flew into a rage after learning that Brooke was
still legally married to Philip. Believing
her relationship with James to be over, Brooke ran
to Ethan and they made love. The next morning,
Brooke flew to the Dominican Republic to get a divorce,
and Ethan followed. Once there, Brooke told
a devastated Ethan that their night together was
a mistake and that she was going to reconcile with
James. A jealous Winter told James that Ethan
and Brooke were together. Jordan
found Alex in bed with Philip Whitacre. Will
pressured Alex to give him an answer to his proposal.
Kenny Dewitt told James he couldn't loan him
the money to save Sunset Studios. Miranda
and Heather grew envious of their husband's involvement
with Lauren Spencer.
Stormy got home from the studio it was late.
Heather was waiting up for him in the living room, watching a movie with
the lights turned down low. She heard
the door and shot up in a hurry, turning the overhead light on.
what are you still doing up?” he asked, tossing his keys onto the table inside
the door. “I thought you would have been
in bed by now.”
that’s what you were hoping for,” she
spat, folding her arms and tossing back her long brown hair.
Stormy asked, confused. He wasn’t in the
mood for another argument. Not this late
at night and after a long day.
been at the studio all day with her, haven’t you?” Heather asked.
shrugged. “Yeah. So?
It’s my job, Heather.”
I have to remind you that I’ve been asking you…no, begging you for months to help me with my career?” Heather
ranted. “You’ve done everything you
could to put me off, and the minute this Lauren Spencer girl shows up you go
out of your way to give her everything.
I suppose you’ve already signed her to Good Times Records, haven’t you?”
not in the mood, Heather,” Stormy said, rubbing his tired face. “Can we please
talk about this tomorrow?”
me, Stormy,” Heather demanded. “Did you
give her a recording contract?”
waited a beat and then nodded, realizing that putting it off wouldn’t do any
good. Heather would find out
eventually. Either way it would all hit
the fan. “Yes, I gave her a contract.”
that’s just great!” Heather yelled, brushing past him and rushing up the
“ Stormy called up after her. “She’s an
amazing singer. You’ve got to hear her
to believe it. She’s going to make us a
lot of money.”
few seconds later Heather came down the stairs and threw a pillow and blanket
at him. “Here. You can sleep on the couch tonight, because I
don’t want to see you!”
Stormy yelled angrily. He wanted to at
least try to explain to her. He didn’t
think that Lauren would have this kind of an effect on his wife. He raced up the stairs after her, followed
her down the hallway and prepared to enter their bedroom. She slammed the door behind her, just inches
from his face.
away!” Heather yelled through the door.
it was useless, Stormy turned and went back downstairs. He would have to
give her a while to cool
off. Maybe then she’d realize that
giving Lauren a contract wasn’t a personal attack against her. It was just business.
stripped down to his boxers and flopped down onto the sofa, staring at the
ceiling while thinking about Lauren.
If it was just business, then why couldn’t he get her off his mind?
walked down the beach in Santo Domingo, staring up at the starry night
sky, then turning his gaze to the dark Atlantic. He wished things had gone differently with
Brooke earlier that day. Things hadn’t
played out the way he imagined on the plane ride from Los Angeles. He'd hoped she would see him and fall into
his arms. Telling him that she was still
in love with James was the last thing he expected to hear. Especially after the way he’d been treating
ahead down the beach, his eyes flashed open in surprise when he saw Brooke
sitting on the sand several feet from the shore. His mind began racing in a million
directions. She’d decided to stay after
all. He prayed she would tell him what
he wanted to hear.
look beautiful,” he said as he closed in on her.
looked up, startled by his presence.
“Wait, just let me talk,” he
interrupted. “I know that you feel some
kind of responsibility toward James. You
feel guilty about what happened. Not
just between us, but because of your marriage to Philip. But don’t you see what’s going on? What happened between us isn’t
finished. If it was then you would have
left this afternoon when you said you were going to.”
stood up and looked at him apologetically.
“The reason I didn’t go was because they stopped all planes from leaving
the island,” she explained. “They said
it’s too dangerous because of the liberal rebellion. The U.S.
government is supposed to
intervene in the next couple of days.
