Roles Reversed

Never Say Goodbye

Two weeks later…

“So, what is this tradition you guys keep talking about?” Tom asked as they pulled into the GMajor parking lot.

“We spend the night before tour on Betty and watch old tour videos and have one last night before everyone is split for six months.” Jude told him as they got out of the car. They heard loud music coming from around the corner. They followed it and saw Tour Bus Betty all ready to go.

"Should I be worried?" Tom asked.

"No, not yet. When they start pranks, then you might have to worry."

Jude pulled open the door and they walked in.

"NORM!" The guys cheered as they walked in the door. Jude looked around and saw Spied, Kyle, Wally, Mason, Patsy, Jamie, and Sadie sitting in random places around the bus.

“Hey guys!” Jude smiled, “Did you start yet?”

“You know we won’t start without the queen.” Kyle told her, “It’s tradition.”

“Damn right you can’t start without me.” Jude answered, sitting on the floor in front of Tom, using his legs as a backrest.

“So, why are you two late?” Jamie asked, from his spot on the couch.

“Yeah, what were you two doing?” Spied asked, leaning over his shoulder and nudging him.

“Wouldn’t you like to know.” Tom answered, raising his eyebrows. Spied smirked and smacked his shoulder.

“Okay guys, we are gonna start.” Mason said.

“We are going to go all the way back to first tour.” There were a mixture of cheers and groans, but everyone hushed as he put in the first tape, marked Tour One.

It opened with a seventeen year old Jude laughing as she walked up to the bus, hiding a bag behind her back. She pulled the door open and walked up the steps. Jude set down the bag on the table and pulled out a large bottle of maple syrup and some pomegranate scented shaving cream.

“So, Jude, what’s all that stuff for?” Kyle asked from behind the camera, “You making waffles and shaving your legs?”

“No,” she answered unscrewing the cap of the syrup bottle and pouring it in every cup holder she could find before opening the shaving cream, “this is for putting blue Jell-O in my bed.”

Kyle taped as Jude shook up the can and sprayed it underneath their pillows. Jude tossed her blonde hair over her shoulder and smiled into the camera.

“That’ll teach them for messing with my bed.” Jude said and they both had a laugh as Jude tossed the bottles into the trash.

“Now, we have to get ready for the show.” Jude said and the picture froze on her face. It started up again on what looked like after the show. Everyone was still buzzing and messing around, when Spied went to grab his can of pop out of the cup holder by his bed.

“What the hell?” he said and gave it a hard tug and the can released, spilling his drink all over him and his bed. Jude and everyone else busted up laughing.

“Okay, who messed with the cup holders?” he glared at everyone.

“Not me.” Wally said and Kyle shook his head, both sitting on the couch.

Spied looked at Jude, who was sitting on the table, smiling, “Oh, come on. Why would I mess with the cup holders?”

“I don’t know, maybe because of last night.”

“Last night, what about last night?” she answered, “I am so over it.”

“Yeah right.” Spied answered, “Get over this.”

He grabbed her and pulled her on to his bed and tried to tickle her. Jude wasn’t giving him the chance. She wrestled away and screamed when he grabbed her again, pinning her down.

“Dude, this could get better than cable.” Kyle said into the camera when Wally pointed it at him.

“Let me go.” Jude demanded as Spied tickled her.

“Or what?” He laughed.

“This.” Jude said, grabbing his pillow and hitting him in the head with it. She laughed and jumped off the bed and ran to her bunk. The guys laughed hysterically when Spied turned around and they saw his face covered in shaving cream. He shook his head and walked into the bathroom.

“I almost forgot about that one, Spied.” Kyle said.

“Yeah, how long did it take you to get the girlie smell off?” Wally asked.

“Longer than you’d expect.” Spied said, leaning to the side and pushing Jude.

“For the next few days, Jude was telling every girl that I had to shave my entire body to even look semi-normal.”

There were a few chuckles.

Jude leaned her head back so she could see him and said, “You should’ve thanked me. Those girls were nasty.”

“They called me Chewbacca.” Spied said and the entire bus erupted into laughter.

The next clip started a few seconds later. This one started backstage before a show, during sound check.

