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Pen Your Pride

Chapter 16

The ride back to the hotel was probably the most nerve wrecking ride of my life. Scared of what the others would think about my attempt of running away.

This was the first time I actually cared about what someone else though about me. And it's because the boys along with Eleanor were the only people, outside my family and Cassie, who actually cared. For once there was people who cared about me, and that scared the shit out of me.

I looked down at mine and Niall's intertwined fingers. He smiled at me and I couldn't help but smile back.

Terrified, I entered the hotel. I could faintly hear the sound of cameras snapping indicating the paparazzi was there. Shit. My eyes got wide and Niall noticed.

"Don't worry. I'll take care of it." he said before whispering in one of the body guard's ear.

We entered the hotel room and I was immediately tackled by three boys. Louis, Zayn, and Liam.

"You're okay!" they all chanted at once.

"Yes, I'm fine." I laughed.

"Okay, okay. Hands off my girlfriend." Niall said grabbing me from behind.

"Girlfriend? So you guys are okay?" Louis asked.

"Yeah." I said smiling at Niall. "We're okay."

I watched Harry in the corner of the room. His face fell. I ignored him. I was still extremely pissed at him.

"WOO!" Louis shouted making me jump. "Hand it over." he motioned to Liam. I watched as he pulled a 20 out.

"Did you guys have a bet going on?" Niall asked.

"I don't even want to know." I laughed.

I walked over to Eleanor and hugged her. "Thank you. And I promise I'll pay you back for the tickets."

She laughed. "It's not problem. Don't worry about it. Really."

"Thank you for being such an amazing friend. I owe you." I said before walking back to Niall.

I looked at all of them. These were my friends. I actually had friends out side of Cassie. And boy did it feel good. To have other people care about me was such a weird feeling but it was nice. And for once I was happy. Really happy.

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"So tell me about you." Niall said. We had been lying on the bed talking for the past hour. Maybe longer. And no we didn't do anything. I still had morals and I planned on honoring them.

"What do you mean?" I asked.

"Well, I feel like I've known you for the longest time, but yet I know nothing about you." he explained.

"So you want to know about my life." I said. He nodded. "Well this is going to take a while. I live a very exciting life." I joked.

"I'm a girl." I began automatically gaining a laugh from him.

"Well I hope so." he said.

"Uhm. I'm almost certainly going to have to repeat senior year. My grades are horrible." I laughed.

"Why?" he asked.

"I guess I just don't care. Cassie says I'm a little too carefree sometimes and my grades suffer because of it." I explained to him.

"Why are you so carefree though?" he asked curiously.

"I guess it's just easier. I get hurt alot less when I don't care."

"What made you that way though?"

"I don't know." I said looking away. He grabbed my face.

"Yes you do. Will you tell me?" he asked.

"You promise not to judge?" I asked.

"I would never judge you. Or anybody for that matter." he said.

"It was a guy. His name was John. He was the first guy I actually opened up to. Before him, i had never had a boyfriend. Mostly because I'm too opinionated. But John was different. He was just as opinionated as I was. He was in college and I thought, why not. Give him a chance. Maybe he actually is different than all these high school guys. He wasn't. I gave him everything. Everything." I said, silent tears falling. "And he cheated on me. And after we broke up I found out he had been cheating on me the whole time. After that, I guess I chose not to care anymore. I didn't ever want to get hurt ever again." I said. We both fell silent.

"Zoey. He's a jerk. No he's a big jerk. Any guy that would do that to you must have been off his rocker. Because your amazing and I would never. And I mean never do anything to intentionally hurt you." he said. He brushed the tears away and kissed me. I smiled.

"Okay, I'm going to bed." he looked at me. "In my own bed. I have morals." I clarified. He laughed.

"Of course you do." he laughed again.

"Goodnight." I said kissing him. Then I got up and got in my bed.

It was weird. This whole relationship thing. It was something I was definitely not use to. But getting out of my comfort zone felt good. I was happy, for once. I was so happy. And for the first time in a long time, I fell asleep with a smile on my face.

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A/N: HERE IT IS!! Chapter 16 you all have waited so long for. Sorry if it's boring. But it'll get better. There's still alot of Drama to come. Enjooooooyyy.

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