Well, the weekend is over and it’s time to get back into the swing of things. A couple of days of practice and tomorrow night I may roll over to a little LGBT get together. Haven’t made up my mind yet.
But I will get to writing that last scene which, I hope, only takes about fifteen hundred or so words. Because I am so eager to start Act Two so I can put my kids through hell, I tell ya, hell. Maybe not right away, but I’ll get there.
In the meantime Kerry’s back with refreshments and a desire to hear about the girl’s discussion:
(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017 by Cassidy Frazee)
“We had a great one.” A second later Nadine began laughing.
Kerry began smiling. “What’s so funny?”
“When you walked up levitating that glass I instantly flashed back to your first night in Advanced Spells.”
“Oh, that.” Annie rolled her eyes. “I remember my first levitation lesson so well.”
“You guys were so shaky that night—”
“Particularly me. I had such little confidence when I couldn’t make that spell right away.”
Nadine motioned to both Kerry and her. “And now look at you: all the advanced classes and maybe a few other things.” She didn’t elaborate what she meant by “other things”, but she saw by the look Annie and Kerry exchanged that they knew what she meant. “He was the same way when we started working on his first Ostara performance: completely unsure he was gonna be able to get up there and perform.”
Kerry looked down as he nodded. “I was a freakin’ mess, that’s for sure. And you helped me through that.”
“All I did was work on bringing out the talent you already had.” Nadine glanced at Annie. “Did he tell you what we’re gonna do?”
Yeah, remember how these two struggled a bit to levitate plushies? Now… Kerry should try his levitation magic at home– “Hey, Mom? Want something to drink?” Love it, she would not. Also, once more we have someone “hinting” they know more about what Annie and Kerry are up to than they are letting on, or perhaps they just believe all those rumors of them going out and doing dark Guardian shit. No one really knows anything, but that doesn’t keep them from guessing.
Now wait: Nadine and Kerry are doing something together? Yep.
She looked at Kerry. “He hasn’t told me anything about you two working together.”
“We only started working on it yesterday.” He made a slight nod in Nadine’s direction. “Why don’t you tell her as it’s your idea.”
Annie focused a questioning look upon her soul mate. “What are you doing?”
He cleared his throat. “Nadine asked if I would help out on her last number. I told her yes.”
She turned to Nadine. “What’s the song?”
“I’m doing Silent Lucidity by Queensrÿche.” Nadine finished her punch before going on. “It has a big orchestral backing and I wasn’t certain I could pull it off just by myself on the Jupiter. So I ask Kerry if he’d back me up on the Korgs and he agreed.”
He nodded. “I’ll be in the background, but what I’ll help add will make the song sound far more powerful.” Kerry took a sip of his punch. “Plus, since I’m on after her, it’ll help get my keyboards set up for my set.”
Annie adjusted her top hat. “What do you mean?”
Nadine answered this. “I’ll have the Jupiter-80 in front of me and the Korg Kronos and Krome to my right, while he wants the two workstations in front of him and the Jupiter to his left. So, when we set up to do my last number, we’ll open up the keyboards—” She held her hand at right angles to each other and slowly opened her hands so her palms were facing her. “He’ll be behind me and on my right, and I’ll be up front.”
“Oh.” Annie wrapped her hands around Kerry’s left arm. “You’ll have another girl on your left.”
“I suggested I set up behind her, though.” He gave his sweetie a smile.
Nadine laughed. “He told me he didn’t want to incur your wrath.” She let her punch cup hover at her right. “When I’m done we’re move the keyboards against so the Jupiter is on Kerry’s left and the Korgs are in front of him. Apparently he loves having two workstations between him and the audience.”
“I enjoy having my main keyboards in front of me.” He snorted at his practice mate. “I’m not hiding from the audience.”
“I know: I’m just giving you shit.” Nadine giggled then looked off across the mass of students on the dance floor. “I gotta go find my coven peeps; they’re probably wondering what I’m doing.”
“Talking shop, you.” Kerry nodded at her. “See you later.”
Annie returned her friend’s smile “You know where to find us.”
“Sure do. Later.” Nadine turned and headed into the crowd.
Yes, I got into that boring talk about keyboard equipment and how these kids are gonna play. What this means is that when Nadine–who does her set right before Kerry’s–is playing, she had one keyboard in front of her and two to her right, while Kerry prefers to have two in front of him and one to his left. The last time this was brought up I did the layout in Blender and I should do the same thing here so you can “see” it. Everything is easier when you see it.
We now know the second of the three songs Nadine is playing: Silent Lucidity by Queensrÿche. And since they’re going to rearrange the keyboards for Kerry’s set right after that, it’s going to be the last song she plays. There’s a bit of fun in that passage with all three kids admitting to the “No Girls to Kerry’s Left!” more-or-less rule and how they’re keeping that from happening. Nadine didn’t even bat an eye when it was brought up, which means she understands.
Now that Annie and Kerry are finally alone, what’s left?
Oh, a few things…