This chapter was inspired by the 1974 song 'Rebel Rebel' by David Bowie.


It was a remarkably warm day for England as Lucy walked down the street, pulling grapes from a brown paper bag and eating them. She was supposed to be in school, but she couldn't handle being there any longer. Her friends didn't understand, they were perfectly happy with their dull, repetitive lives, but Lucy wanted something more so she went searching for it. She had always been curious about everything, adventurous, not thinking too much before going into things. She stopped in at MELODIA, a local record store which despite its unimaginative name had a wide range of music which suited her taste. She loved a great many different styles of music, basically spanning through every genre. Although, she had only three favourites; David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and her beloved Maestro: Ennio Morricone. She was a great film enthusiast as well, her favourite genre being a good old Western, that being the type of film her beloved Maestro generally composed for.

She walked into the store, instantly recognizing the Heaven Seventeen record they were currently playing and made her way over to the Soundtracks section. She flicked through the records before sighing; they still didn't have the one she'd been wanting for months. Walking through the rest of the shop she picked up some modern albums before finding her way to the Classical section. She took her time looking at the different composers before settling on an Edward Elgar collection. Satisfied, she looked at her watch turning to leave and let out a gasp as she bumped into a very attractive young man.

"Oh!" She said feeling herself blush, "I'm sorry, I didn't see you."

He was eyeing her up and down, a wanting look on his face. He was very handsome, in a boyish sort of way, with wavy dark blonde hair and hypnotising blue eyes. She knew he was dangerous just by looking at him, a bit insane even, but there was something else there too that she couldn't quite put her finger on. Besides, all the boys were like that nowadays anyway; her brother was a perfect example.

"That's alright sister." He replied cheerfully, now looking at the record stack she'd been looking through.

"What warbles were you smottovat at?" He inquired, smirking slightly before looking back at her. She could easily understand his strange words; it was exactly the same as the way her brother spoke.

"Uh, just some compositions...nothing really..." she trailed off.

Lucy didn't feel like herself, she was normally a bubbly person; easy to converse with, but here was this guy making her feel speechless. It wasn't like she'd never met attractive boys before, so what made this one so different?

"Nothing?" he repeated, "Warbles thiswise are your Uncle Alex's favourites."

"Mine too..." she said softly, "Is that your name then? Alex?" She asked, regaining her courage. He nodded, still smiling.

"And what's your eemya, my lovely devotchka?" He asked

"Lucy." She replied and he thought for a moment.

"Would thou like to itty back to my mesto? I'll make it worth your raz." He said, winking. Lucy smiled knowingly, pretending to ponder his question.

"A good girl like me? What do you take me for Alex? I'm a respectable lady; give me a reason why I should." He smirked playfully, as his eyes widened a little in amusement.

"A dobby devotchka?" He asked, "A dobby devotchka that skips skolliwoll? If you're not going to skool, you must still have your education, right right?" He winked at her, making her blush again. She gasped, laughing softly.

"Not today." Was all she said in reply, smiling slightly. He seemed to be contemplating whether or not to insist.

"Too bad, too baddiwad, another raz then?" He asked finally, grinning "You are invited!" Lucy grinned back, doubting there ever would be another time.

"Definitely, after all, I must still have my education." She gave him a mischievous look, "Bye then Alex" She said, going to walk past him.

"Bye-bye Lucy-Lu" he replied cheerfully, walking away further into the store. Lucy bought her records and left, her thoughts occupied by the boy named Alex.

A/N: *In the record store (named MELODIA in the novel) scene there is a list of Top Ten music bands up on the wall. One of the bands listed is Heaven Seventeen, which one of the girls mentions to Alex. This name was used by a real band in the 80's.