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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2. Face Change

"Ahhhhh!" I screamed. "Bethany I can't believe it really is you! I haven't talked to you since seventh grade!" Bethany was my best friend in grades six and seven. Her fun-loving and caring personality made her a person I could confide in before my parents' split. At that moment, her call was the best news I had heard for a while now. "And you're coming to visit me too? But you live in London, UK and I live in Canada!" We talked for around a half hour more when my mom called me down for dinner again. We said goodbye and I went down for dinner to tell my mom the good news. To my surprise she already knew about the plan. It turned out that she was the one who invited Bethany in the first place! I was so happy that my best friend in my earlier years and both my parents were going to be at my seventeenth birthday tomorrow. One of the benefits of having my birthday in July was the fact that it was summer. I didn't have to worry about school deadlines or extra-curricular activities for a long while. At that moment, I thought my life was perfect...

    "I'll lift you up, I'll never stop, you know I'll take you to another world..." The alarm on my iPod went off and I looked at my clock to see that it was already nine in the morning! "I have to get ready! Bethany is coming in an hour!" I ran to the washroom to brush my teeth and take a quick shower. I put on my favourite floral print spaghetti strap dress with a brown leather belt, and my denim jean jacket. I even curled my dark brown hair slightly and put on a crochet beret that had much sentimental value for my special day. My grandmother had given me the beret as my Christmas present before she passed away the next summer. My mom insisted that I should put on some makeup before going downstairs, but I was never a mascara and lip stick kind of girl, so I refused. I was not going to change that for the girl I knew who wore overalls and pig-tails to school every day.

    Sooner than I expected, the doorbell rang. "Hi Bethany I haven't seen you in-" I was speechless with what I saw. The girl in front of me was wearing loads of makeup making her look like a Hollywood actress, her hair was obviously dyed from a black to blonde, and she was wearing a skirt barely up to her mid-thigh. If Marty saw her, she would probably start singing the "I see London, I see France...” song. It took me a while to acknowledge that this was my best friend from Elementary school. Nevertheless, I hugged her and she hugged back. It wasn't until then did I notice the tall, gruff looking boy standing behind her. "Oh Julia, this is Marcus, my boyfriend." I shook his hand and he smiled meekly. "I'll pick you up tonight." He kissed Bethany on the cheek and drove off. "He's going to stay with his aunt who also lives in Toronto. He doesn`t mind. Now let me see your house, I haven't see you in ages Julie!" She pushed me aside and let herself into the house.

    Moments later, my dad arrived with a large present wrapped in paper that had the One Direction logo all over it; it also had a lot of holes punched in it... "Happy Birthday Sweetheart!" he said as he hugged me and kissed my forehead. "Hope you like the present!" "I like it already!" I replied grinning from ear to ear. You could tell by my parents' and sister's faces that they couldn't believe this was the Bethany that I used to spend my time at school with. Marty opened her mouth and I ran to cover it with my hand, I couldn't take any chances. This was my seventeenth birthday and no one, was going to ruin it for me by upsetting someone else at the party. "Laura, David! I haven't seen you in a while either! It is so hot outside can one of you get me some water?" I stood there with my mouth open. Laura? David? Since when could she talk to my parent's like that manner wise? And furthermore, where was the please in that sentence? All these thoughts were in my head, but I bottled them inside me as I didn't want to upset anyone. My mom placed a glass of cold water in front of her and Bethany took a tiny sip. "That's more like it! Now Julie, show me your room!" I had a feeling I was going to regret it, but I said, "Sure, right this way."

    Once I opened my door, she cringed at the sight. "Oh. This is...cute." She commented negatively on my hardwood floors, the purple paint and posters on the walls. "Well, thank you for your opinion but I'll stick to my style.” I said politely. "You know my room has hot pink walls and cool chandeliers and One Direction..." I clenched my teeth. If she said a single atrocious thing, I would probably lose it. "They're so overra-" "That is it! Ever since you came, you were the worst guest ever! What happened to you?" I covered my mouth. So much for keeping the guests happy. I expected her to say something terrible to my face and storm out, but surprisingly, Bethany kept calm. "I changed, but I guess you're going to have to face it. Like you said, I'll stick to my style." She walked downstairs and sat at the table munching on the pizza before anyone even invited her to take a slice.

    I walked out of my room feeling like I just made a huge mistake. "So you are a Directionner!" I turned to see Marty sitting outside my door with a silly expression on her face. Usually when Marty came in my room she hardly stayed long enough for me to ask her what she wanted. I didn't want to have to tell her I liked One Direction, I wanted her to find out. It was part of our whole sibling rivalry feud. "Well it didn't take you that long to find out. Should I cover my ears to let you scream now?" I asked giggling. Marty had her ways of making me laugh when I was feeling down. "Why didn't you tell me before? We could have avoided so many fights in the past if I knew you were like me! Directionners stick together!" Thanks to her, there was now a huge smile glowing on my face. Bethany had put me in one of the worst moods I had ever been in, and it was my sister, to get me out of it. "First, if we are comparing who liked 1D first between you and me, it's me because I was born first. Secondly, so no more fights?" Marty stood up and stuck out her hand. "No more fights. Directionners stick together." I shook her hand and hugged her. "Go downstairs for some pizza; I'll be down in a second."

    I went in my room and took out my magazine. I ripped out the poster of 1D with their signatures printed on it and put it on the desk in her room. It was usually the part of the magazine that we would fight over, but she deserved it. It was time to face change.

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