By Michael Slezak
Updated June 22, 2005 at 06:24 PM EDT

I’ll tell ya what I want, what I really, really want. I want to see me a Spice Girls reunion at the Live 8 benefit concert next month in London. Unfortunately, Scary Spice (at right) is having ”difficulty going back to something she did in the past,” Live 8 organizer Bob Geldof told a British TV show this week, and if she opts out, then none of the other Spices will go on without her. (After all, how could Posh deliver that ”zig-a-zig HA” with so much panache?)

Now, I’ve been through shock, denial, and anger this morning — all before finishing my first Diet Coke — but after reflecting on the lyrics to ”Wannabe,” I’m stumbling toward acceptance. The writing’s been on the wall the whole time. I just didn’t want to see it:

If you want my future, forget my past,
If you wanna get with me, better make it fast,
Now don’t go wasting my precious time,
Get your act together we could be just fine

Okay, Scary, I get it. We’ll all forget ”2 Become 1.” But how can the old crew ”get their acts together” in time for Live 8? Are the clues hidden somewhere in the Spice Girls’ lyric book? C’mon people, we’ve got less than two weeks to solve the mystery!

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