I dressed up and went to the studio for some verifications as requested by the officials.
It was the second day since the loverboys left and I’ve been feeling damm lonely since then.
When I got to the studio, I noticed my pictures were all over the place, even on the walls which were computerised. And it was noted I was the latest lovergirl.
I met with the officials I was appointed to meet and they gave me some forms to fill. Then, they also told me I was to do a duvet with the lovergirls so I’ll become recognised and it was stated I commenced training that very week.
I spent about an hour with them and when I came out of the office, a call came into my phone.
I checked and discovered it was dad.
“Hello?” I said quickly on the phone as I stopped walking so I could hear him properly.
“Good morning, dad” I greeted elatedly.
“Good morning, angel. How’re you doing?” He asked in his deep masculine voice.
“I’m fine, dad.”
“Oh, dear. Sorry for not calling on time. I heard of your success. I saw you on TV. You’ve become one of the lovergirls, right?”
“Yes dad” I . replied and he laughed.
“That’s incredible. I can’t believe my daughter’s become a star. I love you, dear. Keep it up, okay?” He beamed.
“I will, dad. love you too” I replied, smiling continously.
“okay. I have to go now. I’m in the middle of a meeting. We just went out for a minute break.” He said.
“Okay, dad. Bye”.
And the call ended.
I stared at the blank phone for a while and smiled.
I wish someone like Mr Raymond was really my father. I’d have been the luckiest girl on earth.
This makes me wonder what my family would be like.
I sighed and turned around to leave, but surprisingly, I saw Kim standing behind me, together with two of the lovergirls.
“Wow! Look whom we have here” she said with a smile as she crossed her hands.
Gosh! What does she want from me.
“Long time, no see, Jeanne” she added with a fatuous grin.
“Kim, please, I don’t want any troubles” I said devastated and she laughed.
“Wow! You now call me by my name. Isn’t that incredible?” She asked with laughter and looked back at the two girls who chuckled.
“And why wouldn’t she? She’s now one of us” we heard someone say and turned to see Hetty, Mia and Lea approaching us.
Hetty was the one who had spoken.
“Hmm. And the mother b***h has arrived” one of the girls with Kim said.
“You had better watched that tongue of yours, Eva, if you don’t want it cut out.” Hetty said with a derogatory stare.
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“Seriously, Hetty? You’re such a kill-joy. Just when I was about congratulating our new dearest lovergirl”:Kim said.
“Yeah. Just felt like giving you some advice” Hetty replied and Kim scoffed and drew closer to her.
“Are you aware you’re getting on my nerves?” She asked with a glare.
“Well, your highness, I don’t think I was.” Replied Hetty with a smirk.
What’s wrong with Kim?
“Kim!” I called and she looked at me.
Then, I moved closer to her.
“i don’t know what exactly your problem is, but just have this in mind; simply because you’re the leader of the band doesn’t make you a ruler over me. And as for your congratulations, you can take it back; I don’t need it”.
And with that, I walked away with Hetty and the rest, ignoring Kim who had a ghostly expression on her face.
“Oh, my God! Jeanne, when did you become so bold?” Hetty asked as I sat in the room with her, Mia and Lea.
Seriously, I also had no idea where that boldness to stand up to Kim came from.
Well, I guess it’s high time I stopped being a tool for mockery. I mean, I’m a star, just like she is. So I can’t let her continue ridiculing me.
I bent my head and smiled shyly as Hetty looked into my face.
She had suggested I followed her to her apartment, together with Mia and Lea.
“Seriously bae, I love it. That’s just the way it should be. That Kim is a she-devil and doesn’t deserve a single respect” Mia said.
“Yeah. I was kind of thinking we’d have to lecture you on that. But good thing you’re catching up already” Lea also said and I smiled.
I haven’t gotten used to them so, I kind of feel shy around them for now.
But they seem really friendly and simple.
“Gosh! I love the expression I had seen on Kim’s face. she was looking like a ghost” Hetty said with laughter.
“i guess she never expected that.”
She paused and giggled, then came to sit next to me on the bed.
