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17. Chapter 17 by nickcarter280
“Do you like her?” He asked.
“Of course” The other answered
“No, I mean do you 'Liiike Heeer' ” He asked again. I can actually imagin him doing the same quotation sign with his hand, like Brian.
“You look and sound so funny ,dude” The other laughed
“AJ you know what I mean?” Apparently he was losing his temper. Which was something new and unexpected.
“Well, Howie, I like her as a sister” His answer brought a smile to my face.
We were on the bus going to the next unknown city on our schedule. They thought I was sleeping and that nobody can hear them. Those boys are so funny, or they must have thought that Nick’s snoring won’t make me hear them. Well that was a possibility.
“Why?” Howie asked. What a weird question?
“What do you mean “Why?” I think of her as a sister. How hard is that to comprehend” AJ replied.
“AJ, you never liked a girl like a sister. You always want something from them”
OK that made me frown, and suddenly I heard the silence around me. Nick stopped snoring, AJ was still not recovering from Howie’s words, and I couldn’t take my breath because I was afraid that they would realize I was awake.
“She reminds me of my cousin” AJ replied simply, and I was able to catch my breath again.
“What?” I heard Howie ask, surprised.
“What?” I heard Nick whisper under his breath. Oh, so he was awake!. “What bullshit” He continued, still whispering.
“What? You didn’t hear me? She reminds me of my cousin Sally. You saw her once” AJ said
“She doesn’t look like her at all, AJ” Howie shot back
“She’s got the same character”
“Yeah right” I heard Howie say. Then I heard it like an echo from the bunk above mine.
“I swear Howie, besides she is so much younger than me”
“Seven years aren’t that much”
“It is to me, I’m not Nick, and I don’t sleep with underage girls” AJ snapped.
“Son of a bitch” Again that came from the bunk above mine.
“She is not underage” Howie reminded AJ.
“She is to me. Besides I grew up Howie, you know that. I flirt, I joke, but that’s it. She needs someone on tour with her. It will be good if at least one of us was nice to her and tries to be friends with her” AJ always me savior.
I heard the silence again. Way to go AJ, you shut them up. Then I heard muffled laughter from the bunk above me. “Bullshit. And Howie believes that crap. Man!”
I didn’t want to believe Nick at all. Because I know AJ won’t try to do anything. If he would, he would have tried already.
I heard Howie mumble something. Then they turned the TV on. Five minutes later, the symphony from the bunk above me started again. Great, I couldn’t sleep till we reached the next town.
“Julie, try not to forget your session with Nick today” Kevin said giving me my Key card.
“I won’t. Don’t worry” I replied.
OK, something is fishy. He was nice, which is sooo not Kevin, at least not with me. I frowned then glanced at Brian; he shot me a weak smile then stepped into the elevator. Those boys never listen. Yet, he still needed a " thank you" for wanting to helping.
I stepped in the elevator after him, and whispered the “thank you” close to his ear. He leaned and shot a “welcome” at me, whispering as well. I smiled then the corner of my eye caught Nick’s face. That same annoying smirk on his mouth. He licked his lips seductively, and on purpose, then winked. I frowned. What is wrong with him?
When we reached our floor, I went straight to my room. I took a shower, and then started to get down to bussiness.
If Kevin wanted me to give Nick his session today, then he would have to take it in my room. My territory.
I made up the whole room. The messaging table setting in the middle of the room. The oil burner was on, giving the whole room sweet aroma. The music was on, with some CD made especially for work and relaxation. When I was sure that everything was the way I planned, I went to Nick’s room.
“I knew one day you would come and knock” He said grinning, stupidly in my opinion.
“It’s my job. Time for your session” I replied trying not to show any expression.
His grin became a frown, then he said “You don’t have your stuff with you”
“Because this session will be in my room, everything is set up there” I answered him.
“Why?” he asked
“Well, I guess it is better this way. For me and you both”
He looked skeptic at first, but finally he agreed.
When we stepped in my room, he looked surprised at first, and then he stood in the middle of the room not knowing what to do. I told him to go into the bathroom to take of his clothes, where I set the towels for him.
Minutes later, he came out with his bottom half wrapped in a big fluffy towel. He laid down and I started to warm the oil in my hands.
As usual I started at his feet, going up. Trying to work in total silence.
Five minutes later he raised his head to look at me and asked “Where is Kevin?”
“He is not coming to this session” I answered not looking up from what i was doing.
“What about AJ?”
“He won’t either”
“Aren’t you comfortable?” Then I looked at him “Do you want me to bring one of them?”
“No. It’s ok” He answered, then laid back down.
And I worked in silence, until i was done.
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“So I remind you of your cousin?” I said smiling at AJ’s direction. He almost choked drinking his milk shake
“You were awake?” I just replied with the sweetest fake smile I could master.
“You sneaky…” he didn’t complete his sentence.
