Random Encounters.

‘’I like art. I like walking on crowded streets. I like simple things , and I guess I’m the type of person who enjoys spending quite some time alone. I like to walk home along , listening to music as I watch other people walk home as well. I sometimes like to stay alone on Friday nights , and watch a good film or read a good book , instead of going out with my friends. But I don’t like being alone for a long time.’’ I rambled out. He chuckled. ‘’What you’re saying is that you like being alone ,but you don’t like being lonely.’’ He said , speaking with such confidence. ‘’Yeah , something like that.’’ I nodded and laughed softly , blushing slightly , for some weird reason. ‘’And you? What is there to know about you?’’ I asked , smiling at him. He was interesting, and he got my point. ‘’Not much. I guess I am an open book.’’

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1. Chapter One

Summer camp. How funny. My parents always thought I was ‘’socially awkward’’ and that I needed to make friends. I had friends. They just weren’t like the people I was expected to hang out to. They weren’t preppy and popular , like my parents wanted them to be. I didn’t like that type of people , and made that very clear to my parents.

So when I did, they sent me off to this stupid summer camp. The whole summer. Don’t get me wrong , I had only been there for two weeks, but it was awful. Girls were mean , popular , like the ones you see in those American films. 60% of the guys were awfully cute , and the other 40% were complete and utter nerds. There was this one guy , he was mysterious , and he intrigued me , because I never knew how to approach him without looking like a awkward 45 year-old virgin. He had brown hair and absolutely gorgeous green eyes , he seemed like the kind of guy I would like to hang out with.

I was normally very out-going , but I never found the courage to talk to him , so I just watched him from my room window, at night , when he came outside with his friends. They always headed to the small lake , and just chatted for a long time , throwing tiny rocks at the lake.

I’d found him looking at me once , which caused me to blush rather madly and look away instantly. I didn’t know his name , or his age , nor I knew where he came from , but from a distance , he looked so interesting.

On the weekend of the third week , me and my roommates decided to head out to the lake (obviously I suggested it). My best friend , which , gladly , had came with me to this hell, agreed , and so did our friend , so five minutes before midnight , we headed out to the lake. When we got there , him and his mates weren’t there yet. Great. I sat down in a huge rock , as Tara and Hannah wandered around , amazed , just like I had been.

‘’Shit , Scar , finally you found a cool place.’’ Hannah mumbled , causing me to laugh. I hadn’t found it. They didn’t even know how I had found out about it , and I planned on keeping it that way. At least until I found out the guy’s name and age.

Like I expected , five minutes later , the mysterious guy and his two friends appeared , kind of irritated that someone was in their ‘spot’.  I just felt like smirking like an idiot when I saw the frown in the jet black-haired lad , who was very attractive as well. They all were to be honest.

‘’Oi , girls , we are gonna need you to go away , yeah?’’ The one with a ton of tattoos muttered , his eyes focused on Hannah. Hannah’s eyes roamed everywhere , taking every detail of the man.

‘’I don’t think so.. You see, we got here first , so I reckon you lads should be the ones to leave.’’ I said , looking up from where I had been staring since they had first gotten here. ‘’This is our spot babe. Leave.’’ I suddenly heard the guy I had been gushing over for three weeks speak. His voice. Damn , it was so deep and calming. I was tempted to get up and leave. ‘’First of all , I think this is public space , not yours. Second of all , my name is Scarlett , not babe , so I think it would be better if you called me by my name , and not by some ridiculous nickname , yeah?’’ I said ,watching as he pursed his lips and ran a hand through his hair. I don’t really know where I got this sudden burst of sass , but I did and it fell hell damn great.

The smallest lad was attractive , brown hair , blue eyes , his hair pushed back in a messy quiff. Tara was completely glued on him , which made me scoff. Seriously , this girls pissed me off sometimes. Here I was trying to sound all confident and everything , and they were drooling over the boys. They looked older than us , maybe 17 , or 18.

