June 16

Dead Can Dance – Memorial Show for Hayden’s Dad, Shenanigans

Boys:
<The band is on stage playing after having announced that tonight’s show is dedicated to Hayden’s father>
Girls:
<some of the band wives watch the show, Aubrey and Saige are dancing, Hayden looks over at Brennan, teary eyed>
Boys:
<Brennan looks at Hayden, smiles, reaches over under the table, takes her hand and squeezes it>
Boys:
<Christopher sits with Ciara in his lap, watching the show>
Girls:
<Hayden whispers to Brennan> Did you know they were going to do this?


Boys:
<Brennan shakes his head> Not until I got to the club last night and heard about it from Bree and Samuel. Apparently, they decided it while we were outside.
Girls:
<Hayden nods, softly> It’s sweet. They’ve gotten a lot better since the last time I heard them. <smiles> And Bree’s great. She really keeps the energy up.
Boys:
<Brennan nods> She adds a little something extra.
Boys:
<Van, Ryan and Samuel watch the show>
Boys:
<Seth smiles, listening, looks over at Hayden> Your dad had good taste in music, babe.
Boys:
<Samuel nods in agreement with Seth without taking his eyes off Bree>
Girls:
<Hayden smiles>Thanks..he really did, <softly> Mom hated this stuff… His collection of music is incredible.
Boys:
<Seth nods> The classics are especially good. They must really take you back.
Boys:
<Christopher looks over, whispers to Hayden and Seth> I haven’t heard some of these in *years*. This is great.
Girls:
<Hayden nods> He used to listen to these all the time. In the car while he was working.. <smiles> I was at the office earlier today and found his little transistor…tuned to the same station as it always was…like it was waiting for him to turn it on or something. The thing has to be forty years old.
Boys:
<Christopher smiles> Wow.
Boys:
<Christopher looks at Hayden> So.. you turned it on, right?
Girls:
<Hayden nods> Yeah.. I caught the end of a tribute they were doing to him. Someone.. one of the guys I think called in and told them about him..about..what happened. So the station was playing a bunch of requests in memory of him.
Boys:
<Christopher nods> Awesome. But.. how’s it been for you? Listening to that all day and then this tonight. It’s not too much, is it?
Girls:
<Hayden shakes her head> No.. <smiles> I like them too. <blinks, then looks at Brennan>
Boys:
<Christopher smiles, quietly> Cool. Your dad must’ve been pretty bad ass.
Boys:
<Brennan smiles at Hayden, to Christopher> He was all right for an old guy.
Girls:
<Hayden nods> He was… Bad ass is the best way to describe him. <smiles, then shakes her head>
Boys:
<Christopher smiles again, looks back at the band>
Girls:
<Lia watches Hayden, then looks over at Ryan>
Boys:
<Ryan looks at Lia, nods subtly>
Girls:
<Lia smiles, turns to the band, keeping a subtle eye on Hayden>
Girls:
<Nikki walks in and sits down at the table looking tired and not a little fried>
Boys:
<Ryan looks at Nikki when she enters his peripheral vision, watches her for a second when she sits down like he’s debating saying something and decides against it, looks back at the band>
Boys:
<Seth looks at Samuel> So.. the Impala. That’s *the* Impala?
Girls:
<Nikki orders a Jack straight up>
Boys:
<Samuel smiles, nods, takes a drag of his cigarette> Apparently, Bree wasn’t content to leave it set.
Boys:
<Seth smiles> It’s nice. And the airbrushing on the hood… how do you manage to keep your eyes on the road?
Boys:
<Samuel laughs> That’s easy enough when you see those girls on stage every night.
Boys:
<Samuel looks at him, smiles>It’s even easier when you’re on your way to the club. Now.. all the *other* drivers, well.. that’s a different story.
Boys:
<Ryan looks over at Samuel, smiles> It’s a nice car. I’m not a big car guy, but that one made *me* stop and look twice.
Boys:
<Samuel nods> At the paint job or the redhead in the passenger seat?
Boys:
<Ryan smiles> The redhead’s an attention grabber and the artwork’s nice, but.. it was actually the car’s body that made got me.
Boys:
<Samuel nods> But you’re not car guy. <shakes his head> I’m not much of one, either, but I saw that one and nothin’ would do but I got a hold of it.
