Love Halfway Around The World

Skylar and her friends were just trying to enjoy a trip in Australia. She and her three best girls weren't looking for any kind of romance to come their way, and frankly Skylar didn't really want it. What happens when she accidentally knocks over Luke Hemmings in the street and he gets hooked? What about when her friends Mary, Emily, and Claire fall for the other three? Will love work out or cause trouble between best friends?


9. Mikey and Claire

Luke’s POV

“Calum wake up before someone sees.” I said to Calum. He was asleep in the lounge holding Mary in his arms and Sky said if Emily saw that she would raise hell. “I can’t get the boy to wake up.” I looked at Sky for help; she walked to Calum’s side and bent down.

“CALUM THOMAS HOOD!!!!” Sky screamed in his ear. He suddenly jerked up and fell of the couch along with Mary who was now awake as well.

“Aw man, Skylar what was that for?” Mary groaned

“Come on Mary you know what Emily would do is she saw that.” Sky answered. Mary thought for a moment but then agreed knowing Skylar was right.

“Okay but do that again and pretty soon I‘ll be screaming Skylar Rose Porter in your ear.”

“You know I hate being called Skylar Rose.” Skylar hissed with anger and Mary backed down instantly.

“Okay fine you win. Just please don’t do that again.” Mary squeaked obviously scared by Skylar powerful voice. Honestly it scared me a bit as well.

 “Come on, let’s get you cleaned up so you don’t look like you’ve been sleeping on a couch.” Skylar said her voice suddenly softer and sweeter. Mary just nodded and followed Skylar out of the lounge and up the stairs.

“You need to stop staring at her 24/7” Calum breaks my train of thought and smirks while rubbing his head.

“I know I just can’t figure what she’s thinking, and it’s frustrating. I don’t know how she really feels about me. Even when she said she loved me.” I groaned and ran my fingers through my hair.

“Dude’s she’s kind of in love with you. Have you not seen how she smiles at you? Mary told me that even though Skylar always has guys around her you’re the only guy that has actually managed to spark her interest and actually get her.” I just started at Calum wide-eyed. Is that all true? Does Sky really love me that much? If so I got to let her know how much she means to me.


Skylar’s POV

“Good thing this make-up comes off clean.” I said as I cleaned off the last of Mary’s make-up and brushed her hair putting it in a braid.

“Thanks Sky, Em would raise hell if she saw Cal and me like that.” I just laughed and then sighed sitting down. “Alright Sky, I would ask but I already know its Luke.”

“I just don’t think he knows how much I like him and that he doesn’t feel the same.”

“Skylar what are you talking about? He’s following you up the coast of Australia.” Mary looked at me confused

“Yeah, but on a whim” I started back at her

“Sky, what are you talking about?” Mary looked even more puzzled

“Come on Mary you know me. I never go out with guys even though they surround me. Luke is the first guy that has caught my eye, and did the one thing that I didn’t think was possible. He made me feel what love was like and I’m in love with him, like really in love. He doesn’t even realize it and I don’t know how he feels about me.” I sighed looking down and Mary sat down next to me.

“Don’t worry Calum has probably told him by now.”


Michael’s POV

“Dude, wake the hell up!” Ashton’s voice screamed in my ear

“What do you want Ash?” I sat up in bed.

“You have got a lot of work to do. Luke’s hooked with Sky, I finally got Emily, and Calum got Mary a few days ago. Now you have to get Claire, and quick because we all leave for surf camp tomorrow” Ash frowned at me.

“Okay but how?” Ashton hung his head for a second then looked at me and mouthed to ask Skylar. Of course Skylar would make a perfect plan to get us together. I ran out the door and downstairs to find Sky talking to Mary, Drake, and Conor. I feel like she is always with Conor. I really hope she’s not going behind Luke’s back with that kid or I will beat the shit out of him, only because I could never hit a girl like Sky, she could easily take me down. Claire was there too but on the other side of the room talking to Kalob, Jono, Tim, Joe, Grady, and Emily, and she hadn’t seen me yet. I quietly made my way to Skylar and tapped her on the shoulder. She looked at my face and just smirked standing up. “Okay get Luke to take you shopping and I’ll get Claire a dress.” She smiled at me

“How’d you know?”

