Dan - The guy next door

Elizabeth was living out on her own for the first time, as she finds out her new neighbours are Dan and Phil. It's bad enough settling in, but trying to figure out her new moody neighbor Dan Howell becomes a challenge.
Also having to deal with her Narcolepsy, she was expecting to make friends with both Dan and Phil, to her shock realises they are famous Youtubers and Radio DJs.

Will Elizabeth adjust to her new life in London thanks to her new friends Dan and Phil, also could her conflicted feelings for Dan lead to possibly something more?!

My fanfic playlist: http://8tracks.com/misspetalface/the-boy-next-door


13. Jeaslousy

Everything seemed to back to the usual routine when we got back, I had work in the morning, Dan and Phil would join me sometimes when planning their show at the radio station, then I would go shopping during the week, Dan or Phil usually wanted me to wait for them if they happened to be going too. Then on the Sunday we’d go together again to Radio One.

As I went on my tea round, I bumped into a new intern, his name was Lucas, he was fresh faced and had a qwerty fashion sense. My other co-workers who I got speaking to who helped with the paper work and organising shows sort of became the only female contact I have.

“What do you think of Lucas?” Debbie asked as we sat for our break.

I raised eyebrow, “New guy? How long has he been here?”
“Started this week, I thought you’d notice.. You know being single.” She hinted.

I nearly choked on my cup of tea, I laughed, “So why does that matter?”
“But isn’t there something going on between you and Dan Howel?” Amy wondered.

“Am! Talk about subtle!” Debbie remarked.

I shrugged, “Were friends, well last time I checked.”
“Good, so you’ll not mind if I asked him out?” Amy beamed.

I grew stiff, I wasn’t expecting that. I knew he had a lot of admirers, but I thought they were all 12 year old girls, never thought it’d be anyone in the office.

I gulped hard, as the words literately killed me to say, “No not at all.”

I lowered my head, maybe this was a wake up call, I didn’t know what to call my relationship with Dan, probably our status would be ‘complicated.’ Maybe it would prompt him to ask me out, give him the kick he needed to know that I wasn’t going to be single forever.

Moments later Amy returned, I felt quite smug, expecting the poor love to be rejected and heart broken. But she was smiling, my eyes widened as my heart felt like it had be punched.

“He said yes!”

I remained quiet and left the staffroom, I spotted Lucas in the photocopy room.

“Oh hey Elizabeth.” He greeted politely.

“Do you want to go out?” I asked randomly.

He nearly slammed the scanner cover on his hand, “Oh yeah sure! There’s a new nightclub opened in town that my brother owns, he could get us in for free-“
“Right so pick me up round 7pm?”
He nodded, as soon as I dashed out I bumped in Dan, his mouth hung open.

I narrowed my eyes, “Surprised that I asked someone out and they said yes?”
“Nope, surprised that it was some bloke you only known for less than a week.” He scolded.

He began to walk away, I frowned, “Yet you’re going out with Amy!”
“She’s been here longer than you have.”

That hurt. Ow. But why should I waste my time on Dan? If he really liked me why would he go out with another girl? I got so far ahead of myself, I knew it was too good to believe Dan would change his ways.


I didn’t really think through the whole date with Lucas, he didn’t know I had Narcolepsy, or that I didn’t drink and that I actually didn’t fancy him. I mean he was a good looking chap, but I like Dan, also he was right I didn’t even know Lucas.

There was a knock on my door, Lucas turned up in a casual suit and tie, we drove in his car to the nightclub. We spoke about work and interests, but when we pulled up outside the nightclub I felt slightly nervous. We passed by the guards quickly, I sat down as he got the drinks.

“An orange? Don’t you drink?”
“Go on I don’t mind buying you a drink.”
“I can’t.” I said feeling stressed.

“Why not?”
The music was booming so loud that we couldn’t even have a proper conversion; he bought me a orange juice anyway.

As I waited I looked round the club, no matter how loud the music was I still felt like I was going to fall asleep. As I envied the lively alert young people who danced the night away, my eyes caught onto something or should I say something. It was Dan and Amy.

I ducked my head down slightly; Lucas placed the drinks down, “What’s up?”
I gestured towards Dan’s direction, he laughed, “Don’t you like him?”

It was quite the opposite actually, but I didn’t have time to explain. My eyes couldn’t help but pan over to Dan, he had a huge smile on his face, Amy seemed to be having a great time. Why couldn’t I make him jealous instead? But Amy was a nice girl, honest but a funny girl.

