It must be love

15 year old Zoey moves to a new town. How will she handle it? Ask Ashton


44. A Goodbye

Zoe's POV;

"You have no 'bad side'" I giggled to the thought of him trying to impress me with some bad boy actions

"Yeah I do."

"I don't believe what I don't see."

"Your problem." He got up from being on top of me and set normally on the couch

"Aren't you gonna show me?"

He didn't respond.


He still didn't say anything.

"Why won't you answer me?"


"Umm.. I was with Michael today."

"What why?" He finally noticed

Now, I didn't answer.

"Zoey don't fuck with me."

I kept ignoring but had a smile on my face from the thought he's freaking out.

When it came to a point he was really angry I gave up.

"Would you relax?! He's your friend."

"Exactly. What did you do with him?"

"First of all, It's nothing bad so stop reacting like that, and second of all.. His my friend as well so.."

"Just answer the question."

"I work with him."

"What in that CD store?"


"For how long?"

"A couple of days."

"And you didn't have that thought to tell me?"

"You were busy with work! You said that. And what does it matter anyways.. It's just a job."

"So if I'll start working as a bar tender in a strip club you wouldn't matter?"

"Why are you doing this?"

"Doing what?"

"Making a big deal out of nothing. Look, I didn't come here to fight. All I said is that we work together and he gave me a ride just once and that's it."

"You didn't mention he gave you a ride Zoey."


"You didn't say that. What else did you guys did together? Ate lunch? He came over to your house? Met your dad? You made out? Hooked up?"

"You better take it back."

"Why would I? It's not like it's going to change things. If you do things with my friends I want to know."

"I'm your girlfriend not your property calm the fuck down."

"You calm down. You're the one who's going behind my back."

"Oh my god. Can you hear yourself?! Ashton you seem to be the 16 in here. We didn't do anything. Okay? Stop being a paranoid. He's a friend. And much nicer than you if I may add."

"Then go. Go to him."

"Now you just talk bullshit."

"No.. I'm not. Go to your nice friend and tell him how we fought because it turns out my girlfriend is a slut."

I slapped him.

While the words sinked into my mind, realizing what he just said, how he just called me, I went to grab my stuffs from his bedroom. Once I had them I stormed out crying.

I didn't care of he heard me crying, I just couldn't hold it inside. The person you thought you knew, has become something else, within a couple of days only.

What did I miss? What has changed? He's not the same.

I'm sitting on a bench in the street, wearing a flannel who says 'rape me please', freezing.

I couldn't call dad cause first, if he would see me wearing that he'll get a second heart attack, and second, he'll start asking questions. I can't call Emma. I can't call Alice cause she's a kid basically. Just Michael.

I dialed his number since I had no other choice.

"Hello?" He picked up

"Michael?" I sniffed

"Are you crying?"

"Just a bit umm... Can you pick me up maybe? I know it's out of nowhere and I'm basically landing on you but I kinda need someone."

"Yeah yeah sure. Where are you?"

"Near Ashton's building."

"I'll be on my way."

"Thank you."

"Bye." He hung up

A few minutes later he arrived. But yet, I couldn't stop thinking of the words ashton has said and how much they hurt me.

"Hey.. Come here." He pulled me into a hug from his drivers seat, which made me cry even harder.

"Calm down it's okay." He rubbed my back with his palm

After I calmed down I pulled away

"You wanna tell me what happened?"

I shook my head negatively

"Okay then. Where are we going?"

"Your place?"

"Well yeah I can get you there but Luke and Calum are also there."

I didn't respond cause I didn't know what else to say. It's not like I have a better choice.

I think he got the hint and started driving.

When we walked in, Luke was sitting on the couch and Calum on the floor and they were both playing FIFA.

"Hey Zoe wanna play FIFA?" Calum asked

"She's not in the mood right now cal." He put his car keys on the stand next to the front door "go upstairs, first door from the left, wait for me inside. I'll get you some water." He partly whispered

I nodded and started walking.

I waited for him on his bed and in the meanwhile looked on the way his room is decorated. It's very geeky but somehow cute. Lots of video games. Rock bands posters hung up on the wall. A computer of course. And a stereo.

"Here." He walked in with the water

"Thanks." I took it away from him "I like your room."

"Thanks" he smiled and looked at it like it's his first time being in it "so what's up?"

"I'm good.."

"Hey I'm not your boyfriend. Don't just phone me crying a river and then fill me with crap. C'mon I want the truth."

"He called me a slut." I quickly answered before I'll regret telling him

"Why would he say that?"

"Cause I basically told him we work together and he assumed we fuck also."

He smiled.

"Don't even think about it. That's not funny."

"I didn't laugh."

"I know what you have in mind clifford but put that away."

"Hey I respect you."

I rolled my eyes

"Hold on I'll phone him."

"No!" I grabbed his wrist

"Why not?"

"Cause then he'll know we've met and that I told you."


"So I've had enough of his dramas for today."

*knock knock*

"Come in" Michael said

Calum's head showed up from the door frame

"Dude Ashton's here. He wants to talk to you."

You gotta be fucking kidding me.

"Calum did you tell him I'm here?" I asked

"No. Hold on I'll call him over."

I jumped from the bed and closed his mouth with my palm before he could say something.

"Why.. are we planning a surprise party?" He mumbled from my hand.

I pulled him in and closed the door after.

"Go." I referred to Michael "and remember. I'm not here."

I closed the door after Michael and started to explain everything to Calum as well.