“Okay guys. Time for sound check.” Darius called to them, before stepping outside to take a phone call.

Jude, Spied, Kyle, and Wally ran out on stage. Shay took the camera and sat down in one of the chairs in front of the stage.

“What should we sing?” Jude asked them.

“Don’t you already have this planned out?” Spied asked.

“Don’t answer my questions with questions, Vincent.” Jude answered annoyed.

They debated a little more, before Shay called to them “How about Christina Aguilera.”

“Good idea.” Wally answered.

“No.” Jude said.

“Yeah, I wanna see Jude get a little Dirrty.” Kyle laughed.

Jude shook her head, “No.”

“Come on Dude.” Spied said, continuing after Jude shook her head, “It will be priceless, of epic proportions.”

Jude rolled her eyes, “Fine.”

She grabbed her mic and spoke into it.

“Aren’t I supposed to be singing one of my songs?”

“Consider this a warm up.” Shay answered, “Oh yeah, and you have to dance.”

“You can’t go up there tonight with cold muscles.” He continued when Jude glared at him.

“Get your ass over here. You’re the only one of us who can rap decently.” She answered, tossing him a microphone. Shay caught it with one hand and set the camera on one of the tables, making sure it could still catch the performance before jumping up on stage.

“And, just so you know, I don’t rap decently, I am amazing.” Shay told her.

“Yeah, whatever.” Jude said, “Let’s test the mics and speakers guys.”

One of the guys pressed play on the CD player in back and music boomed out of the speakers. Shay started, changing the lyrics to fit them.


Ah, dirrty (dirrty)

Filthy (filthy)

Nasty (Jude), you nasty (yeah)

Too dirrty to clean my act up (haha)

If you ain't dirrty

You ain't here to party (woo!)

Ladies (move), gentlemen (move)

Somebody ring the alarm

A fire on the roof

Ring the alarm (and I'm throwin' elbows) (7x)

Uh, let me loose

Jude started doing choreography straight from the music video, slightly toning the moves down. The guys whistled and cheered from the side of the stage, along with people in the room watching the movie.

Ooh, I'm overdue

Give me some room

I'm coming through

Paid my dues

In the mood

Me and my girls gonna shake the room

DJ spinning (show your hands)

Let's get dirrty (that's my jam)

I need that, uh, to get me off

Sweating till my clothes come off

It's explosive, speakers are thumping (oh)

Still jumping, six in the morning

Table dancing, glasses are crashing (oh)

No question, time for some action

Temperature's up (can you feel it)

About to erupt

Gonna get my girls

Get your boys

Gonna make some noise

Gonna get rowdy

Gonna get a little unruly

Get it fired up in a hurry

Wanna get dirrty

It's about time that I came to start the party

Sweat dripping over my body

Dancing getting just a little naughty

Wanna get dirrty

It's about time for my arrival

Ah (ah), heat is up

So ladies, fellas

Drop your cups

Bodies packed

Front to back

Now move your ass

I like that

Tight hip huggers (low for sure)

Shake a little somethin' (on the floor)

I need that, uh, to get me off

Sweating till my clothes come off

Let's get open, cause a commotion (ooh oh)

We're still going, eight in the morning

There's no stopping, we keep it popping (oh)

Hard rocking, everyone's talking

Give all you got (give it to me)

Just hit the spot

Gonna get my girls

Get your boys

Gonna make some noise


Gonna get a little unruly

Get it fired up in a hurry

Wanna get dirrty

It's about time that I came to start the party

Ooh sweat dripping over my body

Dancing getting just a little naughty

Wanna get dirrty (oh, oh)

It's about time for my arrival

Here it comes, it's the one

You've been waiting on

Get up, get it rough

Yup, that's what's up

Giving just what you love

To the maximum

Uh oh, here we go (here we go)

What to do when the music

Starts to drop

That's when we take it

To the parking lot

And I bet you somebody's

Gonna call the cops

Uh ohs, here we go (here we go)

Ohh ooh ohh, yeah yeah...


Yo, hot damn, Doc and Jam like a summer show

I keep my car looking like a crash dummy drove

My gear look like the bank got my money froze

For dead presidents I pimp like Huddy roll

Doc the one that excite ya divas (ow!)

