Miranda and Jordan expressed concern
over Alex's plans to adopt a baby. Believing they
wouldn't let her keep R.J. if they knew he was Stormy's
son, she told them the mother was a drug addict she
met in rehab. Back from prison, Devon helped Brett
out by picking Bryan Carlson up in a bar, then seducing
him for information. After he spilled his plans, she
sent Brett a cryptic text. But when he arrived
at Moonshadows, Devon had been thrown from a hotel room
window. After Jackie told him everything, Brett
promised to cover for her in hopes that by saving the
day he would prove indispensible to James. When
Brett told James about the freighters hauling drugs
to San Pedro, James sent Eddie back to L.A. to help
Brett set up a blockade to prevent them from docking
in hopes that they could use it as a bargaining tool
to free Brooke and the others. Miranda was overjoyed
to see Eddie and they shared a kiss. Renee received
the note Rob Silva had written to her and asked Ira
to search Rob's computer for clues to its meaning. Eddie,
Miranda and Brett were held at gunpoint by two members
of the cartel who demanded they move the yachts so the
freighters could park. Meanwhile, Manuel and his
men were killed by James, who was relieved to find Brooke
and Stormy alive. He panicked, however,
when he learned Miranda was in danger back home.
Bryan Carlson grew
up in an affluent suburb in upstate New
family had benefitted financially from the death of his grandfather, but money
didn’t become an issue for him until he met Kyle Fenwick. Kyle had everything. He’d been adopted by the Fenwick’s, an
impossibly wealthy family, as an infant and given every benefit in the
world. Bryan, on the other hand, wasn’t as well off
because his family squandered away the money they had.
Since they met on
the playground at the age of five, they competed on every level imaginable. Bryan became like another
son to Don and Helen Fenwick, and soon they saw the promise in him that they
didn’t with Kyle. After graduating from
Yale law school, he took a job with Fenwick Industries while Kyle meandered
aimlessly from job to job. He did
everything from selling boating equipment to managing hotels owned by Royce
Jennings. While he did, Bryan worked his fingers to the bone for the
Fenwick’s family business.
Ten years of being
Don Fenwick’s yes man turned Bryan
into an embittered soul. Despite the
dedication he’d shown, he still wouldn’t be entrusted with more than any
ordinary employee. He knew the company
inside out and was still overlooked as successor to Don Fenwick upon his
alleged passing several months earlier.
Only when Kyle turned down the offer to succeed his father was Bryan appointed temporary
head of the company. Temporary being the operative word. He deserved more. He wanted more.
So when he learned
that his old friend Jackie Lamont’s son David
Jennings was about to succumb to
inoperable brain cancer, the wheels stated turning. Eliminate David’s next of kin, then eliminate
Jackie. He’d be a billionaire in a
matter of months.
That hope was all
he had to cling to as he made his way to Acapulco
in record time on the Fenwick private jet.
After renting a car, he secured his hand gun in his attaché case and set
off for the Pachecho house. As he drew
near, the found the entire estate circled on all sides by federal police
officers. Things had gotten out of hand,
he realized, turning and veering off in the opposite direction while hoping he
hadn’t attracted attention to himself.
His mission was
simple. Find David Jennings and Brooke
Taylor and kill them.
the clearing in the jungles of Acapulco,
small fires and billowing smoke shot up from the van that had been destroyed by
gunfire. On the ground, three members of
the cartel laid dead – Manuel Pacheco included.
Brooke, Stormy, Kyle, Steven and David looked on eagerly as James tried
to contact the marina back in L.A.
He listened to the
phone ring over and over. Brett still
hadn’t answered which could only mean he, Eddie and Miranda were in
trouble. The standoff at the marina had
backfired and now his daughter would pay the price.
stood beside him, praying that someone would answer and tell them that Miranda
was safe. But when James slowly shook
his head and clicked off the phone, he was overcome with a sense of
damnit,” James said and tried Brett’s phone again.
off!” the young Hispanic man yelled as Brett approached on the yacht. “Start this boat and get it out of here or I
blow a hole in her head!”
it easy,” Brett said, hands in the air.
His phone was ringing in his pocket again – presumably James
calling. He saw the terrified look in
Miranda’s eyes. Beside her, Eddie was
waiting for a chance to act.
The man looked at
his watch. Manuel had told them five
minutes, which was long overdue.
“What do we do?”
asked the man.
“Kill them,” he
closed her eyes and waited for the inevitable.
From the back of
the boat, Jackie had boarded and picked up an oar from the lifeboat. She crept along the starboard side of the
yacht, careful to keep her heels from sinking between the wooden planks. Quietly, she approached the man with the gun
pointed at Miranda. Raising the oar in
the air, she brought it down and slammed it against the back of his head. Like a wet sponge, he dropped to the deck and
his fingers released their grip on the gun.
The second man went
on the attack, aiming the gun at Jackie and preparing to fire. Brett and Eddie wasted no time in rushing
forward and grabbing him from behind. In
one quick movement, Brett managed to secure the rifle from him. He lifted the weapon and slammed the butt
against the man’s head, knocking him unconscious.
“Someone call the
coast guard,” he ordered, falling in line beside Eddie as they both held the
men at gunpoint. While Jackie ran to make the call, he fished his phone from
his pocket and tossed it at Miranda.
“Call your father and tell him we’re okay.”
through her veins, she quickly called James’s phone and paced while waiting for
him to answer. He did so after only one
answered. “What’s going on? Are you guys okay?”
fine,” Miranda cried into the receiver.
“Are you all right?’
“Yes, we’re fine,”
he told her. “Everyone. Brooke, Stormy, David.”
asked. “You mean-“
“He’s alive,” James
told her happily. “Listen, we’re going
to head back to the hotel and get some things in order. Hopefully we’ll be home soon.”
Daddy. I love you.”
She clicked off the
phone and looked at Eddie. Tears in her
eyes, she cupped her hands over her mouth.
“What is it?” Eddie
asked, concerned over her reaction. “Are they okay?”
She nodded. “Yes.
“He’s alive!” she
squealed, running toward him and throwing her arms around his torso.
kissed her repeatedly on the lips.
“Thank God,” he said, hands alongside her face as he looked into her
eyes. Meanwhile, he’d let the rifle
wander from its intended target, prompting Brett to cast him a wary look.
“Eddie, can you
focus please?” he said.
“Oh, right,” he
said, turning away from Miranda and aiming the rifle back at the young Hispanic
man who was beginning to awaken from his unconscious state.
James said happily when he clicked off his phone and turned to the others.
Cries of relief
erupted, followed by warm embraces. Kyle
kissed Brooke and held her tightly while James pulled Stormy into his arms and
patted him firmly on the back.
