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.


26. The Song Sang for Me

Here you are, love," A man said, thrusting a microphone into my hands. I was used to receiving the microphone and then quickly being ushered onto stage but this time, I wasn't. I was able to walk from the backyard at my own pace to the room where I would be singing. I was the sixth person to go in and sing. Sixth out of eight. It was a bit nerve wracking to know that six girls had already sung and two more were to sing after me for the same dream.

The second my feet were in the room, I was overwhelmed but pushed back the feeling, remembering what I said during my talk. I was doing this for my family. I was doing this for my friends. But I was doing this for myself too, wasn't I? I felt a smile tug its way across my lips as I saw Kelly and Taylor sitting there with smiles as I walked in.

"Hi Briana," Kelly greeted with a wide smile.

"Hello," I hummed gently.

"How are you feeling?" Kelly inquired.

"Extremely overwhelmed," I admitted, "This is so surreal to me. I never expected myself to be here."

Kelly nodded, "Are you feeling good about your song choice?" Kelly asked. It was more of a check to see if I was ready. She was testing my confidence. Maybe my ability to choose a song? Whatever it was, I just nodded, "Well okay then, sweetheart, let's hear it," She smiled at me and I took a step back, feeling the microphone hit my thigh ever so slightly, reminding me that it was there.

One more performance.

One more chance.

One last time.

One song.


This was the last time I had to impress Kelly. The last performance I had before finding out if I made it to the live shows and it scared me, but I was sure this was a song I wanted to sing. I used to sing it around the house. Bella and I used to mess around with it and she would always tell me that if I ever auditioned for a show like this, I had to sing it. So with Bella's words from the past, I decided to take it, hoping that my little sister wasn't a joke of a musical player. An acoustic version of the song began to fill the room.

“Tonight, we are young, so let’s set the world on fire, we can burn brighter, than the suuuuuuuuuuuuuun.”  I saw Taylor turn to Kelly almost immediately and my nerves relaxed just a tiny bit as Kelly just smiled at her and Taylor returned it before both their gazes turned back to me. An acoustic version of We Are Young by Fun. Was there even a possibility to make We Are Young an acoustic? Well I hope so, because that's how the guitarist was playing it.

"The Moon is on my side, I have no reason to run, so will someone come and carry me home tonight." It wasn't even singing. It was more like the music singing for me. I loved the feeling that overcame me as my legs moved me a bit so I wasn't standing in one spot, "The angels never rise and I can hear the choir, so will someone come and carry me home tonight."

With the final note, I smiled gently as they smiled at me, "Thank you Bri," Kelly said gently. I nodded slightly and then turned around, letting my feet carry me from the room and outside. I managed my way outside without taking a single breath of air and as I reached the balcony that overlooked the ocean, I let my breath out, feeling the tension in my back and its course through my body.

"Briana," A familiar voice spoke. I turned my head, turning to Dermot as he walked over to me. I smiled at him as he got closer, "Well done, sweetheart," He congratulated as he hugged me. I returned the embrace before we pulled apart and he looked at me, "How's that feeling?"

"Incredible," I confessed and let out a laugh of disbelief, "I hope I showed them how much I really want this because right now, I want nothing more than to get through."

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