Camp Rock 3: Battle of the Bands

Chapter Four: For my heart to take a chance

Mitchie woke up early again and hurried to the kitchen. Tony was already there, helping Connie make pancakes. Mitchie didn't want to stay, but she had promised to help her mother this summer. She grabbed an apron and put it on.

"What can I do?" She asked. Connie smiled and Mitchie worked in silence. Tony tried to talk to her, but all of her answers were short and simple.

"Are you still in school?" Tony asked.

"No" Mitchie replied.

"What are your plans after camp?" Tony asked.

"Tour with Shane" Mitchie replied. She was about to tell him to stop bothering her when Tess showed up and put an apron on. Mitchie blinked. "Tess Tyler, you're willing to help out in the kitchen?" She asked. Tess shrugged.

"I figured you could use a hand" She said, eying Mitchie. Mitchie got the hint and smiled.

"That we could. Perhaps you and Tony could set up the dining hall" She suggested. Tess nodded and pulled Tony out of the kitchen.

Later that day, Tess and Tony went on a canoe ride.

"So, tell me about yourself. I'm surprised that you and Mitchie are friends" Tess frowned.

"Why?" She asked.

"Because you two seem so different. I guess it seems as if you'd be competitors, not friends" Tony explained. Tess laughed.

"We were once. We competed over Shane and Camp Spotlight the first time that Mitchie came to camp" She said. "But we became friends at the end of the summer"

"You let her take Shane?" Tony questioned. Tess shrugged.

"I didn't really have much of a choice. He chose her. I thought he'd want glamorous, but he chose simple and I respected that. I came to respect Mitchie for her talent as well" Tess replied. "She's a great friend" She looked thoughtful for a moment. "What are you really here for Tony?" She asked.

"Music. I love music. I used to be friends with Shane, you know" Tony said. Tess raised an eyebrow.

"Really?" She asked. Tony nodded.

"Yes. We came here for the first time and we wanted to start a band" He said. "But when Nate and Jason asked Shane to form a group with them for Final Jam, he agreed and thier performance wowed everyone, getting them a record deal" He shook his head. "I was crushed. I told Shane that it wasn't fair that he got to live the dream we both wanted. He said that he was sorry, but that Connect Three didn't have room for anyone else"

Tess had a new outlook now. If Tony was being truthful, than Shane was a jerk. After her talk with Tony she sought out Mitchie and told her what she had been told.

"Tess, that's ridiculous" Mitchie said. "Shane wouldn't do that"

"How do we know?" Tess countered. "We don't know anything about how Connect Three came together" Mitchie looked down at her hands.

"I just can't believe that" She said. "Why would Shane do that?" Tess shrugged and walked away, leaving Mitchie to contemplate this new information. She decided to seek out Shane. Shane was down by the lake, writing a new song when she found him.

"Hey Mitchie" Shane said smiling. "You've got to check out this new song" Mitchie sighed and leaned against a tree, crossing her arms.

"Shane, why did you and your brothers form Connect Three?" She asked. Shane was surprised. Mitchie had never seemed all that interested in how they became a group, just that they were one. He shrugged.

"I'm not really sure" He said. "It's something I always dreamed about. In fact, it was a dream that Tony and I shared at one point" Mitchie raised an eyebrow. She wasn't expecting Shane to be so forthcoming about it. Perhaps Tess was wrong.

"I thought you and Tony were enemies" She said. Shane stood up, slinging his guitar over his shoulder.

"We weren't always" Shane said. "We used to be friends, until he did something unforgivable. It was our first summer here. Nate, Jason, Tony and I were supposed to perform together for final jam."

"What happened?" Mitchie asked. Shane closed his eyes, remembering that summer.

"I hate you Shane!" Melissa screeched. Shane sighed and rubbed his temples.

"I'm just worried about you Lissy" He said. "It's dark out there. you're only eight. I don't think you should go on a canoe ride this late at night"

"Oh, come on Shane. I'll be with her" Tony said. Shane shook his head.

"No" He said. "My little sister is not going canoeing with you" Melissa stamped her foot and ran back to her cabin.

"What happened?" Mitchie asked again. Shane looked down.

"Tony took her anyway, Even though Nate, Jason and I had expressly forbid it. The canoe capsized and she drowned. Tony didn't even try to rescue her. I told him that I'd never forgive him and that he wasn't fit to be in our group for Final Jam. The song we sang was in memory of her, our little sister. We received a record deal. Tony said it wasn't fair that I got to live the dream. I told him he should have thought of that before he let my sister drown. I also told him that from then on, no one outside the family would be allowed to join our group" Shane looked down. Whenever he shows his face, He tells me this was his dream. I don't even bring up Lissy anymore, I just tell him it's family" Mitchie knelt down and placed her arms around Shane.

"I'm sorry about your sister" She said. "That must have been really hard" Shane nodded.

"Brown banned Tony from camp for two years. I suppose that's why he's back now. He isn't banned anymore"