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Flower Boy Episode 29



Flower Boy Episode 29

By Oyebamiji Samue

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( Whom did Larry Love? )

Nancy’s POV

“Nancy, as much as I like you, I won’t want to sleep in the same room with you please, I’m sorry , see you tomorrow ” Brian said and walked out

I can’t believe my ears . I didn’t know that Brian can reject any of my offer. My mind drifted to Anthony immediately. I noticed I haven’t seen him around lately. Maybe he chose to stay indoor

I walked to and fro my room thinking about Brian and Anthony. Anthony has always being my crush ever since I heard of him. I’ve never imagined that someday , we will meet and even stay in the same house

Nevertheless, Brian is so caring and I like him. I really want Brian to me my man but my heart has never feel a thing for Brian

I feel comfortable around Brian, I like playing with him, He is very cool and handsome. Even now , I’m begging him to sleep in the same room with me

But my heart is the issue, I do not have the tiniest feeling for Brian. I just like him like a best friend. But it seems he loves me right?

Maybe. Now I’m missing Anthony and Patricia . I wish I go back to school soon

I finally sunk to the bed and slept off. A knock woke me up and I walked towards the door

I twisted the knob and the door gave way

” Nancy, congratulations” Brian said

I arched my brow wondering why he is congratulating me

“Dr. Nicholas called us this morning that you should resume school with immediate effect” Brian said

“Jeez! ” I yelled happily and jumped on Brian and hugged him like he was my boyfriend

I hugged him tight and place my head on his chest. I just always have a feeling of comfort anytime I’m with Brian

“Go and dress now” He said and slightly pushed me away

I disengaged and hurried to my room. I hurriedly dress and joined them in the sitting room

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“What the hell? Is she also following us to school?” Karen asked as she approaches us.

She has just finished dressing too and she’s coming from her room to probably go to school with the flower boys

But , I can’t find Anthony, where could he be? Why won’t he go to school today?

“Yes she is, she has resumed school” Scot replied Karen

“How can she? Who ordered her to resume school?” Karen asked

“What sort of suspicious question is that? Are you saying you are happy with her staying at home?”Scot asked

” Yes of course, a commoner like her shouldn’t be following we rich people to school” Karen boasted

“Oh really? Miss Rich ” Scot said and signaled to Brian

Brian understands and held me by my wrist, we both walked out with Scot leaving miss Rich alone

We entered the car and waited for Karen to join us, in no time, she joined us inside the car and the driver kick starts the car

“Please where is my Anthony?” Karen asked

“Come again, you mean where is Anthony?” Scot asked

“Whatever, where is he?” Karen asked

“He left the house cus of some personal issues ” Scot said

“What” Karen and I shouted at the same time

Karen looked at me and wondered why I shouted, he eyed me and turned back at Scot

I’d forgotten myself, I’m not suppose to express my shock that way

” You mean Anthony packed away from this house, when and why? ” Karen asked

That’s the question I’ve being longing to ask, I’m happy she asked

” we don’t have answer to your question yet cus he didn’t inform any one of us either, we hope that he comes to school, if he do, ask him” Scot replied

“I hope he will” Karen said and with the look on her face, it’s obvious she is thinking

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We finally arrived at the school and we all stepped down and disperse to our various class

No one can imagine how happy I am , I will see Patricia after many days

I went to Patricia’s class first before I could even settle by backpack in my class

She saw me and ran towards me and hugged me

“Nancy” Patricia said and hugged me tight

Gosh! I miss my best friend

She disengaged slightly and I could see a little drop of tears form at the corner of her eye

“I miss you so much” She said and hugged me tight again

We finally disengaged as she led me to her class

We discussed and gist extensively. I laughed and express a lot of emotions at numerous gist

The one that caught my attention amidst the numerous gist is that of Larry and Scot who are showing some sorts of strange feelings to her

“Whom do u like most amidst them?” I asked

“Well, I can’t really say, they are both cute” Patricia replied

“Humn, I need to start going to my class, see you by break” I said and waved her bye

I went to my class and I saw Karen sitting together with Anthony and they were chatting

I feel a cloud of jealousy overwhelm me. I almost cry cus it hurts so much.
Now I need no one to tell me that I’m fully in Love with Anthony

I went to my sit sullenly and bowed my head trying to see if I can get rid of the terrible feeling of jealousy i’m having towards Anthony

I can’t.

I brought my note pad and opened the PDF file of the subject we are having as our first period

My eyes drifted on it’s own and I saw Karen giggling while Anthony was smiling . I guess they had just discuss something that made them smile

My face and that of Anthony met . I took my face away pathetically and focused on my notepad

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Can’t I just do something to separate them.

I walked to Anthony’s place and stood behind him.
Karen and Anthony both turned at me

“Hi Anthony” I greeted and smile

He examined me from head to toe without saying a word

“What did this ugly commoner wants ?” Karen said and I felt hurt cus of the words of Karen

Karen and Anthony faced front and continued chatting and smiling

I turned to leave and I saw Larry approaching me

“Oh Nancy! Since all this days” He said and ran towards me with his hands outstretched ready to hug me

I noticed Anthony hurriedly stood up and pushed him away from hugging him

I watched Anthony and wondered why he will push the innocent boy that way

I’m happy Larry didn’t fall, he balanced himself and smiled.

