Love, Loss, and Tattoos

(Note: This is my first FanFic and story that I'm posting on Wattpad so it might be crappy. Please be nice and bear with me here >~<) Sarah Bell has been through some really rough times, and she still does to this day. Her parents died when she was too young to remember and was put into many foster homes at a very young age. She ran away from her recent foster home at the age of 15. She is now 18 and lives in an old shabby apartment in New York City by herself where she struggles to survive and pay rent and can barley afford to take care of herself. But, on one fateful day, while roaming the streets of New York City, she meets a guy that will change the rest of her life forever. Good and bad. Nothing will ever be the same again for Sarah Bell. People will fall in love, hearts will be broken and tears will be shed.

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3. Chapter 3

When I woke the next morning I had completely forgotten what happened yesterday until I checked my phone and found a text from Zayn and almost screamed. I was ecstatic and quickly hopped out of bed and made my way to the kitchen to eat breakfast. I made some toast and eggs and ate it in the small living room while I watched TV.

When I finished I threw the plate in the dishwasher and took a quick shower before getting dressed in some black jeans, rainbow neon suspenders, a white T-shirt with the words: I Love Nerds on it with Snoopy in nerd glasses and my North Face jacket because it was really cold today.

I found my Converse next to the door and that was when there was a knock at the door. I went on my tippy toes to look through the peephole and it was, in fact, Zayn.

He was gorgeous as always and I took a deep breath before opening the door. He immediately smiled at me and checked me up and down before saying,

"Morning, love. You ready to go?"

When he called me "love" my heart melted and I couldn't help but smile back.

Was he flirting with me or was it just a British thing? Either way I liked it and I put on my black beanie and Converse before looking back at him.

"Yup," I answered and we headed out of the apartment complex together.

"So, we're going to meet the lads at McDonald's to eat before we head to the club. It was Niall's idea, not ours, of course. How's that sound?" he said and we both laughed.

"Sounds great," I said with a smile and we continued to smile at each other as we walked down the street, but I broke eye contact as I looked down at the ground.

His gaze on me was so overwhelming I just had to look away, but I knew he was still smiling at me.

We kept walking until we reached McDonald's and we stood outside the restaurant.

"They should be here any minute now," said Zayn and checked his phone.

Suddenly, between the huge crowd of people, I don't know how, but I saw them. They were just four ordinary guys walking down the street like everyone else. I noticed Danielle and Eleanor were with them too.

They finally caught up to us and I froze in place. What was I supposed to say? What was I supposed to do?

I watched as Zayn greeted all of them with hugs and handshakes and I just stood there awkwardly like an idiot. They were all staring at me.

"Oh, guys, this is Sarah. She's the one I told you guys about and who's going to be celebrating with us today," said Zayn and they all smiled at me.

"Hi," I said quietly and shyly waved at them.

"No need to be shy, love. We won't bite," said Liam.

"Hard," added Harry with a smirk and Louis laughed, smacking him on the arm.

"I'm hungry!" yelled Niall and we all followed him as he ran into McDonald's and straight to an open cashier.

The rest of us found a big enough table we could all fit in. Liam, Louis, Danielle and Eleanor all on one side and Zayn, Harry and I on the other. Niall came back with a mouthful of fries and bags on a tray. He handed everyone a bag and I looked in my bag to find a quarter pounder, large fries and he handed me a large soda.

"Wow," was all I said as I stared down at the large amount of food.

"Is that too much?" asked Niall.

"No, I've just never eaten so much food. Thanks so much," I said and everyone gave me weird looks.

Niall had a mischievous grin on his face.

"So, you up for a little eating challenge then?" he asked.

"Oh, boy, not again," groaned Liam and face palmed himself.

I looked down at my food and back at him.

"You're on!" I exclaimed.

Niall was in for a big surprise. I could literally eat triple this amount, no sweat.

"Just to let you know, no one can beat Niall in a food eating contest. Not even us," whispered Zayn.

"You'd be surprised," I murmured with a smirk.

"Ready, set, go!" yelled Louis and I started eating my food like there was no tomorrow, gobbling everything down.

At the end I was the victor and Niall ended up falling out of his seat. I couldn't stop laughing at him.

"H-How did you do that?" he asked so amazed.

I just shook my head and plopped another fry in my mouth.

"Wow, now that was impressive. It's not everyday someone beats Niall at a food eating contest," said Liam.

"You're a special little girl aren't you?!" exclaimed Louis.

"So special!" I said and copied Harry's cupcake pose and he crossed his arms in fake annoyance.

"Hey, that's my pose!" he whined and made his face all pouty.

I stuck a fry up his nose and he sneezed it out. Everyone laughed as he tried to play it cool.

"Not cool!" he said and playfully punched me on the arm. After a while we cooled down a bit and had already thrown our trash away.

"So, Sarah, how old are you?" asked Liam very randomly, but at least it broke the awkward silence.

"If you don't mind me asking."

"It's fine and I'm 18," I said and some of them looked pretty surprised.

We stepped out of the McDonald's and I noticed that it was snowing now. I just loved the snow and I stuck my tongue out, catching some snowflakes on it. I closed my eyes and spread my arms out letting the snow fall all over me and smiled. I didn't even know how long I was like that until someone broke the silence.

"Uh, Sarah?" Someone interrupted the moment and I quickly opened my eyes to see everyone staring at me.

My face burned red with embarrassment.

"We're heading to the club now," said Harry with a smirk on his face and they all headed to the van.

"Don't feel bad. I thought you looked like a snow angel," whispered Zayn as we neared the van and my face burned an even darker shade of red.

