The super long flight seemed like it lasted days and days before we finally reached California, even though it was about 14 hours. I slept most of it so I felt refreshed once we actually got there. There was no sleepy old creepy men falling asleep on me, or any annoying little kids kicking my seat just to piss me off, like last time. Brandon about missed the flight.. Hahaha. All I could do was laugh at the memory of him sprinting dramatically down the long hallway while dragging his suitcase along.
We got off the plane and headed inside the airport to grab our luggage. There were very few paparazzi snapping pictures so that's good. I grabbed my suitcase and waited until Brandon got his and walked back over to me.
"Is someone picking us up, or?" Brandon asked looking around the airport.
"We're taking a cab. My mom doesn't even know you're coming." I chuckled, walking over to the man who was holding a sign with our names on it.
"Ready?" The old cab driver asked. He looks familiar. He's about my height, grayish white hair, light blue eyes to the point of almost a gray color, and a raspy voice.. Probably from smoking 3 packs of cigarettes a day I bet.
"Yeah!" I smiled, thanking him when he took my stuff and helped Brandon put it in the trunk of the taxi. We got in and he started driving. I looked around at all the beautiful scenery around me.. Just like I left it. I missed all the stores along the street, the beach, all the people, the driving on the right side. I've missed it all!
"I love it here already.." Brandon smiled looking out the window at everything passing by.
"Wait, this is your first time in the States??" I asked in disbelief.
"Yes, and it certainly won't be my last!" He cheered like a kid who just found out they were going to Disneyland.
I chuckled, watching my surroundings out the window. A couple minutes later we pulled up in front of the huge house that I've kinda grown to miss. The beach is right down the street.. That's all I'm looking forward to, besides seeing my family.
"Thanks!" I smiled at the driver as he helped me take my suitcase out. I tipped him 10 extra dollars and looked at the massive house in front of me. Here goes nothing.
We walked up to the door and to my surprise, it was opened. We made our way inside and stood in the doorway. My mom came running in lightning speed.
"Autumn!" She cried hugging me tightly like she'd never see me again. It hurt my bruised stomach but I didn't have the heart to tell her that. "I've missed you so much.." She sniffled with tears streaming down her face.
"I missed you too, mom." I said hugging her back.
"Who's this? Oh Autumn! He's adorable! Look at his dimples.." She said pointing at Brandon and pinching his cheeks while he awkwardly stood there behind me. "Did you get rid of Niall for good??" She asked happily, fueling my pit of anger.
"No, Mom." I sighed. "This is my friend Brandon."
"Hi, Autumn's mom." He tried to hide a laugh.
"Oh, honey. Call me Marie!" She smiled finally letting go of Brandon's face. "Autumn, you and I have a lot to catch up on. Brandon, honey, you can go upstairs and unpack. It's the 3rd door on your right. You and Autumn have to share a room but one of you can sleep on the air mattress." She said before Brandon thanked her and went upstairs.
We walked into the kitchen and sat down at the small island table. I already don't like the feel of this conversation. I know exactly who it's about.. And that person is Niall. She's never liked him.
"So...." She said looking at me from across the small table. "What's going on with you and Niall?" She asked. I knew it.
"I can't tell you cause honestly, I don't know myself. We broke up.. We'll decide what happens next when I get back." I replied playing with an apple that was sitting in a basket on the center of the table.
"I remember when you and Niall were 12. Running around Mullingar in the morning and not coming back till late." She chuckled at the distant memory. I remember Niall and I were sitting at the park with a couple of our other friends, playing truth or dare. Niall got dared to kiss me. I can still remember his awkwardness when he leaned in and didn't know which way to go. His lips connected with mine for only one second.. I'd never admit that I liked it. Who would've thought we'd be together so long after that.
"Well, I'm going to relax on the beach. I'll be back later." I said walking upstairs dragging my heavy suitcase along behind me. I opened the door to the room and saw Brandon laying on the bed watching tv.
"I don't know about you but-"
"I'm feeling 22!" Brandon sang, cutting me off.
