“Oh daddy, I trusted him.” She started to cry.
“But you knew he did this drug and you still went out with him Stephie?” Jon said as he walked into his dressing room.
“Daddy we’ve been together for years, I knew him when we lived in Redbank. It was always just smoking a joint, this was all new to me.” The tears were drying up and she started to get on the defensive.
“A joint or two, Steph this is more than a few joints, this was heroin and based on what that shits lawyer says, you got him into heroin.” Jon repeated what the lawyer had reported.
“Daddy believe me I had one pill, and he must have put more in my beer. I had told him I would only do one, since it was my first time.” Stephanie told him.
“First time, Stephanie Rose, how many times have I told you that it only takes one to kill you, even Lexie has told you about drugs?” Jon tried not to let his anger take over the call. But she doesn’t seem to understand that drugs could have killed her, and if she had any of the Bongiovi luck she wasn’t going to be kicked out of school.
“I can see that now, I’ll never do it again, I promise daddy.” Stephanie told Jon. Almost dying opened her eyes to how fragile life was.
“Don’t promise Steph, I’ll keep you to that promise.” Jon told his daughter. “I got to go to the arena, I’ll be home as soon as we can so I can be there when you go before the Dean.”
Stephanie was shocked at how her father was talking to her. The kid gloves were off and all hell was about to break loose when he got home.
“Not to do drugs, I’ll never try them again, I promise daddy.” She tried not to anger him anymore. “Mommy Lexie has me on lock down and I broke up with Ryan.”
They hung up with love yous, Stephanie took a deep breath, and this was an easy call. Once her dad got home she would be doing a lot of babysitting as she will be grounded to the max.
Jon had slept through most of the flight, the closer to home he got, the more worried he because of what he was walking into. He and Lexie had talked all the way to the flight taking off. They would make a unified front, he on the talk show circuit and her though her writers circuit. He looked out the window at the clouds parting as they flew into Philly, his heart rate upped as the flight attendant asked them to prepare to land soon.
Matt put the papers up he had been working on, got a juice for Jon and a coffee.
“You get some sleep?” Matt handed him the coffee and the juice.
“Some, not enough, but once I get home and though the meeting with the Dean, I can crash and burn.” He sipped the coffee and handed the juice back to Matt. “I was thinking about rehab in California, the second one Richie was in that helped him, I’ve looked into putting her there.”
“I read a lot of bad ones from the one in Utah. Bad reviews, but I’m still looking. I want her clean.” Jon put his seatbelt and pulled out his phone and showed Matt the one he found.
Matt told him he would look into it once he hit his house then call him with the news.
They exited and went into Customs and right out to the driver that would take them to the heliport, he was waiting for them. Jon climbed into the helicopter and Matt got up with the driver and soon they were winging to the Heliport at Teterboro. One more hour and he would be home. Jon leaned his head back and closed his eyes, home he was on the way home.
Touch down and the car was waiting on him, Jon grabbed his go bag, he and Matt jogged to the car and they were on the way to his house
“Have him take us to the back.” Jon saw photographers out front and the back would be quieter and safer. “How do they know, the band is just now loading to come home.”
Punching the key code into the back door, he waited for Matt to drive off before going in. Taking the steps two by two he made it to the landing and hit the pass code for the door and walked in. The house was quiet, he went into the kitchen and checked on the four legged family members and then dropped his bag outside the Trio’s room, checking each of the beds and touching fingers and tucking them in.
“Welcome home Mr. Jon” Sally whispered.
“Thanks Sally, didn’t mean to wake you up.” Jon whispered.
“It’s ok, I thought I heard Lexie coming in to check. Livie has a cold and she isn’t sleeping too well.” Sally told him. We were going to move her into the office so the other two didn’t get it.”
“Go back to sleep Sally, these three will have you up soon.” Jon left the room and picked up his bag. Checking on his other kids, finding them all where they should be. He finally made it to his and Lexie room. Quietly walking in and dropped his bag in the closet, skimmed out of his jeans and shirt and headed to the bed. Slipping in he cuddled up to Lexie. Taking in a deep breath, taking in the sweetness of her lotion she used at night and the smell of her shampoo.
“Welcome home Rockstar.” Lexie sighed. Feeling him relax behind her, she smiled. It was so good he was home, and that he would be there for the last meeting. She felt his breath on her next and shivered a little. Knowing the alarm would be going off soon, she let him just hold her till he relaxed and fell back asleep.
Jon rolled over and noticed the bed was empty, stretching he listened to the noises in the house. Kids getting ready for school, one of the trio was not happy and his wife trying to keep them all quiet for him to sleep. How he missed this being on the road. Getting out of bed he scratched his chest and yawned. Pulling on his discarded jeans and a tee shirt he went to greet his family.
The first thing that hit him was the smell of coffee, then bacon. Walking into the kitchen, where he thought he would find his wife, instead he found his little brother frying bacon.
“I see you’ve been domesticated.” Jon teased Tony.
“Yeah, I sort of help out when I can. Now that you’re home I can head to mom and dads.” He took the last of the bacon out of the pan and started cracking eggs. “Cullen is into everything and the puppies are his main target when he’s down here.”
It dawned on Jon how much he’s missed listening to Tony. They weren’t due to go out on tour till after the holidays, but he would have to do damage control over this over dose problem. He could hit all the New York talk shows and he might have to go to Los Angeles to hit the late night shows.
“Hey Dad, welcome home.” Jesse said as he came into the kitchen.
He was followed by Jacob and Romeo, who were excited to see their dad. He heard all about what had been going on at school and sports. Jesse hooked up Snowball and put the puppies in a carry bag and took them out for their morning romp.
Lexie came in with Cullen and put him in the high chair.
“Good morning Rockstar.” She got the tray clicked in and turned to look at Jon. “Look Cull there’s daddy.”
Cullen smiled at Jon and made noises that might have been daddy or momma it was still garbled. Sally came in with Olivia and Maddie, who squealed out for their daddy, which made Jon smile. Lexie cut up a banana and put a third on each try while Sally got sippy cups for them. More banana was smashed on their face as got into their mouths.
“Okay boys, you got twenty minutes to get down for the bus.” Lexie finally got her cup of coffee and some bacon. Sipping her coffee she looked up at Jon. “You ready for the day?”
“As I ever will be, I got Matt setting up some talk shows, I might have to go to LA for a week. Martin coming by before we go?” Jon got up for another cup of coffee and snagged some bacon and put it between a slice of bread.
“Martin will be here at ten and we leave at twelve to head to Hamilton.” Lexie told him and she got another cup of coffee. She put her cup down and turned Jon to face her. “I missed you.” She leaned in and gave him a kiss.
Jon leaned into the kiss and put his hands on her hips and pulled her in closer. Just about then they heard the kids coming down for school.
“Take the boys out for the bus, I need to help get these three cleaned up and I need a shower.” Lexie stayed snuggled in his arms for a little while longer.
“Save room for me in that shower.” Jon said with a smile.
“Always.” Lexie stepped away.