A/N: Can I just say you guys are awesome and that your reviews made my day? I'm so grateful for the kind words and the support for this story. And here is another chapter in less than a month! I'd say that's a huge improvement. It's not as long as some of the others, but I wanted to move things along a little.
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Mine to Love Again
Chapter 10: Love is in the Air
After kissing for a little bit longer on the deck, Madison drags me inside so she can make me breakfast. Did I tell you she's just wonderful? She's always spoiled me rotten when I'm home and now I have no idea how I'll survive being on the road with Ash as much as we are. I don't think I want to live anywhere else anymore. I want to be here where she is most of the time, so I'm going to have to talk to my sister about things.
Speaking of which…
"Maddy, did Ash come home last night? I haven't heard or seen her yet."
Madison is beating eggs by the stove and lifts her head to look at me. "I haven't seen her either. Why don't you check her room real quick?"
I do as she suggests and skip down the hall. Her door is unlocked so I open it slowly as not to startle her, but I'm the one that is surprised when I see her bed is made and she's not in the room. My eyes widen as I hurry back to the kitchen.
"She didn't sleep here," I tell Maddy as soon as I'm back. "She never came home!"
Madison's look of surprise rivals mine. "Do you think she spent the night with Spence?"
I can see the excitement in her eyes and I'm sure mine look just the same. "Oh my God! If she did that's good, right? Maybe they finally talked things out and got back together."
Madison sighs as she poured the eggs into the pan. "I don't want you to get your hopes up, mamita. Remember how stubborn Spence is being about everything. Maybe they finished talking late and Ash ended up spending the night in the spare bedroom or something."
I sit at the table and rest my chin on the palm of my hand as I think about it. I know Spence is being difficult, but I also know she loves my sister. Ashley is finally trying to fix things and for all of our sakes I hope they get back together. If I have to see Ash moping around anymore, I'm going to hurt something or someone.
"I know," I tell her with a little sigh. "I just want them to be happy and I know that will only happen when they get back together."
"It's kind of weird, don't you think? Them getting back together, you and I finding our way to each other, Chelsea and Rocco. It's like love is in the air or something, so I'm going to hope with all of my heart that Ash and Spence fix things. I know it will make you happy."
I sigh again, but this time it's because I'm happy. "I'm glad we found our way to each other, too, baby," I tell her and blow her a kiss.
She pretends to catch it and then presses her closed fist to her heart. I, obviously, melt at the sight and grin goofily at her.
Breakfast is spent talking about when she started feeling differently about me, the things she did to avoid me finding out, the sleepless nights she spent thinking about it and trying to figure out what to do about it. It's charming and sweet and it just makes me fall even harder for her. Who would have thought the girl who used to be so hard and such a bitch in high school would mature into such a caring, loving and incredible woman? There is no way I can resist her charms and I honestly don't want to. I haven't felt this happy in so long, and as silly as it sounds, it feels like I finally found my other half, the person that fits me perfectly and she had been here all along without me noticing a thing.
As we clean the kitchen, we make plans for the rest of the week since I know Ash and I will be on the road a lot the following weeks. What with the new cd coming out and her having to do presentations and press rounds. I know there is a signing event or two and while Ash is not big on interviews, she will do a few just to please her fans.
I know it's going to be harder this time around. Now that people know she is pinning for someone, it will be difficult to keep the interviewers from ignoring that bit of juicy gossip. No matter how much I say they cannot go there, once they have her live on TV or radio, someone will ignore the warnings and go for it. I guess depending on how her night with Spence went is how the interviews will go. We'll have to meet and plan a strategy that she will be comfortable with and I'll probably have to release some sort of announcement to calm the masses. I haven't checked my inbox, but I'm sure it's inundated with requests and questions from just about every medium out there. I even bet people on Tumblr and Twitter are having a field day with it.
Of course I talk to Madison about all of my concerns as we head into the living room and immediately cuddle on the sofa. She's sitting on the end and I'm cuddled into her side with my feet tucked under me as she plays with my hair.
"So basically this launch will be one of your most difficult ones."
"It will be unless Ash walks through that door and tells me she and Spencer are back together and they don't care who knows."
"And if not? What will you do then?"
"Kick their asses and quit?" I joke.
She laughs and kisses my temple. God, she is so perfect!
"I don't think you'd ever quit managing Ash and we both know it."
"True. But if they are back together or maybe even working on it, we can feed that to the press and then tell them that is all she is willing to say and to please respect her privacy while she works on it."
"Will that work?"
"It might, actually. If she does it in a way that really makes people understand this is important to her and she is not willing to talk about it, they'll drop it. Especially if she walks out of an interview or two. The fans will love that!"
"Then let's pray that is what happens."
