It was a long flight to London, and despite my best efforts, sleeping on the plane, just wasn't happening for me. No one else seemed to have a problem with it though. I decide to text my mom.
Me: Hi mom. R U there :-)
Mom: Yes honey, how are you? How is your arm and Amelia's neck?
Me: Better. Zayn has arranged for a doctor to come to the cottage and take our stitches out next week. My arm is still sore if I strain it too much. How r u and dad?
Mom: We're fine but miss you both. I still can't believe that you're on your way to London with "One Direction". You girls must have made quite an impression. I know you're an adult and your sister is practically one too, but please be smart and safe this summer. OK?
Me: Yes mom, I <3 U, g2g. xoxo
Mom: I <3 u too. xoxo
I really love my mom.
For the rest of the flight I try to preoccupy myself by playing games on my I Phone, reading and watching the in flight movie. I was relieved when I finally heard the overhead speaker crackle to life, "Ladies and Gentleman, we will be landing in London in about 5 minutes. Please return your seats to the upright position and buckle your seatbelts. Thank you for flying Air America." I put my hand on Niall's knee and give it a squeeze.
"Wake up Sleeping Beauty, we're here". A smile appears on his face.
"You shouldn't do that, it turns me on" he says and winks at me.
I can feel myself blush as I bit my lip not knowing how to respond. He laughs, raises his seat and puts his belt on. I take a glance around to make sure everyone's up. Mia and Zayn are still sleeping behind us. I unclip by belt, sit up on my knees and turn to face them. "Hey, you guys, wake up." I whisper, trying not to startle them. Zayn's eyes open first. Just then, the plane hits some turbulance and lurches forward, I stumble out of my seat and land on Niall's lap. I can feel his hands wrap around me, our lips only inches apart. All I can do is stare into his beautiful blue eyes. I can feel my cheeks getting warm and I bit my bottom lip again.
"Ahem" I hear someone clearing their throat, "Miss, please return to your own seat and fasten your seatbelt", it's the flight attendant. She looks amused and a tad envious.
"S-sorry, I fell." I mumble, as I sit back down in my seat. I look over and can see Lou and El staring at me, smiling. "I fell", I repeat.
Lou just chuckles "Yeah, sure you did..." he says. I can't help but smile, and blush at the same time.
"Can you help me with something tonight?" I hear Mia ask me from behind.
"What's that?" I ask, wanting to know more before committing myself.
"A surprise, for Zayn... Well, for all the guys actually. A 'thank you of sorts", she whispers.
Hmm, that was vague, "If I can, I will..." I respond, as I feel the wheels touch down on the runway. Thank god.
All I can think about is the party tonight, I can't wait. I have something special in mind that I need Liv's help with. The boys don't know this about us yet, but we both play guitar. I got my first guitar when I was 5. It was pink and had 'rhinestones' all over it. It was my most prized possession until I got a 'real' one at age 10. I've been playing and singing ever since. Liv started playing the guitar when she was in Junior High, grade 8, I think it was. She has a lovely voice, but is more shy about letting people hear it than I am. Usually, we just kick back at home and sing when we're alone together, or sometimes we'd play with Lauren and Katie out in their garage, but I'm going to try and convince her to do a song with me tonight. I know just the one I want to sing. This is going to be awesome!
I can feel the plane come to a stop and hear the doors open. We all undo our belts and stand for a much needed stretch. "Let's go love." Zayn says, as he grabs my hand. As we walk through the airport with security on all sides, I can't help but wonder why we need any, as it's so late and the place is almost deserted. That's when I hear the first scream, followed by, like hundreds more, and see a huge crowd closing in on us fast. Security makes a human chain around us as Zayn grabs my hand tightly. "Just keep walking, were almost there", he whispers, as Harry comes quickly to my other side. I glance back at Liv, She's between Niall and Liam, who are doing their best to keep her from being pushed around, she looks pale.
Lou and El are having a little more fun with it and stop a couple times to sign autographs. Then I notice the boys steer us towards another boarding gate. "Where are we going?" I ask.
"You'll see", Zayn says, as we all walk through. The door closes behind us and I can no longer hear the screaming choas outside.
"Holy crap! That was a little bit crazy!" I say, trying to sound calm and collected. Liv shakes her head in agreement. As we continue to walk we find ourselves outside under a blanket of stars and there in front of us is a big, black helicopter. Paul quickly opens the door for us and we all jump in, I can see Liv hesitate, "It'll be ok, c'mon" I reassure her.
"What about our bags and things?" I hear her ask. Knowing what the boys' answer will be, I shoot them a look and say quite mockingly, "Yeah, yeah we know...It's "All taken care of, loves". They all smile and nod. As we all get buckled, the heli lifts off and I can feel my stomach flip flop. This is a first for me. I think there may be alot of 'firsts' for me this summer.
