Chapter One: Seriously?

It's been a few hours since the assembly and I already miss the boys. Mason and Scooter are like my brothers. I haven't known them long, but they are really good friends. Ritchie is a completely different story. I love him. I know, it's pathetic. How can I, a sixteen year old, love a guy after only knowing him a few days? Especially since we aren't even dating.

"Hey, Dev." His voice interrupted my thoughts.

"Hi, Ritchie."

"Sorry about just taking off. We had to go record some stuff. Hollis was being Hollis."

"It's fine."

"Well, the guys and I are going to Wingers with your sister. Do you wanna come?" I grinned and nodded. He reached up to pull me off the stage, grabbing my hand in his. Much to my surprise, and pleasure, he didn't drop it once I was standing next to him.

Once in the hallway, he abruptly stopped walking before turning to face me, an intense look on his chiseled face.

"I have a confession. I like you, Devon."

"I like you too, Ritchie." He smiled and kissed me. He then grabbed my hand again and took off running down the hallway, me trailing along behind him.

There was a limo with the others in it out front. We hopped in and sat down. He put his arm around my waist and I put my head on his shoulder. Danielle and Scooter were practically making out. Gabby and Mason were also entangled in each other. Nikolai had Laney? When did that happen? KK was alone, but I don't know where Lincoln and Pete went.

"Hey, Danielle, where did Mom and Dad go? They still aren't happy about the boys staying over." She gave me an annoyed glare, but I could tell she didn't really hate me anymore.

"Home. They said the boys could stay tonight, since they don't want to go with Hollis, but they are staying in the basement." She rolled her eyes. "They went to get everything set up." I nodded.

"They still don't know that we really did kidnap you," I added, grinning at my new boyfriend.

"You really were kidnapped?" Laney asked.

"Yeah, but they didn't really tie us up or anything. Well, they did, but only for a few hours." Mason answered.

"I personally vote we don't tell them. Maybe someday they'll know the full story, but not now. They'll get mad." Danielle said.

"Um…Laney, why are you here?" I asked hesitantly.

"Well, Nik was looking at me during the performance and I was kind of gushing about it. Kira was being Kira and yelled at me. So, I dumped her. Figuratively speaking." Who would've known Laney was actually cool? I leaned over to Ritchie.

"Are you gonna tell them?" I whispered into his ear.

"I don't know." He knew what I was talking about. I didn't answer, just dropped it. I didn't want to push. We were soon at the restaurant anyway. I sat down next to Ritchie, linking my ankle with his. We ate quickly and headed back to my house. Mom and Dad were in the living room.

"Devon Lissette, explain now."

"Well, I burnt the labels and we went to see the band. They agreed to help us and so we brought Ritchie, Mason, and Scooter here. They stayed last night, in my room. I stayed downstairs with Gabby. Then, we went to school. Here we are. Oh, and Danielle is dating Scooter."

"Devon's with Ritchie!" My sister yelled. I didn't get mad. I just laughed. Mom looked at me like I was crazy.

"And Mason and I." Gabs added.

"Okay, so this is how it's going to work. First, you introduce us. Second, the boys can sleep on sleeping bags in the basement. Girl I don't know can sleep with Devon. Third, you will stay where you were put." Mom said. We all nodded in agreement.

"Alright, Mom. This is Ritchie Tressiak," I said, taking his hand in mine.

"I'm Scooter Margiatta, Mrs. Thompson." He grabbed my sister's hand.

"I'm Mason Grey."

"KK McDermint."

"Nikolai Mickolav."

"My name is Laney Fox." She said with a smile.

"Nice to meet you all. Now, you may stay up as late as you want, but I expect you all to behave." We nodded again.

We decided to watch a movie. I don't even remember which one. The boys were talking about their tour.

"You know, if you were allowed, you could come on tour with us." Scooter commented. I thought it was a good idea, but I doubt Mom and Dad will let me go. Danielle is eighteen, they can't stop her from going.

"I can go." Danielle said. "They can't really stop me." Ritchie looked at me.

"I want to go. I just doubt Mom or Dad will let me."

"My parents won't care." So, Laney and Danielle were going.

"I'll probably be able to go if Dev does."

The conversation stopped after that and I soon fell asleep with my head on Richie's chest, his arms wrapped around me.

"Devon!" I heard my Mom's voice.

