Common Ground

Childhood friends, turned more, turned upside down

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24. Craziest Weekend

Trevor:

The week was jammed back with practices until all hours of the morning since we lost two whole days of practice for the wildness of life. It was honestly so crazy I never had a chance to sit down and talk shit out with Beth and it was driving me insane. She just seemed to only do her school work and practice since I mean…that’s all we did at this point. But I wanted to talk to her, make sure things were good but it was almost like she never even slept this week. It looked like she was running on coffee all week.

By the time Friday rolled around, Bethany had almost everything packed and by the front door and only had the heavy stuff left down in the studio for me and the guys to get. Everyone else was running around like crazy, grabbing stuff last minute and double checking their bags making sure they didn’t forget anything. This was our first big-ish show and we were all nervous as hell for it; three shows, three days, this was going to be crazy.

When the tour bus and Caroline picked us up, we all started packing up the bus while Caroline had even brought her own crew for the heavy lifting. It was almost like heaven not having to speed pack every weekend. Once we all were on the bus, we headed off. Everyone seemed so pumped up and Beth, the guys, and I were sitting in the back working on the set list since we didn’t have a run through before leaving like usual.

After the set list, Bethany had disappeared and I found her sitting alone on one of the beds. I hoisted myself up so I was leaning on the edge where she barely even looked at me. She had one of her books and her nose buried in it but I knew I needed to talk to her.

“Yes Trevor?”

“How have you been this week? You look like you’ve literally only been running off coffee this week.”

“Yeah, pretty much. With Monday and Tuesday being so crazy I got like no school work done and with practices, I really couldn’t fall behind since I’ve pushed myself ahead; you should know that.”

“Yeah, I know but I’ve wanted to talk to you…”

“About what?”

“Like, what happened earlier this week?”

“What’s to talk about?”

“I wanted to say I was sorry for being such a dick.”

“Apology accepted.” Bethany said, without putting her book down.

“But you’re still mad.”

“That’s also very true.”

“Do you want some space?”

“Yes please…maybe we can talk later, before the show.”

“Okay.” I said, jumping down but not before kissing her cheek. She may be mad but I still wanted her to know I cared.

“How is Beth?” Matt asked as I joined him, Kaylee, and Shannon.

“Still pretty pissed off but…calm I guess? She said she accepted my apology but still needed some space to calm down.” I said slowly, shrugging my shoulders. “I’m trying my best to like…respect her space and needs even though it really sucks.”

“Yeah, I get that. But I mean, you seem to be doing better. Maybe just work on the whole yelling issue you got going with her when all she’s trying to do is help. I mean, look where we are now all thanks to her.” Matt pointed out.

“Yeah, I mean none of us would be a part of this if it wasn’t for her and you guys have been getting paid more because of it. I know it isn’t all about the money but…still. Look back to where you guys were to where you are now, you know what I mean? She really does care about you guys succeeding in what you want to do.” Kaylee pointed out.

“You just need to fucking chill.” Shannon said bluntly, shrugging.

“And Shannon with the bluntness, as always.” Matt said, smirking.

“No seriously though. I mean, she has done nothing but push you guys forward with almost no effort on your end so you should be grateful as fuck.” Shannon pointed out.

“I know…I just never knew like it would all be happening like this, with all you guys, with a new manager…I don’t know. It just seems like a lot really soon.” I said slowly.

“Yeah, but it is all good things, right?” Kaylee asked.

“Oh of course.”

“See? So just embrace this new adventure you have with all of us now.” Kaylee said, smiling.

“Okay, you all have very valid points.” I said again, shaking my head.

“I know, we always do.” Shannon said, smirking. “Just learn to embrace it and accept it better though. I don’t know about everyone else, but I for one am sick and tired of you pissing Bethany off. I like hanging out with her and when she’s pissy with you, she like isolates herself and I will forever blame you.”

