Alex and Kyle argued over his innocence.
Alex continued taking pills to mask her unhappiness.
On the set of The Young at Heart, she nearly
fell into the camera equipment, prompting Mackenzie
to issue her a warning. Duke informed Benji that
he had a grudge against Jeff Branigan, who supplied
drugs to Hunt Roberts, the man Renee was trying to set
Sierra up with in New York. Someone sent Duke
a video of his girlfriend, Summer, with Jeff in the
back of his car. Suzanne daydreamed about having
sex with Brett, then berated herself for it. Brett
told Stormy he was giving up the rights to The Standoff,
which Stormy already knew was off the table due to a
lawsuit over its contents. Stephanie apologized
to Jordan for her lack of emotional availability, then
told him they were better off not seeing each other
anymore. Jackie arranged for Brooke and Kyle to
be trapped together at the construction site at Moonshadows,
hoping they would get close. Despite her attempts
to deny it, Brooke secretly enjoyed it when Kyle kissed
her. Jackie's gofer, Steven, was knocked unconscious
by an unseen assailant, who then set the building on
fire with Brooke and Kyle trapped inside. Meanwhile,
Jackie retrieved documents from T.T.'s safety deposit
box, which included a police report claiming Royce Jennings's
death was not an accident.
Die in Fog"
Even as the filthy
black smoke filled her lungs, Brooke refused to give in to the hand fate had
dealt her. She’d come too far, overcome
too much to lie down and let this thing take her. She made it through the earthquake, through
her lover’s death. If she could do that
she could do anything.
herself to rise from the floor, she coughed and sputtered. Her clouded eyes moved across the room where
she spotted Kyle desperately trying to pry open the boarded up windows and the
malfunctioning door. Flames licked at
her feet from a beam that had fallen inward.
Quickly, she pulled her legs close to her chest and squirmed away from
the hot spot.
a spray of sparks shot like a fountain from the ceiling and caught Kyle in the
arm, he dodged aside and brushed them away.
Moments later, the ceiling broke apart and a fiery mass came falling
down, knocking him unconscious. Brooke
saw this and immediately leapt into action.
Swiftly, she raced toward him, smothering flames and desperately trying
to jar him awake.
set in as she glanced upward and saw the ceiling of fire that hovered above
them. They were trapped. She did the only thing she could think of and
uselessly attempted to pull his weight out of harms way.
she was about to succumb to their fiery fate, the sounds of sirens in the
distance injected renewed vigor into her body.
Coughing and wheezing, she stood up and waited. Moments later, she heard someone pounding at
the door. Splinters of wood flew inward
as David appeared, scouting around the blistering heat.
he yelled hoarsely, running over and sweeping her into his arms.
thank God!” she cried, then pointed to the floor. “Kyle….”
through the maze of fireballs that dropped from the ceiling, David made his way
outside and sat her down safely a few yeards down the beach. He glanced back at the club, then a half mile
down the road where the fire trucks were approaching.
Brooke coughed. “He’s inside. David, you have to go back.”
fire department is almost here,” he replied.
“They’ll go in for him. It’s too
be too late!” she cried, blond hair matted to her sweaty face. “David please! You can’t leave him in there to die!”
and sizzling from the club caused them to both turn back to the burning
building. Every inch of the exterior was
surrounded in flames, blazing through the boarded up windows and rocketing into
the starry night sky.
realizing that he had no choice but to save Kyle, David raced back
inside,. He struggled to see through the
smoke, wound his way through the inferno and finally located Kyle lying
unconscious on the floor. He lifted him
and placed one arm over his shoulder for support. Kyle stirred awake and began coughing,
managing somehow to half walk out of the burning building.
the time they got outside Brooke was waiting anxiously and the rescue personnel
had just arrived.
else inside?” asked the chief.
shook his head and turned back to Brooke who was checking to ensure Kyle wasn’t
the hell did you do?” he screamed as the hoses began showering water over the
Kyle asked, sputtering and spewing up black sludge. A paramedic arrived and attempted to lead him
to an ambulance where oxygen was waiting.
did you do, you son of a bitch?” David repeated, his face smeared with black
soot and ash. “This is how you get back
at me for supposedly setting you up? You
burn down my club and take my sister along with it?”
stop it!” Brooke insisted. “Kyle didn’t
hell he didn’t! He’s been gunning for me
since he got to town! All the threats,
the off the cuff remarks, the innuendos…
Jesus, Brooke, I told you this guy was bad news!”
pushed the paramedic away, bare-chested and glistening with dirt and
sweat. “Lay off, Jennings. I didn’t do this. I wouldn’t hurt her
on!” David yelled, pushing out his chest and rushing up to him. “How stupid do you think I am?”
stop!” Brooke repeated, throwing herself between them and shooting her brother
a look of warning. “Kyle didn’t do
this. We were lured here by somebody.”
are you talking about?”
Brooke said, taking the note that Kyle had received and thrusting it at David. He frowned while reading it. None of this made sense.
how do I know it wasn’t you who left me that note?” Kyle demanded. “You know you want me out of the
picture. Maybe you set this fire to get
rid of me.”
shook his head and grunted loudly.
one of the firemen shouted from the side of the building. “Hey!
We’ve got someone else over here!”
and David raced toward them just as they lifted a barely conscious Steven to
his feet and away from the site of the fire.
He sat down on the edge of a sand dune and shook his groggy head.
this?” David asked.
eyes flashed open wide. “Your mother’s
secret henchman,” she said, then glared at David. “Jackie did this. She lured us here and she started the fire.”
on, that’s crazy.”
wants me out of the picture, David.”
looked at her and then at Steven, eyes half closed as he teetered in and out of
was seated in his study at the Blackthorne mansion when he heard the staccato
chimes of the doorbell ringing again and again.
