Author: Bellatrix Kale PM
Two friends get into a bit of trouble in the Balmoral Hotel. What antics does this lead to? Meeting Hallam Foe, of course!Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor/Drama - Chapters: 11 - Words: 13,113 - Reviews: 4 - Updated: 11-02-09 - Published: 08-01-09 - Status: Complete - id: 5267761
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A/N: Last chappie. Prolly a little predictable. Review please!
Hallam looked over at the clock hanging on the wall in the kitchen. It read that it was nine. He looked at Ashley who was draped across his lap, asleep. Hallam smiled softly as the credits for the movie were rolling. Tori bolted up when the booming music played. "I'm awake, I swear!" she gasped, looking around frantically. He laughed a little at her and she narrowed her eyes. "So not funny Hallam."
"It really was though," he snickered.
She stood up and pointed to Ashley with a questioning look. "Are you going to let her sleep there all night?"
Hallam tilted his head a little. "I was goin' to ask you to help me get her into bed actually," he said with a small smile. Tori let out a sigh and walked over to him. She carefully pulled Ashley up as Hallam scooted up and assisted her. They each put an arm over their shoulder and maneuvered into her room. The duo laid Ashley down on the end of the bed and she let out a happy sounding sigh. She curled into a ball-like position and Hallam looked at Tori. "Thanks," he said calmly.
Tori nodded. "I think I'll go text Oliver. Night," she told him, exiting the room.
"Night," Hallam muttered as she shut the door. He turned and looked at the sleeping Ashley on the bed with a small smile. He wasn't entirely tired so he walked over to his knapsack and pulled out his binoculars. Walking over to the window silently, Hallam unlocked it carefully and opened it. He climbed out the window into the cool night air. With just his long sleeved shirt on it was a little chilly. Hallam put the binoculars to his eyes, peering around for someone doing something. Anything really. Across the way, an older woman was painting. A few windows down from her a little boy was playing with a toy airplane. Hallam smiled at this and heard a voice.
"What're ya doing?" a groggy voice asked. He turned and saw Ashley leaning her head out the window.
"I could ask you the same," he said, letting his binoculars fall around his neck.
Ashley looked at him with a puzzled look. "Guess so…" She rubbed her forehead before climbing out the window and sitting next to him carefully.
Hallam took the binoculars off his neck and held them out to her. She shot him a look of curiosity and hesitantly accepted them from him. Hallam pointed to a window as she held them up to her eyes. "Look there."
She looked for a few moments and then pulled the binoculars away. Her smile that was on her face sunk into a frown. "It's cute," she said in a low tone. Ashley handed the binoculars back to him and he took them gingerly. "Hallam," she sighed.
He looked at her again and found she was staring up into the night sky. Hallam glanced up and found that there were few stars out. When he looked back at her, her hands were laced under her chin. "Uh?"
"I miss home," she said quietly. Ashley dropped her hands back to her sides and looked at him. He saw a hint of sorrow in her eyes.
'What does this mean?...'
Hallam's expression was shocked. 'I didn't mean to drop this on him…' "We were only supposed to be here for a week. It's been longer than that now."
"But I thought you were goin' to-"
"Stay?" she finished his sentence for him. "I know… It's just not the same, you know?"
Hallam gave a nod and fiddled with his binoculars. "I was going to talk to Tori about it. Is she still up?"
He shrugged. "You can try. She mentioned textin' Oliver." Ashley nodded and got up. She kissed him on the cheek, then turned and crawled back in through the window.
She frowned, staring at her phone. Tori just tried to text Oliver but it wouldn't go through for some reason. She heard a knock at her door, and assumed it was Hallam. She perked up when the door opened. But it wasn't Hallam. It was Ashley. "I thought you were asleep?" she asked.
Ashley shook her head and leaned against the wall aside of the door. "Look, we need to discuss something."
She picked at her thumbnail and said, "We should go home."
Tori let out a sound of surprise. "We've only been here, what…a week or so? We've got this great place, you've got Hallam, and I…" She stopped herself; not one hundred percent sure what she and Oliver were. "I like it here," she proceeded to say.
Ashley looked at the floor and pushed off from the wall. "Whatever. Just know that in the morning I'll have made a final decision and so should you." She walked out of the room, leaving Tori feeling uneasy.
She sat on her bed, holding her phone. Tori looked down at it with remorse and confusion. 'What should I do? I like it here… A lot.' She sighed and let herself fall back onto the pillow.
She shut the door to Tori's room behind her and exhaled deeply. 'I hate this. I had to give my best friend an ultimatum practically.' Ashley squeezed her eyes shut and put clenched fists against her forehead.
"You okay?" Hallam's voice asked her.
Ashley let her hands fall in front of her face. "She doesn't wanna leave."
"She wants to stay?" Hallam asked with question as he leaned against the doorframe of her room.
"Yeah," she breathed while lacing her hands together and putting them behind her head. Ashley walked over to the couch sluggishly. "I don't want to just…leave, you know?"
Hallam was walking to the couch also. He sat down next to her and said, "I don't want that either," he said quietly.
