You + Me + Him || Zayn & Harry AU

Alyssa Rossi has always been in love with Zayn Malik. Zayn has always been her best friend, but never shared her feelings. Harry Styles was Zayn’s pesky step-brother and has always hated Alyssa because she and Zayn always got into trouble together. They were teenagers, now they’re all adults. Things can change in a blink of an eye. And they did.

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Early 2016

 

Alyssa woke up entirely too early, wondering what the hell she was doing wide awake at eight in the morning. Once she realized sleep was not going to come back, she crawled out of bed and made her way downstairs. It had been weeks since she and Zayn had their fight at the charity benefit and since she and Harry decided to be friends again. Zayn was still dating Amber, and much to Alyssa’s surprise, they were actually pretty good together. She didn’t hate Amber as much as she did initially. She brought out the good side in Zayn. Actually, Alyssa figured she brought it out with their fight, but Amber definitely kept him in line.

She and Harry – well, they were friends. He was actually becoming a really good friend of hers. They hung out quite often, especially since her bestie was always with his girlfriend. Zayn was slowly getting used to the fact that Alyssa and Harry were on good terms. He didn’t like it at first, but respected Alyssa’s decision to rekindle their friendship.

As Alyssa made her way downstairs to make some coffee, she found Zayn and Harry sitting at the kitchen table talking. 

“I can’t believe you’re finished with it,” Zayn said to his brother.

“It’s been a while, but I’m finally done,” Harry said with a small smile on his face.

“Hello, my boys,” Alyssa said, walking to the coffee maker, which she was happy to find was still filled with hot, fresh coffee.

“Good morning,” they said in unison. 

Alyssa poured herself a cup and walked toward the table. She patted Harry on the top of the head before making her way over to sit next to Zayn.

“What’d you finish with, Harry?” Alyssa asked curiously as she swiped a strawberry off of Zayn’s plate.

“I was going to eat that, you thief,” Zayn shot at her.

“You snooze, you lose,” Alyssa said, wiggling her eyebrows at him.

Brat,” he grumbled moving the plate out of her reach.

“So, Harry…” Alyssa said, about to ask her question again.

“I finished my album,” Harry chimed in, giving her a smile.

“No way! You didn’t tell me you were so close!” Alyssa said excitedly.

“Yep. We put the finishing touches on it last night,” he replied, looking so proud.

“Oh my god. It’s going to be huge!” Alyssa said, feeling so much excitement for him.

“I doubt that, but thank you,” he said, smiling and blushing, acting bashful from the attention.

“You have so much talent. People are fools if they can’t see that,” Alyssa went on.

“Well, you’ve got your first fan, Harry,” Zayn said, laughing at Alyssa’s enthusiasm.

“Duh! Two Ghosts. Oh my god. That song,” Alyssa said dramatically, holding her hand over her heart. Harry eyed her for a second, before letting out a small laugh.

“Wait. You’ve heard stuff from the album?” Zayn asked Alyssa.

“Yeah. I’ve been in the studio a few times with Harry,” she told him.

“And I performed that song at the charity benefit,” Harry chimed in.

“How come she’s been to the studio and I haven’t?” Zayn turned to Harry.

“Because she actually hangs out. You’re always with Amber,” Harry pointed out.

“It would have been nice to have been asked,” Zayn said, looking at his brother like he was truly offended.

“Oh, are you jealous, Zaynie?” Alyssa asked, reaching up to squeeze his cheek, and he immediately swatted her hand away.

“I didn’t think you’d care. You never wanted to hear my stuff at home,” Harry said, giving a shrug.

“And Alyssa did?” Zayn asked incredulously.

“Yes!” She protested, giving Zayn her own look of offense.

“Alyssa always listened to my stuff,” Harry pointed out, causing Zayn to scoff.

“Oh, Zayn. Stop being a baby. We’ll include you next time we do something,” Alyssa chuckled, shaking her head at him.

“Now you see how I felt all those years when you two never included me,” Harry shot at his brother.

“Except you’re stealing my best friend,” Zayn quickly retorted.

“Like she wasn’t my friend too? You just hoarded her and refused to share,” Harry countered, narrowing his eyes at his brother.

