................... I opened the door to the house the coolness
of the air-conditioning making the goose bumps spring up on my
"Hey" Xander was leaning on the table I put my hand on his back
"Married… You got married and you didn't have the fucking decency
to tell any of us Jess especially" He turned on me "Seriously
Chris are you trying to take after your fucking parents" Okay
that stung I took a step back "You might be some big fucking star
but I knew you growing up and the star shit doesn't make you
better than anyone else" tears stung my eyes
"I didn't think it did" I choked "We were coming here today to
tell you guys about us getting married and something happened
that made Chad blurt it out last night" It sounded so lame
"Yeah bull shit what your family that has your back is just a god
damn after thought is it" he looked hurt "After everything Chris
everything that's happened you don't trust us to be there when
you get married" tears were filling his eyes. "When the fuck did
you do it"
"a month ago" I dropped my head
"A month I've talked to you three times in the past month" he
banged his hand on the table
"I know but did you really want me to tell you overt the damn
phone I owed it to tell you guys face to face" My voice rose in
anger, He shook his head "And as for not trusting you to be
there, No one was there. Not Kerion not Pete not Alfie… hell even
Mike wasn't there and he's Chad's brother" I walked over to him
"Chad asked me to marry him and we were married the same night
hell your damn girlfriend helped Chad out by getting the dress"
"The cream one" his voice dropped I nodded "I was with her when
she and Heidi got it"
"Xander I didn't do this on purpose I did it because it was right
at the time… you've seen what the press is like for us hell
you've been here when the press was here" He paced the floor.
Imagine trying to organize a wedding be on the other side of the
world and keep it from the press… It's not glamorous Xander yeah
the stage stuff is amazing but were speed through countries and
cities we sleep when we can we grab ten minutes when we can
someone always wants a piece of us" I sat at the table and shook
my head "So when we get that time to be alone we make the most of
it and in Bali it was right for us to get married" I looked at
him "I don't know what else to say… I'm sorry you found out the
way you did but we couldn't get home before two days ago and then
we were in New York rehearsing and…" I couldn't hold it in any
longer "Arron's out of jail" I broke down sobbing. I heard a gasp
and looked up my Aunt and Uncle were standing off to the side in
the hallway between the living room and kitchen. "They let him
out of jail because of mom's books and the way I am on stage" I
wrapped my arms round myself the pain from the night before
coming back full force "That's why Chad told the TV reporter… He
wanted people to know I'm not alone"
I heard the door open and my Uncles voice before I felt arms wrap
round me and lips against my head. Xander had crossed the space
between us and all the arguing was done as he held me tightly
"Sweetheart" Chad's voice was like a relief washing over me.
"Is it true and they let him out of jail?" My Aunt asked
"Yeah we found out just after Never West had been on stage"
Chad's hand was on my back as Xander still held me "I'm sorry" He
looked at my family "We were coming to tell you face to face
that's why we've dodged the press about the subject, but last
night I need him to hear that she was married and because of who
she is and who I am he's not going to get to her" the hard edge
to Chad's voice showed how he felt about it "The one thing I'd
promised Chris was that she could tell Jess herself and then I go
and blow it"
"I can understand why you did it" My Uncle sighed "Yes we're mad
with you for the marriage thing I mean Dude how old ar…"
"Uncle Tom" I looked at him as my Aunt handed em a Kleenex "that
"Okay I'm sorry" he held up his hands "But you have to understand
Chris may as well be our daughter with how useless my
Bother-in-law and Sister-in-law are" Chad nodded
"I know and you have to believe me I was trying my hardest not to
fall for her" Chad smiled "But we had a little help from someone
pushing us together and, I don't mind admitting to anyone that
your Niece turned this rock star on his head and blew him away"
He looked at me "I love her and isn't that all that matters"
"Of course it is" My aunt surprised Chad by pulling him into a
huge hug making me smile "But rock star or not you hurt her" she
held his face and pulled him down to face her "I will rip you to
shred and feed you to the dog" Chad was laughing
"Ma'am I'm not going to do that, but I think we need to replace
Corey and Danny on your security detail Chris with your Aunt"
"Are they the two guys taking up half the driveway" My Uncle
asked walking to the window
"Yes they're retired Marines" I sniffed wiping away the last of
the tears Xander was watching me
"We're not taking any chances with Arron being out we have 24
hour security" Chad sighed wrapping his arms round me.
"Good… can't we do anything about getting him locked up again?"
"Lukas has the lawyers working on it right now but it could get
messy and Chris could have to go to court" Chad's wrapped his
arms round my waist pulling me back to him "And have to go
through everything that happened all over again and with her now
being as huge as she is" I looked at him and shook my head. I
didn't want to deal with that right now.
"We understand" Aunt Marie nodded "Honey other than this are you
"Happy doesn't cover it" I nodded "I have everything I want with
my tour family as long as my family here will still be there"
"You want a slap" Xander smiled for the first time since I'd got
there "I can still throw you in the pool you know… Doesn't matter
how you piss me off we're still cousins and I still love you and
hell I'm not related to a real rock star" he looked at Chad.
'Okay and what's Chris"
"My irritating cousin that made all my friends have immediate
boners when she stepped onto that stage last night" he shuddered
and pulled a face.
"Dude you should have been sitting where I was" Chad started to
laugh Making my Aunt, Uncle and Cousin all look at him "…Okay
I'll be outside" Chad took a step back.
"Can you get Jess for me please?"
'Sure baby" he nodded I waited till he walked out and the door
"He's a good guy"
"We can tell honey" My aunt hugged me "You just shocked us that
"I know and I'm sorry"
"Stop being sorry and you go kick ass the way you have been
Chris" My uncle kissed my Cheek "We love you and we're always
here if you need us… Just please if you have to tell us you're
having a baby don't leave it till your nine months pregnant" He
started to laugh Xander caught my eye… They still didn't know all
of it… but that was for another time I need to talk to Jess and I
wanted to get the hell out of Tampa because my Dad was less than
two blocks away and the Carpovs we're bound to have heard by now
who was in Town. The door opened and Chad walked in with Jess
wrapped in a towel and slung over his shoulder making me smile
then feel slightly sick he'd make an awesome Dad……………..