Cassandra – Part IV

“Do you have any lotion?” Amber asked.  “Mine’s done.”  The empty bottle hit the rim and bounced into the metal bin.

“Sure.” Cassandra opened her locker and handed her a tub of shea body butter.

“Your boyfriend comin’ tonight?” Amber asked, smoothing the butter onto her spray-tanned legs.


“Y’know, the Escalade guy.”

“Oh, maybe.”  Cassandra adjusted her long clip-in ponytail.  “He requested some songs.”  She pointed at the CD amid the tangle of feathers and glitter.

“He’s got some classic tastes!” Amber laughed, reading the track list.

“Yeah.” Cassandra couldn’t hide her disappointment.

“Nothin’ wrong with a man who knows what he likes,” Amber said pointedly.  “And sticks with it.”

“True enough.”  They looked at each other in the mirror.

“How’s Travis?” Cassandra asked, plugging in the hot rollers and hair straightener.

“He’s on the road — again!”  Amber blended makeup covering the tattoo on her hip.  “I’m goin’ stir crazy!”

“Have you talked to him?” Cassandra applied a few more mink eyelash extensions.

“It’s their biggest gig ever so I can’t say nothin’ without soundin’ like a total bitch.”

“Loving a music man….”  Cassandra sang off-key and they burst out laughing.

Ain’t always what it’s supposed to be

“He asked about you.”  Amber said, after their laughter died down.

Through space and time
Always another show

“Who?”  Cassandra asked.  “Oh.”  Of course.  “I don’t want to know.”

Wondering where I am
Lost without you

[Lyrics in italics from:  “Faithfully,” by Journey (with Steve Perry).  Written by:  Jonathan Cain.  Original release:  Frontiers.]
Video posted to youtube by user eljay345.


Here is a previous installment of the story:  Cassandra – Part III

This is also:  Sunrise at The Palace Diner, Scene 16

Here is the rest of the story (so far):  Sunrise at The Palace Diner


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10 thoughts on “Cassandra – Part IV

    1. Haha 🙂 This song has probably been overplayed but I still like it. Thank you, Rich. Interesting that you mention visualization as I’ve been giving it some thought. I included more physical descriptions here than I normally do, although I could have gone into more detail about Amber and Cassandra. Fewer physical descriptions is a personal preference when I read stories (and I also like very streamlined prose), but I’m not sure whether I’m in the minority of majority. Locker rooms are pretty interesting places and not to worry — fly on the wall status is permitted in these circumstances. 🙂


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