Chapter 13

Hey gang, I've recently been watching Jem and The holograms again. XD so you know that that means, I've got inspiration to type. Never have a watched a show that gives me such inspiration like this show. Not just to type, but character designs, costumes creations, and jewelry ideas! Anyway I won't take much time up here. ONWARD TO THE BATTLE FIELD!

Lily, The guitarist of RTD, grumbled to herself as she walked down the halls of Misfits Music. She and Zeek had been fighting nonstop since Clash showed up in Edo. Course if it wasn't for her, they wouldn't have gotten a contract, but she just couldn't get over the fact that Zeek was flirting with every woman he came across. Lily stopped short and let out a frustrated growl.

"Oh! That stupid Zeek!" She shouted, then bit her thumb, "I'm his girlfriend, what's that stupid Pizzazz got that I don't?"

"Well, money for one." A disembodied male voice said behind her. Lily spun around and saw riot leaning against the wall. She placed her hands on hips.

"Ha! Shows what you know about me!" she huffed as she jutted out her hip and stuck her nose in the air, "My father is a wealthy lawyer in Edo City. Best in the business."

"Is that so?" Riot asked with a clever smirk as he pushed himself off the wall. Lily narrowed her pink colored eyes at him as he walked toward her. She held her hand up, placing it on Riot's chest stopping his advancement.

"Hold it blondie. Do you really think I'm as stupid as Pizzazz?" She asked glaring at Riot, who smirked.

"Of course not, my apologies." He said. Lily huffed.

"Hm. I don't know what you're used to, but it ain't happenin' with me." She said, "I've got eyes for Zeek, and Zeek only. Got me?"

"He doesn't seem to feel the same." He said back, crossing his arms. Lily let out an annoyed growl, balling her hands into fists.

"Just because that bitch Pizzazz offered him a contract for the band!" She shouted, turning her back to him. "If It wasn't for that, he wouldn't give that obnoxious girl the time of day."

Riot cocked his eyebrow toward her, not entirely sure who she was trying to convince. Him? Or herself. Finally she turned to face him and smiled, almost playfully.

"But," She said narrowing her eyes and sauntering over to him seductively. She placed her hands on his chest, causing him to give her a cautious look, "Since he's so distracted, there's no since that you and I can't have some fun together."

His brows rose, "And what makes you think I'm interested?"

"Oh please Riot," She said slowly, putting emphasis on his name in a sultry tone, "I've seen the way you look at me. Don't deny that you'd rather spend your time with me, instead of having that green bean Pizzazz follow you around like some lost puppy."

Riot said nothing. Aware of what she was doing, he had pegged her pretty well then they met. She was used to getting what or who she wanted. A spoiled little rich girl, just like Pizzazz. However the difference between the two, it seemed, was that Lily seemed to have a better grasp on what to do, in case things didn't go her way.

"You think it's pathetic don't you, Riot?" She asked, breaking him from his thoughts, the way she said his name, her tone of voice making it sound like something almost unworthy of him. "Wouldn't you want prefer a real woman?"

There it was. The question he had been waiting for. It wasn't direct exactly, it was worded to make it seem like it was his idea. She was good, but not the only one with charms. He wouldn't fall victim, just so she could make her boyfriend jealous. Gently, he placed his hands on her forearms when suddenly she lunged at him, forcefully pressing her lips to his. Surprised by the action it took a moment for him to remove her. she smiled back at him, placing her hands on her hips. She scowled at her.

"Oh please, don't act like you didn't enjoy it." She said looking over her shoulder at him.

"That, was unwanted." He said, though even he had to admit—to himself—that he didn't hate it. Still he wouldn't give her what she wanted. She then turned her attention to him.

"Listen, here, Riot dear." She said, saying his name in a mock-sweet tone as she pointed a perfectly manicured pink nail at him, "You'd better not let a real woman slip through your fingers. Cause I won't wait around for you to make up your mind."

Riot studied her for some time. He said nothing. If lily was bothered by that she sure kept it well hidden. If he knew her type—which he did—rejection would not sit well with her. It somewhat reminded him of Minx to a point. Equally irritating.

