Fall (Luke Hemmings Fanfiction)

"You have a problem with falling, don't you?" "You have no idea."

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"Listen, I'm just as upset about this as you are," He said, leaning back in his
chair. "But you need to actually try."
"I am trying." I snapped, throwing the pencil down, causing it to make a mark on
the paper.
He ran his fingers through his long blonde hair that was usually styled up but
was left natural today. "Stel, you-" 
"My name is Stella, not Stel." I crossed my arms over my chest. "How would you
like it if I called you Lucas instead of Luke? That's not your name, is it?"
"What's the square root of 64?" Luke asked, changing the subject.
Luke was an average high school boy, despite the fact that unlike his totally
innocent appearance he was a total asshole. At the young age of 17 Luke
Hemmings has developed the ability to hate anything and everything. No one
understands why he's like that, and not many people bother to find out. Luke
was the type of guy that most people at school stayed away from. The rumor
around our school is that if Luke wasn't such an insane math genius he would
have dropped out of school in out first semester of Freshman year. Luke was in
all honors classes at school and passed all of them like it was no big deal. I
doubted he enjoyed any of them, since he didn't seem enjoy anything.
Unfortunately, my older brother, Eric and Luke's older brother were good
friends. So when the news got to my mother that Luke was exceptionally
talented in math, there was no stopping her from offering him money to tutor me
over the course of our junior year so I can finally pass out of geometry. And
that's how Luke Hemmings ended up in my dining room on a Saturday
afternoon.
"Why don't you just come back next year? Give me a few months to..study." I
asked, already tired of Luke being in my apartment.
"But then you won't pass that test make-up and you'll have to take geometry for
the third time." Luke shrugged. He waited for me to respond with his eyebrows
raised.
"I-" 
"You're not going to like being the only senior still in geometry next year." Luke
cut me off before I could get a sentence out.

"Don't interrupt me. And I won't be the only senior in the class." I said, thinking
of my friend Michael, who also hadn't been able to pass out of the class.
"Listen," Luke said again. "It's..what month, October? Make it to May and I'll be
out of your hair forever."
"That's, like, 6 months." I groaned. I was not looking forward to these weekly
tutoring sessions from Luke, especially if there wasn't even a chance of us
becoming friends during this time.
"7. It's 7 months." Luke tapped his fingers against my dining room table, clearly
agitated with my inability to do quick mental math like him.
"Fine, 7. Whatever. Why do you have to be so rude about it?" I contemplated
kicking Luke from under the table out of pure annoyance.
"Okay, what's the square root of 64?" Luke asked, ignoring me again. 
"What do square roots have to do with geometry?" I ignored Luke this time. "I
thought this was shapes."
"The book starts out with algebra review, meaning that square roots are
involved. You should know this, you've taken this class already." Luke rolled his
eyes at me.
"8. The square root of 64 is 8."
"Okay. Now plug 8 into that equation up there." Luke leaned back in his chair
again, his bright blue eyes watching my every move. 
"Which equation?" I asked, partly because I wanted to get on Luke's nerves
and partly because he had written so many different equations in my notebook
that I wasn't sure which one he was talking about.
"That one." Luke rolled his eyes again, pointing down at an equation written in
his neat handwriting with his pencil.
After another hour of Luke attempting to teach me quadratics, we both decided
to call it a a day. I wasn't getting the hang of what he was trying to teach me and
Luke was beginning to look at me like I was a hopeless case. 
Luke hurried to pack up the things he had brought over, nervously cleaning up
the small mess he had made on the table. Though I had only known Luke for a
very short time, this seemed oddly out of character for him. He always seemed
so put together, not the type to be fumbling around with books and dropping
pencils on the floor. 
"Why are you in such a hurry?" I asked, bending down to pick up a pencil that

