" That was how I met and began to fall in love your mother. " Ryan said as he finished telling his fourteen year old daughter, Amy, and nine year old son, Jimmy.
" You really fell in love with mom from the moment that you talked to her at Aunt Summer's party ? " Amy asked her father.
" Yeah. I thought she was beautiful. " Ryan responded with a smile and watched his daughter smile in kind.
" I won't ever love a girl. They have cooties you know. " Jimmy said.
Ryan laughed at what his son said. He may have been named after Marissa's father, but he was like Seth was when they were little.
" Just wait until your older. " Ryan said, " You will find the girl you love some day and she won't have cooties, "
" Giving him love advice already ? "
Ryan knew that voice instantly and turned to look at his six month pregnant wife with a smile on his face and love in his eyes.
" I have to start sooner or later. Besides, I want him to be as happy as I am now. " Ryan stated as he stood and walked to his wife, wrapping his arms around her.
" But what about Amy ? Don't you want her to find the man she loves and marry him ? " Marissa asked.
" When she's thirty, maybe fourty. "Ryan said with a smirk.
Marissa laughed and kissed her husband as their kids yelled " MOM, DAD ! " at the same time.
Ryan and Marissa pulled apart with a smile.
" Mom ? " Amy asked.
" Hmm ? " Marissa responded as she turned to her daughter.
" Why didn't you or dad tell us that Dad was a rock star in the sixties ? " Amy asked.
" Hey ! " Ryan said as he turned to his daughter as she laughed. " I am not that old ! "
Amy laughed as Marissa said " I guess we never thought about it. " Marissa began as she sat on the couch next to her daughter. " When I first found out I was pregnant with you, your father didn't want to be on tour constantly, so he finally started working with your great grandpa before he died. "
" Oh. Hey dad ? " Amy asked as she turned to her father.
" What princess ? " Ryan asked.
" Do you still have the cds that you made ? " Amy wondered.
" All four of them. " Ryan said.
" Do you think I could borrow them to make copies ? " Amy asked.
" Sure. " Ryan said before walking over to a cabinet in the living room that held all of the cds that both he and Marissa owned. After taking down the four cds and shutting the cabinet, he turned and handed them to his daughter.
" Thanks daddy. " Amy said before kissing her father's cheek and running out of the room with the cds.
Ryan just smiled as he watched her leave.
" She has had you wrapped around her finger the moment since you first saw her. " Marissa stated as she watched her husband.
" So ? " Ryan asked with a smile as he turned to his wife.
" Hey dad, do you think you could teach me how to play guitar ? " Jimmy asked.
" Yeah. Come on, lets go get a couple of my old guitars from the basement. " Ryan said before leading the way to the basement.
( If Everyone Cared by Nickelback )
From underneath the trees, we watch the skyConfusing stars for satellitesI never dreamed that you'd be mineBut here we are, we're here tonightSinging Amen, I, I'm aliveSinging Amen, I, I'm aliveChorus:
If everyone cared and nobody criedIf everyone loved and nobody liedIf everyone shared and swallowed their prideThen we'd see the day when nobody diedAnd I'm singingAmen I, Amen I, I'm aliveAmen I, Amen I, Amen I, I'm aliveAnd in the air the firefliesOur only light in paradiseWe'll show the world they were wrongAnd teach them all to sing alongSinging Amen, I, I'm aliveSinging Amen, I, I'm alive(I'm alive)Chorus x2And as we lie beneath the starsWe realize how small we areIf they could love like you and meImagine what the world could beIf everyone cared and nobody criedIf everyone loved and nobody liedIf everyone shared and swallowed their prideThen we'd see the day when nobody diedWhen nobody died...ChorusWe'd see the day, we'd see the dayWhen nobody diedWe'd see the day, we'd see the dayWhen nobody diedWe'd see the day when nobody died
As Amy listened to the first song on one of the cds, she remembered what had happened earlier in the day at her birthday party.
Amy continued to chat away with her cousin Seth and Summer's daughter, April and their Jenny about what they would be doing that night when April and Jenny would be spending the night along with two other girls.
" Honey ? " Her mother said as she interrupted.
" Yeah mom ? " Amy asked.
" Could your father and I talk to you a second ? " She asked.
" Alright. " Amy said before walking with her mother to where her father was talking with he grandma Hailey.
