Through His Lens (edited version)

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The girls locker room is not in Harrison’s mouth

'You know we have a perfectly good front door.' I called out as Harrison made his way along the branch that ran all the way to the porch roof outside my window.

'Where would the fun in that be?' He said with a grin. He reached the window and effortlessly jumped in closing it quietly behind him.

'Something tells me that's not the first time you've done that.'

'I cannot confirm nor deny however it's the first time I've climbed through a girls bedroom window.'

'I feel honoured.'

'You should.' He stood inches away from me with his arms wrapped around my waist. 'Hi.'

'Hi.' I may not have been the one climbing up a tree but I was definitely breathless.

He leaned in and kissed me softly. I could feel his lips forming a smile against mine and as he pulled away I reached up and stole another, not ready for this blissful moment to end.

Once I eventually pulled away, he lent his forehead on mine and looked deeply into my eyes like he was staring into my soul.

'I'm never going to get used to this. I can't believe I'm allowed to do this now.'

'I know it doesn't feel real.' I ran my fingers through his hair, smiling when I saw his eyes close contently. 'All those times at football practise when I wanted to rip your shirt off and now I can.'

I felt his chuckle vibrate between the two of us which was a sensation I didn't know I would love.

'I don't know how the guys would feel about that....actually no they'd probably cheer. They've been waiting for this to happen for weeks. I think I've been driving them crazy a little.' He ran a hand through his hair as a blush crept up his cheeks.

'So that's what Joseph meant the other day by me being oblivious?' It was all starting to make sense now. Especially all the comments from Tom.

'I also meant to ask. Tom walking in on us on Friday, he did that on purpose right?'

'Yeah he wanted to see if I'd chickened out of it. Like I said I've been getting on their nerves. I think it was getting to the point where they were planning on locking us in a room until we kissed each other.'

I laughed at his embarrassment and kissed him lightly again.

'Oh you were watching friends!' He said excitedly as he unwrapped himself from me. Taking his shoes and jacket off he jumped into my bed, getting himself all comfy.

'Just make yourself at home.' I was pretending to be annoyed stood with my arms crossed but really this was definitely something I could get used to.

'I will. Nice hoodie by the way.' I could practically hear the sarcasm dripping from his voice.

I looked down at the power puff girls and I realised Nora would be laughing somewhere right now.

'Thanks, I wore it just to impress you.' I walked over to my side of the bed and got in, making myself comfortable as Harrison put his arm around me. As I snuggled down further Harrison ran his fingers through my hair.

'How was girls night?'

We'd been texting on and off yesterday but when I got to Zara's he told me to have a fun evening and he'd speak to me tomorrow. As promised, we picked up where we left off this afternoon but he hadn't made me aware he'd make a surprise visit.

'It was really fun. We talked about you.' I tore my eyes away from the screen to look up at him.

'Oh god. All good things I hope? I heard girls sleepovers can be like witches gatherings with rituals and stuff.' I couldn't help but laugh at the fact that that was what he'd envisioned rather than pillow fights.

'You'll be pleased to know there were no human sacrifices and you came off very well. To be honest they knew this was going to be thing as well, they said it from the first day I started school.'

'It's good to know every knew I liked you, including my family, except you.'

'Hey what can I say, I thought I'd be punching.'

'Ha! I'm punching with you, my Gran even said so and she was trying to set us up.'

'Really?' I rolled over so I was leaning on his chest and staring up at him.

'Yes really. Were you not listening to her the other weekend?'

'I just thought she was being nosey.'

'No she was trying to lock you in.'

'Wow. I guess I really am oblivious.'

'Yes, yes you are.' I lightly punched him and turned my attention back to the tv.

We stayed cuddling for episode after episode of friends except for the occasional random tired conversation. After a while I could feel my eyelids drooping and the slow rising and falling of Harrison's chest relaxed me. At some point I must've fallen asleep because the next thing I knew the tv was off and the room was pitch black. I could feel a protective arm wrapped around me meaning Harrison was still here. Well I hoped it was him otherwise I should be concerned that someone else was in bed with me.