Girls:
<Nikki looks over at Ryan, then up at the stage>
Boys:
<Van looks at Samuel, smiles> You feel that way about Bree when you first saw her?
Boys:
<Samuel smiles, nods> Ayup. Damn right I did. Me and about every other guy in the audience. ‘Cept maybe Aiden.
Boys:
<Van laughs> Yeah, well.. Aiden seems to have a thing for blonds and scene girls.
Boys:
<Samuel laughs, smiles at Sang> Yeah, I’m still tryin’ to figure out that scene girl thing.
Girls:
<Taryn smiles> Sangria.. somewhere between goth and Emo?
Boys:
<Ryan listens, looks over at Nikki>
Boys:
<Samuel nods to Taryn> Yeah, but Aiden’s never really been one to go either way.
Girls:
<the server brings Nikki her drink which she downs>
Girls:
<Taryn laughs> She drew him in?
Boys:
<Samuel shakes his head> Like I said. Still tryin’ to figure it out. Because he especially don’t usually go for the perky, bouncy types either.
Boys:
<Ryan looks at Samuel, smiles> Yeah, but Sang is… special. And not in a short bus kind of way.
Boys:
<Samuel smiles> She’s somethin’, all right.
Girls:
<Taryn looks at Ryan> What do you mean?
Boys:
<Ryan looks at Taryn> I don’t mean it in a bad way, just… there’s something about her. And it’s kind of difficult to stay mad at her. I’m not usually the perky bouncy kind of guy either, but.. she’s pretty easy to talk to, you know?
Boys:
<Ryan shakes his head> I hate to say it like this, but..she’s got a cute personality.
Girls:
<Taryn smiles> I think that’s exactly it. <looks at Samuel>
Boys:
<Samuel looks at Ryan> And the fact she’s built like a brick shit house and easy to look at, don’t hurt either?
Boys:
<Ryan laughs, shakes his head> Is she? <smiles> I haven’t really been paying attention to that part. That whole boyfriend thing is like a huge censor bar over her from the neck down.
Boys:
<Samuel smiles, nods> That’s kinda how most of us feel about Ciara.
Girls:
<Siobhan laughs> Riight. And…<Ciara looks over at Samuel, smiles> Hey!
Boys:
<Samuel looks at Ciara, smiles> You’d rather I said it was because you’re cute?
Boys:
<Christopher looks at Samuel> Then I must have pretty bad vision or an epically great imagination because *I’ve* never seen the censor bar.
Boys:
<Ryan looks at Siobhan, smiles> What? You don’t believe me?
Girls:
<Ciara looks at Samuel, grins> Cute is the new Sexy.
Boys:
<Samuel laughs, nods> All right, then.
Boys:
<Christopher smiles at Ciara> Pffft. New for who?
Girls:
<Siobhan smiles> Oh I don’t know..
Girls:
<Ciara kisses Christopher> *Thank* you.
Boys:
<Ryan looks at Ciara, smiles> Nice. <looks back at Siobhan> You’re right. I don’t actually see a censor bar. I can’t get a good view of her because Ethan’s always standing in the way making sure that doesn’t happen.
Boys:
<Christopher smiles, kisses her back>
Boys:
<Van laughs, to Ryan> Now *that* I can believe.
Girls:
<Siobhan nods> Totally.
Girls:
<Nikki orders another drink>
Girls:
<Sang comes back from the bathroom with Renee, takes their seats>
Girls:
<Siobhan smiles> Look now.
Boys:
<Ryan laughs, shakes his head> That’s all right, thanks.
Girls:
<Siobhan smiles>
Girls:
<Sang smiles> We miss anything good?
Boys:
<Van smiles at Sang> Just Siobhan trying to get Ryan to see past the giant censor bar that covers you from the neck down with Ethan’s name on it.
Boys:
<Ryan smiles at Van> Yes. *That* detail totally would’ve made that more believable. I’ll have to remember that for next time.
Boys:
<Van nods to Ryan> No problem.
Boys:
<Seth smiles> Censors don’t exist in my world. Trust me, she *is* built like a brick shit house.
Girls:
<Sang laughs and looks at Ryan> Babe. <looks at Seth, arches her brow at him>
Boys:
<Christopher looks at the others> Has anyone ever *really* stopped to think about what “built like a brick shithouse” means?
Girls:
<Siobhan smiles> Say “thank you” Sang.
Boys:
<Seth smiles at Sang> I’m very happily taken. I’m not dead *or* blind.
Girls:
<Sang smiles> Thank you.
Girls:
<Taryn looks at Christopher and cracks up>
Girls:
<Ciara blinks> Oh.. eww.
Boys:
<Christopher smiles at Taryn> Notice how most of them just ignored that?
Girls:
<Taryn smiles> Totally.
Boys:
<Christopher grins> I mean.. let’s start with the fact that shithouses are *out* houses and as such, are not only used to store shit.. an amazingly horrendous amount of shit, no less, but they’re perfectly straight. And most guys really like a little curve to their girls.
Boys:
<Brennan looks at Christopher, smiles> You’ve apparently thought about this *way* too much.
Boys:
<Christopher shakes his head> Not really. It just never made sense to me as a compliment. It makes a *lot* more sense as a “you are full of shit” type insult.
Girls:
<Sang laughs> Okay I can see it.
Boys:
<Christopher smiles at Sang, looks at Brennan> Trust me. Get called to go clean out *one* shit house and you will *never* refer to a woman that way again.
Girls:
<Renee shakes her head> Does that happen a lot to you?
Boys:
<Ryan takes a sip of his drink, looks over at Nikki>
Boys:
<Christopher looks at Ren> One word. Construction.
Girls:
<Nikki looks at Ryan as she takes a long drink from her new glass>
Boys:
<Christopher thinks> Well.. also Renaissance fairs, things like that.
Boys:
<Ryan smiles at Nikki> Rough day at work?
Girls:
<Hayden nods> Yeah.. I can’t tell you how many times one of the guys pulled a prank on another and the portapots roll down hills or get hung from cranes…
Boys:
<Christopher looks at Hayden, smiles> Yeah. I’ve had some interesting calls. It’s funny how often those guys are like big kids. One of my best friends actually has a small construction business and they’re the worst for messing with each other like that.
Girls:
<Nikki looks at Ryan blinks and nods> Yeah.. caught a stinker.
Boys:
<Ryan arches a brow> Damn. You okay?
Boys:
<Brennan looks at Hayden, smiles> And then he goes home to his twin brother. You should hear the ball gag in the toilet story.
Girls:
<Nikki nods> Yeah.. I just feel like doctor Frankenstein today… with all the reconstruction. <shakes her head> It’s one of those that makes me wonder what the hell I do this for.
Boys:
<Christopher laughs, smiles at Ciara> That story is now popular in two states, baby.
Boys:
<Ryan blinks> Fuck. That bad?
Girls:
<Hayden smiles at Brennan, looks at Christopher> They were awful to me. It’s kind of an initiation.
Girls:
<Ciara looks at Christopher grins> Woot!
Boys:
<Christopher laughs, nods> *Exactly*.
Girls:
<Nikki nods> Yeah. Animals and bugs and elements and All I can tell is she was blond and somewhere between 20 and 30.
Boys:
<Ryan looks at her> If you need to talk about it…
Girls:
<Nikki looks at him, nods, quietly> I’m not even sure of her eye color.
Boys:
<Ryan furrows his brow> Oh, wow. That is bad.
Girls:
<Hayden smiles, looks at Brennan> I made a decision…I want to talk to you about.
Boys:
<Brennan looks at Hayden> All right. Just let me know when.
Girls:
<Nikki nods> Been out there at least a week and the kids that found her.. <shakes her head>
Girls:
<Hayden smiles> Now?
Boys:
<Brennan smiles> I don’t seem to be doing anything else.
Girls:
<Hayden grins> Cool.
Boys:
<Ryan shakes his head> Christ. Anything I can do? <whispers to Sang> Which is probably what I should’ve said in the first place.
Boys:
<Brennan smiles again> You wanna hit the bar or take a walk?
Girls:
<Hayden looks at Brennan then over at Aubrey> Walk please?
Girls:
<Nikki shakes her head> You know anything about facial reconstruction?
Boys:
<Brennan nods> Let’s go.
Boys:
<Ryan shake his head> Not really. Sorry. Not beyond the basic mortician check list.
Girls:
<Hayden stands and smiles at Brennan>
Girls:
<Nikki sighs> I was afraid of that. It’s going to take a few days to get someone here… in the mean time I have to piece together what happened with Very little left to find.
Boys:
<Brennan stands, looks at Van> We’re gonna go outside for a couple of minutes.
Boys:
<Ryan looks at Nikki> I’m sorry. I wish I could help.
Boys:
<Van nods> We’ll be here.
Girls:
<Lia smiles at Hayden> Small steps.
Girls:
<Hayden nods>
Girls:
<Hayden looks at Brennan and rolls her eyes>
Girls:
<Nikki quietly> I think I need one of your jokes.
Boys:
<Brennan smiles at Hayden, heads to the door with her>
Boys:
<Ryan looks at Nikki> Oh, I’ve got those for days. I got Ethan and Sang with the whispering bit last night.

