I awaken normally but without my warm little Ruth beside me. I raise from the now cold bed. Scanning the room I come across a fully dressed Ruth. Standing up beside the counter with her head in her hands and her elbows on the counter. "What's wrong babe" I ask scratching the back of my head. "Oh nothing" she says while walking over and plopping down beside me. I curl up next to her. She huffs. "It's raining" she says poking out her bottom lip. I turn my head to look at the rain on the window. "I think we should go announce that we are dating to the boys" I smile at her. "What? Really?!" She says jumping in excitement. "Um yea why are you so surprised?" I ask her. "I thought you would end all of this today" she says quietly while fiddling with her fingers. "Noooo I've changed. I'm never going to do that to you. You made me change. Your my only one!" I says kissing her cheek. She giggles. I get up and put my clothes on. "Let's go!" I says taking her hand and trotting out the door. I hold the door open for her and she gets in. It doesn't take long for us to get to Ashton's house. As soon as she steps in the door she is engulfed in a hug by Ashton. "I didn't know where you went! I called you and called you and you never answered. I was worried! where were you!?" Ashton's says shaking her. "Urrmmm" Ruth says looking down at our combined hands. Without thinking I swing our hands up to where Ashton can see them. His mouth drops open and I smirk at him. We walk over and sit on the couch. "So where did y'all go last night?" Ashton says crossing his arms. We both stay quiet I fiddle with my lip ring and Ruth fiddle with her fingers. "YOU HAD SEX WITH HER!!!???" Ashton yells out of no where. "Maybe..." I tell him. Which makes him that more mad. "Come on Luke seriously! She was a good girl! She was innocent! She was still so pure nothing could really hurt her! And what you go and take her virginity!! You showed her the one world she should never had seen!" Ashton says marching around throwing his hands all over the place. "Ashton calm down" she says while getting up hugging him. He wraps his long arms around her head and hugs her back while he gives me the devils stare. We hear something splatter in the floor and we look over at Michael who had a pice of cake in his mouth staring at us. He dropped his plate of cake and it was all over the floor. Seconds later Calum comes walking out of the kitchen. He stops and looks at us then continues walking. He literally lays down on top of Ruth's lap. "Ok so let me get this strait you are now dating the boy you absolutely hated a week ago?" Calum says waving his spoon he was chewing on around. "Yep" she says pushing him into the floor. "Come on Luke! Let's go to my house!" Ruth says taking my hand and helping me up. "I'm coming too!" Ashton yells jumping over the couch. Right when we step out side Ruth hits me in the chest. Not hard. "TAG YOUR IT!!" She yells then her and Ashton start running towards her house. I start chasing them. They are too fast or I'm too lazy cause I come no where close to touching one of them. Ruth runs up her stairs and into her house. Ashton runs up the stairs and Ruth runs to the kitchen. I chase after Ashton where I can trap him. "WOOHAHA I have you now!" I yell at him. He runs into a door that is labeled 'Ruth'. I slowly walk in looking around. "Woah" I say in surprise. Her room has posters all over the walls. It has records on the ceiling and guitar and drums sitting in the corner of it. I walk over to the wall that has two drums sticks on it. One says Ashton and the other one says Ruth. "Just best friends that's all" Ashton says coming up beside me examining the drumsticks. "I didn't know she played" I tell him. "She does but she made me promise not to tell anyone. So I didn't tell you" he says smirking. We walk down stairs and into the kitchen. "So how long are you going to be gone for?" Ruth asks her dad. Ruth is leaned up against the counter and her dad the same on the other side. "Two weeks" he says biting his gum. Ruth nods and looks over at me. "Dad this is my new boyfriend... Luke" she says pulling me over to her. She holds my waist and jacket tight. I'm so glad that she is proud of me. "Hey" I smile to her dad. He just frown and looks at me. "Get out of this house right now!" He yells at me. My heart sinks into my stomach. Ashton walks over and leans against the counter by her dad. "Aw