Zayn came from behind the door, attacking Niall from behind and hit him with a pillow on the back. Niall stumbled forward. I went to help him, but a pillow was thrown at me and hit me right in my face. I heard a laugh and looked up to see Sarah the only one without a pillow. She threw it.
“SARAH!!” I screamed. I picked up the pillow and threw it at her. It her in the face and then hit Louis, who was standing right next to her, in the stomach. Sarah stumbled backwards onto the couch that was there. I cracked up laughing. “Who’s laughing now?”
“Ohhh, wanna play rough? I see how it is. C’mon Harry, get her!!” Louis said, running towards me.
“Guys!! Stop!!” I said backing up. “No. No.” They weren’t stopping. I screamed and ran out of the dressing room towards the back of the stage.
“Rebecca!!” I heard Niall scream behind me.
“We’re going to get you!!“ Harry screamed at me, him and Louis were chasing me. I ran up until the black curtain area, I didn’t no where to go. “You’re cornered now, love.” I tried to dodge them, and run back to the room, but that failed.
Louis grabbed me from behind around my waist and held me. “Gotcha ya!!” He laughed. “Give her what she deserves, Harry.” Harry ambushed me with a pillow. The pillow didn’t hurt, it was actually quite soft. I started to laugh. He hit me a couple more times, scattered around on my body.
“It has negative effects on her, sir.” Harry said to Louis. I guess they were pretending that Louis was the general, delivering orders, and Harry was the soldier, following them. ‘They’re so funny.’ I thought.
“Well then. She is one tough cookie.” Louis said in my ear, but loud enough for Harry to hear.
“What are you going to do with me?” I asked deciding to play along.
“We’re going to have to move to Plan B.” Louis said.
“Plan B?” I asked confused.
“TICKLE FIGHT!!” Harry screamed at the top of his lungs.
“Guys!! Please don’t, please!! NO!!” I begged. Too late. Harry started to tickle me on my sides and I couldn’t stop from laughing. I screamed at the top of my lungs. I heard a bunch of footsteps coming toward the open area. Then Louis joined in on the tickling, and I screamed louder, and was laughing really, really hard. I started squirming around and stomping my feet.
“PLEASE!! PLEASE STOP!! I’M DYING!!”
“Good.” Louis laughed still tickling me.
“I’ll save you, Rebecca!” Niall said in a heroic tone. He hit Harry in the back of the head with a pillow and he stumbled to the side. Louis let go of me, and I collapsed on the floor. Niall ran after Louis saying, “I’m gonna get you mate!”
I tried to stop from laughing by taking deep breaths, but my sides hurt too much. So I laid on the floor trying to get rid of all the laughter. Niall came back into the open area and came towards me and got on his knees.
“Rebecca! Are you alright?!”
“No.” I said laughing.
“What? Are you crying?” He started to pick me up onto my feet until I was standing on my own.
I was finally able to stop laughing and crying and get my breathing under control. “Yeah, I’m fine. They made me laugh so hard I cried, and now my sides hurt from all the tickling.” I said smiling, and pointing at Louis and Harry, they were chuckling.
“At least you didn’t pee yourself, love.” Harry said still chuckling. I gave him a dirty look and took the pillow from Niall’s hand and threw it at him. He was standing across from me about 20ft. It hit him right in the face. I stood there and smiled.
“Damn, girl. You got a pretty good arm there.” Liam said.
“Thank you, Liam.” I smiled at him. “And good reflexes too.” As I dodged one of Harry’s pillows that he threw back at me. The pillow fight started up again.
“Here use this to defend yourself.” Niall said, handing me a pillow.
I took it from him. “Thanks.” Our eyes locked for a moment, then we went on to participate in the fight. I went around to everybody and fought them off. I was backing up while fighting Liam and bumped into somebody. Thinking it was Louis, I turned around and hit him right in the head, really, really hard.
“Ouch!!” Niall said. “Rebecca! What the bloody hell was that for? Are you turning against me? Even after everything I did for you?”
“No, no. I thought you were Louis.”
“Ohhhh, sure you did. Nice try.” He said and then hit me in the face, smiling.
