Prologue

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Alice's POV

"Come on babe, you can't just ignore me" Blake said. His big brown eyes were begging me to forgive him.

"You promised you would be there Blake, you swore to me" I said, crossing my arms. I'm not giving up without a fight, not this time.

He sighed. "Babe, it's Manda's big night."

I groaned. "You did it again Blake. You called her Manda."

"It's not a pet name, it's a nickname. Come on baby, she's my best friend. What am I supposed to do?"

I groaned with frustration. He never got it through his thick head. "Blake, I'm your girlfriend. I don't care of Manda is singing for the president of the freakin United States. You are supposed to support me."

"Don't make this harder than it already is. I promise-"

I held up my hand. "Just stop making promises, because you obviously can't keep them. I hate to be let down Blake, and you've already done enough of that."

He stuck his hands in his pockets and walked to the window, silently. He stared outside at the lake for the longest time, tension keeping us both on edge.

"Okay, I'll be at your dance competition. I'll meet you out front, deal?"

"What time Blake? What time will you be there?"

"7 PM on the dot, not a second later."

I sighed. "Alright, fine. Not a second later."

He wrapped his arms around me and put his mouth on my ear.

"Do you wanna tell Amanda or do I have to?"

I jabbed my elbow into his six-pack, sending him sprawling.

"Aw, don't be like that Alice, come on" he said, laughing. He flipped his hair out of his eyes and put on a dorky grin.

"I hate it when you win."

He grabbed me around the waist and spun me in a circle. "Well I love it."

He kissed me, and I melted in his arms.

"I hate not being able to stay mad at you" I whispered, my heart soaring.

"How cliché" he answered, kissing my forehead.

I laughed. "Don't forget the parking pass, or you'll never get in."

"Mom, I'm ready" I called, pinning down the last flyaway in my bun. I double-checked my outfit and smiled at my reflection.

Mom came in, holding her dress. "Zip me up" she asked, turning before I could answer.

I zipped up her dress and fastened her necklace. Hers was simple, just a gold heart, but it brought out her eyes.

"Honey, I am so proud of you" mom said, wrapping me into a tight hug.

"I know."

"Don't forget that facials make or break your dance."

I sighed. "Mom, I know. I've got the dance down."

Mom smiled. "Honey, I know, but just remember who's watching."

I nodded and forced a smile. It's the only way I've learned to make her shut up.

The doorbell rang, and mom squeezed my hand. "This is it baby girl, this is it."

I followed the chauffer out to the black limousine, the door already being held open by Mr. Williams himself.

"Good evening" he said, kissing my hand.

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