Don't own most of the characters

"Alright buddy it's time for bed. No arguments!" Spencer said to her young son.

"But Mommy can't I watch one more Spongebob, please? I'm not even tired." He whined but his yawn and droopy eyes gave him away, he was exhausted.

"No way little man. It's past your bed time. Maybe you can watch more when you wake up. But now off to bed with you."

"Okay Mommy. I love you." He said as he walked down the hall to his room.

After he climbed into his bed, Spencer hugged him and said, "Sleep tight little man. And don't let the bed bugs bite."

"Night Mommy, sing good tonight." He was out when his head hit the pillow.

Spencer smiled and kissed her son on the forehead. No matter what hand life dealt her, as long as Dylan was happy and healthy she was happy. The last five years hadn't been easy but she had remained strong because of him.

Catching herself before she let her past come rushing back she reminded herself that her future was bright. She could do anything she set her mind to. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger right?

With one more look at her son, Spencer left Dylan's room. She knew her friends would be there any minute to pick her up.

"I must be crazy to be going out to the bar the night before the biggest audition of my life." Spencer whined from the back seat.

"Girl would you quit complaining. You need to relax. How better to do that then a few beers with friends. Anyways it's karaoke night so you can practice at the same time. It's a win-win situation." Layla laughed trying to cheer up her best friend.

"I'm still not happy. I should be home sleeping. Tomorrow's gonna be a long day. I need to be ready." Spencer pouted knowing it wouldn't do any good.

"Honey Joel is expecting us. Before he left he said 'you better get that girl out here. With these fools in town for the auditions I need someone fabulous on my stage!' You can't let him suffer, you'll never hear the end of it." Aiden stated and him being Joel's partner she knew he would never hear the end of it either.

Spencer knew she would get no sympathy so she gave in, "Alright I'll play nice while we're out. And if I don't make it to LA it will be on your heads."

"Oh honey you sing like we all know you can there's no way you don't get your golden ticked. We know you'll be great." Aiden said with a huge beaming grin.

Her friends and family had total confidence in her, she wished she could share in that certainty. This was her one and only chance to audition for The One, the hottest singing competition reality show on the planet, well at least in the United States. The show has a cut off age of thirty and she was now twenty-nine, after this year she would be too old. She was nervous as hell but she hoped her two friends didn't notice. One good thing about going out tonight was the she could work on looking calm, cool and collected on the outside because inside she definitely wasn't. But if she was going to get a golden ticket tomorrow her nerves could not show.

When they arrived at the bar Spencer was thankful that they could park in the private parking lot for bar employee's. Being a regular bar tender and occasional weekend musical performer has it's perks. There were cars everywhere and people were waiting outside to enter the bar. They snuck in the back door and were amazed at how many people were packed into their favorite bar. Spencer couldn't remember it ever being this packed.

Aiden left them to go talk to Joel. The girls headed to the bar to get themselves a pitcher. After only a couple minutes Tina came over to greet them.

"Hey baby," Giving Layla a quick kiss. "And look what my sweet kitty cat dragged in," hugging Spencer. "I'm so glad you're here girl, we need some talent up on that stage. These fools are driving me nuts. They are tipping well but some couldn't sing their way out of a paper bag. Go relax at your favorite table and I'll send a pitcher over ASAP."

"Thanks Tina. How did you manage to save us a table? Pretty amazing given it's packed." Spencer said feeling glad to be able to sit in this mass of people.

"Anything for our soon to be star. VIP treatment all the way baby, get used to it."

About a half an hour later Aiden finally reappeared. He had a big grin on his face so Spencer knew what was coming next.

"Joel said he can put in three songs for you. He wanted to do more but there's just too many people. So we chose True Colors, Crazy Bitch for fun, and you'll start out with Autumn and Me."

"You know I don't have to sing at all if that would be easier on him. We could just forget the whole thing and go home."

Aiden looked at Spencer with an overly dramatic shocked look on his face and said, "You are kidding right? After all we've done to make this happen. Your adoring public is waiting to hear your beautiful voice."

"You are so full of shit. These people don't give a damn about me."

"Those that matter do and that's us chica so who cares about them." Layla said with a smile.

"Exactly, couldn't have said it better myself." Aiden added. "Anyways Joel is calling you up next."

"Great, this should be fun. But I'm doing Crazy Bitch first. I've gotta blow off some steam."

As her friends started laughing Joel called Spencer's name.