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...


3. Face the Past

I walked downstairs, hoping my parents didn't hear my fight with Bethany. Thankfully they were clueless, and we actually talked like nothing ever happened. I had made up my mind to apologize to Bethany after lunch, after all I knew some of the Bethany I used to know was still in her. Once lunch was finished, I asked Bethany if I could talk to her.

    "Wait girls! Julia I know you two want to talk but can you please open this present first? I think it wants to get out of the box." My dad handed me his present, which was jumping around by now. I put the hard box on the floor, and was about to open it when Marty held my arm to stop me. "Oh! Sis, shake it first so I can guess what it is!" My dad put his hand on the box, "Let's not sweetie. Really, that's not the best idea." I slowly unwrapped the 1D wrapping paper to reveal a small, brown, cardboard box with holes. Lifting the lid, I saw two eyes staring back at me and a small 'meow'. I finally threw the lid off to reveal an adorable white, fluffy kitten. "Oh my gosh dad! I love it! You're the best!" I said wrapping my arms around him and refusing to release. "Now don't get too excited. You have to feed, care, and clean up after her. Understand?" "Yes a million times! Thank you so much!"  "So now that we know she's a girl, what are you going to name her Julie?" My mom prompted. "Name her Cotton Candy because she's so fluffy!" screamed my sister. "How about, Louise?" suggested Bethany. "Or Darcy. I like that name." I said carrying the little kitten in my arms. "Oh because Harry wa-" I ran to cover my sister's mouth. "No reason. No reason at all. I just like the name Darcy." I said quickly as I glared at my sister playfully. "Ok then. Girls you two can head out again. Your sister will take care of Darcy while you're gone." I laughed quietly at that sentence. It was just a little weird come to think of it that I had just named a kitten what Harry Styles wanted to name his first child if it was a girl. 

    So Bethany and I headed out to the park and sat on the swings like we used to. "Look Bethany, I'm really sorry. I shouldn't have snapped at you like that and-" "Julie, It's okay. I should have been nicer and anyways you have a pretty good sense of style too." I smiled and started to swing back and forth on the swing slightly. This was the Bethany I used to know and enjoy spending time with. "But honestly, Julie whats up with the whole One Direction thing?" I dug my heels in the sand to stop and jumped off to face Bethany. "So you really meant what you said about them?" I asked.

     "Well yes, afterall its their whole presentation. Its kind of like, like....you in grade six!" "What's that supposed to mean?" I was pretty confused with her statement. "Remember in grade 6 when we had that talent show and you and I were chosen to sing a random song out of the blue to the whole class and have them pick who was better?" I felt her gaze on me uncomfortable as she kept going. "We were both given thirty minutes to prepare, more than enough time by the way. And who won, I did. But please, they didn't even make the competition fair. Making me sing against you? They might have just make me sing against a baby. Even your boyfriend agreed that I was better." I wanted more than anything after that moment happened in sixth grade to move houses. The only supportive one at that time was Bethany. I never knew even she had thought I was that humiliating. "Three things. One, you can't compare me with One Direction. They are so much better than me, and there is absolutely no connection between my story and the fact that you don't like them. Did you just use that as an excuse to bring up that memory of me? Two, he was not my boyfriend he was just my friend! How many times do I have to tell you that? Three, that was so long ago. Can't we just let it go? It was humiliating enough the first time that happened. "Julie, the worst part was you kept going and going. You can't sing just admit that. You tried to run from remembering that situation but you couldn't hide for long from it!" Tears swelled in my eyes. "Please can we change the subject? You know I have stage fright. And I thought you were my best friend. That was something we promised not to bring up ever again and never to tell anyone. At least you didn't tell anyone so I can try being optimistic right now." "Oh. I said that? Oopsies. I might have just posted the video of you singing on the internet a few months back. But on the bright side, you're an sensation! The video went viral!" "You did what?" "I even traced back one of the comments on you being 'awesome for the tone deaf' to our other best friend back then Lisa!" I couldn't even talk without my voice breaking anymore. I turned around ready to run away when she said, "What's the big deal none of them even know you, except maybe a few... And anyways, I can tell you're upset but don't blame me, blame change-" I looked at her in the eyes. "I can take change. But you were my best friend, more than change got to you."

    I ran away from the park as fast as possible with the tears flowing down my cheeks. "You win Bethany. You storm into my house and criticize everything, then you bring back the worst memory of my entire life back to reality, to make things worst none of my best friends were real. They are the ones who hurt me the most in the end! How could you have ever been my best friend." I considered running back home but she would be there sooner or later. And at that moment, I was planning on never seeing her again. Since, the separation between my parents, I had sort of lost the ability to trust. So that resulted in me not having many new friends, and now, nowhere to run to. With my mind in the clouds and pondering of where I could go, I didn't notice when I walked past the back door of the Molson Amphitheatre which was actually not too far from my house. The door opened all of a sudden with a strong jerk, hitting me right in the head. I fell backwards onto the pavement and soon lost concience. All I remembered was seeing five boys with two larger fellows surround me.

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