A Jewel Whodunnit...
BLAST FROM THE PAST
PART ONE: CURTAIN
Chapter Two: Jewel's Sound
"Boy does it feel good to be back in the studio and making good music!"
Sylvina Martescu, better known as 'Sylva' to Jewel's fans tossed her jacket
up in the air and caught it again, a grin on her face as the group of young
musicians made their way out into the summer sunshine. At twenty two years
old, there was an impetuous, playful streak in Sylva's character that had
never quite been quelled and although these days she was a lot more mature
in some respects, in others she was still what her bandmates called the 'same
"Funny you should say that as we leave." Nancy Pelligrini, the youngest
of the quintet put in, amusement on her face. "But I agree, it was nice to
get some solid Jewel practice down now we're all back together, especially
with the new single release sometime soon."
"Well, s'pose we'd better head back to Starlight Mansion and see what
mess my bratty daughter has made this time." Topaz grinned. "I'm just about
getting used to working my life around the kid, now the movie's done with,
but I feel guilty when I leave her too long."
"Cynthia's taking care of her, she'll be okay." Sadie Monahue, the final
of the group assured her. "Hollie loves everyone anyway, Topaz. I'm sure
"Me too." Topaz owned. Cynthia was one of Jewel's technical directors,
working in tandem with Nancy's brother Aaron, the band's road manager to
make sure all Jewel's shows went to plan. Few also knew that Cynthia was
in fact a solid holographic projection produced by a powerful computer,
Synergy, and even to those who did know it was often hard to remember, for
it seemed very much like Cynthia's feelings and morals were much the same
as their own. "I just worry some when I'm away from her for too long, that's
all. I guess it's some weird mother thing." She looked rueful. "After the
mess I almost made of raising her when I was filming that movie, I s'pose
I'm prone to going to the other extreme now. It ain't easy being a single
mother at twenty two going on twenty three you know."
"Don't worry, you do great." Sylva assured her, giving her a hug. "So
we're heading home then? All agreed?"
"Mm, I fancy a nice cool lemonade out by the pool anyhow." Copper decided.
"Count me in." She agreed. "I swear I'm never going to get used to California's
heat. I'm melting and I'm barely wearing more than a top and shorts!"
"Wussy Brit!" Sylva teased. Sadie poked out her tongue at the younger
"Children, please!" Nancy grinned. "I think you'll get used to it though,
Sadie. Mom did, after all. She's been here since what, '87? And the heat
barely bothers her now, though Aunt Phyl said it used to."
"I hope so." Sadie looked rueful. "Or at least I hope that I don't have
to wait twenty or so years before I don't cook every time I step out of the
house!" She fished in her purse, lighting a cigarette. "I think we got that
song down though."
"I wish you'd quit it with those stinky things." Sylva complained, waving
the smoke away. "They're real antisocial, Sadie!"
"I know, but I'm not looking to attract anyone." Sadie retorted. "And
if nothing else the smoke keeps bugs away. Pipe down, Syl...I could be smoking
a lot worse and you know it."
"The girl has a point." Topaz conceded, for all knew now that Sadie's
life before she had joined the band had not always been on the straight and
narrow, even dabbling in drugs for a while. "Still, Sadie, put it out before
we get home, huh? Not good for Hollie and all that."
"Sure. I try not to smoke round the kid anyhow, when I remember I'm even
doing it." Sadie responded. "Sorta become an automatic reflex now."
"Changing the subject slightly, when do you s'pose we'll be meeting up
with Zoe to discuss our new video?" Copper wondered as they reached the
car, opening the driver's door and slipping into the front seat. "It can't
be long away now, after all. I don't s'pose we'll be out of state to film
it, since it's a song about family and all that."
"Hollie might get to be in it, Topaz." Nancy observed. Topaz laughed.
"Yeah, maybe. I think she'd like that." She admitted. "She's becoming
a right little show-off when people are about - can't think where she gets
"Mm, what a mystery." Sadie smirked. Sylva laughed.
"She might look like Cameron more than she does you, Topaz, but she's
definitely got your personality genes." She decided.
"The kid's eight months old, give her a break before you condemn her!"
Nancy protested. Topaz pulled a face, slipping into the back seat.
