…… Chad seemed distant as we made our way from the awards to the
after party, both bands had jumped into one limo. I was waiting
for him to go down the paparazzi line with Nickelback like he
normally did but he waited for me to get out of the car, his arm
pulling me close into him. Mike looked at us and then said
something to Kerion who just shrugged.
Chad didn't leave my side as we got our names called it was a
rare thing that we would allow ourselves to be photographed
together at all. Chad pressed his lips to my temple making the
flash bulbs go crazy.
"Are you feeling okay?" I looked at him "I mean PDA…"
"I'm fine. I just don't want anyone else to have a piece of you
right now" he smiled. There was something else behind the smile.
I got the feeling of lead weighing down my stomach. What the hell
was Mari doing now…
"We have to do an interview" Lukas said coming over "They want
"I'm going with her" Chad answered quickly. We all looked at him
"What… I can't be by my wife's side when she's getting an
"No it's just…' Alfie started "well not what you guys do"
"Yeah well" Chad shrugged as Lukas walked us over to the reporter
waiting for us her face lighting up like a Christmas tree when
she saw Chad and I together.
"Wow this is an unexpected treat Chad Kroeger and Christine
Sommers both together" She beamed Chad standing slightly behind
me his hands resting on my hips "So how proud are you of her?"
"Immensely" He nodded "but that goes the same for the guys as
well" He gestured to where the guys were now being interviewed by
some playboy bunny "They all work there asses off on tour some
nights putting us to shame"
"So Christine you have the backing of one of Rocks biggest bands
in your career… How does the down time work are you all still
cooped up together or do you all split and go your own way?"
"Down time" I laughed "I don't think we've had down time since
this whole thing started we tend to sleep on planes and in cars a
lot of the time"
"So what do you call 5days in a villa in Bali" I felt Chad grip
me tighter, I hesitated unsure of what to say I wasn't expecting
a question about Bali
"A good time" he butted in
"So what do you say to the reports we have that you two got
married at sunset while you were there?" the reporter was
tentative as she asked the question
"Reports from whom?" I tried to keep my composure and the smile
on my face
"The Minister that married you" the reporter was edging more to
us. Chad sighed and poked his tongue in his cheek "And that has
to be at least an eight carat diamond on your finger"
"You know Never West won an award tonight our first award at
that" I smiled changing the subject I felt Chad's hand hold mine
"Changing the subject can be classed as a way to dodge round the
answer" she giggled
"What I do and what Chad does when we're not on the clock is our
business" I was trying to be nice, but I was beginning to fail at
"But are you doing things together. That's what we all want to
know?" She pushed "Are you two a couple" I opened my mouth to
tell her that the interview was done but Chad's voice came out
strong and slightly hard.
"Yes we are" he nodded "Chris and I are together and yes we got
married" Okay my breath caught in my throat. "And the stones a
little over ten carats"
"Oh" the reporter was taken aback and I swear the expression on
Lukas's face was a picture "Er… well… er congratulations"
"Thank you" I managed to croak out okay that was something that
wasn't supposed to happen. The reporter realized she'd got the
scoop and was beaming
"With all this going on what do you think to Arron Harsh's
sentence being over turned and what was the deal with all that?"
I clutched onto Chad tighter at the mere mention of Arron's name
and the fact it was coming off the lips of a reporter meant
someone had been digging.
"Whoa" Chad jumped in "I think we're done" Chad turned me away
and pushed me gently to Lukas "I'm drawing the line on this I
gave you what everyone's been after so please let Chris and the
rest of Never West enjoy the high of tonight" He stepped away
from her Lukas had already pulled me inside the building.
"What the fuck was that?" I threw up my arms
'Chris not here" Lukas looked round
"Don't tell me not here. What the hell was with that question
"Arron" Alfie choked on his drink, he hated the mention of Arron
since the night he'd attacked me and Alfie had driven me away,
Chad hurried in through the door.
"And what the hell were you thinking?" I looked at him "We agreed
not to say anything about getting married till we'd spoken to
Jess and you go and tell her on TV"
"I know Baby but…"
"Don't but and baby me" I shook my head "And the Arron thing?"
"Let's go somewhere quieter" Chad put his hand in the middle of
my back. the pain etched all over his face
"No" I stepped back "What the hell are you guys keeping from me?"
"Chris we only found out tonight" Lukas swallowed hard as people
were watching "The I got a call when you were all heading back to
the awards" He was standing blocking me from most people's views
"with the revelations in your Mom's book and what some people
perceive as you when it's just the stage you… well to make it
blunt" Lukas let out a huge sigh "He's out of jail Chris" It felt
like I'd been kicked I held onto the wall behind me
"Sweetheart I'm sorry" Chad reached out for me I held up a finger
"Lukas told me after we presented you with the award" he nodded.
I shook my head
"Excuse me" I walked by all of them
"You can't keep things like this from me. You can't when were you
planning on telling me?" I walked back over to him and stood in
front of him
"Chris… Nothing would change it if I told you later or tomorrow"
he snapped "I wasn't going to ruin the high tonight"
"Yeah well too late" I walked out of the side door where the
limo's were all parked. I walked over to the one that we'd just
arrived in and got in the driver looking slightly shocked. "I
need to go to the hotel"
"Yes Ma'am" he pulled away as Chad walked out of the hall with
Mike after him………