It was midsummer. I was wearing a pair of black bermuda shorts with cargo pockets, my Sweeney Todd t-shirt, my HIM and AFI wristbands, and a Slipknot sweatshirt. My black Adio Darklight sneakers were, unfortunately, in the middle of a puddle. My left hand held my skateboard against my side at the bus stop, hoping they'd let a soaking wet skateboarder with no other means of transport onto the bus.
A huge green van flew by, splashing me right in the face with muddy water. I sputtered for a minute, setting my board on the pavement so I could wipe my face clean. A male voice interrupted.
"Woah, you okay? Here."
He pressed a handkerchief into my palm and I wiped off my face. "Thanks," I said before I'd really looked at him. I looked up and did a double take. "Woah... you-- are you Bam Margera?"
He grinned. "Yeah."
"Oh my god, it's amazing to meet you!" I breathed. "My name's Courtney Cosgrove."
"Gee, thanks, Courtney. Hey, how about to make up for it, I take you for an overnight at my place." He suggested, sounding as if it were the most normal thing in the world to be asked to your idol's house overnight.
"For serious?" I asked incredulously. He nodded. "Uh, yeah, I-- I mean, I'd love to! That'd be amazing! Thanks!"
He laughed. "C'mon, the Lambo's around the corner."
I swallowed upon laying eyes on the car. "Oh, man, I've never even seen one of these in person! This is a gorgeous car!"
"Yeah, 's why I wanted it."
We hopped into the luxurious interior and he asked me if I wanted to listen to anything.
He pressed a button and "Wicked Game" came through the speakers. I sang along, not noticing the look of surprise I was getting from the driver's seat.
Once we got to Castle Bam, it was late. The whole crew was there, and seemed to take me in as a little sister. They were no less crass than usual, and I returned in kind. Bam vaulted the Pirate Bar and asked me if I wanted something to drink.
"Uh, sure, but non-alcoholic," I responded.
"You like energy drinks?"
"Yeah!" I exclaimed.
"Take your pick."
"Uh..." I thought for a moment. "You got any Monster?"
"Yeah, what kind? Original, Assault, Khaos..."
"All right," he seized a can and walked to the doorway. "Now, you gotta sing for us before you get this."
"Wha-- That's not fair!" I whined.
"My house." he insisted.
"Oh, all right... and I guess it is fair, with all you've done for me today," I acceded, "...but what do I sing?"
"Pick a song."
I took a deep breath. "Okay."
I began to sing and the whole room watched me, captivated.
"No, I won't surrender at any cost
Lose something so sweet and tender from my heart.
Yes, I've done my evil, I've done my good,
Just believe me honey, I won't let go of you.
You are the one, and there's no regrets at all,
You are the one, and there's no regrets at all.
We've had our shared misfortune, we've had our blues,
And God is not on our side, yes it's true,
But you keep forgetting baby, the beauty of us two,
There is no one who could take that away from me and you.
You are the one, and there's no regrets at all..."
Here I paused to take a breath, and heard the one thing I least expected to hear.
Ville Valo's voice completed the refrain from behind me. "You are the one, and there's no regrets at all."
I turned around, blinked, swallowed, and choked out, "oh my god."
My eyes were as wide as they could get. Bam handed me my Monster and smirked. The cold can in my hand brought me back to the present. I turned back to Ville to make sure he was really there. "I-- I'm sorry, where are my manners? I'm Courtney Cosgrove."
I extended my hand to shake his.
He smiled and I'm sure I blushed. "Well, it's obvious you already know who I am." He leaned over and kissed my hand. "Ville Hermanni Valo. You've just gained a fan, Miss Courtney. You have a beautiful voice."
I took a deep breath.
"Don't pass out on us, there, Courtney," Bam called. I laughed and Ville walked to Bam to pull him into a hug.
"Hey, Ville, didn't you say that you needed female vocals for your next single?"
"That was supposed to be a secret!" the Finnish rocker whispered. He sighed before speaking in a normal voice. "Well, the secret's out. But... I don't think I'll be needing any auditions."
"So, recording here, or in Finland?"
"Finland, of course."
"So, Courtney, you get to go to Finland!" Bam grinned at me again. I swallowed and sat on the couch next to Raab. I cracked open the can of Monster.
"Holy shit," I breathed. "Somebody pinch me, I must be dreaming."
Unfortunately, Raab obliged, and I woke up.