IMAGINE: CHRISTEN AND LIAM PAYNE (PART 2)
The following morning, she woke up at six in the morning just like every day. She rubbed her eyes lazily, yawning and stretching. She touched the covers and felt them just as soft as they were last night. That means only one thing; she really was in Liam’s hotel room. Sitting up, she thought about what he said last night. They were going job hunting today. But what if he only said that to make her feel better? She mused as she went to the bathroom and looked for a toothbrush and some soap to clean up.
She emerged a half an hour later, fresh and ready to take on the world. Somehow, a part of her wished Liam would keep his word but she knew he would be busy anyway. She had long understood that keeping her hopes up would do nothing good to her. Christen opened the door, her bag slung over her shoulder.
There, standing across the hall, in cream-colored jeans and black button-down shirt, was Liam. He looked good in the morning. “Had a good sleep?” he asked as he walked closer to her, his arms crossed in front of him. Christen looked at him for a few more seconds, blinking her eyes as if to check if this was a dream again. She thought she must have looked so dumb while she did that. “Yes, I did. Thank you,” she said smiling as she checked her bag if all her essentials were there. “And you?” She asked thoughtfully. Liam nodded, that dashing smile still across his face. “Let’s go for breakfast,” he invited her, holding out his elbow for her to hold. She looked at him as if he just asked her to get married. Liam shrugged and just put a hand on her back. “Come on, don’t tell me you don’t eat before going job hunting? That’s probably why you fainted yesterday,” Liam told her, a furrow between his eyebrows. Christen gulped, he was right. She lacked energy that’s why she fainted and if today’s food was free, then yes, she would eat before job hunting. “Fine, I’ll—I mean, let’s eat breakfast,” she said with an awkward smile.
They rode the elevator to the banquet hall where breakfast was being served. It was buffet style and as soon as Christen saw the food, she closed her eyes and inhaled the scent. So sumptuous, she thought as she released Liam’s elbow. The guy beside her just chuckled but put on a straight face when Christen turned to him rather quickly. “Go on, have breakfast,” he said, smiling softly. When Christen was a bit hesitant, he nudged her and even got a plate for her. “Pile up and then our table’s over there,” he pointed to a far corner of the room. She noticed that it was a table for two people only. Where were the other guys? She was about to ask him when Liam explained it, “They had breakfast delivered up to their rooms. I thought it was healthier if we had breakfast here. More choices for you.”
Christen and Liam got separate plates and went around the buffet tables, picking foods which they liked. She got a pile of veal sausages and bacon strips, banana muffins and croissants, and even some bread and butter pudding. She went to the table ahead of him, bringing a plate of her bounty breakfast and a small bowl of fresh lychee. As she sat down, she closed her eyes and prayed silently for this beautiful blessing of food. It has been a long, long time since she’s had this plenty of food to eat. To add that it was free, it could already be her birthday! Opening her eyes, she saw Liam watching her intently. He smiled approvingly at her plate and ate as well. He chose to get plenty of food so that she won’t be shy around him or while eating. He wanted her to fill up because they had a long day ahead.
They were out of the hotel and inside one of the staff’s cars in less than an hour. That’s after Liam tried to entertain about a hundred fans waiting persistently outside the hotel. He just couldn’t let them stand there and wait for nothing. Christen stood on the side, waiting for him to finish and she just had to smile at his patience with all the mumbling and star struck girls. She definitely understood how they felt.
As he drove he asked her where to go first. Christen checked the list she had on her phone and on a piece of paper she brought with her yesterday. There were about forty places and twelve were crossed out already. “Hmm, how about the Yesterday’s Camp bookstore?” she asked with a small smile. She wanted to get a job already. She needed food on her table and probably a few new clothes. Liam nodded and made a salute her way, “To Yesterday’s Camp bookstore we go, milady!” Christen thought it was pretty cute and she had to laugh a little as she looked out the window. It was going to be a long day indeed especially if all these things on her list would fail her.
The deal was made. Liam, for all reasons and causes that Christen could think of, would never step out of the car as she applied for work. “It would only make them wonder why I’m even applying if someone like you gets to come with me as I look for a job,” she explained. “Also, they won’t give me a job wholeheartedly. They might just accept me because you’re there. So, no, you’re staying inside the car while I go apply or else I’m just gonna continue alone.” She did sound quite stern and Liam understood. “Fine, I’m staying here but don’t run, okay? I’m really willing to drive you the whole day today.” Christen nodded and offered her hand for that to be affirmed. Wrong move for her though, because the moment he shook her hand, she felt electric shocks all over her body. She smiled awkwardly after pulling her hand away and walking out of the car and into the bookstore.
It’s been a grueling three hours. Still no job. She was either too young and too inexperienced or a little less professional than they would need. She was in her seat inside the car, crossing out yet another failed attempt. She was slowly losing her patience but she didn’t want to throw a tantrum. Christen sighed, slouching on the seat and covering her face with the paper as she grunted loudly. “I’m so tired,” she said to nobody in particular.
“You know, you don’t have to finish all of that,” he said pointing at her list. Christen looked at him with a slight glare. “Are you kidding me? I have nothing to eat, I can’t go back to school. I have to finish it,” she said exasperatedly. Liam shook his head and managed to huff before he spoke again. “I mean, why don’t you post your resume online? You won’t have to go around the city looking for a job and wasting money and energy and time,” he explained to her.
Well, that was a good thought. But Christen refused to be moved. She sat up, looking straight at him. “If my resume was only pleasing and impressive, I would have done that already. But it’s not. That is why I go around, hoping that maybe my persistence would win them over. Unfortunately, even that tactic isn’t paying off.”
Liam kept quiet for a while, leaning against the head rest. He was thinking, musing what he could do to help this girl who was starting to become irate. Maybe she was hungry. “Are you hungry? Would you like some lunch?” he asked. Christen shook her head, an irritated look on her face. She sighed heavily, looking at her paper like she was about to burn it with her look. Liam nodded, sighing as well. He and Christen would soon get on each other’s nerves if he doesn’t do something to lighten up her mood.
His face lit up and he smirked as he turned the engine on. Christen locked the door, she was surprised, “Where are we going?” Liam just smiled sweetly at her and started driving. “Just wait and see. You’re slowly getting pissed off at the world and that’s not a good outlook in life. You should always be positive,” he said to her, winking even. Christen just looked at him and then at the road. She was excited deep inside. But, at the same time, she was wondering why he was being so nice to her. Were they being followed? Was this a part of their publicity scheme?