had rolled onto the floor.
"I have to be somewhere." Luke muttered, not making eye contact with me as
our fingers brushed while I handed him the pencil.
"Where?" I questioned again, being my normal nosy self. Luke finally looked up
and met my gaze. He blinked a few times before speaking.
"The movie theater." Luke picked up his backpack and threw it over one of his
broad shoulders. 
"What, do you have a date or something?" I laughed softly, wondering what
could be at the movie theater that would make him want to rush like this.
"No. I work there." Luke cracked a small smile. I think it was the first time in my
entire life that I had seen him smile at all. It wasn't a big smile, it didn't show any
teeth, but it was nice. Much different than the normal blank expression Luke
wore.
"Oh." I nodded. I followed Luke to my front door, where he was already letting
himself out.
"Bye, Stel. I'll see you next week." Luke said quickly before ducking out the
door and slamming it behind him. Once he was gone I turned around and
leaned up against the back of the door, replaying the afternoons events in my
mind.
No one was home, Eric had gone out with some friends and Mom was doing
some grocery shopping. It was just the three of us living in our apartment. My
dad didn't live with us, he moved to Boston a few years ago after my mom and
him got divorced. Things just weren't working out between my mom and him. I
didn't mind, I liked it better that way. It was much relaxing now that Eric and I
weren't hearing our parents fight every night.
Once I realized that I was doing nothing productive by just standing here, I
decided to go downstairs and find Michael. Michael was one of the only people
I talked to outside of school, since we lived so close to each other. I wasn't
exactly how we stood with one another. I'd say we were good friends,
considering that we spent a lot of time together in and out of school. We just
never put a label on our friendship. Besides, the two of us had only become
friends a couple years ago, when we stopped being so weirded out by the fact
that we lived in the same apartment complex. 
 
I reached the door of the apartment Michael shared with his mom and knocked
once before letting myself in. The door was almost always left unlocked when
there was someone inside, for reasons unknown to me. 
"Michael?" I called out. His apartment seemed empty, but I knew that he was in
there, otherwise he wouldn't have left the door open. 
"I'm in here!" Michael's voice came from the down the hallway. I walked through
Michael's small living room, passed the endless piles upon piles of useless junk
laying around on the couch and coffee table. Over the few years that I'd been
friends with Michael I'd learned that his mom was a borderline hoarder. I
followed Michael's voice until I came to the bathroom, where he was sitting on
the side of the tub with a bottle of hair dye in his hands.
"What are you doing?" I asked, even though the answer was obvious. Michael
had a thing for dying his hair. He's gone from his natural blonde color to dark to
purple/pink to bleach blonde to blue to who knows what now. Name a color, it's
probably been in Michael's hair. I have tried to tell him that he'll end up bald if he
keeps dying it, but he never listens.
"Pink. It's breast cancer awareness month." Michael answer quickly, rubbing
the hair dye into is hair, which used to be blue. 
"I thought you already did pink." I said, handing him a towel to catch the hair dye
that was running down the side of his head.
"I did, accidentally." Michael let out a laugh. "Are you sure you don't want to dye
your hair? It's such a boring color." 
"I like my hair, thank you very much." I defended myself. I happened to think that
the light brown shade of my hair was pretty. It was one of those colors that
looked like it came from a bottle, but didn't.
"Eh." Michael grunted, shaking the bottle one more time.
"Besides, I don't want to risk turning my hair green." I bit my lip, leaning against
the counter.
"That was one time. Anyway, what's up?" Michael asked, squeezing the last of
the hair dye onto his head. 
"I'm bored. I thought we could hang out." I shrugged. It wasn't unusual for
Michael or I to request to just "hang out". Us spending time together

