Love Will Find A Way


Chapter Forty-Eight

We could have loved each other forever.
We could have spent a lifetime together,
But now it's too late.
Now it's more than fate
That's holding me back from you,
Holding back this love that's so true,
And I always wanted to let my feelings show,
But now...now you'll never know.

Kayla read the words over and over inside her head, but no matter how hard she tried, she couldn't make them fit. Sighing in frustration, she picked up her notebook and went over to the piano. It was around eleven o'clock at night, and she was still in one of the rehearsal rooms at the studio where she was to record her song. Tomorrow. Today was March 3, and tomorrow, March 4, was her infamous deadline. So far, she had figured out almost the whole song. That is, the whole song except for the chorus. The most important part. She had been trying for over an hour, and still nothing. Now she was getting ready to give up.

She fiddled around with the piano keys for awhile. Surprisingly, she actually found a melody she liked. But as she played it over a few times, it didn't sound complete. It was pretty, but...it wasn't quite there.

"Hey babe," said a voice from the doorway.

Kayla looked up and smiled wearily when she saw Nick watching her. "Hey," she said. "I thought you guys had already left."

"I thought you had already left. It's eleven thirty," he replied. "Someone's bedtime," he added, wagging a finger.

Kayla's eyebrows shot up. It had been a whole half hour since she had last checked the clock? "Wow. I didn't realize it had been that long," she remarked.

"Whatcha doin'?" Nick asked as he walked up behind her.

"I'm trying to finish this song," she sighed.

Nick raised an eyebrow. "And when is your deadline?" he asked, amused.

"Tomorrow," she said with a guilty grin.

Nick clicked his tongue and shook his head. "Procrastination...not a good idea," he told her grinning back.

She rolled her eyes. "Shut up, Nicky."

"Ouch...and you even went back to 'Nicky,'" he observed. "So how much do you have done?"

She shrugged. "Technically, I'm finished, but..."

"Something's missing."

Kayla raised her eyebrows. "How did you know?"

"Because the same thing happened with Brian's song, and you ended up being the solution," Nick replied with a smile.

Kayla smiled back shyly. "So what do you suggest I do?" she asked. "Let you sing it with me?"

Nick laughed. "No...I don't know. Sing it for me."

"No," Kayla said, blushing.

"Come on," Nick coaxed. "How can I help you if I don't hear the song?"

"Well..."

"You sing for people all the time. It's just me."

"Exactly," she said with that guilty smile again. "I hate singing for my friends."

Nick sat down on the bench facing the other direction. He had to conceal a smile as he took her hand in his own and started to stroke it. "Please?" he said softly, looking imploringly into her eyes.

She sighed and rolled her eyes. "Oh, fine," she muttered. "Why do you have to be so damn irresistible?" she grumbled.

Nick grinned and gave her a big kiss on the cheek as he squeezed her hand. "I don't know! Thank you!" he said, letting go of her. "I won't watch, I promise."

"Okay...I'm only having trouble with the chorus," she told him.

"Lay it on me," Nick said, shutting his eyes.

Nervously, Kayla took a deep breath and sang.

"We could have loved each other forever.
We could have spent a lifetime together,
But now it's too late.
Now it's more than fate
That's holding me back from you,
Holding back this love that's so true,
And I always wanted to let my feelings show,
But now...now you'll never know."

Kayla struck the closing chord before she looked over at Nick. He had a funny smile on his face.

"I like it," he said, nodding. "But you're right, it needs more. Here...have you worked out all the harmonies yet?"

"Not yet."

"Well, that will help it sound fuller," Nick pointed out.

"Okay, will you help me with them?"

"Sure, play the first line again?"

"Here, I wrote it down," she said, shuffling around her papers. She showed him the page where she had pencilled in the notes on a blank printed staff.

Nick swung around so that he was facing the piano and played the first line. "Okay, what do you think, a third up or a third down?"

"Um...I think down for that line," she decided. She played it quickly, making adjustments where it was needed, and smiled. "I like it."

"Yeah, that sounds good," Nick agreed. "Do the rest of the chord down, too."

"Um, sweetie, I can't go that low," she reminded him.

