One Step Closer

Hello! Lauren here! I’m sure you’re wandering what happened to this fan fiction. Well, I am going to get to work and finish it! Yay! :D

Anonymous asked: Love the fanfic :) Please post soon and can you please post on the BTC fanfic aswell

Thank you so much! I’m sorry for not posting, I’ve been swamped with work and assignments from school. Hopefully I’ll be posting soon!
Ah, the btc fan fic. I’m sorry for not writing that in a while, me and the other writer have been a bit busy, but that isn’t an excuse. I’ll have a chat to her tonight about it and hopefully we can post soon :)

Thanks for the feedback!
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Anonymous asked: hey whats your btc fanfic url ? :)

http://staytruetowhoyouareff.tumblr.com/

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Chapter Fifty

Shaun, Andy and Bradie all came to a halt beside me as they heard the chanting. The three of them all had a slightly annoyed expression on their faces and Andy squeezed my hand.

“We’ll be fine. Depending on how many people are there, they might just have security guards. But I doubt it,” Andy said with a sigh.

“Why would so many people want to get up before 7 just to meet us?!” Shaun exclaimed, shaking his head slightly. I gave him a shy smile.

“You honestly have no idea how much you mean to people, do you? People look up to you. You guys are their idols. You’ve stopped people from doing things that they’ll regret. I don’t know about you, but I would do anything to meet mine,” I replied, an image of me meeting Alex Gaskarth in my mind. Shaun looked at me with a thoughtful look on his face.

“Well, some fans do tweet us about getting to our concerts mega early,” Shaun pondered and I couldn’t help but laugh at his face.

“You’re such an idiot sometimes,” I replied with a shake of my head. The boys started to move toward the chanting and only when they turned and stared at me with their heads tilted, I realised that I hadn’t moved with them. My feet were rooted to the spot and I couldn’t bring myself to move them. I could feel myself start to shake and I tried my best to keep it together. Andy walked back to where I was standing and pulled me into a hug.

“You’ll be fine, I promise. Better to face them now than never and wonder what could have happened,” Andy whispered and I nodded against his chest. He pulled away from me and took my hand before we walked back to where Shaun and Bradie were waiting. I gave them a sheepish smile.

“Sorry,” I muttered. They both laughed it off and we all continued walking. I sighed and swallowed around the growing lump in my throat as we walked around the corner; Andy was right. It was now or never.

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When we turned the corner, a crowd of about 20 girls was waiting for us. Andy was right about the security guard situation; two fat men were struggling to keep the girls in line and behind a barrier. But by barrier, I mean one of the cheap, 10 cm thick plastic strips that are used in airports. The security guards had their work cut out for them. The two men looked like they could have fallen flat on their backs from exertion and I wondered what could have caused them to became security guards. A selling point couldn’t have been all the standing, I thought with a slight chuckle.

Once we were in view of the girls, it took mere seconds before we were spotted and ear-splitting screams were ringing in the quiet morning air. I winced at the noise but the boys just took it in their stride and laid on their best smiles. I quickly followed suit and put on the best smile I could muster. Shaun gave the crowd a wave which only made the screaming increase. As we walked closer to the crowd, Andy squeezed my hand reassuringly and I shot him a small smile. When we came to where the security guards were standing, trying their best to hold off the group of teenage girls, Shaun talked in hushed voices with one of the men who nodded at Shaun before he turned to face his colleague. I shot Shaun a confused look as I tilted my head. All Shaun did was wink back and mouth ‘Just wait.’ I nodded back at him as the two security guards talked amongst themselves. The man that Shaun had spoken to sighed and turned back to Shaun with a wary expression on his face.

“Are you sure you want to do this mate? They could jump you,” He said, his voice etched with worry.

“I’m positive. Let ‘em rip,” Shaun replied. The man sighed again before he turned to face the barrier and started unclipping it. Once I realised what he was doing, I felt my eyes bulge. Shaun was clearly insane. I turned to Shaun with my mouth open, ready to fire questions at him, when the screams suddenly got impossibly louder and the four of us were surrounded by a mob of teenage girls.

