Love Halfway Around The World

Skylar and her friends went to Australia to have the adventure of a lifetime, but not romance. However when Skylar accidentally crashes into Luke Hemmings in the streets of Central Sydney that changes. What happens when Luke gets feelings for Skylar and what about when Micheal, Calum, and Ashton all catch feelings for three of Skylar's friends?


2. The Party

Luke’s POV

“I want you to come with me to the party tonight.” She smiled at me. I froze in my seat and couldn’t move I was totally paralyzed and once again caught in the captivating brilliance that was her eyes. I couldn’t believe that she asked me that. I was lost in her eyes then the trance was broken when she snapped her fingers in my face.

“If that’s something that will make you uncomfortable, you don’t have to.” She looked at me worried when I didn’t answer.

“N-No that’s okay. I would be honored to accompany you to the party.”  I took a risk and looked into her eyes. “But I have nothing to wear,” I said without thinking, man nice one Luke. I’m a real idiot.

“Don’t worry about it dude, Skylar doesn’t care about that stuff. You could show up in sweatpants, an old t-shirt with holes and be covered in grease and Skylar wouldn’t care.” A tall skinny boy with short very light brown hair and glasses spoke up. He gave quite a description of what I could show up in. “But if it bothers you, you can borrow something of mine.”

“Are you sure your clothes will fit him, Tim? You’re as skinny as a stick, and look at him.” Skylar narrowed her eyes at the boy and gestured at my chest.

“No that’s okay,” I blurted out “my house isn’t far anyway, I might be able to find something or I can just borrow something from one of my friends and come back. What time is the party?”

“It starts at 6:30, and don’t be late.” Conor winked at me and I knew he was referring to Skylar. “She isn’t joining the party until you show up.” I could see Skylar blushing slightly, but that quickly went away and she gave Conor an evil glare.

I took her hand lightly in mine. “Don’t worry, I won’t be late, I promise.” I locked eyes with her and before I realized I had reached out and brushed a strand of hair out of her face. I felt my cheeks heat up right away. I released her hand and turned away getting out of the hostel as fast as I could.


Skylar’s POV

I was back up in my room looking through all my outfits trying to find one that would be good enough for the party but could find nothing. Just then the door opened and Claire walked in and tossed a shopping bag at me.

“What’s this for?” I asked raising an eyebrow.

“That is for your date tonight.”

I rolled my eyes “It’s not a date.”

“Oh really?” Claire was smirking at me “You two were holding hands and smiling like total lovebirds.”

“Claire I had basically just met the guy” I snapped.

“That doesn’t change the fact that you two looked like lovebirds earlier,” Claire said sternly but playfully.

“Still that doesn’t make tonight a date.”

“You can think it’s not a date, but trust me that cutie Luke does.”

“No, he doesn’t” I rolled my eyes at Claire.

“You did see how he was looking at you, right. He totally likes you. Besides asking him to take you to the party! You basically asked him out.”

“Whatever” I sighed and opened up the bag and found a strapless dress that reached down to just above my knees, and was the same shade of blue as Luke’s eyes with silver sequence along the top, a silver heart necklace with matching earrings, and silver 3-inch heels, which was good because I’m not the biggest fan of heels but these were great. My mouth dropped slightly as I put the outfit out on the bed. “Wow, Claire this is amazing thank you.” I beamed at her and gave her a hug.

“Good enough for the party?”

“I think so.”

“It’s definitely good enough to make any guy fall in love, especially on you. Just be careful not to make Luke jealous. Oh and make sure to wear that special lucky Dolphin ring that you have.” Claire smiled trying hard not to giggle. I just smiled and when I looked at the clock my smile disappeared.

“OH MY GOSH! The party’s in less than an hour! I have to get ready.” I grabbed the dress and ran to the bathroom, suddenly nervous about seeing Luke again and it made my heart pound like crazy. Did I really develop a crush that quick? I tried to push the thought out of my head and concentrate on getting ready for the party.


