I woke up that morning to the sound Brian singing for me to wake up.
“Matt, are you getting ready or what? We have sound check!”
We had arrived in Montreal earlier that morning and it made me sick to think that Valary had arrived with us, in a room down the hall.
“Syn, I’ll get up now okay? Just don’t wake Charlotte. She’s sleeping.”
“Sorry” Brian whispered, fluttering his eye lids and making kissy faces in a mocking yet playful manner.
“What time is it?” I heard Charlotte mumble quietly and half asleep.
“It’s nine, just go back to sleep okay?”
Charlotte mumbled something incoherently and rolled over. I smiled as she started to snore softly.
I slowly wriggled my arms from under Charlotte’s body and kissed her on the forehead before getting dressed, washed and exiting the trailer for sound check.
By the time I eventually roused from sleep, it was lunch time.
I got out of bed and got dressed. Just as I was about to exit the room, there was a knock and the door was violently opened.
It was Valary. She came in and closed the door behind her, barricading my exit.
“Can you let me past?” I asked friendly, not wanting to start a fight.
“Not until you leave my husband and I alone.”
“He may be your husband now, but rest assured that he won’t be for long.”
Valary laughed sarcastically. “Oh and why is that?” She gave me a condescending confused expression, turning her head to the side.
“You know exactly why! You cheated on him and completely broke him. You really think that he will stay with you, even though the baby isn’t his?”
“Yes. I do actually. After he realises what he is missing.” Valary was really starting to piss me off.
“Oh really? And why is that?” I questioned, mimicking her.
“I grew up with Matt, I know him on a deeper level and like it or not, he’s mine.”
I mumbled and nodded at her. Matt was right. She was in a complete dream world.
“I know that he still loves me.”
I pushed past her and exited the room.
I held a strong poise, but in actual fact I was terrified. What she had just said to me I had said to myself over and over again.
I knew too that Matt still loved her, a lot. There was a chance that he would go back to her, even with a baby.
I walked into the back stage area, aware that Valary had followed me. I stood by Gena, who seemed glad to be finally reunited with Zack.
“Hello, we haven’t met yet have we? I’m Gena.”
“Charlotte,” I retorted with a smile. I looked to where Gena had averted her gaze; it was to Valary standing in the wing, smiling at Matt.
“I bet that kills you, huh?”
I nodded. It did kill me. The fact that at any moment, he could walk back to her was tearing me apart.
“Don’t worry about her, she’ll be gone soon. If she doesn’t try something on with Matt, she’ll probably start a fight or something. Always was argumentative.”
“Yeah, I can imagine that I would be on the receiving end of the first punch.”
“Are you kidding? Matt wouldn’t let anyone touch you. I have seen the way he looks at you – I walked into the bar last night just as you two were leaving. I had to make sure that Zack hadn’t drunken anything. The way he gazes at you I have never seen done to anyone else. You’re special, trust me.”
“Thanks, that makes me feel better. Nothing feels right with her here, you know?”
“Yeah, I understand. I was pretty shocked that she was allowed to stay.”
“So, do you think that she will try anything on with Matt?” I questioned, my anxiety was rising up.
“Yes, I firmly believe that she will. But I also firmly believe that Matt will not take any of it.” If everybody else believed that Matt wouldn’t do anything, then why couldn’t I?
I laughed and sighed with relief. Just then, the guys had finished Afterlife and Matt started walking over to me.
I knew that I had to tell him what had just happened.
“Hey,” he smiled reassuringly, “I see you met Gena.”
I nodded and smiled back, but I couldn’t make eye contact with him so I stared down at the floor. I was unaware that Gena had ran over to Zacky and as I looked up, she was gone and Valary was staring at us from a short distance.
Matt looked around to see what I was staring at. He immediately asked me, “something happened between you two, didn’t it?”
I nodded. “Matt, let’s not talk about this now, okay?”
He sighed, “Okay, I suppose so. But if she does anything else, tell me. You promise?”
“Promise.” I said flatly. Of course I would tell him, if not who else did I have?
He wrapped an arm around me and kissed my forehead.
I looked over to Val and saw a look of hatred on her face. Great.
For the rest of the sound check, you could tell that Matt wasn’t really there. It was obvious that his mind was on other things.
After it was over, he took my hand and walked me to the front, where we could have privacy.
“So, what happened?” I knew that he had been anxious to ask me that all day.
“She came into our room and started telling me that you would go back to her and,” then I stopped as I realised what I was about to say. I didn’t want to tell him because I knew that he did still love her.
“She knows that you still love her.” I said bluntly with an expression of regret.
“Don’t you mean thinks I still love her?”
I shook my head, “no, because you still do, Matt. I can tell.”
He sighed. “There are still some feelings, Charlotte. But I have you now and that’s all I care about. You’re forgetting that I only recently found out about her unfaithfulness. I need a little time to get over her, that’s all.”
I smiled and nodded.
“Hey, you remember what I said? Don’t let her get to you or else she’s won.”
I smiled again, this time a little more confidently.
“Do you want to get some lunch, I’m starving?”
“Just the two of us?”
Matt smiled. I knew that meant yes.
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