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The girls rushed towards the three boys like a swarm of bees to honey and I quickly backed out of the fray. I dragged our bags after me, which proved to be quite a struggle, but I was soon out of the way and letting the boys do their thing. I know that I’m a part of the band, and this could look a bit weird, but I doubt any of them would want to meet me when they could meet the guys. I dug through my backpack and pulled out my sunglasses before slipping them on and digging my hand back through my bag. I was in need of an iced coffee, but I couldn’t remember if I had packed one or not. I was getting to the bottom of my bag and a wave of disappointment swept over me, until my fingers brushed against a cool bottle. I pulled it out eagerly and sighed in relief. I really needed the caffeine. I quickly unscrewed the lid and took a swig before glancing at the guys. They all seemed to be handling the crowd well, making many girls happy in the process. I started scanning the parking lot, looking for a taxi that I could flag over when the guys were done. I had completely spaced from the crowd and nearly jumped a metre into the air when I felt a light tap on my shoulder which was followed by a tentative ‘Lauren’.  I turned around and saw some of the girls standing before me.

“Sorry for startling you,” The girl closest to me said timidly. She looked to be around 12 and I smiled down at her.

“That’s okay, what can I do for you?” I asked, even though I knew the answer.

“I was wondering if I could get a photo,” She answered with a small smile as she hesitantly held out a camera.

“Of course you can get a photo,” I replied as I put my arm around the girl and leant down for the photo. She quickly took the photo and handed me a notebook that was open to a page for me to sign. Her name was Emily so I made sure it was personal by writing:

Hey Emily!
Thanks for coming out today, it was awesome meeting you! Hopefully I can see you at a gig soon :)
Never give up on your dreams!

I then did my signature at the bottom and handed her the paper and her sharpie. Her eyes widened when she read the message, obviously just expecting the standard signature, before beaming up at me.

“Thank you so much!” She exclaimed as she hugged me before running off to her mum who was standing at the edge of the crowd. I made sure she got to her safely before turning to the other girls that were waiting. There were maybe 10 girls standing around me, but as the rest of the girls finished up with the boys, I could see them making their way over to me. I quickly turned my attention to the girl that was standing next to me and smiled at her. It was time to meet some fans.

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Half an hour later and the four of us were done. I met majority of the fans that had stuck around, the others clearly not wanting to meet me. I shrugged it off; haters gunna hate. Shaun, Andy and Bradie trudged over to where I was standing once the last girl had left and I grinned at them.

“You were right, that wasn’t that bad. But you guys look like you could drop dead,” I noted as I scanned the three of them. They looked a tad tired, which I thought was kind of odd, considering all they had to do was smile for some photos, chat to fans and sign autographs.

“You seem to forget that I’ve been awake since 3 in the morning,” Andy grumbled as he took my iced coffee and drained what was left. I glared at him as he chucked the bottle in the bin and wrapped his arms around me.

“Thanks a lot, now I have to wait to go shopping to get more!” I complained. Andy laughed and pulled me closer.

“You’ll forgive me,” Andy replied as he kissed the top of my head.

“If you two are right, I’d like to get out of here and to our hotel,” Shaun cut in. Andy and I pulled apart and I flagged over a taxi.

“Well get in then,” I replied as the taxi pulled up to the curb. The driver popped the boot and I dragged my bag over to the car before I began to lift it into the boot. I struggled to pick it up and I had it at about waist height when it was lifted from my hands and into the boot. I sighed and walked past Andy who was shaking his head at me. “I’ll be in the car,” I muttered as I opened the door and slid in. I heard muffled laughter from Shaun but I ignored him and closed the door behind me. I got comfortable as I made small talk with the driver, eager for the boys to hurry up and get in.

