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Once I knew Michael & Ashton were asleep, I went downstairs so I could cry about how I was feeling since Calum was currently hooking up with someone.
I wasn’t feeling the alcohol anymore, but I was upset, so I wanted to eat away my feelings.
I went straight to the kitchen before I pulled out some ice cream & then I went over to the sofa before I turned on some reruns of an old t.v show as I ate away my sorrows, silent tears falling as my mind was only on Calum.
All I could do was think about how Calum was up in bed with someone, how his hands were holding hers, how his lips were pressed to hers, how he was telling her how beautiful she was.
& here I was.
I was wrapped in a blanket, eating ice cream out of the carton, crying over a boy who didn’t think anything else about me except that I was his best friend.
That may be the worst type of friend zone - the best friend zone.
I eventually fell asleep & I was later startled when I heard the front door open & then quickly shut.
“Aves?” Calum asked as he walked over to me, probably since he heard the t.v on.
“Hi.” I sat up as I ran my fingers through my hair. “I must have fallen asleep watching a movie.”
“Oh. Gotcha. Sorry I woke you then, go back to sleep.” He shut off the t.v for me.
Now I had to look at post-sex Calum. His voice was raspy, his lips swollen, his hair messy.
I wanted to be the reason for those things.
“I’m uh, I’m just going to head up to bed.” He pointed at the stairs. “Are you going to stay down here for the night?”
“Yea. Ashton usually snores when he falls asleep drunk so it’s quieter down here anyways.”
“Did you want me to stay down here with you?”
“No, you don’t have to.”
“I don’t mind. The sofa looks extremely comfy right now.” He then turned off the lamp I had left on before he sat on the sofa that was adjacent to the one I was currently sitting on.
“Okay I guess, I mean if you want to.“
“Why did you leave so early tonight?”
“Oh. You noticed?”
“Yea. Our song came on & I wanted to dance with you but Luke told me that you left awhile ago with Mikey.”
Two Years Ago
“What is this?” I asked as I held up a red cup.
“It’s a whiskey coke.” Calum replied as he cheered his cup to mine. “Try it. I made it for you.”
“I feel funny.”
“That’s called being drunk, Aves.”
It was my first time drinking. The four guys had a boys night the previous weekend, where they drank to drunkenness for the first time, & now they wanted me to drink with them so I could experience being drunk too as we were hanging out in Michael’s basement.
“Oh. Well I like it. I’m happy inside.”
“So am I, Aves. It’s great. Drink it.”
As I was sipping on the drink, the song changed & Stacy’s Mom began playing.
“Ava!” Calum shouted. “I love this song! Dance with me!”
“Yes!” I put my cup down as I reached out for Calum’s hands before we drunkly spun around & obnoxiously sang to Stacy’s Mom.
“This should be our drunk song.” Calum told me once the song ended. “It’s like our song.”
“Perfect. The first song I danced to drunk.”
“If this ever comes on, we have to promise to dance together no matter what.”
“Deal.” I replied, with every intention to keep that promise.
“Oh. It’s okay. You were dancing with someone else tonight anyways.” I quietly added.
“But we promised to always danced together so I was looking for you. Why did you go so early?”
“I wasn’t feeling well.”
“You didn’t drink that much though, did you?”
“No but I think I just drank it too fast or something. That’s what Michael told me.”
“Ah. Are you feeling okay now? I see you had some ice cream.”
“Yep. I’m better now.”
“Good. Next time we go out you need to slow down on the drinking & have some fun with us, okay?
“Yea. Definitely.” I nodded before I laid back down. It was like we were totally ignoring the fact that he was just at a girl’s house hooking up with her. If this was anyone else, like Luke or Marcy, they’d be all over him for the details but I ignored it. I played ignorant.
The couple days after Calum’s night with Samantha, I kept a low profile around the house.
I went for a lot of morning runs alone, I would read & nap during the day & I used my period as an excuse to not want to go out at night when they all went to check out other clubs.
The only positive was the other two nights that everyone went out, Calum came home with them which meant no new girls I had to be jealous of.
How come the nights I’m out, he finds someone & the nights I don’t, he ends up alone. It wasn’t fair that I had to always go through the torture of watching him yet the nights I wanted to spare myself, he ends up not doing anything.
I was sitting out in the back on a chair reading when I saw Calum come up the sand. He had just went on an early evening run.
I closed my book only to be greeted by a sweaty, shirtless, gorgeous Calum.
“Hi. How was the run?”
“Amazing. Did you ever run past that giant rock over down that way? It’s beautiful over there.”
