"This?" The look on Steph's face as she looks down to look at her dress tells me how she feels about the brown dress.
"Yes, don't you like it?" I ask her.
"It's okay..It just looks so..."
"Nice. It looks lovely."
"It's just so..."
"If you don't like it we can try something else." I offer.
"It's not that I don't like it, it looks really good on me, I just feel weird as hell in it. Like I should cut the sleeves or tear the extra five inches off the hem."
"You can do that, but not until after the dinner. You only have twenty minutes until you have to be on your way."
She continues to stare at herself and I watch as her lips turn into a smile. She really does looks so pretty. Different, but very pretty.
"I should wear a wig." She flips her crimson hair over her shoulder.
"That's exactly what Harry said!" I laugh and she rolls her eyes.
"He's such a dick!" She laughs along and heads back into the dressing room.
"How are you and Harry doing? You're still living together?" She says from inside.
"We're good." I look down at my feet, thankful she can't see me.
I don't feel like getting into the mechanics of my back and forth relationship with Harry right now.
"I thought maybe you were seeing that Liam guy because you're literally always with him and I saw you riding home with him."
"Liam is my best friend, nothing more."
"How does Harry feel about that?" She opens the door and hands me the dress, still on the hanger, while she adjusts her messenger bag on her shoulder.
"Well he's starting to like Liam a little more, I mean they are finally sort of behaving like step-brothers which makes everything much easier on their parents." I smile at the thought.
I can tell Harry is really warming up to Liam and that makes me so happy. My bliss is short lived because I remember Liam is leaving soon and even worse, the look on Steph's face reminds me that she had no idea Liam and Harry's parents are married to one another.
"What? Wait..Harry and Liam? Parents? Married? But Harry's parents are in England? His dad's dead right?"
"Uhm.. not exactly." I don't see why it matters if people know Harry and Liam are related by the marriage of their parents now.
Why would Harry tell his friends his father died?
"They aren't step-brothers then? You're confusing me." She laughs.
"Okay, they are but Harry's dad is here. He's the chancellor."
"Chancellor? Of WSU?" Her eyes are wide.
If I disclosed this information months ago Harry would have cursed me to Canada and back but so much has changed, he has changed, since then. He doesn't seem as concerned to keep his bad boy who doesn't give a shit about anyone persona up anymore. What difference does it make?
"Yeah." I pull my bottom lip between my teeth.
"Holy shit!" She is full on cackling.
"Yeah.." I don't know what to say, I feel like I should text Harry and tell him.
"That's too funny, I bet his dad is pissed how he turned out!" Steph is laughing but the instinct to defend Harry is too prominent to ignore.
"Harry hasn't turned out in a way that his father should be pissed about."
"He is getting expelled and probably thrown into jail and his dad's the damn chancellor! He's pissed, he has to be." She grins.
"He's not going to jail and his father is trying his best to keep him from being expelled." The edge in my voice is clear.
"I'm joking.. well sort of. Harry has been my friend for over a year now, I'm only giving him shit because that's what he always does to me, so no need to turn into his attack dog." She wraps her arm around my shoulder.
I know she doesn't mean anything by her words but I'm getting really tired of people talking about Harry in a negative way. He already puts himself down enough and I don't see the humor in assuming his father has a reason to be upset about the way he turned out.
My headache is back in full force thanks to my outspoken friend.
"I'm not." I huff and we finally reach the counter to checkout.
"You so were! You looked like you were about to take my head off. You've come a long way since you walked into that dorm room with your nose stuck in the air. I'm proud of you." She digs in the bottom of her purse and pulls out a handful of wadded up cash to pay for her dress.
"I have." I smile back at her, choosing to ignore her comment about me being stuck up.
|Indiana Evans||as Tessa Young|
|Harry Styles||as Harry Styles|
|Louis Tomlinson||as Louis Tomlinson|
|Zayn Malik||as Zayn Malik|
|Zach Roerig||as Noah Porter|
|Ian Somerhalder||as Trevor Bennett|
|Denise Richards||as Carol Young|
|Niall Horan||as Niall Horan|
|Liam Payne||as Liam Payne|
|Dylan McDermott||as Ken Style|