A New Normal (A New Dream Book 3)

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Chapter Three

The following week, Keely and her band are setting up. Their audition is that afternoon and they’ve been rehearsing every day since Keely informed them of the opportunity. Oliver is more nervous than anyone. Keely’s been trying to calm him down.

“Oliver, you need to calm down. You’re driving me crazy.” Keely yelled as she climbed up the stairs to the stage.

“Do you mean to tell me that you’re not nervous.” he asked looking over at her.

“No, I’m not. We’re awesome and they’re gonna see that. Don’t worry so much. I have the song nailed and you guys are spot on. Your timing is perfect and the lighting has been tweeked and re tweeked. Everything is perfect. Now, come on. The label guy is gonna be here soon. Make sure your guitar strap is right. I’m gonna go down to check on the other guys.” she smiled as she gave Oliver a pep talk.

“Now I see why Greyson thinks he’s invincible. You really do have super human abilities.” Oliver smiled at her.

No. I just believe in my guys. All of you. Being the only girl in this world, I have to be strong to be with you rock gods.” she smiled, kissing him on the cheek before getting off of the stage and going over to the bar where Danny, Drew and Seth were drinking water.

“Is he OK?” Drew asked putting the cap back on the bottle of water.

“Yeah, I just had to give him a little pep talk. You guys are gonna be great. You just know how nervous he gets sometimes.” she picked up the bottle of water that the bartender set on the bar for her.

“If we get this deal, it’ll be because of you, Keel. Your voice is what’s gonna blow them away.” Danny told her sitting back against the bar.

“When we get this deal, it’ll be because of all of us. We’ve been playing together for so long, we can anticipate each other’s moves. We’re gonna get it and we’re gonna be great. Trust me.” Keely smiled at him.

“Thanks, Keel. You’re gonna be a great mom to this baby. You’re already a great mom to us.” Seth smiled hugging Keely.

“Thanks Seth. Come on. Why don’t you guys go up and make sure you’re all tuned up, I’ll be right there?” Keely smiled as she caught a glimpse of Roger standing by the door. “Baby, what are you doing here?” she asked as she walked over to him.

“I wanted to watch my wife snag a record deal.” he smiled down at her.

“I would love that, but Oli’s really nervous. I don’t think you being here is a good idea.” she looked up at him.

“I was hoping he would let me stay since I brought his good luck charm.” he smiled as he opened the door and Wendy stepped in.

“Wend, what are you doing here? I thought you had to work.” Keely asked, hugging her best friend.

“I had to be here for Oli. How is he?” she asked looking down at her.

“He’s driving me crazy. You should really talk to him. He needs you. I did what I could, but I’m not you, you know?” she smiled at her.

“I’ll do my best.” Wendy smiled kissing Keely’s head before going to the stage.

“You have no idea how glad I am that you came. Thank you for coming, Baby.” she wrapped her arms around his waist.

“How are you holding up?” he asked holding her.

“I’m fine, really. I can do that song in my sleep and I’m confident that my guys can handle this. I won’t let you down, Baby.” she looked up at him.

“You could never let me down, Keel. I thought you knew that already?” she looked up at him.

“I do, but you took a huge chance getting us this audition. I just don’t want to make a fool out of you.” she looked up at him.

“You won’t. My wife is the rockinest chick there is. You’re gonna be great.” he kissed her head as the door opened. It was the guy from the record label. Roger shook his hand and introduced him to Keely. Keely led him to the stage to introduce him to the rest of the band. Wendy came down from the stage and sat at a back table with Roger as the guy from the record label sat in the middle of the bar. The band got into place and Keely started the song. The music played and the band was on point. They didn’t stray once. Keely performed perfectly. Roger had seen her perform that song many time, but watching her this time made him swoon even more than usual. He couldn’t take his eyes off of her. The first time she performed that song for him, it took his breath away and this time he beamed with pride. When the song ended, the guy from the record label sat stationary in his chair. Roger couldn’t tell what his reaction was, but he looked up at Keely and her smile told him everything he needed to know. When the guy from the record label broke his silence. He stood up and walked towards the stage. He quietly spoke to Keely and shook the hands of all the members of the band before turning to leave the bar. He stopped in front of Roger and shook his hand and left. Keely and the band were celebrating on the stage. Roger and Wendy rushed to the stage. “Well?” Wendy asked impatiently.

“We did it. We both have record deals.” Keely wrapped her arms around his neck.

“I knew you could do it.” he whispered in her ear before kissing her head.

“You. This is all because of you, Keel. If it wasn’t for you, I’d have spent the whole song tripping over the notes and missing my cues. You’re our MVP.” Oliver smiled at her.

“Oli, you’ve done that song a million times. You would have been fine. You just needed to remember that.” Keely smiled at him.

