We finally arrive at the beach. While we were getting our stuff at my house, Calum helped pick out a bikini for me to wear and let me say, he does have good taste in clothing.
I lay four towels on the sand for me, Calum, Ashton, and Michael.
"Ok, Calum and Charlie, lay down next to each other on the towel," Michael instructs.
"Ok," we both respond, but before I get on the towel, I peel off my clothes, revealing my black and red bikini. It was a bit confusing to how to put the bra on since there were many straps, but I finally figured it out. I look around subconsciously and see the boys staring at me with wide eyes. Well, besides Calum. He just looked proud.
"What? Stop staring at me," I laugh and try to cover myself up. "You guys are creeping me out."
I slide my black Raybands sunglasses onto my nose and tie my hair into a messy bun. I felt awkward as I laid down on the towel next to Calum. Maybe this plan will work, but I'm just hoping that I won't make a fool out of myself.
Luke, who was helping Aleisha place her umbrella in the sand, comes walking over to us. He was wearing black sunglasses like mine and blue swimming shorts.
"Positions!" Michael yells suddenly. Calum quickly scrambles onto his knees and starts to tickle me on the neck.
"Calum, stop, my stomach!" I giggle loudly, using my hands to protect the areas where I am ticklish.
"No, not unless you give me a kiss on the cheek."
My large smile falters. Luke said the same thing to me the first time we met, I think. Calum notices how off I suddenly became and stops tickling me.
"Hey, you ok, Charles?" he asks in concern.
"Yeah," I reply quickly and put on a forced smile. That was when I noticed Luke standing beside where I was laying down. He looks at me but then his eyes darts away to the boys, who are all laying down on their own towel.
"Umm, where's my spot?" Luke asks quietly.
"Oh, we thought you were going to lay with your girlfriend," Michael answers as if there wasn't a problem.
Luke grumbles, then looks at Calum and I. Calum runs his fingers through my hair and I smile sweetly at him. Once I hear Luke walk away, I sit up and watch him. Once he gets to his spot with Aleisha, he picks her up and spins her around. As Luke kisses her, I feel jealously bubble inside me.
Why did I even agree to go through with this plan? I'm just getting hurt again. I guess Calum read my diary before I decided to write that I didn't want to like Luke anymore. But that's not possible. You can't force yourself not like someone.
"This plan isn't working." I say quietly. Calum does the same, with the rest of the boys following.
"It's ok, Charlie. Don't feel bad. Luke is just being a butt for not recognizing that you are the one for him," Ashton says as Calum rubs my back in reassurance.
"Yeah, I guess," I mumble, playing with the sand and watching it fall in between my fingers. "Thanks guys."
What Ashton said made me think. I'm not the one. I'm just a girl who had stupid hopes of being with her crush.
"Hey, how about a song?" Michael suggests, looking around at all of us.
"Yeah! Good idea," Calum agrees, getting up to get his guitar. He returns back with it in his hand. Calum strums random chords, then stops.
"How about The Only Reason, by the best punk rock band, 5 Seconds Of Summer?" he says out loud with a large grin.
"I don't know that song, but I'm sure it's amazing. But I don't like the band, especially the Asian kid." I joke with a smile. Everyone laughs, knowing that Calum hates it when people call him Asian.
Calum starts to strum the chords to the song and Michael starts to sing, "Don't talk, let me think it over. How we gonna fix things, how we gonna undo all the pain..."
I find my eyes wandering over at Luke, who's splashing water at Aleisha with a playful smile on his face. I start thinking about how I'll never get to be Aleisha, because she's perfect and I'm not. I just keep thinking and thinking and finally, the tears start to come.
Ashton starts to sing.
"All the crossed wires, just making us tired. Is it too late, to bring us back to life."
Then, all the boys start to sing in harmony.
"When I close my eyes and try to sleep. I fall apart, I'm fighting hard to breath. You're the reason, the only reason. Even though my dizzy head is numb, I swear my heart is never giving up. You're the reason, the only reason..."
Calum starts to sing.
"I feel you, burning under my skin.
I swear I see you shining. Brighter than the flame inside your eyes...."
I've never heard this song before, but it moved something inside of me. The lyrics, it made me so emotional. He's the reason why I can't sleep at night. But I'm giving up on him...
Before I realized, the tears start to fall from my eyes. The voices and the guitar stop once they hear me sniffle.
"Charlie, please don't cry. Today's a beautiful day, like you. And it's not raining, so you should stop crying."
Ashton says, pointing to the sky. I sniffle again and wipe my eyes.
"I'm sorry guys. I'm ruining the whole mood." I say with a watery laugh. "How about we go play in the water instead on staying on dry land?"
"Yay!" the three boys shout in glee. We all get off of the ground. Suddenly, I'm being lifted off from the ground by six hands. They start running as they try to make sure not to drop me.
"Put me down!" I shout as a smile makes its way onto my face.
"Nope!" Calum, Michael, and Ashton respond in sync. Finally, they make it into the water and put me down. The cold water reaches to my ankles and I walk a little bit farther away from the shore with the boys following my lead.
"Now, how about we play duck duck goose?" Michael asks happily.
"Yeah, Calum should be the duck since he's always acting like a duck half the time. We can be the geese." Ashton says with a smirk.
Michael and I all laugh while Calum glares at Ashton. "Fine."
Calum stands while we all sit down in a very small circle.
"Oh, and Calum, you have to pick Charlie," Michael says. "So she'll chase you and then you'll take her hand and wrap yourself around her."
"Ok," Calum agrees then starts walking in the circle. He taps the top our heads as he says, "Duck, duck, duck..."
Calum would probably be walking around us another 15 times if it wasn't for Michael who said, "Com'on Calum! We know who you're going to pick."
Right when he said that, Calum touches my head and says goose. I quickly get up from the water and chase him around a few times until Calum suddenly stops running and turns around to face me. I try to stop myself from running so I don't crash into him but it was too late. I run into him and knock Calum down. We both fall into the water laughing.
"That was not what Michael said to do," I giggle.
Wow, another chapter?!?! I read some comments about You Again and it inspired me to write/edit another chapter, which is this chapter. You guys are absolutely amazing and thank you for the nice comments! And also, a new cover cause I got tired of the other one lol. I hope you guys enjoyed this chapter, I put homework on hold for this :)
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