“Welcome to the 2009 Drum Rumble Contest!”. Backstage I was a nervous wreck my hands are shaking, palms sweating, and boots tapping to a triumphant beat. Hearing the crowd screaming and clapping made me even more nervous I have never performed in front of so many people before. I looked around and so far I am the only female drummer in this contest.
The boys are practicing and chatting while I sat on a stool in the corner with my drumsticks in my pocket. I need to get focused and quick because I really need that two thousand dollar cash reward to help my mother out with bills, food, and a new car for me. My job doesn’t pay too well money to go fast and I’m less fortunate than everyone in this room. Standing up from the stool I walked to the restroom.
I stared in the mirror for a few minutes saying to myself ” You can do this”. Tossing my long black curly hair out of my face I pulled out my drumsticks and tapped on the marble sink. After I came out of the bathroom, I noticed one of the boys was sitting on the stool that I was sitting in. There were no other empty seats and I guess these guys are no gentlemen or intimidated by me but, I don’t care. So I just leaned against the wall until the host started to call drummers.
I didn’t face the boys because I wanted to be left alone. Suddenly they all started to get louder and I could hear the sound of high fives so I turned my head a little. ” Well, if it isn’t Ashton Irwin what’s up man?”. “You’re in the contest?”. ” You know it guys I’m ready”.
Looking at him, he was by far the most attractive guy in the room. He wore a bandana around his soft brown curly hair, a red tank top, and jeans. I think he might have caught me looking at him because he looked my way. Ashton talked to his fellow drummer friends, then looked around the room and didn’t like what he saw. ” Hey guys, what’s wrong with you letting a lady stand up?”.
They were all looking confused as if they forgot that I was even there. The guy that sat in my came over and asked if I wanted to sit. ” No, I’m fine, thank you”. The entire backstage was quiet the only thing you could hear was the crowd cheering.
Still leaning against the wall I hear footsteps getting closer to me. ” Female drummer huh?”. I made a guess that it was Ashton from the sound of his sexy accent and he smelled like expensive cologne. Then I turned around my back and looked at him. ” Yeah do you have a problem with that?”. ” Oh no no no, I’m impressed”. “You won’t really be impressed until I win”. “Ohhhhhhh”. All the boys said. Another boy stood up from his seat and said “Don’t worry about her ash we don’t take girl drummers serious around here, you should put those sticks down and make us a sandwich?”.
Everyone laughed at his cheesy joke, except for me and Ashton which I thought was very mature so he might not be an idiot like the rest of them. “Hey, cut it out guys she has every right to play just like we do”. The boy just sat down and cut his eyes at me. “I really don’t care if I’m a target I came for one thing and one thing only”. Then I pulled out my drumsticks and held them high. I can see the Ashton smirking while the rest of them were silent.
Ashton got closer to me, inside I was melting like butter for him. “You seem like a cool girl what is your name?”. Oh my gosh, I love to hear him talk, his voice sends numerous waves up my body. “My name is Secilia”. Those eyes I could just look into all day, they make me want to tackle him.” That’s a beautiful name, my name is…”. “Ashton right?”. I feel stupid for saying his name before he could I’m such a dork.
He just stood and smiled, I love how I could see my reflection in his flawless smile. I will remain tough and not focus on him, boys really know how to toy with my mind.” Well Selicia I wish you luck I can’t wait to see how you play”. “Luck is for losers”. I turned my back to him with a little attitude.
Finally the host started to call out the drummers. Watching all the drummers play I started to get nervous and bit my poorly manicured fingernails. I’m assuming that I will be last because everyone else went and he called Ashton next. The boys all cheered for Ashton behind the curtains. The crowd in front of the stage cheered for him even louder. Curious about what made him legendary I stood close by the stage and pulled the curtains back. He was siting on a wooden stool with his drumsticks in his hands ready to play. The spotlight shined on his beautiful skin, creating a beautiful glow. He hit his sticks together three times” 1, 2, 3″ and began to play a rocking solo. I like the movement of his hair with every beat. The more I watched, the more nervous I got he is amazing. In my mind I knew it would be hard to beat him. Just when I had a little hope it went away watching his performance.
I am going to prove to those judges that I am the best. The host finally called my name and it shook me up. Instantly I got focused and walked on stage. I tried my best to not show how nervous I really am and bring out my confidence. The crowd cheered for me so I smiled and waved. Tonight I make history as the first female drummer to ever enter this contest.
