A Jewel Whodunnit...
ONE: ISLAND OF DREAMS
Sadie Monahue paused, glancing up at the imposing airport name with a
tiny sigh. "I never thought I'd say it, but I'm kinda afraid to even go in
here. It's been a long while since I was in England last, or it seems it,
anyhow. I don't know if I'm ready to go back."
"It'll be a breeze. We'll look after you." Sylvina Martescu assured her,
sending her a companionable grin. "In any case, I lost my roommate, don't
forget, so we'll be seeing a lot of each other."
"Lucky you, Sadie." Nancy Pelligrini offered the English girl a wry smile.
"How Topaz put up with Syl for so many tours I don't know...living with
her is enough."
"Oh, shut up, you." Sylva glared at her bandmate. "You've never roomed
with me, and besides, I'm not too sure Copper's any more fortunate, sharing
a room with you all tour!"
"Don't start rowing now, we've twelve hours on a plane together." Elizabeth
Santiago, or 'Copper' pleaded. The blond girl at her side laughed.
"Oh, Syl's not so bad to room with." She assured the apprehensive Sadie.
"And in a way it really kills me to be here seeing you girls off and not
coming along with you, but you know I can't leave Hollie yet. I'm lucky that
Kimber was willing to watch her for this morning, since I wanted to come say
a proper goodbye and good luck without having to keep an eye to her too."
"We're gonna miss you too, Topaz." Sylva sent her fair-headed friend
a regretful look. "You coulda timed the baby better, you know."
Aurora Stapleton, or 'Topaz', grinned.
"Came when she felt like it." She said with a laconic shrug. "And Jewel
are in safe hands with you four."
"Unless we miss our flight." Copper glanced at her watch, letting out
an exclamation. "And Jetta isn't even here yet, unless she's inside!"
"Welcome to a normal Jewel tour." Nancy grinned wryly, linking arms in
Sadie's. "This is how we always begin."
Sadie returned the grin. It was not more than a month or two since she
had been asked to join the rock group Jewel, and when the request had come
she had almost not believed it could be true. A good singer and a fair
guitarist to boot, Sadie had never had much believe in her own ability,
but she had slipped into the setup on Topaz's advice, adopting in public
the pseudonym 'Garnet'. Since then she had begun to blossom, if tentatively,
showing to the other girls her true talents for both drawing and composition.
The need for a new Jewel had really come about when Topaz had discovered
she was going to have a baby, and with Hollie being born the previous Christmas
time the singer had chosen to take a break from the band, in order to learn
about her new responsibilities. Sadie had been in the right place at the
right time, but she had only consented to join the group on the understanding
that if and when she felt ready to, Topaz could always return.
Topaz had acquiesced, for Jewel, Sylva in particular were her closest
friends, and she was going to miss them as badly as they would miss her once
they'd boarded the plane for England.
"What are you girls 'angin' around out 'ere for?" Jetta Pelligrini, chief
executive of Misfit Music, Nancy's mother and one of Jewel's two managers
pushed open the door of the departures lounge, casting the girls outside
an impatient glare. "You do 'ave a flight to catch you know. Topaz, why
are you 'oldin' them back? I thought you 'ad a squalling brat to attend
"I do, I just wanted to see them off." Topaz looked sheepish. "I'm sorry,
Jetta, I didn't mean to hold things up."
"You didn't, it was me." Sadie objected. "Getting goosebumps about going
"I know 'ow you feel." Jetta eyed her in amusement. "First time back
'ome a star is a buzz you ain't never gonna forget, kid. Believe me."
"Take care, Topaz." Sylva hugged her friend tightly. "I'll bring you
and Hollie something back from England, I promise."
"Well, just make sure if you see Cameron, not a word." Topaz warned her,
returning the hug warmly. "I don't know what the press know about Hollie
yet, but he's not to know she's his baby. If he did he'd come haring out
to America and screw up his university training I don't know what I'd do...certainly
not forgive myself."
"It's okay, it's understood." Sylva nodded.
"Bye, Topaz." Copper came to give the singer her hug. "We'll phone you
from England, okay?"
"Make sure you do." Topaz grinned. "I'm gonna miss you all so badly."
"We'll miss you too." Nancy said quietly, squeezing the other girl's
hand rather awkwardly, for shows of emotion were not part of her makeup.
"Me most of all." Sylva groaned. "Sadie, you and I are gonna have to
stick together, okay?"
"Sure." Sadie nodded. She sent Topaz a smile. "Bye, Topaz. See you in
a few weeks, if we survive, and send Hollie my love, okay?"
"I'll do so." Topaz winked. "And it'll be okay, Sadie, don't fret."
"I hope so." Sadie bit her lip.
"Can we go check you in now?" Jetta demanded. "It's a blinkin' long flight
an' there are press an' everythin' waitin' to get a glimpse of you, which
is why we detoured your car round 'ere, so that you could 'ave your touchin'
goodbyes in private. Get a move on, will you?"
"Twelve hours is a damn long flight." Sadie remembered. "It was long
enough flying to New York. Heck, twelve hours without a fag...Jetta, I'll
join you inside. If I don't have one now, I'll go insane on the plane."
"Smokers." Sylva rolled her eyes. "You are not doing that if we share
a hotel room anywhere, you got that?"
"You got three minutes." Jetta told the newest Jewel with a wry smile.
Though none of the Jewels knew it, smoking was a skeleton in her own closet
from her teenage years, and she understood Sadie's sentiments only too
well. "That's all I can give ya, because the press want pics an' you gotta
check in by fifteen minutes time."
"Okay." Sadie extracted a cigarette, putting it to her lips and fishing
in her bag for her lighter. "Where is the damn...oh, I got it. Where shall
I meet you?"
"In the main lobby." Jetta told her. "Well, come on, the rest of you!
It's like 'erdin' a bunch of bloomin' sheep!"
"We're coming, Mom, don't nag." Nancy rolled her eyes. Copper grinned,
linking one arm in Sylva's and another in the younger girl's.
"Let's go." She said.
Once they were inside, Sadie cast Topaz a worried glance, taking a drag
on her cigarette and flicking ash to the ground.
"I'm dreading this." She owned.
"No need to." Topaz assured her. "It'll be fine, Sadie. And you'll have
such high security, Neal won't be able to touch you."
"It ain't that." Sadie paused, flicking ash contemplatively. Then, "I
can't tell you what it is, Topaz, because...well, I just can't. But I left
a lot of old Sadie behind...I don't want it to jump up and bite me."
"Don't let it." Topaz advised. "I felt the same going back to Canada
the first time, but now I'm cool with it. You'll find you remember the
good things and forget the bad, and you'll enjoy going home."
"Guess you're right." Sadie nodded. "Guess I'm fussing about nothing."
She frowned. "At least...I hope I am."
Chapter One: Nerves
Chapter Two: Bonny England
Chapter Three: A Bitter Shock
Chapter Four: England's
Chapter Five: Top Of The
Chapter Six: Sylva's Lie
Chapter Seven: Alyssa
Chapter Eight: Maidstone
Chapter Nine: Copper's Discovery
Chapter Ten: Amber Steps
Chapter Eleven: Revelations
Chapter Twelve: Jetta Interferes
Chapter Thirteen: A Shock For Jewel
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
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Outsiders fiction is directly twinned with Just a Dream. The
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