Devil May Care
Chapter Four: Misfits Music
"Well, you girls took your time."
Phyllis put her hands on her hips, eying each of the four Jewel members
thoughtfully. "You do realise that in fifteen minutes you have to be at
KBST to do a live radio interview? What's with the late morning, huh?"
"There was a road pile up and we had to take the long way round, Aunt
Phyl." Nancy explained. "We didn't mean to be late."
"Hrm." Phyllis frowned. "Well, guess you can't help it if a bunch of
morons can't drive straight. We'll just have to stick you in the car and
tell the driver to step on it, I guess. It's an important interview. Takin'
It All was a hit number one record, but you've not done a new single in
the past four months and people are going to wonder where you all are."
Her expression darkened. "And with Riot enticing in some loser new group
from Connecticut, you girls can't get complacent. Remember, California
belongs to you girls if you play your cards right...you want to give him
the upper hand?"
"No way." Sylva shook her head firmly. "Rory Llewelyn is a creep and
a jerk and any group he signs has to be a waste of our time."
"We don't know them yet." Copper reproached. "Phyllis, what do you
know about them?"
"Not much." Phyllis admitted as she led the quartet down to the waiting
car. "Only so much my agents can discover without being done for trespass,
after all. But I gather there are five of them, and they're from Connecticut."
"Girls or guys?" Topaz sounded interested.
"A mix, I think." Phyllis responded. "And that's all I can tell you
at the moment. In any case, it's more important that you girls focus on
what you're doing. You have the reputation and the fanbase...if you keep
up the hard work then these newcomers won't stand a chance of overtaking
"And we have a European tour to come, don't we?" Nancy looked hopeful.
"Your mother is arranging it as we speak." She agreed. "It's about
time we exported you girls...made you household names across the globe.
It's taken longer than I woulda liked, but there's nothing in our way now.
So yes, there will be a European tour in the not too distant future."
"All right!" Sylva exclaimed. "We're gonna conquer the world!"
"Now that's what I call optimism." Topaz laughed. "We have to do this
radio interview before we go world conquering, Syl."
"And we have a new single to market." Copper nodded. "It's spearheading
the new album, so it's a big one."
"I'm glad you girls realise it." Phyllis looked amused. "Now get in
that car and get lost, will ya? I've paperwork to sort and I want to do
some more spying on Rebel Records' new signings this afternoon, so I don't
need you girls here yakking."
"We're gone." Sylva announced, slipping into the back of the car, with
her bandmates in tow. "And don't worry about Rory, Phyllis. He couldn't
begin to compete with us."
"See that that's true." She ordered, shutting the door behind them.
As the car sped off towards the KBST studio, the executive turned,
heading inside and upstairs to her office. Scooping up her telephone, she
dialled in a number, waiting for them to pick up.
"Jody?" She demanded, as soon as a voice was on the other end.
"Hi, Ms Gabor. What's up?"
"Any more news on this group of Rory's?"
"Not much, but I did hear a name being tossed about." Jody Reynolds,
one of Misfit Music's employees and a seasoned double-agent between the
companies responded thoughtfully. "I think they're called Diablo...don't
quote me on it, but that's what I heard."
"Have you heard 'em play?"
"Yes...this morning I happened to see their practice." Jody agreed.
"They're good, Ms Gabor."
"Hmm." Phyllis looked thoughtful. "How good?"
"Well, I think he'll sell them to the public easy enough." Jody considered.
"They got something different from any of the other bands in Cali at the
moment...I think they'll be quite popular, to be honest."
"Well, Jewel will just have to prove themselves more popular, won't
they?" Phyllis twisted the phone cord around her finger as she spoke. "Thanks
for the info, Jody, it's appreciated."
"Pleasure." Jody responded amiably. "Just doing my job, after all."
"Keep me updated on anything that goes down, huh?" Phyllis instructed.
"Like, any big promotional plans on Rory's part, right? I want to make
sure I keep Jewel one step ahead of the game...entirely legally, of course...but
it doesn't hurt to know what's going on in the enemy camp."
"Got it." Jody laughed. "I'll be in touch."
"Make sure you are." Phyllis responded. "Guess I'll talk to you then."
"Yep." Jody agreed. "Goodbye, Ms Gabor."
"Bye." Phyllis terminated the call, resting her chin in her hands as
she contemplated. Jody had worked as a spy within Rebel Records for her
own music company for almost six years now, and she trusted the girl's
opinion. Both she and Jetta had often used their double-agent to glean
information about their competition's next move, and despite the two-facedness
of her profession, Jody had always been entirely loyal to Misfit Music.