“Yea. I went there yesterday morning.”
“Why do you keep running so early? We could go together you know if you just wait a few more hours.”
“I like running in the morning otherwise it messes with my shower schedule & stuff.”
“Then wake up me & I’ll get up to go with you next time. We run at home together, why not here?”
“Okay. I’ll get you up next time then but it’s early just so you know.”
“I’ll survive. Cool. Thanks.”
“Cal?” I whispered as I shook him the following morning. “Wake up sleepy head.” I saw Calum’s trying to keep his eyes closed but I continued to shake him. I sat on the edge of his bed now poking him. “You said you wanted to run. I’m leaving soon.”
“It’s so damn early.”
“The sun just rose. It’s so pretty outside.”
“Shhh.” He tried to cover his hands over my lips. “Sleep.”
“Ava!” Calum wrapped his arms around my waist as he pulled me on top of him. “Sleep.”
“Both of you fucking sleep or leave!” I heard Luke yell from the other bed.
“Well, you heard him.” I saw Calum say with a smile. I was now laying on top of him.
“I’ll be downstairs. I’m leaving in ten.”
“Fine.” He sighed as I rolled off of him before I quietly left the room but not before throwing his running shoes onto his bed.
I went downstairs as I waited for a few minutes but then I was really doubting that Calum was coming so I started my stretches to warm up.
“Now that’s what I like to wake up to.” Calum laughed as he walked over by me. I was stretching down so obviously he walked in on my ass in the air.
“Sorry. But you have a nice ass & you know it.”
“Whatever. Stretch. I want to run.”
Calum was wearing a zip-up & since he only had it zipped halfway, I could see that he wasn’t wearing a shirt underneath.
Obviously I liked Calum for more than just his looks but his body doesn’t hurt.
“Good to go?” I asked him once I felt ready & he just nodded as he followed me outside the back. We walked down the stand before nearing the shore.
“Do you want to run over to the cliff I was talking about yesterday, Aves?”
“Yea, that’s fine.”
“Cool. Let’s do it.” & so we started running. “& you’re right. It does look really cool with the sunrise.”
While we ran, we didn’t really talk. Instead, it was just a lot of little conversations consisting of, are you okay or are you good & asking if either of us needed a break or not.
Out of everyone, Calum & I are the only two that really run a lot. Claire does a lot of cardio to help with her dancing but she does more of like the elliptical running at the gym while Calum & I like actually going for a run somewhere which made us running buddies. At home, we go on runs usually twice a week, one in the morning for me & one later in the day, which is his preference. We compromise.
We ran for quite a bit before we came up to the little cliff that we had both been talking about. It wasn’t too high but after we climbed up it, the height made a world of difference. I could see far out into the ocean & I could see way down the shoreline. It was quiet & it was beautiful.
“See? It’s great.” Calum said as we stopped our run, now both looking out.
“I know. I like it up here.”
“Then I guess we have the same favorite spot here, huh?”
“I guess we do, Cal.”
After a little break, we were both hungry for breakfast so we made the run back home, still entering to the rest of the house asleep.
“Alright, I’m going to shower & then I can make us omelets or something.”
“Sounds Perfect, Ava.” Calum smiled at me but then he started laughing. Then he ran towards the stairs. “But not if I shower first!”
“Calum!” I ran over to him, grabbing his arm. “No. I called it!”
“No you didn’t. You said you’d shower then cook. You never actually called it.”
We were standing on the bottom step, I was trying to pull Calum down as he was trying to release from my grip.
“Calum! The sooner I shower, the sooner I cook!”
“Fine. Then we can just shower together.”
“No!” I yelled, although part of me wished yes. “Caaaaal.”
“Aaaaava. Fine. Go. Ladies first.”
Once upstairs, I stopped in my room to grab my towel & a change of clothes when I saw Michael was awake as he was laying in bed on his phone.
“Sure, just fiends my ass.”
“What?” I asked him.
“I heard that little fight. Calum was flirting with you.”
“No he wasn’t.”
“You went on a run, right?” I nodded. “He hates the morning. Look what he does for you. & then he offers to shower with you. It sounds like flirting to me.“
“No, he loves running, not me. & that’s just his personality.”
“Whatever Aves.” I ignored Michael as I started walking out of the room. “I want a ham & cheese omelette, by the way. Thanks love.”
i’d take any offer to shower with calum, btw.
i don’t have much to say about this chapter but i’m curious what people think will happen with this fic. i had someone message me on tumblr the other day with two idea of how the plot might go & i couldn’t comment because i don’t want to give anything away but i love hearing your thoughts.