A New Normal (A New Dream Book 3)

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Chapter Eight

Roger and the band are in the recording studio, taking a break from recording. They’re eating Chinese food and laughing about Roger stumbling over some lyrics before yelling out an incoherent swear word that made everyone crack up more.

“What are you gonna do when we go on tour?” Adam asked before taking a sip of his soda.

“It depends on Keely. She wants Angel to grow up watching us following our dreams. At least until she’s in school. Keel thinks it’ll be good for her.” Roger smiled at him.

“That sounds really cool. But what if me and Keel are touring too?” Nate asked eating his lo mein.

“You’re opening for us.” Roger smiled at them.

“You’re serious? That would be so great.” Nate smiled at him.

“Are you surprised? You can’t expect us to be without each other for too long, right?” Roger laughed shoving half of the egg roll into his mouth.

“It’s gonna be really hard, Roger. How long do you think you guys are gonna be able to drag a little girl around the country while you’re on tour?” Nate asked.

“I’m not letting Keel give this up. She lost her dance career already, I’m not gonna let her lose her singing career too. I’ll quit mine before I let that happen.” he gets up from the couch and places his container of fried rice on the table in front of him.

“Do you remember when she started coming into the bar?” Adam asked looking over at her.

“Who could forget? They were flirting in overdrive. I couldn’t wait for them to just get together and get it over with. I swore that if you didn’t ask her out, I was gonna do it for you.” Nate laughed looking over at him.

“She was so broken. She had just lost her dance career. She found singing, and she came back to life. When I was laid up, I liked seeing her up there. She belonged up there.” he looked over at him.

“How did you see her up there if you were laid up?” Nate looked at him confused.

“Jason brought me out one night to watch her perform. It was just before I came back. That was the night I knew I would marry her.” he smiled at him.

“I knew as soon as she got up on that stage on her birthday with Alienated that you two would get together. The way you were so mesmerized by her the minute she took the stage, it was obvious that you two would be great together.” he smiled at him.

“She does know how to command an audience.” Roger smiled. He was thinking about the night he first saw her. She looked so gorgeous. He felt the electricity from across the room.

“You were broken too. She fixed you. She’s the reason we’re here. Without her, we don’t get this chance. She made it all possible.” Adam smiled at him, closing the box of Chinese food he was eating.

“Yeah, I’m a lucky man.” Roger smiled as they went back into their control booths and resumed recording.

Roger left the studio and went to the dance school. He knew Keely would be going over the books following her class. He passed by the front window on his way to the door. He caught a glimpse of Keely. He could hear the music playing and she was dancing. Well, as much as she could in her condition. He smiled before opening the door. The bell above the door got her attention. “Hey Baby, what are you doing here?” she asked turning around.

“Just thought I’d check on my beautiful wife and see if she wants to accompany me to dinner. My treat.” he smiled walking over to her.

“Oh, yeah? That sounds like someone had a good day at the studio.” she smiled leaning up to kiss him.

“It was a great day. I still can’t believe it’s really happening.” he smiled at her.

“You deserve it, Roger. You’re incredibly talented.” she smiled at him.

“Keel, is the record deal something you really want? I mean, if I wasn’t pushing so hard, would you still want it?” he asked looking over at her.

“Yes it is, but… honestly, it’s bad timing. I mean, I’m having a baby and I’m gonna need some time off. I… I don’t know how much. But once Angel is old enough to go to school, I think I’m done. I want her to have a normal life.” she looked up at him.

“I understand, but you may have to get Oliver a little drunk in order to get him to accept that.” Roger looked down at him.

“I already talked to him. He said that you guys would be in the uber band, so it’ll only be Nate that’s effected and he’d probably just rejoin you guys.” she looked up at him.

“I’m behind you all the way on this. You are still gonna teach dance, right?” he looked down at her.

“After the c section, I’m gonna need to take some time off to recover. I don’t know how much, but I do want to return in between recording and touring. It’s what I love. Who knows? When Angel’s old enough, maybe she can be a prima ballerina too and I’ll be teaching full time.” she smiled up at him.

“I think that’s a good idea, Keel.” he smiled at her.

“How about you help me pick this place up and then we can go out to eat.” she suggested.

“Sure Keel.” she smiled kissing her before helping her clean up the dance studio.

Roger returned to the studio the next day. They talked about Keely recording and performing only until Angel was old enough to go to school and then she would be going back to teaching dance and quitting her music career. As they talked about Keely staying home to be a full time mother, Oliver entered the studio and looked over at Roger.

“What the hell did you do, Greyson?” he asked.

“What are you talking about?” Roger asked looking over at him.

“Keely. She’s quitting singing to go back to teaching when Angel starts school, so she can be a full time mother.” he looked at him.

“I thought you were on board with it.” Roger asked confused.

“You know Keel. Either I agree or she makes my life a living hell. But she’s kidding herself if she thinks she’s gonna be happy being a stay at home mom. She’s too talented to spend all day playing patty cake with an ankle biter. She needs to be up there in the spotlight. Commanding audiences.” Oliver paced up and down the hallway as Roger watched him.

“Be careful, O’Reilly. That ankle biter is my daughter.” Roger leaned against the wall.

“You know what I mean. She can’t just sit around raising a kid. She needs to be up there and she needs to be performing.”

“You also know that when Keel sets her mind to something, there’s no changing it.” Roger smirked at him.

“Yeah, how the hell do you think I wound up with semi private guitar lessons?” he laughed at him.

“Just be happy for her, Oli. She’ll be back in her own time. And once Angel gets older, she will be back.” he smiled at him.

“Oh? Do you plan on using the famous Roger Greyson charm I’ve been hearing so much about?” he asked looking over at him.

“Possibly.” Roger laughed.

“Well then, you might want to show some chest. Keel’s got a thing for it.” Oliver laughed.

“You think?” Roger smiled at him.

“Couldn’t hurt. You are a rock god, you know? Or so the girls tell me. Repeatedly.” Oliver walked away.

“Gee thanks, O’Reilly.” Roger called out to him before going back into the studio. Roger and the band laid down some more tracks before quitting for the day. He returned home and Keely was listening to the stereo, vacuuming. She’s dancing and singing along to an 80’s boy band song. As she twirls around, she catches a glimpse of Roger. She quickly turns off the vacuum, embarrassed.

“Um… hey Baby. How long have you been standing there?” she asked rushing to turn off the music.

“Long enough to see that the mother of my daughter is an 80’s teeny bopper.” he laughed walking over to her.

“I’m not strictly a rock chick, you know?” she looked up at him.

“Why am I just finding out now that you’re a teeny bopper?” he asked wrapping his arms around her.

“I caught a lot of hell from Oliver when we were younger, so I keep it under wraps.” she laughed looking up at him. “You’re not gonna give me shit too, are you?”

“Of course not, just as long as this little one grows up to be a rock chick.” he laughed wrapping his arms around her ever expanding waist.

“I have a feeling with you as her daddy and Oli as her uncle, it’s inevitable.” she laughed leaning up to kiss him.

“And as long as she has big blue eyes like her mommy.” he smiled at her.

“You’re gonna be in such trouble and you know it.” she laughed at him.

“I’m gonna love and protect her with every breath, Keel. I swear it.” he looked down at her.

“I know that, Roger. I have no doubt at all. You’re a good man.” she smiled at him.

“You did a lot for me, Keel. There’s no way I could ever repay you.” he smiled at her.

“How about I finish vacuuming and you can make me dinner? I’m starving and I’m in a mood for your special hamburgers.” she smiled at him.

“I’d love to, Baby.” he smiled going into the kitchen to start dinner.

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