(Dis)connected | L.H. Fanfic

The story of a 17 year old girl who moved from Portugal, a quiet and small country, to the city that never sleeps - New York. With her sister being away on tour, Maria sees herself alone, so she decides to make a friend. Luke.

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4. CHAPTER 3

Maria’s P.O.V.

It’s the day after I spoke to Luke on the phone and I’m still a little bit overwhelmed about all of this because I never connected with someone in such a little amount of time, specially with a guy.

Leaving my thoughts aside, not because I wanted to but because my bladder didn’t let me think about anything else but the urge I had to pee, I decide to get up. As I was approaching my bathroom’s door, I hear a sound behind it. I grab the nearest thing just in case I need to defend myself and, after gaining the guts to do it, I slowly open the door to find Luke sitting in the toilet, with a sea of toilet paper around him.

“Luke! What the hell?! Why would you do that man?” I ask a little pissed at my dog.

If you´re wondering – yes, my dog is the typical french bulldog that destroys everything around him. Once in a while I have to pick up toilet paper, other times I have to buy new pillows because the ones I had transform into anything but pillows… You get the point!

After cleaning that mess, I do my little morning routine and head downstairs. I feed Luke and when I open the fridge to eat something myself, it’s barely empty.

“UGH! Really?” All I had was 2 tomatoes, 1 coke and soup so I decide to go to the supermarket.

Before leaving the house, I change into my black skinny jeans with one whole in each knee, my The 1975 t-shirt and my black converse. I also fix my hair with, say, 300 hair products - #curlyhairlife – and then I’m able to leave the house.

Since Luke won’t be able to get into the supermarket, I leave him, grab my car keys and go.

 

***

Let me tell you that being short sucks! And of course all the good things are in the top shelves. I couldn’t reach the cereals I wanted so I hanged myself on the shelf. I’m pretty sure you can predict what happened next, but I’ll tell you anyway so you can laugh a little.

So, I was in the perfect position, like a little monkey: hanging by 3 supports – 2 feet and 1 hand – while the other hand was just about to grab that so wanted box of Lucky Charms. At that exact moment, my right foot slipped and I fell, bringing down with me all the cereal boxes.

Hopping that no one would see that, I started to clean that mess. I was squatting, looking down so I could grab the boxes, when I heard someone talking in front of me.

“It’s ok, I got it” He (I figured it was a he by the voice) said while grabbing the cereals I had in my hands.

When I lifted my head, I found myself staring at a beautiful blonde guy. We stared at each other like in those cliché movies and, as cheesy as it sounds, it was a magical moment. I got lost in his eyes, it was like I could almost see his soul.

And then… BOOM! He kissed me out of nowhere.

Just kidding, that’s not really what happened. Instead of that romantic scene, ours was a little more like a scary one. We were both squatting and we were both holding the same box, I didn’t lie about that. But when I lifted my head I hit him in his jaw so hard that he fell backwards. I was so embarrassed that I didn’t even notice that the blonde guy in front of me was Riker Lynch, my favorite member of one of my favorite bands of all time.

“I… I’m so sorry” I say looking down, whispering.

“It’s ok, don’t worry!” He says smiling. That smile, jeez! “Nice shirt! I can tell you have a beautiful taste in music” He continues.

I just wanted to laugh in his face due to the nerves I was feeling at the moment. I also wanted to tell him “well, then I guess I can say ‘my taste in music is your face’” but that would have been way too embarrassing.

“Hahahaha! You also like Twenty One Pilots, huh?”

Shit!!! I said it out loud!

I didn’t know what else to say so I continue to put the cereal boxes on the shelves.

“I’m Riker” He says putting his arm forward so I can shake his hand.

“I know…” I say without looking at him, but still shaking his hand. But then I thought “Jesus Christ, girl! One of your idols is in front of you, at least look at him when you talk”. So I continue, looking at him in the eye “Your band is one of my favorite bands of all time!”

“Are you serious?” He asks a little surprised.

“Yes. I saw you twice in Portugal and I also went to the signing session you did in Lisbon during Sometime Last Night Tour” I say smiling shyly. “Oh! And my best friend has Ratliff’s drumsticks!!!”

