"Are you serious?" Jenny said, in between chuckles, "You guys want to have a karaoke night?"
"Yeah! Come on Jenny!" BEN said, jumping up and down excitedly, with Jeff standing behind him, "It'd be so much fun! Splendorman has even volunteered to be the DJ!" Jenny's eyes widened. She hadn't seen Uncle Splendor since he and Uncle Offender were describing the concept of the flowers to her. She closed her eyes in thought and then looked to the bubbling demon elf after a moment's pause. "Alright." She said smiling broadly, "Let's do it."
"Woo!" BEN cheered, turning to Jeff for a loud high-five, "Come on Jeff! We have to go and create the marquee for tonight!" Jeff quickly followed BEN out of the office but not before turning around and sheepishly asking to borrow and pen and paper so he could write down everyone's songs. Jenny said that she would think of her song later, as she was drawing a blank. Jeff scurried out of the office and tailed BEN, going from room to room and asking for songs. Jenny leaned against the backrest of her chair and ran her fingers through her jet black hair. What did I sign up for this time? She wondered as she smirked quietly to herself.
Later that evening, the performers for the night were set. Everyone, including Jenny, had chosen their songs and were waiting on Splendorman to arrive to set up his DJ station. If she were being completely honest, Jenny was feeling pumped but nervous at the same time. Not only was she going to have to go up in front of her family to sing, but she was also curious to see what the others had chosen for their songs and what type of singing voice each one of the residents would have.
When supper was over, a cheerful knock on the mansion's front door echoed throughout the halls. Jenny got up from her spot on the couch and peeked at the person on the other side using the little peep hole eye level to her. She chuckled softly when her Uncle Splendor's face was distorted slightly due to the curvature of the lens. She pulled open the door and he briskly stepped in the room, tipping his top hat respectfully.
He strolled into the rec-room of the mansion which was to be converted into the stage for the karaoke night. Splendor reached into his top hat and pulled out a small metallic grey box. "What's that?" Questioned LJ, speaking what was on everyone's mind as the residents hung around the door frame to the room.
"It's my DJ station." Splendor responded with a smirk. He fished out a small matte grey remote and clicked a large, flashing red button. The metallic grey box slowly expanded in size and grew outwards into a sort of desk with a mixer board attached. "Oh cool!" BEN remarked, his eyes sparkling with excitement.
"That is pretty neat!" Jenny agreed, nodding her head in approval. Splendor asked for the song list and BEN proudly stepped forward and handed the crumpled piece of paper to him. Splendor's face lit up and he set the song list down on the mixer board. "My, what a wonderful selection of songs. They all fit so well with your personalities." Splendor clicked some buttons on the mixer board and turned to the residents. "So, who's going up first?" There was a very long silence. Finally, Hoodie stepped forward and took the microphone stand onto the makeshift stage that was constructed for the night of music.
Hoodie nodded to Splendorman and motioned for him to turn on the song he had chosen. Nodding his head, Splendor clicked a few buttons and the stage became illuminated in a sunset orange colour. Splendorman used some of his magic and fixed the stage, making it look professional, and beautiful. Everyone walked into the room and took a seat in the chairs that were in set up in the front of the stage. Hoodie spoke into the microphone looking directly at Jenny, his voice casting a soft echo in the rec room. "I think I speak for all of us here, when we thought that no-one would ever care about us. I see one person in this room who does." He pointed at Jenny and said, "This is for you Jenny. This, is "Last Call" by Hedley."
The music started up and Hoodie waited for the cue to begin. He started singing, and Jenny instantly beamed. Hoodie's voice flowed smoothly into the microphone and he sang perfectly in key.
"Headlights blinking like a car stuck on the side of the road.
Another story about a setting sun that's never been told.
Feels like you're losing it all, feels like you're losing it all."
"Every time you turn around, it seems the world has got you down.
Keep holding on, we're holding on together."
"This is the last call, for anyone who gives a damn at all.
Last call; If we stand together we will never fall.
With the lights off, we'll shine on. We'll shine on.
Last call; for anyone who gives a damn at all."
Hoodie continued his song, hitting every single note with confidence and pride. He made sure to make eye contact with Jenny during the bridge of the song, and his heart swelled when she smiled broadly at him. He ended his song on a graceful decrescendo and stepped away from the microphone. He turned to his right, and walked down the steps to the sounds of shocked and supportive applause. Jenny, now with a boost of confidence, walked up on stage and readjusted the microphone stand to her height. She tapped the head of the microphone and spoke into it. "Nice job Hoodie. Very nice. Now it's my turn. My song is "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry." The lights on the stage changed from the orange color to a pale green, accenting Jenny's purple eyes. Jenny took a deep breath and waited for her cue. Her voice resonated like a piano, striking the notes with well placed accents accompanied by a beautiful pitch.
"If I die young, bury me in satin.
