Spencer sat on the plane trying to will herself to sleep but she had too much on her mind. The last three months had been a blur; so many cities and so many shows that at times she couldn't remember where she was. It had been craziness but she had loved every minute of the experience. After the show ended she wasn't sure if she could handle this life but the tour made her realize this is exactly what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.
As she made her way to the baggage claim at O'Hare she searched for her family. She wasn't sure who was coming to pick her up but she assumed Dylan would be running at her any moment.
"Hey superstar!" A male voice said from behind Spencer.
"Hey sweetheart, welcome home." Aiden said giving her a huge hug.
"Thanks, it's great to be home." Spencer replied less than enthusiastically.
"I'm sure you were expecting Dylan or Paula but I had to drop my mom off so I offered to pick you up. And I think Dylan really wanted to make you a special dinner."
"Wait, Dylan's helping cook?" Spencer said with a smile.
"Yeah." Aiden laughed. "Don't worry too much; Paula is keeping him pretty well in check. He wants everything to be perfect so he's being really careful."
"What exactly does he want to be perfect? Aren't we just having a big family dinner? Those are always crazy but fun, no perfection needed."
"Well…" Aiden said nervously. "You'll find out when you get home."
"Oh god." Spencer said getting nervous about her homecoming.
As they made their way to the parking garage a little girl, probably around Dylan's age, ran right up to Spencer and tapped her arm. "Excuse me, are you Spencer Carlin?"
Spencer knelt down and said, "Yes I am, what can I do for you sweetie?"
The little girl's eyes lit up, "Wow, you are a really good singer. You were my absolute favorite on the show. My mommy even let me vote for you loads of times. Can I have your autograph?" She rambled holding out a pen and notebook.
"Of course you can, what's your name?" Spencer said with a warm smile.
"Ashlee," The little girl said quietly. "It ends with an E instead of a Y."
"You know what Ashlee that happens to be one of my favorite names." Spencer said with a smile which made the little girl beam. "Here you go."
"Thank you thank you thank you!" Ashlee said and gave Spencer a hug. Then she ran back to her mom showing her the autograph like it was a prized trophy.
"So have you got too used to that yet?" Aiden asked.
"Not really. It's still weird to me that people know who I am. But I love it; I'm not going to complain that people like my music."
"Well let's get out of here and get you home to your biggest fans." Aiden said as they got to the car.
Spencer walked into her house and was surprised that no one came to greet her. "Hello? Is anyone home?"
Paula came strolling to the door. "Welcome home dear. How was your flight?"
"Good." Spencer said skeptically. "What's going on?"
"What do you mean dear? Look why don't you get your stuff put away and head back down in about twenty minutes. Dinner will be ready then." Paula said then disappeared back into the kitchen.
Spencer did as she was told but was extremely confused. She had told her mom she wanted just a normal family dinner tonight, no big party or anything. She had yet to see anyone besides Paula and Aiden which was strange. She was sure Dylan would have attacked her as soon as they were in the same building but as of yet her son was nowhere to be seen.
Twenty minutes later she headed down the stairs apprehensively. Half way down she saw her son smiling up at her dressed in his Sunday best. "What are you up to little man?"
"Hi Mommy, let me lead you to your table." He said leading her into the dining room.
"Okay." Spencer replied knowing he was up to something.
The dining room was empty. The only light in the room was coming from lit candles on the table. There were only two place settings and there was music quietly playing.
"What's all this Dylan?"
"It's a surprise Mommy. Just be patient." He said with a huge grin then ran into the kitchen.
Spencer waited in the dining room for another ten minutes until the kitchen door opened again. Dylan came out with a basket of rolls. "Mommy please sit down. Dinner will be out in a second."
Spencer sat down; her back was to the door. She heard it open then a plate of food was placed in front of her and a voice whispered in her ear, "Welcome home Spencer."
Spencer immediately jumped up and enveloped Ashley in a huge hug. "Oh my god, what are you doing here?"
"To welcome you home of course and eat a good home cooked dinner. I can't pass up Paula's cooking you know."
"But I thought you had tons of stuff to do this week, you said you wouldn't be here until next week."
"Yeah well, don't be mad at me but I lied. Dylan and Paula cooked this whole plan up because they wanted you to have the best home coming possible." Ashley explained.
