2.25 – A night to remember

Chapter tune: KISS – God gave rock ‘n’ roll to you

The big moment had finally arrived. Even though the cheering voices that were echoing from outside, waiting for Fourdust’s biggest concert, were a loud and clear indication of the countless people who had come to see them perform, Jesse and his bandmates were not prepared for what they saw the minute they entered the stage.

It was a good thing they had all been given a good pep talk by their manager, Vito – sadly, it was after Owen had already thrown up a couple of times – as well as having Bryce as their lead singer.

That guy. As calm, aloof and quiet he was at home, it was like he magically transformed into something else while performing. Into the ultimate, most badass sock singer anyone had ever seen. Well, at least one of the top five – that was certain.

“What’s up Starlight Shores? Thank you all for coming tonight! Are you ready to rock? I can’t hear you! ARE YOU READY?”

The front rows almost fainted when he started singing. The skill, energy and emotion he brought to every song was unheard of. No wonder many bands tried to grab him right after their first album got out. Yeah, Bryce was something else. Jesse knew he could never have done it without him. But apart from him, he couldn’t have done it without the help of his two best friends, Dylan and Owen. They were the ones – along with his crazy cousin Basil – that helped him out of countless slumps, that helped him turn dozens of sleepless nights into pure creative fever.

And it had finally paid off. There he was, absorbing the explosive energy of his fans and turning it into magic. Soon enough, his last traces of nervousness disappeared, and that raw feeling of pure excitement took their place. And the truth is, he was killing it.

But as much as he let the waves of thrill carry him along, he was still feeling that his happiness was incomplete. He was still hoping to see her. Maybe later, after the show was over, she’d come find him backstage. Thinkg about her made his nervousness return with a vengeance. What if she didn’t come at all? Should he have gone find her instead? Should he go find her after the show? Was that a sign that she didn’t want him anymore or that she just didn’t get his message? Maybe if –

His thoughts were cut short as his wandering eyes found their focus at last. Because among the countless people singing, clapping and cheering… he finally saw her.

For a split second, Jesse lost it. He thought she looked so beautiful, so amazingly bright amongst the faceless crowd in front of him, that he almost missed a whole riff. But he didn’t care. She was there. She had come for him.

It only took a nod from him for Bryce to get it and call for a break.

“And now, I’d like you all to welcome our lead guitar, Jesse Frio – yeah, you all know that guy – for a small announcement. Thank you!”

Jesse stepped in front of the microphone. He wasn’t nervous anymore, but even if he was, the girls that screamed and almost fainted as soon as he started talking would be enough for him to feel amazing.

“Hi everyone, thank you for coming to see our show! Are you having a good time? Alright! I know you can’t have enough of Bryce guys, I know. This won’t take long, I swear. Well… what I’d like to say is that tonight we have a very special person here with us. A person that not only looks like an angel – if you don’t believe me you’ll soon see that for yourself – , a person that not only has the voice of an angel, she is in fact one too.”

Jesse took a glance towards Skye to check out her reaction. When he saw her smiling, it was all the confirmation he needed to carry on. “She was our singer very long ago, before anyone even knew us, though personal reasons made her leave the band. But the truth is, there’s not been a day gone by that we don’t miss her. You see, she is – like i said – pretty special. And now she’s finally here with us again. Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like all of you to welcome to the stage, miss Skye Carlton!”

Skye didn’t need any further encouragement. Jesse could tell, this past one and a half year had been good to her. She looked calm, peaceful – nothing like the terrified shadow of a girl he had met so long ago. Pulling her into a hug, he felt every fiber of his skin waking up.

“I’ve missed you pokerface…” he whispered at her. There was so much he wanted to say but the unexpected lump in his throat got the best of him.

“I’ve missed you too ex-jerk” she replied while stroking his back. Some seconds passed with them in silence, almost forgetting the crowd that was staring at them in anticipation.

Skye stayed for a while on stage – she even sang a couple of their old songs which, surprisingly, some of the fans knew and sang along with her. Slightly after, everyone else followed as well.

Jesse couldn’t stop staring at her. The sight of her behind that microphone reminded him of that night when they first met, of the time they first fell in love and how far they had come. It was not an easy ride, but it had been one hell of it.

He was mesmerized by the way she was oozing confidence now, so different than how he remembered her. He felt like such an idiot for letting her go so many times – and he knew that from this moment on, he would not be so stupid again.

