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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24. Not Going Solo?

    I take a deep breath as I'm called to the stage. I squint as the bright lights above hit my face, I smile to the judges. I'm a little shaky, not being able to see Liam backstage. A lot of people will be cut today. I might be one of those people if I blow it. 

"Hello Aubree. How are you today?"  Simon asks. I clutch the microphone tightly in my hand before answering.

"I'm great. A little nervous but I'll make it I think."

"Good, good. What will you be singing for us today?"

"Skinny Love."

"Okay. Well, good luck." I nod and look off to the side to signal the music to begin. As I sing all my nervousness goes away. I feel great as I get to the end of the song.

"Who will fall, far behind. Come on skinny loooooove..my, my, my..my, my, my, m-m-my..m-m-my, m-m-my, m-m-my..." I hear clapping come from backstage and I'm relieved. It felt great to hit that high note. I give a small wave to the judges as I walk off stage. I'm sad that our parents didn't come but they didn't want to make us nervous. I run to Liam and get a huge hug.

"You were amazing out there."

"Thanks, you were too." Liam performed an hour before me. Now we just have to wait for the results. It's going to take awhile so we go to an empty corner backstage and eat sandwiches I packed before we left the hotel.

"I don't think I did well Aubree. I have a horrible feeling."

"Don't say that. You were great, really."

"I just have a feeling." I motion my hand for him to stop while taking a big bite of my sandwich. Why does he feel so badly for himself? There's no way they could send him home. I see Harry walk over so I quickly fluff my hair, hoping he won't notice. Wait, why am I fixing my hair for him? He's competition. Who am I kidding, I like Harry. He has a paper bag with him.

"Mind if I join you?" He doesn't look at Liam though, only me. I look over to Liam rolling his eyes and turning away.

"Of course." Guess Liam is still annoyed. It's not like him to judge people so quickly. He never acts this way towards anyone.

"How do you think you did?"

"I might have gotten through, how about you?"

"They liked it I think, I'll probably make it too." It's funny how different Harry and Liam are. Liam is shy and always worried after performances but Harry is always so open and confident, which isn't always a bad thing. 

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"Aubree, Kaylee, Jessica, Laya, and Trenity. We need you on the stage please." I get up and get a hug from Liam and a wink at Harry. I know everyone backstage can watch the tv and see what's going on which makes it worse. We all go to the middle of the stage and await the good or bad news.

"Well ladies, we've decided to keep you all here. Congratulations" Cherl announces. I cup my face in my hands and begin to cry out of happiness while following the other girls offstage. Liam embraces me in a tight hug and kisses my forehead and Harry gives me a cheek kiss. 

"I knew you would make it", Liam says while we all sit back down.

"Zayn, Louis, Harry, Liam, and Niall please go to the stage for judging." Liam and Harry look at each other with glares before getting up. I give Louis a high-five as he walks by. Soon after I see a tanner boy with shaved hair walk by with another guy right behind him with blond hair and blue eyes. I haven't met either of them. I get up and walk to the screen to see them all lined up on stage. I get nervous as Simon begins to talk.

"You are all great-"

"But we only have limited spots", Louis cuts in.

"It hurts me to say this but, you didn't make it through," Cherl finishes. I immediately start crying and Liam does to-they all do. I wait for him to get offstage and embrace him in the tightest hug. I cry into his shoulder while he cries into mine. I see Harry and give him and hug and also Louis too. I feel absolutely terrible for them. It won't be fun anymore. I don't have anyone else. We aren't allowed to leave until the entire judging is finished so I run to the bathroom to clean myself up. I'm a mess. I cry a little before fully cleaning up my running makeup and become suddenly embarrassed when I hear a toilet flush. I quickly attempt to compose myself when I see a petite girl with long brown hair come out. 

"Are you okay?" I turn and face her, seeing a bright smile lit upon her face. She looks nice.

"It's just", I sniffle. "A few people I know didn't make it through", I sniffle again while wiping my nose on a paper towel.  Her smile quickly fades to a frown and without hesitation she brings me in for a hug. I really do feel somewhat better. 

