Why not us?

A story of how four friends spend their summer apart.

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18. Esmeralda.

Esmeralda walked into the big wooden, round, room with Lorcrian and they took their seats near the front, infront of the little singing space. Soon enough, the rest of the class started piling in and filling up the seats. Then Ramin stood there in the singing space, quieting everyone. Esmeralda still couldn't believe she was being taught by the Ramin Karimloo. Oh wow.

"Okay, so Esmeralda, up you come." he smiled with those warm brown eyes.

"Huh?" she asked, startled.

"It's tradition that every new arrival sings in their first singing lesson, in front of the rest of the class. A song from a musical." he smiled.

Esmeralda made her way up to the stage and thought hard about her song. It was between Phantom and Les Mis for which musical she wanted to sing. She liked the thought of singing Think Of Me, especially with the high notes which she had been perfecting, but would that seem like showing off? And would people think she was kissing up to Ramin? On My Own would give her the chance to show lots of emotion and maybe show off her acting skills. It also suited her voice well. But she couldn't resist the chance to show off those high notes, in the most modest way possible.

"Can I sing Think Of Me?" she asked.

There was a murmur from the crowd and Ramin looked shocked.

"Did I say something wrong?" she asked.

"No, no! That's amazing! But nobody ever has before. Go ahead."

Hearing the all to familiar intro to Think Of Me, she took a shaky breath, searching for Lorcrian in the crowd. She found him smiling up at her, both with awe and encouragement. Suddenly, she felt like the most confident person in the world.

"Think of me, think of me fondly, when we say goodbye..."

The song went perfectly. She hit every note and sang without faltering in any way. Everybody applauded and she felt so welcome, as if she'd been coming here every year of her life. The best part was when Lorcrian hugged her at the end. He was warm and smelt the way boys always do but the way girls can never figure out how.

As they laid, falling asleep back in their room later that night, Lorcrian turned over in his bed.

"You were amazing, Es." he whispered.

"Thanks." she whispered back, but he was already asleep. She was desperately trying to keep her voice from shaking. He had just complimented her singing and called her Es.

She loved this place.

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