Forever Young

Aubree is only 16 years old but has already had a rough life. When her older brother Jared dies from his battle with cancer, her whole world seems ruined. She starts really questioning what she wants to do with her future because she doesn't think she'll ever be able to sing again until Liam comes into her life. Can Liam help her get the courage to sing again or will she take a completely different road with someone else?

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12. Finding My Voice..Again

    When I got inside that night I found Ariana in my room reading a magazine while Brooke was asleep on my bed with Biggie in her arms. I tried to act casual but Ari knew something was up.

"What's with you? Have fun?" I bit my lips and nodded.

"Did he kiss you?" She sounded really excited. I still didn't say anything, only kept nodding as before.

"When!"

"Like five minutes ago outside."

"Aww! So are y'all together now?"

"I don't know but that kiss just-wow."

"Too cute! How was his family?"

"They were really nice and very welcoming."

"Was Danielle there?"

"Yeah but we never talked or anything."

"She would be so jealous if she knew he kissed you."

"I don't plan on telling her."

"So did anything else happen?"

"Well, I sort of promised Liam something."

"Go on.."

"I promised I would consider singing again. For the Xfactor."

"Are you serious, that's great!"

"Can y'all keep your voices down please? Trying to sleep here."

"Yeah he told me he was auditioning but he wasn't allowed to in the U.S. so he asked if I could go with him to England to audition."

"Are you really considering singing again? And would your parents really let you go all the way to England?"

"I think I might be and anyway my mom is always talking about taking a vacation so why not give it a shot?"

"Woah slow down. This is all because of Liam?"

"Well I have been having dreams of being on a stage singing almost every night anyway so maybe it was a sign."

"So if you're serious about this, why don't you sing right now?"

"I haven't said I was for sure, I'm considering my options."

"When are you gonna talk to your mom about it?"

"Maybe tonight if she's still up." I left to get ready for bed, putting on a big t-shirt with shorts underneath. It was almost eleven by now but I walked around the house anyway looking for mom to talk about it with her. I had searched what I thought was the whole house until I saw Jared's door peaked open with the light on. I opened it fully to find mom sitting on the floor, looking around his room. I folded my arms trying to warm myself, it was always freezing in his room for some reason.

"Mom?" She didn't turn her head, only kept looking around his room.

"Yes?"

"I uh, want to talk to you about something."

"I'm listening." I went over and sat across from her. Her eyes were surprisingly very calming.

"I think I might want to sing again." That's when she looked at me, tears forming her eyes.

"Really? That's so great sweetie."

"If I really work at it, I might consider trying out for the Xfactor." There was a random gust of cold wind that gave me goose bumps.

"The Xfactor? I think you should, you could win."

"The only thing is, I want to try out in England." She looked really confused.

"Why would you go all the way to England?"

"Well, I would be supporting Liam but I could audition too."

"You want to go all the way to England because of a boy you just met?"

"Momma he's a good friend and I want to be there for him plus if I audition as well, I might get somewhere." I knew she thought I was crazy-maybe I was-but  maybe this was what I was supposed to do. With all the dreams I had been having and this opportunity-maybe if I at least auditioned and gave it a shot the dreams would go away. 

"You always talk about taking a vacation anyway, why not make this one? Before summer ends."

"What are we supposed to do if you make it? We can't just pack up and move to England."

"I doubt we would have to move, I'd just be away for a little while."

"Your dad and I will really have to discuss this because we need to know you're serious about this because if you only go for Liam-"

"I want to support him yes but he isn't the only reason."

"Like I said, we want to make sure you're committed to this." She was right, I could talk all I wanted about singing but actions speak louder than words. I had to prove I could to this not only to my friends and family, but also to myself. I went to bed that night tossing and turning, trying to get comfortable but it just didn't work. I knew everyone was asleep considering it was three something in the morning so I walked into Jared's room. It was still cold but I didn't care this time, walking over and sitting on his unmade bed. 

"I think I can do it Jared. I know I made a pact to myself after your funeral but I think this is what even you want me to do." Maybe I was crazy to be talking to myself but I thought he would hear me if I spoke aloud. I wasn't sure if he did but it suddenly wasn't cold anymore. I felt a sudden warmness in my heart I had never felt before. It was sort of like Jared telling me to sing right then and there. I slowly and silently began singing Forever Young.

 

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