.................. The next two days were spent rehearsing with and without the help of Nickelback I was talking to Dimi at least twice a day and Jess every morning before she went to school. I was poured into the red boots and the rest of the outfit and my hair falling half way down my back as I closed my eyes running through the songs in my head. Kerion was sitting on the floor his head between his knees his drum sticks beating a steady rhythm on the carpet Alfie paced the floor and Pete was trying to read but he hadn’t turned the page in almost 30 minutes the door knocked and Lukas and Elena walked on
“How’s everyone doing” Elena looked round at us
‘Excuse me” Pete got up and ran for the bathroom
“Nervousness” Lukas smiled “Well you’ve got a few things” he opened the door and a guy walked in with a huge bouquet of flowers I walked over and took the card from it
You guy rock we all know it and we love you
Miranda, Heidi, Xander, Jackson, Niko, Dimi.
“Nice” Alfie looked over my shoulder “Wish they were here” I nodded
At least they’re thinking of you” Elena smiled
5 minutes to go guys” the stage manager put his head round the door
“Pete stop puking and get your ass out here” Kerion hauled himself off the floor
“We’ll leave you guys for a few minutes” Elena steered Lukas to the door “We’ll wait out there for you” she pulled the door closed as Pete came out his toothbrush hanging out of his mouth.
“Well this is it” Alfie linked his fingers with mine and Pete as Kerion stood on my other side and held my hand he reached for Pete as the four of us stood together “This is our chance to do what we love”
“Oh yeah” Pete nodded the paleness gone from his face in its place anticipation and a slight tinge of fear.
“We we’re good enough to catch the attention of Nickelback so it must mean something right” Kerion looked round
“No it was my boots” I laughed nervously the guys all started to laugh “But seriously I love you guys like brothers and this is one crazy fucked up ride I never want to get off”
“Amen to that” Pete laughed “We ready to go kick ass”
“I’m ready to try to get down the steps in one piece” I was suddenly swamped in the middle of the three of them before I could breathe again come on Kerion opened the door and let me walk out first the sound of the crowd already louder than anything I’d ever heard before the adrenalin started and my heart was racing
“Hey you want a good luck hug” Chad was standing with the rest of the band at the bottom of the steps
“I don’t know” I smiled he hugged me.
“You’ll be fine let the music work for you” I nodded and started up the steps as Kerion, Pete and Alfie walked out onto the stage in the darkness. There was a slow drum beat which started to get faster before the guitars added to the mix I glanced round down the stairs Elena was standing beaming at me with all the other people that had made this possible. I took the mic that was being held by a roadie and stepped out on the big beat to a flash of sparks and I was lost in the whole thing the walk down the stairs seemed a breeze as I stopped half way and carried on with the song. It was over so fast and we took a bow in front of the crowd and the feeling made the hairs on my arms stand on end as we walked off the stage and towels were put round us.
“You were a little flat on the first song” I looked at Chad who started to laugh as I wiped my face on the towel “I’m kidding you guys were perfect”
“Now watch how it’s done” Mike laughed
“Dude you’ve got to follow us and that’s going to be tough” Pete grinned making everyone laugh
“Okay you guys go shower and change and you can stay or head back to the hotel” Elena walked back to the dressing room with us as Nickelback started to play.
‘We’ll stay” Kerion smiled
“Dimi’s called three times while you were on stage” she patted my cheek “I promised him that next week he can fly out here” I hugged her “I know you miss him as much as he misses you”
“Thank you…” she turned to walk away. “Elena”
“да мед (yes honey)”
“Do you think we’ll make it”
“What the band… I know you will” she walked back to me “You and Dimitri…” she cocked her head “I hope my son knows and remembers how to swallow his pride and to face up to the fact he’s with a very special person” she kissed my cheeks “Now go get yourself cleaned up” she walked away leaving me standing in the bustling hall with the dulled sounds of the band as the only noise around me…………………….