Now they both sat in the mustang, Jojo worried and upset, and him not really knowing what to say to make her feel better. Her mom was dying, that was a fact, so what can you say to make that situation better? So he reached over taking her hand and gave it a squeeze until she looked over at him. “I love you, princess, and even though I can’t say that everything will be fine, I can tell you that your mom was really proud of you and happy to see you.”
“Yes, I know she was... and I love you too.” She whispered.
“You know I don’t have to play tonight, right?”
She stared at him with her brows pinched together before she answered. “Why wouldn’t you play tonight?”
“Well, we could just turn around and go back to your parent’s place and spend time with them.” He offered.
“Thank you, but you already promised Jagger that you were back in the band, and you saw mom tonight. She really wanted to be alone with my dad.” She answered giving his hand a squeeze back. “I know that if I didn’t have much longer to live, I would want my last day to be you and me. It’s just that...”
“Well, two things really.”
“I wish I could tell mom that I got the job in New York. That would make her so happy.”
“Have you thought about telling her that anyways?”
“I just couldn’t do that. I mean, I know it would make her happy, but I would be lying, and I don’t want to lie to my dying mother... no matter what.” But then she bit her lip. “Or at least I really don’t want to.”
“I can understand that, and that’s something you’ll have to decide on your own. And what’s the second thing?”
“I’m worried about my dad.”
“Frank? He’s as tough as they get.” He assured her.
“Yes my dad is tough, but my mom has been his whole life since he was nineteen years old. I’m afraid this will break him Owen, and he’ll never survive her passing.” She explained.
He understood what Jojo was getting at. He loved this little woman so much that it made him crazy. But then to pile up all that love and affection after thirty years of being together every single day? To have your life so melded with one person that you’re not even two people anymore, but one. He ran his hand through his hair and said the only thing he could say under the circumstances. “No matter what happens princess, we’ll be there for your dad and help him through it all. I promise.”
A small smile came to her lips. “Thank you.” She said as her shoulders relaxed and she leaned in giving him a kiss. When she pulled away she took a breath and then took his hand. “That makes me feel much better. But I want to make sure that I’m there to say goodbye to my mom, okay?”
“Of course it’s okay, and you will be. Your dad said he’d call you right away if anything happened. But I doubt anything will happen tonight... and your mom did order you to go out and have a good time, didn’t she? I mean, you wouldn’t want her mad at you.”
“No, I wouldn’t. And I want to give her and my dad some alone time.” She answered.
“Alright then, let’s get you in and start having that good time then.”
“Yes, Vivi called me again before we left mom and dad’s house to make sure I was coming.”
His hand came up running his thumb over her bottom lip. “Vivi has been driving my ass crazy with her calls to get you to come out and tell her all about the honeymoon and audition. I think we should hurry our ass’s in there so she won’t be interrupting our alone time by calling a hundred times a day.”
“She does pick the worst times to call, doesn’t she?” She breathed.
“Yeah, she sure in hell does.” He growled feeling the need to take here right here in the fucking mustang. “I need to get you out of here or I’m not going to make it in the damn club to play.”
“Really.” She grinned.
“Yeah, really. So, are you ready to go out as my personal cheering section?”
“Yes, I’m ready. But I wouldn’t mind having you take me either.” She smiled.
“You're killing me princess.” He said giving her a quick kiss, then got out of the car and went to open the passenger side door for her. When they were walking into the club, Jojo’s phone started to ring and her face went pale. “I’m sure everything’s fine.” He assured her. With a nod, she pulled out the call and let out her breath when she saw the number. “Who is it?” He asked.
“The dance studio. Why would they be calling this late at night?” She mumbled glancing up at him before answering. “Hello?” She said, then her eyes went wide. “Vasily, why are you calling me?” She asked and Owen was about to pull the cell out of her hand to tell that little shit off when her hand went up. “Yes. Fine, No, I’m fine, really. Oh, really, you mean... I can’t believe it. Yes, I will, and thank you.” She said right before hanging up.
