Welcome to chapters 14 to 19 of my Paradise by the Fairground Light series, where after a brief stop for fun last section the Wild Cats start working in Europe proper. Not that they don’t have time to play, with a major messy scene on the way.
The idea of travelling around Europe was one I had locked in as a setting for the adventure almost from the very start, even before I came up with the idea of a travelling sideshow. One big reason for this was I’ve travelled around Europe a lot myself, so it meant I could draw from personal experiences. Once I’d decided on the travelling sideshow I had a look at a map, and decided on a route that would theoretically make sense, taking in some of my favourite places I’ve visited. This helped me provide a good backdrop to the adventure, and was also an inspiration for a few of the messy scenes, the substance I use this time around being an obvious example.
It was the next day and we were having an early lunch, helping ourselves to the deli platter starter we were sharing while waiting for our pizzas to cook. It would be inaccurate to say fun time was over, but with the official start of the carnival this evening we had to take things a little more seriously. Kelly had her laptop set up, and was leading what was an informal meeting in preparation, of course with me being the new member a lot of the checks were to do with me.
“So has Lilly gone through everything on the control console, and Hayley shown you what costumes we need and when?” Kelly asked.
“They’ve been through everything with me” I said. “There was a lot to learn, but I’ve made written notes, so I think I should make it first the first show.”
“Do you have any questions about anything?” asked Kelly.
“I’ve got two things” I said. “Why is there twice as much to know about as there was back in Brighton? Also if I’m doing the ticket booth before the show won’t the fact I don’t speak Italian be a problem?”
“There’s twice as much because we do a longer show here, that we charge a higher ticket cost for” said Hayley.
“Why’s that?” I asked.
“It’s a different market” said Kelly. “In Brighton it was a crowded carnival, and we made money by getting as many people to pay for half an hours of inexpensive entertainment as we could. Here, being located in the City centre, by a major tourist attraction there’s lots of people looking for a night out, so we can draw in people who wouldn’t consider any of the rides with the promise of a longer rock n roll show.”
“Basically we can make more money here selling more expensive tickets, even if it means doing fewer shows because we’ve made them longer” said Lilly.
“The language question is a fair point” said Kelly. “To be honest though it’s never been that big an issue for us. This is a popular tourist destination so English…”
“Or more accurately American” said Hayley.
“O.K. American is widely spoken” said Kelly.
“We do most of the show in English” said Lilly. “For most of the songs it’s how people will recognise them from how they were sung by the original artist.”
“It’s probably not a bad idea for you to learn a bit of basic Italian just in case” said Kelly. “We’ll get the phrase book out when we get a chance.”
“Is that everything you want to ask about the shows?” asked Hayley.
“Everything I can think of for now” I said.
“The main thing we’ve got to sort out now is our promotion of the shows, which we’ll be starting this afternoon” said Kelly. “On our busiest days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday they’ll be 2 of us stationed at the show tent to sell tickets and hand out pamphlets, while the other 2 will need to head to one of the other big tourist areas to hand out pamphlets there. The good thing about you being here is all 4 of us all get 2 afternoons off each during the week, plus they’ll be 2 of us free each day which I think is a big improvement” said Kelly.
“Huge” said Lilly.
“Before we’d only get one afternoon free each, and we ended up hanging around the tent half the time anyway as that’s where the other 2 were” explained Hayley.
So it was after lunch that day that work got serious. I was sent out with Hayley to do a load of pamphleting around the Piazza Erbe. This was a historical square that hosted a large tourist market, and had some of the main shopping streets just off it. Now I was a little nervous about promoting the show at first. You may ask what’s so hard about just giving out pamphlets, but I was asked to try to talk to people and tell them about the show, and was initially a little nervous about approaching complete strangers to talk to them, but after a few hours I got more confident, and was even able to spark up interest in the show with some people I approached.
