Trevor Ficton: Twirling


If this is your first time visiting with Trevor and the band, welcome! This short fiction ties in to my novel, Trevor’s Song, and will appear in a future Demo Tapes anthology. You who’ve read the book may be quick enough to catch a reference to it, but don’t feel bad if you don’t. This story contains no obvious spoilers — but is the perfect reason why you’ll want to pick up one of my three books and become a proper Trevor Wolff (or Mitchell Voss) groupie.

Mitchell was, Trevor quickly noticed, too dumb or too naïve or too sheltered or too stupid, or too something to realize what had just landed at his feet. Probably all of the above; the idiot was certainly a work in progress.

Trevor, however, was none of the above. When the song ended, he gave Mitchell the old familiar nod, the one to tell the frontman to stand down for a second.

Mitchell stepped back from his microphone and crossed his arms over his chest. Waiting.

Trevor sniffed. The asshole wasn’t giving him the right sort of invitation. Really. This one deserved an introduction. It was going to be good.

But, of course, the guy was too stupid or too something to realize what those round, red pyramids were. They weren’t fucking streamers, like he was probably thinking, what with the strings hanging down from the middles of them, at the top of the peaks. They were way better.

Trevor hoped there’d still be adhesive on the backs. Usable adhesive.

He shoved his bass onto his back and knelt to pick them up. Sure enough, both were right there, waiting for him. This was too good, too perfect.

And then it got better. They hadn’t been used.

He heard a few giggles when he stood up. “These from you?” he asked, leaning out into the barrier space between the stage and the fans. It wasn’t terribly big; hell, the whole place was on the small side. Two hundred people, tops. And only about half that who’d turned out to see the band. And three girls standing there, giggling, their faces flushing with something other than the energy the band was giving off.

One of them had given him a new toy. Even if no one was stepping up to claim responsibility. Yet.

Fucking figured. Even something as simple as this, and no one had the balls — or, in this case, the tits — to own up to having done the deed. Maybe she’d reveal herself later, come up to him after the show, pull the front of her shirt aside so he could see them in action, properly attached and waiting for the sort of attention only Trevor Wolff could give them…

He straightened, feeling Mitchell watching. Eric was curious, of course, and Daniel had stood so he could see over his drums. Not that there had been anything to watch yet, but it was time…

He peeled the paper backing off the adhesive. With his best snigger, he did the same to the other paper, trying to keep both cradled in the same hand. It wasn’t easy; the tassel kept trying to drip between his fingers. Finally, he let it.

Mitchell started tapping a foot. Never a good sign. If the idiot’s face had started to turn red, Trevor didn’t know. He wasn’t looking.

Trevor turned his back on the crowd. Daniel watched as Trev put his new toys in place.

Mitchell took a step back. His eyes got huge as he realized what Trevor had found. With a shake of his head and an arm wiping across his mouth so no one would see him smile, he turned back to the crowd. “And which of you pussies helped Trevor get all dressed up tonight?”

That introduction was better, Trevor decided and turned around, his bass still slung behind him. He grinned and thrust his chest out as far as he could, then did everything he could to make the tassels spin in circles.

Fuck, Stacia made it look easy. But that’s why she was Riverview’s top stripper. And why Trevor was only a bass player.

The crowd didn’t quite roar, but they didn’t fall quiet, either. Trevor could hear some laughter, and a lot of whoops. He tried to shimmy his shoulders. He took three steps forward and four back. He looked over at where Eric should have been, except the guitarist was in the wings, his face buried in a towel and his shoulders shaking harder than Trevor’s.

Trevor tried a few more of Stacia’s moves, and then the audience let loose, howling, cat-calling, and cheering like mad. Still behind his drums, Daniel encouraged them.

It wasn’t until one of his new toys fell off his t-shirt and he fumbled at it, finally managing to catch it and stick it on his bass like a new knob that he’d had enough. Maybe it had something to do with Mitchell, who’d come over to Trevor and was motioning that he was going to pinch the pastie — and Trevor’s tit under it, too. As if Trevor had tits, being a man and all, but that was another story. If you were gonna play the part, you couldn’t bitch when someone else wanted to join in. It was always better with company.

Whatever. Trevor didn’t fucking care — so long as Mitchell didn’t squeeze too hard. He was getting a moment, thanks to stupid-head beside him here.

Or… maybe not. If the guy’d had a clue, Trevor never would have gotten this chance.

He twirled the tassel on the fallen pastie as ge stuck it to his bass and grinned. Too bad there weren’t more people here; it would take awhile for the word of this to spread.

Trevor looked back at those three girls in the front. He’d bet just about anything on one of them approaching and offering to show him the moves he’d botched so badly. Fuck, he wasn’t a stripper. He was a bass player in a rock band, for fuck’s sake. He shouldn’t have to know how to twirl a tassel.

Just so long as she did, Trevor figured they’d be set.



  1. Mari Juniper

    January 27, 2011 2:29 pm

    Bold boy, this Trevor. A show man indeed! heh

  2. Cindi

    January 27, 2011 3:05 pm

    Twirl what you got, Trevor!

  3. carol

    January 27, 2011 4:52 pm

    I am so sheltered. I never really though about them needing adhesive to keep the tassels on.

  4. john

    January 27, 2011 9:41 pm

    Yes so what if its Thursday
    Glad I stopped by to read your story
    Very well written

  5. Grandma's Goulash

    January 29, 2011 1:28 pm

    Like watching a movie – I could just picture this. But those tassels were meant for girls. Very young girls. Grandma’s not into tickling her knees!

  6. Alice Audrey

    January 30, 2011 5:09 am

    ROFLMAO!!! That’s Trev for you.

    I feel like I’m time traveling here. Less than 200 people come out to see them? Got to be from early days.

  7. Dee

    February 1, 2011 11:32 pm

    didn’t it um…pull chest hair when it came off???

  8. Lara Dunning

    February 4, 2011 2:01 pm

    Trevor is all rock star and showman. The flash conveys his creative flirty side and also his not so great relationship with the band. One minor edit “ge stuck it to his bass and grinned.” I think you meant it to be “he stuck…”

  9. Cliff Ball

    February 5, 2011 9:26 pm

    Just stopping by for the Sample Sunday and checking out your snippet. Have a great Sunday.


  10. Al Boudreau

    February 5, 2011 10:27 pm

    It was greatly entertasining for me, as I fronted a cover band in the states for two years. You really nailed it. I could actually smell the venue. Wonderful work.

  11. Sibel Hodge

    February 6, 2011 2:01 am

    Stopping by for Sample Sunday. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Seb Kirby

    February 6, 2011 7:42 am

    Thanks for a great sample!

  13. Linda Prather

    February 6, 2011 10:01 am

    Interesting character indeed. I did find one sentence that I think you need to correct.
    He twirled the tassel on the fallen pastie as ge stuck it to his bass and grinned.

    I believe “ge” should be “he”.

    Thanks for sharing.

  14. LC Evans

    February 6, 2011 10:20 am

    Visiting you on Sample Sunday. Thanks.

  15. Mark Adair

    February 6, 2011 12:19 pm

    Nice setup, Susan. Like Al said you certainly have the venue feel down pat. Made me smile.

  16. thea atkinson

    February 6, 2011 5:18 pm

    evryone should know how to twirl tassels…especially rock stars!

    I’m glad there’s no spoilers here as I plan to read the book this week.

    viva la rock star

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