“That was so nice of you, Shannon.” I rolled my eyes and shook my head.

“Yeah, well…stop being a dick and we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”

“Okay, true. Thank you Shannon.”

“I got you.”

When we got to New Jersey, we didn’t even stop at the hotel, just went straight to the venue. We needed time to set up, do at least one run through and then get shoved off to wardrobe and makeup. It was a sold out show tonight and a lot of our friends travelled up here for the show which I thought was fucking awesome. I had no idea they were all that dedicated but I wasn’t going to complain. It was always great to see everyone for the shows and I thought that was going to be gone when we signed the contracts for these shows.

Once inside, we were unpacking to get going on our run through as all the other bands were arriving. I was shocked with how many people and bands were here and it made it even more incredible that we were the headlining band. I thought that was cool as fuck. Once unpacked, we headed to one of the rehearsal rooms and started going over our set a couple times before we finally had a mini break before being taken away to wardrobe.

“Hey.” Bethany said, joining me on the couch in the hallway.

“Hey you; how are you feeling?”

“Eh, a little better. I’m really excited for the debut of the song you agreed to do with me.”

“Yeah, I’m actually really excited about it too. It’s something different and it was a lot of fun practicing so I can only imagine how it will be live.”

“Yeah, seriously. And a plus side for Drew, he can finally upload the complete version since he’s been letting out teasers on my website.” She half smiled and I put my arm around her shoulder.

“Are we okay though? I know I’ve been awful the past few days, probably all week, and I just…want us to be okay.”

“Yeah, we are okay. I’m still upset but I mean, I’ll get over it. I feel better though after the bus ride. I think I just needed to relax a little.”

“Yeah I understand that…or at least I’m trying too. It’s really difficult trying to get accustom to this, I can’t lie.”

“I know. It’s hard for me too but I think we can figure this out as long as we respect each other and learn to apologize and forgive and can learn to move forward.”

“I agree. Okay, so we’re going to have a kick ass show but Bree and Alexis are waving for you. You’re going to have a kick ass opening too so good luck and kill it.”  

“Thanks babe.” She smiled and kissed me before walking off. I sunk into the couch a little, feeling better that I knew we were okay even if it was going to take a little more time for her to not be upset anymore but as I said to her, I was trying to understand this all on her terms as well instead of just mine.

 

Bethany:

“So you guys look like you’re doing better.” Alexis said, trying to sound nonchalant.

“Yeah, we are. I know we can get past this little argument.”

“Good…so are you excited to revel your newest song tonight? I mean, yours and Trevor’s? Oh and the new cover of blank space officially?” Bree asked.

“Oh I’m so fucking excited. I think they sound fucking great.” I said excitedly.

“Good! They sound fucking amazing and I know you guys are going to kill it tonight. I mean, just imagine…a whole weekend of all of this; your first big show. This is going to be insane!” Bree added in.

“I’m actually a bit nervous for this. I know it’s a step in the right direction but it’s still scary.”

“Girl, you got this. Don’t be so nervous. You have your team, the team you put together all here and working together to make this happen.” Alexis said.

“Thanks guys.” I said, smiling. I knew this was going to be great but it didn’t calm the nerve any. I mean, this is the biggest venue, biggest show we’ve ever had and I knew it was eating at me a little.

After Bree and Alexis were done, I was doing my vocal exercises and going over my own songs to prep for my portion of the show. Caroline promised to keep my opening act a thing so I knew I had to be on point since Caroline was more of a hard ass than Isaac but I knew that’s what we needed. I was going over Tell Me You Love Me when I saw Caroline walk in out of the corner of my eye so I stopped and turned to face her.

“Hey Caroline.” I said slowly.

“Hey you; that sounded really good. So you’re on in about an hour; do you think you’ll be ready? I have Trevor in wardrobe and makeup now so he will be ready for the final song you guys did together. The other guys are still going through the set list music since two of the major singers are not there anymore. Emily and Sophie are already selling merch, Drew and Shannon are already getting video cameras set up and Kaylee and Vienna are outside selling tickets for the other two shows this week since the venue is sold out so…this seems to be going well.”

