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Rona Beech

"I owe you everything for helping me."

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a character in “Soaring Again”, as played by Diane_Young

Description

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Name
Rona Beech

Nicknames
Rona, no nicknames please

Age
27

Occupation

Journalist

Face Claim

Karen Gillan



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Eye Color

Hazel

Hair

Red

Height & Weight
5'11" and weighs about 175 lbs


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She's an extremely bubbly and outgoing person and loves to make conversation. She's easily caught up in the drama but is always there for someone. Even though she's caught up in the drama, she doesn't ever talk about it herself. She just listens and asks questions to get that person's full view of something.

She can be upset very easily but will not show it.



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History

--As discussed in the story line--

Her brother took his own life out of the blue one day, her best friend was there to help her through it. However, Rona ended up trying to take her own life a year later in the same circumstance, however, Althea found her in time. Althea was traumatized by the events that happened and Rona feels like she ultimately owes her everything for sticking with her.

So begins...

Rona Beech's Story

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It was the longest ride of her life. She just wanted to get there. However, at the same time she was dreading it. She was going to be pestered with questions by Rona. And she really wasn't ready for them. When she pulled up to her house, there was barely any parking since the entire road was lined with cars. As soon as she pulled up, it was like Rona knew she was here and the woman was walking out of the front door towards her car.

Althea smiled at her best friend as she got out of the car.
"Where's Darrin?" The woman asked and Althea shook her head. There was no way that Althea was going to ask him to come, he wasn't ready, and she wasn't ready to tell him about all of this. "He wasn't ready. And... I didn't tell him..." Althea said with a slight grimace. Rona shook her head at the woman.

"Oh well. Besides, if you had gotten here any later we would have left without you! My family was getting impatient." She said stumbling a little as she rested her hands on Althea's shoulders. She wasn't surprised that the woman was already a little tipsy. It was approaching mid-afternoon and the woman was clearly miserable. Except, only Althea really knew that. She knew Rona all too well. The woman dragged Althea inside of the home, and the majority of the family was waiting in the foyer. They all greeted Althea with warm hugs and smiles, and just after that, they all made their way outside to an extremely large limo that Althea was surprised she didn't noticed before.

She was completely shocked that they were even taking a limo for that matter. However, it was her family that decided his life celebration would always be an extremely outrageously fun event. She wasn't going to complain.

They made their way downtown to the cemetery that was up on a hill overlooking the city. It was there, that the first part of the reception was always held, but their means of getting there had changed every year. This year, they spent the entire forty-five minute ride drinking lots of hard liquor and laughing over the stupidest things. However, even though the group drank, it was clear that the real partying was after the event. It was like an unspoken rule. Rona and Althea got out of the car together and walked hand in hand down the small stone path over to her brother's grave.

Every other year, the woman would break down crying on the path. This year she was just smiling. Althea smiled at her in response, but inside the idea of her acting this way brought memories back to just a few days before Rona tried to take her own life. Her smile faded as they continued to walk up to the tombstone. They stood all around his grave for the ceremony, and like the last two years, Althea spaced out for the majority of it. She always did. It was always the same stuff.

It felt like hours before they were on their way back to the limo. It was tradition that they would ride through the city in the limo and party. Something that remembered Isaac the most.
"Shots? Shots! We're doing Shots!" Rona shouted as she laughed towards Althea. Soon enough, they were pouring shots of whiskey. The older people in the vehicle were enjoying it just as much as the younger group in the back. Althea, as well as everyone else in the back, knocked back five or six shots consecutively before they called it quits. The older people up front called it quits at two, which Rona and Althea enjoyed making fun about.

After they got into the city, Rona moved to turn on the sound system. Althea was always surprised at how relaxed the older people were when this happened. The song that came on was an older one, but everyone in the car knew it, which meant that it was going to be great. As soon as the words started, everyone was singing.

The ride continued that way for a while until they made their way eventually back to the house where they hosted what was considered the after party. However, the older people weren't a part of it. It was mostly Isaac's old friends, Rona's friends, and some friends from college they used to be close with. Althea and Rona stayed together, side by side, like partners in crime as they made their way around the house talking to people. Until Althea caught glimpse of a way too familiar face. Peter's.

Grabbing Rona's arm she dragged the woman off to a quiet part of the hallway on the first floor. "Why is Peter here?" Althea asked her best friend, who was way too many drinks in.
"Oh, he asked if he could come." The woman had slurred drunkenly and Althea let out a frustrated groan. She left her friend to find a bottle of whiskey. She found a bottle, unopened, in the kitchen. She wasted no time in opening it and taking a few large gulps.

Pulling out her phone, Althea texted Darrin.


Darrin.

It was the only word she sent before putting her phone back in the small pocket hidden in her dress as she made her way around the house to find her best friend, and avoid Peter like the plague.

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Althea had found Rona after a short period of time. She had found her in the midst of taking a beer bong and, unfortunately, that meant Rona made Althea do it too. Except, with Rona being the party girl that she was, one turned into three. Still having the bottle of whiskey on her didn't help the situation.

"Girl. Why is that still so full?"Rona had asked her, and in response, Althea started to chug it. She knew that if she didn't, her best friend would be shoving it down her throat. Rona's idea of partying was to get wasted and go crazy. She wasn't going to let you slip by if you were any less drunk than she was. Althea pulled the bottle from her mouth when she couldn't handle chugging anymore, and it was then that she had started to stumble and lose balance.

Rona had told her that she was going off to the bathroom, which registered in Althea's mind that she wouldn't see her best friend until way later in the night. The music blaring through, the house drowned out the sounds of everyone as Althea tried to wander around.

All of a sudden she had remembered that she had texted Darrin. Pulling her phone out as she took yet another sip of her drink, she opened the messages. As she tried to read them, she was swaying heavily. Someone had bumped into her side, and it was then that she felt herself plummeting backward. However, before she felt the hard floor, she landed on something soft that seemed to catch her. Her hand gripped her phone, and without realizing she had accidently sent a message.

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The arms that caught her had felt a little familiar. However, the voice was what confirmed that."Althea. It's been a while."The sound of his voice made her cringe. Picking herself up and tucking her phone back away, she turned around to face the man that had left her without a word. "Fuck you." She snarled, slapping him as hard as she could across the face. Nearby partygoers looked at them with shock, and Althea turned on her heel to head into a different room. She wasn't dealing with him. Not tonight. Pushing through all of the people, she went to find Rona... again.

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Althea had found Rona, however, as soon as she did, her phone was buzzing. The music was so loud in the background she knew she wasn't going to hear whoever was on the other end if she answered. Pulling her phone from her pocket to see who it was, she managed to read Darrin's name. She had to answer. Sliding the answer button and putting the phone to her ear, she tucked her whiskey bottle under her other arm and used her other hand to plug her opposite ear.

