Who Is She, Anyway?
Chapter Eight: Betrayal
"You're mighty quiet this afternoon, kid."
Mark shot Chimera a concerned look. "What's wrong? You not feeling
It isn't like you to be so preoccupied. Don't say you're put off
by our little sabotage incident?"
"Huh?" Chimera stared at him. "Oh! No...nothing like that. Just
thinking, that's all. How desperate must you be to pull a stunt like
"Pretty desperate." Rapture came up behind her. "I have my ideas who
behind it...the handiwork is painfully familiar." She smiled at Chimera
"You were going to show us your stage drops for the second set?"
"Yeah, I was." Chimera nodded. As they moved away from the supervisor,
expression became curious. "You know who sabotaged you?"
Rapture let out a peal of amused laughter.
"Of course." She purred. "I know who our rivals are, and I know which
them would stoop to a desperate trick like this. I think we both know
I mean, Chimera. You stay away from them and stick with us...you're
"Well, I don't want anything to do with them." Chimera assured her.
real babies to be cutting wires and stuff."
"I agree." Rapture nodded her head. She glanced around her. "Where are
"I dunno. Haven't seen them." Chimera replied carelessly, and something
her tone alerted the Stinger to her companion's lack of fondness for
"They should see these too." Was all she said, however. "Wait
here...I'll go find them. They can't be far."
"Okay." Chimera nodded her head, perching on the stage. If truth were
she needed a moment to put things in perspective. Despite what she'd
to Sakura her thoughts were still a little jumbled.
"I think my best option is not to say anything, and hope for the best."
decided finally. "I can only imagine what Harvey Gabor is like, if
his daughter...I'm not going to mess with him, that's for sure."
She glanced up at the stage, admiring the bits and pieces of her work
on display. She was proud of this job. She had come away from her
dreams and multiple scoldings for not wanting to follow the curriculum
same way as the other students. She had always known that she had a
talent that was superior to anything they had been able to teach her,
now she was going to prove it.
The Stingers were her ticket to international recognition.
A strange sound startled her from her reverie,and she turned, surprise
dismay as she registered Sakura's presence. Though her friend was doing
best to prevent it, it was clear that the girl was both upset and near
and without a word Chimera beckoned for the other girl to join her.
Sakura did so, relief clear in her brown eyes as she sat down. For a
neither girl spoke, for Sakura knew how much Chimera loathed displays
emotion and Chimera was trying to overcome her own awkwardness of the
in order to help her friend, but finally the Japanese girl spoke.
"You are busy, I should not trouble you." she said quietly.
"You're not going anywhere if you're upset." Chimera told her firmly.
me. What's the matter? What's happened? Did you blow a fuse out or
"No...it is not like that." Sakura frowned, getting herself better
control. "It is silly, Chimera...I am silly. It is nothing."
"I still want to know." Chimera was unmoved. "You don't cry over
nothing, Kura, you're not a baby. Did something happen between when we
last spoke and
"Yes...I mean, it sort of did." Sakura swallowed hard. "It is my fault,
I should not have listened to them, but I could not help it."
"Listen to who?"
"They were talking about the stage show." Sakura continued, regardless.
said that we were mere ch...children, and that it would be a miracle if
show got off the ground under such am...amateur hands. And then..." She
"Who said this?" Chimera looked both angry and stunned. "Kura, listen
"They said something else." Sakura twisted her hands together. "The
with the long hair, I do not know her name, she said that it was a pity
the Misfits had not been caught in their dirty work, and then the other
the one who has the curly hair laughed and said that they hardly needed
Misfits to cause trouble and that she had a little fun of her own
for the...the kiddies on the stage before the show was out. She
that we were a pain to work with and...and...and then the man said that
knew your face from somewhere. He said you looked like St..Steven Mayor
the girl with the curly hair laughed again and said that the only way
could be related to him would be if it was very distant, since you had
l...like h...h...his talent."
Chimera sat silent for a moment, digesting this information. Her
expression was unreadable and, afraid for her friend Sakura put a hand
on the other girl's
"I think you have great talent." She said quietly. "I think she was
to say those things."
That jolted Chimera back to reality, and a bolt of rage shot through
"How dare she!" She exclaimed, knowing all too well that it was Rapture
Sakura meant and the Stingers who had betrayed them. "How dare any
of them talk like that about us, like we're children and don't know
doing? And how dare she mention my father like that! As if I'd want to
like him...after what he did to Mom I'm glad he's dead!"
"No, this won't do." Chimera shook her head. "Sakura, I'm not going to
here and take any more nonsense from these singers. Roxy was right
all, they are everything she said they were and I see now why they were
keen to sabotage."
"We cannot just walk out!" Sakura's brown eyes widened.
"Yes we can." Chimera looked grim, her blue eyes flashing with fury.
I get my hands on that Rapture I'll wring her neck for her. I have no
indeed? Stuck up, two-faced loser...God, what am I doing in this stupid
anyway? I'm going...are you coming?"
"Chimera, wait a moment." Sakura, always the more cautious of the two
a hand on her friend's arm. "Listen. It will reflect bad on Mark if we
and also will make them think we truly are children. Your career,
Chimera frowned, but she saw the sense in the other girl's words.
"Okay." She said grudgingly, sitting back down. "But I don't want to
for them, Kura. Not now."
"I shouldn't have told you."
"No, you were right to tell me." Chimera assured her. "Damn right. God,
can't believe I misjudged Rapture so badly...I'm usually so good with
"I do not like them, any of them." Sakura shivered. "They are creepy to
Chimera looked thoughtful for a moment. Then she snapped her fingers.
"I got it." She announced. "We don't have to not work for them, Kura.
fact, we can pay them back by working for them...and throwing in a
surprise or two of our own."
"What do you mean?" Sakura looked apprehensive.
"Well, you don't want them to get away with treating us like that, do
"No..." Sakura did not appear at all convinced.
"Well, then. We're gonna get our own back." Chimera grabbed her friend
the hand, pulling her down off the stage with her. "We're going off set
a little while. Mark won't mind and there are people we need to see."
"People?" Sakura looked surprised. "Who do you mean? Who do we go to
Chimera did not answer for a moment. Then, as they reached the door,
"Isn't that obvious?" She demanded. "The Misfits!"
Chapter One: The Misfits On Break
Chapter Two: Chimera
Chapter Three: Kimber's Proposition
Chapter Four: The Stingers' Tour
Chapter Five: Personality Clash!
Chapter Six: Writer's Block
Chapter Seven: Secrets
Chapter Eight: Betrayal
Chapter Nine: Chimera's Plan
Chapter Ten: Double Trouble
Chapter Eleven: Synergy
Chapter Twelve: As If Nothing Happened...
(The Misfits and Holograms and other animated Jem
characters are copyrighted to Hasbro Inc. All characters who do not
appear in Jem episodes
are my own creation. This story is copyrighted to E.A Woolley (2001)