You’ve got to be joking
I was convinced that this clock was moving as slow as it possibly could - just to spite me. It was currently the sixth period on a Friday afternoon and I felt as if each second was taking a minute to pass by. I rubbed my eyes as I dropped my head into my desk. I had stopped listening to this teacher gabber on about trigonometry a long time ago, he was too caught up in drawing lines and degrees on the board to notice that I had clocked out.
After what felt like hours, the bell rung and the whole class seemed relieved that the day was finally done. I didn’t bother to unpack my bag at the start of the class, so I grabbed it and ran out the door as fast as I could, ‘Thank god!’ I told myself. I quickly walked towards the front of the school’s main gates, not wanting to miss the first set of school buses. I had gone to my locker before my last class so I wouldn’t waste any time trying to get my stuff as year sevens crowded the majority of the pathway.
“You look happy!” I heard Matt say from behind me. Matt was coming over to mine this afternoon for a chill session. We planned to stuff our faces with popcorn and watch old Disney films until two in the morning.
Turning around smiling I replied, “Of course I am, its Friday dude!”
The bus slowly pulled up near the curb, the teacher on the megaphone tiredly saying the number on the front. We were first on, thank god, heading straight for our spots - the back seat. Matt and I relaxed into the worn-out bus seat, starting to discuss whether to watch ‘Mulan’ or ‘Hercules’ first, when loud laughter caught my attention. I look towards the front of the bus to see Louis, Niall, Liam Harry and I think Stewart, making their way to the back.
“What are you staring at?" He frowned, noticing I was no longer paying attention to him, "Ohhh,” He finally looked at what I was staring at, starting to smirk at my lack of subtlety.
“Oh shut it,” I said hitting him on the arm, “But you can’t deny, they are unbelievably hot,” I said turning back to him.
“Who’s hot?” I heard an English accent say from in front of me.
“Uh-” I hesitantly replied, turning slowly to see all five of them had taken residence in the free seats around us.
“Well according to her, you guys are.” He said before I could stop him. I’m going to kill Matt.
The boys couldn't help but let a smug smirk make its way across of their faces as they watched me look at Matt embarrassed. I instantly sunk further into my seat, Matt becoming my shield.
“Hiya Matt, how it going mate?” Louis said with a smile.
“Good thanks dude,” He smiled back at Louis, looking back at my confused face he says, “We met in class a couple of days ago.”
The bus started to move slowly and the boys began to talk to Matt, surprisingly getting along with each other quite well. I decided to pop in one earbud and half listen to their conversation, still a little embarrassed from Matt outing me. It wasn’t long before we all hopped off the bus, to my surprise. We all stood near the bus stop seat, the boys laughing at something Matt said.
“You guys going over to Louis’ or something?” I finally asked, curious as to why the boys had gotten off at the stop in my/our street.
“Well technically mine-” Stewart chimed in, awkwardly holding onto one of his bag straps, “but yes, the boys are staying over tonight.”
“Where’s Zayn?” I asked, finally noticing he was the only guy not here.
“He went to some art class with um-” Liam began, looking at Niall for help.
“Anna?” Niall questioned.
“Yea with Anna, but he’ll join us in an hour or so.” Liam smiled.
“But, if you would like to join-?” Harry said suggestively, adding a wink for extra effect.
“As tempting as that is, Matt and I have a date with the tv for the next few hours so…” I laughed slightly, signally Matt to start walking to my house.
“Shame!” Louis pouted, “Oh and lads-” He began as we started to walk away, “I must have forgotten to tell you all but for the next six months, this one lives three houses down from me.” Louis finished, tossing his head in my direction as I rolled my eyes.
“Well that is a nifty piece of information isn’t it?” Harry smiled, showing his adorable dimples that I hadn’t noticed until now.
Matt was lingering behind, probably mesmerized by their beauty, “Come on’-” I told him, pulling his backpack towards me, causing him to walk backwards.
“Nice meeting the rest of you guys!” Matt waved as I dragged him along.
