Upset over Sierra's rejection, Benji
took his frustration out on a homeless man at the beach.
Later, Ashton recalled seeing Benji when the man
was attacked. He told Hunt, who used the information
to make Benji look bad in front of everyone at Magnum's
party. Miranda set out to stop Eddie from hooking
up with Quinn. When she found him, he admitted that
he couldn't go through with it. Just as they were
about to reconcile, she told him that she was pregnant
and that the baby could be his or David's. Angrly,
Eddie stormed off. Jane discovered that Stormy
is Alex's son, and promptly broke up with him. Summer
told Miranda that Benji tried to rape her. Miranda
told Stormy, who told Eddie, who told Blake, who reacted
by punching Benji at Magnums' party. Worried that
Benji would try to get Sierra alone, Summer asked Duke
for help. He suggested she get something from
Jeff Branigan that would knock her out for the night.
When Sierra took the drug, she had a reaction
and ran into the street. Summer told Benji that
Jeff gave Sierra the drug, prompting Benji to attack
him. When a car careened toward them, Benji pushed
Sierra out of the way, and the car struck and killed
dizzying red and blue lights from the ambulances and police cars cut through
the night. Beverly Glen was jammed with
throngs of neighbors and bypassers who had heard the commotion and gathered to
watch the events unfold. Most of the
party had broken up by the time the first squad car arrived, people fleeing to
Mulholland or Sunset before citations could be given. Duke Summerfield remained, however,
positioned on the lawn observing as the paramedics zipped Jeff Branigan’s
mangled body into a body bag and loaded him into an ambulance.
is awful,” Summer uttered in a daze when he came up behind her.
“Yeah.” Duke nodded, also stunned by the proceedings.
you see his face?” Summer asked with a grimace as she shivered from the chill
in the night air.
he could manage was the same dismal response.
by the street, a paramedic examined Benji, who twisted away in search of
Sierra. When a police officer approached
with his partner, he jumped off the back of the ambulance. Another set of paramedics wheeled an
unconscious Sierra across his path.
he lamented, rushing toward her.
back,” the paramedic ordered, moving quickly to load her into the back.
she going to be okay?” he asked. “She
took something. I don’t know what it
unresponsive,” the EMT’s said to one another.
“Pulse is weak.”
got to help her,” Benji said, raking his fingers through his hair with tears in
still need to ask you some more questions,” one of the officers said and pulled
have to go with her!” he insisted and moved toward the ambulance.
until we find out what happened here tonight.”
have to go with her!“ Benji argued.
“Fine, we’ll do it
as the hospital.”
When the ambulance
pulled away and sped off in the distance, its sirens wailing, he realized he
was going to have to wait to see Sierra.
Things had gotten so out of hand.
He glanced back up at the house where Duke and Summer were
standing. Sighing with resignation, he
followed the police to the car and got into the back seat.
isn’t his fault,” Summer said and made an attempt to move down to the
street. “I’ve got to do
so fast,” Duke said and held her back as they watched the police car pull out
from the curb. “The last thing you
should do is go running your mouth off.
Come on, we’re going back to my place.”
off of the porch, Blake watched her go with her. Ashton and Magnum fell in line beside him,
shaking their heads in disbelief.
party, Magnum,” Ashton said. “Wouldn’t
Chuck E. Cheese have been a lot safer of an option?”
at a secluded table at Spago, Suzanne felt a little guilty enjoying the company
of her handsome young professor. But as
she listed to him talk, she decided that guilt was a wasted feeling. Jordan had washed his hands of her
and had already served her with divorce papers.
With the exception of Renee, she’d fallen out of touch with most of her
old friends. Spending thirteen years
away had a tendency to do that to a person.
So why shouldn’t she make new friends?
She and Ross shared common interests and enjoyed intelligent
conversation. It was nothing like the
physical attraction she’d shared with Brett.
know this sounds cliché, but have you thought about putting these new feelings
down on paper?” Ross Fuller asked. “The
custody hearing, your husband’s resentment over your affair, the divorce - this
can all be great inspiration for creative writing. Maybe a new book? I’d love to see a follow up to Valley of Temptation.”
shrugged and pushed her long auburn hair over her shoulder. “I think I’m through writing about personal
experiences,” she said with a glimmer in her eye. “Valley of Temptation
was therapeutic, but not the type of thing I’d want anyone to read. Except you, of course.”
was very personal, you’re right. The
mark of a good writer comes from being able to be completely honest with
yourself. You should give it some
thought, anyway. It doesn’t have to be
for public consumption. Write it and
delete it like you did Valley of Temptation.