 

Girls:
<Nikki smiles> Oh that’s great. What’d they do?
Boys:
<Ryan smiles> Sang couldn’t keep her eyes off the hallway and the look on Ethan’t face was priceless. You should’ve seen it. And I told them about the twitchy corpse thing. Had *no* idea Sang would totally mom out on me. I’m not *allowed* to work on corpses when the sun’s not up.
Girls:
<Nikki laughs> You did tell her that you don’t get to choose when people die right.
Boys:
<Ryan nods> Totally, but.. you didn’t hear her. <smiles at Sang> She doesn’t want to have to peel me off the ceiling, she said.
Boys:
<Ryan looks at Nikki> Because, you know, it’s *so* much less freakish when they do it in the daylight you can’t see from the basement.
Girls:
<Sang blinks, sighs shakes her head> Wow.. I really *am* an Idiot.
Girls:
<Nikki laughs>
Boys:
<Ryan looks at Sang, smiles> You’re not an idiot. Why would you even think about that? You’re just trying to look out for me.
Girls:
<Sang looks at him> Because I don’t like basements at their best.
Boys:
<Ryan nods> Okay, there’s that, but.. still. You haven’t even seen mine. And we’re going to keep it that way while there are bodies down there. The point is.. your heart was in the right place and that makes you not an idiot.
Girls:
<Sang smiles> Thanks..
Boys:
<Ryan smiles> If you were an idiot, I wouldn’t talk to you. <looks at Nikki>
Boys:
<Ryan looks back at Sang> Actually.. I would talk to you. But only long enough to tell you that you were an idiot.
Girls:
<Sang smiles> Okay..
Girls:
<Nikki nods> He would too.
Boys:
<Ryan nods> Totally. And since I haven’t yet.. you’re safe. <looks at Nikki> She is a royal pain in the ass to get rid of, though.
Girls:
<Nikki smiles> Why do you say that?
Boys:
<Ryan smiles> Just because she’s stubborn as hell.
Girls:
<Sang shakes her head> Persistent.

Boys:
<Ryan looks at Sang, smiles> All right. Persistent.
Girls:
<Nikki looks at Ryan> It sounds like you had some fun last night.
Boys:
<Ryan looks at Nikki, smiles> Yeah, I think we did.
Girls:
<Nikki smiles> That’s cool. <looks at him, quietly> Thanks.
Boys:
<Ryan smiles again, nods> No problem.
Girls:
<Nikki looks at him> This case just has me…worked up. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen one this bad.
Boys:
<Ryan nods> You want to go outside and get some air?
Girls:
<Nikki nods> Probably.. before the second drink kicks in and kicks my ass.
Boys:
<Ryan nods, looks at Sang> If you need us, we’ll be out back.
Girls:
<Sang nods> All right.
Boys:
<Ryan gets up and waits for Nikki>
Girls:
<Nikki stands, picks up her drink, takes another swallow, puts it back and goes with Ryan>


