………………….. Elena walked into the wardrobe room I followed her Marie was sitting talking on the phone while folding clothes.
“You did an amazing job” Elena turned and looked at me. Damn I’d hate to play poker with this woman her face was stone hard without a crack of emotion “One thing we do not do ребенка (child) is mix business with our own pleasures” I leant against one of the packing cases and looked at her. She reached into her bag and pulled out 3 of the tabloid magazines from the US “I picked these up at the airport” each one had the same picture as TMZ had. “and then there’s this one” she pulled out another one my eyes got wider it was a shot of me and Chad kissing inside the elevator his hands on my ass mine under his t-shirt. Marie hung up the phone and came over and started to unlace my corset “You want to explain?”
“I kissed Chad end of story” I took the robe Marie offered me and wrapped it round me “I’m surprised your son didn’t tell you”
“Oh he did but the last thing I was expecting was to find it splashed all over the gossip rags” she shook her head “what the hell were you thinking?”
“What was I thinking? What was Dimitri thinking when he was screwing Reba” I never ever wanted to drag Elena into the relationship I had with her son “I was hurt… I was faced with the fact that Dimitri doesn’t want me doing what I do best and the fact the minute he didn’t like something he want and jumped into bed with Reba not enough to bed her sister he has to do both of them” Elena’s face showed the first signs of emotion “he knows how Arron controlled me and how much I was scared and he was the one that made me feel safe after I was raped in the bed of a truck in a parking lot” the tears were streaming down my face everything I’d wanted to say and yell at Dimi I was now unleashing on his Mom “Chad was there but it could have been anyone I need to not feel worthless which is how I felt after seeing the picture of Reba and Dimitri”
“Elena” Marie said quietly “Nothing other than the kiss happened with Chad and Christine” Elena looked at Marie “They’ all been drinking and kicking back and I was the one that put Chris to bed that night” Elena looked back at me
“I’m sorry” She rubbed my arms “Christine I don’t want the papers to make your life hell” she stroked the side of my face “I don’t want people to think the only reason that you are on tour with Nickelback is because of something that might be going on with you and Chad” I sat down and put my head in my hands “To be honest I’m proud of you that you didn’t bend and buckle and you’re willing to stick out to follow whatever dream comes your way” I looked up at her “Dimitri I love him but right now I don’t like my son very much and Nikolai won’t even talk to him” She pulled me to my feet and shocked me by pulling me close to her hugging me tightly “Go shower go see your family and I’ll do the damage control and talk to Chad”
“Chad and I are good we’ve talked and he understands why I did what I did” Marie handed me a huge fluffy towel and jeans and a t-shirt and hustled me toward the shower.
“Hurry up you’ve got one excited little sister waiting for you” she smiled closing the door behind me and walking back to Elena “Did you really have to give her a hard time”
“I didn’t mean to I just see so much talent in her that I don’t want stupid choices ruining it for her or the boys” Elena sighed as Marie opened one of the packing cases and pulled out a bottle of Vodka and two shot glasses and poured one for her and one for Elena
“And would it have been so bad if things had gone further with her and Chad for god sake he’s a good guy unlike my godson at the moment” she clinked the glass with Elena
“Does Chris know?’ Elena asked reaching for the bottle and pouring another
“No but I’ve seen how she’s tried to hold it together and it’s taking everything she has right now”
“Dimi is going to go to his Grandmothers in Moscow for a few weeks to try to get him away from this Reba” Elena’s lip curled into a sneer of distain “I never liked her sister this girl isn’t even allowed in my home”
“Why would he throw Chris away like he has?”
“He thinks she’s going to get bigger and better offers than what he can give her and seeing these” she gestured to the magazine pictures “And hearing her tell him she’d kissed Chad sealed it for him… He’ll see sense”
“Yeah but I’m scared that it will be too late by the time his stubborn Russian ass works that out” Marie grinned “He gets that from you Elena you do realize that”
“I know” she laughed “I hope he won’t regret it too late maybe we should give him to Michael”
“What send him to the Marines” Marie took another shot before getting up and putting the corset in to the dry cleaning pile “That would be a thing wouldn’t it”…………………………….