Title: With A Little Help
Pairings: Logan/Camille and Kendall/Jo
Disclaimer: I don't really own these characters, I only imagine I do.
Summary: Summer begins with aweek in Vegas that doesn't turn out as planned, but they'll all have to make the best of it. Takes place two months after 'And So It Goes'.
Notes: As promised, the sequel. I would have begun posting this on Monday, but I've been sidetracked by two other stories I've been working on, one of which will be the end of this series and looks to be gigantic! This is kind of a slow start, and as the summary states, takes place about two months after the last one. Hopefully you like it, and if I don't post daily, I will try and post every other day. Enjoy!
"What can possibly be taking him so long?" James asked, pacing outside the door to the classroom. "And what are you doing?"
His eyes had fallen on Carlos who was literally jumping in place.
"I can't help it," Carlos said with a grin. "We're done! We've got the whole summer without any more books or reports or math or anything! I don't have to think again until September!"
"Yeah," Kendall said, looking far less enthusiastic, "just three months on a tour bus and then straight back to school without stopping."
"Not for another two weeks," Carlos said, the bounce seemingly gone out of him in midair.
"It's going to be so great," James added, smiling wide enough for the three of them. "That is if Logan ever gets done in there."
"He's probably triple checking his answers," Carlos suggested.
"He's probably making Miss Collins grade his exam while he waits," Kendall said.
"Gustavo is going to kill us if we're not at the studio on time," James added, looking back at the door in frustration.
"Relax," Kendall said with a shrug. "It's not like he can fire us now."
"It's not that," James said impatiently. "We've still got a lot to do if we're going to be ready for this."
"If we're not ready now, we're not going to be," Carlos said evenly, with Kendall nodding in agreement.
"We can always improve," James replied, earning outright stares in return. "Well, we can."
"Can what?" Logan asked, having finally come out of the classroom, his arms full of books.
"Finally!" James snapped.
"What's all that?" Kendall asked, ignoring James's outburst.
"This," Logan said, stopping to shove the books into his bag without looking up at any of them. "Nothing. Just, you know... I'm going to take a few correspondence courses over the summer."
"When are you going to have time to do that?" Kendall asked.
"I'll find time," Logan said, shrugging off the question.
"But why..." Carlos began to ask, but James quickly interrupted him.
"Who cares. We've got to go."
"Calm down," Kendall snapped. "We've got plenty of time."
James let out a huff of air in frustration and stalked off in front of them, leading the way out of the Palms with Carlos close at his heels, still all but bursting with excess energy.
"Seriously," Kendall said, hanging back as Logan hoisted his backpack onto his shoulders. "You can't possibly think..."
"I'll get it done," Logan interrupted. "It's only a few extra classes and we're going to have plenty of down time in between cities."
"Yeah, but we're going all across the country. Don't you want to get out and see some of it?"
"What I want is to see myself in a top-ten college in two years. And then medical school. If I don't start applying myself now, that's not going to happen."
"All right," Kendall said, not wanting to argue but highly skeptically that even Logan could pull off that much work given their already full schedule.
They made quick work of getting to the studio after that, largely due to James, who kept hurrying them along. Kelly met them at the entrance with her usual broad smile.
"How'd it go?" she asked, knowing they'd each taken their final exams for the school year.
They all gave varied replies that essentially boiled down to 'good'.
"Great," Kelly said, turning on her heels, the only indication she ever gave that they were to follow, "because if you hadn't have passed, you'd be out of the group."
"What?" Carlos yelped.
"You never said that before," James said almost at the same time.
"I didn't want you to worry," Kelly answered, shrugging it off. "I knew you'd all do your best."
"Yeah, well apparently you haven't met James," Logan returned.
"I do okay," James said defensively. "We can't all be brainiac know-it-alls like you."
"Stop," Kelly said, quickly interfering. "Come on. You've got a lot to do this afternoon, but first, Gustavo wants to see you in his office."
"About?" Kendall asked, throwing a quizzical look at the other guys, as they continued to follow Kelly as she quickly walked down the hall.
"You'll see," Kelly said, knocking once on the door before throwing it open and ushering them inside.
