Chapter 23

--Dave's POV--

I rushed out of the room and down to the lobby in hopes to find Alia so I can explain things to her. She's everything to me and I don't know what I would do without her. Take it John is one of my friends and if I hurt his daughter in any way he would kill me. I got down to the lobby and looked around and she wasn't there. So I decided to ask the clerk if she had seen Alia around anywhere.

"How may I help you sir?"

"Has anyone been down here in the last few minutes wanting a room by any chance?"

"Yes. A young lady asked for one about five minutes ago."

"Did she happened to have long black hair?"

"That she did sir."

"Can you tell me what room she is in?"

"Sorry sir, that I can not do. It's against the hotel policy to give out information to anyone."

"I understand. Can I leave a message for her then?"

"Here's a piece of paper and pen. Write what you have to and I will make sure that she receives it in the morning." She handed the items over with a smile on her face.

"Thank you." I said as I handed the paper back to her moments later. I made my way back up to my room feeling defeated once again tonight.

--The Next Morning….Normal POV--

I woke up around 9a.m. and decided to go downstairs and look around the town while I was here. I had to go with the others to the next show. I know for a fact that Matt and Jeff are going to be driving so I guess I'll see if I can hitch a ride with them. I got dressed and left my room heading towards the elevator. I got off the elevator and was headed towards the door when the clerk called me over.

"Ma'am, I have a message for you." she handed me a folded piece of paper.

"Thank you." I said grabbing the paper and nodding towards the woman.

I walked out the door and down to the nearby coffee shop. I walked in and ordered a cup of black coffee and sat down at a table and opened the letter.

'Alia, I love you. Please just listen to what I have to say. I am just trying to protect you and this is getting hard on me. I will find some way to make you see that. I love you with all my heart. And that hasn't changed since you were fourteen. I am going to be watching out for you whether you want me to or. And that goes for if we are together or not. I will always love you. Please just call me in the morning. Dave'

I sat in the shop staring at the letter. I re-read it five times before I understood it all. I put the piece of paper down on the table and looked around the shop. There was hardly anybody there. I finished my coffee and walked back outside. I took out my cell phone and noticed that I had four text messages, two missed calls, and one voicemail. I opened the text messages first.

'Lia, can you meet me in the lobby at noon. We can catch the plane from there. -Adam- I'll go and talk to him but I'm not going on the plane. And that's that. On to the second one.

Shorty, when you get this make sure you call me. Love you. -JC4Life- Guess I've got to call my dad to.

You should know that Dave went down to the lobby last night trying to find you. He really loves you CJ. Adam told me the whole thing. -KA- Damn his time. He always knows the right thing to do to push me into doing the right thing.

Matt wanted me to tell you that you are more than welcome to ride with us to the next show. We leave at 2. Meet us in the lobby if you want to go. -JNH- I guess I don't have to ask them. I'll go with them after I talk to Dave and Adam that is. On to the Voicemail

'Baby listen, I know that you have been up for a while it's already 10:30. Since you aren't answering your phone I guess that means that you do want this to end between us. I understand. So whenever you want to talk you can call me. We can talk as friends if that is what you want. I love you Baby and you should know that.'

I hung up my phone and slowly made my way back to the hotel. I knew that I needed to talk to Dave but I didn't want to hurt him any more than I already have. One by one I was losing everything that I had. I stopped dead in the middle of the sidewalk and opened my phone back up. I dialed Dave and he answered on the second ring.

D: 'Hey Babe." I could tell that he was hurt.

A: 'Dave can we talk?'

D: 'Sure." he sounded disappointed.

A: 'I'm sorry for what I said last night. I read the note. I love you as well and I wouldn't change anything about it. I don't see how you put up with me.'

D: 'Where are you?'

A: 'Somewhere outside. About five minutes from the hotel I guess. Why?'

D: 'Meet me in the lobby. We can talk there. Ok?'

A: 'Yeah, ok, I've got to meet Adam there anyways at noon.'

D: 'K.' he hung up the phone and I started walking again.

This time I walked a little faster than I normally had been. I wasn't sure as to what I was going to say to him but I knew that I had to do something to put this back together. But I had no idea as of what. I arrived at the hotel soon after and noticed Dave sitting in one of the chairs in the corner. I made my way over to him and sat in the chair beside him.

