Thanks to my beta reader Scarlet Moons for living up the story.
People always think that our lives are perfect, that everything always goes our way and nothing ever happens. But what they don't understand, what they don't see under their stereotypical views, is that things do happen, things we don't want. The truth hurts and the truth is….our lives are far from perfect.
When we do something for publicity, we are usually able to speak our mind, make them understand why we want to do such a thing. But that was with our old agent; our new one could care less about our opinion. He's broken up more bands and groups than ever keeping them together.
It all started with an idea that our new agent came up with. After a long day of recording, he sat us down and had us listen while Eleanor and Theo went to get a bite to eat.
"Not happening!" Brittany yelled, only to have Alvin shoot her a sly look.
"Oh come on Britt! I think it's a great idea." Alvin replied. "People will love us!"
"I don't care if you were the last human being on earth, I will not pretend to be your girlfriend!"
"I have to agree." Simon said. "The only way this will actually work is if they actually love each other. Besides, she already has a boyfriend." Simon struggled with the words.
"Tell him I'm a better kisser and we're all happy." Alvin suggested.
"Loving her as a person and loving her for her body are two different things, Alvin."
"We will not allow our sister to do something she uncomfortable doing." Jeanette said.
"All in favor of the idea, say I?" Ron (the new agent) asked, completely ignoring Jeanette.
"I." Alvin said raising his hand.
"All who oppose?"
Everyone besides Alvin raised their hands in opposition.
Needless to say it happened...But not right away. Someone (I'm thinking it was Ron) inconspicuously posted about Alvin and Brittany being the official hot new couple. When everyone, besides Alvin of course, denied it, the crowd became angry and almost started a riot.
Brittany caved in and just went with it. Her boyfriend hated the idea and just left her. When on screen, the two of them couldn't keep their hands off each other. But as soon as the cameras looked the other way, they were on the opposite sides of the room.
Of course, Alvin didn't really care about Brittany. Whenever he could, he went to hang out with his other female friends. It was mostly Charlene, Alvin's secret, but not so secret, girlfriend. If there was anybody he has ever really loved, it would be Charlene.
She is all he ever talks about and instead of committing himself to a relationship with her, he commits to a fake one with Brittany, who he cares nothing about. He doesn't love her or know anything about her! That is truly the worst thing that could have happened to me...could have happened to us.
"Hey Si, you okay?" Brittany asked Simon who closed his journal.
He looked up as she joined him at the table. "Yeah, I'm good. How did last night go?"
"I'm just glad it's over." She glanced at his journal. "I've noticed that you're nose has been stuck in that journal of yours lately. You sure you're okay?" She asked again.
"Britt I'm fine. I'm promise."
"You're lying to me Si. It isn't hard to tell when something is bothering you."
"Is it that noticeable?"
"Whenever that journal opens, yes." She said, gently placing her hands upon his. "You're practically an open book."
"Tell me you love me."
"That's what bothering you?" Brittany asked, drawing her hands back before standing from the table.
"Britt, you deserve to be happy and not treated like dirt." Simon said following after her.
"We're not doing this again, Simon. We've talked about this. You told me you'd let it go." She said walking out to the back yard.
"I can't watch my little brother do this to you."
"I love how you take this all too seriously." She said stopping in the middle of the yard, turning to face Simon. "Si, we're practically playing a part in a movie and then doing our own thing behind the screen."
"While Alvin is screwing around, you're here spending more time with me than the public would probably like. Why are you more loyal to this fake relationship then he is?" He asked, grabbing Brittany by the waist.
"Simon what are you doing?" She questioned as Simon pulled her close to his chest.
Simon answered the question not with words, but with a passionate kiss. Brittany embraced the kiss and the hold that she solely desired. Little did they both know, there was a hidden photographer in the bushes, capturing every moment that they shared. They disappeared into the house before they had the chance to be caught.
This was only the beginning of our not so perfect life….but who said anything about life being perfect?
"This is bad." Ron growled, clearly pointing out the obvious. "We need to convince the public that this has been photo shopped." He tossed the paper in front of the gang.
"Why? It's not like Alvin's not doing the same thing." Jeanette said.
"He's not the one who got caught." Ron spat.
"It doesn't matter who got caught. What matters is that Alvin and I are no longer the couple the world wants us to be." Brittany said.
"Ratings are going through the roof and your next show is completely sold out. Do you really want to lose that?" Ron sneered.
"I don't know if you've figured this out or not, but this band is together because we're family, because we have each other's back." Brittany replied in a harsh tone.
"Right, family... They really have your back…" He muttered, pinching the bridge of his nose. "Look. I was hired to keep you all popular and if you want to keep it that way, you're going to need me." Ron said straightening himself.
"Good luck maintaining your reputation without me." Brittany stood and headed for the door.
"No, wait, Brittany think about it." Simon said grabbing hold of her. "Please, we need you." He pleaded.
She gently placed a soft kiss on Simon's cheek. "When you find a new agent, let me know."
"If you're serious, I know someone who can replace her." Alvin commented.
"We're not replacing her, Alvin! She just needs to think about it, right?" Jeanette asked, looking desperately to her sister who only frowned.
"I want an agent who will actually listen to what I have to say, not one who forces me to do whatever makes him happy. Until then, I'm going to live my life the way I want, even if it means you having to replace me."
"Brittany, Brittany…. you're over reacting. All you had to do is say something." Ron gave her a charming smile, trying to win her back.
"Like I've been doing? I bet if you actually listened to the people you work with, you might have a better success rate." Brittany spat. "I'm done. I'm out."
Just when I thought I had her, she slipped right through my fingers. She moved back to London and Charlene was quick to take Brittany's place. Why do I feel that this is only going to get worse?