It must be love

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

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27. Rugby and a beer

Zoe's POV ;

I woke up with a bad mood. I was tired, hungry, pissed off..

I closed my eyes, and fell asleep again.

"Zoey.. Wake up. You're late... Which means I'm late too."

"I don't feel very good dad.. Can I stay home?" I rubbed my eyes

He checked my forehead with his palm "you don't have a fever.."

"My stomach hurts" I lied

"Well okay.. Call me if you need anything?"

"Yeah"

"Bye" he kissed my forehead

"Have a good day"

On his way out I noticed he picked up my jacket and my phone from the floor and placed them on the edge of my bed..

After about 30 minutes I finally managed to pick myself up from my bed and went downstairs to make some coffee and a toast maybe.

The hunger passed, the tiredness as well.. But I'm still pissed off.

I didn't know relationships can be that complicated.. On one hand, it makes you feel like there's always someone to trust on.. Someone who will take care of you when you gave up.. Someone who will you show you you're worth it more than anyone on this planet. On the other hand that's a lot of frustrations, one tiny fight, and all the good things I mentioned.. Are simply gone. That's how he makes me feel.

I went upstairs to check my phone since last night.

2 unread messages

From: Emma

"Hey where are you?!"

To: Emma

"Felt sick this morning.. Ashton sick.."

Then I opened the second one.

From: Alice

"Dad's asking if you're coming for dinner"

I'd lie if I say I didn't expect a message from him. All I want is to know he doesn't hate me after last night.

I took my phone with me and went back downstairs to watch some tv.

* lost in stereo lost in stereo * it's Emma

"What happened to my love birds??"

"Where are you?"

"Where could I be? School Zoe. It's lunch time"

Already?! It's noon and I did nothing besides watching tv and eating a toast.

"I can't tell you on the phone.."

"Stop looking for excuses."

"I'm not"

"I really have to go now.. Class starts. Listen I'll call when when school ends"

"Okay bye" I hanged up

I went back to my tv..

* knock knock knock *

"A minute" I ran to Alice's room to use her mirror and fix myself a bit since I looked like a zombie..

I opened the front door and Em was there.

"You said you'd call"

"Well hello to you too" she didn't wait for my invite and walked in. "What happened?! You look like a.."

"We fought.. Again" I closed the front door and went sit on the couch

"That's why you didn't come today?! C'mon you always fight, then you fix it, then you fight again, you'll fix it again this time.." She set next to me

" 'well you ruined it' "

"What?"

"That's what he said to me last night. I ruined our night off"

"What have you done this time?"

"What are you taking his side now?!"

"Zoey! Relax! I'm not taking anyone's side. Tell me what happened."

I told her the whole story.

"What are you stupid or what?!"

"You're not helping"

"Well I'm sorry but you are. The guy keeps protecting you and you keep thinking he somehow gonna hurt you.. Even I see it. You need to learn to let go Zoe."

"It's not that simple"

"Of course it is! Have you even got hurt by someone?"

"No.."

"Then stop pushing him away. All he does is to protect you from what I've heard. I didn't hear about one freaking time he made you feel awful. When he'll hurt you, then come and talk to me.. I'll let you cry all day if you want, I'll be your shoulder. Now, you're just being ridicules"

"Fearing from getting naked in front of him is not called being ridicules"

"I didn't talk about that. I talked about you putting thoughts into your head.. You've never came up to me and said 'he did something I don't feel comfortable with' so stop thinking he'll start now."

I hate it when she's right.. I hate it when she knows better than I do..

"How come you don't have a boyfriend yet?"

She laughed "Haven't found the one yet"

"Want something to eat? Drink?"

"I'm good. Actually I had to be home like ten minutes ago.." She got up "me and mom are going out for some shopping"

I'm so jealous. I wish I had a mom I could do those things with.. Unless my dad likes dresses.

She walked to the front door and I followed her "I wanna see you tomorrow with a smile" she kissed my cheek "bye" she waved at me and walked away

I waved back.

I couldn't ask for a better friend.

I was afraid he's still mad so I didn't text him.. I want things to calm first.

Alice's at a friend, but dad just arrived.

"Hey. How are you?" He didn't even look at me and ran straight to the kitchen

"Great actually. I talked with Emma today about.."

Them I remembered I'm talking to my dad.

"About how bad I feel and she stopped by with a soup her mom made and it made me feel a lot better."

"She's so nice.. You really should invite her too."

"She's actually gonna be here on the weekend.. We'll have a girls weekend or something like that"

"Sounds good.. Hey what do you want for dinner?" He walked to the living room

"I don't really care.."

He started laughing

"What?" I smiled

"She left you a little gift on the cheek"

"What are you talking about?" I opened my frontal camera on my phone.

Em's lipstick was all over my cheek.

"She kissed me on the cheek when she left"

"I see that" he set next to me

"Dad?"

"Yeah"

"My room is pretty empty"

"What do you mean?"

"It has a bed and a tiny closet. That's all"

"Oh you mean you want furnitures"

"Yeah"

"Your sister has a ballet class today so I'll take you both tomorrow after work to choose some"

"Thank you!"

"Yeah okay. Now go get your dad a cold beer"

When I came back with the beer he has already switched my channel to some sport thing called rugby... I gave him the beer and went upstairs.

I set on my bed and did nothing besides staring at my old texts with Ashton. I miss him.

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