NOTE: This story, though posting first, takes place after the events of Edie Van Heelin’s Canadian Vacation Part 2 – coming in April
THE ADVENTURES OF EDIE VAN HEELIN’: Edie Meets the Wolf
Wolfgang Van Halen was feeling down.
He should have known better, but he opened his phone that morning to a tirade of hate on social media. Why did he do this? Did he have to run his own social media? No, but he felt that giving it up would be giving in to the trolls. They were relentless, and they were hurtful. Not that Wolf ever let them see the hurt. Still, he hurt inside, and it was very real.
“Why don’t you try making a name for yourself, instead of living off your father’s?” asked one troll.
Wolf grumbled to himself. “Van Halen IS my name!” he yelled at the screen. “What, should I change my name to Wolfgang McCartney? Wolfgang Led Zeppelin? What idiots these people are. Not worth my time. Why do I bother…”
He walked across the studio floor, plugged in a guitar, and tried to jam away the blues. He played some licks, but a dark cloud still hung over his head, a bad mood that wouldn’t go away.
Wolf’s playing was interrupted by a sonic boom overhead. He put his guitar down and looked out the window to see the contrails of rockets in the sky.
“Oh shit!” he exclaimed. “I forgot! I have a recording session today.”
He heard a knock at the studio door.
Wolf tripped over a guitar cable on the way to the door, but managed to open it with rock star-like grace. Before him stood a vision unlike any he had seen before.
The woman at the door was dressed in head-to-toe silver. Silver rocket boots, a sleek tight-fitting short silver dress, silver lipstick, and silver nails. Over her shoulder was a guitar case, also in silver. Edie Van Heelin’ had arrived. It may only be a recording session, but she was dressed for the stage anyway!
“Edie Van Heelin’, I presume?” asked Wolf with a broad smile.
“In the flesh!” gleamed Edie, her silver lips smiling just as wide as her eyes. Even though she had just broken the sound barrier, her long brown hair was as perfectly stick-straight as if she had just finished brushing. “How are you, Wolf? You know, your dad was my biggest influence on guitar. But I love your album! It’s so different from Van Halen, so modern, so melodic, so good! Amazing lyrics and music!”
The two hugged. “Thanks for saying that, Edie. I’m having a rough day. I miss my pop. I hate these online trolls.”
Edie’s face turned to sadness. “Come on, Wolf. Let’s sit, you got any tea?”
“Of course, yeah, come in please.” Wolf went over to the kettle and started brewing some tea. “Green with honey, right?” Edie nodded yes, eagerly. Wolf laughed. “I did my research, I made sure we had something for you today.”
A few minutes later, Wolf returned with two steaming cups. The two sat across from each other. Wolf picked up a guitar and randomly strummed as he sat.
Edie began speaking in a soft, understanding tone.
“I lost my dad a few years ago, too,” she began. “I understand your pain. That song you wrote for him, ‘Distance’…it gets me. I feel it. I know your pain. And trolls? You should see what I get online. My body, my face, my clothes, my makeup…they have an opinion about everything, and they are never happy. And it’s every day. You know what? There’s only one person I can make happy, and that’s me. So I dress how I want to dress, how I feel good. I play the music I like, and it would not matter anyway, because they always have something to complain about.”
Wolf’s eyes went wide.
“Right? They tell me to do my own thing, so I put out my own album, and it’s nothing like Van Halen. Then, they tell me I should reform the band with Dave and Sammy and do a tour instead! And then, they tell me I shouldn’t be trying to milk the Van Halen name! I can’t do anything right according to them!”
Edie had removed her guitar from its case and was strumming along with Wolf.
“You know what the solution is Wolf? I know that you do.”
Wolf shrugged. “Tell me.”
Edie smiled and played a melodic line on her guitar.
“You just keep doing what you do! Your album is awesome! I especially love the song ‘Resolve’. The defiance you show in that song is what you need to show to those online trolls! Just keep being you, and remember that they only wish they were you. Maintain your resolve!”
Wolf kicked into the main riff of the song. Edie began singing along.
“No more flowers, what we know is not the same. Drunk with power, only you control this game!” she sang with deep conviction.
Wolf smiled as the two jammed.
“Countless hours, only you can cure this pain. You freaking coward, brought on more unwanted change!”
Wolf laughed. “The word is ‘fucking’, Edie, not ‘freaking’!”
Edie smiled. “Edie Van Heelin’ doesn’t F-bomb, Wolf!”
Laughing, Wolf nearly fell out of his chair. “Seriously!? You dress like the hottest space chick I’ve ever seen in my life, with nine inches worth of heels on your boots, and you won’t swear?”