We had reached Stewart's house not long after saying bye to Roxy and Matt. His house was an old federal one apparently, it had red bricks, weatherboard roof, and a veranda at the front, giving it some character. Stewart introduced us to his mum once we were inside - who was lovely by the way, and then he gave us a tour of the house. We took our bags up into Louis’ room (the guest room) and decided to relax in there for a while, playing some tunes on the little stereo while the boys and I either sat on the carpet or on the queen bed.
“Ay, I just remembered I need to show you guys something!” Louis randomly announced, pulling out his laptop from his school bag and opening YouTube.
“If this is another people falling over video-” Niall sighed, knowing what Louis was like.
“No, it’s not that,” Louis replied with a laugh, “so you guys remember the other night when Mya’s mum mentioned their group called ‘FUSE’?” We all nodded in reply, wondering where he was going with this, “Well, I so happen to be partners with Matt, the guy we met on the bus and he happily gave me the link to their youtube channel.” He finished with a smug grin.
“No freakin’ way!” Niall said wide-eyed as Louis clicked on what looked like their channel.
“Oh my god, this is gonna be great,” Harry cackled as all the boys and myself had now crowded around Louis and his laptop.
Louis clicked on the first video that came up which was a cover of ‘Brokenhearted’ by Karmin, none of us boys knowing the song too well. As it played, we all became silent as we listened to their voices sing the lyrics to this song. As it finished, we all sat there in a bit of a shock.
“Well-” Niall broke the silence, “that was a little unexpected..”
“Did anyone of you guys expect them to be that good?” Harry said furrowing, looking around at all of us.
“Well I knew Roxy was in the musical and stuff but no they were-” Louis said shaking his head.
“Pretty darn good,” I finished, “kinda like us?” I said slumping down on the floor.
We spent most of the afternoon watching all of their videos, which the majority had over twenty thousand views on each. Of course Zayn was late, so we had to fill him in on Louis recent discovery, showing him the range of covers they did - like Bruno Mars and Coldplay. As we dived deeper into their channel, we saw videos of them singing with other people, some with guys that I recognise walking around our school. There was also question and answer type videos, plus a couple of vlogs that mostly consisted of the girls complaining about school work.
When we had finished binging all of their videos, Stewart had kindly brought us up some pizza and fizzy drink. Between bites and refills, we played twenty-one questions so that Stewart could know us a little bit better and so we could get a grasp of what life was like here in Australia. Once we had run out of normal questions, the idea of truth or dare was agreed upon, Louis’ enthusiasm convincing the not so keen boys to play.
“Ok Harold, truth or dare?” Louis started off.
“Hmm... truth?” Harry nodded.
“Do you like Mya or are you just flirting with her to annoy her?” Louis said raising an eyebrow.
“Who’s Mya?” Stewart asked curiously.
“A bird in a year below us,” I answered.
“Ohhhhh...” Stewart nodded.
“So?” Louis asked Harry, demanding an answer.
“Well, she was really stroppy when we first met and I kinda got taken back by that because she seemed like a nice girl-” Harry started slowly, “I don’t know... I love the banter we have and I think she’s gorgeous-”
“But???” Zayn edged him on, leaning in, waiting for an answer.
Harry laughed slightly, “but I don’t think anything will happen.” He admitted.
“Well mate, how about you just tone it down a little with the winks and dimple smiling?” Niall suggested with a smile.
“Oh, it’s not like you can talk! Mr ‘Hi Roxy, I love you so much Roxy, please marry me’” Zayn scoffed as the rest of us laughed and Niall blushed.
“Whatever,” Niall said, but his blush was still lingering.
“Anyways,” Zayn got the flow of the conversation back, “Liam! Truth or dare?”
“Dare,” I said confidently, even though I know they’ll most likely make me do something horribly embarrassing or gross.
“I dare you to…” He began, looking around the room for inspiration, “Lick Louis’ big toe!”
“No way,” I replied annoyed. Of course they were gonna make me do something like that.
