Forever And Always

A Scotty McCreery fanfiction.
Written by Jackie and Sam
Twitters: @JackieNicole07 and @SamNicoleValach

I, Jackie, write odd numbered chapters and Sam writes the even numbered ones :)

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Forever And Always - Chapter 8

Two weeks have passed and I have been so busy with classes and stuff with my mom I haven’t been able to go on tour with him. So this weekend I was finally free to go with him. We were staying at a hotel for the night so everyone could relax. After we arrived Scotty had to talk to my dad about the Schedule for the strawberry festival the next day so I was lying on my bed in the hotel sweet when I heard a knock on my door.

“Hey there” Scotty said as I opened the door.

“Hey whats up” I said as I leaned up against the door.

“nothing much I was just wondering if you would like to go for a little swim” Scotty said as he walked into my room and sat down on the bed.

“Scotty I think you are forgetting about something” I said as I pointed to the cast.

“That is what this is for” Scotty said as he held up a plastic cover and then placed it on my hand.

“what about your fans seeing you” I asked as I walked over to the bed.

“don’t worry about it, I have it all covered” Scotty said as a smile

“what did you do” I asked putting my hands on my hips.

“that’s for me to know and you to find out” Scotty said as he stood up from the bed and walked over to the door. “ meet me in the living room in five minutes “ he continued.

“Alright” I said as I walked over to the door waiting for him to leave so I could change.

“Good, see you in a few” He said as he walked out of doorway and down the hall.

I closed the door and walked over to my suitcase. “What does that boy have planned ” I thought to myself and I pulled out my bathing suit and cover up out of the suitcase.  I changed into my bathing suit quickly and then headed out of my room.  I saw Scotty leaning up against the wall with two towels over his shoulders.

“Ready” he asked as he stood up and walked over to the door.

“yeah” I said as I followed him out the door.

The whole way down to the pool was quiet. There were no people around what so ever.  As we walked into the pool area there was no one in there.  I looked up at Scotty with a confused look on your face.

“what did you do?” I asked him.

“I had them close the pool down an hour early so we could go for a little swim before we go back on the road” Scotty said as he walked over to the chair that was next to the door and placed the towels down.

“Really” I asked him as I was taking off my cover up. He looked down at me with a smile.

“Yeah, and it will give us some alone time, since we don’t get it that often” Scotty said as he started to wrap his arms around my waist.

“well that was a mistake” I said as I took a step back and pushed him into the pool.  I started laughing as soon as he hit the water. I then walked over to the edge and sat down so I could put my feet in. I couldn’t see Scotty anywhere.  Suddenly I felt someone touching my legs I looked down and saw Scotty coming up from under the water.  He had a smile on his face when he came up.  he wrapped his arms around my waist as he stood in between my legs so he could reach me. I looked down at him and notice he was trying to kiss me by standing on his toes. So being nice I leaned my head down so he could reach me. Before I knew it he tightened his grip around my waist and he flatted his feet then pulled me into the water with him. I looked at him with a shocked look on my face. All he could do was smile. After looking at him for a minute I took my hands and ran them on the top of the water then splashed him. The look on his face was priceless. It was in between shocked and happy.  He looked at me for a minute and then slashed me back. We broke out into a splashing war after that.  Right when he was going to splash me for the last time I went under the water. All I could hear was “Madison, where did you go”. I swam over to him and then grabbed his legs out from under him pulling him under with me.  As I was going up for air I felt arms go around my waist and pull me down.  I opened my eyes really quick and saw Scotty in front of me. He had a smile on his face. He pulled me closer to him and placed his lips against mine. When we were separated we both went up for air.

“Alright I surrender” I said as I put my hands up.

“I win” Scotty said as he walked over to you.

“Gottcha” I said as I jump on his shoulders and push him under the water.  I moved away so he could come up but I couldn’t find him again. I looked all over the place. Then I felt something come up from behind me and grab my legs  lifting me up.  I looked down and saw I was on Scotty’s shoulders now.

“Now I got you” He said with a smile on his face.

“Put me down” I said as I looked down at him and started to pat the top of his head.

“nahh, I think I’ll just keep you right there for a little bit” Scotty said.

“Come on, put me down” I said sternly.

“Oh  alright” Scotty said. He grabbed my legs and threw me off causing me to go backwards and land in the water.  When I was above water again I looked at Scotty with a glare.

“You said put you down” Scotty said as he looked at me with a smile on his face.

“You are so going to get it” I said as I started to swim toward Scotty. Once he saw me coming he started to swim faster. I finally caught up to him when we reached the other end of the pool. His back was still turned because he was trying to catch his breath so he didn’t know I was behind him when I jumped on his back. I could feel him jump a little bit. I wrapped my arms around his neck.

“I win” I whispered into his ear before giving him a kiss on the cheek.  Scotty took my hand from around his neck and brought it to his lips and kissed it.

“You wanna know something” He asked as I jumped down from his back and swam so I was next to him

“Sure” I said as I looked up at him. He walked over so he was now in front of me then he placed his hands around me.

“These past few weeks have been the best, I don’t think I have been this happy in a while” Scotty said with a smile on his face.

“Awww, I feel the same way” I said as I wrapped my arms around him. Scotty just smiled.

“I can’t believe I am going to ask this” Scotty said as he looked down at you.

“Ask what” I asked him.

“just promise me you won’t get mad” He said as he moved a strain of hair away from your face.

“I promise” I said as I started to rub my hand up and down his back.

“Did you ever do this kind of fun stuff with Chris?” He asked.                           

I sighed. “To be honest no, he was always to serious, we would go to the movies, or to dinner but we never really did anything fun” I said as I looked him in the eyes.

“How did you deal with that?”

“I honestly don’t know I thought I was In love so I was willing to do anything for him. I did miss out on doing fun stuff though. All my friends were going out and having fun with their boyfriend while I was stuck at home or doing something Chris wanted to do, but I didn’t mind because I loved him, but It wasn’t true love, it was more like a friendship love it just took me now to realize it.”  I said. I noticed Scotty went quiet after that. He moved to the side of me then lifted himself up so he was sitting on the side of the pool.  I moved so I was facing him and rested my hands on his legs.

“Scotty he wasn’t the one for me, I thought he was at the time. But I was wrong. When I met you I realized that there was more out there and that it was ok to have fun.  I never realized that I was missing out on all of this when I was with Chris. I have never been this happy with anyone I have dated. You make me so happy, I don’t know how to explain it or how to tell you. All I can say is I love you a lot and I am happy that I finally realized that everything I wanted was right in front of me. I will admit I can be stubborn at times, but whenever it comes to you, I will be willing to do anything”  I looked up at him with a smile. Seconds later I was in between his legs with his arms wrapped around me.

“That really means a lot” Scotty said as he looked down at me. I just looked up at him and smiled. I tried to stand up on my toes to reach him so I could give him a kiss but I couldn’t reach him because he was to high up. When he realized what I was trying to do he slid himself off the side of the pool and back into the water. He wrapped his arms around me for a second time and pulled me really close to him.

“All I can do is show you how much you mean to me by doing this” I said right before I placed my lips against his. His grip tightened around my waist which brought me even closer to him. When you were separated you gave him a big smile.

“Dagum” Scotty Mumbled.

“I will show you every day if I have to” I said as I looked into his blue eyes.

“I like that idea” Scotty said as he starts to loosen his grip.

“I thought you would” I said as I dropped my hands from his waist to my side.

“We should be heading back to the room anyways because it’s getting late and we have an early morning”  Scotty said as he started to walk over to the ladder and started to climb up.  

“Do we have to” I asked whining at bit.

“Yes, but I promise we will have some alone time again soon” Scotty said as he walked over to the chair that had your towels on it.

“Oh alright” I said as I took the climbed out of the pool and walked over to the chair.

“I promise once we get back home we will hang out and do something fun, just me and you” Scotty said as he walked over to me and wrapped his arms around my waist.

 “Now I could go for that” I said as a smile grew on my face.

“Good, me too” Scotty said with a smile on his face.

 “Alright, well let’s get going before it gets too late” I said as I let go of his waist and started to walk over to the door. Scotty just nodded his head and followed me out of the pool area and into the main area of the hotel.

~

The Next Day

I was walking out of the tour bus after talking with my mom since I haven’t seen her in a week. Scotty was going to go in stage in a half hour so I was going to go get a good spot on stage so I could watch him perform. As I was walking to the front of the bus someone grabbed ahold of my arm and pulled me toward the bus. My first instinct was to scream but a hand covered my mouth before I could. “Shhh it’s just me, Scotty” the deep voice said as he moved his hand and pulled me to the side of the bus.

"Scotty what are you doing" I asked him quietly.

 "I just wanted to see you before I went on stage" he said as he pulled you close and wrapped his arms around your waist.

 "Aww" I said as I placed my hands around his waist. He looked from my eyes to my lips then back to my eyes. I couldn’t help but smile and start to lean it. When our lips met I could feel a spark going through my body. Something I couldn’t explain. I never had this feeling when I kissed Chris. Now when I kiss Scotty I get a total different feeling. Like this is meant to be. When we were separated he kept his hold on my waist and just rested his head and back against the bus. "So when are we going to tell our parents" I asked him

 "Soon, I promise" Scotty said.

"I kinda like this sneaking around, it’s fun" I said as I placed my hand on his chest.

"I know it’s rebellious" Scotty said with a bit of laughter.

"Yeah it is" I said.

 "Scotty, where are you" I heard my dad yell. me and Scotty looked at each other in shock. "Go to the back of the bus fast" Scotty said letting go of my waist.  I give him one last kiss and then ran for it. When I reached the end of the bus I stood there and waited.

“There you are” I could hear my dad say.

“I was just looking at the scenery, it so nice here” Scotty’s voice said.

“Well alright, let’s get going, Sara is almost done singing so you have to get ready”  My dad said. I couldn’t tell where they were so I just stayed where I was.  Suddenly I felt my phone go off, I took it out of my pocket and saw it was a text from Scotty.

You can come out now we are on the stage getting my ear piece all fixed’  After I read the message I replied.

Thanks you’re a life saver’ After making sure the text was sent I put the phone back into my pocket and walked around the bus and to the stage.

“Why hey there Mads, where have you been” My dad asked when I reached the stage.

“Oh I have been walking around and enjoying the scenery” I said as I looked up at him with a smile on my face. 

“It is nice here” My dad said as he wrapped his arm around my shoulder.

“It sure is” I said as I looked at Scotty. He could tell I had a relieved look on my face by the way he looked at me. He had a smile on his face.  He shot me a wink right before he went to get into position as the beginning of “Rock This Night” started to play.

After the concert I was laying in my bunk on our way to the next venue. I couldn’t help but think about my relationship with Scotty. As I started to move around in my bed I heard my phone go off.  I reached underneath my pillow and pulled it out. It was a text message from Scotty.

Are you done moving around up there I am trying to sleep :p’  You smiled at the message and then replied.

ME: ‘if you are trying sleep then why are you texting me then silly :p”  I replied.

SCOTTY: ‘alright, you caught me, I just wanted to say goodnight again’

ME: ‘Nighty night cutie Love you <3’

SCOTTY: ‘Night babe, love you too’

The weekend flew by fast and before I knew it I was back at the dorms for another week of classes. I was walking down the hall to my dorm room. Scotty had to go back to his apartment to do something’s so he would be over later. As I reached my door I saw there was a white envelope with my name on it taped to the door. I took it off and then went into my room. After I placed my suitcase on the floor next to my bed, I sat down and opened the letter. I ran my eyes though the words.

“Maddy,

I told you it was going to happen. I don’t regret cheating on you with Emma, she makes me happy and I know I can count on her no matter what. I’ll admit I was heartbroken when I saw you walk into your dorm with Scotty a couple days ago but then I realized that we weren’t meant to be. I was just holding on to something I didn’t really care about and didn’t even want. It just took me a long time to realize it. When we exchanged our stuff back I didn’t really believe that I would never see you again, but now that you’re with Scotty I don’t think I ever want to talk to you again. I just wanted to let you know I will be transferring to Duke this semester. I will be closer to home and to my family. So I guess this is goodbye.

~Chris”

My hands dropped to my lap after I read the letter. Tears started to run down my cheeks. I laid down onto my bed, covered up and culled up into a ball hugging my blankets. I heard a knock on my door. I knew it was Scotty.

“Come in” I yelled in between my crying. I heard the door open slowly.

“Hey pretty girl” He said as he shut the door.

“Hi” I said. My back was still turned to him so he didn’t see I was crying.

“Madison what’s wrong” He asked as he walked over to me quickly. I didn’t say anything. I could feel his arms go around me, and before I knew it he was lying next to me and I had my head on his chest.

“Shhh your going to be ok” Scotty said as he comforted he as he rub his hand up  and down my arm I then lifted my hand with the letter in it and handed it Scotty. He took it from my hand and started to read it. I lifted my head and watched him read it.

 I tried to stop myself from crying but I couldn’t that letter hurt me too much. When Scotty was done reading he folded it up and placed it down on the night stand and looked down at me.  The look on his face was un describable. I saw anger and sympathy but I couldn’t tell how  he was going to react.

“Scotty, I’m sorry, You don’t need this in your life I think it would be better if we just took a break from this whole us thing” I said as I sat up on the bed.

“Mads,-“ Scotty started but I cut him off.

“Scotty dont-“ I started but then he cut me off by covering my mouth with his hand.

 “Mads, he hurt you, I told you I will always be here for you no matter what I am not going to let this letter get in the middle of  us.”

“I don’t deserve you, you deserve so much better” I said as I looked at him.

“Now don’t talk like that, I told you I am here for you, you aren’t going to get rid of me that easy”. I just looked at him for a second and the wrapped my arms around him and placed my head into his chest.

“You’re the best Scotty, I am so happy to have you in my life” I said.

“Always and forever” Scotty said. After that it went silent.

Scotty and I laid on my bed. It was nice to have then there I felt safe and I knew I could tell him anything. It was silent between us, but it wasn’t one of those awkward silences it was relaxing silence. I started to doze off and right when I was about to fall asleep I heard his phone go off and I jumped.

“did that scare ya” Scotty asked as he reached over to my night stand and grabbed his phone then looked at the screen.

“A little” I said as I culled up into his side.

“Hello” he said.

“hey Scotty its mike how are you doing” I heard my dad say.

“I am doing good, just relaxing after the long weekend” Scotty said as he looked down at me.

“well that’s good, I was wondering if you could see if  Madison wants to come with us this weekend  I have been trying to call her but her phone must be dead still” My dad said.

“Yeah I will see if Madison want to go and let you know as soon as I find out” Scotty said as he lean down and pressed his lips against my forehead.

“Thanks Scotty well see you this weekend”

“No problem, see you soon” Scotty said before hanging up the phone.

Scotty placed his phone back on my night stand then wrapped his arm back around my waist pulling me closer to him.

“So what am I going to have to do to get you to come with me this weekend” Scotty said as he looked at you.

“Hmmm I don’t know” I said as I was trying to think.

“How about this” Scotty said as he flipped you so you were laying on top of him and tightened his grip around your waist. He leaned up and pressed his lips against yours. It was a really passionate kiss. When you separated he rested his head down on your pillow and you just smiled at him.

“I guess I’ll go if I will get moments like this” I said as I rested my head on his chest.