After twenty rings, plus a number of door knocks, he realized he was
alone and ventured out to the foyer to see what the commotion was all
the emergency?” he asked when he pulled the giant doors open.
you have to help me,” Jackie Lamont said before rushing inside and heading
straight for his study. “The most
horrible thing imaginable has happened.”
was used to her melodramatics, which often turned out to be nothing, so he
followed her into the study and cast a patronizing look in her direction. “What is it this time, Jackie? I’m very busy, so I’d appreciate it if you’d
make this quick.”
much do you know about Royce’s car accident?” she asked, surprising even
herself by the lack of fanfare leading up to the question.
gauged her expression carefully.
Something told him this wasn’t Jackie playing her usual games.
no more than you do,” he answered. “I
was told he was on his way home from Santa Barbara. The highway was foggy and there was a
pileup. He got caught in the middle of
it and died along with several others.”
they never found out what caused the accident, did they?”
ran his fingers through his hair and sighed.
“You know how dangerous that route is even when the weather is
clear. If you put fog into the equation
there’s no wonder there was an accident.”
what we were led to believe,” Jackie said, revealing the envelope of evidence
she’d obtained from the safety deposit box.
“I think Royce was murdered.”
James asked. “Who would want to murder
Royce? He was one of the most decent men
I’ve ever met in my life.”
think he was involved with some people,” Jackie told him as she withdrew the
information from the envelope and laid it out on the desk. “I
think Don Fenwick had something to do with it.”
Fenwick?” James asked. “Kyle’s father?”
“He and Royce did
business together.” She showed him the
correspondence from the post office box.
“Don Fenwick’s company shipped in materials for Royce’s hotel in New
York. The one that blew up.”
“So?” James asked,
reviewing the documents. He came to a
building inspection report and skimmed through it. “Wait.
The hotel failed inspection after it was built.”
construction materials,” Jackie informed him.
She’d read the document so many times it was now etched into her
brain. “Fenwick used substandard
materials to build the hotel and Royce found out. I think he sabotaged Royce’s car and that’s
why he crashed that night. Look,
Stephanie Callahan did a report labeling the accident as suspicious.”
James took the page
and read through it. “She just filed
this report a few weeks ago,” he said, noting the date. “Sounds like she’s been conducting her own
“It says his brakes
were tampered with, James. The fog had
nothing to do with that accident.”
“Why wouldn’t she
have said anything?” James asked, then looked at her with a deadpan
expression. “Unless she believes Kyle
was in on it, in which case she’s wise to tread carefully around him. He could be more dangerous than we know.”
had forgotten about her own personal vendettas for the time being. The fact that she initially had looked into
Kyle Fenwick’s past to use it again Brooke seemed very trivial now that there
was a possibility that her ex-husband was murdered by his family.
phone ringing sent her heart pounding inside her chest. She watched as James went to his desk and
answered hastily. The look on his face
as he spoke to the caller told her it was more bad news.
is it?” she asked after he’d hung up.
was David. There was a fire at
Moonshadows. Brooke and Kyle were
eyes widened in surprise and she followed him quickly to the door.
telling you, I didn’t get a look at him,” Steven was saying while holding an
ice pack against the back of his head.
“The sucker clobbered me from behind and the next thing I know I’m
waking up and the entire building is toast.”
were you doing there?” Stephanie Callahan asked. They were at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Steven
seated on an examination table in the emergency room while David, Brooke and
Kyle stood by.
“Nothing. I was….out for a run,” he said uneasily.
lying,” Brooke exclaimed, pointing to the young man and exchanging glances with
David and Stephanie. “He works for
Jackie Lamont. He does her dirty
work. She had him start that fire. She’s been trying to get rid of me ever since
she got to town.”
I know my mother is a little unpredictable,” David began, “but she’s not a
murderer. That’s just not her style.”
why did she lure Kyle and I there?” she demanded.
still not sure she did,” Kyle interrupted, glaring at David. “Murder may not be your mother’s style, but
we all know it’s yours.”
is it yours?” David challenged him from across the room.
it off, both of you,” Stephanie interjected.
“Does anyone know where Jackie Lamont is right now?”
wasn’t in her suite at Moonshadows,” David said with a shrug.
you get her on the phone?”
won’t be necessary,” said a voice from across the room.
turned just as Jackie entered, followed by James and Miranda.
a coincidence,” Stephanie said. “We were
just talking about you.”
called us,” James said as he and Miranda went to Brooke’s side. “Are you all right?”
fine,” she said with a smile as Miranda hugged her warmly. “Kyle and I got trapped in the club and
before we knew it it was on fire.
Luckily David showed up in the nick of time and got us out.”
Kyle said with a glare.
does that mean?” Miranda asked, the room thick with suspicion.
means he thinks I started the fire,” David pronounced.
started the fire,” Brooke lamented.
on everybody,” Stephanie interrupted again.
“One at a time. Miss Lamont, is
this your handwriting?” She handed her
the note that had been left for Kyle.
took the note and sighed. “No,” she
replied. “It’s Steven’s.”
all turned to the young man on the exam table.
His jaw dropped open in surprise, floored that she would throw him under
the bus after he’d been willing to do anything she asked.
I asked him to write it,” Jackie continued.
you had him call me pretending to be someone from David’s crew?” Brooke
asked. “So you did start that fire. You wanted me to die in there, you bitch.”
moderately threatened by the judgmental stares from the crowd, decided to use
the truth to her advantage. “I did
arrange to have you and Kyle meet at the construction site. I knew the door was malfunctioning and that
you’d be trapped inside together. I sent
Steven there to make sure. But I did not
start that fire. I have no idea who
why did you want them to get stuck together?” James demanded. “Just what the hell are you up to, anyway?”
only wanted them to get close. I figured
being trapped together was the best way to accomplish that. I’d hoped that by pairing them up I could sit
back and watch the fallout. I mean let’s
face it, Kyle Fenwick’s reputation is a little…shall we say…tarnished around
you hoped that Brooke would lose credibility if she were with Kyle,” David
surmised with a shake of his head.
dare you,” Brooke seethed. “I’m only
relieved that now everyone sees what a manipulative snake you are.”
pursed her lips with an indifferent shrug of her shoulders.
messed up, lady,” Kyle added.
all well and good,” Stephanie chimed in.
