[Vfw-times] Cassie the Rock Vixen-Stage Sisters ch1 (story in progress)
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story in progress
Stage Sisters chapter 1
Written by & copyright of Andrew Cotton
Featuring Laretta Morrigan (Cassie's rhythm guitarist) and Cassie
Cassie, the Rock & Roll Vixen
Please read the prequil, "Cassie Meets Vixina", featuring Cassie and Vixina at
Please read chapter two, featuring Laretta and Cassie at
All characters created by & copyright of Earl Bacon except Laretta, who is
and copyright of Andrew Cotton, Alex, who is created by and copyright of
and Vixina, who is created by and copyright of Cloudchaser Shaconage.
Laretta Morrigan took one last look at herself in her dressing mirror. Her
hair dye had
set in for about half an hour, the right half sported a flashy day-glo neon
its opposite half tinted a subtle azure blue with a gloss of silvery sheen.
streak of her forelock bangs stuck out in bright bubble gum pink; she flipped
it over to
the left side to stand out against the blue. With a little gauze, she dabbed
over each of her eyelids, and traced each of her eyes with a black marking
pencil. She always appreciated how this emphasized her hazel eyes, making
them seem almost luminescent.
She pursed her lips, evening out the trace of glossy black lipstick she had
gracefully applied. She didn't always wear lipstick, but today was special,
and she felt
it was appropriate.
A knock at the door caught her attention, and she quickly turned to open the
her cramped attic space apartment. A large, slightly pudgy wolf stood in the
"Heya, Eddie," she smiled at her brother. "Is Karen here already?"
The gray wolf nodded at his sister, "She's right here behind me," he said,
a smartly-dressed lemur standing behind him. He normally preferred that
concerned with Laretta's music would approach her themselves, through the
entrance upstairs outside, but he and his wife had become good friends with
manager, and were more than happy to let her in through the house as a guest.
The ring-tailed lemur nodded, "I don't mean to rush you, Laretta, but I don't
remind you how important this meeting is. I have the car parked outside, so
just let me
know when you're all set." Karen was always punctual and organized, and
certainly no exception.
"Sure, Karen, just give me a couple minutes to get finished up and I'll be
ready to go."
"Would you like me to take down your guitars for you, Laretta?" Eddie asked,
that will help save you some time."
"Sure, Eddie," the young she-wolf replied, "Just let me make sure they're all
Laretta had already had her guitars selected and waiting in their cases. She
was only had
two she regularly relied on, but they had become her favorites. Her red
Fender Stratocaster, which she liked to use as a rhythm guitar, and her
a custom made Elektra Predator, its body painted black with red streaks and
one of its
rear flaring points painted to resemble a long, lethal white talon. "I'll
one, Eddie," she motioned to her favorite guitar, "Thank you for helping, but
you know, I
just like to keep an eye on my special treasure," she grinned.
Eddie just chuckled and took hold of the Stratocaster after Laretta shut and
cases. "Don't mention it, sis," he said with smile as he took his load
Karen was still there, patient but insistent, "Just don't forget your sheet
be waiting downstairs." She turned downstairs, after Laretta gave a nod of
With that, Laretta hurried through her preening. She adjusted her metal
studded collar so
it was straight and also made sure her red bustier was on just right so that
was comfortable yet tight enough so she wouldn't fear it coming loose.
fingerless gloves tight and securing her metal studded wrist cuffs, she
leaned over to tug
on the lacy frilly cuffs of her ankle socks. Today she felt like wearing the
decorated with glittery sparkle. She wanted to give a good, lasting
all. Satisfied, she slipped her feet into her stiletto heeled pumps,
smoothed out her
leather miniskirt, and gave herself a final appraisal in the mirror with a
Laretta clutched her Predator carefully as she headed downstairs for her
company. Karen was sitting in the living room with Claire, Eddie's lupine
was holding Lyle, their little toddler cub. "Well, I suppose it's now or
Laretta said, asserting her confidence the best she could.
Claire smiled and rose, still holding her cub. "I think you'll do just fine,
Just relax, and things will go all right with her." Lyle looked over to his
to contain his glee. "an-tee pur-tee," he cooed, reaching out with his small
paw to grab
her nose. Laretta giggled and gently stroked his face. "Aww, I hope all my
are as gracious as you!"
The ladies shared a brief laugh as a small wolf cub came racing into the room,
grabbing Laretta around the knees and giggling. Laretta herself laughed and
her balance, "Cool it there, hotshot," she smiled down to her 6 year-old
rubbing her red-painted claws through the cub's blond hair.
