Well, it was either post tonight, or leave it to tomorrow and do another flip-flop style. BUT because I don't want to leave you hanging like that, I'm just going to speed up the story a bit.
Will she say yes? Will she say no? Will she give me 'the Kaz?' Read now to find out!
Chapter Two, Day Four: These Two Hearts
I woke up in the morning, a package and a cup of coffee at my doorstep. The coffee was from Katarina, who wanted to thank me for at least making sure Belthazor got back to her room before he fell asleep. She has a nicer side. It's just that she normally didn't show it to me. The package, on the other hand, was something I called for from my mother. I trusted her to have done what I asked, and for once, she had. No 'My Little Summoner,' no frilly edges (God, that fiasco still haunts me in my dreams) and no needles left in the clothing. I took a quick look at it, admiring the workmanship. It would be great for what I was doing that night.
The other day, Rumble had proven his skill with Techmaturgy, inventing for me a set of drums and a perfect recording system. Only problem with the drums is that they only worked for him. Which meant I had another person to add to the team. Besides Belthazor who, although proven rather clumsy with the bass, turned out to have a great voice. They'd hopefully gotten their outifts from my mother, and just as hopefully, they'd like them.
I reached under my bed, taking out my Techmaturgical piano. It was thin enough to fit under there; may as well keep it there. While I waited for the other two to get there and get ready for our job, I changed into my outfit and started practicing with the keyboard, ringing a few notes into the quiet of the morning. In about an hour, my two bandmates arrived.
I was impressed at how high-quality the clothing from my mother was, given the amount of time she made it in. I was dressed in a cloak similar to my other one, except with far more gold on it, spiraling all over. My favorite part was an enchantment she'd gotten someone to throw over it; with every note I played on the keyboard, the gold shimmered slightly differently, changing through the song. Belthazor's was mostly green, to compliment his eyes (although I couldn't tell, personally. Didn't spend too much time looking at him) and was quite simple. Instead of a cloak, however, it had legs seperate, keeping to his Earth-like fashions. He was still wearing his jacket, which altogether made a very striking outfit. Rumble was all in leather, very similar to his normal outfit.
Looking outside the door, I saw that Rumble had brought Tristy, his mech, with the drumkit he'd invented tied to the back. As well as a great number of our other instruments, including the Runedisc. He smiled broadly. "So, are you ready to set up?"
I shrugged. "It's only around breakfast. Why should we set up so soon?"
He guided me out the door, not saying a word. He didn't have to. Attached to Tristy with a tugline, there were many, many palettes, covered with stage materials. "It may take a while to get this all out there."
I nodded in assent. "Think they'll give us real steak for all our time?"
Belthazor groaned slightly. "Wait...they don't serve real food here, either? I swear...everywhere I go...I got enough of it on Earth..."
I patted him on the back. "Don't worry, if they don't have anything good, I'll bring my personal supply of steak." With that, he perked up slightly, but still looked slightly downtrodden.
We spent hours in the cafeteria, putting together behind a closed curtain our stage. Occasionally, I stole out to grab us some real food from my room, not letting anyone even near our curtained project.
Finally, it was dinner time. The one good meal of the day. Because, for some reason, they always managed to have actual meat by that time. Dinner was always the most crowded time of day in there. Not a single champion missed the experience. So, naturally, that was when we were ready for our concert.
Peeking out, I looked to the crowds. They were all looking at our curtain anxiously. Coming back in, I looked to Belthazor and Rumble. "Are you guys ready?"
Belthazor was gnawing on some accidentally overdone steak I'd given him. I took that as a yes. Rumble simply nodded, going to his drumkit. Smiling, I turned to Belthazor. "Finish that up. We don't want our normal singer choking on-stage."
He put it on a plate, saving it for later, taking his spot on the front stage. Getting behind the Runedisk/keyboard combination, set up next to each other for easy access, I signalled to someone to drop the curtain. As it fell, gasps of slight awe found their way from the audience. Looking up at our large, flamboyant stage, complete with many lights, a raised platform just for me, and a variety of instruments all over the place, it was almost breathtaking.
Then, we started playing the music.
The first song was an energetic, upbeat song, that the entire crowd began to get into. Lights flashed, pumping the adrenaline to its maximum, and nobody was quiet. Belthazor proudly sung it, keeping every note perfect, while Rumble managed to keep the drum beats extremely heavy. I didn't use the Runedsic, at first, finding that the Keyboard was fine on its own.
After that, there was an immediate drop. With a quick scratch of a record that Rumble had given me on the Runedisc, another song sprung into existence. While Belthazor sat back, I layered the song with a scratchy modulated version of his voice, syncing it with the axe in the background to generate a spectacular effect. No one in the crowd wasn't moving...except for a few, who didn't seem to be enjoying the concert much. Including Riven.