“But we still don’t know who set this fire. The fire chief found a gas can tossed a few
yards from the building leading me to believe it wasn’t an accident.” She looked at Kyle and then at Brooke. “Do either of you know who would have wanted
you both dead?”
and David looked at each other wordlessly for several moments. When no one responded, Stephanie threw her
hands up in resignation.
I guess I’ve got some investigating to do,” she said. She looked at Steven. “You’re free to go, Mr. Chandler.”
the crowd began to disperse, Miranda placed an arm around Brooke and led her to
the door. “Come on, I’ll take you home,”
smiled, pausing and looking back at Kyle.
She looked into his mesmerizing green eyes, flashing back to the kiss
they shared back at the club. Judging
from the way he looked at her, she knew it was on his mind too. A brief smile formed on her lips and she
finally turned and followed James and Miranda out into the hall.
Kyle got back to his house in Malibu, he walked in the door and stripped off
his soot-covered t-shirt. Reeling in the
tension from the evening’s events, he walked into the living room and turned on
the lamp. It was then that he realized
he wasn’t alone.
he said, surprised to find his father sitting in a chair in the dark room. “What are you doing here?”
else would I be?” Don Fenwick asked. He
was an intimidatingly confident man of sixty-two with a shock of gray hair and
a four thousand dollar Armani suit tailed perfectly to his tall frame. He spoke with a mildly detectable east coast
accent. “You’ve been making quite a
spectacle of yourself since your release from prison. News conferences, tabloid rumors. You’ve been busy, Kyle.”
is mom?” Kyle asked, deciding to ignore
the obvious element of disapproval in the man’s voice.
of your recent shenanigans, lucky for you,” Don replied. He rose to his feet and poured himself a
drink at the bar. “I hear you’re on a
crusade to finger David Jennings as the person who set you up.”
right,” Kyle replied. His relationship
with his adoptive father was strained at best.
Even before he was sent to prison, the disapproval that he constantly
had to try to overcome was insurmountable.
“I think it’s important to clear my name once and for all.”
you?” His reply was condescending and
very brief. “And how does Brooke Taylor
fit into your plans?”
shrugged. “She doesn’t.”
really?” Don asked with a chortle. “The
fact that Royce Jennings was her father is inconsequential to you? The fact that David Jennings, her brother, is
the man you claim blew up that hotel doesn’t factor into your scheme?”
no scheme. I just want to get to the
you found it? The truth, I mean.”
dug his hands into his pockets and shook his head. "Nothing concrete.”
Don laughed as he made his way around the room. “You’ve been back here for what, three
months? And you haven’t even made any
headway in your big crusade?
Typical. You never could follow
through with anything. That’s always
been your problem, boy.”
are you doing here, Dad?” Kyle asked.
finished his drink and set the glass on the bar top. “I told you.
I heard about some of your activities and thought it warranted a
visit. Have you been with her tonight?”
play dumb. Brooke Taylor.”
you slept with her yet?” Don asked.
shook his head.
haven’t lost your touch, have you?” Don asked with a raised eyebrow.
were just talking. There was a fire and
we were trapped inside.”
awful,” Don deadpanned. “I do hope the
young lady made it out okay.”
isn’t anything like him, you know,” Kyle said, knowing that his father would be
comparing her to Royce. “You can’t blame
her for your feud with him.”
walked across the room and paused before him.
“Don’t confuse the situation, boy,” he said, patting him on the
shoulder. “Stay away from Brooke Taylor
if you know what’s good for you. Nothing
good can come from you pursuing that woman.”
that, he walked to the door and pulled it open.
Kyle watched him leave, thankful that their visit had been brief. Turning back to the room, he saw his
father’s jacket slung over a chair.
Quickly, he went to retrieve it.
forgot your coat,” he said, making his way out the door. As he did, a gentle breeze from the water
traveled up the beach. The smell of
gasoline filled his senses and he at first wondered if it was him, but then
realized it came from the jacket.
talk soon,” Don said, taking the jacket from him and disappearing inside a
limousine parked in the back.
went inside and closed the door. A chill
ran up his spine and sent shivers over his bare skin. He began to question his father’s reasons for
being there. Something told him it
wasn’t just a fatherly check-in.
mile down the beach, David pulled into his driveway and stepped out onto the
pavement. He made his way tentatively up
to the door and went inside, stripping off his suit jacket as soon as he
entered. Moments later, a knock at the
door alerted him to a visitor. He went
back to the door and pulled it open with a sigh. A late night visit was the last thing he
I’m not interrupting anything,” Stephanie said from the porch.
David stood clear of the doorway. “No,
felt like we needed to talk after the hospital.
Are you okay?” She made her way
inside, surveyed the meticulously decorated house, and turned to him.
been better. Drink?”
“Sure. I’m off duty.”
poured them each a glass of brandy and handed one to her. “You think that fire is related to the hotel
explosion, don’t you?”
took the glass from him and looked at the amber liquid. “I think it’s no coincidence that Brooke
Taylor and Kyle Fenwick were both there when it went up.”
are we going to do about it?” David asked her.
shook her head and followed him to the sofa.
She had her suspicions, but nothing that she felt comfortable sharing
with him yet. Her investigation had much
to do with his father’s business dealings with the Fenwicks. That was all in the past. If the fire tonight was related, then they
were dealing with a lot more than they’d thought.
he asked her, wondering what was on her mind.
Her hands were trembling. He took
her glass from her and set it down, taking her hands in his in an effort to
comfort her. “Kyle Fenwick can’t hurt
you. You know that, don’t you?”
nodded, tears forming in her eyes. She
was so tired of playing the role of the tough cop. Sometimes she couldn’t keep it up. She needed to let her guard down, if only for
a few fleeing moments. It just so
happened that it would be David who was there when it happened.
of how to reassure her, he pulled her into an embrace. Quietly, he held her in his arms. She was familiar, a constant source of mutual
respect and someone he’d known for years.
