Liam: You were home in your room, waiting for Liam to come upstairs. He was doing business on his phone and you knew better than to disturb him when he was doing his work. You were starting to get really bored, so you got out your laptop and started looking at shoes. It didn’t really matter the price because you knew Liam would buy them for you. But, you didn’t like to be greedy and ask for too much.
You finally came across a gorgeous pair. You tried to scroll pass them, you really did but you couldn’t get them out your head. So, you got up and went downstairs, as knocked on Liam’s office door. He turned around and motioned you to come in, he muted his phone. “Yes, Sweetheart?”
You bit your lip, “I’m sorry to disturb you.”
“Not at all, what did you need?”
“Can I buy this pair of shoes I saw?”
He laughed, “Of course you can baby. Hell, buy twenty of them. I don’t care, whatever makes you happy.”
You smiled, “Thank you.”
He nodded, “Your welcome baby.”
Niall: You were out shopping with Niall, he told you earlier today to get dressed. You figured he was going to take you somewhere when he told you to get dressed. But, the mall was the last place you’d expect if your being honest. But, to say you didn’t enjoy it was a complete understatement.
He took you the mall and told you to basically go crazy. And so that’s exactly what you did, you started shopping. But, eventually you noticed Niall start to get a little restless, you were in the shoe isle trying on shoes.
You heard his phone go off and him talking, “You have to go?”
He came over to you, “Princess, you know I don’t mind you taking your time. Spend as long as you want. No rush, okay?”
You nodded, “Okay.”
He kissed your forehead, “Whatever you like in here. Don’t hesitate to get it.”
You smiled and nodded, “Okay, I won’t take long. So you can go to the office.”
“No rush baby, you enjoy yourself that’s why I took you here. If I’m late I’m late. As long as you have a smile on your face that’s all that matters to me.”
You smiled, “Okay, thank you.”
“No, need to thank me baby. It’s what I’m here for.”
Zayn: You were home alone, waiting on Zayn, again. You loved Zayn, you really did, but those long nights at the office were really starting to annoy you. But, you would never tell Zayn because you didn’t want to seem ungrateful for everything he’s done for you.
Which really is the reason why he’s working so much. You were honestly trying your best to stay up for Zayn to get home, but your sleep got the best of you. You were watching some movie, but you didn’t even realize you fell asleep until he woke you up.
You felt him shaking you, “Wake up babygirl.”
You opened your eyes and looked at him, “Hmm?”
He smiled, “Wake up baby, I have something to show you.”
You sat up, wiped your eyes, and looked at Zayn tiredly. “Yes?”
He got a bag and handed it to you, “I have a surprise for you.”
You opened the bag and it was a box, you got out the box and opened it. You gasped, it was the most beautiful necklace you’ve ever seen. “Oh my god. Thank you.”
He smiled, “You like it?”
You smiled at him, “I love it, thank you so much.”
He smiled, “Your welcome babygirl.”
Harry: You got a call from Harry to visit him at his office, you weren’t really surprised because he’s asked this of you before. The only thing you were trying to figure out was why? It wasn’t really any type of occasion for you two. No birthday, anniversary, nothing special was coming up but of course you got dressed and went to see him.
You went up into the building and his office with no problem. Seeing as everyone knows who you are now. At first you couldn’t do that because nobody believed you were Harry Styles girlfriend. A lot of people tried to use that to get in, but now they know it’s you and only you so you can do as you please with no problem.
You opened his office door, “Hi babe.”
He smiled, “Hey there gorgeous.”
You smiled back, “What’s up?”
He patted his lap, “Come here, I want to talk to you.”
You walked over and sat on his lap, “Yaa?”
He smiled, “You know I’ve been thinking. We’ve gone to Paris, Italy, Rome, Greece, Hawaii, Jamaica.”
You nodded your head and smiled remembering the fun you both had. “Yaa.”
“I thought to myself where haven’t we been? Then it hit me.”
He smirked, “Fiji.”
Your eyes widen, “Fiji?”
He nodded, “Our flight leaves tomorrow at noon. Gives us time to pack and everything.”
“Omg, babe. Thank you.”
He laughed, “You’re welcome Sweetheart.”
Louis: You walked into the store with Louis, his hand on the small of your back. This used to kind of affect you, you being in the store with Louis and then people would stare. You knew Louis was popular here because the man was filthy rich, and everyone wanted to talk to him. Or either talk to you, to get to him.
But, today you weren’t focused on them. You’ve gotten used to the states, glares, whispers and gossip about you two. Your relationship was really the talk of the town. Everyone always had something to say and it was rather annoying. You walked up the counter with him. “Tell her what you want Babygirl.”
You looked at the clerk women, “I would like a Chanel necklace, the double C, but I want the diamonds to be my birthstone.”
She nodded, “Okay.”
