"umm emery are you still there?" Luke's voice was sad.
"Luke, I will have to call you back. I need to think about it."
"Okay I love..." and the phone went off. I felt bad cutting him off but I would do it again if I got the chance to. My mind was so confused, but in a way I had butterflies flying around inside of my stomach causing huge waves of redness to my cheeks and I could go on and on about the way he made me feel, but the point of him wanting me to tour with him is what needs to be the point of discussion. How would I just leave Addie? I cant take her with me! I don't honestly believe that I could possibly drop everything to go on tour with, what I am sure to be, the love of my life. Addie needs me. Without me here who is going to look after her and take care of her?
Addie walked in the kitchen to see me on the floor debating with myself. I could tell that she could see that I was upset.
"Mommy, why are you crying?" She said , her head was hanging low. "Oh I had something in my eye sweetie" I lied to her. I felt bad lying to my daughter ,but on the hand, telling her the truth wouldn't exactly be great idea either.
"Where is Luke?" Addie asked looking under the table. It was cute how she thought that he might be hiding under the table, but we all know that he would not be able to fit since he is a giant human being with long legs. I couldn't help but let out a giggle. She scurried all throughout the kitchen searching up and down for where he may be hidden.
"He had to go for now" I said holding back the tears. It was not about the fact that he had left me and Addie both, but the reason of which he had to justify my fears and then turn around and hit me in the face with his "endless" affection towards me. He made me upset and happy at the same time, which I understand is not normal but it felt like a normal occurrence at the moment.
I sighed ,"okay, go get ready baby. I have to take you to school in about an hour"
She tip-toed over to plant a kiss on my nose. "Okay" she said skipping away towards the bathroom to fix her hair and put on her favorite pink floral t-shirt. when she was done I fed her, her favorite cereal, which is fruit loops without the green ones, and we headed out the door. We took a taxi because my car was still at the tow shop from being hauled away the night of Addie being kidnapped by Greg.
We arrived to the school. A sign that read "Jones Pre- School " is huge blue lettering, hung above the entrance. The entire building screamed children, with the playground out back and the school garden that was decorated with hand paintings done by the all the kids on campus. The school doors opened to greet her with new things to learn and all her little friends. I took a deep breath as they closed, keeping out all bad things from getting to her.
I still had to find out what I was going to do about the whole Luke thing. I figured I did not have much time since the concert was tonight and I was to meet him there. Soon after the thoughts started to pile up in my mind and block anything else, I got a phone call from one of my close friends. She had a teen pregnancy just like me, but was still with her baby daddy. We had met at a support group had I went to shortly after attending Safe Haven. Her name, Xeria Connor, popping up on the screen gave me a sense of joy, because she could always cheer me up..
"Hey baby cakes, haven't talked to you in a while, how is it going for my Emery Stone?" her voice sounding cheerful and peppy, which is not like her. She is a artistic, sarcastic, and hilariously funny person, not so much cheerleader-like. Even though she did not sound like herself I could see her long blue hair tied up in a bun and all her tattoos covered by her favorite black cat sweater.
"Hey Zee! I am doing great how about you?"
"Yeah I'm alright. Me and Chris broke up last night though"
"Oh I am so sorry to hear that" I know I wasn't sincere. I loathed Chris Barker. He was never good to Zee and yet she still stayed with that bastard. I gritted my teeth just thinking of him.
"Yeah, He was cheating on me with that girl Elijah, you remember her?"
I gasped, Elijah was the kind of girl that looked very sweet an innocent, but was the exact opposite. I had a first hand experience with her in 5th grade. She had cut off my pony tail of because she thought I had stolen her "boyfriend" but believe me, Mathew Miller was the least of my worries. Her super model body was over powering to any guy she happened to meet, so I was not surprised that Chris was unable to resist her fake, plastic breasts and evil personality. Xeria could do way better then him anyway. Chris was a drug dealer when I met him, Xeria said he cleaned up his act, but every time I saw him, I knew he way high.
"Don't you have anything to tell me Emery? I mean we haven't talked in ages. And you seem to have a LOT to tell me"
I had no idea what she was talking about. "Uh, what do you mean Zee?"
"I mean what is going on with you and the new it-boy , Luke Hemmings!" she was practically screaming on the other line of the phone.
"Well..." she cut me off "Are you guys dating? what is he like? have you guys kissed yet? Is he an asshole? What..??"
Her questions got longer and faster. I had to stop the rambling soon or she could have prattled on forever.
"Listen, we are not really a thing , but we like each other. He also wants me to go on tour with him"
"you sound like a 7th grader Em, "we like each other"! and are you going? you totally should, he is hot!" She was mocking me but it mad me feel a bit better. That maybe I am over thinking this whole thing. That maybe my mind took the situation and played it over and thought the worst out of habit.
