I had been in a foul mood since before we had even gotten to the restaurant. Taylor had moaned at me the whole way there in the car and then once I saw the place I could have sworn my heart fell into my stomach. It was a risky move that I’d pulled at lunch, faking a phone call and going on trip advisor… I didn’t want to pick the first place on the list so I thought I had picked the one on the bottom of the second page, clearly, I had pressed ‘last’ instead of ‘next’ which led to this fucking nightmare of a dump.
I was surprised to see that Selena and Mr. Perfect had even sat down when we went in. I could see on Taylor and Selena’s faces that they were totally disgusted, but no, he sits there acting like he’s fine, trying to save face. What a prick. Then he goes and stands up. He’s fucking huge, a good four inches taller than me, hugging my girlfriend, flashing her perfect white smiles, like having one of them wasn’t good enough. I mean then as if he isn’t already bloody ‘amazing’ enough, he comes to the rescue with a restaurant suggestion better than mine. He even pretended to be sympathetic to my fake story about having been when it was better, he doesn’t know me so he can keep his sympathy thank you very much.
As if things weren’t bad enough at that point, while we were waiting outside for Selena and the twat, Taylor starts an argument about how I’m the one with the bad attitude when he was just trying to help. Already pulled Taylor over to his side with one fucking smile which only irritated me even more. We were walking behind them while he had his arm draped around Selena possessively when it was like he just picked her up to kiss her. How is she meant to pull away from that? I’m sure I could see her cheeks flushing red in distress once she finally got him off her face.
Since then I have spent the whole fucking meal watching Taylor and Selena oggle over him and his amazing stories, which I don’t get because honestly he’s not even that good loo-
“Harry, have you picked a song for class yet?” Selena’s voice pulled me from my thoughts as I looked up and saw her staring at me with a friendly smile. I smiled back when I noticed that Mr. Amazing was still talking and she had clearly gotten bored, looking for conversation elsewhere.
“Nah, me and the lads have been thinking about writing our own so we have a few in the works, how about you and Charlie?” I said, glad to fulfill her needs for interesting conversation.
“Not yet, I think he wants to get some song writing sessions in after school one day next week! Are you getting on better with Liam and Niall then?” I felt a pang of excitement thinking about how much better things had been with them since we had all been put together, more like the old times.
“Much better now Kendall’s not constantly on their backs, she hasn’t said anything to you this week has she?” I said, realizing that I had been wrapped up in trying to find a restaurant and had forgotten to check on that whole situation.
“No, after Friday, her and her friends have left me alone.”
“Are you guys talking about the whole Kendall thing?” Taylor suddenly asked joining the conversation and sliding her hand onto my knee. I saw Jared’s face flash confusion and I smiled smugly, clearly hadn’t been told about how Selena and I had become friends.
“Who’s Kendall?” He asked intrusively. Selena looked down and I could see the heart break in her eyes when she thought about last week and suddenly I felt the urge to jump up and take her in my arms to protect her from what she felt. I watched as he cupped her chin with his finger, gave her a small smile as she whispered something, probably telling him to fuck off, and then did that possessive thing where he pulled her close and kissed the top of her head.
“So, you guys wanting desert or you ready to go?” Jared asked with another perfectly white smile.
“No, I’m ready to go home, how about you Haz?” said Taylor, squeezing my thigh.
He called the waitress over and got the bill, took a look and put it back on the silver plate and pulling his wallet out. Of course, Mr. Perfect would have the money to pay for her meal without even discussing it. Taylor got out her purse which instantly made me feel pissy, she wasn’t even giving me the chance to be better than him.
“I’ve got this.” I said as I threw my last forty pounds onto the plate with Jared’s, I guess I would just have to hope my sister would lend me some cash for the rest of the week. Taylor smiled and kissed my cheek happily, but I was too busy watching Jared whispering into Selena’s hair to really take any notice. God, tone down the PDA, wanker.
The waitress took the plate with the cash away and we all stood up and started putting our coats on. They walked ahead back to his car, and Taylor and I held back, she was trying to ask me what I thought about Jared.
“He’s great isn’t he! You can see how much he likes her!” she whispered as she linked her arm through mine. For Selena’s best friend I was surprised at how badly she seemed to be misreading this whole Jared thing. We reached Jared’s car and they stopped and waited to say goodbye to us.
“Bye S! I had so much fun tonight, we definitely need to do this again!” Taylor said as she hugged Selena, “Jared, it was lovely meeting you!” She added as she moved in for a hug from him.
“See you on Monday, Selena,” I said, as I gave her a hug. The smell of her strawberry conditioner filling my nostrils as my nose buried in her hair. It was amazing. Then she let go and stood back, expecting me to say goodbye to Jared.
“Nice meeting you, Joe.” I said with a forced smile as I gave him a fake friendly pat on the arm.
“Jared.” He corrected bluntly with a smile that seemed equally forced. I know how petty a move it was, but I had the chance to get under his skin and I felt like taking it. Selena and Taylor were looking between us like it was a tennis match and this was the Wimbledon final.
“Sorry, that’s it, Jared.” I said feigning embarrassment before giving one last wave to Selena, grabbing Taylor’s hand and walking back to the car, knowing he would be glaring after me, feeling for the first time tonight that I had won.
“What was that all about?” Taylor questioned when we got in the car. I gave her my most innocent eyes and a shrug.
“I just blanked on his name for a second and got muddled, I’m sure it will be fine.” I said. She stared at me confused for a moment and then decided that my lie was the truth. I could see her smile returning out of the corner of my eye. We pulled up outside her house and I cut the engine waiting for her to get out, but instead she leaned across the middle parting and kissed my neck before stopping to look me in the eyes. This was a surprise from her, but I was not about to argue with some hot and heavy making out in my car. I pulled the lever and pushed my seat back. I then pulled her over, so she was on top of me while she giggled and I could see her smile shining in the dark.
“You’re beautiful.” I heard myself say before she crashed her lips to mine, making me forget all about Selena and Jared and with a pang of guilt, I remembered the girl I had on my arm.
I thought it would be interesting to hear what was actually going through Harry's mind during the date and get his first reaction to Jared :)
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