Of course the show itself was when we all had to work our hardest. We did 2 shows a night at 6, 8 as well as an extra 10 o clock show on peak evenings and 2 afternoon shows at the weekend . Now putting on the shows was fun for everyone, but we still had to do a lot. Once the doors opened we had to seat a couple hundred people. Once that was done I had to rush backstage for the main show, spending the next hour putting used props and costumes away, while making sure the ones needed next where in position. At times I’d have to help one of them into one of the more elaborate costumes, or just help with hard to reach zips. You may think helping 3 beautiful girls in and out of their costumes sounds like a real thrill, but when you have to work to limited time you don’t stop to think about things like that. To make things even more complicated I had to keep half an eye out on things on the stage while this was going on in case I needed to override the computer controlling all the lighting and music cues. After an hour of total madness we’d all be ready to collapse, at least for a short time before we had to be back outside to promote the next show.
Thankfully it wasn’t all work and no play. Now I have to admit I didn’t know that much about Verona, which seemed a shame as I soon discovered it had a lot to offer. Not only is it home to the afore mentioned tourist attractions it’s also home to Juliet’s Balcony, of Romeo and Juliet fame. Yes I know they weren’t real people, but the play was set in Verona. This sounds like a beautiful romantic place to take someone, but in reality it’s one of the least romantic, romantic locations you could think of, dominated by tourists, trinket sellers, and about a thousand love padlocks that had just been left secured to a gate.
Verona though was at it’s best when we stepped off the main tourist areas. Once you got off the main tourist centres and explored the beautiful streets with numerous spectacular churches and interesting buildings to find, plus some absolutely beautiful views along the Adige river. Walking hand in hand with Hayley along these streets on our afternoons off really was something special, a huge contrast to my relationship of previous years.
It was the second Friday night, nearing the end of our time in Verona. The good news was I’d made it first my first week working with the Wild Cats without any major cock ups. I was in the backstage area tidying up after the last show while the other 3 were in the van freshening up. Now the more attentive amongst you may think this scene sounds a little familiar, as I was in a very similar situation on the last Friday of the Brighton Carnival 2 weeks ago. This certainly went through my mind when I heard all 3 Wild Cats call me into the van.
“Err, what do you want?” I called out.
“Just come in the van and we’ll show you” replied Hayley.
“Why can’t you come out here?” I asked.
“What’s the matter?” asked Lilly. “Don’t you trust us?”
“Last time you called me into the van like this I spent several hours chained to Hayley, covered in custard” I said.
“Are you going to claim you didn’t enjoy that” Lilly sarcastically replied. “Anyway I promise we’re not going to chain you to Hayley.”
“That still leaves you with a lot of options” I said.
I cautiously made my way to the van and nervously stuck my head in. I wasn’t surprised to see a load of plastic sheeting had been put down on the floor, in a similar way to two weeks previously. A few other things were different though. This time Hayley wasn’t sitting naked on the floor, but was standing in the centre of the room with Lilly and Kelly. All 3 of them were now bare foot and stripped down to their bras and knickers.
“What’s going on?” I asked, blushing a little in anticipation of the answer.
Hayley came over and led me in by the hand to the centre of the room, where she slowly stripped me down to my underpants as she explained.
“Well we have a little tradition we always indulge in on our last weekend in Italy” said Hayley. “If you look over there you’ll see we’ve brought a load of tubs of our favourite Italian ice-creams. By now they’ll have melted down to a soft gooey mess, which we’re all going to cover ourselves in.”
“Before you can join in though your going to need to pass a little test” said Lilly.
“What kind of test?” I asked.
“A little test to see how well you know us, and Hayley particularly” smiled Lilly.
“You’ll need to kneel down on your knees in the centre, while Hayley gets a few things from her bag” said Kelly.
I had noticed both Hayley’s and Lilly’s bags placed in opposite corners of the van, and rightly guessed there’d be a few toys for the evening in them. As I knelt down Hayley was approaching me holding a pair of handcuffs and a thin long red scarf. She went round behind me and handcuffed my hands behind my back, and then blindfolded me with the scarf. I felt her place her hands on my shoulders and lean in close to me.
“You looking forward to this?” she asked.
I nervously nodded in response, my body trembling in nervous anticipation.