now come on daddy don't do that you are scaring him!" Ruth says. Ashton burst out laughing and her dad's frown quickly turns into a big smile. "Naw I'm just kidding! I would never do that to you! I would skin you alive before I kick you out of my house." He says laughing. "DADDY!" She says punching him in the arm. "Oh come on now he knows I'm just joking!" He says waving his arms around. Ruth looks up at me and I smile down at her. He really did scare the crap out of me. Not even going to lie. "Hey Ash tell Calum and that other boy with the weird hair that we are going to haveth a barbecueth!" He says to Ashton. Ashton nods and walks off. "Ok now can you have a proper introduction?" Ruth says pushing her dad over to me. "Hi I'm Luke!" I say holding out my hand. "Hello I'm Ruth's dad. Call me Danny!" He says taking my hand and shaking it. Actually Ruth's dad wasn't so bad. He was scary at first but he was just joking. Danny looks over at Ruth who is going through what appears to be a medicine cabinet. "ASHTON HAS RUTH BEEN TAKING HER MEDICINE!?" Danny yells to Ashton. "NO" he yells back. "TRAITOR!!" Ruth yells referring Ashton. "Aw come on Ruthy. You need to be more like your mom. You have her looks and everything but you got my stubbornness. Please start taking your medicine. Your never going to get better if you don't take some." He begs her. I wonder where her mom is? She must be as beautiful as Ruth. "I will dad" she says when he walks out of the kitchen. I giggle at her when she starts jumping to reach the medicine. "Here let me get it" I tell her. I don't even have to stand on my toes to get it. "Thanks Luke" she says when I hand her the medicine. I wrap my arms around her from the back and kiss her neck. "I love you" I tell her. She stops every movement she has. She pauses for a moment. "I love you too" she finally replies. She pops a pull in her mouth then takes a big sip of water. She heads up to her room and I follow closely behind her. "You can stay in here if you want but I'm bout to get a shower" she says grabbing some clothes from her drawer. "Can I come?" I ask smirking at her. "Ahaha very funny Luke!" She says giving me a funny face. "I'm being serious!" I tell her. "Luke I am not going to have sex with you every day!" She says walking into her bathroom. "Aw" I say pouting. She shuts the door with a giggle. I hear the shower turn on and I wait about 3 minutes. I crack open the door without a sound and walk in. She didn't hear me because she is humming. She doesn't have a see through curtain so she can't see me. I strip then peek into the shower. She is facing the shower so I get in where she can't see me. "Luke!" She says when she turns around. I giggle at her almost jumping out of her skin. "Why do you do this to me?" She says hugging me. "Do what?" I ask wrapping my arms around her head. "You...you make me fall in love with you more and more. And it's not fair cause I know what happens in the end." She says pecking me on the lips. "And what exactly do you think will happen in the end?" I ask her. We sway side to side. "You and me will break up" she tells me. "Nope. That's not what happens. What happens is we get married and have hundreds of babies!" I tell her. "Wow hundreds of babies? That's a lot!" She says showing off her pearly whites. "Yes! Lots and lots of babies!" I tell her. She smiles. "Get out of my shower were I can finish!" She says pointing my way out of the shower. "What? A man needs his shower too!" I say spinning us around so that I am now standing under the water. "Uh it's colllldddddd" Ruth says pouting. "Then let's both get under it." I say stepping back some and pulling her into me. I hold her tight in one arm and tickle her tummy with the other one. "Ok! Stop tickling me!" She says. I lean down and kiss her lips. My hands slides up and down her beautiful body. All the sudden she hits me over the head with a hand full of shampoo. My mouth drops open. "Hey men need there showers!" She says stepping out of the shower. "You are so unbelievable! I got in the shower to have sex! Not actually take a shower!" I tell her. "Awww poor Lukey actually gets rejected" she says laughing at me. "Funny!" I say pulling the curtains back only to find that Ruth was no longer in here. I finish washing up then get out. I put some clothes on and look at myself in the mirror. My wet hair is no longer in it's usual quiff. Ruth opens the