It’s the process that counts.”
laughed and took a drink from her glass of chardonnay.
so funny?” he asked.
you just have a very refreshing outlook on things,” she said. “You’re very mild mannered. Do you meditate or something?”
grinned and pushed his food around his plate with his fork. “No, I don’t meditate,” he said. “I’ve just learned a lot about people and the
things that they get caught up in. I
guess you could say I’ve learned what’s important in life.”
to share your secret?”
looked up and nodded. “In time.”
few moments of intense silence followed, then was interrupted by Suzanne’s
phone alerting her to a call. “Excuse
me,” she said and looked at the display.
“It’s Jordan. I wonder what he wants.”
went back to his dinner as she answered.
He heard the alarm in her voice and immediately looked back up at
Benji,” she said, rising from the table and swooping for her purse. “He’s at the hospital. I have to go.”
drive you,” Ross said, throwing a wad of cash on the table and following her
through the restaurant.
and Kyle finished making love and collapsed beside one another on the bed. Drenched in sweat and his chest heaving, he
ran his fingers along her arm while staring into her eyes.
are incredible,” he said with a grin while catching his breath. “It gets better every time.”
She smiled and rolled over
onto her side so she could return his lustful gaze. “I think most of that has to do with you,”
she said, running her hand down his chiseled chest. “You know exactly what spots to hit to make
my toes curl.”
still exhausted, Kyle grew aroused again.
He pulled her close and nuzzled himself against her. They kissed long and hard and eventually he
lowered himself on top of her, sliding his hand between her legs.
moment, however, was interrupted by screaming from the next room. In a flash, Kyle was leaping off of the
bed. Brooke sat up with alarm,
struggling to get her bearings while the screaming continued.
she gasped, twisting off the bed and grabbing her robe. She tied it securely around her waist while
darting down the hall to her son’s room.
Bursting inside, she found him seated upright on his bed.
he cried, arms outstretched.
is it?” Brooke asked, flipping on the light and rushing over to him. “What
Daddy? I want Daddy!”
sighed, pushing his hair from his sweat soaked face. “Sweetheart, were you having a dream?”
nodded, tears staining his cheeks.
“Yes. I want my Daddy.”
helpless, she lifted his chin and looked him in the eyes. “Michael, you know your Daddy’s in heaven.”
appeared after pulling on a pair of sweat shorts. He hovered in the doorway and watched them
he’s always watching over you,” Brooke went on, nestling her son back down on
the bed. “Remember I told you that he’ll
always been with you? Well, it’s true.
Plus I’m here. I’m not going to let a
bad dream hurt you. I promise.”
won’t either, buddy,” Kyle said with a smile as he walked into the room and
knelt down beside the bed. “You know, I
never knew your Daddy even though he was my brother. You can talk to me about anything you want.”
scowled and pulled the covers up to his chin.
“I don’t want to. I don’t like
don’t say that,” Brooke snapped. “Kyle
is only trying to be nice. Now you
okay,” Kyle said and stood back up.
it isn’t. Michael, apologize to Kyle
don’t want to,” Michael snapped and rolled over. “Adam said he’s not my new Daddy.”
Brooke stood up and dropped her hands to her sides in exasperation. She went to the door and followed Kyle into
sorry,” she said when they went back to her bedroom. “I don’t know where that came from.”
worry about it,” Kyle said and began massaging her shoulders. “Kids can be a little temperamental. And Michael’s certainly been through a lot
with losing his father and everything.”
but I thought that telling him you’re Ethan’s brother would make it easier for
him to get used to you being around,” she said and turned to face him. “Maybe I was wrong.”
pulled her into his arms. He stared
across the room while thinking about the lie he’d perpetrated on her and on everyone
else. It had been easy to fool them all
into thinking he was Ethan’s brother, but ironically it was a six-year old who
voiced his objection.
don’t you stay the night?” James asked as he led Mackenzie down the staircase
at the mansion. “It’s already late. Besides, I thought we were enjoying
paused at the bottom of the stairs and flashed him a knowing grin. “Oh, we were. But risk your family seeing us together?” she
asked. “No, it’s too soon.”
