Carpool Karaoke ft. Y/N
Description: Where Harry and Y/N have been apart for four months, so James decides to surprise Harry with Y/N during Carpool Karaoke.
Word Count: 1,866
A/N: I honestly don’t know if anyone has done this before and I apologize if so, but here is my version of this!!
When Harry had left for America, they had both expected to only be apart for one month at the very maximum. Harry had been planned to be away for approximately three weeks, as he had just released his second album and would be promoting it throughout America. However, Harry was more popular than ever and every single radio show and television show host was desperate to have him appear as a guest on their show. His management had decided that it would be in Harry’s best interest to continue with the promotion of his album, which kept him away from Y/N longer than he had intended.
And so what had once been only one month slowly dragged into four long months without each other. Of course, she knew that they would get through it, as she and Harry been dating for nearly three years and had been through long periods of distance due to the demands of his career. In addition to this, she and Harry knew that the distance would be worth it in the end, as the end of the distance would mean Harry’s success with his career. But even though she knew all of this, it did not stop the tears from slipping down her cheek in the lonely hours of the night. Each night became more difficult as she would lay lonesome in their bed, unable to ignore the cold space beside her.
So you can only imagine her excitement when the host of the Late Late Show, James Corden, had contacted her to inquire of her interest in surprising Harry during the show. Also being one of Harry’s good friends, James explained to her that Harry had been struggling with their distance and had been debating taking a break from the album to visit her in London. James, being the genius that he is, had decided instead of Harry going home to see Y/N, that he would bring Y/N to see Harry.
So one week later, Y/N took off to Los Angeles with adrenaline coursing through her veins. Knowing that she would soon see the love of her life was enough to make her heart nearly jump from her chest.
When the day finally arrived, James had sent a private driver to escort her to the studio. Upon arriving, James had already been outside, waiting anxiously to greet his old friend. She had last seen James during the holidays, as he tended to come home for Christmas and would always ensure to meet up with her and Harry.
After exiting from the vehicle, James had tugged her into his arms for a large bear hug before exclaiming, “It’s so good to see you again!”
As James guided her into his large studio, he proceeded to explain the plan for Harry’s surprise. James explained how he and Harry would be doing Carpool Karaoke, a segment where James will drive around the city with a particular singer, engaging in profound conversations and loudly singing along with their latest songs. Harry had been a part of this segment a couple times in the past, both as a member of One Direction and as a solo artist. He had always told her how much he enjoyed it, as the conversation would flow naturally between him and James due to having such a close friendship.
James continued to elaborate by informing Y/N that she would be in the back of the vehicle the entire time without Harry even being aware. James explained that she would then pop up from the trunk when the time was right, which James guaranteed she would know. Feeling anxious about ruining the entire surprise, Y/N nervously agreed to the plan. However, she ran through the proposal several more times with James, ensuring that she knew what she was doing.
About sixty minutes later, James had approached the room that she was waiting in and informed her that Harry arrived to the studio. James had a member of his team escort her to the vehicle outside of the studio, the one that they would be using for the carpool karaoke. Upon arriving to the vehicle, Y/N had forced herself into the back of the luxurious car, feeling her entire body tremble with nerves as she crouched down. She bent her body in ways that she never knew was possible, striving to conceal herself in every way from Harry’s view.
The first person that she recognized entering into the vehicle was James. She overheard him discussing last minute items with his production team, and she then overhead several tech members fidgeting with the camera at the front of the vehicle – the one that would be capturing the majority of the drive.
“James, you and Harry can begin when you’re ready,” James’ production manager had reported.
She then overhead James as he leaned his head out of the window of the vehicle and called out to Harry, asking if he was ready to begin with the segment.
“Ready when you are, mate,” she heard Harry call back.
As she heard his deep voice mixed with his thick British accent, she instantly felt as if a bolt of electricity shot throughout her entire body. He was so close to her, yet she could not touch him nor see him. It took every bit of strength not to peer out the window and take a glimpse of her handsome boyfriend.
James coughed. “We are going to begin now.” James coughed again, which Y/N knew was a signal for her to be prepared. She could not stop herself from lightly laughing beneath her breath.
She peaked through the crack in the seats to watch as James lifted the phone to his ear.
“Mate, I’m so happy that I’ve reached you. I heard you were in LA and I’m so lost right now. Would you be able to help me out?”
James hesitates briefly, pretending as if someone is answering him on the other end of the phone. “Oh, you’re the best! Thank you so much. I’m right outside.”
And then she heard the sound of the passenger door swing open. Continuing to peek through the crack in the seats, she watched the outline of Harry’s body as he placed himself into the seat beside James. She felt her heart thumping within her chest, for she could now both hear him and see him in person – something that their phone and Skype conversations have no done for the past four months.
“Harry, thank god! Thank you so much for helping me, man. I really appreciate it.”
“My pleasure,” Harry had responded.
