Luke Hemmings Imagine “Laundromat”
(A/N: Photo is not mine. Sort of an AU)
Staring at my clothes flopping over one another in the soapy water of the washing machine, I heard my phone’s generic ringtone fill the room. I couldn’t control the instant happiness that washed over me when I saw my boyfriend Luke’s name on the screen.
“Hey babe!” Luke chirped through the phone.
“Hi Luke!” I answered happily. “How are you?”
“I’m good, I just finished up some interviews and I figured I’d call you before our acoustic gig tonight. It must be around 8 there in Sydney, yeah?” He replied.
“Oh that’s good, you’ll have to let me know how it goes. Or I’ll just watch it online later. Yeah it is, it’s getting dark here so early recently!” I said, looking out the window to see a dark sky.
“You’ll get used to it, that reminds me, how Australia treating you?” He mused, and I could hear the smile in his voice. I had decided to study abroad for a semester in Sydney and Luke could not be happier about it.
“It’s great! I love everything so far; that restaurant you told me about is amazing! Oh except that my washing machine broke, so I’ve been going to a laundromat.” I explained, glancing around the room. Catching a few awkward stares, I guess I had been talking louder than I should have been.
“You’re not there right now are you?” Luke asked, the cheerful tone he had been using earlier replaced by a sort of cautious one.
“Yeah I am, why?” I asked
“Y/N, I don’t know, a pretty girl at a laundromat alone at 8 at night just does not seem like a good idea to me.” He said nervously.
“Oh you’re overreacting! It’s fine, there’s barely anyone here anyway.” I said, a few people, mostly men scattered around the room.
“That doesn’t make me feel any better, actually, that’s even worse. Just go home and buy a new washer! I’ll pay for it, I don’t care, just go home right now.” Luke insisted, his voice always picks up speed when he’s upset.
“No I got it, thanks for the offer, but I’m not going to get a new one until this weekend and I still have-” I looked up at the machine “another 25 minutes so I’m staying right here until then.” I said calmly. I heard him sigh on the other line.
“Great, now you just announced to the whole place when you’re leaving! Babe, I know I told you that Sydney is a pretty safe city, but not it’s not this safe. Please for me, go home.” He pleaded.
“No Luke” I replied firmly, wanting to say yes but there was something important that I wanted to be clean to wear again.
“Y/N, what is so important that can’t wait until later?” He asked, frustrated. I sighed.
“I’m washing the shirts you left for me” I replied softly.
“Oh” he stammered “I’m sorry Y/N, you know I just want you to be safe.”
“ I know” I squeaked, trying not to get emotional.
“Ok” Luke said, collecting himself, “I’m going to stay on the phone with you until you’re done and in the car driving home. Then next time you need to wash something you’re going to go to my parents house, ok?” he said. “And before you say anything, my parents would love to have you, they ask about you all the time and they love you so don’t fuss.” He said. I smirked when he said fuss, it was a word he clearly picked up from me.
“Ok” I answered, smiling when I realized that Luke seems to fix everything in my life, even when I don’t ask him to.
“So, how much time left?” He asked
“20 minutes” I giggled
“Well do you wanna hear about what we have planned for derp con so far? We did some planning for it at that meeting I told you about this morning.”
“Sure! Am I coming to that?” I asked, honestly forgetting, he has so many events I can barely keep up.
“Of course you are! Ok so..”
I listened to his soft voice for the next twenty minutes, our conversations always flow so naturally. I was actually a little sad when I heard the timer go off.
“Was that the machine?” Luke mumbled, I could hear disappointment in his voice.
“Yeah” I said, putting my phone between my shoulder to scoop out my wet clothes and put them back in the basket.
“Ok, well-” I started, reluctantly preparing to say goodnight.
“Wait!” Luke exclaimed, cutting me off.
“What?” I asked
“Don’t hang up until you’re in the car.” he instructed.
“Ok, ok, jeez” I laughed, balancing the basket on my hip and fishing out my car keys. I looked around cautiously before walking out, the wind taking me by surprise but I got to my car. I’m glad I was still on the phone with Luke, even though we weren’t talking, it was a little eerie outside and just knowing he was in reach helped.
“Ok” I said, closing the door and starting up my car. “I really am all set this time, Thanks Luke.” I said.
“Did you lock the car doors?” Luke asked.
“Opps” I giggled, clicking the lock.
“You’re hopeless without me” Luke laughed.
“I love you” I said softly.
"I love you too, Y/N, goodnight. But text me when you get home!”