Karaoke Night

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I stood next to the girls as we watched Normani walk on the stage. She walked with confidence and grace, but I could see the fear in her eye. Normani looked almost determined. Like she had to do this, but wasn't gonna like the outcome. She had to get something off her chest or, lighten it up slightly anyways. She grabbed the microphone from the mans hand and walked over to the stand, placing it on it. If I didn't know her, I would have thought she looked like the most confident girl ever. But I do know her. Mani had that way about her. She could make you think she was on top of the world, but was feeling like rock bottom on the inside. Its kind of a gift and a curse.

She looked directly at me, her face noticeably faltering for a second before looking to my right, mask back in place. She lingered on the girl to my right a second longer than what she probably wanted, causing Mani to look down then directly at the wall behind us. I looked over to my left, only to catch Camila and Dinah stuffing their faces. I watch amused as they looked at each other and laughed, causing food to slip through their lips. Shaking my head, I turn to my right and see Ally looking at Normani with a gleam in her eye, almost entranced. She always looks at Mani like that though. Like Mani created oxygen. She always has a look of admiration while looking at Mani. It was sickeningly cute. I could tell she loved Mani. I can't tell you the extent, but I know I could guess.

I'm pulled out of my thoughts by Ally. She grabbed my sleeve excitedly. I looked up to the stage and saw Mani nod at the music guy. Its time. I pulled Ally's hand off my sleeve and linked our arms. I turned my head to Camila and Dinah, tapping them on the head, telling them to pay attention. I turned my attention back to the girl on the stage. The song started. It's familiar. I can't put my finger on it. God, its right there too. She didn't even tell me what song she was doing. I clutched Ally's arm tighter as Mani sang the first line.

"And I hate, to say I love you. When its so, hard for me. And I hate, to say I want you. When you make it so clear, you don't want me."

I watched as Mani, eyes closed, sang the first two lines. If it weren't somewhat dark in here, someone would've seen recognition on my face. This song, I know this song. I know it too well.

"I'd never ask you, cause deep down, I'm certain, I know what you'd say. You'd say I'm sorry, believe me, I love you, but not in that way."

Mani, with a slight frown, looked down as she sung 'way'. Almost as if she was ashamed. Like what she was saying and feeling was shameful.

I looked over at Ally and saw confusion. She looked up at Mani probably not expecting this song. I looked back up to Mani as she started again.

"And I hate, to say I need you. I'm so reliant, I'm so dependent, I'm such a fool."

With her eyes closed, she looked up, frown still evident on her face.

"When you're, not there, I find myself singing the blues, can't bear, can't face the truth."

She opened her eyes, revealing two pools of tears, threatening to spill over. They danced over the crowd until they stopped at their destination.

"You will never know that feeling. You will never see through these eyes."

She sang with so much pure raw emotion. She continued to look at Ally with the same amount of emotion. She finished her next line and tore her eyes off Ally by simply closing them. As she closed them, tears ran down her cheeks, rolling down to her chin.

"I'd never ask you, cause deep down, I'm certain, I know what you'd say. You'd say I'm sorry, believe me, I love you, but not in that way."

I watched as my own set of tears began to form. I looked over to the two girls to the left of me, making them roll down my face. I know this song all too well.

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