Sunday, August 20th, 10:15
Evan smiled. Glad it was time for that break in the show.
When the last of Dana’s backup singers, musicians, and
dancers exited the stage floor, not too far behind Dana herself, he took the
opportunity. He leaned back against the wall of their cordoned-off security
section near the stage. The enormity of these shows had his head reeling. The
loud, thundering speakers of the sound system only compounded it all, his ears
still ringing from the high volume, not unlike many of their own concerts,
though the security earpiece did help to block some of the deafening noise. And
that massive backstage video screen. Holy smokes. With its bright, colorful
images and live video recording of Dana and her onstage team, along with that
trick they pulled, killing all stage lights and only allowing glowing lines and
curves on their outfits to brighten the darkness, all of it, was a rush on
every sense in his body.
And Dana’s audience, now even more noticeable than earlier.
Nonstop chatter. Cheers. And flashes or moving lights from phones. The odor in
the air from perfume or cologne, snack foods, and the flow of cool AC streams
across the enormous expanse of this huge indoor stadium added even more to the
entire energized ambience. Took a guy’s breath away a little. Brought someone
to another place and time.
He looked up and out across the soaring height of the Toyota
Arena stadium. So cool all of Dana’s team were able to construct the stage and
tall lighting equipment structures in so little time, like just days before her
And fortunately, Dana wasn’t one of those daredevil pop
icons who loved swooping down with ceiling cables to land on stage or do any
other high-flying acrobatic maneuvers.
In fact, if anything, she was less the mover and dancer on
stage, leaving more of the physical action to her dancers and backup singers.
Yeah, understandable. She probably had to limit herself with that mystery
disease and its sudden pain onslaught arriving anytime unexpectedly.
Hal was walking over, with Greg following. Evan focused his
attention on them.
“I think you two men got a good job-shadowing experience
tonight,” Hal said, once near. “What do you think?”
“Yeah, I think so,” Evan answered. “Like you said. The main
thing is familiarizing yourself with the venue. Know all entrances and exits,
know the entire layout. That’s another reason we need to arrive early.”
“Yes. Exactly. Even though we work with a venue’s own
security, we still need to learn all of this for ourselves. And Carter’s
“If I end up fighting, I have failed. If I need to draw a
gun or other weapon, I have failed.”
“We need to always avoid the perp,” Greg said. “Never allow
Dana to be in the same room or proximity with the perp.”
“Which is, again,” Evan said, “why we need to know the
Hal nodded. “Yes. Exactly. And Evan. Describe radio
“Communication is very important. Make sure the radio is
charged up, on the right channel, the volume high enough and wait to talk while
someone else is speaking.”
“That’s correct. Were you able to hear during the show so
“For the most part. I did what you said. Move to a quieter
area, if possible. And it helped.”
“I like these earpieces,” Greg said, adjusting the placement
of it on his ear. “My other security position had those nasty plastic pieces.
At least these are comfortable.”
Evan placed his fingers on his own earpiece to check if it
was even still there. “I have to agree. Very comfortable. Barely noticed
“Ha, nice, Turrone,” Hal said. “Good to know.”
Greg began discussing with Hal the best placement of the mic
near the button flap of their required polo shirt. And the proper way to secure
the radio on their belt.
Watching their interaction, Evan
thought about Hal’s appearance. Thick, tightly curled hair strands, that
started dark near his scalp and ended in short, gold-dyed spikes. Yeah, dyed
his hair. Hair sort of like wide receiver Odell Beckman Jr. And Hal is part
African American, and something else? His eyes were grey, almost the same color
as General Tauring’s eyes. Yeah. Tauring. A man he didn’t want anyone to remind
him of, not ever.
Hal focused on Evan. “You liking the concert so far
“Oh yeah. Amazed at all the coordinated work that’s put in
at every concert. Dana and her team do a great job.”
“She’s quite the talented lady. Beautiful too.”
Eyes like Tauring. And now he’s mentioning Dana as
beautiful? Felt like a kick to his gut. Felt like a sudden fire was burning
inside him, and it definitely didn’t feel right. He could only stare at Hal.
“Yes,” Greg said, “she sure is beautiful.”
Hal eyed Greg with a steely grey-eyed glare. “And that’s
exactly what I don’t want to hear.”
Greg snickered. “Excuse me? Didn’t you just state that
Evan crossed his arms over his chest.
Hal eyed Evan but then directed his stare back on Greg. “You
two realize there’s an unwritten code in security never to get involved with
your clients, am I right?”
“Can’t see what you’re worried about,” Evan said. “She’s
famous. We’re just average joes trying to make a living. Don’t see what she
would want with us.”
“True that,” Greg said.
Hal stepped closer to Evan. “Nice try, Turrone.” He
alternated his gaze between them. “Don’t do it. Carter has his eyes on both of
you. Williams. You of all people should know this. Was this the reason you left
your last job?”
“Of course not. I know not to get involved with clients. I
was just stating that’s she is beautiful, just like you did, man. A brother
can’t have an opinion?”
“Opinion, yes. But keep it to yourself.” Hal glanced at
Evan, but then back on Greg. “Come with me. Brent wants to talk to you.”
Before following Hal, Greg gave Evan a shrug and confused
face, though Evan could only shake his head slightly with wide eyes. Who knew
for sure why Hal suddenly turned on them?
Evan watched as the two walked down a nearby hallway heading
under the bleachers.
My interactions with Dana. How had they been?
There really wasn’t much, that’s for sure. She seemed quite
fixed on avoiding him ever since their sparring event.
Then again, she had smiled at him once. And she had even
thanked him a few times when he had helped Carter to protect her from
Maybe Hal had been watching, secretly? And if so, Evan had a
good hunch as to why.