"Darrin?" She answered on the phone, not realizing that she had shouted it to compensate for the loudness of the music. However, she couldn't hear anything from the other end. In a desperate attempt to get the hell away from Peter, she decided just to tell Darrin over the phone to get her. "Come, please, get me." She slurred drunkenly into the phone. She wasn't even sure if he was there anymore, but she tried.

"I'm at Rona's house. It's two streets behind my Ma's house. You know. Rosebush Circle or something is her street." She slurred even more. That's when her eyes set on Peter. His cheek was bright red, but he seemed over it. He was approaching her. Althea moved the phone from her ear, not hanging up just yet.

"Leave me the fuck alone Peter." She snarled at him when he was just a foot in front of her. It was then that Rona turned around to see what was going on.
"Althea! What is wrong with you?! He's a guest!" It was then that Althea hung up the phone, and took a big sip of her whiskey while she looked at the both of them. She was furious that her own best friend let this asshole show up. She knew what had happened between them. "I just want to talk to you, Althea. About what had happened back then."

Althea was enraged. There was no way that she wanted to talk about this. Not now. Not at all. Especially while she was this messed up.

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Finally, after what had seemed like forever, Althea answered the phone. He could hear music playing in the background and it had to be loud on her end. "Darrin?" Althea shouted and caused Darrin to pull the phone a bit away from his ear. "Thae?" He replied, trying to make sure that she could hear him. A moment later Althea's voice came over again. "Come, please, get me."

He could hear the slurring in her voice. "I'm at Rona's house. It's two streets behind my Ma's house. You know. Rosebush Circle or something is her street." He supposed that it wouldn't be that hard to find the place. It bothered him that shew wanted to leave. However, he would find out soon enough what was going on. He'd been about to hang up when Althea's voice sounded again. "Leave me the fuck alone Peter." And then another woman's voice sounded. "Althea! What is wrong with you?! He's a guest!"

Darrin began in the direction of Althea's old house. He decided that was the best place to start. As he drove, Darrin couldn't help but play the last few sentences that he'd heard before Althea's phone had been hung up. Whatever was going on, it hadn't sounded good. He sighed as he continued along the road. It had been a long time since he'd gone that way. He was..surprised that he still remembered the way so easily.

The drive seemed to go by quite fast and soon enough he'd found the street that he was supposed to be looking for. It was easy to see which house was Rona's. The music coming from the home was loud even as Darrin brought his car to a stop, parking. He got out, locking the door, and then began walking towards the home. For once, he was not worried about anyone recognizing him. He didn't care. The only thing he cared about in that moment was finding Althea and making sure that she was okay.

He reached the door, opening it and then going into the home. He ignored everything around him, his eyes searching out for Althea. He didn't see her right away and so kept pushing his way through the home. He walked through the home for some time before he was about to call her again. However, he'd found himself in a hall, a man clearly all over a woman. A woman who's outfit was exactly what Althea had been wearing before she'd left earlier that day.

Darrin said nothing, making his way to the couple. He could hear her voice and he knew that it was his friend. Darrin moved then, making his way to them. He stopped just behind the man, gripping him by the collar roughly. Darrin pulled the man off of Althea, forcing himself between the two of them. "What the fuck do you think you're doing?" He found himself saying, his eyes locked onto the man. He then glanced back at Althea, as if trying to make sure that she was okay. He then turned his attention back to the man. He couldn't stand the thought of the man being so close to the woman behind him. He still held feelings for her and even though he was refusing to allow himself that close to her..that didn't mean that he was okay with someone else being there.

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"I don't want to fucking talk about it!" She snarled at him, but his response was to push her gently up against a wall, cornering her. She tried as hard as she could to push him off of her, but he wouldn't have it. His arms were against the wall at the level of her head. Still having the bottle of whiskey, she took a few more sips of it, ignoring all of the words that seemed to be pouring out of his mouth. She was too drunk for this. She was too mad that her best friend had left her like this.

She hoped, and prayed that Darrin would be here soon. She was clearly upset, angry, and drunk. This went on for what felt like an eternity. However, all of a sudden, Peter was gripping her jaw forcing Althea to look at him.
"Althea, have you heard anything I said?" He snarled at her and Althea ripped herself out of his grip. She rubbed her now sore jaw in response. "No. And I don't care." She started, taking another sip of her whiskey. At this point, it was almost gone and so was she. "Now get the fuck away from me!" She yelled at him, drawing the attention of a few people nearby.

His response was to move his head closer to her neck and kiss upon it. In response, she tried to hit him with her bottle of whiskey, but he grabbed her wrists, pinning them. Squirming angrily, Peter wouldn't let go of her. This was not even anywhere similar to the man she remembered either. She didn't know who this man was. All of a sudden, he was torn away from her, and another person was in front of her. Althea's entire world was spinning too much for her to even notice who it was. She finished her whiskey even though she knew she should have stopped a while ago.

"What the fuck do you think you're doing?" The voice she knew all too well. However, her entire weight was supported by the wall now, and no longer some asshole. She slid down the wall drunkenly, the empty bottle clattering to the floor beside her.
"What the fuck is your problem man? Butt out!"He had snarled back at Darrin, shoving him in Althea's direction angrily. It was then that Rona had come over. "Hey! Let go of him! Who the hell are you anyways?" She didn't recognize the man at first, but at a closer, blurred glance she knew exactly who it was. Darrin Reed. "Althea..." The woman pushed passed Darrin and knelt on the floor in front of her best friend. "Let's get you out of here, sweetheart." She had shouted over the music and helped Althea stand.

Althea didn't want to go with Rona, though. Instead, she reached out and grabbed onto the first part of Darrin that she could reach. She managed to get a hold of his jacket near one of his shoulders. Pulling him towards her, she tucked her face and head into his back. "Please." She begged. She just wanted to leave, that's it. Everything was happening in such a blur, the entire world was spinning and she was starting to feel sick. There was a moment where she felt really lightheaded and almost sober. Except that moment went away when all of a sudden she dropped like a weight, clinging onto Darrin still for support.

Trying to steady herself, she heard Rona in the background like a distant voice.
"Peter. You said you would leave her alone." The woman said as she shooed him off to a different room away from what had become a scene. "Darrin, right?"She turned her attention to Darrin and Althea.


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"What the fuck is your problem man? Butt out!" The man said, shoving him in Althea's direction. Darrin caught himself, not moving too awfully far back. He'd been about to speak when the woman's voice from earlier sounded. "Hey! Let go of him! Who the hell are you anyways?" Darrin ignored her words, his focus only on the man that had been all over Althea. The woman pushed past him, moving to Althea to help her stand.

