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Chapter 4: On The Road Again

 

Their had been some tension over the lack of bunks on the one bus, a problem Aaron hadn’t thought of, which finally was fixed. Jason had given up what was going to be his bunk for Britt, and now he had the love seat all to himself. Matt took the window seat, and Aaron since it was his idea, got the lowest bunk bed.

Daniel and Jeremy sat, both strumming their guitars and throwing lyrics and song ideas back and forth.

Britt was writing in her journal, while Matt was on the phone with Sarah, and Jason had just hung up his cell.

"I miss you, hon," Matt said as he brushed over his wedding band. "How’s Emmy? Really? She is? I wish I could be there…"

He let out a sigh.

His phone beeped and he looked at the picture that was now on his screen. Little Emmy sat in her high chair, strawberry ice cream spilt on the tray, and chubby sticky ice cream fingers in her hair, and her mouth had an ice cream mustache.

Matt could tell from the photo she was giggling. He smiled, then laughed. "Sarah, I’m afraid I’ve passed my bad eating habits to our daughter."

He heard Sarah’s sweet laughter from the other end, and he missed them even more.

"A playdate? Okay. Give Emmy a kiss for me. I love you, Sarah."

"I love and miss you too, Matt." he heard Sarah say quietly.

Matt hung up and looked at the photo again. Smiling, he selected it as his wallpaper.

"Hey Matt, is that Emmy?" Jason asked, who had been sitting next to him.

"Yeah, it is. Sarah just sent it to me."

Jason smiled sadly, "She’s really cute, Matt."

Matt smiled, "Thank you." He looked at Jason, "What’s wrong?"

"I just got off the phone with my brother. He and his wife were expecting a baby, and she went into labor 2 days ago. The baby was born still-born today."

Matt was shocked and saddened, "I’m so sorry, Jas." He reached over and hugged Jason. "I’ll be praying."

"Thanks Matt," Jason said.

Matt pulled out of the hug, and got up. "Jas and everyone, would you like something to drink?"

After receiving the ‘orders’, Matt left to get everyone’s drinks.

Britt closed her journal, and let out a sigh. She felt really bad for Jason, but she wasn’t as close to him as matt was and didn’t know to respond as well. "Jason," she started.

He looked at her, and she fumbled with frayed corner on her journal. "I’m sorry about your brother and his wife."

"Thanks Britt," he paused, "I just wasn’t expecting it, you know?"

She nodded. "I don’t think anyone does."

Matt came back with the water and sat back down. He pulled out his cell again and dialed.

"Hey! You’ve reached Matt T. leave a message!"

"Hey Matt, it’s… Matt," he said with a chuckle.

"Hey there! So what’s goin’ on?"

"We’re on our way to Texas right now."

"Awesome! So how is everyone?"

Matt stood up and walked over to the lounge seat and sat down, "Everyone’s pretty good. Jas and Britt are having a harder time though."

"Why, what’s wrong?"

"Jason’s brother and his wife lost their baby and Jas thinks a stalker is following Britt, and he’s trying to keep her safe."

There was silence for a moment. Then Matty laughed. "I’m sorry to hear about the baby. What I’m laughing at is Britt and Jason."

"What? Why? It’s something serious."

"Not that part. ‘Keeping her safe’ part. Matt, think of the possibilities!"

"Yes, I know."

"You have to set them up Matt!"

"No, I don’t. If things happen, I’m letting them happen on there own, not forcing them."

Matty sighed, "You’re no fun, you know that?"

"I’m a lot of fun!"

"If you won’t do it, then I will."

"Don’t even, Matt. Just leave them alone."

"Trust me, alright? I’ve played Cupid before and I did a good job too…" He trailed off waiting for Matt to confirm.

There was silence.

Matty sighed, "Ah Matt… tsk tsk. You know very well who I’m talking about. Just think, sweet precious darling little Emmy, wouldn’t have been if I wouldn’t have introduced you to Sarah."

Matt sighed, "I know, and I’m glad you did."

"You two connected instantly. Beautiful it really was, I did a great job."

Matt rolled his eyes at his comment. "Yes, we did," he smiled, thinking back to that day. "I just think it’s a bad idea. Britt’s not ready for it. She has a wall put up towards Jason."

"Why? He’s a nice guy."

"I don’t know. Just promised me you won’t try it?"

"Oh wow! There’s the doorbell. Gotta go! C’ya later Matt!"

"Matt?"

When there was no response he hung up, hoping that he wouldn’t play Cupid again.

Daniel sat down next to Jason. "Do you wanna go back home for a bit?"

"I mentioned that to them. But they said they don’t want me to miss out on some of the tour."

Daniel nodded. "So… how long has it been?"

"How long has what been?"

"Since you’ve had ‘eyes’ for her?" he said, batting his eyelashes.

Jason chuckled. "I didn’t say I had ‘eyes’ for her."

"Jas, man, when are you going to realize, that actions speak louder than words? And you don’t have to say a darn thing."

Jason didn’t say anything at first. "I care about her."

"I know. We ll do, but I think your caring is different and goes deeper."

"It does," Jason said quietly.

"But Britt doesn’t like me it’s obvious."

"Pshaw," Daniel said with a wave of his hand, "She’s just playing hard to get. Girls do it all the time."

Jason shook his head. "I don’t think so. She seems to want to avoid me at all cost."

"Hmm… Maybe you’re right, but they’ve always played hard to get with me."

"Maybe they’re not playing," Jason said laughing.

Daniel ribbed him. "Shut up!"

"So, if you know so much about women how come you don’t have a girlfriend?"

Daniel shrugged, "I dunno. I guess I haven’t really been looking."

Jason noticed Daniel sounded distant. "Are you okay?"

Daniel grinned. "Yeah, I’m fine."

Jason thought he’d been thinking back about something sad, but didn’t press it any further.

"Hey guys!" Jonathon said, "We’re almost in Tyler!"

"Really?" Daniel asked, "Awesome!"

When Jonathon left, Daniel turned back to Jason. "Don’t give up man. If she does like you, she’ll come around.’

Jason just nodded. Daniel got up, and walked away. Jason rubbed his eyes, knowing that what Daniel said wouldn’t happen.



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