………………… "You ready for bed?" Alfie yawned getting off the bar
"I'll be up in a while" I smiled at him "I'm not tired" he nodded
and put a comforting hand on my back before he walked away. I ran
my finger round the edge of my glass.
"Well you've done it" I looked at Chad as he slid into the stool
Alfie had vacated
"Stood up to one of the things that was hurting you the most" he
took the last of his drink and held the glass up to the bar
tender "I'm proud of you"
"Feel better for it"
"I think so" I nodded "how do you do it?"
"I thought Kellan has been giving you lessons" Chad laughed I
groaned "Sorry but you say these things and I have to give a
"I know" I turned on the stool so I was looking at him "How do
you know who you can trust when you meet people?"
"I don't know I tend to go with my gut" he shrugged dipping his
finger into the whiskey ad rubbing it on the edge of the glass
making it hum "I think it gets to a point where you're lost to a
degree with so many people wanting a piece of you and most of
them for the wrong reason" he turned so he was facing me "The
people that really love you are the ones that will do anything
and go above and beyond to protect you… I mean when you were at
school would Pete, Alfie or Kerion stand up to the jocks that
gave them shit" I shook my head "Yet look at the way they react
to Dimitri and his brother showing up to piss you off hell they
chewed me a new one when they thought I was using you" he laughed
turning back to the bar and lifting his drink to his lips.
"I hadn't looked at like that" I nodded
"Your friends and your cousin, they're the same you can see with
the way the two guys watch you're every move when people are
round you and the girls well I wouldn't piss you off if they were
around they'd rip my balls off and use them for earrings" I
started to laugh "You have something special Chris we saw it in
you, raw and untouched. I told you this the other day, I saw a
lost girl that just needs some help" he put his hand over mine on
the bar and squeezed it "You're not that little girl any more
Christine" he lifted his hand and clipped my chin "You're a
stunning woman that now has the world and most of the male
population at her fee., Yes you'll stumble but there will always
be people ready to stop you breaking your face" he smiled "I'm
going to bed we have sound check in the morning" he sank the rest
of his drink "You coming?"
"I will I'm going to make a phone call first" I nodded
"Okay, night Chris" he kissed my cheek "Love you"
"Love you too" I smiled he walked away as I pulled my phone from
my pocket and dialed Home.
***Hi this is the Sommers residence we're not in right now but
leave a message and we'll call you back***BEEP***
***Dad it's me, I wanted to talk to you but I guess the time
difference makes it hard right now… I'm sorry for not being the
daughter that you wanted and I'm sorry that I actually thought
for a slim chance at least one of my parents gave a damn about
me… I don't blame you you'd been left to raise two daughters when
all you really understood was how guys worked… I mean being stuck
in a locker room has to have some mind altering properties right?
I'll come to visit Jess but right now I can't have a relationship
with either you or Mom… I just can't. Please don't make the same
mistakes with Jess Love her and listen to her if she needs you if
you can't handle what she has to say then get her to call me
don't turn your back on her I'll always be there for her… I have
to go it's 3 am and I have an early start… Bye Dad***
I hung up the phone and sank the last of my drink and slipped off
the stool. I was exhausted I wanted to crawl under the comforter