A New Normal (A New Dream Book 3)

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Chapter Five

Roger and Keely are getting ready for bed after a long day that included a doctor’s appointment, fixing up their daughter’s room and celebrating the pregnancy of her best friend. Keely is sitting at her vanity brushing her hair and Roger is getting undressed.

“So, you’re gonna have a daughter, huh?” she laughed watching him take his t-shirt off.

“You too, you know.” he smiled at her.

“Yeah, but you’re the one who’s gonna be wrapped around her finger.” she turned around to look at him.

“If she has your big blue eyes and those mile long eyelashes, I think that’s a safe bet.” he smiled walking over to her and sitting on the edge of the bed.

“Oh my gosh, you’re gonna be toast, Greyson.” she laughed turning around in her chair.

“Well her mama already has me wrapped around her finger, why shouldn’t she?” he laughed, getting up to kiss Keely’s head.

“You’re a great dad, Roger. The… the way you love me and take care of me, how could you not be?” she smiled up at him.

“I’m trying, Keel. I’m trying to do everything I can to be here as long as I can for you and her.” he put his hands on her shoulders.

“We’re both trying to do whatever we can to be here for her and not mess her up.” she lifted her hand to take his.

“I was thinking about something that I wanted to run by you.” he knelt down in front of her.

“Should I be scared?” she asked looking down at him.

“No, Baby. I… I was just thinking about when something happens to us. Who’s… um… who’s gonna raise her?” he looked up into her blue eyes.

“I’ve been thinking about that too. I want Wendy and Oliver to be her legal guardians.” she told him quietly.

“I… I was thinking the same thing. When their kid gets here, she can have a sibling. She… she won’t be alone. I don’t want her to be alone.” he was looking at his and Keely’s joined hands.

“Roger, she… she will never be alone. Nobody would ever let that happen. Our Angel is their Angel. They will always have a place in her life. I won’t have her grow up without them.” she looked down at him. She lifted her hand up to his chin to make him look up at her.

“I know, Keel. I just… I don’t want our parents thinking that they know what’s best for her. We’re her parents. We know how we want her raised and with Wendy and Oliver we know she’s gonna be OK. I trust them to make sure she knows who her parents were and that we loved her more than anything.” he fought back tears as she caressed his face.

“They’re gonna understand. We’ll talk to them when they’re all here and tell them what we want. I think they’ll understand.” she looked down into his green eyes, fighting her own tears.

“I love you and Angel so much, Keel. I just want to do what’s best for my family and I know Wendy and Oliver are what’s best for the future.” he looked up at her, wiping his eyes.

“Angel is the future of this family. She’s gonna be here as a symbol of our love. Proof that all of this was real. That… that what we have was real and not just a wonderful dream. She’s gonna carry that love on long after we’re gone. She’ll still be here for our friends and family.” she looked down at him.

“That’s a lot of responsibility for a little girl.” Roger gave her a slight smile.

“With parents as strong as we are, I think she can shoulder the burden.” she smiled leaning in to kiss him.

“Her mama is a superhero, after all.” he smiled at her.

“I wish all of you would stop saying that. I’m not a superhero. Far from it.” she looked at him before standing up from her chair.

“Face it, Keel. You’re our superhero and with your strength, you’re gonna be hers too.” he stood up to go to her.

“I don’t want her to feel like she has to measure up to anyone. I want her to be herself. I want her to find what makes her happy and give it all she’s got. She doesn’t have to be super successful, I just want her to be happy.” she looked over at him.

“She will be happy. Happy and healthy, but I wanna raise her the way your parents raised you. Knowing that she can do anything.” he looked down at her.

“I don’t want her to think that if she can’t dance, sing, take pictures or play guitar that she’s a disappointment. No matter what, she can never be a disappointment. She is our love and our love has never been a disappointment to me.” she looked up at him.

“And that’s why she’s gonna be a lucky girl. Her mama has a way of bringing out the best in everyone she touches.” he wrapped his arms around her and held her close, kissing her head.

“Well, her mama is the only girl surrounded by all these rock gods. I have to be strong. And now her mama’s exhausted and really needs to get some sleep.” Keely looked up at him.

“OK, Baby.” he smiled as they lay down to go to sleep.

The next morning, the phone rang early. Roger attempted to answer it before Keely could be disturbed. But it was too late. “Who the hell could that be?” she groaned bringing the comforter up over her head.

“Sorry, Baby.” he apologized before saying hello into the phone.

“Rog, you need to meet us at the studio.” Nate told him into the phone.

“What happened? Is everything OK?” he asked sitting up in the bed.

“Yeah, everything’s OK. They just wanted to talk to us. Oliver’s here and they want to see Keely too.” he told him as Roger placed his hand on Keely’s belly.

“Yeah, we’ll… we’ll be there in a bit.” he hung up the phone before waking Keely up. “Baby, get up. We have to go to the studio.” he told her quietly.

“What happened?” she asked opening her eyes.

“Nate and Oliver are there and the label wants to talk to us together.” he looked over at her.

“What the hell did Oli do?’ she asked leaning up on her elbows.

“I don’t know, Keel. We gotta go.” he looked over at her.

“I need to go to the bathroom and take my meds.” she looked over at him.

“I’m gonna start getting dressed. Can you get my meds out?” he asked, swinging his legs over the side of the bed.

“Sure Baby.” she called out going into the bathroom.

