"Are you sure that this is a good idea, your highness?"
Corvin, still Captain of the Royal Guard, and Queen Adreana's most
loyal supporter eyed his queen with a sombre expression. "I know you want
to show your support for the competition, but is it wise?"
"Why should it not be?" Adreana gazed up at the old theatre building,
a smile on her face. "This is a big honour for Morvania, and the streets
of my country are quite safe." She gestured to the assembled royal escort.
"I am surrounded by loyal people who will see I come to no harm. What are
you worried about?"
"We don't know anything of these strangers who come to our country."
Corvin responded. "Remember what happened the last time you became so
involved in music?"
"Yes, but that was down to Lexa." Adreana shrugged impatiently. "My
cause was championed then by Jem and the Holograms, and my life saved by
the intervention of the Misfits. I have no bad memories to associate with
the music industry, and I am most eager to see the competitors." She dimpled.
"Besides, I understand that one acquaintance from 1986 is here in Morvania,
and I should like to see her."
"Phyllis Gabor." Corvin looked disapproving. "I don't believe this
is wise, my lady. True, the Misfits saved your life, but have you forgotten
how Lexa employed them and their wiles to harm you?"
"Lexa was an evil woman, but she is dead now, and her Dimitrios also."
Adreana laughed. "I have no fear of the Misfits, Corvin, and nor should
you have. Once they realised Lexa's true intent, they chose the right side.
And besides, things are past. How can a country heal, if you do not leave
bad things in the past? Morvania has been at peace since I became Queen.
This contest is a celebration...and I want to be a part of it!"
"I hope you are right." Corvin murmured. "I really hope you are right."
Within the theatre, a sense of excitement had begun to envelop the
musicians and their associates, as the Queen was announced, and in a moment,
silence fell. The doors were opened, and for the first time, Jewel got
a look at the impetuous and popular ruler of Morvania. She was an attractive
woman, with sleek red waves that curled around her shoulders, held back
from her face by the delicate golden coronet that encircled her brow. This
was Adreana at her most formal, for usually it was a fight for Corvin to
get his lady Queen to even wear the pretty crown, and she cast the assembled
musicians a warm smile.
"Musicians from around the world." She began. "Morvania welcomes you
all! We look forward greatly to the contest itself, right here in Laviana's
own theatre, and I wish you all the best of luck!" She gestured to the
instruments. "Please, do not stop your playing on my account! I wish to
hear all you can do!"
Slowly but surely, each group began to return their attention to the
matter at hand, and, with a smile and a wink at Corvin, Adreana made her
way deeper into the belly of the theatre, pausing to assess each group
in turn. Finally, she let out an exclamation, turning towards where Jewel
were setting up to play. With Corvin in tow, she approached the group.
"This must be the group from America!" She exclaimed. "The Jewel I
hear so much of?"
"That's us." Nancy nodded.
"We're pleased to meet you, your highness." Sylva added, casting Nancy
a dark look.
"I am pleased also to make your acquaintance." Laughter sparkled in
the Queen's blue eyes. "All the more so to greet an old
Her gaze turned to Phyllis. "It has been many years, but I still remember.
"Your highness." Phyllis seemed uncomfortable, and Adreana laughed.
"Oh, no need to be shy." She chided. "I am glad to welcome you back
to my humble country. After all, I owe you and your friends my life." She
smiled. "It seems many years since you were last in Morvania, but you
do not seem much different from then."
"I keep busy." Phyllis said quietly, meeting the Queen's gaze, and
ignoring the incredulous stares of her charges. "Jewel are one of our
hottest acts these days. It seemed only natural that they should take
part in a show such as this one."
"You are familar to me also." Adreana cast her gaze over Sylva, her
expression thoughtful. "Many years now, and I do not remember her name...but
you remind me of someone."
"Sylva is Stormer's daughter." Phyllis said abruptly, and Adreana's
blue eyes lit up with remembrance.
"I see." She said softly. "Then music runs in your family?"
