Katelyn just smiled softly as she rubbed her arms up and down his back. She knew he would be okay after she felt him pull her into his arms. These flashbacks were just something that they had to deal with.
She heard a knock at the door and grinned softly. [b “One week and we’ll be at the beach house. Our babies will get to see the ocean for the first time. Along with Rambo and Nash. I can’t waot to see how they all react.”] she said. [b “Plus we have all those fun stops so we can make memories.”] She said. [b “I think I’m more excited than anyone.”]
A few hours later, they were all piled up in the tour bus. The plan was that they would drive till they reach Oklahoma. It was around seven, so hopefully the girls would sleep most of the night. [b “I’m still weary on the fact that we had to pull Ron away from his family... Even if the Label is paying him double.
Kane focused on her and then pulled her into his arms, "I..I flash back and I get so scared... I've been seeing bits of what I couldn't remember." He muttered holding her... she was his safe place and he couldn't get through this without her. He was still breathing heavily. There was a knock at the door, the UHAUL was there to load their boxes into the truck to drive them to California to their home for the next almost year. Kane wasn't a hundred percent so he was hoping that Hannah could answer the door which she did.
He was shaking... this PTSD was what messed him up the most. He could never be at her shows anymore. He could stay on the bus with the girls. Last time he was there she had gotten pulled off the stage and he had an anxiety attack from the loud noises. He couldn't handle it anymore. He wasn't the same man that he was before the crash.
Katelyn was overall pretty happy with their switch to Universal. They seemed like they were indeed a much better Label Company than Sony. But she was still nervous for everything that would come.
She was in the girls room when she heard Hannah drop a box. A box that seemed pretty heavy based on the sound that it made. She didn’t think about it, she actually went back to placing the some of Taya’s clothes in boxes, until she heard Kane call out for her. She ran out of the run, practically tripping over Nash as she did. [b “Kane.”] she muttered as she finally reached their master bedroom. It seemed like it had taken her a million years, but it was in fact less than twenty seconds.
[b “Hey.”] she said a she cupped his face. She knew that he would go into panic slash anxiety mood in less than seconds. [b “My voice. Focus on my voice. I’m right here. You’re in our home. You’re okay.”] she said as she moved her hands up and down his arms.
Kane walked into their room slowly and said, "Babe we just got everything signed and confirmed, we are with Universal Music Group and our lawyer negotiated signing bonuses for both of us and we have full rights to approve or deny anything. They want us happy, unlike RCA Sony Nashville.... I think this is a good switch." he said kissing her..."But are you sure I can't do one song?" He had been wearing that damn brace everyday and was getting around better but his pain was only helped with a combination of the gel, pills, and injections. Once all that took effect at once he was a zombie but he was pain free. Kane hated taking any of it so he tried to solider through the pain.
While they were packing Hannah dropped a box on the floor in her room and it made Kane jump, taking deep breaths he looked for Katelyn, "Katelyn... Katelyn.. .where are you?" He called out.
Katelyn just smiled softly as she listened to Kane. In truth, she was very excited about going to California. She had never been, so it would pretty fun. The twins would definitely love the ocean.
Her head shot up and she just shook her head when she heard Kane mention singing with her. [b “You won’t.”] she said. She had such a serious look on her face. [b “You will not come up on stage with me. Okay. Kane. No. Just no.”] she said.
A few days later, they had spoken with her Mother and Hannah, and were actually in the midst of packing. They were waiting on an email from Universal as well. They had to meet with their lawyer before they left for California to finalize everything, but they were basically signed artists again. Katelyn didn’t know how she felt about it. She was still pretty scared when it came to getting on the stage, but it was something that had to be done.
Kane nodded, "If it eases your worry then we can do it... I will be right there with you supporting you... I love you." he kissed her and said, "The house is a beach house with a pool and a jacuzzi which is going to come in handy with my back.. the doctor mentioned water therapy.... basically relaxing and soaking in the jacuzzi." He knew in California they would be spending a lot more time outside.
"Who knew that investment when I was 19 would pay off now, we have a home there and don't have to worry about a house or cars or anything out there. We can take the bus, pull the SUV and we can talk to Universal about the shows and if you do an acoustic one or go on a tv show acoustic, I will go on and sing with you. I can only do one song but I want everyone to see we are a united front." What Kane wasn't saying out loud was he didn't want people to forget him.
Katelyn just slowly nodded. [b “I want this family to be okay. I want to stop stressing about the damn money. The only way I’m going to do that, is to get back up on stage..”] she said softly. [b “We should try and get a Skype call set up for tomorrow.. Maybe I could do a concert or two around this side of the country, and then a few on the way to California?”] she asked.
The girls had never seen the beach before. She had just realized that after she said the word “California.” But it was indeed like they were little water bugs. They loved going swimming with herself, and Hannah and especially their daddy before he got hurt.
[b “Getting back up on a stage, scares the hell out of me. But you’re off work for at least a year. Kane. This is going to get expensive. I need to start singing again, at least a little bit. So I can hopefully stop stressing about us running through our savings like it’s nothing..”]
Kane looked at her worried but sighed and said, "if its what you want... Universal sent us both contracts, they're in my office by the fax machine. I was going to talk to you about them before my back acted up again. Universal Music Group wants to sign us both and I already have music recorded that I can release without actually having to work in this year so we could keep making money... if you want I can request a skype call with Universal tomorrow."
Kane was trying to do his best here but he wasn't sure he wanted her back up on that stage. He had been the only person to see how broken she was after what happened... just like she was the only one who knew he had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and certain things triggered him... like Rambo hitting the door against the wall. Even now what happened that night came back to him in spurts when he heard noises. Took him back to that seat on the plane.
