Lauren pushed away Anthony’s hands as he grabbed for her and tried to lead her through the crowd that had gathered in front of the hotel. She didn’t need his assistance, she didn’t need his presence, and the mere fact that she had to be under surveillance all the time was really getting under her skin. As much as she prided herself for her freedom, this was getting a bit out of hand. “I can’t believe there are so many people outside the hotel with the concert still going on.” Miranda gave Lauren a stern look when she pushed at his hands again. “Not everyone can get tickets and this might be their only way of seeing the guys. It probably wasn’t the best idea to make reservations in a hotel so close to the venue.” Lauren shielded her eyes from all of the camera flashes and turned quickly to growl at Anthony. He rolled his eyes and shook his head at Miranda. “Now I know why Mike bitches all the time.” “Mike knows when to let go and when to interfere. Maybe you should take a few lessons from him and back off! WHY am I here anyway?” She was being rude and that fact hadn’t escaped her, but with everything going on and people seeming to close in all around her, she had had enough for this day.
This time the day before, she was relaxed and completely at ease with Justin in their little hideaway. Now she was in the middle of hysterical teens, reaching hands, flash after flash just trying to get her caught on film for some sort of sick bragging right, and where she should be was back in the arena at the concert. “Why isn’t anyone stopping these people from making fools out of themselves?” Miranda didn’t look happy at all. In fact, she looked very disappointed in what she was seeing out of Lauren. “I really only see one person making a fool out of herself right now.” “I’m going to ignore that! Anthony, do you think you can release the deathgrip you have on my arm for about two seconds and speed up so we can get through this?” Amidst the screams for Lauren, a few for Miranda rang out and she stopped to talk to a few of the fans in the front. “Couldn’t get tickets or are you going tomorrow night?” Lauren stopped and turned to give Miranda a bored look. “Oh that’s right, let’s stop and take our time. While we’re pondering and enjoying life, WHY am I here and not back at the concert? It wasn’t over yet! You made me get up in the middle of Justin’s beatbox and you know how much I worship his mother during those moments for giving him?” Miranda sighed and concentrated on the folder she was signing.
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“Oh I don’t know, maybe it was the fact that you looked like Satan had taken control of your body and the fans around us were chanting for your head to spin around? Maybe it was the girl that you threatened to smack with her camera if she didn’t?oh how did you so eloquently put it? Oh yes, if she didn’t stop screaming in your ear and waving her weave around like a two dollar whore with a Jive recording contract.” “They didn’t know who I was talking about.” “Not until you screamed her name they didn’t. The ice fight with those two guys was probably a bit Lauren wasn’t one to pout, but she was certainly pouting now. “They said that they’d show me everything I was missing by wasting my time with Justin.” Miranda gave her a bored look and turned back to the fans in front of her. “WHAT? I’m supposed to sit back and take crap like that? Oh and who are YOU looking at?” She smirked and held her hand up in a girl’s face who was giving her a dirty look. “I didn’t need security to drag me off and I am going to end Mike AND his momma when I get my hands on him. I KNOW he ordered that I be sent back to the hotel.
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This is like being at home, Miranda. I was sent to my room like some crazy person and?” “Lauren, jumping out of the VIP booth and attempting to freeze those guys’?uh?jewels off probably wasn’t the best argument for sanity.” Anthony’s eyes widened and he moved in front of some of the fans to distance them from the two women. “No he wasn’t. Peeling you off of two guys is?” “Would you two just shut up? I could have stayed there and watched the rest of the concert.” “Thank YOU, Miranda. And can I just say how lovely your roots are looking?” Miranda chuckled and pushed her hair back dramatically. “Your jealousy is embarrassing. You weren’t the only one dragged away from the concert, so I’m the one who should be mad here.” One of the fans looked Lauren over and leaned in close to Miranda. “Is she always like that? I heard She signed her name on a piece of paper and handed to the girl with a smile. “You heard that Lauren is really nice? Well, how can I put this delicately? She’s?she’s a real pain most of the time, but I guess that’s why Justin likes her so much.” Miranda froze and then busted out laughing.
