I Just Want To Run

10% luck, 20% skill,15% concentrated power of will, 5% pleasure, and 50% pain,100% reason to remember the name.

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7. Chapter 7

- Niall's POV -

"Who do you think would be a good boyfriend? I mean, that you would let me date?"

That's just it. Every time she gets into a relationship, everything is great in the beginning. Then bam, they breakup. Del is left heartbroken, and I'm the one who has to fix it. She's too fragile to be heartbroken, and it kills me to see her like that...

"Myself..." I mutter under my breath.

Hey, she's my best friend. I've known her longer than anyone else, and breaking her heart would be the last thing I'd do.

I wouldn't do it.

I couldn't do it.

I can't imagine what I'd feel like if she was crying because of me... and it would probably be in Harry's arms.

He's always looking for a new girl. And girls are always looking to get with him.

The prick.

Over my dead body will Del be with Harry. He's such a player, he'd probably make out with some other girl and forget they were dating.

God I'd kill him if he even thought of breaking Del's heart.

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- Delilah's POV -

I was walking down the hall to go to lunch when I saw a very confused- looking girl.

"H-hi... Can you help me find the lunchroom? I'm new here, so I don't really know where anything is..." She asked.

"Sure! I'm Delilah. Nice to meet you." I said, shaking her hand.

"I'm Katie..." she said.

When we got to the lunchroom, Katie looked really overwhelmed by so many people.

"Here, why don't you come sit with me and my friends." I suggested, leading her over to the boys' and I's table.

After we sit down, the rest of the boys came over.

"Hey Del!" Niall says cheerfully, sitting beside me and putting his arm around me.

"Hey Delilah!" Harry says, sitting down.

"Heyooo." Liam says, sitting next to Harry.

"Vas sapning?" Zayn says.

"So uh, who's your friend Delilah?" Liam asks, staring.

"Oh, right! This is Katie, she's new. This is Niall, Liam, Harry and Zayn. And you'll meet Louis too. When he gets back from suspension..." I say.

"Suspension?! What happened? Do I want to know?!" Katie asks, alarmed.

"Louis punched some kid named Luke when he was making fun of Delilah." Zayn says, distracted.

I give him the death stare. Niall has seen so many death stares, it's crazy.

"What?!" Zayn asked, questioning what he did.

"Smooth, dude." Harry says.

"So, uh, Katie, are you new here?" Liam asks, still staring.

Aw, I think Liam likes Katie. How cute!

"Uh, yeah..." Katie says.

"Cool... So what class do you have next? We all have algebra." Liam asked.

"Oh, I have algebra too!" Katie says cheerfully.

"Hey Delilah? Are you and Niall, uh..." Katie asks, motioning towards us.

"Huh? Oh no, we're just best friends. We've known each other our whole lives, and we've been neighbors since we were born." I say.

"Oh, wow. I've never had a friend for that long... it must be nice." Katie says.

"Well well well, who do we have here?" Luke says, smirking, as he tips me out of my chair and sits in it, next to Katie. He had a black eye and a broken nose from when Louis hit him. Thanks, Tommo.

"I-I... I'm Katie..." Katie says nervously.

"Katie. I'm Luke." Luke says.

Wait. Luke Hemmings, being nice? Wow...

"Luke, just leave." Zayn says.

"Make me." Luke said, glaring at Zayn and tipping his chair so only the back two legs remained on the floor.

Big mistake, Hemmings.

I grabbed the chair legs, and yanked his chair back, causing him to fall backwards.

THUD!

"You'll wish you didn't mess with me, dork. Just you wait." Luke said, getting up, and walking out with his 'posse', Ashton, Michael, and Calum.

"Okay, what just happened?" Katie asked.

"That, was Luke..." Niall said.

"Ohh..." Katie said.

We all headed to algebra, and the rest of the day went as usual.

Niall went to get his board, so I stood by the left wing of the school.

"You're gonna regret messing with me."

Luke.

I was abruptly grabbed by the wrist and yanked behind the wall of the left wing of the school, and Luke pinned me against the wall, holding his arm against my neck.

"Who's the top dog at this school?" Luke asked, demandingly.

I didn't answer and he slapped me across the face.

"Ow!" I screamed.

"Answer the fucking question." He demanded.

"Y-you..." I said quietly.

"Right." Luke said.

He slapped me again, and was hitting me, until someone stopped him.

"Let her be, Luke."

Who was that? It wasn't Niall, Liam, Louis, Harry, or Zayn.

"Why should I? She deserves it." Luke insisted.

"Let her fucking be, Luke!" The person yelled, and Luke ran off.

"Are you okay?"

Apparently I had my eyes closed, because I opened them to see the last person I'd expect to help me.

Ashton Irwin.

Yep, Ashton from Luke's posse just saved me. If he hadn't, Luke probably would have beaten me to death.

He helped me up, and brought me over to a bench.

"Here, give me your phone." Ashton said.

"Why...?" I asked.

"Just trust me. Please?"

I handed him my phone, and he called someone. He walked over to the sidewalk just ahead of the bench and started pacing.

"Hey man, you need to get out here." Ashton said into the phone.

I couldn't tell who he was talking to, or what they were saying.

"Come on man, get out here. Delilah needs you." Ashton said.

Pause.

"Luke beat her up! Now get your ass out here!"

Pause.

"Okay, make it quick."

Click.

"Who was that?" I asked.

"Niall. He's coming." Ashton said, and he sat down next to me.

There was a long silence.

Finally, after what seemed like forever, Niall came out.

"Oh my god Del! Are you okay? Are you bleeding? Any broken bones? Where's that bastard Luke? Why when I get my hands on him..." Niall starts.

"Oh, and thanks for location accuracy, Ashton."

"Ha ha. Now get out of here before Luke comes back."

Niall carried me home. Hey, it's not that far.

"Seriously Del. Are you okay?" Niall asked, for the millionth time.

"Just a few bruises." I said.

Niall unlocked the door to my house and carried me up to my room. He sat on the bed, and I put my head on his shoulder.

He sang softly until I drifted to sleep.

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