All Grown Up (Calum)
So, this is going to be a thing. I want to make it a multiple part thing but I guess we’ll see where this goes and if you guys want it. I’ll only write it if you guys will read it! So, enjoy :) Also, Y/B/F means your best friend, if you didn’t know!
The sun shone brightly as she ran as fast as she could, trying to keep up with her friends who were definitely way ahead of her. Y/N wasn’t the fastest runner, which all her friends loved to tease her about.
“Jeez, Y/N! You’re so slow!” Y/B/F giggled as she approached, making Y/N pout when she skidded to a stop in front of her friends. Y/N glared at her, panting as the others began giggling as well.
“A turtle could run faster than you!” Michael, who was barely faster than her, joked and made everyone else burst into full blown laughter. Y/N glared at him next, standing up straight so he could see her glare better.
“Oh shut up, Mikey! You’re barely faster than me!” Y/N half-whined, earning a pout from the slightly older boy before he stuck his tongue out at her.
“Don’t be mean, Y/N. You’re only 8, he’s 9. Respect your elders.” Luke pointed out, his finger moving back and forth between the two. Y/N turned to look at Luke, a mixed look of disbelief and agitation consuming her features.
“You respect yours, Lucas! I’m three months older than you.” Y/N giggled, causing Luke to pout this time instead of Michael. He opened his mouth to shoot back a retort before they were silenced.
“Both of you shut up, or I won’t ever take you guys here again.” All three turned to look toward the oldest, the 10 year old from the end of the street, Ashton Irwin. He was the coolest, only because he was older than all of them.
“Take us where, a bunch of bushes?” Michael quipped, glaring at Ashton before the older boy turned and started to lead them. Michael watched, huffing when Y/N purposefully bumped his shoulder to catch up with Y/B/F and Luke.
“So, where are we going?” Y/N finally asked after a few seconds of trudging through the woods and battling with a few pesky twigs. Ashton glanced at the younger girl, smirking when he looked forward again.
“The secret fort. Where the captain, that’s me, and my first mate, that’s Calum, rule the land with an iron fist.” Ashton explained, the brightest of smiles covering his face as he kept going forward. Y/N made a confused face, keeping up with the older boy as he made his way quickly through the forest.
“Who’s Calum?” Y/N asked, causing Ashton to stop in his tracks. Y/N ended up bumping into him, the rest behind following suit. “Why’d we stop?!”
“Who’s Calum?! Why, he’s the coolest ever! He’s a football legend, and he’s my first mate. He should be at the fort already. When we get there, he’ll help me assign parts.” Ashton explained and the group of kids were off into the woods once again. It wasn’t much longer until they reached the fort, a kid sitting in front of it with a huge stick resting against his thigh.
“How’s the fort?” The kid immediately perked up, standing quickly with his hand in a salute as Ashton approached. “You took care of it, right?”
“Yeah. There was a hole but I got it.” The kid smiled brightly until he noticed the new faces, his dark eyes landing on Y/N in particular. “You brought girls?!”
“They can be princesses or something. So then we don’t have to use a stick. They’re cool.” Ashton assured, Calum staring at Y/N then Y/B/F warily until he slowly nodded.
“Okay! Mikey and Luke can be officers. Go find sticks that you can pretend are guns. Y/B/F can be the beautiful princess that needs to be saved from the ugly witch, Y/N.” Ashton explained, pointing at each person as he talked. When he landed on Y/N, she pouted at her assignment.
“Why do I have to be the witch?” She whined, stomping her foot for good effect. Michael and Luke snickered before running off to find sticks to use and Y/B/F sighed while rolling her eyes.
“Because you’re ugly.” Calum deadpanned, making Y/N pout even more as her eyes turned toward him. “Right, Ashton?”
“I didn’t say that! We need someone to be the witch-”
“I want to be a princess too!” Y/N whined again, stamping her feet again before Y/B/F’s loud sigh caused her to stop.
“Not everyone can be a princess, Y/N. Deal with it, and stop whining. You sound like a snotty 5 year old!” Y/B/F harshly shouted, her hands on her hips as she stared at Y/N, expecting her to just give in. Instead, Y/N began to cry, sniffling a bit at first before she began wailing.
“Ooh, you did it!” Luke mumbled as he came back, Michael behind him and nodding with a matter-of-fact expression. “She’s such a crybaby!”
“I am not, Lucas!” Y/N shouted before turning back the way they came, running as fast as she could away from them and toward her home, where she could play with her barbies like she wanted to do in the first place.
When she broke through the brush to the woods, she stopped, huffing and puffing as she did. Y/N sat down, sniffling and wiping her eyes of the left over tears that still lingered. The grass behind her ruffled and when she turned, Calum stood there with a stoic looking expression.
“You really are a crybaby. Only crybabies cry when they don’t get their way.” He bluntly said, making her sniffle again before taking a step back into the woods. “Come back when you’re done, we need a witch to keep the princess prisoner.”
“I don’t know, Y/B/F. I have homework to do.” Y/N whined as she looked from her opened books to her friend standing in the doorway. Y/B/F sighed, walking into the room and flopping onto the bed before trying to convince her friend some more.
“Really, Y/N? Homework over summer break? Come on! The boys have something cool planned! An adventure.” She explained, sitting up to show Y/N her dazzling smile as she said ‘adventure’. It took a few extra minutes but eventually Y/N was convinced and they were on their way to the field behind the old dollar store that went out of business way before any of them could walk.
“Oh look who it is, slow poke and prissy princess.” Luke shouted, making Michael and Ashton laugh as they high-fived each other. Y/N and Y/B/F looked between each other, trying to figure out who was who.
“Whatever, let’s go.” Calum cooly said, turning and walking in the direction that they had previously decided on. Y/N followed with a pout, looking to Y/B/F with the same look as they did.