We hopped into the car and we were soon off to the club that I have never heard of or been to. It was a very big and fancy looking club and I admit, I was a bit nervous. I've never been to a club before. Everyone walked in like it was no big deal and once we were in I was hit with a blast of music and lights flashing everywhere.

It was so loud I couldn't hear myself think and it was humid from all of the body heat. I followed everyone to the bar and Liam ordered eight shots for us and the bartender immediately brought them to us. Liam handed out the shots and I reluctantly took mine.

I mean, one shot wouldn't hurt me, right? We all took our shots together and slammed them down on the counter. The drink burned as it ran down my throat, but then I felt it kick in and I was pumped.

I looked over at everyone and noticed Niall, Liam and Louis sitting at the bar while the others headed for the dance floor.

"Come on, Sarah!" yelled the girls and they literally dragged me onto the dance floor.

We were soon dancing smoothly to the music and I was actually having a good time.

Liam and Louis came along looking a bit wasted and started dancing with the girls so I was left dancing by myself.

"Hey, you having fun?!" I turned around and noticed it was Harry and his hair was ruffled up in a big mess with a big smirk spread across his face.

"Yeah!" I yelled back and we started dancing together.

I didn't notice he was getting closer to me until he was only inches away from my face and I thought he was going to kiss me until Zayn walked in on us.

I had no intentions on kissing Harry so I made it obvious by pushing him gently away and smiling at Zayn who returned the gesture. Harry stumbled a few steps back and then laughed as he walked off into the crowd of dancing people.

"You should watch yourself around Harry. He can be a real flirt," warned Zayn.

I took a look in the crowd where Harry had disappeared and back at Zayn.

"Don't worry I can take care of myself and he's not my type anyway," I said with a smirk and looked at Zayn who was smiling back.

I was lost in his gorgeous brown eyes when the rest of the guys and girls came along and we all started dancing again. I lost Zayn in the crowd, but the others were distracting me from running after him.

We ended up dancing all through the night and taking shots and just having a good time. Liam, Louis and Niall got really drunk so we all decided to leave the club and, for no reason at all, we headed to Central Park. It was good to cool off from the bright lights and sweaty bodies and just take a relaxing walk in the park.

Zayn and I walked beside each other while Louis and Niall were laughing like hyenas and Liam was just talking gibberish and acting really goofy. The girls were trying to calm them down and it was entertaining for Zayn and I to watch.

I looked up at the sky and noticed there was a full moon tonight and the stars were shining brightly in the night sky. I hadn't realized Zayn was staring at me until he spoke.

"So, did you have a fun time?" he asked.

"Yeah. Probably the most fun I've ever had in a long time," I said and Zayn stopped right in his tracks. He was looking right into my eyes.

"Then, how would you like to spend Christmas with us tomorrow?" he asked.

"No, I can't! I've already intruded on your Christmas Eve. It's Christmas! You should be spending it with your family," I said.

I really appreciated the offer, but I didn't want to be a bother. He was being so kind and generous and that was another reason why I loved him.

"Sarah, you're not a bother at all! It was a pleasure having you with us tonight and I don't think the boys will mind; they had a great time with you too.

"Anyway, we don't have the time to see our families for the holidays so the next best thing is to spend it with the people we love."

He was looking right in my eyes and I couldn't look away. Was he trying to say something?

He started leaning in and so did I until our noses were almost touching, but I couldn't do it. I just couldn't. He was already dating someone, Perrie, and his feelings for me could be fake anyway. I bit my lip and forced myself to look away, down at the ground.

"Sorry. I just-I can't. I'm sorry," I said and Zayn looked down at me.

All he did was smile and say,

"Don't worry. I'll get that kiss one way or another."

I smiled back and then Louis and Niall barged in on us.

"Hey guys! How's it goin'?!" yelled Niall.

"I like girls who eat carrots!" yelled Louis.

Liam came stumbling towards us, almost falling over.

"Hey, what're you boys yappin' about? Pip pip didoodleydoo!" exclaimed Liam.

These boys were out of control.

"Let's take a swim!" yelled Niall and he ran towards the lake while screaming,"Potato!".

Louis joined in and took his shirt off while screaming,

"Superman!"

Zayn and I ran after them and so did the girls. We were able to get them out of the water and to the van.

So much for the relaxing walk.

Zayn was the most sober so he ended up driving me home and I sat in the passenger seat next to him. It was a long car ride, trying to keep the other noisy lads calm and in there seats, but the girls had it under control for the time being.

When we arrived at my house Zayn got out of the car and ran over to my side to open my door.

"Wow, what a gentleman!" I exclaimed jokingly and Zayn shrugged.

"I try."

He walked me to my apartment door and we just stood there in the doorway.

"I had a really fun time," I said grabbing my keys out of my pocket.

"Anytime," said Zayn.

I thought he was going to kiss me until he gave me a tight hug and I wrapped my arms around his waist. This was probably the most wonderful feeling ever, being wrapped in Zayn's arms so protectively and safe.

"Goodnight, love. See you tomorrow," he whispered in my ear, sending shivers throughout my entire body.

"Goodnight," I whispered back and Zayn slowly let go of me.

He gave me a small smile before turning around and heading down the stairs.

I sighed as I opened my apartment door and closed it behind me. I threw my jacket on the couch and went straight to my room to change into my pajamas.

I curled myself in my comforter and smiled to myself.

Today was the best day of my life. I got to hang out with my all time favorite boy band, One Direction, and the love of my life. Zayn Malik.

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Ok so sorry it took me so long to update!!! I had major writers block and made a few changes, but here it is! I'll try to post a couple times a week if I have the time. I also want to say thanks for all of the people who've read my story and my first 3 fans (sad I know). But I'm gonna keep writing for my readers! ❤️

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