Chapter   Sixteen

At 11:30am sharp, Todd and AJ walked into Rae's class, distracting everyone from their work. All the girls were looking at AJ. Todd they had seen before, but AJ was a new face.

"Can I help you?" the teacher asked them.

"We're her to pick up DeAnna," Todd said.

"And Julia," AJ added.

"All right. DeAnna and Julia, you may go."

Rae and Jamy smiled at each other and put their books away. Just as they were about to get out of their seats, Kevin and Howie walked in. Mouths dropped open when the girls saw them. Nobody was doing work now.

"And who are you two here for?" the teacher asked.

"We're here with Todd and AJ," Kevin said.

"Did you hear that voice?" one girl asked the other sitting next to her. "His voice is so COOL!!"

Just then, Brian walked in talking.

"Thanks for leaving me behind, guys...."

Brian noticed all the people staring at him. Some of the girls were trying to get the attention of any of the guys. "DeAnna, you care to introduce us to your friends?" The teacher looked at Rae. She shrugged.

"Why not?" She got up and walked towards the guys with Julia right behind her.

"Girls.... and guys.... these are friends visiting me from Florida for two weeks. This is AJ McLean...."

"Hi." AJ waved.

"Kevin Richardson...."

"Hello." Kevin waved.

"Howie Dorough...."

"Hi." Howie waved.

"And Brian Littrell."

"Hey, everyone." Brian waved.

"Rae, we still have to go get Nick and Rose," Howie said, looking at his watch.

"Come on, guys. I know you love to entertain, but we have to get Nick and Rose, then jet." Rae grabbed AJ's arm and lead him towards the door.

"Bye, people," AJ yelled, then walked out the door. The rest of them followed suit.

"Where's Nick's class?" Brian asked.

"Right here." Rae opened the door and the whole crew walked in. Everyone looked up to see who walked in.

"Hello, DeAnna," said a nicely-dressed young man.

"Hi, Mr. Michaels," Rae replied.

"What can I do for you?"

"We're here to get Nick Carter."

"And who are these gentlemen with Julia?"

"These are my friends from Florida. Brian, Kevin, Howie, and AJ."

"Hi," they said in unison.

"Hello, guys. Here to get Nick Carter." Mr. Michaels turned to the class. "Nick Carter, gather up your things and head on out."

Nick put his binder and stuff in his bag and walk up to Rae. He actually dared to kiss her in front of the class. There were some yells and catcalls from the class. Rae could hear the class talking as they left.

"Did you see that guy with the blue eyes, standing next to Julia? He was soooo cute!!"

"I liked the tall guy standing next to him. The one with the green eyes. He's exactly what people mean when they say 'tall, dark, and handsome'."

"I think all of them looked good." Then the door closed.


"This is your high school?" Nick said, looking around. "This place is pretty big."

"Students from surrounding towns come here, too," explained Todd.

The guys looked around them, taking in the whole crazy scene. There were people everywhere in big groups, small groups, and couples. AJ and Nick had just caught sight of a couple making out by the trees. Rae followed their gazes and rolled her eyes.

"Come on, guys. It's not like you haven't seen couples kiss before."

Todd led everyone to the lunch area. Music was playing, students were talking and laughing with friends, eating their food. Todd picked a spot in the sun and sat down. Everyone sat down around him.

"Everybody all right with pizza?" AJ looked around for objections and seeing none.

"Cool," he said. "I'll buy."

"I'll go with you," said Brian, getting up. He looked over at Julia. "You want to come, Julia?"

"Sure," she said, smiling.

Brian helped her up and, together, the three of them walked to food cart. Rose watched Brian as he walked away with his arm around Julia's shoulders and talked to her enthusiastically.

"Rose, you're drooling," Rae teased.

"I am not," she replied.

"Is that jealousy I hear in your voice?" Todd said, smiling.

"No. If he likes her, then fine with me." Rose tried to look nonchalant about it.

"Whatever you say," he said.

"Todd, I need to ask you a favor," Rae began.


"Can I borrow your girlfriend for a couple weeks?" Nick blurted out.


"Your favorite person, Sarah Logan, is bothering Nick," Rae explained.

"Say no more. Go ahead. The girl is a vamp." Todd shuddered.

"Told you he would understand." Rae smiled at Nick who smiled back.

Just then AJ, Brian, and Julia came back with nine pizzas and nine Cokes. After everything was passed out, everyone started eating. Other people, mostly girls, came out to meet Rae's friends. AJ went to get another Coke, and after five minutes, Howie found him talking to some girl.

"Come on, AJ. Rae's lunch period just started at her school. We're going over there."

"Alright, D," AJ said. "See ya later, Gina."

"Bye, AJ," the girl said and kissed him on the cheek before walking away, leaving a very interested AJ and Howie watching.

"Let's go," Howie said, dragging AJ with him.

Kevin, Brian, Julia and Howie followed Todd, AJ, Nick, Rae, and Rose in their rental car. Everyone was happy and laughing, walking towards the entrance to the campus. Just before they reached the gate, Todd grabbed Rae by the waist, pulled her up against him, and kissed her. The rest of the crew just stood there and watched. When Todd put her down, Nick walked over to her.

"You ready to be a 'couple'?" Nick asked.

"Yup. Lead on, sweetie," Rae laughed. Nick grabbed her hand with his and they walked through the gate, looking very much a couple. Todd looked at Nick and Rae. If he'd been a stranger, he would've thought they actually were.

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