[Vfw-times] Cassie the Rock Vixen-Stage Sisters ch3 (story in progress)
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story in progress
Stage Sisters chapter 3
Written by & copyright of Andrew Cotton
Featuring Laretta Morrigan (Cassie's rhythm guitarist) Vixina (Cassie's
fiddler) and Cassie
Cassie, the Rock & Roll Vixen
Please read chapter four, 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.
The two femmes found themselves caught up in traffic and ended up arriving
back at the
studio fifteen minutes after one o'clock. This was not a problem, though,
studio technicians were still busy getting both Laretta's and Cassie's
sync. Furthermore, Cassie's amplifier was clearly not in its best shape.
favorite roadie, an otter named "Slim", dutifully worked at patching up the
knowing the kind treatment he would receive from Cassie in return.
No one made an issue of the two companions being late, because they knew how
to dote on new acquaintances with long, lavish meals. They dutifully
being late, but seeing that their equipment was not quite ready, they chose
their guitars instead. Cassie also decided to take the opportunity to
to Slim, whom she considered one of her closest confidants.
"Glad to meet ya," the lanky otter said with a smile, shaking Laretta's hand,
says you can play a mean guitar." Laretta simply smiled and blushed
slightly, "I try
"I can't wait to hear ya on stage," replied Slim, "assuming that Cassie's amp
the whole session," he said with a slightly sotto voice, and joking wink
towards the vixen.
To this, Cassie simply put her hands on her hips and smirked, "Well now, I'm
good money to keep my prized possession in top form, so it had better!"
Slim chuckled and returned the jibe, "I keep telling ya Cass, that thing is
on its last
legs. Heck, it barely even has any legs left at all! That circuitry blowout
be patched up fine, but I'd be expecting to do some more soon enough!"
"Anything to keep my jewel surviving through the ages," Cassie replied,
amplifier in a mock pose of adoration. Laretta wasn't too sure what to make
this banter, so she just contented herself with tuning her guitar and
ensuring that her
own amplifier was in working order. "It's just a running joke between us,"
confided, "I've had the amp since I started playing, it was a gift from my
has real sentimental value, plus it gives my guitars that extra - how you'd
say - "YOWZA'
that grabs everyone's attention. I just could never bear to part with it."
Slim just grinned and nodded, "Say, speaking of "YOWZA', that's a pretty
you have there, Laretta," he said, noticing Laretta's custom-made Predator.
"Thank you. It's my personal favorite "jewel'. I can play very good lead
guitar chords with it." Laretta ran a free hand over the guitar's smooth
red-streaked exterior. Its unique "X hourglass' shape suited her perfectly.
One of its
rear "points" extended out notably, and was painted white to resemble a fang
The guitar drew inescapable attention towards the she-wolf, and Laretta loved
just as much as the sound it made.
Cassie had taken out her own favorite guitar, a shiny black Gibson Les Paul
and adjusted its strings to her preference. "So, how about to warm up, we
start with an
easy two-guitar piece? I'd like to get a feel for how you set your rhythm,
Laretta nodded in agreement and felt her guitar hum to life. Her pulse
she realized that this was the part that mattered the most for the whole day.
performed well enough, Cassie the Rock Vixen could help Laretta launch her
than she had ever imagined. Laretta allowed Cassie to take the "lead" and as
she got a
feel for how the vixen played her part, Laretta merged in with her energetic
Everyone present was amazed at how the two femmes complemented each other.
One would say
that they wove their parts together into a vibrant tapestry. A German
played the bass line, though he played nothing excessively outstanding -
heavy metal was not his forte. A badger 'morph competently provided the drum
the focus was unmistakably on the two femmes. Cassie performed superbly, and
excelled at matching her every move.
The two ladies ceased their performance, earning polite applause and acclaim
from all those
in attendance. They smiled at each other, knowing that they had what it
takes to make
the performance shine. "Laretta, you were excellent!" Cassie exclaimed,
"I've played with
a lot of back-up guitarists, and I don't think I've ever met anyone who could
play as well
as you!" Laretta smiled broadly, "Really? Thanks, Cassie! That means a lot
coming from you."
One individual from the small audience, a digitigrade vixen with long red
hair, glasses, and
a cut-off T-shirt and denim shorts, eagerly approached the duo. "Heya,
exclaimed, "That thar shore wuz th' best jammin' Ah evah heard! She's done
givin' ya a
run fo' yo' money, Cass!" Laretta smiled politely to the smaller vixen (even
if she had
to think for a moment to understand her accent!), while Cassie appeared
flushed. "Goodness, I forgot all about introducing you two! Laretta, this is
the newest addition to our band. She joined us while we were touring across
South," Cassie grinned.
"It's nice to meet you, Vixina," said Laretta as she smiled and shook hands,
play keyboards or synthesizer?" Vixina smiled and retrieved her instrument,
ya know, Ah play thes heah fiddle!" Cassie smiled and nodded, "That's right!
so impressed when I heard her play, I just had to ask her to join!" "Really?"
Laretta, "That's new to me. My dad played the fiddle at family gatherings,
never heard it played in a rock band!"