James led her to the door. “Why so
secretive?” he asked, then smiled knowingly.
“Do you have a husband or something that I don’t know about?”
laughed and touched his hand. “No,
nothing like that. I just don’t take
these things lightly. Relationships to
me are dangerous waters. I’ve been hurt
a lot in the past and I don’t open up easily.
Mixing it up with your family this soon just seems premature, that’s
pushed a long strand of dark hair from her eyes. He speculated that her inability to trust had
a lot to do with her childhood. After
her parents died and her baby brother was adopted she was left alone. The unwanted child. His heart did go out to her, and he
desperately wanted to make her feel secure.
Pushing her, however, wasn’t an option.
By reputation he knew she was not to be messed with.
I see you tomorrow?” he finally asked.
nodded while wrapping a fur stole over her shoulders. “Dinner?”
pick you up at seven.” He opened the
door, kissed her softly, and sent her out into the night. No sooner had he turned and started back up
the stairs did the door open and Miranda enter the house.
what are you doing up?” she asked, then gestured to the door. “Did I just see Mackenzie Stone driving
played dumb for Mackenzie’s benefit. “I
don’t know. You’re home late. Were you out with Eddie?”
she walked over and embraced him warmly.
“Oh, Daddy, I’ve made a mess of things,” she said. “When do relationships get easier?”
smiled. “I’m afraid they don’t,
sweetheart.” He put an arm around her
and led her toward the kitchen. “How
about some milk and cookies? Cinnamon
stopped and looked at him in awe.
“Daddy, just like when I was a little girl.”
don’t expect me to carry you around the house on my shoulders,” he joked as
they made their way down a service corridor.
they arrived in the kitchen, Stormy was seated at the service island with a
gallon of milk and a plate of cookies sitting in front of him, a miserable look
on his face.
did you beat me home?” Miranda asked.
avoided that cluster on Mulholland.” He
pulled a stool out for each of them.
you have a bad night too?” James asked, getting two glasses and filling them
could say that,” Miranda laughed, breaking a cookie in half and nibbling on one
end. “He’s dating R.J.’s mom.”
James exclaimed as he handed a glass to Miranda. “That girl who’s giving her baby to your
Stormy said sternly. “Nice going, big
mouth. You were the one running around
all night with a Quinn Rainer Voodoo doll.”
is going on with you two?” James asked and reached for a cookie. “Your love lives are more complicated than an
Ikea instruction booklet. Do I need to be
Daddy,” Miranda said, winking at her brother.
“But we love you for it anyway.”
stuffed anther cookie into his mouth and stood up. “Yeah, especially since you’ve got your own
love life to worry about,” he said.
James bellowed. “What love life?”
Mackenzie Stone,” he said. “I saw you
sneaking her out of the house a few minutes ago. Reminds me of high school. I couldn’t get anything by you and mom.”
Miranda laughed, pointing at him with one hand and covering her mouth with the
other. “So that was her I saw driving away!
You have a secret girlfriend!”
the cad is back!” Stormy chimed in.
rolled his eyes and held out a hand in protest.
“All right, that’s enough,” he said.
“She’s not my girlfriend. We’ve
just been…enjoying each other’s company.
We’re both mature adults.”
why the walk of shame?” Miranda wanted to know.
wasn’t….” he began, flustered. “She just
doesn’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves.
She takes relationships seriously.
Some of us could stand to follow her lead in that department.”
threw her head back and laughed. This
was exactly what she needed after the night she’d had. At least she could forget about the mess
she’d made out of her relationship with Eddie for a few minutes.
didn’t push him,” Benji said irately as he paced the waited room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. “I pushed Sierra out of the way. Jeff came at me, I defended myself, and the
car hit him. Can I see Sierra now?”
doctors are still with her,” said the police officer. “Who started the fight in the first place?”
“What?” Benji asked with a frown.
or Branigan? Who threw the first punch?”
don’t know!” he yelled. “I had just
found out that he gave Sierra some kind of drug and I wanted to find out what
it was. He started running and I ran
you strike him?” the officer asked.
turned in frustration, alarmed to see his parents coming down the hall toward
him. Great, just what he needed. He threw his hands up in resignation just as
and Suzanne entered the waiting room.
asked, then looked at the cop. “I’m his
father. What’s he being charged with?”
officer shook his head. “He isn’t
charged with anything yet, Mr. Rydell.