“You will I promise” Scotty said as he started to rub my back. “But the weekend is going to be very crazy because we have shows all weekend”

“That’s fine with me” I said with a smile.

“Are you sure you are ok with this Crazy life” Scotty asked me.

“I don’t want easy, I want Crazy” I said

“Did you just quote Hunter Hayes” Scotty asked.

“Yeah, I love that song” I said with a smile on my face. “And to add he is super cute” I said.

“Really” Scotty asked as he looked at you.

“Yeah he is” I said with a smile. Scotty just looked at me.  “But I have a much more talented boyfriend, he can play guitar, can dance, and has a really really cute deep voice” I said as I kissed him on his cheek.

“Really, can you tell me more about this boyfriend?” Scotty asked.

“Well he is super nice, and caring and likes me for me, and is always there for me no matter what. You should defiantly meet him sometime I think you would like him” I said as I roll over so I was next to him.

“I would love to meet him” He said.

“How about you I heard you were seeing someone” I said as I started to play with his necklace.

“I am but it’s a secret” Scotty said.

“I promise I won’t tell anyone” I said as I looked at his deep blue eyes.

“Oh alright” Scotty said with a smile. “She is beautiful, caring, fun to be around, but can be stubborn but that is one reason why I really like her, the one bad thing is we are keeping our relationship a secret so I can’t hold her hand or wrap my arm around her while we are walking, My roommates don’t even know so when she comes over we have to act like we are just friends and that kills me, I think you would like her” Scotty said with a smile.

“She sounds perfect” I said.

“trust me she is” Scotty said as he smiled at you. After look at each other for a minute you looked up at your ceiling then back to him.

“I don’t know how much longer I can keep this from my dad, and I don’t know if you should keep this from your family much longer” I said as I looked at him.

“I know, when do you think we should tell them” Scotty asked.

“when do you want to do it” I asked him.

“How about this weekend” Scotty said as he looked at you.

“Alright but how are we going to do it?” I asked.

“How about when we are all on the bus on our way to the venue when everyone is hanging out together in one spot” Scotty explained.

“That’s sounds like a good idea” I said as I rested my head on his chest.

“Ok then it is settled they will find out this weekend” Scotty said as he started to play with my hair. 

“Sounds good to me” I said.

Forever and Always - Chapter 7

 *Scotty’s POV*

“Hey baby girl” I said as I flopped down on the couch at the back of the bus, “I miss you.”

I heard her giggle a little bit, “I miss you too cowboy. When are you coming home?”

“Well, I have tonight, and tomorrow for tour, so I’ll be home Sunday night.” I said as I played with my necklace.

I heard her sigh, “that seems like forever.”

“I know baby girl. But when I get back we can get lunch at Bojangles.” I said.

“I don’t know Scotty. I mean, nobody knows about us yet.” She said sounding confused.

“Mads we have gone there how many times as friends?” I asked, “they aren’t going to know.”

She took a deep breath, “alright Scotty. We will go to Bo’s for lunch on Monday.”

I laughed, “this is why you’re amazing. You love Bo’s as much as I do!”

She laughed quietly, “you got that right cowboy.”

I was just about to say something when my door opened, “Scotty they need you backstage to get ready for the show.” Mike said, “who are you on the phone with? We don’t have time for this let’s go.”

“It’s Madison, she had a question about the math homework. And I’m coming.” I said to Mike, “Mads, I’ll talk to you later alright?”

“Okay cowboy! Have fun tonight.” She said.

I smiled, “thanks Mads! Talk to you later.” Then I hit end and put my phone in my pocket and looked at Mike, “let’s Rock This Night.”

He looked at me and shook his head. “What?” I asked. “too corny?”

“Let’s go Scott.” He said as he walked to the front of my bus. As we were walking I took out my phone and sent a text to Madison.

Hey, since I got interrupted by your dad, I didn’t have a chance to tell you something.

A few seconds later my phone vibrated. I looked at the screen and saw a text from her. “What’s that cowboy?”

“I just wanted to tell you I miss you and can’t wait to see you.”

“I miss you too cowboy. See you soon.”

I smiled as I put my phone back in my pocket and caught up to Mike. We walked in silence towards the dressing room. I got changed and ready for the show. I started doing my Rocky moves backstage and then I heard the opening music to Rock This Night so I got ready and started my show.

After the show I went to my bus and showered then changed for the VIP session. “Great show tonight Scotty.” Mike said as I walked up to him.

“Thanks Mike.” I said as I smiled. “Now let’s go do this VIP so I can sleep.” I laughed.

We went upstairs and into the room where the fans were waiting. The Q&A session started and Mike started reading off the questions. I answered them with ease until he got to the last one.

“Scotty, do you have a girlfriend?”

I stopped for a second before answering. I took a breath and then answered the question the same way I always do, “who knows, who knows” I laughed as I shrugged my shoulders.

The fans all smiled and then we started taking pictures. Some of them brought gifts for me which was cool.

“Hi Scotty.” I heard a little boy say.

“Hey buddy,” I said as I kneeled down, “what’s your name?”

“Chris.” He said as he smiled at me.

I had a flashback to the whole thing with Madison. I smiled at the boy, “nice to meet you Chris.”

He smiled back at me, “I want to be just like you when I’m bigger, but I don’t know if I can.”

“Why’s that bud?” I asked.

He looked down at the ground, “well, my mommy said that I won’t be around anymore. That that’s what the doctor told her.”

I stopped smiling for a second and looked up at his mom with questioning eyes. I saw a tear running down her cheek and then I looked back down at the boy, “tell you what buddy, why don’t I make a plan for you to come hang out with me for a bit? Your mommy can come with you.”

The little boy smiled bigger than he had since he walked in the room, “I’d love that!” he said as he hugged me. He took of his hat and held it out to me, “mommy said that your boss said we can’t ask for stuff signed, but would it be okay?”

I smiled, “sure thing buddy.” I said as I took his hat and signed it for him. “I’ll talk to mommy and my boss after everyone leaves okay?

“Thanks Scotty! You’re the best!” He said. I stood back up and picked him up for the picture. He took off his hat and smiled. As soon as Mike took the picture, Chris gave me another hug and then I set him back down to wait with his mom.

I finished up with the pictures and walked over to his mom who hugged me tight. “Thank you.” She whispered.

“It’s not a problem.” I said with a smile. “Let’s go talk to my manager Mike and see what we can arrange.” She took her sons hand and smiled as she followed me to the other room. We sat down with Mike and worked it out that Chris and his mom Jessica would be coming down to Garner for a week and staying with us, and that they would be coming on tour with us the weekend before they left. Everything was falling into place.

“Jessica,” I said as she stood up, “can I talk to you in the hall for a second?”

“Sure.” She said with a smile.

I opened the door for her and followed her into the hallway, “how much?”

She looked at me confused, “what do you mean how much?”

“How much is everything costing you? His medical bills and all?” I said.

She took a deep breath, “so far it’s at about twelve thousand.” She said as tears filled her eyes, “I’ve had to pick up two extra jobs and I still can barely afford to pay the bills.”

I looked at her, “I’m going to write you a check for thirty thousand. To cover bills and everything else you may need.”

She looked at me surprised, “Scotty you don’t need to do that.”

“I want to.” I smiled.

Her eyes filled with more tears as she pulled me into a hug, “thank you so much Scotty. For everything.”

“It’s seriously not a problem.” I said as I opened the door for us to go back into the room. I told Mike and my parents what the plan was and they all approved. I wrote the check and handed it to her. Then I wrote my phone number on a piece of paper and gave it to her also. “Keep in touch with me. Let me know how he’s doing.”

She smiled at me, “I will. Thank you again Scotty. For everything you’re doing. It’s really not necessary.”

“It is though.” I said as I hugged her again. “Take care. And we’ll be in touch about getting you down here for your visit.”

“Alright. Come on Chris it’s time to go.” She said as she reached for his hand.

Chris walked up to Scotty and hugged him again, “Thank you Scotty. You made my mommy and me very happy. You really are the best!”

“It’s not a problem buddy. I’ll be seeing you soon okay?” I said with a smile.

“You got it Scotty! See you soon!” he smiled as he took his moms hand and left.

I went back to my bus that night and couldn’t fall asleep no matter how hard I tried. I took out my phone and dialed Madison’s number hoping she would answer.

“Hey you’ve reached Madison, I can’t get to my phone right now so leave a message and I’ll call you back as soon as I can.”

As I listened to this I checked to make sure nobody was awake and listening. Once I heard the beep I took a deep breath, “hey baby girl it’s me. So I can’t sleep and wanted to hear your voice so I called you. I met this little boy and his mom today. He has cancer has been in chemo for a year. According to his mom the doctor’s aren’t sure how much longer he’ll make it. I ended up giving her some money to help her out, and then invited them to stay with me and my family for a week.” I took another deep breath and wiped the tears from my eyes, “I guess I’ll talk to you more about it when I get home, but I just needed to talk about this. It really opened up my eyes. I want to do more to help out kids like him. Well, I guess I should sleep now. I’ll see you soon baby girl. Love you.” And with that I pressed end and took another deep breath.

As I laid there scrolling through twitter I heard someone coughing near the front of the bus. I got up out of my bunk and looked towards the table and saw Ashley sitting there on her phone.

“Ash, how long have you been sitting here?” I asked as I sat down.

“Long enough to hear that long message you left someone. What’s her name?” Ashley asked as she looked up from her phone.

“It’s no one alright?” I said as I looked down at my phone.

Ashley took my phone from my hand. Before I could grab it from her I saw he mouth drop open, “Madison?!” she asked shocked.

“Ash no, don’t say anything.” I begged.

“You and Madison are dating?” she whispered.

I slowly nodded my head, “don’t say anything though, nobody knows okay?”

“I won’t but I so knew this was gonna happen.” She smiled as she handed me back my phone.

I shook my head, “I’m being serious, don’t say anything.”

“I promise I won’t bro.” she smiled. “So I heard what you did for that little boy and his mom. I’m so proud to call you my brother.” She said.

“Thanks Ash. It was tough talking about it, but I’m glad I was able to help out.” I said.

“You’ve really grown up bro.” she said, “But you really should get some sleep. You have a lot of interviews to do tomorrow.”

“I know. I’ll see you in the morning Ash.” I said as I walked towards my bunk.

“Night bro.” she said.

“Night Ash.” I smiled and then climbed into my bunk.

As I started to fall asleep all I could think about was Madison, and if Ashley was going to tell anyone about us.

When I woke up the next morning the whole band was already sitting at the table eating. I checked my phone as I sat down on the couch and saw I had a voicemail.

“Morning Scotty.” Everyone said in unison.

I gave a little wave, “Morning guys” I said, “I’ll be right back.” I stepped off the bus to get some fresh air and to listen to the message.

“Hey Scotty. Sorry I didn’t answer last night I was sleeping, but I guess you know that. Well anyway, I heard about what you did for that little boy. My dad told me this morning. So I miss you so much. I know we haven’t been together long, but I still feel like part of me is missing when you aren’t around. Well anyway, I’m with my mom for the day, she’s in the store right now so that’s why I’m leaving you this message. I can’t wait until I get to see you again. I really just want to hug you right now and tell you how amazing you are for doing what you did. Okay well my mom’s coming, so I will text you later. Oh and Scotty, one more thing, I love you. Okay bye.”

As I listened to the message all I could do was smile. She’s perfect, everything I could ever ask for. I started walking back towards the bus when I saw Mike coming towards me, “Scotty we need to talk.”

I instantly froze thinking this was about Madison, but how would he have found out. Unless she told him. No she wouldn’t do that. “What’s going on Mike?” I asked.

“Well, one station had to cancel the interview, so you have two hours for lunch now instead of one. Another station needed to change the time, so we have to get you ready and be there in thirty minutes.” Mike said as he walked towards the bus with you. “Go in, get ready, and get back out here quickly.”

“Yes sir.” I said as I went onto my bus and towards the bathroom. It was going to be a long day.

I finished my quick shower, got changed and went back outside to meet up with Mike. The interview went quickly with the same questions I’ve gotten asked hundreds of times before. As soon as we were done it was lunch time. I got some food and sat down at a table and called Madison.

*Madison’s POV*

I was sitting in my room working on some homework when I heard my ‘See You Tonight’ ringtone playing. A smile creeped across my face as I hit answer.

“Hey there.” I said.

“Hey cutie. I miss you” he said into the phone.

“I miss you too,” I said, “so what’s up?”

“Eating lunch.” He laughed, “I have a two hour lunch today so I figured I’d call you while I ate, then I’d go take a short nap.”

“That sounds like a good plan,” I laughed, “how many more interviews do you have?”

“Two. Then sound check, then the show, then I’m heading home!” he said. I could tell he was smiling.

“And that means I get to see you!” I giggled.

“Yes it does.” He said.

I smiled. “Hey Scotty?” I quietly said.

“Yeah baby girl?” he asked.

“I miss you.”

“I miss you too. Hey, why don’t you come on the road with us again? It’ll be fun!” he said.

“Scotty I’d love to…” I started. I took a deep breath, “but…”

“But our parents don’t know about us and you don’t want to risk your dad finding out because you don’t want to get in trouble. Right?”

I took another deep breath, “yeah.” I said quietly.

“Mads listen,” he said, “I get it. You don’t have to come on the road or anything. I don’t care I was just making a suggestion because I miss you and I want to see you more.”

“Scotty…” I started.

“Save it Madison. I’ll talk to you later.” He said and then the phone disconnected.

I sat down on my bed and dropped my phone. “Am I crazy?” I asked myself out loud. I lay down on my bed and thought about everything Scotty said. Soon enough I found myself falling asleep.

*Scotty’s POV*

I lay down on my bunk to try and sleep a little but all I kept thinking about was Madison. I took out my phone and called her. It went straight to her voicemail so I decided to leave a message.

“Hey it’s me, so I just wanted to say I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have gotten mad at you over something so small and stupid. I’ll talk to you later. Love you.”

I drifted off to sleep for a short nap.

What seemed like ten minutes later I heard pounding on the door. Next thing I knew, the curtain to my bunk was being pulled open.

“Scotty come on get up. Time for sound check!” Mike yelled.

I rubbed my eyes and stretched a little, “alright Mike, give me five minutes.”

“That’s all you have Scott.” Mike said as he walked away and out of the bus.

I climbed out of my bunk and got ready for the sound check.

“Alright Mike, I’m ready” I said as I walked on stage.

Mike walked up to me, “Alright. We have someone coming in to listen to you practice but just keep going on as if nobody is here okay?”

“Yeah sure Mike.” I said as I got ready.

About halfway through ‘See You Tonight’ I heard the door open and saw her walk in. I smiled as I finished performing. After I finished the song I called for a break. The band walked off the stage towards the dressing rooms and I walked towards the front of the stage and sat down.

“So how’s it going?” I asked as she looked up at me.

“It’s going. But, we need to talk.” She said.

“Yeah sure. Let me just finish sound check and we can go for a walk.” He said as he stood up.

*Madison’s POV*

I sat in the chair texting my mom while Scotty finished up his sound check. After he was done he got cleaned up and walked towards me. “Let’s go for that walk now.” He said as he got closer.

I looked around to make sure my dad wasn’t around and I reached for his hand as we walked.

“Scotty, I’m sorry about everything.” I said.