If the media shine

I'm shining with both of the sleeves up

Yo Jude (what), better hop in here

My block live and in color, like Rodman hair (yeah)

The club is packed, the bar is filled

I'm waiting for sister to act, like Lauryn Hill

Frankly, it's a rap, no bargain deals

I drive a four wheel ride with foreign wheels

Throw it up

Baby it's Brick City, you heard of that

We blessed, and hung low, like Bernie Mac (Bernie Mac)

Dogs, let 'em out, women, let 'em in

It's like I'm ODB, the way I'm freaking

Jude turned to Shay and they started dancing together.

Gonna get rowdy (rowdy, yeah)

Gonna get a little unruly (ruly)

Get it fired up in a hurry (hurry)

Wanna get dirrty

It's about time that I came to start the party (party)

Sweat dripping over my body (body)

Dancing getting just a little naughty

Wanna get dirrty

It's about time for my arrival


Gonna get a little unruly

(Ooh oh)

Get it fired up in a hurry

(Ooh ohh, whoa)

Wanna get dirrty

It's about time that I came to start the party

Ooh sweat dripping over my body

Dancing getting just a little naughty

Wanna get dirrty

It's about time for my arrival

Suddenly there was clapping as the music cut out.

“Oh shit.” Jude said, “Busted.”

“What is going on in here?” Darius asked, walking in from the side of the stage.

“Sound check.” Jude said innocently.

“Aren’t you supposed to sing one of your own songs during sound check?” Darius asked, “You know, the ones you’re going to sing tonight.”

Jude turned to Shay and the guys and in an angry whisper said, “Told you.”

She turned back to Darius and offered, “We were just testing the speakers.”

“Jude, stop goofing around and do your sound check. The right way.” Darius told them in a firm tone.

Jude nodded and turned to the guys and said, “You guys always get me in trouble.”

The four guys laughed, “Yeah right, like you need our help.”

“24, Let’s go.” Jude demanded. The camera froze on them starting to play.

“Wow, I didn’t think you actually did it.” Sadie said.

“I told you I did.” Jude replied.

“I know, but I didn’t believe you.”


“Because you’re Jude.”

“Just wait for later.” Spied said.

“What is that supposed to mean?” Jude asked.

“Nothing.” Spied smiled. Jude looked at him suspiciously.

There were a few more clips of random pranks and performances before the last clip on the tape. It started with out the window clips of them driving down the road.

“Dude, I can’t believe tour is over.” Spied said from behind the camera.

“I know. It went by so fast.” Jude replied as they crossed into city limits.

“It was fun though.” Kyle said.

“Yeah, let’s do it again next summer.” Wally said, “We will never have to have normal jobs again.”

“Sounds good to me.” All of them agreed.

They pulled into GMajor a little while later and were greeted by family and friends.

When the tape stopped, Jude stood up and said, “I have to pee, be right back.”

She made her way to the bathroom in the back of the bus. A minute later Jude walked out of the bathroom and threw a wadded up piece of Saran Wrap at Kyle and Spied, hitting Kyle in the side of the head.

“You didn’t think I’d check?” She asked as they started laughing and walked back into the bathroom.

“You guys are still doing the toilet trick?” Jamie asked.

“Why mess with a classic?” Wally answered, which earned an eye roll from just about everyone.

Once Jude came back, Mason put in the next video.

This one showed Jude and Mason sitting on the couches across from each other on the bus with their legs crossing the aisle. Jude was playing her guitar and both her and Mason were singing Follow Me. Suddenly Water balloons cam flying from all over. Jude screamed in surprise as the guys laughed. Mason caught one and threw it back, hitting one of the guys. Jude caught a couple and threw the first one, missing her target.

“You missed.” They laughed, and then the second one collided with their chest. The balloons continued to fly and the clip stopped when a balloon collided with the camera.

The next clip opens with Jude behind the camera, talking with Mason as they walk out of a convenience store.

“Oh my God, Jude, look what they’re doing.” Mason said.

Jude turned the camera towards the bus and started laughing.

“Oh my God, wow.” She laughed.

The three guys were mooning the people driving by through the windows.

“Are you getting this?” Mason asked, still laughing.

