A.N. Here is the long awaited sequel to It Had Been Ten Years. I just want to say thanks to all who reviewed my other story, I'm sorry that I forgot to mention it before. This story is set seven years in the future. Tommy and Jude are married, and Tommy adopted Noelle as his daughter. I still don't own Instant Star, though I wouldn't mind owning my very own Tim Rozon!
Tommy groaned and shook his head, sliding the headphones off his ears.
"Something wrong, man?" Kwest asked, leaning back in his chair. Tommy set the headphones down next to the soundboard.
"I don't know something's off on the beat." He replied, referring to the music playing through the phones. Kwest slipped a pair of headphones on.
"I don't hear anything." He said. Tommy sighed leaning back in his chair.
"I can't figure it out." Kwest shrugged. Behind them Jude walked in, holding two coffee cups in her hands.
"You guys look hard at work!" She remarked, setting the cups down in front of the two men. She leaned over and gave Tommy a quick kiss on the cheek. Kwest rolled his eyes.
"Talk to your boy, would you?" Kwest asked, getting up and heading out of the studio. Jude settled into Kwest's vacated chair.
"What's wrong?" She asked, staring at her husband of five years. Tommy ran a tired hand through his hair.
"I think that the drumbeat on this song is off, but Kwest can't hear anything." Jude grinned and grabbed the headphones.
"Well, no offense to Kwest, but after living with Sadie for over ten years, he's probably lost some hearing. I know I lived with her for 17 years." She shuddered playfully. Tommy laughed, laying an arm on the back of her chair. Jude slipped the headphones over her ears and listened to it for a few seconds before slipping them back off.
"Yeah, compared to the rest of the song, it's off by like a half beat. You'd probably be better re-recording it." Tommy shook his head.
"You always have to show me up, don't you?" Jude smirked.
"Yeah, pretty much." Jude leaned towards Tommy.
"Well, I guess I can handle losing, this one time…" Tommy trailed off as Jude captured his lips with hers.
"Whoa, hey get a room!" Jamie called. Jude turned and glared at him.
"We were in a room, until you interrupted us. Haven't you heard of knocking?" Jamie held his hands up.
"Hey, this is a public building where people work, and…" He trailed off, trying to think of something else. Jude rolled her eyes.
"Oh please! Do you even remember what I walked in on between you and Patsy?" Jude tossed back.
"To be fair, I was only 17!" Jude gave him a pointed look.
"I was talking about yesterday." Tommy laughed, patting Jude on the knee.
"When are you going to learn, Andrews, not to mess with Jude?" Jamie shrugged.
"I just came to tell you that a certain 15 year old troublemaker is in the lobby waiting for you." Jude stood up, pulling Tommy up with her.
"I guess that's our cue." Jude gave Jamie a quick squeeze on the shoulders as they walked out. "We'll see ya later, Jamie."
Jude and Tommy walked into the lobby where Noelle was waiting. Once she saw them she stood up, exasperated.
"There you guys are! I've been waiting forever!" Jude rolled her eyes at her daughter's antics.
"I highly doubt that it was forever." Tommy stated, pulling his carkeys out of his pocket. "You ready to go home?" Noelle nodded.
"Are you kidding? I just had the worst day ever at school today! What I could really use is one of Dad's famous ice cream sundaes." Noelle looked up at Tommy with her wide innocent blue eyes. Jude turned towards Tommy.
"Ooo… I think I could use one of those as well!" Tommy sighed, defeated.
"With you two gorgeous girls begging me, how could I refuse?" Noelle smiled.
"You are so whipped, Dad." Jude and Noelle headed out towards the car while Tommy lagged behind shaking his head.
"Yes I am… sad to say it, yes I am!"