Disclaimers: All the characters depicted in this story are fictional, however they may resemble two well-known women. This makes it alternative uber story. If the idea of two women together offends, do not read on.
All song lyrics used in this story are without permission, however they fitted the mood nicely, no copyright infringement was intended.
Can’t Fight The Moonlight
Lucky Alucard firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright Jan 2001
Tessa entered the bar with fear and apprehension, the music was loud and the place was full; wall to wall. It certainly was different from her previous visits. Edging her way to the bar she did a double take at the girls dancing to the music provocatively along the top of the black marble bar.
Waiting until they had finished, Lou the manager noticed her and came over.
“Looking for Sabrina?” she shouted.
“Yes” Tessa nodded.
Lou gestured towards the stage. Suddenly the band started to play and the tune seemed familiar to her. The lights went up and standing on the stage was Sabrina. Tessa’s mouth dropped, she knew she could sing but had never seen her on the stage before.
“This one is for a certain someone I know, ” Sabrina’s silky voice cut over the music. “This is Can’t fight the moonlight.”
She put her hands either side of the microphone and started to sing.
‘Under a lover’s sky
Gonna be with you
And none’s gonna be around’
During the song, Tessa found herself guided to the front of the audience by Lou. Sabrina, upon seeing Tessa, started to sing directly to her. Tessa felt awkward and felt a lump rising in her throat. Sabrina danced around to the music as provocatively as the women did on the bar. She was dressed in a black leather vest and trousers that highlighted her hourglass figure. Her voice and body screamed out to Tessa in a way she hadn’t thought possible. Sabrina continued to sing.
‘Can’t fight it
No matter what you do
Your try to resist
Try to hide from my kiss
But you know but you know that you
Can’t fight the moonlight’
Sabrina very deliberately positioned herself directly in front of Tessa as she sang the last line.
It’s gonna get to your heart.
Tessa pushed though the crowd leaving in a confused state. Upon seeing this, Sabrina jumped off the stage and headed after her. Ignoring the applause and adulation from the surrounding crowd, she brushed off those who were trying to grab her in her hurry to catch Tessa.
Running outside she scanned the street looking for Tessa who, by this time, was headed for a parked taxi.
“Tessa!” She shouted, ignoring the looks from passersby.
Tessa turned, tear’s streaming down her face.
“How could you do that to me? We discussed this! I live with someone!” Tessa’s voice was cold and tremulous.
Sabrina grabbed her, pulling her body up next to hers. “Tell me you don’t feel anything and I’ll walk away.”
Tessa pulled away. “Don’t you see, that’s the problem. I do.” Her voice becoming but a whisper. And with that she jumped into the back of the waiting taxi.
“Where to, luv?” The taxi driver asked. Tessa paused and turned to stare at Sabrina,
“Prattling street, Aylesford.”
Turning away, the tears resumed. Her thoughts drifted back to their first meeting.
Having moved to Kent with her boyfriend three months ago, undergoing countless interviews, she had finally landed a job at Staunton Enterprises as a personnel assistant to one of the Department heads.
Initially the company had started out in shipping, but now had interests in various other companies. The founder, realizing that when the channel tunnel opened his company would be in jeopardy, took a gamble and reinvested it in several different ventures, which had paid off. However, with his premature death in an accident in 1996, the controlling interest in the company was left to his young, vivacious wife Sabrina.
Tessa had surfed the net the night before her first day, hoping any additional knowledge would be useful. She found a picture of a beautiful dark haired woman that had struck her. It was taken at the funeral of James Staunton. Underneath the caption read,
‘Sabrina Staunton (25), widow of James Staunton (45), founder of Staunton Enterprises weeps for her lost husband.’
Even though the picture was in black and white, the face had haunted her dreams that night. Little had she known she would meet her very soon.
It was her first day at the company and she was in the ladies doing a finally check.
The mirror in the ladies toilets told Tessa everything she needed to know. Every hair was in place and her makeup was perfect. Her stomach however was a different story, since the early hours of the morning it had been doing every somersault and back flip known to man.
“Ok Tessa, you can do this”. She instructed her reflection. But her green eyes stared back in disbelief. Taking several deep breaths, she exited the toilets. Unfortunately in her haste she neglected looking where she was going.
“Oophff” was the only sound she made as contact with a hard and soft surface occurred, paper’s rained down on her like confetti and she realized she had just walked into a woman.
“What the …&*^*@!” came and angry deep voice from above.
Tessa blushed as she backed away from her unlucky victim. She looked upward and was caught by the most clear blue eyes she had ever seen.
“I’m s-s-sorry,” she stammered. Putting her bag down, she joined the woman who was now on the floor attempting to retrieve her papers.
Tessa glanced over at the woman. Long, dark hair covered her face, which she brushed back and turning towards Tessa, as if she had felt her gaze, she smiled. Her blue eyes sparkled with amusement. Tessa finally recognized her.
