Tori's Point of View

I slowly pace the small living room of my dad's apartment. My fingers tangle in my hair as I try to mental work out every detail of tonight. I know that no matter what, tonight will be a success, but I'm still nervous. I've preformed in front of crowds before, but never with my own song. A soft knock on the door breaks my thoughts and I rush over to answer it.

I am greeted by a pair of crystal eyes, unruly blonde hair, and a smile that can melt any heart.

"James, you're late." I try to keep my voice serious but my body has other plans in mind as a smile spreads across my face and I walk into his embrace.

"It's nice to see you too, Tori. Now what is your amazing plan to surprise Sikowitz on his birthday?" As he finishes his sentence, my smile is replaced with a mischievous grin.

"Well, there is this really fancy restaurant that needs a live performer for the night…" My voice trails off and James already knows where this is going.

"Tori, keep in mind, he will be there with his students and he likes to keep his personal life separate from his work life." There is a warning tone in his voice and I knew he was right. I sigh and throw myself onto the couch.

"I know, but it's not fair. He's my dad. I have some unspoken right to be allowed to celebrate tonight with him, but they just went and stole him from me." My eyes meet James's and all my doubts are pushed to the back of my mind.

"Tori, what are you planning. I know that look and that is not a safe look…" His voice trails off and my smirk grow larger.

"Why didn't I think of this before. James, they don't have to know that I'm related to Sikowitz, I could just be a student that he gives private lessons to. Or I could simply be his nephew's girlfriend." I look at him through my lashes and he sighs. Sikowitz's students already know James because he actually attends Hollywood Arts, so it wouldn't surprise them that he would know where to find his uncle on his birthday.

"Why do I have a bad feeling about this?" He groans and I look at him innocently.

"Because you don't know how to live a little." I give him a quick hug and then disappear into my room to change.

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Beck's Point of View

I don't want to make a scene

I don't want to let you down

Try to do my own thing

And I'm starting to figure it out

That it's alright

Keep it together wherever we go

And it's alright, oh well, whatever

Everybody needs to know

A voice cuts through the silence and I turn my head to see a petite brunette sitting at the piano. She similes to herself as the words leave her lips and I can't help but wonder who it is she is thinking about.

"She's good." Andre speaks up and the rest on the gang nod in agreement. We all turn our attention back to the mystery preformed and as a male joins her on stage, his fingers repacing hers on the keys and she smiles to him before standing up as a waiter helps her sit on the top of the baby grand.

You might be crazy

Have I told you lately that I love you?

You're the only reason that I'm not afraid to fly

And it's crazy that someone could change me

Now no matter what it is I have to do, I'm not afraid to try

And you need to know that you're the reason why

Her eyes sparkle as she lets the words dance from her lips. Her soft curls frame her face and she is dressed in a simple red lace dress. She removes herself from the center of the room and walks towards a couple as if to serenade them directly.

"She's move than just good. She's amazing." Sikowitz speaks barley above a whisper. I turn to give him a quizzical stare and there is a sense of pride in his eyes. I scan the rest of the group to see if anyone else picked up on his comment but if they did, they aren't giving any indication for it.

I don't even care when they say

You're a little bit off

Look me in the eye, I say

I could never get enough

'Cause it's alright

Keep it together wherever we go

And it's alright, oh well, whatever

Everybody needs to know

She slowly makes her way to our table. Her smile is contagious and if it were possible, her voice sound even more perfect the closer she gets. For a split second her hazel eyes meet mine and as soon as they break contact I let out a breath that I didn't know I was holding. Within seconds she is standing in front of Sikowitz, his hand in her's.

You might be crazy

Have I told you lately that I love you?

You're the only reason that I'm not afraid to fly

And it's crazy that someone could change me

Now no matter what it is I have to do, I'm not afraid to try

And you need to know that you're the reason why

She gives the man a hug before turning to head towards center stage. From the corner of my eye I can see Sikowitz wipe a few tears from his eyes.

"Is it just me or does she kind of look like Trina?" Robbie asks and everyone turns towards him.

"He has a point, but there is no way that they are related. I mean have you met the Vegas, none of them have an once of talent in their body and as much as I hate to admit it, she has potential." Jade speaks up and everyone looks at her in shock, but she just shrugs her shoulders and goes back to watching the performance at hans.

If it was raining, you would yell at the sun

Pick up the pieces when the damage is done

You say it's just another day in the shade

But look at what a mess we made

The brunette was now sitting on the piano in front of her male counterpart. He smiles at her as she continues to sing and part of me can't help but wish she were singing to me. I shake the thought from my head before it can plant anymore seeds. I barley know this girl, and if her looks and talent mean anything, I doubt she is single, I mean, how could she be.

You might be crazy

Have I told you lately that I love you?

You're the only reason that I'm not afraid to fly

And it's crazy that someone could change me

Now no matter what it is I have to do, I'm not afraid to try

And you need to know that you're the reason why

She finishes the song and the entire restaurant erupts in applause. She stands in the center stage and takes a bow with her pianist before walking over to our table yet again. As the duo comes closer I am finally able to see the face of the brunette's blonde friend.

"James, what are you doing here?" Sikowitz speaks up and I am pulled away from my thoughts.

"Well, Tori and I wanted to wish you a happy birthday and there was word going around that this place needed a preformed so Tori worked her magic and now here we are." James sheepishly scratches the back of his neck and the girl gives Sikowitz a warm smile.

"Victoria, darling, thank you so much for this surprise. It means a lot to me that you care enough to take time out of your busy day and preform an original song for me." Sikowitz smiles at the teen and she leans in to give him another hug.

"I couldn't think of a better way to spend my evening, now, James, are you going to introduce me to your friends or are you going to awkwardly stand there?" She gives him a teasing smile and wraps her arms around his waist.

"I'm Andre Harris, that is Jade West, and then you have Cat Valentine, Robbie Shapiro, Beck Oliver, and Sikowitz, but I take it you already know him." Andre steps up and I can see James mouth him a thank you.

"Well I fell very honored to meet all of you…" She hesitates for a few moments before speaking again. "I'm Victoria, but most people just call me Tori." She smiles and slightly bites her lower lip.

"What, no last name?" I raise my eyebrow and she looks as thought she is trying to suppress a giggle.

"For right now, no. But who knows, maybe one day you'll find out." She smirks and James clears his throat.

"Well, it was nice seeing all of you, and as much as I hate it, James and I must be on our way…" Her voice trails off and she looks at James for a second.

"Then don't go. I mean, surely you two can stay a little longer." I offer her a smile that she gratefully returns but there is a hint of sadness in her eyes.

"Thank you for the offer Beck, but not today. Enjoy your evening everyone. Happy Birthday Erwin." She gives the group one final wave goodbye before exiting the building with James wrapped around her waist.

I internally curse at myself. What am I doing? Of course she has a boyfriend. I knew that before I even knew her name. But there is something within me that is not willing to accept that fact.

As the night rolled on, I couldn't get her voice out of my head. Her eyes lurk in the back of my mind. The only thing I know for fact is her name, well part of it at least.

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Author's Note: Alright, here is the first chapter to a new story. I hope that you guys enjoyed it. I know that there might be a few questions that were raised from Tori's point of view and all questions will be answered eventually. I hope you all enjoyed the chapter. ~Kelli