Michael's POV;

I walked to the living room to see why Ashton was here, although I knew why.

"Hey bro. What's up?"

"When were you gonna tell me you and Zoey work together?!"

"Why are you making a big deal out of it?! We're doing nothing and you just raise your voice at her like.."


"Hold on. How do you know that?"

"Umm.. Know what?" I rubbed the back of my neck

"Know how our conversation went like."

"I.. I guessed."

"I know you for too long to know that's a lie."

"Dude what's your point?"

"Where is she Michael?" He sighed

"In my room but wait." I stopped him by the chest when he started walking "she doesn't want to see you."

"And do you think I give a fuck?!" He pushed my hand away

"Respect her decisions." And by the moment I finished saying that he was already gone.

Zoe's POV;

"And you okay now?" Calum asked

"Yeah I'm fine." I partly faked a smile and took a sip from the water Michael gave me earlier.

The door opened.

"Michael you really have to.." I started "Ashton?"

"You have to find friends in your own age your know that?"

"Stop being a dick would you?" I stood up

"Stop doing things you're not supposed to would you?"

"Okay that's enough for you two." Calum got up as well.

"You.." He referred to ashton "you're a piece of shit. Nope." He signed him to shut up, and let him finish "don't answer. Learn to respect your girlfriend. Now," he pulled Ashton by his shoulder into the room from the doorframe, and stepped outside "no one's getting out of here till you've got this all clear."

"Calum let me go home." I sighed

"No one." He partly yelled "is getting out." He slammed the door after him and I heard a lock turning

I tried to open the door anyways but it didn't work.

Ashton in the meanwhile set on Michael's bed doing nothing to get us out of there.

I went to sit as far as I could from him which was on Michael's floor at the edge of the room.

I hugged my knees to my chest and bowed my head down to between them. Trying to think of other stuffs besides the last couple of hours.

I had no idea how much time has passed since we've been locked up in there, but neither of us even considered saying one word. I honestly was so mad at him that if I hear his voice I would scream.

Since Ashton already knew Michael's room pretty well he took the remote and turned on the tv. Made himself comfortable.

"You'll catch a cold if you won't dress up." He said

I ignored it

"By the way I can see your panties in that poisons so you might as well just cover it before someone comes in. Or wait.. Never mind stay exactly like that."

"You're a dick." I raised my head up

"The dicks expert is talking."

"I can't believe I let you touch me like that. I can't believe I fell for you."

"I can't believe you hooked up with my best friend."

Tears again.

"Would you stop for a minute? Stop looking at what you want to see and face the facts ashton." I got up

"Why would I want to see you fuck Michael."

"You're afraid that we spend more time together than me and you and our relationship we'll turn up to be meaningless."

He clapped sarcastically "and the first prize goes to.. Miss Zoey Adams."

I hit the door with my fists until someone will hear it.

"Are you all made up?" Calum voice heard

"Yes. I realized I love him." I said from behind the door "it was all a misunderstanding. Can we get out now?"



"Stop lying and actually make up. would ya?"

"I don't want to."



He left.

I was bored and honestly tired from wasting my tears on someone like him so I went over to Michael's CD's collection.

I ran my index finger on one after one, reading the labels on them.

"Is that the way he showed you how to organize the CD's? Then grabbed your waists from behind, turned you around to face him, then you made out and he pushed away all the dest supplies on the floor with his arms, raised you and laid you on there, and fucked you."

I couldn't take it anymore. Every word has sinked deeply into my mind. He made me feel awful with myself. I wanted to hurt him as well. Like he does to me.

So I started hitting him and crying through it. Sounds crazy, but I did.

My fists hit his chest and he tried to slow me down but I just kept on doing it.

"You son of a bitch." More crying "you know nothing." I kept hitting him "I gave up everything I had for you."

He suddenly pulled me into a hug. That was the most careful hug I've ever gotten from him. But then 'you fucked him' sinked one more time.

I pushed him away "don't touch me."

His teasing eyes switched into compassion. I still didn't buy it. He's a dick.

"Michael get me out!!" I slammed the door once again

A few seconds later he came by the door.

"Calum has the key I can't do anything."

"I don't care. Break the door.. Kick it till it breaks.. Just do something that will get me out of here."

"I'm sorry Zoe. Just try to work things out?"

"But I don't want to. Please."

"I'll try talk to Calum again. But I can't promise you anything. And Ashton? Dude, I didn't do stuffs with your girlfriend. We didn't even kiss. Stop being blind man and notice what you're saying here. It's crazy."

I heard his footsteps getting further which means he left.

I went back to Michael's CD's and continued from where I stopped before Ashton's comment.

"Zoey. I'm sorry."

"And the prize goes to... Mr. Ashton Irwin. The biggest dick on the world."

"Look I know overreacted." He got up "and said some bad things..."

"Bad things? You called me a slut. You BELIEVED I had sex with your best friend. You thought I cheated on you. You accused me in something imaginary based on fucking nothing. You made me lie to the people I love. To the people I most care about. And for what? This? I hate myself for falling for you. But I learn from my mistakes don't worry. You won't have to see me again."

"Are you breaking up with me?" Tears were in his eyes

"That's what happens when you cheat. There are consequences."

"Don't.." He wiped a fallen tear from my chick.

"Yes!" Michael walked in "I stole the key when Calum was in the bathroom." He giggled

I backed off from his hand and went outside without saying anything. I grabbed my stuffs on the way out and left. Without a goodbye.

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