Hey what's up yall? Here is the sequel to Girl Meets Castle. I told yall I would have the first chapter up by the weekend.
I entered Papy Joe's after a long day. We moved to Papy Joe's after I took the CIA job.
I made it with just enough time to change before leaving to go to base. Emma and her friend, Jordan, are performing for the troops in a Christmas concert. Someone else is performing, too. But no one would tell me who. Emma knows and is excited and said I should be, too.
I entered the living room and saw Jordan sitting on the couch.
"Hello, Ms. Hart," Jordan said when he saw me.
"Hey, Jordan. Do you know where the other two are? We need to leave in 10 minutes," I replied.
"Papy Joe took Cory out for dinner and Emma had a rough day at school again, so she went straight to her room." I started going toward Emma's room when there was a knock on the door.
"Will you get that, please, Jordan?" I continued toward Emma's room. I heard "Enemy Fire" by Bea Miller playing. Uh-oh, this isn't good.
I knocked and entered. Emma was painting.
"Hey, what happened?"
"Just stupid Andrew did what he told me he never would," I heard the pain in her voice. I went and sat on her bed.
"Do you want to talk about it?"
"When can we leave Texas? I hate it here." She gave up on the painting and came and sat next to me.
"We are leaving tomorrow, but are going to New York first for Riley and Zay's wedding."
She nodded and started fiddling with her hands.
"What's wrong with me?"
"What? Absolutely nothing," I replied shocked. She's normally more confident about herself.
"Then why didn't my mom want me? Why is dad always gone?"
"Emma, that has nothing to do with you. What brought this on?" I asked totally crushed that she felt this way and I never realized it.
"Andrew started what everyone, but Jordan, has. Why are you always in long pants, don't you know it's like 90 degrees outside? Why did your mom leave you? Why is your dad never around? We all know Maya isn't your mom, so why do you?" she started crying.
I wrapped her in a hug trying to comfort her.
"Hey, if I know one thing it's that you are perfect. There is nothing wrong with you." I hated seeing her break like this.
There was a knock on the door.
"Hey guess what? I have a surprise for you," she looked up. I hope this cheered her up. "Come in."
Who walked in is not who I was expecting, but I was still excited about. Josh walked in. and before you ask, no it's not Josh Matthews. That Josh is with Alexis.
No, this is Josh Abrams. Riley introduced us about 5 years ago, when they were in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway together. He's also a popstar. We dated for about a year when we first met, then broke it off. That is until a couple of years ago, we ran into each other and started talking and dating again.
Emma's face lit up.
"JOSH!" she screamed tackling him in a hug.
"Hey. I heard you could use some cheering up. Are you all ready to go?"
We reentered the living room and started walking out of the house.
Jordan walked next to Emma.
"Are you okay?" he whispered.
"Yeah. I'll be fine."
(At the base)
I was so nervous.
"Guys, I shouldn't have come," I told Bex and Liz.
"Why not? You were a plus one invite from an Eric guy," Bex said.
"Yeah, and don't think we didn't see your face light up when you got it," Liz added.
It still made me nervous. They didn't know the full extent of Eric and I. In fact, no one did except for Eric and I.
"Not to mention, you didn't want me to miss greeting Jonas and Grant back," I completed. They both nodded and I was excited that they were back. They have been gone for two years doing a joint mission with the Marines.
"Hey isn't that Courtney?" Liz said pointing toward the left.
"Hey Courtney!" Bex yelled, she turned around and started walking toward us.
"Hey guys, what are you all doing here?" Courtney Bauer asked when she reached us.
"Grant and Jonas did a joint mission with the Marines and are going to be here," Bex replied.
A shorter girl with blonde hair started walking toward us.
"Hey Courtney, have you seen…" she stopped talking when she saw me.
"Hey, earth to Maya," Courtney said waving her hand in front of Maya's face.
"Huh, what? Sorry," she said shaking her head slightly.
"Maya? You're the one Zach recruited to join the CIA," Liz stated.
"Yeah, how'd you know?" her gaze left me to look at Liz.
"We know Zach. I'm Liz," she said.
"I'm Bex." I was shocked at what I saw. Emma was walking toward us. "And this is Macey." I felt Liz nudge my arm.
"Sorry. Zoned out. I'll be back in a minute," I said walking away.
Well that was weird.
"So how do you know Courtney?" Liz asked.
"She's my partner at the CIA. what about you guys?"
"What? But you're like 22," Bex said shocked.
"Thank you, but I'm actually 27."
I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned and it was Emma. Now I knew why Macey left.
