A Jewel Whodunnit...
"Ok, Sadie, you're the native."
PART ONE: ISLAND OF DREAMS
Sylva spread her map over the covers of her bed, a frown on her face
as she tried to pinpoint what she was looking for. "Where abouts on this
thing is Kent, and where's Maidstone? I thought we were going back the
London way...but now I'm confused. Where are we exactly?"
"Syl, let me guess, did you fail Geography at school?" Sadie asked,
clambering over her own bed to join her friend. Sylva shook her head.
"Nope. I dropped it instead. Took history, because Anna was good at
it and she could help me pass." She replied. "I've never understood maps
properly. I figured cos you come from this country, you might know where
we are. Didn't you used to live in Kent or something?"
"Yes...a long time ago." A shadow touched Sadie's face. In all honesty
she was more than a little apprehensive to be back in Kent, for she knew
that this was the centre of Neal's territory. She only hoped that the
group's security would keep away any of his little schemes. "And not in
Maidstone, believe me. Where I lived is probably not even worth mentioning
on a map." She got down on her knees, examining the grid carefully, then
placing a pink painted nail on one spot. "Here, this is Kent. And there's
Maidstone. That's where we are. London is there, see?"
"Oooh, so we aren't so far from there after all." Sylva's face cleared.
"Okay, thanks. I like to know where we actually are, you know?"
"Mm, I'd rather not remember that we're in Kent." Sadie sighed, returning
to her bed and dropping down on the covers. ""This is where he lives,
Syl. Neal, I mean. This is where I lived with him for a year."
"Ohh...I didn't realise." Concern flashed into Sylva's pretty blue
eyes. "Are you all right?"
"Yeah, gonna have to be." Sadie nodded. "Bout time I put it behind
me, anyhow. Don't you think? This is a test of how far I've come." A wan
smile touched her lips. "Having said that, this morning's publicity shoot
was all very well but I kept scanning the crowd for people I knew...couldn't
relax at all. I can't wait to leave here, to be honest. Maidstone is a long
way away from where I used to live and yet I'm still paranoid."
"I thought you were edgy." Sylva acknowledged. "I did wonder about it,
to be honest. But I guess it makes sense."
"Well, he wanted me back pretty bad when I was in England before. So
bad he even came up to Birmingham to intimidate and hurt me." Sadie sighed.
"I can't help being afraid he might try over."
"Not with our security men between you and him." Sylva said firmly.
"Honey, you're a star now. Okay, you're a star with certain disgusting
personal habits..." She indicated Sadie's cigarettes, "But a star nonetheless...and
a fully sworn in member of the sisterhood of Jewel. No jerk-off ex boyfriend
is gonna get his grubby little mitts on you and that's for sure."
"I hope you're right." Sadie looked pensive. "I can't believe I was
ever even in love with him. He wasn't even that good looking!"
"Was he a dog?" Sylva looked interested, resting her chin in her hands
as she pushed the map out of the way. "C'mon, gimme the dirt...I bet he
"He had...rather a big nose." Despite herself, Sadie found a smile creeping
across her lips. "And his hair did this reeally annoying thing over his
ear, like this..." She indicated. "Oh yeah, and the amount he drank sometimes
- sheesh, coulda done it for his country! You had to pretty much feed him
listerine before you could kiss him without dying of alcohol poisoning!"
"So what did you see in him again?" She demanded. Sadie laughed.
"You know, I really don't know." She admitted. "Power, praps? He had
a lot of clout."
"Ah, yes. Power...fatal attraction." Sylva dimpled. "But c'mon, Sadie...you're
a babe! You don't need an ugly big nosed alcohol obsessed maniac on your
arm! That is so totally not showbiz!"
"I've never ever laughed about this before." She confessed. "But when
you put it like that, I can see a funny side for the first time. My brother
in law is always saying 'if you don't laugh, all you can do is cry'...and
I guess it's true. I've cried so much over Neal and what he's put me through,
maybe it's time I tried to laugh about it too."
"If it helps." Sylva shrugged. "Sometimes you jus' gotta, you know?"
