I thought I was the shy girl in school. I always thought the guy I was head over heals for would never like me. I was the girl who no one talked to. The girl who was bullied. It all started since my dad died. But then he liked me.
And everything changed.


20. His Birthday

Elli's POV:

I look down at Ashton sleeping. I slowly get up and quickly get dressed and tie my hair up. I go into the kitchen and grab the birthday cake and silly string. I hear a slight knock on the door and I open it, letting the guys and Chloe inside. I hand each one of them silly string and I light the candles on the cake.

"Go into his room, quietly." I whisper. "I'll be in there in a second."

Michael nods and leads them into his room. I walk into Ashton's room and nod. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" We all scream and the guys spray silly string on him.

"Fuck." Ashton mumbles. "Elli, you are so dying later." He says.

I laugh. "Just look at your cake." I say and Chloe helps me set it beside him.

Ashton sits up and after a second, he blows out the candles. "Did you make a wish?" Chloe asks.

Ashton nods. "Yeah." He smiles.

"You have a hour to get ready, we're going out for breakfast." Calum says.

"We don't have to." Ashton says.

"Oh yes we do. Get your ass up, we're going out." I say and take the cake from Ashton.

"Feisty." Michael says.

I hear Ashton laugh as I walk take the cake into the kitchen. I feel him behind me and kiss my cheek. "Thank you." He whispers, before he heads off into the bathroom to get ready.


"Thank you." Ashton says as he eats his last bite of breakfast. "This has been great." He smiles.

"It was Luke's idea for breakfast." Michael says.

"Elli and Chloe helped though." Luke says and I watch him sign the bill.

I smile and look at Ashton. The color of his hair reminds me of my fathers. Today's the anniversary of my fathers death, which so happens to be Ashton's birthday. I wish I didn't have to be upset on his birthday but it's hard not to be.

Ashton looks at me concernly. "Elli and I are gonna go home." He says.

"Someone, again, is getting laid." Michael laughs.

"The best thing is to get laid on your birthday." Calum says.

I roll my eyes. "Ashtons not getting anything." I smile.

"What?" Ashton pouts.

"Poor Ashton." Chloe says sarcastically.

I laugh and Ashton and I both get up from the table. We both say thank you and our goodbyes before we walk out of the restaurant and into his car.

"Thank you for today." Ashton smiles as he pulls out onto the road.

"The days not over yet." I say as I take his hand.

"Oh really?" Ashton asks.

"I haven't given you your present yet, have I? When we get home you get your present." I say.

"I don't need-"

"Ashton. I got you a present. I will give it to you if you like it or not." I say.

Ashton laughs and we pull into the parking lot. "Okay then." He smiles.

We walk upstairs into his apartment and I quickly run into his room. I grab the two drum sticks from my bag and hold them behind my back. Ashton comes in the room and smirks once he sees me hiding something.

"What do you have?" He asks.

"Your present." I smirk.

"Can I see?" He asks.

"Sit down and I'll give it to you." I laugh. Ashton sits down. "Close your eyes." I giggle.

Ashton sighs and closes his eyes. I smile and place the drumsticks in his hands. He opens his eyes and reads the engraving on the one drumstick. "Your imperfections don't define you." Ashton reads.

"I know it isn't much but you always say that and it goes the same for you and I know how much that saying means to us and-" Ashton cuts me off.

"Elli, it's perfect." He smiles and pulls me into his lap. "Do you want to know what I wished for?" He asks.

"No, what if it doesn't come true?" I ask.

"I'm pretty sure it will."

Love you allxx


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