Girls Like Me || c.h.

(Previously entitled 'Broken Love')
All plot lines are fictional.
"Guys don't fall for girls like me."


26. i love you

Calum's POV

There we were. Emma and I sitting in awkward silence in a sub shop downtown.

It was a little less awkward thanks to the light music in the background, but the lime green walls and bright blue chairs didn't exactly match the classical music quietly echoing through the shop.

It was a strange place, but Emma picked it and I didn't want to comment on her choice.

"This is a nice place," Emma said quietly.

I nodded, mouth being full of a bite.

I was eating a plain ham and cheese, while Emma went for Italian. It was just a basic food kind of day for me. Other things were too complicated for me to eat a complicated sandwich.

We both finished eating and cleaned up. Once we were all finished, we walked out onto the sidewalk.

Emma turned towards me and looked me in the eyes excitedly, but quickly looked down as her expression went down too.

"Where do you wanna go?" She asked quietly.

I thought about what people did to hang out. I quickly said first thing that came into my mind.

"We could go to the movies."

I quickly thought about what I said.

"I mea- Im sorry," I blurted out scratching my neck.

Emma hadn't gone to the movies since her panic attack. She wouldn't want to go. I shouldn't have asked.

I looked over at Emma. Her arms were crossed as she was looking at the ground swaying casually.

She must have noticed my stare, because she took her arms down and looked me in the eyes.

"It's fine Calum, we can go to the movies, it's no big deal," she said trying her hardest to keep calm, but I could tell she couldn't.

"You sure?" I questioned.

"I'm sure Calum, let's go," she said.

We didn't talk from then on. I looked up on my phone how to get to the nearest movie theater. Luckily, it was only about two blocks away.

We walked. Looking around getting distracted from the awkward tension between us both. I didn't want it to be awkward. I always tried not to make it awkward, but I thought it was best if I left this alone for now.

We reached the movie theater and walked up to the front. 

"Can I have two tickets to see something," I said to the guy in the box office.

I didn't care abut what movie we were going to watch, I was going to be thinking the whole time. I have been trying to think of what to say to Emma. Even after thinking so much, I still didn't know what to say.

"You have to pick a movie sir," the guy said.

Emma leaned over me and told the guy something. He then handed her two tickets. She reached her hand with the tickets towards me. I didn't look as I took them from her and walked in, her following behind.

It wasn't crowded. There were about five people out in the lobby. It was around five on a sunday, so I should have known it wouldn't have been busy.

Emma went straight to the popcorn. She ended up getting a medium popcorn and a large pepsi.

She led the way to two double doors that we both walked into.

It was empty.

"Is this the right one?" I asked.

"Yeah, it is. It just not a busy day I guess."

We went and sat down not too close but not too far away from the screen. The movie didn't start until six. It was five forty-five. So it was us again. Sitting there in musical silence.

Most movie theaters played the annoying catchy songs that you had mixed feelings about when it got stuck in your head. i usually didn't have a problem with them, but they weren't playing those songs.

It was elevator music. Bland elevator music. It was usually played to have background music in a small chatter, but none of that was going on.

I didn't know how weird elevator music was until now. Until I'm in a movie theater with no sounds but the music echoing through the open space. Coming out of the high quality speakers.

I looked over at Emma who occasinally would grab a single piece of popcorn and pop it into her mouth. She stopped doing that and twiddled her thumbs.

She looked up and caught my gaze. We looked at each other for a minute, examined every detail of her face I had already memorized, but couldn't get enough of.

Our eyes met and stayed there. At the same time we said the same thing.

"Im sorry," We said in unison.

"Sorry, you talk," she blushed and looked down.

"No, you can talk Em," I said still looking at her.

"Um, I was just saying I'm sorry. I don't want you to be mad at me, I should have taken the situation better and I'm just rambling, sorry," she said looking up, with a sheepish face.

"Nothing to be sorry for, If anything I thought you were mad at me. I'm sorry if you thought I was mad. Im sorry for acting the way I did earlier today, and Im sorry for acting weird today in general."

"Its fine Calum, Im not mad," she started, "I can't get mad at you. You've done too much for me for me to be mad at you."

She ended in a smile. The first one I've seen since this morning.

"I can't get mad at you either, you're too perfect," I said ending in a wide smile.

"Calum, we've talked about this whole 'perfect' thing before," she giggled.

"I can't help it," I smiled.

"Nobodys perfect, you live and you learn it," she spoke making me smile at her hard attempt not to sing.

"Nobodys perfect yeah, but you can be pretty close, and you're just really close," I said making Emma smile again.

Emma started giggling.

"Im fine with that."

I couldn't help but start laughing too. When it died down, I started to talk.

"So this is nice."

"Its nice being in a movie theater alone with my boyfriend yeah, but we should really help them with their music choice in this joint," she added to my comment smiling.

"Yeah we should," I laughed.

We started talking. When you don't talk to someone like Emma for a long time, she can have a lot to say when you get to talking. She talked about everything. 

I missed her voice. Sure it wasn't that long and I've made it through times without hearing her voice, but she was able to talk earlier and didn't. Thats what makes me miss her voice.

As long as she's with me, I want to hear her voice, I want her to not be afraid of telling me how she feels.

I see her almost every day. 

I have no doubt that in the future I'll see her every day.

We never got tired of talking. We missed the whole movie. The lights came up and we both were struck with reality.

I looked at my phone and saw that it was eight forty.

"We should get back to the hotel," I said standing up.

"Yeah we should," she said following.

We decided to walk back to the hotel. We continued our talk from the movie. 

We reached the hotel and Emma laughed as we got into the elevator and heard the familiar music playing.

Once we got to the room, Emma jumped onto the bed and laid down.

I plopped down beside her and looked at the ceiling until I saw a movement beside me.

Emma looked over at me and so I did too.

"I love you Calum Thomas Hood," she whispered.

"I love you Emma Rose Thomas," I said back.

"I want to do it Calum," she said sitting up.

I sat up too, in slight shock from what she just said.

"Do what exactly?" I coughed slightly.

"What you wanted to do this morning," she said looking me in the eyes.

"Are you sure?"

"I want to Calum, I love you. I don't know why I didn't this morning, I was just scared, but I want to now. I trust you, and you make me feel safe."

"I love you," I said before leaning in and kissing her.

We kept kissing.

Suddenly, It built up to what it did this morning, but we didn't stop.



I am so sorry for not updating in forever. 60 thousand reads is crazy. Thank you so much if you've stuck around. Every single one of you means the world to me

Thanks for reading.










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