A.N: I like writing you all little notes before you read. I hope you read this before you read the chapter. I'm not the best author in the world but I hope I am doing well so far. And just to be clear, Annie, Jake, Leah and Zac are complete figments of my imagination. I love the names and I wanted to create a family for Joey, not every StarKid has to marry another StarKid so yeah. And I've always shipped Joe Walker and Lauren Lopez. Some OC'S may be based on people I know in real life but in No Way (see what I did there) should they be offended by this. Cause this is just a little fun and yet again, I am rambling. Sorry!
AUGUST 3RD , 2026. 8:30PM
"Well guys, we're here." Joey called back to his family. He turned to see his kids all cuddled up, asleep. He didn't want to disturb the moment but they had to get out eventually. Joey lent forward and tickled Jake's knee.
"AGH! A SPIDER! AGH! … Dad!" Jake yelled, waking up Leah and Zac.
"What?! What?!" Leah screamed as she sat up, barely awake.
"I just wanted to wake you up. Geez, you'd have thought a mass murderer had broken in." Joey says. "Anyways, we're here and THAT is our hotel." They all get out and grab their gear. "Hello, we spoke over the phone. I have a reservation for a room. 2 double beds? It's under 'Richter'" Joey says to the hotel front desk worker.
"Yes, Mr Richter. Right this way sir, follow me." The desk worker says and leads them to an upstairs room. "Room 123." He says and hands them a key.
"Thank you." Annie says and leads the kids inside.
"I shotgun the couch." Jake says and drags his suitcase over to the couch. "Dude, this is the most comfortable couch I have ever sat on."
"Good, cause you're sleeping there." Annie says and throws him a pillow and a blanket.
"Cool. And the view, is epic." Jake says and places the pillow where he intends to put his head. The twins run over to see the view.
"Woah! Mum, come see this! I can see everything from here! Look! There's water world!" Zac exclaimed.
"Okay kiddies, time to get ready for bed. Big day tomorrow. Water world, here we come!" Joey says in a sing song kind of tone. "Jake, Zac, Leah, brush your teeth. I'll FIND a quiet movie to watch while you're falling asleep." The kids giggle at their dad's joke while Annie stands with a confused look on her face and Joey just smiles. "Ooh, how about," Joey pauses while his kids' heads appear at of the door of the bathroom, "High School Musical?"
"Oh yeah! I was named after that… That dude, who is… What's his name again? Toby? Trey?" Zac says.
"Troy. Troy Bolton. And yes, you were Zac. His name, is Zac Efron. Or as most people say… ZEFRON!" Joey yells and Jake jumps forward holding a light sabre Joey had packed.
"I shall destroy that Zefron poster! But do I have to destroy an Ashley Tisdale one? Cause I don't think I could bring myself to do that!" Jake says and starts swinging the light sabre around.
"Woah, Woah, Woah. Hold up there, big boy. You're going to poke someone's eye out. And Joey, hon, why the hell does Jake even have a light sabre in the first place?" Annie asks
"Well… It's kind of a dude thing. You've gotta watch the trilogy at least once every three years and it's been 2 and 9/10ths of that time and well, I have this thing that I always have to have Star Wars merchandise with me when I do watch it, and this year I was hoping Jakey would want to watch it with me…" Joey explained.
"I will never fully understand men." Annie whispered to herself as she too got ready for bed.
AUGUST 3RD , 2026. 8:50AM.
"Wow, even the air here smells better. Honey, you think maybe we should move to Chicago?" Brian Holden said but his girlfriend Meredith had other things on her mind, "Mere, sweetie? You okay?"
"Huh? Yeah, I'm fine. Why wouldn't I be?" She replied taking a small sip from the tea she was drinking. They were having breakfast at a small café.
"Well, I just asked you a question and you stared blankly at… I don't even know what, what were you staring at?" Brian said and looked around. But to no prevail, he still couldn't work out what she was staring at, maybe a lack of sleep made her space out? That plane flight was pretty long.
"Oh sorry. Um, can you repeat the question?" She asked.
"I asked if you wanted to consider moving to Chicago…" He said.
"Oh, maybe. Ugh, Bri? I've had something on my mind since we went to leave home… Wh- Wh-Why did you randomly sing Ready To Go as we were leaving? You haven't muttered a word of those songs since AVPSY." Meredith questioned.
"I-I-I um, I… Don't really know!" Brian said, hoping the expression he felt on the inside didn't show on his face. Maybe Meredith wouldn't know he was lying. She looked sheepishly at his eyes, the corners always made a small wrinkle when he wasn't telling the truth.
"I know you're lying to me Brian. I know that expression. Tell me why you sang Ready To Go." She said forcibly.
"Okay, alright. I give in," He said and held his hands up in a surrendering kind of way, "I still sing StarKid songs every day. I didn't want you to know Mere. I can't help it. It's the one part of me I can't get rid of. And I just can't help it. There, I said it."
"Why didn't you tell me this before?"
"Because. It's hard to explain to your girlfriend that you have a secret hobby."
"Well, you still should've told me anyway. This girlfriend of yours would have sung them with you. I miss StarKid as well. Next time, you will tell me." Meredith told him.
AUGUST 3RD, 2026. 8:55AM
"Nuh-uh. I'm sitting next to Darren." Joe says and pushes Julia to the seat next to Rain.
"So, Joe. What's your career up to?" Darren asks.
"I got into the police force training. But that didn't catch on. Lately I've been on and off jobs. I did a small acting role on a Soapie but my character got written off. How about you?" Joe replies.
"Ouch, sounds harsh. Well as you know, Blaine was on Glee for a while after AVPSY and now I'm just going from role to role, getting parts that I can."
"Lauren and I saw you in that movie… A few years ago. What was it called?" Joe asks, clicking his finger to try and rig his memory.
"Glee: The Concert Movie?" Darren questions.
"No... Yes. You are an amazing singer dude. I know that doesn't sound manly but I don't care!"
A.N: Sooooo, whaddya think? I know I'm dragging the whole Lauren, Joe, Darren, Julia and Jaime thing out but I hope you like it so far. The next chapter will include more Breredith. I have been extremely tired in the past 2 weeks so you guys are pretty lucky I still have energy to post this. But thanks for reading and please review if you have the time. The last chapter has had 57 views so far which I am excited about, 1 favourite and 1 follower, thanks guys! -StarKidBrooks123