Here it is! Thanks to all that made a character!
A loud clatter and a ring jarred Holly from her sleep. Searching the room drowsily, she located the source of the noise. Her sister, Livvie, was applying makeup in front of Holly's mirror. The ring was Livvie's cell phone, which she was now talking into excitedly.
"Of course I'm wearing the gold belt! It totally shows off my figure, and goes great with the black miniskirt I just bought!" she yelled over the loud whirring of her neon pink hair dryer.
"Livvie, tone it down! I'm sleeping!" Holly shouted to her.
Livvie held up a finger. "Sorry, Dana. I gotta go." she said, then snapped her phone closed. "What the heck, Holly? I was talking to Dana! She's helping me get ready for the audition!"
"Why are you in my room getting ready? You have a fully functional makeup-applying counter in your room!" Holly whispered.
Livvie smirked. "Because your room is bigger. And I wanted to bother you."
"You are so rude." Holly muttered. "You and Dana Shapiro can go stick your big, pink, sticky mouths somewhere else!"
"Whatevs." Livvie strutted out of the room. "I'm getting ready for my audition."
"Audition?" Holly asked. Just then, her twin sister Jamie was starting to stir.
"What happened?" asked Jamie, murmuring just above a whisper.
"Is Livvie really going out for an audition?" Holly fired back at her. She was really mad.
"She IS?!" Jamie shot straight up. "Let's ask mom!" she shouted. "So not fair!"
Following that, the girls blindly charged out of the room.
"MOM!" Holly yelled.
"What?" Tori yelled back from the kitchen. Beck walked through the door, casually dressed in a dark blue collared t-shirt and khaki shorts.
"Hey!" Tori waved to him. They hugged, then faced the girls, Beck's arm still around Tori.
"Sorry, girls," she said with a knowing smile. "I could only get one audition. And Livvie..."
"Oh, please!" Holly cried in an angered voice. "Livvie's always-"
"-been your favorite!" Jamie finished in the same tone. At that moment, Holly and Jamie stalked out of the room and flopped down on their beds. Livvie was just leaving.
"Have fun girls!" She smirked at them, then flounced out of the room, her black skirt and gauzy white blouse puffing up behind her.
"Oh, like I care!" Jamie hollered after her.
The laptop sitting on Holly's bedside table dinged. She opened it and saw that she had a video chat request. Jamie raced over to her, just as Holly clicked the "Accept" button.
"Abbey!" The twins said at the same time.
"Hi!" Abbey waved, then pulled a yellow hairband off her wrist and started to French-braid her dyed-blonde hair as she talked. "Dana told me about the whole Livvie-thing. Details?" Jamie and Holly took turns filling her in. She let out a sympathetic groan.
"Yeah, I know how you feel. Dana's the same way!" She suddenly fell back and bicycled her legs in the air. "Mall today?" she asked excitedly. Holly nodded. Abbey always knew how to cheer her up.
Yeah, not a great ending for me... but let me know if you have any ideas, because I'd love a little help!
It was wonderful, being able to laugh and joke at free will and just wandering around the mall with nothing to do. A few times, they met people they knew, who waved to the pair. Those were the awkward parts, since some people just stared at them.
"Why are they staring at us?" Jamie whispered.
"I don't know. Maybe they think your Holly, and that someone like Holly would never talk to someone like me..." Connor replied, trailing off at the end.
"Yeah, I guess, since Holly's... you know... girly, popular? But I didn't think I looked like Holly." said Jamie.
Connor nodded. "You do have the same dark hair, green eyes, facial features, height, stuff like that." he told Jamie. "But you have freckles. Holly doesn't. And you dress differently. She's girly, you're not..." Again he trailed off. Then he checked his phone for the time. "Oh, great." he muttered sarcastically.. "I have to go to soccer practice." He headed off in the direction of the parking lot. "And I said I'd meet my mom by the car."
"Well..." Jamie grinned awkwardly. "Bye. Thanks for the trip, it was fun."
"Yeah, it was." Connor grinned in the same way. "Bye."
"Bye." said Jamie. "I'll be in the music store... if you come back, or Holly wants to know..."
"Okay. Sure." Connor turned away and walked towards the doors.
Jamie also turned and went inside the music store, Pete's Music Supplies. The walls were lined with guitars, both electric and acoustic, and a few other things, like violins. On different racks and shelves, there stood everything from necklaces with music charms on them to music books. There was no one else in the store, except for one employee, a tall teenage boy with dull brown hair. He waved slightly at Jamie and headed into the back room. She was alone now. It was her and Holly's birthday soon, and since Holly was way into music and guitars, she would get her a guitar charm and a book of new guitar music. Holly got her guitar on her eight grade graduation. It was a bright silver, and the moment Holly picked it up, she instantly became a natural. Jamie wasn't the guitar and singing type, so she mainly just played piano and wrote songs. She didn't go to Hollywood Arts, despite her parents' urges. It was a place for singers. She might have been a bit of an actor, but she was definitetly not a singer.
Jamie picked up the charm and music. The employee wasn't around, so she left twenty dollars on the counter and wandered off to look at things while she waited.