“What did the little asshole want?” He growled, but Jojo was quiet. “Princess, what’s going on? Do I need to drive all the way to New York to beat the shit out of this guy or what?”
“What? Oh, no, it’s nothing like that. It’s just that, I got in.” She whispered, and then turned to him and jumped in his arms. “I got in Owen! Vasily called because he wanted to let me know that I got the part in the dance company!” She laughed squeezing his neck. “I don’t have to lie to my mom because I did it, I really did it!”
“Yes, you did princess.” He chuckled.
Jojo let go of him and then looked down at her phone. “I have to call mom.”
“Well then go ahead and call her.” He laughed.
She held the cell to her chest as she stared up at him. “Do you mind if I talk to her alone? I mean,” She stammered.
“No I get it princess, but I’m not leaving my wife out here all on her own. That shits not happening.”
“Well, what if I stand at the door?”
“How about I take you backstage to make your call.”
“I can do that.” She said taking his hand and pulling on him to hurry inside.
When they walked through the doors he walked over to Derrick who was working the bar. “Hey, you mind taking Jojo to the back to make a phone call?” He shouted.
“Sure thing cousin,” Derrick shouted back. “Come on gorgeous I’ll show you where we make our calls.”
“Hey now, don’t be flitting with my wife. Cousin or not, I will beat the shit out of you.” Owen warned only to have Derrick laugh even harder as he took Jojo through a door that led to the kitchen. When Derrick stepped back out, Owen nodded. “Thanks. Could you make sure she makes it over to Vivi’s table for me? I have to go get ready.”
“Sure I can do you that favor. But damn brother, you need to chill the fuck out.” Derrick chuckled.
“I love her, and the thought of losing her... I can’t even explain how that scares the shit out of me.”
“That reminds me, hows Jojo’s mom doing?”
“Bad, really bad. It won’t be long now. That kind of shit just puts life in perspective. You know what I mean?”
“Yeah, I can imagine.” Derrick frowned. “But don’t worry, I’ll have your princess sitting with her friends when she’s done.”
“Thanks.” He said with a grin and started to make his way backstage. The club was packed to the brim. He pushed his way through the crowds talking and drinking, and then through the dance floor. He was deep in thought when he bumped into someone and said sorry when he realized it was a girl he had screwed before he had been with Jojo.
“Owen!” She beamed with her hands all over his chest.
The last thing he wanted was any more damn drama from girls from his past, so he just shook his head, and he walked away. When he got to the stage backdoor, he walked into the back and saw the guys laughing and getting ready for the show. He walked over with a grin on his face when Rocco jumped up and came over shaking his hand. “My man, how was the honeymoon?”
“Shut the fuck up assholes! The last thing I want to hear about is my baby sisters fucking honeymoon!” Jagger growled.
“You’re such a pussy!” Axle laughed.
“On that subject, hell yeah I am,” Jagger stated.
“Well, I’ve got some news for all of you dick heads.”
Kevin laughed as he sat on some stage boxes. “Yeah, what’s that?”
“Jojo just got a call from New York.”
“And?” Rocco asked.
“And my girl got the fucking job... we’re heading to New York City!” Owen told all the guys.
All the guys came over congratulating him and Jojo about her getting an amazing position.
“Do you know when you leave?” Jagger asked.
“Not sure yet. I didn’t get to talk to her too much about it before we came in. But I had Derrick walk her into the kitchen to call your mom.” Owen said.
“Good, that’s good.” Jagger nodded.
“Hey asshole, you can come and see us anytime you want.”
Axle started laughing. “Shit Jag, do I need to get you a tit to suck on to?” And that made all the guys start laughing.
“Fuck off!” Jagger growled. “I’m going on stage. If any of you girls want to join me so we can get the fucking show going, just let me know.”
“Come on guy, little Jagger is having a conniption fit so we better follow,” Axle said still laughing.
