In the Beginning • Calum Hood

I opened my eyes which I hadn’t realised I’d closed. As they fluttered open, they met the shining ones of Calum, seriously what was with me and his eyes. To be perfectly honest, they were the colour of dog shit, but they were truly the most beautiful dog shit coloured eyes I’d ever seen. His answering smile was just as impassioned as I imagined mine. “That was…wow...” When Anni's long term best friend, Luke, starts a band without her, she is shattered. It was always their dream, and now he was doing it without her? But what she didn't bargain for was the problems that would come with it. Will she fall for a new member? Or will a piece of her past come back and force its way back into her heart? Will this band drive a wedge between friendships? *Strong language and adult themes* *Weekly updates*

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6. Chapter 4

Chapter Four

Opening the pizza box, suddenly a large hand reaches out and grabs my wrist, pulling me upright. I look into the angry face of none-other than Luke. I guess Calum did have enough time after all.

Oh shit, oh shit, oh shit. My head was running the same thought on repeat: Oh shit, oh shit, oh shit. I looked away from Luke's face, unable to take the look of betrayal, anger and concern any longer. 

"Anni... Is it true?"

His voice was much quieter and calmer than I expected, it only made it worse. I could try to play it off, attempt  to make it look like I had no idea what he was talking about or face him straight away and attempt to explain myself and possibly lose him forever. Hmm, tough choice. Imma' going to go with the first option.

Attempting to make myself look confused, I raise my eyebrows at him.

"What are you talking about, Luke. I just brought the pizzas in..."

"Don't bullshit me, Anni. Calum just told all of us he walked in on you and Ashton sucking face."

I gulped, the emphasis on the word Ashton making his face contort into a scowl, like it physically hurt him to say his name. God, I couldn't lie to him, lying only brought more problems...

"Luke, listen it wasn't-"

"Wasn't what, Anni?" Luke interrupted, "How could you? You promised me! Not even a week ago!" His voice began raising with everyword until it reached a yell on the last statement

"Luke, please, I was talking to him about being friends and he-"

"Did he force himself onto you? Oh, I am going to kill that bastard-"

"No, Luke! Oh my god, how could you say that. If you let me finish a goddamn sentence I could tell you what happened!" I shouted at him, outraged that he would think so lowly of Ashton again.

"Then what the fuck happened, Anni?"

During all this this, the other Mikey, Calum and Megan watched the word tennis-match between Luke and I. Ashton was still yet to enter the basement, hopefully for his own safety he would leave.

"Umm, well, when you went back downstairs to talk to the boys, Ashton came up tp the kitchen to talk to me about, you know, 'our history' and whether I could forgive him, and I said I couldn't but I suggested possibly being friends. I went to shake his hand but then we hugged and he lifted me up- I don't know how, because I am like, really heavy-"

I began rambling but at the las statement I saw Calum scoff slightly, trying to ignore him I continued on recounting what was happening.

"And then I laughed and looked at him and he looked at me , and totally forgetting what we just discussed, we were about to kiss, and then Calum walked in. That's all that happened, ok?"

Luke's eyes went wide and I felt his hand around my arm slacken slightly, then tense again. This happened three more times, I could tell whether or not he should be angry with me. His hand loosened and then dropped away from my wrist.

"Get out." he whispered to me.

"What?"

"You heard me, get out of my house."

"Luke, plea-"

"I SAID GET OUT!!"

Micahel intervened, stepping forward to calm him down,

"Luke, come on dude-" 

"Stay out of this, Michael!" Turning back to me, he said it one last time, "Get out of my house."

I felt my eyes prick with unshed tears, he had never been like this to me. But then again, I had never really broken a promise like this. I spun on my heel and ran from the room, trying to not the waterworks begin, but I couldn't stop the sob that escaped me as I ran out of the basement door, into the hallway.

I ran quickly through the Hemmings home, ignoring the calls that came from Ashton, and reaching the front door I wrench it open to face Luke's mother, Liz, who seemed to be in the action of unlocking the door. She smiled and greeted me but I didn't reply as I barrelled past her trying to keep my emotions bottled up inside. I ran forward to my little Toyota, opened the door and slammed it shut, shoving the key into the ignition with shakey hands. I put the car into reverse and sped out of Luke's driveway, making my way home as fast as possible.

