Crookedly in Love - Chapter Sixteen (A Shawn Mendes Fan Fiction)
Shawn stood at my door, waiting to pick me up to go to the fundraiser event tonight. I was bustling around my room, trying to get on the sleek black dress the wardrobe team picked out for me. My makeup was done, my silver bracelet was on, it was just time to zip up this stiff zipper.
“Jules? You okay in there?” Shawn wondered, as he heard me grumbling through the door.
“Uh, yeah, fine!” I shouted.
The zipper would not budge. I groaned again in frustrating and dropped the zipper.
“No,” I shook my head, even though he couldn’t see me. I tried one more time to no avail and sighed.
He cleared his throat.
“Fine,” I said, defeated. “Come in.”
He pushed open the door and chuckled, when he saw me reaching around to get at my zipper. He walked closer and put his hands on my shoulder’s to turn me around so my back faced him. His touch was warm, and my stomach fluttered.
He jiggled the zipper and it came loose from where it was caught. He slowly zipped it up until his fingers grazed my neck. My whole body shivered.
I turned around, and he leaned in to kiss me on the lips.
“It’s funny how fast a relationship can change,” I whispered.
He smiled, slightly. “Yeah, it’s weird.”
“I mean, one minute we’re best friends, and the next we’re –”
He cut me off by kissing me again.
“Come on, let’s just go,” he said. He took my hand and pulled me towards the door. We made our way downstairs and there was a limo waiting outside for all of us.
Fifth Harmony, the Vamps, Shawn, Austin, and I all got in and we were seated in this spacious, black car. I looked around, as Camila started popping champagne and passing it around the circle.
Shawn took my hand and held it all the way there.
Before we got out of the car, Shawn held me back. I turned to stare at him.
“What’s up?” I asked.
“Just go with the flow out there,” he warned. “There’s going to be a lot of bright camera flashes, and everything’s going to be super overwhelming. But, don’t worry, I’m here.”
I grinned, happily, and gave him a kiss on the cheek.
“Okay,” I breathed.
“And whatever happens, happens.”
“What do you mean?”
“Like,” he continued, “if something weird or unexpected happens, just go with it. Don’t act like you’re phased.”
I nodded. I fixed the curls in my hair and took in a deep breath. As soon as we got out of the limo, people were shouting, screaming my name, Shawn’s name, everyone’s name.
I didn’t know what to do, how to act. I went numb and let Shawn drag me down the carpet.
We stopped to take a picture.
“Smile,” he whispered in my ear, and I did as I was told. I put my arm around his waist and held on tightly.
“Julia, Shawn!” a cameraman yelled. We looked in his direction.
Andrew came up beside Shawn and whispered something in his ear. Shawn nodded, and there was so much other noise I couldn’t hear what he was saying. Shawn turned towards me and I desperately wanted to ask what was going on, but there wasn’t time.
Shawn and I made our way further down the carpet, to the center. Shawn turned to me, and I smiled at him. More flashes.
He leaned in to whisper something. “Julia, just go with the flow, okay?”
I furrowed my eyebrows slightly, but before I could think anything else, he stooped in and pulled me in for a kiss. His hand brushed a strand of hair away from my face, and more flashes went off.
My heart was hammering so hard against my chest. I hardly have kissed him in private yet, and now we were doing it in public for the whole world to see?
Shawn got pulled away to do an interview, and I was left standing there. Brad came over to talk to me, and I was just thankful for a familiar face.
“Hey, how’s it going?” he shouted.
“Fine,” I answered. “This is so crazy.”
“Look,” Brad said, into my ear. “Be careful, okay?”
“Of Shawn and his manager,” he warned.
“What does that mean?” I was very confused and slightly offended.
“I don’t know. I feel like they’re up to something. I get a weird vibe.”
“Brad, Shawn wouldn’t do anything to hurt me. Trust me, I know him.”
“Okay,” he shrugged.