Lay me down on a bed of roses.
Sink me in the river at dawn.
Send me away with the words of a love song."
Jenny sang her absolute best that night. Her song struck the heartstrings of a few residents, who bit their tongues to hold back their tears. They applauded her performance and Jenny took her seat next to Hoodie, who reached around her and gave her a hug. "I never knew you had such a wonderful voice!" Jenny smiled at Hoodie and blushed slightly. They both turned to look at the stage and both smiled widely when Toby took Jenny's spot on stage. The lights dimmed into a midnight blue color, making Toby stand out. He readjusted the microphone and got a few twitches and tics out of the way before stepping up to the microphone, "A lot of us forget to stop and appreciate the little things in life. This song is a reminder that sometimes, we have to take a break and smell the roses.. er chrysanthemums. Or in this case, see the fireflies. This is "Fireflies" by Owl City." The cute, electronic intro to the song played and Jenny raised her hand in time with the little notes. Toby stepped closer to the microphone and began to sing;
"You would not believe your eyes,
If ten million fireflies lit up the world as I fell asleep.
Cause they'd fill the open air and leave tear drops everywhere
You think me rude, but I would just stand and stare"
"I'd like to make myself believe
That planet earth turns slowly
It's hard to say that I'd rather stay awake when I'm asleep
Cause everything is never as it seems."
Jenny was lost in the sound of Toby's singing voice. It had a nice timbre effect and he had a good lung capacity to hold the notes. When it came time to sing the chorus, Jenny couldn't help but mouth the words along with Toby's singing. To further show her support, she called on Hoodie's yellow flower and it began to glow. She raised it in the air and gently swayed it back and forth, similar to holding a lighter during a concert. BEN put his hand up in the air as well, a soft blue electricity gently sparking around his fingertip. He moved it in the air in time with Jenny. The melody flowed in perfect time to Toby's voice and, although he couldn't help but tic every so often, Jenny stood up and applauded him when he ended his song on a very soft volume, just like the original artist had done. Toby waved to the audience and stepped off the stage. "My my.." Splendorman remarked, "I never knew this mansion had such wonderful talent!"
Laughing Jack stood up and walked on stage. Jenny was a little apprehensive about LJ singing, it was only recently that he had gotten his voice back after being hanged by Zalgo. LJ readjusted the microphone to his height and said gently, "I've always wanted to sing this song. I know that my voice has only just returned, but the old saying is 'use it, or lose it'. I'm feeling pretty good right now, so that's what my song is. This is "Feeling Good" by Michael Buble." The lights on stage changed into a sunshine yellow that made LJ stand out very well. The music started up with a stringed introduction and LJ leaned into the microphone;
"Birds flying high; you know how I feel.
Sun in the sky; you know how I feel.
Breeze drifting on by; you know how I feel.
It's a new dawn.
It's a new day.
It's a new life
And I'm feeling good."
Jenny's mouth hung open. LJ's singing voice was incredible. He had a richness in his voice that sounded on par with the original artist's. He had the perfect range to sing the song and he hit the most powerful notes as well. Jenny thought about why he was so good, when it finally dawned on her that if he had been singing 'Pop Goes the Weasel' for over two hundred years, then his singing voice would be very well developed. LJ had full control over his volume, pitch, and his note accents. When the song ended on a wonderful diminuendo, the entire audience shot up from their seats and applauded loudly. LJ took a slight, humble bow and walked off stage.
Eyeless Jack timidly took the stage and lowered the microphone. He awkwardly tilted his mask to the side and spoke into the microphone. His voice was very quiet, and it had an inhuman ring to it, but still sounded very much like a young man. "Wearing masks is something that a lot of us are synonymous with." Jack's pointed teeth could be seen as he spoke, the lights increasing in brightness until they shone a snowy white. The black goop on Jack's blue mask gleamed in the bright light and it appeared very viscous. "But what happens when our time is cut short?" The audience shifted uncomfortably as a certain late masked proxy crossed each person's mind. "This song is a gentle reminder to be mindful of the time we have left. This is "Final Masquerade" By Linkin Park.
"Tearing it apart with words you wouldn't say.
Suddenly tomorrow's moment washed away.
'Cause I don't have a reason, and you don't have the time.
We both keep on waiting, for something we won't find."
"The light on the horizon was brighter yesterday,
Shadows floating over, sky begins to fade.
You said it was forever, but then it slipped away.
Standing at the end of the final masquerade."
EJ's singing voice was a bit on the raspy side, but Jenny didn't mind. EJ did however, have incredible softness and accuracy to his notes. Jenny felt herself become lost in the soothing flow to EJ's voice. She could even see the beginnings of a small smile appear on EJ's face as his song progressed. When he was done, EJ took a small bow, re-positioned his mask, and left the stage without saying another word.
