Chapter 6

* MGM Studios *

"All right guys, go ahead and take five." Robert yelled, as the tour crew stopped what they were doing, as they walked towards the lounge. "Justin, can I have a word with you?"

Justin set his headset aside, as he walked towards Robert. "Sup Rob?"

Robert smiled, as he looked at the young man standing in front of him. "I just want to let you know, that I'm really impressed. You're behavior has changed since the last two months."

"Oh." Justin smiled, trying to hide his blushingness.

"Whatever's the cause of this change, don't let it go." He patted his back, as he walked inside the building.

Justin sighed, as small smile creeping it's way onto his face. "Yeah, thanks Shannon." He said quietly.

"Say what?"

Justin turned quickly, as he looked straight into Brad's eyes. "Um, uh hey Brad. What's up?" He asked nervously.

"Not much. But I think I should be asking you what's up." He laughed slightly, as he watched Justin's face go pale. "C'mon Jay, admit it."

"Admit what?"

"That you like Shannon."

Justin cleared his throat nervously. "I thought I told not to say anything." He said quietly, as they walked inside the building.

"And I haven't. But, you really have to come to your senses. I mean, look at what Shannon has done for you, and yet you haven't done anything for her in return."

"I understand what you're trying to say Brad and I respect that, but you know my reasons." They stopped in front of the lounge doors.

"All right all right." A smug smile crossed his face, as he saw Shannon sitting with the rest of crew. "So, you wouldn't mind if I asked her out on a date?"

Justin swallowed slowly. "Nah, why would I mind?" He watched carefully, as Brad walked inside the lounge, towards the table were everyone was sitting at. He quickly walked in after him, as Brad took a seat next to Shannon.

"Say Shannon, would you like to go out with me tomorrow night?"

Brad smiled, as he watched Justin and Shannon exchanging glances. "Um, wow.. Sure Justin, I'd love too."

"Great." He said, smiling widely. "See you tomorrow night."

Everyone watched shocked, as he walked out of the lounge. "Uh, did that just happen?" JC asked to no one in particular.

Brad waited, as he watched Shannon walk out of the lounge, her manager right behind her. Knowing fully, that she was out of ear shot, he glanced towards the others with a wide smile. "I tricked him into asking her on a date."

"How'd you do that?" Wade asked, as everyone listened intently.

"I figured that he owed her something. You know, after all she's done. Bringing back the Justin that we all know. And he didn't want to."

"So, if he didn't want to, then why did he just ask her right now?"

"Because I told him that I was going to ask Shannon out instead, and well, I guess he changed his mind."

A small smile crept onto their faces, as realization started to kick in. This was going to be very interesting.


* The next night, July 4th *

"You know Justin, you didn't have to do this?" Shannon said, as they stepped onto his Yacht.

Justin smiled nervously, as he slowly led her on. "It's no big deal. You deserve it, after all you've done."

Shannon smiled, a small laugh escaping her lips. "I was just trying to be nice."

"Yeah." He said, as he started the engine. "And it worked." They both smiled, as they sailed off into the bay.

The sun was just barely setting, as they sailed smoothly through the waves. The night was cool, but the temperature was perfect. Justin turned off the engine, as he went to sit beside Shannon. "So what do you think?" He asked, quietly.

"It's beautiful." She answered softly. She smiled, as she accepted the glass of wine from Justin's hands. "I've never been out here before."

"Well, then I guess I'm lucky." They both laughed.

"I like all this romantic stuff. Well, I dunno if you considered it romantic."

Justin smiled, as he got more comfortable next to her. "Yeah, I do. I love doing all this. I guess I'm considered a romantic type of guy."

Shannon smiled, as she scooted closer to him. "Even the music sets a romantic mood." She said, as the soft lyrics played softly around them.

Justin sighed heavily, as he felt Shannon settle next to him. He lifted his right arm, placing it gently over her shoulders. They both sat quietly, drinking their wine, and letting the music drift through their ears.

"You know, I never expected to be this way with you. It almost seems like someone messed with fate."

Justin closed his eyes slowly, gently rubbing her shoulder. "I don't think anyone's messed with fate. And I'll be honest, I never expected to be this way with you either. But, now that it's happened I'm actually having fun."

Shannon smiled, as she listened to the song that was playing. She stood up slowly, as she extended her hand to his. "Would you like to dance?"

Justin looked up slowly, as his eyes settled into hers. He sighed heavily, as he took in her features. Her emerald eyes sparkling, like the stars in the midnight sky. Her hair was flowing smoothly with the wind, as it caressed the softness of her face. At that moment, he realized that she was absolutely.... Mesmerizing. He slowly took her hand, as they started swaying to the soft lyrics of Natalie flowed through the night sky.

(I know you are out there baby...somewhere)
There is someone out there for me (I know there is somebody out there)
I know she is waiting so patiently (yeah) can you tell me her name? (Somebody tell me her name)
This life-long search is gonna drive me insane
How does she laugh? How does she cry? What's the color of her eyes?
Does she even realize I'm here?
Where is she? Where is she? Where is she? Where is this beautiful girl?
Who is she? Who is she? Who is gonna complete my world?
Where is she? Where is she? Where is this beautiful girl?
Who is she? Who is she? Who is gonna complete my world?
dadadadadada dadadada dadadadadada (where are you?)