“I’ll tell you what’s going to happen” she said. “In a minute all 3 of us are going to take it in turns to give you a massage. Your task is to identify which massage is the one I give you. Do you think you can do that?”
“I hope so” I replied.
There was a brief pause as I knelt there nervously. A small smile found it’s way on to my face in anticipation of what was to come. I was confident in my ability to guess correctly, but was a little worried about explaining it to Hayley if I did get things wrong.
Not before long I felt the first pair of hands on me. It was outstretched fingers running down my spine, which then ran back up and found their way to my neck, which the fingers softly gripped and caressed. The real giveaway though was I felt a light sting as long fingernails pricked my skin. Only one of the Wild Cats kept her fingernails manicured that long. After about a minute the first massage ended and she walked away.
“Do you think you know who that was?” I heard Hayley ask.
“I reckon that was Kelly” I smiled.
“What?” said Lilly. “How’d you get that so quickly?”
“Your not supposed to confirm it and make it easier” said Kelly.
A brief pause later and the second set of hands was touching me. I shivered a little as I realised these ones had a coating of oil on the palms. I felt a hand on each of my shoulders, caressing them in a circular motion. I let out a few quiet moans of pleasure as the hands slid up to the top of my shoulders, before running there way down my arms.
“Do you think you know who that was?” asked Kelly.
“I have a pretty good idea” I nodded.
“Do you want to say who?” asked Lilly.
“I’ll think I’ll wait before making my final guess” I said.
“Your just holding out for a third massage aren’t you” said Hayley.
“Can’t say I blame him” replied Lilly.
Any doubts I might have had were soon dispersed once the very familiar touch of the third Wild Cat caused my skin to tingle. The initial contact was made when I felt a firm exciting smack to my arse. Her hand stayed there, keeping a firm grip as it explored my arses form. Next I felt her lean on my back, and put her arms around my body to slowly rub her hands across my chest, while leaving electric feeling kisses on my neck. Thanks to the blindfold I was acutely aware of every touch, the sound of every breath she took, and the sweet smell of her perfume. My whole body trembled in pleasure in response.
“Are you ready to make your guess?” asked Kelly.
“Maybe a little longer” I replied.
“Come on Captain” Hayley murmured in my ear. “This is just the warm up for your real treat we’ve got in store.”
“Oh now you’ve spoken to him and given the game away completely” said Kelly. “This whole massage game was a bit of a waste of time really.”
“Oh I wouldn’t say that” said Hayley. “I’ve had a lot of fun, and looking down at his pant’s I see Captain’s enjoying himself.”
There was a slight pause as what they had planned next was prepared. I was acutely aware of the sound of all 3 of them, now kneeling in close proximity to me. Hayley was now in front of me, Lilly behind and Kelly to the side. I felt the warmth of Hayley’s breath as she leaned in close.
“Well that’s the warm up act over” Hayley said. “We’re all now holding a tub of ice-cream each, so are you ready for the main event?”
I let out a small giggle, in response, nervously struggling with my handcuffed hands as my heart beat in anticipation. I let out a gasp of shock, as my body tensed, hit by the sudden shock of multiple cold lumps of ice-cream being pushed onto my body. I was completely overcome by the multiple pleasurable stimuli I was now experiencing. Lilly’s hands slowly spread the ice-cream across my shoulders and neck as it warmed up to my body temperature, and slowly became a thick gooey mess. I felt Kelly simultaneously teasing ice-cream across both my stomach and the base of my back. Hayley though wasn’t going to be out done, she started massaging ice-cream across my chest, then when that was coated in a sweet gooey layer she started to teasingly drizzle the melted ice-cream onto my head, and then slowly caressing it across my face. Hayley held onto my head as she leaned in close. A huge smile came across my face as I felt her tongue delicately lick the ice-cream off different parts of my face. After testing several places her tongue was soon caressing it’s way across my lips. After several teasing licks I felt a warm passionate kiss placed upon my lips. I felt her tongue invade my mouth, where it met my tongue, eager to reach out and touch what my handcuffed hands couldn’t. I let out a loud muffled moan as I clenched my fists, and was hit by a euphoric wave of pleasure. I panted deeply, and my muscles went limp totally overcome by the pleasurable feelings I now experienced.
