I Knew You Were Trouble

Ashley isn't known for falling in love quickly. But being friends with Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Liam Payne, well it isn't hard to fall in love with them. And then one day, everything changed. An old friend of the gang decides to pay a visit & becomes the fifth member to the group. With his perfectly chiselled face like someone from a Calvin Klein ad & his sexy smile...let's just say he's godlike and perfect. Ashley & him become friends but then soon, they can't put off the inevitable - they're perfect for each other. This old friend's name is Zayn Javaad Malik. His black hair styled into a quiff, his face so perfect it was like Michaelangelo sculpted it himself and his eyes the softest chocolate brown that you could melt if you stared right into them. But every boy has his flaws - Zayn is a heartbreaker, he smokes, curses & is covered in tatts. Ash & Zayn have a fight and call it quits. Both are equally devastated... Will Ash ever recover and how will she cope?

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3. You Da One

I woke up to streams of sunlight streaming through my blinds. Today, this Zayn Malik was arriving. Liam had texted him our address and he responded saying he’ll be here in a few days and would text when he’s closer. I don’t know why but I was nervous to meet him. I spent hours in my closet trying to find something nice to wear. I wanted to make a good first impression. Then I looked at myself in the mirror and grimaced at my reflection. I put on foundation, brown eye shadow, eye liner and mascara and peach lip-gloss. Once I was finished putting on the smoky eye effect. I sprayed some perfume on. I wore a red dress with white wedges. I curled my hair at the ends to give myself barrel curls and sprayed hair spray to keep it in place. When finished, I walked down the stairs and smiled.

Every one turned their heads at my arrival. Eleanor and Sophia raised an eyebrow and smiled slyly at my appearance.  The boys, however, were stunned as a mullet.

“What?” I said, smirking. Liam cleared his throat and spoke first.

“You, uh, you look amazing” He said, shyly. I ducked my head shyly. I laughed uneasily.

“You really think so?”

“Amazing? You look beautiful!” Niall said, laughing.

“Beautiful? More like sexy, mega, awesome, hot!” Harry said, unable to stop staring. I blushed and walked to them, suddenly self-conscience.

“Guys, I think she gets the point. But seriously, what’s the deal?” Louis asked. I flicked my hair.

“Well, I want to make a good, first impression when I meet your friend Zayn”

“You’ll make more than an impression. He won’t be able to take his eyes off you”

“That’s the point” I said, smiling sweetly, as if that was my plan all along. It wasn’t though. I didn’t look that good, did I?

 

For the next few hours, I fidgeted and paced nervously. And about every 10 minutes, I asked Liam if he had heard from Zayn yet. The answer was no.

“Ashley, relax. We are as nervous as you are. And I’m pretty sure he’s nervous too, to meet us”

“I know but what if he doesn’t like me?” I asked, twiddling my thumbs.

“Don’t worry, I’m sure he will”

“It’s cute how you’re worrying over this. It’s as if you are expecting him to fall in love with you” Sophia said, laughing. I blushed and started to chew my nail. My nerves were on the edge. One thing and then they would be mess. I went back to pacing.

 

D-ling Liam’s phone dinged. I shot up and walked as fast as I could to him.

“Well?” I asked. I held my breath, waiting.

“He’s 5 minutes away”

I let out a shaky, breath. “Okay. Alright, how do I look?” I asked. I straightened my dress and smiled.

“The same as before; beautiful” Niall said, smiling. You could tell he was as nervous as I was. After all, they hadn’t seen each other in about 5 years. I smiled my thanks and gratitude and flitted around the house making sure everything was clean, neat and tidy. The doorbell rang moments later and I took another deep breath to calm my nerves but it only rattled them even more. I looked down at my hands and noticed I was shaking. Come on Ashley, get it together I mentally chastised myself. I let Liam answer the door as I forced a smile on my face.

“Hey bro, welcome to our humble abode”

“Thanks man” A deep, sexy voice answered. I craned my neck to see but he was surrounded by everyone.

“So how’ve you been?”

