*One Week Later*
I woke the next day happy that it is finally Saturday. Knowing that it will be me and the boys again. Mother working and dad on a business trip. I walked downstairs and saw Michael.
"Hey where are the boys?" I asked him.
"Sleeping in the guest room."
"Oh okay." I say sitting on the couch.
The situation started getting more and more awkward. I knew something was not right.
"So how is school?" He asked.
"Fine. Love it." Why is he asking me this?
"Have any friends?"
"Yeah, plenty." I say knowing where this is probably going.
"Really, what are their names?"
"Uh...... Megan, Daniel, Paul, and Rachel." Aka My bullies.
"Oh come on Hazel."
"Please tell me the truth. What is really going on?"
"It's nothing." I say hearing whispering know that someone was listening.
I was hoping that Ashton was not listening. Please stop Michael. Don't, just stop.
"Hazel Iris Clifford you will tell me what is wrong with you!" his voice changed.
"You are not the parent of me Michael Gordon Clifford. Maybe I don't want to make you more stress maybe I can handle things by myself."
"REALLY? It sure looks like you can handle it when you come home with a bruise and scrap on your face."
"MICHAEL ,you need to hear me out and to stay out of my business. I am fine. If I want you to know maybe I would come and tell you. I tell you everything."
"Really? But you go and tell my best pals."
"No I haven't"
"Really how did Luke know?"
"It slipped out and we were playing a game."
"Also how you love Ashton. My best friend. You love someone who is way to older for you."
What! No, Michael can not figure that out. I do like Ashton but he can not find out. He would ruin it for me, I just know it.
"Stay out of my love life too. I am allowed to like and love who I want. To be honest I don't love Ashton. I only see him as a friend." I yell back. I then heard someone run away before I ran off. I ran to the stairs and saw Luke and Calum.
"Hazel, I'm sorry." Luke said standing up.
"It's fine Luke. I am not mad at you. I promise." I say giving him a quick hug before walking away.
I walk back upstairs and into my room. I shut the door and slide down it. I put my hand on my face talking out loud which I don't normally do.
'Great, if Ashton was listening. I am screwed. Now he probably thinks I don't like him. Thanks Michael now Ashton won't know how much I love him.'
"You love me?"
My eyes went huge. I un-covered my eyes and saw Ashton. He walked out of my bathroom. He walked over to me and helped me stand up. I blushed really badly and tried to hide it.
"Hey no need to hide it from me." Ashton says lightly turning my head to face him.
"But, Ashton you heard Michael."
"I don't care what Michael says. He can not stop your heart from loving someone. Hazel I have to be truthful to you too and say I love you too. I have loved you since I first saw you come in. Then when you would come to and trust me so fast." He said slowly getting closer to my face.
I looked into his Hazel/Green eyes as he got closer. I wanted to kiss him so badly but I couldn't.
"Ashton, I can't" I say turning my head.
"It's fine. I understand but can I at least have a hug."
I rolled my eyes and smiled. He always knows how to make situations better instead of worse. He opened up his arms and put them around my waist. I put my arms around his neck and hugged him. I had to go on my tippy-toes just to hug him better. I could feel Ashton leaning down to me so it became easier for me to hug him. He pulled me closer to him and hugged me tighter. I rested my head on his chest. My stomach started to turn in circles. I could feel butterflies in my stomach. It hurt, why is it hurting? Why do I feel like this. Do I really have feelings for Ashton?
Once we stopped hugging I looked at him. He was really cute looking. I smiled at him and went and sat down on my bed.
"So what are your game plans for this week?"
"Well, I have basketball. Which I can't wait to be over with."
"You play basketball?" He asked.
"Yeah. But I am stopping after this year because the bullying has gotten so much worse."
"Oh I see."
"So when is your next game I would love to come and watch."
"Really? It's Monday at home."
"Does Michael go?"
"When he can."
"Well, count on me to be there to cheer you on."
"Thanks. I never really had a fan cheer for me and only me." I say with a smile but then turn it into a sad face.
"Really? Even if you make it no one tells you good job?"
"Only a few claps from the audience and that is it really."
"Well, I will be cheering loud for you."
"Thanks Ashton." I say giving him a quick side hug.
I was in the locker room getting ready for the game with my jersey on and putting my hair into a ponytail. I put on my shoes, grabbed my water bottle, and went out to the gym. I put my water bottle down and grabbed a basketball. I saw a lot of students looking at me mad, talking crap about me, and some were flipping me off. I hate this school so much. I was shooting where I would normally shoot in a game which is 3 pointers. Coach thinks I'm better off an outside shoot than an inside shooter. I was getting ready to shoot a 3 again when someone came and shoved me over. I looked up at the girl and she was just laughing. I rolled my eyes and got up, grabbing the basketball on the way up. I turned my head to the entrance and saw Ashton come in with Luke, Calum, and Michael. I smiled really big at them and they waved.