“Baby girl what do you mean?” he asked.

“I mean, I’m just sorry. Things just aren’t working the way I want them to Scotty.” I said.

“Mads please don’t do this to me.” He begged.

I took a deep breath, “I think we just need to take a break Scotty.” I said.

He stopped walking and let go of my hand, “Madison no. Please don’t do this.” He said as his eyes filled with tears.

“Just for a little bit Scotty. Just until this tour stuff settles down.” I said. I wiped some tears from my own eyes as Scotty pulled me into a tight hug.

“Madison please.” He said. “I love you Madison. I love you more than anything. Don’t do this to me.”

“I don’t know Scotty.” I said.

Just then Scotty pulled me against him and kissed me. I kissed him back for a second then pulled away, “Scotty…” I started.

“Mads listen, if you really think this is what’s best then go ahead and walk off. But just remember one thing okay?”

“What Scotty.” I said as I wiped more tears from my eyes.

“Just remember that I love you. And that ‘See You Tonight’ was written about you. And it’s the truth; I would drive a million miles to see your smile. I would do anything to see you every single night if I could. Madison, you mean the world to me.”

I could tell that Scotty was on the verge of tears now so I pulled him into a tight hug and just held him. “Scotty, I love you more than anything, but it’s really tough. I can’t talk to anyone about this because nobody knows about us, but I’m afraid that our relationship is going to go the same way my relationship with Chris went and I’m just scared that I’m going to lose you.”

“Madison I would never in my wildest dreams think of leaving you.” He said.

I pulled him into and even tighter hug and kissed his cheek, “I love you Scotty.” I whispered in his ear.

“I love you too Madison, I love you too.” He whispered back.

I stood there in his arms for about five minutes. I saw my dad walking out of the building so I pulled out of Scotty’s hug quickly and wiped my eyes.

“Scotty come on. Time to get ready for the show!” my dad yelled.

“Coming Mike” Scotty said back, “Come on Mads, it’s show time.” He said to me.

I followed behind him until we got up to my dad, “hey daddy.” I said.

He wrapped his arm around me, “hey Maddie girl, you okay?”

“Yeah daddy I’m fine.” I said as I smiled at him.

“Alright,” he said, “Hey I don’t want you two to be out walking around alone anymore. Rumors might start about you two being an item.”

“Sorry Mike,” Scotty said, “she needed to talk to me about class stuff.”

“It’s fine Scott, but let’s not let it happen again okay?” my dad said.

“Sure thing Mike.” Scotty said.

“You got it daddy.” I said as I tightened my arm around him.

I walked inside with my dad and got settled backstage to watch Scotty perform. As he performed, I couldn’t help but think about everything we talked about before. Was I stupid for wanting to leave him? Of course I was, I mean, he is the best thing I have right now. He means so much to me. As I sat there thinking, I heard Scotty’s band start playing the chords for ‘See You Tonight’. I sat back and smiled as he performed. The crowd loved his whole performance. The rest of his show went perfectly. He owned the stage and made the crowd go nuts, especially when he performed ‘Gone’. The crowed rushed the stage and went crazy. After the song Scotty left the stage and rushed to get ready for the VIP meet and greet and question and answer session. During the session I stood in the back of the room and I was helping his mom hand out all the VIP package items. Everyone kept asking me who I was so finally I told them that I was his tour manager’s daughter. They all told me that I should get a picture with Scotty so I asked my dad and he said it was fine. I went up to Scotty and he wrapped his arms around me and kissed my cheek.

“Scott.” My dad started.

“Dad it’s fine.” I said.

He shook his head and took the picture, “it’s not going on the site, but I’ll get it printed for you.”

“Thanks daddy!” I said as I ran up to him and kissed his cheek. “You’re the best” I said as I left the room.

After I left the room I headed right towards Scotty’s bus. When I got there I saw Ashley sitting on the couch.

“Ash!” I yelled.

She jumped up and turned around, “Madison!” she yelled as she hugged me, “why are you here? I thought you weren’t coming out with us for a while.”

“I wanted to come visit my dad for a bit. Plus there was too much drama at home.” I said as I sat down.

“Drama? What kind of drama?” Ashley asked worried.

“Just family stuff. My mom and my aunt got in a fight and mom suggested I come with dad for the weekend, so here I am.” I laughed.

Ashley sat next to me, “I’m sorry about the drama, but it’s great to see you again! I bet Scotty was happy too.” She said with a laugh.

“Yeah, he was happy to see me.” I said, “wait, did he tell you?”

She laughed, “no I took his phone and found out. I won’t tell anyone though don’t worry.” She said.

“Thanks Ash.” I said. Just then the door opened and my dad and Scotty came walking onto the bus.

“Mads come on,” my dad said, “I want to show you something.”

“Alright dad I’ll be right there, I just have to talk to Ashley about something quick.” I said.

My dad nodded his head as he walked off the bus and shut the door. As soon as he walked away I turned to face Scotty and I wrapped my arms around him, “you were amazing tonight.” I said.

He pulled out of the hug and smiled at me, “thanks baby girl.” He said, and then he kissed me.

I smiled at him, “well, I better go before my dad comes looking for me.” I said.

“Alright, well I’ll text you later okay?” Scotty asked.

“Sure thing Scotty.” I said. I gave him one more kiss before I headed off the bus to go find my dad.

*Scotty’s POV*

I watched as Madison left to go find her dad then I turned to look at Ashley, “is it crazy of us to keep this a secret?” I asked.

“No it’s not Scotty,” she said as she sat next to me, “it’s the best thing for both of you right now.”

“I guess you’re right Ash, but I hate keeping things from mom and dad you know?” I said.

“Trust me Scotty, I know,” Ashley laughed, “but for now it’s best to just keep it between you and her. And me.” She said as she patted my shoulder.

“Thanks Ash,” I said as I stood up, “you always know what to say. Well I’m gonna get some sleep. I’ll talk to you in the morning.”

“Night bro.” Ashley said as I walked back towards my bunk.

*Madison’s POV*

“What did you want to show me dad?” I asked as I walked up to him.

“This.” He said as he handed me a picture. It was the picture from the meet and greet of Scotty with his arms wrapped around me and kissing my cheek. As I looked at the picture, all I could do was smile.

“Thanks daddy.” I said as I looked up at him briefly before looking back down at the picture in my hands.

“Madison what’s going on?” he asked.

I looked up at him confused, “what do you mean dad?” I asked.

“Between you and Scott.” He said.

“Nothing daddy he’s just my friend.” I said trying to hide my smile.

“Madison!” my dad yelled.

I looked up at him with tears in my eyes, “why don’t you believe me dad?”

“Because you’re just like your mother.” My dad yelled.

My eyes widened when he said that and I could instantly tell he felt bad about it, “Mads,” he said.

“No dad. Don’t even try fixing it!” I screamed as I ran towards Scotty’s bus. Once I got there I pounded on the door until it opened. I saw Ashley standing there looking tired.

“Madison?” she asked. Once she saw me wipe tears from my eyes she pulled me onto the bus and locked the door, “Madison what happened?” she asked.

I tried to calm myself down, “I want Scotty.” I said through my tears.

Ashley nodded her head and walked towards Scotty’s bunk to wake him up. She was back there for at least five minutes. All of a sudden I heard a crash from the bunks and then saw Scotty running up to me.

“Mads what happened?” he asked as he sat down next to me and pulled me into his arms.

“My dad.” I said, “I think he knows about us.” I cried as I wiped tears, “and he yelled at me when I said we weren’t. And then he said I’m just like my mom. He called me a liar. And he yelled at me. And…” I tried to finish but I started crying even more.

“Come on baby girl,” Scotty said as he took my hand,” let’s get some sleep okay?” he asked.

I slowly nodded my head as I followed him to the back of the bus and lay down on the couch back there. Scotty lay down next to me and rubbed my back while singing to me until I fell asleep.

The next morning when I woke up Scotty wasn’t next to me anymore. I stood up and walked towards the front of the bus. Still no Scotty. “Scotty?” I yelled.

“Shh he’s sleeping” Ashley said as she walked onto the bus.

“He is?” I asked, “where?”

“His bunk. He woke up really early this morning and went there. He’s really worried you know.” She said as she sat down.

I sat down next to her, “what do you mean?” I asked.

“Well, whatever happened last night, he’s worried about you. He was talking in his sleep and all he kept saying was your name. As if he was looking for you or something.”

“Really?” I asked, “did you hear what happened?”

“No I didn’t. He didn’t tell me either. But your dad was looking for you earlier.” She said.

I took a deep breath, “let me tell you what happened.” I said. I told her the whole story of the night before.

“That’s crazy Madison, I’m sorry.” Ashley said.

“It’s fine. I guess I deserved it. Do you think that we should tell my dad about us?”

Ashley looked at me, “I don’t know Madison.” She said, “I mean, it’d probably be best, but do you want to risk it getting out and everyone knowing?”

“It’s a risk I’m willing to take. I’m just tired of being treated this way you know?” I said.

“Do what you think is right. Just make sure Scotty knows about it too.” She laughed.

“Alright Ashley.” I said as I stood up, “thank you.”

“No problem sweetie.” She said as she smiled.

I walked outside of the bus and saw my dad standing near Scotty’s parents talking. He must’ve seen me because he started walking towards me. “Madison.” He said. I turned to look at him without saying anything, “Mads I’m sorry about last night I really am. I shouldn’t have yelled at you at all. I believe you. I really do.” He said.

I looked into his eyes, “daddy I know you don’t believe me still. But I want to talk to you.”

“Okay what do you want to talk about? Let’s go sit down somewhere.” He said.

“Not now dad, later on.” I said as I walked back onto Scotty’s bus. I watched as my dad walked away looking confused and worried.

“Morning baby girl.” I heard from behind me.

I turned and saw Scotty standing there looking tired. “Good morning handsome.” I said as I kissed his cheek. “How’d you sleep?”

“I’ve slept better but I’ve slept worse.” He said, “How about you?”

“I slept okay.” I said, “Hey can we talk?”

He nodded his head as he sat at the table. I followed him and sat across from him, “I think we should tell my dad about us.” I said.

Scotty looked into my eyes, “are you sure?” he asked.

“Yes.” I said.

He nodded, “Just tell me when.” He said.

I smiled, “later this afternoon before sound check.” I said.

“Sounds good.” He said as he stood up, “speaking of today,” he continued as he walked towards the bathroom, “I have to get ready.”

I laughed, “Alright cowboy, you get ready. I’ll go hang out with Ash.”

“No talking about me!” he laughed.

“Oh we will.” I said as I winked at him.

“So tell me everything” Ashley said as she sat next to me.

I looked at her confused, “what do you mean? Tell you everything about what?”

“Didn’t you guys tell your dad?” she asked.

I shook my head, “no we didn’t. And I don’t think we will yet. I mean, I want to, but I’m scared about how he’s going to react.”

She nodded her head, “Understood. Well, if you do decide to tell him, I’m sure he’ll be happy for you.”

“You don’t know him Ash. He’ll have a fit when we tell him. I think I’m just going to wait. We can tell him and your parents at the same time. Kill two birds with one stone, right?” I said with a laugh.

“True.” Ashley said. “Well, follow your heart and do what you think is right.” She said as she stood up and walked towards the back of the bus.

*Scotty’s POV*

I walked out of the bathroom and towards Madison. “Ready to do this?” I asked.

“Actually Scotty,” she said as she stood up and looked at me, “I’m not ready to tell him yet. I can’t do it. I’m sorry.”

I smiled at her, “It’s okay Madison. We’ll do it together when you’re ready. We can tell your dad and my parents at the same time if you want.”

“That’s what I told Ashley!” she yelled as she laughed.

“Alright come on,” I said as I wrapped my arm around her shoulder, “come watch me do sound check.”

She smiled at me, “sure Scotty,” she said, “but you can’t have your arm around me.”

I took my arm off of her shoulder and wrapped it around her waist, “I know.” I said. I pulled her in for a kiss and then we headed off towards the stage.

Anonymous asked: omg i love the new chapter can't wait for a new one when will that be?

awww thank you :) umm I don’t know quite yet when that chapter will be up, but it should be soon im guessing sometime next weekend or maybe even sooner! but thanks for reading :) ~Sam

Always and Forever

Chapter 6….

*Madison’s P.O.V *

I turned my chair back to face my dad before I could make eye contact with Scotty.

“Uhh dad I just remembered that I have to take my medicine, so I think I am going to go back to the house and relax for a while” I said as I stood up from the chair.

“Oh alright sweetheart, let me walk you out” My dad said as he wrapped his arm around my shoulders. As I was walking past Scotty he just stood there watching me. When we were down the hall I lost it. Tears started to fill my eyes and before I knew it my dad had me in his arms.

“Its ok baby girl” He said as he rubbed my back. “You’ll be ok”

“No I won’t daddy! he hurt me, i thought I could trust him, but i guess I was wrong! it’s like the whole thing with Chris all over again. I thought I could trust him too and do you see what happened there? Why does this always happen to me daddy?” I said as  I lifted my head off of his chest.

“All good things come to an end sweetie, but is that not any reason to not enjoy the music”

“I know daddy, but I really liked Scotty, I thought I could trust him, he was my only true friend that I made since I started School, but I guess I was wrong about him all along”

“ I don’t know, he really likes you, I don’t think he would hurt you on purpose”

“Dad he lied to me, he kept the picture hidden from the whole weekend, and then acted like he didn’t know anything when I told him at the hospital”

“I know, I know”

“I’ll see you at home daddy” I said as I pulled away from the hug and walked down the hall.

“See ya baby girl” He said.

I walked out of the building and toward the house. That’s one thing I liked about Nashville everything was in walking distance, so I was able to have some to myself and think things through. When I got back to my dad’s house I took my medicine, grabbed my pillow and blanket and laid down on the couch since the meds make me tired. An half an hours later  I was watching One Tree Hill, my Phone went off, I grabbed it off the coffee table and notice it was from Collin.

COLLIN: “Hey Mads, I was wondering if you were on campus today and if you wanted to hangout for a little bit”

ME: “Hey Collin, no I am in Nashville this weekend visiting my dad, thanks for the offer though”

COLLIN: “No problem, did you happen to run into Scotty”

ME: “Yeah, but he didn’t say anything to me, Just stared”

COLLIN: “did you say anything to him”

ME: “No, I walked out, I think we both need time apart right now”

COLLIN: “Time will make it worse! You’re…the other half of his soul. He’s never going to get over you. And no matter how much you hope that you will… you’ll never get over him. You’re going to wake up one day and realize what you’ve done, and you’re going to regret the time you wasted apart from him for the rest of your life.”

ME: “What am I supposed to do Collin, he lied to me, I don’t know why he kept that picture away from me all weekend.”

COLLIN: “ Mads, he really misses you, he was down in the dumps all night and all day yesterday, he knows he screwed up, can you please just talk to him”

ME: “Ill think about it”

COLLIN: “That’s all I ask”

I fell asleep shortly after texting Collin, with Scotty on my mind.

~

It been a week since I have seen Chris or Scotty. I couldn’t stand the thought of looking at them. As I was lying in my bed I lift up my cast and look at it. I covered the part where Scotty signed it with some blue duct tape. “Everything happens in threes” I thought to myself. “First I found out Chris cheated on me, second I break my wrist, and third I found out Scotty has been lying to me”. I lay there and think for a few minutes more and then I shoot up. “It’s time for a change” I said to myself, and with that, I was off to get ready for the day.

