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Chapter 8: The Last Song


Melody and Sam were sitting in the car. A month from the wedding had already passed and the day of the concert had finally arrived Sam wanted to be there for her all day for moral support so agreed to drive them to the studios for practise before the big concert debut.


They heading inside and Sam grabbed melody’s hand for support.

“Are you nervous?” Sam asked

“Erm, kind-of, I’m trying not to think of it too much, with all the practising I’ve been doing I hope it all goes well” Melody replied.


They entered the studio and were met by an already waiting Stephanie and Mags.

“And what time do you call this?” Mags questioned.

“I’m only one minute late” Melody protested.

“Sorry I haven’t spoken to you much after the big day but how is Mr. and Mrs. Barlow doing?” Stephanie interjected.

“We are fine thank you” Sam replied.

Although Sam had wanted to follow tradition and have Melody take his last name, as an up and coming artist it was best if Melody kept her surname and Sam changed his, either way he didn’t mind as long as Melody was still his wife.

“Now the pleasantries are out of the way I really do think this room should be used for business only so Melody if you don’t mind lets get ready” Mags instructed.

Mags had aged into an elder and she desperately wanted to keep her job, and she knew that by pushing her clients to be the best the board wouldn’t have any reason to fire her for her age.


Melody headed to the next room and when Stephanie gave her the all clear Melody started to sing.

“So what’s going on? I thought Melody had already recorded all the songs with you” Sam questioned.

“This is to fine tune the music for tonight, making sure the backing music will perfectly be in tune with her voice” Mags revealed.

“Sorry you two, but I need perfect silence to do this properly” Stephanie interrupted.


Melody over viewed the others from within the room she was in and could tell Sam was feeling awkward and out of place.


When she finished the song Melody headed over to Sam.

“Look I can tell you don’t really like being here and it’s OK singing is my thing not yours, just go out and have a coffee or whatever you want to do today I just want you at the concert tonight, that’s all I care about.” Melody said.


“You are such a wonderful person, thank-you for understanding” Sam replied with a hug.


With Sam gone Melody headed back to practising for the gig and Stephanie was able to work in peace.

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The time for the concert finally arrived, and Stephanie, Melody and Mags made their way to the park. Melody and Stephanie had gotten changed before leaving Stephanie wanted to look her best and Melody had to wear the dress chosen for her to wear when she sings onstage.


“Are you looking forward to it?” Stephanie asked.

“I’m just so nervous, Sam said he would be hear to cheer me on and for moral support but I can’t see him anywhere, I don’t know what to do” Melody replied.


“Now Melody, hush. You will be fine just a little pre-singing jitters is all you have in my career I have seen so many artist go through the same thing as you and every time they got on the stage their doubts left them so I have no doubt in my mind that you will be anything less than spectacular” Mags encouraged.


Mags was right and Melody new it, so she held her head high, and whether Sam was there or not Melody would give the best performance she could give.


Melody took her position on the stage and let the music flow out of her.

“Lyin' here with you so close to me
It's hard to fight these feelings when it feels so hard to breathe
I'm caught up in this moment, caught up in your smile
I've never opened up to anyone
So hard to hold back when I'm holding you in my arms
We don't need to rush this, let's just take it slow”

The crowd started to cheer and Melody began to relax even more as she continued the song.

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Just a few blocks away Sam sat in the car as he drove to the concert.

“I hope I’m not late, I don’t want to let Melody down.” Sam thought, but as he drove closer he could hear Melody’s singing.

“AH SHIT” Sam cursed.

He quickly looked ahead to see if the coast was clear before speeding through a red light, unfortunately a drive was coming from the other direction and didn’t have their lights on, making them seem invisible to see. Sam only saw the other car when it was too late and the two cars collided as Sam went flying through the windscreen.

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Melody still at the concert, was unaware of the accident and continued the song.

“Just a kiss on your lips in the moonlight
Just a touch of the fire burning so bright
And I don't want to mess this thing up
No, I don't want to push too far

Just a shot in the dark that you just might
Be the one I've been waiting for my whole life
So baby, I'm alright with just a kiss goodnight”

AS Melody finished the song Stephanie spoke to her on the headset.

“Melody you need to come of the stage there’s a policeman here to talk to you” Stephanie informed her.


Melody thanked the crowd for coming and informed them she would be back in a moment as there were technical difficulties she had to deal with.


“What seems to be the matter officer?” Melody asked as she approached.


“Are you Mrs. Melody Barlow?” The young officer asked.

“Yes” Melody replied.

“I’m afraid I have some bad news about your husband. He was in a car accident and is now in the hospital fighting for his life,” The officer informed her.


“NO! LIAR! You have the wrong man, I’m telling you now you have the wrong man. Not my Sam, not Sam” Melody cried her body rocked as the tears ran down her face.


Stephanie grabbed Melody and pulled her into a comforting hug.

“There’s still a chance he will pull through and be ok” Stephanie reassured.

“I must go to the hospital and see him” Melody replied.

“But how? He was driving the car" Stephanie asked.

“I can take you to the hospital I have my car parked outside” The officer offered.


