BEHIND THE NEW MEMBER OF THE BAND-AID BAND
Jaime Parker, also known as Jaime, the new vocalist of Band-Aid Band with mesmerising vocal actually is an honour student with a full scholarship. Let’s see the sneak peek of our new heartthrob's fashion style…[click here to read more]
[+69/-12] what? So he can sing, cute and genius??
[+45/-27] My girlfriend screamed after stalking his Instagram WTH
[+39/-9] what the fuck? He’s cute and hot at the same time!!!
[+20/-13] Those lips can kiss my misery away
[+19/-3] thank god I finally found my bias
[+12/-6] save your thirsty ass he got a perfect score for every subject tho
[+10/-2] everyone is gangsta until y’all see his smile. Oh god!!
Jaime walks through the locker alley after finishing his lectures that day. It’s already late in the afternoon when mostly all students put their belonging back in the locker and are ready to go home. The alley is quite crowded and Jaime feels everyone whispering as he walks passes them; it feels strange since he was usually unnoticed and even barely had friend, not mentions when this morning he found out he got +700 followers on Twitter, he even had to unfollow their uni gossip account because he was freaked out when he saw his face on their uploaded breaking news post and he’s too scared to check other social media.
Eventually, it seems he needs to get used to this attention after he is officially their uni’s pride band member. But for now, he’ll just stay away from any publicity as far as he can because everything is just too overwhelming.
He notices someone standing in front of his locker, Jaime walks closer, it’s weird he never had a friend who waits for him at his locker, not even his roommate
“oh, Jaime!!!” Jasper waves his hands excitedly when saw him and strangely it makes him relieves meeting someone he knows
“Jasper, what are you doing here?” Jaime smiles at him, mimicking the drummer’s smile.
“Waiting for you obviously, and also we’re on the same age I’m just enrolled in university too fast than I should be, so just call me Jass or Jassy” He offers his endearing boxy smile, and a comforting warmth creeps to Jaime’s heart. He nods, it’s always nice to befriend someone new.
“you’re going to the studio too, right? Let’s walk together” Jasper clings to Jaime’s arm, Jaime doesn’t mind he was also clingy at high school, he just doesn’t find a friend yet to be clingy again but he’s grateful Jasperbeing so friendly with him. “so how is it? The fame and attention I mean” He asks but no malice in his tone, just genuinely curious.
Jaime shrugs “it’s weird makes me anxious, damn – I can’t pick my nose in public anymore”
Jasper laughs with his rich voice, Jaime thinks he could be a wonderful singer too “don’t bother about publicity and shit, just remember we’re doing this for music, ah – for money also fine. But not for other people’s business,” he remarks.
“is that publicity mostly bad?” Jaime asks grimaces to think about the possibility of the whole campus talking shit about him.
“you know bad publicity is tastier than the good one” he shrugs “buuuut… from what I’ve seen so far everyone seems to like you, you know? What were they called…umh..’The new rising star Jaime’, ‘the cutie sexy behind BAND-AID BAND new member’-“
Jasper jokingly lowered his voice to baritone-opera-sounds like while reading the clickbait article from campus gossip pages.
Jaime groans ashamed. “Seriously? Just kill me please, that was soo cringe, to be honest”
“really? But you’re blushing tho” Jasper nudges his rib, well – don’t blame him, Jaime is naturally a praise kink.
“I’m not!!” he defends himself despite it’s far from convincing, he clears his throat “anyway, if you don’t mind telling, what is the worst publicity you guys ever got? You know so I can prepare myself” Jaime would lie if he says he isn’t scared of the possible bad news about him.
Jass’s laugh becomes softer “a lot, me, is an adoption kid, Galan paid the dean to enrol this uni in such a young age, Adam had affairs with his professor to get his perfect scores-“
“that’s ridiculous! Adam is a genius I know him because he’s my partner in philosophy theory, and Galan is an acceleration student isn’t he? I heard that from my roommate. And you-“
“I live with my stepmom while my Asian dad is in the US, she’s Canadian so of course, we aren’t look-alike” Jasper chuckles as it is just a pure joke to him “you want to hear the most ridiculous?”
Jaime nods. If that’s not ridiculous enough, he doesn’t know what is worse than that.
“They once said, Skylar is vampire ancestry. I mean he’s pale but – god, it even got 21000 likes and 5000 retweets”
“well, I won’t argue about that, I'm probably among that 21000 likes” Jaime laughs, reminded of how he met Skylar for the first time and thought the same thing
When they laugh becomes calmer, Jasper continues, “the most hurtful is when they said we’re warriors without victory” Jass’s face falls and his grin flatters.
“what does that even mean?”
“We always participated in a lot of competitions but we never actually win the first place either the second or third, we never really bring the victory, it hurt because it’s true”
“is that why you guys-“
“Yeah, that’s why we need a new vocalist, Yannick said we need improvement”
Jaime just offers his smile and suddenly feels a brick of burden on his shoulder. They hope Jaime can help them bring the victory they have been waiting for; they trust him enough to be their last hope, and Jaime just realises he hates disappointing people.
Jaime smiles “yeah that sounds like a plan”
Later he knows Jasper is studying a fine art major, he’s a peculiar child who likes painting on his Jacket, pants, and shoes, he is obsessed with bears and everything in tiger patterns, he can’t eat spicy food, he actually hates heavy metal and loves jazz which is quite far-fetched from his band’s genre but he loves performs in front of people so it doesn’t matter for him. He’s from outskirt and Skylar’s childhood friend.
