Michael runs over to me carrying three boxes of pizza, Calum carrying plates and cups, and Ashton carrying two liters of soda.
"Finally, took you long enough." I say, pretending to sound annoyed. "You guys had to leave me alone with those 2 lovebirds."
Ashton giggles like a girl. Michael says, "Your fault for not coming with us. Now, I'm going to get some wood for a fire. Ashton, can you help me?"
"Sure," Ashton replies.
He puts the soda down on the floor and Michael mimics his movements with the pizza. Before they leave, Michael calls out, "Don't eat all the pizza!"
Calum and I laugh and say ok. We make small talk until Michael and Ashton return.
"So, did stuff happen while we were gone?" he asks.
"Yeah, just Luke and Aleisha making out and Luke talking to me, somewhat." I say casually.
"What did he say?"
"How I'm acting different around him. I didn't know how to respond, so he just stormed off, not letting me speak."
~fire is started~
We all sit in a circle. I pass out cups and soda while Calum passes out plates and pizza. I see Luke walking towards us in the distance with Aleisha holding his hand. I stop and stare. Why did he pick her? She doesn't deserve him. I stay motionless, until Michael says, "Charlie, you need to stop staring at them. Luke's going to get suspicious."
I don't know why but I felt, angry.
"What if I don't care that he knows that I like him Michael, huh? What if we weren't meant to be? What if he hates me?"
The last question came out soft. I was afraid, afraid of falling in love.
"Charlie, calm down." he says, putting his hand on my shoulder.
"I can't Michael." I say softly, shrugging his hand off my shoulder. "I don't think I can do this anymore."
I can't have an emotional breakdown right now. I sigh, then say in a low voice, "Sorry Michael. Let's just forget this for now and talk later."
Calum and Ashton stay quiet. So does Michael. I continue to serve and Luke and Aleisha join us. I try to avoid Luke's eye when I give him his soda. Things were weird since our "talk". We all sit around the fire and eat. By the time I finish my first pizza, the boys are on their thirds.
"Wow, I forgot how much you guys can eat." I say, chuckling.
"Yup." Michael says with pizza in his mouth.
We eat in silence, which was weird. Usually, we talk and laugh. When we finish eating, Ashton goes back to the car to get some marshmallows. While he gets them, I pour more soda in my cup and sip it. The cold liquid runs down my throat. Then, Aleisha gets up from the sand and walks behind me.
"OMG look at the bird!" she shouts, dropping her full cup of soda.
It falls on my head and now I'm soaking wet. She looks at me innocently and says, "Oh no! Sorry Charlie, I didn't mean to spill my soda on you."
She smirks, trying to hold back laughter.
"What the hell Aleisha, you did that on purpose!" Michael growls.
"You're messed up." Calum shouts.
I stand up angrily and wrap my arms around my torso, the wind making me shiver.
"Lukey, tell them to stop being such a bully." she says, giving him puppy dog eyes.
"Why don't you shut the fuck up Aleisha." I mumble, but she heard me.
"What, did you say?" she says.
"I said, shut the fuck up bitch. Fuck off."
Calum and Michael looked at me surprised and impressed.
"Lukey, tell your bitch of a friend to shut up." she says.
Luke stays quiet, not wanting to be involved in the situation.
"Luke." she says sternly.
He sighs, then looks at me. Luke says in a harsh voice, "You fuck off Charlie. Don't talk to my girlfriend like that. What kind of friend does that?"
I was surprised and hurt by his words. My best friend just told me to fuck off. My faced burned because of him words. I can't believe he said that.
"A kind of friend who stood up for her best friend since forever when he got bullied at school. A kind of friend that cared for her best friend." I say quietly, but loud enough so everyone could hear. "The kind of friend who loved her best friend. The kind of friend who cried when her best friend left her."
Luke's expression seems to soften. Calum and Michael glare at Luke and Aleisha glares at me. At this time, Ashton decides to come back with the bag of marshmallows.
"Who wants to do the chubby bunny challenge?" he says happily.
Ashton waits for an answer, but no one responds. He says, "What happened? I'm gone for about 2 minutes and then boom! Stuff has happened."
Aleisha, who was happy at what Luke said, said, "Come on Lukey, let's get away from these losers."
She pulls Luke up from the ground, but he wouldn't budge.
"Luke, listen to me." she says sternly.
He stands up, but doesn't follow Aleisha. Instead, he picks up the guitar and starts to sing.
"This one is for you Aleisha." he says.
Wait, is he really going to sing to her, right now? What the fuck! I couldn't hold in my tears anymore. They fall down and hit the sand.