“Are you jealous?” Larry asked

“Why would he be jealous of this ugly poor commoner” Karen replied

Larry smirked and walked closer to Anthony

“Did you have any feeling for her and you did not know how to tell her , I suggest you tell me , I may help you” Larry said and smirked

I watched as Anthony clenched his fist and frowned at Larry

Karen held the left arm of Anthony and spit to my school uniform

“She is just a stinking assh*ole” Karen said and dragged Anthony out

Larry watched me and gazed at the Spit of Karen on my body

“I’m so sorry” Larry said and used his hanky to clean it while tears dropped from my eyes

Larry held my arms and led me to a room where I can bath and change into another school uniform while he waited for me outside


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°~° June °~°
As I stood inside the bus, my heart starts to beat weirdly,
Erick–J. I remembered Erick’s voice echoing in my head and something in me start to flutter, well an abnormal rapid pulsation of the heart.
“excuse me please!” I heard a woman’s voice behind me and I turned to see a woman holding her son and waiting for me to get out of her way so she could pass. I apologized and went to take a seat at the back and at the window side.
As the bus start to move, I watched as everything went backward and then I close my eyes. Erick-J. The word ringed in my head and I start to smile again, suddenly thinking of how foolish I would look smiling on my own I stopped smiling and starts to rummage through my head to find another thought, but still Erick’s remaind on my mind.
I got home that hot afternoon and I felt alive when I drank a glass of chilled water.
“how Did the competition go today?” my grandma asked as she walked out from her room
“it went great”. I said and explained the whole scenario that happened today.
I found myself in my room afterwards, I felt so tired that I fell asleep.
I woke up hearing the happy bark of Ella and Augie calling her. I was slowly standing up from the bed when I persevered a great smell of a mouth watering delicacy. I smiled as I made my way to the living room and I saw my grandma and Augie having dinner and my grandma insisted I join them when I did. After dinner I did the dishes and went back to my room.
Since I had nothing to do I decided to start a little dance practice on my own, so I turned on my phone and played Maria Li’s song, I gave up after I felt a small crack on my knees and I sighed and turned off the music, I hope I do better tomorrow in dance class…
That night I slept soundly and thankfully I set up my alarm before falling asleep and I woke up at the right time the next morning.
Stripping my clothes off my body, I took my time under the shower before fighting with my closet, looking for a yoga-like attire to wear for dance class.
Finally seeing a grey yoga pants at the bottom of my closet I slipped it up by legs and wore a jersey tank top. I packed my hair up and wore the only sneaker I had. Heading down to the bus stop, I smiled when the morning breeze blew around me and getting into my pores and giving me a Happy feeling.
I got into the morning bus and it wasn’t filled with passengers that much which made it more comforting. I got to my stop and made it to DH, I got passed the two securities with my pass and head inside. I took the elevator to the last floor and I was thrilled to see everyone in dance class, except Justin, our tutor.
“wow you’re all so early” I said to Travis as I glanced at Cassie who was strangely putting on makeup at the corner of the room.
“yep, who wouldn’t want to give a great performance, even grace came here before you” Travis said and grace gave a sharp wave at me.
“so Justin isn’t here yet” I asked as I waved back to Grace.
“nope, we’re warming up before he gets here” Travis said and I glanced at Cassie then at him
“warming up?”. I asked to be sure.
“well some of us” he added and I shrugged.
“all done.” Cassie announced and got up from where she was sitting, in front of the room was a huge mirror replaced as the wall and Cassie used a great time to admire her self before turning to us. . . Well Travis.
“so how do I look?” she asked as she did a pirouette.
“the same” Travis said and turned away, “ugh… You’re annoying, Grace? How do I look?” Cassie turned to Grace.
“good” Grace said without looking at her.. I admired Cassie pink crop top, pink joggers, and pink shoes, she looked like a Barbie doll.
“what are you looking at?” she snapped at me with disgust.
“your lipstick it had smudge a little at the top of your lips” I lied and she quickly gasped and look in the mirror to fix that.

