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The alarm in my room rang promptly at 5:00 a.m. and I groaned as I rolled over to shut it off. I got up and searched through the tiny hotel dresser drawers and replayed the previous day’s events. I laughed to myself as I found a pair of running shorts, a sports bra, and an old t-shirt. I threw them on with a pair of old running shoes and headed out the door to the hotel gymnasium.

I got on the treadmill and started walking slowly and gradually worked my way up to a steady jog. After about an hour of my workout, I headed back upstairs. My feet still felt like they were on the treadmill, so when I ran into someone, I nearly fell over.

I reached out to steady myself and I felt a strong pair of hands on my waist. I looked up and saw the eyes that I had gazed into only 12 hours prior.

"Fish Bones? What are you doing here?" I asked as I regained my balance. I let go of his arm and studied him. He looked completely different than he had the day before, I think it was the sweats and the bandana.

"I’m staying here, what are you doing here? Did you follow me home yesterday?" He said with a cheesy grin. "Nah, I know you’re not like, a groupie or anything, right?"

"Well, not yet. I still have to find a copy of the CD that you have out right now. As soon as I get back to the states, trust me, I’ll be looking. Then, I might just call you so that you can sign it before you become too famous." I responded and winked at him. "So, anyways, how are things with you and Kirsten?"

"Fine, I guess. I mean, she nearly ran me over when I walked into the hotel yesterday. It was like we hadn’t seen each other for weeks, months even." He chuckled.

We stood there standing together and talking for a few more minutes when I heard someone calling my name. I looked around the lobby and saw my best friend Amethyst and a couple of my other tour friends waving for me.

"Come on Jade! We’re going to be late for breakfast if you don’t come now! You can chat up the hottie later." Ames called. I held up one finger and turned back to Nick.

Nick’s POV

"So, I guess I gotta go. I still have your number, maybe I’ll give you a call." She said and began to walk away. Suddenly she stopped and turned back around. "Do you want to join us?"

Before I could stop myself, I said "Sure, I’d love to. I just hope I’m not intruding."

"No, don’t worry. The girls and I love having company at meals. It’s kind of like a test, to see if you can actually sit at a table with a bunch of girls without being a pervert." She said. I stood in front of her stunned, wondering if I’d be able to act cool, and suave, instead of a bumbling idiot in front of her.

"Come on Carter, you have got to get a hold of yourself. This girl cannot intimidate you, she’s at least 6 inches shorter than you, come on now. Besides, think of Kirsten." I said to myself. I shook my head to clear my thoughts and returned my focus to her question, "Um ,you know what, I’d love to, but I can’t. I really wish I could, but I have to go work out and then I’ve got a really busy day ahead of me. I’m sorry. Maybe some other time though."

She looked really disappointed, but she turned on a smile and nodded. "Alright then, your loss, I guess. I’ll see you around some time, I mean, it’s a small world, right?"

"Right, see you!" I said. I watched as she caught up to her friends and linked arms with them. They began to do their girly laughing and giggling thing, and I just shook my head at it. Too funny.

I went into the hotel gym and luckily there was no one else in there. First I got onto a bicycle and pedaled hard for about 10 minutes, as if I was trying to rid myself of a strong anger or hatred of something that I was unaware of. What was wrong with me lately?

"Come on Carter, you know what’s up. That girl actually has an effect on you." I said out loud as I pedaled harder. Just then, Kirsten walked in.

"What’s up babe? Were you just talking to yourself?" She asked me.

"Yeah, I’m pushing myself. I’m really trying to stay on this program. Anyways, I think it’s about time for a break." I said and got off the bike.

I sat down on the nearest bench and chugged the bottle of water I had brought with me. Before I knew it, the water was gone and I found myself still searching for a drink. "Anyways, so what are we doing today?" I asked Kirsten.

"Well, that’s what I came to talk to you about. It looks like the schedule has been cleared. We can do whatever we want." She moved closer to me and began to trace her fingers over my shoulders and down my chest. "I was think that I could join you in the shower after you were done working out and then we could spend the entire day in bed, if you know what I mean." I looked at her just as she winked at me.

I had to laugh to myself when she tried to look sexy because even though she was so damn good at it, I wasn’t really thinking about having sex with her at that moment. "You know what, Kiki? That sounds like it would be a good plan except that I heard that it’s going to be beautiful out today and how often are we in Spain?"

"How could you ‘hear’ that it was going to be beautiful? You don’t even understand Spanish." She retorted and pushed herself away from me.

"Whatever." I said and she walked out of the workout room. I just rolled my eyes and went back to working out.


Jade’s POV

"So Jade, who was that guy you were talking to earlier?" my friend Bianca asked me after we had ordered breakfast.

"He’s a guy I met yesterday in the bakery down the street. He was having a hard time ordering, so I helped him out." I said and took a sip of my drink to hide the pink color of my face.

"Yeah, well, he’s a hottie girl. You need to bag him!" Savannah said.

"Vannah! I can’t just do that! Besides, he’s got a girlfriend. He is hott though, isn’t he?" I gushed. My friends and I sat around talking for a few more minutes before our food arrived. We ate and talked and laughed and had a great time.

"Can you guys believe that we leave the day after tomorrow?" I said, kind of sad that we were leaving Spain.

"It’s been a great trip girls. I’m glad that we’re all in this thing together. Next time, we’ll have to go some place more romantic so we can all hook up with someone!" Amethyst said.

"Amen to that sister!" We all cheered and clinged our glasses together.

"Man, I love this place! Plus having some knowledge of the Spanish language helps out a lot." I said.

"Yeah, as I said before, it really helps you bag guys!" Savannah commented again. We all laughed and went back to eating our food.

"So, Jade, what are you going to do for the rest of the trip?" Bianca asked.

"Well, hang out with you guys of course, go clubbing, not think about work, and sleep as much as possible before we get back to the states because you all know that once we get back, we’re going to be SO busy with work again!" I said and took a sip of my hot chocolate.

"I hear you girl! We’re gonna be so busy going on tour for like, the next year! I’m excited, but I’m really nervous too! I’m not sure if I’m ready for it!" Ames said.

"Oh Ames, if anyone’s ready it’s you! Now hurry up and eat your food and let’s get some last minute shopping done so we can look really hot tonight!" I said. We finished our food quickly and paid the bill. We grabbed our purses and went out into the day to begin our shopping extravaganza.