No I'm Not Related To Zayn // Z.M

You don't really know who you'll spend the rest of your life with once you lay eyes on them. It takes an entire journey for you to finally realize, you make a few mistakes and confuse your feelings, but at the end the one who was always there is the one who wins your heart. Take Ashley for example, she met him first, made a few mistakes before going back to him. You wanna know what love is? Read this, and build a conclusion based on her story.

She was just moving to her dad's house, but ended up going through more than that.


41. Don't Make This Harder Than It Is


“Do you have Walmart in England?” I asked Niall as we entered my new apartment, Shay left the key with an old man who was the security guard of the complex. He handed it to me and we decided to check it out before grocery shopping.

“I'm not British, I'm Irish. But, they do have ASDA’s” He answered me resting his jacket on the couch. Well the apartment was nice, the living room was big, and held a mini kitchen as well, with a wooden floor, a dining table and four white chairs. It also had a TV, a book hanger and a couch that could carry three people. The bathroom on the other hand, was small like the one we had back in my mom’s house. And lastly was the bathroom that had a two sized bed, and a closet, beside the other furniture.

“Well, how far is the best one?” I asked opening the refrigerator that was behind the couch in the living; it had nothing but ice cubs in it.

“About  a quarter from here”

“Oh shit I forgot something!” I remembered that I had to call Zayn and check on him, I was supposed to be next to him every single hour or the day, but now the boys would probably not pay much attention to him. I picked my phone and pressed his name on my favorites list, he picked after the second ring.

“Hey, what’s up?” He answered.

“Don’t smoke! Promise me that you won’t” I went straight into my topic.

“Oh don’t worry; Liam won’t leave my side anyway, you were softer on me” He sighed as I heard Liam talking in the background. Something about Skittles.

“Zayn please do it for me, if you lose it today, I’ll be so disappointed you can’t even begin to ima-”

“Hey, stop worrying. Don’t you trust me?” He asked as I gulped shaking my head while Niall laughed aiming that Zayn couldn’t see me shaking my head.

“I trust you, but not the desire to smoke cigarettes that’s inside you.” I explained pulling up the closed curtains of the living room windows.

“So, what are you doing with Niall?”He sighed changing the subject.

“We’re currently in my apartment after we’ve ate in Nando’s, and we’re going to ACDC or whatever”I shook my head carelessly while Niall had a good laugh. How am I supposed to remember a word I just learned minutes ago, when I can’t even remember my middle name sometimes, and I’ve lived with it my entire life.

“It’s ASDA” He laughed at me as well, “Apartment? Since when do you have one?” I could imagine his confused face as he asked those questions.

“Shay bought it for me a long time ago, and since you guys are going to see your families I figured I might as well use it now”

“Alright cool, just take care of yourself okay?”

“You too, and keep your promise!” I insisted making him sigh again.

“I will. Bye”

“I like your apartment” Niall commented heading to the bedroom.

“Yeah me too” I agreed.

“Well can we go now?” He asked closing the bedroom door to stand in front of me.

“Just let me make one more call. Just a little one!” He sighed nodding. “I’m sorry, it won’t be long, I promise!“ I added pressing Liam’s name to call.

“Hello”He answered making it seem as if he didn’t check the caller ID, which I believed he didn’t.

“Hey Liam, I need a favor”

“I am following Zayn everywhere don’t worry abo-“

“No I just wanted you to send my suitcases to my new apartment, I’ll text you the address. Also, text me Mrs. Malik’s phone number please” I wanted Mrs Malik’s phone number so I could tell her that Zayn was trying to quit, and explain to her how she needs to make sure he’s not alone or close to a cigarette. Which I’m sure she will understand.

“Yeah Zayn told me about your new apartment. But why do you need her phone number?”

“Can’t I interact with my buddy’s mom?”

“Okay, don’t forget to text me the address”

“I won’t, and thank you so much”


“You’re like trying to take care of everything by yourself” Niall sighed getting up from the couch.