They all followed when Owen wanted to check in on Jojo before getting on stage. “I’ll be right there, I need to hit the head before I get on stage.”
Rocco slapped him on the back and continued laughing. “Damn, are you already an old married man or what?”
“Fuck off. I’ll be right there.” He sighed and then hurried into the bathroom pushing open the door to the men’s room and pulled out his cell and called Jojo.
“Hey princess, I just wanted to make sure you were out there waiting for me.”
“Yes, I am.”
“Was your mom happy?”
“Oh my gosh, so excited.”
“And what about you, are you excited?” He asked.
She was quiet for a minute before she answered. “You know, I didn’t think I wanted this, but when I got the call... yes, I’m very excited about it.”
“Good. We’ll talk more about it when I’m done.” He smiled.
“Oh, do you mind if we go see mom and dad after? Mom wanted to talk to me.”
“No princess, I’m fine with it.”
“Anything for my girl.” He chuckled. “Hey, I love you.”
“I love you too.”
“That’s what I want to hear. But now I’ve got to go or your brother is going to lose his shit.”
“Yes, he looks like he’s going to.” She laughed.
“See you after the show.”
“Okay, bye.” She answered, and then hung up.
“He shoved his cell in his pocket smiling at good his life was right now. His mom was getting better. His best friend wasn’t pissed off at him for marrying his sister. And he had married the most beautiful and talented woman he’d ever seen in his life. He walked up to the urinal and couldn’t help but chuckle. “I’m a lucky bastard!”
He was just finishing up when he heard the door open. “Damn it, I’ll be there in a minute.” He grumbled shaking himself and starting to zip up his pant when he felt breast at his back and hands going around his middle and grabbing his groin.
“Hello, handsome.” Maria giggled.
“What the fuck!” He growled turning around and pushing Maria away. He stood there looking at his ex in a tight burgundy dress that barely covered her body and spiked heels. “What the hell are you doing in here?”
“I wanted to congratulate my big teddy bear on his marriage and offer him a little something.” Her plump purple lips offered.
“Not interested. So you need to get your shit out of here.” He growled.
“Don’t be so mean. I just wanted you to know that I have no problem with you getting married. In fact, I thought it would be fun for you on the side, even a little more thrilling.” She purred starting to feel him up.
“Damn it, woman, you must think your shit don’t stink.” He growled taking her hands off his chest and holding them tightly in his grasp. “Why won’t you leave me the fuck alone? Or are you just that fucking stupid!”
That last statement hit the mark and her brows went together. “I’m not stupid, I just know what you like and what you want. You’ve always been into having it your way, so since you got married, I figured now was the time to take me up on my offer. I’m not saying I want to get married or have you leave your wife, but I can still have you… you know I still love you, Owen.”
“You don’t love anything or anyone but yourself Maria. But you do love it when you have guys fight over you, and I never fought over you sweetheart, because I could care less who you were fucking. You were only good for when I was bored.”
“You can’t say that kind of shit to me and gets away with it!” She hissed.
“Get over yourself woman, because not only am I done with you... I’m fucking out of here.”
“No one turns me away.” She screeched.
“Well baby, I just did. Now, I’ve got to go.” He said and started to leave.
“You asshole!” Maria screamed and then came at him fist flying.
Owen blocked the fist coming at him and then another as she wailed on him. There was a part of him that wanted to knock her on her ass, but knew he couldn’t. Instead, he waited for the right time to get a hold of her wrist and make his escape.
“Owen, what’s taking you so fucking long?” A voice hollered through the door, and then Derrick walked in and saw what was going on. “What the fuck!” He growled taking Maria by the waist and pulling her off.
“Thanks, cousin. She’s gone bat fucking shit crazy on me” Owen said running his hands through his hair trying to look presentable before going on stage.
“What the fuck happened?”
Maria tried to break free from Derricks tight hold, but couldn’t. “You better let go of me or I swear to god I will make both of you pay!”
