A Collaboration between Bron and Suzie
Oprah aired, Sheridan was back to her normal self. For some
reason, watching that show just made everything else in her
life disappear - all was right in her world.
After the Billboard Awards show, the girls surfed the internet
for pictures, encounter stories and whatever else they could
find. They stayed up until the early hours of the morning.
"Whoa! You know Johnny did good hiring a stylist for them
when Nick is the best dressed out of all of them," Sheridan
was in awe.
"The others look good too," Angelina added, "But
hot damn, Nick does look fuckable."
"You would know," Sheridan mumbled. "I'm sorry
Angel, that was uncalled for. Dammit if you aren't right too,"
Sheridan smiled and Angel laughed.
"Hey, I know you and how your mind works. It's been awhile
since you have seen Kevin, Backstreet Boy Kevin, not your boss
Kevin. This much in one day, and it has your hormones in overdrive."
Sheridan glared at her roommate but couldn't say anything. Lord
knows that what Angel spoke was the truth. Part of Sheridan
was afraid to bring up the phone conversation Angel had earlier
with Nick because she didn't want to know what exactly happened.
She figured out enough on her own and was nervous enough about
another meeting with the guys tomorrow night.
"What the hell did we do?" Sheridan said as she picked
up her head off the couch pillow the next morning. Looking around
the living room, she noticed Angelina sacked out on the beanbag.
The girls had gone into BSB overload, had a few too many drinks,
and a junk food binge.
Sheridan called in sick again which, for once, was the truth.
She looked over at Angel who looked like a pretzel and would
probably feel like crap too. 'Such a shame you have to work
a half a day' Sheridan thought as she tried waking her up. "C'mon
Angel. Time to get up."
"Just a few
more minutes Joey. I was up late last night."
Sheridan froze. 'Uh
oh' thought Sheridan, 'Better not say that name around Nick.'
Ever since Joey called Angelina, her dreams would sometimes
Now." Sheridan's yelling caused Angel to snap her head
"What the fuck?
What is your problem?" Angel was waking up on the wrong
side of the beanbag chair.
us some coffee while you take a shower. You've got a half shift
Angelina moaned and
grunted as she dragged herself into her bedroom.
thankful she didn't have to go out.
Angel then mumbled
incoherent words to no one in particular as she went to the
bathroom and closed the door.
Powering up the computer,
Sheridan settled into her chair as she scanned for more news
about last night's award show. Sheridan was scanning more photos,
which now were posted in larger versions. "Yeah, now that's
what I like." Smiling as she clicked her way around and
read the posts, she then spotted a title that made her nervous,
"Uh oh." Sheridan clicked it open and her jaw dropped
Sheridan walked over
to the bathroom door and opened it up a bit, "Hey Angel?"
"Does Nick know
you're working this afternoon?"
There was a pause.
"Uh yeah, I think so. Why?"
"He may need
to call you to talk." Sheridan said as she realized this
was probably not the time to tell Angel what she just read.
Peeking her head
around the shower curtain, Angel tried to read her friend's
of the Carter family troubles and Aaron has now hit the media
was all Angel said as she quickly finished up her shower to
go read what was posted on the message boards.
Angel could have cared less how she looked. She felt like shit
and knew this day wasn't going to get any better.
Pouring two cups
of coffee, Sheridan set one next to Angel, "Thanks Sheridan."
So, you work 'til 3 today?"
Angel nodded her
head, "Yeah, just filling in for James, the other bartender,
who went to an audition this morning."
After finishing up
her coffee, Angel went into her room to call Nick and give him
a heads up.
A comatose Nick was
struggling to wake up and find his cell phone that was making
so much noise. "Hello?"
beautiful, sorry to wake you."
Nick smiled and repositioned
himself on his pillows, pulling his covers back up and closing
his eyes, "S'okay. What time is it?"
"Nah, I needed
to get up in a little bit anyways. We should be back in LA around
4PM. What time do you get off tonight?"
"I'm done at
3. What are your plans for dinner?"
"I was thinking
we could grab a bite to eat then head off to the meeting. It's
at 6:00 right?"
"Yeah. Why don't
we grab a bite to eat afterwards? The meeting should be short,
about an hour or so, I think."
I did call to let you know one other thing, just so you are
"Uh oh, why
don't I like the sound of that?" Nick sat up and ran his
hand through his hair.
"The news about
your family and Aaron is out," Angel spoke softly.
