Welcome to another episode of the scenes and sections that were deleted from the original OmegaBooks self-published ‘Prodigal Band Trilogy’ novels.
In the previous deleted episode, Ger, the girlfriend and future wife of prodigal band singer Erik, and Jarris, the wife of bassist Keith, were taking a break from starring in a movie in Hollywood, discussing an escapade featuring Laurie, the girlfriend and future wife of band guitarist Jack. Gossip. In this episode, taking place after the UK ban of the group has been lifted and the band returns to their homes, Ger, a model with the Morreson Modeling Agency, is being offered a much more ‘fashionable’ scene that would make her an idol to millions of teens and women seeking the latest fashion trends. The deal would also put her on the same celebrity A-list as her man, Erik. The scene takes place in April, 1991 at the Morreson Agency, and features jeans designer Sybil and entertainment promoter Colin Darnell, who is featured in a previous snippet as the ban on the band is lifted also featuring Jack and Laurie. This episode was originally within Chapter Five of Battle of the Band.
Ger turned off her Rock All Night tape and parked her BMW next to a tiny park that hugged Rosemont House, home to the Morreson Agency offices. Basking in the unseasonable warmth on April 22, 1991 at 9 a.m., she tilted her face up to catch the radiance of God’s eternal light. So great to be alive! So great to be just Ger Manilow, young and pretty and happy. She didn’t have to be the star, the seductress, one of the world’s select models. Felt wonderful!
She entered Morreson’s office suite. “Ger,” the receptionist called to her, “Morreson needs to see you immediately.”
The model expected to do new layouts. “Oh, I thought—”
“Sybil and Colin Darnell are with him. You better get your rear end in there.”
Ger stood by the reception desk in wonder. Sybil! Only the world’s foremost jeans designer. What could she possibly want with me? I don’t model jeans. I model high fashion. And Colin Darnell? He promotes entertainers.
She walked briskly to Morreson’s spacious office.
Sybil got to the point.
“Ger, dear, you are to model and endorse my new line of designer jeans. Hot colors—flaming reds, chartreuse, cerise, turquoise, purple passion—very hot colors for hot bodies. Morreson tells me your body is the hottest.”
“You are perfect for our advertising and endorsement campaign,” Sybil continued. “I truly believe that when women and girls see you in my designs on television, they will really be seeing themselves with a figure and beauty that can be attained. You have that natural glamor just right for our consumers.”
“Besides,” Darnell said, “even without your fabulous looks, you have what every woman wants—Erik.”
“What every woman wishes for,” Sybil said. “He complements your image, girl.”
“In fact, Ger, I have plans for Erik, too. Up until now, he’s strictly been a rock star. But his scene’s changing. That hit song ‘Heart Attack’ has already spawned a line dance, the Jutter-Butt. You’ve seen it—”
“I’ve done it,” Ger laughed. “At XanadU. We hang out a lot there.”
“Erik and the rest of his group are definitely happening. They’re setting music, entertainment, dancing and fashion trends. Or at least they will be. And they’re headlining the Earth Aid concert at the stadium 4th and 5th of August. Anyway, I’ve got something big planned for your boyfriend. Roxxy’s new line—white silk, white leather, white metallic. Sports suits. Dinner suits. Half-jackets with low cut saggy trousers. And you can be the glamorous woman-in-waiting. Red-hot white-hot. That’s the name of his scene. Did he tell you we—men’s clothing designer Roxxy and I—bought him a flaming Rolls Royce so he can showcase his scene in videos?”
“Well, don’t be too hard on him. He doesn’t know all the details yet. Our plan is still evolving. We haven’t even gotten his final okay.”
“The gist of it is, Ger,” Sybil said, “you and Erik will be right up there, together, setting the scene, being the trends. You two will sit as king and queen over the youth fashion world.”
“After that,” Darnell added, “you’ll be set for more movies and videos. Maybe even an album—”
Ger’s head swam, but her ambition sprang a well. Yes! Now it’s my turn! Move over, lover of mine….
Why was this scene deleted from The Prodigal Band Trilogy? Again, page count, and the fact that while this does launch Ger’s celebrity career, it is her television talk show that occurs later and in The Prophesied Band that matters as to setting her role within the trilogy. But I include this here because very often women dating rock or rap superstars are given these deals just because of whom they are associated with. Did Beyonce become such a mega-star before she got with Jay-Z, or after? Think about it.
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