Dare to Dream
by: L. D. Griffin
This story is a figment of my imagination. In other words it's F-I-C-T-I-O-N!!! It is not implying anything about the true sexualities of *NSYNC or anyone associated with them. I do not know if they are gay or not. Do not read this if you are under 18 or it is illegal in your state to read literature with homosexual content.
JC stood outside of the room he shared with Justin. He just couldn't take that step to open the door. He knew he had to, but something he couldn't grasp was keeping him from turning the key. Finally he mustered up all of his strength and turned it. His jaw dropped as soon as he stepped into the room.
Justin was lying on the bed in next to Melinda; Melinda was butt naked. She began to stir when she heard the door open.
"What are you doing back so soon JC?" she said trying to sound as sleepily as she could.
"What the fuck is going on in here?" JC screamed at the top of his lungs.
"Justin and I eloped."
"What the Hell do you mean by that?" JC shrieked at the top of his lungs.
"Just what I said; Justin and I eloped."
JC stood by the doorway in complete astonishment. Justin had gotten married and the last little spark of hope JC had that Justin loved him had died. Tears started sliding down his cheeks; forcing all the pain out of his body. Before he could try to answer, Melinda heard ruffling in the sheets next to her.
"JC?" a muzzy voice from the bed asked out of the darkness.
JC didn't answer, his depressing moans muffled by the sounds of his sobs. Justin rolled over on his side and bumped his hand on warm, naked flesh. Looking up he saw Melinda.
"Where am I and why is Melinda sitting naked next to me?"
"Why don't you tell me?" JC finally spoke; anger and heartache evident in his voice.
"Don't you remember baby? You asked me to marry you last night. We eloped," Melinda spoke up, trying to fake the sound of someone in love.
"We what?!" Justin yelled as he jumped up and out of the bed.
JC felt the slightest bit of relief when he saw Justin still had his boxers on.
`At least they didn't sleep together!' He thought, his heartbeat starting to decelerate just a bit.
"We eloped. You said that you had lied to me when I told you I loved you. You said that you felt the same and you couldn't wait any longer. We got the license and had the priest at the closest wedding chapel do the ceremony. We left from the club; don't you remember?" Melinda asked trying to act shocked.
"No! I don't. I was drunk at the club. I didn't know what I was saying; you took advantage of me. I told you I didn't feel the same way in the park yesterday when I was sober! I love someone else!" Justin was screaming his head off by now, tears streaming down the side of his cheeks. He was furious at Melinda for taking advantage of him, and furious at himself for being so totally out of it that he had asked her to marry him.
Melinda sent him an purely evil glare; it was so horrendous Justin didn't know what he'd done. Then it hit him. He'd admitted that he was in love with someone. Justin skulked to the corner of the darkened room. Whispering "I'm so sorry, Melinda" Justin heard sobbing.
Melinda was quite an actress. She pulled her legs up tight to her chest and placed her head down on her knees as she began to simulate crying. Her false sobs were so realistic, no one could of been able to tell she was pretending.
JC stood there speechless witnessing the drama unfold; his tears vanishing. He didn't know what to think. He was happy that Justin didn't really love Melinda, but felt sorry for her. She looked like she really loved him, and the poor girl was now married to a guy who didn't love her back in the same way. Slowly and silently he backed out of the room, closed the door, and walked out into the hallway. He wanted to comfort Justin but felt that it wasn't his place anymore. Whether Justin liked it or not, Justin was a married man.
The next few weeks went by in a blur. Melinda kept to herself most of the time, so the guys thought she was in bereavement. The truth of the matter was, though, that she was trying to figure out a way to save her dying plan. She knew that if she wanted him to love her she was going to have to totally commit herself to him, though she thought it was nauseating.
Before they knew it, NSYNC was back home in Orlando for the spring. JC and Justin had barely spoken to each other since they had returned home. Lynn Harless was more than just pissed at Justin...she was fuming. Melinda was like a daughter to her and she refused to believe that Melinda had forced Justin to marry her. Melinda had gone back to her house, and she and Justin talked very sporadically on the phone. JC seemed to sulk most of the time now. He rarely left his room except when he was forced to, and sat in total darkness 22 hours of the day. His curtains were permanently closed as if he was trying to block out the world in a response to his pain.
A week and a half after they arrived back home, Johnny had received a ring from Disney Studios. Disney World was having its annual Spring Break Luau and desired a sizzling boy band to perform for it; NSYNC had agreed without reluctance.
The twilight of March 14th arrived very swiftly. They gave a groovy show and were going to make a small arrival at the bash for the performers. Music was blaring through the speakers of the ballroom when they entered. Each decided to separate so they could cover as many press people as possible to give their habitual "status of the group" speech and update.
Justin was convinced to try to stay as far away from Melinda as doable, but was not succeeding very well. She kept following him all around the room. Whenever he'd look behind him, there she was in all her glory, moving her finger in the direction of her, wanting him to dance with her. After two hours of running around trying to loose her, Justin finally gave in and decided to give her one dance. He walked up to her and dragged her onto the dance floor.
As uncomfortable as he was inside he sure as hell didn't show it. At least that was what he was trying to portray. He was not happy with Melinda, but this was his wife. He didn't love her but maybe one day he could. After the song had ended she smiled at him and excused herself to go to the ladies room. Justin was glad for this moment of peace, until Joey and Chris came up to him. After all this they had not been very friendly to him.
"So how is the Married Life Timberlake?" Chris asked rather sharply. "I am not going to get into this here you two so just back off" Justin replied before making his way over to the bar.
Upon his venture he noticed JC sitting by himself looking at nothing in particular, he paused for a moment wanting to go over to him and comfort him. He couldn't though and resumed his way to the bar. He ordered a drink and stood there waiting for it, noticing Melinda was now on her way over to him, He got an idea to seem like he had drank a few before her reappearance. He hurriedly drank the Margarita and ordered another one.
"God he is becoming an alcoholic" Melinda thought to herself before she approached him.
"I was only gone for 10 minutes honey, how many have you drank?" she asked concerned.
"Can i get another one please" Justin said to the bartender.
"What did you say something?" he asked as he turned to Melinda.
"How many have you had?" she asked more sternly this time.
"Not enough" he replied in a mono toned voice.
JC had been watching the events from his table. He was feeling sick with each moment. At least at home he could shelter himself from having to see his soul mate. This was just torture. He was really ready to go but seeing as though he came with Joey he couldn't leave.
"Justin i really think you have had enough." Melinda stated.
"Okay lets dance then." he said.
Back on the dance floor he started to look at JC again. Dreaming that is was him who he was dancing with. There eyes met from across the room. Both were in a trance. Knowing that they should be together. Just then 'Crazy for You' began playing. Which intensified the moment. Melinda felt Justin loosening his arms off of her. She knew he was going to go to JC, so she did the only thing she could think of to stop it. She Grabbed the back of his head and Began a very passionate kiss. Justin tried to resist but slowly allowed himself to render to it.
Seeing this JC could hardly breathe, he needed out of there and now. He ran outside. After passing the attendants of the party and other members of the event. He found himself in an alley. The alley led to a liquor store. He ran to the end of the alley, entered the store, and headed straight for the aisle which contained the whiskey. Picking up three large bottles, he quickly made his way to the checkout counter, paid, and ran out the door. Once outside, he stopped to catch his breath looking from the ground he realized he was near the old warehouse. He felt the urge the need to go there. Upon entering he thought to himself that nothing had changed, well one thing Justin was not here with him.
Justin noticed that JC was no where to be found. He quickly left the building, and headed out into the alley, in search of where Justin went.