Blast From The Past
Jude woke up the next morning with a headache, not quite a hangover, but close. She only vaguely remembered what happened last night and she had the feeling she didn’t want to know. She got ready to go and drove to the studio. She smiled as she pulled into the parking lot and saw Tom’s car there. “Maybe he can tell me what went on last night.” Jude thought out loud as she got out of the car.
The minute she walked in the door she was bombarded by Darius with a stack of tabloids.
“What the hell is this?!” He exclaimed, throwing the papers to her. They had pictures of her onstage and being carried out by Tom. They even quoted her when she yelled “Stay away from my man sluts!” One even started a rumor about her and Tom being involved as it showed a picture of them dancing along with a couple headlines along the lines of "Jude Harrison and Tom Quincy…together?!: Artist gets producer drunk and sleeps his way to the top." and "Jude Harrison gives drunken performance…encore anyone?"
“Oh that’s what happened! Damn I look good!” Jude replied jokingly.
“NOT FUNNY JUDE!” Darius exclaimed. I am glad she was having fun and all, however she didn’t need to do it so obnoxiously and give us a bad reputation and especially with our newest artist. People are waiting for him to screw up. Darius thought to himself.
“Look, I know okay, I don’t know what I was thinking.” She said in reply.
“Jude, I don’t care what you do with your life, just don’t let it hurt us or Tom’s career,” Darius said, “He was involved in that performance I can assume.”
“Something like that.” Jude replied.
“Now get to work! Tom’s waiting in Studio A.” D said, in a finalizing tone.
As Jude walked in she saw Tom sitting on the couch and humming a song that sounded vaguely familiar, she couldn’t put her finger on it.
Tom saw Jude walk into G Major and saw her and D talking. He just laughed to himself when he thought about last night. Just as she walked into the studio he started to hum the song she sang. She sat there and watched him. Finally she broke into the humming finally realizing what the song was and asked, “What exactly happened last night?”
“You gave quite the performance, I was actually hoping for an encore.” He told her.
“Oh my gosh, tell me what I said.” Jude asked knowing that she gets quite vocal when she drinks.
Tom just smiled at her and she covered her face with her hands, "This is not going to be good."
He then told her everything that happened, song and all, and said, “My favorite part was when you yelled ‘Stay away from my man you sluts.’ and then practically stumbled off the stage when you took a bow.”
“I am so sorry,” Jude looked mortified, “I can’t believe that I did that! Way to make an impression.”
“I actually thought it was cute.” Tom said, “I also can’t believe how well you can sing when you’re drunk, that takes talent right there.”
Jude smiled, “Thanks for helping me out last night, I appreciate it.”
“Like I said before, no problem.” He replied.
“Well…on a different note, do you have any songs today?” Jude asked, a part of her hoping he didn’t so they could leave because she didn’t really feel like working today under the circumstances.
“Actually, I don’t, sorry. I am having a hard time coming up with something, I have writer’s block.”
“That’s okay, I have had the horrible sickness before; maybe we can get the day off then and go somewhere.” Jude replied.
“Sounds good.” Tom said leaning back in the chair.
“I’ll be right back.” Jude said walking out the door to go find Darius.
As soon as she saw him in the kitchenette she hollered, “Hey D, can Tom and I have the rest of the day off? Working field trip.” from where she was standing in the doorway.
“Jude, if you want to talk to me, next time don’t shout across the studio.” He said, “I guess you can have the day off if you don’t have any repeats of last night.”
“Thanks D.” She yelled from the same spot.
He just shook his head and mumbled some things never change…she always did that when she was an artist, as he walked towards his office.
“He said we can go.” Jude told Tom.
“Yeah, I heard. I think everyone in the studio heard you.” He replied.
“I don’t care, lets go.” Jude said as she grabbed his hand and pulled him out the door, both of them feeling the connection between them.
As they got into Jude’s car, Tom asked “Exactly where are you taking me Harrison.”
