Josh and Bella. Bella and josh. No. There couldn't be anything going on, could there? I though he had a girlfriend. Josh seemed nice, he would never cheat, but this is Bella. Beautiful, smart, funny- No. Nothing's happening.
"Harrr-y" Bella waved her hands in front of my face. I jolted back and almost fell off the seat. She giggled a little. She was so cute when she giggled.
"Wow what were you thinking about?" She was so clueless.
"Nothing," I smiled and shook my head.
"If you say so," she shrugged. "Oh we need to go somewhere before we go home." She said.
"Alright where." She smiled suspiciously.
"Just somewhere." The boys who had now come over and I all furrowed our eyebrows.
"Miss Bella are you expecting us to get into a car with you when we have no idea where you are taking us," Louis questioned.
"That's exactly what I'm expecting." With that she smiled and left the room, we followed her out to the car and all got in, still questioning where we were going, she didnt break though so we still had no idea where we were going. After a good 40 minutes we the car stopped and we all got out to see where we were. The airport? We're we really that bad to live with? Suddenly two familiar girls caught my eyes.
"Eleanor!" Louis screamed.
"Danielle!" Liam ran up to her. Both boys embraced there girlfriends and asked them why they were here. They weren't meant to be coming till the end on the month.
"Well I was talking to a certain young lady and when she asked why we weren't coming down sooner we didn't know why. So she talked to managment and had them fly us down today." We all turned to Bella who was grinning sheepishly.
"Bella you are truley amazing!" Louis gave Bella a huge hug. "May I ask though why you were talking to my girlfriend." Danielle answered for her.
"Well we are going to be spending a lot of time at her place while we are here so we decided to get to know her."
"I can't believe your here I've missed you so much!" We all piled into the car talking the whole way back to the apartment. When we got inside Bella's phone buzzed. Then again. Then again. Her phone was going crazy. Confused, she took out her phone and looked at it. Then her face paled. Zayn went over and looked at her phone.
"Shit" he mumbled.
"What? What is it?" We all crowded around her phone looking at the screen as it continued onto buzz. On the screen was a picture of us all at the airport, then us all walking into the apartment complex. Bella was frozen. There were already aricles popping up about who she was. Fuck. the press had figured out who we were staying with. We all stood there for a few minutes, then I broke the silence.
"Bella, are you ok." She didnt move.
I stood staring at my phone that was still buzzing. I had just gained over 2000 twitter followers in the past 2 minutes and I had hundreds of twitter notifications.
"Crap" I said under my breath.
"Bella I know it's a lot to take in but-"
"I know," I cut Harry off. "I knew this was going to happen I just didnt expect it to be so soon. I know what your all going to say, don't listen to the hate blah blah blah but guys seriously I'm fine it's just a little sudden and overwhelming." I smiled at them.
"Why don't we have a night in," Eleanor suggested. We all agreed and sat down on the couches.
Three days later
It had been three days so far and none of us had left the apartment. Bella had tried numerous times to get us to let her leave but we were too worried about paparazzi overwhelming her. She had called Luke Jamie and Eliza and all three of them had agreed with not letting her leave. We had turned off her twitter notifications as her phone was buzzing non-stop. El and Dani had gotten really close to her in the time we were all in the apartment together. Right now they girls were all in Bellas room and the boys and I were upstairs in Liam's room.
"Do you ever think the pap will die down?" Asked Niall. We all thought about it.
"Honestly theyre pretty persistent. They know she's got to come out sooner or later. I wish they hadn't found out so soon. I thought it would have been at least a month before her name was exposed. I don't know how much longer we can keep her locked up in this apartment." The boys all nodded there heads in agreement.
"Honestly she's taking it better than I had expected." Liam finally spoke up. "She seems pretty calm about it all." I scoffed.
"That's until she gets mobbed by paparazzi and a bunch of screaming girls calling her a slut whore and god knows what else." Liam looked at the ground. I sighed. "I still don't feel like I know her that well. Like we know heaps about who she is now, at least I think we do, but what about her past. She's a closed book about it all." Liam locked eyes with me for a second and gave me a death glare. Did he honestly think I was going to bring up ky? Idiot. Louis eyes lit up.
"Oh my fuckinn god," we all stared at him. "We are all the most idiotic guys on this planet." We waited for him to continue. "We don't know anything about her, but what about Niall? He knew her when she was little he knows about her. Niall why the fuck haven't you told us about her?" Louis had started to raise his voice. I turned to look a Niall.
"Yeah Niall, we've been talking about how we know nothing about her, why haven't you ever spoken up." We were all starting to get frustrated. Niall just shrugged.
