SHADOWS AND LIES


Author's Notes: Yes, I'm back. This chapter of Shadows and Lies will feature a couple of songs, because I need to get the damn things out of my head. The chapter probably sucks, but right now, I couldn't give a rat's ass

Part 1

Sora and Mimi walked up to the club to find Tai and Matt already there waiting for them. Matt had blue jeans, air walks, and an indigo button-down shirt with dragon sillhouettes covering the surface. Tai was wearing camouflage cargo pants, sneakers, and a black T-shirt that said "Cthulhu Saves" in big white letters. "Hey there, boys," Sora called out.

Tai smirked and winked. "Right back at ya, Sora."

Mimi walked up to Matt and batted her eyes at him flirtatiously. "Hello Matt. You ready?"

Matt just chuckled and smirked. "Absolutely. Oh, by the way," he added with a little less enthusiasm, "I can hear what is obviously karaoke in there."

"Ow," Sora said. "Well Mimi and I can sing, so it won't be that bad."

Tai raised a hand. "Actually, if you don't mind, Matt and I would like to do a couple of songs first. I may not be very good, but I don't suck too hard. Matt is the singer not me."

The conversation turned towards music as the four entered the club. It was a spacious room with dark blue and black walls, barred doors seperating several rooms, light-up dance floors, a bar, tables with people seated around talking, eating, and drinking, and more. Track lighting was the main light source around, reaching high up into the ceiling some thirty feet up. The place used to be a condemned warehouse, and indeed some of the decor tried to leave the feeling of abandonment and neglect in the atmosphere. Up on the small dais used for karaoke, a young girl was singing (AN: *shudder*) "Oops, I Did It Again." Badly.

Tai frowned as the song ended. "I think my ears are bleeding. Let me up there." Taichi strode briskly up to the stage and picked the song he wanted. He took the microphone and cleared his throat. The speakers came to life and soon the room was filled with the music of "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi with Tai singing.

This ain't a song for the broken-hearted
No silent prayer for faith-departed
I ain't gonna be just a face in the crowd
You're gonna hear my voice when I shout it out loud

It's my life
It's now or never
I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
(It's my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said
I did it my way
I just want to live while I'm alive
It's my life

This is for ones who stood their ground
For Tommy and Gina who never backed down
Tomorrow's getting harder, make no mistake
Luck ain't even lucky
Gotta make your own breaks

It's my life
And it's now or never
I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
(It's my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said
I did it my way
I just want to live while I'm alive
It's my life

At this point Tai started playing air guitar to the solo in the song before he continued singing.

Better stand tall when they're calling you out
Don't bend, don't break, baby, don't back down

It's my life
And it's now or never
I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
(It's my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said
I did it my way
I just want to live while I'm alive

It's my life
And it's now or never
I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to to live while I'm alive
(It's my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said
I did it my way
I just want to live while I'm alive
'Cause it's my life!

The song ended, Tai took a bow, and walked off the dais to the others. He was a much better singer than most of the others and had a good sense of rhythm.

"That was good Tai," Sora said.

"Thanks babe," he smiled, causing Sora to blush a little.

"My turn," Matt said and walked up on stage. He picked up his microphone and cleared his throat like Tai did before. The speakers started playing "Blue" by Eiffel 65 and Matt started singing.

Yo listen up, here's a story
About a little guy that lives in a blue world
And all day and all night and everything he sees
Is just blue like him inside and outside
Blue his house with a blue little window
And a blue corvette
And everything is blue for him and hisself
And everybody around
'Cause he ain't got nobody to listen to...

I'm blue da ba dee da ba die
Da ba dee da ba die, da ba dee da ba die
Da ba dee da ba die, da ba dee da ba die
Da ba dee da ba die, da ba dee da ba die

I'm blue da ba dee da ba die
Da ba dee da ba die, da ba dee da ba die
Da ba dee da ba die, da ba dee da ba die
Da ba dee da ba die, da ba dee da ba die

I have a blue house with a blue window
Blue is the color of all that I wear
Blue are the streets and all the trees are too
I have a girlfriend and she is so blue
Blue are the people here that walk around
Blue like my corvette, it's standing outside
Blue are the words I say and what I think
Blue are the feelings that live inside me

I'm blue da ba dee da ba die
Da ba dee da ba die, da ba dee da ba die
Da ba dee da ba die, da ba dee da ba die
Da ba dee da ba die, da ba dee da ba die

I'm blue da ba dee da ba die
Da ba dee da ba die, da ba dee da ba die
Da ba dee da ba die, da ba dee da ba die
Da ba dee da ba die, da ba dee da ba die

I have a blue house with a blue window
Blue is the color of all that I wear
Blue are the streets and all the trees are too
I have a girlfriend and she is so blue
Blue are the people here that walk around
Blue like my corvette, it's standing outside
Blue are the words I say and what I think
Blue are the feelings that live inside me

I'm blue da ba dee da ba die
Da ba dee da ba die, da ba dee da ba die
Da ba dee da ba die, da ba dee da ba die
Da ba dee da ba die, da ba dee da ba die

I'm blue da ba dee da ba die
Da ba dee da ba die, da ba dee da ba die
Da ba dee da ba die, da ba dee da ba die
Da ba dee da ba die, da ba dee da ba die


Matt took a bow when the song finished and rejoined his friends. "How'd I do?"