Looking out my windscreen I see the sky has darkened, almost as though it was matching my mood. Dark purple clouds rolled from above me to the horizon, deep peals of thunder surrounding me. Lightning crashed and the sky was lit for the briefest of seconds. I sped up a little more, wanting to get home before the storm hits. As my speedometer hits 85km/h (approx. 55 miles), my car shudders slightly, I ease off of the accelerator but the car continues to shudder. The light on my dashboard begins to blink warningly at me, in fear of permanently damaging my car I pull onto the shoulder of the road, about 5km from my home. (approx. 3 miles).


I let out a curse and slam my hands into the steering wheel, I really didn't need to deal with this right now. When the sound of thunder sends vibrations through the car, I reach to pull my phone from my back pocket; only to let out another curse. I've left my phone back at Luke's house, in my rush to escape Luke's fury. I open the door to my car, and prepare myself to run back to the Hemmings household.

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*25 minutes earlier*

Luke POV

I tighten my arms around her an instant more, before letting them swing down to be shoved into my pockets. 

"Alright, I'll let the boys know, they were wanting him in the band anyway; but they let me have the final say..."

She smiled slightly and  nodded at me,

"Good, go- I'll wait here till the pizzas arrive, they should be here soon anyway..."

I turned on my foot and bounded from the room back to the boys. As I walked into the room everyone but Anni and Ashton were there. I frowned slighty, where was Ashton? Shaking my head lightly I decided to muck with the boys for a bit,

"No, he didn't make it." Their reactions were priceless, Mikey looked absolutely gobsmacked and Megan looked at me with suspicion, and Calum- well I didn't really understand Calum's reaction very much. His face represented one of slight relief, but also some of sadness. Okay, that was enough torture for them,

"I am just shittin' ya, guys! Geez, he made the band alright!" Everyone let out an immediate cheer and Mikey ran up to me to lightly punch my chest and call me an epic asshole. Megan let out a small peal of laughter at Mikey's comment, he blushed lightly. Seems like someone has a slight crush... Turning to Calum, I see the same expression mixed with guilt this time.

"Calum, bro, why the long face?"

He looked towards me, 

"Oh, its nothing Luke."

"It clearly wasn't nothing, Cal. What's going on?"

Calum let out a hesitant glance towards the door and let the words spill from his mouth.

"Listen- I know what you said about no one being allowed to go near Anni-" Oh I could see where this was going. I raised my hand not allowing him to finish.

"You like Anni, Calum, you aren't very good at hiding it. I am not saying I approve or anything, but you hurt her and I will hurt your chances of having kids, kapeesh?"

His head nodded up and down quickly, and he rose from his seated position on Ashton's cajon drum. 

"Thanks, mate. I swear I would never do that, but I don't think I'll even get the chance; I don't think she even notices me..."

I shrug, not wanting to agree and hurt his feelings or deny it and make him get his hopes up. Megan's stomach let out a massive growl and everyone turned to her, she flushed a light red and said,

"What? I am a hungry girl, how long till the pizzas arrive?" Everyone laughed, the tense atmosphere evaporating quickly. Seconds after she spoke the door bell rang and I would bet anything that it was the pizza delivery.

Calum walked towards the doorway and said he would help Anni with the pizzas. With that he walked out the door. As he reached the top stair he began to call out,

"Hey, did I hear the doorbell ring for the- WOAH!" 

What happened?

"No, Calum, don't tell-" I heard Anni call.

Ok, what the fuck was happening? Mikey, Megan and I all shared looks of confusion and we all shrugged our shoulder, clueless. Then, Calum thundered back down the stairs his face flushed red and the look of pure horror and sadness taking over.

Megan was the first to ask what had happened.

"I-I walked out into the k-kitchen and AnniandAshtonwereswallowingeachothersfaces!"

I heard the slam of a door upstairs and the patter of feet racing across the carpeted floors. My face pulled into a grimace, how could Anni do this? To say I was pissed off was an understatement, she had promised me only two days ago that she wouldn't let Ashton even touch her and now? Someone is going to be in some serious trouble, and it won't be Calum. I felt myself getting angrier and angrier, my fury gaining momentum; causing my hands to curl into fists and my entire body to tense.

