Look After You

"There's not much time." He croaked, his voice raspy and faint. I watched in horror as the life drained from his pale face. He was dying. My best friend was dying.
He groaned and looked at me pleadingly. "I'm all she has left. If I'm gone she has no one. Please Lou. Please. I need you to take care of her."
I gave him a faint smile, a tear rushing down my cheek. "I will."
My best friend gave me one last hopeful look as the blood continued to flow from his chest. "I need you to promise to protect her. Keep her away from the rest of your band. Protect her like she's your little sister."
I sighed and bowed my head, trying to hide my devastated face. "I promise."

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9. First and Worst

I woke up to Niall's arms entangled around my small body. My head was on his chest and my arms around his waist. His eyes were still closed, his cheek leaning on my head. I didn't wish to wake him but it was already morning, the bright sunlight streaming through the window.

I slowly pulled myself away from Niall, praying he wouldn't wake. Unfortunately, he groaned and his eyes opened lazily.

"Sorry." I whispered. He mustered a smile.

"It's okay. What time is it?" He croaked rolling over on his side. I looked down at the digital alarm clock on the nightstand.

"Eight thirty."

Niall groaned and grabbed my arm, pulling me back down. "It's early. Go back to bed."

I giggled. "Don't you have stuff to do today?"

"We have a concert tonight but it's not until around seven so I think we are okay to sleep another hour."

I rolled my eyes and let him pull me close to him, our chests pressing together. I didn't think what I was doing was right. One day I was kissing Louis, then I'm sleeping with Harry, and now I'm curled up in Niall's arms. I felt like a slut. A desperate lonely slut. Before I could bite my lip, a small tear escaped my eye, sliding down my cheek.

Niall grabbed my face to make me look at him. "Why are you crying love?"

"Nothing." I lied. He furrowed his eyebrows

"I'm a slut." I mumbled. His eyes went wide and he pulled me closer to him.

"Stop Saige. You are not." He cooed rubbing my back soothingly. I sighed.

"Can I ask you something?"

I glanced up at his nervous face. His teeth gnawed at his bottom lip. I nodded.

"Would you, um, maybe want to go to the movies with me later?"

I raised my eyebrow. "Niall Horan, are you asking me on a date?"

He chuckled nervously. "Too much?"

I smiled. "Yes."

"Yes it's too much or yes you'll go with me?"

"I'll go."

Niall sighed in relief. "Okay. Want to go around twelve? It's early but it's easier with our schedules."

"Sure. I'll go get dressed." I got out of the bed and grabbed my things. He gave me a confused look.

"You need three hours to get dressed?"

I laughed. "I need a shower and to find an outfit. It's a lot of preparation."

He joined in laughter with me. "Fine. I'll knock on your door when I'm ready."

I smiled and exited the room.

As promised, Niall knocked on my door at eleven forty five. I was wearing a pair of jean shorts, little bits of fringe at the cuffs, along with mint green quarter sleeve blouse. I thought it was pretty basic but the look on Niall's face made it seem like I was dressed in a ball gown. I bit my lip.

"Sorry. You just look great." He gasped. I smiled and grabbed my purse. "Is Louis here?"

"No. Him and Liam went out."

He sighed in relief and gestured me down the hall. We stepped in the elevator and pushed the down button.

The outside air was windy, and dark clouds crowded the sky, making the sunniest time of the day look gloomy. I sighed and followed Niall into the parking lot. Screw April.

"After you." He said pulling the passenger door open for me. I smiled and climbed in the range rover. Even their rentals were exquisite.

Niall started the ignition and pulled out of the parking lot and down the road. I wasn't sure if America had the same type of movie theaters as we did back in England. I've never left England, and I was unaware of American culture.

"Are you sure we are okay without bodyguards? I'm not good in mobs." My breath shortened at the memory of being surrounded and being unable to escape.

Niall smiled reassuringly and pointed to a duffel bag in the back seat. "That's what that's for. I have some hoodies and glasses for us."

"Us?"

"Yeah. You need a disguise too. People have already seen you with us before. Your noticeable."

I bit my lip as he blushed at his last comment.

"It will be okay. I promise."

I finally nodded as we entered the theater parking lot. It wasn't much different from the ones I've been too. Same look and feel. Same concept.