“Hey mads” Jackie my hair dresser asked as I went into the salon.

“Hey Jackie, how are you today?” She asked as I walked up to the chair and sat down.

“I am doing good, how are you” Jackie asked as she put the apron over me.

“I have been better” I said.

“Is it going to be the usual today” She asked as she walked over to get the scissors.

“No, I was thinking I would change it up a bit and do something like this” I said as I pointed to a picture.

“Are you sure”

“I am positive I am ready for a change”

“Alright, well lets get started then” She said as she smiled at me in the mirror for a second and then walked away.

I looked at myself in the mirror and took a deep breath.

~

As I was driving back to the dorms I was thinking about what Collin said last weekend. I was still contemplating on whether or not I should go to Scotty’s apartment and talk to him. I didn’t realize that I drove passed the school and toward Scotty apartment building. I walk up to the door and went to knock but right before I could the door opens and Scotty is on the other side of it.

“Hey” I said as I looked at him. He just looks at me for a second and the shuts the door.  I stand there in shock for a minute. Just as I was thinking about going back to my car I hear the door open.

“Mads is that really you” I heard the deep voice asked. He was shocked to see that my hair was now shoulder length instead of down to my mid back and that it had red streaks in it and it wasn’t just blonde.
‘Who else would it be” I asked

“No one I just didn’t recognize you with your new look” Scotty said as he walked over to me

“I thought it was time for a change, I was sick of the good girl Madison, I Just woke up one day and decided I didn’t want to feel like that anymore or ever again so I changed.” I said as I placed my hands on my hips.

“well I liked the old you better” Scotty said as he walked closer to me.

“Well that Madison is gone, She left when Chris left and you lied to me” I said as I walked closer to him angrily.

“I am sorry that I lied to you I was only protecting you”

“Keeping it from me was only hurting me more”

“I’m sorry I made a mistake” Scotty said as he looked down at his feet.

“I don’t even know why I came” I said as I turned around and started to walk away.

“Wait, just give me a minute to explain” Scotty said as he grabbed my arm.

“Explain what” I asked.

“Just come with me please” He begged.  I just nodded my head. He grabbed my hand and lead me into his apartment and went straight to his bed room.

“Sit down on my bed” He said as he pointed to the bed. I walked over and sat down. I watched him walk over and grab his guitar off the stand and then walk over to the bed and sit down. Then he starts to strum a familiar tune.

I’ve always been there every time he let you down. I caught your fallin’ tears before they hit the ground. But I just heard somebody say that you finally told him goodbye. Well, girl now you’ve finally made your move, now I’m here to make mine. I wanna be there when you wake up, Be more than just your friend. Baby there’s no mistakin’, You’re the love I wanna be in, ah yeah. I’ve kept my feelings under lock and key. Couldn’t let you see them even though it was killin’ me. You can’t imagine all the time I spent wishin’ you were mine. I just know if we ever kissed, we’d go crazy, baby, for the rest of our lives,  I wanna be there when you wake up, Be more than just your friend. Baby there’s no mistakin’, You’re the love I wanna be in, Well, I wanna be there when you wake up, Be more than just your friend. Baby there’s no mistakin’,You’re the love I wanna be in. I wanna be there when you wake up, Be more than just your friend. Baby there’s no mistakin’,You’re the love I wanna be in. You’re the love I wanna be in, ah yeah, I wanna be there when you wake up.

When Scotty was finished playing he placed his guitar on his bed, looked at me and grabbed my hands.

“Madison, there is something I have been meaning to tell you”. He started to rub the back of my hand with his thumb. I looked down at our hands for a minute then back to him.

“What’s that” I asked.

“I really like you Madison, and I mean more than a friend, I have been keeping these feeling locked up because you were with Chris and I didn’t want to get in the middle of anything”. I could feel tears starting to form in my eyes, I stood up from his bed and ran out of his room. I could hear he was running behind me.  Right when I was about to reach the door, he grabbed my hand and pulled me to him. He instantly placed his lips onto mine. I felt my knees go weak so I placed my hands on his waist. I felt something with this kiss. It was un describable. When we were separated Scotty rested his forehead against mine and looked at me.

“You shouldn’t of done that” I said right before I ran out of his apartment.

I ran until I reached the door. “why did he have to kiss me” I thought to myself. I leaned my back against the wall and slid down until I was sitting on the floor.

Scotty’s P.O.V

I stood there and starred at the door. “I knew this was going to happen why did I have to screw thing up between us” I thought to myself as I walked over to the couch and sat down. The boys were right, I shouldn’t of fallen so hard for her. As I stood up from the couch I started to walk toward my room when there was a knock on my door. When I opened it I saw Madison standing there. She looked at me for a split second then she wrapped her arms around my neck carefully because of her cast and kissed me. I wrapped my arms around her waist and pulled her close to me.  The kiss lasted for over a minute and when we pulled away I rested my forehead against hers and still held her close to me.

“What was that for” I asked.

“For all the times I have wanted to, but couldn’t because I was still with Chris” She said as she looked up at me.

“Why did you just run away” I asked.

“Because I was scared to actually admit I had feelings for you, so I thought it would just be better if I stayed mad at you and kept them to myself” She said as she pulled away from my grip. I look at her and grab her hand and lead her to the couch. We both sit down and she turns her body to face me.

“Mads, I am so sorry for keeping the picture away from you, that was wrong, but at the time I was only protecting you” I said as I looked at her.

“Scotty did you ever think that telling me would be better way to protect me then keeping it from me?”

“No, now that you put it that way I should’ve done that”

“Then the fight in the hallway might of not happen, wait I take that back with Chris I can’t tell you what would’ve happened” she said as she looks at me.

“Yeah, I am sorry about that, have you seen Chris since then?” I asked her. Her face went blank. Then she took a deep breath.

“Actually no, we haven’t talk to each other either and that’s the way it needs to be, he’s not the guy I thought he was. Maybe it was a mistake that I dated him, I don’t know, but all I can say is I’m glad it’s over”

“So I take it you’re not ready for a relationship yet” I said as I looked down to my lap.

“Right now, I don’t know” She said as she touches my knee. “All I know is that I really like you Scotty, and I don’t know what I should do about it”

“We don’t have to do anything until you’re ready, I just wanted you to know how I felt”

Madison’s P.O.V

Before I could answer my phone rang, I pulled it out of my pocket and looked at the caller ID. I saw it was Chris. I looked up at Scotty and took a deep breath.

“Answer it” He said in a soft tone. He grabbed my free hand and then I pressed answer and brought the phone up to my ear.

“Hello” I said in a flat tone.

“Hi” Chris said.

“What do you want” I asked.

“I want my stuff back” Chris said.

“ok then ill drop it off with joey later on today”

“No, I want to do it face to face”

“Chris, I don’t think that is a good idea”

“Well I think it is, so can you meet me in front of the café in about twenty-minutes”

“Make it thirty” I said

“Fine, see you then, bye”

“bye”

I hung up the phone and then looked up at Scotty. I took a deep breath.

“What did he want” Scotty asked.

“He wants to meet up and exchange stuff back” I said as I look away from Scotty for a second then back to him.

“When”

“In a half an hour”

“Oh alright, do you want me to go with you”

“No, there will be another fight, and I want to get this over with”

“Well I cant have you go alone, I don’t trust him mads” Scotty said as he looked at me.

I look down at my cast and notice the duct tape was still on it. I rest my arm on my leg and use my left hand to take it off. “There” I said as I showed him my cast. “That’s better”.

He smiled. We sat there for silence for a minute and then we heard the door open.

“Hey Scotty whats up” I heard Collin’s voice asked. Scotty turned around and looked at him.

“Not much man, just talking to Madison” Scotty said as he stood up from the couch revealing me.

“Madison is that really you” He asked.       

“Yeah, it’s me” I said as I stood up from the couch.

“I didn’t recognize you with your new look”

“It’s ok, I am going to be getting that a lot now”

“Hey bud, I have a question for you” Scotty as Collin.

“What’s up man” Collin said.

“Do you think you can go with Madison to see Chris, he wants some of his stuff back, I cant go because it would start another fight”

“Sure thing, when do we have to go”

“In about twenty-five minutes, but I have to stop by my dorm first to get all of it” I said as I look at Collin.

“Ok let’s get going then” He said as he walked over to the door.

“if you want you can come and just wait in my dorm” I said to Scotty.

“Alright, that sounds good” He said as he smiled at me.

Scotty drove over to the School and parked his truck so Chris wouldn’t see it. When we reached my dorm, I walked over next to my bed and grabbed the box with Chris’s stuff in it.

“I’ll be here when you get back” Scotty said as he walked over to you.

“Thanks Scotty” I said as I smiled at him.

“No problem” He said with a smile.

“Come on love birds we only have five minutes to get over to the café” Collin said as he opened the door.

“Well ill see you in a little bit” I said to Scotty as I walked over to my door.

“Sounds good” Scotty said. I looked at him one last time before Collin shut the door behind us.

“I don’t I can do this” I said to Collin when we were about halfway there.

“Mads, it will be ok, I promise, I will be there every step of the way” Collin said to me as he patted my back.

“Why am I doing this again?” I asked him.

“Because holding onto it is killing you and then longer you hold onto it the more it will hurt”

“I guess your right” I said as I sighed  little. We walked the rest of the way in silence. As we were getting closer I saw  Chris standing there with Joey.

“Ill be right over there with Will”  Collin pointed over to a table.

“Thanks Collin” I said as I smiled at him.

“No problem” he said as he smiled back.

I watched him walk over to the table and sit down. After a minute passed I walked over to Chris.

“Hi” I said as I reached him

“Hey” He said as he walked over to me.

“Here’s your stuff” I said as I handed him his box.

“thanks, here is yours” He said as he took the box from your hand, handed it to joey then grabbed yours.

“thanks” I said as I took It from him.

“So im sorry about the fight in the hallway the other day” Chris said as he looked at me.

“ What irritated me in that entire situation was the fact that I wasn’t feeling humiliated, or annoyed, or even fooled. Betrayal is what I felt, my heart not just broken by a guy I was in love with but also by, as I once believed, a true friend” I said as I looked up at him.

“I am sorry, I didn’t know what I was thinking, I thought you cheated on me with that McCreery kid, and I was angry that you decided to go on tour on Valentine’s  day instead of being here with me”

“Chris, I was there to be with my dad, and he happened to be his manager, I just cant stop seeing my dad because you don’t trust me”

“So what are you going to do, just leave me after being together for almost two years, did you ever think about me in this whole situation and how I felt about you spending time with another guy constantly”

“This is just how I was afraid you’d take it. I knew it. That you’d think this means you are right to be afraid all the time and never feel secure or trust me. I knew it’d be “See your leaving after all when to promised you wouldn’t”. I knew it but im trying to explain anyways, ok? And I know you probably won’t understand this either, but, wait, just try and listen and maybe absorb this, Okay? Ready? Me leaving is not to confirmation of all your fears about me. Its because of them” I said as I looked at him. Chris just stared at me.

“Can you please just give me another chance please babe?” Chris begged.

“ Don’t waste your breath with baby please, Cuz I am so not listening, Don’t bother getting down upon your knees and try to beg me , I’m tired of how you twist the truth, You’re not talking to the same girl, Who used to forgive you You think I’ll sweep my heart up off the floor, And give it to you, Like so many times before
You’re talking to a stranger, I’m not that girl anymore, That girl is long gone, I’m not drowning in my yesterdays, Betcha never thought I’d be that strong”. Chris continued to just stare at me.

“Well I have to go, bye Chris” I said as I picked up my box and walked away. Collin and will walked back to my dorm with me then they went back to the apartment. As I tried to unlock the door, Scotty opened it.

“Hey” he said with a smile.

“Scotty” I said as I walked over to him and hugged him tight as tears filled my eyes.

“ it’s over now, you don’t have to see him again” Scotty said as he rubbed your back.

We stood there for a minute and then pulled away. We walked over to my couch and sat there. I curled up into his side and he wrapped his arm around me.

“So I was thinking about what you asked me earlier” I said as I grabbed his hand.

“ So what do you think” He asked as he turned his hand around and then intertwined our fingers.

“I am willing to give us a shot, but under one condition” I said as I turn my head and look at him.

“And what’s that” He asked with a smile on his face. 

“We keep it a secret for now, just until this whole this with Chris calms down and after we make sure this is what we really want”

“Alright, it’s a deal” He said right before he kissed my cheek. “Now how about you get some rest I can tell your medicine is kicking in , I will be here when you wake up” He said as he looked at me.  I rested my head on his chest and started to close my eyes.

“I love you Scotty” I said in a whispered tone.

“I love you too baby girl” He said as he started to rub my back. Soon enough I drifted into a long peaceful sleep. 

Anonymous asked: when will there be another chapter??

we’re going to try for Friday or Saturday night. :) Chapter 6 should be up by then and then hopefully, if it gets done before I leave for vacation on Monday morning, Chapter 7 should be posted, if not 7 will be up later on Monday night or Tuesday morning!

Forever And Always - Chapter 5

*Madison’s POV*

I stared at my phone in anger not knowing what to say or do. I clenched my fist around it and before I knew it my phone was being launched at the wall. I watched as it hit the wall and fell to the ground in pieces. I fell to my knees next to my bed and let my anger out by punching the mattress. I may have taken my anger a little too far by punching the wall. I punched a hole through the wall and could hear a crack but I didn’t care. I punched the wall a few more times until the pain in my hand made me forget about what I had seen. I flopped down on my bed and cried for a bit. Soon enough I heard knocking. I really didn’t want to see anyone, but I got up and answered the door. Scotty was standing there looking at his phone. When he heard the door open he looked up at me. I was standing there holding my right hand against me tightly and staring at him with a look in my eyes that showed I was in pain.

“Mads, what happened?” Scotty asked with a worried look on his face.

I looked up at him with tears in my eyes, “it hurts.”

He slowly took my hand in his and looked at it. It was all bruised and swollen. “Mads, let’s go.” He said.

“Scotty I don’t want to go anywhere right now.” I said as I pulled my hand away from him. Big mistake. I flinched in pain even more.

“Let’s go.” He said as he grabbed my purse and keys off of the counter and led me into the hallway. He locked the door behind us and led me to his truck. As soon as we got there he opened the door for me and helped me in. He then walked around the front, got in, and started it up. He drove off towards the hospital with me sitting there not saying a word.

“Excuse me, we need a doctor!” he yelled when we got inside the Emergency Room.

A nurse came over to us and got my information and then had us sit in the waiting room until she called us back. Scotty sat down next to me, but I got up and moved over a seat.

“Mads what’s wrong?” he asked as he moved next to me again and put his arm around my shoulders.

I turned to look at him with tears in my eyes, “he cheated on me.” I said as more tears rolled down my cheeks. Scotty pulled me against him tighter and rubbed my back. I pulled away from him and walked to the other side of the waiting room.

He was about to stand up and come over but the nurse came over and got me, leaving Scotty sitting in the waiting room. I looked back at him as I walked towards the room and I could see in his eyes how upset he was. I mouthed sorry and turned to keep walking.

“Alright Madison, your mom is on her way. When she gets here, we are going to take some X-Rays and we’ll go from there.” The nurse said to me before she left the room.

