The Band had practiced every day of the week leading up to the big day. Harper drove Luz home everyday after practice and he’d always try to invite her out but she insisted that she had to go home. She never invited him inside and always made sure he drove off before she opened the door. Something was amiss, but Harper couldn’t put his finger on it.
Friday came and everyone was nervous!
“Hey everyone, welcome to the Mojo Lounge!” Harper said nervously as he grabbed a hold of the microphone. “I hope everyone is having a good time so far tonight. We are The Lady Killers, and we’re here to rock your world!”
With that, Luz started on her keyboard just like they practiced, Kyle followed in with a slow rhythmic drumming and Harper picked up his guitar and proceeded to strum. He walked back up to the mic and took it in his hands.
“This first song is called ‘London Bridge is Falling’.” The band started to jam their hearts out.
Kellee, Harper’s cousin, was there to show her support and the whole night was making eyes with Kyle. As he played his drums, she danced provocatively in front of him making sure he followed her sultry dance moves closely and gave him a wink. what a tease! He thought.
Meanwhile, Harper had an admirer himself. She wasn’t as obvious as Kellee, but she bobbed her head to the music coolly and gave Harper a seductive smile every time they made eye contact. He’d never seen her around town before, but he couldn’t let his mind wonder. He had to give his all to the music if he wanted that record deal!
After the band played their last song, the DJ took over and kept the good vibes going. The girl who was eying Harper stopped him in his tracks and asked him for a dance.
She was obviously intoxicated flailing her arms about, but Harper thought she was pretty and agreed to dance with her.
At first, it was a bit awkward. They were dancing so far apart and she kept turning her head away from Harper, avoiding eye contact.
Soon enough, they were grinding together to the music, sweating and breathing heavily. Harper pulled the girl in for a kiss and they kept dancing, bodies pressed against one another.
“Let’s go back to my place.” Harper sighed heavily under his breath pulling away for a second, both of their eyes still closed. He went and kissed her hard again then grabbed her hand and led her out of the club to his car. He didn’t know where Luz went since he was her ride, but he was sure Kyle would give her a lift.
Harper and the girl from the club made their way straight to his bed, they both knew what was happening without saying a word.
After they were done about an hour later, the girl excused herself to the bathroom and Harper got dressed and called her a cab.
Right after the cab and picked up the girl, Harper’s phone rang.
“Hello?” He answered.
“WEGOTITOHMYLLAMAWEGOTITDUDE!” came screaming through the other end. At first he thought it was Luz since the scream was so high pitched but he soon realized it was Kyle. He was talking so fast Harper couldn’t understand what he was saying. Kyle slowed his roll long enough for Harper to understand him.
“We got the deal, Harper! Snyder records called ad they loved the show we put on! This is our big break, Dude!” Harper’s smile grew cheek to cheek.
“That’s awesome! Did you call Luz yet?” Harper asked.
“No, I figured she went home with you and you two…you know.” Kyle cooed.
“I didn’t give her a ride! I thought you did! Man, I’ll call her and let her know the good news.” Harper said hanging up with Kyle and dialing Luz. But there was no answer. Great, she’s probably mad at me for leaving her there and won’t answer when I call her. She has to know the good news! Harper thought to himself. Even though it was 1am, Harper grabbed his keys and made his way to Lucinda’s house.
Harper pulled up to her house and knocked on her door. But no answer. He went around back and looked through her windows. He found one with an open curtain and saw Lucinda passed out on the floor. Harper pounded on the window but she didn’t move. Panic set in and Harper pounded harder and harder on the window. Something was not right.
Harper ran back to his car, got a tire iron and broke the window. He crawled through the window cutting his hands on the shards of glass but he didn’t care. He ran over to Luz and saw the pills sprawled around her. He tried to feel for a pulse but he couldn’t get one. He picked her up, got her in his car and drove her to the hospital. He couldn’t make sense of what had happened. Why would Luz try and kill herself?
After the gig, Flora came home to an dark house and went straight to her room. She flipped on the light over her bed and saw Demetri laying there in just his boxers.
“Dammit Demetri! You scared me!” Flora said holding her chest. He always did this to her!
“Come lay with me.” He said patting the spot next to him on her bed.
Flora crawled into bed with Demetri and cuddled up right next to him. He kissed her on the forehead.
“I like what you did with your hair.” He said softly.
