The Girls 2

Estal Academy is back! A new year, new students, new friendships.

With all the problems in their lives, can the three girls stick together?

*Contains triggers and emotional subjects people may find distressing/upsetting

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Laine

It was the day of the big show. Annie. I was shitting myself all morning. Suki and Amber were trying to calm me down. Suki was teaching me some of the new techniques Kim has taught her to calm her down, and they worked a little. When I hit the theatre this afternoon and saw Ash, my nerves instantly calmed down. I knew I’d be on stage with the love of my life.

“You’re going to be amazing baby,” Ash said as she touched up my eyes with the nude eyeshadow. She took the vaseline and smoothed it gently across my lips.

“I’m kinda nervous,” I laughed. My hands were shaking like crazy.

Ash took my hands and kissed my forehead. “I promise you, you’re going to be amazing. You’re the star of the show. You’ll shine like the brightest diamond. Just breathe. Amber and Suki will be there in the crowd supporting you, and I’ll be there too, right by your side, supporting you the whole time.”

“I know, I’m just still nervous. This is my first and last performance at Estal. I’m not ready to leave tomorrow though. I’ll miss you,” I started tearing up.

“Shh,” Ash hushed me, “tomorrow is a different day. For now, focus on today. Focus on this bomb ass performance you’re going to give.”

***

We took to the stage. I stood in the centre, and the curtain was drawn so nobody could see me. I could hear the audience talking, muffled voices hushed as Mrs Abbott announced the name of the show, and the key list of names. “And our main star, Laine Chapman!”

I laughed nervously to myself as the curtain opened and the lights dimmed on the audience. They were completely blacked out, which was good as it meant I couldn’t watch how people reacted. I opened my mouth and started to sing, enthusiastically moving around the stage. People were dancing behind me, the band in the corner was blasting out music, and I just merged into the stage. The bright lights shone, moving around, following me. I sang, danced, spoke, performed to the best of my ability. I smiled at Ash when we had chance to, and helped the girls breathe when we were off stage.

The show turned out terrifically, and we all bowed on stage when it was done. I made no errors, performed every section perfectly. The lights all switched on and before the curtain closed, I noticed a group of people in suits sat closest to the stage. Once the curtains had closed, Ash tapped me on the shoulder excitedly. “Did you see the people in suits?” she squealed.

“Yes?” I asked.

“They work for a singing label!” Diaz laughed.

“No way,” I said as my jaw dropped.

As I was about to comment more, Pippa signalled to suggest someone was behind me. I spun around, and one of the men was stood behind me. “You’re Laine Chapman, right?” he asked.

“I am,” I laughed, “did you enjoy the show?”

“We loved it!” he said, “in fact, you’re the kind of girl we are looking for. We heard about the scholarship deal here, and we’d like to offer to pay for the rest of your time at Estal, and we’d like to sign you to our label!”

I wanted to scream out loud, but I just smiled and nodded. “That would be amazing!” I replied.

We sorted out the paperwork, and soon I was signed to a label and my scholarships were paid for. I told Ash and we hugged. I felt a tap on my shoulder, and as I spun around I saw my mum stood there, smiling at me, draped in a long black cardigan with jeans and ugg boots on. “Hey,” she smiled.

I let go of Ash. “hi.”

“I’m sorry I’ve not answered your calls,” she said, as she wrapped the cardigan tighter around her small frame, “this divorce has been killing me recently. I heard you were in the show, and I wanted to surprise you. God, I’m sorry I’ve not been a better mother to you.” She broke down crying, and so I raced to her and grabbed her in my arms. I pulled her closer to me.

“I forgive you mum,” I whispered as I felt her cry against me, “I know you’ve been under alot of stress. I know you want nothing but the best for me.”

She wiped her eyes and took a step back away from me, still holding onto my arms. She looked at Ash, who I forgot was there. “So, who is this then? New friend?”

Ash bit her lip anxiously, not knowing if she could tell my mum or not. I laughed, “she’s a bit more than my friend mum.”

“I’m her girlfriend. Hi, I’m Ashley Martinez,” Ash stepped forward and held her hand out to my mum.

Instead of taking her hand to shake, my mum pulled us both in for a hug. “I’m so proud of you both,” she said, “I’m so proud of you Laine. What did I ever do to get such a perfect daughter?”

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