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* Year and a half later *
"Justin! We're gonna be late for the premier!" Mya yelled up the stairs.
"Ok! Ok!" he yelled back as he bounced down the stairs while fixing his shirt.
"The limo is waiting outside." she added while she helped him.
"You seem a bit nervous." he smiled.
Mya grabbed her purse and followed Justin out the door. "Just a bit."
"Everyone that's important is gonna be there. We are going to get a couple reviews after this showing and I hope it doesn't suck." she smirked as they entered the limo.
"I think it'll be fine. I mean, I'm not hoping for the movie to win an Oscar or anything but as long as the reviews are good then we should be okay."
"You don't want to win an Oscar?" she asked as she fixed her lipstick.
"Who don't? But I'm not expecting to be nominated for best actor." he smirked.
"Why not? I would love to be nominated for best actress. Just being nominated is good enough for me."
"I dunno. They usually don't have high hopes for movies like Stardust. I won't get taken seriously enough to even get nominated." he sighed.
"Well, lets just get through reviews and opening weekend sales and see where it goes from there."
"The previews make it look good. I hope everything comes together right."
Mya grinned. "And you thought I was nervous?"
"Anyway." he changed the subject. "You did invite Amy and Drew didn't you?"
"Yeah but I didn't hear from them so I doubt that they'll be there." she looked out the window as visions of the sandy beaches of Florida filled her mind.
"We haven't seen them for awhile. I was hoping they would stay a couple days."
"Well I can call later and see what's up and let them know how everything went." she looked back at Justin as she checked her cell phone for any voice messages.
"I think we are almost there." Justin bounced up out of his seat as the bright lights from all the media was shining on The Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
The limo pulled up to the front of the theater amongst the screaming fans holding "I Love You Justin!" signs. The media flashed their bulbs even before Mya and Justin stepped out of the door.
"This is amazing." Mya whispered in Justin's ear as she smiled for the cameras.
"You haven't seen anything yet." he gleamed and gave a quick wave to his fans that continued to scream for him.
"Justin! Can we get an interview with you?" A woman from a local newspaper interrupted just as they met up with Robert Ashton.
"Hello." Robert said as he walked up to them.
"Go ahead Justin. I'll talk to Robert until you're done." she finished as she turned for another camera.
"Are you excited?" Robert asked as they walked away from all the frenzy.
"Very." she grinned. "But I'm nervous too. I'm so worried about how the movie is going to do next weekend."
"I think it should do fine. What makes you doubt otherwise?" he smirked at her almost giving the same stature as Sean Connery.
"I dunno. I'm just all giddy." she laughed. "This is my first movie and I'm full of so many expectations."
"Well don't worry. Unlike the other music movies out there, this one takes a more serious note on the music industry. You know first hand that it has its drama and romance but it's not sappy and tacky. It gives an inside look on what makes an artist and not just how they get there." he said intelligently.
Mya looked back at Justin who was just about done. "That was good. You should save that for the reporters."
Robert chuckled. "I've already said all that about ten times. How else do you think I remembered it?"
"Well it's very descriptive. Gave me a good feeling and I already know what it's about." she laughed.
"Well let's hope it gives everyone else a good feeling. If we do good with the box office then we might start debating on a sequel." he winked.
"Are you serious?" her eyes lit up.
"Shh." he said quickly. "No plans yet. Let's not let the cat out of the bag." he finished as Justin walked over.
"Hi Robert." Justin nodded.
"Hey kid. Let's go inside. They should be starting soon."
"We'll be right there." Justin replied.
"See you guys inside then." he turned around and went into the theater while dodging reporters.
"Are you ready?" Mya asked as she looked up at him.
"Aren't you guys gonna wait for us?" a familiar voice called out behind them.
"Amy!" Mya gleamed as she grabbed her quickly and gave her a hug. "I didn't think you guys would be here!"
"We wanted to surprise both of you. You know we wouldn't miss this for the world." she smiled.
"Yeah, and she was the one that was late getting here. Go figure." Drew added.
Amy gave Drew a dirty look and then turned back to them. "Well let's go inside." Mya said as they all joined up and took the first look at Stardust.
