Adrian's Melody

Love on fire, Book 2

      After five years of separation Melody and Adrian are together once again and along with their daughter, Adrianna, are planning a happy future. Adrian’s band, Lightning, is a worldwide success and Melody is on her way to becoming a doctor.
     However, Adrian’s plans to take time off from music to get reacquainted with his family are thwarted by a contractual agreement he must fulfill. With the band forced to hit the road again, the couple’s world begins to spin out of control as Melody becomes the object of desire for one of Adrian’s longtime friends. Adding fuel to the fire is Adrian’s former lover who will stop at nothing to get back into his bed. As the tour moves from city to city, the doubts and mistrust build. Suspicions turn into arguments. Arguments turn into fights. Fights into separations.
     Adrian and Melody’s relationship is tested in the cruelest possible ways.
     Will their fiery love survive? Or is it destined to turn to ash?



     “Have any of you seen Melody?” Adrian asked returning to the dressing room. The first show had gone exceptionally well. Now all he wanted was to be with his wife.

     The guys glanced around at one another.

     “No,” Dagger answered finally. “We figured you’d be the first to find her.”

    “I’ve looked all over. No sign.”

     Ringo took a swig of beer. “Maybe she didn’t come.”

     “Why wouldn’t she?” He scowled. He didn’t feel like another argument with his drummer.

     “You upset her earlier.” Ringo eased off the couch and headed for the door. “Besides, the way you were cavorting on stage with Tempest, it’s probably best if she stayed at the hotel.”

     Before Adrian could respond, Ringo was out the door, slamming it behind him.

     The other guys stared at him. In their eyes, he saw questions.

     “What? Don’t look at me that way. It’s a fucking show.”

     Kat shook his head. “I’m with Ringo. If Melody was here, she’ll be even more upset. You and Tempest grinding on one another? Practically feeling one another up? You know it’s going to be all over the papers tomorrow.”

     “I did the same shit with Sharice on the American tour.”

     “You never fucked Sharice,” Kat reminded him.

     Buzzy laughed out loud. “Sharice’s husband is like six-five and three hundred pounds.”

     “What team does he play for?” Dagger asked.

     “Da Bears.” Buzzy smiled and smacked a fist against his opposite hand. “A linebacker. The ones who crush the competition.”

     Adrian threw up his hands. “This is ridiculous.”

     “Because it’s the truth?” Kat glared at him.

     “Fuck you!” Sneering, Adrian left so he wouldn’t have to hear any more of their stupid accusations. What the hell is up with my band? Lately, it seemed like they were always ganging up on him.

     He walked back out onto the stage, picked up his guitar and started strumming, wanting to forget about Melody and remember the show. The London crowds were always the best. And like it or not, he and Tempest made magic together on stage. They always had. He’d thought maybe it might be lost now that Melody was in the picture. But it had been like old times, except instead of being laid up in some hotel room fucking Tempest, he was here all alone, wondering where his wife and daughter were.

     “I like that song.” Tempest strutted up onto the stage.

     He saw that she had changed clothes and was wearing a simple white t-shirt and curve hugging jeans. Only she had no curves. Straight and lean, so unlike Melody. He grunted a greeting and kept playing.

     “New creation?”

     He stopped abruptly, annoyed by her interruption. “Yeah.”

     “You don’t have to go,” Tempest said as he began putting his guitar away.

     “I need to get back to the hotel, to my wife.”

     “She left already?”

     “I don’t think she was ever here.”

     “She didn’t see the show?” Tempest frowned. “It was such a great one.”

     “Apparently not.” He picked up his case. “We had a misunderstanding earlier. Hopefully, she’s not too upset. But if she is, I need to straighten it out.”

     “Oh, a misunderstanding?” Tempest cooed. “That’s too bad. I’m sure you’ll work it out. You worked things out after five years of separation.”

     Adrian didn’t know why, but talking to Tempest was easy. Melody frustrated him at times. They had different backgrounds and different ways of looking at things. It actually made Melody appealing to him, the way they always butted heads. Her spirit, her fire had always impressed him. Tempest had it, too, only their backgrounds were more similar—broken homes, bad relationships, and rock and roll.

     “Can you tell the guys I left? I don’t feel like talking to them right now.”

     “Another misunderstanding?”

     Fuck! How does she do that? “They’re very protective of Melody.”

     “Especially Ringo.”

     “Don’t remind me.”

     “I’d keep an eye on that situation.”

     He turned back to her. “Ringo may like her, but Melody loves me. Even if he did try something, she’d have nothing of it. She waited five years to be with me. She’s proved her loyalty.”

     “Unlike you.”

     “I’m proving it now.”

     “Must be boring.”

     He chuckled. “Melody is many things…boring isn’t one of them. She satisfies me in every possible way.”

     “She was a virgin when you met her, though.”

     “She’s a fast learner.”

     “She has a great teacher.”

     He laughed again. “I guess so. I’ll see you tomorrow.”


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