"It's just good to get this leg of the
tour over with, and have three whole days to ourselves!" Nick said,
running a hand through his blonde hair.
Brian smiled at his best friend. "Yea,
I hear ya!"
"Ugh, if I had to ride in that
smelly-ass tour bus one more day!" AJ said. "Especially with Howie
being such a neat freak!"
"Quiet." Kevin said. "I hear someone
"Great." Howie said. "Another
Brian picked up Tyke and shot Howie a
surprised glance just as Rachel flew around the corner, and ran smack
"Whoa. Excuse me." AJ said, steadying
her, his hands on her bruised shoulders.
She pulled away, wincing in pain. "Oh,
geez." She said, looking behind her, to make sure she wasn't being
"What happened to your dress?" Brian
said, lifting up the broken strap. Rachel burst into tears, trying to
forget the horrifying experience.
AJ shot Brian a 'Good job!' look and
put his arm around Rachel's shoulders, consoling her.
"Sorry, I should have introduced
myself. My name is AJ."
Rachel rubbed her eyes and smiled. "My
name is Rachel." She said, looking up and into AJ's eyes. She finally
noticed how handsome he really was, and his goofy sideways smile made
her knees melt.
"Hello Rachel." Kevin said, the nice
guy that he is. "What are you running from, anyways?"
"Him." Rachel said, noticing how Brian
"Who's he?" AJ said, also noticing
Brian's religious behavior.
"I have to go." Rachel said nervously,
looking at the ground.
Brian lifted her hair out of her face,
revealing the large bruise on her left cheek. Rachel pulled back,
sheilding the mark from view.
"We can't allow you to roam around
Miami at this time of night." Brian said.
"Especially if someone's following
you." Nick added.
"He would kill me if-"Rachel said, her
voice trailing off.
"If what?" AJ said surprised. Who
would try to kill this beautiful girl? Just the sight of her made his
knees weak, and her eyes made his head spin.
When she nervously looked at the
ground, Kevin stepped in to reassure her. "It's okay, tell us when
your ready. We'll help you."
"Yea, we have time now that we have
four days off from our American tour and-"
Brian slugged Howie in the arm and
said, "We're all going back to Kevin and AJ's place to chill, if
you'll come with, we can give you a place to stay!"
"I don't know…" Rachel said
"Come on, we won't accept a no!" AJ
said, taking her arm in his and escorting her to the large gray Ford
Expedition park across the street. He opened the door for her, as the
other four guys headed to the black Dodge Durango parked behind
AJ bowed theatrically. "Your chariot,
Aj blinked his eyes as if he were
amazed. "You can smile!" he joked.
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