When we were younger, Luke and I would hide from our parents in the tree house that was in my backyard.
We would sneak off after filling our plates with food climb up the wooden ladder to the top. We would always get in trouble because we knew we had to eat at the table. That would result in luke getting sent home but we would do it again the next day.
That was also the same tree house luke fell out of when we were 8 while racing to the top. I was the first person to sign his cast when he got home from the hospital.
Luke and I have been best friends practically since birth. It was weird being grown up and living on our own. Luke was going to a university close to his apartment while I just finished my program for the art.
Calum, Ashton and Michael who Luke and I met in secondary school were another one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. They knew how to have a good time, we were constantly getting into trouble. It was the kind of trouble that made you feel like you were really living.
None that really got us in trouble. Except for the time we all snuck into the aquarium and quickly set off the alarm. Michael took the fall for that one, he got arrested while all of us had already ran blocks away.
“Hello?” Someone waves their hand in front of my face.
I snaps me out of my thoughts and back into reality, which was Ashton’s basement with the boys.
And Arzaylea. Who was standing in front of me.
“Do you have any mascara with you?” She asks me.
I can hear Michael chuckle and I look at the other boys.
“No. Sorry.” I say shortly.
I wasn’t the type of girl who wore make up. I could never get it right and I just didn’t see the need for it. It’s not like I didn’t keep up on my looks. I plucked my eyebrows obsessively and always make sure to do my hair but that’s about as much effort as you’re getting from me.
She clicks her tongue, frowning slightly before take a seat next to Luke. They have been dating for almost two months now. We were friendly with each other because she is dating my best friend and Luke wouldn’t let her be any other way. But her and I have never really connected.
I slightly feel like it’s that was with all the boys as well but Luke. If Luke ever leaves the room, even for just a second it’s very awkward when she is in here.
“Can I borrow some lipstick.” Calum leans over to me, using his high pitched voice to mock Arzaylea.
I laugh quietly before smack his arm. Michael and Ashton are playing FIFA while calum and I make conversation trying not to pay much attention to Arzaylea and Luke who are bickering about going out to dinner tonight.
“I’ve got a big test tomorrow. I can’t be out late tonight.” Luke says annoyed.
“Yeah, why would I even think we would do something nice like that. Whenever we hang out it’s always with your friends. When are we going to have spend some time together. You know? As a couple!?” She says back to him.
I can’t help myself from listening in to their conversation. Luke and I never really talk about her. They haven’t been really getting along lately but none of us really mind because she isn’t the best to be around.
“We will. Just not tomorrow.” Luke looks like he’s paying more attention to the game then her which would make me upset too.
“Whatever. I’m going home.” She gets up and Luke sighs. He looks like he’s about to stop her but we make eye contact and I shake my head. “Bye guys.” She says to all of us before walking upstairs.
“God Luke! I just feel like, you don’t even like me anymore!” Calum uses the same voice to mock her again.
Saying it just loud enough so I can hear. I try to stifle my laugh but like notices and glances at me. My face turns red as he raises his eyebrows in confusion and I shrug.
The boys and I hang out until it gets dark. Calum and Michael end up staying the night while Luke and I head home. I offer to give him a ride back and he gratefully accept.
“So you’re coming to my first art Debut right?” I ask him as I drive the winds back to his apartment.
“Of course.” He smiles at me. His blue eyes taking my mind off the road until I feel the shaking of the divider under my wheels. I redirect my car back into my lane and he laughs.
I apologize embarrassed but he just blows it off. We learned to drive together, I think we have both seen the most embarrassing moments we’ve had.
A few short minutes later I pull up to his green apartment building that catty corners an old market we use to spend all of our money on candy at.
“Do you have time to come in?” He asks and I look at the time. It’s not even dinner time yet and I love spending time with Luke.
Lately we haven’t really gotten best friend time because of the other boys and Arzaylea. I nod and pull into a parking spot.
His apartment is just as I remember it. The living room and kitchen were very neat, almost untouched. As soon as you stepped foot in his bedroom it’s like a bomb had gone off, dishes and clothes everywhere.
I smile and pick up a picture of us from graduation. His arm is hooked over my shoulder and our smiles are real. His blond hair is peaking out from his cap while I complained that day about how I looked bald. He has just gotten his lip pierced and loved how it looked.
