All These Little Things (Part 1 of 3)

Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, and Liam Payne. The five super-hot, sexy boys part of the boyband known as One Direction. The five are traveling the world on their tour, Take Me Home. Once they reach Los Angeles, however, Harry spots a girl named Lily Matthews in a Jack Wills magazine as a new model, and instantly develops a crush on her. By mistake, a couple of the boys reveal on a twitcam that Harry likes Lily. A few days later, something goes terribly wrong with Harry at one of the concerts, and Lily and her best friend, Megan McCaffrey, set out to find the boys and figure out what's going on with Harry. Soon after, someone robs the Jack Wills store, causing Lily and Megan to lose their jobs. With a little help of the boys, the girls uncover the thief, discover romance, and have to face a very difficult truth at the end.

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18. All These Little Superheroes

Three Days Later

 

Liam's POV

 

Zayn, Niall, Louis, and I stood in Harry's doorway, watching as he laid motionless under the white covers on his bed, his feet sticking out just a tad.

 

"I can't believe he's been like this for almost four days now," I said.

 

"Well, break-ups are hard," Zayn said.

 

"But we’re not sure it’s permanent..."

 

"Yeah, listen to Liam, Zayn," Niall said, eating a French fry.

 

"Um Niall.. Where did you get that?" Louis asked.

 

"Oh, I’ve had this. I promised myself that I would only eat it at a depressing moment," he told us.

 

"And how long have you had that, exactly?" I asked, pretty grossed out.

 

"A couple of weeks."

 

Ok, now it was just plain disgusting.

 

"But... why that one fry?" Zayn asked him.

 

"It's the longest one I've ever seen!" Niall exclaimed.

 

I looked at the blonde boy in horror. "Niall, I can’t even count on how many levels that’s wrong on."

 

I watched as Niall shrugged and finished eating the French fry. The boys and I crept closer to Harry's bed, trying to figure out if he was sleeping or not.

 

"Harry..."

 

"Harry, wake up..."

 

"HAZZY BEAR WAKE UP! I MISS YOU!!" Louis screamed, jumping on top of Harry.

 

"Boo bear... Stop it," Harry groaned.

 

"I did it! He’s awake! Whoop!" Louis exclaimed, jumping off Harry.

 

"Let's sing the wake up song!" Niall suggested.

 

"Good idea!" Zayn agreed.

 

"You're not allowed to participate!" Niall screamed at him.

 

"Why?!"

 

"Cause you were the one we were trying to wake up!"

 

Zayn frowned. "You always ruin the moment, don’t you Nialler?"

 

"No!"

 

"Yes!" 

 

"No!"

 

"Guys!" I screamed, cutting them off.

 

"I need a carrot," Louis said, walking downstairs.

 

All of a sudden, I thought of something brilliant. "I have an idea!" I announced.

 

"Finally, someone decent!" Zayn said.

 

I looked at him. "Excuse me...?"

 

"Whenever one of us has a plan it usually fails or something goes wrong."

 

"Right.. Anyway, maybe we could cheer Harry up by bringing him to his favorite places," I suggested.

 

"And Nandos!" Niall added.

 

I sighed. "Fine, we'll go to Nandos."

 

"Yay!!!"

 

I quickly whispered to Zayn to grab Harry's right leg, and Niall to grab his left. I grabbed his wrists, ready to pull Harry out of bed.

 

"One... Two... Three...Go!" I said, dragging Harry out of bed. He quickly sat up, making sure the covers were still on him.

 

"Woah! Let me put some clothes on!" He said.

 

"He did it again," Niall said as Zayn facepalmed himself. They both quickly backed away and exited the room.

 

"Meet us downstairs when you’re finished," I told him.

 

"Sure. Oh, Liam? Would you mind closing the door?"

 

"Oh, sure!" I said, closing Harry's door behind me and jogging downstairs to where the other three boys were sitting.

 

About five minutes later, Harry came down in his navy blue bathrobe and stood in front of us.

 

"Haz, we told you to put on clothes, not your sexy bathrobe!" Niall exclaimed.

 

"Who said it was sexy?" Harry asked.

 

We all watched as Louis began slowly raising his hand. "I think it looks very attractive and-"

 

I cut him off. "OK! Can we get to the reason why we asked Harry to come down?"

 

"And why you almost pulled me out of bed when I was naked?!" Harry added.

 

"I MISSED THAT?! CURSE YOU CARROTS!" Louis yelled.

 

"Come on guys! I want Nandos!" Niall said. He began to leave the room but I quickly grabbed his arm, motioning him to sit back down.

 

"Can you please just go put on clothes?" I asked.

 

"So nobody likes my sexy bathrobe?" Harry asked. We watched as Louis began to slowly raise his hand again. "I wasn't talking to you, Lou."

 

"Just go, please," I begged him.

