"S? What the hell is going on? Where are you? Call me back!"
I hung up the phone after leaving yet another voicemail for Selena to open when she finally came around to checking her phone. I figured that she had probably locked it away for the weekend because of the whole Durham plan she had going, but that didn't mean I was any less annoyed at the fact that I hadn't spoken to her since Friday. I sighed and lay back on my bed, staring up at the glow in the dark stars that didn't work anymore. I was bored. Unbelievably, mind numbingly bored. I held my phone above my head and scrolled through the contacts until I reached Harry's name and clicked. The phone rang for what felt like a lifetime before he answered.
"Hey." he said quietly from the other end.
"Hey, you feeling better after last night?" I asked, but he just stayed silent on the other end of the line, "What are you doing today, maybe we can hang out?"
"No, sorry. I'm about to go round to Liam's and try and get these songs sorted." His answers were blunt and he sounded kind of angry but I guessed that was to be expected with how he had been getting on with the guys lately... Things were still a bit rocky between them.
"Oh, well, I just wanted to see if you could maybe come round and watch a movie-" He cut me off before I could even finish.
"Well, now you know I'm busy. I'll speak to you tomorrow, I have to go." The phone clicked off before I could say anything else. I felt my heart sinking. I had had a feeling for the last few days that Harry regretted asking me out and now it seems like he was proving me right every time we spoke. I felt absolutely gutted. I had spent the last two years of my life fawning over Harry from afar and now that I had finally got him, I felt as though he was uninterested, what made it even worse though... I was pretty sure that he wanted someone else instead. I could feel the tears prickling in my eyes and I blinked furiously to make sure that they wouldn't fall.
I scrolled through my phone again looking for someone to call to go out with. I felt like I needed it even more after that conversation with Harry. I thought about trying Selena again, but then I came across another name who I thought was more likely to want to hang out and probably actually be able to cheer me up.
"Hey there!" His cheery voice came from the other end of the line.
"Hey Ed, do you fancy meeting up for coffee and a chat about the performance this afternoon?"
"Yeah! Sound's great! Meet you at the Starbucks in town at about one-ish?" He replied instantly. I looked at my watch and saw that it was almost twelve.
"Sure! See you then!" I smiled and clicked off the phone.
"Okay, so what's your idea for final songs then?" I asked looking over the list of songs that had notations all over it before handing it over to Ed and then picking up my coffee that was sitting on the table in front of us. He took the list and I watched his blue eyes scanning down the list as he sipped his own drink before setting it on the table and swapping it for a pen. He began circling and crossing things out before chewing on the pen.
"Ok I think that Everything has Changed is a must... After that I think Forever and Always and maybe either Lego House, or Tenerife Sea?" Ed said finally, looking up with a smile.
"Sure! I think I prefer Tenerife Sea it's just such a sweet song." I said grinning back. I had ended up having a really nice afternoon with Ed. We had met up in Starbucks and rather than start working straight away, we had gotten lunch and just talked. Recently it had felt like Ed was my only friend. Selena had fallen off the grid, and Harry was off doing whatever Harry does. I felt my face fall slightly as I thought about Harry... I watched as Ed read my expression and hesitated before speaking.
"Are you ok, Taylor?" His blue eyes filled with concern and I instantly found myself wanting to tell him everything.
"I don't know? Nothing feels... right... at the moment?" I spoke quietly, looking down at my coffee in my hands.
"You can talk to me if you need to you know?" His kind words made me smile weakly, I regretted bringing it up. I didn't want to be a bad girlfriend and seem as though I was slagging Harry off, because when he was actually present in the moment, he was great. When I had seen him the night before, his mind was definitely somewhere else. I could see the whole weird incident in my head.
Harry had turned up at my house around half six. I didn't know that he was coming and when I first realised that it was him, I was so excited... until I saw the expression on his face. His features were harsh and his green eyes dull, he looked broken and fed up. I had started to ask him what was wrong, but before I could say anything, his lips were pressed hard against mine, but they were cold and emotionless. I gently pushed him away and tried to ask what was wrong but he just shrugged and asked if he could come in. We had gone up to my room and I had put on a comedy for us to watch to try and cheer him up, but he had barely said anything to me and even though I was laying with my had on his chest, I felt as though there were a million miles between us. It had reached half eight, the film wasn't even over and he had suddenly jumped up, muttering something about needing to know and having to go find out something, and that was it.
"I just... I don't know... Things with Harry and I seem a bit weird. I think he likes someone else..." I confessed quietly. I don't know why I was telling Ed this when I hadn't even told Selena yet. Ed instantly furrowed his brow.
"Don't be silly Taylor! I have known Harry for years, he wouldn't have asked you out unless he really likes you..." Ed smiled at me reassuringly but I couldn't manage to smile back sincerely. I could feel a lump forming in my throat and the tears tickling at the corner of my eyes, I needed to get to the bathroom and out of Ed's sight before I started crying. I excused myself from the table and walked up the stairs to the second level of seating where the toilets were.
I pushed into the ladies and felt as a tear spilled over my lashes. I stood by the sink, wiped the tear from my cheek and took a deep breath as I looked myself in the eye. I knew Ed was probably right and that I was just being paranoid, it made no sense for Harry to ask me out if he wanted to be dating someone else. I had been a good girlfriend to Harry, why would he want to throw that away? He wouldn't. I took another deep breath and smiled, shaking my head and wiping my face once more, I realised how ridiculous I was being. I took another deep breath before walking out of the toilet and to the top of his stairs, but then stopped when I heard a noise that made my blood run cold.
I heard his low chuckle, and my lunch suddenly felt like it was going to make a reappearance. I paused silently to make sure that I hadn't just imagined it... I was about to start walking when it happened again. Louder this time, more distinct, and most definitely Harry's laugh. I hesitated, maybe he and the boys had come here for a coffee after their performance... and they had got here before us...
Against my best instinct, I turned around and walked to the archway that would allow me to see into the seating area. I peered round and saw Harry sitting with his back to the door nearby. He had his hair down and was wearing a beanie, I could tell from the tone of his voice as he spoke quietly that he was smiling. I nearly choked when I saw who he was with.
"Selena?" I blurted out without thinking. They both turned around to face me wearing very different expressions, Selena was smiling at me as she gave me a small wave, but Harry's face had drained of all colour and he instantly looked very worried. Why the hell had he lied to me... to hang out with my best friend... alone?
I hope you like this chapter guys :)
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