A second later, a hand had taken hold of his jacket, near his shoulder. He wasn't sure how he knew..but it was Althea. He allowed her to pull him towards her though he kept watching the man. He didn't trust him and he didn't want to be caught unawares. Suddenly, Althea had tucked her face and head into his back. "Please." Darrin sighed silently, turning to Althea as she was suddenly clinging to him. He was quick to slide a arm about her waist so that she would not fall. His gaze was on her now, watching her with slight worry.

"Peter. You said you would leave her alone." Althea's friend said before shooing Peter away from them. So..that was Althea's ex. It certainly explained why they'd been arguing when he'd been on the phone with her earlier. She turned her attention to them then, speaking. "Darrin, right?" Darrin was silent for a moment, his eyes gazing at her for a second before answering. "Yea. And you would be..Rona?" He asked her, then turning his gaze back to Althea.

It was all too clear to him that she was drunk. "Althea?" He said, looking down at her. Concern was written all over his face. He had no idea what all had happened before he'd arrived but he wanted to find out. "So what happened?" He asked Rona though he was still watching Althea.

He waited long enough for Althea's friend to speak before Darrin moved slowly, leading Althea to stand against the wall. He hoped that it would help her feel a bit better. He stayed close to her though would have allowed her to leave his side if she wished it. "Thae? You need to focus. Are you okay?" He was beginning to worry about her. He didn't care that her friend was still with them..didn't care at how holding her still would appear. He just simply couldn't let her go. He'd been so worried for her when he'd found her. His face was close to Althea's as he watched her for her response. He hoped that Peter hadn't done any lasting damage.

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"Yea. And you would be..Rona?" Darrin had spoke, and Rona nodded in response. She glanced at Althea and frowned a little. She didn't realize how much damage she did to her best friend. Forgetting that Althea was much smaller than she was, forcing her to do all of those drinks wasn't the smartest idea she had. However, she couldn't blame herself too much since she was just as hammered and had been drinking well before Althea had even showed up. Rona glanced around them, making sure that the attention was off of them. This situation was clearly not over.

"Althea?" The sound of his voice stirred her a little. Althea was leaning on him with a good amount of her bodyweight. When he had moved her so that he had an arm around her, Althea tucked her head into the crook of his neck and closed her eyes. One of her hands moved to grab on to his shoulder and rest there in response to him calling out her name. She hiccupped a little and her hand dug into his shoulder in response to her body.

"So what happened?" Darrin had asked Rona, and she turned her attention back to the man.
"Well, after the limo brought us back here, we wandered around greeting people. I had allowed Peter to come because he was practically begging me. However, it was on the condition that he would leave Althea alone. Clearly, that went south. I'm not sure what happened after he said he wanted to talk to her... I had to attend to some other business, so it wasn't until I saw you at his throat that I knew something was up." The woman spoke to him, talking loud enough that he could hear her, but anyone nearby wouldn't be able to over the music. After a moment, there was a loud crashing sound and she turned her attention back to Darrin.

"I should really go see what that was. Tell Althea tomorrow that I'm really happy she came. Isaac would have really appreciated her presence too. It was nice to finally meet you, hearing about you wasn't enough!"She spoke as she referred to her brother, a small frown at her lips before she disappeared into the crowd to follow the loud sound.

At the feeling of Darrin moving, Althea felt her back against a surface that felt a lot more sturdy. She leaned her head back against it, eyes still closed. "Thae? You need to focus. Are you okay?" The sound of his voice made her eyes open a little and try to find him. She could feel him holding her for extra support, and in response her hands moved up to rest on the back of his neck. She lifted her head, letting her forehead gently fall against his. She knew he was waiting for a response, but it was so hard for her to form thoughts, let alone words. "As ever." She whispered.

It was then that she let her subconscious take over. Every feeling in her that had been buried and dying to surface finally made its way into control. One of her hands tangled in his hair at the back of his head and she pushed her forehead against his softly. Tilting her head a little, she moved close enough that their lips just barely brushed. She waited a moment, hoping he wouldn't pull away. She may have been extremely drunk, and borderline blackout, but what she was doing and feeling at this moment was anything far from unreal.



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Darrin remained close to Althea as the children ignored them, running about the yard after each other. Althea turned around in his arms, smiling at him. "Yes! That sounds great!" Her hands came to his side and Darrin allowed himself to wrap his own about her lightly. "Is it alright if I ask Rona to come along?" Darrin could see no harm in Althea bringing her friend. He continued to smile at Althea "Of course. You really didn't even need to ask. I think that we're going to leave soon so if you want you can call her and we'll pick her up."

He went silent, allowing Althea to speak if she wished it. Only after she had did he continue. "Mom can watch the kids while we're gone. Come on..we should get ready." Darrin gently removed himself from the woman and then called to his children. They came running and quickly headed into the house. Darrin entered the home and quickly joined Kris in the living room. He took a seat with the other man, the two of them talking quietly as they waited for Althea.

While they waited, Darrin's Mother came into the room. This was when Darrin told her of their plans for the day. As he'd thought, she agreed to watch Taylor and Nichola and would just bring them back the following day. Soon enough, Althea was joining them. Darrin and Kris both rose from their seat, moving to join her. Darrin hadn't told Kris of what had happened between him and Althea. Though, he knew that it was only a matter of time before he found out.

Darrin bid his Mother and children goodbye, leading the way out of the home. He'd decided to let Kris drive and so they got into the other man's car. The guys opted for riding up front together as they'd decided to allow Althea to sit with her friend once they picked her up. Kris asked Althea for directions as they drove. Darrin had turned around, speaking with Althea up until they finally arrived at Rona's home.

"Let your friend know we're here. We've got to get on the road if we're going to get there in plenty of time to do anything." Kris said with a smile. He turned his attention to Darrin then. "You know...I hadn't thought about it. But..what if we're recognized?" Darrin allowed the question to hang. He knew exactly what Kris was asking. Darrin had no idea how he'd handle it if they were recognized and he imagined that it would be odd for him...especially since Althea would be with.

She'd never been around him when fans were around. He was...curious as to how she'd react to it. He pushed the thoughts from his mind as Rona approached the vehicle. He turned forward as the woman got in, putting his sunglasses on. They likely had at least thirty more minutes of driving before they reached their destination. Enough time for most of them to relax and chat if they wanted. Darrin leaned back against his seat, his eyes closing. He was nervous..but..he would not allow the others to see it.

