Every single day, I dreaded going back to work. Every single day, I had to sit across from Harry. He tossed a few paper balls towards my direction and I instantly threw them in the trash, except one that had scribbled writing on it.
I don’t deserve this treatment. Please talk to me.
I scribbled a quick reply and threw the ball back at him. He looked up at me with sad eyes and I shook my head, then turned my attention to the computer. Ignoring him didn’t exactly help with my current situation. I needed to go out.
“Hey Stella, Jade and I heading to the club. Wanna join?” Perrie approached me with a smile. The week was finally over and we were all gathered outside the building. “Sure.” I smiled and we all called for a cab to bring us to the club. We got out out of the cab and entered the club.
The club was almost packed and immediately we walked to the bar. “Stella!” A voice called out from the crowd. I saw that Zayn had emerged from the crowd. I smiled and greeted him with a hug. “Hey Zayn!”
“What are you doing here?” He asked as he pulled away from the hug. I motioned over my shoulder at the bar where Perrie and Jade were sitting. “How about introducing me to those friends of yours?”
I brought him over to where the girls were sitting. “Jade, Perrie, I’d like you to meet Zayn. Zayn, I’d like you to meet Jade and Perrie.” I introduced Zayn to my friends. Zayn shook hands with both of them until he met eyes with Perrie.
I knew the look they both had. Jade and I exchanged glances, then moved a few seats over to give them privacy. “It seems like Perrie has found her match.” Jade smirked as she took a sip of her drink. I took a sip of mine and agreed.
Afterwards, we exited the club and Zayn suggested to take Perrie home. “Don’t have too much fun.” Jade smirked as she hugged Perrie good bye. I hugged Perrie and Zayn before they left. Jade and I each called for our own cabs to take us home.
The weather soon began to drop as the season changed from summer to fall. I was going to miss the warm summer air, but I didn’t mind the cool gentle breeze of the wind. I hadn’t mustered enough courage to visit Harry.
I was just walking down the street when I had bumped into someone. “Stella, hey.” Louis smiled. He gave me a hug and pulled away. He intertwined his hands with a girl beside him. “Hey Louis.” I smiled. It was odd to see him stand before me. Why was he in New York?
“This is my fiancee Eleanor.” He introduced me to Eleanor. I saw that Eleanor was a beautiful girl. She held out her hand towards my direction to greet me. I shook her hand and smiled, “Nice to meet you.”
“It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’ve heard so much about you from Louis. He tells great stories about his friends.” Eleanor smiled.
“Why haven’t I been told these stories?” I raised an eyebrow and smirked. Louis became a bit red and I let out a chuckle. “I’m only teasing you Lou.”
“Why don’t you come to the wedding?” Eleanor suggested.
“Me? Oh, I shouldn’t-”
“I insist.” she interrupted. I couldn’t turn down her offer and agreed to go to their wedding. She wrote down the address for me and the date of the wedding. I thanked her and parted ways with them after talking to them for another five minutes.
It was finally the day when I decided to pay Harry a visit. He’d probably be surprised to see me, but I had my doubts. The cab arrived in front of the building and I paid the driver. I entered and stepped into the elevator to take me to the floor Harry was on.
After fourteen floors, the elevator finally stopped on the fifteenth floor. Harry’s apartment number was 1520. I arrived at the door and reached my hand up to knock, leaving it idle. Was I really going to go through with this?
What would be my reason to see him? Hey Harry, I just wanted to drop by and say ‘Hi.’ No, that’s stupid. I cursed silently under my breath and absentmindedly knocked on the door. Why did I just do that? I waited a few minutes and then the door opened.
Harry wore a navy blue t-shirt, dark jeans, and only wore socks. His hair was a mess, but it was always like that. The only thing missing was-
“Stella, what are you doing here?”
“I uh, wanted to drop by for a visit.” Why? Why after sixteen years of schooling did I come up with that? Stella, can you be a bit more creative? Harry nodded slowly, but still he didn’t let me in. “I came to apologize for my actions.”
He still didn’t move or say a word. What do you want from me Harry? “Will you please stop making this difficult for me?” I asked. A smile played on his lips as I rolled my eyes. “Harry.” I was becoming irritated with this guy.
He smiled, “Fine, I won’t torture you anymore.” He stood aside and I uttered a small thank you before stepping inside. Harry couldn’t have been anymore annoying. He closed the door behind after I entered.
Harry’s apartment was nothing like the one in Los Angeles. Of course, this apartment was much nicer. There were two glass doors before me in the living room, which the sun shone through, that lead to the balcony.
At the end of the hallway was where his bedroom was located. I figured that one of the doors led to a bathroom. The living room was spacious, but still a white couch sat in the room. Even his kitchen was quite large and there was an added dining area.
“Want anything to drink? Coffee? Water? Tea? I hear you like water.” He walked into the kitchen and pulled out a bottle for me to drink. I thanked him and took a sip of my water. On the counter sat two pictures. One, I recognized the female as his older sister, Gemma. The other, I didn’t recognize.
“My mom, Anne. I never put it out in the living room because it never left my bedside table.” He said. He must’ve noticed that I’ve been looking at the picture for too long, but it seemed that he didn’t mind.
“What exactly are you doing here?”
“Apologize. I came to tell you that I was sorry for pushing you away all those times.” I said. He nodded and then took a sip from his mug. He was staring at my chest, but when I looked down, I saw that he was staring at the necklace that hung from around my neck.
“You’re wearing the necklace.”
“Ten points to Captain Obvious.” I mumbled sarcastically as I rolled my eyes. He reached out and touched the pendants. “I just can’t believe you’d wear it. I thought-”
“I was never fully over you Harry.” I said quietly and looked down at my hands. He walked over and began to caress my cheek. I simply melted into his touch as I looked up into his green eyes.
"Promise me something Harry." I turned towards him as we sat on the beach together. The waves crashed against the soft sand. It was the weekend before prom. It was the only weekend Harry and I ever got to talk about our futures.
"Yeah, anything." He said.
"Promise me that you'll move on from me. Promise that you'll forget me and hopefully find a girl to settle down with." The tears were beginning to form in my eyes. It was already difficult enough for me to think this way.
"You're stubborn Stel." He said. "Look at me," He took my hand as I looked into his eyes. "I promise to find a girl to settle down with. I promise that I will love that girl for as long as we both shall live. But I promise to make sure that you're that girl.
"No matter how many times I move onto another girl, my heart will always belong to you Stella Anne Taylor. I love you and no one can take that away from me." He leaned in and kissed my lips.
Those words echoed in my mind as I thought about them while he caressed my cheek. It was then I did the unthinkable. I kissed him.