Better Together ~ Shawn Mendes

Maybe that's the problem with everyone. We give up. To easily. But . . . that's just the thing, isn't it? Giving up is easy. It's easy to walk away. It's easy to not face the problem. It's easy to not fight. It's so damn easy.
And I have the same fault.
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"shawn, I love you. And I know you love me. But this was never going to work and I'm sorry that this has to be this way. I love you and I hope you find a way to be happy some day; to find someone who can make you happy. But for now you need to be a father, and a boyfriend, to someone that isn't me." I choke out finally.

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14. truth or dare

 

 

Well this is awkward.

"How are you shawn?" I ask him, trying to be friendly. Well, as friendly as an ex girlfriend that went through a horrible breakup can be. And I'm still not sure how I feel about Jenna being here.

"Um . . . good. Great, actually." Ouch. That hurt. Why did that hurt? Did he do that on purpose? I sigh inwardly. Why do I even care?

"That's great!" I say smiling widely. I'm not quite sure if it's a real smile or not though . . .

"How are you . . . ?" he asks after a few more awkward seconds.

"I'm...." I think about it. It's been a great couple of months; once my Youtube career took off I was on cloud nine. "I am wonderful." I say truthfully. He nods, glancing down for a second. Ha, how do you think it feels?

"So . . . what are you doing in LA?" he asks after a few seconds. Chloe is just watching, alert, from my side.

"Oh, Chloe and I just moved here together." I tell him.

"But . . . neither of you are 18 yet . . . ?" he asks, confused.

"Oh, yeah. Well somehow our parents convinced the landlord of the building that we were eighteen. Something about fake IDs. I don't know how they did it. I honestly can't believe they did it." I laugh a little. Chloe nods agreeing. He smiles a little. "What are you guys doing in LA?" I ask in return.

"Oh, well Nash and Cameron moved out here a while ago so we all visited them." He explains. I nod in response, and turn to Chloe who is looking a little bored and a little zoned-out.

"Well . . . it was nice seeing you again shawn." I say smiling. He nods, glancing back to the group of boys who still don't know that it's Chloe and I.

"Yeah . . . it was. See you around maybe?" he says. I nod and he runs back to the group of the boys. Chloe and I start to walk away when I hear all of the boys go,

"BRIE!! HEY!!" I turn around and smile and wave. Smile and wave. Smile and wave. I notice that jenna is just staring; a cold glare marking her face. I'm surprised to find that I'm feeling a little empty now that we've parted; shawn and I. Chloe looks at me, giving me a raised eyebrow. I just wave her off and we continue shopping. Although . . . my heart just wasn't as in it as it usually is. And that's saying something.

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Chloe and I walk down the halls of our building, talking about our finds at the mall. All of a sudden loud shouts and laughter come from behind us. I furrow my eyebrows and glance behind me; around the corner a group of boys - the ones making all of the noise - come running down the hall. But stop when they see me. I smile widely. I really did miss them. All of them.

"Hey guys. . ."

"Brie!" Cameron shouts.

"Who's your friend?" Taylor asks, wiggling his eyebrows. I roll my eyebrows, laughing slightly.

"That Chloe Taylor; she's fifteen, don't think about it." I tell him. He laughs with me.

"Sooo . . . you live here then?" Nash asks. Chloe and I nod in unison.

"Sweet! And we're only two doors down."

"Great, I won't get any sleep. Ever." Chloe mutters.

"That is entirely up to you." Taylor winks. She blushes, shaking her head.

"Give it up Taylor." I say, before turning around and readjusting my multiple bags and grabbing my keys from my bra. Don't judge me. I unlock the door - although I'm not quite sure how I did that. . . . - and walk into our apartment. I wave back at the boys before shutting the door behind me and walking inside. After about an hour of just watching Netflix I get a text from Nash asking if Chloe and I want to come over and hang out with the guys. I sigh debating on whether or not to go. I mean . . . Jenna will probably be there. But I can't keep letting her control me; my thoughts; my dreams. I stand up abruptly, startling Chloe.

