|| chapter 5 ||

At the club....

"It's wild here!" Manda exclaimed when we finally arrived.

"Yeah, we can see that Manda!"

"Well sorry!"

"C'mon let's go!" AJ said grabbing Manda's hand. Brian did the same to Tina. The other girls, Nick, and Howie went to sit down at a table and to talk and chill out.

"So Melanie.."

"What Howie?"

"How do you like it here so far?"

"It's great. I'm hoping to have a blast so far on this tour. Do you know when it starts?"

"In about 2 months or so. It's no time soon!"

"That's great then! I can't wait for it to start. I love dancing, it's always been a dream of mine. I've always wanted to be a dancer."

"I'm sure you're great at it."

"So Howie, tell me about the guys, what's it like to tour with them? Are they as nice as they always seem?"

"They guys? They're great. We're all like stepbrothers. It's great to be with them, they're like a second family that I never had, I love them all so much and I'm sure you will too."

"I sure hope so."

"Sorry to interrupt..." Nessa began, "But can I steal Howie away from you for a dance?"

"Sure! Have fun!" I said smiling back at her.

"I'll be right back!"

"Take your time!" I waved to them and turned to Nick and Jenni who were deeply into a conversation.

"What are you guys talking about?"

"Oh hi Mel, have you guys met yet?"

"I don't think so." Nick answered. "But I have heard alot about you!"

"Oh really? From who?"

"Excuse me guys, I'm gonna go get a drink, you want anything?"

"Nope."

"No Thanks! I'm fine."

"Okay, suit yourself." she turned and walked off.

"So Mel, tell me about yourself."

"If you've heard so much about me, then what more do you need to know?" I asked smiling at him.

"I was just saying that...."

"Oh well in that case, I'm 18. I'm from Massachusetts. I just finished high school recently. I'm going to BU in the fall. I love to dance and hopefully being on tour with you guys will get me somewhere!" I finished with a huge grin.

"That's interesting."

"What is? My life?"

"Yeah.."

"Not really Nick, not much happens in my life. Most people don't like me. Especially those at school, so I mostly just shut everything out of my life. Tina and my mom are like the closest people in my life."

"So with a pretty face like yours you never had a boyfriend?"

"I dated a little but never was in a serious relationship. Some of the guys that I went out with just used me for cause of my body."

"I'm really sorry to hear that."

"Hey, it's okay."

"So I heard you played sports too?"

"Whose telling you these things? Yeah I play sports. I play all kinds but basketball is my favorite."

"I'm not telling you who told me. You may beat the hell out of them!" I laughed at the sound of that.

"Oh Sure! A small girl like me."

"You mentioned basketball, are you any good?"

"I'm pretty good at it."

"Great, maybe we can play one on one sometimes."

"Sure sounds like fun!"

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Brian and Tina

"Nick and Melanie look so cute together don't you think?"

"They're the perfect couple, it's just too bad he has a girlfriend huh?"

"Who Mandy? That bitch? No one likes her."

"Why?"

"She's using Nick. For his fame, money, and for her own publicity."

"How do you know that for sure Brian?"

"I have my ways on finding out these things." He gave her a funny looking smile and waited for her to say something.

"What are you smiling at? C'mon tell me! How did you know about Mandy and some other guy?"

"I'm always hearing her talking to her ex, gossiping to the old dancers about her ex, telling them how stupid and gullible Nick is and I'm so sick of hearing her asking him for money."

"So then why don't you put a stop to this?"

"Because I don't want to hurt Nick. He really loves her and all he's getting back in return is a cold, evil person who doesn't love him at all."

"I know what that's like. We or you need to put a stop to this. Maybe there's some way that we can break them up cause it's tearing me apart to see him unhappy."

"He says he's happy but I haven't seen him this happy for awhile. Mel can really work it."

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Nick and Mel...

"Mel, let's go dance."

"Cool with me."

After a few fast songs, 'Show me the meaning' came on.

"You know Nick a lot of your songs have really helped me through all this pain I've felt. This is one of my favorite songs."

"Mine too." I placed my head on his shoulder and listened to the sound of his sweet voice singing to me. The first time I've heard this song, I thought it was written just for me. I was so lonely, hardly any friends and the bad relationships, I thought 'Could things get any worse?' As these horrible thoughts ran through my head a couple of tears streamed down my face. When the song finally ended, Nick led me back to the table.

"What's wrong Mel? Why are you crying?"

"No reason. I'm fine. I was just thinking. That's all."

"What were you thinking about that made you cry?"

"Mostly my life. That song was just so wonderful. Over the years, I've never had any that really cared for me. My dad left us a few years ago and with the abuse the guys were giving me, I thought that my life was just going downhill. When I found out that I was going on tour with you guys, I knew that my life was going to be okay and that I didn't have to worry anymore. You guys have inspired me so much over the past 7 years that it's so unbelievable. I can't explain how I'm feeling now. Just thanks so much for everything. You and the guys."

"Aww sweetie, everything is going to be okay. Don't worry while you're here no one and I mean no one is going to hurt you. At least not physically. And for inspiring you, we're just 5 guys who are doing what we love but I'll be sure to tell the guys what you said. Everything is okay now!"

"You're so sweet. Thanks for caring so much! Thanks for everything you've done."

"Really, I haven't done anything but sit here. I'll always be here for you when you need me the most."

"I'm gonna go wash up, see you in a few."

"Okay sweetie. Take your time." On my way to the restrooms, I bumped into Tina and Brian.

"Hey Mel!"

"Hi."

"What's wrong? You have mascara running down your face. It seemed like you were crying. Sweetie are you alright?"

"I'm fine. Don't worry about me."

"Brian, Mel and I need a girl talk. I'll see you back at the table."

"Okay. I hope she's gonna be fine."

"Don't worry. She's under control."

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The Girls' Room

"Mel, what happened? Did Nick do something to upset you?"

"NO! Nothing happened and no Nick didn't do anything but be a total sweetheart."

"Than what happened?"

"We were dancing."

"And..?"

"And then 'Show me the meaning' came on."

"Not this again Mel!"

"Sorry I couldn't help it. I told him how I felt and he understood completely."

"If that's what you're saying. Wash up. We'll ask the guys to drive us home. I'm tired from all the excitement today."

"Yeah me too!"

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Brian...

On his way back to the table he noticed someone in the crowd that wasn't suppose to be there. Or at least without Nick knowing.

"Mandy? What are you doing here? And who's that?"

"Brian! What a pleasant surprise!"

"It sure is a surprise but it ain't pleasant! Does Nick know you're here?"

"Nick who?"

"Nick Carter! Your boyfriend! That's who?"

"Oh That scum bag? Who cares about him? All I need and want is Josh. I'm just using Nick for his money and for the publicity!"

"Wait till he hears about this! You'll be done for!"

"Like I care! Tell him anything! He won't believe you!"

"We'll see about that." He said walking away from her and towards their table.

"Hey Frack!"

"Hey Brian. Where's Teens?"

"With Mel. What happened?"

"Nothing! We were dancing. 'Show me the meaning' came on and she thought back on her life and how the song was just the way her life is. Lonely and sad. She just needs someone there for her. To love and care for her.""I know exactly who too!"

"Really? Who?" Nick asked all excited.

"You!"

"Huh? What do you mean me?"

"Nevermind I mentioned it." After a couple of minutes the girls returned to the table.

"Are you okay?" Brian and Nick asked at the same time.

"I'm fine but I want to go back to our rooms. I'm kinda tired from the long flight and I just want some rest."

"Yeah me too. We already caught up with the others. They're gonna take AJ's car home."

"Okay. If everything's set then let's head out!"