"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.


9. People I didn't expect


"So are you sure he's going to do it?" Marlee asks as I take a bit of my Subway five dollar footlong.

I snatch a loose banana pepper from my mouth. "I really hope he doesn't." I tell her. "As much as I hate Amy with a burning passion, and I do, I don't want to get involved with her relationship with Ashton. He's probably having a bad day or something."

Mar takes a sip of her soda. "I'm not sure if that's the case." She shrugs her shoulders. "He's unfortunately in my AP Government class and before he walks in, I see him kissing Amy out in the halls. The next thing I know he walks in and slumps in his seat. I don't even bother to ask."

Why would Ashton even slump in his desk? He's dating the most popular girl in school.

I take another bite of my sub as my phone buzzes signaling that I have a call. I look and it's my dad.

"Who is it?" Marlee asks.

"Hades himself." I answer. That's who I call my dad because Hades is the God of Hell which is basically what my dad is. Pure fucking hell. I hit answer and put the phone to my ear. "Hello?"

"Connor," my dad starts, "this is a rare thing for me to do. Tonight, I'm letting you leave early. But next Friday, I expect you to work twice as many hours okay? Okay. Bye." He hangs up.

I awkwardly look at my phone and then set it down on the table. "What happened?" Marlee asks taking her final bite of her sub.

"My dad said I can leave early from the..." I look around to make sure no one was paying attention to me. "Club." I say in a whisper.

Her eyes widen. "I'm guessing he must be in a good mood today."

"Either that or he brought some woman home last night and she was good." I reply.

"Did he really?" Marlee laughs. I nod.

"His room is down the hall and I can hear them with the door closed in my big ass house that echoes everything!" I exaggerate.

I check my phone and it is one in the afternoon. "Wanna do some shopping?" Marlee asks as we get up.

"Sure thing. And can you drop me off at the club later tonight when we are done?" I ask.

"Not a problem. Just gotta make sure your dad doesn't see me."


Marlee drives up to the parking lot of Walker Burlesque Club and parks the car.

"Thanks for the ride, Mar." I say unbuckling and exiting the car.

"It's no problem." She replies.

"So pick me up when I'm done?" I ask.

"Yeppers." She answers. "Remember, walrus at midnight."

"Yeah, yeah. Just leave before my dad spots you!" I wave her away and walk into the club.

It's very loud and there are some guys that aren't drunk yet. But to know in a few hours that they will be drunk, I'm kinda used to it.

I enter the back room and change into my uniform that makes me look like a slut.

"Evening, Connor." I hear the voice of Alice walk in. She was in her normal clothes.

"Hey, Alice." I reply back. "I'm leaving early tonight so can you take my shift?"

She groans. "Fine. But only because I like you."


I sit on one of the barstools and wait for the next table I'm suppose to wait.

"Watson, number three needs to order!" The bartender yells at me.

"Okay!" I yell back.

I turn around and look at table three to see who the douchebags were.

I'm glad I didn't say douchebags out loud.

Because at table three were three guys who graduated when I was in eighth grade but I knew through Marlee's older brother. Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson.

I turn around in my chair. "Uh, can someone else get that table?" I ask. "I'm already packed."

"You served all of your tables already. Get your ass over to that table and take orders!" One waitress who was close to drunk screams.

I take a deep breath, grab my pad of paper, and walk over to Niall, Louis, and Harry.

"Hello, may I take your order?" I ask hoping that they don't recognize me.

"Miller Light." Niall replies.

"Same." Harry adds on.

"I'll take a Corona." Louis says. I jot down the orders and walk away.

"Wait, Connor?" Shit.

I turn around and notice they were all looking at me. I slightly smile. "Hey, guys."

Harry gets up from his chair and hugs me. "What brings you here? How have you been?"

Well, he now knows that I work here. "I've been alright. And I work here." I answer. "What brings you three here? I thought you were at San Beradino," I point to Harry, "I thought you traveled back to Ireland," I point to Niall, "and I thought you were on a soccer scholarship at the Ohio State University. And you've only been out of high school for four years."

Louis gets up from his seat. "We thought we'd hang out again and meet here because we are of age. Liam and Zayn couldn't come, though." Their two other friends, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik.

"Well, if you excuse me I gotta do something." I say running out of their sight. I set my pad of paper with their orders on the front piece of paper, "Get these orders to table three I need to use the restroom badly." I tell the bartender.

Big lie.

I run back into the back room and get changed into the clothes I was wearing before. Then I pull out my phone and text Marlee.

To: Marlee the amazing "hey I'm texting you early but can you pick me up somewhere between the club and downtown?"

I creek the door to the back room open and check around.

Drunk guys checking out the dancers.

Alice and the other dancers doing that voodoo that they do.

Dad blending in with the drunk guys and making out with some woman.

Louis, Harry, and Niall drinking their beers and talking but not watching the dancers.

Okay, no one is paying attention to me.

I walk out of the back room and around towards the back entrance that no one uses.

For the first time, I snuck out during work.

As I am walking down the streets with my backpack of my uniform and such, my phone buzzes.

From: Marlee the amazing "Con, this isn't really the time. I totally forgot about my 'date' w/ Luke tonight so I'm in the middle of it. Really really sorry. Why not call someone else? Gtg. Luv ya!"


I really hope either Michael or Calum can pick me up. So I text them each asking.

From: Calum the Hood "I don't have my license dude. Did you ask Mar?"

As I get farther from the club, I get more worried that I'll get jumped because it's 9:45 at night and it's dark.

To: Calum the Hood "she's on her 'date' w/ Luke that you set up."

And then I got a text from Michael.

From: Mikey Clifford "wish I could, but studying for Gov. test that's Monday."

To: Mikey Clifford "Michael Gordon Clifford is actually studying?!"

He didn't reply to me after that so I just kept walking.

Suddenly, I saw a bright light coming from behind me. I turn around and see a car coming towards me. I shield my eyes as it comes closer to me. The next thing I know, it stops in front of me. The car horn honks as I walk around to the passenger side.

"Hey, Connor Watson."

I notice who was driving the car.

"What are you doing here?" I ask Ashton.

He shrugs his shoulders. "Just driving around town. Ya need a ride?"

Ride. I nod frantically. He signals me to get in the car and I do so.

I really hope I'm doing the right choice.

Hey I made my first banner!! Okay, so next week I won't update cuz I'm at band camp. That's all.

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