April 27

Finding Happiness in Misery – Ethan’s Show

(1:46:28 PM) Boys:
<the band is setting up and Van, Brennan, Seth and Samuel are at their usual table>
(1:51:01 PM) Girls:
<Aubrey waits tables, Bree is on stage helping the boys set up, Sang, Ren, Heather, Saige, Taryn, sit at the table, Aubrey brings the usual to the table with a bunch of glasses>
(1:51:56 PM) Boys:
<Van looks at the girls> Does anyone know if Siobhan’s coming tonight?
(1:52:43 PM) Girls:
<Sangria looks at Van > I haven’t heard from her since she left the diner.
(1:54:25 PM) Girls:
<Renee looks over> I heard from her the day after. Said something about being busy moving and cleaning her new place.

(1:54:57 PM) Boys:
<Van nods> She’s moving into the warehouse.


(1:56:40 PM) Girls:
<Renee blinks> Wow. That’s kind of cool actually.
(1:56:58 PM) Boys:
<Van smiles> She’s also going into business with us.
(1:57:11 PM) Boys:
<Seth nods> Our “flagship celebrity”.
(1:57:50 PM) Boys:
<Van nods to Seth> We figure the name alone is worth something. And the experience she has in the film industry is extensive.
(1:57:56 PM) Girls:
<Sangria blinks> Siobhan? That’s pretty cool.
(1:59:05 PM) Girls:
<Lia looks over at Seth, smiles> It’s smart. Celebrities endorse new products and services all the time.
(2:00:50 PM) Boys:
<Seth smiles at Lia, nods> That’s what we were thinking. That, and it would probably good to have a feminine perspective.
(2:02:06 PM) Boys:
<Brennan smiles> Siobhan working in the porn industry. I’d buy those movies.
(2:02:24 PM) Girls:
<Lia nods> It might. <smiles> The only movies I’ve seen is the one I was in. I don’t have a…real reference point. You know.
(2:02:56 PM) Boys:
<Seth smiles> That’s all right. The only movie you *need* to see is the one you were in.
(2:02:58 PM) Girls:
<Sangria smiles> Well since Van and Seth aren’t doing anymore, my porn days are over.
(2:03:22 PM) Boys:
<Van smiles at Sang> That’s too bad.
(2:04:20 PM) Girls:
<Sangria smiles> But I’ve seen all the ones you guys have up. I even had to get a membership to one of those sites to get full access. Now my email is full of spam.
(2:04:44 PM) Boys:
<Van laughs, nods> Well.. you know. It had to end sometime.
(2:05:31 PM) Girls:
<Sangria grins> Pr0n spam too. It sucks.
(2:06:14 PM) Girls:
<Saige laughs> I don’t know…get Brennan in on it and I’d watch again.
(2:06:28 PM) Girls:
<Sangria smiles> You’d watch any of them in on it.
(2:06:40 PM) Boys:
<Brennan smiles> Babe.. I was trying to talk Ethan into filling out an app but he just kind of ignored me.
(2:06:48 PM) Girls:
<Nikki laughs> So would you Sang.
(2:07:02 PM) Girls:
<Sang grins and nods> Yeah. I would.
(2:07:44 PM) Girls:
<Renee laughs> I think most of us would.
(2:07:49 PM) Girls:
<Taryn smiles> Not me.
(2:08:03 PM) Boys:
<Van looks at Taryn, smiles> Not anymore, anyway?
(2:08:11 PM) Girls:
<Heather smiles> Hell I’d do one. If I got to pick the guy.
(2:08:31 PM) Boys:
<Seth looks at Heather, smiles> Just one?
(2:08:38 PM) Girls:
<Taryn looks at Van, smiles> Exactly.
(2:09:06 PM) Girls:
<Heather shrugs> I don’t know. Maybe. Depends on the situation.
(2:09:21 PM) Boys:
<Seth nods> All right. So who *would* you pick?
(2:09:52 PM) Girls:
<Heather smiles> Who can I choose from?
(2:10:04 PM) Boys:
<Seth smiles> It’s a hypothetical so anyone you want.
(2:14:31 PM) Girls:
<Heather thinks about it, smiles> Well from a purely aesthetic point of view…Akhiro or Tristan. From the wow factor point..you or Van. From the point of view that you two aren’t in it anymore and someone new…Brennan, Ethan or Loch. <looks at Taryn> David’s off limits.
(2:17:05 PM) Boys:
<Seth laughs> *That*.. was a very complex answer.
(2:17:23 PM) Girls:
<Heather smiles> I’m a complex girl.
(2:17:37 PM) Boys:
<Seth smiles> Apparently.
(2:18:05 PM) Girls:
<Heather shrugs> It happens.
(2:18:15 PM) Girls:
<Heather smiles at Samuel>
(2:19:02 PM) Boys:
<Samuel smiles at Heather, to Seth> There’s more to her than meets the eye.
(2:20:32 PM) Girls:
<Heather laughs> Yes there is.
(2:23:49 PM) Boys:
<the lights go down and the curtain and spotlight go up, Ethan’s center stage with an acoustic guitar, seated on a stool in front of the microphone, Loch is to his left with Tristan behind him and slightly to the right, Akhiro is on the right, Ethan starts playing the acoustic, non-duet version of Broken>