"I don't know what to do about Addie though, so I dont think I am going to go" I spoke kind of sad
A loud laugh could be heard from the phone. Why the hell was she laughing?
"Em! I could take car of her. She can stay with me and share a room with her best friend Valerie!", she sang the word Valerie,"They go to the same school and your daughter is not hard to keep track of trust me"
"I don't know if I want to do that to you Zee."
"Oh come on, let me do this favor for you."
"Okay I guess that would be alright. I will pay you for everything anyway and I will call everyday to talk to her"
"No. No money you bitch! I just want one thing in return"
"What?" I knew there had to be a catch somewhere.
"When you go on tour, hook me and Michael up"
"Are you serious?"
"I am dead serious Em!" I laughed and shook my head. How did I not see this coming?
"Okay, I will do my best Zee"
"Okay when do I drop Addie off at your house?"
"I will pick her up from school today so you can go back to your little house and pack then get on your flight over there before he changes his mind emery!"
"I cant thank you enough" I said to her with a grateful smile.
"Don't mention it, be sure to tell Michael all bout how I am such an amazing person!".
Black T-shirt, my favorite pair of jeans, 2 extra pairs of shoes, panties, shorts, my grey nirvana jumper, an extra bra, black cat socks, my toothbrush, perfume and finally some old penguin pajamas. I shoved all of my stuff into a backpack including my rainy day money. A total of 900$ fro the rest of the tour. I looked fine to meet him. I was wearing maroon ripped skinny jeans, a black lace, layered spaghetti strap top, plain old black vans, my grey beanie, and a black zip up hoodie. I wasn't the prettiest at the moment but I was comfortable enough to stand a roughly 5 hour flight to New York.
I let out a sigh. I just thought about him waiting for me when I got off the plane. His big blue eyes light up and a big smile spread over his face. I could not wait.
I walked out of the door and placed an extra key under a plant pot so that Xeria could get in if Addie needed anything. I texted Luke:
I am on my way to New York.
see you there huh?
I instantly got a text back from Luke:
I will pick you up from the airport :)
I am so excited XD
I got off the plane and stood in the lot looking for a familiar face. The ride on the way here was peaceful, if you think a little bastard kicking the back of your chair is a good time. I had the little peanuts everybody talks about and they were terrible. Too salty and they were burned to a crisp. The only way I survived is playing green day on replay.
My gaze wondered looking side to side trying to find Luke. He was no where to be seen, I was starting to get a weird feeling in my stomach. I saw a man holding up a sign that said "Stone" but there could be more than one "stone" in the world. I built up the guts to go ask who he was referring to.
"Exuse me sir, who are you looking for?
"E. Stone miss"
"As in emery stone?"
"Yes that is her, have you seen her?"
"I am emery stone" I stuck out my hand to greet him.
"Oh that is good, follow me an I will take you to your destination" he said with a side smirk. I shouldn't think anything about it right? I mean he knew my name and seemed like he would be the type of person that coated around famous celebrities. I got in his long black limo. I felt really special that Luke had sent a limo to come get me from the airport. We seemed to be driving forever when I finally asked where exactly we were going. "I know what you need, I will take you" he replied sarcastically. I wasn't as quite as offended as I was scared for my life. I was completely terrified. I asked once more but he replied with the same stupid remark as before. I shot a text to Luke and asked if he had sent a man with a black limo to come retrieve me. As soon as the text had sent the driver slammed on the brakes. I jolted forward in my seat and slammed my head into the back of his seat.
"Give me your phone please" he spoke
"No, i will turn it on silent " I said
He turned around in his chair and leaned in close to my face. "I said. give me the fucking phone bitch!" he yelled. it made me crawl out of my skin, i threw the phone in his direction, hitting his shoulder.
He sat back down and placed my phone in a compartment up front. The car started again and this time I was ready to jump out or scream for help. My phone buzzed. i tried to see what Luke had said. i scooted up close trying to get a peak at the screen. I saw the word "No" lightend up across the phone and shivers ran up and down my spine. The driver glared at me through the rear view mirror. His eyes making sharp holes in me.
I was in the car with a total stranger. OK. i had to make a plan. It was too late to make a plan because my body was already in action. I slowly un buckled my seatbelt, yanked my phone back, opened the car door, took a deep breath and jumped out of the car.
Rock. glass. hard ground. I fell hard but kept rolling. My eyes opened, i was out of the car laying in the street. My face directly planted on a straight yellow line. I had no idea what had just happened, nor why it happened. I was without a doubt lost and dazed. I searched for surrounding building or houses and there was one house and a storage house.
Running. Running as fast I could to the house. No looking back i thought to myself. just run. I was about halfway to the house when i did look back. The black limo was turning around and heading full speed in my direction. I darted to the house. I reached the steps and banged on the door, sceaming, crying, a elderly man finally opened the door and i rushed in telling him to close it. He stood in shock but closed the door.
