“Wow! Look at all them.” Tracy could hardly stand still. So many people had come, and she’d only let a few people know about it that morning. This school really was full of gossips.
“I guess you were right.” Gene scratched the back of his head, looking all ripped and yummy.
“Well, of course.” She grinned. He had no idea that all these people were here because of him. He probably thought she’d bribed them somehow.
“You really are serious about this band thing.” He leaned against the thing the band teacher used to hold the score. The conductor’s wand still lay there, and Gene picked it up to look at it. Seemed like he was always touching one thing or another.
“Yeah, I’m serious. Aren’t you?”
“Sure. Sure. Just,” he looked at the door where a bunch of people were trying to get in at the same time. “I thought it was going to be a quiet thing with just you and me and maybe a couple of guys we could talk into it. This is just so…” He waved his hands around in circles. “… big.”
“Hah! You haven’t seen nothing yet.” Tracy couldn’t wait. This was just going to get bigger and bigger, just like a rock band should. “I mean, the first time we have a concert we’re going to blow everyone away. You wait and see.”
“All right.” He gave her that look while his head was turned away like he didn’t quite trust her, but she wasn’t worried. Gene was always like that – kind of faltering over stupid things. “What do you want me to do?”
Tracy looked around. It was important that their potential band mates see him so they knew they were getting the real deal and not just run away, but there wasn’t all that much he had to do. If he could stand there and look all emotional, that would be the best.
They’d already cleared everything from the front of the room and got stuff like some guitars, a keyboard, and drums set up there so people wouldn’t have to worry about that. If it weren’t for Lisa and her band connections, Tracy couldn’t have done it. Then Lisa took off like she couldn’t care less.
Tracy moved the tall stool the band teacher usually sat in a few inches, and pointed at it.
“You sit here and listen. When you really, really like the way someone plays, say so.”
“Yep. That’s it. I’ll take care of the rest.” She didn’t wait for him to do as she said. She moved toward the growing crowd. “Everyone, please go back into the hall and line up against the wall. I’ll be talking to you all in a minute.”
She gestured them all out, and to her delight, they actually went. It was like she had authority or something. What fun! She glanced back to see that even Gene had done what she said.
“Just wait and see. This is going to be great.” With that, Tracy walked out into the hall, already counting how many people had come.
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