/ / Chapter 2 / /
They ended up staying at the beach all day, pushing and throwing each other into the water. By the time they finished, Olivia had been the one thrown and pushed the most. All thanks to George and Matty. It was almost like an excuse for Matty to push her in anger without getting in trouble.
Once they got home, they all hopped in the showers. Once they were done, they went into Olivia's living room and decided to watch some movies for the rest of the night.
"Ghostbusters?" Olivia asked.
"No." All the boys said at once.
"Grown Ups 1 and 2?"
"All the Harry Potters?"
They boys exchanged looks. "Yes."
Olivia put in the first movie and then sat on the couch in between Matty and George.
Hours later they were half way through the second movie and Adam was asleep. Towards the end of the same movie, Ross fell asleep. And on the third movie, George fell asleep. Leaving Olivia and Matty fully awake and alone.
"You know when George told me that you two were together, I thought it was a lie." Matty spoke up, not taking his eyes off the screen. Olivia turned to face him. "I thought he was just saying it to make me mad. Because I hated you." Olivia just let him talk. "You said you'd find someone to take my place. I never thought it would be George."
"Well I wasn't going to be hung up on you for the rest of my life." Olivia spoke. "Why would I?"
Matty turned to face her. "I don't know."
Olivia then raised an eyebrow. "Have you gotten over it, Matty?"
Matty didn't know what to say. So instead, he stood up. "Goodnight." He walked out of the room and up stairs to his own.
Olivia stayed on the couch, watching the credits come onto the screen. She hated Matty. Matty hated her. Why would he still be hung up on their relationship that ended a little over two years ago? Olivia's curiosity got the best of her and she stood up, turned off the tv and made her way to Matty's room.
"You need to get over it." She spoke. Matty had left the door open.
"I am over it." He spat back.
"Obviously not." She crossed her arms over her chest.
Matty turned around to face her. "Why the hell do you care if I do or not?"
"Because Matty, that was two years ago. I'm with George, your best friend. If you don't get over it, it'll just be harder for you in the end."
Matty rolled his eyes. "Believe me, seeing your face everyday makes my life harder. And not in a good way."
Olivia gave him a confused look. "Why would there be a good way?"
Matty ignored her and sat down on the bed. Olivia watched him carefully as he ran a hand through his hair. "You can leave now." Matty gave her a look.
"Do you even remember why we broke up?" She asked.
Matty looked down. "Vaguely." He lied. He remembered all too well.
"You cheated on me." Olivia said in a softer voice. "Drunk or not. Cheating is cheating."
"You flirted with half the guys in that bar." Matty shot back with a glare.
"Is flirting cheating, though?" Olivia used a line that Matty had told her years ago.
"I don't know, is water wet?" He used the line she had responded with.
She smirked slightly. "I can't believe you remember that."
"It was our first fight. How could I not?" He asked. "You were such a bitch. Still are."
Her face went cold again. "And you have always been a heartless dick, Matthew Healy."
She stormed off down the hall and down the stairs. Matty ran a hand through his hair with a sigh. His brain became clouded with memories of the two. He stood up and walked to the balcony. Opening the doors, he stared out at the stars above California. He rested his arms on the ledge of the railing, looking over the city. His eyes traveled down to a figure sitting next to the pool.
Olivia was there, staring into the water. Her feet were moving around in the clear pool. She looked to be deep in thought. And what Matty didn't know was that she was also thinking about all the memories they shared.
Olivia bit onto the sleeve of her sweater, trying to hide the smile that was forming. As much as they hated each other, they couldn't deny that their relationship had made them happy all those years ago.
The next morning Matty woke up before Olivia, surprisingly. She had always been a very early riser. And he had also woken up before all the other boys for that matter.
When Olivia finally woke up, the first thing that came to her head was Matty. She smiled lightly but then shook it off as she saw George laying next to her. He must have came up last night after she had fell asleep. She smiled at him and kissed his shoulder.
She moved her body so her arms were around his waist and her head was on his chest. She started to lightly trace his tattoos on this other shoulder. This action caused George to wake up. He watched her as she concentrated on the artwork on his arm. "Hello gorgeous." Olivia moved her head to look up at George. She smiled up at him, placing her hand on his cheek and placing a soft kiss on his lips.
The sound of a throat clearing pulled them away from each other. Matty stood at the doorway. "So.... breakfast."
Olivia got out of bed. "I'll make it." She walked past Matty, pushing his shoulder slightly. George sat up, his feet hitting the ground. He ran a hand through his hair. Matty just stood in the doorway, staring down the hallway.
"You alright?" George asked when he noticed that Matty was still there.
"Yeah." Matty turned his attention back to his best friend. "I'm just tired. Didn't get much sleep last night."
George smiled at him. "Well maybe if you wouldn't fuss over the new songs then you could sleep."
"Maybe." Matty smiled back.
"Let's go eat." George stood up, walking past Matty and down the stairs. Matty trailed a few feet behind the larger man.
"I hope cereal and toast is okay." Olivia said as she pulled out the milk from the fridge. "I haven't gone shopping in awhile so there's not much food."
She placed the milk on the table, followed by the cereal boxes and bowls with spoons. She started making the toast as the boys sat down at the table, waiting patiently for her. She finally sat down minutes later with a plate of toast. And for the first time in two years the group of five at breakfast together.
