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as well as the balance of the group, were a little shocked to
find out that Angelina, Sheridan, and Gene had been meeting
with a potential director in private. An even bigger secret
was that they had told him the job would be his if he wanted
the position. However, he needed to meet with the boys first.
Kevin was the last one that had agreed to meet with him.
had been set up for Kevin's benefit. It had been three weeks
since their last meeting with Kevin.
For the past two
weeks, supervision of the sets being constructed, drawing up
contracts for all those involved behind the scenes of the movie
production, as well as faxing out character auditions to local
casting agents had been accomplished.
The group felt that
the screenplay was about seventy-five percent completed. Sheridan
and Angel had attended a three-day seminar with a famous screenwriting
instructor, Robert McKee. He made many good points that helped
the girls re-direct their focus in the script to improve it.
However, they also knew when they hired a director, more changes
would be done.
Marybeth also sat
down with the group for a 'training' session on how to fill
in travel and expense reimbursements related to the project.
Sheridan and Angel did a much better job at saving receipts
than the boys had done.
It was another Sunday
morning, early for the LA crew while Kevin was approaching dinnertime.
Before the director candidate arrived, it was just the boys,
Gene, Marybeth, Sheridan, and Angel. They had talked about the
pros and cons before the meeting. Angel, Marybeth, and Sheridan
had prepared some information on John and his career to help
the boys see why this was a good choice. The boys sat around
the conference table in their usual spots and Kevin overseas
while they read the materials presented to them. Kevin had been
sent his via email so he could follow along.
John Hughes had a
lengthy career in the movie business, over 20 years experience
in 37 films working as a director, writer, producer, and screenwriter;
eight of which he directed. Nick stared at Angel after he saw
the list of movies John had directed. He saw the movie she picked
out for them to watch on the list.
Angel felt eyes on
her and looked up at Nick. His eyes spoke to her as his lips
curled and then smirked into a smile. Relief washed over her
face as she smiled back at him and winked.
Kevin had been watching
the group as they read their packets. Kevin was feeling homesick
and wanted to be back in LA to feel more a part of this project.
Kevin wasn't sure
but he thought Angel and Nick had just shared a private moment.
'What the hell?' Kevin thought. He kept his tongue in check
especially after what happened at the last meeting. He'd talk
to Nick later about that.
Gene and Sheridan
caught each other's eyes and smiled knowing that the boys would
go along with their decision to hire John to be the director;
particularly with the information they just received.
Suddenly, there was
a knock on the conference room door. Marybeth greeted John and
motioned for him to join the group. Sheridan introduced the
group to John.
Now they all sat
in a meeting with Mr. John Hughes as he began to review what
he wanted to do and how he was going to do it. John had made
some comments on the script he was given. John asked them questions
specifically about what they wanted to accomplish on this film
as a group as well as individuals.
Ideas were tossed
back and forth and decisions were made. He was informed that
the basic set construction had begun because that was the one
element that was not up for negotiation as far as changes went.
Other things were discussed as well as the beginnings of an
actual production schedule. A unanimous decision had been made
to hire the man to be the director on the project. His ideas
were similar to what they wanted and the general feeling was
that this would be a successful project with him onboard as
The actual score
would be written by the members of Backstreet but performed
by another individual. Other music would be worked on here and
there and added as treatments if needed.
a musical about us, remember Spice World?" Kevin laughed
and the others joined him, it had been an inside joke with the
group for a long time.
After about two hours
of questions and answers, Angel excused herself to use the restroom.
Marybeth and Sheridan joined her shortly. "Thank God you
got up Angel. I was dying in there, but didn't want to break
the momentum of the meeting," Sheridan replied while washing
"I got up early
to go workout and had drank three bottles of water before I
even had my coffee. I was dying in there," Angel said with
a laugh. "Do you think it's going well in there?"
she asked her partner.
"Yeah, I think
it's going to be just fine," Sheridan smirked as they walked
out. Marybeth went to see about lunch and refreshing their drinks.
As they ate their lunch, the atmosphere was much more relaxed,
well except for Kevin. He wasn't enjoying this meeting at all,
it made him feel left out. Angel almost felt sorry for him,
As Angel turned towards
the screen she saw Kevin staring intently back at them, it was
spooky to her. Kevin was looking in her direction but it looked
like he wasn't. She saw a small smile twitch at his lips. Angel's
eyebrows raised as she turned in her chair to see Sheridan bending
over to get a pen she had dropped. Since everyone seemed to
be trying to settle in, the little act was unseen by everyone
Kevin dropped his
head and blushed when Angel shot him a cheesy grin that said,
'I saw what you just did.'
