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With the holidays around the corner; Evermore was buzzing with celebrations already. People organising pre-Halloween parties, decorations all over the city. The costume shops were sold out pretty quickly, when it came to getting prepared for the holiday that always seemed to be a big deal around the City. Even the Celestial, had been prepared early for the holiday. Having picked out her Halloween costume, a week prior.
The Celestial had been taking care of something at the art gallery; where she had her work displayed. Checking up with the boss of the art gallery; as he wanted to know of any updates for her latest projects. Since her work had been displayed at the art gallery; she found herself more busy with different projects for the gallery, as well as different side-jobs as a photographer. Looks like her chasing her dreams and taking up people’s tips of submitting her work to an art gallery has paid off in the long run. Even if it was a lot of pressure on her. But she was doing what she loved, so it was definitely worth it. As she left the art gallery; the autumn breeze ruffled through her hair. The Celestial, grabbed her head-band from her purse, pulling her hair up into a slight messy bun, to keep it from swaying into her eyes too much, in the evening breeze.
Since she had the rest of the day free; she decided to head to her favorite coffee shop. Opting for a latte with some spices, to help warm her up. The Celestial paid via her card; before taking the take-away cup with her. On her outing that afternoon, Artemis ran into an old friend Astoria. Before Artemitra came to Evermore, with her kind. She had met Astoria on the road. The two girls had quickly bonded and got to know each other, back then. After the pair got talking again, on their reunion at the coffee house. Artemitra had been invited to a party at the Dhampir Compound, to photograph the event for Astoria. Apparently, it sounded like a big deal. Artemis of course, appreciated the job offer and was more than glad to help out a friend in need. Besides, meeting more people would be fun; even if on a job.
It had taken a few days preparation, before the evening of the party had arrived. The Celestial had spent a few hours preparing. Making sure that her camera had enough battery and space for lots of photos. Packing a spare battery in her camera bag. Dressed for the event; the Celestial was wearing one of her dresses. Going with Red. Since according to Phe, red was her color. After she was fully ready; the Celestial got into her car, driving towards the address that Astoria had given her. By the looks of it, it was a big get-together, as the Celestial saw many cars out front. “Okay, deep breaths. You can do this.” she told herself. As usual, giving herself a bit of a pep talk before a job. Knowing that nerves always got to her. Artemitra could hear the music already, coming from inside. It seemed to be rather up-beat. The sort of music, that made you feel good and wanna dance. Luckily, she wasn’t the only one that was arriving at the party. Entering in, with some other new-comers. The Celestial looked around, looking for Astoria so she could greet her friend. Her heels clicked against the floor of the big house, where the party was taking place.
“Hey Tori.” The fallen star, finally greeted when she spotted her, in the near distance. “The Party already sounds good.” She praised with a warm smile. Giving her a hug, in greeting. The Camera bag, hanging over her shoulder, for safekeeping. ”Are there any specific things you want me to focus on?” The Celestial asked, wondering about Astoria’s vision, with these photographs. Not wanting to disappoint. So she thought, to ask...what she wanted her to focus on, if anything. Unless she was giving her free reign.
“You’ll love them, trust me” He grinned happily. He always loved seeing how people react to their music, loving it straight away. It makes him see that all of it pays off and the other people like it. “I can do covers too” Most of the time he’d end up forgetting the lyrics half way through if it wasn’t something he’d written himself but play it cool. Learning that with a guitar. if you're good enough you can pick up the ryhmps of other songs without knowing. “If you want, maybe I could teach you some of the chords somethings” Jem was almost asking her out already. Dhmapir knew that he wanted to see her again. He was a bit more shy than others like this, he wasn't used to asking out girls. Even at any gigs they had there’s always lots of girls asking for their numbers but he never took notice until Artemis. Jem could hear his bandmates looking at each other, sn*****ing at his attempt of talking to her that was doing bad at. Yet he knew neither of them could do much better.
