Monday morning was
chaos in the Angel Blue Records Office.
As I expected we'd made a huge impact with our benefit gig. Spyder was working on the figures and he
estimated through ticket sales, merchandise and donations, we'd raised around
£20,000 for The Huntington's Disease Association, which was more than any of us
hoped we'd achieve.
Lora was busy
updating the website with the latest news and photographs from the gig and
Joolz and I were rushed off our feet as the phones were ringing off the
hook. The first blog reviews were coming
online and they had nothing but praise for our bands. I nearly died when I got an email from Bernard
Sumner saying he'd heard that Unknown Pleasures did a better version of
Ceremony than New Order did. I printed
out 2 copies, one to go on the wall and another to give to Miles. I knew he'd appreciate it.
We were so busy we
didn't have time to stop for lunch, so I ordered in Subway and we ate at our
desks. It was gone 5.30pm when the
phones finally stopped ringing.
"Shit, I'm going
to be late!" I said to no-one in particular when I saw what the time was.
"Where are you
going, Angel?" asked Lora.
picking me up, he's taking me to meet his mum."
"Ooooh! He's proper serious then!"
"I don't know,
Lora, sorry. I've got to go get changed
and he'll be here any minute!" I
said in a bit of a panic.
"Go on, I'll
lock up here. You two have a nice
time!" Lora called after me as I dashed out of the door.
I just had time to
wash my face and brush my teeth before Miles knocked on my apartment door.
early!" I said as I kissed him on the cheek and dashed back into the
bedroom. "Have I got time to get
"Yeah, no rush,
but you'll be fine as you are!" I
stared blankly at my wardrobe, I had no idea what to wear. Miles stuck his head around the bedroom door.
seriously, you look great. We're not
posh you know, you don't have to dress up or anything."
"I know, but I
want to make a good impression."
here!" he said putting his arms around me and pulling me in close to his
body. "You're not going to have tea
with the Queen you know, it's just my mum and she will love you just the way
sure?" I asked. I couldn't help but
feel a little nervous.
"Positive! Compared to Cassie you're practically the
ideal daughter in law." I blushed
and tried to turn my face away but Miles kissed me. "Now come on and get your coat."
Miles drove us to the
old part of town. I didn't know the area
very well and I lost my bearings after a while as the streets of terraced
houses all looked the same to me. Miles parked
the car at the side of the road outside a tiny terraced house. I got out of the car and Miles let us in.
"Only me mum! I've brought someone to see you." Miles
called as we stepped in through the front door straight into the living
room. It was kind of old fashioned, magnolia
woodchip walls, pale green velour sofa, brown patterned carpet and a gas fire
set in a stone effect fireplace, but it was clean and homely.
"I'll be through
in a minute!" she replied. Miles
nodded at me to sit down on the sofa. I
felt so very nervous but I shouldn't have worried. Miles's mum was a short and plumpish woman in
her late 30's. Her cropped blonde hair was greying a little and she had the
same brown eyes as Miles. I stood up
when she came in the room.
"Mum this is
Angel, Angel this is my mum, Sheila."
I shook Sheila's hand and said, "Pleased to meet you."
she said smiling back. "She's a
damn sight better than that last girlfriend of yours, Miles."
Miles as he turned bright red and rolled his eyes at me.
"You have a seat
and I'll go put the kettle on."
Sheila went back into the kitchen and I sat down on the sofa, giving
Miles a nervous grin.
"Told you she'd
like you," Miles said squeezing my hand.
I started to feel a little more relaxed.
Miles picked up the newspaper and started flicking through the pages
whilst I looked up at the photographs on the mantelpiece. They were all of Miles when he was a little
boy. He was a pretty cute kid. I opened my mouth to ask him about the
pictures when I heard a knock at the back door.
I couldn't help but eavesdrop on the conversation.
"Yeah, can I ask
a favour? Can you have Jake for an hour
please, until my mum gets home. They
want me to go back into work, Tracey's not turned up again and they've got
no-one else to cover."
"Of course I can,
love. Go on in Jakey, your dad's in the
I owe you one!"
For a moment I
wondered what was going on, but it didn't take long for me to find out. A moment later a little boy wearing blue
jeans and a red nursery school jumper, came running through the door and jumped
on Miles shouting, "Daddy!"
Miles picked him up by his arms and lifted him into the air, then
pretended to drop him, making him squeal in delight. I couldn't quite believe it! I sat there with my mouth open, completely
dumbstruck. Miles looked across at me
and gave me a rather sheepish grin.
"Jake, I'd like
you to meet my friend, Angel. Angel,
this is my son, Jake."