* 2 days later *
"There are more reviews today." Justin said as he read the entertainment section of yet another newspaper. Articles from many newspapers were strewn about on the dining room table.
"Good I hope?" Mya asked as she, Drew and Amy sat around eating a buffet of grapes, apples, oranges and banana slices with apple dip on the side.
"Not too bad." Justin replied as he put the paper down. "Most were great reviews. We had some okay ones too but so far there were no bad reviews. Most of the reporters were surprised that it wasnt a teeny bopper movie with sucky acting. They were quite pleased with my performace." he smiled.
"I bet they were more pleased with mine." Mya toyed with his ego.
"Of course. They say you made the script mature and heartfelt and continued with saying that Robert Ashton struck gold when finding a fresh actress to give light on the dark movie world." he finished.
"Hoping to see more of me I hope?" she asked as she grabbed a grape.
"They are hoping to very soon."
"Did that newspaper say anything about Christina too?" Amy inquired.
"Yeah, actually most of them say that they were glad that the vocals were switched over to Christina. One article states that it gave the movie a more personal experience, saying that Christina's voice echoes in your mind and lingers afterward, leaving a trail of emotions to let you savor the true feelings of the film."
"Wow. Good statement." Amy added.
"I hope all this good stuff draws people to the theater." Drew jumped in.
"Me too. It's better than I expected." Mya agreed.
"Mya. Telephone for you." Caprice called out from the kitchen.
"I'll be right there." she answered back.
"Ooohh. It's a fan!" Amy snickered.
"Probably another request for an interview." Justin added as he went back to his reading.
Mya walked out to the kitchen and sat down on a nearby chair. "Hello?"
"Hi." a brief silence. "This is Jess."
"Oh." Mya shifted nervously. "Hi."
"I didn't call to bring trouble, don't worry." she said softly.
"No, uh, it's just that I haven't seen or heard from you in a long time. You caught me offguard a bit." she relaxed.
"Well, I guess it's all for the best anyways. I was the last one you needed lingering around."
Mya sighed and changed the subject. "So, what is it that you called for?"
"Oh, yeah, well I just wanted to say congratulations on the movie and everything. I'll be sure to go see it."
"Thanks, uh, I hope you like it." not sure exactly how to have a conversation with someone that she never enjoyed talking to.
"I'm sure I will. I'll get everyone to go too." she smiled lightly although she was alone.
"So, I know this is going to sound strange from me for asking but, how is Brady doing?" she winced for asking a question she shouldnt have.
"He's okay I guess. He has five years in prision to go." she laughed to herself so that she wouldnt get sad.
Jess stared out her living room window towards the beach outside. "For what?"
"For everything that happened. I know he was your boyfriend and all. And, for making everyone else hate me."
"I should be the one apologizing. You have nothing to be sorry for. If it wasn't for all my troublemaking, we would probably have a closer relationship." she sighed through the phone lightly.
Mya looked back to the dining room. Everyone was still amusing themselves so she continued with the conversation. "Well that was awhile ago. I put that all behind me now. I have alot of things here to look forward to."
Jess smiled as she sat down on her couch. "Yea you do. You are so lucky. I wish all the best for you."
"Thanks." she paused. "I don't mean to damper the conversation but I'm wondering why you are being nice to me." she winced again.
"I know. You are thinking that since your famous that I want to be a part of it and be the president of your fan club, right?"
Mya snickered. "Well, no. But, come to think of it."
"No, its nothing like that. It's just things have happened here lately and I wanted to patch things up with you."
Mya sat up in her chair. "What things?"
"Well, the main thing was that my mother died about three weeks ago. She was in an accident."
"Oh. I'm sorry." Mya added sullenly.
"I've been really depressed. I kinda had to think about things. That's pretty normal when you go through something traumatic. I lost her and I have no other family left. You are the only one I've got, Mya."
Mya readjusted herself. "Oh. Is there something I can do?"
"No, not really. I just wanted to get things back on track with you. I just feel all alone, ya know?"
