Chapter 10: A Night To Remember….or maybe not?
Louis, Harry, and Niall had ordered copious amounts of alcohol from room service, much more than I think we’d need. I sighed as they forced a night of drunken truth or dare upon me and in my hotel room none the less! When it all arrived I gulped. I wondered if I got hung over? My brother would brag to me about how he never got hung over no matter how much he drank, hopefully it ran in the family because if there were ever a morning I’d be hung over tomorrow would be it. They set it out in the middle of the circle we’d all formed and dimmed all the lights.
"Let’s get this party started!" Harry shouted and Niall opened a beer for himself and the other boys got their drinks as well, even Liam knew what he wanted and to my surprise so did Ariana. I bit my lip a little embarrassed. I’d been around them drinking before but I’d never been expected to get something too. Niall looked over to me and smiled. I, however, frowned at him making fun of me silently. He put down his drink, mixed a couple things in shot glass, and handed it to me. I eyed the clear liquid warily. Vodka and I had never been good friends and I’m fairly certain I saw Vodka being put into this glass.
"You’re a cruel man," Zayn eyed Niall then me sympathetically. I pulled the glass away from my lips, disturbed.
"Don’t listen to him! Just drink it!" He pushed smiling deviously, I hesitated but complied throwing my head back trying to get as little of the taste in my mouth as possible. I wanted to seem tough at least for a first time drinker. Well that didn’t work out. The liquid burned my mouth and my throat and I coughed, choking a little, my head rearing forward wanting to spit it out. I forced it back for a second try and it all went down this time. As soon as it cleared my throat I coughed uncontrollably and they all burst into laughter.
"You asshole!" I managed to croak at Niall pushing him hard to the side, nearly spilling his beer. "What the hell was that!"
"Some seriously strong stuff Jess, I honestly feel bad for you!" Harry said in between his hysterics.
"Don’t feel too bad Jessica, I don’t think half of us could have even gotten it down. I’m impressed you did." Liam reassured me. I saw a bottle I recognized in among the collection. I picked up the bottle and read the Southern Comfort logo with a little splash of color beneath it that read, lime. I smiled,
"I know this stuff! My mom gave it to me once when I had a really bad sore throat, I actually kind of liked it." I began to tip it over to pour in my glass but stopped, "Aw fuck it I don’t have cooties and I’ve swapped spit with most of ya’ anyway." I blurted taking a swig directly from the bottle. I realized quickly most of them didn’t actually know this. Awkward.
"Wait…" Niall began, "What do you mean by most?" I scrambled,
"Uh well…you, of course, Liam…Ariana…" I was relieved when Niall interrupted me,
"Really?" He eyed me and Ariana and smiled a little. They all looked at us actually, Harry even choked on his drink. Harry gave us a cheeky smile. I could see his mind running wild with fantasies. I could just see Ariana blush in the low light. I laughed once.
"Bit of experimentation Jess?" He asked intrigued. I took another big gulp of the tangy liquid, it still burned but the taste that remained was pleasant at least.
"Oh my god shut up! Lets play, I’ll start, Niall! Truth or dare?" I said quickly wanting to put the subject to bed.
"Dare!" He challenged.
"Okkkk…" I thought for a moment then smiled. "I dare you to play ‘are you nervous’ with Liam." He looked at me confused.
"What’s that?" He asked.
"Well you start with your hand at their knee like this," I placed one hand on his knee, "Then you slowly move up their leg asking ‘are you nervous?’ every time you move up a bit," I began sliding my hand up his leg in a shameless demonstration. He smiled and got closer to me as I continued moving up.
"Alright kids!" Louis interrupted, "Do that on your own time, we’re playin’ a game here." He took a drink. I rolled my eyes and backed away.
"Go on." I said and so he complied. He decided to play it up and wiggle his eyes brows the way he does and it was quite funny. Liam broke quickly when it started getting to an awkward point. We all took a drink once he was finished.
"Ok my turn, Jessica-" He started but I caught him.
"Ah, ah, you can’t choose the same person who asked you that’s the rules." I corrected. He pouted and looked around for another target.
"Fine," He smiled maliciously at Ariana, "Truth or dare Ariana?"
"Erm…" She hesitated, "Dare?" She said finally.
