Jessie and Katie (in Friends and Lovers) - Episode 7 "Centerstage"

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"Jessie phone call" Lily said from the door of the attic, "it's Katie."

"Ok thanks" Jessie said taking the phone from Lily and walking back up the stairs.

"Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god" Katie said excitedly from the other end of the phone, "guess what, guess what."

"What, what is it tell me" Jessie said getting excited herself.

"They're having a contest tonight at Club Nash" Katie practically screamed, "and the winner gets a shot at a recording contract."

"Your kidding?" Jessie asked almost about to jump out of her skin.

"And I entered you" Katie said as reality hit Jessie.

"You did what?" Jessie asked in astonishment.

"Yeh I entered you" Katie said excitedly again, "I just know you're gonna win."

"I can't believe you did that Katie Singer" Jessie said feeling her blood beginning to boil.

"OH lighten up Jess" Katie said, "I'll be over in a few minutes to pick you up, bye."

"Katie....Katie" Jessie repeated, "I'm gonna kick your ass."

Jessie threw the phone down on the bed and waited, getting more pissed by the minute, for Katie to arrive. Katie did arrive a few minutes later as Jessie was still dressed in her robe and now laid out on the bed.

"What are doing, why aren't you ready?" Katie asked Jessie as she walked up the stairs, "we gotta be there in like an hour."

"Cause I'm not going" Jessie said rolling over.

"Oh come on Jessie" Katie said crawling up on the bed and falling across Jessie, "come on Billie, I'm sorry for not telling you about entering your name. I love to hear you sing and I know if they hear you, they'll love you too. So come on, please."

"You know I can't refuse you" Jessie said trying to stay mad a little longer.

"Yeh I know" Katie said, "and that's because you love me."

"Yeh I guess" Jessie said smiling, "I don't know why though."

"Oh yeah you do" Katie replied rolling off to Jessie's side and whispering in her ear, "cause I make your pussy wet."

"Katie Singer...." Jessie said looking at Katie with a shocked look on her face.

"And I truly love you" Katie said, kissing Jessie. Melting Jessie's anger from earlier completely away now.

"I love you too" Jessie said smiling at Katie, who hurried her to get ready. While Jessie got dressed, Katie sat on the bed and looked on watching intently. Looking back, Jessie smiled and wiggled her ass a little at Katie before slipping on her jeans followed by her top and soon they were off. Little did Jessie know, that Rick, Lily, Grace and ZoŽ had been filled in on the whole situation by Katie and also planned to be there.

"You can do this, you can, you're so talented" Katie told Jessie on the way to the club with Rick and Lily.

"Jess you're an amazing singer you can do this" Grace said as Jessie looked at her and smiled nervously.

ZoŽ leaned forward from the backseat and put her arms around Jessie's shoulders, hugging her and said "I'll love you know matter what you do."

"Thanks ZoŽ" Jessie said smiling at her step sister, "I hope you guys are right."

"Ok time to rock and roll" Jessie said trying to sound confident as they rolled into the driveway of Club Nash. With ZoŽ attached to one arm and Katie attached to the other, they made their way inside before Jessie and Katie were ushered to the back to prepare.

They were led into a room and some goofy looking guy with an Aussie accent stepped up to the front and began to talk.

"Hello everyone, my name is Brian Fate" The guy said from the front of the room, "tonight is a competition. You will all have a chance to perform before our panel of judges and at the end they and they alone with make a decision on who will be invited back to Nashville to cut a demo."

That comment had the whole room buzzing and as Jessie thought, the stakes where just raised considerably.

"This demo, which will be heard by my boss and the President of New Hit Records Nashville, Byron Collidade" Brian said continuing on, "will also be circulated around Music Row to the other companies if we should decide to pass on you. So in closing, I do have one piece of advice I'll give you: This label is looking for fresh faces and a new style, so be your self and have fun."

Everyone turned around as Brian left the room and looked at each other, realizing this may be their one and only chance of really making it in music. Ever. Jessie though had to face the fact that this was not something she wanted as bad as the other's in this room.

"So what song you gonna do?" The guy with a cowboy hat asked sitting in front of Jessie and Katie.

"I dunno" Jessie admitted truthfully, "I guess something Country and Western."

"Can I offer you a piece of advice and please don't take this the wrong way" the Guy said, "if you really wanna make it in Nashville, don't ever refer to it as Country and Western, it's just Country these days."

Jessie feeling a little embarrassed, thanked the guy for the advice, as he mentioned he was gonna do a song by Brett James called 'Enjoy The Ride'. Who ever that is, Jessie thought.