Melody took the offer and the police officer drove her to the hospital, not much was said on the drive there, Melody was still in shock and just couldn’t seem to function.


They arrived at the hospital and went to the front desk.

“Can you tell me where patient Sam Barlow is please I have his wife here” The officer asked.

“I’m afraid patient Sam Barlow’s body is still in ER, the crash was quite bad and most of his body organs were badly damaged” The reception replied, reading Sam report of the computer.


Melody’s head began to spin, she kept asking why? Why would Sam be so reckless? Why would he put himself in danger? Then the answered dawned on her, Sam must have been rushing to go to her concert, and it was all her fault.


Suddenly Melody became dizzier and the room faded to black. He collapsed to the floor much to the officer’s surprise.


He quickly grabbed her and tried to prop her up.

“Melody. Melody, can you hear me? Melody?” The officer said, checking for a regular pulse.

“Somebody please get help.” He called.

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When Melody opened her eyes she was lying on a hospital bed in a circular room.

“You gave us quite a scare for a while but you blood pressure is back to normal,” A woman told Melody.

“What? Who are you?” Melody asked half asleep.


“My name is Doctor Jennifer Martinez, now don’t worry you and child are ok” Dr. Jennifer replied.

“Child?” Melody question, “What child?”

“Oh dear you must be confused from the fall, Melody you are pregnant” Dr. Jennifer confirmed.


“I didn’t know,” Melody confessed, but what can you tell me of my husband? Sam Barlow, is he OK?”

“Erm, well I’m afraid Sam is…”

~End of Chapter~

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Author’s Note: Hi, for those of you who were wondering about the song Melody sings it is ‘Just a kiss’ by Lady Antebellum.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Chapter 7: The Bells Are Ringing


Melody and Sam relaxed in the newly furnished living room, they had spent all day painting, decorating and finishing up the house and it was a very exhausting task, even Charlie needed to rest in his dog bed. Unfortunately the rest and relaxation was not to last very long a doorbell rang.


Melody got up and answered the door to see Stephanie waiting on the other side.

“Oh sorry,” Stephanie apologized when she saw Melody’s outfit, “Are you busy? I can always come back tomorrow”.

“No no it’s ok we got everything thing finished, please come in” Melody gestured for Stephanie to enter.

“I’m afraid this is for business and I’m going to need to speak to you and Sam together” Stephanie informed.


Melody got Sam and they had the meeting in the kitchen as there was more room.

“So what is this about that needs Sam here?” Melody asked.


“Well you see I’ve had some good news which is also a bit bad and it affects you and Sam. I got a call today from Antonio D’lorentis, he’s a proprietor for a park concert, and his daughter is a big fan and keeps nagging him to hire you for a concert so he wants to pay big money for you to perform to make his daughter happy, the only problem is that he wants to book the concert in a months time the day before your wedding, and the concert would be at night time and might run over midnight” Stephanie explained.


“Thank-you for coming to see me and Sam together about this matter but I’m not having that concert run late and ruin my wedding day, you tell Antonio D’lorentis thank-you but no thanks” Melody replied.

“Ok then, I only really came to tell you that, I thought it was more of a matter to talk together than over the phone so I better go, mother has me running errands for her, the house looks lovely by the way” Stephanie smiled.


She got up from her seat and left.

“Bye Melody, bye Sam” Stephanie said as she left.

“Bye Steph” Sam and Melody said in unison.


Once Stephanie had left Sam turn to Melody and asked “If I weren’t getting married, would you have done the concert?”


“Why would you ask?” Melody counter-questioned.
“I want to make sure you aren’t giving up on your dreams because of me” Sam replied.

“Erm… well I don’t know. I suppose but I love you more than any dream” Melody answered.

“Look I’m sorry I asked, it’s been a long day, lets just go to bed,” Sam suggested.

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The next day Melody awoke to find that she was alone in the bed.

“SAM! WHERE ARE YOU?” She called, but there was no answer.


Melody paused from wondering where Sam was to answer the house phone.

“Hello?” Melody answered.

“Hi Mels, it’s Sam. I’m at the church, there has been an emergency and you have to get here now” Sam replied on the other side of the line.

“Ok I’ll be there as quick as I can” Melody said as she hung up the phone and rushed to get ready.


Melody wondered what could have happened, was the reverend sick? Was there a fire? Flood? Zombies? She didn’t know so she got in the car and rushed to the church.


When Melody arrived Sam was waiting outside, but he was wearing a suite, just what was going on.


Melody approached him and asked, “What’s going on?”


“Surprise! I know how much you deep down want to do the concert so I arranged to meet with the Reverend Julian this morning and he agreed to bring the wedding forward but the only problem is that his only available slot is today and that caused a bigger problem because I know how much the bride likes her sneaky snooze, but I used that time to call the guest and let everyone one know” Sam replied.

“Hold on Sam, what exactly are you saying?” Melody questioned.

“I’m saying that on the other side of the door our friends our waiting for us to get married, well if you still want to marry me that is” Sam replied.


Melody pulled Sam into a big hug.

“This is the most romantic thing you could ever do, and of course I will marry you today. I love you,” Melody cried.

