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As they started to walk into the center of the plaza, Claire
could start to hear the native music. As much as she wanted to talk to Criss,
she didn’t want to come across as obsessive, or square. She found herself
walking along Alana, when she decided to ask her questions. “So, when did you
start working for Criss?” At first she thought it wasn’t the best first
question, but Alana didn’t seem to mind. “Two years.” She smiled. “ And how did
you get the job?” Claire asked. “ Well it wasn’t working out so well with Criss’s
last assistant, and I was at the end of my term with my last client..” It was amazing
how Alana always used proper vocabulary and didn’t just blurt out the last
person she worked for. She was professional. “So, I was highly recommended to
Criss, and when I found out, he was interested I was pretty excited because I
was also, she whispered, a loyal.” “And
she’s been terrific.” Criss suddenly said without even turning around. It was
weird how he was listening the whole time.“ So how long do you think we’ll be
here for?” Kate asked. “ Well as long as all of you are having a good time, and
its not too hot out.” It was so nice to see Criss concerned about everyone’s
well being. As they got closer to the crowd, the girls could see that some
people were looking at Criss, possibly starting to recognize him. Claire was a
bit nervous that some crazy person would try and hurt Criss. They weren’t in
the US anymore.
Claire was glad Travis was with them. Watching him do his job made Claire feel
better. The area they were now in was
just like a marketplace, vendors of people selling things on both sides, and
people walking around with food in there hands, and you could hear people
speaking Spanish to one another. It was nice that today it wasn’t too crowded. “
Hey Criss, remember that time when we were at LAX for your 40th birthday?” Travis asked.
“Ohhh yeah” Criss remembered. “Yeah, I was so nervous; I was tugging at your
shirt sleeve.” “ LAX was so crowded that night!” Criss told the girls. “Well that’s
what happens when you celebrate in a public place.” Zoe said.
After a few minutes, a few people started
to recognize that it was Criss. A couple of people walked past, and yelled out “I
love you Criss!” some in Spanish, and some in English. Criss always acknowledged
them. The girls and Criss would stop by a venue to comment on what they liked.
At one point they came to a venue in which a lady was selling jewelry, but
besides the everyday necklaces and rings, she also hand made bracelets that
looked just like friendship bracelets: Each with a different color, and a
different symbol on the front. The woman selling them didn’t speak English, so
Alana talked to her. “ She says she made these because she knew that people are
drawn to different symbols regarding what they feel or want to feel.” It was
interesting to Claire that the woman had only made eight different kinds. Just enough
for everyone, except for Travis. “ I really like that idea.” Criss commented
still looking at them. Criss now had an idea. “ I want each of you to take a
bracelet you like.” Everyone seemed a little confused, but listened to Criss.
Claire chose the one that was all grey with a yellow lighting bolt on it. To
her it signified strength. Alana has chosen one which was a dark purple and had
a light pink circle with a X on the end. “ The female sign”. Rhiannon chose an
all yellow one with a brown horse. When they each had there bracelets, they
looked at Criss thinking maybe he was going to do some kind of trick. Criss
recognized this expression. He laughed. “ Oh no.. there to keep. I’m gonna get
them for all of you.” At the same time the girls all tried to tell Criss that wasn’t
necessary, but he insisted. “Gracias” He told the woman as he was giving her
the money. She was now smiling, feeling glad she had made a sale, but not
knowing she just sold them to one of the biggest acts in Vegas. As they all
walked away, Claire decided to wear hers at that moment. “As long as we all
have our bracelets, we will remember this day of this trip.” “Which one did you
get?” Claire asked him. He showed it to them, which was already tied on his left
wrist. It was all black with a red heart in the middle. “Because I’m filled
with love, and have been blessed with it.” He said smiling. As they continued
walking, Kate showed Claire hers which was white, with two green palm trees.
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“ Hey do you hear that?” Arianna now asked, as the group was
still walking around. Claire was in awe of how Travis didn’t drop his demeanor.
Always looking tough, and eyes peeled for anything coming at Criss. “Yeah, I
heard that music when we came in.”
