Harry's P.O.V.

I couldn't stop smiling.

Niall loves me. He loves me.

I thought these words to myself as I was laying in my bed, looking up at the stars. Now I feel that within my life, my own stars have aligned. Niall was definitely one of the first people whom I've ever loved. There was so many individual things that I loved about Niall. When he plays his guitar, he has a set look of concentration. When he's eating, his eyes fill up with happiness, like there was nothing you could do to take that away from him. I love Niall.

Alright, Harry. Let's go and choose something for a good second "first" date, yeah?

I knew that this date would really have to make Niall happy. I pondered long and hard, but I eventually got an idea. I know that although Niall and I have hung out a lot these past weeks, we really didn't know each other. I felt that maybe going to an amusement park would be best to truly see what parts of us the other doesn't know about yet.

I hope he likes it.

*Friday Morning*

Liam's P.O.V.

I woke up, realizing that there were tears on my pillow. I had cried myself to sleep last night.

Oh Liam, what are you gonna do now? Harry and Niall are probably going to go out somewhere and I'll have officially lost him. Why didn't I at least try and tell Niall about how I feel?

There was nothing else I could do about the situation at this moment, so I got up out of bed and started getting ready for school. I made my way down the stairs and greeted my mum with a kiss. My mum was supportive of me, and it was nice of her to always look out for me, even if she goes a little overboard.

"Hey sweetie, how are you?" my mother asked me when she put my plate of chocolate chip pancakes, scrambled eggs, and bacon down in front of me.

"I'm fine mum. Thanks for breakfast."

My mom, who was already seated looked up at me and asked, "Is everything alright dear?"

"I'm just feeling a little down, that's all mum."

My mother looked at me like she knew that there was more than I was letting on, but she didn't pester me about it. She seemed to understand that I didn't want to talk about it right now.

"Alright then, Liam. Make sure you get your bus, you don't want to be late. And if you change your mind, you know that you can tell me as soon as you get home, okay?"

"I know mum. I'll see you after school."

She walked up and hugged me goodbye, and I walked out of the door to the bus.

Niall hadn't been on the bus lately because he had been coming to school with Harry, so when I saw him, my heart melted a little on the inside. As I was making my way to sit next to him, I saw that someone had already taken the seat next to him, and that someone was Harry Styles. Of course.

Mind you, I have nothing against Harry. He's a really nice person, he's really good at football, and he's very intelligent. All were qualities that Niall would fall for. But I was hoping that today would be my opportunity to be around Niall. Of course it wasn't. It's almost as if the universe feels that we were not meant to be with each other, and that makes me sad. I love him more than anything else in the world. I would do anything to sit next to him.

"Hey Liam, how are things?" Harry asked me.

"Fine," I said in reply.

I found an empty seat and sat down there. I couldn't believe it. Niall hadn't even greeted me, and Harry just sat there without even thinking about how I-

Liam, stay rational. I doubt that Niall and Harry intentionally tried to hurt you. They're just friends of yours who happen to be in love with each other. Stay calm. It's okay to be envious.

I put in my ear buds and listened to the sound of my music drowning out the world around me.

Niall's P.O.V.

I hope Liam's alright. He seemed to be very mad when he saw me. I hope that he doesn't think badly about me. I realized that weve recently become even more distant from each other and it makes me cry. I wanted Liam to be just as happy as Harry and I.

You're probably over exaggerating his situation Niall. Just sorry about yourself. Worrying about how he is without asking him will do you nothing Niall, nothing.

I looked back at Harry who was playing with my fingers. He looked at me and then smiled that million dollar smile of his. The smile that made me happy to look at, the smile that started at one corner of his mouth and slowly spread to the other, the smile that gave my butterflies.

"What are you looking at Niall?"

"I'm looking at you Harry."

He then ruffled my hair and went on his phone. I realized that he was doing that because some people on the bus had started to give us some strange looks. I sighed to myself. I had every right to express my love for Harry if I wanted to. It didn't matter if I was gay. I had the same right to do what they can do. Nothing changes just because they're straight and I'm-

"Niall. We're at school now."

I immediately got up and prayed a silent prayer of thanks for Harry telling me that we've arrived. Sometimes, when I'm arguing about anything that is equality-wise in my head, I forget about my surroundings.

Oh, Niall.

When I got off the bus, Harry told me he had to go to one of his teacher's rooms in order to catch up on his work. I wasn't surprised that he would, knowing how much he wanted to learn in life. Life. Isn't life a-
"Hey Niall."

I turned around and saw that it was Louis and Zayn.

Just when things were starting to go right in my life. Why, oh why? Do you hate me, life? Why do this to me?

"Look Zayn, it's Niall. Isn't it a coincidence that we ran into each other, you little piece of shit?"

God, I was scared. I didn't want him to hurt me, but I was absolutely defenseless. I couldn't protect myself. Louis and Zayn started to corner me in the corner of the hall, and no one noticed because they we're all talking to each other in their classrooms.

God please don't let them hurt me. Please. Send me angel or a teacher or someone.

And someone came. And that someone was Liam.

"Hey, leave the fellow alone, he's just trying to get to class."

Zayn turned around, looked at Liam and asked him, "You know this idiot?"

"He's not an idiot. And yes, I know him because he's my best friend in the entire world. He means a lot to me, so if the two of you could kindly stop bothering him-"

"What'll you do about it, Payne?" Louis spat.

"I'll just have to do this," Liam said as he walked up to Louis.

"Oh, look, he's walking up to me. Oh whatver could Liam do-"

Louis's sentence was cut short because Liam had punched him square in the jaw. I looked up at Liam in awe just as Harry walked out of his teacher's room.

"Hey Niall, we can go ahead and walk to... Niall? Liam? What's going on?"

"Hey Harry. I just punched Louis in the face, that's all. Anyway, I've got to go to class."

Liam walked away before I got to thank him and Harry rushed over to me.

"Is everything alright, Niall? Did they try to hurt you?"

"I'm fine Harry. That was their intention but Liam put a stop to it. Don't worry about me. Should we go ahead and walk to class?"

"Yeah, we can go to class. Are you sure that everything is okay?"

"Yeah, I'm fine."

We walked to class and I realized that I was going to have to talk to Liam and do two things: thank him for protecting me and ask him what wrong. As for now, the only thing I could do was wait and see.

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