Simmer Down // 5SOS

“Why? What’s going on?” I looked over his shoulder and saw a bunch of girls outside the doors, singing something loudly. “...standing there, in my American Apparel underwear...” Ciara stood up and wiped her hands nervously on her skirt. “Oh my god.” Beck nodded, and grinned. “Don’t get too excited. They’re due to pull up-“ he looked down at his watch, “right about now.” As if on cue, a familiar black car drew up to the front of the Hilton, and Beck moved back to the door. Ciara brushed her hair out of her face and shot me a quick smile. “Just act normal,” she whispered. I frowned. What the hell? Wait on a second. Special guests, Ciara said. Fancy cars on the street. Screaming girls. Of course. I put the pieces together, knowing what was about to happen next but really, really, REALLY not wanting to believe it. Out of all the places in Sydney with vacancies for a summer job, I choose the one accommodating 5 Seconds of Summer. 'You.' 'Us.' Ashton walked up to the counter and grinned.


6. Room-friggin'-service

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'Here - this information booklet has a map in it.'

I flicked open the flyer and slid it across the desk towards the backpacker.


My finger found the right road, and I tapped on it.

'...this highlighted path is the shortest route you can take to get to Circular Quay.'

The man nodded and pocketed the booklet with an appreciative smile.

'Thanks for your help!'

I smiled back.

'No problem. I'll just get those printouts for you.'

I left him at the counter and slid my chair across the floor towards the printer, which was diligently spitting out sheets. Shuffling them in my hands, I stuck my head around the door to the common room and grinned.

Ciara was stretched out on the couch, legs hooked over the end, arms behind her head. Her headphones were in and the music was playing really loudly - I caught a few chords of 'Wherever You Are'. Wow, 5SOS on the brain.

Gently knocking on the doorframe, I tried to catch her attention.

'Oi, Cee!' I hissed, and she looked up. I smiled.

'Chill out, it's just Luke and the boys. No need to stress.'

She sighed.

'Emma, I know. But I'm about to spend my afternoon with some guys that I've loved for 3 years. Like, they're my phone wallpaper.'

She held up her iPhone, and sure enough, their 4 faces popped up.

I rolled my eyes, laughing.

'I don't think you're really helping yourself. Also, you're going to go deaf.'

She carefully unplugged her music and shut her eyes, lying back again.

'In less than half an hour, I'm going to hang out with Luke. And Calum. And Michael.'

She opened one eye.

'And Ashton.'

I groaned.

'Okay, I'm out. Talk to you in a bit. Don't stress.'

She shut her eyes again and waved her hands at me.

'Yeah, yeah, okay. Go talk to your customer.'

'Oh, shit!'

I grabbed the sheets from the printer and moved back to the counter, handing them to the backpacker.

'I'm so sorry for the wait, I kind of got distracted.'

The man laughed, and readjusted his backpack, slotting the printouts inside the front slip.

'Don't worry, I completely understand. If my daughters were working in a hotel accommodating 5 Seconds of Summer, they'd be up in the clouds all day.'

He winked, and began to whistle as he walked out of the foyer and onto the street, leaving me speechless.

Why did everyone think I looked like a fan-girl who would obsess over 5 Seconds of Summer?!

'Wait! Emma!'

Ciara stuck her hand in between the lift door to stop it from closing and peeked back at me, her eyes wide.

'What if I get all nervous?'

'You'll be fine. Act normal. Luke likes you - the rest of them will too.'

'But what if they don't?'

'Ciara! Get into the lift, go up there and enjoy your time. Don't think, just go with it. You. Will. Be. Fine. Just pretend it's me and Beck you're hanging out with. Like you told me last night, they're just teenage guys.'

She bit her lip.

'They're just guys. You're right. Okay.'

She took a deep breath before waving.

'See you later.'

'Bye Cee! Enjoy yourself!'

I smiled at her before the lift door closed on her nervous expression and started to go up.
She was going to be fine. I saw the way Luke was looking at her this morning, and there was something about him that trusted me with her. Also, this was obviously something she'd been dreaming of, and I knew she'd have fun. If Ashton wasn't going to be there, I would have gone too, but just my luck - I had to transfer to the kitchen for door-to-door services.

At least it was better than running into Ashton.

I waited for the second-shift receptionists to turn up before walking up the stairs to the dining hall and kitchen area.

A long list of names and orders were waiting for me, and I began to arrange them in order from the people on floor 1 to those higher up. There were 312 room service orders in total.
This was going to be a long afternoon.


I shuffled along the corridor while pushing the kitchen trolley, trying not to rattle the dishes too much. I had one more room to go and I checked off the previous box on my list.

The room I'd just been to, room 23 on level 5, had ordered a single bottle of water. When I knocked on the door, an old lady answered, and ordered me to her kitchen to put it in the fridge.

I opened the fridge door and there were 4 bottles of water - exactly the same - sitting in there already. Unopened.

I was really pissed off and my mind was swirling with thoughts about going back and asking the lady to pay extra, so when I reached the room of the last order, I didn't even think for one second about the unusually large door, or the resounding sound of drums coming from inside.

I banged on the door, frustrated.

'Room service!'

There was no answer and I stood there for a bit before knocking again, as loud as I could.

'Room-friggin'-service,' I muttered, rubbing my knuckles.

'Answer the door, jesus christ.'