"Ok I got your song right here" Katie said arriving back after disappearing for a few minutes into the crowd and then handing Jessie a piece of paper with lyrics on it. Jessie started reading the lyrics to herself and got a sneaking suspicion that Katie had handpicked this song.

"Who's Andy Griggs?" Jessie asked Katie, "and why can't I just do a song I already know."

"Cause you have to do a country song and you know this one" Katie said pointing to the paper, "look at the title."

"You Won't Ever Be Lonely" Jessie read aloud, "oh yeah I remember this one."

"Ok everyone we're about to begin" A stage hand said from the door of the room. "The first five come with me."

"Don't worry we're 21st of 30 so you gotta a while to wait" Katie said as they looked at the song again and Jessie smiled.

"You won't ever be lonely" Jessie and Katie started singing together. They sung the song through several times, even doing a duet with the guy in front of them, whose name was Travis Cole Dark.

"Well looks like it's my time to rock the house" Travis said as they called his name, "would you guys mind coming out and watching me? It'd sure be nice to have someone rooting for me at least a little."

"Well if I can't win I hope you do" Jessie said as her and Katie walked out the door behind Travis.Not realizing their was a male and female competetion.

"We'll be your first groupies" Katie cracked trying to keep Travis from being to nervous, as he obviously was.

"Travis C. Dark" The Stage Manager bellowed, "is there a Travis C. Dark here."

"That's me partner" Travis said smiling back one last time at Jessie and Katie and walking towards the stage. Katie and Jessie walked to the end of the stage and Jessie got her first look at the packed house. The house MC announced Travis to a smattering of cheers, as Katie and Jessie got an idea. As Travis walked on stage they ran down front and started jumping up and down in front a crowd and screaming Travis's name.

"Travis we love you" Jessie screamed.

"Travis you're so sexy" Katie screamed next as both started to giggle and acting like they where fighting to get closer to the stage. All of this action was creating a stir, not that Travis would need it for long. The first riff of his guitar brought everyone to attention, then the real party began.

"Well young Mr. Simmons he was a one of a kind. He had Tom Cruise's looks and Ivan Bosky's mind." Travis started as the crowd started to rock along. Jessie and Katie started dancing along with the music as Travis went on, "He made his first million by the time he was 23. He had a long black Mercedes and a cellular phone. Two Labrador Retrievers and a beautiful home."

"Sing it Travis, you sexy thing" Jessie screamed out again.

"They sat up on a hill so everyone could see" Travis sang on, "He had everything a man could in want in life. But poor Mr. Simmons had to live with Mr. Simmons' wife."

By now the house was truly rocking as Travis sailed into the first chorus, "and it don't matter where your goin'. If you don't like who's ridin' by your side. It don't matter where your goin'. If you don't Enjoy The Ride."

The girls in the front row behind Jessie and Katie where really getting into the song now,and as Katie observed really getting jealous of the attention Katie and Jessie got from Travis. He winked at them at least once and then as he finished and the place went nuts, he tossed them his Cowboy hat on his way off stage. Jessie and Katie then started fighting over Travis' hat and that made the girls even more envious it appeared.

"Whatta rush" Travis said as he ran up and hugged Katie and Jessie both backstage, "thank you so much guys."

"You got this wrapped up." Jessie said, "they loved you."

"I hope you're right" Travis said wiping his head of with a bandana, "but I heard you sing and I'm betting you'll win the female competion"

Jessie blushed a deep red as Travis smiled at her, still wearing his hat at the time,"Oh there's a Male and Feamle" Jessie said relaxing a little,knowing she didn't have to compete against Travis.

"Jessie Sammler" The Stage Manager said, and Jessie's heart almost stopped on the spot, "your next, let's go."

Katie looked around nervously at everyone for a moment and then decided to go for it as Jessie got to the top of the steps leading to the stage. She grabbed Jessie's arm and spun her around. "I love you so much" she said as quietly as she could, before kissing her softly. The few people who bothered to pay attention started a chorus of ooooohhhhhhs and aaaaaaahhhhhs. Jessie took one last look at Katie and tossing her the hat and mouthed "I love you too."

The music started to play and the beat started almost vibrating through Jessie's body as she took the microphone and walked on stage. Butterflies the size of cannon balls bouncing around in her stomach. She spotted Rick and Lily and the gang about halfway back and smiled before starting to sing.

"Life may not always go your way; and every once in a while you might have a bad day. But I promise you now; You Won't Ever Be Lonely" Jessie sang as the song began and she spotted Katie in the front row, with Travis standing beside her, "The sky turns dark and everything goes wrong. Run to me I'll leave the light on. And I promise you now; You Won't Ever Be Lonely."

