April 27

The Truth You Might Be Runnin’ From – Bree Joins the Band, Strippers at Band Practice

Boys: 
<Van sets up the video of the band’s last performance in the living room area of the loft for the girls that want to watch it then joins Brennan and Seth on the couch in the practice area where the boys are setting up, everyone’s got beer and they’re passing a joint around>
Boys: 
<David is warming up with his stampede imitation>
Boys: 
<Akhiro plays around with the synth, contributing stormy sound effects>


Girls: 
<The girls watch for a while then Heather, Silver and Kendra smell the pot and filter over, Bree watches the video, getting a feel for the band>
Girls: 
<Silver smiles> You guys are really good.
Boys: 
smiiles at Silver> We’re just gettin’ warmed up.
Boys: 
<Ethan, Loch and Tristan tune their guitars as needed>
Girls: 
Yeah but I’m talkin’ about the show.
Boys: 
<Loch nods> That one was one of the more fun ones we’ve done. David’s family was there and never saw us play before.
Boys: 
<Loch smiles> We were also on a mission.
Girls: 
<Kendra looks at Silver> We should get one of their Demo’s and play it at the club between sets.
Boys: 
<Tristan tests the mic> F-U-C-K-I-N-G
Girls: 
Somethin’ on your mind?
Boys: 
<The boys follow Tristan’s lead even though he was just playing around and start playing “Everything I Wanna Do”, Tristan smiles at Bree> Who, me?
Boys: 
<David sings it, smiling at Ethan when he gives him a hurt look>
Boys: 
<the boys take some liberties with the song>
Girls: 
<Bree smiles and walks over> Yeah, you. Nasty, Naughty boys.
Boys: 
<substituting girlfriend’s names here and there>
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles, nods>

Boys: 
<Tristan looks at Bree> Just hope Loch doesn’t make us play Billy Squire.
Girls: 
<Bree grins> There is that.
Girls: 
<Bree looks at them> I’ve got one for you… <pulls a rumpled piece of lined paper from her pocket hands it to Loch, hand written at the top is the Title is Jar of Hearts> It’s not your kind of stuff.
Boys: 
<Loch takes the sheet music and looks it over, to Bree> You gonna sing it?
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> Yeah…I’ll sing it.
Boys: 
<Loch smiles> Good. Give it to Van to copy.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles and takes the paper back, walks over and hands it to Van>
Boys: 
<Van takes it, looks it over> Nice. <looks at Bree> I’ll be right back. <gets up and goes into the office, makes copies, brings them back, gives Bree back the original and passes the copies around to the boys>
Boys: 
Oh.. we’re gonna be an emo band before we know it.
Boys: 
<David smiles> But think of all the panties that’ll get thrown at *you* on stage.
Boys: 
Emo’s good.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> The guys I sing with occasionally back home… One of them writes his own stuff and my god…<Heather interrupts> There’s *never* a dry eye when he’s done and <Silver picks up> Everyone gets laid on Wednesday night.
Girls: 
<Kendra smiles> Even the ones not with someone.
Boys: 
in between verses> We don’t care about everyone *else*, as long as *we’re* gettin’ laid.
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods> And Jar of Hearts isn’t exactly a song that inspires pure unadulterated lust.. but I can see a lot of women using it as an anthem against their ex boyfriends.
Girls: 
<the girls laugh>
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> Yeah but I’ve got one that will.
Boys: 
<the song ends and the boys start feeling out the song Bree gave them, Loch looks at Bree> Yeah? Which one?
Boys: 
sighs because there’s no drums *forever*>
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> A Thousand Years.
Girls: 
<Bree looks at them, smiles> I could borrow some of Morose’s too.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles> Fuck that. Try this one. <starts playing Your Call>
Boys: 
<Loch listens to Ethan play, smiles, starts singing>
Waiting for your call, I’m sick, call I’m angry
Call I’m desperate for your voice
Listening to the song we used to sing
In the car, do you remember
Butterfly, Early Summer
It’s playing on repeat, Just like when we would meet
Like when we would meet

Boys: 
<David tosses his drumsticks and sits back because there’s no drums *forever* in this song either>

