Disclaimer: I don't own Instant Star. I do own some of the poetry and the songs used

Chapter 1: Explanations

"I'm ready, let's do this." Jude said. He looked into her eyes and he pulled her in for a hug.

"You don't know how it good it feels to hear you say that." He said still holding onto her.

"So you're really serious about this? Serious about us?" She asked him, she wanted the truth no matter what it was.

"Yes, I promise you this time things will be different." He pulled her close to him and he kissed her with everything that was inside of him. When they pulled apart, Jude looked into his eyes and she knew that she made the right choice.

"If, we are doing this then I need to know that this won't be like last time."

"Girl, I promise you with all my heart, and everything that I own, and my entire life that we will work."

"I hope so Quincy because if we don't I won't forgive you like I did before. It will really be over between us."

"I swear. I will do anything to get you to believe me, and to come with me."

"You've already done that."

"Done what?"

"Proven yourself to me."

"How?" he asked in disbelief.

"By getting my music back and promising me. That's all I ever wanted." She said.

"Then I'm glad to be of service Ms. Harrison." He said kissing the top of her hand. He shut the door and led her to the living room.

"Thank you Mr. Quincy, and I have something for you."

"What is it?"

"Your plane ticket. You left it at dinner last night, and I thought that you might need it."

"I know I left it."

"Hold on, wait a minute."

"See I knew if I left my ticket with you then you'd have to bring it back to me, and at least I would have known your decision no matter what you chose."

"Very smart move Quincy." She said wrapping her arms around his neck and she moved into kiss him but, he pulled away.

"Jude, have you told anyone about you're decision yet?"

"No, and before you get mad let me tell you why. I was seeing Sadie off and she told me that I have always known my hearts desire. I made my decision within five minutes of coming here, and I was hoping that you hadn't left yet."

"I understand" he said and he leaned into kiss her and this time she pulled away.

"Tommy, what did you have to do to get my music, back and away from G-Major and Darius?"

"I told Darius that would not pursue any charges against Portia, and I would testify in court that the attempted murder was aimed at me and not Angie."

"Why, I know you wanted her out away."

"Because Jude, I beat myself up over Angie to much. I love you and only you. Portia, Angie and all of it, they are my past."

"You really do love me don't you?"

"Yes, always and forever." He said putting his arms around her waist.

"What time are we leaving tomorrow?" she asked mainly so she would have time to pack.

"Oh I was thinking six in the morning since the flight is at seven."

"SIX IN THE MORNING! Quincy, it will still be dark outside, and I won't even be awake." She yelled.

"Jude, you can sleep on the flight you know."

"Hold on, I just had a thought that's completely off subject."

"What is it Harrison?"

"What happened to your Porsche?"

"I sold it."


"To pay off Hunter, so he would leave town."

"Tommy tell me you didn't?"

"I did. He wanted to hurt you and I figured that money was a way to get him to leave."

"You sold your car to protect me?"

"Yes, I did Harrison, and I wouldn't do it for just anyone." He said. "There's also something else."


"I need to explain your birthday to you."

"I think Sadie made it clear that it was all her fault with the kiss and everything."

"No, not about that."

"About what then?" she asked curiously.

"About, humiliating you."

"Oh" was all she managed to say. "Spit it out then."

"Hunter, I lost my nerve when I found out he was there. When you started singing I knew he going to find out that I lied to him about not having anyone that I loved."

"What are you talking about?"

"He threatened the woman that I love. He threatened you, and I lost it. I said those things to you to protect you. He told me that if he ever found the one that I loved he would kill them."

"You did it all to protect me?"

"Yes, that's the only reason things happened like they did."

"Wow," was all Jude said. She smiled from ear to ear and she pulled him in to kiss him. She kissed him like the world was about to end. She heard her phone ring, and she opened her eyes to look at it, and it was Jamie. She ignored the call and he called back three more times. She ignored it all three times and continued to kiss Tommy.

"Jude, who was that?" Tommy asked pulling away from her.

"Jamie. I don't really want to talk to him right now."

"You know you're going to have to tell him eventually."

"I know but, right now it's you and me." She said. Tommy looked out the window and he could see the setting sun behind them. He was happy to know that tomorrow morning he would be backpacking through Asia with the woman that he loved.

"Jude, I have an idea."

"What is it Quincy?"

"What about you go home and pack, and stay here with me tonight?"

