Hey everyone! I apologize profusely for this taking so long. I had some pretty big events going on in life and they took up most of my writing time, but I am back with the newest chapter and hope you like it. Oh, and can any 90's kids find the line from the late 90's movie?
Disclaimer: same as always...I own nothing but my own imagination.
A Little Celebration
Jude woke up to the sound of her phone ringing. She picked it up, groaning at the caller ID, and answering it with a mumbled hello.
"Jude, how are you, how are things going?"
"I'm fine D, what do you need?"
"I need you to do me a favor, can you come in?"
"D, it's eight o'clock on a Saturday morning, can it wait for a couple hours?"
"Sure, see you in two hours."
"Okay," Jude said and heard the call disconnect right as she was asking, "what am I going to be doing?"
Jude walked into GMajor two hours later and was met by a frustrated Darius in the lobby.
"Give her star quality." Jude looked to where he pointed at Keisha and her crew and smiled at them and signaled them to wait a minute. She got an eye roll from Keisha.
"Uh, D, can I talk to you for a minute?" Jude asked and they stepped to the side.
"First, why so harsh and second, I'm not a movement coach or a choreographer, hire one of those." Jude said quietly, "This girl does not want to work with me, why are you trying to force it?"
"You have a natural talent for performing. You've shown you still have it. Why not share it with the next generation?" Darius smiled at her.
"You do realize that I'm not working for you right now." Jude crossed her arms.
"Do you want a job to come back to?" His voice firm.
"That would be great, but you know as well as I do that I've been offered other opportunities."
"We both know you're going to do this, so why argue?"
"I'm just letting you know where I stand. I'm not going to keep coming to the rescue, after this you're going to have to hire someone to do the other jobs."Jude turned toward the makeshift stage and called over her shoulder, "Also, I have to give you a hard time for waking me up on my day off." Darius smiled at her and went to his office.
"Hey guys, I'm Jude." The four unknown to Jude ran through introductions.
"Okay girls, show me what you've got." Sadie and Mason walked up behind her as the music started. Jude pulled out a small camera and recorded as the three of them watched DKPLO attempt to perform an obscene number that looked awkward. When they finished, Keisha looked at her expectantly and Jude hit stop and spoke up.
"Okay, so…" Jude said, choosing her words carefully, "Your singing was great." The girls smiled, "Your choreography on the other hand, needs some work."
"It's sexy." Keisha snapped. Jude sighed.
"It's vulgar and uncoordinated. Sexy would be if you classed it up five notches and could stay on beat." Jude could see a diva fit brewing and before she could say another word Keisha exploded.
"What do you know has-been? You don't do choreographed numbers on stage, you haven't even been on stage in years."
"You're right. I don't do choreographed numbers on stage and I haven't performed much in the past few years," Keisha got a smug look on her face. "but, I have been in this industry for a long time, I know what works and what doesn't. If you don't check your attitude, you'll be gone before your first single drops."
"Is that a threat?" Keisha's voice rose an octave.
"No, it's a fact." Jude told her calmly, "I've seen enough people come and go to know that this type of attitude isn't taken for very long by anyone in the industry, people have been dropped for less. So calm down and take the advice and the constructive criticism from someone who knows, 'kay." Keisha went silent and the other girls looked shocked. "Now, take ten."
As the girls walked away, Jude ran her hand through her hair and sighed, What did I agree to this for? She turned to face Sadie and Mason, "I have my work cut out for me."
Sadie put her arm around Jude's shoulders, "Yeah, you do."
"What else would you rather be doing on a Saturday?" Mason asked and Jude gave a sarcastic laugh.
"Okay girls, run it again." Jude said when they returned.
"Why, so you can hate on it some more?"
Jude ignored the comment and cued the music.
"You two in back, speed up a half of beat on the chorus." Jude instructed when they finished, "And you two in the middle, slow down a half beat."
They nodded and Jude said, "Instead of the hip thrusting in the third verse, try a hip shake into a hip dip."