“I knew you’d like it. I thought it’d be a nice surprise for when you got back.” Flora said proudly. Demetri had been gone the past week on business and Flora was glad he was back in Twinbrook.
“I missed you so much Flo.” Demetri said turning to her and pulling her closer to him.
“What’s going on in here?” Flora heard Kyle’s voice tremble and looked over to find him standing at the end of her bed.
“Kyle! What are you doing here? How long have you been standing there?” Flora screamed at him. She was so embarrassed.
“Go away!” Demetri barked at his little brother! Kyle looked like he was about to cry and ran out of her room. Demetri was mad and started to get off the bed when Flora insisted to let her go handle him.
Flora caught up with Kyle at the end of the hallway, kicking the air. He saw her coming and turned his face away from her.
“Kyle?” Flora said quietly. “Kyle, please look at me.” but he remained glued to the wall.
“Look Kyle, I know it must be hard to see your brother with a girl you like but your feelings for me aren’t mutual. Demetri didn’t steal me away from you and we’re not going out so I don’t see how you can be so upset. I met you when you were 16 and I think of you as a little brother! I hope that we can still be friends.” Flora trailed off and waited for a response from Kyle.
“Well, there was this one girl I met tonight.” Kyle turned toward Flo.
“See! You’re a little heart breaker, Kyle. You can get any girl you want. Just make sure the feelings are the same before you go and fall for her.” Flora kissed kyle on the cheek and smiled. But Kyle’s phone went off and he excused himself.
Before Flora went back to her room, she made Demetri close his eyes and she changed quickly into her sexiest outfit and stood in front of the bed.
“Okay, you can open.” Flora said looking at Demetri’s reaction to her outfit.
“Oh wow. I love you.” Demetri immediately went quite and looked at Flora. He hadn’t planned on saying it but it slipped out.
Flora was shocked, she hadn’t expect for him to say the three magic words. Demetri got up and walked over to Flora.
“I..I’m..Sorry?” Demetri looked up confused.
“Um, well. Don’t be sorry. If that’s how you feel.” Flora stammered.
“Flora this past week when I was away from you made me realize how much I do love you. I hated being without you and I can’t picture my life without ever again, not even for a week or a day. Will you marry me?”
Flora was speechless.
“This was kind of spontaneous and I don’t have a ring hiding in my boxers, but I will get you one. Anything you want, I will get for you Flora.”
“Yes! I love you too!” Flora squealed and kissed Demetri for what felt like forever.
That night they fell asleep holding each others hands, smiling.
A month had gone by since the gig. The Lady Killers hadn’t started recording since Lucinda was still recovering in the hospital and Harper had hurt his hands. This time off had given Kyle time to build a relationship with Kellee and since Flora was planning her wedding for the end of the year, Harper threw himself into helping his sister and mom while they were occupied with wedding things.
Harper was helping out with the laundry when the washer and dryer broke. He couldn’t wait for a repairman since no one had clean clothes at the house so he decided to go down to the local laundromat and do clothes there.
Harper had just finished putting the load in the dryer when he saw a familiar tuft of dark red hair pop out over the half wall of the laundromat.
After the girl was done she sat down in front of the radio and Harper approached her.
“Hey.” Harper said and the girl turned to face him and smiled. She stood up and looked at him.
“Let me introduce myself.” Harper said embarrassed. He realized they never had exchanged names. “I’m Harper.”
“I’m Bandit, nice to, er, re-meet you?” They both giggled a little bit and Harper and her started to chat about miscellaneous things until the beeper for his dryer went off.
“Looks like my time is up, excuse me a second.” Harper smiled and got his clothes out of the dryer. He stuffed them in his bag and before he left he asked Bandit if she’d like to go for coffee sometime. She nodded her head and Harper made his way home, clean clothes in hand.
Flora’s wedding rolled around way too fast for Bella’s liking. Time was flying by at the speed of light. It was just yesterday Gino and Paris got married and now they were now expecting their first son, Ivan moved out as soon as he turned 18 and married an older women, Harper found himself a new girlfriend who he was smitten over and now her only daughter was getting married! Ah to be young and in love, Bella thought to herself.
“Mom I can’t do this!” Flora’s crying snapped Bella out of memory lane and she jumped up to console her daughter.
“Oh baby…” Bella said bringing her daughter in for a hug. “Yes you can. You’re just nervous.”
“No I can’t mom.” Flora said blubbering into her moms shoulder.