“Were you that much of a flirt, I mean before, with girls?” I said seriously this time. We were at McDonalds’ for a friends night out. AJ had a craving for Big Mac™. Said he didn’t have it in "2 month". Poor baby.
“Yeah.” He said. I knew he didn’t want to talk about this topic, but I needed to know something.
“Why does Howie think that you like me?” I asked innocently
“You kidding?!” He said, but I guess my blank expression replied him, I didn’t know what he was talking about.
"They think that there is something going on...between us" He confessed not looking me in the eye.
"You are kidding?" Yeah, it was my turn to look astonished.
“Julie, you spend most of your nights in my room…ok, this sounded bad…but you do spend most of your nights in my room”
“That’s because Nick keeps making all these noises. I can't sleep” I defended
“They don’t know that. All they see is you coming out of my room every morning”
“Oh my God…” I screamed. Some heads turned to look at me, but then they turned again. Must have thought that I was simply crazy.
“You didn’t think about that before?”
“Never. AJ when you are not doing anything wrong, you don’t think that people around you would think of your actions the wrong way”
“True. But still, Julie everyone doesn’t think like you. Try not to be that innocent. Ok?” He advised
I simply nodded. I was about to cry. They thought I was sleeping with their friend. They thought that I might jeopardize my career with a fling. I like AJ, but definitely not in this way. Of course, they didn’t know that I was keeping myself for the right guy. But still, they shouldn’t think like this. Simply because I was spending sometime with a male friend, they think that I would jump in bed with him. Cavemen.
“Why didn’t you tell them anything before?” I asked.
“They never asked me directly, at least not until tonight. I won’t simply say “oh, we are not sleeping together”. They would think that I am lying. I know how they think. I’m sorry, but I was just waiting for them to ask first before I speak up. If I spoke first they will think that I am trying to defend myself. Besides it would have attracted more attention to the whole thing. Make a story look bigger than it seems, or even it would have attracted their attention, more, to the situation” He answered, babbling. His eyes trying to apologize
“I understand your logic” I replied then took a sip from my soda.
We completed our dinner in silence. After we finished eating we went back to the hotel. I went straight to my room and whispered a small “thank you” before I shut the door. I knew that there is only one person who can lift me up.
“Hello?” I heard her answer the phone.
“Karen, it’s me” I answered back.
“Oh! Now you remember you have a sister. How many days would it take before you left up your phone, dial the number and call your sister? It’s pretty easy by the way”
“Don’t Karebear me. Where have you been all this time?” She snapped.
“And you were sooo busy not to even send me an email, an SMS, or a phone call. Hell you could have left a message on the machine at night for all I care. You scared me” She inturrupted.
I heard a faint voice in the background say “Leave her alone. At least let her answer, or justify herself”. I smiled. I heard her snap at him “Oh shut up, it’s between me and my sister”
“So to what do I owe the honor of your gracious call?” She addressed me this time.
“Don’t talk to Chris like that” I said smiling. I always loved teasing her about Chris.
“Great. I find myself a boyfriend so you both be friends against me”
I laughed this time. Then my laugh turned into a sob, as I remember why I called her.
“Jewel, what's wrong?” I grin through my tears, just for hearing my nickname. When we were young kids, she wasn’t able to say Julie. It always came up Jewel. And it stuck to me since then. Only she who calls me that, and rarely.Only at times like this when she knows that this simple word would make me smile.
I told her the whole story. My sister, as much over protective as she is, suddenly yelled to Chris to log online and find 2 tickets to New York.
“We will meet you there. Isn’t it your next stop?”
“Yeah, but Karen you can’t come. You have work, so does Chris.” I try to put some sense into her head.
“We will call in sick. Or say it’s an emergency. I’m sure my boss won’t mind.”
“Kar…” I didn’t even complete the sentence.
“See you in 2 days. Bye”
And she hung up. ON ME.
In two days, all hell would break loose. Karen was coming to revenge.
"So, where are those backstreet boys?" I was stepping in the hotel restaurant for breakfast, when I heard that question. I knew instantly it wasn't a fan, but far worse. From the tone of the speaker, and of course her voice, I knew it was the one and only Karen Russell.
Prepare for the nuclear bomb that will hit your heads BSB Camp.
"Karen, don't make a scene" I heard Chris whisper when I approached them.
I hugged my sister from the back, probably giving them quite a scare.
"I missed you" I whispered in her ear. I nearly had tears in my eyes, I didn't know how much I missed her, them, until I saw them.
She turned around hugging me properly. "Me too" She whispered back. Chris didn't know what to do, so, the understanding him, just gave us our space. Karen isn't very much the emotional type, except when it came to me. And not always also, but she has her moments.
"Come on, I was about to have breakfast, why don't you join me?" I offered.
"We will put our stuff in our room, then will catch up with you" Chris said giving me a hug.
"Whatever fits you" I replied smiling. "I have a lot to tell you." I said.
"Not before I find those backstreet boys and torture them first" Karen interrupted.
