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Fourth Day
Before Rehearsal
Lounging at Le Blues Bar


The atmosphere at Joes was lethargic. Methos sat alone at one table, drowsily nursing a glass of beer. Joe was behind the counter, looking quite tired. Duncan and Connor are at one table across from Methos, having what looks like, a staring competition. Richie on the other hand, sat in front of Kronos in another table. Fitz was nowhere to be seen. Dress Rehearsal starts in three hours. The bar had no customers but these five Immortals.

Richie
Well? Why are you the End of Time?

Kronos
(grunts)

Richie
I'm sorry but I'm not familiar with Bronze Age slang.

Kronos
(gives him "I'm-gonna-kill-you" look)

Richie
But I am an expert in facial expressions
(leans back on chair)
Right now you're giving me a "I'm-gonna-kill-you" look.

Kronos
(gives Richie a much meaner look and growls)

Richie
And now that's the "Will-you-shut-up" look but the growl I dunno.

Kronos
(leans on the table and bares his teeth)

Richie
I don't wanna know what that look means.
(stands up and takes a seat across Methos)

Once again, silence fell in the bar. Joe took out a glass and pours himself a shot of scotch. Then .. a loud CLICK was heard. The first few notes of the song, "Hot Stuff," floats in the air. Volume was set low but audible. Five Immortals looks at each other and simultaneously shrugs.

Five seconds into the song, somone starts tapping his foot. Then somebody's fingers tapped on their table. By this time the volume has gotten louder.

Who's that whistling?

Each Immortal sneaks a peek at each other, wondering who's doing what. Just before the Donna Summer starts singing, a wave of shoulders begun swaying, 1 2 3 4. Just like what they'd rehearsed.

Sittin' here eatin' my heart out waitin'
Waitin' for some lover to call

Methos stands up and struts his way to Joe for a refill. Kinda moving his lean body in sync with the rhythm.


Dialed about a thousand numbers lately
Almost rang the phone off the wall

He waits for his drink. The others remain seated, rocking to the beat once in a while.


Lookin' for some Hot Stuff baby this evenin'

At Hot Stuff, Methos does two smooth pelvis thrust. Everybody laughs.

I need some Hot Stuff baby tonight

Richie, Duncan and Connor gets up and does same thing. Two pelvis thrust. Everyone was crackin' up. Joe was seen dancing a couple of steps. Wha? Mash Potato?

I want some Hot Stuff baby this evenin'

Next thing they know, Kronos was up and giving it all he got. OOHH! Nice thrust! Godiva would've been proud.


Gotta have some Hot Stuff
Gotta have some lovin' tonight

Amanda walks in. Everybody turns around. Smiles pasted on their faces. Duncan waltzes his way to her and whirls her around.

Connor
Where did the music come from?

At that moment, BG pops out from behind Joe's counter

BG
What have I done? What have I done?

Methos
I should've known.
(a devilish smile played on his lips)

Methos saunters towards BG. Nods at her to come to him. She walks out of the counter, hypnotized by his sultry gaze. A second later, they stood face to face. Methos takes her arms and places them around his neck.

BG
What are you up to?

Methos
You'll see.

Methos rests his hands on her hips then pulls her close to him. Suddenly, he felt a presence.

Fitz
What's going on here? Just stepped out for a few deep breaths and you've started a party without me?

Kronos
(regards Fitz unbuttoned polo shirt and disheveled hair)
Looks like you've been to a private party of your own.

Fitz
Well, I .. I've been around.

Richie
Thought you were just gonna drive up to the park?

Fitz
Yes .. yes, I was gonna do that. Good news laddies! I found my golf clubs.

Duncan
Found it? What, it just walked up to you, presented itself and asked for forgiveness?

Fitz
By God! Are you psychic, MacLeod?

Duncan
Just tell us how it happened.

Fitz
Just liked you said. It walked up to me, presented itself and apologized.

Joe
You've been to another bar, have you.

Fitz
But it did! With the help of three women.

Connor
Now we're getting somewhere.

Methos
I think we need to sit down for this, BG.
(takes BG's hand and finds a table)

BG
You know what? I need to go somewhere.
(BG lets of Methos' hand and walks towards the exit)

Duncan
Where are you off to hide?

BG
(turns to face Duncan)
Hide? (BG bites her lower lip)

Duncan
Obviously you know something about this.
(gestures at Fitz)

BG
What makes you think that?

Duncan
Just a hunch.

BG
Methos dawlin', tell Dunkie here I'm innocent.

Methos
You're biting your lip, BG. You always do that when you lie.

BG
(touches her lips)
No, I don't! I need to go somewhere uh, to ... organize your dress rehearsal. Yeah, two more hours to go guyz.

Connor
Don't remind us.

BG
Geez, just a moment ago, ya'll were dancing like crazy!

All five Immortals looked away from BG

Fitz
Can we get back to my story now?

BG
Yes, Fitz, do go on.
(starts to leave)

Methos
BG.

BG
Yes honey?
(looks over her shoulder)

Methos
You owe me a dance.

BG
Me? I thought you owe me.
(smiles)

Methos
You're not gonna get away that easily.

BG
Watch me.
(gets out of the bar)

Fitz takes a deep breath

Fitz
Finally! Okay. Coming out of the bar, I walked towards the parking lot in search of my car. Then, the most heavenly sight filled my vision.

Fitz pauses for drama

Fitz
Women.

Amanda
Should have known.

Fitz
Three of them ... three gorgeous women ... lined up beside my car ...

Kronos
They had your golf clubs.

Fitz
Will you let me finish?
(saw Kronos narrowed eyes and added ..)
Please? Okay, the tall, honey blond gal with striking green eyes was holding my golf bag. Oh Mac, it was a wondrous sight coming out of this gloomy place.

Joe
Watch your tongue, laddie.

Methos
Continue.

Richie
Honey blonde you said?

Fitz
(ignores Richie)
When they saw me, they all smiled. The blue-eyed blond takes the bag from Green eyes and started walking towards me. The others followed her.

Amanda
Cut to the chase, Fitz.

Fitz
They got nearer and nearer until I was able to touch them. My golf clubs, they're okay. Traumatized a bit but nothing a good swing can cure. When I looked up, a flood of apologies washed over me. I'm sorry, We're sorry, Oh please forgive us, Oh please, We'll do anything .. anything, anything, anything.

Fitz echoed the last word unconciously

Duncan
Fitz!

Fitz
Duchess?

Duncan
Who's this Duchess?

Fitz
Did I say Duchess? I meant, Duncan.

Connor
Sure you did.

Fitz
Oh COglo my dear!
(sees Connor's raised eyebrow)
I mean, Connor! You're here! I didn't see you.

Joe
I knew it! Was it the one across the parking lot?

Fitz
What? What are talking about, Joe?

Joe
The bar you got drunk in.

Fitz
Believe me, I'm not drunk. I have proof! My clubs are in my car right now, safe and sound.

Richie
And the three women?

Fitz
They, too, are safe and sound.

Kronos
Somewhere in a motel.

Duncan
Well, Fitz. I guess your problem is solved. You needn't strip anymore.

Fitz
I needn't. But I want to. Put that in that thick Scottish head of yours.

Kronos
By the way Methos, who'll be watching our dress rehearsal?

Methos
BG's in charge. I have no idea who she invited.

Connor
You let BG do all of the planning? Are you crazy?

Fitz
Bloody insane!

Amanda
I'm sure gonna be there! Front row, center.

Where's BG?