Luke’s POV

I was walking up the street to the hostel for the party. I was planning to come alone, but somehow my friends Calum, Ashton, and Michael found out about the party and that I was supposed to accompany some girl that knocked me down in the street.  Calum was about 6’ 2” and had tan skin, brown eyes, and black hair with blond streaks. He looked Asian even though he wasn’t. Ashton was only about 6 feet, with beige pale skin, brown curly hair, a dimpled smile, and hazel eyes. Then there was Michael who was about 6’ 2” had white skin, blond hair with a black streak in the middle, an eyebrow piercing and piercing green eyes. I was walking and looked down at what I was wearing; my best pair of black jeans, a white collared shirt, simple new looking black converse, and my hair styled up and swooped to the side. I was getting even more nervous by the second and I couldn’t understand any of it.

“So Luke this girl…” Calum broke my train of thought running a hand through his black hair that fell over his forehead and looked at the ground with a ghost of a smile crossing his lips.

“Yeah, what about her?” I asked raising an eyebrow at his tone.

“Nothing, I just never thought you’d fall for an American girl.”

I glared at Calum suddenly mad he would talk about her like that “There’s nothing wrong with Amer-“

“Luke you’re really here.” A short girl with brown hair cut me off, wearing a short black dress and heels running towards me and I realized it was the girl earlier who was gapping at Skylar and me. I remember her name was Claire.

“Hey, Claire. Here I am.” I slightly smiled at her.

“Oh, you brought some other cuties with you.” She smiled ear to ear. “Hi guys I’m Claire one of Skylar’s friends” She looked at all the guys but her eyes stopped on Michael and she smiled even wider if possible. Her brown eyes lit up and she began to twirl her straightened hair in her fingers. Ashton and Calum nodded and smiled at her, and Michael looked at her without blinking. I looked around the room and could see people dancing but no sign of Skylar.

“Hey, Claire where’s Skylar?” I asked searching the room again.

“Did you already forget what Conor said to you?” Claire smirked, her eyes still trained on Michael. “She’s not coming down here without you,” Claire added finally looking away from Michael. “She’s upstairs waiting for you to get here; she seemed pretty excited to see you. Here take my key to get in” My eyes widened, I remember Conor saying that to me but didn’t think he really meant it, or that she would really wait. Without meaning to I snatched Claire’s key out of her hand, bolted out of the room and up the stairs to Skylar’s room. Standing at her door knowing she was right on the other side made my heart race, but I couldn’t back out, not now. I raised my hand and knocked on the door and it almost immediately opened to reveal the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen. The color of her dress matching my eyes perfectly, her face glowing like the full moon and her wavy hair shining gold like the sun as always. My jaw dropped to the floor and she just laughed.

“Haha, you look great too.” She said smiling at me.

“S-sorry I d-didn’t mean to s-stare.” I stuttered.  She just smiled again, grabbed my wrist and led me back downstairs to the party.



Skylar’s POV

I kept my hand tightly gripped on Luke’s wrist the whole time down to the party scared that I would lose him if I let go. As soon as we entered the room we were hit by flashing lights, loud music and people dancing, or more like grinding on the dance floor. I smiled at Luke.

“You want to dance?”

“Sure, why not?” Luke gave me a charming and nervous smile. I walked towards the dance floor, and then when I turned to Luke I saw him looking in another direction with a look of complete horror on his face.

“What’s wrong?” I asked suddenly worried.

“It’s just my stupid friends.” Luke sighed and I frowned.

“So Luke, I’m guessing this is the girl.” A boy with blond and black hair walked up to us and threw his arm around Luke’s shoulders. He was about an inch shorter than Luke and had brilliant emerald green eyes that could outshine the emerald city. He had a huge smile plastered on his face and clearly had the intention to get on Luke’s nerves. Luke looked away, clearly annoyed.

“I’m guessing you’re Michael?” I asked even though I knew the answer.

“Yep and you must be Skylar.” I nodded my head. “Well Luke I got to admit you have excellent taste, she’s really cute.” I blushed at Michael’s words hoping the flashing lights would hide it.

“Come on Sky, let’s go dance.” Luke grabbed my hand and walked further on to the floor. He was so amazing that before I knew it I was in his arms and had no intention of leaving. We danced to a couple of rock songs and then a slow dance song started playing. The music was so soothing I closed my eyes and put my hands on Luke’s broad chest and rested my head right in the middle of his chest as he gently held me in his arms as we swayed back and forth. I could tell even through his shirt he was pretty muscular and I felt so safe. Suddenly Luke called out my name. I lifted my head to look into his blue eyes. The second I meet his eyes they filled with worry and didn’t look as bright.

“Yeah, Luke?”


“You can tell me.”