We’re stuck here until then."
Ethan felt like an idiot for
thinking she stayed because of him. The
cold look in her eyes told him that she wouldn’t be there if she didn’t have to
be. That’s the part that hurt the most.
watched as she turned and started up the beach toward the hotel. Shaking his head hopelessly, he turned back
to the ocean
next morning, Alex went to Jordan’s house in Beverly Hills to try to do some damage control
about the night before. She had been
utterly humiliated when he walked into her bedroom and found her in bed
with Philip Whitacre. Before she could
even get dressed and explain to him, he had tore
off in a state. Not that she had a
valid explanation for him anyway. The
simple truth was that she had the hots for Philip since she’d laid eyes on him
back in Phoenix.
And since she’d decided that she was going to make the most of being
single again, she decided to take no prisoners.
She could have any one she wanted.
didn’t think those were the words she should use when she got to Jordan’s, but that’s exactly what she
wound up saying. Before she could stop
herself, a self-proclamation of independence came flowing out of her mouth.
just looked at her in
amazement. “So you’re saying you’re
going to sleep with anyone you choose,” he clarified. “I see.
I believe there’s a word for women like you, Alex.”
slapped him across the face. “You’re a
bastard,” she hissed.
a tramp.” He grabbed her and pulled her
into a deep, passionate kiss. She
struggled to get away at first, but eventually gave in. “Is that what you like?” he asked between
hurried kisses. “Do you like it rough,
Alex? Is that what turned you on to
that young buck last night? Was he rough
followed his lead, growing aroused by his offensive words. He pulled her into another kiss and bit down
hard on her lip. The playful biting
turned a little too rough and she tried to pull away but Jordan held her with brute force. She managed to get an arm free and slapped
let go and backed up a step,
instinctively placing a hand on his stinging cheek.
don’t know what kind of woman you think I am,” she said, panting. “But I can assure you you’ve got the wrong
that so?” he asked, staring at her with seductive eyes.
twisted the engagement ring off of her finger and threw it at him before racing
out of the room and to the front door.
As she fled outside, she passed Heather coming up the walkway.
Heather saw the distressed look in Alex’s eyes and proceeded into the house,
determined to find out what was going on.
she called from the entryway.
Jordan came out of the living room and
approached his daughter with a vague smile.
“Hello Sunshine,” he said, kissing her cheek as if nothing had
just saw Alex Reynolds running out of here like a bat out of hell,” she said,
pointing to the door. “She looked
upset. What just happened?”
sighed and shook his head. “She gave me
back my engagement ring.”
ring?” Heather exclaimed. “You asked her
to marry you? Daddy, she’s
my mother-in law!”
nodded and led her into the living room where they both sat down on the plush
velvet sofa. “I realize that,” he
said. “I don’t think it will be a
I guess not if she gave you back the ring.”
shrugged, distantly examining
the crease in his pants. “I wouldn’t
count us out just yet, Sweetheart. Alex
Reynolds and I have a lot in common.
There are many things we can do for each other.”
folded his hands under his chin and thought about the press that would crucify
James Blackthorne when they learned that he and Alex were married. After that it would only be a matter of
time before he would convince her to do his next movie. James would be the laughing stock of Hollywood.
walked into the restaurant at the beach club with Miranda and Brett. They stopped at the hostess stand and she led
them to a table outside on the patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
is so nice, Daddy,” Miranda said, opening her menu. “I’m so glad the three of us could go out for
lunch together. I feel like we haven’t
had a chance to sit down together since Brett and I got married.”
tried forcing a smile on his solemn face.
He only agreed to lunch because Miranda had been relentless about
it. The fact was he had so many other
things on his mind right now. He
couldn’t even muster the time or energy to worry about his daughter and the
tragic mistake she’d made by marrying someone like Brett Armstrong, a complete
stranger and self-proclaimed drifter.
my pleasure,” James said, taking a sip of water. He glanced across the room and spotted Jack
Fallmont enter the restaurant with his wife, Adrienne. Suddenly his foul mood got worse.
are you going to have, Daddy?” Miranda asked.
didn’t hear her. He was watching Jack
closely, waiting for the shoe to drop and for his old friend to come over and
ask about his money. Rather than risk a
scene like that in front of Miranda and Brett, he decided he should be the one
to broach the subject.
you excuse me for a minute?” he said, getting up and walked over to their
he left, Brett looked at Miranda and shrugged.
