**The Next Day**
I walk with Sophie under my black umbrella,as the rain pours,to my father's building. "Promise me you won't get offended about what I'm gonna say." She says,causally. "I promise I won't. What's up?" I reply. "I saw you yesterday,laughing with Luke and Jack." She pauses. "Yeah?" I say. She sighs as we near the building. I close my umbrella once we're safe from the rain. "Yesterday,when you were with Luke and Jack,it seemed as if,I dunno,Luke was more of a brother to you than Michael," She shakes her head,wrinkling her nose. "I dunno,it's just what I think." I nod and she mumbles something as we enter the huge building. "What?" I ask. "Nothing." "Anyway,it feels like Luke and Jack,and sometimes Ben,are my brothers,instead of Michael. But sometimes. Don't tell him I said that." She giggles. "My lips are sealed." We pass Mum and I wave. She smiles as we walk up to her desk. "Is Dad busy?" I ask her. "Just doing paperwork. I'll tell him I'm sending you up. Remember how it get there?" She asks. "Yeah,one floor up,last door in the hall. Dead Center." I say and she nods. "Good." We go to the elevator and press the button. It opens and no one is in it,so we step in. I press the button for the 2nd floor. "Why did you drag me here,anyway?" Sophie asks me. "Band stuff." I remind her and the doors open. I see Jeremy's face and smile. He nods to me. Sophie and I walk out as he enters the elevator. Sophie pokes my stomach. "Who's that guy?" Then she stops in her tracks. "Are you cheating on Ashton?" I give her a glare. "No! Why would I ever do that? He's an old friend who works here for my dad." She nods as we begin walking down the hall. "Okay." I knock on Dad's open door and he looks up. A smile comes up to his face. He walks up to us. "How's it going?" He asks,side-hugging me. "Good. Um,we wanted to talk about our band." I answer,looking up at him. His blue eyes shine. He runs a hand through his light brown hair. "Band? As in,5 Seconds of Summer?" I shake my head. "Sir,she means our new band. 2HopelessSkies." Sophie speaks up.
"And Michael is okay with this?" Dad asks again. We nod. "Actually,the guys helped us learn some songs." I inform him. There's a knock at the door. I turn around,as does Sophie,and see Jeremy's face,coffee cup in hand. "Um,I have the coffee you ordered,Mr.Woods." He says. Dad nods. "Thank you,Jeremy. I think you remember my daughter,Emily." Jeremy smiles at me. "Sure do,Sir. Anything else before I take those papers for Mrs.Woods to send out?" Jeremy asks. Dad shakes his head,and Jeremy takes papers and leaves. "Please,Dad. We really would like for you to do this for us," I beg. He sighs,and toys with his pen. "Daaaaaadddddd." I groan,which makes him laugh. "I'm just not sure. What about your car?" He asks. "Michael bought that himself." I sigh. I didn't think of that. "How does Michael do it?" "Not sure." "Okay,Dad,please please pleeeeaaaasseeee,at least consider it. I'll see what Michael does with his car and we will be on our very best behavior and yeah." I tell him and Sophie nods. "What about the rest of the band?" He asks. "Sir,I can assure you that they'll be good,too." Sophie replies. My father puts down his pen and looks up at the ceiling. "Please don't make me regret this," He says. "Okay,I'll ask Michael's manager and figure something out,but that doesn't mean that you will go on tour with them." I hug him. "Thank you,thank you,thank you. I love you so much,Dad." I say. "Thank you,Mr.Woods." Sophie smiles. "Go on,now. Before it starts to thunderstorm." Dad shoos us away. We pass Jeremy and he grins at me.