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Althea had sat behind Darrin for the car ride, getting comfortable. Once they had gotten Rona, Althea introduced Kris and Darrin to the redhead before the pair caught up on things in relation to work and little office drama that had been circulating. When the conversations finally died down, Rona moved to lean forward so that she was able to talk to Darrin. Althea, looking out the window tuned in as she started to mindlessly braid her hair into a loose french braid.

"So, Darrin. I've heard a lot about you. The infamous childhood friend that my girl over here never shut up about." She started with a bubbly attitude, gently hitting him on the arm with a closed fist. Rona was always the type to bring up conversations in groups, never letting a dull moment pass. She ran a hand through her hair as she leaned against Kris' seat a little, blowing a small bubble with her gum. When it popped, she smiled at Darrin with her typical valley-girl smile, "You must tell me why you cut off my lovely lady friend here. I'd really like to hear that story. Since, well, I'm sure I've heard every other story about you two. Minus the recent stuff, that is." She finished as she pushed her hair over her shoulder.

"Roe!" Althea shouted at Rona, smacking her on the arm as Althea sat forward. Her face flushed a bright red, embarrassed that Rona would bring up such a conversation. Especially while they were in a car, and Kris was there. In response, Rona shot her a snappy stare, basically telling her that Althea should have seen it coming. Rona's mood was never mean or heavy, it was just lighthearted curiosity, with her natural bitchy attitude she always carried. The two shared a stare for a few moments until Rona picked up on the silence. Turning to speak, Althea picked up on the woman's impatience and grabbed her friend's arm.

Althea mouthed a 'cut it out' to her friend, but Rona simply smiled at her. "Earth to Darrin." Rona chimed as she turned her attention back to the man in the front seat. Althea leaned back, dropping her head against the headrest as her eyes shot to the ceiling of the car. She felt so uncomfortable and awkward now. Rolling her eyes a little, she turned her attention back out of the window. Althea regretted not filling Rona in on all of the details of what had happened between them since she arrived at Darrin's house. If she had, this wouldn't have happened. They would talk about normal stuff, and they wouldn't be sitting in a car full of awkward vibes.

However, Althea's mind wandered to what she knew in relation to why he'd stopped talking to her. She knew a little, and she remembered wanting to just forget it in order to move forward. She had told herself that what was in the past was unchangeable. Except now that Rona was pressing Darrin for an answer, she was slightly curious as to what he would say. Her eyes moved to the side mirror of the car, catching Darrin's reflection within it.

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Kris pulled out and away from Rona's home, the men were fairly silent. The only sound in the car was that of Rona and Althea speaking with each other. Darrin was unsure of how long they went in this fashion before their conversation slowly died down. Rona was then leaning forward, speaking. "So, Darrin. I've heard a lot about you. The infamous childhood friend that my girl over here never shut up about." Darrin turned his head so that he could see the red headed woman as she gently hitting him on the arm.

Darrin remained silent for a moment when Rona continued. She smiled at him though the man did not return it. "You must tell me why you cut off my lovely lady friend here. I'd really like to hear that story. Since, well, I'm sure I've heard every other story about you two. Minus the recent stuff, that is." Before Darrin was able to even think about answering the woman, Althea was shouting at her.

He really wasn't sure about telling the reason..he'd not even told Althea yet and he'd wanted to do so when it was just them. He had no idea how the woman was going to take his reason. Slowly, he turned back so that he was facing forward again. He hoped that Rona would just drop it though that seemed unlikely. "Earth to Darrin." Rona said and Darrin sighed silently. It was clear that the woman wasn't going to drop the subject. He had no choice but to tell her.

"I cut Althea out of my life because of my ex-wife." He paused, knowing that it was likely easy for the others in the car to hear his unease. However, he continued. "We'd been dating for a while when she basically told me that I..had to stop contact with Althea otherwise she'd leave. Of course..it doesn't really matter now. It was stupid on my part to actually listen to her. But..the past can't be changed. I regret my actions and decisions though there is little that can be done about them now."

He went silent, ignoring the glance that Kris shot his way. The other man had known the reason, had tried to tell him that doing as Hannah wished wasn't a good idea. However, Darrin had not listened to him. Kris worried that Darrin would not want anything to do with them now that he was quite clearly trying to retreat within himself. He didn't want that to happen. Instead, he opted for speaking. "Hannah was a fucking crazy bitch. Making you give up your best friend just so that you all could get married. Fucking stupid. I'm surprised that she didn't demand anything else from you. Besides, at least now you all can talk all you want."

Kris smiled at Darrin, hoping that his friend would lighten up again. He'd remembered Darrin telling him about the moment that the man had vaguely spoken of to the women. He'd thought that she was crazy then and now..even more so. He honestly thought that Darrin was much better off without the woman. Darrin was still being quiet and Kris frowned slightly. He glanced back at Althea, hoping that maybe she could get Darrin to speak. They only had a short time before they'd be arriving and it would be better if he wasn't acting like this.

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"I cut Althea out of my life because of my ex-wife." At first, the words didn't settle well within Althea. In her mind, she just wanted this conversation to never happen. However, this we news that even she hadn't heard yet. "We'd been dating for a while when she basically told me that I..had to stop contact with Althea otherwise she'd leave. Of course..it doesn't really matter now. It was stupid on my part to actually listen to her. But..the past can't be changed. I regret my actions and decisions though there is little that can be done about them now." Althea wasn't sure how to react at first. She had simply frozen in the car, staring out the window.

It was Hannah that caused them to stop talking? She barely knew the woman, let alone knew what she looked like. However, she hated Hannah. Hated her. Althea turned her attention back to Darrin after a moment of awkward silence, catching his reflection in the side mirror once more. Rona had opted for sitting back in her seat and doing something on her phone, obviously aware that this was the first time this conversation had risen before. Althea leaned forward to rest her cheek on the headrest of Darrin's seat. Sliding her hand forward between the seat and the car door, she reached through to find his arm.

Gently placing her hand on his arm, she continued to look out of the window. It was then that she heard Kris speak. "Hannah was a fucking crazy bitch. Making you give up your best friend just so that you all could get married. Fucking stupid. I'm surprised that she didn't demand anything else from you. Besides, at least now you all can talk all you want." Smiling at his words, Althea gave Darrin's arm a gentle squeeze. Off in the distance, she could see the theme park. They were close. "Look." She whispered so that only Darrin could hear her. She tugged his arm in the direction of the window for him to look out at the park.

Gently, Althea stroked his arm with her hand, tracing small circles with the tips of her fingers. She figured it was best to continue this conversation later, when it was just the two of them. This wasn't a conversation for a car ride, especially when their destination is a fun place. The news hit Althea in a way that she hadn't expected. She was bothered by the news but just like Darrin had said, it was in the past. There was nothing they could do about it. The only aspect that really changed was her feelings about Hannah.