She laughed so hard that she could hardly catch her breath for a few moments. “You are a laugh and a half. Justin not being a pain? Good one! I was actually referring to the fact that she’s the only one who can be a BIGGER pain that he just naturally is. Maybe that calms him down a bit. He can’t compete.” Lauren pulled on Miranda’s arm, but she shrugged her off. “I thought you were coming inside?” Miranda gave her a bright smile and held up the paper she was signing. “I don’t want to go inside with a pain in the ass. These girls are being very nice to me right now and I am enjoying the moment. YOU are the one who can’t get inside fast enough.” “I really hate it when you get like this, Miranda.” “I really hate it when you get like this, Miranda. Wah wah wah. I think Lauren is in a mood because The girls started laughing and Lauren’s jaw dropped. “Oh no you didn’t. You SO didn’t go there.” “I SO did and it’s a very comfortable place I might add.” She held up a hand and pushed against Anthony’s shoulder until he started walking again. “Fine! “Fine! Tell me girls, don’t you just love puberty?” Lauren froze in mid-step again.
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“I have a few words for you, Miranda. Hawaii, whipped cream, tongue, neck, empty hotel room, hormones, and?” Miranda dropped her pen and politely excused herself from the crowd to catch up with Lauren. “Okay?okay. You don’t need to break out with the stuff that will get me all hot and bothered?or that will get me killed in this crowd. Ruthless little wench.” “Everything I know came from you, oh word-mistress.” Anthony held the door open for both of them and was amazed that the two hadn’t pulled each other’s eyes out yet. “The thought that you two actually are fond of each other is?it terrifies me. Please don’t get into a cat fight while I’m the only one here because I won’t know who to pull off of Lauren hmphed and crossed her arms over her chest when they entered the elevator. “Those skinny little arms and perfectly pressed clothes wouldn’t stand a chance.” Miranda held a hand up and purposefully looked over her fingernails. “I might go down at the end, Anthony suddenly regretted the choice he had made to stand between them in the small elevator. “Is this licking stuff going to be rated PG?” Lauren smiled evilly and met Miranda’s eyes head on.
“Depends on which JC/Miranda story I “Need I remind you the stories I could tell about you and Justin?” “What stories? We’ve never clawed at each other in?oh?I don’t know?a hot spring, unlike It was Miranda’s turn to freeze in shock but the playfulness of the situation got the best of her. “You’re traveling around with five guys, Miranda. Five very close, very open, very honest, very nosey, and very horny guys who love dishing to one another.” Anthony put his hand on Miranda’s shoulder when she gasped and leaned in closer. “Ladies I “I hope you enjoyed your little saga with Justin because he’s not going to have a romantic bone?or romantic ORGAN left on his body when I get finished with him.” “Lauren and Miranda, we’re almost to our floor and maybe you should both talk about, I don’t Lauren looked at him like he had completely lost his mind or that she didn’t remember him even being there. “Are you talking? Be a statue, Anthony. A very tall, ignorant, cold, and QUIET statue. Now Miranda, getting all sassy because she thinks she’s all that, you better not start on Justin because how would he know unless someone told him? Hmmm?” Miranda covered her mouth and turned away when she almost smiled.
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“I can get sassy over Justin any time I want to, because baby?newsflash, I am da *censored*.” Lauren almost clapped and cheered when she heard Miranda let loose and release the death grip she usually had on her English degree. “Mira going ghetto now? Let me guess, if I reveal my source you’re going to break out yo nine and busta cap?” “Nevermind. That comes in the advanced ghetto flava class one oh TWO. Although, I see that you have already learned how to dress your man like a pimp.” The doors opened and Anthony rushed out. He turned and saw that his absence had given them room to get nose to nose. “We’re here. Uh?you can get out now and go to your corners.” “JC has style and he has flare that exceeds young guys who walk around looking like they just rolled out of bed or finished being a Jet in Westside story. The bandana, oh yeah. Can we say ‘wannabe “He does that to hide his hair when?” Miranda grinned devilishly and interrupted. “I know this might be a novel idea for Justin, but it’s Anthony walked back into the elevator, wedged behind them, and nudged them out into the hallway.
