The two best friends were full of anticipation and excitement. They met up and discussed all the questions they would ask.
"Should we ask for a car, a house, a stylist, etc. etc." Lea was excited and unable to stop herself from rambling on and on.
"No! We need to first read the contract thoroughly before demanding anything!" Ann was trying to coax her friend/manager on how to handle the deal.
"Whatever! I'm just excited I can't believe you're finally achieving your dream, little by little." Lea said with tears forming in her eyes. "Anyway just so you know, I am now better informed on contract signing as your manager," said Lea trying to hide her tears with a grin, "they better not try to take advantage of you."
The day of the meeting finally came. They arrived early at Mega International Agency's building.
The place was grand and bustling with people coming and going. Lea was more excited than Ann.
She kept talking nonstop, pointing each time she saw a familiar face of some famous personality.
She would nudge Ann and whisper "Heavennnn. I'm in heaven. I died and went to heaven." Lea sang.
"Lea! You are right! You'll be dead by my hand if you don't stop!" Ann whispered to Lea.
"The only problem is I'm not sure if you will go to heaven, and I don't want to be blamed since we both know you have a direct ticket to hell." Hahaha!" Ann happily teased her friend.
The coordinator was already waiting for them by the front entrance. As soon as she saw Ann, she smiled and greeted her right away.
She took them to the 20th floor, where the Upper Management offices were situated.
As soon as the Director saw Ann, he wondered what her relationship with the CEO was. The CEO had personally contacted him and ordered him to sign her up.
'It doesn't matter what her relationship is with the boss, and she's a VIP. If I need to kiss her royal butt, I will do so wholeheartedly.'
Both parties signed the contract. It was a very lucrative offer, and they would work with Ann's schedule.
The deal came with a condominium, a car, stylish when she needed one, personal shopper and a tour manager, which (of course) was none other than Lea on the payroll.
On top of that, she would be trained not just as a singer, but everything and anything else she that wanted to be as long as she had the talent. Modeling, acting if she's interested, dancing, and of course, singing.
The Director informed her of all these perks happily, like he was giving a treat to a child. 'If she's satisfied with my offer and tells the boss about it, then I'm all set.' The Director thought happily.
Ann felt like she was in dreamland, and didn't want to wake up anytime soon.
"Ann! ANN!!!!" Leah said so loud she almost burst Ann's eardrum.
"...?" Ann did not react. She was still spaced out.
The Director just smiled at the expressions Ann and Lea had on their faces. "If you don't have any other questions, I had my assistant reserve a restaurant for us to celebrate. Please join me."
"By the way, one more thing I forgot to mention. We have transferred your manager to the same college (Harvard) as the one you are attending now. She needs to be available 24/7, and since her grades are high enough, we were able to make the transfer without delay. Of course, we shall subsidize her scholarship since the school originally offered her half scholarship" He proudly informed the two.
Lea and Ann were speechless with the announcement. They were so stunned and shocked that they just stared at the Director for a while.
Finally, Lea spoke. "Our journey to stardom is about to begin! Hahaha!"
Lea graduated ahead of Ann. She only studied the core subjects, took a lot of online classes, and took extra classes every semester while Ann took longer since she was training and studying at the same time.
Ann kept a low profile at school. She focused on her studying and practicing. She did some magazine endorsements, some events and variety shows, a couple of cameos in movies, but nothing major.
However, people were starting to notice her, especially in Asia.
Ann's mother the famous singer and actress in Asia, saw an article about Ann, and smirked a little thinking to herself 'Blood is thicker than water, and she has my blood. She will be famous someday!' Then wiped tears from her eyes.
By the door, a pretty young girl was standing just looking at her step-mother's beautiful face. She thought to herself 'I will be famous like her someday! I did not beg Father to marry this woman for nothing.'