It must've been around 3 in the morning and I knew I should wake him up and tell him he accidentally fell asleep, but I was so comfy and to be honest enjoying the comforting shield of his arms around my body that I decided to close my eyes again. When I opened them next sunlight was steaming through my curtains and an alarm was going off. I sleepily rolled over in bed to slap my phone with my hand in the hopes of quieting the harsh noise. It was only after a quick stretch that I realised that was my 7 o'clock alarm that I'd been setting for weeks but had never actually slept in late enough for. This was the first night since my family died that I'd actually slept a full night without tablets and I felt amazing for it. I wonder if it's because Harrison had stayed over?

Harrison, wait!

I turned to my right to find the space next to me empty. He'd definitely been there the majority of the night because I remember waking up and feeling him next to me. As if on cue I noticed an unfamiliar note left on what would've been his bedside table. I lazily stretched myself to grab the paper and lay back on my side.

'I blame your comfy bed and your adorable snoring for the fact that I'm having to sneak back into my own house at 6am. This is definitely something I could get used to.'

After wasting a good amount of time thinking about last night, I decided I should probably start getting ready for school otherwise I'd be going in my pyjamas. I quickly jumped in the shower and then threw on a navy tea dress Taliah had left out for me yesterday.

For some reason I felt nervous about going to school today. I say that but I knew exactly why I felt the way I did. I didn't know how to act. I felt like every decision I made this morning, ie applying another layer of mascara, made it look like I was making more effort. Would people notice or was I just being paranoid? Yep definitely the second.

I wasn't sure if I was supposed to act like this weekend hadn't changed everything or was supposed to be embracing it. If I was Nora, I wouldn't even be second guessing this. I would be so educated in relationships and boys that I would stroll into school like it was any old Monday, but it wasn't and I wasn't Nora.

'Did you have a nice evening?' Lindsay took my empty plate from my hand and shoved it in the dishwasher. In my panicked state this morning my stomach was in knots and I couldn't bear to eat anything other than toast as I was worried I'd bring it back up.

'I did thanks. Just the usual homework and chill.'

'Oh good I'm glad.' She picked up her phone and bag off the kitchen counter as I triple checked my backpack contained everything I needed for the day.

'Well I'm off to work so I'll see you tonight.' She patted my arm as she walked past and headed for the door.

'Oh that's what I meant to ask.'

I turned around to look at her as she leaned on the doorframe and I drank my orange juice.

'Did my darling nephew not want to stay for breakfast?' I snorted into my glass which made juice come out of my nose. I opened my mouth to say something but I had no words which only made Lindsay grin even more.

'Tell him it's the least he can do after he's gone behind mine and his parents back.'

'Oh god Lindsay I'm so sorry. I promise nothing happened we were just hanging out and then we accidentally fell asleep.' I cringed as I could feel the heat rising on my cheeks. 'Did you see him leaving this morning?'

'No, I actually saw him climbing through your bedroom window last night. Remind him to check everyone's gone to bed the next time he tries to break into someone's house.'

'You saw him sneak in yet you didn't come up?' I swivelled the bar stool I was sat in so I could get a better look at her.

'No, I thought I'd let him think he got away with it this time, but I want doors open from now on do you hear me?'

'Yes I hear you and again I'm sorry.'

'Don't be sorry, he's inherited it from his parents and Aunt, however I'll say we were a lot better at it than he is.'

I sniggered at the fact that he was being roasted right now without even realising.

'Ok I really do have to go now but one last thing.' This was when she rushed over to me and squealed like an overexcited teenager.

'I knew you two would be great together! I could see the chemistry a mile off. Erika's going to be over the moon as well.'

Oh god what have we got ourselves into?

'Ok well I'm glad you're happy but don't get too ahead of yourselves.'

Instead of the response I wanted she happy danced and left for work.

After what felt like a million years of me yelling at Taliah to hurry up we got into her car and headed to school. I could hear her mumbling under her breath that I was only acting this way because I wanted to see lover boy but I chose to ignore it. 1. Because I'm the better person and 2. If I was to kill her, I wouldn't have a ride to school.

'There's your boyfriend.' Taliah motioned to a group of guys over by the school steps as we climbed out of her car. I threw my bag over my shoulder and shut the car door as my eyes scanned where she was pointing. Harrison was leaning on the brick wall surrounded by a group of his friends, one of which must've said something funny as they were all laughing.