door and walks in. She looks at me and smiles. "That's better! Take this out!" She says running her finger over my lip ring. I do as she says. "Why did I take the ring out?" I ask her laying it out on the counter. "Because I fell in love with Luke. Not a lip ring and quiff." She says taking my hands into hers. "Then take yours out!" I say putting my index finger under her chin to lift her head up. "Why?" She asks me. "Cause I fell in love with a small punk rock school girl. Not a lip ring." I say mocking her. She takes it out and reveals her true beauty. She looks ten years younger without the lip ring. "Beautiful" I say kissing her lips. It feels so different. But her lips are just the same. She's like a drug I can't get enough of her and she is changing me. She's changing me in the best ways. "Ok let's go help get ready for the barbecue!" She says turning around and reaching for the door knob. When she is turned around I attempt to put my hair in a quiff. "I swear if you try to put your hair in a quiff I will kick you so hard in the balls you will start singing like Justin Bieber!" She says with out even looking at me. I quickly put my hair back down and she opens the door. We run down the stairs and into the back yard. I love her back yard. It has one tree that has a swing tied to it and underground pool. She also has a trampoline. "Who's a good boy?" Ruth says petting her dog on the head. We hear the doorbell ring and Ruth runs back in the house. So I am left with this giant dog that could eat me in one bite. "WOOOHOOOO!!!" Michael yells running through the door with Ruth. They run right past me and get on the trampoline. Michael is so heavy he is making Ruth fly at least 5feet in the air. Not even lying. "Come on Luke join us!" She yells and gestures to me. "No thank you I am fine!" I tell her. She jumps off of the trampoline and goes to her patio. She walks to a big stereo type thing and turn the music up loud. "Come on!" She says taking my hand. She leads me up on the trampoline. "No I refuse to jump!" I tell her. "Yes you are jumping!" she says literally making me jump. We jump and show off our tricks. This is actually pretty fun. The sun starts set and the pool lights turn on. We get off of the trampoline and follow Ruth. "Y'all ready?" She asks us. She grabs a remote and points it at the tree. I nod to her. She clicks a button and at least 1,000 lights come on. They are kinda deme but they are a romantic kinda lights. She smiles at us. Danny walks out and goes to his grill. "OK ATTENTION ALL HEATHENS AND RUTH!!" Ashton says showing off his bottle of chaplain. "Tomorrow is Ruth's 17th birthday! Just saying for all y'all that didn't know! This little barbecue is for her. She personally asked for each of us to be hear. We are the only ones she wanted to be here. Guys think about. To be personally asked for by the great Ruth! We couldn't celebrate tomorrow because Danny is leaving to go on a business trip tomorrow. So here we go HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR RUTHY!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!" Ashton says taking Ruth in his arms and spinning her around. "Presents?" Calum asks Danny. "Not just yet" Danny says waving the spatula around. "You didn't tell me it was her birthday!" I whisper into Ashton's ear. "I did you just weren't listening!" He whispers back. "Hey Ruth will you come with me for a sec." Ashton says waving over at Ruth. When they both walk in the house Michael and Calum both scramble. "Alright guys go get it! Hurry before they come back!" Danny says pushing Calum and Michael into the house. Michael and Calum come running out of the house with a cake. As they run past me I look at it. Its just a plain white cake. Nothing special. They hide the cake under the patio table. "Ashton why do I have to wear this!?" Ruth says while being drug through the door by Ashton. "Come on you look great!" Ashton says. Ruth is wearing a white dress the cuts off right above her knee. She has a crown made of white flowers around her head and she is barefoot. She looks so beautiful. "Let's eat!" Danny says while sitting a big plate of barbecue on the table. "Yum!" Ruth says licking her lips. Ruth sits down beside me and I grab her waist brining her closer to me. She smiles and stuffs a big fork full of barbecue in my mouth. This barbecue is the best barbecue I have ever tasted. "Oh my gosh Danny this is good!" I tell him. "My secret recipe!" He says smiling at me. I sit there eating and thinking about what I should tell Ruth about her present. I didn't get her one because I wasn't paying attention. I snap my head up and smile at her when I think of the perfect present. "What?" She giggles at me. "Oh nothing" I say pecking her on the cheek. I watch her as she laughs along with Michael about her dad's joke. I in love with Ruth. This one girl changed me into something good. I never thought I was going to settle down on one girl. I though I was forever going to just use girls as toys. But this one girl... This one girl changed my whole life.