“Hey! It was an accident.” I said hitting him back. Niall and I had our own pillow fight away from everyone else. We went on for a couple more minutes before everybody realized we were tired and out of breath. Louis came running into the center of everybody with a white towel tied to a microphone.
“TRUCE! TRUCE!!” Louis screamed.
We all started to laugh.
We went back into our dressing room after the major pillow fight for some water. I got myself a bottle and another one for Rebecca. Harry did the same for Sarah.
I handed her the bottle and smiled. “Here you go.”
She took it and returned the smile. “Thanks.” I sat down on the chair across from her. Rebecca and Sarah sat on the couch, while Harry and Louis shared the other couch perpendicular to theirs. Zayn and Liam were standing next to the open window trying to get air after the fight.
“You know,” Rebecca said after taking a sip of water, and this was referring to all of us, “That was the most intense pillow fight I have ever had.” Sarah nodded in agreement, and we all laughed. “Do you guys always come on this strong to your fans when it’s their first encounter?” Rebecca smiled, that question was referring more to Louis and Harry.
“What do you think, buttercup?” Louis chuckled and looked at her.
“I think ‘Yes’.”
“Ding, ding-ding-ding! You are bloody correct. Thank you for playing with One Direction!” Harry said trying to sound like a game show host. We all cracked up again.
“Ok, we know her name is Sarah,” Zayn said pointing to Sarah, “What’s yours, love?”
“Rebecca!” I blurted out. ‘Oops!’ I thought. The boys looked at me with shocked expressions and widened eyes, so did Sarah. I felt my face get really hot. I took a sip of my water and looked at Rebecca. She was just smiling at me. ‘She has a really pretty smile.’ I thought.
“Yes, Rebecca.” She said taking her eyes off of me to look at Zayn. “Thank you Niall.” She said looking back at me and smirked. I lifted my water bottle to her as if I was giving a toast.
“Oh, Niall?” I looked at Harry. He was trying to talk in a high, sweet tone of voice. “Just what were you two doing out there? You took quite a long time.”
I looked at Rebecca who was looking down and smiling. I felt myself become hot again and turning red. I reached behind me for the pillow and threw it at him. Harry put up his arms to defend himself.
“Shut up, Harry!!” I yelled. I looked back at her and she was already looking at me. I smiled and then looked down, putting my focus on my water bottle.
“Where you gals from?” Louis said trying to sound American. The girls laughed.
“New York.” Rebecca said, my eyes widened. “Well, Long Island specifically, we both live out in the country part of it.” She smiled.
“That’s cool.” Liam said. “Are you two sisters? Because you look awfully alike.”
“No. Best friends forever.” Sarah said grabbing Rebecca around the shoulders and bringing her in for a slight hug. They both flashed their smiles.
“Awww, isn’t that just precious.” Louis said. Sarah started to giggle. “What?”
“I’m sorry, I don’t mean to laugh.”
“Then why did you?” Louis asked pretending he was becoming offended.
“Its just that… Rebecca has a dog named Precious.” Sarah smiled.
Louis’ eyes widened and he looked at Rebecca. “Really?!”
“Yep.” Rebecca giggled. I chuckled.
“Awww, that’s so pre--” Louis stopped himself and the girls started to giggle again. “Harry,” Louis said to him and hit him on the chest, “give me another word.”
“Ow!” Harry said and put his hand over the area where Louis just hit him. “I don’t know.” Louis raised his hand again. “Adorable?!” Harry blurted out.
“Awww, that’s so adorable.” Louis finished.
“Thanks!” Rebecca giggled and glanced at me. I smiled at her. She smiled and looked down and started playing with her ‘One Direction’ bracelets in her lap, that she was wearing on her wrist. I didn’t notice them before. I smirked to myself.
I leaned off the back of the chair to ask her something but Louis interrupted me.
“What type of dog is it?”
Rebecca didn’t have to look up because Sarah answered it right away. “She, is a black lab.”
I looked straight at Rebecca. “You girls said you were from New York…” She looked at me. “If so, then what are you doing here in LA? Which I might add is on the other side of the U.S. of A.” She smirked at me and opened her mouth to say something, but Sarah was the one pulling the words out again. I guess she didn’t like the fact that we were giving Rebecca so much attention.
