I don't own Austin and Ally...I just watch it on tv and on my computer.

Summer of Love and Loss

Chapter Fourteen: Parade Floats and Barbecues

Austin stood awkwardly in Ally's living room, it didn't feel welcoming maybe due to the fact that they never hung out at her house. Ally walked down the stairs with her stepfather and Micah, he knew Ally had been roped into babysitting him but didn't mind he was like the little brother Austin never had.

"Hello Mr. Jacobson, I'm Austin Moon." Austin said extending his hand out to her stepfather.

"So you're the young man Ally's been spending her time with and that my son won't stop talking about." He said shaking his hand firmly. "Ally said you had something you wanted to ask me."

"My Uncle Mason wanted me to tell you that you and your family are invited over to our house for a Fourth of July barbecue." Austin said.

"That is very kind of your uncle tell him we'll be there." Her stepfather said with a smile that made him look younger than he was. "Isn't it a bit early to head out for the parade, it doesn't start until noon."

"It does doesn't it." Austin said with a sly smile. "Well sir we must be going now."

Ally and Micah followed him to the jeep, he dared Ally to jump in the back since he removed the top. She rolled her eyes at him and started for her door. When he called her a stick-in-the-mud she dropped her hand from the handle and made the attempt to hop into the back like Micah had done. Seeing that she wasn't going to be able to get in he took pity on her and picked her up, with his held she made it in.

"I would have done it without your help eventually." Ally said an adorable scowl plastered on her face.

"Eventually...we don't have that kind of time Ally-cat." He joked tapping her nose with his index finger. "The parade starts at twelve."

"It's ten." Ally said swatting his hand away. "Don't touch my nose."

Austin pulled up into the aquarium parking lot much to Ally's confusion. It wasn't until she saw it that she understood what they were doing there, parked in the massively huge parking lot was a parade float. Half of it was an arctic setting complete with icebergs, seals, penguins, and walruses. The other half looked like an underwater reef complete with tropical fish, dolphins, whales, seagulls, and sharks. It captured everything the aquarium was about.

"What do you think?" Austin asked as they walked toward it.

"Its beautiful and very colorful." Ally said. She then noticed Kelsey, Zack, Troy, and Dez. "You're going to be in the parade."

"We're going to be in the parade." Austin said taking the three navy blue shirts his coworkers were holding out for them. "It'll be fun all you and Micah have to do is stick a water gun in one of the buckets and squirt the crowd with water or you guys can throw candy. So what do you say?"


"Cool. I don't suppose it can get you to sing that song we wrote about the ocean with me."

"Nope." Ally said quickly.

"That's what I thought so I guess Kelsey's going to have to switch places with Troy." Austin said pulling his shirt off and putting on the one with the aquarium logo. Ally noted how each shirt had a different sea animal on the back, Austin's had a shark, Micah's had a whale, and hers had a sea otter.

They spent the rest of their time practicing and getting the instruments in their right positions. When they check in for the parade they were each given a red ribbon that they had to wear, it designated them as participants in the parade. The aquarium float was pretty late in the parade so they still had to wait a bit before they actually drove down the street. Ally took time to note that the whole float was built like a stage, that way Austin and the others on the float could dance freely across the whole thing not just one area. Ally perched herself on one of the icebergs with her bucket of candy.

"Its salt water taffy, you should try some this town is famous for it." Austin said taking one of her candies and unwrapping it. "Open."

Her cheeks reddened but she did what he asked, "Its really good."

"I knew you'd like it." Austin said as the float started moving. He gave her a quick kiss. "Here we go."

"Here comes number fifty the Grover Beach Aquarium, where fish are regarded as friends and most definitely not food." The announcer said. "Performing on the float is Grover Beach's Austin Moon, Kelsey Creek, Zack Olivera, and Troy Jensen."

Austin smiled at Ally before they began to play.

They say the beat of a butterfly's wings
Can set off a storm a world away
What if that ride in the smallest of things
Can power the strongest hurricane?
What if it all begins inside?
We hold the key that turns the tide.

Just a pebble in the water (ohh)
Can set the sea in motion (ohh)
A simple act of kindness (ohh)
Can stir the widest ocean
If we show a little love
Heaven knows what we could change (oh yeah)
So throw a pebble in the water (oh yeah)
And make a wave, make a wave.
Make a wave, make a wave.

As they played all of the other people on the float threw candy and squirted water at the people sitting on the sidewalk. Ally found that she was having fun and that it didn't matter that people were looking at her because they were really looking at the beautiful float and at Austin and Kelsey who were singing the duet she and Austin had written after her first week as an aquarium volunteer. She didn't expect it but it happened anyway, Austin had taken one of the water guns and squirted her with it, that started a water gun fight aboard the float.

The single joys that you take and send
And reach out your hand to someone in need (help somebody)
Don't fool yourself and say you can't
You never know what can grow from just one seed (yeah).

So come with me and seize the day
This world may never be the same.

