Amore And Pizza

Hey, I'm Avery. I thought I had it figured out, ya know? I thought I had distinguished the difference between love and imagination. I was SO sure that no one could ever love me. Especially someone so extraordinary like Niall. But for once in my sob story of a life, I WANTED to be proven wrong. But I was right. Again.


8. High C's Induce Sleep

     After finishing up my shower, I made my way to the choir/band room. If it wasn't for the signs, I'd be in Timbuktu by now and no one would ever see me again. I don't think I'm ever going to get accustomed to the size of this school. Walking in the room made me realize how long my day had been. And there was still more to come.

     "Excuse me, what's your name?" I looked at the woman who was talking to me. She had blonde hair and brown eyes. I figured she was the teacher-or choir leader, conductor, whatever.

     "Avery Jackson."

     "Avery, Avery, Avery, ahh here we are!" She used her finger to find my name on the list she was holding. I was smack in the middle. "Soprano or alto?"

     "I'm not sure. I can hit a high c on a good day. A very good day." She looked up from her list.

     "Impressive. Soprano it is. Can you sit over there by the other sopranos?" I nodded as I went to sit in the section she was pointing at. There were many girls sitting around me. There were hardly any boys compared to the mass of girls. I looked around for Kalley. My eyes scanned the room for her matchless hair. Kalley caught my eye when I found her and mouthed 'alto'. Darn. 

     "Hello everyone. I'm your teacher, Mrs.Klein. I'm glad that you all wanted to participate. Unfortunately, I can't let you all participate. I will call you each up one by one in alphabetical order to sing. You can choose any song as long as you sing  your part, and you will have to perform it. You may use any dynamics you like, but your song may only be a minute long. First up..." I tuned out, trying to think of the song I should sing. I wasn't expecting something like this. I was planning on some group stuff, maybe aduet with a partner? But definitely not solos. I guess to be in a choir you had to be prepared for that. I could do it if I had more time, maybe. I payed attention when Kalley sang. She sang the song "Don't Let Me Go" by The Fray. She had a great voice, singing harmonies that I didn't even know fit into the song. And I played piano, I understoond harmonies. I started to feel panicky again. I needed to find a song I knew really well, but one I could sing well, too. I heard someone get called with their last name starting with an 'i'. I drew a deep breath and decided on my song.

     "Avery Jackson, please." I held my breath as I walked towards the piano in the center of the floor. "What song are you singing, dear?"

     "Erm, I uh..." I looked in the corner of my eye to see Niall and Zaynwalk in. Crap crap crap crap crap! 

     "What song?" Mrs.Klein urged. I looked at Niall as he gave me a thumbs-up.

     "Falling For You", by Colbie Cailat. I hadn't even planned to sing that song. I just looked at Nial and it came out. She nodded and started to play an improvised version. Wow, that required some serious talent. I focused on the song waiting for my entrance. I took a deep breath and started.

     "I don't know, but, I think I may be fallin' for you, droppin' so quickly. Maybe I should keep this to myself, wait until I know you better. I am tryin', not to tell you, but I want to, scared of what you'll say. So I'm hiding what I'm feelin' but I'm tired of holding this inside my head..." While I sang that part I looked at Niall, trying to communicate that the song was for him. It was perfect for the situation. His eyes changed a little, getting smaller as he grinned wider and wider. He got the message. I felt a rush of happiness as I sang the chorus.

     "I've been spending all my time just thinkin' bout ya. I don't know what to do, I think I'm fallin' for you. I've been waiting all my life, and now I found ya. I don't know what to do, I think I'm falling for you. Falling for you. Falling for you-o-o-o. Fallin' for you." I finished and quickly walked back to my seat. I could feel eyes on me, but I wouldn't meet them. My face was too warm.

     In about a half hour the last person finished. Mrs.Klein smiled and addressed the class. "Bravo to everyone. I've recorded my personal notes by everyone's name. I'll decide who I would like to be in our choir and post the results in the morning. Good luck to everyone. You're dismissed." Everyone went their different ways, most people looking dissatisified with their performance. I wasn't. I didn't get prideful about many things so I indulged a little. I approached Kalley and jumped up and down with her.

     "Kalley you did SO good! There's no way you're not going to be on that sheet tomorrow!"

     "Avery, the whole class was speechlees when you sang! I mean I figured you would be okay, but not amazing!" She leaned into my ear and not-so-quietly whispered, "And Niall never took his eyes off you. Especially since that song was for him!" I leaned back and gasped.

     "No! Really? Never would have gueesed. But come on, it couldn't have been that good..."

     "Oh, it was." I smiled and felt Niall grab me from behind, putting his arms around my waist. I turned in his grip so I was facing him. "So, I get a song sung to me, I really am amazing." I laughed and rolled my eyes.

     "Oh, please. Don't flatter yourself." We both laughed. "Come on, let's get outta here." Niall dropped his arms but grabbed my hand as we all walked to Zayn's car. I was exhausted. Earlier today, I couldn't wait for the day to be over. But now, holding hands with Niall, I didn't want the day to end.

     Of course I didn't get my way. I fell asleep as soon as my head hit Niall's shoulder.


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