"Karen we agreed you won't make a scene" Chris reasoned, rolling his eyes.
"I didn't agree to that" She said giving him a look.
"Well you shouldn't then, for the sake of Julie" He replied.
"I am going to torture them for the sake of Julie" She replied as if it was the most logical thing in the world.
"Julie would lose her job if you did" He was still trying to reason with her. I was about to laugh of the way they were talking. You feel like I was watching a tennis match, my head kept going back and forth.
"Then, why did we come here?" Karen said putting her hands on her hips.
"To support Julie, and take her mind of the things that are troubling her" He threw it right back at her, putting his arm around my shoulders.
"Guys, we will talk while eating. Now, both of you go to your room. Wash up, get settled" I stepped in. "Don't forget I will be waiting in the restaurant"
"Sure, see you then" Said Chris, Pushing Karen towards the elevator.
When I stepped into the restaurant, I spotted AJ setting alone, ordering his breakfast. When he saw me, he waved at me. I went straight his way. Even though I was supposed to avoid him, I just couldn't. He was my friend on tour, no matter what. Let them think whatever they want.
"What are you having, miss?" The waiter asked.
"Pancakes and Guava Juice, please. Oh and can you bring a lemon with that" I replied with a smile. He looked confused, but he wrote my order anyway.
"So, who were the people you were hugging outside?"
"My sister and my boyfriend" I answered smirking. We always said that when people asked us. It was a prank we made in college, saying that Chris was my boyfriend. It was fun when they saw Karen kissing Chris; they always thought that we were a threesome anyway.
"Really, I didn't know you have a boyfriend" He said surprised.
"Well, now you know" I answered smiling. The waiter interrupted us, putting our breakfast on the table.
"I don't know how you drink that" AJ joked as he saw me squeezing the lemon in the guava juice.
"You don't even drink guava, you wouldn't know" I said licking my fingers then making a face when I tasted the lemon, making AJ laugh at me. In an instant, his face turned serious. "Why didn't you tell us that you had a boyfriend before?" He interrogated.
"I don't know, it just didn't come up" I answered stirring my Guava lemon juice.
"Really?" he snapped, "oh, let me think, if the guys knew that you have a boyfriend from the beginning, non of what happened yesterday and the days before would have happened"
Then it struck me. That was a brilliant idea. Saying that Chris is my boyfriend, for real, not some prank. AJ is a genius.
"I'm sorry" I tried to look and sound sorry.
"It's ok" he sighed, then started eating.
I felt a hand on my back, when I turned and saw Chris's face; I jumped and gave him a hug, and whispered, loud enough for AJ to hear, "I missed you".
"I just saw you outside Julie" He said confused.
"Well can't a girl miss her boyfriend" I replied giving him a "please-understand-and-go-with-the-flow" look.
"Not again" He whined.
"Something wrong?" AJ asked
"Nothing" I answered squeezing Chris's hand.
"So where is Karen?" I directed my question to Chris.
"She will be down in a minute" He answered, then took a seat beside me. He waved for the waiter, and then took a sip of my juice. He made a face "How you drink that is beyond me" He joked.
"It tastes great, and I love it. Ask for your own juice then" I stuck my tongue out, I am a baby, I know.
"Don't give me that unless you intend on using it" He said wiggling his eyebrows. I blushed.
I heard AJ clear his throat as if saying, I am still here.
"Oh, I forgot to introduce you, silly me. AJ, this is Chris, my boyfriend. Chris, this is AJ, my friend, and a backstreet boy" I said giggling.
They shock hands with the "it's nice to meet you, you too" introductions thing, when suddenly we heard
"So, Here is one Backstreet boy" Karen said when she approached the table.
"Leave this one alone, he is the nice one" I replied.
"Ok, so where are the bad ones?" She asked looking around.
"One will be in here in..."AJ answered her then looked to his watch "5...4...3...2...1"
"Hi guys". Kevin said as he approached our table "We have new faces here today" He commented.
"This is Karen, Julie's sister. And this is Chris, Julie's boyfriend" AJ introduced. Karen smiled, and looked at me as if she was trying to read my mind through my eye. I gave her an "I will tell you all about it later" look. That is the greatest thing about the three of us; we understood each other just by looking in the other's eyes.
"Boyfriend, we didn't know you have a boyfriend Julie" Kevin said smiling, I didn't know if it was a smile of relief or a simple "I am happy for you" smile. But with Kevin's record, I think it was the first one.
"Well, you never asked. And it never came up" I blushed. I was lying through my teeth, and they believed me. No scratch that, I guess they chose to believe me. This way I would keep my clutches away from AJ.
While Karen and Kevin were ordering breakfast Nick, Brian and Howie approached our table. Nick was stumbling, an apparent hangover clouding his eyes.
"Who are those?" Nick asked indifferently
"Nick, be nice" Brian advised like a mother to her son.
"What? A person can't ask a simple question around here?" Nick snapped.