“Well in that case a friend of yours is waiting in the gazebo out back for you and needs to see you before our wedding. Don’t worry I’ll be waiting inside for you” Sam instructed.


Melody headed to the gazebo and wondered who was waiting for her, she fought it could be Stephanie but the way Sam had said it made Melody think this was someone from her past.


“Sarah!” Melody exclaimed when she saw her old friend.

Sarah had been Melody’s first true friend when Melody had first moved to Bridgeport, the last time Melody saw her Sarah was going on a world tour and then the last postcard Melody received from Sarah was that she had settled down and was getting married.

“What are you doing here? I thought you got married, is your husband here?” Melody had so many more questions to ask her friend but decided to wait for a more appropriate time than a her spontaneous wedding day.


“I moved back last week, Sam was calling people from your phonebook to see if anyone could make it today and I agreed to help, as for my husband I’m afraid we got divorced”. Sarah explained.

“Oh, I’m sorry to hear that, but why did you want to meet me before the wedding? You could saved this surprise meeting till the reception,” Melody asked.

“Well when agreed to come to the wedding, I asked Sam if he had remembered the wedding dress and being a man he had of course forgotten. So I brought you my dress, I had some new bits put on this morning before coming to the church, so you will defiantly have something old something new, something borrowed, something blue” Sarah replied.

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Everyone was seated in the church Sarah had come in but Melody wasn’t with her, Sam began to worry but ten minutes later Melody walked through the door. Sam stared in amazement, Melody looked like an angle and he was glad fate had chosen her to be his wife.



Melody made waltzed down the aisle and held hands with Sam.

“Today we are here to honored the coming together of two of your friends, Melody Barlow and Sam Young. I believe they have written their own vows and we will now hear the vows written by Sam.” Revered Julian announced.


Sam cleared his throat he was very nervous so Melody flashed him a small smile and nod to reassure him.

Melody.” Sam started before clearing his throat again before continuing, “Melody, I have been searching for you my whole life. Before I met you I felt like I was traveling around in the dark. And then you...a bright shining star that made me see again and brought me back to life. I have not left your side since and I can promise I never will. On this day I vow always to stay true to you and always work things out even when we fuss and fight. I will take care of you in sickness and always have your back. And Melody I will trust in you and will always know you have my best interest in your heart. A heart that is full and rich with love, generosity, and caring beyond the entire universe. You are the most beautiful person inside and out and I am the lucky one because you have already given me everything I have ever wanted... I love you.

Melody couldn’t help herself, tears were rolling down her cheeks, but she just smiled and couldn’t help herself with how happy Sam’s words made her feel.


“And now for the vows written by Melody” Reverend Julian announced.

Melody took a deep breath and this time it was Sam’s turn to reassure her.

Sam, you are my best friend. Today I give myself to you. Using the love that we share as a vessel, to go through the pressures of the present and the uncertainties of our future, I can promise that you will always have my deepest love, my fullest devotion, and my most tender care. I promise to love you, to always strive to encourage and inspire you, to laugh with you, and to comfort you in times of sorrow and struggle. I promise to love you in good times and in bad, when life seems easy and also when times become difficult, when our love is simple, and when things becomes complicated. I promise to honor you, and to always hold our love for each other in highest regard. These things I pledge to you today, and all the days of our life together… I Love You.” Melody said, to her surprise Sam was becoming just as emotional and tears were running down his face, Melody was sure she had never seen him cry before and it made her heart melt.

“Now that Sam and Melody have both said their vows it is time for the rings” Reverend Julian announced.


Charlie took this as his time to shine. Sam had entrusted him with the rings and with a gentle nudge from Stephanie he made his way down the aisle with the rings tied to his collar.


Melody couldn’t help but giggle when she realized what Sam had done; she knelt down and collected the rings.

“Good boy” Melody told Charlie as she patted him on the head playfully.


Melody and Sam than exchanged the rings to the oohs and awws of their friends, even Charlie barked in approval.

When the rings were exchanged reverend Julian told Sam; “You may now kiss the bride”.


Neither Sam nor Melody held back and passionately kissed.

By now their friends were cheering and clapping, Melody couldn’t help but think that the day couldn’t get any better…


… But it did. Sam had decorated their patio and put out a banquet and dance floor much to Melody’s surprise. Sam, Melody and the guests all helped themselves to the food available…


…and then after eating the food their was a cake to cut…


…and then a first dance as husband and wife…


… and then partying till the early hours of the morning.


After all the festivities and the guests had left Melody found herself sitting on the grass wrapped in Sam’s arms as they watched the the last of the night stars before sunrise.

“One day you’ll shine so bright people will wonder if you’re a star that has fallen from the heavens” Sam said, “Because that’s what I thought when I first met you, and I know with your singing you’ll get there one day”

“I didn’t think there was anything left romantic for you to possible say to me” Melody smiled.

“There is one more thing I could say something that’s the most romantic thing on this earth” Sam replied.

“What’s that?” Melody asked.

“I. Love. You.” Sam replied.


“I love you too,” Melody said as she snuggled more into Sam’s arms.

As Sam held her, Melody didn’t want the day to end it had been the best day of her life.

~End of Chapter~