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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13. Gaining Confidence

    By now I had been singing for a few days-to my mom, dad and all of my friends, even Liam. Liam loved my singing and we began singing together for fun. I was actually really happy, something I hadn't been fully in months. I realized that singing is what I'm supposted to do-though there would be hard times-I knew if I stuck to it and gave it my all, I could make it.

"I think you need to practice in front of more people", Liam told me when we were sitting under a big tree in my backyard. We started going out there just as a place to talk or sing without bothering anyone.

"Okay, like who?"

"What about my family? You've been around them a few times but not a whole lot."

"Sounds good. When?"

"What about right now?" Before I could protest he took my hand and we began jogging to his car.

"What if they hate it?" He started laughing.

"You really think they would hate you? They adore you Aubree. Trust me, they'll love your singing." He held my hand as if to reassure me and it helped but I couldn't help but be a little nervous.

"What are you going to sing for them?"

"I haven't thought about it."

"Well what about If I Die Young?" I thought about it for a moment, considering. I found it quite ironic how I would be singing it and my brother who was also young had died already. I wasn't a country singer by any means but I liked the song and what it stood for plus I gave it a new and sort of 'unique' sound.

"Yeah, I'll do that one." He continued holding my hand when we walked into the house, seeing Karen watering some plants.

"Oh hi Aubree! It's always a pleasure to see you." She came over setting her cup of water on a nearby table to greet me with a hug. She was so sweet to me.

"Hey Miss Karen, it's always a pleasure to see you as well."

"What brings you here today?"

"She wants to sing for you, she wants to audition as well."

"Oh well I'd love to hear you sing! What are going to sing for me?" Ruth walked in about this time, coming into the conversation.

"What are you singing this time Liam?"

"Aubree is going to sing, not me."

"Liam never told us you sang!"

"I just started back."

"Well sing!" She sounded really excited. I kept it simple, not moving around hardly at all-focussing only on my vocals. When I finished they all clapped with big smiles on their faces.

"You're so good, you have to audition!", Ruth exclaimed.

"I completely agree", Karen added.

"I'm hopefully gonna be able to try out in England, we're planning on taking our vacation there."

"That's great, you two can audition on the same day", Ruth said.

"That's the plan", Liam added. We stayed an hour or two longer. I helped Karen, Nicola, and Ruth bake brownies while Geoff and Liam watched soccer on t.v. After we ate the brownies Liam dropped me off back home.

"Tomorrow maybe you can sing at the park or something."

"I don't know.."

"Just to practice. I will even sing with you if you want."

"Okay sounds like a plan." He left giving me a hug and a kiss on my forehead. He did that often lately but we weren't 'official' or anything which didn't bother me. I hadn't seen Danielle in a while-turned out she went back to England to try and start her dance career. Once I was inside I went straight up to my room to find Trent sitting on the floor with Biggie.

"What's up Trent?"

"Eh just bored I guess. Haven't seen you in a few days." I had forgotten to tell him about me singing again. He was busy doing yard work for his neighbors to earn a little extra money.

"Are you staying the night cause I have to tell my mom."

"I guess I will. We need to catch up anyway." I ran downstairs and told mom and dad before returning to my room. Mom and dad had known Trent for a while now so they knew he wouldn't try anything hence him being allowed to have campouts with Ari, Brooke and I. I went and layed on my bed, propping my head up on a pillow while Trent layed on the floor facing up to me.

"So I'm singing again."

"Really? Ari told me you used to but I never grew up with you. Let's hear it."

"Have you fed Biggie?"

"Wow that was random but yes I did, some grilled cheeses your mom made a little while ago. You gonna sing now?"

"Yeah I can I guess. What do you want to hear?"

"Well what do you sing?"

"Pretty much anything except rap."

"Hmm..Oh what about Billionaire?" I loved that song and it was pretty funny as well. I sang it trying to be serious but Trent would make funny faces to me, making me laugh a little.

"You're good, really good. Even while laughing."

"Well thank you." We stayed up a little over an hour later probably before passing out. I made sure to help him make a bed on the ground beforehand though because I knew we would talk until falling asleep. It was weird, I dreamt about Trent and I being a couple. We were walking around town holding hands and then we were on a dirt road that seemed to lead to no where,just dirt and fields going on for miles. We kept walking down the road and eventually we began growing older and soon enough we were an old couple walking down the same dirt road. Before I could wrap my head around the dream itself, the sky turned dark and it began to rain harder and harder. When I looked back up at Trent I saw Liam's face instead,being young again-we began running while it kept pouring down rain. I then heard us laughing, continuing to run down the road hand in hand. That's how the dream ended, Liam and me running on an endless (now muddy) dirt road in the rain.

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