“Come on, let’s get
to the hotel,” David suggested and started to the jeep. “We need to talk to the American Embassy and
then get the hell out of this place.”
On the way to the
jeep, Brooke stopped and pulled James toward her. “Thank you for everything,” she said. “I should have known you’d find us and save
the day. It seems to be a thing between
He grinned and
placed a hand gently alongside her face.
“You’ve got a son waiting for you at home. Ethan’s son.
I would have searched forever for you.”
Pulling him toward
her, they hugged for a long time until David gestured toward the jeep. After
they broke from the embrace, Brooke smiled and allowed him to hoist her into
the back seat. Closing her eyes, she
took a deep breath and took solace in the fact that she’d be home soon with her
She sat beside
Stormy on the way back, her fingers knotted through his as they wordlessly
reflected on the bond they’d shared since the nightmare began.
When Alex answered
the door she was surprised to find Miranda standing in the hall, an elated
expression on her face.
“Darling, what a
surprise,” she said and gestured for her to enter. “I was just about to put R.J. down for a
nap. I’ll put on some coffee and we can
“I can’t stay,”
Miranda said, wringing her hands together with excitement.
Alex was already
rushing toward the kitchen, her nightgown billowing behind her. “Are you sure? It’ll just take a few minutes.”
called after her. “Stormy’s alive.”
The news stopped
her in her tracks. Pivoting around to
face her, her expression turned stark and her face white as a sheet. Words escaped her for several moments, and
then she raced toward her.
“Are you sure?” she
asked. “How do you know?”
“Daddy called from Mexico. He’s alive.
They’re coming home soon.”
Elated, Alex pulled
her into an embrace. “I can’t believe
it!” she exclaimed. “He’s alive?”
smiled happily at her mother. “I wanted
to come tell you right away,” she said, backing toward the door. “I’ll call you as soon as I hear anything
“Please do,” Alex
said happily. “Thank you for telling me,
“Bye,” Miranda said
and ducked back out into the hallway.
After she’d gone,
Alex clasped her hands together and pondered the exciting news. She’d now have the opportunity to make good
on her promise to make up for the way she tried to run her son’s life when
Kelly was in the picture. Her meddling
had nearly cost her her relationship with him.
Before he left for Mexico
it seemed they were on the track to making amends and she fully intended to see
it through now that she’d been giving a second chance.
The soft cooing
from R.J.’s crib suddenly caught her attention and she floated across the room
to tend to him. Lifting the infant into
her arms, she was suddenly faced with the flip side of Miranda’s news. Stormy was R.J.’s father, which meant he
would be able to care for him upon his return.
Her dreams of being a mother again were suddenly crushed. Once
Miranda and Jordan learned that she’d lied about where he came from, she’d be
faced with even more scrutiny. Her
family would turn their backs on her again and she’d be the same lonely woman
she was before she went to rehab. The
thought was chilling and depressing to think about.
Looking into the
infant’s eyes, she grew heartbroken at the thought of giving him up. After the disappointment that went along with
the botched adoption of the baby from Malawi, she’d pinned so many hopes
on this baby. He was the thing that
would help her grow strong again.
Quickly, she began
organizing the facts in her mind. No one
but Kelly knew that R.J. was Stormy’s son, and she’d paid her off handsomely to
disappear and never breathe a word of the baby’s existence. Stormy was alive and had his whole future to
look forward to. He’d want to move past
the mistakes he made with Kelly. Having
a baby to remind him of that was the last thing he needed.
Maybe there was a
way to keep him after all.
rescue of the Americans in Acapulco
was suddenly the day’s biggest media frenzy.
It took practically no time for the press to get wind of the story, and
even less time for them to make their way to the Las Brisas Hotel. A circus of Mexican law enforcement officials
and representatives from the American Embassy flooded the driveway in front of
the cliff-side hotel.
the lobby, Stormy, Brooke and Steven gave detailed accounts of their kidnapping
and were questioned for over an hour about every detail of their time in
captivity. When he noticed Stormy
shifting uncomfortably and wincing from the pain in his head, James quickly
went to put a stop to the questions.
you’ve got all the information you need,” he said to one Mexican official. “I’d like to get my family back home now.”
still the question of the freighters hired by Merteuil Industries and the
situation in San Pedro,” said one United States official. “If there’s a link between that and the
kidnappings, we’ll need to investigate.”
then investigate your heart out,” James said crossly. “But do it from L.A.
I’d like to get my son and my ex-wife checked out by our doctor.”
have doctors here who can check them out,” said one man from the Mexican
thank you,” James snapped. “You know,
you’re all awfully interested in my family’s well being now that they’re
safe. Where the hell were any of you
when I tried asking for help?”
filled the room for several moments until the officials began to
dissipate. Before they left, one
American official stopped and offered James a firm pat on the shoulder.
sorry for your family’s troubles,” he said.
“We’ll be in touch.”
When they were gone, Brooke stood up and
stretched her sore muscles. “I’d like to
go upstairs and shower before we go,” she said.
“Do we have time?”
nodded. “We’ll plan on leaving for the
plane in an hour. Everyone meet down
here and we’ll ride to the airport together.”
placed a hand on Brooke’s arm and whispered silently to her. “Do you want me to go with you?” he asked
answered with a smile. “I’d like to be
alone for a few minutes if that’s okay,” she said. “I’ll be down in a little while.”
he said, kissing her on the cheek and squeezing her hand.
disappeared into the crowd of onlookers with Stormy and Steven while David,
Kyle and James remained.
was all that about the Merteuil freighters?” Kyle asked.
James dug his hands into his pockets. “I
don’t know. They were transporting drugs.
Jackie said she didn’t know anything about it so it must have been a
deal Renee made when she was still in charge.
She probably had no idea what she was getting into.”
what do Stormy and Brooke have to do with it?” David asked. “I have a hard time believing it was just a
coincidence that they were kidnapped and used as leverage to get the freighters
docked in L.A. Something isn’t adding up.”
we’ll get to the bottom of it as soon as we get back,” James maintained. “If someone was responsible for those people
getting murdered and for Brooke and Stormy being kidnapped, they’re going to
answer to me.”
Brooke closed her hotel room door and locked it. She reached into the shower and turned on the
water before slowing undressing. She
wanted nothing more than to sit under the hot spray of water and let the past
week drain off of her body. Then
returning home and holding her son in her arms was the only thing that mattered
to her. But something told her she
wouldn’t be able to forget about the horrific things she’d seen and endured
since their arrival in Acapulco.
