The Big Break

Liz’s point of view

“So what do you think?” I asked turning to my roommate Lana. We lived in one house that was fairly close to our college and shared the rent and utilities.
“I think it’s great,” said Lana looking at the new shirt I bought. “I’m sure Brad will love it,” she added grinning.
I grinned back. “He better,” I said. I put the pale blue shirt back into my closet and then sat down on my bed. “I’ve been thinking about something,” I said taking out a newspaper out of my nightstand drawer.
“What about?” asked Lana.
“This,” I said and pointed to an ad in the paper. It said that a new movie was going to be filmed in New York City and they were looking for actors and actresses to be in it.
“You should do it,” said Lana with a definite nod of her head.
“You think so?” I asked uncertainly.
“Of course, you’re an awesome actress, and besides, you are an acting major,” she said laughing.
“Okay good point, but still, a movie? I don’t know,” I said shaking my head.
“Well, it never hurts to try right?” said Lana shrugging.
“I guess,” I said still uncertain.
“When are the auditions?” asked Lana looking at the paper.
“Umm…tomorrow,” I said laughing.
“Okay, you are going even if I have to drag you down there myself,” said Lana.
“Fine, but if I fail and get really depressed, it’ll be your fault,” I warned.
“I don’t care, cause I know that you’re not gonna fail,” assured Lana.
“I hope you’re right,” I said looking at the ad once again.
“Of course I’m right, when have I ever been wrong?” asked Lana raising her eyebrows.
“Well, I can think of a couple hundred times…” I said grinning and then burst out laughing.
“Very funny,” said Lana sarcastically but then couldn’t help but laugh along with me.

Nick’s point of view

I was sitting in the bus and listening to music on my headphones. I couldn’t wait to get back home, touring was great and everything, but I missed sleeping in my own bed.
“So Nick, what are you gonna do on our break from touring?” asked AJ plopping down on the couch next to me.
“I’ve got one thing in mind, but I’m not sure I’ll go for it yet,” I replied.
“Why not?” asked AJ.
“Cause it might overlap with our touring schedule that’s why,” I answered.
“Oh, well what is it?” asked AJ grabbing some chips out of the bowl in front of us.
“Can’t tell you, when I decide if I’ll do it or not, then I’ll tell everyone,” I said and put my headphones back on. AJ shrugged and went to the back of the bus to watch TV with the rest of the guys.
As the bus drove on, my thoughts drifted to my girlfriend Kelly. She was really great, pretty, smart, funny, and she understood my hectic schedule better than any girl ever had, with the exception of Liz. After Liz and me decided to remain friends, I wasn’t sure I was very happy about it, but in my heart I knew that it was for the best. It wasn’t fair to her that I wasn’t there and she needed a boyfriend who could be there for her. The last time I spoke to her she told me that she began dating someone, at first I was shocked, but then I realized that I was no longer her boyfriend, just her friend. I told her that I was happy for her and meant it. A few days after, I began dating Kelly and things have been going wonderfully. We just had our one-month anniversary a few days ago, of course we had to do a show on that day, but it didn’t bother either of us, we knew the day was special.
“NICK!!” I heard someone yell over the music in my headphones and a second later something soft hit the back of my head. I turned around and saw Kevin glaring at me. “I swear I didn’t do anything! I was just sitting here listening to music!” I exclaimed defending myself in advance. I knew that whenever Kevin yelled and glared at me, I did something, but that time, I really didn’t do anything.
Kevin started laughing at my outburst. I took that as a good sign, it meant that I didn’t do anything, yet. “I just wanted to tell you that one last show has been added to our tour, it’s tomorrow night in New York City,” he explained. “I would’ve come up to you and told you, but I was too lazy,” he added grinning.
I let out a breath of relief. “Oh good, I thought I did something for sure.” Then it hit me. “Wait a minute, did you just say that we have to do ANOTHER SHOW??” I yelled.
“Yeah, sorry for the surprise Nicky, but we were just informed,” said Kevin holding up his cell phone.
“I don’t believe this!” I exclaimed and stomped over to the back of the bus where the rest of the guys were. “I wanna go home!” I whined.
“We all do Frack, but there’s nothing we can do about it,” said Brian.
“Exactly, look at it this way Nick, it’s only one show tomorrow night, not like you had any plans tomorrow anyway,” said Howie shrugging. I nodded without saying a word. Oh sure, I didn’t have any plans…anymore.

