By Ed Briant
HOW TO healing THE BROKENHEARTED, STOLEN BASS BLUES
Toby and Zack’s first gig can make or holiday their Beatles hide band, the Nowhere males. yet ever when you consider that getting dumped by way of his female friend, lead singer Toby can’t really pull off the Beatles’ feel-good vibe. whilst Toby unearths a word hidden inside of his brother’s bass claiming the tool was once stolen, he embarks on a quest to discover the genuine owner―and hopes a lady named Michelle may help him get well his misplaced mojo alongside the way.
"Fast-paced, with genuine characters (the chemistry among Toby and Michelle is very pleasing) and a common 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 mild and enjoyable rock-'n'-roll romp."―Kirkus Reviews
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I'm going to perform a little research and come again to you. ” “How lengthy will that take? ” I say. “No greater than an afternoon or . ” He walks over and places a hand on my shoulder. “Toby, you might want to keep in mind that there’s some huge cash to be made trading previous musical instruments––electric guitars and basses greater than the other tools. the place there’s some huge cash altering arms, there are continually a number of dodgy characters. Take the bass domestic, and placed it away conscientiously. ” The mobile is ringing simply as I arrive domestic. I fight in throughout the entrance door and decide up, yet it’s no longer Harry. It’s Jasper with Julie McGuire’s quantity. 30 Tuesday As the bus pulls into Brunswick Station, I seize sight of Michelle status lower than the clock, correct the place we agreed to satisfy. in accordance with the clock, it’s 4, and that i may still already be at Julie McGuire’s. My crisis for the bass is now additional to my fear approximately being overdue. the very last thing i need is to get to Julie’s, locate she’s out, and feature to hold the bass the entire manner domestic back. A second later, either bus and Michelle are out of sight because the bus turns a nook. I get up prior to the bus stops, after which get thrown ahead because it jerks to a halt, yet I’m again on my toes in a moment. With an important feel of reduction, I seize the bass and race up the aisle. Michelle is ready through the door. “Oh guy, I’m sorry you needed to wait,” I say as I step down onto the asphalt. “There used to be a huge coincidence on Coast highway. We acquired held up for part an hour. ” “It’s ok, Toby. ” She grabs my shoulders, pulls me in the direction of her, and kisses me at the cheek. “I imagine I’m being used to the concept you’re continuously past due. ” I’m uncertain if the kiss is a pal kiss, or a boyfriend kiss, so I simply pat her left shoulder. I can’t hug her besides, as i've got the bass in my different hand, and that i don’t are looking to positioned it down. My aid at being reunited with the bass is fading quickly. Now I’m simply paranoid having it with me. there are various sketchy-looking characters round, and each time considered one of them glances at me i feel they comprehend that I’m conserving a bass worthy 5 thousand kilos. “I hoped we’d have time to get that moment cup of tea. ” She folds her palms and assistance her head backward and forward. “We’re most likely too overdue, correct? ” “I don’t know,” I say. “Julie informed me to be there through 4. ” I shrug to teach that I’m unsure of the importance of this truth. “I form of assumed that it was once for the reason that dwell Oak used to be a dodgy position to be after darkish. ” Michelle laughs. “Live Oak? ” She offers me a comical frown combined with a grin, then does sidelong seems both method. “This is stay Oak,” she says. “Who instructed you it used to be harmful? ” “A bloke known as Jasper,” I say. “He’s the fellow who tracked down Julie for me. ” I change the bass over to my left hand. It will get heavy quick. “Maybe we must always provide the bass again first, after which get tea. To be sincere, i would like to cast off it once attainable. ” “Sounds like an excellent plan,” says Michelle. “Besides, then you definitely won’t need to lug it approximately with you.