Karen's eyes were shooting daggers towards Nick; he either didn't notice or chose not to. The only thing that was keeping Karen from speaking her mind was me and Chris each holding her hands.
AJ made the introductions again, both Howie and Brian welcomed them, with a hint of surprise in their eyes, they just didn't comment upon it. However, Nick looked astonished.
"You have a boyfriend?" Nick asked me.
"Yes, is that a problem?" I replied.
"No, but your boyfriend is ok with you massaging naked guys? And travelling with at least 5 guys alone, not to mention you spending your nights on tour with AJ. Dude, how do you take that, I wonder?" Nick addressed Chris. Stunned and angry faces were the reaction Nick got from, practically, everyone on our table.
"What the fuck is your problem?" Karen snapped. It was about time also. She actually took more time then expected.
"What the fuck is yours?" Nick snapped back.
"Karen, calm down" Chris reasoned.
"No, I won't, I won't let him sit here and speak about you like this" She addressed Chris.
"What are you their mother?" Nick fired.
"Stop it, Nick" Kevin said trying to be calm.
"No, don't you see..."
"SHUT UP" Kevin yelled banging his hands on the table. Heads turned our way, but after long moments of silence, they stopped looking at us. Nick stood up abruptly, making his chair scratch against the marble floor, then left the restaurant.
"I'm sorry for that, when Nick is hung over, he acts like an ass, it is just that he have headaches, and his brain is not working well" Howie babbled trying to apologize to Karen and Chris.
"It's ok. It's not your fault" Chris said, and Karen merely nodded.
"Maybe when you see him again, you will know that he isn't that bad" Brian tried to lighten the situation.
"Oh, no thanks. First impressions are enough for me" She answered.
"Nick is in trouble, right?" I leaned and asked Karen.
"Oh, yeah! A big one...but he is not the only one" And she looked at me. I must have looked like a deer caught in the woods.
OH BOY. I hate when she does that.
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“Now tell me one thing, WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING?” Karen started off so calm then all of a sudden she switched into screaming.
We were back to my room. After the “bad” breakfast we just had, and that would be the understatement of this week, the boys were off to whatever interview, photo shoot, or anything they should to that day. And I was supposed to start planning for Nick’s session as well. Apparently this would have to wait after the lecture I was about to get.
“Karen, Leave her alone a little, even though I also would like to know, what were you thinking?” Chris said, addressing me with the last question.
“IT’S AN OLD TRICK JULIE, WHY DID IT COME TO LIFE NOW?”
“It’s not that old” I muttered
“DON’T BE A SMART ASS”
“Karen, stop yelling!” Chris said. “Julie, why did you say I am your boyfriend?”
“Well you kinda are, right?”
“WHAT?” Of course this was Karen.
“You are a boy, and my friend, that makes you my boy friend” I said hesitantly shooting them a shy smile. Ok, maybe a scared smile.
“Julie…” This time it was Chris who gave me the warning tone.
“Oh, Alright. It was AJ’s idea. Kinda…”
“Kinda what?” Karen asked when she saw that I wasn’t finished talking.
“Kinda his idea. It’s just that they all thought that I am sleeping with AJ. It was a stupid joke at first; I remembered our prank in school and thought that I do it with AJ. He then told me why I didn’t say that before since the boys already think that we are sleeping together. A light bulb went on over my head, and long story short…You know” I babbled.
“Oh Julie” Karen then gave me a hug and commented that this charade wouldn’t last forever.
“I know. I just want to shut them up for a while, especially Nick. You saw how he is?”
“But you know that made Chris look bad” She said.
“I knowwww. Just bare with me for a while. It’s not like you are going to stay here for a long time” I said with hopeful eyes. It was weird that Chris didn’t comment yet. But I am sure that he won’t say no. The guy is an angel.
“Ok, fine...but on conditions though. I am not going to kiss you in front of people or anything” Chris stated.
“EWWWW” I uttered.
“Oh, thank you very much” He said laughing.
“It is just you are like my brother” I replied.
“I know…anyway, no kisses or stuff like that, ok?”
“Deal?” Of course that was Karen again.
“Come on Karebear, pleaaaaassseeee” Yeah I become whinny when I want to.
“You know whining won’t get you anywhere?” and yeah, Karen figured me out long time ago.
“If you love me” I said, my eye brow lifted up and gave her a look.
“Now you are not playing fair” she said agitated.
“Come on, help your sister”
“Yeah, but you know this would be out in no time. You know we can’t keep our hands of each other”
“I know. I’ll keep praying though” I said laughing.
“So you have a boyfriend” Nick commented out of the blue.
I was giving him the back massage. A half an hour of total silence, and this is what he comes up with?
“Yeah. Is that a problem?” I asked wondering, what the hell was wrong with him?
“No, just that you didn’t strike me as the type with boyfriends” He replied casually, as if he didn’t just insult me.
“What is that supposed to mean?” I asked defensively.
