Cara: SurpriseMature

I felt like my smile was fixed permanently to my face, and it had to be, at least until Anna left. I had to be happy for her, although as she had told me, my stomach had plummeted to the ground and stayed there in a sickened mess. I could no longer entertain any idea of telling Anna about my kidney predicament, because I knew her too well, and I knew that any comment about it would immediately make her change her mind, and she would insist on making sure I was ok. This was the opportunity of a life time; I couldn’t let her waste it.

“I’m so happy for you Anna. It sounds amazing.” I said as she went in to greater detail, her confidence growing as she spoke about the different things she’d get to do and the places she couldn’t wait to see…

“…so anyway I think you should come and visit as soon as you have your first break, you could bring Sam…” Anna said, dragging me back to the present.

“That sounds amazing Anna, but it’s a lot of money…”

“I’m sure Sam will help.”

I glared and stood up, marching over to the window. Sam still hadn’t called back. Her phone was still going to voicemail.

“What’s the matter?”


“Cara… are you upset that I’m going?”

“Not everything is about you Anna.” I snapped, and then sighed. “Sorry. I just- Sam and I are… how to put this... Experiencing difficulties.”

“What kinds of difficulties?”

“I fucked up Anna. I was an idiot.”

“What happened?”

I shook my head.

“It’s too embarrassing. And it’s not for me to tell you. I was an idiot, and now I can’t get in touch with her.”

“Cara she probably just needs some time. It’s Saturday, you’ll see her on Tuesday. It’s going to be ok, she loves you.” She got up and came over to give me a hug. I accepted briefly and shook my head.

“I’m so terrified that she’ll just give me up.”

“She could never do that. You heard what she did to those guys who came after you, and she’d only just met you then. Think what she’d do to anyone who came after you now. There’s no way anyone who fights for someone like that would just give them up.”

“You think?”

“I know.”

“Thank god,” I laughed it off, “Because Lexi and I have been planning her party and I’d feel pretty shitty if she dumped me before then.”

“It’s going to be good huh?” She smiled.

“I hope. We’re using the gallery. I’m going to force her out for dinner so they can get it ready, and then when we get back we’ll go through the gallery and you’ll all surprise her.”

“Sounds good. Are we going out afterwards?”

“I don’t think so. I think it’s up to everyone. But a lot of her society friends are coming, and her mum,” I winced, “So I should think not.”

“Oh god.”


“Don’t worry. I’ll be there as back up.”

I smiled.

“Thank you.”

“No problem. So when’s this happening?”

“On her birthday. The first of August. It’s a Saturday.”

“Lucky. She won’t have to go to work the next day.”

“Well she could… but I don’t think she will.” I smiled.

“Unlike Jak, I don’t want to hear about your sex plans.” Anna laughed. I smiled gently and then glanced at my watch. “Damn, I’d better get changed. The audition is in half an hour.”

“You know what you’re wearing?”

“Yes. A t-shirt and jeans, and no matter what you say I will not change my mind.” I raised my eyebrow at her, expecting a challenge. She relented however and I smiled. “You want to wait here and I’ll walk you out?”

“Sure. Might even come with you, if that’s ok?” I looked at her. “To the audition.” She clarified.

“Oh. Sure.”

“Awesome.” She sat down to finish her tea as I went to get changed. I had my best jeans laid out, and a tight fitting emerald green t-shirt with a v neckline. As an afterthought I pulled on my black waistcoat and buttoned it up. I surveyed myself in the mirror. Good for an audition. The door went and I frowned. Anna?

“Anna? You still here?” I called.

“Yeah… I’m here,” I heard her coming in to the corridor from the kitchen, “…Oh.”

“What?” I called, going to the door and reaching for the door knob. I came out and found Anna standing there. “What’s the matter?”

“Honey, I’m home.” I turned round and let out a little whimper. Sam stood there, her black coat open slightly, a suitcase and bag at her feet.

“Sam…” I ran forward and she opened her arms to catch me. I leapt and wrapped my legs around her and found that as we kissed I was crying.

“Don’t cry.” She said, one arm gripping me around my waist for support, the other stroking the tears from my cheeks. Her words made the tears fall more heavily. Everything that was happening flooded from me and I clung to her. “Baby, don’t cry. Please.”

“What…? How are you here?”

“I caught the train.”

“But… you’re not supposed to be back… what about the weekend thing?” I asked through sobs.

“Not important.” She replied, lowering me to the floor. “We needed to talk so, here I am.”

“Talk… yes…” I wiped away the tears as well as I could. “I’ll cancel the audition, Anna could you…?” I turned around and found no Anna.

“She left the back way.” Sam muttered from behind me and I turned back to her. “I think she wanted to give us our privacy.”

“Of course.” I  nodded.

“You’ve got an audition?”

“Oh yeah… Lexi and Myra took us to a gay club last night and the Drag Queen got us an audition to sing there. I’d better call the others, tell them I can’t make it…”

“Don’t be silly. Come on, sort your makeup out and I’ll drive you.”


“It’s important to you. Let’s go.” She smiled, grabbing her car keys from the side.

“But you just got back and we need to talk and I was an idiot and I’m sorry…” She waited until I had to take a breath before she pulled me to her again and kissed where there were fresh tears falling.

“Talk later. Let’s go.”

I sniffed wetly and nodded, letting out a little laugh.

“Ok.” I nodded and went to sort my makeup out.


"Sam!?" Everyone said as we entered the club and they turned to look at her. "What are you doing back?"

"I missed my girl too much." She smiled at me and I gave her a 'on the verge of tears' smile back. She stroked my hand with her thumb and then greeted everyone with a hug. Kay came over . 

"Hi, I'm Lady Lush," He was wearing the same jeans and t-shirt from earlier but now we wore it with a pair of skyscraper heels and a wig cap as he extended his hand to Sam. "It's nice to meet Cara's other half."

"Nice to meet you." Sam shook his hand and gave me a raised eyebrow look. 

"Lady Lush got us the audition." I explained. 

"Ah I see." She smiled at him. "Well thank you. It's about time they got more recognition."

"You ready?" Liam asked me and I nodded, glancing at Sam one last time before tearing myself away from her to go up on stage with the others. They had already set up as I was a little late. 

"Can I make a last minute change guys?" I asked. 

"What is it?" 

"After we've done the big number can I do another song instead of Stay?"

"Which song?" 

I told them and Liam nodded. 


"Soppy git." Jak grinned. 

"Shut up. Ali told me you buy her flowers every Sunday."

He blushed and looked down at his guitar. 

We played our first track happily, with lots of energy, and then began our next one. 

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
It's not warm when she's away.
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And she's always gone too long
Anytime she goes away.

Wonder this time where she's gone
Wonder if she's gone to stay
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And this house just ain't no home
Anytime she goes away.

And I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, 
Hey, I oughtta leave young thing alone
But ain't no sunshine when she's gone

I saw Sam biting her lip as I sang the song to her. It was a more acoustic version, so Callum wasn't playing the drums, but I really wanted to sing it to her. I'd been thinking about it in the car. At the moment, although I hated to admit it, I didn't care if we got this gig, or any gig, as long as Sam still loved me. 

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
Only darkness every day.
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And this house just ain't no home
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.

We finished and Sam, Ali, Kay and the manager burst in to applause. I smiled but I wasn't looking anywhere that wasn't Sam. It was the same for her. I think for a minute there, we were the only people in the world. And then Liam threw his arm around me, grinning, and the moment broke.

But still, it had been there. 

The End

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