Roles Reversed

They Say These Things Come In Threes

Jude turned to Tom and said “Thanks for a great week, it was fun.”

Tom nodded and smiled as he gave her a quick kiss. As Jude got out of the car she turned and called to him, “See you in a few hours.” and walked up the sidewalk and unlocked the door and entered. She walked around the house singing some random song as she got ready for work. As she belted out the last note Sadie walked in and said “Geez Jude could you be any louder?”

Jude jumped and said, “Sadie, you scared the hell out of me."

Sadie laughed and said “Well, if you didn’t come in here banging around at like 7 in the morning I wouldn’t have scared you because you would’ve heard me coming.”

Jude smirked and said playfully “Just remember whose house this is, so shut up and it isn’t 7 in the morning, it’s more like 10.”

Sadie gave her a look and walked past her into the kitchen and grabbed a mug out of the cupboard and poured some coffee and walked through the living room and walked down the hallway to Jude’s room where she was getting dressed.

“So,” Sadie said insinuatingly her as she plopped down on Jude’s bed, “What did you do on your vacation”

Jude rolled her eyes at her sister and said, “At least you waited until I got in the door this time.”, remembering the last time she went away.

Jude got out of the car and before she even slammed the door closed Sadie burst through the door throwing questions out every which way. Mainly ones on the lines of “Are you OK?”, “What took you so long?”, “Did you meet any cute guys?” and “Did you bring me anything?”

“Sadie, calm down.” Jude said as she walked over to her and put her hands on her shoulders. They had gotten along much better since her parents kicked her out and Darius helped her get a place of her own, the whole as long as we don’t live together we’ll be fine thing. “I’ll tell you about it inside, just help me get my suitcases inside.” Jude finished

Sadie smirked and shrugged as Jude proceeded to tell her about the weekend.

As she was getting into her car, Jude’s cell phone was ringing a tone she hadn’t heard in a while, but recognized right away. She smiled as she answered the phone.

“Hello.” Jude said and the person on the other line started singing.

Hey Jude, don't be afraid.
You were made to go out and get her.
The minute you let her under your skin,
Then you begin to make it better.

“Not funny, you know I hate that.”

“Yeah, but its so much fun.”

“Whatever, so how is my favorite gay cowboy?”

“Great actually, I am in Toronto today and will be at the studio in a few minutes. I thought I was the only gay cowboy you know”

“Yeah, that’s why you’re my favorite. I am on my way to the studio right now.”

“Thanks.” He said sarcastically.

“Shut up.”

“Then I guess I will see you in a few minutes, I got to go. Darius is already barking orders.”

Jude laughed and said “Yeah that sounds like him. Oh yeah, there is someone I want you to meet when you are done.”

“Okay, cool. Bye.”


A few minutes later Jude pulled into the G-Major parking lot. She jumped out of her car and ran up to the figure standing there yelling “MASON!” as she threw her arms around him. He picked her up and spun her around laughing.

“So I take it you missed me.” He said setting her back down.

“Yes, don’t ever go away for that long ever again.” Jude said giving him another hug and kissing him on the cheek. They linked arms and walked into G-Major.

Tom pulled into the parking lot; Jude wasn’t there yet, so he decided to wait for her in the alley. A few minutes later he saw a guy get out of his car wearing a cowboy hat, he looked familiar but Tom couldn’t remember where he had seen him before. Darius came out to greet him and they then disappeared through the front doors. “That’s weird.” he thought to himself “D never does that, wonder what’s going on.” About five minutes later Tom saw Jude’s car pull up and her run to who he now knew was Mason. Now I remember where I saw him before…Jude kissed him onstage after they finished singing Who Am I Fooling on her second tour; as he watched the scene play out before him a slight pang of jealousy rushed over him. He watched as the two linked arms and walked into the studio. Inside he knew that Jude would never do anything like that, but he couldn’t help but feel jealous. He shook his head to banish the thoughts and walked into G-Major through the alley door.

Jude was sitting in Studio A with Mason talking.

“So, now that we are all caught up, who exactly did you want to introduce me to?” Mason asked.

“Hang on I’ll go find Tommy, he should be here by now.” Jude said excitedly getting up and walking to the doors.

“Tommy, as in Tom Quincy?” Mason asked smirking.

“Yeah, be right back.” Jude answered walking out the door scanning the lobby for him.