As soon as the songs were over, Skye started making her way towards the back, where she thought she would wait for him until the show was finished. But apparently, Jesse had other plans. He turned to face the crowd.

“Hey, this beautiful lady is walking away! Please give your best cheer if you’d like her to stay a little longer! Come on guys, I can’t hear you!”

Most of the people in the crowd began screaming their lungs out which made Skye stop and look at him in bewilderment, while Jesse fell down on one knee while searching his pockets.

“Jesse what… what are you doing?” was all she could mutter.

“I’m making sure I won’t lose you ever again pokerface… You see, all my life I felt like something was missing. I couldn’t put my finger on it but… I admit, it was after I lost you that I realized what was missing had a shape, a face. Your beautiful face. And I know now, I don’t want to feel like that ever again… So what do you say my angel? Will you put an end to my misery? Will you stay with me forever?”

The minute Jesse took that ring out, the audience had already gone insane. Once again, there was a fair amount of screaming, crying and fainting, so Jesse took his sweet time to realize that Skye’s face had taken a rather serious expression. The moment he realized it, she opened her mouth. “So… you think proposing to me in front of an audience will stop me from saying no? Because I can assure you I don’t get swayed that easily.”

Jesse froze. Shit, I pissed her off, he thought. Fuck, I’m so fucking stupid, how did I even manage to do that? “Skye no… I didn’t mean it that way… I… I thought it would be romantic, that’s all. But if you hate it, I take it back. That’s right everyone! I take it all back! Haha! That was a joke, obviously!”

“Nah, you can’t just take it back” she interrupted him. “Not now, that I’ve started thinking about it seriously…”

“Uh… what now?” Jesse was the one confused this time.

Skye gave him a wide grin. “You thought you would do something like that and I wouldn’t take the chance to mess with you? Come on Jesse… you made it too easy.”

This was his turn to smile at her with relief. “Shit… you almost gave me a heart attack there baby… So? I didn’t catch your answer you know…”

“Well… okay.”

Jesse started laughing uncontrollably. “Okay? What kind of an answer is that? It’s yes or no baby! So… which one is it?”

“Let me think about it…”

“Oh, come on!”

“Okay… I mean yes!”

“What??! I didn’t hear you, you know!” Jesse turned his face to the crowd. “Did you guys hear her by the way? No? Could the lady be more loud?”

“Yes!”

“Whaaaat? I can’t hear you!”

“Goddammit, Jesse you idiot, of course I’ll marry you! Yes! YES!!!”

That was the answer he needed. He swiftly took her into her arms and dipped her into a breathtaking kiss. For a while they were the only ones up there, alone under the clear, starry sky.

But soon enough, the audience grew restless. Skye stuck around for the rest of the show, even pairing her voice with Bryce’s for a couple more songs. During the last part, the people were shouting her name too, like she had been a part of the band this whole time, like she had never left.

As people were screaming for more, Jesse knew he would be perfectly happy if he could stay up on that stage forever, if everything could stay like this forever. It had truly been a night to remember, for the rest of their lives.

Towards the end of the encore, he knew his life was finally on track. He was feeling full, happy, exhausted, yet hungry for more. He had everything now; his family, his friends, and now finally, the love of his life with him.

But what he realized is that the crowd in front of him screaming, singing and cheering was what made everything complete. He had lived for this moment and had finally achieved his dream. As the song was slowly ending, he gestured at them , a gesture that would later be known as his signature move, his unique way of connecting with those people to whom he felt he owed so, so much.

Thank you, it was like he was saying to them. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. For believing in me, at a time when even I had a hard time doing it. For giving me the strength to carry on doing what I love. For making me able to pour my heart and soul into the world. For making me be heard. For making me breathe. For placing me higher than I could ever imagine, for turning everything into a possibility, for making me matter. I don’t know you, but believe me when I say I love each and every one of you.

Thank you. Until next time.

