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the tears from her eyes, Angelina tried to speak again without
laughing. She wasn't successful. Doubling over, she held her
stomach as laughter filled the room once more.
Nick chuckled into
the phone, "Sorry Bro."
Angel tried to speak
again, *hiccup* "Patrick?" *hiccup*
was choked out before her voice gave out to euphoria once again.
Kevin rubbed his
hand through his hair; he was not amused. "How long do
they last usually?"
It depends really. The harder she laughs the louder and faster
the last time I had sex," Kevin said absentmindedly. Unfortunately,
Nick heard him and started howling. "Oh God," Kevin
groaned. "Listen, call me back when you two laughing hyenas
can control yourselves long enough to answer a few stupid questions
for me, okay? Bye," Kevin said as he slammed the phone
Nick and Angel had
walked into to Nick's house and the phone was ringing off the
wall. They had just returned from the Beverly Center with mixed
reactions as to what happened to them today. It was supposed
to be a simple day, shopping for some needed items that shouldn't
have been a big deal. However, throw in a few celebrity sightings,
the paparazzi, and you've got a disastrous day.
Earlier that day
Nick and Angel had gone to the mall just to pick up a few things
and enjoy each other's company. They also ended up dodging camera
flashes as they passed by a shop that sold clothes for animals.
Everything probably would have been fine, but Paris Hilton was
also there shopping and wherever Paris went, paparazzi seemed
to follow. One of the photographers noticed Nick and called
his name. When Nick turned around, the camera started snapping
pictures at him and they tried to get closer.
At first, Angel didn't
understand what was going on. As soon as Nick pulled her close
to him and began walking fast in the other direction, Angel
knew something was wrong. "What's the matter Nick?"
As they boarded the
down escalator, Nick whispered in her ear that he was sorry.
She put her head on his shoulder and asked what he was sorry
about. Camera shots were being snapped as an intimate moment
was being shared. "Unfortunately, your life with me."
She lifted her head
up and looked at him, "What are you talking about?"
Angel was completely confused and completely oblivious to what
was going on around them.
Nick held her hand
and said, "Just follow my lead, okay? There are paparazzi
here taking all kinds of photos of us. Let's just stay cool
and not give them anything to write about, okay?"
Angel blinked, then
blinked again, and slowly turned to face forward as she descended
off of the escalator. It was then she got a clue about what
was happening. She forced a smile at Nick and shook her head
up and down. She now understood what Nick was talking about.
As the couple found
a semi-private moment, Angel looked up at Nick horrified.
Nick's concern was
evident in his voice, "What's wrong baby? Are you okay?"
With her eyes wide,
Angel mumbled, "Kevin is going to kill us. He said keep
a low-profile. I don't think this is what he had in mind."
Nick grinned, "Nah,
don't worry about it. As Johnny says, any publicity is good
publicity." Nick led Angel out of the Mall to the parking
garage to get into his Escalade. He would figure out a way to
deal with Kevin later.
Angel still unsure
added, "I hope you're right."
Nick was brought
back to the present when he heard Angel talking to Sheridan
on the phone. Shaking his head, he looked at Angel.
you serious Sheridan?" *hiccup*
not technically a date per say," Sheridan was baffled that
Angelina knew about her dinner engagement with Patrick when
she hadn't even told her yet. She knew Kevin must have called
Nick to get the scoop from Angel about it. "Have you been
drinking? Your hiccups are unusually bad this time."
"I've had some
*hiccup* wine, but not enough to make me *hiccup*
drunk." Angel tried to speak a complete sentence before
another one struck. "Again, what made you agree to a dinner
date with Patrick?"
Sheridan snarled, "Listen, my car wouldn't start this morning
and the last thing I needed was to be late for my first day
on the job with Kevin. If it wasn't for Patrick, I would have
had the day from hell!"
Sheridan could hear
Angelina's giggling and could sense the smirk on her face. "He's
been our neighbor since we've moved in and has been nothing
but friendly and helpful to us. He's harmless Angel. And this
isn't a DATE."
huh, whatever. Hey tomorrow if you are having car troubles,
you can always take my car. See you at 9." And with that
statement, Angel hung up the phone dissolving completely in
Sheridan screamed as she hung up the phone. "Why didn't
I think of taking Angel's car?" Sheridan was talking to
herself, "You are such a blonde sometimes."