Jake," I said to the little boy. He
was the absolutely spitting image of Miles, right down to the dirty blonde hair
and big brown eyes. There was no
mistaking that Jake was Miles's son.
said Jake shyly, as he tried to hide behind Miles's leg. He tugged on Miles's shirt. "Dad, can we go play football?" he
asked in a very quiet voice.
"I don't know,
Jake," he said looking over at me.
"Go on, you go
play and I'll watch," I said.
"Yeah! I'm going to beat you a hundred nil!"
said Jake, tugging on Miles's sleeve. I
got up and followed them as they raced through the back door and out into the
yard. Sheila smiled and handed me a cup
of tea. She took one look at my face and
said, "He didn't tell you about Jake, did he?"
"No, he didn't,"
"I don't know
why, he should be so proud of him. Jake's
a lovely lad, he's a credit to him."
"Yeah, he seems
really sweet," I said.
"Our Miles takes
proper care of him too. He left school
at 16 and started working so he could support him financially."
"Yeah, well his own
dad was never around much for him when he was growing up and even though Chloe
was with someone else by the time she had Jake, Miles always said he wanted to
be a proper dad to him." I
smiled. I was still reeling at the shock
of finding out Miles was a father, but I had to admit it was wonderful seeing
him playing with his son.
"So Angel, what
do you do?" Sheila asked me. She
caught me off guard and I wasn't quite sure what to say.
"Well, I'm kind
of Miles's boss. I run Angel Blue
Records and I manage Unknown Pleasures."
young to be running a company aren't you?"
"I guess, my
husband and I set it up a couple of years ago."
husband? You're married?" she said,
narrowing her eyes at me.
"Oh no, not
anymore. Unfortunately Simon died last
year, you probably heard about it on the news."
"Oh I'm so
sorry. I remember Miles telling me about
it but I didn't make the connection. Oh
you poor love!" said Sheila putting her hand on my shoulder. Not so long ago talking about Simon would have
made me cry, but now I was getting better at dealing with it.
Sheila and I talked
for a while, sitting by the window, drinking tea and watching the boys clowning
around in the yard. After a while Jake
started to get tired so we all went back through to the sitting room. Jake snuggled up on Miles's knee, sucking his
thumb and watching cartoons on the TV. He
had almost fallen asleep when there was a knock at the back door.
"That'll be your
Nana Dawn," Sheila said to Jake as she got up to answer the door. Miles picked up Jake and carried him through. When Miles came back he asked me if I wanted
to go out for something to eat.
starving, and you've got some explaining to do!"
Miles said rolling his eyes. His mum was
still chatting to Dawn at the back door so he shouted through, "We're
going now mum, I won't be late!"
love! See you later!" she replied,
and we let ourselves out.
Miles was very quiet
in the car as he drove through town to the pizza place. We sat down in a booth at the back of the
restaurant and Miles idly picked up the menu, pretending to read it.
asked Miles, glancing up from the menu then looking away again.
Hawaiian?" I said giggling. Miles
gave a nervous laugh too.
"Got to be pepperoni,
I can't stand pineapple," he replied, smiling.
"Why didn't you
"What, that I
don't like pineapple?" he said joking.
"You know what I
mean! About Jake!"
"I don't know,
Angel. I'm sorry, I didn't meant to hide
it from you. I guess I'm just not that
proud of being a teenage dad," Miles sighed. "Like I told you last night it was
complicated. Chloe was the first girl
I'd ever slept with and it all happened so quick. I really liked her, but she made it up with
Steve and didn't want anything to do with me after that. She kept the pregnancy a secret until she was
nearly 6 months gone. I wasn't even sure
that Jake was mine until he was born."
"Wow, how did
you know? Did you like have to have paternity
"It wasn't like
on Jeremy Kyle you know!" Miles joked.
"No, we didn't need to. Steve's
black, his parents are Nigerian and you've seen Jake, fair skin, straight
blonde hair. It was obvious to everyone
that Jake was my son." I wanted to
hug him but the waitress came over to take our order. When she'd gone I reached across the table
and took Miles's hand.
"Your mum told
me what you'd done, leaving school and getting job to look after him. You should be proud. He's a lovely kid."
"And you're a
really good dad!"
"I don't know, I
mean I hardly get to see him now Chloe moved into her new flat."
"But you were
great playing with him and everything."
"Yeah. I guess I am proud of him, I just feel like
people judge me when I tell them about him.
I'm 20 years old and I have a 4 year old son."
"Hey, I'm 18 and
a widow. People will always find a
reason to judge you so don't you dare be ashamed of Jake! He's wonderful!"
