I looked to Alice and she told me, she was sorry. I sighed; I knew what Luca told her to say to me. I turned to her, “Alice, do you know why I was shouting at your father?” She looked at me innocently and I sighed, putting one arm around her, pulling her close.
“Your father, I knew what he was going to do with you. You have a brother, he was abandoned. Just like you. I wanted to make sure you didn’t end up the same way, so we had a little argument.” I smiled, running a hand through her hair.
“But why, why did you argue with him?” She asked, I knew she was getting it. She, like me, just didn’t know where she stood with people.
“Because you mean too much to me Alice, I love you too much.”
She nodded and cuddled up close to me, “I love you, Gemme.” Oh, I’ve been waiting to hear that for a while. I smiled and kissed her forehead softly, “I love you too, Alice. Here, I have something to show you.”
I turned my head round, “Luca, open the doors, just for a minute.”
"Why?" Well, he had a right to be suspicious.
"Trust me." I smiled and Alice looked at me, curiously. He hesitated, but opened the door. I whistled sharply and the little bluebird from earlier flew through the door after a little while.
“Now, whose powers are better?” I mumbled to Luca as it sat on my hand. Alice squealed and reached out a hand hesitantly. “Be careful, Alice.” She looked to me and nodded, gently running a finger over the bird’s feathers.
He laughed slightly. "Talking to animals now? Hmm, maybe we're even?"
"Nope, I'm better." I smirked; no actually my powers suck but when entertaining Alice, mine rule.
"You still can't fly," he smiled.
"True, I could if Dragons were real though," I laughed as the little bluebird began flying around, chirping happily.
He laughed again. "Alright, alright, yours are better," he rolled his eyes, still smiling.
"Damn straight." I grinned, "Are we there yet?" I moaned.
"When we see a sign that's pointing towards Cleveland, yes, until then, no," he rolled his eye and I sighed wearily. Turning round and kneeling on the sofa so I could drape my arms round his neck, kissing his cheek softly. He turned his head briefly to kiss me back.
"I'll get my yellow pages out when we get to the venue. Get us a new driver," I smiled as the bluebird began singing, well, it was a wordless song, but it was full of happiness.
"Hah, no more driving a dead elephant for me!" he grinned
"D'ya wants me to drive?" I asked, oh and the thing about the yellow pages, I was listening in. I had nothing better to do. I was sick of thinking. That’s why I came back. I heard his thoughts, his desperate thoughts. I was lost; I didn’t think anyone wanted me back. But as I said, the only conclusion I came to was that I wanted Luca.
"No, it's alright. I've figured out how to drive it now, it's just slow."
"Okay, well... where are we now?"
He pointed out of the window at a sign coming up, "Just about to go into Ohio.
"Ohio hmm?" I laughed, scheming.
He nodded and glanced up at me. "Ever been to Ohio before?"
"No, but I do know about wildlife round here. It's a new power, mind if I try it out?"
He shrugged. "Go for it. Just don't drive all the animals mad and make them rampage the place. We want to stay welcome here, y'know," he laughed
"You ever heard of a bald eagle before?"
"Nope," I grinned and asked him to open the doors, whistling again, my arm held out. The doors swung open and the bluebird flew out, replaced by a giant bird with a white crest of feathers on his head. Its beautiful yellow beak perfectly shaped. I smiled as it stretched its wings out, reaching a hand cautiously to stroke its feathers.
He glanced up at it. "Not very bald," he chuckled.
The eagle let out an angry squawk and I told him to calm down. "No, but, it's one of the deadliest predators in the U.S and also the symbol for this country." I pointed out as the proud bird lifted its head. I looked to the rest of the band and smiled. The band looked at me impressed and I sent it out to the L-shaped couch where it perched on the small coffee table there. The Eagle seemed rather cooperative. She really seemed to like it, I always had something for animals and I guess it paid off.
Rayn's eyes widened and he edged away from the bird slightly. Luca watched him moving away from it in the rear view mirror and laughed. "Wuss," he smiled.
“I should summon a bear next time. Or is the knight, fearless?"
"Fearless," he winked, "apart from cat’s maybe."
"Aww," I left the bird with the band and moved back to the front of the bus, kissing him, "perhaps a tiger then?"
"Huh. Pick on someone your own size," he grumbled, clearly unimpressed by the thought of having a tiger on the bus.
"Why? It’s not like I can't take on you and you're twice the size of me."
"Because I'm driving,"
"Silly, I didn't mean now. I was joking anyway." I sighed, resting my head on his shoulder.
He put an arm around me. "You're mean, you know that, right?" he half smiled.
"Oh, I know." I nodded. "I can be a tease too, when I'm bored." Talking of teases... “Stop tormenting Rayn!” I told the Eagle that gave me a short grin before returning back to the table.
"Yeah, I remember."
"Really? But it’s been so long...and you've had so many others." I mean, wow, he remembers? That’s good, I guess.
"Sure, sex on tap that meant nothing," he rolled his eyes, "it was alright, I guess, but it wasn't as fun as when I was with you."
"Wow, I feel special." He just smiled knowingly. I kissed his cheek, tightening my grip on him a little.
"I suddenly really want to book a hotel room and skip the gig," he murmured in my ear, kissing me on the cheek.
"Oh, too bad..." I grinned, "You’ll have to wait."
"Mmm... after show sex, maybe?" he grinned back.