1. “Obviously you,” Zayn says later, his palm over Niall’s heart, Niall’s chest bare now. Niall covers Zayn’s hand with his, too pleased to be overtly smug.
2. It’s an art, kissing in snapbacks, but Niall’s a fast learner, he’s gonna master this. Might take a few bumped foreheads and a brim jabbed into his eyebrow (ouch), but if Zayn laughs too much Niall will just knock the damn thing off his head and kiss the laughter right out of him.
3. Niall’s flat on his back, naked and staring at the ceiling when Zayn comes to bed. Zayn grins to himself, runs his fingertips up Niall’s chest, his neck, his jaw until he reaches his mouth and rubs them over Niall’s lower lip until Niall opens. “Forgot yourself before, didn’t you,” Zayn asks, grinning a little. Niall bites down.
4. Zayn stares at Niall so fondly that even Harry calls him on it: “You look like you want to cover him in kittens and sing him to sleep every night.” Zayn shrugs. “I do,” he says. “Well, not the kittens part.”
5. Niall’s still learning to whisper without being overheard. Later, Zayn shows him with a firm hand on the back of Niall’s neck, one on his waist to guide him close.
6. “I’d date you in a second,” Niall whispers after, right into the skin between Zayn’s neck and shoulder, where he’d so badly wanted to set his teeth but could only grip with fingers.
7. “Public declarations of love, that’s a bold move,” Louis says. “Plausible deniability, is it?” Niall shrugs. He doesn’t say things he doesn’t mean.
8. Zayn secretly cuts out pictures of himself and Niall from magazines and pastes them onto a CD-sized square, sticking letters on too, and drawing little swirls over it. It’s ironic sort of, right? They’d have such a sick side project doing R&B covers. Whatever, art projects are cool.
9. Post-show exhilaration means that Niall has twenty minutes before Zayn passes the fuck out. If he times it right, Niall can coax a series of eager kisses and an orgasm out of Zayn, one for himself too if he’s persistent, before Zayn falls asleep somewhere. It’s basically a science at this point. Science ending in cuddles, which makes it pretty much the best science.
Don’t wanna be without you +
Niall and Josh hanging out with Obama.