Time moves on
Tina helped her mom into the house. They came back from the funeral.
“Mom, do you want anything before everyone arrives?”
“Could you make me a cup of tea?”
“Sure. I’ll be right back.”
Tina went into the kitchen and made the tea.
“What are you doing here?”
She had her back to Pete.
“Because I care about you. Do you really think I would stay away from you?”
He stood behind her. Tina could feel his breath on her neck.
“Pease, Pete. This isn’t the time?”
“When will it be? You never want to see me.”
“I know. I don’t know if I want an us. Things just never work out.”
“Sweetheart, please come back to me."
She didn’t say anything.
“No, I just need a break. I’m going back to Texas tomorrow. My mom is moving back after the school year.”
“I can’t lose you.”
Tina turned around.
“Well, you have. You,”
She started crying and fell to the floor. Pete took her into his arms.
“Everything. I miss my dad so much. I know he wasn’t the best man, but he still was my dad.”
“I know. Do you still blame me?”
“No, I’m sorry I said that. I was hurting so much.”
“So, where does this leave us?”
“I can’t deal with a boyfriend right now. I need to finish school and help my mom. Please understand.”
“As much as I don’t, I do. Take care of yourself. I’ll always love you.”
“I know. Thank you for everything you’ve done.”
Pete bent down and kissed her softly.
“When are you leaving?”
“Have a safe trip. If you ever come back look me up.”
They both stood up and Tina watched Pete walk out of her life once again.
~Six years later~
Tina woke up to her alarm clock going off.
She turned over and hit the snooze. Her cell phone rang.
“Good morning to you too.”
“I’m assuming your still sleeping.”
“I just hit the snooze.”
“You better get up. I’ll be there in a hour or so.”
Tina shut her phone and got out of bed. She then took a shower and got dressed. The doorbell rang just as she was finishing up.
“Hi, Jack. I’m just about ready.”
“I can’t believe you are going to meet with the record company.”
“I know. I’m a little nervous."
"You’ll do great. Is Mark meeting you there?”
“Yeah. He’s meeting me at the airport and the lawyer will meet us at the office to sign the contract. I still have to meet with one of the management that I haven’t met yet.”
“Are you going to try,”
“Don’t say his name.”
“Tina, you need to see him. Your going to Chicago. You haven’t been back there in six years. I think it would do you good to see him.”
“I have no idea what he is up to. All I hear are the songs. I try not to hear anything about him or the band. I have moved on.”
“I know and I’m sorry.”
“It’s fine. He probably lives in Los Angeles anyway.”
Tina looked at her watch.
“We need to get going.”
By early afternoon Tina was in Chicago.
“Hello, Tina. Enjoy your flight?”
“Hi, Mark. It was alright. So, what’s going on now?”
“We’re going to the offices. Are your ready for your big break.”
“I hope so.”
Mark and Tina went to the recording offices.
“How may I help you?”
‘I’m Mark Truman. We have an appointment.”
“Oh, okay. I’ll let them know you’re here.”
Tina and Mark sat down.
“I’m going to talk to the lawyer. I’ll be right back.”
A few minutes later the door opened.
“We are ready for you now.”
Tina walked in and sat down.
“Hello, again. We have the contract here. Your lawyer looked it over earlier.”
“Alright. I’m ready to sign it.”
“Sorry, I’m late. I forgot how horrible Chicago traffic can be.”
Tina turned around to the man who just ran into the room.
“Pete.” She whispered.
“We were just getting started. This is,”
“I know. Hello, Tina.”
He took her hand.
“Back to business. We were thinking you could go into the studio in the next few weeks and by the summer your CD could be out. There are a few bands on the label that are going on tour that you could open for.”
“I could think of one.” Pete said.
“I thought you guys were going to take a break.”
“We might, Tom. Tina may want me to show her the ropes.”
“Stop being an ass.” She told Pete.
“Well, anyway, you have quite a few places to sign.” Tina signed the contract.
“That’s all I have. While you’re here you can set up a time when you go to the studio and look into a producer.”
“Alright.” Tina and Mark stood up.
“I think I should go to my room.”
“Talk to you soon.”
Pete just stared at her. Tina and Mark left the room.
“Tina, I have some more business to do here. Could you go to the hotel by yourself?”
“I’ll call you later.”
Tina walked to the car waiting for her.
“Tina, wait.” She turned around.
“How have you been?”
“I’m doing pretty good. I’m so glad to see you.”
“Stop. Don’t act like you missed me.”
“I have. I’ve thought about you often.”
“Whatever. I have to go.” Pete grabbed her arm.
“Wait. Will you go out with me tonight?”
“Pete,” “Please.” She sighed.
“Fine. I’m at Crowne Hill.”
“I’ll pick you up at 7:00.”
Tina went to her hotel room and made some phone calls and got ready to meet with Pete. There was a knock on the door.
“I’m almost ready.”
Pete laid on her bed and turned on the T.V.
“Make yourself at home.”
She rolled her eyes and went to the bathroom. Pete’s phone rang.
“Hello. Yeah. I’m a little busy tonight. I’ll see you soon. I love you too.”
Tina walked out of the bathroom.
“Are you okay?” “Huh?”
“Are you okay?”
“Oh yeah. Just a phone call.” He got off the bed.
“Are you ready?”
“You look beautiful.”
He took her hand and they walked to the restaurant. They were seated in the back and ordered.
“Are you excited to be recording soon?”
“Yeah. I arranged to go to Los Angeles in two weeks and I found a producer.”
“You work fast. How have things been?”
“Alright, I guess. I finished high school and went to college. I’m working at a book store. It’s not the job I wanted, but I could perform at the coffee shop. I did try and do some demos. Jack sent some to your record company. Which I didn’t know about and the rest you know. What about you?”
“Don’t you have the internet?”
“Yes, but I stopped looking you up years ago.”
“Well, you made it clear you didn’t want anything to do with me.”
“Pete, I sent you letters.”
“I never got them. When did you send them?”
“About a month after I left.”
“Maybe it got lost in the mail.”
“I sent you five. And I called. Andrew took the message.”
“Fuck that kid.”
“After you left the first time Jeanae and him started dating. She was over all the time. I bet she had him take the letters. I’m sorry. What did the letters say?”
“It’s not important now.”
“It is. Tell me.”
“I just wanted to try us again. I was stupid to throw my life away. When I started to hear about you guys getting big I stopped looking you up on the net and lived a Pete Wentz free life.”
“That might have been a good idea.”
“Just did some stupid stuff. Especially, with the internet and some pictures.”
“It’s not like I did it on purpose.”
“I’ll have to look those up.”
“Don’t you dare.”
“So, besides sending naked pictures on the internet, what else have you been up to.”
“Well, I have a clothing line, a club in New York, and the record company. I need to be busy.”
“Sounds like it.”
“How are the guys?”
“Good. Patrick and Destiny are still together. Joe and Brittany broke up for a couple months last year, but they are back together. Andy has been dating a girl for a year now.”
“Sounds like everyone has been doing good.”
“We’ve all missed you.”
“I’m really sorry that I left like that. I just had a lot of crap going on.”
Pete’s phone went off.
“Let me answer this quick.” He opened the phone.
“What? I told you I was busy tonight. Why are you calling? That’s fine. Do whatever you want. Talk to you tomorrow. Bye.”
He closed the phone.
“Do you need to go?”
“No, it’s fine.” He smiled at her.
“Yeah, just my girlfriend.”