I managed to get fit, I managed stilettos and I learned how to talk to other people. Slowly disappeared Sally and left became another person. I had no time to think or reflect. It was as if I changed everything and I didn't know what would come out of my shell.
Eleanor laid out the make-up on my kitchen table. She showed me everything and explained what to do with things.
"Makeup is essential!" said Perrie and she began to apply makeup on my face slowly. She did exactly what she smeared on my face and she explained every step. Niall sat on a chair and I noticed a change in him. He hadn't been with the girls for a few days and he seemed to want to be with us all the time.
"But how do I know if it will be good?" I asked. Perrie laughed and she was amused.
"You have mirrors?"
"But what if I..."
Eleanor interrupted me.
"You will learn all we can and all we know. It's like with the shoes, you have to learn."
Niall agreed, and he smiled rather sheepishly at me. He had a dreamy look and I was almost embarrassed that he was there.
"Sally, you're almost done." he said with a hoarse voice. "In a week, this will be felt far away."
I gave him a quick glance.
"But I will never be like that perfect so that Louis approve it?"
"He wont accept you. He'll just realize that you are changing and that we won."
I realized that the days were numbered. What would happen when it was all over? I realized that I probably would return to my old life, but I didn't want to think about that part at the moment. I didn't want to be old Sally. I realized that Niall had been right. He wanted to change me and everything that I was, but I was afraid of my new me. It sounds weird, but I was split in two. One side of me wanted to change everything. One side of me wanted to be old Sally.
"Done!" said Perrie satisfied and released all things. I swallowed and I saw at her that she was happy. Eleanor gave me a mirror and immediately I saw a strange face. It was me in the mirror image, but at the same time not.
"Is this okay?" I asked. Niall nodded and he raised an eyebrow.
"You are super stylish, why haven't you used makeup before?"
I gulped and looked at her.
"I haven't been interested."
"You must become a fan of makeup..." exclaimed Eleanor quickly. "You're prettier than both me and Perrie together."
I disagreed, but all three praised me.
"You've changed!" Niall whispered in my ear. I blushed and I gave him a quick glance.
"On the outside, but not on the inside."
He smiled and ran his hand through my hair.
"Who says you have to change your inside?"
I just stared at him. Now I was a hundred that he was flirting with me. I hesitated and he noted that I had reacted. He laughed lightly and he took his hand away.
"Come on!" he whispered. "I promised you a change and I can't help that there was such a person under your skin?"
"You like me because I'm like all your girls?"
I shook my head quickly.
"No, I like you because you aren't one of them."
Eleanor disturbed us and she came into the kitchen.
"One thing left." she said. "We have to buy jewelry. Much jewelry."
"Then you need me. I know all about jewelry."
We looked at him in surprise and he blushed slightly.
"Yes, I usually buy such to girls?"
"She should have normal things and not things that you buy for your girls, just to get them into bed."
He was a little irritated.
"I don't jump into bed with everyone?"
"Really? Name one girl you've been with?"
He had to think and right as it was a name come up.
I blushed and I just stared at him. Eleanor laughed and she didn't seem to understand that I was startled.
"It was almost a given answer. Clearly you haven't been with your neighbor and she's just a friend who waters your flowers?"
It was the truth, but the words got stuck in my head. "the neighbor who waters the flowers!" Niall saw that I was miserable and I wondered instantly if there was such a person that he saw in me? A girl who watered the flowers.
"I know!" I answered quickly and I chose to leave the kitchen. "Should we buy jewelry?"
Niall seemed to hesitate, and he seemed to understand what I was thinking. He came after us and he looked at me with a thoughtful gaze. It was as if he realized the truth and we couldn't change it. I was also afraid that he just wanted the new girl, not the old Sally.
I got to sit on a chair and then tried Eleanor and Perrie jewelry on me. They were grateful that I had pierced ears and it was as if they felt that ear pendants were important.
"She mustn't have too much on her." said Niall. But Perrie disagreed.
"Jewelry's a woman's best friend!"
"She's going to look like a Christmas tree."
I laughed a little bit and I met his gaze.
"Seriously Niall? It's about habit?"
"But I don't like girls with jewelry everywhere."
I saw at him that he meant every word and he didn't like that I looked like a rich girl.
"Really?" snorted Eleanor quickly. "And you have nothing to say in this issue. She's still not your girl or one of your girls. Sally will certainly have jewelry and you'll be quiet."
"I'm serious. You make her look like a..."
Perrie gave him a quick glance.
"Why do you care? Still, this is a bet?"
I looked down at my hands and I knew she was telling the truth. It was a bet and nothing else. I wouldn't have changed unless the guys had looked down on me.
"But ..." Niall hesitated. "I'm also involved in this and I should..."
Eleanor interrupted him.
"Seriously? Why do you care about what you think? She's not your girlfriend, or one of your girls. Let her have fun."
The gaze that Niall gave me said more than a thousand words. He looked injured and he looked like a confused little bird. I saw at him that he had more to say, but he kept quiet. He sat down on a chair and he let Eleanor and Perrie continue. I felt like the loser. I felt like a dummy and all they wanted was to win the bet.
In the evening, we were seated in Nialls apartment. He put to music, invited all wine and we just talked about general things. Right as it was slipped the subject over on me and Eleanor looked straight at me.
"Why have you been hiding in half your life?"
I was surprised.
"I haven't been hiding?"
She disagreed and she smiled faintly.
"You're beautiful and you were hiding under clothes that were meant for old people. Why haven't you blossomed?"