Never had he seen her this vulnerable.
need to be with someone right now,” she said, looking up at him. “I’m hoping that someone can be you, because
I really don’t think I can handle putting up with any B.S. from anyone else
knew what she meant and he was flattered that she’d chosen him to lean on in
her time of need. Slowly, he led her to
the bedroom and sat on the end of his bed.
Standing before him, she let her hair out of her ponytail and let it
cascade gently over her shoulders. She
began to undress, leaning forward and kissing him hard on the lips. David peeled off his shirt and laid down on
the bed, pulling her on top of him.
decided to spend the next morning horseback riding at Moonshadows. To his surprise, Benji and Duke eagerly
joined him. Not that his son wasn’t
interested in horses – quite the opposite – but anything that could be
construed as father-son activities seemed to have been strictly off limits for
the better part of a year. Maybe their
relationship was changing. Further
evidence that Duke Summerfield seemed to have a positive influence on
they saddled up, they rode along the track and up into the hills where trails
wound their way through the steep ridges and canyons overlooking the
ocean. Naturally, Benji and Duke did
everything to show him up, expertly showing off the equestrian training they’d
received at Beau Solei.
they returned to the stables, Miranda was there, perched atop the wooden fence
that surrounded the riding yard. She
waved at Benji and Duke who raced their horses to the end of the yard. Jordan dismounted from his mare, grinning
from ear to ear as he approached Miranda, arms outstretched.
stranger,” he said and embraced her warmly.
“What brings you here? Going
shook her head, patting the horse on the snout.
“No, I just heard you were here.
Haven’t seen you in a while and thought we could catch up.”
looked at his former step-daughter suspiciously. He knew her all too well. “Why do I get the feeling you’ve got more on
your mind that catching up? Everything
okay with you and Eddie?”
he said, gesturing for her to follow him as he walked the horse around the
riding yard. “So what’s on your mind?”
mother,” Miranda said matter-of-factly.
She immediately detected the look of frustration on his face and quickly
went to diffuse any protest he might come up with. “I’m worried about her. I think she’s getting into something she
very much doubt there’s anything your mother can’t handle,” Jordan said with a
about this Kyle Fenwick character she’s latched onto?” Miranda questioned. “He’s bad news and she just flaunts their
romance all over town. I don’t even know
that he’s really that into her. He was
with Brooke last night.”
if he was serious about her why would he be meeting up with Brooke?” Miranda
asking the wrong person,” Jordan replied.
“Maybe they’re just friends. He’s
Ethan’s brother so maybe there’s a connection there. It doesn’t have to have anything to do with
don’t know, I just keep thinking he’s using her. The only problem is I can’t figure out what
for. He’s already got money and plenty
of media attention thanks to his impromptu press conference a few weeks ago.”
sound like he’s got any ulterior motives.
Are you sure this isn’t just the age thing? He is
quite a bit younger than her.”
Miranda stopped and patted the horse on the neck. “Maybe.
I’m also not completely sure she’s not still taking pills.”
you asked her?” Jordan asked.
rolled her eyes. “Let’s just say every
time my mother and I try to have a conversation we wind up arguing."
Jordan led the mare back toward the stables.
“So not much has changed,” he said, joking. “Miranda, Alex is going through some
changes. New job, new boyfriend, new
penthouse. It’s bound to be a little
hard on her family.”
you think I should just forget about it?
Just let the chips fall where they may?”
not sure what I could do about it. We’re
divorced, remember? Again.”
Miranda punched him playfully on the chest.
“Come on, Jordan, I know you still love my mother. You always have. Don’t you want to swoop in and save her from
been there, remember?” he asked. “Alex
doesn’t want saving unless it’s on her own terms.”
you do still love her, don’t you?”
shook his head with amusement. “You’re a
pest, you know that?”
she pointed a finger at him. “Yes, but
you still haven’t denied it. Admit it,
you love my mother.”
he thought to himself, he still loved her.
“It doesn’t matter because whatever I felt for Alex was never good
enough. I was always the enemy. I just can’t live like that anymore.”
dropped her hands to her sides in resignation.
She realized there was no changing his mind. “Fine.
I’ll stop pestering you. But
don’t think I’m giving up. One of these
days I’ll have my way.”
pulled her close and squeezed her tightly.
For the time being, he’d forgotten about Benji and Duke, who now seemed
to be engaged in a rather serious conversation across the riding yard.
are you doing?” Benji asked as Duke tapped away at his iPhone.
find out soon enough,” Duke replied enigmatically. “Call it the first stage in operation destroy
Benji said with a grin. “Does this mean
you’re going to tell me what it was he won from you by winning that bet? Let me guess…a watch.”
Duke cut him off with irritation. “Stop
trying to guess. You’ll find out soon
enough. Besides, this has more to do
with Summer smoking his bone in the back of his car a few weeks ago.”
nodded. Yes, the incident that
supposedly caused Jeff to give Summer the clap.
He still felt it wasn’t a good idea to admit it was him who gave it to her.
Besides, the point was she and Jeff did hook up while she and Duke were
supposedly an item. That had nothing to
do with him personally.
are you going to do?” he asked.
“Remember I told
you someone sent me a sext of the dirty incident? Well, it’s time that this little video gem
followed his lead, dismounting from the horse and walking it slowly back to the
stables. “Turns out Summer Solomon’s
mother, that soap bitch Cassidy Solomon, has quite the fan following. As a matter of fact, the web master of her
official fan club lives right here in L.A.
She sits at Coffee Bean every day for hours updating it. Word is she’s a real woofer and devotes her
entire life to all things Cassidy Solomon.”
where does she fit in to your plan?” Benji asked.
going to go pay her a visit at Coffee Bean and find out how to access
that website long enough to embed a very scandalous video of her precious
daughter with a dick crammed down her throat.”
