I was sitting in Zayn’s lap when the others came back. We were laughing and whispering into each other’s ears about what their reactions would be. And it was exactly what we thought they would be.
Sophia and Liam both smiled sweetly. “How cute, you guys are perfect for each other”
Louis and Eleanor laughed. “You guys were bound to get together. It was predictable”
Harry winked. “Yeah buddy!” Zayn shook his head at that. Niall walked in and instantly was devastated. Zayn and I looked at each other, confused.
“What’s wrong, man?”
“I thought you’d be happy for us?” I asked with a sad frown.
“It’s not that I’m not happy for you – which I am, I mean like I’m so happy, I’m glad you guys are together, it was like watching a soapie – but it’s just that means I’m the only one who isn’t dating anyone and I feel left out and excluded and sad”
“I’m not dating anyone” Harry said, pointedly. Niall waved a hand dismissively.
“Yeah, but you date girls every other week so you don’t count”
“Hey!” Harry protested.
“It’s true, Haz” I said.
“I know but still” He walked up to Louis – who was now in a good mood – and Louis held him and whispered in his ear.
“Don’t worry Haz, you’ll eventually find someone” Harry nodded and put his head on Louis shoulder. Oh, the bromance.
“Niall, hun, just because you haven’t had a girlfriend doesn’t mean you won’t get one. You will eventually find someone for you, it might not be now, it might be next week, it might be next month, it might be next year but she is out there and she will be worth the wait. If you haven’t dated someone yet then that must mean that the world wants your first to be your only and she’ll be something really special. Trust me, Niall. Keep that in mind”
Niall smiled. “Wow, thanks Ash. You have no idea how happy that made me. That made my day”
“Hey, I don’t want one of the cutest boys to be sad. Besides, you’re my best friend and when my best friends are sad, I do everything I can to make them happy”
Niall gave me a hug and I hugged him back. He let go and walked into the kitchen to get some food. Typical Niall. Zayn played with my hair.
“Where’d that come from?” He asked me.
“I don’t know, actually. I think that it’s always been inside me, all this knowledge. It’s weird because before you I hadn’t dated anyone, ever. And yet, I am so full of this advice and knowledge”
“You haven’t dated anyone before me?”
“No, I think what I said to Niall is what happened to me. I think the world wanted to save me for my soul mate or whatever. And now, I’m with you”
“Aw cute, so tell me; was I worth the wait?” He said, smiling cheekily.
“Oh I don’t know” I said thoughtfully. “We’ve only just started dating and I have only known you for a month. I hardly know anything about you. We’ll just see” I said. It took so much effort not to laugh.
“We’ll see about that” He said, tickling me. I squealed and squirmed.
“S-s-s-stop it” I said. There is one thing you should when I’m ticklish and that is that I get very violent. I started kicking out my feet. “Zayn, I d-d-don’t w-want to h-h-hurt yo-o-ou!”
“Sorry, can’t do that” he sung. I accidently kicked him in the stomach and he stopped tickling me to rub the spot. “Ouch, that hurt Ash”
“I warned you but you didn’t listen. I am sorry Zayn. It’s just that if you tickle me, you get hurt”
“It’s okay, but it is going to bruise”
“Aw, poor Zayn, worried that a wittle wittle purple bruise will ruin his perfect body”
“Shut up” Zayn said, shoving me. I laughed. I couldn’t help it. He was so cute!
“Aw, Zaynie is embarrassed by a wittle bruise”
“I am not!” He said.
“Ha-ha, you so are!”
“No, I’m not”
“Yes you are. Look at you! You’re blushing”
“Shut up” He grumbled before shoving me. But not before smiling.
“Oh my God, you are! Holy shit” I said, laughing so much. Zayn eventually joined in.
“You’ll be the end of me, you know that?”
Zayn hugged me and I snuggled into his chest.
Later that night, I crawled into Zayn’s bed and he embraced me and stroked my arm.
“What you said to Niall today was really sweet babe”
“I know, it’s who I am”
“I mean it, Niall couldn’t stop smiling. Now that he knows that there is someone out there for him, he’ll be forever happy”
“Well, it’s good to hear that I’ve made Niall happy. If he’s happy, I am”
Zayn kissed my head and held me tight. I sighed and turned to face him.
“You know what’s funny?”
“We’ve known each other for a month and have only started going out but it feels like I’ve known you longer than that”
“That’s what supposed to happen, love, when people are in love. It’s how you know that you are truly meant to be. It’s how you know you are truly in love” He said, smiling down at me. “And you know what?” He asked.
“I feel the same about you” He said, with a kiss on my nose. I shuffled up and kissed him on the mouth. After sharing a long, sweet kiss I whispered.
“Night love” He said, hugging me. I turned back around and fell asleep in Zayn’s embrace, wishing that this moment could last forever; Me in his arms, as safe as a butterfly in a cocoon.