Chapter   Seventeen

A week later....

VJ, BJ, and Alisha walked into a store to get some snacks for the Boys lunch break that was going to start in about an hour. They walked around getting different items when Alisha noticed three strange girls following them.

"Um, guys," she said, quietly. "I think we're being followed."

VJ and BJ were about to turn around and look, but Alisha yelled out.

"NO!!" she said. "I mean, do it discreetly."

"Okay," VJ said. Both her and BJ acted like they were looking at some items, and took a couple of sideway glances at the girls. All three girls slowly walked down the aisle and glanced at the girls, who were indeed following them.

"Why would they be following us?" BJ asked.

"I don't know," Alisha said. "All I know is they've been following us since we walked into the store."

"Where were they standing?" VJ asked.

"By the magazine stand."

They walked over to the magazine stand and their mouths dropped open in shock. There they were, on the front page of several tabloids, with Brian, AJ, and Nick. One of Brian and VJ, AJ and BJ, and Nick and Alisha kissing and one of them walking away, arms around each other.

"Oh my gosh!" BJ said. "How did these get here?!"

All three of them grabbed one.

"Somebody must have recognized the guys when we were out with them," VJ said. "Oh, man, we are going to be in so much trouble."

They ran to the cash register, paid for their food and tabloids, and caught a cab to the recording studio.


Kevin, Nick, Howie, AJ, and Brian walked into the little rec room to find three somber-looking girls.

"What's up with you guys?" Nick asked.

He walked over to Alisha and sat down next to her. She promptly got up and sat with BJ and VJ on another couch.

"What's wrong?" Brian asked.

The girls finally looked up at the guys and held up five different tabloids, all of them with the pictures on the front page. Brian, AJ, and Nick had the picture of shock on their faces.

"How did those get there?!" AJ said, grabbing one of the tabloids.

"That's what I said," BJ said.

"That doesn't matter!" Nick exclaimed. "When Donna and Johnny see this, they're going to have a field day, saying 'I told you so'."

"I don't get it," VJ said. "What's the big deal?"

"Johnny and Donna have always been sort of against us having relationships," Kevin explained. "Especially if it's public knowledge to the fans. They think us having relationships would cause our popularity to go down."

"So, that's why they had a freak attack when you guys introduced us to them," Alisha said.

"They're going to find out about this," Howie said. "We can't hide something this big."

"Howie's right," Kevin agreed. "I think we should just tell them now."

The three couples groaned in dismay. Brian pulled VJ off the couch by her hands, while AJ and Nick walked over to BJ and Alisha and did the same. They all felt like they were about to go into battle. This was something they weren't looking forward to.


"I can't believe this," Donna said, angrily. "I just don't believe this!"

"We're sorry," AJ said, quietly.

" Well, 'We're sorry' is not going to cut it," Donna said. "AJ, we already went through this with you and you managed to keep Marisa from becoming public knowledge. So, tell me, how did this one manage to?"

AJ was about to say something, but Johnny cut him off. "You guys went out in public without any type of disguse, didn't you?"

Brian, AJ, and Nick all nodded.

"How many times do we have to tell you? You either go out with bodyguards, in disguise, or not at all."

"We know that," Brian said. "We just didn't think about it at the time. I mean, we didn't expect something like this to happen."

"Well," Denise said. She turned to the girls. "Victoria, Brianna, Alisha, you're going to have to catch the next flight back to Florida."

"WHAT!?!" Nick, Brian, and AJ yelled out at the same time as the girls.

"Aw, come on, Mom," AJ started.

"Don't start with me, Alex," she said. "The girls are going home and that's final."

"But--" AJ started again.

"Alexander James, what did I just say?!"

"Fine! I'll shut up," AJ said, sulkily.

"Girls," Donna said. "We don't mean to put you in this position, but it really would be best if you three went home. At least until we figure how we're going to do about this situation. When we have it all cleared up, you're all free to visit the Boys whenever you would like to or whenever they would like."

"I understand," VJ said. "The Boys' career is really important and I certainly wouldn't want to do anything to mess things up right now."

"I understand, too," Alisha added. "I think I'll go to my room and pack, seeing as how we're leaving tonight. I'll see you around sometime, Nick."

Alisha got up and walked out the door. BJ also walked out, without saying anything. VJ took one look at Brian, then turned and walked out, closing the door behind her.

"How could you do that?!" Brian exclaimed.

"Brian, calm down," Johnny began.

"No, I won't calm down! You just threw out my girlfriend!!"

"I didn't throw her out. We just thought it would be best if they left while things were fresh."

"No, you ordered her to leave. You ordered her, BJ, and Alisha to leave."

Nick got up and walked to the door, with AJ close behind.

"Nick, Alex, where do you think you're going?" Denise asked them.

"I'm going to see Alisha before she leaves," Nick said. He didn't even look at Denise, Donna, or Johnny.

"I'm going with him," AJ said. "I'm going to see BJ."

"We are not done discussing this," Donna said.

"Yes, we are," Brian said, and followed Nick and AJ out the door.

The three adults looked at Kevin and Howie, who hadn't said anything the whole time. Then they just sighed and leaned back in their chairs, not knowing what to do.

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