Through Thick And Through Thin


Chapter One

Katie Richardson bit her lip as she sat back on the recliner, thinking hard. She was starting to regret ever volunteering to write a song for her new album like she'd promised to. But management had said that it would make her more believable as an artist, and she had thought that with all of the things that had happened in her life so far, she would surely be able to think of something, so she'd accepted. Big mistake. She'd been thinking for an hour and a half now, and she couldn't think of anything to write about. Katie frowned harder, racking her brain for some kind of idea. She almost had one when the phone rang.

"Yeah?" she asked in frustration when she picked up the receiver.

"Uhm...I'll call back," A.J., her boyfriend of one year, said timidly.

She groaned. "I'm sorry, baby, I'm just not in a very good mood right now," she said quickly.

"Why? What's wrong?" A.J. wondered with concern.

Katie sighed. "I'm trying to write a song and having no success."

A.J. grinned. "How long have you been working at it?"

"Two hours."

"Take a break," he suggested. "Or even sleep. Something will come to you."

"But I can't," she pointed out. "My deadline is tomorrow."

A.J. sighed. "Katie, were you procrastinating as always?"

"No..."

He laughed.

"I really wasn't this time, A.J. Management just told me yesterday that it would make me more believable and respected as an artist if I wrote a song for the new album, and so I agreed, and then they told me, oh yeah, it has to be done by Wednesday."

"Damn management," A.J. muttered.

"You can say that again."

"Well, listen, babe, I was just checkin' in on ya. I'll leave you alone now so you can get back to work."

"Whoopee," Katie said sarcastically.

He grinned. "I love you, baby."

"I love you too, A.J."

"Bye-bye."

"Bye."

Katie hung up the phone and sighed. She forced herself to think of ideas. What...could...she...write about? She frowned in thought for a moment, and then gasped. It was so obvious! She could write about A.J.! "I am such a moron!" she told herself as she picked up the pen.

* * *

"What are you doing right now?" Linz asked Kevin on the phone as she pulled on some shoes. "Oh...I'm getting dressed...No smart ass, I'm going out...With a friend...No, you don't know her...Of course it's a her...Yeah, yeah, be careful, I know the drill. G-d, Katie wasn't kidding when she said you were overprotective, was kidding, I think it's sweet!...Really...Oops, there's my friend. I'd better get going...Yeah, have a good show...Break a leg, but not really!...I love you too, baby...Bye."

Linz sighed and hung up the phone. She felt kind of bad about lying to Kevin like that, but it was only for his own sake. If she told him that she was going out alone, he would get all worried and end up paging her every five seconds to make sure that she was all right. Not that she didn't love his tendency to do that, it just got a little irritating after awhile. And tonight she was going to get her mind off of him. She was starting to really miss him, and it would still be another two weeks before she would see him again. Linz sighed as she put on her coat and gave herself a final once-over in the mirror. She loved Kevin so much, and it really sucked that she never got to be with him... But I'm not going to think about that tonight, she resolved. No, tonight she was just going to go out, do some dancing, relax, and have some fun.


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