“Our graduation presents from our parents was that they would rent us a beach house here in LA for the summer.”
“Wow. Nice pair of folks you got there.” Zayn said.
“Yeah.” Rebecca said softly looking at me.
“Wait? Graduation?” Harry asked. “What kind of graduation? High school right?”
“College.” Rebecca said smiling, but it wasn’t the same smile as before. Sarah looked at her with wide eyes.
“WHAT?” The five of us said.
“There is no way you two just graduated college. You’re much too pretty and young.” Harry said. ‘Shut up, Harry!’ I thought. The girls started to blush.
“Well, thank you.” Rebecca said smiling. It got quiet for a moment. “I’m just kidding! We just graduated high school.” She started to laugh. We all let out a sigh of relief. “You should have seen the look on your faces.” She said pointing to us.
“Ha, ha, ha. Very funny. Bravo.” Louis said sarcastically.
“So… high school… you say.” Harry said smiling at them. “How old are we?” He said smirking.
“Harry!” Louis said sternly and smacking him on the chest again like before. “Be polite to our fans. No hitting on them.” I started to crack up, and fell off the chair and onto the floor. I heard everyone else start to laugh.
“Sorry.” Harry said looking down to the floor and blushing.
“Its Ok.” Sarah said smiling. I helped myself off the floor and back into the chair. “I just turned 18 in May. And Rebecca is 17, but is turning 18 in November.” I was a little shocked. I thought Rebecca would at least be the same age as me. I looked at her. She was fumbling with her bracelets again and looking down. I could tell she was embarrassed for being young. It got silent for a couple of moments.
“Well anything you two want to know about us?” Louis said breaking the ice.
I guess having Louis suggest about asking them questions was a bad idea. Sarah would not shut up. I mean I love her but she kept rambling on, I felt bad for the poor guys. I am sure they are used to it but from many girls; this was just one. I sat back quietly on the couch with my legs crossed. I didn’t have any questions for them and even if I did I wouldn’t have barely been able to get in a word with Sarah. Every now and then when Niall wasn’t asked a question, I felt his eyes watching me. I didn’t dare make eye contact, I felt I made too much already. I took out my phone and looked at the time, then put it back. Sarah has been non-stop about 20 minutes now. ‘Oh my God! Sarah stop!! You’re freaking them out!!!’ I thought. I didn’t think she would have so many questions being that she knew everything about them already. I chuckled to myself. My thoughts were suddenly broken when I heard someone shuffling to get up. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Niall stand up, he was looking at me. He walked right over to me and squatted down. No one questioned him. I looked at him, and made eye contact instantly. ‘Oh, his blue eyes.’ I thought. He was smiling. I smiled back and uncrossed my legs and leaned down to hear him whisper something to me into my ear.
“Do you want to take a walk?” He whispered. He sounded nervous.
I pulled away from him and looked at him. I nodded, and smiled. He smiled and stood up. I stood up too and straighten my dress out. I looked around at Sarah and the four other guys. No one took their eyes off of Sarah to look at me and Niall. ‘Ok then.’ I thought. I turned around to face Niall, who was already standing by the opened door. I walked toward him and out the door as I felt him watch me pass him. I turned around to face him.
“Ahhh…. Guys?” Niall said waving his hand to try and get their attention. It wasn’t working. “Nevermind.” He said, swatting his hand down and closed the door. I chuckled. He smiled at me when he saw that I was chuckling.
“Sorry ‘bout her. I didn’t think she would be asking so many questions.”
“Its alright, happens all the time.” He smiled again. “I hate to be rude and leave them, but you looked really, really bored.”
“No, but thank you for rescuing me anyway.” I chuckled.
“Anything for a damsel.” He bowed down. I laughed and then he laughed too. “This way he said.” He lead me down a hallway towards a big metal door that said “EXIT”. I suddenly heard footsteps behind us and turned around. I saw a big man dressed in black about 20ft behind us, watching us.
“What?” Niall asked.