“Well that’s good, but why are you telling me? Isn’t keeping tabs on everyone your job?” I half joked.

“Oh yeah, it is. But you’re the one who got them here so I figured you would like to know what was going on. And plus, you got me this job and my dad is really fucking counting on me here to get you guys on a roll. I mean, this is the first semi big project he’s allowed me to take on alone so just like this is a big deal for you guys, this is a big deal for me too so I’m mildly panicking as well as you are doing this all for the first time. It’s nice to just kind of see a familiar face ever though it’s been what, a year or so since we saw each other in program?”

“Oh yeah, it’s been awhile but I also didn’t know anyone else better for the job. You taught me everything I know so I knew you would be a good fit for our group of misfits.” I joked.

“Yeah, but this is insane to me. Like I had no idea my dad would let me do this alone. I figured he would be either shadowing me or making me shadow him not just say “okay Caroline, you’re in charge”, like you know what I mean?”

“Yeah, sure. But you’re already doing great. The guys love you, the group of misfits I put together love you, I mean, and you’re already doing great here. You got this Caroline.” I said, smiling.

“Thanks girl…” She sighed and shook her head. “Okay, time to get out of my head and back into the real world; are you almost ready?”

“Yeah; just trying not to psych myself out over here. This is the biggest show for me too, remember that.”

“Oh believe me, I know. The guys are just as psyched out, and excited all at the same time. But you seem like you got your shit together which is good. Just remember to bring energy to the stage. That’s what’s going to get us more sales as we do this tour, okay?”

“Got it.” I said, nodding.

“Good…you’re on in 45; kill it.” I nodded as Caroline walked out. I took a deep breath and made my way to the guys’ dressing room where Trevor was.

“What’s up girl?” Trevor asked when I walked in.

“I want to go over our song while we’re getting ready.” Trevor nodded and we started going over it multiple times so I knew we both had it down since this week was just a jumble of everything. I needed to know that this revel was going to be a good one, or better yet, a great one since this was the first time it would be done fully through and posted. Only sort of nerve wracking, right?

“Bethany, you’re on in 10. We need you side stage.” Caroline said, finding me.

“Okay, sure.” Trevor squeezed my arm and nodded before I walked off. I saw Alexis and Bree waiting for me to touch up anything that could have gotten messed up while I waited. Within seconds, I was swarmed with people hooking me up to mic’s, had someone tuning a guitar for me, had Bree and Alexis all over me fixing my clothes and touching up my makeup and I felt the sudden pressure hit me fucking hard as hell.

“You’re going to be great.” Bree whispered in my ear.

“Thanks…” I whispered back as everyone slowly started backing off.

I was standing there watching the band before me finishing up their last song and I was trying to get myself hyped up. This was the worst part for me due to my severe social anxiety but I knew once I felt the energy of the crowd I would get into it. It was just the original entrance that psyched me out a hell of a lot. I was trying not to focus on it but I was getting really nervous. I mean, instead of a couple hundred people, this was close to a thousand people here and I knew I wasn’t going to know half of them like I did at the smaller shows. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. As I opened my eyes I saw the band before me walking towards me, off the stage. They smiled at me and patted my shoulder.

“Good luck tonight!” I nodded as they continued past me and just as I felt like I was going to puke, I heard my name, and heard the music start and I knew it was time…this was it…

After all the songs I typically sang, I stopped and took a deep breath again and smiled as the crowd died down a little. I looked across the crowd and saw a few familiar faces and started to smile as I looked behind me and saw Trevor smiling at me, waiting for his cue.

“Okay guys, this is a new song, my last song of the night…I wrote this one with Trevor Wentworth…” I heard more screams and I almost started laughing through my smile. “Here it is, Him and I.” When the music started, Trevor came out with me and I was smiling as we went into this together.