"Riri!" Mitsuki's voice called. Lily groaned as the light blue haired man walked up to her, placing his hand on her shoulder.

"Anata ga arimasu." He said speaking in Japanese, " Sā, Noah to watashi wa Zeek o mitsukeru koto ga dekimasen."

"Mitsuki. One of these days I'm going to kick your ass for your bad timing." Lily hissed pinching the bridge of her nose between her thumb and forefinger. Mistuki shrugged with a confused smile, playing as though he had no idea what she was talking about. Lily scowled, clearly annoyed, she then looked to Riot, "I'll talk to you later then Riot. I expect an answer."

"Come on Mitsuki, I'm sure Noah wants to find Zeek before he does something stupid." She then said, Mitsuki let out a sigh of exhaustion, as if signifying that she had repeated what he had just said.

As Lily walked off in search for their group's leader, Mitsuki stood for a moment and narrowed his eyes at Riot who stared back at him with a scowl. The small silent standoff didn't last long before Mitsuki finally decided to turn and leave, leaving Riot to wonder what that was even about.

~0~

Meanwhile at Starlight Music, Becky had explained to Jerrica what they had decided to do in regards of RTD, which was a contest to see who could sell the most singles. Of course Jerrica wasn't sure how to react to the idea, but was willing to help. She had decided she would help the group make a music video, because well that's what the head of a Music company does. So she, Metal Voice, and Shirley, were in the studio where Jerrica introduced them to Vivienne Montgomery.

"This is Vivienne Montgomery." Jerrica said, "She helps the Holograms with their music videos, and she's agreed to help with yours as well."

"Please, call me Video, and I'll admit, I'm not used to dealing with metal groups, so this will pose a bit of a challenge." Video said honestly as she greeted the group and their young singer.

"Well, if Miss Jerrica has faith, so do we love." Becky said, "I'm Rebecca, but you can just call me Becky. This is Blud, Othello, Creepie, and our fearless leader, Ren Hagane." She continued introducing the band. Ren looked up at the blonde video woman. She was rather curious how the music video would turn out, since the group had never made a video before. Ren imaged it'd be much easier since, she would be singing on camera instead of being interviewed.

"Hagane-sama and the rest of us are really excited to be working with you Video." Becky continued, "Creepie here's seen all the Jem and the holograms videos you've done."

"Right-a-roony! You're amazing!" Creepie said giddily, shaking Video's hand. "I can't wait to get started!"

"Alright, Now remember guys this is the video that Starlight Music would be putting on TV to promote your new album." Said Jerrica, "So Ren, pick a song that will set a good example for it."

Ren cocked an eyebrow as she looked up at Jerrica. A good example in metal music. Either Jerrica forgot what Metal was, or she was asking for their least scary song. Either way Ren had the perfect song, just right for Metal Voice to break out with.

"Ren's had the song picked for a while actually." Becky said with an excited smile.

"Alright then whenever you're ready." Replied Vivienne as she got behind her camera and the members of Metal Voice got into place.

Break out! Today I reach that sunrise.

I will not sit back, in isolation.

Come out! Beyond that sunrise

Just reach out my hand I will grasp hold of that reality!

My heart beats, I'm anxious.

Before I can reach the stage!

I'm drawn to the bright future!

~0~

The shadow of fliers with anxiety

Draw a solid mind before you whisper

In this world that are common

By overlapping paint a new color

More ...

Do not forget the flowers of name that bloomed here

'That was the new hit song from the group Metal Voice.' Announced Lin-Z as the clip showing Metal voices video ended, 'Check out their new album set to be released—'

Zeek glared as he shut off the TV playing Metal Voice's commercial. Ren and her gang of freaks had already put out an album, meanwhile his band RTD was still undergoing negotiations with their contract with Eric Raymond.

"This is infuriating!" He shouted, grabbing the attention of Noah and Mitsuki who were in the room with him. "Jailbait's band is already ahead of us! What the fuck is that idiot Raymond doing?!"

"I don't know…" Noah mumbled looking up from his sheet music. He then gave a sly smirk, "Shall I find out?"

