There was a moment of absolute silence, as Sirena stared
at her son in surprise and bewilderment. Luca, inwardly cursing the little
boy's outburst, lowered his gaze, unwilling to meet the singer's eyes. For
a moment, noone spoke.
"I didn't ask him to call me that." Finally Luca could bear it no more.
"He just...did, Em. I swear."
"He's called you that before?" Sirena asked quietly, scooping up her exploring
son and returning him safely to her lap. "Why didn't you tell me?"
"He hasn't." Luca shook his head. "Or, well, not until today. He said
it in the elevator...that's the first I've ever heard him do it. Really."
"I see." Sirena pursed her lips, glancing at her son with troubled green
eyes. "I guess it's not that weird, really. You are the only one who's been
around that he could, you know, think of as a father. I just..."
"Maybe I should go, and give you and Mike some alone time, huh?" Luca
suggested, getting to his feet, but Sirena reached out her free arm, pulling
him back down.
"No." She said softly, shaking her head. "Michael is a damn fine judge
of character, you know. If he wants to call you Daddy, then...then I guess
it's okay with me. You know, until he's old enough to understand about Blade
and what really happened. Of course, that's only if you...if you don't mind
him doing it."
"It freaked me in the elevator. I thought you'd be mad." Luca admitted.
"But in a way it was kinda nice to hear it, too. He trusts me...that means
"He's a Gabor...we don't trust folk easily." Sirena observed dryly. "Luca,
listen. I don't know what exactly our friendship is, or where it might end
up if we carry on along these lines. I've done my best to keep away from
guys and flings because I'm not the kind of girl who falls head over heels
and commits for life. I didn't want Mike to have a string of Daddies...that
wouldn't have been fair on him. That's...why I was so hostile to you right
from the off, I guess. You were blatantly interested in me, and I didn't want
you to be."
"Guess I'm sorry for that. You've proven more than once that you're a
damn fine friend, and I owe you a lot. Particularly for Mike's safe return.
He needs a father figure...and I'd be happy if you were it. I know one day
you'll meet someone and settle with them and whatever...but..."
"Your mother seems to think we're sleeping together already." Luca observed
dryly. Sirena rolled her eyes.
"Mom has a bee in her bonnet about you, anyhow." She responded. "Anyone
involved with Rory Llewelyn has to be bad news, in her mind. She even thought
you might be involved somehow in Mike's disappearance. I soon set her straight
on that score...for some reason she seemed to think that meant I was sweet
She shrugged, a slight look of embarrassment entering her green eyes.
"Hell, who knows? Maybe I am."
"Em?" Luca was startled by this. "Don't tease me, okay? You know how I
feel about you, and it's not changed in all the time we've known each other,
but I can settle for friends and for being Mike's honorary Daddy from time
to time. I can't deal with being teased and messed about though...so don't
say things like that unless you mean them, all right?"
"Maybe I do mean them. I don't know." Sirena shrugged. "I'm not really
into the whole love thing. But you know, I'm kinda fond of having you around."
She got to her feet.
"I'm gonna go feed Mike, then put him to bed. No doubt tomorrow I'll have
to speak to the police and press myself, and so will you." She observed.
"How about I see to Mike's needs, then I call for pizza or something? I at
least owe you dinner, for what you've done today."
"I...well, sure, I guess so." Luca nodded, his mind whirling at her words.
"Why not? Sounds like fun to me."
Sirena grinned at him, then she was gone, and Luca closed his eyes briefly,
replaying the conversation in his head. Had she been teasing him? Was she
just grateful for the return of her infant? Or was there something more to
what she'd said? Did that uncharacteristically coy sparkle in her emerald
eyes mean something beyond the platonic relationship he had begun to settle
"Well, tonight is not the time to wonder." He told himself firmly, pushing
the thought out of his mind. "She's emotional and drained, and happy to have
Mike back. For now I'm gonna chill, eat pizza and see how things pan out.
After all, if nothing else, we're friends. And heck, if that's all there
is to it, well, that's fine by me!"
"And so Baby Michael has been safely reunited with his mother,
thanks to the bravery of these three musicians."
The police official concluded his statement, casting a pointedly amused
look at the uncomfortable Nancy, Luca and Sadie, all of whom remembered
with startling clarity the scolding they had received the night before for
their vigilante actions.
"The suspect has been remanded in custody, and steps will be taken to ensure
that this situation cannot happen again. Thank you ladies and gentlemen
of the press...that concludes this morning's statement."
"Man, am I glad that's over."
Nancy pulled a face, linking her arm in Sadie's and pulling her away from
the massing reporters that were surging towards them. "Mike's safe...that's
all we did it for. Not this whole great big press splash."
