Chapter 19: Airport Goodbyes
The door to my hotel room opened and shut but I continued lying on my back, arms spread out by my sides on the bed with my feet planted firmly to the ground. I had changed into some black jeans, a white tee shirt and a blue Super dry hoodie. My blue Supras are tied up and I couldn't be bothered to brush out my hair so I chucked on a black beanie to hid it.
The bed dipped to my left and then fireworks exploded as Kendall pressed her lips to my cheek. My arms were instantly around her waist as if it was a reflex and I smiled as she giggled. I opened one eye and looked up at her as she leaned over me.
She looks healthier than she did before, not as worryingly skinny I mean. She had changed into white jeans, black sneakers, a cream loose top; her green parka jacket visible on the edge of the bed. Her hair was in a braid over one shoulder and her face was makeup less, not that she needs it anyway.
"David says we have ten minutes to be down in the lobby. Plane's been delayed apparently." She said twirling the dog tag chain round her finger. "What do you wanna do?"
"Just lie down here." I mumbled tiredly pulling her down onto my chest. Her arms went round my neck, mine round her waist and my breathing went irregular again as she rested her head on my shoulder. Leaning my head against hers I closed my eyes and sighed. I started thinking about what the next three weeks are going to be like. Jackson and I have actually planned to back home to London for a week or so, leaving Brody and Katy to shoot their scenes and do their interviews and hopefully sort out their relationship.
It's so obvious those two like each other but they seem to be oblivious to it all. Jackson surprised us all at one of our game nights the other day by going off for an hour or so on a phone call. When he got back and we asked who it was he said Megan, his girlfriend. Now don't get me wrong I'm glad for him and he's good looking I'll give him that, but I just didn't expect for him to be in a relationship. No one did really.
"ZACK!" Katy shouted from the other side of the door. "KENDALL! WE'RE COMING IN AND YOU BETTER BE FULLY DRESSED!"
Neither one of us moved as the door was flung open and the other three came in. I didn't open my eyes when Katy 'awed' or when Brody and Jackson kicked my shins. Instead I flipped them off and pushed my face into the crook of Kendall's neck.
"Oh my god that is so cute." Katy said at the same time as the sound of a camera went off. You know when you take a picture on a phone and the 'snap' sound comes up? There were like three of them.
"Guys fuck off." Kendall muttered against my neck.
"Well that's rude." Jackson sassily replied and when Brody burst out laughing I knew Jackson just did a sassy hair flick and 'tut'.
"We just came to say David wants you guys ready." Katy said. "As in now, he wants to get to the airport early and you guys can cuddle then if you want."
Again we didn't move, if anything my grip on Kendall tightened and so did hers.
"GUYS!" Jackson kicked my shins again and this time I smashed my foot against his before he could move it away. "Fuck." He cursed.
"Hey at least they're not kissing." Brody muttered. Kendall smiled against my neck making me copy and then we both pulled away and pressed our lips together.
"Jesus get a room!" Jackson threw something at me and I pulled away from Kendall, raising an eyebrow at him.
"I'm in my room." I replied. "Why don't you get out of the room?"
"My pleasure but you must come with me." He grabbed the hood of my jumper whilst Katy got a hold of Kendall and then they dragged us both out the room, Brody getting my phone, the room card and Kendall's jacket on his way out.
"Straight into the airport okay?" David said. "No pictures, signings, nothing. We need to meet Francis and Robbie in five minutes and we're late."
"Someone got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning." Jackson muttered under his breath. I snickered and hid my mouth in my free hand, my other hand made it so my fingers laced between Kendall's. David might as well have not told us not to sign anything when we got out the car because there were about fifteen security guards who split into three groups of five. Five surrounded Brody and Katy, another five surrounded Jackson and David whilst the last five surrounded Kendall and I.
Kendall shuffled closer to me as we were all pushed by the amount of screaming girls making me squeeze her hand a bit tighter.
"You okay?" I said in her ear.
"Just perfect." She replied sarcastically. All of a sudden she had stumbled back, a teenage girl had a hold of her elbow. Kendall looked like she was going to fall and I quickly wrapped both my arms around her waist; bending towards her slightly; tugging her back to me before she fell backwards. A security guard quickly helped us inside where we were taken straight to the VIP section. The door was shut behind us since the others were still outside, leaving us by ourselves.
I went to pull her into a hug but she was already up against my chest, hugging my torso tightly and burying her face into my chest. I wrapped one arm round her waist and the other round her neck, hushing her down almost instantly.
"That's what happens when you ask if I'm okay." She mumbled making me burst out laughing, my cheek against the top of her head.
