....................... "Well this is it for a few days" Lukas
smiled as we all stood in the first class lounge at the Berlin
International Airport. "You guys got everything you need to get
to Chad's at the weekend"
'Jeez you make it sound like were kindergartners" Alfie smiled
"and you said you'd be ther to pick us up when we land in Canada"
'He will" Ryan laughed patting Lukas on the shoulder
"For god sake don't get in trouble or go out to somewhere that
you don't know" Lukas preached "Yes I know it's home to all of
you but people that didn't know you now think they do and will
come up to you"
'We know" the four of us laughed
"Lukas why don't you go back with them" Chad suggested
"I have meetings in New York" Lukas said shaking his head "Just
go have fun with your families for a few days" the flight for New
York was called "Right I'm off" He hugged me and shook all the
guys hands "Call if you need anything" he hurried off to the
gate. I sat down and rubbed my neck
"You going to see your Dad?" Mike asked sitting down next to me
"I don't' know… I'm going to go and see Jess she's with my Aunt
and Uncle when Dad's working" I shrugged
"So is that where you're stopping with them?"
"No I've booked a room at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa"
"Are you a glutton for punishment with more hotels?" Ryan laughed
"Well I'm not going home and I'm not going to intrude on Families
when they haven't seen these guys since Spain" I smiled weakly
"So a few days in a hotel won't kill me"
"But in a bed a zillion people…" Ryan started
"Ry forget it we've tried to talk her out of it" Alfie sighed
"Hey you're seeing Kellan aren't you?" they all looked at me
"No his family are visiting him on set for the holidays" I
laughed "I'll be fine I swear to all of you" the Vancover flight
'That's us" Chad got up "Call if you need us and we'll see you in
4 days" he hugged me like Lukas did "Damn it's going to be weird
not seeing any of you guys you're like the irritating new puppies
that you think are pains in the ass but you miss them"
"Oh god now were dogs" Pete groaned as our flight was also
"You guys watch her" Dan called out as they grabbed their stuff
"I'm not a baby" I groaned
'No but shit happens Chris" he smiled warmly we all went our
separate ways I curled up in the seat as soon as we took off I
was more nervous about going home than going on the stage I'd
tried to call Xander after getting back from Afghanistan but I
kept getting his voice mail.
"I can't believe no gigs for just over 2 weeks" Kerion laughed
nudging me "It's going to be strange"
"Tell em about it we can't even go to school it's winter
vacation" I looked at him "I wonder if Dimi went back"
'Oh god don't you even go there Chris" He looked pissed "You've
worried too much about that ass you'll be telling me next Arron's
not that bad"
"Out of line" I snapped "Way out of line"
"Chris he's got Reba knocked up he cheated on you within hours of
telling you he loved you so don't you tell me I need to feel
sorry for him" Kerion pulled his I=pod from his bag "I'm sorry
for the Arron comment "But don't ask me to apologize for hating
Dimitri Carpov" he pushed his ear phones in Alfie leant over the
back of my seat
"He didn't mean it" I looked up at him
"You all think the same about Dimitri I know it" I shrugged "I'm
not about to fall back in love with him or forgive him but I
guess it doesn't stop me worrying about him Elena screwed him
over like she tried to screw all of us and he's flesh and blood"
"I know… Look come an stay with us My Mom's already said you're
"I can't I'm picking up my Christmas gift to myself I'm just
waiting on the call about it and I don't' want to get there and
be like… Oh sorry I have to leave"
"Okay, what is it by the way?"
'You'll see" I laughed "I've never ever dreamt of spending that
much money in one purchase"
"Wait and see" I winked at him……
………………… The flight seemed to take forever we were shown off the
plane by security care of Lukas to help us get out and into the
car. We were each dropped off me being the last as the limo
pulled up at my Aunt and Uncles house" the driver opened the
"I'll call when I'm ready to leave"
"Yes Ma'am" he nodded as I walked up the front path and knocked
on the door.
"I got it" I heard Miranda's voice from inside. The door opened
"Hey" I smiled at her
'Chris" she squealed before hugging the life out of me "OMG why
didn't you call"
"Er… I did and I told you guys I had a few days off" Xander
appeared and huge smile spreading across his face as he pulled em
to him and huigged me "I've left you 4 voice mails"
"Sorry I dropped my phone in the ocean Christmas day" he pulled
me into the house "We forgot you were coming with everything
that's been happening"
"What?" I looked at both of them "I was in Afghanistan for the
past week I've struggled with my phone"
"You're Mom showed up and got in to it with my Mom about Jess" I
sat on the stool in the kitchen "and then you're dad showed up
and they got into it" I shook my head as Miranda sat next to me
"He yelled about her not being a mother and that he'd had to deal
with all the shit when you got yourself knocked up" My head
snapped up and looked ta Xander.
