You're The Closest To Heaven That I'll Ever Be
Andy was the first to arrive, followed by CC, Jinxx and Jake shortly after. Andy looked around at everyone. "Where's Ashley?" He asked and everyone just shrugged.
"He's not answering his phone, either." Lily informed as she hung up the phone.
Andy groaned in disbelief. "Well, let's get started without him anyway. Lily, you can fill in, right?"
Lily nodded and walked over to grab her dad's bass guitar. He had taught her when she was younger and she kept up with it ever since.
About a half hour into the rehearsal, Ashley finally decided to show up.
"Where have you been?" Andy shouted. "Rehearsal started a half hour ago!"
Ashley swung the strap of his bass over his head and let it rest on his shoulders. "I had to straighten my hair." He simply stated like it was no big deal.
"It doesn't matter what you look like! I don't care if you show up looking like shit. Show up naked for all I care! I just want you to be here on time." Andy scolded.
"Please... Don't show up naked..." Lily grimaced. "I would rather have you show up late than naked."
Ashley shrugged. "Well, sorry, I-"
"Just... Fuck it. Let's get started. We have a lot to do." Andy turned back to his notes and went back to giving instructions.
When things seemed to calm down, Lily excused herself from the room and headed upstairs to get a pen. She was rummaging through the big box of crayons, pencils, pens, markers, and anything else you could write with—that her parents kept on the shelf in the kitchen—when she heard shouting coming from downstairs in the basement.
"What's the problem now?" She groaned to herself and grabbed a random pen before heading downstairs to find Andy and Ashley arguing... again.
"These lyrics suck." Ashley said.
"Oh, and you think you could do better?" Andy challenged.
"Yeah, actually, I do." Ashley shot back.
"Not only were you late, but now you're insulting my lyrics? Remind me again why I chose you as my bass player." Andy folded his arms over his chest.
"Because I'm the best, that's why." Ashley retorted.
"Everyone's replaceable." Andy warned. "And I bet I can find a better bassist out there somewhere."
"Good luck with that." Ashley scoffed.
"Everyone just shut up." Lily stepped in between the two of them. "Why don't you put your ideas together and write a song together? This is a five person band after all."
"Well, I guess that could work..." Andy grumbled.
"Good. Now let's all sit in a circle of friendship and write a song." Lily sat down on the floor and everyone else followed.
She put her notebook in her lap and grabbed her pen. She put the pen against the paper only to find out that it was out of ink.
"Nobody go anywhere." She ordered as she stood up. "Don't talk, don't move, don't blink, don't even breathe until I get back."
She trudged up the stairs to find a new pen. This time, there was no shouting coming from downstairs. She had these boys in the palm of her hand.