When The Sax Man Plays: His Return Excerpt
The fourth installment in the series is called "When The Sax Man Plays: His Return".
Weeks ago, Jools had invited him into the studio to record their track on his new album - now they were attending the Awards ceremony that Jools’ new album was tipped to win.
Their track was also tipped for an award in the ‘Best Song’ category, Jason saw to both his amazement and amusement.
Georgie smiled to herself in a self-congratulatory fashion. Thanks to her organisation skills and Jason’s high demand, people had been sitting at their table all night: sitting down to discuss their great plans before exchanging contact details and then moving on.
As the time ticked by, his smile widened. He was still ‘big news’ and the appearance of managers, agents and even the stars themselves at their table reinforced this.
The slow dance was the only time they’d had peace all night. He sighed as Georgie leant against him, feeling his shoulders relax, unaware of how tense he had been.
“This is so nice.” She whispered, feeling him nod. In fact, she was so close she could hear his heart beating. The simple, reassuring sound reminded her of how close they’d been to losing him, and not just once.
She closed her eyes, fighting her emotions. Now was not the time to get sentimental, she reminded herself. In another ten or so minutes, Jason would have another award to his name and that would make him even hotter property.
They had to work with it while the flow was so strong. There was so much promise recently; but she had to remember that Jason couldn’t do everything; neither did she want to risk him overdoing it.
She wanted to attend his regular appointments with the specialist, but she was all too aware that she was crowding him out. She didn’t want to offend Christopher either. He still insisted on taking his brother to those vital appointments, and who was she to toe-tread? It would do her good to step back at times - it would benefit both of them.
“We should go away somewhere.” His voice brought her back from her thoughts. Georgie frowned, looking up into his face, seeing for the first time he looked jaded. Immediately alarm bells began to ring in her head, along with the thought that now was not the time to be taking a break, not even a short one. She tried to quash the second thought.
“That would be nice; a mini-break, just the two of us.” Jason nodded, and at that moment the waltzing beat stopped. Another slower piece started so they continued to sway amongst the other dancers.
Over his shoulder, she took in the room. Most people were leisurely sipping their drinks between conversations. As they twirled the room, she saw many faces she recognised - and some that she felt she should know.
Taking a deep breath, she tried to let the frustration go. Lewis had informed her that she would never remember everything and everyone straight away: the trick was to play along until it came back to you. Then her gaze landed on Jools
and she returned his wide, relaxed smile. Startled from her reverie, she watched Jason crumple
beneath her as if it were in slow motion. Panic gripped her, forcing hot tears to flood down her cheeks. All at once, they were surrounded by people; surrounded by questions.
What happened? What did he last say to her? Did he say he felt unwell? She was too choked to speak; her mind too confused to think.
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