“I don’t understand."


“This, I don’t understand us.”

“What about us?”

“I’m confused, Skylar. When I first saw you I thought you were beautiful and now I can’t stop thinking about you. I don’t get it, and it makes me nervous to have you here. Pretty soon I’m not going to able to eat or sleep, as cliché as that sounds.”

“Don’t worry so much Luke. Just relax, it will all make sense before you know it.” I put my head back on his chest and he called my name again. At the very moment that I lifted my head, Luke crashed his lips to mine.


Luke’s POV

I didn’t really know what I was doing, but I couldn’t stop myself. I pressed my lips to hers and she froze for a second then I felt her kiss me back but kept her hands on my chest. Her lips were soft and warm; they felt like heaven to me. I smiled into the kiss, took her hands from my chest and locked them around my neck and tightened my grip on her waist deepening the kiss. She began to reach up and tangled her fingers through my hair. She tugged slightly and I tried to suppress my moan, but failed and quietly moaned against her lips and felt her smile. Her lips just felt absolutely amazing. I forgot everything else happening around us. The only thing that mattered was the two of us. I was up on cloud 9 and wasn’t even close to coming down. She pulled away I looked down at her, her eyes shining brighter than they ever had before. “Er…sorry,” I said scratching the back of my neck while keeping one arm around her waist.

“No, don’t be.” She smiled at me.

“WOW, didn’t see that coming” Ashton laughed suddenly standing right next to us, smiling with his dimples. I glared at him annoyed he ruined this moment. I just had the best kiss of my life and he has to show up.

“Ashton” I hissed and he backed away slowly, holding up his hands in surrender.

“Well, you two lovebirds have fun, and use protection.” Ashton smiled and disappeared in the crowd. I groaned and rolled my eyes.

“Hey Sky, can I talk to you for a second?” I asked looking down at her.

“Sure” she replied and followed me out back where it was a lot quieter and I didn’t have to shout. Once we were outside I let go of her hand but didn’t face her. I don’t think I could look at her and control myself. “Hey, Luke are you okay?” I heard her worried voice. It was so gentle and sweet that I could have fainted.

“Yeah, I’m fine,” I said still not facing her.

“Then why aren’t you looking at me?” she asked like I hurt her.

“If I did I would lose control and force myself on you again.”

 “Why are you so worried about it? It’s not like I got mad when you kissed me. I liked it and kissed you back.” She walked around to my front and took my chin forcing me to look down at her.

“I know but I don’t really know you and you don’t know me. It seems weird. I just lost control there, and couldn’t stop myself. You do something to me Sky, when I’m around you I lose all control. I don’t know how you do it. I don’t really know you.” I said looking every direction but hers and she just laughed that god given laugh.

“Well, then let's get to know each other.” She took my hand and led me back to the courtyard where we couldn’t even hear the music and we talked all night. I honestly had never felt so happy and never wanted to leave that bench or my blond American angel. Soon Skylar was fast asleep with her head on my shoulder.

“Aw, you two sure make a nice couple.” I looked up to see two girls, they looked exactly the same with long blond hair reaching down to their shoulder blades, skin slightly lighter than Sky’s, and dark chocolate brown eyes just like Calum, but one had a yellow spaghetti strap dress and the other had a strapless gray dress. I knew they were the twins that were at the table earlier today. “You should probably take Skylar upstairs now.” The one in yellow spoke up. “My name is Emily by the way and this is my sister Mary. We’re friends with Skylar. Now I know you would love to spend all night with her, but you look tired and Skylar is out like a light.”

“Plus she’s way out of your league,” Mary spoke up and smirked at me. Thankfully I noticed the joking tone in her voice and chuckled. She smiled seeing I got her joke.

“Now say goodnight to your girlfriend.” Emily smiled at me. I nodded understanding I should take Skylar to her room and get going. I didn't want to get on her friend's bad side, and based on what she told me about her friends I should do what the girls say. I picked her up bridal style and followed Mary up to Sky’s room. I placed her down in the bed Mary told me was hers after I removed her shoes, necklace, and dangle earrings then I tucked her in when I saw her phone next to her pillow. I quickly grabbed her phone and put in my number and texted myself so I would have her number. It may have been crazy when I’ve haven’t even known this girl for 12 hours. I didn’t care though. She was already glued to my brain and tattooed on my heart. 

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