"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.


7. turn around

I wake up at ten in the morning, which is the time that I normally wake up in the morning. Yes, I got only seven hours of sleep, but who cares?

I reach over to my nightstand and check my phone. All of my friends were up before me and texted me stuff. I go through each message.

From: Marlee the amazing "hey, I'm going to B&N today. Wanna come?"

From: Marlee the amazing "and did Cal just set me and Luke up for a date tonight? Bc I got a text from him saying that Babita is some fancy Mexican restaurant so dress fancy and then he texted me lyrics to Iggy Azalea's song."

From: Calum the Hood "keep on turning it up! Chandelier swinging we don't give a fuck!"

From Mikey Clifford "is Calum on drugs? Cuz he's texting me song lyrics."

And then I get a new text.

From: Calum the Hood "far over the misty mountains cold! To dungeons deep and taverns old!"

I decide to text him back.

To: Calum the Hood "Cal, you're starting to make Mikey question if you are on drugs. And FYI, it's caverns old, not taverns old get your Hobbit facts straight."

From: Calum the Hood "I'm not on drugs. I'm on a sugar high. And forgive me but I'm not J.R.R Tolkien."

I roll my eyes and hop out of bed. I text Marlee back saying that I can go to Barnes and Noble with her after I drop off "Little Woman" at the library. Thank goodness on Saturdays, my dad is at the club cleaning up from last night/this morning.

I take a very long shower, and once I got out and dried off, I got a text from Luke.

From: Luke "Chem"mings "So apparently I've been set up to go to some fancy Mexican restaurant with Marlee tonight. And btw, J.R.R Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and LOTR trilogy, right? Cuz Calum texted me asking that."

Yeah, how creative of my contact name for him. Well, we exchanged numbers after being paired up for a lab in Honors Chemistry junior year and because we both have the same AP Chemistry class this year, the teacher decided to make us lab partners for the entire year.

I wrap my hair in a twisty towel and reply.

To: Luke "Chem"mings "okay. First, you're right on J.R.R Tolkien. Second, I am still mad at you for giving my number to Ashton. Third, what was he going to blackmail you for?"

I got a reply back from him instantly.

From: Luke "Chem"mings "I'd rather not talk about it right now."

To: Luke "Chem"mings "okay. I got to get dressed and I'm spending the day with Marlee before my shift tonight."

From: Luke "Chem"mings "okay."

I throw on my outfit for the day: a t-shirt with the Egyptian Eye of Horus design, jean shorts, and my pair of black high top converse.

After I finished getting changed, I got a text from my dad.

From: dad "eight thirty tonight."

I roll my eyes and text him back saying alright. I head downstairs and see Audrey making breakfast. "Good morning, miss Connor." She greets me.

"Morning, Audrey." I reply grabbing a piece of wheat toast, picking up the library copy of "Little Woman", and snatching my car keys.

Audrey looks back at me. "In a rush today?"

"I'm hanging with Marlee today." I answer with a mouthful of toast.

"Okay then. Well have fun." She says as I walk out into the garage and to my car.

Just as I'm about to turn my car on, my phone buzzes. Apparently, I missed a text from Marlee saying she'll pick me up at my house. But then I got a new text.

From: Ashton Irwin "hey Connor Watson. How's your weekend?"

Why was he texting me this early in the morning? Well, it's not early because it's ten thirty, but still.

I decided to ignore the message and wait for Marlee. But soon enough, I get another text from him.

From: Ashton Irwin "I know you saw the message. It said you read it. Now I'm asking again, how is your weekend?"

And he got me.

To: Ashton Irwin "okay."

That's when Marlee shows up in my driveway.

I grab my bag with my stuff and head to her car. I open the door to the passenger seat and hop in. "Morning, Con." She says as I slam the door and buckle up.

"Morning, Mar." I reply back and she pulls out of the driveway and onto the street.

"So how was your night?" She asks.

I sigh. "Well other than Ashton now knowing my number, it was fine. But some drunk guy did stick his hand down my skirt."

Her face turns pale. "Anything happened after that?" She chokes.

I shake my head no. "I kneed him and removed his hand from my clothing." And then she cackles. "So how about you and your date tonight?" I joke as we pull out of the library after I dropped my book in the return box outside.

"Well, first things first, I'm the realest. I'm just kidding I'm just kidding!" She corrects while I'm slapping my knee. "Okay, but first of all, it's not a date; it's a simple 'make Calum happy because he went through all this trouble to do this' thing." She says as we pull into the shopping center. "And second, I don't like Luke like that."

"I swear if Calum keeps this matchmaking stuff up, I'm going to have to start calling him Emma Woodhouse." I state laughing. But Marlee doesn't get it. "Emma Woodhouse. From the book 'Emma' by Jane Austen. She's a matchmaker who doesn't know what trouble she can get herself into."

Marlee rolls her eyes. "Seriously, how many books have you read?" She asks as we park the car and get out of it.

"It doesn't matter how many books I've read." I remind her. "It's about how I let my imagination fly."

"By calling Calum a chick from the olden days who's a matchmaker."

She adds.

"And marries Mr.Knightley!"

"Oh, so he'll find a girl with the last name of Knightley?" She smirks as we walk into Barnes and Noble.

"Sometimes, you just don't understand book humor." I tell her as I get lost in the books. As I'm looking through the sci-fi section, my phone buzzes in my pocket. I pull it out and check the message.

From: Ashton Irwin "turn around."

Okay, so I've never read Emma, but there's Wikipedia.

So today I was making these picture type things for my OFC (original female characters) and so here's Connor's below.

Thanks for reading!


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