“Yep,” Jude answered, zooming in, “just wait until this hits Youtube.”

Jude and Mason’s eyes connected for a second. Jude nodded in agreement and they snuck up to the bus. Mason signaled to her, telling her to stay low. They crouched down, staying below the windows, and quietly made their way to where the guys were standing. By this time, people were shouting and honking their horns. Mason silently counted to three and they both jumped up and started banging on the windows. The guys jumped and whirled around, pulling up their pants. Jude and Mason busted up again and ran on to the bus.

“So not cool guys.”

“Dudes, next time keep your asses in your pants.” Jude told them, still laughing.

“Mason, you were in on it too?” Kyle asked feigning hurt, “Dude, why?”

“Water balloons, man.” He answered and walked to his bunk.

“So, did that ever end up on Youtube?” Jamie asked.

“You haven’t seen it?” Sadie asked. Jamie shook his head.

“Wow, even Tom has seen it.” She told him.

“Well, aren’t you just out of the loop.” Patsy stated.

“Must be,” He answered, “no offense guys, but I don’t really want to see your asses.”

“No big deal Jaimers, we don’t wanna see yours either.”

They watched a few more videos and when they were done, Spied slipped Mason a video cassette.

“Okay, looks like there’s one more.” Mason said and slipped it in the player.

“We’ve never watched this one before, is it new?” Sadie whispered. Spied hushed her.

The bus was parked at a Wayside rest. The band was sitting outside in chairs around a bonfire. Jude was sitting next to Mason and the guys were sitting off to either side, each with a girl.

“Spied!” Jude yelled, “I am going to kill you.”


“You said you got rid of this.”

“No, I didn’t.” He answered, “You said to get it away from you, that you didn’t want it, and I did.”

Jude stood up and started to go after him. Tom grabbed her around the waist and pulled her onto his lap.

“You can’t kill him,” Tom told her “well, at least not right now.”

“Why not?”

“Because, you know how hard it is to find a good guitarist on a nights notice?”

Jude glared at Spied.

The music was blasting and girls started dancing with the guys. Jude rolled her eyes and whispered to Mason. He laughed and she pulled out a bottle.

“Jude.” Mason said.

“We’re in Alberta, I’m old enough here.” Jude answered.

“Okay.” He answered. She took a draw and handed it to Mason, who did the same.

A few minutes later one of the girls asked Jude and Mason if they were going to join in. Jude shook her head, saying that she wasn’t going to. The girl that asked shrugged and turned back to Wally. They all sat back down and after a few minutes the girls sitting with Spied and Kyle started to harass Jude.

“Wow, she must think she is too good for us.” The blonde sitting on Spied’s lap said in a mock whisper to the dark haired girl sitting with Kyle. Jude ignored her and continued to talk with Mason.

“Or, we are too good for her.” The dark haired one replied. The guys told the girls to back off, but they ignored them. The remarks continued and Mason whispered to Jude. She smirked at him and looked down.

“Well, I mean you have seen her perform.”

Kyle, Wally, and Spied went silent, no one would get away with trashing Jude’s performance.

Jude’s head snapped up, “I want people to come to my shows to listen to my voice.”

The girls laughed and rolled their eyes.

Jude sat back, crossing her legs wrapped in tight black jeans and taking another long draw from the bottle, looking throughly agitated. Jude was also wearing a black scoop neck shirt with three-quarter sleeve. Jude’s skin peeked out of the slits going down the arms and the back. Things started relax after a few minutes and the party started up again. The girls were dancing for the guys. After a few minutes the song changed on the radio to Def Leppard’s Pour Some Sugar On Me and Jude looked over at Mason, “Good song.”

Mason turned and whispered to Jude. She smiled and winked at him. She stood up and walked over to the picnic table. Jude set her black heeled boot on the bench, stepped on to the table and began to dance.

Step inside, walk this way

You and me babe, Hey, hey!

Jude swayed her hips to the beat.

Love is like a bomb, baby, c'mon get it on

Livin' like a lover with a radar phone

She lifted her arms above her head continued swaying.

Lookin' like a tramp, like a video vamp

Demolition woman, can I be your man?

Jude slowly lowered her hands and slid them down her sides.