"Yeah, I guess so." Sadie agreed. "You know, it was a bizarre thing
that brought me into Jewel, but I wouldn't change it. It's a lot of work,
a lot of pressure and a lot of travelling and publicity, but I really am
enjoying it. And being back in England? Nothing to it!"
"Damn right!" Sylva grinned. "See, I knew you'd be fine once you'd settled
At that moment there was a knock on the door and Sylva got to her feet,
unhooking the chain and pulling it open.
"We didn't order room service you know." She said teasingly, meeting
Copper's gaze with an amused one of her own. Copper rolled her eyes, laughing.
"Fine, no mail for you then." She retorted. "Hey, Sadie...got a letter
or two for you here."
"Post?" Sadie looked startled. Copper nodded.
"Mm, fanmail Jetta handed to me just now." She agreed. "The security
guards collected it up because obviously they're not allowed to let fans
up near our rooms and all that. So there you go."
"None for me?" Sylva pouted. Copper shrugged, setting Sadie's letters
down on the table.
"You? Why would there be any for you?" She asked.
"Copper!" Sylva launched her pillow at her bandmate, who ducked.
"Okay, okay!" She protested as the missile thudded on the wall behind
her. "Here." She tossed a handful of envelopes in her friend's direction.
"Honestly! The ego of stars these days!"
Then she was gone, and Sylva carefully scooped the letters up from the
floor, sitting down on the end of her bed to read them. Sadie had already
begun on hers, and the first one brought a smile to her face.
"Well, here's a type of letter I've not had in a long time." She said
wryly. "Dear Garnet. I think Jewel rock, especially you. One day I want
to be a rock star just like you are...pink is my favourite colour! If you
could send me your autograph I'd be soo grateful! Yours, Julianne." She turned
the sheet over. "She gives her address, in Portsmouth. Wow...I have a fan!"
"Well, of course you do." Sylva looked amused. "Who're the others from?"
"Mm." Sadie slit the second envelope with her nail, pulling the sheet
out. "Aww...that's kinda sweet. It's from my big brother, Mark. I haven't
seen him in a long time - he wishes me good luck and much happiness in
my new line of work, and he also told me that he and his girlfriend are
gonna be getting married soon, and he'd love me to be there."
"Will you go?" Sylva looked interested. Sadie shrugged.
"If I'm not working and can get the time away, then maybe." She agreed.
"Let's see, who is this one from?"
She opened the envelope carefully, pulling the sheet of paper out and
In an instant her expression changed and, glancing at her, Sylva saw
the colour drain from her friend's features.
"Sadie?" She asked, concerned. "Are you okay?"
"I..." Sadie swallowed hard, not trusting herself to continue. Almost
automatically her gaze flitted over the typed page once more, as if not comprehending
what she had seen.
'Sadie...I know everything there is to know about you. If you don't
want the truth of what kind of girl you really are in the national press
you better be willing to pay up. I want five hundred quid from you by this
time tomorrow. Put it in an envelope and leave it at the hotel front desk.
Don't tell anyone...else it'll be the worse for you. Remember, I know everything.'
The last four words were heavily underlined and in bold, and with a shaking
hand Sadie slipped the sheet back into the envelope.
"Oh God." She whispered. "It's starting..."
"What's starting?" Sylva was nonplussed. "Is it bad news? Hell, Sadie,
you're white as a sheet!"
"It...it's nothing." Sadie seemed to realise that her roommate was staring
at her, and she forced a smile, folding the letter in two and pushing it
down into her pocket. "I...I'm going for a walk. I have to see to...to something."
"Can I come with you? You look like you might pass out." Sylva's expression
was concerned, but Sadie shook her head.
"No...no. I'll probably light up, anyhow...you know you hate my smoke."
She said absently. "I won't be long."
Before her friend could stop her she was gone, the door banging shut
behind her. Sylva's brow furrowed into a frown.
"What brought that on?" She wondered. "Hell, what was in that letter?"
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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the fate of Jem and her memorial are all copyrighted to me. The future
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The concept of 'Jewel' is entirely my own, and any apparent
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based on any real life individual.
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