"Snog Harry," He jutted his chin at her and smirked at Harry and her eyes popped open wide. So did mine, that was not what I was expecting. "Come on love I’ve seen ya look at him and lord knows he’s wanted to from the start, go on." Harry made his move towards her when she didn’t and kissed her. He was polite though and didn’t stick his tongue down her throat like Niall had implied, seeing as she was new to our little group and he didn’t want to scare her off. When he pulled away he smirked at her confidently and stayed close to her face a moment before returning to his seat. She blushed, sinking into herself.
"Ok," she said her posture returning, "Zayn, truth or dare." Zayn looked up a little surprised.
"Uh truth I guess? Nobody’s done truth yet." He sounded nervous.
"Okkk….are you a virgin?" I looked at Ariana like a proud mother. My forwardness had rubbed off on her a bit. Zayn coughed as his drink slipped down the wrong pipe.
"Uh, um," He paused, "No. No I’m not." He laughed. Another drink. "My turn, Louis has been properly left out this whole time, so I’m going to call on him, Louis? Truth or dare?"
"Dare!" He pronounced raising his glass up high.
"Ok I dare you to play the rest of the game in nothing but your pants!" Louis burst out laughing,
"Nice one mate." He stood up and awkwardly got undressed next to Ariana down to just his boxers and sat back down. Yet another drink. The alcohol was starting to take hold of me. I felt happy and warm and loose. I sat there wobbling back and forth and Niall noticed.
"Aww is my baby getting a bit tipsy there?" He mocked me.
"Maybe we should stop playing. This is her first time after all." Liam said concerned.
"No, no I’m fine" I waved my hand at him swatting the notion away. Truth was, I was fine, a little tipsy yes but I wasn’t drunk. My happy wobbling was more of a cutesy gesture than a sign of my imbalance.
As it got later I got drunker and the truth became easier. We all learned some things and saw somethings I think we’d be quite happy to forget and we might actually get our wish. Now it was Louis’ turn.
"Jessica! Truth or dare?" Louis looked at me intently.
"Ummm…" I thought, "Truth!" I said figuring everyone had forgotten about my previous comment.
"Tell us the story of you and Ariana kissing." He said a big drunken grin on his face.
"Yeah, yeah! So you and Ariana were you like a couple?" Harry asked very interested. "Little slumber party fun?"
"No, Jesus! It was spin the bottle, our crushes were there and we wanted to turn them on so when the bottle came round and landed on Ariana we just did it. It wasn’t experimentation or a relationship you perv." I rolled my eyes and he grimaced disappointed. Obviously Harry was a perverted drunk. Niall was a handsy one. He had been feeling me up more and more as the game progressed.
"I bet that worked you two are smokin! And great kissers." Harry took a drink and laughed, once he’d realized what he said. "Oops. Was that a secret?" He asked after he’d swallowed and laughed again even though it wasn’t all that funny to me.
"Him too?" Niall asked. I could tell from his voice though he was pretty drunk by now, hopefully he wouldn’t remember this. "Zayn?" He asked.
"Um yeah," I replied.
"Oh didn’t know that one!" Harry said excitedly.
"…Louis!?" Niall’s eyes opened wide at the thought.
"No, no not Louis." I said quickly. That was one line I was happy to have not crossed. "Ok it’s my turn now, Harry, truth or dare?" He thought for a moment.
"Dare!" He said finally. I smiled devilishly.
"Alright I dare you to run naked up and down the hallway." I knew he was probably the only one who would have no problem with this what so ever. He shrugged and took off his shirt undressing in front of us all. "Harry! Get undressed in the other room! We don’t want to see that!" I lied. Whether I was with Niall or not I’d always be sexually attracted to Harry.
"Ugh fine I’ll go in the other room but don’t lie." He teased and I blushed. Luckily it was too dark to see it and everyone took it as a joke.
"Who ever wants to watch, can." I said and each of the boys got up as Ariana and I stayed. They’d all seen Harry naked before it wasn’t a big deal in the slightest to them and they thought it’d be funny. While we waited Ariana spoke up.
"You don’t still have feelings for Zayn do you?" She asked warily.
"No way! I’m totally over him. I’m so happy to be with Niall." I sighed, "He just so great and funny and sweet and great and cute and great. He’s great." I smiled at her and I imagine I looked quite goofy. I was drunk by now but I was already in the habit of taking regular gulps of Southern Comfort so I took another. I giggled thinking of the jokes Harry told me that night before we kissed.
