"You're what?...Why?...But Sarra, you...I know...I know!...but you can't...you shouldn't...Fine...Okay...Bye." Linz hung up the phone.
"Well?" Kati said as she took another bite of Bluebell's ice cream.
"She is," Linz said.
"She is?!" Kati almost spit out the ice cream.
"Who's doing what?" Howie said as he walked into the kitchen.
"Sit down," Linz said.
"Linz! We can't tell him!" Kati said.
"Don't worry. He won't tell. Will ya, D? You won't tell," Linz assured.
"Tell what?" Howie asked again.
"Sarra is kind of...um...Kati?" Linz said.
"She's going out with um...Linz it would be much better if you said it."
"Sarra Littrell is going out with JC of 'N Sync," Linz spit out.
"What?" Howie said.
"You heard me." Linz took a bite of Kati's ice cream.
"Well what are we going to do?" Kati asked.
"My sister is what?!" Brian walked in.
"This house echoes," Howie remembered.
"Thanks, D," Linz said.
"She's going out with JC."
"But they're in love," Linz joked.
"Bullshit, Linz." Brian sat down.
"What do you wanna do?"
"Break her up."
"Well I want someone to at least keep an eye on her."
"I do it."
"I'll go with you."
"But don't you think they'll figure us out, if you come?"
"Hi, look, I'm Linz and this is my friend who has no relationship to the BSB, Howie D," Linz mocked.
"She's right, D," Brian said.
"Then we'll change my look." Howie smiled
"What are you thinking?"
"Just go get my makeup artist and my hair designer," Howie smiled.
"I'm scared." Linz sat down next to Kati.
2 hours and 3 haircuts later, the new Howie D. was revealed to Brian, A.J., Kevin, Nick, Linz, and Kati.
"Holy shit." A.J. stared.
"Someone check my pulse," Nick joked.
"What did you do?!" Kevin laughed.
"Where's my camera?" Linz smiled.
"The fans are going to love that," Kati said sarcastically.
Howie's hair was practically all gone with his crew cut and shaved face. And to top it all off an eyebrow ring.
"You could almost be A.J.," Linz laughed but was quickly stopped when A.J. smacked her upside her head.
"Fuck you." Linz turned to A.J..
"Later," A.J. joked.
"Eww, incest." Kati sat down.
"Hey Howie. How's your Italian accent doing?"
"It couldn't be better," Howie said with an Italian accent.
"So you're like my Italian lover?" Linz asked.
"Sorry Linz. You don't get any this time," A.J. said.
"That sucks. And not literally," Linz said.
"This time," Kati laughed.
Linz's cell phone rang, and she picked it up as everyone watched her. "Parle a moi...No, it's French...What do you want?...To please me? That's a laugh...No...No...No, I don't have your money...Why?...Because I own you...Yeah, you heard me...Who pays who?...My money is buying your double shot latte...When?...Tomorrow?...No that's great...Ciao."
"Who was it?" A.J. asked.
"My agent," Linz said as her phone rang again.
"It's possessed!" Kevin said and everyone laughed.
"Speak to me...shut up...Why can't JC?...Oh, still practicing, huh?...Yeah, I'll be there...but I have to bring someone with me...Ok...Byers." Linz hung up.
"Sarra?" Brian asked.
"Yeah. A.J., give me your hat."
"Why?" A.J. said as he gave it to her.
"Because I look better in it," she said as she put it on.
"She wants me to pick her up. I'll take the Miada. A.J., the keys please."
"Because I love that car and you drive like a crazy woman."
"Fine, the Passat."
A.J. passed her the Passat keys, and Howie escorted her out of the house.
Sarra waved Linz's silver Passat down and she walked out with someone she hadn't seen before.
"Who's this?" Sarra asked as she winked at the cute Italian boy.
"I'm Freschetta," said Howie with his accent. "Nice to meet you."
"Ditto. I'll go get JC. Wait nevermind come on," Sarra said.
"Freschetta?" Linz said as she said as she hit Howie.
"Yeah is that some kind of pizza?" Howie asked.
"Yeah," Linz said.
"Then that'll just be my last name."
"This is JC."
"Nice to meet you."
"This is Linz."
"And her boyfriend or something Freschetta."
"Actually my first name is Leonardo everyone calls me Freschetta."
"You look familiar?"
"Really, does he?"
"Yeah I can't put my finger on it though."
"Oh too bad. Well Sarra? Are you ready to go?"
"I thought I was going to pick you up."
No. I wanted you to stay here for a couple of days and meet the guys."
"Yeah we're the guys, and the BSB are the boys," JC smiled.