THE NEXT DAY
Liz’s point of view

“Look at all these people!” I exclaimed walking into the huge room where the auditions were being held.
“So?” asked Lana. “For all you know, they all suck,” she added grinning.
“That’s it, I’m outta here,” I said and whirled around and was about to walk out of the room when Lana grabbed my small backpack and pulled me back.
“You’re not going anywhere,” she said and dragged me over to the place where I was supposed to sign in. I did so, not voluntarily. I was one hundred percent sure that I wouldn’t get any part in the movie, so why bother trying?
“Okay, you are number 468, take a seat and wait until your name is called,” said the lady behind the desk.
“Thanks,” I mumbled and Lana and me went to sit down in the few empty chairs that were left.
“Julia Haner! Number 56!” yelled out a man stepping out from another room. A girl got up and went into that room.
“We’re gonna be here forever!” I whined.
“Liz stop it, I hate it when you whine,” scolded Lana.
“Yes mother,” I said sarcastically.
“Funny,” said Lana and turned her attention to the song that was playing over the loudspeaker.
After the song ended, a commercial came on. “Listen up everyone, the very wonderful, talented, and of course gorgeous Backstreet Boys are coming to New York City to do one last show of their tour! Tickets went on sale very early this morning so get yours if you still didn’t! The show will be awesome!” The announcement caught my attention. It had been at least one month since I last spoke to Nick. I felt a pang in my heart as I thought of him. I really didn’t want to break up, but it was for the best. He needed someone who would be there for him and who wasn’t in another state. I sighed deeply as I remembered the summer.
“What’s up with you?” asked Lana when she heard me sigh.
“Oh nothing,” I replied. No one knew about Nick and me with the exception of my mother. I decided that it would be better not to tell.
“Is it about that Backstreet Boys show?” asked Lana curiously.
“Of course not, you know I’m not a fan,” I said quickly.
“Well, yeah, but I thought that maybe you’d like to go,” commented Lana smiling mischievously.
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“Well, I just happen to have two front row tickets to tonight’s show,” said Lana casually.
“No way,” I said quickly rejecting the idea. The thought of seeing Nick again was not pleasant, we were both going to get on with our lives, seeing him perform would only make me remember how beautiful his voice was when he sang to me a few times during the summer.
“Oh come on,” said Lana trying to convince me.
I wasn’t budging. “No,” I said firmly.
“Why not? Can’t you broaden your music horizons a little?” asked Lana.
“Now who’s whining?” I asked smirking.
“Whatever, please?” begged Lana.
“I can’t,” I said.
“Why not?” demanded Lana. “I want to know exactly why not.”
“I can’t tell you,” I said uncomfortably.
“Liz come on, we live in the same house, we’ve been friends forever, there’s nothing that you can’t tell me,” said Lana. I knew that she really wanted to know, and I wanted to tell her, I just didn’t know why I couldn’t.
“I just can’t,” I said firmly.
“Oh come on Liz, what’s the big deal about seeing five gorgeous guys dance and sing on stage?” asked Lana. “It’s not like you dated one of them,” she commented, but she had no idea how right her remark was. I remained silent. “Liz?” said Lana softly. She looked at me with a questioning glance.
“Okay, remember when I went to Florida this summer?” I asked. I was gonna tell her what had happened. She was my best friend, and if anyone deserved to know, it was her.
“Yeah, I remember you complaining about it for a long time,” said Lana nodding.
“Well, when I was in Florida, I stayed with a friend of the family,” I began and took a deep breath to prepare myself for what I was gonna say next, “And his name was Nick…Carter,” I said and I saw Lana’s eyes go wide in shock.
“Are you serious?” she asked in disbelief.
“Completely,” I replied.
“You lived the entire summer with Nick Carter?” she asked.
“Yep, that’s why going to the concert is not a good idea for me,” I said and Lana looked confused.
“Wait a minute, you said you lived with the guy, that doesn’t mean anything bad, or did something happen?” she asked carefully.
“We fell in love,” I answered simply. “It took us a while to realize it but we finally did. But then at the end of August, Nick had to go on tour and I had to go back to school. We tried the whole long distance relationship thing, but it just didn’t work out, I guess we weren’t meant to be,” I said shrugging.
“Oh that’s so sad,” said Lana sympathetically. “But how do you know that it wasn’t meant to be?” she asked.
“Cause we both moved on, I’m dating Brad, and the last time I spoke to Nick he said he was dating a girl named Kelly,” I explained.
“Do you still love him?” asked Lana.
“I don’t know, I guess I will always love him to some degree, besides being my boyfriend, Nick was a good friend, as were the rest of the guys, but I’m not sure if I love him more than a friend anymore,” I replied.
Lana nodded in understanding. “So that means that you don’t want to go to the concert for sure?” she asked smiling slightly.
“Yes it does, quit asking me,” I said laughing.
“Okay, okay, I get the point,” said Lana surrendering.

