I entered the house that I shared with my four best mates and I was surprised to see that the boys weren't running towards me, bombarding me with questions.
"Boys, I'm home!" I yelled, hoping that someone would come out and greet me.
I sighed and walked up the stairs. I started walking down the hallway when Zayn stopped me, dead in my tracks.
"How was your date, Li?" he asked, a slight irritation in his voice.
"It was great. She's amazing, mate! I've never been on a more perfect date," I smiled, the memories of the night flowing back to my head.
"That's great, mate. When's the wedding?" he said sourly.
I looked at him in confusion.
"Is there something I'm missing here?" I asked, raising an eyebrow.
Luckily, Niall burst out of his room and ran towards me, jumping on my back.
"Nialler, get off me!" I chuckled.
Zayn just shook his head and walked away. He stormed to his room and slammed the door, leaving me in confusion as to why he was upset.
"What's his problem?" Niall asked, jumping off my back.
"Beats me," I sighed. Niall went downstairs, leaving me alone in the hallway.
I decided I should go figure out what's wrong with him. I hate seeing my best mate all upset, even if I don't know why he's acting this way. I walked up to his door and knocked on it, hoping he would let me in.
"What do you want?" he yelled.
"Can we talk, like civilized people?" I asked.
"If I let you in and we talk, will you leave me alone afterwards?" he asked.
"Yes, I'll do whatever you want. I just want to help you. You're my best mate, Zayn," I sighed.
"Ok, come in," he sighed.
I entered the room and found Zayn was playing Call Of Duty. He paused it and looked up at me.
"You wanted to talk?" he asked, looking down at his hands.
"Zayn look at me," I said, pulling his chin up with my index finger.
I saw that his brown eyes were glossy and were filled with anger and sadness instead of the love and lust that they were usually contained with.
"What's going on, Zayn?"
He bit his lip and tried to turn his head away from my gaze. His cheeks were becoming red with embarrassment.
"If I told you why I'm acting this way, you'd probably think I'm weird and crazy," he mumbled, refusing to meet my gaze.
"Zayn, we're best mates. I would never think you're crazy or weird, no matter what the reason is," I said sincerely, my brown eyes burning holes through his.
"Okay. So I guess I got a little jealous that you were going on a date and not spending time with me," he sighed, his cheeks becoming red with the confession.
I leant forward and pulled him into a tight embrace.
"I'm sorry that you felt like I wasn't spending time with you. If you ever need me, you know I'll try my best to always be here for you. It's my job as your best mate to be there for you and I wasn't there for you like I should've been," I sighed.
"No, I'm the one who should be saying sorry. I was being selfish for thinking about myself when I should be happy that you met a nice, smart girl like Alex. I'm really sorry mate," he smiled.
I removed myself from the hug and smiled.
"You know I care a lot about you, right Zayn?" I asked, ruffling his hair which he despises so much.
"Yes and I care a lot about you too Liam," he smiled, running his hand through my brown waves.
I got up and walked out of the room, smiling like an idiot. I was glad to have such great friends like Zayn and to be honest, I thought it was cute that he got jealous that I was finally spending time with a girl than with him. I walked to my room and laid on my bed. Tonight had to be one of the greatest nights I've had in a while and it was fun to finally be free. With her, I feel like a normal teenager again. I feel like I can be myself around her. I don't have to be Liam Payne from One Direction. I can just be Liam, a normal bloke from Wolverhampton. I got up and stripped myself of my shirt and trousers, leaving myself in my Calvin Klein boxers. I hopped back onto my bed and settled myself under the covers. Before I could shut my eyes, my phone lit up with a text message.
How was your date with Alex, Li? –Dani xx
It was amazing, Dani. You should definitely meet her sometime – Li xx
I'm glad to hear that, Li and I would love to meet her. Any girl that makes you happy is definitely a keeper –Dani xx
Thanks, Dani. You're a great friend –Li xx
You're welcome, Li –Dani xx
I put my phone back onto my nightstand and shut my eyes. Letting thoughts of Alex and of tonight slowly lull me into a deep slumber.
The bright rays of the late August sun broke through the curtains of my window, causing me to groan and squint my eyes. I checked my phone and saw that it was only 9 am. I groaned and put my phone back on top of the nightstand. I contemplated on whether or not I should call Alex now or later. I figured that she's probably beat up because of the flight and the date last night, so I decided to call her later on. I slowly rose from my bed and lazily walked out of my room, down the long corridor and I stopped right in front of the bathroom door. I knocked on the door and when I didn't get a response, I entered the room.
I heard the shower running and I asked, "Who's in there?"
"Liam, is that you?" she asked.
"Yes and when did you get here, El?" I asked, raising an eyebrow.
"It was getting late last night and Lou told me to stay over the night. He said it was too late at night for a girl like me to be out roaming the streets of London," she explained.
I brushed my teeth and quickly made my way of the bathroom in order to not disturb El. When I exited the bathroom, I noticed Louis make his way towards me.
