Don't Get Too Close // Liam Payne AU

They say it's what you make
I say it's up to fate
It's woven in my soul
I need to let you go

Your eyes, they shine so bright
I wanna save that light
I can't escape this now
Unless you show me how

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It's where my demons hide
It's where my demons hide
Don't get too close
It's dark inside
It's where my demons hide
It's where my demons hide
~Demons by Imagine Dragons

~Cover by @Direction_infection5

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15. Just a Casual Get Together

Don't Get Too Close~ Just a Casual Get Together

 "Are you happy to be going home today Niall?" The nurse Megan asked as she pushed him down the hall and out the entrance doors.

Niall smiled, "Yeah, I'm super excited, but guys, c'mon. I can walk. I'm not paralyzed." he complained as he got pushed in his wheelchair.

A smile spread upon my lips, "Don't complain. You're getting five star treatment right now." I said and I heard him huff under his breath.

"We're just so happy that you're coming home." my mom said, patting Niall's shoulder. 

When we approached the car, Megan stopped pushing to let Niall stand from the wheelchair. He pushed himself out of the chair with ease, "See, I can walk perfectly fine." he said before climbing in and shutting the door.

Megan grabbed a hold of the wheelchair bars once more, "Have a safe drive home, and I'll see you tomorrow Dr. Turner." she said before turning to leaving, waving goodbye to us.

"Thank you! See you tomorrow, Megan." my mom called back, and we hopped in the car. 

Three clicks could be heard, followed by an engine coming to life, "Where to now?" I asked as we drove away from the hospital.

My mom looked over me then back to the road, "Well, since we're having more guests, I figured we could do a little snack shopping before we went home."

"What other guests?" Niall piped in, sounding a little confused.

I really wanted to leave him in suspense, "You'll see when they get here later."

"Let me take a wild guess," he said and paused for a moment, pretending to think really hard, "Harry, Analeigh, and Zayn." he guessed. Even though he was right, I still want to keep him guessing.

"Even better." I teased. 

"Who's even better than that?" he asked, still confused.

I laughed, "You will see I told you."

I'm excited for this get together. I just really hope everything goes well.

- - - 

Niall sighed to himself as he came down from the guest room, "I don't like your brother's clothes."

I shrugged, "It's all we have right now for you. Besides you look good in them." I said as I straightened out his shirt, "Tomorrow we'll go over to your house and gather some clothes for you." 

"Sounds good. So how long will I be staying here?" he asked as we wandered our way into the kitchen.

"Until we don't want you anymore." I teased.

"Gee, thanks." he huffed, rolling his eyes playfully at me.

I smiled at him, "We wouldn't get tired of having you here." I said and hugged him around his waist. Niall laughed and put his arm around my shoulders. I pulled out of the hug and looked up at him, "To be honest though, maybe this weekend my mom will let you go home."

Niall hopped up onto the counter, picked an orange out of the fruit basket right next to him, and tossed the fruit back and fourth between his hands, "How can you live in that big house all by yourself?"

Niall shrugged, still tossing the orange, "I don't know. I'm just used to it I guess."

"Have you talked to your parents lately?" I asked, pulling a bag of pretzels and nutella out of the pantry.

"Yeah, my mom called yesterday to see how I was doing. I didn't tell her about what happened though." I said. I opened the bag of pretzels and the jar of nutella and Niall dug right in, "You are the world's greatest best friend."

"Because you're getting fed?" I laughed.

"No, because you have nutella. When I go over to my other friends houses, they never have nutella." he laughed.

 "That's a sin." I laughed along with him.

"How come you didn't tell your mom what happened?" I asked, getting back on the subject.

"I didn't want her to worry about me. Knowing her, she would tell my dad and they'd both come home from whatever part of Europe their in. I don't want to ruin their traveling. They've planned that for years. Besides, my over protective parents would treat me like a child for the rest of my life."

"That's a good point." I said, popping another nutella filled pretzel into my mouth.

"You know what they say, 'what they don't know won't kill them.'" Niall said.

"That's another good point."

Niall threw another nutella dipped pretzel up into the air, succeeding to catch it in his mouth, "Skill." I laughed as I nodded.

"Julina? Someone just pulled into the our driveway. Is it your friends?" my mom asked from the living room. Niall and I raced over to the living room window, peeking out from behind the curtains. There were two cars, both that I recognized. One was Niall's car. They must've gone to the hospital to get it because that's where we left it. The second one was Zayn's rusted up, old truck.