"Five more minutes." I snuggled back into my pillow. Wait, my pillow moved. Oh! Last night's events came rushing back to me.

"Sorry we stayed down here. We fell asleep."

"It's alright, Dev."

"Mom, can I talk to you?" I asked as I gently detangled Ritchie's arms.

"Sure, honey. You can come to me with anything."

"Last night, the guys asked us to come on tour with them. Can we go? Please?"

"I don't know, honey. Is Danielle going?"

"She says you can't stop her."

"Then, I'm okay with it. But you need to keep your grades up, call weekly, and sleep in either a room with a lot of people, or without Ritchie."

"Deal."

"I'll talk to your father. Don't mention it to him. Now, go back to bed. I know, it's Tuesday, but you could use more sleep." I nodded and went back to my boyfriend. He looked at me, now awake.

"Go back to sleep. Mom says I can go, but she has to talk to Dad and I have to keep my grades up."

"There's a tutor." I nodded and cuddled back into his arms before going back to dreamland.

I woke up at noon to Gabby's gentle shaking.

"Your parents didn't get mad that we stayed down here?"

"No. I think they expected it."

"Are you going to ask them if you can go on tour?"

"I asked Mom. She said I could as long as I kept my grades up and called every week."

"Your dad?"

"She's going to ask him for me." Gabby nodded.

"I hope you can go. Because my parents will let me go if you do."

"Want to wake the guys up?"

"What do you have in mind?"

"Scream."

"On three."

"One, two, three…AHHHH!!!" We said at the same time.

Ritchie jumped, Mason screamed, Scooter barely looked up. KK and Nikolai slept through it. Danielle looked up and glared at me.

"What the hell, Dev?" Mason asked.

"We were bored." I reached over to peck Ritchie on the lips, but he grabbed my waist and deepened the kiss. I pulled back with a smile before reaching over and taking his hand in mine. I took one of his two rings off and put it on my own finger.

"I'm stealing this. Hope you don't care. If you do, oh well." He smirked.

"I don't care." Mom walked in and smiled at us.

"Alright, I talked to your father." He came in behind her, his face impassive.

"We have a few questions." I nodded for them to continue.

"Is there a tutor?"

"Yes. We have to study a certain number of hours each day." Mason answered.

"Sleeping arrangements?"

"There are several couches on the bus, but we stay in hotels for the night."

"Parental supervision?"

"We see our parents from time to time. They come visit. But Hollis is always there, along with our bodyguard."

"Okay, Devon. You can go, but we have a few conditions. First, you keep your grades up. Second, you need to call us weekly. Third, you can't stay in a room alone with Ritchie. You may sleep in the same room as him, but only with other people there."

"I accept!" I said.

"You can leave Saturday, though. The band has a concert here that night, so you can finish the week at school and pack for the year and a half you will be gone."

"Thank you!" I yelled as I hugged my parents. They laughed. "It looks like everybody can go."

The week passed quickly and soon it was time to leave. We packed all of our stuff and headed to tonight's concert. We had a surprise too.

"Alright, guys, tonight, we have a special thing for you! As you know, we played at Highland High earlier this week. So, I'd like you all to meet my girlfriend, Devon Thompson!" I walked on stage. He handed me a microphone.

"I remember what you wore on our first date.

You came into my life and I thought 'hey,

You know this could be something.'

Cuz everything you do and words you say.

You know that it all takes my breath away

And now I'm left with nothing." I sang on my cue and the song ended to applause.

"Now that our final concert in Highland is over we'd like to introduce a few people who are coming along with us on tour. Gabby Davis, would you come out?" Gabs walked on stage and took Mason's hand. "Gabby is my girlfriend."

"Danielle Thompson." Danielle wrapped her arms around Scooter's waist.

"Laney Fox."

"And many of you already know my girlfriend, Ava Williams." A girl I didn't know, but knew of walked on stage and stood next to KK. We walked back to the bus and found my parents.

"Oath time." I rolled my eyes, but raised my right hand anyway. The group did the same.

"I swear…"

"I swear…"

"to keep my grades up,"

"to keep my grades up,"

"call all the time,"

"call all the time,"

"And never stay alone with a member of the opposite sex."

"And never stay alone with a member of the opposite sex."

"Have fun!"

"Bye, Mom."

"I love you, honey." I hugged my mother and then got into the van. I sat next to Ritchie on a couch. He gently ran his fingers through my hair. I fell asleep to the comforting feel of his fingers in my hair.