Claire replied.“Oh, I guess I wasn’t paying attention.” Arianna said. “ It’s nice, I wonder where its
coming from?” Alana now asked. “ Lets go find it.” Criss said.
It was a
few minutes later when they came to an open area where they saw people gathered
around looking at a band in front of them. “Ah ha.” Criss said. “ Do you all
want to check it out for a few minutes?” The girls nodded. The band had stopped
playing a soft ballad and now began to play a song Claire thought she knew. As
they got closer she did know it. “ Oh, this is a great song!” Some of the girls
started to look at her when she started to sing along in Spanish. After a few
minutes Claire started to shimmy her shoulders and sway her head as her
straight brown moved with her. She looked at them. “ This song is from the Gyspy Kings!” she
asked them surprised. Criss and Alana laughed. “ Sounds like a cool song” Xesca
replied. Claire ignored them, and kept dancing and singing. Criss was impressed
how she knew the words and every beat. When the song was over, the band played
another song which of course Claire also knew. She laughed. “ We have this
album at home.” She told them. When she looked at the band, she noticed the
lead singer looking out at the crowd and smiling. She could see she wasn’t the
only one who knew this music. Then Alana’s phone rang. She answered. Criss was
standing next her watching her talk to whoever was on the phone. A few of the
girls decided to sit. “ Hello?” Alana asked. “ Oh hi.” “ Yes?” There was a
pause. “ Oh, okay?” Alana then responding obviously not sure of what they were
talking about. “ Alright, thanks.” She hung up. “What was that?” “Oh, JD wanted
to tell you that you got a fax from Sara.” She kept her voice quiet incase it
was something personal. “ Oh, yeah. Okay.” Criss said, and his voice changed. “
Shall we continue?” Claire and the girls followed Criss. Claire decided to text
her mom. Hey mom. I know I haven’t
called. All is well here. We’ve been out this afternoon. =) Having a good time!
Tell dad and Shadow I said hi. Criss
then saw something he wanted to show the girls. Claire hung back to finish her
text. Alana waked next to her. “ Hey, I just wanted to tell you I didn’t get a
chance to say thank you for keeping the surprise from the girls at dinner.” “
Oh, of course. No problem.” Claire smiled. “ Now, lets go see what Criss is
doing with that flower.” Alana said.
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@ Rachel- I see you asked about which bracelet Criss got. If you re read the last part, you'll see it says. It starts with: " Which one did you get?"
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~ ~~ Later that afternoon~~~
The afternoon was nice, but the girls were interested to get back to the hotel, and Xesca wanted to get to bed early. It was nice to see Derek again. “ How is everyone?” He asked as they got back into the car. " Good.." a few of the girls said. As Derek started to pull out of the parking lot, Criss decided to turn on the radio. “ Let’s see what they listen to down here.” Alana was going to tell him of how you can find a mix of music from Spanish to anything they listen to in the US, but she let Criss explore. “ As long as they don’t play Forget You.” Arianna said somewhat disgusted. “Or Going Down” Xesca said. “ Too bad we just make a CD of our favorite songs.” Claire said jokingly. “ No, this is fun.” Criss said still flipping through the stations which didn’t seem to bother Derek at all. “ I actually want to hear something we don’t get to hear in US.” Rhiannon was hoping he wouldn’t find anything Justin Bieber. Soon Criss found something he liked. Alana and Claire recognized it as Regional Mexicano music. Is this okay?” Criss asked everyone. “Sure.” They all muttered. Criss turned it up a bit.
