How Did We End Up Here?

Things have been rough lately for stage crew worker Miranda. She has to work two jobs just to get by. Until she does a show for 5 Seconds of Summer and she and her friend Daniel get asked to tour with them! Miranda starts to fall for one of the boys but it threatens her job, where if something happened she would have to go back to Montana and face everything she left behind.
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34. ch.34

I woke up and got ready. I put on a blue button up shirt and a pair of leggings with zippers by the ankles. I put on my dark red converse, some makeup, and my bandana. I walked out the door still smiling from yesterday. I knocked on the door which was slightly open. Everyone was awake, already dressed and watching TV. Which was unusual for them. Nebraska was in the room too. They all looked worried. I opened the door more and saw the manager watching with his arms crossed. Fear shot down my spine. I walked in before I could speak Calum did.

"You might want to see this..." He said solemnly. I felt my facial expression change, I took deep shaky breath. 

"What is it?" I asked sitting next to Ashton and Luke. Ashton looked at me with big worried eyes. I shot back to the TV. Calum rewinded it and hit play. It was one of those trashy entertainment news shows that my grandma always used to watch. The TV reporter spoke,

"Looks like Drummer, Ashton Irwin from popular band, 5 Seconds of Summer, has a new booty call..."

"BOOTY CALL?!" I yelled.

"It gets worse...." Luke said. I kept watching the small television set.

"They were seen having a romantic kiss on top of the eiffel tower last night, and there's more! They were spotted chilling by the pool and holding hands getting off the plane!" And they proceeded to show every single picture of me and Ashton that I just forgot about up until now. The reporter switched topics quickly and Calum paused the TV. I rubbed my eyes.

"Can I talk to you outside for a minute?" The manager asked.

"Yeah." I said worried. He started walking out the door and I slowly followed him and crossed my arms. I felt even more scared, he seemed mad and I was afraid to see what he was going to say. We walked through the lobby and met in the parking lot. 

"Miranda I hope you know that, that was completely inappropriate behavior!" He yelled. I looked away from him and saw Nebraska, Michael, Calum, Luke and Ashton come and wait outside the front door.

"I know just......it's more complicated than you think..." I said trying to explain myself. 

"Forget it Miranda...you're fired." My heart dropped and tears welled up in my eyes. 

"I.......I...." I murmured, I couldn't get any words out. My stomach was in knots. I couldn't figure anything out to say so, I stormed off. I felt tears slip from my eyes. All I could think was 'I can not go back to Montana.' I passed everyone and they looked at me with worried eyes. Nebraska walked up to me and tried to keep up,

"What happened." She said.

"Nothing." I said blankly and pushed her away from me. I was glad she wanted to help but I knew if I talked to someone I would break down in tears. 

Meanwhile with the manager...

Calum's POV

After we watched that news report and the manager stormed out with Miranda it was dead silent. Luke spoke up,

"Well, nice job with Miranda, I know you've liked her for a long time." Luke said. I was going to say something about Miranda liking him too but I promised, and I was scared of what she'd do if she found out I blabbed. 

"I feel like shit, it's my fault and now she might lose her job and be stuck serving room service in a small hotel in Montana forever! And not to mention any future we might have had is ruined now..." Ashton said getting up.

"C'mon" He said.

"Where are we going?" I asked.

"We're gonna go make sure Miranda doesn't lose her job." Ashton said. Nebraska was the first to follow him.

"Let's go." She said. Michael got up and followed her out and me and Luke followed them. We went through the lobby, carefully looking out for fans. I love meeting them, I really do I just...I need to figure this out first. We stood outside the front door and watched Miranda get yelled at. She had her arms crossed and was looking down, she looked really scared and nervous. I looked over at Ashton and he looked mad, everytime he was about to walk over there Michael would stop him. The manager said something and Miranda's arms went down and her whole demeanor changed. She walked off and past us, one look at her and I could tell she was crying. Nebraska quickly went after her.

"C'mon guys lets go." Luke said seriously. We all quietly followed.

"What happened?" Michael asked.

"You guys don't worry about it...we should go to rehearsal."

"Um, I'm not going anywhere, especially not with you until you tell me what happened." I said. The manager took a deep breath then spoke,

"Because of Miranda's inappropriate behavior I have decided to terminate her employment." We were all silent. Until Luke spoke now, angrily.

"You cannot fire her."

"She is the best stage crew manager we've ever had." I said.

"Look it was my fault, I kissed her just...it won't happen again." Ashton said looking down.

"It doesn't matter she's gone." The manager said. We all sat in angry silence. Then Michael spoke up,

"Me and Nebraska are engaged, she works with us, how come that's not a big deal?"

"Because you two were engaged before I could do something about it but I can do something about this."

"Why can't you just let my friends be in love?" I asked. I looked at Ashton, he did nothing. Before the manager could say something Nebraska came up grabbed Michael's arm and spoke,

"Let me break this down for you, if she's gone I'm gone!" That was honestly the meanest I've ever hear that kind little girl say. Nebraska was always the quiet kind type.

"Me too." Ashton said putting it all on the line I looked at him but before I could say anything Luke spoke up,

"Me too."

"Me too." Michael said.

"Me too." I said, suddenly feeling scared. The manager took a deep breath.

"Alright." He said knowing he was wrong. 

"Ashton, you'd better shape up." He said pointing to Ashton. We took a deep breath.

"Are you crazy, we could have just lost everything?!" I said to Ashton. Nebraska spoke,

"I knew he would give in if I said I was quitting I didn't expect you guys to join in but, I knew he would fold." 

"Yep." Ashton said.

"Thank god he didn't drop us!" I said.

"Relax." Luke said. "It's fine." Michael nodded. I took a deep thankful breath. Ashton walked off.

"Where are you going?" I asked.

"I'm gonna go tell Miranda she's not fired." I rolled my eyes. He must really love this girl...that's all I'm saying.

"Hey Ash?" Nebraska said.

"Yeah?" He said walking backwards, trying to pay attention to her.

"Go get her." She said smiling and giggling.

"I'll try." He said turning back around and trying to find out where she went.

"I've always wanted to say that." She said giggling. Michael put his arm around her and kissed her head. I took another deep breath and smiled.

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