As their amateur rock band bounced off the stage, buzzing with the electric energy flying throughout the room, Laura and her group knew that the night had been a success. They crashed into the ‘green room’ – also known as the staff break area – and grabbed a bottle of water each. They were sweating and tired and the conversations they were having were being interrupted with nervous laughter.
Alex turned and raised his hand to high-five Laura. As their hands met mid-air they clasped and fell to the sofa, they never let go. Sarah, the bass player, noticed this and grinned – although it was tough to tell since they were all smiling away anyway. She had been noticing the growing relationship between the two and this was the first clear sign that something could happen. She squealed like an excited child and all eyes shot straight to her. With a red face she laughed and adjusted her seating position. “I’m just excited about how well tonight went…” she lied. The room lit up with laughter as everyone agreed with her and the conversations carried on. Sarah looked across to see that her two friends were no longer holding hands and felt a little guilty for her interruption.
At the end of the night it was the three of them left, Alex, Laura and Sarah – who clearly did not understand her third wheel role. They were all packed and Sarah slung her guitar over her shoulder, signalling for Laura to hurry up and walking out into the alley. Laura seemed to take forever to join her in the cold but she came skipping out with a smile on her face. They walked up the alley turning to wave goodbye to Alex. Sarah noticed the smile on Laura’s face as she waved and nudged her on the arm. She looked at her friend wondering why she had nudged her and then saw the huge smile across her face. She immediately mimicked the smile and let out a giggle as she turned to face back up the alley. Her hands swung by her sides, playing with her skirt as she walked.
“So?” Sarah nudged her again.
“So what?” Laura laughed, clearly understanding what she meant.
“Alex, you, love!” She couldn’t contain her excitement anymore, she had to meddle.
Laura looked at her friend and she could see in her eyes that she wasn’t going to let this go. “I dunno about love…” she mumbled the rest as she looked away.
“I dunno about love on his part…” Laura’s face turned redder than than shades in her hair as she admitted her feelings.
Sarah shrieked excitedly and jumped like a maniac at the development. She hugged her friend and begged her to spill the beans as to what has happened, what has been said and what is going to happen. Laura didn’t want to talk much about it because she still wasn’t sure how Alex felt. The truth is, Alex had an on again – off again girlfriend that he always talked about but never brought into the group who she was a little intimidated by. However, the hyper, blonde girl wouldn’t let it drop, she had to know what was happening and she forced it out of her.
Sadly, Sarah was disappointed to hear that the most that had happened was a little hand holding and a hug. Not even a kiss! There was no way she could let this stand. She had to interfere and as soon as Laura saw that look in her eyes she grabbed her by the arms and begged her not too.
“Too late…” Sarah said mysteriously and started laughing as she ran off up the street.
Confused and scared, Laura ran after her – noticing that she had grabbed her mobile phone and was typing away. She must have took it when they were hugging or something. She yelled at her to stop what she was doing but it was too late. “Sent!” Sarah laughed and tossed her phone back to her. She had deleted the message that she just sent. This could potentially be the most disastrous thing ever. Alex was a band mate, a friend and the man she loved. What the hell did her friend send to him!
The phone began to vibrate, stopping her in her tracks. Sarah ran over to see what was wrong and when she realised it was the phone she made Laura answer it. It was Alex.
“Hey…” his voice sounded weird.
“So, erm, did you mean what you just said?” He spoke a little softer.
“I… That is I…” she was interrupted.
“Because if you did, you know I would. Just sayin’ to get that out there.”
The line went dead. He hung up, probably because he was nervous. She looked to Sarah for support and all she saw was a crazy girl bouncing around the street laughing at the top of her lungs.
“Some rock star! Hanging up on a girl because he was nervous!” Sarah joked as she took out her own phone. “I’ll respond for you.”
Laura stood in the middle of the street. What was happening! This has got to be one of the most surreal moments of her life. Sarah was setting her up, with Alex no less! What would the other two band members say about this? What would it mean for the group? Her thoughts were interrupted by Sarah’s crazy laughing.
“You have a date tomorrow night, m’lady!” She said, hooking Laura’s arm and dragging her along the street. They had been stood here for at least ten minutes now and that’s just a little bit weird. “The moral of tonights little adventure is that you should always listen to me!” She joked. “Clearly a little bit of interfering can never go wrong!”
Or can it….