I woke up to loud knocking on our door. I looked around the room. Conor was on the bunk across from me, still asleep and Ryan was below him and out cold. Claire was right below me and didn’t show any sign of waking up. I heard the knocking again and climbed out of bed not caring I was still in my dress from last night and walked over to answer the door. When I opened the door Emily was standing there in black shorts and a white tank top, her bleach blond hair in a messy braid down her back, and looked like she literally just rolled out of bed. I stood there rubbing the sleepiness out of my eyes. “Really Emily, its early.” I said annoyed at the smile plastered on her face.
“So how was your date last night?” Emily smirked at me, her brown eyes glowing. "And how is your make-up still perfect?"
“It was NOT a date” I frowned at her. I ignored the second question and leaned my back on the doorframe so I would have to turn my head to the right to make eye contact.
“Oh please, you two were totally into each other and everyone saw you kiss.”
I sighed looked looking straight ahead at the other side of the doorframe. “What do you want Emily?”
“Simple, ask him out.”
“You woke me up at 6 in the morning to tell me that?” My frown deepened as I started into her face.
“Well I was hoping you could find out if his friend with the curly brown is single” Emily looked down playing with fingers, and I smirked at her and walked out of my room before leaning against the wall in the hallway.
“So that’s what this is about. You like Ashton.” My smirk grew into a grin and I knew Emily hated when I did that.
“Just ask him out!” she almost shouted embarrassed about her crush.
“I don’t even know where the guy lives. How do you want me to find him?”
“Don’t worry, I took care of that part.” A voice spoke up in the hallway startling both Emily and me. Drake was about 8 feet away; right outside his door in basketball shorts, no shirt, and his brown wavy hair same as always. His blue-green eyes were droopy from lack of sleep.
“What do you mean you took care of it? You know where Luke lives?” I asked confused. “Also how are you awake at 6 AM?” Drake just laughed at me.
“I don’t know where he lives but I had a little chat with Curly before he left and know that all four of them will be in Hyde Park today so you both will get to see your crushes.” Drake smirked at us. “As for why I’m up, there’s nothing wrong about girls in short clothes.” Drake laughed and his smirk grew as he playfully eyed Emily and me. We both groaned and rolled our eyes at his perverted actions. I scoffed and turned on my heel walking back into my room. “Make sure you get dressed up for pretty boy Hemmings.” Drake called out to me. I smiled to myself, and got Claire and Conor up. All three of us had to work together to get Ryan up which took forever. Then I did my hair and make-up natural and with Drake’s suggestion got a little dressed up for Luke.
I sat with my head in my hands while Michael, Ashton, and Calum all sat in my living room talking to each other and playing FIFA but I wasn’t paying attention, all I could think about was the kiss last night with Skylar. “Ah man, why did I do that?” I asked out loud without knowing it.
“Do what?” Ash raised an eyebrow at me.
“This is about how you kissed that Sky girl isn’t it?” Michael looked straight at me. I silently nodded. “Dude you kissed her because you like her, plain and simple. I don’t blame you, that girl is pretty freaking hot.” Michael smiled at me.
“Who kissed a hot girl?” We all looked up to see my brother’s Ben and Jack enter. My brothers look like older versions of me except that Ben had a buzz cut and Jack’s hair was a bit wavy while I had hair in a quaff.
“No one kissed anyone.” I replied and they both raised an eyebrow.
“You need to work on your lying.” Jack cocked his head to the side
“Jack is right little bro. You’re the worst liar in the world Lucas.” Ben said, “I’m guessing you’re the one that kissed a girl and I really hope it was a girl.” Ben added with a laugh.
“Shut up I’m not gay, and don’t call me Lucas!” I growled
“Soooo, who’s the girl?” Ben wiggled his eyebrows. I didn’t answer but Ashton was all too happy to answer and did.
“Her name is Skylar. She is American and is tall and skinny, but fit. She has Caribbean tan skin. Long dirty blonde hair to her mid-back, and bright hazel-green eyes.” Ashton finished proudly and Jack and Ben both smirked.
“Wow, not bad little bro. She sounds cute, and hazel-green eyes sounds unusual and pretty.” Jack said
“An American too. I never thought that would happen. A foreign girl is a big score bro.”
“Really though…” Calum finally spoke up “What is so great about American girls, they’re all trouble makers and this girl has got to be working some kind of angle and has Luke wrapped around her little finger.”
“I don’t know what you getting at.” I said through clenched teeth.
“Mate she’s playing you, why can’t you see that! She’s really hot I admit that, but pulling you into a kiss after five minutes. She’s trouble man.” Calum stood up and I felt rage boil up inside me.
“WHAT THE HECK IS YOUR PROBLEM?” I screamed and pinned Calum to the wall. “That ‘girl’ you’re bad mouthing is named Skylar and she is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. You ever even lay a finger on her and I will personally end you.” I sneered at Calum, my anger taking over.
