“Ashton, guys come on you got to wake up!” I woke up to Emily’s voice on the other side of our door. Luke, Cal, and Mikey were all still dead asleep so I got out of bed and opened the door to fully dressed and annoyed Emily. “Really are you guys always so dead in the morning?” Emily asked with a frown.
“Only when a pretty girl is yelling at us like our moms.” I smirked and laughed.
“Was I really that bad?” Emily looked at the ground. I reached out and brushed my knuckles on her check and she looked up at me.
“Yes you were, but you’re a heck of a lot cuter than my mom.” I gave her a smile and saw Skylar wink at me in the background. I looked at her and gestured inside the room with my head. She nodded and came over to us.
“I’m guessing the other boys are still out?” she asked when she got to me.
“Maybe you can wake Luke with a kiss.” I smirked at her.
“Hold that thought” Sky whispered something in Emily’s ear and she smiled and the both walked back to their rooms and returned moments later with Claire and Mary. I smiled; I knew what they had planned. I just opened the door wider to let them in.
“Do as you wish.” I grabbed Emily’s wrist and stepped out with Emily to let Skylar, Mary, and Claire take care of the boys.
I felt something soft and warm on my lips. I didn’t know what it was but it made me happy. I wanted to open my eyes but its like they were sealed shut. Suddenly it stopped and my lips were cold.
“OW!” I yelled as something hit my stomach. I looked up and saw Claire straddling me.
“Good morning sunshine” She gave me a sweet smile with glossy eyes.
“Why can’t I be mad at her?” I said out loud without meaning to. I realized what I did and looked at Claire. She just smiled, kissed her middle and pointer finger, and patted my head with them.
“Well Mickey you and the boys should get ready.” I snapped my head around to see Skylar leaning against the doorframe with Ash and Emily behind her and a smirk on her face.
“Then you might want to wake up Luke.” I said sitting up as soon as Claire got off. Skylar just smirked at me then climbed up to Luke’s bunk to try and wake him.
“OW!” I heard Mickey scream and woke up but my eyes wouldn’t open till I felt someone plop down on my chest. I snapped my eyes open only to find Mary hovering over me.
“Well looks like you finally decided to wake up.” She got up from my bed and just stood there smiling and looking in my eyes.
“What time is it?” I yawned still not awake. The sun was shinning outside and we were all up except for Luke. Skylar was up on his bunk trying to be gentle waking him. She must really not know Luke is dead in the morning.
“Let’s just say you boys should get ready, and Skylar stop being so sweet and wake up your Barbie boyfriend.” Claire laughed. Sky just shrugged and went back to shaking him and trying to get him up. Good luck with that Skylar, that won’t wake him up.
Ashton took me out in the hallway while the rest of the girls got to work on their boys. Ash looked a little nervous and I got a sad felling in my heart.
“Look Emily. I think you should know how I feel” I looked up at Ashton and was frozen when he locked eyes with me. “I really like you a lot, and whenever I’m around you my heart spends up, I can’t concentrate, and who knows how long it will be before I can’t stop myself and hurt you.”
“Ash” I put my hands on his shoulders. “I trust you and know you won’t hurt me. Skylar wouldn’t let you anywhere near me if she thought you were capable of hurting me. Please don’t worry so much.” I smiled and put my hand around Ashton’s neck and pulled his head towards me. Our lips connected and fireworks exploded inside me. Ash slipped his hands around my waist as I put mine around his neck and deepened the kiss while climbing on my toes to get some height because he was pretty tall and I was much shorter than Sky and Claire.
“Alright you two break it up. This is a hallway.” Michael was right outside their door dressed ready and his arm over Claire’s shoulders almost like she was supporting him. Calum followed holding Mary’s hand. Finally Luke came out looking like he just rolled out of bed (he kind of did) with his arm wrapped around Skylar’s waist holding her. I gave Ashton one last peck on the cheek then ran back to my room to grab my stuff and head downstairs.
“Man you guys look awful this morning.” Tim said when we entered the dinning room.
“Well having a teenage girl jab you in the gut isn’t the best way to wake up.” Michael looked down at Claire. “You could have just kissed me awake like Sky did to Luke.”
“Wait… when did Skylar kiss me?” I asked Mickey and looked at Sky.
“I didn’t kiss him, just kept shaking him, and I had to yell ‘Lucas Robert Hemmings!’ at him before he got up.”