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“so we need to decide now on what song to perform before Justin arrives” Travis announced.
“how about soaring high by Maria Li?” I asked and Travis laughed.
“sorry but that’s for ballerinas” Travis said.
“yeah the song’s too slow” Grace chipped in walking up to us.
“we should use one of Daniel’s song” Cassie said from her side walking up to us. “and thanks for that” Cassie added to me referring to her lipstick, oh my lie turned out to be true.
And why do everyone like Daniel so much!!
“cause he’s amazing, charming, talented, blessed.. I can go on about him without breathing so don’t dare ask why Daniel’s biased all over the world” Cassie replied angrily..
Oops I said that out loud
“yeah I agree too Daniel voice is great and his songs are marvellous. And my favourite is second chance ” Grace said happily.
“no one asked for your favourite and FYI everyone’s favorite is second chance” Cassie said rudely.
If only they can hear Erick the real writer sing second chance, they would fall in love immediately. And forget Daniel.
“how about “Sugar” by Daniel, it’s not too fast or slow and it’ll go good with our body and voice”. Travis said and Cassie gasped. “you’re smart Travis” she smiled.
“sugar? I haven’t heard of it before” I said truthfully.
“are you from a jungle?” Cassie asked.
“no, I grew up the same place you grew up” I replied but she rolled her eyes.
“I agree with sugar, the song’s perfect” Grace squealed and immediately the door opened and Justin walked in.
“sorry I’m late you guys” he said as he dropped a Bluetooth speaker on floor.
“it’s okay, we were just too early” Cassie said calmly arranging her hair.
“uh okay.” Justin said and after a relief sigh he placed his hands on his hips.
“so you guys we should decide on a song—
“we already did” Cassie said flashing Justin a flirty smile.
What is with her.
“okay, which is?” Justin asked
“sugar, by Daniel” Cassie said.
“OKay that’s great, yeah, that’s good.. You picked a really good song”. Justin said and Cassie bat her lashes at him.
“okay sugar is a good song and it’s a love song but the beat is different from others which makes it beautiful to dance, and while thinking of the song lyrics I’ve memorized a few dance step in my head and I can’t wait to teach you guys, so come together everyone” Justin smiled and we all walked in front of him.
“for the first step, I want you all to stand straight, you’re going to be at the middle” Justin said referring to Travis and he got In the middle.
“you all know the song started with a heavy drum that went three times” Justin said and everyone nodded except me. But then I paused, I think I’ve heard the song? I thought
“uhh Justin.. She doesn’t know the song” Travis said pointing at me and Grace nodded in agreement.
“you don’t?” Justin asked me.
“I don’t know… But I think I’ve heard the—
“hold on” Justin said and after working on some things with the Bluetooth speaker he played the music which were ear blasting and I gave a smile and strong nod when I realised I’ve heard the music but I don’t actually know the title.
Bless Annie for sneakily putting all Daniel’s song in my phone.
“I know the song,” I said to Justin and he turned off the music. “I just didn’t know the title” I added and he smiled.
“good now we can move on”.
The first steps didn’t come out pretty easy but thankfully we caught up in time, including Grace she did great. After Practising and practising the first step Justin turned on the music and we danced with the music.
Applauding happily as we ended the first step Justin rolled his eyes with a smile saying “this just the beginning you guys, stop grinning and clapping like you’ve made it to the end of the song, and you, I like you’re such a fast learner you should be the lead” Justin said to Travis and he smiled.
“thanks I am the group leader”
“that’s good. Okay now we’re moving on to the second step” Justin said.
“can we take a break, I’m exhausted already. “yeah” Cassie agreed.
“well I don’t feel tired” Travis said.
“that’s because you’re a cactus” Cassie said angrily packing her hair up.
“how about you do you feel tired?” Justin asked me.
“I.. I.. I looked at Grace pleading face and I turned to Justin. “I feel extremely tired” I lied, well it’s not actually a lie cause I do feel a little tired.
“okay..” Justin resorted angrily “I’ll just give you all a two minute break”.
“thank God for that” grace said lying tiredly on the floor, Cassie breathed heavily as she walked to her bag and picked up her pink bottled water.
I flinched when my phone starts to sing Maria Li’s song and I quickly stood up to take it from where it was lying on the floor beside Travis and Grace’s phone.
I gasped when I saw Erick on the screen and I quickly picked it up.
“Erick?” I said my voice loud enough and everyone turned to me curiously, which made me look away bashfully.
“where are you?” his voice barked.
“I’m at dance class like I told you yesterday” I said and bit my lip angrily hating as my voice echoed round the room.
“am at DH, and I’m about recording my song, I left you twenty two messages, and four missed calls”. He said angrily.
“I’m sorry the music was too loud, I didn’t hear my phone” I apologized and he sighed.
“well am about recording, my parents are here and you promised you’d be here, and I’ve been keeping everyone waiting because of you” Erick said and I sighed and apologized again.
“what floor are you?”
“the last floor, at the end of the hallway you’ll see a door with DH label at the front that’s one of the biggest recording studio in DH,” Erick explained with ease.
“we’re at the same floor, I’ll be there In five” I said lowly and hanged up.
“you’ll be where at five?” Justin asked immediately I turned.
“I have… To be at— my friend–needs me.” I stutter and Justin gave me quizzical look.
“is it Erick?” Travis asked.
“no..” I lied.
“oh, but you said Erick when you answered the phone so I thought it was him” he said.
“my friend, she gets angry easily and I have something of hers and she needs it now, I have to go cause she needs me now” I said with pleading eyes and Justin nods.
“you have two minutes” he said sternly .
“thank you” I said happily as I held on to my phone and ran out swiftly…
“two minutes Jane” Justin yelled.
“her name is June” I heard Grace and Travis correcting Justin simultaneously.
I got to the dead end of the hallway and like Erick explained I found the DH label on the door and after breathing in and out, I turned the door knob and walked in.
I paused when different eyes looked at me from different direction, the studio was wide and filled with many equipment, it had dim light, but it was bright enough for me to see Erick’s father, a woman dressed in a sparkly purple dress and black stiletto heels, her hair was cut short in a way the back was short and the front was longer, she looked pretty and when she looked at me, there was a tint of resemblance with Erick face so I knew it was Erick’s mom.
Daniel sat still at a corner and two other men stood at control panels or whatever they pull or push when they record songs and add beat to it.
My eyes sparked when I found Erick smiling at me behind the glass a headphone around his neck and he stood behind a microphone.
“oh you must be June” the woman exclaimed and her accent almost sounded French.
“y…yeah” I said nervously.
“Erick just couldn’t stop, he kept going on and on about wanting to see you before he starts singing” Erick’s mom said and I couldn’t help my smile and feel embarrassed as my cheeks heated up.
Erick dad walked up to the two men who stood at the control panel and he bent his head, pushed a button up and said into the microphone that stood from the control panel table .”she’s here you can start singing now” Erick’s dad said angrily and Erick smiled with a nod.
One of the men brought out his fingers to Erick and silently I think he mouthed at the count of three two one, gesturing with his fingers when he got to zero, he pushed a button and a ticking sound starts to go off and Erick closed his eyes.
“go sit over there honey” Erick mom said to me pointing to where Daniel was and I nod and went to sit beside Daniel, but not too close to him. “he almost throw a fit when he didn’t see you here” Daniel whispered to me as an electrical guitar sound was added to the ticking sound. But I just stayed quiet and watched Erick open his mouth and start to sing.
The song was coming off pretty good with his strong Lyrics about “relationship” on how it’s perfect to fall in love at a perfect timing,
And swears to heaven, Erick voice was so angelic that I had to hold back my tears which tends to fall and ignominies me.
When Erick got to the chorus it felt strange, cause it felt like he’s been talking to me from the beginning and another thing was he was staring at me from the beginning till now. The lyrics made me still cause it’s about how he wants love to drive him crazy for all he cares in the name of an anonymous person.
When the song ended I noticed my cheek wet and I became conscious again, he made me drown in his voice. I quickly cleaned my cheek as Erick opened the door and walked up to us…
T. B. C

