Chapter 19

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Justin’s POV

            Hey babe, happy birthday to my favorite lady. I love you. Wish I could be there to celebrate your special day, but I have a present en route. Have a great 21st birthday! Don’t get too crazy! I’ll call tonight.

            I sent the text as soon as I woke up so I wouldn’t forget. I was on the East coast doing shows in New York, so I knew Madelyn wouldn’t be up for hours. I didn’t expect a response anytime soon.

            I had been on tour for over a month. As much as I loved performing for my fans, I missed Madelyn a lot. I hadn’t gotten a chance to go home yet, and I was trying to find the chance. So far, I had only had one day off at a time. But I knew that I would get to go home on my birthday; little less than a month to go.

Madelyn’s POV

            I awoke to a text from Justin. I couldn’t help but smile. He was so sweet. In the back of my mind, I couldn’t stop thinking about what he might be sending me as a present. A small part of me wondered if he would actually come home, but I knew he had a show.

            I sat up, pushing Norris off of me. Luna had curled up on the far side of the bed, but Norris preferred to be right up against me. Justin never let the dogs sleep in bed with us, but I caved in when I was alone. I hated sleeping in our huge bed all alone.

            Norris whined as I got out of bed. I went over and rubbed his belly. “You’re such a baby. I have to get up, but you can lay in bed for awhile.” I kissed his head and went to hop in the shower. Even though it was my birthday, I still had classes.

            I decided to stay on campus after class and study in the library. It was my birthday, but no one I knew was in Los Angeles at the moment. All of my friends were either traveling or on tour. So, why go home? I thought. Besides, I already had something really special planned for Justin’s birthday, and I thought we could just celebrate both of our birthdays then.

            By the time I headed home it was nearly seven. I still couldn’t believe I was spending my twenty-first birthday alone. But, when I pulled into my driveway, I learned that I wouldn’t be alone; someone was in my house. I didn’t recognize the car, but the license plate proved it was a rental.

            I walked into my house and before I could take it all in, I was trampled into hugs by my two best friends from high school. I hadn’t seen them since I moved to Los Angeles, and I was so grateful they were finally here.

            “SURPRISE!” They yelled, giving me all sorts of hugs. When they finally let me go I looked around at my usually super clean house. There were streamers everywhere. And on the kitchen island was a selection of every type of alcohol I could imagine. I couldn’t believe that my two very best friends in the whole wide world were here, in my house.

            “What are you guys doing here? Don’t you have classes?” They were both attending NYU, and I was sure they had classes today.

            “Yeah, but we skipped them!” Haleigh said.

            “Justin called us. He felt bad that he left you in Los Angeles all alone on this very special birthday, so he flew us out here!” Grace chimed in.

            “He’s a good one, that boy.” Haleigh said hugging me again. “Let’s eat! We brought dinner!” I looked at the coffee table in the living room. It was covered with pizza rolls, movie theater popcorn, oreos, marshmallows and animal crackers; everything we needed to recreate our girls’ nights we had in high school. And of course, they brought Mean Girls.

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