"Thanks, Nancy." She said dryly. "And actually, she's seven months at
the moment. So."
"Seven, eight, whatever. I'm close enough." Nancy seemed unperturbed.
"Babies aren't exactly my strong point anyhow."
"Yeah, we'd noticed." Sylva sent her a teasing look. Nancy poked out
"I can change diapers now." She defended herself. "And I've fed the kid
too, without choking her. I'm not that bad!"
"You all rock." Topaz laughed. "Copper, can we go now?"
"Sure, I'm waiting for the traffic to let me." Copper agreed. "Okay,
here we go. I just didn't want to screech into a full stream of traffic."
"Like Syl does." Nancy put in.
"Hey, if you can do it then do it, I say." Sylva shrugged. "I've never
pranged the car yet."
"Yes...yet." Sadie laughed, winding down the window the full way. "You
know, there isn't even a breeze! It's horrible! Nancy, how can you be wearing
"It's not the hottest weather we've ever had here." Nancy responded with
a smile. "I grew up in Cali, Sadie, I'm used to it."
"Well, you're making me hot just to look at you." Sadie groaned. "Can't
you step on it, Copper? I'm melting...I need the pool!"
"You know, it's kinda neat how Jewel have grown." Copper mused as they
drove down the main road towards the Starlight Mansion. "Though I don't
think we'd better add any more members, else it'll just be crazy in the
long run. But seriously, I like it. It was fun as a trio, but somehow it
all clicked better when there were the four of us, and now there are five..."
"We're equal to Diablo and can show them what's what." Sylva finished.
Diablo were Jewel's big local rivals.
"That's not what I meant." Copper scolded. "I just think it's fun somehow,
that's all. Especially since we've been very multinational with our additions."
"If you'd told me when I was eighteen that I'd wind up playing in an
american rock band I think I'd have been asking you where you got your
dope from." Sadie said dryly. "But it's come true...sometimes I wonder
if I'll wake up and find it's all just been a nice dream, to be honest."
"Some dream." Sylva snorted. Sadie shrugged.
"Well, good things don't tend to come to me and last." She said matter
of factly. "I guess it's only natural. I really thought you'd kick me out
when Topaz came back."
"I might not have come back." Topaz reminded her. "And even though I
did, there's no way Jewel could have parted with you, Sadie. Your artwork
makes for brilliant album cover designs and you're the first Jewel who's
been able to help Nancy with the songwriting part of things. You probably
have more justification to be in the band than I do now."
"This is silly. We're all Jewels." Sylva said firmly. "And Topaz, don't
you dare talk about justification or whatever, okay? You're my best friend
on the planet, isn't that justification enough? We want you and we want Sadie...so
can it, the pair of you."
"Well said." Copper nodded. "We're a team and we'll always be a team."
"It'll be odd when you and Aaron get hitched, Copper, and you move out
of this place." Nancy observed as the car drew up outside Starlight Mansion.
"Won't you miss us?"
"Miss us? When she has a house with Aaron all to herself? What planet
are you from, Nancy?" Sylva demanded. "Of course she won't miss us! She'll
be too busy testing out all those perks of married life!"
"Quit teasing me!" Copper turned scarlet, switching off the engine and
pushing open the car door. "In any case, just because Aaron and me have
begun to talk about fixing a date, it doesn't mean it's imminent. We're going
to start looking at some houses, and well, we might move in together before
we get hitched, we might not. But either way, stop packing my bags for me
before I've said I do!"
"Here's a question." Topaz's eyes twinkled with mischief. "Copper, how
much of it will be an, um, wedding perk, when you do finally tie the knot?"
"What do you mean?" Copper looked bewildered.
"She means have you slept together yet or are you waiting till the big
night." Nancy translated. "You should know Topaz by now, Copper."
"Oh!" Copper looked embarrassed. "That's not something that's any of
your business...it's between Aaron and me, so don't ask silly questions,
okay?" She put her key in the lock, opening the front door and pushing
"Aw, spoilsport. I was just interested." Topaz responded goodnaturedly.
"I mean, we're all adults together, it's not going to warp anyone's mind."
"Aaron is very special to me." Copper said quietly. "And I'm not saying
if we have or we haven't, because it's my relationship and it's too special
to ruin by gossiping, even to you guys. Okay?"