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~°°~ JUNE contd. ~°°~
I breathed in heavily when a girl touched me, and I turned to her.
“is that— she paused cause her friend interrupted her.
“it is, look it has his name and signature” her friend said pointing at Daniel’s name and signature at the guitar.
“how did you get it?” one of them asked and everyone in that line turned to look at me. Anticipating on my answer.
“I’m going to be singing, “jubilee, by umah” Travis announced.
“I uhh– I said and paused, I turned to my front cause Travis had already start playing the piano and everyone looking at me turned back to him too.
Travis eyes focused on the piano and slowly his head turned sideways and gently he opened his mouth and start to sing, the song was calm and tuneful, and as he went on with the song, he kind of made a mistake with the piano. But he continued anyway..
Travis was done with the song and he gave a light bow and unhappily he walked the stage. He walked up to me and sat beside me giving a heavy sigh.
“you did great.” I said.
“no I didn’t, I made a mistake, I just hope the judges won’t write that down” Travis said and pushed his hair back.
“don’t worry, I think you did you did a really good job”.
“thanks, but I don’t know hearing it from you is comfortable but still it’s making me more nervous” Travis said and I shrugged. The next person was called on stage and everyone giggled at the tambourine the person was holding and even Travis laughed too.
They went on and on until it got to my turn, before. I had to wait like a hundred decades before it’ll get to my turn, but now am just number sixteen, it’s not that hard.
I stood up and courageously walked to the stage, I was surprised at myself for being so brave and not nervous, I wanted to start playing the guitar but One of the judges stopped me.
“you didn’t tell anyone the song you’ll be performing”.
“Oh sorry” I apologized lowly and he rolled his eyes and scribbled something down on the paper in front of him.
“I’ll be singing beautiful world by… Erick.” I said and swallowed hard, Travis looked at me in weird way but I looked away.
“who’s this Erick you speak of. Doesn’t he have a last time, I believe no one has heard of him” One of the female judge said tilting the pen in between her middle finger and forefinger.
“he’s… Not that popular… Can I just go on with the song?” I said and hated that my voice trembled. They nodded at me and I breathed out a sigh of relief and slowly sat down on the chair behind me, setting the microphone to my sudden height, I remembered the way Erick thought me how to balance a guitar on my body and I did so, remembering the strings, I place my hand on them, closed my eyes and start to play, my eyes opened again and I start to sing.
I was done singing and I gave a low bow before coming down the stage. “you did pretty great” Travis said as I slowly walked passed him and sat on my seat.
“I hope so” I shrugged.
“but, where did you get that, did Daniel give you that, himself? Travis whispered to me and I gently nod, “why do you ask?”.
“cause all the girls around are talking so many things about you, saying you stole the guitar while some say you just made another guitar that looks exactly like Daniel’s” Travis explained and I sighed.
“If I had known the guitar would cause so much turbulence, I wouldn’t have used it but another guitar”. I moved my hair back and laid back on the chair.
Some eyes were still on me and it was getting uncomfortable
I met Cassie’s eyes but she rolled her eyes at me and looked away.
The four judges, two males two females stood up and majestically walked to the stage.