"If I had known that would have happened I wouldn't have asked." She hit my chest before hugging me again at the same time the door opened and Katy burst through with Brody hot on her heels.
"Oh my god Kendall are you okay?" Katy asked then stopped abruptly when she saw us. "Aw that's cute!"
"I'm fine Katy," Kendall laughed moving her head and resting it against her cheek against my chest instead of her forehead. "Thanks for asking."
"I'm hungry." Brody said suddenly. "Who wants food?"
"Me." Katy and Kendall said at the same time.
"I'll come with you." I say, turning quickly and kissing Kendall's forehead before I let go of her, she lets go of me and Brody and I walk out the room. Jackson was walking with David to the waiting room but when he saw us he said something to David who looked over and nodded. He caught up with us and we all made our way to the small shop they have.
"What are we getting?" Jackson asked as we walked in.
Brody laughed and held up a magazine. "We should get this!"
I peered over his shoulder and rolled my eyes. The front cover was a picture of Jackson, Brody, Katy, Kendall and I from the photo shoot we did a couple weeks ago for Too Young. There was a smaller picture next to it of Kendall and I when we were shooting a scene about three days ago. It was while Jackson and Brody were doing their part and we were behind the camera, I had my arm round her waist; a script in the other and she had lent up on her tiptoes to kiss me quickly.
"Zendall FINALLY!" Jackson reads and bursts out laughing as I just grin to myself and shake my head. "Page 7 quick."
Brody flips the magazine open and starts to read. "Two years ago the pair had been blowing up newspaper stands everywhere with 'Zendall' that didn't even exist but now we're happy and proud to finally be able to publish the couples first actual article. Kendall's adoptive father, Harry Styles 21, says "I think everybody knew that they would end up together since they met, no one becomes so close in a day like they did. They were always together and hardly anything could separate them and I'm just glad that she choose him and not anyone else really.". Aw, he approves of you. Good on you mate!"
I got a slap round the shoulder from Jackson, he got a shove in return making him drop his bottle of Pepsi. "See what you do!" He hissed and then stomped over to get a new bottle.
"I'm buying this." Brody says and goes over to pay for it. I don't know how or why but we left the shop with about ten packets of crisps, three Pepsi's for us and two Powerades for the girls since they are weird and don't like Pepsi. We also had half a dozen chocolate bars in Jackson's backpack that he brought for no reason since only Kendall's leaving. Brody had the magazine in his hand, swinging it back and forth as he walked.
By the time we got back to the VIP waiting area Jackson was all hyped up on Pepsi leaving him on my back, Brody was jumping up and down for some reason, swinging his hands in the air and shouting random noises and I was just videoing Brody whilst trying to balance Jackson on my back.
"Shit guys, calm down before David shouts." Brody said and we all walked in calmly. Brody froze when he looked over to his left, his fists clenched along with his jaw but then they softened and he threw himself in a chair. He curled up and flicked his hood up, got his phone out and it looks like he's trying to tune out the world. I looked at Kendall who pointed over to my left sadly.
When I looked over I quickly looked back at Kendall and sat in the chair beside her. The view I saw was not one I expected at all and I don't think Brody liked it much either. Katy was leaning against the wall, talking to some guy who looks like he's going on a surfing trip. She's acting girler than I've ever seen her act before.
"That's Oliver." Kendall said in a whisper. I pushed the arm rest between us up and she lent against my chest so we could talk quietly between us. "They were in some play together when they were five apparently."
"Why does he look like he's going to surf?" I asked twiddling the shorter pieces of her hair between my fingers. They're the ones that are too short to fit in her braid so they've just been left loose by her cheek.
"From what I've heard he's on going to visit his grandparents in California." She replied then muttered. "Let's hope he runs into Romeo and does something to piss him off. That'll ruin Oliver's face don't you think?"
"I don't think Romeo's going to beat him up." I chuckled looking down at her as she tilted her head to look at me.
"No but Brooklyn will." She replied making me nod in agreement. "And then Cruz might kick him in the balls pretty hard, he's good at that apparently."
I laughed and kissed the top of her head. "I've seen him play football, trust me he's good at kicking balls."
Kendall burst out laughing and I realized what I said. "I didn't mean it like that at all!"
"Of course not." She grinned up at me. "It's not like you have a dirty mind or anything." She said it sarcastically.
"Excuse me, I prefer the term 'sexy imagination'." I sassed. She rolled her eyes and I bent my head down, brushing my lips against hers before dropping my voice to an extremely quiet whisper. "And it just so happens your in it a lot babe."
