The M Factor: It's Now or Never

Love and war do not mix well together.

The M Factor competition is all-out war, as talented people from all over the continent compete for the chance of a lifetime. I still don't know how I am even here, among the talented.

Love isn't something that you could merely push away. It isn't a feeling you could just ignore. Which is why I struggle between the balance of love and war.

Which will win in the end?


22. And The Winner Is...


 "Good luck. Step right onto that platform. The walls will open in a minute," the head crew man instructed. I side-stepped onto the platform, Eagle Lane next to me. 


    "Good luck, guys," I said, for we were about to find out who was going to win. I had never felt no nervous in my life, but I wouldn't be broken at all if I didn't win. I had the experience of being at the top of the world, and that was all I ever wanted. I learned a lesson I could take throughout my whole life. 


    "You too, 'lil red," Eddy said, patting me on the shoulder. 


    "Is anybody else as nervous as I am?" a boy from Eagle Lane, Pete, asked. 


    "Practically peeing," Matt joked, and we all bursted out into laughter, only to be shushed by the crew. 


    "Please welcome, your 2012 finalists, Eagle Lane and Addison Carter!" Dermott yelled from the other side of the wall. The walls slid open as we strutted down the stairs. I waved to a mob of girls carrying Addison Carter signs, which caused them to scream louder. Tulisa and Louis were already on stage to greet us, and stand by us as our mentor. 


    "Good luck, Addison. I knew you'd come this far," Tulisa muttered in my ear. I thanked her, too nervous to make small talk. 


      "Alright, let's look at each of their journeys," Dermott declared, gesturing to the big screen. First was Eagle Lane's, and it showed clips of their separate auditions and a clip of them being grouped together. They showed one line of each song they sang, up until last night's performance, which was Forever Young- typical boy band song. 


   My clip started playing, as they showed clips of my photo-shoot with my name flashing in white. The first clip they showed was my audition, singing Firework and 'wooing' the crowd. Next, Us ran through the theater in the speakers, in my boot camp performance. After that was the live shows, one line of each song until they played the crazy note I hit last night. Following the note was my explanation of why I wanted to win. I began explaining my love for singing and the connection that I have with the stage. 


   "Well, now that we have seen both of the journeys, it is time to announce the winner," Dermott explained to the camera. 


   The lights dimmed, as I looked to the ground in fear. I remembered why I was here, and why I worked so hard to get here. So what if I couldn't be crowned M Factor champ? I'm here, where my goal was, and I was technically famous. Money would be just an added bonus. 


   "And the winner of the 2012 M Factor" Dermott dragged on the announcement, killing everybody on the inside. "ADDISON CARTER!" 


    My knees buckled as I almost fell to my knees. Tulisa gripped me into a hug, preventing me to fall. I started fangirling, jumping up and down like crazy. Unexpectedly, the boys of Eagle Lane were clapping for me. They walked over, embracing me in one, huge, bear hug. I laughed in joy, although I was shocked I didn't cry. Confetti bursted down from the ceiling, as the audience screamed and stood, cheering me. for I just stood there, like a blob, as my mind tried to process the news. I had done it. 


   I won the M Factor. 




    I walked down the hall, everything still a blur. It felt like time was going three times too slow. My backpack was slung over one shoulder. Everybody I passed congratulated me. Random people, like the custodians, would give me a high-five, or sometimes even a hug. My body still trembled in excitement. 


    I passed Eagle Lane, who were throwing around a paper football like regular boys. They engulfed me in another giant bear hug, as I whined in protest. 


   I walked into the main hall of the backstage, where I was met with my family: my parents, my brother, and my sister. They ran over to me, hugging me ever so tight. They were just as thrilled as I was, and proud that I had done it. I trailed outside with my family, still not seeing Jace or Kat like I had hoped. Why would they come? They lost- so why should they see me win? 


   When we reached the outdoors, I was suffocated with screaming fans, begging for pictures. I dazed right through them, taking pictures, signing autographs, and conversing with them. Finally, I was able to escape to my car, hopping in the backseat. 


   The car ride home was full of excited talk, and predictions of what is to come in the future for me. I stared out the window, answering the delighted babble, but only halfheartedly. On this ride home, I realize I had everything I ever wanted, but nothing I really need. What I need is the comfort and presence of my friends. Something that I didn't have at the moment. 


    When we got home, Mum tried to act like there were no a hundred people hiding behind the couches, but when the lights flickered on, everybody jumped out at me, screaming. I laughed, and played along with everything. The last thing I wanted to do was seem ungrateful. I did allow my eyes to browse around for my M Factor friends, but none were in sight. 


   "Yo, Addison," a deep voice greeted, I swiveled around to see Kat, Jace, Gil, and Tanya lounging at the kitchen island. 


   "You guys came!" I exclaimed, throwing my arms around them. There was a big group hug. The rest of the night was spent sitting at the same island, talking with them and Tammi (who blended right into the group) including Eagle Lane, who showed up "fashionably late" (as Matt likes to word it). 


   Most people think that the M Factor doesn't give you anything you need to know in life- just money and a career. I'm here to protest. Like I mentioned previously, I had gotten everything I ever wanted, not to mention everything I ever need. I had my friends and family surrounding me, and the sweet love of music. Hey, I said it before. 


   Love conquers all. 


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