so this is based off of some articles i saw trending on twitter the other day about NASA finding a parallel universe (that was later confirmed as a hoax which is tragic) so i ended up writing this?? also i literally wrote this at 5 in the morning so like if it doesn’t make sense or whatever, that’s why.
lower case intended.
“so i saw this article on twitter—it was later proved false but that’s besides the point—“
“that’s not gonna stop you from coming up with theories, is it?”
“if you already know the answer, then why ask?” you heard Calum let out a huff of amusement next to you but you continued. “anyway, the article was about NASA discovering evidence of the existence of a parallel universe, right? And it got me thinking—what do you think your parallel universe self is doing right now? what do you think he’s like?”
Calum was silent for a moment, and you briefly wondered if he was quietly musing over your childlike excitement over the topic. but this was what you two did; laid down on a blanket in the backyard of your home, staring up at the night sky, fingers brushing together shyly as if you two had just started going out, afraid to take the next step, as opposed to have been together for years like you were. just laying with him underneath the stars made your heart flutter like it did the first time you saw him.
“well,” Calum spoke up after taking a breath. “if we’re taking in the popular theory of our parallel universe selves being complete opposites of us, i don’t think i really want to consider what my version of him is doing right now.” you glanced at him, eyebrows knitting together. but Calum was staring up, the glow of the moon and stars softening his sharp features from the slope of his nose to the angular cut of his jaw. he was so handsome. it left you breathless every time. Calum’s voice quietened, low under the dark of he night. “he’s probably real fuckin’ lonely.”
“a parallel universe doesn’t necessarily have to mean complete opposite of our universe, you know.”
“i know,” Calum responded. “but there may be a reality out there where the band doesn’t exist—hell, where i don’t even know the boys. that’s not a universe i want to consider.”
you turned your head to look up at the sky once more, a thoughtful hum passing through you as you said, “i don’t think so.”
you could feel Calum’s gaze on you. “what do you mean?” he asked, a short yet gentle chuckle escaping him.
your right hand was resting near his left, so you subtly shifted your fingers until they were brushing against his. you smiled slightly when Calum moved his to intertwine with yours. keeping your train of thought on track, you said, “i think what you have with the guys is a kind of bond that transcends space and time.” you were aware you probably sounded a bit out there, but you truly believed in your words. “you may not meet the way you did in our reality, you may not even be in a band, but i have no doubt the four of you found your way to each other in every universe that may exist. it would be a tragedy if you didn’t.”
Calum was silent, listening to your words carefully, the cicadas chirping around your backyard lit by the glow of the moon. you glanced at him, watching as a small, thoughtful smile curled at his lips. “so you think if my parallel universe self decided to pursue soccer, he still has the boys by his side?”
“oh, no doubt,” you answered instantly, truly believing in your answer. it was hard not to. the relationship Calum had with his bandmates—his best friends—was one that lasted beyond a lifetime. there was no doubt in your mind it lasted beyond space and time, too. “but a universe without 5 Seconds of Summer—that’s not one i’d wanna live in.”
he let out a laugh at that, the sound one of your favorites as he gave your fingers a squeeze. “what about you?” he asked, turning his head to look at you, dark eyes ones you could willingly lose yourself in. “what’s your parallel universe self doing?”
“i don’t know,” you answered, because you truly didn’t. you believed where you were in life right now was exactly how it was supposed to play out—you couldn’t begin to think what it would be like in an alternate reality. fictional or not. as you gazed up at the glittering stars, you let out a soft breath. “no one should live their life less happier than they could be. whatever she’s doing, i hope she’s happy.” you looked at Calum once more, heart content and smile soft. “like i am.”
his gaze met yours once more, the moonlight an ethereal glow against his skin, and not for the first time, you lost your breath at how beautiful he was. he was the love of your life, plain and simple, and nothing brought you the kind of peace of mind and contentment as Calum did in these moments. just the two of you, basking in each other’s company, wanting nor needing anything more.
you watched as Calum’s gaze ran over you, as if memorizing every inch of your face for the millionth time, his gentle smile ever present. you two stayed silent for a few moments, just watching each other, as Calum’s right hand came up to gingerly cup your left cheek. “i don’t think my relationship with the boys is the only one that transcends time and space,” Calum said, his voice a quiet rasp. he was close, breath fanning over your lips, urging you to close the distance between the two of you. his lips brushed against yours as he said, “i’ve got no doubt you and i end up together in every reality that exists.”
your heart jumped, breathless and entranced and loved. “really?”
“yeah,” Calum replied surely, his small smile mirroring your own as he repeated your sentiment from before. “it would be tragedy if we didn’t.”