Luke woke me by shaking my body, “Charli” he said and kept shaking me, I grunted to show that I was awake, “I’m going to hang with Calum today, my phone is charged, and everything” I nodded “I’ll call you in four hours” I mumbled before going back to sleep.
I woke up because my phone was ringing, “it’s Charli?” I said, I would’ve said my last name, but I didn’t know who was calling, and right now, I had two different last named, “hi Charli, it’s been over four hours, I’m just calling to say that I’m sober” I ran my hand through my hair, “oh god, I’m sorry Luke, I fell asleep, thanks, do you want me to come?” I had plans with Michael today, so I was hoping on a no, “no, I’m good” I sighed in relieve, I didn’t want to cancel my plans with Michael, he said he had something special planned for us “okay, I’ll call in four hours” I looked at the time, it was only 10, he went over to Calum’s at 6?
I took a shower, and put on my favourite black jeans, and a t-shirt with ‘Fall out boy’ on, and a little makeup, not too much.
Michael rang the doorbell while I was eating breakfast, “come in” I shouted, while putting the bowl in the dishwasher.
“Hi” Michael greeted me, “hi” I gave him a hug, “are you ready?” I looked at him confused, “we’re not staying here?” I asked, Michael shook his head, and smiled, “no, come on” I grabbed my jacket, and followed Michael into his car.
“Where are we going?” we had been driving for about half an hour, “it’s a surprise” I stuck my tongue out at him, “we’ll be there any minute” I nodded, I was very excite to see what Michael had planned. “Close your eyes” Michael said, I did what he said, we drove a little while longer, it was hard keeping my eyes shut, I was really curious, “we’re here, wait a minute” I could hear Michael step out of the car, and open my door, he put his hand around my eyes, and helped me out of the car, “are you ready?” I could hear loud music in the background, “yeah” Michael removed his hands from my face, in front of me was what looked like a huge carnival, with a lot of rides.
I was speechless, “do you wanna go in?” I nodded, “this is amazing Michael”.
We walked inside, I offered to pay for my own ticket, but Michael insisted.
“I could pay for my own ticket” I said to Michael, “yeah, but I wanted to” I thanked him again.
“So, what do you wanna try first?”he asked, I shrugged, “I don’t know, you can pick” Michael smiled, it was almost christmas so there weren’t any wild rides, just some small ones for kids.
“We can try the ferris wheel” I nodded, I had a fear of heights, but that wasn’t going to stop me from having a good time.
Michael and I stood in the queue for about 15 minutes before we got a cart for ourselves, I was sitting next to Michael, there wasn’t much space, so we were pretty close to each other, “If you had to give up one of your five senses, which one would it be?” Michael asked like it was the most normal question in the world, I love how Michael can just ask the most randomest questions, and it wouldn’t be weird, “probably smelling” Michael looked at me which made the cart shake, “why?”
“Have you ever tried living with Luke?” Michael started to laugh with his body, the cart started shaking more, and I realized how far off ground we were, “are you okay, you look a little pale?” Michael asked me, “yeah, I’m just realizing for far up we are” I said quietly, “are you afraid of heights?” I nodded, “maybe a little bit” Michael started laughing, but realized that it made me more uncomfortable, and stopped “why didn’t you say anything?” I shrugged, “I don’t know” the wheel stopped so other could come on, “we’re almost down again” Michael said calming.
The ferris wheel didn’t stop, when we reached the bottom, it kept going. “shit, I had forgotten, it spins around twice, before we can go off” Michael looked apologetic at me, “it’s okay, I’ll manage” I quaked, “look into my eyes” Michael ordered, I did a he said, “concentrate on me” Michael had really nice green eyes, “what’s your natural hair colour?” I asked looking at his red dyed hair, “I’m blonde” I couldn’t imagine him blonde, he looked more like a brunette to me, “are you feeling better?” I nodded, “yeah, this is really helping” I said still looking into his green eyes, before I knew we were down on the ground again.
“Sorry I didn’t tell you about my fear” Michael shook his head, “don’t worry about it” I smiled.
We walked around for a couple of hours, Michael won a stuffed penguin in a ball game, and gave it to me, I was just about to thank him, when my alarm went off, “excuse me” I said, and walked away from Michael, and dialed Luke’s number.
“Hello?” there was laughing in the background, “hi Luke, how are you?” I asked like we hadn’t seen each other in weeks, “I’m good, we’re just talking, there’s a lot of noise in the background where are you?” Luke almost yelled, “I’m at a carnival with Michael” I started smiling just talking about it, “oh” Luke sounded disappointed, “are you okay? Do you need me to come?” Luke cleared his throat, “no, I just lost the game, bye” and then he hung up, Luke had just said that they were just talking, I shrugged, he probably forgot to mention it I thought, and went back to Michael setting my alarm again.
“What’s up?” Michael asked, “it was just Luke, wanna go shoot with water guns?” I asked , pointing at a game, where you had to fill a balloon by shooting at a target with the water gun, “I didn’t take enough money with me” Michael said a little disappointed, I reached down my pocket, it costed 10 dollars for two, “I only have 6 dollars left” I said sighing, “I’ve got 2”. We had used a lot of money on all the things you could try, “we could shoot together?” I suggested, Michael agreed, and we gave the man behind the counter our money.
Michael wrapped his hands around me, we were both holding the gun, our fingers were on the trigger, Michael looked down at me, and smiled, “ready?” I nodded.
It didn’t go so well, but we won a little giraffe with a bow on it’s head, “you can have it” Michael said putting the toy in my hands, “no, I got the penguin, you can have the giraffe” I said, and gave it back to him.
We walked around the carnival a little more, but it wasn’t that fun without any money, so we decided to go home. When we were walking back to the car, I realized how dark it had gotten.
On the way home were Michael and I discussing the whole day, it had been nice being out with him, I really needed a friend close to Luke.
Michael parked outside of Luke’s flat, he walked with me inside, “are you coming to that event on Friday?” Luke hadn’t talked about anything, but I was probably going, “I don’t know”
“Well if he isn’t going to invite you, I will” I smiled, and looked into his eyes, “thank you, you’re really good friend” I added, Michael’s smile dropped for a second, but then it came back, “I had a really good time tonight” I said, and hugged him, “me too” he said and went out the door.
I walked into the living room, I knew Luke was there, his car was parked in the driveway, “Luke?” I yelled, I heard his door open, and close and then he came down the stairs, “what?” he asked grumpy, “Michael told me about an event on Friday, am I invited?” I took off my jacket, and sat down on the sofa, “I don’t know, haven't your boyfriend invited you?” he barked, I looked at Luke in surprise, “what?” and then it hit me why Luke had been mad at me since Monday, “are you mad at me for hanging out with Michael?” Luke looked frustrated, his hands were locked into a fist so tight that his knuckles went white, “you are, aren’t you? Why does that bother you?” I asked putting my hands on my hips, “it doesn’t, I don’t care” Luke spat, “then tell me why you have been mad at me since I met him?” I hissed back, I was getting so tired of Luke’s bullshit.
Luke pushed me aside, and walked away, “where the hell do you think you’re going?” I yelled, following him, “out” he roared, and grabbed his jacket,, “no you’re not” I sneered, and blocked the door “I’m your sober companion, it’s my job to be with you” he tried to move me, but I was stronger than he thought, “is that all you think of me?” he asked me, tears were starting to spill from his eyes, “just another client?” his lips started to tremble. I didn’t know what to say, I was tongue tied. He looked at me and took that as an answer, and ran upstairs.
I tried to sleep but I couldn’t, the events of today kept playing in my mind, the first couple of tears started to run down my cheeks, tears was streaming down my face. When did things start to get this messy? I could hear Luke next door, I didn’t know if he could hear me, I kinda hoped he could, because I wanted to show him how he’s not just another client, he’s Luke, and I care so deeply about Luke.