I understood what she meant, but I had no idea what to say.
"I don't know!" I whispered uncertainly. "I guess I got into a habit and I couldn't bother me over that fact. I have always been a gray mouse, and I haven't dared to be someone else."
I was startled and I looked over at Niall. His question was taken from nothing and his eyes were fixed on me.
"I had one when I was fifteen." I whispered, blushing. "But he just wanted to be my boyfriend to have sex and I didn't want to do that, so he broke up."
Perrie smiled and gave Niall a quick knowing look.
"Yes, those there are plenty of."
"I didn't mean..." he looked at me again. "I just meant that there should have been guys who flirted with you?"
I smiled and I shook my head.
"No, I'm not the type of girl that guys want."
Eleanor disagreed and she smiled big at me.
"But now the old Sally's gone. Now you are all guys' taste."
I blushed and I looked down on the glass.
"So far I haven't seen a single guy who wants me."
I was surprised that Niall opened his mouth.
"You're blind. They are around you."
I met his eyes and it was like he was talking about him. I was flabbergasted and even Eleanor responded. She snorted quickly.
"But Sally doesn't want a horny guy." said she coldly. "She wants a guy who wants to take care of her and that's nice."
"I know!" he whispered, and I think it was just me that heard him. My stomach tingled and I couldn't stop looking at him. It was as if he was trying to say more than what he said and I realized that he really saw me.
"I don't know what I'm looking for." I answered honestly and I tore my gaze from Niall. "You don't know what you want until it stands before you."
Niall smiled weakly.
I looked at him again. This time it was as if we couldn't stop staring into each others eyes. What happened? I was almost afraid of myself, and I saw a new side of Niall. He sat with a wonderful face and he smiled mysteriously at me. He looked relaxed and he seemed committed to comment so that I understood.
"Now you get to give you." exclaimed Perrie and she stood up. "You can't flirt with Sally and you can't destroy her."
I stood before the mirror in the bathroom. I looked at my body, even though I had a nightdress on, I tried to see myself. What was it that attracted Niall? I didn't look like a model, not yet, and I wasn't perfect. Every girl he had brought home, had been like dolls. They had been perfectly made up and they looked perfect. I wasn't that kind of girl and I saw it. But why did Niall then flirting with me?
It was only a week left. I had lost weight and I had a totally different body against before. I was pleased with myself, although I wasn't perfect. Eleanor took me on long rides through the forest and we jogged every morning. Some days it rained, but we didn't care. I thought it was wonderful to get out.
We sat on a bench just to take a breather. I saw that the fall was coming and I enjoyed the cool weather.
"We see it all!" I heard Eleanor say. I was startled and I looked at her in surprise. She laughed a little bit and she blushed.
"We see what's going on between you and Niall."
I almost choke.
"There's nothing going on between us."
She smiled and met my gaze.
"Don't lie to me. Ever since the first day you have longed for him and right now he seems to longed for you."
I swallowed and I looked over at the playground.
"I know I shouldn't flirt with him." I answered honestly. Eleanor agreed.
"I know and I just want to warn you. He's not the right guy for you and there are more that are more suitable out there for you."
The words hurt, but I knew she was right.
"I've always seen him as something more." I said. "I know that he has girls, new girls every day and I have heard what they have done in his apartment."
"Yet you flirts with him?"
I nodded and smiled uncertainly.
"Yes, because he has everything that a guy should have."
"But he's not looking for a relationship. He just wants to have sex and he wont be faithful."
I looked at her, thinking.
"He can change?"
She shook her head quickly.
"Guys like Niall remain idiots. He will never calm down and he's never satisfied with one. He must be crazy, he wants to be out there where everything happens and he doesn't match with a Sally."
We chose to walk home and my mind spun around. What if Niall was able to transform himself? I doubted it, but there was always hope. Niall had transformed me, why couldn't he stop his bad habits? Yet, I knew there was no hope. I knew that Niall would never stay with me and I knew he wouldn't settle for one single Sally.
"Okay!" Niall mumbled. "I've hears from the others that on Saturday we'll meets at the pub."
All sat down and everyone looked at him. Niall smiled and he looked straight at me.
"You will go there and you will mingle around. You can't talk to us and Louis will independently find you in the room. Much like hide and seek."
"I'm not a kid?"
"But it's the only way to convict him?"
I looked at her.
"So I'll be there and just walk around and be normal?"
"And if he doesn't find you, we have won."
Niall laughed a little bit and he was amused.
"Come on Sally, it will be fun?"
"Okay, so on Saturday will it happen?"
I looked down at my hands. Five days and then everything would be over. I realized I had no idea about the future and I knew I would miss my friends. I swallowed and I felt a lump in my throat.
"Aren't you happy?" asked Perrie quickly. I met her eyes and I wasn't sure.
"And then? Once everything is over?"
She didn't understand my question. I chose to smile and I looked at my two friends (not at Niall).
"I will miss you!"
Direct understood both Eleanor and Perrie what I meant. They tore me up from the chair and they gave me a group hug.
"We will continue to be friends." they said in chorus. I laughed a little bit and I could do nothing but become calmer.
"So I will be seeing you again?"
They released me and Eleanor nodded. She threw out her arms.
"Maybe next time we change your apartment?"
"Yes, that would be needed?"
I noticed that Niall sat quietly on the chair. He looked down at his hands and he seemed to ponder. Perrie pushed him teasingly.
"And you get back the neighbor who waters the flowers?"
He didn't answer. He didn't smile and he didn't even look at us. I knew he was hurt, or was he?