Title: Plan of Action
Theme (s): Summer, How, Trust, Home, Ending
Summary: Macy doesn't think that the Lucas Brothers consider her a friend, and they set out to prove to her that they do.
Plan of Action
Later that night Joe and Nick watched Kevin pace back and forth with amused expressions.
"Need some help, Kev?" Joe asked with a knowing smirk.
Kevin didn't hear them and continued to pace. Joe and Nick could hear him muttering something to himself, and decided to try again.
"Kevin!" Nick called. "Kevin!"
He stopped and looked up at his brothers, "What?"
"Would you like some help?" Joe asked slowly.
"Yes! I don't know what to do! I mean there's Me and then there's Mr. Athleticism and…Macy. And I can't take it! I've got to do something!"
Nick gave Joe a confused glance, "Do you have any idea what he just said?"
"Something about Macy?" Joe said in a questioning tone. "Can we get all of that one more time?"
Kevin took a deep breath, "This Jim guy is bothering me."
Joe's jaw tightened, "Yeah, me too."
"What do I do?"
"Well, you could just ask Macy if she's likes him," Frankie said as he popped out from under Joe's bed.
"Are you kidding me? He can't do that! Then she'll know that he likes her!" Joe exclaimed.
"And that would be bad thing because?" Frankie asked.
"Well, what if she doesn't like him?" Nick asked.
Kevin shook his head, "Gee, thanks for the comforting thoughts. Can we get back to coming up with a solution please?"
"Fine, don't listen to me. I'm just the little one," Frankie snapped as he shook his head walked away.
"Hey! Don't we have one of publicity performances left for this month?" Joe asked his other two brothers.
"What are you saying?" Nick asked warily.
"What better publicity could we get than to be performing for a bunch of scholarship recipients?" Joe asked with a smirk.
"No," Nick said with a roll of his eyes.
"Why not? I like it!" Kevin said. "It's a great idea!"
"You just want to see if this Jim guy is everything Stella said he was," Nick said as he pointed at Joe.
"And you," Nick said as he pointed as his other brother. "…want to be able to keep him far away from Macy."
"Yeah…so?" Joe asked.
"Well, too bad, because two thirds of JONAS says we're doing it," Kevin told his youngest brother.
"Guys, come on…"
"Let's just see what dad has to say, shall we?" Joe suggested as they all raced toward the kitchen. Kevin reached their dad first as he was reading the paper at the dinner table.
Kevin blurted out the question rapidly. Tom Lucas blinked in confusion. Kevin's words had all jumbled together and he had understood none if what he asked.
He stared at his sons with wide searching eyes, "Um…what?"
Joe didn't miss a beat and spoke up while Kevin caught his breathe, "We want to use our last publicity performance for this month at the Statewide Athletic Scholarship Banquet."
"No, They want to use our last publicity performance," Nick clarified with a glare.
"Scholarship banquet, huh?" He asked. "I like it. It says you guys care about people who have dreams other than music…I'll make some calls."
Nick groaned as their dad walked away, "Great, now we're going to hatch some harebrained scheme that will no doubt backfire on us."
"Pssh, when has anything ever backfired on us?" Joe scoffed.
"Well, there was that time we tried not to hurt Macy's feelings," Kevin said.
"And that time we tried to teach Carl a lesson," Nick added.
"And that time we got stuck in Mrs. Misa's thrift store," Kevin continued.
"Okay, okay, I get it…things backfire on us a lot," Joe said with a nod.
"So, we perform at the banquet, but what about all the stuff that's going on tomorrow and Friday? She's gonna see Jim during all of that too," Nick said with a sigh.
Kevin groaned miserably, "I don't even want to think about that."
"We could crash it," Joe suggested.
"No, that would be too obvious even for us," Kevin said with a shake of his head.
"We'll figure it out, Kev," Nick said as he patted his oldest brother's back.
"Oh, I have an idea," Joe said with a grin. "We throw a party of our own Friday night after all of their scrimmage games and stuff. That way we get even more good publicity AND we get to make Jim look bad."
"A party?" Nick asked skeptically.
"You got a better idea?" Joe asked.
He sighed, "Unfortunately not."
"Good, then we go with my plan," Joe said with a smirk.
Macy glanced around the room at all of the other scholarship recipients in shock. Did JONAS really throw a party in their honor? Macy took deep breaths and counted ten. She was slowly but surely getting better at controlling her inner fangirl. She looked down and smoothed out the wrinkles in her dress, and when she looked back up both Kevin and Jim standing on either side of her.