Mia and Lea were also on the bed.
“So, tell me, Jen, what song do you think we should perform? You know, as your first official performance?” Hetty asked and I stared at the ceiling to think.
“Uhm…I have a lot of songs in mind. But…would Kim consent to sing along with us?” I replied and asked and Hetty chuckled.
“And who the hell cares? She can join if she wants to. It’s her choice” she said and I shrugged.
“so, we’ll be rehearsing within the week . and by the end of the week, the release should be out” she further said and I nodded.
“By the way, Jeanne,” Mia suddenly said and I turned to look at her.
“How was your stay in Korea with Alex?” She asked and my eyes beamed.
“Yes, Jeanne. Tell us. How did it go?” Lea also chipped in, enthusiastically.
“I heard you guys had to share the same bedroom. Oh, my gee! Did something happen?”
“Yes! Like, did he bump into you when you were dressing? Or…you know?”
I looked at them in disbelieve as they talked and smiled curiously.
“Girls, give her a break” Hetty suddenly said and I heaved a sigh of relief, thinking she was saving me.
“But seriously, Jeanne; did something happen between you two? Did you get to touch him?” She aske, smiling widely and I scoffed.
“Nothing happened” I said and they gasped.
“Come on, Jeanne; how can you say such a thing?” Lea asked with a playful frown.
“How could you spend three days alone with Alex and nothing happened?
“You know, if I had been in your shoes,there’s no way I’d have left such an opportunity unused” Mia said dreamily.
“Oh! I wonder what’s it gonna be like being in bed with someone like Alex. I’m sure he must be pretty good at it” Lea said and giggled.
“Well, of course, he’s a loverboy and once a player. He’s the type that damages a lady’s legs in bed” Hetty said and I folded my lips and looked at the floor.
Oh, God! Why are they reminding me of these?
“Well, it’d be an honour having my legs damaged by someone like Alex!” Mia said and fell on the bed, laughing.
“Why have you been quiet, Jeanne? Don’t you have anything to say?”:Hetty asked and I pouted my lips.
“Uh…I um…I don’t really have much knowledge about all these things” I replied and Mia and Lea laughed, except for Hetty who just smiled.
“Are you trying to say you’ve never been fu*ked?” Lea asked and I gasped.
Holy Christ! Can you imagine how freely she said it?
“Hold on; Jeanne, are you a virgin?” Mia asked and I opened my mouth, but couldn’t close them.
I couldn’t say anything and that was when Hetty laughed.
“Jeanne” she called and held my hand.
“Forget what these two ladies are saying. It isn’t a crime to be a virgin. But, the thing is, now you’re a star and you need to act like one. I love the way you stood up to Kim today. It was amazing. But, you need to do more. Kill off every spirt of intimidation and learn to feel free around others. Be outspoken so you don’t give others the impression that you’re someone that can be bullied”.
She paused and stood up, facing me.
“And one more essential thing – your mode of dressing. You can’t go on with these funny clothes of yours. You need to look good; just like a star.
“So, come with me; we’re going for shopping. When you’ve gotten a boyfriend, you can tell him to pay me back” she said and before I could say a word, Mia and Lea stood up from the bed and dragged me along with them, out of the room.
Oh, God! Where did I get to know these ladies from?
Days passed and Hetty, Mia and Lea really made them enjoyable for me.
We spent most of the time in the studio, rehearsing for the group song and during that space of time, I got to understand and like each of them – especially Hetty.
Mia was a flirt and wasn’t ready to settle down with a guy.
Lea was the girlfriend of a popular model, although she was having a feeling he was cheating on her.
And Hetty…she was single and wasn’t a flirt.
That was why I said especially Hetty.
We rehearsed the song I composed and after a week, we recorded it and it was released. Kim and her crew didn’t participate, of course, but it was a big blast. The duet was a success and it hit the Internet big!
I was given a sum of 30 million dollars and a brand new car by Alpha Records as a welcome token.
It was incredible.
