<<c.h.>> Hopefulness

Kayla Carter,average Aussie,meets Calum Hood,average Aussie,for awhile anyway. Going through high school with each other,they realize their time is running out. Kayla Carter,average Aussie,meets Calum Hood,her best friend,her crush,her everything,but most importantly,her savior.
I present to you..... <<c.h.>> Hopefulness
(Cover made by: Beautifully Music Nerd)
*Some Chapters include Suicidal/Depressed Thoughts and Actions*


20. -20- Truth or Dare?


I smile to myself as I see the picture Calum sent me of his new hair cut,it's adorable. I look behind me to the front door opening and Dad and Chelsea walk in.

"What's up?" I ask. 

Chelsea goes straight to her room. Eric and Lucas come down stairs. 

"She has kidney cancer." Dad tells us.

"What?!" Aerianna's voice comes out of the kitchen,and she appears,her face worried. 

"She's kinda upset about it." Dad adds.

"I would be upset if I got kidney cancer." Eric says and we all glare at him. 

"Eric,this isn't something to be joking about!" Aerianna says and sits down on the floor,head in hands. 

"Listen,we should just keep it out of conversation." Lucas comments and I nod.

"Yeah. That's the best thing to do." I say. 

Aerianna whips her head up. "Don't you guys see?! She's dying! We can't just act like it's all okay!" She shouts.

"Aerianna,Chelsea doesn't want to talk about it." Lucas tells her.

"How do you know?!" 

"She told me in the car." Dad comments. 

"Yeah and she ran up to her room before the conversation even started." Eric adds.

"WELL MAYBE SHE NEEDS SOME COMFORT!!" Aerianna yells and gets up before running up the steps to her own room.

"Yikes." Eric says.

"Leave her be for now,both of them." Dad instructs.


Calum sits beside me in the grass in Ashton's front lawn,playing the acoustic guitar. I'd told them,all of them,about Chelsea and Aerianna.

I lay and head on Calum's shoulder and he smiles.

"I still can't believe you two finally are dating. It's been ages since you two kissed." Luke says.

Ashton nods.

"But we knew it would happen,sooner or later." Michael adds. 

"So,how are you and Lily?" I ask Michael.

He shrugs. "She hasn't been answering my texts,but she seemed fine at school the other day. We talked a few times,but then she ran off after these girls called for her." 

I lift up my head and sit up. "Yeah,she did the same the other day. And she and I were supposed to get milkshakes but she told me she had to do something with some Audrey girl."

Luke's lying down now,staring at the grey clouds above. "Audrey Trevor?"

"I don't know,maybe." I reply. 

"She's a cheerleader,isn't she?" Ashton asks and Luke nods. 

"Lily hates cheerleaders." I state.

I notice Lily's sister's car pull into my driveway and Lily opens the door with her bag. She waves and walks over here. Her sister drives away. 

"Hey." Lily greets.

"Who's Audrey?" Michael asks,as Lily sits down. Cal sets the guitar down beside him and puts his arm around my shoulder. 

"Audrey Trevor?" Lily asks.

"I knew it." Luke says. 

"Knew what?" Lily asks. 

"Why are you hanging out with her?" Michael asks.

"And not us?" Ash adds.

I nod. 

"She just asked me to. I don't understand where you get that I don't hang out with you guys."

"You never sit by us at lunch." I point out.

"And don't hang out with us after school." Calum adds.

"And you always ditch me before I ask out on a date." Michael says.

"And I had to finish that chemistry project by myself." Luke comments,still lying down. 

"And you came to band practice when we invited you to watch a billion times." Ashton says. 


"Okay. I get it.  I'm sorry." Lily says. 

"Just ignore her." I suggest. 

"I'll try," Lily replies. "I still can't believe you two are an item." She laughs.


"Did you two even kiss before?" Ashton asks Lily and Michael.

Lily's face grows red as she shakes her head and looks down at my kitchen floor. 