“Well, I just imagined you, setting at your house, alone, lighting a scented candle beside you as you read a hopelessly romantic story and eating a bucket of ice cream.”
“FYI, I don’t eat a bucket of ice cream, too much sugar makes me gag. Ok “sugar”. And I don’t read romantic novels, they also make me gag”
“But you do sit alone reading with a scented candle on, right caramel?”
“Caramel?” I looked at him as if he was an idiot.
“You just called me sugar” he looked at me raising an eye brow as if he was saying “try to deny it”
“Caramel? That’s just ret…” Then I bit my tongue hard before I say something I might regret.
“That’s just what?”
“Nothing” I said as I continued rubbing his back, the process I realized I stopped doing. But noooo, he never leaves things as they are. He just sat up pulling the sheet to cover himself properly and looked me in the eye and asked “What were you going to say?”
“Nothing. Can we get back to our session, please?”
“Not until you tell me what you were going to say!” He replied as a matter of fact.
“Mr. Carter?” He asked astonished. “You never called me that before”
“I didn’t?, No I think I did”
“I don’t think so; it sure would have stuck in my head if you did”
“Well, My fault then. I should have called you Mr. Carter a long time ago. But still it is fixable, so would you please lay back down Mr. Carter” This time I stressed his name.
“No” He simply replied.
“NO?” I was about to start yelling. I knew I was. But I recollected every power I have to try not to.
“No, you still didn’t tell me what you were about to say. So…” Then something shinned in his eyes, as if, God forbid, he was thinking about something, or an idea just came to his mind “Forget about that, so, you have a boyfriend. How is he like? Looks handsome Julie” He suddenly said taking me by surprise.
I took a step back looking at him carefully, that’s when I couldn’t help myself but say
“Are you turning Gay now?” I said wondering. Why in the Hell would he say that Chris is handsome?
“WHAT? ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?” He asked apparently yelling at me.
“You just said he is handsome, that’s a gay thing” I tried to justify, only making matters worse.
“AND YOU JUST REPEATED THAT. Get out” He said pointing to the door.
“What?” I said taking another step back.
“I said GET OUT”
“You are in MY room” I tried to put some sense in his mind, obviously it back fired. His eyes turned gray as it was about to shoot fire at me.
“I am your boss, when I say get out, you get out” he said in a terrifying low tone.
I couldn’t talk; I just stood frozen not knowing what to do.
“GET OUT” that alone made me run to the door then slamming it shut as fast as I could. But then I stood in the hallway, not knowing where to go or what to do. He is in my room, ALONE. Who knows what he was doing in there, probably trashing it to punish me. Or may be putting itching powered in my underwear drawer or something. This is Nick we are talking about; you wouldn’t know what he is thinking. Add anger to the situation, the guy could be lethal.
Suddenly, and after about 10 minutes, he come out fully clothed and buttoning his pants.
“I won’t let this slide. I will do everything I can to get you fired” I stood there eyes wide and nearly in tears, but he didn’t say anything more. He stormed to his room and slammed it shut.
I didn’t know what to do next. So, I simply stood in the corridor crying my eyes out. I was in a daze. My mind kept wondering,
What the hell happened?
“I want her out of the tour Kevin. It is as simple as that” Nick and I stood in Kevin’s room after the fight. AJ was there for moral support. There was no one else in the room but us.
“I still need to have a very good reason for that” Kevin was sitting down looking at Nick with a smug look on his face. It was weird why Nick still didn’t explain the situation, he just barged in to the room, finding AJ and I there first, demanding that I have to be fired, with no explanations what so ever.
“I just need her fired. I can’t work with her anymore.” We all could tell that he was fuming with anger; he kept his cool though, trying to convince Kevin that his decision was a right one.
“Then, I’m sorry, I can’t.” Kevin said, then stood up, went to the mini bar, grabbed a soda for himself and started drinking it. He knew, as well as everyone else in the room, that he was making Nick mad with his indifference. I didn’t know why he was acting like this, but as long as I keep my job, I didn’t care.
“Why?” Nick asked through gritted teeth.
“I can’t give you a reason unless you give me one as well”
“I can’t work with her, this is my reason”
“I’m sorry, it is not good enough for me” He was still drinking his soda. AJ and I, however, couldn’t move. It was as if the fire emitting from Nick and Kevin’s eyes will burn us if they acknowledged us in the room.
“Listen Nick, It is written in the contract that I should pay her one million dollars if I fired her for no good reason, same if she quits. If she wants to quit, then she will have to pay me the same fine. And to tell you the truth, I am not ready to throw my money down the drain just because you can’t work with her. It has been two month now, Nick. All of a sudden you can’t work with her?”
His little speech made all of us surprised. I didn’t know that this was in my contract. Apparently, I would need to read the contract with a lawyer first before I sign anything. “What the hell did I put myself into?” I kept thinking. Hey, wait a min, I was insulted here. Was I the “drain”?
“Now, I told you my reason. Tell me yours” Kevin challenged.
