Problems

"Head in the clouds, got no weight on my shoulders"
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When I was little, I thought life was perfect. But now, everything is a lie. I face things every single day ever since my mom died. About 80 percent of them involve my dad. He wants me to be something that I'm not, and it's stupid. I can't change myself, but in order to appease to him, I made this compromise with him. This compromise was worse than what he wants me to actually be. I've got 99 problems. But you, Ashton, won't be one.

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11. A bet I know I'll win

I open my eyes to a bright light shining in my room. But then it took me a few seconds to realize this isn't my room.

And another few seconds to realize this isn't my shirt because I don't own a shirt that says "Ponies Forever".

And finally, a few seconds to remember that Ashton Irwin found me when I snuck out of the club early and brought me back to his place where I met his little sister Nicole, encountered his Austin Powers montage, and spent the night with him.

Yay me.

I swing out of bed and head downstairs. I never saw what the upstairs floor of his house looked like in the sunlight, but it looks really pretty.

I walk down the stairs and head into the kitchen. Standing in the kitchen, I see a man. Thank god it wasn't my dad, but he looked a lot like Ashton. "Oh, hello." He says, "I don't think I've met you before."

I shake my head no, "This is my first time here." I state.

"Are you a friend of Nicole's whom I've never met before?" He asked fixing up a cup of coffee.

"I met Nicole last night, so no. I'm not even in the same grade as her."

"Dad! Funny seeing you here at this time in the morning!" Ashton runs down the stairs and right next to me, "What brings you here? Don't you have work?"

The man, who must be Ashton's dad, gives him a weird look, "It's Sunday. Your mom and I don't work on Sundays." He answered, "But is this your new girlfriend? Did you finally ditch that whore girlfriend of yours?" I officially love Mr.Irwin.

Ashton's face goes white, "No, dad! This isn't my girlfriend! She's barely even my friend who's a girl!" Quite true, "And I'm still dating Amy." So he's still dating her, "But uh, dad this is Connor Watson. Connor, you met my dad." He introduces gesturing each of us to each other.

Mr.Irwin comes over to us and he shakes my hand. "It's nice to meet you, Connor. Might I ask, are you the daughter of...I know the name, but it's not there..." He must've had a brain fart. "John Watson?"

I shake my head no and laugh at the same time for I got the reference, "Well, that's not his name, and he unfortunately doesn't know anyone named Sherlock Holmes." Although I wish he did so that way he wasn't the douchebag dad I have now, "It begins with a B." Bitch, Bastard, Brickhead. I think to myself.

"Oh, Brett Watson! I remember. My law firm worked with his company on an inquiry." Mr.Irwin remembers.

The thing is, before my dad became all douche-pickle and a terrible father figure, he actually worked in a successful business. A few years after he quit, met my mom, and had me, he went back to work and was soon promoted a ton. But before...everything, the business was slowly going out of business but he was able to get it back up and running so he got a ton of money off of that. He was named Chief Executive, but not CEO. But after...everything, he stopped. He's still Chief Executive but he doesn't work there. His assistant does. He still gets paid. I wish I had that dad than the one I have now.

"Do you mind telling him that James Irwin needs to call him about the inquiry?" Mr.Irwin asks as Ashton just walks around to get a cup of coffee.

"I'll try to remember." I'll just call Kyla, his assistant. He exits the kitchen leaving me and Ashton.

"So what do your parents do?" I ask opening the fridge, "And you don't mind me raiding your fridge and pantry?"

He looks over at me stirring his cup. I try my hardest not to stare at his chest and I probably should've mentioned he was shirtless. "You can have whatever, just don't eat the Cinnabon cereal because I need those for breakfast," He gives me a joking evil eye, "and my mom works at Key Bank while my dad is a paralegal at some law firm."

I grab some yogurt and sit down on the couch in the living room, "What about Nicole?"

He sits in the couch next to me with his coffee cup, "She's on the volleyball and basketball team so I rarely see her in the fall and winter." He then sets his coffee cup on the table. "How about we do 20 questions. I mean, we barely even know each other."

I roll my eyes, "Fine. I go first." I think for a moment, "Favorite color?"

"Dark blue."

"Green."

"My turn," he states, "Favorite song?"

"It changes a lot, but right now it's 'Snap Out Of It' by Arctic Monkeys."

"Mine is "Miss Jackson' by Panic! At the Disco."

"I love that song!" I exclaim. "Alright, favorite subject?"

"In school? I hate school!"

"Really, because my favorite is Literature."

"Well, we all know you love school and you're in the running for co-valedictorian." True. I do really well in school despite everything with my dad.

He stares at me taking a sip of coffee, "Who was your first kiss?"

"It was with someone named John." I sarcastically answer laughing.

"You didn't have your first kiss yet?" He raises an eyebrow.

I shake my head no, "I'm a lip virgin. And a virgin period so answer to that question. So this question will only pertain to you. First time you had sex?"

He thinks for a moment, and then answers, "Sophomore year. Before I dated the she devil." He and Amy started dating halfway through sophomore year. "You remember the head cheerleader that year?"

"Maggie Collins?" She was a senior our sophomore year.

"I was at a party one night, and she came over to me, went upstairs, and we spent the rest of the night in her room." I'm glad he didn't get too graphic on that. "This is an impossible one for you. Favorite book?"

Fuck you, Ashton, and your impossible question!

I take a deep breath. "I can't decide! It's hard to chose!" I reply. "Have you read 'If I Stay' by Gayle Forman?"

He shakes his head no. "I don't read for pleasure. The only time I read is when I'm forced to. Wait, scratch that. I don't read."

I cock my head to the side. "What do you do for pleasure?" As he was about to answer, I realize what his answer might be. "Wait, don't say! I know what it is!" He smirks.

"How about we make a deal." He says. Oh, god. I hate making deals. "I hate reading, and you've never been kissed before."

"Right." I exaggerate.

He leans back in the couch. "If I can read three books by the time the first semester is over, you have to kiss me."

"Yeah, like in my right mind I'll kiss you. Besides, you're still dating Amy."

He sighs. "I'm meeting her today to break up with her." I catch my breath.

"But what if you don't?" I ask.

"Don't what?"

"Finish three books?"

"Then...damn I didn't think of that..." He thinks, but I come up with one.

"You have to watch a movie that's based off a book." I finish. Books are better than the movies.

"Alright, it's a deal." He says and we shake hands.

The rest of the day I talked to Nicole, and then I went to the library to work, I went home (thank goodness my dad wasn't there), and then got grounded for a week by my dad when he got home because of my "leaving work early stunt" as he calls it.

My punishment? I can't go to the library or Marlee's house! And I have to work double my usual hours at the club!

Like no.

So I'm seeing One Direction tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's a lot of exclamation points. But I'm so excited!! I listened to the Midnight Memories album a few times today.

So school starts in five days. Which means I update on weekends. But my two year anniversary of joining is coming up!!!! September 2nd. So mark your calendars!!!

Thanks for reading.

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