A Jewel Whodunnit...
PART ONE: ISLAND OF DREAMS
Chapter Ten: Amber Steps In
"Another early morning, another busy interview, another exit from a
radio studio hindered by swarming fans." Nancy sighed, stretching out in
the back of the limousine. "My back is aching and my head is spinning...I
swear I'm not sleeping properly because we're working too hard."
"I would have thought that working hard would help you sleep." Copper
looked confused. "Besides, they were so nice there this morning, don't
you think? And that guy was such a sweetie getting us coffee."
"He probably fancies you. Most people seem to." Sylva said with a grin
as Copper blushed.
"I can't think why." She murmured. "For a start you'd have thought the
rock on my finger would be a good deterrant. And even if it isn't, well,
my heart is with Aaron and that's that. Boring perhaps but how it is." She
shrugged. "Publicity is good but at the end of the day happiness in life
is more important, don't you think?"
"Blech." Sylva laughed.
"Hey, I thought you were the romantic." Nancy raised an eyebrow. "Besides,
I'm glad Copper and Aaron have the good taste to like each other." She grinned.
"I always plotted that if Aaron married a girl I didn't like I'd volunteer
to play piano at the wedding and play the funeral march instead of the
wedding one...but it's not gonna happen, because I like the idea of Copper
being my sister-in-law."
"Thank god for that." Copper joked. "That wouldn't be a good start and
when we do get married I want it to be romantic."
"You're marrying into a family of psychopaths." Sylva observed. "Nancy
being the proof."
"Aw, c'mon, Syl." Copper chided. "Nancy ain't that bad. And I know she
"Was I?" Nancy looked amused. "Maybe I was, maybe I wasn't." she winked.
"You'll never know."
"Well, I'll play piano at your wedding and then you're safe." Sylva
offered, dimpling. "I know one march from the other, believe me!"
"Hey, Sadie, you're quiet." Nancy cast a glance at the fourth girl in
the back of the limousine. Their bandmate was lost to the world, gazing
out of the car window with a preoccupied frown on her pretty face.
She started at the sound of her name, meeting Nancy's quizzical gaze with
an uncomfortable one of her own.
"Huh? Did you want me?"
"I just said you're very quiet. That's all." Nancy responded. "Are you
"Yeah. Tired, that's all." Sadie sighed. "I'm sorry if I'm not much
fun. I don't like being in this part of England. Too close to danger."
"What, old big nose?" Sylva demanded. A glimmer of a smile touched Sadie's
"Yes." She agreed. "Since we left the hotel in Maidstone and came this
way I've been edgy, I can't help it. The place we're stopping tonight is
ten minutes from the area where I used to live."
"We'll protect you." Sylva promised. "I'm sure all four of us can take
him if we have to!"
"Syl, we are not having a free for all with Sadie's ex ." Copper said
firmly. "And Sadie, if you stick with us it'll be all right."
"That's what Topaz said." Sadie looked pensive.
"You spoke to Topaz? When?" Nancy looked startled.
"This morning. I called her at about four UK time." Sadie glanced at
her hands. "Id had a bad dream and I guess I just needed to talk to her.
I hope you guys aren't put out that I didn't come to one of you, but..."
"It's okay. Topaz probably understands best where loser boyfriends are
concerned." Copper assured her.
"Did she have any message for us?" Sylva asked.
"Yeah. Said she misses you all -specially you, Syl - and good luck with
the tour. Then Hollie woke up and began crying and she had to go." Sadie
responded. "And then we had to get up at five so I decided to just read
and put him out of my mind. Not easy, though." She glanced out of the window.
"Where are we headed exactly?"
"We're meeting with representatives from this show we're doing here
tomorrow night." Nancy replied. "Mom explained it all last night. You know,
we play our new song, a bunch of other people play theirs...it;s a radio
roadshow of some sort, that's all I managed to gather. It's going out live
on various radio stations around the UK and Mom didn't want to pass up
the PR opportunity." She rolled her eyes. "You know Mom."
"I'm glad we are doing it." Copper observed. "The tickets to the actual
event are going to charity - cancer research, actually - and they're gonna
sell a CD of it for the same purpose. Since I know first hand what cancer
is like, and since I lost Papa to it too, I'm really glad we're doing something
to help out."
"Well, at least it's a worthwhile cause." Nancy smiled. "At least we'll
be dropping dead with exhaustion for a good reason tomorrow."
"Right." Copper laughed. "But seriously, it rocks to play something
"And tomorrow afternoon we're doing the tour of the local hospitals."
Sylva remembered. "The kid's cancer wards and stuff." She shivered. "I'm
kinda dreading that. I love kids, but seeing them suffering...that's gonna
be so hard."
"I don't know." Copper looked thoughtful. "When I was ill I didn't deal
with the treatment or the disease very well at all...but there were kids
in the place who'd been going to hospital for chemo and operations since
they were small and I dunno, I found it very inspiring. I mean these were
kids who had dealt with being ill forever, pretty much, and some of them
were really bad. Some didn't make it...but no matter what they could always
find a positive. I don't think it'll be as depressing as you think, Syl.
I don't think any of them will let it be."
"Makes you realise how lucky you are." Sadie said softly. "To be here,
with your health and stuff."
"Well, we're gonna do what we can to help." Nancy remarked. "And it
looks like we're here...hey, girls, recognise that van?"