"Wow. I mean, I can't believe you're here and this whole thing." Spencer stumbled over her words too surprised to speak much.
"Well, I can't think of a better way to start our relationship than this nice quiet dinner at home."
"Start… wait the tour is over so I'm not under contract anymore." Spencer said having not thought of this before.
"Well unless you are having seco…"
"Don't you even say that Ashley Davies. I have been waiting for this for too long. How about we have dinner since they went all this trouble, then well we'll see where the night takes us." Spencer said with an evil grin.
"I can't believe we are doing this at Disney World." Cassie said to her two friends.
"Well, I think Ashley had way too much input from Dylan. He has her tied around his little finger." Spencer said laughing.
"Come on guys Disney is a great place to kick off our tour. It's the happiest place on earth." Scott added.
"True but it still seems crazy to me." Cassie replied.
"Well it's showtime. I'm up being number three and all." Scott said with a sly grin.
All three friends had been signed to record deals by Ashley's label and they had all come up with the idea of doing a tour together. It had been a year sing the show and their albums were coming out in the next three weeks so this kick off concert was also serving as the launch of the winner's record.
Cassie was up on stage to introduce Spencer. "This girl is one of my best friends in the world. Honestly I can't believe I actually beat this girl, this is the most talented runner up I have ever seen on that show. So welcome to the stage Spencer Carlin."
The intro made Spencer smile because she felt the same about Cassie. They had become fast friends and have remained friends since. When the winner of The One she was thrilled for her friend. She had never expected to win the competition, she was just glad that such of wonderful person had won the title.
At the end of her set Spencer went to go back stage but she was stopped by Scott and Cassie.
"Hold on a second girl, you're not done up here yet." Cassie said as they pulled her back to the middle of the stage.
"What's going on?" Spencer asked slightly afraid of the answer.
"It's a surprise you'll love." Scott said with an evil grin.
As Spencer was being brought back on stage Dylan tugged on Ashley's hand. When she knelt down Dylan asked, "Ashy there's a lot of cameras are you sure you wanna do this here?"
"It's okay little man. I know what I'm doing."
Spencer was surprised to see Ashley and Dylan on stage. She was now really nervous about what was going on but she took a deep breath and decided to go with it.
"Hey Spence." Ashley said with a nervous smile.
"What's going on Ashley?" she asked wondering why Ashley had a microphone in her hand.
"Do you remember when I told you I couldn't wait to be front and center at your first concert?" Spencer nodded to Ashley and she continued. "Well it's not a solo concert but I had more in mind than just sitting there. You have mesmerized me since the first time I saw you Spencer Carlin. Obviously when you were on the show we had to ignore feelings that were growing but since the tour ended I have been happier than I ever remember being since I've had you in my life. My love for you has grown everyday which I didn't think was possible and I never want to go back to my old life without you." Ashley got down on one knee and Dylan handed her a ring box. "Spencer Carlin, will you marry me?"
As Ashley was delivering her speech Spencer felt tears forming then running down her face. She couldn't believe Ashley was doing this here but as she listened to her words all the people disappeared. The only person she could see was the woman she loved. When Ashley asked the question Spencer had dreamed of there was only one answer for her to blurt out, "Yes. Of course I'll marry you."
The audience cheered at Spencer's answer. Dylan was jumping up and down with a huge grin on his face. Ashley put the ring on Spencer's finger then wrapped her arms around her and gave her a kiss. They didn't realize just how long they had been kissing until Dylan started tugging on their arms and yelled at them, "Guys, hey guys. I think Cassie wants to sing now. You guys can keep doing that but go backstage." This made everyone laugh.
Spencer's head was spinning but this had been the best day of her life. She was starting her first tour not associated with the show and she was engaged to the most amazing woman she had ever know. She was getting everything she wanted and then some.
A/N: Thank you everyone who read this story and commented, I loved the feedback. This was a fun story to write and I'm glad you all enjoyed it :-)
I always have tons of story ideas going through my head so I'm sure I'll post a new story some time soon so if you like how a write I hope you enjoy my next story too.
A huge thanks needs to go to my muse and motivation MDawg who is a good author herself so check out her stuff as well!