Three years later:
"Now, the band you've all been waiting for, please welcome Stuck With Me!"
The enormous crowd cheered as we made our way onto the stage. As always, we sang and played our instruments amazingly, and I never felt prouder of myself and my friends before.
The night we were introduced to our manager, Walter Grange, our lives forever changed. Since that night three years ago, we've spent our time together touring the entire country, and we've just begun planning for our upcoming tour around the world. I always thought I'd make a living playing with a symphony, but now I know I'm happier than I've been in a long time as a member of our band. The band name I didn't pick, by the way. That was all Chloe and Noah's idea.
In fact, though they're still together, they continue to fight every now and then, which is how they thought of our band's name. Chloe mentioned something about loving him too much to leave him, when he said, 'yup, looks like you're stuck with me!' That, in turn, caused them to argue about naming our band that, while Caleb and I stayed far away from them.
"That was an amazing show!" everyone told us as we walked off stage. We thanked them of course, signing any autographs that were asked for. When we finally made our way back to our trailers, I was surprised to see who was waiting for us.
"That was an awesome concert!" Tianna shouted excitedly as she gave me a huge hug.
"I see you got the backstage passes I sent you, even though you told me you couldn't make it here," I said to her, giving Kevin a hug as well.
"We wanted to surprise you," Kevin replied.
"Yeah, we know how much you love surprises," Tianna said sarcastically.
I shook my head at her. "Only if they're good surprises, which this is not," I joked. She dramatically gasped before moving on to greet everyone else. We spent the night celebrating our successful concert, and I tried spending as much time possible with Tianna and Kevin since it'd be a while until I saw them again. I knew they weren't going to surprise me on our world tour.
Chloe and I went back to the hotel earlier then everyone else that night because we had an interview early in the morning. Normally the whole band would be interviewed at the same time, but the magazine for this interview decided to do separate interviews to see the guys' perspective on this whole experience and the girls' perspective.
Therefore, Chloe and I made our way to the nearby office for the magazine. Noah and Caleb were meeting us at the office later for our photo shoot, since that was going to be with all of us together. This wasn't too new to us though, after three years of this routine, so we were comfortable with the publicity work.
The magazine reporter, Grace Helms, introduced herself and gave us a quick run through of what she wanted to focus on. Once we were ready to start, she turned on her tape recorder and began.
"Alright, how are you ladies doing today?" Grace started.
"Great," I said.
"Awesome," Chloe replied.
"Good to hear! So, my first question is for Chloe. How's your experience on tour across the country been?"
"Well, it's definitely been quite an experience. When we first started touring, we weren't very prepared for being put in the public eye right away. But since then, we've grown not only as musicians, but as young adults. Spending time with people you love has made our experiences so much better though," she answered.
Grace nodded. "It's well-known that your band consists of two couples. How does that work for you both with Caleb and Noah?"
"Although Noah can annoy me like no one else, he also knows me like no one else. Growing up together allowed us to form a strong friendship before we started dating, so we have no doubt that our profession as musicians can come between that," Chloe said.
"And for me, I haven't had the opportunity to build a friendship with Caleb over many years, but our connection is just as strong as Chloe and Noah's. I think having that special bond with someone helps us as musicians as well," I added.
"Now, even though everyone knows you both are dating the other two band members, the fans seem to recognize Noah and Chloe, as the more prominent couple of the band. Why do you think that is?" Grace asked.
Chloe and I laughed at that unexpected observation. "I didn't even know that we stood out in that way," Chloe said. "I think the only reason for that observation is that Sophia and Caleb just generally have a more private relationship than Noah and I. Not that we flaunt our love for each other or anything, but we're generally more comfortable with the paparazzi than Sophia and Caleb are."
I nodded in agreement. "I think that's completely true. Caleb and I tend to avoid paparazzi as much as possible, but that doesn't mean we're falling out of love or something. We value our privacy when it comes to our relationship."
"That's completely understandable, but do you ever worry about the rumors about your relationship since the paparazzi rarely gets shots of you two?"
"Actually, the rumors are so far off sometimes that they amuse me. I mean, I've read that our relationship was strained because I went to rehab, I was pregnant, Caleb was cheating on me…"
"So they don't bother you at all?"
"No, not really."
"Once in a while we'll get a call from Caleb's mom excitedly wondering if the pregnancy rumors are true," Chloe added.
"Does she want you to have a baby?" Grace asked me.
"Absolutely, she wants to have several grandbabies. But that's so far into the future that Caleb simply tells his mom that she's crazy," I joked, laughing.
"Ah, I see. Well, babies may not be something you're thinking of now, but what about marriage? The rumor of you being secretly engaged to Caleb seems to be the most frequently occurring rumor advertised on celebrity magazines," Grace stated.
I paused, not expecting to hear that. "Wow, I haven't really read that. No, we're not secretly engaged or married, to clear those rumors up. We haven't even talked about it, actually."
"Is marriage something you're interested in going through?" she asked curiously.
I shrugged. "Honestly, I haven't really thought about it. I mean, sure, I'd like to get married someday, but I don't want to rush into it."
Grace nodded. "And how about you, Chloe?"
"I feel the same way as Sophia pretty much. I'd love to get married someday, but when the time is right. As much as we love our guys, getting married is a huge event in our lives, and right now I feel that we're all focused on touring together for now."
Grace went on to ask us more questions for about an hour before we finally finished the interview. The guys' interview started when our makeup and hair was done for the photo shoot, which seemed to take forever after it got started. It was a lot of fun though, and I was excited to be on the cover of a magazine with the band.