"Well, who's ready to ride some stuff?" Rona asked once her eyes caught sight of the theme park. Her hands rested on Kris' seat in front of her as she leaned forward once more to look at the road signs ahead of them. Althea turned her head and smiled at her friend, figuring that it was best to let go of the previous topic. "I am." She said excitedly as her hand on Darrin moved to slide up his shirt enough to touch the skin at his side.

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At the feeling of Althea giving his arm a gentle squeeze, Darrin turned his head slightly so that he could see her from the corner of his eye. "Look." She whispered to him and Darrin did as she asked, feeling her tugging his arm in the direction that she wanted him to look. They were quickly nearing the Park and it brought a small smile to his face. Althea stroked his arm and as she did so he felt himself slowly relaxing at her touch. He was glad, at least, that she didn't seem too angry with him for what he'd done all those years ago.

"Well, who's ready to ride some stuff?" Rona asked and Kris smiled. "I know I am! It's been forever since I've been to the Park." Althea was then speaking as well, saying that she was ready to do some of the rides. Darrin could hear the excitement in her voice. The woman's hand moved then, sliding up his shirt just enough to touch his side. Darrin gently placed his hand on top of hers for a short moment before moving again. Kris was eyeing him, no doubt worried that he was going to remain silent the entire day.

"You know..I think that the last time that I was here was with you, Thae." He said softly. They'd gone together right before they'd graduated..had spent the entire day there. Darrin was rather curious to see how much had changed in the time that he'd been away. Kris finally pulled them into a parking spot and turned the car off. Darrin and Kris both got out of the car. Darrin then held Althea's door as she got out. He offered her smile as he closed the door for her just as Kris reached their side of the car.

The slightly taller man linked arms with Darrin, suddenly pulling him off in the direction of the ticket booths. Darrin allowed his friend to pull him, suddenly putting some distance between them and the women. "So, where did you disappear to last night?" He asked curiously, his voice low so that Rona nor Althea could hear. Darrin sighed, debating about how much to say to his friend before he spoke, his voice just as quiet. "I went upstairs to check on Althea..and one thing led to another and we ended up spending the night together."

Kris eyed his friend for a second before spoke. "So..as in you just slept in the same bed or..?" Darrin shook his head slightly. "We did more than sleep." Kris seemed to get the hint, smiling. "Dude...that's awesome! I could tell something was different between you guys. I hope this means that you're getting over Hannah." Darrin didn't reply this time as they reached the booths. They got in line, a few people ahead of them. Darrin turned to Althea as they reached them.

Even with the strained conversation that had taken place in the car, Darrin was truly glad to be spending the day with her. He only hoped that she was as well. Kris had taken to speaking with Rona, taking her attention. "So, what are you wanting to ride first?" He asked Althea, gently taking her hand within his own as he gazed at her. His thumb gently moved across her skin in a slow motion, seeming to give no care that they might be seen. He wanted so badly to be completely over Hannah..and when he was with Althea..that seemed to be the case.

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"You know..I think that last time that I was her was with you, Thae." For some odd reason, it made her smile. Althea couldn't help but to enjoy the moment that the last time he was here, it was just the two of them sharing the fun. She was about to respond as she sat back, when Rona interrupted. "How come he gets to give you a nickname?" She whined at her friend, and Althea couldn't help but to laugh. "It's not funny! I want to have a nickname for you!" She said, giving Althea a playful hit on the leg.

"Fine! It's not like I had a say in the matter." Althea continued to laugh as Rona moved to try and tickle her in response. Althea wrestled her in the backseat to try and dodge the woman. They were laughing hysterically by the time Kris pulled them into a parking spot. It felt good, Althea hadn't laughed that hard in a long time. She couldn't pull the smile from her face as Darrin opened the car door for her.

"Well, thank you kind Sir." She said daintily as she rose from the car, still high on excitement. Rona had gotten out and made her way around to the other side of the car following Kris. When the two men wandered off ahead, Rona looked at Althea with a more serious tone. "Sorry about before, I figured you guys would have cleared that up by now. But I'm also not too sorry since you haven't kept me in the loop!" She whispered, her expression turning back into a smile as she grabbed Althea's hand. They usually walked hand-in-hand, a habit they had picked up a long time ago. They got a lot of comments and looks for it, but it never seemed to stop them.

As they walked towards the ticket booth, just a bit behind the men, Althea couldn't help but wonder what the two were talking about. However, she hadn't had a chance to think about it for long since her own friend was chiming in to get the details. "Tell me, what's been happening with you two?!" She asked as she gave Althea's had a small squeeze.

"I really just... don't know where to start. The whole first few days it was awkward and messy... we went out one night and things got a little... heated." Althea started in a low voice as she watched the men walking ahead of them. "He's definitely been getting better." She added at last, leaving out what had happened last night. She figured Rona would either pick up on it and drag the information out of her or the woman would completely miss it.

"So, what's with the lovey-dovey stuff between you two then? I mean really, Althea. Awkward and messy with a hookup doesn't include lovey-dovey. And if you guys haven't really talked about you two, what is actually going on?" Rona asked, having stopped them from walking to speak. Althea rolled her eyes a little, she should have expected that there was little to no chance Rona wouldn't pick up on anything.

"We slept together. Last night. And I don't know what's going on. The last time we tried to talk about it, everything went south... so I don't want to be the first to bring it up." Althea said as she started to talk again, hoping that her friend would get the memo that Althea didn't want to talk about it anymore. Fortunately, the woman picked up on it and decided not to press the issue further... for now. They approached the men then, and immediately Darrin turned to Althea. She smiled at him warmly as she saw Rona move from the corner of her eye to start a conversation with Kris. The woman never went quiet, but Althea was glad the attention was no longer on her and Darrin.

"So, what are you wanting to ride first?" He had asked as he took her hand. In response, Althea moved closer to him so that her sides were touching. She rested her head on his shoulder as his thumb gently stroked across the back of her hand. She moved just enough to face him, remaining close. "Let's ride the best rollercoaster first!" She said with a childish grin on her face. Her other hand found his free one as she moved in front of him completely. She moved up to kiss him on the cheek gently before it was their turn to buy tickets.

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Darrin watched Althea through his sunglasses as she moved to face him, staying close to him. "Let's ride the best rollercoaster first!" She said with a grin. Her other hand found his free one, then she leaned up to place a kiss upon his cheek. Darrin smiled at the contact just as the woman at the booth motioned for them to approach. Kris had already paid for his own and was waiting on the rest of them. Darrin moved, approaching the woman that had signaled to them. He'd insisted upon buying both of the women's tickets, refusing to hear anything otherwise.