"Mature. Real mature," Linz said sarcastically.
The 'N Suck dorks were doing their little dance when Linz and "Leonardo" got into the room.
"Take five everyone."
"That was great, sweetie," Justin's gf Kelly said as she ran up to him and kissed him.
"Thanks, baby," he said as he tried to catch his breath and her at the same time.
"Hey, baby. I'm Lance."
"And I'm taken."
"She's Linz," Sarra said as Lance winked at her.
"And I'm taken," Linz repeated.
"Don't worry about him, he's just horny. I'm Joey."
"Nice to meet you."
"Are you the McLean girl?"
"Oh, I'm Justin," Justin said as he walked right past Linz and Howie with Kelly.
"Where are you goin' Justin?"
"To get some. Give me a couple of hours."
"A couple of hours?!" Kelly said. "He's taking the rest of the day off."
"I like the way you think."
"I'm Chris. So you're the McLean girl, huh?"
"I don't know. I just thought you would be more um messed up."
"What's that supposed mean?"
"Your brother always looks like he's doing crack."
That's all Chris had to say before Linz was on top of him and beating him up. JC tried to pull her up and finally succeeded to get her off and hold her back.
"I'm sorry," Chris said.
"You better be."
Sarra pulled Linz aside. "What is your deal?
"Do you have any idea what I've just been through with drugs, Sarra?"
"Snap out of it," Sarra said as she slapped Linz.
Linz looked down reluctantly to see that it was time to go. "Come on, Freschetta."
"We have to go."
Linz and Howie showed themselves out the door.
"Linz? What just happened?"
"I just beat the shit out of Chris."
"Did it feel good?"
"Better than I thought it would."
I'm going to take a shower," Linz said, to Howie as she walked in.
"Ok," Howie said, kind of avoiding her.
"How'd it go?"
"Good, good. Until Linz beat up Chris."
"She stood up for you."
"She stood up for you."
"That's a first."
"So she beat up Chris, huh?"
"I have to ask her how it felt to beat up that son of..."
"She said it felt better than she thought it would."
"What'd Linz do now?" Kevin asked.
"More like who," Brian laughed.
A.J. glared at him as he laughed.
A.J. turned back around.
"You piece of shit!" Linz said as she walked up to A.J. in a towel and wet hair.
"You used my razor, you son of a bitch," she said as she stuck the hairy razor in his face.
"I couldn't fine my electric one."
An evil smile came over Linz face. She walked off throwing the razor behind her.
"Linz? Linz, do you know where my electric razor is? Linz? Answer me." A.J. walked off after Linz.
"So how'd it go?"
"Man, Sarra is all over JC. Sorry man."
"What about him?"
"He feels mutual with her."
"Linz! Don't lose my electric razor," A.J. said as a door slammed and a razor turned on.
"Oh, my legs are soo smooth now," Linz yelled, rubbing it in.
"Linz! You are so dead."
"Are they always like this?"
Justin woke up to find Kelly still asleep.
"Hey. What time is it?"
"Oh shit, I have to go."
"What? I thought we were going to spend today together."
"Sorry, sweetie, but I forgot about a meeting. Besides, we spent yesterday together."
Kelly kissed Justin as she finished buttoning her shirt up. She rushed out of the room and into her car. She had a date. She didn't like to blow off Justin like that but she met this guy named Morgan and he was great in bed and Justin well...he was ok but Morgan was amazing.
"Eww, how hairy are your legs?"
"That's not leg hair, A.J.."
"Oh, but I did."
"What's this?" Brian asked holding something up from Linz's purse.
"Why are you going through my stuff?"
"A flavored condom, Linz?"
"Give me that."
"Why do you have that?"
"What is this?"
"What flavor is it?"
"Guys! A little room here? Let the girl breathe!" Nick said.
"Get some clothes on."
"Yes sir," Linz smiled at Nick secretly.
"Hey, Brian, could you take that thing you're holding to Sarra? It's her wallet."
JC turned over to catch his breath.
"What's wrong, baby?" Sarra asked as she sat on top of JC kissing him.
"Just slow down."
Sarra put her clothes back on. Sarra kissed JC passionately as the door opened.
"Sarra? They said you'd...omigod."
Brian quickly opened the door and shut it.
Nick and Linz strolled down the Backstreet Market. Linz knew that if A.J. ever caught them together it would be big trouble for the band.
"Nick, can we talk?"
"Sure, baby, what's on your mind?"
"Maybe we should break up?"
"It's not that I don't like you, I just think that if A.J. ever found out...it would cause real problems in your friendship and in the group, and I don't want that to happen."
"Oh, baby, you're so sweet," Nick said, kissing her.
