……………………….. We all took our final bow and walked off the stage to Chad and Ryan standing open mouthed.
“You killed it” Mike high fived all of us
“It felt good” Alfie laughed taking a towel and handing one to me
“I’ve got goose bumps” Ryan smirked “Wow” I looked round Lukas was gone and so was Elena
“Okay so where did she go?”
“Oh she stormed off just before the end of the song” Chad laughed “That was a really fuck you moment wasn’t it?”
“Do you blame us?” Kerion shrugged draping his arm round my shoulder “The new us take no shit and have a blast”
“Amen to that” Chad nodded as Lukas came back over.
“Well I sent a recording of that to Jon and Ritchie” he smiled “And Elena has gone to the hotel to I think either pack or regroup”
“Yeah don’t let these guys go there without at least you” Mike said looking at Lukas.
“Oh they’re staying here till you guys are done” Lukas Nodded they have an MTV interview we all looked at him “I pulled in another few favors”
“Wow did he have a personality transplant?’ Pete whispered in my ear. I tried my hardest not to laugh
“Okay guys you’re on” the stage manager called over Lukas walked with us back to the dressing room as the noise started with the intro to Burn it to the ground.
“Lukas, how pissed is she?” I asked as we walked into a film crew sitting in our dressing room.
“Oh she’s beyond pissed” he said quietly “It’s taken something to break the contract you had with her but she’d got a little lazy when she had it drafted so she can’t take any finders fee for you just a lump of only $100,000” my mouth fell open making him laugh “Chris nothing’s cheap in the business but believe me we’d have paid a Million for you guys” he smiled and took a deep breath and walked over to the Film crew Alfie walked over to me with a robe and put it round me.
“Yeah I’m getting there” I nodded…………………..
…………………….. The film crew packed up and left us to shower and change you could feel the nervous tension in the air. The door knocked and we all jumped and looked at each other.
“Yep” Alfie called out it opened and Jess walked in wearing the costume she’d gotten the night before
“Hey you” Kerion smiled hugging my little sister
“Dad said we have to leave tonight” she looked so sad
“I know honey” I sat down and pulled her to me “But as soon as you’re on vacation from school you can come and join us again for a few days”
“Aren’t you going to be home for Christmas?”
“No we talked about this before remember I’m going to be in a place called Afghanistan singing for all the people in the Army” I tucked her hair behind her ear “But I promise there will be a huge package in the Mail for you” her face lit up “And I know you’re going to have way too much happening over the holidays to even think of me”
“I’ll still miss you?”
“I know and I’ll miss you” I hugged her tight
“Okay Band hug” Pete called out because he knew Jess squealed with laughed when they all piled in for on group hug. When we all broke apart the rest of our families were there so it was time to say our goodbyes I could here Far away being played on the stage which seemed appropriate for what was happening right now.
“Any message for Dimitri?” Jackson asked after he put me down from hugging me.
“Tell him… that doing what he did made me take control of my life and for that thank you” Jackson raised his eye brows “What’s the point of being Bitter” I shrugged “I have all of this I have a life where I don’t have to put up with crap like that I can take a deep breath dust myself off and get on with it”
“The old Chris is back” Xander draped his arm round me “I haven’t seen the tough ass don’t piss me off Chris since before you and Arron got together” he dropped a kiss on my head “Love you Cuz”
“Love you too” I smiled “Look out for Jess for me” he nodded and we watched as they all left Lukas saying goodbye to them as they walked by him. He stepped into us
“You all okay?”
“We’re fine” Alfie nodded
“They guys are just coming off stage 20 minutes we’ll be out of here” he turned round and walked out. The nervous silence falling over us again Alfie was Humming no apology making us all more nervous and more excited for what was about to happen…………………..
……………… We all piled in the limo leaving the crew behind dismantling everything to move to the next venue.
“Chris you’ll ruin your manicure if you keep chewing on your nails” Mike said leaning over and slapping my hands
“Yeah don’t be nervous” Lukas said looking up from his laptop “It’s covered it’s taken care of”
“Yeah but it’s not just her managing us is it” I looked at Chad “what did you say to me last night about here being the Momma bear” he nodded “I’m the hunter shooting the cub right now”
“Damn only a mid west girl could come out with shit like that” Kerion laughed
“Mid west and proud” I smiled as we pulled into the parking garage under the hotel Lukas got out and offered me his hand to help me out there was a rumble of thunder rolling round making me hope that it wasn’t an ominous sign. We all walked into the hotel and to the elevator Chad put his hands on my shoulders and rubbed them
“You’re chewing your lip now” he chuckled “What can she do or say that you’re not expecting”
“I don’t know” the doors opened “But shes bound to say something that will hurt”……………………..