Several of you have said how much you have enjoyed some of my stories like The Return of Ripley, Aliens: Snowbound, and others. So here is a tease for the latest. I am not far into it but I have most of it mapped out.
The pulse from the audience grew and Larry could sense the energy coming from them. Their frantic energy fed him, encouraged him, and gave him the strength to keep going even after three straight hours of performance. His latest album topped the charts as had the five before it, and the future was now as far as Larry Armstrong was concerned.
Sold out shows, money, women, constant adoration; Larry had it all; until the tragic accident cost him half of his band as well as some key executives at the record company and corporate sponsors.
Despite being cleared of any wrongdoing by the authorities; the sharks had their day with Larry and after years of lawsuits and countersuits, he found his fortune, fans, and career-long gone.
None of that mattered now as Larry basked in the warm adoration that surrounded him as nothing cures the ills like 30,000 adoring fans screaming your name; well a big stack of money does not hurt but that goes without saying.
A whirring of servos snapped Larry to reality as did the cold air and bright lights of the Cryobay of the Cignus en route to his next show. With his finances in ruin and his public image now toxic, Larry looked to mount a comeback but not having the backing of a record company, the money to record, and no means of viable publicity; the Writers Block that followed was almost a welcome relief.
Larry found himself accepting an unexpected offer from Weyland Yutani to mount a tour of various colonies and corporate sites with the promises that once it was completed; he would not only have a solid financial base and company stock for the future; they would back his return to the industry if he so wished.
Larry had often wondered about their motivation and in his darker moments think that it could be a roundabout thank you due to some of their competitions big executives going down in the accident which allowed them to make big financial gains and some takeovers in the resulting chaos from the accident.
With great effort, Larry managed to sit up and opened his eyes to see that the members of his band were still sleeping but the crew of the Cignus had already moved out of the bay and started their routines. "Good morning Mr. Armstrong" intoned a friendly voice. Larry looked up and saw that his assistant and ship Synthetic; Jade was being her usually efficient self as she had a hot cup of coffee and his robe ready for him. With great effort; Larry took to his feet and managed to slip on the robe and sip his coffee with a dexterity that conflicted greatly with his Cryo hangover.
The arrangement has been first class as far as Larry was concerned as the Cignus was a modern and well-maintained ship; Jade was a great asset who made his life easier, and the money was really good. As his financial planner told him, earning interest while you sleep between gigs is not a bad deal and the fact that his three-year run involved a few weeks of sleep between a week or two up doing shows, and then repeat.
With about nine months left on his tour; Larry looked forward to hitting up some of the bigger corporate sites on the way home and there had even been talk of doing a Net show of his final performance to set the stage for his return to Earth.
Making his way to the dining area, Larry loaded up his tray and made his way to an empty seat while Jade accompanied him. He saw Captain Studdard had finished eating and was making his way to the bridge with his First Officer and Bridge Crew to prepare for their approach.
Jade spoke up and informed him that they were set to land on Titus on schedule and that he can expect a large crowd and some media coverage. Unlike some of the Shake and Bake colonies that Larry did to tune-up and for the company to make appearances that they care; Titus was a major Corporate planet and aside from Thedus was far and away from the most developed and advanced stop on this leg of the tour.
Titus was a massive collection of large buildings that covered a scenic landscape according to the vids that Larry had seen. He had always prided himself on knowing as much as he could about every place he played prior to going on; from a dive bar in his early days to a massive stadium; he believed it was a sign of respect and has been part of his prep from day one.
Titus grew at a phenomenal rate in large part to their numerous high-tech production hubs which attracted many of the big names in R&D for the company. Naturally with so many patents and lucrative constructs happening; oversite was huge and the Company had many executives eager to be stationed there to pad their bank accounts and move up the ladder.
There was also a decent security team and a USCM orbital base in the system as with so many valuable assets; the need for security and protection was second only to profits as far as Weyland Yutani was concerned.
After dressing and eating; Larry and the band made their way to a storage area on the ship where their gear had been stowed. The instruments were setup which allowed them to use the time on the approach to a new gig to dust off the Cryosleep and work on the setlist.
Launching into "Winner in You" Larry and the band was like a well-oiled machine and he took pleasure in seeing some of the crew still came around to watch them despite hearing the songs non-stop since they left Earth.
Life on the road regardless of being on a tour bus, aircraft, or space ship was all about established routines and Larry was not about to disrupt his second chance.