ADDITIONAL CAST MEMBERS
Jonathan B Wright
Timeline: Early December 2012. During the 'Glee Live! World Tour'
"Guys! Hurry up! Neil's interview is starting!" Heather Morris called out, which led to a herd of stampeding footsteps reaching a crescendo as the cast of Glee ran into the green room of the O2 arena in London, England. It was 10:00 in the morning and the show didn't start until 7:30 in the evening so the cast were chilling in the arena. Except for Neil Haskell. He decided to represent the cast for an interview on the British television show: 'This Morning' and he had to leave at 8:30 to get to Granada Studios and get his hair and make-up done on time.
The cast were sat around a circular sofa as the theme music to the breakfast show rang throughout the green room.
"Now, ever since it aired in America, the TV show 'Glee' has taken the world by storm. Take a look at this." Phillip Schofield said before a clip started to play.
Dylan was stood on the auditorium stage, singing his heart out
Mix and match me
Try and catch me if you can!
I got a story that's strange but true
So come fly with me for a bird's eye view
I got the world at my command!
And I'll be your one man Disneyland
I don't wanna wait for the cops to arrive
I wanna tell my story live in living colour
Turn me in and turn me on
Yes I'm live in living colour
Blink your eyes and I'll be gone
Yes, I'm live in living colour
Turn me in and turn me on!
Yes I'm live in living colour
Blink your eyes, blink your eyes and I'll be gone!
"Wow. What a moment. And we have Neil Haskell who plays Dylan in the studio with us now." Phillip said before turning to Neil, who was smiling to the hosts.
"How is it working on Glee? It's one of the biggest shows in the world and you're looked up to by kids everywhere." Holly Willoughby said and Neil smiled.
"Yeah. It's awesome, you know? I mean, just to know that you are looked up to not just kids but teenagers too and how they can relate to the characters. I've got letters from many teenagers about losing one or both of their parents and it was just amazing to know that my character has inspired kids around the world when they're in a really dark place." Neil answered, Phillip and Holly nodding along.
"And since you started on Glee, you've become a huge star. Has it still sunk in that when you go for a walk and people yell your name and ask for your autograph because of this show?" Phillip asked.
"In all honesty, no. I started filming Glee in late 2009 so it's nearly been 4 years and it still hasn't sunk in that I've become this famous because of one TV show but it's amazing." Neil replied, the two hosts smiling.
"And you've been in the papers in both here and in America because after you confess your love to fellow co-star Heather Morris onstage during one of your songs, you two have been in an established relationship for…" Holly the said before Neil stepped in.
"6 months now. It's actually our anniversary today and if she's watching, she needs to go to her dressing room when this interview is finished." Neil said looking to the camera.
"Have you surprised her?" Phil asked and Neil nodded smiling, the hosts smiling along too.
"Aww, that's so sweet." Phil then said and Neil's smile grew.
"Now, we actually have had a poll on our website asking what everyone thought your favourite song was throughout your time on glee." Holly then said and Neil smiled.
"And…drum roll…" Phil said and Neil laughed.
"In 3rd place was your version of Elton John's 'Rocket Man' in Season 3."
"In 2nd place was your version of Mika's 'Grace Kelly' in Season 3."
"And in 1st place…was your cover of Christina Aguilera's 'Hurt' in Season 2." Holly then finished and Neil nodded.
"I got so many good reviews for 'Hurt'. And that was so difficult to do in recording because you need to hit the song on the head emotion-wise as well as note-wise because it's such a personal song to anyone who listens to it. Whenever someone listens to it, they immediately think of someone who they had lost and to really try and sing with so much pain and hurt was hard but it worked in the end and I actually got a positive response from Christina Aguilera." Neil said and the hosts' eyes widened.
"Really?" Phil asked.
"Wow." Holly added on.
"Yeah. She said that she thought it was beautiful and that I was very talented and I had never been so flattered. To get a comment from the original artist of a beautiful song you've covered, it's just incredible." Neil then said.
"Especially when it's Christina Aguilera." Phil then said and Neil nodded.
