A/N: So this is my first fanfic. I hope you like it too!!
Disclaimer: I do not own Camp Rock or any of its characters.
So Shane had found his special girl in Mitchie, Nate had found Caitlyn, and I was stuck being the 3rd wheel…or the 5th wheel, technically, but you know what I mean. It was about 2:30 am and we were on the bus heading to New York. Mitchie and Shane were in the back watching some romantic comedy, I'm sure Mitchie picked, and Nate and Caitlyn were already in bed. Their respective beds, I mean. Our parents are on the bus after all. And I was stuck alone, reading a book on penguins, which are technically birds, they just can't fly. I wanted to learn more about them after I saw Happy Feet. I wonder if there really are tap-dancing penguins….
A few minutes later I felt the bus start to slow down. I figured we were just getting gas or something, but once the bus driver, Jim, opened the door, I heard a hissing sound coming from outside.
"That's unusual," Jim commented as he went to see where the hissing was coming from. "Damn. It looks like we're stuck here for the night," he said as he got back on the bus.
"What's wrong?" Dad asked.
"The bus's engine is almost shot."
"How could that be? We just had it inspected," Dad said, worried and frustrated.
"I'm not sure, but at least it did what it was programmed to do: Shut off before something blows up or catches fire."
"What are we gonna do?" asked Mom, worried.
"We need to find a place to stay while the bus gets fixed. It wouldn't be a good idea to stay on the bus because I can't even turn the bus on for the AC. It'll be sweltering in here by dawn," Jim said.
"One of you wake Nate up," Mom said pointing to Shane and I. "Mitchie? Could you wake up Caitlyn?"
"Rock, Paper, Scissors?" Shane asked. Neither of us wanted to wake Nate up. He can be kinda grouchy if he doesn't get his sleep and he's a total grouch if we wake him up after a few hours.
"OK," I said. "Best 2 out of 3."
Crap. I lost.
"Uh…Nate? You gotta get up."
"Nate?" I said shaking his shoulder.
He stirred a little.
"You're gonna have to try harder than that, sweetie," Mom said.
"OK." I turned back to Nate's bunk. "NATE!! GET THE HELL UP!" I screamed.
"What the hell is wrong with you, Jason? Can't a guy get some sleep?" Nate said, glaring at me.
"We have to get off the bus, hon," said Mom.
"Are we at a hotel? I thought we were driving through the night."
"No, the bus broke down and we have to get off so we can find a place to stay. It'll get extremely hot in here if we don't get off," said Dad.
"Fine," he said, finally making an effort to get out of his bunk.
Once we were off the bus, we tried to figure out where we were. It was pretty rural, lots of open space, but very few houses.
"Where the heck are we, anyway?" yelled Shane.
"In the middle of nowhere," I thought.
"I have no idea," said Nate, half asleep.
"We're in Virginia," Jim said, "Chesapeake to be exact. And the GPS says there's a fire station about two miles away."
"Well, Let's start walking, boys," our dad said, meaning for all of us to go.
"Seriously? You're lucky I woke up," Nate said grouchily.
"I'll go with you, Dad," I said. I was wide awake after Nate nearly bit my head off for waking him.
Dad dragged Shane along, but let Nate stay with Mom, Sam (our little brother), Mitchie and Caitlyn. It took us over an hour to get to the fire station because Shane kept stopping to complain about how tired he was and "rest".
"We're all tired," Dad said, "but the sooner we get to the fire station, the sooner we sleep."
We finally got to the fire station a little after 4. Shane practically passed out on the stoop, in front of the door. Dad rang the doorbell and it was another 10 minutes before a burly, mustached man answered.
"Hello, what can I help you with?" he asked.
"Hi our bus broke down and we were wondering if there was anywhere to stay while it gets fixed." Dad said as Shane nodded off on the concrete stoop.
"Well, I'll have to make some calls. Come on in and I'll make some coffee. You look exhausted, especially him," the man said pointing to Shane. My eyes lit up at the mention of coffee. I absolutely love it.
