Roles Reversed

Bless The Broken Road

Jude smiled and sat back as she drove. That was awesome, she thought to herself, not just finally telling that moron off. The kiss, something I did on complete impulse, since I never have had the ability to think before I act, was so filled with passion, I know for a matter of fact he felt it too. I can see it in his eyes. They both sat there lost in thought about what would happen next as they headed towards town.

Jude pulled into the G Major parking lot and parked next to Tom’s car.

“Thanks for tonight Jude, I had fun.” Tom said as he started to get out of the car.

“Wait, Tom.” Jude called after him

Tom turned around and smiled at her. As he looked into her blue eyes and saw hope, happiness, confusion and passion burning back into his own.

“Thanks for helping me out back there.” Jude said at a loss for words for maybe the first time in her life.

“What are friends for Jude?” He said with a smile in reply. Not wanting to overstep.

Jude smiled, but inside she was going crazy. After that does he want to be only friends? Maybe he didn’t feel that way after all. Only one way to find out.

“I was thinking…” Jude started, with a look in her eye

Tom’s eyes lit up, was she going to say it, the thing they both wanted to say…

“We should…do this again sometime, it was fun.” Jude said losing her nerve, “You know minus the whole ex-boyfriend thing.”

“Yeah we should.” Tom said in a slightly disappointed tone. Which part he thought to himself I wouldn’t mind it, especially one certain part he would have a hard time, if ever forgetting.


Jude and Tom were in the studio working on a new song Tom wrote the night before, when Darius and a woman came in and said “Jude, Tom, I would like you to meet the newest edition to the G Major team.”

Jude and Tom looked up at the woman standing next to Darius smiling and Jude’s jaw dropped. Jude stood up as anger and rage blazed in her eyes. Darius saw the look and dreaded what was coming next, he knew that look, this wasn’t going to be good. Tom saw the look in her eyes and was a little taken aback; he’d never seen her like this before.

“What in the hell are you doing here?!” She said venomously. “Why do people from my past, the ones I have no desire whatsoever to see, keep coming back into my life?” She thought out loud.

Darius, who’d been expecting an outburst, but not to that extent, said “Now Jude…”

She interrupted him as she yelled and pointed a finger at the now shocked face standing in front of her. “I thought I told you to never come near me again you…”

Tom, who was now standing behind Jude, put his arm around her preventing her from punching this woman in the face as she clenched her fists tightly. He had never seen her so upset, he hadn’t known her for that long, but still.

“Calm down hon.” The woman said “like this is any way to treat an old friend, but you’ve always have had a temper.”

At this remark Jude stepped forward, but didn’t get too far since Tom’s arm was still around her waist. Finally putting two and two together after that last statement both Tom and Darius, who were now standing next to each other, chuckled as Tom whispered “Maybe we should let her go, as far as I’m concerned, the girl has it coming…”

“Come here girl.” Tom said as he gave her a hug to try and calm her down. As he did this he could’ve sworn he saw the gears moving in that girls head.

“Kareynn, let me show you where you are going to be working.” Darius said as they both walked out the door. Darius led her to the receptionist desk and told her to try and stay away from Jude until she has had a chance to cool off.


Jude sat there trying to concentrate on the work she and Tom were doing, but she couldn’t.

“I can’t believe she is going to be working here! She has always done this to me, always wanting what I have. I can't stand her!” Jude vented.

“Well we could always egg her car.” Tom said, trying to lighten the mood.

Jude chuckled and said, “No, I have already done enough damage in that area.” in reply. Tom had a look of amusement on his face and gave her a look of now you have to tell me…

“Well, you know that song I sang called Before He Cheats, one of many songs on that topic, I wrote that after everything that happened and lets just say there cars were no more.” Jude said, smirking as she thought about it.

“My way of dealing.” She stated simply.

After a couple minutes Jude got up and walked out of the studio and yelled to Darius, who was in his office with the door open, “D, I’m outta here, I’ll see you tomorrow!” as she walked out not waiting for a reply.

