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Squad Unit 19: Hey everybody, and welcome to my 7th chapter of my archive. This next drabble is also set within my vampire story, which I assure you is going to be epic. ;D Anyway, again, don't wanna spoil too much, but here's a little mousy bit for you guys this Thanksgiving to nibble on. Hope ya'll enjoy it, and Happy Thanksgiving! Love you all! ;)

Squad Unit 19.


OF LOVE AND BLOOD

She was a little nervous. Okay, more than a little. It was the first time she'd done anything like this, especially in front of so many people. Oh, sure, she'd done it lots of times at home, but that was only with her husband watching. Now there were hundreds out there, waiting to see what she could do.

Minnie took a deep breath trying to calm her nerves. Could she really do this? Was she really good enough to be out there?

"Ya ready, Min?"

Minnie turned at her husband's voice, his silky smooth voice helping to calm her a little. "I think so."

He handed her a headset. "Here's your headset. Everything's set and ready to go. Just waitin' on you gals to go out there."

"Mickey..." She looked up at him. "Am I really good enough to go out there?"

He gawked. "Are ya kiddin'?! Yer a natural! Yer the best there is!"

She knew that last bit was an exasperation on his part, but it flattered her nonetheless. He gave her a sympathetic look. "Nervous?"

"A little..." she admitted meekly, looking down.

"Just try imagining everyone is naked," he offered. She looked up at him with a befuddled expression, mixed with shock and amusement as his attempt to help her. It sank in and he smacked his forehead. "Ya know what, never mind... Ferget I said that."

She snickered at him, then her cheeks flushed. "I could try imagining you naked, but that would only turn me on a lot..." Her gaze fell. "I'm just a little nervous, that's all..."

"Hey..."

His fingers lifted her face to meet his, and she felt her heart fly away the moment she saw his warm brown eyes and gentle smile.

"Yer gonna be great. I don't think that, I know it. I've seen ya play, and you've got skills. If ya don't wanna do it,
just say so. We can let another group on stage. No biggie. But whether or not ya do it, yer always a winner in my eyes."

Minnie blinked to clear her vision, supressing tears of happiness, his final words strumming the chords of her heart. Not saying a word, she latched herself onto him in a tight hug. "Thanks, Mickey." Those were the only words she could manage, and those couldn't even fully express the gratitude and love she felt for him right now. Pulling away, she smiled surely. "I'll do it. You've went through all this trouble to set this up, so it's the least I could do. Besides, I don't wanna disappoint you." She gave him a cute wink.

"Alright, if yer sure. The others ready?"

"We're ready."

The mice turned to see Ortensia standing off to the side, hands on her hips, smiling. And their newest friend, Rachel, walked up alongside the cat.

"Ready to rock."

Minnie turned to her husband and nodded. "We're ready."

"Alright! Aw, man, this is gonna be so epic!" He got on his headset. "Oswald, they're set." Mickey looked back to his little wife. "Go out there and show 'em what yer made of." His kissed her cheek, making her melt and her cheeks flush.

"You got it, doll," she smiled.

Rachel and Ortensia sprinted past Minnie out onto the stage, the raven with her drumsticks in hand and the cat with her bass guitar.

Minnie gripped her guitar, giving her lover a nod. "Let's rock this place."

"Great. Everything's set, so jus' gimme a signal when yer ready."

"Roger." Minnie quickly wrapped her companion into a hug, then pulled back and stood on her tiptoes to peck his cheek. "Thanks, Mickey. You're the best." She gave him a little wave as she sprinted out on stage, double checking her guitar. She turned back to the rest of her band to ensure they were ready. Rachel nodded, and Ortensia gave her a thumbs up. "Alright, guys, let's rock and roll!" Minnie gave her partner a thumbs up, who started lifting the curtain.

Minnie quickly checked her attire to make sure everything looked okay. Her red and black pleated scooter skirt was straight, her black button up sleeveless vest was fine, and her belt and hair bow were okay. She checked her guitar, making sure it was in tune. As a final touch, she went into her second vampire form, baring her fangs.

Another voice came over the speakers in the building. "Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome our next performers - a vampire trio ready to bring down the house - Girls of the Night!"

"It's now or never..." Minnie said to herself.

The curtain raised and the spotlights turned on, and the audience began to clap.

Minnie switched on her headset as she looked out over the crowd. "Hey, everbody! Welcome to the show and thanks for coming tonight. I hope ya'll enjoy it. The song we're gonna do is a golden oldie, but..." The young mouse turned to her husband, who stood backstage out of view to everyone in the audience, but not out of view from the stage, and smiled at him. "...I want to dedicate this to a very special person in my life. Someone that has made my life better, and given me a purpose, a reason." She turned back to the stage. "I think of him every time I hear this song, so this song's for him." She gripped her guitar. "Let's rock!"

The three girls started to sing into their mics. It was Heaven Is A Place On Earth by Belinda Carlisle. The three girls just sang with no music until it was time for the drop of the drums and bass. At the drop of the beats, Rachel hit the drums and Ortensia started strumming her bass as Minnie began playing her pink and black guitar.

