She's not Afraid

Charlie Evergreen isn't your average 19 year old. She was taken when she was thirteen, kidnapped by some of her closest friends. She was taken to a secret compound, far in the merciless regions of the Mojave Desert.
That's when the truth came out. That almost 500 children are taken every year, mostly from poorer homes. The agency Charlie was at, had missions to retrieve those kids, to step in when the police failed.
So she joins. When she turns 19, she gets a mission. To kidnap Niall Horan, world-famous boy band star, and recruit him. How hard can it be?

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6. Chapter 6

Charlie
        I was nervous. The majority of my unease originates from Sydney's prank. I don't want to look like a fool in front of Niall. But I had to suck it up and get humiliated for this to work.

         I guess I needed to be as carefree as Niall to steal his heart. Oh boy, what mess am I in? I can't back out now. Sydney needs this opportunity to prove herself as a prankster, like Louis.

         The first step in gaining a boy's heart is to earn his respect. So Sydney needs to pull off a major prank to make Louis want her. Gods, this is complicated. I surveyed my outfit. I dressed a little more fancy then usual, but I'm glad I didn't use makeup. Maybe I should change out of the white shirt.

"You ready yet?" Chloe's voice wafted from the hallway, accompanied by a knock. I opened the door to see a dressed up Chloe. "Artsy." I comment. "Really?", Chloe asked, "I totally just grabbed whatever looked good enough." I laugh "Let's go downstairs.

        I reached the living room to see Sara and Sydney. Sara surveyed my outfit. "Am I overdressed?" Sara said, clearly worried. "Nope." I replied. "I'm going to check on the dinner,"

        I nervously made my way to the kitchen. I made some chicken quesadillas, the only food I can make, and some homemade guacamole a few hours ago.

        I put the quesadillas in the Panini maker again for maybe 15 seconds each, just to get them warm again. By the time I finished heating them up, arranging them on a plate, and putting the guacamole out, the doorbell rang. I hurriedly went to see Chloe open the door.

"Come on in!" Chloe smiled warmly.
"Thanks for inviting us." they chorused as they walked in. I went to go and give Megan a hug. "You look great!" I comment. "Thanks. I love your top. Megan replied as she smoothed out her outfit.
"Training buddy!" Niall shouted, engulfing me in a hug.
"I thought I was your food buddy." I smirked
"I like food buddies better." Niall agreed.
"I don't even want to know." Sydney shouted and Louis gave her a high-five
"You look gorgeous." Harry informed Sara. She blushed and I gave her a wink. "Did you finish that sketch?" Zayn asked Chloe timidly.
"Um.", Chloe said," Yeah. I'll show it to you after dinner."
"I feel like this room is full of inside jokes." Liam complained "Let's go to the dinner table.", I ordered," I'm hungry.". With that we marched to the table. I purposely snagged a seat sandwiched between Niall and Sydney. 
"This looks like heaven." Niall breathed. "Homemade." I replied. "You can cook?" Niall said. "Why so surprised?" I asked, teasing. "The same reason people get surprised when they see me eat.", Niall retorted," It is unknown."
        We began to eat. It wasn't surprising when every pair struck up their own conversation. Maybe dating these boys will be easier then I thought. Look, everyone is already comfortable with each other.
"Have you heard of Nando's?" Niall asked, clearly wanting to strike up conversation. I smiled
 "Nope, never even heard of it."
"So you've never been to Nando's." Niall said, unbelieving.
"Nope.", I replied," I guess it's the home of some culinary masterpiece?"
"Yes!", Niall exclaimed," Chicken!"
        Yes,we were discussing food. It wasn't hard because I do love food. Normally it would be boring, but Niall made it fun. For a moment, I tried to tune into the rest of the conversations.

        Louis and Sydney were gazing at the clock. I think they were waiting for the cue of the prank. I heard Zayn and Chloe talking about a new upcoming artist who specialized in graffiti art. I was not surprised when I heard Harry and Sara flirting. I couldn't hear Megan and Liam, but they were speaking avidly.
        "Why don't we go to the living room and watch a movie?" Sydney suggested, a devious gleam in her eye.
"But we are eating!" Niall complained
"You are done." Chloe pointed out.
"We are talking about Nando's.", Niall pointed out," That makes the conversation important."
"No Nialler.", Liam objected," It doesn't."
"This poor girl.", Niall said as he gestured wildly to me," has never tasted the art that is-"
"Niall's lost it." Harry stage-whispered
"Okay, the movie sounds good right now." Louis agreed with Sydney, but a similar impish sheen lit up his eyes. Oh god, here it comes.
"Okay.", Niall said," That sounds fun."
        A murmur of agreement rang around the room and we went to the living room. I went to the cabinet that displayed our movies.
"Look!", Niall laughed," Horror!"
"Who bought those?" I squeaked. I'm sorry, but I loathe horror movies. I don't want to waste my time being scared. Oh, ha ha. The secret agent who has plenty of experience killing is scared. Guess what? I get scared too okay! 