Ten minutes later and the boys were joining me. Shaun slid into the front seat with Andy and Bradie getting in either side of me. Once we were all ready, I gave the driver the address for the hotel and he started the engine again. The hotel wasn’t far from the airport and the four of us talked quietly amongst ourselves. The drive passed quickly and the taxi was soon pulling up outside of the hotel. Shaun paid the driver and we all hopped out to grab our luggage. As soon as the boot was closed, the taxi sped away and the four of us turned towards the hotel. I felt my mouth fall open in shock and I expected the boys had reacted the same from the gasp that had come from them.

Before us was a fifteen story hotel with a paved walkway that led to two huge doors. The hotel was a simple white but everything about it screamed expensive.  Palm trees lined the path and gently swayed in the breeze, giving the place an exotic feel. The sounds of the ocean wafted towards us and I could just picture Shaun grinning eagerly. We all walked towards the doors, almost as if we were in a trance and when we opened up the foyer doors, I almost expected a glass chandelier to be hanging from the roof. Cold air swept over us and I eagerly walked inside and out of the heat. I looked around my surroundings and saw that the floor was made of polished marble and the ground floor had everything you could think of. Doors leading to a spa, the beach, an internet room, kids club. It had just about everything. We made our way over to the receptionist and I quickly told her my name. The lady behind the desk typed away at her computer and gave me some documents to sign before handing me our room keys and directing us to the correct elevator. I thanked her before the four of us headed to the elevator. Once we were inside, Andy let out a low whistle.

“Yeah, we definitely need your boss to hook us up with accommodation and flights more often,” He said with a giddy smile. I laughed at him.

“You would think rockstars like yourselves would have been to places like this,” I teased.

“Even we aren’t this loaded,” Bradie joked. We all laughed as the elevator doors opened on our floor.

The four of us stepped out and I led the way down to the apartment that we’d be sharing. I quickly unlocked the door and gaped at what I saw. The place was huge. I mean, I guess it had to be big to fit all four of us, but this was massive. We were standing in the entryway to the kitchen which branched off into the lounge room. From where I was standing, I could see a hallway leading off to where I’m guessing the bedrooms are. The boys filed in after me, gazing around at the place, but the view had already caught my attention. It was breathtaking. Our apartment looked down onto the beach, but everything was picture perfect. The sand was the purest white I had ever seen and the water was so clear, I swear I could see the fish swimming around. Shaun walked over and joined me at the window.

“It’s beautiful,” Shaun breathed. All I could do was nod in agreement.

“Lauren and I bags this bedroom!” Andy yelled out from down the hall. Shaun and I turned away from the window and followed Andy’s voice down the hallway. Bradie was in the room with Andy, glaring at him.

“Why should you guys get the biggest room?!” Bradie exclaimed, crossing his arms over his chest.

“Well, considering that there’s two of us, Lauren is the reason that we’re here and it’s the furthest away from the others, I think it’s pretty obvious that we get it,” Andy said with a wink as he wiggled his eyebrows. Shaun gagged from beside me but I just rolled my eyes.

“You’re such a romantic Andy,” I replied with a shake of my head. Bradie mumbled something incoherent before walking out of the room. Andy grinned at me triumphantly.

“I believe I just won that,” He said simply. I gazed around the room and had to agree without seeing the other bedrooms that it was the best. There was a King sized bed with a cute sized lounge at the foot and an ensuite. Double doors opened out onto a balcony with a view of the beach, but it paled in comparison to the view in the lounge room.

“It’ll do,” I said to Andy with a wink before walking out and heading towards the lounge room. I heard Andy laugh from the bedroom before hurrying out after me. I flopped down on the lounge and the other three soon followed suit.

“It’s nice to just sit down,” Bradie said with a happy sigh. Shaun, Andy and I all nodded in agreement as we got comfortable. I curled up against Andy and rested my head against his chest before closing my eyes, a smile forming on my face as his arms wrapped around me. This holiday was already turning out to be great.