After my unfortunate fate, it continued with the lads only choosing truths, too chicken to see what might happen if they didn’t. This happened for about ten rounds.
“Ok that’s it! I don’t care if it’s not my turn, someone make me do a dare. I can’t sit around playing truths any longer,” Niall finally burst, “throw me anything you've got. I’ve never backed down from a dare and I don’t plan to.” He confidently sat up from where he was lying backwards, smirking at all of us.
“Ok blondie you’re on,” Zayn smirked at Louis.
“I dare you too...hmmm- well, Roxanne does live just down the road...” Louis smirked at Niall as his eyes widened in surprise.
“You wouldn’t?!” Niall gasped.
“Oh but he would, and he will!” Harry answered laughing.
“What can we make him do lads?” I added with an evil smirk.
“I’ve got it!” Louis shouts standing up suddenly, grabbing everyone's attention.
“Oh god,” Niall says dropping his head into his hands.
“You have to dance on Roxy’s front yard singing, as loud as you can, ‘milkshake’ by Kelis!” Louis finished happily, grinning more now than I thought was possible.
“You’ve got to be joking?” Niall gave a stern look at Louis as the rest of us burst out laughing.
“You said you’d never back down from a dare mate,” Zayn smirked as he finished laughing.
Niall groaned but reluctantly stood up and walked out the door as the rest of us followed wide-eyed trying to stifle our laughter.
We reached Roxanne’s house within a minute, Niall slowing down as we reached the front lawn.
He turned around as if to speak but I cut him off before he could, “Do it! Come on! You’ve got this far.” I encouraged.
He turned back around to face the front of the house and took a deep breath, “MY MILKSHAKE BRINGS ALL THE BOYS TO THE YARD! AND DAMN RIGHT IT’S BETTER THAN YOURS!”
We all instantly die of laughter within seconds, finding it hard to breathe and almost laughing to the point of crying.
But bless, Niall continued singing and wiggling his hips, jumping all around the bushes in Roxy’s lawn, “MY MILKSHAKE BRINGS ALL THE BOYS TO THE YARD! AND THEY'RE LIKE IT’S BETTER THAN-”
“What the heck?!” We heard a voice.
We all stopped and turned to face the door of Roxy’s house, where she and a different guy to Matt were standing.
“Oh my fucking god,” Roxy muttered, covering her face with her hand.
“What the fuck do you think you’re doing?” We were all too scared of this guy to answer, except-
“We’re here for Roxy?” Louis yelled smirking. Roxy looked ready to murder him as the guy turned to her.
“Who the hell are you?” Niall responded back, probably more bravely than he felt at this point in time.
The guy turned back to us, raising an eyebrow and crossing his arms, “Well I happen to be her older brother-”
“Run, run while you still can!” Roxy yelled while laughing as we had no hesitation in sprinting back to Louis and Stewart’s place.
We all ran back up the stairs as fast as we could, collapsing on Louis’ bed, huffing and puffing as we steadied our breathing.
“So Louis, you failed to mention that Roxy had an older brother?” Niall said sitting up glaring at him.
“Must have just slipped my mind...” Louis said with an evil smirk, his chest still rising and falling quickly.
“You did that on purpose!” He yelled, pointing.
“Can you blame me? It was hilarious seeing the look on his face!” Louis laughed.
“Yea, but Roxy’s going to get a bloody earful about that.” Zayn pitched in.
“Oh she’ll be fine,” Harry said jumping on Louis’ bed and picking up a stray lolly that was lying around.
I shook my head at the four of them, smiling as I remembered Niall and his stupid hip movements from a few minutes ago.
Maybe this whole exchange thing won’t be as bad as I thought?
I opened my eyes slowly, heavy from my lack of sleep and the still apparent jetlag. I rolled over, lighting up my charged phone and seeing the lock screen that it was one-thirty in the afternoon. I slowly sat up to see the rest of the boys dead to the world, overlapping each other across the floor, blankets and pillows scattered everywhere. Why had we all slept in so late? Oh that’s right, because we were all up till about four am watching films and talking nonsense.