After the show was over, my new song, Blank Space was finally reveled to it’s fullest, and the show was over, we were all in our dressing rooms getting changed to head back to the hotel to get a good night’s sleep for tomorrow’s show that Kaylee and Vienna managed to sell a shit load of tickets for. It was weird not heading off to an after party but this was going to be a crazy weekend and we all had no idea what to expect.

“Okay guys, so tomorrow, 9am, we are heading over to the venue to practice with all the bands, go through the set list and all that, food will be provided but I’m going to need you all on top of your game tomorrow. Kaylee and Vienna sold a shit load last night so the show will probably be just as big. We should be at the next venue by 11am so…please get some sleep so you can be prepared. I need you all up and ready to go by 9am, okay?”

“Got it.” Alex said, nodding. Everyone looked fucking exhausted anyway since we’ve all been going since around 6am this morning anyway and it was already after midnight.

 

Trevor:

I was fucking dead. I had been up since 6 in the morning, didn’t get to nap on the drive here, was pushed hard at the show, and was barely holding my eyes open. I had no idea how hard this actually was going to be and this is just like minor shows, minor touring, and I already felt like dying. It made me fucking happy that this was only an every other weekend thing. Hopefully tomorrow I would be more rested for the craziness that was going to come our way.

“Hey, you look like death.” Bethany pointed out, joining me on one of the bunks.

“Oh I feel like death. I’ve been going since over 12 hours and this isn’t as easy as I thought it would be.”

“Yeah, it’s a good thing this only an every other weekend kind of thing.”

“I was just thinking the same thing. Hopefully tomorrow I feel more rested.”

“I think we all will. This has been one crazy ass day and this is only day one of three. But I’m sure we will get more used to it so it won’t be as bad after the next few times we have these shows.”

“Oh I’m hoping so. Today was brutal.”

“Well you did also have school today too so…I’m not really surprised. I feel dead but I don’t feel as dead as you look.”

“Yeah, and you haven’t even been sleeping so how is that possible?” I asked her.

“Probably the anxiety. That shit really keeps you going to be honest.” She shrugged and laid her head on my chest. “But I think as we get used to this we will be able to find the fun in it and get to a happy medium.”

“God I hope so…” I sighed.

“We got this babe.” Beth whispered before dozing off in my arms and me dozing off shortly after.

The next morning we were up bright and early getting ready to get on the bus to go to the next show. I was dying and from the looks on everyone’s faces, so were they. We were all dragging our stuff down as I watched Caroline yelling orders around at everyone before jumping in when she saw Bethany struggling with some boxes.

I was struggling myself with a bunch of shit from being so tired and drained but I knew this needed done, and need done quick. When everything was finally done, I was laying on one of the bunks trying to stay awake but it wasn’t really working well. Bethany had joined me and snuggled up to me and that was it; we were out.

When we arrived at the venue, it was back to orders being shouted out and getting ourselves inside and prepping for the show. Most of the bands were different from last night but they recognized us and were introducing themselves and giving us a hand in their spare time.

The show came and went and we loaded the bus back up and we travelled through the night this time so we could sort of sleep in. It was obvious we were all tired as all hell and wanted a damn break but this was it; this was our break. I was Bethany on my chest already out and I was trying to relax but I had a feeling that something big was going to happen sooner rather than later and for whatever reason, it was eating at me.

Once the last show was over, we headed home and I knew it was going to be one of those night where everyone literally sleeps at our house when we get home for school in the morning. I never thought being this tired was possible but I was proved wrong. I still had this ridiculous nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach though…big things were going to happen and I was fucking scared shitless. Bethany had been asking me all day what was on my mind but I had no idea what to say. There wasn’t really anything wrong. I just had a feeling things were about to get even more crazy than ever before. And as I said…sooner and not later…

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