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Cracked Rear View Under My Skin
The following is an excerpt from Hold My Hand, the 125,000-word online novel by slashrocker, the Internet's Bloggy Award-winning pop music fanfic writer:
Avril adjusted her tie and sourly looked at her dressing room mirror. Of all the places to run into her boyfriend, backstage at the Office Depot Center seemed the least likely. Yet Darius was there, holding flowers. The Florida heat put her in an even worse mood than waiting by the phone last night already had.
"Right now I feel invisible to you, like I'm not real," she said, turning to Darius. "You didn't call me when you said you would."
Darius, stripped down to a pair of jeans and tuning his guitar, looked up with sad knowledge. He had often felt that their whirlwind romance was doomed before it started: Avril wanted a sk8ter boi, not the charming, harmless front man of the world's most popular bar band. Her brand of teen pop fused with a thin layer of punk anger just wouldn't mix with his easygoing rock. He had known this day would come.
"Last night I tried to leave," he whispered as he approached her. "Cried so much you would not believe." As he stood behind her, he slipped on his new alligator skin jacket and huge aviator sunglasses.
She turned around with a sneer. While his straightforward songwriting had left her breathless, she knew that Hootie and the Blowfish weren't selling records the way they used to. Was this Darius' midlife crisis? "You're trying to be cool," she told him as she pushed him away. "You look like a fool to me!"
Darius tripped over Avril's collection of stuffed aquatic sea mammals and crashed down onto the floor. The pain brought tears to his eyes. It was all too much. "I'm such a baby," he sobbed, "'cause the dolphins made me cry."
Avril's heart melted. It was moments like this that she knew that it didn't matter that they came from different musical worlds. They were both platinum-selling artists, and they were in love! Wasn't that enough? She knelt down next to him and took his tear-streaked face in her hands. He looked up hopefully.
"I only wanna be with you," he whispered hoarsely.
"I'm with you," Avril replied. She straddled him and leaned in close. "Could it be any more obvious?"
Her hands expertly worked the buttons of his jeans, unleashing ... -- Jordan Harper
Avril Lavigne plays at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, August 21, at Sound Advice Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $20 to $45. Call 561-793-0445. Hootie and the Blowfish play at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, August 21, at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $29.75 to $39.75. Call 561-962-4109.