Friends Forever

Amber's best friend is Luke Hemmings from down the street. They have been super close since they can remember. She's going to make sure that his dreams come true. Even with some rough patches here and there.
(Cover art is by Deviant Art artist Ribkadory)
[Trigger Warning: It isn't throughout the whole thing but it does pop up here and there, abuse and self harm. If that bothers you, read with caution or check out some other stories of mine.]

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6. Just Friends

*A Few Weeks Later*
It’s weird since Luke and I didn't really fight. It was a misunderstanding that we both have taken hard. I haven't talked to him that much, and it’s hard to avoid him when we live in the same house. Plus we have all our classes together at school and sit by each other in each one. People have started to wonder what's up with us. Calum and Michael have asked and I haven't given up much.
To clear my head and get something to mend the broken between us, I headed to the coffee shop.
I order two hot chocolates and a dozen cookies of any kind. Then I take a seat and wait for my order to be up.
Not a minute later the door opens and the one who can make this better walks in.
"Hey Ashton," I call out to him.
He looks at me and I see how red his eyes are. The smile on his face tells me something isn't right. "Amber," he chokes out and makes his way over to me.
"What's wrong?" I place a hand on his upper arm as he just stands by me.
"I don't want to throw my problems on you," he sniffles.
"I threw mine on you. Come on. Spill your guts."
He takes the seat across from me, "We were so happy. She always seemed to really mean it when she said she loved me."
"You had a bad break up. Aw, Ashton. I'm sorry. I had no idea you really liked someone." Here I was wishing you'd go for me. "You'll make it through this. I promise."
"Amber!" The lady at the counter shouts my name.
"Well, that's me. I've got to get that," I stand up and quickly grab my order. Then I go back to Ashton. "Don't forget. I'm a call away," I smile.
"What's all that for?" Ashton asks, running his hands over his face as if to dry it from the tears he's spilled.
"Oh, for Luke and I. We had a little fight a few weeks ago and I wanted to do something to fix it. I was the one who yelled."
"Does that mean you two are dating now?"
"No. That's actually what I got pissed at him about."
"Still confused?"
"Just a bit."
He stands up and I take a step back so we aren't pushed up against each other. "After I met you I became confused too. She hurt me. But I think you could fix me." He leans in and our noses touch. "What do you say?"
I open my mouth and then quickly close it. Unsure what to say. "How?" I end up saying after an awkward moment.
"This," his lips touch mine and I feel in a dream. Everything blurs and I feel my head pound. I feel exactly like I did with Luke.
He pulls away and sniffles, "Well?"
I turn and rush for the door. Once I get to the street I debate on to run or not. I just decide to fast walk.
"Amber! Wait! I'm sorry! I fucked up!" Ashton's voice rings behind me.
I stop and turn to look at him, "I'm confused Ashton! So you kiss me!"
"I'm sorry!" He jogs up to me. "I'm sorry. I'm sad and I guess I just needed someone. I'm so stupid. And I'm sorry. But I have been confused ever since I met you. And I know you like Luke. It shows when you talk of him. But I felt something back then. Tell me you did too."
I look at the ground, "I did. Now let me go home. I've got feelings to sort out and lunch not to throw up."
"See you around then. It’s always a joy to see you."
"Same to you, Ashton. Same to you."
I make it home after what seems forever and see Luke seated on the couch. My heart breaks when I see someone seated next to him. Some girl I see in the hallways at school.
I bite the inside of my cheek and will myself not to stomp past them. "Hey guys," I say as cheerfully as possible.
They turn to look at me and both smile back. "Hey Amber," Luke stands up. "What's that?"
"Two hot chocolates and cookies I was going to share with you. But I see you have a friend." I give the girl the stink eye.
"So you're the great Amber," the girl turns fully to look right at me. "I'm Jackie."
"Fancy to meet you Jackie. Luke, can I have a word with you in the kitchen," I sashay to the kitchen.
I carefully place my things on the counter before going around to grip the sink.
"What's going on Amber?" Luke's voice fills me ears. I can't tell if he's confused, pissed, or concerned.
"What is she doing here?" I don't dare look at him; I might rush at him.

