"Walker." Diana says quietly as she walks into the den. "What?" He says. "You were way to hard on Zac and Amelia, she is right. Don't you remember when we got caught making-out?" She says smiling. "My dad hated you for life." "I know, and I was over-reacting. I had a bad day at work and I blamed it on them, but Diana they betrayed our trust, doesn't that hurt you at all?" He asks. "Walker? How did you know that they were in the woods?" Diana asks. "Michelle told me. " He says. "MICHELLE? How did she know that?" Diana asks. "She lives right across the street from where they went in and she saw them go in." Walker says. "You actually believed Michelle?" She asks. "You know she is obsessed with Zac and does anything she can to hurt girls that want to go out with him since he turned her down three times in 5 minutes last year." "I know but her mom backed it up and her dad's the mayor, c'mon, she wouldn't lie." Walker says. "Ok, but I think we should let them see each other, you are really going to have to work your friendship up with Amelia again, there is no way she is going to even talk to you." Diana says. "I know, I'll let her on the tour, but should we let them see each other?" "You do what you think is right Honey." Diana says and walks out the door. "Zac, Amelia, come down here please." Walker calls from the bottom of the stairs. "I am in the living room." You hear him and walk down the stairs. Zac walks down right behind you. "What now?" You ask with a frown on your face. He can clearly see that you have been crying, your face is wet and your hair is matted to your cheeks. You pull your hair out of your face and stand in front of Zac with your arms crossed in front of your chest. "I have come to the conclusion to let you go on the tour Amelia." Walker begins. "OH my god, are you serious?" You ask with a huge smile. "Yes and I am going to let you two see each to....." You don't let him finish. "YYYEEEESSSS!! THANK YOU!!!" You scream and run up to Walker and give him a hug. "Oh thank you so much!" You yell again. You run into Zac's arms and give him a huge hug. Then you kiss him. You kiss him forever it feels like. You hold him close to you. You are so happy. You don't know what to say. "Do you have everything? Are you sure? I don't want you to forget anything." Diana says with a smile. "I know mom, you're making me feel like a little kid, in front of my girl, you're ruining my image!" Zac says looking serious. "I know but my little baby is going to be gone for 4 months, what am I going to do? Who is going to make me laugh?" She asks, grabbing Zac and squeezing him in her arms. "Uh, mom, Zac can't breath!" He says in a squeaky little voice. "I am sorry, I just don't want you to go." She says now in tears. "Mom we have been gone before, what are you trippen' on?" Zac asks picking up his bags. "Ya, but I went with you. Oh come here." She says again grabbing him and hugging him again causing him to drop his bags. "Mom, you're embarrassing me, my girl is here. MOM!!" He says as he finally pulls away. You just sit there watching them. You wish your mom would care that much about you but who cares about that right now, you are going to go on tour with the HANSON bros, this is going to be the best summer of your life. "MILIA!!MILIA!!!" You turn around and see, the one, the only, KRISTEN, wearing a smashing ensemble of jeans and a t-shirt and looking especially good for Isaac, (nah just kidding:) "Can you believe this?" She asks. "This is going to be awesome, we get to go on tour with HANSON?" "Calm down Kristen, it's ok!" You say with a smile. "I know but..." She is interrupted by Walker. "Ok guys let's go!" "MOM LET GO!!" You hear Zac yell and you see him struggle loose from his mom's grasp. "Isaac Taylor Amelia, Kristen, you better take real good care of my baby!" Diana calls after us. "Don't worry I will." You assure her with a smile and get on the bus. "Ok, guys give me your attention." Walker asks. "We need to make some ground rules before we get real good and going." Everyone moans and groans. "I know but we have to keep order in the bus, we are going to be traveling together for awhile and rules will help us keep out of each others hair." Walker says. "First of all and the most important rule, when we are in public, in other words, where other people can see us, Amelia and Kristen are not to hold hands with you guys, kiss you or do anything to hint that you are going out." "Hey what do you mean?" Zac asks. "The whole world has to know that I have the most beautiful girlfriend on the planet." "Hey watch it buddy. " Isaac says with a smile. "Zac you and I both know that it isn't safe for either of them, you know how crazy the fans go. Now let me continue. Lights out at 11:30 pm while we are traveling. If we have a concert or rehearsal early in the morning the next day then you are expected to at least be in your own hotel rooms at 9:00 cause I know you won't fall asleep at nine. The girls will have their own rooms you three will have your own room and I will be in the room in the middle of your rooms." "DAD!! How am I supposed to sneak into their room in the middle of the night?" Zac asks with a mischievous grin. "You don't." Walker says eyeing him. He continues with the usual rules, keep your hands, head, all body parts in the bus, which of course Zac doesn't like cause he wants to make the girls go crazy, and a lot of other rules. (8 hours later 9:00pm) "Mr. Hanson!" You call. "C'mon in." He answers. You open the door then walk into his study and sit down on a chair next to his desk. "Um, I really wanted to apologize for yelling at you and for lying, I just didn't want to get Zac into trouble and..." He cuts you off. "Amelia, I was way to hard on you guys, I have been real stressed with this tour and stuff and I just took it out on you and Zac. You made me realize that. You were right when you said that me and Diana used to do the same thing. So I thought about it and I felt where you were coming from, so I should be the one apologizing." "I do have one question." You ask. "How did you know we were in the backwoods?" "Well, there is this girl Michelle, I am surprised that you haven't heard from her yet, and she is, well she told me and her mom backed her up so I knew it was true cause her dad's the mayor of Tulsa. Go ask Zac about her, he knows." He says with a smile. "So are we friends again?" He asks. "Ya!" You say smiling. "Good then you can start calling me Walker since we are going to be on this bus for awhile." He says. "Ok cool, goodnight." You say as you leave. "Goodnight!" He calls after you. You spot Zac sitting on his bunk bed playing Nintendo. You go over and sit behind him, then put your arms around his stomach and rest your chin on his shoulder and watch him play. "Zac." You ask. "Who's Michelle?" He drops the controller and ends up dying (in his game). "Um how did you hear about her?" He asks, looking a bit concerned. "She's the one who told your dad that we were in the woods." You tell him. "Oh well she is just a girl." He says, then picks up his controller and starts a new game. "Just a girl huh? Then why did you drop your control and why did your dad say you would tell me all about her?" You ask sounding a little annoyed. "Is she an old girlfriend?" "No, you are my first girlfriend, she is just this girl who is really obsessed with me and follows me everywhere and every time a girl gets near me she flips and does all she can to drive the girl away. I am surprised that she hasn't done anything to you yet." He says still concentrating on his game. You feel the bus driver begin to stop the bus and you walk up to the front to see what's going on. Isaac, Kristen and Taylor are there talking. You walk aimlessly around the bus a little more then decide to go back into Zac's room and watch him play Nintendo. You slowly open the door and peek inside. The Nintendo is off and Zac is sleeping (amazingly enough). You just stare at him. He looks so sweet and innocent. You walk over to the bed and crawl into it next to him. He opens his eyes groggly and see's you next to him and wraps his arms around you. You lay your head down on his chest and fall into a deep sleep.
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