Katelyn smiled softly. She knew her Mother wouldn’t be happy about the fact that she had just moved to Nashville, and now Katelyns family would be moving to California for at least the next eight months. But what could be done about it? Kane needed this.
[b “We’ll talk to Mom and Hannah tonight. Figure out what day we wanna leave. We should look online and see what things we could stop and do on the way there.”] she said. [b “Do you think we should take the bus? I know it’s Rons season off... We can take it if he doesn’t mind. If not, we can just drive and stop at hotels?”]
She didn’t know if their family would make it out of this.. The only thing she was one hundred percent sure about, was that she had to get her butt on stage and make some more money. Just to ease her mind if nothing else. [b “I need to start singing again...”] she muttered as she glanced up at him.
Kane nodded, “Let’s y’all to hannah and let your mom know we’re going out to California for a few months, take the tour bus and just go. In the next few days maybe? I mean we have furniture there but will need to get beds for the girls...it’s not exactly set up for kids right now as the last time I was there I was 19 years old.” He sighed, “Maybe this is a bad idea, I can live with my back this way...I don’t need the surgery.” In truth kane was scared...scared that He was going to have the surgery and be hurt worse than he already was...he was afraid they put him under for the surgery and he wouldn’t wake up. He was so scared.
Once they were at the house Kane got out of the car slowly. He was wearing the brace and Hannah and the dogs were waiting on them. “I made macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets of you want some. The girls have already eaten and are sleeping in their rooms.”
Katelyn nodded softly as she listened to him. She smirked when he said he bought the house when he was just starting out young. [b “You probably bought it so you could sit out on the deck and watch all the cute girls go by.”] she said with a cheeky grin. She pulled into an ice cream shop and looked over at him. [b “I’ll run in and get it. What do you want to do next? I know it’s grtting late, but the girls are already asleep.”] she said. She kissed his cheek and left him to think as she walked into the shop.
She got his blueberry cheesecake, and she ended up getting strawberry cheesecake ice cream. It was actually pretty good, her favorite even. She thanked the young teenager, and grinned slightly when she heard them say her name as she walked back out to the truck. [b “It was a young teenager, and I’m assuming her friends. You should’ve seen her face light up. It was the cutest thing.”] she said as she handed him his ice cream.
She took a bite and than just grinned. [b “When do you want to go to California? We can literally just drive slow. We don’t have to rush.”]
Kane nodded, “I honestly forgot about the beach house until he mentioned California. I bought it when I was first starting out and I was young and dumb and had a lot of money. We will be perfectly fine and I’ll still have to do appearances and events. I can tdisappear form the public eye completely or my career will be over.” He kissed her and asked, “Blueberry cheesecake ice cream babe?” He asked hopeful.
“The house in California is four bedrooms and I bought it for the deck and private beach. I lived there for a couple months and realized I missed Nashville. I love you darlin’.” He muttered as they pulled through the ice cream place drive through. “As much as I love Georgia and Nashville, it will be nice to get away and spend some time in a California....even when I’m healing I can sit out on the deck and watch the water with you, maybe Hannah will love it too.”
Katelyn had no idea that they had a house in Huntington Beach. She just listened closely to the doctor. She knew that the next year would be rough on Kane, and their family. But they would make it work. They had no other option.
Three hours later they were aimlessly driving around. Kane had taken his pain medication, so he said it wasn’t that bad at this point in time. The girls were already down for the night. Her mother told them to be in no rush. [b “So why didn’t you tell me about the Beach House? I mean. Do you think it’s ideal that we have three homes to upkeep? Neither one of us are going to be working or bringing in money for at least the next year... Will we be okay?”] she asked.
She knew that more than likely they would be okay, but she couldn’t help but worry. It was what she did best. [b “How does ice cream sound?”] she asked. [b “Anything you want.”]
The doctor nodded, "The injections I will up the prescription as well as his medications, Doctor Li will have him on stronger things after the surgery and its a five month recovery time minimum, it could be upwards of 8 months to a year if he doesn't listen." Even his doctors knew that Kane was stubborn. Kane reached for Katelyn's hand and the doctor spoke, "He wears this brace everyday to keep his back aligned so it can heal but he can sleep without it but if his pain gets too bad this may help him sleep since it is soft and keeps his spine straight. If you have any questions or problems, you call me right away. Doctor Li and I will work closely on this together... you'll have to stay in California during his healing process. He will be in no shape to travel." Kane nodded, "We have a beach house in Huntington Beach, thats not a problem." Kane had bought the beach house when he first started out... thinking he wanted to live in California. Now it sat empty and a woman came in and cleaned it monthly and took care of the property.
Katelyn nodded as she looked at Kane. [b “We’ll drive. We can slow. We’ll stop as much as you need too.”] she said softly. She looked up when the Doctor walked back in. [b “You said it would be five months recovery time?”] she asked. She took Doctor Li’s card, as well as the one from Doctor Troy. [b “I’ll make sure he picks nothing up sir.”] she said soflty.
She watched as Kane pulled off his shirt. She didn’t know the bruises were that bad.. He wouldn’t let her see him without a shirt on. She felt a tear or two roll down her face but she shook them back. She couldn’t cry here. She had to wait until she as at home, when no one was around. She took out her phone and quickly texted Hannah. [i “Surgery in Los Angeles in six weeks..”] was all that she sent.
She nodded when she heard the doctor mention the gel. [b “Can he still take his pain medication as well? When the pain gets really severe? He can hardly sleep..”]
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