Nick saw Angel finish
off the last sip in her wine glass and refilled it for her.
"Are you trying to get me drunk Nickolas?" she purred.
trying to help you forget about today," Nick said as he
pulled her into a hug.
Nick's phone rang
again as he groaned into Angel's hair. Turning back towards
the phone, he answered, "Hello."
"Hey Nick. How
ya doing buddy?"
I'm doing pretty good. How were your holidays?" Nick sat
back down grabbing his beer and patting the couch cushion next
to him for Angel to sit. She snuggled up with her glass of wine
into his side as Nick wrapped his arm around her.
"It was wonderful.
I just got back to LA this afternoon and wanted to double check
to see how things went with you in Pennsylvania before I saw
wonderful. I tried all kinds of new things that people do during
the snow season." Nick chuckled remembering his attempt
at ice staking.
hurt yourself, did you?"
"Nah, I survived
unscathed. What did you guys do for New Years?"
"Leigh and I
decided to stay in and have a romantic night at home. Too bad
she had the flu." Brian chuckled while shaking his head,
"It would be my luck that I was able to be home and she
was sick. How was yours?"
"New Years was
memorable. I think we've finally recovered," Nick uttered
as he pulled Angel closer.
Brian laughed, "You
guys are young."
"Not that young."
Nick spoke, "I'm not in as good a shape as I once was."
Brian couldn't resist,
"When were you ever in good shape?"
Nick shouted with a hint of laughter, "That wasn't very
"I'm sure Angel
can help whoop your ass into shape." Brian didn't miss
the cheerfulness and happiness in Nick's voice.
"Just as long
as I don't loose my ass in the process," Nick looked over
to Angel to wink at her, but her eyes were closed and she was
After speaking to
Brian for another twenty minutes, he hung up to call Kevin back.
"Is she calmer
"Yup, so calm
she's sound asleep. But I just wanted to call you back to let
you know that Sheridan is flat out denying this is a date-date."
"Uh huh. So
why bother going out at all?"
"He's a nice
guy and has been a good neighbor to the girls I guess."
Nick rolled his eyes; Kevin questioned everyone's motives but
"I'd hate to
think what Patrick would ask of you if he needed to jump start
her car," Kevin's sarcastic side was starting to rear its
ugly head. Of course, two double shots of whiskey could do that
Nick couldn't help
but giggle, "Well, I doubt anything will happen then. Angel
reminded Sheridan that she could always take her car since she's
coming with me tomorrow."
Kevin responded while nodding his head up and down, "That's
good. Sheridan needs a new car."
Nick noticed Kevin
was acting strangely calmer and a little weirder than usual.
He wanted to tell Kevin about the photographers at the Mall,
but didn't think this would be a good time. "You okay bro?"
a little sleep won't cure. I'll see you and the little lady
Nick clicked off the phone and slowly removed the empty wine
glass from Angel's hand. Carefully, he picked her up and carried
her into his bedroom, laying her on his bed. He removed her
sneakers and socks before tucking her into bed, then he went
to grab another beer and boot up his computer. He wanted to
know if there was anything on the fan boards about him and Angel.
"This is death,"
Sheridan mumbled as her alarm clock blared at 6:30AM to wake
her up. Hitting the snooze button, she rolled over to catch
a few more zzz's before the annoying sound woke her up again.
As she drifted off, a loud ringing noise was now replacing her
alarm clock. "What the hell?" she sat up and tried
to focus on the new disturbing sound.
Realizing it was
the phone, she mumbled to it as if it could understand her.
Sheridan. I wanted to call you and wish you good luck before
you started your first day of filming dear. How are you?"
"Hi Mom. Thanks
for the well wishes. You do remember that I am THREE hours behind
"Of course dear,
but I wasn't sure what time you started today and I didn't want
to miss you. I ran into MaryAnn last night and she told me she
had talked to you yesterday. She was the one who reminded me
about what was happening today."
"Remind me to
thank MaryAnn," Sheridan mumbled.
a sweet girl. I'm surprised she hasn't settled down yet. She's
not getting any younger."
and I are the same age. It's not that uncommon to be my age
and not be settled down. I'm only in my twenties."
"Yes dear, but
most women your age are either dating someone or are lesbians
these days." Sheridan heard a sharp intake of breath from
her mom and started to laugh.
