Chapter 21 - A secret deal
”I'm so full,” Audrey stated and put her fork down. ”You haven’t even finished yet,” Louis laughed. Ross, the girls, Louis and Zayn had gone out to dinner to celebrate Emma. They were sitting at one of Jamie Oliver's restaurants in the inner London, and so far the evening had been better than though possible. Louis was as always entertaining and the girls screamed with laughter almost every time he opened his mouth. „I’ve already paid for the dinner honey. I’d better get going,” Emma's father said and kissed her cheek. „Are you sure that you are fine with taking the underground home?” Ross asked for the tenth time. „Yes dad, just go home. We’ll just grab a few drinks and then I'll make sure that our dear Emma gets home safely. Zayn will probably crash as well,” Louis explained. Ross just nodded his head and waved goodbye to all of them.
The dinner had been super delicious. Emma had had pasta with creamy basil sauce and chicken, and for dessert she had had a wonderful chocolate mousse. „Zayn will just have a beer like me. What would you like to drink? ” Louis asked the girls as he handled them the menu card. He had promised to give a round and then Zayn had gone out to smoke. „Could you just order a Strawberry Daiquiri for me?” Emma asked and stood up with the excuse that she needed toilet. Louis nodded, while Esme and Audrey discussed what drink would be the best option.
Emma slipped unnoticed outside. Sutton had called during dinner so she went outside to call her back, but she was quickly distracted. „Now you haven’t started smoking regularly, have you?” Zayn was leaning against the wall with a cigarette in his hand. It wasn’t lit yet. Emma just stood frozen in her spot and looked at him as she slightly shook her head. „Good, because I’ve heard that smoking kills,” Zayn said and sent her another of his charming smile. „You're so funny Zayn, but I just needed some air,” she said and blushed as she felt Zayn’s gaze running up and down her body. „I haven’t told you how beautiful you look tonight,” he stated and held her gaze, which made her blush even more. He loved that he was able to make her blush.
„Are you going to smoke that?” Emma motioned towards the cigarette casually in an attempt to change the subject. „It depends,” Zayn shrugged as if that explained everything. „Depends on what?” Emma asked confused. Zayn just focused on the traffic while Emma walked closer and took the cigarette from between his fingers. She then took the half-empty pack out of the pocket of his leather jacket and put the cigarette amongst the others after which she placed the pack back into its place in Zayn’s pocket, all this while Zayn followed her with his eyes.
„Why aren’t you with Harry anymore?” Zayn asked trying to sound casual about it. Emma remained silently contemplating her reply. If she ever had a chance to tell him what she felt for him, then it was an obvious option now. „Once you’ve experienced epic sparks then you just can’t go back to the stable and cozy, if you understand what I mean - it’s not enough to settle,” she said finally looking up at him. Zayn stood silently and watched her. He opened his mouth as if to say something, but closed it again quickly - and then Emma immediately regretted that she had mentioned anything.
„I'd better go back inside - and you surely have to light that smoke,” Emma said softly and turned around to leave. Zayn was absorbed in his thoughts. Had Emma just hinted that she liked him? Could it really be true? „Em, wait!” He exclaimed nervously. What was wrong? Zayn was never nervous. Emma looked over her shoulder and directly at him while she was awaiting his next move. „Zayn, you really have to stop soon. You continue to make me hope, and then... Yeah, I have no idea what's going on between us anymore.” When he still remained silent she began to walk towards the entrance. „No, just wait two seconds Em, I don’t exactly know how to say this,” Zayn shouted after her. She once again turned around and walked slowly back to him. „Come on Zayn, just say it. You might as well get it over with,” Emma begged. She was sure that he would reject her. She would just like to know so she could at least put it behind her. Zayn just looked desperately at her and when she again was prepared to leave him, he did something that she never had expected - but for long had dreamed of.
Zayn grabbed her arm and spun her around so she faced him. Then he pressed his lips against hers. First she stood there frozen in shock, but when she finally understood what was happening, she moved her lips against his. His hands quickly wandered down to her waist as she put her arms around his neck. The kiss that had started gently and questioning became more passionate. Zayn’s tongue stroked her lips slightly and as if he asked for access, which Emma immediately gave him. His tongue explored her mouth hungrily and she moaned against him which caused him to smiled in the midst of their kiss, and only then she realized what she was doing! Zayn had kissed her. And she had kissed him back. Zayn. Louis's best friend. Fuck. Louis, her overprotective older brother. This made her pull back a little, reluctantly.
„What's wrong babe?” He asked caring as he tugged her hair behind her ear. His caress sent shivers down her spine, and she blushed at the thought of how they had just had a hot makeout session outside the restaurant, where both her brother and her best friends was still sitting. „I've been wanting to do that ever since you left for New York.” Emma looked questioningly at him. Zayn shrugged embarrassed and explained, „It was at that point that it dawned on me how much I would miss you while you were gone.” Zayn’s explanation warmed Emma’s heart. She then got up on her toes and kissed him lightly on the cheek. He wrapped his arms around her. „This feels right Em,” he said smiling genuine to her. Emma nodded.
Right at this moment everything was perfect. Emma felt so relieved and happy at the same time - yet she had a bad feeling in the pit of her stomach, probably due to Louis. Her smile faded as she remembered her older brother. „What do we do with Louis? After everything with Adrian and Liam I dread to think about how he will respond,” Emma sounded anxiously. Zayn was also concerned at the thought. He could not stay away from Emma anymore now that he knew she liked him as well - but he would not be able to cope with losing his best friend over her either. „I really do not know. It's your brother so it's up to you,” Zayn said. He did not want to make this decision because he was afraid of the outcome of it. „What if we just take this one day at a time? If we keep it to ourselves while we get used to the idea of what ever this is? Then we can talk with Louis when we are ready to do so,” Emma suggested thoughtfully. „That sounds like a good idea,” Zayn was relieved. In this way they could be together without it would affect their relationship with Louis. They just had to be discreet. „You should get back to your guests before they get suspicious,” Zayn grinned and kissed Emma gently. She just nodded and when Zayn lit his cigarette she left him outside the restaurant.