About fifteen minutes later my mom came rushing into the room and came up to me. “Maddy honey are you okay?” She asked as she looked into my eyes.

“I’m fine mom. It’s just my wrist. I think it’s broken but they haven’t taken X-Rays yet so I’m not sure.” I said.

She wrapped her arm around my shoulder as she sat down next to me, “honey what happened to cause this?”

I wiped some tears from my eyes, “Well, I saw a picture of Chris kissing another girl and so I threw my phone at the wall, my phone broke and then I ended up punching the wall. And then Scotty showed up and he’s the one that brought me here. I guess he had been looking for me but I wouldn’t know because my phone is broken.”

My mom wiped the tears from my cheeks and then kissed my head. “Baby girl listen to me. Everything happens for a reason.”

“Mom I loved him!” I yelled.

“Madison baby you’re only nineteen. You don’t know what love is!” she yelled back.

I stood up off the chair, “mom. I loved him! He cheated on me! I know what love is, and now I know what heartbreak is!”

She stood up and came over to me then pulled me into a hug. “Baby girl, you will find someone someday who will treat you right and who will love you more than you can imagine. Just don’t rush it. Good things come to those who wait. Besides, do you think your daddy would want to see you like this?”

I looked up at her, “no momma. I know he wouldn’t. Can I go see him next weekend?”

“Sure baby girl.” She said as she kissed the top of my head. Just then the doctor came in to take me for X-Rays.

“Alright Madison, sit on this chair and put your arm here” the doctor said.

I nodded my head and followed the instructions. The doctor then left the room and took the X-Rays. Once he was done he motioned for me to follow him. I stood up and walked to the door, then followed the doctor back to the room. He had me wait for about ten minutes while the X-Rays developed.

“Momma.” I said as I sat in the chair.

“Yes baby girl?” she asked.

I looked up at her with tears in my eyes, “do you know if Scotty’s still here?”

She looked at me and smiled, “you like him don’t you baby girl?”

“Mom, he’s my friend, but can you go check if he’s here? I need to talk to him.” I said.

“Sure thing baby.” She said as she walked out of the room.

A couple minutes later, Scotty walked in. “your mom told me you wanted to talk to me. She stayed out in the waiting room.” He said as he closed the door and sat down. “You okay?” he asked.

“Well other than my arm and the whole thing with Chris I’m fine.” I said.

“You’re lying Mads.” Scotty said.

I looked up at him, “no I’m not.”

“Then look me in the eyes and tell me you’re fine.” He said.

I looked into his eyes, “I’m…I can’t. Because I’m not fine.” I wiped the tears from my eyes, “I loved him and he cheated on me. I can’t believe he did that.” I screamed.

Scotty moved and sat next to me, “listen Mads, you can do better than him. It’s his fault not yours. Don’t beat yourself up over this.”

I laughed a little and pointed at my wrist, “too late for that. But don’t call or text me. I kind of threw my phone at the wall and it’s broken. I’m going to have my dad get me a new one when I see him.”

“When’s that gonna be?” he asked. The doctor walked back into the room just then with my mom and the X-Ray results.

“Next weekend.” I said. Scotty nodded his head then stood up and walked towards the door. “Hey Scotty, stay in here. Please?”

He smiled at me, “sure thing Mads.”

“Well,” the doctor said as he pointed at the picture, “you broke your wrist pretty badly. If you look here you can see the crack. We’re going to have to put it in a cast for about two months so it can heal up.”

“Alright.” I said. The doctor then listed colors I could choose from and I told him I wanted blue. He nodded his head and then went to get everything he needed. When he came back in, he put the cast on my wrist and then prescribed me some pain pills. Soon after, we got to leave.

“Scotty, can you bring Madison back to her dorm room? I have some errands to run.” My mom said.

“Sure, not a problem.” Scotty said with a smile, “Ready Mads?” he asked as he reached for my hand. I took his hand in mine as he led me to the truck. The whole walk there I couldn’t help but think about how perfectly my hand fit into his. We got to the truck and he helped me in then closed the door. I smiled as I watched him walk around the front of the truck and climb in.

“Enjoying the view?” Scotty laughed as he looked at me.

I blushed and looked away, “Um I was just making sure you didn’t fall. You’re kind of clumsy sometimes.”

“Yeah sure…” Scotty laughed. “Wanna get something to eat before we head back?”

“Of course.” I smiled. And with that he put his truck in drive and we headed off to get some food.

*Scotty’s POV*

As we drove to Bojangles, I kept catching myself glancing at Madison. She’s perfect, and she’s counting on me to be here for her through all of this. I have to do this for her. I turned the volume up a little bit and hummed along to the songs that played.

When we got to Bo’s I put the car in park and looked over at Madison. She had fallen asleep against the window, so I decided to just go through the drive-thru. I ordered for both of us, and took it back to her dorm. Once we got there, I saw Colin walking towards the dorms. “Colin!” I yelled.

Colin turned around and looked at me, “hey man what’s up?”

“Nothing, just got back from the ER.” I said.

“Woah, what happened man? You okay?” He asked looking worried.

I laughed, “Yeah I’m fine. Madison broke her wrist punching a wall.”

Colin looked at me then at Madison, “Is this because of the picture?”

I laughed, “yep.”

“Man you better not let her find out how long you’ve known about that picture.” Colin said.

“I don’t plan on it dude. But hey, do me a favor.” I said as I opened the passenger’s side door.

Colin looked over at me, “what’s that bud?”

I pulled out the sweet tea and Bojangles bags, “carry these upstairs,” I started then pulled out the key to her dorm, “and then unlock the door so we can get in.”

Colin laughed as he took everything from my hand, “sure thing man.”

Colin carried the stuff upstairs for me and then opened the door and put the stuff on the counter. “You can take one of those sweet teas man.”

“Thanks dude.” Colin said as he sat down on the couch.

I carried Madison into her room and laid her on her bed. As I laid her down, I went to stand back up, but she kept a tight grip on my neck. I gave up and laid down next to her and let her sleep. After about fifteen minutes I managed to slip out of her grip. I looked at Colin, “you can hang out here for a bit dude, that’s what I’m doing.”

“Alright Scotty, sounds good.” Colin said, just then I heard a knock on the door. I looked out the peephole and saw her mom standing there. I opened the door and let her in.

“Hey Scotty, thanks for bringing her back here for me.” She said, “Here are her pain pills. She’ll probably need one soon so make sure she gets it.” She reached into her back pocket and pulled out a phone, “Make sure she gets this. It’s my old phone but this will hold her over until her dad gets her a new one.”

“Alright Megan.” I said, “thanks.”

“No problem Scotty, thank you.” And then she left.

I sat back down on the couch and put on the TV. Of course there was nothing good on, so Colin and I played some video games until he decided to leave.

“Scotty?” I heard a sleepy voice ask.

I looked up and saw Madison standing in her doorway, “Hey Mads, how do you feel?”

She had a look in her eyes that showed she was in pain so I didn’t even wait for her to answer. “Here’s your pain pill. Your mom dropped them off earlier while you were sleeping.”

“Have you been here all day?” she asked.

“Yeah,” I said, “I had to make sure you were okay.”

She walked up to me and hugged me, “thanks Scotty. You’re the best.”

I wrapped my arms around her, “Nah, just a true friend.” I smiled.

Madison walked to the couch and sat down. “Come sit with me.” She said.

I smiled and then walked over and took a seat next to her. She moved closer to me and rested her head on my shoulder. “You know, when my parents were still together, I used to sit with my dad like this every time I was upset. He always knew just what to say to make me feel better when my mom couldn’t. I miss that. Having him here all the time. He was like my best friend. I could count on him to be there for me no matter what time it was.”

I rubbed her shoulder, “You know he’s only a phone call away Mads. And if you ever need anything you can always count on me. I’m here for you.”

She looked up at me and smiled. “Thanks Scotty. You really are my best friend. I don’t have anyone else.”

“What are you talking about Mads? You have tons of friends.” I said in shock.

She laughed, “yeah right. They all act like they are my friends, but they are fake. I don’t trust them at all. I can’t talk to them like I can talk to you.”

I smiled at her, “well, I’m always here to talk. Now, get some sleep. We still have class tomorrow.”

She smiled, “thanks Scotty.” And with that she closed her eyes and slowly drifted off to sleep.

As I sat on the couch with her sleeping next to me, I took out a sharpie and signed her blue cast.

I wrote: Mads, I’m here for ya. Till the end. Get better soon cowgirl. :) Scotty

Soon enough I felt my eyelids getting heavy, and I drifted off to sleep on the couch.

*Madison’s POV*

I woke up around five in the morning and realized I was on the couch. I sat up and saw Scotty. I didn’t remember him falling asleep here. I gently shook his arm, “Scotty.”

He blinked his eyes a couple times and looked over at me, “morning.” He said as he stretched.

“You stayed here all night?” I asked even though I knew the answer.

“Yeah I had to make sure you were okay.” He said.

I smiled, “well I am. Thanks cowboy. Now, you better go to your apartment and get ready for class.”

He laughed as he stood up, “alright cowgirl. You better do the same. I’ll see you in math.” He said as he pulled me into a hug. As much as I didn’t want to, I hugged him back.

I walked over to the door and let him out, then went to get ready for class. As I was brushing my hair, I saw something on my cast. When I looked, I noticed it was a note from Scotty and that he had signed it. I smiled as I read it. He truly is my best friend.

I finished getting ready for school and then went into my kitchen to get some food. I saw a phone, the pill bottle, and a note on the counter.

Mads,

Your mom said that you could use this phone until your dad gets you a new one. It’s her old one and it’s already set up with your number. For the pills, you take one every 6-8 hours depending on how much pain you’re in. Doc said you can stop taking them whenever you feel like the pain is gone. You have a doctor’s appointment in three weeks that your mom set up for you. They just want to check up on how you feel and all. Alright I think that’s everything…Oh one more thing, there is food in the fridge that your mom dropped off. It’s all pre-cooked so you just have to heat it up. Alright now that’s everything. See ya later.

Scotty.

I smiled as I picked up the phone and put it in my pocket. I put the bottle of pain pills in the cabinet, picked up my backpack and walked to class. When I got to the classroom I saw Chris standing outside. I tried walking past him but he stopped me.

“Why didn’t you answer my calls yesterday?” he asked in an angry tone.

“My phone broke that’s why.” I said crossing my arms.

He looked at my right arm, “What’d you do?”

“Punched a wall.” I said with no tone in my voice.

“Why would you be so stupid to do that?” he asked sounding like he didn’t care.

I looked him straight in the eyes, “why would you be stupid enough to cheat on me?”

His face turned pale, “what are you talking about? I didn’t cheat on you.”

“I’m not stupid Chris. I saw the picture of you and some girl at a party.”

“Maybe that’s because you were with Mr. Superstar for Valentine’s Day instead of being with me.” He yelled.

“Because I wanted to spend time with my dad. And I’m going to be doing that a lot more. At least my dad isn’t a liar like you.” I yelled.

Just then Chris took a step closer to me and raised his hand, “what did you say?”

*Scotty’s POV*

I watched in horror as Chris raised his hand to Madison like he was about to hit her. I took a few steps forward getting ready to jump in if I had to.

“I said at least my dad isn’t a liar like you!” Madison yelled again as she swung her right arm back and hit Chris in the stomach. He dropped to the ground in pain and Madison turned around to run, tears filling her eyes. As she got closer to where I was standing, she looked up and saw me. She ran right into my arms, the last thing I expected to happen.

I wrapped my arms around her and rubbed her back. I quietly started to sing to her as she cried.

Oh, look, there you go again, puttin’ on that smile again, even though I know you’ve had a bad day, doin’ this and doin’ that, always puttin’ yourself last, a whole lotta give and not enough take, but you can only be strong so long before you break, so fall, go on and fall apart, fall into these arms of mine, I’ll catch you, everytime you fall, go on and lose it all, every doubt, every fear, every worry, every tear, I’m right here, baby, fall, forget about the world tonight, all that’s wrong and all that’s right, lay your head on my shoulder, let it fade away, and if you wanna let go, baby it’s OK.

I sang to her until she stopped crying. When she stopped I just stood there holding her. After about ten minutes she pulled away from me and looked at me.

“Thank you Scotty.” She said.

I wiped the remaining tears from her eyes, “you’re welcome Mads. Don’t worry about him.”

“Scotty, was I stupid for actually loving him?” she asked.

I looked at her, “no Madison, you weren’t. You can’t help who you fall in love with, you just fall. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But you never know if you don’t try. Someday you’ll find someone who treats you right. And who won’t cheat, lie, or raise their hand to you. A true man would never hit his girl but instead treat her like a piece of art. Treat her gently and with love. You’ll find him somewhere Mads. Let your past make you better, not bitter.”

She smiled at me and kissed my cheek. “Scotty, you’re the best friend a girl could ask for. I think I’m going to go back to my dorm and call my dad. I’ll talk to you later?”

“Sure Mads. I’ll talk to you later.” I smiled. And with that, she walked away towards the door.

“Man you okay?” Colin said as he walked up to me.

I smiled, “I’m perfectly fine man.”

“You know she trusts you right?” he asked.

I looked at him, “of course I know that Colin.”

He laughed, “Just making sure man. Come on, let’s get to class.”

We walked off towards class talking about what happened between Chris and Madison. Just then I felt a tap on my shoulder.

I turned around and saw Chris standing behind me, “what do you want?” I asked.

“I want you to know that this isn’t over. She’ll come back to me. She always does.” He said.

“I don’t think so man. You messed up big this time. She’s not going to forgive you for this one.” I said as I turned and walked towards class leaving Chris standing there looking angry and disappointed at the same time.

Class went by pretty quickly and soon enough I was heading back to the apartment. When we got there, Colin and I decided to play some video games.

“Man I’m so going to kick your butt!” Colin said.

“In your dreams bro. In your dreams.” I said with a laugh.

Colin pushed me, “Dude watch out! I’m catching up to you.”

“Dude be careful!” I yelled as I pushed him back, “I WIN!” I yelled as I jumped up.

“That was pure luck McCreery!” Colin said as he walked to the kitchen.

“Keep thinking that Perry, keep thinking that.” I said with a laugh. As I got a drink, I heard a knock on the door. I walked over and opened it, “Mads? What are you doing here?”

“I can’t sleep.” She said as she wiped tears from her eyes.

I put my arm around her shoulder and led her in, “come on, let’s go to the couch.”

We walked over to the couch and I opened up the pull out bed and let her lay down. She looked up at me. “What?” I asked.

“Can you lay here? And sing to me? Just until I fall asleep?” she asked quietly.

I looked around the apartment, Colin must have already gone to his room and the rest of the guys were out for the night. “Alright” I said as I lay down next to her. “Just until you fall asleep.”

She turned to face me and put her head on my chest. I put my arm around her and stroked her cheek while I hummed my song “The Trouble with Girls”. Before I knew it, I looked over at her, and she was sound asleep. Soon enough, I caught myself drifting off to sleep right next to her.

I woke up early the next morning and saw Colin standing in the kitchen staring at me. I slowly got up off the pull out and walked towards him.

“How’d you sleep man?” he asked me.

I looked at him and rolled my eyes, “I slept fine thank you very much.”

