I heard my name being screamed by a mob of at least a hundred people as I made my way from the bus, into the venue. It had been two weeks since I'd last seen or talked to Andrea. She'd be at Brown by now, obviously having moved on with her life. I looked into the crowd, half expecting to see Andrea's smiling face, looking at me adoringly.

I longed for the days when I could go out, and not be recognized. But my days of anonymity were over. After the release of our first album, we shot to fame, and were constantly touring.

"But I could come with you. I could be with you." Andrea's voice echoed through my eardrums.

"I'll see you when I get back." I told her, and with that, I kissed her forehead, and walked away. Never looking back.


I stopped right in front of the door, and again looked into the crowd. Looking around at the group of people, wanting nothing more than a glance, or a touch from me, or another guy in the band.

"Hey c'mon man. Let's go in there." I heard Luke say from behind me.

I looked ahead. "Sorry man. Got sidetracked a minute there." My security guard opened the door, and I walked in.

We made our way through the backstage area and found the hospitality room. I sat down on the couch and sighed. Luke sat next to me, passing me over a bottle of beer. I opened the bottle of beer and took a huge gulp.

"Still thinking about Andrea?" He asked.

I nodded. "Yeah."

"You've got to get over her man. She's obviously moved on. You just need to get laid." Luke laughed.

I smiled, and took another swig of my beer. "Fuck man. You're stupid." I laughed at him and took another drink from the bottle. "What time are we going on anyway?"

Luke glanced up at the clock, hanging on the wall. "At 9. Not for another few hours. Why?"

I finished off my beer and got up from my seat on the couch. "I'm going for a walk."

Carla looked up at me. "Again? You've been doing that a lot lately."

"I just want to walk." I said, somewhat annoyed at her again. I loved Carla a lot, but her constant butting in on my life really pissed me off sometimes.

My security guard Rick followed me out to the door. I turned around and faced him. "Alone."

Rick nodded, and opened the door for me. I walked out of the building, and heard the door close behind me. I put the hood of my jacket over my head, and began to walk down the wet streets of Seattle.

"You're Todd Sparrow." I heard a voice from behind me say. It was a female voice, and I turned around to see a beautiful girl smiling at me.

I nodded. "Yeah. That's me." I removed the hood from my head, and looked at her and smiled. "And you are?"

She offered her hand to me. "I'm Jessica. My friends call me Jessie." I took her hand and shook it.

"Nice to meet you." I said, taking a seat on a nearby bench. She followed, and took a seat next to me.

"What are you doing out here walking alone?" She asked.

I took my cigarettes out of my pocket, and put one in my mouth. I offered her one and she shook her head. I placed the pack back into my pocket and lit the cigarette. "Just walking. No special reason."

"I do that a lot too. Helps clear out the mind."

I nodded, blowing the smoke out. "Yeah. You coming to the show tonight?"

"Yeah. My friends and I are going." She told me.

I looked at her face. She was absolutely gorgeous. Her long blonde hair hung loosely at her shoulders, and she had an amazing smile.

"Why don't you and your friends come backstage after the show?" I asked her, snubbing the cigarette out on the side of the park-bench and getting up from my seat.

She looked up at me in amazement, as if I'd just given her the world. "I'd love to!"

I smiled. "Great. Nice meeting you Jessie. See you later." I walked away.

"You too Todd!" I heard her call.

I grinned, and again placed the hood of my jacket over my head.

**THANKS LUCKY STAR FOR THE REVIEW! I too was frustrated the way the paragraphs were set up when I posted the story.cuz in my Word Document they weren't that way at all! LOL**