I turned back to face Niall. “Oh, nothing. Just that I think were being followed.” I said with a smile.
He turned to see what I was talking about and smiled. “Oh. That’s Phil.”
I waved at him and said, “Hi, Phil.” I smiled and saw him smirk. He didn’t look to happy with me.
Niall was smiling and laughing. “Don’t do that.” He said grabbing my hand and pulling it down. His warm touch on my hand made a tingling feeling. He pulled me closer to him and whispered in my ear.
“He isn’t one of the nice ones.” He pulled away and was smiling. He was still holding my hand. I looked down at our hands and he let go.
“Sorry.” He said clearing his throat.
“Its Ok.” I said smiling. We continued to the metal door. He opened it for me and it led outside to the back of the theater.
“So, do you ever get used to the fact of being followed around by big body guards or crazy fans?” I asked looking up.
He looked down at me, surprised I said anything. “No. I miss having some privacy… but I knew that I would lose that when I signed up for this roller coaster. And that’s all it has ever been since X-Factor, a crazy roller coaster ride. But I love it.” He smiled.
“I see.” I smiled. “Its looks like a fun life though. Traveling the world and doing what you love everyday. And with friends too. It can’t get better than that, right?” I asked.
“No, everyday is a new adventure. New foods to try and new sights to see.” He smiled at me. “You should try it sometime.” He chuckled.
“Oh, yeah? I will, once I get my singing voice back. I loaned it to my friend who is on tour right now. Thanks for the tip though.” We both laughed at my stupid comment. We walked over to a wooden fence that surrounded the theater. I jumped up onto the second wooden bar and sat on it. Niall leaned on if with his forearms. He stared out into the darkness. I watched him and he looked up at me, catching me off guard and staring. I smirked and looked away back towards the theater.
“Are you guys going back to England soon?” I looked back at him. “Or you to Ireland?”
His eyes widened, surprised I knew that he was Irish. “I pay attention to Sarah sometimes.” I smirked. “And your accent is a dead give away too.” I laughed.
He laughed too and looked down. “No.” He paused and looked at me, I was confused. “Actually, the boys and I are staying here in LA for awhile.”
My eyes widened, and he smiled. ‘Niall is staying in LA?!’ I thought. “Really?! Why?” Trying to control my thoughts and not show too many emotions.
“Simon Cowell, our producer,” He looked to see if I was following him, I nodded. “He wants us to work on the next album here for a bit, with a couple of new writers and some new singers and stuff like that.” He smiled.
“OH! Well that’s cool. How long are you staying?” I blurted out. ‘Why did I just ask that? You idiot.’ I thought.
He smirked. “I am not sure, it depends on how long things take I guess. But… I can probably guess that it will take at least the whole summer.” He said the last part shyly and looking up at me. I felt myself blush and broke his gaze and looked down. I jumped off the wooden bar and turned around and put my hands on the bar standing rather close to him. He spun around and leaned his butt against the fence and crossed his arms. He watched me as I drummed my fingers on the wood. I didn’t know what to say and I’m sure he didn’t either.
“So…” He started to say, I looked at him. “What are your plans for the summer?”
I chuckled. “What any American teenaged girl would do for the summer.” I said sarcastically.
He laughed. “Oh yeah? Well what is that like? Now remember I am from Ireland.” He flashed his adorable smile that showed his dimples.
I smiled. “Oh that’s right. I forgot.” He was still smiling at me. “Well… it basically consists of the beach, maybe a little shopping…”
“Mhmmm. What else?”
“… hanging out with friends, maybe go to a party or see a movie?”
“Ok. Is that it?”
“… no… maybe pull the stupid card and…” I let out a loud exhale, he was waiting for my response. “… fall for a summertime love.” I said that last part quietly. I looked at him. He looked down and smirked.
“There you go.” He said. “I was waiting for you to say that.”
“Wait? What?! You knew I would say that.”
“Yes.” He said smiling again. “Every teenager does that, even in Ireland.”
I gasped and hit him in the arm. “You tricked me!!” He started to laugh, and so did I, both of us knowing how stupid we sound.
Rebecca and I finished our laugh and were just looking out into the darkness beyond the fence.
