Thanks To A Cheater

Chapter 9: Phone Call

Piper's POV

"Talk? About what?" I asked as I came to a stop at a red light.

"I'm not sure how to put it..."

"Just spit it out, it can't be that bad, right?" the light turned green and I drove. Just three more blocks until I'm home.

"Piper...I'm leaving." It took all I had to not let go of the wheel to demand an explaination. He was leaving? Leaving me? Oh god, he's not fleeing the country was he?

"You're not fleeing the country, are you?" I asked, suspicious. Hunter gave a short chuckle.

"No Piper, I'm not a criminal. But I will be leaving the state." I almost dropped the phone, but I tightened my grip and made sure my voice didn't waver.

"Leaving the...state?" I asked in a low voice.

"Yeah. My flight leaves in a hour. I was just calling to say goodbye."

"But why are you leaving? How long will you be gone?" I asked before he hung up.

"I don't know. I'll probably be gone for a month or two. But I need to go Piper, a taxi's waiting to take me to the airport. Bye."

"W-wait!" But my word was useless. Hunter hung up before I was even halfway done.

I thought of going to the airport and looking for him, but I didn't know which airport he was going to. And he wouldn't be hear for the song airing...with a sigh I speed dialed Joan, putting the phone between my shoulder and cheek as I drove.

"Hey Piper, to what do I owe this call?"

"Um...Joan, cancel Sparks Fly airing on the radio Friday. Do...something else. Like..." I was at a loss for songs.

"Piper, you okay? It's not like you to change radio songs like this, especially ones you're dedicating to people." I didn't pay much attention to her words as I drove.

"I'm fine...just...Let me head over there to see songs to air on Friday." I turned to hed for the record studio and snapped my firgers when I was hit with a song. "I've got it! Remember the other song, the one I mentioned for the next recording? I'll air that one on Friday."

"But you haven't recorded it-"

"It doesn't matter. I'm heading over to record it right now, so hold on. Bye." I grabbed the phone and hung up, tossing the phone to the passenger seat.

Minutes later, I was in the record studio parking lot and decided to try and call Hunter.

"Hey, this is Hunter-" Hunter's voice came from the ear end of my cell.

"Hunter, I needed to-" I stopped when I realized he was still talking.

"-sorry I can't answer right now. I'm probably busy...or just to lazy to pick up. Leave your message after the beep and I'll get back to you later." The beep sounded and with sigh I hung up.

I stuck my phone in my purse and headed inside, going directly to recording studio A.

"We don't have the music for the song." Micheal said as soon as I walked in. Joan was no where in sight.

"Where's Joan?" I asked as I dropped my bag on a seat.

"She went to get herself a drink." I nodded and looked at the machine Micheal has for when we just want to hear how some music instruments and notes sound with a song.

I hummed the tune I'd come up with and messed around with the machine and some instruments before triumphantly holding up the sheet music.

"Where the hell did Joan go to get her drink? She's been gone for half an hour." I said as Micheal examined the music.

"She went to get a drink at a fancy drink store somewhere and she'd only been gone about three minutes when you arrived." I nodded. "Alright. I'll try to arrange notes in the order you want them and you just sing, okay? But first let me see if the band can come in."

"You do that." Micheal started calling the band members and they gladly came. Twenty minutes later we were all ready and Joan had come back with some fancy drink for herself.

"Alright, everyone has their music. Piper, you just sing when you think you should since you're the one who arranged this."

"Okay." I went into the recording booth and put on my headphones. The band's playing filled my ears and I was ready.

I wanted lace, I wanted pearls, to be a princess like
The other girls.

But life came hard, to my front door.
And I grew up trying
To even out the score.

Tough, I ain't never been nothing but tough, all my edges have
Always been rough.

But Jesus loves me anyway.

Oh backbone, there ain't nothing wrong with a woman that
Got a little backbone.

You just wait 'til you taste her kind of love.

You want a shy little thing, a pretty little high heel thing,
Gonna cry if I don't polish up.
Tough.

The way I see it, the hand of fate, did me a favor, with
The cards he dealt my way.

Found out real fast, life is a game.
You're out real quick if you don't know how to play, tough.

I ain't never been nothing but tough,
all my edges have always been rough.

But Jesus loves me anyway.

Oh backbone, there ain't nothing wrong with a woman that
Got a little backbone.

