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Since I haven't written a Glee fic since my first one 'The Irish Boy and His Rock Chick' I decided to give this one a try :D

As I am an aspiring writer I have to ask, as I will with each chapter, can I have genuine reviews about my character development, writing style and overall talent as a writer? I ask so that I can develop my skills as a writer for the future.

Songs featured in this chapter are Defying Gravity from Wicked and Summertime from Porgy and Bess.

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Marley's POV

I gulped as I looked up at the huge ship. The pearl white hull glinted in the sun as people climbed up the boarding ramp and onto the deck of the massive cruise ship.

"Come on mud hair!" I started from my daze to see my not-so-nice teammate/fellow New Directioner Kitty yelling at me from halfway up the boarding ramp. A tap on my arm made me swivel round to see my best friend Unique (Wade) standing beside me, a big grin on her face.

"Marley stop staring at the ship. Unique wants to get her cruise on girl," she laughed happily as she clutched a bottle of sunscreen in her hand.

"But...it's so big," I mumbled, unable to take my eyes off the ship.

"Haven't you ever been on a cruise ship before?" Unique asked, rubbing some of the lotion onto her arms.

"I've never even seen a cruise ship before." Unique laughed some more before grabbing my arm and pulling me up the boarding ramp.

"Well Unique is about to blow your mind and not in the way Unique knows you are now thinking." I blushed. It's not my fault I'm a giant child. She laughed. "Unique knows you too well." I started giggling now as we finally made it on deck.

"It's about time you two made it on board. By the time Marley would have gotten here it would be time for the next cruise while she cries about the all-you-can-eat buffet being out of mini donuts. Thanks for getting the Slomosaurus-Rex on board Shamoo." Unique and I glared at Kitty as she walked past, hips swaying while any guy she passed ogled at her bikini top and short board-shorts covered body, including Jake Puckerman. I sighed, looking down at my own jeans and check shirt covered body. I was sweating up a storm in the New York sun but I would never show off my body in a place so...fabulous.

I feel I should explain everything that's happening; we're going on a cruise and by 'we' I mean everyone in New Directions including Mr. Schue, his fiancée Emma and our director Finn. Because of our recent loss at Sectionals, which was my fault, we've been entering ourselves in loads of other contests to keep busy. Our most recent win got our whole Glee club tickets on this cruise that will take us from New York all the way to the Trinidad and back! I'm sooo excited! It's going to be so much fun and I even have a goal: By the end of the cruise I will have Jake Puckerman as my boyfriend. It's a long shot but it's my chance to try.

Back to reality, I was currently following Unique to the cabin we were sharing. Even though she's really a guy, Mr. Schue and Finn both said it was okay. We're both really excited about it, its goanna be like having a two month long sleepover. I've never even been to a slumber party! Plus Unique is excited because no one on board knows she's a guy. She's finally free to (Kind of) be herself.

"So what are you going to do first Marley?" Unique asked from the bathroom.

"I'm goanna take a quick nap. We've been up since four am and it's not like I slept much that night anyway." I heard Unique laugh as she excited the bathroom. I turned, grinning at her once piece swimsuit and sarong combo.

"Well don't stay inside too long. We need to get some sun on that skin of yours girl. Unique thinks you'd look very sexy with a tan." I felt myself pale slightly at the thought of showing off my body in public.

"Uh...sure," I mumbled, going over to the beds. "Can I have the bed by the window?" I asked, enjoying the sea air.

"Sure," was she said before she was gone, heading back up to the deck. I chuckled before pulling back the covers and slipping into the bed. The bed was all right, not as comfy as my own but it will do. I snuggled into my covers, ready to fall asleep.

BANG!

I shot up in bed as my door was thrown open, a shape bursting in and leaping into the bathroom before I could blink. "He went this way!" a voice shouted. Thoroughly confused, I got up and walked over the bathroom. I pulled on the handle but it stayed closed. Sighing irritably, I knocked loudly.

"Occupied," a male voice called through.

"Open up or I'll tell the people chasing you where you are." There was a pause before the door opened a crack. I could see a brown eye, slightly covered by a fringe of brown hair peek through. "Who are you?"

"Not important," he said.

"What's your name?" I asked, eyes narrowing.

