“I’d like to welcome you all to tonight’s show.” A loud cheer echoed through the room and I found myself clapping as well. Lea’s eyes skimmed over the crowd, resting on me for the shortest second and I thought I saw her grin widen in recognition. “A show where the most talented of pianists show us what they’ve got.” Then with a crazy look in her eye (more so than normal that is), she shouted, “Let’s rock!”
Music shattered the air. The crowd went absolutely insane as the stage lit up brightly, Jet and two other pianists losing themselves. It was music breaking all boundaries - full of passion and frenzy. They were pretty much lashing out on their keys, not exactly playing them but beating them down.
The right side of the club suddenly came to life, with three women playing just as madly. And a second later, so did the left. The crowd spun around, some focusing on the centre stage whereas others cheered on the pianists at the sides.
Every note, every key was perfect; music at its best.
I didn’t know when I’d gotten to my feet but just like the rest of the crowd, I was giving a standing ovation, cheering on the performers. From the corner of my eye, I saw Lea, screaming and clapping her hands. She caught my gaze for a second and gave me a wicked grin and a thumbs-up. I returned the gesture. This was absolutely wild.
Suddenly, all the pianists stopped and music started playing from the right. I spun around to see who it was but crashed straight into someone, the force of it sent me falling. Strong arms wrapped around my waist, preventing me from tumbling onto the floor.
“Oops, sorry,” I cried out, the excitement overflowing in my voice. Laughter played around in his eyes as he looked down at me. I froze, my voice getting caught in my throat.
“You’re forgiven,” he said, the deep rumble of his voice reverberating through me.
I guess Lea hadn’t just invited Nancy and Drew, but someone else as well; someone I hadn’t been expecting to see. Jensen.