I got up from my seat by the pool when I heard my cell phone ringing. I told my friends I'd be back in a minute as I grabbed a towel, wrapped it around me, and ran into the house. I picked up the phone and answered it.

"Hello?" I breathed, trying to catch my breath.

"Cadee, it's Alex," I heard the all-too-familiar voice on the other end respond. "Baby, I miss you." And then I hung up. I sat my phone on the table and walked back outside to the pool.

"Who called?" One of my friends, Natalie, asked.

"Some jackass saying he missed me." I shrugged.

"Alex?" Another one of my friends, Zoe, asked. Her eyes were wide. I nodded and turned up the music, blasting Pierce the Veil.

I just sat there, thinking about whether I should call him back or not. After all he had done to me and after everything we had both said… he missed me? I knew one thing was for sure, I didn't miss him…or maybe I did.

"So, what exactly did Alex do to you?" Zoe asked. I turned the music down and looked at her, going over everything in my mind, trying to find some place to start.

"Well, you were there when we met, and when we first started dating – you know, the happier times. Eventually he had to go on tour, like I knew he would someday. The first few tours were short, so we weren't away from each other for long…but then the tours started getting longer and more frequent. It was last summer, on Warped. He and the other guys went out to the club, of course they were drinking, and none of them knew what they were doing…but that doesn't make up for anything. He shouldn't have even been drinking enough to make him unaware of his actions.

"But anyways, basically what happened was he cheated, with some band slut. He waited to get home to tell me, you know face-to-face. He thought it would be better that way. He was wrong, because right after he told me I decked him in the face, kicked him in the balls, called him just about every name in the book, and then started crying. He tried to comfort me but I wouldn't let him touch me, not after he slept with that slut. I couldn't stand the thought of him touching another girl like that." I shivered, remembering exactly how I felt that night.


It was pouring outside and Alex had just got home from Warped, I was too excited to see him. To tell him how much I loved and missed him. I heard a knock on the door and ran to open it. When I did there was a guilty looking Alex, soaked from head-to-toe.

"Alex…" I whispered.

"I'm so sorry Cadee, I'm so so sorry." He whispered back. Then he proceeded to tell me about what he had done. My cheeks were hot from all the anger boiling up inside of me, and my stomach was doing flips – and not the good kind. I didn't even think about it when I punched him, it just kind of happened. He didn't get mad; he just said he deserved it. Then I kicked him in the balls, he just cringed, but said he deserved that too. So I started cussing at him, telling him how much of an asshole he was. I told him how I never wanted to see him again, and how he was nothing to me anymore.

**End of Flashback**

"I probably over-reacted, but I was just so mad. I couldn't stand to see his face. I couldn't stand to look at him and know that even after he cheated I still loved him more than anything in the world. I was hurt, and bitter. I was just trying to cover up my feelings, and now that I think about it, if I saw his face I would probably go back to him. He's the only person I've ever felt real with, like every second of every day is something special. I miss him, too." I whispered, looking at my friends.

"Cadee, it's been so long! I think it's time to forgive him. Talk to my brother; ask him how Alex is doing. He should know, I mean they are best friends. Besides, Jack says he misses you. He hasn't seen you since Christmas." Natalie laughed.

"Your brother is a weird one." I laughed, "But I'll give him a call." I smiled.

Zoe looked at her phone and sighed.

"Sorry guys, but I have to go. Mom wants me home, pronto. Apparently Rian's coming back into town and we have to make a big dinner for everyone. I'll give you the details later, mkay?" Natalie and I nodded and waved to Zoe as she left.

Nat's phone rang and she looked up at me. "Mom texted me, Jack's coming home tonight, too. I have to visit him and get ready for dinner at Zoe's. See ya tonight!" She waved, walking away.

I got up and went inside to get ready, knowing that my parents would drag me to dinner tonight, and Alex would be there. I had to look good.

I took a shower, then dried and straightened my black hair. I recently had blue, purple, and red streaks put in it. I heard my phone vibrate, and I looked at it. There was a text from Zoe.

Your mom and dad are already here; we're just waiting on you and the guys, so hurry up!

I sighed and went to my closet. I picked out a pair of blue jean short shorts, a purple bikini top, and a sweatshirt that was cut short so it showed my stomach, and it was made to hang off of one shoulder. I put the outfit on, applied some make-up, and then headed out.

I got in my car and started blasting Champagne's For Celebrating by Mayday Parade. I had met them one year when I visited Alex on Warped Tour. I started singing along to the song, and soon enough I was at Zoe's house. I got out, fixed myself up a bit, and headed to the front door. I knocked and Nat opened it.

"You're late Cadee," My mom glared at me. "The boys are already here."

I looked at the four boys in the room; all of them had their eyes on me.

"Jeez Mom, chill. I'm here, right? You should be grateful that I even came." I rolled my eyes and went to find Zoe. She was in the kitchen with her mom.

"Oh, hey Dee, I'm pretty sure everyone else has already killed you for being late." Zoe laughed, taking a pickle and eating it.

