Songs for this chapter are:

 Lay me down- Sam Smith

 Hey ho- The Lumineers

Fix you- Coldplay

The scientist- Cold Play

You found me- The Fray

Zayn's POV.

Another party. Another overcrowded party where everyone does the same shit. Drinks are poured into red cups and the music blasts from room to room. Every person I pass as I walk down the hallway looks even more bored than the last and I find it odd that that this year's kick off party is much more crowded than the last.

"I need to piss," I complain, leaning against the wall next to the bathroom door. Moment later, a petite girl with blonde hair steps out of the bathroom. Her cheeks are red, her eyes cast down at the floor. She's wearing a long sleeve shirt that hugs the curves of her hips perfectly but her jeans are loose, baggy even.

"Excuse me," she smiles down at the carpeted floor and maneuvers past me and down the hall. I made it a point not to date anyone for a while after the Tessa thing but I find myself following the girl down the hallway.

When she reaches the stairs, she takes them slowly and I watch as her eyes scan the crowd, searching for someone. I decide to approach her when she reaches the bottom.

"Are you looking for someone?" I ask her.

When she turns to face me, her brown eyes are big, nearly too big for her face and she looks slightly terrified as she speaks. "I was looking for my friends but I think they left." She frowns.

"Oh, do you want me to help you find them? Can you call them?"

"No, my phone is in my friend's purse," she sighs, reaching into the small bag resting at her waist. "I knew I shouldn't have come here. Parties aren't my thing and yet Macy begged and begged. It will be fun she said, we'll only stay for an hour, she said." The girl huffs. Her nose crinkles up and I bite down on my bottom lip to keep from laughing.

"What?" She flushes, embarrassed.

"Nothing," I lie. She's pretty damn cute. "Do you want a drink or something?" I ask her.

"I don't drink." She softly declines.

"At all?"

"At all."

"Well, okay then." I smile, letting her know that I find it kind of cool that she's not getting wasted like the rest of the girls here.

"It's not that I'm a prude or anything, I've just never done it and don't want to."

"Okay." I nod, finding her more appealing by the second. "Well, I can get you some water and you can hang out with me and my friends until you find yours?" I offer.

"Uhm, I'm not sure." She looks around the living room full of strangers. "I don't know anyone and this is the first time I've ever been to a party like this."

Niall waves at me from across the room and I look at the girl once more, "well, if you decide you don't want to stand here alone, you're more than welcome to join us over there." I point toward the group and watch her eyes widen. "They are nicer than they look," I tease. "Well, some of them anyway."

She nods and surprises me by following me over to my group of friends. Tristan stands up, allowing her to sit on the couch and she politely thanks him. I'm glad he's back from Louisiana, single and officially done with Steph's bullshit.

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