Fiction Outtake: New Year’s Eve in Dallas (Trevor’s Song Era)


Mitchell tossed his head, trying to get the sweat to change course. Of course, it didn’t work. At the end of the show like this, the sweat had a mind of its own.

“So,” he said in a conversational way, putting his left foot forward more, almost straddling the mic stand. His guitar got in the way, so he used his right hand to move it away. “Those lousy fuckers in this half-ass town wouldn’t let us stay up here tonight until midnight so we could do this all proper, like.”

The crowd booed. Mitchell nodded approvingly, looking around at them and then at the band. Trevor and Eric looked suitably impressed and they nodded along with Mitchell.

“But,” he said, holding up one finger and cocking his head. More sweat dripped into his eyes; he blinked it out. “They wouldn’t budge even when we offered them lots of money. And I mean lots,” he said, wondering if the fans could possibly comprehend the negotiations they’d tried. Beside him, Eric nodded agreement. Trevor just laughed.

“So. Here we are, and you fucks are probably gonna bolt outta here and head off to another party. When you get there, be sure you show off your special New Year’s T-shirts and then laugh your asses off ’cause none of us got ’em.”

The crowd roared again, like that was the funniest joke they’d ever heard. As if it was true, Mitchell thought. Shit, he had the original drawing that Kerri had made somewhere in all his papers. As if ShapeShifter would make something as exclusive as a commemorative New Year’s tee and not hold out a few for themselves.

“Before we go, let’s have ourselves a little celebration. Ready? Dans’ll help you count down from ten, and we’ll have some fireworks and shit.”

He paused as Eric signalled to Daniel before approaching. “Invite the crew out,” the guitarist reminded him. Good thing; he’d forgotten. As if he’d wanted to do this without Kerri.

“Whoa,” Mitchell said, holding both hands up to quiet the fans. “We gotta do this right. Bring the crew on out. Ker, techs, everyone back there. C’mon out.”

Once Kerri had nestled under his left arm, his guitar touching her hip and his sweat drenching her, he waited for the rest of the crew to stumble out. Even though he’d warned them he’d be doing this, they were still wary, as if they were expecting some sort of joke.

On any other day, they’d have gotten one, that was for sure. Ordinarily, crew belonged in the background. But this was New Year’s Eve, and while they hadn’t gotten permission to bust through the arena’s curfew, they had gotten permission for some indoor fireworks and an early celebration.

Then, band and crew would party backstage until they were all too soused to stand.

Bobby, Mitchell’s tech, offered to take his guitar. But Mitchell shook his head. “You’re off duty for a few,” he said, leaning away from the mic so it wouldn’t pick up his voice. The guitar wasn’t heavy; he could carry it a few more minutes.

Daniel provided the bass drum beat that the crowd used to count down, and then the pyro guys back at the sound board set off the fireworks.

As he and Kerri watched, smiling, Trevor came up behind them. “So, tonight the night you’re gonna wise up and dump Rusty’s ass? That girl in the third row sure looks like she’d be willing to ease the parting.”

Mitchell cuffed the back of Trevor’s head and grinned. “You don’t stop, do you, asshole?”

Trevor grinned happily. “Who, me?”



  1. Rashenbo

    January 1, 2007 1:09 pm

    Hope you had a lovely New Year’s Eve! 🙂 br /br /Seems like the bad is having fun 😀

  2. karen!

    January 2, 2007 11:29 am

    Happy New Year!

  3. Lswriter

    January 2, 2007 2:50 pm

    I wish you an exciting and productive year!

  4. cheesygiraffe

    January 2, 2007 7:20 pm

    Happy 2007!

  5. Milan-zzz

    January 3, 2007 9:56 am

    Happy 2007!!!

  6. Andrew

    January 3, 2007 2:19 pm

    Likewise, Happy New Year!br /br /Are you keeping an archive of all these outtakes? 🙂

  7. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 3, 2007 2:51 pm

    Sort of. You can find all of them in my archives here, and I’ve got copies on my ‘puter (and it’s backups, obviously).br /br /One day, I’d love to put a bunch together as a compendium and sell ’em.

  8. Thomma Lyn

    December 21, 2007 2:44 am

    WHOO, this outtake rocks — and my pun is definitely intended! 😀 Great job, my friend!

  9. bunnygirl

    December 30, 2007 11:55 pm

    Looks like a fun party, as always! I’m looking forward to your return and lots of new stories!

  10. Kate Boddie

    December 31, 2007 9:20 pm

    Cute story! Happy New Year!

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