Slowly backing out of her cabin, Rose made one last check, before closing the door.
A Strapless, black dress, flowing all the way to mid-thighs, with black sandals to match, hoping it wasn't too over the top for her first performance. This first night was making her nervous, but knew it was what she had been waiting for.
At that precise moment, something or someone decided to bump into her, snapping her out of her thoughts.
"Oh, I'm sorry."
Slowly turning around to see who the voice belonged to, not that she knew anyone on this cruise ship. Rose came face to face with a middle aged man whose smile was getting wider by the second.
"Oh, how beautiful," he purred in a long, deep voice.
Not understanding, why she only attracted guys like this? Ever since she could remember, the guys that hit on her were either too old or just too clingy. This guy was both! Why couldn't she attract guys her own age or just the ones that didn't look so lustful, like this guy was?
Attempting one of those weak smiles, knowing it would barely lift the corners of her lips. "Thank you," hoping to sound as polite as she could, but this moment was reminding her of the last time someone looked at her this way.
The way that guy had been talking it had made her feel as if he was ready to have his way right there and then; that moment alone had almost put her off men! That was until she found someone better and this guy in front of her, certainly wasn't.
"Paul, Paul Mann!" He introduced himself as he continued to grin at her, like the cat that had gotten the cream.
Well, he certainly wasn't going to get what he wanted. "Rose!"
Paul interrupted her. "Oh yes, you're one of our new singers; your poster certainly doesn't reveal the true you. Rose Carr, isn't it?"
"Rose Cara," she corrected him.
"Yes, that's right. Oh, I can't wait to see you sing."
"I think you meant, hear me sing," she corrected him, once again.
Paul's grin grew even wider as he started to lean forward, which made her take a step back until her back collided with the wall. Rose wished it had been the door; then she could have closed it between them. Paul started to raise his hand towards her face, it looked as if he was going to touch her.
This guy was truly starting to freak her out. Rose started to slide her backside along the wall, hoping she could slip away from him, but to her relief, he decided to place his hand against the wall next to her ear, also stopping Rose in her tracks.
"No, I most certainly meant, see you sing." Paul continued to purr at her.
Why couldn't this guy get the hint and leave her alone?
At that moment, Rose caught sight of a pair of eyes that moved past her vision. She continued to follow those eyes as they made their way down the corridor. Those wonderful eyes seemed to belong to a guy about her own age with short, dark, blond hair, his hair lit up a golden colour under the spots lights above. Rose also noticed how his bright, blue eyes and that small, hint a smile, lit up his face completely. That was until he disappeared around the corner.
Now that was one guy, Rose would like to attract, but instead she had to put up with one in front of her.
Taking that moment to turn back to Paul, who was now leaning even closer, but he was still talking away as if he hadn't noticed her distraction.
"So, you will join me for a drink after your performance?" Paul was asking her.
She truly didn't want to spend another minute in his company, let alone have a drink with him.
"Is everything all right here?" Another voice interrupted her thoughts.
Rose turned her head towards that voice and found herself staring into those same blue eyes she saw a moment ago.
"What's it to you, doc?" Paul answered him in an annoying tone.
The two guys turned to face each other and it looked like they were having a staring match; neither of them was blinking. Rose guessed they must know one another... Why wouldn't they, they both worked on the same ship? they were also wearing the same, white shirts with the logo of the ship embroiled in them.
"I think you have paid enough attention to this young lady," the doctor finally added.
"We were just getting started," Paul stated.
This guy surely didn't know when to give up. Rose could see they were close to fighting and didn't want that to happen. "Guys!" she interrupted, hoping she could stop whatever was about to happen.
They both took that moment to look at her in shock, this made her feel like she had grown an extra head or something. "I really need to get to work," Rose continued to say.
The doctor took that moment to take a step back and stretched his arm out to the side of him. "Certainly, Miss Cara," the doctor calmly stated.
"I'll catch up with you after all this ends, that's if you're still around that is?" Paul said as Rose started to walk away from them both.
What had he meant by that? Rose guessed he meant meeting up after her performance, but why did he say it like he did? It almost sent a chill through her. Rose quickly turned back around and almost collided with the doctor.
"Is everything alright, Miss Cara?" The doctor asked, with concern.