Jaime likes to talk with Jass, he’s a really nice and warm person. He offers to eat lunch together whenever he doesn’t have anybody to eat lunch with, Jasper gives him his number and said he can text him whenever he needs a friend. He reminds him of his high school friend who always be blamed by his parents whenever they thought they caused his poor grades and now he’s grateful he can befriend anyone he wants.
“Why do you seem so snappy to Skylar’s girlfriend Jass?” Jaime asks when they walk in the uni park
He groans, "Everyone knows she’s a pain in the ass min. other members just being polite and I’m the only one who has the gut to confront her”
Jaime turns his face to look at Jass’s sulking face his furrowed eyebrow makes him look intimidating “what’s wrong about her?” he doesn’t know why he’s curious, it doesn’t his business but something deep in him is curious about the strange dynamic about the band member and Skylar’s girlfriend. What happened on audition day between them seems not just joking around, it seems they just genuinely don’t like her. Besides, it is just casual conversation, gossiping among a group of friends. It should be normal, right?
“here are the things she always makes Skylar busy: calls him whenever we’re practising, makes him do useless things in the middle of our meeting, throwing tantrums if he doesn’t do what she said. Like she doesn’t have anything to do except stick with his boyfriends like a fucking bubble gum. I have a feeling she wants to make Skylar stay away from his band or make him choose between her or his band or uh...I don’t know whatever bullshit she’s planning to” He scratches his scalp and looks frustrated.
“Oh, wow..he sounds more whipped than any whipped cream” Jaime blurts out.
Jasper laughs bitterly “He is, he’s his first girlfriend, after all, someone should slap him on his face to bring his sense back”
Jaime doesn’t expect that, he thought Skylar is the kind of fuck boy who dates many people and has countless hooks up in his life. With that look and all this popularity, it would be easy to attract someone. Jaime projects him as all about a bad boy who likes to pick a fight with everyone, definitely far from a loyal and sickeningly sweet boyfriend.
“anyway” Jasper threads with his playful smirks “what’s beef between you and Skylar?” he leans on Jaime's shoulder.
“Uh..what do you mean?” Jass’s i-smell-something-fishy expression makes him nervous.
“oh, cmon we know he’s being angsty when he talks to you. You know he even didn’t mad when a guy twerked without pants in front of him on audition day.”
Jaime groans when he remembers Skylar’s bitchy attitude that day “believe me, I was wondering the same thing, what’s wrong with him? Why he’s always picked fights with me? What did I do” he pushes his hair back with his fingers, gesturing he’s annoyed.
“what?? Always?? So yesterday, not the first time he snapped at you?”
Jaime shakes his head eagerly. He tells Jasper about the first time he met Skylar at the party and how they have been bickering since then. And Jasper can’t stop laughing to the point he should lean at the nearest wall to keep him steady.
“Can you believe he almost extorted my money for a fucking egg, seriously as he can just tell me he’ll perform and wanted me to watch him without pulling some bullshit prank or whatever”
Jasper wipes the tears from his eyes from too much laughing “well Jaime, Sky is a little emotionally constipated but I’ve to admit that is so fucking childish. Also, He’s way too protective of his band, so yeah..you’ve to prepare yourself for the next few days”
Jaime rolls his eyes “He can throw all his fucking tantrums with me, don’t worry, bring it on”
Jaime and Jasper arrive at their studio while everybody was already in the middle of the discussion. They sit and make a circle in the middle of the room. He’s been told today is his first meeting as their new member. Jaime doesn’t announce his presence and just listens to how Yannick rambles about him freaking out at 3 am when he thought he found his egg growing fur when it was actually just a fucking kiwi. He can’t hold his laughter when finally the rest notices him.
“oh, Jaime comes here” Yannick waves his hands to him. Everyone turns their head to him and smiles, their eyes gleaming as they’re genuinely expecting his presence and Jaime can’t help but feel endeared.
“You only waiting for Jaime, no one waiting for me?” Jasper is pouting beside him
“Jasper you literally broke in into my dorm last night” Yannick retorts sticking his tongue out makes Jasper throws his body to tickle him, Yannick laughs with a unique screeching voice but really contagious
Jaime sits between Jasper and Hobi, even as they sit on the floor it is unexpectedly comfortable with the wool carpet beneath them. The studio itself is cosy with various musical instruments, a big couch, a big monitor and all compartments for producing music with two big speakers on both sides, on the wall, they decorate with Polaroid pictures hanging up aesthetically, and there’re pictures when they hold their trophy with messy scribbles ‘first win’, when they all on barbeque party when they sat on car trunk on the beach, it’s clear they’re genuinely thought each other as a real friend even outside the band business. There are two shelves, one with various vinyl and music albums and the other is a glass shelf for trophies and plaques they got quite a lot of achievements and Jaime is quite surprised if none of them is for the first winner.
Right, the competition…
“shall we start the meeting?” Jaime reminds them, that the competition is already in front of their eyes, and they only have 2 months left. Honestly, they don’t have much time.
“I love the spirit,” Adam says, smiling fondly at him
“Anyway guys, where’s Skylar?” Jasper asks after a while of silence, and then Jaime realises the pale guy isn’t there.
“he’s..umm…” Hobi rubs his neck nervously while the other member waiting for his explanation “last night he called me, he… broke up with Stella”
“Finally..” Jasper mutters