I’m bringing it back kids….The Day Dream. Too long has it been absent from our school systems. Day-dreams are the perfect kind of dream because you are in control. You can be whoever you want to be, do anything you want to do. So, every day-dream I have no matter how ridiculous I shall bring them to you in hopes that you will return the love. So go forth and dream during the day. You’ll feel better – I promise.
This is a story. My story. It starts with a lesson – here it is: there is nothing wrong with fairy tales. This is my fairytale. It starts 6 years ago when I was in high school. It was my senior year we begin in a class room, 12 students holding onto a dream.
You guys we need to make this feeling last –some how. I just haven’t figured it out yet.
It was my senior year, my drama class. All we wanted to do was finish with a bang. The biggest show this school had ever seen. We were always out done by the dance team. Why an entire high school always preferred watching all of the popular girls strut about the stage wearing nothing but spandex better than our shows – I’ll never know. The sarcasm was necessary, very very very necessary.
What if this was easier than we thought?
Says my best friend Car – short for Carlie. She was pretty nondescript. Always did her own thing, never cared much for large crowds of people. Mind you, we weren’t making many appearances at high school house parties. Aversion to large crowds my ass. Aversion to maybe one day becoming popular is more like it. Despite all of her abnormalities I loved her. We were in it together. The one thing Car had that I definitely did not were brains. She was going to change the world with that head of hers – or at least make a huge amount of coin and one day take care of me. I hoped anyways.
I’m not following Car. And judging by the complete silence and blank stares I’m going to go out on a limb and say that no one else has managed to breach the wall of insanity that is keeping the genius locked inside.
Thank you for that compliment Charlie – you always were my biggest fan. I’m being serious people. Every year we pick this vague Willy Wonka meets Edward Scissor Hands read between the lines 10 act play that no one in this zoo understands! I can’t believe I’m about to say this but – guys – wake up and smell the Eau de American Eagle…we need to recreate popular.
Oh my – ok. Ladies and gentleman Carlie has officially lost her mind. Are you out of your mind? Look look are you feeling ok? Do we – can I call someone for you? It’s ok to admit there’s a problem – do not hurt yourself or anyone around you – THERE IS LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL!
Shut up Charlie.
Says my other other half Scott. He was a life line. Our connection to those who were musically inclined and maybe even a little bit cool. Well, cooler then we were but that wasn’t hard to achieve. He was easy going and light hearted. No matter what crazy concoction I came up with he was right by my side willing to share in the adventure.
Scott! Are you not listening to the same conversation? She’s delusional. There is no way in hell that we are setting our artistic conscience aside just to appease a bunch of jock straps.
She’s right Charlie ok! She’s right. It’s about time they are proven wrong. It’s about time that we show them what we can do. And the only way we can do that is IF THEY COME AND SEE THE SHOW!
Alright. Alright. Fine! But the only way we’re going to get away with this is if…
…we go big or go HOLLYWOOD.
HOLLYWOOD?! OH NO NO NO NO NO NO. YOU’RE NOT…
Yes. Yes we are. Charlie – we’re going to recreate every senior’s guilty pleasure. HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR.
Oh my god that’s brilliant. It’s got dancing and singing and…
And one of the most beautiful actors to have ever graced the stage. No, not John Travolta. Although, in his glory days sign me up! No no we were talking about Zac Efron. The hottie of all hotties. A super buff bun of yumminess. So there it was, meeting adjourned. We were going to recreate the magic that was HSM3.
A little bit of type casting was necessary. Scott would play Troy Bolton, I would play Gabriella Montez and my bestest buddy for life would play Sharpe Evans. It was going to be perfect. The only problem was we needed a huge cast – we needed musicians – we needed dancers.
Why are you all dolled up Charlie?
Because I need to go make nice with the captain of the dance team and I would prefer it if we never spoke of this moment ever again Car.
I’m just saying that jeans and a “I love the captain of the dance team” t-shirt is a good look for you.
After a lot of unnecessary grovelling Claire also known as el capitano would be playing the role of Taylor MaKessey. You know, looking back I should have known that that show was going to bring us all together. I should have been nicer to her right off the bat – but years of being uninvited to EVERYTHING can really make a person bitter.
Five amazing months went by. Training and dancing and singing and building sets. It was pure theatrical nirvana. One late Friday night we decided to celebrate. Illegally purchased beer and pizza shared among friends seemed like the perfect way to let loose.
You know guys, I have to admit it. I knew this was going to work.
What?! What! Are you kidding us Charlie…you were head of the sceptic squad.