You just wait 'til you taste her kind of love.

You want a shy little thing, a pretty little high heel thing,
Gonna cry if I don't polish up.

Are you serious? You ain't fooled me much.
You justa hanging round
So you can try your luck.

Well tough, I ain't never been nothing but tough,
all my edges has always been rough.

You want a shy little thing, a pretty little high heel thing,
gonna cry if I don't polish up.

You know what I got to say about that is tough

Micheal walked into my booth and looked at me.

"Jesus loves me anyway?" Micheal asked and I shrugged.

"The gods love me anyway? Wouldn't that tip off the mortals?" I asked and Micheal thought it over before nodded and leaving me in my booth and went to talk to the band.

I left the booth and moved to my bag, checking my phone for messages. Nothing.

"I like this song." Joan said as she came up to me. "But why the sudden song change?" I sighed.

"Hunter won't be here to hear it air on the radio, so I decided to change the song."

"Okay. We'll just wait till he comes back." I nodded and Joan left the room to make a call to the radio station.

I put my phone back in my bag and sat down. I watched at Micheal recorded each band member's parts. By the time I left the studio it was eight p.m.

I was stepping out of my car when the sound of music made me jump. Realizing it was my phone, I pulled it out and answered.

"Hello?"

"Piper, it's Reyna." Came Reyna's voice from the other end.

"Oh. Hey Reyna. What made you call me at this hour?"

"I just wanted to know if you were busy the day after tomorrow."

"Yeah, I'm free that day. Why?"

"I wanted to know if you wanted to do some shopping tomorrow with me. We could meet at the mall at around...ten in the morning."

"Um...that sounds good. I'll see you at the mall day after tomorrow at ten. We can meet at the main entrance."

"Okay. I'll see you then. Bye."

"Bye." I hung up and went inside my house.

The second I sat down on my couch my cell rang again. I pulled it from my pocket and held it to my ear.

"Hello?"

"Piper, it's Thalia."

"Hey Thalia. What is it?"

"Just wanted to let you know Leo gave Jason a nice black eye." I groaned.

"He didn't."

"Yeah, he did. He was like 'This is for what you did to Piper' and gave him a nice punch to the left eye. And all I did was look at Jason and say that he deserved it."

"I'll call Leo tomorrow and slap him because I told him not to beat up Jason. But right now, I've had a weird day and I want to fall asleep as soon as possible."

"Alright. We'll talk later." Thalia hung up and I decided to call leo. Might as well yell at someone to complete my day.

"Hey Beauty Queen."

"Don't 'Hey Beauty Queen' me. I know what you did to Jason. Normally I'd be high fiveing you, but I told you not to do anything to Jason."

"But this is America and I have the freedom to do as I wish with the range of the laws this state and country have!"

"You punched Jason. That's an assalt. You could be arrested."

"...Freedom...of...punching?" I couldn't help but role my eyes.

"Whatever repair boy. Just don't go and do something that supid ever again. If you do, you'll end up in jail and I'll have to bail you out."

"Who said I'd call you to bail me out?"

"Who else do you know that has the time and money to?" A pause.

"Good point. But Piper, you don't sound very mad. You sound almost...depressed. What's wrong?"

"What?" Could you honestly tell that I sound depressed?

"What's wrong?"

"Nothing's wrong Leo. I'm just...really tired because a lot has happened today. I had to do two four-hour recording sessions today and I talked with Reyna. And now I had to deal with you."

"Want to talk? People tell me I'm a great listener."

"No, All I really need is sleep. I gotta go."

"Okay. Bye." I hung up and turned on the TV, putting on the news. It was aound eleven thirty when I decided to go to bed.

As I left the living room the home phone rang and I backtracked to pick it up. Checking the caller ID, I realized it was Hunter's number.

Pressing the answer button, I brought the phone to my ear.

"Hello?"

I was only met with the buzzing of being hung up on. Then I noticed the blinking light of a message having been left. Pressing it, I stood there and listened.

"Hey Piper. Sorry I couldn't tell you why I was leaving earlier. Something's come up and I had to go. I just found out I might be gone for a few months. I'll see you when I get back. Bye."

So he left a message earlier. But why would he call and then hand up?

With a sigh I headed up to my room and got ready for bed.

I'll just call Hunter tomorrow and deal with things then. Right now I just wanted to sleep for days.


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