Chapter 48

"Amanda, you know how much I love you, right?" Nick said quietly. "Yeah, why?" She asked. "You also know that I never want to leave you alond, no matter what, right?" She nodded. "Good... But I have to tell you this." Nick pushed the hair out of his face, and held on to Amanda's hands. "The guys and I have to leave for another tour, soon." "How soon is soon?" She asked, starting to get all sad inside. "Three weeks from now." Amanda sat there stunned. "I didn't know it was going to happen so soon..." "Me neither, and I don't want to go without you, but I'm afraid I might have to..." Amanda nodded her head. She wanted to cry, but she knew if she did, Nick would think he got her upset. "Nick, it's okay. You have to go on this tour, so nothing I can do can stop you. I know you love me, and I know how you feel, so you don't have to worry. I'm not mad..." Nick let out a sigh of relief. He pulled her into a hug. "I'm so glad you understand... I was afraid that you were going to be mad at me..." "Nick, I could never be mad at you..." Amanda suddenly felt her heart break a tiny bit...

Howie had finally decided on an outfit, and the two of them decided to walk out. On their way over to the girls house, they noticed Nick and Amanda sitting on the curb, holding each other. "I think they had the talk about the tour..." Howie whisperd to Brian. He nodded, wondering if things were going to go as well with Manda. Brian just showed himself in, and Howie followed. "Where ever can my beautiful girlfriend be???" He called out, up the stairs. Manda came down, hoping into his arms. She kissed his cheek. "Hi," she stood up, "are you two ready?" They nodded. "Okay, hold on a second, I gotta get Stephanie..." Manda ran back up the stairs. Brian shook his head. "Women, they take so long to get ready..." "I heard that!" Manda yelled back.

In Manda's room, Stephanie was nervously pacing back and fourth. Manda walked into the room. "The guys are here. Let's go." Stephanie nodded. Manda took her hand, and lead her down the stairs. When Howie and Stephanie made eye contact for the first time, Manda and Brian knew right away that they were going to have a great evening. "Howie, this is Stephanie, Stephanie, this is Howie." "Hi," she said puting out her hand. "Nice to meet you," he replied, taking her hand and shaking it firmly. "Well, why don't we head off now? Shall we?" Brian said. Everyone nodded. They went over to Brian jeep, and got in. Manda didn't want Stephanie to feel to awkward off the bat, so she sat with her in the back seat. "So where we off to guys?" Manda asked, Brian had not told her where they were going. "Out..." Brian replied. "No really?!? You think?!?" Manda retorted. Brian looked at her in the rearview. "You better be good, or I'm going to have to punish you..." He said with a sly grin. Manda giggled to herself.

Brian pulled the jeep into the parking lot of a large park. They all got out. "What is this place?" Stephanie asked, finally speaking up. "It's sorta like Shakespear in the Park, except it's plays put on by local teenagers. They're really good." Howie said. "Great," Manda said sarcastically. Brian pulled Manda into his arms as she said this. He whisperd into her ear. "Manda, we have to talk..."

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