Mom, I'm not a lesbian and neither is MaryAnn."
good to know dear." Suddenly, Sheridan's alarm clock blared
in the background, "I'll let you go. Time for you to get
ready. Call me later to tell me all about your first day of
work on the set."
Sheridan rolled her
eyes as she turned off the offensive blaring. "I'm not
sure what the schedule is like today Mom. I'll call you when
I can, okay?"
Have fun. Talk to you soon. Love you bye."
"Love you too
Sheridan booted up
her computer and went to put her coffee together, "I hope
this isn't any indication of how the rest of my day will be."
As she waited for
the coffee to brew, she began surfing the internet. "Oh
shit. I don't think it's going to be me that will have a bad
day," Sheridan whispered as she saw pictures of Nick and
Angel on one of the BSB message boards. She decided to check
out a few others, but it appears the situation was getting worse,
There were pictures
of Nick and Angel kissing on the side of the road with Angel
starting to get into her car. "This must have been after
Nick and Angel went for a jog and before Angel went to work
on Tuesday morning," Sheridan thought.
Scrolling down, she
found a few more pictures of Nick in Malibu with his friends.
"Classy Nick! Drinking from a brown paper bag, you wino."
Sheridan chuckled, "I should forward these to Kevin."
As Sheridan surfed
to a different message board, she saw a headline, "Who's
the girl with Nick?" followed by 22 pages worth of replies,
that made her gasp, "Uh oh." Sheridan scrolled through
the thread, clinking on links to see the pictures of Nick and
Angel shopping at the Grove. Further into the thread, she found
another link for a website run by a Nick/BSB fan who posted
enlarged pictures. For the most part, the fan responses were
civil towards "the girl with Nick." The fans debated
whether or not "the girl" was a girlfriend or just
a friend. Then one fan wrote as if she 'knew' she was right,
posted the picture of Nick and Angel on the escalator with Angel's
head on his shoulder, "Nick would never show this much
PDA if it was just a friend." That comment resulted in
a fight among fans until one of the Moderators of the board
issued a warning.
Realizing she had
been surfing on her computer longer than she had intended, Sheridan
yelled, "OH SHIT," as she ran into the bathroom for
a quick shower. Panic set in when she realized she had less
than an hour to get ready, eat breakfast and get to the set.
As she fumbled with
her purse, Sheridan tried to find something for breakfast that
she could grab and eat on the run. She almost knocked over her
thermos full of coffee in the process. "Ah fuck it. I'll
grab a donut on the way." Sheridan slammed the apartment
door and locked it. As she high-tailed it down the stairs, her
chant of, "Please let my car start…..please," was
whispered as her head tilted up towards the sky.
was on her side as the car started right up. She peeled out
of the driveway and was heading straight for Krispy Kremes in
Burbank. "I certainly have my priorities this morning,"
she mumbled as she switched radio stations looking for something
decent to listen to.
Nick and Angel were
driving toward the studio where the entire crew was to meet
some of the cast members. Angel was a bundle of nerves sitting
in the front seat twisting the cuff of her jacket.
"Will you relax?
The hard part of your job is done. I should be the one who is
nervous," Nick said trying to make Angel feel better.
not the only reason I'm nervous Nick," she mumbled. Sensing
there was more Angel wanted to talk about, Nick pulled over
into a parking lot to pick them up some coffee. "What's
this about Angel?"
"Oh, it's nothing,"
she said with a sigh that meant it was more, but she wasn't
sure if she really wanted to talk about it now or wait. As she
got out of the car, she met Nick who put his hands on her shoulders,
making her look at him, "Talk to me. Please?"
With a heavy sigh,
Angel revealed what she read on the internet that morning, "The
fans know you have been out and about with me and they're speculating
on our relationship. There are pictures from different paparazzi
outlets of us together. It's really eerie to see how the websites
post the dates the pictures were taken as well. It's almost
like they can piece together what we did and on what days. Not
to mention, Kevin is going to have a cow when he reads about
Nick pulled Angel
in for a hug. He knew he should have given her a heads-up, but
he really didn't want her to worry about it anymore than he
did. Nick chuckled thinking about Angel's comment about Kevin.
"Don't worry about Kevin. And don't worry about the pictures.
I'm very happy to have you in my life and I'm sure the fans
can see how happy I am." Releasing his hold on her, he
gently lifted her chin up so he could look into her eyes, "And
I am very happy to have you in my life Angel. I really do love
you," and with that a kiss followed, along with more pictures
being taken from behind another car.