When she didn’t see him, she walked over to Sadie and asked her if she has seen him. Sadie shook her head and Jude scrunched her face up thinking about where he was and then she got an idea. She stood near the middle of the lobby and shouted “Hey Quincy!”

Just as she yelled that Tom walked in and loudly said “Hey What?!”

Jude walked over to him and grabbed his hand and said “Come on, I want you to meet someone.”

As she pulled him towards Studio A. Tom stopped and pulled them aside to ask Jude, “Who was that guy you were with outside?”

Jude looked at him and said, “Mason, but why were you watching us?”

“Well, I was waiting for you and when I was about to walk over you left.” He answered.

Jude looked him in the eyes with a smirk playing on her lips as she said “You jealous?”

“Me jealous, nope, I’m not jealous.” He said shaking his head, but a little too hesitantly.

“Because you know I would never do anything like that.” Jude said catching on to what was going on.

Tom nodded and said “I know that.”

Jude smiled and said “Come on” as she started to walk back towards the studio.

“One more thing…” Tom said.


“You ever go out with him, Because the way you kissed him before made everyone wonder.”

Jude tried hard not to laugh; she was the only one that knew Mason was gay. “Nope, we never went out, just good friends. Anything else you wanna know?”

Tom could see the laughter in her eyes and it made him wonder what was really going on but he said, “Not at the moment.”

Jude just nodded and started towards Studio A again. Once they got in there Mason smiled as Jude introduced them to each other. Mason stuck out his hand and said “Hey I’m Mason.”

Tom shook his hand and said “Tom.”

Mason looked at him and said “I am a fan; I think your music is awesome.”


Jude popped into the conversation and said “Hey Tom, you wanna sing something for us?”

“Sure, what do you wanna hear?”

Mason’s eyes lit up as he got an idea. “Come here, Tom”. As Tom walked over to him he whispered something in his ear and nodded with a smile. Tom though about it as he walked into the recording booth and gave Mason a slight nod telling him he would go along with it. Mason gave Jude a CD and said “Track 12."

Jude looked at him and said “What is going on Mase, do NOT corrupt him.”

Mason laughed and said “Don’t worry, its all good.”

Jude just shook her head. Tom laughed and Jude gave him a look; he just smiled as to tell her “Nope, not telling.”

She shook her head again and sat down as Mason hit the play button and Tom started to sing.

Hey Jude, don't make it bad.
Take a sad song and make it better.
Remember to let her into your heart,
Then you can start to make it better.

Jude looked at Mason and at Tom and said “You have got to be kidding me, Mason you know I don’t like this. You are corrupting him.” Mason just smiled.

Hey Jude, don't be afraid.
You were made to go out and get her.
The minute you let her under your skin,
Then you begin to make it better.

Jude smacked Mason in the arm and gave Tom a look and said “Paybacks Mason, Paybacks.”

And anytime you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrain,
Don't carry the world upon your shoulders.
For well you know that it's a fool who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder.

So let it out and let it in, hey Jude, begin,
You're waiting for someone to perform with.
And don't you know that it's just you, hey Jude, you'll do,
The movement you need is on your shoulder.

Mason grabbed Jude’s hands and pulled her out of her chair and made her dance with him around the soundboard. Still singing Tom started to laugh.

Hey Jude, don't make it bad.
Take a sad song and make it better.
Remember to let her under your skin,
Then you'll begin to make it
Better better better better better better, oh.

Da da da da da da, da da da, hey Jude (repeat 16 times and fade out)

Jude was laughing now just like the two guys were. Mason looked over at Jude and said “You know he is yummier in person.”

Jude looked over at him and laughed saying “Mason, sorry to break it to you, but he’s not your type, plus he’s with me.”

Tom looked up with a surprised look on his face, he heard everything since they forgot to turn off the mic. Mason didn’t see him, but Jude did and she smirked. Just then Darius walked in and said, “Hard at work I see."

All three turned to look at him and Jude said in a joking tone “Always D, we always work hard.”, noticing that he was in a good mood today. He just looked at her and said “Yeah right, now actually do something or quit wasting my time.”

Jude smiled and started singing, “Waste my time, waste my time…cuz you know how to waste my time.”

D shook his head and said “Mason I need you to come with me, we gotta talk business.”

After they walked out Tom sat down next to Jude by the soundboard and said “OK, two things.

