♪ Chapter 23

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C H A P T E R 23

The crowd applauded as we finished our version of 'Popular Song' by Mika and Ariane Grande. We had gone around LA, performing flash mobs throughout the city. We'd end it by throwing up a bag of small cards- like confetti- with our pictures, names and social media account on them. This way we could get our names out there, as people will pick them up and perhaps spread the word. It is likely some people from record labels could come across us also.

I exaggerated a bow, tossing my confetti contact cards into the air.

"That was epic." Jack announced, coming over to us. He pulled Melissa and I into a monster hug, then gently wrapped his arms around Jessica, kissing her on the cheek.

"We try." I shrugged, my attention focused on Keara who had her lips crushed against an uncomfortable Chase's.

Jessica unwound herself from Jack, smiling softly at him and whispered something in his ear, before winking at him. I scrunched my nose up in disgust, "Dude, leave it for the hotel."

Jessica rolled her eyes at me, "Whatever." She scoffed, "Melissa, want to help me find a cafe that's willing to take a bunch of crazy losers?"

"Sure." Melissa agreed, walking off with her.

Jack held his hand out for me, and I took it. "Jessica said that I can meet everyone in the cafe later, and that I should talk to you because I'm good at comforting damsels in distress."

I let out a disbelieved breath, "I am not a damsel, nor am I in distress! Jeez!"

He chuckled as he led me past the campers, "Sure whatever." He walked me intentionally past both Chase and Keara. "Hi Keara, you hit a bum note earlier. Good effort though." He smiled brightly at her, and pulled me by quicker. I snorted with laughter at Keara's face of horror, but my smile faded at Chases lost look as he stared at our intertwined hands.

"That was petty." I told Jack, "Very Sassy. I approve."

Jack chuckled, and sat by the fountain. "I learn from the best."

"Damn right you do!"

I sat down beside him, resting my head on his shoulder. "You and Jessica are adorable."

"Totally." Jack replied in a high-pitched voice, smirking at me.

"She could do better though." I narrowed my eyes at him, and he grinned.

"Please. I'm like the best. I'm a nice guy, and I'm a boxer. Plus, do you see this body? This face? This h-"

"Yeah, yeah I get it. You're self-conceited, but so are a lot of guys."

He continued to grin as he pulled me into a brotherly hug- my head was tucked under his arm while his chin rested on top of it. "That was Chase right? The brown head guy?"

I nodded, not replying.

"He didn't seem happy that I was with you."

"Was it a test, is that why you took my hand and brought me past them?"

"I took your hand because you're probably my best friend, and I took you past them because I wanted to talk shit to Keara."

"Probably your best friend? Dude I am your best friend. I'm everyone's best friend."

He laughed, "And I'm conceited? But yes okay, it was sort of a test. I'm a guy, I know how guys act and Jessica said that it was too sudden for him to go to Keara. She thinks there's more to it, so I had to see for myself."

"And what do you think?"

"There's definitely more too it. He adores you, you can see that a mile off."

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