mainly consisted of the two of us eating and/or watching TV, but I didn't mind. It
was something to do.
"Once I'm done putting this in we'll do something, yeah?" Michael gestured to
the almost empty bottle of hair dye.
"Alright." I nodded. 
"Anything else? Anything new?" Michael asked. He scrunched up his nose at
the smell of the dye. You would think he'd be used to it by now, considering the
amount of times he's dyed his hair.
"Nothing really, I just- Oh wait! Guess who just left my house!" I almost shouted,
remembering that I had forgotten to tell Michael about Luke becoming my math
tutor.
"Obama?" Michael guessed, giving me a shrug. He was never good at
guessing, which sucked for me because I was a pro at guessing games and
always tried to play them with Michael.
"Luke Hemmings." I rolled my eyes at the thought of him. Despite how excited I
was about playing a guessing came with Michael a few seconds ago, I was
anything but excited about Luke.
"Who?" Michael asked, seeming confused at the mention of Luke's name,
though I knew he had seen Luke around school before.
"You know, Luke. He was in our Freshman biology class until he got switched
into honors." I explained. "He's tall, blonde." 
"Are you sure you don't mean Ashton Irwin?" Michael smirked. Ashton was a
guy that hung out with Michael a lot. He was a year older than us, and I had the
biggest crush on him. I couldn't help it, one look at him and I was immediately
attracted to him. Michael took every chance he got to bother me about my silly
little crush.
"No, I'm pretty sure I mean Luke Hemmings." I nodded. "I probably would have
told you sooner if Ashton was at my house." 
"True. So why was he over?" Michael stood up and wrapped the towel around
his neck. He turned on the timer that was resting on the bathroom counter. It
began ticking down from 30 minutes. 

"He's tutoring me in math. Apparently high school students aren't supposed to
take geometry for three years." I laughed, following Michael out of the bathroom
and into his kitchen.
"We're just over achievers, we need to take the class more than once." Michael
shrugged again. "I remember Luke now. He's that super smart kid, right? But
he kind of a badass, too."
"Yeah, that's him. I think he's more of an asshole than a badass." I chuckled,
helping myself to some leftover pizza laying out on the counter. 
"That's what I've heard." Michael agreed with me. "That guys a genius. I'm kind
of looking forward to finding out what college he gets into." 
"He works at the movie theater." I recalled, thinking of the reason why Luke left
in the first place.
"Does he really? Oh my God, we should go see movie after my hair is done
and try to find him!" Michael jumped up and down. He always wanted to go on
adventures of sorts, anything to get me into trouble. 
"No, that'd be weird." I shook my head, dismissing Michael's idea before he
could even start planning. Seeing Luke more than necessary was not
something I needed to waste my time doing.
"Why? Aren't you guys friends?" Michael wondered out loud. I chuckled slightly
at Michael's remark, Luke and I were anything but friends.
"No, we're far from friends." I laughed, taking a bit of the pizza. 
"Then that'll make finding him at the movie theater even funnier!" Michael began
jumping again. I grabbed onto his shoulder to stop him, because I knew that if
he jumped too much the hair dye would move around and it wouldn't turn out
right. It had happened before. "Please, Stella."
"Whatever, but you're paying." I sighed, giving in to Michael. 
~
"I'm going to pretend that I have a dinner reservation." Michael whispered to
me, running a hand through his newly pink hair. We were in line to buy our
movie tickets now, and Luke was behind that cash register.
We waited a few minutes before all the people in front of us and cleared out,
and Michael was standing right in front of Luke. He stared at Michael with an
expression on his face that let us know he would rather be doing anything else
but this. I began to wonder if Luke found joy in anything. I doubted that Luke
recognized Michael, since they had barely seen each other at school, and
because he had just dyed his hair. 