“attention everyone!” one the female judge said into the microphone and everywhere became silent and all attention were now on her, finally!
“congratulations to you all… But honestly you all did less great with this performance, but this round is not over yet, you are going to preform three times till you can get to the next top ten. You’ve all done the first part of this part and the next part, you’re all going to get your groove on” The judge said and Travis sighed. “finally,”
The judge on stage paused and breathed out heavily before looking at the papers in her hand.
“you’ve all come a Long way actually and that’s beautiful” the woman said into the microphone still looking at the paper. “for this round and the next part, you’re all going to sing while you dance, and according to our arrangements, we all agreed to pair you all four to four, and also accosting to our research, we discovered that among the sixteen of you all, there are just four boys and twelve girls… So you’re all going to be in a group of four and one boy for each, you’re all going to learn your dances together, different dance lesson for different groups. Hope you all get that?” the woman sighed softly and moved her hair back. “and I’m not done yet..” she said and everyone attention went back to her.
“you’re all going to know your group members by the call of your numbers, which will be called by my partner here”. The woman said and the other female judge took over.
“for the first group.” the woman smiled and called them.
“stand together” she told the first group and they all stood together aside.
“the next group, number 12.. Travis glanced at me and I shrugged …”47, 200, 201” I gasped and turned to Travis.
“we’re groupies” he grimaced and I smiled and slowly stood up when the judge said we should stand together.
Cassie grinned at Travis as she walked up to us, ugh, she’s in the same group as us. The last person to Join us is the girl who’s afraid of dancing and her voice shook as she said hi to us..
The woman called the next group and then the last group. Making a total four group and four participant in each group making a total sixteen.
“now everyone you’re all going to choose one person as your group lead.” the woman announced and everyone starts to murmur.
“no need to start up any hubbub, cause you all know I’m the group lead.” Travis said and Cassie shrugged while I nod, “you should” the anti-dance girl said and Travis smiled, while we all turned back to the woman on stage.
“Now as groupies, you’re all going to love and help each of your group members” the woman said and Cassie and I glance at each other, more like glowered at each other.
Love… Help.. I want to laugh so hard even though I don’t find this funny.
“instead of me saying more and wasting your time, you’re all going to get the rules and all you need to know for your next performance”. The woman said with a small smile and walked down the stage, the other judge followed her and they all distributed a written document to each and every one of us.
I held my mine and stared at the paper in front of me and I started to read the.
*as a member of this group, you’re all one and this is the rules as follows.
Respect your group leader.
Love and care for your groupies
If one of your groupie fails or missed a dance step during the performance, you all fail.
i gasped reading third rule, that is unfair. How can one person make the entire group fail and too bad cause we got anti-dance girl in our group.
“you guys all see that, respect the leader.” Travis said boastfully and I shook my head negatively at him…
“oh no, this is horrible,” the anti-Dance girl announced and we all turned to her.
“I should just give up and go home, I’m going to make you all fail” she cried and Cassie smiled.
“you should, cause you’re already failing us now”
“shut up Cassie” Travis snapped at her. “that is too mean to say”.
“look uh… What’s your name?” Travis asked the girl.
“Grace!” she replied cleaning the tears fomenting in her eyes.
“look Grace, you can’t give up, I’ve listened to your voice, we all have, just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean it’s the end of the long journey for you, you have a great voice and you’re already half way there, and who said you can’t dance, you’ve got two hands and two legs, your joints are walking perfectly and you’ve got a pretty smile, so.. I don’t see anything stopping you from dancing,” Travis said with a warm smile.
“thank you” the girl smiled at Travis and quickly looked away with her flushed face.
“ugh. Such a flirt” Cassie rolled her eyes at Travis who ignored her.
“we’re now a group and we are now looking out for each other so—
Travis paused and talk back to the woman cause it seems like she isn’t done giving information yet.
The judges gave our group a name, the first group were named, the D We were named A, the third group N and the last group Z.
Four men came inside the room and each of them stood in front of a group, and everyone just kept murmuring until one of the male judge interrupted us all.
“This men are going to be your dance tutor and also your coordinator.” the man yelled putting everyone’s mind at ease.
“the first group which is the D, are going to be practicing in the dance class which Is on the fifth floor, the second group, the A- are going to practice in the dance class at the last floor, and lastly the N and Z group are going to use the dance classes which is on the First floor”. The man explained and walked away tiredly.
“and lastly, you were all given the grace for this whole week to learn whichever dance you’ll be learning cause the next performance is this upcoming Sunday, and you all need to choose a song you can sing and dance at the same time, all the best to you all, our job here is done”. The woman primped and walked out with her partners.

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“okay everyone, listen” the man who stood in front of us said and we all turned to look at him. I don’t think he has crossed thirty cause he looks young but still way matured than any of us,
“as you all know, I’m your dance teacher and coordinator, and as your dance teacher, I’ll introduce myself. Just call me Justin” the man said and we all nod.
“so your name is, “just call me Justin?” grace asked and the man sighed.
“no it’s just, Justin, and since you’ll be learning from me, I’ll like to know my trainees” he said. And we all introduced ourselves.
“you know, you all have just this whole week to learn whichever dance you want to learn, so do you all want us to start practising Now or tomorrow?” Justin asked.
“I’m wearing a skirt.” Grace said lowly.
“a dress” Cassie primped and we all eyed her dress and turned back to Justin.
“so I guess we’ll start tomorrow then, I want to see you all in our dance class tomorrow before eight in the morning, good day”. Justin said rubbed his not so hairy beard and then walked away.
“finally, we can all go home”. Grace breathed out and we all walked to the seats we all sat down to pick up our stuff.
I picked up Daniel’s guitar and about to walk when three girls stepped in front of.
“oh my goodness, it is Daniel’s guitar like everyone said, how did you get it?” one of them asked.
I sighed and walked the other way, I seriously hate this, I can’t take this guitar home cause everyone knows this guitar and Daniel even used it for his concert here in mahnline, I quickly walked out of the room we performed and i walked briskly before anyone could storm out of the door and strangle me for holding Daniel’s guitar.
I took the elevator, to the last floor and quickly head to the relinquished studio, at least no one’s going to See Me here, I dropped the guitar on one of the chairs and pulled my phone out of my pocket.
I quickly called Erick and he immediately picked up.
“June… Wow what a coincidence, I was about to call you” his happy voice said. “so? How did your performance go?”.
“it went great, now listen, Daniel’s guitar is causing total chaos, everyone’s just assuming different kind of stupid stuff, seeing me with it, and I can’t take it home cause I’m taking the public bus and everyone’s going to recognize it and that may be a big problem” I explained.
“okay, then you can go to the relinquished studio and drop it there and I’ll tell someone to come pick it later with a guitar case,” Erick said I breathed out a sigh of relief,
“good thing, I’m there already and the guitar is lying one of the chairs here, and I’m already on my way out”. I said as I opened the door and walked out of the studio.
“guess what?” Erick said as I pressed the elevator button.
“so many good things happen to you which I cannot guess so you better tell me” I said and walked into the elevator.
“where’s the ketchup?” I heard Daniel’s voice and Erick answered him. “it’s up there”
They’re always together.
“anyways, I’m done with my dance lessons practiced my song and I’ll be making my debut soon” Erick said and I gasped.
“really?” I asked excitedly.
“yep, and by soon, I mean this week, I’ll be at DH tomorrow, to record my song. My mom’s going to fly back to Mahnline to See Me record my song, and since like my whole family’s going to be there, you’re going to be there too right?”.
“sorry, Erick, I wish i can but I’ve got dance class tomorrow” I said.
“c’mon June. You were the one you told me to chase ‘this’ dream and now you’re not going to see it come to pass, seriously??” Erick blurted.
“it’s your dream, don’t make it sound like I forced you to do so”. I rolled my eyes
“of course, you forced me” he yelled from the phone and I giggled.
“well okay… I’ll try to show up, just text me when you get to DH tomorrow” I said and I could feel his smile from the phone.
“great, now I can finish, after recording my song tomorrow, we’ll then move to making my music video and then after my dad’s going to announce my debut to DH media and that’s how it’ll be” Erick explained and I shook my head negatively. “being a Celebrity, it’s so not easy” I tell him and he laughed.
“and lastly, I’m thinking of going with a new stage name, I can’t let the world know me as Erick Dhousten, worst Frederick Dhousten, that’s lame and stupid.” Erick said and I smiled as the elevator door opened and I walked out.
“okay so, what are you going to go with instead?” I asked.
“I’m going to go with E-J” Erick said proudly.
“E J, what the hell, that sounds as stupid as you feel and what in the heckerooni does EJ stands for?” I asked, as I walked out of DH .
“it’s actually Erick-J” Erick blurted.
“Erick J? Okay what’s the J for?” I asked.
“why don’t you ask Maria Li why there’s a Li in her name” Erick said and I rolled my eyes.
“It’s part of her name, and I know J is not part of your name” I said and he sighed.
“I’m not gonna tell you until you figure it out yourself” he said.
“well I don’t care, I’m hanging up now, the bus is here and I have to go”. I said. “okay see you tomorrow” he announced and I hanged up.
I laughed at the name as I got into the bus and then I paused as I got to the back seat.
“what if The J stands for June” my subconscious echoed and I gasped.
No way. Erick-J, Erick-June..
T. B. C