"Alright, so now we want to ask you a few questions from viewers before you go because you have a long day ahead of you. You have a show tonight in London don't you?" Holly asked and Neil nodded again.
"Yes, I'm performing with the Glee cast at the O2 arena which should be an awesome show. And we also have the concert movie coming out in the UK on the 14th September so if you didn't catch the concert, catch the movie because it will be an amazing experience." Neil said and the hosts smiled before looking to the questions.
"Okay. This is from Jane in County Durham: if you could be in any Glee number that you weren't in, which would it be and why?" Phil asked and Neil smiled.
"I have thought about this question. And there's this scene where Heather and Naya, who play Brittany and Santana, perform 'Me Against The Music' by Britney and Madonna and they're dancing against a wall. I would be that wall." He said before everyone laughed.
"But seriously. There's this number in Season 1 called 'Home' with Kristin Chenoweth and that's my favourite number from the first season. One of my favourite glee numbers of all time in fact. It is so amazing and so beautiful and I'd just love to be in that number." Neil said and the hosts nodded before moving onto the next question.
Meanwhile, the rest of the cast were looking to each other.
"I never knew that. And I've been dating him for 6 months." Heather said before an idea popped into her head.
She then stood up before turning to the others.
"Guys, I have a plan-" She said before hearing a voice from the TV address her.
"And Heather! You can look in your dressing room now." Holly said.
"Right after I check out my dressing room." Heather then said before sprinting off, the cast laughing at her quick exit.
Half an hour later
Neil was in a black taxi, something he always found fascinating, coming back from the interview when he got a text. He got his Blackberry out and saw it was from Heather. Neil subconsciously smiled before opening it.
OMG! I LUV U SO MUCH! :O :D :')
Neil's smile grew before punching in a reply.
I do try :) I'm glad u enjoy it
He sent it just as they got around the back of the arena. Neil reached for his wallet but the driver stopped him.
"No need. As long as you sign something for my daughter. She loves you on Glee." the driver replied in a Northern accent. Neil smiled as the driver got a pen and a piece of paper.
"Who shall I sign it to?" Neil asked.
"Megan." The driver replied and Neil nodded, signing it before giving it back to the driver.
"Thanks, man." Neil said as he left the car.
"Anytime there, mate." The driver replied before looking into the front seat and seeing a £50 note. The driver just smiled before putting the key in the ignition and driving away.
Neil headed down the backstage corridor when he saw Mark Salling heading the other way.
"Hey, Mark." Neil said.
"Hey, Neil. Ryan said to be ready for soundcheck at 1. And Heather wants to see you." Mark said with a smile which Neil returned.
"Is she in her dressing room?" he asked and Mark nodding before turning to go into his, Harry's and Jonathan's dressing room. Neil's smile grew before she headed towards Heather's and Ariana's dressing room. Neil knew Ariana was in soundcheck with Naya for 'Sweet Dreams' and 'Unfaithful' so Neil could only anticipate what his girlfriend had planned.
He soon got there and knocked on the door.
"Yep?" Heather called.
"Guess who?" Neil asked and he could feel the smile on Heather's face.
"Simon Cowell?" Heather then asked, feigning Brittany Pierce's innocent unintelligence to which Neil could only laugh at.
"Yes, love. I've come to say how super brilliant you are." Neil replied in his best exaggerated British accent. He could hear the giggles from Heather before his ears pricked at the sound of the door opening. He watched as his eyes took in his girlfriend's presence, her smile almost making him melt. Heather grabbed Neil by the bottom of his t-shirt and pulled him inside the dressing room.
Neil disentangled himself from Heather. After alternating between snuggling and make out sessions, Neil could tell that she really liked her signed picture of Daniel Day-Lewis. But he had to go to soundcheck for 'Flying Without Wings' and 'To Make You Feel My Love'. But he knew it wouldn't be long before he saw Heather again. 'To Make You Feel My Love' was being performed during a skit that Neil and Heather actually came up with. But after performing it, Ryan loved it and put it on the setlist.