(2:24:37 PM) Girls:
<Sangria smiles, and whispers> Yes!
(2:25:39 PM) Girls:
<Siobhan walks in and over to the table, wearing her ratty jeans and a t shirt, whispers> Sorry I’m late.. time got away from me>
(2:26:32 PM) Boys:
<Van looks over at Siobhan, smiles, whispers> They just started.
(2:26:36 PM) Boys:
<the boys look toward the stage as Ethan starts singing, the other band members standing or sitting still with their heads down, listening, a spotlight comes up on David when he starts playing at the chorus, the whole song being very mellow, the boys voices joining Ethan’s at the chorus, Ethan doesn’t make eye contact with anyone, focusing on the lyrics>
(2:28:38 PM) Girls:
<Sangria smiles, Siobhan closes her eyes and listens, Lia whispers> He’s really good.
(2:28:52 PM) Boys:
<Seth nods to Lia, takes her hand>
(2:29:51 PM) Boys:
<Loch and Ethan play through the bridge together near the middle of the song>
(2:30:43 PM) Boys:
<the boys at the table listen quietly, each taking the hand of their respective women who are seated and not working>
(2:32:24 PM) Girls:
<the girls squeeze their guys hands, and smile at them, Bree stands off to the side>
(2:32:38 PM) Boys:
<the song ends, Ethan stands and kicks the stool away from him, Akhiro trades him the acoustic for his usual Union Jack electric as the lights come up, Ethan puts the strap over his shoulder and plays the opening drawn out note as David starts banging on the drums>
(2:33:25 PM) Boys:
<the boys start bouncing around on the stage as they guitars kick in, Akhiro and Tristan clapping above their heads as the lyrics kick in>
(2:34:04 PM) Girls:
<Bree dances and claps with the boys>
(2:34:07 PM) Boys:
<Ethan smiles, finds Heather in the audience, making eye contact with her as he sings>

I hold on so nervously
To me and my drink
I wish it was cooling me
But so far, has not been good
It’s been shitty
And I feel awkward, as I should
This club has got to be
The most pretentious thing
Since I thought you and me
Well I am imagining
A dark lit place
Or your place or my place

(2:37:00 PM) Girls:
<Siobhan opens her eyes and watches Ethan>
(2:37:30 PM) Boys:
<the boys at the table clap along with Sang>
(2:38:06 PM) Girls:
<Sang stand and starts dancing, while she claps>
(2:39:54 PM) Boys:
<Ethan smiles more broadly when the chorus starts, his vice rising and the instruments kick in after the cool down during the lyrics, the boys on the stage obviously not able to stand still, dancing around while they play and sing, Ethan’s head and shoulders move with the beat even though the rest of him can’t so much because he’s got to stay close to the mic>

Well I’m not paralyzed
But, I seem to be struck by you
I want to make you move
Because you’re standing still
If your body matches
What your eyes can do
You’ll probably move right through
Me on my way to you

(2:41:41 PM) Girls:
<Bree moves over to Ethan and dances with him>
(2:42:08 PM) Boys:
<Ethan smiles at Bree when she starts dancing with him, starts singing to her >

I hold out for one more drink
Before I think
I’m looking too desperately
But so far has not been fun
I should just stay home
If one thing really means one
This club will hopefully
Be closed in three weeks
That would be cool with me
Well I’m still imagining
A dark lit place
Or your place or my place

(2:43:47 PM) Girls:
<Bree smiles at Ethan and moves with the music, her body all but undulating>
(2:43:54 PM) Boys:
<the music stops and David keeps the beat as Ethan finds Sang in the audience and sings to her>