Alright. But still – this is going to be an amazing show. And dare I say it – better than the original.
What an inflammatory remark. I completely agree.
THANK YOU CAR! No but Scott, Car you have to admit…we could impress some people.
Ya ya we get it the jock straps…what is with you girls? If I walked around in a jock strap would that make you want me?!
One: weird. Two: no, I don’t mean the jockstraps. I mean…stay with me here….writing a letter to the original cast and inviting them to the show.
I waited patiently for rowdy applause and a loud round of for she’s a jolly good fellow – but instead there was awkward silence and crickets, which eventually turned into uncontrollable laughter and outright mockery.
Don’t laugh! I’m being serious! What’s wrong with sending a letter and hoping that they show up?!
No you’re right Charlie there is nothing wrong with hoping that movie stars are going to take the time out of their busy schedules to come to CANADA to a small town – risk being harassed by post-pubescent teenagers – sit through a potentially disastrous version of their glorious movie and…
Alright I get it! I won’t write the letter. Now finish your damn beer and get out of my tree house.
I wrote the letter. A girl can dream ok? And the truth is – everything would be very different had I NOT written that letter. Now, fast forward with me – it’s show time. It was a huge success everyone loved it. I had never felt so alive. Sure, no one from the cast came but I like to think that they were flattered. Back stage cleaning up the broom closet turned make shift dressing room I hear a knock on the door.
Come on in mom I still have to…
I turned around. Oh I have played this moment over and over in my mind for years now, but it will never be as perfect or as sparkly as when it really happened.
wow you are so not my mother. Although, she’s absolutely perfect in every way so thinking you were her would be a compliment.
It was him. Standing in the doorway. Zac Efron in all his glory. He came.
Well thank you then. I guess? Uh, these are for you. I wasn’t sure what your flower of choice was so I figured I’d just go with beef jerky.
That’s so sweet. I love beef jerky. I can’t believe you came I uh, well, I’m Charlie – I feel like I know you from somewhere?
Ya I have that kind of face – I’m pretty sure we shop at the same grocery store…
That’s it, that’s where I know you from.
His smile was perfect. No, perfect isn’t the right word. Majestic.
So, did anyone else come with you? Or?
Nope no. Just me.
Oh wow cool. Well thank you so much for coming I can’t believe you came all this way just to…
Don’t flatter yourself I came for some timbits I just happened to see that a show was going on so I thought I’d drop in.
Ah I see well, what a happy cowinkydink. Did I just say cowinkydink?
I love that term.
Me too. So, would you like to meet the cast? What kind of friend would I be if I smuggled you out of here.
Ya sure that sounds great. After you…
Looking back, what happened next pretty much forever registered me as a dork offender. I figured he’d come with security so I jumped out from around the corner just to see what would happen. Nothing. Nothing happened. Oh my god awkward.
Ha! Well that’s a let down I was sure there was going to be a big guy dressed in all black wearing an ear piece standing outside the door.
Nope. Like I said. Just me.
Right. This way…
I took Zac through the winding hallways until we came to the cafeteria. This was the center of our operation I knew everyone would be gathered. What better entrance after the performance of my high school career then with Zac Hotness Efron trailing me. We entered.
Hey everybody look whose here!
Crickets. No one. Well not no one. Worse than no one. Just Scott. Sitting there. Waiting for me.
Seriously. Could that have been a bigger fail? Scott, this is Zac Efron…
Zac, this person suppressing outrageous laughter is one of my best friends Scott.
Nice to meet you Scott, the truth is I’m laughing on the inside too.
Ok boys! Have we had enough? As much as I love sitting around here watching you two crush my soul…Scott, where is everyone?
They’ve gone to the Island…
Wait. Wait. Are you telling me that we’re going to a party? Not that that’s a big deal or anything I go to parties all the time. I’m one of the cool kids.
Really? Had me fooled.
Well Zac and cool kid – you guys should come.
And with that Scott finally left so that I could begin to sweep up the shattered pieces of my shame.
Uh, ya so you’re totally welcome to come. I know you’re busy and only came for the timbits…
No no it’s fine. Why not! Let’s go to the Island…that’s not a weird code word or something? You’re not going to like….take me somewhere…
Shall we take my car or your…your…
Plane. I came by plane.
So I lead him to my car. Oh my car. My gorgeous amazing embarrassingly GOLD car. No no. Not just gold. The whole thing was gold the inside was plated with fake gold. It was a wonder to look at but an embarrassing wonder none the less.
This is it…
This is your car?
