Hi Guys, so here is the next chapter. Sorry it has been a bit since I updated this, but work is reall killing me. 6 days on for 3 weeks, seriously I have no time for anything. Hope you enjoy, and please review.


She had made such a quick exit, and must have gone through the VIP doors yet again.

"Tom", an assistant called, coming up to the judge's table. "We need your mic back now", he said holding out his hand. "And SME wanted me to get you back to their dressing room. So please follow me."

"I can't", I reply. "I need to go find my friend that came tonight."

"They told me to make sure you came with me, so this must be important", the assistant said annoyed.

"Fine, let's go", I said thinking that this is all about a certain someone. Either she is in the dressing room or they know where she is. I walk briskly past the assistant and right to SME's dressing room, knocking on the door.

"Come in", calls Speid.

I open the door to see Wally, Kyle, Spied and Jamie in the room. They all have different looks on their faces that I can't really decipher.

"Hi guys, what's up?", I ask.

"You can leave now guys", says a voice from almost behind me. It was a voice that I will never forget as long as I live. It was her, it was Jude, my girl.

I slowly turn towards her as the guys leave the dressing room.

"Thanks guys," she says. "I'll meet up with you later."

"Sure," Jamie say, as he closes the door. "We'll be at Nana's".

The door closed and we stood there looking at each other. Neither one of us knowing how to start.

She had a look on her face that told me she was internally struggling to find the right way to start this conversation.

"Hi", I said trying to break the silence that had invaded the room. "How was working with our Stars?"

"Good. Some of them were so much fun to work with they are really into the music, and others like Justin were a real pain," she said chuckling.

"What?", I asked missing the humour in what she said.

"Oh, I was just remembering some of the stuff that happened after the camera's left the room".

"Like what?," I asked generously curious.

"Oh, just how after most of the people left the first rehearsal I had with Justin, he started hitting on me. It was too funny. He actually reminded me a bit of you when we first met, cocky and thinking he was God's gift to women," she said teasingly. "If I didn't know you any better I would have thought you taught him a thing or two."

"Really, I knew he was a bit arrogant, but for you to compare him to me that's hurt my feelings. I am an original, girl."

"You, feelings? Ha."

"I do have feelings girl," I say seriously.

"I know," she admits with a sigh. "I… I loved seeing you back on stage again. You looked so happy up there and you were so in your element. I am so glad that you did that."

"Thanks," I say.

"And Sadie said that you are back in the studio recording for your solo album," she says cutting me off. "I am so happy for you. It is what you have always wanted. How did you get Darius to let you have studio time?"

"Avoiding the topic much?", I ask.

"What topic?"

"Oh, come on Jude."

"Fine," she exclaims, "I… I just wanted to delay this conversation as much as possible. I know how you work. I know you better than I know myself sometimes. I know that you are like me, you express yourself the best through a song because sometimes words fail you when you try to say something to a person that you love. And I know that the only way you got onto that stage was because I was in the audience. All I want to know is why. Why did you do it?"

"Why did I do it? I did it because I know you are unhappy by yourself. I know that even though you are doing okay alone in London with your music, you miss me."

"How do you know all of that?", she asked exasperated.

"The same way you know that I am recording and how you got a hold of one of my songs that I thought no one knew about".

"Sadie", she groaned. "I figured that she was up to something. I knew that you were judging, so that was no surprise but every time someone asked her a question about today's show she talked about it more hushed that normal. I guess she didn't want me to find out that you were singing today."

"Well, really no one knew that I was singing today. They kept saying that there would be an 'extremely special guest performance' on today's show. Did you notice backstage they don't even have my name down on anything? All of today's performance schedule backstage has only SME on, not mine. Sadie did a really good job of keeping it a secret."

"Ya, she did. Can I ask you one question?"

"What, Jude."

"Can we get out of here? I'm starving."

"Sure," I say chuckling. "Where do you want to go?"

"I wouldn't mind getting some Thai."

"Thai, but our favourite place is closing in 20 minutes."

"Well, I'll call in our order and pick it up," she said pulling out her cell phone. "The usual?"

"Sure."

"Hey, it's Jude," she says placing the order. "Can I get the T and J usual? How long? I'm on my way, bye."

"Tommy," she calls, "Care to go for a drive to grab the food? I came here with Jamie."

"Okay, let me grab my jacket and we can go."

I grab my jacket with Jude following behind me. I can't believe how this day is turning out. Jude is talking to me. Not only that but we are getting food together. This day can't get any better.