Audition to Fall in Love
Katie Holt could not believe it! She somehow managed to snag an audition for an upcoming movie production. The film, titled Heart of Hearts, was to be directed by the one and only Kolivan, known for his intricate approach to storytelling and unique ways of casting in the industry. This time, he was going for a romance. She was beyond ecstatic–being casted by Kolivan alone would open many doors for future prospects.
Walking into the building where the audition was being held was the easy part. Katie made her way towards the reception desk where a young lady sat shuffling paperwork. She quickly glanced at the receptionist’s name tag before clearing her throat to get her attention.
“Hi, Allura. My name is Katie Holt.” The receptionist snapped her head up, a bit startled before realizing she was being spoken to. There was an awkward pause where the receptionist seemed to look confused.
Katie smiled, deciding to elaborate, “I have an audition at two thirty.”
“How do you know…” Allura began before realization dawned on her as she looked down at the pin on her chest. “Right–name tag,” she says sheepishly. She sits up straight, getting herself back to business with a welcoming smile, “What is the role you’re auditioning for?”
“Supporting female,” she croaks out. Great…her nerves were starting to kick in. Allura quickly shuffles through some packets and hands the appropriate one to Katie.
“Here you go, Katie.” The woman points a finger over Katie’s left. “Go down the hall and make a right. There you’ll see two big double doors. The audition is being held in there.”
Katie thanks Allura before turning to make her way down the hall.
“Oh! And Katie?” Allura calls.
Katie pauses in her stride and turns back–did she forget something?
Allura gives her another beaming smile, “Good luck!”
“Thank you!” She returns Allura’s smile with one of her own. “Make a right, go through the double doors.” She whispers to herself, repeating Allura’s directions. Taking a deep breath, she continues down the hallway with a determined expression in her eyes.
When Katie walked through the double doors, she wasn’t expecting the large amount of auditionees. She let her eyes wander across the gigantic room. Some were reading their packet quietly, others were rehearsing them with a group, and some weren’t even looking at their packet at all… Like that big, tall man who seemed to be watching everyone.
‘Oh no! What if I mess up?’ Her heart starts to beat faster, panic beginning to set in.
“OK, Katie. Breathe,” She mumbled to herself. She was so focused on mentally preparing herself for the role, that she failed to notice the dark haired guy standing next to her, reading his own packet under his breath. So wrapped up in her head, she makes to turn around and ends up colliding against him. The impact sent her falling on her behind, dropping her packet.
‘Did I hit a brick wall?’ She thought. At that moment, the dark haired man turned to look at the person who ran into him, eyes burning with displeasure until they landed on the fallen girl.
Katie tilted her head to look up at the towering man, his violet eyes seem to soften.
“Hey. Are you okay?” He inquires, crouching a bit to extend a hand to help her up.
‘Where have I seen you?’ She wonders…
“Yeah, sorry. I’m ok.” She takes his hand, picking up her script when it finally clicks.
‘That…that’s Keith Kogane!’ She snaps her head up, wanting to make sure she wasn’t hallucinating, and ended up head-butting Keith right on the nose.
“I’M SO SORRY!” She yells, catching the attention of the others in the room, especially the white haired guy in the corner. Katie was mortified by the whispers of “amateur” and “how embarrassing” accompanied by pretentious eye rolls. She panics, shoving her hands in her pockets, searching for anything to help the man in front of her.
“Are you bleeding?,” she practically shrieks. “Please don’t bleed, I don’t have anything to help you with that! I am so, so sorry–!”
Hands grabbed Katie’s wrists to cease their frantic search. “I’m OK, really!” Keith revealed. “No nosebleed. See?” He gestures to his face. Katie finally braves a look.
“Hey,” he coaxed. “Calm down. It was an accident. Take a deep breath.”
Katie complies and takes that deep breath, slowly exhaling.
“Feeling better now?” He inquires, head tilting slightly, eyes looking into hers, waiting…
She breaks eye contact with Keith, “Yes”.
He holds out his hand once again as he helps Katie up from the floor, this time with no incident.
“I know. You’re Keith Kogane…” she laughs nervously. “You were casted in Blades of Marmora. It was an amazing movie, by the way. The plot was incredible!” She rambled on and on, praising all aspect of the film. Keith let her chatter on, eyebrows slightly raising as she continued. “And you? You were great–! Ah…. Sorry.” She abruptly stops, her hand anxiously reaching up to tuck a lock of hair behind her ear.
She steels herself and holds out a hand towards Keith. “My name is Katie.”
“Katie,” he smirks, taking her hand to give it a firm shake. “Do you always cause a scene when you meet someone?”
Katie’s eyes widen, her cheeks burning with embarrassment. Keith obviously doesn’t notice as he reopens his script.
“No! Not really…” She opens her script and tries to read some of the lines, her mind too frazzled to register any of the words on the pages. She knows a lost cause when she sees one, gives up, and returns her attention to Keith.
For a moment she stares at him, mesmerized by his profile. ‘Cute’ is the first word her mind conjures up, and causes heat to immediately radiate from her cheeks when the realization hits her.
She clears her throat. “So…what is the role you’re going for?”
Silence. Did he not hear her?