"Wow." Luke says. I hit his arm. 

"Well,Kayla and I kissed before." Calum says.

"We know." Michael says. 

"Just saying." Calum replies and I laugh.

Lily's phone buzzes on the table and Audrey's name pops up. Lily reaches for it and I snatch it before she can. I click decline. 

"Just being sure." I tell her,handing her the phone.

She smiles.

"Hey,I know! We should hang out in the music room and play truth or dare." Ashton suggests. 

"I'm in." I comment.

"Me too." Cal agrees.

"Yeah." Lily and Luke say in unison and I see Lily blush a tiny bit. 

"Sure." Michael says,noticing Lily's blush. He glances at me and I shrug. 

We make our way to the music room and I sit in the bay window and Calum sits beside me.

Lily and Michael sit on the piano bench and Ash sits against the wall next to the door. Luke sits on the other side of Calum. 

"Okay," Luke begins. "Who's asking first?" 

"I'll go." Calum volunteers.

"Okay." Luke says.

"Okay. Soooooooo,um,Lily. Truth or Dare?" Cal asks.

Lily thinks for a moment. "Um,dare."

"I dare you to kiss Michael."

All the colors in her face drain. "W-what?"

"What's wrong?" I ask.

"N-nothing. May I pass on this?" She answers.

"Come on,Lily. It's just me." Michael says. I give Calum a concerned look,then look back at Michael and Lily.

"Kayla,can we talk out there for a second?" Lily asks and I nod.

We step out and close the door.

"What's up?" I ask.

"I-I don't like Michael anymore." She tells me.

"But you've a crush on him for the longest time."

"After I got to know him,it faded away."


"I actually like Luke."





"Damn." Lucas' voice says and scares us.

"Hey." I reply.

"What's Michael gonna say about the Luke thing,Kayla?"

"Why don't you ask him?" Lucas says,pointing to Michael standing in the doorway of the music room next to Ashton. 

Michael looks hurt.

Lily's face flushes again.

"How much did you hear?" I ask. 

"Enough." Michael says,obvious regret in his voice.

Luke and Calum appear in the doorway now.

"What's going on?" Luke asks and Lily blushes. 

"Don't." I tell Michael.

"Congrats,Luke. Lily likes you,now." Michael tells Luke.

Lily becomes angered and walks up to Michael,takes his shirt in her hand,and pulls him close to her and kisses him hard on the lips.

She pulls away and lets go of his shirt. 

"Well,that escalated quickly." Lucas comments,and rests his arm on my shoulder. 

Michael stands there,probably feeling so many emotions.

"Kayla,truth or dare?" Lily says,still mad.

"Oh! Pick dare! I wanna see more drama!" Lucas laughs and Eric makes his way out of the video game room.

I shrug. "Dare."

"Ooooohh,I wanna watch." Eric says.

"I dare you to tell Michael what you told me the other day at school." Lily says and glares at Michael.

"Why? It was in sixth grade. Why should he care?" I ask.

"He deserves to feel bad." Lily tells me.

"No." I say.

"Kayla,tell me." Michael says. 

I hesitate and then break. "In sixth grade,I lied. I didn't really have feelings for you." 

Michael starts laughing and I tilt my head. "I didn't like you that way either. I just thought you did." 

"Well,then." Eric says. Lucas nods and they leave. 

"Truth is,she liked Luke. She still likes Luke. She's liked him since sixth grade." Lily says and Calum eyes shift to me.

"Don't lie!" I retort. 

"I'm not." Lily replies.

"Kayla." Calum walks towards me. 

"Cal,I like you. Lily's lying. I stopped liking Luke in seventh grade after I got to know him." I tell him.

"Okay." He hugs me. 

"Look,the guys and I have to get to my house before we walk to the diner." Ashton pipes up.

"Yeah. See you in fifteen minutes." Luke says,awkwardly. 

"Bye." Calum says. And they leave.


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