Curtain Call (Part 6)

Sunday, November 4th, 20XX


One day. One more day and I'll be a whole year older.

The thought hits me as I open my eyes in the morning. I sigh and look at Oliver and Luka lying next to me, Oliver snuggled up and lying on some of Luka's hair. The floor creaks as I slip off the fold-out couch and walk into the kitchen area for a glass of water.

I don't want to grow older. Maybe it's because every year I'll be closer to dying, or maybe it's because I'll lose the freedom of being younger. Or maybe I just want to die sooner, before I age too much. I don't know.

I sit on the counter, then close my eyes. Something comes to mind.


It's November 5th, 14 years ago. I wake up to see a cage, and my father sitting in front of me. Off to the side is another cage, where my friend Luka lies.

"W-What are you doing..?!" I ask him.

"I'm giving the two of you to a good friend of mine. But first, I'd like to give you a birthday present." He unlocks the cage and pulls me out by the arm. Smirking, his hands begin to take my nightgown off...

I scream. He smiles even more and ties my hands behind my back, then pushes me into the cage. I curl up, trying to hold my body from him...

He takes off his clothes and pulls me back out, ready to give me his 'present'. I couldn't do anything about it, even when the other man did it...

---end flashback---

I open my eyes to see Luka in front of me, her blue eyes full of concern. It's then that I feel the tears streaming down my cheeks.

I hate the fifth of November.

Grabbing onto her arms, I pull myself off the counter and hug her as tightly as I can, crying as quietly as possible. She knows what I was thinking about...she knows because she saw it happen. I saw it happen to her. Every day, every single day...he would...he would take us...

"Meiko, it's okay."

Her soft voice wraps around me like a blanket. Her arms are wrapped around me, keeping me safe...

I let go of her and sink down to my knees, and she does the same. Her soft hands brush the tears out of my eyes, and her blue orbs meet my brown ones.

"We're safe here. Asuka and Hinata won't let anything happen to us," she whispers.

I nod, and we both stand up. The two of us lie back down on the fold-out couch, with Oliver snuggled between us. When I close my eyes, another image comes to mind...


I walk into a large building, a man who looks like a security guard leading me. He walks into an office and the first thing I see is Luka, sitting calmly in a chair with a cup of tea. The man leaves and I see the entire office.

A woman with blond hair in a side bun is sitting at a table, and Luka is sitting across from her. In the center of the table is a teapot and a single teacup.

"Why don't you have a seat?" The woman gives me a smile, and I sit down in the chair next to Luka's.

The rest of that day goes by in a blur. At the end of it, I'm sitting at a small table on the floor with five other people: Luka, a girl named SeeU, and three boys named Kaito, Gakupo, and Piko. We all share something similar- scars from the past that we can't forget. But we're going to work together in the music industry.

At the end of the day, Luka and I sit under the table together. I feel my eyelids getting heavy and curl up closer to her, my arm wrapped around her shoulder. Our noses are almost touching, and I feel a blush spread across my cheeks.

That was our first night in Curtain Call.

---end flashback---

"Meiko-nee..." Oliver's poking me gently. "It's time to get up."

I chuckle at him and sit up, looking around the room. Luka's pouring a bowl of cereal for herself, and the others are sitting in a circle on the floor. Some with cereal, some with toast. One with Pop-Tarts.

With a sigh, I get up and go for Pop-Tarts. I take the two pastries out of their wrapper and put them in the toaster, then wait for them to be ready. My blue-and-white striped pajamas feel a bit loose on me, but I don't makes them a bit more airy when the room I'm sleeping in is hot.

The toaster dings. I get my poptarts and join the others in the circle, listening to them talk about random sh*t.


"SeeU, hurry up! It's almost time!" Asuka calls to her. The rest of us are in position onstage, behind the frontmost curtain, ready to perform. We've all been made up and dressed up, preparing to sing for our audience. SeeU runs into place and I take a quick look at the others.

"Don't forget your special act. Use your facade." Hinata smiles at us, and he and Asuka run backstage as the curtain begins to come up. I feel a rush of adrenaline as the spotlights hit us, and a roar goes up from the crowd.

Our music begins to play. I stay tense with the others for a few moments more, and then...I begin to sing. My body moves to the beat, spinning and taking control of the music. Instead of blood, the sounds run through my veins, keeping me moving. I love the natural high of the performance- music, my voice, the voices of anyone else who is singing...the dance steps, the cheers of the crowd. It's more than just singing for a living, it's the fun of joy and sharing what you can do with your voice.

The song is over in what seems like a moment, and the majority of us go backstage. Each of us has an individual song to sing, and it's enjoyable to watch. I'm sure it's terrifying, being alone onstage, afraid the audience will disapprove...

I've memorized which songs everyone sings. Piko will sing 'Remember', SeeU (who doesn't have many songs) will sing 'I=Fantasy', Gakupo will sing 'Paranoid Doll'...I think Kaito's going to perform 'Ai no Uta', which is a cover of a song by Hatsune Miku, the most popular Vocaloid out there. Luka's job is to sing 'Double Lariat', and I will be performing 'Mirror'. I enjoy the song a lot, it has a powerful sound to it...

Soon enough, it is my turn to sing. I pull my black jeans up a bit more and walk into the spotlight, extending my right arm to the side and closing my eyes. The red sleeveless jacket I am wearing contrasts with my black shirt, a perfect kind of combination...

The music begins and I lose myself in the sound.
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