|| chapter 6 ||

Downstairs at noon...

"So Bri, how'd it go?"

"It didn't go at all."

"What happened?"

"He blew up on me when I told him! He's so stubborn to listen to anyone anymore. He didn't believe me. We got in an argument and he took off. Really really pissed."

"Oh well. Too bad." I said picking at my food.

"Guess what Mel?"

"What?"

"When I walked into our room, he was thinking about ya!"

"Why'd cha tell me that? I really don't need to hear these things right now!"

"Just thought that you should know."

"That was definitely the last thing I wanted to hear." I said staring out the window.

"You guys would make a good couple." Tina said.

"I'm sorry. What did you say?"

"Mel! What is wrong with you?"

"Nothing. I was just thinking."

"What about?"

"I don't know. About things."

"Oh okay then."

We sat in a moment of silence until we heard someone laughing coming our way.

"Great. Look who's coming."

"This is such a horrible day." I mumbled.

"What did you say Mel?"

"Nothing. I'm just talking to myself again."

"Are you sure? You don't look so good to me." Brian said feeling my forehead.

"You don't have a fever. Are you sure you're okay?"

"I'm fine."

Just then Mandy and Nick came strolling in. "C'mon Nicky, let's go sit over there by the window. I want to look at the view." She gave us an evil look and Nick just looked by us and kept on walking.

"Did you see that Mel?"

"See what?"

"Nick was looking straight at you!"

"You're seeing things Teens. He doesn't like me. He never will."

"Is that why you're so down?"

"No. I'm fine for the last time."

"Okay okay. Sorry to burst your bubble."

"Hey guys!" I turned about and saw 6 more people standing there.

"Can we join you?"

"Sure. Pull up some chairs."

"Where's Nick?" AJ asked.

"Off with his snobby girlfriend over there." Tina answered.

"I think she's nice." Howie said.

"Dude, is there something wrong with you?"

"I saw her at the club with some other guy dancing. They looked like they were more than friends."

"How could you tell?"

"She was french-kissing him. Friends don't do that do they?" I asked.

"Oh okay. Nevermind then."

"Did you guys tell Nick?"

"Yeah we did. Well Brian did and he blew up on him."

"He kept saying 'You're suppose to be my friend! You're suppose to support me! Not be against me and my girlfriend' I couldn't stand it. We got into a little argument. Then he took off pissed."

"I wish there was something we can do. Nick deserves better."

"He's been unhappy for awhile since he was with Mandy. She controls his life and it's just ruining him. Seeing him with you really was a big change."

"Yeah Mel. He was really happy for one. What is it about you?"

"I don't know. Everyone always gets along with me. But I think there will be some problems with me, Nick, and Mandy from now on. I guess it's best that I stay away from them both."

"No! Don't say that! You must be there for Nick!"

"Yeah Mel. Be strong!"

"Why should I? It's hopeless. Nick's just so hardheaded. He won't listen to me."

"Of course he will! He really really likes you."

"Sure. Whatever." After that everyone was quiet. They were all deep in thought about what was going to happen next. Would things work out for the best? No one knew.

"Brian?" We all turned to see Mandy there.

"What do you want?"

"Can I talk to you for a minute?"

"Why would I want to talk to you?"

"It's important. Please?"

"Fine but it better be important."

"It is."

"I'll be right back."

"I'm gonna go talk to Nick. This may be our last chance talking to him for awhile."

"No Jenni, I'll go. Maybe it'll help somehow."

"Alright chica! Good luck!"

"Thanks!" I said giving her a hug.

With Brian

"What did you want?"

"Nick confronted me about Josh."

"Yeah so?"

"He doesn't believe you. I told you so."

"You're a bitch."

"A smart and beautiful one too for that matter."

"Keep dreaming. Nick's on to you! You'll be begging to be back with him in no time. Trust me!"

"Yeah whatever. He's the one who'll be begging to be back with me!"

"What kind of person are you? You use him for some many things. What more do you want?"

"That's for me to know and you to find out. You know Brian, you'll never win! I'm all he has!"

"We'll see about that!"

Nick's Table...

"Hi Nick. Can I join you?" He looked up at me and smiled. The first smile I've seen from him since the night before.

"Sure. Grab a seat."

"Nick, I've got to talk to you."

"If it deals with Mandy then forget it okay? You're not gonna change my mind about her."

"Just listen okay? You don't have to agree with me. The guys and I really want to help you out. We all care about you. I don't want to see you hurt."

"I don't need anyone's help. I'm fine."

"Nick, please don't do this! I've been a fan since I was 12 and I still am. I love you so much. You were so happy before and I've always supported all of your girlfriends. But when I found out that you were with Mandy and the way she was treating you it broke my heart Nick. To see you like this tears me apart. Why can't you be happy? You used to be with your other girlfriends. Mandy control your whole entire life. You never have any more fun! A few minutes ago, the guys wre just saying how happy you seemed for the last couple of hours. Why can't you be like that with Mandy? Why can't you admit that you deserve better?"

"Because I don't! I love Mandy and I always will. She's my soul mate."

"Soulmate? Nick, she's a bitch. Can't you just get over her and love someone else? There are so many girls out there that would die for you!"

"But they're not the same as Mandy."

"Not everyone is the same Nick. You've got to learn to let go and be happy. Listen and follow your heart. You'll find out soon that you guys were not meant to be."

"But we are!"

"Believe what you want but one day when you need help, no one is gonna be there for you cause you've pushed them all away." I got up and left him there.

Back at the table...

"How'd it go Mel?"

"Not so very good. I think things are worse now. Nick doesn't seem to care about it anymore! He said that she's his soul mate and true love. He'll never find anyone else like her. He doesn't need our help. I give up."

"Soulmate? True love?"

"Yeah that's what he said."

"Please. She's a bitch."

"You can't give up though. Nick will turn his ways one day. I promise you that he will." Brian said looking straight at me. "He will."