"What are we going to do today?" Matty asked, looking at George.
"Coffee?" Ross' head shot up.
"No." George immediately spoke, making Ross slouch in his seat with a pout.
"We could go see a movie." Olivia suggested.
"But we watched movies last night." Matty looked up at her.
She shrugged. "It wouldn't hurt."
"What would you like to do then Matty?" George asked, leaning back in his chair.
He shrugged, moving his spoon around in his bowl. Everyone was looking at him for an answer. Olivia's phone went off and she pulled it out of her pocket, scrolling through it and replying to a few messages. She turned to George. "I forgot that I promised some friends I would meet up with them today. And they're begging to meet you."
George looked at the boys, then back to Olivia. "Just me?" She nodded.
"Go. We'll be safe and won't do anything stupid." Adam told George as he finished his breakfast.
"Are you sure?" George looked at Matty specifically.
"What am I going to do? Burn down the house?" Matty asked.
George smiled and looked back at Olivia. "What time?"
She looked back down at her phone. "Half an hour."
He kissed her forehead. "Thank you." She smiled up at him.
The boys went to talking about finding a time to practice some of the new songs while Olivia scrolled through her phone. Matty couldn't help but to watch her. The way she smiled when she saw something funny. He hated it. But he stared at her like he was trying to look through her. Like he actually enjoyed her smile.
"We better get going. It's a long drive." Olivia stood up. George stood up next. They said their goodbyes and walked out the front door.
"Who are these friends again?" George asked as Olivia parked the car at a small park.
"Calum and Luke." She smiled. "I met them a few weeks after moving here."
They got out of the car and held hands. Soon enough, Olivia saw her best friends running around the children's playground. "OLIVIAAAAAAA!" Calum yelled when he saw her.
"CALLLLUMMMM!" She yelled back.
"LUUUKEEEEEE!" Luke yelled his own name, making Olivia laugh.
The two boys ran to her, pulling her into a bone crushing hug. "It's been forever." Calum spoke as he let her go.
"He's not wrong." Luke let her go as well.
George couldn't help but notice their Australian accents. "You boys from Australia?" George asked.
The boys smiled and nodded. "Moved to Cali three years ago." Luke explained.
"So what do you boys have planned for the day?" Olivia asked.
Calum stepped to the side, motioning his arms towards the park. "Park!"
"Of course." Olivia laughed. She took George's hand and led him to the park. Luke did the same with Calum.
Luke and Calum got on the swings, holding hands as they sat there. When they tried actually swinging, they found it difficult with their hands locked together. Olivia sat on a swing, a few down from Calum and Luke's and George stood behind her, pushing her on the swing.
"So they're a couple?" George asked.
"Yeah. They met four years ago when they were in a band." Olivia responded. "That's why they moved here. Their parents didn't approve."
"Jump!" Calum yelled and the two jumped from the swings, immediately regretting it as they hit the hard ground. "Ow." Calum spoke. Then Luke took his hand and pulled him into his side. They looked up at the clouds.
Olivia stepped off the swing, moving over to George. "Let's join them?" She took his hands, pulling him with her.
George and Olivia stared up at the sky with Luke and Calum. "That ones a dog." Olivia pointed up at a cloud.
"No, its a cat." Calum looked over at her.
"I see a dragon." Luke tilted his head. The other three tilted their heads and agreed.
Calum then suddenly flipped onto his stomach and propped himself up on his elbows, looking at Olivia. His hands rested on his face. "So when did this become a thing?" He pointed his finger towards the two.
Olivia moved onto her stomach, followed by Luke and then finally George. "A year ago." Olivia smiled. George took her small hand in his larger ones.
"Aw." Calum cooed. "How though?"
"Well." Olivia smiled at George. "I was dating his best friend, as you know, and a year after we broke up, George rung me and asked me to be his girlfriend. We had been talking a lot more than we used to before he asked though." Olivia explained.
"What about you?" George asked.
Calum and Luke smiled at each other. Then Luke spoke. "We were in a band with our two best friends. We slowly started to fall in love with each other."
Olivia smiled brightly. "I always love hearing that short and simple, yet cute story." She told the pair.
"And we love telling it." Calum smiled back with a laugh.
They went on to play for several more hours until George announced that he had to go back to rehearse with the others before their show at the end of the week.
"I didn't do it!" Adam held his hands up in defense as the door opened.
Olivia and George gave him a weird look. "Do what, Adam?" George asked.
Adam pointed at the door leading to the pool. The couple gasped as they saw Matty trying to clean up Ross' bleeding face. Olivia was quick to run out side, the other two following.
"What happened?" She pushed Matty slightly, inspecting Ross' face.
"We were messing around and Matty accidentally elbowed Ross in the nose. Who knew Matty had that much strength in him." Adam explained.
"I'm alright." Ross said as he winced in pain.
"Bullshit." George said from his standing position.
Olivia took the rag from Matty and softly patted Ross' face, cleaning up the blood. And soon enough it looked as if nothing happened. "All better." Olivia smiled as she stood back up.
"Thank you." Ross smiled back.
"Anytime. Just don't let there be a next time." She warned him.
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