“But I thought you
and Summer were dating. Do you want this
video of her and Branigan uploaded onto every soap addict’s computer from here
and I had a fling and it’s over. Now she
has to learn that she can’t humiliate me like that without suffering the
watched as Duke returned to the stables and met up with Jordan. Expertly, he shifted back to the do-gooder
personality that his father had come to adore.
If he only knew.
spent the morning shooting a series of scenes with Cassidy Solomon, her
embittered co-star. Cassidy had starred
in The Young at Heart since its inception fifty-five years before. Now, at nearly seventy, she was a permanent fixture,
shot only with certain lenses and always with a filter. Her character, Catherine Chamberlain, was the
mother of four – five if you counted the Siamese twin thought to have died
during separation but was really living with terrorists somewhere in Mongolia. The children were constantly being recast
with younger actors so she could lie about her age. Her character’s children’s children were not
allowed to call her grandmother, and there were several actresses she refused
to work with. After today, one of those
would be Alex Reynolds.
upstaged me!” Cassidy was bellowing from just outside her dressing room. “She’s been on the show for seven episodes
and she’s already acting like she’s the queen of daytime! I thought you were getting the other Faye
Richards back. Whatsername? Rogers. Suzanne Rogers. I want her.”
not interested in acting anymore,” Mackenzie said to her. “Alex is a professional. Why don’t you start acting like one
looked at her with penetrating eyes. “Oh
Mackenzie, don’t pretend that you and I have that kind of working
relationship. I’ve been on this show
since before you were born. I know what
makes this show work. You can hire all
the big names you want and you’ll still never get it right. This show would be nothing without me.”
talking like that and we might just have to test out your theory.”
I see what’s going on here,” Cassidy fumed.
“You and Alex Reynolds have formed some kind of alliance. You both want me out.”
I wanted you out you’d already be gone, sweetheart.”
heatedly, Cassidy pulled open the door to her dressing room. She clenched her
teeth as Alex walked by. “This
conversation isn’t over. I will not be
forced out to make room for that kind of trash.
Mark my words, Mackenzie. I will
see this show canceled before I ever turn it over to her.”
that, she slammed her door. Alex jumped
so hard that she could feel her heart thudding inside her chest. Once inside her dressing room, she swooped
into her purse for her bottle of oxycodone.
After the morning she had she needed one desperately.
the cap, she poured one out into the palm of her hand. Moments later, she shook her head and
returned it to the bottle. No, she thought to herself, I don’t need that. I can get through the day without it.
the bottle back into her purse, she sat down at her vanity and looked into the
mirror. Closing her eyes, she willed
herself to stay strong.
had a fitful night of sleep, thinking of nothing else but Jackie’s suspicions
about Royce’s death. He wondered how
much David knew so he decided to pay him a visit and try to put two and two
stood on the front porch ringing the doorbell.
After a minute and no answer, he made his way to the back where the
terrace jutted out over the ocean.
Climbing the steps to the large deck overgrown with plants and tropical
flowers, he came face to face with Stephanie standing with a cup of coffee in
her hands, cloaked in one of David’s white Gucci dress shirts.
I didn’t expect to see you here,” James said, his voice full of surprise.
with embarrassment, she folded her arms across her chest and motioned inside
the house. “David’s taking a shower.”
She was overcome with the need to explain.
“I came over last night after everything went down at the hospital and
his hand up, James shook his head. “It’s
not necessary,” he said. “What you and
David do is your own business. But tell
me, does he know that you’re investigating his father’s death? Or did that not
come up in the course of your pillow talk?”
set her jaw and pushed her long brown hair over her ears. “Yes, he does know,” she said. “But the
question is, how do you?”
just say I came across some information.”
her eyes, she dropped her hands to her sides.
“Levitt,” she surmised. “Of
did T.T. come to share in this information about Royce’s accident?” James
was helping in the investigation. As
soon as Kyle came to L.A. I asked him to hide the evidence for me. I didn’t want him knowing that I was
else have you found?” James wanted to know.
“Did Don Fenwick kill Royce?”
do you want to know?” David asked as he emerged from the sliding glass doors,
bare chested in a pair of white linen shorts and sipping from a glass of orange
both turned in his direction, unprepared for his sudden appearance.
knew and you never said anything? Not even
to Jackie?” James asked in dismay.
“David, what’s going on?”
only learned recently after Stephanie told me some of her findings,” David
replied. “I haven’t said anything to my
mother because I wasn’t sure yet.”
Don Fenwick killed Royce because he knew about the building inspections for the
hotel?” James asked.
think Fenwick paid off the building inspector, but Royce found out and
threatened to go to the authorities,” Stephanie explained.
about the drug cartel?” James asked.
cover,” David replied. “Or an excuse to
blow up the evidence, we’re still not sure which.”
you’ve known all this time it wasn’t Kyle who blew up that hotel?” James
demanded. “He went to prison for three
shook her head adamantly. “No, Kyle
isn’t an innocent bystander here. He was
part of this whole operation. It just so
happens we can’t prove it yet. Besides,
all of this information came to light after he was released from prison.”
what now?” James asked in disbelief. “Does
any of this have to do with the fire last night? Do you know who set it?”
shook his head. “No, but we think it’s
Brooke? Is she in danger?”
and Stephanie looked at each other briefly before replying. “She’s got nothing to do with this. I think her being there last night was a
day couldn’t get any worse, she decided, staring inside the trunk of her
car. She’d been on her way to take
Michael to school when she had to turn back and get some papers she’d left on
the kitchen table. Without those, the
premiere of Angel Assassin 2 would be a wash and there’d be nothing to give to
the media to tout its release. She’d
managed to reprint the press release Jackie had submitted without her approval,
had new copies made, and absent-mindedly left them home in her haste to
leave. Finally, she’d dropped Michael
off at school and proceeded to the studio.