"What's up, kid?" Courtney said, while Emma gave her a hug.
"Have you all seen Josh?" she asked.
"No, but why don't you check backstage."
"Okay," and she walked off.
"She's adorable. Is she yours?" Liz asked.
"Yeah," I replied. Not a complete lie.
I felt hands go over my eyes and "guess who?"
"I don't know that's a tough one."
"I'll give you three hints. I'm awesome. Cool…"
"Humble," I filled in sarcastically."
"And funny," he finished.
"Hmmm," I faked thinking. "Is it Zach?"
"No," Maybeck said faking hurt and removing his hands.
"Nice to know you think so highly of me , Hart."
I couldn't believe it. There was one of my best friends that has disappeared for about a year.
"Cammie!" Maya screamed. Cammie and her hugged.
"You all literally just saw each other like two hours ago," Zach said. They broke apart.
"Charlie!" Maya moved to the other girl.
"Hey, what about me?" the guy who snuck up on Maya pouted. I felt Macey return next to me.
"Awe, does Maybeck fell left out?" Now I know why I recognized them. They are both Kingdom Keepers.
"Wait, Maybeck, if you're here does that mean Will is too?" Courtney asked.
"Yeah, him and Eric," he looked at Maya, "should be out in a minute." I saw the color drain from Macey's face.
"Who's Will?" I asked.
"Will is my husband," Courtney replied. She's married? Huh cool, I didn't know that.
Then I saw someone, who shocked me and based on their faces shocked Macey and Liz, walking toward us.
Josh Abrams. That's right. Cammie's ex was walking directly toward our group.
He stopped next to Maya and gave her a quick kiss. Cammie didn't seem phased. But Macey, Liz and I were.
"Shows about to start, might want to get seated. Bye everyone."
"Good luck," Maya replied. He walked toward the stage.
This night was going great. Our big group fit in an entire row with one extra chair next to me.
Soon I felt it become occupied. I turned, saw who it was and was shocked.
"Hey Maya," he said smiling.
"Shh. It's about to start, " he said cutting me off.
First up was Jordan and Emma. They did amazing. Their last song was one of my favorites. They performed "When Christmas Comes to Town" from the Polar Express.
"Alright, ladies and gentlemen, I know you are all excited because with us tonight is Broadway and International superstar, Josh Abrams," Josh walked onto stage to an applause, "but he brought a special guest with him. Josh?"
"Ladies and gentlemen put your hands together for Ms. Riley Matthews." Riley walked onto stage waving.
They performed several songs and just finished "Baby, It's Cold Outside."
"Okay everyone, we are going to slow it down a bit and I want to dedicate this one to the best boyfriend I know," Riley said starring at Zay.
The song started playing. I recognized it after a little bit, but why would she dedicate this one to Zay.
She came off the stage and crouched in front of Zay toward the middle of the song.
Then it clicked because she started tearing up and Josh had to continue Faith Hill's song "A Baby Changes Everything."
When he realized what Riley was saying, Zay had the biggest smile on his face and enveloped Riley in a hug.
Josh finished up the concert singing "Grown Up Christmas List", "I'll be home for Christmas" and "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)".
The concert was really good. But now I was more nervous than I was before.
We broke into a group like we were in before the concert.
Josh walked out first.
"You did great," Maya said giving him a hug.
"Peaches!" Josh let go of Maya, only to be replaced by Riley.
"Hey hun, congrats by the way."
"Thank you," Riley was beaming.
Next out was Jordan followed by Emma. I can't take this.
The concert was great. I loved it.
When the kids appeared I barely heard Macey whisper, "I can't do this," and walk out.
Bex followed and so did I.
When we got outside Macey was pacing and running a hand through her hair. I've never seen her like this, not even after he and Preston broke up.
"Macey, what's wrong?" Bex asked.
"What can't you do?"
"Maybe she can't look at the face of the kid she left behind," Maya said behind us. When did she get here. I didn't hear her come up behind us. No wonder the CIA wanted her.
"What?" Bex asked confused.
"You want to know why I was staring at you when I was first introduced to you all. It's because I recognized it. It's the same one I've been tucking in for the past five years. The same on I've been reading stories to, eating meals with. The same face I've been comforting and raising," Macey was in tears by now, "the same one that broke my heart earlier tonight, because like you do now, had tears streaming down her face. Why you ask because after going through hell at school again today, asked what was wrong with her? What did she do that made her mother not want her? What did she do that made you not want her?" Maya said.
Wait? Macey's a mom?
And that yall is chapter one. Let me know what yall thought. I'm really excited about this story.