A/N – Wow. I could have sworn there were more chapters than this. I can't believe this is over. I already have the next story written, so I'll get that posted in the next day or so. Enjoy!
He looked surprised to see me talking to him. I shouldn't be shocked, I hadn't talked to anyone, really, since Tyler left and Mom died.
"Wassup, Mama?" I smiled weakly at Mile's nickname for me. It seems like ages since I'd last heard it.
"You think you could come up with a new track for me?" I asked hesitantly. I knew it would be a lot of work.
Miles arched an eyebrow, but slowly nodded. "What you got, girlie?"
I gave a real smile this time, and started to explain.
It was the night of the showcase. Everyone had been so great about the new routine. My dancers had worked harder than any of the other seniors I'd seen, giving it their all. I couldn't have been prouder. Or more grateful.
Miles' track was sick, and perfect for the routine. And, for once, since everything fell apart, I was feeling hopeful.
"Hey guys!" I smiled when I saw Lucy and Miles backstage. I had just arrived.
"Hey, what's up?" They both smiled at me.
"Miles, you ready?" I asked, just to be sure.
"Oh, yeah, you know it" Miles laughed.
"Awesome!" I grinned. I noticed how close Miles and Lucy were standing. I was hoping they'd pull their act together. "I'll see you guys later, then" I walked away to change.
"Ten minutes. That's ten minutes everyone" one of the stage managers let us know in the dressing room.
"You alright?" Lucy asked as I took a deep breath. I nodded, but didn't say anything. I stood up and called for attention from m dancers. It got quite.
"I just want to say thank you. Thank you guys so much for sticking with me, and making this routine so amazing" I smiled softly as I saw the proud looks on their faces.
Before I could say another word, Tyler showed up backstage.
"Tyler?" I gasped when I saw him.
"Before you say anything…" Tyler was shushed by the director. "I don't know where to start." He continued quieter. "I just… I'm sorry. I shouldn't have walked out on you like that" Tyler said desperately.
"Tyler, this is not the time" Director Gordon said firmly.
"Please, let me get this out" Tyler begged her. The director didn't say anything else.
"Look, I've made every wrong decision I could possibly have made" Tyler said, but I couldn't listen to him right now.
"Tyler, it doesn't matter. I'm doing this without a partner" I told him before he could peak more.
"That's enough. Nora, check your dancers" Director Gordon ordered. "Tyler, I don't think you realize how important this is." She said firmly to him as I walked a few steps away. Before I could get too far, Tyler grabbed me – gently – to stop me.
"No, I do realize how important this is. That's exactly why I'm here. You said, if I want something, I gotta fight for it. Right?" he told the director. "Well, that's what I'm doing. I'm fighting for something real for the first time in my life" he said, looking me straight in the eye.
"Tyler, I can't do this right now. I… I have to get ready. I need to do this" I said frantically, freaking out over screwing up. I couldn't disappoint my mom, not tonight.
"I know, and I'm sorry. I just wanted you to do this the way you imagined it" he said softly. "For your Mom" I looked up in surprise. "Miles told me" he explained.
I sighed, thinking. What he said about my mom… I knew what she'd want me to do.
"Alright" I nodded. "Do you remember the steps?"
"Couldn't forget 'em even if I wanted to" Tyler said, obviously relieved.
"Okay everyone, we're back to the old routine with Tyler" I called. I hoped no one would argue or get angry and leave.
Obviously I had nothing to worry about, as they all cheered. I looked back at Tyler and smiled.
We all got into position on stage. My heart was hammering as the curtains opened. But, as soon as we got moving I could feel my face move with my body as we danced.
The moment of truth… when I danced with Tyler, and the others danced in canon… it was like a dream. Everything was so perfect.
I smiled as Tyler did his thing with the guys before the rest of us stepped in. This never would have been possible without Tyler, and I had never been more thankful in my life to have met him.
That last moment, when it was just me and Tyler on stage, and I was wrapped around him… I hardly heard the applause. I slowly came down from my high as the other dances returned to the stage for a bow. I laughed at the audience. We had a standing ovation!
I was skipping off stage with Tyler, his hand grasping mine. He was so warm, and my hand disappeared in his grasp.
Backstage, I was pulled away. I almost didn't notice when Tyler's friend came back.
"And over here… This is Tara Daniels" I heard the director saying. I looked around and saw the director with an unfamiliar woman.
"Wow, you were wonderful" she compliments.
"Thank you so much!" I smiled, trying not to bounce on my toes. I did that way too often when I was excited.
"I'd like to discuss with you the possibility of joining our company after graduation" she told me with a smile.
"Oh my gosh!" I grinned. "I would love that!"
"Yeah, me too" she agreed. "She's everything you said she'd be" the woman told Director Gordon. I walked away, I couldn't wait to share the news with Lucy.
"This is Tyler Gage" the director said loudly. "He's a transfer."
I stopped talking when I heard that. Both Lucy and I looked over to hear more. "What, a what?" Tyler seemed just as surprised as we did, possibly more so.
"Don't forget to send me your transcript" the director told him. I giggled a little at her words.
"Yes, ma'am" Tyler agreed readily.
"Very well done" the woman congratulated him.
"We'll see you Monday" the director smiled before they both walked away.
"Oh, my gosh" I cried when Tyler turned to me. I jumped into his arms, wrapping my arms around his neck. "You know what this means, right?" I asked as I puled away, though me feet were still off the ground as Tyler held me tightly.
"No, what's it mean?' Tyler smiled.
"You're gonna have to get some tights" I grinned.
"Done" he chuckled, pulling me closer.
I have to admit, I'm pretty sure Tyler gage could kiss me senseless.
I couldn't stop giggling when he pulled away as he hoisted me higher and spun me around.
It was an amazing night. And after that, everything seemed to fall into place.