"And it doesn't
put you off, me having a kid?"
serious? Watching you two together made
me see a whole new side of you. If
anything it made me like you even more."
Miles smiled and looked away, scratching the back of his head.
"I guess I can
be a bit of a softie sometimes, just don't go telling the lads in the band
"What? You mean they don't know?" Miles shook his head.
"No, it never
really came up. I joined the band to
replace their last bass player, I didn't know any of them before and they knew
nothing about me or my past. I just told
them that I was a landscape gardener and I knew how to play all of Joy Division's
"But surely you
told Cassandra?" Miles shook his
"No, I only ever
took her home once, my mum thought she was a slut."
"Your mum is a
good judge of character," I joked.
she is. She really liked you, I could
tell. Anyway, please don't mention Jake
to anyone. I will tell them, but in my
said as the waitress brought our food and drinks over.
The rest of the
evening was pretty weird, there was a kind of tension between us. Even when Miles took me home and came in for
coffee he was still a bit guarded.
up?" I asked, sitting next to him on the sofa and snuggling up to him.
he said, but he couldn't fool me.
"Is it about
Jake? Because I am totally fine with
that. I mean, it was pretty big shock,
but I loved seeing you two together. I'm
not going to get in the way of that."
"I know, it's
just, we're from different worlds aren't we?"
"How do you
"Come on Angel,
posh girl like yourself living in a fucking mansion and me, working minimum
wage, living with my mum and trying to support a kid." My jaw fell open in shock.
"You think I'm
posh? Do have any idea where I grew
up? Hamilton Street, on the Manor estate! I used to live in an ex council semi with my
mum, dad and little sister. My dad is a
line manager at the Greencore factory and my mum works part time at Tesco. Hardly fucking posh!" I lost my temper at Miles.
Angel, I just presumed..."
don't!" I said angrily. I looked
into his brown eyes, but my frown faded.
I couldn't stay mad at him.
"I guess we
don't know very much about each other at all do we?" Miles said.
"I guess not, but
I want to find out more," I said.
said Miles as he looked into my eyes and then kissed me. I melted in his arms as his lips lingered on
mine, but I pulled away.
haven't got any other secrets have you?
You've not got a wife or been to prison or anything?" I said,
jokingly. Miles laughed.
"You're not a
drug runner, or an undercover agent?"
"No, now you're
being silly!" Miles giggled.
"I'm am just Miles Denby, I work for the council as a gardener, I
have son called Jake Denby and I'm the bass player with a band called Unknown
Pleasures. There is nothing more to
"Apart from the
fact I have fallen in love with an angel."
I grinned and kissed him back.
"So what about
you, surely you have some secrets Angel?"
"I don't know, I'm
a pretty boring person really. Simon was
my first boyfriend, but I told you that already. I guess we didn't have the most normal
relationship. He was always doing crazy
things, like he proposed to me the day before we got married. I didn't know he was sick then either, I
found out by accident not long after we got married."
"Oh Angel, that
must have been devastating."
"Yeah, it was,
but things weren't all that bad. We had
a lot of good times together. He spoiled
me rotten, although sometimes it was a bit hard to accept some of his more
expensive gifts. I never did get my head
around having all this money, I don't think I ever will." Miles smiled at me. "There was one secret through, no-one
else knows about this. You promise to
keep it to yourself if I tell you."
"Of course I
will. What is it?" asked Miles curious. I took a deep breath, I wasn't sure if I
should tell him or not but it was all in the past so what harm could it do now.
remember Simon's 18th birthday party?
His dad died the following day.
He was so ill, Miles, he couldn't do anything for himself, he couldn't
even talk and Simon made me promise him that I'd never let him get like
"What did he
mean?" asked Miles, narrowing his eyes.
"He asked me to
help him to die. I promised that I
"Oh my God,
Angel!" Miles said in disbelief as
I buried my head in his chest and started to cry. Miles stroked my hair.
"We agreed that
when he got to a certain point, when he started to lose control of his body and
mind, that we would get help and that I'd help him to die."
"Wow, I don't know
what to say, that's just...."
"I know, crazy,
but that's how it was with Simon. I
suppose that's why his suicide didn't come as that much of a shock to me. I knew it was going to happen sometime, I
just wish I'd had more time with him and that I could have said goodbye."
"You must have
loved him very much," said Miles.
"I did, he was a
wonderful person, but... I have one last
secret that absolutely no-one knew about.
Well, Lora used to tease me about it all the time but I never actually admitted
it to anyone."
what?" said Miles, looking really confused this time.
