Flight To Paradise
Flight To Paradise
Sequel to Special Delivery
"About an hour."
"Can we go set it up yet?"
"No, Aaron, go play somewhere
and stop bugging me!" Nick exclaimed.
Sarah watched as Aaron
ran out of the room and grabbed his sister's hand, pulling her with him.
"Come on, Angel, Nick's being a meanie!" Aaron yelled, directing
the last word at his older brother.
"Honestly, Nick, you didn't
have to say that to him that way," Sarah said.
"Yes I did, he knows how
to read a clock or his watch, he doesn't have to constantly ask me what
time it is," Nick said exasperatedly.
"Nick, he just wants to
spend time with you, and if asking questions is what it takes for you two
to be around each other, than that's what he'll do. Just try to look at
it from his point of view, you two have barely seen each
other for the last few months, you both being
on tour and everything. Spend some time with him, just be around
him, he practically idolizes you, just let him hang around and answer his
questions with patience," Sarah said, keeping her patience with Nick.
"How do you do that?"
AJ asked her.
"How do you analyze everything
about a person in just a few seconds?" AJ asked, sitting back in
his seat on the couch.
Sarah shrugged as well
as she could, given her position. She and Brian were sitting on the
floor, he was against the side of the recliner Kevin was in and Sarah was
lying with her head in his lap. "I don't know, I guess I
just look at it from both angles and figure
out what each person is really looking for."
"Nah, you're just smart,"
Brian said, leaning down and kissing her forehead.
"Nah, I'm just observant,"
Sarah said, impersonating his tone. She smiled up at him and placed
her hand a top of his, where it was positioned on her stomach. She
intertwined her fingers with his, squeezing lightly.
"Ok, ok, you two, stop
acting like that," Nick said.
"Stop acting like what?"
Brian and Sarah asked. She looked up at him and laughed with him.
"We have got to stop doing
that," she said.
"Ditto," Brian replied,
smoothing back her hair.
"Nick! Get in here,
Sarah jumped at the voice
and looked over at Nick as his face turned bright red and all the guys
started laughing at him.
"Was that your mother?"
Nick nodded as he stood
up. "Yeah, I'm in trouble," he said as he walked out. "Coming, Ma,"
he called, walking towards the kitchen.
Sarah chuckled and laid
her head back on Brian's lap, closing her eyes. She and the guys
were all at Nick's house for a New Years Party. Matt was there also,
he disappeared somewhere with BJ when they got there. Sarah and Brian
hadn't been separated since their conversation in her bedroom. She'd
come with him to the party, not really telling her mother who he was.
'Oh well, if she doesn't
figure it out soon, I'll tell her,' Sarah thought, relaxing under Brian's
touch. He smoothed her hair back gently, humming quietly, barely
being heard over the music and chatter around them. She sighed, relaxing
even further, almost wanting to go to sleep.
"Hey, baby, don't go to
sleep on me, here," Brian whispered in her ear.
Sarah smiled and opened
her eyes, looking up into Brian's warm blue eyes. "I won't, but I find
it funny that I was just thinking that I might, this is so relaxing," she
"You were just thinking
"Yeah, you make me feel
so relaxed and comfortable and safe, I feel like I can go to sleep right
"Don't, we only have an
hour left, then we have another hour to party, then we can drop, ok?"
Sarah nodded and reached
up, kissing him lightly. "Ok."
Brian smiled at her and
bent his head down, kissing her back.
"Ok, love birds, let's
go, get up, no more of that tonight until the ball drops," Kevin said,
hitting Sarah's head lightly.
Sarah broke apart from
Brian and looked at Kevin, slightly annoyed. "Beg pardon?"
"Beg pardon?" AJ
mimicked. "Come on, girl, you're getting up and coming with me, you
and Brian are being kept apart for the next hour and we're going to see
if you two can survive without the other to breath," he said, grabbing
Sarah's hands and pulling her up on her feet.
"Wait, Brian, what are
they doing?" Sarah asked, trying to wretch out of AJ and Howie's
"I don't know, guys, what
are you doing?" Brian asked, struggling similarly against Kevin.
"We're kidnapping the
two of you and keeping you apart. Think of it as a game of capture
the flag, with you and Sarah as the flags," Kevin explained, dragging his
cousin towards the hall.
"Wait, no, Sarah, come
on!" Brian said, battling.
Sarah fought against AJ
and Howie, but didn't succeed. They were too strong for her.
She watched as Kevin dragged Brian out of the room and outside.
"Let... me... go!"
Sarah exclaimed, finally getting her arms out of their grasps. She
ran out of the room and was met by Nick.
"Whoa, no running in the
house," Nick said, catching her.
"Let me go!" Sarah
repeated, trying to make him let go of her wrist.
"No, Nick, operation separation
has been deployed, hold her!" AJ exclaimed, jumping over the couch
and darting forward.
Sarah struggled against
Nick until AJ stopped her and hauled her over his shoulder.
"Ahh! AJ, put me
down!" Sarah yelled, kicking her legs. She knew he couldn't've
been that strong, she wasn't all that light.
"Stop kicking and I will,"
AJ said, walking over to the couch. He dropped her on the couch and
she immediately tried to get up and run, but Nick held her to the couch.
