By Ed Briant
HOW TO treatment THE BROKENHEARTED, STOLEN BASS BLUES
Toby and Zack’s first gig can make or holiday their Beatles disguise band, the Nowhere males. yet ever given that getting dumped through his female friend, lead singer Toby can’t really pull off the Beatles’ feel-good vibe. whilst Toby unearths a notice hidden within his brother’s bass claiming the device used to be stolen, he embarks on a quest to discover the genuine owner―and hopes a woman named Michelle may help him get well his misplaced mojo alongside the way.
"Fast-paced, with real characters (the chemistry among Toby and Michelle is especially pleasant) and a basic air of good-natured enjoyable, Briant’s tale earrings actual and doesn’t disappoint."―Publisher's Weekly
"Briant has an ear for smart-aleck teenager speak and retains the first-person narration crisp. a gentle and exciting rock-'n'-roll romp."―Kirkus Reviews
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She isn't any longer smiling. “Toby, I want you’d gotten the following earlier,” she says. “Take the bass and move. instantly. Don’t argue. ” She pushes Michelle and me towards the door. “It was once a stolen bass, yet now I’m giving it again to you. it really is not a stolen bass. ” I’m uncertain even if i actually may still maintain the bass, yet she steps out of my succeed in, giving me no selection within the topic. “Let’s desire that giving it away creates strong karma. ” Julie makes her long ago into the corridor. “Hi,” she says into the intercom. Her voice sounds diversified than whilst she buzzed me in. She sounds her age. She turns to me. “Toby, please depart immediately. ” She opens the door and stands via it. “Bye, bye. Michelle, it used to be great to satisfy you. ” 32 Tuesday We squeeze previous Julie into the corridor. i glance down on the bass, then I grin at Michelle and snort. I can’t think that every little thing labored out so good. I flip to the entrance to assert thanks, yet I’m distracted by means of footsteps thundering up the steps at the back of me. I flip round to determine the final individual i wished to determine. “Hey, my brother! ” he says. “It is a excitement to determine you. ” He seems to be from me to Michelle, and down on the case. “What unforeseen delights rain down on us. ” “Hi Rupert,” I say. whenever I see him he’s donning one much less merchandise of garments. This time he’s no longer donning a blouse. He’s so lean that he appears like an anatomical diagram with each muscle sharply outlined. i am hoping this is often the final time I see him. “Toby and Michelle have been simply leaving, Rupert,” says Julie. “And you got here bearing presents. ” Rupert’s arm ripples as he issues on the case. “Would I be correct in assuming that you've on your hand a precision bass? ” “Yup,” I say, a bit sheepishly. “It’s a similar one. ” “You have lower back that which used to be misplaced to its rightful domestic. ” His face crumples right into a smile, which by some means appears fallacious with the sun shades and the red meat pie hat. “You are a guy of honor. all of the muses in heaven thanks. ” “Actually I’m taking it away,” I say. His smile fades a bit. “Taking it away. Bringing it again. ” He shrugs. “It’s all of the similar in any case. It’s the track that is still. ” He jabs a finger at me. “Hey, do you're thinking that i'll see it one final time? only for posterity? ” “I consider. ” i glance from Rupert, to Michelle, to Julie. I’m as regards to to kneel down, open the case, and enable Rupert have one final glance whilst Julie says, “They need to trap a bus, Rupert. ” “Women! are you able to think it? ” Rupert glares at me and knits his eyebrows. “Always in a panic approximately anything. ” He seems to be at me as though he expects me to trust him. “There’s continually one other bus. Am I correct, Toby? Or am I correct? ” His eyes illuminate. “Hey, why don’t you come within. i've got a few Emerson Lake & Palmer CDs. remarkable bass taking part in. Greg Lake. You’ve by no means heard of him; you’re approach too younger. I reflect on it my solemn responsibility to teach you within the wisdom of serious bass avid gamers. ” “Actually I do have to get to the bus station,” I say. I make a silent prayer that Rupert’s motor vehicle has damaged down or anything.