1. House of New Beginnings

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"Because of you...... I am afraid."

I closed my eyes as I played the last note of the Kelly Clarkson hit. When I opened them again, I saw a camera sitting atop the piano, recording.

"And that was Because of You by Kelly Clarkson. Hope you guys liked it. Bye!!!!!!" I waved at the camera then leaned up to stop the recording. I leaned back in my seat and rested my elbows on the keys, making a weird sound when I did. I put my head in my hands and sighed.

Knock, knock. I looked up to see my older brother Shane standing quietly in the doorway. I waited a moment for him to say something, or do something. He looked me in the eyes for second, then looked down and started quietly laughing.

"What?" I asked, smiling, but still really confused. Why the hell would Shane be laughing?

"Kelly Clarkson? Really?"

"What's wrong with Kelly Clarkson?" I smirked.

Shane shrugged innocently. "Nothing." He walked over to me and sat down at the piano. "You just told me that you were gonna cover Christina Aguilera."

"I haven't gotten that far yet, idiot." To prove my point, I showed him the notebook I had lying down next to the camera, which was still on the piano.

"I have to cover all these, Shane. Every last one." I had written all the songs that people wanted me to cover. I had them all nice and neat, too.

Because of You- Kelly Clarkson

Hurt- Christina Aguilera

Marilyn Monroe- Nicki Minaj

Back to December- Taylor Swift

My Immortal- Evanescence

My Happy Ending- Avril Lavigne

Smile- Avril Lavigne

Unfaithful- Rihanna

O.K. I'll be the first to admit that I was in no actual rush to cover these songs, but I needed a distraction. My best friend was moving to fucking England to go to a goddamn boarding school! Our other best friend had already moved back to England to be with her mom. I didn't want to be alone, so I had thrown myself into my music. I guess Shane figured out what was going on and was trying to help me. Don't get me wrong, I mean I love Shane and all, but sometimes I don't need anybody. I just needed to be alone.

I guess Shane got the memo, because he gave me a sideways hug, got up, and left. After he did, I heard my phone start blasting Never Gonna Leave This Bed, signaling a call from Bella. I answered almost immediately.

"Hey, future Mrs. Levine!!" I said, faking a smile.

"Jade," Bella said, seeing straight through it, "what's wrong?"

"Nothing, I just was up late last night"

"Were you texting Tyler again?!" Tyler was one of my best guy friends; you may know him from YouTube (Tyleroakley).

"No!! I was not!! I was texting Luke."

Bella, sounding confused, asked, "You're texting your ex?"

"What?!?! No! Not that Luke! Luke Cutforth!" I started laughing, thinking about how Bella thought I was texting Luke Brooks.

"Oh, well, never mind, then." She started to say something else but was cut off by her mom.

"Ugh, I'll text you later, Jade. Bye!" and then she hung up.

I thought about doing another cover, but I was the Queen of Laziness and decided against it. I pulled out my laptop and started editing the video I had just filmed.

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