The hyper wolf cub giggled and smiled broadly. "You're gonna get to see the
lady, Auntie Retta?" Laretta smiled and nodded, "Yep, and I promise I'll get
autograph for ya, since you asked so nicely."
The hyperactive wolf cub hopped around excitedly and squealed, "Yaaaay!! I
wanna be big
rock star just like you, auntie!" She hopped around and pretended to play an
quite frenetically. Everyone had to laugh at such a sight, including Eddie,
standing in the doorway with his arms crossed. "Congratulations, sis," he
"You've successfully corrupted her. Well, your guitars are packed away. I
gonna do great."
Laretta smiled, slightly nervously, to her brother, "I sure hope so. I still
believe you actually made it happen, Karen!"
"Hey, you know me, I've never failed to get you a good gig yet," replied
Karen with a
smile. Laretta smiled and nodded in response. She had to admit, when it
finding work, Karen always found something that worked for her. Today was
amazingly different, though. Through some very persuasive and sharp-minded
bargaining, Laretta's manager arranged to have her play a gig with a living
Cassandra Vixena, or as the world knew her, Cassie the Rock Vixen.
Laretta was gradually making herself known in the world of furry rock. She
naturally gifted with a stunning singing voice, and learned to play guitar
probably impress even Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. From her humble roots
seedy Austin and San Antonio nightclubs, with an occasional visit to Dallas,
fans' attentions with her looks, voice, and unique guitar playing styles. If
she could hit
if off with Cassie the legendary rock vixen, she'd really be on her way to
the big time.
Of course, in the back of her mind, that was a big if...
Laretta took her Predator to Karen's Ford Explorer SUV, parked by the curb.
getting loaded and getting a "good luck" parting wave from Laretta's
relatives, they were
on their way to Lycaea Studios in downtown Austin. All the way, Laretta
of nothing else besides meeting the legendary vixen. Her heart was pounding
metronome the whole time.
"Now, you just take it easy, hon," Karen told her passenger, noticing her
sure won't make a good impression if they see you sweating."
The gray she-wolf took a deep breath and tried to keep her composure, "I
know, I know,"
she started, "but I can't help it. Here I am, at best a second-rate back-up
about to meet
the Queen of furry femme rockers! It's just so exciting, but that's not
Karen could tell what Laretta was about to get into. "Now, there's no need
to get into
that, hon. It's all in the past, and they want to see you as you are now,
about those nimrods who couldn't get along to save their lives," she
Laretta often thought about her two failed attempts to lead her own furry
band. The first
one she tried to lead, the Bloodstalkers, fell apart when the band repeatedly
her injecting folk and Cajun styles into their songs. "We're a hard rock
band, no one
will take us seriously with that alternative crap!" they would always
second band - Scars & Stripes - was hardly more successful. The other band
of them skunks, just couldn't get along, and Laretta was not a good
moderator. She winced
as she recalled the time when she was "caught in the crossfire," which meant
to soak in a tub full of tomato juice for nearly a whole day.
"Those guys were jerks anyway," Karen continued. "You know what they say
about about a
skunk full of vinegar and..." she simply trailed off with a smirk.
Laretta nodded, "I know, you're right, but still," she continued slightly
just can't help feeling that I should have done more to make things work
out." She paused
for a moment as their car pulled into the studio parking lot. "Karen, tell
it straight to
my face," she said abruptly. "Where do you see my career going? Do I really
it takes to be a success?"
The lemur was as straightforward as can be with her response. "Laretta, I
know you have
what it takes. You've got the talent and the right attitude. All you need
to do is find
your niche. It might take some time, but just don't give up hope." She put
her hands on
the she-wolf's shoulders, "I honestly wouldn't have gone to such lengths to
gig if I didn't feel this way. And I know with this, things are definitely
change," she concluded with a smile.
Laretta felt her spirits lift slightly with her manager's, and friend's,
words. "Thanks. Sometimes I just need to hear it honestly."
Karen just smiled and nodded, "Think nothing of it. Well here's our stop.
Are you ready?"
"As ready as I'll ever be," Laretta replied with as much confidence as she
muster. Adjusting her collar one more time out of habit, Laretta climbed out
vehicle, with Karen following closely behind. They went to the back of the
vehicle to get
her guitars, but before they could, they encountered the very people they had
come to see.
