Chapter 3: Talent Show

Sam and I completely ignored each other the next week at school, I knew that she was still mad at me for what happened 2 weeks ago, and I didn't want to apologize until I knew it was the right time. Finally Friday came again and it was time for the school's annual talent-show. My plan was about to go into action. I just hoped that Sam would listen. When the talent-show was about to start, I found Sam. I went up to her to try and talk.

"Sam, can I talk to you?" I asked her. Sam didn't look at me she just said, "I don't know what you want to talk about, there's nothing to talk about."

"Miss Manson, you're needed backstage." I heard Mr. Lancer call out.

Sam sighed and said, "Yeah, I got to go." Then she left.

A while later Mr. Lancer called my name to go backstage, and after a while of waiting I heard Sam's name being called and she got on stage. I looked at her in awe. Luckily I was able to see and hear everything from my position.

Sam looked out at the audience and said, "I'd like to dedicate this song to my best friend Danny Fenton." She then motioned the stage manager to press play on the CD player. She started to dance, and then she sang: Have you ever loved somebody so much it makes you cry

Have you ever needed something so bad you can't sleep at night?

Have you ever tried to find the words but they

Don't come out right

Have you ever

Have you ever

Have you ever

Have you ever been in love

Been in love so bad

You'd do anything

To make them understand

Have you ever had someone

Steal your heart away

You'd give anything, oh

To make them feel the same

Sam was singing stronger

Have you ever searched for words to get you in their heart

But you don't know what to say

And you don't know where to start

Have you ever loved somebody so much it makes you cry

Have you ever needed something so bad you can't sleep at night

Have you ever tried to find the words but they don't come out right

Have you ever

Have you ever

Oh

Have you ever found the one

You dreamed of all your life

You'd do just about anything

To look into their eyes

Have you finally found the one

You've given your heart to

Sam was singing stronger

Only to find that one

Won't give their heart to you

Have you ever closed your eyes and dreamed that they were there

And all you can do is wait

For the day when they care

Sam kept singing stronger

Have you ever loved somebody

(So much)

So much

(Makes you wanna cry)

Makes you wanna break down and cry

(Something so bad)
So, so bad

(Sleep at night)

Have you ever tried to find the words but they don't

(Come out right)

Oh, have you ever

Have you ever

Have you ever, ever, ever

What do I gotta do to get in you my arms, baby

What do I gotta say to get to your heart

To make you understand

How I need you next to me

Gotta get you in my world

Sam was about to sing stronger

'Cause baby I can't sleep

Have you ever loved somebody so much it makes you cry

Have you ever(Have you, have you ever needed something) needed something so bad you can't sleep at night

Have you ever tried to find the words

But they don't come out right

Have you ever

Have you ever loved somebody so much it makes you cry

Have you ever needed something so bad you can't sleep at night

Have you ever tried to find the words but they don't come out right

Have you ever

Have you ever, ever, ever

Oh, have you ever

When Sam finished everyone started to cheer and clap. When everyone settled down, Sam got off the stage and sat down next to Tucker.

"Thank you, Sam, you sang very beautifully," Mr. Lancer said, "Now, please welcome our next person to perform, Danny Fenton!"

When I got onstage I looked out into the audience and saw Sam's eyes were widened.

"Thank you Mr. Lancer. Now I'd like to dedicate this song to my best friend-who was just up here-Sam Manson, and I hope she's out there listening, and I hope she knows how sorry I am." After I spoke I motioned to the stage manger to press play on the CD player. When the music started I sang:

Darlin' I, I can't explain

Where did we lose our way?

Girl it's driving me insane

And I know I just need one more chance

To prove my love to you

If you come back to me

I'll guarantee

That I'll never let you go

I began to sing stronger

Can we go back to the days our love was strong?

Can you tell me how a perfect love goes wrong?

Can somebody tell me how to get things back the way they used to be?

