Being In The Band
Being In The Band
The after party was in full swing by the time AJ had finally dragged Lizard
in the club. The music was bursting through the speakers and the
people involved with the tour were all dancing with the regular clubbers
on the dance floor. Lizard couldn’t help but smile as she followed
AJ to their section of tables, nervously fiddling with the end of her dress.
AJ had gotten her the dress and necklace she’d seen in Seattle in the store
‘Funk and Standard’, and he insisted that she wear it that night.
After considerable amount of fighting, she finally gave in and got ready.
The velvet fabric of the dress barely graced her mid-thigh. Her hair
was piled up on the top of her head in curls, courtesy of Angie, who had
insisted that she let her have some fun with her hair for once. The
final accessory, the silver cross on the velvet ribbon rested on her chest,
hanging right above the scoop neck of the dress. AJ had complimented
her a million times already, saying that if he didn’t feel so much like
her brother that he’d definitely hit on her. Lizard could only laugh
still thinking about the compliments he shed on her, she never felt she
deserved them, but he drilled them in her head in the silliest ways.
She only gave in to shut him up.
"Come on, twinkle toes, you’re dancing with me first!" AJ exclaimed
after she set down her jacket in a chair. She sighed and fought to
stay on her feet as he led her to the dance floor. The night flew
by and she danced in ways she never knew before.
"That was so much fun!" Lizard said to AJ as they went back over
to the table finally. They both sat and sipped from the drinks set
in front of them.
"Definitely, you’re a good dancer," AJ said, somewhat breathless as he
gulped down the rest of the drink in front of him.
"You aren’t all bad yourself, Mr. McLean!" She replied, smiling as
she finished her own water. She sat back in her chair as AJ ordered
a margarita for himself and she dazed a bit.
"Lizard, may I have the pleasure of dancing?" Kevin asked as he bent
down next to her ear.
Lizard smiled and glanced behind him at
his girlfriend. "I don’t know, are you sure your girl won’t kill
me?" She asked.
"Naw, she won’t, she knows we’re just friends," Kevin said, smiling and
taking her hand. First she danced with him, then found Brian in front
of her suddenly and danced with him for a while. Howie then stole her away
from Brian and she danced with him. It all went in one large cycle
until she found herself in AJ’s arms again as a slow song came on.
"Finally, a chance to catch my breath," she said as she started for the
"Uh-uh, you have one person left to dance with," AJ said, pushing her backwards.
She turned and came to see someone’s chest. She looked up and saw
Nick’s pleading blue-green eyes staring back at her.
"Please, Liz?" He asked, taking her hands in his and kissing her
knuckles gently. Lizard only nodded and he placed her arms around
his neck and placed his hands on her waist. She rested her head on
his chest and fought to catch her breath as her heartbeat raced as if she’d
just run a marathon. She tried to calm down, but soon figured out
that her heart wasn’t racing because she was tired, but because of him.
"I'm sorry, Liz," Nick whispered in her ear as he rested his head on hers.
"You have nothing to be sorry for," she whispered.
"I have everything to be sorry for," he whispered with a final tone, telling
her to not argue. She didn’t, rather she relaxed in his arms, swaying
back and forth with him to the music.
So now I come to you
With open arms
Nothing to hide
Believe what I say
So here I am
With open arms
Hoping you’ll see
What your love means to me
Lizard barely noticed the tears falling down her face until Nick pulled
away from her and wiped them away.
"Please don’t cry, I hate seeing you cry," he said quietly.
"I'm sorry, I-"
"Shh." He held his finger to her lips, then replaced it with his
lips. Lizard got caught up in the kiss, not aware that everyone around
them had stopped dancing and the music had changed to a faster number.
"But what about," Lizard started.
"I don’t care about Carla anymore. I haven’t for a long time," Nick
said, cutting her off. He kissed her again quickly. "You’re
the only one I care about, I fell in love with you when I first saw you.
I can’t remember ever thinking of you in any other way."
"But you were always so cruel to me, you yelled at me for the strangest
reasons, I don’t even know what they were anymore, all I know is that I
never felt lower than the way you made me feel."
"I'm sorry. I was going through such a hard time, and I wanted to
tell you, but I didn’t know how. I was so frustrated with Carla,
I never thought to look at what was in front of me, that it was the most
precious thing I could ever imagine right there, right under my nose,"
Nick said, slowly walking her off the dance floor backwards. He led
her to a small table in the back, behind all the curtains and away from
the music and people.
"But what about-"
"Shh," Nick whispered, cutting her off as he rested his fingertips on her
lips. "Stop asking questions," he explained, kissing her again.
Lizard felt lost, the music behind her and all the noise with the people
fading away until only her and Nick were left. She never felt another
feeling like it, almost as if she were at the one place that would make
her feel safe and warm and complete.
"One more thing, Nick," she whispered as they finally broke apart.
"What?" Nick asked, smiling at her kindly, gently brushing a tendril
of her hair behind her ear.
They both froze. Lizard knew that voice, she’d only heard it once
before and it struck fear inside of her everytime she thought she’d heard
it afterwards. The one voice that could ruin all the happiness Nick
had just proposed to her.