“You kind of have to get on move on with Claire” Sky said typing in her phone and having Luke appear a few seconds’ later holding car keys. “Alright lets go get some clothes so Mikey can impress Claire.” Luke smiled and pulled me out the door.


Claire’s POV

“Sky I need you to take me shopping.” I stormed into Sky’s room where she was lying out two dresses, one was red and the other was royal blue.

“Why do you need to go shopping?” She asked turning around to see my worried face and she quickly smiled. “It’s Michael isn’t it?”

“Yeah everyone is going out tonight together and I want to look good in front of Michael!”

“Okay Claire calm down. Here take this dress.” Sky held out a red cocktail dress that reached to just above my knees and made me look like I had perfect curves. I put the dress on and looked at my self in the mirror in awe. I don’t think I’ve ever looked this good in my life. I went into the bathroom to find Skylar in a royal blue skater dress that was simply but beautiful. I wasn’t tight but still was able to outline her perfect curves and show off her long legs, I really wish I were tall like her. She had a good 6 inches on me and was the prettiest girl in our school, and wasn’t a slut about it. She was putting on some make-up even though she didn’t need it, if anyone needs it I do to cover my imperfections even though every time I say that Sky scolds me and tells be I’m beautiful the way I am and that my imperfections are what makes me perfect. She saw me in the mirror and smirked when she saw I had a huge smile on my face. “Well Michael won’t be able to take his eyes off you.” I blushed and looked down when Skylar got a text from Luke to hurry up.  ‘We should hurry up so we don’t keep people waiting, oh and here.” Sky held out a pair of red 3-inch heels.

“How did you get shoes for me?” I asked staring at she shoes

“It is my dress, and luckily we have the same shoe size.” Sky smiled at me. I looked down for a moment in the exact same heels but blue. I look back up and smiled

“Oh my god Sky, I love you. Thank you so much!” I smiled even wider and took Skylar into a hug and squeezed her tight. “Skylar you really are the best. I’m so happy to have you.”

“Come Claire, we have best friends since we were two years old. You that after 16 years of friendship I will always be there to help you. I love you so much. The amount of love I have for my friendship is probably stronger that my love for Luke and I know that sounds like I don’t love him, but I would rather give up Luke than our friendship Claire and you know it.”

“No Sky, don’t ever give up Luke. He loves you and I know you love him. I mean I know that I would also give up Mikey for our friendship, but I don’t want to because I think that I might be in love with Mikey and I hope he feels the same about me. You on the other hand, I know you and Luke love each other, he is the first guy that has caught your attention, that means he is something special, don’t ever let him go. There is no way in a million years that you will ever have to chose between the guy you love and our friendship. As long as you love that guy I will love him too, and Luke is a perfect example. I love him like a friend and he is a great guy, so I’m happy he is with you and happy for you Sky.” I hugged her again.

“It’s that same way for how I feel about you and Mikey. He is a great guy and I can see how happy you are in your eyes every time you hear his name. You love him, and I know he loves you back. Now come on everybody is downstairs waiting for us.” Sky reaches for my hand

“Wait, I haven’t put on any make-up.” I was expecting Sky to glare at me but when she looked and me she had a soft expression on her face. She gave a sigh and in a matter of two seconds had put on eye shadow, mascara, and eyeliner. Then she quickly put on a little blush and handed me her lips gloss that I loved after putting some on me. “Why didn’t you scold me like usual?” I asked completely confused. Skylar didn’t answer, she just took my hand a pulled me out of the room before locking the door and heading down the hallway     