Shannon sighed heavily, as she nestled her head in the crook of Justin's neck. She closed her eyes, slowly taking in the lyrics of the song. She couldn't believe how well the lyrics fit in with how she was feeling right now. She knew how much she liked him, but she wanted to know where was that special person she's looking for.

I'm staring out at the sky (I see you baby)
Praying that he will walk in my life
Where is the man of my dreams (right here) yea-yeah
I'll wait forever, how silly it seems
How does he laugh? How does he cry? What's the color of his eyes?
Does he even realize I'm here?
Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is this beautiful guy?
Who is he? Who is he? Who is gonna take me so high?
Where is he? Where is he? Where is this beautiful guy?
Who is he? Who is he? Who is gonna take me so high?
dadadadadada dadadada dadadadadada (where are you?)

Justin inhaled deeply, closing his beautiful blue orbs. She smelled so beautiful and so divine. But yet, he hated how much of an affect she had on him. He liked her alot, there was no doubt about that, yet there was no way he could fall in love with her. But the way her hands were caressing his neck, the feel of her hot breath tickling his skin, the warmth of her body against his was almost too much for him.

There is someone out there for me (there is someone out there for me)
I know she is waiting so patiently (so patient)
Can you tell me her name (can you tell me his name)
This life-long search is gonna drive me insane (that's right)

Shannon stood frozen in her stance, as she felt Justin's fingers gently tracing over her chin. She felt him, slowly lift her chin as their eyes came in contact with his. At that moment, there was nothing else that mattered, just being there with him.

How does he laugh? How does he cry? What is the color of his eyes?
Does he even realize I'm here?

She feels so beautiful. So soft, so lovable. God, could she be even more beautiful? He was going crazy. He didn't know how much more he could take.

Where is she? Where is she? Where is she? Where is this beautiful girl?
Who is she? Who is she? Who is gonna complete my world?

Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is this beautiful guy?
Who is he? Who is he? Who is gonna take me so high?

Shannon felt her knees grow weak, as she felt Justin's lips crashing into hers. She had no idea what had over come him, but she did nothing to stop it. This kiss was just... Perfect. It wasn't forced or filled with lust, like the one from the club. This one was more passionate, more sincere. She wrapped her arms around his neck, as she felt Justin's hands cupped her face, their kiss never ending.

dadadadadada dadadada (yeah) dadadadadada (I know you out there)
dadadadadada dadadada (yeah) dadadadadada

"Justin." She breathed heavily, as she inched her lips away from his. She gasped lightly, a small moan escaping her lips, as she felt Justin's lips gracing over her neck. "Justin..." She started again, but stopped speaking once again, when she felt him pull away from her slowly, the rim of his eyes filled with tears.

"I'm sorry." He said, as he pulled away from her completely and walked off to start the engine. The fireworks lighting the dark sky.

[Justin Talking]
Where are you?? I'm going to look all over the world baby
'Cuz I know you are out there
I know this might sound crazy, but I think I love you
dadadadadada (that's right) dadadada dadadadadada
dadadadadada dadadada (yeah) dadadadadada

Where are you??

"Justin?" She questioned softly.

"We better get going. It's getting pretty late."

"But, we have the day off tomorrow." She insisted.

"I know." He looked up at her, his eyes still brimming with tears. "But, we have to go." They both said nothing more, as they sailed in silence back to the docks.


* 1 week later *

"Justin and Shannon aren't talking again." Wade said, as he, Brad, and JC sat in the back of the tour bus.

"Yeah, I've noticed. But at least he's still the same guy. At least he's not ignoring us like last time."

"Well, true but this is too much. They both like eachother. It's obvious. I just don't understand why he doesn't just do something about it."

"Can you guys not talk about anything else, other than my personal life?" All three men, turned around looking up at Justin. "You know my reasons for not getting involved with Shannon. And I hold them against any woman. Including her. Even if I like her."

"You don't like her."

"Oh I don't huh?" Justin challenged, crossing his arms over his chest.

JC shook his head. "No... You love her."

"That's bullshit."

"Oh is it now?" JC stood up, standing inches from his face. "Don't play that macho shit with me Justin, it's not gonna work. Stop being a fucking baby and admit that you love her."

"I'm warning you JC, get the fuck off my face or I'll make you."

"Man, you can't even admit the fuckin truth, what makes you think you can get me off your face?"

"Why are you always defending her? You act like you're the one who's in love with her."

"And so what if I am?"

Wade and Brad watched, as Justin's face went pale. Not even, they expected to hear that from JC. They watched intently, the anger and hurt flashing through Justin's eyes.

"You didn't expect to hear that, huh Jay? And now, that I think about it I'm glad you don't give her a chance. Someone as wonderful as her, doesn't derserve a selfish son of a bitch like yourself."

"Take it back JC."

"Oh yeah, I'll take it back the day you see me with Shannon instead of yourself." With that, he walked towards the front of the bus, as it came to a pit stop.

Justin sighed angerily, as he watched JC walking with Shannon inside the corner store, his arm drapped over her shoulder in a comforting manner. His eyes brimmed with tears, as his insides raged with jealously at the sight. <%=title%>

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