"That I kind of
had a crush on you," I said, biting my bottom lip. Miles went bright red and gave me the biggest
"Well, I guess
that's not such a great secret now!" he said.
not! So, we're officially a couple
"Yeah, well I've
taken you to meet my mum haven't I?"
"And I've met
your son," I said.
said Miles scratching the back of his head.
"So would like
you to be officially introduced to my parents?" I asked. Miles pulled a worried face.
"I guess so,"
met them before, remember at my birthday lunch?"
"Yeah, but I was
just a friend then, wasn't I."
"You still are,
just a bit more so," I giggled.
"I want to be
more than a friend, a lot more," said Miles, looking me straight in the
serious about us then?"
"Yes I am,
Angel," Miles openly admitted. I
"Let's just take
one step at a time then."
"I love you
Angel," said Miles with such conviction.
I threw my arms around his neck.
"I love you
were a little quieter at work the next day.
I slipped back upstairs in the middle of the afternoon to call my
mum. I actually felt pretty nervous
calling her, but I needed to tell her about Miles some time.
"Are you busy on
Friday night?" I asked her.
"No I don't
think so, why Angela?"
"Only I was
thinking I might come round and see you.
I've got someone I'd like you to introduce you to."
"Who? You haven't met someone have you?"
"Well, I've actually
known him a while but, yeah. I've got a
"Well, that is a
surprise! Is it anyone we know?"
"Yeah, you met
him at my birthday. Do you remember Miles,
the tall blonde lad from the band?"
"Miles? Oh, the really handsome one with the spiky
"Yes! That's the one. Anyway I thought I could pick up some fish
and chips and we could have supper together.
Would that be OK?"
"Of course love,
I'll let your dad know."
mum, We'll be round about 7," I
said as I breathed a sigh of relief. She
seemed to take it pretty well, although I was so embarrassed when she called
him handsome. I hoped she wouldn't show
me up on the night.
I arranged to pick
Miles up at 6.30 Friday night. Even with
the sat nav on my car I struggled to find the house but I made it there just in
time. He was waiting in the doorway of
his mum's house looking very smart indeed.
I told him he didn't have to dress up but he'd shaved and put a smart
black shirt on anyway.
you!" I said eyeing him up as he
climbed into my little red Fiat 500. He
reached over and kissed me. "Anyone
would think you were trying to impress someone!" I teased.
Miles gave a nervous laugh.
"Like you weren't
nervous meeting my mum," he said.
"OK, OK. You do look lovely though," I said as I
drove off to the chip shop.
Miles was pretty
nervous about meeting my parents, but they welcomed him in and they hit it off
straight away. My little sister Karen
said she liked him but she thought his hair was a bit funny. Miles tried not to laugh and mum told her off
for being so rude.
After we'd eaten our
chips my dad asked Miles if he would like a beer and they sat in the living
room drinking and talking about football.
Karen went upstairs to play on her DSi and that left me and my mum doing
the washing up, I didn't mind though it gave me an excuse to have a good chat
"So what do you
think to Miles then?"
"I think he's
really lovely Angela, so down to earth and very handsome!"
said as I blushed and hit her with the tea towel.
"So, when did
you start seeing him."
"Well, it's sort
of a bit complicated. We've been friends
for a long time and I found out he really liked me at Christmas, you know when
everyone came up to the house. He was
with someone else but they broke up at the benefit gig just before he went on
stage. It all happened pretty quickly. He sang a song for me, we kissed and I took
him back to my flat that night."
"Angela! You didn't!" I didn't say a word but my mum could tell my
answer from the colour of my cheeks.
"We're not kids
anymore, mum, and before you ask yes we were careful!"
know you don't have sleep with a man to make him like you."
"I know mum, but
I wanted to, I really wanted to. Miles
is special, and you should see him without his shirt on!" I said raising my eyebrows making my mum
"Angela! I really don't need to know!" My mum protested, trying not to laugh but
failing as we both burst into fits of giggles.
My dad came in to get more beer.
"You didn't tell
me he was a city fan, Angela," he said reaching into the fridge for 2 more
cans. "He's alright," he said
patting me on the shoulder as he went back into the living room.
your dad's seal of approval then!" my mum said and we laughed again. As long as you were a city fan you were all right
by my dad!
"But what do you
think?" I asked her.
"Well I like
what I've seen of him so far."
"I was just a
bit worried that people would think it was too soon, you know, after
nearly a year hasn't it and you're young Angela, no-one can expect you to stay
on your own forever."
"Yeah, I know. Miles is really special, but I still miss
Simon." My mum looked at me and
gave me the biggest hug.
