Close As Strangers.

I love him, I do. I love him with every ounce of my body, I’m just tired. Tired of pretending that I’m okay and that I’m happy for him because, I’m not. I’m not happy for him and I’m certainly not okay. Could you live without the love of your life for 6 months straight?.

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8. Disconnected

-Ashton POV-

I climbed out of the taxi after throwing $20 to the driver closing the door I approached the record shop which shutters were down and on the door a note saying ‘Closed due to staff sickness’ but the writing wasn’t her handwriting. Worried I fished my phone from my pocket and pulled up the contact ‘Babe’ and text to see if she was okay. Ten minutes passed without a reply and I found myself walking to Michael’s house, I reached into my pocket to call Michael “Hey what are you doing?” I questioned “Eating, what are you doing?” Michael questioned back although the question was muffled by whatever he was shovelling into his face. “Nothing, hanging about on the street outside your house” I replied my voice saddened, “Like a prostitute hanging about on street corners” Michael laughed, his face appeared in one of the windows upstairs and he stuck up his middle finger and chuckled through the phone “You’re a dick Michael, let me in” I laughed.

“You want Pizza?” Michael questioned waving a pizza menu in front of my face, I swear this kid never stops eating, “Urh yeah, three cheese please” I smirked realising I rhymed and Michael shot me a look as if to say ‘You’re a dick for finding that funny’ which made me laugh even more. After he ordered he stuck on his Xbox and began to play Fifa, resting my feet on his lap I made myself at home and took out my phone scrolling through twitter favouriting a few fans tweets. “Have you seen Alexa yet?” Michael quizzed out of the blue, I frowned “No, not yet I went to find her today but she’s not at work” I responded. Michael was silent for a few minutes pressing his lips together “Luke went to see her today” he said in barely a whisper probably scared of my reaction. “Of course he did” my eyebrows rose trying not to overreact. “They are like best friends though so, I just thought you’d see her first man” he unpaused the Fifa game and continued the match “Yeah me too”.

After I had eaten ¾ of my pizza, which Michael happily finished off I returned back to twitter, slightly annoyed that Alexa still hadn’t answered my text. I decided to pull up her twitter account but that left me none the wiser of where she was, the last tweet was from 3 days ago which simply said “Everything’s gone”. I wanted to find her and tell her that she’s being stupid, that everything hasn’t gone, everything is still the same. I’m back and I need to hold her in my arms again. I went to my mentions where I could see the same mention again and again ‘Team Ashturn or Team Hemmer?’ realising the terms were trending I clicked on the trend, ‘Luke and Alexa enjoy a sing in the park whereas Ashton is nowhere to be seen’ ‘Luke and Alexa look in love as the pair duet’ Duet? Alexa hates singing, she won’t even sing in front of me. Finding the link for the video I click on it, and Luke’s and Alexa’s voice fill the quite house as Michael turns to me eyes widening. They’re singing All  My Heart by Sleeping With Sirens that’s her favourite song. She’s staring at him with hope filled in her eyes as he looks at her contently. They look in love. “Is that..?” Michael began “Yup” I replied “He’s an asshole”.

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