A/N: Hey guys!! First of all: public proposal after months of seeing each other… yeah. Coersion at its worst, am I right? Buuut… this will always be Jesse! I mean, this drama queen *slash* attention whore can change a little, but not completely..! ๐Ÿ˜ Second of all: Oh my god, it’s oveeer! I can’t believe it!! I’d like to apologize to all of you who had to endure this ultimate clichรฉ of an ending, but aaah, whatever. I don’t even care anymore ๐Ÿ˜› This gen will always be a mess and there’s no salvaging it, lol! Don’t get me wrong, I love my characters but I think it was such a waste… I could have done so much better! For example, instead of focusing on Jesse’s band and the ways they could have wreaked all kinds of havoc in their path (I mean, they’re a freaking rock band for crying out loud), I focused on this ridiculous storyline. It was super dark for no reason, there was no character growth whatsoever (at least not in a way that I would consider acceptable), no internal battles (you know, Jared style ๐Ÿ˜›), nothing of the sort. A freaking disaster, lol. Anyway, it is what it is now, and I guess all I can do at this point is learn from my mistakes, right? Besides, since it’s a legacy, there’s still time for them to suffer silently in the background, muahaha! I’m kidding, I’m kidding! Or… am I? ๐Ÿ˜ˆ There will be another chapter, which will most probably be wordless – so technically not a chapter in the traditional sense – and it will focus on the weddings (at least we gotta have a wedding after all this, am I right?), their life after etc etc, and then we can finally move on to generation 3! I’m super psyched about it and spent months preparing it, so hopefully it will go as nicely as it was in my head all this time *fingers crossed* And I can finally be more productive, yay! I mean, my blogiversary is coming up soon and I have no material this time – what on earth was I doing for a whole year? Lol! Ah, no matter, I have something in mind and I really hope I can deliver until then ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well, that completes my little rant, lmao!! Thank you sooo much for reading!! โคโค

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  1. Ohhhhh. That was awesome! Those pictures were amazing…. the lighting and everything was perfect. And really, a little cheese now and then is a great way to break up the drama and dark moments. Itโ€™s actually sort of a relief sometimes. There has to be good light moments to go with the hard ones.

    Stoked for the wedding and babies!!!!! I love Jesse and Skye! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ You beat yourself up too badly. There was indeed some character growth! Jesse was a self centered womanizer. And Skye and frightened little girl. Theyโ€™ve come a long way. But Iโ€™m excited for what you have in store. Glad to see you back. I miss TS3 in so many ways.

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words! โค I'm so happy you liked it, and the pictures ๐Ÿ˜€ Haha, I have to agree about the cheese – I wouldn't do it if that weren't the case, lol! ๐Ÿ˜
      Yay, I'm super excited about the weddings too! ๐Ÿ˜€ They do deserve some happiness at last! And yassss, babies!! โค
      Oof, I'm so happy to finally pop this chapter out! I hope I'll be more productive from now on, I really do!
      Thank you so much for your comment! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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  2. I think you’re being too hard on this gen. (You sound like me when I talk about my gen 1, lol). It felt really nice to have it wrapped up like this and I admit I got a little misty-eyed. :’) They’ve come so far!
    I can’t wait to see the weddings and I’m also really, really excited for the next gen. I wonder what you’ll cook up for us this time, because no matter what, I’m sure it’ll be wonderful. ๐Ÿ™‚
    The concert pictures are actually amazing. That lighting! ๐Ÿ™‚ This was awesome. โค

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    1. Thank you so much! โค โค Hehe well, we are our worst critics I'm afraid..! Shoot, I think I have to stop hyping that gen 3 so much, because what if it turns out to be a total bust?? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I'll do my best for it to be as I have imagined, promise!
      I am really looking forward to take those wedding pictures myself – this time it will be fully staged, so let's hope we won't have a carnage in our hands like the last time, lmao!! ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Again, thank you so much for your sweet comment! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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  3. Yay, a chapter! I’m in the hotel and actually supposed to be sleeping (I have the same time as you now, BTW), but I saw you posted, and I just couldn’t resist โ™ฅ
    I love how everything eventually came together. For a second there you made me worried Skye maybe had someone else (so relieved she didn’t). They finally have their happy ever after, which is all that matters. Time to bake some nooboos, amirite?
    A blogiversary. I’ll have mine soon, too (on the 20th), and I have no idea what I’m gonna do, lol.

