I’d like to leave this game a winner
part 1 ( I’ll take what I can get)
"Heyyy y/n" he said, hoping she would miss the small tint of red upon his cheeks. The effect that she had on him always decided to physically show.
"Are you free today?“ She asked. An evil glint in her eye as she threw a quick glance over her shoulder as Calum walked behind her and into the kitchen where the two were talking. She made sure Calum was listening to her every word.
"Yeah, why?” Luke replied knowing he had plans with guys all day, but he would drop them in a second if it meant being with her for a few hours.
"We should go out, like for coffee or something" she suggested, twirling a loose piece of hair around her index finger.
Rule number one; subtle flirting. No one wants to come across as desperate.
She gave Luke a sly smile as she waited for his reply. Calum, who was now standing behind Luke with a bowl of cereal, watched the two of them, leaning on the kitchen counter, casually, raising his eyes at her in a mocking way, as if he found this whole thing amusing.
Rule number two; make the guy who doesn’t want you… Want you. In other words make them jealous. Make their heads swarm with thoughts of you, tease them, get their heart thumping, make sure their eyes are on you and show them what they could have had.
Calum didn’t look jealous but she didn’t let it deflate her Act. It was too late now.
"Really?“ Luke sounded shocked. “With … With me?” He couldn’t help but smile widely.
"Yes with you” she chuckled
"Well yeah, of course, id like to, I’d love to-“
"Okay good, we can go around lunch time” she smiled.
"He can’t" Calum said interrupting. She didn’t miss the pointed look Luke have him which telepathically told him to shut up as he had wanted this to happen for ages and now it finally was and Calum could ruin it.
"Yes I can" Luke protested
"Why can’t he? Calum?“ She asked, eyebrows raised as she waited expectantly.
"Band practice” he said simply and smugly. Truth was he was suddenly scared of losing her to Luke. But she was never his in the first place.
"You guys can do that without me!“ Luke practically shunned, this could be his one chance to show y/n how much he really liked her. He wasn’t going to have Calum ruin this.
"You’re lead singer Luke, we can’t.” Calum said, a hint of annoyance. Maybe it was anger or jealously or who knows but he really didn’t want him to go out with her. He was maybe so close to having her as his own, he knew he might have ruined all the chances he ever had with her. He regretted a lot of things he told her.
‘Do you think you could ever love me?‘
Of course he could. He couldn’t love anyone else but her. He was scared right now. Scared that Luke could so easily take her away. Because he could love her and she knows that. Whereas she thinks Calum could never love her- because, well because he told her he couldn’t.
"Just practise songs where you or Michael have the most solos and get Ash to do mine" Luke said frowning at him. “
That’s not fair Luke, this band isn’t going to work unless everybody puts in the effort” Calum said, trying to make Luke feel guilty. It was working but Luke was pissed at him
. “Well if you’re busy then i guess we’ll have to go some other day” she sighed dramatically, smirking at Calum before walking out of the room before Luke could stop her.
"What the fuck did you do that for!“ Luke almost growled at him
. “We have band practice, you can’t bail on us for just some girl” Calum shrugged.
“She’s not just some girl though Cal. You know I’ve liked her for so long, that was my chance, you ruined it.” Luke huffed Calum knew she wasn’t just some girl.
"Oh crap sorry, I forgot about that” Calum said walking past Luke. Of course he hadn’t forgotten. Luke shoved him as he walked past, he was beyond pissed at him and probably wouldn’t get over this for a while.
Calum had to admit the felt bad for the blonde boy. He knew that y/n didn’t really like Luke like that, she was just trying to make him jealous. She gave Luke false hope and Calum was only trying to stop it from going further to save Luke the heartbreak. Plus he wouldn’t let anyone else have her. Not when he felt confused about his feelings towards her.
Luke was sulking for the rest of the day. There was no point even having band practise as he sent glares at Calum all day making him feel uncomfortable. In the end Ashton threw one drum stick at Luke’s head and the other at Calum which hit his back before he stormed off mumbling about “sort your shit out” Michael following him.
Leaving Calum and Luke to put their instruments away.
"Luke" Calum said only to be ignored. “Seriously Luke, you’re ignoring me?” He asked chuckling spitefully before whispering “grow the fuck up”
"Me? Me grow the fuck up? How about you grow the fuck up Calum!“
"I would have had to do something childish to be told to grow the fuck up” Calum spat back.