"I know you do
sweetheart, we all do," she said.
We went through to
sit with the boys in the living room.
Dad and Miles were getting on like a house on fire, they talked until
gone 11pm and I had to practically had to drag Miles out of the house! They had polished off a case of lager between
them and Miles was a bit drunk. I asked
him if he wanted me to drive him home, but he insisted on coming back to the
house with me. I didn't argue, I'd not
had a moment with him to myself all night.
We got back to my apartment
and crashed on the sofa. Miles insisted
on having another beer and I thought I'd join him.
"So what do you
reckon then? Are my family too posh for
you?" I joked.
"No, not at all.
I'm sorry I said all that stuff Angel,
your family are great. Your dad is
sound!" I laughed at him.
"You know my mum
thinks you're handsome."
"Yeah, I told
her she should see you without your shirt on."
didn't!" Miles said almost spitting
"I did!" I
laughed. Miles was so funny when he was
drunk, he also got very romantic and it wasn't very long before he reminded me
of what a great body he had as he unbuttoned his shirt and practically dragged
me off to the bedroom.
Afterwards as Miles
lay in my bed snoring, I just laid there watching him. My mum was right, no-one would expect me to
stay on my own forever and Miles was pretty special. It felt like I'd waited so long for him and
now it was all happening so fast but it felt good, really good.
Angel is finally with Miles, the man of her dreams, but the
course of true love never runs smoothly.
Miles is hiding a secret from his past and how will Angel cope when she
finds herself unexpectedly pregnant with his child? It seems like the world is scheming against
them with an ex causing trouble and a stranger threatening to steal her fortune. Is their love strong enough to conquer all?
Another Perfect Angel is the sequel to Heaven Knows This
Sometimes you have to
go through the hard times to really appreciate the good. Sometimes you have to
let go of the past before you can make the leap into your future. Last night, I let go.
Taking off the wedding
ring, given to me by my late husband, was liberating in more ways than I could
have ever imagined. It made a far greater
statement than any casual 'I love you' ever could, and it freed me to give
myself completely to Miles.
He woke me, kissing me
softly on my forehead. At first wondered
if it had all been a dream. I looked
deep into his brown eyes and smiled the deepest smile as I realised the dream
had come true. The sun was streaming through
the bedroom window of my Docklands flat, as we lay naked between the black
Egyptian cotton sheets, completely and unashamedly in love.
Last night had been so
crazy. I still found it difficult to believe
that at the age of 18 I was a widowed multi-millionaire, living in a mansion
house and running my own record company.
Last night we'd hosted a charity concert in memory of my late husband,
Simon. Miles's band, Unknown Pleasures,
had been the headline act. It was an
amazing show, but that wasn't even the crazy part!
I felt like I'd
waited forever to be with Miles. Over
the past 4 months I'd been slowly falling in love with him, but his dysfunctional
relationship with Cassandra complicated things, preventing us from being
together. That was until last night, when
she gave Miles the perfect reason to leave her.
Who could blame him? When you catch
your so called girlfriend performing sexual favours in exchange for drugs, it's
pretty much game over.
"I'll go make
that coffee eh?" Miles said, raising his eyebrows. I blushed as I remembered what had happened
last night. When Miles brought me home I'd
put the kettle on to boil, but I never got as far as actually making the drinks. The white porcelain mugs were still standing
empty on the worktop. Miles had proved
too much of a distraction as he kissed me so tenderly on the black leather sofa,
and I dragged him off to the bedroom, where we made love for the first time.
wait," I said, as I wrapped my arms around him. Miles ran his fingers along my arm. I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck
begin to stand on end. I looked up again
into his brown eyes and thought I must still be dreaming, then my phone started
"No rest for the
wicked!" laughed Miles as I dragged myself away from him.
wicked?" I asked, pretending to be all innocent.
"You were last
night!" he said, as he reached across, gently slapping my backside. I skipped out of the way and answered my
phone. It was Joolz, just checking in
and reminding me of the work we had to do this morning. We had to clear all our gear out of the venue
by noon so I told her I'd meet her there at 10.
I gazed longingly at Miles stretched out between the sheets. I wanted nothing more than to lay there all
day with, him but this was no holiday, there was work to be done.
we've to get a move on. I'd better jump
in the shower, my hair stinks of stale beer." Miles looked a little disappointed.
"I'll go make
that coffee then, oh and save some hot water for me would you?" he called
after me. I laughed. We'd been together less than 24 hours and
already we were acting like an old married couple.
