry?”, El asked.

“Yeah, he’ll be fine!”, Louis assured. “Okay. I’ll see you here at 1 p.m.”, Eleanor said, kissing Louis on the lips.

“I’ll see you soon, babe.”, Louis said, kissing her on the lips before pulling her in for a tight hug.

“I’ll see you soon, too, Brie!”, Louis called out before exiting our dorm.

“So, that’s Louis?”, I smiled at Eleanor. Eleanor blushed. “Yeah.”, Eleanor said, biting her lower lip. “Aww, you’re blushing!” “I am not!”, Eleanor laughed. “Come on, let’s get this all unpacked before lunch.”, Eleanor said as I nodded in agreement.

“Phew! We’re done!”, Eleanor sighed in relief.

“I know.”, I sighed before flopping onto my bed.

“Okay, I’ll go take a shower. I’ll be out soon.”, Eleanor said.

I decided to take my phone out to call my mum and tell her that I’ve already got my dorm and all. I let the phone ring for a few seconds before it entered to voice mail. I grunted and ended the call. Great, my own mother couldn’t even pick up my call on a Sunday. She’s not working on Sunday, I mean she never does or is she out with her stupid boyfriend? Ugh, the thought of it makes me sick. A knock on the door snapped me out of my reverie; I forced myself off the bed and headed towards the door. When I opened the door, a tall guy with curly hair and piercing green eyes stood in front of me. He had several tattoos on his left arm and he was wearing a plaid black V-neck shirt with a pair of skinny jeans and boots.

“Hello.”, the boy greeted with a strong British accent.

“Hi.”, I smiled.

“You must be Gabrielle. I’m Harry Styles.”

“Brie, just Brie.”, I corrected.

“Oh, my apologies, Brie.”, Harry apologized. Wow, he was a real gentleman.

“I thought maybe I could come in? Because I need to talk to Eleanor about something.”

“Oh, erm sure. Come on in.”, I gestured him to come in but he still stood by the door.

“Ladies first.”, he gestured. I replied with a nod and a simple ‘thank you’ before a smile tugged on my lips. He is a real gentleman. He took a seat on the bean bag as I made my way to the kitchen.

“Where are you from?”, Harry called out.


“Which part?”


“Miami is a nice place, right?”

“Yeah, it is.”, I said before stepping out of the kitchen.

“Do you want anything to drink?”

“No, I’m fine. Thank you.”, Harry smiled, revealing his dimples. Ugh, I have a major soft spot for guys with dimples! There was complete silence between me and Harry and I was hoping El would just come-

“Oh, hey Harry!”, Eleanor said. Oh, thank God.

“Hey, El. I need to ask you something.” I got up from my bed and took my towel from my bag and made my way towards the shower. I don’t know why but I could feel Harry’s eyes on me. I shook that thought off and turned on the shower. The water was nice and warm and I just relaxed as I shampooed myself. Minutes later, I heard the front door shut. Harry must have left already. I continued to take my shower for about 10 minutes and then turned off the tap. I grabbed my towel and wiped myself dry, when I got out of the shower, I realized I left my clothes in my bag. I sighed as I unlocked the door and made my way to my bed. I couldn’t find my bag, I was a 100% sure I left my bag on my bed. I looked around but Eleanor is no where around.

“El?”, I called out. No response.

“Looking for this?”, a voice asked that made me jump in my spot.


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P.s On the top of the page is an image Alexandra Tikerpuu. That's how I would imagine Gabrielle would look like.




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