Yes. Yes it is and I am very proud of this…
This is hilarious please let me drive it.
Ya ha, sure of course.
You know, you were really good out there tonight. What are your plans after high school?
The usual – get into a good university – study for 4 years to obtain – well nothing really and then work until I die. But thanks, that’s really nice of you to say. I was secretly hoping you didn’t come just in case we ended up butchering it.
No. You didn’t. I would dance with you any time.
It was perfect. I was in the car with Zac Efron. Breathe and continue. So we get there – everyone was so surprised and thrilled and wasted. After some coercing and a lot of badgering Zac joined us in a drunken fireside re-enactment of the final number. Finally after that we managed to escape.
That was so great I cannot believe you still remember all of the dance moves!
Well watching you guys do it once already tonight sort of jogged my memory. I loved that show, a lot of it will stay with me for forever. So Charlie, I’ve been thinking. You should come back to LA with me.
Ok. WAIT WHAT!?
No really, I think you should come back with me. I don’t think you’re meant to sit in some classroom for the next 4 years – I know people – you’re so good, I can get you set up you could…
That’s extremely sweet and generous of you – but I can’t just move to LA I mean where would I stay I can’t…
With me. Stay with me.
I’m not even going to pretend to know you as well as I like to. Sometimes when I look at your picture…but I digress…the point is – isn’t there someone who would be a little put out if you went to get timbits in Canada and came home with a girl.
Don’t worry it will be fine – we live in a giant house she won’t even notice you’re there.
That’s a nice thought, thank you.
Come on you know what I mean. So, what do you say Charlie?
Ok. Let’s do it.
So after attempting to explain to my mother why I was leaving with this beautiful boy for LA I packed my things and off we went. I was nervous. Not so much for the LA part more like the Vanessa Hudgens part. Eeek. So we got there. Landed safe and sound.
Vanessa hi babe this is Charlie she’s going to be staying with me for a while –until she gets her feet on the ground here.
Oh hi. It’s uh nice to meet you.
Yes yes it’s really sweet of you to let me stay – I really hope that I’m not imposing.
No no not at all Charlie – I’m uh sorry I couldn’t make it to see your show.
Oh babe it was great – had we not gotten to it first every single one of them could have replaced us. So ladies, who wants dinner?
It was the quietest most uncomfortable dinner I had sat through since the first Christmas dinner after my parents split. So awkward. But the food was good.
So this is your room. D’you like it?
Ya Zac, it’s great. Everything is great. Look, are you sure…
Don’t worry. She’ll take some time getting used to you, but you two are going to be great friends I know it. Good night.
He was right. We did become great friends. We shopped together, we worked out together. It was awesome. Until one day. I was out for a run and as I passed a newsstand there was a tabloid about the three of us. Who was really with Zac –who was this mystery girl and what was she doing. It’s true. What was I doing? I ran home, when I got in the door I heard arguing.
Since when did you start reading tabloids Vanessa?
When I realized that it was right! What the hell is she doing here Zac? And please don’t give me this I’m just helping her get on her feet crap.
Well that’s the truth! What more do you want from me?
I want it to just be us. Like it used to be.
It is just us I love you and only you. She’s a small town girl just trying to get her foot in the door. She’ll be gone before you know it. Charlie is not the one I’m in love with, you are.
It wasn’t hard to hear. I knew he wasn’t in love with me. It was just…weird. They didn’t know that I heard everything so I sort of had to pretend that – well, that everything was vegan kosher. It wasn’t. About a month later the crap really hit the fan. Zac had found text messages between Vanessa and an ex-cast member from a Disney day time television show she was in back in the day. It didn’t help that he was also her ex-boyfriend.
Babe what’s wrong? Aren’t you going to give me a kiss?
Look, Vanessa we need to talk,
Ok, about what? Is everything ok Zac? What’s going on?
I uh I found the text messages between you and Drake. Would you care to explain?
I don’t really see why I have to explain anything. I haven’t done anything wrong.
You don’t call text messages and secret meetings with your ex-boyfriend doing anything wrong?!
No! No I don’t. Especially when the line is you bringing random girls into our home.
Do not blame this on Charlie.
Oh Zac, I’m not blaming Charlie. I’m blaming you. We don’t talk, we don’t laugh, we haven’t taken a day trip or gone out to dinner just the two of us since she got here. If you’re not going to pay any attention to me I have the right to find someone who will!
So so what are you saying?
I’m saying that. I need to not be here anymore. I’m sorry Zac. I’ll have someone come and collect my things tomorrow. I just can’t pretend to be happy anymore. I won’t do it. Good bye Zac.