It was about four o’clock when they got back to the hotel. Everyone seemed to be really hungry since they had a big breakfast and nothing for lunch. Claire was tired from all the walking, so she didn’t mind too much about taking the elevator. They couldn’t all squeeze into the elevator, so Travis went with Alana and four of the girls. When the doors closed Claire realized that she would be taking the next one with Criss. She smiled slightly. “ I know you don’t enjoy this, so I hung back.” Criss said to Claire in the midst of the quietness as they waited. This time she was going with Arianna, Rhiannon, Zoe and LeAnn. LeAnn standing next to her nudged her, and Claire looked at her and smiled showing her teeth. When the elevator doors opened, Claire took a deep breath. She didn’t understand what she was so nervous about. She just flew all the way to Mexico. That was so much bigger than this. Claire and Criss went in first and then the girls followed standing in front. When the doors closed, Claire grabbed for the railing inside. She looked over to see Criss’s hand reaching for hers. Could this be happening? Claire took Criss’s hand and lightly squeezed it as she started to feel the elevator go up. She closed her eyes and felt herself relax. When the doors stopped, she noticed how Criss hadn’t let go until now. As they got off to head to their rooms, Criss told them “ hey, tell the others we’ll be eating at six.” “okay” they said. A part of Claire wanted to tell the others what happened, but then realized she didn’t want to spoil it. Her little secret. Would he do it again?
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“What are you gonna wear?” Kate asked Claire as they were getting dressed for dinner. “ I think I’m gonna pull out my red skirt.” Claire said as she was ruffling through her clothes to find it. “You think I can wear jeans?” Kate asked as they both turned around at the same time to show each other.“Wow, that’s so pretty!” Kate said dropping her jeans on the bed to look at Claire’s skirt. “Yeah, I got it in a store where I live.” “It’s really nice, and its got that whole Spanish theme going on.” Claire chuckled. “You mean like Flamenco?” “ Yeah, that.” Kate said pretending to know what Claire was talking about. Claire then turned back around to pull out a black tank top to accompany it. She looked back at Kate. “ I guess you can wear jeans?” I just don’t want to look like an idiot and be the only one.” Even if Kate did wear jeans, it was okay. They were a dark blue with no holes. “ Did you happen to bring a skirt?” “Oh no, I don’t look good in skirts.” Kate said defensively. “What else do you have?” Claire asked. When it was about 5: 40, they heard a knock on the door. Kate this time decided to open. “ Hi Kate.” Alana said. “You girls ready?” “Uh, yeah.” “Hey Alana” Claire said putting on her earrings. “Hey Claire- wow, I love your skirt!” “ Oh, thank you. I like yours to!” Alana had on short skirt mid thigh, decorated with flowers, with heels and a tight tank top, very much like Claire’s in red. Her hair was down, and curled mid length, and she was carrying a hand purse. She was so pretty. As Claire shut the door, she said “why isn’t Criss dating you?” Alana laughed. “ Claire! I cant date my boss!” She nudged her. “ Yes, you can! Your so pretty, and you seem a hell of a lot nicer than Hazzzel.” Kate smiled and rolled her eyes in agreement. “ Claire, shhh” with a smile in her eyes. Claire then realized they were the first girls to be picked up. Alana then knocked on the other doors to get the other girls. Kate was glad she wasn’t wearing her jeans. “ Criss will meet us in the lobby.” Alana told them as they now headed for the elevators. “We’ll go four at a time again?” Everyone nodded. Claire now took the elevator with Kate and Xesca. “ Love your shoes.” Claire told Xesca as they stepped into the elevator. Just keep my mind distracted. Claire told herself. “ Thanks.” “ I’ve wanted to get these for a while, so I had to work and save for them.” “ So how do you like this trip so far?” She now asked. “ loving it! look at all this time we get to spend with Criss, and so far hes nothing like the crap we hear people say about him.” “ I know, what is it with them?” Kate said. “ I think people just want to make him look bad, they are scared of something that’s too good to be true.” Claire said as the elevator doors now opened. “ Hello ladies” Criss said to all of them. Criss looked amazing once again. Claire was a little freaked when she realized both him and her were wearing red and black combined. “ So where are we going?” Zoe now asking the question on all there minds. “ Well it’s a restaurant called 12 Tribes. Alana told me its beautiful, so of course I wanted to try.” “ Are you ready? Wow, haha,” Criss said, “ I feel like I say that all too often.” “ That’s okay, we enjoy it.” Rhiannon said. All the girls smiled.
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