That night was one of the best nights she’d had in her entire life. She was still feeling uneasy about everything, just because her label was now the other woman. She understood that Kane and Ariana were really only together because of Kingsley, but Ariana has made it clear that Kane was hers. She wasn’t going to let him go.
She shivered when she woke up to Kane’s kisses. She couldn’t help but grin. [b “Good morning.. I’m great. How are you?”] she questioned. She sat up at thought for a moment when he questioned what she wanted to do about breakfast. [b “Well I want it to just be us... But I feel like it would be best if we went with our bands. We’ve disappeared for long enough. They’ll wonder why they haven’t seen either one of us since the show.”] she told him.
She leaned over and planted a kiss on his lips before she got up to pull her hair out of the braid. [b “I need to go shower... See you at breakfast?”]
“Not asking your to try and replace her momma, just think everyone would be happier this way, including me.” He said kissing her again. He agreed with her terms and they would be sneaking around. He would have to live with it to be happier with his life and how things were going. He kissed her again, this time picking her up as he kissed her.
The next morning he woke up beside her on her bus, he found his shirt and looked to her. “How are you darlin’.” He asked kissing her awake. He really liked this girl. “Should we have breakfast alone or go with the bands? Relax...no one will know we’re together, just tell them I fell asleep writing with you last night, which isn’t wrong.” He said knowing what had been writing a song but hadn’t finished it at all. He knew when he did get it finished it would be his next number one and it would be about her and then their secret would be out unless everyone thought it was about Ariana.
Raegan Grace couldn’t believe what Kane was asking her. He was standing there, practically offering her the things that she had longed for... someone to love her, a family even. Three months ago she would’ve said yes, but now she had her career to think about. She was just getting her name out there, she didn’t want o kill it before it even got started.
She just looked at him, she practically melted when he called her Grace, he was the only one that called her that, she wouldn’t know to answer if anyone else did. [b “Kane...”] she froze when she realized his face was coming toward her, his lips on hers. [b “No one else can find out about this....”] she muttered before she pulled his face back to hers.
[b “We can only be like this on the buses when we’re alone... No one else...”] she muttered [b “Kingsley knows Ariana is her mom... I can’t try and take Arianas place, Kane.”]
"And she has someone else, what Ariana doesn't know won't hurt her.... and I know what I want." He said before taking her hand and bringing the back of it to his lips to kiss it again. "I really fucking like you and I want to try this with you, if it doesn't work we can go back to being friends... I know we can't do this around Ariana and Kingsley but we get serious and I'll file for custody of Kingsley and brace for the media storm that is Ariana but I'm sure her silence can be bought." He muttered before kissing her lips gently. God she was gorgeous... he was lucky.
He pulled back and his eyes met hers, "What do you say Grace... you and me.... " He knew that as long as no one knew about them, no one could care but he also knew she was worried about Ariana and she shouldn't be. Ariana had been cheating on him since Kingsley was a baby, she was hsi daughter for sure but if Ariana got pregnant again, it wouldn't be his and he knew it.
Raegan looked up at Kane with a soft smile on her face. [b “I wish every day that I had the opportunity to have my son here with me.”] she said [b “He would’ve been an adventure, that’s for sure.... Kingsley is such an amazing child. She’s so polite and smart for her age, you’re doing a really great job with her, Kane.”]
She blushed when Kane went on about how Kingsley loved her. [b “I hope that one day I have a daughter like her.”] she said [b “I love that little girl so much, it’s like I just connected with her when I met her that first night on tour... Though sometimes I do feel like I’m overstepping. I don’t want Ariana to think that I’m trying to take her place... because I’m not. No one could ever take the place of that baby girls mother.”]
She froze when he took her hand. She didn’t know what to say, she just stared at him. [b “Kane... I...”] she said [b “Look, I’ve had a thing for you since the moment I met you, but... Kane... you have Ariana...”]