"Is El in there?" he asked.
"Yes. Why?" I asked, lifting an eyebrow.
"Did you see her?" he asked, his ocean blue eyes bearing into mine.
"No, so relax, Lou," I said, patting his shoulder with my hand.
I walked away as he entered the bathroom. God only knows what's going on in there. I walked into the kitchen and ate a bowl of cereal before returning to my room. When I entered the room, I picked up my phone and dialed Alex's number.
After a few rings, she answered with a "Hello?"
"Hey, did I wake you up?" I whispered.
"Sort of," she sighed.
"I'm so sorry, love. I didn't-"
"Don't worry about it," she interrupted.
"So are you free today?" I asked with a nervous smile.
I didn't want to seem too needy or too straightforward. I just really want to see her again.
"Yes, I'm free today. I don't have to register for classes until tomorrow," she smiled.
"Great! So I guess I'll take you out sightseeing with the lads," I grinned.
"That sounds great and do you mind if I bring my roommate along?" she asked.
"No, bring her along," I smiled.
"Okay. So when should I be ready?" she asked.
"Be ready by 12, okay?" I asked.
"Okay. See you then, Liam," she smiled.
"Okay. See you soon, love," I chimed, before hanging up.
I ran towards the bathroom and took a shower, making sure I looked and smelled amazing. After the nice refreshing shower, I walked back to my room and decided to wear a blue plaid shirt, chinos, and supras. I looked in the mirror and felt satisfied with my look. I walked downstairs and the boys stared at me.
"Where are you going, Daddy Directioner?" Harry asked, raising an eyebrow.
"I'm going to take Alex sightseeing. You boys want to come?" I asked.
The boys all agreed to go with me.
"Boys, I told Alex I'd be there by 12. So make sure not to take too long," I advised, staring directly at Zayn.
"Why are you looking at me for?" he asked, raising his hands in shock.
"Because you're the one who takes the longest time to get ready," I sighed.
"That's not true!" he defended.
"Oh really?" I asked, raising my eyebrows, questioningly.
"Okay, maybe it is," he mumbled and walked up the stairs, leaving me alone in the living room.
I sat down on the couch and pulled out my phone. I dialed Danielle's number and pressed the phone to my ears, as the phone rang.
"Hey, Li," she answered with a smile.
"Hey Dani. What are you doing today?" I asked.
"Nothing yet. Why?" she asked.
"Do you want to come with me and the lads, as we take Alex sightseeing?" I asked.
"Of course, Li! I would love to meet her and hang out with you and the lads," she smiled.
"Great! So do you want me to pick you up or are you going to come over here instead?" I asked.
"I'll come over. See you in fifteen minutes, Li," she chimed.
"Okay. See you then, Dani," I smiled before hanging up.
Eleanor walked into the living room and smiled at me.
"I thought you left earlier, El," I said.
"Who was that you were just talking to?" she asked, sitting on the couch beside me.
"Dani," I smiled.
"Did you ask her to come with us?" she asked, smiling.
"Yes I did and she said yes," I smiled.
"Yes! So when is she getting here?" she asked.
"She told me she'll be here in fifteen," I said.
El got up and went upstairs, leaving me alone in the living room. Fifteen minutes later, the doorbell rang. I got up and answered the door and a pair of arms pulled me into a tight embrace.
"Hey Dani," I smiled.
"Hey Li," she smiled before pulling away from the hug.
She walked inside and sat on the couch and I sat beside her. She told me about how things are going with her and the family and I smiled as she told me all her stories. It was great catching up with her and even though our relationship didn't work out, I loved how we were still able to be friends. Most of time, it felt as if we were never a couple and that we were always best friends from the beginning. I've missed just talking with her. It sucks how the lads and I have been busy in the last few months. Ever since Uncle Simon signed us, we've been extremely busy, which cause our relationships with our family and friends to become strained. It's become difficult to keep in touch with friends from back home like Andy and my sisters and mom. The boys came into the living room and once I noticed that everyone was ready, we made our way out the house and into our band van. When we arrived at the university, I walked out of the van alone, but then Danielle decided to come out.
"Dani, what are you doing?" I asked, giving her a questioning look.
"I want to go and meet her, Li," she whined.
"Alright, fine," I sighed.
"Yes!" she cheered as she followed me into the building and up to her floor. We walked down the long corridor and stopped in front of her door. I knocked on it softly and a few seconds later, the door opened revealing Alex's roommate.
"Hi, we've met before. My name's Maria," she smiled.
"Hi Maria. This is Danielle," I grinned shyly.
"Yes, I know who she is and you look even prettier and person," she smiled.
"Thank you," Danielle blushed.
Dani and I walked inside the dorm and a few moments later, Alex walked into the room dressed in a sundress and wedges and I felt like I was going to die right then and there. She looked absolutely amazing and I couldn't take my eyes off of her.