"Teenangels!" Sylva exclaimed. "Ooh, good. I want to ask Rose what brand
that nail polish she was wearing on Top of the Pops was, because it looked
so fab and I want to buy some before we go home!"
"Great." Sadie closed her eyes briefly. "I thought this was a Jewel
"I think it's a general one for everyone playing tomorrow." Copper replied
as the car pulled to a stop. She frowned. "Sadie, what's wrong? Why don't
you want to talk to the Teenangels? They're nice enough girls."
"Violet's my cousin-in-law." Nancy agreed. "And she and Taylor make
a cute couple."
"Oh it's nothing." Sadie sighed, pushing open the car door. "Okay, let's
go get this over with."
Inside the building was already buzzing with people. Few of the crowd
were familiar to the four Jewel girls, but from the middle of the crowd
came an exclamation and in a matter of moments an excited redhead burst
upon them, greeting them with a big smile.
"Opel said she thought you were playing here!" she exclaimed.
"Hi, Rose." Copper grinned. "We saw your van outside, so we guessed
you'd all be about."
"Yep." Rose nodded. "We got here early. Steevi had a fit about parking
or something." She rolled her eyes. "Like that's more important than beauty
"Speaking of beauty, I want to ask you something." Sylva linked arms
in the other girl's, leading her away from the group and leaving the remaining
trio to continue into the crowd, greeting stars they recognised here and
there. As they did so, Sadie spotted a familiar figure by the far wall,
and a slight pang of guilt hit her. Making an excuse to her companions,
she slipped through the crowd to where the girl was standing, tapping her
on the shoulder.
The tall ginger haired girl turned round, eying Sadie in quizzical surprise.
"So you want to talk to me now?" She asked quietly. Sadie looked uncomfortable.
"I wanted to apologise." She murmured. "I shouldn't have run out like
I did on Top of the Pops. It wasn't on."
"Well, I can't disagree with that." Amber agreed levelly. "Why did you?"
"I didn't expect to see you so soon." Sadie admitted. "And I was afraid...I
didn't realise how well Jewel and the Teenangels were acquainted. Amber,
what have you told them about me?"
"About you? Nothing. Why would I have? Didn't know you were a Jewel
till you blew me off in London." Amber said flippantly.
Sadie looked relieved.
"Good. Please, don't tell them anything. They know about...about Neal,
but nothing else. Please, Amber. This is the first big chance I've had at
making a go of things and leaving the past behind me. Please don't wreck
it for me."
"Now why would I do that?" Amber raised an eyebrow. "Sadie, I don't
screw over friends, whatever they do to me."
"Are you mad at me?" Sadie looked anxious. Amber sighed.
"Guess not." She said slowly. "Guess I understand. Ain't easy sometimes
turning your back on bad stuff. I know Steevi wasn't too convinced by me
dating David again, once he found out the deal, but it's one of those things
you have to face sometimes." She smiled. "I don't want to screw anything
up for you. Didn't I always tell you you were too good for Neal?"
"Yes. And as ever, you were right." Sadie admitted.
"I trust you're clean now?"
"Shh, please, keep it down!" Sadie looked frantically around her, but
noone had heard. "Yes, I am. Four years now."
Amber let out a low whistle.
"Not bad, kid." She said affectionately. "I'm proud of you." She paused.
"So, how did you come to be a Jewel?"
"Accident." Sadie replied. "Topaz and I were friends after their last
tour and we chatted online all the time...then things went bad with Neal
and I decided I had to get away - I took all my money and got a plane ticket
out to America. Then Topaz decided she needed time out and, well, she suggested
I take her place."
"What's it like, then, being back in England?"
"Funny." Sadie replied. "I was loving it, Amber, but then..." She sighed.
"I think Georgie's causing trouble for me...and I very much suspect Neal
sent her. I'd forgotten till now that Shock warned me Georgie was getting
dragged in with Neal's people. Either way, I got a letter demanding money
the other night."
Amber stared, then her eyes narrowed.
"And you think Georgie was behind it?"
"Yeah, I do." Sadie agreed.
"Hmm." Amber looked thoughtful. "Okay. Leave it with me, Sadie. I'll
see to it you don't get any more notes."
"How?" Sadie looked startled.
"Let's just say your kid sister owes me some for not getting locked
up. I paid a fine for her and kept her out of jail when she got caught
a while back for petty theft." Amber replied. "Don't worry. I'll work it
out for you."
Sadie stared at her. Then she hugged her friend impulsively, taking
the other girl by surprise.
"Thank you." She murmured. "And thank you for not blowing my secret.
I'd die if they knew..."
"If you want my opinion, kid, sometimes you gotta be up front." Amber
replied quietly. "If Jewel are the girls I think they are, well, they won't
care any more than I do where you've been or what you've done. It's past
now. I won't interfere..." As Sadie opened her mouth to protest. "But think
it over. Better they hear it from your mouth than a stranger's, huh? And
this is dangerous country."
"I know." She admitted. "But I can't, Amber. I don't want them to think
of me badly, especially since I feel like I lied to them and got signed
up under false pretences. I'm frightened they'll kick me out for it and
then what will I do?" She shook her head. "No, best they never know." She
shrugged. "Besides, we'll be out of Kent soon. It'll be okay."
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
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