"What is the matter with you?" his New York accent was thick
"I am in trouble, there is a man who is trying to get me please!" I hollered
"Go upstairs now!" he beckoned
I tripped up the stairs and into a bedroom, pulled out my phone and dialed Lukes number. It rang and rang. "shit come one Luke" i said and called again. It rang and rang and still no awnser from Luke or anyone.
On the third time he finally picked up and I was frantic.
"Luke! I need you to come get me!"
"What are you talking about? somebody was supposed to come get you"
"This really creepy guy picked me up instead, I don't know who you sent but this guy isn't safe Luke"
"Did you get his name ?"
"No luke just come get me !!"
"Okay Okay where are you ?"
"I don't know Luke!! Cant you just track my phone or something?"
"Yea Okay I will get Michael on it right now just stay there okay?"
"Okay Luke I love you"
"I love you too"
The phone hung up. I had know idea why I said that. It just happened without thinking. I felt better about my situation though. I cracked open the door and saw the driver talking to the man at the door. The driver had a fire red face and the man remained calm. After a couple of minutes the driver stormed off in rage and the man began to walk up the stair towards my room.
I quickly closed the door and sat on the bed, he walked in with a blanket and hung it around me and plopped down on the bed beside me. He said nothing because he knew just how scared I was.
"The man you were scared of is gone now"
I looked up at him and got a good look at his face. He had a scruffy beard. It was the color of snow with a few black hairs here and there, but for the most part it was white. He had silver hair that was pointing in all different directions and forest green eyes.
"Did you know him?" He said
"No I didn't. I was just arriving at the airport to meet someone and my friend sent someone to get me and he said that he was the guy"
"Oh okay, do you need anything?, Do you need to call anyone?"
"No I already called someone and they are on there way but thank you,by any chance can I get your name?"
"Nice to meet you Brian"
"Same to you, what is your name"
"That is a strong name, no wonder you are so brave"
"Thank you sir"
We heard a knock at the door.
"Stay here Emery"
He ran down the stairs to awnser the person standing at the door. It went silent but then I heard Luke yelling my name. I threw off the blanket and flew down the steps and in to his arms. He held me so tight I was almost out of breath. I was so happy to see him a tear rolled down my face and on to my lip. It was salty and bitter but I didn't care I was safe now.
He whispered in my ear "you are okay". He let go and I fell to his arm and stayed by his side.
"Thank you for taking her in sir, how could I repay you?" Luke said
"Oh your welcome it was a pleasure, you just make sure this pretty lady is safe from now on okay"
"I absolutely will" He said as he looked down at me. His eyes were so happy .
"Go ahead kiss her!" Brian said.
I giggled and Luke grabbed my hips and pulled me in close then put his lips on mine. It was soft and sweet and I could feel him smile mid kiss. He pulled away and gently kissed my forehead.
"You two better get out of here before that idiot comes back" Brian warned
"Ok" Luke replied and picked me up and slung me over his shoulder and ran to his car. He sat me down in the passenger seat, gave me a wink and closed the car door. I checked my hair in the side mirror before he got in and started the engine.
"Where are we going?"
"Its a secret"
"what do you mean its a secret Hemmings?"
"Hemmings?" he said with a smirk
"Yes. Hemmings suits you."
"Ok. understandable," he giggled and took my hand in his, "does that mean I can call you Mrs. Hemmings?"
My whole face flushed and my hand got sweaty from my nerves, " Yes that is fine with me "
"Good," he held my hand even tighter, " I will have you know that you gave me a real scare"
"I am sorry, the man had a sign with my name on it and you said that you would send someone to come and get me, so I went with him."
"And not once did you ask his name?"
"No I didn't! I don't know why but I guess I was just too frightened about the whole thing that my only instinct was to get the hell out of there!"
"Well that was smart because right after you called me my guard that planned on getting you called and said that you never showed up, so whoever that was he was bad news."
"Do you think it could be one of Greg's friends trying to get revenge on me for putting Greg in prison?"
"Maybe, I don't know exactly and I rather not think about it, because you are here now. With me. and I couldn't be happier"
"Thank you Hemmings, don't flatter yourself" I said and playfully punched his arm
"No its true after I left the other morning, I felt so alone and incomplete, I had no other choice than to get you to come on tour with us"
"You know you are a real asshole right? You could have woken me up when you had to leave"
"You just looked so beautiful sleeping that I didn't want to disturb you my sweets"
He laughed a belly laughed and looked at me with cool cat eyes, "Yes"
"You are something," I giggled once more,"Can you please tell me where we are going now?"
By then we had passed through at least two small towns and were heading downtown new York city. All the buildings were so tall! People were every where too! Some were walking their dogs or taking a jog at a local park. It was so lively.