Then Minnie started singing the lead as the band played. The white strobe lights flashed as the first part of the song was sung, and Minnie tapped her heel on the stage floor as she sang and played her guitar. Behind her, Ortensia played her bass and Rachel played her drums.

As the second part began, Minnie began walking down the runway, struting her stuff as the multicolored lights began to flash. After she finished her part, the group started playing just the music. Then Ortensia and Rachel did the background vocals as the music played on.

Then Minnie started singing again. After singing the chorus again, the music kicked in again. After it was done, the three girls started singing again.

Once the song was over, the girls stopped playing and the crowd started clapping. Minnie bowed and gestured to her band, who also bowed. Her first time performing on stage and she enjoyed it. She walked back to her band and saw the expression of joy on their faces. She could tell they were enjoying it too.


An excited giggle escaped her as she closed the lid of her guitar case. "I can't believe we just did that... that I did that."

"Ya did good, kid."

Minnie looked up in the mirror in the small makeshift dressing room and saw her husband, partner and manager standing in the doorway, arms crossed as he leaned cooly against it. She sprinted toward him and latched herself onto him, him lifting her up and twirling her around a couple of times as they embraced. "I did it! I actually did it!" She laughed as she pulled away a bit, him setting her back down on the floor.

"Ya sure did. And you were great!"

"Well, so were you. We couldn'ta done it without you."

"But you were the star."

"No, we all were." She laughed, still unable to believe she'd just performed her very first performance. "Thanks for setting all this up, Mickey. I still don't know how ya did it."

"Eh, no biggie. I'm just glad ya were able to enjoy yerself."

"I sure did!" Minnie hugged him again. "Thanks, Mickey."

"Yer welcome, kiddo." He returned her embrace.

A knock at the door got the mice attention, as they pulled apart, exchanging glances.

"It's Oswald," the voice said behind it.

Mickey opened it to find Oswald and Ortensia standing there. The cat instantly wrapped her sister-in-law in a hug as the young women giggled.

"You were great, Minnie!"

"You were too!"

Oswald and Mickey watched with grins, then turned to each other.

"So we gonna do another performance?" Oswald asked.

"If the girls want to," Mickey replied.

"Yes!" Minnie and Ortensia said in unison with a laugh.

"Guess we're gonna be doin' another one," Mickey chuckled.

"Great. Only this time maybe you and I could do a gig together." Oswald gave his brother a nudge with his elbow.

"I'd love to see that!" Ortensia said.

"Ooh, me too!" Minnie agreed.

"I dunno... Think we should, Bro?" Mickey grinned at Oswald.

"I dunno..." Oswald played on.

"Pllleeeaaassse!" the girls pleaded, giving the boys their big eyes.

It only took a couple seconds of that to break the boys down and agree. "Doh... Why do we fall for that every time?" Oswald said, giving in.

"Because they're girls. They have that power," Mickey reasoned.

"So you'll do it?" Minnie asked hopefully.

"We'll do it," the boys agreed.

The girls cheered in response.

"We better get goin'. The last performance is almost done and they'll be shuttin' this place down," Oswald said, glancing at his watch. "Ya got yer bass, honey bunch?"

Ortensia held up her guitar case. "Yep. All set and ready to go."

"We'll talk to you guys later. Minnie 'n I are probably gonna get some pizza or somethin' on the way," Mickey said.

"Alright. See you guys tomorrow." Oswald waved as he held open the door, allowing his wife to walk out.

"See ya." Ortensia waved at the mouse couple.

"See ya!" the mice replied in unison.

The door closed as the two left, leaving the mice alone.

"Got yer guitar packed up?" Mickey asked.

Minnie walked over to the small dressing room table and picked it up. "Yup! Got it right here." She walked over and leaned up to kiss her husband's neck as she rested her free hand on his chest. "Thanks for believing in me. I wasn't sure I could do it, but you didn't doubt me. Thank you." She kissed his neck again.

He gave her a smile. "I knew ya could do it. Ya just needed a little boost, is all."

She returned it. "Well, thank you. For giving me that boost."

He shrugged. "No biggie."

"It's a biggie to me, a major biggie." She smiled warmly as she set down her guitar and slipped her arms around his neck. She pressed her lips to his, one leg raising behind her as she locked lips with him. After several seconds, she broke the kiss and pulled away, giving him a loving smile.

"So you ready to go?"

"Yeah. Let's go get something to eat. I'm famished." She pulled away and picked up her guitar.

"Don't worry, I'll protect ya from the mobbing fans." He jabbed a thumb to his chest proudly.

She giggled. "So now you're my partner, my manager and my bodyguard? Me gusta." She giggled. "You're hired. My body is now in your care." She blushed a little. "Though it's always been..."

He chuckled and held open the door. "M'lady."

She giggled and curtsied. "Thank you, sir." She giggled and pecked his cheek as she walked out, giving her little tail a playful swish in his direction as she looked back over her shoulder at him.

It's a wonder I don't have cavities from this sweet little girl... he thought as he turned off the light and closed the door behind them.

To be continued...