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"Everything was slowly falling into place. Until I met Luke. He made my life a mess, a good mess, but a mess nonetheless." WARNING: This Story Contains: Stalking Hospitalization Near-Death Experiences Sex Mentions Of Rape Non-Graphic Rape Use Of Deadly Weapon Use Of Explosives Death

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2. march 28th, 2014

Michael

For most people, Los Angeles is a hard place to live, too overpopulated, too expensive, or too "unfiltered" as some might put it. I personally love the overpopulated-ness and the "unfiltered" like things I witness every day. The one thing I can agree with is that it is very expensive to live here. Even the smallest apartment can drain you of your life's savings. In my case, that's exactly what happened. I grew up in Michigan as an only child basically raised by my neighbors. My dad was never around and my mom had to make money somehow, so she juggled three jobs. She died of a heart attack when I was 15 so I was put into foster care. The day I turned 18 I booked it to California and never looked back. 

Things have been better here, I've made friends and I'm a lot happier with my new life. 

!

Everything was slowly falling into place. Until I met Luke. He made my life a mess, a good mess, but a mess nonetheless.

!

Even then, I thank myself for sticking around and landing a job at a small local record store in Santa Monica. It's never really crazy busy, but we get a few handfuls of people every day. My shift ends at 5:00 pm, closing time, which is rapidly approaching. Before locking up I'm in charge of sorting records since most people make a mess of the shelves during the day. I'd like to go home and take a nap but the reality is there are piles of homework calling my name. Caffeine will definitely be needed.

"Excuse me, do you know where can I would find the Blink-182 records?" I hear behind me.

I turn around and see a boy who looks around my age, dark black curly hair and skin mesmerizingly tan. A Blink-182 t-shirt hanging loosely on his body, paired with a jean jacket and black skinny jeans.

"They should be up against that wall over there," I said while pointing to the other side of the store.

He thanked me before walking away.

I continued sorting records for a while longer until I saw him walk toward the cash register. I put down the stack of records I was working on and walked over to ring him up.

"$28.75,"

"Keep the change,"

He'd handed me a 20 dollar bill along with two 5's. He was gone before I had the chance to thank him and no one else really came in after him. Saturdays are never very busy which has always been odd but I never questioned anyone about it. My best friend Cayla's brother-in-law hired me here after she found out that I was struggling with money here and thinking about moving back to Michigan. He was kind enough to hire me and give me a schedule that didn't interfere with school or my other job at the local grocery store. I work here Wednesdays and Saturdays from opening at 10:30 am to closing at 5:00 pm which is pretty nice. As I sorted the last few records on the shelf I peeked at the clock to see I had one minute to spare. I happily strolled to the back room and grabbed my bag before turning off the overhead speakers that were playing music from my phone. 

!

As I made my way to the only trustworthy caffeine on earth, I listened to overplayed radio tunes. Since the closest Starbucks wasn't very far from work, I didn't have to deal with the radio music for very long.

Today I'd been in a pretty good mood, so I decided I would actually go in and order instead of making my life easier and just going through the drive thru. When I got inside, I went and stood in line to order. There were only a couple people in front of me so it didn't take very long for it to be my turn.

"Welcome to Starbucks, what can I get you?" Asked the barista.

When I looked up from my phone, I was met with a bright smiling dirty blonde who had the most captivating blue eyes I'd ever seen. I was entranced as to how someone like him was working here and not in the modeling business. He was gorgeous.

"Uh dude? You there? " He asked, refocusing my attention on him.

He had such a nice accent. He's only spoken a few words but I already feel like just listening to him talk all day.

"Yeah uhm sorry, I'll just have black coffee," I told him, feeling my cheeks heat up in embarrassment.

"It'll be $3.75 and what's the name for the order?" He said, his accent clearly visible once again.

"Michael," I said before handing him a 5 dollar bill and telling him to keep the change. I was hurrying to get out of here, mostly because I was going to die of embarrassment any second now.

I moved out of line and went to sit down at a table while I waited for my drink. I looked up for a split second to see if he was laughing at me, but when I looked up, he was looking back at me.

I could still see his ocean blue eyes from across the room. I didn't think I was able to look away, it's like I was lost in his eyes.

"Luke get to work!" Yelled an unfamiliar voice.

"Right, sorry." I heard him say before he turned around and got back to work.

So his name is Luke.

!

"Order for Michael"

I went for my drink and of course, Luke was the one who brought it out to me.

"Thanks," I stuttered.

"Anytime." He said smiling.

As I walked away, I looked down at my cup to see he'd put his own twist on writing my name.

'Mikey :-)'

!

As I walked through the front door of my apartment, I was greeted by my golden retriever, Bo.

