The rain lingered throughout the afternoon and well into the night. JC sat by the window in his quiet and dark home waiting patiently to hear from Holly again. He hated not knowing her number or where to find her. All he could do was wait.

The phone ringing broke the silence in the room as JC instantly jumped up to grab it, almost falling out of the lounge chair in the process. "Hello? Holly?"

"No, dude. It's Justin."

JC rubbed his free hand over his face and then leaned back into the chair. "Oh."

"So, I'm guessing you haven't heard from her."


Justin paused before he continued. "Uh. Ok. Well, have you tried looking around for her number?"

"Oh yeah, a movie star would have her number in a phone book. Why didn't I think of that before." he replied sarcastically.

"Geez, sorry man. I didn't mean to sound retarded or anything."

JC sighed. "Nah, its cool. I mean, if she wouldnt have just left earlier in mid sentence then I wouldnt be worried about it. But, its just the way she was talking. I know it was important."

"Well, you hardly know this chic. She seems a bit strange to me."

JC sat back up and replied. "Whadya mean?"

"I dunno. She just seems dark and mysterious like she has a lot of secrets or something. Almost everything she tells you is important when you really dont know her."

"I still think it was something more than that."

"I dont know what to tell ya, man. But, I'll let ya go in case she calls ya."

"Ok. Oh, wait. Was there something you called me for?"

Justin laughed. "Nah, I was just bored and wanted to chat."

JC grinned. "Ok. Man, your a fruitball. I'll talk to ya tomorrow."

"Gee, thanks. Later." Justin finished and hung up quickly.

JC put the phone back down and layed back into the chair. He stayed awake for another ten minutes but slowly drifted off to sleep.

JC awoke with a jolt as the phone woke him around seven the next morning. He rubbed his eyes and adjusted to the bright morning light and grabbed the phone beside him. He mumbled into the phone, still half asleep.



He rubbed his eyes some more and leaned up out of the chair. "Who's this?"

"It's me, Holly."

JC's eyes flew open as if he had already been awake all morning. "Holly? I thought you were never gonna call me back."

"Yeah, me either." she bluntly replied.

"Where are you?"

"Well, you're not gonna believe this when I tell ya."

JC stood up and walked towards the doors to the back yard that were located in the living room. "Believe what?"

"You got one minute!" someone yelled in the background.

"Holly? Who was that?"

Holly sighed and continued. "I'm in jail."

JC paused before he replied. "You're in jail?"

"Can you come and get me?"

JC almost laughed from disbelief but he went along with her story. "Are you kidding me?"

"JC please! I only have like thirty seconds here. I'm at the state police building. Please come."

"Why are you there?" JC asked quickly.

"I don't have time to explain."

"Why me? Isn't there someone else you could have called? I really don't know what you are getting me into here."

"You're the only one that will help me. Please JC!" she continued to plead with him.

But before he could reply, the telephone clicked over and only the dial tone was heard. JC turned the phone off and stared out to the sky. He wondered if his fascination with the movie star was really worth it.

An hour later JC arrived at the station. After making a few arrangments, Holly was lead out to him and they stood staring at each other eye to eye with a thousand things they wanted to say.

"Thanks for coming." Holly said softly as she walked by him and headed towards the double doors.

"Can you tell me what this is all about?" JC questioned as he followed her out to the front steps.

"Where do you want me to start?" she sighed.

"Well, how bout the normal place called the beginning?" he tried to be sarcastic.

"Gee, sorry for asking you to come here anyway!" she snapped and turned down the street.

"Yeah, how bout we start there. Why did you ask me to come here? Why didnt you just bail yourself out?" he followed after her.

"Because I dont have any money." she continued walking.

"What? That's kind of hard to believe. A big movie star like you?" he shook his head as they ducked into an alleyway where they wouldnt be seen.

"I'm not a big movie star. Hardly anyone even knows me. My movie was a b-movie and I got paid shit. I didnt save any money and I blew it all." she huffed as she turned around to meet him face to face.