“Ms Stauton, I’m so sorry.” her voice was quivering, nearly bowling the Head of the company over was not the best way to start her first day. They both rose and Tessa handed Sabrina the documents. Sabrina raised her eyebrow and looked directly at her attacker.
“Have we met?”
“No, sorry again,” she stammered as she held out her hand
“I’m Tessa Adams, I’m starting today as Mr Saunders’ new assistant.”
Sabrina took her hand and smiled again which highlighted her high cheekbones and distinctive features. Both women experienced a shiver down their spines at the touch of each other’s hands.
What the hell!
Their thought’s echoing the same sentiment.
“Nice to meet you Tessa, I hate formality so call me Sabrina, please.”
Reluctantly, they both withdrew their hands and Tessa looked up, now realizing how much taller the other woman was.
“I’m heading that way so I’ll show you to his office.” Her voice was rich and warm it took Tessa a moment to reply
The taxi turned off the motorway and headed down the back roads to her home. As she came back to reality, she wondered if destiny had engineered that meeting. At the time she cursed it as she was unable to get the woman out of her mind.
However,fate was not yet done with them.
Tessa paced outside the building, Richard (her boyfriend) was supposed to collect her half an hour ago. Her temper rising as she had tried his mobile several times to no avail.
Just then a black Mercedes pulled up along side the kerb, Tessa reached inside her purse looking for her panic alarm. The rear blacked out window slowly slid down.
“I’m not looking for business,” she shouted.
A low chuckle came from inside, “ I hope not but I can’t say it isn’t a shame.”
Tessa peered in and green eyes met blue, a smile instantly appeared on both their faces.
“Can I give you a lift?”
She was about to say no, but something inside made her say yes.
“Yes please. I’m frightened if I stay here any longer I might get propositioned for real.”
Sabrina chuckled again as Tessa got into the back next to her.
“I have to pop somewhere first if you don’t mind, it shouldn’t take long”.
Tessa nodded pulling her gaze away from the long legs tucked up next to her, “I better call my boyfriend and let him know I’m heading home.”
Sabrina studied the younger woman as she dialed.
Sabrina had contacted Mike Saunders after their meeting for Tessa’s personnel file. Her young features hid her true age, she certainly looked younger that her twenty-five years. With her silky blond hair, green eyes and firm young body, she could see why this woman was not alone.
Sabrina shut her eyes and pinched the bridge of her nose. Don’t go there girl she thought. Suddenly Tessa’s voice cut through her musings, she felt the pressure of Tessa’s hand gently resting on her thigh.
“You ok?” Her voice was filled with concern.
“Long day,” she replied.
“So, how has your first week been?” Sabrina asked.
Tessa’s whole face lit up like a child’s on Christmas morning.
“I’ve learned so much and Mike is a great boss.”
Sabrina smiled at her companion; she noticed the car had stopped.
“Would you like to come with me?”
Tessa nodded, they both exited, leaving the driver to park the car. A large, crimson, neon sign sporting the words THE BACCHAE stared back at Tessa. She had heard of the bar as it was a popular nightspot in Maidstone. During the day, it was sedate wine bar but on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night’s it was the place to be. Tessa had heard from one of her colleagues about dancers who, on those nights, catered to most people’s fantasies.
Noticing the worried expression on Tessa’s face she leaned down. Tessa shivered as her breath tickled her ear.
“Don’t worry, the girls don’t come on ‘till eight.”
Dropping the tone slightly, she noticed Tessa shiver.
Bad Sabrina very Bad
Tessa realized the driver had spoken to her. Paying him, she went into her cottage. Richard was away on business all weekend so the house was empty. Dropping down on the couch, she sighed, her mind once again drifting back to that night when, after a few drinks at The Bacchae, Sabrina had dropped her home.
They had talked like old friends all evening, she learned many surprising things about Sabrina. She had worked at The Bacchae, which was how she had met James Staunton, although Sabrina hadn’t elaborated much on that, so Tessa had tactfully changed the subject, guessing it was probably too painful.
She had also learned Sabrina was thirty, five foot ten, though she looked six foot in heel’s wore chanel suits and perfume and went to the gym almost every night.
Sabrina had learned how Tessa didn’t want to move here, but had because of her boyfriend’s job. Tessa also had an older sister named Heather who was an English teacher and her parents ran a guesthouse in Cornwall.
Sabrina’s Mercedes pulled up outside. and Tessa turned and hugged Sabrina surprising the older woman and herself. “Thanks, I think I just made my first friend here.” She started to get out of the car.
“So Have I.” Sabrina whispered
Sitting in the office at the back of the bar, Lou walked in startling Sabrina out of her thoughts.
“I really did it Lou.”
Lou perched on the end of the desk.
“If I say something try not to get mad.”
She nodded and stretched her leg’s that creaked in the black leather trousers she wore.
