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The Third Book of The Quintessential Series.

Shannon, newlywed David Jacob's wife, refuses to come with him on the latest Quintessential band tour. David starts to question which things are most important in life and which things are not. The opportunity to spend some quality time off arises so he spend it with his parents and ailing brother. This is the unexpected beginning of a journey of true happiness and self-discovery. obooko.

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I‘ve been on the phones all week rearranging and rescheduling,” Neil Black said. Neil was the general manager for Quintessential, the superstar pop vocal group composed of David Jacobs, Reed Smith, Michael Books, Max Fitzgerald, and Jason Gold. They were finished with a dinner that was being hosted at Michael’s house and prepared by Casey, his wife and tour chef for the group. They had all retired to the living room. Neil, sitting in an armchair, reached in his briefcase and pulled out a stack of papers. He handed them out to the guys.

“We’re starting the tour a month late. Max’s doctor has said he should be back to normal by then.”

“Why not just cancel?” David said. “Or postpone until this winter?”

Neil shook his head. “The tour has to go on, you know, to coincide with the release of the CD.”

David shook his head and tossed the papers on the coffee table. “You don’t think we’ll sell records if we don’t tour?” He looked around. “We’re Quintessential. We’re at the top of our game. The fans will buy the CDs. They’ll understand if we have to postpone.”

Neil looked at Max and disregarded David. “You’re on board with this, aren’t you? You’ll be good, right?” Max was recovering from a gunshot wound and had, in fact, just been released from the hospital that day.

“Not one hundred percent,” Max said. “I won’t be able to keep up with dancing.”

Neil shook his head. “No, but you can sing. You can walk around the stage and dance as much as you feel like you can. You can sit in a chair the whole time; I don’t really care. The tour has to go on, and I’d really like you to come with us and do as much as you can.”

“Well, I’d never consider staying home. I’m going, and I plan to be in every show. I just don’t know how much dancing I’ll be up for.”

Neil nodded. “Good.” He held up a copy of the papers he had just passed around. “This is the new itinerary. We’re going to be doing a lot of radio interviews and CD signings and things like that.”

“I still don’t see why the tour has to go on,” David said. “It’s okay,” Max said. “I want to do it.”

David stood up. “Maybe I don’t want to.” Worried glances flew across the room.

“What are you saying, Dave?” Neil said. “You’re under contract, you have to.” David rolled his eyes and walked out of the room without speaking.

He was standing at the sink filling a glass with water when Max entered the kitchen. “What’s going on, man?”

He shook his head. “Nothing.”

“Yeah, right. What is it?” When David still refused to answer, Max took a guess. “Shannon? This is about Shannon, isn’t it?”

David nodded. “She won’t go on tour. She won’t even commit to coming out on the road and seeing me.”

“Oh, man. So that’s why you don’t want to go?”

David turned to face him. “Yeah, that’s why I don’t want to go. I think my marriage is in a lot of trouble, Max. I might need to quit in order to save it.”

“Quit? Quit Quintessential? Man, you can’t do that.” “What else can I do?”

“This is her problem, David. You were in the group when you started dating her. This is your job and it’s just as important as hers.”

“That’s what I said,” David mumbled. “We had a fight right before I came over here. She didn’t want to hear any of that.”

“So you’re seriously considering pulling out of this?”

David sighed. “I can’t do that to you guys. I don’t want to do that. I love touring. I love the crowds. I love the fans. I love singing. I just kinda hoped the tour would just be canceled. I love my wife, too, Max. I don’t want to have to choose one over the other.”

“Is she making you choose?”

“No, she said go. She’d try to make it out some. She said she’d be here when I got back.”

“I don’t know what to tell you, man,” Max said, shaking his head.

“It’s okay. It will work out.” He looked at his watch. “Listen, I’m going to go on back home. I’ll get the itinerary from Neil later.” He walked out of the back door and to the motorcycle he had parked next to Michael’s garage.

He flew up the private road to the home he and Shannon shared. She was an architect, and the house was her design— her dream home. He liked it okay, but it was definitely her baby.

He entered the house through the kitchen, slamming the door behind him. Shannon wasn’t in the room, and he searched the bottom floor of the house until he found her in their bedroom, lying on the bed and typing on the computer.

She slammed the laptop closed. “What are you doing


“I walked out.”

“Of the meeting? Why?”

“Because I was hoping Neil would just say we could cancel. I thought maybe Max would go for it, too.”

“Why do you want to cancel?”

He shook his head. “Why do I want to cancel? Shannon, we’ve been fighting about this for weeks. You don’t want me to go. You don’t want to go with me. You want me to choose between Quintessential and you.”

She sat up on her knees on the bed. “I never said that. I never said you had to choose. And I never told you not to go. Don’t try to blame this on me.”

“I just don’t know why you can’t come with us. It’s only three months. Dana and Casey and Hannah are all going.”

Shannon narrowed her eyes. “Don’t compare me to them.”

“I thought they were your friends. You and Dana have been best friends since grade school. Why can’t you just go all in like they are?”

“Maybe because my life is more important to me than chasing some boyband around the country.”

“Shannon, we are married. You are my wife. Why don’t you want to come along with me on this tour?”

“I cannot leave my job. It won’t be waiting for me when I come back. But I told you, Mr. Floyd will try to give me time off to come out and visit.”

“Great,” he said, his voice bitter. “I’m sure you won’t be lonely.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

“I know how it is out there. You guys aren’t lonely.” He raised his eyebrows. “Are you accusing me of


“I just know that there’s opportunity.”

He nodded. “Yep, there sure is.” He turned to leave the room.

“Where are you going?” She called after him.

“Why the hell do you care?” Back in the garage again, he traded the motorcycle for his pick-up truck and drove the short distance down the same private road to Reed’s house. He was waiting for Reed and his wife Dana in their driveway when they returned from the tour meeting at Michael and Casey’s house.

“Where’d you go?” Reed asked, unlocking the door and letting them all inside.

“I went home and had another fight with Shannon.” “What is going on with you two?” Dana asked. “You don’t know? She hasn’t talked to you?”

Dana shook her head. “She hasn’t talked to me about anything real in weeks.”

“She’s not coming on tour. She says she might be able to come out a couple of times, but that’s it.”

“But I thought that was the plan all along,” Dana said.

“Well, originally it was, but the closer it gets to the tour actually starting, the more I don’t want to be without her. Now that we’re married and we actually get to be together all the time, I don’t want to give that up.”

Reed wrapped his arm around his wife’s shoulders. “I understand that.”

“Have you told her that?” Dana asked.

David nodded. “Of course.”

She shook her head. “Shannon’s always been very hardheaded and independent. I think she doesn’t want to be just your wife. She wants to be Shannon Jacobs in her own right, and not just the wife of David Jacobs. Does that make any sense?”

“Yes, it makes sense, but I don’t like it. And I don’t understand why it’s not as important to her to be with me.”

“Would you give up your job for her?” Dana asked. “Absolutely. I’m thinking about it.”

Reed shook his head. “You can’t do that.”

“Why? Because I’m under contract?” David shook his head. “You guys don’t understand. This is my wife we’re talking about. My life. You can’t know because your wives are willing to drop everything to support you. It’s just not fair.”

Dana nodded in sympathy. “Quintessential’s not going to be forever. We all know that. It’s worth it to put

my career on hold to let Reed have this dream.” She reached out and touched David’s arm. “I’ll talk to her. See if I can talk some sense into her.”