Now Is The Time For Us To Reunite... (Chapter 2)

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NSYNC is the world's #1 boy band.  Formed in 1995, Justin Spring, Chris Summer, Joey Autumn, Lance Winter and JC Chasses have released 10 studio albums thus far, with one more on the way, namely "NSYNC", "Home For Christmas", "No Strings Attached", "Celebrity", "We're Back", "Here We Go Again", "We Must Be Pop", "The Cover Album", "Ain't No Lie, We're Still Alive", "Here We Go Yet Again" and soon-to-be-released "Still Not Bye Bye Bye".  Over the years, NSYNC's fan base has grown immensely and there is no distinct "height" of their careers.  Fans expect NSYNC to be together until "death does them part".

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Justin Timberlake screamed.  How was this possible?  NSYNC had broken up after the Celebrity tour, never to reunite in the near future.  Who was this playing this elaborate prank on him?  Who were these people (with their names)?  And those last names - aw man!  It wasn't Trace - he couldn't lie to Justin like that, and it wasn't JC, Chris, Joey or Lance, they wouldn't really bother.  He remembered the look on Lance's face, and Lance's words in his book - all the anger, hurt, betrayal, disappointment and scorn.  Lance had seen it coming though, and he was prepared, but it was still hard for him, and hey, he was doing well enough, he didn't need or want Justin's pity.  So Justin just avoided Lance and the media spun some story about how they hated each other for unknown reasons.  It was fine with Justin.  But now - his mother, Trace, even his wife was convinced that he was going crazy.    Justin did the only thing he could think of - he called Lance.

Ring, ring, ring, ring…"Hello, this is Lance Bass!  I'm not available to take your call right now, but leave a mes--"  Justin tuned out Lance's answering machine as a sudden thought hit him - what if Lance was in the loop of the whole prank?  He was a nice guy, but he wouldn't hesitate to laugh in Justin's face, after all that Justin had put him through.  Justin sighed.  Lance's caller ID would cache his number, and Lance would call him back with a sigh and impatience, and Justin would come up with some excuse as to why he'd 'accidentally' called.

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The phone in Lance's house rang.  He walked over and saw Justin's name.  Scorn and panic flooded him simultaneously.  He had 15 seconds on his answering machine - within which he could answer and talk to Justin, or he could wait and listen to Justin's message (if he wasn't too busy to leave one) and maybe call him back.  Lance didn't hate Justin.  Justin just reminded him of his first of many undeserved heartbreaks.  He heard Justin sigh through the speaker, and then the machine beeped and went silent.  Justin sounded…scared.  Justin?  Scared?

Lance himself was totally lost with this whole NSYNC thing - 5 guys so similar to them, right down to names!  But Justin needed him right now.  Lance remembers the stormy Germany night when he and Justin looked into each others' eyes and solemnly promised to best friends forever, to be there for each other forever, and never to hurt each other ever.  Justin had broken that promise so many times, but Lance would be better than that.  Justin needed him, and he was going to be there.  He took in a deep breath and dialled the familiar number.

"Lance?"  Justin's voice came through his phone, crystal clear.  Lance murmured a half-hearted 'hey' and waited for Justin to spill the details of his problem.  "Look, I know this is gonna be stupid, but…do you remember what you were doing 15 years ago?"

"Well, I was in a boy band with you, singing and dancing every night in Europe," Lance said slowly, so that if Justin was in on the prank, Lance could laugh right along with Justin.  He wasn't expecting Justin to scream in his ear that he was 'so so glad' and that Lance should cancel all his plans because Justin was driving over immediately.