But for your viewing pleasure here is an unreleased snippet from POM:
“Hello Cincinnati!” I began, waiting for the cheers to halt before continuing on. We had sold out a show at the prestigious Blacklight Theatre; we would be playing on the same stage a handful of our favorite bands had played on; something that was nearly impossible to achieve being so new to the entire scene. “Welcome to our first headlining show! It sold out—and that’s all thanks to you guys.” I pointed out across the crowd, “so thank you for everything you have done. We have some amazing bands on the roster tonight. Please do yourself a favor and take a moment to check out their merch! They have some amazing deals and most are struggling musicians on tour, so let’s help them earn a paycheck!”
We began the set with the new tune, hoping to feel out the crowd. “Alright guys, we’re going to start this show off a little differently,” Noah spoke into the microphone. “We have a new one for you guys tonight.” He shifted his attention to me, “Peyton?”
“This is called ‘Things I’ll Never Say’.” So maybe it wasn’t the smartest thing to incorporate my feelings for both guys into one song…but to be fair, I hadn’t anticipated them both showing up to my bands first headlining show; Colton and Jace, in one room, with me. Seeing the two guys I had been obsessing over for months nearly side by side had been quite a shocker. This could get ugly. But I wasn’t going to let it ruin my moment. I was going to perform to the best of my abilities, just like every other time I took the stage. Distractions, be gone!
I began the first verse on the heels of Madison’s violin shredding; both guys eyes burned into me as I sang the words they probably assumed were written solely for each of them alone.
I’ve thought of you non-stop, every day since the first encounter
Your face could haunt me anywhere
I’ve been in denial and played it cool
But I’m not a fool
I’m falling hard, I can’t lie
All this time keeps passing by
Tell me you feel the same
And that I’m factored into your end game
I glanced over at Colton; he was clearly hanging on my every word; nodding along slowly in deep thought. I switched my attention to Jace; his expression more difficult to read. He wasn’t even looking at me while I sang. He had a somewhat uncomfortable expression etched across his face, and he was staring off in the distance. I wish I knew what you were thinking.
The night had been a complete success and because of all the support I was shown, I made it a point to stick around and chat with everyone who had made the long drive out from my hometown, Day Heights. It took longer than I would have liked, but I felt like it was the least I could do.
“What did I tell you?” Kayleigh gushed when she came up to hug me after the show; my parents and her boyfriend Bentley in tow.
“Honey, that was something to see,” my mother agreed, throwing her arm around me at the same time my father had.
“Way to go pumpkin,” My father added, kissing me on the top of my head.
“Need a ride home?” Kayleigh asked.
“No, I’m fine. I’ll get one from Brooklyn,” I replied. It was my go to answer. I had no idea if Brooklyn was even still around, I hadn’t seen her since the show had ended. But the two handsome, completely opposite guys that were painstakingly still in the vicinity were hard to ignore. I could tell the entire time I was mingling they wanted to be polite and let me do my thing; yet also wanting to make their presence known.
Unfortunately I was not going to be able to address them separately as they were both waiting at the bar, side by side. I wondered if they had caught on yet that they were waiting for the same girl…I walked up to them, not sure who I should make eye contact with first. So I looked down…
“Hey,” I heard them greet me simultaneously, before realizing they had been waiting on the same person this entire time. I saw Colton eye Jace down protectively, thoughts probably running wild in his head; Jace giving Colton the once over as well.
“Hey…” I trailed off, not sure how this was going to play out. I looked up at Jace, his blue eyes nothing compared to his twins. “Jace, this is Colton,” I pointed. “Colton, this is Jace.”
“Nice to meet you,” I heard Jace say, awkwardly as they shook hands, before he turned his attention back to me. “Well, I just wanted to stick around to say good job. I should get going though; I have work in the morning.” Jace had picked up a part time job for the summer of light construction work with his uncle.
My face fell before I could stop it; Colton obviously caught the disappointment in my eyes. “Okay,” I replied flatly.
“Later,” Jace gave a short wave as he walked off; the drama I had anticipated all but vanished.
I turned to Colton, unsure of what his reaction to Jace was going to be. “Who was that?” He asked, simply.
“A friend from school.” At least it wasn’t a lie…
“You wanna get out of here?” He changed the subject.
“Yeah, actually, I do.” I responded, finally feeling well enough to be physically close with anyone.