And with that she left. He stood still for a little while. Quiet. I debated walking into the room or seeking refuge in the safety of my bedroom. He was so upset. What kind of friend would I be if I didn’t at least try to comfort him? After all, I was partly responsible for this mess. Story of my life.
Zac? Is everything ok?
Oh. Uh hi Charlie. Um no, Vanessa left. She’s uh gone back to her ex.
Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry. Is it…
Your fault? No it’s mine. I mean, it’s because of you…but.
I’m so sorry Zac I never meant for this to happen.
Ya, but you know I should have known better. Hollywood ruins everything. The simplest most innocent things Hollywood spins he truth.
Well, I mean I guess it did look kind of strange…you bringing a girl back from Canada.
I didn’t bring a girl back from Canada! Stop saying that!
I didn’t ask for this to happen. I didn’t ask you to bring me here.
Well I did. And now everything is screwed up so forgive me Charlie if I don’t feel like being the host I usually am!
Why are you being short with me? It’s not my fault this happened you said it yourself!
Ya i did but it is your fault Charlie. Just get out of here.
I have nowhere to go. Remember? We went over that when you decided to bring me to this hell hole.
With that he turned around and walked away. I’m not sure where he went. I just went to my room. I stayed there for a long time. Calling around looking for jobs waiting tables so that I could save up enough money to buy a ticket back home. Eventually I fell asleep. I don’t really remember when. All I know is that when I woke up, there was someone in my bed. It was Zac, he was sound asleep. He looked so peaceful. I got up, went for a run, had a shower, came back, got dressed, grabbed a book and crawled back into bed. He was still sound asleep.
Oh hi, you’re already awake.
Oh uh ya, I couldn’t really sleep.
I’m sorry Charlie.
No no it’s ok you didn’t wake me up.
No, I mean about last night. I was upset. I didn’t mean any of the things I said.
It’s ok Zac, I knew that you were upset. And you were right, I really shouldn’t be here, so I’m going to save up some money and get a flight back home – that way Vanessa can come back, and everything will go back to normal.
That’s the thing. She’s not coming back. And I’m sort of ok with that. Charlie, I like having you here I like the way you make this place feel.
Zac I can’t stay here forever. I can’t just be a weird piece of novelty furniture for you in this giant house.
I know. I know that. But what if I really really….love that novelty piece of furniture.
There it was. The most perfect kiss with the most perfect boy. It was a fairytale. The best of fairy tales because it was mine.
Katelyn? Katelyn wake up!
What? Huh? What’s going on?
It’s time to go we’re going to be late! There is no way in hell we are missing the midnight viewing of HSM3.
Back to reality kids. It was fun while it lasted!
I’m driving very fast down a very narrow hallway. I’m in one of those little Barbie electric cars that were popular in the 90s. There are Ninjas EVERYWHERE. My mission: shoes.
At the end of this very narrow hallway there is a big door – and I’m told that just beyond that door, is another door.
And behind that door is a room – the most glorious room – Oprah’s shoe closet. All i have to do are bypass the Ninjas. So it occurs to me – what is the one thing a Ninja might be afraid of – Harry Potter. So I get out my blackberry speedial #1.
Harry, I need your help! I’m being attacked by Ninjas – operation Oheel can’t be completed if I’m dead!
I’m on it.
And with that he appeared wand in hand ready for battle. The Ninjas were so startled they forgot how to Ninja. He defeated them single-handedly – he jumped in my Barbie car and off we went down the hallway.
We got to the first door – it was locked. Then I thought to myself. the one thing they’ll expect bombs and lasers and digital break codes – what they won’t expect is -A KEY!
bam! we opened the door – the next door was a smoke screen – it looked like the entrance to a Haunted House – my greatest fear – not this time! Harry put a spell on me and dragged me through the entrance – we made it.
Once I came to I was greeted with the most amazing and beautiful view in the whole world…shoes…and Oprah??
I’ve been expecting you…
DUH DUH DUH…
I’m sitting in my yoga pants, in my desk chair, at work. In my dull uniform top, making somebody else lots of money. I’m watching two girls beyond the front office window. Tall, slender – perfectly dressed.
All of a sudden, I see myself dart out from behind my desk. I go screaming out of the office front door. And then I notice…a big muddy puddle that had been created by the unrelenting rain and the building under construction next door.
Before I even understand what my hands are doing…both of the girls are laying the mud.
…when I see pretty things… ….perfect things….
I push them in the mud.