............................... I zipped up my boots and stood up and looked in the mirror
“Hey we’ve gone sexy pirate” Marie chuckled as she stepped back and admired yet another new costume she’d gotten for me. “I love having someone to dress in something other than jeans and a t-shirt”
“Oh God don’t say that to the guys” I groaned. She started to laugh “Damn I’m so nervous right now” I wrung my hands
“Why because Elena’s back tonight”
“Oh crap no I forgot she was back tonight” I slid down the wall
“Hey up young lady” she chastised me pulling me up and turning me to adjust the back of the corset “So you stressing that your family will be out there tonight?”
“Yeah this is what the 18th time we’ve done this and tonight I’m terrified because my Dad and little sister are going to be out there in the crowd”
“What about your Mom?”
“I’ve been screening my calls and not talking to her” I sighed the door opened and Lukas walked in
“Here you are I wanted to talk to you and the others before you went on tonight” he put his hands on his hips
“Sorry that would be my fault we got talking as she got ready” Marie defended me
“Chris two minutes” one of the stage guys put his head round the door I nodded
“We can walk and talk” I said hugging Marie and walking over to the door
“Okay go get the guys” Lukas nodded. We both walked out I opened the dressing room door
“Lukas wants to talk to us as we walk” I rolled my eyes at the guys making them laugh I knew they were as nervous as I think our families had charted a flight for them all to get here. I stepped back as they came out Kerion tapping his drumsticks on his legs as we walked to the stage.
“We’re going to make a detour before we head to Italy and Greece” Lukas smiled I hope you guys are patriotic”
“Guys it’s time… sorry Boss they need to be onstage” the hand tapped his stop watch and handed me a microphone Lukas nodded and stepped back
“Go show them what you guys do best” he called as the guys stepped out and I went up the steps I turned and smiled at him a Elena walked up behind him and shot me a huge smile at least she didn’t look like she wanted to kill me for breaking up with her son and sticking my tongue down the throat of the guy that gave us our big break.
The drum beat started and I stepped out into my sanctuary from the real world into the spotlight, my happy place. I put everything I had into tonight till it got to the penultimate song when Alfie and Kerion got to leave the stage for a few minutes leaving me and Pete and two stools and the song that Mike had written for us that was one of those songs that I don’t think would leave a dry eye anywhere if you watched a video of people leaving loved ones. A stage hand brought on two stools as I picked up my water and took a drink. I looked into the front row of the crowd and spotted Alfie’s Mom and Dad and sister all grinning. I scanned along the row till I saw Dad and Jess I said something to Pete who smiled and nodded. I looked back out into the darkness.
“Okay this one is a song that I think means the most to all of us after leaving people behind that we love to chase our dreams” I walked back to the front of the stage “but tonight we have some very special people here and one of those people is my little sister” I crouched down and tapped one of the security guys and pointed to Jess who was now wide eyed as he lifted her over the barrier I held my hand out to her and helped her up on to the stage. “You see guys my little sister calls me every morning and every night so we’re very close I led her to the stool next to where Pete was sitting and patted it. Jess got on looking like a deeer in the head lights “so Sis this pone tonight is for you” I dropped a kiss on her head as Pete began to strum the opening chords of ‘When I miss you’ I swear Jess was going to cry as the song ended I pu my arms round her and lifted her up and hugged her “I missed you”
“I missed you Chris and that was mean” she grinned as I put her down
“Can you go and wait back there with Elena” I asked pointing to the side of the stage where Elena was standing Jess nodded and hugged Pete before running over to Elena and Alfie and Kerion came back on for the final song of the night. We walked off the stage and were handed towels.
“Nice job guys” Mike walked over and high fived us like every night “and Chris Jack Sparrow called and asked where the Pirate queen was”
“Hey” I swatted him “Blame Marie… but I like it next time we all go out I’m wearing it”
“Well we’d better make sure it’s on a sailing ship” Chad laughed ducking as he ran past me.
“Okay being like big brothers doesn’t mean you get to pick on the little sister” I called after them walking backwards.
“You know you’re mouth still runs away with you” I jumped and was face to face with a grinning Xander
“Oh my god” I threw my arms round my cousin and hugged him tight “What are you… I mean why… since when?”
“Okay Ew you’re all sweaty and I thought you could use a friendly face”
“I have tones of those round here” I laughed linking his arm and I’ve just spent the last 60 minutes on a stage I’m bound to be sweaty but yes I’m so happy you’ve come… I need to get showered and changed and then I’ll come to you guys” Xander nodded. As the others were already stripping off shirts as they hurried to shower and see their families.
“Hey Wisconsin” My mouth fell open as Jackson appeared “Wow girl you’re amazing”
“Jackson” I croaked
“Chris” I jumped again and looked round to see Elena standing with her arms folded across her chest Damn how to burst the bubble, Time to face the music no pun intended………………