34. Out of Breath
I feel the cold cement against my cheek. I slowly open my eyes and blink a few times to see whats in front of me. I hear yelling and I hear someone fall to the ground. I sit up and put my hand to my cheek. Its already bruised. I stand up and focus on what's going on. Ashton just punched Collin.
"Ashton!" I say and pull him from Collin. "Ashton lets go." I say, a tear falling from my eye.
"He fucking punched you." Ashton says angrily. He punches Collin again. "You don't punch a fucking girl."
"Well you don't fucking deserve to be with her!" Collin yells, standing up. "She can do way better than you, you piece of shit. She's fucking cried because of you."
"Because I wasn't here!" Ashton yells. "I didn't get into this college and Elli did. I'm not going to keep her from doing what she wants to do." Ashton says, trying to calm down.
"Then why the fuck are you not here with her anyways?!" Collin yells again.
"Because I'm trying to be the best boyfriend I can be and get my fucking college degree too so don't give me your shit." Ashton says, his voice calming down.
"Ashton," I say, balling now. "I'll call the office when we get back to my room, lets just go."
Ashton looks down at me with sympathy in his eyes. He fixes my hair and wipes the tears from my eyes. He softly skims his thumb over my forming bruise. I wince and he quickly takes his thumb away. "Sorry." He whispers. "Lets go back."
We start to walk away and Collin says something but we keep walking away, ignoring him. I hold Ashtons hand tightly and let the tears fall from my eyes. I don't know why I'm crying its just mixed emotions from pain and being scared. "It's okay." Ashton whispers, holding my hand tightly. "When we get back I'm going to take care of you."
I nod and we continue walking back to my dorm room. Once we get there I unlock the door and take a deep breath. I'm safe here. I look up at Ashton and he looks down at me. He slowly pulls me into his arms, his body covering me and keeping me safe. He softly kisses the top of my head "Its going to be okay." He whispers. "Do you have an ice pack?"
"Yeah." I nod and point to the mini fridge. "There is a little freezer in the top for icepacks, I put popsicles in there too." Ashton goes over and gets an icepack out and I sit on my bed, crossing my legs. Ashton sits beside me and hands me the ice pack and I gently put it on my cheek, wincing at the pain. "I'm so sorry." I whisper. "He has this crazy crush on me and I didn't think he would do that."
"Elli there's no reason to be sorry." Ashton explains. "I just don't trust him and I want you to be careful around him, okay?"
I nod and lean my head against his shoulder. I'm just shocked about everything. I look up at Ashton and realize I was to in the moment to even ask. "Did you get hurt?" I ask.
"No I'm fine." Ashton says. "I just have a little bruise on my arm, don't worry Elli belly." He smiles. I giggle and lay my head back on his shoulder.
Ashton and I lay on my bed, watching YouTube videos on my laptop while eating popsicles and jelly beans. "If you did that to me I would kill you." I laugh, pointing at the screen. This girls boyfriend pulled a prank on his girlfriend just by simply hanging a spider in front of the door way so she would see it when she walks in the front door. I'm terrified of spiders.
"I know you would." Ashton laughs and shuts my laptop. "Do you want to do anything tonight?" He asks.
"We could walk around town. I know you would like to go sight seeing, we could get a quick dinner somewhere too." I suggest. "I can pay."
"No, you don't have to pay Elli." Ashton says.
"But you paid yesterday, its only fare." I say. I want to pay for things but he always refuses for me to. "When you don't let me pay for things it makes me feel like I'm using you."
"You're not using me in any way." Ashton says. "I love you and I want to pay." He smiles and kisses my forehead.
"You sure?" I whisper.
"I promise I'm sure." Ashton smiles. I smile and get out of bed. I throw on a beanie and hand Ashton his. He let me keep it before I left. I also hand him his hoodie since its cold outside. "Can I still keep these?" I ask.
"Yeah." Ashton smiles. "I need to wear them anyways, to freshen them up for you." I giggle and throw on my hoodie too.
I hold his hand and we walk out of my dorm room and down the hallway to go outside. "Where do you want to go first?" I ask.
"Lets go get something to eat. Something not to fancy though since we don't look fancy." Ashton says. I laugh and nod. "Are you sleeping at the hotel all week?" Ashton asks as we walk.
"Yeah." I say. "That's okay right?" I ask and look up at him. I hope it is okay. I don't want to spend a moment without Ashton this week. I missed him so much.
"Its perfectly okay." Ashton smiles. "I don't want to spend a moment without you Elli belly."