A sound in the
bedroom caught her attention and she frowned, slipping her shirt back over her
head. Kyle was persistent, to say the
least. She knew he was only being
protective, but she really did want to have a few minutes alone to
decompress. There would be plenty of
time for reconnecting when they got home.
called, peering out into the bedroom.
A slight breeze
blew in from the balcony. Quickly, she
started walking to the doors to close them.
As she did, she was grabbed from behind by someone who wrapped their
hand over her mouth and placed a gun into the side of her head.
“Don’t make a
sound,” Bryan Carlson said, teeth gnashed while restraining her.
Eyes wide, Brooke
At San Pedro
Harbor, a fleet of coast guard and LAPD
patrol boats circled the freighters that were anchored in the middle of the
bay. On shore, Brett, Miranda, Eddie and
Jackie were questioned by the authorities as the two members of the cartel were
hauled away in handcuffs.
“I don’t know,”
Jackie was saying, flustered. “I only
bought the company a few months ago. I
barely know where to get the coffee let alone know where every single shipping
deal was made.”
your company was just caught transporting millions of dollars in cocaine into
the United States,”
said the detective. “I’m afraid I didn’t know doesn’t excuse
already told you she’s unaware of the daily operations of Merteuil Industries,”
Brett said, acting in good faith by keeping his promise to Jackie. In exchange for her telling him everything,
he agreed to cover for her. Now he was a
hero for saving everyone’s lives and would surely be kept on at Sunset
Studios. He’d need the stability in
order to fight for his daughter at the custody hearing in a couple of
days. “I suggest you talk to the former
owner, Renee DeWitt. I’m sure the
shipping contracts are all in her name.”
“We’ll find out
soon enough,” said the detective. “Every
file in the Merteuil Industries office building is being locked down until this
matter is resolved. Your company is the property
of the United States Government until further notice. I suggest you start notifying your
Acapulco, Brooke struggled in Bryan’s grasp. She whimpered silently, cringing with every
move he made for fear that he would pull the trigger and put a bullet hole in
going to let you go, but if you scream you’ll be dead before anyone can hear
nodded, gasping for breath when he released his hand from her mouth. Quickly, she twisted away from him and turned
to get a look at her captor. It took a
few moments but when she finally recognized him, alarm bells suddenly went off
in her head.
that guy from the airport,” she said, suddenly remembering that they’d run into
him on the way to Acapulco. “Kyle’s friend from New York.”
to see you again,” he said with a smarmy grin.
“Sorry that it had to be under these circumstances.”
are you doing here?’ she asked in confusion.
“Does Kyle know that you’re here?”
doubt it,” Bryan
replied. “But then again Kyle’s always
been a little too self serving to care about anybody else, wouldn’t you agree?”
everyone’s downstairs waiting for me.”
She had no idea what he wanted or why he was there threatening her with
a gun, but she had a feeling it had nothing to do with Kyle.
know. That’s what I’m counting on.”
do you mean?”
pointed to the phone on the nightstand.
“I want you to call your brother and get him up here.”
ask questions,” Bryan
spat angrily. “Just do it. I don’t care what you tell him as long as you
don’t let on that anything’s wrong. Just
get him up here.”
do you want with David?” Brooke asked, more confused than ever.
act like you don’t know,” he said with a scoff.
“Little miss department store makeup girl from Phoenix is about to become a very wealthy
woman all because your slut of a mother couldn’t keep it out of Royce Jennings’s
pants. You came from nothing and you
ended up with everything. A share in
Sunset Studios, Moonshadows, and now every single hotel in Jennings’s portfolio.”
knew bitches like you in college. You
were given everything while guys like me had to work their tail off for an
ungrateful man like Don Fenwick.”
earned everything I have,” she maintained.
“David hasn’t given me anything.”
replied. “But when he dies you’ll get it
do you know that?” Brooke asked.
know, that’s all you’ve got to know. But
I can’t wait for that to happen. Cancer
is an ugly disease but a year is a long time from now.”
really didn’t know?” Bryan
asked with a grin. “Your half-brother is
terminal. The doctors give him less than
year to live.”
news hit her like a truck. Swallowing
hard, she felt her eyes stinging with tears.
“He never told me,” she whispered under her breath.
as his father’s only other child, you get everything when he dies. We’re talking billions of dollars.”
couldn’t believe what he was telling her.
A complete stranger to her was acting like her life wasn’t hers. He knew more about her life than she did. But slowly she began to realize what his
set this up, didn’t you?” she asked, alarmed.
“The cartel, the kidnapping, everything.”
should have gone a lot smoother,” he told her.
“But because that bitch Cassidy Solomon had to switch rooms that night,
everything got messed up. It should have
been you they found in the trunk of
that car. All of this could have been a lot simpler if
she’d stayed in her own room.”
insane,” she whispered, terrified by the lengths that the man had gone to to
the safety from the gun, Bryan
pointed it directly at her head. “Enough
talk. Now call David Jennings so I can
kill the both of you and get my money.”
better than to argue with a gun, she slowly turned and went to the phone on the
bedside table. As she did, she saw him
turn to the bathroom where steam was seeping out from the running shower. She took the opportunity to act. With one swift movement, she pulled the
bedside lamp from the table and swung it at him. In the confusion, she bolted for the
door. Her hand outstretched, she
attempted to pull it open but he caught up with her and pulled her back. Screams tore loose from her throat as he
threw her onto the bed and punched her in the face with a closed fist.
that again and I’ll not only kill you and David, but your father, your brother
and anyone else who gets in my way,” he said, handing the phone to her. “Now call him and get him up here.”
from the powerful blow, Brooke sat up on the bed and grudgingly dialed David’s
cell. When he picked up she stared at
the gun pointed at her and sorrowfully did as Bryan asked.
can you come to my room?” she asked. “I
need to talk to you about something.”
had spent the day poring over casting calls in the trade papers. Variety
listed several auditions that caught her attention, so she arranged for
Veronique to sit with R.J. while she drove to the studio. Upon entering a room full of women waiting
for their auditions, she quietly took a seat and tried to appear inconspicuous
as she looked around. Inconspicuous
proved impossible in a room full of twenty-something year old girls, each one blonder
and more tanned than the next. This was
proven when the girl beside her leaned in and whispered in her ear.
are you sure you’re in the right place?” she asked. “This is a call for a twenty-something year
old drug addicted prostitute. Oh wait,
are you here for the part of the grandmother?
I think that’s tomorrow.”
waiting for someone,” Alex said, trying not to take too much offense to the
shattering blow to her ego.
cool,” said the girl. “Cuz I didn’t want
you to like waste your time or anything.
I’ve got this one in the bag. My
agent said so.”
your agent?” Alex asked, looking her up and down and finding her revealing
outfit, bleached hair and fake boobs to be way too obvious. “Gemma Sanders?”