“I now, it’s hard. But now we can continue our A.N.D” I smiled cheerfully and he returned it. I leaded the way outside as he followed me, using the key to lock it. We got into the car and he started driving. I really felt like I had so many things to do but not enough time, and I do it all for other people, I don’t even have enough money left which reminds me of my need to find a job… The boys are leaving me for a week and I only have today to get all my things together, but since I promised Niall to stay with him today I can’t really focus anymore, then there is Zayn…. Too much mixed emotions, he’s spending a week away from me and I have to make sure that he doesn’t go back to smoking again. Everything is just hard lately but I have to put it together and stay strong for people around me.

“We’re here” Niall announced pulling the car over, I looked through the window as he opened the door for me. I must say though, Niall is a nice driver.

“Thank you” I stepped out of the car to face a big supermarket, it kind of looked like Walmart but a little bit smaller. We took a shopping cart and headed inside.

“Let’s go to the food section!” He ordered cheerfully as I followed him, I didn’t know this place so sticking up with Niall seemed like a good plan, we got to the food section and there we were me vs. Niall and his passion for food. But again, I couldn’t contain myself either so rules were broken for a day, and everything that Liam warned me of happened.

I pretty much picked everything and put it in the cart. To name a few; three box of cereals, two boxes of Oreos in all different flavors, and one big box full of KitKat’s, another of M&M’s, Twix’s and York’s. And three packs of gum; watermelon, mint and strawberries flavored. I also got an entire gallon of apple juice and some Lipton tea, since coffee is not my thing. I got Froot Loops for cereal since that was the closest to Lucky Charms, though nothing can replace Lucky Charms, and decided to get something other than candy and chocolate. Which was pancake mix, what a shocker. I saw that Niall tried to be responsible and got a bit of healthy food in his cart, except for the Cheetos, and cookies, you can’t blame him though, he tried, he actually got some peanut butter, jelly, sauces, fruits and vegetables.

“And I thought I loved food” Niall commented laughing at how much food I picked. I sighed, Liam should be warning him about leaving me in the food section after this.

“You’re probably gonna eat all of this today” I defended my case.

“No actually, we’re gonna eat this” He corrected me as I rolled my eyes.

“I don’t think they’ll let us take all of this” I said once he pushed his shopping cart showing the other side that was hidden, the other side that was filled more than my own cart. Oh Niall, yet again you prove you’re a sucker for food.

“Let’s try then” We both pushed our carts to the cashier behind the desk who looked at the full carts, then at the two of us, and I could tell she tried not to be judgmental, but in our case, it is completely understandable.

“Having a party?” She asked just to decide whether to judge us or not.

“No.” I answered her.

“Crazy couple…” She mumbled under her breath while calculating the things we bought.

“Niall I don’t think I can pay for this” I whispered hesitantly, I only had $3.000 in my bank account, and I knew it would be enough for a month, but I still had to work for more.

“Don’t worry about it, it’s on me” He answered, I smiled even if I felt slightly embarrassed with myself.

“Oh my fucking god!” The cashier shouted “You’re Niall Horan and Ashley Malik!” She then added crazily.

“Yeah, nice to meet you too” I smiled at her. No more judging us Ms. Lady Behind The Desk?

“When did you two start dating?” She asked excitedly. I guess it’s no surprise, Ashley Malik the girl who dated Harry Styles, was rumored to be pregnant with Louis’ baby, and secretly married to Liam. And now she’s having a threesome with Niall and Zayn, according to the media.

“Um we’re not dating” I denied the rumor not even awkward with the fact she’d think I’m dating Niall, because I’ve gotten used to it being friends with the boys.

“We’re just good friends” Niall explained again.

“Oh my god my co-workers will never believe this!” She shouted putting all of our food in bags. That’s when I realized Niall actually got some cleaning products as well, why is he so wise while everyone thinks he’s not? Gosh I love him so much.

“Please, we’re just normal people trying to get some groceries. We’re not looking for attention” Niall begged while taking the bags while I took the other two, you never know when they’d start chasing, so I had to make sure my food wouldn’t be left behind.