At this point Lilly and Kelly slowed down as Hayley removed the blindfold and put her arms around me. We looked each other longingly in the eye.
“Looks like someone’s just pleasurgasmed” smiled Lilly.
“He’ going to be doing much more than that tonight” replied Hayley before kissing me once again. This one was much more aggressive, with her chewing on my lip while playfully pinching my shoulder with one hand and scratching my chest with the other.
“Are you going to let him out?” asked Kelly.
“Ooo, I don’t know” replied Hayley, regarding me with sultry eyes.
“Go on” said Kelly. “He aught to get to cover you in some ice-cream. I’m sure you’ll soon have him at your mercy again soon enough.”
“He’s not the only one getting handcuffed later” said Lilly while putting an arm round Kelly.
Hayley got the key out from her bag and uncuffed my wrists. Lilly and Kelly went together to one corner, while Hayley reclined seductively in the opposite one, holding a tub of mint-choc ice-cream, waiting for me. I crawled over and took the tub off her. I scooped out a handful and placed a handful at the top of her chest. She gave out a quiet yelp from the shock of the cold, followed by quiet moans of pleasure as I rubbed it across her chest, and then slipped my hand under the lacy cup of her bra, rubbing the melting goo across her breasts and now erect nipples.
I took another handful of ice-cream, pausing to admire the beautiful smile on her face. I placed the ice-cream on her head, and slowly rubbed it across her flame red hair with both hands. With her hair done I teasingly spread some more across her smiling face. We teasingly looked each other in the eye’s, as I picked up the tub again. This time I poured some of the melted ice-cream strait onto the tub, on to her belly button. I listened to the sound of her deep breathing as I trickled it across her stomach, coating it in the green goo. I couldn’t resist going lower, and let the stream find it’s way down to her lacy knickers. She audibly moaned with pleasure as I let the stream of liquid pour down on to them. I gave her a loving look as I took the last handful of ice-cream in the tub, and then rubbed it across her crotch. As I continued to tease and pleasure, she closed her eyes, and lay back fully. Her hands grabbed firmly onto me as I continued to tease her more and more, until unable to hold back she grabbed my head and placed and incredibly intense and passionate kiss on my lips. We kept our lips locked together for an eternity, not wanting to let go.
Hayley looked me in the eyes and put her hands on my shoulders, firmly pushing me, guiding me to where she wanted me. I knew exactly what she wanted, and offered no resistance as she took to the corner and lied me down where one of the vans fixtures was. She was soon holding two pairs of handcuffs. I happily let her take my wrists and handcuff my wrists to the fixture above me. She was now mounted on top of me, and looked me in the eye as she ran her hands down my chest. She leaned in and whispered in my ear.
“I’ll be back in a minute, and we’re going to do something absolutely amazing.”
I looked up as Hayley crawled over to the other corner. Over there Kelly was handcuffed on her back like I was, and Lilly was slowly rubbing the ice-cream over her. Hayley murmured something in Lilly’s ear, before they both leaned in to talk to Kelly. I heard Kelly give a loud gasp about halfway through. Then I saw both Hayley and Lilly crawl back to where I was.
“Why don’t you watch” Lilly called to Kelly. “It will be a great preview of what we’re going to do to you.”
My heart pounded as they seductively crawled over. Lilly snuggled up to me on my right side, and Hayley on my left, both teasingly stroked their hands across my chest.
“You’ve never had a threesome before have you” smiled Hayley.
“No” I stammered.
“We thought it would be a nice treat for you and Kelly” smiled Lilly.