"I hate that things between us changed now that I'm going to be so busy," I tell her because it's true. I always miss her when we're not in the same area, but now it's going to be even more difficult.
"Well, I'm between gigs right now and my next one doesn't start for a few weeks. I can start working on the choreography from anywhere and I don't have to be back in LA until the end of next month."
I turn to look at her curiously. "What are you saying?"
"That, if you want, I could follow you wherever you go for the time being. I know you'll be busy with Ash during most of the day, but when you get back to the hotel, I can be there waiting for you," she tells me shyly and I basically swoon.
I can only move closer to her and kiss her, because, really, she is the best thing that's happened to me in a very long time.
As we lay in each other's arms in post-coital bliss, I can't help but hold Ash just a little bit closer to me as I kiss her naked shoulder where I've left a small love bite. It's been a couple of hours since we came into our room and I feel like my bones are liquefied after three intense orgasms. I can't even remember if that's even happened before with anyone but her, but I'm sure it hasn't. She's barely conscious herself because I gave her as good as I got and I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself right now.
"I don't think I want to move," she murmurs against my neck.
"We don't have to. I don't go back to work until Monday and I don't have any plans for the weekend."
"Don't you think we should let someone know we're okay?"
I laugh at this. "Ash, I'm sure Kyla already knows you're not there and I'm pretty sure Maddy is keeping her occupied."
"Oh, God, don't say that! I don't need those visuals."
I laugh harder and slap her ass lightly. "Don't be mean. I'd be willing to bet nothing like that happen between them just yet. The baby gays are probably not past kissing at this point and you know it."
"She's still my little sister, Indie."
"And she is also a young woman in love, so stop acting like this. Didn't you just spend the past couple of hours making love to me?"
"Mm, yes, and how glorious it was!" she tells me as she kisses the side of my neck.
"Yes, it was. So if we're able to express our love this way, they should have the same right."
"Ugh, I hate when your logic makes sense."
"That's 'cause I'm awesome and you know it."
"And so very sexy, too," she says before she lifts her head and looks at me. I lift my hand and caress her face lightly as she leans into my touch and closes her eyes. "Where do we go from here, Spence?"
"Definitely forward. I don't know much more than that."
"I know we can't start over because there is so much history between us, but I do want to take you out on dates, get to know this new side of your life I don't know much about. I don't want to just jump into a relationship with you. Does that make sense?"
It actually did. I could see where she was coming from and nodded. "I think I'd like that a lot, Ash. I know you're going to be traveling a lot right now because of your new cd, but I promise you'll have me to come back to every time."
She smiled at me and I could see the happiness shining in her eyes. "I won't make the same mistake again, Indie. I know you'll be here waiting and that you'll be fine while I'm gone. I'm going to miss you like crazy, though. Especially now."
"I'm glad you finally understand that, Pete. When do you have to leave?"
"If we start locally, I don't have to leave for another week, but I'll talk to Ky and make sure she books a lot of things together so we're not coming and going like crazy. I don't have to stay away from LA anymore and I know she also has someone that will be waiting for her to come home to."
"I can always fly in on Friday's to see you and fly back to LA Sunday nights. It's not like I haven't done it before," I say before I can stop myself.
She frowns while she looks at me. "What do you mean?"
I sigh and decide to go with the truth since from here on out there will be nothing between us but the truth. "I went to see a couple of your concerts."
Her eyes widen in surprise as her mouth opens and closes several times but no words come out. I think I might have broken her with my news.
"No one knows I did that, by the way. I've always known what you were doing and I went to a couple of the concerts where you did two shows in one weekend so I could see you twice. I was always close to the front but always too chicken to let you know I was there. Then I'd go back to my hotel room and cry myself to sleep."
"Oh, God, baby," she finally says while she hugs me tightly. "I'm so fucking sorry for doing this to us. Please forgive me," she sobs into my shoulder. "I promise you, Spence that I will spend the rest of my life making it up to you."
A few tears seep from the corners of my eyes again as I hear her cry. "I forgave you a long time ago, Pete. I just couldn't seem to let go of the anger, but that is over now, okay? We're going to make sure we make decisions together from here on out, we're going to act like the adults we are and we're going to stop fucking things up."
She nods and keeps on holding me. It's a few minutes before she lifts her head and looks down at me again and her eyes are swimming with emotions.
"I am so in love with you, Spencer Carlin. You truly are the love of my life and I'm going to show you every single day just how much you mean to me. That is my promise to you," she says reverently before she kisses me.
I guess Kyla and Madison will have to wait a little longer because the way she is kissing me and the way her hands have started roaming over my body again tells me we're not going anywhere anytime soon.
Obviously, I don't have a single problem with that!