I stood, wide-eyed, as she pulled off her hood, revealing her face.
"Correct," she said, smirking.
"You're the thief?!" Megan exclaimed.
"That's right," she said.
"But this doesn’t make any sense.. Why would you-"
She cut me off. "-rob the Jack Wills stores? Make believe I had no clue who did any of it? I was jealous. So jealous. You always had better things to say than me. I was always "Jennifer Perry from Pop! News." You embarrassed me and that’s what ticked me off."
"You were always annoying to us! You’ve never been bothered by the guys before!" I defended.
"I was supposed to be in your position! They liked you better than me! I should be at Jack Wills! NOT YOU!" She screamed back.
"I’m sorry it’s not my fault! Alex picked us, she’s in charge of us!" I covered my mouth, realizing I had given her the obvious target. "Shit!"
"Alex.. The other woman at Jack Wills the other day?"
"Thank you, Lily. Now, if you don’t mind, I have stores to rob and careers to ruin! Ta ta!" She said, laughing evilly and locking us inside.
I quickly ran up to the doors and pulled hard, trying to get us out. I kicked them and screamed, eventually giving up to find myself lying on the floor crying hysterical. I felt Megan come up next to me and sit down. She hugged me.
"It's ok, you did nothing wrong," she told me.
"Yes I did. I gave her information that I shouldn’t have," I sobbed.
"It was an accident."
I wiped my eyes and stood up, standing over the five unconscious boys. "No," I whispered.
"What?" Megan asked.
"It wasn’t an accident. I need to fix it," I said, blaming myself.
"Lily, there are five guys passed out in front of us and all the doors are locked. How are we supposed to go after her?"
"We need to get them up," I said, walking over and squatting next to Harry. "Harry..."
Megan went over to Liam and Zayn. "Guys, wake up..."
"What are we gonna do?" I asked.
"I know." Megan pulled a spoon out from her bag, and Liam woke up almost instantly.
"GET THAT THING AWAY FROM ME!" He screamed.
"Do you always carry a spoon with you?" I asked as Megan put it back in her bag.
"Now, yes. I always carry stuff that appeals to the guys in case we need to bribe them or something."
"So you’re saying you’d bribe me into something by scaring me with a spoon?" Liam asked.
Megan laughed, "Maybe." She began taking out Nandos chicken and putting it near Niall's nose.
"NANDOS!! THANK YOU MEGAN!" Niall yelled as he hugged Megan, eating the chicken.
"Off, Niall," she said.
Niall quickly let go of Megan as she took out a couple of carrots and tossed it to me. I put them near Louis and he woke up.
"Carrots!" He exclaimed, eating them.
Megan took out a huge bottle of hair spray and began spraying it all over Zayn. He woke up coughing.
"Woah.. I love the spray, but too much," he said.
We all stopped what we were doing and looked at him in pure confusion.
"JUST KIDDING!" He said, taking the spray and spraying his hair.
Megan tossed me a small bottle of apple juice, and I opened it and poured some in Harry's mouth. He woke up, swallowed it, and smiled.
"More please," he grinned at me, taking the apple juice.
"Ok, new plan," Megan announced.
"We don't have a plan," Niall said.
"I do, everybody huddle up."
I sat in Lily's car, driving to Alex's house when I heard my phone ring. I pulled over and looked at it to find it said Unknown Number. I shrugged and picked it up.
"Hello, this is Louis," the man on the other line said.
I stared at my phone in horror. "What? How did you get this number?!"
"That doesn’t matter. What matters is that we still have our phones and we could contact the police anytime we want. My suggestion is that you put the money back and let Jack Wills start up again."
I laughed. "And why should I listen to you, out of all people?"
"Because if you don’t, the police will put you in jail for.. five years!"
"Five years? That’s not too bad..."
"Ten years then!"
"You're not the police!" I reminded him.
"Or am I?"
"I AM NOT A CHILD!" He screamed.
"Ok, Louis, you can’t scare or bribe me into anything."
Lily's voice took the place of Louis'. "Oh really? What if I let you take my place in Jack Wills?"
"Excuse me?" I asked, thinking I had heard her wrong.
"If you let us go, don’t touch Alex, AND put the money back, I’ll let you have my job," she finished.
"Deal! I'll come right now!" I said, starting my car.
"We'll be here," she said.
I watched as my car pulled up into the Jack Wills parking lot with Jennifer driving it.
"Now!" I said as the boys, Megan, Alex, Tommy, the police, and I dove behind a wall. We heard the door open and shut.
"Lily? Megan? Boys?" She asked.
I nodded at Tommy, who came out from behind the wall we were all behind.
"Oh, what a beautiful face!" He said to Jennifer, walking towards her.
"Why thank you!" Jennifer exclaimed, flattered.
