CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

~ THURSDAY ~

Ally hadn't even noticed Pogue was in her bedroom until his overnight bag was dumped down onto her bed next to her foot. Glancing up from the book she was enveloped in, she noticed the look on Pogue's face. It was pissed.

"Hey, Pogo. What's wrong?" Ally asked concerned.

"Don't 'Hey, Pogo' me. Why the hell didn't you tell me what Kate said?" Pogue demanded, anger on his face but it wasn't directed at Ally.

"Because I knew you were going to react like this." Ally stated. "How did you find out anyway?"

"I overheard some girls talking about how you 'put Kate in her place.' Then I flashed them a smile and they told me everything." Pogue explained. Ally's cheeks blushed with shame and she buried her head in her pillow.

"I'm sorry." Ally mumbled. "I don't know why I said it."

"Honestly, I'm glad you did. She's a shit stirring bitch and she should never have said that. To be honest, I would have said worse."

Pogue picked Ally's head up and cupped her cheeks with his hands, forcing Ally to look at him. Squishing her cheeks together, he commented on how cute she looked before giving her cute, little pecks all over her face and laughing as she squealed.

"I can't believe I'm spending a full night in this room with you. And not just as a dream this time."

"I'm so happy you are." Ally smiled, biting her lip.

"Don't do that." Pogue groaned, pulling her lip away from her teeth.

"Poor, horny Pogo." Ally chuckled, pretending to lean in for a kiss before diving away from him and out the door, leaving Pogue to chase her.

"I'll get you back for that later." Pogue chuckled.


Snuggled up to Reid, Ally wriggled as she felt her butt fall asleep. The gang were sitting through their third movie and they hadn't taken a 'stretch break' yet. Astrid chose first and she went with a chick flick, Caleb chose mystery and Sarah chose rom-com - the film they were currently watching. Reid was choosing next and Ally already knew he was going to choose a horror. Small patterns were being drawn on Ally's hand and she looked at her and Pogue's intertwined hands. Despite the fact that Reid had stolen cuddles, Pogue was determined to still sit next to his girlfriend.

Pogue and Reid took up the whole couch so Ally was sat on their legs, her head resting on Reid's shoulder and her hand encased in Pogue's. Ally's butt was extremely numb by the time the credits of the film Sarah had chose came on the TV.

"Thank God." Everyone groaned, all standing up at the same time.

"Can't feel my ass."

"My eyes burn."

"That film killed by brain cells."

"You didn't have any before the film."

"My legs have fallen asleep."

Tyler tried to stand up but his knee buckled and he crashed head first into Reid's pile of pillows.

"Never been more grateful for the fact that Reid needs six pillows." Tyler mumbled, trying to stand but he kept wobbling. The rest of the group ignored Tyler as they all tried to get through the doors at the same time, issuing a big human pile up.

"I need to pee before you."

"Guys, there's like five bathrooms."

"Yeah but I want to pee and get the pizza first."

"I need fresh air."

Ally kicked the back of Reid's straight leg and laughed as it buckled and everyone tumbled through the door. Stepping over all of them, she was making her way up the stairs when she heard someone yell her name.

"Ally! You're such a brat. I'm gonna get you back for that." Reid growled.

"Pogue, get off, you're heavy. Ally!" Caleb groaned.

"Hey, you can yell at me all you want but now you guys are free. Chop chop, there's limited Meat Feast pizza." Ally teased, laughing as they all ran into the kitchen, shoving each other out the way.

Chuckling at her friends, she continued walking upstairs, her bladder begging to be emptied.


Ally could still hear her friends arguing over pizza as she walked out of the bathroom, she was too busy trying to listen to the insults that she didn't notice the person in her room until she collided with a hard chest. Trying to regain her balance, Ally noticed Caleb was trying to hide his amusement at his sister's clumsiness.

"'Leb, you scared me. What are you doing in here? Why aren't you fighting over pizza?"

"Because I decided to sneak us a slice each before it was all gone." Caleb smirked, pulling two slices of pizza out from behind his back.

Ally's mouth watered at the sight of that little slice of heaven and she snatched it out of Caleb's hands, quickly devouring it. Mumbling a 'thanks' to Caleb with a mouth full of pizza, she sat down on her bed with Caleb sitting next to her.

"Anyway, I wanted to talk to you about something." Caleb started, not sure how Ally was going to react.

"What's wrong, Caleb?" Ally asked slowly, wondering why her brother looked so sad.

"Since you came back home, earlier today, you've not been very happy. What's wrong? Is it Pogue?"

Ally stopped moving and tensed up. She didn't think anyone had noticed.

"Ally, you can tell me anything."

"It's not Pogue." Ally took in a deep breath, noting how it shook. "It's being back here, in this house, in this room."

"What do you mean?"

"It's just, being here reminds me of when I was younger. It reminds me of when Dad was alive. And now he's not." Ally's eye started to water and a tear rolled down her cheek. "He was hardly there for us when we were younger but I wasn't there for him when he was ill, I wasn't there to care for him. I wasn't there when he died and I wasn't there for the funeral. I know I'm the one who left but I didn't even get to say goodbye." Ally sobbed, her head buried in her brother's chest. Wrapping his arms around her, Caleb rubbed circles on his sister's back in a way of comforting her.

"Ally, I know it hurts but you didn't know he was going to die. None of us did. I know you feel bad but you did what you needed to."

"I know what you're saying is true but don't try to make me feel better by lying. I shouldn't have left you to take care of it all by yourself and despite Mom saying she's forgiven me, I see the way she looks at me. I was selfish and I only thought about myself. I know you've all forgiven me but how can I forgive myself for missing my own father's funeral?"

"Maybe you can't. Maybe it will take the rest of your life or the rest of the month. I'm not going to tell you that it's okay but you need to get over it. I know it's sad but we're all here for you and you shouldn't keep this to yourself. We understand how you feel, we lost him too. So, you ever feel sad, you come talk to us. We're family, we're meant to help carry your burdens. No matter how much I didn't want you to leave, you're still my younger sister and I'll still love you and stick by you forever in whatever decisions you choose."

Caleb kissed the top of her head before wiping away her tears. Standing up, he pulled his sister with him and gave her another hug before pulling her out the room and down the stairs.

As they entered the living room, Ally noticed everyone else was already sat down. Scream already on the TV, paused at the beginning. This was Reid's favourite movie and he refused to start it without Ally.

"Look what I found wandering upstairs." Caleb joked, plopping Ally back onto Reid and Pogue's laps.

"We were worried you'd fallen down the toilet. Or fell out the window. You're clumsy enough." Astrid laughed, before going bright red and apologising profusely.

"Astrid, stop. It's fine. The others have said worse. In fact, I'm glad you're learning to pick on us, we pick on you." Ally pointed out.

Snuggling back up to Reid, she rested her head on his shoulder and stole the remote from his hand, pressing play.

Ally refused to make eye contact with Pogue as she did it, knowing he'd only want to know why her eyes were red. However, instead of pressing the matter, Pogue just grabbed her hand and gave it a soft kiss, giving his attention to the movie on the screen.