A/N: I am so sorry this chapter took so long, I was uninspired for a period of time, then my a/c broke preventing me from going in game. If I don’t have the a/c on my computer will overheat. But now it’s fixed and I promise the next chapter won’t take as long. Enjoy 🙂
I woke up that morning feeling uneasy and sick to my stomach. The events that went down between Skye and I had left me shaken, I felt like part of me had been ripped out and I wasn’t whole anymore.
Skye obviously didn’t feel the same, that morning when I arrived at school she was laughing and talking with Stone and his friends. It hurt seeing how fast she replaced me and how fast she’d moved on.
I couldn’t dwell on that though, standing there staring at their group made me look like a total creeper. My friends were on the opposite side of the hall, so I made my way over there to get my mind off my siblings for a while.
“Lake!” Freesia exclaimed as she threw herself into my arms.
“Hey babe.” I smiled softly as I kissed her cheek.
“How’d it go?” She asked without pulling away from our embrace.
“Not great.” I stated simply before letting go of her.
“I’m so sorry, this is all my fault. I ruined everything.” She looked as if she was about to cry.
“No it’s not, I made my own decisions and I made the wrong ones. It’s okay, I’m okay.” I smiled once again before kissed her lightly on the lips.
“Things didn’t go well with Skye?” Ama asked as Freesia and I turned our attention to the rest of the group.
“No, and honestly I just wanna forget about it.” I sighed and nuzzled into Freesia’s neck.
“After school Thistle and I are gonna be in the gym shooting hoops, you’re welcome to join us.” Allium offered.
“Sure, sounds awesome.” It was a perfect excuse to not go home immediately after school.
“Cool.” He grinned at me. Just then, the bell rang for class.
“Ugh, I hate geometry.” Amaryllis complained as we all made our way to class.
“I know, it sucks but we have a huge test today, we can’t skip.” Allium said sympathetically as he pulled his reluctant girlfriend into the classroom.
“Are you sure you’re okay?” Freesia whispered to me as we headed to geometry.
“I’m fine.” I whispered back, even though I wasn’t entirely sure I was. I turned to her and faked a smile. “I’m good, I promise.”
“Alright.” She sighed, giving my hand a tight squeeze.
“It freakin’ reeks in here.” Allium scrunched up his nose at the offensive smell of the gym.
“This was your idea, man.” Thistle chuckled, he was starting to come out of his shell a little more, it was a nice change.
“I know, but I don’t think a few air fresheners in here would hurt. This smell is awful.”
“It’s a gym, what do you expect?” I joked, and he shrugged.
“Let’s just play.” He huffed as he ran to grab some basketballs. I turned to Thistle and rolled my eyes, making him chuckle lightly.
“So, is your sister officially out of the band?” Allium asked as we got into position for our game.
“Yea, she won’t even talk to me.” I chuckled.
“That sucks man, I’m sorry.”
“It’s alright, I’ll live.” I assured him as I took a shot.
“Do you think we’ll need to rewrite the songs?” He asked after taking a shot as well.
“I think we’ll have to adjust them a bit. But we’ll just have to see at practice.”
“Our next practice is tomorrow, right?” He ran to grab the balls after they rolled away from the hoop.
“No, I think we’re practicing later tonight. We have a gig this weekend and we need to perfect our sound.” I laughed nervously. Freesia had officially gotten us the gig at the club her dad’s friend owned.
“Uh, Lake, maybe we should go.” Allium was facing the door to the gym with an uneasy expression on his face.
I glanced back to see what he was looking at and saw my brother coming inside the gym.
“Pass the ball.” I held my arms open as Allium awkwardly threw the ball into them.
“Dude, are you okay?” He asked as he came up next to me.
“I’m fine, I really don’t care if he’s here. Let’s just play.”
Stone walked over to the exercise equipment on the other side of the gym. He didn’t even glance at me once, I wasn’t even sure he knew I was here. He climbed onto the treadmill and started it up. I didn’t even know he liked to exercise.
I shook my head and turned my attention away from my brother. If he was going to ignore me, then I’d ignore him as well.
“So, you excited for the gig this weekend?” I asked Al before taking another shot.
“Yea, I can’t wait.” He hesitated. I gave him a quick smile before running to get my ball back.
After a while we got bored of basketball and Stone’s presence made things slightly uncomfortable, so the five of us made our way over to Freesia’s to practice for our gig this weekend.
We sounded really good despite the loss of Skye. We only had to make a few tweaks to our set to make up for it, it was like her instrument was barely even needed. It made me feel a little upset, like all of my work trying to get her to join the band and get along with them was all for nothing. Part of me had been hoping we couldn’t make the songs work without her, so I’d have an excuse to beg for her forgiveness once again.
“You guys sound amazing.” Ama smiled excitedly after we finished our last song, also breaking me away from my thoughts of Skye.
“You think?” Freesia asked.
“Yea, you guys are gonna do great this weekend.”
“Thanks Ama.” Freesia smiled as she put her guitar back on the stand. “So, who’s up for a little celebrating?” She wiggled her eyebrows as she walked over to the washing machine and pulled her stash box out from behind it.
It only took us minutes before we were all pretty much high. It was pretty much becoming routine for us. Practice for a few hours then sit around and get high. Not that I minded.
“Do you guys think we’re gonna get big?” Thistle asked while taking another puff from his joint.
“I don’t know man, that would be cool as hell though.” Allium replied after pulling away from Ama’s kissing for a second.
“What do you guys wanna do with your lives if this doesn’t take off?” Thistle blew his smoke up towards the ceiling and closed his eyes.
“Well I definitely want to do something that involves music, maybe a music teacher or owning a record store, something cool like that.” I explained. No matter what, I needed music to be some part of my life.
“I wanna be a tattoo artist. I’ve always liked drawing, I think I’d be good at it.” Freesia smiled to herself before continuing. “But if I have kids, I wanna be a stay at home mom. I wanna be there for my kids unlike my parents, y’know?”
“What do your parents do?” I asked.
“They run some stupid company in the next town over. They’re never really home.” She replied sadly, then turned to Thistle and smiled at him. “What about you? What will you do if this doesn’t work out?”
“College first probably, I’d like to study to become a psychiatrist.”
“Cool. What about you guys?” I turned to the couple who hadn’t said much this whole time.
They pulled apart and turned to us. “Well, I’m for sure going to college after high school, probably to study medicine.” Ama told us.
“And I’ll most likely go to the same college to study something or other, not sure yet. All I know is that I wanna be with her.” Allium wrapped an arm around her waist before kissing her on the cheek.
Freesia dropped her joint into the ashtray and climbed into my lap. “Maybe we could go to college together too.”
“That would be cool, maybe we could all go to the same place. Y’know, if the band doesn’t take off.”
“That would be pretty cool.” Thistle added.
“Then it’s settled, if our band flops, we all try and go to the same college.” Freesia smiled.
“Deal.” We all said at the same time, making us laugh. I wasn’t entirely happy with this plan, I was really hoping the band would take off. Making and performing music was what I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t want to go to college and get a degree I’ll never use and end up with a boring desk job.
I was really depending on this band.