Angel called his name.
Kevin picked his
head and everyone in the room on this side of the Atlantic Ocean
looked at Angel. If Angel was calling Kevin, trouble was starting.
Coughing, Kevin clearing
his throat, "Yes?"
"I know this
is hard for you but you'll be here soon and feel much more...
attached to the project." Angel had not even emphasized
the word that she wanted too.
Kevin nodded, knowing
that Angelina wasn't going to bust him for his transgression.
"I can't wait. I have one week left then I'm going to see
my Mom before I head out there. I'll be back on Monday the Third."
After lunch came
a brief break and then the boys would meet with John Hughes
privately to discuss salary and other incidentals. The women
were not going to be included in on this meeting.
Before the girls
left, Nick walked over to Angel to talk to her for a minute.
Taking her by the arm, he led her to a quiet office.
Shutting the door,
Nick turned around and smiled at her. "Angel, I was wondering
if you were free some night this week. May be we could go out
It had been more
than two weeks since he asked her out while he visited her when
she was sick. After recovering from her cold, Angel had a lot
of work to catch up on. Nick also had other obligations that
he needed to do both personal and for his solo career. He was
still writing and recording for his sophomore CD. In addition,
Nick was under contract with MTV for some appearances and other
shows. One of them he wouldn't tell Angel. He just said he was
Punk'd and didn't want to talk about it.
"I'm free any
night. I'm only working a couple shifts this week and the rest
of my time will be spent working on this project. I can work
my schedule around any dinner plans you have."
check my schedule, make reservations and give you a call?"
a plan." An awkward moment filled the quiet office until
they heard Sheridan's voice "I don't have all day Angel,
Rolling her eyes,
Angel walked to the door and was about to leave. She turned
around to say goodbye but bumped into Nick instead who was right
behind her. Both were laughing until Angel looked up to meet
Nick's eyes. He gave her a hug and a kiss on the cheek and said,
"I'll call you later." Angel nodded and then walked
to catch up with Sheridan.
Angel gauged the
little flash of anger on Sheridan's face. Sheridan wanted to
get home and Angel knew why. Angel knew that Sheridan had a
little make up lunch planned today with Tom. As they drove home,
Angel thought about what had taken place over the last week
between her roommate and her roommate's boyfriend.
Tom had gone through
hoops since their last lunch date failed so miserably. Flowers
had arrived everyday at home, and an extremely large bouquet
had arrived at work. Angel couldn't knock the thought out of
her head that Tom now felt like he was competing with Sheridan's
fantasy man for Sheridan's time and attention. Angel smiled
every time a bouquet arrived. "Sheridan, why is Tom sending
all these flowers to you?"
loves me silly. What a stupid question to ask," Sheridan
inhaled the scent of the cream colored heirloom roses. "Oh
these are wonderful."
Angel's laugh was
loud and raw as she looked at Sheridan, "Whatever you say."
In her head she was laughing, 'Oh and you think I'm stupid,
you're such a blonde sometimes.'
As they pulled into
the parking lot of their condo, Tom was waiting. Sheridan frowned
at him as she clipped by him, her heels clicking into asphalt
and her attaché case swinging wildly. Her keys jingled
in her hand. "You're early honey."
Angel closed her
eyes, the way they talked to each other drove her stark raving
mad sometimes. When she heard Tom reply that he needed to see
his 'Sweetums' she thought she would barf at the door.
Angel plopped down
on the couch and very carefully watched the little game Tom
was playing with Sheridan. The more she watched, the more pissed
off she was becoming. Tom was falling all over Sheridan and
following her around like puppy. "Get your beach towel
and a change of clothes."
Tom followed Sheridan
down the hall only to have her bedroom door slammed in his face.
"Okay," Tom wandered back to the living to find Angel
glaring at him. "What is your problem with me this week
keep her happy and you'll keep me happy. I think you know what
is not your business," Tom tucked his t-shirt into his
"You don't have
a relationship, you have a sister and pal to hang out with.
Tell me, are you asexual?" Angel smirked at him, when a
stream of curse words came out of his mouth she stood up and
pointed her finger at him. "Look you, I'm on to you,"
Angel hissed. "If that wholesome image is getting in the
way to your sexual freedom, you need to make a choice because
I'm not letting you string her along much longer."