The complete nervousness she had felt earlier had vanished without a trace and Jessie was having the time of her life. Suddenly she realized she wanted this and wanted it bad and she was gonna do everything she possibly could in the next 2 and half minutes to make it happen and win this contest.

"For as long as I live there will always be a place; you belong here beside me heart and soul, baby you only; and I promise you now; You Won't Ever Be Lonely." Jessie sang with all her heart, looking at Katie and Travis slow dancing like a couple of dorks. But catching Katie eyes once or twice and making sure she knew this song was for her.

"It's still gonna snow and it's still gonna rain. The winds gonna blow on a cold winter's day. And I promise you now; You Won't Ever Be Lonely." Jessie sang with more heart and as much passion as she could. Travis and Katie had given up on the dancing and were now cheering her on as they moved to the thumping beat of the song, "You're safe from the world; wrapped in my arms. And I'll never let go; baby here's where it starts. And I promise you now; You Won't Ever Be Lonely."

Jessie's eyes met Katie's and Katie thought she would faint from the amount of emotion she felt in Jessie eyes as she sang that last verse. "Here's a shoulder you can cry on. And a love you can rely on," she heard Jessie sing to finish the 2nd and last verse before going into the repeat chorus and watching as Jessie poured every single ounce of energy she had left in her body into it.

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, You Won't Ever Be Lonely" Jessie sang as she finished and pointed at Katie. Just as the house erupted with a thunderous round of applause and the chant of 'Jessie, Jessie' broke out in the back and spread like a wildfire.

Jessie ran off stage after taking several bows and was met by Rick and Lily at the back of the stage. Jumping into Rick's arms, she had never felt this much adrenaline at one time. Lily was next with a big hug, which Jessie had to admit was nice to have her there. Then Grace and ZoŽ of course. Travis and Katie arrived after that with Travis grabbing Jessie in a bear hug as Rick got ready to jump him before Katie explained.

"That was awesome" Jessie said feeling the adrenaline wearing off a little, "I've never had that much fun in my life."

"You where awesome" Katie said getting ready to plant a big one on Jessie before realizing where she was. Jessie took her hat back as she introduced Travis to the crowd, "this is Travis guys, he's the one that rocked the house before me."

"Howdy" Travis said sounding every bit the cowboy part, although now sans the hat.

"Well you look like a real life cowboy" Rick said sizing him up for whatever reason.

"Well truth be told sir, I'm not really a cowboy. I just play one in this story." Travis said.

"What story?" Rick asked before he was cut off by the stage manager.

"Sarah R. Grasser, Grasser....." The Stage Manager said to the shock of Grace, Jessie, and Katie, who looked around to see if it was really who they thought, "are you here?"

"I'm here, I'm Here" Sarah hollered as she came running through the crowd with her coat still on, not noticing anyone until she ran into Grace and looked at her like she had seen a ghost.

"Manning what are you doing here?" Sarah asked.

"Jessie's in the contest and I guess you are too, huh?" Grace answered and asked in the same breath.

"Yeh and don't go anywhere ok" Sarah said taking Grace's hand briefly before heading up the stairs.

"Sarah, wait Sarah" A girl screamed as she ran up to the stairs and handed Sarah something and then quickly kissing her, said "good luck!"

"Thanks Shell" Sarah said and looked down at Grace for a second before being dragged off to the stage by the manager, "don't let your tits bounce to much." Shell screamed to Sarah, drawing a round of strange looks. "What? like it's not good advice" She said looking around at everyone and walking back down the stairs.

Grace stood there and watched as Shell kissed Sarah. She felt herself grow jealous and tried to figure out some other reason as to why she was feeling like this. Other than the obvious she thought and that couldn't be true. No matter what had happened at Sarah's place the other night, she refused to let that thought take hold.

"I didn't even know Sarah could sing" Katie said looking as confused as everyone else.

"Well she ain't no Reba, but the girls got some pipes" Shell inserted into the conversation.

The music started once again and immediately Grace recognized the beat. It was "I've Gotta Find You". Sarah started the song and Grace turned to walk out to the edge of the stage and watch Sarah sing. She reached the end, but Sarah didn't see her right off as she was playing to the crowd and having a good time.

"Such a beautiful song, huh?" Shell said coming in behind Grace, "makes me horny."

"What?" Grace asked in an exaggerated manner while looking back at Shell.

"Me and my ex used to fuck to this song" Shell said moving her hips to the song as Sarah sang.

"Why would you tell me that?" Grace asked now facing Shell.

"Just thought it was interesting." She responded, dancing to the tune and badly, Grace thought, closing her eyes as people began to watch not to mention the ones who where laughing. Grace moved away and crossed to the other end of the stage, where mid way across Sarah caught Grace's eye and smiled briefly. Grace froze and watched the remainder of the performance from where she was.