We’re just trying to get to the bottom of what happened tonight.”
did happen?” Suzanne asked,
was an altercation and a young man was struck by a car and killed.”
asked as if he were afraid to ask.
Branigan,” Benji replied. “He gave
Sierra some kind of drug and she had a bad reaction. She’s in the emergency room right now.”
brought her hands to her mouth and gasped.
“Oh my God. Has anyone called
girl's mother is on her way,” said the police officer.
his head in frustration and placed his hands on his hips while staring
disapprovingly at his son. “How were you
wasn’t,” Benji insisted. “Not that either
of you would believe me.”
turned when another police officer entered the room. “His story checks out,” he said. “Witnesses verified that he didn’t push
Branigan. There was a struggle and the
car couldn’t swerve in time.”
was the driver?” Suzanne asked.
cutting through lower Bel Air. They were
treated and released a little while ago.”
there aren’t any charges against my son?” Jordan asked.
at this time,” the officer replied.
His partner showed
him a notepad where he’d scribbled some statements from witnesses, then they
both turned to Benji. “Were you at
Paradise Cove night before last?”
Benji bided his
time, knowing that someone had opened their mouth yet determined to downplay
“You didn’t have an
altercation with a homeless man around eleven o’clock?”
“What is this all
demanded. “I thought we were talking
about an accident.”
“What about Summer
Solomon?” the policeman inquired. “Did
you and her have a little disagreement?”
Benji rolled his
eyes and looked away. The attack on the
homeless man was one thing, though he would never admit it. But the bogus claims that he tried to rape
Summer were completely untrue.
he said belligerently.
“Would you tell us
what’s going on?” Suzanne asked.
The officer looked
at them and tucked his notepad in his chest pocket. “While we were interviewing witnesses at the
party we heard some accusations. Someone
said your son attacked a man at the beach and tried to rape Summer Solomon.”
Suzanne gasped, her eyes darting between the officer and Benji.
a lie,” Benji insisted.
a minute,” Jordan
said, his forehead creased into a frown.
“Has someone accused my son of rape?”
rape,” the officer corrected him. “And
no, there hasn’t been a formal complaint filed.
Like I said, some kids were talking about it while we were gathering
information about the Branigan kid. It
could just be talk. Hearsay.”
course it is,” Benji said, then looked at his father. “Can I go see Sierra now?”
his card from his pocket and handed it to the officer. “Call me if you have any more questions. I’d like our lawyer to be present.”
don’t need a lawyer,” Benji said with a scowl.
be in touch,” the officer said, motioning to his partner.
they’d gone, Jordan
took a step toward Benji, his eyes threatening.
“I’m only going to ask you this once,” he began. “Did you try to rape that girl?”
“Benji.” His voice revealed his skepticism.
didn’t try to rape her,” he said. “She
came to the pool house the other night and we started making out. I stopped it before it could go any further
and she took off.”
about this homeless man?” Jordan
went on. “What are they talking about?”
don’t know,” Benji said. “I haven’t even
been down to the beach. It was Hunt
Roberts. He’s trying to make me look
do I know that name?” Suzanne asked.
new boyfriend. They were at the party
tonight. He didn’t like it that I tried
talking her out of snorting coke with him.”
got her on dope?” Jordan
a tool, Dad. Now can I go see
Sierra?” He walked off before they could
do you think?” Suzanne asked. “Is he
telling the truth?”
his eyes with his fingers. He was tired
of having the same conversation. Somehow
he’d begun to question anything his son said.
Suzanne repeated. “Could Benji have done
attacked someone before,” she reminded him.
“Scott Kelly? And that girl from
his school? The dean’s daughter?”
nodded. “I know. I just don’t know what to do about it.”
raced down the hall, knocking into equipment carts and nearly taking a doctor
down as he rounded a corner. Kenny
struggled to keep up behind her. When
they reached the nurses station, he tried but failed to calm her down.
my daughter?” she lamented in bated breath.
“I need to see my daughter.”
your daughter’s na-“
Merteuil,” Kenny answered for her as calmly as he could in hopes that they
wouldn’t be escorted out by security.
