Perfect: A One Direction Fanfic

The One Direction band members, including Zayn Malik, compete for a woman's hand in marriage

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4. Harry's P.O.V.

Chapter 4

Harry's P.O.V.

 

It is afternoon by the time the camera crew and staff arrive at the mansion. I spent the entire morning with Esmerelda on the trail of the woods that we discovered getting to know each other. I'm still reeling at the fact that she even let me hold her hand. I had expected her to slap my hand away but she just let me hold her hand throughout the entire morning.

Louis is with Esmerelda right now probably getting asked the same questions I was asked.

The camera crew and staff are getting everything ready downstairs for tomorrow. When they arrived at the mansion Esmerelda and I were just finishing up our walk in the woods.

I'm just chilling in my bedroom when I hear a knock on the bedroom door. It's Louis.

"Hey, mate," Louis greets me. "Esmerelda wants everyone in the living room straight away. Something about tomorrow's show."

"I'll be down in a minute. Save me a seat next to you," I say.

"Sure thing, mate." With that he shuts the door leaving me alone in the bedroom. 

I sit up on the bed and run a hand through my hair to smooth it down. As I walk out of the bedroom and walk down the stairs I wonder what Esmerelda could possibly want to talk about for tomorrow's show. When I get into the living room I take a seat next to Louis on the couch and observe the room.

There is a fireplace at the end of the room across from where Louis and I sit. Above the fireplace is a 36-inch plasma TV and next to the fireplace and TV is a glass cabinet with Blu-ray movies and a few Xbox One games. The Xbox One sits below the TV on the mantle. I look at the other guys and see them stealing glances at the Xbox One also.

"Whoever thought that a mansion would be a good place to shoot the Bachelorette was absolutely correct," Zayn whispers in my ear from behind me. I hadn't realized he had entered the room.

"I know right!" Louis exclaims next to me. "There's also a swimming pool in the backyard. This place is bloody awesome!"

I'm about to say something to add to the excitement when Esmerelda walks into the room. 

"I'm sure all of you are wondering why I called the five of you in here," she says. "I've gotten to know all of you within a day. I like all of you so far but the fun has just begun. I think it's fair to tell you that I'm sleeping with one of you this week then the next week I'll sleep with one of you and so on. I'll be sleeping with Harry this week,"

I look up at Esmerelda with a surprised and bewildered look on my face.

"Um..." is all I can say. The rest of my band mates look at me with envy and jealousy on their expressions.

I don't know what else to say so I just stare into the fireplace until Esmerelda leaves the room.

"What did you do, Harry?!" Zayn hisses at me angrily. "You kissed her didn't you?"

"All I did was hold her hand, Zayn," I hiss back. 

"Are you daft?! Now she's going to spend the next seven weeks swooning over you instead of all of us." Zayn is very angry with me. 

"Bugger off, Zayn," Niall says. "It's not his fault that he much more flirtatious than you."

"I'm going to take a nap," Zayn grumbles. He stomps off to his bedroom leaving the rest of us in the living room. I look at Liam, Louis, and Niall who still have surprised looks on their faces from what just happened.

"Are you guys mad at me, too?" I ask them.

Louis shakes his head and leans back against the couch with his arms above his head. He doesn't say anything for a moment. I sigh with relief and lean forward on the couch.

"I'm going to try and calm Zayn down," Liam says getting up off the couch.

"Thanks, Liam," I say grateful that I don't have to do it this time around.

"No problem, mate," Liam says smiling at me.

Once he is gone I turn and face the other two.

"Do you think they'll let us play on the Xbox One?" Niall asks hopefully.

Louis laughs and rolls his eyes. "Is that all you can think about, Niall? Playing video games?"

"What's wrong with playing video games?" Niall asks innocently.

Louis sighs and leans back further against the sofa. He mutters something under his breath that I can't make out. Fortunately, Niall seems to make out every single word that Louis mutters.

"You're jealous that I'm a better gamer than you, aren't you?" he says smiling triumphantly.

"No!" Louis exclaims much to Niall's dismay.

"What is it then?" Niall shoves Louis playfully. "Spit it out, mate!"

"You don't always have to be playing video games everywhere you go," Louis says.

Niall pouts. He shoves Louis and gives him his famous puppy eyes. Louis tries to resist Niall but he fails utterly.

"Fine," Louis huffs in defeat. "I'll play as long as you don't shove my losing to you in my face."

"Deal!" Niall exclaims. He looks at me and gives me a hopeful smile.

"Sorry, Niall," I apologize. "I think I'll pass playing games today. Maybe next time."

"What are you going to do then, Harry?" Louis asks me.

"I'm going to ask Esmerelda if she wants to go out to lunch with me," I reply.

"Of course you are. Have fun."

"You, too."

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I find Esmerelda in the ballroom of the mansion sitting in a chair reading a book. She looks up from her book when I enter the room.

"Hello, Harry," she says smiling. She bookmarks the page in her book and stand up from the chair.

"Hello," I say. "What book are you reading?"

"Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James. Have you heard of it?"

I nod my head and shove my hands into my pockets. I look down at the marble floor shyly.

"I was wondering if you'd like to go out for lunch somewhere?" I ask Esmerelda after a moment of awkward silence.

Esmerelda smiles. "Are you asking me out on a date, Harry?"

"Well, I wouldn't call it a date. I'd call it a friendly outing between two friends," I say shyly.

"That's kind of the same thing. But yes I will go out to lunch with you> What did you have in mind?"

"I was thinking we could go to Olive Garden. Or Applebee's." 

Esmerelda ponders over this for a moment before she says, "Applebee's sounds really good."

"Then we'll eat there."

Esmerelda smiles once more and walks toward me. She leans up on her tiptoes and gives me a kiss on the cheek. Then she walks out of the ballroom leaving my speechless self standing there. It takes me a few seconds to regain my conscience before I walk out of the ballroom and catch up to her.

"What was that all about?" I ask Esmerelda once we're out of the mansion and safely away from the guys.

"What was what all about?" Esmerelda frowns and looks up at me. "Oh, the kiss? Am I not allowed to kiss you, Harry?"

I blush and shake my head frantically. "You're allowed to kiss me. It's just that Zayn got really angry at me for holding your hand earlier and I don't want anything happening between us that might make my mates suspicious."

"So you're saying not to do anything that might cause Zayn to get angry with you and me?" Esmerelda asks.

I nod my head then I prepare myself for the worst to come. She doesn't smack me instead she just laughs. 

"What's so funny?" I ask her.

"Do they honestly think that there is something going on between us?" she laughs. "You may have caught my attention first, Harry, but there's no way in hell I'm going to date you unless you say so."

"Well, only Zayn thinks there's something going on between us," I explain quickly. "Louis, Niall, and Liam don't suspect anything going on between us."

"That's good. I mean, it's good that everyone else doesn't suspect anything going on between us but it's not good that Zayn doesn't seem to believe you." Esmerelda stops walking and turns to face me. She looks down at the ground shyly and smiles.

"What's wrong?" I ask her.

"Nothing's wrong," she says. "Come on. Let's go have lunch. I'm hungry."

 

 

 

 

 

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