Sparks Ignited

When Angela and Carol first met they never anticipated meeting 5 Seconds of Summer, let alone living with them. Together the girls find friendship and romance under a roof of secrets. When friendships are tested and feelings exposed, can the girls remain friends through it all?

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29. January 22nd (Part 2) / Angela's POV

 

“Guys?” I say to get their attention. They quickly look up and share glances.

“We need to talk to you.” Ashton says to us. Carol and I look at each other and I don’t know about her, but my heart starts to beat faster from nervousness. This sounds like a more serious conversation.

“Okay…”Carol says.

“You should sit.” he says. Now I’m really anxious. We do as instructed and sit in the chairs. I try to keep my breathing steady and not end up panicking but I don’t know what we’re about to be told.

“We know the exact day we’re leaving now.” Michael says. Oh. That’s all? Carol and I look at each other and breathe out relieved.

“Okay. Sheesh don’t scare us like that, guys. So February what?” I ask. They look at each other again, seeming nervous.

“Not February.” Calum says looking down. Wait what? “January 28th.” WHAT.

“What?” Carol and I say at the same time. They all look down now and sigh. “Tour doesn’t start until February 19th!” I protest.

“We know. But on the 28th we have an appearance to make at the G’Day USA Gala in LA.” Ash says.

“And our tour management called earlier today saying that we need to come to LA to start preparations and things for tour as soon as possible.” Luke says.

“Then we’ll need to make the set lists, and then we’ll need to rehearse the sets.” Michael says.

“And then after that, we leave for Japan.” Calum finishes. I try to put the pieces together and figure out the point they’re trying to make. I figure it out in my head as Carol says it out loud.

“So when you leave for this gala on the 28th, you won’t be able to come back again before you leave for tour?” she asks.

“No. The 28th is… the goodbye for nine months.” Ashton says. Carol and I look at each other and I can already see the tears clouding her eyes. Seeing the tears in her eyes combined with the news we were just given, makes me get tears too. I can’t look at them right now or else I will end up crying. I close my eyes trying to squeeze the tears away and I swallow hard.

“Angela…please don’t.” I hear Cal say. Nope, he shouldn’t have said that. I lean forward and wrap my arms around my knees taking deep breaths to try and hold it in. I feel a hand on my back, then a voice close to me. “Come here.” It’s Cal again.

I stand and turn to my left where Calum is now standing with such a sad face. I hug him and once I am, it doesn’t take long for me to let the tears fall. I let one hiccup escape on accident making him hold me tighter, which makes me full blown cry. I’m shaking with the tears and I don’t plan on letting go any time soon.

“I’m gonna go upstairs, munchkin. Let me know if you wanna talk.” I hear Ashton say behind me. I then hear his footsteps leave the room and go up the stairs.

“Are you okay, care bear?” Michael asks Carol.

“Not really, but um…I’m gonna head up too. I’ll watch a movie with you later, okay?” Her voice travels from somewhere off to my right, to my left by the entry, and then I hear her footsteps up the stairs. Yep, just like Carol to rush out before they can see her get emotional. No doubt she’ll cry as soon as she’s alone.

“’Kay.” Mike says even though she’s left the room. “You know I’m here too if you need me.” he says behind me. I feel his hand on my shoulder before I hear his footsteps gradually leave the room.

“Me too.” Luke says putting his hand on my other shoulder. “And if it helps, we’re all dreading this as much as you are. …Maybe even more.” His hand leaves me and his footsteps slowly do the same. And now that means Cal and I are alone.

I take a deep breath in and sniffle, letting go of Calum and wiping my eyes. I sigh and look down and away. I hate looking into people’s eyes when I’ve been crying for some reason.

“Do you wanna sit?” he asks. I nod and he takes me to the couch.

“I can’t believe we only have you for six more days.” I say looking at the wall next to the TV. “It seems like just yesterday that you got back from ROWYSO and The New Broken Scene. …You won’t even have been back for three months before you’re gone again.” My voice is shaky at the end.

“I know. Believe me, we thought we would have longer too. We thought we’d go to this thing and be back the next day, but our people say different.” he says resting his hand on my left leg.

