..................... I paced the floor in my room rubbing the back of my neck as, Elena’s words echoed round in my head.
“You want a drink?” Lukas walked in and closed the door behind him
“No I’m good” I sat on the bed
“Well I thought she’d put up more of a fight than what she did” I looked up at him
“You’re kidding right” I got up again
“No… well she attacked you pretty hard but I was talking about the bands contract” I shook my head
“Talking of attacking me” I opened the door both bands were talking quietly “Okay why did you stop me from knocking her as back to the Soviet Union”
“Chris the wall came down in 89’” Chad laughed “its Russia now”
“No, how hard I was going to hit her she was heading back beyond that point” I looked at him “I take it everyone heard what was said” they all nodded “Does anyone want and explanation”
“Chris it’s none of our business” Ryan walked over to me and rubbed my arms “we know what happened to you when you went home before we started the tour and we all understand that you trust all of us but only us” I nodded “We don’t need to know everything unless something is printed and we need to get the lawyers in on it”
“He’s right” Lukas smiled “I gave your dad my word that you’d be okay and I meant it”
“Okay. Did you hit your head or something? because no offence but you being nice to us and Chris is really freaking me out” Kerion moaned shoving a cookie his mom had left into his mouth.
“No, I wasn’t sure of Elena’s motives for how hard she pushed to get you on this tour and I wanted to make sure you were good enough to open for these guys”
“Oh” Kerion shrugged “Okay”
“So who exactly is our manager now?” Alfie asked sitting on his bed
“We are” Mike smiled “we’ve all got a vested interest in all of you” Lukas’s phone rang he walked into the other room. Chad walked over to me.
“She said some rough things you sure you’re going to be okay?”
“She did and I’m not scared to face what’s happened to me in the past, it just makes it a little raw when it’s brought up” I smiled at him “I promise I can cope” Lukas walked back in
“Well you guys have made one hell of an impression” he reached for his bag and opened his laptop “Hey guys”
“Is that… I mean that’s oh damn” I choked as we looked at Jon Bon Jovi on the screen
“Jon you want to tell them what you thought of what they did tonight” Lukas smiled
“Yeah, well you blew it out of the water and believe me if you weren’t working with Nickelback we’d be after you” he smiled over the screen. “You can use the song anytime nice changes you made by the way”
“Er… thank” Pete said as none of the rest of us could function by that point
“No problem and we’ll see you at the awards in Italy next week”
“Er… okay” I squeaked Lukas took his laptop and walked away still talking.
“Star struck are we?” Chad laughed walking to the door
“UH-HUH” I nodded
“You’re round us guys”
“Yeah but we live with you guys you don’t count” Alfie laughed.
“Oh thanks” Ryan Gibbs slapped him ‘We’ll let you guys get some sleep and see you on the bus in the morning”
“Night guys” I got up and walked them to the door “Hey can I ask for something?” I asked leaning on the door
“Sure whether you’ll get it or not is another thing” Mike grinned
“Can I get a hug” I felt right then I just wanted to know who really cared for me.
“Now that we can do” Dan put his arms round me and dropped a kiss on to my head followed by the others Chad being the last one.
“You want to back off from the press?” he asked as he let go of me
“Hell no, I like the being devious thing” I giggled “It passes the time” he high fived me and walked down the hall with Mike to his room…………………………………
…………………….. The next week flew by, record sales were soaring in the US and in Europe and we were doing more and more press work alongside and independently of Nickelback. When it was independent there was always one of them standing in the background ready to jump in if we needed them we were all closer than before. We were heading to Germany for a music award ceremony and Lukas had informed us that we were actually performing which had us nervous as hell. Because from there we were heading to Ramstein to board a military fight to Kuwait.
Lukas walked into the hotel room as I was having my hair done.
“Ready for the red carpet” he asked “Your boys are walking up and down the hall throwing poses”
“Oh we’ve been practicing all day” I laughed nervously “I get on stage in front of thousands of people night after night why is this killing me and it’s fans and press”
“Well it’s a new thing for you but it all goes toward people liking you” he leant on the vanity “Right we have some sparkly things for you for tonight”
“Oooo me like sparkly” I giggled
“Well they are on loan but it makes a change form the leather and the stuff you wear on stage” the door opened again and Chad walked in with Pete
“Okay take a look at these boys and tell me they weren’t dropped as infants” he handed me his phone and hit play on the video. Alfie and Pete were pouting better than Mick Jagger as Pete pretended to take pictures
“I’m sorry I think I gave then too much sugar today” I laughed handing him back the phone.
“Look go get dressed and then the security guard will be here with the sparkly things” Lukas groaned pushing me to the bedroom. “You still think it’s a good idea rolling up in one limo?”
“Yeah people know were manage them” Chad shrugged “and come on you have to admit the press are always trying to get more then they need”
“True” Lukas nodded I walked out of the bedroom “Whoa Damn you look…” Lukas tipped his head.
“Different” Chad butted in not the usual rock chick” He took my hand and turned me round
“Nice Chris” Pete grinned “I hope to good they’re watching back home” the door knocked Lukas opened it and took a box from the Security guard
“Okay as promised” he opened the vintage looking box “All art Deco pieces all picked out by”
“All of us” Chad butted in Lukas looked at him “what if it was left to you she’d have been wearing something someone else wore 2 days ago on some red carpet” Chad took the necklace and walked behind me and fastened it
“Are those real?” I peered closer into the mirror
“All diamonds” Lukas laughed and a Sapphire he handed me the diamond studs I put them in “and finally He held out the ring from the box making me swallow hard I pushed it on to my finger in my right hand
“Can’t see it” Pete said taking my hand “too much sleeve takes the eye away from it” we looked at him “Okay that made me sound like Sorrenson didn’t it?”
“Oh just a little gay yes” I nodded he pulled the ring off and pushed it on to my ring finger of my left hand “Er… Pete”
“See perfect” he beamed
“He has a point” Chad laughed he knew what I was about to say but Pete really had no clue the finger he’d put it on
“Yeah Chris Leave it” Lukas laughed picking up the vintage clutch and handing it to me “time we left” He put a hand in the middle of my back and we walked out of the room…………………….