Abby Kowalski sat on her rooftop, looking at the fire that crackled in front of her and listening to the radio. She held a beer in her right hand, and waited for her brothers to join her. Since the weather was warmer now that spring had started, there had been many nights where four of the five Kowalski children had met to have a few beers around a fire. The only one that had been missing for a few months was the youngest Kowalski.
Although Sarah had joined their family only four years prior she had quickly become part of their family. Once she graduated high school, she got the chance to live her dream and not long after, became a popular country singer. Since she was gone for months at a time on tour, her family had to get used to her crazy schedule in order to talk to her about anything, and in Abby's case, everything.
She was pulled from her thoughts as she heard three male voices coming up the stairs.
"Hey Abby." Richie smiled and plopped down next to her, opening his beer.
"What's up, Abby?" Steve asked as he and Donnie also sat down.
"Yeah, you look lost in thought." Donnie commented. "Just be careful so you don't hurt yourself."
She gave him a look, and smiled. "Funny, Donnie. Just…thinking about Sarah."
Her brother nodded. "I think we all are."
"Isn't she supposed to be coming home soon?" Richie asked.
"Yeah, I think Dad was saying something about that at dinner the other night." Steve agreed.
Abby was about to speak, but quickly shut her mouth, reaching down to the radio.
"What's up Abby?" Richie asked.
"Quiet." She said quickly and turned up the volume.
"So have you guys heard the latest on Sarah Kowalski? No? Well, I have here for you a new song by her. It seems that it was leaked from her new album. I bet her management team is not happy, but I know I am. Here's her newest song, Quitter."
The song started and Abby looked up at her brothers. "Wow."
"I bet she's not happy about that." Donnie muttered.
"It's nice to know that y'all are keeping tabs on me."
They all turned to the door, and were shocked to see their younger sister standing there, smiling at them. Sarah had changed a lot since she joined them. Not only had she opened up way more than she had, she had also changed her style. Standing in front of them, she wore a gray button up t-shirt with white shorts. Her brown hair was pulled into a messy ponytail and she wore a cute pair of brown heels.
"Well if it isn't our Grammy-winning sister." She laughed and walked forward and was quickly swept up into a hug by Steve, followed by her other siblings.
"What are you doing here?" Abby asked, laughing as she hugged her sister.
Sarah shrugged and plopped down into a chair next to Donnie. "My tour ended. Now I just have to work on my new album. Oh…and deal with that stupid leak."
They nodded. "Yeah we just heard. It sounds good, though." Richie told her.
She smirked. "Thanks, dude. We'll see what happens. It wasn't supposed to be released for another month, but obviously that isn't happening now. Hopefully it goes over well."
"So…new album?" Steve asked her.
She nodded and opened a water bottle. "Yeah. I've been working on it for a while, during my tour and everything. We're having a launch party in about three or four months. I will give you guys the date at dinner." She grinned. "I brought a copy of the of what it will look like, if you want to see it."
"Duh." Richie laughed and she rolled her eyes, pulling it out of her purse and handing it to him.
"So who else knows that you're back?" Abby asked her, waiting for Richie to hand over the cd.
Sarah sighed. "You guys. I will stop by to see Mom and Dad tomorrow, and Conrad is coaching right now."
"How's he handling that?" Donnie wondered and his sister sighed.
"He likes it…for the most part. He misses playing, though. He still hasn't fully gotten over that his injury has stopped him playing like that." She shrugged.
Richie handed Abby the cd and immediately she dropped her beer. "Oh my God."
Sarah tried to stop herself from smiling. Steve looked at her. "What?"
Abby looked at them. "This cd…says 'Sarah Austin'."
It took a second for it to click in their heads but when it did they all looked at Sarah, who was beaming.
"Sarah…" Steve sat forward. "Is there something you want to tell us?"
She cocked an eyebrow and rested her chin on her left hand, flashing the diamond ring that she had been hiding. "What do you think?"
"Oh my God!" Abby shouted and pulled her into a hug. "You're engaged!" Then she smacked her. "Why didn't you tell us?"
Sarah laughed. "It just happened. Conrad came to see me when I was in Michigan about a week ago. He proposed after my concert and since I knew I was coming back, I waited to tell you." She paused. "No one says anything to Mom and Dad until I tell them tomorrow, got it?"
They nodded. "Definitely."
"I can't believe you are engaged." Richie said with a smile.
She nodded. "Me either…trust me." She chuckled.
"So have you guys figured out yet when you want to do it?" Donnie was curious and Sarah bit her lip.
They stared at her. "Three months?"
She sighed. "We don't want to wait. We want to do this with as little time for the press to find out as possible. They will be expecting a long planning process for a huge wedding. We don't want a huge wedding. Plus…it's his dad's birthday. He wants his dad to play a part in our wedding and…this is a good way to have that happen."
"Mom's going to have a field day when she finds out how much time there is to plan this thing." Donnie pointed out.
Sarah nodded. "I know. That's why I am going to need a lot of help from my maid of honor."
"So when does Cassie get here?" Abby asked with a smile.
She shrugged with a smirk. "Probably not for a while, considering she isn't my Maid of Honor."
All four of them stopped and looked at her with confused, shocked looks. "But she's your best friend." Richie said.
She nodded and slid her gaze to Abby. "And you're my sister. Cassie's totally fine with this."
Abby's jaw dropped. "But…she's been your best friend forever. I've only been your sister for-"
"For my entire life." She paused as she played with the necklace they had given her for the first Christmas that she was with them. "I am Sarah Kowalski. As far as I'm concerned, Sarah Hicks never existed. You've been my family for the only part of my life that has mattered." She turned to Abby. "I want you as my Maid of Honor, Abby."
Abby was touched. "Oh my God." She smiled. "You're getting married."
Sarah laughed and took a deep breath. "I know."
I told you I would have a sequel for you today! :)
Also, I do not own "Against the Wall" or the song I mentioned, "Quitter", which is sung by Carrie Underwood.
I also need to know what you guys want to see for Abby and Brody in this story: dating or married? Let me know. Thanks!