Michael shows me around some more and then we decide to go eat at Luke's favorite diner. It's one of those places where you order and get your food at the counter,then sit down. "Ash,I know what you want. The rest come with me." Michael says. "I'm not hungry." I say. "Fine,You and Ashton can find a table." So,Ashton and I find a big enough table for all of us and we wait. We talk about a random topic and then out of the blue Ashton says, "I like you." He looks down and blushes. "Really? Because I like you." I reply. He looks up at me and smiles. I smile back. Then,Calum and Luke come and sit down. Calum sits next to Ashton,who's sitting across from me,and Luke sits beside me. "I'm a penguin." Luke randomly says and we start laughing. Michael comes with food and sets it down. I look at my Instagram and Twitter while they finish up.
We decide to drive back home. "Hey,guess what?" Calum says to me. "What,Calum?" I reply. "We are a band." He tells me. "Okay?" I say. He nods. When we arrive at home,I go to the viewing room. Karen and Dad are at work so,it's just me and the guys. The guys go into the basement or something. I look out the window at the city. The guys come up the stairs. Ashton is last and he winks at me. I smile and try to hold my laughter in. I turn back to the window and then my smile fades once I hear Michael yelling. "What?!?" I try to listen to whoever else is talking but they're too quiet. "Get out!" Michael yells. "Get out and stay away from her!" I realize it's most likely Ashton who he's yelling at. The door opens up and Ash comes out. Then,the door slams behind him. Ashton sits across from me. "You told him?" I ask. "Yeah. He told me to stay away from you,but who doesn't listen to him? This guy." He points to himself and I laugh. "You'd better go before Michael sees you here." I tell him. "You're right. See ya." He says and leaves. I watch him as he disappears down the street. I smile. Michael's door opens after a few minutes and Luke and Calum leave. Michael comes out as well but sits across from me. "Hey,why'd Ashton leave early? And why were you yelling?" I ask him. "Something you don't need to know. Just stay away from him." He says. "Okay." I say. He smiles at me. "Good." He tells me and goes downstairs. He turns to the dining room and disappears.
Just before dinner time,Dad and Karen arrive. I'm sitting on my balcony on my laptop. I see Ashton riding his bike down the street. I wave at him and he waves back. I go back to watching my YouTube video. "Hey wackadoo," Michael says from behind me. I turn around. "Dinner's ready." I nod and put my laptop on my desk. After closing the balcony door,I follow Michael down to the dining room.
I sit in the great room and stare at the stars in the sky. They seem brighter here than in Melbourne. I smile. Karen and Dad had went to bed a few minutes ago and Michael is probably asleep too. I go upstairs and see that his light is off. My phone buzzes as I close my bedroom door. It's from Ashton.
Ash: coming over in a sec.
Me: b quiet tho
I stand on my balcony and Ashton climbs the tree in front of it. He then climbs over the balcony fence. "I'm bored." He tells me and I laugh. "Me too." I say. "Let me take you somewhere. Just me and you." "Okay, just let me grab my phon-" "Leave it here. I have mine incase of an emergency." I nod and he helps me climb down the tree. We start to walk down the road. "This is nice." I say. He nods. "It'd be nicer if you'd be my girlfriend." He tells me. I laugh. "Will you?" He asks. I nod. We walk some more,hand in hand. Ashton's phone buzzes but he ignores it. It buzzes again and again. He pulls it out and we stop walking. "What is it?" I ask. "It's Michael. He texted in a group chat saying that you're not there." He answers. His phone buzzes in his hand. "And that you left your phone there." I turn around and see Michael on his balcony. "Oh,shoot." I whisper,pointing to him. Ashton takes my hand and we run to the neighborhood park and hide. "Put your phone on silent." I whisper and he does that. Ash watches the house to make sure Michael didn't see us. Meanwhile,I read the incoming texts from Michael and the others on his phone.
C: where culd she b?
M: I cnr find her anywhre.
L: mayb the bathroom?
M: all of them r open
"Michael is still there." Ash says. We hide for a little while longer and Michael must have gone to sleep because his light went off and he stopped texting. Which is kinda lazy if you ask me. "Okay. Let's go back." Ash says. I climb back up the tree and he walks back to his house. I open my balcony door,quietly,and step inside. I make my way to my bed,in the dark, and take off my shoes. I lay in bed and fall asleep.