Chapter 26- To Love or Not to Love? That is the Question.


*"Back at One" by Brian McKnight


**9:00 PM~ At "Da Club House"**

Heather, Karen, Latoya, Maryann, Jamie, Cassie, the BSB and their bodyguards were at the club celebrating Karen's private birthday party. Kevin, AJ, and Brian, and Howie were having a "chug" contest. So far, AJ was winning and getting really drunk. Karen went over to them to check it out. "What are you guys doing?" she asked.

"We're seeing who's man anovf to dwink a lotta beer" Kevin slurred.

"You wanna join us?" AJ said with a huge burp.

"I'll just have one drink" she said.


Nick and Maryann were sitting at a table talking about themselves. "So, do you speak any languages other than English?" Nick asked.

"Oui, je parle français, mais seulement quand je fâche trop." Maryann answered.(MN: I do speak French. I'm in the process of learning it and I know I guess you could say a quarter of it. Anyways, if one of the characters ever speak another language in the story, I'll put the translation in this. TN means translation. TN: Yes I speak French, but only when I'm very angry.)

"I'm guessing that's French" Nick said.

"Yup"

"So what does it mean?"

"You'll have to find out for yourself" she teased, "C'mon let's go request a song." Maryann held Nick's hand and dragged him to where the DJ was. On the way, they bumped into Latoya.

"Hey Mar, Nick. Where are you 2 lovebirds headed off to?" Latoya asked.

Nick blushed at that comment."We're gonna go request a song from the DJ."

"Where is he?" she asked.

"Over there" Maryann said pointing to him.

Latoya saw him and instantly became mesmrized with him. His eyes a dark pool of chocolate, and his hair and his face and....

"Yo Toya! Snap out of it" Maryann said, "You seem kind of intrested in the DJ."

"Yeah," she said aimlessly,"C'mon I wanna go with you guys to request a song too."

"Why the sudden intrest?" Nick asked.

"No reason" Latoya replied as they walked over to the DJ.

"How may I help you?" the DJ asked.

"We-we..we would...we would-" Latoya stuttered.

"Like to request a song" Maryann finished.

"Ok, what would you like to request?" the DJ asked.

"'Back at One' by Brian McKnight" Nick answered. He was hoping to have a slow dance with Maryann so he could talk to her more.

"Alright then I'll put it on right away" he said.

"What's your name?" Latoya blurted out.

"Marc. What's yours?"

"Latoya"

"Nice to meet you" he said kissing her hand.

"You too" she said timidly.

Marc put "Back at One" on and asked Latoya to dance. She accepted.

Its undeniable that we should be together~ Its unbelievable how I used to say that I'd fall never~ The basis you need to know if you don't know just how I feel~ Then let me show you now that I'm for real~ If all things in time, time will reveal~ Yeah...

Nick took Maryann's hand and led her to the dance floor."May you grace me with a dance?" he asked.

"Sure."

Nick held her close to him, but not too close so that she wouldn't feel uncomfortable. "Mar?"

"Yeah?"

"Do you wanna go out on a date sometime?" he asked quietly.

"Sure, but just one thing."

"What?"

"Let's take it really slow. Ok?"

"Alright" he gently pressed his lips to hers.When they broke apart, Maryann put her slender arms around his waist and slowly danced with him.

One, you're like a dream come true~ Two, just wanna be with you~ Three, girl it's plain to see That you're the only one for me and~ Four, repeat steps one through three.~ Five, make you fall in love with me~ If ever I believe my work is done~ Then I'll start back at one~ Yeah..

By then Karen and Brian were now drunk and went out to the dance floor. "Hey Kar?" Brian asked.

"Yeah?"

"You wanna go somewhere more private?" he said with a wink.

"Oh yeah!"

So incredible, the way things work themselves out~ And all emotional, once you know what it's all about hey,~ And undesirable, for us to be apart~ Never would've made it very far~ 'Cause you know you got the keys to my heart~ 'Cause...

Jamie and AJ danced to the song. AJ had won the chug contest and had been declared the "Chug King." AJ quietly sang the song off-key.

"Damn AJ, you sing really bad when you're drunk!"

"No I don't I sound finnnnneee" AJ squealed.

"I think you had too much. How many fingers am I holding up?" she held up 3 fingers.

"Twenleven"

"That's not even a number! Are you sure you're ok?"

"Oh yeah, I'm-- Oh no! I have to go to the bathroom!" he yelled as he ran to the bathroom.

"Boys. Can't live with'em and you can't live without'em." Jamie muttered as she spotted Heather sitting at a table and decided to talk to her.

One, you're like a dream come true~ Two, just wanna be with you~ Three, girl it's plain to see That you're the only one for me and~ Four, repeat steps one through three.~ Five, make you fall in love with me~ If ever I believe my work is done~ Then I'll start back at one~ Yeah..

Kevin and Cassie were dancing together. "Hey Kev?"

"Yes?"

"Just out of curosity, who are those girls with the other boys?"

"Oh," he slurred,"Da one wif Karen iz Brian, the one wif AJ is Jamie, Heather is sittin at a fable, Latoya is dancin wif the DJ, and the one wif Nick iz Maryann."

"Oh really?" she said looking at Maryann and Nick, "Is Nick Maryann's boyfriend?"

"I dunno, all I know iz dat he likes her. Why do ya ask?"

"No reason, it's just that he looks really happy with her."

"Oh, ok."

Say farewell to the dark of night~ I see the coming of the sun~ I feel like a little child, whose life has just begun~ You came and breathed life into the lonely heart of mine~ You threw out the life line~ Just in the nick of time....

Heather sat at a table watching Cassie and Kevin dance.'I wish it were me dancing with him...What am I saying? I don't like him, do I? Maybe just a little crush, but the more I see him the more I like him! Besides, he already has a girlfriend. There's something about her I can't quite put my finger on that I don't like. Maybe it's just me...' She was interrupted by Jamie's voice. "Hello Heather? Are you there?"

"Oh, hi Jaim."

"What's wrong? You look lost."

"You ever have the feeling that you want something that you know you cannot have because it's someone else's? That's how I feel." Heather replied miserably.

"Oh. Well why don't you go dance with Howie? I'm sure he looks lonely too." Jamie suggested.

"Ok" Heather said as she went to go talk to Howie.

"Hey Heather." Howie said with alcohol evident in his breath.

"Hey Howie, wanna dance?"

"I'd love to" Howie said getting up from his chair and leading Heather to the dance floor.

They started a quiet conversation as they danced. As they talked, Howie started to wonder,'I think Heather is really pretty. I like her as a friend, but could it be more?'

One, you're like a dream come true~ Two, just wanna be with you~ Three, girl it's plain to see That you're the only one for me and~ Four, repeat steps one through three.~ Five, make you fall in love with me~ If ever I believe my work is done~ Then I'll start back at one.

Jamie, AJ, Kevin, Cassie, Heather, Howie, Nick, and Maryann danced as Marc played song after song after song. Marc and Latoya were hitting it off as Latoya talked more about herself. But where was Karen and Brian????

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