Alyssa couldn’t help but chuckle. They were fighting over her after all, and she was sitting right there.

“I didn’t hoard her! She could have easily hung out with you,” Zayn scoffed, in turning causing both Harry and Alyssa to laugh.

“What?” Zayn asked, his attention turning to Alyssa.

“You kind of hoarded me. But then again, I was like in love with you and stuff,” Alyssa giggled, shrugging her shoulders, truly appreciating that she could finally talk about her feelings without consequence.

“Whatever, you guys. I love being blamed for everything,” Zayn grumbled, crossing his arms over his chest.

“Oh, Zaynie. Calm down,” Alyssa cooed, wrapping her arm around his neck before laying her head on his shoulder.

“How did this conversation go south so fast?” Harry chuckled, shaking his head.

“I’m kryptonite,” Alyssa joked as she pulled back her arm from around Zayn.

“Apparently,” Harry said, smirking at her.

“Do you remember when we used to actually get along when we were all together?” Alyssa asked, just before she took a sip of her coffee.

“Hmm. Barely,” Zayn replied.

“Not a whole lot of those memories…” Harry stated truthfully.

 


Summer 2007

 

“10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Ready or not, here I come!” Doniya shouted loud enough so Zayn, Harry, Alyssa, Waliyha and Harry’s sister Gemma could all hear. 

They were all hiding in the yard in different spots. Luckily for them, the yard was huge. Unlucky for Doniya, though.

Zayn was the first to get found in their wonderful game of hide n’ seek. But that’s because he hid in the most obvious of places – Safaa’s playhouse. What a terrible spot to hide. 

Alyssa was hidden behind the garbage cans on the side of the back garage hoping Doniya would find one of the other three next and so she could claim victory over all of them.

“Aha! I FOUND YOU, ALYSSA!” Doniya yelled, scaring the crap out of Alyssa.

“Dang it!” She said as she laughed.

“Now I’ve just got to find the rest of them,” Doniya said, rubbing her palms together.

“You didn’t help her find me, did you!?” Alyssa said, pointing an accusatory finger at Zayn.

“No! I swear,” Zayn said, holding his hands up in front of him.

“I found you by myself,” Doniya stated proudly, already traipsing through the yard trying to find one of the other three. Gemma came next, then Waliyha.

Alyssa, Gemma and Zayn spotted Harry almost immediately, but it took Doniya much longer, nearly combing through the entire backyard before she decided to look up. Harry was hidden up in one of the tall pine trees toward the back of the yard. 

“THERE YOU ARE! Get down here!” Doniya said, pointing up at her step-brother.

Harry laughed as he started climbing down. When he got close enough to jump, he did. But his foot caught on the branch and he slipped causing him to fall straight on his arm. He screamed out in pain and all of them ran to his side.

“Waliyha, go get Mum!” Zayn shouted as she took off toward the house.

“It hurts,” Harry cried, holding his arm against him.

“Don’t move it. Waliyha went to get Trisha,” Gemma told her little brother.

“You’re going to be okay, Harry. I promise,” Alyssa told him.

It didn’t take long for Trisha to come running out with Waliyha and little Safaa right behind her.

“What was he doing in the tree?” Trisha gasped.

“We were playing hide n’ seek. He was hiding up there,” Zayn told her.

“You all need to be more careful. You know better than to climb these trees,” she scolded all of them.

“What were we supposed to do? He would have climbed the tree either way,” Zayn protested. 

Trisha piled all of the kids in the minivan and brought them to the hospital for Harry to be seen. They waited in the ER waiting room for upwards of four hours – bored out of their minds before Harry came out with his bright green cast. He broke his wrist in two places and would need to wear the cast for a while in order for it to heal.

“Hey, Harry. Can I draw on your cast when we get back?” Alyssa asked him as they rode in the back of the van together.

“Only if it’s something cool,” he told her.

“It’s going to be the best looking cast ever,” Alyssa promised him with a wide smile.

“It’s true, Harry. Lyssa’s really good at drawing,” Zayn told his brother. 

