|| chapter 10 ||

"Oh my God Josh! I can't believe what happened!"

"Mandy, baby what's wrong?"

"Nick dumped me! He said he doesn't want anything to do with me anymore! What am I gonna do? My career is gonna go down! I might not get a record deal! This is so bad! I can't believe this is happening to me!"

"You know what Mandy? Nick was right to dump you."

"Josh, what do you mean?"

"Lately, I've been sick up to here with you babbling about Nick and your career. I've had enough of you! We're through." he said walking off leaving her there all alone.

"What is happening to me? First Nick now Josh! I don't believe this! Nick, you're gonna pay for this. I swear even if it's the last thing I do..."

The Guys...

Nick and I returned to my room just in time to see 'Scream 3'.

"Just in time guys."

"Great!" I said hopping onto my bed. Brian and Tina were on her bed and Howie and Jenni were on the floor pigging out (they were also making a big mess but we won't get into that!) Sometime during the movie Nick wrapped his arms around me and pulled me close to him. I didn't even noticed it until he started whispering sweet nothings in my ear. I knew it was weird and awkward but I on the other hand was just to tired to push him off. As soon as my head hit his chest I was off in slumber land.

The Next Morning...

At 6:30 the next morning, my alarm went off like usual. I reached out and turned it off.

"Teens, get up! We have practice soon." I said with my eyes half open. Since I didn't hear her say the usual 'Let me sleep' I decided to shake her outta bed. I sat up and found out that I couldn't move. I looked down and saw Nick's arms around me. I looked over to my side and saw Nick sleeping peacefully. I gently removed his arms and walked over to Tina's bed. Instead of finding her I found a note saying that she was at Brian's since Nick was here. As I walked to my dresser I noticed that the room was all cleaned and put back to the way they were. Since I didn't want to wake Nick just yet I hopped into the shower. About 20 minutes later I came out wearing a sports bra and shorts. After a few minutes I turned on the radio as I put my wet hair into a bun.

After that was finished I decided to wake Nick up. "Nick, time to get up sweetie."

"5 more minutes!"

"Nick you have to get outta bed."

"Alright! I'm up." he said with his eyes still closed. Since he was being such an ass about getting outta bed I walked to the fridge and poured a cup of ice water. I walked over to the bed quietly and poured the water \ onto his face.

"What the hell was that?"

"Ice water."

"What was it for?"

"I had to wake you up but since you can't do that I had to get you up somehow."

"I'm up now. What do you want?"

"Geez sorry Nick. It was a joke. Calm the hell down."

"I'm sorry Sweets. I lost it for a min." he walked over to where I was standing and gave me a hug. I returned the hug and said "It's ok."

He smiled at me and said, "I had a great time last night. Thanks for the awesome time. Mandy and I never did something like that. It's great to know that I have such caring friends."

I nodded my head and told him, "Yeah well we all care and love you very much. Don't even forget that ok?"

"Thank you Mel for everything you've done. I appreciate it. Look I'm gonna go get ready ok? I'll see you in 25 minutes."

"Sure!" He kissed me and left.

An Hour Later

I had finished breakfast and was walking into the practice room. I wanted to sit and relax before I got a cramp dancing. I walked into the room and was surprised when I saw Nick there.

"Morning beautiful."

"Hey Nick. What are you doing here so early? You usually hate practice."

"Yeah well today's a different day."

"Really? Why?"

"Well because..."

"Because?"

"Just because."

"Ok Nick! Whatever you say."

"Anyways how are things?"

"It's good I guess." I took a seat next to him and laid my head on his shoulder.

"Are you feeling ok Sweets? You're usually happy and jumping around in the morning."

"Well today I don't feel like it."

"What wrong?"

"Nothing. I just feel sick from all the junk from last night."

"Sweetie, maybe you should go back to bed! I'm sure the others won't mind."

"Nick, I'm fine K? Don't worry so much."

Before he could say anything else to her the rest of the guys came in.

"Morning guys!"

"Morning Brian! Teens! Have a good night?" I asked looking at Tina.

"Where's everyone else?"

"Right behind ya!" I turned and saw the rest of the gang coming towards us.

"Looking good Mel!"

I blushed. "Thanks AJ."

"Sure. No prob."

"ALright guys. Ready to learn new steps?"

"Yeah."

"Okay good. Get into your position and we'll review the dance for 'Larger Than Life' and 'The One' then we'll learn the dance for 'It's gotta be you' and 'Don't want you back.' Sounds good?"

Everyone nodded and walked to their positions. I pulled away from AJ who was holding my waist and walked over to my position. "Are you absolutely sure you're ok? You look kinda pale."

"I'm positive. If something's wrong, you'll be the first to know." I gave him a smile an got into position. Since we had mostly the same partners for every dance it was kinda hard for me to avoid him. As we danced to the new songs and reviewed the old ones Nick kept an eye on me making sure I was alright.

"That was great! Real awesome! If you keep this up you'll be outta here in no time. That means more free time for you to rest up."

"Great! Just what we need right now."

"Now for the new one." Fatima walked over to the boom box and turned it on.

It's gotta be you
All the way
It's gotta be you
Everyday
I promise you
I will be true
It's gotta be you.

As the words played, Fatima showed us the dance. Then after a couple of times she turned off the music and showed us in slow motion, with the girls first. When each of us finally got it, it was the guys' turn.

"All set?" Just by watching and imitating us, the guys picked up pretty quickly. At 1 o'clock we broke for lunch and came back at 2 all freshed and focused. When we came back, she made us do the dance as partners, which was a little harder. The others and I worked our butts off till 5. Then we off the for day.

"Great job! That's it for today. See you tomorrow." she turned and left us there again.

Usually, I'd sit with the guys, chat and hang out but today I felt really funny and decided to head up. "Hey guys, I don't feel so hot I'm gonna go shower and rest K?"

"Feel Better Mel!"

"I'll try! Bye!" I picked up my stuff and jogged downstairs.

"Mel wait!"

"What is it Nick?"

"I just came to see if you were ok. You were extremely quiet today."

"I'll be fine. Stop worrying about me."

"I worry anyway. I don't want anything to happen to you."

"Thanks for caring so much but nothing's wrong. Why don't you go back with the guys? They all miss you."

"Okay but only if you promise me that you'll tell me when you're feeling worse."

"I promise. Now please go!"

"Don't I get a kiss?"

"Don't you think you're rushing thing?"

"I'm sorry. I just love being with you. I'll see you later."

"You're sweet."

"See ya Mel." he turned and walked towards the elevator.

"Nick wait."

"What?"

I dropped my bag and jogged over to where he was. I stood on my tippy toes and gave him a kiss and a hug. "Just in case." I said smiling at him.

"Thanks."

"Sure. I'll see you at dinner."

"Bye."