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Alan’s stint in rehab

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She left the plain life because it was too restrictive, but Mr. Rock and Roll All Night And Party Every Day might be too freeing for her.

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When he opened the door to let her step in first, Trent was already standing on the far side of the table in full pissed off mode and their waitress clutched a place setting like she wanted to flee.

“So you’re fucking the help again,” Trent bellowed.

“Will you back off?” Gian asked. Did Trent have to say again? It was one time and the chick had been unstable, way fun but unstable. Rachel had frozen to the floor just inside the dining room and he couldn’t propel her forward without picking her up.

“You are fucking with the flow of the tour.”

“Yeah, we’re gonna miss dates and shit. There will be lawsuits and darkness will cover the land.” Alan rolled his eyes. Then he gestured to the waitress. “Miss, can you just put that here?”

“You shut up. You don’t have any room to talk about missing dates.” Trent stabbed his finger at Alan.

“You didn’t miss a single date when I went into rehab. Bear took over for me. Miss, can I have this eye opener combo with bacon and an extra side of sausage? I’m starved this morning.”

 

Alan went into rehab for the last time in the middle of Waiting For a Girl Like You. His daughter Sarah had just been abandoned at the hospital by her junkie mother and Alan realized he needed to straighten up immediately. SendDown was in the middle of a tour and the band would need a replacement drummer. Marc happened to be in the office discussing his love life with his chorus of women when Sandy, Touchstone and SendDown’s manager, came in to ask Bear’s wife where Bear was so he could fill in. Hence, the band didn’t miss any dates.
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Bulgarian TV movies

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She left the plain life because it was too restrictive, but Mr. Rock and Roll All Night And Party Every Day might be too freeing for her.

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“It’s my job to make you look good.” Her voice went soft as her gaze found his.

“You’re doing a really good job,” he murmured. Her lips were just inches from his. A couple more seconds and he’d finally get a taste of her. What would she taste like? Strawberries? Summer? Wine? He caught her wrist hoping to feel her pulse fluttering under her skin, but all he found was the satin sensation of flesh. Fine. Good enough. Better than good enough. Rachel was so amazingly real that every second of his life to this moment felt like the cheap set of a made for Bulgarian cable movie. “You must be very dedicated.”

 

I have a friend who runs a company that, as far as I can tell, does event lighting, video editing and whatever else he can manage to get into. We are both huge science fiction fans. Several years ago, he was talking about a show his company was making for Bulgarian television. It was shot mostly against green screen, but had a few sets and it was science fiction. Now, under the best of circumstances and with the biggest of budgets, science fiction sets and props can go horribly, horribly wrong. I love Stargate, but I swear most of their props were made of Sculpy. The chat with my friend left a permanent image of shockingly corny visuals, which reappeared here.

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Cyn

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She left the plain life because it was too restrictive, but Mr. Rock and Roll All Night And Party Every Day might be too freeing for her.

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Cyn first appeared in Satellite Of Love, backstage at a SendDown concert where she proceeded to freak out Maureen during her first taste of rock star life by talking about how she hoped to “get” Bear again on Touchstone’s next tour because then she’d be three in a row. Classy, classy chick.

 

She didn’t appear again until Send Me an Angel where she smuggled an eightball backstage setting off Alan’s flip out. She isn’t names there, but trust me, it’s here. By that time she had really spiraled downward.

 

In A Gift To Be Simple and Baby Come Back, when overlapped timewise, she was in very bad shape when she met Rachel’s brother Aaron who pulled her up even as she dragged him down. As a recurring character, I felt the need to save her in the end of her story (which comes at the end of this book despite the fact that she appears in the last book in the series. It’s complicated. Roll with it.)
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Dr Lisa Brahms

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She left the plain life because it was too restrictive, but Mr. Rock and Roll All Night And Party Every Day might be too freeing for her.

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The house took nearly an hour to get to. Several cars were parked along the long driveway and on the street. He ushered her through the front door without knocking. There was a lot of noise coming from the back. “Who’s going to be at this party?”

“I told you, Alan and his family, their free range nanny, Trent, maybe Rick and his wife. Might be some people from Angie’s show. I don’t know.”

“Alan’s wife is in a show?”

“Yeah, didn’t he tell you?”

“No.” It would be nice to be around show people again. All alone in her room sewing, she’d been missing the camaraderie of the stage.

Gian led her through the kitchen and out the back door. About two dozen people milled around the large lawn. “Wow, bigger party then usual. Come on.” Gian gripped her elbow when she hesitated and pulled her through. “Hey Angie!” He kissed a small woman on the cheek.

“Gian, I didn’t think you were going to make it. And who’s this?”

“Angie, this is Rachel. She’s our wardrobe woman. Rachel, this is Angie, Alan’s wife.”

Angie grinned. “You might know me better as Dr. Lisa Brahms.”

 

I really do watch too much television, and a large proportion of it is science fiction. Spoiler Alert! In Send Me an Angel, Angie, in addition to getting her dream man, got a dream part on a science fiction television show based loosely on Stargate SG-1’s Dr Janet Frazier. Her character didn’t get a name until now because she didn’t really need one. When I got to this scene I needed one, so I borrowed a name from…wait for it…Star Trek: The Next Generation. Because why wouldn’t I? Dr. Brahms (Leah on ST:TNG) is a warp engine designer and Geordi LaForge’s holodeck love interest, but it was a good name.

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