The Only Reason

I was lying. There's actually one person in my life that gets me. One person that never jumps to judge me. He's the only person I can talk to. But the thing is, I don't even know his real name.

I call him Thomas. I met him on one of those chat roulette things and we started talking. At first it was that awkward getting to know each other phase but now we can talk about anything, sorta. He's the only person I can trust.

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8. chapter 8

Calum's POV

I take a deep breath before looking down at Mary. She gives me a warm smile while squeezing our intertwined hands.

"Ready?" I ask her. Mary nervously bits her lip but nods nonetheless. "I'm ready."

*2 days earlier*

"No more secrets." He tells me. "No more secrets." I repeat.

"Wait, what?" Mary and I turn and look at my confused friends. "You two are dating?" Luke asks as he scratches his head in shock.

"Ya. I didn't know how to tell you guys. Remember that girl I told you about maybe once or twice. The one I met online. Well here she is."

It feels like a weight had been taken off my shoulders now that I've told my best mates about Mary. For one, I can finally feel not guilty for not telling them. Also now that they know, Michael will back off. Hopefully.

"She's the one? Ariana?" Ashton questions slowly. I nod. "She's always been here and I never knew."

"Calum why didn't you tell us?" Michael spoke now. He was staring at me. Like right into my soul. He must be mad.

"I didn't know how. Part of it was because I've always been so horrible to her too. I felt guilty and didn't know how to tell you that I've been seeing her." I can't help but look at Mary for reassurance. She squeezes my hand and kisses my cheek.

"I hope you boys aren't to mad at Calum. I know you guys are close and I don't want to come between your friendships." Mary explains. This is exactly why I'm falling for her. She's so selfless. She puts everyone else's feelings before her own which I can't help but adore. I'm falling for her hard and there's no escape.

"Calum we aren't mad mate. You can date whoever you like. You have my blessing." Ashton grins and gives me a hug.

"Me too bro. Date whom ever you like." Luke wraps his arms around the both of us and laughs. We all pull apart and I look at my last friend that hasn't said anything.

"Michael? Do you have anything to say?" I ask. He stares at me with cold eyes and shakes his head.

"Mikey don't be like that. You're my best friend." I tell him. I place my hand on his shoulder but he jerks away.

"Man, you should've told me the truth. Of all people, you should've been the one to tell me first." His eyes land on Mary as he shakes his head. "Gosh how could you like him Mary? Are you blind? He's been bullying you since ninth grade! Don't you see he's not good enough for you."

"Michael calm down." Ashton says while pulling on his arm. Michael shrugs him off and storms out of the party.

"I'll go talk to him." Luke mumbles.

I stare at the ground and let out a heavy sigh. This feels horrible. Knowing that one of your best mates hates you because of who you're dating. I can't leave one or the other. I just couldn't.

"Calum it isn't you fault. Michael's been showing some interest in me for the last couple of days. I didn't know what to do and I didn't want to tell you since the game was coming. I should've just let him down easy. Told him I was seeing someone."

Mary pouts. I want to tell her everything's going to be alright but I'm a little unsure. About Michael and his reaction and what he's capable of. He's my best friend and I'll never let him forget that but I'm also not going to let him forget that Mary's mine.

*2 days later*

I push the door open and walk down the hallway hand in hand with Mary. After telling my friends and getting good reactions, minus Mikey—which I still need to talk to him about—we decided to go public. First at school.

I watch as people stare and whisper. Low voices saying things like 'is that who I think it is', 'Mary the nerd and Calum?', 'a nerd and a popular together?', 'geek', 'loser', 'nerd'.

I try my best to calm down but when we reach my locker I can't help but punch it.

"Calum, don't listen to them alright." Mary tells me as she rubs my back soothingly.

"But I can't. It's all my fault. They wouldn't be like this to you if it wasn't for me." I tell her softly.

"Then fix it. They seem to listen to whatever you guys say. Tell them I'm different. That we're different."

"You know what, I think that actually might work. I'll see you in class okay." I press my lips to her forehead and head off to the direction I knew my friends would be in. If this plan was going to work, I'll be needing all their help, including Michael's.

 

***

Mary's POV

I haven't seen or talked to Calum for the last day and half. He's been up to something ever since we went public but I haven't heard from him since.

My eyes scan over the magazine that is currently in my lap. I'm having a lazy day. Watching tv, going on tumblr. I can't think of anything else to do.

As I flip the page over the door bell rings. I quickly head down the stairs and open the door to see it's Calum.

"Hey." He smiles. He looks adorable in his ripped skinny jeans and over sized dark grey sweater. His hair is in a quiff and I can't help but stare.

"Are you gonna let me in or continue staring?" He asks with a laugh. As I roll my eyes, I take a step aside and let him in. He walks in and starts looking around.

"Are you mad at me?" I blurt. Calum stops walking and turns around. He raises a brow at me in confusion. "Mad? Why would I be mad at you?"

I let a huff out. "I don't know. You've been ignoring me for the past two days. Has something gone wrong?"

I can't help but feel insecure about us. Calum's so popular and can have any girl he wants. I'm a loser that no one wants. We don't match at all.

"Ignoring you? Mary I haven't been ignoring you. I've been really busy. Nothing's wrong." Calum tells me. It takes me a few seconds to realize that he's standing a couple inches away. My heart feels tight when his fingers graze my cheek.

"Promise?" I hear myself say. Calum nods. "Promise." His hand drops to my waist as he pulls me in. I can feel his breath tickling my lips before he kisses me softly.

"Let's go upstairs. I wanna show you my room." Calum doesn't refuse as he follows me up the stairs to my room.

"So what were you up to?" I ask. Calum stands in front of me as he looks around my room. I take a seat on my bed and watch him carefully.

"I was just with the guys. I have a plan but you have to wait until next week." He tells me with a grin.

"Is it a surprise?" I ask curiously. Calum nods his head. "Ya. It's gonna be great. Enough about me. What about you? What have I missed out on?"

Calum plops down next to me and rests his head on my shoulder. I can't help but stare at him. He looked adorable.

"Nothing really. Just hanging around." I sigh out. My life as been totally uneventful excluding being with Cal. Other than that my life is a total bore.

"Well maybe we can change that. Let's go on a date." Calum sits up and waits for my reaction. "A date?" I ask.

"Ya, we could go out and get something to eat if you want." He stands up and pulls me along with him. "There's no way out of this." Calum laughs.

"I didn't think there was. Just let me find something to wear." I open up my closet and pull out some white shorts and flower crop top. Once I'm all changed I grab my black vans and meet Cal downstairs.

"Ready to go?" He opens the door for me and I nod. "Let's go."

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