Jem felt a little bit flustered with his handwriting misspelling, how he was still being teased out it. “Teachers in school could never read my handwriting properly” He answered sheepishly until Alex cut in. “Dude, you have the worst handwriting I’ve ever seen in a grown man” Alex dug at him making Jem open his mouth in shock as he was just insulted. “I was trying to be helpful, I scored this gig today didn’t I?” He teased his bandmates; they just had to put up with his bad handwriting. Jem could see that Artemis was finding the three of them bickering amusing, it was the usual occurrence. “Maybe I like us being called ‘The Fat ones” Jem laughed although hearing it more it did sound like a bad band name. They would never be taken seriously with a name like that. “I’ll get you to us next time writing out the band name, it will be right then next time” Knowing it’s the last time he’s trusted in being the one in charge of marking the band without making a fool of himself.
“Great” Jem grinned as she agreed for them to go somewhere else to talk without the prying eyes of his nosey bandmates leaving the others to stay at the party. Moments later they were already away from the rest of the party. “This party and place is a lot fancier than other places we’ve played at before” It was kind of obvious that the band were a bit out of their comfort zone but it pays a lot better than the other gigs. “We’ve played in front of clubs, we’ve played in the back of clubs. We’ve even played in book clubs” Anything to get their music out there, it was a lot harder than any of them thought but they were trying.
To say that his smile was infectious, would be an understatement, The Celestial had a glow around her, that seemed to shine a bit brighter with her smile. “I look forward to hearing them.” It was no lie. It made her curious to see if she could find any more catchy songs of theirs to her liking. “Really? What covers do you guys do?” Artemis asked, curious about what kind of music they covered so far. As he offered to teach her some chords, her cheeks flushed slightly. Was he asking her out? It kinda sounded like it. “I am more of a piano girl myself, but sure.” Guitar wasn’t exactly her area of expertise when learning to play. She was always up to learning new things, there was no harm in learning the guitar right?
Biting her bottom lip, the Celestial just shook her head as Alex started to dig more into Jem’s bad hand writing “Alright, alright...leave him be. I am sure he feels bad enough for the mix-up already.” But Jem did have a good point, he did score them this gig, they should be thankful that they were here. “He does have a good point. Mix up or not, you’re here, doesn’t that count for something?” The brunette added, with a slight raised eyebrow as she looked towards Jem’s band-mates.
Reggie was about to make a remark, when Artemis had stuck up for Jem. He pursed his lips slightly. “Well you both raise a good point.” he agreed. It was the best gig that they had gotten so far, despite the name mix-up. Julie just rolled her eyes at the boys, amused at their bickering about it.
Artemis rose an eyebrow at Jem, when he said that maybe he liked being called ‘The Fat One’s.’ “Really? It doesn’t suit you guys.” She was being honest, it would make a terrible band name as it is. Smiling amused, as Jem would give her the task of writing the band’s name next time. “More than happy to come and help.”
As they walked away from the group, Artemis was listening intently, Nodding in understanding when Jem mentioned that they had never played anywhere so fancy before. “Tori does like to go a bit overboard with decorations.” Having been to one of Tori’s parties before, Artemis knew how fancy and extravagant it could get. But she was indeed surprised at where they had played. Seemed like they were still getting out there. “Have you guys thought of starting up a Youtube Channel? It’d be a great way to spread your music around out there on the web.” Who knows who might see it and it could get them noticed.
Jem could already tell that they’ve gained a new groupie with how happy and enthusiastic Artemis was about wanting to listen to more of their music. Even if she’s just heard their one song so far. “Well I’ll be looking forward to hearing what you think. Even if you might not like other songs” Jem smiled then shot her a teasing grin, he hoped that she didn’t hate their other music. “We’re mostly trying to do originals, I can do covers too. A bit of Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran” Normally he would have to have the lyrics in front of him with how forgetful he was if it wasn’t something one of them had written. “Don’t forget about high school music” Reggie butted in grinning. “Dude she won’t want to hear us singing breaking free” Jem turned to him, almost giving him a look like Reggie was trying to show him up in front of a girl he was trying to impress. That them singing breaking free would impress her. “Guitar is easy when you get the hang of it” With a guitar you can take it anywhere if you just wanted to play but with a piano it was not that easy.
The Dhampir knew that he’d never be able to live down his bad hand writing mistake that the guys will just tease and remind him. Luckily Artemis was there to save him telling the guys to give him a break. “Why thank you, at least someone is on my side” Jem commented sarcastically, all of them liked to play digs at each other. “See you should be thanking me” He was happy to have Artemis on his side sticking up for him. “Okay maybe thinking about it again, maybe not” Julie and The Fat Ones was a bad name even if it was a typo. “You should see my song book if you thought my writing was bad tonight” Luckily for him he was able to read his writing even if half was crossed out and re-written. The two of them were starting to walk away but Reggie could be heard in the background. “You should give her my song” Reggie and Home Is Where The Horse is, that guy was obsessed with a country song they were never going to sing.
