After showering I sat on the couch in my room and watched some television. I had thought it over so many times. Maybe they weren’t talking about me. Why would Louis ask Harry to stay away from me? There nothing going on between us is there? I mean sure we’ve had our moments, but I bet they were just us getting caught up in whatever was happening. Harry is my friend, almost like family. Nothing was going on and nothing would ever be. Then why did I feel so unsure?
I shut off the TV, since there was nothing worth watching. I walked out of my room and down the stairs. I entered the living room and found no one there, I checked the kitchen and it was empty. I was surprised they had all left without telling me, but then I heard a shout from down in the basement. I ran down the steps worried that someone was hurt, but it was just Niall and Liam playing video games in the theater, and apparently it was getting pretty intense. I sat down on the couch next to Liam who elbowed me once or twice accidentally while playing.
“Where’s everyone else?” I asked.
No answer. “Guys?” I went over to the system control and pressed the pause button.
“Hey!” They yelled at me in unison, “Turn that back on,” said Niall.
“Answer my question, where is everyone?”
“Zayn went out with Perrie, and Louis and Harry are I their rooms for all I know,” replied Liam, “Can you turn the game back on now.”
I pressed play and they continued their “battle”. I sat back down to watch which was honestly very entertaining. They were screaming at each other half the time and the other half they were screaming at the game. Finally when it ended Niall spoke up.
“So, what’s this that Liam’s telling me about you and Harry, earlier today?”
“What do you mean?”
Liam glared at Niall, but he continued, “Oh you know, just you and him rolling around in the grass together?” Liam punched Niall in the arm. “I’m just saying!” he said defensively.
“Nothing happened.” I said firmly, “We were just having fun.”
“Well, it seems you’ve been having a lot of fun recently,” Niall smirked, Liam hit him again. “Oh come on! I can’t be the only one who notices that something is going on between you and Harry.”
“Everyone is saying that!” I yelled getting frustrated, “That something is ‘going on between us’ what the hell is that even supposed to mean?”
“Amber, I’m sorry I didn’t mean to get you upset,” Niall said quietly.
“Well, it seems like everyone is getting upset! Louis was yelling at Harry to stay away from some girl that I can’t help but think is me, people get mad when we are just goofing off. I swear you’re just blowing it all out of proportion!” I was really angry now. I wasn’t sure who at, but I just wasn’t in a good mood at all.
“We trust you Amber, if you say nothing’s going on, then we believe you,” said Liam calmly, “But even you have to admit you’ve been acting closer to Harry than any of us.”
“Is that a problem? Maybe I just feel more comfortable around him?” I said breathing deeply trying to cool myself down.
“Maybe. And if that’s all you say it is then we trust you okay?” he said.
“Okay,” I replied, “Um, I need to have some time alone, call me if you need anything.”
I walked out of the theater and ran back upstairs. I was rushing up to my room when I ran into someone in the hallway.
“Woah, woah Amber. Are you okay?” Harry asked.
“I’m fine, really.” I replied and convincingly as I could.
“No you’re not,” He said tilting my chin up to face him.
“How would you know?” I said more harshly that I should have, “I am fine, now let me go.”
I released myself from his grasp and went into my room shutting the door behind me. Before I closed it completely I caught a glimpse of his face and he looked shocked and hurt. I had strong feelings of guilt as I collapsed onto my mattress. I looked to the clock and saw it was already eight at night. I wanted to go to sleep to escape everything that happened today, but my stomach growled telling me I was hungry. So I reluctantly got up and headed to the kitchen.
After making myself a sandwich I plopped down in a chair at the table. It was already dark outside, the moon high above the horizon. I was looking out the window and made out a figure standing by the edge of the woods, staring out into the lake. I stood up and looked a little closer to find it was indeed the curly haired boy I had yelled out earlier. I felt bad so I decided to go talk to him. By the time I had pulled on a pair of shoes and gone out the back door he was gone.
I walked out to the place where he had been standing but saw no sign of him. It was dark, but there was enough light from the moon, so I headed into the woods to find him, thinking it was the only place he could’ve gone so quickly.