Hellooooo!
Here it is; chapter 50! I honestly can’t believe I’ve gotten this far. I also think it’s nearly been a year since I started this. I find that pretty cool.
But please don’t hate me. I honestly am sorry that it’s been so long. I’m just really lazy. That and I forgot. I mean.. what? >.<
School for me started a couple of weeks ago and I’ve already got two assignments. I’m in year 10 so I guess this year will be a big year for me. At least I don’t have to do the school certificate! Whoop! Anyway, the point is, I might be even slower posting in the future. I hope not, but I can’t promise anything. The chapters might be a bit smaller, like this one, but it depends on how much time and work I have.
I hope you liked this chapter and pleaaaase let me know what you think! Even if it’s hate; any criticism is constructive!
Until next time,
Lauren xo

Please don’t hate me.

hi. It’s been a while hasn’t? I’m really sorry about not posting for ages but I can explain.

To put it lightly, my laptop got a virus. It’s fixed now but I haven’t had it for the last week so I couldn’t work on the chapter.
However, I did write some before it got infected and I think it’s about half-way finished. So, it should be up sometime this week.

I hope you guys are still interested in this and keep spreading the word!

Until next time,
Lauren xo

Chapter Fourty Nine

The two hour plane trip passed quickly with the four of us joking and talking amongst ourselves. Andy had somehow gotten a hold of the camera and was filming, even though I’m pretty sure it should’ve been turned off. When the plane began to descend, I looked out of the window eagerly, ready to glimpse the first sights of the Gold Coast. The view that met my eyes was stunning; because of the time difference, the sun had only risen a fraction of the way which cast a brilliant orange glow over the buildings and most importantly, the ocean. I turned around to look at Shaun who was grinning out the window like a madman with a twinkle in his eyes.

“I can already feel the cool water on my skin,” Shaun murmured, the twinkle remaining in his eyes.  He looked up at me and we both grinned at each other. I turned back around and my grin remained as I looked at Andy.

“I really do have a good feeling about this trip,” I said. Andy’s smile matched my own and he nodded in agreement.

“Me too. It’ll be a good break for all of us,” Andy replied as he put an around me. I nodded in response before leaning my head against Andy’s shoulder.

Once the plane had touched down on the tarmac, I jumped out of my seat. I was eager to stretch my legs after sitting down for two hours and it felt good to stand. The boys took out our carry-on luggage from the compartments above our seats and we were soon walking off the plane and outside. The sun felt warm on my skin and I instantly shed my hoodie and tied it around my waist, as did Andy. You could tell that today was going to be a hot day.

The four of us quickly made our way towards the baggage collection, the air-conditioning inside feeling amazing after the heat outside. We walked over to the carousel that our bags were coming from and started the wait. I shifted my backpack on my shoulders and moved my feet slightly. I really couldn’t stand still for very long. Luckily for me, the bags started coming through the opening in the wall and I searched the oncoming luggage for my own. A few minutes later it appeared and I prepared myself to quickly pull it off the conveyor belt when it came around. I didn’t have to worry though; just as my bag came in front of me, I saw a pair of arms reach forward out of my peripheral vision and grab my bag. I smiled up at Andy as I took my bag off him and wheeled it out of the way.

I stood out of the crowd as I waited and glanced around at the people surrounding me. There were couples with squealing children, singular people maybe going to meet up with partners and of course the people that came here strictly on business. You could tell those last two apart just by the clothes that they wore; last time I checked, people on a holiday didn’t wear a suit on planes.

I didn’t have to wait very long for the boys to re-join me with their bags and we set off towards where the taxis were picking up people. As we walked toward the sliding doors that led outside, a realisation dawned on me. If any of the boys had tweeted about this trip, we could be bombarded by fans in mere seconds. A lump formed in my throat and I struggled to swallow around it. I mean, sure, I’d met the odd fan here and there, but altogether in a huge group? Yeah, I wasn’t exactly ready for that. Andy, who was walking on the right side of me, must have noticed my discomfort as he grabbed my hand.

“You okay?” Andy asked me, which drew Shaun and Bradie’s gazes my way. I nodded stiffly and put on a fake smile.

“Of course, what could be wrong?” I asked him, but even I could hear the hint of nervousness in my voice.

“Lauren…” Andy said warningly and I sighed.

