"Head in the clouds, got no weight on my shoulders"
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.


33. drink you away part one

Within the past week since that terrible day, I've been ignoring everyone and everything. I focused on school and work and that was it. I didn't even raise my hand in class. I just did the work.

In the halls I would see Marlee and Luke talking at her locker, along with Calum and Michael. The other day I overheard that Michael broke up with Amber and got a new girlfriend, one of Marlee's new best friends that replaced me apparently.

Also in the halls was Ashton. He's gone from badass to actually a normal guy back to badass but now a player too. I've seen him with a new girl each day and it pains me every time.

Then there's Derek Hale. I gave him a black eye the Monday after my horrid day. I never really described Derek, but one thing I can say is that he's a dumbass motherfucker who deserved that black eye. He ruined my relationship with Ashton that...

Was probably going to be ruined anyways with the fact that I still kept this from him.

I registered my dad as a missing person the other day, and we still got no word from him. Since I'm 18, I'm allowed to live at the house myself. I could've moved out of the house when I turned 18. But I didn't.

I was also named temporary owner of Warner Burlesque Club. I did the one thing that I wanted to do for a long time.

I closed the club until further notice.

I learned a lot of things about my co-workers when I told them the news. Some were actually really excited to be taking a long break from this to actually find a real job. It turns out when they were hired, they had to tell my dad a deep secret and if they even tried to quit, my dad would spill the secret. Some even said that their deep secret was their sexuality.

I learned that some people were gay, bi, pan, genderqueer, skoliosexual, omnisexual, asexual, and some were even aromantic. It was crazy to see how many people were hiding all because of my dad's anti-lgbt ways. And now with him gone, then can be free.

Also apparently one of my cousins found contact with me!

I was sitting in my room the next day after my breakup still crying when I got a text. I quickly pulled out my phone and looked at it and it said the following:

From: Unknown "Hey Connor I know you're probably thinking who is this texting you, but I'm here to tell you. It's Conrad Gillert. I'm your cousin from your mom's side that's the same age as you. You met my mom at Aunt Meg's funeral six years ago but you didn't meet me because I live in Indiana. I still do, but my mom got in contact with one of the maids at your house and got your number to give to me. I was wondering if you would like to Skype? I want to see what you look like coz I never saw what you looked like since we were babies. Here's my skype user if you want to. Thanks."

Below was Conrad's skype user. I texted him back saying okay and I skyped him. He had dark black hair and blue eyes. We talked a lot, and we still do. I was able to talk to him about my breakup.

Today we were talking about college.

"So did you get any acceptance letters yet?" He asked.

"I did. A ton actually since I'm going to be valedictorian. I'm not sure where I'm going yet. I'm making a decision today." I tell him.

"Well I got accepted into THE Ohio State University and guess what?!"


"I made the marching band!" Ohio State University's marching band is VERY hard to get into. But I heard it's the best damn band in the land.

"Oh my congratulations!" I tell him. That was when the doorbell rang. "Hold on." I get up and walk to the door and open it.

Marlee and Luke and Calum and Michael were standing at the door.

"We literally just heard." Marlee said. Heard what? "About your breakup with Ashton." I freeze in my spot and try my hardest not to cry.


Luke's turn to speak. "I forgot I'm friends with him on Facebook and I don't check his profile enough but today I did and his status changed to single. I told Mar and Cal and Mike and we all came over here."

"You really shouldn't have. Because where were you guys when I needed you a week ago when it happened? Ignoring the living hell out of me!" I yell at them now crying for real.


That was when I broke down and hugged Marlee as tight as I can.

"I'm so sorry for what I said to you. I just felt like I was lied to when I really shouldn't have been and I was just a stupid friend to you and you don't deserve me!" I sob.

That was when Marlee hugged me back and I can feel tears falling onto my shirt from her.

"Apology accepted. I'm sorry for everything too. I do deserve you. We need each other."

Now it's a hug fest as Mike, Cal, and Luke joined in.

"I want a drink." Mike said randomly.

"We can go to the club. It's closed temporarily but I can only have it opened for us." I say.

"I call designated driver." Luke said. We all then said how we all, minus Luke, really needed a drink.

Cal needed a drink because his relationship with Ophelia is on the rocks.

Mike is stressed with school.

Marlee is stressed with the fact that she wasn't accepted to the college of her choice.


I got a ton of reasons to drink.

All of my problems.

I literally wrote all of this in one night and I'm publishing it after I finished writing.

So my family is in town and I thought while I have muse for writing some stories, I needed to write a chapter for this.

If anyone is wondering what skoliosexual and omnisexual is, here you go:

Skoliosexuals are romantically and/or sexually attracted to non-binary people.

Omnisexuals are attracted to ALL genders. Like they notice the gender but just don't care.

The more you know.

Time for me to sleep. Night!

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