"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.


16. late night mishaps

The next day, my dad totally forgot about the punishment because he was too drunk to function the previous night. So he just went on with life.

If you want to know what happened the rest of the evening with Ashton, all we did was talk about stuff in school and watched Netflix. He was constantly asking me if I wanted to chill while watching. Like dude, I know the definition of "Netflix and chill". I'm not dumb.

I spent dinner with his family and they were very welcoming with setting up an extra plate. Then I went home to seeing dad went to the club. So I just did the rest of my homework and began to read a new book I got called "Red Queen".

At about like eleven at night today, I get bored so I pull out my phone and pull up a group conversation I'm in with Marlee, Luke, Cal, and Mike.

Me: are any of you guys on?

Fluke Hemmings: when am I not on?

Me: when you're sleeping, Luke.

Mikey Clifford: chick's got a point.


Me: don't call me chick Mike.

Me: and that was a loud thunder.

Calum the Hood: guess who started drivers ed today?

Marlee the Amazing: You?

Calum the Hood: YEP!

Me: I hated drivers Ed so much.

Fluke Hemmings: why did Ed capitalize, Watson?

Me: stfu Luke.

Marlee the Amazing: language.

Me: sorry cap.

Marlee the Amazing: watching out for you, Stark. Any news on the whole bet?

Mikey Clifford: wait what bet?

Calum the Hood: whaT?

Me: I didn't tell you guys, did I?

Marlee the Amazing: you told me. Well, showed me the contract.

Fluke Hemmings: Connor, what was the bet?

Me: ugh. Okay so Ashton, or Ashley as his sister calls him, and I have a bet going on where if he reads three books and answers three questions I have for him by the end of the semester...then he can kiss me. Full on my lips.

Mikey Clifford: HOLY FUCKING SHIT!

Me: either that was about the bet or that loud thunder.

Mikey Clifford: the second one. But Connor Watson is growing up!!!!!!!!!

Me: I'm 18 Clifford.

Mikey Clifford: I know. But you are still so fucking pure its not funny! Yet you work at a burlesque club every weekend surrounded by guys that want to get their hands in you.

Me: I'm leaving. Bye Felicia.

Mikey Clifford: who's Felicia?

I left them hanging right there.

I look through my messages and I see an unopened one from Ashton. It was from after I left his house last night to head back home.

"Ashley" Irwin: thanks for staying with my family for dinner tonight. They really like that I'm hanging out with you. And thanks for the calc help.

I couldn't help myself but smile at it. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I somewhat enjoy hanging out with him, too.

But with all my luck, I decided to reply.

Me: hey sorry I didn't reply yesterday. I got home and just finished homework and read some. But you're welcome.

After I sent that, not even a few seconds later, he replies.

"Ashley" Irwin: I'm actually well now that I'm talking to you. I just started the book you gave me.

Me: what tape are you on?

"Ashley" Irwin: the second one. The guy who created that list.

Me: Alex.

"Ashley" Irwin: yeah.

Me: yep.

"Ashley" Irwin: wait, why did Clay get the tapes?

Me: I'm not telling you. It might be a question ;)

"Ashley" Irwin: oooooo Connor is getting frisky here.

Me: shut up or I'll stop the convo like I did with Mikey, Cal, Luke, and Mar. It's still going on I can see the notifs appearing.

"Ashley" Irwin: tell them to move it.

Me: but they'll probably get suspicious that I'm texting someone else.

"Ashley" Irwin: tell them they're blowing up your phone.

Me: alright.

As I send a message to the others to say "yo bitch you is blowing up meh phone so take it to another spot. Bitch." which is what I really sent, I realize that this is my first real text conversation I had with Ashton. I mean, we've been talking for the past few days and I don't know what to do now. I should be used to having conversations with guys. I talk to Cal, Luke, and Mike like everyday.

We continued talking for the next hour until it was midnight and I fell asleep in the middle of texting him.

Me: I got to go to sleep, I'm getting dr


I woke up at two in the morning with a sick feeling in my stomach. Oh god, this doesn't feel good. Suddenly, something felt like it was coming up. So I run out of my room into the bathroom and rush to the toilet.

I don't know what happened.

Audrey runs into my bathroom and sees me leaning against the wall breathing heavily after my cold flash. I tell her what happened and she goes to call my dad saying that I'm sick and that I'm staying home from school today.

I'm lead back to my room with a bucket in case I vomit again and I lie down on my bed under the covers.

I take my phone off the charger and text basically everyone I know the same message.

Me: hey I'm not going to school today. I just threw up and I don't feel good.

I then go back to bed.

When I wake up eight hours later, I check my phone. I got a few get well texts, Marlee said she'll come over later after school.

Then I got a new message.

From Ashton.

"Ashley" Irwin: text me your address. I'm coming over.

Hey guys. So I'm sick at the moment so I stayed home from school. But I wanted to get this chapter in now.

I'm going to an Indians game Sunday (Niall's birthday)!

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