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••~•• JUNE ••~••
The next morning I woke up, with my fingers feeling a little sore especially my thumb, it took me a little time to apprehend the place I was, and I breathed out when I remembered I was in Erick’s house, I got up from the bed and my eyes landed on his guitar, well Daniel’s guitar.
Wait. I paused, I remembered sleeping on the chair last night, and how did I get on the bed. Staring at the chair, I tried to remember if I sleep walked to the bed, when the door open and Erick walked in drinking orange juice.
“oh, finally you’re awake” he exclaimed as he walked in.
“good morning?” I said as I slowly come down from the bed.
“oh yeah, morning, your grandma called, I picked and we talked.”
“what did she say?” I ask
“she just asked if you’re still asleep and Augie said he wants to come here, to see you. That’s all”. Erick explained and I sighed, poor Augie, his sister didn’t come home last night and he’s worried.
“I.. I have to brush my teeth” I said tiredly.
“oh okay, good thing I have thousands of spare brushes in the bathroom, you can pick anyone you like” Erick explained and I pushed my head forward. “thousands?”.
“I was just joking, I have just three spare brushes, and I made breakfast, you can eat before you leave” Erick said and I smiled softly. “thank you”.
“you’re… Not welcome” he smiled and walked out, I chuckled softly before walking to his bathroom.
After brushing my teeth, I washed my face which looked like hell, dried it with one of his towels and walked out.
I walked out of his room and slowly walk downstairs, hearing another voice apart from Erick’s gave me cold fingers, but I breathed out and continued walking. I got to the living room and the first thing I saw was his blue hair and jigsaw earrings. Erick and Daniel, both laughing hard, “oh you’re finally here” Erick said to me immediately he saw me and he had to breathe in to contain his laughter, whatever they were laughing about.
“come join us, your food’s here” Erick said and I slowly moved back. “no it’s okay, I’m not hungry” I lied.
Eating with Erick is no biggie, I’ve done that with him a dozen times, but Daniel. Everyone’s Daniel!!!, that is one awkward situation.
“really?, cause you didn’t eat dinner yesterday, I didn’t make one and you were too engrossed with practicing, and now you’re not gonna eat breakfast? Yeah not happening” Erick said, walking away from the dining table to me. What is he doing? I. Thought as he held my wrist and pulled me to the dining table.
“here sit.” he said as he moved a chair from under the table. I sighed and rolled my eyes for the fact that Erick’s acting so extra and Daniel’s looking at me.
I stared at the fried bacon and eggs in front of me and I slowly grab my fork and knife…
“go on… Eat?” Erick urged and I shot him a glare.
“I know what to do.” I said with my teeth gritted and he laughed and apologized.
I slowly start to eat and the bacon was hard to stab cause it was burnt. “did you make this?” I ask Erick.
“we both did, I fried the egg he fried the bacon” Erick replied and my eyes went shut, but I opened them back again.
“it’s a little burnt isn’t it?” Daniel asked and I slowly nod.
“sorry.” he shrugged.
Ugh, what’s he even doing here. It’s so uncomfortable sitting here with him.
“i-it’s o-okay”. I said not looking at him.

