Remembering Her Comes In Flashbacks and Echoes

Chapter One

Summer 2000...

Thirteen year old, Chloe Beale entered the room that she shared with several other girls at the summer camp she was attending and glanced around the room with a frown. When she spotted what she was looking for sitting on one of the top bunks with headphones over her ears, she made her way over to the bunk bed and climbed the small ladder. Chloe crawled onto the bed catching the attention of Beca Mitchell who had been listening to her music player and writing in a small notebook.

Chloe smiled at the girl who she really didn't know at all. Summer camp had started three days ago and Chloe had yet to get more than a one word response or a shrug from her bunkmate.

Beca furrowed her brows at her redheaded intruder and quickly closed her notebook before removing her headphones.. "What are you doing?"

"I've been trying to get you to hangout with me for three days and you won't," Chloe stated as she got comfortable next to Beca.

"I don't want to gossip about boys or do my nails or whatever it is you do," Beca stated.

"Then it's a good thing I don't want to do those things." Chloe gestured to the notebook Beca was obviously guarding. "What were you writing?"

"Nothing." Beca tightened her hold on the notebook. "I don't want to hangout so you can go."

"You have to come out and do the activities they have planned for us and you're stuck here for six weeks. You might as well have a friend to make it all bearable."

Beca frowned, thinking maybe Chloe was playing a prank on her and she and the other girls would have a laugh about it later.. "Why do you want to be my friend?"

"You keep to yourself too much," Chloe pointed out. "I'm curious about you." Beca stayed silent so Chloe continued speaking. "What were you listening to?" Beca remained quiet and Chloe sighed at the brunette's stubbornness. She reached for the headphones and placed them over her ears, ignoring Beca's protest. She then picked up the music player and hit play.

Chloe's eyes widened happily when she heard Lifehouse's 'Hanging By a Moment' pouring from the headphones. She began to sing along and a ghost of a smile appeared on Beca's lips at the redhead's actions.

Chloe moved the headphones so that they were dangling around her neck. "I didn't see you as a Lifehouse girl. You seem more like a Linkin Park kinda girl."

"I'm full of surprises," Beca muttered as she gestured towards her headphones. "Can I have those back?"

"If you agree to start hanging out with me," Chloe said, leaving no room for argument.

Beca rolled her eyes. "Yeah, okay, sure."

Chloe shook her head and held out her hand. "Pinky swear."

Beca quirked an eyebrow. "I'm not five."

"Thanks for the headphones." Chloe began to move off the bed.

Beca let out an exasperated sigh. "Fine. We'll hangout."

Chloe held her pinky out to Beca and the brunette reluctantly brought hers up to join with the redhead's.

"Awesome!" Chloe said, happily. She removed the headphones and handed them back to Beca. "Come on."

"Where are we going?" Beca asked.

"I discovered something yesterday. I want to show it to you." Chloe climbed down from the bed. "Well, come on," she said when she saw that Beca wasn't moving.

Beca got off of the bed and tucked her notebook into the back pocket of her jeans. "Where are we going?" She asked, curiously.

"You'll find out when we get there," Chloe said.

Beca didn't know what she was in for by being friends with Chloe but she'd be lying if she said that the redhead didn't pique her interest. At least maybe now spending six weeks at the camp would be slightly more entertaining.


Six weeks later...

Chloe approached the lake she had discovered a little ways from camp and smiled when she spotted Beca leaning against a tree as she looked at the water. "Figured I'd find you here."

Beca turned her head and smiled a greeting at the girl who had become her best friend over the past six weeks. If she was being honest with herself, it was something more than friendship but she wasn't ready to delve into those emotions right now... or maybe ever.

Chloe sat down next to Beca and linked their arms together before resting her head against the brunette's shoulder.

"And there you go forgetting what personal space is." Beca always made a big deal out of Chloe being in her space but she didn't really mind anymore.

"You should be used to it by now. So what are you doing out here. Shouldn't you be saying bye to everyone?"

"I don't care about anyone here," Beca said. "... just you."

Chloe's smile widened and she tightened her arm around Beca's. "I'm going to miss you." When Beca didn't say anything, Chloe looked over at the brunette and saw that tears were making their way down her cheeks. "Hey." Chloe moved from beside Beca so that she was sitting in front of her. She wiped the tears away from the brunette's face. "What's wrong?"

"I like being here with you. I mean.." Beca sighed, running a hand through her hair. "You're different than anyone I've ever met. Being here with you has let me forget about everything I have going on at home."

Chloe knew Beca was talking about her parents. They had sent their daughter off to camp so that they could work on their relationship and she knew the brunette had been worried about what she'd be going back to. "It'll be okay." Chloe took Beca's hand into hers. "We'll call each other and email. You're my best friend, Beca. We won't lose touch."

Beca smiled at hearing that she was Chloe's best friend. "You're my best friend too."

Chloe leaned forward and placed a kiss on Beca's cheek, which caught the brunette off guard. Chloe smiled at Beca's wide eyed expression. "We have to promise to keep in touch." She held up her pinky, laughing when Beca rolled her eyes. "Come on. You know how this works." Beca smiled as she placed her pinky to Chloe's, setting their promise in stone.


Twelve years later...

Beca entered the music studio that she had been working at for the past four months and was just about to sit down so she could get to work when she heard a knock at the door. She turned around and saw her boss, Luke Kincaid.

"Hey, how's your workload?" Luke asked.

"Nonexistent because you haven't given me any projects to work on," Beca stated, annoyed. "I've just been working on laying down a drum pattern for-,"

"Great," Luke cut her off. "I've been trying to keep it like that because I want all of your focus to be on our new artist."

Beca looked interested by this information. "We have a new artist?"

"Well, she's not new but she dropped her old label and is coming to work with us," Luke said, pleased that he had managed to get the woman to sign with Kincaid Records.

Beca raised an eyebrow. "Well who is it?"

Luke smiled. "Chloe Beale." Beca froze and stared at the man with a look he couldn't decipher. "What? What's wrong?"

Beca shook her head. "I don't... I can't work with her."

Luke folded his arms across his chest. "Why the hell not?"

"I just can't, Luke," Beca said. "Did you tell her I would be helping her with her new album?"

"Yeah," Luke replied, confused by Beca's reaction to the news. She loved working with talented people and Chloe Beale was an insanely talented woman.

"And what was her reaction?" Beca asked, curiously.

Luke shrugged. "She knows your work. She seemed happy by the news. What's the big deal?"

Beca ran a hand through her hair. "Can't someone else do it? Amy can-,"

"Amy's working on a few hip-hop tracks. Besides, I want it to be you. You two will mesh well together. You don't have a choice in this, Beca." Luke pointed at the brunette. "You're working with her. She'll be here tomorrow so go home, listen to her old albums so you know her style and show up with a smile tomorrow."

Before Beca could further protest, Luke was gone. Grabbing her cell phone from her pocket, Beca quickly dialed her best friend's number. "Hey, Jesse, can we meet up for coffee or something?" Beca needed to know how to deal with this situation before she was face to face with the person who had broken her heart so many years ago.