Onstage, Neil practised 'Flying Without Wings' before it was time for the skit. Neil headed offstage while Heather took his place, beginning the sketch. And when it was Neil's cue, he slowly walked onstage, reaching Heather until she started walking across but Neil was there behind her. It was almost like a ghost was performing because Brittany had to be completely oblivious to Dylan's heartfelt song to her. But Heather couldn't help but gaze in awe at Neil singing the song. He sounded so beautiful and so emotional that it nearly made Heather cry.
When it had finished and Heather was offstage while Neil looked on, everyone clapped while Heather ran back onstage and into her boyfriend's arms and the blonde man could only laugh before wrapping his arms around Heather.
"You were amazing." Heather said, mumbling into Neil's white t-shirt. The blonde smiled.
"Ditto. I love you." Neil said and he felt Heather smile.
"I love you too." She said before Neil released her from the embrace.
It was now halfway into the concert and Darren Criss, Chris Colfer had just performed a Warbler medley of 'Candles', 'Animal' and 'Teenage Dream' before they ran offstage and Heather came on, smiling.
"Okay, so some of you may know that on the past two tours I have declared my love for both Kurt and Blaine." Heather said as Brittany and the crowd applauded.
"And it turns out they've been making boy peacock Warbler babies." She then said, gaining a chorus of laughter from the spectators.
"So I've decided to give up on love. Because I know that nobody in the glee club loves me." She concluded, gaining shouts of "Santana!" and "Dylan!" from the crowd and then the piano introduction began.
"I just wish that there was someone who liked me. Someone…who would sing a song declaring their love to me." Heather finished just as Neil began to sing.
When the rain is blowing in your face
And the whole world is on your case
I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love
He began to slowly walk down the path to the smaller separate stage where Heather stood, looking out to the audience and 'completely oblivious' to the man's declaration.
When the evening shadows and the stars appear
There is no one there to dry your tears
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love
I know you haven't made your mind up yet
But I would never do you wrong
I've known it from the moment that we met
There's no doubt in my mind where you belong
As he sang the last line of the verse, Neil was now right behind Heather and raised a hand to touch her shoulder but the woman started to move across the side of the stage but Neil matched her every step.
I'd go hungry, I'd go black and blue
I'd go crawling down the avenue
There ain't nothing that I wouldn't do
To make you feel my love
Oh, oh oh
Make you feel my love
Heather then turned and slowly walked up the pathway but Neil was right beside her, continuing to sing as his girlfriend began to make her way offstage.
The storms are raging on the rollin' sea
Down on the highway of regret
The winds of change are blowing wild and free
You ain't seen nothing like me yet
I could make you happy, make your dreams come true
No there's nothing that I wouldn't do
Go to the ends of the earth for you
To make you feel my love
To make you feel my love
As Neil held the falsetto note, Heather slowly walked offstage and Neil just helplessly looked on before the lights went down and he jogged off while Lea and special guest Charice waited in the wings for a one-off performance of 'Telephone'. Meanwhile Neil and Heather were now entangled in each other in a tight embrace ignited by Neil's passion in the song just performed. They could only hold it for as long as they could before Aaron broke it up, saying they had to get ready for 'SING' and they ran off while the Broadway star watched his girlfriend in awe.
You wanna be
You wanna be
A loser like me
As the cast belted out the chorus of the final number, two Cheerios appeared n each side of the wings and handed each member a Big Gulp. They smiled to each other before stepping to the end of the stage and emptying the slushie cups of its confetti content. The fans screamed with delight before Neil dropped his cup and linked hands with Heather and Ariana and bowed. As they went offstage they congratulated each other before Neil noticed the romances slowly split from the group: Aaron and Lea, Jonathan and Naya and Dianna and Mark. Neil also noticed the two new romances he was keeping his eye on begin to separate from the group: Ariana and Darren and Chris and Sam.
He knew Chris had a major crush on Sam but everyone thought Sam was straight. That was until Heather spotted them kissing in Sam and Cory's dressing room a few weeks ago in Phoenix. She could only smile, look to the two boys and say "have fun making boy peacock Vocal Adrenaline babies". Sam told Heather the next day that Chris spent the rest of that night alternating between hiding his bright red face in Sam's shoulder and sticking his face in the fridge.