"Hey, Macy," They both said simultaneously. Kevin gave Jim a small glare, but held out a plastic cup of soda for Macy.
"I thought you might be thirsty," he said brightly.
She smiled brightly at him, "Thank you, Kevin."
"I, um, got you a piece of cake," The blonde said as he held a plate.
"Oh, well, um, Thank you Jim," Macy said in a polite tone. There was a moment of awkward silence as both guys took in the competition. Macy glanced down at the drink in one hand and the cake in the other. She glanced around for a table to set something on, but couldn't find one. Jim and Kevin noticed her struggle.
"Here, let me hold something for you," Jim said as he held out a hand.
"Oh, no, here let me take it," Kevin said as he reached for the drink. Jim reached as well, and their hands collided against the cup. Kevin and Jim watched with wide eyes as the cup flew backward and spilled all over Macy's dress. She cried out in shock as the cold liquid soaked her front. Kevin winced and took the plate out of her hands. Stella rushed over from her conversation with Joe and grimaced.
"Oh my. Okay, Macy, let's…get you out of this dress and into something dry. Maybe Mrs. Lucas has something you can borrow," Stella said as she slowly led her away.
"Sorry, Macy!" Jim and Kevin called out simultaneously once again.
"Oooo, Stella's going to kill you," Joe muttered.
"Hey, it was totally his fault!" Kevin said as he motioned Jim.
"My fault? I started reaching for the cup first!" Jim said in his own defense.
"Well, if you had waited to hand her the cake that spill wouldn't have happened," Kevin said with a glare.
"Okay," Nick said as he stepped in between them. "Why don't you both retreat to your corners at least until Macy gets back. Let's just all calm down. It was an accident."
Kevin sighed and walked away. That had gone all wrong. He couldn't believe he had spilled soda all over Macy. Nothing was working out the way it was supposed to. The plan was to make Jim look bad not himself.
Macy didn't understand what had just happened. She replayed it in her head in slow motion. She looked down at her new dress miserably.
"I swear, after we find you something to wear I'm going to kill one of those guys. This is a Stella original, and now it's going to have to be dry cleaned which they will be paying for, by the way," Stella ranted as she searched through Mrs. Lucas' closet. Mrs. Lucas had immediately given them permission to borrow an outfit when she had seen Macy.
"So, what happened?" Macy asked in confusion. "I mean I know what happened but…why?"
Stella slowly turned to face her best friend, "Well, you had one too many men trying to be chivalrous, that's what happened."
"I get that too or at least I get Jim…but Kevin?"
Stella smirked at her friend, "Oh Macy, sometimes you are too adorable for words."
"Okay, it's clear by your tone that I'm missing something…"
"I would explain, but I'm afraid this might be something you have to figure out for yourself," Stella said as she set out a dress on the bed. "What do you think of this one?"
Her brow furrowed thoughtfully at Stella's words. What did she need to figure out? It didn't make sense. Stella was talking like Kevin had some sort of secret crush on her or…
"Oh my gosh!" Macy shouted as she took several deep breaths. Stella gave her a concerned glance.
"Mace? You okay over there?"
"I-I…you said…you don't mean…Kevin…"
Stella sat down beside of her and put a hand on her back, "Breathe, Macy, breathe. In, out."
"But-but…I can't…he can't…I'm nobody! And he's…a JONAS," Macy said as she took deep gasping breaths.
Stella shoved Macy's shoulder, "You are NOT nobody! And Kevin isn't just a JONAS…he's a regular guy too."
"I know, but even Kevin Lucas is too goo-"
"Don't say it," Stella said sternly. "If you finish that statement I will have to smack you."
"Well, he is!"
Stella sighed and smacked Macy on the back of the head, "Wake up, sister! You are a catch! If you ask me Kevin is the lucky one. You are loyal, trustworthy, sweet, and even a little goofy. I personally think the two of you would be absolutely adorable together. Well, assuming you like him of course…as more than just a member of JONAS."
Macy had to admit that last statement stung, but she could see why Stella would be concerned. She had never hid her love of all things JONAS. She glanced down at her feet as she thought things through.
"I'll let you get dressed and think about things. I'll be outside when you're done."