“You know most men and women that are in here wanted you. Yet you go for a girl who lives with a guy. Why? For the challenge?”
Sabrina averted her eyes, disguising her emotion.
“No I really like her Lou.” She whispered
“But you play games ‘Bri. Singing to her like that. I don’t blame her for running.”.
Placing her arms behind her head she looked at Lou.
“What do I do, now?”
“The only thing you can do. Wait.”
A memory played out in her mind, making her smile, as she remembered the first time she had sung for Tessa.
They had lunched together several times the following week. Both flirted and teased each other sharing touches and hug’s on a regular basis.
One weekend, Tessa decided to see her parents. Richard was out of the country and as Sabrina was not busy, Tessa invited her along.
The guesthouse was near Newquay overlooking the sea. They were shown to Tessa’s old room, they had to share, as the guesthouse was full.
Tessa noticed how much more relaxed Sabrina had become, on the trip down. Instead of her usual suits Sabrina was dressed in black jeans and a brown suede shirt that hung outside her jeans and plain boots.
Tessa herself had gone for jeans and a sweater and for a few moments both had stood admiring each other.
Tessa became worried realizing she only had a double bed.
“I can get the camp bed out the loft.”
Sabrina noticed the blush and finally realizing that Tessa was experiencing the same feeling as herself.
“As long as you don’t snore we’ll be fine”.
“She does.” Her mother interrupted as she came in with fresh bedding. She was almost a carbon copy of Tessa, but older.
That afternoon they took a walk along the coast and it was then Sabrina mentioned she used to sing. Upon returning to the guesthouse, Tessa dug out her old Guitar to persuade Sabrina to sing to her. As Sabrina was in such a good mood, she could do nothing but agree.
I can feel the magic floating in the air
Being with you gets me that way
I watch the sunlight dance across you face and I, oh I’ve
Never been this swept away
Tessa closed her eyes and listened to Sabrina’s voice carry across the room, not realizing that Sabrina was watching her intently. All too soon the song came to an end. Tessa opened her eyes, her heart leapt as Sabrina met her gaze.
I can feel the magic floating in the air
Being with you gets me that way.
Tessa’s eyes were full of tears, she went over and hugged Sabrina “That was lovely.”
The next morning Tessa decided to bring breakfast upstairs and was mildly surprised as Sabrina was still sleeping. Dipping her finger in the glass of orange juice she dripped some on the sleeping woman’s face.
Sabrina woke, and made a grab for the glass. Unfortunately the contents covered her nightshirt. Tessa rolled back with laughter at the shocked expression on the older woman’s face.
Sabrina grabbed for Tessa, tickling her. Tessa shifted so she was positioned on top of Sabrina. Their laughter stopped as they stared directly at each other.
“What are you going to do now,” she said pinning Sabrina’s arms.
“This.” Sabrina leaned upwards and kissed Tessa on the lips, at first she responded then quickly drew away. Tessa headed into the bathroom without a word
The thunder crackled overhead making Tessa jump, and she dialed for another taxi this time to take her back to were she knew her heart belonged. She couldn’t help thinking about the kiss.
After a wonderful day on the beach together they had sat outside staring at the full moon.
“We haven’t talked about this morning.”
“I don’t deny the attraction, but I love Richard.”
Sabrina turned her face to look directly at her.
“Really?” Her voice was deep and full of meaning.
“I’m sorry I just can’t”
After Cornwall, neither spoke about the trip and they didn’t see each other much the following week until Sabrina phoned asking Tessa to meet her at the bar.
As Tessa sped back to the bar, she only hoped Sabrina would forgive her.
Back at the bar, Sabrina sat down on the stage, it was near closing and as promised, she was going to close with a slow song. Her heart hoping that somewhere out there Tessa could hear the words. She started to sing.
Tessa hurried in and she heard Sabrina’s rich voice coming from the bar. She recognized the chorus and it hit her straight in the heart as she knew the words were meant for her.
I am what I am
I’ll do what I want
But I can’t hide
I won’t go
I won’t sleep
AndI can’t breathe
Until your resting her with me
I won’t leave
I cant hide
I cannot be
Until your resting here with me
The song ended and Tessa headed to the bar. Lou noticed her and came over.
“Can you take me to the office.”
“ Sabrina didn’t mean anything by what happened earlier.”
“I know. I really need to talk to her.”
Lou led her in and left.
Sabrina accepted the applause and using the back way headed to office. She walked and saw Tessa.
“I’m sorry…” Sabrina started to apologize.
Tessa walked over to her and captured her lips with her own. Sabrina responded and quickly they both had to sit on the sofa, their leg’s having lost all their strength
Sabrina traced Tessa’s lips as she pulled away, each other’s eyes expression their emotion’s as words failed them.
Standing, Sabrina took Tessa’s hand and pulled her into a hug which seemed to last an eternity.