"We are going to the little apartment the boys and I are renting for the time we are here in the big apple" Luke said, "don't worry we have a separate room fixed up for you, one of our managers even took the time to buy you a whole new wardrobe. I helped though because I know what you like," he grew a cocky smile, "and if anything isn't to your liking then you can take it back to the store. Oh! and the boys and I were going to go out tonight to celebrate you coming with us"
I was so flattered and completely excited. This seemed like it would go well and that everything had fallen into place. Luke continued to talk, "And then tomorrow we have to go to the studio early in the morning to work on a new song, but we should be back around 9:00 so you can either sleep in or go take a walk around the city, your choice". He was smiling so big I thought that he could just burst it was so hilarious.
"Thank you so much Luke, you don't have to worry I am sure I will be fine"
"Okay I just don't want you to feel out of place, or uncomfortable with us"
"Luke, trust me I am good okay?"
"Alright we are here Ms. Hemmings"
I looked out of the window to see this huge building that was fancier than anything I have ever seen. It was golden brown and the landscaping was well kept up with large fountains and gold lights all pointing to the sign that rose above it "New York co. Apartments". We went through a gate way and into the complex. Luke parked the car and then trotted around the car to open the door for me.
"My lady" he said giving me a bow
"Oh stop" and I took his hand and hopped out
The apartment complex looked so much bigger once you were up close to it. Luke lead me up to the second floor and he took out his keys and unlocked the door. We walked in to see Michael playing on the boys' xbox and Calum making tea for everyone. I was guessing Ashton was in the back taking a shower, since you could hear the water running. The apartment was cleaned up some but there was still dirty clothes draped on the back of the couch and laying on the floor. I didn't mind the mess because the apartment was so big that it didn't even matter.
"Hey guys!" I said with a huge grin
"Hey Emery!!!" Michael said running up to greet me. He squeezed my shoulders as he gave me a great big bear hug. Calum soon followed doing the same.
"Hey now guys back off she needs to go see her room" Luke said pushing Calum off of me.
"Hey don't be rude ! If she wants to hang with us she can" Calum said
"Okay your right" Luke walked out from behind me and went into the kitchen to grab a water
"So how was your ride over here?" Calum asked
"You know how it was you idiot!" Michael shouted
"Oh yea that's right I am sorry" Calum said to me
"its okay really, all that is behind me"
"Really that fast?" Calum asked
"That is a good quality to have Em" Michael said from where he was behind the tv playing whatever video game.
"I think I am going to go check out my room now" I said and the boys nodded
I walked down the hall to a room with a sign on the door that said "EM's ROOM". It was written on a piece of notebook paper and taped to the door with blue ductape. I opened the door and the room was beautiful. It had a small black shag rug on the floor, the bed was covered in a fluffy black bed sheet with cat pillows and a side table with a small lamp and a coffee maker. On the wall was a plastered "5 seconds of summer" poster and a small sticky note that said "provided by Luke :)". Everything was perfect and just how Luke said, in the closet was a entire wardrobe with cute clothes and dresses. There manager had also bought a makeup set, hair tools and soaps for me to use.
I heard a knock at my door, "Hello Emery its Luke"
"you can come in Luke" I said back and he let himself in.
"Do you like it?"
"Yes, I love it! Everything is just great."
"Okay that is good," he came closer and snaked his arms around my waist and pulled me into his chest. "Well I also came in to tell you to go ahead and start getting ready to go out because we are leaving soon"
"Ok" I said and kissed his warm cheek.
We let go and he left out the door. I walked over to my closet to try and pick out something to wear for the event. I decided on a black skater dress with black pumps and a maroonish leather jacket. I put on a necklace that had a small diamond at the end and curled my hair. I did my makeup with a black smokey eye and bold lashes with light pink lipstick. Finally I put on some nice perfume and left my room. I walked into the living room area and was greeted by Ashton sitting on the couch.
"Wow Emery you look gorgeous" His eyes examining me up and down.
I blushed, "thank you Ashton".
Someone came up from behind me and wrapped their arms around me and whispered in my ear "yes you look beautiful". I turned around to see Luke. He gave me a kiss on my forehead again and turned around "Come on guys we are leaving!!" All the boys came out of their rooms and we loaded into the car. Michael sat in the front seat, Luke went in first leaving me in the middle and Calum followed me.
"Where are we going?" Calum asked Ashton who was driving.
"The Joint" He said with a loud giggle.
Luke leaves and says he will be back
gives her time to think
adoption or foster care
tour ends in the winter
her best friend is willing to take addie for the spring and summer
she going on tour
calum gets drunk tries to frickle frackle
luke gets angry at calum am em
goes to hotel
next moring calum apologizes
he comes back and emery left
she booked a flight back
luke goes after her
asked her to stay