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"I never asked how your interview went with Chloe earlier. How was it?" Caleb asked me as we cuddled on the couch of our hotel suite.
"It went well," I replied.
"What kind of questions did she ask you?"
"She asked about our experience with touring first. Then she asked about our relationships among the band. She said Chloe and Noah's relationship was more prominent than ours," I told him.
"Exactly how we like it," he stated, smiling.
"And she asked about rumors that have been posted about us, mainly because of the lack of paparazzi shots of us."
"Yup. I told her that the pregnancy and rehab rumors didn't bother me. So we talked about those rumors and how we were definitely not secretly engaged. I didn't even know that rumor was going around about us."
"Engaged? Like, you and me?" he asked, his body freezing up a little.
"Yeah, apparently people have been talking about a secret engagement and wedding between us. Crazy, right?"
After a short pause, he let out a snort. "Yeah, totally crazy." I looked up at his face, and he quickly smiled at me.
"Are you okay?" I asked him.
He nodded. "Of course," he answered, pecking my lips. "We should get some sleep. Remember we have a meeting tomorrow morning for the world tour."
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Two Weeks Later:
"Alight, it's our last day in Spain, so we need to start exploring right now," Chloe ordered excitedly. We all agreed, and were out the door in a matter of seconds. We were near the east coast of the beautiful country for only today, while our next stop was France.
We went straight to the coast, wanting to visit the beach since we've all been somewhat deprived of the sun for a while. Lately we've either been in our hotel room, in meetings, or on stage where the bright lights are nothing like the real thing.
"Let's take a boat out," Noah suggested. We paid for a rental boat, rowing a little ways into the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.
"It's so amazing here, isn't it Caleb?" I said to him, mainly because he seemed distant at the moment. Actually, these past couple of weeks he's seemed more distant than usual. It was starting to really bother me now though. I mean, here we were at such a beautiful location, and he didn't even seem to appreciate the view at all.
"What?" he asked, snapping back to reality.
"What's wrong with you?" I finally asked him.
"Nothing's wrong," he said quickly.
"Something's definitely wrong, Caleb. You've been dodging my worried questions for the past two weeks."
"No I haven't."
"Yes you have, even I've noticed that," Chloe interjected.
"Chloe, stay out of it," Noah whispered to her, something he usually doesn't do. Caleb shot Noah a look before focusing back on me. He sighed, rubbed the back of his neck, and cleared his throat.
"You're right. There's something I have to tell you," Caleb started.
My stomach twisted with worry, hoping he wasn't going to tell me something horrible. "Are you sick, is that it?"
"What? No, I'm not—"
"Oh my God, you're going to die—"
"No! Well, yes I'm going to die—"
"WHAT? You're going to die?" I abruptly stood up on the small boat, causing it to rock slightly. Caleb stood up more carefully than I did, putting his hands on my shoulders.
"No, I mean I'm not going to die anytime soon! Soph, stop freaking out—"
"Was it something I did? Did I make you sick? Did I add stress or something—"
I tried to stop freaking out my breathing more evenly. I felt like I was going to have a panic attack if he didn't tell me the truth right away.
"Well if you're not going to die right now, then just tell me what's wrong!"
"Okay!" he shouted, pausing to take a deep breath. "I've been going over this scene in my mind over and over for the past two weeks, except this is nothing like I pictured," he started, letting out another breath. "Sophia, you are the most amazing person I've ever met. Three years ago, when I finally found you after you left, I promised you that I would travel anywhere you wanted to travel and see the places you wanted to see. I've kept that promise ever since then, but I think there's always been this tiny doubt in your mind that I might leave one day."
I shook my head. "No—" I interrupted, until he cut me off.
"Please, let me finish." I nodded, so he continued. "Even though you might not think that's true, I want to make sure that you know I want, no, I need to be with you forever. So, Sophia Davidson…" he got down on one knee, making my jaw drop, "will you marry me?"
My thoughts were all over the place at that moment, but I was able to get out a coherent answer. "Of course I'll marry you!" Caleb grinned, put the sparkling ring on my finger, and kissed me passionately as Chloe and Noah cheered their congratulations.
I turned to Chloe, unable to refrain from jumping up and down with her. That wasn't exactly the smartest idea though, since we were still in the boat, so we quickly tipped over into the warm, salty water. But we didn't care. We were all perfectly happy to celebrate this major point in our lives in the water off the coast of Spain.
A few years ago, I was afraid to get close to more people that I'd have to say goodbye at some point in my life. I almost ruined everything by running away from my problems, when I really just needed someone to face them with me. Back then, if someone told me that I was going to join a band, become famous, and get married, I probably would've told them they were absolutely crazy. However, here I am, deliriously happy with how my life turned out, even if the death of my parents pushed me to where I am now. But I know that they're just as happy and proud of me as I am with myself, and that I've found amazing friends and an amazing boyfriend, or fiancé, to share the rest of my life with.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Happy with the ending? I hope so! I wanted to make sure the end was almost perfect, so I hope you're all satisfied with how everything turned out. Thanks so much for your support throughout the process of writing this story. You're positive reviews were what kept me writing this story. Feel free to review this last update; I'd love to read what you thought of the entire story, the ending, etc.
P.S.—If you've been reading my other unfinished story (High School Not So Sweetheart), I'll be finishing that up soon! And if you're not ready it….well…you should check it out! Haha (: