I sighed slowly evaluating the room around me, it was a huge studio, I had never danced in a place like this. In that moment the music ended and they stopped and went to sit near to us. All the dancer and I stood up and walked to the stage again, I wish I could just keep sitting there, and maybe talk to him, it was the last time we were going to perform and then we would go lunch, I give a look to Cher Lloyd that replied with a smile, I was making sure about when start.
The music sounded so good, that I allowed my body to move like no one was staring at me, which wasn’t happening. The music stopped and a voice came from behind me.
“Let’s luch” said Bella with her typical energy.
“Let’s go” I answered with a smile giving one last look behind my shoulder to the boy.
We walked to the cafeteria, Bella never stopped talking, something I liked about her, she had that need to be always talking, even if you weren’t listen to her and she knew that, Bella would keep talking, but most of the time she was talking about things that had no sense, she was funny.
The cafeteria was full with stylist, dancers, and most of all, all the singers, we got some food for us and went to sit next to the other dancers, I didn’t knew many of them, I knew this girl named Kayla, she was friends with Bella, I meet her in the castings but we had never talk again, she was dancing for someone else.
“Hi Bels, Hi Danielle” she said with a smile looking at us while we were sitting.
“Hi Kayla” we both said in synchrony what made us laugh.
I grabbed my sandwich and tasted it, it was tuna and mayonnaise, my favorite. The five boys walked in the cafeteria, the one in front of everyone had curly hair and a beautiful smile, he smiled to Kayla staring at our table.
“Do you know him..?” I asked trying not to seem interested.
“I’m from his town, we used to be friends, his parents were friends of mine…” she said and shrugged her arms.
I nodded and then all the other boys came behind him, the last one, was walking with a cute smile, I hadn’t noticed how his skin tone matched with his eyes, he kept the smile on his lips while his chocolate eyes were going through the whole room,looking like he was searching for someone.
“Stop staring at him, it’s getting creepy, even for me.” Bella said with a laugh and Kayla joined her.
“Want me to introduce you Mr. Payne?” asked Kayla.
I looked at her and then rolled my eyes, my attention went immediately to him, he was now getting his lunch with the rest of the band.
“Who is he? And his band…?” I asked.
“Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, and last but not least Harry Styles, they’re One Direction.” She explained while I was staring at Liam, Liam, nice name.
I stared at my sandwich, giving the last bite when Harry made his ways to our table.
“Can we sit?” he asked before Kayla could tell me more about them.
“Yeah, sure” we all said, and the rest of the band came to sit with us. I got a bit nervous when Liam sat right next to me, he looked at me and showed me his best smile saying “Hi, I’m Liam.”
“I know…I mean, I’m Danielle” I said with a smile, feeling totally stupid.
“Nice to meet you” He said. “You seem a bit nervous” Liam noticed, what would I do now?
“Hum… I’m dancing live on tv for the first time…”
“Oh, I see, it’s also our first show…”
“Good luck then” I said with a laugh. “Viva la vida, I like that song, not good to dance, thought.”
“We should try that one day.”
“I’d like that… me teaching you to dance, seems interesting.”
“It is, I look like a penguin dancing.” He said.
“No one is that bad… “I said and smiled, then I stood up and and looked at the girls, “Hey we should go get ready, Bye guys.”
I said walking out of the cafeteria with Bella and Kayla, I couldn’t get him out of my mind, he was so cute to me, I was smiling like a fool and everyone could see that but I didn’t care.
It was funny to think about how everything started, I used to sit down watching some ballet videos, I used to love that, that was in fact what made my mom take me to a ballet academy. Today I was dancing for the X-factor, unbelievable how I made so far, a few time ago I was just a little kid chasing the dream and trying to be a dancer, the little excitement I was feeling was making me smile like a fool to the walls of my room.
I stood up from my bed trembling with the excitement and run to my closet taking some sportive clothes to the rehearsals (x), I got dressed in one second and went downstairs with my beat monster (x) on, lost in thoughts about the perform of that night and the music I headed up to the most close Starbucks shop. There was a huge line at Starbucks, but I had time, the rehearsals were only at 10 a.m. I had 15 minutes to enjoy my caramel frappuccino.
I walked as fast as I could to reach the studios in time while I finished my caramel frappuccino, Bella was outside the studios waiting for me, that wasn’t new for her, but it was for me, so I asked her to wait there.
“Hey curly!” She said with a smile giving me a hug.
“Hi babe.” I said with a smile on my lips walking with her to the studios, we had been practicing, I was going to dance for Cher Lloyd, one of the competitors of the program and he had our rehearsals in another studio, now we were at the real one. “Uau” I said looking to the table were Simon freaking Cowell would be sitting that night.
“Everyone on their places” Someone screamed, in that moment I came back to the reality and went to the place I should be, right behind Cher Lloyd, the song started to play and Cher singing and as usually my body started to move in perfect synchrony with the music and all the other dancers.
Moving my body and dancing as easy as breathing, I just loved that feeling, of freedom that you get when you’re dancing. The music ended but I felt like keep dancing, I couldn’t unfortunally.
“Cher Lloyd and her dancers please have a break, One Direction come to the stage” The voice announced, in that moment I saw five guys walking to the stage my eyes went immediately to the one that sang first, his eyes were brown as chocolate and there was little tinkle of happiness was making his shine, he was so cute, with a smile, he’s hair reminded me of Justin Bieber, weird thought. I couldn’t stop starring at him when suddenly our eyes crossed and I looked away trying not to be awkward, I could feel his eyes on me.