Love And Other Drugs
Nothing Better Than A Family Reunion
Halloween came and went, Luxe's favorite holiday and it had actually been a pretty fun one. They had been stopped between Virginia and North Carolina and the girls were all huddled in the back lounge and spent the entire day watching horror movies. Now they were in the dressing room of the Wild Cat, a concert hall in Raleigh. It felt strange for Luxe to be back in her home state and only a two hour drive west to get back to where she had grown up. The girls had all teased her as they crossed the state line, saying they were going to pull over and drop her off so that she could be with her people.
The thing is Luxe never felt like she had truly belonged, even when she was a kid. She had no interest in football or golf-the two major sports that people were obsessed with in this state. She also had no desire once so ever to be a deb or a southern lady, so Luxe had always just been the loner girl. Her parents saw her as a disappointment because she refused to buy in to their scamming game and while her father had taught her everything he knew, Luxe wasn't going to play that game in her life.
Would they show up tonight?
Did her parents even know she was alive? Luxe hadn't spoken to them since the day before she left home and they had never come looking for her. They had to know about her and the band though-the Dolls were all over the place and any time someone got online their videos were all over youtube. Her mother had been a big computer person-her days were spent playing online poker and shooting up her heroin. Her father spent his afternoons drunk and passed out in their small garage where he fixed cars and sold drugs. Her parents had been terrible people and Luxe was really hoping she would never have to see them again.
"You nervous about tonight Luxe?" Char asked, leaning over the back of her chair and looking at her bandmate. Luxe hadn't been nervous about going on stage in a while, but she couldn't deny that she felt slightly nervous about playing her home state.
"Alittle bit." Luxe admitted and Char only smiled as she dug around in her makeup bag and pulled out a bottle. The cap was twisted off quickly and a small white pill was given to Luxe.
"What is it?" Luxe asked and Char only smirked as she placed a pill on her tongue and swallowed it down, chasing it with a swig of her beer.
"Valium. I get it for my anxiety, but I'm all about sharing." Char winked at her and then went back to putting on her makeup.
The girls had all experimented with drugs-mostly pot-but Luxe knew Pixie liked to take Molly every once and a while and Char was pretty chill most of the time so this explained a lot. Luxe felt a fear rise up within herself-should she do this? She came from a family of druggies and alcoholics and while Luxe hadn't strayed from drinking, she was trying really hard to be cautious around drugs.
Shrugging and needing to get away from her nerves, Luxe placed the pill on her tongue and felt it begin to dissolve. One little pill wasn't going to do much and Luxe smiled as she chased it down with a beer and then almost let the liquid spew out of her mouth as she looked into the mirror and saw the doorway behind her.
A couple was standing there-the guy had long stringy brown hair and was so tall that he almost completely filled the doorway. He was clad in a brown leather jacket that had patches on the elbows and the knees of his faded jeans were covered in grease stains. The woman standing beside him was short, her blonde hair straight around her face and her grey eyes were tired, but there was a small smile on her lips. They were both looking at her through the mirror and there was a loud clattering noise as Luxe dropped the beer bottle in her hands and twirled around in her seat.
"There's our Lucy!" The woman cried out as she rushed forward and grabbed Luxe around her shoulders and pulled the girl towards her. The man walked over slowly and Char only looked at her bandmate with an 'is this okay?' look on her half made up face.
"Hey, hey baby girl." The man said as Luxe stood up, the woman still hanging off of her and Luxe slowly embraced the man before her, wrapping her skinny arms around his waist.
"Luxe? Luxe who are these people?" Char asked as she stood up and took the scene before her in. Luxe looked incredibly uncomfortable, like she wanted to cry and Mads was now standing by, her fingerless gloved hands clenched in to fists. Pixie and Lulu were still seated, but staring and Char was unsure of what she should do.
"Guys, um, these are my-uh-parents. Darlene and Jason Abernathy." Luxe said and Char felt like she had been punched. Luxe had never talked about her family and now Char could see why. The woman had beady little eyes, grey just like Luxe's and she kept rubbing her arms, which Char could see were covered in marks.
"Wow. Hi, it's nice to meet you. I'm Char, that's Mads, Pixie and Lulu." Char said, holding out her hand to the woman, which she just received a stare in return and the other girls just looked at the couple as they stood in the middle of the room.
"Mom. Dad. What are you guys doing here? How did you even know about this?" Luxe asked as she moved away from her mother and crossed her arms over her chest. Char placed a hand on her shoulder and soon enough all of the girls were surrounding their friend. This was very strange and they could all tell that Luxe wasn't very happy to see her parents.