Louis looked in the jewelry case she had, “And get her another Chanel necklace, the double C, but I want it in these black diamonds.”
The clerk nodded, “Those are the rarest kind.”
Louis looked at you, “You like that?”
You nodded, “Yaa, they’re gorgeous.”
He smiled, “Good, as long as you like it babygirl.”
“If they hold an instrument, they will not take a drug. They will not hold a gun,” says Santa Cecilia Orchestra conductor Sonia Marie De Leon De Vega. “It’s that powerful.”
Outside the concert hall at Occidental College, in Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock neighborhood, children are invited to test out the instruments the Santa Cecilia Orchestra will play later. Alexa Media Rodriguez, 8, says she and her family have never before been to an orchestra concert. She heard about the orchestra when some of the musicians visited her school.
“I brought my dad, my stepmom,” she says, “my sister, my brother and my sister’s cousin …”
That’s the thing about this orchestra, says conductor Sonia Marie De Leon De Vega: The children are bringing the parents.
“What’s happening onstage is wonderful,” De Leon De Vega says. “But another thing that’s great at our concerts is what’s happening in the audience.”
About 85 percent of the audience is Latino, spanning all ages. They sit mesmerized, pretending to conduct along with De Leon De Vega, her flowing, wavy brown hair bouncing along as she moves the baton. She’s happy to try to replicate the concertgoing experience she saw as a guest conductor in other countries.
“You go to the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City,” she says, “people are there on a Sunday afternoon with an entire family. Grandchildren to grandparents, and I thought, ‘Wow. You just don’t see that back home. You just don’t see it. You see mostly older people. The same thing in Italy.’ And I thought, 'Wow, I would love for that to exist back home.’ ”
So in 1992, she founded the Santa Cecilia Orchestra. The 85 musicians are paid professionals who play with other symphonies and in Hollywood studios. De Leon De Vega started with $2,000 of her own money and now has a staff of three. Her orchestra has played in concert halls and amphitheaters and at universities all over her adopted home of Los Angeles.
De Leon De Vega was born in San Antonio to a Mexican-American show-business family. Her mother was a dancer, singer and actress, and her father sang and played guitar in a trio.
“He was a wonderful singer, very handsome man also,” she says. “I remember being very little and hiding behind the couch, and pretending to conduct while he was having rehearsal with his fellow musicians.”
When she was 5, De Leon De Vega began playing piano. By then, the family had moved to the Echo Park neighborhood of LA. She recently went back to her old elementary school and talked to the kids about music.
“I played in this schoolyard and walked these halls,” she says. “Even at that age, I had a really strong feeling to one day come back and make a difference. And I walked down the halls and I thought, 'I will never forget what this is like, being a child.’ ”
When she was a little girl, she says, music was her refuge.
“I was definitely the nerd that the bullies would pick on,” De Leon De Vega says. “I was actually beat up numerous times at this school. I was very shy, very quiet. I just wanted to go back home. And I think music saved me.”
The 85 musicians in the Santa Cecilia Orchestra are paid professionals who play with other symphonies and in Hollywood studios.
Courtesy of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra
She eventually became a piano major at California State University, Los Angeles, where one of her professors encouraged her to take up the baton. But a well-known conductor she doesn’t want to name told her to quit.
“He said a woman will never be allowed to conduct a symphony orchestra onstage in our lifetime. That will never, ever exist,” De Leon De Vega says. “Of course, I couldn’t believe that. It just discouraged me for about a minute, and that was it.”
De Leon De Vega began guest conducting. She invited her father to go with her to Rome for one gig — to fulfill his last wish — to visit the tomb of Santa Cecilia. After he died of cancer a few weeks later, she started putting together her orchestra.
“He always prayed to St. Cecilia before he sang,” she says. “And in his honor, I named it after the patron saint of music, so we call it the Santa Cecilia Orchestra. We have a Spanish name, too: Orquesta Santa Cecilia.”
The Santa Cecilia Orchestra has introduced its audiences to the music of such Latin American composers as Arturo Marquez of Mexico and Argentina’s Astor Piazzolla. To build those audiences, De Leon De Vega launched her “Discovering Music” program, where musicians visit local public schools. That inspired 8-year-old Luna Castillo and 10-year-old Jennifer Roberts to come to the concerts.
“It was like heroic music,” Castillo says during intermission at one concert. “The sound is, like, serious.”
“I’m just blown away every time,” Roberts says.
De Leon De Vega says music does more than just teach rhythm or melody. “I believe if a child holds an instrument, like these students we’ve given violins and lessons, if they hold an instrument, they will not take a drug. They will not hold a gun. It’s that powerful.”
She says she once got an email from a girl who watched her conduct a Brahms symphony. “She wrote, 'I am a gang member, and I have never gone to a symphony concert before, and I have never felt anything before. I have never felt any emotion before, anything nice about anyone.’ She said, 'But this music touched my soul.’ ”