"Nick," Linz pulled away nonreluctantly. "I'm serious. I don't want my wants to get in the way of your friendship or the group."
"Oh, so I'm a want now?"
Linz smiled at him. He loved the way she smiled, it just lit up his day.
"Don't worry, I won't let anything happen."
"Ok," Linz said before they began kissing again.
"Now what do you want to do t'nite?" Nick asked.
"I dunno. Go back to your place?" Linz hinted.
"Let's go now!" Nick pulled Linz to the car.
"What the hell?" Sarra asked as she left JC to go outside to talk to Brian.
"What was that?" Brian asked.
"That was sex," Sarra said as she grabbed her wallet from Brian.
"But he's an 'N Sync person."
"So I'm a BSB."
"So I'm not. And he's good in bed." Sarra smiled.
"Ewww, I didn't need to know that, Sarra." Brian's stomach turned as he thought about Sarra...well, you know.
"What? It's not like you've never gotten any...you've had sex before, haven't you?" Sarra asked.
"Of course," Brian quickly answered.
"Sarra, you could have picked anyone but you chose one of my enemies, and I don't know why. So all I can think is you're doing this to get on my nerves," Brian said quickly.
"That's not why I'm doing it! We love each other."
"Linz is 17 and she's going out with Nick!"
"Linz's going out with Nick?"
"Yeah, but you didn't hear it from me," Sarra said.
"That's why he's been so happy," Brian figured out.
"Whatever. Thanks for my wallet." Sarra walked back into JC's room leaving Brian even more confused.
Linz let the pasta cook as she went to the sink where Nick was sitting across from her.
"You're so sweet to cook me dinner, baby," Nick leaned over to kiss her.
"You only had Chinese leftovers, it's time for a change." Linz kissed him back.
"Nick, can I come up?" Brian's voice interrupted the passionate kiss Linz and Nick were sharing.
"Oh shit." Linz pulled away at the voice of Brian.
"I liked it, too." Nick pulled away sarcastically.
"No, babe, it was great, but Brian is going to find me here and..."
"And don't be so paranoid. He'll never know."
"I'm cooking you pasta, Nick," Linz said.
"Don't worry. I'll take care of it, just sit on the couch and watch TV or something," Nick said.
"Nick?" Brian said.
"Yeah, come on up."
"Ok," Brian said unsurely.
"Whoa, Linz, I didn't expect you here. Is Nick around?"
"Yeah, he just had to go to the bathroom."
"Okay," Brian stood up uncomfortably.
"You cansit down you know."
"Huh? Oh yeah," Brian said as he failed to find a seat relatively away from Linz.
"I'm not going to bite, you can sit next to me."
"Right, next to you," Brian repeated.
"IS there something wrong?" Nick said from behind Brian.
"Ahh!" Brian said as he fell off the couch.
"Someone's a little jumpy," Linz said as she changed the channel.
"You would be too..."
"I walked in on JC and Sarra."
"Omig-d," Linz and Nick shuddered at the same time.
"And then I found out...I found out...I found out that you two were going out," Brian spit out.
"I told you he would find out."
"Sarra told me," Brian informed.
"That bitch." Linz stood up.
"You told Sarra?" Nick said. "I can't believe you!"
"I'm sorry she's my best friend."
"Does Kati know?"
"She's my best friend!"
"Do you want me to tell A.J.?" Nick asked. "He's one of my best friends."
"Do you want to tell A.J.?" Linz asked as Nick drew a blank. He knew what would happen if he told A.J.. Nick stormed back into his room. Linz followed him as she glared at Brian.
"Don't talk to me."
"Nick, I love you, and I want everyone to know that."
"Of course, but I know we can't because of A.J.." Linz looked down.
"Let's tell them," Nick said as he lifted Linz's head up with a gentle hand.
"But..." Linz said.
"I don't care about A.J.. Come on, you said it yourself," Nick pleaded Linz as he took her hands in his.
"Ok, ok. But I can't stop A.J. from whatever he does."
"Thank you." Nick kissed Linz. "Thank you."
"Why don't we go ask Brian to...um..."
"Yeah, I read you."
"Could you leave?"
"Are you gonna do it?"
"I'll show myself out then.
Nick went back into the bedroom as the door shut.
"Ok where were we?"
"Right about here," Nick said as he kissed Linz passionately and pulled her with him to the bed.
A.J. walked around confused as Brian got back to the house.
"Do you know where Linz or Nick are?"
"No," Brian lied.
"Hmm," A.J. said as he put on his jacket and got his car keys.
"Wait! Where are you going?" Brian stood in front of the door.