“Luke man calm down” Ashton and Michael tore me away from Calum.
“I’m sorry man, really I didn’t mean that” I sighed looking away from Calum.
“No I’m sorry I shouldn’t have said that. I don’t know what I was thinking. I guess I was just being stupid instead of thinking about my best mate.” Calum didn’t look at me, but I knew he felt bad and said those things without really thinking about it first. I felt bad for him, and I don’t know why I pinned him up against the wall like that. I just lost control there.
“Wow, you really like this girl mate?” Michael looked at me with sympathy
“Yeah man, I do I really do.” I sighed Ben and Jack looked at me and nodded
“Well than let’s go” Ash’s face lit up.
“What do you mean?” I asked looking at Ashton.
“We’re going to Hyde Park.” Ashton grabbed my arm pulled me out of my apartment and practically shoved me into the elevator before I could say “G’day” and sent all of us down to the lobby and out the door.
We were all waiting in lobby of the hostel for our leader, Kim to show up. After nagging for about 30 minutes Emily and Mary finally convinced Kim to take us to Hyde Park for today or at least for the morning.
“So dolls you all ready to go?” Kim asked walking into the lobby seeing all of us with our sunglasses on our heads and backpacks on our shoulders. “I guess that is a yes.”
“Yep, now Skylar can go see her new boyfriend.” Drake grinned eyeing me.
“Oh come off it will you.” I gave him an evil glare and he shut his mouth. Hyde park was only about a 20-minute walk from the hostel, and even though I told Drake I wasn’t nervous or dying to see Luke I was actually both nervous and dying to see Luke, but that is something I would never let Drake know so I just kept my mouth shut the whole way there.
“Is there a reason that you guys are making me come to Hyde Park at 9 A.M?” I asked walking behind Ashton. “I mean it’s a Sunday and I wanted to sleep.” I groaned as we turned the corner.
“Oh really, even if it means you get to see your new girlfriend?” Calum grinned at me. I was thankful he seems like he was accepting that I liked Skylar.
“She’s NOT my girlfriend!” I glared at Calum
“Please Luke, you were totally crushing on her and kissing like you were in love.” Ashton was smirking as we entered the park.
“You’re one to talk. I can tell you like her friend, Emily.” I grinned with satisfaction then looked up and couldn’t believe my eyes. In the middle of the green was Jono, Claire, Conor, Tim, Ryan, all the kids from yesterday, and most importantly Skylar too. I saw her face and froze instantly seeing that she was real, smiling and laughing. She had on a nirvana tank top, black shorts and black converse. I loved her style. She looked beautiful.
“See, now you can ask her out.” Ashton whispered in my ear.
“How about a deal” I turned to Ashton and grinned wickedly “I ask Skylar only if you ask Emily.” Ashton’s face went red and he looked away.
“Ask Emily what?” I snapped my head around to see Skylar standing there, Emily was with her. Emily looked like a scared little kid. She was gripping Skylar’s hand tightly and hiding behind her like a child behind their mom. It was clear she was nervous about something, and had to do with us. I pushed Ashton towards Emily; he then glared at me, grabbed Sky by the shoulder, and pushed her at me so hard that she slammed into my chest and almost knocked the wind out of me…almost. I instantly put my arms around her, catching her and looked at Ashton shocked and he just smiled like that was his intention. I opened my mouth to say something but I felt Sky’s hand on my arm. She looked at me and pulled me away, leaving Ashton to talk to Emily.
I grabbed Luke’s arm and pulled him away from the scene that I felt unfolding and over under the shade of a nearby tree. I let go of his arm and leaned against the tree trunk with one foot on the trunk, and looked away crossing my arms.
“Did I do something wrong?” Luke asked with worry in his voice
“Is there a reason Ashton shoved me into your chest?” I asked looking at him.
“Probably because I pushed him towards Emily so he could ask her out.” Luke sighed looking away. “I guess he is a little nervous.”
“He shouldn’t be, Emily likes Ashton ” I chuckled under my breath.
“Wait, really?” Luke looked back down at me. I smiled at him and pointed back over at Ashton and Emily smiling and talking. “I’ve never seen Ashton smile like that.” Luke’s mouth dropped wide open with surprise.
“Told you Luke and the boys would be here.” A low voice spoke behind us, we both whipped around to see Drake standing there with his arms crossed and smiling. “So Luke I was wondering if I could ask a favor.” I could tell something was up.
”Drake, where are you going with this?” I asked raising and eyebrow at him, noticing something in his voice.
“Well if you won’t ask him someone has to do something about it. Come on it’s our last day in Sydney. You really want to leave like this.” He gave me a smirk and walked away.
“WHAT?” I let out a scream before I even noticed. Sky looked at me with wide eyes. “What does he mean last day? You can’t be leaving.” I grabbed her arms before I could stop myself.
“Luke it’s not like I live in Sydney I can’t stay forever. I’m here on a trip up the east coast of Australia” She sighed and looked away with sadness in her eyes like she was about to cry.