As Nick and Angel
ordered their coffee, whispers could be heard among the other
patrons. Angel began to feel self-conscious and goose bumps
ran along her arms as she noticed a man outside taking more
pictures of her and Nick. As Nick paid for their drinks, the
manager whispered, "I'm sorry Mr. Carter. If you'd like,
you can exit through the back entrance."
Nick smiled weakly,
"Thanks anyways, but I'm parked out front." Turning
towards Angel, he held out her coffee which she took. As they
walked out of the café, Nick took Angel's free hand and
ignored the man with the camera.
Pulling onto the
highway, Nick finally spoke. "I'm sorry Angel. Your life
is only going to get more complicated because of me."
Angel knew deep down
that Nick would worry about her and how his celebrity would
affect their relationship. She needed to reassure him that she
was strong enough to withstand this part of his life if she
was to be a part of his life too. Squeezing Nick's hand, Angel
replied with a smile, "Just ignore them, right?"
Nick shook his head,
"Yeah." Thinking to himself, as he drove to the studio,
'I hope we'll be fine.'
Pulling into the
parking lot, he saw his group members, Marybeth and Sheridan
all gathered around Sheridan's car staring at it. Angel leaned
forward in her seat, "Something is up with Sheridan's car.
I hope it didn't catch fire again."
Nick looked at her with a mixed look on his face, one of part
fear and part doubtfulness.
"It's done it
twice to her," Angel laughed as Kevin crawled on the ground
next to the car on his hands and knees. "This is when we
need a photographer," Angel giggled as she watched Kevin
intently look under the car. Jumping out of Nick's Escalade
as soon as he parked, she darted toward the gathering of people.
"Oh, Kevin on his hands and knees. I've always envisioned
him crawling." Angel began to giggle. The others were just
as bad as her and were laughing. The group began saying their
"hellos" and engaged in idle chit-chat.
Slowly, Kevin went
to his knees and leaned back on his calves. With his arms folded
over his chest, he dropped a look from hell on Angel. Angel
knew there was no reason to be afraid of Kevin but for some
unknown reason her skin began to tingle; she felt very nervous
and just stood frozen, staring at him. "Would you care
to define the term 'Low Key' for me?" It took Angel a minute
to comprehend what Kevin was talking about.
came to stand in front of Angel. Nick was well versed in the
body language of Richardson. Angel had just pissed Kevin off
to the roots of his hair. "Look I…"
A leg covered in
grey flannel wearing a very sexy but insensible spike heel was
placed in front of Kevin. The leg was shapely and the flannel
clung very nicely to it. A lyrical voice chimed above his head,
"I won't let you pick on them about the photographers.
It isn't their fault. They're not posing for the cameras. How
would you like it if it were you and your girlfriend?"
Kevin placed his
hand on the car and pulled himself up to a standing position.
"I would have been a little smarter about it. I checked
the messageboards this morning after I got a call from Johnny.
It's very unlike Nick to show PDA all over the damn place."
Kevin shook his head
back and forth, as he stared at Nick and Angel. They both looked
upset. Recalling Johnny's words in his head, "free publicity"
and knowing Kevin's anger was more out of jealousy than anything
else, he started to back off. "I suppose I probably would
have done the same thing. I'm not known for tucking my tail
between my legs and running when it gets a little hairy."
Kevin turned to the blonde that had just gotten in his face
and looked down at her. This was something new to him, Sheridan
firing back at him, "You need a new car. We wouldn't want
you to sacrifice yourself to Patrick the Auto God for the sake
of transportation. Now, let's all go inside and get this meeting
out of the way. We have too much to do in the next two weeks
before… before…" Kevin stopped himself; he wasn't ready
to tell them what they would be doing in two weeks. If he said
anything now, he would get a chorus of 'no-s' from the women.
body was blushing at Kevin's remark. He definitely knew about
her date with Patrick but why was he so upset about it. She
turned to ask him about it but he turned and marched in the
door to the studio.
Howie and Brian each
grabbed one of Sheridan's hands.
"I like her,"
Howie was grinning from ear to ear.
"I can't believe
she did that," A.J. just shook his head as he walked to
stand next to Marybeth. "You are very cool, Miss S."