She watched as Harry lifted his ring-clad fingers to glide through his brown, curly locks. She smiled to herself as she reminisced on the nights that Harry would ask her to play with his hair, for nothing could put him to sleep faster than that.
“So Harry, this is not your first time doing this,” James had said. “In fact, this is your third time.”
“Yes it is,” Harry had confirmed.
Hearing his voice was absolutely killing her. If she could have it her way, she would have already thrown herself at him by now, for she was craving his touch in any way possible. On another note, however, she was also striving to hold back her laughter, for the thought of being so close to Harry yet him having absolutely no idea was humorous to her.
“And a lot had changed since your first time here, hasn’t it?” James commented. “You had a main role in a Christopher Nolan movie, a solo album, and a worldwide tour, and now you’ve just released another album.”
“I have indeed,” Harry said, nodding his head in confirmation.
“Out of all the songs on the album, which one is your favourite?”
Harry hesitates briefly before answering. “Ah, I tend to write all of my songs based on personal experiences, so I think all of them have a different kind of significant for me.”
“And who was the first person to hear the album?”
“Ah, I played it for my family and my girlfriend all at once.”
“And did they seem to like it?” James questions.
Harry broke out into a hardy laugh. As usual, his laugh brought an instant smile to her face. Memories flashed through her mind of the mornings that she and Harry would lay in bed together, acting playfully with one another and laughing hysterically between little kisses.
“Ah, I think they did,” Harry said through his laugh, “But of course, I don’t think they would tell me if they hadn’t.”
For the remainder of the drive, Y/N remained frozen in the back seat, listening carefully and peaking through the cracks as James and Harry engaged in conversations about his career, cackled with laughter, and of course, belted out the songs of Harry’s latest album.
And eventually, the moment had finally arrived for her time to shine.
“So Harry, you have been in America for a while, am I right?”
“You are,” Harry said in agreement. “About four months now.”
“So I assume that you have not seen your girlfriend for a while then, huh?”
Harry hesitated briefly and shot James a confused expression. Harry was fine with briefly speaking about Y/N, but he strived to keep these aspects of his life as private as he possibly could, so he typically avoided having her as the main topic of conversation. James was well aware of this, which was the reason for Harry’s confusion. Nonetheless, Harry complied with the conversation.
“It’s been a while, yeah,” Harry reported. “I haven’t seen her since I left for America.”
“It’s got to be hard, hasn’t it? Trying to keep a relationship going through all of the distance?”
“Yeah, well, my girl and I have been together for a while now, so we are used to this. But it’s still hard, you know? I miss her very much and am really looking forward to seeing her again.”
“And when do you think that will be?” James asked.
“Not long,” Harry announced. “I’ll be heading back to London soon for a small break.”
James gradually decreased the speed of the vehicle and pulled off to the side of the road. Harry’s eyebrows crinkled with curiosity, as he had not been aware of this aspect of the segment. She felt herself becoming increasingly nervous, for she knew that she would soon have to expose herself to Harry.
As the car came to a halt, James turned his body to face Harry. “Harry, what if I told you that you would not have to wait any longer to see Y/N?”
As soon as the words left James’ mouth, a sly smile crept to Harry’s face. He was aware of what James may be referring to, but he did not want to guess and be wrong. He stared at James in doubt, continuing to smile at the possibility of her being nearby.
Harry shook his head in denial. “Shut the fuck up,” Harry said through an eager voice “There’s no fuckin’ way.”
Harry’s head turned to the window, searching for her on the street. When he did not see her, he turned back towards James, feeling more confused than ever, but continuing to wear an amused smile.
“Harry,” James said with a serious tone.
“…Yes?” Harry asked, almost as if he had been bracing himself.
“She has been here all along.”
A moment of silence sat between James and Harry, but after a few tense seconds, Y/N leapt from the trunk of the vehicle and exposed herself to Harry’s view. A frightened yelp falls from Harry’s mouth, matching the way his body jumped in surprise. Once he realized that it had actually been her, his face lit up like a Christmas tree and a smile beamed across his face. Harry dropped his face into his hand, expressing his complete and utter surprise. After taking it all in, Harry lowered his hand and swiftly moved towards his girlfriend, throwing his arms around her. He squeezed her tightly, desperate to feel her touch against his skin. And as they pulled away from each other, Harry lowered his lips to leave a gentle kiss on the top of her forehead.
Repositioning himself in his seat, Harry lifts the sleeves of his shirt to wipe the tears that had sprung to his eyes.
“Look what you’ve done to me,” Harry had said through a light chuckle.
“Look what you’ve both done to me,” James had responded, as he had also been wiping away tears from the emotional reunion.
Harry once again moves towards his girlfriend, still in shock that she was, in fact, there with him. He again pressed his lips to her skin, peppering her cheek with his kisses.
“I hope this means you’re staying for a while,” Harry had said.
Y/N nodded her head. “I’m not going anywhere.”
James turned towards the camera, staring directly into the lens. “Well, if this doesn’t boost my views then I don’t know what will.”