"Wow, you weren't kidding, Li when you told me she was gorgeous," Danielle smiled as she walked up to Alex. "Hi, I'm Danielle, Liam's friend."
"Nice to meet you, Danielle. I really love your hair," Alex beamed.
"Thank you, doll," Danielle smiled.
"Well we better get going ladies," I said, walking towards the door.
"Yeah we better go before Daddy throws a fit," Danielle teased.
I stuck my tongue out at her and Alex and Maria looked at us weirdly.
"It's a nickname the boys gave me since I'm the most responsible one out of the whole group," I said, my face getting red from the explanation of the embarrassing nickname.
"Well I think it's really cute, Daddy," Alex giggled, making me blush even more.
"Let's go love birds. The city isn't going to show itself around," Danielle giggled, motioning us to leave the dorm.
I walked out of the building side by side with Alex, while Dani and Maria were lost in their own conversation. I liked how Dani was getting along with Maria and Alex. Most girls wouldn't have stayed being friends with their ex, not to mention be friends with their ex's new friends, but I love how Dani wasn't like those girls. She's always been a sweetheart, since the first day I met her in that dance room. It sucks to see how things fell apart between us. Our busy schedules forced us to realize that it wasn't going to work and it was a mutual decision, which means no one got hurt. We agreed to still be friends and even after a few months of not being together, we still managed to be best friends, as if we were never a couple anyway. We act like we've always been best friends and I like it like that. I wouldn't change it for the world. We hopped into the car and the boys wolf-whistled when they saw Alex.
"Whoa mate, you weren't kidding when you said she was hot," Niall chimed.
Alex blushed as she soaked in the wave of compliments.
"Alex, who's your friend?" Zayn asked, clearly interested.
"My name's Maria," Maria replied sheepishly.
I could tell that Zayn had a thing for her. He kept sneaking glances at her the whole ride and smiled everytime she spoke or someone made her laugh. The fact that Zayn was actually putting interest into someone besides his mirror was a bit surprising to me. Alex had her head on my shoulder during the whole ride and I kept running my hand through her hair. She told me that she likes it when people do that and that her mom used to do that, which made her become sad for a moment. I could tell she was missing her family. She told me that she's never really been away from home before and now she was in a new country. I could tell it must be hard for her to be away from home. We arrived at downtown London and we thanked our driver who agreed to pick us up at six. I instinctively laced my fingers with Alex which made her smile. Harry was with Louis and Eleanor, Danielle was with Niall, and Zayn was with Maria. I smiled when I looked over my shoulder and saw that Maria was laughing at something that Zayn said.
"Well those two are hitting it off I see," I whispered in Alex's ears.
"Yeah, it looks like they are," she smiled.
We walked down the busy streets and a few people noticed us and took pictures with us. I noticed that every time I was with a fan, whether I was taking a picture with them or giving them an autograph or having a conversation, she would smile. She told me that she thought it was great how I made all those girls' happy, how I made their day. She said that she knows what it's like to meet an idol and how amazing you feel when they treat you well, instead of being rude and treating you like crap. I liked how everytime I took her to a particular place, how she would marvel and say that she's never seen something like that. "We don't have things like this back in Miami," she would say, which would make me smile with delight. It made me happy to see that she was having the time of her life. Before we knew it, it was five thirty and we had to start heading back to the meeting place.
"So did you have fun today, Alex?" I asked.
"Yes! Thank you so much for doing this. You are a great friend, Liam," she kissed me on the cheek.
I grabbed her hand and pulled her into a hug.
"Alex, there's something I want to ask you," I said nervously.
"What is it?" she asked, her brown eyes looking directly at mine.
"Ever since I saw you at the airport yesterday, I've been thinking about you and how amazing you are. I can't stop thinking about you and I'm going crazy over you. Will you be my girlfriend?" I asked nervously.
"Liam, you are one of the nicest guys I've ever met and I'm glad that you told me this because I've started to like you too. I would love to be your girlfriend," she smiled.
I smiled and leaned in and she leaned in as well until our lips met. Her lips were soft and gentle and moved perfectly in sync with met. As corny and cliché as this sounds, I definitely felt sparks and fireworks when our lips connected. After a few seconds, we pulled away to breathe and then everyone started wolf-whistling.
"It's about time you guys hooked up!" Niall chimed, causing me to blush.
We got into the car and Alex slept peacefully on my lap as I played with her hair. Today was one successful day. Alex was finally my girlfriend, Danielle really hit it off with Alex and Maria and it looked like Zayn and Maria might hook up. We arrived at the university and Maria told me she would take Alex with her but I told her that I would carry Alex. I carried her all the way to her dorm.
"Thank you so much for today, Liam," she yawned, her eye barely open.
"Bye babe. I'll call you in the morning," I smiled.
I kissed her softly and she kissed back with no urgency, just love and passion. After a few seconds, we pulled away and I left. I walked out the building and hopped into the van. I closed my eyes and the last thing that was on my mind was how Alex was finally my girlfriend.