I waited for the boys to return with the pizza. My phone started to ring and I picked it up.
"Hello?" I say.
"Hi honey! I'm going to be staying at work a while longer. I'll probably get back at 11ish? Are you ok staying home by yourself?" my mom says through the other line.
"Yeah, I'm hanging out with the boys tonight, so don't worry. We're at the beach, in case you're wondering." I respond.
"Ok, bye Charlie." she says, then the line goes dead.
I put my phone down and try to find something to do. I spot the guitar Calum was using and walk over to get it. I pick it up and walk back to my spot. The guitar bangs against my leg as I walk.
"Hmmm, what song?" I say to myself, sitting on the sand.
I strum a random tune, then a song pops up in my head.
"Sweater Weather." I say.
I start to play the song on the guitar and sing.
"All I am, is a man. I want the world, in my hands. I hate the beach, but I stand, in California with my toes in the sand....."
I continue the song until the chorus comes.
"'Cause it's too cold, for you here. And now, so let me hold, both your hands in, the holes of my sweater....."
The song finishes just as Michael, Calum, and Ashton arrive.
"Com'on Luke, let's play in the water." Aleisha says.
"Ok...." I reply.
I can't keep this up anymore. I need to tell the boys that I never really broke up with Aleisha. I was too chicken to do it before we went on tour. And the lie goes on. We walk in the water and I look at Charlie. She looks sad, like when she lost her dad. Calum gets his guitar and starts to strum, then stops. Charlie says something, then they all laugh, except for Calum. Finally, he strums and they sing.
"Luke! Come on!" Aleisha shouts, looking annoyed.
"Shhh. Wait." I tell her.
I hear Calum strum to a familiar tune. The Only Reason. I wrote this song for Charlie. She looks over at Aleisha and I and I randomly splash water at Aleisha. Right when Charlie looks away, Aleisha splashes me back, angry.
"Luke! You got my hair wet!" she scolds, fixing her hair.
"What, it's just water." I say.
She stomps back to shore and I follow her, groaning. How did I put up with her before?