"It feels good to be back to something close to normal."
Sylva set her glass of lemonade down on the table, casting a satisfied
glance over the front pages of the local paper with a smile. "We're hot news
again, for the right reasons, and the cops admitted they made a mistake.
We're cool to go and our tickets are selling out once more! Jewel are back!"
"Sadie...the other night you said you knew who did this." Nancy remembered,
toying with her own drink as she did so. "You and Copper hared off out and
neither of you have said a thing since. Did something happen?"
"Well, I do know who did it, but I made a promise and I won't break it."
Sadie said quietly. "I know it's concealing evidence, you guys, so I'm not
going to tell you and get you into any situation whereby you could be collared
for that too. Copper knows, and I'm kinda sorry she does for that reason,
but we're saying nothing. As far as the police know, that conversation never
"Well, it's fine by me." Sylva shrugged. "I don't care who killed old
big nose creepazoid. He's dead, he probably deserved it and we can get back
to normal. Let the police find out who did it. They've put us through enough
"Besides, they won't lay into Copper unless they have no choice. Mom already
threatened them with the American Embassy." Nancy remembered. "It's cool,
Sadie. I was just curious."
"It's not something which will happen again." Sadie assured them. "Neal's
death was an accident...so I don't feel like I'm creating a problem keeping
it a secret like I am. And that's all I'm saying...so drop it now, huh? I
want to relax."
"I think we all want that." Copper nodded. "It's been a hell of a time
for all of us."
"You know, though, I think it's been kinda good too." Nancy looked thoughtful.
"Good? Nancy, you a sadist?" Sylva demanded. "How was it good?"
"Well, not actually good...I didn't mean that." Nancy looked sheepish.
"But think about it. When we flew out here, Sadie wasn't really feeling like
she belonged with us - were you, Sadie? You were nervous and remember, when
the article broke you shut yourself away in your room, away from us. Now...we're
much more of a unit. Don't you think?"
"I guess you're right." Sadie looked startled. "I hadn't thought of it,
but I think I do feel more comfortable with you lot now." She blushed. "Truth
is, I felt like I was Topaz's friend and you were all tolerating me because
"Well, now you know it's not true." Sylva told her. "We like you because
you're you and you're one of the gang."
"Syl's right." Copper grinned.
"Topaz will be relieved we've all gelled at least." Nancy mused.
"Yeah. I promised to phone her if anything major happened, so I gotta
tell her Sadie's clear - if she doesn't know already." Sylva responded.
"I'll probably have some explaining to do to her and Phyllis when we get
back." Sadie bit her lip. "But Jetta's on my side, at least. That's something."
"Mom likes you." Nancy told her. "I don't know for sure, but I think she
thinks of you being like her...taking your chances in a new country and all
of that, without much money behind you. Taking a gamble on a one way ticket
to America in search of work...it was like that for her, too."
"Yeah." Sadie agreed. "Without Jetta I'd be lost, too...so I'm glad she's
part of this."
At that moment there was a knock at the door.
"Guess I'll get it." Sadie, who was closest to the door got to her feet,
undoing the catch and swinging it open. "But if it's press I swear I'll hit
them right between the eyes."
"Charming." The girl on the other side observed with a wry smile. "That
how Jewel greet all their guests?"
"No, only the most important." Sadie laughed. "Hi Amber. I'm sorry...we've
had a lot of hassle tonight. You wanna come in? We got lemonade."
"Sure...but I'm not alone. Someone...came with me." Amber moved aside
and Sadie let out an exclamation.
"Hi Sadie." Georgia met her sister's gaze hesitantly. "Amber...well...will
you still help me?"
"Of course I will!" Sadie responded. "Come on in, both of you. No Grey?"
She cast a questioning look at Amber as she said this, but Amber shook her
"Grey's packing up Georgie's stuff. He'll bring it by here tomorrow."
She said. "We didn't want too much fuss."
"Why the change of heart, Georgie?" Sadie asked as she ushered them both
inside, much to the bewilderment of Nancy and Sylva.
"Amber said that you...you tried to protect me." Georgia said softly.
"When they first laid into you, you...you didn't tell them about that night
because Spyder had mentioned me and you wanted to keep me out of trouble.
You...could have gone to jail because of it, I know that. I...I guess I
realised that I can trust you, and I..I do need your help."
"Well, you got it." Sadie hugged her. "So don't worry. We'll sort things