“Oh you know, studying English. I did work experience as an English Teacher for two weeks. It was awesome. I’m good but London was starting to bore me. I am tired of the same old stuff so I asked around and heard you guys had moved down here to this small town called Mollymook. I thought it’d be nice to catch up with you lads and see what’s going”

“Well, you came to right the place” Harry said. “This place is the bomb. There’s the beach, the babes, the sun. The locals call it ‘Gods Town’. Unfortunately there ain’t many shops but what do you expect in a small town?”

I sighed frustrated and cleared my throat. Shit I thought. Why didn’t I just lurk in the shadows and go unnoticed? Too late now. The boys’ heads turned in my direction and they laughed.

“Sorry Ashley. Zayn, this is our friend Ashley Walker. Ashley, this is Zayn Malik” The boys stepped aside, letting me see him. My mouth made a little gasp as I finally saw this boy. He had black hair with a blonde streak styled into a quiff. His eyes crinkled at the corners as he smiled and his eyes were the softest chocolate brown that you could melt every time you looked in them. His teeth were a perfect straight set of white pearls. His cheekbones, his face structure, everything screamed perfect. He had tattoos etched all over his arms and he was tan. His muscles showed through his plaid t-shirt and he wore skinny jeans. He was ungodly perfect. He was perfect.

I smiled shyly and waved. “Hi” I said, my voice barely audible. He waved back and said.

“Hey, so you’re the Ashley I’ve heard so much about. They said you were beautiful but I didn’t know you were this beautiful. If I had known I would’ve worn something less casual. Seeing as you’re dressed up as if you’re about to go out for a dinner” He said. I blushed and waved a hand dismissively.

“Oh, this? This is nothing. I look like this everyday” I said, laughing. Liam raised an eyebrow. Harry was about to correct me but I glared at him and he got the point.

“Well, then I will have to stick around, won’t I?” He said, smiling.

“Oh, of course. Most definitely” I said, nodding my head with a serious expression. Louis looked at me then at Zayn then back to me.

“Well, when you guys stop checking each other out, I’d like to give Zayn a tour of the house so he knows where everything is” He said, chuckling. I death glared at him but felt my cheeks burning. I NEED TO STOP BLUSHING!!!!!  Zayn ducked his head laughing. Was that a hint of red in his beautiful cheeks? I smiled inwardly. It was! Zayn was blushing. Louis jerked his head to the lounge room. “C’mon, we’ll give you a tour” Zayn followed Louis into the lounge room while Louis showed him where everything was. I stood there awkwardly while everyone looked at me.

“What?” I said. They didn’t answer me, just kept staring. I got why though. They wanted to know what just happened. “Nothing wrong with making conversation” I said.

“That was anything but a conversation” Niall said.

“Ha-ha” I laughed uneasily. Their stares were making me uncomfortable. I shifted and re-adjusted my dress. “Yeah, well, whatever. I’m going to get my purse and then I’m heading out” I said, shrugging. I turned away from them, my hair a whirl of golden curls behind me. I stalked up the steps and grabbed my white floral clutch. I made sure I had money for the stuff I needed.

ZAYN’S P.O.V

Welcome to Mollymook a sign said as I drove past it. I pulled over to the side of the road and typed into my GPS the address Liam had texted me.

“Your destination is 5 minutes away. Keep driving straight then take a left. After driving 500 meters take another left and then you will have arrived at your destination” The robotic voice informed. I raised an eyebrow. Not far to go then. I got out a cigarette and lit it. I took a long drag before getting out my iPhone and texting Liam how far I was. Smoking calms my nerves. It’s a bad, disgusting habit. But some habits are hard to break from. Like cracking your knuckles or picking your nails. I opened my mouth and let the smoke come out in puffs. There have been numerous times where I tried to make smoke rings but ended up choking. Yeah, there went my dreams of being cool.

I held the cigarette between two fingers as I gripped the steering wheel and pulled out on to the road. The streets were empty. And it was quiet except for the chirping of cicadas – a big difference to the busy, high maintenance roads of London. But this was exactly what I wanted for a while. I followed the route on my GPS. With one hand on the wheel, I took another pull at the cig. Why am I so nervous? I thought. They were just old friends. Not like I was meeting the love of my life. Just old friends I thought to myself sternly. That helped a bit but I took another drag anyway. Without looking away from the road, I opened the ash tray in the car and squished out the butt. I closed it and kept on driving.

