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A/N: I'd completely forgotten about the challenge until today and had to rush it. Although every instinct was trying for Cade, I forced myself to end with Rade. Sadly I didn't have time to expand on the story. There are plot points and unanswered questions I wish I had more time to expand upon.
Ten years ago, if someone would have told Jade that this is how her life would turn out who would have roared with mocking laughter, before retaliating with a cutting remark. After all, who could have predicted that she and Robbie Shapiro would end up in bed together.
10 Years Ago
It started senior year of high school. Beck, although always faithful to Jade, could not stop his wandering eyes from admiring female bodies. Ultimately, he made this mistake one too many times in front of Jade. Despite tears on both ends, this time the split was permanent.
Neither teen got over the break-up quickly. Beck barely said anything at all for weeks- Sikowitz thought this was a genius move that could only improving silent acting - and although Jade was relatively unchanged in public, she had cried herself to sleep most nights.
Andre tried to get Beck to open up, but Beck knew Andre never cared much for Jade. He just wouldn't understand. So Beck kept his feelings bottled up inside, wallowing in the agony of losing his first and only love.
Jade talked to no one. Well, no one except for Cat that is. Bright, bubbly Cat; the only one she considered friend. She wasn't quite sure why Cat put up with her (she knew she was often harsh to the red-haired girl).but she was grateful for the friendship nonetheless. She was the only one who Jade opened up too.
Not much else happened in high school, except for one certain event that even now brought a smile to Jade's face.
It had been two months since the break-up and Beck had finally starting coming back to his old self, slowly but surely. Tori seemed to think that this was her cue to make her move. So one day at lunch (the gang recently starting sitting together again, Jade and Beck attempting to at least remain friends) Tori made the mistake of insulting Jade and asking out Beck in the same sentence.
It wasn't intentional, but Tori always had a bad habit of putting her foot in her mouth. The resulting explosion was the first time that anyone had ever heard Beck raise his voice. Needless to say, that days lunch ended with Tori in tears, Beck angry, and Jade highly amused.
5 Years Ago
New York was much different than LA. There wasn't as much sun, the weather gets dreadfully cold, and traffic was a bitch. And that was the reason that Jade was currently in a bad mood,bundled up in her winter gear.
She had just gotten home to her apartment after a long day of filming. Her bones ached from exhaustion, and the cold certainly didn't help. Sure, she was grateful that she landed the part of Raven in the live action adaptation of Teen Titans, and it was guaranteed to be the biggest break in her career... but some days being Jade West just sucked.
She entered the apartment and discarded her coat and gloves. She immediately made her way to the recliner and as her body connected to the silk she sighed in pleasure. This was the life.
Its too bad Cat wasn't home yet, Jade was starved. Jade was jealous of her roommates ability to cook. Sure Cat usually made meals like Fried Lettuce & Beans, but there was no denying that her concoctions tasted damn good. Jade herself couldn't even make pop tarts without burning them, much to Cat's eternal amusement.
As she waited for her friend to get home, she couldn't help but think about the gang from Hollywood Arts.
Although he initially stayed in LA to be near the hub of Hollywood, Beck never did enter acting. He didn't even enter music or dancing. In college he discovered a passion for writing poetry, finally finding a way to express his feelings. He's had mild success in his career. He's not a well-known name by any means, but he has a loyal and passionate fan base. He fell in love with his agent and had a baby on the way. He and hadn't met face-to-face in over a year, but kept in regular contact over the phone and through e-mail.
Tori had found success as a pop star. She was took the nation by storm, much to Jade's consternation. No matter how much Jade resented the girl, there was no denying she was a talented singer. Tori's husband, Andre of all people, was just as much as a success as his wife. He was a talented songwriter, singer, and could now play 9 instruments. The two of them currently lived in Chicago, and Jade didn't care at all that she hadn't seen them since graduation day at Hollywood Arts.
She handn't seen Robbie in person since graduation either, preferring to be as far away as possible when Cat invited the boy and his freaky puppet over. But she had followed his career online, mostly reading articles and blogs. The weirdo was one of the most successful ventriloquists in the country - "Ventriloquist?! You have no influence over what I say!" - and had done rather well for himself even if his work called for constant raveling. He had no wife or girlfriend or anything, but that was to be expected in Jade's opinion.
Trina... well, Trina had surprised them all and had actually become a household name. It turns out breaking into a fashion show to show her designs to the big shots was actually a good move. Jade still thought she should have been arrested; Trina's ego and narcissistic tendencies had only increased with her success. She was currently seeing an architect from Ohio. A deaf architect, but still...
Cat owned her own saloon a few blocks away, and the irony still made Jade laugh. No, she didn't do the makeovers or haircuts herself - thank God - but she did get the money together for the place and was manager. Cat wasn't currently seeing anybody; for some reason none of her boyfriends didn't last more than two days. Cat was completely mystified.
Jade herself hadn't had any relationships since Beck. She just didn't like anybody that she met; it was a miracle she had fallen for Beck at all. She didn't have any friends other than Cat, and frankly that's all she needs. Hell, if she thought Cat would go for it she would make a move on her. But Jade was not about to risk losing Cat's friendship for anything.