Sanders, the Hollywood madam? No. Why?
Do I look like a hooker?”
“Awesome. I’m sure to get the part then.”
Alex turned away from her. She glanced
at the door, hoping that the woman she was searching for would walk out any
minute and all her problems would be over.
first girl who came out was too put together.
Not a convincing match for her needs.
The second was the daughter of a producer she slept with when she first
came to town. Too risky to consider
without being caught in her lie.
came minutes later when a woman not unlike all the others raced from the director’s
office with tears in her eyes and a sweater slung over her shoulder. Everyone turned and watched as she dropped
her purse and the contents spilled out onto the floor. Crying, she bent down to gather her things. Alex took the opportunity to help her.
the woman sobbed when Alex handed her a brush and tube of jammy red
lipstick. “Thanks a lot.”
she’d shoved everything back into her Gucci knockoff, she raced outside to the
parking lot and headed for a beat up old Volkswagen Jetta. Alex walked quickly after her, hoping she
didn’t seem to pushy but realizing she didn’t have time for beating around the
you okay?” she called after her.
girl turned and ran her fingers through her strands of dirty blond hair that fell
straight down to the middle of her back.
She threw her hands in the air and dropped them to her sides in
I okay?” she asked. “Let’s see. That was the fifteenth audition I’ve been on
this month and the fifteenth audition where the director told me I was too old
for the part. Is that all anybody here
cares about? Are you dried up in this
town after you turn twenty-one?”
old are you?” Alex asked.
she told her. “Jesus, it’s not like I’m
ancient or forty or something.”
is ancient?” Alex asked. “Wow, what does
that make me then?”
sorry,” the girl said, leaning against the car.
“I’m just so frustrated. I’m
about ready to pack up and go back home.”
are you from?”
“Illinois,” she replied. “Peoria. I moved out here a few months ago but it
hasn’t exactly worked out. I don’t even
make enough in tips at my waitressing job to pay my rent. I borrowed this outfit from the dry cleaners
that my roommate works at. That stupid
audition caps everything off.”
examined her carefully. She was
intelligent and articulate, a big change from most young Hollywood
hopefuls, and almost made her reconsider.
But this girl was down on her luck and was probably in need of some
help. She decided to get to know her a
you like some lunch?" she asked. “My
girl regarded her skeptically. “You want
to buy me lunch?” she asked disbelievingly.
“What’s your deal?”
smiled. “Nothing. I was in your shoes once so I know how it
feels, and I know how important it is to have someone that understands. I’d like to be that person.”
shrugged and threw her sweater through the open car door. “Yeah, well, if you put it that way.” When she turned back she looked at Alex
closely for the first time. “Hey, you’re that actress. The one who was on that soap for a
Reynolds,” she replied. “And you are?”
Wheeler. Nice to meet you.”
to meet you too, Jane,” Alex said and shook the girls’ hand.
the lobby of the hotel in Acapulco,
Kyle approached Stormy once James had finally left his side. Hands dug deep in his pockets, he cleared his
throat in an effort to announce his presence.
I just wanted you to know that I’m glad that you’re okay,” he said. “I can’t imagine how difficult the whole
ordeal was for you, Brooke and Steven.”
frowned and winced from the pain in his head.
“That’s because you took off and left us with those people,” he said
bitterly. “I’m surprised you even stuck
around. I would have thought you’d have
high-tailed it back to the states by now.”
didn’t just leave you,” Kyle said defensively.
“I got away so that I could get help.”
He gestured to the bandaged gunshot wound at his side. “I got shot and was wandering around barefoot
in the jungle for an entire day, but I kept going because I knew I had to get
someone to help. It wasn’t my fault that
by the time we got back to the warehouse they’d already moved you. I did everything I could.”
you’re a big hero,” Stormy said incredulously.
is your problem?”
problem is that you were of no use to the studio anywhere during this entire
trip,” he said. “If you hadn’t come
along, Brooke wouldn’t have made the trip down here and she wouldn’t have been
held captive in that filthy bunker for days.”
reaching a little bit, don’t you think?”
I don’t,” Stormy snapped. “You know,
your father’s script wasn’t worth all this trouble. Now that production on House of Palms has stopped indefinitely, I think the best thing for
all of us is for you to part ways with Sunset Studios. I’ll make sure you’re paid for your time up
can’t just dismiss me like this,” he said.
“Your father was the one who brought me on.”
father didn’t just go through a week of hell because of you. I’m telling you you’re done.”
that, he turned and retreated to a corner of the lobby. Kyle folded his arms angrily and decided to
check on Brooke. If Stormy felt this way
about him, he wondered if she did too.
Maybe that was why she had put him off since their reunion.
he darted off to the elevator.
at the barrel of the gun, Brooke sat rigidly on the edge of the bed. Bryan
paced the room but never waivered his aim away from her.
that David would walk in and be ambushed by the maniac, Brooke tried
desperately to think of a way to warn him.
She hoped that the sound in her voice when she called him would clue him
in to there being something wrong. But
more than likely, he would chalk it up to her exhaustion after the hellish week
she’d endured in captivity by the cartel.
There was nothing she could do. Bryan would kill him and
kill her as well in order to achieve his sinister plan of becoming
wealthy. She had to wonder how. If they were dead, the money would probably
go to Jackie. At least until Michael was
old enough to inherit it.
don’t do this,” she said, unable to accept their fate. “If it’s money you want then David will give
it to you.”
up,” he said, impatiently waiting for the door to open.
heard sounds outside in the hallway. Bryan quietly ducked
behind the door and waited for David to enter.
Cringing, Brooke was too afraid to watch. If she said anything to warn him, they’d
probably wind up dead in a matter of seconds.
okay?” David asked when he finally entered.
behind you!” Brooke cried out. She didn’t care what the implications were. She had to at least try.
David spun around and saw Bryan
coming at him with his gun clasped between both hands. He backed away and looked at him in
Carlson?” he asked, remembering him from his days in New York.
He’d met him only a few times, usually while in the company of Kyle or
Don Fenwick. He glanced to the bed and
addressed Brooke. “What’s going on?”
been through all of that already,” Bryan
said, slamming the door closed and walking slowly toward him. “Your little sister was supposed to die that
night in this room but the cartel decided to come up with their own plan. Which actually works out well because now I
get to off you both at the same time.”
David looked at Brooke and frowned.
after your inheritance,” she told him.
“He knows that you left it to me in your will.” Now didn’t seem like the appropriate time to
ask him why he hadn’t told her about his condition so she left it at that.
