I sat alone in the coffee shop on campus waiting for Niall to get out of his class. I kept refreshing my twiter feed and pretending that I had a social life so nobody could judge me for being at a coffee shop alone. I glanced at the time on my phone and Niall should have been here 15 minuets ago. I looked around the coffee shop and saw nobody I recognized. Finally Nialls bleach blonde hair walked through the door so I tucked my macbook into my bag and got up from my table.
"Took you long enough slow poke."
"I am perfectly on time Eminem."
"Um no your obviously like 20 minuets late Niall."
"Judge me, I stopped at my locker." He said putting his arms in the air as if he was surrendering.
"Whatever, At least I finally finished my sociology journal because I was so unfocused in class."
"Emma... unfocused, since when did this happen..." Niall said laughing.
"Okay so you know how you told me about that fight at that frat party that you went to before you left..."
"Yeah, Harry almost killed that kid..."
"Well guess who I have to sit next to in that class..." I said giving him a nervous look as we walked out into the parking lot.
"Emma you better be carful, I don't trust Styles at all..."
"Its not like he's a threat to me or anything like that, but i don't know... I just couldn't concentrate with him staring at me the entire time..." I started to fidget with my nails so I didn't have to look Niall in the eyes.
"Wait he was staring at you..." Niall said looking at me with a concerned look.
"Yeah, or no.... Well I don't know. It felt like it. I wasn't looking back but it felt like it."
"Be careful Emma." He said putting his hand on my shoulder.
"Don't worry Niall, Im sure I could beat him in a fight any day." Niall laughed.
I took my keys out of my pocket and unlocked the car.
"Emma can I please drive..." Niall said sticking out his bottom lip.
"Okay ill make a deal with you Niall.... Who every gets to the truck first gets to drive..." I gave him a condescending look and he raised one eyebrow...
"Bring it on collins...." He said and I giggled...
"Okay on your mark, get set..." Niall Began to run and laugh...
"CHEATER!" I yelled laughing along with him. He put his hand on the bumper about 3 seconds before me and smirked.
"That is so unfair, just because you cheated I get to drive." I opened the door to the drivers side when I felt a pair of arms around my waist.
"No way!" He said pulling me off the ground as I kicked my legs frantically...
"NIALL PUT ME DOWN!" I screamed laughing.
"Never!" He yelled putting me a good ten feet from the car and booking it to the drivers seat. I finally gave in and got in the passengers seat.
"You are so unfair..." I said crossing my arms and handing him the keys.
"No, I just am good at winning."
"Your a cheater..."
"Yeah, but a good one." I looked over at him and he laughed, and I couldn't help but join in.
"Can we stop at schoony's for ice cream on the way home." Niall asked pulling into Taylor's Falls.
"Fine, but if we get ice cream I get to pick what we watch on Netflix." I said proud of my bargain.
"Um no way, because your going to pick Say Yes to the Dress and I cant watch another season of it..."
"Don't pretend that you don't love that show Niall..." I said giving his shoulder a little shove
"Its alright..." He said and I giggled.
"Okay we can watching whatever you want if we can watch one episode."
"Deal." He said as we pulled into the old ice cream parlor.
As I opened the door the little bell jingled and the smell of sugar and cinnamon filled the air. The usual tacky red booths sat in their usual spots, and the juke box still sat in the back corner along with the little fortune teller genie that looked just like the one from that old Tom Hanks movie "Big." We walked up to the register and were greeted by the old man Charlie who has owned this shop since the 80's.
"Lets see my dear Emma will have two scoops of chocolate and a single scoop of cookies and cream and Niall...."
"Ill have the-" Charlie scut him off.
"Don't tell me... ummm, three scoops of superman?" Charlie said laughing and filling the cones.
"Your brilliant Charlie!" Niall said giving him a round of applause. Charlie nodded and finished scooping the ice cream out of the buckets.
"There you two kids go, and Heres your bowl Emma..." Niall handed him the cash and I grabbed the bowl off the counter.
"Thanks Charlie." He smiled and we grabbed a booth.
"Emma why do you ruin your ice cream like that..." Niall said eyeing my cone.
"You take a perfectly good cone and smash it into a bowl..." I giggled at his stupid reasoning.
"Well if i don't do this, it drips all over my fingers."
"But thats the glory of an ice cream cone Emma, you missing the entire experience."
