The bidding for Alex started at $5,000. At least 40 hands flew up in the air. I glanced over at Liam, praying he would bid on her and bring her home. He didn't move a muscle.
The bidding went on, and I was getting ready to tear my hair out. It was up to $25,000, and between about 10 guys. Liam still wasn't one of them.
Slowly, it diminished down to 2 guys, bidding at $40,000. Then the price was raised to $45,000, and there was one guy left. The auction said, "$45,000? Going once, going twice-"
Out of no where, Liam's hand shot up into the air. He said, "$50,000!" He did the same thing Louis did. The other man gave Liam a death stare, but put his hand down. The auctioneer finalized the bid with, "Going once, going twice, sold to the young man in the second row."
I jumped up and down in my seat with joy.
Alex walked down the steps gracefully, and over to Liam. Liam stood up and wrapped his arm around her. Our crowd stood up, and exited the auditorium. Except for Liam and Alex, who walked back towards the stage.
"Where are they going?" I asked Louis.
Louis smiled down at me, "No need to worry, love. He just has to sign some paper work, then they'll meet us at the restaurant." Louis grabbed my hand and laced our fingers together as we walked towards the car.
We drove about 20 minutes, until we pulled into a parking lot filled with cars. The sign on the big building read "Kissenly, Restaurant & Club" in white cursive. The windows were blacked out, but glowed blue.
Louis got out of the car and escorted me to the restaurant, with the rest of the group close behind.
This restaurant was beautiful. When we walked in, a massive, glistening chandelier hung overhead. The walls were white, and paintings were strung all around the room. The tables were glass, covered with white and red tablecloths. The silverware gleamed on every table. It reminded me of the auction house, with women in gowns and men in tuxedos everywhere.
A waiter dressed in a blue dress shirt and white dress pants led us to a private room in the back, that had its own chandelier, complemented by a long, black dining room table.
Louis, seeing my reaction, smiled and led me to our chairs, towards the top of the table. He sat two away from the end, and I sat right next to him.
Zayn and Athena sat next to Louis, at the top of the table. Niall and Brooke sat across from them. We chatted for awhile, until Harry and Cass came in and sat next to Brooke.
"Sorry," Harry said with a dazzling smile, "there was traffic from the auction."
"So," Zayn spoke up, "that chick Liam picked up. Pretty hot, right guys?"
I was shocked Zayn would say something like that in of Athena. I looked at her for a reaction, but she had a straight face, looking down at her lap. I looked at Zayn to see if h was kidding, but he didn't indicate that he was.
Niall replied with a nod, but didn't say anything.
I looked over at Louis, waiting for him to say something ignorant as well. He didn't say anything, he just reached for my hand and squeezed it.
Just as I was about to confront Zayn, Liam and Alex walked into the dining room. Alex was still dressed in her white gown, so it looked like she floated over to the table. As soon as she saw me, she started to tear up. She ran over to me. I stood up and embraced her.
She cried into my shoulder, "Syd I thought I would never see you again."
I rubbed her back and wiped away my forming tears. She pulled away and looked at me.
"I like your dress," she said, sniffing as she wiped her face off.
I smiled at her. "I miss you too, Alex," I replied.
I sat down in my chair, realizing that everyone had just saw our reunion. Feeling just a tad bit embarrassed, I blushed a light pink and looked down.
A waiter came in, breaking the silence. We all ordered our drinks, then he left just as quickly as he came.
Liam looked at the table. "Ladies and gentlemen, meet Alex," he said, wrapping his arm around her. His smile beamed so brightly. It was the happiest I've seen him all day. Alex smiled and waved to everyone.
Liam introduced Alex to everyone, one by one, until he got to me. He said, "So, how do you two know each other, Sydnee?"
I smiled at him politely, "We were roommates at Wealth Academy."
He nodded slightly and sat back in his chair.
Alex and I talked the whole evening, until everyone had finished their dinners. We were so caught up in our conversations that nothing else mattered. It reminded me of when we were in school. It made me feel at home.
After everyone was finished, Harry said, "To the club?"
Louis and Liam replied, in sync, "To the club."
Athena screamed in happiness.
"What club?" I asked Louis.
"The club above this joint," he replied, taking my hand once more.
We followed Liam as he led us through the dining area and up to a door, guarded by a large man.
"Liam Payne," Liam said to the guard, "And friends."
Without a word, the guard stepped aside and let us through.
We walked through the door and up two flights of steps. As we walked the bass got louder and more head throbbing. Athena was already dancing, even though we hadn't made it into the club yet.
I tried to get the throbbing to stop, but it wouldn't. I didn't want to mention it, though. No need to rain on anyone else's parade.
The boys ordered drinks, and us girls laughed and danced to the music. But even when the music stopped, the throbbing was still there. As I drank more and more, the throbbing subsided.
Around whatever time it was, Louis and the rest of the boys wanted to go home. I just wanted to keep dancing.
Louis dragged me to the car and threw me in. He sat in the drivers seat and put his head down, then stared at me.
"This is going to be a long night," he said, starting up the engine.