Before she even got out of her neighborhood, however, she was flagged
down by someone pointing and yelling out the window that she had a flat
alone on the side of the road, she struggled to even get the spare out of the
trunk. She thought about calling Stormy
or David and asking them to come help, but it reeked of the old Brooke, needy
and unable to take care of herself. No,
she’d take care of this problem on her own, she decided.
she got the spare out of the trunk and laid it next to the curb. Her next challenge came in the form of the
jack. She looked at her watch and
realized she wasn’t getting to work anytime soon.
came when a long black limousine pulled up behind her. A tall, well-dressed man
with gray hair and a gentle nature appeared from the back and approached
any help?” he asked.
realized how helpless she seemed. She
was a capable woman and the thought that she couldn’t even change a flat tire
was ridiculous to her.
thank you though.”
sure?” Don Fenwick asked. “These cheap
jacks they put in these cars are a bear even for most mechanics.” He took his jacket off and placed it neatly
over the hood of the car. “The trick is
you have to start on a level surface.”
know, I just didn’t want to move it with oncoming traffic and-“
yet, why don’t you let me give you a
ride? You can call your auto club and
they’ll come fix it. Better than risking
your neck out here during rush hour.”
looked at the limo and then back at him.
She wondered who he was. He
seemed wealthy enough. But then again
wealthy didn’t always mean normal. No
way was she getting in a stranger’s limo.
very kind of you, but I think I’ll call the auto club and wait. You look like you’re going somewhere
that can’t wait, Miss Taylor,” he said, his eyes narrowing in on her.
flags alerted her to the possibility that this was no chance meeting. “I’m sorry, do I know you?”
not met,” he said. “I’m Don Fenwick.”
name instantly made her take a step back.
“Don Fenwick? You’re Kyle’s…”
his father, yes. And you are the young
woman who he’s decided to take an interest in.
I must say, his taste is certainly impeccable. You are lovely.”
did you know who I am?” She looked
around, unnerved by the fact that he was there at the precise moment she got a
just say I’m an admirer myself.
Different than the way my son admires you, of course. I knew your father. He and I were business associates.”
didn’t know Royce.”
“Pity. I’m sure he would have adored you.”
what are you doing in Los Angeles?” Brooke asked. “Does Kyle know that you’re here?”
saw him last night. He told me about the
awful scare the two of you had. To think
you were trapped in that building together.
I can only imagine how worried your father would have been had he still
been alive. You really should be more
careful. You never know when you’re
going to find yourself in the thick of danger.”
studied his expression carefully. Something about the way he spoke sent warning
signals coursing through her veins. It
was almost as if he were threatening her.
investigators said it was arson,” she said carefully.
luckily your brother was there to rescue you both. David is nothing if not his father’s
son. A man to be counted on.”
if you’ll excuse me. I should call the
I can’t give you a ride somewhere?” Don asked.
hesitated only long enough to wonder what he was after. There had to be a reason why he was in Los
Angeles, and a reason why he happened by just in her moment of need.
I don’t think so,” she finally said.
he turned and went back to the limo. She watched as the car pulled away from the
curb. Immediately, she dialed the auto
club, eager to put the unnerving meeting behind her.
Rybek claimed her usual table at Coffee Bean every day precisely at noon. She ordered a nonfat caramel macchiato with
no whipped cream lightly dusted with cinnamon and brought to precisely one
hundred and thirty degrees. For the next
two hours, just before her shift began, she would IM her online friends, post
her recent activities on Twitter, and update her Facebook page with new
pictures of her with her two cats, Shimsa and Genoa. Part of that time was also spent updating the
fan site she’d labored over for three years.
was always something new going on with Cassidy Solomon, the best and most
underrated actress to ever grace daytime television. Cassidy, mother of Summer, wife of Trevor
McMann, animal rights activist, and the best part of The Young at Heart for
nearly sixty years. Sarah, of course, at
only twenty years old, had only been watching for ten of those years, but she
had managed to obtain some old footage online.
Her Cassidy Solomon fan page received over two million hits a week and
she prided herself on updating the masses with the most new and up to date
information available. Sometimes she’d
rifle through her trash, steal her mail from the postal carrier whom she’d
bribed with a hands-free blowjob in exchange for a peek at the world-class
actress’s mail, and when things were slow, staked herself outside the studio in
was so busy doing whatever it took to get the inside scoop on Cassidy that she
didn’t realize until it was too late that she was about to be played in a big
way. It all started when two charming
and very good looking guys came in and had the nerve to ask her if they could
join her at her table. As much as she
protested, something about them got the best of her and she eventually gave
in. Unlike most guys, who steered clear
of her at all costs, they seemed genuinely interested, especially the tall one
who talked like a grown up.
gorgeous,” Duke was saying while fawning over a photo she showed him on her
laptop. “Look at the coloring on
Shimsa. She’s a mama’s girl, no?”
laughed and tossed her hair over her shoulder.
Something she’d seen pretty girls in the coffee house do from time to
time when they were talking with boys.
“Yes, she is. How could you
slid his arm over the back of her chair and inched a tiny bit closer. “I can always tell a fellow cat lover.”
too?” she exclaimed.
hello to Spike and Thor,” Duke replied, pulling out a random picture of two
cats Benji had never seen before.
adorable!” Sarah exclaimed. She turned
to Benji. “Do you have babies too?”
cleared his throat and nodded. “Uh,
yeah, of course. Unfortunately my wallet
got stolen this morning so I don’t have any pictures.”
you have any on your phone?”
me see,” he replied, going through the motions.
No, I don’t have any cats you loony bird, he thought to himself. He had to hand it to Duke, he knew how to
work this girl. She wasn’t anywhere near
their type, but she wasn’t completely unfortunate looking either. Beneath her mousy clothes seemed to be a smoking
hot body. “Shoot, I don’t. Sorry.”
she shook her head and turned back to Duke.