“I don’t know why he hates me so much,” he said. “What can I do to prove to your father that
I’m not the louse he thinks I am.”
put her head on his shoulder and smiled.
“He’s just protective of his little girl, that’s all,” she said, then
looked across the room at her father.
“Which is a nice change of pace since I’m usually the one protecting
him. I can’t believe that bitch Brooke
was married to someone else when she married my father. If he ever lays eyes on her again it’ll be
Brett said, looking around the room. “I bet this place gets packed for dinner.”
frowned, wondering what he was talking about.
he replied. “This would be perfect
exposure for Lauren. I wonder who I
could talk to to see about her performing here at night.”
she asked in irritation.
shrugged. “It’s better than the Fern Bar. You have to admit that.”
the room, James approached Jack and Adrienne and smiled politely. “Isn’t this a coincidence?” he asked. “I see you two had the same idea as we did.”
smiled. “Why yes, James. Adrienne and I couldn’t wait to check out the
club now that Renee DeWitt will be buying it and taking over operations.”
very exciting,” Adrienne commented, then smiled up at James. “How nice to see you again, James.”
could tell Jack had briefed his wife on the situation. She was always rather indignant but today in
particular she had a certain smug attitude about her. “Jack, do you mind if I have a word with
you in private?”
not,” Jack replied, standing up and kissing his wife before he left. “Darling, I’ll be back in a flash.”
walked up to the bar in the sunny, open-aired dining room and each ordered a
drink. James swallowed hard, wishing he
didn’t feel so awkward around his good friend.
need a little more time, Jack,” he said.
much more time?”
few days,” he replied. “I’m working on
getting you your money.”
a few days I’ll be in Denver.
My daughter Colleen is getting married.”
have it by then,” James promised, finishing his drink in two gulps.
better,” Jack replied while tipping his glass to his lips. He slammed it down on the counter and wiped
his mouth. “I’d hate to have our
friendship strained by something like this, James ol’ boy.”
started back to his wife and left James alone at the bar. Letting out a deep breath, he handed the
bartender a twenty. God knows he needed
to find a way to come up with that money.
There had to be a way to get his hands on it without costing him his
Domingo, Ethan stepped outside onto the terrace that jutted out
from his hotel room on the beach. He
yawned and stretched, feeling the blazing hot sun on his bare skin. It felt wonderful being away from Los Angeles.
The air in the Caribbean was so fresh and clean.
Even if things hadn’t worked out the way he wanted with Brooke, it was a
relief just being able to get away for a
away from the ocean, his eyes traveled to the terrace next to his. Standing on the terrace was Brooke, watching
him with lusty eyes. He caught her
glimpse and smiled but she quickly turned and ran back into her room.
Ethan could swear that Brooke had been eyeing him the whole time he’d been
outside on the terrace. The way she
looked at him was unmistakably seductive.
He wondered if she could be regretting her decision to walk away from
him and their feelings for each other.
And the fact remained that they were stuck on the island for at least
another day. There had been reports of
bombings near the airfield and the military was claiming it was too dangerous
for planes to leave the island. The U.S. military would be arriving
shortly and intervening. In the
meantime, he was enjoying the fact that he was stranded in paradise.
night, Brett met Stormy at his house in the Valley. He went inside and waited for him.
have you seen my car keys?” Stormy called up the stairs, searching from room to
came down the stairs and stopped on the landing, glaring silently at him.
realized she wasn’t going to be any help.
She didn’t want him leaving in the first place. All because of her jealousy over Lauren. He went into the kitchen and found his keys
on the counter, snatching them up quickly.