“Oh sorry, here are your things have fun eating all of that” She smiled and I took the ones I carried in my hands in the car trunk as Niall was paying, I felt so bad letting him pay for me but I will pay him back as soon as I get the money. Niall then brought the other bags putting them in the backseat and getting into the driver seat.

“I think we’re ready to start this A.N.D” He cheered excitedly.

“Let’s do this!” I shouted childishly as he started driving.




We’ve managed to place the food in its place whether it was the drawer or the refrigerator. The cleaning products in the bathroom and we rested some of the snacks on the table. When we came back, my suitcases were already waiting, and Liam soon texted me Mrs. Malik’s phone number, and included some information about her like her name was Particia but everybody called her Trisha, and she has three beautiful daughters, I knew that already since Zayn would talk about them a lot, and she’s still happily married to her kids’ dad; Yaser.

I gave her a call and explained everything to her, she’s a really nice and sweet person, and she was grateful that I’m in the process of helping Zayn with getting over his addiction. She agreed to help me, and said she was excited to meet me. I’ve never felt more loved.

“So, we have Grease, Two of a Kind with John Travolta and From Justin to Kelly. Old school movies” I informed Niall, while looking through the CD’s I found in the drawer that was under the TV.

“Grease is my favorite film!” He announced from the bed.

“Well Grease it is.” I put it on and lied down next to Niall taking the chips bowl and holding it by my chest.

“You’re a really good friend” He whispered eating the chips.

“I’m glad” The movie started and I already felt my eyes getting heavy.


*Niall’s P.O.V*

Just as the film started, she started yawning and eventually she gave up sleeping in the middle of it. The film was over and she was still sleeping peacefully like a child, I guess she was tired, after all, she did so many things at once and I sometimes wonder if she truly has super powers like she sometimes jokes about with Louis. Because I would never imagine taking care of five grown men’s serious problems along with yours.

‘Doing a Twitcam right here :) [Link]’

I tweeted to inform the fans, I was talking to my phone and explaining why Ashley was sleeping next to me before anything else would ruin her reputation any more.

“So, I’m currently in Ashley’s apartment, this was supposed to be Ashley and Niall day but she fell asleep in the middle of watching a film” I whispered moving the phone’s camera to her face that was as pale as it always had been. “She looks so cute doesn’t she? The boys and I are doing a surprise for her, but I can’t say what it is” I stopped for a moment fixing my position next to her in bed.

“You guys want me to wake her? Do you want her to be in the Twitcam too?” I whispered while reading what the fans said; most of them wanted me to wake her so I decided to feed their desire. I traced my fingers gently on her soft cheek knowing that it would tickle her.

“Wake up Ashley!” I said in a normal voice tone.

“There is food in the fridge if you want it” She mumbled obviously still sleeping, I chuckled silently fixing the phone’s camera on both of us. I kissed her cheek causing her eyes to shoot open.

“Oh my god how long was I sleeping?” She asked jumping from her place; as if she just did the biggest sin of all.

“About an hour, at least I know you hate Grease” I laughed; she noticed that I was holding my phone up.

“Are you on Twitcam?” She asked picking the phone and doing a bunch of funny faces.

“Hey guys!” She waved at the camera after her little into.

“They know about A.N.D” I informed her smiling.

“Come here hubby” She opened her arms widely and we cuddled.

“Wanna go out tonight?” I asked her still cuddling.

“Yeah, it’s your day you can take me wherever you want” She answered reading the fans’ comments. She really cared deeply about what our fans thought of her even if she denied.

“Then wear a real classy dress because it’s seven already”

“Man, time flies” She muttered before leaving the bed as I still filmed her, she opened her suitcase and went through her clothes to find a dress packed in the fabric protector made of plastic.

“This is the last day I’m spending with Ashley, because we’re all going to our families’ houses tomorrow. She was supposed to go with Zayn, but change of plans, so she wanted to spend this day with me” I explained in the background as my phone camera was on her.

