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“Thank you and good evening.” Ben waited for the clapping to subside before continuing on with his introduction. “I first had the pleasure of meeting our friend while he was working on his second book.” Hank glanced over at Trainer with a dubious expression. “Never happened,” said Trainer. “Showmanship. He’s making it up.” “After we…

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The men drifted closer to the rear of the stage where they were greeted by a sound technician who approached and affixed a wireless microphone to Trainer’s lapel as though boutonniere to a groom. “All set,” said the tech with a smile. “I recalibrated the mixer this afternoon and tacked on the longer antenna, so…

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The curtains atop matched the black theatrical curtains bisecting the stage and walling off the masses from the technicians scurrying about putting the finishing touches on the lighting, audio, and video arrangements. The prop assistant a hauled a simple but sturdy black wingback to the center of the stage, next to which a small side…

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Side by side, under the stark florescent lights, the two walked the subterranean corridor towards the stage. The new facility was constructed primarily for the city’s professional basketball and hockey teams, but was configured for a concert with a large stage anchoring the south end of the arena’s floor. The upper section of the venue,…

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“Stop it, the suit looks fantastic. I like the all black. It sophisticated, hip. It’s understated.” “It’s a fucking Johnny Cash rip-off.” “It’s subtle.” “Yeah, against the black backdrop, very subtle. Genius stage design.” “Tell you what, after tonight, you can wear whatever you want.” “Does that include the make-up?” “Don’t blame me for the…

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Time and again, Hank would raise his accusatory axe and blaze a concerned warpath, but time and fatigue dulled his blade and he tired of hoisting the mantle of care and compassion. Other factors further clouded the equation and eroded efforts. Like a co-dependent spouse, his perspective was warped. He was too close to the…

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Hank had taken notice of Trainer’s burgeoning problem some years before after Trainer had passed out solo in the tour bus after a show in Austin. The ho-hum escape would have passed muster had it been his twenty-first birthday, or had the bus not been running with the crew and driver locked from the vehicle.…