I couldn't move for a few seconds, fear gripping my insides. I didn't know what to do to but then something kicked on inside of me and I rushed from my room. I ran in the direction from which the shout had come from, banging into the room opposite mine.
"Harry" I shouted worried, but then stopped in my tracks.
As I took in the scene the fear dissolved away and instead I wore a curious frown. All the boys were standing on the bed looking frightened and Zayn was gesticulating loudly with a nervous look on his face.
"Er, what's going on?" I asked.
"There's a spider!" yelled Zayn, his eyes wide as he clung to Harry's arm.
I laughed at them seeing they were all wearing faces of terror. I rolled my eyes. I wouldn't have expected all five of them to be afraid of spiders.
"Where is the spider?" I asked, walking over to them.
"Under the bed!" Louis whined, peering over the side of the bed cautiously as he stood on it.
I rolled my eyes again, kneeling down to look under the bed. There was in fact a small spider there but not a very scary one.
An idea popped into my head and as I pretended to be trying to look for the spider I called up to them all standing on the bed "I don't want to worry you or anything..."
"What is it?" Niall asked in fright interrupting me.
I cupped my hands picking up the spider and standing up again as I finished off my sentence "but it's actually a tarantula."
It was as though I'd said something far more scary as they all screamed and yelled going haywire. I laughed as they shrieked, Zayn the loudest of them all.
"It's going to eat me!" he cried, looking like he was about to cry.
"No it's not" I replied, laughing still. "I've got it here Zayn, and I was joking, it's just a small spider."
They seemed to relax a little at this.
"Just take the horrible thing away" Harry ordered me and I just gave him a cheeky look. I knew Harry was afraid of spiders but he never ever would admit it to anyone.
"You sure you don't want a look?" I offered shoving my hands in their face and making it as though I was going to chuck it at them.
Zayn yelled and suddenly there was an ear splitting crack and they all went tumbling down. I jumped back, laughing so hard as they landed in a heap shouting at each other. The bed was broken.
"I was going to say it might break" I managed to say through laughing, as I walked to the window and let the spider out.
I then turned back around to see they trying to distangle themselves from each other and the bed sheets. I giggled, thinking them all like little children the way they had acted and stepping over to help Niall up who was hyperventilating.
"Calm down Niall, the spider has gone now" I told him sounding like I was an adult talking to a child.
He suddenly stood up straight, removing his look of terror and telling me "I wasn't scared!"
I nodded, laughing as I muttered "oh yeah."
"I really wasn't scared, seriously" he told me.
I nodded saying "what ever you say" as I helped Harry up, then Louis, then Liam and then last of all Zayn who was still looking completely frightened out of his mind.
I giggled at him. "I wouldn't have guessed that you were all afraid of spiders."
"I wasn't scared for the last time" Niall shouted at me, looking cross.
I giggled again replying "okay, okay. Niall you weren't scared, but the others were." Niall nodded definitely at this.
"I wasn't scared either" Liam told me quickly.
I looked up at him, giggling another time especially at his facial expression as I asked him "oh really? What was that girly screaming for then?"
He gave me a disgruntled look as the others chuckled, Louis looking particularly smug.
"You were screaming to Louis so I don't know what that smug look is for" I said to him and he dropped the smug look looking surprised that I'd just said that to him.
He looked like he was struggling to think of a comeback, opening and closing his mouth. I just giggled again. For once I'd actually stumped the king of comebacks.
"You are one brave girl" Harry told me, as he was turning to look at the bed with a sigh.
"Well spiders aren't that scary to be honest. There are things a lot more scary than spiders" I replied knowing what I meant by that.
He nodded knowingly as he kicked at parts of the broken bed with his foot. "I may need a different room now or a new bed" he commented.
Louis nodded and told him "there are plenty of rooms. Take your pick."
"Okay, thanks" he replied then walked over to the door, I followed him out still smiling from the aftermath of the spider incident.
"The only thing I'm scared of is never having any food" I heard Niall say from behind as the others laughed.
"Oh and you have claustrophobia to don't you?" Zayn replied his voice now back to normal as he seemed to have calmed down.
Niall nodded uncomfortably answering "yes and that."
"Well that's nothing to be ashamed of" I told him. "Specially since I have an phobia of taking medicine. I can hardly judge you at being scared of spiders."
"I'm not scared of spiders!" he yelled as we all started walking down the stairs.
I surrendered my hands. "Alright, alright, I'm sorry. I meant being in enclosed spaces not spiders."
Niall shot me an annoyed look still which I only smiled at.
"What else are you scared of then Annie?" asked Zayn moving on from Niall's fears.
"Nothing" I replied quickly. Too quickly.
Liam was looking at me cheekily. "Oh really Annie?"
"Oh yes really Liam" I replied.
He sniggered at me and so did Louis. "I bet your scared of chickens or something" Louis commented grinning cheekily as though to make up or not having a comeback earlier.
I shook my head not saying anything, but unluckily for me Harry was now coming down the stairs having chosen his room, a grin on his face. I knew what this meant.
"No not chickens Louis" he called, and they looked round at him. "She's scared knuckle cracking."
Liam laughed and then looked round at me as we all reached the bottom of the stairs. "Well that's lucky that I can crack my knuckles then." And he put his hands together as though to crack his knuckles.
I suddenly went wide eyed already cringing as I moaned "don't you dare."
But unluckily for me again Harry had already cracked his knuckled which only made the others all do it. I cringed at the noise, hurrying into the big kitchen repeating over and over again "stop, stop, stop."
The others were all laughing as I yelled at them to stop running round the table as they all followed me, tormenting me. I hated the sound of bones clicking and anything like that and all of them cracking their knuckles at the same time was not very nice.
"Stop it"! I shouted, annoyed. When they didn't I pulled a serious face. "Please."
Liam was the first to stop, grinning at me and saying "sorry Annie."
I couldn't help but smile back, as finally the others stopped to.
"Well Annie, we have our fear of spiders, you have your fear of knuckle cracking. We're all as equally pathetic now" Harry said as he also smiled at me.
"Except I'm not pathetic" Niall chipped in crossing his arms and looking defensive of himself.
"Er why's that Niall?" asked Louis smirking.
"Because I'm not afraid of spiders!" he told us grumpily.
Then we all started laughing. No matter how scared I was of Jason finding us, no matter how messed up my feelings were I still laughed and couldn't help but look around at them all thinking that maybe things weren't so bad after all. If I had run away I'd have been missing the one thing that was left in the world to make me smile - them.