....................... A bang and crash woke me up and something
landed on top of me
"Chris… Come on we're supposed to be having breakfast" Jess
whined I groaned at the pain inside my skull
"Jess I'm sick"
"No you're not Xander said you drank too much beer"
"Where's dad?" I pulled the pillow over my eyes and tried to
control the urge to throw up "By the pool talking to Dimitri's
Mom and that Lukas guy" I moved the pillow and looked at her I
got off the bed shakily and walked to the window and looked down
to see the three of them sitting at the table talking and having
"Hey good morning sunshine" Alfie walked in Damn you were wasted
"Hey you have any idea why the hell that's happening" I pointed
out of the window
"Chris I'm hungry" Jess whined.
"Jess hang on" I pleaded as Alfie peered over my shoulder
"I have no idea. Oh Xander and Jackson are in the other room" he
whispered in my ear
"He tell you what he told me last night"
"Yeah and I'm sorry Chris"
"I guess it was too much to hope for" I sighed still looking out
of the window. "New Day New Chris" I took a deep breath and
groaned "Well new Chris with a mega hangover and I'm so glad we
don't have a gig tonight"
"We do tomorrows the day these guys leave" he pointed to where
Jess was now trying to walk in the shoes I wore last night "and
we Move to Barcelona'
"Oh kill me kill me now" I grumbled
"Go show and I'll go get you a coffee" Alfie put his arm round me
and pushed me to the bathroom "hey Jess you want to find my
sister and tell her to hurry up if she wants to come join us"
Jess kicked off my shoes and hurried from my room I looked at my
reflection and groaned
"Bride of Frankenstein looks better than you do right now" I
grumbled as I turned on the water and showered trying not to
throw up as I did. I got out and dressed and put on shaded and
took some Advil before I even ventured into the others in the
"You okay Chris" Kerion Smirked pulling on a t-shirt
"Ask me after coffee" I mumbled I looked at Xander "I'm sorry for
taking it out on you last night with what you said"
"Hey if you can't lash out at me then who can you lash out at" he
smiled and hugged me "You okay?"
"I'm okay and I'll only get better so as long as no one talks
about the Сын от сука(son of a bitch) we'll all be fine" I picked
up my purse and walked out with the others as Jess turned back up
with Ella Alfie's sister.
"Guys hey wait" we looked round as Xander pressed the button for
the elevator Mike ran down the hall toward us "Well for one damn
I'm surprised you're even on your feet this morning" he hip
checked me making me groan
"She's a little tender" Jackson laughed
"After the gig tonight we're all going to have a sit down meeting
in one of the conference rooms here"
"Why?" Alfie looked confused Ryan looked at me
"You haven't said anything yet"
"Nope I was a little too passed out last night when they got home
I will do though and I'll call you" he nodded
'We have a press thing so text and one of us will call you back"
he started to walk backwards down the hall "And Chris grab a
paper on your way out it's a blast if you get a translator for
the Spanish" we all looked at each other as we got into the
So I guess something went down last night" Pete said looking at
"Yes and No I found out a few things I'm really unhappy about" I
sighed as Jess held my hand as the elevator reached the lobby and
we stepped out right into Elena and Lukas "but we'll get to that
'Off for breakfast?" Lukas smiled
"Finally" Pete nodded I looked at Elena this time she looked
"Christine we need to talk again" she snapped
"Sorry it'll have to wait I'm doing something" I linked Jackson's
"Sorry Elena I'm not at your beck and call right now" I strode
across the lobby literally dragging Jackson with me the other
caught up as I heard a stream of Russian I didn't look back till
I was across the busy street and into a restaurant.
"Right what the hell was that?" Alfie said sitting down quickly.
I took off my glasses and ordered a really strong black coffee.
"Last night when Chad and I stayed in the limo" I looked round
"we were talking about the record being released and us not
knowing and he told me that was the reason Elena went back to the
US to sort out the release and he apologized for not telling us
what was going on and that if Elena didn't have such a hold on us
and me in particular then he and the other's would be managing
us" Kerion dropped his fork onto his plate making everyone jump.
"He's said that in the past and I always thought they were
messing round" I shook my head
"No they're serious"
"Okay but the thing with Elena?" Alfie butted in
"Well apparently Elena wants to have a hold over me so I have to
keep" I did quotation marks in the air with my fingers "bumping
"What?' Xander pulled a face "She thinks if you're under her
management she can bring him in and out of your life" Xander was
getting pissed "Chris that's not fair on you or on these guys"
"I know that and believe me Dimitri Carpov is the last person I
want to see right now" I picked up my coffee and took a sip of
the almost mud like drink in my hands and relished the calming
feeling it had on my stomach "But according to Chad Elena wants
to keep me close because she thinks I'm right for her son"
"Wow" Alfie sat back and shook his head
"This is insane" Pete leant on the table "are we only here bec.."
"No" I cut him off "We're here because well we're good at what we
do according to the band" I shrugged pushing away the plate of
food as the smell turned my stomach "I went to ask Chad last
night if they would still be willing to manage us… I know I
should have talked to you guys first but I was angry and I felt
like we were all being used" I looked at them "If you went to
stay with Elena then we will but I can't trust her anymore"
"No I can't either" Pete got up "How the hell is it okay for her
to think that she can play with your feelings like that does she
not know what Dimitir's doing?"
'She said she knows he's with Reba and she doesn't like her but
to find out he cheated on me at least 6 weeks ago when he left us
in Wisconsin after he'd done that Russian poem in the stage for
me and all that bull shit… there's no chance for us now how the
hell could I trust him again tell me that"
"I'm in having Nickelback manage us" Alfie nodded
'Me to we stick together right" Kerion put his hand over mine and
smiled at me
'Thanks guys, I 'm sorry you're having to deal with this when we
"Hey don't worry about it and any way when you get as drunk as
you did last night it makes up for it" Pete chuckled "So tonight
we stick together right" we nodded at him "Okay lets eat and at
least have some fun for the rest of the day before we have to go