Only a few short minutes later they were all within the Park. It was easy to see that it was going to be a fairly busy day there. Already there were quite a few people there. Briefly, Darrin wondered if anyone would recognize him or Kris but he was quick to push it out of his mind. He was determined to enjoy the day no matter what. Kris was smiling as he approached them. "You guys take forevvver." He whined playfully. In truth, Kris had not minded waiting. He was simply glad to see Darrin in such a good mood. It was easy to see that spending time with Althea had helped him. He only hoped that the would could convince him to get the band back together.

"So! What are we doing first?" Kris asked as he turned, walking slowly in no particular direction. Darrin moved, soon joining his friend. "Rollercoaster, right Althea?" Darrin asked with a smile. The Park had three different coasters. The one that Darrin knew Althea had been talking about was the biggest and fastest. When they'd been younger, they'd always ridden it together. Kris smiled at Althea. "Sounds good to me! Rona?"

Kris turned his attention to Rona, his attention on her. He'd found that he'd rather enjoyed speaking with her and was thinking that perhaps he'd be able to ride at least something with her. He suspected that Darrin and Althea would want to at least ride a few different things together. He didn't mind at all.

They began walking in the direction that would lead them to the coaster that they were going to ride. It was at the other end of the Park though it wouldn't take them too long to reach it. Darrin and Kris took to speaking with each other again for a few moments. Kris was bringing up Zach and Liam, telling Darrin what the other two had been doing in the past two years. Zach had not really been doing anything, simply just staying at home with his family. Liam, on the other hand, had joined another band. Darrin had already known about Liam though it didn't make it any easier to hear. "He's not happy with them, you know. I think he misses what we had."

Darrin didn't comment on Kris's statement. Liam was the one that he'd really gotten into it with before the band had split up. He doubted that the other man would forgive so easily. Darrin recalled that Kris had said that he'd speak with the others before he'd shown up in Virginia and he couldn't help but wonder if he'd actually done as he said he'd do. As if sensing that the conversation was over, Kris slowed enough so that he could walk with Rona. This left Darrin walking by himself for a few moments. He just..didn't want to think about the others. He'd not been overly kind to them and he honestly felt like a horrible person for the way he'd treated them.

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"Rollercoaster, right Althea?" Althea's attention turned from Rona back to Darrin with a wide smile and a quick nod. It was by far her favorite ride, one that she had always made Darrin ride with her when they were younger. Rona and Althea had once again found each other's hands as they walked. "Sounds good to me! Rona?" Kris turned his attention to Rona and the woman nodded along with a sweet smile.

As they headed towards the coaster, the guys took to speaking amongst each other once more. Rona was kind enough to no longer hound Althea on the topic of Darrin, but rather they turned their conversation back in the direction of work and drama between other coworkers. As they neared the entrance to the line for the rollercoaster, Kris slowed down to move back and walk with them. Althea used the moment to eye Darrin before also turning her attention to Kris.

"I call the first car!" Althea shouted after a moment before letting go of Rona's hand and running up enough to get ahead of Darrin and enter the line. Laughing as she ran into the line, she glanced over her shoulder at Darrin and the others before disappearing around a bend and making her way down the long and vacant line. She knew that the line wouldn't remain this empty for long, but she wasn't complaining while it lasted. Making her way down to the end of the line, she smiled when she could easily tell they would make it on the next ride.

When she stopped running, she let out a huff of air as she leaned against the railing that was separating the spot for the first seat from the second. She was surprised there was no one in line for the spot just yet. She looked back down the line to see Rona jogging the rest of the way down, a huge smile on her face. Althea ran a hand through her hair before she turned as the gates to the train opened.

Wasting no time, Althea got on to the ride, Rona grabbing the second seat on the train. Althea figured her and Kris would end up sitting together, and Darrin and Althea would get to relive their childhood once more. Pulling her seatbelt bar down over her head she looked over as Darrin went to get in. "I'm so excited." She practically squealed as she looked at the tracks out in front of her.

The ride was short, but when the train came back into the station, Althea was laughing hysterically from the adrenaline. She managed to get out and walked over towards the exit as she found Rona once more. The pair shared excited comments on the ride before Althea turned her head in the direction of Darrin with a lighthearted smile. She stopped walking to let him catch up before she wrapped an arm around his lower back. "Darrin, I've missed this. I've missed you. I've missed us." She spoke softly as she looked over at him. Making their way out of the exit, Althea couldn't help but to feel nostalgic.

They had had so many great times together, and their experiences were torn away by a woman she had never met. She had genuinely missed the fun they used to have all of the time, and this was bringing all of those old memories back to the surface. "What next?" Rona asked as they made their way out of the exit for the ride, bumping against Kris as she walked playfully.

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"I call the first car!" Althea suddenly shouted, running up ahead of Darrin and then getting in line for the ride. Darrin laughed at Althea, watching as she soon disappeared from sight. Darrin followed the path that Althea had taken, keeping his same pace as before. He was glad to see that the line was fairly empty though he doubted that would last very long. Darrin was easily able to locate Althea once again. She was leaning against the railing, intent upon getting the first seat.

Kris and Darrin caught up to the women just as the gates opened. Kris immediately nudged Darrin in Althea's direction as he got in with Rona. Darrin moved, getting in with Althea. He had taken off his sunglasses and beanie so that he wouldn't lose them during the ride. He pulled the seatbelt bar down, turning his gaze to the woman at his side. "I'm so excited." She said as she turned her gaze to the tracks.

Darrin smiled at Althea's excitement just as the ride began. It seemed to last only a short while before they were arriving back in the station. He could hear Althea laughing and he laughed with her. They got out of their seats, moving to leave the ride. Althea found her friend, speaking for a few moments before Althea turned her head in Darrin's direction. She smiled and Darrin returned it. She stopped walking and Darrin was able to catch up to her fairly quickly. The woman wrapped an arm around his lower back and Darrin immediately allowed his arm to wrap about Althea's shoulders. "Darrin, I've missed this. I've missed you. I've missed us."

Her words made him smile. "Me too, Thae. More than you'll ever know." Darrin said softly. He truly regretted having done as Hannah had wanted. There was no knowing everything that they missed out because of her. It was then that Rona asked what they would be doing next. Kris smiled at Rona as she bumped against him. "More rides!" He yelled, throwing his arms in the air. He laughed before linking arms with Rona, walking near her as they headed to the next ride.




They'd spent nearly all of their morning riding as many rides as possible. More often than not, Darrin rode with Althea when able and Kris rode with Rona. Darrin suspected that the other man was intent upon flirting with Althea's friend and didn't care if she knew it. He remained near her, joking around with her. Darrin, on the other hand, was simply happy speaking with Althea and simply enjoying her company.