“okay June, I totally noticed something” Erick said dropping his fork.
“notice what?” I asked.
“If I should have been the one that got the bacon burnt, you would have shouted or insulted my life away, but since it’s Daniel, you told him its okay, Does he seem more intimidating than i?” Erick asked narrowing his eyes at me.
“he’s not intimidating and neither are you.. It’s just that.. He…” I paused and glance at Daniel who’s head was leaned forward waiting for me to complete my sentence. “I… don’t really know him that much and it’s still uncomfortable being around him” I tell Erick and he raised his brows at me.
Well Daniel seems intimidating, he has a beautiful face but at the same time that face looks so mean that you might want to back off if he’s with you, his eyebrows is full and that made him seem like he’s a wicked or an angry person, and lastly he’s a person who has a high degree of recognition by the general population, he’s a very famous person and honestly sometimes being around him makes me feel so small.

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“well in time I hope you’ll be comfortable around me.” Daniel suddenly said snapping out from my reverie.
“what is that supposed to mean?” Erick snapped.
“what else can it mean? I said in time I hope she’ll be comfortable around me” Danie huffed.
“no, that actually sounds like a flirt the first time you said it” Erick said and Daniel’s eyes widen. “what? It sounded nothing like a flirt” Daniel stated angrily.
“why would I want to flirt with her?” Daniel added.
Huh? What’s wrong with me?
I don’t want him to flirt with me, but am I not worth flirting?.
“Erick I wasn’t flirting with her but you need to control your jealousy, it’s turning you to an angry freak”. Daniel advised but Erick rolled his eyes.
“Daniel, you’re the one who—
I breathed out, not wanting to listen to the conversation anymore, they’re talking about me and it’s annoying and most of all awkward, I should just name the title of my situation to “awkward morning“.
“uh.. Erick?” I called and his head snapped at me immediately.
“I’m done eating and I have to go” I said standing up and pushing my untouched food forward.
“but you–
“Erick! Please.” I mumbled and he sighed. “well you can go, do you want to take a taxi I can pl–
“no it’s okay”. I quickly interrupted, since when did I become such a prisoner.
I quickly, went upstairs, grabbed my phone, and hurried back down.
“thank you for everything, bye..” I rushed my words before walking out of his house.
Taking the bus, I got home, as I opened the door Ella quickly jumped on my leg and barked loudly.
“hey El, how are you?” I asked smiling down at her.
“June!!” I heard my name happily and Augie suddenly flew on my body making me move back laughing.
“how are you?” I asked as I ruffled his hair.
“I’ve been great” he said letting go of my hand, I looked up and I saw Annie sitting on the floor beside the table looking at me..
Oh Annie..
“hey…” I said lowly, “what are you doing here?”
“what else will I be doing here if not to see you” Annie replied lowly not looking at me.
“uhh okay?.” I said, I moved Augie aside and walked passed Annie and to my room. “I’ll be right back” I tell Annie and she nods while I walked into my room.
I quickly took a bath, changed my clothes packed my hair up and walked out to the living room to see Augie talking to Annie with his tablet in front of Annie.
“and June had to stay over his house yesterday, she’s just re– Augie paused seeing me and I gave him a look.
“since when did you become such a blabber mouth?” I asked and he looked down shyly, and then he stood up.
I rolled my eyes and walked up to Annie and sat down opposite her.
“so… …” I started not knowing what to do.
“so?” she shrugged.
“how’s school?” I asked.
“the same”
“the same? I meant is it good or ba–
“bad, cause I kept feeling guilty about something that doesn’t need to concern me” Annie said sternly and I leaned my forward “why were you felling guilty”.
“cause you___
“cause you started acting like a meanie towards me, cause I didn’t tell you why I was with Daniel” I interrupted her and her jaw dropped.
“well I didn’t mean to, you wouldn’t tell me and it was really annoying, and I really wanted to know, so I had to act that way even though it was infantile, I’m sorry” she apologized.
“well okay.. I forgive you”. I said slowly.
“well you forgive me, but I don’t forgive you” she said sternly.
“what is that supposed to mea–
“I can’t believe you kept me in the dark about something so huge like that, when I tell you about everything going on in my life” Annie complained and I breathed out tiredly “kept you in the dark about what?”.
“Erick, about him being the heir to DH entertainment, and he was also the one who got you to the DH’s team competition or something like that”.
“who told you all this?” I asked.
“who else, while you’re under the shower, Augie had a pleasant time explaining to me the little details he knew” Annie explained and slowly my eyes dart to Augie who suddenly looked up at me guiltily, “so if a serial killer ask details about a deep secret in my life, is that how you’ll get to expose me?” I asked Augie who couldn’t even speak.
“June… Don’t look at August that way, he’s done a wonderful job and I’m not a serial killer” Annie half yelled making my eyes turn to her.
“I know but, I’m afraid you might… You know__
“I might what?” she narrowed her eyes.
“you might… Not. Keep, it a secret” I said with a sigh.
“who do you even think I am June, we’ve been friends since fourth grade and yet you still don’t trust me, I know like a dozen of your secrets, and do you see me running about and telling everyone that?” Annie stated bitterly and disappointed.
“look, Annie I—
“I even know one of your deep and darkest Secret in the 8th grade it’s when you took Jimmy’s pro—
“Annie!!” I yelled, stopping her from saying any more word.
“no I’m just trying to make a point here”. She sighed.
“I know, but next time, about the Jimmy stuff, let’s just keep it to ourselves” I said and she laughed.
“sure, I just want to know what you’re going through June” she said and I leaned closer to her and narrowed my eyes.
“or.. You just want to know how I get to be with Daniel that day”.