"You two watch her, I'll
go see if Kev needs any help with Frick," Nick said, waiting until Howie
and AJ had sat down on either side of Sarah and took hold of her arms.
He ran out of the room and out the front door as Leslie came in the room.
"Umm, why is Sarah being
held down by two guys and her boyfriend not in the room?" She asked
to no one in particular.
"Its called operation
separation, we're trying to keep Sarah and Brian apart for one hour and
see what it does to them, then they gotta find each other before the ball
drops or they don't see each other until tomorrow," AJ
"Hey, you never said anything
about that!" Sarah said, struggling against him.
"I know, you never asked,
and I just thought of it. I think it's a pretty good idea, don't
you, D?" AJ said.
"Definitely, Bone, one
of your better ones," Howie said.
Sarah looked back and
forth between the two guys, then looked up at Leslie. "Lez, chica,
you gotta get me out of here!" She said.
Leslie held up her hands.
"Don't look at me, I can't do anything. Sorry, Sarah," she said as she
walked out of the room.
Sarah looked around the
room and a pained look came over her face. "Come on, guys, let me
go, please?" She begged.
"Nope, we have to do this,"
"That's right, you two
are so inseparable, it makes me sick," AJ said.
"Come on, please?"
Sarah said. She was starting to whine, and whenever she whined, she
always got her way, no one could stand the way she whined.
"No," AJ said.
"AJ, come on, please?
Please, please, with sugar on top?"
"No, no, and no.
The answer is no, Sarah, get used to it. And stop whining."
Sarah looked at AJ, making
tears spring into her eyes. "Please, AJ, let me go," she whispered.
AJ seemed to soften momentarily,
but Howie must've hit his arm because his expression changed back to where
it was. "No, and stop giving me those looks, you're making me feel
bad," he said, shaking his finger at Sarah.
"Well you should!"
Sarah said, crossing her arms and pulling her knees to her chest.
Howie and AJ both let go of her, but didn't move. She hugged her
knees and looked straight forward at the Christmas tree still set up, a
pout on her face. She thought to herself
for a few moments, then thought of something.
"Aaron!" She yelled.
AJ covered his ears and winced.
"Jeez, girl, you've got
one set of lungs," he said.
"Thank you," Sarah said
politely. "AARON!" She yelled again, even louder.
"What?!" Aaron said,
running into the room.
Sarah looked at him and
gestured to Howie and AJ. "They won't let me go and see Brian," she
said, letting whine seep in her voice.
"Because they're mean."
"That's not right, come
on, Sarah," Aaron said, walking over and taking her hand. He led
her out of the room and Sarah thought she was home free until she felt
AJ grab her from behind.
"Hold it, you aren't going
anywhere," he said.
"Lemme go!" Sarah
exclaimed, squirming in his arms.
"AJ, let her go!"
Aaron said, letting go of Sarah's hand involuntarily. He started hitting
AJ's arms, trying to pry them off of Sarah.
"Hold it, AC, what do
you think you're doing?" Nick asked, rushing into the room and picking
up his little brother.
"Trying to help Sarah,
why are you guys doing this to her and Brian?" Aaron asked, his hands
dropping to the floor as Nick turned him upside down.
"Because we want to see
if they can survive a simple hour without each other, which apparently
they can't. But we're gonna keep them apart anyway, we'll see what'll
happen in an hour," Nick said, carrying Aaron back into the
living room. Sarah stopped struggling against
AJ and walked back to the couch with him, curling back up in her spot and
"Can I leave the room,
at least?" Aaron asked as his brother put him in the armchair.
"Don't see why not as
long as you don't try anything like that again," AJ said.
"And you don't go and
tattle on us," Nick jumped in.
Aaron nodded. "Ok,
ok, I promise, now let my arm go," he said, wrenching his arm away from
his brother. He walked out of the room and back the way he'd come
'And you don't go and
tattle on us,' Sarah repeated in her head. If she could just tell
Jane, Nick's mom, she'd stop them and make them let her go. When she'd
finally met Nick's mother, she insisted that Sarah call her Jane
instead of Mrs. Carter. Sarah didn't
mind, she liked Jane, she thought she was cool.
"Jane!" Sarah yelled.
"What are you doing?"
AJ asked, looking at her.
"Jane!" Sarah yelled
again, ignoring AJ. "Jane, help me, the guys ha-"
AJ covered her mouth with
his hand and shushed her. "Quiet! You're gonna ruin it all!"
'That's the point, duh,'
Sarah thought, trying to move AJ's hand away from her mouth. She
finally stopped struggling and sighed, leaning back against the couch and
looking down. She was quiet and AJ finally moved his
hand, slowly and cautiously, ready to cover
her mouth again.
"Sarah? Is there
something wrong?" Jane called from the kitchen.
Sarah opened her mouth
to answer, but received a look from AJ. "No, nevermind," Sarah called
back, looking at AJ as she answered. She looked back down at the
floor, studying the decorative carpet under the coffee
table. She sighed again and hugged
her knees to her chest. She could almost feel Brian's arms around
her, like they were the other night, the arms that she felt safe and comfortable
in. She closed her eyes, imagining the feel of him near her.