I then continued to shoot around. Ashton came down and had a powerade in his hand. I then walked over to him.
"Hey, what are you doing?" I asked.
"Bring you a drink." he said trying to give me the drink.
"I have wat....." I said before pushed out of the way.
I saw one of the girls trying to flirt with Ashton. I rolled my eyes and looked at the clock we had a minute before game started. I went and put my basketball back on the rack and sat down. I looked over at Ashton. He ignored the girl and walked away. It made me feel a little bit better. Wait, am I jealous? No, I'm not. I looked up at Ashton and he smiled his cute smile. I gave a him a smile back before the buzzer went off.
"Okay starters are Megan, Brittany, Ashley, Jordan, and Hazel." The coach said.
"Megan your jumping."
"Sounds good coach." She said.
"Ashley point, Hazel and Jordan are wings and Brittany and Megan are post. We are running four out with Megan in. Also 2-3 on defense."
After that we went out on the court. I stood on our side waiting. The ball was tipped to our point guard and we set up our offense. We finally got the defense to shift to the opposite side of me. They tossed me the ball and I shoot the 3 point. I made it and all I could hear was the boys. I smiled and continued with the game. We were had pushed the defense to the other side again. One of my team mates shot the ball. I went in for the rebound and put it back up. As I came down I saw one of the girls on my team push me and I fell on my right ankle wrong. I fell on the floor grabbing my knee pulling it close.
"Go kill yourself you little bitch." One girl said.
"I hope those boys leave you. They deserve better." Another one said.
I had tears coming down my face. The officials stopped the game. My coach came over and also the Athletic Trainer came over. The trainer talked to me for a little bit and then they helped me get up. They carried me out and into the ice room. Where you can get ice, wrap ankles, and stuff like that. They laid me down on the table.
"Hope everything is okay Hazel." My coach said then had to get back to the game.
The Athletic Trainer looked at my ankle before calling a doctor to the high school. We waited for 10 minutes. I looked at my ankle and it was really swollen and bruising. The doctor then came in and check out my ankle. It really hurt when he moved it or something like that.
"You have sprained it very badly. I am sorry to say but you are going to be out for the season." He says.
"Okay." I say kinda sad.
"If you come with us we can get you some crutches and other things."
"Okay but what about my friends and brother?" I asked.
"One person can be with you in the back with us and the others will have to drive to the hospital."
"Where are they? I can get them for you." The Athletic Trainer said.
"They are sitting right by the entrance. My brother has red hair. There is four of them."
"Okay. I'll get them."
"Let me get others to help." The doctor said and left.
He came back with a guy.
"I don't want you to walk so we are going to carry you and get your things." The doctor said.
"Okay. My bag is the red one with blue, purple, and green ribbons on the strap."
"I'll get it." The guy said and left to go get it.
Then my brother and them came in.
"How is she?" Michael asked the doctor.
"She has a sprained ankle and we are going to be taking her to the hospital."
Ashton came over to me with a worried look. I gave him a smile letting him know that I will be okay. He slightly grinned at me and then looked at the doctor.
"Could one of you help carry her out. I do not want her walking on her foot." The doctor said.
Ashton then looked at my foot and his face was shocked.
"I can carry her." Ashton said.
I put my arms up to put around his neck. He bent down and I wrapped my arms around his neck. I could tell he was worried about my right leg. I grinned and lightly lifted up my leg. He put his hand under my legs and lifted me up. I was nervous at first but then relaxed. Michael and the boys went and got into the car. Ashton followed the doctor being careful not to hit my foot. We finally got to the ambulance and Ashton laid me down on the bed in there. He was getting ready to get out when I grabbed his wrist and he looked at me.
"Can you please stay here with me?" I asked looking at him.
"Sure I can." He said sitting down next to me.
I smiled at him and then the doctor shut the doors and got in. Then we were off to the hospital.
At the hospital they put a cast on my ankle and got me crutches that I could use. Michael just thought to buy them just in case because we were just going to borrow them. After we got everything at the hospital Michael drove us home. Once we got home Ashton helped me out of the car and into the house.
"Hazel, how about you sleep in the guest bedroom so you don't have to go up and down the stairs." Michael suggested.
"Okay, but I will need my things." I say to Michael.
He nodded his head knowing what I needed. Michael and the boys went upstairs and got my things. I waited right where they left me. They each came down the stairs carrying somethings. Luke had my two pillows and warm red blanket. Calum had my phone charger and my school things. Ashton had my laptop, the charger to it, and some of my favorite movies. Then Michael had picked out 5 outfits for now.
"Thanks boys." I say making my way over to them.