Jeff quickly took EJ's spot and nodded enthusiastically to Splendor to cue his music. He readjusted the microphone to his scarred mouth and said, "My catchphrase as all of you know, is 'Go to Sleep'. But, these past few nights, I've been having dreams so happy and so funny, that I almost don't want them to end. My song is "Don't Wake Me Up" by Chris Brown." The lights were a royal blue colour, accenting Jeff's pale white skin. He leaned into the microphone and began to sing;
"Too much light in this window. Don't wake me up.
Only coffee; no sugar inside my cup.
If I wake and you're here still, give me a kiss.
I wasn't finished dreaming about your lips.
"Don't wake me up, up, up, up.
Don't wake me up. Don't wake me."
Jeff continued singing his song. He failed to hit the accents of the notes, but Jenny cut him some slack because of Jeff's lack of lips. He had a rough singing voice, but Jenny could understand that. Jeff wasn't known for his singing, but he still tried his best and that both pleased Jenny and amused her greatly. The only part that Jeff sang incredibly well was the bridge. He sang with great vibrato and perfect melody. Jeff ended his song and everyone clapped. He walked off stage only to be replaced seconds later by BEN teleporting directly onto the stage. He stood on his tiptoes to readjust the microphone to his height. "I love video games; that's a given. But I also love winning. In fact, I've made a "Killing" off of it." There were slight groans and a few nasty remarks from the audience; even Jenny cringed. Bad taste BEN. She thought. Bad taste. BEN cleared his throat and said, "Uh.. my song is "All I do is Win" By DJ Kahled." The lights dimmed to a pale grey, making BEN's green clothing stick out like a glitch in a video game.
"All I do is win, win, win, no matter what.
Got money on my mind I can never get enough.
And when I step up on the building everybody's hands go up.
And they stay there.
And they stay there."
BEN, somehow, was able to auto-tune his voice. Jenny assumed that being in the virtual world for so many years you learned to utilize and develop your abilities. BEN's auto-tune was well placed and although Jenny was a little disappointed that BEN didn't actually sing, she was pleased with his enthusiasm and his energy for the song. BEN hovered in the air and danced around as he sang, and Jenny was overall, very grateful for his contribution. BEN ended his song and stepped away from the stage to the sound of cheerful applause. Sally cheerfully skipped on stage and tilted the microphone upwards a little bit.
The lights became saturated until they rested on a deep magenta pink colour. Sally's green eyes stood out like emeralds in the spot light. Timidly, she spoke into the microphone, "It's not hard to see the changes in the mansion since you arrived Jenny." She said, giving her sister figure a warm smile. "And it's not hard to see how much you care for Hoodie and how much he loves you in return. This is Taylor Swift's "Love Story" Sally began to sing with a sweet, high pitched voice. She had astounding pitch and wonderful melody that fit perfectly with the country feeling of the song.
"We were both young when I first saw you.
I close my eyes and the flash back starts,
I'm standing there. On a balcony in summer air.
See the lights, see the party, the ball gowns.
See you make your way through the crowd and say hello.
Well, little did I know...."
Sally continued her song, singing as best as she could; which was pretty good for a young girl. Jenny saw BEN staring intently at Sally and she smiled to herself when the little elf sighed and closed his eyes as she sang. Sally finished her song and stepped away from the stage with a big smile on her face. Splendorman took the microphone next. He raised it up to his height and spoke while positively shaking with chuckles. "I see you all have been enjoying yourselves." He held up the crumpled, ripped and dirtied original marquee list to his face. "We have one last performance tonight. A duet." Jenny's eyes widened for the second time that day. Oh, a duet! She thought merrily, how wonderful! I wonder who..... Splendorman locked eyes with Jenny and said, "Jenny, and Hoodie, please come onto the stage for the finale!"
I'm gonna kill 'em. Jenny thought menacingly, her right eye twitching slightly. Jenny and Hoodie rose from their seats and walked on stage. Splendor said, "They will be singing the ending song to the musical "Dirty Dancing." The name of the song is "I've Had the Time of my Life" Jenny shot BEN and Jeff a deadly look and before long, she felt a pull on her hand. Hoodie lead Jenny up on stage and the lights shone a deep bloody red, Hoodie and Jenny took separate microphones and he was the first one to step up to the plate, his amazing singing voice resonating in the room.
"Now I've, had the time of my life.
No, I've never felt like this before.
And I swear. It's the truth.
And I owe it all to you."
Next it was Jenny's turn. She stepped up to the mic and got her voice perfectly in key to the female artist. She still couldn't believe that this was actually happening, but as she waited for Hoodie to turn the melody over to me, she couldn't help but think why this song was chosen. It fit the situation perfectly, this was the best time she'd ever had, governing the mansion and making so many wonderful friends. Jenny couldn't keep the smile off my face as she sang with her partner, letting go of all worries for a short while and just having fun.
"Now I've, had the time of my life.
And I owe it all to you."