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LOVE THE WAY YOU 
 
CHAPTER TWENTY THREE
 
 
Walking into Larry’s bar beside my band I took a deep calming breath telling myself that there was no one here that was going to hurt me.
 
But lying to myself only worked for so long when not only did I live with a mob family but my brother also worked for them I knew that there were a lot of people out there that would try to get me just to get at the mob.
 
Joshua hooked his arm around my waist as we made our way to the stage “relax Annie Larry is being careful about checking out who is entering his bar and will call the cops if he thinks that they mean you harm.”
 
Giving a tight nod I told myself that Josh was right that while Larry was watching over me and had dealings with Kane and his family no one would ever get in here again that meant me harm.
 
Taking my position on the stage I looked out at the bar full of people and gave them a tight smile “hello everyone my name is Annabelle Roberts and I am here to sing for you this fine evening.”
 
Looking towards the band briefly I gave them a smile “once someone asked me what our band was called well today I am pleased to tell you that our band is called Broken Dolls.”
 
The crowd cheered then fell silent as I started talking again “tonight I am going to sing a song from Nickelback called Savin Me I hope that you like it.”
 
Giving the band a nod they began to play while I took the mike between my hands and took a deep breath.
 
Prison gates won't open up for me
On these hands and knees I'm crawling'
Oh, I reach for you

Well I'm terrified of these four walls
These iron bars can't hold my soul in
All I need is you

Come please I'm calling'
And oh I scream for you
Hurry I'm falling, I'm falling

Show me what it's like
To be the last one standing
And teach me wrong from right
And I'll show you what I can be

And say it for me, say it to me
And I'll leave this life behind me
Say it if it's worth saving me

Heaven's gates won't open up for me
With these broken wings I'm falling
And all I see is you

These city walls ain't got no love for me
I'm on the ledge of the eighteenth story
And oh I scream for you
Come please I'm calling'
And all I need from you
Hurry I'm falling, I'm falling

Show me what it's like
To be the last one standing
And teach me wrong from right
And I'll show you what I can be

And say it for me, say it to me
And I'll leave this life behind me
Say it if it's worth saving me
Hurry I'm falling

And all I need is you
Come please I'm calling
And oh I scream for you
Hurry I'm falling, I'm falling

Show me what it's like
To be the last one standing
And teach me wrong from right
And I'll show you what I can be

And say it for me, say it to me
And I'll leave this life behind me
Say it if it's worth saving me
Hurry I'm falling

And say it for me, say it to me
And I'll leave this life behind me
Say it if it's worth saving me.
 
 
The bar clapped and cheered calling for more, I looked at the band questioningly “lets sing Arms wide open by creed” Josh suggested, I looked at the others and they all nodded so I gave a nod and turned back to the waiting bar.
 
Giving them all a smile “okay we are going to be singing with arms wide open by creed but like some of our other songs I had to change some of the words to suit me as a girl to sing so here goes.”
 
Well I just heard the news today
It seems my life is going to change
I closed my eyes, begin to pray
Then tears of joy stream down my face

With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open
With arms wide open

Well I don't know if I'm ready
To be the girl I have to be
I'll take a breath, I'll take him by my side
We stand in awe, we've created life

With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open
Now everything has changed
I'll show you love
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open
With arms wide open
I'll show you everything ...oh yeah
With arms wide open..wide open

[Guitar Break]

If I had just one wish
Only one demand
I hope she's not like me
I hope she understands
That she can take this life
And hold it by the hand
And she can greet the world
With arms wide open...

With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open
Now everything has changed
I'll show you love
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open
With arms wide open
I'll show you everything..oh yeah
With arms wide open....wide open.
 
 
Everyone got to their feet as we finished and started to clap and cheer loudly but there was a man standing near the door talking on a phone that grabbed my interest since he was wearing a suit and looked so out of place in the bar.
 
Stepping to Josh’s side I pointed him out to him “what do you make of that guy?” He looked at the guy in question “I think he has walked into the wrong joint from what he is wearing” I nodded still giving a guy a worried look “I don’t know Josh maybe we should take a break for a little bit” he nodded so I jumped off stage and headed over to the bar where Dana was serving.
 
When I sat down on my usual stool the guy in the suit sat down beside me giving me a warm smile and holding his hand out towards me “hi there my name is Benjamin Lockwood and I am here to offer you and your band a recording contract” I gave his hand a small shake then dropped it and picked up my glass of coke “look no offence but I can get my own recording contract without the help of you and Stan Morgan.”
 
He shook his head looking completely confused by my words “Stan Morgan sorry honey but I have no idea who that is.”
 