“Nine months is such a long time. …Nine months without hugs from you all? I do not want to think about that.” I say shaking the thought from my mind. “The house is gonna be so empty and quiet without you guys and your shenanigans.” I say with a small laugh at the end.

“I would think you would be happy about that.” Cal jokes. We both laugh and I feel comfortable now looking at him. He has a small smile on his face and is already looking at me. I hold his hand that’s on my leg.

“I’m really gonna miss you, Calum.” His smile fades and he breathes out hard, still looking at me.

“I’m really gonna miss you too. In this time we’ve been back, you’ve become a best friend.” I find my heart sinking at those words. Best friend. He’s become that for me too but he’s also become so much more than that.

I like him so much and at this point, I couldn’t imagine life without him. He hasn’t tried to kiss me since the club, but the moment itself keeps badgering at me. It keeps reminding me that he could secretly like me and not want to say anything or act on it because he knows I like Ashton. Little does he know, I could end up wanting to be with him instead.

“You’re my best friend too, Cal. It will be strange not talking to you every day. Especially about family.” Once they’re gone I’ll have to do all my venting to Carol. She’s great at making me feel better, it’s just not the same as Cal hugging me and making me feel like nothing could ever be wrong again.

“Tell me about it. Speaking of your family, how’s Addi?” he asks. Her smiling face comes to mind and I reflexively brighten.

“Adorable as ever. Nicole sent me a picture today.” I get out my phone to pull it up and show him.

“Aw. …I wish I could meet her.” he says.

“Really? You want to?” I ask surprised.

“Yeah! She’s really cute and she means a lot to you so…yeah.” Wow. I never thought he would say that he wants to meet a member of my family.

“I wish you could. But under the circumstances it would be difficult to have you meet anyone back home.” He nods understanding. I lay my head back on the couch and look up at the ceiling.

“Well we may leave soon but we still have this weekend and uh…Monday which…is kind of special.” Cal says. Of course I know what he’s talking about, but I wanna mess with him first.

“Huh? What’s Monday?” I ask.

“…You’re kidding me.” he says. I laugh and sit up facing him again.

“Yes, I am. C’mon I would never forget your birthday. Especially your 20th.” I nudge him in the arm. “Do you have any ideas for what you wanna do?” I question.

“Basically what we did for Michael’s. Pizza and alcohol, and chilling here with you guys is good enough for me. Except I don’t really wanna go out for the pizza. Can we order in?” he says.

“Whatever you want. It’s your day.” I say. “I’m feeling better now. I think I’m gonna go let Ash know I’m okay. Thanks, Cal.” I stand and he stands with me, going in for the hug.

While hugging, he says “You’re welcome. I’m always here. Whether in person or on the phone, it doesn’t matter. I’ll be there when you need me.”

“Thank you. For everything. …I love you.” I’ve never told him that before, but it felt right. I do love him. Not in the romantic way, of course. But I love him nonetheless.

“I love you too, Ang. Wanna maybe watch some TV later tonight?” he asks letting go.

“Definitely. That is if Ashton doesn’t hold me hostage.” I joke. He laughs but seems to know that on some level, I’m serious.

“Gotcha. See you.” he says smiling.

“See you.” I say returning it. I leave and go upstairs turning down the hallway to Ashton’s room.

I knock three times and he says, “Come in, munchkin.” Knocking three times is how he knows it’s me. I open the door to find him on his bed with his laptop on his legs. “Hey, are you feeling better?” he asks looking up towards me.

“Yeah a little. Obviously I’m still sad but…I think I’m done getting emotional for now.” I say.

“Good. Wanna watch Friends with me?” he asks patting the bed.

“Do I? You know it’s one of my favorite shows.” I say walking over and plopping down next to him. He smiles so big that his dimples show. We start out actually watching the episode, but after a while we get to talking. We talk about what we wanna do in their final days here, our families, and much more. I love how natural our conversation is, easy and relaxing.

“So what do you and Carol do when we aren’t here?” Ash asks.