I followed the boys to the guest room and sat down. Under my arms starting hurting from the crutches so I needed to just rest. The boys put the things on my bed and I thanked them. They all left but Ashton. I opened up my laptop and put in my movie: You're Next.
"What you doing?" He asked.
"Going to watch a movie and just try to relax." I say.
"Oh okay. You okay?"
"Yeah, I will be fine." I said looking up at Ashton.
I saw he had a worried look on his face again like before.
"Hey, don't worry I am fine. I promise everything is going to be fine." I say grabbing his hand pulling him to me.
"I wish this never happened."
"I know but it will be over soon in a few weeks."
He gave me a small grin before leaving to find the boys. I really like Ashton. He is so caring, sweet, funny, and just so adorable.
*2 Weeks Later*
*No one's POV*
Hazel is now starting to walk on her foot without the crutches. She can not walk up and down stairs and still needs help from the boys. She walks with a slight limp also. Ashton's love is getting stronger and really wants to ask Hazel out on a date but does not want Michael to get in the way of things.
I woke up to loud noise. I grabbed my phone and went out to the kitchen. There was a note saying that my parents were on vacation. That our father also has a business trip too. I knew that I would have to listen to Michael which I am totally cool with. I made my way over to the garage and opened the door. I saw the four boys with their instruments talking. Luke came over and picked me up. Luke carried me down the stairs to the garage and then sat me down.
"Thanks Luke." I say.
"Yup, no problem." He says walking back over to his Guitar.
As I slowly came around the small corner I saw Ashton. He had on one of his bandanas which was pretty cute on him. He saw me and smiled and I gave him a smile back. He was so cute playing the drums and his outfits he wears while playing the drums so just out of this world. I made my way over to the front of the garage and press the button to open up the garage door. The sun came threw and it was bright. I looked at Michael and he came over to me.
"Hey Michael I just wanted to say that I am sorry I yelled at you. I just didn't want you to get hurt or in the mess of anything." I say.
"Hey it's fine. I shouldn't be getting into your business unless you tell me." He said.
I smiled and he gave me a light hug. I put my head and one arm around him giving him a hug back. After we stop hugging and I made my way over to the couch in the garage and sat down.
"Do you have your hearing aid Hazel?" Michael asked.
"No, it is still inside but I won't need it because you guys are going to be playing so I don't want to ruin it." I say.
"Okay, but if you need to leave that is okay we will understand."
"Okay." I say with a smile.
"Hey Hazel what song you want us to sing?" Calum asked.
"Voodoo Doll." I said smiling and winking at Ashton.
He nodded his head and winked back at me. I let out a small laugh and they started playing.
Once they were done I clapped for them. That is my favorite song that they have.
"I hope you guys become a band someday you guys are really good." I say getting up.
It was actually pretty warm here. Warm in the day, cold at night.
"You guys hungry?" I asked them.
"We already ate." Luke said.
I then walked over to the stairs.
"Hey I am going to go to the bathroom." I heard someone say.
I turned my head and saw Ashton. I shook my head and smiled. My stomach started to turn when he looked up at me. I will admit it I do like Ashton. I like him more than a friend. Ashton put his hands on my waist. I started breathing heavily. I could see Ashton smile and then kiss my cheek. He picked me up and carried me inside all the way to the kitchen where he sat me down on the counter. After he sat me down he hopped up next to me.
"Don't you have to go to the bathroom?" I asked.
"Nah, I just want to talk to you."
"Please don't mind me asking .... Don't you have a girlfriend?"
"What!!! No." He said all surprised with my question.
"Oh okay. I am just making sure."
"Why you have a boyfriend?"
"No. Come on Ashton you should know. With the bullying everything thinks I am going to die soon or something."
"Don't say that. It's not true."
I sat on the kitchen counter not to sure what to say.
"Yeah?" I say looking up at him.
"Will you go on a date with me?"
"Please just one date."
"Okay." I say with a smile.
"I'll pick you up Friday at 7."
"Sounds great. I'll be waiting."
Ashton smiled and then walked back to the boys.
I went and got my outfit picked out. I picked out jean shorts, with a long shirt/sweatshirt thing that was tannish and had a Navy blue anchor on it, with my navy blue toms. I ran and took a shower quick.
*45 minutes later*
I finally got my shower done, blowed dried my hair, and fixed it. I braid the bottom of my hair and then put the rest into a high bun so you can also see the braid too:
Once I did my hair I put on my outfit:
I grabbed my phone and money and put them into my pocket. I heard walking coming to my door. Then I saw Michael there.
"Hey little sis." Michael says walking over to me.
"Where you going?"
"Shopping and maybe grab a bit to eat."
"Okay sounds good."
"What about you?"
"Luke, Calum, and I are going to a concert that will take a long time. I probably wont be home till around 11:30."
"What about Ashton?"