"No, just my mom…" I looked at the floor. "I'm pretty sure the woman hates me. I can never satisfy her." I heard someone walk in and turned to see Nat, Jack, and Rian. Rian hugged his sister, and Nat sat next to me on the counter.

"Way to totally look hot tonight, Dee." Jack laughed. I gasped and hit him, laughing.

"I prefer the term sexy, Mr. Barakat. Hot is so…7th grade." I smiled, hugging him. "I've missed you Kitty."

"I've missed you, too." He laughed. "And so has you-know-who."

"Voldemort?" I asked, making everyone laugh. Jack winked and Alex walked into the room. It got really quiet. I shifted on the counter and someone cleared their throat. I looked up at Nat and Zoe. They just smiled and nodded. "I'm hungry." I said, hopping off the counter. My sweatshirt came up, showing my stomach, and a clear view of the tattoo and belly button ring I had gotten over the summer.

"Holy shit Cadee! What is that?" Jack asked, grabbing me and inspecting my stomach.

"That's a tattoo, and that's a belly button ring." I laughed, pushing him away.

"Do you have any other tattoos and/or piercings we should know about?" Alex asked, winking. I just stared at him.

"No." I lied.

"What about that one tattoo you got that one night when you were –" I cut Nat off.

"There isn't another tattoo." I gave her one of those looks that said don't-mention-it-or-you're-dead. She just shut her mouth.

"Must've been someone else." She smiled, taking a roll off of a plate. She started eating it. I followed her lead and went down to the basement. No one followed me, until a few minutes later I heard the basement door open and I heard someone coming downstairs.

I looked up and saw Alex. He looked good. His hair was shorter, and dark. He was wearing a black and white striped shirt with skinny jeans and his gray converse. I just looked at him. He sat down across from me.

"Hi," He said. It was so quiet I barely heard him.

"Hello." I nodded back, suddenly feeling self-conscious of my body. I tried to cover up most of my legs and my stomach with a pillow.

"Y-you look g-good." Alex stuttered, looking up at me.

"You do too." I nodded again, restraining myself from jumping across the space between us and kissing him.

"How are you..?" He asked, playing with his fingers.

"I've been better…how about you?" I asked, standing up and walking around the room.

"Better…now." I heard him get up. I didn't turn around to see if he was following me, somehow I just knew he was.

"Now? What, you haven't had a nice time on tour? You always loved touring." I whispered, feeling him right behind me.

"Not since I didn't have someone to call every night. Not since I didn't have a reason to come home. Not since I lost you..." He whispered, grabbing my hand. I turned to look at him now. He was right behind me, his lips almost on my neck.

"Alex…" I whispered, intertwining our fingers. He turned me all the way, so I was facing him now. He put a hand on the back of my neck.

"I've missed you like hell Cadee, every night I regret what I did. I should have known, I should have stopped myself. I wrecked everything. I hurt you, and that killed me. I hate seeing you hurt, and I hate that I was the one to hurt you." Alex whispered, looking into my eyes. "I'm so sorry."

"Alex, I forgive you." I smiled, looking from his eyes to his lips. He seemed to understand as he pressed his lips to mine.

All the memories came flooding back to me. All the long nights at band practices, all the dates, the nights we snuck out to see each other, the nights we fell asleep in each other's arms, the quick kisses in the school hallways, walking down the street hand-in-hand. The times we were there for each other. All of the good things outweighed the bad, and I knew that forgiving Alex wasn't a bad thing.

I smiled into the kiss, but pulled away. "I've missed you." I whispered.

We stood there for a while, just talking, catching up. It wasn't awkward, and too soon my parents were calling for me to come upstairs so we could leave. I held onto Alex's hand as we walked up the stairs.

Everyone was standing there as we walked out of the stairway. They all smiled and I blushed. Alex pulled me close and kissed my head, before leading me out to my car.

"Come home with me." I whispered to him. He was standing outside of my car, bent down beside my window. "Please." I gave him the puppy dog look and he caved in.

"Let me go home and get some clothes and I'll be over in a bit." He laughed. I kissed him and smiled before driving away and going to my house.

I went up to my room and got changed; I straightened up a bit and then laid down in bed. I heard a knock on my window and I got up to see Alex on the roof outside of my room. "God! Get in here before you hurt yourself." I pulled him into my room.

He sat on the bed and smiled at me. I laughed and walked over to the bed, laying down in it beside him.

"Go to sleep, beautiful. I'll be here when you wake up." He smiled, kissing my forehead. Then I drifted off to sleep.

New story? I think so. Smh, took me like 3 days to write this. Mostly during school, when I have nothing better to do. So, you should totally review and tell me how much you love/hate it. I really hope you love it more than you hate it, because…love is better than hate :). Anyways, question: Favorite band(s)? For me it's definitely All Time Low, Pierce The Veil, and The Maine. I find myself listening to their songs more often than any other bands on my iPod. Okay, review and answer the question. I love you guys! :D