“That’s okay. I’m just glad to
meet guys who don’t want to run cats over with their car. You couldn’t believe some of the guys who IM
awful,” Duke said, letting his foot brush against hers beneath the table. “So tell us more about your website. You really designed the whole thing
she beamed proudly. “I was just about to
update it when you guys showed up.”
Duke said with just the right amount of eagerness. “Show us how.”
Solomon turns you guys on?” Sarah asked with a grin. “Come on.”
it’s true,” Benji interjected. “She’s
incredible. As a matter of fact, my
ex-step-mother works with her. She just
got a gig as Faye Richards.”
up,” Sarah said, mouth wide open. “Your
ex-step-mother is Alex Reynolds? She has
a direct in with Cassidy. Do you think
you could introduce me?”
for sure,” Benji replied, exchanging harried glances with Duke. “So anyway, about your website. Can you show us more?”
fairly sure she’d finally succeeding in catching the interest of not one but
two boys her own age, was eager to see where things would take them. “You can show me as much as you want,” she
said, snaring a finger over Duke’s waistband.
She playfully licked her lips, unaware that the effect didn’t quite work
you thinking what I’m thinking?” Duke asked, moving closer to her. Of course she wanted to screw, he
thought. He’d been acting like she was
the only woman within a thousand miles for the past twenty minutes.
nodded, reaching her other hand over to Benji’s leg and massaging it
gently. “Why don’t the three of us go
looked at each other with immediate surprise.
This wasn’t quite where they expected things to go.
later, they were in the pool house at Jordan’s place in Beverly Hills. Benji still had a key and wasn’t about to
give it up. Much to his and Duke’s
surprise, Sarah turned quite aggressive, starting with her stripping them both
naked and getting them each sufficiently aroused on the bed. Next, she lay on her back and insisted they
take turns having their way with her.
They gave no protest. Half an
hour later, they lay in a row on the bed, exhausted.
my website,” Sarah said, jumping up and going to her things across the
room. She opened her laptop and clicked
around until she’d activated a server used to update the Cassidy Solomon
motioned to Benji who did his best to distract her. “You know, Sarah, there’s something I forgot
to do for you,” he said.
that?” she asked, typing away at her laptop.
he coaxed her back to the bed and laid her down, throwing her legs over his
shoulders as he dove in head first. Her
head thrown back, she never saw Duke run to the computer and upload the
her unnerving run-in with Kyle’s father, Brooke decided to stop by Moonshadows
to talk to David before proceeding to Sunset Studios. With the premiere happening in just a few hours,
she knew she wouldn’t have a chance to later.
Just as she’d predicted, she found him surveying the damage at the site
of the Admiral’s Club. Cringing from the
horrific scene, she stepped carefully through the soot and ash and waved her
hands to get her brother’s attention.
are you doing here?” he asked, stepping away from a crew of architects.
so sorry about all of this,” she said, temporarily forgetting about her reasons
for showing up there. When she saw the
devastation the fire had done to the new club, she suddenly realized how
difficult it must be for David. He’d put
a lot of energy into the addition to the resort. “Do you think you can rebuild?”
he said. “Most of the foundation is
still intact. It’ll be up and running in
a few months.”
followed him around the ash and cinders.
“Do you think the fire was intentional?”
“Somebody set it. Obviously someone with a grudge against
think it was his father,” Brooke announced.
theory finally got David’s attention.
His head snapped in her direction and he went bounding across the ground
toward her. “Why do you say that?”
here. In Los Angeles. I saw him earlier and he said some really
kind of things?” David asked. “When did
you see him?”
before I came here. I got a flat tire
and she showed up asking if I needed help.
He kept saying how lucky we were that we made it out of the fire. Then he said you never know when you might
find yourself in danger or something like that.
It was very strange.”
David went for is cell. He dialed Kyle’s
number, pacing around the construction site while waiting for an answer. Moments later, Kyle answered.
are you?” he asked, barely waiting for an answer before barking orders through
the phone. “Get your ass down to
Moonshadows. Seems your father paid
Brooke a little visit this morning.”
just like that the call was over.
decided to at least see for himself if Miranda’s concerns were valid, so he
made his way to the sounds stages where The Young at Heart was filmed in
Century City. Getting a stage-side seat
wasn’t difficult being that he had employed half of the security team and film
crew at one time or another. Going to
any studio in town for him was like a reunion of sorts. Hollywood was a relatively small town, so to
Alex asked between takes. “What are you
stopped in to see someone and thought I’d catch a glimpse at your work,” he lied
cleverly. “Nice job up there.”
she asked, slightly out of breath from a particularly physical scene where she
struggled with Max, her on-screen love interest. “Thanks.
I’m trying to make it my own, you know.”
he said, nodding as he perched himself on a stool. “You look tired. Are you okay?”
fine,” she replied. She probably looked
tired because she never slept. There
were too many things to worry about. Her
new career, her relationship with Kyle, her relationship with her family. On top of that, she had sixty pages of dialog
to memorize every day. Who wouldn’t look
she said, though she guessed not very convincingly because she was never sure
they were headed anywhere. “Lovely to
see you again, Jordan.”
she turned to return to the set, Mackenzie came barreling across the studio,
short mini skirt crawling up her long legs and jet hair cascading over her
they’re waiting for you,” she said sharply.
this is Jordan Rydell, my ex-husband,” Alex said, gesturing between them. “Jordan, my producer, Mackenzie Stone.”
pleasure, I’m sure,” Mackenzie replied dismissively. “Alex, the scene?”
right.” She turned and went back to the
stage where Max was waiting.
quite a character,” Jordan said.
sorry?” Mackenzie asked, turning to him and straining an ear for maximum effect.
“Alex. I’m sure she brings this place to life. Never dull when she’s around, is it?”
you divorced her. Why don’t you tell
laughed to himself. She told it like it
was, which intrigued him. In a way she
reminded him of Stephanie. He wondered
if she were as emotionally detached.
wouldn’t be going to the premiere tonight, would you?” he found himself asking.
