……………………… I showered and pulled on jeans and a t-shirt the guy’s were talking on their phones I picked up mine and dialed Dimi. Within two rings it was answered.
Dimi * Эй, вы. (hey you)
Me * hey you
Dimi * so come on we’re all here and we’re all dying to know how did it go?
Me * amazing the only thing missing was you guys being here.
Dimi * school sucks when you’re not here it was rough today
Me * I’m sorry… You’re Mom told me you’re going to fly out here next week
Dimi * well that was the plan but my grades have slipped and I can’t miss school.
Me * you’re kidding right?
Dimi * come on Chris I took time out when you were in trouble in Wisconsin and I’m struggling to catch up
Me * why didn’t you say some thing
Dimi * because the last thing you need to be worried about is my grades when you’re out there
Me * no but ever think that seeing you is what I want
Dimi * Chris let’s not fight
Me 8 I’m not I’m just… I’ll call you in the morning… I love you
Dimi * love you too
I hung up the phone and pushed it onto the counter and rubbed my neck
"Okay you should be on top of the world right now” Kerion threw an M&M at me
“Liar” Alfie looked up “What’s Dimi said or done now?”
“His grades are heading for the toilet right now with the school he’s missed chasing over the damn country after what Arron did” I got up and grabbed a can of soda from the fridge “so I thought he was going to come and visit next week but now”
“Well he’ll have to work his ass off to get his grades back up” Pete looked at me “Chris please don’t even think of giving this up to run back to Florida”
“I’m not this is my dream… our dream... I know it sounds selfish but he’s either on board or he’s not” I was pissed with him and I knew it was partly my fault his grades were where they were now.
We all sat in the dressing room the sound of the band filtering through the walls, the door opened and Elena walked in with Simon.
“So how you all feeling?”
“I don’t know” Alfie looked at him “It’s surreal”
“Let’s see if you guys will be thinking that after the European leg of the tour is done”
‘Yeah when we wake up in our own bed and getting up for school” I smiled “Wow high schools going to seem a little…”
“Not like this”
Everyone started to laugh
“All of the above” Elena sat down “We have a tutor joining us next week to make sure the four of you graduate on time if not sooner” she glanced at Simon who nodded “So you’re all going to have to juggle studying with traveling and performing”
“Okay…” Pete nodded “but if we only have a tutor for four weeks how can we graduate sooner?” Simon walked round the room
“If you guys want to go to the hotel the car is waiting for you”
“Yeah I think we will” I narrowed my eyes as I looked at him. Something was going on but what we had no idea. The guys grabbed their things and Alfie handed me my jacket.
“Christine” I looked round at Elena “You know I told you that Dimi…”
“It’s okay I know I called him before… his grades are in the pan” she nodded
“He has to get his studies in you understand”
“Yes Ma’am” I nodded “I guess four weeks isn’t really that long I can wait till we go home to see him”
“We’ll see” she patted my cheek “You go sleep and get ready for tomorrow”…………………..
…………….. The next couple of weeks were a whirlwind of Flight, hotels, venues, rehearsing, performing, studying and sleeping. Dimitir and I were talking and avoiding talking about seeing each other. I closed my math homework and stood up.
“You done already” Pete scratched his head with his pen
“Yep I’m going to grab some coffee you guys want some?”
“You really have to ask” Alfie for some reason was lay on his stomach under a table doing his school work “Hey if you’re going out into the streets watch these French guys” I looked at him “Well I think they might be as bad as the Russians”
“Okay smart ass water for you”
“Oh you can’t do that to a guy” I grabbed my jacket and walked out of the hotel room Nickelback were in a press conference I pushed open the door and walked over to Elena and Lukas who were standing at the back watching.
“I’m going to go out for a while” I touched Elena on the shoulder she looked round at me.
“I’d take someone with you one of the security guards can go” Lukas looked at me
“I’ll be fine”
“Chris Paris is a huge maze of a city and you have sound check in a couple of hours and we have a meeting set up” he looked at his watch in the band’s suite in an hour.
“Have we done something wrong?” you could never tell with Lukas he always had a poker face where business was concerned.
“We have a meeting in an hour” je looked back at the band Elena walked me out of the room
“He freaks me pout when he sounds like that we’ve let someone down haven’t we?”
“No honey no… it’s a big meeting and I have to go back home for a while Anastasia is due to have her baby in a few days and it’s my first gr4nad baby. My eyes got wide
“Who’ll have our back”
“Don’t worry you’ll be looked after and I’ll be at the end of the phone” she smiled warmly “and I’ll go make sure that boy of mine is working on getting his grades up” she moved out of the way as someone walked by us with some equipment “I’ll be back in a few weeks”
“But we go home in two”
“You go and sit with the boys and Lukas will come get you when it’s time for the meeting” she pushed the door back open and was gone………