Razzle 'n' a dazzle 'n' a flash a little light

Television lover, baby, go all night

Sometime, anytime, sugar me sweet

She shimmied her chest.

Little miss ah innocent sugar me, yeah

Jude took a wide stance and pumped her fist into the air.


She turned to the side and shook her hips.

C'mon, take a bottle, shake it up

She rolled her hips

Break the bubble, break it up

Jude ran her hands up into her hair

Pour some sugar on me

Ooh, in the name of love

She slid her hands down her body while swaying her hips.

Pour some sugar on me

C'mon fire me up

Pour your sugar on me

Oh, I can't get enough

She rolled her hips back and forth as she lowered herself towards the table.

I'm hot, sticky sweet

From my head to my feet yeah

She stood back up

“Looks like someone has been watching too much Coyote Ugly.” The blonde one said.

“Last I checked, they didn’t dance quite like that on Coyote Ugly.” Kyle told her.

She walked from one side of the table to the other with dramatic steps

Listen! Red light, yellow light, green-a-light go!

Crazy little woman in a one man show

She twirled around

Mirror queen, mannequin, rhythm of love

Sweet dream, saccharine, loosen up

Jude leaned forward a little and shimmied her chest.

You gotta squeeze a little, squeeze a little

Tease a little more

Easy operator come a knockin' on my door

Sometime, anytime, sugar me sweet

Little miss innocent sugar me, yeah

Spied cheered and called to Jude, “Take it off!”

Jude stopped and responded, “I am not that drunk Spied. Wouldn’t happen even if I was.”

Take a bottle, shake it up

Break the bubble, break it up

Jude swung her head back and forth.

Pour some sugar on me

Ooh, in the name of love

Pour some sugar on me

C'mon fire me up

Pour your sugar on me

Oh, I can't get enough

I'm hot, sticky sweet

From my head to my feet yeah

[guitar solo]

She pointed at Mason and back at herself

You got the peaches, I got the cream

She raised her arms above her head,

Sweet to taste, saccharine

and spun around

'Cos I'm hot, say what, sticky sweet

From my head, my head, to my feet

Jude spun her hips and kicked out in front of her.

Do you take sugar? one lump or two?

Jude stopped and started laughing

Take a bottle, shake it up

Break the bubble, break it up

Pour some sugar on me

Ooh, in the name of love

Pour some sugar on me

C'mon fire me up

She spun around again.

Pour your sugar on me

Oh, I can't get enough

Pour some sugar on me

Oh, in the name of love

Pour some sugar on me

She motioned with her finger to the camera.

Get it, come get it

She ran her hands down her sides.

Pour your sugar on me


Pour some sugar on me

Yeah! Sugar me!

She jumped off the table.

“That’s how that is done.” Jude said to the shocked girls and ran on to the bus.

A few seconds later Jude yelled out an open window, quoting a song,“Remember guys, ain’t nothin’ like groupie love.”

“Wow.” Was all that came out of Sadie, Jamie, and Patsy’s mouths.

“See Spied, that is why this should’ve never been seen.”

“It isn’t that bad.” He told her, “And besides, it didn’t end up on youtube.”

“True, but still.”

“Was that the night you met Patsy?” Jamie asked, changing the subject.

“No,” Patsy said, “we knew each other before that.”

“Yeah,” Jude said, “I believe the night we met, we both ended up needing bail money.”

“That was funny.” Patsy said.

“Yeah, we were the only ones who thought so.” Jude laughed, “Except for Shock Jock, he found it funny too.”

“I’m gonna get a pop, any one else want one?” Jude asked.

“I do.” Spied answered as she walked back to the fridge.

Jude came back a minute later and handed Spied a can. He took it and tapped the cover.

“I didn’t shake it up.” She assured him. He opened it and took a drink.

They hung out for a while longer, before they all decided to go home for the night. They walked off the bus and Tom put his arm around Jude.

“Can you still do that?” Tom whispered in her ear.

Jude smirked and leaned her head by his ear and whispered, “Probably, but it’ll cost you.”

He smiled at her and kissed her temple. They walked over to Tom’s car and started to get in.

“Hey!” Spied yelled and ran out of the bus.