They got dressed and went down to the recording studio. When they entered the room, Nate, Oliver and the record exec were sitting in the studio.

“Um… guys, what’s this all about?” Roger asked confused.

“Roger, Keely why don’t you two sit down? Oliver and Nathan came to me earlier and came up with an interesting proposal.” The record executive started as Keely looked over at Oliver.

“OK. What is it?” Keely asked looking over at him.

“You know how we were talking about you going solo?” Oliver looked over at her.

“Um… yeah.” Keely was curious.

“Well, Nathan came up with an idea that we wanted to run by you.”

“What?” she asked.

“He wants to leave The Bohos and go solo with you. As your accompaniest. The Bohos and Alienated are gonna form one supergroup.”

“Wait a minute. Why not have Roger come with me?” she asked confused.

“They need my voice, Keel. We can’t take both of their singers away from them. ” Roger looked over at her. “It’s a great idea, Keel. Alienated and The Knights getting together and you and Nate going solo. You guys play really great together.” Roger smiled taking her hand.

“Oli, why did you choose to have Nate accompany me? Why not you?” she asked.

“I wanna be a part of the amazing things you’re gonna do.” Nate smiled at her.

“What do you think?” Keely asked their record company representative.

“It’s a great idea, Keely. You and Nate will make a great team.” he smiled at them.

“You really want to do this?” Keely asked looking over at Nate.

“For you, I’m all in.” he smiled at her.

“Can… can I talk to Oli alone for a minute?” Keely stood up and went out into the hallway.

“I’ll be right back.” Oliver said getting up from his chair. He went out into the hallway with Keely.

“Why the hell do you keep trying to get rid of me?” she asked hitting his arm.

“Ow, I’m not trying to get rid of you, Keel. Roger and I have been talking about collaborating because we want you to go solo. I wanna co produce with him and I can’t play with you and produce. Nate jumped at the chance to be able to play for you. They heard you and Nate play around one day and they heard how great you are together. The fact that Nate plays piano too is a plus.” He smiled at her.

“What if I’m afraid to go solo? Oli, I’m a few months away from having my baby. I don’t think now is the right time for me to go solo. Angel is gonna need me.” She looked up at him.

“It’s the perfect time, Keel. Angel needs to grow up with her mother following her dreams. Seeing how talented her mother is and seeing her mother being bold and kicking ass… you owe it to your daughter to do this.” He took her by her shoulders.

“I owe it to my daughter not to make her play second fiddle to my singing career. I just… I need more time.” She asked looking over at her cousin.

“What time do you need, Keel?” He asked looking down at her.

“I’m having a baby, Oli. How about a little something called maternity leave?” she yelled looking up at him.

“Keel, things go pretty fast in this business. Either you hit the ground running or you lose out.” he looked at her.

“Oli, I’m having a c section. How am I supposed to get up on that stage when I’ve just been cut open and I have a new baby in my arms?” she looked at him.

“You can have time off to recover, but you really need to do this. I don’t want you to miss out on any of this.” he looked at her.

“I appreciate how supportive you guys are being. I just need a little time.” she looked up at him.

“Whatever you think is best, Keel. I’m… I’m sorry I’m putting so much pressure on you.”

“Don’t apologize, Oli. Roger’s the same way and I married him. I can’t very well be mad at you for thinking just like him.” she gave him a wink before going back into the office.

They entered the office and told them what she decided. Roger, Nate and the record exec agreed to wait. Keely would have her baby and recuperate while the boys did an album together. When she came back, she would go solo with Nate, in a limited capacity, while Roger and Oliver produced them. The foursome left the studio and decided to go to breakfast. Keely didn’t get the chance to eat before they rushed out of the house and being 6 months pregnant, she was hungry.

“How come you guys didn’t come to me first? Why did we have to be summoned to the record company first thing in the morning?” Keely asked as she and Roger walked hand in hand.

“Roger and I have been talking about it for a while. We agreed that if Nate was on board, we’d go to the record label and have them talk you into it.” Oliver looked at her.

“And you couldn’t wait.” Keely looked at her cousin.

“When have you known me to be patient, Keel? Really. It’s like you don’t know me at all.” Oliver laughed looking at his cousin.

“I don’t know why we didn’t think about it sooner, Keel. You and me going solo is a great idea.” Nate smiled at her.

“We didn’t think about it sooner because there were no shortage of bands for me to front. The Bohemian Knights needed me when Roger was laid up, then when Roger came back, Oli needed me for Alienated, so I always had a band to be in. It never occurred to anyone to have me sing solo. Not until this record deal stuff came about and my husband and my cousin came up with the bright idea that they wanted to produce me. Now, I can’t hear the end of it.” she looked up at him.

“You’re too talented to hide behind all those instruments. I wanna hear you stripped down and raw. Just you and the lyrics.” Roger smiled at her.

“Yeah, yeah. I hear ya. I already agreed to do it. Can we eat now? I’m 6 months pregnant and starving. I haven’t eaten yet.” She looked up at her husband.

“Yes Baby.” Roger smiled as they entered the diner near the studio.

They sat down to eat and laughed about Roger having a daughter. Nate couldn’t wait to see Roger having tea parties and playing dress up with his daughter. Roger countered by telling him that he is willing to do whatever Angel wants him to do. He plans on being a full time, hands on dad who will do anything for his little girl. Even sing nursery rhymes with the band to make her happy. Angel is gonna be the center of their universe. She’s gonna know who her father is and that he loves her with his every breath.

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