Harry and Analeigh hopped out of Niall's car. I felt a hint of jealousy hit me when I saw them get out together. Does Analeigh still really like him? She did say she had her eye on someone else though. Maybe I'm just reading too much into this. They're just friends, I have nothing to worry about.

Zayn hopped out of his truck as well and they all approached my front door. My door bell rang shortly after, and Niall and I approached my front door, "Ready for a casual, fun evening?" I asked, looking up at Niall. He smiled and nodded, then I opened the door to see three smiling faces.

"Hey guys! C'mon in." I said, moving aside for them to step in. Analeigh was the first to step in, and something was different about her. She wasn't her usual 'bubbly' self. She seemed nervous and almost guilty looking. She gave Niall a warm hug, telling him how happy she was to see him. She gave me  quick hug, then stood next to me with a smile plastered on her face that didn't feel real.

Harry pulled Niall in for a bro hug, "Good to see you, man." he said with a sweet grin, patting his back. Then he turned to me with the same grin, and I couldn't help but blush and smile back at him.

"Hey Julina." he said and swept me up into a hug, swinging me back and forth gently. I loved the way he smelled. He gave off this aroma that smelt so sweet and fresh. I never wanted to let go of him. I was very comfortable in his arms, and I was surprised to actually say that.

It had lasted longer than I thought because Zayn was already done hugging Niall, and we all now that had to be a while.. Zayn cleared his throat from behind us, patiently waiting for his hug.

Harry put me down and Zayn stepped closer to me, "My turn." he said, wrapping his arms around me in a tight hug. After a few seconds, Zayn let me out of his hug, and I brought them into the living room to officially meet my mom.

As we entered the the living room, my mom looked up at us from the couch. She held a warm smile on her face, "Mom, this is Analeigh, Zayn, and Harry,"

"Hello. It's very nice to meet all of you." My mom smiled.

"Miss Turner, your house is beautiful." Harry charmed.

"Please call me Jenn and thank you Harry." She said. My mom stood from the couch, "What would you guys like for dinner? I could order a pizza. That wouldn't take too long."

"That sounds good mom. Can we have wings too?" I asked.

"Sure. Is cheese good for everyone? I don't want to get too complicated." There was a unison of 'yeahs' and my mom smiled, "Okay. I'll go order it now. It should get here at about six give or take. I'm sure you guys can find something to do with your time."my mom said, then went into the kitchen to use the house phone.

"What should we do? It's still bright outside. We could do something out there." Analeigh said, getting a little antsy.

"Do you have a football or something?" Harry asked, looking at me.

"I have a football, soccer ball, and basketball." I said, and Harry grinned at me.

"Let's play some good, old fashioned football." Harry said with that silly grin on his face, making me want to smile.

''But we have an uneven amount of people." Zayn said.

"I'll just sit out guys. I have bad luck with get togethers as it is." Niall said with a shrug.

"You sure?" Analeigh asked.

"Yeah. I'll be the ref or something." he shrugged.

"Alright, let's get out there and play then." Harry said. I lead everyone to the back door and out into the yard. On the back deck there is a bin where we keep all the outdoor toys. I opened the bin and dug around for the football. I can't remember the last time I open this thing. My brother was the only one that really used it. He would practice football and soccer with his friends. He would only practice basketball with our dad because he liked the one-on-one time together. It was their thing.

Memories flooded my mind. Memories that I wish would stay away; at least for tonight. I froze in place as the memories took over my body.

"Julina." that same dark voice whispered to me. The hair on the back of my neck stood straight up. A cold chill ran down my spine, making me shake.

The voice rasped a husky laugh, "You're Mine!" it growled. I felt the hands hits my shoulders, and I panicked.

"No!" I yelped. I thrashed my arms to get the hands away from me.

"Julina?" a familiar voice called. I opened my eyes to see Harry holding my wrists, "Are you okay, love? Did something scare you?" he asked, his eyes full of concern. I saw Niall quickly run up to us, worry on his face. Zayn and Analeigh were giving me a weird look.

"Julina, are you okay?" Niall asked when he reached us.

"I-I'm fine. There was just a huge spider in the bin. It ran away though." I lied. Harry looked at me confused, but then eventually bought my story. I looked at Niall; he was raising an eyebrow at me. I knew he didn't buy it, but I wasn't expecting him to.

"I got the football." Harry said as he reached into the bin, "Are you sure you're okay?" he asked again.

"Yeah. I'll be okay." I said with a small smile, reassuring Harry that I would be okay. He nodded and put his arm around me, hugging me close. Harry and I sauntered our way over to Analeigh and Zayn, who were talking amongst themselves. Analeigh looked panicked as she looked at Zayn. What was with her today?

