Chapter 4

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Carson put his hand on the small of my back and I took a deep breath. I pushed the curtain to the side and turned my head to the right taking in the crowd. There were at least 200 people here. Possibly more.

I looked over at Carson and he gave me a reassuring smile, and we walked to the center of the stage while the audience clapped welcoming us. There were two stools and microphones, so I took the seat on the left while he was on the right.

Carson looked over at me, as I swung the guitar onto my lap and got my pick ready in hand. "Ready?" he mouthed. I nodded and then he counted down from three.

"Three, two, one," He said we started strumming the same pattern as we practiced before.

As he sang his part, I couldn't help but smile and look over to him. He looked so happy, like this was something he was born to do, and if that was the case, then he did a pretty good at it. His part went by fast, and there was a little pause in between ours so I got ready.

I looked out over the stage and looked at the audience. They were all silent, and looking up at us. I couldn't help but get nervous. I looked back over to Carson and he nodded his head towards the crowed.

Taking a deep breath, I kept strumming and started to sing;

I just can't get you off my mind
and why would I even try?
'Cause even when I close my eyes
I dream about you all the time

I just always want to have you right here by my side.
The future's near but never certain
so please stay here for just tonight.

I must of done something right
To deserve you in my life
I must of done something right
Along the way,

And even if the moon fell down tonight
There'd be nothing to worry about at all Because you make the whole world shine
As long as you're here everything will be alright

I must of done something right
To deserve you in my life
I must of done something right
Along the way

We ended in unison, and strummed the last few cords before the crowd clapped and whistled. I looked throughout the crowd to see if I could catch Taylor's eye, but I didn't see him at all. Maybe he was in the way back behind someone, right?

Carson and I stood up guitars in one hand, and hands in the other as we bowed and waved a goodbye before disappearing behind the curtain.

"Great job, guys! They loved you two!" one of the guys running the show said, giving us high fives.

"Thanks." Carson said. He then turned to me and gave me a bone crushing hug. "So how was it? How was singing in front of a crowd like that?"

I smiled at how eager he was, "It was good. I enjoyed it actually."

Carson's grin turned into a smile as he hugged me again. "I'm going to call Taylor and see if I can reach him again."

Carson nodded and I escaped out the back door once more to call him but received no answer. Sighing, I went back in and Carson and I got seats in the front row to watch the end of the show before he took me home.

At around eleven, the audience had disintegrated slowly, while everybody who performed an act stayed after for some drinks and snacks while they we all talked. After about twenty minutes Carson and I packed up the car with the guitars and music, and then promised we would be there tomorrow night at six for the next show.

"That was so much fun." I admitted when I was buckling myself up in the passenger's seat of Carson's car.

"I knew you would like it. Hillary, you really need to pull out of your shell and sing, you're amazing and all of those people couldn't get over you."

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