"I guess that's fair enough." Sadie observed. Nancy nodded.
"Yeah. I don't like you folk butting in on me and Dean." She acknowledged.
"So I s'pose it's the same thing." She slipped off her jacket, dumping
it on the newel post. "Cynthia? We're home."
"I heard you." The hologram materialised in the doorway of the living
room, making them all jump. "Hollie, however, sleeps, so unless you wish
to make her scream, I'd lower the volume. I'm surprised the whole neighbourhood
didnt hear you."
"Sorry." Nancy looked sheepish. "It's easy to forget there's a tiny baby
living here sometimes."
"Not when she's awake, it isn't." Topaz said dryly. "Guess I'll go up
and say hi to her without waking her, if I can. She is upstairs, Cyn?"
"In her crib. She was a very good baby, despite the fact she has a new
tooth coming." Cynthia broke the news calmly, eying Topaz's stricken expression
with some amusement.
"Another one? Oh Christ, am I to get any sleep this week?" She demanded.
"I thought last night that one was through and that was the end of it,
at least for a little while!"
"Evidently Hollie does not agree." Cynthia shrugged. "But she was not
naughty this afternoon, and went to sleep as soon as I put her down."
"Which means she will be up tonight, most likely." Sadie said thoughtfully.
"Topaz, if you want me to help you out at all with her tonight, come let
me know, okay? I don't sleep easily in this heat anyhow, so I might as well
be of use."
"Thanks, Sadie. That would be good." Topaz said gratefully. "Well, I'll
go up and see her, then I'll go have a quick swim and take a nap before she
wakes up again and demands her dinner. What about the rest of you? Did someone
"I'll go pour some out." Nancy volunteered. "You guys might as well get
changed, I'll come join you when I'm done. I assume everyone wants ice?"
"Yep." Sylva nodded.
"Tons of ice for me." Sadie grinned. "Please. I need it."
"Okay, message gotten." Nancy laughed. "See you all in a few, huh?"
The remaining Jewel girls headed upstairs to change, Topaz pausing beside
the crib that stood at the end of her bed to watch her daughter sleep for
a moment. A smile touched her face as she gently stroked the tiny, clenched
fist. Hollie slept on, oblivious to her mother's presence.
"You're as bushed as me after the nights we've had, aren't you?" She
murmured. "But some of us can't just sleep it off all day, Hol, so please
be good tonight, huh? For Mommy?"
The baby did not stir, and, as quietly as she could, Topaz changed into
her swimsuit, pulling her golden hair back into a ponytail. Then she hesitated.
"Maybe I oughtn't go outside, and leave her in here on her own." She
mused aloud, frowning.
"Don't worry, Topaz...I'm still here, you know." Cynthia's voice came
from behind her, making her jump. "I don't mind keeping an eye to her whilst
you take a break - you need to relax too sometimes."
"Thanks, Cyn, you're an angel." Topaz hugged the hologram impulsively.
"I won't be long, I promise. I'm gonna come up and sleep, anyhow. It's
just hot and sticky at the studio and I could do with a cool dip."
"I understand." Cynthia looked amused. "Go on, enjoy yourself. Even single
mothers deserve some time off!"
"Well, maybe." Topaz winked. "Thanks again, Cynthia."
And with that, she was gone down to the pool to join her bandmates.
BLAST FROM THE PAST: PART ONE
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 without permission
ANYWHERE. Jetta, Pizzazz, Stormer, Roxy, Raya and all other original Jem
characters are the copyright of Hasbro Inc, Sunbow, Christy Marx and the
other writers of the Jem series. 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 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 to Gemma Dawn, whose Teenangel
Outsiders fiction is directly twinned with Just a Dream. The
character Sammi and any of the other Teenangel Outsider characters
mentioned in this fiction are entirely copyright to Gemma Dawn and
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Chapter One: The "Anniversary"
Chapter Two: Jewel's Sound
Chapter Three: At Sirena's
Chapter Four: Jewel's Video
Chapter Five: Fanmail
Chapter Six: A Stranger
Chapter Seven: Stefana's
Chapter Eight: The Results
Chapter Nine: A Moment's
Chapter Ten: A Shock For
Chapter Eleven: A Surprise For Jetta
Chapter Twelve: Fire!