I was scared for when the tour came.
Sure Calum and I could Skype, text and call, but what I'm really afraid of is the spark between us. I don't want it to fade away.
I don't want to feel tied down.
I took a deep breath. You won't, I told myself, You're feelings for Calum will be as strong as they are now.
My phone vibrated. I picked it up and checked the text.
Calum: I have a question for you, my darling.
Me: What is it?
Calum: Have you met my parents yes?
Me: Come to think of it, I haven't
Calum: You want to meet 'em?
Me: Yea sure!
Calum: Great, pick you up in ten minutes
What if they don't like me?
I jumped off my bed and stood in front of my floor length mirror.
Usual black tight jeans, Metallica shirt.
I grunted and pulled the shirt over my head. I grabbed a The Beatles shirt and slipped it on.
While rushing to my closet, I stubbed my toe on my bed.
"Fuck!" I screamed and held onto my foot as I fell forward.
I landed on the carpet with a loud THUMP!
Suddenly Luke burst into my room.
"What happened?" He asked.
"I stubbed my toe," I complained and looked up at him.
"Sucks for you," He said and left.
I regained my balance and quickly grabbed my shoes from the closet.
As fast as I could, I put my Converse on and tied them. I brushed my teeth and checked my dresser to see if I had gum.
I went into Luke's room.
He had and acoustic guitar in his lap.
"Hey do you have gum?" I asked.
"Um, let me see," He said and got up.
He went to his backpack and reached inside. He threw my a stick of gum and I caught it.
"Thanks," I said.
"No problem," He replied and began making soft music with the guitar.
"Has your manager made a website for the tickets yet?" I asked.
"Yea, we didn't want them to be pricey so they're $25 dollars," Luke replied.
"For all tickets?" I asked.
"That's amazing! Even for those who can't afford expensive tickets, they'll be able to go."
I heard the doorbell ring.
"That's probably Calum," I said. "Bye Luke." I called over my shoulder.
I rushed down the stairs.
"Mom, I'm going to Calum's house. Be back later," I said.
"Okay sweetie," Mom replied.
I opened the door and Calum stood in front of me.
He smiled, "Well Hello there, darling."
"Ready to go?" He asked.
"Yep," I replied and closed the door before locking it.
He intertwined his fingers with mine and led me to his car.
He opened the car door for me and I thanked him as I got in.
Calum smoothly slid in the driver's seat and started the engine.
I started tapping my foot when he drove off.
Man, was I nervous.
I'm usually very calm and collected when I meet my boyfriend's parents.
But this time it's different, I'm nervous as hell.
Thank God for deodorant.
"Are you okay?" Calum asked breaking my thoughts of worse case scenarios.
"Oh, yea. I'm good," I replied a little too quickly.
He chuckled, "You're nervous, huh?"
I looked over at him, "I am."
"Why?" He asked.
"What if I do or say something that offends them? What if I accidentally break something? What if I accidentally swear in front of them? What if they don't like me for fuck's sake?!"
I was panicking. My heart was pounding in my chest.
"You'll be fine. My parents are cool, just don't swear in front of them," Calum said.
I nodded and pulled my phone out to quickly text Adin.
Me: About to meet Calum's parents. Any words of encouragement?
Adin: Don't fuck up
Me: That's the best advice you've given me
Adin: I know. Just be yourself and compliment them!
Me; Got it. Thanks.
The car slowed to a stop.
I looked up and we were parked in front of Calum's house.
It was a bricked two-story house. The garden was green and flowers bloomed in the dirt. A few small trees decorated the lawn.
It looked like a house from a fairy tale.
It was cute.
I looked at Calum, who was staring back at me.
"Are you ready to do this?" He asked.
I attempted to smile and nodded.
He laughed at me and kissed my cheek.
He opened the car door and got out. I was about to open mine, but Calum was already opening it for me.
I smiled and thanked him.
My heart was beating faster.
Calum took my hand and led me to the front door.
Inhale, exhale, I told myself, inhale, exhale.
He unlocked the door and opened it.
The smell of tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese and oregano slapped me in the face.
It smelled good.
My stomach suddenly growled and my mouth watered.
The living room had various pictures of Calum and an older girl.
"Is this your sister, Mali-Koa?" I asked.
"Yea," He nodded and closed the door.
There was a small picture of probably 7 or 8 year old Mali holding onto baby Calum.
"Aww, this is so cute!" I said.
I saw a picture of baby Calum in a Teletubies onsie.
I laughed, "You were such an adorable baby."
Calum blushed bright red.
"Calum?" A woman called.
"I'm here, Mum."
A woman with black hair appeared from the kitchen.
"Mum, this is Helen Hemmings," Calum said and stepped aside so his Mom can get a good look at me.
"She's lovely Calum! You picked a good one. So you'e the infamous Helen Hemmings. You know Calum just won't stop talking about you," She said.
I laughed and she pulled me into a hug.
I gladly hugged her back.
She had the same loving smile as Calum's. Same brown eyes and same sweetheart personality.
"Nice to meet you, Mrs. Hood," I said.
"Oh please, love, call me Joy," She insisted.
I nodded and smiled.
"You know you look nothing like Luke," Joy said.
"You're not the first person to tell us that," I replied. "I honestly don't know where I got my black hair. It'll remain a mystery."
"Where's Dad?" Calum asked.