After last night, he'd been worried that things would be awkward between them. However, that did not seem to be the case. In fact, Darrin was in a much better mood than he'd been in for such a long time. He was laughing much of the morning and had even taken to teasing Althea a bit more. As noon neared, it was decided that they should stop to grab something to eat. Darrin and Kris had asked the girls to find them a seat, after asking what they wanted, and had headed into the line to order.

As Darrin and Kris were alone, Kris turned his attention to his friend. "You know, I think spending time with Althea is good for you. I can't even remember the last time that I've seen you this happy. So..since you all...you know, are you like dating or something?" Darrin hesitated for a moment. Honestly, he had no idea what was really going on between them. He knew that he cared for her deeply. He always had. However, he'd not acted very well the last time they'd tried to talk about it and he was really not wanting to bring it up.

"I really don't know. I don't want to bring it up. I sort of made an asshole out of myself the last time. Besides, there's no way that she holds any sort of feelings like that for me." Kris rolled his eyes. "Don't be stupid. She's fucking crazy about you. It's all too easy to see. I think that you all just need to talk." However, Darrin wasn't so sure about Althea's feelings and he certainly wasn't about to bring it up.

They ordered and within a few minutes they were bringing the food and drinks back to the table. The items were handed out and the men took their seats. "Did we miss anything?" Kris asked, leaning slightly towards Rona, smiling. Darrin shot a small smile in Althea's direction. "Miss me?" He asked her before beginning to eat. There were more people in the Park now and the area around them was a tad bit on the louder side as families were getting their food. Darrin had missed this..missed getting out and experiencing life. He wasn't going to allow himself to crawl away again.

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As Rona and Althea held the table for the others when they went to get food, Rona took the opportunity to bring up the conversation subject from earlier. Rona had sat next to her, and she turned to lean one elbow on the table as she gave Althea a look that told her to fess up. "Okay. Tell me. Tell it all." Rona said and Althea slouched a little as she let out a sigh. She knew this was coming again at some point, but she didn't want it to.

"I don't know what to do. The last time we talked about what was going on between us, it went terribly. I don't want to bring it up again. I just, I can't, Roe." Althea said as she set her elbows on the table, resting her chin in her open palms. Rona let out a small breath as the glanced over to see their position in line. When she noticed that they were still waiting to order, Rona moved to rest a hand on Althea's back.

"You have to. You need to Althea." Rona asked and paused for a moment to look at the woman in front of her. Althea turned her head to look at Rona with a puzzled look on her face. "Why? It's not like he's gonna get back together with Hannah all of a sudden. I mean... there's other people he could meet, yeah... but I just, I don't think it's a good idea." Althea shook her head. She hadn't ever thought about what would happen if she never talked to him about her feelings. What if he found another person, and Althea was back in the legitimate friend-zone?

As Althea was lost in thought, she vaguely heard Kris speak in the background. Rona on the other hand leaned towards Kris in response. "Nothing too exciting, just our beautiful faces." She said flirtatiously as she took a sip of her drink. "Miss me?" Althea didn't hear his words as she stared blankly down at the table in front of her. She was still lost in thought on the idea of picturing Darrin with another woman. She couldn't even imagine what she would have done if she was in his life while he was with Hannah. It wasn't until Rona nudged her that Althea looked up and smiled at Darrin.

"Miss you? Never." She teased after a moment before she started to dig into her food. Althea didn't hesitate to start eating as she kept eye-contact with Darrin. She knew he probably picked up on her hesitation, but she tried to play it off as if she was just spacing out. Rona had crumpled up a napkin to throw teasingly at Kris and Althea's attention moved to them as she laughed a little. Moving her feet, she intertwined them with Darrin's as she moved her attention back to him. "Did you miss me?" She asked with a teasing smile as she moved her sunglasses to rest on her head.

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Althea didn't answer him right away and Darrin couldn't help but wonder why. She wasn't even looking at him. Confusion crossed his features though he did not push the woman. A moment later, Althea was looking up and smiling at him. "Miss you? Never." She said at last, beginning to eat. She held his gaze as she ate and Darrin returned the look. Rona soon was crumpling up a napkin and throwing it at Kris. The man had laughed, throwing one back at her. Darrin had glanced at them, smiling at their obvious flirting. He then felt Althea intertwining her feet with his own and so he turned his gaze back to her. "Did you miss me?" She asked him.

Darrin smiled at her suddenly. "Always." He said honestly and he meant it. Even when he'd been forced to leave her behind..he'd missed her. They all continued with their meal, happy chatter moving around the group. Kris had been intent upon finding out more about Rona whereas Darrin was happy simply speaking with Althea about things that they normally spoke of.

It was only all to soon before they were finishing up. Kris was the one that got up, clearing away their table. He was gone only a short time before he returned. "So, we ready to hit up some more rides?" He asked, smiling. Darrin turned his gaze to his friend, returning the smile. "I am." He said, moving his seat back and rising. He then turned to Althea, waiting for her to join him.

Kris moved to Rona, linking arms with her again, moving to lead the way from the food court. Darrin had moved to walk next to Althea. They'd not moved very far when the sound of a girl's voice reached them. "Excuse me, Darrin Reed?" The group stopped and Darrin turned his gaze to the right of them. There stood two teens that were eyeing him and then Kris. "Yea?" Darrin said. Though..he was pretty sure that he knew why they'd called out.

The taller of the two girls suddenly smiled brightly, her excitement clear. The other reacted in a similar fashion. "Oh my god! You're like..my hero." The other girl wasn't as outspoken as her friend though she kept glancing between Darrin and Kris. It was almost as if she couldn't believe that they were seeing the two men out together. "Unfinished Belief is like..our favorite band. And to think..we ran into you guys here..of all places."

Darrin suddenly smiled at the girl. "It is a good place to be on such a beautiful day." He said before asking the girls' their names. "I'm Megan and this is Sarah." She said with a smile. "I..we..were wondering if we could get a picture with you all?" Darrin agreed and did Kris. The other man went first, moving closer to them and allowing them to get the picture that they wanted. It was then Darrin's turn.

He moved so that he was standing right between the two girls, smiling as they went about trying to get their picture. It was easy to see that even though Darrin hadn't dealt with such a situation in a long time that it didn't bother him at all. Kris suddenly turned to Althea, whispering. "Our fans adore Darrin. He's probably the most genuine when it comes to dealing with them. He loves them just as much as they love him."

"Thank you so much! Both of you! You have no idea how awesome this is!" She said, still smiling. "No problem. It was nice meeting the two of you." Darrin was surprised that the girls hadn't asked about the band getting back together. If anyone found out that he was out with Kris, it was surely to get blown out of proportion. They spent a time longer simply speaking before finally the girls left. It was then that Darrin rejoined the group. He linked arms with Althea as Kris moved again. They headed off in the direction they'd been heading earlier before they'd been stopped.

