He’s stupid to let himself be used like this but, he’s only human and Ashton is here and he hasn’t been like this - as needy as this - in so long. Hasn’t wanted Calum around to make him feel better, because that’s what it all boils down to. Ashton knows and even if they both try and ignore it, if Calum does his best to push his feelings down deep where they won’t bother the band or anyone. They’re still there. And Ashton knows.