Chapter 09: Pros and ConsA Chapter by Jen Marks
This chapter presents all of Ellie's remaining school friends that haven't been in the story yet (other than Bridget Van Orden). I like this one, 'cause it starts of cute...and then ends off cute...but in totally different ways! :)
"They...wrote a song...about...me?!" I can hardly speak.
"Well..." Mandy tilts her head and looks away from me. "...Nick did."
My mouth is dry; my throat is parched...and I can't help but smile, "...Nick?"
"Well if you had to guess which Jonas Brother would write a song about you, who would you assume?!" She asks me sarcastically, smirking.
"Oh...that's true," I laugh, shyly. "What's the song?"
"It's called Hello Beautiful," she tells me. "Have you heard it?"
"No, sorry. I haven't."
"You should really listen to it. It's an amazing song."
"My life is amazing..." I say, still in awe. "Everyone should have a life this amazing."
Mandy laughs out loud, "You always think of others before yourself, don't you?!"
"It's just how I am!" I make a pouty face.
She laughs again, then changes back to the subject we were just talking about, "So do you wanna hear the song?"
I pause for a moment to think:
Do I really want to hear the song that Nicholas Jonas wrote about me? The song that millions of girls already know the lyrics to? The song that tons of girls probably wish was written about them...?
"Really?!" Mandy is taken aback. "I thought you'd be all gung-ho about it! I have it right here on my iPod -"
"Really," I tell her kindly.
"Alright, if that floats your boat...I guess..."
"What do you mean, I guess?" I ask.
"I thought you'd get all hyper and wanna hear it right away!"
"Well I would, but it's -" I stop in the middle of my sentence.
"...It's just that it's Nick who wrote the song."
"Nick, huh?" She asks, suggestively, and waggles her eyebrows up and down.
"I didn't mean it like that!" I laugh, then pause to think again. "Just...if it was anyone else, I most likely would act the way you said -!"
"Because then it wouldn't be Nick who wrote the song," she imitates me again, still smirking.
I sigh, "You're always going to bring it back to this, aren't you?"
"I'll try to."
"I used to like Nick, Mandy! Used to! I was twelve, okay?! Don't get me wrong; he's a great guy...but he has changed so much...and I don't know if that's in a good or bad way yet..."
"I know how you feel...but you should really hang out with him more...and his brothers, of course!"
"You're not going to try and set us up, are you?" I groan.
She bites her lip, "You know me, Ellie! I won't be able to help it!"
I laugh and shake my head, "I don't really feel like having any distractions in my life right now -- is that alright? For now, I would just like to focus on -..."
"Focus on what?" She looks at me, waiting for an answer. She knows I don't have one.
"Umm...I really can't think of anything -- but when I do, I'll be focusing on that rather than dating Nick!"
"Alright, fine, I see how it is."
We stall for a moment, not really knowing what to talk about next.
"So..." I say, breaking the awkward silence. "Have you been to any Jonas Brothers concerts recently?"
"Have I been to any Jonas Brothers concerts!!" She laughs, as if I was joking around with her.
"I mean recently."
She just gives me a stop-fooling-around-and-be-serious look.
"I'm not kidding. I'm not familiar with the times! I know, I suck, but deal with my slowness...please..." I can't help but laugh while trying to be serious...even though I am serious about the question.
"Yes, Ellie. I have been to a lot of Jonas Brothers concerts recently... Is that the answer you're looking for?!" She giggles.
"Yeah, thanks!" I laugh too. "So how much has their music matured since I last saw them? And by music I mean their sound and performance."
"Wow, I can't even begin to describe how much they have changed..."
"Well, I know they have tons of girl fans -" I start.
"We call them fan-girls," Mandy informs me. "Well, at least the crazy-insane ones!"
"Yeah, those," I chuckle. "And that they're getting more and more famous every day...which is great and not so great."
"Are you implying that you're afraid you might lose them to fame?"
"Yeah, just a little bit."
"Ellie, they are always going to stay with us; you and me, both," she puts a hand on my knee. "We're their best friends, and nothing can break us apart. Not even fame or fortune."
"I know...just, sometimes I get caught up in my own world and imagine too many things," I point out.
"I've noticed!" She laughs again, and shakes her head.
"Do you really think this will work?" I ask Kevin and Joe.
"Dude, we've done this before," Joe assures me.
"It works every time," Kevin agrees.
"Alright," I still continue to think about it. "But, you know, this means that we won't be talking to her for quite a while. Like, until it works...and we don't even know when that will be."
"But it's for the best, man!" I can tell that Joe is trying way too hard to convince me into helping them with their plan. "We're only doing this for you, ya know!"
"Yeah, thanks, but I'd rather just work things out on my own...get it? The way normal people do?!" I raise my eyebrows at him and give him a blank stare.
"Yeah, Joe," Kevin adds in. "Maybe Nick's right...maybe this plan's just a little too crazy; a little too over the top...?"
"Trust me, dudes," Joe says, self-assured. "Do you even know how many girls I've dated?"
"I've heard you talk about how many girls you've dated," I say, mocking Joe, but not being too serious.
Joe rolls his eyes. I can see he's trying hard not to smile.
"Do you want us to help you or not?" He asks, plainly.
I think about the pros and cons of this situation. I plan out a list in my head...
CONS: Not talking to Ellie for I don't even know how long; Not hanging out with Ellie for that same amount of time; Lying to Ellie...for "good reasons?!"
PROS: Getting Ellie to come to our concerts; Bringing Ellie on stage during the show (and possibly after the show?); Bringing Ellie backstage; Showing her off to all of our fans and the rest of the world...
I smile at the pros of the situation, and I can't help but agree to participate in the plan, "Okay, fine."
Joe lets out a quick breath and smiles too, "Good! 'Cause we already started the plan, and mom's helping us!" He says in a childish way.
"WHAT?" My heart races. "You got mom to help with this?!"
"Well, why not?"
"Well, why no- SHE'S OUR MOM!"
"She's a girl," Kevin shrugs. "She can help."
I pause for a long time to consider mom helping. It's a really weird predicament.
"Alright," I shake my head at my two brothers. "Who else is in on it?"
"No one," says Kevin.
"So that's it? Just us three and mom?"
"Yeah! We don't want too many people knowing! That would freak Ellie out!"
"Oh, true..." I lower my head.
There is silence for a few moments, until Joe pipes up again:
"You really want this, don't you, bro?"
"For longer than I've known."
STILL NICK'S POV:
"So, like, two days ago when you told me about mom helping us, what exactly did you mean by helping?" I ask.
Kevin, Joe and I are walking to the closest Starbucks. It's only about three or four blocks away from our home, on the same road as our church.
"Well, mom made excuses for us not being able to talk to Ellie or hang out with her," Joe says.
"But that'll sound like we're avoiding her!" I smack the back of his head lightly.
"What Joseph meant was that mom always said we were out recording songs, or that we were at one of our concerts, signings, or meet-and-greets," Kevin explains.
"...Which will make her want to come to one of our concerts!" I finally realize what my brothers' plan is, and I grin wide.
"Exactly," Kevin pats my shoulder in a brotherly way.
AGAIN, NICK'S POV:
My dad is sitting on the living room couch, watching television.
As soon as I got home later that day, I e-mailed both Leah and Erin, and explained what Evan had told me. ...Let's just say my dreams that night were undisturbed!!
© 2009 Jen Marks
Added on September 14, 2009
Last Updated on September 14, 2009
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