“What about Madison?” he asked as he pointed over to her sleeping.

I rolled my eyes again, “she slept fine. She’s still down about the whole Chris thing, and she couldn’t sleep so she came here.”

*Madison’s POV*

I woke up and saw I was in Scotty’s apartment. I didn’t move around too much because I heard him and Colin talking in the kitchen. I lay on the couch quietly and listened.

“Does she know about the picture yet?” Colin asked.

I heard Scotty sigh, “Yeah she knows. That’s how she broke her phone and hand.”

Colin laughed, “I know that man. What I mean is does she know that you had the picture that whole weekend?”

“Colin be quiet. No she doesn’t know and I don’t plan on her finding out.” Scotty said in a quieter tone.

“Scotty man, she’s going to find out eventually.” Colin said.

“Not if I have a say in it.” Scotty said.

I coughed a few times and rolled over, then heard footsteps walking towards me.

Scotty sat down on the edge of the couch, “Hey Mads, you awake?”

I blinked a couple times and looked up at him, “yeah.”

He smiled, “how’d you sleep?”

“Well considering what happened I guess fine.” I said with an angry tone.

“Alright. You want some breakfast?”

I sat up, “no, I actually think I’m going to go home. I have some stuff to do with my mom today. So yeah, I have to go.”

I stood up and picked up my stuff and walked towards the door. Scotty was walking right behind me, “at least let me drive you home Mads.” He said as he stopped me from opening the door.

“No Scotty, it’s fine I can walk.” I said as I got even more angry.

“Mads that’s a far walk trust me.” Scotty said.

I looked at him in anger, “trust you? After you lied to me the entire weekend? I don’t think I can ever trust you now!” I yelled

“Mads, what are you talking about?” Scotty asked confused.

“I heard your conversation with Colin. I know how long you kept that picture from me. Don’t try any of this Scott Cooke. You lied to me.” I yelled now in tears.

“Mads, I didn’t lie. I had a good reason for not telling you.” Scotty said.

I looked him straight in the eyes, “save it Scotty. I’m leaving.” I said as I pulled open the door, walked out, and slammed it behind me.

I ran until I was far enough away from his apartment that he wouldn’t see or hear me and then I sat down and cried. I took out my phone and dialed my mom’s number. It rang a few times and then she answered.

“Hello?” she said.

“Mom,” I said as I wiped some tears, “can you come pick me up?”

“Sure honey where are you?” she asked sounding worried.

I took a deep breath, “outside of Scotty’s apartment building. I want you to pick me up, and take me to the airport.” I took another deep breath, “I want to go see daddy.”

I heard my mom sigh, “I’m on my way sweetie.” She said as she hung up the phone. She knew I was upset and she knew there was nothing she could do to help.

About ten minutes later my mom pulled into the parking lot and I climbed into her car. “Did you bring my stuff?”

“Yes baby girl. I have everything packed that you’ll need. Are you sure you want to go now? Don’t you want to talk to Scotty?” she asked as she looked at me.

I wiped tears away, “mom he’s the reason I want to go see dad now. I just need to get away for a couple days. I know Scotty will be there this weekend and that’s fine, but for now I don’t want to be here.”

My mom sighed, “Okay. I’ll call your dad now and let him know.”

I leaned over and kissed her cheek, “thanks momma.”

*Scotty’s POV*

I ran out into the hallway in hopes to see Madison there, but she wasn’t. I looked down over the railing and saw her mom’s car leaving the parking lot. I tried yelling her name, but got no answer. I took out my phone and dialed her number, but it went to voicemail.

“Colin I give up” I yelled as I walked back into the apartment.

He walked over to me, “dude you can’t give up. Just give her some time. She needs time to think. Time to relax and be alone. You didn’t do anything wrong alright?”

I shook my head and walked towards my room. “You know what man, I need time too. After class ends tomorrow I’m booking it out of here and going to Nashville. I’ll meet up with Mike and we can work on some stuff for tour and I can record some too.”

“That’s a good plan Scotty. I know music helps you think, so go for it.” Colin said as he walked over to me. He patted my back, “don’t worry. I can tell she likes you, but you gotta give her some time. She has to learn to trust again.”

I nodded my head then went into my room to pack. I took out my phone and sent a text to Mike.

Hey Mike. Just want to let you know I’m gonna be coming down to Nashville tomorrow. Maybe we can meet up and talk tour.

After a few minutes my phone went off. I looked at the screen and read the message.

Sounds good Scott. I may not be there until later in the day or the next day. I’ll let you know. But you can work with the label and cut some more tracks while you wait.

I sent him back another message. Sounds good. Thanks Mike. See ya soon.

I plugged my phone in to charge and finished packing. After about ten minutes everything was packed so I decided to just relax for a bit. Soon enough I fell asleep.

I woke up the next morning I woke up to Colin knocking on my door. “Twenty minutes until class man. Time to get your butt up!”

“I’m up man.” I yelled back. I climbed out of bed and got dressed for the day. I sent my mom a text letting her know that I’d be leaving today and asking if she could meet me at the apartment to give me a ride to the airport. She agreed and said she would meet me there at three.

I got my stuff and met Colin in the kitchen. He tossed me a donut and we headed off to class.

“You miss her don’t you?” Colin asked breaking the silence.

I looked over at him, “yeah I do.” I said, and with that, I was met with silence again.

Classes went by faster than I thought and it was already two thirty. I had a half hour to shower and relax before my mom got there.

*Madison’s POV*

“Daddy!” I yelled as I ran towards him. “Thanks for letting me come down.”

He smiled at me, “no problem baby girl. So, what do you want to talk about?”

“What do you mean daddy?” I laughed.

He stopped walking and looked at me, “your mom told me you broke your phone, you have a cast on your wrist, and I can tell by your eyes that you either haven’t been sleeping, you’ve been crying a lot, or both. Now what’s wrong?”

I wiped a tear from my eye, “can we talk back at the house? I don’t want to talk about this here.”

He put his arm around me and picked up my bag, “sure thing sweetie.” And with that we were headed off to the car.

After the long silent car ride, we got to my dad’s house. As soon as we got in the door, I started crying and wrapped my arms around him. He rubbed my back and led me to the couch. I curled up against him and he put his arm around me. “Baby girl, what happened?”

“Chris cheated on me daddy. And Scotty knew the whole weekend. And nobody told me until Monday when Colin texted me the picture of Chris with the other girl. Daddy what did I do wrong?” I said through my tears.

He kissed the top of my head, “you did nothing wrong baby. You did nothing.” Just my dad simply saying that made me feel better. I stayed there in the safety of his arms crying for a bit.

“Daddy?” I asked.

“Yes sweetie?” he responded as he looked at me.

I sat up and turned to face him, “can we go get dinner? Just us?”

He smiled, “I miss times like this. Of course we can Mads.”

We both stood up and walked down to his car. We decided to go to the Hard Rock Café because that was our favorite place to eat. When we got there and went inside we sat at our usual table and just talked. I missed times like this with my dad. Him living so far away makes it hard, but when I get to be here with him, everything gets better.

We finished up our meal and went back home. It had been a long day, so I went to my room and drifted off to sleep.

The next morning I heard knocking on my door, “Madison?” my dad quietly said.

“I’m awake dad. You can come in.”

My dad opened the door and smiled, “how’d you sleep?”

“Better than I thought I would that’s for sure.” I laughed. “So what’s on the agenda for today?”

“Well I have a meeting, if you want, you can gladly join.” He said.

I smiled, “I’d love that daddy.” I said.

“Great. We’ll leave in about thirty minutes.” He said.

“Okay dad. I’ll be ready.” I said as he closed the door.

*Scotty’s POV*

“Yeah mom I just have a meeting with Mike today and then I may go to the studio and see if I can cut some tracks.” I said into the phone. “Alright mom, I’ll talk to you later on. Bye.” I said as I hung up the phone.

I walked into the building and smiled at the receptionist. “Hello Sam how are you today?” I asked as I got closer to the desk.

“I’m wonderful Scotty, how are you?” she smiled.

“Could be better, but could be worse.” I laughed, “So I guess I’m doing good. Is Mike here yet?”

She laughed, “Yes he is. Upstairs room 302.”

“Same as always. Thanks Sam!” I said as I walked towards the stairs.

When I got to the room I checked the time on my phone. I was actually early for my meeting, so maybe I’d get out of there quicker and have time to relax. I pushed open the door and walked into the room. I saw Mike standing by the window talking to the chair in front of him. Confused, I started walking closer.

“Morning Mike.” I said as I got closer.

Mike smiled, “good morning Scotty. You’re early today.” He laughed.

“Yes sir. Thought I might as well get here early. We can get this meeting started and finished so that I can go cut some tracks and relax.” I said with a proud tone.

“Very good Scotty, very good.” He said.

Just then the chair turned around and I was met with a face I missed for the past couple days. The face of the girl that I hurt. “Madison?”

Forever And Always Chapter 4

Madison’s P.O.V

After I dropped my notes off at Scotty’s house I went over to my moms. I haven’t seen her in forever and I thought it would be a good idea to see her and it was. We went shopping, had a Spa day and went out to dinner. It was a real relaxing weekend.

~

A Week Later

As I was getting ready for classes this morning my dad called me.

“I would love to daddy, but I don’t know what Chris is going to think when I tell him I am going to be gone for Valentine’s day”  I said as I was gathering my school stuff off of my desk and into my backpack.

“Well if you want to stay behind with him, I understand”  My dad said over the phone in a disappointed tone.

“I’ll talk to him” I said as I placed my backpack onto my shoulder.

“That’s my girl, well I’ll let you go, talk to you tomorrow”

“Alright daddy, love you” I said as I closed my dorm door and walked down the hall.

“Love you too sweetheart” My dad said before he hung up the phone.

After I ended the phone call with my dad I texted Chris.

We need to talk can you meet me at the coffee  shop in five minutes?’

After I sent the text all I could do was hope that he would come. He was going to be mad at the fact that I am going on the tour on Valentine’s Day. There was only one reason I was going and that one reason was good enough to make my decision easy.  As I walked into the coffee shop I saw Chris sitting in our usual spot, next to the window in the back corner. I walked up to him with a smile.

“Hey sweetheart” I said as I took my backpack off my shoulder and placed it on the floor.

“Hey babe, how are you” Chris asked with a smile on his face.

“Im doing good, How are you” I asked as I sat down across from him

“I’m doing good, curious about that text though” He said as he wrapped his hands around his coffee.

“About that, I was on the phone with my dad this morning and he asked me if I wanted to go on tour for the opening weekend” I said.  I could see Chris was starting to get tense.

“That’s Valentine’s day” Chris said a little angry.

“I know, but –“ I said before I was cut off.

“Are you going to be with that McCreery Kid” He asked.

“ yeah it’s his tour” I said as I grabbed his hand. 

“I don’t want you to go” Chris said sternly.

“Chris you don’t understand the full reason I am going” I said. He just starred at you angrily.  

“It’s my dad’s birthday on Friday and I want to spend it with him, I only get to see him when I can and I feel like I should be with him on his birthday” I said with a worried look on his face.

“ I still don’t like the fact that you are going to be gone on Valentine’s day, and especially don’t like the fact that you will be with McCreery and sharing a bus with him”  Chris said.

“Chris we are just friends, nothing is going to happen” I said as I let go of his hand getting angry at him.

“Yeah that’s how we started out when you were dating Kyle, and looked where we are now” He said as he looked at you with a serious face.

“You don’t trust me, do you” I asked with an angry tone.

“not really  if you can do that to Kyle  you can do the same thing to me” He said.

“That was in high school Chris I have changed since then, And if I actually loved him I would still be with him and not you” I said almost yelling. Chris just looked at you.

“Look Chris I love you, not him, we are just friends and that’s all”   I said as I give him a smile.

“If you say so” Chris said before he took a drink of coffee.

“well I have to go to class, want to come over to my dorm tonight and watch  a movie” I asked as I stood up from the chair and grabbed my backpack.

“Sure”

“Alright, so see you later” I said as I walked closer to him.

“Yeah”

I gave him a kiss goodbye and started to walk out of the shop. When I was out the door I saw Scotty walking to Spanish.  I tried not to look at him so I put my head down and started walking toward the building.

“Hey Madison” I heard a deep voice behind me say.

“Oh hey Scotty” I said as I lifted my head and smiled.

“How are you doing today” He asked as he reached my side.

“I’m doing good, I actually have some news for you” I said as I looked up at him.

“What’s That?” Scotty asked.

“Dad called me this morning and invited me to go on tour with you this weekend” I said as I looked up at him

“Really” Scotty asked.

“Yeah”

“So are you coming” He asked with a smile on his face.

“Yes I am”

“This is going to be one great weekend” Scotty said as he held the door open to our building.

“I hope so” I said underneath my breath.

We reached the classroom five minutes before class started, so we went to our seats and pulled out our books. After class Scotty waited for me and we both walked out of the building and walked to our Math class.

“So what flight are you on” Scotty asked.

“I leave at 5 tonight” I said as I look at a text from my dad with all the flight information.

“I leave at five too, where are you sitting?” He asked.

“ I am in first class and in seat a10” I said as I closed the text and put my phone in my pocket.

“Well it looks like I am going to have someone to talk to, because I am in seat A11” Scotty said as he nudged you.

“I can’t wait”.

The rest of the day went by fast. Chris never stopped by after I told him we would have to reschedule the movie night. As I was walking out of my dorm with my suitcase I see an unfamiliar truck sitting idle in in front of my dorm building.  As I get closer I hear a door shut and see Scotty walking around the front of the truck.

“Hey Mads” He said as he walked over to me.

“Hey Scotty, what are you doing here” I asked.

“Well I thought you would like to ride with me to the airport tonight” Scotty said as he smiled at you.

“Well that was kind of you” I said as I looked up at him. Scotty just smiled. He took my bag and placed it in the bed of the truck. I looked around the campus to see if Chris was anywhere around so I could say bye but he wasn’t. I sighed a little bit then hopped into the truck.