Edie smiled. “Nope! Much like you Wolf, I am more than what I seem, and not what I appear to be!”
“Clearly, that is true! I’m glad to have met you, Edie Van Heelin’.” Wolfgang put down his guitar. “So what are we working on today?”
Edie cranked out some chords. “Time to start my debut album, Wolfie! And there’s only one person I want to produce it.”
“Me?” Wolf asked with both hands pointed towards himself.
“You’re the one, Wolf, you’re my number one pick,” proclaimed Edie with the confidence she embodied.
“I could never say no to a woman as beautiful as you,” gushed Wolf. “Fortunately, you have the talent to back it up.”
This time it was Edie who blushed. It’s not every day you get a compliment from the son of Edward Van Halen.
“Aww thanks Wolf,” she said as she nervously played with her hair. “I’m honoured. Wanna hear some songs?”
Wolf nodded eagerly yes, and set up the desk to record.
This was it! The Edie Van Heelin’ album was happening, for real now. Edie took a moment to let it sink in. She’d worked hard to get to this point. Regardless of naysayers, the haters, and the trolls, she had made it this far. Nothing would stop her now.
Wolfgang Van Halen took a seat at the console, opened some software, adjusted some levels, and said the magic words. “We’re rolling!”
Edie dug deep, ready to rock him with her new material. She placed her perfect silver fingertips upon the fretboard, and strummed….
…Just as the lights went out.
“What just happened?” shouted Wolf in frustration as he stumbled blindly around the studio, looking for a flashlight. “The power just went out as we started to record? What the hell?”
Edie shook. This was all too familiar to her.
“I have a bad feeling about this….”
In orbit overhead, comfortably seated in his starship, the evil clone known as Shinzon laughed. He got out of his chair with a flourish of his long dark hair, and placed his evil hand upon his clean-shaven Australian chin. He laughed some more, as he looked down upon the Earth. His boss wanted this album delayed, and Shinzon had just caused a power disruption that would keep Wolfgang’s studio down for weeks. His boss would be very, very happy this time.
“Revenge is a dish best served cold! And Edie Van Heelin’…it is very cold, in space….”
THE EXTENDED LEBRAINIVERSE
The Adventures of Edie Van Heelin’: Edie vs. Tommy Lee in the Bouncy Castle of Doom! (By LeBrain)
The Adventures of Edie Van Heelin’: Edie and the Quest for the Lost Lego (By LeBrain with Harrison Kopp)
The Adventures of Edie Van Heelin’: Edie Van Heelin’s Canadian Vacation (By LeBrain)
The Adventures of Edie Van Heelin’: Edie Van Heelin’s Canadian Vacation Part 2 (By LeBrain with California Girl) Coming April
The Adventures of Edie Van Heelin’: Edie Meets the Wolf (By LeBrain)
The Writer’s Room: Chapter One
The Writer’s Room: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Tee Bone Man Christmas
THE ADVENTURES OF TEE BONE MAN: PHASE ONE
Chapter Zero: Tee Bone Man – Origins (by LeBrain)
Chapter One: A Friend in Need (by LeBrain)
Chapter Two: Hell Freezes Over (by Harrison Kopp)
Chapter Three: Hell Ain’t A Bad Place to Be (by LeBrain)
Chapter Four: Tee Bone Man and the Rink of…Doom? (by Aaron KMA)
Chapter Five: The Super Duper Vault (by John T. Snow)
Chapter Six: Tee Bone Man Goes to Camp (by LeBrain)
Chapter Seven: The Revenge of Common Knowledge (by LeBrain)
Chapter Eight: Tee Bone & Deke’s Time Travelling Adventure (by 80sMetalMan)
Chapter Nine: Castle Communications (by Harrison Kopp)
Chapter Ten: The Case of the Lost Iron Maiden Socks (by LeBrain)
Chapter Eleven: A Tee Bone Man Christmas (by all five of us)
Chapter Twelve: Lost In Space (by John T. Snow)
Chapter Thirteen: Clip Show (by LeBrain)
Chapter Fourteen: Tee Bone Man and Superdekes Discover the Tao (An Intermission) (By Aaron KMA) Coming next week!
Chapter Fifteen: Max The Axe (by Harrison Kopp) Coming soon
Chapter Sixteen: “The Epic” parts 1, 2 and 3 (by Harrison Kopp) Coming this spring
Chapter Seventeen: Tee Bone Man vs. Edie Van Heelin’ (by LeBrain & California Girl) Coming this summer – conclusion to Phase One