If I win not only will I be able to get the money, but also the bragging rights to call myself the best. Planting my butt on the stool firmly, I closed my eyes, and raised my sticks. I could feel the spotlight beam on me. When the room was quiet I began to play a solo I made up. Twisting and turning in my stomach adrenaline shot through me when the crowd’s volume raised louder than my drums. It motivated me to play even better until the twist and turns stopped.
When I got up sweat hit the floor and when I looked around everyone was out of their seats. A standing ovation for me. After thanking the crowd I walked backstage, one of the crew members handed me a water bottle and towel. All the boys had a stupid look on their face. It was a combination of amaze and jealousy.
Out of no where one of the boys started clapping and then everyone joined in. Extremely excited in my head I thought “Really the slow clap?”. It was the nicest thing they have ever done since I got here.Then Ashton came up to me.”Wow you was amazing out there, where did you learn how to play like that? Wait don’t tell me you have an instructor that gives you private lessons, ummmm your dad is a rockstar”. ” How about none of those I never Learned how to play or read music, I grew up in rock and roll.
For Christmas I got one gift that I really wanted, a drum set I practiced everyday since I was eight years old. Now I can’t live without my sticks”.”I was going to say that next.” he said shyly. It’s so cute how he acts when he is nervous. “But, that was great, I think you are the best drummer amongst all of us”.” But, you was better”. I noticed after my performances I gained the respect of all the male drummers.
We smiled at each other and waited as the host called each drummer up to the stage.” Ashton Irwin”. He came out modeling his signature smile, then he took his bandana off ad threw it into the crowd.” And finally Selicia!” I loved walking back onstage to hear the crowd cheer for me loudly, I couldn’t stop smiling. On stage I felt special and I didn’t want it to go away. The judges were seated in the corner of the stage finalizing their votes. Finally they handed the winner’s name to the host.” The time has come audience and drummers I have the winner. Drumroll please”. The sound of a drumroll played and colored spotlights flickered on each one of us.
I closed my eyes and squeezed my hands together anxiously.” The winner is……”. God please I really hope I win.” Ashton Irwin, you have won the two-thousand dollar cash prize!” Everyone cheered and the drummers clapped while I stomped off the stage. In rage I grabbed my things and exited the building.
In the parking lot I can hear foot steps following me.” Selicia!” I knew it was Ashton but, I ignored him and continued to search for my car.” Selicia!” He wouldn’t give up. I hurried to my gray 2008 Ford Mustang that’s barley staying together.” Selicia wait!” I stopped at my door and turned to face his adorably annoying face.” What?”.” I just wanted to say you were amazing tonight and that I really thought you deserved to win. I didn’t want to unleash my anger usually I’m not this salty but, tonight was important to me.” Again thanks but, obviously the judges didn’t so it doesn’t matter”.
Frustration filled me up. I got in my car while Ashton stood their staring at me. My car wouldn’t start up and I’m ready to get out of here.” Just my luck”. So angry I beat the steering wheel and let my head hang. Shockingly Ashton got in the car with me.” Are you out of gas?”
“I filled up the tank before I got here”.
He got out the passenger side and opened the hood to see the inside. “What is he doing?” ” Selicia start it up again”. I lifted my head and started the car again. It still wouldn’t start.” Mhm here is the problem your engine is threw, this car isn’t going anywhere”.
This day just went from bad to worse. Then he got back in the car with me.” I would love to take you home until someone comes to get your car.” No it’s fine you can go home I can handle myself.” Are you sure?” “I’m positive goodnight”.
I watched him walk to his car. He pulled back around next to me in his midnight black camry.” Are you sure you don’t want me to stay with you?” “I’m sure”.” Okay we’ll be safe Selicia I hope I get to see your beautiful face again”. Then he pulled off, I just sat in my seat and dove into a deep thought. I only have ten dollars in my pocket so there is no way a cab will take me home.
I’m just out of luck so I grabbed a fleece blanket out of the trunk. Stretching my long body across the backseat I felt crammed. Laying down trying to fall asleep was hard because I could hear everyone in the parking lot getting into their vehicles leaving. The most annoying sound is a car alarm going off. It’s going to be a long night.