I frowned, deciding to take it up a notch. Signalling for Rumble to stop drumming, I hit a few chords on the keyboard. Over time, I amped it up with the Runedisc, eventually forming an entire song from those some chords. Riven still wasn't impressed.
I got out from behind the Runedisc, calling for Rumble to get another beat going. Grabbing a guitar, I started playing an epicly simple solo, bringing the entire room to a standstill. Almost no one moved. They enjoyed it...but it just wasn't quite the same. As I threw off the last chord, I tapped Belthazor to get him to go up to the Runedisc. He knew what to do; it wasn't much, but it was still something only he could do.
A symphony of horns blared across the room, supplied by Belthazor. As I sung a simple, chant-like set of phrases, it crescendoed to massive heights, before switching to an entirely different system. Rumble persistently kept up a solid beat, while the guitar in my hand arpeggiated across the spectrum of sound. People were starting to dance...but still no sign of impression from Riven.
Belthazor switched to the keyboards now, coaxing a tune out of the Runedisc, as well. As the song progressed, haunting vocals floated through the air, hovering for a moment before completely shattering as we switched to the next song, which was scheduled to be our last. It was all or nothing with this; this was the night.
I went up to the keyboard one last time, Belthazor taking his place at the microphone. We played a long, epic ballad, providing a strange, upbeat feel at first, but evolving with the lyrics into a high-energy song, fueled with passion, bringing everyone to their feet. As it ended, we all took a bow, and everyone applauded. It had been magnificient.
To everyone but Riven. She was impossible to impress.
We were about to walk off stage when I held up my hand. "Guys, I'm not done yet. I have just one more song."
When the song I'd been working on earlier turned out softer than what we were hoping for, I'd scrapped it, hoping to resurrect it eventually. But this was an emergency. My last chance to woo Riven. Rushing around, I gave them both a set of the music. They both gave me an odd look.
Rumble was the first to speak. "You really want to play this? It's not a very good follow-up to what we just did."
I nodded vigorously, grabbing a guitar and heading to the microphone. "I know, just trust me."
Belthazor had grabbed a bass, and was preparing to play it. As I turned to the crowd, I cried out slightly into the mic "Wait!"
They all turned and looked at me again. I looked down sheepishly. "Uh...we have one more song we'd like to play. And there's someone I'd like to dedicate it to."
I pointed to Riven, bringing everyone's attention to her. "Riven, this is my last plea. If you say no, then I'll never ask again. Just hear me out."
With that, we started playing the simple piece I had written earlier. As the bass rang out combined with the guitar and simple, straight-forwards beat, I began to sing. It was completely different from anything I'd ever sung before...and it felt so good to let it out. As it hung in the air, the song slowly came to a close, and I stopped playing, looking at Riven.
"Well? Will you? Just one date?"
She looked at me straight in the eye, giving me a piercing glare that radiated her innermost being. I looked away slightly, knowing what she was about to say. "Yes."
I sighed heavily, turning away. "Well, I guess it was never...wait, what?" I instantly rushed back to the microphone, looking at her. "You really want to?"
She nodded. "Yes. If it means that much to you, I'll give you a chance."
I jumped into the air, yelling excitedly. I turned to the others. "Guys, let's just play one more song. I don't care if we make it up on the whim, let's just do it!"
Although they looked a bit tired, they both took to it quickly, I switching out my guitar with Belth so that I could join up with the keyboard. Similar to the last song in message, it was completely different in music, this time even Riven smiling and swaying to the sound. I laughed, blasting the speakers, and as we finished, I walked off the stage quickly and excitedly. Hectare wasn't going to believe this...
Thanks for reading! More will be coming tomorrow! And also, below is a list of all the songs that were played, who they're by, and a youtube link so that you can listen to them! Enjoy!
'Circles' by Digitalism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03tAKz66TC8
'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger' by Daft Punk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAjR4_CbPpQ&ob=av3n
'Some Chords' by Deadmau5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEQMkzjcLEA&ob=av2e
'Aerodynamic' by Daft Punk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L93-7vRfxNs&ob=av2e
'One More Time' by Daft Punk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGBhQbmPwH8&ob=av3e
'Crescendolls' by Daft Punk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S3ISlvlEbs&ob=av3e
'Ghosts N Stuff' by Deadmau5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7ArUgxtlJs&ob=av3e
'Too Long' by Daft Punk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6_ZNW1DACE&ob=av2e
'Something About Us' by Daft Punk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOS9aOIXPEk&ob=av2e
'Digital Love' by Daft Punk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjli3hj0ZkM&ob=av3e
I hope you enjoy the 'concert!' Also, my apologies for there being so little variety...I was in a rush for time, and I just wrote down what came up on iTunes as I was writing. If I had had more time, there's be plenty more Digitalism, the Glitch Mob, and, of course, Tiesto.