'He's not my boyfriend. At least I don't think he is. We haven't even been on a first date yet.'

'It won't be long.' Taliah said as she skipped excitedly beside me. As if he could hear our conversation Harrison looked over at where we were stood in the car park and he started grinning.

'God he looks like the cat that's got the cream.'

He pushed himself off of the wall in a motion that I assumed meant he was going to walk over however someone else calling my name caught my attention.

I turned around and saw a short brunette girl I sort of recognised staring at me.

'Eve right?'

'Yeah that's me.' I replied as I frantically tried to remember where I'd seen this girl before. Don't you just hate that when you know you've met someone before but you haven't got the faintest clue what their name is or where you know them from.

'Look, Paige is having a meltdown and is refusing to listen to any of us so if you could help, we'd be forever grateful.'

Ahh that's it, she's one of Paige's friends.

'Oh well I kinda need to go...' I turned back around to glance at Harrison. He was still looking over at me with a questioning look on his face. I wanted to go over and see him but I knew I'd feel like a bad friend if I didn't see what was wrong with Paige and I didn't have time to go and explain then come back before the bell rang. I turned back to the girl in front of me who was starting to look a little panicked at me wavering.

'I guess I'll see what I can do.'

'Good. Even if you said no I would've forcibly dragged you.' Ah well she has Paige's lack of patience so I guess that's where the bonding part of their friendship came in. She led Taliah and I over to a bench at the far side of the school where a girl that resembled Paige was hiding under. A group of worried looking girls were hovering round, well that was until they saw me.

'Thank god.' One gasped which proceeded to make the rest of them relax. They quickly said their goodbyes to Paige and left to head off to home room.

I smiled and said goodbye even though I didn't know them before turning my attention to the mess under the table.

'Hi Paige, it's Eve. Are you ok?' I crouched down so I could get a better look at my friend that had curled herself up.

'No Evie I'm not ok.'

'Why? What's happened?'

'It's Matt.. he..he.' God, I swear if he's hurt her, I'll hunt him down and. 'He asked me out.' Oh.

I stayed silent as I tried to figure out what to say. 'Well that's a good thing surely?'

'It's a good thing for most girls but as we've previously established Eve I'm a mess and I'll fuck it up.' She was in full on meltdown mode now and to be honest it didn't have a scooby about what I should do in this situation so I stayed on the floor next to her and stroked her arm.

'Ok Paige I'm going to give you some tough love here.' Hopefully this did the job and didn't back fire.

'Pull yourself together woman! You're amazing and obviously he knows that otherwise he wouldn't have asked you out. I haven't met him yet but I already know you're too good for him so even if you do fuck it up, which you won't by the way, you will still be too good for him. So.... have you replied yet?'

'No.' She sniffled as her big brown eyes met mine.

'Ok. Well you're going to reply saying yes-'

'No Evie I can't' she said desperately.

'Yes you can and if for some reason the date doesn't go well, which I highly doubt, then we're going to take it as a learning curve.'

Paige stayed quiet as she deliberated over what I had said.

'I'm scared Eve.'

'You don't need to be scared. I'll help ok. Not that you'll need me because I bet as soon as you get there it'll all be fine but if it's not I'm at the end of a phone call ok. We'll say there's some kind of emergency that means you need to leave.'

'Like what?'

Ah she had me there.


'Your cat died!' Taliah exclaimed excitedly like she'd just come up with the most genius excuse.

'I don't have a cat.'

Of course, my friend was a stickler for technicalities.

'Well for the sake of this exercise you do. I know it won't come to that though because it'll be an amazing date and you won't think about calling me once. Ok?'

'Ok.' She said with a weak smile.

The bell rang off in the distance meaning we only had ten minutes to get to our class. I looked around to see if Harrison was still there but it was only our group and a few other stragglers remaining outside.

'Come on. We've got to get to class.'

'Thanks Eve. You know I love you right.' Paige said as I pulled her up off of the floor.

'Yeah, I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't think you did.'

Once we got into the main hallway we all separated off into different directions. Taliah and I went one way and Paige and her friends went another. As I got to biology, I quickly fired off a text to Harrison.