"Dev, wake up." Ritchie whispered in my ear.

"No." I moaned.

"Yes…"

"Grr…" He grabbed my hand and pulled me up.

"What time is it?"

"Eight. We have to be at the studio now, but we are here."

"I'm not even dressed!"

"Dev, they have a stylist." He wasn't dressed either.

"Alright. Let's go." He grabbed my hand and pulled me out the door. We headed into the studio. First, we got dressed. Ritchie was wearing his usual clothes, but I was dressed up. She put me in a blue strapless dress with a light pink sweater. My hair was pulled up and light makeup added. Pink flats were shoved onto my feet. Then we went to meet Carly.

"Hi! I'm Carly Jordan!"

"Devon."

"Nice to meet you, Devon. And you are obviously Ritchie." The introductions went fast and it was soon show time. The boys went out first.

"Hello, everybody! And welcome to The Carly Jordan Show! Today, we have several very awesome guests! To start out with, I'd like to welcome 5 Leo Rise!"

She's cold and she's cruel,

But she knows what she's doing.

She pushed me in the pool

At our last school reunion

She laughs at my dreams

But I dream about her laughter

Strange as it seems,

She's the one I'm after." They finished 'Just the Girl' and sat down.

"So, boys, I hear you all have girlfriends at this time."

"We do." Ritchie said with a smile.

"Are they here?"She's cold and she's cruel
But she knows what she's doin'
She pushed me in the pool
At our last school reunion
She laughs at my dreams
But I dream about her laughter
Strange as it seems
She's the one I'm afterShe's cold and she's cruel
But she knows what she's doin'
She pushed me in the pool
At our last school reunion
She laughs at my dreams
But I dream about her laughter
Strange as it seems
She's the one I'm after

"They are."

"Well, do you want to bring them out so all your fans can meet them?"

"Sure."

"Well then, ladies come on out!" I walked on stage at my cue and sat down by Ritchie. He grabbed my hand and started playing with my fingers.

"Alright, Ritchie, you go first."

"Alright, this is my girlfriend, Devon Thompson."

"How long have you two known each other?"

"A week and a few days." I answered.

"How did you meet?"

"She went to Friday's signing and convinced us to play at her school."

"Now, you sung at their concert last night. Any plans to do it professionally?"

"Not really. Ritchie wanted to do a duet and I agreed. It may happen again, but not too often."

"Any plans for the future?"

"We've been dating for less than a week. We'll see what happens."

"Okay, now, do you in the crowd have any questions for Ritchie and Devon?" Several people raised their hands.

"Is that Ritchie's ring on your hand?" I laughed, embarrassed.

"Yeah. I kind of stole it. I'm not really planning on giving it back."

"Will you two sing for us?" I looked at Ritchie. He shrugged.

"We didn't prepare anything, but we'll try our best."

(AN: Ritchie, Devon, Both)

"I saw her today at the reception
A glass of wine in her hand
Oh I knew she was gonna meet her connection
At her feet was a footloose man

No, you can't always get what you want (Oh no no you can't)
You can't always get what you want (What you want)
You can't always get what you want (You can't always get what you want)
But if you try sometimes well you just might find
You get what you need
You get what you need

And I went down to the demonstration
To get my fair share of abuse
Singing, "We're gonna vent our frustration
If we don't we're gonna blow a 50-amp fuse"
Sing it to me now...

You can't always get what you want (No no you can't)
You can't always get what you want (No no)
You can't always get what you want (Can't always get what you want)
But if you try sometimes well you just might find (If you try sometimes)
You get what you need
You get what you need
Oh Yeah (Vocals)

You can't always get what you want (You can't always get what you want)
You can't always get what you want (Oohh)
You can't always get what you want (Can't always get what you want)
But if you try sometimes well you just might find
You get what you need

You can't always get what you want (No no no no no)
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You get what you need
You get what you need (You can't always get what you want)

You get what you need"

"That was awesome! We have time for one last question."

"Have you kissed yet?" We grinned slyly.

"Maybe."

"Why don't you kiss for us?" Carly asked. I rolled my eyes and pressed my lips to Ritchie's for a few seconds.

"Alright, now for Mason."

"I'm Gabby!"

They asked the same basic questions for all of the others and they had to kiss as well.

Soon, it was time for us to get back on the road.