~“Oh my god, Lou! Thank you so much for coming!” I squealed happily. Louis wrapped his arms around me, pulling me in for a quick hug. “Are you kidding, I wouldn’t miss this for anything!” ”Well it’s just you’re so busy, but honestly it means so much to me.” I said as I pulled back from our embrace. Lou took a step back and shrugged his shoulders slightly.
“I hope you don’t mind but the rest of the lads wanted to tag along.” Louis nodded his head over in the direction of the boys. I peered around him and there was Liam, Niall, Harry and Zayn. I groaned and pursed my lips. “Lou…” I whined. “I’m nervous enough about this gig as is, and now I have to worry about NOT making a fool of myself in front of One Direction!” I threw my hands in the air exaggeratedly and pouted. Louis took my hand into his. “You’ll do fine, I’ve heard you sing a million times, you’re gonna kick ass!” He exclaimed excitedly. I rolled my eyes and sighed. “Seriously, Bianca. You’ve got an amazing band, solid vocals and you’re easy on the eyes. What’s not to love?!”
I couldn’t help but smile, Louis always knew the right things to say, no matter the situation.
“Five minutes to set!” The stage manager shouted. My eyes widened and my hands began to shake. “You’re gonna be fine, love.” Lou said as he pressed a kiss to my cheek. “Now get out there and rock this club!” I nodded. Louis turned to join the rest of the boys in the crowd and I went to go join the rest of my band.
“Ladies and gentlemen.” Boomed a voice through the speaker. “We are happy to present to you here tonight at the Lodge pub, 649! Make some noise!” The navy curtain pulled back to reveal a crowd of cheering people. I took a deep breath and stepped up to the microphone. “How’s everyone doing tonight?!” The crowd cheered in response. “Good, good. What’d ya say we get this show started?!” The crowd cheered again. “Take it away, Kai!” and with that, Kai started to play the opening of ‘Valerie.’
We played an hour long set of original songs, covers and crowd requests. I was sitting on a piano bench, microphone inches away from my face. “Well this is the last song of the evening.” I said. “And personally it’s one of my favorites. Thank you guys for being such an amazing crowd. I hope you enjoy.”
I took a deep breath to settle myself before playing a piano arrangement of ‘Teenage Dream’ by Katy Perry. Right before I was about to sing I could hear “We love you, Bianca!” shouted by familiar voices in the crowd and I couldn’t help but chuckle a bit.
“You think I’m pretty without any make-up on…” My fingers glided smoothly over the keys as I continued to belt the words. “…Let you put your hands on me in my skin tight jeans, be my teenage dream tonight.” The last note hung sweetly in the air. The crowd was cheering and applauding. I took my place in front of the mic in center stage. “Thank you so much everyone. We are 649. Good night!”
The curtain was pulled shut, blocking the white of the stage lights. I stood there somewhat dumbfounded for a moment. “Guys we killed it!” Kai shouted pulling us all in for a group hug. I shook the manager’s hand and thanked him for letting us perform. I walked over to where a makeshift table crowded with bottles of water and opened one, taking a long drink. “BIANCA! That was…fantastic!” Lou hollered. I smiled at him warmly. “Thanks boo bear.” The rest of the boys were standing slightly behind Louis. Niall took a step forward and handed me a bouquet of roses. “From the lads and I.” He said with a wink. “Thank you, boys.” I said kindly taking the flowers from Nialls’ hands.
“So, you up to grab a bite with us?” Louis asked. “I have to help clean up, it may be a bit.” “No problem, we don’t mind waiting.” Says Zayn.
The next half hour was spent thanking people and moving equipment. Louis and the boys waited for my patiently. After thanking the manager and pub owner for the tenth time I strolled over to join the boys. “All ready, my little super star?” Louis asked, slinging his arm over my shoulder. I nodded and the six of us made our way to Harry’s car.
