*Rachel’s Point of View*
I woke up being cuddled next to Luke, his warm body next to mine, giving me a million feelings as I recalled memories of last night. We had finally taken our relationship to the last level of giving each other ourselves completely. I always thought it was cringe of people to think this way about someone but Luke Hemmings had got that out of me, since he’s the person I truly adore and love.
I ran my fingers around his face memorizing all the features again and smiling to myself. My thoughts were interrupted by my phone ringing as I reached out to answer it.
“Hey, dad!” I cheerfully greeted as I answered it.
“Rachel, I need your help,” he replied in a very serious tone.
“What happened? Is everything okay?” I asked in a worried tone.
“Your brother met with an accident and he can go to coma because of blood loss, we don’t have enough money for his operation, can you please help me?” he explained in a shaky voice.
“What?! How the heck did that happen?” I asked in disbelief, “Dad, how much do you need? I have to pay for my studies too,” I trailed off.
“He was driving ruthlessly!” he yelled on the other side of the phone, “how much do you have right now?”
“I have a few savings and this month’s salary, I practically used all of it,” I reply hating myself for making such unreasonable expenses this year.
“I don’t think that’s enough, Rachel, please do something! Please,” the pain in his voice startled me, I felt like crying because I was so helpless at that moment, “I’m begging you, please,”
“Dad..” I almost tear up, “Please start the operation or whatever is needed, I’ll do.something,” I assured as I disconnected the call. I felt so stupid and irrational for making a promise that I knew I wasn’t capable of fulfilling, but I didn’t know what to do at that time.
I felt Luke fidgeting and I tried to smile, I wasn’t going to let him know, I couldn’t let my problems be a burden to him.
“Morning,” he grinned at me.
“Good morning,” I replied back.
“I don’t feel like getting out of bed,” he mumbled.
“Well, I will have to, management meeting,” I answered.
“I’m gonna miss you….why can’t you be on a break too?” he pouted.
“Stop being such a baby and let me go,” I simply said.
“Without giving me a kiss?” he frowned.
“You haven’t even brushed your teeth, go away,” I chuckled.
“Okay okay, get ready. I’ll wait for you down,” he smiled and pecked my nose.
I finally stepped out of bed, feeling really really guilty and bad, I can’t believe my dad asked me for help once in his entire life and I could not even do that for him. It sucked to know you’re such a failure. I got in the shower with all sorts of thoughts, how was I so helpless? Why did I use that money on getting this house with Luke, why couldn’t I just save? Me and Luke moved in together because I couldn’t buy a house on my own, or stay on rent. Well, I could stay on rent but Luke wasn’t okay with me sharing a house with someone, protective boyfriends I tell you. So we made a deal of getting our own flat. It wasn’t anything too huge because my contribution was really less, which made me feel like a loser again. And on the other side, I didn’t even think getting a huge apartment would make sense because we weren’t going to be in England forever. It was only for breaks. The boys were in Europe now, continuing their European tour. They had a break for two weeks before getting started. Michael, Ashton and Calum lived together in the apartment below us. I did not really want to live with 4 guys, and Luke understood that so we got another apartment for just ourselves. Luke mostly spent his time there, or may I say “down”. It was cute to see their bonding. It was especially cute to see this side of Luke. Maybe he was right, he did give me a reason which made me forget all my hatred towards him. That reason was his unknown side, his tender touch, his warm hugs and his affectionate kisses. I shook my head and laughed softly how I always ended up thinking about Luke, no matter what I was doing.
I got out of shower and changed into a white shirt on black jeans, and simply combed my hair, I did some smoky eye makeup because eye makeup was my favorite thing and I would never step out of my house without applying something on my eyelids. Its just how it went.
I went downstairs and entered the house without even bothering to knock because the door was open and that was just an open invitation itself, I saw Luke sitting on the dining table and I walked up to him and sat down next to him, I quickly took a glass of milk and some bread with cheese showing signs of how hungry I was. I heard Luke chuckle next to me, I turned to him, “what?” I asked my face stuffed with food.
“You’re adorable,” he simply said and kissed my forehead.
“Have you brushed your teeth yet?” I asked him as I gulped the bread in and grabbed my glass of milk.
“Yup,” he smirked getting my drift, “Drink faster,” he hurried.
I did the same and wiped my face with the cloth, “okay,” I stood up and walked towards his chair and sat on his lap, “can you drop me to the office?” I asked him.
“Sure,” he furrowed his eyebrows and walked toward me. I just hugged him. He hugged me back, I wanted more of that hug. I was having a bad time and all I wanted was Luke. I hugged him for what felt like years. I broke the hug after several minutes and said, “we’ll be late, lets go?” I ask.
“Sure,” he got up and grabbed the keys of his car.
The entire car ride was silent, I was just sitting and hoping how they could give me some money in advance, or my entire salary right now and not next month. I anyhow had to convince them about it, I was the one who could save my brother. I had asked dad to admit him already and start the operation and now I had just today’s evening to arrange some amount of money.
“Rachel,” Luke’s voice got me back to reality, “we reached?” he spoke.
“Uh, yes, thanks,” I manage to choke out.
“What’s wrong?” he asked.
“Nothing,” I kissed his cheek and got out of the car in a swift moment so that he wouldn’t ask me any more questions. But for a fact I knew that he was aware something was wrong with me, and I did not want to tell him what it was, I couldn’t just take another favor from him, my ego was too big for that.