David began scanning the room for something to use to fight him off. It seemed futile, however, as there wasn’t
much he could do with a gun pointed at his face. He decided instead to keep him talking.
what this is about?” he asked.
“Money? Hell, I thought you were
heading up Fenwick Industries. You’ve
got access to more money than you’d know what to do with.”
he said bitterly. “And I’m only the head
of the company because Kyle refused it.
As soon as they recruit someone else I’ll be back to settling petty
lawsuits from disgruntled employees. I
her vantage point, Brooke could see the door opening slowly. Her heart raced in anticipation when she saw
that it was Kyle. Having heard the
voices from the hall, he proceeded with caution. Hoping to distract Bryan, she helped David in keeping him
are dead because of you,” she said.
“Innocent people who had nothing to do with this.”
was unfortunate,” Bryan
said. “Cassidy and Eric were in the
wrong place at the wrong time. I
shouldn’t have trusted something so civilized to a bunch of machine gun toting
you have any conscience?” she went on, trying not to look at Kyle for fear that
it would alert Bryan
to his presence. She watched as she
grabbed a golf club propped against the wall and raised it high into the air.
The distraction got the better of her and she found her eyes shifting toward
him. Immediately, Bryan sensed that something was wrong and
an instant, Kyle brought the club down toward Bryan, knocking the gun from his hand and
sending it flying across the room. Brooke
leapt into action and retrieved it, aiming it with a shaky hand at Bryan.
going on, Bryan?”
Kyle asked in a condescending tone.
“Long way from home, aren’t you?”
Bryan winced from the pain
in his arm where he’d been struck.
“Drastic times,” he said with a groan.
He was sure his arm was broken from the force of the blow from the golf
club. “Good to see you again, Kyle. I actually thought we could do this without
you getting involved.”
what?” Kyle asked as Brooke and David watched him. “What have you been up to?”
responsible for what happened to us,” Brooke said, her voice filled with
contempt as she held the gun at him. “He
got the cartel to kidnap us and kill all those people just so he could get
his eyes, Bryan
leveled a look of irritation at Kyle.
“She must be good in bed, Kyle, because I can’t figure how else you
could stand to listen to her.”
by his smug expression, Brooke approached him, drew her elbow back, and sent it
slamming into his face. Blood sprayed
from his nose and he recoiled with surprise.
wiping the blood with the back of his hand.
responded by placing the gun at his temple and pulling the safety. She watched as he cringed in
a hold of your woman, Kyle,” Bryan
to Brooke, Kyle took the gun from her and dropped the golf club. “What happened to you, man? You were always competitive but this is
ridiculous. You’re not a murderer.”
living in the shadow of the Fenwicks for your entire life,” he said.
have. You were more of a son to them
than I was.”
chose you,” Bryan
told him. “I thought all adopted kids
grew up believing that. Problem is, they
didn’t get you from where everyone thinks they did.”
and David exchanged glances, then looked at Kyle in confusion.
that’ll be our little secret,” Bryan
went on, his voice taunting.
call down to the desk and have them send the authorities up here,” Kyle
instructed her. “I’m done listening to
quickly reacted, calling James on his phone.
While she did, Bryan
grabbed her from behind and held her in front of him, causing Kyle to miss his
her go!” Kyle yelled, angrily pointing the gun.
backing up onto the patio while using Brooke as a shield. Once he was outside, he threw her aside and
leapt off of the balcony.
the commotion, Kyle and David ran after him.
He was nowhere to be found.
David yelled and tore out of the room.
in the lobby, commotion had erupted. Bryan jumped down from
each balcony until he’d reached the open air lobby. The Mexican police officer next to him
started to react but Bryan
succeeded in securing his rifle from him.
He fired several shots through the crowd, prompting screams of terror
and a barrage of confusion.
pulling Stormy with him, ducked behind a support beam and cringed as bullets
ricocheted through the air. Another
police officer drew his weapon and fired in his direction. More shots followed until there was a haze of
smoke that filled the air. When it
was nowhere to be found.
is he?” called David from across the lobby as he approached from the
stairs. Behind him, Brooke and Kyle were
don’t know,” James said, relieved to see that no one had been injured. “What the hell is going on?”
fill you in,” Kyle informed him. “Did anyone
see where he went?’”
he went he won’t get far,” said the U.S. agent. “We’ll have him in custody in no time.” With that, he dispatched several soldiers who
raced out of the hotel, their weapons drawn.
overwhelmed by the day’s events, placed a hand on her forehead and took a few
you okay?” James asked her.
nodded. “Fine. I just want to get out of here. I want to go home.”
going,” James said and gathered Stormy and Steven.
unsure whether they should leave with the madman still on the loose, started to
protest but Kyle placed a hand on his shoulder.
“They’ll find him,” he said.
“Then this will all be over.”
hope so,” David said.
we’ll get to the bottom of whatever Bryan
had planned,” Kyle added. “I know he
wasn’t working alone.”
shook his head in despair. “I agree, and
I have a feeling I know who he was working with.” He looked at James and sighed. “Jackie.”
they left, Kyle stood back and contemplated Bryan’s involvement. He hadn’t anticipated his showing up, much
less being behind any of the events over the past few days. In a way he hoped they didn’t catch him. Bryan Carlson knew too many secrets about him
that could ruin everything he’d worked for.
the elevator doors opened on the executive floor at Merteuil Industries that
afternoon, Brett emerged and immediately took note of his surroundings. Office workers were scurrying about,
collecting their personal belongings while FBI agents checked bags, briefcases,
and boxes of pictures and potted plants.
Across the lobby area past a line of cubicles, government agents were
taping closed a string of file cabinets and loading them onto dollies in preparation
for their journey out of the building.
a wary step in his walk, he wove through the chaos and stopped when he reached
Ira’s desk just outside of Jackie’s office.
she here?” he asked.
who was busy faxing a stack of papers with lightening speed efficiency, barely
acknowledged him with a nod of his head and a gesture to the closed door. After Brett had went inside, he picked up the
phone and called Renee at Moonshadows.
eagle has landed,” he said enigmatically.
Renee asked. “What are you talking
in frustration, he waited until the last page had gone through and hastily
dropped the whole stack into a paper shredder.
“I was trying to be covert.
Jesus, woman, check your fax machine.
I got all kinds of dirt from Rob Silva’s email account. Looks like it’s just in time too. The feds have invaded.”
Jackie’s office, Brett found her seated with her feet propped up on the desk,
an open decanter of gin and a half-full glass sitting nearby.
awfully relaxed for a women who’s about to be investigated by the FBI,” he
mused. “What’s the deal? You’re not even worried? It looks like Watergate out there.”
