Summer Love

Three best friends, Lauren, Maria and Grace, had been planning the trip to celebrate the end of their 'A' levels since they were twelve. Now, their exams are over and they're getting ready to tour the UK and Northern Ireland. As is just their luck, disaster strikes on day two. What happens when the girls get too involved with One Direction to leave again without heartbreak?


3. She Had A Beautiful Smile


We were in the tour bus along a country road. I always liked these bits of the trips best, there was so much more to see than when we were on the motorway, it was just a shame it was dark so I couldn’t take in the scenery. I had my headphones in and was listening to my favourite songs. The others were off doing… actually I had no idea what they were doing but I didn’t care because for once I had some time to myself. Trust me, that doesn’t come easily when you’re living on a tour bus with three two year olds and one 40 year old. Especially when you give them sugar, which Paul had done about an hour ago. A fateful mistake. I was staring out of the window absentmindedly when I saw the lights. Nobody was camping, especially not on the road. As we approached the lights became clearer, it was a car, a VW campervan to be exact, and it was sideways in a ditch, the front mashed up by a tree. I called out to the driver to stop, put on a jacket and got a torch. Just as I was stepping outside into the chilly night air, I heard the others come running to the window to see what was going on. I approached the campervan, where I saw three people. Girls. Al blonde. There was something running around by one of the girl’s feet and she scooped it up, it was a dog.

“Oh my god thank you so much, you see there’s been a –“, the girl with the dog stopped in her tracks, “wait, I know you” she looked puzzled “I’m sure I- oh my god. You’re Harry Styles”

“Well done. Now you were telling me what happened?”

The other girl approached me. She seemed more concerned about the crash and less about who I was. “We were driving” she explained, “Boris jumped up into Grace’s lap, distracting her, and-“

“Who’s Grace?” I cut her off. The girl turned away to where the first girl and who I presumed to be Boris had gone back to tend to the figure on the blanket. All I could see was a fan of long blonde hair.

“She was driving. She’s…” the girl started to get choked up, so I put my arm around her shoulder just as Niall, Liam, Louis and Zayn came stumbling out of the bus.

“Liam, Niall, take these two girls into the warm”. Liam put his hand on the small of the second girls’ back and led her to the tour bus, her t-shirt was ripped and she looked like she needed to get inside. Niall walked over to where blondie number one was knelt on the ground pressing a white cloth to the third girls’ forehead. That must have been part of the t-shirt. He leant down and spoke to her softly, taking her hand. “You’re freezing” he said “take my jacket”. She smiled at him gratefully before putting it on and I swear I saw his eyes light up.

“Wait! Boris!”

“Who’s Boris?” Niall asked confusedly

“Don’t worry, I’ve got him” Louis emerged from behind the camper with one of the cutest puppies I’ve ever seen. Even Zayn melted.

That left me and Zayn to tend to ‘Grace’. As we walked over her face became clearer. She was lying on a blanket with part of the third girls t-shirt on her forehead. Zayn peeled it off and that’s when the deep cut became apparent. It looked nasty. We tried to figure out how to get her onto the bus. We ended up with one of us on either side of her, carrying her bridal style, slightly awkwardly, onto the bus where the others were waiting. Niall and Liam had given up their beds for the two other girls, and they were sat, swaddled in blankets. ‘Boris’ was sat on the first girls lap and Louis was playing with him. Niall looked a bit jealous. I decided it would be best if I gave up my bed for the unconscious girl. She looked like she needed it. Zayn and I settled her down on the bed, and I passed the girls some of my clothes to change her into. We wouldn’t be able to get their cases until the morning, it was too dark now.

“So, what are your names?” Louis asked casually to break the silence.

“I’m Lauren, this is Maria, and that’s Grace” the first girl said, pointing to the girl on my bed. She was the real blonde. Maria’s hair was dark blonde, verging on mousy brown, then dip-dyed blonder at the ends. She wore it up in a messy bun with her fringe swept to the side. The other girl, Lauren, had white-blonde hair worn up in a ponytail, with her fringe hanging forward in her eyes. But this girl, she had proper blonde hair, it was long, really long. Down to the bottom of her back. She had a side parting and natural highlights. It was nice hair. Very nice hair

“Um, Harry? When you’re ready to stop staring at Grace then we can sort out our sleeping arrangements”, Liam said. Lauren and Maria quickly piped up in protest.

“No, you honestly don’t need to let us stay, let alone give up your beds for us”, said Lauren with a frown on her face.

“Don’t worry babe, you need them more than us, you look exhausted” Niall said. He liked her. He definitely liked her. I know him too well for him to be able to hide it from me. Lauren blushed when he called her ‘babe’ and agreed quietly.

“Look girls” said Zayn “we aren’t going to be able to get your cases out now so we’ll do that first thing tomorrow morning. You’ll have to borrow some stuff. Liam, one of your hoodies will fit Maria. Louis, you can lend Lau-“

“No it’s alright I will!” said Niall, raising his voice unnecessarily. “I mean, I’ve got an old jumper and trackies that will fit Lauren”. He looked sheepish from his little outburst. Lauren blushed again.

Maria spoke for the first time, “what do you mean, ‘in the morning’”

“Well love, your car is blocking the road; we’ll have to get that sorted in the morning and get someone out to tow it after we’ve sorted all your stuff. And I’m sorry but there is no way the bus is reversing sixteen miles to the motorway. It’s not as if there are any cars anyway. We’ll just leave it until tomorrow, I think we’ve all had enough excitement for one day” Louis explained.

“Anyway, we’ll leave you to get changed. Is there any hand luggage or stuff like that you need us to get?” I asked. Maria stood up, shaking her head.

“No, I’ll do that. It’s-“ Liam cut her off by blocking the doorway so she couldn’t leave the room.

“No, we’ll get it. You just stay here and try and get Grace sorted”. Maria touched his arm as she thanked him, he couldn’t keep a smile off his face.

As we walked out of the bus I turned to him, “you like her”

“Like who?”

“Oh shut up. It’s obvious. You fancy Maria!”

Can I just mention that he was smiling like an idiot throughout the entire conversation, and I said Maria’s name his grin became even wider.

“Don’t be silly. We’ve just met them, Harry. And you’re a fine one to talk, making googly eyes at Grace!”

“I was not”

“Oh please!”



By the time I walked back into the sleeping compartments the girls were changed and were tucking Grace into Harry’s bed. Lauren looked adorable in my clothes. Wait. Wait no. I didn’t just say that. Oh, who am I to deny the truth, she did. She looked up with a puzzled expression on her face when she saw all the blankets I was carrying

“What are those for?”

“Well Boris needs somewhere to sleep now doesn’t he?” I pointed out.

“Oh, of course. You don’t have to do that though, he can always just snuggle up with me”

“No, it’s my pleasure” I winked at her and her cheeks went pink. She hung her head down so that her hair, now out of the ponytail, was covering her face.

Harry walked over with three bags and put them down in the corner.

“How’s she doing?” he asked, nodding towards Grace.

“Okay. She’s only been out for a couple of hours so hopefully she’ll wake up soon” Maria explained.

“Well we should be getting to bed now, so we’ll see you lovelies in the morning. Night!”

“Night boys, thank you for everything!” Maria winked

“Yeah, thank you guys. Night Harry, Night Niall, sleep well!“ I turned to grin at Lauren, who looked up from pulling the duvet and smiled back at me. She had a beautiful smile.

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