“So does anyone know what the weather is supposed to be like tomorrow?” Lauren pushed him back and concentrated on Miranda again. “You are such a?a?” “Brilliant and fantastic woman that it leaves you breathless?” “Not exactly what I was thinking of at the moment. By the way, good chapter the other night. What’s going to happen when Mystique realizes that her father is really best friends with Justin’s grandmother’s, best friend’s, uncle’s, girlfriend’s, first cousin?” Anthony’s arms fell at his sides and he looked back and forth between them like he didn’t know what to do or say first. “I missed something. I missed something BIG and I’m not even going to question it. Walk this way Anthony, stand by the door, and ask no questions.” Miranda laughed and hugged Lauren quickly before they walked hand in hand down the hall towards their rooms. “No hints from me. You’ll just have to read.” “Does Justin have to be so sweet and nice in the story? He’s a walking Hallmark card in the thing.” “You know what they say, don’t mix fiction with reality.” Lauren gave her a playful look and leaned against her door as Miranda reached for her key.
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“That “From me? Heck no. I love that boy more than words could ever say. Uh?huh.” “You know, for some sick reason I love that Justin doesn’t impress you.” Miranda opened the door and pushed Lauren aside before walking in. “You do? Feel a little bit of “Actually, I am glad because I would fear for his health if you ever got a hold of him. JC is pumping vitamins right and left, but Justin is a milk man. Somehow I don’t think the moo juice would be She pulled her hair back in a ponytail and turned to lean against the dresser and look at Lauren. This was fun and it was good to pull Lauren into a play fight full of humor to get her mind off of things, but it was true that Lauren had been in one hell of a mood all night. Ever since she had walked out into the VIP booth and she had taken one good look at her, she had known that Lauren was starting to buckle under the pressures. It was hard enough being Justin’s girlfriend, girls judging every move and hating through association, but Lauren was always one who pushed that aside and couldn’t care less what the fans thought. The argument and the true “mood” that she had shown outside the hotel just then was enough of a testament to show that Lauren lived her life for Lauren.
However, there was also a tiredness in her eyes and after a weekend getaway with the man she loved?that look shouldn’t be there. This stuff with Tom and the hell that they had lived these past months was taking its toll in a heavy way, and it needed to be finished. There was undoubtedly going to be some flak and some heated arguments when everything fell apart. Tom was going to show a side of himself that she feared would be worse than anything they could ever imagine, but her prayers were that this could be settled quickly and for good. If everything went as planned, they should have no problem. One wrench thrown in and the whole foundation would be torn apart. “I can’t believe you attempted to watch the concert tonight, Lauren. You shouldn’t have been out there and Justin shouldn’t be on that stage. There’s too much going on and there’s too much evil around for things to go as scheduled.” Lauren picked up and hugged a teddy bear that one of the fans had left for Justin. “That’s his escape and I can’t take that away from him. I could have stopped him tonight and stopped the concert, but he needs to forget everything for a short while.
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Even if it’s only for an hour and a half, he needs time “JC told me that Justin called your father. How did that go?” Lauren flopped back on the bed and groaned. “I thought my dad was going to reach through the “It took a lot of guts for Justin to make that call. Not only is he bringing the law in, he’s risking public attention that we all know this will bring?and it’s your father he’s dealing with. As far as guys go, they don’t like leaning on people for help when it comes to the women they love. I don’t know why but they see it as a failure on their part. I’m proud of Justin for this.” “It’s not wrong for you to feel scared, Lauren.” She was quiet for a moment before answering quietly. “I know. Miranda, do you think there will ever be a time when we can be together without people trying to tear us apart? I knew what came with this before I began this relationship, but there won’t always be people like Tom around, will “Tom is a unique case because?well I’ll just say that Tom is really SPECIAL. You have enough to worry about right now so leave everything up to us and by morning things will look completely different.
