All These Little Things (Part 1 of 3)

Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, and Liam Payne. The five super-hot, sexy boys part of the boyband known as One Direction. The five are traveling the world on their tour, Take Me Home. Once they reach Los Angeles, however, Harry spots a girl named Lily Matthews in a Jack Wills magazine as a new model, and instantly develops a crush on her. By mistake, a couple of the boys reveal on a twitcam that Harry likes Lily. A few days later, something goes terribly wrong with Harry at one of the concerts, and Lily and her best friend, Megan McCaffrey, set out to find the boys and figure out what's going on with Harry. Soon after, someone robs the Jack Wills store, causing Lily and Megan to lose their jobs. With a little help of the boys, the girls uncover the thief, discover romance, and have to face a very difficult truth at the end.


17. All These Little Mysteries

Lily's POV


As quietly and quickly as I could, I began setting up the trap to catch the thief, which consisted of a rope and a net. I suddenly heard my phone ringing. I looked at it and found it was Alex. Why was she calling me?




"What are you doing??" She whispered.


"Setting the trap!"


"You do realize the thief is inside the store, right?" She asked me.


"Then why are we talking??" I asked.


"Good point, bye!" She hung up the phone before I could say anything else. 


Louis' POV


I sat in my bush waiting for a signal from either Harry or Lily. I heard snores coming from my walkie-talkie and picked it up.


"Niall! Niall, is that you?" I asked. The snores continued. "NIALLER!"


The snores stopped and Niall began talking. "Lou! You interrupted my Nandos dream!" 


"Niall! I’m dying over here. We’ve all been sitting here for a half hour and I’ve seen no paranormal activity of the sort!" I said.


"I love that movie!" Niall exclaimed.


"What on EARTH are you two talking about?!" Liam asked, butting into our conversation.


"He interrupted my Nandos dream!" Niall exclaimed, referring to me.


The three of us heard Zayn's voice come in. "Guys, shut up! The thief just went inside!"


"What?!" Liam asked.


"Yeah! I just saw him run inside!"


I had a feeling this was going to get intense, and I definitely wasn't ready.


Harry's POV


I ran over to Lily, who was setting the trap, scared as to what Megan would do if I didn't save her.


"Bsst! Lily!"


"Harry?! What are you doing?! I told you to stay in the car!"


"I might've called Megan..." I said, my words turning into a whisper.


"Haz! Look, I know you want to help and that’s really sweet, but when I say I have everything under control I-"


She got cut off due to the thief running out of the store with the fake money in their hand. We watched as Alex ran out of the store after him


"Oh no! My money!" She yelled dramatically.


Lily and I were stood over by a tree nearby the entrance. The thief began running toward us, and I watched as my girlfriend stood and shielded herself with her arms.


"Lily, run!" I shouted as I began running back towards Liam's car. I didn't get too far, finding out that the thief went the opposite direction. I ran back over to where Lily was standing. She was facing Alex but they didn't seem to be talking. I went over and stood next to Alex, only to find mascara running down Lily's face. She looked at me for a second, shook her head, and ran down the street. "Lily!" I screamed, attempting to run after her. I turned around to find the boys, Megan, Alex, and Tommy all looking at me.


"Harry... where's Lily?" Louis asked me.


I wasn't sure how to respond, so I kept quiet, fighting back tears.


"You know she’s gone, right?" Megan asked me in an annoyed tone.


"Yeah, but-"


She cut me off, "But nothing!"


"Lad, what did you do?" Niall asked me.


"I... I don’t know..." I couldn't believe what had just happened.


"Liam, would you mind driving me around so we can look for Lily?" Megan asked.


"Of course, Love," he smiled.


"Guys go back to the house," Megan told the rest of us.


"No, I want to come with you," I protested.


"No, Harry. You screwed this up too much already," she told me, getting into Liam's car. I watched as the five of them walked back to the house while Liam drove away with Megan.


I had screwed up big time.


Megan's POV


I looked out the window for Lily as Liam drove us around.


"Lily!" I yelled out the window. "Lily, where are you?"


"No luck?" He asked.


"No," I replied.


"She can't be far; can she drive?"


"Yeah, but normally Harry or I drive her wherever she needs to go."


"You think she went home to her house?" Liam suggested.


"We checked there already."


"I mean after we left."


"Her parents said they'd call, remember?"


"Oh right. Come on, let’s go back to my house, we’ve been out here for almost an hour," Liam said, turning back around to his house.


We got to his house in a matter of five minutes, only to walk in and find Liam, Zayn, and Niall sitting at the kitchen table, quiet as mice.


"Hey, guys, what's going on?" I asked.


"Nothing, we've just been thinking of what to do now that the thief is still out there," Louis said.


"Where are Alex and Tommy?" Liam asked.


"They went home," Niall responded.


"Where's Harry?"


"In his room, why?"


"Come on," Liam grabbed Zayn's arm, "We all need to talk."


"Liam, I think he just wants to be alone," Louis said.


"Fine, I'll go talk to him," Liam said, heading up the stairs.


Liam's POV


I reached Harry's room and knocked on the door. It was only about two seconds before Harry opened the door. He looked awful; his hair was a mess and the only thing he had on was his navy blue bathrobe.