We went together to the shop, I got my nose pierced while he got his lip.
Things seemed the same but they were also much different. Luke changed a lot after he met Arzaylea, he took out his lip piercing and was a lot quieter. I almost feel like he is unhappy but then I’ll see him and her together and he will look like he is enjoying himself.
I set the frame down and Luke shoves a controller in my hand. I smile at him, “Why even try Hemmings? I kick your butt every time.” I smile before jumping on the couch and taking a seat. He puts in the FIFA soccer game that he can never quite seem to beat me at.
“Let’s just say I’ve got a good feeling about this.” He sits next to me.
After while of playing I have to stand to me feet because the restriction of standing is too much with the pressure.
“No. No!” I yell as he gets a penalty shoot-out which will win him the game. He makes it and jumps up in joy, I fall to my knees.
He laughs while standing over me, I glare at him playfully before trying to kick him. He grabs my foot and I try to wiggle it free. He just watched in amusement as I flop like a fish out of water.
I finally give up, my hair sprawled all over my face. He still holds onto my leg, a last attempt to make sure I don’t kick him. I just lay there, attempting to smooth out my unruly hair.
I start to feel a bit uncomfortable when Luke’s eyes are locked on me. He seemed to be in his own little world but his gaze was fixed on me.
I wiggle my leg, “Can I have this back?” I smile.
He seems to return to present day before letting go of my leg.
“For now.” He smiles, almost flirting with me.
I shake that idea out of my head. He doesn’t see me that way. He told me he really likes Arzaylea. We haven’t talked about her in a couple weeks but he sees me as his best friend. Nothing more.
I wish I could say the same. Since grade 10 I started thinking Luke was attractive. We were each other’s first kiss in grade 6 but that was just to get it over with.
I started really liking him the grade we graduated. I started seeing qualities in him that I wanted in a boyfriend.
He met Arzaylea a couple months after graduation and by the way he looked at her I knew. It got even worse, seeing how good of a boyfriend he could be broke my heart.
So I let it go. Tried to just see him as a friend and not make it obvious. I guess I wasn’t doing as good of a job as I thought be the other boys found out soon after.
He kicks me lightly, still leaning over me. “Get up before I spit on you.” He jokes.
Spit dangles from his mouth and I open my mouth jokingly.
He starts laughing and I move out of the way just on time. The spit hits the floor and i quickly stand to my feet.
“Lucas!” I gasp at how close he actually was to spitting on me.
He doubles over in laughter. His hair, that has gotten quite a bit longer, falls into his eyes. I smile, his laughter is very contagious. I start laughing as well.
“What’s so funny?” I question even my own laughter.
He looks over at me, taking a deep breath of air in before laughing again.
It’s impossible not to laugh with him.
I push him over and he lands on the couch. Soon enough he pulls himself together, swiping a tear away from the corner of his eye.
“Come on. You know my spit has been in your mouth before.” He chuckles again.
“Not on purpose. You do have a habit of spitting when you talk though.” I cross my arms.
“Oh yeah. What about grade 6?” He brings up our first kiss.
I scoff, “Please. That barely counted, it was closed mouthed and lasted like half a second.” I try to play off how much that actually meant to me.
Luke and I kissed, he wanted to kiss me.
He shrugs and stands to his feet, yawning.
“You’ve got a test tomorrow. I’ll let you study and get some good sleep.” I start gathering up my things.
“Agh, I don’t want to study. I want to hang out with you.” His whining makes me smile.
I know I mean a lot to him but I worried when Arzaylea come into his life that another girl would be put in front of me. It sounds selfish but it’s really relieving to know he didn’t want to go out to dinner with his girlfriend but wants me to stay and hang out.
“Goodbye, Luke. I’ll see you tomorrow.” I smile, putting my hand on his shoulder before exiting his apartment. The air outside is cool but it’s light and easy to breathe.
I walk out to my car and glance back up to his apartment while unlocking the door. He is standing in the doorway, leaning against the doorframe.
His eyes are watching me from across the parking lot. He smiles widely and waves at me. I start my car and wave at him while driving away.
PART TWO IS COMING OUT SHORTLY! ❤