.................... Mr. Sorenson held the door open as we got
to the stage entrance that was busy with people running in and
out setting up the stage. My hands were shaking and my palms were
sweating as we walked inside.
"You okay" Pete whispered slipping his arm round my waist I could
feel him trembling as much as I was.
"I can't believe we're here" I murmured as Miranda linked her
fingers with mine.
"Christine" the unmistakable Russian accent of Elena cut through
the air "You all made it" she came over and hugged me and the
guys in turn as Lukas stood smiling behind her.
"Yeah" was about all I could get out.
"Excellent" she looked at the shirt I was wearing and grinned. "I
see Dimitri got you his number" she chuckled putting her arm
round me and leading me forward grabbing Alfies' hand with her
"He gave it me about an hour ago" I said nervously looking round
at all the packing cases all with NICKELBACK sprayed on them "are
we supposed to be backstage" I whispered like a kids trying not
to get caught telling a secret.
"Yes, yes you are supposed to be back here… I have these for all
of you" Simon came over with a bunch of passes in his hand and
put one round each of our necks. "Okay Lukas can you take the
others back to the dressing room while we go up to the stage"
"Sure" Lukas took the clothing bags from Emma and Miranda 'you
guys this way" they all walked off disappearing into the
darkness. I swallowed hard and I could hear Kerion chanting
'don't puke breathe, don't puke breathe' as we walked up some
steps and out on to the stage the house lights were up full and
made me blink a couple of times after being backstage.
"And welcome to the world of Arena's' Simon threw out his arms.
People were bustling around setting up lighting and sound and
"I feel like I'm in a dream" I turned round on the spot trying to
take it all in I heard Elena laugh a little
"Well you guys need to get yourselves together a little and we'll
come get you to do a sound check in about 10 minutes" Simon
laughed "this is where you'll be playing tonight and we've opened
the doors to anyone who wants to come" I looked at him and raised
my eye brows "We're hoping for at least 2000 people. I staggered
back a little. As someone came over to him and started showing
him some papers. "!0 minutes okay Elena you need to come look at
these he held up the papers "Chase will you take these guys down
to the dressing room" a tall guy in his mid 20's came over his
ball cap on his head backwards a tool belt round his waist.
"Sure" he smiled at us "This way he led us backstage… Mrs. C has
been raving about you all day you have us all waiting to hear you
guys" he drawled in a heavy Canadian accent. "And I'm not just
talking roadies" he pushed open a door.
"So what are you talking?" Pete asked putting his guitar case
"Oh everyone here and others" he laughed "later" he walked out
and closed the door the four of us looked at each other. I sank
down into a chair. I need someone to pinch me because this is…."
"insane, crazy, awesome" Alfie laughed as the door opened again
and Miranda walked in with all of the others.
Well you guys all look like you've seen a ghost" Emma smirked.
"You need to go out there and look out" Pete whistled "it's
"Oh we know rock stars" Miranda sang leaping round the room "I'm
styling the band" she started to giggle and fell over Alfies feet
as the door opened again and Lukas put his head round the door.
"Okay we're ready for you guys" he smiled at the pure terror
written across our faces. "You'll be fine there's only the crew
out there" I got up and pulled Alfie to his feet followed by Pete
the four of us walked back the way we'd come and onto the stage
Chase walked over to me and handed me a microphone while he put
in the ear pieces.
"I have to aks is that what you're wearing tonight?"
"Oh hell no she has real good FMB's" Alfie smirked I groaned and
shook his my head
"Wow looking forward to it" Chase grinned "maybe we could go out
"Back off" Elena said stepping from almost no where "she has a
Russian boy tha't is all that"
"I'm sorry Mrs. C" he held up his hands "Can't blame a guy for
trying" he walked away winking at me Elena mutter something under
her breath before taking my hands.
"Just do what you did the other day two songs is all we need
"I thought it was just a check?"
"It is but we just want to make sure" she smiled a twinkle in her
eye. She walked off the stage and out into the empty arena where
we couldn't see a lot. Kerion began his intro into side of a
bullet with Pete and Alfie joining in. I let the music do the job
of a drug and make everything in my head the way it should me.
The song was done in the blink of an eye, Pete came forward and
sat on a stool and started I'd come for you the tempo so much
lighter than before from one extreme to the other. I got goose
bumps as I came to the end the feeling was like nothing I'd ever
felt and this was just a sound check.
"That was fantastic" Simons voice cut through the air "do half as
good tonight and it'll be awesome.
"I think maybe we could help out with at least one of those songs
tonight" I chuckle came from behind me "you were… Well of anyone
is going to poach our songs then I'm glad its you" I turned round
and almost dropped to the floor where I stood sitting on the
riser was Nickelback. Oh god oh god I couldn't form words "So how
about it? We won't steal your thunder but one song right at the
end wouldn't hurt right"
"Hmmm" I swallowed the grapefruit that was lodged in my throat.
"That was mean Chad" Elena was on the stage now laughing "And I
think When Christine manages to stop the stroke she's about to
have she'd love to do a song or two with you" She out her arm
"I vote something in your mouth" Emma called from the side of the
stage I shot her a look.
"How old are you?" Chad asked looking back at me
"Er… 18 tomorrow" I croaked out.
"Okay why don't we try Last day and maybe Never gonna be alone".
'Hmmm… sure" I nodded oh god get a grip girl he's just a guy that
sings I thought I my head… oh if Dimitri could sing like him and
witht hat accents of his Damn he'd be in bed right now"
"So we'll see you tonight then" he offered me his hand I took it
and shook it "And if we thought you were good screw what anyone
else thinks" he winked as they all left the stage.
"Oooo pinch me I'm dreaming and I'm never washing my hand again"
I gasped. Chad Kroeger shook my hand" I looked down at my hand I
don't know what I was expecting to see.
"Okay Chris I'm doing this ofr you r own good" Emma laughed I
blinked atr her as she slapped my face.
"Thanks I think I forgot how to breath for a minute" I smiled
"Are they really going to be here tonight?" I looked at Elena"
"I was owed favors for getting the best rooms in twon so I asked
them to come to the sound check"
"I think I need to go lay down" I stepped away from Elena "Thank
'You are welcome honey" she laughed "thers everything you need
back in the dressing room I'll check on you all later" she walked
away. Emma and Miranda helped me learn to walk again ireached in
to my pocket for my phone and my hand clsed round The note
Dimitri had given me.
"You guys go on I'll be two minutes"
""Okay but you need to get in there so we can start your hair"
Miranda pointed out.
"I will" I waited till they'd gone and I sat on a box and opened
I can't believe I'm not there right now and if we lose the
game tonight it's because none of us want to be here we want to
be there supporting you guys,
Mom won't tell me anything about what's happening but she
wouldn't screw you over… like mother like son.
I thought you'd like to finally know what I keep saying to you
and writing it down I know will look crazy but
я тебя люблю means I love you.
so I'll be there waiting for my Beautiful rocker to come out
and blow us all away with her now knowing that this Russian is in
love with her.
I love you… я тебя люблю
Right now reading the note made me happier than just meeting
Nickelback I was riding on such a high right now I don't think I
could get knocked down by anything, I wanted to tell Dimitri I
felt the same way but it was going to have to wait till after the