“You’ll just have to wait and see.” She replied as she looked at him through her sunglasses. I don’t know why I am going here. I just have a feeling that I have to go. Plus maybe it will clear both our heads a little. She thought to herself.
“This place is amazing, how did you find it?” Jude asked
“I found it one day while I was walking a few months ago. It’s a great place to think.” Braedyn replied.
They were sitting on the edge of the rock protruding out of the side of the giant mass of land. “You can see everything from up here!” Jude exclaimed.
“I know that’s why I like it so much, it is really beautiful up here.” He said. “Jude I have to tell you something…”
“What is it?”
“I…I…” was all he could stammer out.
“Come on Brae, just spit it out.” Jude said kind of amused by his sudden loss of words.
“I don’t know how to say this, so I am just going to say it.”
Jude looked at him intensely, this can’t be good, she thought to herself.
“I cheated on you with Kareynn”
“WHAT!” Jude screamed “HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME! WITH MY BEST FRIEND! I THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME! OH MY GOD!”
“Jude calm down, I do love you.”
“If you did you wouldn’t have done this to me, I never want to see your damn face again, just leave me alone!” Jude exclaimed as she started to walk down the slightly wooded path towards the road with tears in her eyes. Don’t fall, don’t fall she said to them in her head. She didn’t want to give him the satisfaction of seeing them fall.
“Jude…Jude” Braedyn called after her but she kept on walking.
The last thing he ever heard her say was “I hope you to have a great life together because I never want to see either of you ever again! You are dead to me.”
She jumped in her car and peeled out of there as fast as she could and never looked back.
Tom sat there silently looked at Jude and saw that she was lost in thought as she stared at the road in front of her.
“You okay, Jude?” He asked giving her a concerned look.
“Yeah, I’m fine.” She said quickly, but she still had a faraway look on her face.
“We’re almost there,” she told him, “Just a few more minutes.”
When they got there Jude led them down the familiar path, one she walked many times before.
“Geez Harrison, if I’d known we were going on a hike, I would’ve brought better shoes.” Tom joked.
“Shut up Quincy, we’re almost there.” She said as they made it to the top of the hill.
“Wow, this view is spectacular Jude” Tom said astonished.
“It's a great place to clear your head. Come on there is something else I want to show you.” Jude told him as she grabbed his hand and walked down a slightly wooded path. At the end of the path was a rock protruding out of the side of the hill. Jude walked over to it and sat down with her feet hanging over the edge. Tom walked up and sat beside her. He put his arm around her and pulled her close as they watched the sun sink under the horizon.
“Hey Tom, do you remember the other day when you sang Skips for me?” Jude asked quietly.
“Yeah, you looked so sad afterwards.” He replied. “What was your inspiration?”
“Well, it was a bad time in life for me.” She said and then she told him about that day, the day her boyfriend told her he was cheating on her, as she was talking someone walked up behind them.
“Jude, long time no see.” Jude’s eyes widened as she recognized the voice.
“I thought I told you never to talk to me again Braedyn.” She said, without even looking at him.
“I want to try again.” He claimed. She took Tom’s hand and started to walk away, but Braedyn continued to follow them down the path. As the footsteps continued to follow them Jude headed towards the car. Tom turned around and said, “Look, just leave her alone. Can’t you see she doesn’t want anything to do with you?”
“Who do you think you are?” Braedyn asked.
“I am her boyfriend.” Tom stated. Jude jaw dropped, she recovered as she turned around and stared at him. He gave a just go along with it look.
“Yeah, I don’t need you, you cheating jerk.” Jude said as she walked over to Tom and gave him a big, passion filled kiss. It caught Tom off guard, but he went with it and pulled her close and when they broke apart Jude turned to Braedyn and asked “Oh by the way, how’s Kareynn?” with a smirk. He stood there with his jaw practically sitting on the ground as Jude and Tom walked hand in hand to the car and drove off.