"You’re the most childish person I know Calum" Luke chuckled
"How?“ Calum asked amused
"You act like a troubled spoilt child all the fucking time and expect everyone else to help you or do things for you, and when things don’t go your way you throw a huge hissy. Like… Like when y/n asked me out this morning… You got jealous… That’s what it was you were jealous” he said figuring it out. It all made sense now. “You were jealous that she asked me out and not you! And because it didn’t go your way you ruined my chances!” Luke almost screamed.
"Don’t be stupid" Calum mumbled.
"I’m not, it’s the truth isn’t it? You like her but she likes me because she asked me out! So you ruin it" Luke said
. “I DO NOT LIKE HER. Its y/n! I would never, ever like her Luke.”
"Good to know" he heard a small voice say from behind him. He turned around seeing a hurt y/n. He cursed silently at himself.
" y/n… I-im sorry-“ he said but she cut him off.
"I honestly couldn’t care less if you liked me or not, I mean it would be weird” she said chuckling to cover her previous hurt expression. She already knew Calum didn’t like her like that but it didn’t hurt any less.
"I was just wondering that now band practice is over, because I saw Ashton leave and Michael stormed up stairs, if Luke was free to go get coffee or something now" she said not even looking at Calum.
"Yeah let’s go, oh wait Calum do you think you’ll be alright here by yourself? Or do I need to get Michael down to babysit you?“ Luke joked still pissed at his friend.
"Fuck off” he mumbled.
Calum was the one sulking now. Luke and y/n had gone out and it had been 2 hours and 14 minutes and they hadn’t returned. He was pacing in Michael’s bed room while Michael was playing on his playstation. He noticed how Calum kept checking his phone for the time and kept looking at the window impatiently. He paused his game
"You okay Cal?“ He asked concerned.
"Yep” Calum replied shortly looking more impatient
"No you’re not. You keep pacing and its fucking annoying" Michael said bluntly. “Tell me what’s up? Or whatever happened with you and Luke"
"He was just being a dick…” Calum said. “Well actually I was being a dick… I don’t know I just, I don’t know” he said slumping down on the small sofa Michael had in his room.
His eyes focused on a dusty picture on the side of Michael’s bed. He sighed seeing her, the picture was of the y/n and the four boys on her 18th birthday, the night where the whole thing between them started.
"It’s her isn’t it?“ Michael asked not surprised when Calum gave a slow nod. He wasn’t stupid. He knew his sister better than anyone. He knew she was head over heels for him and that she had half the band under her spell.
"How did you know?” Calum asked “Its my little sister, I know her better than anyone except you. I know she tells you things she would never tell me, she wouldn’t trust anyone else.I see how she looks at you, I see how you sneak out of her room most mornings, I hear the whispered conversations you have when you think no ones listening. She likes you Cal” Michael said
"She’s just… Different, she’s so real, you know what i mean? It’s like what you see is what you get, she’s not fake at all and shes just so …so…“
"Ask her out” Michael said as if it was that simple.
"I can’t I told her…“ Calum cut himself off.
"What did you tell her?” Michael asked slightly protectively now, the brother side coming out.
"She asked me if I could could ever love somebody and I said no" Calum said sadly. “That’s not even the worst, she asked if I could ever love her and I said no” he said ashamed. “And now… Now she asked Luke out, and Luke’s so much better than me, she’ll realise that he can love her-”
"But you love her" Michael said.
"But she doesn’t think I dO" Calum stressed.
“Than make her realise it then”
"How? It’s too late" Calum said.
"You can’t just give up on her, you want her you go get her or at least try" Michael said. “She likes you Calum, you have nothing to lose here”
"What about Luke? He likes her so much, it would hurt him so much" Calum wanted to cry. Luke was a good person who deserves someone good like y/n. He didn’t want to hurt him.
"Luke will understand, I’ll talk to him, Luke’s your best mate, he’ll understand"
"I don’t think I can do it to him". Calum said caught in a dilemma. He didn’t know what to do.
Get the girl he wanted and hurt his best friend. Or leave them how they were. Let her think he couldn’t love her, let her be with Luke who would treat her so good that she would be happy and Luke would be happy.
But Calum wouldn’t be.
But sometimes you have to sacrifice your happiness for other people’s.