Chapter   Four

"So he lives in one of your father's buildings?" BJ asked the next morning.

"Yes," VJ said. Her and BJ were having breakfast at the same little cafe her and Brian went to the day before.

"I don't see the problem, VJ," said BJ.

"How could you not? I wanted to keep it quiet for at least a week before I tell him what my father does, but I don't see how I can when he lives there."

"It seems like he's a pretty level-headed guy from what you've told me. I don't think he's gonna care if you're wealthy."

"You know my previous experiences with that," VJ reminded her. "Whenever a guy finds out he's dating a girl with money, that's all he seems to care about. Either it scares him off or he sees the opportunity to get something out of it."

"But he can afford to live there in the first place," BJ pointed out. "Maybe he has money, too."

"I don't know. He doesn't seem to wear designer clothing like most guys would when they have money. Brian drives a jeep, not a corvette. And he likes to wear sports jerseys, not Armani."

"So, neither do you. You don't wear designer clothing either. You'd rather wear stuff that's not as expensive as other girls would buy, even when they're not rich. That's why people like you. You don't show off your money."

"But Brian did say he lives with his cousin and a friend. That's three people. They can pay the rent easily that way, but it's still a lot. I'm just wondering what they do."

"He didn't tell you?"

"All he said was that he worked in the music business. He didn't seem to want to talk about it and I didn't push him."

BJ thought about that for a minute. "Maybe he's a record producer or an A&R for a record company. Maybe he owns a record company."

"The guy's twenty-one," said VJ. "I highly doubt that."

"Maybe he's a famous star," BJ suggested.

"Don't you think we would've recognized him?" VJ asked.

"I guess. But he could be a low-profile star. Someone the media doesn't really talk about."

"There's no such thing as a famous person not mentioned in the media."

"Well, I hope you find out soon," BJ said. "He could be lying and that could mean anything."

"I know. That's what's worrying me," VJ said.

"Let's get out of here and do some shopping," BJ said, getting out of her seat. "When is your cousin coming out?"

"Next week. I can't believe Alisha is moving in with me. Her parents really must be driving her crazy," VJ laughed.

"Well, at least she's coming somewhere fun," BJ said. "I think you were good to offer to let her stay with you."

"I haven't seen her since I was sixteen and she was fourteen," VJ said. "I wonder if she's the same?"

"Maybe, maybe not. It's been a couple of years."

"You're right. I'll take her anyway she is."

After paying the check, VJ and BJ went off to shop-til-they-drop all around Orlando.


"She lives right down the street?" Kevin asked. He had gotten back from visiting his parents. He and all the other Backstreet Boys were at Brian's, Howie's, and Kevin's apartment.

"Yup. A few buildings down," Brian comfirmed.

"How strange is that?" Howie said.

"I know. But, guys, that's not the problem," Brian said.

"Then what is?" AJ asked.

"She doesn't know what I do. All she knows is that I work in the music industry."

"You mean, you spent all day with her yesterday, and you didn't tell her who you are?" Nick asked.

"What if she already knows?" Howie pointed out. "Has she given any indication that she does?"

"No," Brian said. "We're not well-known in the US, remember? The only people that would know who we are would be the tourists from overseas."

"How old is she again?" Kevin asked.

"She's eighteen," Brian told him.

"Then how could she afford to live here?" AJ asked. "I mean, these apartments are pretty expensive."

"Could you please stop calling her 'she'? Her name is 'Victoria'. And get this, her best friend's name is 'BJ'. Then there are her brothers, 'JJ', 'AJ', and 'PJ'. Also her friends call her 'VJ'."

"That is so weird," Nick said. "My sister would freak out if she heard that. Luckily, my mom and dad picked her up earlier."

"Well, I'm freakin' out right now," AJ said. "Her brother has my name."

Brian gave him a look. "Her name?"

"I'm sorry. I meant Victoria's brother has my name."

"Are you gonna tell Victoria who you are anytime soon?" Kevin asked. " 'Cause we go back on tour after next week."

"I'm gonna have to. I don't want to tell her that I'm taking a 'business trip' every time I'm gone." Brian closed his eyes and leaned his head against the wall.

"Well, I think the sooner you tell her, the better off we'll all be," Howie said. "If we ever meet Victoria, then we'll all have keep our identities a secret."

"Howie's right, B-Rok," AJ agreed. "But on to a more important subject, what does Victoria look like?"

"She's gorgeous, guys," Nick said. "Long, curly, brown hair, grey eyes, and a killer body."

"You've seen her," AJ asked him.

"I've met her," Nick smiled. "She's really cool. Extremely nice and really funny, too."

"Give her a call and invite her over," AJ said.

"Alright, but not a word about the 'job'," Brian warned.

They all nodded.

Brian picked up the phone and dialed VJ's number.


VJ and BJ had just walked into VJ's apartment when the phone rang. VJ dropped all her stuff on the couch and reached for the phone.


"Hey, VJ, what's up?"

"Hey, Brian. Not much going on here. How about you?"

"I'm just chillin' with some friends at my apartment. They want to meet you, so would you like to come over?"

VJ put her hand over the mouthpiece and turned to BJ. "It's Brian. He wants to know I want to come over to meet his friends."

"Sure, go ahead."

"But I don't want to go without you."

"Then tell him."

VJ took her hand away from the receiver. "I'd love to, but my friend BJ is with me. We just got back from a shopping spree."

"Bring her with you. The more the merrier," said Brian.

"Alright. Cool. We'll be over in about fifteen minutes," VJ told him.

"Cool. See ya later," Brian said.

"Bye." Then VJ hung up.

"What did he say?" BJ asked.

"He said you can come, too."

"Wicked. Maybe his friends are as cute as you say Brian is."

"Well, we'll soon find out."

BJ helped VJ put all her things away then headed out to her car.

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