They worked for another hour and when they finished making the performance acceptable, Jude called Darius and hit record on the camera.
"That's what I'm talking about. Good work." He smiled after he watched the tweaked performance.
The girls smiled and packed their things up. As they walked out the door, Jude called Keisha.
"Hey, I thought you might like this. It's before and after." Jude extended a jewel case toward her.
"Thanks." She took it with an unreadable look, shouldered her bag and walked out.
Jude turned to Sadie, "I have this work thing tonight, you wanna come?"
"What kind of work thing?"
"It's a little celebration, Theory's first single dropped and is doing awesome."
"I don't know…"
"Come on, it'll be fun," Jude said in a singsong tone.
"Awesome. I'll come get you at seven."
Jude and Sadie walked into the crowded venue where the small celebration was being held.
"Hey guys." Jude walked up to their place at the bar, "This is Sadie, my sister."
"Hi Sadie, I'm Tyler." He offered her a hand. Sadie shook it and both lingered a few seconds longer than needed.
"This is Dave, Dean, and Joe." Tyler told her and each of them waved at their name.
"So, how does it feel to have your new single do so well?" Jude asked the group.
"Freaking awesome" was the consensus. One of the guys motioned to the bartender and he brought them a round. Each one grabbed a glass and clinked them together before downing the liquid inside.
They celebrated until closing time, Jude watching the interaction between her sister and the lead singer, and then went their separate ways. Jude and Sadie started off towards Sadie's.
"So," Jude said to Sadie, "what did you think about Tyler?"
"He's nice." Sadie responded and Jude laughed, "What?"
"Oh come on, you were making eyes with him all night."
Sadie opened her mouth to protest, "Don't even try to deny it. It was there the minute you two saw each other."
"Yeah." She admitted laughing as she looked away and bit her lip.
"You should go for it." Jude told her after a short silence.
Jude nodded, "I haven't seen you smile like that in a while."
"Well, I gave him my number, so we'll see how it goes." Jude smiled to herself as they continued to walk down the street.
A couple of minutes later they heard the honk of a car horn and a silver SUV pulled over.
"You ladies want a ride home?" Tyler asked as he rolled the window down.
"You good?" Jude asked him.
"Yep, I'm Designated Dave tonight."
"Then we'd love one." Sadie answered.
Tyler got out and opened the rear door for them, offering a hand first to Sadie and then to Jude and closed the door behind them.
"So, where to?" He asked when it was just the three of them. Sadie gave directions to her apartment complex. They pulled up and said their goodbyes. Sadie hung back and talked with Tyler for a minute. Jude smirked as she let herself into the building and then into the apartment. Sadie followed a short time later.
Jude headed home the next morning and started a pot of coffee. As it brewed, Jude flipped through the mail; sorting the bills from the junk, the important from the not important. She took the letter with familiar handwriting, poured a cup of coffee and sat down on the couch, tucking her feet under her. After she read it she pulled her journal out from under the couch cushion where she stashed it and started writing a response.
I'm glad I could bring some entertainment to your life. The interview airs next week, you should check it out. It might be good, depending on what they all do with it. You know, we think a lot alike. I said the same thing to the interviewer about the name they gave us. I like it, we should use it. How? I really don't know, but I'm sure we could think of something.
Today I had an interesting task. I got a call from D early this morning (it was like 8, but that's early for me, especially on a Saturday) and when I went into GMajor he had me be a movement coach to DKPLO. I told him next time that he needed to find someone else to do that stuff after this, so we'll see how that goes. Also, today there was a celebration for Theory's single dropping and kicking ass. Sadie and I went to the party and she hit it off with Tyler. I think that's pretty cool.
How is tour going? I know how it can be. Try to pick up a few new movies or something when you stop at the next town so you don't have to watch the same few episodes of whatever show Darius has on there. I know Beaches got sickening for me.
Three weeks until you're in Toronto. I'm counting the days too. Hopefully it'll go by fast and not be the eternity it will most likely feel like. Love you and see you soon.
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