"Out? Out where?"
Nick said a little louder than he meant.
Angel knew she risked
getting the brunt of Nick's anger over the situation, but she
hoped she could calm him down.
it on the internet from a Tampa paper. Apparently it is with
the Associated Press, so only time will tell how long it will
take to get picked up by other media outlets."
Nick mumbled. "What does it say?"
Angel's eyes grew
large with amazement. She thought Nick would've known what it
said. She would have thought Aaron would have told him, at least
give Nick a heads up. 'Shit,' Angel closed her eyes as she told
Nick. "He didn't call you?"
Nick sighed, "Nope."
your mom as his manager and filed for emancipation. Why don't
you call him and find out the scoop."
Nick felt a lump
in his throat and his eyes begin to water. He coughed and cleared
his throat, "Yeah, I will. Thanks Angelina for calling
me and letting me know."
I'll see you tonight okay?"
you mind staying over my place tonight?" Nick asked in
a soft voice.
packed. Go call Aaron. Bye."
"You're the best. Bye."
Sheridan was pacing
in the living room waiting for Angel to finish her phone call
with Nick. Angel walked out of her bedroom looking more exhausted
shower didn't help you at all," Sheridan jokingly said.
"Ha. Ha. Ha.
Want to hear something so incredibly stupid?"
'Uh oh' thought Sheridan.
Angelina wasn't one who tolerated stupid people and usually
her mouth went on auto drive telling people exactly what she
thought. Her brain filter wasn't always properly working.
"Can you believe
no one called Nick to warn him about the news being leaked to
the media? Nobody, not one single person, not even Aaron. I
had to tell Nick what the hell was going on in his own fucking
messed up family which I read on a message board. How fucked
up is that?"
Sheridan wasn't expecting
that. "That is fucked up. Poor kid."
"Now I get to
go put on a happy face at work. I should be home by 4. Can I
grab a ride with you to the meeting tonight?
I'll also give you a Reader's Digest version of what I find
out on the message boards."
Nick walked out of
his suite and went to knock on Brian's.
Brian was dressed
and just finishing up packing. "Hey Frack." Brian
took one look at his friend and knew something was wrong. "What's
Nick told Brian what
he knew about Aaron and his mom. Brian called Kevin who came
over with his laptop - he was the only one who brought a computer
for this short trip - and then called the rest of the fellas.
Room service was called and they ordered breakfast. They read
the boards while eating.
Barefoot's was unusually
busy for a Thursday afternoon. Craig, the restaurant's manager,
had to jump on in and give a hand. It was total chaos especially
at the bar. Angelina held her own but didn't even have time
to run to the bathroom. She had such a dry mouth too and kept
drinking water as if it was going out of style. Finally, after
running around for four hours, she took her potty break.
'Of all the days
to have a hangover,' she thought.
Tony, the short order
cook, was sympathetic to Angel. He could tell she had a rough
night and brought her some toast. "Here you go Ms. Ditzy.
I bet you haven't eaten yet." At that exact moment, Angel's
stomach growled causing those that heard it to laugh. Coincidently,
that was about half of the bar, customers included.
ducked her head, grabbed her toast, and went to the break room
to eat her toast. When she came back out, it appeared that most
of the bar patrons had left. "Thank God."
James came walking
into the restaurant and looked around at the bar to see it completely
trashed. "What happened here?"
Angel shook her head
and replied, "Don't ask. Give me twenty minutes and I'll
have it all cleaned up and stocked for the rest of your shift."
James noticed Angel's tips and his eyes grew wide, "Damn,
of all the days to have to miss work."
"It was hell.
I have no idea why it was so busy, but it was hell."
Craig walked over
to congratulate Angel on a job well done. "I have no idea
why, but if this keeps up, I'm going to have to hire more staff."
Craig chuckled as he ran some reports from the cash register
and took the money tray.
Angel grabbed her
tips and left for home. "Time for job number two,"
she said as she headed home.
Walking into the
apartment, she noticed how good it smelled. "Hey Sheridan,
I'm home." Looking around the room, Angelina noticed that
she had some candles burning.
"What the hell
happened to you?" Sheridan gawked at Angel's appearance.
Her uniform had more stains on it than usual.
"It was a nightmare.
I don't want to talk about it. I'm going to take a quick shower.
I smell and feel nasty."
Sheridan held her
fingers up to her nose, "Yes, you do," she teased.