When I got out of the
shower I found Miles in the kitchen making toast. I couldn't help but think how damn sexy he
looked, standing there in his bare feet, trousers and no shirt.
"I made you
babe!" I said kissing him on the cheek and picking up a hot buttered slice
"Oh, you don't
have a spare t-shirt do you?" asked Miles, "Mine is still damp and
all my clothes are back at the hotel."
I wasn't surprised, Cassandra had given us both a good soaking as she
threw a pint of lager over us last night.
I guess it was only to be expected, she had just found out that I had
stolen her boyfriend and I probably would have done the same thing in her
position. My clothes were still damp too,
but by the time Miles and I got back to my flat, laundry was the last thing on
"I might have
something," I said, as I turned and went back into the bedroom. I opened the wardrobe and just as I remembered
there was a pile of plain black t-shirts on the shelf. There were clean socks and boxer shorts on
the shelf below too. They had belonged
to Simon. I had cleared his things out
of my wardrobe at home months ago but I'd forgotten that he kept a few clothes
here too. For a moment I got a little
choked up, but I told myself not to be so silly. Simon was dead, he wouldn't be needing them
again and I'm sure he would have loaned them to Miles anyway.
I made the bed, laid
out the clothes and left out a couple of clean towels too.
"You're in luck,
I found a shirt and some clean underwear for you." Miles looked puzzled for a moment.
said, turning away. I didn't want him to
see me sad, not when everything had been so perfect.
"Angel, are you
"Yeah, of course
I am." I turned to Miles and tried
to smile. "I hope they fit, you're
a bit bigger than he was."
"Oh am I?"
Miles said smirking.
"You have a
filthy mind!" I said, giggling too.
I went over and kissed him.
"Now go on and get in the shower, you stink!"
"Charming! That's the last time I make you
breakfast!" he said laughing as he headed towards the bathroom.
not!" I called after him.
I picked up my
breakfast and went to sit on the black leather sofa. As I put my coffee cup down I noticed my
wedding ring on the glass table, right where I'd left it last night. I picked it up and turned it over in my
hands. I almost slipped it back on my
finger but I thought better of it. I was
still technically Mrs. Wetherall but it had been almost a year since Simon had
died and it felt wrong to be wearing it now I was with Miles. I had made the point of taking it off last
night to prove how serious I was about our relationship, I'd be giving mixed
signals if I put it back on now. I
grabbed my handbag and put the ring safely away in my purse. I wasn't going to wear it anymore, but I
didn't want to lose it either.
I drank my coffee and
checked my phone. There were lots of
messages of congratulations after the gig last night. It had been my idea to organise a benefit
concert in memory of Simon, but it was the bands and the staff at Angel Blue
Records who deserved all the credit. Unknown
Pleasures had stolen the show with their headline set. I smiled to myself as I remembered the song
Miles had dedicated to me, and I blushed as I remember how he kissed me in
front of everyone when they came off stage.
I drained my cup and
I was about to go back into the bedroom to finish packing when Miles stepped
through the door, drying his dirty blonde hair on a towel. He was wearing Simon's t-shirt.
"What do you
reckon?" he said, turning around in a circle.
"I think you'll
get away with it," I said, smiling.
As I expected the shirt was a little too small for Miles. The fabric was stretched tight over his muscular
frame and I felt myself getting turned on all over again. I had to resist though, I didn't want to seem
too eager and anyway we had work to do. "Come
on, we have to meet Joolz in 20 minutes."
I was a bit nervous
in the cab going over to the venue. I
didn't know what to expect of everyone after last night, but I shouldn't have
worried. When we got there everyone was
too busy to gossip. We only just got the
vans loaded up in time, but we did our best to be professional. The venue manager said he'd be glad to have
us back again, which was another small victory for Angel Blue Records.
getting off now," said Jamie, tapping me on the shoulder. "Thanks for everything, one of our best
gigs I think."
"Yeah it was,
you played a blinder," I said looking over his shoulder, trying to spot Miles. "And thanks for being so understanding,
you know, about me and Miles."
"That's OK. I had a long talk with my sister this morning
and she's admitted she needs help with the drugs and everything. Dad came down first thing this morning and
picked her up so she won't be causing any more trouble for a while at
"I saw what she
posted on Facebook last night," I said, feeling a little guilty.
"She was angry,
but she knows it was her own fault. I
guess it was partially my fault too. I
put Miles in a terrible position, making him responsible for her. I didn't want to face up to what she was
really like. I should never have done
that, and I'm sorry." I really
appreciated what Jamie said, it must have been very hard for him to admit the
"Hey, it all
worked out in the end," I said. My
eyes lit up as I saw Miles heading towards us.
