"Something's on your mind."
Aaron cast his fiancee a curious look as he pulled open the door of his
car, climbing into the driver's seat and reaching over to release the lock
for the passenger side. Copper swung open the door, getting in without acknowledging
his comment, and he rolled his eyes, leaning over to kiss her.
"Copper, are you on the same planet as I am?" He teased gently. "Earth
to Copper? Are you with me?"
"Huh?" Copper started, then, reading her companion's expression, she blushed.
"No, I guess I'm not." She admitted at length. "I'm sorry, Aaron. I've
something on my mind. I didn't mean to be a space cadet tonight - I know
I haven't been much fun as company, but it...it's a big deal thing, and I'm
not sure how to handle it."
"Can you talk about it?" Aaron asked, putting his key in the ignition.
"I don't know." She replied.
"Well, will you try? I'd like to help, but I can't read your mind." Aaron's
tone was light and teasing, and despite herself Copper smiled slightly.
"I suppose it wouldn't hurt to trust you on this." She responded eventually.
"Aaron...can we just stop here a minute? I mean, I'm in no hurry to go home
tonight, if you want the truth."
"Ooh." Aaron's eyebrows shot up, but he obediently switched the engine
back off. "You had a fight with the others?"
"Not exactly." Copper looked troubled. "Aaron, what do you think of our
"Dolorida? It's cool. Why?"
"Well, there's a big problem with it." Copper spread her hands. "Cool Trash
have got the idea from somewhere that we're releasing a song that isn't
our own, and, well, the award committee are going to throw us out of that
competition if we can't prove it really is our music. Nancy and the others
want us to perform it live, but...but it's more difficult than that. I don't
think it...it can be performed live."
Aaron paused for a moment, taking in his girlfriend's doleful expression.
He pursed his lips.
"You're not happy about singing to an audience, huh?" He asked gently.
Copper's eyes widened.
"How did you know?" She demanded. "Did Nancy...?"
"Copper, I'm going to marry you." Aaron put a gentle finger to her lips.
"I don't need Nancy to tell me that when Jewel release a song that's mostly
in Spanish, it's going to be you behind it. Besides, I've heard you sing.
I recognised you straight away."
"You...you did?" Copper looked stunned. Aaron nodded.
"Of course." He agreed.
"But you didn't say anything."
"Why should I?" Aaron grinned. "You and the others had this big secrecy
thing going on, and I didn't want to burst any bubbles. Besides, Copper, I
wanted people to hear it and think how great it was without having a name
to put to the voice. You doubt yourself far too much as it is, otherwise you'd
have sung lead a long time before this. You have ability and this song has
let you show it, that's all. What's bad about that?"
"Well, this whole scandal business, now." Copper groaned. "Aaron, they
really want me to sing live, and...and I never saw Jetta look so foreboding
and angry when I said that I wouldn't do it. She wants to see us tomorrow
morning, and I know it means more trouble. The others are probably mad at
me but they don't understand - I can't sing live. I just...just can't."
"Why can't you?" Aaron asked gently. "Would it be so terrible?"
"Yes." Copper swallowed hard. "It's one thing being behind my kit. There
I'm safe, Aaron. It protects me and I'm not afraid. I get into the song
and it's fine. I belong there. But I'm not a singer. Topaz and...and the
others, they've already proven themselves behind the microphone. I don't
want people to laugh or...or to screw it up and make Jewel a joke. To say
that I'm just an airhead who plays kit and that I should have stuck to what
"But isn't that what you're saying, if you don't perform live?" Aaron reasoned.
"What do you mean?"
"You're assuming what other people will say. You have no evidence for any
of it." Aaron spread his hands. "You can clearly sing, because you've done
so on the record. That's a start. And stage fright is a terrible thing,
but people overcome it all the time. Nancy does it every time she goes on
stage - you know that. Yet she loves Jewel and wouldn't be anywhere else."
A guilty look touched Copper's brown eyes.
"This song means a lot to her." She murmured. "I'd forgotten, but that's
why I agreed to do it in the first place. She wanted our comeback to be
special, since...since it so easily might not have happened at all. I mean,
with Jetta sick and everything..."
"Nancy's had a hard few months with one thing and another." Aaron agreed
"So have you, if it comes to it." Copper replied. Aaron shrugged.
"Yes." He said evenly. "I love my mother dearly and I was afraid to lose
her. But Nancy...isn't like other people. She's far more intense than I
am about things, and it can make her a lot less rational. When she feels
something, she feels it to the bone, and I know that Mom being sick was
a huge blow to her. If Mom had died, well, we'd all have grieved. But I don't
think Nancy would have moved on - or even been able to for a long while
to come. The things that matter to her matter to her passionately. Sometimes
so much so that she can't see around them."
He kissed her on the cheek.
"And then, I had you." He added.
"Nancy has Dean." Copper objected. Aaron nodded.
"She does, but it's not the same." He said matter-of-factly. "I think you
know that as well as I do. Copper, if this song means that much to Nancy,
then you're going to hurt more than just Jewel's reputation if you can't
bring yourself to sing it live. You're going to hurt my sister too - and
it's the kind of hurt she won't easily forgive. Her music means everything
to her, and I'd hate you girls to fall out over something so small. You both
mean the world to me."
"Nancy is my best friend." Copper glanced at her hands, idly picking at
the glossy nail polish as she considered his words. "And I feel like I'm letting
Jewel down, Aaron. I don't like that feeling at all. But...but the thought
of singing makes me feel sick inside. It knots up inside of me and...and
I'm sure I'd choke or pass out or screw it up somehow. I just...just know
it. That's not going to do us any good."
"I don't think you'd screw it up at all." Aaron told her gently. "I have
total faith in you, Copper, and you should have it in yourself, too. You've
been a Jewel for a long time now. People adore you. Thousands of fans write
to you every week. They idolise you girls, and want to be just like you.
If you sing live once and hate it, well, noone will force you to make a habit
of it. But if you don't, and this mud is allowed to stick, think of the
damage it could do to Jewel. Those fans who've believed in you so wholeheartedly
- they'll never quite know if their favourite group really did get so desperate
they had to cheat. The song won't sell. Mom and Aunt Phyl will be forced
to look at all kinds of other legalities. But most of all, Copper, it's going
to set you against the girls who mean the most to you. You recorded this
for them, and Jewel have always been a team. Don't let that go, huh? I know
you can do it. You should believe it, too. The others will help you, if you
ask them to."
Copper was silent for a moment, considering. Then she sighed.
"I need to think it out." She said at length. "I understand everything
you've said, Aaron, but I...I need some time to put it together in my head
and decide what to do."
"Okay." Aaron nodded. "Then we might as well get moving. Do you want to
stop at my place tonight?"
"It might be wise." Copper agreed slowly. "Just while I think it through.
After all, whatever I decide is...is going to affect Jewel one way or the
other. I want to be sure that I'm happy with what I choose at the end of
Because...well...whatever I do decide, there'll be no going back."
Chapter One:News For Jewel
Chapter Two: Zoe Confides
Chapter Three: A New Sound
Chapter Four: A Challenge
Chapter Five: Plots
Chapter Six: A Secret For
Chapter Seven: Hope For Zoe
Chapter Eight: Dolorida
Chapter Nine: Jewel's Dilemma
Chapter Ten: Wise Counsel
Chapter Eleven: Decisions For Jewel
Chapter Twelve: Zoe Takes The Plunge
Chapter Thirteen: Her Father's Daughter
Chapter Fourteen: The Awards
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