"Hey, Kayla, did you hear the news?" asked Lanie, one of her dancers, in rehearsal that afternoon. They were just brushing up on their choreography for that evening's show.
"Which news? I hear way too much of it," Kayla replied, giggling.
Kayla grinned and nodded. "Yeah, I did. I had absolutely no idea."
"I know, me neither!" Lanie agreed. "I mean, he was always such a flirt!"
Kayla smiled. "I know. Oh, well...I think it's really good for him tható"
"Okay, guys," interrupted Robby, the choreographer. "Let's get back to work. From the beginning of the dance break. Places, please! Kayla, honey, you're in the back walkingó"
"Yeah, yeah, shut up," she muttered, making everyone laugh. The very first day they'd had dance practice, Kayla had been constantly confused about where she was supposed to be, and ever since then, Robby and the other dancers had been making fun of her. Derek pinched Kayla on the side as she walked by him, and she giggled and pushed his hand away before exchanging a knowing glance with Lanie.
About twenty minutes later, Robby dismissed the rehearsal. Before going to take a shower, Kayla ran to grab Derek. While they were dancing, she had gotten a little idea.
"Derek!" she called, touching his back.
He turned around. "Hey baby," he said with a sexy grin, kissing her on the cheek.
"Back off, honey, I heard about you and that certain someone," she hinted, grinning.
A smile spread across his face, and he looked down at the floor. "Yeah," he said softly, his cheeks coloring.
"Oh my God, are you blushing?" Kayla asked.
"No," Derek said, laughing.
"You're so cute," said Kayla.
"That's what she always tells me," Derek said.
"You two are so good for each other," Kayla told him.
Derek smiled. "Thanks. I don't know...we'll see how it turns out."
"So," Kayla said, lowering her voice and nudging him with her elbow, "are you doing her yet?"
"Kayla!" Derek protested, laughing and pushing her away.
"In other words...yes," she filled in.
Derek rolled his eyes but admitted it. "Okay, fine. Yes. That's actually how it got started. We both got a little tipsy at one of the after parties, and we came back to the hotel, and..."
"She laid you," Kayla supplied, grinning.
"Right," he said. "But then the next morning, we talked, and it turned out we both had a thing for each other anyway, so we decided to give it a real try."
Kayla grinned wider. "That's awesome. Well, listen, don't take this the wrong way, because I know you're with her and everything, but I have this movie premiere coming up, and I don't have a date, and I am really in desperate need of one, so...could you help me out here?"
"Kayla, are you asking me out?" Derek asked with raised eyebrows.
She smiled and covered her eyes. "Well, yeah...I mean, no! I just..."
"Just kidding, sweetie, I'll go with you," he said, laughing and wrapping one arm around her.
Kayla rolled her eyes. "Derek, I don't know how she's ever gonna deal with you."
He smirked. "I'm only mean to you, Kayla, not her," he said. "She thinks I'm a sweetie."
"Well, maybe I'll have a little talk with her then," Kayla joked.
He laughed. "Bye, babe. We'll talk later about the date and stuff?"
"Sure. Bye, Derek," she said, smiling, before turning a corner and heading towards her dressing room.
"Kayla!" she immediately heard behind her.
She turned around and saw Nick coming towards her. "Hey, Nicky! What's up?" she asked, grinning at him.
"Oh, not much. Still not liking the Nicky thing," he said with a forced smile. "You?"
She giggled. "Not much here either, except I'm all sweaty from dancing."
"Don't worry, I don't smell anything," he assured her, making her giggle again. "Listen, I've gotta talk to you. You know how you were saying that you needed a date for that movie premiere?"
"Oh, yeah, that's all taken care of now," Kayla said.
Nick looked at her in surprise. "Excuse me?"
"I'm just gonna go with Derek," she explained. Then she understood. "Oh, were you gonna ask me?"
Nick swallowed. "Yeah, I was just gonna offer to take you since we're both going anyway. But that's cool."
She smiled. "Okay. Well, we can probably sit together or something anyway."
"I've gotta take a shower," Kayla said. "Even though I don't smell."
Nick smiled weakly. "Okay. Bye, Kayla."
"Bye," she said, flashing him a smile before disappearing down the hall.
As soon as she was out of sight, Nick's smile faded. "Damn it," he muttered, turning around and walking away. Prescott: 2. Carter: 0.