The picture is of Anna (:
The next two days went by rather quickly. When the 4th of July came, Harry was ecstatic. He was so happy that I was coming to the BBQ. I was pretty excited too! But I was also very nervous about meeting Gemma, Harry’s sister. When Harry picked me up at four o’clock to go to the BBQ, I was a wreck. I had gone through every single worst case scenario. Harry sensed it.
“Anna,” he said giving me a tight squeeze, “you don’t have to be scared. I’ll stay with you the whole time. No one will hurt you and you don’t have to talk to new people. I promise.”
“What about your sister?”
“What about her?”
“You said she wanted to meet me. That’s what scares me.”
“Oh Anna.” Harry looked concerned. “I didn’t realize how much it bothered you. Gemma is very nice. But if you don’t want to meet her, I understand.”
“No, I want to meet her. But, promise you’ll stay with me the whole time?”
We started walking towards the beach where the BBQ was held. The beach was already packed with people. Mostly teenagers were on the beach. The adults were in a lodge. Harry and I made our way to Liam, Louis, Niall, and Zayn who were sitting by the water. We were talking about a little bit of everything when a girl about Louis’ age taped Harry on the shoulder.
“Gemma!” Harry exclaimed.
“Hi guys! You must be Anna.” Gemma said looking at me.
Gemma was tall, had long brown hair and brown eyes. She kinda looks like Harry.
“Yeah, hi.” I said putting my hand out to shake hers.
“How are you?” she asked.
“I’m good. How about you?”
“I’m good thanks. Wow! You’re so pretty. I now understand why Harry can’t stop talking about you.”
“Gemma! What do you think you’re doing?” Harry was blushing.
“What? I’m only telling the truth. She is very pretty!” Gemma replied.
“Thanks Gemma. You’re really pretty too.” I said laughing.
“Gemma, have you met Anna’s brother?” Niall asked.
“No, I haven’t gotten the chance yet.” Gemma said taking a look at Louis.
“Well, Gemma this is Louis, Louis this is Gemma. Why don’t you two get to know each other over there? You know, far from me.” Harry said.
“Okay little bro.” Gemma said followed by a kiss on Harry’s head. “Come on Louis.”
We stayed on the beach for a while before we got hungry and got up to get food. We grabbed burgers and found a private spot behind a bush. Harry and I ate in silence looking into each other’s eyes. When we finished our food, Harry finally spoke.
“Anna, I know we’ve only known each other for about a week but I think you’re amazing inside and out. And I was wondering, would you like to be my girlfriend?”
“Oh Harry, of course I’ll be your girlfriend.”
“Really?” Harry said with a huge smile.
“Of course.” I said putting my head on his shoulder.
Harry took my chin, lifted it up, and kissed me passionately on the lips. We were still kissing when a loud ‘bang’ was heard.
“Fire works!” Harry announced.
“What?” I was confused.
“Every year, we have a fire work competition. It’s my favourite event at the BBQ. And this year it’ll be even better.” he said winking at me.
We went and sat closer to the water to have a better view of the show. I sat against Harry and he rested his chin on my head.
“Wow! These are beautiful.” I exclaimed.
“Not as beautiful as you!” Harry said with his cheeky smile.
“Anna, I love you.”
“I love you too Harry. You’re the most amazing thing that’s ever happened to me.”
“You’re amazing Anna.” He said leaning in for a kiss.
We were interrupted by Gemma.
“Hey there lovebirds!” she said.
“What do you want Gemma?” Harry asked visibly annoyed.
“I was just checking up on you.” She replied.
“As you can see, we’re fine.” Harry continued. “You can leave now!”
“Well,” she said, “I think I’ll just be hanging out with you two. Is that okay with you Anna?”
“I – ” I started to say.
“You don’t have to say yes Anna. Where’s Louis, Gem?” Harry interrupted me.
“Louis’ gone to get a drink, he’s coming here after.” Gemma answered.
“Why don’t you hang out with the other guys instead?” Harry questioned.
“You’re my brother!” Gemma argued. “So, Anna, can we stay with you guys?”
“I don’t know.” I started. “I don’t mind if you stay but, I don’t really want my brother here. He likes to embarrass me in front of my friends.”
“Okay Gemma, Anna has spoken. Now leave!” Harry said happy with my answer.
“What if Lou promises not to embarrass you?” Gemma asked me.
“God Gemma! Anna just doesn’t want you to hate her so she won’t say it herself but please leave!” Harry said for me.
“Is that really how you feel Anna?”
“Yes, leave!” Harry said.
“Fine then! Bye!” Gemma said finally getting up to leave.
“I’m sorry about that.” Harry said once Gemma was gone.
“That’s okay; it’s not your fault.”
“Gemma is like that sometimes. She likes to get in other people’s business.”
“It’s fine, I’m used to it. Louis’ like that too.”
“They make a good couple then.” Harry joked.
“They sure do!”