 

He looked at me in the eyes for a minute. "Fine," he replied, heading back upstairs.

 

"So what are we gonna do, Li?" Zayn asked me.

 

"I’m not sure.. Maybe Disney?"

 

"And Nandos!" Niall added for the third time.

 

"Yes, and Nandos.. Then maybe we could all go for a late-night swim?" I suggested.

 

"Sounds good!" Louis agreed.

 

"Yeah!" Zayn smiled.

 

"I hope this will help him forget about Lily, at least for a little while," I said.

 

Harry came jogging back downstairs in a white t-shirt, jeans, and white converse.

 

"Ready," he said.

 

"Come on, guys. Let’s get in the car," I said, getting up from the couch.

 

Harry's eyes widened in horror. "Lily!" He exclaimed.

 

"Oh, not again with this nonsense!" Zayn said, rolling his eyes.

 

"No! I completely forgot! I owe her a new car!" Harry said, almost teary-eyed.

 

"Oh no..." Louis muttered.

 

"Liam, drive me to the car dealer," Harry begged.

 

"No, stick with the plan, Liam!" Zayn said.

 

"Plan?" Harry asked.

 

"It's a good one!" Louis added.

 

"What the hell, Liam?" Harry asked, staring at me with anger.

 

"It was supposed to be a day out with us!"

 

He looked at me for a moment. "I need to buy Lily a new car," he said, walking out the door.

 

"Oh no..." I said.

 

"Now what?" Louis asked.

 

"After him!"

 

Harry's POV

 

I walked through the streets, kicking rocks and pebbles, trying not to make eye contact with anyone. I was about halfway to the car dealer when I saw Lily's car being driven by the thief. I had known it was her car because her license plate was Model28 and that's what the plate on the car was. I quietly and sneakily followed the car all the way to the Jack Wills store that we were all at a few nights before. I hid behind a tree nearby, watching as the thief grabbed two bags on money and brought them inside. Curious, I followed them inside, only leaving me to find bags of thousands of dollars lying around on the floor. 

 

"Oh my God," I muttered aloud, looking at all of the money. I quickly began taking pictures of it all and sending them to Liam, telling him where I was.

 

"Well, well, well. If it isn’t Harry Styles." I heard a woman's voice behind me and turned around to find a hooded figure, the thief, standing in front of me. 

 

"Who are you, and what have you done with the Jack Wills business?" I asked, my voice stuttering a bit.

 

"Oh, Harry. I haven’t done anything to Jack Wills. It was all you," the woman spoke.

 

I looked at her in confusion. "Excuse me?"

 

"You have created such a commotion at Jack Wills that they had to close down. I just took the money for myself," she explained.

 

"That’s a lie! I would never create such a thing! And that money isn’t yours!" I yelled back.

 

"Is it, Harry?" 

 

I watched as a large movie projector screen came down from the ceiling and began playing a video of me shopping in one of the Jack Wills stores, being my goofy self. The workers seemed to look annoyed with me, but it looked photo shopped! I couldn't believe she was doing this to me!

 

"That’s a lie! Who would get mad at this?" I asked, pointing my hands down at my (extremely) attractive body.

 

"I would," she responded.

 

"Can I go please?" I asked, wishing I could've gotten out of there sooner.

 

"Hell no! You’re staying here."

 

"Well could I at least have a chair?" I asked, being extremely lazy.

 

The woman sighed. "Fine." She went to the back of the store, keeping a close watch on me, and grabbing a chair for me to sit in. She handed it to me and I unfolded it and sat down. I began to start the next level in Candy Crush when the boys came bursting through the door, with Louis holding a large bag.

 

"GIMME ALL YOUR CARROTS!" Louis screamed.

 

"Lou, that's so old," Zayn said.

 

"What? I’m hungry."

 

"Harry!" Liam said, spotting me in the chair.

 

I looked up from my phone and gave them a cheerful wave. "Hey, guys!"

 

"Something’s wrong, he wasn’t this happy when he left the house," Niall concluded.

 

Liam looked over at the thief, who didn't seem to give a shit that they guys had just walked in. "What did you do to Harry?" He asked her.

 

"I just gave him a chair, jeez."

 

"This is way too calm.. Something’s going on," Zayn said.

 

"Why would you suspect that?" The woman asked.

 

"Well, think about it. Harry’s sitting over there, perfectly calm and happy, which hasn’t been like him at all the past few days, and you’re supposedly a thief, who is also very calm, and this looks nothing like an evil lair!" Zayn stated.

 

"I know! I was so looking forward to seeing one!" Louis exclaimed.

 

"Yeah! I wanted it to be like Batman’s!" Liam said.

 

"Batman isn't evil," Niall corrected him.

 

"I just wanted to see some type of lair! Always, Nialler, always.."

 

"Don't make my Niall sad!" Zayn said, hugging Niall.

 

"Aww... Ziall," Louis said.