Sheridan looked lost
and so did Angel and Marybeth. The guys were laughing their
asses off and grinning a mile wide. "I don't get it,"
Sheridan whispered as she walked into the building with Angel
"I don't either
but I'll be asking Nick about it later," Angel didn't understand
what had taken place either but she understood that Kevin wasn't
pleased about had happened with the photographers. Angel wouldn't
push her luck with Kevin today, it just wouldn't be a very good
Marybeth walked up
to John Hughes who was conversing with Kevin. The others approached
slowly but unsure of their surroundings.
he yelled to the group as they followed Marybeth. John stood
as they gathered around him. "Okay today is going to be
a little unconventional. All of you are going to meet the people
on the set and learn what they do because all of you are new
to this." A young woman came from the back of the set came
to stand next to John. "Everyone meet Jaime Pressly."
The usual rounds
of hellos were pitched towards the actress, as well as hands.
Kevin stepped forward and offered his hand, "It will be
a pleasure to work with you Jaime. I loved your movie Footprints."
Sheridan rolled her
eyes. Nobody saw it but Angel and of course Nick, as Angel alerted
him to it. Sheridan didn't notice that she was being watched
by the two as she listened to Kevin heap the compliments on
Nick and Angel stifled
their giggles as they watched Kevin drool over the actress.
John grabbed a bullhorn
from his chair and yelled. "Meeting everyone! I mean everyone!"
A crowd of over one
hundred people gathered around them. Sheridan was bumped slightly
from behind, turning slightly she discovered that it was Kevin
that was doing the bumping. He had moved to stand behind her
while she watched the people assemble.
going to run through this one time and only one time. Then these
green horns are going to be taken on a tour of this studio and
set. If they have any questions, please answer them." John
set the bullhorn down knowing that using it now was un-necessary.
"Ladies and gentleman I will go around and introduce the
cast. After that, I will call your name, please step forward.
I will give them your job description at that time." John
waited until all eyes were focused on him.
"Meet your cast:
Kevin Richardson the Professor who advises undergraduate and
graduate students in the Music program; Nick Carter is the student
with ADHD and a surfer; Brian Littrel is a married PhD student;
Howie Dorough is your music industry man who teaches part-time
at the University and is also a ladies man, and finally, A.J.
McLean is your music prodigy - singer and musician."
Clearing his throat,
John smiled at Sheridan and Angelina. "Please also let
me introduce Ms. Sheridan Anderson and Ms. Angelina Lydon, the
creators of this story, who will make it come to life, they
are the writers, and our screenwriters. This movie is their
baby. Any questions, ask them or Marybeth, who all of you are
familiar with since she hired most of you."
Angel and Sheridan
smiled; Angel was thrilled, Sheridan was scared to death. She
backed up and stepped on Kevin's foot. She heard him inhale
loudly but he didn't gasp in pain or anything from behind as
he slid his foot out from under hers.
"We are running
on a shoestring budget so most positions have been left unfilled.
We have condensed and reorganized positions to make this movie.
We have one person in charge of the set. There is no greensmen
on this set nor is there a background artist, color consultant,
prop manager, property designer, set designer, set decorator,
Foley artist, or sound designer, instead we have Greg."
John laughed as he looked at the kid who looked like he had
just fallen out of bed. "Say hello Greg," John smiled.
Greg laughed as he answered the director's request stepping
forward and then back in line with the others.
"This is Helen.
She does wardrobe and costumes." John pointed to a middle
age woman who stepped forward and then backwards rather quickly.
"Helen also helps Greg and Donna on the set when she is
needed. Helen will also be doing makeup and hair too."
Kevin had a sinking
feeling in the pit of his stomach over all the short cuts that
they were taking. Backstreet Boys go to acting and they were
going to look like asses to the masses. He had nightmares about
"Spiceworld," over this. The acid was churning in
John pointed to a woman with a cellphone in each ear, "Is
our Production Manager and anything else we need her to do."
Pausing to see that his words weren't falling on deaf ears,
he called a name, "Terry!"
A husky man in his
mid-fifties with silver hair stepped forward. "Meet Terry,
he's is our redeemer and he is going to get this movie made
top notch. He's our gaffer and runs the minions around here.
So let's take a tour, shall we." John strode away and it
took a scant thirty seconds for everyone to follow him quickly.
there is something that is not correct or how you want it to
look, say so now. We have a few days to fix things before we
roll film." John walked them through the different sets,
one of A.J.'s apartment, one of what would be Howie's office.
