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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5. The Only Reason

-Alex’s POV-

-48 hours later-

I walked into the entrance of the record store bracing myself for a lecture, taking a glimpse at the watch Ashton bought me for my 18th , 10:36am, I realised I was precisely 36 minutes late. I took a deep breath before pushing the door which made a ringing sound. “You’re late again Turner” the manager started “I know, I’m sorry I’ll make up for it Friday I promise” I pleaded, the last thing I needed was too lose my job today “Woah are you okay? You look rough, again” a genuine look of concern came my way, I let out a small chuckle before rubbing my temple “Yeah, hectic night” I sighed again ever since Sunday I hadn’t slept properly all I can think about is Ashton “You good to do your shift? only I got to run” He glanced at his watch, obviously I was keeping him “Yeah go” I pointed to the door urging him to leave “Alright, but don’t scare off the customers, don’t forget to lock up either” He threw the keys to me as I took his place in front of the till.

 Honestly I don’t understand why he made such a big deal about it, it’s not like we get many customers anyway. Making my way to the CD player I took out the crappy 80’s CD that was playing and replaced it with Ed Sheeran’s CD – X. This is why I so desperately wanted this job, 15 free CD’s a year and who the hell doesn’t want to practically sit on their ass listening to music all day and get paid for it!!!! Walking down the shop isles I tidied CD and put them in their correct order trying to take my mind of my current situation. As I was putting the last CD back the shop door opened as indicated by the bell and in walked to customers – one walked straight to the front of the shop and the other went to the section ‘G’. I rose from the floor and put on a smile. “Hi can I help you” I beamed to the young lad standing over the Green Day CDs. “Urhh, I was just wondering what CD is better, Dookie or American Idiot?” he held a CD in both hands weighing them up, “Hmm I’d say...” I thought my answer through, shit; I wish I had paid more attention to Luke drowning on about Green Day. What would Luke say? “Man, everyone knows that Dookie is the most popular but that’s like the 1994 album, you don’t want the most recent so scrap out Demolicious, personally I’d go for American Idiot but really depends what you’re in to, Dookie’s like the hardcore punk rock beliefs but American Idiot is deep soulful songs the lyrics talk in poetic ways it’s probably one of the best albums written to date”

That’s what Luke would say.

The Australian accent filled the silence, my body froze, my mouth went dry and my palms sweaty. “Alright awesome, I’ll get American Idiot then Thanks dude” I faced the Australian standing in my store, His blonde quiff was neatly folded back like always, he wore his signature torn skinny jeans and a Nirvana T-shirt, he held is lip ring in his front teeth before smiling awkwardly. What was he doing here?

Okay that’s “£7.90” Please, I held out the shopping bag to the stranger waiting for him to return the offer with cash. Handing me a ten pound note I rummaged through the till to find the exact change “Well thanks, and you should hire him” He points to Luke before exiting the store. “Yeah Alexa hire me” Luke’s chuckle echoed through the store, I slapped his shoulder before pulling him into a deep hug. Inhaling his scent I realised how much I had missed him, I missed them

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