“Its so… mysterious.“ She said.
I looked at her. “Yeah, you’re absolutely right.” Only I wasn’t talking about the darkness but her. I felt like she was sending me messages but she was just so hard to read. Suddenly, something cool was squirted in my face. “What the hell?!”
“Niall, are you alright?” Rebecca asked grabbing my arm. Then I heard her scream. I look at her and she had silly string on her face. I guess that is what is on me too.
“Gotcha ya!!” I heard Louis and Zayn say. I look in front of me and see all of them standing in front of us with cans.
“That was for ditching us.” Harry said laughing. ‘Man! I cannot catch a break.’ I thought.
“Oh my god!!” Rebecca yelled. “I am going to kill you guys!!”
“Ahhh, if I were you, I would run.” Sarah warned already turning to leave the scene. “RUN!!”
They all ran away from us and not soon after Rebecca was after them. And boy she can run fast! I was about to follow her, when she dropped something behind her. It was a piece of paper. I picked it up and looked at it… It was her concert ticket.
I ran after them. They all were on the side of the theater where the trucks were for the band equipment and merchandise. They were running around them spraying each other with silly string, well except Rebecca who didn’t have a can. I heard a scream and went around the side of the one truck. I saw Rebecca jump on the back of Louis and he was screaming like a girl. I started to die of laughter.
“GIVE IT TO ME LOUIS!!”
“NNNNEEEEVVVVVAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!” Louis started to run with Rebecca on his back, he turned around and saw me. “NIALL! HELP MEEE!!”
“NO! I’M GOOD! SHE IS YOUR PROBLEM!!” I yelled back. He just frowned at me. Rebecca covered Louis’ eyes with her hand and then took the silly string can out of his hand. She then jumped off of him. Louis stopped dead in his tracks and stared at her, his face went completely white.
“I won’t be that mean. Lets make it interesting. I will give you a five second head start.” She smiled at him. I chuckled. “Go!!” Louis took off for the hills, running and screaming his bloody head. Someone is going to think he is literally getting murdered.
“HA! HA! HA!” It was Liam. He squirted me with silly string and took off running.
“Hey!!” I ran after him but didn’t have to run far since the can that was in his back pocket fell out and I picked it up. I saw two shadows coming from behind the dumpster. I walked a little closer, still hearing Louis screaming off in the distance. The shadows were Harry and Sarah, I could tell by the hair. I walked around the two trucks and came up behind them, for a surprise attack.
“BOOOO!!!!” I said as I sprayed them. Sarah screamed and Harry sprayed me back.
“C’mon Sarah!!” Harry said pulling her up and both of them running around the side of the truck. I followed them but lost them again. I heard footsteps and walked in that direction. They stopped probably because they heard mine. Someone jumped in front of me, laughing and sprayed me again in the face. I wiped it off of my eyes and saw Rebecca. She looked at me, her face was white like Louis’ before.
“REBECCA!! WHAT WAS THAT FOR??!!”
“Oh my god! Niall, I am so sorry! I thought you were Louis. He got away from me.”
“Sure, sure. That’s twice today.” I started to slowly shake my can. Her eyes dropped to my hand and looked back at me.
“Niall…” She said backing up as I walked toward her. “… I didn’t mean too! Honest!!”
“Sure you didn’t.” I smiled.
“Niall…” She said softly and I saw her slightly smile. She got a quick jump on me and took off running. I ran after her, laughing. She was heading back towards the fence where we were before when suddenly I saw Bob come out of the door from backstage. He saw us coming towards him. He stepped in front of Rebecca, waving his hands in the air telling us to stop. Rebecca came to a halt in front of him and I stopped a few feet away and walked towards them.
“What’s going on, Bob?” I asked, watching Rebecca and then looking at him.
“They’re kicking us out. The security guards of the theater. We loaded up the trucks and they want us out.”
“Well, isn’t that nice.” I said sarcastically. I looked at Rebecca and she was looking at Bob.
“I--” Bob started to say but I cut him off.