He took a business card out of his pocket and handed it to me “look I am here for another week and I will be back in but in the mean time have me checked out and talk to your band then get back to me and let me know what you think.”
 
He picked up his brief case and opened it and took out some paper and started to write on it when he had finished he handed to me look this over this is basically what I am offering and like I said talk to anyone that you need to and get back to me.”
 
After shaking my hand again he got up and walked out, I watched him go then turned to Dana shaking my head in disbelief “well what do you make of that?” She grabbed the piece of paper he had given me and looked it over.
 
Passing it back she looked a little sad “that offer is to good for you to be turning down Annie so I think that Larry and I will be looking for a new band to entertain our customers.”
 
Getting to my feet I folded the paper and put it into my pocket along with the business card then headed back towards the stage while talking to Dana over my shoulder “I don’t know about that Dana I don’t think I am ready to leave this place yet.”
 
After talking to my excited friends I headed home to talk to Nigel and see what he thought I should do about the offer.
 
Sitting facing my brother and the Morgan’s across the table that night I felt anxious so after taking a big breath I thought that I should just get it over with “Nig I have something that I need your opinion about.”
 
Nigel looked up from his conversation with Amber and nodded “okay shoot” I sighed running my hand through my hair “well today while I was performing with the band there was a guy there and when I went to the bar he came over and started talking to me and well it turns out he is from a recording company and he wants to sign us up.”
 
Nigel dropped his fork and the rest of them tuned into the conversation looking shocked “are you considering taking it?” I shrugged pulling the paper and the business card from my pocket ‘I’m not sure the band are excited but I wanted you to check it out and tell me what you think first.”
 
Before Nigel could take them from me Stan grabbed them and started to study them “this is a very good offer Annie a very good offer” I nodded blushing slightly as everyone stared at me “I know but I want to make sure that I am doing the right thing by everyone in Broken Dolls.”
 
Nigel raised his eyebrows but it was Kane that spoke up “Broken Dolls so the band finally has a name?” I nodded smiling slightly “yeah I thought it kind of suited us.”
 
Kane gave me a grin and nodded “it has a kind of catchy ring to it especially knowing your story” I nodded then looked at his uncle “so um would you be able to check it out and make sure that it is all legit?”
 
Stan folded the paper and nodded “I will look into it and make sure that you and your boys are getting the best offer possible.”
 
Nigel picked up his fork but sat there twirling it through his fingers “so if you take the deal will you have to move away?” I looked down at my own untouched food and sighed “I guess so since the recording studio is in New York and we aren’t.”
 
Standing up from the table I smiled around the table at everyone “um if you would excuse me I am not feeling that great so I am going to lay down for awhile” everyone said that was fine and went back to eating but when I got upstairs I turned to find Kane right behind me.
 
He grabbed my hand and twined our fingers together then pulled me past my bedroom door and further along to where his room was.
 
Sitting on the edge of his bed I looked up at him wearily while he paced around the bedroom “if I asked you not to take this recording deal what would you do?” I shook my head then looked at him sadly “I would say that this could be my chance to leave everything that has happened here and make a new start somewhere new.”
 
He sat heavily on the bed and buried his face into his hands “I was hoping that you wouldn’t see it that way with Nigel and I here” I wiped at some betraying tears and squeezed my eyes closed “please don’t ask me to stay here because I can’t not if this opportunity is legit.”
 
He lifted his head his eyes glistening with tears that had yet to fall “Bell I know that you blame me for those men hurting you but I promise you if you stay here with me I will never let anyone hurt you again” I put my hand to his cheek and shook my head “this isn’t about what I think is your fault Kane this is about me doing something for me for a change and not for someone else I have spent so long being scared of being on my own because of what Reece did to me and all the lies he told me but after spending time in that place and hearing other peoples stories and finally believing that none of it was my fault I am going to go out there and show everyone that I am no longer a victim that I am stronger because of what I went through.”
 
Kane lent forwards and pressed a kiss to my lips “fine go out there and make something of yourself it is what you deserve after everything you have been through but if you ever feel the need to come back then know that Nigel and I will be here waiting for you.”
 
Kissing him one more time I got to my feet and headed towards the door “I think that once your uncle has checked him out I will be taking Mr. Lockwood up on his offer because this is my chance to get my story our there through my songs and tell others in the same situation that you can get out.”
 
Going to my room I closed the door and slid down it as I let sadness take me over, sadness because I was walking away from one of the greatest guys I had ever met and I didn’t know if I was ever going to come back after I left here there was just to much pain here and like I said to Kane this was my chance to start over and show the world what I was made of.
 
 
 
 
 
 


Submitted: April 06, 2011

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