Nick’s point of view

I was sitting in my hotel room and trying to figure out if I should go ahead with my original plan despite the show that night. Of course if I did, then the guys would ultimately kill me since I would probably miss rehearsal. Then again, I wouldn’t miss the concert and isn’t that the most important thing? A knock on the door interrupted my thoughts. I opened the door and saw Kelly standing there. I immediately smiled, she was wearing black jeans, a cream colored sweater and her brown hair was pulled back into a tail. She looked great.
“Hey you,” she said and kissed me lightly.
“Hey,” I said and wrapped my arms around her.
“We have rehearsal in a half an hour,” reminded Kelly.
“Kel, I know, I am part of the group,” I said grinning.
“True, but you have a habit of being late,” she said grinning back at me.
“Didn’t you know that I only do that to get on Kevin’s nerves?” I asked laughing.
“Ooh, now I see,” she said also laughing.
“But seriously, I was thinking about doing something today, but it would make me miss rehearsal,” I said confiding in her.
“Are you nuts? Steam would come out of Kevin’s ears if you don’t show up, well, right before his head explodes from anger that is,” said Kelly smirking.
“Yeah, and as much as I would love to see that, this thing is very important to me,” I said. “How about you take a picture of Kev when he realizes that I’m not showing up?” I suggested.
“No way,” said Kelly shaking her head. “I’m not getting anywhere near him when he’s mad at you.”
I laughed and pulled her closer to me. “Okay, but I really need to do this,” I said seriously.
“What is it that you’re talking about?” she asked looking up at me.
I took a deep breath and began telling her what I wanted to do after the tour had ended.

Liz’s point of view

“Elizabeth Lenie! Number 468!” called out the man and I quickly got up.
“Wish me luck,” I whispered to Lana.
“Good luck,” she said smiling encouragingly. I took a deep breath to calm myself down and went into the room where my audition was to be held.
“Elizabeth Lenie?” asked the woman behind the desk.
“Yes,” I said and stood in front of the desk. There was also another woman there, and another man.
“Okay, we’ll give you a small part of the script for you to read, and then we’ll see if you should be called back to read for the director,” explained the man.
“Okay,” I said nodding. The woman handed me a piece of paper with a monologue on it and I began to read. After I was done I was told to stand in the far corner of the room so that the three people can talk amongst themselves. I was waiting for about five minutes when one of the women motioned for me to come over. I did and stood there waiting.
“Alright Elizabeth, we think that you have great potential, you’re very good, we would like to have you come back tomorrow at ten in the morning and read for the leading female role in front of the director,” informed me the man.
“Really?” I said excitedly. The three of them nodded. “Thank you so much!” I said gratefully and walked out of the room with a huge smile plastered on my face. This was my big break!
“So what happened?” asked Lana as soon as she saw me.
“They want me to come back and read for the leading female role tomorrow!” I exclaimed no longer being able to contain my enthusiasm.
“Oh my God, congratulations!” exclaimed Lana and hugged me.
“Thank you!” I exclaimed. “And thank you for not letting me leave,” I added appreciatively.
“No problem,” said Lana grinning. “Now come on, let’s go get some ice cream and celebrate!” she announced happily and we left.

