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Starlight, Starbright - Chapter 14
Published Jan 20, 2013


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Welcome!!

It's chapter 14, one more left!!

There's only one left! :O

Welcome!!

It's chapter 14, one more left!!

There's only one left! :O
“So what you’re saying is, Joanna gave you permission to record a song that she wrote. Is that it, Mr. Alexander?” Demi asked skeptically.

“Well, uh, it’s just a thing we do at the label. All the artists there—“

“But, Miss McFadden is in fact, not an artist at the label. She wasn’t told what ‘the artists there’ do with unused songs. Why didn’t you simply just…ask her if you could sing them?”

Adonis cleared his throat nervously, “I had wanted to, but…” he looked at Miranda who shot back a look that told him to shut his mouth. “it’s just what we do in the business. She wasn’t going to use the songs…”
“You didn’t answer the question, Mr. Alexander. Was there a particular reason you didn’t ask my client permission to use her music?” Demi pressed.

“…I didn’t think she’d mind.” He said lamely.

“Ha! Oh okay. And why is that? Because you two were seeing each other? You thought she would just simply…overlook the theft because you two were sleeping together?” he asked half laughing.

“Well, yeah.” Adonis said with slightly less confidence.

“Surely you’re not that good of a lover that she’d just ignore something like that.” He said turning away.

Adonis’ eyes went wide and he turned red with embarrassment and anger.

“Your Honor!” Samantha shouted.
“Watch it, Hardgrove.” The judge said with a small smirk on her face. Demi put his hands up in apology.

“My apologies. Mr. Alexander, could you tell me how you even came across my client’s music? From what I’ve been told, you weren’t even present at the track presentation. You aren’t an executive. So how did you personally get access to the songs and gotten them recorded almost a month later before your tour began?”

Adonis didn’t speak. He knew Miranda had given him those songs, and by the look on her face, that was a fact that she didn’t want anyone to know. What was he going to say?
“Mr. Alexander? Answer the question please.” Demi urged.

“I uh, found the copy of the songs in Miranda’s office. I had gone in there to look for her and I saw them. After reading the lyrics I saw how good they were…and I wanted to record them.” He said finally.

Demi shot him a look of disbelief, then turned to face Miranda, “So you mean to tell me no one gave you the songs?” he quickly turned to face Adonis to hear his answer.

He shook his head, “No. I found them.”
“Adonis, you do know that it’s against the law to lie on the stand? It’s okay to tell the truth. We all know there was no way for you to get the songs on your own. Just tell us how. Jail time could really hurt your career.” Demi said to him.

Jail time? Adonis began to sweat. He couldn’t go to jail. “Okay, okay.” He said defeated, “Miranda brought them to me. She brought them over and told me they were Joanna’s. I didn’t want to record them, but she said that they were pretty much property of the label, and that I could record them. I thought it was okay! I had given Sadie a couple songs before! Miranda promised to give her writers credit.”
Miranda was seething. She didn’t expect him to rat her out. Who knows what this meant now; she tried to keep her smile plastered on. It started to crack at the edges. “Oh, so what you’re saying is your manager stole the music and gave you permission that she didn’t have to record them.” Demi asked.

Adonis nodded. He didn’t even look at Miranda.

“Your Honor, I’d like to put forth that whatever payout my client receives comes from both Mr. Alexander and his manager, Miss. Miranda Coin.”
The judge nodded, “Court agrees. Mr. Alexander, you can step down. I think we’re pretty much done here. I want to take a few moments to come up with a sentence.” He stepped away from his desk and headed to the back. Joanna, Tessa and Demi were grinning from ear to ear.

“You did it Demi, thank you so much.” Joanna said to him. He was really her hero.

“No, you did it, you didn’t let them get away with what they did. You told the truth.” Demi said smiling at her.
“I can’t BELIEVE you told them I gave you the music, Don.” Miranda hissed furiously, “Now I’m gonna have to pay out for this too!”

Samantha sat quietly. She knew this would happen, she didn’t even want to take the case, she knew they stole the music and that they would lose.

“I wasn’t going to jail just so you could keep all your money, Miranda! I was lying on the stand! I didn’t know you could go to jail for that! My career would be over.” Adonis said back to her in slight defense.

“Well, you better hope this all dies down, or it just might be any way.” Miranda muttered.
The judge walked in soon after. She sat down and cleared her throat, “Today has been a long day. We heard a lot from both parties, and we eventually came to the conclusion that Miss McFadden’s music was in fact, stolen and used without her knowledge or permission. I feel that because these songs were used for profit on Mr. Alexander’s latest tour, at least 10% of the proceedings from sales of that tour will be given to Miss McFadden.” “And also, although you are not on trial, I place to majority of the blame on you, Ms. Coin. You knew what you were doing, you knew you had no permission to use the songs, and you gave no indication that you planned on having them recorded by another artist on your label. I think you should reconsider the way you manage your artists. But, theft is theft, and instead of giving you jail time, I’m filing a motion for you to pay Miss McFadden $8,000. Which should equal about how much would have been spent in studio time had she been able to record the music.” He banged his gavel, “Okay everyone, court adjourned. Congratulations Miss McFadden.” Tessa hugged her best friend and Demi smiled at the pair. Samantha left the court room quickly; Miranda was already gone, and a guilty Adonis just sat there, speechless. The hearing had turned out just the way it was supposed to. Justice was served. Yay!!

Side note: I'm sorry if these all seemed really rushed, my games been really laggy lately, I plan to uninstall then reinstall everything and I was scared if I did, I'd never get this story finished, so I'm literally doing the last chapters back to back.

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#1AlessaFayeJan 22, 2013

great chapter!! they got what they deserved!

#2sweetiepie13Jan 28, 2013

i just recently started reading this story i cant belive its already going to be over! \:\(

#3ExtremePIEFeb 8, 2013

\:\) tHIS is great, why does it have to end. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, upload the characters onto the site.

#4nyancat231Mar 22, 2013

when is the next one coming? Its been like 2 months...

#5Daizzie21Sep 21, 2013

Great story I really hope u haven't forgotten that we are here and please....we are eagerly waiting to read the next chapter please keep us posted. \:\)

#6Bo0GeRBELLNov 18, 2013

Love this story! \:wub\: By chance, will you be publishing the last chapter? We hope you do! We didn't forget! \:\) \:\)

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