...................... The next few days rolled on like normal it
was so good having Miranda and Heidi around even if we did keep
losing her and Alfie.
"I wish we didn't have to leave" Miranda said wiping her eyes as
we stood in the airport
"I know I'm going to have to deal with the guys alone again" I
tried not to cry "Maybe spring break you could come back"
"Xander's taking me to Cozumel" She sighed where are you going to
be around then?"
"South Africa I think. Tell Xander he should let you come see me
instead" she hugged me tight
"You think you'll get to our graduation ceremony" I shrugged "I
mean I know you guys are flying through your senior year with the
tutor and everything"
"I don't know let me know when it is and I'll see where we're
supposed to be and if we're off around then" She nodded "Hug the
guys for me"
"What about if Dimi's still in school?"
"Sorry Who?" I made her laugh
"Alfie, Chris we have to go" Lukas called down the terminal I
hugged Heidi as soon as Alfie let her go
"Call when you get home okay?"
"Jeez Chris you sound like my Mom" Miranda laughed Alfie and I
hurried down the terminal.
"You okay" I said putting my arm round Alfie's waist
"Yeah, I miss her"
"I know but you can bring her back at spring break then at least
I'll have one of them here" he looked at me and smiled
"True" Lukas held the door open for the two of us the same black
jet was sitting on the tarmac "We're splashing out to save you
guys road tripping" I stepped on to the plane and sat down Pete
was already gripping the seats
"We need to find out what the marines are given" Chad laughed
"He'll be fine" I leant back and fastened the belt
"You pissed you didn't get to see your Mom?" "Lukas sat opposite
"Are you kidding me when her publicist called to say she was
doing some TV thing and couldn't make the show I was over the
damn moon" I pulled my hair back into a ponytail
"She hasn't said anything about being your Mom though so it's all
good right" Kerion asked from behind me "I mean I keep expecting
to see something in the papers saying Chris Sommers and Stephanie
what's her name are the same person"
"Hey we're not" I snapped a little too fast
"We know I was just saying"
"I'm sorry" I looked round at him "I'm tired"
"Well we've got three days before the next show" Ryan called out
"Try getting some sleep"
"Smart ass" I laughed
"You ready for Russia?' Chad asked as we rose into the air
"You want the truthful answer to that or the one I'll be giving
to the press?"
"You're talking to me now" he chastised me
"I keep thinking Elena's going to have done something to have us
kicked out of the country or we all get body searched at customs"
I pinched the bridge of my nose as Chad laughed
"I think we'll be okay she doesn't run the country and the last I
heard she was an American citizen right" he knocked my arm with
his elbow. "It's one hell of a big place don't let it bother you"
he picked up the paper from his lap
"I guess" I pulled my book from my bag and kicked off my shoes
curling my legs up.
"Hey" Chad nudged me again and put the paper on my lap 'You'd
better not get sick" he tapped the photo of my dancing in the
rain with Kellan "That guy has a lot to answer for if you do"
"I'm fine I wasn't out in the rain that long" I shrugged
"You were out all night" He smirked
"Yes but that was his hotel" I tapped the just visible Hotel
entrance behind us.
"So you and he are?"
"Chad Kroeger are you fishing?"
"Yep" he laughed
"With benefits" Pete laughed
"Shut up or do I have to mention the blond you brought home last
night that turned out…"
"Okay shutting up back here" Pete groaned
"Right we'll get back to him and the blond in a minute you were
saying" Chad pushed again
"We hooked up" I felt the color rise in my cheeks "but
considering we're on almost opposite side of the planet for the
foreseeable future what's the point trying to have a
relationship" he opened his mouth to say something "And I don't
"Good" I looked at him "Sometimes it's more of a distraction
trying to hold together what we do and what your ther half wants
"Is that what happened with you and your ex?" my turn to push now
"Fairs fair you know about me" he smiled and stood up and went
and fetched two bottles of beer and handed one to me before
sitting back down.
"Something like that… she wanted to settle down and get married
and couldn't understand why I wasn't ready" he took a drink "She
saw these guys with the wives and the kids and thought at my age
I should be the same" he looked round the plane at the rest of
"And you don't want that?"
"Oh I do but not right now… there's too much to see and too much
to do" he shrugged "And now we have you guys to look after"
"So were' your kids" I teased "Or your excuse not to settle down"
"Neither" he shook his head I like going home but I get restless
"She used to come out one tour but after a few weeks of the long
days and living from a suitcase all she wanted was to be at home
and we drifted apart I came home after going to some press thing
to empty closets and a note"
"Wow I'm sorry"
"It's okay I'll survive" he smiled "Everything happens for a
"Damn if that's the case then somebody must hate me"
"Oh thanks" He pulled a face
"I didn't mean it like that" I shook my head
"I know" he picked up the paper again and took another drink from
his beer "Only something's are in our control Chris sometimes
things happen when you're least expecting them to" I let out a
lung full of air that's what I was scared about right now I had
such an uneasy feeling about going o Moscow that it was feeling
like a ton weight on my shoulders……………………