 

"Excuse me?" Zayn asked.

 

"What?" Niall quickly pulled away from Zayn.

 

"Well, if you don’t mind, we’re gonna be going," Liam told the woman.

 

"Go? Oh, no. That’s impossible," she laughed.

 

"Sorry?" He asked, confused what was going on.

 

"You can’t possibly leave," she told us.

 

"Well why not?" Liam asked.

 

"You're One Direction," she said.

 

Louis began describing us, "Yes, the hottest, sexiest, most beautiful-"

 

Zayn cut him off. "That's enough, Lou," he said.

 

"Ah! But Louie has just proved my point! That, my friends-"

 

"Since when are we friends?!" Niall interrupted.

 

"Just go with it, ok Niall?!" She scolded. "ANYWAY, you cannot leave me. You cannot leave Jack Wills."

 

I stood up, this was ridiculous. "Look, ma'am, if you just want an autograph-"

 

"Why would I need an autograph when I have you all right here? I don’t like you guys anyway," she confessed.

 

"But why would you trap us here, out of all places?" Liam asked.

 

"Wait.. We’re trapped?" Niall asked as Zayn facepalmed himself.

 

"Yes, Niall. This is the last place the police would look for you guys," she explained.

 

"Why don’t you want the police to find us?" I asked.

 

"You guys work so hard on your music and such, I feel it’s so horrible to watch you guys get tackled by fans everywhere. It must be so hard, trying to push through the fans as you walk to your car or hotel. Why do you lie to the fans, say you love them?"

 

"We love our fans! We’d do anything in the world for them! They mean the world to us and I’d take a bullet for any of them!" Liam defended. Why was this woman doing this to us? 

 

"Cute," she said, not convinced. "There’s no going home now, so you might as well make yourselves comfortable." She turned around and began walking towards the doors.

 

"Wait!" Niall yelled.

 

The thief turned around. "What's the matter, Niall?"

 

"What if we have to go to the bathroom?" 

 

She pointed to the rest room in the back. "Over there."

 

Niall smiled. "Thanks!" He yelled, running to the bathroom, holding his crotch.

 

"Don’t mind the dogs.. or the smoke," she laughed. She locked us inside the store and drove away in Lily's car.

 

I was so fed up with what had just happened. Why was this woman trying to make all of our fans turn against us, or, think they hated us already? I looked over at Liam in disgust as he began texting.

 

"I can’t believe you. The last few minutes we may have with each other and you’re texting?!" I yelled.

 

"I was just-"

 

I cut him off, "No, it doesn’t matter. You might as well say good-bye to everyone we love.." I said, close to tears.

 

"What makes you think we’re going somewhere?" Louis asked me as Niall came back from the bathroom and stood next to him.

 

"How can we? She locked the doors. There’s no other way," I said. I was losing hope very quickly. I normally didn't do this, but I honestly felt like I was about to die.

 

Louis devilishly looked at Liam. "I think we need a superhero..."

 

"What?" Liam asked.

 

"Louie, what are you talking about?" Zayn asked.

 

I notice Louis made a small gesture to his bag.

 

Niall smiled, "Now I understand."

 

"What on earth are you talking about?" Liam asked them.

 

Louis took out a Batman costume from his bag and handed it to Liam. "Put this on."

 

Liam looked at Louis like he had lost his mind. "What?"

 

"Liam, listen to me. You can be Batman," Louis told him.

 

"Lou, Batman is a made-up, fantasy character. There’s no way."

 

Louis quickly took out a Spiderman costume and slipped it over his clothes. "And who says I can’t be Spiderman?" He asked, giving Zayn a Saw costume, Niall a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume, and me a Superman costume. "Come on, guys. We can be the superheroes tonight! We can stop the thief and get Lily and Megan their jobs back!"

 

Zayn raised his hand. "Lou, Saw is a villain."

 

"Fine, villains too."

 

"Lou has a good point," Niall said, putting on his costume.

 

"I agree," Zayn said, slipping on his.

 

I smiled. "What the heck? I'm Harry Styles, or-" I quickly put on my Superman costume, "Super Styles!"

 

Liam looked at us, then his costume, and then frowned. "I can’t I’m not Batman, we’re not superheroes. We’re just a normal bad. A band who makes music and rocks at it. This just isn’t us."

 

"Liam, listen to yourself. You’re Liam Payne! Your favorite superhero is Batman! All your life you’ve waited for a moment like this and when it finally comes you’re just gonna give it up? That’s not the Liam I know," Louis said.

 

"I just don’t think it’s possible. This seems dumb. We don’t have super powers," Liam said.

 

"So? Batman doesn’t have super powers. He has strength, like you. If Batman can do it, so can you."

 

I had no idea what had gotten into Louis, but it was working. Liam quickly slipped on the Batman costume, then looked at us and smiled.

 

"Let's do this."

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