by Jeanne M.
Usual: Characters? NOT MINE. Money? NONE HERE. I only wish I had money. Everything belongs to the person it belongs to. The 'suggestion' (read the story, you'll know what I mean) is a line from Shakespeare. Song, quote, and People are not mine. Too bad. Onwards!
Unacceptable. Emma Frost was fuming. Not only had Angelo and Jubilee had the sheer nerve to skip dinner when she was cooking, but the scent of pancakes had wafted up from the old servant's kitchen which was located (conveniently) in Jono's basement. They had made it quite clear that the rest of their classmates and professors were not invited to this little gathering, and for a few hours the sounds of Japanese Anime and carried up through the ventilation system. That noise, as annoying as it could get, was easy enough to ignore. But now she could 'hear' Jono cursing as he tuned the guitar that had sat gathering dust for the last few months. Between the plaintive guitar cords, and Jubilation and Angelo's constant heckling of their companion, the little soiree downstairs was getting quite rowdy.
"First shot- Roger, tuning the fender guitar he hasn't played in a year/ This won't tune!/ So we hear!" Jubilee was dancing around the basement, singing loudly out of tune as she grinned at Jono. "Dude, anyone else see the comparison here?"
"Jubicita, if you don't stop purposely singing like that, I'm going to kill you." Anglo was less than amused. "Por Dios, 'ita, stop!"
"Stop calling me 'ita'! I'm not sure what it means, but I don't like it!"
**It means 'little', it's a Spanish diminutive. An affectionate one, not a mean one. I think that's what it means.** Jono didn't even look up from his strings. **Do you two mind? I can't hear the bloody notes.**
"Play something we know!" Jubilee unceremoniously plopped herself down in a chair. "C'mon Jono, a song? Please?"
He tilted his head for a
moment, dark eyes considering her. **Sure.** A few
mournful cords drifted up from his fingers. A small wave
of nervousness coiled in his stomach. I haven't done
this since... Jono shook himself mentally. He could
do this. It was a song. Just a song. I'm only doing
this 'cause I needed to play something eventually, not 'cause
Spark wants it. This has nothing to do with her. Honest.
Feeling her expectant eyes on him, Jono let himself slip
into the music. It really was a simple sounding song, but
you had to get the feel of it right, you couldn't just
play the notes. You really needed two guitars for it, but
his would just have to do.
Hey now, all you sinners
Jubilee and Angelo exchanged
looks. Jono was.... singing? He softly projected his
voice to them, unaware of the reactions.
**You wanted a song, Spark. You gotta sing too. I don't mean that noise you were making earlier.** She looked startled. He hadn't stopped singing, and a quick glance at Ange showed her he hadn't heard Jono.
**Jono, I'm not a singer, I don't know what to do.**
**You've heard this song before, gel. I've heard you play it when you think no one's around. Or when no one's paying any attention.** Anger flashed briefly in her eyes. **Just sing along.**
**Stay outta my business,
Starsmore.** The words were a searing flash in his mind,
almost making him stumble over the guitar strings. The
smooth alto that caressed the words on the next verse
almost made him drop the guitar altogether, but he
managed to keep from fumbling too badly and kept playing.
And upstairs, Emma Frost sat in her study, a faint smile creeping over her face. Maybe this evening wasn't going so badly after all. She slowly inserted a thought, a suggestion that no other telepath would ever notice, she wove it into the memory of the music itself leaving her students unable to ignore it.
**If music be the food of
life, play on. Play on.**
As the music faded softly, the Massachusetts Academy shook off the spell that had held it still for one moment, and things resumed their normal course. Except in the basement, where three people simply sat looking at each other, astounded.
stood up and walked over to Jono's CD collection, not
looking at either of her teammates. "What else do
you guys know how to play?"
Song was Everlast's Put Your Lights On