A Month In Sin
13. Changed Plans
It was a wonderful thing to hear Eris’s voice again. Although we didn’t get to talk long, we did get to talk, and that made me so grateful.
Most people would consider how close and dependent I am on her unhealthy, but the truth was that anytime one of us had to face something difficult, the other one was always there.
Most of my friends couldn’t stand Eris, but they knew that in order to hang out with me they would most likely be hanging out with my sister. We were a package deal, and everyone knew it. I knew that if Niall and I did actually fall in love in this short amount of time, and we did decide to stay married, then my friends would have to suck it up. I loved them all dearly, but I have had my decision made since I wanted a wedding—so, since I was two. Eris would be my maid-of-honor and friends, as well as Claire, would be strictly bridesmaids. Now that she was married as well, obviously, she must be my matron, since it’s so obvious that they are going to stay married.
I had realized I had been a bitch to Niall and I knew that I needed to apologize, but I didn’t know where to start.
“Hey, Niall. I’m a bitch, and I’m sorry, but there is no logical way that this marriage will work!”
Yeah… right. I had to try, plus we were already in trouble. It had been two days, and we hadn’t made a single video. As I walked downstairs, I was met with Niall sitting on the couch watching Derby shirtless. He was eating something, and all I could see were crumbs going everywhere.
I made that thought leave my mind as I cleared my throat. Those blue eyes that I fell in love with through a computer screen looked back at me. What I saw made me hold my breath. I saw something in his eyes that I saw in Eris’s before Luke… loneliness. I shook my head, clearing my thoughts.
“Can we talk?” I asked, leaning on the wall at the bottom of the stairs.
“’Course,” he said, patting the couch beside him.
I slowly walked over to him as he turned the TV off, recording it first of course. I smiled, knowing from his tweets, that I have retweeted countless times, of his love for Derby.
“I’m going to start by saying I’m sorry for being a bitch about this whole thing. Eris and everyone else are right about one thing—I like control, and that’s exactly why I don’t drink. I have had a plan for my life ever since I can remember. Although I don’t have to work, I love weddings and planning. I’ve wanted to become a wedding planner since I could remember. I’ve wanted to become the wedding planner that everyone around the world wants to come to, the one that they make TV shows to show off her wedding because they are that
beautiful,” I said, making Niall nod with a smile.
“I was going to make a name for myself and move to LA, because I felt I could never make it in London, and I wanted to do it without having to look over my shoulder. Don’t get me wrong, I love my father, but he made a name for himself in a very dangerous company. After I made a name for myself, I was going to marry and have babies. Maybe move the business to my LA home so I could be a working stay-at-home mom. That was how I wanted life to go for me and I was doing everything in my damnedest power to get there… and then this happened. It threw my entire plan out the window… and it’s not easy. I had my entire future set and was starting to set dates for everything. My whole plan has been set back for at least a month. I know that it’s incredibly selfish of me to think that it is just my life that was put on hold, when you are probably going to work on solo stuff or play golf, who knows? Well, you probably do—”
At this point, I realized I was rambling, but that was something that I was very talented at doing when nervous or stressed. In this case, I was both, so I wasn’t really surprised when Niall put his hand over my mouth.
“Okay, I have an idea. We aren’t married. We take these cheap rings off and we go on dates. We’ll get to know each other, and at the end of the month if we hate each other then we can end it. At the end of the month if things are going good, we’ll see where it takes us. Hell, let’s say we do the impossible and fall in love with each other in twenty-eight days, then we are already married. Although, you will have to come back to Ireland with me for Christmas. So, ya will meet the family quicker than usual,” he joked, making me smile.
“You know what? As much as we both hate this, I like that idea. We have to record it though. We are going to be hated because we are already two days behind,” I said, making him smile and nod.
“Alright. You get the camera while I grab a shirt?”
“I look like shit, Niall,” I said, making him laugh.
“Alright. We’ll both get fixed up and then meet back here in an hour?” he asked, making me nod, knowing I didn’t want to look like I was trying too hard.
I went upstairs to the bathroom in my room, hooking up my phone to the speaker.
Immediately, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall by Coldplay filled the bathroom, making me smile. I turned the water to the right temperature and then got undressed. After showering, I wrapped a towel around my head and body, stepping into my room. When I stepped out, I grabbed a plain red camisole, a baggy black cardigan, and light skinny jeans from my closet. I put on light foundation, a small amount of eyeliner with no wing, and mascara after slipping my camisole on. I didn’t look like I put on any makeup, which is exactly what I wanted.
By the time, I had put on my makeup and the rest of my clothes on, Niall was knocking on my bedroom door.
“Hey, Ori. Are you ready to do this? I’m about to head down there and set the camera up.”
“Yeah. I just have to dry my hair,” I yelled in response.
I started drying my hair and then stuck it in a sock bun, letting some of my baby hairs fall to give it that messy look. I slipped some random socks on before going downstairs.
When I got there, I saw Niall sitting there in jeans and a t-shirt. His hair wasn’t fixed, but mine
wasn’t either. He finished setting up the camera as soon as I sat down on the couch.
“Alright. I have a remote that when I push a button it will start recording,” Niall said, making me nod.
As he sat down, and we both got situated not close, but not too far either, he pushed the button.
It was quiet for a little bit.
“Do you have any idea on what we are supposed to say?” I asked Niall with a smile.
“Well, everybody. This idea was a great one, but we have no idea what to even say,” Niall said, making me laugh.
“So far, we have had nothing but serious talks because this girl can’t let loose, no matter how much Eris and my mom want me to,” I said, making Niall laugh. “Oh, but we have made a decision. Not on if we are going to stay married, because we still have 27 days for that, but on how we are going to survive these 27 days. We are not going to be married… well, legally we will be, but mentally we won’t. We are going to pretend that we are going to be dating and see where that takes us.”
“Also, don’t hate us for missing two days on these videos. One of them we were on a plane,” he said.
“And the other I was trying to figure out how to re-plan my life,” I said, making Niall nod.
“Is that it?” he asked.
“I think so. I don’t think they have to be a certain length. Well, we are going to go because this is awkward for us to make, and probably awkward for you all to watch,” I said.
We both waved goodbye and then I went to cover the camera with my hands as Niall pressed the button.
Day 3 of 30… done.
“Hey, Ori?” Niall asked as he took down the camera.
“Do you want to go on a date tomorrow night?” Niall asked, making me freeze in shock.
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