Jude looked at him and laughed. His pop can was stuck to his hand.

“Jude!” He exclaimed.

“Better get some Acetone.” She called back to him as she shut the car door.

“You super glued his pop can to his hand.” Tom stated.

Jude laughed, “Yeah.”

Tom laughed and shook his head. He put the car in gear and drove back to his house.

Lara ran out the door as Tom opened the door. She ran down the steps and around the yard.

“I will go get her.” He said, turning and walking down the steps.

Jude smiled and went into the house. She walked into the kitchen and poured herself a glass of wine. Just as she sat down on the counter, Lara bolted past her. Jude laughed and sipped from her glass. Tom walked in shortly after and said, “She’s a little nuts.”

“Yeah.” Jude smiled, as she took another sip.

“What are you drinking?” Tom asked walking up to her.

“The only wine you have.” Tom kissed her and said, “Tastes good.”

Jude smiled, “Yes, it does. Whoever picked it out did a good job.”

“You did a very good job.”

Jude smiled, took another sip, and asked, “Want some?”

Tom kissed her again. Jude set down the glass and snaked her arms around his neck, pulling him closer. He rested his hands on the small of her back.

“I could drink like this all night.” Tom told her.

“We could,” Jude said sliding off the counter, “or, we could do other stuff.”

“Really?” Jude nodded, “What do you have in mind?”

“We could watch a movie, or eat food, or go bungee jumping.”

“Bungee jumping hunh?” Tom smiled.

Jude laughed, “Could be fun.”

“Could be.”

“Or,” Jude smiled and pulled his face to hers. Things got heated quickly and they made their way to Tom’s bedroom. Jude sat down on the bed and pulled Tom with her as she laid down.

“Are you sure?” Tom asked as she started unbuttoning his shirt, “It’s the first time since…”

“Yes.” Jude answered, kissing him again. They made love until the end of the night.

The sun peeked through the windows, waking Jude up. She rested her head on Tom chest and wrapped her arm around his torso. After a few minutes she started to drift off, but was wide awake when she felt Tom playing with the ends of her hair. She looked up at him and smiled.

“Morning.” She whispered.

“Morning.” He answered, kissing her forehead. As they laid there Jude began to lightly run her fingers along his midsection.

He smiled, “That feels good.”

Jude smiled and continued for a little while. She then glided her hand down his arm and took his hand. She moved onto her side and wrapped Tom’s arm around her, pulling him closer. Tom began to trail light kisses from her shoulder to her neck and back again. Jude tilted her head to give him better access. He ran his hand up her side and lightly ran his fingers along the sensitive area around her breast; Jude’s breath hitched in her throat. Tom smiled and whispered in her ear. He felt her smile and with one swift motion Tom was on his back with Jude straddling him. She leaned down and kissed him hungrily. He responded by deepening the kiss and pulling her down to him. They made love again.

"You know we have to get up now." Jude said, looking at the clock after a little while of laying together.

"Yeah." Tom mumbled, but didn’t move.

"If you don’t get up I'm gonna steal your shirt."

"No, you're not."

"It will look good on me."

"I won't have a shirt to wear then."

Jude laughs, "Yes you will."

Jude rolled away from him. He reached for her, but she was too quick. She leaped out of bed and grabbed his black button up off the floor. He watched her slip it on and rolled the sleeves to her elbows.

"Now I have to walk around without a shirt."

"That's okay with me." Jude said buttoning the shirt, "Come on get up. Breakfast."

Jude took his hand and tugged on it. He let her pull him up and he grabbed the rest of his clothes off the floor. He pulled them on and followed Jude out to the kitchen. Jude started the coffee maker and Tom walked around the corner and came back pulling on a grey beater.

“What do you want for breakfast?” Tom asked.

“Tacos.” Jude responded, earning a look from Tom. Jude looked at him with what he called serious face.

“Waffles.” He offered, Jude made eye contact with him and said, “Chocolate chip waffles.”

“Deal.” Tom nodded and started to make waffles. Jude smiled and set the table. After a few minutes she heard her cell phone ring. She followed the ringing back into the bedroom and under the bed. She answered it and listened to the person on the other end.

“Great.” Jude answered them, “Bye.”