“Should I be worried?” Jackie asked
coyly. “I’m sitting pretty as far as I
Brett took the glass from her and finished her drink. “I wouldn’t get too comfortable,” he
said. “I said I would cover for you and
I meant it. But there’s only so much I
can do. And I wouldn’t count on that
phony document you forged with Renee’s signature on it being too helpful in
clearing your name. You heard that
detective at the port today. You’re in
charge so it’s your ass on the line.”
told you. I’m not worried.”
so being indicted for drug trafficking, conspiring with terrorists and three,
maybe four counts of accessory to murder is an average day in the life of
Jackie Blackthorne? Get serious. You’re hosed.
Bryan Carlson may be the bad guy here, but he’s left contingencies to
drop this whole thing in your lap.”
from the desk, Jackie handed him a press release and then poured them each
another glass of gin.
holding a press conference?” Brett asked.
clear my name and to clear the name of Merteuil Industries,” she said. “It starts in an hour in the conference room
if you’re interested.”
that, she threw her head back and swallowed the rest of her drink.
in a booth at Du Pars, Alex watched Jane swallow a fistful of French fries
and then wash them down with two giant gulps of diet Coke through a straw.
was famished,” she said apologetically, then looked at the empty spot in front
of Alex. “Aren’t you going to eat?”
not hungry,” she said.
how come you were at that audition today?” Jane asked, pushing her long hair
behind her ears. “You don’t exactly fit
the part they were casting. No
taken,” Alex said with a sigh. “I was
doing some casting of my own, I guess you could say.”
making a movie?”
“No. It’s sort of an off-camera part.”
do you mean?”
it was now or never, Alex leaned in and spoke quietly to ensure no one could
hear their conversation. “I need someone
to play a part for me,” she began.
girl regarded her skeptically. “Are you
into kinky stuff or something?” she asked.
“Like weird sex scenes or something?
My friend Jo back in Peoria
got into that. I said it wasn’t for
me. So no offense, but-“
like that,” Alex said with a laugh. “I
just need you to come to my house and talk to some people. You see, I’m adopting a baby. His parents aren’t in the picture anymore,
and if I went through normal channels, I might not get to adopt him. Red tape and all that. All I need is for someone to act as his
mother so that people don’t get suspicious.”
that legal?” Jane asked.
not technically illegal,” Alex told her.
“Like I said, his real parents aren’t around so it isn’t as if I’m
taking him from anyone. I only want to
do what’s best for the baby. I can give
him a home. There’s just this one thing
standing in my way.”
all would I have to do?”
much,” Alex said. “Come to my house at a
time that we’ll arrange later and go along with my story. You gave birth to him and couldn’t raise him
yourself so you gave him to me.”
couldn’t I raise him?”
knew there was no beating around the bush so she told her the truth, as
difficult as it was. “Because you were a
sent Jane's eyes flashing open wide.
“What? A drug addict? Look, I’ve never even touched the stuff. Once in high school I smoked a joint, but-“
course not, no,” Alex cut her off. “I
could tell that right away after I met you.
But just think of this as another role, and some good work experience. I promise nothing will happen to you. It’ll
be over before you know it and I’ll coach you on everything you have to say.”
hesitated while dragging a French fry through a glob of ketchup. “How much money would I make?”
shrugged. “Five thousand dollars,” she
said. “I figure that should at least get your rent paid for a few months. What do you say?”
be doing me a huge favor. I know if I
had someone like me to help when I was in your shoes, I’d have avoided a lot of
mistakes. Please, Jane. I’m desperate.”
finally looked at her and her face relaxed.
“Okay,” she said. “It sounds easy
enough, and I do need the money.”
Alex said with a smile.
raced inside the Blackthorne mansion and called out for Leilani who appeared at
the top of the stairs.
Miranda!” she exclaimed and started toward her.
“Mr. Blackthorne just called from the plane! They’ll be home soon!”
Miranda threw her arms around their stout housekeeper and cried out in
joy. “Finally!” she screamed. “Leilani, get Michael and Violet ready to go.
We’re going to meet them at the landing strip.
This is a homecoming that’s worthy of celebration.”
wasting a second, she ran off to get the children from the nursery. Miranda felt tears welling up in her
eyes. Finally things were going to go
back to normal and all the waiting and worrying would be behind them.
from every news station in the city gathered in the glass and steel board room
at Merteuil Industries. Standing in back
were Brett and Kenny, who had just arrived after receiving the press release
and news conference invitation. They
both turned just as Renee entered, draped in a fox stole and peach knee-length
dress. She surveyed the crowd and
approached them steadfastly, the press release clutched tightly in her
you sure you want to be here?” Kenny asked her.
“The news isn’t good so far. The
FBI has frozen all of Merteuil’s assets and taken custody of their files. Jackie’s really done a number on this
there ever any doubt?” Renee asked, scouting around for any sign of her
nemesis. “Where is she, anyway? I’d like
to wish her luck.”
saw her in her office,” Kenny said, knowing full well his ex-wife had no
intention of playing nice.
wasting a second, Renee marched out of the board room and down the hall. She ignored the flashing cameras that blinded
her with every step and ducked inside, securely closing the door behind.
are you doing here?” Jackie asked as she turned away from the window. “I’m about to go into a press
conference. Whatever it is will have to
heard,” Renee said. “I’m curious,
Jackie, what are you planning on saying at the press conference to swindle your
way out of this mess you’ve created?
That you weren’t responsible for arranging the shipping deal in Acapulco? That I
wasn’t responsible,” she maintained in a bold and haughty manner.
really?” she asked, opening her clutch and removing the emails Ira had faxed to
her. “It seems Rob Silva was under the
impression that you were. You and
somebody named Bryan Carlson, a lawyer from Fenwick Industries, I believe. He issued a purchase order two days before he
died based on your orders.”
Jackie grabbed the pages from her and felt her face fall when she read their
contents. She had thought of everything
except for this. “I had given orders to
have Rob Silva’s computer destroyed. How
did you get these?”
may not come as a surprise to you, Jackie, but your employees are still loyal
to me and only me. You were always the
the emails in her hand, Jackie threw them onto the desk and turned to the
window. “What do you want?”
do I want?” Jackie preened, stepping closer to the desk with her purse clutched
delicately in her hands. “For starters,
an apology for using your petty hatred for me as an excuse to run my father’s
company into the ground. Because of you,
everything he built is fractions away from being destroyed. Or was that your plan all along?”
wasn’t,” Jackie said. “And I am sorry,
for what it’s worth.”
watched you from the minute you arrived in town,” Renee continued. “I’ve known exactly what you were up to. First you seduced James to get control of his
studio and his house, then you married that cretin Nathan Blackthorne so you
could inch your way closer to your goal; you terrorized Brooke Taylor because
somehow you thought it was her fault that your husband couldn’t stay out of her
mother’s bed, and then you turned your sights on me. I wonder how ashamed your father would be if
he saw what you’d done to his legacy.
