Undress Me – Part 2 (NSFW)

The familiar melody of the saxophone played once again to signify the scene change. Jimmy, the lead actor, was doing his monologue as the ensemble began to effortlessly strike certain parts of the set like they had done for the last six months, before crew moved them through the wings and backstage.

The wings were cramped and humid. One of the many things about theatres people didn’t know. Everyone mucked in and there was no place for divas. Adjusting Karen’s dress and gloves in her hands, Lily set her head torch to the dimmest setting with her back to the stage. If she set it too brightly, someone in the audience might see if their sightlines were just right.

Standing opposite against the grid railings of the wall was Pearl from wigs. She liked Pearl, with her bouncy personality and elegant pixie crop that framed her elfin bone structure perfectly. She flashed a smile of acknowledgement Pearl’s way, who returned the gesture with an enthusiastic thumbs up when the conundrum part of the play began. An influx of actors in the quickest quick changes of the show and the crew guys moving an enormous piece of furniture within inches of her. One of the crew being Jake.

Lily’s mouth twisted in annoyance. He better not get in the way with that bloody set again, she thought. It wasn’t her responsibility, she knew that. But it still hacked her off if it made her job more difficult than it needed to be. Especially so, if it was because of a crew guy who didn’t seem to care about hers.

Lily snapped out of her thoughts when Karen came rushing in to the wings and the work began.

Unhook clip, zip down, shed dress. Karen turns to face me. Hand Mansion dress over, get shoes in position as Pearl’s replacing wigs. Karen turns round.

The crew were now mere inches away wheeling the gargantuan Chesterfield couch off to backstage. At the end was Jake, pushing forward along with Eddie, a blonde haired gamer who despite his cutthroat sarcasm, his heart was in the right place.

Lily kept the corner of her eye firmly on them as she worked. Firmly on Jake, to make sure he didn’t stumble in between her and Karen like last time without so much as an apology; merely a glare as if she had fucked up his plot sheet.

Lily shook her head of her thoughts. Focus Lily, she chided herself.

Tap right ankle. Fit shoe, hook secure. Tap left ankle. Fit shoe, hook secure. Stand up. Tap shoulder. Karen puts hands behind back, hand gloves over. Zip dress up and hook at the top.

“There you go, chick.” Lily whispered, with two taps on Karen’s arm to signal she was done.

“Thanks babe!” Karen replied with her brash, London accent, rushing to downstage right before dancing back on stage, singing all the way.

30 seconds and not a single cock-up. Phew, Lily thought as she wove her way past Pearl to gather the shedded dress and shoes, to put in her basket and vacate the wings as quickly as possible.

Crew, wigs and dressers alike scuttled around each other in the cramped space. Amongst them, Lily balanced the large, grey laundry basket on her hip, pushing open one of the black curtains past the music stands, to get back to the makeshift ladies change area backstage.

But as Lily made her way, something caught her foot, tripping her. She fell with a gasp, and before her and the basket hit the floor just outside where she needed to be, an arm snaked round her waist and hoisted her back up.

She stumbled, the rubber soles of her shoes making a clacking sound against the black floor. The arm was solid and strong as it steadied her against a warm torso. Haphazardly she managed to get back to her feet, basket and costume intact. There was no time to think.

Somewhat dazed, Lily looked up to the tall figure. Her eyes widened and her cheeks grew crimson with embarrassment.

“Thanks.” She muttered.

Jake nodded nonchalantly. His arm was still round her waist.

“No problem.” He said, before letting her go and making his way to the wings.

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Copyright, 2018 – Life of Violet – Violet Grey

All Rights Reserved.

*Picture – Pinterest

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