“Oi lads!” I half spoke half yelled to try to wake them up.
Three groans came in as a response but Zayn was still fast asleep and as for Stewart, he was nowhere to be seen, probably retreating back to his own bed.
Niall had decided to take it upon himself to wake up Zayn, tickling his feet. This didn’t amuse Zayn in the slightest, we all laughed at his misfortune and made our way down the stairs to the smell of bacon.
“Morning lads.” Stewart smiled as he piled another stack of bacon onto a plate.
“Morning!” We all replied back, still half asleep.
“Hope you guys like bacon and eggs?” Stewart questioned as he placed the toasted bread on the kitchen table.
“Psh please, I like any type of food.” Niall smiled, walking towards the table.
“Then you're in luck!” Stewart happily replied, also placing the scrambled eggs in a bowl, “Just grab what you want.”
We all took our seats, eating the wonderful breakfast/lunch that Stewart and his mum prepared for us. We decided to go get a little refreshed and changed after we finished eating, ready to play a friendly game of football.
“Oi! Over here!” I yelled at Stewart, causing him to quickly kick the ball to me. I skillfully dodged Harry in the process and ended up scoring a goal, “WOOHOO!” I yelled while running around the backyard like a maniac.
“Can we take a break?” Niall interrupted, squinting and placing his hand on his hip, “It’s getting a bit hot.”
“I know you’re just secretly upset you’re losing-” I folded my arms, “But we can if you want?”
Niall nodded desperately, rushing towards the cold bottled water that Stewart had grabbed for all of us.
“What time are you guys leaving?” I asked them, taking a seat on the lawn chair.
“Not sure,” Liam answered, “I don’t have anything planned so-”
“I’ve gotta finished some artwork but other than that-” Zayn added.
“I have a skype call with mum this afternoon, so I’m not sure when Libby wants me back.” Harry shrugged.
In freaky timing, Harry phone started to vibrate furiously, indicating to us that someone was trying to get a hold of him.
“Who’s is it?” Zayn asked, picking up the ball.
“Don’t know, it’s coming up as private?” Harry frowned, “Should I answer it?”
“It could be important?” Liam responded, playing with a strand of grass.
Harry shrugged and pressed the green symbol, “Ello?” He spoke, putting it on loudspeaker mode.
“Take your freaking time,” We heard a female’s voice annoyingly reply.
“Sorry, who is this?” Harry asked, trying to figure out who this person was.
“Who do you think curly?” She laughed, sounding a little offended.
“Mya?” Liam was the one who guessed.
“I don’t know whether to be upset or happy that Liam was the only one who knew it was me,” Mya admitted.
“Is something wrong?” Harry questioned, wondering why she would be calling considering it’s the first day where he wasn’t with her.
“My mum wants you home soonish, apparently your mum has moved the skype call to an earlier time,” Mya spoke.
“Okay, but I have a problem, how the hell am I gonna get there?” Harry asked her.
“Walk.” Mya laughed.
“Seriously?” I answered for Harry, as if she was gonna make him walk? It would take him at least half an hour.
“The exercise will do you some good boy!” We heard another voice on the phone shout from a distance.
“Coraline?” Niall frowned.
“Oh my god, correct!” Coraline shouted.
“Look, if she’s gonna make you walk mate, I’ll drive you home?” Stewart offered.
“I was just joshing you, no need Stewart-” Mya quickly replied before Harry could.
“So what’s the plan then?” Harry confusedly wondered.
“I will drive to Stewart’s house with Coraline and pick you up.” She told us.
“Good!” Harry smiled, “What time do I have to be ready babe?”
“Soon.” Mya simply said.
“Soon? Could I get more info-” Harry asked but the phone call had been ended.
“Gosh, you two seem to get along well," Stewart laughed patting Harry’s back.
“Like a house on fire.” Harry shook his head.
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xxx 'carrie' (aka maddie)