like a wall of stars by jmcats (on Ao3)
Pairing: Liam Payne x Zayn Malik (side pairings included)
Summary: somewhere between summer training camp and his last season of footie, Liam manages to: find his place in the world, find his confidence, build a bond between this misfit group of teammates he calls brothers, figure out the meaning of the word captain, watch his best mates (unexpectedly) fall in love, get over himself, fall for a boy, and hate Zayn Malik at the same time.
(and maybe this is how it should have always been)
“You’re an asshole,” Liam says, his voice wavering when he looks up again. He shakes his head, the cold of the room sinking around his bones. “And I don’t get it. I don’t know what I did to make you hate me but Christ, forgive me, okay?”
Zayn moves quick like he does on the pitch, crowding into that small space dividing them until his chest is pressed to Liam’s and their foreheads almost knock. He fists Liam’s jersey, tugging him closer and Liam’s ready for the punch.
He’s ready for all of this to be over.
“Just stop being a fucking – just fuck,” Zayn hisses but his voice slides into a whimper. “Just, fuck. Do something to me.”