"I know I'm a disgrace to humanity Niall..." He began to chuckle at my sarcasm.
"Yes yes you are." Niall said taking his cone and smashing the tip of it on my nose. I gasped and he began to laugh.
"Oh its on!" I said laughing and scraping some chocolate onto his hair.
"You did not just do that..." He said running his fingers through his sticky hair. He laughed and smeared a line of ice cream down my face. I cringed as the cold burned at my skin.
"Your such a butt Niall!" I yelled Licking the ice cream off my chin.
"Oh butt you love it!" he said laughing.
"That has to be in the top ten worst punns I have ever heard in my entire life.
We arrived at my little White House on top of the hill and Niall began his schoolwork as I read my old torn up copy of The Fault in our Stars. I had read it about a hundred times and it still hasn't became boring to me. Out of the hundreds of books in my growing collection this book would always be my favorite.
"Emma who was the guy that lead the army in the war of 1812?" He asked looking up from his paper with his eyebrows furrowed.
"Um Thomas Jefferson I think..." I said smiling and going back to my book.
"Haven't you read that thing at least a thousand times..."
"No... a thousand and one." I got up off my bead and ran my hands over the christmas lights dangling from my ceiling.
"Id think a book would get old after a thousand and one times of reading it."
"Niall you just don't understand because you don't read."
"Touché" He said chuckling and sliding his homework back into his bag.
"Im gonna get going Emma, Ill see you tomorrow morning... we can meet tomorrow for coffee or something so you can retell me about Augustus waters and hazel grace again." I smiled as he walked out my bedroom door.
"Bye Nialler!" I yelled as he walked out the door.
I decided to go to bed. It was only seven but I was absolutely drained of all possible energy so I turned off my lights and crawled under my covers.
"Emma why don't you just jump..." I shook my head as the breeze blew past my face.
"Why are you so afraid of everything just let go." I looked at the ground and started to move the gravel around with my feet.
"Fine if you wont go I will..." I watched as the boy ran and slipped and hit his head just as he was about to leap into the water. I ran to the edge and looked down at the water...
I woke up gasping for air and sweat dripping down my forehead. I looked around my dark bedroom as I was pulled back into reality and out of my nightmare. I glanced at my alarm clock and I was up an hour earlier than I should be. I might as well just get ready and do my hair and makeup.
I walked into my bathroom and splashed cold water on my face hoping that it would cool my skin down. I looked in the mirror at my face and turned on my curling iron. I brushed my lashes with some mascara and then put on some light pink lip gloss. It ended up taking about an hour to curl all my hair because it is so long and thick but it ended up being perfect timing. I grabbed a floral dress and a grey boyfriend sweater and walked down the stairs. As I reached the bottom my dad wasn't in his normal spot and in his place was a note...
"Sorry Emma I had a last minuet business trip. Ill be back sometime next week,Love you." Great I thought as I put on my grey vans and grabbed my backpack. I hopped into my truck and headed off to the campus coffee shop.
Walking into the cafe I noticed only two people were there, I walked up to the counter and ordered a strawberry smoothie. I couldn't ever get actual coffee, it would be way to strong for my taste. I thanked the girl who seemed to be about my age and sat down at a table for two and just waited for Niall to show up. I grabbed my laptop out of my bag and began to scroll through my tumblr feed. Time flies by when your on tumblr, suddenly thirty minuets passes by and you don't even realize. My thoughts were interrupted as I heard a chair move at my table I didn't look up from my computer.
"Its about time you showed up Niall..." I said laughing and exiting off my tumblr screen to see a different boy sitting a crossed from me.
"Um awkward, I saw you sitting alone over here.. and there is nobody else here so I thought Id pull up a seat..." I sat there looking like an idiot with my mouth gaping wide staring at Harry.
"Ummm hi...." I said breaking the silence.
"I can move if your expecting someone." He said looking at his mug of coffee.
"No ummm its fine, Niall's late all the time so you can stay as long as you like..." I said trying not to be rude. I grabbed my phone out of my pocket and began to text Niall.
"Get over here quick." i typed and smiled at the boy in front of me.
"So umm your from England?" I said trying to start up conversation.
"Yeah Holmes Chapel. ITs a really small town."
"Oh so when did your family move over here?"
"Um, They didn't come with... I left on my own when I was about 16."
"Oh..." I hoped that I hadn't brought up something to personal.
