............... "Hey Sweetheart" he smiled "and there's a true
mid west girl its 15 degrees and you're in shorts"
'Yeah I didn't really think it through" I dodged out of the way
of two guys carrying a piano "Is that new?"
"Yup Lukas told us we might need it" He moved his guitar and
reached for my hand "I'm sorry I didn't get back to the house
before you woke" he kissed me as I sat down
"I'd have still been asleep if you hadn't called" her took the
coffee from me and took a sip and pulled a face
"Okay that's strong"
"Oh you girl" I laughed taking the cup back
'So what did Lukas want he wouldn't tell me?" Chad pulled my legs
over his lap
"You'll have to wait and see I have to talk to the guys first
before I show you"
"Chris I don't think there's anything I haven't seen" he laughed
"It's something I've wanted to do for a while and I asked Lukas
to help make it happen"
"What dating me?" I looked at him "Oh thanks"
"You know I don't mean it… the guys are going to be here after 5
so I was sort of hoping" my fingers slid under his shirt and a
smile spread across his lips. "That if I get dressed we can go
grab some lunch together"
"I like that sort of lunch" he laughed pulling me on to his lap
without a care for the guys working round us.
"As in one of us drives my car" I laughed "and we point out to
people we're together" his face became serious
"You sure?" I nodded
"Why don't we go in my car?"
"Because mines cooler?" he rolled his eyes
"You're not going to let it rest are you?"
"I'll drag race you down the street" I laughed getting up from
his lap "My McLaren against your Lamborghini. I'll give you a
"Yeah I lost my license once I'm not risking it again" he shook
his head "Go get ready I know a bar that we can hit but I'll
"Okay" I nodded, I bent and kissed him………….
……………. "Hey Baby" Chad called out as he walked into the bedroom.
I came out of the bathroom
"It feels funny when you say things like that" I smiled
"Sorry" he shrugged "you look hot" He took my hand and turned me
"If I didn't know better I'd say you were trying to get me into
bed Mr. Kroeger" I laughed
"Okay so I'm busted" he let go of me "You ready to go?" I nodded
he picked up his keys and mine and shifted them behind his back
"Pick a hand"
"Oh not fair" I groaned
"Come on pick a hand"
"Okay Left" I picked up my purse
"See you'll have to lower those standards you have and ride in my
car" he walked to the closet and walked in coming back out with
the keys in his teeth and putting his Jacket on. We headed away
from his house and into the sort of landscape I was used to with
the backwoods vibe.
"You know this car being bright red isn't really inconspicuous" I
"I thought that was the idea" he glanced across at me "And your
car doesn't exactly blend in either" He reached across for my
hand. I felt my cheeks flush "What?"
"I think it's beginning to sink in what's happening?"
"What the singing stuff?" he pulled up at a bar with pickups and
snow mobiles in the parking lot
"No the fact I'm with you" I opened the door and got out Chad
got out and walked round to me as cars seemed to fill the parking
lot containing guys with cameras
"Hey" I looked at him
"How do you think I feel" he put his hands on my waist "I've
woken up with Christine Sommers for the last two mornings and not
like when we were on the USO and we were all in the same tent" I
laughed He moved a hand and stroked my face "I get a little star
"With me I wasn't anyone when you met me" I put my purse on the
hood of his car and let my arms go round his neck "I had to sing
in front of you and the others" he nodded
"Good job I love you" he bent his head and kissed me you could
hear the camera's clicking but I was lost in the kiss. He pulled
away and hugged me "and I'm not just saying it as a friend now"
he murmured in my ear. He took my hand and we walked inside the
"DUDE YOU BRING ALL THE PRESS WITH YOU" the barman yelled
laughing "THAT'S WHAT I CALL FREE ADVERTISING" Chad pulled off
his jacket "Damn and all the hot girls"
"Okay Joey" Chad hung up his jacket and lead me through the
mismatched tables to the bar. "Chris… meet the Joey from
Photograph. I grew up and got arrested with this idiot more than
once" Chad pulled me to him "Joey play nice this is Chris"
"Oh I know Chris" he pointed to the wall behind the bar I started
to laugh at the picture of me in the under wear add with Kellan
"Damn she's the bar mascot now" he held out his had to me "Nice
to meet you and giving up him for him" he pointed to Kellan and
then to Chad "My wife thinks your insane"
"Your wife is insane she married you" Chad groaned
"Nice to meet you too" I giggled at the easy of conversation
between the two of them
"So you want the press kept outside I take it" Joey said reaching
for two beers and handing them over
"Oh yeah they got something in the parking lot that should keep
the wolves at bay for a while" Chad nodded "You want to take me
on at pool" he hip checked me
"Oh you think you're lucky because you won the car thing" I
smiled "What's the bet?" I walked over to the pool table and took
my jacket off this place felt relaxed and comfortable there were
guys in there playing pool watching the game and just having fun.
"So come on" I walked over to Chad "Whats the bet?"
"Okay you beat me at pool and you get to open this" he smiled
pulling out a box from his pocket wrapped in silver paper
"Alright what if you win"
"You stop giving me crap about my car" he grinned
"Id that it?"
"Dude you have no imagination? One of the guys on the next table
"Will believe me when you're girl looks like that you're
imagination doesn't even cover it" Chad laughed pointing to me. I
racked up the balls "Ladies first"
"Okay since when was I a lady" I smiled leaning over and breaking
"I don't know I'll get back to you on that" Chad laughed "Miss
Sommers you're going down" he laughed taking his turn
"Chad there are children in the bar" Joey called over
"Yeah right mental age yeah you" I watched one of the guys say
something to Joey who started laughing and looked at me and
called me over
"You want to beat him?"
"Yeah I forgot he was this good" I nodded
"Don't think of me as some weird guy but I think you can get him
with this" He handed me a C.D. I started to laugh
"Do it" I nodded I walked back over to the table
"You're not going to win this you know" Chad looked at me "And I
think there's still some royal…" he trailed off as the music
flooded from the speakers in the bar almost everyone laughing and
Chad stood up and shook his head I moved my hips and didn't take
my eyes off him He threw the pool cue on the table and held up
his hands as I danced in front of him trying to think of it as
being on stage… well not that sort of stages… you know what I
"That' so unfair" he groaned pulling me against him
"You didn't say that no dancing was rule" I smiled
"No but hell I wish to god I was at home with you right now"
"I'm sorry" I smiled stepping back from his as the song ended
"that was cruel" he nodded but reached behind me for the gift
"After that dance you get this regardless" he pulled me to a
booth and sat opposite me
"I don't have to" I looked at him "it was unfair what I did"
"No it was hot what you just did" he stroked the back of my hand
"I've had this for a while I just never… I mean I wanted to… See
I'm getting shy" he laughed "Just open it" I pulled off the card
taped to it and opened it
Shoot for the moon
And even if you miss
You'll still land
among the stars
I lifted the lid of the box my hand going right to my mouth
"Not all of it is the same as the stuff you wore at the awards,
because well someone else had brought the earrings and the
necklace" he smiled "But the ring is the same so I hunted round
to find something that looked good with it" he looked at me "
It's okay isn't it"
"It's… wow I... thank you" I slid out from behind the table as he
did "I love them… Damn"
"As long as you like them" he smiled "You want to go home" I
nodded he picked up the box "I meant what I said Chris I love
you" he rested his forehead against mine………………..