On Saturday, which was the day the loverboys were meant to return, I spent the time with Hetty, Mia and Lea in the room and they were drinking, celebrating to my success. Although, I just drank a non alcoholic wine.
They danced and partied and I joined them in the dancing later on.
When we had become tired, we fell on the bed, breathing and laughing heavily.
Then, Hetty took the TV remote and changed the channel and the channel that was being played was a video of the concerts the loverboys had held in Spain where they currently went.
It showed them on stage, singing and free styling with Alex taking the lead role and It was crazy how the fans were screaming and dying for them.
They were all jumping and stretching out their hands, wishing the loverboys would touch them.
Surprisingly, Alex while singing, lowered down a bit and was able to touch the hand of one of the ladies jumping and stretching. And to ultimate surprise, when he touched her, she screamed and collapsed and was quickly rushed out.
What? Is this how crazy fans are?
“Awwn. Did you see that?” Hetty asked with a smile, not directing the question to any of us in particular.
Geez! I can’t believe this was the same guy I slept with.
I spent a long time with them and guessing I had to check up on Molly, I decided to leave.
As I sat in the back seat, heading home, I thought about Alex.
What If they’re back? I can’t imagine seeing him all the time because it brings back the memories of everything that had happened between us.
Oh, God! How do I face him? I’m afraid my stay in that mansion is beginning to feel impossible for me.
I was in a ruminative mood the whole time until we finally got home and when we did, I noticed the loverboys were just returning. As a matter of fact, the gate which had been opened for them to drive in was still open before we drove in as well.
I looked through the window and saw Alex coming out of his own car, dressed in a white v – neck shirt and pair of white trousers, looking so cute.
Oh! How I’ve missed him. If only things were different.
Slowly, I opened my car door and came out of the car and the loverboys all turned to look at me.
“Jeanne!” Carl called immediately and waited for me to get close.
I smiled nervously and drew closer to them.
“Look who’s looking pretty” he added when I got close and he embraced me.
Alex was watching.
“Good day, sir. Welcome back” I said to him and turned to Daniel and Malcolm who had also gotten close.
Alex was still behind, counting his steps.
“Welcome home, sirs” I said to Daniel and Malcolm with a bow.
“Jeanne,” Malcolm called and I looked at him.
“You need to get rid of this *sir* stuff, okay? You’re now one of us. You can start addressing us by our names” he said and I just smiled and bowed.
“You’re looking good, Jeanne”: Daniel said with a little smile and walked into the house.
Oh! Is that so?
Well, I decided to heed to Hetty’s advice and change my mood of dressing and it seems it’s working out.
It’s not like I left my body exposed or something, I just leant to dress more brightly.
Malcolm waved at me and also walked in.
“Congratulations, Jeanne, on your success” Carl said and I smiled.
“Thank you s…”
“Carl” he cut me off and I smiled.
“Thank you, Carl” I corrected myself and that was when Alex got close.
Carl winked at me and also left, leaving just I and Alex.
I bit the inside of my cheeks as Alex stood in front of me, having a tranquil expression.
Oh, God! I don’t know how much longer I can keep up with these.
The suspense I get whenever he’s close to me; it’s killing.
“Hey,” he called softly and I tried to smile.
“Um…good day, sir. And welcome home” I replied and forced myself to look at his face.
Oh, my God! He had a new tattoo!
Yes, on his neck, right above the first one.
And…It was the drawing of a letter J.
“Jeanne,” he called and I gulped nervously and took my eyes to the floor. “Will you be busy tonight?” He asked and I flinched.
Why’s he asking?
“N…Not really” I stuttered a reply and he breathed out softly.
“Can you go out on a date with me, please?” He asked and my heart skipped.
What? Alex is asking me out on a date???
And he even said please!
I looked at him, speechless for some time. He was staring back at me.
Then, after gulping for the umpteenth time, I nodded slowly and he sighed.
“Okay. I’ll pick you up by 7. Thanks” he replied and walked in and as soon as he left, I held my cheeks to be sure I wasn’t dreaming.
Oh, my God! Did Alex really ask me out on a date?