You really are pathetic, Jackie.”
wasn’t my idea to set up the shipping deal in Acapulco,” Jackie told her. “It was Bryan Carlson’s. He arranged the kidnappings because he
thought he was doing me a favor. I never
wanted any of this to happen.”
studied her carefully. “You know, I
don’t disbelieve you. You’re conniving
and you’re a liar, but you’re not a murderer and you don’t hurt people that
way. But from the looks of it, none of
that matters. With these emails, I can
nail you to the ground and make sure you go away for a very, very long
looked at her with wide eyes, convinced that was exactly Renee was going to
will go to prison, Jackie. Mark my words.”
mounting, she walked around the desk and stood before her. “So do it,” she said daringly. “Show those papers to the investigators. Blow
me out of the water. What are you
Renee looked at the press release baring a glamour shot of Jackie with a highly
embellished bio printed beneath it.
“Jacqueline Lamont, daughter of famed movie producer Jonas Lamont and
ex-wife of hotel magnate Royce Jennings is a noted political activist and
supporter of all causes funded by her corporation, Merteuil Industries. The top of her list of recent contributions
employs the dedication she has shown to fighting drug related activities in the
United States and the determination
to prevent the spread of drug trafficking in major U.S. ports. Recent contributions to the Organized Crime
Drug Enforcement Task Forces are the highlight of her time in the public sector
and will be addressed at today’s press conference.” She paused and raised an eyebrow. “How much did you have to pay someone to
write this? Supporter of causes? Give me a break.”
light of what’s happened, I thought it was only appropriate that I address the
press about Merteuil’s stand on drugs.”
course. Always an opportunist.”
fix this, Renee,” she said. “I
better. Believe me when I tell you it’s
for your own good.”
I took over the helm of Merteuil Industries, I enlisted the help of an old
friend, attorney Bryan Carlson, who made several lucrative deals in my favor,”
said Jackie ten minutes later when the press conference began. Cameras flashed and microphones were thrust
toward her as she delivered her much rehearsed speech. “Little did I know, these deals were to
become sinister plots to serve his own personal needs. Unfortunately, the cargo that I was led to
believe would be transported on Merteuil freighters were actually drugs. It is my understanding that several people –
some very close to me – were murdered in connection with this deal. Others were kidnapped. I only learned of the connection today when
it was made clear to me that the perpetrator was none other than Bryan Carlson.”
stood in the back of the room, grinning at the eloquent way Jackie weaseled out
of the mess she’d sat on for weeks.
Beside him, Kenny shook his head with irritation. He desperately wanted to see Jackie Lamont
get what was coming to her.
an incident at the Port of Los Angeles this morning, I was instrumental in
stopping a deadly situation that could have led to three innocent lives being
lost as a result of this evil plot orchestrated by a madman,” she went on. “But the most thrilling part of our victory
was that I was able to stop more drugs from being brought into our country
undetected. Because of my efforts, an
hour ago I had a phone interview with the United States Drug Enforcement
Administration who has officially awarded me the post of Director of the
Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces.”
erupted through the audience. Renee
folded her arms and listened intently.
Good, she thought. Any way to get
Jackie out of their hair was a win win situation.
I’ll be based in Washington
D.C. and busy with my new duties,
I’ve decided to return Merteuil Industries to its original owner, Renee
Merteuil-Dewitt, who I know will lead the company out of this dark period and
into prosperous new times.”
Kenny applauded along with everyone else.
He knew it was only a matter of time before the company was returned to
Blackthorne,” called one reporter from the audience once questions were opened
up to the media. “What are your
qualifications for running the USDTF?”
a force in the business world for the past few decades, I’ve amassed a great
deal of experience in managing people and coming up with sound ideas for
improvement in any situation. I’m just
thrilled that the government has agreed.”
will you be leaving for D.C?” asked another reporter.
“Very soon,” Jackie replied with a
she’d stepped down from the podium, Renee was there to meet her.
will be once you’re gone,” she replied with a wry expression.
the jet landed, the Sunset Studios logo emblazoned on its side, Miranda, Eddie
and Leilani jumped out of the limousine and awaited their loved one’s
arrival. Waiting for the doors to open
seemed to take hours. Once they did,
Brooke was the first to emerge. She
waived ecstatically from her perch, finally climbing down to the tarmac once
the hatch was opened.
God you’re all right,” Miranda cried and threw her arms around her. “We’ve been so worried!”
glad to be home,” Brooke gushed, hugging Leilani and Eddie, and then grinning
with excitement when Miranda opened the back of the limo and Michael came
running up to her screaming.
he wailed, jumping into her arms.
I’m so happy to see you,” she cried, tears barreling down her face. “I missed you so much.”
missed you too Mommy. Adam did too!”
flashed Miranda a curious look and smiled when she waived the remark off
dismissively. “Long story,” she
next to emerge were Kyle, James, Steven and Stormy. Never happier to see her brother in her life,
Miranda stared into his eyes and then began sobbing tears of joy.
ever leave me again,” she said, content as he wrapped his arms delicately
around her. “I mean it. I’ll fucking kill you if you ever decide to
go and die again.”
he held her tighter. “I believe you.
It’s good to see you too. Where’s mom?”
a lot going on with mom right now,” Miranda told him. “I’ll tell you once we get home. Don’t worry.
It’s actually good for a change.”
I get in there?” James asked when he arrived.
stood clear and was immediately accosted by a frantic Leilani who sobbed all
over his chest in her relief to see him.
so glad you’re okay,” James said to Miranda and kissed her forehead. “When I heard you were on that yacht with
Brett and Eddie, I-“
“It’s okay, Daddy,” she
assured him. “Brett and Eddie handled
looked at Eddie and shook his hand.
“Thank you, Eddie. My daughter’s
lucky to have you in her life.”
smiled and looked at Miranda. Their eyes
locked for a few lingering moments and for a second it felt to Eddie like
everything that had happened before the Mexico fiasco was in the past. Like they could finally move on.
when David approached and Miranda turned to him, he immediately realized things
hadn’t changed. The looks in their eyes
told him there was still unresolved feelings about whatever had gone on between
them. Sadly, he turned and went back to
okay,” Miranda said as she looked David up and down. “I’m glad.”
too,” he replied, staring down at her and taking her hand.
awkwardly back to Eddie, she paused and then turned to David. “Look, David, there’s some things we need to
talk about. What happened between us-“
sentence was cut short when he leaned down and kissed her passionately on the
lips. Eddie saw them out of the corner
of his eye and turned away angrily, climbing into the limo.
do need to talk,” David agreed. “Come to
my house tonight. Or tomorrow
night. Whenever. After you spend time with your family. I’ve just really missed you, Miranda.”
smiled, unsure of what to think. Since
her near fatal experience on the yacht with Eddie, she’d found herself
remembering why she fell in love with him in the first place. Now David was here, obviously wanting
something from her, and she couldn’t help but feel happy about it. She didn’t know how, but she was in love with
both of them. The only problem was, only one of them was the father of her
home at his house in Malibu
that evening, David wandered from room to room, happy to be home but with an
unsettled feeling in the pit of his stomach.