“Hold on for a minute.” I sprayed whatever was left in the can at Rebecca, which turned out to be a lot. It must have been a new can. I watched her facial expression as her jaw dropped in disbelief that I was doing this to her. The can ran out and I looked her up and down, she was covered, mostly her head and shoulders. I started to laugh.
“So. Not. Cool.” Is all she said in a stern voice. I looked back at Bob and he gave me a thumbs up. “Don’t think I didn’t see that because I did.” Rebecca said. Bob started to chuckle.
“Continue, Bob.” I said.
“Oh, I was going to say that I came out here to round everybody up.”
“Round us up for what?” I heard Liam say from behind me. I turned around and saw everybody coming towards us, revealing their hiding spots.
“Its time to go.” Bob said.
“Awww, you’re no fun.” Louis said pouting.
“It wasn’t my decision. I would keep you guys out here for hours.” Bob said smiling. I smiled at him.
Louis came closer to get a better look at Rebecca. “Ha! Who got you?” Louis asked Rebecca, pointing at her.
“Who do you think?”
I shook the empty can so you could tell it was empty, because you couldn’t hear anything sloshing around inside of it. Louis stepped closer to me. “Nice!!” He raised his hand for a high-five and I slapped it, taking my eyes off of Rebecca for a slight minute. Wrong decision.
When I looked back, she was right in front of me, her face wiped as clean as possible. She was smiling an evil smile. Next thing I knew her hand was in my face, slapping me with the silly string she wiped off. I stumbled backwards.
“Jerk!” She said laughing. All I heard after that was a bunch of “Oooos!” and “Ahhhs!”
“You’re not mad at me, right?” Niall asked me, handing me some paper towels.
“No. I got my revenge, so were even now.” I smirked. He just smiled at me.
After Bob came to get us, we all came back to the dressing room to clean ourselves up before we left.
“Where did you get the silly string anyway?” I asked out loud to anyone who wanted to answer.
Zayn was the lucky one. “We have a rule when we go on tour. To always have toys. And that was one of them, that was stashed away in the toy draw, waiting for the perfect occasion. And you guys were fortunate to be part of it.” He laughed.
I smiled. “Yeah. Well thank you for that. I think it was a great way to end your tour. Don’t you think? Go out with a ‘Bang’!!” I looked at Sarah and she was smiling at me.
“Yeah, you’re exactly right.” Niall said with a smile looking at the other boys who were smiling and nodding too. They seemed to be thinking about something, probably going back over all the memories that they made on this tour. Suddenly, there was a knock on the open door and a man, who I didn’t recognize, was standing there. We all looked at him.
“Excuse me, but I really need the young ladies to leave.” He said and then he walked away, and Bob walked in with a sad look on his face.
“Who was that?” Sarah asked.
“One of the theater’s security guards.” Bob replied.
“Oh.” She said, and she looked at me with sad eyes. I got up to throw out my used paper towels. I looked at Bob, and then at Sarah and then around to each of the guys.
“Well, ahhh… I guess we should go then.” I said.
“Wait?! Can we all take a picture together?” Sarah asked.
“I don’t see why not.” Harry said. He smiled at Sarah.
Sarah handed her camera to Bob. “Do you mind?”
“No. Not at all.” Bob said with a smile. We all bunch together for the photo. Sarah stood between Zayn and Harry, then it was Liam, and I was between Louis and Niall. Niall’s warm touch around my back brought back memories of the airport. We took a couple pictures. A couple with nice smiles and a couple with silly faces.
There was another knock at the door. Only it was the One Direction manager. “We really need to leave and so do the girls.”
“Alright, alright, they’re coming.” Niall said sternly, almost annoyed. I looked at him but then was suddenly pulled into a hug by Louis.
“Bye, buttercup. I will miss you.”
I smiled, hugging him back. “Bye Louis. Thank you for everything. I had a blast.”
He pulled away from me and smiled, letting the other guys say their goodbyes. I gave Harry, Liam and Zayn a hug as well and thanked them for everything and explained how much fun I had. They accepted.
“You guys were really cool. Unlike our other fans who do the weirdest things sometimes when they come backstage.” Zayn said to me and Sarah. “You don’t know what it means to have fun sometimes, especially with fans like you guys. It is very rare. So thank you.” Zayn finished, and Sarah and I were smiling. We each hugged him once more.
