..................... 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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
…………………….. 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
"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
"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…………………….