**A week later**
I wander aimlessly past some fans behind ropes. "Hi,guys. I'm looking for my friend." I say as I pass some people who ask me what I'm doing. I see Quinn looking down at her phone. I walk up to her and tap her on the shoulder. She looks up and puts her phone in her pocket. I hand her a pass. "Thanks." She smiles and puts it around her neck,just like mine. "No problem,just step under the rope." I tell her and she does that. We walk down past a bunch of fans and a guard stops us. "What do you think you're doing?" He asks. "Hello,sir. I'm Emily Woods,you know Ashton's girlfriend." I say,sweetly. "I know who you are,but what are you doing bringing her?" He points to Quinn and she makes a nervous look. "Oh,Quinn Anferden? She's my friend. Ashton and Michael said I could bring her backstage." I tell him. Quinn nods. "She can't come back there with you." "Sir,she has a pass." I point to the pass around her neck. He sighs. "Look,Ms.Woods,I understand Ashton and Michael told you you could bring her,and just because she has a pass,doesn't mean she can come. She may not go backstage." "Why not?" I ask,folding my arms against my chest. "Would you like me to call even more security?" He asks. "I'll gladly do it for you." I grin and pull out my phone. "Fine,go ahead." I nod my head. "Thank you,kind sir." I say and take Quinn's hand. We walk down the hall to backstage. "Hey,so,do you think Liam will like me?" Quinn asks as we walk. "Don't worry,as long as you don't talk about spoons,you'll be fine." "Right." She nods.
"So,you guys hit it off." I say after the show. "Yeah,I guess so." Quinn smiles. "Well,he did ask you on a date,so how could you not have hit it off?" "What?" We laugh. "Hey,I have to get to the hotel." Quinn says and I nod. "You need help getting down through the crowd?" "If I need help,I'll ask a guard." I nod and wave. Ashton and Luke come in laughing. "Hi." Luke says. "Hello." I say. "Wanna go get some ice cream with me and Luke?" Ashton asks. "Sure." We walk down and guards take us to the ice cream shop. "I don't want any." Ashton tells Luke and I smile. "I'd like plain vanilla,Luke." Ashton and I wait and Luke gets the cones. "Here you go." He hands me mine and I nod. "Thank you." "Wait,Luke hold on to it for just a second m." Ashton says. Luke takes back the cone. "Why,Ash?" "Let me carry you like I did on the last day of school,Junior year." Ash says and I nod. So,he carries me and Luke hands back the ice cream. "Thanks again,Luke." I say and he smiles. We go to the buses and Michael sees us. "What?! I want ice cream!" He yells and Calum looks up. Calum laughs.
My phone rings. Dad. "Hey,Dad. How's it going?" I ask. "Hi. It's good. I just wanted to tell you that,um,well,your car is going to be taken away if you don't pay for it." I throw my hand onto my face. "Damn it. I knew I was forgetting something this month." "Yeah." "So,how am I gonna pay it?" I ask. "Well,um,I guess a job." "Dad,I'm in London." "You're going to have to come home,sweetheart. Or just sacrifice your car getting taken away." I sigh a long sigh. "I guess I'm coming home again." "I'm really sorry. I'd pay for it,but it's your responsibility." "Kay,thanks Dad. Love you." I say. "Love you." I hang up and bang,not hard,my head against the table. "What's wrong?" Michael asks. "I have to go home and get a job to pay for my car or my car will be taken away." I sigh,and don't move my head from the table. "Really?" "Yeah." "That sucks." "I know." "What do you think Ashton is gonna say?" I shrug and sit up. "Who knows?"