Girls: 
<Bree smiles, cocks her head listening>
Boys: 
<all the boys sit back and listen to Loch and Ethan>
Girls: 
<Kendra stands and walks over, starts dancing, Heather and Silver join Kendra>
Boys: 
<Loch and Ethan harmonize on the chorus>
Cause I was born to tell you I love you
And I am torn to do what I have to, to make you mine
Stay with me tonight

Boys: 
Stripped and polished, I am new, I am fresh
I am feeling so ambitious, you and me, flesh to flesh
Cause every breath that you will take
When you are sitting next to me
Will bring life into my deepest hopes, What’s your fantasy?
(What’s your, what’s your…)

Girls: 
<Bree smiles> Oh.. that’s good.
Boys: 
<David looks at Bree like she’s high>
Girls: 
<Bree looks over at David> For getting them laid.
Boys: 
<Loch’s voice rises as the song gets more emotionally intense, Ethan joining in with the harmony in the background>
Cause I was born to tell you I love you
And I am torn to do what I have to, to make you mine
Stay with me tonight

And I’m tired of being all alone, and this solitary moment makes me want to come back home x4
(I know everything you wanted isn’t anything you have)

Cause I was born to tell you I love you
And I am torn to do what I have to, to make you mine
Stay with me tonight

Cause I was born to tell you I love you
And I am torn to do what I have to, to make you mine
Stay with me tonight
(I know everything you wanted isn’t anything you have)

Boys: 
<David smiles at Bree> Yeah. *Them*.
Boys: 
<Loch starts on Broken, smiles at Bree> Hope you’re ready.
Girls: 
<Bree laughs> Baby, you’ve got Taryn.. All you have to do is smile at her and she’s there. <looks at him> That girl is *all* about you. <looks at Loch> Whenever you are.
Boys: 
<David grabs his drumsticks, nods to Bree> I know.
Boys: 
I wanted you to know I love the way you laugh
I wanna hold you high and steal your pain away
I keep your photograph, I know it serves me well
I wanna hold you high and steal your pain

Girls: 
<Bree listens joining in>

Cause I’m broken when I’m lonesome
And I don’t feel right when you’re gone away

Boys: 
Gone away, you don’t feel me anymore
Boys: 
<David brings the drums in>
Boys: 
<Van smiles, listening, Brennan looks at the girls> She’s good.
Girls: 
<Bree sings the next verse, the emotion coming through in her tone>

The worst is over now
And we can breathe again
I wanna hold you high, you steal my pain away
There’s so much left to learn
And no one left to fight
I wanna hold you high and steal your pain

Girls: 
She is.. Remember the first time she sang with Morose and Christopher? She was terrified.

Boys: 
Their last gig.. Loch made David sing all the emotional shit.. we played hell at practice getting him to be cool with it.
Boys: 
<Van nods> But he couldn’t really sing the dirty shit because his family was in the audience.
Girls: 
<Heather laughs> I bet. <Silver smiles>Which you used to your advantage.
Boys: 
‘Cause I’m broken when I’m open
And I don’t feel like I am strong enough
‘Cause I’m broken when I’m lonesome
And I don’t feel right when you’re gone away

You’re gone away
You don’t feel me here anymore

Boys: 
<Brennan nods> Damn right we did.
Girls: 
<Silver, Heather and Kendra laugh>
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at the girls> What you saw last night with Ethan and Siobhan was Ethan pushing her buttons and trying to get her to show some feeling. He’s not usually like that. Especially with women.
Girls: 
<Bree keeps singing, feeling the harmony more than singing what’s written>
Boys: 
<Van laughs> Are you kidding? There were a couple of times there he was outright scared it was going to backfire.
Girls: 
<Heather looks at Brennan, the girls walk over and sit> Babe, you don’t have to explain to us.
Girls: 
<Kendra smiles> We just kind of roll with what happens.
Boys: 
<Akhiro goes into the piano bit of Jar of Hearts>
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles> Probably a good thing.
Boys: 
<David rolls his eyes because there’s no drums *again*>
Girls: 
<Kendra smiles> Yeah. Keeps us sane back home.
Girls: 
<Bree starts singing softly>

No, I can’t take one more step towards you
‘Cause all that’s waiting is regret
Don’t you know I’m not your ghost anymore
You lost the love I loved the most

