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I know a few people didn't like chapter 17. Not enough tension in the story. I agree, but too late chapter is already posted. But whatif your life was exposed as my was a few years ago but nobody cared about the bad stuff and they still liked you. It happened to me. Those people who knew me didn't care. Do I hate the person who outed me? No, because even that person realized I wasn't a bad person.
Well another musical chapter! It's posted here and on Nifty Votes. By-the way for you Sam Lakes and 'Mother' fans I have posted a sequel to 'Mother' called Geeks III chapter 1 here on nifty.org. If you haven't read 'Mother' it's not what you think - 'Mother' is a super computer owned by gay teenager Colt Smith that people are dying (dying as in dead) to get. I am finally posting the original version (straight version) on Stories Mania.
If you have Hoobastank's The Reason you should play it during the music part of the story or read the story at niftyvotes.com/chapter18php
Anyway, on with the story.
One Person at a Time - Reunion
Hearing Mattie say he loved me and that I was his hero was too much. Knowing that he was okay with what I had done. I began bawling someone came over and pulled me into a hug I cried so hard and whoever it was just held me close. It was nice being held. I finally, calmed down and look to see who was holding me.
"Hi," he said, "I'm Jamie Devon." He had a cute smile. I blushed. "I can understand why Matt said you were his hero. You're my hero too." It was his turn to blush and boy did he blush.
"How come I've never seen you before?"
"I'm a nobody. I'm not into sports and I couldn't sing in tune no matter how hard I tried. I'm not a hottie like you, Luc or Matt. I'm just plain ole me."
He was right. Physically, he was plain. But it felt good being held by him. "You're only plain because of the way you dress. Matt could teach you to sing and you may not be good at sports but it feels good to be held by you."
"Yeah." I snuggled into him more.
He sighed deeply.
"Uh. Would you be my boyfriend?"
I wasn't expecting that. No one had ever asked me to be their boyfriend. I was always cute little Anthony but as cute as I may have been no one ever asked me to be their boyfriend. I looked at Jamie studying his facial features. He wasn't ugly by any means. A little eyeliner would bring out his eyes. He has lovely full lips.
"Never mind," he mumbled, "I shouldn't have asked."
"Sorry," he said softly.
"No. I mean yes I'll be your boyfriend." I rose up and kissed him gently on the lips. I've kissed Luc and Matt, but this was lips-to-lips. It felt good. It felt wonderful. It felt right.
The next thing I heard was Eddie telling Matt that I was swapping spit with some cute guy. I got up and led Jamie over to the phone.
"Matt, this is Anthony. I've got a boyfriend, his name is Jamie Devon."
"Jamie Devon. Hmm. Light brown hair, grey eyes, luscious lips?"
"Yeah! How did you know?"
"I saw him drooling over you last week," Matt laughed, "You take good care of him because he is seriously in love with you."
"Hey guys I've just booked my return flight. I'll be arriving tomorrow 11:30 Flight 1295. I got to go now I need to spend some happy time with my grandparents. I've been such a downer this week. I love you, Luc. I love all you people."
Everyone said goodbye.
The neatest thing was Jamie was discovered. He was like a natural actor. Everyone was surprised including Jamie. His plainness paid off because with a little make-up he could transform into the different characters. He is so cool. I think I am seriously in love with him.
Sunday I was over at Matt's again for a special practice. Matt explained what he wanted to do to thank all the people who had signed the petition to get him back. I asked why Luc wasn't present and he said he wanted to surprise Luc. We worked on the one song for at least eight hours it seemed. We were almost as good as Hoobastank I think.
Monday when I arrived at school I was so psyched up. I had to completely avoid Luc because I knew I couldn't hold in the surprise. Most Mondays there is an assembly in the school auditorium. Today was no exception. As I entered the auditorium I saw Luc, an empty seat he was saving for Matt, Eddie, Joey, Cory, Melissa, Jamie and an empty seat. I sat next to Jamie. Luc was looking around for Matt.
"I'm going to go look for Matt," said Luc.
"Relax!" said Eddie, "He called me and said he was running late."
The assembly started and still no Matt. Eddie kept telling Luc to relax. "He's probably talking to Petri."
"They are friends, remember. Stop worrying."
"Yeah, Luc. Shut up Mr. Shannon getting ready to speak."
"Morning," responded the students respond unenthusiastically.
"Oh, I can tell you guys aren't morning people. Not like the person I'm about to introduce. Hmm. That's not quite the right word, 'introduce' it's more like welcome back. You've seen him here before but first I would like the following people to come up here and help move some stuff around. Anthony Radesheski, Eddie Mitchell, and Cory Thomas please come up we need your assistance."
The three of us ran up to the stage and behind the curtains where Matt was standing. Omigod! He looked so hot dressed in a beautiful cream colored silk shirt and slacks.
"Thanks, guys. Anyway, as you all know last Tuesday, Anthony Radesheski got on the pa system to make and unauthorized announcement. At the time I was talking with Mr. Petri and you know I just didn't seem to get back to my office in time to stop the said unauthorized announcement."
"What surprised me and the rest of the staff was that out of 1526 students 1520 signed the petition for Matthew Smith Eastman to return to Worthington High. Well, I am very happy to welcome back to our school Matthew Smith Eastman."
The audience went wild with applause for at least two minutes.
"Whoa! Thank you Mr. Shannon and faculty and most of all the 1526 students - friends at this school. To say the least I was - am overwhelmed. I want to thank you all and being me the only way I can do that is with music."
"As you can see I'm all miked up. As you all know I had a pretty rough life in the beginning. There were times when I thought I wouldn't make it but for one thing - the image, the mental picture and dream of a boy that I met one day in a park. I knew if I held on to my dream despite everything I would one day be reunited with that boy."
"Strange as it seems my dream came true here at Worthington High. Luc you're probably wondering why you're not up here on the stage yet. The answer is I wanted to dedicate this song to you. So, come on up on stage Lucas Sean Baxter."
We were behind the curtain so I couldn't see Luc's face.
"Luc, you made it easy for me to come back but so did you guys. Every single one of you. I love you people."
The curtains opened.
"Ladies and gentlemen! The world's best drummer, my mentor, Mr. Jonathan Petri!"
"On Bass the incomparable, Cory Thomas." Applause.
"On guitar, the outstanding, Eddie Mitchell." Applause.
"Finally, on keyboard, the boy who made this all happen, my hero, the fantastic Anthony Radesheski! Long Applause.
"Hit it guys!"
< start playing Hoobastank's 'The Reason' >
I started with the keyboard; Mr. Petri came in with drums followed by Eddie on guitar.
Matt was facing Luc.
Matt: I'm not a perfect person there's many things I wish I didn't do
I found a reason for me to change who I used to be
<tears were running down Luc's cheeks>
I'm sorry that I hurt you, it's something I must live with everyday
A reason to start over new and the reason is you <Matt points to Luc Matt turns to face the audience >
<Matt is singing to the audience while holding Luc's hand >
<He makes a sweeping motion to the audience > and the reason is you
I found a reason to show a side of me you didn't know
"Each and everyone of you! Thank you! I love YOU!" Yells Matt over the applause.
Matt hugs Luc. I can see tears cascading down his cheeks.
The audience goes wild again, Matt did his bows, and us in the band stood, walked over next to Matt and took our bows. People were shouting encore and more, but we were out of time.
Mr. Shannon came out on the stage and quieted the audience. "How about doing this every Monday morning? Well, what do you think?"
An landslide approval from the student body.
As the students got up to leave Matt yelled, "Hold on to your dreams and make them come true!"