<'Don't ever leave' she said to me>

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4. •Ashton•


I didn't go to school Friday.I didn't feel like seeing Calum basically rub it in my face that he had Katie all to himself.I liked Katie,I always have.I've wanted to ask her out but never had the courage to.The more I saw of Calum and Katie together,the more pissed of it made me.Calum knows how I feel about her.

I was walking home when I heard a honk.I turned to see Calum driving in his black camero.I rolled my eyes and stayed on the route to my house.I didn't have time for him.

"Hey I'll give you a ride."

"No thanks,I don't want a ride from you."

"That wasn't an option ashton."

"Leave me alone."

"Don't make me tell Katie your little secret.She already hates you enough."

I sighed before getting into his car.I leaned my head on my hand that rested on the rolled down window.Calum's car is the last place I wanted to be.

"What do you want?"

"Why can't I be a good friend and give you a ride."

"Because you aren't a good friend and I didn't want one,especially not from you."

"We'll look here's the deal,I want you to keep your distance from Katie.I want her and your in the way."

"What? no,and let her get hurt? I don't think so."

"Well I guess we're just going to have to tell our Katie the details you forgot to mention."

"Why are you so cruel? You used to be so much nicer."

"Things change and people change."

We stopped in front of my house.I looked back at Calum,who's face housed a serious expression.Before I could grab the handle and let myself out,he locked the door.

"Remember what I said Irwin,keep your distance."


Ashton wasn't at school Friday and I was starting to get worried.He hadn't talked to me since Thursday when he snapped on me.I still haven't found out Calum's and Ashton's secret,which was bothering me like crazy.I spotted Ashton walking by my house so I decided to go out and see what was going on.

"Hey ash."

He looked at me and continued walking without saying a word to me.

"Didn't you hear me say hey?"


"What's going on with you? I texted and called you and you never responded."

"Look I'm sorry but I'm can't talk right now."

"What? why?"

"It's complicated."

"What's so complicated? All you have to do is talk to me."

"Because-look I just,i can't right now I'm sorry."

He looked at me,sadness and fear in his eyes.He looked down at the ground and continued walking down the street to his house.I watch as he walked in and closed the door.I drew out a breathe before walking towards my house.


I turned to see Calum walking towards me,a hug smile on my face.Did he hear Ashton's and I conversation.


"Do you know what's going on with Ashton,he's been acting weird lately."

"I don't know,maybe he's just mad because in taking you out tomorrow.He could be jealous."

"Jealous,of what?"

"Who knows,anyways do you want to hangout today?"

Something in my mind was telling me that something wasn't right with Calum.Since Thursday Ashton's been ignoring me.All of this didn't start happening until Calum came along.Did Calum have something to do with Ashton's weird behavior?

"I uh can't I have to babysit my niece tonight."

"Oh ok well I'll talk to you later.Can't wait for tomorrow night."

"Ok see you tomorrow."

I watched him walk away as I head back inside my house.I threw on some shoes and a jacket and walked to Ashton's.


"Katie,Hi how have you been?"

"I've been great."

I was greeted by Ashton's mom.She was like family to my mom and I.She became my moms rock after my dad died.

"Come in."

I stepped inside their home.It felt just like it did when I moved,warm and welcoming.It still smelt like vanilla scented candles.The smell bringing back great,old memories.Memories that I so badly wanted back.

"Is ashton here?"

"Yeah,he is but he's been in a really bad mood lately.Do you know what's bothering him?"

"I don't know.I was hoping I can find that out."

"Okay well he's upstairs in his room,the second door on the right."

Ashton's mom disappeared into the kitchen and I walked upstairs to his room.The upstairs looked just the same as I remembered.There was a small table at the end of the hallway,a vanilla scented candle set on top.I knocked on his door.

"What do you want mom?"

"It's me,Katie."

"I don't feel like talking right now."

"Please ashton,I know that something's bothering you.Please tell me."

I got no response.I was about to give up when the door opened,ashton standing in front of me shirtless.He motioned for me to come in.I scooted past him and sat on his bed.He closed the door and stood behind it.

"What's going on with you,and don't you dare tell me it's complicated."

"If I tell you what's going on with me I'll have to tell you my 'secret'."

"And what's so bad about that,we've known each other since we were kids."

"I'm afraid that you'll look at me as a monster,that you'll hate me."

I got up and walked towards him.I lifted my hand up to his cheek.I hated that Ashton wasn't talking to me,even worse hiding stuff from me.I thought we were better than that.

"I won't judge you,I promise.I stayed by your side when you were bullied and when you cut and I'll stay by your side now."

"You promise?"

"I promise."

He moved from in front of me and walked to his closet.I stood there confused,why was he putting clothes on? He threw on a hoodie and his black converse.He walked over,opened his door and grabbed my hand.

"Come with me."

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