“Then I’m coming with you!” I almost yelled and she looked at me shocked.
“Luke, you barely know me. Why would you want to follow a girl you just met yesterday? A girl that knocked you down in the middle of the street.” She searched my face for some explanation for what I was doing.
“I don’t care about that; call me crazy but being knocked down by you is the best thing that has ever happened to me. In the street and at the party, ever since I met you my life has just gotten better. I’m not about to let you go, not without a fight.” I took her hands and looked deep in her eyes.
“Luke, I-“ Before she could finish I covered her lips with mine and wrapped my hands around her waist and pulled her against me. She didn’t even hesitate to kiss me back. She pulled me closer and turned her head to deepen the kiss and wrapped her arms around my neck smiling into the kiss. I was well aware that my friends and Sky’s were probably watching us, but I didn’t care. The only thing on my mind was Skylar. I kissed her passionately and put all of the love I had in my heart in that kiss. Her hands slowly went into my hair and she tangled her hands in it. I wasn’t going to let her leave. I will make her fall in love with me. I will make her fall hard. I will make her love me like I love her. I finally was able to pull myself away from her lips but kept my hands locked around her waist, and she didn’t complain keeping her hands around my neck in my hair. I looked into her hazel-green eyes for a second before nuzzling my face in her blond hair, breathing in her scent of vanilla. I tightened my grip and pulled away looking at her face.
“Look Skylar, I may have only known you for a day, but you’re already the most amazing girl I have ever met. I won’t let a girl as incredible as you go, no matter what.” I pulled her into a tight hug and nuzzled my face in the crook of her neck. I breathed her in and never wanted to let her go.
She smiled and let me go. “Come on.” She grabbed my hand and pulled me over to the center of the green to her group and explained the whole situation to them, their eyes getting wider and wider.
“Well it wouldn’t hurt to have a couple extra Australians rolling with us, plus ‘Barbie boy’ over here is totally head over heels for Skylar.” Conor laughed
“You do know he has a name right?” Claire narrowed her eyes at Conor.
“Yeah but I like calling him Barbie boy.”
“CONOR” Skylar yelled at Conor. “Would it kill you to call him Luke? I mean it’s not a hard name.” She glared at Conor who just smiled back at her causing her face to soften slightly. I patted her shoulder to tell her it was okay, and looked at the leader of the group, an Aussie by the name of Kim. Her dirty blonde hair was tied back in a messy bun. She was wearing jean overalls with a dark green t-shirt and her bright green eyes were wide with surprise but soon became soft.
“So, is it okay if my and my mates tag along, we’ll drive ourselves, and we won’t be a bunch of pains?” Kim looked around at the group a few times searching for an answer then smiled up at me.
“From what I’ve heard you really care about Skylar, according to Conor she has never smiled like that… ever, which is a shame because that is a beautiful smile that you have put on her face. Plus I think the gang would have fun with a few Aussies along and seem to like you boys, so why not? Let’s make the most of this adventure.” Kim smiled and winked at us.
“YES” Sky jumped up and down and wrapped her arms around my neck once more and I hugged her back.
I couldn’t contain my excitement, I jumped into Luke’s arms and wrapped my arms around his neck and felt him snake his arms around my waste and spin me around easily like I weighed as much as feather. I was so glad that he was coming on this trip. After having my arms around Luke for what seemed like forever I finally noticed that everyone was staring at us. Some had wide-eyed looks of surprise, others just simply smirking or grinning at us.
“Well you two seem to already be a couple.” Emily said walking up behind us with Ashton next to her and Michael and Calum following close behind.
“How’d it go?” I whispered in Emily’s ear. She just smiled and took Ashton’s hand. He didn’t complain “Well I guess that meant it went well.” I smiled and Luke took my hand. Kim then asked the boys to sit down and join us so she could continue. Emily sat with Ash; Calum took a seat by Emily’s twin, Mary and Michael next to Claire. Luke looked around and whispered, “Looks like all my friends have a little crush.” I smiled and turn to Kim and she began to explain the trip to everyone and it sounded like a lot of fun. We were all talking, making jokes, and having such a good time that before we noticed it was getting late so we all starting walking back to the hostel. The walk felt long and the whole time Luke didn’t let go of my hand.
“So, boys we’ll be leaving tomorrow morning so be here by 7:30 packed and ready to go.” Kim told the guys.
“Don’t worry about it. I called our parents and they dropped of a bunch of clothes so we are set.” Calum said.
‘Yep, and I got a room for the four of us for tonight, so we’ll be ready when you guys are.” Mikey smiled and held up a key card.
“Alright, then we’ll see you boys in the morning” Kim smiled and we all started to return to our rooms, as I turned Luke grabbed my wrist and pulled me towards him then giving me a peck on the check.
“Goodnight” I smiled and gave him a peck on the nose then turned and went back to my room.