|If Life Was Easier
Author: AshandNikki-live PM
It's the bands first year at high school and they're getting their first real taste of the world outside. They'll discover new things about their friends and themselves, and discover love for the first time.Dedicated to Tsunami victims and their families!Rated: Fiction K+ - English - Chapters: 17 - Words: 50,056 - Reviews: 137 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 16 - Updated: 01-30-11 - Published: 10-04-04 - id: 2081979
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(A/N: Another update...another few thousand words closer to completing this thing! And PLEASE REVIEW if you read people!)
Summer entered her room to see Katie asleep on her bed, Zack on the floor next to her, his back against the bed, starring at the opposite wall. She took a moment to take in his profile, her heart skipping a beat. As if hearing it he turned to her with a small half smile.
Summer walked over to Zack, carefully leaning over him to place a cup of water on her sleeping friends bedside table and sat down. Zack instantly wrapped his arm around her shoulders. "Summer, you are so amazing," he whispered into her hair.
Summer turned to face him quickly. "I think I'm going send Nikki and her group of skanks home," her words rushing out.
"I think that could be a good idea. We have a while left and now that Katie's here they have no to reason to be," Zack said, squeezing Summer lightly.
"Cool," Summer smiled, relaxing onto Zack's shoulder.
"I heard 'The Incredibles' is on in the cinema down near the bowling alley. Want to catch it?" Zack's eyes were bright.
"Very rock and roll Zack Mooneyham," Summer laughed. "Let's do it!"
"Our first on tour date," Zack said with a wink. "I should get to bed."
Summer nodded. "Probably a good idea."
He kissed her cheek lightly. "Goodnight."
The next morning Summer had caught Dewey at breakfast, telling him there was something she urgently needed to talk to him about before they left to go to the venue. They had another show that night and Summer was determined to see that Nikki and her posse would be gone by then.
"Right, so, what is this about?" Dewey asked, sitting across from her.
"I think we should send Nikki home, and by default her friends that came with her."
"Any particular reason as to why?"
"Well… Katie's here now, and she's better and able to play. Since, Nikki was only replacing her… there's not really any point in her staying is there?"
Dewey looked thoughtful for a moment. "Well…" He started. "I had been thinking it would be a good idea for her to tag along anyway, just in case anything did happen. What would we do if Katie's parents suddenly decided it wasn't cool and dragged her home?"
"It won't happen." Summer said firmly. "Look, Dewey, I didn't want to tell you this, but… Nikki's just mean and manipulative."
He raised an eyebrow. "And you know this how?"
"She poisoned Katie. Zack and I overheard her. She's just… no good."
"Nikki?" Dewey said. "Really? But she seems liked such a sweet girl."
"I think Katie was the only one who saw through it."
"Did I just hear my name mentioned?" The blonde girl had suddenly appeared, she smiled at them. "Am I playing again tonight? I'm just so excited about the show!"
"No." Summer said. "You're not playing tonight, or any other night actually. In fact, we've decided it's best if you'd go home. We don't need you anymore."
Nikki's jaw dropped and for a moment she was speechless. She turned to look at Dewey, waiting for him to have his say.
"It's probably better that you leave. The bus we've got is a little cramped as it is, and Katie's back to full health now."
Her eyes narrowed at Summer. "You can't just kick me out. It should be voted on by the whole band."
Summer glared right back. "We'll put it to a vote then. Pack your bags."
Freddy groaned at the loud hammering at the door. Where they trying to kick it down? He kicked the blankets off him.
"I'm coming!" He yelled, probably a little harsher than he needed to, but they were giving him a headache. He reached the door and yanked it open. "What?"
Nikki stumbled through, immediately throwing her arms around his bare waist and clutching at him. "Freddy, it's… they're… they're so mean!"
He managed to pull her off him. "What are you talking about?"
She took in his bare torso before pleading her case. "Summer wants to send me home," Nikki sniffed, throwing her arms around Freddy again.
"Oh, ok. I guess she has her reasons," Freddy shrugged.
Nikki stepped back instantly with a glare, her arms snapping to her side. "What?"
Freddy shrugged again, raising his eyebrows.
"I cannot believe you're on their side!" Nikki screamed.
"Seriously? I mean they are my best friends and Summer's good at whatever the stuff she does is and yeah."
"No! You're meant to be on my side not Katie's!"
"Katie's?" Freddy frowned. "Since when was this about Katie?"
"It just always is with you!" Nikki's voice was still raised.
"Yeah well she is my girlfriend. I'm not getting how there's any confusion," Freddy crossed his arms.
"Maybe it's best you just start packed," Katie said from her doorway.
"Katie?" Freddy poked his head out the door.
Katie just gave him a small smile. Nikki screamed and stomped off as Freddy ran his boxer clad self towards Katie and threw his arms around her.
"I'm sorry," she whispered with a slight sniff.
"No. I am." He held onto her tighter. "I've been an idiot. I'm so, so sorry."
Katie started laughing. Freddy pulled away from her and gave her a curious look.
"What?" He asked.
She shook her head. "I don't really know. It's just… sometimes our lives are so dramatic."
