Just; C.H. 10
“And tell me again why you’re dragging me to the mall? Since when do boys do such things.” I laugh, pressing my All Star covered feet against the dash board of Calum’s car, the wind blowing through the opened windows with Calum behind the wheel.
“My sister’s getting married in a few weeks. I need a suit. Who better to ask then my new lady friend?” Calum turns his head and grants me with one of his million dollar smiles, his dimples on full show, his fingers tapping along to the Kaiser Chiefs lowly blaring through his speakers.
“I’m flattered that you think I have a fashion sense.”
I laugh as I point out my attire of a ripped shirt, a pair of cut-off jeans
shorts, accompanied by my all stars. “So you have a sister?”
“Yeah, Mali-Koa. She’s a few years older than me, and of course, happily together with her boyfriend.” He shrugs his shoulders as he makes a turn for the parking lot of the closest mall, his right hand turning the volume down.
“You wouldn’t say, them getting married and all. I
have an older brother.” I share, Calum’s eyebrows raising as his mouth takes
the shape of an ‘o’.
“And yes, before you ask. He is the protective type. If my friend’s name isn’t Sherilyn or Sarah, he doesn’t like them. Especially if they’re male.” I chuckle, getting out of Calum’s parked car and waiting for him at the front, my hand placed on the hood of his black car.
“I’m kind of in a pickle then.” Calum laughs and I can’t help but giggle along, following him to the entrance of the mall.
“I’d go for a black one. It’s suits you better than
the navy.” I shrug my shoulders when he holds his two options out towards me.
“White dress shirt. Is there a dress code?” I ask as I start to rummage through the endless suits the store supplies, searching for a tailored one. I’m sure it would look great on Calum.
“What do you mean?” Calum seems completely thrown of
guard and I can’t help but laugh at his ignorance. “Like a black and white
theme. Or an ‘all in pink’ theme. Anything?”
Calum breathes loudly, hanging the blue suit back into the rack as I hand him a tailored black suit to try on. “Not that I’m aware of.”
“That I’d keep it simple, a black tie or maybe a blue one. I don’t know, I am shit at colour coordinating.” I laugh, holding a nice looking satin blue tie towards him, as well as a plain black one.
“I’ll have to see you in it to know if it fits, though.” I shrug my shoulders. I wasn’t complaining about seeing Calum in a suit. Every girl knows a man gets ten times more attractive while being in a suit.
“Calum? Is that you? Hi!” A female voice echoes from behind Calum and he turns around, revealing the face that belongs to the voice I was all too familiar with. I’m met with the same busty girl from the first party of the summer, and probably ‘the girl with the knockers’ Luke was joking about days prior. I take a step back, my bottom lip pulled between my teeth. I was actually enjoying myself but I wasn’t in the mood to be ignored again, the ties clutched between my whitening knuckles.
“Oh uh hi Mandy. What are you doing here?” Calum
awkwardly makes conversation and I busy myself by looking at the suits to my
right, eyes glued to the floor as my fingers skim absentmindedly along the
“My friend needs a suit for his graduation. So I decided to tag along. I haven’t heard from you since forever.”
“Ah – uh yeah, I’ve been busy. Have you met Y/n already?” Calum’s voice seems to lose its tension when he addresses me, my head raises just in time to see Calum throw his arm around me and haul me into his chest, an awkward smile etched on my lips as I wave at the girl. “Hi.”
“You’re the girl from the party, aren’t you?” She
grants me with a once over and I am absolutely regretting not dressing up for
hanging out with Calum today. But I thought since we were just friends I didn’t
need to impress anyone. I didn’t think of Mandy
“Well, Calum, I have to head back but I – uh – I’ll see you around?” Mandy glances from me towards Calum, a fake smile plastered on her lips as she looks up at him. He grants her with an evenly fake grin, nodding his head. “Probably. Bye Mandy.”
“Talk about awkward.” I mumble underneath my breath as
I push the ties back into Calum’s hands, his eyebrows furrowed. “What?”
“Ah – uh nothing. Let’s try those on, yeah?” I grin up at Calum, my flat hands pressed against his chest to guide him towards the dressing rooms.
It didn’t take Calum long to choose the tailored suit, along with a simple black tie and a white dress shirt for his sister’s wedding. I’m sort of glad it didn’t take an awful lot of time, as it would have with my brother who doesn’t like anything – but doesn’t try on anything either.
“Let’s sit down for a minute, I’m actually knackered from that small shopping spree.” Calum motions to a bench near the small playground on the edge of the mall. I scoff loudly, stopping him to buy myself a bottle of coke from the machine as I answer him. “You clearly have never shopped with a girl.”
