End of the first night

The end of the first night was drawing to a close. I felt exhaustion and joy mixing in to one little ball of excitement in my chest. I couldn't wait for tomorrow night. But I still had another scene, the finale, where Aladdin and So Shi marry.

As we all stepped out, one by one or in groups to do our bow, I saw Cara trying to change in to her white shirt. Three more groups had to bow before me and the genie. I ran across and began zipping it up. She jumped, turned her head, saw me, froze, then smiled.

"Thank you." She muttered. I nodded and hurried back to my place. As I was about to go on I looked over and saw Cara looking at me, so I entered the stage with my heart fluttering slightly.

People rose and cheered as me and the genie bowed, then went to join the line. I watched as others bowed, and then we parted as Cara and Bella appeared from the back to take their bows. The lights flashed, the crowed cheered, then the safety curtain went down and the curtain closed. Everyone errupted in to a big group hugging session.

"We did it!" I squealed, and Craig hi-fived me. We were all very happy with the way the performance had gone.

"Alright, alright everyone!" Cara called, and I turned my full attention on her half way through a hug with Eve. "We've done well, but I suggest you go home and get a good nights sleep, because we have to be here at midday tomorrow to do a run through with the mikes. And all the tech guys are getting here earlier."

"I thought you said it was three we had to be here?" One of the chorus members complained.

"If you'd let me finish. All main cast must be here at midday. Chorus and dancers here at three. I want every scene practiced so that we can make sure everything works. Well done everyone."

People began dispersing. Eve nudged me.

"You know most people are going to go out for a drink now right?"

"I know."

"Want to go?"

"It's not really my scene. Maybe one, but then I'm going home."

"Actually going to drink alcohol this time?"

"You know me, I don't drink."

"And I despair of you." She winked and went to get changed. I followed her to my dressing room and started changing. Once I was back in jeans, a t-shirt and some converse, I started tidying up the changing room. There was a knock on the door.

"Come in!" I yelled, appearing from under the table with a shoe and a turban. Steven Parker, a friend of Cara's from college, appeared in the doorway.

"Hey Helena. What are you doing on the floor?"

"I have to share with a very messy genie." I laughed, putting the turban away and the shoe with its pair. "So how are you?"

"I'm great thanks, you? You were really good tonight."

"Thanks." I grabbed my bag.

"So Helena, I wondered... whether you'd like to go out some time?"

"What do you mean? To celebrate? Everyone's going for a drink tonight if you want to come." I was distracted by turning out the lights, so wasn't really paying much attention to what he was saying.

"No, I mean just you and I."

"Oh." I turned to see his hopeful face. "Look, that's really nice Steven but..."

"You don't have to say it. I get it. I must have some kind of disease or something."

"No, it's just... you're nice and everything but..."

"Yeah I know. Just friends? I get that from Cara." My ears pricked up.

"What?"

"I've been asking Cara out for a while but she just keeps telling me no."

"Oh. I'm sorry about that. But you know, if you want to come out tonight with all of us, that'd be cool. I mean, you did help Cara do all this."

"You know, I think I will."

"Good. But just as friends right?"

"Of course." I smiled at him and followed him out. We made our way out of the corridor and up the stairs to the green room where people waited to go on. There was a huge pile of people trying to get out the door.

"Helena!" I turned to see Cara. "Thanks for all your help tonight."

"No problem. I think I'm going to come in earlier tomorrow to sew up all those costumes. Are you coming out for a drink?"

"Oh so you are going?"

"Only for one, and none alcoholic. I think Eve is going to kill me if I get anymore 'boring'." I quoted.

"You're not boring." She said, making me blush a little. I turned to Steven to hide it from her.

"Steven's coming as well. Are you?" I turned back, the blush now gone.

"Well, it's not really my thing."

"Come on, you know it's not mine either, but our first night went well. Just this once. Save me from the drunkards." I laughed.

"Alright. As long as I'm not interrupting you two." She said.

"Us two? Oh no, we're not going together." I said, blushing.

The End

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