Chapter   Twelve

A couple months later....

"'Welcome to Chicago'," Nick read out loud.

"Do you guys realize that we're in the same city as the girls live," AJ said, excitedly. "I wonder if we'll run into them anywhere."

"Just perfect," Brian said, glumly. "Not only do I get to see Valerie, I get to see the guy she's marrying, too. I'm excited."

"Brian, you're gonna have to get over it," Kevin told his cousin. "It's been two months. For all you know, she could be married already."

"Gee, Kev, you really know how to make a guy feel better." Brian gave him a evil look.

"Hey, I'm just trying to be realistic," said Kevin, logically.

"Hey, you guys," Howie said. "Hasn't it occured to you all that we might not see them at all? I mean, we're here for only four days."

"Alright, boys," Donna said to them. "Quit grumbling. I've just been informed there are about two hundred fans out there, waiting outside the hotel. All of you, stick with your bodyguards."

"Will do," Nick said. "I really don't feel like being torn apart."

"Okay, who gets Nick?" asked Andre, one of the bodyguards.

"I did it last time," Todd said, another bodyguard. "I still wear the battle wounds."

The last three remaining bodyguards looked at each other. "Draw straws?" Richard suggested.

The other two, Lonnie and Randy, nodded and brought out the straws. The one who got the shortest straw takes Nick. Randy lost. Everyone started laughing, except Randy and Nick.

"You know, this really hurts my feelings," Nick said, pouting.

"Stop complaining, Carter," Randy said.

"Everyone get ready," Donna yelled over the noise.

The crowd of girls gathered around the van and started banging on the windows and the sides. Lonnie got out and took Howie through the crowd, while Richard got Brian, Andre got Kevin, Todd got AJ, and Randy got Nick. The screaming rose when the Boys got out of the van and headed inside the hotel.

As he was getting pushed through the crowd, Nick looked across the street and locked eyes with one particular girl. Anissa? he thought. The girl looked away and turned around so he couldn't see her face anymore. Nah, couldn't be. Nick continued to head towards the hotel entrance.

When everyone got inside, they breathed a sigh of relief. Randy threw himself on a nearby couch. "I hate everyone," he said.

"Oh come on," said AJ. "It wasn't that bad."

"You try getting Nick through a crowd, then tell me it's not that bad," Randy glared.

Everyone started laughing again. Donna came over and handed everyone their room keys. The large crew all headed to the elevators.

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"What's with the big crowd?" one of Anissa's friends asked.

Anissa looked over and shrugged. "Beats me."

"You guys didn't hear?" Anissa's friend, Destiny, asked. "The Backstreet Boys are staying over there for the next four days."

Anissa started choking on the soda she was drinking. "Are you sure?"

"Positive," said Destiny. "Look, they're getting out of the van."

Anissa looked over and saw the Boys trying to get through the crowd unharmed. The one head she was looking for, she finally spotted. Then as if he could sense her looking at him, Nick looked at Anissa. She looked at him for a few seconds then looked away.

"Nick," she whispered. Her friends looked at her weird. "One of them reminds of this guy I met during spring break last year."

"Oh," said Destiny. "We thought you were a fan."

"I hate them," said Anissa. "Look, I have to go. I'll see you guys later."

"Where are you going?" asked one of Anissa's other friends.

"I have to go call my sister," Anissa yelled over her shoulder as she walked as fast as she could to her apartment.

Her friends looked at each other in confusion. They knew Anissa hadn't talk to her sister in almost a year. Anissa continued to make her way home, unaware she was being watched from a hotel window across the street.

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"Damn, she looks good," Nick said aloud. He was watching Anissa from a hotel window. Once he got up his and Brian's room, he ran to the window and saw that it was definitely Anissa.

"Who looks good?" asked Brian. Kevin, Howie, and AJ all looked at Nick, too.

"Anissa," Nick stated simply. "She's walking across the street."

"What?" they all said. They jumped up from their seats and ran to the window.

"Wow, she's grown," said Kevin.

"Her body has filled out more than it already was," AJ said.

"Her style has changed," said Brian.

"A lot," Howie added. "She never used to wear those kind of clothes."

"But she wears them well," Nick said.

The five of them continued to watch Anissa until she disappeared around a corner.

"I'm going for a walk," Brian said. "I'll be back later."

"Okay, Rok," said AJ. "Just be careful."

"No problem." Brian grabbed a hat and sunglasses then took off down the elevator.


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