Well, I’m not paralyzed
But, I seem to be struck by you
I want to make you move
Because you’re standing still
If your body matches
What your eyes can do
You’ll probably move right through
Me on my way to you

(2:44:59 PM) Girls:
<Sangria smiles at Ethan, mouths, “You’re great.” still dancing>
(2:45:19 PM) Boys:
<the other instruments kick in again and Ethan nods to Sang before he makes eye contact with each of the girls at the table, smiling like he’s having a really good time, which he is>

Well, I’m not paralyzed
But, I seem to be struck by you
I want to make you move
Because you’re standing still
If your body matches
What your eyes can do
You’ll probably move right through
Me on my way to you

I’m not paralyzed
But, I seem to be struck by you
I want to make you move
Because you’re standing still
If your body matches
What your eyes can do
You’ll probably move right through
Me on my way to you

You’ll probably move right through
Me on my way to you

You’ll probably move right through
Me on my way to you
(2:47:06 PM) Girls:
<Each girl of the girls give him a huge smile when he sings to them, Siobhan tilts her head, as she listens>
(2:47:15 PM) Boys:
<Ethan leans over and whisper to Bree> Get Sang on the stage.
(2:47:17 PM) Boys:
<Van smiles at Saige> I guess he decided one sappy song was enough tonight.
(2:49:46 PM) Girls:
<Bree smiles and nods, dances off the stage and drags Sang up on the stage, Sangria arches her brow, Bree smiles> Ethan wanted you on stage. Get up there. <Sangria stops dragging her feet and goes up dancing over to Ethan, smiles at Loch on her way past him, Bree takes up residence on one side of Ethan while Sangria dances on the other side of him>
(2:50:05 PM) Boys:
<David starts the drum intro to “I Don’t Care” as Ethan looks into the audience, smiles broadly> You all better be having a good *fucking* time, because I am!
<the other instruments kick in at the same time as the lyrics>
Say my name and his in the same breath
I dare you to say they taste the same
Let the leaves fall off in the summer
And let December glow in flames

Erase myself and let go
Start it over again in Mexico
These friends, they don’t love you
They just love the hotel suites, now

(2:51:14 PM) Girls:
<The girls holler at him and scream, amid a bunch of applause and whistles>
(2:51:17 PM) Boys:
<the band joins the chorus>

I don’t care what you think as long as it’s about me
The best of us can find happiness in misery
Said,
I don’t care what you think as long as it’s about me
The best of us can find happiness in misery

(2:53:32 PM) Boys:
<Ethan smiles at Sang on the verse, his voice all sultry and grovelly on the first two lines>

Oh take a chance, let your body get a tolerance
I’m not a chance, put a heat wave in your pants
Pull a breath like another cigarette
Pawnshop heart trading up (trading up)

On the oracle in my chest,

<growls out>
Let the guitar scream like a fascist 

<before his voice returns to normal>

Sweat it out, shut your mouth
free love on the streets but
in the alley it ain’t that cheap, now

(2:54:55 PM) Girls:
<Sangria laughs and she and Bree dance up on him while he plays careful not to get in the way of his playing>
(2:55:28 PM) Boys:
<the band is loud and getting louder as they get more pumped up, Ethan playing the front man to the hilt and bouncing around with the girls while he plays like his guitar’s on fire>

I don’t care what you think as long as it’s about me
The best of us can find happiness in misery
Said,
I don’t care what you think as long as it’s about me
The best of us can find happiness in misery

Said,
I don’t care just what you think
as long as it’s about me, you said
I don’t care just what you think
as long as it’s about me, I said
I don’t care (I don’t care)
Said, I don’t care (I don’t care)
Said, I (I) don’t (don’t) care (care)
I (I) don’t (don’t) care (no I don’t)
I don’t care, (I said)
I don’t care, (I said)
I (I) don’t (don’t) care (care)

I don’t care what you think as long as
(2:55:29 PM) Boys:
it’s about me
The best of us can find happiness in misery
Said,
I don’t care what you think as long as it’s about me
The best of us can find happiness in misery

(2:56:53 PM) Boys:
<the audience singing along with the “I don’t cares”>
(2:58:01 PM) Boys:
<Ethan’s voice being put to its limits closer to the end as the notes get higher and the guitar all but screaming as the song’s speed picks up before finally ending as suddenly as it began>
(3:00:18 PM) Boys:
<the boys at the table applaud wildly as tonight’s particular show is proving to be even more energetic than usual>
(3:01:26 PM) Girls:
<the girls scream Ethan’s name, Aubrey from the back of the room yells> We love you Ethan.
(3:02:35 PM) Boys:
<without missing a beat the boys go right into the next song which is “Someone That You’re With”, the drums opening again as hard and heavy as they have been, Ethan laughs, blows Aubrey a kiss>
I love you, too, baby.

