Before I Met You, Louis Tomlinson.

Seventeen year old writer, Ellen Aprils is displayed affection in a new light, but her dreadful past forces her to push it to the back of her mind and tell herself the feels aren’t there. Ellen keeps a journal and is told from a young age to keep her emotions together by putting her feelings on paper, before Louis came along she didn’t know what love and heart break was. The young writer leaving her family, friends and first love in Australia to join a school in London to progress a future in writing. She starts her life and thinks she has Louis place behind her but it’s when she heads to a party with her neighbour, Liam that her and Louis are reunited, she experiences things like non other after Louis and her pursue there once dead end relationship.

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Next day

Ellen’s POV

I lock my apartment and head to the elevator, pressing the button and waiting till it arrived, once I stepped in I pressed the button for the ground floor and left the building going down the street towards the supermarket, I grabbed a trolley and walked down the first aisle, collecting things I don’t necessarily need but want, I soon reach the last aisle to find a rack with bouquets of flowers, I grab a small bunch of white roses and finish the last part of the shop before reaching the registers, I wait in a line, looking over the magazine shelf before I start packing my things up onto the counter, mindlessly scrolling though instagram while I waited.

“Who are the roses for?” I look up at the sound of a familiar accent.

“Umm, my apartment. I didn’t know you worked here.” I slipped my phone into my back pocket and watched as he scanned all my items, “How are you feeling, you were smashed the other night.” I laughed.

“Yeah, happy bloody new year to me.” he rolls his eyes causing a laugh to escape my lips, “I barely remembered what I did, I woke up outside the place, Harry was with me.”

“Harry was shockers as well, but aren’t you both a little young to be drinking?” he shrugged.

“By law yes.” He places my last few things in a bag, “forty seven, sixty.” I pay for the things and grab my few bags.

“I’ll see you around.” I smile and Niall nods as he starts serving the next customer and I head out the automatic sliding doors and back towards my apartment.

“Why are you in my apartment, how’d you get in?” I ask Liam curiously as I step into my apartment, the door wide open, I set my bags on the counter, he holds both cats in his arms.

“When I got back the cats where in the hall, the door was cracked open, I thought you were home.”

“I locked the door before I left.” I was so caught up in finding Liam in my apartment I didn’t notice my things had been thrown around my apartment, “Holy shit.” I speck quietly, stepping out from behind the kitchen island and walking down the three steps of the main room, I cross the floor as Liam watched me as I step thought the opening of the bedroom, it’s also trashed, I grab my phone from my back pocket and dial for the police as I step into my wardrobe to see clothes all over the floor, I speak to the operator as I go back towards the door and examine the look, its scratched but that’s pretty much it. “The police will be here soon.” I tell him.

“Who do you think did it?” I frown as I look at the wooden floor, thinking about it. I don’t think I have made any enemies here, Harry but why would Harry do this? “Do you know anyone that doesn’t like you?” I bight my lip.

“No, I barely know anyone here.” I look up at him, Liam took the cats to his apartment, I guess he called Louis because he was here shortly after sitting with his arms around me on the lounge, I can’t stop thinking about this, who would have broken into my apartment and for what reason?

“Babe.” im snapped out of my thoughts by Louis.

“Mmm?” I look up at him, he had worry prominent in his fetchers.

“I said the police are here.” I turn my head towards the door to see Liam talking to a couple officers, I stand up and walk towards the door, they introduce them self’s and shake my hand when I do the same back.

“So do you want to give me a basic statement, of what happen of what you have been involved in so far.” I nod as we stand in the door way, Louis had a hand on my hip and he holds me protectively I think but its comforting in a time like this.

“When I got back from doing grocery shopping, the door was open, Liam.” I point to Liam, “Was standing on the drop level with my cats. When I asked him why he was in my apartment and how he got in he told me when he arrived back my not so little kittens where out in the hall and the door was opened slightly, I looked around after seeing the main room was trashed and while I was on the phone to the operator I noticed scratches on the door, around the key hole.”

“And you are?” one of the officers asked looking at Louis.

“The boyfriend.” He nods writing something down.

“And your name is?” I look up at Louis, his eyes trained on the officer.

“Louis Tomlinson.” He replied.

“So Mr. Payne, you live across the hall correct.” Liam nods, “Do you want to add anything to Miss Aprils statement?” Liam shakes his head, “Is there a way we can get in contact with the building’s owner, for security footage and such.”