Tell me about your dad’s plans so I can know what to expect.” She sat up on the bed and scooted back until she could lean against the headboard. “I’ve never heard that tone of voice out of my father before and I think he would have been here by now but he has court tomorrow morning. I know that he won’t sleep tonight while he calls on his contacts and gets everything ready. Ever since last week he has been researching Tom and finding out things that he can nail the man on. This isn’t just about the contract, Miranda. Tom is going to have so many things hit him at once that I’m not sure that we’ll even be able to keep up.” “Your dad is going for everything, as he should.” “He’ll be here tomorrow afternoon with the police with him I’m sure. I keep telling myself?this time Miranda sat on the edge of the bed and smiled gently. “It will be and you can walk around here knowing that the only thing you have to worry about is what fan to scare next.” “Not funny.” She giggled anyway and threw the teddy bear down. “What’s going to happen tonight?” “Well, that’s the tough part.
I think you and Justin were right when you said that getting him arrested or charged with the contract and any other thing your dad might come up with, might not be enough for Jive. Tom has a perfect record with the company, he’s under contract, and they’re not going to risk being sued. He works with the public, his whole job is based on trust from journalists and from the fans. If they don’t trust him or won’t take his word for things?his job useless and basically worthless. We need to tarnish his reputation. Ok, we need to tear it apart.” “That’s what tonight is all about?” Miranda nodded slowly and rubbed her forehead. “The guys secretly had that taped conversation between you and Tom, recorded and copied. It’s ready to be shipped out to every journalist who is ready to listen and print it. JC and I wrote up a summary of what’s on there and made it clear that you and Justin were victims of a man who should be fighting to protect both of you.” “Do you think people will question our relationship?” “After the statements you both made to USA Today and the trip to New York City, I don’t think anyone will doubt that you’re a couple or that you love each other very much.
The write-up is blunt and it does say that you were both a couple for show at first. Then it goes on to say that it was more of a show to keep Tom from hurting both of you. This will be one of the most pitiful stories to hit the music world in a long time, Lauren. Justin Timberlake and his soulmate were almost torn apart over greed and the craziness of a man whose quest for power got the best of him.” It sounded so clear and it made sense, but there were still fears inside of her that questioned it. “Jive “Mr. Stephens was called, the CEO of the entire record company is arriving tomorrow afternoon, and they will see firsthand that one of their treasures is being abused by a man who should be fired. They’ll see the truth, Lauren. They’ll see as well as I do that Tom has lost every bit of respect that he might have had, especially when the tape hits the mainstream, and they will have no choice but to fire “There will be no transfers. Tom’s job as a PR will be finished. No other company will hire him because his word will be just as bad as if he was here with Jive. We’re about to take away everything he’s ever worked for, and everything he’s ever dreamed of.” Miranda had gone over the details for what they were about to do, and the more she looked at them, the more they worried her.
“Justin and JC are going to go to Tom, Justin is going to do his best to piss the man off?shouldn’t be hard. Anyway, Justin is going to argue and get him riled up. I have the papers he needs to sign to release that conversation that would make it legal, and hopefully he will sign them without questioning what he’s signing. It’s up to Justin to make Tom irrational and “If he looks at the papers or questions them?” “I’m not going to lie to you. If he figures this out, we’re stuck. If he reads them over or realizes what we’re doing then he won’t sign them and he will also know that you taped him illegally. That could be “I didn’t know I taped him that day. It wasn’t something I planned.” “I know you didn’t, but the law won’t see it that way. He will have something against you and he will use it the best way he can. We don’t want to give him that opportunity. We don’t want to give him She watched Miranda as she searched in her pockets for something. “What are you doing?” “You’re not going to like this but I promised Justin that I would do it.