I learned to live half alive
And now you want me one more time

Boys: 
Yeah, so, David will be spending half the set in the audience with *us* getting hammered.
Girls: 
<Heather smiles> Yeah.. but Taryn will appreciate that. He can dance with her.
Girls: 
<Bree’s voice changes as the anger comes through, getting louder and a little raspy>
And who do you think you are?
Runnin’ ’round leaving scars
Collecting your jar of hearts
And tearing love apart
You’re gonna catch a cold
From the ice inside your soul
So don’t come back for me
Who do you think you are?
Girls:
I hear you’re asking all around
If I am anywhere to be found
But I have grown too strong
To ever fall back in your arms

I’ve learned to live half alive
And now you want me one more time

Boys: 
<Brennan smiles, watching David> If he doesn’t get so frustrated, he throws one of those spectacularly rock and roll drummer tantrums.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles, looks over at David> So add some drum.
Boys: 
<David shakes his head> Nope. It just wouldn’t work. <gets up, walks over to Van and the girls, grabs his beer, takes a long drink, sits on the couch next to Van, looks at him> At least I can drink. <grabs the joint from Brennan and hits it, passes it off>
Boys: 
<Van smiles> Just think about the panties on the stage, man.
Boys: 
<David smiles> Don’t you know drummers get the least pussy? It’s all about the boys in the front.
Girls: 
<Bree picks up the song again, fury and pain coming through>
Dear, It took so long just to feel all right
Remember how to put back the light in my eyes
I wish I had missed the first time that we kissed
‘Cause you broke all your promises
And now you’re back
You don’t get to get me back

Girls: 
And who do you think you are?
Runnin’ ’round leaving scars
Collecting your jar of hearts
And tearing love apart
You’re gonna catch a cold
From the ice inside your soul
So don’t come back for me
Don’t come back at all

Girls: 
And who do you think you are?
Runnin’ ’round leaving scars
Collecting your jar of hearts
And tearing love apart
You’re gonna catch a cold
From the ice inside your soul

Girls: 
Don’t come back for me
Don’t come back at all
Who do you think you are?
Who do you think you are?

Girls: 
<Bree sings the last line in a whisper>

Who do you think you are?
Boys: 
<the boys applaud when the song ends, Loch smiles at Bree> I think we’ve got room on the playlist for that one, too.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles, blushing> I don’t want to… frustrate David.
Boys: 
<Loch laughs> Yeah, you do. <smiles> Because that’s when things get interesting.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> Interesting how?
Boys: 
<Tristan looks at Bree, smiles> David’s kind of.. unpredictable. And shit just has a way of happening.
Boys: 
<Ethan laughs> Yeah. Like impromptu trips to the Pawn Shop to fuck with the sales guy.
Girls: 
<Bree nods smiles>The other song has drums. <Bree blinks, looks at David> What?
Boys: 
<Akhiro smiles> And sudden fake engagements.
Girls: 
<Bree laughs> Aren’t they all?
Boys: 
Well.. me and Saige were headed up to see my family and get her a new bike from my uncle’s dealership. We were gonna fuck with him and tell him we got married, so we stopped at the pawn shop.
Girls: 
<The girls laugh, Silver laughs> Oh hell. That’s great.
Boys: 
gettin’ divorced and how it was all his fault.
Girls: 
<Silver smiles> Oh that’s great.
Girls: 
<Heather smiles> How’d he take it?
Girls: 
<Bree laughs> Oh you’re bad.
Boys: 
Let’s just say I probably shouldn’t try goin’ back there again.
Girls: 
<Kendra smiles> I’m surprised he didn’t shoot you.
Girls: 
<Bree wanders around the band’s set up>
Boys: 
Yeah, well, boy’d have to be packin’ a lot more than he is to get a shot off.
Girls: 
< Silver smiles> Carryin’ light is he?

Boys: 
Hell, he probably had to go into therapy by the time you were done with him.
Boys: 
<David nods to Van> If he’s not, then my work isn’t done there.

