|| chapter 9 ||

"Hey guys what's up?" Mandy asked with a cheerful look on her face.

"You're in deep shit!" AJ said laughing.

"What are you talking about?"

"Nick came in and told us about everything. He's tired of you! Prepare for a dreadful breakup! By the way who was that hot-looking guy?"

"That was my cousin. He heard I was in town and came to see me!"

"Oh really? Do you always kiss your cousins like that every time you see them?" I asked trying to hide my smile.

"You've been spying on me! You'll do anything to get Nick away from me!"

"And you've been cheating on Nick! Besides I wasn't spying on you, I was going to Nick's room and I saw you on the way up. We all know the truth Mandy. You can kiss your sorry ass goodbye cause Nick won't stand around listening to you tell him what to do."

"So now you're standing up for the sucker huh?"

"I knew you were always up to no good." Brian butted in. Before he could say anymore Nick came walking into the room.

"Hey Mandy! Hey guys!"

"Hiya Nick." she said walking over to him. She gave him a kiss but he pulled away.

"What's wrong Nick? Aren't you happy to see me? I haven't seen you all day."

"Don't play games with me Mandy!"

"What are you talking about Nick?"

"I'm sweet but gullible huh? What do you want from me?!"

"You've been going through my stuff haven't you?"

"No but my friends found this!" he showed her the letter that Jenni gave him earlier. She was shocked!

"We're through! I want you out of my life and away from here!"

"Good! I wouldn't want anything to do with you!" She raised a hand to slap Nick but I grabbed her arm before she had the chance.

"Don't touch him or I swear me and the girls will personally kill you!"

"Don't worry sweets I got it from here." he gave me a quick hug.

"Are you sure Nick? Cause we don't mind killing her for you." Tina said with a mischievous grin.

"Yeah. Mandy...one more thing before you go."

"What do you want?" she asked with a stern tone.

"An apology..."

"I'm sorry okay? Are you happy now?" she ran from the room and that was the last anyone has seen her for the time being.

"I'm glad that's over!"

"We are too! Now we can leave! C'mon girls."

"Bye! Have fun!"

"AJ?" Brian called...

"Yeah?"

"Don't do anything I wouldn't do!"

"Can't promise you that buddy." he said rushing out the door.

Shortly after they left Howie, Brian, Tina and Jenni went to pick our movies and junk. I was alone with him again for the second time that night.

"I'm glad you guys are through. I didn't know you had it in you. You seem so quiet and shy."

"Yeah well...you know. Something in me just clicked."

"What do you think the future will be like now that she's out of your hair?"

"I don't know." We remained quiet for a few minutes. "Thank you Mel."

"For what?"

"Everything."

"I didn't do anything."

"You were there for me. That was enough to pull me through this mess."

"It's ok Nick. I don't mind."

"I'm gonna go do something. Good night Mel." he said giving me a kiss and a hug.

"Come join us."

"Maybe later. I want some time to myself. The pain hasn't sunk in yet."

"You know where I'll be if you need me!"

"Have fun!"

"Thanks! Bye!"

"See ya sweets."

I smiled and walked up to my room.

"What are we watching tonight?" I asked walking to my bed.

"Scream 1, 2, and 3."

"Awesome!"

"Yeah now be quiet! It's starting." After Scream 1 was over we all went to change into more comfortable clothes, and to get more food. At 7:30 we started watching Scream 2. In the middle of it someone knocked on the door.

"I'll get it. You guys stay put!"

"Sure Mel! Whatever you say."

I opened the door and saw Nick standing there. "Hey beautiful."

"Hey Nick!"

"Got room for one more?"

"Sure. Come on in." he followed me inside and laid down next to me on my bed. "I love this movie."

"So do I. But I get scared so easily."

"Don't worry. I'll be here." I smiled at his last comment and placed my head on his chest. Halfway to the ending, I caught Nick staring at me.

"What up?"

"Nothing. Just watching you."

"Why?"

"Cause you look so cute."

"Thanks. With you here I guess I'm not as scared as I thought I would be."

"Why?"

"You and the others have helped me through so much pain and sorrows. You don't know how happy I am just to hear you sing or see you on TV. You brighten my day!"

"Can you guys keep it down back there?" Brian asked smiling at me.

"Sorry!"

"Thanks for the compliment Mel!" I returned a smile and faced Nick.

"Wanna go back to my room and hang out for awhile?"

"Sure. I'd like that."

"Guys, we'll be right back okay? We have some stuff to talk about!"

"Sure do whatever!"

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Nick's room

"What did you want to talk about?"

"Nothing really. I just wanted you all by myself."

"Oh. Alright then. I'm all yours."

"Have a seat." he said patting the seat next to him.

"Thanks."

"Sure. No prob."

"Nick?"

"Hmm..?"

"Tell me something."

"What do you want to know?"

"How did you feel when you found out about Mandy cheating on you?"

"I was pissed. I didn't think she's do that to me."

"How do you feel about her now?"

"Part of me feels as if she ripped my heart out and walked away with it and now there's a hole there. Another part of me feels mad at her for what she's done."

"Is there any chance of you falling in love again?"

"I don't know. I mean I loved her to death and she returns her love by cheating on me? How could she have done this to me?!" he finished as he broke down in tears.

"Aww. Nick come here." I wrapped him in my arms and whispered things to help comfort him.

"Let it all out Nick. Let the pain go with the tears." he cried on my shoulder for about 10 minutes. Then he was ready to talk again.

"Why did she do it Mel? It hurts so much!"

"She wanted things and you were there to give it to her. She took advantage of you cause you're a big star! But one day you'll be able to love again. You're gonna find the one that's out there for you! Mandy wasn't meant for you!"

"There's no one out there for me. Mandy was the one and now she's gone. I'll never love anyone like I loved her."

"That's not true! Don't say things like that. One day you're gonna find the perfect one for you and she's gonna love you just as much!"

"Mandy's gone and she's never coming back!"

"And that's a good thing. Cause she didn't love you! How could you have loved her?"

"It was a mutual feeling! I knew she was the one for me but I wished that things didn't turn out the ways that they have!"

"But it did and there's nothing you can do about it." I told him as I stroked his hair. He was quiet for awhile. I was hoping that deep down Nick would believe what I was saying. Nick then broke into my thoughts.

"Mel?"

"What?"

"Why are you being so supportive? You seem to be the one who's most caring through this mess. I thought you all would've given up on me by now."

"I do care Nick. You're a real sweet guy an-"

"And you're a real sweet girl."

I blushed and continued my sentence. "Whatever happens. I'll be here for you. We never gave up on you either. The girls were determine to get you away from her. I guess they're now satisfied."

"Thank you for being such a wonderful person. I want you to know that you hold a special place in my heart."

"And thank you for being such a great guy." I whispered as I gave him a kiss.