‘’Feisty. I like that.’’ He said after a while , smirking down at me. ‘’I’m Harry.’’ He said ,seconds later. I laughed slightly. So his name was Harry. Interesting. ‘’I’ve noticed you before , Scarlett.’’ He said and I laughed again , looking at him. ‘’Have you now?’’ I asked , raising an eyebrow , acting like I hadn’t been acting like a complete creep during this three weeks. ‘’Yeah. More than once , if I’m being totally honest.’’ He chuckled , and I gave him a small smile , removing my gaze from his , only to look at my friends , who looked like kids on a candy shop. ‘’You can stay here. We’ll find somewhere else to hang out.’’ He said after a while. ‘’No need to. I think Tara and Hannah.. they want you and your friends to stay here.’’ I laughed again. ‘’Yeah. Zayn and Louis have the same thoughts on that.’’ Harry mumbled , elbowing the one with jet-black hair on the ribs to get him to snap back into reality. Soon , the other one , who was probably Louis , was looking at us like he had been when he got to the lake in the first place, and Hannah and Tara were ‘awake’ too.

‘’This is Louis.’’ Harry said , motioning for the blue-eyed boy. ‘’And this is Zayn.’’ He added , pointing at the other lad. ‘’Tara.’’ Tara said and smiled lightly , her eyes going back to Louis again. ‘’Hannah.’’ Hannah said and shyly played with her hair.

Presentations done , Louis and Tara sat down and started talking about their lives , not noticing anyone around them. So annoying. Zayn and Hannah weren’t any better. Sitting on the fresh and wet grass with their feet on the lake , they were also talking about random stuff. They seemed so interested in one-another though. Despite the fact that they had only met twenty minutes ago. Me and Harry stood there  ,watching them , in silence , until I spoke up. ‘’So I guess we should go for a walk? Leave the lovey-dovey pairs alone?’’ I asked , looking up at him , studying all his features. He was beautiful.  The way the moon lightened his face , and made his eyes shine. He didn’t take much time nodding , and pointing to a trail. ‘’That way?’’ He asked , his voice was kind of soft now. ‘’Sounds good.’’ I said , just as softly , and slowly walked over it , hearing his footsteps as he followed me.

We walked in silence for a while , I guess there wasn’t really nothing to talk about. The silence wasn’t awkward though , it was nice , we were just two strangers walking together , because our friends had ditched us to other strangers.

Suddenly Harry must have decided to speak. He looked at me , his gaze burning into mine. ‘’So , Scarlett.. tell me about you.’’ He said lowly , smiling. He had adorable dimples. I looked away from the moon , and then at him. ‘’I like art. I like walking on crowded streets. I like simple things , and I guess I’m the type of person who enjoys spending quite some time alone. I like to walk home along , listening to music as I watch other people walk home as well. I sometimes like to stay alone on Friday nights , and watch a good film or read a good book , instead of going out with my friends. But I don’t like being alone for a long time.’’ I rambled out. He chuckled. ‘’What you’re saying is that you like being alone ,but you don’t like being lonely.’’ He said , speaking with such confidence. ‘’Yeah , something like that.’’ I nodded and laughed softly , blushing slightly , for some weird reason. ‘’And you? What is there to know about you?’’ I asked , smiling at him. He was interesting, and he got my point. ‘’Not much. I guess I am an open book.’’ He shrugged and I laughed , yet again. ‘’You? I would probably take a thousand years to figure you out , and I have just met you. ‘’ I said rather jokingly , but it was kind of true. He was not an open book . He wanted someone to figure him out.‘’ I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life so far.’’ He shrugged again , causing me to stare at him for a bit. I took quite some time understanding it , because he didn’t want to tell me that. What he wanted to say is that he was a common man , with not so common thoughts. And that he wanted everything but to lead a common life. Harry was bitter , and I was only understanding it now. ‘’You’re interesting , I like it.’’ I mocked him , smiling lightly. He looked down at me and laughed , then looked up again. We kept walking , talking about what we wanted in the future , and our plans , and Harry opened up to me , he told me his parents were getting a divorce , and that’s why he was here , to clear his mind. I’d told him ‘’If they weren’t happy..better to break it off than to keep an worthless relationship going , right?’’ ,and he agreed , and we kept wandering until we were both too tired and went back to the rooms , he walked me to mine and I stayed in the door waving at him until he was inside his room. I closed the door silently , thinking Hannah and Tara were already asleep , but to my surprise , they weren’t even there. Probably lost track of time. Any ways , I sat in my bed , smiling stupidly. Finally I’d had the chance to talk to the guy I’d been drooling over for three weeks , and if you ask me , it had been damn great. After that summer camp , I never saw him again.