"Let's go. We're going over to the boy's apartment to hang out. Oh, and, dress to impress." I tell her. She rolls her eyes but nods, walking to her room.chloe is ready before I am; I swear she has a natural ability to pick out extremely well put together outfits. I don't get it. But finally I pick out an outfit and get ready. Chloe is currently hogging the bathroom, whilst doing her makeup and finishing straightening her hair. I'm curling my hair in my room and then think, hey, there's 2 bathrooms in this apartment. Mental facepalm, I think as I head to the other bathroom to do my makeup. Once I'm done with that, I head back into the living room to wait for Chloe. She's only about 2 minutes behind me, and then she walks out and twirls. I roll my eyes at her.

"Yes, Clo, you look fab. Now lets go." I tell her, walking to the door and exiting the apartment. She follows me, laughing slightly.

"Well, you look amazing Brie. You're gonna drive shawn insane." she tells me laughing. I just roll my eyes and head to the boys' apartment, two doors down. I knock slowly and wait awkwardly. The door opens and Nash beams at us.

"Hey!" he says smiling. All of a sudden she walks up to him and clings to him like a . . . a . . . . . a monkey!

"Baby, are you coming back. . . . ? The boys want to play truth or dare, and -" Jenna notices us. I roll my eyes, she literally just now noticed that we were standing there. I roll my eyes at the fact that she's now with Nash . . . she liked Cameron, and then made out with my boyfriend - at the time - and now she's hanging onto Nash like a baby ape. And no, I have absolutely no problem with comparing her to a monkey.

"Yeah, babe, I was just letting the girls in. I'll be back in a second." he tells her, kissing her cheek gently. She nods, smiling at him, and then walks back to the room, her hips swaying exaggeratedly. I roll my eyes and glance at Nash who is looking at me apologetically.

"Look, Brie, I'm sorry, I know you and Jenna aren't really friends. But . . . we just kind of clicked." I wave him off and smile.

"It's totally fine Nash. Don't sweat it." I assure him. Better that shawn. . . . . . I think to myself. He lets us in and we follow him into the main room which includes the living room and the kitchen. Everyone is sitting in a circle. I smile, we came just in time for Truth or Dare, one of my favorites.

"Hey guys!" I say happily. Chloe just gives a little wave, still feeling a little awkward amongst everyone. She goes and sits between Shawn and an empty space left for me . . . . next to shawn. Of course. They totally planned this. The little idiots. I sit down after a chorus of 'hey's' comes to me. shawn glances at me, smiling a little. I had noticed him looking at me earlier. He was definitely checking me out. He didn't know that I saw him. I think I had actually shone a little brighter under his scrutiny. I smile at shawn and he smiles wider.

"Okay! Let's get this started!" Can exclaims from the other side of shawn. "Taylor! Truth or Dare?" he asks him, grinning mischievously.

"Truth . . . ." he says slowly. Everyone laughs. You would think that Taylor would always pick 'dare' because he's, well . . . Taylor. But in reality all the other times we had played truth or dare, he almost always picked truth. But we had learned to adapt to it, and figured out a way to embarrass him anyways. We're so nice.

"Okay. Are you a virgin?" Cam asks. Taylor rolls his eyes, looking at the rest of us, pleading for help but we all just shrug, smirking. He sighs loudly.

". . . . . . . Yesss . . . . ." he draws it out. I laugh out loud. Everyone looks at me.

"What?" I ask, everyone starts laughing too. "It's just weird. You're always acting like you're so sexual and you're definitely not." I laugh out loud again. Taylor just rolls his eyes, glaring at me. I blow him a kiss across the room and he rolls his eyes, holding back a smile.

"Fine. My turn." he says. "Brie. Truth or dare?" he asks me, smirking evilly. I roll my eyes at him and smile.

"Dare." I tell him. He grins. I feel like I just gave him exactly what he wanted . . . . oops?

"Brilliant. I dare you to . . . . kiss . . ." oh no. "shawn." My eyes widen. Damn taylor!

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