We walk hand in hand back to the car. We all stop to sign autographs and fans stop to give Charlie evil looks. We're going to a dinner party at a friend's, and we have to head back to the house to change. "Those girls looked jealous, Dawnie. What'd you do?", I joke.
"Oh. I just like stole their fantasies. Every girl wants some of Luke Hemmings to take home with them.", she says. I pull her onto my back and hoist her up.
"Piggy back ride!", I yell. She laughs and yells at me to put her down. "Nope.", I say, popping the 'p'. She laughs. "So, guess what?", I ask.
"What?", she asks. I put her down and look into her eyes. "What is it, Leaves? Tell me!", she demands. I chuckle.
"I was just gonna tell you that were up for a teen choice award.", I say casually. She screams. I laugh as she does a crazy little jig.
"YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!!!", she yells. I nod and put my hand over her mouth. We get in the car and she bombs all of us with questions. "How? When? Where?", she asks. We fill her in while Ash makes sure she keeps breathing. After Charlie calms, we talk about random things.
"I wonder if you guys will win. I'm sure you will, though.", she whispers. Cal pulls into the driveway of her house. We file out and head in to change. Charlie runs up stairs. I go to the guest bedroom to change.
I stand at the bottom of the stairs and wait for her to come down. Charlie's been up there for thirteen minutes already. I yell at her to hurry.
But rushing perfection is hard. She walks down and I can't help but stare. She looks drop dead sexy in the black, strapless cocktail dress she has on. It touches mid-thigh. She has on simple black heels. Her hair is in a ponytail. And oh my god I want to be a vampire.
She smiles and grabs my hand. She's shaking. "Are you okay?", I manage to choke out. She nods. We get back in the car and it stays silent all the way there.
We enter and it gets quiet in the room. Everyone stares. All eyes are on her. She blushes and squeezes my hand. I lead her over to a table as everyone goes back to normal. I hand her a glass of champagne. She smiles and takes it. We sip quietly and watch everyone go by.
"Leaves?", she whispers.
"I'm scared. I'm scared I'm not perfect enough to be here.", she admits. I kiss her cheek and look her in the eye.
"You are perfect. You're prettier than Heaven's angels. You are the best creation mankind has. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise.", I say. She nods. I give her hand a squeeze and smile at her.
I ask her to follow me and take her up to the roof. We sit and she stares in awe. "This is amazing!", she says breathlessly. I nod. She does not know the meaning of amazing until she's actually seen herself. She lays her head on my shoulder and I stroke her back.
"Leaves, why am I broken?", she asks. I sigh.
"I don't know. I ask myself the same thing everyday.", I admit. She nods. If I could take away her pain. "Uh-Oh" by the Junior Doctors comes on and her head snaps up.
"So many songs that are on are on my playlist.", she says. I nod. "I'm sorry we split apart. And I know there were millions of girls you were with on tour. And I probably don't amount to ANY of them.", she says. I rear back and she looks up at me.
"Charlie stop comparing yourself to other girls. You are perfect. Because you are you. You don't care what others think of you. And that's what makes you you. Please stay like that.", I beg her.
"Okay.", she whispers. "Leaves. I want you to promise me something."
I nod. She turns to me, every bit serious.
"Don't ever let a girl use you for fame. And don't pick the wrong one. Because if she hurts you, I will beat her ass." I chuckle and nod.
"I promise, Dawnie.".
Sorry for the short chapter. :-/