“That’s because I hate when people call me Lucas.” I groaned and glared at Sky. She just smiled at me then walked over to the couch leaned on the arm and started talking to Conor who was sitting down.
“Alright dolls you all ready to go?” Kim appeared out of nowhere. Everybody simply nodded their heads, grabbed their bags, and went outside where a silver van with a blue trailer was waiting for them to get on. The boys and I all climbed into a black ranger rover. Calum got in the diver’s seat; I was in the passenger while Ash was behind me and Mickey was behind Cal in the back. We waited for everyone else to load up, then gave Kim a thumbs up that we were ready. She smiled and nodded then pulled into Sydney traffic with us right behind her. We didn’t even get five miles I could see through the back window of the van they were having fun and acting like best friends. As we got on the highway we drove up in the lane next to them so we could see through the side windows. That’s when something caught my eye that bothered me. Ryan was sitting right next to Skylar and looked too close to her, and was whispering in her ear. I balled my hands into fists and felt Ash’s hand on my shoulder.
“Dude calm down, she’s into you remember, she would be stupid to dump you for him.” Ash reassured me. I calmed down a bit but didn’t look that way for the rest of the five hours we were driving.
After about 5 hours of driving we got to another hostel in a place called the Blue Mountains. We all got out of the van and went to the trailer. I was about the grab my stuff when someone grabbed my arm from behind yanked my back around the side of the building and pushed against the wall. When I looked up I was meet with Luke’s blue eyes but they weren’t the same as before, I could see anger and jealously in them. “Are you trying to make me mad?” he growled at me.
“W-w-what are y-you talking about?” I stuttered in fear
“Don’t fuck with me Sky. Getting all close and cute with Ryan, you like him don’t you!” Luke grabbed my wrists and pinned them to the wall. I was so afraid I couldn’t move or even look at him.
“Luke you’re wrong I don’t like Ryan I told you I liked you.”
“Liked?” he asked suddenly confused
“Right now I’m not so sure, you’re hurting me and honestly I’m scared to death.” I replied shaking uncontrollably. Luke’s eyes slowly turned from being full and anger into full of sadness and he let go of my wrists.
“Skylar I-” Luke was cut off when Jono came out of nowhere grabbed Luke’s neck and threw him back.
“Dude I don’t know what’s up with you but I want you to leave Skylar alone, can’t you see you’re scaring her? Do you even care about her?” Jono was glaring at Luke and was furious
“Jono calm down” I begged him trying to keep him from attacking and possibly killing Luke.
“NO Skylar I won’t calm down, this guy isn’t right for you. He is just another guy who is throwing himself at you, that’s all; he doesn’t know you and doesn’t care. He just had you pinned to the wall like Kalob did last night, and he’s not even drunk.” I looked at Luke, his eyes widened and he looked at his hands in horror and broke down crying.
“I’m sorry Skylar, I’m so sorry.” Luke sobbed. I tried to walk towards him but Jono picked me up and carried me into the hostel before I could protest. He got my room and shoved me inside, leaving Luke outside crying.
When Jono yelled that I was being just like Kalob I realized what a monster I had turned into. He was right; I was acting just like Kalob. I had just grabbed Skylar’s arm, yanked her behind a building, pushed her up against the wall, and accused her of something so stupid. How could I think she was cheating when we aren’t even dating, she was probably enjoying talking to Ryan because he was a friend and I had to push her into a wall like a criminal. I looked at my hands in complete horror of what I had just done. I turned into a monster and hurt the only girl in the world that I care for. Skylar is the only girl that I have ever cared for, the only the girl that I have ever loved, and the only girl in my life. She was the only girl that I want in my life, I don’t want anybody else, and I won’t love anyone else but her. I want her so bad but she will never trust me again.
I had been on the ground for sometime before I hear Cal’s voice.
“Luke, you okay mate? Jono stormed in with Skylar, looking like she was about to cry, and nobody knows why. I thought you might have a clue.”
“I-I hurt her Cal. I pushed her into the wall, and accused her of something as stupid as cheating. I’m an idiot and she will never love me.” I sobbed
“Mate, that’s not true, Skylar loves you.” Cal sat next to me and leaned against the wall.