I do not snore! You must've heard Marley x

Almost immediately I got a response.

Well unless I was cuddling Marley all night then I can tell you that you do. Don't worry though, I thought it was precious x

Lies x

He quickly responded saying have a good class and that he'd see me later but I still couldn't ignore the feeling in my stomach. I hope he didn't think I blew him off this morning. I knew he'd understand if he knew the situation but I still couldn't help but feel bad. When lunchtime came around and there was no sign of him, I was starting to get slightly worried that maybe I had already screwed things up. He'd texted earlier to say he was on a free with some guys and they left the school grounds but surely he'd be back by now especially as we'd been excused for our next class because we had extra football practise.

'Ok are you going to tell me what's wrong or just continue to sit there in silence frowning?' Taliah said after about 20 minutes of me ignoring the groups conversation to continuously search the cafeteria.

'Do you think Harrison's annoyed at me for this morning?'

'No I don't think he's annoyed at you but...'

'But what?' I turned to look at my friend with a worried expression.

'Don't panic it's nothing bad it's just. I think girls forget guys can be just as lovey dovey and excitable as girls are. They like just as much as we do to kiss and hold hands. I'm sure he was probably just as excited as you to let people know he's finally dating you is all.'

She had a point. I knew from conversations with Nora that boyfriends she's had before wanted to be all over her just as much as she did with them. Maybe it was true. I know Harrison wouldn't mind if I wanted to keep things on the down low but maybe he had been looking forward to this morning and letting people know we were.. whatever we are.

After that I formed a new plan in my mind. I said goodbye to everyone just before the end of lunch bell rang. The sports centre was at the other side of the school and I wanted to make sure I didn't miss Harrison coming in. The last thing I wanted was having to wait the whole way through football practise until I could properly talk to him.

As I made my way into the sports centre I saw Harrison just about to walked into the boys locker room up ahead. I called out his name as I jogged up to him, making him turn around.

Much to his surprise I reached up and kissed him. I wrapped my arms around his shoulders and neck as I pulled him closer to me. It didn't take him long to wrap his own around my waist and deepen the kiss. After a few minutes I pulled away and smiled at his confused face.

'Good morning.'

'You know it's the afternoon, right?' He looked down at me with a confused expression which made me want to kiss him again.

'I know but I didn't get to say that this morning and that's how I wanted to say hello to you before school started.'

A lopsided grin formed on his face as he hugged me closer.

'You know I don't mind if you want to keep us quiet for a while.'

God this boy was adorable.

'I know but that's not what I want. I don't care what people think but I do know that I want to kiss you every time I see you and no matter how hard I try I can't stop myself. Plus, I need to let all your fan girls know that you're taken.'

'That's fine by me. Kiss me all you want.'

I leant in to kiss him again but I stopped as this morning popped back into my head and I started laughing.

'I meant to tell you that as sneaky as you tried to be last night you were caught.'

'Oh god who saw me?'

'Lindsay, and as much as she said the whole family would be ecstatic to hear the news it's doors open every time your round from now on.'

'I should've known I wouldn't get away with it. My family weren't exactly sticklers for the rules when they were our age.'

'Yeah well she knows which means your mum now knows too.' I watched as his face fell and he groaned making me laugh even more.

'Let's run away. I promise you you're going to want to the more my family get ahead of themselves.'

I couldn't help but laugh at how cute his family were. As if to stop me laughing one of his warm hands reached up to cup my face as he leaned down to kiss me. We did this for a while, not even caring that we were stood outside of the guys locker room for anyone to see.

'God, get a room you two and preferably one that isn't the boys locker room.' We pulled apart to find Tom and pretty much the whole football team stood watching us.

'Evie the girls locker rooms over there, not in Harrison's mouth.'

'I'm aware.' I tried not to act embarrassed as we drew apart from each other but that was kind of hard when the guys were all grinning at us.

'I guess I'll go and get changed then.'

'Yeah you do that.' Tom chuckled.

As I walked away I couldn't help but smile. Maybe I was starting to get a hang of this thing. I didn't know for sure if this was all going to work out but what I did know was my feelings and they seemed to be getting stronger and stronger by the day.

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