Angel cleaned up
and sat next to Sheridan as she was downloading video clips
of the boys' appearance from the Hub. "I love that we are
three hours behind the East coast. The fans there are great
at getting Extra, Access Hollywood, and Entertainment Tonight
clips up on the internet in record time. I still haven't figured
out what the hell is written on Kevin's shirt."
Hollywood has a clip of them on the Red Carpet." Sheridan
and Angel were getting a second wind from anticipation. Waiting
was always the worst.
your Streamload account," Sheridan said, "I bet it
was sent through there."
Laughing, Angel replied,
"You have no patience."
"NO, I don't,"
Sheridan said emphatically.
Angel announced as she double clicked on the icon.
The two women watched
and listened to it a few more times before either one made a
comment. Sheridan didn't dare say a word, not one word.
Angel looked hurt
at first; then became mad. Now she was downright angry. "Let's
go." Angel announced as she closed down her laptop and
got her notes. Once in the car, Angel finally spoke again, "Can
we stop at a convenient store? I'm hungry."
The girls walked
into the conference room and set up their belongings in their
usual spots. Marybeth walked in, "Hey Angel, Hey Sheridan.
Did you guys see the boys last night?"
forgot about the Access Hollywood clip. The fan in her jumped
out in full force, "Oh my God, yes! Who dressed the boys
last night? They deserve a raise."
"I know! Nick looked incredible." There was a snort
from Angel who was sitting down eating her Ben and Jerry's ice
cream Phish bar.
Marybeth looked at
Sheridan with questioning eyes; Sheridan just shook her head.
Marybeth then remembered about the Carter news, "Oh Angel.
Have you talked to Nick today? Is he okay?"
"Oh, I bet he's
Sheridan's eyes slowly
closed as if she was saying a silent prayer. Marybeth was really
confused by Angel's statement but didn't have time to question
it as Gene and the boys walked into the conference room.
Johnny had called
the boys for an emergency meeting, in light of Nick's family
situation. He also wanted to congratulate them on a job well
done in Las Vegas. Once they landed in LA, the boys and Johnny
were shuttled directly to the building. Gene met with them as
well, just to understand how Johnny wanted to handle the press
with Nick. Johnny feared one of the Carters' might slip up and
say Nick is in LA working on a movie and that's why he is not
in Florida with the rest of his family. Truth be told, Nick
had no intention of returning to Florida for a while. There
was just too much drama and he didn't want to get sucked into
any of it.
The elevator door
dinged. "Hey ladies," Gene greeted them. "How
are you doing?"
replied Angel as she tossed her ice cream stick in the trash
and pulled out a pound of plain M&Ms from her bag.
Gene looked at the
boys then Marybeth. She just shrugged her shoulders. A.J, Brian,
Howie, and Kevin all looked at Nick. He just shrugged his shoulders.
Nick wasn't in the best of moods as it was and he had no idea
what crawled up his girlfriend's ass. Then everyone turned to
Sheridan, she just shook her head, 'No,' and with pleading eyes
told them not to ask.
Gene continued, "Well
then, why don't we get started. John had to cancel tonight so
this will be a quick meeting."
Angel snapped. Everyone looked at her with questioning eyes
as she ate her M&Ms, noticing this, she realized she spoke
aloud, "Sorry." Her facial features softened, "Anybody
want some?" she asked as she held out the bag.
Brian and Howie echoed,
"No thanks," simultaneously. Nick and Kevin shook
their heads no while A.J. said, "Yes please."
Angel carefully closed
the bag up and passed it on down to A.J. "Take the whole
thing. I have another bag." Just then, Angel reached down
into her bag and pulled out a yellow bag, M&M peanuts. All
the boys had a confused look on their faces. They've never seen
Angel eat junk food and this certainly was a lot of junk food.
Sheridan closed her
eyes saying another silent prayer. Kevin noticed her reaction
and decided to proceed with caution. Sheridan mouthed, 'PMS'
to the boys. All heads quickly turned back to Gene.
In a way, Sheridan
was grateful for Angel's foul mood. It took the boys' minds
off of their last meeting and the incident with Tom; hopefully,
the phone call yesterday would be forgotten all together. It
wasn't until the boys walked into the room that Sheridan was
reminded of it all. She had been so nervous thinking about tonight's
meeting ever since that fateful night. Sheridan realized that
for the past 24 hours, she had completely forgotten about it.
