chapter twenty-four

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Niall was asleep next to me, one arm sloppily draped over my stomach. And I couldn't help but start to think about this whole thing.

After tonight, how the hell am I supposed to go through with this? I don't know how much longer I can take this. He cares about me and I care about him. I want to be with him, I really do.

But he needs to know the truth. He needs to know why I was interested in him in the first place. At first I couldn't stand him and just had to be around him to make him attracted to me. I needed his interest, so the new girl could break his heart.

After getting to know him, I now understand him. I understand why he shuts people out. I understand why he disrespects women. I understand everything and he trust me with his secrets. He never told anyone about his parents. He lets me see his most vulnerable side and I can't take that for granted.

He mumbled something in his sleep and then pulled me closer. For a second I thought he was awake, but he wasn't. Even his subconscious wants me close. Even when he's sleeping he wants me close.

And damn, I want him close too.

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I was lying pressed to my stomach when I felt someone leaving small, gentle kisses all over my naked back. I groaned a little, and Niall brushed away some hair from my shoulder.

"Good morning." He whispered with his raspy (not to mention sexy) morning voice. "And happy birthday."

And this takes the lead for best morning on my birthdays.

"What time is it?" I mumbled and rubbed my eye.

"Past ten. We missed breakfast, so we need to go out and buy something."

"I'm not hungry."

"Well, I am. I can either eat you out or have some real breakfast. Your call."

Well okay

Did not see that one coming

"You're a pig." I told him, pushing him away. "Can you bring me my bra?"

"We made quite a mess on the floor last night. There are clothes everywhere." He said, getting out of bed.

I glanced at him. He was wearing a pair of white Calvin Klein boxers and his hair was lying flat on his forehead. His bedhead was too cute.

After putting on my bra I reached for my phone that was on the nightstand. I already had several messages from old classmates, relatives and people from Alpha Delta Pi wishing me a happy birthday. I decided to answer them all later, and rolled over to face Niall.

"When do we have to leave the room?"

"Around noon. So we can stay in bed for a while, then head out to the car and stop for breakfast somewhere on our way back." He said, stretching out his arm so I could cuddle up to him. It was kind of a new gesture coming from him, but I didn't really complain. I liked cuddling with him.

"Are you happy with how the weekend turned out?" He asked as his fingers started stroking my back and side.

"Very." I smiled, tracing my finger up and down his chest. "Are you?"

"Hey, I got to spend an entire weekend alone with you. Of course I'm happy."

I smiled without actually responding.



It was almost three in the afternoon when we arrived back to campus. Niall parked his car outside the frat house and I wasn't really surprised to see some of the guys on the porch, smoking. Louis was the first one to look up at us.

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