After a quick look behind the doctor, she noticed that Paul had already disappeared; she truly never wanted to see him again, anyway.
Rose looked back at the doctor and found herself staring into those blue eyes... being this close made his eyes look like the ocean, she quickly looked down away from his eyes and they happened to fall upon his mouth, which was slightly opened and looked very moist; they did look so inviting! Wait, what I'm I thinking? I don't even know this guy and was already thinking of kissing him. Rose quickly shook her head. "I'm fine. Thank you," she quickly added.
Why I'm I still standing here staring at him? What must he think of me? She had to get away from him and quickly before she turned into a love-sick puppy herself. At that precise moment, Rose turned her back on him and continued down the corridor.
Now I'm being rude, but she still couldn't bring herself to turn back around, so she kept walking away, determined not to look back over her shoulder.
She slowly made her way into the lounge, where she could see lots of people waiting for her, that sudden feeling that always made her feel like running was slowly making a come back, but where could she run to this time? She was on a ship in the middle of the ocean. Not this time though! This was her dream, even though it was still a little hard to believe, but here she was.
"You're late, Miss Cara." An older woman approached Rose. "One thing you must never do is keep your audience waiting."
This was her boss 'the professor lady of the lounge'... well that was what she was known as. Rose could see why; she made you feel like you were back at school again.
"That is my fault, Mrs. Keats."
Now that voice sounded familiar and it was coming from behind her. Rose turned around to see the doctor step up beside her. Was he following her, or just coming this way himself? She truly hoped not, this was one guy she did like and didn't want him turning out to be a stalker.
"I wanted to make sure she was fit enough to go on stage," the doctor added after a silent pause.
"Whatever! I don't really care. I just want you on that stage, right away!" her boss exclaimed before walking away.
"Thank you once again!"
"No problem. Now on you go," the doctor said as he gently placed his hand on her's back. "I can't wait for your voice to blow me away," the doctor continued to say.
She slowly nodded her head and started to make her way through the crowds as the musicians on stage started to announce her arrival... Rose knew she would like to get to know this doctor; hopeful he would still be around after her performance.
When the people all around her started clapping, Rose knew she had to get her head out the clouds and start focusing on her performance. She stepped up on the stage, behind the microphone and slowly lifted her head to face everyone; that feeling started washing over her again, she was trying her best to fight it, but it felt like it was taking over her whole body... This truly frightened her, she had never been this scared before.
As the lights in the room started dimming, she took a deep breath and started looking around hoping it would relax her. Rose then caught sight of those blue eyes again; even from across the room she could see how bright they were; they somehow shone like animals eyes do in the dark. What was really strange though, these eyes were calming her down and the courage was slowing coming back to her.
Rose started singing and the musicians started joining in with her.
After a minute or two those blues disappeared completely. Rose wandered where the doctor had gone? The pressure in her stomach was starting to rise again, why couldn't she relax without those ocean blues looking at her?
She started looking around the room, hoping to find those eyes again or something else that would help her. Rose then realised that everyone she looked at started disappearing one by one. Why were all the people leaving?... The people weren't walking away though, they were just simple disappearing completely... No, this was just her nerves playing tricks on her; she hoped it was anyway. Of course it was, nobody can disappear just like that, get a grip, will you?
Before she knew it, there was no-one left in the room, not that she could see of anyhow and too make things worse the musicians behind her also took that moment to stop playing; Rose knew this was the end of her career, she never thought her voice would literally blow people away.
She stopped singing and waited for the lights to go back on, but for some reason they didn't. Rose then waited for her boss to live up to her name, but for some reason no voices came her way either. What the hell was going on? Where was her boss?
She turned around to face the musicians to see if they could tell her what was going on, or at less settle her fears.
What she saw made a shiver go down her spine. Rose stared wide-eyed at the empty space behind her; there was no band, they had disappeared along with their instruments as well. This was all getting very creepy; Rose was really scared now... more than she been in her 24 years.
She slowly turned back around hoping that everything would be back to normal and this was all just her imagination running wild, but no, everything was still the same; no movement or sound, except for a soft vibration noise, which Rose knew was just the engines beneath her.
Rose knew she couldn't possibly be the only one left, could she? No of course not, it was just her mind playing tricks, but if it wasn't, where had everyone gone?