Take these.” She stared down at the two pills in her hand and questioned. “What are these for?” “Justin knew that you would be upset and that you need some sleep. WHY someone who was gone away for two days would need sleep is BEYOND me.” She gave a knowing smile and coughed. “I’m going to ignore that for now and just move on. Take the pills and when you wake up tomorrow?it will be a brighter day.” “You expect me to sleep while you guys are out there handling all of this? I’m supposed to sleep while Justin is picking a fight with a man who hates his guts?” “I’m beginning to understand Justin’s reasons behind these pills. You can either sit here miserably and pace a path in the carpet, or you can get some rest and be your best for tomorrow when you’ll need that energy and strength the most. It’s up to you. I’m not going to shove them down your throat.” Lauren walked over to the sink, gave the pills one last look, and swallowed them. “For the record, I “I’ll write that down when I get a chance. I think it’s sweet that he wants to reassure you and protect you while he handles this.
In a way, it’s rather sexy.” “Weren’t you the one who said that JC was like eating ice cream without a spoon? I didn’t freak over that. I’m just stunned that Justin could be this thoughtful. If he’s not careful, I might actually start to appreciate him a little bit more.” “I’m going to take a quick shower and then go to bed.” Miranda handed her one of her bags and walked to the door. “Don’t be too long because you don’t want to fall asleep in the shower. I’m going to tell Anthony to stay at this door and not to leave for any reason. I’m also going to send down another guard when they all get here.” She stared at herself in the mirror and didn’t like the lost girl who stared back at her. “Miranda?” She paused at the door and gave Lauren a reassuring yet determined look. “I’ll take care of him, Lauren. I promise that he’ll be fine. Get some sleep.” The pills were already starting to make her feel a bit woozy and she wasn’t sure if it was just mental tiredness taking over or if it was the drugs in her system. Either way she was starting to shut down and still she fought the demons inside of her that refused to let her trust people.
She was being asked to trust people with the most precious thing in her life, and that wasn’t something that came easily. In fact, she couldn’t get over the feeling that this wasn’t as picture perfect as they hoped it would be. The elevator doors opened and Mike stumbled out with Justin falling out right behind him. He slapped at hands that reached for him and he had to physically pry away the fingers that were clutching his shirt. “Dammit, Chris! LET GO OF ME!” “I’m telling you that I saw them! Lance, grab his arms!” Mike let go and Justin fell down to his knees a split second before Chris and Lance jumped on top of him. The pile rolled over and over as Chris fought to remove clothes, Lance struggled to hold him down, and Justin tried to preserve his modesty while getting the hell out of there. “Are you going to let them pull me apart like this, Mike? HELP!” Mike leaned against the wall and gave Joey a lazy look. “Did you hear something?” Justin tried to crawl out of the pile on his stomach, but Chris and Lance grabbed his ankles and dragged him back. “I’m going to have carpet burn on my chest if you don’t stop! I’m not playing “That was a good coverup JuJu, but I’m getting my five dollars.
Roll him over, Lance.” “I’m trying but he’s all arms and legs. If you’d stop sitting on his legs then I could get a better angle.” “OW! That’s my arm! Chris, get off of my damn arm before you break it.” “I will find me some scratches. The boy has been violently shoved into manhood and I want this memory to take with me always. Stop fighting, Justin. You’re making it worse, so just roll over, let us see the marks, and we’ll leave you alone.” For some reason, Justin didn’t buy that at all. “If you don’t get off of me and stop trying to rip my clothes off, I’m going to do more than give you a few scratches. STOP!” The elevator doors opened beside them and JC stepped out. He froze with his hand in his hair and gave them a strange look. “Did I somehow miss the memo for the hallway gang rape?” Mike chuckled and his eyes widened when Justin pushed Chris off, but Chris jumped right back on top of him. “This is better than WWF.” “I think Chris is a little obsessed over five dollars. It won’t even get you a supersized combo at Chris laughed when Justin tried to bite him and struggled with keeping his shirt down.
