Claiming Addison

By: Zoey Derrick

Though I was the center of attention last night and I soaked up every minute of it until we all passed out.

Kyle loved my new ink. He said he can’t wait for it to heal so he can kiss it. Kyle’s new ink was adding two stars to his chest on his right side. They’re two toned, black, one with red and the other with blue. I’m assuming there is some symbolism behind them, but I don’t press, it’s none of my business and if he wants to make it mine, he’ll tell me.

So now I am sitting in bed, alone. The guys have left me to run some errands, against my better judgment of course. I told them I’d come with them and they refused to let me go. Told me that I deserved a day in bed. So I am taking advantage of it. With my new ink, a hot bath is out of the question, especially considering the shower alone was enough to make my knees buckle. In all honesty, it feels more like my ribs or muscles are bruised than anything else.

Tonight is our big dinner party at Cami’s and I have to say that I’m excited about it and even less excited about the fact that there is a good possibility my impending music career is going to be a big topic of conversation. Even still, today the headlines about me are blossoming and all favorable, for now.

My mom called again this morning; I didn’t get to my phone in time and decide to wait to call her back.

“Hi Mom.”

“Hi baby, how are you?”

Oh, isn’t that a loaded question. “I’m great, finally have some down time. How about you?”

“Oh sweetie, why didn’t you tell me?” she says into the phone.

“Tell you about what, mom?”

“That you wanted to sing for a living.”

I roll my eyes. “Oh mom, seriously? Where did you get that?”

“Some article I read online. You’re all over the place, they want to know who this mystery singer is and where can they buy her album.” she says with such pride that it makes my heart soar.

“Oh seriously, mom, it was like a one-time thing, I got caught up in the moment and it just went from there. You know as well as I do that singing for a living isn’t at the top of my list of priorities.”

“Well, I think it should be. You sound amazing.”

“Mom, how many times have you watched that video?”

She hesitates then says, “I lost count after about twenty times.”

I laugh. “I don’t know what to do about that. Cami, my boss, was at that show and she pulled me backstage afterward and told me that she wants to sign me with Bold. I was so shocked I didn’t know what to think or what to say.”

“Oh baby, that’s amazing. You deserve it. You should do it.”

“Mom!” I scold her. “You’re joking, right?”

“No, sweetheart, I’m not. You’re beautiful and you can do anything you want with your life. I think it would be an amazing opportunity for you.”

“But what if I fail?”

“Oh nonsense, they love you already, there is no way you can fail.”

Oh yes, there are several ways I can fail, but I don’t need to tell her that now. “Mom, Hollywood is a tricky business. One minute you can be on top of the world and the next minute you’re at the bottom of a barrel. I don’t know if I’m ready for that kind of roller coaster.”

“Oh sweetie, sometimes you just have to take a chance, live your life, be who you are, enjoy every minute of it.”

I wipe a tear from my eye, listening to my mom rattle on and on about how I should throw caution to the wind and go for it. It could end up being the best thing that ever happened to me. Though I have to disagree with her, because Talon and Kyle feel like the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

We move past the whole music career thing and begin talking about what’s happening in Overland Park, Kansas and it’s no surprise that it’s uneventful.

“Mom, I will be in Kansas City next week. The band has a concert on Friday. I want you to come.”

“Oh sweetie, that’s not my kind of music.”

“Mom, it’s not for the music, I want you to come to see me. We won’t be in town long. We have a show the night before in OKC and a show Saturday night in Des Moines. During the show is the only time I’ll have and I need to be at the show.”

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