***

 

‘’Scar! Hurry up !’’ I heard Hannah squeal and I groaned , covering my head with my pillow. ‘’No , you go!’’ I yelled from my room , sighing. Today her mum was coming over to our not-so-fancy flat , and she obviously wanted to clean up everything , and maybe make it look a little more fancy. We had just moved in , here in London , for college. Of course , to welcome ourselves in the flat , Hannah had thrown a party , which ended up badly , everyone throwing up on the huge balcony. Now her mum was ringing the bell and  the flat looked absolutely awful. I ended up getting up because there is no use in fighting with Hannah , she’d been my best friend for at least ten years , so  I knew that well.

Looking at myself in the mirror , I took a deep breath and rolled my eyes at my appearance. I was still wearing the dress I had put on last night , and my make up was all over my face , and my hair , I’d rather not talk about it. Another knock on the door. Hannah was going absolutely crazy. Her mum could be a rather picky person , and I was sure as hell she was going to start rambling on about how we weren’t responsible enough to live on our own if she saw the mess our flat was. I walked out of my room. I figured I’d help Hannah clean and then I’d just go and get ready after her mum was inside. So we cleaned (faster than I was expecting) , and then I went back to my room , and Hannah opened the door to her mum. I got undressed and took a long  shower , taking off all the make up and the dirtiness from my body. Once I was all cleaned up , I got dressed in sweats and a tank top , brushing my hair then braiding it messily to the side. I put my sneakers on and walked to the living room , raising an eyebrow when I saw no one there. Not even Hannah. Then I noticed a small note on the table. ‘’Went for a coffee with mum! We need to get food , do you mind getting it? Thank youuuuuu .x’’ ,it read. I sighed and got a hoodie, putting it on and grabbing my phone , and my keys. I walked out of the flat and locked it.

Once I was walking on the busy streets of London , I felt like getting something to drink , so I stopped at Starbucks. I waited in line , observing the people on the cozy shop. I liked admiring people. I was a people-watcher. It finally was my turn. ‘’Hey ,what would you like?’’ The waiter smiled and I returned the smile. ‘’I’d like a Vanilla latte please.’’ I said softly and before he asked me for my name I added ,‘’Scarlett.’’. I paid for it , and moved to the other massive line , waiting for my latte. Ten minutes later , they called my name , and I took my latte , walking out of the store. My phone started ringing , and I picked up. ‘’Hello?’’ ‘’Scar!’’ I recognized the voice as Tara’s. ‘’Hey! How are you? How is everything going?’’ I asked softly and I heard her giggle. ‘’Sorry , Louis was just talking to me.’’ She apologized and I repeated what I’d said , now in a completely different tone. Louis was one of the three from the summer camp we had been four years ago. Tara and him became great friends , and they had just started dating a few months ago. ‘’I’ve been doing great! What about you?’’ She beamed and I laughed slightly. ‘’Me and Hanns just bought a cool flat. College life sucks to start.’’ I said simply and she laughed. ‘’I think we should meet up sometime? Catch up?’’ She asked softly. ‘’Sounds lovely. I’ll talk to Hannah and then I’ll-‘’ I got interrupted by bumping into someone harshly. ‘’I’m so sorry.’’ I mumbled , wide-eyed as I saw my latte was all over the guy’s shirt. Fuck.  ‘’Tara.. hmm I’ll call you later yeah ?Something just happened.’’ I said , hanging up and putting my phone in my pocket. I looked up , and my eyes , that were already wide , went even wider if that was even possible. ‘’Harry?’’ I said , afraid that the guy standing in front of me wasn’t him and that I’d just make myself look like an idiot. ‘’Scarlett.’’ He said , and gave me a grin.

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