“That’s awesome!” He says with excitement. “I’m with the rest of the band, actually. Wanna go meet them?”

“Oh, no. It’s ok, I don’t want to bother you” I say, being polite. Bear in mind that what I truly wanted to answer was “Are you fucking kidding me? Of course I want to meet them!” but that would have been too aggressive.

“I insist. C’mon!” He says turning his back to me and starts walking to wherever the rest of them were.

I was left with 2 choices. I could either a) stay where I was, finish putting back the Lucky Charms, continue shopping and go home or b) follow this beautiful human being and meet some of my idols.

I think you know which one I chose.

 

***

I was now walking around a supermarket with one of my famous male crushes. Just an ordinary day in my life. No, really, I was ALONE WITH RIKER LYNCH! Can you imagine???

Once we found the rest of them, Riker introduced me and told them what I had said to him a couple of minutes ago. I caught myself thinking that maybe I should tell them that speech I have prepared to say when, I mean, if I meet my favorite bands. I wasn’t sure if I should say it because I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of them but, then again, I hit Riker in his jaw. I don’t think there’s anything more embarrassing then that so I decide to do it.

“Guys, I know this is gonna sound like I’m fangirling over you, which I am, but I just need to say something really quick.” I sigh. “You guys saved my life and I can’t thank you enough for that. It’s bands like yours that kept me going through the teenage years and still help me a lot these days. You gave me happiness I the darkest of the days and I’m grateful for that. I’m sorry, I just love you. There, I said it!” I say blushing and almost out of breath.

“Aww, really? Thank you so much! You have no idea what that means to us, really” Ross says  with a big smile on his face.

In the next hour we just talked about life in general, music and we took some pictures.

“Well, we need to go now. It was really nice to meet you Maria!” Rydel says hugging me really tight.

“It was my pleasure! Thank you for everything.”

“Bye!” They all say in unison while leaving.

“Oh! We still need the eggs” Rocky says to them.

"I'll go get them" Riker says.

“Maria, would you mind go get the eggs with Riker so he doesn’t waste time looking for them?” Ratliff asks.

“Yeah, sure” I couldn’t believe I was about to get alone with Riker for the second time today.

“Ok, thanks. Meet us at the cashiers” Rydel says already turning her back, talking over her shoulder.

“Let’s go then” Riker says while he starts to walk.

“Ummm… actually it’s this way” I say pointing to the opposite direction to where he was going.

 

***

When I was just about to ask Riker for some advice related to the music industry, I hear a phone buzzing. And, all of a sudden, I’m in my bedroom and that’s when I realize that all of that was only a dream.

The phone keeps buzzing, which makes me even more angry, so I pick up the call without even looking to the ID.

“What?” I ask with my eyes closed partly because I was half asleep, partly (and mainly) because I wanted to get back to that dream ASAP.

“Good morning Martinez!”

Luke.

“My name is not Martinez and what the hell do you want?” I ask fuming.

“Someone’s in a bad mood” He states.

“Of course I’m in a bad mood! I was about to ask some serious and deep stuff to Riker, Luke! And we were going to get the eggs alone and then we would meet with the rest of them and you woke me up!!!”

“Are you drunk or something?”

“Yes, I’m drunk in love with Riker Lynch and you fucking blew it! Now, what do you want?”

“Anyway… I wanted to ask you if you’d like to go for a hike.”

“You woke me up to ask me if I would like to go exercise? You really don’t know me!”

“You want to go or not?”

“Ummm… I’ll pass, thanks.”

“I know you like to eat so I’m gonna buy you breakfast. I’m picking you up in 15 min. Bye!” And with that, he hangs up, not giving me a chance to even say yes or no.

Since I was going out, I get up to get ready. First things first, I head to the bathroom and when I open the door, there he is – Luke surrounded by what once was toilet paper.

“You have got to be kidding me!”

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Olá!!!

I know it’s been a long time since I posted the last chapter, but I went to Algarve for 2 weeks and there was no Wi-Fi so I couldn’t update. When I got home, I had to prepare things for school and then it actually started. However, here I am! I hope you guys liked this chapter.

Again, thank you so much for the reads, it means a lot to me!

I love you, xx
Rita 

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