"Why'd you run off for" Shell said finding Grace again, "I thought we where gonna dance."

"Uh no thanks" Grace said aloud over the music.

"She gets you wet huh?" Shell asked looking up on the stage at Sarah.

"What?" Grace asked in the same manner as earlier, "NO"

"It's ok honey, I don't mind" Shell said looking at Grace and trying to judge her reaction.

"No she does not" Grace responded,"look I gotta go."

Grace walked away to no avail as Shell followed close behind her as Sarah finished her song and came off stage. Shell surged past Grace and grabbed Sarah in a bear hug when she came off the stage.

"You where so good" Shell told Sarah, "unreal girl."

"Thank you" Sarah said as Shell moved aside and Grace and Sarah made eye contact.

"I loved that song and you did it so well" Grace said to Sarah, "you gotta a great voice."

"Yeh she sure does" Shell said from behind Sarah hugging her again, "you fuckin rock and your titties didn't bounce once."

"Sarah" Lily said from a few feet away,"you were great."

"Thank you so much." Sarah said smiling brightly at Lily.

"SARAH" ZoŽ screamed as she raced towards her and jumped up hugging her excitedly, "I love your voice."

"Thanks Zo" Sarah said as ZoŽ backed away and smiled, then thinking fast asking "hey when we gonna do that painting thing?"

"Tommorrow ok" ZoŽ asked excitedly as Lily agreed and they walked back to the room, where Jessie and Katie where waiting with Travis.

"Shell, go see if they're ready to announce the winners?" Sarah said as Shell raced off, "know I didn't win, but I want to know anyway."

"Your girlfriend's nice" Grace said as Sarah moved next to her,"a little strange but nice."

"Who Shell?" Sarah asked appearing to be in shock, "that's my cousin."

"Really?" Grace asked confused,"but what about that kiss?"

"For good luck, it's a stupid family thing." Sarah explained.

With that information Grace felt a huge cloud lift from her body and suddenly with Sarah there she felt a million times better. A smile began to spread across her face and she couldn't stop it. What is going on with me she thought. Sarah smiled back and for the next few moments, Grace and Sarah were the only two people on earth; it seemed to the both of them.

"So you are coming over tomorrow?" Grace asked after a few seconds.

"Only if your gonna be there" Sarah said with a serious look and moving close to Grace then breaking into a huge grin before saying, "and after me and Zo are done, we can run a hot bubble bath know, till we're blue in the face."

"Sarah!" Grace said trying to stifle a giggle and smacking her arm playfully, "you are such a perv."

"And you love it I can tell" Sarah said touching her forehead to Grace's.

"I do not" Grace said smiling and giggling along with Sarah. The stage area was considerably less hectic as Sarah and Grace stood their only inches apart. Grace noticed just that and then looking back at Sarah, she could see a different look in her eyes. One that matched the one she had seen just the other night at the door. A second later, Sarah moved her head slightly and tentatively as Grace thought to herself about what was about to happen.

"She's gonna kiss me.....oh shit" Grace thought as her heart pounded like a drum. For the life of her she couldn't bring herself to move an inch, not that she really wanted to. As she closed her eyes, suddenly she felt Sarah's lips touch the end of her nose and kiss it gently and heard her whisper "Remember I'm a tease."

Grace's eyes sprang open as she looked at Sarah,who grinned and spun around and walked slowly away, smiling the whole way.

"Sarah Grasser" Grace said chasing after her as Sarah screamed and took off running.

"Ladies and Gentlemen I have the winners right here" Brian Fate said as Sarah ran into the room, soon followed by Grace, "Shall we all move out to the stage area for the official announcement?"

Grace grabbed Sarah's arm and shot her an evil grin as Sarah kept smiling and gloating. They walked along with rest of the other's back to the stage.

"Come up with me" Sarah said pleading with Grace, "please I can't find Shell. Please Grace."

Grace reluctantly agreed and they joined the other's on stage, Katie and Jessie took their place right next to Grace and Sarah with Travis still sticking with them.

"Ladies and Gentlemen we have had an incredible night" Brian Fate said through his Aussie accent, "and the judges have decided the winners from the Male category and Female category. So here we go."

"OH MY GOD" Katie said excitedly.

"Please god let me win this" Jessie heard Travis say as he touched her shoulder and mouthed "Good luck."

"First the winner of the Female Category and the chance to record a demo for New Hit Records Nashville." Brian said as he opened the envelope and look backed in Jessie and Sarah's direction, "is......"

To Be Continued....