"Here." Niall handed me a hoodie and a pair of sunglasses. I laughed after I put them on.

"Aren't we a little weird to be wearing sunglasses when it's not sunny?"

"No. It's fine. We are just cooler than everyone else." He chuckled. I smiled and followed him into the theater.

After arguing with Niall on me paying my own ticket, we made our way to the theater, my wallet still as full as before. I scowled as we took our seats all the way at the top of the inclined seats. There were only a few other people seated. Mostly towards the front and middle. I shrugged my shoulders. Maybe American theaters aren't as popular.

"So, are you planning on going to college?" Niall asked suddenly. I turned to his popcorn stuffed face.

That's when I realized that I had never told Ross about my acceptance into my dream college. Juilliard. Actually, I had completely forgotten about it until now. Too much had been going on.

Shit. I told Louis I would go home with him after the tour. I can't now.

"Yeah. I start next semester. In New York."

Niall almost choked on his popcorn. "New York? I thought you were staying in England with Louis?"

I shrugged. "Honestly, I didn't even remember it until now. I got accepted to Juilliard when I was sixteen but I had to wait till I was eighteen to go. It's weird actually, when I found out I was ecstatic. It was my dream and I planned to tell my family on my eighteenth birthday. I guess that dream got crushed."

"Juilliard?!" He almost yelled, his jaw almost to the ground. I laughed at the stares Niall got.

"Yes." I whispered. "I got accepted for performing arts."

"That's huge! It's an amazing school! I didn't even know you were a drama kid."

I blushed. "Ever since I was little I loved the stage. It was the only place I felt welcomed and confident."

"The same with me. But with singing. Honestly, being on stage is fun but sometimes it still freaks me out. I mean, every year the crowds get bigger and it takes awhile to adjust."

"I love to sing. Well, I'm kind of required too, but I'd prefer to play instruments rather than sing."

The corners of his mouth rose. "Really? What do you play?"

"Saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano, guitar, violin, and a little percussion." Wow. I sound like a freaking prodigy.

"Wow. That's impressive. I'm guessing your a big band geek?"

"Yeah. I've played piano since I was really young and started guitar when I was eight. When I was ten I started saxophone and that led me to play every other instrument in my band, all except trumpet. No thanks."

He chuckled at my remark. "Amazing."

"Yeah I miss it terribly. I miss my band director. He was quite amazing. By the time I was sixteen, I was literally playing any instrument that was needed during that selection of music. It was fun and he made me more confident." I smiled at all the memory's of my tall lean band director. He was always encouraging and embraced my talent, when others discouraged. I wish I was still in contact with him.

"I never thought I could find a girl so attractive." He mumbled before he could stop himself. He blushed in embarrassment.

"I'm nothing special." I giggled.

"Are you kidding? Your gorgeous and insanely talented. You have a great sense of humor and you don't take crap from anyone. Your honestly beyond fascinating."

I couldn't help but smile. I grabbed a handful of popcorn and looked to the screen just as the movie came on.

"That was fun." Niall said. I smiled and grabbed the key card out of my purse.

"We should do it again sometime." I suggested pulling my hair from my face. My side braids do not like to stay in place.

"Definitely." He laughed. "You clinging to my arm was hilarious!"

"Thunder literally boomed the exact moment that demon popped out! I was terrified!" I protested. He laughed harder and I couldn't help but join him. Something about his laugh made me want to melt.

"Either way! You were so funny! Everyone was staring at us!"

"Probably because you were laughing so hard!" I objected pushing his shoulder lightly.

"Whatever you say. Hey, are you coming to the concert tonight?" He rubbed the back if his neck awkwardly. First he's laughing then he's nervous?

"I guess. Am I invited?"

"Of course! You can stay backstage if you want or you could sit front row? We always have a spare ticket." He explains. I smiled. It couldn't be that bad going to their concert. Honestly, I never paid much attention to their music. Maybe it's good?

"I'll have to think about whether I'm watching or waiting but I'll go."

"Great! We leave at three."

I looked down at my phone. I had an hour to myself. I didn't really know if I liked the idea of that.

"Sounds great. Thank you for today."

He smiled and kissed my cheek. "It was my pleasure."

When his lips left my cheek I grabbed his face and pressed his forehead to mine. I needed to kiss him but I didn't want to push it. Before I could overthink Niall pressed his lips to mine, our mouths slowly synching to each other. It was slow and passionate, not rough how I expected. Honestly, it felt better this way.

