Chapter One: Backstage
THE ENORMOUS KING bed with the white sheets and the duvet cover was in total disarray that morning. It was not unusual. Danielle McCormack had lovers in her bed as often as she pleased, and particularly when she met interesting people. She never encountered any resistance, and her name in the music industry made everything simpler. Today her companion was a blonde woman who was sleeping on her stomach with Danielle’s arm wrapped around her waist. The sheet covered half of their bodies, leaving the upper part exposed. They appeared perfectly still, as if captured on canvas by an artist. They both blended harmoniously on the platform of the bed. Danielle opened her eyes first, pulled her head off the soft pillow to peer at the clock on the night stand, and then she let her head rest on the pillow again with no urgent need to get up.
“Love, I have to go,” she said to her companion after a while and kissed her bare back. She tried to recall her name, but she failed. She had no recollection of the night before. Of course she remembered the love making part, but all other unimportant details like the girl’s name were gone. She was very attractive, and that was good enough. Danielle did not particularly care who she fucked; as long as the person was good looking with delicious curves, she was willing to engage. In her adult life, no one refused her, man or a woman, and she had plenty of both.
Her father, Frank, was a traditionalist and often voiced his opinion of her relations that lasted a couple months at most. He even threatened that his fortune would end up in a charity if she continued to defy him. She promised him that one day she would satisfy his traditional ways by marrying a suitable man, but for now she wanted to explore life. Danielle won every argument she had with her father by placing a kiss on his cheek.
“Thank you for a wonderful night. You are incredible,” Danielle whispered in her ear. She kissed her again and got up as the woman turned to her back.
“Are you really going?” she asked, half asleep.
“Yes, I am, but leave me your number. I would like to see you again,” Danielle replied as she walked into the bathroom. She reached into the shower, turned the knob, and waited for a few seconds before she went in. She placed her palms on the wall and she let the water roll of her back feeling every drop caressing her body.
“Do you care for company?” The beautiful girl appeared at the open glass door of the shower. Danielle smiled at her and offered her hand.
“Love, I was totally fucked up last night so please forgive me but I can’t remember your name.” She had to ask even if she sounded it like complete idiot.
“I guess I did not rock your world, otherwise you would remember my name,” the girl replied as she hugged her from behind. The girl’s hands caressed Danielle’s wet skin and slowly reached her nipples with the tips of her fingers.
“On the contrary. That’s why I would like to know your name.”
“Alex,” she said as she placed a kiss on Danielle’s shoulder.
Danielle turned to face Alex, engulfing her whole body with her arms, and kissed the girl’s lips. If she had time she would do her again, but she was already late, and her father would not be pleased.
“I would love to stay right here and do things to you that are unthinkable but I really got to go, Alex.”
“I want to see you again.”
“Sure, I’ll call you if you give me your phone number. Now get out,” she said playfully as she softly pushed her out and closed the door. She would see her again.
An hour later she was on her way to the office that she shared with her father. She had to come up with an excuse for her delay, but she decided to use an old tactic that never failed her.
She took the elevator to the sublevel where her black Porsche was parked and entered her car. She checked her makeup one last time and pressed the button to start the engine. She took Fifth Avenue south and hit every red light on her way. She cursed under her breath but there was nothing she could do to speed things up. She looked at the traffic in front of her, totally immersed in her own thoughts. Alex preoccupied her mind, and it was a bit strange since she never spent any of her mental capacities recalling her lovers. Of course, if she sensed that there was more than sexual attraction, she would break it off.
She reached the building where Omega Media was located and parked across the street. The guys in the parking garage knew her well so she did not have to tell them her time of departure. She left the car engine on as she exited the vehicle and waved at Diego who was already progressing toward her. She walked up the steep ramp of the garage and crossed the street.