We walked all the way down the hallway and downstairs.  All the boys (not just the four Australian boys) were all dressed up in suits in ties. It was a sight I never though I would see. Kim was there too; she was wear and high-low green dress, black heels and hair up in a bun. I have never seen dress up but she looked great. Calum was wearing a suit with a silver tie matching Mary’s dress. Aston had a purple tie matching Emily’s dress; Luke had a royal blue tie for Sky’s dress and for some reason Conor did too, which was a little weird because those two won’t ever date. They have been in each other’s friend zones for years. Still they were already best friends when I met Skylar so I guess that’s why Conor has that tie, and Luke didn’t seem to mind seeing that he was talking and laughing with him. I know that will make Sky happy. Lastly my eyes landed on Michael who had a suit and red tie to match my dress. I smiled at him when I saw him beaming at me. Sky gently pushed me making me walk towards Michael while she walked over to Luke and Conor. Everyone was all dressed up to go somewhere fancy and I was so grateful Sky gave me this dress. I reached Michael who held out his hand for me and I didn’t hesitate to take it. We joined the others as we all walked out of the hostel and down the road to the restaurant. Once we got there we spilt into groups to take tables. The four guys along with me, Skylar, Emily, and Mary all took our own table by the window with a nice view. I was next to Sky who held my hand and suddenly all the butterflies I had around Michael slowly started to fade.


Michael’s POV

Claire looked absolutely stunning in her dress that matched my tie perfectly; maybe I’ll dye my hair red next seeing how good she looks in it. We all sat down at the restaurant enjoying a lovely meal when my phone buzzed with a text from Luke.

Luke: Come outside, I have an idea of how you can get Claire alone and make a move

Mikey: I can’t just leave; Claire will know something’s up

Luke: Tell her you’re going to the bathroom

Mikey: Dude I just got back five minutes ago

Luke: hang on a second after about 30 seconds I got another text from Luke

Luke: Alright Skylar will take care of Claire you just get out here I looked up at Skylar and she nodded with a smile

Mikey: Ok man I’ll be right there

Skylar got up and pulled Claire away from the table so I ducked outside to find Luke casually leaning against a wall with one foot on the wall and smirking at me. I hate it when he does that. “So you have a plan?”

“Yep, it’s how I kissed Skylar and how Calum kissed Mary.” Luke smiled and gestured across the street with his head. I turned to see a small club.

“You want me to take her dancing? Man you know I can’t dance.” I looked at him. Did he want me to make a fool of myself?

“Mate, it’s slow dancing all you have to do is sway back and forth. Come on I know it will work, and according to Sky Claire wants you to kiss her.” I widened my eyes and nodded. I went back inside with Luke over to our table. Skylar saw me, smiled and whispered something in Claire’s ear. They both stood up along with everyone else and made their way towards us.

“I guess you’re ready to go.” Sky smirked at me. I just smiled, took Claire’s hand in mine and lead her to the club across the street. Luke, Calum, Mary, Ashton, and Emily all following close behind. Skylar quickly went to Conor to tell him we were leaving. Sometimes I seriously think there is something between those two. But I was pretty clear Skylar liked Luke so I didn’t let it bother me. I just tighten my grip on Claire’s hand hopping I wouldn’t mess this up.

Walking into the building felt like entering a whole new world. Lights were hanging from the celling giving of a soft and romantic glow. I tightened my hand on Claire’s and felt Aston’s gaze on me. I cocked my head towards him. He just winked at me and mouthed ‘you got this’. I smiled back and led Claire right onto the floor. I pulled her into my arms and much to my relief she didn’t complain. I tried my best to gently sway back and forth in time with the music but probably failed. My arms were shaking so much I knew Claire could feel it. Suddenly she reached up her hand around the back of my neck and pulled my head down. Before I even knew it her lips were on mine and I was totally engulfed. I put my hands around her waist and pulled her against me. She finally pulled away leaving me wanting more. “Finally got a kiss from you.” Claire smiled up at me

“Well it was long overdue” I smiled back and being brave leaned back down and pressed my lips to hers once again and this time I wasn’t going to let go.

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