Derrick chuckled. “That sounds like a threat. Doesn’t that sound like a threat to you cousin?”
“Yeah, I definitely think that was a threat.”
“Then I guess I should be calling the cops to take care of this.” Derrick laughed pulling Maria to the door. “You go ahead and get on stage... I got this.”
“Thanks, I owe you one.”
“You owe me two now... or maybe more!” Derrick growled as Maria hissed and kicked in his arms.
Owen ran to the stage where the guys were waiting for him and put on his guitar. But there was a knot in his stomach. He wasn’t sure if Maria’s threat was real or not. She had already got one of the guys she was fucking to get his friends to jump him and beat him bad enough to put him in the hospital. This kind of crazy shit was the last thing he wanted Jojo to be around. He knew one thing for damn sure... he was going to keep his eyes open until they head to New York. Nothing was going to fuck up his princess’s career.
Jagger walked over swearing under his breath. “What the fuck took so long?”
“Long story...” He said plugging in the instrument, then walked over to his place on stage. “Let’s get this over with. I promised your sister that I would take her by your folk’s place after the show.”
Jagger ran his hands through his hair and nodded. “Yeah, sounds good.” Then he took his spot in front and gave his opening schpeal, and started the show. Owen found Jojo who was with Vivi and a bunch of other girls all dancing and having a good time. Once the first song was over, he winked at his wife and saw all the girls flock to her and start to laugh, making him smile.
The show was halfway over and they were right in the middle of a song when he glanced down and saw Jojo there with her cell pressed to her chest and white as a ghost. He stopped playing and rushed over and knelt down. “What’s the matter, princess?”
“Dad called... it’s mom. Tell Jagger we have to go, now.” She said glancing up at her brother, then back to him.
“Yeah, okay. I’ll meet you by the doors.” He told her and got a nod as Vivi met her and they both hurried through the crowd. He stood up and the guys came over.
“What’s going on?” Rocco asked.
But Owen could see by the look on Jagger’s face, he knew what was happening. “Is it mom?”
“Yeah, we need to go.”
“Shit! Axel cover for me!” Jagger said as he jumped from the stage.
“You guys got this?” Owen asked.
“Yeah, we’re fine,” Axle answered. “And tell aunt Charlotte that I love her for me.”
“You got it.” He said then jumped off the stage and followed after Jagger. He looked around for Jojo and then saw her on the sidewalk next to Vivien and ran over. “I’m going to get the car princess.”
“Okay.” She whispered her hands in a death grip on her cell. He gave her a quick kiss and then stepped off the curb while fumbling to get the keys out of his pocket.
He got into the mustang, turned it on, and started to back out when a truck in front of him pulled out at the same time. He swore under his breath wanting the ass to hurry the hell up and get out of his way. The truck turned left and Owen saw Jojo give Vivi a hug and then step off the curb and walk towards him. What happened next he could barely process what he saw. One minute she was hurrying to meet the car, the next, a car came out of nowhere and hit her.
“No!” He roared slamming the car into park and running to her. Vivien was on the ground next to her and a crowd of people had gathered around them when he got there. He dropped to his knees seeing the blood pooling around her head. “Someone call 911!” He shouted taking Jojo’s wrist and felt for a pulse, then he put his head to her chest and could hear a heartbeat. He didn’t want to touch her, because he didn’t know what was broken. “Come on princess, wake up for me... please baby. I need you to wake up for me.” He begged, but she didn’t move.
Vivien’s hands were over her mouth trying to keep her self from crying when he glanced up at her. “Call Jagger and tell him what happened. He can decide if he wants to tell Frank or not. Then tell him to meet me at the hospital.” He told her, and she nodded before getting up.
The sirens could be heard and he finally took a look at all the damage that had been done. The car must have struck one side of the body because her wrist was laying funny, but her left leg... it looked mangled. “No, please God, no.”