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My Heart Skips A Beat

Chapter 33

It might’ve happened under unfortunate circumstances, but having Anna staying here definitely wasn’t the worst thing in the world. I became especially aware of this when I walked into the kitchen the next morning to Anna wearing one of my sweatshirts and little else.
“I think I could get used to this.” I said, leaning against the doorframe. She turned around with a smirk on her face and 2 mugs in her hands. She handed one to me, kissing my quickly.
“Morning to you too.” She giggled. “Now sit.” She ordered, pushing me towards the little kitchen table. A second later, a full plate was placed in front of me.
“Wow, what’s all this for?” I asked, not wasting a minute to dig in.
“It’s a thank you, for everything you’ve done for me; flying to New York, helping me with – everything.” She sat down next to me, a satisfied smile on her face.
“So what do you wanna do today?” I asked, sipping from my tea.
“How about…nothing?” Anna said, lacing her fingers under her chin and raising her eyebrows.
“That sounds lovely to me.”

For the next two days Harry and I had somehow created this world, completely separate from the rest of the universe. We lounged around in his flat; me usually in his sweatshirts and my pajama shorts, Harry in boxers and t-shirts. We watched movies, ordered takeout, laughed, talked, listened to music really loudly, played stupid games of Go Fish, and we did… other things.
It was the morning (well, more like noon which was my new normal wake-up time) of December 30th, the day that the rest of the boys were planning on coming back to London.
“So, this is it?” Harry said as we lie together in his bed, staring up at the ceiling and the skylight that showed a brisk, cloudy winder sky.
“You make it sounds so ominous.” I giggle, toying with one of this dark curls.
“Nah, but these past few days have just been sort of perfect, you know?”
“Yeah.” I did. “So what are the big New Years Eve plans, any swanky parties?”
“I was thinking maybe just a small thing, just us and the boys, plus El and Dani. You could invite your friends from school. I don’t think we need anyone else.”
“Couldn’t agree more.” I couldn’t help but smile as he pulled me closer. I wrapped one leg around him, wanting to be as close as we possibly could. I was reminded during quiet moments like this of how completely normal I felt when I was with Harry, how right everything was.
“HARREH?!?!?” We suddenly heard, glancing at each other with matching amused looks.
“Yup, coming mate!” Harry shouted, pulling on a pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt, giving me a smile as I threw on his sweater I had confiscated and a pair of shorts.
“AW, I MISSED YOU SO MUCH CURLY!!” I heard Louis scream as Harry walked out of his room. I wandered out to see them in a huge embrace, Louis bags scattered around them as if he had dropped them in his tracks to hug Harry.
It was actually the cutest and most hilarious thing I have ever seen.
“And how’s my favorite American?” Louis asked, taking a few steps to hug me too.
“I thought you weren’t coming back ‘till later, Lou.” Harry said, rubbing the back of his neck.
“Don’t worry, Haz. I’m just here to drop off my stuff and then I’m going right over to El’s so the two of you will have the flat all to yourself.” He said, giving a suggestive grin. I couldn’t help but laugh when I made eye contact with Harry.
“Oh, by the way, did you get the invitation for that Radio 1 party tomorrow night?”
“Uh, yeah. I did. But um, Anna and I had just been saying that maybe we could just have a small thing here?” Out of all the boys, Louis was always the one who was most interested in parties.
“Yeah, that actually sounds perfect. I’ll let everyone else know.”
“Great.” Harry said, looking content with how this was working out.
“Well, I’ll see you tow lovebirds later, then!” Louis waved goodbye as he shut the front door behind him.
“You know what I think?” Harry suddenly said once Louis was one.
“What’s that?” I said, cocking my head to the side, amused at his forwardness.
“I think we should take advantage of the time we have this place to ourselves.”
“Hmm… I think that sounds like a pretty good idea.” I said, trying my best not to smile. Then suddenly, Harry took two long strides over to me, swiftly picking me up so I was forced to wrap my legs around his waist.
“Harry!” I squealed, clutching his shoulder as to not get dropped on the hardwood floor. He just laughed, walking back into his bedroom and shutting the door behind him.

