Chapter 1: Foreign to the Feeling of Love
"Cause you'll end up regretting it, babe..." Anna ends the dance video with a cartwheel.
"Cut! That's it. Great job, WHITE CHAOS!" We hear a voice and start hugging each other.
Faces around me beaming with happiness, probably because we're finally done with this album. We've been recording and shooting for our upcoming album--Feel the Flashback-for the past three months and it has been very hectic. Every single person has worked extremely hard, including the production team, technical team, managers, composers, choreographers, other workers and of course, us.
"Finally." Shubman lets out a very dramatic sigh as he plonks himself on the couch, between me and Kabir. Anna wearily takes a seat on the couch opposite to ours and others instantly leave the room to give us privacy.
"After Filmfare and the promotions, I'm going on a very long vacation you fuckers and I ain't coming back until next year," Kabir announces and everyone glares at him.
"With Aleena?" I ask and he happily nods.
"You know what will happen if they find out that you have a girlfriend, right?"
"Isse rehne de ,Anna, vaise bhi ( Let him be, Anna, anyway) it's not the first time he's roaming around with his girl."
"It's a skill that I have mastered very well," he says proudly as if we just praised him.
"What are you guys doing?" he asks the rest of us.
"Flying to London to see Kiara's boyfriend," Shub says referring to his little sister. I can even see Shub threatening him to not hurt Kiara. Poor guy, I feel sad for him.
"I'll be sleeping and binge-watching Korean dramas all day." Anna shrugs and everyone looks at me.
"What? Filmfare, promotions, shoot for Har Pal and then I'll probably just work on some new songs." I count on my fingers.
"You should find yourself a boyfriend, Sin," Kabir says and everyone nods in agreement.
"What? Why me? Even you fuckers are single, right?" I point at Anna and Shub.
"But we're not as annoying as you."
"Did you just call me annoying, you asshole?" I smack his back, not very playfully.
So, yeah. These are my friends.
Shubman Singh Westwood, stage name- Shaye. The 24-year-old Leader and Main Rapper. We're often shipped together by fans but no, we're not dating, I'd rather kill myself.
Kabir Abbas is the 22-year-old Lead Vocalist, Lead dancer and visual of White Chaos. He's the kid of the group who can get away easily after doing anything wrong.
Adrianna D'Souza, known as Anna. 24year-old Main dancer, lead rapper and Sub Vocalist. She likes to... Umm, sleep and eat. Yes.
And then, there's me. Saina Mandhana or Sin as people say, 23-year-old Main Vocalist of this group. My life completely revolves around Music and my family.
The four of us complete the group WHITE CHAOS, one of the most popular groups in the whole world. We debuted 5 years ago when we were teenagers. When we first started this group, we didn't have many viewers because pop groups weren't a concept in India but I-pop evolved and here we are now, as the biggest band in India.
"But seriously you haven't ever been in love. You literally don't have a life outside music and this band. Look at yourself, you don't even give a fuck about your birthday. You need to live your life, go out there and meet the man of your dreams. After all, who can resist the charm of SAINA MANDHANA? Who knows, you might even meet your soulmate."
"If soulmates do exist Shubman, I won't have to go look for him. We will eventually meet." I smile.
"You're so stubborn." Anna leans back, crossing her arms over her chest. "Wait, didn't we have to attend Manav's party?" She says, making my heart skip a beat. Right now, I was supposed to be at home, attending a party that my elder brother had thrown because his team won some championship.
"Shit," I mutter as I practically run around the room to get my things. I finally slip on my hoodie and leave but not before saying- "I'll rip you to shreds if you both don't come"- to Shub and Anna.
I walk through the huge doors of the mansion and finally spot Manav standing next to the stairs with a worried expression.
"Manav, my man." I engulf him in a hug.
"You look worried, did ICB (Indian Cricket Board) finally kick you out of the team?!" I say and he glares at me. "Is that a yes?"
"No, you idiot. My sister hasn't come home yet!"
"Isn't your sister a musician? Do you think she'll be as free as you?'"
"Fuck off Re- oh there she is!" He points towards a girl who's sneaking into a room on the top floor, probably because she doesn't want to be spotted. She's wearing a black hoodie so I can't see her face properly.
"Sharma!" Someone smacks my head from behind and I don't even have to turn to know who's the culprit.
"Romil," I grumble, running a hand through my hair.
"Did I just see THE REYANSH SHARMA staring at a girl?!"
"Stop overreacting Shah." I roll my eyes at him.
"Wait! Who did he stare at?!"
"He was looking at your sister, you dumbfuck." Romil retorts and Manav glares daggers at me.
"Reyan, I swear, I will rip your eyes out"
"What? I didn't even do anything, he's lying."
"It better be like that." He mutters before going away. I get it, Manav's parents died 18 years ago and since then, he's been extra possessive of his sister. I haven't met her before but I sure have seen her, it is kind of difficult to not see a face that is on almost every single poster of the country.
She's known as the vocalist of the decade and is a part of India's biggest pop group which is called White Chaos or something. How do I know this? My sister keeps talking about the band all day and apparently, she's a CHAOTIC ARMY (White Chaos' official fandom name).