We all sit there eating my dad's famous barbecue. It's my favorite food ever! I sit in between Luke and Michael. Calum on the other side of Luke and Ashton and my dad are sitting across the table the round table from us. Luke wraps his right arm around my waist as he eats with the other one. I love my cake so much! It's white with a picture of me and my mom printed on it. "Is every one done?" Ashton asks. I guess Ashton and my dad are running this whole operation. Dad, Michael, Luke, Ashton, and Calum are the only people I wanted to be at my birthday. So Ashton made it that way. Everyone nods and pushes their plates out of the way. "This Alex is from your Me" Ashton's says getting up and making his way over to me. Ashton pulls a necklace out of his pocket and puts it around my neck. "It kinda like mine except it diamonds" I look down and pick up the necklace. I trace my finger over the beautiful diamond edges. If is a pair of wings just like Ashton's. "Aw Ashton I love it!" I say getting up and jumping into his arms. I kiss him on the cheek. "I told y'all not to get me anything!" I say as he swings us around. "Too bad! We got you stuff!" Calum says handing me a SnapBack. It's black with white print that say "Ruthy". "This is from me and Michael." Calum says hugging me. "Thank you guys so much!" I say practically jumping on top of Michael. "Your welcome!" He says kissing my forehead. "And I got you this" dad says pulling out a big picture frame from behind the patio chair. He flips it around and shows off the painting of me and my mum when I was born. She's holding me in her arms in her hospital bed. She was so beautiful. She was happy. I run my fingers down the painting. I miss my mum. "Daddy... This is amazing"I say biting my lip and smiling. "My two beautiful girls" she says rubbing my shoulder. I turn my head and look at Ashton and Calum who have faint smiles on there faces and Michael and Luke with confused expressions. I giggle at them. I hug my dad and run over to Luke. "Let's dance" I say pulling him over into the deem light. "I can't dance" Luke says waving his arms around. "Then you will learn." I smirk at him. A slow song comes on and I take his hands and place them on my waist. I wrap my arms around his neck and smile up at him. "So is that your mom in the picture?" Luke asks me. "yea..." I smile to him. "Is she on a business trip?" He says in confusion. I look of into the distance and bite my lip. "Um I guess you could say that" I tell him looking back into his eyes. "For how long?" He asks. I bite into my lip even harder to try and keep from crying. "Forever..." I finally choke out. "Oh... I am so sorry Ruth! I didn't know!" He says rubbing my back. "Naw don't be sorry. You didn't know." She says smiling at him. He gives me a weak smile back. "She died when I was twelve. That's the reason we moved down here. She died giving birth to my baby brother...he didn't make it either..." I choke almost letting a tear out. "I'm sorry" Luke says brining me into a hug. I snuggle my face into his chest and let his warm arms go around me. "I gonna give you your present tomorrow" he says kissing my hair. I nod and we release walking back over to the rest of the boys. "Ok I have one more present!" Daddy says while bringing out a smaller kinda cake. I stop in my tracks and clinch onto Luke's wrist. He jumps in shock. I know exactly what is about to happen. "Dad!" I warn him. "Calum would you like to do the honers?" Dad says handing Calum the cake. I look up at Calum that has a smirk on his face. I start to back up releasing Luke's wrist. "Calum don't you dare!" I warn him. He makes one swift movement towards me and I bolt. I run around the pool being chased by Calum. "Catch her!" He yells behind me. I turn and run to my