It Must've Been Love

Chapter Fourteen: Luca Confesses

"It's no use." Topaz sighed, setting the phone receiver back down in the cradle. "I've tried and tried to get his phone back again but it keeps telling me the number isn't active, or something."
"What's up?" Nancy sent her friend a confused look from where she was busy helping Copper to hang up Christmas decorations. "I thought you got through to him already?"
"I did, but the stupid thing cut out." Topaz groaned. "I think his battery died...I heard it beep then it went dead. I didn't get to tell him, guys."
"Try Aaron's number." Sylva suggested, carefully putting the star on the top of the christmas tree, then stepping down the ladder to admire her handiwork. "If the mobile isn't working, that will be."
"He's not at Aaron's, that's the problem." Topaz replied. "He, Gary and Simon are at the mall or somewhere. Praps on balance it's good I didnt get to tell him...it's not the best place in the world to receive that kind of news."
"True." Copper nodded her head. "Did you leave a message for him to call you back?"
"No." Topaz shook her head. "I've kinda decided that I want to do it in person. It's not fair for me to take the coward's way out, after all. I...have to tell him straight."
"When? We're booked solid from this evening till our party!" Nancy exclaimed. Topaz swallowed hard.
"Then it'll have to be there." She murmured. "God help me. I wish I knew how he's going to react..."

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"I don't see why we have to go, anyhow."
Stefana stamped down the hallway of the house Diablo had made their own since arriving in Los Angeles, a look of clear displeasure on her pretty face. "Jewel aren't even signed to our record label!"
"It's something that we got an invite." Clay told her unsympathetically, his eyes twinkling with amusement. "Remember, Jewel are the hotshots in this state, even if they don't act like it."
"They do too act like it, and that's why I hate them." Stefana pouted. "Besides, I don't see why we should be associated with such scandal mongers! You've seen the press!"
"Steffi, only a fool takes notice of the tabloids." Clay told her smoothly. He glanced at the clock on the wall, frowning. "Where's everyone else? I expect Luca at least to be down here by now."
"Luca said he doesn't want to go." At that moment Marissa appeared at the top of the stairs, adjusting the strap of her white dress as she did so. "Maddy's talking to him now...it all seems quite irrational. He just suddenly announced that he didn't want to."
"If Luca doesn't go, I'll be damned if I'm going to!" Stefana exclaimed. Clay's brow furrowed into a frown.
"We're all going." He said darkly. "Else people will want to know why. I'm gonna get to the bottom of this myself."
He headed up the stairs, past Marissa who cast him a startled look. She met Stefana's gaze, shrugging.
"We're such a happy family tonight." She remarked. "You any idea what's up with Luca? He's your brother, after all."
"I'm not his keeper." Stefana said moodily. "I don't want to go, Mari. Stupid waste of time party. We'll probably be frisked as we go in, as well!"
"Well, don't take anything that they might be frisking for." Marissa sent her friend a pointed look. Stefana let out a groan of frustration.
"Who are you, my Mom now?" She demanded. "Like they'd find it anyway! No security guard is gonna know one type of powder from another if he looks through my makeup and anyhow, Im not looking to share it out, you know."
"Powder?" Marissa looked frightened and she grabbed her friend by the arm, pulling her to one side and lowering her voice. "You have powder? Hell, Steffi, what is it?"
"The usual, quit fretting." Stefana replied carelessly. "What, you think I'm snorting crack now?"
"I think it's bad enough you take the stuff you do." Marissa muttered. "You're sure it's not cocaine?"
"I'm not a mug, Mari. I know what's what." Stefana snapped. Marissa raised an eyebrow.
"Matter of opinion." She said quietly.
"Shht!" Stefana hissed. "Someone's coming! You want to land me in it?"
Marissa sighed, but made no further remark as Madeleine appeared at the top of the stairs. She cast the two younger girls a smile.
"Well, its a first for the girls to be ready before the guys." She observed.
"Is Luca sick?" Marissa asked. Madeleine shook her head.
"Seems fine to me." She replied. "Clay's taking it in hand, anyhow. He told me to make sure our car was here on time, so, that's what I'm gonna do."
"I still don't want to go." Stefana seemed unwilling to break her sulk, flinging herself down onto the bottom step, and resting her chin in her hands, glaring defiantly at the singer. Madeleine eyed her thoughtfully, then shrugged.
"You know, we're not going to a kids party, so I hope you're gonna act your age when we're there." She said quietly. "It'd be nice if for once you'd act as beautiful as you look and give people a good impression."
"Yada, yada, yada." Stefana feigned a yawn. "Don't even bother, Maddy, because the moment you start on in that droney voice of yours it sends me to sleep."
"Stef, shut your trap."
At that moment Clay reemerged, his bandmate in tow. "Well? Are we going or not?"
"We're going." Madeleine nodded, casting Luca a curious glance, for the singer looked troubled and not like his usual amiable self. "I think I just heard the car."
"Then here's to a good evening." Clay sent Luca a meaningful look. "And hopefully, to very few morning after hangovers. Got that, Steffi?"
Stefana just pulled a face, opening the door and stalking down the path with very bad grace. Marissa and Madeleine followed, leaving the two guys to bring up the rear. Luca hesitated, and Clay frowned.
"People will talk." He said quietly. "You have to go."
"It was a damn silly thing." Luca rubbed his temples. "I don't like the girl like that, Clay...I don't know what possessed me."
"Drink and a healthy male labido." Clay said dryly. "Look, chalk it up to experience. Not many guys get to say they've bedded a Jewel."
"Shut up, I don't want the girls to hear you!" Luca looked anxious, glancing at the retreating figures, but they were too involved in getting in the car to hear. "Steffi especially. You know how she gets! Plus, it'll do neither Topaz or me any good if it gets out!"
"No, I agree." Clay nodded his head. "To be frank, I wish you'd told me about this before tonight. But, as things stand, all we can do is go and smile it out. The press will talk if we don't, and they're nice girls, all in all."
"Mm." Luca sighed. "Okay. I'm ready. Let's go."


Chapter One: Twilight In California
Chapter Two: Diablo's Place
Chapter Three: A Shopping Encounter
Chapter Four: Some New Acquaintances
Chapter Five: A Girl In Love
Chapter Six: Topaz's Advice
Chapter Seven: A Professional Saboteur
Chapter Eight: Melanie
Chapter Nine: A Lover's Tiff
Chapter Ten: Sylva's Decision
Chapter Eleven: One Night At Le Klub Kool
Chapter Twelve: The Morning After

Chapter Thirteen: Stefana Again
Chapter Fourteen: Luca Confesses

Chapter Fifteen: A Christmas Party
Chapter Sixteen: Repercussions

Chapter Seventeen: Christmas Eve on TV

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