Girls: 
Take us in there tell him you went Mormon and *We’re* your wives.
Boys: 
What’re you doin’ Friday afternoon?
Boys: 
<the boys laugh>
Boys: 
<David flips the boys off> Fuck that, I’m serious.
Girls: 
<Heather smiles> Fucking with a pawn shop guy.
Boys: 
<David smiles, nods> All right, then.
Boys: 
<Tristan laughs> Oh, my god, David. What is it with you and this pawn shop guy?
Boys: 
What? I don’t like leavin’ shit half done.
Girls: 
<Bree looks at Tristan> He likes watching him squirm.
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles, looks at David> Is that it?
Boys: 
<David shrugs> That part’s fun, too.
Girls: 
<Silver smiles> I bet we pack more than he does.
Boys: 
<Loch laughs> You’re just a dick. Especially because you never take me with you.
Boys: 

Boys: 
<the boys nod solemnly in agreement>
Girls: 
<Silver laughs and shakes her head> Hardware baby. <reaches into her boot and pulls out a gun, lays it on the table>
Boys: 
<David arches a brow, looks from the gun to her> You afraid of a few small town boys who Aiden says are all whipped?
Girls: 
Oh.. please. I’m just always prepared.
Girls: 
<Heather smiles> We all are.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at David, smiles> Um.. that girl doesn’t look like she’s afraid of *boys* period.
Boys: 
But maybe boys should be afraid of them.
Girls: 
<Silver smiles> There is nothing that can shock me.
Girls: 
<Kendra laughs> We don’t bite.. unless asked.
Boys: 
<Loch smiles> Damn.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> Not true.. I do.
Girls: 
<Heather smiles> Only when provoked.
Boys: 
<the boys look at Bree, Brennan smiles> You’re going on my Christmas list.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles> Shit. Christmas list? Who here *didn’t* consider, at least briefly, moving to *their* town?
Girls: 
<Bree looks at Brennan, smiles>
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Ethan> Shit. Even *I* considered that one.
Girls: 
<Bree looks at them> The grass is always greener.
Boys: 
<Van looks at the girls, smiles> True, but… what is it about Samuel that you guys were willing to drop everything and come way the hell out here without a moment’s notice?
Girls: 
<Bree looks at Van> He’d do the same for any one of us in a heartbeat.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at them> Are all those stories he and Aiden tell true?
Boys: 
You wanna know about most of ’em, why don’t you just ask ’em to show their scars? Because you know there’s no comin’ out of most of that without ’em.
Boys: 
<Ethan shakes his head> I’m not sure I *want* to see those scars.
Girls: 
<Heather nods> Yeah. <Silver, quietly> When we heard he’d been shot.. we shut down the club. There were so many of us in the waiting room at the hospital.. from all over town.. not just the South Side.
Boys: 
<the boys nod, Van looks at Silver> I can see that, actually.
Boys: 
Hell.. Sang acts like Aiden’s her best friend. I’m surprised she hasn’t told *him* he’s movin’ here.
Boys: 
Yeah, but.. he’s so.. just out there, yanno? He owned the place from the second he walked through the door. I almost felt like *I* was just visiting.
Girls: 
That’s kind of surprising people don’t usually attach themselves that fast to him. But once you’re in.. you’re in and there’s not a lot you can to to get out.
Boys: 
Yeah, we kinda picked up on that. Hell.. Sang’s the most politically correct feminist out there til Aiden opens his mouth. The two of them kinda got into it at the strip club about how it was an affront and objectifies women and shit and he totally called her out on being a hypocrite.
Boys: 
All she had to say when he was done with her was “shit”.
Girls: 
<Kendra nods> Because he’s right. He practically lives in our club. He knows the drill and that most of us aren’t whores…sure there are a few…or were til Silver took it over..but for most of us it’s *just* a job. <smiles> Hell Ava’s one of us.
Boys: 
<Loch smiles> Yeah. How’s that for an epic love story?
Girls: 
Yeah.. they’ve been to hell and back, more times then we can count.
Boys: 
And now he says he’s puttin’ a ring on her finger.
Boys: 
I’m puttin’ one on Taryn.
Girls: 
<Kendra looks at David> Gonna get that Friday?
Girls: 
<Heather looks at Loch> And we couldn’t be more relieved.
Boys: 
Yeah, but not at the pawn shop. Samuel wants to pay for it. Somethin’ nice, he said. Says it’s our wedding present, but I’m not supposed to tell her.
Girls: 
<Kendra looks at Brennan, smiles> And there’s another reason.
Boys: 
<the boys look at David like “what?”>
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Kendra> Wow.
Boys: 
What? He likes Taryn. Thinks I should hold onto her.
Girls: 
His gains may be ill gotten, but when you come from nothing, even ill gotten gains are better.
Boys: 
<David looks at Kendra> They’re freaked out over the bodies in the attic and shit.
Boys: 
Hey.. I’m not half as freaked out as everyone else. I don’t actually mind him that much. It’s just a bitch to figure out where he’s comin’ from.
Girls: 
<Silver arches a brow> Then they need to get over it. He was in survival mode, I’m sure.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Silver> Survival mode?
Boys: 
<David nods to Kendra> I’m not sure he’s *not* in survival mode now.
Girls: 
<Silver nods> Yeah.. that place where you’ll do whatever you have to do to make it through.
Boys: 
<David looks at Silver> And those are probably the stories we *haven’t* heard because those are probably the ones that most of us couldn’t handle.
Boys: 
<Seth looks at David> Shit. You guys can barely handle what you *have* heard.
Boys: 
It’s different for me. That’s my brother and I spent ten years thinkin’ I didn’t care if he was alive or dead only to find out now how close he’s been to bein’ dead and realizing that maybe I cared a lot more than I thought.
Girls: 
<Silver nods> Listen… I was 16 and living on the streets, working the club. I went to Samuel for drugs he wouldn’t *ever* sell me anything harder than pot. Since then he’s saved my ass more times then I can count. Samuel gave me a place to stay.
Boys: 
<David looks at Silver> And none of us have ever been in that situation. Some of us haven’t even had to grow up yet.