"Not your call,
after today, she will have no doubt how I feel about her,"
Tom's smugness reached all the way across the room.
"No doubt about
what honey?" Sheridan came back into the living room wearing
a barely there bikini.
"You can't where
that," Tom looked at Sheridan from head-to-toe.
"I thought we
were going to the beach?" Sheridan pulled a very gauzy
beach cover up over her shoulders.
"Yes but Jesus,
wear something that doesn't show so much." Tom was having
fits as he thought about Sheridan being on the beach with everyone
on my tan," Sheridan winked at Angel as she turned to get
her beach bag.
Angel caught the
wink and knew Sheridan was doing this intentionally. "You
really should try the Brazilian wax, I'm telling you girl, and
it saves time, work, and energy."
"Make the appointment,
I'll go where you go." Sheridan laughed as she walked out
Tom was left standing
in the living room. Angelina was two quick seconds from laughing
in his face. "Oh Tom, you got a tiger on your hands, I
hope it goes well."
A bewildered man
followed his girlfriend out to the car. "Bikini waxes?
You didn't talk about stuff like that before this damn movie."
"Are you jealous
again honey?" Sheridan slipped her shades on.
Tom wasn't jealous as much as he was debating about what to
do about Angel's continuing interference in his relationship
Sitting on the beach
and applying sunscreen to Sheridan's back he whispered in her
ear, "Do you love me?"
Sheridan smiled as she leaned her head on her bent legs.
"I would like
you to meet my family, maybe over Thanksgiving." Tom had
cooked up a plan that just might appease everyone and get them
off his back.
"I have to check,
but I don't see a problem with meeting your family. We can take
the drive up North if you would like too." Sheridan's stomach
had started to do summersaults; maybe he was finally going to
take the right steps in their relationship.
"I'll feel better
about us, once they get to know you," Tom smiled.
Sheridan lay down
on the blanket and thought about what he had said and how odd
it was. "Have you ever taken anyone to meet your family
The question was
old fashioned but Tom knew what she meant, "No sweetie
I haven't, nobody like you anyway."
lay back and enjoyed the strangely odd day in California, the
water maybe cold but the sun was warm.
Hours later, Sheridan
was in a snit and walking in the door. Angel was nowhere to
be found so she locked up and went to bed. This was the second
worse date she had ever had with Tom. As things were heating
up at his apartment, he stopped and said he just couldn't do
it. "This isn't proper," Tom stood up immediately
leaving a dazed Sheridan on his bed.
and left without saying a word. She spent the next four days
coming and going out of the apartment. Sheridan would go to
work, go to meetings, and then come home.
Angel tried to get
her to open up but it wasn't going to happen this time. Tom
had done something to really upset Sheridan. She also noticed
that Sheridan spent less time getting ready for work, less time
on herself. Howie had asked Angelina at one of the meetings
what was wrong. Angel gave him the 'I dunno sign,' "She
won't talk to me. I'm sure it's the asshole she is dating. We're
going to be busy over the next few days, that's good for her."
On Thursday, Nick
had made a reservation for two at Spago's in Beverly Hills for
that night. He called Angel to make sure that would work with
Nick smiled and thought
back to the night they all went out to Avalon's. Nick stared
at Angel the whole night. The way she danced totally captivated
his attention. Nick could tell A.J. and Howie enjoyed clubbing
with her. She had a million watt smile that radiated from the
dance floor. She admitted to Nick that she thought A.J. and
Howie wanted to scout out other clubs just for something to
do. They had chosen their hot spots already.
Nick wished he could confess to his friends that he was totally
falling for this girl. But he couldn't, not yet. There was so
much going on in his life and Angel seemed to have a few skeletons
in her closet that prevented her from getting close to anyone,
skeleton's will be revealed," Nick said as he drove over
to pick up Angel.
Angel was running
late. She ran through the door with her gym bag and headed straight
to her room to grab her clothes and then to hit the shower.
Sheridan greeted her, "What's the rush?"
"Of all nights
I get stuck working late. Nick's going to pick me up in twenty
minutes and I am not even close to ready."
"Where are you
going?" Sheridan got off the couch and walked into Angel's
room, sitting down on her bed.
"We are going
out to dinner," Angel walked out of her room and into the
"Oh my God.
You are going out on a date with Nick?" Sheridan got up
to follow Angel into the bathroom, "To dinner? Where?"
"I don't know.
I didn't ask," Angel responded while turning on the water.
