Arden drops down from atop the van. He folds his arms, surveying the scene.
Why’s it take so much effort to get everyone on the same page?
He opens the van and digs through the remaining pile of gear. He stops at a small black case.
(to the mic)
He smiles, closes the case, and begins carrying it off toward the club.
METAL CHICK 1 (O.S.)
Hey - aren’t you Arden from Vehement Volition?
Arden turns, surprised to see two HOT GOTH METAL CHICKS (mid 20s) in tight black leather. They look at him seductively.
He instantly flips into rock star mode.
Uh... yes I am! Who--?
One of them lifts a guitar case, which Arden hadn’t noticed. The airbrushed logo on the case reads: “DARK DIVINITY”.
Oh... are you two with--
He looks around, left and right - but behind him pops up EBANEEN (late 20s), the epitome of a sexy Goth Metal Rocker.
He’s caught off guard. The two Metal Chicks - Ebaneen’s bandmates in Dark Divinity - give Arden a look of pity.
The Metal Chicks (Liza and Paulette) gesture to Ebaneen’s sumptuous form.
You gave up on that to hook up with Yasmine?
You must be the world’s biggest idiot.
The girls head off toward the load-in door.
Arden looks at Ebaneen. He fumbles - he’s lost all his cool.
I figured. They seem sweet.
So... what have you been up to?
Oh, you know... touring... writing... mostly getting ready for tonight.
Same here. What are you going with?
Wrath of Shadows.
They both nod. Arden fumbles awkwardly with his microphone case.
Well, I’d better get inside before we miss our sound check.
Ebaneen eyes up his tiny “load”.
Yeah, looks like you’ve got quite a setup ahead of you.
Arden smiles sheepishly. With a nervous chuckle, he turns toward the door.
Ha. Yeah. See you in there, Eb.
He starts off. Ebaneen doesn’t move.
Arden stops and turns, looking hopeful.
Those bandmates of yours? Try to let their leashes out a little tonight, okay?
Uh, yeah... see you in there, Eb.
He fakes a smile, then turns back around and slinks off toward the club looking disappointed.
Ebaneen. How fucking poetic.