Boys:
<Ryan heads out back with Nikki>
Boys:
<meanwhile, out front, Brennan looks at Hayden> So.. what’s this decision?
Girls:
<Hayden smiles> I want you to take my dad’s place.
Boys:
<Brennan blinks> Hayden… wow. Me? <shakes his head> Those are some seriously big shoes to fill.
Girls:
<Hayden nods> Yes you. <steps toward him> I *know* you can do it.
Boys:
<Brennan looks at her> That’s… wow. Can *anyone* take your dad’s place? And I don’t mean like.. you know. I just mean as far as the job goes.
Girls:
<Hayden shakes her head> Okay take his place was the wrong choice of words. I want you to take over for him. For me.
Boys:
<Brennan leans back against the wall, thinking about it> Christ. A day job. And not in a strip club eating up my nights. <looks at her> That alone is.. almost convincing.
Girls:
<Hayden nods, quietly> It’s two fold…
Boys:
<Brennan looks at her curiously> What do you mean?
Girls:
<Hayden smiles> I’ll get to see more of you.
Boys:
<Brennan smiles> And that’s… the finish line. <shakes his head> I don’t know if I can do the job your dad did as well as he did it. <looks at her> But I’d be lying if I said the prospect of working the club every night was high on my list of shit I *want* to do.
Boys:
<Brennan smiles> And since you got back, I’ve been hating the idea of being there every night more and more.
Girls:
<Hayden smiles, softly> I know you’re with Aubrey and everything. And if you don’t want this.. then tell me now and it’s done.. but I *still* want you to take the job no matter what happens with us.
Boys:
<Brennan shakes his head> If I didn’t want this, it’d already be over.
Boys:
<Brennan looks at her> And for me, it’s not.
Girls:
<Hayden nods, looks at him> Me either.
Boys:
<Brennan nods> So, what? You’re *not* looking to run around with everything with a pulse you can get your hands on?
Girls:
<Hayden shakes her head> No. <frowns> Who said that?
Boys:
<Brennan looks at her> It seems to be only everyone. As in..the general consensus. And before you get all huffy about it.. I don’t give a fuck what they think they know. I only care what you tell me. Let them think what they want.
Girls:
<Hayden looks at him> Huffy? Huffy? Really? When have I ever gotten Huffy?
Boys:
<Brennan smiles>
Girls:
<Hayden arches her brow at him> I do* not* get huffy.
Boys:
<Brennan laughs, nods> All right. Then you aren’t huffy right now.
Girls:
<Hayden shakes her head> No.. I’m not huffy. Frustrated, yes.. Sad okay. Huffy nope.
Boys:
<Brennan smiles, reaches for her hand and pulls her closer> Why are you frustrated, baby?
Girls:
<Hayden moves into him> Because your brother and his wife…decided to send you off last night.
Boys:
<Brennan nods> Yeah, that didn’t do a lot for my disposition either. <looks at her> What are we gonna do about that?
Girls:
<Hayden wraps her arms around his neck, shoves her hands into his hair at the back of his head, pulls him toward her and kisses him deeply and urgently>
Boys:
<Brennan wraps his arms around her and responds with the same urgency>

Girls:
<Hayden wraps her leg around his hip, pressing closer to him, her hips moving with the same rhythm as her tongue against his>

Boys:
<Brennan moves hands to her ass, pulling her as close as physically possible as his.. passion.. rises>
Girls:
<Hayden using his shoulders as leverage, pulls herself off her feet, wraps her leg around him clasping them at the ankles, all but devours his face>
Boys:
<Brennan responds to her kiss for a couple of minutes before breaking it, tries to catch his breath> They won’t look for us in Ethan’s car.
Girls:
<Hayden nods, looks at him> Yes.. please.
Boys:
<Brennan smiles, puts her back on her feet, grabs her hand and all but runs to Ethan’s car>

Girls:
<Hayden goes with him loosening her belt as she goes, quietly> I’m gonna have to start wearing skirts.

Boys:
<Brennan nods> Damn right you are. <stops at the car, pulls out the extra set of keys he has to it, unlocks it, opens the door for her>
Boys:
<Brennan looks at her> And he’s got tinted windows, which Van doesn’t.
Girls:
<Hayden throws herself in the back seat> Which is added bonus. <smiles, as she grabs him and pulls him into the car pulling off his shirt as she does>
Boys:
<Brennan slams the car door shut behind him, hits the lock and goes at Hayden with a single mindedness>

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Posted June 16, 2012 by The Universe in category "Fiction", "Solitude