“Harry!” I whispered, trying to wake him up with a gentle shove. He didn’t budge.
“Harry!” I said again, a little louder this time. He was lying on his stomach, his face buried under a pillow. I heard a low grumble, but he still didn’t move.
“Harry Styles!” I yelled, giggling when he jerked a little, flipping over and throwing his hand over his eyes.
“Whhaaattt?” He groaned.
“I’m bored.” I could tell that he couldn’t help but laugh.
“How old are you again?” He said, a corner of his mouth turning upwards into a smirk, revealing one of his dimples.
“17. Now let’s do something fun!” I hopped up and down on my knees a little, trying to get him up.
“I thought we were having fun…” He said suggestively, pulling me on top of him by my waist.
“I mean something that requires leaving your bedroom.”
“Now, why would you ever want to do something like that?” He finally opened his eyes, revealing their perfect bluish-green color. They crinkled slightly when he smiled. My hand moved up his chest, to his face, where I traced the lines and curves of his lips with the tip of my finger, slowly moving to the hollows of his eyes.
“That feels good, Anna” He whispered, the quietness and closeness of his voice still never failed to give me goose bumps.
“Hmm… Now that I have your attention, let go!” I pulled his arm until he finally sat up, rubbing his face, his curls going in every direction.
“You know you can be very convincing when you want to be?” He grumbled, getting up and throwing on a t-shirt and sweatpants.
“I know.” I couldn’t help but giggle.
“So what exactly do you want to do?”
“I don’t know. Something fun.”
“I think I have an idea.” Harry said, a perfectly dimpled smile on his face.

Half an hour later I had showered and changed. I walked into the living room to find Harry lounging on the couch, waiting for me.
“Ready?” He asked, getting up and pulling on his coat.
“Sure. But uh, where exactly are we going?”
“It’s a surprise. C’mon.”
We hadn’t left Harry’s apartment since getting back to London, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it hadn’t been this.
Walking by one corner shop, and I saw the headlines; all of them.







“Try to ignore it.” I heard Harry say, pulling my closer to him.
“Not sure I can.” I said honestly. He didn’t say anything else, I think because he knew I was right.

I wanted to help her forget. I wanted to be able to start this year off right, leaving all this shit behind us. So seeing those magazines, the headlines, the pictures; it just added fuel to the fire.
“So you want to tell me where we’re rushing off to yet?” Anna asked after we had been walking for a little while.
“Have you ever been on the London Eye?” I suddenly asked, the huge Ferris wheel coming into view in front of us. Almost immediately, Anna’s face lit up a little.
“No!” She said, jumping up and down.
“Well let’s go then!” I said, taking hold of her hand.
Surprisingly, there wasn’t much of a line, so we only had to wait for a few minutes, plus we got one of the big, clear pods all to ourselves.
“So, what do you think?” I said, standing behind Anna as we looked out over the vast London landscape; the bright lights, tall buildings, the city’s history showing just through what stood in front of us.
“Wow.” I heard Anna breathe. I could see the outlines of her reflection on the glass, a smile on her face. I pulled her against me, wrapping my arms around her waist and resting my chin on the crown of her head.
“I’ll do it, Harry. I’ll do an interview or talk show or whatever. If you really think it’s for the best.”
“That’s not why I brought you-“
“I know, I know… And this is amazing. It’s, beautiful. But I have to say that no matter what, I can’t forget. I can’t let it go. And so… maybe just, you know, putting everything out into the universe is the only option. Maybe it’ll even help us.” She placed her small hands over mine, leaning back so her head rested on my chest.
“Okay… But, let’s just not worry about that now. Let’s just, wait until after New Years.” I wasn’t going to argue this, especially because I’m the one who brought it up. I just really, really hoped it was what she really wanted.

A while later we got back to the flat to find Louis, Niall, and Zayn sprawled out in the living room watching a movie.
“Where’s Liam?” I asked, surprised not to see him too.
“Alone time with Danielle.” Niall said in a fake girly voice.
“Ahh. Feeling neglected, are we?” Harry joked, slapping Niall on the back as a ‘hello’. He just laughed in response.
“Good to see you mate, good holiday?” Harry asked Zayn. We both sat down on the couch next to them.
“Yeah, yeah, it was good. You doing alright, Anna?” Zayn asked, raising his eyebrows at me.
“I’m good.” I nodded at the boys, who were all now giving me concerned looks. “I promise.” I said with a little laugh, not wanting to ruin the mellow mood. I felt Harry’s arm casually make its way around my shoulder, instantly calming me.
“So, tomorrow night? What’s the plan?” Zayn asked, turning the TV down a little.
“Let’s just keep it low-key, yeah? Us, the girls-“
“-I talked to everyone from school but none of them are back until school starts.”
“Then it’ll just be us then? Sounds good to me, I think we should maybe hold off on the parties for a bit, seeing as the last one didn’t go exactly as planned.” We all eyed Niall as if to say ‘seriously?’
“What?! It’s true!”
“Gotta say, the Niallator’s right.” Louis shrugged.
“It’ll be good; just us, no drama. Sounds like the perfect way to bring in 2012 together.” Harry said. He was saying it to the group, but I turned my head to see him smiling down at me.

“HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE DAY!!” I yelled, jumping on top of Harry. Somehow roles have switched since we got back from Harry waking me up to my waking him up.
“Ugh. I’m starting to reconsider this whole sleeping arrangement thing.” Harry joked.
“Yeah, right.” I laughed, tickling his ribs, which caused him to squirm.
We spent most of the day doing absolutely nothing. People were constantly coming in and out of the flat, bringing food or drinks or something for tonight, but Harry and I were just being lazy, watching TV and eating.
Finally, at around 6:30, I decided to get ready. I didn’t have that many clothes with me so I had to sort of improvise a cute outfit. Eventually I threw on something casual. It wasn’t like we were going anywhere anyways.
“ANNA GET OUT HERE WHERE DOING RESOLUTIONS!” I heard Zayn yell. I guess I was the last one to be ready.
“Coming!” I rushed out to find everyone already hear, drinks in hand.
“Wow, how nice of you to grace us with your presence.” Danielle joked, sliding over so I could sit in between her and Harry.
“For you-“Harry said, handing me a drink.
“OKAY! We’re going to go around the circle and tell our New Year’s Resolutions!” Danielle said, acting like the teacher of a room full of kindergarteners, but, to be fair, when you were dealing with these 5 boys there wasn’t much of a difference. “I’ll go first!” She said giddily. “- My resolution is to dance with a Grammy-winning artist. You’re Next Liam.”
Liam took about 2 seconds with his; “Mine is to have a top ten album in the US.”
“Mine is to…. Play a huge show in Ireland!” Niall said enthusiastically.
“Mine is… to only date girl who I’m sure are not mental.” Zayn said bluntly, we all laughed.
“Mine is… to meet as many fans as possible” Louis said.
“My resolution is…. Get more jobs and read that pile of books in my room.” Eleanor said.
Next, it was Harry’s turn. “My New Year’s Resolution is; less drama, more fun. And… to work hard at everything I do.”
My turn.
“Umm… I think part of my resolution would have to be less drama too. And… also, to stop caring so much about what other people think of me.” I felt Harry’s grip around my waist tighten a little.
“ALRIGHT ENOUGH WITH THAT LETS GET PISSED!” Niall said, jumping up and going to get another drink.
A while later we were still about an hour away from the New Year. Niall was already drunk, as usual. And the rest of us weren’t too far behind them.
And then, when it was finally one single minute until midnight, I locked eyes with Harry from across the room. I had being giggling and talking with Eleanor and Danielle, but we were all three starting to go off into our little pairs. Harry started walking over to me, a small smile on his face. I felt my stomach erupt with the butterflies I got every time he looked at me like that.
“You ready for that fresh start?” He asked when he finally was standing right in front of me, his hand finding my waist.
“Absolutely. How about you? Ready for your band’s inevitable world domination?” he laughed, pulling me a bit closer.
“Well of course. But I was thinking more about…us. This can be our year, you know?”
“Really? How so?”
“We’ll do the interview, clear everything up. And then we’re home free. And then we can just be us again.”
“That sounds perfect.” We smiled at each other, most likely like an annoying sappy couple. Which I guess we sort of were.
“10! 9! 8!” The countdown began with Niall jumping up on the coffee table and punching his fist in the air with every passing second.
“7! 6! 5!” I felt Harry take a small step closer and I looked up to see his hypnotizing gorgeous green eyes.
“4! 3! 2!” Harry began leaning down…
1” Harry finally whispered; his lips only a centimeter away from mine. I smiled as he finally pulled me in for the kiss.
Of course it was amazing, kissing Harry is always amazing. But the thing that made this even better was what it meant for us. We were going to be able to start the New Year off right.


@notarealhipster Who do you imagine anna as?


I'm from the US, outside of Philly :)
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I love this story it's my favorite one I've read so far! :)