“The owner and his family live on the second floor, it’s the only room apart room on that level apart from a filing room which is strictly for him and I guess your eyes only.” The police officer with the note pad writes it down the information Liam gave.

“Can I take some personally information and I’ll get back to you with any information.” We all nod, the officer asks where we are working and studying at, our personally phone numbers, our land lines which I don’t have but Louis and Liam do, he had us all sign the information, and I signed the statement I placed before the two officers left, with only having a quick glance into the apartment, I asked if I could clean it up and they said yes so that’s what I did, Liam offered to help and so did Louis, in no time the apartment was looking like nothing had happen to it only a few house ago, I place the white roses in a vase full of water on the table and collapsed on the lounge. It was six thirty when my phone rang, Louis, Liam and I were all eating dinner while the cats sat on the window seal watching the streets below, I answered the call, it was the detective that was here earlier asking Liam and I to go down to the station and take a look at the security tapes, when I asked questions he just told us he wasn’t able to say.

“So let’s go to the police station, shall we?” once we had arrived I was taken though to the back almost instantly, the same two police plus another were in the room, a small computer was set on a table beside a large box that normally filmed the suspects but I wasn’t sure if it was on.

“So we have looked over the security footage, from today and came across this man, he took the elevator up to your floor and was indeed fiddling with your door, we can’t identify the tool used but we have a nice view of the males face.” The detective that took my statement told me, the other two both had a notepad and pen, obviously taking notes so they don’t miss anything. “Miss Aprils, have you seen this man around the building lately or anywhere at all?” I look at the picture that was now on the screen of the computer, he did look familiar to me, I just can’t place where I’ve seen him.

“I have seen him before, I just don’t know where.” I say looking at the black and white print, the man changes the picture to another of the man and I frown my brow as I studied the print, “I don’t think I have ever seen him around the building.” I tilt my head slightly, “Maybe at school. No.” I bit my lip in concentration, “Coffee, I was on my way to my car after I got coffee and was stopped by him, he was asking about me being from Australia, ah his name was.” I pause thinking for a second, “It started with D, Dan I think.”

“When did this happen?” my lip is taken back between my teeth as I think about it.

“It was one of my first one of my first months here, I think maybe the start on November.” The officers are writing everything I say down, I look at the photo, “It’s defiantly him, he introduced himself but didn’t say anything else, I told him I had to go, I was on my way to school he said bye and started walking away, when I drove past him again im sure we was watching.”

“This is very helpful, thank you.” I nod, “Well you are right, his name is Dan, he is known to us, for a few things like this, we haven’t ever been able to catch him, he will most defiantly be back, in the next week or two, going by previous victims, Miss Aprils, if it’s alright with you, I’d like to put a watch on your building. Just until he comes back and is caught.” I nod.

“That’s fine.”

“Is there anywhere you can stay until this blows over.”

“With my boyfriend, I guess.” He nods.

“Can we help with anything?” he asked and I shake my head.

“No I don’t think so, could you just let me know anything, like if he comes back and when you have caught him?” he nods.

“Of cause.” He escorts me out to Liam and Louis, I explain a little bit to the boys as we head back to mine an Liam’s apartment building, I ask Louis if I can stay at his and he tells me yes, after I’ve packed a suit case and got the no longer small kittens settled into Liam’s apartment, Louis and I head down to the garage, I take my car and Louis takes his, when I drive out I notice a police car out the front of the building, there watching the footpath along that side and continently scanning the door and im sure they’re there watching out for Dan. We arrive at Louis’ shortly after and I take my suit case into his room, Jay is working and the girls are in the lounge room watching TV, Louis and I join them, Louis had discussed with his mum what had happen and she agreed to me staying as long as I need, Louis and I sit side by side on one lounge as the girls watch a horror movie, my hand taken in Louis’, our fingers intertwined while he fiddled with them, ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ playing on the TV capturing mine and the girls attention but Louis isn’t interested, I lean into him, laying my head on his chest as I continue watching the movie, has arms wrapped around me as I trace patterns on his stomach, my hand under the hem of his shirt. It isn’t long until the movie is over and Louis is asleep beside me, both the twins had gone to bed, the movie being too scary for them, Fizzy had also fallen asleep and Lottie was asking if I wanted to watch the second one, I refused and she decided to go to bed, waking Fizzy before she left.

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