"I'll look for you in the crowd." He whispered. I smiled and gave him another peck to the lips.

"I'll be there."

"I'll stop by your room at two forty five. See you soon." He kissed my forehead and walked down to his room. I smiled and entered mine.

As soon as I sat down on the bed, my smile grew, it feeling to big for my face. His kiss didn't feel like Louis. It felt different. Better.

I grabbed my laptop and went to YouTube. I didn't know much of their music and if I was going to a concert I might as well listen to a few songs.

After listening to the whole album, Niall finally knocked on my door. I didn't think their music was that good. Every song had a great sound and rhythm. I was in love.

"You look really happy." Niall laughed. I smiled and followed him to the elevator.

"I listened to your music."

He raised an eyebrow. "And?"

"Perfection." I giggled as the elevator stopped. The other boys were already in the lobby, standing in a circle by the lounge area.

"Hey Saige!" Zayn yelled giving me a hug. I smiled and hugged him back. "I didn't know you were coming!"

"Niall invited me and I thought it might be nice to go. Apparently, I get a front row seat." I explained.

"That's cool." Liam said.

We followed Liam outside to a black van. I climbed in the back with Niall and Louis. I wanted to sit on the end so I wouldn't have to speak to Louis but he pushed me into the middle. Asshole.

"Where were you last night?" Louis whispered. I rolled my eyes.

"In Niall's room. I slept there."

"Seriously?" He scoffed in disgust. I ignored him and turned to Niall. He was staring out the window and when I said his name he didn't even flinch.

"Niall?" I mumbled poking his chest. He turned to me with a smile on his face.

"Sorry. I was just thinking."

I chuckled. "I could tell."

Halfway through the concert, I had a major headache and my feet hurt, but I didn't care. The music was amazing and at the end of every song Niall looked at me and smiled at my reaction. It was adorable.

When the song 'Strong' came on, I couldn't help but mouth along to it. Something about the song made my heart skip a beat. Niall saw me and skipped over to me.

"I'm sorry if I say I need you. But I don't care, I'm not scared of love." Niall sang. He leaned down from and grabbed my hand, pulling me up onto the stage. By the look on the security's face, I could tell it wasn't a good idea.

"Come on Saige, sing with me." He whispered in my ear. I but my lip as the chorus began again. Niall held the microphone in front of us as we began to sing, me trying to be as quiet as possible so I don't ruin the song.

At the end of the song, the crowd cheered, and some girls gave me death glares. I stood awkwardly unaware of what to do, I definitely didn't want to go back to my spit because I would get torn to pieces but I definitely didn't want to stand awkwardly on stage. Niall noticed my uneasiness and grabbed my hand, dragging me backstage. I was hidden, yet I could still see the boys singing on stage. It honestly was amazing.

The concert stretched on for another hour or two. When they finished they thanked their audience and ran backstage. The screaming continued, even when the boys stood next to me.

"How was it?" Niall asked breathlessly. I smiled.

"Amazing. Why did you pull me on stage?" I frowned. It was fun but unexpected.

"Because I wanted to hear you sing. The whole world deserves to see your beautiful voice."

Heat rushed to my cheeks. "Thank you. It was fun."

"Niall Horan!" A deep voice screamed. I turned around to see a tall bushy faced man coming at us, his face fuming. I cleared back a little at his tall figure.

"Problem Jake?" Niall asked. Jake scoffed.

"You can't just bring a girl on stage! Now everyone will be suspicious!"

"Why would they be suspicious?"

He threw his arms up in disbelief. "You took her on stage, and then you didn't bring her back into the crowd, you put her back stage! You just ruined her privacy!"

"It's fine Jake. It was a one time thing. Just leave it be." He commanded sternly.

"Whatever Niall. You know I'm right." He sighed and turned around, walking towards the other group of men from security.

"I'm sorry I got you in trouble." I said to Niall. He smiled.

"I don't care. It was worth it."

I sighed. "But you got yelled at and-"

"Saige it's completely fine. It's not the first time I got yelled at. C'mon I'm tired. Want to stay in my room again?"

"Sure."

He grabbed my hand, the feeling being enough to make me melt. I smiled and let him drag me outside.

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