Chapter One: When Worlds Collide
"Alexa, are you nearly finished? We are going to be late!", I yelled to my friend Alexa from the other side of the bathroom door.
"Would you just hold on? I'm on the last curl", she whined.
Alexa and I were going to a One Direction concert today and we were going to be late if we didn't leave soon. Alexa and I had always liked the same things, One Direction included. Except she liked Harry and I liked Niall. The word "like" is a huge understatement in this situation.
"Are you done yet?", I yelled once again as I knocked on the bathroom door.
"Relax, Ro. I'm done", Alexa said as she opened the door.
"Right, then. Let's go", I said as we both sprinted down the stairs, nearly falling over in the process.
"Someone's a bit eager", my mom chuckled from her spot on the sofa.
"Sorry I don't have time to talk. Bye, mom. Bye, dad", I said as I grabbed my purse.
"Bye, sweetheart", my dad said as he read a book and drank his coffee at the table.
"Bye, honey. Have fun", my mom said.
Alexa and I took the elevator down to the lobby of my apartment building. When we walked out to the streets, we were immediately greeted by angry people and honking car horns. Oh the joys of living in Los Angeles.
As soon as my eyes caught the first glimpse of yellow, I yelled, "Taxi!"
"Thank you for stopping", I said to the taxi driver as Alexa and I climbed in the back seat.
"Just doing my job", he smiled, "Now, where to ladies?"
"Pasadena Rose Bowl stadium, please", Alexa said.
"Your wish is my command, ladies", he said as he pulled away from the curb.
"I hope we're not late", Alexa said.
"Yeah. Me too", I said as I fumbled with my hands in my lap.
As soon as we turned the first corner, we were met with red lights and bumper to bumper traffic.
"Please God. Please don't let us be late", I silently prayed to myself.
The rest of the ride to the venue consisted of many red lights, lots of bumper to bumper traffic, and the sound of my own worried thoughts inside my head.
When we arrived at the venue, there were no people waiting outside. I knew that wasn't a good sign. Alexa and I sprinted up to the entrance, but we were stopped by a security guard.
"Excuse me ladies, but the show is actually almost over", he said.
"But...so there's no way we can get in?", I asked, my voice breaking at the end.
"No, I'm sorry", he said.
"But there must be something you can do", Alexa said.
"I'm sorry, miss. There's nothing I can do", he said as he shook his head in apology.
"O-okay. Well...thank you", I said as I tried to keep in the tears. The security guard just nodded.
Alexa and I slowly walked away from the venue. I really didn't feel like going home just yet, so Alexa and I walked into a Starbucks.
"Rowan, are you alright?", Alexa asked as we sat down at a table.
I just shook my head no as I stared at my hands in my lap.
"I'm going to get you a coffee", she said as she stood up.
I didn't want to go home. Not yet. The fact that we missed our once in a lifetime chance to see One Direction was eating me alive.
"Rowan, I'm so sorry. This is all my fault", Alexa said as she came back with two caramel macchiatos. She knows me so well.
"Please don't feel that way. I don't blame you for anything", I said.
"I just feel responsible", Alexa said, frowning at her hands in her lap, "Um, do you think I could stay at your place tonight? My parents are going out for the weekend and I don't want to stay home alone for that long".
"Of course you can", I said, attempting to crack a smile.
"Thank you", Alexa smiled, "What time is it anyway?"
"It's nearly 10:00 pm", I said.
"Already? Well, we should probably get going then", Alexa said.
I just nodded and stood up.
We were walking down the street when Alexa said, "Rowan, I'm so sorry. If I hadn't taken so long, we would've made it".
"I told you it's not your fault. I should've kept better track of the time", I said as we started to cross the street.
"Rowan, watch out!", Alexa said.
"Wha-", I started to say, but before I could finish, I walked face-first into two guys.
"Are you alright?", one of them asked.
"Yeah, I'm...I'm fine. I just...", I said, but then I looked up and saw who I was talking to. Niall Horan and Harry Styles.
It was then that I realized that we were all standing in the middle of the street and a giant bus was headed straight for us.
"Oh bloody hell!", Niall said as he tackled all of us.
"What in the blinking heck was that all about?", Harry asked as he stood up, brushing off his pants.
"I'm sorry! Liam was driving!", the bus driver said from the window.
"Liam!", Niall and Harry yelled in unison.