“Never mind,” he said, heading back to the door where Brett was waiting. “I’ll be back in a while.”
pouted and folded her arms across her chest, watching as they left the
Brett looked at him and frowned. “What’s
with your wife?”
shook his head. “Don’t ask,” he said,
walking to his Cobra in the driveway.
well wait till you see this beach club,” he said. “I think it would the perfect place for
Lauren to get some exposure while we work on her album.”
beach club, huh?” Stormy asked, starting the engine and peeling out of the driveway. “My dad is pretty tight with the
DeWitt’s. I hear they’re taking over the
place soon. Maybe I can get him to talk
to them for us.”
Brett remarked as they started down the road toward the beach.
raced out of her bedroom, pushing a pair of earrings through her ears as she
scrambled to get ready. She dropped a
pair of stilettos to the floor and shoved her feet into them one at a
I’m going out for a while!” she called from the living room.
she didn’t hear a response, she went to her roommate’s door and knocked before
slowly pushing it open. She peered
inside, spotting Winter laying on her bed in despair. “Hey, are you okay?”
nodded, staring at the ceiling.
going to the beach club with Stormy and Brett.
You wanna go?”
her head, Winter rolled over and stared at the opposite wall. “No thanks,” she replied. She was in no mood to go out for the
night. Not while Ethan was off somewhere
with Brooke Taylor. God only knows
what they were doing together. Having
sex was a good possibility. How could
she compete when she was in L.A. and they were who knows where?
well I’ll see you later,” Lauren said, realizing she was upset and deciding to
leave her be. She ducked back out of
the room and waited for Stormy and Brett to show up.
finished taking a bath and wrapped herself in a towel. She emerged from the steamy bathroom and
strode through her bedroom, feeling the cool ocean breeze blowing in through
the open windows. It felt refreshing on
her hot skin.
sat down at her vanity and began combing through her long auburn hair. She looked into the mirror and cried out in
surprise when she caught the reflection of someone standing behind her.
to her feet and spinning around, she came face to face with Philip Whitacre
standing before her. Her heart
pounding inside her chest, she looked around with alarm.
did you get in here?”
smiled, stepped closer and pawing at the towel that draped loosely around her
body. “The back door was unlocked,” he
said. “You should really check that from
now on. This is the second time in two
days someone’s invited themselves up into your bedroom.”
nodded, wary of his being there. “I’ll
keep that in mind,” she said, walking to the bedroom door and opening it. “Please leave, Philip.”
continued smiling, digging his hands in his pockets and eyeing her soft, moist
skin. “Already?” he asked coyly. “I thought we could have a repeat of last
shook her head. “I don’t think so,” she
replied. “That was a one time thing for
came up and closed the door, grabbing her by the arms and pushing her toward
the bed. “Come on,” he said. “You loved it. I know you did. You were screaming my name the entire time.”
began to set in and Alex wished she hadn’t given Veronique the night off.
once more,” Philip said, flicking his tongue inside her ear. “I won’t hold anything back this time. You won’t be able to walk for-“
right, I told you to get out and I mean it!” Alex shouted, pushing him
away. “Now leave before I call the
laughed and chased her across the bedroom.
“Yeah, right. You’re just playing
hard to get.”
am not! Get out now!” she said, cowering
away from him.
grabbed hold of her with incredible force, throwing her down onto the bed and
trying to rip the towel off of her.
Alex screamed and tried kicking him off but he was too strong. He overpowered her and pressed down hard on
top of her.
off of me!” Alex yelled, trying desperately to push him off.
relax,” he replied, grunting and trying to unfasten his pants while he held her
down. “You love it. I know you do.”
then, a pair of hands reached down and grabbed hold of Philip, pulling him off
of Alex and tossing him across the room.
“Jordan!” Alex shrieked, covering
herself with the towel and trying to catch her breath.
son of a bitch!” Jordan yelled, running toward a
frightened Philip and punching him in the jaw.