"Well, I've been kind of lonely since you don't want to be with me. So I invited her over. Is that a crime?"
"Because you just want to be friends and I don't know what I want and I don't want to disappoint you. Then there's Ashton. I feel something when I'm around him. Like I do with you. But I've known you longer."
"I'm going to go back out to hang with Jackie. You figure out whatever it is you need to figure out here."
I look up and see him starting to walk away. That's when I rush around the counter and grab his upper arm, turning him around and connecting our lips.
He doesn't push away and kind of kisses back.
I pull away and smile, "We can try this Lucas. I don't know if it will work. I'll still put my all into it. I'm not gonna half ass it. What do you say?"
"I've been saying let's just be friends, but even I can't deny whatever feelings I have. So we will see what happens. I don't know how long we will stay together. That sounds harsh. Sorry."
"Its fine Lucas. I got what you meant. I know in my mind there is only two outcomes to this whole thing. Marriage or breakup."
"And what about Ashton?"
"Unless he makes a move, I guess I'll have to tell him. But we might be apart at that time."
"True. I guess we wait and see what happens."
"Luke?!" Jackie calls after the boy I've called my best friend for so long and now will think of him as a boyfriend.
"Sorry! I'm coming!" Luke grabs his hot chocolate off the counter and smiles at me.
"Let her down easy boy," I pat his upper arm as I grab my hot chocolate and the cookies. "I'll be in my room for when she leaves. Video games tonight?"
"Of course. I can't wait, babe."
"That sounds nice.”
"I've always wanted to call someone it. Actually, I've always wanted to call you, babe."
"I've wanted to hear it come from you to me," I smile before turning on my heel and heading to my room. Well, if this crashes and fails at least I have Ashton to fix me.
*The Next Day*
"So, what do we do as a couple?" Luke asks.
"I'm not really sure," I lean into him as we sit on the couch.
"Well, I guess we just do whatever we usually do. I mean, we still are best friends."
"Yeah. So I say we watch a movie. Or TV," I lean up and kiss his jaw. "I can get snacks if you want."
"Do we have any cookies left?"
"I think so," I stand up and smooth out my shirt. "I'll go get them." I sashay to the kitchen.
"I hate when you do that!"
"I know you love it!" I get the cookies and even pour us each some milk. Then I head back to Luke.
"You're so kind," Luke smiles as I hand him his glass of milk and the cookies.
"I try," I give him a kiss. "I love you Luke. Maybe more than a friend."
"I love you too, Amber. Now let's eat these and watch TV."
*A Few Weeks Later*
School is on break and Luke's family has decided to take a holiday. Of course I am along with them since I'm a part of their family now.
As for Luke and I dating. It’s been good, I guess. We don't act any differently than before we were dating. I kiss him quite a lot, but that's the only big difference. Oh, and he calls me babe a lot.
I can't get Ashton off my mind though. We still text and meet at the coffee shop. He's so sweet and makes me laugh. Just everything about him makes me swell with happiness.
"It’s so nice here," I smile as Luke and I are out by the pool of the hotel.
"I know. I'm so glad school is over and we can chill," Luke smiles. No one at school knew Luke and I were together. Not even Calum or Michael. We still are deciding if we are going to stay together.
"I've been thinking."
"About what?"
"About us. Dating is weird. And I know we are both super awkward around each other now. Even if it’s just a little bit. We aren't like we used to be Luke. And I don't like it. Destiny, or fate, or whatever you want to call it brought us together. And I think it was only for us to be the best of friends. I'm not saying I don't like your kisses. Or when you call me babe. In fact, you can keep calling me babe. But I don't want to be awkward anymore. I guess, it’s over. Sorry I let you down."
"You didn't let me down babe. I didn't think we'd stay together forever. It was nice. While it lasted, but I think being best friends is all we should ever be. I'll miss the kisses, but that's just a small price to pay. I always want you to be my friend. Alright babe?"
I smile, "This is why I love you Luke. Thanks for understanding."
"I know you have a thing for Ashton."
"Is it obvious?"
"A little bit. I think he'll be good for you. I really only agreed to date you for you to figure out your feelings. I hope you're no longer confused," he smiles at me.
"I'm not. Thanks Luke. For everything. Everything up until now. I'm so glad you're my best friend."
"And I'm so glad you're mine," he grabs my hand. "So very glad."
*A Week Later*
Michael, Calum, and Luke are up in Luke's room discussing what song to sing as their first cover as a band. I'm really proud of them for finally taking action on being a band.
As for me, I'm in my room trying to work up the courage to call Ashton. It’s been a week since Luke and I kind of broke up and I think it’s time I let Ashton know I want to try a date with him. Luke fully supports me and actually wants me to date Ashton. He thinks he's a cool dude and will make me happy. That's why Luke and I are best friends. It always about if the other person is happy.
I finally will myself to call Ashton.
"Hello?" His voice comes back to me and I instantly swell with happiness.
"Ashton? It’s Amber. But I bet you have caller ID so you probably already knew that," I ramble out.
He laughs, "What's up love?"
"Well, I was wondering, if you wanted, to like go on a date. But it is okay if you don't want to. You probably already have a girlfriend and I'm just too slow. Ugh, Luke told me to do this when we broke up."
"You and Luke dated?"
"What? Oh shit. That wasn't supposed to come out. But yeah. It was nice while it lasted. But I realized he is just my friend. And that's all he should ever be. And I kind of like you. So yeah."
"Aw, well in that case. I'd love to go on a date with you. Where do you want to go? And when?"
"Are you serious? Oh wow. I didn't think you'd actually say yes. I mean you did show interest. You did kiss me. Ugh, I was underestimating everything. Well, I think you should pick."
"Okay. I can't believe you didn't think I'd say yes. You've wounded me a little."
I smile, "Well, I was over thinking and underestimating everything. I guess my brain could only think of the worst case scenario."
"Alright. How about we go to the coffee shop where we kissed?"
"Sounds good. The end of the week good for you?"
"Oh yeah."
"I guess we're done then. I can't wait until the end of the week. It’s been a while since we've seen each other."
"It has been."
"Before I let you go. I've just got one question."
"And what's that?"
"Have you thought about our kiss much?"
"A little. Why?"
"Just wondering. Making sure you still like me and think about me."
"I think about you a lot Amber. And of course I still like you. Probably more than a boy should because of age difference and I only met you a few months or something ago. But you're a cool girl. I'd love to make you mine."
"One step at a time, Ashton. Let’s see how our first official date goes. And just come in comfortable clothes. You don't have to be fancy for me."
"Alright. I'll see you then love."
"Sounds good. Bye Ashton," I smile.
"Bye Amber." There's a click as he hangs up.
I walk over to my bed and flop face down on to it, suppressing the scream in my throat and trying to calm by beating heart.
He said yes. I can't believe it.
"Hey Amber!" Luke's voice fills my ears. "We need you to settle something babe!"
I stand up and smile. "Coming!"

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Sorry if you really wanted her to end up with Luke, that's just not how I ever saw this story going. Hope you like it regardless. :)

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