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her cue, she sauntered onto stage with a cocky smile to the roar of worshipping fans. She was, without a doubt from anyone, Queen Bee.

SUPERSTAR’S SUMMER OF DISGUISE

Queen Bee closes summer tour in Barcelona

The Pop Source

August 20th

The music industry’s international It girl is closing her monumental summer tour of Europe this Saturday at Barcelona’s famed Palau Sant Jordi. Since June, the stunning and mysterious Queen Bee – whose real name and identity have not yet been disclosed – has intoxicated fans in each sold out arena with her voice as well as her signature jaw-dropping outfits. Her standout performance is no doubt the blockbuster single “Tell The World,” during which she sports a fine veil of beads and a stunning feather and pearl dress designed by Balenciaga.

Queen Bee, always traveling with members of her entourage and makeup team, has been spotted at all of Europe’s hottest shopping destinations in the past three months, including Milan’s Via della Spiga and Paris’s Avenue Montaigne. Recently, however, the megastar’s team has been forced to up her security due to the legions of fans who mob her upon sight, many of them desperate to uncover her true identity. Despite the drama, Bee is undeterred. “I love my fans and have nothing but gratitude for them. They give me my strength and without them, Queen Bee could never exist.”

“Sweetheart, you were so perfect last night,” Emily pulled her daughter close to plant a big kiss on the top of her head. Gemma instinctively rolled her eyes the way she always had as a child. It was a reflex despite the fact that she enjoyed the affection. She didn’t get to see her parents often. “Tell her Malcolm! We were just saying throughout the entire show how perfect it was, weren’t we?”

“Yes, you were fantastic, Gemma,” her father said.

Gemma took a break from her chocolate dipped churro to rub her sore ankle. “Well, aside from me tripping on my heels backstage and falling on my face, I guess it was.”

“If nobody saw, it doesn’t count,” Malcolm said.

Gemma laughed as they got up from their chairs to head to their next destination. It had been ages since she had spent quality time with her parents, and months since they had even seen her out of costume. They had decided to catch her final show in Barcelona and take her shopping and sightseeing in a city they knew well from visits to friends in Spain. They were reunited for the first time since flying into London together – Gemma so she could begin work on her tour and her parents so that they could move in with Gemma’s ailing grandmother in her Kensington and Chelsea flat. Their hope was to bring her home to live with them in their Upper East Side townhouse by the time of Gavin’s high school graduation. Grandma Audrey however, was very much attached to the home that she had lived in with Gemma’s grandfather before he passed.

“So,” Malcolm changed the subject to something that he was much more interested in. “Are you excited to go to school with Gavin?”

After only half a year at The Browning School, a private all boys academy, Gavin had gotten himself expelled for pulling an elaborate prank on a teacher who had humiliated his friend. Gavin never revealed the details of the prank to his parents, but they knew that following his expulsion, the school posted a large bulletin reminding students that exotic animals brought onto school grounds was not just a breach of their conduct code but a violation of New York State Law. Since other schools refused to take Gavin after what became known in the Upper East Side as “Capybara-gate,” he chose to live with their Aunt Mira in Beauford, New Jersey and attend Beauford High School. Mira had plenty of room and had recently remodeled her house, which previously belonged to Gemma’s grandparents on her father’s side. The small, affluent town was known for its exceptional education system and athletics – something that was important to Gavin as an outstanding shooting guard. The change proved to be what he needed to refrain from disruptive mischief, although everyone knew that that side of him would never be completely gone.

“Of course I’m excited,” Gemma replied. “We haven’t hung out in forever.”

The concept of hanging out had become foreign to her – not just in the past few months, but the past few years. Around the time of Gavin’s second year at Beauford, Gemma’s career took off.