Meanwhile…

Tom walked out of the studio, not paying attention to where he was going and bumped head on into Kareynn.

“Sorry.” He mumbled as he kept on walking.

“Hang on a second.” Kareynn called after him. “I think we got off on the wrong foot back there.” She said sticking out her hand, “I’m Kareynn.”

“Tom.” he said, shaking her hand and turned to walk into D’s office, but Kareynn grabbed his arm and started to flirt with him. He stared at her like she had three heads.

“I’m with Jude." He said as he pulled his arm out of her grip and started to walk away again.

“When you get sick of Jude, let me know and we can get together.” She called after him and he shot her a dirty look and went into D’s office.

“Hey D, since Jude is gone can I go too cuz I can’t exactly work without her?” Tom asked.

“Sure.” Darius said in reply.

“D,” Tom started.

“Yeah…” he said looking kind of annoyed because he was doing paperwork.

“That girl out there pretty much threw herself at me and said when I get sick of Jude to call her, what is wrong with her?” Tom asked, leaving out the part about him saying that he was with her in the first place.

“From the sound of it, she just wants everything Jude has, even you.” Darius replied with a knowing look, he wasn’t blind, he saw the chemistry, “just watch out okay.”

“Yeah, I’ll see you later.” Tom said as he walked out the door, totally ignoring Kareynn on his way out.

Pretty soon Tom you will be mine, just like Braedyn and everything else… Kareynn thought to herself sinisterly as she laughed.


Tom found Jude in the alley sitting in the ground with her back against the wall. He walked up to her and sat down next to her. As he put his arm around her he whispered “Wanna get out of here and go have some fun?” Jude smiled and nodded as Tom grabbed her hand and helped her up. As they walked to the car, Tom put his arm around Jude and pulled her close.

Jude saw Kareynn watching them through the window as they got into Tom’s Mustang and she glared at her as they drove off. At least Tom is something she can’t take away from me. She thought to herself.

“Where are you taking me Quincy?” Jude asked as they pulled onto an unfamiliar road.

“You’ll have to wait and see.” was all he said in reply.

Jude shot him an oh come on look and he shook his head and smiled. She stuck out her bottom lip and gave him sad eyes and said, “Not even a hint?”

He smiled at this and said, “Lets just say we are going somewhere to destress.”

He turned back to the road and left Jude to contemplate what was going on. He laughed to himself as he watched her out of the corner of his eye; her nose crinkled trying to rack her brain for the possible places they could be headed.

They pulled into an empty field-like area and Jude cast a confused look Tom’s way as he said “Okay, we’re here.”

“Where exactly is here?” Jude asked.

“You’ll have to just wait and see.”

“Ya know, I am getting sick of that answer.” Jude said sarcastically.

Tom smiled sweetly, “Yeah, but that’s all you are gonna get til we get there.” as he grabbed her hand and led her down a path to a cabin.

As Tom opened the door Jude’s jaw dropped. Tom saw this and smiled. “I come here to deal.”

He told her as she walked around the cabin taking in her surroundings. It was a big two room cabin completely furnished. The front room was like a living room area with a plushy leather couch and a TV and the like. As she walked through the doorway into the next room she stopped and stared in awe. The room was a giant ‘music room’ with all kinds of instruments and equipment, like guitars, basses, drums, pianos, and a few different microphones. Tom watched her as she slowly walked around the room admiring it. “Best of all, it’s soundproof, you could scream on the top of your lungs and no one could hear you.” Tom said.

“This place is amazing.” Jude said, “Why did you bring me here?”

“I thought you could use a break and a place to take some of your frustration. Feel free to use any equipment here.” He replied.

Jude smiled at this and walked up to him and wrapped her arms around his neck and stared into his eyes and smiled as she said, “Thank you, this is one of the sweetest things anyone has done for me.”

“No problem girl,” Tom said smiling looking deeply into her eyes.