"I'm Rhett, by the way," the mustached man said.
"I'm Cole and these are two of my boys, Jason and Shane," Dad said indicating the two of us.
"So what brings you to Virginia?" Rhett said as he started the coffee pot.
"We were traveling to New York from Florida, making a few stops along the way," I said.
"Oh, so I take it Virginia wasn't one of those stops."
"Not exactly. Not that we mind being in Virginia, but it wasn't on the schedule."
"Gotcha. So how do you like your coffee?"
"Four sugars, chocolate and caramel creamer, and Whipped Cream on top," I said excitedly.
"This isn't Starbucks; we have milk, powdered cow, and ice."
"Powdered cow?" He totally lost me there.
"Powdered creamer. My daughter and I just started calling it powdered cow one day and I've called it that ever since. Can you make do with what we've got?"
"Yeah. I just forgot where I was for a minute. I'm not used to having to make my own coffee."
"Really? Why's that?"
Crap. I wasn't sure if dad was OK with letting Rhett know about us being Connect 3, well at least 2/3 of it. He's probably heard of us, since he said he has a daughter…
"I usually make it for him," Dad covered for me.
"Yeah, I usually make it for my daughter, Liliana, just so she doesn't have to worry about it before she leaves for school. Oh, I totally forgot to ask, but does Shane want any coffee?"
"No, he's not a big coffee drinker, like Jason is," said Dad.
"Alright, well I'm gonna go make those calls. Just holler if you need anything."
"Will do," Dad said.
I sat on the leather couch, next to Shane, who was completely out, and flipped on the TV. Of course it being about 4:30, nothing was on. I turned it off and tried to sleep, but the coffee was, of course, waking me up. I looked around the room. I noticed the brass fire poles, behind me. I'd always wanted to slide down one…maybe I could while we were waiting.
"There are only three of you right?" Rhett yelled from the other room.
"Um…there's actually 8 plus the bus driver, but he'd rather stay with the bus," Dad said.
"Ok. Do you mind splitting up? Most of the hotels are full. We've got the annual carnival in town."
I looked at Dad with a puzzled look on my face. What were we gonna do? Connect 3 can't be split up. Fans we handle together, never alone. It was safer that way.
"We'd prefer not to split up, for safety reasons," Dad finally said.
"Alright," Rhett said, coming back into the main room. "I'm not sure where to send y'all. There's…wait a minute. Let me try one more number." He rushed back to the other room.
"OK, do you mind staying at a house? Like with a host family, of sorts?" Rhett asked a few minutes later.
I looked at Dad. I wasn't sure what he was going to say. I was shocked to hear his answer.
"If it's the only way to keep us together, then, we don't mind. Who would we be staying with?"
"With me and my family. We live just a few minutes from here and we have lots of extra space. There are only three of us," Rhett said.
Huh? I was stunned. We've known this guy for what? Thirty minutes and now he's offering to take us in for a few days? Wow, people in Virginia are really hospitable.
"Alright," Dad said. "But we need to go get the rest of our group and our luggage."
"Of course, but could you wait for about an hour? That's when the rest of the station will start to get up. After that we can take one of the ambulances to your bus."
I tried to get a little sleep after all the arrangements had been made, but I just couldn't get comfortable. Shane, however, had been asleep since we got to the fire station and was now lightly snoring. Lucky him. Dad and Rhett were chatting about…well I don't really know, but they kept talking for the whole hour and I sat there bored out of my mind.
We were finally able to go back to the bus. Dad called Mom to give her a heads up and we arrived less than 5 minutes later. Shane and Nate argued over who would get to lay on the stretcher, until Dad finally intervened. He let Nate get it, cause Shane had gotten some sleep at the fire station already.
"Why are we back here?" I asked as we pulled into the fire station's parking lot. I thought we were going straight to Rhett's house.
"I'm off work now, so there's no point in me driving the ambulance home, just to come back and get my own car. I called my wife, Anna, so she could help me drive y'all to our place."