"You're dramatic." He corrected.
She smirked. "Your face is dramatic."
"Dammit!" Freddy stomped the ground with his foot. "Nothing beats your face."
"I call this band meeting into session," Summer's authoritative tone cutting through the room. It fell silent almost instantly. Summer had to shoot a pointed glance at Katie and Billy but aside from that all eyes were on her.
"As you know we brought with us a replacement bassist due to the unfortunate circumstances that forced Katie to withdraw from the tour," Summer began as many looks of confusion formed on the faces before her. "Katie is now with us and in full health rendering our replacement bassist unnecessary. I would like you all to consider, without discussion, the following points: our bus is overcrowded, much our lodging for the reminder of our trip could not accommodate for the last minute additions to our party meaning many of us will be sleeping on the floor and the additions see to be the source of much of the drama that has occurred in the past week."
Summer paused, taking a breath and observing the faces around her, both friend and foe. After about a minute she continued. "I would like to take a vote. There are two simple options, Nikki and co stay or they go. I hope that the time allowed has given you all a chance to decide which you think is the appropriate course of action."
"Ok, so we'll do this the easy way. Simple raise of hands, yeah?" Dewey said. Despite many of them still looking confused most heads appeared to be nodding.
"All in favour of sending Nikki and her friends home?" Summer said, raising her own hand.
A few hands shot up quickly, the only shock being Ashlee's.
"What?" Nikki roared, turning to her.
"I just agree with Summer," Ashlee shrugged.
"Put your hand down!" Nikki reached out to take Ashlee's hand from the air.
"NO!" Ashlee said, the usual sweetness drained from her voice. "This isn't our band or our tour and Freddy's not your boyfriend and I miss my boyfriend who is at home waiting for me. Sticking around here isn't going to change anything for you, nor is sabotaging Katie or poisoning her or hitting on Freddy. So I vote that we leave."
Most hands were in the air and all eyes on the pair who were holding a steady glare. Summer had finished counting was looking awkwardly around the room, wondering if she should break the silence. Dewey did so for her.
"Summer, what now?" Dewey's voice managed to catch everyone's attention.
"Um, well the majority voted for so sorry girls but you'll have to pack your bags. There's a flight leaving straight after the concert."
Ashlee smiled, then caught Nikki's glare and dropped it. She nodded. "We'll uh… go and pack then and leave you guys to it."
She stood up and pulled a furious looking Nikki along behind her.
"Finally!" Billy exclaimed. "I was getting so over that."
He caused a laugh and the tension finally eased as Summer went through what would be happening that night for the concert.
"Thank you! We are School of Rock and we hope you have an awesome night!" Dewey shouted as the band finished up their last song for the set.
Katie couldn't help the gigantic smile on her face as she plucked the last few notes. As soon as they were done, she ripped the bass from her and put it on the stand and turned around to wait for Freddy to step down from the drums. As he did she ran up and hugged him tightly.
"That was so awesome!" She exclaimed. "I can't even… I mean, listen to them."
The crowd was cheering wildly, it was almost deafening the sound, and she couldn't explain how happy it made her.
The entire band made their way off the stage, as they did Zack walked up to the two of them.
"Katie, it was so good having you play again."
She thought it wasn't possible, but her grin got wider. "It was so good playing again."
They began to make their way to the green room when a hand was suddenly on her shoulder. She quickly whipped around and found herself face to face with Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day. She couldn't help the gasp, she'd almost completely forgotten about the fact that they were touring with them.
"Hey… kiddo." He wrinkled his nose as though it were a really weird thing for him to be saying. "Just wanted to say that you played really well tonight."
Her jaw dropped slightly. "I… uh… thanks. I mean, thank you."
"Yeah, you were so much better than that other girl." Tre Cool said, appearing seemingly out of nowhere.
"That's cause Katie's awesome." Freddy had put his arm around her waist and drew her to his side.
Billie saw this and winked at Katie. "So you guys have… sorted out your issues then?" He asked.
She nodded. "Yeah, pretty much."
"Awesome!" He held his hand out for a high-five. "You know, there's nothing like ma-"
"We're thirteen!" Katie exclaimed quickly, before the conversation could drift anywhere extremely awkward. "Thirteen, we're thirteen."
Tre scratched his head. "Sorry. How old are you?"
"Guys, come on, we have so much to go over before Green Day go onstage and we watch them." Summer walked past and began tugging on Freddy's shirtsleeve, either ignoring, or just not noticing the two Green Day members standing there.
"We need to go." Freddy said, pulling his arm away from Summer. "Two seconds Summer and we'll be there!"
"There'll be consequences!" Summer yelled walking off.
"Dude, you band manager is a tough nut!" Tre made a face.
"Nah, she's cool," Freddy said with a smile looking over his shoulder. His smile dropped slightly. "I really don't want to be on her bad side...again."
"She'd loosen up if she had a nice strong drink of –" Billie started.
"Thirteen," Katie laughed.
"I know, I know," Billie joined her in laughter.
"And one day you'll remember," Katie said as she and Freddy walked away hand in hand.
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