"Well I got a call from your manager-he said he would send us the tickets and told me the date you would be performing. Darlin' why didn't you tell us that you were a singer?" Her mother asked as she walked forward and tried to push some of Luxe's growing hair behind her ear. The faded teal looked strange in her mother's fingers and Luxe shrugged away from the embrace.
"I didn't think you'd care. Look, I have to head to a thing before the show. Stay, we're playing last so you'll have to see the other band, which is fine I guess since my boyfriend is the lead singer." Luxe said and then groaned. She never should have mentioned Andy-she never should have brought him in to this.
"Boyfriend?! I want to meet the boyfriend!" Her mother was laughing, her yellow and chipped teeth shining in the light and Luxe only sighed.
"Fine. After our Meet and Greet." Luxe said as she followed the other girls out of the room and left her parents just standing there.
The walk to the guy's dressing room was silent-the other girls were obviously giving her some privacy, but Luxe knew that they would grill her about stuff later. As they entered the room, Luxe caught Andy's eye and tried to keep her blushing to a minimum. They hadn't spoken since their kiss at the end of the Broken premier party, but just seeing him now was making Luxe feel hot.
The kiss had been unlike any other that they had had-it had been a real kiss that had just been for the two of them. Sure other people were watching, but that hadn't crossed their minds as they had stood out in the cold and touched one another.
Luxe hadn't been able to shake that from her mind and yet she couldn't bring herself to confront Andy about it because she was afraid of what he would say. Walking in to the room, Luxe could see that the guys were already sitting at the long table that had been set up in the middle of the room. Andy had taken his spot in the center of the table, the chair to his right empty and waiting for her. As the girls walked into the room and took their seats, the guys all joked around with them and while nice, it was still strange to see everyone getting along. Mads was still a grouch, but every once and a while CC would make her laugh.
"You okay?" Andy asked her as she sat down and noticed that he had reached for her hand, even though the fans hadn't been let in to the room yet.
"Yeah, fine. Why?" She asked and Andy only smirked and brushed his bangs out of his eyes with his free hand.
"You look agitated and I don't remember saying anything to piss you off." Andy laughed and Luxe couldn't help but smile as she licked her lips and looked at him. His face was stage ready, with his blue eyes heavily lined and one eye had a black diamond shape framing it.
"Nothing you did-this time." Luxe joked with him and smiled until Alex nodded in her direction. That fucking piece of shit had set her up and Luxe tried to keep her face calm as she looked at him. Suddenly a coughing fit took her over and Luxe tried hard to keep her breathing steady-she had been feeling like shit for the past week and nothing she took seemed to be helping.
"You okay? Alex hasn't taken you to a doctor for your cough yet?" Andy said and Luxe only chuckled and sucked in a deep breath.
"Are you kidding? If I miss one day of work it's like the world is going to come to an end." Luxe joked and the two of them shared a laugh.
The room had soon filled with giggling girls who also had tears running down their cheeks. Andy laughed and joked with his fans, smiled at Luxe's and the two of them stood up as the last group came in for their M&G. Luxe smiled and hugged her fans, smirking at Andy every once and awhile, but deep down she was scared. Her parents were here for a reason and it wasn't because they missed her. They knew she had moved out, left town and yet they had never tried to contact her until now.
Finally the Meet and Greet had come to an end and it was time for them all to head towards the stage. As the last fan left the room, Andy removed his arm from around her shoulders, but gave her a soft smile as he walked over towards his dressing table and grabbed his pack of cigarettes.
"So you still haven't told me what's wrong." He said as he stood at her side and Luxe sighed. She should tell him, especially since he would have to meet them.
"My parents are here." Luxe said and Andy could tell by the look on her face that Luxe was not happy about this little reunion.
He said nothing as Andy grabbed for her hand and slowly the two of them walked off towards the stage. This was going to get really weird...
So Luxe's parents have showed up-I wonder what's in store for our singer and her friends?
Depending on the time I have this up coming week-this may be the last update till after Christmas. I know, I know-that really sucks, but this is my only day between now and Christmas Day and I know I'm going to be swamped. If you're looking for something to read in the mean time, I have two more series up in my profile(which are complete) called A Demonic Love(We're Setting Worlds On Fire is the second part) and The Burn Series, which starts with A Love By Mistake. There is also my collab with the amazing It'sAllDoneForYou called Far and Away.