As for Ariana and Darren, nobody saw it coming. But since Ariana tells Neil everything, he managed to get the full story out of her:
3 months ago when the two were jamming before the show in LA, Darren had just asked her out on the spot and Ariana accepted, not knowing that she would actually fall head over heels for the smooth crooner. And as it turns out, Darren really cares for Ariana too. They were spotted together on one of the days off and a teenage Blaine fangirl went up to them and ranted at Ariana saying that Darren was hers and nobody else's. But Darren intervened and told the girl to leave his girlfriend alone. And since then, Ariana has had hateful tweets that Darren has retaliated against and they have enjoyed and are still enjoying their little romantic bubble with Darren sneaking glances at Ariana whenever he performs 'Teenage Dream'.
Neil was then brought out of his romantic flashback when he felt a hand pull him towards a body. He could only see a wave of blonde hair cloud his vision but the scent of almonds made the dancer immediately identify the figure as Heather.
"Happy anniversary, handsome." Heather whispered and Neil could only smile before wrapping his arms around Heather's back.
"Happy anniversary, beautiful." Neil replied and they held it for about a minute before breaking it.
"I have to go and get my stuff for the bus. See you in Newcastle." Neil then said, giving one last kiss to his girlfriend before heading to his dressing room. Heather just smiled before hearing a voice from behind.
"Hey, HeMo." It said and the blonde girl turned around to see Amber and Ariana stood there.
"What's the plan you forgot to tell us earlier today?" Amber then asked and Heather smiled.
A month later
NeilHaskell Oh how I love Australia :) But it's now time to return home and to MSG for the USA home straight! This tour has been insane!
Neil then locked his Blackberry before looking to the plane seat from him to see Sam Tsui smiling to his boyfriend who was sound asleep on his shoulder.
"Damn, he's worn out." Neil said while standing up to go to check on the others, or in Neil language: try and find the others sleeping in embarrassing sleeping positions, post them on Twitter and wait for the wrath and aftermath when they check their accounts, with the exceptions of Aaron, Heather and Jonathan.
Sam smiled at the taller boy before looking back to Chris.
"Yeah but I'm not surprised. He loved last night's gig and gave it his all, not that he does that anyway." Sam then said and Neil smiled before arming his Blackberry, ready for the quick draw.
NeilHaskell Time for glitter pic session! Who wants to see some plane pics? Whoever does, you're in luck #operation-sleeping-gleeks
After managing to get sleeping pictures of Chris, Cory, Ashley, Heather and Naya, Lea and Aaron, Harry and Dianna, Ariana with Darren awake and smiling for the picture, Mark and Chord and a video of Jonathan singing 'Cry Me A River' in his sleep he returned to his seat with a triumphant smile.
NeilHaskell I'm gonna get mega slushied when they awaken…I did try and get ones of IJennaUsh, druidDUDE and MsAmberPRiley but they were too good (and awake)
He then put his Blackberry away and was ordering a Coke with ice when a laugh from behind him broke his thought process. He couldn't help but smile at this. Amber's laugh was instantly recognisable. He did say to her, Jenna and Kevin to check their Twitters and Neil was guessing that they chose now to listen to the So You Think You Can Dance contestant. He looked to the row behind him to see the culprits looking at their phone screens. Amber was doubled over, Kevin was grinning and Jenna had her hand over her mouth but Neil could tell she was laughing with her shoulders rising and falling at a fast pace.
"That video of Jon is the best thing ever." Kevin said and Neil laughed.
"I was just gonna take a picture but I could hear this mumbling and I lean in and it's him. I just thought 'Right, camera, record'." Neil said and they laughed under their breath.
"That's better than the video Amber put of Chris on the treadmill." Jenna said and they all just burst into fits of laughter.
ChrisColfer NeilHaskell NEIL DAVID HASKELL!
