It’s time for another teaser from Blessed Fate, which comes out in 27 days! Yes, I’ve started counting the days. Soon, I will bump it to hours! If you haven’t already picked it up, there’s still time to get Rain’s side of the story in Blessed Tragedy before we hear from Colton!
“Rain, you coming?” I don’t know why I asked this every day when I got ready to head over to Jon’s. It had been almost two months since she started therapy, and she still hadn’t made a decision about the band. I knew that if we could get her in the studio, show her how much she missed it, she would eventually be grateful for the push.
“No, you go on without me,” she shouted from the balcony.
I snatched the bike keys off my kitchen counter and stormed out the front door, slamming it in hopes that she would realize how frustrating her stubborn streak was at times. Yes, we had all screwed up, and yes, she needed to get her life in order, but it seemed like she should be feeling well enough to decide whether she was in or out.
I knew I was being a little bitch about it, but with nine days left before we hit the road once again, time was running out. I had spent every single day since her court hearing trying to prove to her how much she meant to me. When her brother and his partner went home, I insisted that she move into my secure building and live with me rent-free while she was making her decision. I was just starting to feel like I had her back in my life, and now I was going to be getting on a bus and leaving her behind.
As much as it irritated the hell out of me that we couldn’t get her to come back to the band yet, I was proud as hell of my girl. Twice a week, she was talking to a therapist, something she swore she would never do. For as long as I had known her, she had always seemed moody and had an air of sadness surrounding her, no doubt because of the issues with her family. Now, for the first time, she seemed truly happy. Not the perky, bubbly, want to smack the shit out of someone for being that way early in the morning happy, just content. It made coming home after practice my favorite part of the day. Now, if only that journey was with her arms wrapped around my waist on the bike, life would be about perfect.
Jon looked up from some guitar tabs he was tweaking when I walked into his basement. Seeing I was alone, once again, he went back to what he was working on. The mood between us was strained because we didn’t agree on the Rain situation. He was perfectly content to head out on our seventeen day, ten-stop jaunt if it meant she was in a better place mentally. I thought that leaving her alone while we hit the road was a good way to make her feel abandoned.
“You guys have plans for Thanksgiving?” I asked as we sat around not doing much of anything. Sure, we had written some new songs and tweaked others to fit our new sound since adding Jared to the group, but there wasn’t much we could do until we knew what our lineup was going to look like.
“Not me,” Travis said, grabbing a round of beers out of the fridge.
“Jared, you heading home?”
“Nope. Not really time to fly out, spend time and fly back.”
I knew better than to expect a response out of Jon. For nearly a decade, we had spent our holidays together. The only time he spent it with family was when I got together with mine and brought him with me. He and his old man didn’t exactly get along, and his mom died when he was eleven.
“Okay, well I’m going to have dinner catered to the condo, and you asshats had better be there.” In order for this to go the way I wanted, I needed them to be there.
“Dude, you really are growing a vag, aren’t you?” Jon chuckled from behind the piano. If it was anyone other than my best bud, that would have gotten old a long time ago. From him, it was almost reassuring, as strained as things had been between us. “Martha-fucking-Stewart going to come and decorate too?” He threw a wadded piece of paper at me.
“Shut up, dickweed.” I threw the paper back at him. “No, I’m going to invite Rain’s family in for the week and thought it’d be nice to have a family dinner. You know, with her two families. And since their ma’s gone, I figured they could stand to be together this year.”
“I’m down,” Travis hollered from inside the sound room. “You just better hope someone can do it on short notice, bud. A lot of those companies would have booked up months ago.”
Little did he know that I had been planning this since shortly after Rain and I got together. I hadn’t intended it to be strained between us, and my original plan was shot to hell thanks to my own stupidity, but she did need this. Maybe it would show her that life went on, and it was time for her to join the living. No way was I going to hit the road again without her. Once was already one more time than I wanted to deal with.
“Jon, mind if I use the office for a bit?” I couldn’t do any of the final planning from my home office. There was too much of a chance Rain would walk in or get on my computer and see what I had been up to.
“Yeah, just no animal porn this time, ‘kay?”
“Hey man, quit sending it to me if you don’t want me looking. You should be ashamed of yourself,” I laughed, flipping him off as I closed the door. It seemed like as long as we avoided the topic of Rain’s future with the band, the balance in life was slowly being restored.
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