I reside in 209, you’re in 208
You moved in last Friday night,
and I just couldn’t wait
So I tried to call across the hall,
to ask you out someday
But a lineup formed outside your door, and I was way too late

(3:03:20 PM) Boys:
Well I’d rather start off slow
This whole thing’s like
some sort of race
Instead of winning what I want
I’m sitting here in second place

(3:04:35 PM) Girls:
<Renee, Taryn, and Nikki, get up and start dancing, in front of the stage>
(3:05:21 PM) Boys:
<Loch laughs because he can’t believe the other girls are dancing now, too, joins Ethan and the other bouncing boys in the chorus>

Because somewhere
the one I wanna be with’s
with somebody else
Oh god, I wanna be that
someone that you’re with
I wanna be that someone
that you’re with
And I can talk about it all day long
’til I run out of breath
But I still wanna be that
someone that you’re with
I’ve got to be that
someone that you’re with
And I’m pacing by the phone
‘Cause I hate to be alone
And if you’re out there with him
somewhere and just about to kiss
God I wanna be that
someone that you’re with

(3:06:47 PM) Boys:
<Ethan sings to the dancing girls, staying on the stage *only* because he’s restricted by cords and cables>

Well I hear your favorite songs
you sing along with everyday
And I borrow things that
I don’t need for conversation sake
Last night I heard your key,
it hit your lock at 4 AM
Instead of being out with me
you must be out with them

(3:08:05 PM) Boys:
<the boys around the table are drinking even more freely and singing along where they know the words>
(3:08:06 PM) Girls:
<Sangria and Bree dance with Ethan moving around him and having just as much fun as he is, Bree dances over to the other boys>
(3:08:24 PM) Boys:
<the other boys greatly appreciate Bree’s attention>
(3:09:57 PM) Girls:
<the girls left at the table are having more fun and seat dancing, Siobhan watches the stage drinking steadily with the others, takes a deep breath, smiles, snatches Van’s cigarette and hits it>
(3:10:18 PM) Boys:
Because somewhere the one
I wanna be with’s
with somebody else
Oh god, I wanna be that
someone that you’re with
I wanna be that
someone that you’re with
And I can talk about it all day long
’til I run out of breath
But I still wanna be that
someone that you’re with
I’ve got to be that
someone that you’re with
And I’m pacing by the phone
‘Cause I hate to be alone
And if you’re out there with him
somewhere and just about to kiss
God, I wanna be that
someone that you’re with

Well somewhere the one
I wanna be with’s
with somebody else
Oh god, I wanna be that
someone that you’re with
And I can talk about it all day long
’til I run out of breath
But I still wanna be that
someone that you’re with
I’ve got to be that
someone that you’re with
And I’m pacing by the phone
‘Cause I hate to be alone
And if you’re out there with him
somewhere and just about to kiss
God, I’ve got to be that
someone that
I wanna be that someone that
I’ve got to be that
someone that you’re with

(3:10:33 PM) Boys:
<Van looks at Siobhan, smiles> You okay?
(3:11:23 PM) Girls:
<Siobhan smiles> Uh huh. <tears her eyes away from Ethan and looks at him> Yes.
(3:11:44 PM) Boys:
<Van smiles more broadly> I hate to say this, but I think Loch’s spotlight is in trouble.
(3:12:00 PM) Girls:
<Siobhan nods and smiles> Me too.
(3:13:28 PM) Boys:
<the song ends and the boys stop moving, Akhiro plays a much slower melody on the keyboards which sound more have a tinkling sound to them, David starts in the drums, Ethan stands in front of the microphone, singing to the audience>
(3:13:47 PM) Boys:
She paints her fingers with a close precision
He starts to notice empty bottles of gin
And takes a moment to assess the sins she’s paid for

A lonely speaker in a conversation
Her words were swimming through his ears again
There’s nothing wrong with just a taste of what you’ve paid for
(3:14:59 PM) Boys:
<the instruments kick in and the boys sing along with the chorus, Ethan’s voice carrying louder than the others, closes his eyes>

