Perfect: A One Direction Fanfiction

A One Direction Fanfiction based on The Bachelor series

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4. Harry's POV


Chapter Four

Harry's P.O.V.

It is the afternoon by the time the camera crew and staff arrive at the mansion. I spent the entire morning with Esmerelda in the woods answering her questions and getting to know more about her. I'm still reeling with surprise and excitement at the fact that she even let me hold her hand. I'd expected her to slap my hand away in disgust but instead she did the opposite. Louis is with Esmerelda now probably getting asked the same questions I was asked.

I'm just chilling in my bedroom that I picked when we first got here this morning when I hear a knock at the door a few hours later. It's Louis.

"Hey, mate," Louis greets me cheerfully. "Esmerelda wants everyone downstairs in the living room straight away. Something about the next seven weeks and what to expect in the coming days."

"I'll be down in a minute. Save me a seat next to you," I say with a small smile at my best friend.

"Sure thing, mate." And with that he closes the door.

I sit up on the bed and run my fingers through my hair to smooth it down. As I walk out of the bedroom I wonder what Esmerelda could possibly want to talk about with all five of us lads. When I get into the living room I take my seat next to Louis on the sofa and observe the room.

There is a fireplace at the end of the room across from where Louis and I sit. Above the fireplace is a 36-inch plasma TV. Next to the fireplace and TV is a glass cabinet with a bunch of Blu-ray movies and even more Xbox One games. The Xbox One console sits on the mantle below the TV and above the fireplace. I look at the other lads and see them stealing glances at the Xbox One also.

"Whoever thought that a mansion would be a good place to shoot The Bachelorette was right. This place is huge!" Zayn says from beside me making me jump a bit. I hadn't realized he had entered the room.

"I know right!" Louis exclaims next to me. "There's also a swimming pool in the backyard. This place is bloody awesome!"

I'm about to say something but at that moment Esmerelda walks into the room.

"I'm sure all of you are wondering why I've called all five of you in here," she says. "I've gotten to know all five of you within only a day. I like all of you but the fun has just begun. I think it's fair to tell you that I'm sleeping with one of you guys tonight but before you guys go crazy on me I'd like to say that this was not my decision to sleep with one of you guys tonight. This was the director's decision."

"Whose room are you sleeping in tonight?" Liam asks. I can tell that he's excited for the next seven weeks that are to come.

"I'm going to sleep in Harry's room tonight since he was the first person I interviewed today," Esmerelda replies.

I look up at Esmerelda with a surprised look on my face.

"Um....," is all I can say. The rest of the lads turn and face me with surprised looks on their faces. I don't know what to say so I just stare at the fireplace until Esmerelda has left the room after explaining what we need to expect in the next seven weeks.

"What did you do, Harry?" Zayn hisses angrily. "You kissed her didn't you?!"

"All I did was hold her hand, Zayn!" I hiss back still surprised by Esmerelda's announcement.

"Are you daft?!? Now she is gonna spend the next seven weeks swooning over you instead of all five of us!" Zayn is very angry.

"Bugger off, Zayn.' Niall says. "It's not his fault."

Zayn glares at Niall for a moment before he sighs and runs a hand down his face.

"I'm going to take a nap," Zayn grumbles. He stomps off leaving the rest of us in the living room. I look at Liam, Louis, and Niall who still have surprised looks on their faces.

"Are you guys mad at me, too?" I ask them.

Louis shakes his head and leans back against the sofa. He doesn't say anything for a moment and I sigh in relief and lean forward on the sofa.

"I'm going to try and calm Zayn down," Liam says getting up from his spot on the floor.

"Thanks, Liam," I say grateful that I don't have to be the one to do it.

"No problem, mate." Liam smiles and pats me on the head as he passes me.

Once he is gone I turn and face Louis and Niall.

"Do you think they'll let us play on the Xbox One?" Niall asks hopefully.

Louis rolls his eyes and turns to face Niall as he says, "Is that all you can think about, Niall? Playing video games?"

"What's wrong with playing video games?" Niall asks innocently.

Louis sighs and leans back against the sofa once more. He says something under his breath that I can't make out. Fortunately, Niall seems to make out every word Louis mutters and he smirks.

"Are you just jealous that I'm better at playing video games than you are?" Niall teases Louis.

"No!" Louis exclaims much to Niall's dismay.

"What is it, then?" Niall shoves Louis playfully. "Spit it out, mate!"

"You don't always have to be playing video games everywhere you go," Louis says after a few seconds of silence. "It's bad for you."

Niall pouts. He shoves Louis again and gives Louis his famous sad puppy eyes. Louis tries to resist Niall's puppy eyes but utterly fails.

"Fine." Louis sighs in defeat. "I'll play with you as long as you don't brag about winning every single game."

"Deal!" Niall exclaims. He looks at me as Louis gets up to set up the Xbox One and gives me a hopeful smile.

I shake my head saying, "Sorry, Niall. I think I'm going to pass today. Maybe next time."

"What are you going to do then, Harry?" Louis asks me.

"I'm going to ask Esmerelda if she wants to go out somewhere for lunch," I reply.

Louis smiles knowingly at me and says, "Of course you are. Have fun!"

"You too."

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I find Esmerelda in the ballroom of the mansion sitting in a chair and reading a book. She looks up from her book when I enter the room and she smiles.

"Hey, Harry," she says. She bookmarks the page in her book and stands up from the chair.

"Hey," I say smiling back at her. "What book were you reading?"

"Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James. Have you heard of it?"

I nod my head in reply and shove my hands into my pockets. I look down at the marble floors shyly.

"I was wondering if you'd like to go out for lunch somewhere?" I ask Esmerelda after a few moments of uncomfortable silence.

Esmerelda smiles. "Are you asking me out on a date, Harry?"

"Well, I wouldn't call it a date. Just a friendly outing," I say shyly.

"In that case...yes. I'd love to go out to lunch with you. What do you have in mind?"

"The only thing around here that is close by is The Pizza Tower."

"That's fine with me."

"Then we'll eat there."

Esmerelda smiles once more and walks toward me. She leans up on her tiptoes and kisses me on my cheek then she walks out of the ballroom leaving my speechless self standing alone in the ballroom. It takes me a few seconds to regain my senses before I can walk out of the ballroom with Esmerelda.

"What was that all about?" I ask Esmerelda once we're out of the mansion.

"What was what all about?" Esmerelda frowns and looks up at me. "Oh! The kiss? Am I not allowed to kiss you, Harry?"

I blush and shake my head frantically. "You're allowed to kiss me. It's just that Zayn got really angry at me for holding your hand earlier and you telling everyone that you're sleeping in my bedroom tonight. I don't want anything happening between us that might make my mates suspicious."

"So you're saying not to do anything that may cause Zayn or any of your other friends to be angry with you?" Esmerelda asks.

I nod my head and prepare myself for the worst to come. She doesn't smack me but instead laughs.

"What's so bloody funny?" I ask her.

"Do they honestly think that there's already something going on between us?" she laughs. "You may have caught my attention first but there is no way in hell that I'm going to let your friends think that we are already together."

"Well, only Zayn thinks there's already something going on between us," I explain quickly. "Liam, Louis, and Niall don't suspect anything."

"That's good. I mean, its good that everyone else doesn't suspect anything going on between us but it's not good that Zayn doesn't seem to believe that there is nothing going on between us." Esmerelda stops walking and faces me. She smiles and looks down at the ground shyly.

"Why are you smiling?" I ask her. "What's wrong?"

"It's nothing," she replies. "Come on. Let's go have lunch. I'm starving."

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