"So Emma Collins, tell me who you are..." He said crossing his feet and taking a sip out of his mug. I glanced at his boots and skinny jeans trying to think of something to say.
"Well I'm sort of an open book..." I said everywhere but the bright green eyes staring at me.
"Do I frighten you Emma?"
"No, why would you think that?" Yes you do, you are violent and I wish that you would get up and leave.
"Because you are playing with your fingers and are scared to look me in the eyes, and I cant put my finger on why..."
"Oh, um... yeah sorry." I said putting my hands on the table and trying to calm myself down. The tension in the empty room could be cut with a knife.
"I am cautious, and I love books and poetry and listening to my music way to loud." I said trying to stop the silence.
"What?" He said giggling and revealing his cheeky dimples.
"You asked me who I was so I told you..." I said looking into his beautiful green eyes and giving him a weak smile.
"You seem like a mystery." He said looking into his cup of coffee and stirring it.
"You are guarded. I don't know why, but I do know that anyone who has built a cast around them self as big as the one you have built for yourself must be trying to keep something hidden. You are a mystery."
I sat there speechless. What was I supposed to say something like that. I tried to deny it but deep down inside of myself I knew he was right.
"You know I'm right don't you..." He said giving me a smug grin.
"I-I dont know what to say..." I said searching for words that seemed to be missing. Just then my phone vibrate. I glanced at the text from Niall...
"Sorry em cant come I'm sick." Really Niall? Of all times to get sick it had to be now?
"How about I ask you a question and then you can ask me one."
"Sounds personal." I said glaring at him.
"It is if you make it personal."
"Okay game on Styles." I said and he chuckled.
"Okay Emma Collins what is your favorite color."
"And why is that?" He asked sipping from his mug.
"Does everything have to have a reason?"
"There is a reason for everything in this world love." Did he just call me 'Love'?
"Because when the sun comes up and shines through the trees in the morning, Yellowish gold reflects on the water and its the most beautiful thing in the world..."
"So you live by the river?"
"Hey you already asked a question now its my turn." He chuckled and I tried to think of a question.
"What is your favorite band?"
"Either The Rolling Stones, or the arctic monkeys..." He said smiling and taking another drink from his mug.
"you know Arctic Monkeys!" I said a little bit louder and more exited than I intended.
"Yeah I have tickets to them next month."
"They have been my favorite band ever since I can remember." I said looking down at my melted smoothie.
"Okay my turn. What are you doing here in this collage...?"
"Trying to be an english major, or a writer or both." I smiling and he began to laugh.
"Well I would love to continue this lovely conversation but we both have a sociology class to attend." He said getting up and throwing his cup away.
"It was nice for you to share your morning with me." He said smiling and walking away. It wasn't until about a minuet after he left that I realized I was smiling like an idiot. Why did I just let this happen. Why is he so nice to me, there was only one thing that I took away from this event... Harry is not what everyone made him out to be.
Sociology class was slow today, we watched a long video about relationships between people and me and Harry didn't say a word to each other. Finally class was dismissed and I packed up and walked out. I grabbed my phone and checked for any messages from Niall. Nothing.
"Emma!" I heard a voice call behind me. I looked back and saw Harry making his way to me.
"What?" I asked walking as fast as I was before.
"Why are you so scared of me?"
"Why do you need to know everything" I asked keeping my gaze still in front of me.
"Go on a date with me..." Wait what?
"No!" I said laughing.
"Why is that amusing?"
"Because your well... You!" I said gesturing at the tall boy next to me.
"Please go a date with me?"
"Why, do you want to go on a date with me so bad?"
"Because your interesting and your delicate and I would like to know you." I looked at him and tried my hardest to resist his green eyes. How could a boy with eyes as kind as his be such a terrible person.
"No...." I said snapping out of my trance. I was not going to go on a date with Harry Styles.
"Just one dat, if you still think about me the same way you do now after were done. You never have to talk to me again." I analyzed his answer and finally gave in.
"Heres my number..." I said grabbing a pen out of my bag and scribbling it on a small sheet of paper.
"Ill pick you up at 8." He said walking away as I hopped into my car. Did I seriously just do that? I grabbed my phone out of my bag and called the first person in my recent calls.
"Im going on a date with Harry tonight."
"Emma have you gone insane!" Niall yelled from the other line. The thought then crossed my mind... maybe i actually was going insane.