Face the Music

Julia is your typical sixteen year old girl. She lives with her mother and her little sister Marty, she has her insecurities, she has her boy issues, and oh yeah, her love for the British/Irish boy-band One Direction. When her seventeenth birthday arrives, everything seems perfect....until it all fell apart piece by piece. But to every rainy day there is always a rainbow, what will happen when she unexpectedly 'falls hard' for not one, but two of the boys in One Direction? And what would happen if they both like her back? Would rivalry break everyone apart? Or will the fandom get to them first? Just as life is, every situation has two faces. One is an amazing benefit, and the other could lead to sacrifice...

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1. Face Reality

"Take your mark. *Beep* and they're off! No team has a strong lead as of now....but wait! Here comes Great Britain with the United States and Canada not far behind!" I sat in my living room staring at the television screen dully as the 2012 London Olympic Swimming Match was played. I loved watching the Olympics; after all it only came once in four years. But it was the third time this match was replayed! I could literally imitate the commentator word-for-word by now. "Move over Julia!" My ten year-old sister Marty yelped as she ran into the room. She grabbed the remote from my hand and glanced at the screen before changing the channel. "Ugh, the Olympics again? Live a little." She immediately flipped the channel to YTV. "Hello!" I said crossing my arms. "I was watching that!" She shot me a sarcastic look. "Well now you're watching this. And just so you know Julia, you're a horrible liar." I wanted to get back at Marty for saying that, but I knew she was right. I also really wanted to know what she was in such a rush to see.

    "And here they are....One Direction!!" The announcer said as a group of five boys entered and took their seat on a sofa. My sister squealed with excitement squeezing my hand with hers. I broke loose from her tight grasp and asked. "This is what I am missing the Olympics for? Some interview with One Direction?" "Some interview?! This is the 'I Go One Direction' interview replay with the world's greatest band, before the Kids Choice Awards!" Within seconds, she sat quiet as a mouse in front of the screen, mesmerized by each of their voices. Actually, I would have loved to stay and watch the interview as I am quite the 'Directioner'. But I refused to give in to the fact that my little sister and I both liked the same thing, especially music wise. I walked out of the room slowly, hoping to catch at least a little more of the interview before I left. "And who is currently single?"  I turned around casually to see Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Zayn Malik raise their hands. Marty jumped up and down on the sofa like a kangaroo in excitement. Her favourite members of the group were Zayn and Louis, so she was pretty ecstatic to see that at least one of them was still available. Personally, I loved them all equally as any Directioner would say, but there was something about Harry that drew me to him a little more than the rest.

    In my room, I laid on my bed and took out a magazine that I bought earlier that day. I opened it to a random page and expected to see the latest gossip and news to a break-up or something, but to my surprise, there was a picture of One Direction. The huge, bold lettered title caught my eye. 'One Direction Tour Coming in 2013!' It made me a little depressed to read about that, because I knew I could never afford to go to one of their concerts. A knock on my door awoke me from my thoughts. "Julia, dinner is ready." My mom entered my room and sat at the end of my bed. "What are you reading so intently?" She joked. I put down my magazine and sat up to look in my mom's eyes. "Mom, are we ever going to be able to go to a One Direction concert?" I could tell that she struggled to answer that question. "You know ever since your Dad and I got separated and I quit my job, we aren't as wealthy as we used to be. We used to buy you and your sister everything down to your last whim, which was often extremely unnecessary. But now, we need to spend our money wisely on things that are more of a necessity." I expected that answer anyways so I wasn't too shocked or disappointed. "Now come down for dinner, I think your sister has already cleared the plate of pasta." I smiled meekly and was about to follow my Mom out the door when my phone rang.  

    "Hello?" I mumbled half-heartedly into the phone. "You can't be serious..."

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