Just before sunrise, the heli lands in front of the biggest, most beautiful house I've ever seen. It has a fabulous sea view and large gardens that span the huge property bordered by low stone walls, fields and a narrow lane, which leads to a private beach at a place called 'Rinsey Cove'. A raised, huge, circular stone patio, with tables and chairs makes the most of the panoramic view. It has the most spectacular inground swimming pool and hot tub.
"This is your guys idea of a cottage?" I mumble, completely blown away. Just then I see someone exit the massive house and walk towards us.
"Boys!", he says.
"Uncle Sime!" they all shout and take turns giving him a quick hug.
"No friggin' way!", I say, maybe a little too loudly.
"Hope you like it, it's yours for the summer. And who are these two lovely ladies?" he says, as he looks at Liv and I.
"I'm Amelia and this is my sister Olivia. Hey, I've always wanted to know, are you really as big of an ass as you seem on TV?" Everyone, stops and stars at me with their mouths open. "What?! It's a valid question!" I snap. Simon chuckles and puts an arm around me "Don't believe everything you see on TV. Zayn told me about you. He was right, you're very... 'forward', fortunately for you, I like that in a person".
He leads us all into the house. "There are 10 rooms in this house, each with their own bathroom. An eat-in kitchen, large formal dining area, sitting room, game room with everything from video games to table tennis and a music room with instruments, just in case one of you gets 'inspired'. You've got enough food for a week, not including the party food for tonight. The Heli will come back weekly to refresh your supplies. No one knows you're here and you're so far out you shouldn't have too many interruptions. Relax and enjoy yourselves", he says.
"Are you staying?" Liam asks.
"No, I'm headed back to London on the chopper now. You'll see me again before the summers through though. Bye boys. Oh and before I forget, Nialler, there's a surprise in the kitchen for you..." he says. I watch him walk back out the door.
"Liv, can I talk to you privately for a second" I say, as I grab her hand and pull her aside. I have some convincing to do.
Liv's been so quiet since we left the airport, I hope nothing's wrong. Mia just pulled her over for a 'private conversation', wonder what that's about. "I'm going to the kitchen!..." I say and excuse myself. There are brown paper bags sitting on the counter and as I grab one to look inside, the aroma hits me and I holler "NANDO'S!!!, I LOVE UNCLE SIME!!!". Everyone laughs as we gather around and dig in.
"What is this? It's really good!" Liv asks.
"Peri, Peri Chicken" I say, pleased to see a smile on her beautiful face. She's eaten about a quarter of her plate when I look over and see her eyes getting heavy. She's the only one who couldn't sleep on the plane, and no one slept in the heli. I wipe my mouth with a napkin and walk over to her. She smiles and puts her head on my chest. "Hey, want a lift?" I ask, she nods as I pick her up, bridal style, and carry her to bed.
We take the first bedroom at the top of the stairs which is also conveniently the closest one to the kitchen as well. She's asleep before I can lay her on the bed. I pull the curtain closed to block out the sunrise and shut the door behind me as I leave. As I enter the kitchen I can see Mia's already wrapped Liv's plate up with saran and put it in the fridge for her later.
She looks at me with a smile and whispers "Thanks, Niall."
"For everything you've done for her" she says. I put my arm around her shoulder and give it a squeeze.
I settle back down to finish my Nando's and the boys and I start to plan tonight's party. "Should we invite anyone else or just keep it private? Liam have you heard from Dani?", I ask.
"Yup, she's coming. She should get here sometime this afternoon. Does anyone object to just keeping this one small?" Liams asks.
"I think we're all a bit tired still, so, no, we're fine with keeping it small" Lou says, looking at El.
"Why do you always have to have things your way?", Harry snaps, glaring at Liam. He gets up abruptly from the table "I'm going for a walk!" he snaps, as he slams the front door. I can see Liam throw his head back and close his eyes.
"Excuse me, I have to go deal with this" he says calmly before walking out to catch up with Harry.
"Ok, what the hell is going on with the two of them?" I ask, looking from Zayn to Louis to Niall. They shrug their shoulders and continue eating. I hope it works itself out soon, or it just might end up ruining everyone's summer.
"Hazza! Wait up" I call, jogging to catch up with him. "Look, I'm sorry Mate, I had no right to tell you to back off Katie the other night. It's just that she seems like such a ... well, anyway, It would be a shame if she got hurt is all. If we see her again, I'll butt out. I promise." I say.
"What makes you think I would hurt her, Liam? That's what everyone thinks and I don't know why", Harry asks.
"Well, maybe it's because of your history...there have been, you know, quite a few and after you...you seem to get bored", I say trying to choose my words carefully.
"Only because I haven't met the right girl yet", he says.
"Ok well, my apology is sincere. We good?" I ask.
"Yeah, I guess so" he says kind of sulkily. I give him a shove, and he shoves me back. Then we race back to house to make more plans for the party.