“I will pay you the million, just get her out of the tour” Nick simply replied. As if a million dollars to him was like a cent given to charity.
“I’m sorry, I don’t accept charity from anyone” Kevin replied. See I told you.
Nick sighed. Apparently the “trying to keep his cool” plan was not working, or was failing terribly.
“No, Nick, I beg YOU to drop it. You are starting to give me a headache and can’t handle that now. Suck it up for the rest of the tour, and let the poor kid do her job. You were starting to get better…”
“GET BETTER. I DIDN’T KNOW I WAS SICK TO BEGIN WITH” Yeah, the “keeping cool” plan went down me, I mean the drain. MAN.
“You know what I mean.”
“NO, I don’t know what you mean Kevin. All of a sudden I found a masseuse shoved down my throat to fix something wrong with me, As If I need to be fixed. I AM FINE. YOU CAN’T ACCEPT THAT I MATURED…”
“MATURED… MATURED. You call yourself mature Nick. You are everything BUT. You drink and act like a teenager. And when you don’t get your way, you whine. Just like today, I don’t know what Julie did, but you came here, WHINING, to get her fired. When you didn’t get your way, you stormed and turned into a four year old boy having a tantrum. And you call yourself MATURE”
“If she doesn’t leave Kevin, I will. It is either me or her” And the answer was, surprisingly a high pitched laugh from Kevin.
“Neither of you are leaving. You are both bound by your contracts, yours with the agency, and hers with me. Nick you know better than that. So, I guess you are both staying. PERIOD” Kevin justified.
I guess Plan B also failed with Nick, because all he did was storm out of the room, slamming the door behind him.
“What the hell did you tell him that made him this mad?” It was the first time AJ spoke during the “Session”. He didn’t sound mad, just curious. I couldn’t see him because I kept my eyes on the floor. I was ashamed that I caused a fight between two friends.
“Julie!” That was Kevin of course. His tone was different from AJ’s. His was demanding. I only mumbled my answer. I know they must have not heard me because AJ, who was sitting right beside me, didn’t hear me.
“What did you say?” He asked.
“I… Well… I… Ummmm… I kinda, would have called him gay” the last word was barely a whisper. However, they heard it perfectly. Both of them had their eyes wide as saucers and didn’t know how to reply. It made me feel more ashamed.
“YOU DID WHAT?”
“Well, I didn’t mean to, he said Chris is handsome, and I couldn’t keep my mouth shut…” I was babbling, but yet I was interrupted.
“You were jealous that Nick called Chris handsome”
“AJ, Shut up. You are not even making any sense” That was again, the voice of reason, Kevin.
“Why would you tell him he is gay?” He asked.
“I told you, he said “let’s talk about your handsome boyfriend”. I just told him that gays call other guys handsome. And no, I wasn’t jealous.” I addressed the last sentence to AJ. Freak.
“Julie, he was trying to have a friendly conversation with you.” Kevin commented.
“Oh!” I was about to cry now.
“You blew the chance, MAN.” Then he sighed and continued “Let’s just hope we will have another one”
“But he was sarcastic, like he was trying to make fun of me. And he did make fun of me.”
“He was trying to be funny. Nick has a weird sense of humor.” AJ explained. “Come on honey, don’t cry. You didn’t know” I guess I didn’t know that the tears escaped my eyes. He gave me a hug, I was sure that Kevin looked annoyed, but he didn’t comment anyway. So I guess I am safe.
“It’s ok Julie. Just like AJ said, you didn’t know” He patted my back. I felt guilty.
“Nick was always self conscious about being called gay. When he was younger, it used to affect him bad. He turned into a play boy just to prove that he is a ladies man. I guess that wound didn’t heal yet.” Kevin continued. If this was his way of trying to make me calm down, he sucks at it. My tears turned into sobs. I felt even guiltier now, if that was possible.
“Give him some space. You can apologize to him later, ok?” AJ said.
“Like he would accept it. I’m sure he hates me, now.”
“Trust us, Nick is soft hearted. He doesn’t hold grudges for long. Besides, he knows that the situation is not that horrible, that’s why he didn’t give his “reason” to Kevin” He actually made the quotation marks with his fingers and glared at Kevin.
“Anyway, you aren’t going anywhere. You are staying on tour with us. But please, I don’t want anyone to know about what happened. Nick shouldn’t even know that you told us the whole thing. Ok?”
“Don’t tell anyone, especially your sister. I don’t want her to haunt Nick down. She seems like the kind who holds grudges”
Oh you have no idea…
Do you still remember this? I hope you are. I am planning to come back for good this time, post every week or so. So please review and tell me if you are still interested. And send your ideas i love brainstorming.
The next morning, stress was thick in the air; you can cut it with a knife. Nick and Brian's family were on a table eating breakfast. AJ and Howie were on another one. Kevin and his wife, who just joined tour this morning, were on a third one. Of course Chris, Karen and I had the last one. The restaurant was very quiet except for the sounds of cutlery meeting the porcelain dishes, and some whispers here and there.