“How are you not famous?!” Liam exclaimed as he slumped beside me. I chuckled and shrugged. “Who knows, maybe someday?”
After a bite to eat and some drinks with the boys, Liam (the designated driver) dropped me off at my flat. “I’ll call you tomorrow or something. We’ll go get coffee” Louis shouted out the passenger side window. “Sounds good. I’ll see you guys later.” The boys shouted their goodbyes as I made my way up the stairs to my flat.
~Three days later~
I was sprawled across my couch watching a movie when my phone buzzed. It was a text from Louis.
‘You busy tonight, babes?”
‘Nope, not at all. Did you want to hang out?’ I replied
‘How about you get dressed up all nice and we go for dinner. A car will pick you up at seven.” I sighed loudly, ‘I’d much rather just stay home in my pajamas’ I thought
‘I guess so, see you then! ’
I took notice of the time and it was already half five. I rolled from my spot on the couch and set off to the bathroom to get ready. When I was finished showering and curling my hair it was already twenty to the hour. I quickly applied some light foundation, eyeliner and a few coats of mascara before running to my bedroom to get dressed. I pulled a simple black bodycon dress from my closet and pulled it over my head. I slipped into my leopard print pumps. I sprayed myself with coconut body mist and finally put on the pair of diamond studs Louis got me for Christmas.
I bounded my way downstairs, it was just seven on the dot and like Lou said, there was a car out front. I grabbed my phone, clutch and keys from their spots on the table and headed outside.
The driver opened the door for me and I thanked him as I slipped into the back seat.
“Excuse me sir. Where are we going?” I asked after about twenty minutes. “No worries miss, we’re almost there.”
After a few more moments we pulled up in front of an unfamiliar restaurant. I noticed Lou standing by the front entrance. I stepped out of the car and made my way over to him. Lou motioned to me “Well don’t you look lovely.” I smiled. “Why so do you.” Lou guided me into the restaurant with his hand on the small of my back.
We walked to a large table where the rest of the boys (and two men I’ve never seen before) were sitting. “Hello everyone.” I said politely. Louis pulled out my chair before sitting down next to me. No one seemed to introduce me to the two men, which I found odd, but I quickly shook it off. We all sat and chatted over drinks for a bit before ordering our food.
“So, Bianca. You’re probably wondering who these two blokes are, yeah?” Louis asked motioning his hand to the two gentlemen. I nodded. “Well you see, these guys are just a small part of our management and security team.” Louis continued. “Hello, Bianca. Lovely to meet you.” Said the large black haired man. I smiled shyly. “You as well”. I said politely.
“Well go on mate, tell her!” Niall said excitedly. “Uh, what’s going on?” I asked warily. The man with black hair called Paul spoke first. “You performed a gig at the Lodge a few days ago, no?” He asked. I nodded. “Well the boys happened to record some of it and my...” “Oh did they now?” I interjected. “Yes.” Paul continued. “My friend Peter here along with the rest of the boys management and I, liked what we saw.” Paul took a sip of his drink and so did I not sure of what else to do. “Now, you’re a wear that the boys are going on a world tour in about eight months or so, right?” My attention was turned to the other man, Peter. I nodded my head again. Peter reached for something under the table. A moment later he was handing me a large white envelope.
“What’s this?” I asked. I quickly looked at each of the boys’ faces, and they seemed to be stifling smiles. “The boys insisted we make you a contract.” Peter continued. “For what?” I asked cautiously. “Bloody hell! This is killing me!” Harry exclaimed. “Bianca, we want you to be the opening act for our tour!” Louis said excitedly.