“I am now, aren’t I?” Calum grins and I roll my eyes visibly, shaking my head as I pass him towards the unoccupied bench. “Oh believe me honey, when I’m on a roll you wouldn’t be able to follow.”
“Not sure if that’s a threat or a challenge.” Calum laughs as he drops down next to me, his legs stretched out, ankles crossed as his hands rest on his stomach. I’m leaning forward, elbows resting on my knees with my purchased bottle dangling between my legs.
“My last boyfriend took that as a challenge, which I
won, by the way.” I simply state, a smug grin etched on my lips as I glance in
Calum’s general direction.
“I’ve never heard anything about you dating someone.” Calum questions and I can sense he’s a bit reluctant to ask so, but seeing as how we’re trying to be friends, I guess I owe him.
“Probably because you didn’t know me until two weeks
ago. And probably also because usually don’t date.” I shrug my shoulders,
bringing the bottle of coke to my lips to take a refreshing sip, my gaze
transfixed on the swinging set right in front of us, swinging slowly in the
wind, completely deserted. “Why is that?”
“Oh you know, horrid relationships, fuck-ups of ex-boyfriends, the whole lot.” I laugh, turning to Calum who’s giving me the tiniest of smiles. “I don’t date either.”
“You don’t say.” I grin, my smile slowly dissipating when I see Calum’s frigid stance. “Why?”
“I don’t know. Guess I’m not very good at it.” I jab my elbow in his ribcage and he hisses before swatting me away. “I’m sure that’s not the case, Casanova.”
“Are you hanging out with the boys again?” Sherilyn questions as she makes herself comfortable on my bed, her arms stretched above her head before she lets them drop onto the sheets again, her gaze fixed on my body while I’m digging through my closet.
“It’s not really hanging out, I’m tutoring Luke and after they asked me for a swim. I told you you could come with.” I shrug my shoulders as I throw her a look, my bikini in hand. I throw the clothing near Sher’s feet on my bed, disappearing into the bathroom on the other side of the hallway for some body lotion. “I don’t even know them!” I hear Sherilyn yell from probably the same spot as I left her in. “Your phone buzzes, it’s Calum. Shall I look?” I hear the grin that’s on her lips and I shriek a ‘no’ before popping back into my bedroom.
“Sheesh, calm down Y/n. You’re skating on thin ice
right now.” I raise an eyebrow, extracting my phone from the iron grip Sher
seems to have on the stupid rectangle. “It’s just a text, Sher.”
“It’s just sex. It’s just a crush. We’re just friends.”
“Implying anything?” I laugh, dropping my phone back onto the bed and deciding I’d answer when Sherilyn has left. I know that every time Calum will reply, she’ll be all over my phone and I don’t really want that, to be honest.
“From the time I’ve known you, I know you don’t do just. Don’t you think that trying to be friends with a guy you’re having a
crush and that you’ve slept with is a
bad idea?” I can’t provide my friend with a decent answer; I had wondered the
same on late nights when I couldn’t sleep. I drop onto the edge of my bed,
tucking one of my legs beneath my bum as I grant Sherilyn with my undivided
attention. “No. But it doesn’t hurt to try, does it?” I give her a tiny laugh,
but is disappears quickly when I see she doesn’t reciprocate.
“Whatever you say, Y/n. I trust that your judgement isn’t clouded.”
“Since when are all our conversations so dreary and gloom? When is Sarah returning? She’s in time for our road trip, right?” I try to convert the conversation elsewhere, Sherilyn’s features immediately transforming to a bright, happy grin. “She promised me she’d be here two days beforehand to help me pack.”
“You could use a few hands extra, yeah. Glad. I’m
really looking forward to it, I can’t believe it’s still weeks away.” I let my
body drop onto my bed, eyes closed as I hear my phone buzz again.
“Calum really needs you, Y/n.” I hear the smile in her tone and when it’s accompanied by a tiny giggle, I know she is thinking of the whole wrong reasons.
“I wish time would go faster so we can leave, even if
it’s just for a week.” I lift my phone with my right hand, balancing it above
When are you coming over babe?
Don’t ignore me, I’m bored
I roll my eyes, but I see Sherilyn eye my smile as my
fingers type away.
Then be bored. Luke gets priority rn x
“Don’t hope for a quick summer too much, when we
return we only have one week left. I’m not ready for the next semester to
start.” Sherilyn resumes our prior conversation as she crawls off of my bed,
patting her jeans back in its crease. “You’re right. But still, being here and
being boring isn’t all that either.” I chuckle, throwing my shirt back on as I
have now replaced my bra with my bikini top. Sherilyn gasps exaggeratedly, her
hands on her chest as she stops in my open doorway.