"So, how are we doing teams? Boys against girls?"

"I think we all know what team will win if we do that." Analeigh said.

"How about we split it up then? Girl, boy, girl, boy?" Harry asked.

"Perfect!" Analeigh cheered, "Harry and I against Zayn and Julina."

"Okay." I said, feeling really confused, but brushed it off.

"We get ball first!" Zayn shouted.

Harry rolled his eyes, "Whatever Zayn. We're still going to beat you." Harry and Analeigh rushed off to their side of the yard, and Zayn and I did the same.

Zayn and I huddled together, "Okay Julina. This is what we're going to do. I'm going to throw you the ball when you get down the yard towards our goal which is the one their blocking."

"I know how to play football Zayn." I laughed.

"Sorry. I wasn't sure. Anyway, I'll cover Harry this round and you run for the goal. Analeigh can't run so you'll be good." he smiled, nudging me in the side.

"Okay." I laughed.

Zayn and I walked up to Harry and Analeigh, who were ready to start. Zayn took the ball from Harry and handed it to me.

"You know what to do." Zayn said with a wink. I nodded and got down into a squatting position. Harry and Analeigh were in front of me getting ready to charge.

Zayn counted down some random numbers then yelled, "Hike!"

I threw the ball to Zayn through my legs, and ran as fast as I could towards the other end of my yard. Harry went after Zayn, trying to tackle him down before he was able to throw the ball, and Analeigh came after me.

"Julina!" Zayn called as he threw the football down the yard towards me. I turned around to catch the ball, but Analeigh was right there. She almost caught the ball, but luckily it slipped through her hands. I caught it and turned around to run towards the goal. Analeigh was close behind me, but I was still faster.

I ran through the goal, slammed the ball on the ground and yelled, "Touchdown!"

Zayn jumped up in the air and cheered, "Yes! Good job Julina!"

"Butter fingers!" I heard Harry yell to Analeigh.

She rolled her eyes, "Shut up Harry!"

"Our ball." Analeigh said to me. I tossed her the ball, and she gave me this weird look, almost as if she didn't like me. I really want to know what has gotten into her. I hope I didn't do anything to make her mad at me. I ran back over to Zayn and huddled with him.

"Okay, here's our plan now. I'm going to take on Analeigh, and I want you to take down Harry." he said and I nodded.

"Okay, I can do that." I said.

We all got into our new positions, waiting for Harry to start counting down numbers.

"52, 27, 52, 27, hike!" Harry called. Analeigh threw him the ball, and was blocked by Zayn so she couldn't run out fast enough. I was already charging at Harry.

"Analeigh, get open!" Harry called, but she was having a really hard time getting open because of Zayn. Harry panicked and launched the ball down the yard, hoping Analeigh would catch it. I ran into Harry, hugging his waist and pushing him until he fell backwards onto the grass with me falling on top of him.

"I got you." I smiled.

Harry laughed, "You really did love."

I smiled at his laugh, "I hope I didn't hurt you." I said.

"No, no love. You didn't. It was a really good tackle. I'm impressed." he said. I heard a lot of cheering coming from behind us, and it was coming from Zayn.

"Julina! Did you see that?!" Zayn said, running up to us.

I rolled off of Harry to look up at him, "No, I missed it. What happened?"

"I caught the ball that Harry threw and scored in our goal!" he cheered.

I smiled and got up off the ground, "Way to go Zayn!" I cheered, giving him a high five.

Harry propped himself up on his elbows, "You couldn't catch that Analeigh?" he said.

"Uh, if you did notice, I was kind of being block by Zayn so shut up." she hissed at him.

Harry just laughed, "If you just caught the ball, I wouldn't have to say that." he teased.

"Whatever Harry. I don't want to play anymore." she said, and angrily walked away, sitting next to Niall on the deck.

"Does this mean we're done playing?" I asked.

Harry nodded, "Yeah, I guess. Congrats, you guys beat us." he said with a smile.

Zayn and I shared a celebratory cheer. He scooped me up into a big hug, swinging me back and forth. He put me back down on the ground and looked at me, "Awesome job out there today partner!" he smiled.

I laughed, "Same to you." I said. Zayn smiled and ran over to Niall and Analeigh.

"Good game." Harry grinned.

"Thanks," I smiled, " You as well."

"I've really missed you." Harry said out of the blue.

"It's only been a few days since we last saw each other."

"I know, I know," he said, taking my hand in his, "Can I ask you something?" he asked suddenly.

"Sure, anything."