And judging by the guys reaction to seeing her, none of them
remembered it either. Well, except for one person.
On the other side
of the conference table, Nick wanted nothing more than to take
Angel into his arms and hug her. He felt like crap and needed
her. He couldn't understand why Angel seemed so pissed off,
especially at him. He felt her eyes glaring at him as he read
through some materials Marybeth had passed out on an upcoming
event. Nick tried to put his hand on Angel's knee. She shifted
her position sending him a message loud and clear, 'Don't touch
'What the hell?'
Nick thought. He needed to talk to her and soon. For one thing,
she was going to have one hell of a tummy ache and he didn't
want any excuses for their time together tonight.
Gene caught Nick's
eyes and understood a break was needed. "Okay gang. I need
to run to my office to pick up the rest of the information for
the Sundance Festival. Why don't we take a five minute break?
I'll be right back."
Nick turned his attention
back to the woman beside him, "What is wrong with you?"
came out a bit harsher and louder than he intended it to. As
if on cue, the rest of the guys and Sheridan started to get
up and leave.
Angel glared at him,
"Well, hello to you too. Nothing is wrong with me. Why
would there be ANYTHING wrong with me? I'm perfectly FINE. Did
you have a good time in Vegas?" Angel bashed her eyelashes
All of a sudden the
boys stopped. They realized she must have read something about
their trip to Vegas. But what? Nick's brain tried to backtrack
to what he had done in Vegas as well and was coming up blank.
"Are you jealous
about something Angel?" Nick was not in a mood to deal
with any jealousy. "Cause if you're jealous about something,
I have no idea what it is. So you might as well tell me since
I haven't mastered reading minds. I'm not in the mood to play
mind games with you; I get enough of them with my own family."
Nick was still upset about Aaron's troubles.
Sheridan's eyes darted
toward the ceiling not making eye contact with anyone. Kevin
knew she knew what was wrong with Angel. He couldn't get her
to leave the room without making it obvious. "Why don't
we let them have a few minutes of privacy?" Kevin said
to the rest of the guys. A.J. and Howie didn't want to listen
to Kevin, so they pretended they didn't hear him and stayed.
Angel didn't care
one way or the other. "I'm sorry Nick. I'm not in the best
of moods today and something you said on TV pissed me off. I'm
not really jealous, just pissed off." Angel replied while
studying one of her M&Ms in her hand.
Kevin turned to Sheridan
in the hallway, "What the hell is going on with Angel?
I've seen women with PMS, but this one is in full blown bitch
mode. Something set her off."
Sheridan's head was
spinning having Kevin so close to her, "Access Hollywood,"
was all she could say.
Brian repeated it
with the same inflection as Kevin, "Access Hollywood? That's
not even on until now," Brian said as he looked at his
"Yeah, but it was on the East coast three hours ago."
Kevin and Brian looked
at her with a confused look that said 'but how could you have
"It was taped on the East coast and loaded onto the internet
before we left for the meeting. That's how Angel saw it."
Back in the conference
room, Howie and A.J. exchanged looks, "Access Hollywood?"
Nick looked over
to them for help, "What the hell did I say to them?"
A.J. and Howie shrugged
their shoulders. Rolling her eyes, Angel said, "They asked
all of you if you had seen the Paris Hilton sex video?"
Deep in thought, the three boys thought for a moment.
I can explain," Nick's head was spinning trying to remember
his exact comment. His mind was drawing a blank, which at times
was nothing new to him.
Holding up her hand,
she replied, "No reason to."
Silence. Nick waited;
he could tell there would be more.
me one question, did you go and get her?"
Nick hung his head.
Howie and A.J. decided
it was time to leave the room. They ran into Brian, Kevin, Sheridan,
Gene, and Marybeth in the hallway. "They may need a few
more minutes," A.J. nodded his head back to the conference
Gene replied, "I
see. Why don't we get some refreshments?"
Marybeth raised her
eyebrows, "Ah yeah, we've got some stuff around here. Maybe
some more coffee too?"
They all nodded their
heads and walked away from the conference room.
Angel now stared
at Nick's hair as his head hung down. Looking up at her, he
shook his head, "Angel, I meant nothing by that remark.
No, I didn't go try and find her. Besides, its not like anything
would have happen if we did run into each other. I don't know
her that well."
