.................. 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
At least they're thinking of you" Elena smiled
5 minutes to go guys" the stage manager put his head round the
"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
"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