Loving Ash

Bandfic for Fanfiction Royale

•BOOK 1 IN THE LOVING 5SOS SERIES•

Ashley Clifford spends her spare time coddling her camera and dancing to classic rock. After her high school boyfriend dumps her, she spends most of her time hiding out in her room and blasting pop breakup ballads. But what happens when her brother comes home? She hasn't seen him or his band in months.

Ashton Irwin spends his spare time banging on his drums or playing video games with his friends. Lately he's been hanging with his band, playing gigs all over. Returning home, he didn't expect to find Michael's little sister all grown up. And he definitely didn't expect her to join them on tour.

What happens when these two get put together in a small space? Will they bite each other's heads off, or will sparks fly?

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45. Chapter Forty-Four: Are we wasting time?

Chapter Forty-Four: Are we wasting time?

[ashley]

I found a nice quiet spot to sit just a few minutes ago, and was currently sitting with my feet folded under me as I sipped at my soda and thought about the offer.

I was finally being offered something I had worked years for. This scholarship would be my ticket out of here and into the filming industry. This was my dream! I couldn't give this up, right?

A dull throbbing began at the base of my skull. Stupid music was way too loud. I sipped at my drink as I continued to debate over taking the scholarship or not.

On one hand, taking it would take me out of here, away from Sydney and the recent heartbreaks. On the other, I wouldn't see any of my friends or family until Christmas. It would definitely be hard. I get crazy homesick sometimes.

As I mulled over the decision, I realized a subtle change in the mood if the party. The music had slowed, a completely unfamiliar song playing through the speaker. But I recognized the voice.

"Six weeks since I've been away,

And now you're saying everything has changed.

And I'm afraid that I might be losing you."

The soft strum of the guitar, the timbre in the singer's voice. I knew it. I knew it like I knew my camera (which is very, very well).

"And every night that we spend alone,

Gets me thinking of you on your own,

And I wish I was back home next to you."

My drink slipped between my fingers as I sprung from my seat, my eyes trying to find the stage. I was too far away, the crowds too crowded.

"Oh, everyday,

You feel a little bit further away,

And I don't know what to say..."

My heart clenched at the words. This song was perfect. My feet carried me forward, my eyes trying to see something, anything.

"Are we wasting time,

Talking on a broken line?

Telling you I haven't seen your face in ages,

I feel like we're as close as strangers."

"Ashley, are you okay?" A familiar voice asked, a soft grip on my arm halting my progress. My eyes flashed to the restraining hand, and the person attached to it.

"I won't give up,

Even though it hurts so much.

Every night I'm losing you in a thousand faces,

Now it feels we're as close as strangers."

"I'm fine, Lance," I replied, shaking his hand off of me. He furrowed his eyebrows, confusion and annoyance clearly written on his face.

"C'mon, Ash," he tried to smile to cover up his annoyance, but he wasn't fooling me.

"Late night calls and another text,

Is this as good as we're gonna get?

Another time zone taking me away from you."

I shook my head, turning towards the stage again. Lance grabbed my arm again, only this time it actually hurt. "Let go, Lance."

"You're seriously going back to him?" He asked angrily, his hold on my bicep beginning to burn.

"Living dreams in fluorescent lights,

While you and I are running out of time.

But you know that I'll always wait for you."

"Fine, whatever," he spat, glaring at me. His grip tightened again before he let go completely. "You have a good time with him. He's only gonna break your heart again. And when he does, don't come crying to me."

"I won't," I replied, pushing him away from me and diving into the crowd.

"Oh, everyday,

You feel a little bit further away,

And I don't know what to say..."

I could feel wetness on my cheeks and I knew I was crying. I pushed my way to the front of the crowd, my eyes landing on the four boys I had been missing.

"Are we wasting time,

Talking on a broken line?

Telling you I haven't seen your face in ages,

I feel like we're as close as strangers."

Calum grinned cheekily at me, his eyes flashing mischievously. My heart lifted at the sight of my best friend, and I couldn't help the giggle that escaped my lips.

"I won't give up,

Even though it hurts so much,

Every night I'm losing you in a thousand faces,

Now it feels we're as close as strangers."

My eyes flickered to Michael who smiled sweetly at me and rolled his eyes. His fingers continued to pluck at the guitar, playing the sweet tune. Luke smiled weakly at me as he sang with Mike - and then I heard it.

"On the phone I can tell that you wanna move on,

Through the tears I can hear that I shouldn't have gone,

Everyday gets hard to stay away from you."

It was his voice. The gravelly undertone suggested barely controlled emotions. My eyes flew to his, the tears coming faster. He was staring at me as he sang, the words meaning everything to me.

"So tell me are we wasting time,

Talking on a broken line?

Telling you I haven't seen your face in ages,

I feel like we're as close as strangers."

I couldn't tear my eyes away from him, my heart racing at the sight of him. His green eyes were glossy with unshed tears and a nervous smile played at his lips. I couldn't believe he was here, right in front of me again.

"Wasting time,

Talking on a broken line,

Telling you I haven't seen your face in ages,

I feel like we're as close as strangers."

Brushing my fingers under my eyes I choked on a breath. I was a fucking sobbing mess, but I didn't care. He was here.

"Won't give up,

Even though it hurts so much,

Every night I'm losing you in a thousand faces,

Now it feels were as close as strangers."

Staring at him, I noticed a single tear slip out as he whispered the last words of the song. "Six months since I went away, and you know everything has changed, but tomorrow I'll be coming back to you."

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