"You wanted to see us," Kendall said, feeling strangely tense, like any minute the rug was going to be swept out from underneath them.
"Sit down," Gustavo barked, which was even more unnerving, since he never asked them to sit in his office.
They all looked, first at one another, and then at Kelly, for some kind of reassurance that Gustavo hadn't maybe gone insane. However, Kelly just smiled and nodded, so they all sat uneasily on the couch and waited.
"There's been a slight change of plans," Gustavo began after a lengthy pause.
"How slight?" James asked anxiously.
"We're not leaving to go on tour in two weeks."
"What?" they all said at once.
"We're leaving tomorrow," Gustavo finished, smiling even.
"Tomorrow?" Kendall asked, the first to recover.
"We're going to Vegas," Kelly said, too excited to contain herself any longer.
"What? Why?" Carlos asked, looking around for some kind of explanation.
"I am so confused right now," Logan muttered. "Why are we going to Vegas? Vegas wasn't on the schedule."
"That's awesome!" James yelled, jumping to his feet.
"No," Carlos said, shaking his head admittedly.
"Why are we going to Vegas?" Logan repeated.
"Tomorrow?" Kendall asked again.
"I thought you guys would be excited," Kelly said, her own good mood deflating.
"I am," James said.
"Griffin pulled some strings and got Big Time Rush a spot in Mandalay Bay's Summer Music Festival next Saturday. They open all their venues to different acts and... why aren't you all as excited about this as James?"
"We're leaving tomorrow?" Kendall said, yet again.
"Next Saturday?" Carlos asked, shaking his head in disbelief.
They all turned to Logan, waiting.
"I'm good now."
"Great," Gustavo said sarcastically. "Now what's wrong with you two?"
"Well, Carlos," James began, but was quickly interrupted.
"Is fine," Carlos said, cutting across the rest of his sentence harshly. "It's fine. Great. Vegas."
"It's going to be fun," Kelly said, trying to reassure them. "I've got the whole trip planned out. You've only got to do about four or five songs on Saturday afternoon. Besides some rehearsals, the rest of the time you'll be free."
"To do what exactly?" Logan asked. "None of us are old enough to do anything in Vegas."
"That's not true," Kelly argued. "You'll see. It's going to be fun."
"See," James said, still bouncing on the balls of his feet. "It's going to be fun, guys. I've got to get home and pack."
"You all have to get home and pack," Kelly amended.
"Does my mom know about this?"
"She does," Kelly answered. "And she's coming with us."
"Why didn't she tell us?" Kendall asked, getting reluctantly to his feet.
"Because it was a surprise," Kelly answered, growing disappointed at their reaction to what she thought was great news. "Now, the tour bus is going to pick you up tomorrow morning at eight. Be ready."
"We will be," James said happily.
Carlos managed a weak smile, Logan's attempt was only a bit better, but Kendall still looked put out by the news.
"So, what happens after this show?" he asked, hanging back in the office to hash it out with Kelly and Gustavo. "Are we going straight on tour or what?"
"You'll have that week off so if you wanted to come back to L.A. or go home first, that's up to you," Kelly answered. "Why?"
"Well, I mean, you kind of sprung this on us. We've got friends here and..."
Kelly smiled and nodded, finally getting it.
"You're worried about your girlfriend," she said.
"Tell her that's just part of the deal," Gustavo said brusquely.
"I've got it covered," Kelly said evenly. "Trust me."
"Have I let you down before?"
"Don't answer that," Gustavo said, causing her to roll her eyes.
"Okay," Kendall said, finally smiling. "If you've got us covered then... okay."
"Eight o'clock," Kelly repeated, her voice sharp. "I mean it. You miss the bus then..."
"You're out," Gustavo barked.
"Got it," Kendall called over his shoulder, jogging to catch up with the rest of the guys, before suddenly stopping and coming back to them in a hurry.
"What now?" Gustavo asked.
"You've got us all covered, right?"
"Yes," Kelly said, nodding and wondering how Kendall would think she'd forget that Logan had a girlfriend as well.
"Just checking," Kendall said, hurrying off again. Confident that Kelly had a plan in place for everything, including Carlos's birthday.