side when Michael starts chasing me. I run around the tree and past Luke. Ashton and dad are over there laying on the ground laughing their guts out. Michael's fast but no one In Sydney is as fast as me. That's a really good advantage I have over everyone. I hate track but love running. I decide to head towards the fence to jump it. Instead I trip in fall. I don't touch the ground because Michael ran up and grabbed me by the waist not even letting me fall. He holds me tight in his arms while Calum runs up and slaps the cake in my face. "CALUM!!" I yell at him while Michael puts me on my feet. Calum runs off before I could get to him. Every one is laughing at me. I giggle along with them until I notice Luke laughing so hard that he is crying. My mouth drops open. I pick up the rest of the cake in one hand and hold it behind my back I give a big grin to Luke and twirl my hair. "No! No! I didn't mean it!" He says laughing and waving his arms. I grab my dress and walk like a model slowly over to Luke. I make my dress sway with my legs. When I get over to Luke I walk in circles around him. When I get behind him I come up to him and but my face near his ear. "So you think that's funny?" I whisper seductively in his ear. He holds his breath and I mash the cake right in his face. He gasps and I feel someone's arm wrap around me and jerk me over his shoulder. I look up to see my dad. "Dad stop!" I tell him. And with that he throws me into the pool. I sink down to the bottom and watch as a bunch of figures jump in the water. I watch as Luke's familiar face swim down to where I am. He gets his face level with mine and we smile at each other. He intwines both of our hands and we swim up to the top. We come up gasping for air. That's when I get splashed in the face by my dad. He just started a war that will never end. I jump on top of him and we go under water. He pushes me off and everyone joins in the fights. We have hours of fun. At some point I went into the house and changed out of my wet dress and into a white lace bikini. When I walked out everyone's eyes landed on me and my cheeks turned red but I was being my normal hyper self and struck a pose for them. I can't believe that I am here right now. My dad and my two best friends. Then their is the schools bad guys. Turns out they are really not that bad. One of them is my boyfriend and the other one is now my third best friend. "Hey Luke son can I talk to you?" Dad asks getting out of the pool. Luke gives me a worried look. I smile and shake my head. I know that whatever my dad has to tell or ask him isn't bad or anything. My dad would never put Luke in a situation. I smile and Luke eases. He gets out of the pool and follows my dad into the house. "Let's play chicken!" Ashton says getting on top of Calum's shoulder. Michael helps me into his shoulders. "Loser has to do what ever the winner says!" Michael chants. I smirk at Ashton cause he knows exactly what is going to happen if we when. We fight for a little while. Michael leans foreword and I push Ashton right off of Calum. We burst out laughing and high five each other.
Danny takes me into the house and to where they can't see us. "Do you really love her?" He asks. "Yes! Of course I do! I'm in love with her!" I tel him while staring out the window at Ruth. "She's happy with you. She hasn't been this happy until y'all got together. Tray broke her into a million pieces. I just don't wanna see that happen again. It's been really hard on her since her mum and all that happened. I'm lucky Ashton has been there for her... She's tried to kill herself quiet a few times..." He says rubbing the back of his head. My mouth drops open and I almost break into tears thinking about her trying to kill her self. "I-i..." The words won't come out of my mouth. "She loves you. Your a good one for her. I haven't known you for long but I'm proud to call you my son." He says patting me on the back. I smile at him. We both turn our attention to Michael and Ruth pushing Ashton and Calum. "What are y'all doing?" Danny asks them. "They lost so they have to strip and run down the road!" Ruth says pushing Ashton out the door. Danny giggles and rolls his eyes. "Y'all have fun I think I'm gonna hit the bed!" Danny yells. "Ok night daddy!" Ruth yells. He gives me a smile then I run out to Ruth and the rest of them.