"Yeah, it does, rather." Sylva was taken aback. "I didn't realise you
had met my mother, your highness."
"It was a long time ago. Before you were born." Adreana's eyes twinkled
again. "But send her my greetings, will you? I never forget a face."
With that the Queen was gone, leaving Sylva staring after her.
"Aunt Phyl, when did you meet Queen Adreana? What did she mean about
owing you her life?" Nancy looked confused. Phyllis rolled her eyes.
"It's not what you think it is." She said grudgingly. "When we were
in Morvania, some nutball relative of Adreana's tried to kill her. There
was a mixup and they abducted Kimber of the Holograms instead...Adreana
and the Holograms were attacked on stage and we Misfits happened to be in
the right place at the right time. There was a bomb, and we alerted the authorities.
"And she still remembers you for it. It must have meant a lot to her."
Copper looked impressed. "I had no idea you'd been involved in such adventure
"Well, maybe now you understand why you watch your step in Morvania."
Phyllis said grimly. "It might be a while now since all of that, but there's
no harm in being safe. I don't want you girls running around trying to thwart
bomb plots or anything. Morvania might well be safe - but I ain't taking
"Would I be allowed to take the chance to go get a soda from the machine?"
Sylva asked. Phyllis glowered at her.
"Don't be cheeky." She snapped. "Your Mom was never half the trouble
"I only asked because my throat is dry, and I'm supposed to be singing."
Sylva protested. "May I?"
"Go on then. But don't be too long!"
Sylva did not need a second telling. She slipped off the dais and into
the busy auditorium, pushing open the door and heading down the corridor
to where she had noticed the drinks machine, when the group had entered.
Taking an unfamiliar coin from her pocket, she glanced at it, then frowned.
"What in hell is this thing worth?" She wondered. "And how am I supposed
to know which one is Diet Coke?"
"The second one down is coke, and that coin is not nearly enough for
a drink." A male voice interrupted her thoughts and she turned to see
a young man, not many years her elder. He was dark haired, with soft brown
eyes and a playful smile toying around the corners of his mouth as he watched
her confusion. "Here. Allow me."
He pushed a coin into the machine, pressing the correct button, and
handing her her drink. "There."
"Gee, thank you." Sylva dimpled. "How much do I owe you?"
"You owe me nothing." The young man's eyes sparkled. "It is a gift,
to welcome you to Morvania."
"Oh. Well, thanks." Sylva grinned, flipping the can open and taking
a sip. "I'm afraid I'm no good with languages or foreign currency. Hell,
I have enough trouble managing my dollar balance back home in LA!"
"I am Anatole." The young man grinned. "My friends call me Nat. What
is your name?"
"Sylvina Martescu." Sylva responded. "Syl for short. Pleased to meet
you, Nat. Everyone in Morvania is so nice!"
"Well, we try to make people welcome here." Nat grinned. "You are taking
part in the competition, I believe?"
"Yes. Me and my group, Jewel." Sylva agreed. "You?"
"No. I am no musician." Nat seemed amused by this. "I live in Laviana,
and the contest excites the imagination. I came to see what was happening."
"I suppose with the Queen arriving, it's a major event." Sylva realised.
She smiled. "I never met a Queen before."
"Queen Adreana is much loved in Morvania." Nat nodded. "Yes, a great
many people turn out just to see her. I imagine the streets are thick
with people now."
"Then we're going to have a lot of fun finding lunch." Sylva grimaced.
"There is a nice restaurant three or four streets from the theatre." Nat
told her. "They serve Morvanian cuisine." His eyes twinkled. "I'm told by
people who visit our country that our food is delicious."
"Well, lunch in the city was nice yesterday, but brief. Still, our boss
is taking us out for dinner tonight, so hopefully we'll get a chance to
taste proper native cuisine." Sylva grinned."I ought to get back to the
others, anyhow. It was nice to meet you, Nat - and thanks for the soda!"
"You're welcome." Nat winked. "Maybe we meet again?"