They leaned in closer and were just about to kiss, when they heard someone clearing there throat behind them in the doorway. They look over to the doorway and Tom’s eyes narrowed at the figure. Jude didn’t recognize the person; she was half expecting it to be Kareynn, or Braedyn, or even D. What she wasn’t expecting was what happened next.

“Hey T man, long time no see.” The figure said. “How you been?”

“Yeah, been good man.” Tom said “What you doing here?”

“Can’t a guy come and visit an old friend at an old hang out. Do I need an explanation?” the figure said.

“It’s been four months, I would say you do.” Tom said waiting for an explanation.

“Tom, lets discuss this later,” the figure said as he looked at Jude, “who’s this?”

“Jude, this is Kwest,” Tom said “Kwest, Jude.”

“Jude Harrison,” Kwest said

Jude nodded

The Jude Harrison.”

Jude laughed and said, “Yeah, but I usually just go by Jude.”

“Hey Jude, you wanna go in the back room and get it ready so we can work while I talk to Kwest?” Tom asked giving her a look that said please do this.

“Sure.” Jude said as she walked into the other room. She couldn’t help but wonder what this was all about, what was going on with them. She just shook her head to banish the thoughts and set up the equipment in the ‘music room’. Jude sat down and started to sing a song that had been in here head for days. She grabs an acoustic guitar and starts to play the tune in her head.

I set out on a narrow way many years ago

Hoping I would find true love along the broken road

But I got lost a time or two

Wiped my brow and kept pushing through

I couldn't see how every sign pointed straight to you

Every long lost dream led me to where you are

Others who broke my heart they were like northern stars

Pointing me on my way into your loving arms

This much I know is true

That God blessed the broken road

That led me straight to you

I think about the years I spent just passing through

I'd like to have the time I lost and give it back to you

But you just smile and take my hand

You've been there you understand

It's all part of a grander plan that is coming true

Every long lost dream led me to where you are

Others who broke my heart they were like northern stars

Pointing me on my way into your loving arms

This much I know is true

That God blessed the broken road

That led me straight to you

Yeah….

Now I’m just rollin’ home into my lover's arms

This much I know is true

That God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you

God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you

Ohhhh…

Meanwhile

Tom turned to Kwest and said “Ok why are you really here?”

“Like I said before, can’t a guy come and visit an old friend at an old hang out.”

“Yeah, but I think I deserve some kind of explanation to why you just disappeared.”

“I just needed to go and clear my head ok, that’s it.” Kwest replied.

“Ok, fine.” Tom said.

“Tom, when were you gonna tell me that you were going out with Jude Harrison ex-rockstar and hottest producer around?” Kwest asked.

“Well if you were actually around you might’ve known and we aren’t exactly going out, like officially and she’s my producer so it’s kind of against the rules.” Tom explained.

“Yeah right and when’ve you actually followed the rules?” Kwest challenged.

“Believe what you want man.” Tom stated, “Now if you don’t mind, I have work to do.” walking towards the back room

“Bye man, I’ll see you later.” Kwest said as he waved


As Tom walked down the hallway that leads to the ‘music room’ he heard Jude just finishing the song she was singing.

Every long lost dream led me to where you are

Others who broke my heart they were like northern stars

Pointing me on my way into your loving arms

This much I know is true

That God blessed the broken road

That led me straight to you

Yeah….

Now I’m just rollin’ home into my lover's arms

This much I know is true

That God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you

God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you

Ohhhh…

He slowly walked in the room, Jude didn’t notice because she was so into the song.

She looks so beautiful when she’s lost in a song.

Jude jumped as Tom said, “That was wonderful Jude.”

“Thanks,” she said slightly blushing; he wasn’t supposed to hear that.

“So, what did your friend want?” Jude said.

“Not much, just to say hi.” He answered.

“Oh.” She said. “Do you wanna start off where we left off or do you wanna work on songs?”

“Well…that’s a tough one.” Tom said with a chuckle.

“Shut up.” Jude said as she wrapped her arms around his neck.

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