She pinched my thigh when I kissed her lips quickly and pulled away laughing. "Ow." I whined.
"That was really perverted." Kendall laughed.
"Which part?" I asked resting my chin on the top of her head. "The sexy imagination part or the part where I said you're in it a lot?"
"Both." She muttered as her phone vibrated. I shifted a bit as she took her phone out her pocket and then lent my chin back on her head with my arms round her torso as she started texting Lilly. I looked up at Katy quickly, well I was supposed to but my jaw tensed when I saw that she was no longer talking to Oliver and he was staring at Kendall. He was looking at her like nearly every boy looks at her, like he wants her too. Kendall must have noticed my jaw tensing because she looked up from her phone, saw Oliver and then lifted her head from my chest. She spun round in her seat and pushed her lips to mine calming me down instantly.
"Relax," She whispered pecking my lips and then moving so she sat between my legs, the back of her head against my shoulder and both my hands laced with hers on her laps. "I'm yours."
I looked over at Oliver who quickly looked away. I pressed my lips to Kendall's cheek and then turned my attention to our hands as she started a thumb war between both her thumbs but since they were tangled with my fingers it was making it extremely hard on her. I grinned and moved one hand away.
"NO!" She whined. "Zack stop bullying me!"
I laughed and shook my head, bringing my other hand up and then pushing it against Kendall's cheek so it looks like she's punching herself.
"Will you stop acting like a child?" She muttered making me let go off her hands, wrap my arms round her waist tightly and repeatedly kiss her cheek making her pinch my thigh again.
"Ow, stop pinching me!"
"Stop being irritating!" She countered.
"That's what boyfriends are for." I joked smiling widely against her cheek. "But you love me anyway."
"That can change." She mumbled just as David walked through the door with Francis at his side.
"Kendall you ready to go?" Francis looked up from some papers in his hands and looked round the room. "Oh, hey kids."
We met Francis before and he helped us pull a prank on David which was fun so we've (as Brody puts it) 'let him take care of our little baby Kendall'.
"Hey." Jackson and I replied, Kendall looking up from her thumb war with me in which I had no idea even started and was not paying attention yet she's still losing.
"Oh sorry, hi." She smiled. I look over my shoulder at Brody who's jaw has re-tensed, his knuckles are white against his phone and he's preoccupied himself in 'CROSSY ROAD' to take any notice. Katy's still talking to Oliver who's still sneaking glances at Kendall making me press my mouth to the top of her head, her body sunk further down into mine and my arms tightened around her.
"Where's Robbie?" Kendall asked.
"He's got a football (a/n: soccer for Americans.) match today that he can't miss so he's meeting us in Barbados." Francis replied. "You ready then?"
I felt her sigh against me and then she nodded.
"We'll leave you to say goodbye." David said, leading Francis out the room again. Kendall got up and hugged Jackson first. He whispered something in her ear that made he laugh and nod when she pulled away then she looked at Brody and raised an eyebrow. She spread her arms out and he was up and hugging her in a split second.
She whispered something that looked like: Hang in there Brod, and then pulled away. Katy ran over and gave her a really long hug before pulling away and standing next to Brody who started to look really awkward. I stood up and stumbled back a bit as Kendall pretty much threw herself on me, wrapping her arms tightly round my neck that I could hardly breath but I didn't care. I slid my hands round her waist so tight that she was on her tiptoes 'cause I was picking her up a bit.
"I'll really miss you." She whispered against my shoulder making me visibly shudder. She giggled a bit but stopped as I kissed her collar bone.
"I'm already missing you babe." I mumbled pulling back and cupping one of her cheeks with my hand. She looked up at me before leaning up and kissing me. My eyes closed along with hers for five seconds before she pulled away and gave us all one last hug.
I held her hand tightly, our fingers entwined together, as we all walked her to the passage thing leading to the plane. When we got there I hugged her one last time for three weeks.
"Call me when you land yeah?" I whispered.
"When I land it'll be two in the morning here." She replied.
"I don't care." I replied kissing her lips and then stepping back. Katy hugged her, whispered something in her ear and then stepped back too. The other two boys did the same thing until a security guard escorted her onto the plane. We watched the plane take off and then we all stood there looking out the window for a while, even David, tears pricking at my eyes making me clench my fists in my pockets to stop them from falling.
The ride back to the hotel was silent and I kept my hand on my phone at all times, knowing that she wouldn't have managed to convince the pilot to turn the plane round and call to say she'll meet us at the airport doors. It wasn't until I closed my hotel room door behind me, threw myself onto my bed and buried my face into my pillow did I let the tears flow down my cheeks.