Jude nodded, “One, what is going on, Darius so didn’t yell at us for messing around and two, Mason’s gay?”

“With D, you have to play by the moods and yeah, Mason’s gay.” She answered.

“Didn’t expect that.”

“How about we get out of here.” Jude said.

“Yeah, sounds good. We’ve been here for like four hours ‘working’ and working”

“Okay, I will meet you outside. I’m gonna tell D we are leaving.”

“Okay.” Tom said as he exited out the alley door.

Tom was leaning with his back against the wall waiting for Jude to come out. Kwest walked out and started talking with him about what was going on when they were in the studio. All of a sudden someone walked up to them and pushed Kwest out of the way as he said “Stay away from Jude.”

Tom looked over at the person and rolled his eyes as he said “Go away Braedyn.”

Braedyn glared at him and said “She’s mine, stay away from her.”

Tom looked at him like he was crazy and retorted with “First off she isn’t property you can claim, she is a person, one of which that makes her own decisions and second dude, you had your chance, you screwed up. Get over it.”

Braedyn shook her head and yelled “You don’t get it, she’s mine that is it.”

Tom rolled his eyes and turned to walk away. Suddenly Braedyn grabbed Tom by the shoulder causing him to stop and as he whirled him around, Kwest said “Braedyn, I wouldn’t do that if I were you man.”

Braedyn ignored him and swung at Tom, his fist making a sickening sound as it connected with Tom’s jaw. Tom stumbled back not expecting the blow. Tom glared at Braedyn and shook his head as he clenched his fists at his sides and replied in a threatening tone “Do that one more time, I dare you.”

Braedyn swung at him again but this time Tom blocked the shot and did a leg sweep knocking Braedyn’s feet out from underneath him and resulted with him laying on his back and hitting his head on the ground. Kwest looked over at him and said “Told you not to do it man.”

Braedyn jumped back up and went after Tom again, this time Tom drew back his fist and punched Braedyn square in the face causing him to stumble back a few feet and tripped over a concrete barrier and landed flat on his butt. Tom walked over to him and picked him up by the neck of his shirt and got in his face now dripping with blood from his nose and said in an angry tone “Now leave Jude alone and take your sorry ass somewhere else.”

He dropped him back on to the ground and turned to walk back over to the door. When he did so, someone was waiting there for him and he was shocked by their expression.

Jude knocked on Darius’s office door and walked in upon hearing him tell her to come in. She walked over to his desk and said “D, we are gonna take off, we are done with the few things we were gonna do, is that okay?” He looked at her and said “What exactly did you get done today?”

“Well…let’s see…there was practicing the song for his CD release gig and worked on a few songs.” Jude answered, counting on her fingers.

“Unless he is singing Hey Jude, I don’t really believe you.” Darius said shaking his head.

Jude rolled her eyes and said “He is singing Let’s Talk; you know the single that is gonna be released this month.”

“Good. Now you can go, but I want everything perfected by the end of the week and I want you to make the changes I told you about to those songs and have it ready to go by 6:00 Sunday night.”

“Sunday?” Jude asked huffily.

“Yeah, Sunday, that shouldn’t be a problem should it?” he asked in a tone that said it didn’t matter if there was a problem it was going to be done.

“No D, its fine. We’ll be back in an hour.” Jude answered.

“In one hour.” Darius said firmly as Jude walked out the door towards the alley but stopped abruptly when she heard arguing. It sounded like someone was saying said “She’s mine, stay away from her.” the other person involved came back with “First off she isn’t property you can claim, she is a person, one of which that makes her own decisions and second, dude you had your chance, you screwed up. Get over it.”

Jude walked over to the door and pressed her ear against it, “Do that one more time, I dare you”, as she glanced out the window she saw Braedyn trying to punch someone, just out of view, but ending up on the ground instead. Curious to who was fighting she peeked her head out to see what was going on and all she could hear was Kwest saying “Told you not to do it man.” as he stood back a little by the dumpster. She opened the door farther and she saw Tom picking Braedyn up by the neck of his shirt and saying “Now leave Jude alone and take your sorry ass somewhere else.”

Braedyn scurried off like a mouse being chased by a cat. Jude stood there wide eyed with her mouth slightly agape as he turned around she said as she walked up to him “What the hell, did you just beat the shit out of him?”