“Did you just call me boring?”
“And you know it. Byeee!” I laugh, waving at a laughing Sherilyn as she disappears down the hallway.
Another text from Luke asking where I am right now
makes me hurry up and get my car. I’m glad that the boys’ frat is only a few
minutes away and I pull up with screeching tires within a reasonable time span
of ‘being late’.
“Sorry, sorry. I got held up.” I sling my book bag off of my shoulder as I enter the kitchen and I’m stopped in my tracks with a smirking Calum, a beer in his large hands as he takes a sip, eyes glued to mine.
“Didn’t think you’d jump that quickly to my needs,
Y/n.” Calum laughs and I chuckle as well, rolling my eyes for him to see as I
drop onto the chair I had made my own by now.
“You’re a horny fuck. Where’s Luke?”
Calum passes me, his outstretched hand coming into
contact with the back of my head as I groan out. “Prick!”
“Do you always have to make everything sexual, Y/n? Good grace, please! And Luke’s upstairs getting his books.” Calum smirks and I know he’s just messing with me but his tone is so convincing I might actually start believing it was me who was the horny fuck.
“You’re unbelievable.” I breathe, my grin permanent on my lips whenever I was around any of the boys, seeing Calum chuck his empty beer can into the bin. “So I’ve been told.”
“Y/n, Y/n, sorry I couldn’t find my book.” Luke grins
sheepishly and I shake my head, taking it from his hands as I flip it to the
right page. “That means you haven’t revised like I told you so, did you?”
Luke’s blush becomes even more prominent and I shoo Calum out of the kitchen.
“Well, I don’t give a shit if you don’t listen to me. It’s not my ass that’s on the line. So I’m just going to go to the next chapter, evolution.” I point my finger towards the blonde in a bit of a motherly way and I’m met with Luke who raises his hands into the air as a defensive motion.
“Don’t worry Y/n, I’ll make sure I’ll revise.”
“God damn it Y/n, how long can you tutor someone? It’s nice out, wrap this up!” Michael groans as he hangs over my shoulder. He had made a sport out of it to come and annoy us every ten minutes for the past hour. Luke didn’t seem to grasp the contents though. It isn’t as if I was finding joy in this when I saw the scorching, inviting sun through the window, the pool calling my name underneath its breath and I was stuck indoors.
“Mikey, shut up. The more you annoy the shit out of me, the longer I’m keeping Luke hostage.” I huff out, winking at Luke to assure him we were almost finished before I’d gotten the boy a heart attack, Michael squeezing my neck roughly in response. “Nooooo, Y/n, daaarling, stahp.”
I merely ignore him and turn back towards Luke. “Biological evolution is thus the genetic change within a population inherited through several generations. It isn’t a simple change over time like weight gain or loss, they aren’t genetic. And now I’m sick of this shit as well. We’ll do natural selection next time; my body is screaming for vitamin D.” I push myself upright, the chair screeching backwards as I flip Luke’s book closed.
“Ah, thank god.” Michael cheers and Luke rids himself of his shirt almost immediately. I follow closely behind and am momentarily blinded by the harsh sunlight. I wave at Ashton who is lounging about on one of those blow up beds on the water, slowly drifting around as he enjoys the hot midday sun. Calum is lounging on the edge, in the water, waving at the three of us as we appear. Luke jumps in immediately, cannonballing, making sure Calum got a lot of water to swallow and Ashton to tumble off of his blow up bed and into the water.
Michael disappears somewhere along to the side to fill
the cooler with beers and soda, and I sit down on the edge of the pool and let
my feet soak in the cold, clear blue water.
“Fancy seeing you here.” Calum starts to casually paddle over towards me and I chuckle, splashing a bit of water in his face as he nears me. Michael passes us by and hands me two beers, my teeth biting into my bottom lip as I grant him a bright grin, opening one and setting it in front of Calum.
“Come in the water, it’s refreshing.” Calum tries to
persuade me, shaking his head, droplets of cold water landing on my face from
his mess of hair. “It’s cold.” I simply state, shivering as I wipe my face with
my free hand, the other holding the beer. I take a small sip and set it down
next to Calum’s.
“Not if you come in gradually.”
His arm winds around my waist and he lifts my bum off of the concrete, slowly and steadily lowering me into the water as shivers break out over my whole skin. My hands immediately find their place on his shoulders as his other arms steadies me. “See? It’s quite alright.”
“Hey lovebirds, come join!” Ashton calls and Calum lets go of me almost immediately, a bright red colour gracing both of our cheeks. “Well then, let’s go.” I smile as I swim over to where the other boys are waiting with their ball for a game.