"Hey! What the heck, Lyndsey?!" they yelled at me.
"Concentrate!" I snapped. " we are one person down and we have forty five minutes to be totally ready and warmed up out there performing."
"Good boys. Now get it done." i said irritatedly. I walked back over to Chloe and Collin who were both smirking at me in an attempt not to laugh. "Chloe come with me and help me set up the instruments. Collin you can go help the guys for a few minutes." I said grinning before walking around the curtain and onto the stage. The other act had just left with all their equipment so Chloe and I immediately got to work.
"So Lyndsey. Where did you meet him?" she asked while helping me hoist the keyboard onto the stand.
"Oh at the coffee shop." I replied shrugging.
"Ah. He's cute, you know it?" I glared at her before pulling out the three amps.
"No, Chloe. I didn't notice that." I replied sarcastically. She set down a now tuned guitar and put her hands on her hips.
"You rejected him!" she said shaking her head.
"What?" I said setting down my chords to stare at her questioningly.
"I saw how you two looked at each other. He asked you out and you had the nerve to reject him!" she exclaimedstill shaking her head at me.
"You know why I couldn't say yes." I pointed out quietly, turning away. She walked over to me.
"You wanted to say yes, didn't you?" she said softly as she placed comforting hand on my shoulder. I continued to look down.
"Yeah." I whispered.
"Lyndsey." she turned me around to look her in the eyes. "Its been almost three years now. I know it's scary but you have to get passed it."
"I won't make it through that pain a second time." I whispered to her.
"I know it. You lost two people you loved dearly and at the same time. Few people go through that, but it doesn't give you an excuse to refuse love!" I turned away from her caring and concerned gaze.
"Come on we need to finish this before people start showing up or the guys get suspicious." I said plugging in the guitars. Lyndsey sighed and started running around setting up the mice and stands. I walked over to the drums and pieced them together right as the last band member showed up.
"Ben where the heck have you be-"
"What happened?" I interrupted Chloe as I noticed his scratched face and bandaged arm. Chloe and I ran over to him.
"Sorry I planned on riding my bike but got hit by a dog." he said looking down. I bit my lip Not to laugh.
"Are you okay?" I asked grinning.
"Yeah I'm fine and I will be able to play for the first gig but the doctor said I couldn't play the last part. My need to laugh disappeared and Chloe let out a few curse words. Rick, Chad, and Collin walked up to us. Rick let out a low whistle and made the first comment.
"Nice job Ben. Did you hit a deer on your bike?"
"No! he hit a dang dog for pete's sake!" Chloe snapped. Chad walked up to her and squeezed her shoulder comfortingly. She visibly relaxed some and he smoothly wrapped his arms around her from behind pulling her up against him.
"Are you going to be able to play?" Chad asked calmly.
"For the first gig. The doc said I couldn't play the second one though. He said I sprained my wrist." Chad let out a sigh and rubbed his temples while Rick let out a few curse words. I stepped back into the conversation.
"Guys we have some song that will sound decent without piano. I can adjust the guitar to make the other songs work." everyone nodded. "Let's just make sure we put on a great show the first time!" I said encouragingly. Everyone's spirits lifted and Collin looked like he wanted to say something but he wasn't sure if he should or not. I walked over and leaned towards him.
"What is it?" I asked quietly.
"Well um I would understand if you didn't want me to but well um I play piano." his cheeks flushed red and he looked down as his words slowly sunk in. I started laughing so hard and everyone turned to stare at me curiously.
"Collin plays piano. Collin actually plays piano!" I squealed. Still laughing. Chloe smirked at me while Chad and Rick grinned at me. Ben on the other hand looked totally lost.
"Who is Collin?" he asked confused.
"Oh!" I said. "Collin this is Ben. Ben this is Collin. He is a good friend of mine." the two boys shook hands and Ben looked at me proudly.
"I'm glad you are finally giving someone a chance." he said which earned a glare from me and a laugh from Chloe. I turned to Collin and gave him a big hug.