Oh, God give me the reason

I'm down on bended knee

I'll never walk again, until you come back to me

I'm down on bended knee

So many nights I dream of you

Holding my pillow tight

I know I don't need to be alone

When I open my eyes to face reality

Every moment without you

Fells like eternity

I'm begging you, begging you come back to me

I sang stronger

Can we go back to the days our love was strong?

Can you tell me how a perfect love goes wrong?

Can somebody tell me how to get things back the way they used to be?

Oh, God give me the reason

I'm down on bended knee

I'll never walk again, until you come back to me

I'm down on bended knee

Then I spoke:

Baby, I'm sorry. Please forgive me for all the wrong I've done. Please come home girl. I know you put all your trust in me. I'm sorry I let you down. Please forgive me, girl.

Then I sang:

Gonna swallow my pride

Say I'm sorry

Stop pointing fingers, the blame is on me

I want a new life

And I want it with you

If you feel the same

Don't ever let it go

You gotta believe in the spirit of love

It can heal all things

We won't hurt anymore

No I don't believe our love's terminal

I'm down on my knees, begging you please

Come home

I sang really strong

Can we go back to the days our love was strong?

Can you tell me how a perfect love goes wrong?

Can somebody tell me how to get things back the way they used to be?

Oh, God give me the reason, I'm down on bended knee

I'll never walk again, until you come back to me

I'm down on bended knee

(Wanna build a new life

Just you and me

Gonna make you my wife

Raise a family)

Can somebody tell me how to get things back the way they used to be?

Oh, God give me the reason, I'm down on bended knee

I'll never walk again, until you come back to me

I'm down on bended knee.

When I finished singing everyone cheered and clapped, but I didn't really care. All I cared about was that Sam heard my message and that she forgave me. When I got to her seat I was disappointed that Sam didn't even stick around to hear my message. When the talent show ended I let Tucker go ahead of me so that I could think. When I was about to go home I had a strange feeling to go back to the auditorium, so I headed there. When I opened the door I tried to see if there was anything there, nothing. So I went backstage, nothing. I sighed and was about to head out the back door, when I thought I heard the sound of the front door in the auditorium open.

"Hello, is anyone there?" I called out

"Danny, is that you?" I heard the familiar voice of Sam call out.

"Yeah, I'm in the back, I mean, if you even care." I called back. I heard footsteps coming toward the backstage.

"So, what are you doing here?" Sam asked when she got backstage.

I answered, "I don't know, I just had this funny feeling to check the auditorium and so here I am. "What about you?"

"Oh, um, I… um, I saw the door was open so I… um, I went to check." Sam stammered

I gave her a weird look and said, "Sam, I know you're lying because unless I imagined it I left the door closed."

Sam smiled and said, "O.K. they truth is, I came to find you."

I smiled and asked, "Why?"

She replied, "I wanted to thank you for entering the talent-show for me."

I blushed and said, "You're worth it."

Sam blushed and then I asked, "By the way, how did you know I'd even be here?"

Sam gave me a sly smile and said, "Let's just say a friend told me."

"Wait, nobody saw me come in here so who-" I paused for a little while and asked, "Sam have you been trying to practice reading my mind when we're not together again?" She nodded and we both started to laugh. When we stopped laughing Sam's cell phone rang.

"Hello?" Sam said when she answered it I was able to hear her side of the conversation,

… "I'm still at school, mom."

… "Yes I'm with him, mom."

… "His name is Danny, mom!"

… "No!"

… "No!"

… "I don't care!"

… "Fine, mom"

… Now you're pushing it." When she hung up she gave a frustrated groan and said, "Sorry, Danny, I gotta go. My mom's going to freak if I'm not home in the next ten minutes, she's still convinced you're a bad influence."

I shrugged and said, "I understand, your mom cares about you."

Sam smiled and said, "Well, see you later." When she was about to get out of the door I called out, "Sam, wait!"

Sam looked at me and said, "Yeah, Danny?"