Kris was suddenly looking back at Darrin and Althea. "We're going to go hit up some stuff over here. We'll catch up in a bit!" He said before pulling Rona after him, laughing. Darrin simply shook his head. "I don't think getting them together was a good idea. They're both crazy." He joked, smiling down at Althea. "I guess that we can go and find something to do." He directed them in a different direction, walking closely with Althea as they headed towards a different section of the Park.

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"So, we ready to hit up some more rides?" Kris spoke, and soon they were rising from their seats to start adventuring through the park once more. Rona and Kris were once again stuck together like glue, and they were on their way. However, they didn't make it too far before someone called out Darrin's name. Two teens were looking at him and Kris, and Althea couldn't help but to assume that they were most likely fans of them.

Althea moved to stand by Rona as the men talked to the teens, taking pictures and such. Althea smiled as she watched the interaction. She picked up on how it appeared to come so naturally for Darrin. It made her happier than she thought it would, to see him taking pictures with them and how he didn't seem to be bothered by it one bit.

She had never seen him interact with fans, let alone been around Darrin during the time when his band was up and going full-force. It was strange to see other people admire him in such a way. She couldn't help but to observe how it almost seemed to be its own level of intimacy between them. Not like what she and Darrin had, but it was something very different, yet still on a very personal level. She admired the way he handled the fans, he didn't say no to them once, nor did he seem to dislike their presence. Even as the band rested in the grave, he treated it like there was nothing wrong.

Her smile only grew at the sight, and it made her wonder what was really holding him back from starting the band back up. He clearly enjoyed the fans, the music aspect, and Kris. She wondered if maybe it was because of the other members, or because of Hannah. It just didn't make sense to her anymore, now that she saw just how his fans made him feel.

"He's a people person, for sure. I wouldn't be able to handle random people coming up to me like that." Rona whispered to Althea as they watched the display. Althea glanced to Rona with a small nod in agreement before they were all saying their goodbyes. Darrin returned over to her linking their arms before they began walking. It was only a few moments later that Kris stated that Rona and Kris were going to go off in their own direction.

"I don't think getting them together was a good idea. They're both crazy." Darrin joked, and Althea laughed in response. She knew that at least her friend would enjoy the company. "I guess that we can go and find something to do." He said, and they started off in a different direction. She smiled over at him as she looked around for any rides that might be of interest. "Darrin." She started as she tugged him in the direction of a log flume water ride.

"Your fans really miss you." She started as they made their way into the entrance for the line. She let her hand fall from their entwined arms and slide down to meet with his hand as she walked. "I think you should really give it another try. I know it'll be hard at first, but I really think you'll enjoy it. And hell, I'm sure your bandmates would appreciate you at least trying." She said as they stopped about halfway down the line. She figured he would argue the idea, but she knew that she had to hold up her end of the deal with Kris. However, part of it was also her own choice after seeing the interaction he had. "What's holding you back, Darrin?" She asked after a moment, glancing down the line as it started to move forward. The park was definitely more populated than earlier, but it didn't seem to bother her.



"So, how did you and Darrin meet?" Rona asked as they started off in the direction opposite of Darrin and Althea. She twirled a lock of hair between her fingers as she looked at Kris. They were roughly the same height, but with her heels she was just a tad taller. Rona was the type of person that preferred to be taller, anyways.

After Kris responded, Rona started on the next topic. One she was simply dying to gossip over. "God, sometimes it makes me sick how crazy they are about each other. Yet Althea won't talk about it. She said to me earlier, that she doesn't want to bring it up because she thinks it'll just end badly. She needs to just suck it up and say something. Clearly they both feel the same way. Morons." She spoke with a sassy voice as she looked at a few ride options they passed. When she found the entrance to the flying swings, Rona looked at Kris with a devilish grin as she pointed at the ride.

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"Darrin." Althea said as she tugged him in the direction of a log flume water ride. He remained silent, sensing that the woman wasn't finished, that she would continue. "Your fans really miss you." She said as they reached the entrance for the line. Darrin sighed at her words, Althea taking his hand. Darrin allowed his fingers to curl about her own. He knew that his fans missed him. In truth, Darrin missed them as well. He'd always loved interacting with those that loved their music..them.

"I think you should really give it another try. I know it'll be hard at first, but I really think you'll enjoy it. And hell, I'm sure your bandmates would appreciate you at least trying." They came to a stop, standing at the back of the line. Althea continued speaking. "What's holding you back, Darrin?" He sighed again, softly. He was used to Kris nagging him about the band..not Althea. She didn't understand..neither did Kris.

"Look, Althea, I'm sure that Kris put you up to this..at least partly. It's not that I don't want to get the band back together..not really. Things just aren't as simple as calling everyone up and saying that I want to start performing again. My drummer is in another band and I've not spoken to him or Zach since I was a complete asshole to them when I ended the band. I wasn't really that nice to them..I even surprised that Kris wants anything to do with me. You might as well get the thought out of your head. We're not getting back together. Ever. End of story. I'm not even sure why you and Kris are so insistent."

He was refusing to look at Althea for the moment. Even if he wanted to get them back together it was unlikely. Liam being in another band certainly made things much more difficult. It didn't help that he'd gotten into it bad with the other man right before they announced their breakup. But, how could Althea know that. "I don't deserve any of their forgiveness and I could not ask for it. Besides, if truth be told, I'm scared. He'd always had Hannah with him while the band had being going. But now, she was no where near. It was a frightening thought.




"So, how did you and Darrin meet?" Rona asked him. Kris smiled at the question. "At one of the small bars in town. I can't even remember why he was there but I'd just been dumped by my girlfriend at the time. I just happened to sit next to him and one thing led to another." After he'd spoken, Rona began speaking about Darrin and Althea. "God, sometimes it makes me sick how crazy they are about each other. Yet Althea won't talk about it. She said to me earlier, that she doesn't want to bring it up because she thinks it'll just end badly. She needs to just suck it up and say something. Clearly they both feel the same way. Morons."

After she'd spoken, Rona pointed to the flying swings. Kris quickly grabbed her hand and pulled her to the entrance. Once they were in line, Kris turned back to the pretty woman. "Darrin's always been crazy about her. She's all that he ever talked about. Darrin's not about to talk about it either. Said that he overreacted the last time and now feels horrible. Maybe..they just need some help." Kris wondered how Rona would feel about his suggestion. If Althea was able to convince Darrin then he would owe her..and what better way to repay her than to help the man that she cared about to realize that something needed to be said?