This is a Stand Up

Briana Hill is a normal girl, except for the fact that she is neighbors with Liam Payne from a new boy band called One Direction. When Liam brings the band back to stay with him for a while, Briana ends up falling in love with one of the boys. This is the love story of the ordinary girl and th boy band star.


32. Dreams Do Come True

"Sophie Habibis, Misha B, Briana Hill, and Janet Devlin," Dermot stated. We stood in a solid row. The four of us. My stomach was clenching uneasily as I looked to my right at Misha and Sophie and then to my left where Janet was. All three of them had talent. They were amazing. I had tough competition and my chances of going home tonight were high. Kelly had a decision to make and I prayed to God it wasn't me she was sending home. "Okay Kelly, this is it. You know the deal. Your four acts are on the stage right now. Now you can only save three of them to take to the next round. The act you don't choose will go home. So go ahead."

The spotlight had never felt so bright. The heat from the light fixture shining on me was causing more sweat to build up on my palms than usual. I was so fricken nervous! Thankfully, I had no microphone that could slip from my hands. I nonchalantly wiped my palms on my dress, biting my lip as I looked out to the audience and then to Kelly who was scanning us. The crowd was cheering, screaming names out to hopefully choose for Kelly.

"Let me just say," Kelly began, "That you four ladies are incredibly talented and this is such a hard choice. I love all of you and you all can go so far. But the first girl I'm going to choose is..." Kelly said and glanced at the paper sitting in front of her. My fingers clenched into a fist and my throat squeezed as I felt my breath get taken out of my throat. I couldn't breathe. Hell, I couldn't think. My brain didn't process a thing. It was just a name she called. There were still two more spots to be filled.

I let out my breath, allowing myself to breathe as the crowd cheered. I looked around me, seeing three girls who were fighting for the same dream who were smiling, looking ecstatic as they waited to see whose name was called. My heart was beating ten miles a second and it was emotional. To hear just one name get called was one less chance for me to make it out with my dream. Tears built up in my eyes but I clapped as Janet's name was called.

"Congratulations," I whispered to Janet as I gave her a quick hug. She gave my hand a squeeze, sending me a reassuring smile as she headed off to sit side stage with the rest of the acts who had been saved by their mentors. I took a glance, seeing all of them, their hopes high. They still had a chance at fame and fortune. They had a shot at their dreams. I was at the hand of Kelly Rowland who had my aspiring dreams in her palm.

"The second act," Kelly began as the crowd died down. The tears in my eyes had faded and I held onto the sliver of hope I had that Kelly might call my name. That I was going through. A lump had grown in my throat and I fought it back as well as the tears that threatened to poke out again. No breath escaped my lips as I waited for Kelly to speak, "The second act I'm putting through is..."

Just say it already, I was dying to say. I just wanted to scream out to the world. I wanted to know. Why put the pressure on us? Why make it so hard for her to say it while she was telling us if our hopes were crushed? But as I looked at her, her eyes glued to the paper in front of her, I just nodded, blinking back the tears in my eyes. I was just setting myself up for failure coming here. I knew I should've never auditioned.

"Briana," The only word that escaped her mouth and I was so ecstatic! Tears threatened to run down my face and I held them back with all my might. I had trouble breathing but knew that right now wasn't the time for me to have a mental breakdown on live television. The crowd began to applaud for me as I just turned around on the spot, in awe that I was safe, that Kelly had saved me.

"Congratulations!" Patrick smiled, giving me a tight hug as Janet had stood up to give me one as well. Jade managed her way through everyone, giving me the kind of hug I needed at the moment. They all told me my congratulations as I sat down, the crowd beginning to die down. Janet and I were glued to each other, so dumbfounded of our new information of being saved. Our arms linked together, reassuring each other that we were there for one another.

I imagined the look on my mum's face the second Kelly said my name. I imagined my dad whisking her into the air. I imagined Jason and Jonathan bumping chests. I could picture Jason shooting up out of the seat, lifting Bella into the air over his head with a huge smile on his face and then Jonathan running outside in circles until he fell. I imagined Liam and the boys clapping. I saw my friends hanging out and then cheering as they called my name. I could picture my grandparents and my aunts and my uncles and my cousins. I knew how they felt because the feeling inside of me was the same but ten times that. Despite all of these thoughts, the one person I couldn’t get out of my head was Niall. He was always present whenever I sang, whenever I got through. I wish I could let him go!

Dreams do come true. They do because mine were becoming a reality right in front of my eyes.

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