She went back to the kitchen and sat down at the table.

“I have a surprise for you.” She told Tom.


“I can’t tell you, it’s a surprise.” Jude told him as he set the waffles on the table.

They talked while they ate and then cleared the table.

“You can just leave them.” Jude told Tom when he started the dishes.

“I’ll do them, it’s fine.”

“Then I am gonna go get dressed.”

“You don’t have to, I don’t mind.”

Jude laughed, “Touché.”

She turned and left the room, making her way towards the bedroom. When she was at the bedroom door, she heard the front door open. She turned to see Dominique and Joselle walk in.

"Hey, you're early." Jude said, "One second."

Jude quickly grabbed her jeans and dug her belt out of her bag. She slipped into her jeans and belted the shirt at the waist. She met them in the living room and puts her index finger to her lips, "He doesn't know you're here."

"Hey hon. We gotta go soon." She peeked her head in the doorway.

"Okay, am I going to get my shirt back?"

"Eventually." Dom laughed.

"Hey come here. I have your surprise." Tom walked in to the living room and was greeted by Joselle running up to him and giving him a hug. Dom hugged him and he kissed her on the cheek.

"I didn't know you guys were coming."

"We wanted to surprise you." Josie told him.

"Well, I was very surprised." He told her. They talked for a few minutes before Tom said, "I will be right back, I have to finish getting dressed."

He came back a few minutes later with a white button up over the grey beater. Josie started playing with Lara as Dominique and Tom talked. Jude then went into the bathroom to finish getting ready. She pulled out her makeup bag and started applying her eyeshadow. Jude started humming Shadows of the Night and Joselle walked in and sat down on the toilet. She watched Jude in the mirror for a few minutes, before asking “Did you spend the night?”

“Yes, we had a sleepover.” Jude answered, pulling out her eyeliner.

Joselle laughed as Jude lined her eyes with a thin black line.

“What’s so funny, silly girl?”

“You make funny faces when you do that.”

Jude laughed, “I guess I do.”

Jude swiped on her mascara and pulled out an eyelash curler.

“What’s that for?” Joselle asked, looking at the odd shaped tool.

“It curls my eyelashes for me so they look pretty.”


Jude put on her lipstick and turned to Josie, “What do you think?”

“Looks gorgeous.”

“Thank you.” Jude smiled, “Want me to do you?”

Josie grinned, “Yeah.”

Jude helped her up onto the vanity counter and tilted her chin up. She picked out shades that would make the young girl’s dark eyes pop. As Jude worked, Joselle talked about everything going on in her world. Out of nowhere she asked, “Are you and Tommy getting married?”

“I don’t know, why do you ask?”

“You guys look happy, sometimes when people are happy they get married.”

“We might.” Jude told her as she put the finishing touches on her.

This seemed like a good enough answer for Joselle. Jude handed her a mirror and Joselle smiled as she looked at her reflection.

“Thank you!” Josie said and gave Jude a hug.

“You’re very welcome.” Jude helped her down and watched her run into the living room. Jude ran a brush through her hair and then joined everyone else.

They soon were on there way to GMajor. There were quite a few people there by the time they arrived. People were running around doing their respective jobs and the band was standing in front of the bus. The four of them walked over to the band and Tom did introductions.

“Nice to meet you Mrs. Q.” Spied said, shaking her hand.

She smiled at him, “Likewise.”

“Josie, nice to meet you.” Kyle shook her hand. She smiled at him.

“I like your tattoos.”

“Thanks.” Kyle smiled, raising his eyebrows at Tom.

“Looks like someone likes Kyle.” Jude whispered to Tom.

He smiled at her, “Looks like it.”

A blonde woman, in her forties, stepped off the bus.

“Mrs. Spied!” Jude called and walked over to her.

“How have you been? I haven’t seen you in forever.” Jude said, giving her a hug.

“I’ve been good, how have you been?”

“Awesome.” Jude answered, smiling at her. They chatted for a little while before Jude was called over to help with a few minor details. Dominique and Mrs. Spiederman started up a conversation. They talked for a little while about normal mom stuff, before the conversation turned to Jude.

“Yeah, she’s a good kid.” Spied’s mom told Dom, “Gone through some rough times though.”

