A Few Hours Later…
Nick looked at the clock and sighed, he had to start to get ready for the soundcheck party, and unfortunately, he didn’t want to go. He looked over at Veronica who was watching TV intently and smiled. They’d spent most of the time after AJ left playing games, watching TV and talking, it reminded of Nick of the week he spent with her. The closer it got to the concert, the more nervous and depressed he grew. He knew it would only be a matter of time for him to leave and for her to return home. He tried not to think about it and just enjoy the time, but it was hard.
He turned on the couch and looked at her, there was still so much about her he didn’t know, so many things, her likes and dislikes.
“Hey V, tell me something you’ve never told anyone before, or something you’re generally too afraid to tell someone.”
She looked over at him, raising an eyebrow, “What brought this on all of a sudden?”
“I’m just curious, c’mon tell me.”
Veronica stared at him, “If I don’t tell anyone else, why would I tell you?”
“Cause you like me and I’m a cool guy,” he winked.
She rolled her eyes, shaking her head, “Sure.”
“Ugh, mmmm…oh man…well…”
She sighed, looking at him a moment before looking away, “I…I love Kenny G.”
He blinked, “That’s it?”
“What do you mean that’s it? That’s a big thing! The few times I’ve told people I like him they’ve looked at me like I’m crazy.”
“I don’t see why, he’s cool. I listen to him sometimes too.”
Veronica rolled her eyes again, “Sure Nick, thanks for trying to make me feel better.”
“I’m not, it’s true! I have one of his cds…seriously!” Nick exclaimed at her incredulous look.
She simply stared at him.
“You don’t believe me? Fine…” he stood, walking over to his bunk, rummaging around inside for a minute before pulling out one of his cd wallets, bringing it back over and sitting next to her again. He unzipped it and started flipping through it.
“Nick, what are you doing?”
“Here…see?” He turned the cd wallet suddenly.
Veronica stared down at the cd in the sleeve, her eyes widening.
“Uh huh, his greatest hits cd. You can apologize anytime.”
She blinked, looking back up at him, “I’m sorry, honestly I never pegged you as a Kenny G type is all.”
“Hey now you’re a fan, I’ve always said I’ll listen to anything.”
“I know, but I always thought that was just one of those generic statements,” she grinned.
“Anyway…don’t be like…embarrassed or anything about that. Kenny is really cool, and he’s a nice guy.”
“You’ve met him?”
“Yeah at an awards ceremony one time, great guy, he’s got a nice family too.”
“Wow Carter, I’m impressed. I guess I learned something new about you too.”
“That’s right you did. As much as I hate too, I have to get ready, soundcheck is in forty five minutes.”
“Well you’re coming right? No…you are coming, I’m not taking no for an answer. You can sit in the pit and watch.”
Veronica smiled, “Sure!”
“Cool and after you can go and get…stuff,” he winked.
She blushed, “Yeah, stuff. Ok, so I’m gonna go head out, have fun.”
Nick watched as she made her way out the bus, sighing softly. Digging into his pocket, he pulled his phone out, dialing quickly.
“Hey it’s me, look I need a favor, is Tricia around?”
Veronica made her way down from the stage and into the small area sectioned off. She stopped right in the center and looked the venue over. Since it was an outdoor venue, the actual seating wasn’t as great as an indoor arena. She’d seen several concerts in this arena, including her first ever concert, which happened to be Backstreet Boys, there, were a lot of memories. Now she would have one more to add, one more extraordinary memory, it was beyond anything she could’ve ever imagined or dreamed.
She watched as a few girls started to make their way in, brandishing BSB t-shirts, their favorite guy’s name on their faces, assorted sized poster boards in various colors decorated with glitter, markers and pictures. Veronica couldn’t help but smile, she could relate to it all. She too at one point had had her sign made declaring her love, it never seemed silly because she knew she would be surrounded by others who felt the same way, would do the same thing. It was very much like being a part of an extended family, a very large extended family. It didn’t matter that everyone may not speak the same language, but they all came together because of five guys.
Clearing her throat, she looked away when a few girls started pointing towards her; she knew they were trying to figure out who she was. In the end it really didn’t matter, they’d never see her again and really, she wasn’t anyone they’d need to worry about. Looking around, she found an area to sit and waited. A short time later the announcer came out and explained that the guys would be out in a moment and that afterwards, there’d be a few minutes for them to ask questions and take pictures before they left to get ready for the concert. Veronica found herself growing anxious, almost forgetting that she wasn’t here as just a fan this time, but as a friend. Still it didn’t seem to matter, her heart was racing.
A short time later, the guys made their way out onto the stage amidst the small clapping from the winners, only ten were selected and each could bring with them one person, so it averaged out to about twenty girls. Veronica dug around in her purse, pulling her camera out and getting it ready. Just because she knew Nick, didn’t mean she wasn’t going to take pictures to remember. She smiled as the guys started singing, acting silly and teasing each other. Veronica waited until Nick came center stage and lifted her camera, snapping a picture quickly. She saw him look down at her, his eyes widening when he noticed the camera in her hand, giving her a questioning look. She shrugged and grinned. Shaking his head, he turned and headed back over to the rest of the guys.
Over the next several minutes, the guys sang a few songs, never quite finishing all of them; Veronica snapped several pictures before putting her camera away, saving the rest of her film for the actual concert. At one point during the performance, Kristin had come to talk with her before heading backstage.
About ten minutes later, they finished up, taking a few minutes to sign cd liners and take pictures with the winners before heading backstage to get ready for the concert. Veronica gathered up her purse and started out the venue and over to the souvenir area, when someone tapped her on the back, it was Rick.
“Veronica, Nick asked me to have you meet him in the rec room, he said it won‘t be long and that you can come right back to get your stuff, whatever that is.”
“Ok,” she chuckled, following him as he led her back on stage in search of Nick.