"What are you laughing about?" Ariana asked me, she seemed more sober than I was. Instead of answering I said,
"Do you know me and Harry almost had sex?" I looked at her curious not remembering if I told her.
"What!?" She asked shocked. I just laughed.
"Mhmm came this close," I pinched my fingers so they were almost touching. "But!" I exclaimed suddenly, "We didn’t." I smiled waiting for the boys to get back as Ariana looked at me incredulously. The boys walked in laughing as Harry put on his shirt.
"Did ya miss us ladies?" Zayn asked winking at Ariana. I laughed,
"Nope! Not even a little bit!" I found I thoroughly enjoyed making the ‘p’ sound. It had a nice pop I giggled repeating it.
"Aha! Jessica is a silly drunk!" Liam exclaimed like he’d made a important scientific discovery, I laughed, I seem to find everything funny at the moment it was nice.
"Alright Liam, truth or dare mate?" Harry was very loud when he was drunk I noticed. It made me laugh.
"Hmmm, truth!" He decided.
"Alright! Would you ever shag Jess? You know if she wasn’t dating your mate?" Harry asked him suspicious. Everyone looked to him, to my surprise he looked nervous.
"Um well…" He began and my eyes got wide before he burst out laughing, "You should see the looks on your faces of course not! She’s like my little sister you pervert!" He grabbed me in a head lock and I started laughing with him.
"Jess truth or dare?" I didn’t even hesitate.
"Dare!" I said in between my chuckling.
"Oo! Oo!" Louis exclaimed quickly going over to Liam’s ear and whispering something I couldn’t make out.
"I don’t want to ask her that!" He protested.
"No, no, just do it, it’ll be hilarious!" Louis pushed eagerly.
"Ugh fine…." He took a breath, "I dare you to describe your last sex dream in full detail." My eyes got wide and I overflowed with laughter now.
"Oh man, that’s a good one!" I looked at Lou. Now at any other time I would have been completely embarrassed but I was drunk so I did as I was told. I described it in full detail. I felt like a story teller. They all listened intensely,
"-and then he slid his hand under my panties and….that was the end of the dream." I sat up smiling innocently like I’d just told a story of a fairy princess.
"What!?" They all said at the same time, even Ariana which surprised me. They all retracted a little embarrassed with themselves. I lifted up the dwindling bottle to take another sip but before I could,
"Wait who was the guy in that dream anyway?" Zayn asked, I didn’t even think twice, before I said,
"Harry." I shrugged then giggled taking another drink. They all stared at me with bewildered expressions. Liam decided then it was time to take the alcohol away from me. I pouted.
"What!?" Niall shouted wildly jealous.
"I knew you thought of me that way!" Harry yelled.
"Don’t worry babe it was a long time ago before we were dating…obviously." I laughed at myself.
"But-but still!" He frowned.
"You know I had a dream kinda like that too!" Harry mentioned.
"Harry!" Liam scolded trying not to make things any more tense than they were.
The truth was all coming out tonight. I got up quite suddenly and stumbled losing sight for a few seconds. I laughed.
"Ok everybody out!" I decided then it was time for everyone to leave, except one.
"What, why? It was just getting good!" Harry whined. I shook my head,
"No it’s time, I have some things I’d like to do now." I said trying to sound business like. I shooed everyone away and just as Niall was about to go out the door I grabbed his hand. "No, no, I want you to stay." The other boys went down the hall, I don’t think they realized Niall had stayed behind. I pulled him into my room and pulled him close. "Don’t be mad at me baby," I pouted, "I’ll make it up to you…" I kissed him passionately and he resisted at first but like I said, he was a handsy drunk, he succumbed when I slipped my tongue between his lips.
He pressed himself against me and we stumbled as we tried to move together to the bed. He lifted up my cotton tank top up over my head and I began unbuttoning, slowly, his button down shirt, partially because I wanted to tease him but also because while drunk, button down shirts might as well be fucking Fort Knox. I fell on top of him on the bed and giggled against his lips. My breathing got heavy and my heart began to race as he unbuttoned my pants. He rolled us over to be on top and I blacked out.