My whole body tensed as Hayley locked her lips with mine, while at the say time Lilly’s tongue teased both my right cheek and neck. I then looked on fascinated as they both looked each other in the eye while reaching a hand over to fondle with each others breasts. Lilly then pulled down the cup on Hayley’s bra to expose her breasts, that already were coasted in a layer of mint ice-cream. Lilly now had a tub of vanilla with her, and slowly rubbed a thick layer onto Hayley’s breasts. Hayley then leant in, and teasingly rubbed her left nipple across my face, leaving a streak of ice-cream as she did so. Then she brushed her nipple across my lips, which I eagerly opened to taste with my tongue. I heard her breathing deepen as I continued to tease her breasts, and Lilly took the chance to massage more ice-cream on to Hayley’s back.
Hayley leant back a little, but stayed snuggled up closely to me. Both of them took another handful of ice-cream as my heat pounded in anticipation. I was totally overcome with euphoric pleasure as both rubbed ice-cream across my chest, while simultaneously playing footsie, tickling and teasing both my feet with their own.
“Looks like your pants are getting too tight” smiled Lilly.
They both crawled down so both their faces were teasingly close as Hayley slid my pants down my legs, smiling at the sight of my now throbbing cock. Lilly held up the ice-cream tub and I gasped as she drizzled cold melted ice-cream onto it. That was only the start though. I was completely overcome by the sensation as both Lilly and Hayley teasingly ran their tongue over my cock, licking the ice-cream off every bit, and then continuing to savour the taste.
“Don’t stop” I begged as things came to an end.
“Don’t worry” Lilly murmured into my ear. “Hayley’s going to make you cum all right.”
Hayley had just gone over to get a condom from her handbag. She removed what remained of her underwear and mounted my thighs. She looked at me teasingly as she took the condom out the packet and slid it onto my cock. She didn’t waste time at that point, not even waiting for Lilly to get into position before holding my cock and guiding it inside her as she mounted me. Lilly snuggled up on my right side again where she could stroke me with her left hand and feet, while fondling Hayley’s arse with her right hand. Even Kelly joined in watching from where she was handcuffed, stroking her foot along my leg. I closed my eyes and pulled against the handcuffs, driven absolutely wild by the overload of sensations. Both mine and Hayley’s breath got deeper and deeper, as she rode up and down on me, and I thrust back and forth into her. I heard Haley start to moan deeper and deeper, as she rode me fast and faster, I let out a loud squeal as I could feel myself on the verge of cuming, I took a deep breath, wanting to hold on for Hayley. Her moans got louder as I felt her lean forward and place her hands on my shoulders. I briefly opened my eyes to see her face, a picture of ecstasy, she let out one last cry to heaven before tightly squeezing my shoulders as she came. I closed my eyes and thrust my now ready to explode cock into her a few more times before letting out a moan of my own as I came myself.
We both finally allowed our bodies to relax. After a few minutes I dared to open my eyes and slowly focused on Haley’s contented face.
“How’d I get such a special girl like you?” I asked.
“You were pretty special yourself Captain” she replied back.
“Are you O.K. Hayley?” Lilly asked.
“I’m great” she replied.
“Are you ready to give me a hand with Kelly?” said Lilly.
“Come on then” Hayley replied. She slowly got up from her position on top of me, pausing to remove the used condom before heading to the opposite corner with Lilly where Kelly was still waiting.
“Us three are going to have some fun now” Lilly called out. “You can watch me make Kelly here scream her head off.”
As enticing a site that was I didn’t concentrate to start with. Instead I just lay back enjoying the euphoria that consumed me. It must have been a good 5 or 10 minutes before I finally started to focus on things around me a little more. Looking over I saw Kelly was still handcuffed on her back, with melted ice-cream drizzled all over her. She was groaning loudly as Hayley was licking and fondling her breasts, while Lilly was teasingly licking her crotch with her tongue, while fondling her arse with her hands. I couldn’t resist returning the favour Kelly did earlier, and reaching out to stroke her leg with my own foot. We did this for several minutes until Kelly’s body tensed and she let out a loud scream, followed by a lot of deep audible breathing.
“Kiss me again” Kelly called out.
Lilly responded by placing a loving kiss on Kelly’s lips. Hayley took the chance to come back over to snuggle up and share some kisses with me.
