So here I am again... as promised with a new story. Now I need to clear a few things before we start... Joey and Lauren aren't directly related in this, he's Derek's step son. Joeys 24 and Laurens 22 . Its called Silent voices and it will become apparent why... I had the idea a while back when I was watching a documentary... I just didn't quite know how to play it so I hope it's worked and you guys like it ! Enjoy !

Chapter 1-Hello would be nice

Joey's POV

Life at the moment couldn't be more complicated, I mean at 24 you don't really expect to be in the situation I'm in right now. Nope. You expect to be in a nice 9-5 job with a group of good mates, living in a nice apartment possibly living with your steady girlfriend of the last few years, maybe engaged I don't know. But when you're younger and you're talking with all the lads you never admit that's what you really want, you always give the impression that you're going to be one of those guys who has a different girl every night, you don't do settling down. For me this was something from about 17 I was a nightmare for (the not player part that is), not that I remembered much to be honest, every different girl was accompanied with a different form of alcohol. Some people say oh those were the days, but not for me I was more than happy when Mum gave me an ultimatum. I was to sort my life out or get out. In other words, I had to concentrate more on life and stop being a player or I had to leave the house. It came as a big kick up the backside; I got myself in gear and turned my life around. Or so I thought.

The last four years have lead me to where I am now, Walford. It's something I never really wanted to do but Mum had decided that I needed to be closer to her. That I needed her help, and to be honest, I didn't need it and I didn't want it. I was determined to do this on my own. So to keep some form of peace, I found Walford, it was near where I worked so I already knew the area and it lay about a 20 minute drive from where Mum lived so I was close enough if ever needed her- which I was sure I wouldn't. Plus I already knew some of the people in the area. Sharon who runs R&R has been great to me and is the exact reason I feel I will be ok in Walford.

I currently work in R&R, the little east end club that's saved me. It was the only place that gave me a chance when I needed it most. Sharon gave me a chance when I was 19 and I've worked there ever since, she understands the situation I'm in and was more than willing to help.

I guess I should probably alert you to said situation no? well lets just say I got a little more than I bargained for when I met Paige 4 years ago. Tall skinny blonde, Paige. She was my usually type (note I said was), she was friendly, chatty and seemed like a nice girl. I was working my way up the rankings in the club and I was pretty happy with the way things were going. Then I met Paige; I was 21 she was 19 and boy did she cause me a world of trouble. I have a lot to thank her for too, but mainly I hate the woman. 3 years later and I'm still living the consequences while she swans off doing whatever she wants.

Finally arriving at the club, I pulled the Land Rover up to the car park. Yes I own a Land Rover a gift from my deadbeat dad- I take what I can get. Sharon had told me one of her mates daughters had offered to show me around, get to know the place a bit better. To be honest I didn't really want to be doing this I had more important things I needed to be doing. But it felt rude to not take the help when it was offered.

"Sharon?" I walked down the steps and into the club trying to find out who would be my tour guide.

"Ah Joey, there you are, everything ok? All sorted ?" I nodded in response "Well just waiting on…" she suddenly stopped talking when there was an echo of heels coming down the steps. Heels? I was expecting a male, a clingy blonde was all I needed.

"Ah hear she is…" I turned my head to see a tall curvy brunette swaying down the stairs; she was dressed perfectly in Jeans and a t-shirt. Never had any girl got me this quick. She neared us and I could see her chocolate brown eyes as they caught the light. Suddenly I was more interested in the sights of Walford "Joey this is Lauren… Lauren Joey."

I extended my hand to her and smiled, I saw her hesitate slightly before shaking and smiling. I was wanting her to talk, to see if her voice was as beautiful as she was, but she didn't- she just stared. I waved my hand in front of her face and was surprised by her reaction. She pivoted confidently and started walking back up the steps.

I frowned at her, remaining glued to the spot my feet had decided they wouldn't work. On about the 5th step she finally spoke. "You just going to stand there or do you actually want to see where you're going to be living?" I felt my hear skip as she spoke- damn her voice had me there and then. It was so soft and the sarcasm in it was even more of a turn on. I promised myself I wouldn't do this but within 5 minutes of being here I was already captivated.

I quickly moved pounding up the stairs to reach her. "Hello would be nice you know?" she turned and I could see the slight smirk on her face.

"Hello… that do you?" She raised her eyebrows above her big brown eyes which just made her even more attractive.

"It's a start" I listen hard trying to gage her next reaction, and I feel a slight warming sensation run through me as she giggles. She doesn't say anything else just giggles, this cute childlike laugh.

"So you are human then?" I nudged her jokingly as we left the club to hear the amazing laughter again. I'd definitely missed the sound of laughter.

"Wouldn't you like to know" she questioned with a slight teasing smile.

Yes I damn well wanted to know. I was well and truly beaten at the first hurdle. What the hell was I going to do?