Anni burst into the room her arms laddened with pizzas, she hurried down the staircase and practically threw the pizzas onto the table. I subtly looked her up and down, her hair still seemed to be how it was before, unruffled, and her lips didn't look anymore pink than before, no signs of a passionate hook up anywhere on her.

As her hands began to fiddle with the boxes of pizza  my body became unattached to my mind and my arm reached out to grab her small wrist in my larger hand. Her eyes darted from the grip around her wrist trailing up to my eyes and I saw her pupils contract at my clearly enraged expression.

My voice was much quieter and calmer than expected, 

"Anni... Is it true?"

"What are you talking about, Luke. I just brought the pizzas in..." her eyebrows had attempted to raise and I could tell she was lying, she was always the worst at it. My response was quickly spat back, she think she could lie to me now?

"Don't bullshit me, Anni. Calum just told all of us he walked in on you and Ashton sucking face."

She flinched slightly at my words, but at this time I felt no regrets, the fire of my anger only now beginning to peak. It seemed as though she had a guilty conscience because she quickly began to spill words,

"Luke, listen it wasn't-"

"Wasn't what, Anni?" I interrupted, unable to take anymore, I began yelling "How could you? You promised me! Not even a week ago!"

"Luke, please, I was talking to him about being friends and he-"

My brain flicked into overdrive, wait- did Ashton force Anni to kiss him. If it was even possible, my anger rose again, and concern began to tinge my tone.

"Did he force himself onto you? Oh, I am going to kill that bastard-"

It was then Anni's turn to interrupt and she quickly rose to Ashton's defense

"No, Luke! Oh my god, how could you say that. If you let me finish a goddamn sentence I could tell you what happened!" 

"Then what the fuck happened, Anni?"

Mikey, Calum and Megan all watched in silence at Anni's and my, heated argument. It seemed as though they were all to scared to approach us, scared of being snapped at, I guess

"Umm, well, when you went back downstairs to talk to the boys, Ashton came up tp the kitchen to talk to me about you know 'our history' and whether I could forgive him, and I said I couldn't but I suggested possibly being friends. I went to shake his hand but then we hugged and he lifted me up- I don't know how, because I am like, really heavy-"

I heard someone beside me scoffing, I don't turn to look though, my attention completely focused upon Anni.

"And then I laughed and looked at him and he looked at me , and totally forgetting what we just discussed we were about to kiss, and then Calum walked in. That's all that happened, ok?"

I felt the shock rise up on my face and my hand slackened, and dropped. How could she do this, she had promised. I couldn't think with her near me, I couldn't look at her without snapping.

"Get out," I whispered, unable to think of anything else to say

"What?"

"You heard me, get out of my house." She needed to leave, before I did something I would seriously regret

"Luke, plea-"

"I SAID GET OUT!!"

Micahel intervened, stepping forward to calm him down,

"Luke, come on dude-" 

"Stay out of this, Michael!" Turning back to Anni, I said it one last time, "Get out of my house."

Her eyes filled with unshed tears, but none spilled over. I felt guilt flow through me, I had never been this way before. But she had never broken a promise before. Before I could reach out and grab her to apologise she had turned and run from the room. As she burst into the hallway above I heard a single, heartbreaking sob rip through the silent air.

"Fuck! Annika, wait, come back!" I moved forward to go after her but I felt a slight hand grip my tensed forearm. It was Megan, I looked back at her; clueless as to why she was stopping me go after her. We were her best friends after all. Megan shook her head,

"Give her time to cool off and quite frankly, you need that time to."

I thought about for a moment, nodding my head I fell back onto the lounge and put my head in my hands. 

"What's going on, I just saw Anni run out of the house and- Luke you alright buddy?" Ashton called walking down the stairs towards us all, grabbing a piece of pizza he was completely unobservant of the glares and stares he was receiving. The glares being from Megan and I, the only two in the room other than Ashton that knew what he did to her.

"Guys?" his voice echoing back into my thoughts. He looked at me with confusion, and slight fear when he saw the absolute fury written on my face. Droping the pizza back down he asks me,

"Luke?"

I stared at him and said just two words,

"Your dead."

Then I ran at him.

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