"Well, if my manager wasn't being a psychotic chaperone, I'd say that
would be no problem at all." Sylva rolled her eyes. "But she's having a
major responsibility complex and treating us all like we're seven."
"She worries for your safety." Nat said wisely. "May I walk you back
to your band? If she sees I am not harming you, maybe she will not mind?"
"Sure, that'd be cool." Sylva dimpled. "So where abouts in Laviana
do you live, then?"
"In the centre of the city." Nat smiled. "But you can see Laviana for
yourself. I am curious about America - I have never been there. What is
"It's a world in a country." Sylva considered. "I mean, it's so big,
you get snow in the north and deserts in the south. There are mountains
and valleys, lakes and plains. You name it, we pretty much have it."
"And you are from Los Angeles?"
"I grew up in Washington DC, the capital." Sylva shook her head. "But
now I live in Los Angeles, because that's where our group is based."
"Washington DC? Ah, near the White House?" Nat asked. Sylva laughed.
"Well, right city, but no." She responded. "Washington is a big city!"
"I should like to see it." Nat admitted. "I have always wanted to visit
"It's a long flight." Sylva grimaced.
"I like to travel, though I don't get to do it as often as I should like."
Nat admitted. "I have often wanted to study in America, but..." He shrugged.
"Sometimes the means are not there."
"My sister is at University in Washington DC." Sylva told him. "She's
in her final year - she'll graduate this summer. I'm real proud of her -
she's the brainy one in the family."
"And you? Did you attend University?"
"No. Anna and I are twins, but we're not that much alike in character."
Sylva shook her head. "I chose the musical life instead of the academic
one. Studying is all very well, but I like to live a little, too!"
"Well, maybe before you leave I could show you a little of the life Morvania
has to offer?" Nat suggested. "I have lived in the city my whole life, and
I know where is the most beautiful part of Laviana after dark. I would love
to share it with you, and you could tell me what it is like to live so near
"Okay, sounds like fun to me." Sylva dimpled. She pushed open the door
to the main theatre, leading the way through the crowd of people to where
Jewel were awaiting her return.
"And here we are, back with my group. Guys, I made us another new
friend! This is Nat."
"Sylvina, funny soda machines you frequent." Phyllis eyed her darkly.
Sylva rolled her eyes.
"I'm almost twenty two, Phyllis. I can talk to a guy if I want." She
said expressively. She cast Nat a grin.
"We're staying at the Hotel Victor." She said. "Do you know it?"
"Yes, very well." Nat nodded his head. "It was nice to meet you, Syl.
I will be sure to pay the Hotel Victor a visit!" And with that, he was gone.
"Well, that was very discreet." Nancy rolled her eyes. "Syl, what is
it with you and a cute guy?"
"What did I tell you this morning about security?" Phyllis added.
"Oh, chill. He's sweet. He bought me a soda." Sylva dismissed their
concern with a careless gesture, setting her coke can down on the edge of
Nancy's keyboard. "And I'm ready to sing now, so shall we practice? After
all, we have a contest to win!"
As the quartette settled themselves down to rehearsing their song, none
of them noticed Nat pause in the doorway to watch them sing, a thoughtful
look on his face.
"Interesting." He mused. "I will indeed keep my date at the Hotel Victor."
Prologue: Morvania, 1987
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
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The future world of Pizzazz, Raya, Jetta, Roxy, Stormer, Clash, Synergy,
the fate of Jem and her memorial are all copyrighted to me. The future
world of Kimber and Shana is copyrighted 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
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based on any real life individual.
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Chapter One: Los Angeles, 2014
Chapter Two: At The Airport
Chapter Three: Laviana
Chapter Four: The Competition
Chapter Five: The Queen
Chapter Six: Ransacked!
Chapter Seven: Anatole
Chapter Eight: Nerysa
Chapter Nine: A Frightening Realisation
Chapter Ten: Betrayal
Chapter Eleven: The Truth
Chapter Twelve: Heartfelt
Chapter Thirteen: Home