Four days later
Everyone was either at school of work, Louis and I had been watching cartoons all day in the lounge room and it was nearing three o’clock. My family came over yesterday to catch up; it was fun apart from my aunty embarrassing me in front of Louis, I sit cuddled into his side, one of his arms are wrapped around me as I trace patens on his thigh. A while later my mum arrived home, my brother shortly after, Louis disappeared up stairs with him to play Xbox while I stood in the kitchen with my mum.
“I found my old book in my wardrobe, are there anymore?” I ask and my mum turns to me.
“The journals?” I nod.
“I only found four of them.”
“I think there might be some in your old room, in the bed side draw.” She looks away going back to what she was previously doing. “Why?”
“I want to take them back to London.” I shrug, “Just to have them I guess.” She nods and I exit the kitchen, going up stirs and into my old room, the room Louis is staying in, I can here Louis and my brother shouting at one another as I walk to the other side of the bed, pulling the bedside tables draw open to find one of the journals open and face down, as if to save the page, I pick it up and check the page its open to before closing it immediately, I suck in a deep breath before picking up the other book and push the draw closed. When I enter my room down stairs I place them on the stake that sat on my bedside table, all together there are seven books but one is back in London, the outside of them all are identical, the inside not so much, the inside is full of letters I wrote my sister, different dates and different years.
“You found them?” my mum asked as I enter the kitchen again, she is placing something in the oven and I nod.
“Yeah. Thanks for keeping them.” she smiles at me.
“They weren’t mine to throw away.” I smile back at her before leaving the kitchen and sitting on the lounge.
I kissed Ellen goodnight and left her room going up the stairs and into her old room, I changed into a pair of shorts and got into bed, letting the covers fall over me, just at my waist, I leaned over to the bedside table and pulled the draw out, to my surprise the books were gone, I frown and stupidly push the draw closed just to open it again to make sure they were really gone. I sit with my back to the headboard for a moment, pondering over where they might have gone. Once I pathetically checked the draw again I found my feet making my way towards the door and flicking the light off before going back to the bed and lying down, covering myself in the blanket.
Four days later
After having a great wakeup call from my family and Louis we had a homemade breakfast made by dad, afterwards I was given presents and I opened them with my family, a while past of us all talking before my parents left the room, soap had disappeared to his room and they had left us know we were going out for lunch, I sat beside Louis and thanked him for my present constantly, he got me my favourite perfume that you can’t get anywhere but Australian, and he didn’t even get one bottle he got five so I didn’t run out when we were back in London. I know the perfume wasn’t the cheapest one out there and I couldn’t believe he got me five bottles; I press a kiss to his lips.
“You know you really only had to get me one.” I told him and he shrugged.
“It’s your eighteenth and I didn’t know what to get you.”
“Louis.” I laugh, “One bottle is so expensive let alone five.” He shrugged again.
“It’s your favourite.” I reach my hand up to cares his cheek before kissing his lips.
“Thank you.” I smile.
“Come on kids, time to get ready.” my mum interrupts us and I jump slightly and turn to see her already dressed nicely, standing on the bottom step a light blush on her cheeks. I get up and pull Louis up behind me, she enters the kitchen and I kiss Louis once more before he goes up stairs and I head into my room.
“What are you going to wear?” my mum asked as we both stood in my room and I pondered looking though my bags.
“I haven’t got anything nice.” She smiled and I cocked my head to the side confined that she’s happy about this. “What?” I asked and she starts walking towards my wardrobe.
“Come, let me show you something.” I followed her and found a black dress back handing in the bare wardrobe and a black shoebox on the ottoman in the middle; I look towards my mum who is still smiling. “Well are you going to go see what it is?” she asked and I hesitantly walked towards the dress bag, pulling the zipper down before finding a red dress, I pulled the bag off the get a better view letting the bag fall to the floor as I pull the short bottom out and observe the dress, it was beautiful. “Do you like it?” my mum asks and I nod.
“Yes, thank you.” I turn and sit on the ottoman, placing the show box on my lap and pulling the lid off, placing it beside me and pulling the tissue paperback to reveal black Koi Couture heels, I smile and look up to my mum. “Thank you so much.”
“Now get ready.” she says kissing my forehead and leaving, I look at the dress from my sitting position before stripping down to my underwear and slipping into the dress, reaching behind my back to zip it up and taking a seat back on the ottoman slipping my feet into the heels and pushing my hair over my shoulder as I stood up and looked at myself in the full length mirror, my hand rose to fix the position of my elephant necklace before checking my normal diamond studs were sitting proply.
As I walk out of the room I run my finger though my hair, before letting it lay behind me, I enter the living room and Louis is sitting on the lounge by my brother and across from my dad, all of them dressed nicely, my mum enters after me and stands beside me as we look at the boys watching TV.
“Should we go?” My mum asks capturing their attention and they all turned, Louis smiled as my dad replied, we made our way to the door and Louis placing his hand in the small of my back, guiding me to the car.
“You look beautiful.” He whispers kissing my cheek quickly; I blush and slid into the car as elegantly as I can, I buckle into the middle as Louis and Soap do their belts up either side of me, as we drive towards the city Louis takes my hand and fiddles with my fingers, the car is felled with chatter and the drive seems like it has been cut short, we finally get a parking spot in the underground car park and head towards the elevators, we step in and the elevator moves up until we step out once again, Louis taking my hand as we follow my parents towards one of my favourite restaurants in Darling Harbor.