Brian’s point of view

“Where the hell is Nick?” yelled Kevin. “Rehearsal started an hour ago!”
“Maybe he’s really, really late,” suggested AJ with a smile.
“Funny Bone, real funny,” said Kevin sardonically.
“Maybe he went to do something and it’s taking longer than he expected,” I said shrugging. Of course, I myself was wondering where Nick was. He didn’t say anything to me about skipping rehearsal.
“Kelly, do you know where Nick went?” asked Kevin turning to Kelly who was standing a few feet away from us.
She looked like a deer caught in the headlights of a car. “Umm, nope, not a clue,” she said quickly, stumbling over her words a little.
“Are you sure?” asked Howie.
“Yep, very sure,” said Kelly nodding.
“Okay, I give up, let’s just run through everything without Nick, and if he messes up at the show tonight, he’s dead meat,” said Kevin angrily.
The rest of us agreed and began rehearsing.

Nick’s point of view

I was heading to the venue not looking forward to facing the guys. If I lived through the performance, I would be happy. I went through the back exit and headed into wardrobe. There was about fifteen minutes left till I had to go onstage and I was trying to avoid the guys till the last minute. It didn’t work. As soon as I came out of wardrobe, whom did I see? Kevin of course!
“Nick you’ve got a lot of explaining to do,” said Kevin angrily as soon as he saw me.
“Um, okay, I had to do something and it took longer than I expected, so I had to miss rehearsal,” I said uncomfortably.
“And what, might I ask, was it that you had to do?” asked Kevin glaring at me.
“Uh, this probably isn’t a good time for you to hear this, but I can’t tell you,” I said and waited for another outburst.
“Why?” asked Kevin. Wow, no outburst, I was shocked.
“Cause I’m not sure if there’s anything to tell yet, but I promise that as soon as I’ll know, I’ll tell everyone,” I explained.
“Oh, okay,” said Kevin and started to walk away. I was confused.
“Wait a minute!” I called out to him.
Kevin turned around and looked at me. “What?” he asked.
“Aren’t you gonna yell some more or something?” I asked, not that I wanted him to; he was just scaring me acting so calm and stuff.
“Nope, I’m beginning to realize that yelling is pointless with you, it’s like talking to a wall,” replied Kevin shrugging.
“Oh, so you realize that now? After eight years of yelling?” I asked in disbelief.
“Yep,” said Kevin, grinned and then walked away. Ugh, so much for the whole being scared of Kevin thing.
Since there was only about three minutes left till show time, I went closer towards the stage where the rest of the guys were gathered.
“Nice to see you showed up Nick,” quipped AJ.
“I wouldn’t miss a show you know,” I retorted.
“You came pretty close to it,” said Howie gesturing towards his watch.
“Yeah, but I’m here aren’t I?” I asked.
“Yep, isn’t that the truth,” said Brian smirking. We all then put in our earplugs because it was time to go onstage.

Liz’s point of view

It was nine thirty in the morning and I was nervously heading back to the building where my second audition was supposed to take place. I got there fifteen minutes later and saw that there were twice as little people in the room as the day before. I gave the woman my name again and I was told to take a seat again and wait for my turn. I looked around the room and saw that there was an even amount of both guys and girls there. I wondered how many girls were there to read for the leading female role too.
About a half an hour later my name was called and I went into the smaller room. This time, there were the people who were in the room the day before, plus two more men whom I guessed were the director and producer.
“Okay Elizabeth, you will be reading for the leading female role today,” said one of the men. He handed me a script with a dialogue between a girl and a guy. “You will be reading with the person who was already chosen for the leading male role.” I nodded in understanding and started to look over the script.
“Here he is now,” said one of the women and I saw a figure come into the room from the corner of my eye. His back was facing me because he was talking to the men and women at the desk. I looked at him and something seemed familiar. As I raised my eyes to the back of his head I realized what was familiar. But it couldn’t be, could it? When he turned around, I could see that he was just as surprised as I was.
“NICK?” I exclaimed.


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