As the guys touched and looked around the sets, they were in
awe that this was actually going to happen. They also could
see the detail put into each set along with little touches of
their own personality. The group stopped at the back of the
studio where Nick's dorm room scenes were going to be filmed.
Nick was like a kid as he checked out the mock room. "This
is really cool," as he grabbed a basketball off the desk
and began bouncing it around. A quick game of pick up started
between Brian and Nick.
Kevin smiled as it
brought back old memories. Brian and Nick would play basketball
anywhere, anytime. Biting his bottom lip, he was saddened by
how much they all had grown apart. Maybe this movie would help
keep them together as men, not just boys.
John grabbed the
ball from Brian and placed it on the desk. "Next we have
Brian's apartment," John spoke as he rounded a corner.
Brian grasped as he looked at the room. "This is so close
to what our first place looked like."
Kevin was laughing
as he stared at the gold-colored refrigerator which clashed
with the avocado-colored stove. The guys were remembering the
first apartment that they had shared together as a singing group.
Kevin drove his roommates nuts with his cleaning habits; he
thought Brian and A.J. were slobs.
"How did you
know all this?" Brian literally stepped into the middle
of the set and felt like he had stepped back in time too.
"All we need
now is Lou," Howie laughed.
Sheridan and Angel
studied each set intently and began to scribble notes on one
pad. They would mumble and say yes or no. Most of the sets were
fine, a few things were missing here and there that they felt
the sets needed. One was that Nick's dorm room didn't have any
posters of babes on the walls. "Most college kids have
some type of girlie posters on their walls," Angel mumbled
loud enough for the others to here.
"We can make
adjustments ladies. Just let us know what you want," Greg
voiced from not to far away.
"You did a great
job," Sheridan smiled not wanting to ridicule the man.
"Our list is just little things that need to be changed.
It will bring out the character's personality and make them
more believable. We can get a poster for this room."
put up a Paris one," Howie snickered. Four men turned towards
him with looks of anger, "Sorry," he apologized. He
was damn happy that his set was ultra modern and sleek, with
metal and glass.
Angel couldn't control
her mouth, "Don't worry Howie. We are trying to keep this
film rated PG-13. We'll look for a Playboy Bunny poster."
A.J.'s ears perked
up. "Really? Which one?"
Angel gave him a
"what the fuck" look. "I don't know them by name
A.J. Just one that looks good and whose colors in the poster
match his décor." Nick gave Angel a smirk knowing
what was going to be said next.
"Well, if you
want, I can get you a copy of some of my pics with some of them."
Sheridan saw the
look on Marybeth's face, "Thanks anyways A.J. but we want
poster-sized, not personal sized photos."
Just like a little
kid, A.J. excitedly answered, "I know! I have some poster
The look of shock
on Angel's, Sheridan's, and Marybeth's faces were priceless.
Kevin decided to break up the conversation and keep the tour
moving. "A.J., keep those locked up tight somewhere. Your
secret may soon be made public to your adoring fans." Kevin
was laughing, "Let the girls go shopping for the damn posters.
It will keep them busy."
The last two sets
were of Kevin's office and his apartment, since he was a principal
character in the film along with Jamie.
it right off. She was very specific on what the wall color for
Kevin's apartment was to be. The walls were to be a medium light
blue color. She kept staring at the dark walls. They were navy
blue, way too dark for what she had envisioned in her head.
"These walls aren't right John," Sheridan walked up
to the wall and touched it. The paint was still wet and it rubbed
off on her finger.
John stopped, turned,
and walked directly towards hers, "What's wrong Sheridan?"
"I know the
color of the walls that I wanted. I even stapled some paint
chips to the sheet that I turned in. This wall looks like Midnight
Blue paint to me. I wanted the color to be Intrigue." Sheridan
stepped around the room and found the pile of blue paint cans
sitting in the corner. Turning, she looked at Greg, "This
isn't the paint that I wanted and this won't do."
Kevin coughed, "It's
Angel elbowed Kevin,
"Be quiet, this is important to her. This is your bedroom,"
she whispered, "The one where you're going to make love
Kevin started to
perspire as he stood next to Angel, 'Why did she have to bring
that up?' he moaned in his head as his eyes went from Jamie
Sheridan walked around
the set determined to find something she could use. After walking
into the mock teacher's lounge, she saw a can of white paint.
Sheridan picked up one paint can and dumped the contents into
another. She grabbed a brush and mixed the paints together.