Nick grinned. "Oh, yeah. Okay, do one up and one down then. That's good, that's balanced," he reasoned.

Kayla tried to play it like that. She messed up a couple of times (to Nick's amusement), but she got through it, and it sounded nice. Kayla wrote that down with the other notes.

"Okay, second line," she said when she had transcribed it.

The two of them went through the rest of the chorus like that, putting in basic harmonies. When they were done, Nick suggested that they sing it together.

"We kinda need another voice," she said.

"Nah, I'll take the bottom, you take the top and play the melody," Nick planned quickly.

"Okay," she agreed with a shrug. She played both of their notes, and both of them started to sing.

"We could have loved each..."

Kayla trailed off and giggled when Nick missed a note. He reached around her waist and pinched her on the side, making her laugh more.

"You dummy!" she teased.

"Shut up!" Nick said. He deliberately left his arm around her waist as he said, "Let's try again."

Kayla managed to stop laughing and played their notes again. Once more their voices blended together.

"We could have loved each other forever.
We could have spent a lifetime together,
But now it's too late.
Nowó"

"Wait!" Kayla interrupted. "It needs something more there. On 'late'!"

"Like what?"

"I don't know...something to make it sound more...sad, or...haunting even! I don't know..." Kayla racked her brain for something she could do.

"A suspension!" Nick blurted out after a minute.

Perfect! "You think so?" she asked excitedly.

"Yeah, yeah, try it!" Nick urged.

She tried but couldn't get it right.

"Here, let me," Nick volunteered. She moved out of the way, and he pulled his arm from around her waist to try it. "Damn!" he muttered. "I know this can work..." He tried again...and again...

"Wait!" Kayla said after the fourth try, grabbing his wrist. "I think that was it!"

He played it once more, this time singing along softly.

Kayla honestly felt chills going down her spine. "That's perfect," she whispered.

"Sing it," Nick urged. He played the harmony lines and listened as she sang the melody.

"But now it's too late.
Now it's more than fate
That's holding me back from you,
Holding back this love that's so true,
And I always wanted to let my feelings show,
But now...now you'll never know."

When she stopped singing the last note, one of those awe-filled silences followed. Both of them felt afraid to speak...almost afraid to move.

"Wow," Nick finally said, practically whispering.

Kayla looked at him. "Thank you," she said simply. That was the only thing she could think of to say to him. "You're incredible," she added in a whisper.

A small smile played across his lips, but when their eyes locked, it immediately faded. Nick could feel his heart beating hard as he searched her eyes like he had before so many times. This time, though, he wasn't going to let the chance pass him by. He cautiously slid one hand onto the small of her back as the other brushed hair out of her face. She didn't move or react. She looked frozen to the spot. Nick tried to ask her permission with his eyes, and he could see her telling him yes. He pulled his hand away from her hair and gently touched her cheek as he slowly leaned forward.

"Y'all, it's midnight, we gotta go!" said A.J. as he and Howie walked into the room.

Nick and Kayla jumped apart as if they had touched hot coals rather than each other. Nick tried not to turn bright red. Kayla could feel herself shaking.

"Thanks guys!" she covered quickly, grabbing her stuff from the piano and standing up.

"What were you doing in here?" Howie asked.

"Working on my song," Kayla said. "Thanks for the help," she said stiffly to Nick.

"No problem," he murmured just as mechanically. He couldn't believe his luck! He had been mere inches away from her. Not even inches. Centimeters!

"You know," Howie said, "for you guys to be working on a song, it was awful quiet in here."

"We finished," Kayla said simply.

Nick tried to inconspicuously give Howie a deadly glare, but she noticed anyway.

"And just in time, we gotta go," A.J. said emphatically.

"Okay, let's go then," Kayla said, quickly walking out of the room.

* * *

As soon as they got onto the bus, Nick went and secluded himself in his bunk. Right before he disappeared, though, he cast one last glance in Kayla's direction. She caught that glance...and it told her all she needed to know.

So Kristy was right, she realized. He really does like me. She paused and let that process for a moment. Then she grimaced. Holy shit...what am I going to do? she thought as a nauseous feeling entered her stomach. She waited...and waited...but the whole ride home, it wouldn't go away.


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