“See what I mean. No wonder why you’re so successful, Greyson. Your wife has super powers.” Oliver looked over at Keely and Roger as he held Wendy.

“I’m a lucky man, O’Reilly.” Roger smiled at Oliver.

Later that night, everyone got together at Roger and Keely’s apartment to celebrate The Bohemian Knights and Alienated getting record deals. Roger and Oliver sat in the baby’s room with songs strewn all over the floor. They were looking over each other’s songs. Jason and Rick were there. Proud of Roger and Kelly and their respective bands.

“I knew you could do it, Baby girl. You and that husband of yours are hitting the big time.” Jason smiled bringing Keely a cup of tea.

“Yeah, he was determined to make us the rock super couple of New York. With his luck, he should play the lottery.” she laughed as she watched Roger and Oliver in her child’s room. They were so animated as they talked songs and music. “I wish I could write the way they do. It’s the one thing I could never do. When Oli started playing guitar, I was already dancing, but my parents always told me that I could do anything I set my mind to, so I decided I wanted to learn how to play guitar. I took up photography in my freshman year of high school when I was choosing elective classes to take and I liked it. Then Oli started the band and I wanted to sing. So me, Oli, Danny, Drew and Seth started playing. I only did it for fun, but they wanted the record deal and I didn’t. All I ever wanted to do was dance. Oli always wanted to write songs, so he did it. No matter how hard I tried, I could never write a song. I’m glad that him and Roger can connect like this. Maybe they could collaborate on each other’s albums.” she explained as Jason sat next to her.

“Did you know, Roger wrote you a bunch of songs?” he asked looking over at her.

“I love when he sings his songs to me.” she looked over at him.

“No Keel, he wrote songs for you to sing. He showed them to me and they’re really good. But he’s afraid to show them to you, so he keeps them at the apartment.” he told her.

“I don’t know why. He’s really talented. I couldn’t be more proud of him than I already am.” she looked up at him.

“Because you’re his wife. He always wants you to be proud of him.” he put his arm around her.

“I’ll always be proud of him. No matter what.” she smiled watching her husband and her cousin in the other room.

“In a couple of weeks you find out about the sex of the baby. Are you guys excited?” he asked looking down at her.

“He painted the nursery last week. I’m kind of afraid to find out now. I don’t want him to feel like he has to paint it again.” she laughed putting her head on his shoulder.

“He’s excited. That kid was made to be the father of your kids.” he smiled down at her.

“Kids, huh? Can I finish cooking this bun before you all start building bunk beds?” she laughed closing her eyes.

“Sure, Baby girl. Anything for you.” he laughed kissing her head.

“I appreciate that, honey.” she laughed quietly as she rested her eyes.

When Roger and Oliver finally emerged from the nursery, the band members had left and Wendy, Rick and Jason were sitting in the living room watching television while Keely slept on Jason’s shoulder. Roger stood in the doorway of his child’s room and stared at his wife and smiled.

“You’re a lucky man, Greyson.” Oliver smiled at Keely.

“I tell myself that every day when I wake up next to that beautiful creature right there.” he smiled as they joined their friends.

“She fell out about an hour ago.” Jason smiled at him.

“I should get her to bed. She’s had a pretty exhausting day.” Roger smiled at him before going over to Keely.

“You can leave her if you want. She ain’t bothering me none.” Jason told him.

“It’s OK. I want her to be comfortable. I’ll be right out.” he smiled at him. “Keel, Baby. I’m gonna carry you into bed, OK?” he whispered, kissing her cheek.

“I fell asleep, didn’t I? I’m sorry I fell asleep on everyone.” she asked quietly.

“Everyone understands, Baby. Carrying around our little one is taking a lot out of you.” he told her as he picked her up into his arms and brought her into their bedroom.

“I love you, Roger.” she mumbled as he set her down on the bed.

“I love you too, Keel.” he smiled kissing her head as she drifted off back to sleep. Roger went back out to the living room, closing the bedroom door.

“She was beat, huh?” Wendy asked as Roger came over to sit on the couch.

“This pregnancy is playing games with her. One minute she’s full of energy and the next she can’t keep her eyes open.” he looked over at her.

“That’s normal, Roger. There’s nothing to worry about.” she looked up at him seeing his worry.

“I know, the doctor tells me it’s normal, Keel tells me it’s normal, the books say it’s normal, but this is my wife. It’s my job to worry about her.” he looked over at her.

“You’re doing a great job, Rog. We can all see it. She’s in good hands with you.” Oliver smiled at him.

“Thanks.” Roger took a deep breath before leaning back on the couch.

“So what were you and Oliver doing in the kid’s room all night?” Rick asked drinking coffee.

“Collaborating.” Roger answered mysteriously.