Chris' reply, along with Ashley's, Lea's, Dianna's, Ariana's, Cory's, Naya's, Harry's, Chord's and Mark's made Neil, Amber, Kevin and Jenna laugh throughout the rest of the flight along with Heather, Aaron and Jonathan texting him that they were planning revenge. Neil just laughed but knew they were probably planning something pretty big seeing as he got almost everyone of the touring cast.
But the flight was quiet and they got to Madison Square Garden without a hitch. Neil decided to share a car with Sam and Darren because they weren't plotting revenge with the others. But he had received a text from Heather telling him to brace himself for a surprise. And during his attempts to sleep, soundcheck and his attempts to get to sleep later the next day he was worried about what it was. He could only wait with worry.
NeilHaskell ArianaGrande & NayaRivera KILLING it right now with Unfaithful! This is INSANE! I LOVE NEW YORK! :O #gleelive
The concert went without a hitch and during the last notes of 'Loser Like Me', Neil wiped tears away as he waved to the screaming crowds. He then waited for everyone to walk offstage but it didn't happen. Instead, Lea raised her microphone and spoke.
"We actually have one last performance scheduled." She said and she flashed her signature smile as the audience wildly applauded before she spoke up again.
"Alright. Who watched Neil's interview with 'This Morning'?" she asked and once again the audience screamed.
"Good. Because you'll know that Neil was asked that 'if he could be in any Glee number, which would it be?' and he answered 'Home'." Lea then said before Aaron spoke up.
"Who remembers that?" he asked and the audience roared to a smiling Broadway man before he spoke up again.
"Well a little birdie named Heather Morris pulled some strings to create this little number. And since April Rhodes couldn't make it because she's too busy being on 'Cross Rhoades', our very own Ariana and Amber are going to replace her. So, for one night only, this is 'Home'." Aaron said before everyone moved back to the main stage, Heather taking Neil's hand as he was too shocked to move. They really did all of this for him.
Once the cast was split into 2 sections, Ariana at the front of one and Amber at the front of the other a glockenspiel introduction started and Neil looked to see Sam grinning at him as he gently hit the metal keys. Then the oboe and strings came in before Amber gently began the song.
When I think of home
I think of a place where there's love overflowing
I wish I was home
I wish I was back there
With the things I've been knowing
Wind that makes the tall grass bend into leaning
Suddenly the raindrops that fall have a meaning
Sprinklin' the scene, makes it all clean
The balladeer then passed the baton to Ariana who grasped it with both hands and sang for her onscreen boyfriend and off-screen best friend.
Maybe there's a chance for me to go back
Now that I have some direction
The rest of the cast then joined in the background, Neil smiling with pride at Ariana as they both carried on.
It sure would be nice to be back home
Where there's love and affection
And just maybe I can convince time to slow up
Giving me enough time in my life to grow up
Time be my friend, let me start again
Amber then took over, beginning to step forward.
Suddenly my world has gone and changed its face
But I still know where I'm going
I have had my mind spun around in space
Yet I've watched it glowing
Ariana then matched Amber's position, singing the next verse.
If you're listening God
Please don't make it hard to know
If we should believe in the things that we see
Tell us, should we try and stay
Or should we run away?
Or would it be better just to let things be?
Amber then joined in as they both belted out the finale with the others backing them up.
Living here, in this brand new world
Might be a fantasy, oh...
But it taught me to love
So it's real, real, real to me
And I've learned
That we must look, look inside our hearts
To find a world full of love
Like yours, like mine
Amber then lowered her microphone and they all watched Ariana hit the note that would've made Kristin Chenoweth proud.
As the spectators stood up, rapturously applauding the divas the cast joined them including one Neil Haskell who could only whisper two words to himself.
Songs used are 'Live In Living Color' from Catch Me If You Can, 'To Make You Feel My Love' by Bob Dylan (the Kris Allen version) and the Glee version of 'Home' from the Wiz.
Here we are! This idea was niggling at me and I just continued writing. It was going to be focused on Heather's song present but I added a few things here and there.
There shall be another chapter, a shorter one but another nonetheless where Neil decides to surprise Heather and the Twitter pictured decide to get Neil back for the airplane incident. It should be up within the next couple of weeks.
Until the next chapter, this is me signing out!