As he walked away, Andrew put his hand on my back. I looked over at him, and he wordlessly guided me towards Shawn and the interviewer.
I looked up at his manager, and he just nodded towards them. I was supposed to join them? During an interview?
“Oh, and here’s Julia now,” the interviewer, Anna, was saying.
“Yup,” Shawn said, putting his arm around me.
“And how do you feel being the girl everyone envies? I mean you’re dating Shawn Mendes!”
“It’s all so new to me,” I said, looking over at Shawn. “But, we have a strong connection, and I’m excited to see where this goes.”
Shawn smiled at me.
“You guys are the hottest new couple. All the best of luck with you,” Anna grinned. She turned towards the camera and said, “Let us know what you think of Shawn and Julia in the comment section of this video below!”
We left that interview, my fingers intertwined with Shawn’s. I followed him inside the event and we sat down at our numbered table.
He looked over at me and smiled. What Brad said was still lingering in the back of my mind, and I didn’t know why it bothered me so much.
“Shawn,” I started.
“Brad said something weird to me on the carpet.”
“What?” Shawn sounded slightly annoyed.
“He just…he implied that you and Andrew were plotting something or up to something or had a plan. I can’t remember exactly. But he warned me not to trust Andrew. Or you, I guess. Is there something up?”
He shifted in his seat, looking down at his plate.
“Honestly, Jules, why listen to that guy?” he said, heatedly.
I shrugged. “I don’t know. It just struck a chord with me, but I said you wouldn’t do anything to hurt me.”
“I said the right thing, didn’t I?”
“Yup, right answer,” he mumbled. I narrowed my eyes.
“Look, Julia, I think it’s just stupid that he’s trying to sabotage our relationship because he’s still hung up on you. Jealous guys or desperate guys will say just about anything to get back what they want.”
I was taken aback by this response.
“Shawn, I don’t think he was doing it with malicious intent –”
“You don’t know guys like I do,” he grumbled.
“Maybe not,” I said.
We sat in awkward silence for a moment. I wished I hadn’t brought that up. I looked over at Shawn, who was picking the tomatoes off his plate. I laughed.
“What?” he wondered.
“Just your hatred for tomatoes,” I answered. “I remember when we were just starting to become friends, you came over for dinner. And my mom had made a salad with tomatoes in it.”
“And you ate all the tomatoes when they weren’t looking,” he answered, hinting at a smile.
“Wow, I can’t believe you remember that.”
“Of course I do,” I answered. “It was the first time you came over. And you were wearing that oversized grey sweater you wore for like a month straight. You loved it so much.”
“Oh yeah. But, wait, don’t you have it?”
“You gave it to me, remember?” I asked. He widened his eyes. “Yeah, you gave it to me in a present box for my birthday. You said you were broke.”
We both laughed.
“But, I still have the card you gave me with it. And you said I could wear it so you would always be with me. And if anyone ever gave me any trouble, I could show them the large size of the sweater and say you could beat them up for me.”
He looked over at me, and I expected him to laugh but he didn’t. He just stared at me with such intensity, as if he were seeing me for the first time all over again. As if he never really looked at me before.
“You remember that?” he asked softly.
I nodded. I felt his hands slip into mine.
“Maybe I have liked you for five years,” I replied, looking at the ground nervously. “I just never admitted it to myself because I was scared you didn’t.”
He didn’t say anything. He just pulled my hand and we both stood up.
“Let’s dance,” he said. “It’s a slow song.”
Ed Sheeran’s song “One” was on, and we made our way onto the wooden dance floor. I put my arms around his neck, and he put his around my waist. We danced closely together, as the song played overhead. I could not be any more content than I was at this moment.
Tell me that you turned down the man
Who asked for your hand
‘Cause you’re waiting for me
And I know, you’re gonna be away a while
But I’ve got no plans at all to leave
And would you take away my hopes and dreams and just stay with me?
I couldn’t believe how fast I was falling for him.