Oh, let me introduce myself. Reyansh Sharma, right-arm leg spinner in the Indian cricket team. Here I am at a party thrown by my best friend— who is also the captain— because we won the T-20 cricket world cup 2021.
About my relationship status - currently single. I may have dated some girls because I liked them but I've never loved anybody in my thirty years of life. To be honest, it's just been cricket for me. My personal life routine is- wake up, eat, practice or play, and then go to bed. Get up the next day and get ready to play more Cricket. Period.
I'm not the playboy types either. So, I'm still waiting for my the one who I'm not very sure exists. Currently, I'm foreign to the feeling of love.
A giggle pulls me out of my chain of thoughts. I turn behind to see who it is and I freeze to my spot. There she's standing, the hot band girl. Her pictures don't do her justice. She looks so much more beautiful in person if that's even possible. Do you ever see a girl and then suddenly lose the ability to think? Yeah, that's what I'm feeling right now. I look around to see everyone staring at her, just like me.
"Okay?" She asks Manav.
"Don't act like you don't know how hot you are." He says, pushing a stray strand of hair behind her ear. "You look stunning."
Indeed, she looks stunning. She's wearing a beautiful burgundy a-line dress that hugs her bodice and is slightly flared out at the waist. The floor-length skirt has a side slit that starts mid-thigh. With a daring v-neckline, thin straps draped over her shoulders and crossed in the open back of the silky satin dress and her lips are painted red.
Those autumn brown eyes look mysterious and fierce at the same time. The sharpness of her jaw makes my legs go instantly weak, it could cut me and I'd say thank you.
Who the hell even put her second on the list of INDIA'S MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN? I demand them to come here right now and justify why she isn't on top.
"Saina!" Manav brings her to our table. "This is Reyan. Reyan, this is my sister, Saina." She nods and gives me a small smile, I do the same.
"Saina!" Romil screams as he squeezes her in a tight hug. "Happy Sin Day!"
"Thank you, and you're still the same, dramatic AF."
"Oh please, we met after like eight months. You don't know how much I've missed you. You didn't even come for the final." He says sadly.
"Aah, I'm so sorry, these days have been so hectic, we've been preparing for our new album and you know I don't understand anything about cricket."
"Forget that, I'm so excited for FEEL THE FLASHBACK. I saw the concept teaser and you look so beautiful!"
"Trust me, you're going to love the album. It's totally your type." She winks at him. "I'm gonna stop talking about it otherwise I'll end up leaking all the information. Congratulations on your win, though. T-20 world cup, right?" She doesn't seem much of a cricket fan.
"Yes, all thanks to Reyan. He was the Player of the Tournament."
"Please, it was teamwork." I smile.
"Oh you modest son of a bitch." He says causing the hot band girl to chuckle. She takes a glass of wine from the waiter, which Manav places back on the tray.
"You are not going to drink this." He says sternly.
"I don't want you to be drunk when there's a bunch of guys in my house."
"Okay, fine. Then I might as well go have some fun with one of them." She winks. Does she know that her wink could kill someone?
"Saina Mandhana!" He fumes. "You're going to be a virgin until you die!"
"Manav, I'm kidding... Anyway, Anna and Shubman are here. I'll take your leave." She smiles politely before walking away.
Leader- In most groups, there's an appointed leader, who's usually (but not always) the eldest member or at least one of the eldest members. (Ex: Aespa's Karina) Sometimes the leader can be the member who was a trainee for the longest period out of all the members of the band. (Ex: Twice's Jihyo)
Main vocalist- The Main Vocalist is usually the member with the best singing technique, who gets the most difficult vocal parts. (EX: 2PM's Jun-K, Red Velvet's Wendy, etc.) The Main vocalist usually gets lots of singing lines and usually sings the chorus.
Lead vocalist- The Lead Vocalist is usually the member with the 2nd best singing technique. They usually sing before the Main Vocalist. (EX: KARD's Jiwoo, etc.)
Sub Vocalist- The Sub Vocalist (Sometimes also simply the Vocalist) supports the Main and Lead Vocalists and can get fewer singing lines. (Red Velvet's IRENE, etc.)
Main rapper- The Main Rapper gets most of the rapping parts and they are supposed to be the ones with the best rapping skills. (BTS' RM, etc.)
Lead rapper- The Lead Rapper is supposed to be the 2nd best to the Main Rapper. They usually begin the rapping parts. ( ITZY's Yuna, etc.)
Main dancer- The Main Dancer is usually the member with the greatest dancing skills. The Main Dancer usually gets solo dancing parts. (EX: EXO's KAI, Blackpink's Lisa, etc.)
Lead dancer- The Lead Dancer is usually the 2nd best dancer in the group. When the group dances together, he/she will often dance in the front. ( EVERGLOW's Yiren, etc.)
Visual- The visual is usually the member considered the most physically attractive in the group. There can be one or more visuals. (EX: GOT7's Mark, etc.)
The face of the group- the Face Of The Group is the band's representative who usually gets invited to variety shows or who represents the band in different public events, so many times is the most popular member. ( Blackpink's Jennie, etc.)
Centre- Usually a certain member is placed in the middle of the group during promotions, photoshoots, video shoots, etc. ( Twice's Nayeon, etc.)
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