The days passed by so quickly after that day in the rain with Nate. Suddenly I was loaded with homework from all my classes, and between that and working on the music video with Abbie and spending as much time as possible with Nate, the time flew. I woke up on the day of the chorus concert and from the start of the day was insanely nervous. I didn't do much to my hair or much for makeup because I knew, I’d change it up after school for the concert anyway. Nate was reassuring, telling me I’d be fine and that everything would work out but by the time the final bell rang, I was a nervous wreck. The whole bus ride home, I was jittery. Abbie seemed calm, but that just showed how nervous she was. She wasn’t chattering on about anything and everything like she usually would have been.
We spent hours in my room, picking out clothes, we had to wear black pants or skirts and white shirts, and even though that limited the clothing choices it still took forever. Make up came next and finally our hair. Five o'clock came around and we left for the school. The car ride was practically silent, the radio was on quietly in the background and Beth tried to keep a steady conversation going, but most of the conversation was done by herself. Ms. Mitchell ushered us all into the chorus room as soon as we arrived for one last brief mini rehearsal just to go over the order of the songs, and to tell us all not to be nervous. We followed her out and onto the little stage, all taking our places on the stand, Abbie and I on the edge of the middle row.
The first notes of the first song started out wavery but my nervousness washed away as I stared out at the audience, and the voices became stronger. And then the first song was over and the chords of the next started, cutting off any applause from the audience, who had been informed to applaud at the end of the performance.
I scanned the audience, looking for Nate, Beth or Caleb or anyone who would seem more familiar. I finally found Nate, sitting near the front of the audience, staring at me, a smile of encouragement on his face.
Abbie’s sweet voice began the third song and halfway through it was time for my part. I joined in, as practiced, and then her voice faded out leaving only mine. I kept my eyes on Nate’s encouraging face, and the nervousness I was feeling faded leaving only extreme happiness.
The concert ended and the audience erupted into applause, most of it seemed to be just polite applause, but Nate, Beth and a few others were all on their feet cheering. Ms. Mitchell seemed to have disappeared but Abbie grabbed my arm, squealing. "There she is!" And pointed to the corner of the room where Ms. Mitchell was talking to two other people. "They must be the people from the camp! Who’ll tell us if we’re good enough to audition for the camp thing!"
Someone’s hands covered my eyes and a deep voice whispered, "Guess who?" I grinned and spun around.
"Nate." The grin on his face matched mine and I leaned in to kiss him. "I’m so glad you were here. Seriously, I thought I was going to faint at the beginning of mine and Abbie’s song… once she stopped singing and it was just me… If I wasn’t staring at you…" I trailed off and he chuckled.
"Ms. Mitchell is coming over here!" Abbie grabbed my arm, yanking me from Nate and spinning me around just as Ms. Mitchell walked right past us, and over to a few other girls from class. Abbie dropped my arm, and stared as Ms. Mitchell said a few words and then the girls started squealing and jumping up and down. "Are you serious?" She muttered, turning back to face me. "You’ve got to be kidding me…" She seriously looked like she was about to cry and I gently took her arm and started pulling her to the door.
"Come on, let’s get outside." Nate followed behind us, looking like he wanted to say something but didn’t know what. We sat down in the grass by the doors, and Abbie laid her head on my shoulder.
"We didn’t make it. Not even to the auditions…"
I sighed and wrapped my arm around her shoulder. "Cassie and Katie were really good, they deserve the chance to get in. There’s always next year… maybe."
She sniffled loudly and let out a shaky breath. "Yeah, I guess you’re right."
Nate reached down and took us each by a hand and pulled us up into a hug, squishing us both together. "Think on the bright side, this means you guys get to spend the summer with me." Abbie laughed and pulled away.
I wrapped one of my arms around Nate’s waist and laid my head against his arm as Abbie said, "Yeah, because that so tops spending the summer at camp." I smiled and felt Nate shake for a second with laughter. I wrapped my other arm around Abbie’s shoulders and we headed back inside, ready to find our families and head home for the night.
I couldn’t keep the smile off my face. Everything was perfect and I couldn’t help thinking, "This is what life is supposed to be."
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It's Life - Chapter ElevenLast chapter.
By Em Bishop