“Let’s see. I go to school and do homework, occasionally making trips home to see Addi. Carol writes, takes pictures, and goes to yoga. And together we watch TV and movies in the living room in our onesies, with junk food and wine. …So basically what you would expect.” I answer.

He giggles like a little girl and it makes me laugh too. “That’s it? You don’t go out anywhere or have big parties without telling us?” he asks.

“Ha! You really think we would throw a party?” I ask.

“I guess not. Can I confess something?” he says.

“Yeah, what?” He sits up straight and pauses the current episode, setting his laptop aside.

“We sometimes feel like you living here and watching this place for us when we’re gone, is taking you away from what you care about. And we feel bad.” he says.

“What are you talking about?” I ask.

“By you two moving in here, we took you away from your hometowns. Away from your families and friends and everything you know. I mean our careers have already done that to the four of us. We know how it feels and we feel bad sometimes that we did the same thing to you and Carol.” he explains.

“Ash you didn’t do anything to us. It’s not like we don’t ever get to see the people we care about. And all I had to do for school was change to my university’s off-campus building that’s in Chicago instead of the building by my house. And you helped us.” I say.

“Really?” he says.

“Yes! Before this house, Carol and I lived in different cities and only got to hang out in person one time. The day we met you guys! Now we don’t just see each other a lot, but live together. And we love it. You didn’t make us do this, we wanted to. And we are grateful every day that we were given this opportunity. …Plus if you couldn’t tell, you, Calum, Michael, and Luke are very important to us. We’ve cared about you since we first became fans.” A smile spreads across Ashton’s face and I know he no longer feels bad.

“I can’t wait to tell the guys.” he says. “I’m gonna miss you so much.” He moves stray hairs behind my ear while looking in my eyes. And here they are, those goddamn butterflies.

“I’m gonna miss you too. And your company. Especially whenever there are thunderstorms.” I wink. He chuckles and we continue looking at each other while I sigh. “I can’t believe how close we’ve gotten since we met. I had always imagined what it would be like to be friends with you, but didn’t know our friendship would end up being exactly what I imagined. I think it’s even more than I imagined. You’re my best friend.” I admit.

“And you’re mine. And now that we’ve known each other as long as we have, and we’re as close as we are, I can’t imagine you not being in my life.” I look at him and see the sincerity in his expression, and even though I’ve already said I can’t imagine life without Calum, I know in this moment that I can’t imagine it without Ashton either.

“Same here. …I think I’m gonna head out. I wanna start on my homework.” I get off his bed and walk to the door.

“Alright, have fun.” he says.

“We’ll see. Goodnight, Ash. Love you.” I say.

“Night, munchkin. Love you too.” he smiles. I smile back and leave his room. I’m making the walk to my room when Calum comes up the stairs.

“Wow, Ashton set you free?” he jokes.

“Ha! Yes I told him I was gonna do homework.” I answer.

“And are you?” he asks.

“I was planning on it, yeah.” He gives me a look saying ‘remember?’ “I’ll watch a movie with you later when I’m done. I promise.” I assure him.

“Fine. How long will you be?” he says almost impatiently.

“Not long. I just have a couple worksheets to do.” I say. “If you help me they might get done even quicker.” I suggest.

“Nice try, you’re not getting me to do homework.” he says smiling.

I laugh and say, “Alright then you’ll just have to be patient until I’m done.”

“Okay, I’ll go back down and get Monsters Inc. ready.” he says turning back to the stairs.

“Sounds good. I’ll try and finish as soon as I can.” I say walking to him to give him a quick hug.

“Okay I feel better now.” he says mid-hug.

I laugh, “Go.” letting go and giving him a little push toward the stairs.

“Alright, I’m going, I’m going.” he says laughing and going downstairs. I walk the rest of the way to my room and get out my worksheets and a pen as fast as I can.

Gosh, Cal and I already act like a couple in some ways. Yet so do me and Ash. And I’m certain that I couldn’t live without either one of them. UGH! I haven’t made much progress as far as they are concerned.

But today’s conversation with Cal made me figure out one thing. If Ashton told me his feelings and asked me out, for the first time…I’m not 100% sure that I would say yes. My feelings for Calum are growing rapidly by the day.

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