Tom looked at her and said “Not really, he could still walk.” as he thought is she gonna defend him?! Jude rolled her eyes and after a few minutes of silence she said “I heard what you said.” looking him square in the eye.


“I appreciate you standing up for me like that, but I have a question for you.”

Tom looked at her.

“Didn’t you mother ever teach you that violence isn’t the answer?” Jude asked sarcastically.

“Of course she did, but this wasn’t violence.” He replied with a smirk.

“Really, then what was it?”

“Defense.” Tom replied simply as he put his arm around her waist and they walked out to the parking lot. Jude just shook her head at his answer and smiled. As they waked over to their cars Jude called after Tom “We have to be back in an hour, D wants everything done by Sunday so we have a few long nights ahead of us.”

Tom nodded and suggestively asked, “Whatever are we gonna do with those long nights?”

“Banish those thoughts Quincy; we have to get our work done.” Jude said walking over to him and whispered “Maybe after, if you’re good,” breath tickling his ear.

He turned towards her and said “I haven’t been told otherwise.”

Jude rolled her eyes and looked him up and down and said “I bet you haven’t, could you be any more cocky?”

“Hey, you started it.” He said with an innocent look on his face.

“Did not.” She retorted.

“Sure, I’ll see you in an hour.” he said giving her a quick kiss on the cheek as she got into her car and drove off.

An hour later Tom and Jude were back at the studio and they were rerecording Let’s Talk. Tom was seated on a stool in front of the mic with his acoustic guitar waiting for Jude’s signal. Jude hit the record button and signaled him to start. He strummed the first few chords and began to sing.

Well I'm a liar on the weekends oh yeah

and I’m so tired on the Monday mornings

so let me take a seat beside you and let's talk....

about what you like and what you don’t like and how we can make it work

I’m coming down your ally and I’m right by your door,

I’m coming through the window and I’m flat on your floor

and she said why, why mister are you never at home

figure out this picture cause it looks like its wrong.

well try to understand how I fit your mold

it’s a lot like business when your 10 years old

so plug me in and pull me out now oh yeah

so let me go and let me light another

you think you got it figured out now well no

about what you like and what you don't like and how I can make it go

I’m coming down your ally and I’m right by your door,

I’m coming through the window and I’m flat on your floor

and she said why, why mister are you never at home

figure out this picture cause it looks like its wrong.

well try to understand how I fit you mold

it’s a lot like business when your 10 years old

oh oh oh oh oh

oh oh oh oh oh

I’m coming down your ally and I’m right by your door,

I’m coming through the window and I’m flat on your floor

and she said why, why mister are you never at home

figure out this picture cause it looks like its wrong.

well try to understand how I fit your mold

it’s a lot like business when your 10 years old

it’s a lot like business when your 10 years old

it’s a lot like business when your 10 years old




They did a few more takes, which in Jude’s mind that means like ten, of that song and it was perfect. Jude pressed the intercom button and said “Good job, you’re done for the night; all I have to do is put the finishing touches on it and put it on a CD and I can turn it into D.”

“Does that mean I can leave Miss Slave driver?” Tom asked jokingly as he walked out of the recording booth and over to the soundboard

“Yes you can go, and if you think I am being a slave driver now, just wait til we perfect the whole album.” Jude came back with.

“Now get out and let me work.” She said jokingly and called after him “Just make sure you are here at 8 tomorrow." He nodded in acknowledgement and headed out the door. Jude placed the headphones back on and let the music rush through her ears, working furiously to make the song ‘sonic perfection’.

Jude walked quietly into her house as to not wake Sadie, who was staying with her for a while. Her jaw dropped as she turned around to shut the door. She couldn’t believe what she saw…

Two people making out heavily and heatedly on the couch, her couch, the one she just bought. Jude walked into the living room and turned on the light and said, “Sadie?!”

The two people stopped what they were doing and looked up “Kwest?! I can’t believe this!"

“Uhhh…Hi Jude.” Kwest said standing up “we were just…” Jude cut him off by saying “What you two do is your own business, but next time don’t do it on my new couch.”

Sadie, who was now standing next to Kwest, looked at Jude and mumbled “And you said I had to work on my timing.”

Sadie grabbed Kwest’s hand and said “Come on, we can finish this somewhere else.” And they made their way towards the door. Just as they closed the door Jude’s cell phone rang.


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