"How about no." When Jude said that his face dropped. "How about you stay with me because I am closer to the airport, and we won't have to get up as early." She said.

"You do make a good point there Harrison but, what about your dad?"

"He isn't home tonight. He's in Montreal on business."

"Let me go and get my stuff." Tommy said. He went upstairs and Jude heard him rummaging around.

She looked around the living room, and she saw a picture of her and Tommy. It was from the day that they went to her country house and wrote 'It could be you'. She was singing and he was strumming the guitar. You could tell from the picture that they had chemistry. His eyes were fixed on her in the picture, and you could read him so well. "Jude, you ready?" He asked.

"Tommy, where did you get this picture of us?"

"Sadie took it that day. I didn't know she took it. She gave it to me after we got home." He said. Jude looked behind him and she saw that he had three bags. "By the way, one bag is clothes, and one bag is recording stuff, and my guitar."

"About to say, you're worse than I am." She said laughing.

"Hey, I'll get you for that." He said.

Tommy grabbed her hand and he led her out the back door to the garage. He grabbed the keys off the wall for the Viper, and he put his bags in the trunk. Jude got in the car and remembered the last time she was in it.

She had just turned sixteen and as a birthday present Tommy let her drive it for an hour. Back then Jude was a horrible driver, and she never got it just right. She almost ran over a dog on the sidewalk of all things. That was about four hours before Shay dumped her and Tommy kissed her. She also remembered Tommy telling Kwest that if she were twenty-one he would be with her in a split second.

Jude snapped out of her flashback, and she looked over at Tommy. "Tommy when was the last time you drove this?"

"Let me see, when did you drive it?" He asked.

"You gotta be kidding me?"

"Nope, I decided it was time to let her rest."

"Whatever you say Quincy." She said to him and he backed out of the garage and into the busy streets of Toronto. The entire ride was spent in silence. Jude just looked at him the entire time. When Tommy pulled up to her house, he pulled into the driveway, and he got his bag of clothes out of the trunk while Jude unlocked the door.

They got in the house and Tommy put his bag down by the door. "Jude, where am I sleeping?"

"I haven't made up my mind on that yet." She said. Tommy left his bag where he dropped it and he went into the kitchen. He was looking for something in the fridge when Jude got in there.

"You know Quincy, you can't help yourself to anything you want."

"I was going to cook you dinner but, I guess I won't now." He said closing the fridge.

"Never mind, continue with what you were doing." She said.

Tommy pulled out the cheese and the bottle of marinara sauce from the fridge and then he pulled out the ziti from the cabinet and he got out two big deep plates, and a pot, and backing pan.

"What are you cooking?" She asked.

"Baked Ziti with marinara."

"Can I help?"

"No, you cannot."

"Why not I asked him?"

"Because Harrison, you don't have good experiences with food and/or cooking."

"Dang it. I was hoping that you would forget about the time that I burnt the mac and cheese."

"Never will I forget that, it was a Jude Harrison classic."

"Yeah, that was pretty funny." She said. She watched him work, and she finally decided to go into the living room, and watch t.v. She smelled dinner but, she knew better than to ask when it was going to be ready. She flipped through the channels.

Tommy brought their dinner into the living room, and she immediately got a smile on her face. "You do know that I have never had this before." She said.

"I know, and I have never cooked for you before either, so this is new for both of us." He said.

After they ate, Tommy and Jude were in the kitchen putting the dishes into the dishwasher. After Jude put the last dish in and closed the dishwasher and turned it on, Tommy pulled Jude's arm and she turned to look at him. She just stared at him for the longest time and he leaned in and he kissed her.

Jude and Tommy made their way out of the kitchen and into the living room, and onto the couch. Tommy ran his hands all over Jude's body and he put one of his hands under her shirt. Jude tugged Tommy's shirt over his head and threw it on the floor. They were do busy that they didn't even hear the door open. Tommy lifted Jude's shirt above her head, and he threw it.

"What the hell is going on here?" They heard. They both got up and it was her dad and Jamie.

"Dad, I thought you were in Montreal?" She said surprised. She grabbed the blanket off the back of the couch and wrapped it around her.

"Jude, how could you?" Jamie said before he left. Jude just sat there. She didn't go after him, and she didn't even call after him. She jut let him go.

"Jude Elizabeth Harrison, what the hell do you think you're doing?" He dad said. This was going to get interesting very fast. "Don't waste anytime, I want an explanation now." He said.