The ride to the airport was quite. I kept checking my phone to see if Chris texted me but there was nothing. When we reached the airport I hopped out of Scotty’s truck and he handed me my bag.
“Is this going to be your first time flying to Nashville without Chris” Scotty asked as we walked toward the airport.
“The first time in about two months” I said a little disappointed.
“Did you get to see him before we left” scotty asked as we walked Into the airport and toward the counter.
“Nope, I asked him to come over but he never did” I said as I pull some my flight information that I printed off before I left my dorm out of my carry on.
“I’m sorry to hear that” Scotty said as he rubbed your shoulder.
“It’s alright, I’ll probably talk to him later” I said as I was walking up to the counter.
After we checked out luggage in and went through security we had a little while to hangout before we had to be at the gate. As we were walking around to find something to eat we ran into his parents and sister.
“Hey guys” scotty said as he walked up to them
“Hey sweetheart, how are you doing” Judy asked him as she pulled him Into a hug.
“I am doing well, it looks like we are going to have a guest with us this weekend”. Scotty said as he stepped to the side and pointed to you.
“Hey there mads it nice to see you again” Judy said as she pulled you into a hug.
“It’s nice to see you too” I said as I pulled away from the hug.
“You remember Ashley” Judy said as she pointed to her. I just nodded my head. “This is my husband Mike” she said as she pointed to the guy standing next to Ashley.
“It’s nice to meet you” I said as I held out my hand and shook his.
“It’s nice to meet you too” mike said with a smile.
We talked for about twenty minutes and then went to our gate. It turned out I was sitting In between Scotty and Ashley and Judy and mike were sitting next to Scotty. I checked my phone one last time before I put it on airplane mode.
“Still nothing” Scotty asked As he looked at you.
“No, something probably came up, I’ll just try again when we are settled on the bus” I said as I looked at him. He just nodded his head. The plane ride went fast and we were able to get our bags and get to where the bus was in about an hour. After I changed I was sitting out on the couch with Scotty and Ashley was sitting at the table across from us. Scotty’s parents and my dad were in the back talking about the tour. I kept checking my phone and there was still no response from Chris. I have texted him a few times but he never answered.
“That was so a foul” scotty yelled at the TV. NC State was Playing UNC tonight.
“The refs are giving them the game” scotty said as he sat back on the couch.
“You are getting Into this game” I said as I put my phone on the counter next to me and covered up with my blanket that I was given at my project graduation.
“It’s true tho, they want UNC to win” Scotty said as he pointed to the TV.
I decided that it would be fun to record a video of scotty yelling at the TV so I acted like I had a text message to answer and started to record him.
“There goes another call, these refs stink tonight” Scotty said as he threw up his arms. I recorded for another minute and then he looked at me.
“What are you doing?” He asked as he crossed his arms and looked at me.
“Texting Courtney” I said as I quickly look from him to my phone.
“Sure you are” he said as he smiled at me. Ashley looked over at us. I pause the video and toss my phone to Ashley.
“Even ask Ashley” i said as I pointed to her.
“Yeah, I am going to text her and tell her hi” Ashley said as she smiled at me.
“What are you guys up to” Scotty asked. 
“I told you were texting Courtney” I said as I smiled at him.
“Sure, but ik how to get it out of you” Scotty said as he slid over to you.
“What are you going to do” I asks as I looked at him.
“This” he said with a smile on his face. Suddenly his hands were at my sides tickling me. I couldn’t stop laughing.
“Stop please” I said in between laughing.
“Not until you tell me what you were doing” Scotty said as he continued to tickle you.
“Fine, just please stop” I said. He stopped and Ashley have me back my phone.
“Here press play” I said as I handed him my phone. He took and a pressed play. His eyes widened at what he saw.
“You recorded me” he asked as he looked at me.
“Yeah, I thought it was funny” I said as I smiled.
“We’ll that isn’t the only thing that was recorded” scotty said as he handed me back my phone. I looked at it and saw Ashley recorded Scotty tickling me. I couldn’t help but laugh. After watching the video I put my phone on the counter next to me and focused my attention to the TV.

“Still no work from Chris” Scotty asked as he looked at me.

“No not yet, but its ok, he is probably busy, I think I am going to go to bed anyways, Night guys” I said as I stood up from the couch.

“Night Mads” They said at the same time.

I walked to the bunks and climbed to the middle one. I crawled into the covers and lied there until I fell into a deep sleep thinking about Chris.

~

I was sitting outside the bus Watching the guys play corn hole. I kept checking my phone but there was no text from Chris. I texted him this morning with Happy Valentine’s day but he hasn’t  answered.  I was starting to get really upset. “maybe it was a bad idea that I came  this weekend, I should be there with Chris, its Valentine’s day” I thought to myself as I started out into the sky.

“Hey Mads are you alright” I heard Scotty ask. I just stood up from my chair and walked away from him without saying anything. I looked back as I was walking toward the venue and saw Scotty was just sitting there in shock but he stood up and walked back over to the group of guys after a few minutes.  When I knew no one can see me I sit down on the steps and pull out my cell phone. I look for Chris’s number in my phone then put it up to my ear.  It went straight to voicemail. I tried again and it rang a few times but then went to voicemail. After calling him one more time I decided to leave a voicemail.

“Hey chris, I just wanted to say Happy Valentine’s day and I love you! Well I hope you have a good day! Miss you and see you on Sunday”

 I wated for a little while and then tried again but there was no answer. “He must of turned it off” I thought to myself. As I put my phone back into my sweatshirt pocket I hear someone yelling something.
“Madison” I hear as it gets closer to me. It was hard to tell who it was.
“Mads where did you go?” I heard the voice ask. I could recognize it now. I don’t know why I couldn’t from the beginning.
They stopped yelling I thought they have up looking for me and went back to the bus so I sat back on the steps and tried to relax.
“I have been looking everywhere For you” I heard scotty say.
“We’ll here I am” I said annoyed a little.
“Are you ok” he asked.
“Yeah I’m fine, I just want to be alone” I said as I turned so my back faced him.
“Alright, well see ya later then mads” Scotty Said as he started to walk away. I felt tears starting to form in my eyes. Scotty didn’t deserve to be treated like this, he did nothing wrong.
“Scotty” I yelled.
“Yeah”
“Can you come back please” I yelled back. He didn’t say anything all I could hear was his footsteps as they got closer.
“What’s up” I heard him say. I opened my eyes and turned to face him.
“I’m sorry, you don’t deserve to be treated like that, I am just so frustrated, and when you walked over to check on me I took it out on you”. I said as I looked at him.
“It’s ok, if you don’t mind me asking what are you so frustrated about” scotty asked as he walked up the stairs and sat down next to you.
“Chris” is all I could say.
“Are the two of you ok” scotty asked.
“I don’t know right at the moment we had a little fight yesterday before class” I said as I look up at him
“What was it about”
“Coming on tour this weekend, he flipped because I was going to be gone on Valentines day and that I was going to be spending it with you and not him, I keep trying to call him so I can at least talk to him today but he turned off his phone, and that’s why he wasn’t talking to me last night”
“Does he know that we’re just friends” scotty asked.
“Yeah, I tell him all the time, but something tells me that he doesn’t believe me” I said as I could feel tears run down my face.
“I’m sorry that you have to deal with this today” scotty said as he wrapped his arm around my shoulder and brought me closer to his body.
“How about me and you go grab something to eat before the show” Scotty said as he started to rub my shoulder.
“I’m not that hungry”
” you can’t starve yourself over this Mads, it’s not your fault he’s not answering you” Scotty said as he walked down the stairs and then turned to face you.
“I know I know” I said
“So don’t keep beating yourself up about it, it’s not worth it”
“I’ll try”
“That’s all I am asking, now lets go grab something to eat and try to keep your mind off of all of this”
“Oh alright” I said as I stood up and looked at him.
“Thank you” scotty said with a smile on his face.
We walked over to the bus so we could get changed into more appropriate clothes then we were off. As we drove down the road of Birmingham we were trying to find a decent place to eat. After about twenty minutes of driving scotty pulled into the parking lot of a Italian Restaurant .
“Is this ok, or is it too date like” scotty asked as he parked the car.
“No it’s ok” I said as I smiled at him.
“Are you sure” scotty questioned.
I placed my hand on his arm. “Scotty it’s fine”
He just smiled and opened his door. We walked to the entrance and he opened the door and motioned for me to go in. “Chris never does this for me” I thought to myself. After we were seated I started to look at the menu.

 

Collin’s P.O.V

“I wonder what McCreery and Madison are up to today” I said as I take a drink of my sweet tea.

“That’s a good question, they are probably just hanging out and playing corn hole” Andrew said as he poured sweet tea into his glass.

“Probably” I said as I started to chuckle.

We have been at this Valentine’s Day party for about an hour now and were starting to get bored. As we were walking around to see who was there I was shocked at what I was seeing.

“Hey dude is that Chris” Andrew asked as he pointed over to a guy standing at the ping pong table.

“Yeah, and I am sure Madison isn’t going to be happy about this” I said as I pull out my cell phone and take a picture of him.

“What are you going to do?” Andrew asked.

“I am going to do the right thing, but first I am going to call Scotty” I said as I walked out of the room. When I am in the hallway i pull out my cell phone.

 "Hey Scotty we need to talk" I texted him.
“What’s up man, is everything ok” Scotty replied.
“Not really, it’s about Chris” I replied.

Scotty’s P.O.V

"Not really man,it’s about Chris" I read. I looked up from my phone and looked at Madison.
“I’ll be right back” I told her. She just nodded her head. I then stood up from the table and walked outside. I texted Collin back to call me so we could talk. Right when I was outside my phone rang.
“Hey man what’s up” I said as I answered the phone.
” nothing much just at the Valentine’s Day party” Collin said into the speaker of the phone.
“Is Chris there?” I asked him.
” yeah  but not alone” Collin said.
” what do you mean” I asked.
“I sent you a text” Collin said into the phone.
“Alright hold on” I said as I pulled my phone from my ear. I opened the text from Collin and it revealed a picture of Chris. I felt anger building up. I saved the picture and then brought the phone back up to my ear.
“When did you see this” I asked him.
“Just about five minutes ago, I was going to send it to Madison but I wanted to talk to you first” Collin said.
“Good thing you did, she has been having a really bad day, Chris is ignoring her and now I know why”
“Yeah, i just thought you should know” Collin asked.
“Thanks man”
“No problem, do you think I should send it to Madison” Collin asked.
“I turned around and looked at her thorough the restaurant window. She has a smile on her face as she looks back at me. I smile back and hold up my figure gesturing it was only going to be one more minute. 
” Don’t send it till we get back. It will ruin the weekend and  I don’t want that for her right now” scotty said
“Alright man, but she should find out soon though because she deserves to know” Collin said.
“I know, you can send her the picture when we get back on Sunday”
“That sounds good, well I’m not going to keep you, have fun with Madison and with your show tonight and I will talk to you at some point this weekend”
“Thanks man, talk to ya later”
“Bye”
“Bye”
I ended the phone call and looked at Madison one more time. “She is probably going to be mad at me for keeping this from her, but I am only protecting her” I thought to myself as I started to walk into the restaurant .
“Who was that” she asked with a Smile on her face as I reached the table.
“It was Collin he just wanted to wish me luck on my fist show tonight”

“That was nice” She said with a smile on her face. I couldn’t help but smile back.

 

Madison’s P.O.V

After dinner we went back to the bus and hung out for a little while. I helped Judy with the merchandise table and helped Ashley with the world vision’s booth when the merchandise table was dead. After the concert I helped with the VIP experience by handing out the gift bags. All I can say was it was a long day and it helped me keep my mind off of Chris. When the VIP was over we were back on the bus and heading toward New York.

“So Mads did you end up having a good day” Scotty asked as he sat down next to you on the couch.

“Yeah, I did, thanks for everything” I said as I offered him some of my blanket.

“Anytime” He said as he covered his legs up. We watched TV for a few minutes and then he turned to face me.

“I have something for you” He said as he reached into his sweatshirt pocket and pulled out a black case.

“Scotty you didn’t-“ I started but her cut me off.

“Don’t say I didn’t have to, I wanted to do this for you” He said as he handed me the case.

“But I didn’t get you anything” I said as I looked from the case to him.

“You came on tour this weekend and that’s good enough for me” He said with a smile. “go ahead and open it” he said nudging me a little bit. I look from him then down to the little black case. When I open it I see an sterling silver bracelet with three charms hanging down from it.

“Scotty you shouldn’t have” I said as I take the bracelet out and hold it in my hands.

“Do you like it” he asked.

“I love it” I said as I looked up at him. I looked back at the bracelet and look at the charms closely.

“The Charms are of each state we are going to be in this weekend” Scotty said. “See there is Pennsylvania for today, New York for tomorrow, and New Jersey for Saturday” Scotty said as he pointed to each charm.

“I love it” I said as I could feel a smile form on my face.

“Good I’m glad” He said with a smile. “Would you like help putting it on”

“Yes please”

He helped me put it on after it was on I hugged him. We watched the movie Valentine’s Day  for a little bit then went to bed. As I was laying in my buck I couldn’t help but think about Scotty.

“He is soo sweet, and caring”. I look down at the bracelet and smile. After a few minutes have passed my eyes start to get heavy and soon enough I fall into a deep sleep.

 

The rest of the weekend flew by fast and now I was back at the dorms. I was finally able to get a hold of Chris and he was on his way over to see me. As I was getting un packed there was a knock on my door.

“Hey babe I missed you” Chris said as I opened the door.

“Hey I missed you too” I said as I hugged him.

“How was the weekend” He asked as he walked into my room.

“It was good, I spent Saturday with dad helping him with everything he needed help on” I said as I shut the door and walked over to my desk.

“That was nice, did he have a nice birthday” Chris Asked.

“Yeah, he did I was happy I was able to be with him”. It went silent for a minute and it was kind of awkward.

“How come you didn’t talk to me at all this weekend” I asked as I walked over to him and sat down on my bed.

“I dropped my phone in the sink when I was washing my hands on Wednesday and I wasn’t able to get a new phone till last night” he said as he sat down next to me.

“oh alright” I said as I looked up at him.

“Do you forgive me”

“I guess” I said as I looked at him. He grabbed my arm the was sitting on my leg and started to rub my hand. He stood up and pulled me up with him. When he did that my sleeve moved a little bit and revealed the bracelet Scotty gave to me.

“That’s a nice bracelet where did you get it” He asked me as he looked closer at it.

“Scotty gave it to me” I said as I looked up at him.

“And you had to Accept it” Chris said as he threw my arms down.

“Chris its nothing, it’s just a gift from a friend to a friend” I said as I pull down my sleeve so it was covered up again.

“Your with me, I don’t want you wearing Jewelry some other guy gave you” He said almost yelling at me.

“ You can’t tell me what I can or can’t wear Chris you are not my boss” I said as I place my hands on my hips.

“whatever Mads I have to go, I will talk to you later” Chris said as he walked over to my door and slammed it shut.  “What is he so testy about” I thought to myself. I look down at the bracelet one more time. Is he really that mad at me about the tour maybe I shouldn’t go anymore, and  stay here with him. The only problem with that is I’m not going to be able to see my dad since he is going to be gone all the time. It is an lose-lose situation. I decided that I was going to keep the bracelet on and figure out how to talk to Chris after he calmed down a little bit. After an hour passed I decided that I was going to shower and get my things together for class tomorrow. After I finished showering, I grabbed my shower caddy and started to walk back to my room when my phone went off. I took it out of my sweats pocket and un locked the screen. I didn’t recognize the number. Wondering if it could be someone I know that just changed their number I opened the text message.

“Hey Madison its Collin, Scotty’s friend”

“Hey Collin what’s up” I asked.

“Nothing much, there is something I have to tell you” He answered back.

“What’s that?” I asked.

I waited for a minute and then he replied with a picture message. I walked into my room before I opened the text.  After I shut my door I opened the text.  I was shown a picture of Chris. I dropped my Shower caddie on the ground and my shower stuff went everywhere but I didn’t care because anger was filling my veins.

Forever And Always - Chapter 3

*Madison’s POV*

“Chris I promise you it’s not what you think okay. Can you just listen to me” I begged him.

He walked towards me and then slammed his fists down on the counter. “Madison, why was he here?”

“We were working on Spanish homework. He is struggling in that class and since we have a test soon I needed to help him!” I explained in an angry tone.

He rolled his eyes, “and you couldn’t do that at the library? Or somewhere public at least.”

I walked to his side and put my hand on his arm, “not without him being surrounded by fans wanting pictures or autographs. Chris, I was trying to help him. That’s all okay?”