"Oh, cool!" Jamie said quietly. There was a bright red guitar sitting on a stand next to a classic 50's microphone. She picked up the guitar and, glancing around to make sure no one was watching, she pretended to play. She had picked up a few things from Holly's lessons, and had even worked out music to a song she wrote, just a scribbled song about all the jumbled feelings in her life. Nothing looked like it was plugged in, and the mall seemed practically empty from where she stood, so she started to move her fingers around the strings. Slowly but surely, she began to quietly sing her song. Jamie was in her own world now, lost in her music. She didn't notice the person standing directly in front of her.
"Wow, that's... amazing." said a voice.
Jamie jumped practically ten feet and looked up.
"Connor!" she exclaimed nervously. "What are you doing here? How much did you hear? You know I'm shy about my songs!"
"Soccer practice got canceled. I only heard the last bit you just did. And yeah, I know you've never shown me any songs, but I didn't know you could sing and play like that" said Connor. "Don't worry, I won't tell anybody." He nudged her shoulder. "Come on, do some more! There's no one around."
"Maybe... but do you promise not to tell?" Jamie said hesitantly.
"Promise." They shook hands.
Jamie carefully picked up the guitar again, and even more carefully continued her song. Surprisingly, she felt confident in showing Connor what she could really do.
"Um, Jamie?" Connor said after a long pause when it ended.
"What?" Jamie asked defensively. Then she looked up and saw it all.
Three girls were standing there, laughing hysterically with their phones held up in front of them.
"Great job, Oliver!" snorted the middle one, who had long brown hair and perfect makeup. "Real talent, there!"
"Connor Harris and Jamie Oliver! Never would have thought it!" giggled another one. She had shoulder-length blonde hair and very narrow blue eyes.
"Shut up, Ava!" Connor snapped at the blonde one, who's eyes widened considerably, and then she smiled brilliantly and nodded.
"And like you have any talent, Evelyn!" Holly aggressively told the one in the middle. The last one, with short auburn curls that had a pink beret perched precariously across her head, covering one brown eye, sneered at them and whispered into the brown-haired one's ear.
Jamie blushed furiously. For the first time singing in public, it was the opposite reaction she wanted.
How about well I know this isn't so good, but how about Connor has to leave for some reason and Jamie walks into a music store to find a guitar. She buys the guitar and finds a mic when the clerk is on break. She really likes singing/playing the guitar so she pretends the mic is on and sings a song she wrote, while playing the guitar. But it actually was on and she is shy when it comes to music* I think heh, heh* so she REALLY doesn't like it when people hear her play. Then Connor walks in, looking for a guitar too, hears her play and brings the group for some reason. A crowd forms, when she finishes people clap and she runs off. I don't know, I just think it would be pretty cool!
Jamie was out of breath, from running and from the exhilaration. She should do this more often.
"So what's the plan now?" she panted to Connor. He shrugged.
"Look around? Do whatever. Avoid Holly and Logan." he replied tiredly. "Something."
"Okay," Jamie muttered, aimlessly wandering away. "Oh, cool."
she whispered, staring at a display. "Hey, Connor!" she yelled. "Bet I can beat you!" She pointed to the display, a racecar video game set up so that people could play.
"Fine." Connor grinned. "But you owe me five bucks if I win."
"Same to you." she retorted. "You are so going to lose!" They each grabbed a control, and Jamie started the game. Laughing the whole game, they played until Jamie finally managed to win the game.
"Nice one." Connor nodded. "Hey, I have an idea." His eyes lit up. But he broke off as he saw something in the distance. "Come on. Let's leave." he said sharply, and, confused, Jamie followed him as he led her to somewhere that she had no idea where. They neared the candy store when Conner pulled her in there. But whoever he didn't wan't to see caught up with them at last.
"Mom. What?" Connor groaned.
Jade hugged him. "Oh, I was so worried!" she fretted. "You didn't answer my call!"
Connor groaned again. "Mom, I'm fine! Why are you so worried? Based on the stories Jamie's mom told us, you used to be mean!"
Jade sighed. "Well... ever since I had children... I'm so protective of them! And maybe it's also because of the-"
"No, mom. Just.. no." said Connor. Jamie tried to save him from an awkward moment by jumping in.
"Congratulations! I haven't seen you in so long!" she yelled.
Jade's eyes softened. "Thank you, Jamie. You are Jamie, right? You and your sister look so alike!"
Jamie nodded, embarassed. "Yeah."
"But you're such a nice person! Smart, kind, funny, talented..." Jade trailed off for a second. She looked at the two with a playful shine in her eyes. "So, is this a date I'm interrupting?" she asked slyly.
"No!" both Connor and Jamie shouted at the same time, blushing.
"Oh, I see." Jade murmured. "Well, you guys have fun... I'm going to find Scarlett. Such a sweet name, and a personality to match!"
"Wait..." Jamie muttered. "The Shapiros are here?"
"Yes, I volunteered to watch them while Cat and Robbie were busy." Jade replied, and promptly walked off.
"Well, that was wierd." Jamie whispered. Connor didn't reply, just walked around more.
"Sorry." he finally responded. "Hey, don't you like these?" He held up a bag of sour gumdrops.
"Yeah, but..." Jamie trailed off. "I don't have any money." she finished.
"You do now." Connor handed her a five dollar bill. "You won the bet, remember?"
Jamie smiled happily. "Okay, done. We can share."
They bought the bag, and as soon as they left, Jamie opened it and grabbed a handful. Forget Holly and her girly ways. This was the best time she'd had in a long time.