Sheridan turned around while Angel stripped and got into the
shower. "You know, we haven't had time to talk recently,"
Sheridan said as she bit her lip. "Do you think some time
this weekend we could spend some quality girly time together?"
Angel stuck her head
out from behind the shower curtain, "That sounds like a
Looking at the clock,
Angel prayed Nick would run late. The doorbell ringing gave
her the answer, and it wasn't the one she wanted.
Sheridan greeted him, "How nice to see you again?"
"Yes, it is
Sheridan. I've missed you terribly since I last saw you five
hours ago." Nick smirked.
Nick looked around
the apartment, "She's running late. She just got home ten
minutes ago," Sheridan said with a sly smile. "So
tell me, where are you going tonight?" Sheridan asked as
she sat down on the couch and got comfortable tucking her legs
Nick looked over
at Sheridan knowing full well the roommates would eventually
talk. "We are going to Spago's for dinner and then a movie.
She owes me an action flick since she fell asleep on me the
Sheridan was impressed
he picked a nice place to take Angel. "So I'll not expect
her home tonight, right?"
Nick laughed, "I
wouldn't count on it. At least, I'm not counting on bringing
her back until tomorrow."
Sheridan eyed him
up and down, "Uh huh…"
"No, it's not
like that. I would like to talk to Angel about some stuff and
it might take some time." Nick wasn't sure if he would
bring up Joey tonight or not. It all depended on how their evening
Sheridan's lips formed
an 'o.' "Joey?"
Nick nodded his head
as he heard Angel coming out of the bathroom in a bathrobe.
Her hair and makeup were all done.
"Hi Nick. Sorry
I'm running late. I just need to get dressed."
"We have plenty
of time. Relax," Nick smiled as he saw her shut her bedroom
Angel put on a simple
black spaghetti strapped dress that flowed down to her ankles.
Putting on her jewelry, black pumps and grabbing her shawl,
she walked into the living room.
Angel said as she walked in on Sheridan and Nick's conversation.
"You look beautiful
Angel." Nick didn't stumble over the words and he was very
sincere in his compliment
She blushed hearing
his words. "Thank you. Don't wait up Sheridan."
"Oh I won't.
Don't forget your overnight bag." Sheridan said with a
wink as she walked into her bedroom.
Looking over to Nick,
Angel was confused. "Why don't you plan on crashing at
my place. I'll take you home tomorrow morning. I want to collect
on my action flick with you," Nick said with a grin.
movie?" Angel asked after she had retrieved a few things
from her room.
"I'm not telling,"
Nick teased her.
After a fabulous
dinner and a great conversation, they headed back to Nick's
place. He thought about taking a walk on the beach, but didn't
want to overdue it on the romance. Not yet anyways. He had somewhat
expressed how he felt during dinner. Nick watched Angel closely
as she absorbed what he was saying. Hoping she would read between
the lines because he wasn't good at expressing himself, especially
his emotions. Santana's song, "Why Don't You and I"
started playing in the background. Nick tuned into the lyrics
of the song as they finished up their dinner.
Since the moment
I spotted you
Like walking round with little wings on my shoes
My stomach's filled with butterflies
Ooh and it's alright
Nick tried focusing
on the conversation he was having with Angel about their project.
She was somewhat rambling on and on about potential publicity,
but he didn't understand a thing she was saying.
from cloud to cloud
Got the feeling like I'm never gonna come down
If I said I didn't like it then you'd know I'd lied ooooh
Angel saw the spacey
look on Nick's face as they finished up their meal. She asked
if he was feeling all right; he looked a bit pale which was
strange since the boy had quite a sunburn from when he went
to Hawaii a week ago.
I try to talk to you
I get tounge tied turns out
Everything I say to you
*Comes out wrong and never comes out right
Nick focused on the
lyrics of the song and realized that was his sign of what they
should do next, going back to his place would be best.
He had prepared for
her arrival earlier that day and picked out a movie. With a
sly grin, he showed Angel the movie, "A Rumble in the Bronx,"
a Jackie Chan film. With a slight twist of her nose, she nodded
to Nick and shrugged her shoulders. "Why don't you get
out of your dress and into your jammies. I can tell I'll be
watching this movie alone too," Nick laughed.
After changing into
her pajama's and getting comfy for a movie, Nick decided they
should watch the movie in his room while in bed, just in case
Angel fell asleep. She was grinning as Nick had said the word
jammies, how unlike Nick she thought that was.
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