Reclaiming Confidence

Life was gone, it was out of Jade West's eyes. Her heart was broken or maybe it was numb.

A stranger walked the halls holding the hand of Beck Oliver. The boy who used to belong to Jade West now walked with a girl in pink frilly clothes with splotchy makeup covering her face.

"Are you excited for Prom?" Beck asked Jade.

She smiled at him her new bubblegum smile "of course," the stranger said.

"Good, will you wear the pink dress I bought you?"

"I have nothing else to wear," the girl said. The Jade that was buried back in the depths behind a cage of girly was shouting 'yes there is a dress it's the one you bought ages ago.' But girly stranger didn't listen.

"You aren't happy about it?"

"No I'm excited," the girl said smiling widely.

"Good," he kissed her forehead.

"You two are cute," someone said passing by.

The girl walked out of her shower and blow dried her hair. It was paper straight when the girl was done. She slipped on her light pink floor length dress and silver heels and jewelry. She put on her makeup and went outside to meet Jade's boyfriend.

"You look beautiful," Beck said as he kissed the girl's hand.

"Thank you," she said quietly.

"Limo?" Beck said opening the door for her. She smiled and slid into the limo. "Are you excited?"

"I'm so excited," she said smiling at him and kissing him lightly. He opened his arm up for her and she cuddled in. "I love you," she said openly since she wasn't Jade West, because Jade West wouldn't say that. Jade West would've said 'I hate you' but her boyfriend Beck Oliver would have smiled and said 'I love you too babe.'

Suddenly she missed that a fire lit up in her heart and warmed it. Putting little fractured pieces back together inside of her. "Beck," the girl's voice said a little harder than usual.

"Ya?"

"I don't want lobster tonight it's gamey and I hate the texture of seafood. I want Lasagna instead I love Italian food."

"But baby I thought you said lobster would be great?"

"I just, I just changed my mind," she said.

"Ok," he conceded.

They got to the restaurant/hotel that the prom was at. He opened the limo door for her and she stepped out. She took his hand and he led her in. He talked with the waiter and after an extra ten bucks of bribery the waiter brought out the girl's Lasagna. She ate almost all of it and thanked both the waiter and Beck for the meal.

All throughout the night Beck and Jade danced. He asked her to slow dance too. She even agreed. "I'm going to go make a request," Jade said.

She got up and talked to the DJ then went into the bathroom. She changed into a totally black totally Jade dress. She smiled at herself in the mirror, Jade was back. She fought against every ounce of brainwashing she'd been put through these past few weeks.

She walked out and strutted up to Beck and kissed him hard.

Suddenly 'This is Me' came on. She smirked at him while she grabbed a microphone that the DJ handed her and got on the stage.

I've always been the kind of girl
That hid my face
So afraid to tell the world
What I've got to say
But I have this dream
Right inside of me
I'm gonna let it show, it's time
To let you know
To let you know

This is real, this is me
I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be, now
Gonna let the light, shine on me
Now I've found, who I am
There's no way to hold it in
No more hiding who I want to be
This is me

Do you know what it's like
To feel so in the dark
To dream about a life
Where you're the shining star
Even though it seems
Like it's too far away
I have to believe in myself
It's the only way

This is real, This is me
I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be, now
Gonna let the light, shine on me
Now I've found, who I am
There's no way to hold it in
No more hiding who I want to be
This is me

You're the voice I hear inside my head
The reason that I'm singing
I need to find you, I gotta find you
You're the missing piece I need
The song inside of me
I need to find you, I gotta find you

This is real, this is me
I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be, now
Gonna let the light, shine on me
Now I've found, who I am
There's no way to hold it in
No more hiding who I want to be
This is me
You're the missing piece I need
The song inside of me (this is me)
You're the voice I hear inside my head
The reason that I'm singing
Now I've found, who I am
There's no way to hold it in
No more hiding who I want to be
This is me

"Beck," Jade's old strong voice came over the speaker. "This is it, this is all I know how to be, you can try to cover me up and push me down but this is what's going to come out in the end. No matter how much time it may take this is what's going to come back. So baby like it or leave it cause there's no way I'm changing it."

"Oh finally!" Beck said grabbing Jade's arms. He looked deeply into her eyes "I've missed you so much Jade West!" Beck kissed her hard on her mouth. "I finally have my Jade back."

People clapped and Jade smiled a rare Jade smile and kissed her boyfriend.