“Not the partying type anymore...was in a gang in Georgia when I was younger and did some not so good things and I regret all of them but I would never let Kingsley know how bad her daddy used to be. They say kids change you. I was just starting out when she was born and I went from the bad boy of country to whatever I am now. She’s my baby girl and I wouldn’t change that but I wish I could be happy.” He said and took her hand in his. “I think maybe we could be something.” He brought her hand to his lips and kissed the back of it.
“Kingsley already loves you and your beautiful and smart and amazing and you do this thing with your nose when you laugh and it’s adorable and every time I just want to kiss you.” He admitted and his blue eyes locked with hers. He held her hand without letting go, he never wanted to let go and that whiskey was starting to take its effect on him and he was braver.
Raegan looked at him and nodded slowly when he said they were prescription. [b “My dad was an addict... I guess that kind of stuff just makes me really nervous, you know?”] she said. [b “I’m really sorry about that, that’s terrible Kane, I’m so sorry.”]
She couldn’t help but smile when he said Kingsley happened. [b “Once they get here, it kind of makes you wonder how in the hell you ever loved without them, right?”] she asked. She froze when he said someone... like her? Wait, what? Kane Brown pretty much just admitted that he might’ve had a thing for her. [b “Im just going to say this, my parents divorced when I was nine, and I think I turned out alright.”]
[b “I’m not judging you. I just wanted you to know where I stood on things like that.”] she said [b “You’re actually completely different from what I thought you would be like... but in a good way. Not many like you would tote a three year old around on their tour instead of partying.”]
“They’re prescription sweetheart, don’t get any ideas, just easier for me to take them this way..I have headaches that keep me up at night.” He said seriously. “I had a girlfriend when I was a junior in high school, got in a car accident with her, a drunk driver hit us, she died. Found out a few days later she was pregnant. Was never the same and then Kingsley happened and I didn’t know what else to do but be with Ariana...wish I could be with someone I really like...like you.” He said not even realizing what he had said.
He took a swig of his drink and swallowed his pills. “Not an addict, I might drink too much but I don’t drink around Kingsley at all, I don’t want her to think her daddy is an alcoholic, Arianna fills her head with lies about me anyway, don’t need to add more.” He said sitting down beside her and looking over to her. “Not the Kane Brown you we’re hoping for an I?”
Raegan looked at him when he told her about Ariana’s other boyfriend. [b “Just because she has another boyfriend doesn’t mean that she would be okay with you hanging out with me...drinking on my bus.”] she said [b “I mean. If my boyfriend was Kane Brown, I don’t think I’d ever let him out of my sight... Like ever.”]
She froze when he pulled pills out of his pocket.. Was he a crack head? [b “Woah... Um. I’ll stick with my wine coolers. Pills really aren’t my thing. I’d honestly rather not be around them, I don’t want to ruin my career before it really gets started...”]
She nodded when he said he loved King, but he just wished she had another mom. [b “I was uh, eighteen. The night I graduated, we all got a little rowdy. But I ended up pregnant... I had a miscarriage when I was five months... Me and my boyfriend at the time got into in, and I ended up in the hospital..”]
“Yeah...Ari can be a bitch but she thinks I don’t know about her boyfriend Tarzan or whatever the fuck his name is, looks like Tarzan and if it wasn’t for Kingsley I wouldn’t be with her. This doesn’t leave the bus, no one needs to know my personal life.” He said and out the emergency cash back in the cubby. “It’s there for you ever need it...could come in handy.” He took a few pills out of his pocket, “these are for my drinks.” He would crush them and mix them with the alcohol so he couldn’t remember the shit Ariana put him through.
“You don’t realize how much of the devil that Ariana is...trapped me with Kingsley and I love my daughter, ont get me wrong just wish Ariana wasn’t her momma. Wish I had been with someone I loved before King happened but then it happened and I couldn’t lose what fame I was starring to gain, it would have been career suicide...I did think about it though.”
