Change Me [Justin Bieber]


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5. Chapter Five

 

From: Justin Bieber
Subject: Your music
Date: April 15th 2012 2.34pm
To: Amy Johnson

 

Dear Amy

My name is Justin Bieber. I’m a singer and songwriter from New York City. My crew and I were messing around at my place one night, when Daniel called out that he had something for me to see. It was a video of you singing, and for being young lads fooling around, the room was suddenly really quiet. Everyone was listening intense to your voice as it filled the room, and I must say I’ve never heard anyone sing a song with so much passion and power. Not even Beyoncé would be able to take it to the level you just took her song.

I spoke with my manager and we would like for you to come out here and record some songs professionally and discuss your future in the music industry.

For more information on everything please get back to me on this e-mail. I hope to hear from you soon.

Yours Sincerely

Justin Bieber
Republic Records, New York City

“MUM!”

I was yelling at the top of my lungs. My mum had to see this. Wait what was I doing again? She didn’t have to see this right now. She shouldn’t see it yet. I should really be thinking about this. Was this really what I wanted with my life?

I heard mum on the stairs and hurried to hide the e-mail from her. I didn’t want her to see it right now. But I guess mum hurried a bit more because it sounded like I was afraid or something like that. And of course as my mum she wanted to protect me from all the harm in the world.

“Amy?! What’s going on?”

“Nothing… just forget it.”

“What is it hun?”

“Mum really it’s nothing. I’m good thanks for checking.”

I smiled up at her. She could of course tell that I was hiding something from her, but for some reason she didn’t press me to speak up in front of her, because she knew the smile printed to my lips was a real one.

“Dad’s gonna be home for dinner tonight. You should talk to him.”

“Not unless he apologizes.”

“Amy please just be the grown up.”

“No. I refuse to tell him I’m sorry because he believed in some pathetic and stupid rumor that some snotty bitch put on me just to get me down.”

“Amy.”

I rolled my eyes at my mum and that made her leave my room. Honestly I didn’t want to speak with my dad about anything. I had never been angrier in my life than when he went to that bloody hotel to stay for a while. Only because he believed the rumor Tyler and his gang had started about me.

I reopened the e-mail and stared at it for a while. I didn’t know what to answer, or if I even wanted to answer it. Maybe I should just leave it till Monday and then speak with Kristy about it. She would know what to do, or maybe she would at least just be able to guide me.

Before I could barely think another thought about the e-mail it was time for dinner. The day had gone by so fast in front of the laptop and I knew that the dinner was gonna be slow and painful. It was gonna be one big nightmare and discussion sitting around that table.

I went downstairs with my thumbs glued to the keys on my phone endlessly texting Kristy and telling her how much I looked forward for seeing her in art class tomorrow morning.

“Amy, would you mind putting your phone away, just while we’re eating?”

I looked over at my mum and rolled my eyes before I put my phone into my pocket. My dad was sitting opposite me in the usual seat beside my mum. I looked at him, and he actually looked sad, but yet he still looked really angry.

“Amy, take some dinner.”

“No thanks, I’m not hungry.”

“Sweetie you have to eat.”

“Mum, I’m not 12 years old anymore. I know my own body. I’ll eat when I’m hungry.”

I heard my dad sigh. He was annoyed with the fact that I couldn’t just do what I was told to, but this was exactly what I wanted him to be. He had pissed me off like I had never been before, and I wanted him to feel the annoyance he had filled me with.

“Amy, just do what your mum is telling you to instead of acting like a child.”

“Sorry I didn’t think we were speaking.”

“Amy!”

“What? He’s the one who’s been hiding at the hotel for the past 5 days and then he shows up and expects everything to be okay? Well guess what it’s not. He’s a fucking idiot and he’s acting like a total dick to both of us. Why would I eat dinner with him and forgive him for what he accused me for?”

I turned around to look at my dad shocked but his face was filled with anger. And he was about to speak when I continued my speech.

“Do you really think deep down that I would ever do something like that? And to a family friend! He’s been like an uncle to me ever since I was born, and he happens to be my teacher. You’ve been hiding because you’ve been scared of a stupid rumor that isn’t even real! You’re stupid and selfish and fid up with your work. You’re too busy with everything in your damn little world meaning your work, to realize what’s been going on at home. I refuse to have a nice family dinner and pretend everything is okay, when in reality it’s not.”

With that I left the table and found my phone again. I had changed a lot over the past week and I wanted to be filled with the confidence that I had been for the past week. I wanted it to stay there forever with the fans I had gained and the people I had in my life.