He gave me a big hug and kissed me on the lips.
"We're going now,
I'll call you when we get back," Miles said. I was sad to see him go but we needed to give
each other a little space, just to figure things out.
"Have a safe
journey!" I said as I kissed him back.
I watched as he climbed into the van and then they drove off into the
city. I stood there grinning to myself,
lost in my own little world when Lora came up to me, waving her hand in front
of my eyes.
"Come on Angel,
we'd best get going too if we're doing to catch that train." I picked up my bags and we headed out onto
the street to hail a cab to the station.
On the train I set up
my laptop pretending to work, but that wasn't enough to stop Lora asking
questions. When Spyder and Joolz went to
get coffee she squeezed into the seat next to me. She laughed so hard when she caught me
staring intently at a blank screen.
"You going to
tell us what happened then?" she asked eagerly.
"I have no idea
what you mean," I replied, trying to keep a straight face.
never came down to breakfast this morning," Lora said in a sing song
he?" I said pretending to be surprised, but it was no use. I could feel my cheeks glowing and there was
no way I could hide how I felt.
"Angel? Where's your wedding ring?" Lora said grabbing
my left hand and waving it under my nose.
"I took it off
last night, just before I dragged Miles off to the bedroom."
"Oh my God
Angel! You didn't!
"I did!" I
"It was wonderful!" I said blushing even more. Lora squealed and I covered my face with my
hands as everyone on the train turned around to stare at us.
Lora! I don't want the whole world to
"Why not? I think it's brilliant you two finally got it
sighed, "I think it's serious Lora.
He said 'I love you' and I think he meant it."
definitely serious! Did you say it
"So when's the
"Lora! I'm not going to marry him! I only just started seeing him last
night! I'm going to take things a bit
slower this time I think, although it's not going to be easy. He has got one hell of a body!"
"Angel!" Lora squealed as the colour came to her
"What are you
two giggling about?" asked Spyder, setting the paper coffee cups down on
nothing," I said, but I wasn't fooling anyone.
Angel's new boyfriend," said Joolz.
Lora and I couldn't help but giggle again.
"Come on give us
a break!" I begged them.
"OK, OK, but I
will say one thing. I haven't seen you
this happy in a long time," said Joolz.
"Miles is good for you, Angel.
He's a keeper."
right!" said Lora in agreement.
"Yeah, I think
he might be," I said smiling. I
leaned back in my seat, drinking my coffee and watching the countryside pass us
I felt like a
different person coming home. In the
grand entrance of my mansion house I was greeted by Martha, the housekeeper,
and my Irish setter, Blue. I hauled my
bags up the wide staircase, closed the apartment door behind me and crashed
down on the sofa as Blue excitedly jumped up and licked my hands. Martha had taken good care of her while I was
away but Blue was always glad to have me home.
I sat up and fussed her, and I let her jump on the sofa next to me.
"Blue, you like
Miles don't you?" Blue tried to
lick my face, which I took as a yes.
"Me too Blue, me
too." I cuddled up with Blue and I
was almost dropping off to sleep when my phone rang. It was Miles.
Instantly I was awake. I was so
eager to see him again but I knew I had to play it cool, I didn't want to put
"Hi Angel, did
you get back OK?" he asked.
"Yeah, Lora was
fishing for details about last night though." Miles laughed.
"The lads were
pretty much the same, teasing me about sleeping with the boss."
"You told them
we slept together?" I asked, a little shocked.
"Not in so many
words, but they pretty much figured what happened when I didn't go back to the
hotel last night. Anyway, I wondered
what you were doing tonight?"
I was going to crash and watch a bit of telly."
Miles, sounding disappointed.
"But I wouldn't
mind some company if you want to come over," I said, hoping I didn't sound
"That would be
good. See you in about half an
Half an hour? I started to panic. Miles was coming over in half an hour and I
was a mess. I hadn't even unpacked my
bags yet. I dashed into the bathroom, brushed
my teeth and tried to make myself look presentable. I couldn't believe how nervous I felt. I tried to tell myself it was just Miles
coming over to hang out for a while, but I was too excited to see him
again. I was determined to play it cool,
things had moved pretty quickly with Simon but this time there wasn't any rush.
25 minutes later I
went downstairs with Blue and let her into the garden. Right on time Miles drove his battered blue Ford
Escort up the driveway and parked it by the front steps. It looked so out of place, a knackered old
banger parked on the driveway of a mansion house, but I didn't care. It was the man inside the car I wanted. I stood by the door and watched him as he got
out of the car. He looked sexy as hell as
he walked towards me. All thoughts of
playing it cool went right out the window, we didn't even have chance to say
hello before we threw our arms around each other. I called Blue inside as I eagerly lead Miles
up to my apartment. We barely made it
through the door before we started tearing each other's clothes off. I wasn't complaining one little bit as Miles
kissed me so deeply and we stumbled into the bedroom.