"I know we haven't know each other that long, but I feel something between us. We have this certain connection that no one else has. I would really like to get to know you better, and I think one way to do that would be if you went on a date with me." he said with a beautiful smile on his face. That smile that made me blush every time I saw it.

"You're asking me out on a date?" I asked, my heart racing, pounding through the roof. I was really excited about this, and it made me feel a lot better. It showed me that Harry really did like me, and that everything with Analeigh and Harry was all in my head.

"Yeah. I figured we could go out, get something to eat, do something fun. I was thinking maybe Thursday after class? We could just spend the entire afternoon together. Just you and me." he said.

"That sounds perfect actually. I would love to go on a date with you Harry." I smiled.

"Really!? That's great!" he said, a huge smile playing at his lips, "C'mon, let's get back to everyone else." he said, wrapping his arm around me. He leaned in and Kissed the side of my forehead. My whole body felt a spark when he kissed me, but it didn't feel like the ones I used to get when Liam looked at me.

Speaking of Liam...

I don't really want to bring that up now do I? No, it would ruin the great mood I'm in.

But the real question is, when?

When would be the perfect time? Not during our date, or at his party. Now, now would be the perfect time.

I stopped mid stride and Harry looked down at me, "What's wrong love?"

"Could I ask you something before we go back to them?"

"Sure, what's up?" he asked, holding my hands.

"Here, let's sit down and talk about it," I said. I took Harry over to a soft spot of grass and sat down with him. "Do you know a Liam Payne?" I asked gently.

His eyes narrowed at me, and he nodded his head, "I do. He's a real weirdo if you ask me. How do you know him?" he asked.

"He's in my English class," I shrugged. "He over heard me talking about you to one of my friends, and he advised me to stay away from you," I lied. "I don't know why though. You're so sweet and caring."

Harry just laughed, "Julina, he's a nut case. I haven't done anything to him, yet he makes up stories to make me look like the bad guy. We used to go to high school together and he's always just been jealous of me." he shrugged, "Whatever he says, just know that it's a lie. Trust me." he said and I nodded.

"I trust you." I said. We were quiet for a moment, then I heard Harry chuckle next to me.

I looked up at him, "What?" I asked.

"You were talking about me? What did you say?" he asked with a smile.

"I told her about how you're such a great guy, and that you helped save Niall's life."

"Did you mention that I'm sweet and caring?" he laughed.

"I might've." I smiled.

"Guys, pizza is here!" my mom called from the door.

Harry smiled back at me, "C'mon, let's go eat. I'm starved." he said. He stood up then gave me a  hand, lifting me up to my feet. We walked hand in hand back into the house.

- - -

It was now 11pm and Zayn, Analeigh, and Harry had left because it was a school night. Niall and I were in the living room watching a TV show.

"Hey, what was up with Analeigh today? She seemed different." I said, looking at Niall.

Niall looked at me, "When she was sitting with me she said she did something really hurtful to one of us, but she didn't get into any further detail. She just kept telling me she didn't want to talk about it."

"That's really weird." I said, looking back at the TV. A smile spread across my face, "Let's change the subject. Guess what?"

A smile grew on Niall's face, "What?"

"Harry asked me out on a date today." I said nonchalantly.

Niall's eyes widened, "What?!"

"I know, that's what I said." I laughed.

"No way! When is the date?" he asked.

"This Thursday."

"Hmm," Niall said, "We should do a double date. Zayn and I. You and Harry. It would make things less awkward if it ever did get awkward."

"I would love that! Maybe Harry would like to do that too. That would be awesome." I smiled. My mom strolled into the living room and turned off the TV.

"Why don't you guys go to bed. It's pretty late." she said.

I sighed, "Okay mom."

My mom smiled, "Night guys. I love you both."

"Night." we both called and laughed because we said it together. We made our way upstairs. We said good night and went into our own rooms. I changed into a comfortable part of pajamas, and slipped into bed. I soon fell into a quiet slumber.

- - -

I woke up a little past one in the morning from a terrible nightmare. My pillow was soaked from sweat and tears, and my heart was racing a mile a minute. I quickly got out of bed, and ran into Niall's room. I pulled the covers back on his bed and slipped in next to him. He stirred a little bit and groaned.

"Niall, are you awake?" I asked whispering.

"Julina, when did you come in here?" he asked groggily.

"A few seconds ago. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to wake you." I whispered.

"It's okay. How come your in here?" he asked, turning over on his side to face me.

"I had a really bad nightmare." I admitted.

"Well, your safe with me now. Go to sleep." he said, and I snuggled up against him. He wrapped his arms around me, making me feel completely safe. I slowly fell into a deep peaceful sleep as I listened to his slow beating heart.

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