"And the new movie?" he continued.

Holly rolled her eyes and shook her head. "It's gonna be a major flop after everyone hears about what happened last night. I cant wait to hear what the critics and the gossip mags are gonna say now."

"So are you gonna tell me what happened?" he asked patiently.

"God, I hate him!" she exclaimed as she turned back around and yelled down the alleyway.

"Hate who?"

Holly subconsciously replied without thinking. "My boyfriend."

JC stepped back a bit and took in what she said. "Um, okay?"

"Oh God, I'm sorry that wasn't supposed to come out that way." she apologized as she walked back up to him.

JC gave her a strange look. "And how was that supposed to come out?"

Holly paused to clear her mind. "I wanted to tell you this yesterday."

"Yeah, sure." he replied, now a bit shocked and pissed off.

"I'm sorry JC!" Holly pleaded but JC backed away from her.

"So, you still didnt tell me what I bailed you out of jail for and why you are pissed at your...boyfriend." he said, pausing before the last word came out of his mouth.

Holly looked to the ground and finally confessed. "I'm pissed at Jared, my, uh, boyfriend, because he left me to get caught with the drugs and so I got arrested."

JC's mouth dropped. "Drugs?"

"Jared comes from the streets like most of my friends. Dealing is his job and I cant get away from him."

"So, let me get this straight. This whole time you had a boyfriend and you didnt tell me, then I bail you out of jail becuase you were with him and was caught with drugs?"

"Um, yeah?" she shrugged her shoulders.

"This is like way to much for me to believe right now." he shook his head and turned away.

"JC, I need you to help me!" she yelled after him.

"Maybe I dont want to help you!" he turned around to her.

"I dont want to be with him."

"Then dont be."

"I cant get away from him."

JC snickered. "And why not?"

Holly lowered her head. "Because he wont let me."

"Are you for real?" JC continued to laugh.

"I'm serious."

"Why wont he let you?" he asked, but inside he thought that the whole conversation was funny.

"Because he is controlling and if I try to leave him then he will kill me."

JC shook his head and started laughing again. "I'm sorry but thats the stupidest thing I've ever heard."

"I don't think it is stupid!" she yelled as she started to get mad.

"Well, you have connections. Cant you just hide or something?"

"It doesnt matter. He'll find me and come after me anyway."

JC sighed before he continued. "Why do I feel like I'm in the middle of a ghetto soap opera?"

"Please help me." she pleaded.

"This is dumb."

"I dont think so."

"You know, this is the only reason why you even became friends with me. Just so I could protect you from the big bad boyfriend. I cant help you." he added and turned back around.

"JC." she replied as she walked up behind him.

"I'm sorry but this is all too much right now." he said as he started walking away.

"Dont walk away!" she yelled.

"Sorry." he finished as he walked back out into the street.

"JC!" she yelled, but in the end the only reply was her own.

4: Unsung

"A Mistake"
Lyrics by Fiona Apple

I知 gonna make a mistake-
I知 gonna do it on purpose
I知 gonna waste my time
Cuz I知 full as a tick
And I知 scratching at the surface
And what I find is mine
And when the day is done, and I look back
And the fact is I had fun, fumbling around
All the advice I shunned, and I ran
Where they told me not to run, but I sure
Had fun, so
I知 gonna fuck it up again
I知 gonna do another detour
Unpave my path
And if you wanna make sense
Whatcha looking at me for
I知 no good at math
And when I find my way back,
The fact is I just may stay, or I may not
I致e acquired quite a taste
For a well-made mistake
I wanna mistake why can稚 I make a mistake?
I知 always doing what I think I should
Almost always doing everybody good
Do I wanna do right, of course but
Do I really wanna feel I知 forced to
Answer you, hell no
I致e acquired quite a taste
For a well-made mistake, I wanna
Make a mistake, why can稚 I make a mistake
I知 always doing what I think I should
Almost always doing everybody good

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