She was clueless that she had stopped the entire tour of the
set just because the bedroom walls on Kevin's set were wrong.
Sheridan brushed the paint on the wall. "The color is all
wrong and it won't work. That is why the sheets aren't working
with the accessories." Pausing she stood back and pointed
to the wall with the paintbrush still in her hand. "See,
this is a lightly darker blue. The walls need to be a lightly
Angel snorted to
which Sheridan responded to the outburst with a sharp look.
"Did I just
hear that?" Kevin asked Angel. Kevin's lips were twitching
as he tried not to smile. The other members of the group were
trying not to do the same.
Angel rolled her
eyes, "See what I have to put up with every day. Blonde
to the bone."
Nick stepped forward
and studied the wall as if it were a Picasso. "Yeah, it
is a lightly dark blue. I like this better." Nick folded
his arms and nodded as he stared at the wall. "And the
baseboards should be a darker lightly blue."
Kevin laughed this
time as he put his arm around Angel's shoulders and pulled her
close to him and whispered, "See what I have to put up
with every day." He gave her a genuine smile and a wink.
Angel knew Kevin wasn't upset with her or Nick. She gave him
a smile back then looked back over to Nick and Sheridan who
were inspecting the newly coated paint on the wall.
A.J. pushed himself
between Angel and Kevin. "Ya know, if those two were together…."
A.J. didn't get to finish his sentence as both Kevin and Angel
gave him a push backwards and he fell on the floor laughing.
Sheridan came towards
Kevin, "I know we have a lot to do at the office this afternoon,
but could I stay and help them get this set together? We are
not going to be able to start filming until we get everything
fixed and I really want it to look like I visualized it."
Kevin was being put
on the spot in front of the guys. He had hoped to go back to
the office with Sheridan, get some paperwork done, have a late
lunch or an early dinner, and then go to the studio with the
guys. Walking away and then back, he looked at her, how could
he resist such an angelic face. "Yeah sure. Angel, are
"Yep, I am.
We're a team. We can probably knock this down by dinner time,"
Angel's eyes cruised over her list. "Maybe."
something Johnny asked of him. "Well, just be sure you
and Nick can meet with Johnny later tonight. He said anytime
between eight and ten works for him." Angel's face went
Nick pulled Angel
into a hug, "He just wants to meet the other half of the
free publicity duo you are giving for the group and to give
you some guidelines to follow. He just wants to be sure you
John could see that
the tour had reached an end since they realized there was at
least a day of work ahead of them before they could begin filming
on these sets as they now stood. "Why don't we call it
a wrap for today then and we'll continue with the rest of the
studio tour in two days?" None of them realized that they
had completely forgotten about John's schedule for today.
Kevin walked over
to John to make sure he was okay with the change in plans. "John,
I'm sorry if we ruined your plans. We can stay and continue."
John looked at Kevin
and gave a smile, "Nah, I'd rather we not lose too much
time on shooting this film. The sooner the set is completed,
"We'll see you
guys tomorrow then." Kevin sucked in his cheeks. Turning
towards the guys, he asked, "Anybody want to go to the
The guys headed to
the studio while Angel, Sheridan, and Marybeth stayed behind
to work on the sets. Angel borrowed Sheridan's car to meet Nick
and Johnny at the studio later that evening.
Johnny was very nice
and cordial. He also gave her the cold-hard facts of what she
was up against when it came to the paparazzi, especially all
the rumors that would circulate. Johnny's words kept ringing
in Angel's ear, "Communication is the key. Don't assume
what you read or make assumptions from pictures you see because
each one can tell a very different story."
Angel left the studio
feeling a little insecure that her privacy would be invaded.
She also thought about some of the rumors Johnny mentioned.
One kept sticking out in her mind, sending goosebumps up her
Finally, Angel went
home with Sheridan around midnight but had trouble sleeping.
She tossed and turned for most of the night until the alarm
clock blared at 6AM.
This process of working
late and getting up early repeated itself for two more days
as both Sheridan and Angel called their employers to tell them
they wouldn't be available. Luckily, Sheridan didn't really
need to explain too much since Kevin already knew what was going
on. Getting the sets together and ready to go was much more
difficult than the ladies had thought it would be. There was
a process to follow and they were feeling constrained but they
dealt with it. They slept very little and it was beginning to
take its toll on one of them.
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