The building was old but it certainly had charm. She looked up to marvel at the architecture for a second before she pushed open the glass doors. The security desk was located almost at the very end of the lobby, but before the bank of elevators. There were two vases, one on each side of the desk, with a variety of colorful bouquets, which were changed weekly to keep them fresh and to reflect the season.
She traversed the immense lobby and passed the security desk, her high heels clicking on the tiled floor, the sound echoing in the lobby.
The elevator opened to the tenth floor. On the wall across the hall, Omega Media was inscribed next to the door. She pulled the glass door to enter.
“Your father is looking for you,” the receptionist announced urgently, but Danielle disregarded it.
“How are you doing this fine morning?”
“You better go and see him. He is not happy,” the receptionist replied instead.
Danielle smiled, ignoring the suggestion and going to her office that was only a couple of doors before her father’s. She had to settle in, first, turn her computer on, check her calendar, and retrieve her messages. She placed her purse on the couch by the window and sat down. There was nothing urgent on the calendar except the visit of her new signee, a remarkable voice and a victory for her label. When she was ready, she got up, walked down the hallway, and entered her father’s office. She approached him, placed a kiss on his cheek, and sat across from him.
“You are late. What happened? I taught you better than that.”
“I know, Dad. I had a late night. I went to the concert at Madison Square Garden. I had to be there; it was Gregory’s first appearance at the venue.”
“How was he? Was it packed?”
“He was excellent. Sold out. Next time you and mom have to come.”
“We are too old for concerts.”
“Oh, Dad, stop it. I think you need a compliment. You really want me to say how great you look.” She got up and hugged him from behind the chair, and kissed the top of his bald head. She loved her father more than anyone else and she would not disappoint him. She tried to conceal her relations with women to the best of her abilities, yet the news hit his desk periodically. Danielle diffused them, telling him that the reports were inaccurate or that it was a transient relation that meant nothing. She had had relationships with men, yet she enjoyed women because of the intensity which she felt every damn time. One day, she knew, she would be forced to accept her father’s wishes and get married to a man, but until that day came, she would taste every woman who crossed her path. She walked around again in front of his desk.
“What time are you leaving tomorrow?”
“Very late. I will stop by tonight to see mom.”
“Why Greece? It’s so far.”
“It’s only nine hours away Dad. It’s not far. I always wanted to visit, and I need a vacation. You have me working like a maniac. I haven’t gone anywhere the past two years. I know that I had to learn the business, but I definitely need a break from all of it.”
“You can come with us.”
“I love you both, you know that, but I need to be somewhere new.” She looked at him and detected concern on his face. “My assistant is coming with me.”
“Yes. I will be okay, Dad. See you tonight,” she said as she made her way out. She understood her father’s over-protectiveness, since she was the only child, but at times it was unwarranted. She was twenty-seven and she had lived all by herself since after college. She was capable of taking care of herself. If the paparazzi left her alone, her father would relax more. Yet her life was out in the open, and no one could shelter her. She only hoped that last night’s adventures were not captured in pictures.
She met Alex backstage when she was wishing Gregory luck, and she instantly felt the attraction. Danielle gazed at her and the girl had everything she wanted in a chick. She admired her black, sleeveless dress that emphasized every curve, and her long, blonde hair covered her exposed back in a very sexy way. Danielle made her mind up in an instant. She was taking her home with her. She walked over to introduce herself.
“I know who you are,” the girl responded.
“Should I be thrilled or terrified?”
“Well, I’m not disappointed in meeting you.”
“Then that calls for a drink to celebrate.”
They had more than one glass of wine, and Danielle knew how to be charming, particularly when she felt the attraction, so she kissed the girl. Backstage anything was possible; Danielle saw it unfolding in front of her too many times. She was familiar with the excitement, and the passion hidden behind the curtains. Danielle placed her hands on the girl’s waist, pulled her closer, and she asked her to follow her to her place. The girl obeyed. Danielle felt good to have this beautiful girl pinned underneath her, giving her what she craved most; the best fuck done by another woman.