Tai and Sora gave him a thumbs up and Mimi giggled. "Why didn't you tell me you were a good singer?"

"Must have slipped my mind."

Tai sniffed the air. "Whoa. Someone here's drunk as shit. That guy over there." Taichi pointed to a man with black hair grown into a small ponytail. His face was getting a little stubly and he was staggering around, obviously drunk. "Better avoid him. I smell something else on him that I don't like."

Sora and Mimi looked at Tai in wonder while Yamato stood behind their backs frantically shaking his head and running his finger back and forth in front of his throat in a "shut up" gesture.

Tai realized his mistake and chuckled nervously. "I just, uh... have a really good sense of smell." Taichi mentally slapped himself for such a poor explanation, but it kept the girls from further questioning, at least.

Yamato darted his eyes back and forth and neverously said, "Uh, listen girls, who don't you do a song."

Sora and Mimi agreed and went up to the dais. They sang "Don't Turn Around" by Ace of Base in a duet (AN: I'm sorry but I couldn't find the lyrics. God I suck) which sent the boys into applause when they finished. The four took their places at a table and a waiter with a goatee soon arrived to take their orders.

Sora went first. "I'll have the spicy chicken wings and a coke."

Mimi was next. "Just a salad with ranch."

"Nothing for me, thanks. I'm still full," Matt said with a shrug.

Tai was the last to order. "I'll have a double cheeseburger, hold the veggies, a side of fries, chicken fingers with barbecue sauce, a bowl of chili, and a large coke," he said, ticking off the order on his fingers. He glanced around at his friends who were staring at him and shrugged. "What?"

The waiter stared at Taichi for a moment with a raised eyebrow before he jotted the order down and walked off.

Suddenly, the drunk man from before staggered up and clapped a hand down on Matt's shoulder. "Now those are some fine looking girls you boys got there." He mumbled and slurred the words horribly, almost unintelligible.

"Don't touch me," Yamato said flatly.

Taichi sniffed once and frowned. "You're on marijuana, aren't you? Don't lie, the smell is all over you."

The drunk looked at Tai, tilting his head from side to side. "Yeah, I guess so. Does it matter?" He grinned, showing his yellow, crooked teeth.

Sora leaned away from the drunk in disgust. "Ugh. Will you just leave us alone?"

Matt was still stone-faced as the drunk man hovered behind him. "You have exactly three seconds to get the hell away from this table or I will slap you in the face so hard you'll have to shove your toothbrush up your ass to brush your teeth."

The man just laughed, releasing a cloud of his foul breath. "Ha! Joke's on you," he said. "I don't brush my teeth."

"No surprise there," Mimi shot back.

"Time's up," Matt said suddenly. He lifted his fist up into a backhand, hitting the drunk right in the nose.

The man staggered backward, clutching his now bleeding nose. "You son of a bitch! I'll get you for that!"

To everyone's surprise, Tai stood up, popping out his neck and cracking his knuckles. "Let's see you try. The man rushed forward with a loud yell, but Tai simply lunged forward, throwing his fist out into a punch and hit the drunk in the stomach. After a few seconds, Tai stood up straight and his would-be attacker fell to the ground unconscious in a crumpled heap.

"I think we have some fans," Mimi said flatly as she noticed now that there was a lot of people gathered around watching with mixed emotions.

After a short bedlam of shouts, cheers, and everything in between, the management came in and kicked the four teens out, ruining their double date.

They walked down the streets in silence for a while before Tai spoke up nervously. "Uh... sorry we ruined tonight."

"Oh, don't be," Sora smiled.

"Yeah, we still had fun," Mimi added cheerfully.

"So does that mean we can try again, another place, same time," Yamato asked.

Mimi looked into his eyes and gave him a light kiss on the cheek, leaving Matt with a goofy grin slowly creeping up his lips.

Sora smiled at Tai and gave him a small kiss on the cheek as well, getting a similar reaction. The two girls giggled and crossed the street to their apartments.

The boys shook their heads to clear them and nodded to each other. "I'd say there's good potential," Taichi said.

"Yeah," Yamato said. "We'll have to keep up the act a little longer though so we can be sure. We still have a lot of work to do in the meantime."

"Right. By the way, isn't TK coming back to your clan from his trip to North America?"

"Yup. Your sister will be practically orgasmic to see him again," Matt smirked.

"Please don't use that word with my sister in the same sentence," Tai said, frowning.

Yamato simply laughed as the two walked off down the streets, knowing his friend was going to say that.