~~~~~~~~~~SIX MONTHS LATER~~~~~~~~~~
"And the Oscar for Best Lead Actress - Drama is... ESMERALDA JACKSON!" Brad Pitt says from the stage.
I stand up, smiling from ear to ear. Kenny kisses me on the cheek as I make my way to the stage. I accept the award from Brad almost melting next to him and I turn in front of the microphone.
"I'd like to thank the Academy and I cant believe that I am winning an award for my debut film and I especially cannot believe that Brad Pitt is giving it to me." I say, excitedly.
He laughs behind me and so does the audience.
"All I have ever wanted to do since I was a little girl was to become an actress and not just any actress, one that people will look up to and remember. I want to make a difference in this field and this business and I believe this is the first step towards that. This is an amazing honor. I'd like to thank my grandparents for their love and support, all of the people that worked on the film with me, all of the people who went and watched the film, and especially my best friend Kenny. I would not have gotten through this year without you so thank you for being a true friend." I say, smiling at him.
He gives me the thumbs up from his seat and the audience applauds me as I walk off of the stage.
"Three awards for your debut film! Not bad at all Esme!" My grandmother says, hugging me tightly.
"Thanks Granny. I love you. You too Papa." I say, hugging him too.
"Thanks for including me in your speech." Kenny says, coming over to me on the red carpet.
"Now how could I forget to mention my favorite Ken doll?" I say, laughing.
He hugs me and I see the cameras snap away.
"Okay I need to take my pictures, but we can do dinner after this, right? I'm starving! Ive been sitting watching this awards show for like five hours." I whine.
"Anything you want darlin'. This is your night." He says, smiling.
I pose for the cameras and they start yelling things at me.
"Who are you wearing?" "Who is that hunk that escorted you to the show?"
"That's my best friend." I say, smiling.
"If I were you, I would snatch him up before someone else does!" One of the women yell.
I laugh. "Actually, he is single and looking ladies! We are just good friends, there is nothing going on. With all of the mess that I've been going through, I am going to be single for a little while." I explain.
My one security guard that I had to hire for protection helps me through the crowd and into Kenny's car. We drive to a fancy restaurant and there are cameras flashing left and right. I enjoy the food despite the interruptions.
"You look so beautiful tonight. I am so proud of you." Kenny says, smiling at me.
I blush. "Thanks. I never thought this day would come, but I am so glad that it did. I cant contain my excitement." I say, smiling.
"And to think Michael wanted to keep all of this from you." He says, looking angry.
I frown and touch his hand. "Hey. I thought we agreed we werent gonna talk about him. We're moving past all of that." I say, calming him down.
"Right. I know. I'm just so happy. So, are you staying over my house tonight?" He asks.
"I havent seen much of my grandparents so I will stay with them for a little while. This next media circus will be a whirlwind so I want to keep them around me. You cant have me all to yourself." I say, joking.