"Hi, mate. I was wondering if you could come downstairs with me for a minute?" I asked as politely as I could.


"Sorry Li, now's not really a good time," he said, his voice cracking as he spoke.


"Why not?"


"I'm.... Cleaning."


I laughed. "Come on, Harry. We all know you’d never do such a thing."


Harry grinned a bit. "Oh.. I’m not very good at lying.."


I smiled. "Apparently not. Please?"


"What's it about?" He asked.


"What just happened. We want to talk it out and maybe get some ideas on where Lily might be hiding."


"Here's one!"






I quickly grabbed Harry's arm and began dragging him down the stairs.


"Liam! Stop! Let go!" 


Harry fell to the floor so I grabbed his ankles and pulled him down the stairs into the living room.


"There's my Hazzy Bear!" Louis smiled.


"Ok, what's this about?" Harry asked, rolling his eyes.


"Sit on the couch," Megan instructed him.


Harry groaned. "Do I have to?"


"Yes," I said, pulling him up from the floor, helping him get onto the couch. "Now, we’re not accusing you of anything, but-" 


Zayn cut me off. "CONCERT!" He screamed.


"Sorry...?" I asked.




"No... the tour's over!" Harry exclaimed.




He seriously needed to calm down. "Alright let’s make this clear and simple.. EVERYONE RUN WE NEED TO GET THAT CONCERT!" I screamed, running out the door with the boys.


Megan's POV


I watched as the boys ran out the door, leaving me in the house alone. 


"Are they gone?" A small voice asked me.


I screamed in fear of it. "I'M SORRY!" I got down on my knees. "IF I DID ANYTHING I'M SORRY!" I screamed.


"Megan?" I watched as Lily came out from behind a chair. "Who are you screaming at?" She asked me.


"Lily!" I ran over and hugged her. "You had me and Liam worried sick!"


"Just Liam?" She asked.


"Well the other guys were worried too-"


She cut me off. "Harry?"


"Yeah, he was the most upset. I saw him crying a little when he came down," I said.


"Yeah, I saw that..."


"Where were you hiding?" I asked.


"In here."


"I didn't see you..."


"That was kind of the point, Meg."


"Oh.. well why did you run away?" I asked, confused why she would bail on all of us.


"Loads of reasons."


"Like what?"


"I'd rather not say." She looked at the ground.


"Oh.. alright. I can’t believe the guys forgot about their concert," I said, hoping they'd make it on time.


"They don't have a concert," Lily said.


"Yeah, they do. Didn’t you see them run out?"


"Yeah, but I hacked into Zayn’s phone and said I was Paul saying they had a concert." She was evil, but clever.


"But why?"


"I needed to talk to you alone."


"Well, spill then," I told her.


"I want to go home!" She yelled.




"I don't want to do this anymore!"


"Do what?"


"Be a Jack Wills model!"


"No, come on, Lily. You know that’s not true."


"Well it’s never gonna open again so what’s the point?" She asked, getting tears in her eyes.


"Listen, I know we tried and-"


She cut me off again. "We failed, Megan. We failed."


"We just need to improve next time!" I said.


"There isn’t going to be a next time. Tell Alex I quit."


Lily's POV


I was about to open the door when the boys came running through it.


Zayn was talking, "...and he said he never ever sent us a text and-" He spotted me, "Lily!"


Harry wrapped me in a huge hug. "Where were you?" He asked me.


I pulled away from his hug. "I was at Jack Wills as a model. Now I’m a crazy fangirl at home."


"What's she talking about?" Niall asked Megan.


"I quit," I said, running out the door.


"Lily, stop!"


I turned around to find Harry almost directly behind me, and the other five standing on the porch. "Go back inside, Harry!" I yelled at him.


"No! I'm not losing you again!" He yelled back.


"GO!" I screamed back, quickly turning and running through the night.


Harry's POV


I pushed through everyone and ran up to my room and slammed the door. Tears started pouring out of me, and I began to lose control. I threw things across the room, keeping in mind that I had probably just lost the one thing that made me so happy.


About ten minutes later I heard a small knock. I was praying it was Lily, but instead Liam walked in. He sat next to me on my bed.


"Was that a b-break up..?" I asked, tears rolling down my cheeks.


"I don’t know.. I hope not, she really likes you," he told me.


"Then why did she tell me to go back inside?"


"If you want I can ask Megan what’s going on," he suggested.


"Thanks, but no thanks."


"Why not?"


"You and I both don’t want her turning against you.. I’d hate to be the cause of that."


"What are you talking about?"


"I saw you kiss her."




"So, aren't you two going out?" I asked.


"No, why would we be?"


"Why? You both seem really into each other."


"I haven’t properly asked her, and I can’t now. Not after everything that just happened..."


"Oh, I'm sorry," I said.


"It’s no big deal. So anyway, Niall and Zayn are a little hungry, and Louis was gonna trail along, but would you like to come with us to Nandos?"


"No, I want to stay here. I’m not in the mood for going out."


"Do you want me to bring you back anything?" He asked.


"No, I’m not hungry."


"Alright. Well we were gonna go now. I’ll see you later, Harry," Liam said, closing the door behind me.

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