Here is my first proper attempt at writing a fanfic - hope you enjoy it!
It's set in modern day HK, I haven't set in stone the cast but I think you can guess my choices from some of the names.
Comments greatly welcomed!
"When a fan becomes a star and the star becomes a fan..."
Chapter 1 – The accident
In a large record store in Hong Kong, a pop singer is preparing for an autograph session. Posters line the front of the store and down the street. Fans are queuing for miles - girls are screaming and guys are sweltering in the heat. Security guards call for restraint as shouts of "RAYMOND!!" rise from time to time and the minutes tick away towards the allotted time. Dedicated followers have travelled from far and wide to see their favourite star in person and they are not going to be disappointed. At 10 o’clock sharp, the doors are opened and the line of eager people clutching photos and posters are ushered through and emerge with wide smiles and scribbles on CD’s as Raymond works hard to satisfy everyone. The atmosphere is livid and a great sight to see in a high pressure city still suffering from the aftermath of the economic slump.
Across the road, there is a smaller record store which is also holding a signing session, but here the mood is more indicative of the times. Louis and Steven sit beside their posters on screens, clutching a silver marker with a pile of their debut albums to their side. Two girls walk past, looking vaguely interested, but puzzled looks on their faces confirm that they barely recognise the stars and are desperately trying to recall who they are. One of the girl suddenly looks enlightened and whispers something to her friend. They laugh and walk off shaking their heads. The record company has chosen the wrong day to release these records and disappointment sets in amongst the newcomers.
“Seven years hard work and this is what we get!” mutters Louis bitterly.
“You and I of all people should be used to this by now.” Steven consoles. “How many times have you been laughed at for being the extra; the supporting role; the nobody who is looking for fame?”
“I thought that signing a record deal would be the start of better things, but this is pathetic.” continues Louis.
“Looks like I’ll always be stuck with doing secondary roles and charity shows…I don’t know why I didn’t go and do something different. I’ll never make anything out of this career.”
“Hey, but you’ve landed that starring role in the new major production. At least you’ll get some publicity that way. Maybe our next autograph session won’t be on the same day as Raymond’s and we’ll get a few more people. I’m sure we must be getting some sales through in other shops.” Steven always was the more positive out of the two friends.
“Seems hard to believe anyone is going to come. I’m going home, I’ve had enough.”
Louis storms off and Steven heads to stop him, but is called back by someone who has recognised him and wants an autograph after all.
In yet another record store not far away, a pretty young girl around 20 years old called Eva has finally awaited the release of her idol’s debut album. As she walks down the street, like a child skipping out to play, she spots the poster in the window and with a squeal of joy, rushes into the store and points to the CD she wants.
As she counts out her money, Eva recounts her admiration for the star to the bewildered sales assistant: “I’ve been following him since he started acting on TV since I was 12 years old! I had to save all my pocket money to rent his tapes and my wall back home in the UK is plastered with his posters! Don’t tell my auntie but I came to Hong Kong to look for work because I have a bigger chance of meeting him here!”
“I hope you get your wish!” replies the sales assistant politely.
Full of excitement and with her mind a million miles away, Eva walks out onto the street and steps straight into the road. She is totally oblivious to the traffic on the road until a van suddenly screeches to a halt as the driver notices her at the last moment. With the sight of a front windscreen hurtling towards her, in a moment of terror, Eva finally realises where she is and what is happening - the shock is too much and she faints.
The CD that Eva has been clutching falls to the ground and out of the plastic bag, revealing that the record she has bought is that of Louis’.
With passers-by seeing what has happened, a crowd gathers and as she drifts in and out of consciousness, Eva sees faces of people smothering around her, people getting out of their cars to help and in the midst of these faces, she thinks she sees a glimpse of Louis - is she dreaming?
[ July 20, 2002: Message edited by: Em ]