“You just made a very big mistake!”
went sailing back, crashing into the wall and knocking a large painting onto
the floor. He struggled to his feet but
Jordan was already there, sending his
fist into his gut repeatedly.
his teeth, Jordan dragged the man out of the
bedroom and let him topple down the stairs.
suggest you slither out of here and forget about
ever coming back!” he shouted, picking Philip up and
throwing him out the front door.
wanted me!” Philip yelled as he landed on the sandy beach, his nose and mouth
bleeding as a result of Jordan’s rage. “I was scoring with that chick man! You jealous son of bitch!”
out of here before the police show up and haul your ass to jail!” Jordan yelled before slamming the door
shut angrily. He tried catching his
breath and turned around to find Alex coming down the
stairs. “Are you okay?” he asked.
nodded, amazed at the way Jordan had took charge of the
came by to apologize for earlier,” he explained. “I’m glad I did.”
stepped forward and pulled him into an embrace, kissing him before she even
knew what she was doing. She was so
grateful for his heroic act. No one had
ever been there for her like that. She
was a fool for walking out on him earlier that day.
Domingo, Ethan laid on his bed beneath the whirling ceiling fan,
staring at the blades as they cast shadows on the walls of the room. It was late and very hot and he couldn’t
sleep. He kept thinking about Brooke in
the next room, wondering what she was doing and what she was thinking.
air conditioning in his room was broken so he stripped down to a pair of tight
sweat shorts and sprawled out on the bed with a bucket of ice. The windows were wide open, and a warm
breeze blew in from the ocean but it wasn’t enough to cool his hot skin.
was a knock at the door and he grew immediately aroused. It had to be Brooke, he thought to
himself. Who else would it be at this
got up from the bed and went to the door, pulling it open quickly. Sure enough, Brooke stood in the hallway in
shorts and a lacy pink bra, covered in sweat.
She ran her fingers through her matted down hair, looking at him with
couldn’t sleep,” she said. “The air
conditioning is broken in my room.”
too." A thoughtful pause. "But I have plenty of ice."
walked into the room with uncertainty.
She didn't know what she was doing but it felt right. Ever since Ethan showed up on the island she
couldn't stop thinking about him, regardless of how hard she tried to deny her
took an ice cube and pressed it gently on her arm. The heat melted it quickly and she sighed
with relief as Ethan ran it all over her body.
She reached out and put her hands on his waist. Ethan leaned in and brushed his lips
against her neck, tasting her salty skin.
kissed timidly, then eagerly as Ethan lowered her onto the bed and stood above
her. He unfastened her bra and slid it
around her arms, leaning down and kissing her from head to toe. Brooke pulled him close, raking her fingers
through his hair and closing her eyes in ecstasy.
was through fighting it. She wanted him
more than she'd ever wanted anyone in her life.
The sound of the ocean waves carried through the window and the glow of
the moonlight illuminated their
bodies as they writhed about in the heat.
the beach club in L.A., Stormy and Lauren sat at the bar while Brett pestered the
restaurant manager at the host stand.
He knew if they wanted to get Lauren a regular gig that he had to start
making connections, and the manager seemed like the perfect place to
start. He would leave it up to Stormy to
use his father's influence with the DeWitt's.
smiled, watching Brett work his charms and then turned to Stormy. "He certainly is dedicated," she
said with a laugh.
he's taking the bull by the horns," Stormy agreed. "I haven't known him very long but he
seems to be a take charge kind of guy."
both married, right?" Lauren asked, pushing her long platinum blond hair
behind her shoulders and sipping her sex on the beach.
nodded. "Yeah," he said
pressed her lips together, wondering what kind of woman Stormy's wife was. "Is she pretty?"
laughed nervously. "Yeah, she's
pretty." He didn't know why but he
felt awkward discussing Heather with Lauren.
"Why do you want to know?"
curious. How long have you been
thought for a minute. "About ten
months I guess," he said, then decided to turn the tables on her. "How about you? Are you seeing anyone special?"
smiled and shook her head.
not? A pretty girl like yourself."
guess I've never stayed in one place long enough. I grew up in
L.A. but then I moved to San Diego for a while and tried my hand at
that go?" Stormy asked.
laughed. "Not very well. I dropped out after a semester. Singing was more important to me
couldn't take his eyes off of her. She
was mesmerizing him. He watched her
mouth move when she spoke and it was torture.
