"So, what exactly are you looking for?"
Sylva sent Aaron an expectant glance, an excited twinkle in her blue eyes.
"An engagement ring, obviously, but what kind of deal are we talking? I mean,
how are you planning to propose to her?"
"God I don't know." Aaron admitted, a sheepish smile touching his face.
"I want to do it so badly, but I get so spooked. I realise that I'm with
one of the most sought after women in American rock and roll and I chicken
"Copper loves you, you're so being ridiculous." Sylva scolded him playfully.
"Men! You're so damn hopeless! I mean, you want to marry this girl, right?"
"So then you can't be scared to ask an itty bitty question!" Sylva took
him by the arm, leading him into the jewellery store. "After all, it's more
or less a given that she's gonna say yes. All you have to worry about is
the right way to do it and the perfect ring."
"You make it sound so simple." Aaron admitted. "When you put it that way
I don't know why I haven;t done it yet. We have been together so long, too."
"Exactly." Sylva dimpled. "And it would be so cool - the first Jewel marriage!"
"I'll generate hate mail from all her fans, if I do it." Aaron laughed.
"Okay, come on. You know way more about jewellery than I ever will, and
I trust your judgement where Copper is concerned, too - so what do you suggest?"
"Diamonds, definitely." Sylva pulled him over towards a display of expensive
rings. "Here, look. This is the kinda deal - if you can afford it."
"I've been saving up part of my salary for the last couple of months."
Aaron replied. "I want to do this properly, Syl. She means a lot to me."
"You're so romantic, you know." Sylva told him, embarrassing him thoroughly
in the process. She didn't notice his discomfort, however, for at that moment
they were approached by a curious clerk, eager to make a commission.
"Hi, may I help you?" She asked.
"Yes, I'm sure you can." Sylva nodded purposefully. "My friend here is
looking for the perfect engagement ring for his girlfriend - he's planning
to pop the question sometime soon and he wants something extra-special."
"Oh, I see." The woman smiled. "Do you have something in mind?"
"That's why Syl's here." Aaron admitted. "To make sure I don't go wrong."
"We want something chic and with diamonds." Sylva added with a grin. "Not
too over the top - you know, can't be too garish or showy, because she's
not that kind of girl, but something pretty and sophisticated."
"Sounds good to me." Aaron agreed. "What do you have?"
"Well, we had in a couple of new ring styles this last week." The woman
told him, reaching for the key of the ring cabinet and carefully unlocking
the glass lid. "Here, take a look. This is the kind of thing I think you're
looking for." She reached in, producing a delicate piece of jewellery neatly
studded with three small diamonds.
"Ooh." Sylva's eyes became big, then, "Can I?" She held out her hand,
and the woman handed it to her. Sylva turned it over in her fist, then held
it out to Aaron. "What do you think?"
"Mm, dunno." Aaron admitted. "I know you said not too showy, Syl, but
don't you think...well...isn't it kinda..."
"Small?" Sylva asked. Aaron nodded.
"Well...yes." He looked uncomfortable again. "Not that I know a thing
"Hey, if you don't like it then it's a no-go." Sylva handed the ring back
with a smile at the clerk. "Anything else you can suggest?"
"Mm." The clerk looked thoughtful. "Well, there's this one..." She reached
into the back of the cabinet, pulling out the ring and placing it on the
unit. "That's one of the more expensive rings in this line, it prices at around
$800 plus tax - but it is a stunner."
." Sylva breathed. "Man, I wish I had a guy who'd
buy me a ring like that."
"I like it better than the other." Aaron admitted, taking the ring and
turning it over in his hands. "Syl, a favour, huh? Can you put it on your
finger for me? I want to see how it looks on."
"Well, sure, I'd love to." Sylva's eyes twinkled. "But remember that my
skin tone is a lot fairer than Copper's and my complexion totally different,
so I don't know what you hope to get from it."
"I just want to see it as an engagement ring, see if it has the right
kinda feel." Aaron replied. "Humour me, okay? I want to make sure we get
"Okay." Sylva shrugged, slipping it gently onto the fourth finger of her
"Isn't that the wrong hand?" Aaron looked bemused.
"Well, yes." Sylva nodded. "But I'm almost sure it's bad luck for anyone
to wear an engagement ring before the prospective bride. Or is that wedding
rings? Oh, I don't know." She grinned. "I won't take the chance, though."
She flexed her fingers, allowing the light to catch the gems. "Wooh. Well,
if it was me you were asking I'd say yes just for the ring, Aaron. It's a
Aaron grinned at the clerk.
"Looks like we have a sale." He said, his light tone betraying his awkwardness.
"Copper and I are almost the same ring size and this one's big on me..so
she could have it fitted here, couldnt she?" Sylva glanced up. The clerk
"Of course, for no extra charge." She said with a wink. "If you'd like
to come with me, sir..."
"I hope you take plastic." Aaron said with a grin, fishing in his wallet.
"Ooh, this is soo exciting." Sylva murmured. "I can't believe that two
of my friends are really getting married! Can I be a bridesmaid?"
"I might not have done this before, Syl, but I'm pretty sure the bride
chooses her maids." Aaron laughed now, as the clerk took his credit card,
leading the way to the cash register. "So I'm not the one to ask. But this
is definitely a step in the right direction - now I can really do this properly!"
"I'm sure you're gonna be so cool together." Impulsively Sylva hugged
him. "Did you tell your folks yet what you're planning?"
"I mentioned it briefly to Dad, but noone else." Aaron responded. "And
I made him promise not to tell Mom yet. I wanted his advice - wanted to know
how he proposed to Mom and stuff. So he and you are the only ones who know."
"Um..." Sylva bit her lip.
"Syl, who did you tell?" Aaron wheeled on her.
"Topaz?" Sylva looked sheepish. "Noone else, I swear, and I didn't say
a word to Copper or Nancy. Neither of them know a thing."
Aaron rolled his eyes.
"S'pose I should've known you'd have to tell someone." he said, resigned.
"At least I know Topaz will keep her mouth shut." He cast her a grin. "Come
on. Once we've finished up here, I'll buy you coffee. Whilst I'm spending
I might as well continue!"
"Not complaining here." Sylva grinned. "Lead the way!"
DISCLAIMER: PLEASE NOTE
Copper, Nancy, Sylva, Anna, Blade, Raesha, Sirena, Topaz, Aaron, Sophie,
Justin, Elliot, Rosita, Luis and any other characters in this fiction which
do not appear in the animated Jem series are copyrighted to me (E.A Woolley)
as of January 2002 <unless otherwise specified> and are not to be reproduced
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jointly to myself and Gemma Dawn.
The concept of 'Jewel' is entirely my own, and any apparent link with
any fictional or actual person or persons of this name is entirely coincidental.
Equally the characters in this fiction are not based on any real life individual.
The concept behind the future world of Danse, Aja and Craig, the idea
behind Jerrica's futureworld and the split of the Holograms is copyrighted
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Prologue: February 1997
Chapter One: Sirena's Show
Chapter Two: A Plot
Chapter Three: In California
Chapter Four: About Chimera
Chapter Five: Sirena's Aunt
Chapter Six: A Special Quest
Chapter Seven: The Plot Hatches
Chapter Eight: Eric Strikes
Chapter Nine: Webchat
Chapter Ten: Complications
Chapter Eleven: Handling Emily
Chapter Twelve: A Discovery
Chapter Thirteen: A Birthday Surprise