"I sent him to the store to buy some water and sodas," Joy replied. "Do you have any specific soda you like, Helen?"
"Oh, I don't drink soda. I'll stick with water," I replied.
"Are you on a diet. Cause if you are, I could only serve you a little bit of food," She said.
I laughed, "No, I just am not a big soda drinker."
She nodded and the front door opened.
A man, who I assumed was Calum's father walked in, holding a 35 pack of water bottles and two liters of soda.
Calum took the water crater and set it on the counter.
"Oh, honey, this is Helen, Calum's girlfriend," Joy said.
Calum's Dad turned to me and shook my hand.
"Nice to meet you, Helen. Call me David," He said.
"Nice to meet you too, David," I smiled.
"Calum treating you good? Cause if he's not you can tell me so I can teach him a lesson," David said.
I laughed, "He's treating me just fine, but thank you for your concern."
"You're Luke's sister, right?" He asked.
I nodded, "Yes."
"Ah, see I can tell. You both have the same blue eyes," he said.
"Really? Many people think we look nothing alike," I explained.
"Everyone ready to eat?" Joy asked. "Helen, I hope you're hungry."
"Yea, I'm pretty hungry," I said
Joy smiled and handed me a plate full of spaghetti.
Calum pulled the chair out for me to let me sit.
I thanked him and he sat next to me.
I grabbed the silver fork, once everyone sat down, and twisted it in the spaghetti.
Once taste and I almost moaned.
I didn't of course.
When I finally swallowed, I spoke up.
"Calum was right. Joy you make the best spaghetti I have ever tried!" I said.
Joy smiled widely, "Thank you, Helen."
"Told you," Calum said.
I laughed silently.
"So Helen, Calum told us you ran track," David said.
"Yea. I played 8th grade and half of my high school years, until I moved here," I explained.
"Have you tried out for the school's team?" Joy asked.
"No, unfortunately I came too late and track season was over," I replied.
"What events did you play?" She asked.
"Hurdles, the mile, 4x100 relay race, and 50 yard dash," I replied.
"How tall were the hurdles?" David asked.
"About 4 feet," I replied.
"How tall are you?" Joy asked.
"Four feet and eleven inches," I mumbled.
Calum chuckled next to me.
Joy scoffed, "Calum."
"No, it's fine. I'm really short and people sometimes mistake me for a 14 year old, but I swear I'm 17," I said.
Calum's parents are really cool.
After we ate dinner, I helped Joy with the dishes and cleaning up the table.
Though she insisted I go with Calum, I still helped.
When we finished, I went into the living room and studied the soccer trophies.
I felt someone stand next to me.
"Must've been good at soccer, huh?" I asked.
"I'm okay," Calum replied.
"Well these trophies tell another story," I said and arched my brow at him.
"What about your trophies?" Calum asked.
"What trophies?" I asked.
"You played track for four years, you must have some trophies," Calum replied.
"Don't change the subject," I retorted.
"No, you don't change the subject on me,"
"So?" Calum nudged me with his elbow.
"My trophies are in my Dad's office. Says he' proud of 'em and wants to keep 'em," I replied.
"How many do you have?" He asked.
"About six or seven," I replied.
He smiled, "That sounds like you."
I shook my head and smiled.
"C'mon, I'll show you my room," He took my hand and led me up the stairs.
The walls had picture frames and Calum and Mali's school pictures.
I followed behind his as he walked to a door and I nearly ran into him from looking at the decorations.
He opened what I assumed was his bedroom door and I walked inside.
It was clean, which was what surprised me. Then again not all boys are messy.
The bed was freshly made, window open, clothes off the ground and everything was in it's place.
I wouldn't mind if it was dirty or clean.
Half of the time when Calum goes into my room, it's messy as fuck.
"Look, Helen, I really need to talk to you," He said.
"Okay," I said and sat on his bed, "What is it?"
I bit my lip.
"Six months," I said.
"Six months without your beautiful face next to me every single day," He said and cupped my face.
"Calum, you have to go on this tour. I don't want to be the one that's preventing you from doing what you love. I don't want to be your anchor."
"You're not an anchor. You're my lifesaver."
"I have a question," I said.
When he stayed silent, I continued.
"Before the tour, are you going to want to end....end our relationship?"
He stared at me in pure horror.
"No!" He said suddenly and I jumped. "Sorry, but are you crazy? No, I don't want to break up with you, Helen!"
"Calum I love you and I want to stay in this relationship. But, I've seen what touring can do to relationship, it can tear them apart and-"
"And you think that'll happen to us?"
"Helen, I promised to stay with you no matter what hell you put me through, or we go through. And this is me keeping that promise. I promise we'll get through these six months."
Half of my heart believe him, bu the other half had its doubts.
I stood with Calum at my doorstep.
It was 8 at night and the moon was the only light that illuminated the night sky.
"I had a great time meeting your parents, Cal."
He smiled, "I'm glad you did."
"Yea, they were really cool."
He stroked my cheek with his thumb and tilted my chin up.
I felt his arm on my waist and he pressed his lips against mine.
It was a small sweet kiss that lingered.
"I love you," He whispered.
"I love you too," I said and he pulled away.
"Good night, darling."
I smiled, "Night, Cal."
That's all for tonight! Gonna go watch Teen Wolf lol. Hope you liked it. Will update when I can, Love ya'll! :-) xx -HelenHood