I am. Why?”
would you like a date?”
do you know I don’t already have one?” Stephanie asked, cracking an ever so
would you like to go with me?” Jordan asked.
He didn’t think there was anything difficult to understand about his
you care what Alex will think if I went out with her ex-husband?”
shrugged. “I doubt she’d care.”
shook her head in amusement. “Nice. Ok, what the hell, I’ll go out with you. Pick me up here at six.”
Jordan asked, unsure if he’d heard her correctly.
really. Now stop gawking or I’ll change
conversation was interrupted by the sudden shrieking from across the sound
stage. Mackenzie spun her head around
and watched as Cassidy came bolting from her dressing room.
could you?” she screamed at Alex, slapping her dramatically across the face.
the director called when he realized the scene had been ruined. “What the hell is it now?”
dare you,” Alex said, holding her hand to her face. She turned to Mackenzie who came marching up
to the set. “Did you see what she just
did? Get that woman out of here now!”
what the hell is going on?” Mackenzie demanded.
Jordan fell in line right behind her, curious as to what had set the
volatile situation into motion.
told you before she is trying to usurp my place around here. She wants to see me gone so she attacked me
the one way she knew she could do it and get away with it!” Cassidy screeched.
are you talking about?” Alex lamented.
daughter!” she replied. “How could
you? What did you? Pay that website off to get them to publish
that disgusting video? It’s supposed to
be a website for my fans, not for a bunch of sick degenerates!”
don’t know what you’re talking about,” Alex said, shaking her head in dismay.
Cassidy wouldn’t back down. She stepped
closer, glaring menacingly at Alex while shaking a thick finger in her face. “You know damn well you did this, but I
promise you that you will not get away with it.
I’ll get you for this, Alex. I
swear to God I’ll get you for this.”
that, she turned and fled across the soundstage. Alex stood back in shock while Jordan watched. He was suddenly aware that what went on
behind the scenes at The Young at Heart could possibly be much more
entertaining than the actual show.
getting the scoop from David and Brooke, it didn’t take Kyle long to learn that
his father had taken a suite right there at Moonshadows. He raced off to confront him, clenching his
fists the entire elevator ride to the eleventh floor of the luxury high
rise. Showing up at his house last night
was one thing, but to track Brooke down and make idle threats was another thing
the door to the suite, he knocked firmly, breathing heavily while he waited for
the door to open. He knocked again, this
time being greeted with a swiftly opened door and a patronizing look from his
didn’t expect to see you so soon,” Don said, blocking him from entering the
hell you didn’t,” Kyle fumed, forcing his way past him. “What the hell did you say to Brooke Taylor?”
simply offered to help her in her time of need,” Don replied, moving away from
had a flat tire and you just happened to be there at that exact time?” Kyle
asked, his voice full of skepticism. “I
know you. You set up that meeting just
so you could intimidate her and threaten her.”
did not set our meeting up, and I most certainly did not threaten her. As usual you’re wrong, boy.”
you boy me,” Kyle said angrily. “Your hatred over Royce Jennings has finally
gotten to the point where you’ll do anything.
You started that fire yesterday at the club. You saw Brooke go into the building and you
made sure she didn’t come out. You hated
him that much. The only thing I can’t
figure out is if you meant to kill me too or if I was just a kink in your
an imagination,” Don said and poured himself a glass of cold vodka. “Yes, I hated Royce Jennings. I’ve made no secret of that. That man sent you to prison.”
frowned, unsure if he heard him correctly.
The prospect made no sense to him.
“What are you talking about?”
them, David and Brooke appeared in the doorway.
They stopped and listened as the two men shouted.
“Royce Jennings blew
up that hotel in New York. When he
learned that the materials we’d shipped in were substandard, he decided to
cover his own ass. Do you know the costs
associated with the necessary repairs it would have taken to bring it to
code? He did the only thing he
could. He planted the drugs and he
pinned it on you. Then to make sure
there was no evidence he blew it up.”
intently. He couldn’t believe what he
was hearing. His father was responsible
“What I did was for
you, son,” Don went on, staring outside to the balcony that overlooked the
beach below. “You lost three years of
your life. Our family name was drug
through the mud. I had to make sure he
“What did you do?”
Don swirled his
drink around in the glass, staring at the clear liquid as he closed his eyes
tightly. “The only thing I could
do. Don’t you see, Kyle? Nobody comes between my family. Nobody.
I don’t care if you aren’t my biological son. You were every bit as much a son to me as
anybody ever could be.”
“Tell me what you
did!” Kyle screamed.
“I made sure Royce
Jennings paid for what he did to us.”
David clenched his
teeth, finally having heard enough. He
now knew the truth, that his father was murdered and the man who did it was
standing right before him.
“You murdering son
of a bitch!” he yelled, rushing across the room toward him.
“David, no!” Brooke
screamed, her hands instinctively going to her mouth.
Don and Kyle both
turned in surprise. Before they knew
what was happening, David began attacking Don mercilessly, delivering one
shattering blow after another into his face.
Kyle, fearful that
Brooke would get caught amidst the struggle, held her back. They watched as David threw Don around the
room. With as much strength as he could
muster, Don pushed David away and sent him falling against the sofa. He quickly got up again, racing toward him
with blinding speed and shoving him out onto the balcony. The sheer force of the blow sent them both
thrashing against the railing. Before he
could correct himself, Don began to fall over the edge. He pulled David along with him. Gravity took hold and soon they were sailing
through the air toward the beach eleven stories below.
Brooke raced to the
balcony, screaming at the top of her lungs.
Fearful of the inevitable outcome, Kyle pulled her close and held her
tightly as she buried her face in his chest.
Kyle wait impatiently for word after the fall. Jordan
gets a reaction out of Stephanie when he shows up with
a date to the premiere of Angel Assassin 2. Stormy
gets an idea for a blockbuster.
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