Her eyes went wide as she listened to Kane explain how her bus was his at one point in time. [b “Well that explains why it was decked out in Alabama when I got ahold of it. Don’t get me wrong, I roll tide, but I needed someone more... girlier?”] She narrowed her brow when he told her to press the cabinet in hard, she did as he said and jumped when a self popped out. [b “Oh my gosh.”] she said. [b “You should take the emergency cash back...”]
She plopped down on the couch as he offered to mix her a drink. [b “Don’t diss my fruity frilly drinks until you’ve actually tried one.”] she said. [b “What kind of mixed drinks are you making? I’ll try anything at least once.”]
She knew she was in dangerous territory, even if they were just friends, which they were, he was her mentor... She would get mad if she was in Arianas shoes and her boyfriend was hanging out with another girl. [b “You sure it’s ok that we’re hanging out?”]
He chuckled, 'I hate to tell you this sweetheart but your bus was my old bus last year, spent two years on that bus and it was a bus from the 80's when I got it, Bama, Taylor, and I rebuilt everything in it... I'll show you the secret compartments... probably still have things hidden in them." He said and carried everything onto the bus. Since it was just her he smiled, "See this?" He asked showing her a piece of the cabinet that stuck out a little. "Press it in hard." When she did a door popped open on the side, "See stuff still hidden." He said pulling out a bottle of Jack and some emergency cash. "I kept emergency things and well... the Jack was probably drunk me trying to get sober me more drunk." He said chuckling.
"Spent a lot of time on this bus but I like how you fixed it up." He said smiling, "You up for me to mix you a drink or do you want one of your fruity frilly drinks that you picked out?"
Raegan grinned when he mentioned wings or pizza. [b “Wings sound AHMAZING right now.”] she said. Boneless sweet barbecue wings were her favorite thing in the entire world. [b “But why not have both? Pizza and wings.”] She looked up at him when he said she wasn’t slumming it. [b “Please, you posted a video on Facebook and had an instant rise to fame. I sang in dive bars for two years, I just got lucky that it just so happened a rep from the label was in one of those bars.”]
She grinned as they walked through the liquor store and Kane grabbed several bottles and put them in their cart. She was more of a wine cooler person herself, so she grabbed a couple cases or daiquiris, but also a bottle of tequila, salt and limes.
After they checked out, they had bags full as they walked back to her bus. [b “Now, my bus isn’t as big as yours, or as new... But I fixed it up and decorated it myself. It’s my home away from home.”]
He chucked, “As long. As we can find some boneless wings to go somewhere or some damn good pizza because I am a starving and I’m sure your hungry too.” He said smiling to her, “And it’s not slumming when your more talented than I am...I got lucky, your cruising on pure talent.”
At the liquor store Kane grabbed several bottles of what he liked. “Get anything you want, this is on me.” He knew she was making money but not to the level that he was, it was insane how much money he had and had no idea what to do with it. It was...a lot... to say the least.
His phone buzzed and it was a picture from Ariana of Kingsley asleep in the car as they drove back home to Nashville. “My girl.” He texted her back as he smiled at the picture. He missed Kingsley already. It hurt when his little girl wasn’t around but this was how they had agreed to make it work...even if he hated it.
Raegan couldn’t help but grin as Kingsley yelled out that she was going to color Kane all kinds of pictures. For a three year old, she spoke so well. The girl was wise beyond her years.
She looked at Kane and shrugged here he apologized after Ariana and Kingsley left. [b “Don’t worry about it. I can’t handle her.”] she said [b “I mean, you’re Kane Brown... If I was in Arianas position, I think I might be a little worried if you were touring with a female. That’s just our insticnt.”]
She looked at him when he basically told her that they were going out to the bar, which she was completely fine with, but she knew his image would be hurt if he was seen with another female out in public. [b “How about we go to a liquor store instead. I want to get out of these heels.”] she said. [b “If you wanna slum it with me on my bus, you’re more than welcome. I think we were actually planning on heading down to Miami anyway.”]
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