“No she doesn’t. I scared her away. I hurt her and she hates me. She will live her life now with Conor or Ryan and be all happy. I love her so damn much but she doesn’t feel the same, and she will live her life without me. I will live my life alone, regretting every single second that I let the only girl I could ever love slip away.” I cried out everything in my body, and buried my face in my knees.
“Luke man, I know she wants you. She might not be in love with you, but she is starting to fall for you. Trust me.”
“How do you know that?” I cried not lifting my head so my words were muffled
“I talked to Conor about it thinking he might know why she was sad, and he said that she might not be in love with you yet, but she is already starting to fall in love with you, and fast, she’ll be in love with you before you know it.” Cal patted my back then stood up. “She wants you and she cares about you, so don’t give up on her yet. You got to fight for her, and if you really love her like you say you do, then fight for her. I know you love her man, show her that and I bet she’ll realize she wants to be with you” Cal said then turned and walked back into the building. I love Skylar and I can’t let her go, but I don’t know how to get her back.
I couldn’t sleep at all that night. I got out of bed and went downstairs to the lounge to think. Why did Jono drag me away? Why did Luke attack me? Why did I say I don’t love him? The truth is I am falling for him, and I have to make sure he knows. Just then I heard muffled whimpers and ran to the window, LUKE! Luke was still outside on the ground weeping. I ran outside and towards him. “NO Sky! Don’t come near me. I don’t want to hurt you.” I walked up and knelt beside him.
“Luke you won’t do that.”
“I just did Skylar, I just hurt you. I hurt the girl I love. I don’t deserve you I don’t deserve –“ I cut Luke off by kissing him. He froze at first then cradled me head and moving his lips in sync with mine. I could feel his lip ring on my bottom lip and I loved it. I loved the way the cold metal tickling my skin with how soft Luke’s lips were. Kissing him gave me the most amazing feeling and I didn’t want to lose it.
“I love you Luke I love you so much and I want to be you girlfriend. Will you be my boyfriend?” I fist my hands in his hair and stare into his blue eyes.
“You took my line Sky, I was supposed to ask you to be my girlfriend.” Luke slightly smiled
“Well then, yes Luke I will be your girlfriend.” I kissed him deeply and passionately. I really love him he is everything to me.
Damn that Skylar! Why does she have to be that way? I care about her so much and she still goes after some stupid Aussie kid. I have loved her since I moved to New York 8 years ago. I had to try for 2 years to get her to be a friend and have been there for 6 years because I freaking love her. What is so great about that Blonde hair, blue-eyed angel? Fantastic, I just answered my own question. “Hey man I know how you feel, but this is your fault for not telling Skylar how you feel about her. You’ve had those feelings for the past 8 years and didn’t tell her. Now you lost her to Barbie boy” Conor suddenly appeared behind me.
“You mean Ryan?” I asked confused
“No man, the other Barbie boy, Luke. Ryan is Ken doll. You never told Skylar you liked her and now you lost her.”
“I wasn’t thinking about Skylar.” I flushed snapping at him, and he just laughed.
“Dude… you’re staring at her picture.” I quickly put my phone away
“Doesn’t matter anyway. She loves that perfect looking moron Luke.”
“Then she doesn’t deserve you man. I know you think she’s the hottest girl you’ve seen and has a great personality but come on we’re in Australia, you can find a chick hotter than Skylar, so buck up man.” I gave Conor a fake smile, but I had a feeling deep down I wouldn’t find another girl.
“I really hope you’re right Conor.”
“Look Jono, I’ve known Skylar my whole life, and it’s kind of pointless to chase after her. She doesn’t exactly fall in love. I know her and have never seen her fall for a guy or even get a crush. You’ll find a girl. One that is better for you than Skylar.” He smiled and patted my back. “Skylar is a great girl, but I know it is so much better to have her as a friend than a girlfriend. She cares about you Jono; she would be crushed to lose you as a friend. If you got in a relationship with her and it ended badly, that would kill Skylar, losing your friendship because of a relationship. Your friendship with her is not worth risking for a romantic relationship.” Conor smiled. “It’s too important to her.”
“Are you sure she doesn’t fall, she seems like she’s fallen for Barbie boy.”
“That does confuse me, but look man I would give up on Sky before you fall to hard and get your heart broken. She’s not the girl for you.”
For me there was no other girl, Skylar was the only one, I just wish I could make her mine. I’m in love with that girl.