“You have reached your destination” The device said as I pulled into a long driveway. In front of me was a white two story house. It had two garages and glass windows. There was two verandas connected to the two windows at the top and a patio connected to huge glass sliding door. Not bad I thought, impressed. The boys seemed to have something half as good to earn money for this house. I checked my hair in the rear-view mirror and sprayed some breath spray. I wasn’t smoking when I knew them back then, and they sure as hell weren’t going to find out now. I didn’t need more people on my back pestering me about my habit.

I rang the doorbell and stood there with my hands in my jeans pockets. I heard footsteps approaching. Just friends I thought once more and I mentally nodded. Someone who looked a lot like Liam but older, with less hair and the beginning of a beard and moustache answered the door.

“Hey bro, welcome to our humble abode” He said, opening the door wide, inviting me in. I took a step inside and more people surrounded me. Harry still had his curls and cheeky smile and dimples. Louis still had that immature look and cheekiness about him. Niall now had blonde hair and no braces. They had all changed a lot since the last time I saw them and it was a bit disorienting but I got over it.

“Thanks man” I said, smiling.

“So how’ve you been?”

“Oh you know, studying English. I did work experience as an English Teacher for two weeks. It was awesome. I’m good but London was starting to bore me. I am tired of the same old stuff so I asked around and heard you guys had moved down here to this small town called Mollymook. I thought it’d be nice to catch up with you lads and see what’s going” I said, shrugging. Same old, same boring, brain dead, fucking thing on repeat!

“Well, you came to right the place” Harry said. “This place is the bomb. There’s the beach, the babes, the sun. The locals call it ‘Gods Town’. Unfortunately there ain’t many shops but what do you expect in a small town?”

Someone cleared their throat and I frowned at the rudeness. I wasn’t big on manners but I still thought it was rude to just interrupt a conversation. The boys turned their heads to see who did it and then laughed.

“Sorry Ashley” They said. Who was Ashley? “Zayn, this is our friend Ashley Walker. Ashley, this is our friend Zayn Malik” They stepped aside to let her see me and me see her. My heart skipped a beat at the sight of her. She was beautiful. She wore a red dress that flowed freely from her hips down. Her hair curled at the ends and a luscious gold. Her makeup was perfect but even without I’m sure she would still look amazing. She wore white platforms and they made her taller than she already was. I smelt something floral and guessed it was the perfume she was wearing. Her eyes a sea green colour that were as calm as the ocean on a still day.

She smiled shyly and waved. “Hi” she said her voice a whisper.

“Hey, so you’re the Ashley I’ve heard so much about. They said you were beautiful but I didn’t know you were this beautiful. If I had known I would’ve worn something less casual. Seeing as you’re dressed up as if you’re about to go out for a dinner” I said, smirking. What the hell was that Zayn? You idiot! She blushed making her cheeks a rose colour. It gave her a childish effect. Cute.

“Oh, this? This is nothing. I look like this every day” She said, laughing. Liam raised an eyebrow. Harry started to speak but she gave him a look and he shut up.

“Well, then I will have to stick around, won’t I?” I said, smiling wryly. The fuck? Man, you can do better this! You’ve flirted before!

“Oh, of course. Most definitely” She said, nodding her head with a serious expression. Louis looked at her then at me then back to her.

“Well, when you guys stop checking each other out, I’d like to give Zayn a tour of the house so he knows where everything is” He said, chuckling. Ashley death glared at him but she was blushing.  I ducked my head laughing. I felt heat rise in my cheeks? Shit I thought. Stop being such a girl Zayn. Louis jerked his head to the lounge room. “C’mon, we’ll give you a tour” I followed Louis into the lounge room leaving the beautiful girl behind. While Louis gestured to stuff only one thing was on my mind. Ashley. I don’t know why but everything about her consumed me. I couldn’t stop thinking about her. Her smile, he eyes, her hair, her face. We reached the guest bedroom and Louis sighed in relief.

“And this is the guest bedroom. Everything is provided free of charge. Ha-ha, no? God, what happened to your sense of humour?”

“Sorry, my mind was distracted. What were you saying?” I asked, guilt ridden. She’s just a girl I thought angrily. How can I let a girl consume my mind?