Somehow Jem managed to escape any more embarrassment coming from his bandmates now it was just him and Artemis. When Jem first accepted the invite for him and his bandmates to play here he didn’t think it was going to be this fancy. “I’ve always hated fancy parties like these, my mum used to drag me to events with her but I think back then it was more of a punishment” The Dhampir stuck out like a sore thumb compared to Armies who were dressed for the occasion. Him and his band were still fairly new with how in real time it hadn’t been too long since they’ve been together even if it would seem like it had been years with how well Alex and Reggie all got on with each other. At the mention of them starting up a youtube channel Jem shook his head. “We still haven’t figured out what we want to do, at the moment we just want to get some gigs going. Fitting it around our jobs and stuff” Plus none of them wouldn’t know how to set them up with filming and stuff. “So is photographing the only job you have or?” He wondered looking over to her curiously wanting to hear more about her rather than it all just be about him.
Artemis tried not to be too over-excited, but obviously Jem knew she was excited about their music. The Celestial had always liked music. Trying to find new tunes, sometimes it helped her feel creative when she was at home, working on her projects for the art gallery. As he mentioned Ed Sheeran covers, she looked impressed. “Good choice, I like his music.” She was sure that they covers were worthy, even though she just had heard one song from them. But they seemed creative enough to make it their own, yet do it justice. As Reggie began talking about High School Musical, that’s when the Celestial looked bit perplexed but tried not to show her confusion.
What the heck was High school Musical? As far as her song and movie knowledge went, that wasn’t something she had heard/seen. Trying not to look so out of place, she just smiled to hide her confusion.
Alex had to cut in. “You don’t know that. Chicks dig that, right?” he asked, nudging Artemis slightly, as if to say that girls liked the song breaking free.
“Huh?” Artemis blinked, as she glanced towards Alex when nudged her. Looking a bit confused. Luckily Julie noticed her confusion, before Alex or Reggie could say something, Julie had wrapped her arms around them both, her hands on both of their mouths before they could embrace the poor girl for being confused.
“Leave them alone.” she huffed at the two boys, letting Jem and Artemis wander off on their own. “Not every girl digs High school musical, there’s nothing wrong with that.” she told Alex. Clearly he didn’t know women so well. Pulling the two knuckleheads away, rescuing Jem and Artemis from their annoying and teasing quips.
Luckily Jem seemed to agree that the mix up of names would not suit them. “Glad you agree on that.” she said with a soft smile. “To be honest, it’d be a bad band name for anyone.” As he mentioned his song book, Artemis rose a slight eyebrow teasingly. “I might need some time to decipher it.” she said in a light teasing tone, but smiled at the Dhampir. Before she could say something else, she heard Reggie mumbling something in the back-ground, despite Julie’s efforts to keep him quiet. Glancing at Jem for a moment, as if to ask him what Reggie was on about. “Your friend has a song?”
Listening to Jem’s explanation that his mother used to take him to fancy parties, The Celestial nodded in understanding. “I suppose fancy events aren’t for everyone. I kind of got used to it, with my job.” She didn’t particularly mind, she was more than used to being in situations like these. Listening to Jem explain, what they were trying to do; she nodded in understanding. “I can understand that. As far as I know, Youtube just helps new artists and bands get more out there. Just a food for thought. Might help you guys get more known out there. I can always help you.” Artemis offered, gesturing to her camera. She could always film them. Plus she knew a few techy friends of hers, that could help setting up the stage and channel. "I also have a few friends, that work with tech stuffs. They owe me a few favours and visa versa, I am sure they wouldn't mind helping. But the choice is yours of course." Artemis didn't want to put pressure on him and his band, but the offer and thought was there to help them.
When he asked her about her own job, the Celestial nodded. “I do. Getting various jobs from people like Tori keeps me busy. Some of my work is also on display at the Art Gallery. That’s also steady work and keeps me pretty busy.” It was clear, she was happy and proud that her work was up on display. It had taken her a long time to get to that stage in her career. The hard work and pay was worth it all.