........................ I walked out of the bathroom Marie was taking the clothes from Alfie who was talking 100 miles an hour to his sister.
“Finally we’ve you been you’ve got people waiting” He smiled reaching for my hand and pulling me out pausing to look at the t-shirt
“Since when have you been the cute one?”
“Hey I’ve always been the cute one” I smiled I always could rely on my 3 guys to make me feel better Alfie’s sister walked back into the noise filled dressing room. Alfie stopped me and turned me to face him.
“So what did Elena have to say?”
“She’s a little pissed about what happened with Chad but she’s also pissed with Dimi” I wrapped my arms round myself “You know I hope to god that this all blows over soon”
“It will” he grabbed my shoulders “Now get your ass in there” he pushed me into our dressing room Jess shot of Xander’s lap and wrapped her arms round my waist as Dad got up smiling and walked over
“I don’t think I can tell you how proud of you I am” he beamed leaning in and kissing my cheek “Wow you’ve grown so much in the past 3 weeks as a person Chris” his eyes were pooled with tears “I wish your Mom was here to see it”
“Yeah well we both know that’s a long shot” I smiled hugging him tightly. It felt strange yes I love my Parents but I felt so estranged from him right now almost as much as I felt from my Mom all the time. “So Jess what did you think to being onstage?”
“It’s scary” she pulled a face “you do that for fun?”
“Hell yeah” Kerion called over “And I bet you didn’t know your sister was a pirate did you?”
“Okay I heard that” Marie walked into the room and Gibbs slapped Kerion “There was nothing wrong with her stage costume”
“Apart from many more corsets and I think my ribs will permanently be moved” I smirked
“What you want to go and look like anyone else out there Missy or do you want to stand out in the crowd… I know what the Band wants and I know what the management wants so trust me and I’m borrowing your little sister” she took Jess’s hand and walked out with her I looked over Dad’s shoulder to where Xander and Jackson were both standing with Pete talking I walked over to them Jackson cocked his head to the side and smiled.
“Not too shabby for a hick from Wisconsin” he teased
“Well I think there might be a veiled compliment somewhere in there super jock” I hugged him “Damn I missed you guys” I hugged Xander tightly.
“School’s a little bit quieter without you guys at the football games”
“Sorry it was either Riverview High or a yearlong tour with Nickelback” I held out my arms “It was such a tough choice”
“Hey are we going to go out and party” Alfie grinned “the parents are all going to go crash” he whispered making us all look round.
“Well I’m not going out dressed like this” I smiled “we need to make some sort of effort”
“As long as it’s not your stage stuff we’ll be okay” Xander winked throwing his arm round me “and we’re not even going to mention Dimitri” Jackson Gibbs slapped him as the door opened and Jess walked in wearing almost an identical outfit to the one I’d been wearing on the stage apart from the heels and the inappropriate for a 8 year old corset.
“Wow I think we’ve just found your replacement Chris” Kerion smiled “Hey Jess you want to travel round the world with us”
“I can’t I have a gym meet next week” she blinked at him making everyone laugh.
“Marie you’re insane” I chuckled
“Yeah well I thought Jess could take it home with her so when she misses her big sister she can dress up like her and sing in her mirror” Jess turned and hugged Marie.
“We’re going to head out” Alfie’s Mom yawned “You kids have fun and we’ll see you all for breakfast” we said good bye to our families and watched as they walked out.
“Hey Marie you wouldn’t happen to have a little something un-stage like but hot tucked away for me would you” I asked as the guys all started talking about going out.
“Funnily enough Elena brought back some packages I’d had on order in the US for all of you guys you have some award shows coming up soon” I raised an eyebrow “Oh right Lukas and Elena hadn’t told you yet” she hung her head “I have 4 dresses for you two I know are total red carpet dresses and two I’m not so sure about” she tipped her head and was mentally picturing me in the dresses “Okay I got it” she tugged me behind her and took me to get dressed……
….. “Pink…. I mean I’m not really…”
“Chris it’s shoes bracelets and earring” she groaned pushing me out of the door as her phone started to ring “I have to get that I think there’s a hot marine wanting phone sex waiting on the other end”
“EW… thanks for the mental picture…” I trailed off as she closed the door
“Pink… Chris Pink…” Pete laughed
“I know come on lets go” I sighed
“Damn do you normally look this hot now?” Jackson whistled
“Dude that’s my cousin” Xander grumbled “Hey why’s the music stopped”
“Probably because the band’s done and the gigs over doofus” Alfie teased.
“You mean Nickelback is back here somewhere?” Jackson squeaked like he hadn’t been through puberty
“Yeah we’re behind you and in need of a beer” Ryan Laughed wiping his face with a towel “Looking good Chris but pink”
“Oh not you as well and if I wasn’t scared what Marie was doing on the phone in there I’d change”
“Pink looks good Chris you’re a girl” Mike poked his tongue out at me as Jackson stood as wide eyed as Jess was on the stage earlier. “Where you all heading to”
“The club that’s opposite the hotel” Pete smiled.
“Well you’re Rock stars now so you need to party like them” Ryan nodded.
“I need to talk to you all remember” Lukas and Chad walked over I swear Jackson was about to hyperventilate when Chad smiled at him
“Shit” Pete groaned
“It won’t take long and you have a limo to take you out tonight” Lukas smiled “Elena went back to the hotel to make sure your families settled in okay so” he gestured back toward Nickelbacks’ dressing room.
“We’ll wait here” Xander said catching Alfie’s arm as I followed the others inside. I sat down on one of the couches.
“Pink Shoes” Lukas cocked his head to the side
“Shhh” Kerion nudged him “or we’ll never get out to the club” Lukas nodded as guys were stripping off wet shirts.
“Okay here’s the deal we’ve added 7 more gigs to the calendar”
“7 how the hell have we managed that” Ryan choked as he sank half a beer Chad handed to him
“Because your manager rocks” Lukas laughed “This I didn’t think you’d mind he pulled some papers from his bag and handed then out” Mike looked over my shoulder reading
“Yep … I was approached by them to do a couple of shows in Germany when we’re there at the airbase…”
“Ramstein” Pete interjected “My Uncles serving out there”
“You kept that quiet” Alfie whistled
“Yeah well don’t like to brag about the hero in the family” Pete laughed with a slight shrug
“Okay well we’re still going to do the two shows at the airbase but we’ve also been asked to do three in Kuwait and 2 in Afghanistan” he looked round at all of us “I’m talking full shows well minus all the pyro and the 10 million roadies we have but both bands… I have to let them know by tomorrow”
“I’m in” I stood up “if all we can do is help them feel a little more relaxed for a few hours then I’m sure it’s the least we can do” I looked round at the others
‘Well I think Chris said it all” Chad smiled “We’re all in”………………….