What did she truly think of Kevin Lucas? Just Kevin Lucas…not JONAS. She smiled softly as she thought about him. He was sweet, and he made her laugh. He trusted her completely. And there was something about him that drew her in. There was no word for it, but it was there. He was the first Lucas she truly began to see as a normal guy, and he was the one she became the most flustered around. Her smile brightened as she thought about him bringing her a drink earlier. She had been so happy to have him pay attention to her, and the whole time Jim had been standing there with them she had really wanted him to go away. She would rather spend time with Kevin than any other guy she knew, and she would do anything to protect him and his privacy. She quickly put on the dress Stella had picked out, and slipped her shoes back on. A warm feeling spread throughout her chest as she thought about going back into the party. There was no doubt in her mind now that she had feelings for Kevin Lucas.
She faced Stella as she entered the hallway, "How does this look?"
"Very nice, it's not quite a Stella original but it is definitely a close second," Stella said with a smile. "You ready?"
She smiled brightly and nodded, "Let's do this."
"First I want to know something," Stella said as she turned to her friend. "Do you still think Kevin is too good for you?"
"Honestly? I still do, but only because he's the sweetest and most entertaining guy I've ever met," Macy said with a shy smile.
Stella smiled softly at her friend, "I can live with that."
They reentered the room and Jim immediately approached Macy, "I am so sorry. It was an accident I promise."
She nodded at him, but tuned him out as he rambled nervously. She searched around the room for Kevin and finally found him standing by himself in a corner. He glanced in her direction longingly and she smiled gently at him. She turned her attention back to Jim as he wrapped up his statement.
"Excuse me, Jim," She said politely as she stepped around him and made her way toward Kevin. She stopped when she reached him and smiled.
"Hi," She said brightly.
"Hi," He said with a gulp. "How's your dress?"
"Stella says it will have to be dry cleaned, but other than that it's okay," She said with a smile.
"Aren't you mad at me?" He asked.
"Why would I be mad at you?"
"I dumped soda on your dress," he told her as if she hadn't realized it before.
"I know, but you didn't do it on purpose," Macy said. "Besides if you got mad at me every time I accidently hurt you we wouldn't be friends right now."
"Very true," he said with a small teasing smile.
"I'm going to ask you a question, and please answer honestly," Macy said as she swallowed thickly.
He nodded, "I will."
"And if you don't I'll know…you're a terrible liar," She said with a nervous grin before she continued. "Why did you guys go to all of this trouble? I mean first we all find out that you're performing at the banquet and then you host a party for us…why?"
"Do you really want to know?" He asked hesitantly.
"Please, Kevin, I need to know."
"I didn't like the idea of you spending all that time alone with Jim so we thought if we performed at the banquet and threw a party that I could keep an eye on Mr. Athleticism over there," Kevin told her in an embarrassed tone.
"So all of this is because…you were jealous?"
"I'm sorry! I know I shouldn't have tried to spy on you, but I was going insane! I mean he's all perfect and into all these sports. There's no way I can compete with that!"
She smiled brightly, "What are you talking about? You're much better than Jim."
"I am?" He asked her hopefully.
She gave him a look that very clearly said "duh".
"You get my stupid jokes, and you put up with my klutzy behavior, and you don't mind that I practically cause seismic waves when I sing. You've seen me at less than my best and you're still so sweet. Besides you make me laugh and you're always very good at making me feel better. All of that…goes a really long way," She told him honestly.
"What are you saying?" He asked.
"I'm saying I'd much rather spend time with Kevin Lucas than with anyone else," Macy said with a happy sigh.
"Seriously?" He asked.
"I wouldn't say it if I wasn't serious," Macy told him as she took a step closer. Kevin smiled and grabbed her hand.
"Follow me," He said as he led her away from the crowd and into their laundry room. He shut the door behind them.
"What are we doing?" She asked.
"Hiding from camera phones," Kevin told her with a smile.
"Why? I mean well other than the fact that you're famous."
"Because I'm about to say a few things I don't want the entire internet to hear," He told her with a nervous sign. "Before I do this, though, I need to know something…"
"You're going to ask me how I would feel about you if you weren't a member of JONAS, aren't you?" She asked knowingly.
"You don't hate me for asking that do you?"
"I'd be worried if you didn't ask me that," She said truthfully. "Look, you know that I LOVE your band. Okay, that's obvious, but believe me what I'm feeling right now has nothing to do with JONAS."
"Okay," he said as he took a deep breath. She gave him a questioning glance just before he pulled her close and smothered her lips with his. Her hands moved up his arms and stopped on the back of his neck. He deepened the kiss as her hands slipped into his curls. After another moment Kevin pulled away and brought a hand up to caress her cheek. "I forgot what I was going to say."
She chuckled, "I don't think you really need to say anything."
"Would you mind ditching this party to hang out somewhere…quiet?" He asked.
"Lead the way," Macy said as she slipped a hand in his.