"My Mom knows this now"
"Yeah sorry Chris" Miranda rubbed my back
"He told her he wants a divorce and he was done playing Mr. Mom"
I raised and eye brow "So my Mom went off on both of them and
laid the papers on the table for custody of Jess"
'And no one thought to tell me" I got off the stool and paced the
'We tried to call but how do we tell you this over the phone" He
walked round to me and hugged me to him "You know what is the
"There's more?" he nodded
"They both signed the papers kissed your sister and left"
"They left" I stammered "They walked away from her"
"Where is she? She can come on tour with me" I pulled away from
Xander and blindly walked down the hall to the bedrooms
'She's on a Disney cruise with my Mom and Dad… we forgot you were
due back Chris I'm sorry" I slid down the wall and put my head on
my knees "This sucks" I got back up "I need your car?"
"I'm going to chew my parent's asses" Miranda shook her head
"You're Mom left for Brazil apparently and you're dad is away
with the Gators in Texas" she sighed "Chris everything happens
for a reason right you always say that" I nodded slowly "This
sucks but you know Jess will be loved and looked after while
you're not here" Xander put his hands on my shoulders "I like
having a little sister around" he chuckled.
"Come n lets go out" Miranda picked up her keys "I want to walk
into school with you now"
But schools out"
"No they're giving us an extra week at spring break… some new
policy" she grinned I let them take me out to the car everything
running round in my head, half of me was hating the thought of
Jess being thrown away basically but the other half of me knew
she was in the best place.
'Chris… He Chris" Xander threw a empty bottle at me "Your phones
ringing" I p[ulled it from my purse
Me * hello
Chad * hey just checking with you guys you're all there okay
Me * Yeah I'm with Xander and Miranda
Chad * I heard you and Kerion got into it a little
Me * no we're all good now it was dumb
Chad * okay as long as you guys are good to start the album
Me * sure
Chad * are you okay you sound like you've just woke up.
Me * Somethings happened… Look I'll call you later
Chad * erm… okay but do I have to send Lukas there for anything?
Me * no family stuff that's all
Chad * okay
Me * bye
I hung up
"Was that Kellan?" Miranda giggled
"No Chad" I shook my head
'Chris Jess is fine and we've changed our plans for spring break
and we're bringing her out to see you for a couple of days'
Xander looked at me through the mirror as we pulled into the
parking lot of the school it was lunchtime and everyone was
milling round on the field or outside of the school I spotted
Alfie and Kerion surrounded "See they have the same idea" he
turned off the engine and we all got out and headed across the
"OMG it's Christine" some freshman squeaked as we walked past
"Wondered how long it would be before you got here" Alfie laughed
"I was dragged here"
"Dahlings… Oh my babies have come home to me" Mr. Sorrenson
pushed his way through the crowds to us and embraced each of us
"And Where is Peter?"
'I'm here" Pete walked over with his sister "You don't think we
could stay away do you?"
"Hey Chris" I looked round at the sound of Niko's voice I moved
away from the others and hugged him
'So you're not in Russia?"
'No" he pushed h is hands in his pockets "Mom's so pissed with
"She'll get over it" I shrugged
"Christine a performance for us" Mr. Sorrenson called over
"I'll be there I a minute" I nodded I took Niko's arm and we
walked round the side of the school.
"Did… Did Dimitri come back"
"Yeah he's dropped out of school and is doing it online so he can
work and get money for the kid" Niko shrugged "He's not happy
"Why you telling me this Niko?"
"You and he are right together"
'We were how the hell can I trust him now and believe me my head
would roll if I let him back in my life"
"He still loves you"
"Nikolai stop… I've grown up and I've realized that Dimi and I
weren't going to be forever I've met people that have taught me
there's more to life than one person there's more to being young
you're supposed to go and learn by your mistakes and that's what
I'm doing" Niko looked down "I'm sorry… I want to feel like I'm
special to someone I want to learn from people how things can be
and should be"
"You're still with the vampire guy?"
"No we're friends Jeez… I sleep with a guys and you lot can't let
it go" I laughed "I'm free to have fun and live Niko and that's
what I'm going to do"
"While Dimitri suffers?"
"Hey I didn't force him to sleep with Reba and if he wasn't
prepared to be a dad then he should have kept it in his pants" I
turned on my heel and walked back toward the school this was
going to be the last time I was in Tampa round these people I
knew who my real friends were and they would be the ones that I'd
keep close right now everyone else should go to hell………………..