I have a dinner reservation for 7:00." Michael leaned up against the counter,
slipping Luke some dollar bills. Luke stared blankly back at Michael, obviously
not amused.
"That'll be $12.38." Luke bit down on the inside of his cheek, as if he was trying
to refrain from saying something else.
"Aren't you going to ask what movie we're seeing?" I popped out from behind
Michael. I didn't even really want to be at the movies in the first place, and
seeing some random movie that Luke picked out would not make it any better.
"You're seeing Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2." Luke glared at me,
continuing to bite the inside of his cheek.
"But I saw that last weekend." Michael said sarcastically, throwing his hands in
the air. 
"Well, you're seeing it again." Luke replied, handing Michael the tickets. He
smoothed out his red button up shirt and adjusted his name tag.
"Luke, what's 30% of $15.00?" Another boy walked over to Luke, nervously
running his hands through his dark hair. "The calculator on my register won't
work." 
"$4.50." Luke said quickly, like it took nothing for him to solve that problem.
"Thanks. Are these friends of yours?" The boy asked. He turned to the side and
I read the little name tag pinned to his shirt, displaying the name "Calum" in
neat, bold letters. 
"No. This is Stel and.. Pinky. They go to my school." Luke answered, still not
changing the blank expression on his face. 
"Stella." I corrected him. Hopefully one day he would learn that I didn't like his
nickname for me. I personally liked the name Stella, it was much different than
any names of girls I had met before. And besides, I wasn't big on nicknames,
especially for my name.
"My name is actually Michael." Michael crossed his arms over his chest,
looking down at the floor.
Luke stared up at Michael and let his eyes travel up to his hair. "Whatever,
Pinky." Luke rolled his eyes again. I had lost track of how many times he had rolled his eyes just today.
"I'm Calum. I'm friends with Luke." Calum said, holding out a hand for both me
and Michael to shake. 
"We're not friends." Luke shook his head at Calum, denying their friendship. He
almost acted like they were friends, but it was meant to be kept a secret. Like if
word got out that Luke Hemmings had actually made a friend his reputation
would be ruined forever.
"Yes, we are." Calum laughed nervously, giving Luke a playful punch on the
arm. He didn't even flinch.
"Luke doesn't like the idea of having friends." I said quietly, looking up at
Michael and letting out a laugh.
"Stel, why are you even here? You should go home and study." Luke scoffed,
obviously hearing the comment I'd just made. I didn't even bother correcting him
on my name this time.
"Why don't you go home and study?" I shot back. I didn't like the way Luke
treated me. I had only spoken to him briefly before today and he already acted
as if he despised me. To my knowledge I had done nothing wrong to Luke and
if he was going to continue to act like this around me I was going to do the
exact same to him.
"I don't need to study, unlike you. I'm smart, Stel. Really smart. There's no
reason for me to waste my time studying, or helping people like you for that
matter. I'm only tutoring you to be nice. So I suggest that you take this seriously
or we won't get anywhere." Luke looked past me, over my shoulder.
"You're trying to be nice? Wow, I would have never been able to guess that!" I
crossed my arms. "You've been nothing but rude to me since the minute you
walked in my door!" 
"It's not called being rude, it's called 'I don't want to be friends with you, so I'm
not going to be nice.'." Luke snapped at me. He slammed the cash register
closed and handed Michael back his change.
After a long few seconds of the four of us staring between one another, Calum
spoke. "That was rude." 
"I don't care, Calum! I'm a rude person, get over it!" Luke yelled. He unclipped
his name tag from is shirt and threw it down on the counter, before turning
around and beginning to storm out of the room.
"Where are you going?" Calum called after him.
"On my break!" Luke yelled back. 
"You're break isn't until-" Calum started to speak, but was stopped.

OFF!" Luke shouted, slamming a door behind him. I let out a big sigh, relieved
that he was finally gone. I don't know how I'll be able to make it through the year
with him.
"He seems nice." Michael was the first out of the three of us to speak.
"He's not." Calum shook his head. "We're friends, but.. Yeah. He's not very
nice. Not at first, at least."
"I think the two of us will end up wanting to kill each other before the year is
over." I sighed again, already picturing how hard of a task this was going to be.
I'd rather take geometry for the rest of my life than have Luke as my tutor.
"Don't take what he says to you too hard, he's a tough guy to figure out. Give
him time." Calum smiled at me. 
"I'll try." I said, brushing a few strands of hair out of my face.
"Well, I better get back to work. Enjoy your movie." Calum nodded at Michael
and I, giving us a small wave.
"I did not expect that." Michael said, now that we were walking down the hallway
to find our theater. I looked down at our feet as we walked, watching as they
moved in sync with each other. 
"Me either." I let out a small laugh. "God, I've just met him and I already can't
stand him." 
"Don't say that." Michael chuckled, nudging me with his shoulder.
"Why not?" I questioned. I stopped walking, seeing that we were outside of the
theater that our movie was playing in. Michael shrugged, shoving his hands in
the front pockets of his black skinny jeans.
"I'll bet you anything that you'll fall for him before the year is even half over."

~~~~~~~~~~It may seem like I'm moving a little too fast with this story right now, but
trust me, I'm not. I hope you guys like it, I'm really excited about this
fanfic! And I promise Luke won't be this big of a dick for the entire thing.
This was kind of just a prologue, just to get the story started.~~~~~~~~~~

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