Chapter 5- Nick & Playboy ???

** After Sound check **

"Hey guys, you were awesome, not as good as the concert, but good" Karen said.

"Told you so" AJ smirked. "So, were is your 'partner in crime', Maryann?" Nick asked.

"Oh she went to get a cup of juice, because she just took her inhaler, so to wash down the nasty taste of the medicine, she drinks a cup of juice."

"She has asthma?" Nick asked.

"Yup, severe asthma." Karen answered.

"For how long?" AJ asked.

"Well if she's 19 right now, it would be for about 17 and a half years. She got asthma when she was 1 and a half, and she nearly died too."

"17 AND A HALF YEARS?" Nick nearly yelled.

"Yup." Karen answered.

"Gosh, I feel so sorry for her." AJ said.

"Yeah, me too." Nick said.

"Me also" Karen said

Maryann came back from the cafeteria and she saw that Nick, AJ, and Karen were looking at her with sorrowful faces.

"What?" Maryann asked.

"Don't worry Maryann," AJ said putting his hand on her shoulder, "We're gonna get you through this."

"Get me through what?" Maryann asked bewildered, taking his hand off her shoulder.

"Your asthma." Karen told her.

"Oh, you don't have to worry about me," Maryann said, "It's no big deal."

"It is a big deal." Nick said, "We care about you, and we don't want you to die."

"I'M NOT GONNA DIE!" Maryann yelled and stormed away.

"Was it something I said?" Nick asked.

"No, it's not you Nick, she just dosen't wanna think she gonna die from asthma. Her biggest fear is dying." Karen said.

Brian, Howie & Kevin were walking from a room, they were just on the phone with James Jive. When they came closer to us Brian asked "So what's next on the agenda?"

"I had an idea, like to go to hotel and watch a movie, but we have to stop at the gas station first" Karen explained.

"Which gas station are we going to?" Howie asked.

"The one I passed yesterday with a 7-11 next door." Karen answered. "Oh, goody, I can get snacks!" Brian giggled in a girl's voice.

"Shut up Brian." Karen said.

"Make me." Brian answered with a smirk.

**At the gas station**

They arrived at the gas station. Everyone but Karen and Brian got out of the car and went to the 7-11 next door.

**At 7-11**

Nick was stalking Maryann as they went through the aisles of 7-11. Slowy Maryann peeked at her "stalker" and he picked up various items, trying to look innocent. It was when Maryann got to the magazine section that made her laugh.

**In the Car**

Karen & Brian were talking when Brian up the subject to ask Karen if she was dating.

She prefered not to dicuss that after one day on meeting him so she playfully punched Brian in the arm.

"Oww, that hurt." Brian said pouting his lips.

"Oh poor baby." Karen giggled and gave him a kiss on the cheek.

Brian pretended to faint just when Maryann came laughing from 7-11.

"Oh my god, you should have seen his face, he was following me and when I peeked at him in the magazine section, he picked up the first thing he could grab, and it was a Playboy magazine! Then AJ asked him, 'Who's in it this month?' and he slapped him on the head!" Maryann said in between laughs.

"Who did that?" Karen asked.

There was silence, until Nick came out of 7-11 and said "I can explain".

Then there was another silence. Karen pointed to Nick and mouthed, "Was it him?" Maryann shook her head yes and the two friends were laughing their butts off.

Brian and Nick looked at the two laughing buddies with questions in their minds.

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