“Of course you can. Do you love him?” Bella asked her daughter already knowing the answer.
“With all of my heart, Mom.” Flo said pulling away from her mom.
Bella looked her in the face “C’mon let’s clean up you’re make-up. You have a fiance waiting for you to make him the happiest man alive.”
“Flora, I love you. You are my best friend. I promise to encourage and inspire you, to laugh with you, and to comfort you in times of sorrow and struggle.
I promise to love you in good times and in bad, when life seems easy and when it seems hard, when our love is simple, and when it is an effort. I promise to cherish you, and to always hold you in highest regard. These things I give to you today, and all the days of our life.” and with his vows said, Demetri slipped the ring on Flora’s finger.
“Demetri, because of you, I laugh, I smile, I dare to dream. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you, caring, loving and being there for you in all life has for us. I will always be the person that you can trust, talk to and the person that will always understand. I will make my home in your heart. These promises I give you today and all of the days of our lives. Take this ring as a sign of my commitment.” Flora said through tears of happiness as she put the ring on Demetri’s finger.
Flora and Demetri took their first kiss as husband and wife while their close friends and family ooh’ed and awe’d behind them. Flora and Demetri wanted a their guest to be comfortable so they gave them the option of wearing casual clothes. Nothing was traditional about their relationship, so why should their wedding be?
Soon the reception was in full swing. Kyle was hitting it off with Kellee on the dance floor. Forbes was there with his girlfriend and Gavin came with Candy, but no baby in sight. Dylan came with Damon and they were still more in love then ever. Gino and Paris came down for the wedding even though Paris was about to pop at any second. Venus and Starla came even though Cayden hadn’t been seen in years, they still kept in touch with Bella. Bandit, Harper’s new girlfriend attended along with Lucinda who was doing a lot better since her release from the hospital a couple months before.
The party was soon cut short when Paris’ water broke on the dance floor and her screams during her contractions trumped any music the DJ was playing.
Gino was not ready to say the least. Clayton took charge like always, and got Paris and Gino in the car while Bella got their hospital bag out of the guest room and the four of them made their way to hospital and Flora and Demetri left their guests for their flight to SunsetValley for the honeymoon.
During the pandemonium, Kyle and Bandit sneaked away to Flora’s old room and had some fun. She was super drunk, but knew exactly what she was doing.
9 months had gone by and Bandit’s belly grew bigger and bigger everyday. Her and Harper were expecting and so she moved in with him.
Now that the band was working on it’s new CD and spending days at a time at the recording studio, Harper missed when Bandit went into labor. He also had to miss his birth and it killed him. He wanted to be there for his son, unlike his dad.
A year had gone by since Jacob was born and Harper barely got to see him. He was traveling everywhere doing promotional stuff with the band and when he wasn’t traveling he was in the studio trying to get the CD just right. It was about to debut and he needed it to be epic. This was his only shot to give his family everything they could dream of.Daddy was Jacob’s first word and he would scream for Harper every night when Harper wasn’t home. But Bandit understood, it was the life of a rolling stone. But in the rare occasions when Harper was home, Jacob stuck to him like glue.
Harper had just got home from going to France with the band to promote the new CD and the first thing he did after he dropped his bags at the front door was go see Jacob. He picked his son out of his crib and looked at him. He had gotten so big while he was gone and he looked 100% like Bandit.
“Dahdey!” Jacob wiggled in Harper’s arms from excitement. “I hungy.” Jacob looked big eyed at his dad.
Harper put him back in his crib and went to go get him a bottle downstairs in the kitchen.
Kyle came in and picked up Jacob.
“Hey Jacob! How’s my little man doing?” Jacob looked at Kyle scared and didn’t say anything.
Jacob started crying and Harper ran into the room. He saw Kyle trying to calm Jacob down.
“Shhh, it’s okay. I’m here. I love you so much.” Kyle whispered softly, but Harper heard him and dropped the bottle on the ground. Kyle swung around with Jacob still in his arms and looked at Harper mortified.
“Kyle, what’s going on here?” Harper said. “What are you doing?”
“Harper, I just wanted to see my God Son. What’s wrong with that?”
Harper out his hand up. “Kyle, stop lying and tell me the truth. Uncle’s don’t look at their nephew’s like that. I want an explanation!” Harper said starting to get impatient.
Kyle put his hand to head and closed his eyes.
“Oh man, I’m in so much trouble.”