chapter 2: crunchy tacos and confessions

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Calum's P.O.V.

iMessage from addie: wow you must really like me

Honestly, I really do. I really, really like Addie.

iMessage to addie: I really do :))))))

It breaks my heart to see her sitting alone at lunch and in class. She is such an amazing girl and if people gave her a chance, they would be honestly mesmerized by her and how beautiful she is. Being social with the people at school comes pretty easy to me, but Addie is different. I get butterflies in my stomach and they start to swarm around when she smiles and takes my hand.

I was brushing my hair and putting on a new t-shirt when I checked the time. 11:00. The perfect amount of time to run and get Taco Bell for her and make it to the treehouse in time. I began to play a song from my phone in the car. Just by hearing the first note of the guitar, I knew it was our song. I had told her to wear comfy clothes tonight because I had something special planned for us. I was already bringing her Taco Bell and we'll hang out at the treehouse for an hour or so, like we usually do. Then, we'll drive to school and play soccer on the field. I don't know if she knows how to play, so I'll teach her. And after, I'll give her my jersey that says 'Hood 25' on the back of it. I chose the number 25 because I met her on the 25th of January this year. And once the season is finally over she'll be able to wear it without having to hide our relationship any longer.
When I climbed over Addie's fence, she was already in the treehouse. When I climbed up the ladder I saw she had lit up candles and put up fairy lights. She looked absolutely beautiful, even while she was wearing my old State Champs t-shirt and leggings.
"Hey, this place looks amazing!" I said.

"Thanks Cal," She said, kissing me on the cheek as she grabbed the bag out of my hands. "You know I only like you because you buy me food, right?" She smirked.

I rolled my eyes at her. "Sure you do. Not because of my good looks or my soccer skills right?" I asked, smirking back at her.

"Definitely not," She giggled, while munching on her taco.

"Speaking of soccer, we have a place to go. Get some shoes on and meet me in the car ok?" I said before kissing her on the cheek. She practically jumped into the car, obviously she was excited for our new adventure. When we arrived at the school's grass field. She looked puzzled.

"School?" She asked, "Why are we at school?"

I opened up the trunk of the car and pulled out my lucky game ball. "Because I am teaching you how to play soccer. And by the end of the night you might be just as good as me." She smiled the brightest smile I had ever seen on her small face. She walked right up to me, came as close as she could without our bodies touching and whispered "Game on, Hood."

She took the ball from my feet and started to run. "Oh Addie. Sweet, little, innocent Addie. You're going down!" I yelled. I ran, not for the ball but straight at Addie. I grabbed her by her waist and flung her over my shoulder. She kept squirming and trying to escape my grasp, but she was giggling the whole time. When I finally put her down, I told her, "stay here." She sat down on the metal bleacher to the side of the field. I came back from the car, holding my jersey behind my back. I bit my lip as I walked up to her. She could tell I was nervous. 

"Cal? You ok?" She asked, looking genuinely worried.

"Yeah...I just um..wanted to give you this." I pulled the jersey out from behind my back and held it out to her. "I know things are hard for us right now, but we'll be ok. I promise you that. And I know that I might seem like the most douchebag boyfriend ever right now, but I want you to know that I care about you a lot, and you mean a lot to me." 

She put the jersey on over her t-shirt and it was huge. The sleeves covered her tiny shoulders like a blanket. She looked back up at me and said, "You make me the happiest I've been in a long time."

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