"Are you Jennifer Perry?" He asked.
She flipped her hair. "The one and only!"
"You’re taking Lily’s job, may I interview with you quickly?"
Tommy took out a notepad. "So, my name is Tommy, I’m the photographer for the company-"
She cut him off, "Ha! Those kids were right!!"
Louis looked at me. "I am NOT a child!" He whispered.
"Don’t worry, she’ll get it. She’ll get it good," Zayn told him.
"So first, we need to make sure that you have a clean record, so why did you rob Jack Wills?"
"That sounded better in my head," I whispered, quickly becoming aware the question didn't make sense.
Luckily Jennifer didn't seem to notice. "Um.. am I required to answer that?"
"If you don’t answer, you don’t get the job," Tommy told her.
"Oh man.. Fine. I robbed the store because I was jealous of your past model, Lily. She’s so pretty and gorgeous and I was jealous that she got this job and I didn’t."
"OK, can we like rewind time and get her saying that on video," I whispered.
"Why do you need her saying it if Harry can already tell you the same thing?" Louis said.
I quickly gave him a death stare and he looked away, scared.
"Interesting.. did you ever get caught?" Tommy continued.
"Nope! I made a deal with Lily and her friend, Louis Tomlinson, saying if I put everything back I could be the new model."
"So instead of just asking Alex to give you a job, you robbed the store?"
"Life isn't fair, sweetie."
I gave Alex the signal, and she walked out from where we were standing.
"Ah! There’s my new model! How are you, Jennifer?" She asked.
"Fine, thanks Alex," she answered.
"Excuse me, I haven’t introduced myself to you, you have no right to call me by my first name. Strike one!" Alex yelled.
"I’m sorry.. What’s a strike?" Jennifer asked.
"STOP ASKING QUESTIONS!" Alex screamed.
I laughed, this was too good.
"AND STOP SAYING SORRY! AS I WAS SAYING, I am MISS Alex, your boss," Alex said, faking a smile.
"Hello, Miss Alex. I am ready to work," she said.
"So what can I do first?"
"I'm glad you asked," Alex smirked, snapping her fingers.
Harry walked out. "First, you can return all the money you stole from Jack Wills," he said, snapping his fingers.
Louis was next. "Second, you can quit your job at Pop! News."
Jennifer hit a button on her phone. "Done!"
Louis snapped his fingers and Niall came out.
"Next, give me the keys to Lily’s car," he said.
Jennifer quickly took out my keys and tossed them over to Niall, who snapped his fingers.
Zayn came out. "Next, you should quit this job."
"I quit! Wait-" Jennifer said, not realizing she was being tricked.
Zayn snapped his fingers and Liam walked out.
"Next, remember we are the most popular boyband in the world, and you should never mess with us," he said, snapping his fingers, causing Megan told walk out.
"Also, think about what you did to Jack Wills," she said, snapping her fingers.
I walked out with the police right behind me. "Last, do it in jail," I told her as the policemen put handcuffs on her.
"WHAT?! WHAT?! YOU SAID YOU WOULDN’T CALL!" She screamed at me.
"Play the video," I told Tommy.
Tommy got out his phone and showed Jennifer the video he took of Louis and I talking to her, with our fingers crossed behind our backs.
"No, no, no..." Jennifer said.
"Yes, yes, yes!" Megan corrected her.
"Here’s a piece of advice- never trust anybody from One Direction with money," Zayn told her.
"Except maybe Liam," Niall said.
"And to make sure you don’t do it again, the policemen are going to become your personal bodyguards!" I exclaimed.
"Well shit," Jennifer said aloud.
We all walked out of the store to find tons of paparazzi surrounding the building.
"Jennifer! Why did you quit Pop! News?" One of the reporters asked.
"Why are you getting arrested?" Another one asked.
"Why did you rob Jack Wills?"
"I-I-" Jennifer didn't know what to say.
"Oh, she’s in a boatload of trouble," one of the policemen, Brendan, asked.
"Can we follow you and interview her at the station?" One of the reporters asked.
"Will we be on TV?!" The other policemen, Christian, asked.
"Let's go!" Brendan exclaimed.
The paparazzi followed the policemen and Jennifer out of the parking lot.
"We did it, oh my God, we did it!!" I shouted, getting into a group hug with the boys, Megan, Alex, and Tommy. "I can't believe it!"
"Lily, we can keep our jobs!" Megan exclaimed.
"I can’t thank you girls enough for saving the company," Alex said.
"It was nothing," I blushed.
"And just in time, too!" Zayn said.
"Yeah, we've gotta get back to England," Niall said.
"Well, at least everything will be back to normal once we leave," Harry said, avoiding my gaze.
My head dropped to the floor as tears began rolling down my face. "Everything?"
To be continued