“You didn’t say that he’d be here.” Y/N mumbled as they followed. Y/B/F shrugged, looking from her toward Calum.
“I said the boys.”
“When did Calum become one of the boys?” Y/N half hissed, but her question was ignored by her friend. It took a while, the hike to this secret place longer than Y/N expected. When they reached it, she noticed it was a huge warehouse with broken windows and graffiti all over the outside walls.
“Now, this is what I’m talking about!” Michael shouted, Luke following him with a large cheer. They ran to the opening in the fence, the rest following before they all headed inside the giant warehouse.
“How about a little music, to keep things nice.” Ashton smirked, walking over to a boombox that was set up. The two younger boys awed, Calum smirking as he watched Ashton turn it on to a popular pop station.
“Oh, I like this song!” Y/N said with a smile, dancing slightly before the station was quickly changed to some punk rock song with way too much guitar for Y/N’s taste. “Hey!”
“Sorry, slow poke. Pop is annoying and only losers listen to that crap.” Calum shrugged before walking to one of the logs set up near the boombox. Y/N pouted at him for a few seconds before walking off, opting to explore by herself and keep her distance from Calum.
Y/N walked for a bit, watching the light through the broken windows as the sun began setting slowly. Bugs lazily flew through the streams of light, seeming to dance on the rays and mesmerize Y/N as she stood watching them.
“Did you sit on glass or something, slow poke?” Y/N whipped her head around, facing a giggling Michael and Luke as they pointed at her backside. Y/N looked down confused, her eyes growing wide when she caught a glimpse of red.
“Oh, fuck.” She whispered, turning away from them but they already saw, grabbing her wrist to drag her toward the rest of the group. Y/N tried to fight them off, not getting anywhere as they eventually got her to the rest of the group.
“Guys look, little Y/N here is a woman now!” Luke joked, spinning her around before shoving her toward the other three that were sitting on the logs. Ashton covered his mouth to hide his laughter, Calum looked thoroughly grossed out, and Y/B/F looked mortified for her before she jumped up and gently took Y/N’s hand.
“Let’s get out of here, Y/N. These guys are jerks anyway.” Y/B/F gently said, smiling softly as Y/N nodded, wiping tears away before letting Y/B/F lead her out of the warehouse and back to her own home.
It wasn’t until a week later, when Y/N’s mom came to her door and told her that a boy was at the door for her, from down the street where the Irwin’s lived. Y/N gave her mom a weird look before she got to the door, eyes wide as she took in Calum’s figure.
“What do you want?” She looked down at her colorful socks, avoiding his eyes as he shuffled his own feet. When he sighed, she looked up and noticed his eyes on the door frame where her hand was clutching tightly.
“I-I wanted to say sorry for the other day. They shouldn’t have done that to you. I remember my sister, Mali, had the same thing happen. Not the embarrassment, but the-you know.” He mumbled, his right hand slowly moving up and down his left arm. When he finally looked to her eyes, Y/N couldn’t keep looking and ended up looking away.
“Whatever, Calum. Don’t try to make me feel better. It wasn’t their jokes that made me feel bad, anyway.” Y/N explained, watching from the corner of her eye as his face slowly turned into a frown. “Seeing you look disgusted really did it. It was the same face you had when we were kids, when you first met me. You’ve never liked me but that’s okay.”
“What are you talking about?” Calum watched as Y/N stepped back, her hand on the door when she stood out of it’s way. Y/N couldn’t help but laugh, the sound bitter and not the joyous kind that one would usually hear.
“I’m moving in a couple weeks so you never have to see me again. Bye, Calum.” She flashed him a smile before closing the door on his slightly shocked face. When she got back up to her room, she let out a small sigh before falling onto her bed and watching the fan slowly move in a circle.
“Is this the last box?” Luke asked as he watched the mover set the box down before looking to Calum. Calum smiled, nodding before looking at Luke standing next to him.
“This is going to be awesome! Don’t get any pets, though. They probably won’t survive.” Michael said, causing Calum to chuckle as he nodded in agreement.
“Don’t worry, I won’t. This is just a place that I can come to after tours and stuff. I know I could always go to my parent’s house but, I mean, I need my own space.” Calum explained, earning a few cheers from the other boys until a knock on the door caught their attention.
“Already got ladies knocking.” Ashton winked before striding toward the door. Calum laughed before following, Luke and Michael deciding to join them. After unlocking the door, Ashton pulled it open to reveal two girls around their age, smiles on their faces as they gave small waves.
“Hi there! We noticed you guys moving in and-”
“Ashton?!” The one girl suddenly shouted, looking from him to the other three boys. “Luke, Michael, and Calum?! Oh my god!”
“Oh, it’s nice to meet a fan.” Calum awkwardly said as he watched the girl hug Ashton before pulling away. She gave him a confused look, looking at each boy before popping her hip and placing her hand on it.
“You really don’t recognize us? Wow, what has tour done to your memory! It’s me, Y/B/F! And Y/N. We live like, across the hall.” Y/B/F explained, causing the boys to look in shock from Y/B/F to Y/N, who looked nothing like she used to. Both of them seemed so different, so much taller, so much…more like girls.
“Oh shit.” Y/N breathed, her eyes wide before she turned and ran back to their apartment, Y/B/F doing the same after saying goodbye. Ashton closed the door after they left, slowly turning toward the boys with a shocked expression before letting out a short laugh.
“Well, looks like slow poke finally returned.” He commented, making the other three nod before they headed back to the boxes. Calum stared at the door for a second longer, his face blank as he played over the encounter one last time. He knew this was bound to be interesting, especially now since Y/N was all grown up and completely different than the kid he had known.