My jaw dropped, I was gobsmacked. “Well?” Paul asked after a few moments. “Are you guys for real?!” I whispered hoarsely. “Of course we are!” Liam said with a laugh. “So, Bianca. What do ya say?” Louis asked, taking my hand in his. “Yes!” I squealed “Oh my god yes!” The boys applauded and cheered. “Wow, thank you, guys. So, so, so much!” I could feel tears of happiness welling up in my eyes. “You should really be thanking Louis; he’s been going mad over the past few days to set this up.” Zayn said. I threw my arms around Louis neck and squeezed him tightly. “Thank you, thank you thank you!” I exclaimed. “I can’t believe I’m going to be the opening act for One Direction! This is honestly too- just wow.” Louis pulled away to stare into my eyes. “You deserve this.” He said as he wiped away a few tears.
I raised my glass of champagne to form a toast. “I’d like to thank each one of you boys, Paul, Peter and most importantly. Louis, my best friend in the whole entire universe.” We all clinked our glasses together “Cheers!”
~Four months later~
Harry laid his head on my shoulder starting to doze off. It was only 5 in the afternoon, but the boys and I had just got back to the tour bus after a busy day of interviews and radio shows. All but Louis. No one knew where he had gone, and I kept getting a bad feeling that something was up with him. Soon the sound of snores filled the room as I checked up on twitter.
Niall had his head in my lap and was spread out across most of the couch. Harry’s head was on my shoulder, his feet on a foot rest in front of us. I looked down at Zayn and Liam, both of them sprawled out on the floor. Half laying on each other, half laying on the floor. I flicked of twitter and sighed. Quietly I removed Harry from laying on my shoulder, to laying on the arm of the couch.
As I went to move, Niall moved himself from my lap and lay out on the empty part of the couch I had just gotten up from. I stepped over Liam and Zayn, making my way to the stairs near the door. Only being stopped by the door opening, and the sound of Louis’ laughter along with someone else’s filled the air. I quickly shushed him motioning to the sleeping boys in the living room.
“Oh sorry Bianca, I didn’t realise they were sleeping” Louis said. Pulling on the hand in his, a girl emerged from behind him. “Bianca, this is Avery. Avery this is my best friend Bianca.”
I waved at the girl, she gave a slight smile but tried to look anywhere but at me. Her blonde hair was done in beautiful curls, and it looked like she had bright blue eyes. In some way she looked oddly familiar, like I had seen her somewhere before. That’s when it hit me, she looked like a girl version of Niall. “Have I seen you somewhere?” I said. Pointing at her, I gave a glance to Louis. “ I feel like I know you, but I could swear I’ve never met you.”
“Actually, you haven’t met me before. You do know my brother though, Niall. Who seems to have forgotten I was visiting today and fallen asleep.” Avery sent a smile towards Niall’s sleeping figure.
I stood outside in the rain, my hood up and barefoot. Not that I minded at all, I had always loved playing in the rain. The boys thought it was weird, but Louis always told me that it reminds him that I’ve always been a kid at heart. Like him. The cold raindrops hit my face as I looked up at the sky, my hood fell down and pretty soon my hair was soaked.
“You look so peaceful when you stand in the rain.” I jumped at the sound of Louis’ voice. Turning round, I saw him standing not far behind, his hood up. I turned back around, sticking my hands out and letting the rain drop into them. “When I stand in the rain, it helps me think. Like everything’s calm and peaceful, almost as if nothing can go wrong. The only sound coming from the drops splashing everywhere, it keeps me calm.” I spoke gently. The sound of footsteps splashing through puddles filled the air, and soon enough Louis was stood next to me. Gently he grabbed my hand and turned me to face him. I looked up into his beautiful blue eyes, getting lost in them. As the rain continued to pour down, Louis leaned in. His lips soon meeting mine, after years of wishing and dreaming of this, it was finally happening.
After a little while, we pulled away to regain our breath. “You don’t know how long I’ve been wanting to do that Bianca.” Louis smiled at me. “You don’t know how long I’ve been wanting you to do that” I replied.
He crashed his lips into mine again, the rain sliding off our faces and into the kiss. My first kiss with Louis, in the rain. Every girl dreamed of a kiss in the rain and I was finally getting mine. There was no need to ask to be each others. I could we both already knew the answer. Yes.