I sat down in front of my laptop as I reached my room and heard the usual ringtone with one of my favorite songs starting to fill the room. I looked at the ID it was Kristy so I knew I had to answer the phone.

“What’s going on Amy?”

“My dad is back.”

“Ew. What does he want?”

“For us to be the perfect family again… it’s fucking pathetic. He’s been hiding for the past 5 days and now he shows up and expects everything to be normal and okay between us.”

“Just slag him off.”

“Why do you think I’m on the phone with you right now? We sat around the dinner table and he expected me to just eat and speak with him. I’m not ever going to speak with that guy ever again. Not after what he did to me.”

“Then come and stay with me for a couple of days?”

“I had other things in mind.”

“What are you talking about?”

“I got an offer from Justin Bieber.”

For a couple of seconds I only heard screaming in my ear. Kristy was a huge fan of Justin and she had been for a long time. Not that I accuse her, he’s an amazing young and talented singer, and he’s been on the top for a long time. The thing about Justin Bieber was that he was the average pop idol for the music industry in time. The 18 year old from Stratford, Ontarori had gained his success through YouTube and had gained lots of fans there and when he was first discovered he got signed by Republic Records in New York City where he’s been for the past 2 years. I guess he wants to build up the same for me.

“OMG WHAT DID HE SAY?! DID YOU SPEAK ON THE PHONE?! TELL ME EVERYTHING!”

“Kristy calm down. It’s been very casual so far. He wrote me an e-mail offering me to come to New York and work with him for a couple days. It’s no biggie. He just wants to discuss my future in the music industry.”

“No biggie?! Amy this is amazing! It’s your future as a musician!”

“But what if I don’t want to be a musician? What if I can’t make it in the big world Kristy?”

“You’re gonna be working with one of the biggest stars ever Amy! This is a once in a lifetime chance. You can’t say no to this. You have to fly out there and speak with them about it.”

“I’ll think about it.”

“The least you can do is to get back to him. Write him an e-mail back and tell him what you think of it.”

“I’ll do it straight away.”

“Good. Tell me what he says to you when he’s getting back to you.”

“I will. I’ll see you in the morning. We can talk about it there.”

“Sure! Have fun and tell him I love him.”

“Sure…”

I hung up and looked at my laptop for a while before I opened it and reread the e-mail that was there right in front of me. It was hard not to accept the deal he gave me, but I didn’t know if I would like it… and what wouldn’t people think of me in school if I did?

__________________________________________________________

From: Amy Johnson
Subject: RE: Your music
Date: April 15th 2012 7.34pm
To: Justin Bieber

Dear Justin.

It is a huge honor to hear that someone like you have spent a couple of minutes listening to my music, and it means a lot to me that you’ve enjoyed it.

Your offer is very flattering, but I don’t know if I can accept it as I’m in the middle of a huge crisis at home. A lot of things have been going on lately, and I think it is best for me to support my mum, just like she has supported me over the past years.

I am very sorry if I let you down, but I do not know whether I would like to be in the music industry in the future or if I will continue with my high school and finish everything I have been working for over the past years.

But just in case you can win me over I would love for you to give me some more information about the offer you and your manager will give me, so I can discuss this further with my parents and close friends.

Also my best friend forced me to put this in my e-mail for you; she loves you millions and you’re the best thing that has ever happened to her. (;

Yours Sincerely
Amy Johnson

 

I reread the e-mail before I pressed the send button and then sat back in my chair waiting for a reply. After about 10 minutes where I had been listening to my parents yelling I heard a knock on my door. I didn’t answer it, but soon it opened and my mum walked in with tears in her eyes.

“Mum, are you alright?”

“Yeah it’s okay Amy.”

“Tell me about it. You’re always here for me, so I’m gonna listen to you now.”

“Amy I don’t know how to tell you this.”

“Mum what’s going on?”

“Dad and I spoke and we think you need some time away from Chicago.”

“You’re sending me away? With everything I’ve been through?!”

“Amy listen, this is for your best. We’re gonna find a school in another state and then you’ll stay there for a while.”

“I don’t wanna go to another school; I wanna focus on the music.”

“But you can’t just sit around and do nothing all day Amy, and music takes time.”

“It takes time for some, not for me.”

“What is that supposed to mean?”

I knew I was about to tell her about Justin and I knew that if I did this, this would be the thing I had to do. I would have to go to New York and I would no longer be just the unknown face. It was gonna be hard, but I had just said the words myself. I wanted the music to be my life, my future.

