A Jewel Whodunnit...
BLAST FROM THE PAST
PART ONE: CURTAIN
Chapter Four: Jewel's Video
"We wondered when we'd get a call from you."
Sylva opened the front door of the Starlight Mansion, grinning a friendly
greeting as she registered the girl on the other side. Zoe Montgomery had
befriended Jewel from the off, and had produced almost every one of their
music videos since. Daughter of television presenter Constance Montgomery,
Zoe had caused a publicity splash in her own right some months earlier, when
she had admitted that she had been seeing dancer Fiona Daniels or 'Flame'
for over a year. The scandal her 'coming out' had sparked off had made the
generally bubbly and cheerful girl rather bewildered and uncertain in her
dealings with strangers, but the Jewel girls had taken the news more or less
into their stride and she knew that, whatever her choice of lifestyle, their
friendship remained unchanged.
"Well, I would've been here earlier in the week, but I had to finish editing
up the film for another video and two of the technicians were off sick."
Zoe pulled a face, coming into the house as Sylva shut the door behind her.
"So we're gonna be running a little behind schedule. But anyhow, I'm here,
and I've heard the song, so I've a vague idea of what we're working with.
I wanted to discuss concepts with you - are you all home?"
"Yeah, we are." Sylva nodded. "I'm not sure Sadie's up, I think she's
plodding round the house in her dressing gown, and I only just got up myself,
but we're all here. Topaz is in the kitchen feeding Hollie, I think Nancy
and Copper are in the lounge."
"Okay, that's good." Zoe offered one of her patent bubbly smiles. "To
be honest, I hope you're feeling inspired this afternoon, because I've had
real creater's block trying to think of a new idea for this video. I mean,
I know it's about family, but I'm afraid my mind is a blank."
"Well, we'll try." Sylva pushed open the door of the living room. "Go
take a seat, I'll get coffee and find Sadie and Topaz."
"Sweet." Zoe looked grateful. "Thanks."
"Hey, Zoe!" Copper greeted the video producer with a warm smile. "Long
time no see!"
"Mm, I've been so busy you wouldn't believe." Zoe rolled her eyes. "Not
to mention having to deal with that creature known as the tabloid press
every ten minutes." She groaned, sinking down into a chair. "You'd have
thought they'd be bored with me by now, but apparently not. Apparently,
if someone who's even vaguely associated to someone high profile like Mom
or Misfit Music or you guys 'comes out', it's a tabloid story for the rest
"Tell them where to stick it." Nancy told her bluntly. "It's your life,
"Nancy's right." Copper nodded. Zoe nodded.
"I know, but it's just messy." She replied. "I've been kinda on edge about
it and Fiona and I have fought and it's just...messy." She sighed. "Don't
worry, I'll get it figured. Anyhow, I'm not here to talk about my problems,
I'm here to help you fix your video, so." She forced a smile. "Forget it.
Let's talk Jewel, huh?"
"I'm not sure I'm in any state to talk anything." Sadie entered the room
at that moment, Sylva in tow. As the keyboardist had said, the English girl
was still clad in dressing gown and pink fluffy slippers, her long wavy hair
messy over her shoulders and her expression half asleep. "I didn't get to
sleep this morning till something like three, and I only woke up about twenty
five minutes ago, so bear with me, huh? I don't think my brain's fully connected
"Is it ever?" Nancy teased. Sadie pulled a face.
"Thanks." She replied dryly, dropping down into her favourite chair. "Hi,
Zoe. Excuse my attire, will you? I was on baby duty last night - Topaz pretty
much just collapsed into bed and slept most of the night, she's been so busy
"Not a problem." Zoe assured her. "Is Topaz coming, Syl?"
"She said to start without her, she's putting Hollie down in her crib."
Sylva responded, perching on the windowsill. "Life at the Starlight Mansion
is all go these days, Zoe, I'm telling you!"
"I'd noticed." Zoe grinned. "Mm, all right then. Your song. Theme of family.
Does anyone have any striking ideas?"
"We did wonder if Hollie could be in it somehow." Copper remembered. "But
I don't really know. Haven't thought about it."
"Hollie's kinda young." Zoe looked doubtful. "I'm not a huge fan of having
tiny babies on set when I'm filming, because of the long hours involved.
It's not fair on them."
"Good point." Copper acknowledged. "I didn't think of that."
"They use babies in movies." Sylva objected.
"Yeah, but then they use identical twins. Like you and Anna, for example."