"Hey Dave." He stared at me as he talked.

"Hey Alia. How was your night?"

"Not so good. Yours?"

"Not as good as when I'm with you."

"So we agree."

"With what?"

"That our night was shitty." He smiled and noticed that I was smiling as well.

"Yeah. I love your smile."

"Dave stop."


"Stop being so nice right now. We need to talk seriously."

"About us?"

"Yeah about what we are going to do."

"What do you want to do?"

"Well, I was thinking about not going on the plane but riding with Matt and Jeff so we could get some space between us. That way we could clear our heads."

"If that's what you want to do."

"It is. I don't want to piss you off any more than I did last night."

"Baby," He grabbed my hands and squeezed them as he spoke. "there is no way that you could piss me off right now. I will go up stairs and get your stuff and bring it back down if you want me to. What time are you leaving?"

"2. Here. It's room 513."

"K. I'll be back down soon. Will you be ok here by yourself?"

"Yeah. Adam should be here in about thirty minutes anyways."

"I'll be back soon." he stood up and walked to the stairs and went upstairs. I guess he had to think it off or something. I laid my head back against the chair and closed my eyes. The next thing I remember is being tapped on the shoulder. I sat back up and noticed it was Adam.

"Are you ok sweetie?"

"Yeah, I guess I just fell asleep."

"Oh." he took the seat that Dave was sitting in. "Have you talked to Dave today?"

"I did. How was he last night?"

"I don't know. He told me that he needed some space so I went and slept on Matt's couch. But when he left he was pretty upset."

"I shouldn't of left."

"Sweetie you didn't know he would be depressed like he was. You were upset as well."

"Yeah, oh before I forget. I'll see you when I get to New York. I'm going to talk to Jeff and Matt. I hope they let me ride with them."

"They will. They both love you, and besides you are a double champion. Why would they not let you go with them, it would make them feel safe." He started laughing.

"Very funny babe." I smiled at him.

"Where's Dave at anyways?"

"Upstairs in my room. Let him chill. He took the stairs about forty minutes ago."

"Have you tow worked it out?"

"That's why I'm riding with Matt. I want to clear my head."

"Do you want me to keep an eye on Dave for you?"

"He's a big boy." I smiled at him. I could tell that I was getting sleepy and I needed to sleep some before we left.

"Sweetie you need to sleep. Hold on….Have you even eaten anything?"

"No. not since we went out for breakfast yesterday."

"That was at 9 yesterday. Come on." he grabbed my hand and led me over to the diner that was connected to the hotel. "I am getting you something to eat. NOW."

"I'm not hungry."

"It doesn't matter, you are eating."

I went along with Adam. I know that there was no way that I was going to win. We sat at a table, ate and talked some more before I noticed that it was already 1:30. Adam paid the bill and we walked back out to the lobby where Dave was sitting in the same chair as before. He was on the phone. I didn't want to know what he was talking about so I decided to call Jeff instead.


"Hey Jeffy. What time are you guys leaving?"

"Matt and I will be in the lobby in a few minutes. Are you going to ride with us?"

"If you don't mind."

"We don't mind. I'll tell Matt. See you soon." he hung up the phone and I walked over to Dave with Adam. He had hung up when we both got near him. He looked up and smiled at us both.

"Sorry, Adam made me eat."

"It's ok. And you needed to eat anyways. Thanks A."

"No problem, I love Alia too and I had to make sure that she ate before I give her off to the Hardy's."

"Speaking of the Hardy's." Dave said nodding towards the two that was standing next to the clerk's desk. I got my room key from Dave and headed over to the two.

"Hey there, How are you feeling?" Matt said when he say me standing next to Jeff.

"I'm fine." I stated handing the room key over to the clerk behind the desk. She smiled as she gave me some papers to sign. I handed them back to her and turned my attention to the two standing next to me.

"So are you ready?" Matt asked.

"Yeah, let me go get my bag."

"Where is it?"

"Dave has it. I'll be right back." I walked over to Dave.

When he handed me my bag I gave his a kiss on the cheek. That made him smile as I got turned my back to the two men and walked back over to the Hardy's. I hugged Matt as Jeff grabbed my bag and headed towards the parking lot.

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