A loud clicking noise startled her out of her thoughts. She realized with relief that it was just Cat opening the door.And whats this? She had food with her!
"Hey Jade," she smiled happily, "How was work?"
"Exhausting," Jade grunted, not feeling like talking much, "You?"
Jade watched in fascination as Cat's entire face lit up at the question. To be honest Jade wasn't really listening this time, but she heard something about Justin Bieber and Nick Jonas were customers along with their kids. Jade was shocked anyone even remembered who they were. It's not like the two were relevant anymore.
As Cat showed no signs of slowing down, Jade decided to interrupt her. "You brought food? I thought you were making fried potato pie tonight?"
Cat grinned and dug some containers from the bags. "I was going to, but I saw this new Vegan place opened and thought of you."
Jade smiled, a warm pleasant feeling in her chest. As long as she had Cat she didn't need anybody else at all.
Welcome to Hollywood Arts 10 Year Reunion Class of 2012
Jade stood alone in the parking lot as she stared at the familiar building. She did not want to be here, not at all. But she didn't have a choice, not really. With a sigh she made her way inside. As she walked the familiar hallways she couldn't help but notice how little the school had changed since she was a student.
As she arrived closer to the gymnasium she could hear the sound of music. Dated pop music from years ago. Grimacing, she opened the doors.
It looked rather low budget, all things considered. There were a few tables for the attendees, a couple of tables fot refreshments, and not much decorations. Cat would have been so disappointed.
She received her name tag from the principal and instantly made her way to the refreshments.
Meat, meat, beer... Yeah, wasn't this just fun.
Jade recognized the voice instantly. She would, of course. After all, her songs were still frequently played on the radio.
Tori Vega stood next to her looking just as beautiful as ever. Jade was almost jealous at how little the diva seemed to age. Jade regarded her coolly, "Vega. How's life?"
Tori smiled a genuine smile at the question. "No complaints. Paul and I are getting married in the Summer, and my record sales are still going strong."
As she pretended to care about Vega's life, Jade couldn't help but hope she would spot a flash of red hair. She shook herself as she realized that Tori was still talking. " - Anyway, how are you?"
"I'm fine," Jade answered gruffly, "Still living in New York, trying my hand at writing. I don't know how Beck does it."
"That's nice," Tori said distantly. It seems that Jade wasn't the only one who was only pretending to care about this conversation. "Speaking of Beck, it's too bad he can't make it tonight."
"Oh?" Jade asked with interest. The last time she saw Beck it hadn't ended well.
"Yeah. He chose the wrong person as his agent. The idiot sold the rights to one of his books to a movie director. Beck's trying to get the rights back."
"Anyone I ever heard of?" Jade asked.
"Uwe Boll present's 'Beck Oliver: An Autobiography," Tori laughed.
Jade chuckled hard in genuine amusement. "Ouch."
"Well, it was nice talking to you Jade," Tori said, spotting someone over Jade's shoulder. "I'm going to try and find the others."
"See ya around, Vega." But Tori was already gone.
She was so fucking bored. She just didn't see the point of being here without Cat. Maybe a drink or two will help, she thought absently. She popped open a can of beer and chugged the whole thing down in one go. It left her coughing hard. She hadn't taken a drink since the day of the funeral.
"I'm going to need to be drunk to get through this night,' Jade thought as she opened another can.
A half hour later, Jade's brooding was interrupted as a handsome man in a tux sat himself down across from her. "Hey Jade, long time no see."
"And you are...?" Jade asked with a rude tone.
"Now that's not nice. There's no need for that tone," the rugged man frowned, "Especially since you don't even recognize me."
"That's why we're supposed to be wearing name-tags, dumbass," Jade said snidely nodding her head at the empty space on the guys chest.
"Fair enough," the man grinned. "Mind if I join you for a drink?"
Jade looked to see if there were any can's left on her table. There were five empty cans and one unopened. "Help yourself."
That was the last thing she remembered until the next morning.
The first thing Jade noticed when she awoke was a blinding pain in her head. The second thing she noticed was that she wasn't in her bed. This realization was followed immediately by the one that she was naked... and there was a naked man lying next to her.
Angry, she punched the dude in the chest. "Hey you, wake your ass up!"
With a yelp of pain the man rolled away from her fists and right off the bed/ "What?! God Jade, why did you hit me?"
"Who the hell are you, and what am I doing here?"
"You don't remember," he said in realization. "Well we had drinks, one thing led to another, and here we are."
Jade stared at the man in utter disbelief. "What the hell kind explanation is that?"
She grabbed a pillow from the bed and started wailing on him as hard as she could.
The man was on the bed curled up in a fetal position, trying to avoid the pain. "Damn it, Jade! It's me. Robbie."
Completely stunned, Jade dropped the pillow to the floor. Robbie? ROBBIE?
Robbie slowly got up from the bed when he realized he was no longer being hit. He was a bit worried when he noticed Jade just standing there, looking catatonic.
"Jade," he said cautiously, "Are you okay?"
His voice seemed to startle her out of her daze.
"I slept with you?" The disbelief in her voice was evident. At his nod, only one thought sprung to mind. "Thank God I can't remember it."
“In your eyes lies all happiness for this new world.”