‘Come on Katie, he has better things to do than have a conversation with you! This is Keith Kogane! Rising Star!!’ She mentally berates herself and turns back to her packet. ‘Just read your script and leave him alone.’
“Supporting Male role,” he finally says, his eyes slowly moving from the script in his hands to look at Katie’s face and stare into her eyes. “You?”
“Supporting female role,” she beams. “But I’ll be happy getting anything…honestly.” She tightly roles her script. “I’ve just begun my career and beggars can’t be choosers…you know?” She chuckles dryly. “Well, I’ll leave you alone so you can concentrate. And sorry, again…for um…head butting you.” She pointedly looks away and lets her eyes roam around anywhere other than the man still standing in front of her.
“Would you like to act a scene with me?”
Did she hear him right?
Keith was, once again, oblivious to her shock, and was already scanning through the pages of the script. “There has to be some scenes with both supporting roles interacting.”
Katie’s head shoots up to give a bewildered look to Keith. “You don’t have to,” she blurted out, biting her lip.
“Don’t worry about it,” he waves her off. “It’s better to act it out with someone than by yourself.” His head nods towards the direction of a man acting out his scenes with gusto. “You don’t want to look like McClain over there.” The sight causes Katie to laugh out loud, nearly dropping her script for the second time that day. Keith seems to finally find what he’s looking for and shows her a few parts from the script.
They spent some time acting out a few scenes with each other. Once they got comfortable enough with the script, they took a break and sat next to one another. With small talk out of the way, they ended up chatting about anything and everything.They didn’t pay attention to the time, didn’t notice the room slowly becoming more and more vacant, nor did they notice that the tall man with the white streaks in his hair had walked over into the meeting room, only to come out minutes later to announce that the casting call was over. The announcement startled Katie out of her conversation, causing her to jump out of her seat and look back and forth between Keith and the man.
“Don’t worry about it.” He gently grabs Katie’s shoulder and turns her attention towards him. “Kolivan has a weird way of casting people.” He smiles to reassure her, and starts guiding her to the exit. “And I believe Allura said that the audition was being held past the double doors.”
Keith opens the doors, motioning for Katie to go through first.
“Wait.” She stops mid-step, and turns to point her finger behind him . “You mean that the audition was in there? In the waiting room? Not the meeting room?”
“Maybe,” he shrugs. “That announcer who was in the room the entire time, that was Thace. He’s the producer.” He lets the door close and begins to walk past Katie. She moves to catch up to him, both walking down the hallway towards the receptionist desk. “I could be wrong,” He continued. “They could have already picked the main cast.” He shrugs nonchalantly, stuffing his hands in his pockets, and looking at Katie noticing her confusion.
“I didn’t audition for any role for the Blades of Marmora…” their walking pace slows to a stroll.
“I just came to turn in my casting profile.” Keith said as his hand combs through his hair, eyes focused in front of him as he continued “When I was leaving, I saw this guy harassing Allura. So… I intervened and ended up getting in a fight with him. Kolivan happened to see the entire exchange,” He smirks at the memory. “And a few days later I got a call to come in for an audition.” Head slightly tilting to see Katie’s reaction.
Katie who was intensely holding onto every word was shocked. Her eyebrows furrow together, mouth slightly agape, her mind trying to think of an appropriate response. “You got into a fight…and ended up being co-starred with Takashi Shirogane?” She muses, while they both stop in front of the receptionist desk.
“Pretty much.” He admits, with a shrug. “So don’t stress about today’s audition.” He smiled reassuringly.
“I’ll try not to……Well, um, it was nice meeting you, Keith.” She beams. He nods in response.
She opens her mouth, but quickly closes it, reaching behind her head to scratch it and letting out a nervous laugh.
“If it’s not too much to ask… Can I have your autograph?” She mumbles, her face must be ridiculously red because she could feel the heat travelling all the way down her neck. “Y-you don’t have to! I mean…it’s okay.”
She wasn’t sure she could be more mortified at that moment.
Keith softly laughs, eyes reflecting his mirth as he leans on the desk. “Do you have paper?”
She pauses before holding out her hand to give him her script. She couldn’t bear to look up and kept her eyes trained onto his shoes.
“I’m guessing you don’t have anything to write with?” He says, looking over the desk where Allura was and asked to borrow a pen. While he was signing her script, she managed to regain to composure and rein in her embarrassment enough to look at his face. Keith returned the pen before handing the script back to Katie.
“It was nice meeting you too, Katie.” He smiles, and leaves the building without looking back.
Katie keeps her eyes locked onto his retreating figure.
“I’m surprised he have you his autograph,” Allura chimes in. Katie turns her attention to the white haired receptionist with a confused look.
Allura’s smile widens. “Big fan?”
“Yeah,” Katie whispers. She looks at the paper containing Keith’s signature, and, to her surprise, finds a set of numbers and dashes written across the page.
Here’s a small gift to all my followers~ I sometimes write. Not always, but when I do it takes me forever! I got an Anon awhile back about an Kidge Actors AU, which I drew something for it [Here]…and it inspired me to write something. Will I make this a long fic…maybe. I have so many au’s I want to work on! We need more Kidge in this world.
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