“It means that I got an offer from one of the best record labels in the world and one of the biggest stars in the world. Justin Bieber e-mailed me earlier with an offer. If I wanted the offer he would send me more information, or maybe call us.”

I said it all as calm as I could but on the inside I was freaking out because I wanted this to happen so badly.

“Let me see the e-mail.”

At the same time I heard the well-known pling sound from my MacBook and I knew I had another e-mail waiting for me just right there at my desktop.

“Let me just read that mail first.”

“Of course.”

She sat down on the bed and waited for me as I opened the new e-mail from Justin I had just received.

_______________________________________________________

From: Justin Bieber
Subject: Your offer
Date: April 15th 2012 8.02pm
To: Amy Johnson

Dearest Amy

I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my voice just as much as I’ve enjoyed yours. Tell your friend I said hi and I love her too ;)

I’m very sad to hear that your family is in a crisis, and I of course understand that family is first no matter what. Though it would be a huge honor to work with a girl with such a great talent as you, and therefore will my manager (Jared) and I like to offer you the following:

1 return flight ticket between Chicago and New York City A vocal training session with my personal vocal coach A room at my place, with everything you can eat and drink A studio session with me and Jared The opportunity to meet all the singers in the studio Your own personal limo driver (with the limo) – his name is Ash A writing session with a professional songwriter from the studios A discussion on your future in the music industry and even under the same record label as me. The opportunity to hang out with me all the time ;)

I will personally come pick you up at the airport, strongly followed by security and make sure that you get back to my place safe. Also you should know that you will be completely safe under the entire journey as my bodyguards and my security will be there to watch out for the both of us.

I hope to see you soon Amy.

Justin Bieber

I couldn’t help but smile over the cheeky note at the bottom of the list over things I was being offered. This was so sweet and it would be a once in a lifetime chance. I would never be able to get this ever again, so I had to do this.

“So what does it say?”

My mum broke me out of my thought and by the smile on my face she knew that this was something we would have to do.

“It says that I’ll get everything paid, stay at the mansion with Justin Bieber, get writing, music and studio sessions with professionals and the opportunity to hang out with him.”

We worked on getting a proper e-mail fixed for Justin soon after. My mum agreed and she thought it would be really good for me to get the chance of doing something like this and to get away for a while, but there was still the thing with school.

“Let me call them and plan it all out. We’ll get you going tomorrow night.”

My jaws dropped to the ground. I couldn’t believe my mum would actually let me do this at such a serious level.

We worked on this for the rest of the night and I was jumping around like a little kid when mum was on the phone with Jared and Justin. I couldn’t believe that this was really happening and to me. It was so out of my league.

My mum took the phone away from her ear and stared at the screen for a while.

“So what did he say?!”

I was acting like a kid and my mum certainly didn’t like that attitude on me. She handed me the phone and was all silent and then walked out of the room. Before she closed the door she looked back at me and said.

“He wants to speak with you.”

She winked at me before she left. She was such a tease. I looked nervously down at the screen and then took the phone to my ear.

“Hello?”

“Amy?”

“Speaking.”

“It’s Justin.”

“Oh hi.”

“Hey, how are you?”

“I’m great thanks. What about you?”

“I’m cool.”

“Great.”

“So are you excited?”

“Yeah, when am I coming over?”

“Tomorrow night. I’ll pick you up at the airport.”

“That’s very nice of you. Thank you very much.”

“You don’t need to thank me. I’d love to do that. It’ll be a pleasure working with such a big talent. I can’t wait to meet you.”

I smile shyly at the ground. How was this possible he didn’t even stand in front of me, but I was all shy and didn’t really know what to say to him?

“You too.”

“You sure you’re alright? You seem a bit out of place.”

“No it’s alright. Just a bit tired of everything that’s been going on lately.”

“You can tell me all about it tomorrow when you get here. I’ll take you out for a dinner as soon as you’re here.”

“Thanks Justin.”

“You’re welcome. Now get some rest. You sound like you need it, and you have a long day ahead of you tomorrow.”

“Yeah I guess I do. Thanks again.”

“Goodnight Amy.”

“Goodnight Justin.”

I looked at the screen for a while but I didn’t hang up. It was like I couldn’t, like I wanted to speak with him more, but I couldn’t because I needed to get some rest. Finally I pressed the button and went to bed. I needed to get some sleep, because as he said; tomorrow would be a very long and exhausting day, but honestly it didn’t matter because I couldn’t wait to get away from Chicago.

 

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