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    1. Oh yes, I hadn’t realized that we have the same time now – you’re right! ๐Ÿ˜€ Was the flight good? I wish you a great time in Cyprus (I’ve never been there myself, is it nice?)!
      Yes, it all eventually came together like you said ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh no, I could never handle more drama between those two, not until they produce the heir that is, lol! We’ll see after they do though, hehe! And oooh yeah, time for the nooboos indeed! (Although I’ll have you know that it will be just one, lol ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
      Oh, yes, I remember that our blogiversaries are pretty close! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m looking forward to what you’ll have prepared! โค

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      1. Yeah, we do. Well, it used to be an hour later for you, so not that it’s so much of a difference, anyway.
        Thank you! Yeah, it was, took about 4 hours to get there from Poland. I’m currently in Pafos. Tomorrow, I’m going to the beach, so looking forward to that! โ™ฅ
        More drama is always good, lol.
        Oh, just one. Both Sam and Gemma had one baby, so I’m wondering if I should make Ron have more. We’ll see how it ties in with the remodeled plot.
        But one means it’ll be heir, so I’m glad to meet them finally! I think you’ve said it’s a girl?
        They are! Hopefully, I’ll come up with a good idea for mine.

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        1. Oh, I’m so jealous of you going to the beach! And here I am with the flu, moping around the house like an idiot..! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ญ I hope you’ll have a wonderful time tomorrow! โค
          Yep, gotta love all the drama!
          And yes, I never really pictured Jesse and Skye wanting a lot of kids – plus, I didn't picture the heir with siblings either. She's not gonna be a spoiled brat though, I have other plans for her ๐Ÿ˜€
          Hmmm you have a point about Ron and the revised plot; it will be interesting to see you long he and Britt will last. I bet it will quite stressful for him if they have more kids though..!
          Looking forward to what you'll prepare! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. Omg, I died when Jesse went down on one knee. I had a feeling he was going to do that (like you said, he can’t change completely!) but I was surprised that she said yes to a stunt like that, haha. The time away has been good for her, I see! โค
    I disagree with your author's note, by the way. I think there's been definite growth for Jesse. He feels like such a different character to me – healthier and happier for sure, but even just letting her go in the last chapter speaks volumes about how much he's grown.
    And that last send off he did… Man, you gave me feels. I think even having those thoughts shows how much he's matured. It gave me that feel-good factor you get at the end of books a lot!
    Anyway, I'm SUPER excited for gen 3, plz don't hurt Jesse and/or Skye thank you very much ๐Ÿ˜›

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    1. Haha, that boy just loves getting all the attention! ๐Ÿ˜€ Well, at first I thought she’d say no, but on the other hand, it would kind of humiliate him? Skye does have a soft spot for him! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thank you so much, I’m very glad to read you thoughts โค Maybe I was being a little harsh because I was mostly done with the story, but now that it's almost over I see it under a more forgiving light… there are definitely many flaws, but at least all this gave me a clearer insight on how to approach the next gen. And I really hope it will be better! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Oh yay, I was aiming for feels so I'm very happy to read that it worked! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ Lol!
      Hmmm I'll see what I can do… or will I? ๐Ÿ˜ˆ
      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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  5. Awwww that was a very ‘Jesse’ proposal ๐Ÿ˜› What a wonderful way to wrap up this generation! I can only imagine how crazy their wedding will be lol

    I totally understand what you mean about thinking the generation went like a train wreck XD That’s pretty much how I feel after every single one I write… I think this generation definitely did have character growth, especially for Jesse. He has matured and learned to care for people while still staying true to his original character. Very well done in my opinion! I’m sure you’ll only improve with this next generation ๐Ÿ™‚ Very excited to see what happens next!

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    1. Yesss!! I’m so glad you said that, because I wanted the proposal to be “Jesse”, lol! …hmmm maybe Skye will have her way this time and the wedding will be more quiet ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Thank you so much! โค Well, when you put it that way… there was growth indeed, but I wasn't so happy with the way it was depicted. Anyway, I can always try to do better! Which I do hope the next one will be ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thank you so much for your comment! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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  6. Best. Proposal. EVER.

    Seriously, that was awesome. And, I love that she messed with him a little before accepting. That was perfect!

    As for the generation, I think you’re too hard on yourself. ๐Ÿ˜€ I really love this story and these characters. โค

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    1. Thank you so much!!! โค This public concert proposal was one of the few things I had planned from almost the beginning, lol! ๐Ÿ˜€ I loved writing the way she messed with him, haha!
      Thank you so much for saying this – I still think this gen was mostly a mess lol, but nonetheless, I truly love these characters myself ๐Ÿ™‚ Let's hope gen 3 goes better though! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thank you so much for you comment! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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  7. Honestly I agree about public proposals. I wouldn’t want someone to do that for me unless we had talked about marriage privately and both wanted it. But Jesse is such a showman. ๐Ÿ˜› And Skye isn’t one to feel pressured just because there’s an audience.

