Chapter   Fifteen

The next day.....

The newspapers got a hold of the story about the wedding that didn't happen. It was all over the TV news stations. Tricia, Ariana, Tamera, and Anissa weren't talking to Valerie. She knew by the looks on their faces when she showed up to get her things they didn't approve of what she did. Brian, Howie, Kevin, Nick, and AJ decided it would be best if they laid low for a while and cancelled their other appearances. They didn't have any where to be for another three days, so they stayed in Chicago and chilled.

That night they all decided to go to a dance club. They figured it would get their minds off what happened. As soon as they got there, they all hit the dance floor. After non-stop dancing for two hours, Nick and AJ went to the bar to get something to drink. On their way there, they spotted two girls and decided to try their luck.

"Hello, ladies," AJ said smoothly. "May we buy you two a drink?"

The two girls turned around and the guys nearly passed out from shock. Nick looked at them closely. "Anissa? Tamera?"

"Nick, AJ," Anissa said. "How are you guys? Break up anymore weddings?"

"Hey, that wasn't our idea," AJ said defensively. "It's not our fault Valerie didn't want to marry 'Mr. Baseball'."

"Well, you guys probably shouldn't have been there in the first place," Tamera said. "Then Valerie would be with someone who actually loves her and not someone who doesn't appreciate her."

"Come on," Nick said. "You know Brian cares about her a lot. They were meant to be together. I just wish someone else realized that."

Anissa looked at Nick. "Don't even say that. I'm not the one who kept my boyfriend a secret. Besides, I'm over you, Nick. It's a little too late to start over now. How is whatever-her-name-is anyway?"

"We broke up several months ago," Nick said. "It just didn't seem to be working after I met you."

"That's nice." Anissa had a look like she didn't care when inside she was overjoyed to hear that. Then her date walked over and asked if she was ready to leave. "Yeah, I'm ready. I'll see you tomorrow, Tamera."

"Okay," Tamera answered. "Call me if you get home."

"Will do." Anissa looked at Nick again, then left.

"I better get going, too," Tamera said.

"Where's you're date?" AJ asked her.

"At his house where I left him," she said. "We broke up yesterday. Don't ask me why 'cause I don't know."

"Let me walk you to your car. You'll be alright by yourself, right, Nick?"

"Sure," Nick said absently.

"AJ, I don't need you to walk me to my car," Tamera insisted. "I can take care of myself."

As Tamera walked off, AJ noticed two guys started following her. That can't be good, AJ thought. He looked at Nick. "Nick, go get Kevin and tell him to meet me in the parking lot."

"Kevin's not here," Nick said. "Remember he left a little while ago?"

"Damn, I forgot." AJ thought a second. "Guess I'll have to do this myself."

He walked out of the club and ran to the parking lot. He searched the lot with his eyes and caught sight of Tamera being pushed up against her car by one of the guys. AJ ran over, grabbed the guy, pushed him aside. "Leave her alone."

"And who are you? Her father?" one of the guys said.

"No, he's my boyfriend, jerkoff," Tamera yelled. "Now get the hell away from me."

"I'm sorry for taking so long, baby." AJ leaned over and kissed her on her forehead. Then he turned to the guys. "Come near her again and I will personally kick your asses, got it?"

"Whatever. No woman is worth this much trouble." Both guys walked away.

"Oh my god," Tamera said. She let out a huge breath of air. "I thought for sure I was going to be.... to be...."

"It's okay," AJ said, taking her in his arms as she started crying. "I won't let anything happen to you. No one will ever bother you like that again."

Tamera held onto him tight until she calmed down. When she finally did, she looked at AJ. "How did you know?"

"I saw them follow you out of the club. Come on, let's get you home."

AJ grabbed her keys and opened the door for Tamera to get in. Then he ran to the other side and drove her home. When they got there, they had a long talk. It was well after two in the morning by the time AJ left and got back to the hotel. Everyone was asleep, but he knew he'd be asked some questions the next morning.

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