I sipped my coffee as Michael explained what had happened early this morning. I couldn't help thinking that it was my fault she had gone.
"She left this."
Michael said as he showed me a folded up piece of paper. I reached out for the paper, but Michael pulled it away.
"She said here life was going down hill but a recent event with a boy caused all of this."
I started to feel uneasy. He knew it was me.
"I'm sorry Michael."
"I think I know who that boy is."
Michael looked at me straight into my eyes. My palms started to sweat, my heart was racing, this was the end of our friendship.
"I think it was Ashton."
I took a big exhale. He thinks it was Ashton. I felt relieved for a moment. But I soon realized that Erica was still out there somewhere. I jumped up.
"Michael, what are we doing? We have to find her!"
Michael shot up from his spot and grabbed his keys.
"Let's go to Ashton's house."
As we pulled into Ashton's house I suddenly realized what was going to happen. Micheal would accuse Ashton, and Ashton would deny, causing a huge fight ending the band and our friendships. God I'm such an idiot.
"I think I'll stay in the car and let you handle this."
"No Luke, you're coming with me."
I knew I wasn't going to win. I dragged myself out of the car to Ashton's front door. Here we go.
Michael opened the door without hesitation and started screaming.
"Ashton! Get your ass down her right fucking now!"
Michael was pissed.
I heard a faint knock at my door. As I walked passed the kitchen I checked the clock. Who the hell could be here at 4:32 in the morning. When I opened the door I saw Erica with dried tears on her face.
"Are you alright?!"
I could see the tears forming in her eyes. Never in my life did I think Michael's little sister would come to my house at 4 in the morning, soaking wet with tears in her eyes.
"Let's get you inside and dry off, then do you want to talk?"
I took her in and gave her a towel and some alone time to calm down.
"Ashton... can we talk now...?"
"Of course. Tell me everything."
She began to tell me about her and Luke. I was shocked. It sounded out of character of Luke to do that. I gave her a hug and made her some breakfast.
"Don't tell Michael anything. Please."
" I won't I promise."
"And don't tell him I'm here."
"But Erica I thin-"
"Alright I won't."
After that moment we both heard Michael yelling from downstairs.
I whispered to Erica. She nodded her head and hid in the closet as I turned to go down the stairs.
"Michael! What a pleasant surprise."
Shut the hell up you fucking twat. Where the hell is she?"
"You know damn well who I'm talking about!"
Michael punched me square in the face. I started to fall out of consciousness when I heard Luke yell, "Michael! What the hell were you thinking?!" Then everything went black.