A stately wolf, dressed in a three-piece suit, came right to them with a
"Well hello there, you must be the ingenue we've heard so much about," he
amicably shaking each of their hands. "My name's Andrew Kennan, and I'm here
of Cassie's agent. You can just call me Andy."
"A pleasure to meet you face to face," Karen responded, shaking his hand.
responded in the same manner, but her attention was almost instantly
the incredible sight before her. She couldn't tell whether she saw an exotic
empress, or the pure, awesome embodiment of an almighty goddess.
It was her. She was dressed in a fetching long blue dress, slit all the way
up to the hip
on the right side. Sensuous brown nylons and lacy garters accentuated her
graceful legs. Laretta just couldn't get over how tall and elegant she was.
the high heeled sandals she was wearing, the vixen would probably be at least
taller than Laretta.
An expression that could best be described as "sly, yet appeased" crossed her
white face as a smile came to her fanged muzzle. Laretta could almost feel
vixen's piercing blue eyes penetrate her soul. Long, raven black hair
majestic look. It was difficult for Laretta to tell if what she was seeing
was real or not.
Cassie Vixen approached the group and introduced herself. "Hello, it's a
to meet you," she smiled at Laretta as she took her hand, "You must be
Laretta. I heard
the demo tape you sent us, it's pretty hot stuff. If you're as good as you
yourself, then I think we'll have a good thing going."
Laretta had gone almost completely daft. All she could do was stare agape;
herself was praising her like a real professional! She almost forgot which
was in before she snapped back to reality and tried to regain her composure.
I, ah..." she stammered foolishly before swallowing and saying something
comprehensible. "Goodness, it's really an honor to meet you. Thank you for
words, Ms. Vixena" she managed to wrench out, blushing with embarrassment all
Cassie simply chuckled in a good-natured manner, "Please, call me Cassie, and
your panties all in a bunch. I'm just a musician, making the best of it I
can like you
are. I really look forward to jamming with ya," she said with a toothy grin.
Laretta just smiled nervously, "Well, uh, Cassie, I certainly do look forward
too." Something about the warm, personable nature of the vixen made Laretta
loosen up a
bit, much to her relief.
Their two companions simply watched with bemusement, then spoke to one
another. "So I
presume all the details are in place," Karen spoke up. "We have the back-up
guitarist, bassist, and drummer under contract, and Cassie and Laretta should
to select the songs they'd like to record, once they're familiar with each
The male wolf nodded, "That should take care of the session business, but
there are a
few technicalities Cassie's agent wanted me to discuss with you, if it's no
Karen shrugged slightly, "I wouldn't imagine it to be, though I think Cassie
would like to get down to playing pretty soon."
Cassie gave a knowing glance to her agent's stand-in and smiled, "Actually,
what I'd like
to do is get to know Laretta a little better, and let you two iron out any
need to. I know a great cafe where we can have lunch and talk for a little
hope that won't be a problem?"
"Well, it's not a problem for me," Karen responded, "How about you, Laretta?"
she-wolf was still feeling slightly flushed, but was highly keen on the
thought of getting
to know more about the famous vixen. She certainly seemed like a friendly
I'd like that very much," she replied.
"It'll be my treat," Cassie said with a smile. "You two can get your
Just make sure our equipment is all set up and ready when we come back, Andy."
"Sure thing, Cassie," the wolf replied, "We should have things wrapped up by
one. Try to
be back by then, okay?" he asked as a couple of studio workers took Laretta's
into the building.
"Please be careful with that," Laretta motioned to one of her cases, "That's
I'll be using, a custom Elektra Predator." The worker simply nodded and
Karen was the next to speak up, "It looks like things are going along nicely.
just relax and enjoy yourselves." As they were about to depart, she motioned
to Laretta and said just out of earshot of the others, "I told ya everything
all right. I think you two will get along great!"
Laretta smiled and nodded, feeling the atmosphere lighten up considerably.
farewell to the two managers as she joined the vixen, still slightly
whether she was living in reality or not.
"Well, looks like it's just the two of us for now," Cassie said with a smile.
know about you but I'm famished."
Laretta smiled and replied, feeling gradually more relaxed, "Where would you
eat, Cassie?" The vixen turned on her heel and motioned her companion to
"It's like a nice French bistro, except you can eat just about whatever you
over to my Corvette, and I'll take you there. I think you'll like it," she
To Laretta, it was almost too strange for words. She had only met the vixen
few minutes and already she was being treated like a close friend. She
and knew that however unusual the day might be, it was looking very nice,
END OF CHAPTER 1
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