"Classified," he answered, ducking slightly when footsteps ran past my door.

"Why are there guys chasing you?" I asked through gritted teeth.

"That's my business."

"Oh come on!" I snapped and he flinched back, slamming the door closed. "Give me some answers or those guys will find you. I want to get back to my nap!" I yelled through the door, giving it an extra bang. I heard a deep sigh before the door opened again. I stepped back, letting whoever was pissing me off walk out. My eyes widened at the tall, brown haired, brown eyed boy who walked out of the bathroom, his cheeks flushed from running. He glared down at me, jaw clenched.

"You don't need to know. Thank you for helping me," he said, heading for my door. I ran over to the window, throwing it open.

"He's in here!" I shouted loudly.

"Shit!" he growled before slamming it shut and locking it. He whirled around on me, pushing me back towards my bed before snatching up my iPod which I had placed on the table beside my bed.

"No!" I cried as he clutched my dearest possession in his hand. Voices could be heard coming closer and closer to my room, boots pounding across the wooden deck.

"Now you are going to listen to me," he growled lowly. I nodded but my eyes stayed on my iPod. "I am going to hide under your bed and you are going to tell the guys that are goanna come in that you were talking about...that stuffed thing over there," he said while pointing. I looked over to see him pointing at my toy red Panda Todd. I looked back over at him and nodded. He grinned before getting it and throwing it at me. He dropped to his knees, shimmying under the bed. "Keep quiet or the iPod gets it," he warned. I jumped onto the bed, placing Todd in my lap. As soon as I was sat down the door was banged on.

"Open up! Cruise security!" a voice demanded. I got up and opened the door. As soon as it was open I was pushed away, three guys barging into my room. Before I could yell at them to get out one whirled on me. "Do you know the whereabouts of a young man?" he asked me.

"I wish I knew the whereabouts of young men," I replied, smirking. The man glared down at me.

"Miss this is very serious," he said as he pulled out a picture. He handed it to me and I pretended to study it, already recognising the smug smirk on the boys face. "We are looking for this young man. We believe he has been causing trouble aboard." I shrugged as I handed the picture back.

"Haven't seen him," I said, going back over to my bed.

"Are you sure? He's slipped past us before so we wouldn't be surprised if you were mistaken." What a lovely way of calling me stupid. I heard a slight chuckle from under my bed. I smiled sweetly at the guards before flopping down onto my bed, taking great pleasure in the groan as the mattress stretched down.

"And we heard a shout from here alerting us to his location," another said. I smiled as I held up Todd.

"That was me, can't be without my little buddy," I said in the fakest voice I could muster. The men all shared a glance before the first one to talk stepped forwards.

"We're sorry for wasting your time miss," he said before all three turned and left the room. I waited for a few more seconds before jumping off the bed and crouching on my knees.

"Okay they're gone now give me my iPod and get out," I demanded. The boy shuffled out after me, rubbing his head.

"Fine but next time someone's hiding under your bed, don't feel inclined to jump on it!" he snapped, tossing me my iPod before standing up and heading for the door. I got up and followed.

"Can I at least know your name?" I asked. The boy sighed before turning to me.

"Ryder." Then he turned and left the room.


I sighed as I approached the table where all the others were sat in the huge Dinner hall/Theatre. I took a seat between Unique and Sam and opposite Jake. I smiled at all of them, blushing slightly when Jake smiled back, adding a wink. I felt Unique nudge me.

"What happened to you, girl? I haven't seen you since I left the room," she asked. I shrugged.

"My nap got a little interrupted and then I ended up sleeping longer then I wanted to," I mumbled. Truth is I didn't sleep much at all. That whole thing with that Ryder kid had me all excited so I spent the afternoon awake instead of sleeping. Now I'm more tired than ever and grouchy as hell.

"Well don't be keeping me up tonight. Unique has a date with a very gorgeous man by the pool tomorrow," she said, giggling lightly at the end. I smiled back but couldn't find the enthusiasm to be interested.

"So what's going on tonight?" I asked, looking over to the stage at the end of the room.