“Don’t worry. Anyway so you’ll be sleeping here. You have your own bathroom and closet. Ashley is always the first one in the shower. You interrupt her in her morning routine, you die” He said, seriously. A girl after my own heart. It looks like something is going to have to change if I need to style my hair. “Let her have a shower first and then you have yours” Bullshit! “We’ll bring in your bags for you, while you get settled in and get comfy”

Someone cleared their throat behind us and I knew instantly who it was. We turned around. “Sorry but I am heading out soon. I wanted to know if you guys wanted anything.” She asked, smiling.

Louis shook his head. “No thanks”

“What about you, Zayn?’

“Actually, I was wondering if I could come with you” I said, smiling. I knew she didn’t want me to come but that wouldn’t stop me.

“Oh, really? There’s no need to. I was just going to buy something for Niall and get something at Starbucks. Maybe some grocery stuff actually. Nothing that fun, really” She said, smiling uneasily. Yep, she really didn’t want to be around me longer than necessary.

“Why not? Come on, I’ll make it fun. I can get to know you some more. It’s the perfect opportunity” I said, shrugging.

“Yeah, Ash. Let him tag along. It won’t do any harm, will it?” Louis chimed in. Note to self; thank Louis for putting in his vote to this discussion

I sighed in submission. “Fine, I guess it won’t harm to have you with me”
 

“Great let me get wallet and do some stuff first and then I’ll be ready” I said, beaming in happiness. Yes! I thought as I literally skipped down the hall. I’m acting like such a girl! Pull yourself together man!

Ashley POV

I walked back down and slung the handle over my shoulder and went to find Louis and Zayn

They were in the guest bedroom.

“…you’ll be sleeping here. You have your own bathroom and closet. Ashley is always the first one in the shower. You interrupt her in her morning routine, you die. Let her have a shower first and then you have yours. We’ll bring in your bags for you, while you get settled in and get comfy”

I cleared my throat and they both turned to look at me. “Sorry but I am heading out soon. I wanted to know if you guys wanted anything.” I asked.

‘”No thanks”

“What about you, Zayn?’

“Actually, I was wondering if I could come with you” He said, smiling at me.

“Oh really? There’s no need to. I was just going to buy something for Niall and get something at Starbucks. Maybe some grocery stuff actually. Nothing that fun, really” I said, smiling uneasily. He makes me nervous so I want to spend as little time around him as possible.

“Why not? Come on, I’ll make it fun. I can get to know you some more. It’s the perfect opportunity”

“Yeah, Ash. Let him tag along. It won’t do any harm, will it?”

Damn, overruled! Not fair I thought. I sighed in submission. “Fine, I guess it won’t harm to have you with me”
 

“Great let me get wallet and do some stuff first and then I’ll be ready” He said, smiling. He walked out the door and left. Meanwhile, I glared at Louis.

“What?”

“Why did you have to get involved?” I asked.

“What do you mean?”

“Zayn, that’s what I mean. I didn’t want to him to come”

“Why not?”

“Because he makes me nervous. I’m like a ticking time bomb next to him, it’s like putting a dog and cat together”

“What?”

“And now thanks to you, I’m going to have a very awkward car trip with him”

“Sorry, but maybe if you got to know him a bit more then it won’t be awkward. Just make an effort to know him, okay? I promise it will be worth the car trip”

I sighed. “Fine but it better be worth it”

“Don’t worry, Ash. Once you get to know him, you’ll love him”

“Whatever” I called over my shoulder as I walked into my room. I looked at myself in the mirror and readjusted my clothes. I raked my fingers through my hair and ruffled it a bit. I put a piece of gum into my mouth. I forced yet another smile on my face. It looked fake so I dropped it and sighed.

“Welcome to the first of many awkward conversations, Ash!” I said, overly enthusiastically. I sighed and walked down the stairs. I applied some more lip gloss and walked to the car. “Yo, Zayn! Ya ready?” I called out. He walked out and smiled.

“Yup, let’s go” He said, opening the door to my Lamborghini and slid in his seat. I did the same and started the car. I smoothly rolled out of the driveway and started a very long, very awkward and very silent car trip.

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