“Collaborating? What… what does that mean?” Jason asked, confused.

“We have big plans for the future. For The Knights, Alienated and Keel. When everything is said and done, she’s gonna go solo and she needs a lot of songs. We want her to have every opportunity she needs to make it to the top.” Oliver smiled at them.

“She’s got everything she wants, Roger. She’s got you and that bun. It’s all she needs.” Jason smiled at him.

“But she deserves more. I want her to have more. If she can’t dance, this is the next best thing.” Roger smiled as he thought about his giving, selfless wife who did for everyone else without a thought for her own needs.

“Thanks again, man. You have no idea how much this means to me and the band.” Oliver looked over at him.

“Don’t thank me. Your cousin is the reason for all of this. She got me clean and back on stage. Without her, none of this happens. Without her, I’m nothing. I’m just a strung out has been, waiting to die.” he looked around the apartment at all of the pictures of him and Keely.

“And look at you now.” Rick smiled at him.

“She is something else, isn’t she?” Oliver smiled.

“That’s my wife.” Roger leaned his head back against the couch. They hung out a little while longer before Oliver, Wendy, Rick and Jason left. Roger went into his and Keely’s bedroom and got undressed before climbing into bed next to his wife and going to sleep.

The next morning, Keely got up and went into the kitchen to take her meds. She looked around and smiled. Roger had cleaned up from the night before. She went in the baby’s room and there were 3 piles of papers on the dresser. She picked up one of the piles and saw that they were songs. She read the lyrics and knew immediately that they were Roger’s words. Oliver had a different style. One she has known since they were teenagers. Roger had a softer style. He had a strength for writing ballads. She loved reading Roger’s lyrics. They made her swoon. She came out into the living room and sat on the couch to read the lyrics. She attempted to sing the song in her head, but found it easier to sing it out loud. She hummed a melody at first before beginning to sing the song, Roger woke up. He stood by the door, just out of sight. When Keely finished, he stepped out into sight and applauded. Startled, Keely looked up from the sheet music. “I know my husband could not have possibly been eavesdropping on me. He knows how I feel about that.” she smiled looking up at him.

“Who me? Never. I know how you feel about that. I just woke up and heard my wife singing.” he smiled walking over to her.

“I went into the baby’s room and found these. I like this one.” she handed him the sheet music.

“Good. It’s yours.” he looked at the title of the song.

“I can’t wait to hear you sing it to me.” she smiled at him.

“I wrote it for you to sing. Me and Oliver have been going through the songs we wrote. We want to collaborate.” he smiled at her.

“Roger, you have a record deal too. Don’t you need your songs?” she asked confused.

“Keel, I write songs for you to sing. I want you to sing them and I want to produce you when you do.” he took her hand in his.

“How does Oliver feel about the collaboration? Me singing your songs with Alienated?” she asked.

“You’re not gonna be singing them with Alienated. They’re for when you go solo.” he told her quietly.

“How am I gonna do them solo? I’m with a band.” she asked.

“We want to rework some things. You’re going solo and Alienated is joining The Bohos. I can produce you.” He looked over at her.

“When did you come up with this plan?” she asked curiously.

“Oliver and I have been talking about it ever since he found out about my deal and your audition. He knew if you guys got the deal it would be because of your voice. We’re looking towards the future.” he smiled at her.

“But what about you guys? Maybe you and Oliver can collaborate without the bands. You know, Roger Greyson featuring Oliver O’Reilly or whatever. I think you guys could be really great together.” she suggested.

“Keel, we really think you going solo would be great for you. Oli and I can produce you. You’re amazingly talented. We really want this for you.” he looked into her eyes. She could tell how serious he was.

“What about the baby? How am I gonna be able to raise our child, if I’m out there being a rock superstar like you boys want me to?” she let go of his hand and stood up from the couch.

“Keel, you’re not raising this child alone. I just think you’re way too talented not to aim for the top.” he went to her.

“I don’t want to be a rock superstar, Roger. I’m a dance teacher/ wife/ mother and lead singer. Do you really need to add another title to my name?” she asked frustrated.

“Rock superstar? Yeah, Keel. That’s a title that needs to be added.” he walked away from her to go into the kitchen to take his meds and make coffee.

“I don’t want to push our child aside in favor of a music career. Our child needs me more then I need to be a solo artist.” she looked at him.

“Our child will never be neglected. You’re a great mother, Keel but I want our child to see his mother follow her dream. He’s gonna grow up being proud of his mother.” he looked at her and smiled.

“Apparently his father’s dream is to be married to Superwoman.” she muttered walking away from him.

“I already am.” he called out laughing as Keely went into the bathroom to take a shower.

“That man is so frustrating.” she groaned looking at herself in the mirror.

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