"I believe tonight is..." Mr. Schue trailed off as he looked down at the program, flipping a few pages. "...A Showcase of Talent. A performance of musical theatre's greatest hits will be shown then guests are invited to come up and perform their favourites from Leonard Bernstein to the hits from Rock of Ages," he read. I grinned, already knowing half the table's choices.

Unique will want to do 'There Are Worse Things I Could Do' since she didn't get to do it in the play.

Sam will most likely want to do 'I Wanna Rock' from Rock of Ages.

Blaine would kill 'I Want to Break Free' from We Will Rock You or any musical really.

And Kitty will probably want to do something huge like 'On My Own' just to show everyone else up.

We ate our dinner as we watched the acts. I couldn't contain my squeal of delight as 'Chandlers Wife' from Once the Musical started up, the Irish jig style making me bounce in my seat. About half an hour into dinner is when the acts started to slow down. As soon as I put my dessert spoon down the ships Compeer came onto the stage.

"Alright ladies and gentle men it's now your turn to show us what you got. Please come up and express your love of the theatre!" pretty much as soon as he finished talk Kitty was up and heading for the stage. I rolled my eyes, relaxing into my seat. The Compeer smiled but his surprise at her forwardness evident. "And what would you like to sing?" he asked her. She smirked out across the crowd.

"Defying Gravity." A slight murmur went across the crowd.

"Wow...that's quite a song to start right off with. Don't you want something softer?" the Compeer asked. Kitty shook her head.

"Nope, Defying Gravity or nothing." I rolled my eyes, folding my arms as I leaned back into my seat. Unique joined me, also bored of Kitty's determination to show us up. If it were simply her determined to be the best because of her passion it would be different. But instead, she was just determined to be a bitch.

"Okay then. Let's put our hands together for Kitty as she takes on Defying Gravity from the hit musical Wicked!" the crowed clapped as the music started up but I just prepared myself for the onslaught. Everyone in Glee loves Wicked, loves it so much that I can't even hear the words Emerald City without wanting to shoot myself. Wizard of Oz used to be one of my favourite movies as well!

Kitty:

Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the rules
Of someone else's game

Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes... and leap!

It's time to try
Defying gravity
I think I'll try
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I am defying gravity
And you wont bring me down!

Nothing about her performance told the emotion behind Elphaba's journey or how passionate she felt. In other words, it was totally dead.

Kitty:

I'm through accepting limits
'cause someone says they're so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I'll never know!

Too long I've been afraid of
Losing love I guess I've lost
Well, if that's love
It comes at much too high a cost!

I'd sooner buy
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I'm defying gravity

I think I'll try
Defying gravity
And you wont bring me down!

I'd sooner buy
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I'm defying gravity

I think I'll try
Defying gravity
And you won't bring me down!
bring me down!
ohh ohhh ohhhh

Everyone clapped as Kitty finished, bowing and smiling fakely at the crowd. I clapped to be polite but I had heard that song so many times that I couldn't find the energy to feel impressed.

"BORING!" I shot up in my seat at the familiar self-entitled voice, eyes widening at the figure with his hands cupped around his mouth as he shouted towards the stage. "OVER SUNG! PRETENTIOUS!" Ryder continued to shout, the red creeping up Kitty's neck proving that he was getting to her. I could see that the Compeer was enjoying himself but he had a job to do.

"Young man can you please keep your opinions to yourself!" he shouted down to him. I could hear Ryder laugh as he moved towards the stage, jumping into it easily before grabbing the Compeer's microphone.

"Why? So people can continue to shove crap like that in our faces just because it's new and hot? What about the real classics? I haven't heard one real piece of musical theatre that wasn't West Side Story all night!" he shouted. Some people clapped while others looked like they wanted to throw their food at him. "And what's with all the Wicked anyway? So far we've had For Good, Dancing Through Life, The Wizard And I and now Defying Gravity when we've only had one classic musical theatre piece!"

Ryder continued to rant into the mic while Kitty stood there watching furiously. I couldn't help but feel conflicted about Ryder's rant. While I was with him on the whole shoving Wicked in our faces point, he was now doing the same thing with his own opinion. Everyone had the right to choose and if he was tired of the popular demand then why not just ignore it, that's what I was doing.

"And if you're going to sing an overused song at least do it in a way that doesn't sound like a screeching cat." At that Kitty snapped, storming over to Ryder and grabbing the mic.