“Did you two enjoy yourselves?” Lilly smiled.
Me and Kelly responded with some nervous nods and yeses.
“Do you want to get the other bits Hayley while these two recharge?” Lilly asked.
“Lets” said Hayley. “We’ve got a lot more fun planned” Haley smiled to me. “None of which involves letting you two out your handcuffs.”
Hayley and Lilly left, leaving me and Kelly handcuffed opposite one another nervously exchanging looks with one another.
“Well that was fun” she giggled.
“I know” I said. “My bodies still tingling.”
“Mine too” said Kelly. “It was your first threesome then?”
“It was” I said.
“Only my third” she replied. “My last was on by birthday a couple of years ago.”
“Really?” I said. I was a little surprised it wasn’t a more frequent thing judging by the last 40 minutes or so.
“I guess I shouldn’t be totally surprised” she said. “They’ve both been a lot more affectionate than normal on this trip because of you.”
“How does me being here affect Lilly?” I asked.
“Well normally Hayley is either single, or away from her boyfriend. We usually hold back because it wouldn’t be fair on her to see us enjoying ourselves like that. Now you’re here we don’t have to hold back. I think Lilly especially has always liked the idea of a romantic foreign getaway, so is really letting herself go after several years of holding back” she explained. “Take now for instance. Normally me and Lilly would have a little time together while Hayley was in the shower after the ice-cream, but we‘d have to end it after that. Now you’re here it seems they’ve decided to make a night of it.”
“How did all this messy stuff with the ice-cream and everything start?” I asked.
“Believe it or not it was started by one of Lilly’s ex-boyfriends” she replied.
“Really” I said in surprise.
“Well he had a thing for seeing Lilly messy, and me and Hayley would join in with some jokes where she’d end up covered in hair mouse or shaving foam” she said. “This progressed to things like food and pie fights we had with each other for fun, and progressed to what you see now. It’s how the blood-bath part of our show came about as well.”
“What happened with Lilly use to having a boyfriend?” I asked.
“That’s quite a story” replied Kelly.
“Sorry, I didn’t mean to intrude” I replied.
“It’s O.K.” Kelly said, pausing slightly before continuing. “It’s a bit of a cliché to say I knew I was different growing up, but it’s true. As other girls started to become interested in boys I realised I didn’t share that interest, and found myself fancying other girls.”
“Was Lilly one of those girls?” I asked.
“Very much so” she smiled. “We had quite a bit of fun together growing up. There’s the food fights, and a few slumber parties were we ended up snuggled up together. She was clearly bi-curious, and I thought about us becoming a serious couple, but had been scared to tell her. Then as she got older and started to get into more serious relationships with boys I had to put my own feelings aside.”
“That must have been tough” I said.
“It was” she replied.
“So then what happened?” I asked.
“It was a little over 4 years ago, not that long before we started the Wild Cats. Lilly had broken up with her boyfriend, and was looking for a distraction, so us three went out for a night out together. Well we both had a little too much to drink, and we ended up back at Lilly’s house and slept together” she said.
“That’s how you ended up together” I said.
“Not quite” she replied. “When I woke up the next mourning I got dressed and out the house as quickly as I could, before Lilly had even woke up.”
“Why?” I asked.
“I was scared” she said. “After years of putting my feelings for her aside I couldn’t stand the idea of having to say what happened had just been a drunken fling, so I avoided Lilly and ignored her messages requesting to talk form the next few days.”
“What then?” I asked.
“I got an invite from Hayley to meet up at her house” she said. “What she didn’t tell me was Lilly was also waiting for me their. I was scared at first, but Lilly told me she liked me too, and wanted to give being my girlfriend a shot. Hayley gave us our privacy so we could spend the rest of the afternoon kissing and cuddling. Now 4 and a bit years later we’re still together and very much in love. Hopefully we’ll be together now for the rest of our lives.”