"Hey boy, you hungry?" I said while hanging my bag in the closet and slipping off my shoes.

He wagged his tail and ran to the kitchen, I followed him and poured some food into his bowl. As he began to eat, put my coffee in the fridge and went to get my laptop from my bedroom.

As a sat down on the couch, my phone vibrated in my pocket, it was Cayla.

*

From Cayla: Mikey! I found this new band on Youtube and I was wondering if you sell physical copies of their EP down at the record store. 

To Cayla: Who's the band?

From Cayla: 5 Seconds of Summer. 

To Cayla: Lmao what kind of name is that? Are they any good?

From Cayla: Of course, they're good, why else would I ask if you sold their stuff?

To Cayla: Idk

From Cayla: Do you sell their stuff or nooooot?

To Cayla: When was the EP released?

From Cayla: Last week.

To Cayla: Then no we don't as far as I know. I've been in charge of new releases and I haven't seen it. Sorry babe.

From Cayla: It's okay! If you get any in pls let me know! :)

*

I opened Youtube to see for myself this band Cayla told me about. She has such a varied taste in music but I always ended up somewhat liking everyone she tells me about. The first video that popped up when I typed their name in the search bar was titled '5 Seconds of Summer - Wherever You Are.' As soon as it started, a boy faded into the screen, he looked around 14 or 15 and he was wearing a baby blue tank top. Seconds later, the screen faded to a black and white filter and showed three boys singing and playing their instruments.

*

By now the song was already half way through and I hadn't realized one of the boys singing was Luke from Starbucks. I was surprised it had taken me that long to recognize his voice. Not only that but I then discovered that another one of the boys in the video was the tan guy who bought a Blink record in the store today.

I decided to peek at the comments to see what people thought of them since there were thousands of views.

Elise Johnson: Wow these guys are really good!

LaShToNIsLoVe: I LOVE yOU GUYS SO MUCH SFAJGHBFOIAKUSFBAIF

5SAUCE_SPNGURL: Love you guys! <3

Emily Catton: One Direction is so much better than these dumbasses.

Justine B: I love these boys so much they make me so happy. Luke, Calum, and Ashton thank you for being so amazing. Love you boys <3

Kevin Schneider: Wow these guys are like a shittier version of All Time Low LMFAO

Sarah Silver: Follow me on twitter everyone I post covers! twitter: sarahxslaysxaf

So far it was mostly good comments, with the occasional hate and self-promo, I guess. I scrolled back up to finish watching the video and all I could really focus on now was Luke. He was so beautiful, it was unreal.

Once the video ended I just stared at the screen for a while. I was trying to decide whether or not I should find out Luke's last name and try to google more information about him or not. I decided against it since I'm pretty sure that's borderline stalking and I'm not begging for a restraining order next time I go to Starbucks.

*

To Cayla: Wow they are pretty good. How'd you find them?

From Cayla: Youtube.

To Cayla: No shit, you already mentioned that. But anyway guess what? I met the blonde one and one of the other ones today not even knowing who they were.

From Cayla: OMG! Seriously? How'd you meet them?

To Cayla: One of the came to the shop today and the other is a barista at the Starbucks nearby.

From Cayla: Luckyyy!!

To Cayla: The blonde one, Luke, is pretty hot.

From Cayla: Dibs. ;)

*

Bo had finished eating and jumped up on the couch next to me with his head resting on my thigh.

"Hey buddy, wanna watch a movie with me?" He responded by wagging his tail.

"What should we watch? The Hunger Games? or Paranormal Activity?"

He barked once.

"Hunger Games it is," I said while getting up to find the TV remote.

!

After the movie ended, it was a little past 8 and I decided it was finally time to work on some stuff for school. I was in my freshman of college and so far I'd kept on with my work pretty well but I've been procrastinating a lot this past week. I'd always make up an excuse for not being able to do my work. Then at the last minute, I would work for ridiculous amounts of time and stay up way too late finishing work. Maybe that's just every college student though.

Today was one of those days where I'd been putting it off since I got home and now I had to write a ten-page essay that was due on Monday. I thought about it for a couple minutes and then decided to put off working on it again. I got up and went to the bathroom to brush my teeth and get ready for bed. When will I ever break free from this vicious cycle?

I walked into my room to find Bo already asleep on my side of the bed. I climbed in with him and grabbed my phone so I could set an alarm to wake me up tomorrow morning at a decent time. I plugged in my phone after that and tried my best to fall asleep.

*

It must have been an hour of not being able to sleep before I went and grabbed my laptop from the living room and took it back to my bed. I ended up staying up till the crack of dawn watching videos of Luke singing. I had learned in the last hour that I was definitely crushing on Luke and I had to see him again.

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