"And I suppose you think you can do better?" she demanded. Ryder smirked down at her.

"I know I can do better and be original while doing it." Kitty glared up at him.

"Prove it," she challenged.

"Damn she's hot when she's mad." I looked over at Jake, his eyes glued on Kitty. I felt my heart sink so I turned back to the stage before Jake could see.

"Fine. I bet you can't name a real classic and sing it decently." Ryder's smirk widened.

"I choose Summertime from Porgy and Bes." I raised an eyebrow at that. Not only is it a complete classic but it was also a duet, especially on the female side.

"Never heard of it," Kitty said, looking like she was planning something.

"I'm not surprised." Kitty's glare hardened at Ryder's comment. "It's from a musical written by Gershwin in the 1930's. Summertime was claimed as one of his best." I was impressed with Ryder's knowledge on musical theatre, especially since our first meeting consisted of him hiding from guards under my bed. "I can be sung as a duet which is what I'm planning on doing." I saw Kitty's smirk form.

"Fine but I get to choose your partner." Ryder nodded to the terms. Kitty's eyes scanned over the crowd but I already knew who she was going to pick. I sank low into my seat, wishing I could disappear. "Marley?" Damn. "Why don't you come up here?"

Here's my choices: Go up there and embarrass myself but do it with style and conviction.

Or I can refuse, let this guy get publicly humiliated and still feel like a total loser.

With a sigh I stood up, already preparing my imaginary suicide note as I walked up to the stage, trying to ignore all the eyes on me. Kitty's smirk was unbearable now as she watched me come and stand in front of her and Ryder. Ryder looked shocked as well.

"Panda girl?" he asked. Kitty looked up at him.

"You know him?" she asked me. I shook my head and she shrugged. "Whatever. Start singing Mud hair," she said before getting down from the stage and re-taking her seat. Before I could think of anything to say to stop this the band started playing. It was my job to start but I don't think I can and I'm running out of intro.

"Hey," I looked over to see a smiling Ryder. "Even if you screw up, it's all about entertainment right? That is all they want after all." I don't know why but that comforted me, even though I had no idea what it means.

Marley:

Summertime,
And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high

Ryder was smiling where he stood, looking out across the crowd.

Your daddy's rich
And your mamma's good lookin'
So hush little baby
Don't you cry

There was an small instrumental as Ryder got ready to sing his part. I've never heard anyone other then Louis Armstrong sing this part so I'm kind of excited to see how Ryder does.

Ryder:

One of these mornings
You're going to rise up singing
Then you'll spread your wings
And you'll take to the sky

I smiled as he sang, unable to hide my delight at his smooth voice. While it's obvious this isn't his strongest department and maybe the wrong key for his range he was still very good.

But till that morning
There's a'nothing can harm you
With daddy and mamma standing by

I knew what was coming and got ready to sing again, Ryder flashing me a quick grin before turning back to the crowd. Despite being a total hot-headed, arrogant jerk he was definitely a skilled performer.

Ryder and Marley:

Summertime,
And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high

True to the duet version, Ryder started scatting instead of singing.

Your daddy's rich
And your mamma's good lookin'
So hush little baby
Don't you cry

I ended my long note as Ryder scatted out, the band bringing the song to a close shortly after. As soon as it stopped the hall was overtaken with applause. I grinned as I took a bow. I looked over to Ryder, only to see him walking off the stage. I tried to follow but as soon as he was off stage he headed for the door, disappearing from sight. There was no point following him, he would probably be gone by the time I got outside so instead I went back to my table.

"Girl, Unique thinks you and tall, dark and handsome got something going on," Unique giggled as I sat down. I blushed darkly, my hair curtaining my face.

"I barely know him," I mumbled.

"Coulda fooled me," I heard Kitty grumble to herself.

"What's that supposed to mean?" I asked defensively.

"I don't know. Like Unique said, you just seemed to have something with him. Maybe goody goody Marley isn't as goody goody as we thought." I stood up from the table, sick of hearing Kitty put me down.

I just need to get away for a while.


I hope this is good, I haven't really written one that wasn't an original movie plot since my Rise Of The Guardian's fic. Like I asked before please may I have a proper review about my writing skill.

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