"Nick and Linz went to the market, and they're not back yet. I was just going over to Nick's to see if they went over there." A.J. explained as he tried to get past Brian.
"No!" Brian's voice cracked. "I mean, no you can't because...because..."
"We're here!" Nick pushed his way past Brian with Linz following closely behind him.
"But you two were about to...you told me...this day is just so confusing." Brian let himself fall into a chair.
"What is going on?" A.J. asked.
"We have to tell everyone something," Linz said.
Kelly kissed Morgan as he sat down at the lunch table. She had already ordered for him and for herself. Grilled ham and cheese.
"Hey baby. What's up?" Morgan smiled.
"I saw your friend today, Linzey? Was that it?" Kelly tried to remember, she was kind of busy at the moment.
"Yeah." Morgan's face lit up to hear about Linzey. "Where'd you see her?"
"Oh, at the grocery store," Kelly said, almost blowing her cover.
"Yeah? That's cool. So what else is up?" Morgan took Kelly's hand and put it in his.
"I'm really glad to see you again," Kelly lied.
"Me too. Hey, do you just want to skip lunch and...go back to my place?" Morgan asked.
"Sure," Kelly said as she got up with Morgan.
Everyone was still sitting down and Linz was starting to regret ever asking Nick to come and tell everyone.
"What is it?" A.J. asked with a concerned look.
"We've been holding back from you guys." Nick looked up with a smile. "Linz and I are going out."
"You're doing what?" A.J. stood up with anger.
"But you're 17 and...whoa that actually makes sense, but still you're my sister and you're my best friend."
"Better than your worst enemy!" Brian said.
"It'll take some getting used to, but...congrats I guess." Howie smiled.
"Yeah, ditto," Kevin smiled as well.
"I can't believe you all. You're just going to let this happen," A.J. said before he went upstairs.
"Well, that went well," Linz said sarcastically.
12:30 the next Morgan waved goodbye to Kelly as she walked down the hall. His cell phone rang and he picked up as he closed the door. "Hello?"
"Morgan? It's me Linz!"
"Hey! MY girlfriend was just saying that she met you yesterday."
"Really? Who's your gf?"
"Kelly Sevin? You probably don't know her."
"Kelly is your gf? Morgan, I hate to tell you this, but I think she's cheating on you."
"How do you know?"
"She was with another guy yesterday."
"At the grocery store?"
"What grocery store?"
"I have to go." Morgan hung up the phone and thought about what Linz said. Would Kelly cheat on me? Linz wouldn't lie to me. I'll go talk to Kelly this afternoon, maybe Linz just saw someone else. Maybe not.
Morgan went up the elevator to Kelly's room. He used his key to get in. No one was in the living room but he heard talking or something in the bedroom. He walked to the bedroom to find Kelly on top of...was that Justin Timberlake?!
"Who's that, Kelly?" Justin asked.
"So you were cheating on me?!" Morgan yelled.
"He's your boyfriend? I can't believe you!" Justin tossed Kelly off of him.
"I'm leaving." Morgan walked out angrily.
"Me too." Justin grabbed his shirt.
"A.J., come on! You have to come out!" Linz banged on his door.
"No, I need some time to think about this." A.J. paced in his room. His sister and Nick? They just didn't seem like a good match. Ok, ok. They did seem like a good match, but...Linz was so young but Nick was just 4 years older than her...but...I don't know, it was just weird, he thought.
"Linz gave up and turned around to see Nick's smiling face. She smiled back and kissed him.
"I thought it went relatively well," Nick said in between kisses.
"Except my brother's gonna kill you probably." Linz pulled away.
"No, he won't," Nick held her head in his hands and gave a comforting smile.
"Don't we have unfinished business?" Linz smiled evilly.
"I'll show you to my room," Nick quickly pulled Linz down the hall.
"Hello?" Linz picked up the phone from Nick's bed late that night.
"You're gonna die, bitch," Kelly's voice rang through the receiver.
"Hello? Who's this?" Linz said fruitlessly as Kelly hung up.
"Who was it, baby?" Nick asked as he pulled Linz towards him.
"I don't know," Linz said confusedly.
"What'd they say?" Nick kissed Linz.
"Nothing, it's not important." Linz pushed the words into the back of her mind as she kissed Nick.
"Nick, can I tell you something?" Linz kissed Nick.
"Sure, baby," Nick said as he kissed her neck.
"You remember Morgan, right?" Linz asked.
"Yeah, he was in the dance thing with you, right?" Nick looked up.
"Yeah, well, he said that his gf was this girl who's going out with Justin Timberlake and..." Linz trailed off.
