I was inspired to write this story because I was thinking about what kind of situation in the second season would be a great setting for Jude and Tommy's second kiss. So here's the background for the story:

It takes place about a year after the season 1 finale, so Jude is roughly 17 ½ and finishing up her second album. Tommy and Sadie were together but broke up. Jude stayed together with Jamie for awhile but she ultimately decided that they were better off as friends.

I'm hoping you all will enjoy my story as much as I've enjoyed reading all of yours. I've already written or thought through a good portion of the storyline but I'd love to get your feedback before continuing. So please read and review-let me know what you think!

I don't own anything associated with Instant Star, except for my own crazy ideas.


Jude sat taking it all in. Every beat, every note, her eyes closed. She let the song take over her whole body, bobbing her head to the beat and getting lost in every word.

"…cause if I take a chance, and if I hurt again, and if I let you in, could be my reckoning…"

Her eyes flew open. "There," she said, breaking the silence in the room. "It needs something. It doesn't sound quite right."

Tommy, who was also completely absorbed in the song, opened his eyes and nodded. "I agree. Not sure exactly what it is, though, the transition could be smoother. Maybe if we add another line or two before, or change the beat."

"The beat…that's good. What if we slow down just that one part?"

Tommy got up and walked towards Jude, where her guitar was sitting on the chair next to her. He picked it up and sat down. He plucked a few chords slowly and started strumming.

"Don't…let it be…save it all…don't waste it on me…," Jude sang quietly along with his chords. They continued to play the rest of the bridge at the slower pace and Jude smiled when she sang the last note.

"That's it. Perfect."

Tommy looked up at her and smiled back. "It's really good, Jude. Write it down before we forget. We're going to have to lay it down tomorrow, it's getting late and we'd have to set everything back up again."

"Ugh, okay. I hate leaving feeling inspired," she said as she picked up her black notebook and made some quick notes to remember what they had just done.

"Well, you can go set everything up again if you want but I'm just going to sit here and watch," Tommy said with a smirk, as he leaned back in the chair and put his feet up on the edge of the sound board. Jude was the best musician he knew but when it came to rewiring the equipment in the sound room, she was clueless.

"Umm, isn't that your job, Mr. Producer? I'm the artist. You're supposed to do all of that technical stuff for me so I can make the music. Remember?"

"Ohh, is that how it works?" Tommy sarcastically asked grinning at her.

"Last time I checked. And what gives you the right to say I have to do it anyway?" Jude asked standing up and grabbing her bag from the corner.

"Because I'm tired. So if you want to record now, it's all you, girl."

"Well then, I guess I have no choice seeing as rewiring the equipment wasn't part of the whole Instant Star deal," Jude said jokingly as she walked towards Tommy, who was still sitting with his feet up. "But tomorrow, if Georgia asks, I officially had nothing to do with this decision. 'I'm really sorry, Georgia, that we didn't record that huge hit song last night but Tommy said he would rather go home and get his beauty sleep.'"

"Ha, ha. Very funny," he said as he stood up and grabbed his jacket from the back of the chair. She was still the only one who could keep up with his one-liners. She always zinged him at just the right time and left him without a comeback. "I assume I'm playing chauffeur too?"

"Of course. Wasn't that in your contract?"

"No, but it should be. If I knew when I agreed to produce you that it meant adding an extra 20 miles to my car every day, I would've asked that they pay for monthly tune-ups."

"Oh stop. You love every minute you get to spend in that car, admit it. And what could be better—now you get the winning combination of me and the car?" Jude said as she flashed her big smile at him. He looked at her with a small smile, put his hand on her forehead and pushed her back slightly while rolling his eyes. "Let's just go," he said, not wanting to admit that she was right. She giggled quietly feeling like she had won that battle.

They packed up their stuff and started to head out. They stopped dead in their tracks when they saw who was sitting at a desk in the lobby.


That's it for now-thought I'd leave you all with a mini-cliffhanger, but there's much more to come...enjoy!