The next day the girls arrived earlier than the guys at the lobby. The other dancers joined them. Fatima and the guys came down and got onto the bus.
The Backstreet Bus arrived at the 2001 MTV VMA's rehersal with a load of thirty people including the guys and Fatima.
From the bus all of the dancers proceeded into the auditorium . On reaching there, Michelle is greeted by a cool gust of air. She sighs. To her left she sees Steps, B*witched and N-Sync just hanging around. H steps was running around like a mad dog on the loose. They were practicing on stage.
" Hey this is cool...." exclaimed Mary. The place was so cold. Michelle shivered. Immediately she felt the presence of people behind her.
" You okay Michelle? " asked Kevin being concerned
" Yeah you were shivering......you still are! " exclaimed AJ getting Michelle his jacket from the bus.
" Oh thanks! " she pulled the jacket over herself and sat on one of the seats allocated below the stage.
Mary sat beside her, holding her tight.
Justin N-Sync spotted Brian amongst the crowd. He put his hand on Brian's shoulder. Brian turned around.
" Handshake? " asked Justin as he held out his left hand.
" It was not your fault any way." said Brian as he received his handshake pulled him into a hug and released him.
" Glad." said Justin
" How's Lucy? "asked Brian. " Good. " said Justin.
Brian walked towards the other fellas.
Steps are up on stage...
" One for sorrow........." sang Faye as she danced.
" Hey it's Steps! " exclaimed Howie as he waved to them from below. They returned his wave with a huge smile on their faces.
The music stopped and they sat on the stage....
" Hey Backstreet! How are you guys? " asked Claire steps.
" Ooooh very fine. " said AJ as he jumped up on stage almost knocking over H and Lee.
Fatima went up onstage while Steps cleared out.
" Come guys you're up next! " shouted Fatima from the stage. Michelle took off the jacket, placed it on the seat and followed the rest up to the stage. She didn't get it. Why was she getting so much attention from the guys? All of them took their places on stage. Michelle was placed behind Brian. Mary was behind Nick. Brian looked at Nick and both of them smiled and made funny faces. The rest of the girls just took their places behind. Brian and Nick got the attention of B*witched. The girls laughed out loud. Brian did the same back to the B*witched girls and they just laughed. And the music started. Brian became serious.
All the other stars stopped what they are doing and watched The Backstreet Boys as they danced to the funky upbeat song from their third album.
Steps moved to the funky beat and B*witched tried to make Brian laugh. Brian just opened his mouth wide and smiled at them and danced like a pro. N-Sync took note of a few good steps and Mary giggled on seeing it.
" And 1 2 3.......squat turn kick and slide........ " said Fatima as she did the steps herself at the corner. Michelle stretched her foot out to turn into another position. She felt something thick beneath her feet tugging her back and the next minute she tripped and fell, crashing onto Kevin who was upfront. He fell back........there was a loud thud! The music stopped.
Brian "Oh dear...."
Nick looked on.
" Michelle! " yelled Mary. " Shoot. " said the other girls and they walked off the stage.
The whole auditorium looked on at the scene which was unfolding on satge.
Michelle felt kind of wierd with all the people looking at her. She had crashed into Kevin falling onto him, chest to chest. Her hairband fell off. Her brown hair fell to her face. Kevin found himself staring at the ceiling not realising what had happened. He soon came out of his trance. He lifted his head and found Michelle on top of him. He gently pushed back her hair to reveal a terribly bleeding nose to the audience and to the guys.
" Oh my god! " exclaimed Kevin as he lifted Michelle's head up. Brian and Howie ran towards them.
" Carry her! " shouted Kevin to AJ as he wiped off the blood oozing from her nose. Michelle didn't realise. She felt very faint, quickly Howie pulled up a chair and they placed her on it.
" What?! ......' she mumured as she tried to recollect what exactly happened.
" Put your head up girl......look at the ceiling..." said Brian as he lifted her head up to stop the blood from flowing. she looked to the sides, everyone was gone. Mary ran to Michelle. She patted her hand with her other hand.
The silence was interupted " Hey lookie here! " shouted Nick to the guys as he held onto a thick black cable on the floor of the stage.
" Look's like this cable is the culprit! " AJ said as he bent to look at the cable Nick was holding.
Michelled looked to the left where Kevin is standing, his beautiful white t-shirt was stained with the blood from her nose. She looked up and saw Brian still holding her head up and wiping the blood away, he smiled.
" This is a big cable wire! " said Kevin trying to look at Michelle and at Nick and then at AJ.
" Barry... " mumbled Mary softly.
" What? " asked AJ.
" Nothing ummm i said scary! Yeah scary. " said Mary as she went to Michelle.
Brian tilted Michelle's head down, the bleeding had stopped. She looked pale.
" I'm so sorry Kevin......Fatima and the rest of you guys......i spoiled your whole day! " Michelle said as she buried her head into her hands.
" No no no, its not your fault. " said Fatima patting her back. Michelle got up but still felt a bit dizzy. Nick noticed and came to hold her but Brian and Kevin already beat him to it.
Mary stayed by Michelle.
" Your're okay......" said Mary.
Michelle looked at Brian and then at Kevin.
" I'm okay you guys. Thanks for the care and concern. "
" No bother gal, no bother. " said Kevin letting Michelle go.
" I'm okay i wanna dance."said Michelle.
" You sure? "asked Kevin.
" Yes please! "begged Michelle.
" Okay come let's practice. "said Kevin as he gathered evryone on stage.
" You okay Michelle. "asked Mary
" Yeah let's do this. "said Michelle excitedly and they successfully completed their rehersal.
" You two were great! "exclaimed AJ as he wiped his prespiration.
" Thankx. "replied Mary and Michelle.