Sometimes she struck out, but this time she'd hit gold.
"Diablo, huh?" Phyllis considered. "Riot's trying to make an impression
with this bunch. I wonder what Jody meant, they have something different.
I need to hear this band for myself, I think."
"What you thinkin'?" Jetta's voice came from the doorway.
"I just spoke to Jody." Phyllis responded. "About Riot's new band.
She says they're good and they have a different edge to anything in California
at the moment. She thinks they could even be a real threat."
"To Jewel? Nah." Jetta shook her head, perching on the desk. "Not a
chance. Jewel 'ave more than a year behind 'em already, an' they're sellin'
like mad still. Takin' It All was number one for six weeks an' it's still
lurkin' around the top forty singles. This new group 'ave all the work
still to do."
"Maybe." Phyllis frowned. "I don't like it though. I don't trust Riot
"Do any of us?" Jetta demanded. "Listen. There ain't many youngsters
who can write as good a song as Nancy an' Riot will 'ave to go some to
outdo that. And Jewel's biggest competition 'as always been Sirena...till
"Yeah. Emily's comeback show is hot on the agenda." Phyllis nodded.
"And teaming her and Nancy up kills all those rumours about Jewel/Sirena
catfighting, too. That was a stroke of genius on their part...deliberate
or not. But in the meantime, Jewel haven't released a totally original
single for six months or so. I know they've been busy with other things
- the reunion show, and Takin' It All and all of that, but it's time they
got back into normal practice."
"The new single is upbeat and catchy." Jetta reassured her. "An' Zoe
is the best when it comes to music videos. We gotta worry about what our
lot are doin' an' leave Riot to stew for the time bein', Pizzazz. Diablo
hasn't done nothin' yet to even begin to challenge us, an' Riot's recent
'istory with 'andlin' stars ain't the best. We got nothin' to worry about.
Jus' keep an eye on 'em, that's all. We got plenty of our own things to
worry about, without fussin' over a band with no credentials."
"Guess you're right." Phyllis shrugged, turning her attention to the
messy file of paperwork on her desk. "All right. But I told Jody to keep
an eye to things there...we don't want 'em sneaking up behind us when we're
not ready for it, do we?"
"Sounds wise to me." Jetta grinned. "'Ere, what are the ticket sales
for Sirena's big comeback concert like, huh?"
"Selling out." There was a slight note of pride in Phyllis' voice that
she was unable to quell completely as she spoke about her only daughter.
"Looks like she and Nancy will be playing to a full house, or near enough.
Also, I spoke to her this morning about her comeback single and laying
it down in the studio, so she's coming in tomorrow to do that. Nancy and
the rest of the musicians have already laid down the instrumental track
for it, I made sure of that before I called her. So with any luck, we can
have Emily and Jewel with new singles simultaneously."
"Won't that create press chaos?" Jetta frowned. "They'll be talkin'
about which one of 'em will do better all week long, an' there'll be some
kind of sense of competition. I thought we were tryin' to kill off the
idea that your kid an' mine were at logger'eads 'ere?"
"Nancy is on Emily's track too." Phyllis shrugged. "Besides, in this
situation, all publicity is good publicity." She grinned. "In any case,
I think Emily's will be ready before Jewel's. I emailed Zoe last night
about a new video and she said she'd get to work on some concepts right
away, whereas Emily already knows how she wants her video to be and I made
her and Zoe get together to discuss it two days ago. They'll begin shooting
it Thursday, if the single gets laid down okay, whereas Jewel's won't be
in the works for another week or so."
"Hardly a point in promotin' a new song if they ain't got a video to
go with it." Jetta pointed out dryly. Phyllis shrugged.
"They'll play it live till they do have one." She said simply. "Can't
hang around. Not with Diablo on our tails."
"Well, if you say so." Jetta shrugged. "Either way, we just 'ave to
make sure that whatever 'appens, Misfit Music comes out on top."
Prologue: New Blood
Chapter One: A Comeback...And A Beginning
Chapter Two: Rumours
Chapter Three: Diablo
Chapter Four: Misfit Music
Chapter Five: Consulting Zoe
Chapter Six: Luca...and Sirena
Chapter Seven: Partners In Crime
Chapter Eight: Luca Makes A Discovery
Chapter Nine: Backstage At Connie's Corner
Chapter Ten: An Eventful Night
Chapter Eleven: Headline News
Chapter Twelve: Sirena's Show
Chapter Thirteen: Stefana's Resolve
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