“So you’re staying another week?” my mum asks after we had started eating, Louis and I both nod after looking at one another,
“You guys should visit, it’s really nice over there, cold but nice.” I say after swallowing my mouth full of food, I take a sip of my drink as my parents interact.
“Are you two going to get married?” I chock on my drink after Joshes question, Louis rubbing my back asking if im okay, I close my eye for a moment to gather myself before looking towards Soap.
“Why do you ask?” I ask, my parents attention on us and I can feel Louis’ eyes on me as I watch Josh who shrugs.
“I don’t know, you have just been dating a while.” I look towards Louis after Josh goes back to his meal, we both laugh at the same time and I wriggle in my chair as I compose myself.
“No, we’re not getting married anytime soon.” I reply and look towards my parents; my mum has a trace of a smirk, my dad eyeing Louis.
I sit in the bathroom as Tegan curls my hair. “And we are doing this why?” I ask and they shrug.
“Were going to a party, I got an invitation to some party and said I could bring a guest.” Tegan explains.
“So im going to someone else’s party on my birthday?” I raise an eye brow and they nod, “Hey and if the invitation said you could bring a guest why are you bringing two?” She frowns slightly.
“I never thought about that.” She shrugs, “Oh well, we are still all going.”
“This is okay to wear?” I ask as we head out to Tegan’s mums car, Claudia and I sitting in the back as Tegan sits in the passenger seat.
“Yes its fine, look we are dressed almost the same.” Claudia replies, “You’re just red and we are white.” She says and I shrug it off, soon we arrive at a hall and get out, I thank Tegan’s mum and she wishes me Happy Birthday for the second time today and we head in through the front, Tegan was on her phone the whole drive and she still is but finally looks away from it as she pushes open a door, the room is dark and im confused until the lights come on and every one standing around the hall yells, “Surprise!” a wide grin spreads on my lips as I notice the faces.
“Oh my god.” Is all I can form as Tegan and Claudia laugh at me, im soon dragged away from the black and while room full of people in black and white costumes and into a small room. “I can’t believe you.” I say, my grin never leaving my face, Claudia flicks the light in the room on and it reveals three black and white costumes, a French maid, what looks to be a panda bear and a prisoner.
“Come on, time to change.” Tegan says pointing to the Jail bird outfit, I rise and eyebrow before making my way over to it, I kick my heels off and pull the zipper to my dress down, I get the dress on and need Tegan zips it up, I roll the net thigh stockings up my legs before zipping the knee high black leather high heel boots up. I grip the chocker and Velcro it around my neck before throwing my curly hair over my shoulder to lie down my back, I place the stripped hat on my head and turn to look at Tegan and Claudia who are already looking at me.
“How do I look?” I ask and they laugh at the pose I pull.
“Great.” Claudia tells me and I compliment them on their costumes before we make our way back though the door and into the hall, im greeted by plenty of people I know from school last year, and I finally find my parents in the large room, their dressed as black and white 80s disco dancers, my mum waring a terrible wig and my dad a fake afrow.
“You surprised?” my dad asks and I nod.
“Very. I was not expecting that.” I reply and they smiles.
“Well we aren’t going to stay long, we will take your brother and you can enjoy your eighteenth birthday.” I smile and hug them both, “Don’t party too hard.” My mum ads and I nod.
“Yes mum, of cause.” Soon I leave them and walk around talking to everyone, I feel a strong arm around my waist and spin to see Louis, I look him up and down to see he is a cop and I understand my costume now, I raise my hands up and I look up at him.
“I swear it wasn’t me.” I say causing him to laugh and he grips my hands and forces me to turn, he holds my hands behind me back with one hand as he uses his other hand to pull my hair off my neck to kisses it.
“It was you.” He says against my ear, my blood going cold as his hot breath washes over my shoulder and onto my chest, “You’re in this dress and you looking pretty damn sexy.” My eyes close as lips press a kiss just under my ear, my head tilting slightly to the side. He releases my hands and I turn again, his hands on my waist as I look up at him, a crooked smile on his lips, I wrap my arms around his neck and kiss his lips.
“And you look hot as a cop.”
“Im a police officer ma’am.” He corrects and I bit my lip.
“And I’ve been a bad girl.” I say and watch as his eyes sparkle.
“Maybe I should punish you and teach you a lesson.” One hand on the small of my back the other on the back of my thigh as we observe each other, my bottom lip taken between my teeth and im about to say something but am interrupted.
“Ellen.” Louis and I turn as one to see Claudia’s boyfriend standing a few meters away.
“Raymond.” I smile and Louis and I drop our arms, “How are you.”
“Im great, thanks. Happy Birthday.” I smile.
“Thank you, and let my guess, because Claudia is a French maid you must be some kind of servant.” He nods, “You’re a butler?” he nods again.
“Great guess.” I smile.
“I know, I know, im great.” I joke.
“Ellen! Happy birthday.” I look to my left the see Tegan’s boyfriend Jack.
“Thank you, Jack.” I smile, his also matching Tegan as he stands in a panda suit.
“I love your costume.” I laugh and he looks down at himself.
“Tegan wanted to go as a panda.” He shrugs.