She sighed. 'Too many things holding me back. Tori not wanting to leave, Hallam wanting me to stay, the apartment…' Ashley leaned, resting her head on Hallam's shoulder thoughtfully.
Hallam rested his hand over hers, which was in the space between the two of them. "I'm not goin' to make this choice for you," he said.
Ashley nodded lightly and put her other hand over his and held tight to it. "If I stay…the harder it's going to be to leave this place," she whispered, not realizing she was saying it loud enough for him to hear.
"I know how that is," Hallam said while tilting his head towards hers.
She raised her eyebrows at what he said. "If I'm leaving, it'll be tomorrow. Make things a little easier…" She lifted her head off his shoulder and sunk into the couch.
Hallam yawned and felt her hand slip into his. He turned, looking at her with a sleepy smile as she said, "C'mon sleepy. Let's go to bed." Ashley was smiling, even though this could be their last night together. 'Make it special. Make a memory to last.' They stood up and she walked a couple steps ahead of him, leading him into the bedroom. Ashley let go of his hand and crawled into her usual side of the bed. Hallam rubbed the side of his neck as he walked around and joined her, taking up the spot next to her. She pulled the blankets up on them before cuddling next to him comfortably.
"Hallam?" she asked. He made a sound of question as held her close to him. "Why don't you come with? To the states, I mean."
He thought about it for a moment. 'Dad wouldn't mind. He might even give me some money if I asked. Lucy's been away for months. Who would really notice?' "I dunno."
Ashley inched up and kissed him. "Think about it. Then we can have more nights like this." She smiled at him before settling back down and dozing off in his arms.
Hallam kissed the top of her head and wondered, 'Could I?...'
Tori woke up and found her glasses and phone a few inches away from her on the bed. She picked up the phone and investigated it to see if she had any missed alerts. 'None.' She frowned. 'Why hasn't Oliver texted or called me?' Tori put her phone into the pocket of her jeans, which were a little wrinkled looking, before putting on her glasses carefully. Tori got off the bed and walked over to the door. She opened it and walked into the living room. Everything was quiet. 'Where's the early morning show?' She mentally high fived herself for that one. Cautiously, Tori walked over to Ashley's room and opened the door. The door swung open slowly and she saw Hallam in bed with a blanket over his legs and stopping at his stomach, showing a bare chest. But Ashley wasn't in the room. 'Where's she?' Tori walked over to Hallam and poked him in the chest. "HALLAM!" she shouted, not caring if he was dead tired or just dozing.
Hallam's eyes sprung open and looked around quickly. He let out a breath and said, "What's goin' on?" He sat up and pulled the blanket a little higher on his waist, presumably covering himself up.
"She was just here-" He looked at the spot Ashley usually resided in. Tori heard him sigh deeply. "She left."
"Left?" Tori asked in a shocked tone. "You mean she already-?" Hallam nodded, knowing what she meant. Tori let out a shaky sigh. "Left without me…" She gave her head a shake before hurrying out of the room.
-3 Months Later-
She sat in the living room of the house, watching TV. Tori wasn't home from work yet, but she figured she would be back soon. Ashley turned and looked at her phone beside her when she heard the musical sound of it going off. She picked up the phone and said, "This is Ashley."
"Yeah, I know it's you," the male voice on the other end of the phone said.
She snickered and said, "What's up."
"Oh…nothing. I'm just out right now. Was thinkin' of yeh so I figured I would call."
"That's very nice of you," she said sweetly. Ashley pulled her legs up so she was sitting Indian style on the couch. "Where are you? Hanging out at the pub?"
"No," he said, "I'm hanging out elsewhere today."
"And where might that be?" she asked, knowing a few of the places he went to.
Ashley pulled the phone away form her ear a little bit, but stood up while looking around the room cautiously. "I'm up…"
"Now go outside," he instructed her.
She was in a pair of old jeans and a t-shirt, not the best thing to go out in, but she listened and opened the front door. She set eyes on the brown haired man standing at the end of the sidewalk. Ashley dropped the phone and dashed out to him. She leaped at him, pulling him into a tackle hug. "Oh my gosh! What are you doing here Hallam?" she asked in an excited tone.
"We put our head together," Tori's voice said from her silver car in the driveway. She go tout of the car and walked over to the front door. "Consider this an early birthday gift." Tori smiled and gave a wave before walking in the house.
Ashley went back to focusing on Hallam. "It must've cost a fortune to get here. How'd you pay for it?"
Hallam kept his arms wrapped around her waist and said, "Tori pitched in to what my dad gave me. And I did some odd jobs."
"Well how long are you here for? We have so much to do in so little time," she told him in a low tone.
"However long you allow me to stay."
"That's right. I'm moving in."
Ashley grabbed his face and gave him a rough kiss. "Best news I've heard in a while. I'm glad you're here."
Hallam kissed her back, lighter than the last. When he pulled back from her he said, "I'm glad I'm with you." She sighed and hugged him again, happy to be with Hallam once again.
A/N: So the story had a happy ending. It was a bit cliche but i just wanted to get it done. Let me know what you think?