|Three Mile Drove, Chapter One (standard:horror, 1380 words) [1/29] show all parts|
|Author: Brian Cross||Updated: Jun 11 2008||Views/Reads: 2561/1357||Part vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|following on from the prologue, this is a story about a washed-up rock musician who inherits a smallholding in the English fens and soon finds himself regretting taking up the place. Chapter one of a completed work.|
CHAPTER ONE Darren Goldwater leapt into his Cherokee Jeep and headed for home, the last guitar chords of “Sultans of Swing” still ringing in his head. It was as if he had a private stereo system installed in the backwaters of his mind, blasting out music that he couldn't switch off, and it seemed to be getting louder by the gig. He wondered why his band never played their own music anymore, then cursed himself for raising a question to which he already knew the answer. Nobody wanted to hear it anymore. The heady days of “Refugee” were long gone, if they could ever have been called heady that was. A few moderate hits in the mid eighties, struggling to impress amidst the lower regions of the charts and that was about it. By the time the decade had ended they had all but slid into obscurity, redeemed only by their re-workings of old classics, dependent on instrumental virtuosos such as “Hotel California” and “Sultans of Swing”. But it was a competitive field, and along with the increasing number of bands doing the same thing, age was beginning to extend its withered fingers like worn frets on a fingerboard. It was a gruelling six nights a week, bottle of vodka a day string of gigs that sent them up and down the country like chickens in a run. Internal squabbles hadn't helped either. The five member band had suffered more downs than ups of late, degenerating into petty disputes and casting clouds which threatened its very existence. And to cap it all, he wasn't immune on that score. His turbulent, long running affair with Goldie Dixon was probably the most disruptive influence of all, though now it was drawing to its inevitable conclusion. Perhaps that wasn't an apt description, because hurtling into a brick wall at six miles an hour seemed more apt. Goldwater glanced in his mirror and slid the Cherokee out of the slip road and onto the motorway, heading home to Leicester. Shaking his mind free of the final chords of “Sultans of Swing” he found himself considering his ten year roller-coaster relationship with the group's vocalist. She was vehement, vindictive, violent, a living three-pronged “V” sign in fact, though her outrageous antics had been a turn on in their earlier years. Their love making might have taken place within the volcano that seemed to encompass her, and the explosion of life and vigour, of power and hate that surged within her had seemed to suck him in like a speck of dust in a vacuum. He could put up with her turbulence in those days, seeming to draw on the very strength that was her life force. But a decade of self abuse had taken toll of her, extracting piece by piece that which attracted him to her. Goldie's body, once strong and shapely was now thin and puny, she seemed to have lost a couple of inches in height and her stature was pathetic. Her spine now seemed to curve in an arc and the voice he'd once so admired had lost all it's raunchiness. Her explosions of temper were now little more than pathetic, childish tantrums and there was no longer any force behind the blows when she lashed out. He could meet them with derisive laughter which just about summed up their shambles of an affair. In fact the whole sorry group was in a shambles. He felt with complete certainty that the death knell was about to sound. Thirty minutes ago he'd left her cursing him after a performance that had been every inch a flop. She'd picked on him of course, his guitar work had been sloppy, off key and downright lousy. It hadn't been of course, at least not in his book, even if he couldn't be sure of a disgruntled band's backing on that, because he knew if nobody else did, that Goldie's voice had been weak and slurred, and as thin as her stature had become. In trying to strain it she'd wondered Click here to read the rest of this story (80 more lines)
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