"I'm going to the beach." I ignored his random outburst of song lyrics.
"I'm coming!" He cheered grabbing his swim trunks and walking to the bathroom.
I went to put my bikini on but soon realized everyone could see the bruises on my stomach. That's not good, people would recognize me and it would be embarrassing .I put a blue tank top over top and slid my flip-flops on.
"Ready?" Brandon asked as I walked out to meet him in the hallway.
I woke up in an unfamiliar bed. I forgot I slept in the guest room last night.. Autumn's probably still sleeping so I'll try and be quiet when I walk to our bathroom. I walked down the long hallway and stopped in front of our bedroom door. I slowly turned the knob and made it inside without the door creaking thankfully. I tiptoed inside but was met by an empty room. She's not even here.. She must've went home to visit her parents! She didn't tell me she was leaving this morning.. I could've drove her to the airport.. Or helped her pack.. Or went with her.. Ugh, space Niall, s.p.a.c.e. We need space.
I whimpered and put my forehead against the wall, lightly hitting it with my fist. I've always been the type of person to let my anger out in destructive ways.. I've had to pay at least 20 times to get holes in my walls fixed.
I remember I kicked my so called friends ass when I was about 15. He told this girl that I liked her while I was dating Autumn and it started a lot of drama. I was so pissed.
What am I gonna do for a week? Maybe I can plan something special for Autumn. Something romantic.. Something to make her realize how much she's missed us being together. I have the perfect idea.. I wonder what day she's coming back though..
"Well, since I don't know, I suppose I can call her." I smiled happily to myself. I just made up an excuse to talk to her. Oh well.. We're not near each other. Does talking on the phone count as not giving space? I dialed her cell phone number that I knew by heart and waited for her to answer.
"Hello..?" She answered. Probably wondering why I'm even calling her in the first place.
"Uh, hey." I replied awkwardly. She was silent after that waiting for me to say something but I couldn't force anything out.
"What do you need?" She finally asked. I can tell by her tone of voice that she's happy I called, she just is trying to mask it.. She should know better.. I know every little thing about her. I could write a novel about her.
"Oh, I was.. Uh.." Shit. Why did I call her in the first place? I know why I actually called her but I don't remember what my excuse was.
"You were....?" Autumn chuckled.
"I.. I called to see what day you were coming back! Yeah, that was it." I mentally slapped myself in the face for making it obvious that that wasn't the truth.
"I'll be back Sunday, around 5pm." She said. I could hear people yelling in the background and the sound of waves crashing against the shore. She's at the beach.
"Oh, alright. That's cool.." I replied trying to make the slightest bit of small talk just to keep our conversation going.
"Yeah.." She laughed. She probably knows what I'm doing.
"So, how does your stomach feel?" I asked. I hate the memory that comes along with those bruises. It reminds me of what about happened.. I wouldn't be able to live with the fact that she risked her life for mine and I'm I'd be here and she wouldn't be. I ran my fingers through my hair to try and distract me from the awful thought.
"It hurts awfully bad. I have to wear a tank top at the beach, which is worse. No tan for me.." She laughed. Oh her laugh can cause world peace..
"You still look beautiful without a stupid tan." I replied before I could think. Whoops.
"Thanks Niall." She's blushing right now I know it. "Who are you talking too?" A male voice asked in the background. What. The. F**k.
"Who's that?" I asked. If she's with another guy already i'm going to be completely crushed.. But hey, how could I blame her?
"This is my FRIEND Brandon." She said emphasizing the friend. "You guys will have to meet when we get back." She said, putting me on speaker phone. Wait, when WE get back? What!?
"Oh.. Alright." I replied flatly.
"I'm a huge fan bro.." He said. Well, at least he knows who I am.
"Thanks, well i'm gonna go. I'll talk to you later Autumn." She replied with okay and I hung up, battling myself to keep from ending the call with the usual 'I love you.'
Now I have to set everything up for Sunday night.. She's gonna love it. After many hours of phone calls and text messages, everything was set up. I'm pretty proud of this one. Now I can only pray that it turns out well.