Angel's eyes bugged
"What I mean
is," Nick continued, "I've got you and I would not
want to jeopardize what I have with you. Besides, if the media
thinks I'm interested in Paris, they'll leave you alone."
Angel cocked her
head at him with a confused look, "The media doesn't know
about me remember?"
Smiling the first
time that day, Nick gave Angel a sexy grin, "Not yet."
Angel was clearly confused.
Reaching his hand
over her shoulder, he pulled Angelina into his embrace, "C'mere.
I've missed you." Nick dropped a kiss on her lips that
sent shock waves through his body.
Pulling back, Nick
licked his lips. "Damn, those taste good. Can I have some?"
Nick reached for the M&Ms.
yours. I've eaten way too much. I need to go to the bathroom
and get sick I think."
As Angel walked out
into the hallway, seven heads stared at her. "What?"
A series of 'nothings'
were said as the group walked back into the conference room.
Sheridan and Marybeth followed Angelina into the bathroom.
Sheridan questioned Angel.
"Yeah, I ate
way too much sugar though."
"I've got some
Rolaids and Pepto Bismol if you need something," replied
The Pepto Bismol sounds good."
"I'll be right
how are you doing?" Angel put her head on the cold wall
as she prayed she wouldn't get sick.
"I'm good. Why?"
"Oh, I don't
know. All I heard for the past 6 days was that you didn't want
to face the boys after the incident with Tom," Angel's
sarcastic side was in full bloom.
"Oh that. Yeah,
well, thanks to you, I completely forgot about it and none of
them brought it up. So, I'm going to forget all about it."
Sheridan liked her line of reasoning.
Marybeth walked back
in with the medicine and waited for Angel to finish up to give
it to her. "Thanks Marybeth."
The boys finished off the rest of your M&Ms too, so it's
all gone now."
Angel moaned as the three woman returned to the meeting.
Gene wanted to quickly
close this meeting. "As I was saying before, Johnny and
I are looking into getting you passes for next month's Sundance
festival in Utah. Howie, I know you may be away but is anyone
else not going to be around?"
Brian spoke up, "I'll
probably stay in Atlanta until we start shooting." Gene
nodded his head. He thought for sure Leighanne would jump at
the chance to go.
Angelina and Sheridan
were engrossed in reading through the Sundance materials. They
would kill to attend an event like this; one that had so many
great connections in the filming industry.
Gene looked at Nick
and Kevin, then tossed his head in the girls' direction. Both
men smiled and nodded their heads up and down. Nick gave Kevin
A.J. sat silently
in his chair thinking it over. Gene looked at him, "Nah,
I think I'll stay here in LA. I don't like the cold."
Sheridan and Angel
both looked up at A.J. like he had three heads. Angel had to
ask, "Are you serious? You are using the weather as an
excuse not to go?"
"Yes, I am.
I like to be warm. Besides, some of it is one big party and
a paparazzi nightmare. I don't want to be around that and have
rumors flying about that I'm partying again."
Both girls shook
their heads. They understood where he was coming from.
A.J. wanted to rile
up some feathers with Angelina, "Besides, I have a nice
video downloaded onto my desktop to keep me company." Nick's
head jerked up and he gave A.J. a death glare.
Angel snorted at
A.J.'s comment. The men turned to watch her. "Ya know A.J.,
I've seen the tape and it's not as good as most B rated porn
material. I'm surprised this turns you on."
Brian nearly fell
out of his chair hearing Angel's confession of watching porn
films. His head snapped up and turned toward Nick.
A.J.'s grin grew
at Angel's confession, "So, you've seen it?"
Angel gave him an
odd look, "Yeah, I've seen it. I have it."
Nick's head snapped
from looking at Brian to staring at his girlfriend. "You
own a copy?" he questioned, as his mouth got dry.
Sheridan hid her face. Partially because she was mortified that
Angel said it in front of the guys. The other half was horrified
that Angel actually has a copy of it on her laptop. "Oh
my God!" Sheridan swallowed hard. She turned to leave and
banged into Kevin who was snickering, not at Angel, but at her.
Angelina answered Nick, "Yes, right here." Angel turned
her laptop around towards Nick.
Nick's eyes grew
large as he saw the title of the file. "Okay, no need to
click on anything else while we are in this meeting."
"I'm not watching
this," Sheridan covered her eyes.
Angel rolled her
eyes at her roommate's innocence. "Geesh," she shook
her head as she slapped the laptop closed.
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