He felt like an ass for thinking it but it was the truth. He knew he would never act on his feelings
but just being in close proximity to her was enough to cause his heart to race.
where'd the name Stormy come from?" Lauren asked, chewing the end of her
straw. "That's not your real name,
shook his head. "My real name's
Ryan. But I used to be afraid of storms
when I was a kid," he explained.
"My sister started calling me Stormy and pretty soon it stuck. Now
everyone calls me that."
laughed, finding him more adorable the more she got to know him. They both
turned when Brett approached, a
big grin on his face.
news," he said, patting them both on the back. "They just happen to be looking for a new
act on the weekends. The piano player
they had before was putting everyone to sleep so they're looking for something
a little more upbeat."
great!" Lauren exclaimed. "I
could get used to working in a place like this.
It sure beats the Fern Bar any
talk to my dad tomorrow," Stormy said, not taking his eyes off of
Lauren. "I'm sure once the DeWitt's
hear you they'll fall in love with you."
smiled happily. There was something she
liked about Stormy. He was determined,
wealthy, incredibly handsome, and full of energy.
next morning Brooke stirred awake in Ethan's hotel room in Santo Domingo.
She felt rested and for the first time since she could remember she
didn't have a nagging sense of doom hanging over her head. Nothing else mattered when she was with
sat up in the bed and saw him moving about the room frantically. "What are you doing?" she
asked. "What time is it?"
smiled and kissed her gently. "It's
early," he said. "The phones
lines are down and I've been trying to find out if we can get a flight out
we have to?" Brooke asked with a giggle.
"Can't we stay here forever?"
smiled and stroked her hair from her face.
"We have to go home and face things," he said. "As much as we'd both like to stay here,
we have to do the right thing."
nodded, feeling like she was coming down from a high. "We have to tell James about us,"
once we do, there's nothing stopping us from being together," Ethan said
with a hopeful tone to his voice.
smiled again. "Where are you
going to get a ride to the airport to see if there's any way we can fly out
this morning," he said and kissed her again. "I'll be back soon."
"Hurry." Brooke said.
was a knock at the door and Ethan opened it.
Juan, a young Latino man stood out in the hall and gestured to Ethan.
"I have a jeep waiting for you
downstairs, Mr. Blackthorne," he said.
"You don't mind riding with two of our military personnel, do
Ethan shook his
head. "Not at all. Thank you,
Juan," he said, blowing Brooke a kiss before following Juan down the
hallway of the hotel.
Brooke got out of the
bed and tried shaking off her sleepy state.
She walked out onto the terrace and looked down at Ethan getting into a
jeep with two men in uniform. The jeep
started off down the road and she smiled, hoping he wouldn't be long. After last night she never wanted to be
without him again.
sat in his office at Sunset Studios
when his secretary buzzed him.
Blackthorne, there's a Mr. Sallis here to see you," she said. "He says it's urgent."
James looked at his calendar. He didn't
have any meetings scheduled that morning.
And the name Sallis didn't ring a bell.
"Do you know what he wants?"
says it very urgent," said the secretary.
"Very urgent and very private."
right, send him in," James replied, standing up and
straightening his tie.
the door opened a stout middle-aged man with gray hair entered the room in a
business suit and carrying a briefcase.
He approached James and shook his hand.
Blackthorne, I'm Cutty Sallis."
Sallis, please have a seat," James said, gesturing to the chair across
from his desk. "What can I do for
sat down and folded his hands in his lap.
"I'll get right to the point, Mr. Blackthorne. I understand you are in need of financial
frowned. "I wasn't aware that my
financial dealings were of public record," he said warily. "If you don't mind me asking, where did
you get your information?"
travel in similar circles, Mr. Blackthorne," the man said rather
dismissively. "I represent a
consortium on the east coast. The
purpose of H&Q Consolidated is to
lend money to small businesses in trouble."
have my attention," James said, still unsure of what brought Sallis to him
that morning. It seemed rather out of
the blue. On the other hand, he could
have gotten wind of his current financial difficulties from Jack or Kenny. It was a small community all things
considered. At any rate, he was running
out of options. He had to get Jack his
money and it had to be soon.
prepared to offer you a check," Sallis began, opening his briefcase and
removing a stack of papers. "The
terms are simple. Twenty percent
interest and collateral are required."
percent interest?" James asked in dismay.
shrugged and put the papers back in his briefcase. 'I'm sorry, I was under the
impression you were out of
options," he said. "But if you
think you can get a better deal somewhere else, then I'm sorry for wasting your
held up his hand to stop him. "What
kind of collateral?" he asked.
shrugged. "Your production company
should do fine."