There was no answer, and the music behind the door continued loudly.

I weighed out my options. I could just come back later, but I was sick and tired of this job and I wanted it over with. I could leave the order outside the door, but it was a large bottle of coke and two boxes of pizza, and I was fairly sure it wouldn't be safe outside the room. I could just forget it and leave, but then I'd get into shit later for it.

I tested the door handle, found it was unlocked and pushed it open a bit. I balanced the pizza boxes on one hand and wrapped my fingers around the neck of the coke bottle. I knocked one more time.

The drum beats continued.

So I decided to just walk straight in.

Not the best idea.

I almost dropped the pizza boxes.

Not that it would of mattered anyway, because as soon as I walked in, 4 pairs of eyes turned to me and widened. I stood in the doorway, frozen.

Luke was standing next to the window, leaning on the wall. Ciara was next to him, holding his guitar, strumming at its strings.

Michael was lying down on the couch, phone in his hand, and Calum was stretched out next to him, gently picking at the stickers on his bass.

And Ashton. He was facing away from me at his drum set, banging out a loud beat. His hair was flying around, held back by only his bandana, and I could see his cheeks were red. He continued to play loudly, lost in his own little world.

Everyone else, however, stared straight back at me.

Michael recovered first, and carefully motioned for me to step inside and shut the door. He shared a covert look with Calum, who gave me a small smile and waved, trying not to let Ashton see.

I looked over at Ciara, who was whispering something to Luke. They both turned to me and waved to come in.

Hell no.'

I've gotta go, I mouthed. I placed the pizzas and bottle on the floor and began to back slowly out the door, but I saw Ciara's face and stopped.

Stay, please, she mouthed back.

I sighed, and looked back at Ashton.

He was still sitting there, no less energy than before, playing his heart out.

Suddenly, my phone buzzed, and I almost shit myself. I slowly pulled it out of my pocket and read the new message:

hi its mikey (ciara gave me your number). please stayy, i promise i'll protect you against ashton ;)

I looked up at him and raised an eyebrow. Really? I mouthed.

He grinned back, and showed Calum his text. Calum grabbed it and typed a reply. Soon enough, my phone buzzed again.

oii michael's right. and ashton isn't that bad, you gotta get to know him. but stay! we have pizza now :) please? i havent talked to you yet :) cal x

I smiled at his sign-off. Cutie.

I thought about it. I wasn't going to be with just Ashton, so maybe it would be fine. And I could just stay with Calum and Michael. That would be fine.

I sighed and stepped inside, gently closing the door behind me.

Ciara and Luke silently cheered, but I shot them a look and pointed at the clock. I'm not staying long, I mouthed.

My phone buzzed for a third time and I slid it out.

yaasss! you're staying wooohoo come sit with us.

Michael patted the seat next to him but I shook my head and pointed at Ashton.

He made a face and pointed towards another side door that I guessed led into a kitchen. I was about to move forward when Ashton stopped.


'What's wrong with everyone today? You're all fidgeting, it's distracting!'

His laugh rang out through the auditorium, and everyone laughed back awkwardly.

Calum looked at me quickly and winked, almost unseen.


It all happened pretty quickly.

'What? Who'd you wink at?'

Ashton turned around and did a double-take.


'Calum!' Michael groaned, and shoved his shoulder. Calum at least had the decency to look ashamed of himself, but I didn't really pay attention to him.

I was too busy glaring at Ashton.

'Hey - how's it going?'

I answered by picking up the pizzas and coke off the floor.

'I only came to deliver your room service order.'

He laughed again, dimples flashing.

'Thankyou. Are you going to join us? There's enough for everyone.'

Michael interrupted, raising a hand.

'Actually, I'll be eating half of that, and then I'll still probably want another slice.'

I giggled despite the situation.

'I can go get more?'

Ciara stood up.

'No, don't worry. I'll text Beck and get him to come and bring some more.'

I groaned. Sneaky. She knew that was my only opportunity to get away.

Ashton turned back to her.

'Beck? Ask him if he wants to join the party too, he seems like a cool dude.'

Pulling out her phone, Ciara shot me a look that clearly said 'see? not dick behaviour' and I rolled my eyes.

'Well, I can stay for a bit I guess. How was rehearsal?'

I turned to face Luke, who opened his mouth to speak, but Ashton jumped in, voice eager.

'-It was great. We started a new song-'

'How was rehearsal, Luke?'

I spoke over the top of Ashton, emphasising Luke's name, and Ashton fell silent, looking down at his hands.

Luke looked at Ashton, before turning to me with a weary smile.

'Yeah, it was good. We practised our new song and Ashton worked out his drum solo.'

I nodded, and grinned.

'I got a few complaints from the other hotel guests on this floor...'

'What? Oh, shit...'

Luke began to freak out, and I cracked up.

'I was kidding!'

Ciara, Ashton, Calum and Michael began to laugh too, and soon Luke was also giggling.

We were interrupted when someone knocked on the door. I leant over and opened it to reveal Beck, holding three stacked boxes of pizza.

'I heard there was a party?'

Ashton brushed past me to help him with the food, not looking at me once.

'Well, you've certainly come to the right place.'


wowiee! how about it, huh? finally, a bit more action :) the next chapter's going to get pretty exciting!
i need a ship name for lukey and ciara, help me out babes! they are gonna get real cute, real soon ;)
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