I trudged along for what seemed like miles, but I had no hope of finding him. I figured he must’ve gone back to the house so I turned around and headed the opposite direction. It took me only a few seconds to realize I was completely lost. I was surrounded by tall trees and couldn’t see a single thing past the few in front of me. I decided on just going back the way I came, but I must have gone off course somewhere along the way, because it was taking me twice as long to get back.
I finally gave up and pulled out my phone to call the house. I dialed the number, but it wasn’t ringing. I pulled the phone away from my ear to find that I had no reception whatsoever, I was also low on battery. I mentally scolded myself for not charging it earlier.
I was starting to get really nervous as I began to hear noises coming from all around me. A hoot of an owl, leaves crunching, the howling of the wind. A cold sweat ran down my back as I heard twigs snap from behind me.
“Who’s there?” I asked, trying to keep my voice from shaking.
I saw someone come out from behind the trees, walking towards me at a rapid pace. I was prepared to defend myself if needed, but they stepped into the light and I realized it was the person I had gone looking for in the first place.
“Harry, you scared the living daylights out of me,” I sighed heavily.
“Amber, what the hell are you doing out here? We’ve been looking for you for hours.”
Hours? I had been gone that long, “I’m sorry I actually followed you in here, but I got lost and I have no service,” I replied pointing to my phone.
“What do you mean you followed me in here? I never came into the woods, except to find you. You’re lucky Niall heard you go out the back door or we would’ve never known to look here.
“Yeah, you should be I was scared out of my mind.”
I raised my eyebrows in curiosity, but he just shook his head, “Never mind.”
“Well actually I meant sorry about yelling at you earlier, I was just upset I didn’t mean to take it out on you.”
“It’s okay. What were you so upset about?”
“It’s nothing really,” I replied quickly.
“I think we’ve both learned by now that ‘nothing’ always means ‘something’,” he said chuckling.
I smiled, “Yeah I guess you’re right. Well it was just everyone’s getting on my nerves. Actually it has to do with the conversation I overheard you having with Louis. Were you talking about me?”
He rubbed the back of his neck, “Yeah,” he whispered.
My mouth hung open, “Really? I wasn’t sure, but wow. Why is Louis asking you to stay away from me?”
“Well, you heard him. He thinks something’s going on between us.”
I laughed sarcastically, “Why does everyone think that? Gosh, I swear that’s all everyone’s been talking about for the past few days. Everyone says ‘oh there’s something going on between you two’ when there isn’t! Right?” I asked, getting a little irritated.
When he didn’t answer me I looked at his face and saw the same look I saw when I yelled at him earlier. I walked closer to him.
“Right?” I asked, softer this time, unsure of myself.
I then saw a new emotion flood his face. Anger. “Sure, Amber. If you say nothing’s ‘going on between us’ then fine! Nothing is! Are you happy now?” he yelled in my face.
He turned away from me sighing deeply and letting out a scream that scared a few birds in the nearby trees, and not to mention, me.
“No, you know what Amber, forget about it. I give up.”
“Give up on what?” I asked, confusion written all over my face.
“You!” he yelled turning around to face me, “You,” he said again, this time in a quieter, sadder tone.
“Me?” I questioned, still baffled.
“You seriously don’t see it do you?”
“See what?” I shouted getting more and more frustrated.
He sighed, exasperated, “Nothing. Never mind.”
“Harry! Tell me. Now.”
“I don’t know how to tell you, okay. You obviously haven’t been paying attention to anything I’ve been doing so--.”
“What do you mean ‘everything you’ve been doing’?” I was tired of asking questions and not getting any answers.
“Gosh, Amber, you really are clueless.”
“What did you just say?” I asked violently.
“You are the most clueless, oblivious, insensible person I have ever met.” With each word he took a step closer to me until he was standing with his chest up against mine. He towered over me, his head titled down towards mine so we were staring right into each other’s eyes.
“Um, I—,” I was at a loss for words.
“But honestly I don’t give a damn.”
With that he caressed my cheeks and softly pressed his lips to mine.