Chapter 21

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Madelyn’s POV

            Good luck on your finals! I know you’ll do great. Only 48 more days until I come home. Get excited! Love you!

            Awaking to Justin’s texts was becoming a normal thing. At least three times a week he would text me so I would have something to wake up to. It was always nice, knowing I was the first thing he thought about in the morning. It made me feel even more loved, if that was possible.

            I yawned, and Norris jumped up, looked around scared to death. He had again doubled in size, making him huge. But I still let him sleep with me. He only had a month before Justin got home and he would be forced to sleep in his dog bed again.

            “You are so weird.” I laughed as he came over to give me kisses. I was so glad we had gotten the puppies before Justin went on tour. Even though it was still lonely being in the big house alone, the dogs helped a lot. 

            I got up and went into the bathroom to shower. I turned on the water to let it warm up while I undressed. As I opened the door and stepped in, Norris and Luna jumped in; this was their new favorite thing to do.

            “Guys, I don’t have time to bathe you!” I scolded them gently, but they were already wet. They would’ve stunk up the house had I made them get out without washing them.

            By the time I got out of the shower and dressed I had to leave for my first final without any extra study time. “If I flunk out of college, I blame the two of you.” I locked them in the laundry room, which we had converted into the dog room and ran out to the car.

I couldn’t wait for school to be over. After I was done with finals I was flying out to New York to stay with my family for two weeks. It was the twins’ fifth birthday, and I knew it was important that I be there. Since Miles had been diagnosed with cancer, we didn’t know how many birthdays he had left. I wanted to be there for all of them.

Justin’s POV

            “Scooter, do you think we could make a pit stop in the city tomorrow?” Scooter looked at me like I was nuts. It was two in the morning. I had just finished a show and we were hanging out on my bus.

            “Are we talking New York City?”

            “Yeah!” I smiled, trying to win cuteness points.

            “Justin, you do realize that would add at least five hours to our trip? Pittsburgh to New York City is six hours away! And then from New York City to Manchester is five hours!”

            “I know, but we have a whole two days to get there!” I pleaded.

            “Why?” He prodded.

            “Well Madelyn just flew into the city.” He didn’t look like he was going to cave. “And it’s the twins’ fifth birthday tomorrow. I told Kate I couldn’t make it to their party, but I really think I can now. Please!” I did the pouty lip that he hated. How could he say no to that?

            “Fine.” He relented and went to tell the bus driver about our change of destination.

            “New York City here we come!” I shouted! Scooter just glared at me.

Madelyn’s POV

            “Maddie, can you take Paige and Alexis to the party in the escalade? The party bus only holds twenty-five people. We have twenty-three five year olds and then your dad and I going, so we are full.”

            “Yeah, sure Mom.” I was still shocked at how much effort they had spent in planning this party. All twenty-three kids were meeting at our apartment to board the party bus, a bus that had all sorts of entertainment on it. That in itself would’ve been a fine party for a five year old, but my Mom decided it needed to be more fantastic. So the party bus was driving the kids an hour outside of the city to a farm with a petting zoo where the kids could ride ponies and pet goats.

            It was amazing how much my mom had changed in the last year. When I was growing up, I had three birthday parties that usually just consisted of my parents and a cake. Even Paige and Alexis didn’t have huge parties like this. But, I understood where this was coming from.

            “Great!” My mom’s phone rang just as she was getting ready to say something. She walked out of the room, and I wondered who on Earth she was talking to. Before I even had time to wonder who it could be she was back out with a huge smile on her face.

            “Who was that?” I asked, my curiosity growing by the minute.

            “You’ll find out.” She winked at me and walked out of the room.

Justin’s POV

            As we pulled up to the back entrance of the farm, I turned around to look behind the black car we had gotten into. I wanted to surprise Logan, Miles and Madelyn so I figured pulling up in my tour bus was out of the question. Amazingly, no paparazzi had followed us out of the city.

            We arrived right in time for the party. So that I could come out and hang out with the kids during the party, I texted Kate and she came around back to meet me.

            “Hey Justin!” She gave me a hug. “So I figured we could surprise the twins with you coming out to sing Happy Birthday for them? The cake is going to be served in the barn, so if you could just stay in the little kitchen for like five minutes while I get all the kids rounded up? Oh, and here’s a mic.” She handed me a microphone and ran to gather up all of the kids.

            “Okay guys, we are going to sing happy birthday now!” I heard Kate yell just minutes later. “Are you ready? Haaa,” She started and I came in right on time.

            “Happy birthday to you.” I came out of the kitchen and immediately heard all sorts of shrieks from the little girls at the party.

            “Happy birthday to you.” I spotted Madelyn on the far side of the barn and winked, but I made my way to the birthday twins who were eagerly waiting.

            “Happy birthday to you.” I hugged Logan and picked up Miles.

            “Happy birthday dear Miles and Logan, happy birthday to you.” They were both still in a state of shock. I set down the microphone and picked up Logan too.

            “Happy birthday guys.” I smiled. They both hugged me. I sat them down so they could enjoy the cake with their friends and went to see Madelyn.

            “Hey beautiful.” I hugged her and gave her a quick kiss.

            “I cannot believe you came. You know you made their day. This will probably go down as their favorite birthday ever. Thank you.” She took my hand and kissed it.

            “You know, we should really celebrate today, too.”

            “And why is that?”

            “You don’t remember? Exactly five years ago today is when we met for the very first time.”

            “When my mom had the twins backstage at your concert.” She laughed. “I had almost forgotten about that.” She smiled and looked over at the twins. “That was some twist of fate.”

            “Yes, yes it was. I owe a lot to those kids.” I said taking her in my arms and kissing her.

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