I knew I was going to tell her the truth, I tried to but all I could say was, "I hope you and your mom come to an understanding." She smiled and left. When she left I slapped my forehead and said to myself, "Idiot! I could have told her how I felt!" When I got home I lay on my bed and stared at the ceiling for what seemed like hours, until I heard my cell phone ring

I picked it up and said, "Hello?"

"I can't stand this anymore!" Sam yelled into the phone.

I sat on my bed and asked, "What happened?"

Sam took a deep breath and said, "Well, when I got home my mom was all 'Where were you?' and I said, 'I was at school' and then she says, 'don't lie to me, where were you?' and she just thinks that she can…"

"Sam, stop!" I interrupted her; she was talking really fast which means she's upset so she's going to need someone to talk to her one-on-one.

Sam sighed and said, "Sorry for talking so fast, but obviously I'm really upset about this."

I smiled and said, "Obviously, Sam."

She gave a small chuckle and asked, "Well, what am I going to do?"

I replied, "I'll tell you what, try and see if you can meet me at the park in 15 minutes."

Sam said, "O.K. sees you there."

Suddenly a thought came to my mind so I added, "Sam do you still have the class ring I asked you to keep for me?"

Sam replied, "Yeah, why?"

I answered, "I want you to bring it." About 15 minutes later I was in the park, and about 5 minutes later Sam was with me.

"Hey Danny, sorry I'm late, my mom kept asking me zillions of questions."

I laughed and said, "It's O.K."

After a couple minutes of silence I asked Sam, "So what do you want to talk about?"

Sam took a deep breath and said, "O.K. like I was telling you on the phone, when I got home my mom kept said, 'Where were you?' and I was like, 'I've been at school, mom.' And she says, 'don't lie to me, where were you?' And I just can't take it anymore! My Mom and Dad just want to control my life and it's driving me insane!"

I smiled and said, "Sam, It just means they care about you."

Sam sighed and said, "I know it's just, sometimes I wish they didn't suffocate me!"

I laughed and said, "Yeah, tell me! My parents treat me the same way, Sam. Remember, I'm the youngest and their only son!"

Sam smiled and said, "Thanks, Dan."

I smiled and said, "No problem, oh, did you bring the ring?"

Sam answered, "Yeah, here." Sam handed me the class ring my dad gave me a couple weeks ago.

I looked at the ring and asked, "Did you ever see whose name is on here?"

Sam looked at me and said, "Yeah, I've been meaning to talk to you about that…"

I interrupted her and said, "I want you to have it, it does have your name on it after all."

Sam gave me a weird look and asked, "It does?"

I nodded and said, "Yeah, it does." I then showed her that it did have her name on it.

Sam laughed and said, "All this time I thought it said something else."

I smiled and said, "Well now you know the truth."

Sam took the ring and said, "Thanks for the ring, Danny."

I nodded and said, "Yeah, it was really no problem I mean, since it does have your name on it, I thought I might as well give it to you, and besides I don't really have any use for it so why would I- -" I stopped because Sam held a finger to my lips, which meant I was talking too much (did I forget to mention Sam and I knew each other inside-and-out?). We just looked at each other and smiled. When she put her finger down I was the one who read her mind this time, she was thinking: What should I do now? I smiled and just stood there in silence, she'll tell me how she feels when she's ready. After 5 minutes of silence I said to Sam, "Well, I guess I should go." Then I turned to leave, but then I felt Sam hold onto my arm, I gave her a weird look and then out of nowhere she kissed me on the lips. All of a sudden I felt the same sensation in my stomach I get when I'm flying, but we soon parted for breath and smiles. Just then Tucker came and saw us in each others arms.

He gave us a sly grin and said, "Looks like you two are happy, and finally together."

End

There! I am done with the story! I hoped you guys enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I want to thank my brother Mauricio for giving me the song, On Bended Knee, by Boys 2 Men. I also want to thank my other brother Tony for giving me my computer for Christmas 2 years ago. And lastly I want to thank you, my fellow readers, please review, review, review!