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Nervous Wreck

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{Alex’s POV}

As [Y/N] entered the bus behind Jack, her older brother, my thoughts immediately turned to her instead of tonight’s set. I couldn’t help how distracted I was by her presence. She was just so beautiful. And sweet and talented. Honestly she was my perfect woman. But I couldn’t have her because of her brother.

Jack has been my best friend since high school, and has always been overly protective of his sister. I don’t think she’s ever had a long-term relationship because he scares away any guy that comes close to her. If he ever found out that I had feelings for her, he would promptly try to kill me in the most vicious way possible.

“[Y/N]’s here!” Jack yelled even though the entire band was sitting right in front of him. Something about his younger sister always made him beam with pride. Maybe it was how successful she turned out to be as a singer. Or how many people liked her as soon as they saw her. Or even just the fact that she was his baby sister.

“We kind of noticed. Hey, [Y/N],” Zack said glancing up from his laptop and giving her a friendly smile. I froze when we made eye contact so I just gave her a small wave and pretended I was busy.

I felt bad for blowing her off, but I didn’t know how to act around her. I mean, I did know. I just couldn’t get my brain to function around her. There was no way I could be normal around her without accidentally slipping up and letting her know about my feelings.

“Hey, Alex. I was thinking that maybe [Y/N] could be our featured singer during Love Like War,” Jack blurted out. I looked up and she smiled weakly while hiding behind her brother. Her face was the lightest shade of pink I had ever seen.

“That sounds great. You know the song, right?” I asked her. She gave me a look that said “Duh.”

“Of course I do. Jack made me learn it forever ago,” she said sounding a little annoyed.

“I’m sorry. We have had guest singers who didn’t know the song until five minutes before they were on,” I defended myself. [Y/N] sighed.

*****

The opening band thanked the crowd for listening and singing along and ran off stage. We were all pumped and ready to play as soon as they were done. However, there was the small amount of nervousness that flowed through my body before every show.

[Y/N] came out of her dressing area. She looked drop dead gorgeous in her stage outfit. She walked up to Jack and said, “Knock ‘em dead, jerk. Good luck,” she said to the rest of us. I gave her a friendly smile and wave and ran out on stage with the guys behind me.

The concert was going absolutely amazing and my nervousness was gone like it usually is. We were onto Love Like War, one of our last songs when a bundle of nerves hit me again. It was because [Y/N] was in my view and getting ready to join me out onstage. I almost forgot the lyrics because of her, but I recovered.

[Y/N]’s part came on, and I tried my best to ignore the electricity that coursed through my veins when she was near me. I played and tried not to look at her. She made my heart pound faster and my head swim. It was like I was literally at war with my feelings for her.

She sang the lyrics so beautifully. I didn’t comprehend what I was doing until it was too late. I pulled her in and kissed her perfect lips with everything I had.

The song ended and I let her go. Her eyes were wide with shock and maybe a little bit of adoration. She ran of stage and the crowd was a mix of “awes” and “boos” as the fan girls reacted. I could feel Jack’s burning gaze and I stood frozen in place.

“Sorry about that,” I apologized. “We still have one more song to play, so let’s get back to having a blast!”

We finished the set and thanked the crowd for giving us an awesome night! I ran off stage looking for [Y/N] and trying to avoid the wrath of Jack.

I finally found her about thirty minutes later sitting on the bus. As soon as she saw me, she stood up and took a few strides towards me. I honestly wasn’t expecting her to slap me straight across the face.

“Why the hell would you do that?” [Y/N] demanded with a anger in her eyes.

“I am honestly so sorry. I don’t know what happened to me. I mean, I’ve liked you since the first time we’ve met, but I could never tell you,” I said. The words stumbled out of me and I had no control. “You just look so beautiful and your voice is the best thing I’ve ever listened to. I don’t know. I’m s-” I was cut off when she pulled me close and crashed her lips to mine. I faced total embarrassment that night, but at least I wasn’t totally rejected.

We kissed each other with such force I was worried about hurting her. Eventually, our kisses became gentler and softer until we were both out of breath. “I’m glad you told me. But Jack is probably going to have your head.”

As if on cue, Jack stormed onto the bus in his violent rage. “ALEX! I’M GOING TO KILL YOU!” I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so angry. It was kind of scary.

[Y/N] jumped in front of me as he charged towards me. He had his hands outstretched like he was going to throttle me. I instinctively jumped away even though I probably looked like an idiot. I would probably be dead if [Y/N] did not come to my rescue. “Jack, stop!”

She calmly explained everything for me and I hid behind her frame like a coward. Jack calmed down and I came out from behind her.

I noticed Zack and Rian hiding at the bus doorway as if they were hoping for a show. This was going to be exciting for them.

“I’m sorry, man. I didn’t know how to tell you,” I said stepping forward. He looked at me and I thought I was going to get smacked again.

Instead, Jack wrapped both of us into one big hug. “My best friend and my sister!” He said excitedly. “Although you probably could have kissed her earlier if you had told me.”