"And you said that you saw her with Justin and that she might be cheating on him?"
"You know me too well." Linz sat up.
"Don't worry about it. If she is she deserves what she gets." Nick kissed Linz pulling her back to bed.
"I guess so." Linz kissed back and got closer to Nick as she began to fall asleep with his arms wrapped around her.
Die! Bitch, die! Kelly thought as she planned out the murder of Linz McLean. She would pay for telling Morgan. Kelly turned on Thomas Road straight towards the house. She stroked the silver gun sitting in the passenger seat. Kelly stopped the car and got out, making sure to cock the gun. Please be unlocked, she begged the door. It was! Yes, it was all too easy. She quietly crept up the stairs checking all the rooms quietly and gracefully. Linz! Right next to Nick. This was great. She would kill Linz and frame Nick. "Prepare to die." Kelly aimed the gun and shot.
Yes! Wait! Where's the blood? Damn it! Nick had pulled Linz closer to him. What a lucky bitch, but she wouldn't be so lucky this time...
The gunshot had woken Linz from her sleep. Who was that? Kelly?! Omig-d!
"Nick! Wake up!"
"What? What just happened?" Nick sat up to see Kelly with a gun and he instinctively held Linz closer to him. He carefully placed his hand over her heart. Linz began to cry.
"That's it. Cry! You piece of white trash." Kelly smiled.
Nick strained to keep Linz back from Kelly. "Don't provoke her, sweetie. Just settle down," Nick whispered into Linz's ear. With that she stopped.
"Nick move your hand."
"No, I won't let you." Nick pushed Linz away from harm and off the bed.
"Nick don't!" Linz ran up next to him.
"Nick. You're being so brave, but it's not you I want dead. It's Linz so stop protecting her."
"I'll die before I'll stop protecting her."
"Suit yourself." Kelly aimed for Nick's head and Linz pushed him down right before it hit him.
"Fuck!" Nick held his head where the bullet had grazed it.
Kelly took this opportunity to pull Linz away from Nick.
"You bitch! You told Morgan that I was cheating on him." Kelly smacked her.
"You're a slut." Linz punched Kelly, throwing her down onto the ground.
Kelly pulled Linz's feet out from under her, got up and stepped softly on her throat.
Linz looked up at Nick who was beginning to get up. Don't put yourself in the way Nick! Just let me die.
"Well, you're a dead bitch." Kelly cocked the gun.
By now A.J., Brian, Howie, and Kevin had heard all the racket and were trying to break down the triple locked door thanks to Kelly. Linz closed her eyes but no bullet was triggered. Nick had pushed Kelly down before she could fire. He pinned her on the ground and took the gun from her.
"Move you die," Nick said before passing out but Linz quickly took his spot and shot Kelly in the leg and threw her across the room. She opened the door and rushed back to Nick.
"Nick? Nick, baby? Can you hear me?" Linz checked for vital signs of life and reluctantly found them. "Get me some ice water, D."
Linz grabbed a blanket and wrapped Nick's wound with it. She then took another blanket and wrapped his whole body in it.
"What happened?" A.J. asked.
"Kelly almost killed me. I would have been dead if it weren't for Nick." Linz looked at A.J..
"You're gonna regret this." Kelly squirmed.
"You're gonna die if you don't shut up." Kevin tied her up.
Howie brought the water back and Linz took it with a thank you.
"I'm sorry, baby," Linz apologized before she dumped the cold water on her unconscious bf. Luckily it worked and Nick opened her eyes.
"Linz! Are you ok?!" Nick sat up.
"Shhh, baby! I'm right here. Everything is fine thanks to you." Linz hugged Nick.
"I love you." Nick ran his hand through her hair.
"I love you too," Linz whispered in his ear, sending shivers down his spine.
Nick had been treated for his wound and Kelly had been taken away. A.J. watched on as Nick and Linz kissed.
"You should be happy for them, Bone." Kevin put a comforting hand on A.J.'s shoulder.
"I am." A.J. smiled as Linz and Nick walked over to him.
"Listen, man, I'm sorry. I should have asked you." Nick smiled.
"No, no. Please don't apologize. You saved her life. I know you really do love her." A.J. gave his awkward blessing. Linz kissed Nick and hugged Kevin and A.J..
"We're gonna go back upstairs," Linz said.
"Sounds good, just be careful with my head," Nick said.
"No! Not that one Linz!" A.J. and Kevin heard Nick say from inside.
"Guess what Howie got?" Brian held back a laugh.
"What?" Kevin asked.
"The policewoman's phone number." Howie held it up with pride.
"Well, this was successful," Brian said as everyone walked back into the house.