“I heard about a couple weeks ago through the grapevine. Did they ever find out why?”

“From the sound of it, sport or fun, whatever you wanna call it.” She answered, “Just a game.”

Dom shook her head, “Disgusting.”

They then heard Jude scold the interns loading the trailer.

"How many times do I have to tell you guys? The big amp is carried by two people, every time and don't take the board apart like that, you'll ruin it. Then I will have to injure you."

“Sorry, Jude.” they said quickly.

Dom laughed, “I though Jude was a producer.”

“She is, but she does a little of everything. She’s a singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and apparently intern scarer. Darius would probably be lost without her. Either that or have to hire three people to do what she does.”

Jude shakes her head and turns back to the clipboard in her hands, jots a few notes and signs off on it. She looked up at the interns and said, "Make sure the cables are in there this time. I don't need someone running all over to buy new ones. It will be your backsides."

She handed off the clipboard and walks over to Darius, who just stepped out the door.

“How’s it going out here?” Darius asked her.

“Good.” Jude said, “Think I just scared your interns though.”

“Did you threaten bodily harm?” Jude nodded.

“They’ll get over it.” Jude laughed.

“How are you doing?” He asked.



“Yes, I am wonderfully fanfreakingtastic with a little bit of kickass awesome.” Jude told him with an almost unnoticed undertone. Anyone who didn’t know her as well would’ve missed it.

He smiled at her, “Okay, tell me how you really feel.”

Jude laughed, “No, it’s good, really, I just miss everyone when they leave.”

Darius nodded, “I know.”

One of the men loading the bus walked up and told Darius that everything was good to go. He nodded and Jude walked over to the group of people.

“Hey guys.” She said.

“Big burly man,” Jude motioned to the guy talking to Darius, “says everything is good to go.”

Everyone started saying their goodbyes. Mrs. Spiederman hugged the three guys and patted Tom’s back. Jude hugged Kyle and Wally.

“Have fun, guys.” She kissed them on the cheeks.

“Don’t you think that’s a little inappropriate, since we’re coworkers?” Kyle asked jokingly.

Jude smiled, “What? Inappropriate?”

“Yeah.” Wally said, “Inappropriate.”

“The only way it isn’t,” Kyle told her, “is if you do it again.”

Jude laughed, they told her the same thing every year. She gave them each another quick peck on the cheek and said, “Get on your bus.”

“Remember,” Jude told Spied as she hugged him, “kick ass and take names.”

Spied smiled as she quoted what he said to her before their first show together. He kissed her cheek and walked onto the bus. Jude turned around and saw Josie’s arms wrapped around Tom’s neck. She walked over to them and Tom kissed Josie’s forehead and set her down.

“You be good, okay.” Tom told her and she smiled. He hugged Dominique and she kissed his cheek, “Have fun.”

Dom took Josie’s hand and they walked away, giving them privacy. Jude smiled at Tom and hugged him.

“I miss you already.” Jude whispered to him.

“Last chance, you can still come with.” He whispered back.

“You know I can’t.” Jude pulled back and kissed him, “I love you.”

Tom pulled her close and kissed her again, this time the guys whistled out the window. Tom and Jude laughed and pulled apart.

“Shut up.” She told them and hit the side of the bus. The guys erupted with laughter and Jude waved to Tom as he walked onto the bus. Jude looked down and saw she still had her camera.

“Spied.” She called to him.

“Yeah?” He looked out the window. She tossed the camera and he caught it. He smiled at her and placed his hand over his heart and held his hand out to her. Jude laughed and said, “You know what to do.”

As the bus pulled out of the parking lot, the group of four females waved and when it was out of sight they dispersed.

“Did you say goodbye to everyone?” Joselle asked Jude.

“Yep, but just so you know, we never say goodbye.”


“Because goodbye is forever.” Jude told her, “This is more like see you later.”

“You let them know you’re proud of them and you’ll miss them,” Jude continued, “but never say goodbye.”

Joselle thought about what she said for a minute and gave her a hug, “See you later.”

Jude hugged her back and smiled, “See ya, silly girl.”

Dominique gave Jude a hug and winked as she took Josie’s hand, walking her to the car.

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