“I’d do this for FREE. Come on baby, show me the money marks!” “You’d think he’d be used to this rough stuff after dealing with Miss Hellcat all weekend.” “Maybe that’s why he’s so good at fighting. Lance, you’re not helping here. You’re from Mississippi. Look at him like a big pig you want to tie down. ROPE EM BOY!” Justin growled and kicked violently at them. “Ok that’s it!” They all watched as Lance was pushed away and Justin rolled over until he had Chris pinned down. Mike sighed and walked over to grab Justin by the shoulders and pull him away. “Fun is over. You in this corner, Chris in the other.” Justin’s look was one of horror and disbelief. “You’re pulling ME away? What is THAT about?” Chris hopped up and bounced in place while Joey brushed him off. “I could have taken him man. Just one more second and I could have taken him.” “Just get yourself ready for the next round. We’ll win this fight. Be the victory, be the victory.” Mike dragged him away from the pack towards his room and Justin shrugged his hands off when they reached the door.
“I really can’t stand you.” “You say that now but I’ll remember those words when Molly from Shreveport tries to grab more than your shirt. How is everything, Anthony?” Anthony looked dazed and completely lost as to what kind of maniacs were on this tour. “Everything has been pretty quiet. Lauren is inside and Miranda said that she was taking a shower and going to Justin opened the door and stopped to look back. “Have you seen Tom around?” “He went to his room about twenty minutes ago but he hasn’t come out.” “Perfect. Mike, I’m going to need you in about fifteen minutes so make sure that Tom goes nowhere. “Would you like anything else or should I start working on the cotton in the back field now?” Justin rolled his eyes and closed the door in his face. “I tell you what, no respect whatsoever around The room was dark except for one dim lamp that burned above the mirror in the bedroom. He quietly walked in, put his bag down on a chair, and looked over at the bed. Her sleeping form underneath the sheets made his heart swell and his palms sweat in a way that he still didn’t completely understand yet.
Drugging her wasn’t something he had taken lightly and he hated to do it, but it was necessary. She was so wound up from everything that had gone on and it had taken a lot for her to tell him what Harrison had told her on the phone. That phone conversation and the information that Harrison had given was enough to make his own breath catch even now. At some point there had to be something that was good news or something that would be easy to handle, but so far everything had gotten worse and worse. The more they learned about Tom, the more they realized how horrible of a thing they were up against. It was almost too much to believe. The things that he had done in his past, matched with the things he was doing in the present, made it a reality that he was the monster they all believed him to be. He kneeled down beside the bed and gently pushed back a strand of hair that was tickling the side of her face. She unconsciously snuggled deeper into the covers and sighed softly. The movement, the trust and the simplicity of it made him smile and lean forward to kiss her relaxed lips. He pulled back a slight bit and his eyes roamed over every freckle, every line, every angle, and every shade on “I love to look into your beautiful eyes, and I love the way I fall into them.
I love it when you hold my hand, and I love having the courage to grab and hold yours. I love rediscovering how beautiful you are each time I see you, and I love realizing how beautiful you make me feel inside. I love wanting so badly to kiss you, and I love the way you want to take things slow.” His hand ran along her side and he smiled when she mumbled something angrily. “I love to tease and torment you, and I love it when you tease and torment me. I love it when you touch me, and I love to touch you. I love the fact that you love me?so deep?so true.” There was a quiet sniffle and Justin turned to see Miranda standing at the open connecting door. He tucked the covers in around Lauren and walked over to the desk to put his wallet, his keys, and any other thing that could be used as a weapon. “I was just about to come find you.” He did everything he could to avoid looking at her while his face was burning as hot as it was then. “Are you ready to get this over with? Thank you for giving her the pills and for not questioning me “I understood your reasons and I have to say that I agree with them. I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. JC is in here stalling like a pro so you might want to take him by the hand and drag him down to Tom’s Justin turned off the light and gave Lauren one last look before walking into Miranda’s room and closing the connecting door. She kept staring at him and he kept avoiding her eyes. “I know you’re staring at me and you can stop it.”