"He said he was sick and not feeling good. We didn't practice today because he was sick. He also wants us to go to the concert. He didn't want to ruin our fun."
"Oh I see. Well, I hope you have a lot of fun."
"We will. I'll call you when we are on our way home."
I looked out of my door and saw Michael leave. Then I saw head-lights leaving too. Once they were gone I pulled out my phone and called Ashton.
"Hello?" He answered.
"Hey, are you sick?"
"Well, Michael told me that you were sick and not felling good."
"I said that so I can go on a date with you."
"Oh I see now."
"I'll be there in like 10 minutes."
"Sounds great. I can't wait."
Then we hung up. I checked myself in the mirror and then waited in the living room. I saw head-lights pulling in and I got up turning off all of the lights that I could. I heard a knock at the door. I slowly walked over and opened it up. I saw Ashton standing there smiling big.
"Hey Ashton." I say with a smile.
"Don't you look cute tonight." He says looking up and down my body.
"Thanks. You look good yourself."
I walk outside and closed the door. I turn around and notice how close I was to Ashton. I looked up at him and he looked down at me. I started to blush really badly.
"We probably should get going." I say.
Ashton picked me up and carried me down the steps and all the way to the car.
"You know I could of walked to the car."
"I know. I just love carrying you."
"Well, Im glad you love to carry me around."
Ashton smiled and opened the door to the car. He set me down on the seat and then shut the door for me and ran around to the other side.
"Ready?" He asked once he got into the car.
"Yup." I say with a smile.
We both grabbed our seat belts and buckled up. Then we were on our way to where ever we are going.
*10 minutes later*
We pulled up to the bowling alley/ Putt-Putt golf. We both got out and Ashton came over beside me putting his arm around me waist. We walked all the way over to putt-putt golf. I was hoping we would play bowling but I was wrong.
"Um, Ashton." I said.
"Yeah?" Ashton said looking at me.
"I have never played golf before."
"I can help you." He said smiling.
"Okay." I say giving a smile back.
Ashton paid for us to play. We each grabbed a colored golf ball and club. Ashton grabbed the red ones and I grabbed the blue ones. We both went out and to the first course. Ashton went and almost got a hole in one!
"Your really good at this." I say looking at Ashton.
I went over to where Ashton was and put the golf ball down. Then Ashton helped me because I have never played golf in my life. Ashton came up behind me and put a hand on my hand and the other on my other hand. He helped me swing and hit the golf ball. I watched as the golf ball rolled down the fake green grass. Once it stopped I pulled out of Ashton's arm. We both walked down and finished the hole.
Once we were done we went got something to drink and then headed back home. Ashton walked me up to the door.
"You know you are really good at golf." I say turning around to look at him.
"Nah." He says smiling.
"Yeah, you got a -3 and I got a +5. You know that is really bad."
"It was your first time. Maybe next time."
"I don't maybe if you play fair."
"I played fair."
"Sure." I say winking at him.
"Oh real funny." He says laughing.
We stood there laughing for a sec. Ashton pulled me close to him. He put his arms around my waist hugging me. I put my arms around his neck pulling him down to my level to hug him. I leaned back and looked Ashton right in the eyes. The lighting from the front porch light make his eyes shine. His beautiful hazel/green eyes shining so bright.
I then noticed how close Ashton was getting to me. I really do like Ashton. I started to lean up on my toes. We were a few inches away. I smiled up at Ashton, I saw him smile back at me before he closed the gap between up.
After a few seconds I pulled away smiling.
"Thanks Ashton. I had a really great night."
"Me too. I can't wait to do it again."
I turn around getting ready to open the door when Michael opened it. I looked down at my watch and saw that it was 12:30 am. Crap!
"Michael, It's not what it looks like." I say to him.
"Really? What it looks like is my best friend is making a move on my sister who is way to young for him." Michael said with a mad face.
"Michael, we are not far apart from one another...." Ashton said trying to calm Michael.
"You shut the hell up and get out of here."
"Michael." I say putting my hand on his arm.
"No!" He said swinging his hand hitting me in the face.
"GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE ASHTON..... NOW!!!!!"
"I'm so sorry Ashton."
Ashton said to jog slowly to the car.
"Oh and lose her number. Don't even think about calling or texting her Ashton!" Michael yelled.
"Screw you Michael. I hate you. You are the worse brother in the whole world." I say running inside all the way upstairs.
I laid in bed crying when my phone went off.
'Hey Hazel, I am so sorry about tonight. I lost track of time. Don't blame yourself, I do love you but if Michael does not want us seeing then I don't want to ruin things with him. I'm so sorry.'
I locked my phone and held it close to my chest. I hate Michael so much! I can't believe he would do something like this. Can't he be happy that I found someone to love and that someone loves me. Why can't he see that?