We get out into the middle of the road. "Take off all your clothes!" I demand. Ashton and Calum both roll their eyes and do as I say. I sneak in the house and get my dad's truck keys. I quietly back it out and into the road. "Hop in boys!" I say. Ashton and Calum get in the bed of the truck and Luke sets in the passenger seat. Michael sits in the back. I slide the back middle window open where if the cops see us they can jump in real quick. I go a little ways down the road then I hook up my phone on the aux. I turn it on 'break the rules' and turn it up all the way. The speakers were booming. Ashton and Calum know exactly where to hold on to the truck cause we have done this at least twice before and it was fun. When I know they are holding on I punch the gas and fly down the neighbor hood. I trust myself going fast because to be truthful I am a ten times better driver than my dad and Ashton. We fly through the city and I roll all the windows down. The speakers still booming. Luke is pressed up against the seat like he his scared. We keep going through the city until I see a pair of cops. I hit the brakes. "Ashton! Calum!" They both come through the window. "Put some clothes on!" Michael says handing them some clothes. I let them get dressed and sit there. "Ruth what are we doing?" Luke says scooting closer to me. "Something that you will be scared of at first but after a while it gets fun!" Calum answers for me. I smirk at Luke and he puts on his seat belt. In one quick motion a punch the gas and fly by the cops. They turn on their lights and chase me. I shift gears really fast and do a donut in the middle of the road. I take off towards the cops. "STOP YOUR GONNA HIT THEM!" Michael yells. "No she isn't!" Calum says hushing Michael. I go full speed towards them. They finally chicken out and swerve out of my way. I run a red light and lead the cops into the country side. "WOOHOOO" I yell and hit the steering wheel. I glance over at Luke who is having a mini spasm attack. We go down dirt roads drifting around the corners. "YEA BITCH!!" Luke yells finally lightening up. I laugh at him. When we finally lose the cops Ashton crawls over the seat and to my side. He slide himself under me taking the pedal and wheel. Then I slide myself off of him and crawl through the back window. I fall landing in the bed of the truck. We arrive back in the city and I stand up gripping the top of the truck. I let the wind blow through my wet hair. I lift my arms up not holding on to anything. I smile at myself. I'm so proud! I've always been so scared to do this but I am doing it! "Yes!" I say to myself. I get a lot of weird stares from people but I really don't care. I sit down on my butt and watch all the cars pass us. "Best birthday ever" I mumble to myself. We stop at a red light and I feel someone plop down beside me. I look over to see Luke smiling at me. "HEY BEAUTIFUL!!" Someone yells... But it wasn't Luke? I turn around to see Tray and the assholes in his stupid silver car. I flip him off and I feel Luke's arms wrap around my waist gripping me tight. I turn to look Luke. His face was red with frustration. "Don't let them get to you" I say pecking him on the lips. He smiles at me. "You sorry bastard kissing my girl!!" Tray yells. That just pissed me off to no end. So I grab Luke's face and make out with him in front of everyone. "Feisty" Luke mumbles into my lips. "Oh yes" I mumble back. I feel the truck start to move again and I cuddle up into Luke's arms. We ride just like that back home. Ashton pulls the truck up into garage and we all hop out. "Alright let's go and go I bed!" Ashton's yawns putting his arm around me. "Ok just a minute" I tell him. I run over to Luke. "Thank you so much for the awesome birthday!" I say pecking him on the lips. He is about to protest but I shake my head for him not to. "Good night babe. I love you." He says pressing his forehead against mine. "I love you too" I reply and kiss his gentle lips. I tell everyone thanks and bye then me and Ashton run up the stairs to my room. Ashton pulls off his shirt and I walk into the bathroom and change into dry clothes. We I come out I see that Ashton is already in bed waiting for me. I crawl up beside him and he hugs me tightly. He pulls the covers over us and I kiss him on the cheek. "Thanks for everything" I tell him. "That's what best friends do right?" He says rubbing my arm. His arms stay wrapped around me while I dig my face into his bare chest and fall asleep.