His mother’s recent activities, coupled with the uncertainty of Bryan
Carlson’s location ate away at him and prevented him from relaxing. He decided to check in with James again to
see if there had been any new information.
it’s David,” he said after making the call.
“Have you heard anything about Carlson?”
David,” James told him, wishing he had better news. “They’re still searching the areas around Acapulco but so far it’s
been one dead end after another. It’s
possible he’s doubled back to the states by now. The Fenwick pilot has been unreachable for
we have to worry that he’s going to make a reappearance and another attempt on
Brooke’s life?” David asked, running his hands through his hair while detecting
the glow of headlights coming through the living room windows.
doubt it,” James told him. “Thanks to
your mother’s press conference, he’d be stupid to try anything. If he comes back to L.A., he won’t make it a block.”
could only hope he was right. “Let me
know if you hear anything else,” he said and clicked off the phone while
peering through the windows. To his
surprise, Jackie was walking up the steps to the door, a driver waiting in the
car at the end of the drive.
she said when he opened the door. “Can
I come in?”
depends,” he told her, leaning against the door with his arms folded.
if you’re going to spin anything else to make you look like Mother Theresa.”
smiled and walked through the doorway into the sunken living room. “You saw the press conference,” she
caught the highlights on the news.”
glad you’re safe,” she said. She was
wrapped in a fur, her hair straight and worn down, demure makeup and soft eyes emanating
toward him. “You may not believe this,
but I was very worried about you, David.”
tell me,” he began, “what was your involvement in this whole Acapulco debacle?”
I said at the press conference was the truth,” she said. “Bryan Carlson acted alone. You have to believe that, David. You have to know I’d never have anything to
do with murdering people.”
he did believe her. His mother may be a
lot of things, but a murderer was not one of them. “When are you leaving for D.C.?”
she replied. “I just have to stop at
Merteuil to pick a few things up first.”
I drive you?”
have a driver waiting,” she said and walked back to the door. “I just wanted to say goodbye and I’m
he asked, opening the door for her.
the trouble I’ve caused for you and Brooke.
She is your sister. I guess I
never really wanted to accept that.”
smiled. “I knew you’d come around
eventually. I knew you’d have to accept
Brooke as Royce’s daughter.”
turned to him and frowned. “I didn’t say
that. I just said I accepted that she
was important to you.”
took a few seconds, but eventually David realized she was toying with him. Maybe she wasn’t going to accept Brooke as
Royce’s daughter, but at least she seemed to have given up on her vendetta. For the time being, anyway.
about your shares in Sunset Studios?” he asked.
given them to someone,” she told him.
“Someone who I owe a debt of gratitude to. Your grandfather was the movie moguel. I never was.
This new post in the D.C. will give me power. In the long run, that’s a lot better than
holding on to some family legacy.”
He smiled and kissed her on
the cheek. “I love you.”
love you too,” she said and headed out into the night. “I want regular checkups
on your condition. I’ll visit
“Looking forward to
watched her climb into the back of the Rolls Royce limousine, waiving as it
drove away. Slowly, he closed the door
and shook his head in amusement. His
mother never ceased to amaze him.
sun had set over the city as Jackie collected things from her office at
Merteuil Industries. A lone straggler
from the FBI team that had swarmed the place earlier in the day was there when
she arrived and left shortly after. Alone
in her office with nothing but the glow of the desk lamp to light the room, she
sorted through personal belongings and placed them into her attaché case. From the end of the hall, she heard the sound
of the elevator stopping on the executive floor. Probably the FBI agent returning for
something, she decided. Or maybe Renee getting
a jump start on reclaiming her old office.
way, she continued with her task. She
had a flight to catch to D.C. in an hour.
A flight that would take her away from the mistakes she’d made and the
ancient grudges that had ruled her life for the past year.
shadow loomed in the doorway and she looked up.
Startled, she took a step back when she realized it wasn’t the FBI agent
or Renee DeWitt.
“Bryan,” she said
breathlessly. “What are you doing here?”
saw your press conference on the news,” he said, walking into the dimly lit
room. He didn’t move his right arm,
still injured from the golf club attack administered earlier in the day by
had to set the record straight,” she said and swallowed hard. “It was my freedom on the line.”
sent me up the river,” he said, drawing closer, a maniacal look in his
eyes. “I’m ruined. My career, my life, my freedom.”
did that all by yourself,” she said, backing toward the window behind her. “I think you should leave before I call the
were in this together,” he told her, cornering her by the window. His dark eyes bore into hers and for the
first time she saw how deeply deranged he was.
“We were going to help each other out.”
were going to kill me to get David’s money,” she said. “You were in this for yourself and no one
know how I felt about you,” he said, raising his hands and placing them around
her neck. “Since the
day we met there's been chemistry. You can’t deny there was.”
was a long time ago,” she said, terrified and growing more claustrophobic by
the minute with his hands tightening around her neck.. “Before you went crazy and started killing
don’t have much to lose,” he said, staring into her eyes. “You’ve made sure of that. That makes me very dangerous.”
your hands off of me,” she said, detecting the glimmer of an object in the
window to the outer office. “There
aren’t going to be any more accidents.
First Rob Silva and then Devon Graham?
You're getting predictable, Bryan.”
never catch me,” he said with a self assured grin.
really?” Jackie asked. “Turn
Bryan laughed. “Nice try.”
sound of glass breaking broke the silence. For several moments everything was
still. Jackie wasn’t sure that anything
had actually happened until she felt Bryan’s
hands release from her neck. Slowly, he
sunk to the floor, dead from a single bullet in the back of his head. Behind him, the FBI agent stood with his gun
violently, Jackie stared down at Bryan’s
body, relieved that his reign of terror was finally over. Now she could leave
and know he was no longer a threat to her son or anyone else.
old is new again as Stormy and Brett resume their long-brewing
rivalry. David experience symptoms of his condition,
prompting him to reconsider his relationship with Miranda.
Brooke tries to reconnect with Kyle. Jordan