Okay, there will be chapters longer than this one! I just wanted to get this chapter out for you guys to know that I'm not giving up on the story already. I'd like to thank SuperTurtle, Kimmiesue, DramaQueen52494, Lynn-Night, and BellaJane for reviewing! I hope you guys enjoy this chapter!

Chapter 1

Not So Perfect

I dashed past everyone in an attempt to get to my father, who had supposed to meet me in my room. I had bumped into Dakota, and she hugged me tightly before letting go. She checked out my dress, and I clicked my tongue and struck a pose. Dakota twirled her pink streak of hair with her fingers, loudly chewing gum while examining my outfit.

"Like, oh my gosh, you look wonderful! So tell me, what's it's like to finally be sixteen?"

I sighed, "Almost perfect. My new life has finally started, and my dad completely trusts me as a new responsible adult. Look." I pulled out a check book with gray kittens on it. "My dad loaded my account with ten thousand dollars and told me to spend it wisely."

She giggled. "You're going to blow it on shoes, aren't you?"

"Duh!" I placed the plastic card back into my silver purse. Dakota crossed her arms and pursed her lips together. "It must be awesome to be sixteen. Why do I still have to be fifteen?" I rested my hand on her shoulder. "Don't worry, Dakota. You'll be sixteen next month."

I walked past her back into the swarm of people that had arrived early. Many people were blocking my path, and I grew easily frustrated. Someone clamped onto my wrist, and I tried to yank free, but the grip became tighter. I was about to lash out on the guest that had dared to touch me when I recognized Stephanie, with her extreme light blond hair. She was wearing a magnificent, red gown that stretched down to her ankles and apparently, many guys had given her attention. I strode to a snack table that wasn't far off, one of the many that were in the room. Stephanie trailed behind me, fiddling with her new diamond necklace. I took a cup of punch and took a tiny sip.

"So, Steph, I love your dress."

She blushed a crimson red. I pretended to move forward, and I purposely misplaced my foot to make me stumble. I slipped my cup into Stephanie's dress. A stain appeared on it, and several laughs spread around. I yelped, "Oh, Steph, I'm sorry."

I ignored her upset cry as I pushed her aside. I paced to the end of the room and found Lucinda chatting with a suited man. "Excuse me, sir. Lucinda, where's Dad?" The man looked at Lucinda surprised and walked away. Lucinda groaned. "Don't bother me when I'm talking with another man."

"Don't you mean flirting? Listen, just tell me where Dad is."

"Oh, how am I supposed to know? I'm not your father's keeper. Why don't you keep an eye on him yourself?"

I gave her a look of pure annoyance, but she waved me away, and I decided to search upstairs. I walked up the grand staircase on the glorious, red carpet in hopes of finding Dad and getting a replacement singer. I rushed through rooms of all sizes in hope of finding him, and I finally did in his office. He had his office glasses on and was filing papers through some drawers.

"Daddy," I called him, and he was taken by surprise, accidently dropping them.

"Hm. Oh, it's you, Selena. How's my little princess doing on her special day?" I toned my voice to that of a child and replied, "Not so good. Lucinda told me that you got this guy I've never heard of for my gig!"

He stood up, ignoring the papers that were now scattered all over the floor. He tried to embrace me, but I stepped away. He sighed and pinched his temple. "First of all, you know you have to call Lucinda Mom from now on. And as for the gig, don't you think it'd be nice to throw something new out there for everyone?"

"No, it wouldn't be nice. I wanted someone popular and someone everyone will know. You know I have a reputation."

"Well, sweetheart, money can't buy everything." I exhaled angrily and narrowed my eyes. He smoothed his hair with his hand. "Why don't you at least meet them? Come on, get to know them a bit better."

"Fine." My voice made me seem as if I knew he was going to say that. I walked to the doorway and stopped, looking over my shoulder back to him. He wasn't watching me anymore, and I clicked my tongue.

"By the way, I'm never going to call Lucinda 'Mom.' You can never replace her. At least, Mom didn't flirt with other men."

I didn't bother to see his reaction as I stalked off back down the stairs. I was met again by Dakota. "Did you talk to your Dad?" she asked curiously, and I pretended to ponder. "Yeah, I did. He said I should go meet this guy named Nikko."

"Oooh, I wanna come. I wonder if he's cute?"

"Yeah, that's an important question," I sarcastically replied. She stopped me and pulled out Kayla from the crowd. Kayla was angry when she was yanked, but her eyes lightened when she saw me.

"Oh, Selena! Happy birthday!" I was also thrilled to see her there, so we exchanged hugs. She was wearing a green simple dress, nothing too flashy or bright. Her curly hair was in a low ponytail, draping her left shoulder. I grinned. "Oh, Kayla, I haven't seen you in months! I'm so glad you could make it to the party!"

"Let's not act like we're in a clique, 'kay?"

I frowned. "Geez, what's with the attitude?" Her smile vanished, and she folded her arms. "I don't know, it's just, well, I've realized in these past months how girly we act, and I think it's kind of stupid."

I was stunned. "Excuse me? If you don't like my attitude, then leave."

"You see what I mean? You've never acted like that before. Well, maybe you have, but I was just like you and have never noticed. Come on, let's just act like who we truly are for tonight."

"Uh, no, this is who I truly am." I clenched my hand into a fist and rested it on my hip. Her arms fell to her sides. "Yeah, an arrogant, spoiled, rude brat." She walked back into the crowd of people, and I rolled my eyes, speaking to Dakota, "Can you believe her?" She was hesitant and glanced down at her wedged heels.

"Yeah, I know."

I ignored Dakota as I headed for the stage. There was a door with a star on it like the doors in Hollywood. I opened it and bumped into a guy. An attractive guy with dark hair and hazel eyes. He helped me up, and I thanked him. I dusted myself off and smiled at him. He grinned right back, and my breath was taken away at his wonderful smile.

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