Zoe explained. "So that one kid isn't left doing all the work."
"I see." Sylva looked thoughtful. "Dammit, I coulda been a movie star
baby, if Mom had thought of it!"
"Oh brother." Nancy rolled her eyes.
"I think she'd be a natural." Sadie laughed. "Syl's always the one playing
up to the camera."
"Anna mightn't have been so keen, though." Copper pointed out. "She's
a lot more camerashy than Syl."
"Most of the planet are more camerashy than Syl." Topaz put in, entering
at that moment and taking a seat. "Afternoon, Zoe. We planning the video?"
"In theory." Zoe dimpled. "Not getting very far, mind you."
"Zoe says Hollie is too young to be in it." Nancy told her. "She reckons
it'd be too much pressure on the kid considering how long our filming hours
tend to be."
"Point." Topaz nodded. "Ah well. When she's older, perhaps." She grinned.
"Baby Jewel likes to get in on the action."
"Baby Jewel sounds a lot like Mommy Jewel to me." Zoe said with a giggle.
"Yep, guess so." She admitted goodnaturedly. "But then, she kinda only
has me to bring her up, so I'm bound to brainwash her a little."
"Don't you think she'll miss growing up without a Dad?" Zoe asked softly.
"I'm hoping eventually that I'll find a way to resolve the situation and
tell Cameron the truth." She admitted. "I grew up without a Dad, and I know
it's possible, but it'd be nice for Hollie if she could have both parents.
For now, though, it's just me."
"I didn't have a Dad growing up either." Zoe sounded a little wistful.
"Mom brought me up on her own, too."
"For real?" Nancy looked surprised. "I always figured your Mom and Dad
must've divorced or something."
"Nope. I don't even know who my father is." Zoe glanced at her hands.
"Mom doesn't mention him and I don't like to bring the subject up, in case
he really hurt her or something. I know she was a lot wilder when she was
younger, so he could've been any kind of guy. In some ways I'd rather I didn't
know, but...well...sometimes I wonder."
"That's rough." Copper said gently. "I might not have my Papa now, but
even though it upset me as badly as it did when he died, I wouldn't have
swapped the years I did have with him for the world. It's so sad you don't
even know who your Dad is, Zoe."
"Well, that's how it's always been. Mom, and me...and my cousin, Vivien,
from time to time, too." Zoe shrugged. "Who knows? I don't even know if he's
alive or dead or what...perhaps I shouldn't even think about it. I'm twenty
four in September, after all. It's not like I need his guidance."
"Still, you have the right to know his name, at least." Nancy pointed
"Perhaps." Zoe frowned. "I might try and tackle Mom about it again sometime.
Although why any father would want to lay claim to me after the recent press
hype I don't know."
"Zoe, just because you're dating another woman doesn't mean you're any
less lovable than you were before." Sadie told her firmly. "Your Mum thinks
you rock...that should tell you that much." She smiled wryly. "In any case,
sometimes I think you got the world right anyhow. Life would be much easier
for me if I quit being attracted to men...then I wouldn't wind up with the
abusive psycho ones who get me into trouble."
Despite herself, Zoe laughed.
"That's what I like about you, Sadie." She said, amusement clear on her
face. "You bring everything down to earth with a bang. I was so worried
when you joined the group and we had to work together for the first time,
cos of all the stories buzzing about me at the time, having just come out,
and all that...and you just looked at me and said, so what?"
"I learnt enough in this life to know that when doing something makes
you happy, it's not wrong to do it so long as noone else is hurt." Sadie
said with a shrug. "I also learnt to grab anything and everything with both
hands and not to judge people unless I want them to judge me." She looked
rueful. "I'm not perfect at not jumping to conclusions, I admit it...but
you and Flame doesn't bother me one jot."
"Well, it's nice that there's at least one house in Los Angeles other
than Mom's where nothing has changed." Zoe grinned.
"Dean?" Nancy protested. She had been dating TV presenter Dean Stacey
for some time now, and she knew that he and Zoe were longterm friends.
"Well, yes, Dean too." Zoe amended. "But he's almost like my big brother
so it doesn't count. I think of him more as family, even though he isn't."
She shrugged. "But this isn't getting your video done, sooo, I propose we
brainstorm for an hour or two and see if we can't settle on a theme. After
all, we want to make this song a really big hit!"
BLAST FROM THE PAST: PART ONE
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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
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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!