A/N: This really is the Final Chapter. I wanted to bring it all together and end it on a little bit of a better note. I hope you all enjoy it. Feedback is greatly appreciated.
Chapter 7. The Reconciliation.
Months after that very crazy night that Annabelle Tillman had had, her career was still sky rocketing to newer heights every day. There was just one thing missing, Simone. Annabelle had never regretted something so much in her life. She wanted Simone back, she needed her back. If there was any way to take back that one night of weakness then she would do it in a heartbeat.
Annabelle leaned back in her seat in the tour bus and propped her feet up. Even after her relationship seemed to wither and die, the show still had to go on and there was still a tour to finish. Now there was only one show left to do before her and the crew went back to California. Annabelle had only dealt with Marina when it concerned business. However, the minute the tour was over, Annabelle planned on firing Marina or at least finding someone else in the company to work with other than her.
Collins stayed with the tour, which Annabelle was relieved about. She needed Collins, just as much as she needed Simone, only in a different way. Collins was Annabelle's best friend, her compass. Annabelle looked across the way from her to smile at Collins. She took a breath. "Just one more show, then we can go home." She looked to Collins and bit her lip before leaning her head back, the jet black with candy apple red tips hair that she just dyed fell back behind her with a small section falling over her shoulders.
Collins looked to Annabelle with a nod and bit her lip with hesitation before asking. "Yeah, a lot's happened since we left. Speaking of, have you given any thought as to how you're going to try and get Simone back? I mean you two are awesome and belong together. I think that you both can somehow work it all out and still be together for many years to come." She raised an eyebrow as she looked at her friend, tugging with the bottom of her sweatshirt sleeves. Her cutting had started to ease, but she still had a nervous habit of fiddling with her clothes.
Annabelle heard that and thought about it as she got a distant look in her eyes. "I don't know what will get her back. I know that what I did was wrong and it should never have happened. It was one night, one mistake and I regret every moment of it. Granted, Marina's attractive, but it really wasn't the same. I don't want to be with anyone else except Simone." She looked back to Collins and sighed quietly.
Simone had been working constantly since that night that she found out that Annabelle had slept with her manager, Marina. It still stung horribly every time that that night entered her mind. Every night, she stayed in her new apartment alone, not wanting to be around more people than she had to. Occasionally, she'd get phone calls from Annabelle or Collins and she'd let it go right to voicemail, ignoring Annabelle all together.
Simone had been making a great living as a photographer where she was and she didn't want to think about Annabelle, but sometimes her mind just drifted there all on its own. One night, she came home from a job and listened to the messages on her answering machine. Two of the messages were from Collins and one from Annabelle. The message from Annabelle, started to explain what had happen and how much that Annabelle needed her and missed her. Simone scoffed at that quietly as she began fixing her dinner. The messages from Collins were saying that Annabelle regretted it and that Annabelle and Simone should talk and also that they were doing the last show in a couple days before going back to California. Simone just sighed quietly and shook her head when hearing those messages. She felt bad for pretty much ignoring Collins but she really didn't want anything to do with Annabelle just yet.
Considering she had been getting those calls on her cell phone and on her house phone for months now, she was about to just give in, just to hear what Annabelle had to say so they would just leave her alone. She knew that that sounded a bit bitter of her, but she didn't really care at that point in time. Everything that she gave up for Annabelle just for this to happen; she needed more time to work it all out in her head.
-A Few Days Later—
Annabelle grinned as she walked off the stage. She went into the back where Collins was waiting there for her. She smiled at her dear friend and heard Collins tell her that she had done an amazing performance. She pulled Collins into a hug and smiled. "Thank you Collins. Everything worked out great tonight." She smiled and felt her phone vibrate. She reached into her bra, where she had kept her phone for the show and saw that it was Simone. Her smile went midway across her face, not sure how to react, but she couldn't help but be happy that Simone had finally called her back. She answered the phone and said. "Hello, Simone. How have you been?" She wanted to start out easy before going into a harder subject.
Simone heard what Annabelle said into the phone and took a deep breath. She sat onto her plush recliner and leaned back before saying into the phone. "Annabelle, I've been doing alright, I guess. Now to the point, I called for a couple reasons, one of which so you would stop calling off the hook every spare minute you have. Another reason is because I'll give you one chance to explain yourself and one chance only."
Annabelle heard that and nodded slightly as though Simone could see it. She said into the phone. "Alright, sounds good. Just hold on a minute." She looked to Collins and said. "I'll be right back" Before she walked off, heading for a quiet area. She went into a dark corner and then said into the phone. "Ok, I'm back." She bit her lip and leaned back against the wall.
Simone heard that and sighed before shaking her head slightly. She popped the foot rest up as she rested her legs on it. She held the phone to her ear and waited for Annabelle to get back on the phone, her patience beginning to wear thin. Once she heard Annabelle's voice again, she said. "Ok, so start explaining."
Annabelle heard what Simone said and took a deep breath before she began to explain her side of things, telling the absolute truth every second of the time. "First off, I really am sorry. I didn't mean to hurt you at all. Now that I've said that, here's what happened. The only time that I had been with anyone else was ONE time with Marina. It was the night we got into a huge fight and we hadn't seen each other in a long time. After we had the fight, I ended up drinking a lot. I don't remember exactly how much, but alcohol was definitely involved. I do know it was enough to get me trashed. But then Marina came in and we both started drinking together. One thing led to another and we ended up having sex. That is the only time and when I got up the next morning with a hangover, I regretted every second of what happened that night. I just wanted to erase it from the past. Oh, and marina's not my manager anymore. I talked with the studio and demanded that I get someone else and they are going to switch them out when we get back to LA." Annabelle took a deep breath after that and then waited.
Simone heard that and bit her lip. She knew that everyone made mistakes and she believed everyone deserved a second chance, but she wasn't sure if she could ever trust Annabelle to not let anything like this happen again. She was torn. She still loved Annabelle but she hated that Annabelle cheated on her and didn't tell her until Marina had came and told her, something to that effect. "How do you expect me to ever trust you again? You couldn't even tell me the truth right off without waiting for someone else to spill the beans."
Annabelle heard that and rubbed her head with the hand that wasn't holding the phone. "I know that trust is a hard thing to get back but I don't expect you to trust me right off, but I would like you to let me try to earn back your complete trust again, slowly but surely. And I couldn't tell you because I was waiting until we actually had a moment alone. I didn't want to tell you in front of everyone that was there, I wanted to sit down and talk with you alone, or as alone as we could possibly be. That and I really didn't want to hurt you at all. But nothing like this is ever going to happen again."
Simone listened to what Annabelle said and moved some of her blond curls out of her face. "Good because I don't just hand trust over you have to earn it. As for why you didn't tell me, it's understandable but I really wish you had taken the time to pull me aside and told me yourself the moment I got there. I think what's best is to wait until your tour is over and then we can meet somewhere and talk face to face. Then we can take it from there."
"That sounds great. Let's do it" Was all that came out of Annabelle's lips.
A/N: This is the final chapter. Feedback is greatly appreciated.