“Did you…. Did you guys happen to tweet about us going to the Gold Coast today?” I asked hesitantly and all three of them nodded.

“Of course. Why shouldn’t we?” Shaun asked. My face must have changed to one of pure horror as they all stopped walking.

“Lauren, what’s wrong?” Bradie asked with a determined glint in his eyes. They weren’t going to let this go.

“I’m just being stupid, don’t…” I started but trailed off at their expressions. I had never been scared of the three of them, but right then they looked like the scariest people that have ever walked this planet. I sighed before looking down at my feet. “It’s just… what if there are fans outside? I don’t think I’m ready to be mobbed by a bunch of teenage girls all screaming your names. And what if there are people that hate me out there? What would they do to me?” I asked as I looked up at the three of them, my voice breaking. I didn’t even know that a tear had started falling down my cheek until Andy wiped it away and pulled me into a hug.

“You know I won’t let anything happen to you,” Andy whispered and I nodded against his chest.

“I know, but even you can’t protect me from everything,” I murmured. Andy tilted my face up so that I was looking at him before he spoke.

“Lauren, I won’t let them, or anything, hurt you,” Andy said fiercely before leaning down and kissing me softly.

“And if Andy fails, Bradie and I are always here,” Shaun joked from behind us. I broke away from Andy’s embrace and turned around to face them. I couldn’t help the grin that formed on my face.

“Of course, how could I forget about you two?!” I exclaimed as I mockingly hit myself on the head.

“I don’t know, but it’s quite shameful,” Bradie said with a laugh as him and Shaun hugged me.

“Anyway, we’re all family. We stick together,” Shaun said once he and Bradie had pulled away. At that moment, I realised Shaun was right. We were like a family. Knowing that I would always have these three looking out for me helped raise my mood a little. I smiled at them and nodded before we continued walking towards the exit. Andy held my hand as we walked and we were soon outside in the hot summer weather. I really didn’t know what was up with the weather lately; it was meant to be winter but the weather was acting like it was the middle of summer! We walked along outside, the fresh air feeling good despite the heat.

“Sorry I got worked up about nothing,” I said sheepishly as we walked. I couldn’t believe how stupid I had been. What were the chances of a bunch of teenage girls being at an airport at 7 o’clock in the morning? My bet was highly unlikely.

“It’s alright Lauren. I remember my first big fan encounter; I had to change my pants afterwards,” Shaun joked and Bradie laughed.

“He really did,” Bradie added with a wink. I laughed and looked around at the car park, trying to find a taxi that wasn’t specifically waiting for someone. We were about to turn a corner and go into the next strip of spots when I heard it. It sounded like people were chanting something and it didn’t take me long to work out the words. I froze where I stood as the words drifted back to where I was standing.

“Short Stack. Short Stack. Short Stack,”

Hey there followers!
Please don’t hate me.
I’m sorry for making this chapter so short, but you would see why because of how I ended it.
I’m also sorry for how long you had to wait for this. But hey, it’s here now and the next one shouldn’t be too far away.
Because this one is a bit shorter, the next one will be up once this has 5 notes. Remember, this can also count as asks if you don’t have a tumblr.
Thanks for reading and I hope you liked this chapter!
Until next time,
Lauren xo

Hey there!

This post is to just let you all know that the next chapter will be up tomorrow! It’s kinda short, but you’ll see why once you read it.

I hope you all are having a good start to 2012 :)

Lauren xo

P.S: Just thought that I should let you know that this fan fic has 69 followers. heh. :P

So, as you can tell, I changed the theme.

The old one was seriously getting on my nerves so I felt like a change haha.

The next chapter should be up soon, I hope you all have had a fantastic start to 2012!

Until next time,

Lauren xo

Anonymous asked: Will the next chapter be up soon maybe? :)

yes! hopefully! I was just thinking about that today. With Christmas and New Years and everything, I’ve had trouble finding time to write. I’ll get started now.

Oh, and to everyone that reads this; HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope 2012 is amazing for every single one of you. x