Girls: 
<Silver nods> Exactly… and the only reason I don’t own the club I run is because the guy that did own it…gave it to Ava. She’s family to him. But.. I could have bought it and would have. Samuel and Aiden taught me to save and take care of what’s mine.. and I do. My girls have health plans and food catered into the club every night. Some of them it’s the only meal they get.
Girls: 
She paid for Jace’s Rehab so he didn’t have to go to the county hospital.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Silver curiously> What else did they teach you?
Girls: 
That I didn’t have to fuck everything to get what I wanted. That I’m worth more than just a hole for some guy to stick his cock into to warm it up. They gave Ava back her confidence. And this was while she and Aiden were broken up. Aiden was hard as hell on her but she proved she was capable and *now* there’s very few out there that would fuck with her.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> Just shows you money can’t buy you class *or* make you right.
Boys: 
My brother wouldn’t waste his money tryin’ to buy class in the first place.
Girls: 
Any one of us would do anything for Aiden or Samuel. *Because* they are who they are. Hell, when Jace and I were broken up Aiden helped me cover Jace’s half of the bills on our house. I put some money away and now that Jace is gone again.. It’s our life… I don’t have to ask for help.
Girls: 
Hell Jace asked them to watch out for Dee, and Samuel was checking on her and almost shot the next door neighbor.
Boys: 
<Van smiles> We heard that story. <looks at Bree> The girl he took back to his place to “protect” and she never left?
Girls: 
<Bree nods> Yeah.. that would be the one. <smiles>
Boys: 
Yeah. He told us about Rad bein’ next door with his bat, but they didn’t say a whole lot about Rad at all. Then he walks into the G Spot last night and was *nothin’* like we were expectin’.
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles> Dude.. Rad is awesome. And fucking hilarious.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> Rad is…the nice one. But he can crush cars with that bat.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods> We saw how he’s built. *I* wouldn’t wanna be on the business end of that bat. <smiles> The nicer they are, the harder they hit when you push them far enough.
Boys: 
<the other boys nod>
Boys: 
<Van looks at the girls, smiles> They call you their girls and we’ve heard enough to know they don’t fuck around when it comes to you guys.
Girls: 
<Kendra nod> Exactly. And He and Ava are best friends.
Girls: 
<The girls smile, Heather> And any one of us would do anything any of them asked with no hesitation or question.
Boys: 
And I’m bettin’ they don’t ask often.
Girls: 
<Kendra shakes her head> They don’t.
Girls: 
<Silver smiles> We know we’re safe with them.. and because of them we’re safe when they aren’t around.
Boys: 
<Loch smiles>
Boys: 
<Akhiro smiles> I hate to break this up, but.. we’ve only got a couple of practices left here, so… <starts playing “Losing You”, David smiles, gets up and goes back to his drums>
Boys: 
<Loch nods> Hold that thought, girls.
Boys: 
<David starts the drums and Ethan joins in>

 

 

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