 "Are you scared?" Sydney asked, clearly teasing. "Yes!", I yelled," I am absolutely petrified of horror." "Awwww.", Niall said," I can protect you."
"I wanna watch some Paranormal Activity 3" Chloe declared.
I gave her a death squint as Niall said "It's okay. I can be your cuddle buddy."
"Really?" I asked, giving him puppy dog eyes. "Of course." Niall replied. Flirting is an alien sensation to me, but I liked it. We settled into the couch and played the movie. I knew I would be scared to death, and it did not help when Sydney turned the lights off and closed the curtains.

         Maybe half and hour in, I was already cowering. I hid my face in my palms, shaking. "I got you." Niall said, his accent as thick and satiny as tearing velvet. "Mmkay." I mumbled. Almost 45 minutes later, I sensed a presence behind me. I peeked at the TV screen, but a daunting figure blocked it.

        The creature was one straight out of my worst nightmares. It had a stark-white face with dark canyons underneath it's bloody eyes. It wore a cloak and let out a blood-curdling shriek. I thought the windows might shatter from the horror. A similar beast with glowing green eyes appeared behind it, emitting a pained howl. Liam and Megan screamed, Chloe and Zayn curled up into frightened balls, Harry and Sara were curling into each other, and Niall and I were frozen. I couldn't move. Unfortunately, the worst hasn't been done.  

        The hellish monsters seemed to crumple, but let out one last ghoulish roar. They thrust their hands and a pinkish substance sprayed from the bony fingers of the one on the left and a green substance sprung from the palm of the right. It's safe to say that we all nearly wet ourselves. Chloe looked like she was going to faint, her face pale, but illuminated by the bluish glare of the television.  Harry was curling himself protectively over Sara and Niall tucked my face in the crook of his neck.
        The ghost on the right gave a familiar laugh. The other thing joined it, shaking in gales of laughter. Megan must've plucked up some courage because she sprinted to the light switch. The creatures were on the floor, still giggling uncontrollably. These laughs sounded almost human. Hold on a moment. I walked over to one of the beasts, kicking it. It let out a familiar indignant sound.
"Ouch!"
"SYDNEY!" I screamed. "Yeeeessss." Sydney smiled, all fake-innocent.
"This must be Louis." Harry realized, gaining on. He kicked the other 'monster' in, um, a certain area.
"OUCH!" Louis shouted
"Wow.", Sydney said as she sat straight up," That's got to hurt."
"Why would you do that!?" Chloe yelled, punching Sydney in the arm
"Because it was fun." Sydney replied cheekily.
"Oh shut up.", Megan said
"What is this stuff?", Liam asked, picking at the mystery substance.
"Silly String." Sydney and Louis said in perfect unison
"I have to admit." Sara said," You got us good."
"I almost wet myself!" I said unhappily
"At least you admitted it." Louis said, shrugging
"I think almost everyone was close to needing some Pull-Ups." I retorted
"I can't argue." Niall said, putting his hands up in defeat. "Let's all clean this up." Megan suggested. So we all got to work, although it was all Louis and Sydney's fault. Niall and I picked up the Silly String, Chloe and Sydney cleaned dishes from dinner, Zayn and Louis picked up popcorn from the floor, and Megan and Liam just scurried around helping with everything. It didn't take too long to finish.
"You guys didn't have to help." I said as we had our see-ya-soon hugs.
"We wanted to." Niall promised, tucking my long side bangs (I let my bangs grow out and pushed them to the side with a side part). 
"BYE EVERYONE!" We gave a last shout as they headed down to their houses.
"That was fun." Sara commented and I gave her an exhausted smile. Then my phone buzzed
From: Rob
Good job. Good job on the flirting. Ditto for the rest of the girls. I think you all may pull this off really quickly.

 I smiled before responding.
To: Rob
Just doing my job.
 I went upstairs. I washed my face  and found some pajamas. With that I crawled into bed, dreams of Niall's eyes and his adorable promises haunting my dreams.

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