Just a pebble in the water,
(Just a pebble in the water)
Can set the sea in motion,
(Can set the sea in motion)
A simple act of kindness (ohh)
Can stir the widest ocean
If we show a little love,
(If we show a little love)
Heaven knows what we can change,
(Heaven knows what we can change)
So throw a pebble in the water,
(So throw a pebble in the water)
Make a wave, make a wave.

Just show a little love
You never know what we can change
Just throw a pebble in the water (ohh)
Make a wave, make a wave.

The crowd cheered and they continued down the street with Austin singing some of the songs she had written and doing some covers of Bruno Mars and Maroon 5 songs. The teenage and tween girls went crazy when he did a cover of One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful, he looked at Ally the whole time. They continued to squirt water at each other and they even ate some of the taffy they were throwing out. Ally joined everybody and surprisingly she didn't hurt anybody or herself with her dancing, it wasn't even bad dancing. Austin did a medley of patriotic songs ending with the national anthem and by the time they reached the end of the parade route there wasn't a single dry person on the float.

"That was so much fun." Ally said giggling as Austin lifted her off of her feet and spun her around.

"I told you that you'd have fun." Austin said. "Now my uncle wants me to pick up some things at the grocery store, want to come with?"

"Will you let me drive the jeep?" Ally asked her eyes pleading.

"Austin never lets anybody drive the jeep." Zack laughed.

"He doesn't even let anybody touch the keys." Troy added.

"Please Austin, I promise you that I have my license." Ally said.

"You guys were amazing." Ally turned to see Erik and her mother coming their way. Erik turned to Ally and asked, "Did you really write all of the songs that he said you did?"

"Uh yeah." Ally said.

"Well they were amazing." Erik said. He turned to Micah who was busy squirting Dez with the water gun. "Hey Micah did you have a good time with these guys?"

"Yeah dad it was so much fun." Micah said running away from Austin as he chased after the nine year old boy. Austin caught him and tossed him over his shoulder. "Ally help me!"

"She'll only end up like you Mic." Austin laughed.

"He's right." Ally laughed.

"They were really good songs Allyson." Her mother said awkwardly.

"Thank you." Ally said sounding just as awkward.

"Why don't we take him off of your hands." Erik said pointing to his son who was now eating a bunch of taffy with Austin.

"You're really going to let me do this." Ally said hesitant to take the keys.

"Just take them before I change my mind." Austin said looking away.

"I showed you my license that I've had for over a year now so you have nothing to worry about." Ally said taking the keys to the jeep from his outstretched hand, he squeaked in surprise. "Hop in."

Austin nodded and climbed for the first time into the passenger's seat. Zack had been right he never let anyone drive the jeep but he really couldn't say no to Ally when she pleaded with her doe eyes. He watched blankly as Ally adjusted the seat and thought it looked funny seeing someone as small as Ally behind the wheel of a car so big.

"Be careful with her." Austin said.

"Jeez you treat this car like its your baby." Ally said starting in the direction of his house.

"It is." Austin said.

They made it to his house with the jeep in once piece and Austin told her that he may let her drive it again. She teased him to no end about how he was gripping the handle too hard and about how he kept talking to the jeep telling it that he'd soon be back in the driver's seat. They had the barbecue, her family showed up, as did everybody else's. Austin joined his uncle at the grill and Ally helped his Aunt serve everybody. He like how much his aunt loved Ally, she was here often enough for them to build a friendship. They all had a good time laughing and dancing to the music selection that was playing through the outdoor speakers. Some of the younger kids had jumped into the pool and were playing Marco Polo while some of the older kids went inside and fired up the Wii. They laughed at the adults who looked ridiculous attempting to play Just Dance. Before they knew it the sun went down and it was almost time for the fireworks.

Ally sat at the edge of the pool with her feet in the water, Austin sat beside her his arm around her waist and his feet playing with hers. He liked how the fireworks could be seen from his house that way he's never have to go down to the crowded beach and fight some snarky tourist for a good spot. At the same time he did Ally angled her body so that they were facing each other. They shared a short kiss before they were pushed into the pool by their friends. He wanted to give his friends the middle finger but there were children present and he wasn't one to go and encourage foul manners and bad language even if he was guilty of having both. He merely smirked at them before pulling Ally in for a longer and slower kiss that had some of the adults whistling at them.

"So how was your Fourth of July?" Austin asked helping her out of the pool just as the first firework lit up the night sky.

"It was pretty amazing." She said scrunching her face as Austin helped her dry off.

So there it is chapter fourteen. What did you guys think? Did you love it? Did you hate it? You guys are all amazing for reading and reviewing. I hope you enjoyed this chapter please feel free to tell me what your favorite part of the story is so far. So the song Make a Wave is owned by Disney not by me and if you ever heard it you know its a duet sung by Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato so imagine Austin singing Joe's part and Kelsey singing Demi's parts, though if Ally didn't have stage fright it would be her singing.

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