“I’m coming back Kelly” was called out, interrupting mine and Kelly’s conversation. Lilly and Haley soon rejoined us, both still in their underwear with streaks of ice-cream across their bodies. Different this time was they were carrying some stuff. In one hand they both had a carrier bag and more ominously in their other hands they were both holding a bottle of clear rum, judging by the level of the liquid both of them had already had a few drinks.
“I brought us a few nice things for tonight” Haley said as she snuggled up to me.
She reached in her bag and pulled out a container of cooked chicken chunks which she opened and shared between us, feeding me my half a piece at a time, while eating her half and continuing to flirt with me. With the chicken gone she offered me a mouthful of rum, before consuming a large swig herself.
“Now what else is there to nibble on” she teased before playfully chewing on my ear and stroking her hand down my chest until it was down at my cock. I gasped as she playfully stroked it as it slowly became hard once again.
“Feels like your ready to go again” she smiled. “That’s good, because I’m about to suck your soul out.”
It was the next mourning, or more accurately given how late we’d all stayed up, later that day. We all stayed up very late in what had been an orgy of nibbles, rum and numerous passionate sexual encounters, until Lilly and Hayley had fumbled with the handcuff keys to finally let me and Kelly out so we could all fall asleep snuggled up with our respective partners in our arms.
As I hazily returned to the world of the living I could tell from the light peaking through the curtains that the sun was high, even by the standards of the nocturnal lifestyle our job usually entailed. Lilly and Hayley who had more to drink than me and Kelly were still sleeping deeply. Hayley was still snuggled up next to me.
A quick look showed the van was looking the worse for wear. The plastic sheets were still down, there was still bits of rubbish around, including 2 empty rum bottles and numerous multicoloured pools of now warm melted ice-cream everywhere, including some interesting patterns over all our bodies. Looking over I exchanged smiles with Kelly as we looked at our still dozing partners. She still had her arm draped around Lilly who was quietly snoring, snuggled up to her.
“This is why we don’t normally keep any alcohol in the tent” said Kelly.
I smiled as I looked at our dozing companions. Despite the state of her hair there was still something rather endearing about the way Hayley looked snuggled up to me.
“Don’t they look beautiful while they’re asleep” I said.
“I know” said Kelly. “Shame we’re going to have to wake them.”
“Hayley, oh Hayley” I said gently nudging her.
“Lilly, come on my little fallen angel” Kelly tried.
We both got a few non committal grunts as both our partners fought against being brought out of their slumber.
“Come on you two” said Kelly. “It’s fourteen minutes past eleven.”
Lilly and Hayley both groaned loudly.
“Can’t we just cancel” moaned Lilly.
“I’m afraid not” said Kelly. “We’ve already sold quite a few tickets, plus if we cancel shows it could be held against us. There are others who would like our pitch.”
Reluctantly Lilly and Hayley opened their eyes and slowly propped themselves up.
“Mathew, do you think you could get these 2 lushes a couple of cold juices” asked Kelly. “I’d better get in the shower now. Otherwise the 3 of us won’t be ready to go out and do the show on time.”
Over the next hour I helped out as best I could as everyone concentrated on getting ready. I stayed in the van to pick up the rubbish and the plastic sheets while Lilly and Hayley where cleaning themselves off, before I got showered and properly dressed myself. We then checked everything was ready for the first show, at which point I was sent out to the local supermarket to get a vitamin and carbohydrate rich lunch for everyone, which the Wild Cats nibbled on when off stage during the show, before sitting down to finish afterwards.
After a brief rest we left Lilly and Hayley on light duty at the ticket office while Kelly pamphleted around Plaza Bra and I headed over to Piazza Erbe. It was tough going the rest of the day with several shows to do, and we were all a little relived after the last one of the evening and we could all collapse in bed with a takeout pizza.
“Next time you two plan a wild night like that could you choose a night when we don’t have a mad day of work the next day” suggested Kelly.
“At least the carnival’s almost over” said Lilly. “One more day to go, then we finally get a day off.”
“For now let’s finish our dinner and all then catch up on sleep in preparation for that last day.” suggested Kelly.
No-one had any objections whatsoever to that plan.