PHEOBE HELPS GEORGE AND JEREMY MAKE A PLAN
After speaking with Reverend Tuck, Phoebe began to regret that she’d lost contact with George and Jeremy, and decided to find ways to encourage them. She attended their first concert at Sammy’s Coffee Shop, but to her surprise, discovered that they had cancelled at the last minute. Late in the evening, she hiked out to the gas station to see if they were practicing there.
She rapped on the glass door and pushed it open.
“Phoebe!” cried George, jumping up and staring.
“What, am I a ghost?” she asked. “Didn’t you expect me?”
George and Jeremy exchanged looks. “No,” George replied, “we certainly didn’t. You’ve been negative about what we’re doing all along.”
“I really do like you guys,” returned Phoebe. “I was stupid to have a bad attitude about the concert.”
“Well, that’s good to hear,” said Jeremy with an edge of sarcasm. “But you’re too late. We’ve given up the whole plan.”
“Yeah,” agreed George. “We’ve got problems you don’t understand at all. I don’t like the music I used to play, but that’s all people expect of me. They don’t like what I’m doing now. My songs are sad, it’s that simple.”
“But I like what you’re doing now,” protested Jeremy.
“Can I hear one of these new songs?” asked Phoebe.
“Oh, what’s the use,” muttered George.
“Look,” declared Phoebe. “I’m serious. If I’m impressed, I’ll be your producer and promoter. We’re going to pull off a beautiful event.”
“Well…” said George, his eyes wide with surprise. “What do you think, Jeremy?”
They grabbed a couple of acoustic guitars and launched into a mournful melody. George began to sing:
My world’s closing in on me
It’s gotten so that I can’t see
My star no more, my god no more
Of these closing doors.
I don’t know what to say
But my thoughts just won’t play
Like they used to in my mind
And I sit here and sigh
Just wasting my time
After another verse and a guitar solo, the melody ended. They looked up at Phoebe. She clapped and said, “That got my attention. Everyone feels that way sometimes. We just need a variety of songs, some percussion, and a couple of amplifiers. It’s gonna be crowded, with people on the sidewalk. They’ve got to be able to hear these songs. And there’s just a week to get ready. Sammy has rescheduled you guys for next Friday night."