" What did you need to talk to me about ? " Amy asked when they were next to her father.
" Well princess, there is a problem with your party. " Her father began.
" Ryan, let me. " Her grand mother said and continued after receiving a nod from her father. " Amy, the band didn't realize who they are dealing with and canceled. "
" WHAT ? " Amy asked shocked.
" Thanks mom. " Ryan said to his mother before turning to his daughter. " Something came up and the band had to cancel. "
" Great, now I am going to be the laughing stock at school. " Amy said as she said down on a patio chair.
" I have an idea. " Her father said a minute later, causing the three Nichol women to look at him. " Don't worry princess, I will take care of this. "
Ryan walked away with Marissa following, wondering what was going to happen, while Hailey stood next to her grand daughter and smiled brightly. She had a good idea what her son was planning.
" Grandma ? " Amy asked, causing Hailey to turn towards her. " Do you know what dad is going to do. "
" Maybe. " Hailey said before walking away.
Amy stood up and began walking back to her cousin and friend, but was stopped by Angela Fisher, who was a little bit popular at school, but not as popular as Amy, April and Jenny. But that didn't stop her from trying to become the most popular.
" Well Amy, where is this big band that you said is going to be singing ? " Angela asked in a snobby tone.
" Their is going to be a big band, so just wait and see. " Amy responded.
" Whatever. " Angela said before walking away.
" What did your parents want ? " April asked as Amy stopped next to them.
Amy leaned in close and motioned for April and jenny to do the same before whispering " They said the band backed out. "
" What are you going to do ? " Jenny asked.
" I don't know. My dad said he had an idea and walked off. " Amy said.
" I hope its nothing bad. I heard about one girls father tried to make his daughter popular dancing at her party. " Jenny said with a smirk.
April let her mother's temper show and punched Jenny in the arm and said " How many times do I have to tell you, I couldn't stop my dad from dancing ! "
Amy and Jenny began laughing, but stopped with they heard " Attention everyone ! "
The three girls turned to the stage, where they saw Amy's mother on the small stage, holding a microphone.
" It is time for the band to perform. So please welcome Onyx ! " Marissa said before walking off the stage.
( Because Of You by Nickelback )
Hands on the mirror, can't get much clearerCan't make this all go awayNow that you're bleeding you stare at the ceilingWatch as it all fades away
Amy was in shock as the small curtain on the stage moved apart and she saw her father and three of his friends, who were like uncles to her.
" Its your Dad ! " Jenny said.
" Oh god ! " Amy stated.
From what you do, because of youYou know I can't be thereEach time that you callI swore not to come, but I m here after allI know by the look that I see in your eyeI won't stand around and I won't watch you dieFrom what you do, because of youWhat you do, what you doWhat's become of you?What you do, what you doWhat's become of...?Now that you did this, you ask for forgivenessDoctor could you be my priestYou say you're mistaken, but look what you've takenYou laugh as you lie through your teethFrom what you do, Because of youYou know I can't be thereEach time that you callI swore not to come, but I m here after allI know by the look that I see in your eyeI won't stand around and I won't watch you dieFrom what you do, because of youWhat you do, what you doWhat's become of you?What you do, what you doWhat's become of...?From what you do...Hands on the mirror, can't get much clearerCan't make this all go awayNow that you're bleeding you stare at the ceilingAnd watch as it all fades awayFrom what you do, Because of youYou know I can't be thereEach time that you call
I swore not to come, but I m here after allI know by the look that I see in your eyeI won't stand around and I won't watch you dieFrom what you do, because of youWhat you do, what you doWhat's become of you?What you do, what you doWhat's become of...?
After Onyx finished performing and were walking off the stage, Amy, April and Jenny ran to them.
" Thanks Daddy ! " Amy said as she threw her arms around her father and hugged him tight.
" I take it we were a hit ? " Aron asked.
Ryan hugged his daughter back and said " I told you I would take care of it. "
Amy pulled away and asked " Why didn't you tell me you guys had a band ? "
" I will tell you later. Go enjoy the rest of your party princess. " Ryan said before kissing Amy on the head.
Amy smiled and nodded before walking away with her cousin and friend.
End Of Flashback
" They are pretty good. " April said as the group of girls listened in Amy's room.
" Yeah, he is. " Amy said as she thought about what a great father she truly has.