James stood up from his desk and straightened his jacket. "You want me to put Sunset Studios up as collateral?" he asked. "That's out of the question."
stood up as well. "If you make your
payments on time you won't lose anything," he said. "It's as simple as that. Do you want the money or not, Mr.
if I can't make the payments?" James asked.
we'll assume control of Sunset Studios
as repayment," the man replied flatly.
shook his head. "I'm sorry, thank
you for stopping by." He walked
over to the door and opened it to show the man out.
don't accept the terms?" Sallis asked, following him to the door.
under the those conditions, no."
well," Sallis said, handing him a business card. "I'll be in Los Angeles
for the next couple of
days. If you change your mind, you can
reach me at this number."
took the card and smiled vaguely.
"Thank you, Mr. Sallis."
the man left, James looked at the card and tossed it onto his desk. He had a bad feeling about H&Q Consolidated. They seemed to have popped up just in the
nick of time, which made him highly suspicious. Not to mention the fact that the terms of the
loan were way too steep. Twenty percent
interest was extremely high. Not only
that, but he couldn't afford to risk losing his production company. He would have to think of another way to pay
Jack the money he owed him.
paced the hotel room in Santo Domingo, anxiously waiting for Ethan to
come back and tell her they were cleared to leave the island. She was growing increasingly distraught
over the explosions she heard in the distance.
At one point she went down to the lobby and overheard two men talking
about several bombings on the north side of the island.
packing her and Ethan's bags and setting them by the door, she walked out onto
the terrace and tried to see in the distance.
Another explosion rocked the hotel and she braced herself on the terrace
railing. Whatever assaults were going
on were becoming more frequent, and from the sound of it they were getting
with anxiety, she decided to get their things and wait downstairs. She headed for the door, grabbing the bags
and making her way to the elevator.
she reached the lobby, Juan came running into the hotel and approached her in a frantic state of panic.
Taylor!" he cried, rushing toward her.
"It's Mr. Blackthorne!"
she sensed that something was terribly wrong.
Ever since Ethan left in the jeep with the two other men she'd had a
sick feeling in the pit of her stomach.
She was almost afraid to ask.
was a tank assault near the airport!" Juan said in bated breath. "Mr. Blackthorne's jeep was hit! It exploded on impact!"
Brooke asked, covering her mouth in horror.
The hotel lobby began to spin and she felt weak. Not Ethan.
He couldn't be...
only found one of the bodies," Juan continued. "The other soldier and Mr. Blackthorne
are nowhere to be found. They're afraid
there… there might not be anything left of the bodies."
my God!" Brooke cried in hysterics.
She ran out of the hotel and looked around, seeing the smoke billowing
into the air like an ominous black cloud.
She turned back to Juan.
"You have to take me to see it! "
Taylor, I don't think you want to-"
have to see it for myself!" Brooke cried.
later, Juan stopped his car on an unpaved road less than a mile from the
airstrip. There were military soldiers
crowding the scene and immediately Brooke knew that her worst fears had come
jumped out of the car and raced to the burning hunk of twisted metal. The stench of burned rubber was thick in the
air and there was debris strew up and down the stretch of road from the
jeep. She looked to the ground several
feet from the disaster and saw the body of one of the soldiers Ethan had left
with, badly beat up and covered in soot and blood. One of the military soldiers covered his
body with a blanket and spoke a silent prayer.
slowly sunk to her knees, sobbing uncontrollably as she watched the jeep blaze
beneath the hot morning sun.
sinks into a depression. Brett's past finally
catches up with him. Alex
rethinks her priorities. Brett grows suspicious
of Stormy and Lauren's relationship. James
makes a deal. Lauren's debut gets underway