Zeek looked back and scowled, "Yes! I want to start recording NOW!"

"As you wish, fearless leader." Noah said with slight sarcasm, he then stood to leave.

"And find out where the fuck Lily is!" Zeek screamed, to which Mitsuki perked and spoke to Noah, who translated;

"Mitsuki said he saw her talking to that blond guy Riot about something."

"The hell is she hanging out with that weirdo for?" growled Zeek with obvious jealousy in his voice. Clearly he was effected by whatever plan Lily had in mind, and if she were there she would probably have grinned triumphantly. However she was not, in fact, at the moment, none of the members of Respect the Dead knew where she was. Last time anyone saw her, it was Mitsuki telling her that they had to look for Zeek. Now they were looking for her; Almost as if on cue the door opened to reveal Lily, dressed in an outfit to kill; a black strapless tight velvet jumpsuit that accentuated her already attractive hour-glass figure, she had diamond studded dog collar choker and belt, a pair of high heels that made her appear slightly taller than she was, and to top it all off she was wearing bright 'fuck me red' lipstick. The males in her group couldn't help but stare.

"Where the hell have you been?" Zeek growled, trying his best to keep his attraction hidden. Lily flipped her blond hair as she walked past and plopped down on the couch and propped her legs on the coffee table.

"Wouldn't you like to know?" she spat inspecting her nails absent mindedly. Zeek stood and walked over to her.

"As leader of this band, yeah, I would like to know." He spat back as he kicked Lily's feet of the table. She sat up and glared back, "Last time anyone saw you, you were with that blonde prick."

"Oho, you mean Riot." Lily said. She smirked seductively as she sat back in her seat, and placed her hands behind her head. "What's wrong Zeek baby? You're not jealous are you?"

Zeek's glare intensified. He looked away and noticed that Noah and Mistuki were still in the room, "I thought I told you to find out what Raymond is doing!?"

"I uh—"

"Beat it!" Snapped Zeek. It almost surprised Mistuki and Noah, however they were used to that sort of thing from those two. They were always arguing over something—usually over Zeek flirting with other women—it was their version of normal.

"Consider us gone."

"Baibai." Replied Mitsuki as he and Noah quickly shuffled out of the room, leaving Zeek and Lily to sort out their differences. When they were gone Zeek glared back at Lily.

"You think I'm jealous of some freakshow like him?" He hissed through gritted teeth, "Babe, you've been drinking too much."

"I don't have that problem," Lily hissed as she stood, "Unlike some people I know. is that why you think someone like Pizzazz is attractive? Been boozin' it up behind our backs Zeek?"

"You wish, then I'd be hitting on you." He laughed. Lily let out a shrill growl, as she balled up her fist and with her other hand pointed at Zeek, making sure her perfectly manicured nail poked his chest.

"Listen here, Ezekiel," She hissed. Zeek glared, nearly furious that she had used his real name. "I am your girlfriend. That green haired whore, is nothing compared to me. got it? and you had better bet your ass, that I'm the best you'll ever get!"

"Please." Zeek snapped, grabbing her hand. She glared up at him, "Don't forget who let you join this band."

"And don't you forget who actually got us this far." She snapped back, ripping her hand out of his grip. "I'm the best guitarist you'll ever get. And don't you forget it."

Zeek stared her down as she took a step back from him, and returned his glare with just as much venom.

"Stay the hell away from that loser, don't forget what we're here for." He said, his tone clipped. Lily rolled her eyes.

"I'd say the same to you, man-slut." She said, then walked past him, "Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to see what's holding Raymond up. You know. For the for what we're here for."

And that's the end of chapter thirteen. I know it's been way too long right? I was rewatching the series when I heard—no when I saw the live action trailer of this show. But I'll talk about that next time.(*) Today's music is called 'Break out' by V-flower. This song is in Japanese, and there aren't any official English lyrics for this so I had to take to original language and put it through google translate. If the official English translation comes out before the next time I use the song I'll use them. oh also V-flower is the official voice of Ren Hagane's Japanese voice. Her English voice is Miss Shella. See ya.