"You called?", Liam said as he poked his head out the window, "Oh hello there. Would you ladies like to come aboard?"
Alexa and I just stood there with our mouths open. Was One Direction really asking us to come on their tour bus with them?
"Yes they do. of course they do", Niall said. Then Niall and Harry pulled Alexa and me inside the tour bus, Harry holding Alexa's hand and Niall holding mine.
"Louis, Liam, guests!", Harry said. Niall and Harry had let go of our hands at this point.
"Shhhhh! Sh!", Louis said as he dramatically waved his arms in the air, "Can you not see that I am trying to watch Grease, Harrold?"
"Oh pardon me, Lew-is", Harry said as he threw his hands up in defense.
"You know I hate it when you call me that", Louis said as he gave Harry a dirty look.
"Girls, stop fighting. Now, Niall and Harry, please introduce the guests", Liam said.
"Right. This is...uh...sorry I didn't catch your name", Niall said to me.
"Rowan. My name is Rowan", I said as I shyly smiled.
"Lovely name. Lads, this is Rowan", Niall said as he put an arm around my shoulder.
"H-hi", I said as I waved shyly.
"And this is...what is your name?", Harry said to Alexa.
"It's Alexa", she smiled.
"And this beautiful lady is Alexa", Harry said.
"Hi guys", Alexa waved.
"Hello to both of you", Liam smiled.
"Hi", Louis said without taking his eyes off of the TV.
"You'll have to excuse Louis", Liam said, "Now, will you ladies be joining us?"
"Wh-what do you mean?", I asked.
"Well, joining us on tour of course!", Liam smiled.
Alexa and I gave each other a look as if to say "Are you going to answer? Please say something so we're not just standing here in silence".
"We'd love to come on tour with you guys!", Alexa said quickly.
"But my parents...", I said.
"Call them! Call them call them call them!", Alexa said, practically jumping up and down.
"Okay okay, alright. Just give me a minute", I said as I dialed my mom's number.
"Hello?", my mom said once she picked up the phone.
"Hi mom", I said.
"Rowan! I was wondering where you and Alexa were! How was the concert?", she said.
"We didn't make it to the concert mom", I said.
"Aw honey, I'm sorry. What have you been doing?", she said.
"Mom, you'll never guess who we ran in to", I said.
"Who?", she asked.
"The boys. Niall, Harry, Louis, Liam, all of them", I said.
"Oh my gosh that's amazing!", my mom said excitedly.
"I just have to ask you something", I said.
"Of course, sweetheart. What is it?", my mom said.
"Um...well...", I said.
I turned to look at everyone and they all nodded their heads vigorously and Niall whispered, "Go on".
"Well, the boys have asked us to join them on tour and I was wondering what your thoughts were on that", I said as I crossed my fingers.
"Rowan, we both know that even I would jump at the chance if I was in your situation", she said matter-of-factly.
"So you're saying yes?", I asked.
Everyone started doing silent victory dances, with Louis almost punching Liam in the face.
"Yes, go ahead. I'll talk to Alexa's parents and work it all out. Wait what? Oh your dad wants to talk to Niall", my mom said.
"Um alright", I said.
"It's um...my dad wants to talk to you", I said as I handed Niall the phone.
"Hello? Yes, sir. Yes, sir. I understand, sir. No problem, sir. Alright, sir. Of course, sir. Crystal clear, sir. You have a good night too, sir. Goodbye, sir", Niall said before hanging up.
"What was that all about?", Louis said, trying his best not to cry from laughing.
"He was just warning me to not hurt Rowan in any way or he'd come and find me and...well...you can figure out the rest", Niall said as he handed me my phone.
"That's my dad for you. He knows you're my favorite", I laughed.
"So...do we get to go?", Alexa asked.
"Yep. We're going!", I smiled.
"Yes!", the boys said in unison as they began to high five each other.
"I just have one question. Why did you ask us to come on tour with you?", I asked.
"Because Niall and Harry both believe in love at first sight and they're in love with you two", Louis said, earning an elbow to the gut from Niall and a death glare from Harry.
"Because...um...there's just something about you. And we feel like it'll be fun", Niall said.
"Um yeah. What he said", Harry said as he pointed at Niall.
"Are we ready to head out, lads?", the bus driver asked.
"Yes! Drive on!", Liam said.
At that moment, our journey with the world famous boyband One Direction began.
If only I knew the troubles I would face.
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