“seriously June, I’ve never been this serious in my life, don’t keep me like this” Annie smiled and I breathed in and just like she wished I told her everything, from the ”Beginning“ to the “End”.
“so Daniel and Erick are best friend and Erick wrote second chance!!!!!” Annie screamed pulling her hair, and I couldn’t control my heart beat,
Is my friend going crazy??? I thought.
“a…and wait.. Erick confessed to you and Daniel too?” Annie asked.
“what? No. Erick only” I said and she nod understandably
“so.. Wait.. You.. Annie paused and start to cough.
“you have to calm down Annie” I tell her.
“calm down my butt, this is huge!!” she grinned.
“so you’ve seen Daniel in real life, like a dozen times and you’ve even had a conversation with him?” Annie asked and I nod tiredly, she let out a scream and Ella barked.
“this is crazy, no wonderful, and very soon Erick’s going to make his debut and become A Star, oh my God, I’ve touched and talked to a celebrity, June.. I’m going crazy”. Annie barked and I rolled my eyes.
“you can’t go crazy Annie, what would your parents do without you” .
“I don’t care.” she grinned.. “and June, you said Erick’s teaching you how to play the guitar and he’s using the one Daniel gave him?”
I nod at Annie and she gasped
“can I see your hands?” she asked and I placed my two hands in front of her. And she quickly clasped it.
“I am never letting go of this hand.” she breathed and I pull my hand out of her grip.
“you need to get a hold of yourself Annie, cause if we’re going to recall this day together, I’ll be the one laughing and you’ll be the one crying and dying of embarrassment”. I tell her but she just ignored that and ask more questions*.
Finally Annie left and I could breathe again, if not for her mother who called I would still be stuck with her now.
Before I knew it, afternoon came and I prepared lunch, Augie stayed quiet during the whole meal and when he looked up at me I just give me a cold stare that will make him feel more guilty and look away. He needs to feel more and more guilty so next time he’ll learn his lesson and never blab about something that’ he’s not supposed to blab about.
*.. *..
Practising Erick’s song and playing the guitar in head, and also regretting why I didn’t take the guitar with me, Augie tapped me and I opened my closed eyes and turned to him.
“what?” I barked.
“i-I’m sorry” he apologized.
“you should be, when the hell did you become such a talkative?” I yelled at my baby brother and his best friend barked at me
“shut up you stupid dog.” I yelled at Ella and turned back to Augie
“everyone sees you as this laconic child, as this gentle sullen angel, even I do. But you let me down with what you did today”. I said and he starts to breathe heavily and I know he’s about to cry, even though him crying is my worst weakness, I was actually willing to see him cry.
“I’m sorry.” he mumbled as a tear crawled down his cheek.
“don’t apologize to me”. I said and he bowed his head, as his breathing became rapid.
“please mom.. I’m sorry”. Augie said lowly and it hit me on the chest when he called the word Mom.
“you know what, it’s okay come here” I said and he walked up to me.
He’s got another weakness on me.
“it’s okay” I sighed and cleaned his tears. He suddenly hugged me and I pat his back .
It was nighttime, Augie and Ella fell asleep leaving me mumbing Erick’s song to myself. The competition is tomorrow and I have to get ready, my phone suddenly buzzed and I grabbed it from the drawer
I saw a text message from Erick and I opened it.
°•°: you silly girl you forgot to take the guitar with you, don’t worry I’ll bring it to you tomorrow, good luck and call me when you get to DH :°•°
::: okay thank you goodnight.::: I texted back and dropped my phone, my sleepy eyes went shut and I fell asleep.
The next morning, I woke up at exactly ten thirty a.m and I almost screamed, I’m late. I yelled inside as I ran to the bathroom, I took a quick bathe and wore anything My hand touched when I opened my closet.
Grabbing my phone and feeling awkward with my skinny blue jeans and baggy shirt which I tied the hem at my waist side, I waved my grandma goodbye and hurried out.
Inside the bus, I couldn’t help my bite my finger, I’m late, that’s what my head sang instead of Erick’s song. Three girls at my back started to sing one of Daniel’s song Just love me. And it made me felt even more nervous,
I know everyone must have been shocked my the way I flew out of the bus, and ran like never before.
I finally got to DH and I almost cried when I remembered that I forgot my DH exit pass, but luckily and thankfully the security recognized me without me showing him my pass.
As I got into the elevator, I quickly called Travis and he picked immediately.
“June, aren’t you coming, you’re so late and I’ll be going next” Travis whispered and I heard someone play the piano horribly as he spoke.
“what floor?” I quickly asked.
“2nd floor, the door with the number zero seven, written at the middle.”
“thank you Travis” I said breathlessly and hung up. Why didn’t I put up my alarm.
I quickly called Erick and again thankfully he picked up at the first ring.
“June? I just left DH, not too long ago” he said and I gasped “what?”
“don’t worry, I already gave Daniel the guitar to give to you, cause he said he’ll be in DH” Erick explained and I sighed.
“well do you know where he is, cause I don’t” I said and immediately the elevator stopped and the door opened revealing Daniel. First time in my life I was happy to see Daniel Anderson, holding his guitar.
“I think he’ll be around–
“found him!” I cut Erick off and hang up, I walked out of the elevator and Daniel handed it to me without saying a word, “thank you” I said bowing slightly,
“June.” he called making me turn.
“goodluck” he said and I thanked him again,
I looked for the door Travis told me about and I found it. I walked in immediately and I found Travis on stage about to perform, the judges all eyed me as I walk to an empty seat and everyone’s eyes were on me and they all started to whisper and murmur, I had no idea of what they were mumbering about until I saw a girl pointing at the guitar. Oh, I forgot Daniel guitar has been seen by world wide already.
T. B. C

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