"What is going on today?, everyone seems so gloomy." Karen leaned to ask me.
"Don't ask. It's a long story." I replied.
"I'm listening" She said looking me in the eye.
"Well I can’t talk. Confidential stuff and all" I never lied to my sister, and I won’t start now. The look on her face showed that she didn’t like that answer very much. But she didn’t comment anymore.
"I heard yelling yesterday" Forget what I just said.
"It's a part of the confidential stuff I am not supposed to say."
"Hmmm…" She uttered. "Why was Nick yelling at you then?, or is that still part of confidential stuff you talk about."
I simply nodded, making her annoyed. "Confidential my ass, what the hell is going on here?"
"Karen, leave her alone. If she can’t say, she can’t say" Chris, my savior (as usual) said.
"I have to go now, got to prepare my next session" I said, after that comment and left the table as fast as I could, to avoid any more interrogations from Karen.
In the corner of my eye I saw Nick rise from his seat as well, he followed me to the elevators, and even got in with me. We both stood silent for a while, even though that we were totally alone. Then I decided to break the silence since the elevator was slow and we were on a high level.
"Listen… I am sorry for what I said yesterday. It was uncalled for. I was just kidding but apparently my sense of humor didn't appeal to you." I said not even looking him in the eye.
"It's OK" he only answered.
I was so surprised, "did he just accept my apology?" I kept thinking. My head snapped up to look at him. He smiled a warm smile and said "What?"
"Nothing" I answered smiling back. He had a great smile. I felt that I stared at him too long, so I turned back and look at the floor blushing. The elevator dinged and we got off.
"Meet me in my room in 15 minutes, Ok?" I told him, and then I realized it must have sounded too horrible. Surprisingly he just nodded and didn't give me any weird smirks or anything. Oh my God, the boyfriend plan must have worked.
If only I knew…
In the room, we had a very silent session. We didn't exchange any words at all.
And it was driving me crazy, so the big mouth that I am, decided that I need to break that new kind of ICE. So, I started talking again.
“Nick, can I ask you a question?” He only moaned as an answer, he was so relaxed he didn’t even want to open his mouth, WOW I am good.
“Why are you nice to me?”
“Make up your mind Julie, do you want me nice or not? I don’t want to play games here” He answered lazily without even lifting his head from the massaging table.
“I was just curious, that’s all?”
“And you know what it did to the cat, hon”
“But I am not a cat”
“You will be if you don’t let me be for now, a dead one if I might add” only then did he look at me, to address the message properly, I guess.
“OK” I answered. “Umm, Nick?”
“I’m sorry, for calling you… for earlier, I mean”
“It’s ok, not the first time I hear it. I just don’t know how to take a joke I guess. Now back to that good massage of yours”
Only then did I realize that I stopped the massage. So, I resumed my work, and did the rest of the session in silence.Little did I know that starting this night was the true beginning of Hurricane backstreet
“I can’t believe you are leaving already.” I said as I hugged my sister goodbye in the airport.
“Well, you don’t need us anymore. I can see you can take care of yourself sister. Besides, Chris couldn’t take more than a 2 day vacation.”
I was proud, even though she said it in the middle of the sentence, but for her to admit that I can take care of myself was what I really needed in the middle of the madness they call a backstreet tour.
“You take care, and call us if you needed anything, ok?” Chris said as he was hugging me.
“I will, don’t worry” then I leaned into him and whispered “Take care of her” ,because annoying AJ who started having a crush on my sister decided to tag along with us. In the corner of my eye I saw AJ hug Karen, a little bit too long, and I felt Chris tense in my arms. So I just simply added
“Thank you, for enduring what I’ve put you through.” He simply smiled and hugged me again. He touched Karen’s shoulder, who was still hugging AJ, or at least trying to get out of his embrace, to tell her that they have to go. In a very much unintended action, he held her hand in his and they went through the gates and we waved them goodbye until we couldn’t see them again.
“He is totally not your boyfriend.” AJ commented smirking, as if he just didn’t drop a bomb over my head now.
“WHAT?” Then, I realized that I screamed a little too loud when some heads turned my way.
“It totally shows that he is not your boyfriend”
“Oh yes, he is”
“Oh no, unless he is cheating on you with your sister.”
“You are a yucky person AJ”
“A Yucky??!” he was astonished yet amused “You are a weird person, Russell”
“Last names?! Ohhhhhhhh, I didn’t know that we were allowed to use them Mclean.” I throw back.
“We are, when some one you thought is a friend lies to you.” He put me in silence, I couldn’t answer as I saw confusion, and a hint of pain in his eyes.
“I just would love to know why you lied to us” He said.
“How did you know he is not my boyfriend?” I asked trying to keep myself from answering his question.