I'm not sure what
came over me, I'd never felt lust like this before. I couldn't keep my hands off Miles, and the
feeling was mutual. The only time he took
his hands off me was to put a condom on, and that didn't exactly take a long
time. It was crazy but it felt so right
as he held me so tight and fucked me so hard.
Breathless and naked,
Miles left me reeling. I stared at the ceiling and couldn't help but laugh out
funny?" asked Miles.
did?" Miles asked, sounding a little paranoid.
of. I did a lot of thinking on the train
and I sort of promised myself I'd take things slowly, but we've been together
for less than 24 hours and we've spent most of that time in bed!" I
laughed. Miles pulled a guilty face.
Angel, you should have said..."
"Oh no! I don't regret a second of it! I guess I never realised how badly I wanted
you." Miles smiled at me, his brown
eyes so bright.
"I wanted you
too, Angel, ever since I first laid eyes on you." I blushed.
I couldn't forget the first time we met.
at the Old Ship. That was the first gig
I went to with Simon."
said Miles, surprised.
"Yeah, I was
just a sweet and innocent school girl before I met him." Miles sniggered. "Seriously! I was pretty boring, I never went out, I'd never
even had a boyfriend before. In fact
that was the night I lost my virginity," I said, blushing.
"Wow, there is
so much I don't know about you, Angel," he said stroking my hair.
"So what about
you? Who was the first girl you slept
"Ah, now that
would be Chloe," Miles said with a troubled look on his face.
"That was a bit
of a mistake actually." Miles
didn't seem to want to talk about it but I pressed him further.
"Come on, I told
"OK, OK. Chloe lived next door to us, she was 15 and I
was just 16. I wasn't really seeing her
or anything but her parents had gone away for the weekend on some darts trip
from the pub, and they'd left her at home with her big sister, Michelle. Anyway Michelle went out clubbing so Chloe
decided to have a party. She invited me
and some kids from school, we ended up raiding the drinks cabinet. We all got a bit wasted and this lad, Steve,
was trying it on with her, but she got all upset and ran off upstairs. I went to try and calm her down, but when I
gave her a hug she kissed me and, well, we didn't stop."
"Oh wow, so did
you start going out with her then?" Miles pulled a face.
"Not really, it got
sort of complicated. Shit! The ice cream!" Miles said jumping up.
"I left the ice
cream in the car! You said you wanted to
watch telly right? So I brought ice
"Oh you are too
good to be true! I'm sure it will be OK." Miles kissed me and then started to get
"I'll be right
back," he said as he dashed out of the door. I smiled.
I couldn't believe my luck. Here
I was with a gorgeous new boyfriend, he had an amazing body, he was fantastic
in bed, he was totally in love with me, and he brought me ice cream! What could be more perfect than that? I threw on some clothes, turned on the TV and
sat waiting for Miles on the sofa with 2 spoons.
Miles must have run
all the way back up the stairs because he was out of breath when he let himself
back into my apartment.
"Cookie dough OK
with you?" he said holding out a family sized tub of Ben and Jerry's. My face lit up.
I said grinning.
"It's gone a bit
soft though," he said squeezing the tub.
"I kind of like
it that way," I smirked. So we
settled down for an evening of trashy telly, messily feeding each other half
melted ice cream. We didn't stop until
the whole tub was empty.
"I can't believe
we ate all that! Are you trying to make
me fat?" Miles wrapped his arms
perfect just the way you are Angel, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to get
off. My mum hates it when I get in late
on a work night."
I asked puzzled.
"Yeah, I know
it's sad, but I still live at home with her."
"No way! I thought you had your own place or
afford to move out. You'll have to come
over and meet her, she'll love you. Tell
you what, how about I pick you up at 6 tomorrow?"
"Tomorrow? Yeah, I suppose," I said. I suddenly felt a little scared about meeting
Miles's mum but I couldn't miss out on a chance to seeing him and I was a
little curious as to where he lived.
"It's a date
then!" said Miles kissing me goodbye.
I decided to get an
early night myself, it had been one hell of a weekend and there would be a lot
to do down in the record company office in the morning. I lay in bed thinking of Miles, he really
must be serious if he wanted to introduce me to his mum, then I thought about
my family. I'd have to tell them about
him sometime, but there was no rush.