Chapter 3- Meet Gabriel

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He raised an eyebrow. "Who?"

"Aarav Malhotra," she said smugly.

His jaw dropped. "Shut up!" he exclaimed, sitting up. "I would kill to play the younger sister of Aarav Malhotra!"

She laughed. "I'd pay to watch you play the younger sister of anyone."

He slumped backwards. "It's because you're Indian, isn't it?"

"Well, I'd like to think it had something to do with my talent."

He grinned at her. "Look at you, moving into the big world of action movies! Congrats!"

She blushed. "Thanks. I'm pretty nervous. Action is a whole different world."

"You'll do great," he said dismissively.

Just then, a stylist named Tina walked into the room. "Ms. McCaffery, if you wouldn't mind, could we start your prep now? I know it's early, but Tim wants to get started ASAP. We're doing the final robotics competition today, so we have the extras in the stands to worry about."

"Sure thing!" Myra said happily. Inwardly, she groaned. She had forgotten they were filming the final robotics competition today. Tim—the director—said that it was going to be one of the toughest and longest scenes to film, second only to a prank montage they had filmed two weeks ago. That didn't leave much time for homework. She stood up and followed Tina out. "See you on set," she called to Gabriel.

"See ya," he replied.

Finally, after three and a half long hours of filming antics and such at the robotics competition, they were almost done. Myra was tired, but she was good at not showing it. Tim walked out onto the middle of the auditorium floor with his megaphone and the room quieted down.

"Ok everyone, we only have one bit left to film, so if we could all focus and get this done as soon as possible, that'd be great. So what's going to happen here is we're going to have the teams sitting in their respective homebases that we talked about, and the voice over the loud speaker is going to announce third, second, and then first place."

He continued to explain what the teams that "won" third and second place did when their school was called. Then he moved onto the main characters, who, of course, won first.

"Ok, so you guys all be sitting here really nervous and stuff, and I want Lily"—Myra's character—"to almost subconsciously grab Daniel's"—Gabriel's—"hand. Then, when the team is announced, all of you jump up cheering and screaming, jumping around, you know, all that, go way over the top. And then Gabriel, I want you to pick up Myra and spin her around. Myra, you're on top of the world. And then after you set her back down, there's slight surprise as you guys realize, hey, I'm actually kind of in love with you. Got it?"

Myra nodded. She had been nervous about this part for a while. She had never fallen in love before, on set or in real life. She had never even had a crush. She was going to have to fake this. But that's what she did best.

"Alright. And...action!"

The loudspeaker began playing the voiceover announcing the winning teams. Myra sat nervously, her shoulders hunched forwards, one knee bouncing. She bit the side of her lip. This was it. The moment she had been waiting for since she joined up with that insufferable Daniel. Everything rested on this moment.

The voiceover announced the third place team. She heard their cheers like she was far away.

The second place team was announced. She stopped breathing. Her hand shakily moved over to the left of her, found Gabriel's, and grasped it tightly. She noticed him look down at it for a second before squeezing back.

"And in first place, from Rockwell High, the RoboSquids!"

Myra leapt off the bleacher shrieking. Her team behind her started screaming as they all began to jump around. She turned to see Gabriel, his eyes shining. She laughed, keeping eye contact with him. He slid his hands around her waist and lifted her up, swinging her around as she placed her hands on his shoulders. He set her down, still grinning. She looked into his brown eyes, still glowing with happiness.

She looked at him a little differently. She matched his grin as he looked at her a little softer. She pulled her braid over her shoulder a little shyly, still smiling.

Myra wasn't sure why Tim hadn't cut yet. He hadn't told them what to do after the spinning-then-realization, and it was a bit awkward holding eye contact with Gabriel this long.

"Cut!" Tim yelled. He walked over to where Myra and Gabriel were standing. "You guys, that was PERFECT. I think that's a wrap."

Gabriel pumped a fist in the air. "Oh yeah, first try!"

"Yay!" Myra said, holding up her hand for a high five. Gabriel hit it harder than she anticipated, and she shook her hand out, playfully glaring at him.

"Alright, gang," Tim said, turning back to the crowd with his megaphone. "That's a wrap. Thank you all so much for your cooperation."

Myra started walking back to her dressing room to get changed back into her street clothes. Gabriel caught up to her.

"One take, that was exciting," he said.

"Yeah, that never happens," she agreed. "Thanks for not dropping me."

"Twas truly a struggle, but I called on the strength of my forefathers," he said dramatically. Myra laughed.

Then he split off to go to his own dressing room, flashing her a peace sign. She was glad she was friends with Gabriel. He was a good guy.

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A/N: I don't know much about movie sets, I just took my knowledge of theater and applied it accordingly.

Green room=a place where the performers relax and hang out outside of the performance space while waiting to be called.


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