“Just turn off the camera Niall, we’ll do another one later” She shouted heading to the bathroom.

“Oops I think I’m gonna have to go, see you guys later. Bye” I waved before logging off. “Why?” I whined;

“You’re telling your fans every move we do, ever heard of private life?” She said leaving of the bathroom, she had a red dress on with black high heels.

“It’s okay not like I told them you and Zayn made out” I teased her, she gave me a look before taking her mascara and  lipstick then heading back to the bathroom to fix her makeup. After she was done, she walked out with red lipstick, and shoved a few things into her red bag.

“Good thing I did my nails red this morning.” She mumbled taking a look at her nails I chuckled.

“Let’s go now shall we?” I picked my jacket as we headed outside, she locked the apartment.


*Ashley’s P.O.V*

“This place is so amazing oh my god” I shouted in Niall’s ear while looking at people who were dancing on the dancefloor, the DJ was blasting loud music that I recognized to be David Guetta’s Little Bad Girl.

“You’re having a good time?” He shouted back in my ear, I nodded quickly, excitement evident in m grin.

“Come here, I wanna show you something” He took my hand pulling me to a more quiet room, I figured it must be a VIP room since nobody was there except for a table, and path decorated with candles and roses. He pointed over to the table where there was a couple of drinks and plate. I rested my body on the chair and he sat in front of me.

“This is so beautiful Niall” I admitted looking at him directly in the eyes. He’s an amazing friend, all of them are.

“You deserve much more for helping me through such times.” He answered sweetly with his cute Irish accent.

“That’s what I’m here for.” I took a sip off my drink when my phone went off, I pulled it out of my bag to find a new notification from Twitter.

NiallOfficial: @AshleyMalik turn around sweet cheeks :)

I looked up to find him smirking, I turned around to see the boys standing with wide grins on their faces.

“What’s going on?” I whispered to Niall but he stood up walking over to where his band mates were standing in row, then slow music started playing, I stood up confused when Harry stepped in.

“Care for a dance?” He asked taking my hand, I nodded not knowing what else to do. He pulled me to the path that had candles and roses, and we slowly swung to the music.

“Harry what’s going on?” I whispered in his ear, completely confused to what these kids were up to.

“Shh just play along with what we do” I continued to dance when Liam asked for a dance too and I ended up dancing with all of them.

 Zayn came over to me with a beautiful charm bracelet in his hand he wrapped it in my wrist while I had no idea what was going on.

“The heart, because I love you” He picked up a little heart charm from the bracelet, before leaning in to pull my lips onto his. What was going on? I’m I still dreaming from when Niall chose Grease as the movie we’d watch? I couldn’t believe what was going on and I was too confused to even ask. I only decided to warmly kiss him back to make sure I don’t miss the chance, whether it was a dream or reality.

“The crown because you're the queen of my heart.... Still” Harry picked the crown charm before kissing my hand.

“The bunny because that's how cute you are” Liam said kissing my hand as well while I chuckled.

“The cloverleaf for luck” Niall sweetly said kissing my hand too.

“And the dog because I lost yours” I laughed at Louis’ charm as he kissed my hand.

“I… I can’t even…. Words can’t describe how I’m feeling right now” I stuttered getting a small idea on what might be going on. I wrapped each one of them in a warm hug. “You guys make it seem like you’re going forever” My eyes watered as I pulled away from Harry.

“We’re going miss you so much” Niall said.  

“I’m going to miss you too I swear, I don’t even know how life is without you guys” I admitted wiping my tears when Zayn embraced me in a hug.

“I love you, we’ll talk every single day okay?”

“Of course, and…” I pulled away and locked my eyes with his. “I love you too. Just promise not to break your words.”

“I promise” He said before giving me another one of his heart melting kisses, like he knows how to, he seems to know more about me than I thought. But I honestly loved him so much no matter how much I tried to deny it, he was all I wanted and needed.




This story is coming to an end :( There are still like 3 more chapters and it’ll be over, but I will kind of miss all of this. 


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