…………………….. We boarded the flight and I took a seat right at the back Alfie and Kerion flanking me like some sort of body guards as Pete sat on the other side of the aisle. Kerion was already gripping the seat his fear of flying well flying was the wrong thing really he had a fear of taking off and landing the bit in the middle he was fine with.
“So what happened with Dimi?” he asked through his teeth his eyes tightly closed “You said on the flight”
“Well he didn’t know there was a picture” I sighed “and he didn’t deny anything”
“Did he even give a reason?” Pete pulled a face I shook my head
“I told him what had happened with my kissing Chad and he went off he thinks I jumped into bed with him so he gave me a few choice words about bed hopping and Arron came into it”
“Okay even if you’d cheated on Dimi that’s out of line” Alfie snapped “way out of line” I shrugged
“Yeah well I told him I wasn’t willing to be in another relationship where I was being controlled and” I rubbed my head “I told him we were done”
“What? You dumped him” Kerions eyes flew open quickly snapping closed again as the engine noise increased and the plane began to rumble down the runway before the nose lifted and we were in the air.
“Yes… I don’t even know if he still considered me his girlfriend… look guys can we just drop it you all know what’s going on and I promise I’m going to be okay” I smiled at them. I settled back putting on my I-pod and closing my eyes letting the songs pull me away from the ache in my chest. Alfie got up as soon as the seatbelt sign went out and Marie slid into his seat.
“So your hangover okay?”
“Yeah it’s gone” I smiled ‘Oh and thank you for getting me out of my things last night”
“It’s okay we all need to blow off steam sometimes” she got a twinkle in her eye “Hell that’s how I found my husband”
“What by getting his drunk ass undressed” I giggled
“no… Wellnot on the first night” she nudged me “No I was tending bar for money in Cali and this bunch of Marines came into the bar and I know it sound cheesy but damn for me it was love at first sight” a wry smile played on her lips “He was right out of a long assed Deployment and well lets say him and his friend almost lived at the bar for 3 days” she reached into her bag and pulled out her wallet and handed it to me
“Damn he’s cute” I looked at the picture of a younger looking Marie and a guy in Camo
“That’s Michael 25 years we’ve been together”
“How do you make it work…? I mean how do you do what you do and still have a relationship?”
“You make the most of the time you have together” she chewed the inside of her lip “He will come out and see me when he can and when I’m home he knows I’m always there waiting for him if he’s away”
“Was he bothered you touring with rock stars?”
“Nope he knows I love him unconditionally” She looked at me “But Dimitri is a hot headed Russian like his Momma” I opened my mouth to say something “Let him realize what he’s lost in you Honey” she winked at me “Don’t be too mad at him he’s not struggling with your success he’s struggling with this” she put her hand over her heart as she got to her feet “I need to go talk to Lukas about more stuff for you guys” she walked away leaving me with my mouth hanging open….. The plane landed and we walked down the jet way and to customs Lukas walking over and herding us with the rest of Nickelback.
“You okay?” Chad asked
“I will be if everyone stops asking”
“Sorry” he laughed as we were cleared through customs
“I do need to talk to you” he looked at me
“Okay… you’re not quitting are you?”Mike asked putting his arm round my shoulders
“No… but” Alfie leant in between Mike and I and handed Chad his phone with the TMZ story and picture
“Ahh the down side to the Fame” he shrugged a smile spreading across his face “I can tell you this it’s not worth getting worked up over… I promise you they’ll make shit up before they’ll print the truth”
“He’s right” Mike hip checked me “We’ve all had crap written but if we let it bug us all we’d do is sue the tabloids”
“So you’re okay with this?”
“We know the truth right?” Chad sighed “We know Pete was on the other side of you and we’d just been doing the damn ‘off to see the wizard’ dance from the Wizard of Oz” I started to laugh suddenly remembering us doing it. Chad’s voice dropped in volume “the only people that know what happened between you and me is my band and yours and Marie”
“And Dimitri” I hung my head
“You told him?”
“Yes I told him and I broke up with him after I left you this morning” Lukas was heading toward us Mike moved his arm from me and walked to intercept him leaving me to talk with Chad.
“Is that why you were late?” I nodded
“I needed to clear my head”
“Understandable” he tipped his head and looked at me “Okay but the TMZ thing as long as you know it’s not true and I know it’s not true that’s what counts people like mike said will make up crap”
“I was scared that you’d have a shit fit when you found out”
“No way… I told you this morning you’re like my little sister and considering you’re having a rough time right now, we’ll all pull in round you and take the crap” he hugged me to him “Okay don’t be scared to come to any of us and Dimitri must be stupid to let go of you”………………..