“So when’s she going to be on?” Aqua asked me.
“I can’t wait to see her!” Turquoise gushed. I couldn’t bring myself to snap at them to pipe down. I was excited to see her perform, too. This was Macie’s first big gig and, as her boyfriend, I felt it was my duty to be there to support her. I brought the twins along since this was right up their alley and also because it was part of their birthday present. They were turning eighteen today and Macie and I had gone out and gotten them cakes to celebrate, but with Macie preparing for this performance most of the day, we’d decided to wait until after her show to have their birthday celebration. The girls didn’t mind. Actually, they jumped around squealing in excitement when I told them we were going to go see Macie’s performance. I think I’m still partially deaf.
“Shh, here she comes,” I muttered to them. I could see a glimpse of her backstage, waiting to be introduced by the proprietor of Verde Park.
“And without further ado, let us welcome Soothing Heartbreak!” he announced and there was applause but the girls and I were the ones clapping the loudest. We had to make up for the fact that Macie didn’t have any family and not many friends here in Starlight Shores. Macie walked on the stage like she was born to be a performer in a flashy stage outfit with her hair all done up. She looked beautiful. Of course, she always looks beautiful, but she glowed on the stage, and it wasn’t because of the lights illuminating her. It was because she belonged up there and she knew it.
The show was fantastic. I’m not normally one to lose my head. It just isn’t something that’s encouraged at Smuggworth, but I couldn’t help myself. I was screaming and jumping around just as much as the girls were. There were even a few people in the front who started a mosh pit. I’d never seen that at a pop singer’s concert in my life.
“Thank you, Verde Park!” Macie shouted, her whole face lit up with exhilaration at the end of her show. “You guys were a fantastic audience!” That may have been true, but it was only because Macie had been a fantastic entertainer. She doesn’t give herself enough credit.
She walked off the stage and shook a few hands, then zeroed in on us and smiled, beginning to walk over to us but the proprietor stopped her. Luckily, I was close enough to overhear. “Soothing Heartbreak, can I talk to you for a second?” Macie’s smile faltered. I could tell she was suddenly worried and nervous.
“I just wanted to say that your performance was stellar. You are going to go places in Starlight Shores. I haven’t seen a performer as talented as you in a long time. You can bet I’m going to be spreading the word around about you,” he grinned, but Macie’s smile topped his.
“Well… thank you, sir! I’m flattered!”
She looked shocked. I wasn’t. If he had said anything less, he would have had to have been crazy or stupid or tone deaf… or all three.