Mya stood up from her chair as Justin started to look for her. "Yeah, I understand. But, don't worry Jess, things are gonna be okay. You can call me whenever you want."
"Really?" she smiled. "Thanks, I appreciate it."
"No problem." she paused. "Hey, I have to get going. Justin is starting to wonder if I ran away."
"Oh, okay. Tell him that I'm sorry about everything too. I just don't want anymore hard feelings."
"I will, I promise. I'll talk to ya later, okay?"
"Okay. Thanks for talking to me."
"Sure. Bye bye."
Mya hung up the phone and walked back to the dining room.
"Who was that?" Justin questioned.
"Uh, Jess." she replied as she sat down beside him.
Amy and Drew looked over at her as Justin continued. "What did she want?"
"Just to talk and apologize for everything."
"You mean get on your good side so she can get some of your money?" he said slyly.
"No, it was more than that. She said her mom died and she just wanted to patch things up with me." she said as she picked up one of the newspapers.
"And you believe that?"
"She's telling the truth." Amy jumped in. "I'm sorry, Mya, I forgot to tell you."
"That's okay. She said she was really depressed and she needed someone to talk to. It kind of worried me." she added over the table.
"She called Drew and I, too." Amy continued. "She apologized for everything. She did sound depressed."
"She hasn't come out of her house for a week." Drew jumped in.
"She told me to tell you that she was sorry for everything, too." Mya looked at Justin.
"That's good. As long as you trust her then, okay. Just be careful." he said seriously.
"I think everything will work out." Mya smiled.
"Hey guys, we are gonna be late for your party if we don't start getting ready." Amy broke the silence.
"We have three hours yet." Justin replied.
"Exactly. So little time." Amy and Mya laughed.
"Women." Justin and Drew sighed and shook their heads.
* A week later *
"Wow! Have you seen these numbers?" Justin exclaimed as he came through the door from an interview with more papers in his hand.
"I know, I know!" Mya replied as she met Justin in the foyer. "Amy just called me from home and congratulated us."
"25 million for the weekend. Number one in the box office!" he said as he scooped her up.
"Do you know what this means?" Mya smiled.
"We're a little bit closer to some award nominations?" he laughed.
"That too but there is something else." she replied as they moved to the living room.
"It's something that Robert mentioned to me."
Justin smiled. "Well, spit it out!"
Just then the phone rang and Mya quickly picked it up.
"Mya. It's Robert."
"Hey! Have you seen the numbers for the weekend." she asked although it was obvious that he would be the first one to know.
"Yes, they are great!" he paused. "Is Justin there?"
"He's right beside me."
"Put me on speakerphone." he demanded.
"Okay." she said quickly while switching the phone over.
"Justin. Good job kid. The movie was excellent!" he shouted through the speaker.
"Thank you, Robert, but you were the brains behind the whole thing." he snickered.
"Yeah, well, a good film is not good without good acting."
Mya laughed and jumped in. "So, whats next for us Robert?"
"More interviews?" he joked.
"Yeah, yeah." Justin rolled his eyes.
"Well, we did good in the theaters this weekend, more than I expected. But, I don't know if we will work together again."
"Why?" Mya said, shocked.
"Okay, calm down, I'm just kidding." he snickered.
"Oh." Mya sighed. "You had me worried there."
"Don't worry, Robert, she won't be worried in a moment." Justin grinned.
"What are you two talking about?" she looked at Justin with a strange expression.
There was silence for a moment before Robert continued.
"Remember when we talked at the Chinese Theater?"
She turned her attention back to the phone. "Yeah?"
"Well I have a question for you."
"Okay." she replied quickly.
"Remember the main theme of the movie?" he asked.
"Of course." she shook her head. "It is never easy reaching for dreams but those who reach walk in stardust."
"Well, you have reached your dream, Mya. Everything is open to you now. So many possibilities are ahead. You were an dream to work with and I would like to do it again soon."
"What do you mean?" she straightened herself.
There was another moment of silence.
"Let's say there is a Stardust sequel? Would you do me the honor of being my main star once again?"
Mya's eyes lit up and glistened.
She was ready for anything.
She was ready for the world.
* THE END *
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