I turned around expecting to find Niall standing right next to me waiting for his hug. But he wasn’t. He was off to the side, leaning over. I tried to peek around to see what he was doing. I wasn’t very successful. All I saw what looked like to be a pen and him writing something down. I walked behind him.
“Niall?” I said softly. His head perked up and he put the pen down and turned around to face me. I saw him stuff a small piece of paper in his pocket. I was a little confused but chose to ignore it. “I just wanted to say goodbye.” He smiled at me.
“C’mon, I will walk you out.”
I smiled at him and nodded.
Niall, Sarah and I walked out towards the black curtain area. And of course Bob too. Niall stopped, making us all stop as well.
“It was nice meeting you, again, Sarah.” Niall said as he hugged her.
“You too Niall. Thank you for everything. You guys made my dream come true.” Sarah said rather calmly. I was really surprised.
Niall looked at me, then the floor, then back at Sarah, scratching his head.
“Ohh, say no more.” Sarah said. “I’ll leave you two alone.” She turned to walk away and she winked at me. I smiled at her, and turned to stand right in front of Niall, but caught a glimpse of Bob in the background. I stared at him. Niall turned around to see what I was staring at and noticed Bob. Niall cleared his throat. Bob was hesitant.
“She isn’t going to kidnap me, Bob.” Niall turned to face me. “Right?” He smiled.
I giggled. “No.”
Niall faced Bob again. “See?!” Bob turned around and walked away. Niall turned back around and looked at the floor. He shook his head. “Sorry, ‘bout that.”
I giggled again. “Its Ok, Niall.” I said softly. He looked up at me. “I just wanted to thank you for everything.” Without thinking, I grabbed his hand. “I had so much fun.” I smiled. He pulled me into a big hug. I felt his arm muscles tighten around me as he hugged me. I hugged him back putting all my strength into it.
“You’re welcome.” He said muffled into my shoulder. I smiled. We finally pulled away from the hug, I was still holding his hand somehow. I smiled at him looking into his eyes.
“Good luck on the album.” I said softly.
“Thanks.” He smiled, but it was a little sad. I gave his hand one last squeeze, trying to remember everything that happened, since this will be my once and only chance every to come this close to him again, besides the airport. I dropped his hand and started to walk away.
I was only able to take a couple steps forward before he grabbed my hand again. “Wait!! Rebecca!” He pulled me to spin around and face him. His warm touch made my hand tingle.
“Yes?” I asked a little confused.
He looked down and put his hand to his back pocket and pulled something out. It was the piece of paper from before. “You dropped your ticket before.” He said, handing it to me and closing my fingers around it. I looked down, opening my hand. It was my ticket, folded in half, with the information side out. “I signed it for you.” I looked at him and smiled. He slightly smiled, looking down at the floor again. I think I am about to cry.
“Thanks.” I said, he still didn’t look up. I pulled him into a hug that he wasn’t expecting. He hugged me back and I pulled away not even looking at him, because I felt a tear roll down my cheek. I walked away from him again. ‘Why am I crying? You knew nothing was going to ever happen between you two.’ I thought.
“Have a great summer, Rebecca.” I heard Niall say behind me, making me stop for a minute, absorbing what he just said, then continuing on. I walked threw the black curtain and down the steps that Sarah and I came up before from our seats. I look up to see Sarah at the end of the gate we came threw to find our seats before the concert.
I looked down at my hand, and opened it. Then I stared at the ticket. I decided to unfold it and look at his signature. Only it just wasn’t that, but something much more. Something I never expected to ever happen. I turn around to look at Niall behind me in the distance, only that he wasn’t there. I looked back at the ticket and read it over again to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.
REBECCA, TEXT ME.
808-555-1107 ~NIALL HORAN :)
‘Oh Niall. You gave me so much more than just your signature. You gave me a fantasy. You gave me the best summer ever!! I hope…’ is all I thought as I walked toward Sarah again, and tucking the ticket in my laminated backstage pass that dangled around my neck.