He turned to face me, “Okay Mads, I’ll believe you. But next time, study somewhere public.”

“Okay Chris. I’m sorry.” I said as I wrapped my arms around him.

“It’s okay babe, I shouldn’t have gotten so worked up about this. I just can’t lose you alright? Mads, I love you.” He said as he pulled me against him.

“I love you too Chris.” I said as I buried my face in his chest.

“Let’s go watch a movie.” Chris said as he took my hand and led me to the couch.

He picked out “Walk the Line” which is his favorite movie. He’s a huge Johnny Cash fan; he just loves country music in general. That’s one of the things I love about him.

As we were watching the movie, I felt my eyelids getting heavier and soon enough, I drifted off into a peaceful sleep with Chris by my side. I felt safe, and I couldn’t ask for more.

*Scotty’s POV*

I got back to the apartment and saw the guys had gone out for the night. I had the place to myself, so I decided to work on some more math homework and then just relax. As I was working, I thought back to when I left Madison’s dorm and the look on her boys face when he saw me, he was not very happy. But we were just studying, so I guess it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. I finished up some math and put on the TV. Suddenly I felt myself getting more and more tired, and soon enough I was fast asleep, but it was not a peaceful sleep.

“Madison come back!” I yelled, but it was too late, she was gone. I really ruined my chances this time. I didn’t mean to hurt her, heck I didn’t even try. All I did was try to tell her how I felt about her. Guess Chris got in the way of that yet again. When was she going to realize that I loved her way more than he did? Probably never. I fell to the ground and the tears poured out. After about fifteen minutes of crying, I stood up and started running. I didn’t know where I was running to, or what would happen when I got there, but I ran for at least an hour. When I stopped I was in front of a warehouse. I saw two people arguing and I knew their voices immediately. It was Madison and Chris. She was screaming and pushing him. He raised his hand to her and I lost it. I ran full speed and tackled him to the ground. I was punching him, but boy was he fighting back, and hard. He knocked me down and started hitting me. One last punch and….

I jumped up out of my bed sweating and shaking. I walked to the bathroom and splashed some cold water on my face. “Worst dream ever…” I mumbled to myself. I looked at my reflection, my face was pale and my eyes red. I was definitely sick, so I took some medicine and crawled back into bed where I somehow slept soundly for the remainder of the night.

When I woke up the next morning, I felt no better than the night before, but I had a math test so I had to go to class. When I got there, Madison was already in her seat.

“You look like you got hit by a truck boy, what happened to you” she asked.

I looked over at her, “I feel terrible. That’s what happened.”

She reached over and put her hand to my forehead, “you’re burning up too. Why’d you come if you’re sick?”

I took a deep breath, “the test” I said before putting my head down on my desk.

When the teacher came in he handed out the test, “you have the whole class to take this. If you finish early you may leave.”

I looked down at the test paper in front of me and it just made my head hurt even more. I slowly started to solve the problems and soon enough I was done. I walked to the front, placed my test on the teacher’s desk, and headed out the door and towards the bathroom. I walked as fast as I could knowing I was about to get sick.

*Madison’s POV*

As I sat there taking my test, I couldn’t help but feel bad for Scotty. The poor boy is running a fever, yet he still came and took the test. I hope he’s okay. I finished up my test and left the classroom and walked to the cafeteria. I sat down and took out my phone and texted Scotty.

Me: “Hey, you okay? You left the room pretty fast.”

Scotty: “well not really…But I guess I could be worse.”

Me: “Did you get sick?”

Scotty: “yes ma’am. I’m back at my apartment now. I had Andrew come get me…I’m gonna get some rest. Let me know what happens in Spanish class.”

Me:  “Sure thing. Feel better soon!”

Scotty: “Thanks Mads”

I stood up and turned to walk towards my Spanish classroom and bumped into Chris. He took my hand and walked me to my classroom. The walk was silent, and kind of awkward. He’s been acting strange lately, but it’s probably just stress with all these finals coming up. When we got to my class, he kissed my cheek and walked away, still without saying anything. I took a deep breath and tried to relax. It’s nothing…He’ll be fine tomorrow. I turned and walked into the classroom, took my seat, and got ready to take a lot of notes for Scotty.

*Scotty’s POV*

I have been in and out of the bathroom about ten times already getting sick, and it is terrible. I feel so bad right now I just want to curl up in a ball and sleep until I’m better. I finally was able to go walk to the kitchen to get a drink when my roommates came running in. When they saw me they stopped dead in their tracks.

“Woah…You look terrible McCreery”

I rolled my eyes, “Thanks Colin. That makes me feel wonderful.”

“Sorry man, but seriously, you okay? Cause I can call your mom if you want.” Colin said as he held up his phone.

I leaned against the counter for support. I was starting to feel dizzy, “Ya know what man, can you call her for me?”

Colin nodded his head and went to call my mom who came to pick me up about twenty minutes later and bring me back to the house where I collapsed on my bed and slept for hours. I was suddenly woken up with the thought that I was being shaken. I sat up in bed and screamed. My mom came running into my room in a panic with my dad and sister right behind her.

“Scotty, what’s wrong?” my mom asked.

I was shaking and sweating, “he was after me. He almost got me momma.” I said in a rush.

My mom rubbed my back, “it was just a bad dream bub. Try and get some more sleep okay?” She put her hand up to my forehead. “Mike, can you bring some Tylenol and water?”

“Sure thing” my dad said as he turned and left the room.

My sister followed him while my mom continued to rub my back. I always knew I could count on her, especially when I wasn’t feeling good. My phone started to ring on my nightstand and I reached for it.

Madison: “hey Scotty. Hope you’re feeling better. I have notes from Spanish class for you. I guess I’ll just give them to you when I see you again.”

I locked my phone back up and put it down. My dad came back and handed me the Tylenol and water. Then I lay back down and closed my eyes. As I was drifting back to sleep, I heard my momma humming some lines from the nursery rhyme “Bye Baby Bunting” that she used to sing to me when I was a baby.

Suddenly I saw a bright light shining into my eyes. I opened them slowly then blinked a couple times to get my vision cleared. I didn’t remember much of the night except that dream. I slowly stood up from my bed, and to my surprise I didn’t feel dizzy. Then I shoved my phone into my pocket and headed for the stairs. I slowly walked down the stairs and into the kitchen where my mom and dad were already seated and having breakfast.

“Mornin momma” I said as I sat down in the chair next to her.

She reached over and rubbed my shoulder, “morning Scotty. How do you feel?”

“Better. I’m not dizzy anymore but my stomach still hurts.” I said as I picked at the food on the plate in front of me.

“Hun if you don’t want to eat that’s fine.”

I pushed the plate away and put my head down when all of a sudden I feel like I’m going to get sick again. I stand up and run to the bathroom where I stayed for a good twenty minutes. When I was finally able to get up off the floor, I walked out to the living room to lie down on the couch.

“Momma?” I called

She came out of the kitchen, “yes Hun?”

“Can you get me some water?”

“Sure thing sweetie” she said.

When she brought me out the water I took small little sips and then set it on the table. I picked up the remote and put on ESPN. While watching TV I decided to check my phone. All the guys were texting me asking me how I felt so I replied to them and then noticed that Madison sent me a text. I looked at the time and decided to call her instead of texting back.

“Hello?” she said into the phone.

“Hey Mads.” I said trying not to sound too sick.

“You sound terrible Scotty. How do you feel?”

I smiled a little, “I feel better than yesterday that’s for sure. So how bad was class? Did I miss anything important?”

She took a deep breath, “well, we have a test next week. I took notes for you if you want me to bring them by your apartment for you.”

“I’m actually at my parents’ house, but I’ll text you the address. You can bring them here for me.” I said as I started to flick through channels on the TV.

“Alright that’s fine. I’ll bring them by around three, is that okay?”

I laughed a little, “Yeah that’s fine. I’ll be here all day.”

She let out a small giggle, “Alright Scotty, see you then.”

“Bye Mads.” I said and then I pressed end.

I continued to flick through channels until I found The Sandlot on TV. I put the remote down, laid back and watched the movie. Next thing I knew, I was sound asleep on the couch.

*Madison’s POV*

As I followed the directions on my GPS to get to Scotty’s house, all I could think about was Chris. I mean, I love him and all, but things just weren’t working out very well.

“I’ll just talk to him later. I’m sure everything is fine.” I said to myself as I pulled into Scotty’s driveway. I turned off my car, grabbed the notebook on the passenger’s seat, and walked to the door. I was nervous as I walked up to the door, and I had no clue why. I slowly knocked and then stepped back and waited for an answer.

“Can I help you?” I heard a voice say. I looked up to see a young lady who was probably in her twenty’s. Probably his sister Ashley.

“Uh yeah, is Scotty here?” I asked in a quiet tone.

She smiled a little, “You must be Madison. He said you’d be stopping by. He actually fell asleep on the couch, but you can come in for a little if you’d like.”

I smiled, “yeah sure. Thanks.” I said as I walked through the front door. I couldn’t help but gaze around the room. It was definitely a big house.

I guess I was too focused on the house because suddenly I heard Ashley saying my name repeatedly. “Madison? Hello? Earth to Madison!”

“Oh sorry” I said focusing my attention back to Ashley, “I’m just lost in thought I guess.”

She laughed, “It’s fine. Come on, I’ll give you a little tour.”

“Alright” I said as I followed her. We went upstairs and she started with the rooms up there before moving to the lower level and the basement. It was a huge house that’s for sure. After Ashley showed me around we sat down in the kitchen and talked for a little bit. Then the front door opened and her mom, Judy, walked in.

“Hey momma” Ashley said as she stood up and hugged her mom. “This is Madison” she continued as she pointed to me, “she came by to see Scotty but since he’s still resting I decided to give her a tour of the house.”

Judy turned to me, “it’s nice to see you again Madison. How’s your dad doing?”

I laughed, “He’s good. Just busy getting ready for the tour to start.”

“I believe it,” Judy laughed, “Scotty’s feeling much better so he’ll be ready for the tour. He still has another week and a half and he better not get sick again.”

I giggled a bit, “Dad would be really mad if that happened.”

Suddenly Ashley stopped us, “how do y’all know each other?”

I turned to look at her, “My dad is your brother’s tour manager.”

“Mike is your dad?” She asked in shock.

“Yes ma’am. I met your mom here at a meeting a couple weeks back.” I said.

“Makes sense now” Ashley said as she laughed a little.

Scotty walked into the room yawning, “would y’all mind keeping it down a little…” before he could finish his sentence he looked up and saw me then smiled, “oh hey Mads. I forgot you were coming over. My bad.” He laughed a little.

“It’s fine,” I said. I pulled the notes out of my notebook and held them out to him, “here are the notes from Spanish class. If you need me to explain more just let me know. But now I gotta get running. Dad has errands to run tonight and I’m going with him.”

Scotty looked up at me and smiled, “thanks Mads. See you soon.”

“See ya Scotty. Feel better!” I yelled as I ran towards the door.

*Scotty’s POV*

“See ya Scotty. Feel better!” Madison yelled as she ran towards the door. I followed and watched to make sure she got down the street okay then I went and sat down in the kitchen.

“How are you feeling bud?” my mom asked me.

I looked up at her, “I’m feeling a lot better actually.”

She got a smile on her face, “it’s not because Madison was here is it?” she laughed a little.

“No mom,” I said, “besides, she has a boyfriend.”

“Oh so you are interested?” Ashley butted in.

“No Ash!” I said as I stood up, “she’s my friend and we have classes together. She’s just been helping me out that’s all.”

“Alright little bro calm down,” Ash said holding her hands up in defeat, “I was just kidding.”

I looked at her, “whatever, I’m gonna head back to the apartment. I miss my boys and I bet they miss me too.” I said as I walked towards the door. “Thanks for taking care of me momma.”

“Sure thing bud” she said as I walked out the door.

I drove back to the apartment with the radio off. I wasn’t in the mood to hear any songs that would make me think of her. She was with Chris and she was happy. I had no chance with her. And I probably never would. I pull up to my apartment about ten minutes later, shut off my truck and walk towards the door. I unlock the door and walk in and straight to my room. I throw my keys and backpack down on the bed then go to the kitchen for food.

“Hey man, you look better.” Andrew said as he followed me to the kitchen.

I opened the refrigerator and then looked at him, “I feel so much better man. And I’m hungry. Let’s go to Bo’s. We don’t have anything here.”

Andrew laughed, “yeah man let’s go! Will, Colin y’all wanna go to Bo’s?”

Will and Colin came running into the living room, “heck yeah we do!” Colin yelled!

“Man, calm down,” I said, “it’s just Bo’s.”

Will laughed, “McCreery, you’ve been sick for too long!”

“Yeah, two whole days brotha. Too long to not eat Bo’s, so let’s go!” I laughed.

They all laughed and we made our way towards Bo’s for some lunch. Once we got there, we ordered and sat in our usual booth.

“So McCreery,” Colin said, “tell us about this girl.”

“Who Madison?” I asked, “She’s in my math and Spanish classes and she’s been helping me study that’s it.”

“So, you have a thing for her right?” Will asked.

“Nah brotha, besides, she’s still with Chris.” I said as I took a sip of sweet tea.

“Man, we’ve seen the way you look at her. She may be with Chris, but you definitely have a thing for her.”

“Shut up Drew!” I laughed, “nah she’s cute and all, but she ain’t gonna like me even if she wasn’t with him. I bet I’m not even her type.”

“Yeah alright. So I heard you’re gonna be seeing her a little more often though huh?” Colin asked.

I looked at him confused, “what are you talking about man?”

They all laughed, “come on McCreery,” Will said, “tell us.”

“Alright fine I’ll tell y’all.” I said as I took another sip of tea, “her dad, Mike, is my tour manager. So she may come on the road with us, she may not. It all depends on what she wants to do. I think it’d be cool to have her come along. I could use the help with Spanish that’s for sure.”

Colin and Will laughed at that and Andrew looked at me, “you listen to me McCreery. Don’t get your hopes up too much. Just cause her dad is your tour manager don’t mean she’ll be on the road with you. I can tell that you are falling for her. Don’t fall too fast man. She is with Chris still, and I can tell they are happy. Just be careful bro.”

“Alright Drew,” I said, “I ain’t gonna try anything, but thanks. Y’all are awesome.”

Will laughed, “yeah we are man. That’s why we’re your best buds!” he said as he patted my back.

I sat back and finished eating while I thought about the whole tour thing. They were right, she may come on the road, but that doesn’t mean she’s gonna fall for me while she’s there. I gotta listen to my boys, no funny business, no falling too hard too fast. Only problem was, I think I’m already in love with this girl.

Hey guys :)

Hey guys, it Sam, just letting you know about the fanfic. Chapters 3 and 4 will hopefully be up by Friday. The past two weeks have been busy with school and getting ready for finals. But I promise they will be up ASAP. Thanks for reading…talk to you all soon <3

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alright loves, Jackie here…..so here’s the deal…..I AM currently working on chapter 3 along with burning CDs for a friend who needs them, and doing homework for my classes that is all due next week….soooo pretty busy lately. I have an overnight babysitting job today so after he goes to bed I’m gonna try and type some more and hopefully get it posted late tonight. if not, it’ll be up tomorrow afternoon. I have a fair at my school that I’m working at till 3pm but I’ll get it up after.

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