    Seems there’s room for more than one singer in the band. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I agree with Carys, Jesse has grown a lot, as well as Skye. Her journey was insane. And Jesse’s send off was so cute. He’s really learned to appreciate everyone around him.

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    1. Man, if I were in Skye’s place I’d feel so awkward – probably super mad too! :p But yes, Jesse just wants all the attention – always have, always will, lol! And oh yes, if Skye didn’t actually want to accept, she wouldn’t have any problem saying no in front of everyone XD
      Haha, she could probably make it to a couple of tours with the rest of the guys ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m very glad you liked that send off – and it’s exactly what you mentioned about him appreciating everyone that I kind of wanted to point out ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thank you so much for your comment! โค

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  8. Wow, those pictures were amazing!! I loved seeing the flashes from the crowd.
    I loved this!! I had so much fun reading all about Jesse and Skye’s journey to find each other, lose each other, find eachother again, care for each other, and now comes a wedding!!

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    1. Thank you so much! โค This was one of my most dreaded chapters – picture wise – so I'm glad they turned out well! ๐Ÿ˜€
      It has been a rough ride for both of them for sure, but yesss finally, the wedding times have arrived at last! โค

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  9. Ooh, I loved that opening shot on the stage!!! Actually every photo was stunning ๐Ÿคฉ It must’ve taken ages to get all of that set up! While you may be personally dissatisfied with how some things played out this gen, I’ll say that as I reader, I enjoyed it! I’d argue that Jesse did have quite a bit of character growth, not like Jared’s as you mention, but still. He was terrible with women at the start, in terms of understanding them – not getting them ๐Ÿ˜œ and now he knows how to think of them, and people in general, first, all the while being a kickass rockstar, lol. Same goes for Skye who was just the ultimate mystery at the start and learned how to open up ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to confess public proposals normally make me cringe inwardly, you know, peer pressure and all, but this one was super cute! I’m excited to see all the heart warming wedding shots, and then your eventual new generation! โค

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    1. Oh no no – I’m a terrible builder and very impatient so I could never have built that stage! I actually found it here http://kiddosims.blogspot.com/2012/07/kiddos-concert-hall.html and I’m so glad you mentioned it because I’ve been meaning to give it credit for ages now – it’s truly spectacular! I just changed some bits here and there to make it exactly as I wanted it ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I guess there has been some character growth, lol! I think my issue was that I realized too late that I can’t deal with such heavy storylines – so never again! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Well, if I was in Skye’s place I’d want to punch Jesse for sure, lmao!
      Thank you so much for your kind words, they mean a lot! โค โค

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      1. Thanks for sharing! Still, downloading and placing lots requires effort so I shall still be giving you props! Plus the photos came out so wonderfully and that was allll you ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ‘

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  10. What a great finale! It really ended with a sweeping, grand, Jesse-style bang. I love the concert pictures and how they matched with the energy of the scene. And of course, Bryce looking mega hot as a rockstar. I just gotta love the guys who can be both intelligent and a badass!
    I’m so glad to see Skye at peace with herself now. She’s suffered through a lot of pain, so it’s really nice that now she’s radiating calm, confident vibes. What a girl, messing with Jesse in such a huge scale public proposal, she scared me as well for a moment because that would have been SO awkward if she said no ๐Ÿคฃ
    I think Jesse has definitely grown, into a much more mature guy. Love that finishing thought he had! And I would say something about your feelings about this gen, but that would be ridiculously hypocritical of me haha. At least mistakes now will mean an even better story later โค

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    1. Ah, you beat me to it, haha! I just now left you a comment on your chapter, lol!
      Thank you so much! Man, it seems so long ago that I had to deal with this generation – I’m sooooo glad that’s over, lmao!
      Haha, she should mess with him alright! I figured she would be kinda mad with that public proposal, but you know, not *too* mad. And you’re right about her, she should be calm and confident, she deserved it after all the shit she’s been though (Ok, *I* put her through, lol)!
      I am so happy you liked it and to see you here! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค And you're very right about the mistakes part! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thank you so much for your comment! โค โค

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