When they got back to the house Zayn, Harry and Alyssa all sat down in the TV room as Zayn and Alyssa drew some pretty gnarly pictures all over Harry’s cast. By the time they were done, they had used every color sharpie they could find – drawing patterns and shapes and cartoons and people all over the cast making it a pretty sweet looking mural.

It was a good day – minus the whole arm breakage.

 

 


“You guys are my best friends and I wish you would just get along,” Alyssa told them as she began to idly scroll through her cell phone apps.

“Well, I get along with him,” Harry countered, which made Zayn scoff.

“You two are ridiculous,” Alyssa said, rolling her eyes as Zayn’s phone began to ring.

All three of them saw Amber’s name flash across the screen, and knew Zayn wouldn’t ignore it for them. He answered almost immediately, causing Alyssa to look at Harry and mouth the word ‘whipped’. Harry laughed and nodded his head, causing Zayn to send them both a glare as he got up from the table, taking his plate with him.

“I guess we’re chopped liver,” Alyssa snickered.

“I guess so,” Harry said.

Harry and Alyssa sat at the table silently, both of them looking at their phones.

Alyssa scrolled through the main screen of her Instagram feed, looking at the pictures of all the people and celebrities she followed. Her eyes caught immediately when she saw a picture of a half-naked dude scroll by. She instinctively went back to get a second look, and her jaw dropped. Not only was it a picture of a half-naked dude, but it was a Boomerang mini-video of that someone working out at the gym.

“Harry Styles!” Alyssa hissed, startling him to attention.

“What?” He asked, looking alarmed.

The picture that caught her eyes was him, all sweaty and sexy and tattooed up. It was him, in a way she definitely never saw him before.

Jesus… God,” she said as her eyes took in every inch of the picture.

“What?” Harry asked impatiently.

“Uh… your Instagram picture,” she said, looking up at him.

“Oh,” he said, smiling and blushing immediately.

“Oh? God, look at you!” She continued.

“I work out,” he said quietly.

“I can see that,” she said with a laugh.

“Stop gawking at it,” Harry laughed as Alyssa continued to stare at her phone.

“I can’t. I mean, Jesus. I didn’t know you had so much… definition. And all those tattoos,” she told him, causing him to laugh.

“When did you get that massive butterfly on your stomach?” Alyssa questioned, looking up at him. She knew he got the two birds on his collarbones quite a while ago, but that butterfly was definitely new… like, new-new.

“Uh, last week,” he said with a small smirk on his face.

“Wow,” Alyssa said, looking down at the picture again. Harry chuckled.

“Do you know I love butterflies?” Alyssa said, looking up at him again.

“Hmm…” he hummed, quirking an eyebrow.

“What?” She asked, smirking back at him before taking another peek at the picture on her phone.

“Wanna do something tonight?” He asked, changing the subject.

“Like what?” She asked, quirking her eyebrow at him.

“I don’t know. We could go see a movie or something,” he suggested, nonchalantly shrugging his shoulders.

“Sure,” she said as she saved Harry’s picture to her phone.

“Did you just screen shot my picture?” Harry asked her, causing her to laugh.

“No!” She lied.

“You did, didn’t you?” He laughed.

“No, I didn’t!” She scoffed, feeling her cheeks heat up.

“Let me see your phone,” he said, holding out his hand.

“No,” she said, shaking her head.

“Liar,” he said finally, letting out a light laugh.

“Shut up,” she said, knowing she’d probably never live it down.

“How did you know I didn’t have any plans on a Saturday night?” She asked him with a smile, trying to change the subject quickly. He smirked at her and shrugged his shoulders.

“Should we get food before the movie?” Alyssa asked him.

“Sure,” he said.

“Alright. How about I buy us dinner and you pay at the movies?” She suggested.

“Sounds perfect,” he said, smiling at her.

“Perfect,” she said, looking down at her phone again, getting blown away by the half-naked picture of Harry. She finally allowed herself to scroll past it and let out a breath when she did.

“Do you think we should invite Zayn?” Alyssa asked Harry.

“No. Why?” Harry asked, giving her an odd look.

“I don’t know. Didn’t we just tell him we’d invite him along the next time we do something?” She asked.

“Next time,” Harry said, smirking at her and she couldn’t help but laugh.

“Alright. Next time,” she agreed.

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