“Do you want to dance?”

I glanced over to Lucas, I had to stop obsessing with Dan, he didn’t seem to be worrying about me. For once I had to put my happiness first, even if it meant a life without Dan.

“Okay.” I said.

I never realised how much fun I could have, I wasn’t drunk but I was dancing like a madman. Lucas would spin me round; he made me laugh a lot. He was such a goof, he was shameless and didn’t care who was watching. Whilst Dan would have preferred to sit in the corner then be seen on the dance floor.

I clung onto Lucas as I was overwhelmed with cataplexy, he raised an eyebrow, "What’s wrong?”
Once again I couldn’t speak to reassure I was fine, a group of girls nearby laughed at the sight, “Did you drug her?!”

Lucas began to worry, “No I don’t know-“

“Mate it’s called cataplexy.” A voice said causing my heart to pound heavily.

“What are you doing here?” Lucas asked.
I raised my head to find Dan staring at me, I wobbled to my feet as I ignored Dan, “I'm too tired to argue. Sorry Lucas you can stay but I have to go.”

I grabbed my jacket and left the nightclub.

Dan glanced over to Amy, she smiled sadly, “It’s fine, you’ve been watching over her all evening anyway.”

He quickly followed me, Lucas gazed across to Amy, he smirked, “Hi.”


I hated nightclubs, I hated London. I hated anywhere that would involve me struggling to stay awake, oh wait that’s almost everywhere. I walked down the dimly lit streets full of loud intoxicated party people. I just wanted to go home, I got my phone out to ring a taxi then I noticed a angry looking Dan not far behind me.

“You didn’t have to chase after me!” I cried, “I’m fine, I can take care of myself. I am trying to call for a taxi!”
He continued to interrogate me,“Why didn’t you tell him?”
“Well its not that easy. Oh yeah ‘hi I’m Elizabeth, I collapse when I experience emotion and always feel sleepy. Do you wanna go out?!’" I laughed bitterly, "Don’t exactly sound like a catch, do I?!"

He huffed, “I didn’t even get a chance to finish my drink, I paid a lot!”
“I wouldn’t know, I don’t have that problem.” I uttered with my arms tightly folded.
“£5 for a pint!” He yelled.

I turned my back from him, “Go back then and finish your drink and date with Amy.”

I stared at the pavement in silence. Expecting Dan to leave, but he was still there, with his arms folded leaning against a nearby street lamp.

I timidly glanced up, “Are you going then?”

“I’ve already called a taxi.” Dan stated.

I frowned as I faced him, “I am capable of calling a taxi!”
Dan sighed, “I just happened to have called one already, just say thanks and let it be.”

I dropped the moody act, as I really was too tired to keep it up.

My head fell on his shoulder, “I was having fun too.”

“Yeah I could tell.” He grunted.
I looked up at him, was Dan jealous? Jealous of me dancing the night away with Lucas? A small smile grew across my face.

“I was having so much fun, we were dancing to this song and he spun me round, I felt like a princess.” I teased.

He rolled his arms,“Oh really?”
“It was quite romantic.”
“You’re easily impressed then. If that's all it takes."
“Indeed, also did you see his bow tie?”
He smirked, “I saw.”
“Very sexy.” I whispered.
“Really bow ties?”
Without even realising it we were inches away from each other’s faces. His phone vibrated, his eyes diverted towards the taxi.

“Taxis here.”
“Cool.” I said as we both casually moved away from eachother.


We wondered up the apartment staircase, Dan stopped in his tracks, “I should have asked you out, not Amy.”
“As a friend?”

His cheeks brightened, "No of course not.. As my…”
“Spit it out Daniel, it won't kill you." I sulked.

I continued walking, then I heard him say it, “My date.”

I nearly turned to jelly on the spot, I had to quickly sit down.

“Your cataplexy happens as well when…?”
“I don’t know what emotion it is.” I lied.
I definitely knew what it was, but I didn’t want to tell him. He sat beside me, he seemed nervous waiting for my answer, “Well..?”
I frowned confusedly, “But why did you ask Amy out then?”
“I wanted to make you jealous. Why did you ask Lucas out?”
“Because you asked Amy out!”

He nudged me as he smiled softly, “Well I’m asking you out now.”

“Okay, but no nightclub. Maybe a restaurant and you can pay.”
“Fair enough, but we’ll have to go for sushi.”

I looked away for a moment trying to conceal my smirk, “That would be really nice.”


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