"I'm sure they're great, It just isn't their time yet." I wipe my eye and smile at her.

"You're right. They'll make it one day, I'm sure of it. Have you gone yet?"

"I have and somehow I passed. What about yourself?"

"I made it too, I just feel horrible for my friends."

"It'll be okay, I promise. I'm Cher by the way." She gives me a reassuring smile and sticks her hand out.

"Thanks and I'm Aubree." I stick my hand out as well to meet the shake.

"Here." She digs around in her pocket until she finds ripped sheet of paper. "Do you have a pen by any chance?" She adds. I dig around in my purse until I find an old pencil.

"Will this work?" She smiles and takes the pencil. I watch as she scribbles something on the paper then hands it to me along with the pencil. 

"There's my number, I think we could all use a few new friends right now. Especially since we'll be going to the contestants house soon." I forgot all about that. After we sing a few more performances, it'll be time for live shows. She gives me a quick hug before leaving. I finish cleaning up my makeup and go back to Liam. He's crushed and it isn't hard to tell. His eyes are swollen and red. I quickly go over and wrap my arms around him and he returns the hug. We don't let go for several minutes. It is now that I realize I really have feelings for this boy. He's always been there for me and encouraged me. He's the one who got me singing again. He can't be sent home. I won't let it happen. He decides to go to the bathroom and now it's my chance. I'll go talk to the judges and convince them to give him another chance, because if not, he might just throw in the towel and just go back home since I'll be moving into the contestants house. I smirk when I see the judges have taken a small break. Perfect timing. Everyone stares as I walk passed them and to the judges. I don't go on the stage though, I go straight for the floor and walk straight up to them. They're surprised and look around for security I'm sure but none are in sight. 

"Cherl? May I have a quick word with you?" She smiles and nods so I lead her off to the side.

"You know those five boys you just let go? Please, just give them another chance. I don't know but three of them but I'm sure the other two are great as well. All I'm asking is for them to have another chance." She gives a sadden face then shakes her head. 

"I'm so sorry, but we can't do that. That really wouldn't be fair to the other contestants." Tears well up in my eyes. 

"Please, just say you'll think about it?"

"I'm afraid I can't promise you that." I walk away before I start crying full on. Liam hasn't gotten back yet so I go and find Louis. He's sitting down with his head in his palms. 

"Hey Louis." He looks up and tries to smile. It's horrible to see him this way. He's always so upbeat and always cracking jokes. I rub his back, hoping to reassure him. Soon enough Harry walks up, his eyes a little glassy.

"Well, good luck lace. I know you'll do great." I laugh a little at the term 'lace'. 

"I have a name you know."

"Yeah I know", he winks and pulls me into a hug. I don't want any of them to go. I already have feelings for Liam but Harry as well. Great. Liam soon returns and we're all huddled on the floor. We all exchange numbers and try to stay positive. 

"Attention, before you depart we need Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Pyane, Zayn Mailk, and Louis Tomlinson back on the stage please." We all look up in shock and I can see from the distance Zayn and Niall have the same expression on their faces. They all walk back to the stage and I return to the tv nearby.

"Well", Cherl starts, "We have decided you are all too good to let go so we have decided to make you into a band." Their faces immediately lighten and they all jump up in excitement. I feel a hand on my shoulder and turn to find Cher smiling. 

"They made it, They got through!", I chant. She hugs me and we both jump up and down. I shed a tear when I see them all join in a group hug, crying. A few minutes later they part and line back up. Harry grabs a mic. 

"We would like to accept this opportunity." They judges all smile as they run offstage. I meet Liam by the curtains and he throws me into the air and spends me around. 

"We made it Aubs, We did it!" I giggle and hold on to his neck tightly then kiss him on the cheek.

"I knew you would!" Everyone backstage claps for them and I go congratulate Harry and Louis before leaving. When I walk up to Harry he pulls me close and catches me offguard. He presses his lips to mine.

 

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