"I don't know, you guys have never asked so I guess I never thought to tell." We all shook our heads at him.
"Well, spill. What do you know about her?" We all leaned in as Niall started to talk.
"Umm, well she has two sisters, one 4 years younger and one 3 years older. I don't really know much. She seemed happy to me when she was little. But the last time I saw her we were like 9. We skyped and messaged and stuff but around when we both turned 12, her birthdays one day after mine, she stopped talking to me. She called less and eventually we just didnt talk." Nialls face had turned sad. "I don't know but she's different now. Yeah she's like 7 years older but she's different, she used to be so carefree, now she's just, changed." I could tell he was on the verge of tears. We all sat around him silently. Suddenly we heard thumping and talking and the girls all burst into the room.
"Alright." Bella started. "As much as I love sitting around doing nothing for three days straight with 7 people, we are running out of everything and I need to get out of this place. So I'm going grocery shopping." She turned around but we all stood up protesting.
"Bella you can't"
"The paparazzi are still there"
"Let one of us do it." She rolled her eyes at all our comments.
"Look, you can't keep me locked up here forever. I need to face them eventually so would you just all stop acting so cautious and let me go." We all sighed in defeat. Bella wasn't going to give up and we knew that.
"Fine." I huffed. She started to leave again. "But" her face dropped again. "One of us in coming." She rolled her eyes.
"Deal. Who's coming." We all nominated ourselves. After about 5 minutes of arguing we decided Harry would go because he would do the best job of physically protecting her from the pap.
"Go straight to the car"
"Don't talk to anyone"
"Don't listen to anyone," the comments went on an on from the other boys.
"Guys I'm going grocery shopping, not to the a prison centre." Bella tryed to reassure us all that she would be fine. I don't know why she wasn't more worried.
"Let's go," right as she said that I noticed the tiniest amount of doubt in her eyes. Suddenly I became even more nervous. What if I wasn't able to protect her from them all? What if she was hurt by someone. Maybe one of the others should have gone.
"Harry?" Bella looked at me expectantly.
"What?" Everyone rolled there eyes.
"C'mon mr daydream lets get going." Bella grabbed my arm and dragged me out of the apartment. While we were in the elevator I turned to her.
"I know you're acting all confident but I know your a little scared." Her shoulders slumped. "Just say close to me and don't answer any of them and don't listen to what they say becasue they will do anything to get a reaction out of you." She nodded and smiled.
"Let's do it." We both took a deep breath and walked out the doors. Immediately everyone was shouting at us. I put my arm around Bella and guided her to the car. The questions kept firing.
"Are you dating one of the boys?"
"Are you pregnant with one of there babies?"
"Is it true you that one direction are paying you to sleep with any of them when they want it?." At the last one she tensed up completely and I tightened my grip around her and walked much much quicker. After what felt like 3 hours but was less than 10 seconds, we were safely in the car driving to the store. None of us had said anything the whole trip. As we arrived at the store I turned to her.
"Bella are you ok," she nodded. I sighed. "Bella you can't listen to what they say they just want a reaction." She nodded again and smiled at me.
"I'm fine, seriously." She smiled again.
"Can I ask you something." I asked her. She hesitated, then nodded her head.
"Why won't you agree that it affected you. You act bullet proof about everything but I know your not. I don't understand why you can't just admit it. " She looked down at her hands and I realised I had spoken a little harsher than I had meant to. "Bella I didn't mean to say it like that. I'm just worried, we all are. You have never spoken to us about your family or past or anything to us." She continued to fiddle with her hands. "Bella look at me." She still refused to make eye contact. "Please Bella." I was on the verge of begging her. Then slowly, she looked up. My breath caught when I saw the pain in her eyes. Her beautiful eyes. HARYY! She needs a friend now. I smiled weakly at her. "I'm not asking for much Bella just one tiny thing. Anything. Something about your past or family. You don't need to tell me much, but please, give me something." She took a deep shaky breath.
"I haven't spoken to anyone in my family apart form a few cousins and Aunties and Uncles for about 5 years." 5 years? She was only like 14 or something. I nodded my head.
"Ok. You don't need to tell me anymore, but if you ever need to talk about anything, I'm always here," I gave her a soft smile and she returned the smile.
"Thank you Harry." She leaned over and gave me a hug which I gratefully accepted and wrapped my arms around her small frame. After a few minutes she leaned back. "Can we go into the store now. I need heaps of stuff." I nodded and we got out of the car and did the shopping. But The whole time my mind was elsewhere. 14. Did she runaway? Did her family die? I knew she used to live in Melbourne. was her family still there? did she move to get away from them? The questions kept fireing in my head. i needed to know. What happened to Bella when she was 14?
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