“To tell you the truth, he is a great actor, even better than you. Until now, until the goodbye, the way he said good bye to you was too brotherly. Not to mention the way he flinched when he saw me hugging his girlfriend” He took a pause to check out my expression, and I guess it said I knew exactly what he meant because he only smiled. “Besides, they are making out in that gate right now, as if they missed each others so much”
“What?” I tried to check what he is talking about, but damn me for being short, I couldn’t see anything and starting jumping trying to catch a glimpse of what he is seeing. AJ kept laughing at me. It wasn’t funny, I can’t believe them.
“Come on, I need to leave before anyone recognizes me, and on the way to the hotel, you can tell me your reason for lying to your only friend on tour” He was playing the guilt card, while grabbing my hand and lead me to the sliding doors.
And he succeeded; I’ve never felt as guilty as I did at that moment.
“I still can’t understand what you were thinking.” He was sad with a hint of anger that he successfully kept out of his voice, but failed to hide from his eyes. We were on the bus taking us to another nameless city. They all look the same after the first week on tour. Howie was with us, a lovely addition on our tour bus, but honestly not at the moment. I had an angry backstreet on my hands and we were waiting for a hung-over one to join us.
“I told you AJ, it was supposed to be a prank, it just backfired because my logical part of the brain didn’t work” Then I heard laughter, coming directly from Howie.
“And I still can’t believe that you knew?!” I nearly screamed at Howie.
“It is really stupid not to realized Julie. Unlike AJ though, I guess I understand where you come from. Not a 100% but I’d say 20%.”He said, after the biggest snicker I’ve ever heard.
“How did you know?” Yes I whined, I learned from the best.
“Come on, it’s as shiny as the sun.” Howie said laughing.
“Told ya” AJ replied.
Once we heard the footsteps taking the two steps on the bus our heads turned to the source of the sound to find a very, as I said, hung-over Nick holding his head.
“What’s with the long faces?” He looked at us and commented.
“Nothing, I am going to bed” AJ said and left. I tried to go after him but Howie shock his head at me, a gesture that didn’t go unnoticed by Nick. Apparently Drinking and hangovers never stop him.
“OH! Trouble in paradise.” He teased
“Shut up Nick!” all of us, even AJ in his bunk yelled at him.
“OWWWWWWWWWWWW” Nick screamed in agony holding his head again. Suddenly he laid his head on my lap and grabbed my hands and placed them on his temple. I got the idea and started massaging his head as I did before. He sighed in content while Howie gave us quizzing looks.
“Serves you right.” I said addressing Nick.
“Shut up!” He replied “and don’t you dare stop what you are doing.” A long pause hung in the air, and given to Nick’s curiosity, it was a bit weird.
“So, what’s up? What is going on here?” Told you!
“Nothing!” I filled in quickly.
“I heard boyfriend and Karen and stuff, is he jealous?!” Next I know Howie jumping in filling Nick with the whole story, because he didn’t want AJ to be picked on by Nick. Yeah sure, no problem with Nick picking on Julie though.
“I don’t like AJ like that. We are just friends. Would you please get this in your head?” I glared at them both, Nick for the comment, and Howie for spilling the beans.
“I KNEW IT!” Nick screamed then laid his head further on my lap, with a moan. It must have hurt to scream like this with a hangover.
“You too?!” The trick used to work all the time. Why this time? Those backstreets are not easy to fool, got to keep that in mind.
“Told ya, Caramel. The guy’s eyes were screaming “I LOVE KAREN”. He totally didn’t look like your boyfriend” Even though it was really annoying how right Nick was. How small I felt inside for picking a fight with him for nothing, hurting both his feelings and AJ’s. If At least the plan had worked, I wouldn’t feel as shameful as I am now. Not only did I lie to a friend, I must have looked my worst in front of them all. Yet, I still smiled. The amusement in Nick’s eyes was to extreme levels. So in a form of apology, I let the “Caramel” Comment slide, even smiled because of it.
“Caramel?!” That was Howie of course.
“Long story” Both Nick and I said at the same time.
“You told me nothing, you just made fun of me” I commented.
“Potato, potato, besides you called me GAY!” Ok, so he will never forget this, the guy can hold grudges.
“You did what?!” Again, dear Howie.
“Another long story” It was only me this time who replied. “I’ll tell you later, Howie. This girl is evil” Nick said.
“Nick, quit it. You tried to get me fired.”
“Oh! You deserved it.”
“You guys are weird.”
“WOULD YOU GUYS SHUT UP, I AM TRYING TO SLEEP” This sentence was directed to us from the Bunks, adorned with nicely chosen obscenities of course. It wouldn’t be AJ if it doesn’t cuss.
“Julie, Keep massaging” Nick whined.”My head is about to explode”.
“Ok, Sugar” This time he moaned out of frustration, and then pinched me!
“That is going to leave a mark, Nick!” My voice got introduced to new pitches.
“Serves you right” Nick said smirking and Howie Laughed.
Ok Carter, You win the battle but not the war.