Vixina grinned and tuned her fiddle's strings, "Well now, would ya lahke me
ta play alon'
and fahnd out how it sounds?" "Well Laretta, how about it?" asked Cassie,
"Would you care
to let Vixina play along with us?" "Absolutely!" Laretta responded, "It
sounds like it
would be fun." Vixina tuned her fiddle, and the group of femmes played their
version of Metallica's "One." Laretta was amazed at how well Vixina's
fiddling blended in with hers and Cassie's guitars. Now considerably more at
Laretta was enjoying herself so much that she no longer cared what happened
career after today. She just found the opportunity of playing with some of
famous and talented musicians in furrydom to be a major accomplishment. All
previous anxiety and self doubt had completely melted away, and she
understood what her
love of rock music was all about.
"That was awesome!" exclaimed the she-wolf, shaking her head so that her two
colored shoulder length hair waved about. "Et shore was!" remarked Vixina,
her glasses to wipe them off, "Wouldn'tcha lahke ta play with us fer real,
Laretta smiled, wagging her tail slightly, "You bet I would! I doubt that
though. I mean, I only came here so we could all just practice together,
Cassie carefully set her guitar down and brushed her hair back, "Well Laretta,
that's something we all wanted to talk to you about. You know about the big
festival the band is playing in this weekend?" Laretta nodded, "Of course,
Star Metal Round-Up. It's all over the news, and anyone who's anyone in the
business around here makes it one of their top priorities. Why do you ask?"
vixen focused on her lupine companion, and calmly continued, "Laretta, I was
would join the band for that occasion. That's why our manager, Foxonian, and
I wanted you
to play with us today, to see how well you could adapt to our style. I could
use someone to back me up, and I'm confident in your abilities. How do you
feel about that?"
Laretta felt her heart jump up into her throat and her senses go numb.
Cassie was asking
her to play in her band, live on stage, for one of the most important music
knew of! "Cassie, I...I'm not sure what to say," she stammered momentarily,
"It would be
an honor! Are you absolutely sure about this?" Cassie nodded, "I, and the
band, feel entirely confident about your playing with us, but I honestly
don't want to
force you into a situation beyond which you'd feel secure. It's all up to
take a few moments to think it over, you don't have to give a final answer
In the mean time, Karen and Andy had reemerged in the studio, well aware of
was discussing with Laretta. Karen motioned Laretta to come over so they
the matter personally, which Laretta clearly understood as she huddled
together with them.
"So, I take it they broke the news to you?" Karen asked the excited she-wolf.
nodded and responded enthusiastically, "Yes, absolutely! I just can't
Me, actually playing live on stage with Cassie's band?! That's just
Karen smiled and spoke in a hushed to Laretta, "Well, that's not all. Let's
this between ourselves for the time being. We knew that Cassie wanted you to
band for the Metal festival, but if all this works out for the best, you
well become a permanent addition!"
Laretta was absolutely amazed. She had to keep her tail tucked between her
contain her excitement. "Oh my God, are you serious?! Me, joining Cassie's
real?" This time, it was Andy's turn to speak up. "I can't speak for
but she has been talking a lot about needing an extra guitarist and singer to
up. Judging by the way you two are getting along, I'd say it's almost
for you. This weekend's concert is really just the last hurdle you'd need to
Laretta was only barely registering all that was being said to her. She knew
that she faced the most important decision of her life since she decided to
and embark on her musical career. All she could do now was try to collect her
and keep her nerves steady. Karen again tried to give her companion some
solace. "I know
it seems like a lot, Laretta, but like I told you, today could change
everything. I know
you can do it, all you need to do is say the word to Cassie."
It didn't take Laretta more than a moment to make her decision. She was
a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and she wasn't about to let it slip away.
approached Cassie, who had taken her sandals off to relax her feet, with her
and sincerest demeanor. "Cassie, I've thought it over, and I would be really
play with your band. I'm so grateful that you're giving me this chance, and I
you that I won't disappoint you."
Cassie grinned and put her hands on Laretta's shoulders, "I'm very glad to
Laretta, and I know you'll do fine." One of the other band members spoke up,
"The festival's only a few days away, Cassie. Are you sure she'll be ready?"
German Shepherd bassist. "Of course!" Cassie replied, "Laretta won't be
playing with all
our songs, and most of those that she will be playing we practiced this
would need a couple more days of practice, but I don't think that's a problem
Does that sound okay to you, Laretta?"
The she-wolf nodded, "Definitely! Just let me know when I need to show up,
and I won't
let you down!" Afterwards, Laretta and the band relaxed with some idle
was fascinated to learn about Laretta's upbringing -- most of them hadn't
even been to
Canada before! When it was time to leave, Laretta got her guitars packed up,
was surprised that Cassie eagerly helped her load them in the car. "You're
kind, Cassie," Laretta chided. The vixen grinned, "I know, it's a really bad
mine. At any rate, I really am glad that you're going to be playing with us.
You've got a very special gift, Laretta, one that the whole world should
They gave each other a friendly hug before Laretta headed home. It was
evening, and even this time in the summer, the sun was looming low in the
sky. As Karen
drove towards home, Laretta kicked off her pumps and relaxed with a large
smile on her
face, very satisfied with the day's events. Karen smiled at her companion, "I
don't feel too silly about being so worried earlier." Laretta just grinned
her tongue out, "It was first day jitters, that's all! Anyway, I still can't
I'm going to be playing at the Metal Round-Up with Cassie and her band! You
sure were good
at keeping that a secret, you know that?" "It's part of my job," the lemur
As excited as she was, Laretta just felt that for the first time in her life,
just working out so right. She knew there was something wonderful about
Cassie, and today
she had the chance to find out why that was. Tonight, she was going to rest
and be ready
to show herself worthy of sharing the stage with her.
END OF CHAPTER 3
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