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Topic Started: Jun 23 2016, 03:18 PM (401 Views)
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((Vanessa Stone continued from Smoke on her Face))

The blistering desert heat outside was in stark contrast to Vanessa’s ice cold shoulder.

In the midst of all of the excitement of Cams stabbing her in the back by recruiting some scar-face singer to replace her, their plans to get tattoos together had somehow managed to slip her mind. She hadn’t completely ignored Cams in those past two weeks, but compared to how often the two usually talked, she might as well have been dead to Vanessa.

In spite of all that, though, she’d still agreed to go and get the tattoos. In her head she had decided that she just wanted to complete her look already, but in her heart she’d missed hanging out with Cams just a little bit. You didn’t just cut things off with your best friend over one fight, after all, no matter how big a fight it might’ve been.

That said, her head wasn’t caught up with her heart yet, so the quiet anger continued to simmer.

“Whatever.”
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Vans took her eye off the road for the briefest moment to shoot Cameron a deadly look.

“Did you get rid of her?” she hissed, with as much venom as a rattlesnake. Of course she knew what the answer was, Cameron would’ve said something by now if Coleen had actually left, but Vanessa wanted to make sure that Cams really was just that clear on what the issue was. It would’ve been difficult for her to not know what the problem was, but Vans had known Cams long enough to know that she was some kind of Houdini when it came to making a problem disappear. It wouldn’t have surprised if her if her BFF wanted to deny that the whole thing even happened.

“Cause y’know, it’s not like I liked being a frontwoman or anything. Happy for some random bitch to take the stage out from under me with your thumbs up the whole time.”
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Vanessa groaned and rolled her eyes.

No, she didn’t enjoy seeing Cams when she got like this. She actually really hated it when her best friend started having one of her panic attacks, because more often than not it led to really shitty things that she’d rather not think about. She definitely didn’t enjoy knowing that she was at least partly responsible for it, if only indirectly and as a consequence of Cams’ dick move that was bringing in Coleen in the first place.

She didn’t enjoy Cams’ offer either, though, because it had missed the point entirely.

“Calm the fuck down, will you?” she sighed, trying to offer her friend some kind of comforting smile, but only really managing a non-hostile glance.

What she wanted to do was explain why she was so pissed off and convince Cams to reconsider who was doing what in the band and what was the right way to go about these things.

She couldn’t do that though, as putting together a concise and reasoned statement was not her forte when she happened to be in a bad mood, so instead she settled for trying to stop her friend from freaking out next to her with a hearty distraction.

“This track’s not bad. What’s it called?”
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“Oh?” she asked, her eyebrow peaked alongside her curiosity.

The band had done a few original pieces here and there, but it surprised Vanessa that Cams had summed up the energy to write an entire album for them, especially given everything else that was going on in her life at the time. With that in mind, Vanessa supposed that her BFF being pissed at her probably wasn’t helping her cope with things like her parents imminent divorce all that much.

Then again, getting betrayed like that didn’t help Vanessa much either, so there they were stuck at an impasse carved from Vanessa’s own stubbornness and refusal to just let her friend be happy at her own expense.

“So, what’s the concept?” she kept her eyes straight down the road as she spoke. It had been tricky enough to not shoot daggers at Cams the last time she'd turned her head, after all.

She really hoped it wasn’t something miserable. 'My life is a shitstorm and my wrists bleed the pain' wasn’t really a theme she wanted to provide the soundtrack for.
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Vanessa did not reply for a while.

You didn’t need to be a musicologist to tell that Cams was projecting her own feelings onto this album, rather than it having anything to do with the band as a whole. The fact that Vans knew Cams so well only confirmed the theory to herself, and that riled her up.

Everything getting heavier? Parents dying? Changing people? How about a song about a giant neon sign saying “LOOK HOW TURBULENT MY LIFE IS AND HOW MUCH IT’S FUCKING ME UP”.

It was distressing, because whilst Vans wanted the best for her BFF, sometimes she could be an overly dramatic spaz. Sure, her own parents were still married, but so what if they got divorced? People got divorced all the time these days, and it’s not like her parents spent that much time together. That didn’t mean she wanted them to get divorced, of course, but Cams’ own situation had given her reason to at least consider the possibility, and she was pretty sure she could cope with it.

So why the hell was Cams making such a big fucking deal about it? Why couldn’t she just be chill with it and not fuck herself up so much?

“Cams…” she started, but only managed to trail off.

Yeah, Cams said that it ended well, so she wasn’t convinced that the entire universe was going to collapse in on itself. Still, all this bullshit in the middle felt so unnecessary by contrast. Why did she have to put herself through all this shit?

“Is this because of your parents?” she didn’t really need to guess, since there was no way that she had written an entire album in just two weeks, not Cams. “Cause it sounds…bad. Like the first half is you going into a fucking black hole or something, and that sucks.”
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Cams Houdini was putting on yet another performance, much to Vanessa’s growing frustration.

Of course Cams didn’t want to talk about it: she never wanted to talk about it. She just wanted to sit around freaking out and kill herself over these things, whilst Vanessa was supposed to just sit back from a distance and patiently watch the whole fucking show unfold. She was always there to help her get away from the scene with a quick distraction, but actually getting to the heart of the matter and being there for Cams? How was she ever supposed to do that when Cams always shut her out?

So it was that whilst Cams stared out the window, Vanessa also sat in silence again, concern turning back to annoyance. When Cams broke the quiet with her follow-on question, Vanessa only needed a few moments to sum up her thoughts.

“What am I supposed to think? I haven’t heard any music, and the ‘concept’ part sounds fucking depressing. Why can’t we just do an album about sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, and all that shit?”

Cams was making it really fucking difficult to stay cool about the whole thing. Vanessa hesitated before she spoke next, but not for long enough to censor herself.

“You don’t have to make life so fucking depressing, you know.”

It was harsh, but it needed to be said. Being Cam's BFF was downright exhausting at times.
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Vanessa also let out a long sigh. It was, in a way, cleansing.

If she wasn’t driving, she would’ve taken that moment to slump her head over and let out an almost playful groan. Cams’ spiel had managed to tug at her heartstrings, and if nothing else it helped to know that her BFF actually appreciated all the effort she put into things. She didn’t try to make Cams feel better when she was screwing herself up for shits and giggles, after all.

“It’s not like I haven’t been a bitch about this whole thing either.” she conceded, flashing Cams another attempt at a smile that came across just a little bit better. Avoiding her friend for two weeks wasn't going to fix anything, and she did acknowledge that. She still felt the wound from the knife in her back, but at least Cams had actually given a proper apology for it now, instead of just tripping up over her own words. The fact that she was still trying to placate her with more deals and offers was still kind of annoying, but at least Cams had put the ball in her court by acknowledging her own fault in the deal.

“It still wasn’t cool of you, but thanks for saying sorry. Coleen’s singing isn’t shit, I guess, but she’s still on probation.” She’d leant back into her seat now, taking on a pose that was just a bit more relaxed. She didn’t like conceding the deal with Cams, but she did want things to get back to normal between them and the band. Plus, there was still the hope that once she got out on stage, Coleen would freeze up like a piss stream in the North Pole.

For now, though, the fact that Cams had brought their favourite substance with her was making reconciling just that much more appealing.

“Tattoos, then we’re getting inspired as fuck later.”
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