We got out of the ambulance and Dad, Sam, Nate, Shane and I all piled into Rhett's SUV. Mom, Mitchie, and Caitlyn all got into Anna's car and we left.
Once we got to the house, I noticed that it wasn't as big as I thought. It was two stories, but it was no mansion.
"Is Liliana up?" Rhett asked Anna.
"She wasn't when I left. You know she likes her sleep." She then looked over at Shane, Nate and I like she was trying to figure something out. "Have we met before? You boys look so familiar."
Shit. Shane, Nate and I kept glancing at each other, trying to figure out what to say. Nate was finally the one to respond.
"I don't think so, but we have met quite a few people, so it's possible."
"I didn't think so, either, but I think I've seen you somewhere before. Oh, well. It'll come to me, eventually."
We were working out sleeping arrangements when I heard a "holy crap" come from the doorway of the living room.
I turned to see a blonde girl in a big t-shirt and baggy pajama pants staring at us.
"Mom? What's Connect 3 doing in the living room?" she asked, obviously shocked.
"That's why you boys looked familiar. Liliana has all your CDs," said Anna. "Their bus broke down and with the carnival being in town, there wasn't a hotel that could keep them all together, so your father offered for them to stay here until the bus gets fixed."
"Oh" was all she could say before she turned and bolted up the stairs. I heard a door slam and she reappeared about twenty minutes later, fully dressed complete with make-up and hair.
"Wow," I said. "That was fast. I always thought girls took longer than guys to get ready."
"Not all of us do. I tend to oversleep, so I've gotten it down to a science, for the most part."
"Yeah. So what do you guys plan to do while your bus gets fixed?"
"We hadn't really thought about it," Nate said. "What do you usually do around here?"
"There's the mall, aquarium, a bunch of historical sites…"
"Honey, why don't you show the boys around the area?" Anna said, cutting her off.
"Uh…well…I have work today and I really doubt Connect 3 wants to hang out at the store all day," Liliana said.
"That's weird," Nate mumbled.
"Huh?" I asked. What's wrong with her wanting to go to work?
"She's a fan, but she doesn't want to hang out with us," he whispered. "Not that that's a bad thing right now since we're all tired, but it's odd."
"Well, maybe you can show us around tonight," Mitchie said. "We're all pretty tired since we didn't get much sleep last night."
"Ok, that'll give me some time to plan what to do," Liliana said, slightly relieved.
"Honey, why don't you show our guests to their rooms," Anna chimed in. She handed Liliana the list we'd come up with before she woke up. Mitchie and Caitlyn were staying in Liliana's room, Mom and Dad were in one guest room, and Nate, Shane, Sam and I were staying in the other. Liliana's eyes widened when she saw the list.
"Mom? Really?" she whispered to her mom, pointing to the list. "I'm sure they're nice, but I don't even know them."
"I'm sorry, but we don't have another place for them," Anna said. "You just have to get to know them."
"Fine. Follow me," she said as she headed up the stairs.
"Mr. and Mrs. Gray, you'll be in here and the bathroom is across the hall," she said as she pointed to a room with yellow walls at the top of the stairs. We walked down the hall a bit then stopped in between two doors. "Mitchie, Caitlyn, you'll be in my room," as she pointed to the door on the right. "Sorry about the mess," she said, with a laugh as Caitlyn opened the door to find a room with turquoise walls and clothes all over the floor.
"Wow," mouthed Shane to Nate and me when he saw the mess. She almost gave Shane a run for his money in the mess department.
"You guys are in here," Liliana said pointing to the room on the left. "And, I'm off to work."
"Hey…Um…I'm sorry, I didn't catch your name," I lied.
"Liliana, but call me Lili."
"Ok, Lili. Where's the bathroom?"
"Oh, uh…we kinda have to share a bathroom," she said with an uneasy look. "It joins our rooms." And with that, she quickly turned and bolted down the stairs.
A/N: So? What did you think?? please Review!!!!