"No, but I suppose it's all to do with that positive Jewel image thing
you guys keep telling me about." Sadie looked thoughtful. "You know, I didn't
think that my first few months in Los Angeles would be as eventful as this.
Topaz hasn't even played her last show with you yet, and I'm already headlining
the local press!"
"Well, you were damn brave." Nancy said with a shrug. "And yeah, I guess
you're right. Positive publicity is always good...that's what Mom would say."
"The press can go to hell."
A fresh voice joined the conversation, and both girls swung around to
see Sirena herself watching them. "I'm not staying long...I don't want them
hounding me. I realised yesterday just how important my son was, and I intend
to spend the rest of today with him, instead of cutting songs in the studio,
whatever Mom says about it." She grinned. "I just wanted to come say thanks.
I spoke to Luca already, but I didn't thank you two properly."
"No need. It was fun." Nancy shrugged. Then she grinned. "Okay, well,
not fun, but I'm glad we were in the right place at the right time."
"Nancy? Get over 'ere a moment, will ya?"
Jetta's voice came across the conference hall, and Nancy rolled her eyes,
heading off to join her mother and a group of insistant photographers who
wanted a snapshot for the evening edition. Sadie eyed the singer nervously,
then dropped her gaze to the floor. She was still rather intimidated by the
"Luca told me exactly what you did for Mike." Sirena eyed her companion
thoughtfully. "You barely know me...why did you do it?"
"All babies should be with their Mummies." Sadie said softly. "I lost
mine too young...I didn't want Mike to lose his."
"Well, I'm glad you felt strongly enough about it to help out." Sirena
pursed her lips. "Listen, Sadie, from what Luca said, you pretty much talked
your way into her house...then you plotted some halfbrained escape out the
back...how could you know that you'd be able to get out? What if the door
had been locked?"
"I...took a chance." Sadie blushed violently, and Sirena laughed.
"Mm, I think it was more than that." She remarked. "Look, first time I
met you, I figured there was something else about you. You'd done that before,
hadn't you? Talked your way into some poor soul's home and got away out
"I..." Sadie swallowed hard, twisting her hands together. "I just got lucky,
"Hmm." Sirena's eyes narrowed contemplatively. "If you ask me, I think
you knew exactly what you were doing. Noone takes a chance on forcing their
way into someone else's house to rescue the kid of a virtual stranger. Not
if they aren't confident about getting away with it. Luca said you eyed
up the house very carefully before you went in. Sounds like the mark of
a pro to me."
"Will you tell anyone?" Sadie met Sirena's gaze with a frightened one of
her own. "It was a long time ago, Sirena, I swear...I'm past that now. It
was a silly, childhood phase and I've grown up. I'd die if anyone got to
"Hey, look, I owe you my son's life. What business is it of mine what you
did in England?" Sirena shrugged. She winked. "It was good that Luca had
a pro on his team, who knew exactly what to do."
"Well, it's the first time anything I learnt back then has ever been put
to any positive end." Sadie admitted. She smiled slightly. "Thanks, for
not blowing my cover. Coming to LA was meant to be a new start, after all,
and I'd never, ever have gone in there if it hadn't been for a good reason."
"Look, it's no skin off my nose." Sirena grinned. "Hey, does Mom know about
this shady past of yours?"
"No, and I'd rather she didn't." Sadie bit her lip.
"Fine. Far as I'm concerned, it's our secret." Sirena promised. "You won't
be the first from a troubled background to make it big in music, you know.
Besides, I'm damn glad Mom and Jetta signed you. Wherever you came from,
and whatever you've done, Mike and I owe you big now...and I won't forget
that. Any time you need my help - in the business or out of it - let me know.
"Okay." Sadie smiled, this time one of genuine warmth as she registered
the geniality of her companion's gaze. "Thank you. I'll remember that."
"Well, I'd better be getting back to Mike. I left him with Kimber at the
Foundation, but I want to spend as much time with him as possible today."
Sirena remarked. "I guess I'll see you at Misfit Music, huh?"
"Bound to." Sadie nodded. She grinned. "Hey, and maybe one day, I'll have
a platinum disk up there on that wall too!"
"There aren't maybes where Jewel are concerned." Sirena winked. "Garnet
will be a star...count on it."
Prologue: Sadie's Voice
Chapter One: Meeting the Press
Chapter Two: A Tiny Life
Chapter Three: Sirena and Michael
Chapter Four: A Strange Encounter
Chapter Five: Kelly
Chapter Six: Kelly Acts
Chapter Seven: A Call For Help
Chapter Eight: Luca Takes A Hand
Chapter Nine: Stefana
Chapter Ten: Sadie's Gambit
Chapter Eleven: A Dramatic Rescue
Chapter Twelve: Finale
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