Say what you mean
Tell me I’m right
And let the sun rain down on me
Give me a sign
I want to believe

Woah, Mona Lisa,
You’re guaranteed to run this town
Woah, Mona Lisa,
I’d pay to see you frown
(3:17:03 PM) Boys:
<the music slows again>

He senses something, call it desperation
Another dollar, another day
And if she had the proper words to say,
She would tell him
But she’d have nothing left to sell him

(3:18:00 PM) Girls:
<The girls listen, those dancing shift to a slower more subdued movement>
(3:19:05 PM) Boys:
<the music picks up at the next chorus, Ethan sings to Siobhan>

Say what you mean
Tell me I’m right
And let the sun rain down on me
Give me a sign
I want to believe

Woah, Mona Lisa,
You’re guaranteed to run this town
Woah, Mona Lisa,
I’d pay to see you frown
(3:20:47 PM) Girls:
<Siobhan realizes she’s looking into Ethan’s eyes smiles and mouths, “You’re right.”>

(3:22:58 PM) Boys:
<their voices echo as the music dies, then picks up more slowly, Ethan’s voice taking on a higher note and an echo effect coming through the mic, Ethan smiles at Siobhan>

Mona Lisa wear me out
Pleased to please ya
Mona Lisa wear me out

Say what you mean
Tell me I’m right

<Ethan looks up at the ceiling like he’s looking at the sky>

And let the sun rain down on me
Give me a sign
I want to believe

(3:23:00 PM) Boys:
<the echo effect dies away and the music picks up again>

Woah, Mona Lisa,
You’re guaranteed to run this town
Woah, Mona Lisa,
I’d pay to see you frown

Say what you mean
Tell me I’m right
And let the sun rain down on me
Give me a sign
I want to believe

<the music dies with the last line, Ethan all but whispering>

There’s nothing wrong with just a taste of what you’ve paid for
(3:26:06 PM) Boys:
<there’s a momentary pause before the next song starts, Ethan turns his attention back to Sang>

I took a walk around the world
To ease my troubled mind
I left my body laying somewhere
In the sands of time
But I watched the world float
To the dark side of the moon

I feel there is nothing I can do, yeah

I watched the world float
To the dark side of the moon
After all I knew it had to be
Something to do with you
I really don’t mind what happens now and then
As long as you’ll be my friend at the end
(3:26:53 PM) Girls:
<Sangria smiles at Ethan, mouths “Always”>
(3:27:03 PM) Boys:
<the boys join for the chorus>

If I go crazy then will you still
Call me Superman
If I’m alive and well, will you be
There a-holding my hand
I’ll keep you by my side
With my superhuman might
Kryptonite

(3:27:52 PM) Boys:
<Ethan smiles, looks at his guitar as he plays>

You called me strong, you called me weak,
But still your secrets I will keep
You took for granted all the times
I never let you down
You stumbled in and bumped your head,
If not for me then you’d be dead
I picked you up and put you back
On solid ground

(3:29:40 PM) Boys:
<Ethan and the boys play out the song, making eye contact with various people in the audience, Ethan finding Sang again during the last verse>

If I go crazy then will you still
Call me Superman
If I’m alive and well,
Will you be there a-holding my hand
I’ll keep you by my side
With my superhuman might
Kryptonite

If I go crazy then will you still
Call me Superman
If I’m alive and well, will you be there
Holding my hand
I’ll keep you by my side
With my superhuman might
Kryptonite
Yeah!!

If I go crazy then will you still
Call me Superman
If I’m alive and well,
Will you be there a-holding my hand
I’ll keep you by my side
With my superhuman might
Kryptonite
Yeah!!
(3:30:39 PM) Girls:
<Sangria smiles and whispers> No, but I’ll always call you Major Schlong.
(3:31:02 PM) Boys:
<Ethan bursts out laughing as the song ends>
(3:31:27 PM) Girls:
<Sangria beams at Ethan>
(3:32:05 PM) Boys:
<Ethan hugs Sang, and then Bree as he and Loch change places, the band resuming their usual set>
(3:33:43 PM) Girls:
<Sang and Bree hug Ethan back Bree moves into the back ground and Sang kisses Loch before heading back off Stage>
(3:34:21 PM) Boys:
<the boys applaud when the song ends and the band starts the next one>

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Posted April 27, 2012 by The Universe in category "Fiction", "Solitude