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Chapter 4: You and I?

Chapter 4: You and I? (Harry’s P.O.V.)

When we walked into the recording booth, my ears were still ringing from the squealing fit Ann had had when she was told she could watch the board with Philip. Philip had been with us since the beginning when we recorded Up All Night. He seemed curious to us bringing them along. I wasn’t sure if had said she could watch for her, or if he wanted to find out why we had brought her and Taylor along.

I pushed that into the back of my mind as I stepped up to my mick. I slipped my headset over my hair and adjusted to fit comfortably.

“All right boys,” Philip’s voice sounded through the speakers around my ears. “We will be doing a practice recording like usual. Today’s warm-up is going to be ‘You and I.’”

The soft melody of the sound filled our ears shortly before Niall picked up the opening,

“I figured it out
I figured it out from black and white
Seconds and hours
Maybe they had to take some time.”

Then Liam,
“I know how it goes
I know how it goes from wrong and right
Silence and sound
Did they ever hold each other
Tight like us?
Did they ever fight like us?”

I took in a breath before going into the chorus,
“You and I
We don’t want to be like them
We can make it ‘til the end
Nothing can come between
You and I
Not even the gods above
Could separate the two of us
No, nothing can come between
You and I
Oh, you and I”

My eyes were locked on Taylor now. Even if she wasn’t here, she would be on my mind. The words of the song were pushing me toward her, but there was something else. Something was bothering her, but she wouldn’t tell me a thing. Was it me?

I tried to push that away as the chorus came around again.

“You and I
We don’t want to be like them
We can make it ‘til the end
Nothing can come between
You and I
Not even the gods above
Could separate the two of us.”

The song was over before I had a chance to fully clear my mind. Philip’s voice sang out in the headset, “That was great guys.”

I turned my attention through the glass to him. There was a huge smile across his face, “Are we ready to move onto the real stuff?”

The others are exclaimed ‘yes’ or ‘yeah’ as I nodded my head. Before anyone could turn and say anything to me, a new melody was playing in our ears and we were off to singing again.

The session went on for about three hours more before Philip called lunch. We trudged out of the large glass box in search of something to give up energy. People usually think you are being dramatic when you try to explain how exhausting recording can be, but they don’t think through all the factors. Singing for three hours or more straight is really exhausting and the big factor, there is no air conditioning in the booth. If there was air on inside the booth, it could interfere with the music that they were recording.

Liam, Niall, and Zayn headed out to find something to eat. Louis walked over to Ann, but came away by himself. Ann’s attention seemed to be consumed by Philip, who had wheeled his chair over and was letting Ann mess around with the mixing board. He was shaking his head as he moved over toward me.

“What’s up?” I asked, confused by his smirk.

“I’m pretty sure I just moved into second place behind that panel over there.”

I cocked my head to the side a little, “What do you mean?”

His smile seemed to grow, but I couldn’t be sure, “Philip is letting her play around while we are on our lunch break. She isn’t even worried about eating anything.”

My eyebrow raised, “Ann, skipping a meal?”

“I know,” he said, “It’s terrifying, isn’t it?” He continued passed me and headed out the door after the other three. I turned away from them toward Taylor. She was sitting in a corner behind Ann and Philip, keeping to herself. Her eyes were fixed on Ann. The edges of her mouth would curve upward every time Ann would get excited. This caused a small grin to start forming on my lips.

“Hey,” I grinned down at her as I headed over.

She turned to me with the small trace on her smile still there, “Hey.”

“Are you hungry?” I asked, “I can grab you something.”

She shrugged her shoulders. Her eyes moved toward the floor and seemed to stay that way.

“What’s wrong?” I asked as I tried to lean my hair over to look at her. She only shrugged her shoulders again in reply. “You can talk to me. You know that right?”

“Do you want me to pick up anything?”

I stood there for a few more moments before she spoke, “I’m fine.”

I turned and headed out the door after the others, her last words echoing in my head.


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