…………………. “You nervous?” Kellan smiled as he watched me pushing in the ear pieces
“Oh nervous doesn’t even begin to cover it” I said shuffling from one foot to the other I looked round as Kerion was tapping on the wall with his drumsticks his head down his eyes closed “Look” I nodded in his direction Pete walked out of the bathroom looking green as Alfie handed him a stick of gum. “This bit is horrible, I don’t mean to be gross but” I took his hands he wrinkled his nose at the clammy feel of my hands in his “and you really don’t want to know how my stomach feels” I smiled I saw Miranda and Heidi watching us smiles on their face the pride in their friends all to evident. “As soon as I step off the first step into the spotlight with the music round me the nervousness just vanishes” I shrugged
“You think maybe a kiss might help a little?” he asked putting his hands on my
“It wouldn’t hurt” I laughed he lent in and kissed me gently on the lips hips as the stage manager walked toward us
“Two minutes guys Chris you need to get up the stairs” I nodded and stepped back Alfie and Pete hugged me as another roadie handed then their guitars. I walked over to Kerion and pulled out his earphones and hugged him all he gave me was a single nod and he took the steps to the riser two at a time and disappeared into the darkness Kellan stepped back as I walked up the stairs the drum beat starting as I reached the top and I was out into the bright light again. We all came off the stage laughing and smiling Miranda handed me a towel
“Okay you guys are so much better than that night on the football field” she laughed “and we thought you were good back then”
“It’s called practice and expert guidance” Mike laughed “Nice job as usual guys” he high fived all of us.
“Thank you” Kerion smiled draping his arm round Miranda and making her groan
“Okay shower” she ducked from under his arm “I won’t let Xander hug me after a game till he’s showered and I’m sleeping with him” we all looked at her
“Bang you like a storm door in a hurricane does he?” Kellan laughed, the guys started laughing Miranda turned beet red.
‘Ew I think I just threw up in my mouth” I shuddered
“it’s my cousin she’s dating”
“Oh I’m sorry” Kellan shook his head.
“It’s okay I’m going to go grab a shower and change” he nodded
“I’ll watch these guys” he pointed to Nickelback as they stepped onto the stage I walked into the dressing room.
“I’m sorry I said that about your boyfriend Chris” Miranda looked at me
“Oh come on it wouldn’t be you if you actually put your brain in to gear before your mouth” I giggled “and he’s not my boyfriend” they all looked at me
“What I met him yesterday and yes I’ve already rolled round in bed with him…”
“And the shower” Alfie laughed sitting down and pulling Heidi on to his lap
“Yes that as well” I sighed “Okay I never meant for it to happen but it did and fine if you want to call me a…”
“Hey we didn’t say a word and we won’t” Pete said shaking his head “You’re single right and you can have fun” He grabbed a bottle of water “If it’s good for the goose and all that”
“Okay can we stop bringing up the Russian” I groaned as Miranda unlaced the corset.
“With pleasure” Alfie nodded I walked off and showered and got changed I walked up to the side of the stage where Kellan was with his friends watching the show.
“So was I right about it being better watching it from here?” I stood next to him
“Oh yeah” he slid his arm round my waist “This has to be the best I’ve been to” he looked at me “And I have to say you guys were amazing”
“He’s after something” Alex laughed looking at me “We’ve seen him in action before” Kellan hung his head
“Excuse my friends they’re as bad as yours” he groaned.
“It’s okay” I shrugged I looked to the stage and watched as Chad walked over to his drink talking to the fans he looked up at me
“Well I have to say it OH My God we’re being watched by Miss Christine Sommers” he laughed I groaned “Chris come here” I shook my head Mike looked at me and started to laugh “Kellan will you for two minutes get your hands of Chris and let her come here” Kellan was laughing and held up his hands I shook my head. Chad pouted and tipped his head “You guys want to hear more from Chris don’t you?” the crowd started to clap and whistle. “Come on girl you’re in prime position standing there” the stage hand handed me my ear pieces I pushed them in. “Mike will you grab her and get her out here. Mike walked to me as I took the microphone that was handed to me I looked back at Kellan
“See what I have to put up with” Mike grabbed my hand and pulled me to the stage
“Hey these guys have seen me once tonight’ I laughed as I walked over to Chad
“I know but remember the other week we screwed with the sound Guy” Chad handed me his drink I nodded ‘Well I was wondering if you wanted to screw with him again” we both looked out across the stadium and could just make out Joey waving his arms
“Oh Hell yeah you know me I’ll screw with anyone” I regretted the words as they came out
“Well okay” Chad pulled a Face “Kellan she didn’t mean that literally” I felt my face go red
“I’m going to kill you” I laughed walking to the front of the stage and handing his drink to a guy in the front of the crowd
“S.E.X.” there was a heap of screaming at just one word
“Well not right now” I shrugged it was so much fun messing around on stage
“I wasn’t offering I was meaning the song”
“Why not” I walked back to him the bass started and we did the song.
“Ladies and Gentlemen Christine Sommers” Chad called out as I walked off the stage. Mike patted me on the back
I am going to kill all of you for that”
‘Imagine what the press will do with it?” He shrugged “Go have fun Chris” Kellan held out his hand to me. I took it
“You want to get out of here?” he asked
“Sure if you don’ t mind missing the end of the gig”
“I’ll go tell the others’ I’m leaving” he nodded and watched as I walked away. We slid into a cab in the darkness the rain still falling. “So where are we going?”
“I found a cute little bar this afternoon I thought we could go there for a while and then” I looked at him
“Do you mind getting wet?” He raised his eye brow at me “No I mean I haven’t done this for a long time”
“Walked in the rain” I tapped the cab driver on the shoulder and got him to stop I handed him the money and stepped out the cool night air felt good I felt Kellan’s fingers slip in between mine as we started to walk. “What time do you leave tomorrow?”
“We fly at noon”
“The crazy life we led Huh?”
“Something like that” he stopped me and turned me to face him as soft music spilled for a bar near by “You ever danced in the rain?” I shook my head “Well it sort of has to happen when you’re in a city like this” he pulled me to him and started to move me round “And it’s like some old black and white movie”
“Are you trying to be romantic”
“Yeah but it’s failing isn’t it” he laughed
“Just a little” there was a clpa of thunder
“I think we need to get inside” He took my hand and pulled me across the street “And this just so happens to be my hotel”……………………………….