As he walked through the old corridors, nostalgia enveloped Jay. He smiled thinking of the hours spent jamming, joking, composing music together. But the smile evaporated as he thought of Matt - the reason he was here.
It was a gala event. The stage was set. The last five years had paid off—this was Jay’s moment to shine. He was receiving the award for Best Music Composer. As the screen played the official video of his cover song, Jay’s journey flashed before his eyes.
Not always was he such a heartthrob with countless admirers. Sure, Jay got straight A’s in school, but he was also the nerd everyone bullied. The nickname ‘freak geek’ stuck for a while. Timid and unpopular, he was never invited to birthday parties or sleepovers. Books and music were all he had.
On the first day of college, Jay met Matt. It was at the cafeteria, where Jay was being heckled. Matt stood up for him. Given his popularity, the bullies complied. It was the start of a friendship Jay could have never imagined. The camaraderie, the banter, the bro code… Jay finally felt ‘normal’. Jay helped Matt with his math assignments. Having a popular friend can get you more friends than you bargained for. From having no friends to having his phone ring non-stop, Jay had a hectic social life.
A few years passed, Jay and Leena released their maiden album, a runaway hit.