Sierra Merteuil,” Renee said, panting.
“Please check. Hurry.”
nurse referred to a patient log. “Your
daughter is still in with the doctor.”
She started to point down the hall.
“The waiting room is just dow-“
she could finish, Renee was tearing off down the hallway, her heels clicking
along on the tile floor. When she got to
the end of the hall, she glanced to the right and then to the left. In the distance she saw Benji pacing outside
the emergency room, and jetted off to intercept him.
is she?" she screeched. “Where is
in there,” he said with a nod to the doors.
“I haven’t heard anything.”
fought back the tears that threatened her eyes. “What happened?”
shook his head sadly. “She took
something,” he began. “Some kind of
drug. I don’t know what it was. Jeff Branigan gave it to her.” He considered telling her about the cocaine
that he’d seen her doing earlier in the night, but thought better of it.
Branigan,” Benji repeated. “He’s a
dealer. Or was. He was the one who got hit by the car. Sierra had some kind of reaction to the drug
and started screaming and acting all crazy.
Then she just collapsed.”
turned away in agony, burying her face in Kenny’s chest.
was she when they brought her in?” Kenny asked.
Benji shook his head. “Not good.”
did I let her stay at that party?” Renee cried.
“The minute I found those drugs in her room I should have drug her home
isn’t your fault,” Kenny said in an effort to calm her down. “Sierra is not thinking clearly.”
sobbed miserably as Dr. Farraday emerged from the double doors and addressed
how is she?” she asked and rushed toward him.
“How is my daughter?”
got her stabile for the time being,” he said solemnly.
the time being? What does that
mean? Is she going to be okay or not?”
heart stopped twice,” he explained. “We
got it started again but her pulse is still very weak. The next few hours are going
to be critical.”
look of horror spread across Renee’s face.
Instinctively, she brought her hands to her mouth and began
caused this reaction, Noel?” Kenny asked.
pumped her stomach and found undissolved particles of a very potent drug in her
system. A pill that had traces of
several different substances in it. I’ve
sent the samples to the lab but my hunch is that it will come back with
positive identification of speed, heroine, and gamma hydroxybutyric acid, or
GHB. That, coupled with the cocaine that
was already in her system produced a very toxic reaction.”
weak, Renee fell back into Kenny, who caught her before she could collapse to
the floor. “Oh my Lord,” she murmured
under her breath.
you’ve got to prepare yourself for a rough few hours,” Dr. Farraday went
on. “Like I said, she’s stable for the
time being. We’re watching her
closely. That’s about all we can do.”
nodded miserably. “Can I see my
hesitated for a few seconds, then nodded with a sigh. “Okay, but only for a minute. And only you.
I’ll take you in now.”
started to object, but realized it wouldn’t do any good. Seeing Sierra in this state would only
infuriate him more, he decided. It was
best to wait it out until they were sure she was out of the woods.
and Suzanne arrived just as Dr. Farraday lead Renee through the doors to the
emergency room. Jordan
approached Kenny while Suzanne eyed Benji suspiciously.
is she?” Jordan
not good,” Kenny replied.
they conferred, Suzanne approached Benji.
“You should go home. It’s
not going anywhere,” he said with a frown and turned away from her.
Suzanne swept her hair from her eyes and watched him pace angrily up and down
walked into the ornately decorated parlor room at his family’s estate in Beverly Hills. With a deep sigh, he dropped his keys into
the glass dish that rested on the sofa table.
Behind him, Summer entered and hurdled her purse to a chair across the
did you insist that I come here?” she asked.
“I want to go see Benji.”
is precisely why I insisted you come here,” he said, turning toward her. “Going to see Benji right now is the worst
thing that you could do.”
“Why? He was almost killed by that car. Sierra too.
If he hadn’t pushed her out of the way-“
losing sight of your goal,” he insisted.
“You are still in love with him, aren’t you?”
“Yes. Of course I am.”
trust me.” He went to the bar and poured a drink. “If you went over there right now all you’d
succeed in doing would be making him hate you.
You just got done announcing to everyone that he tried to rape you. Drugging his girlfriend and nearly getting
her killed doesn’t exactly help your case, either.”
glowered angrily at him. “Drugging
Sierra was your idea,” she reminded
him. “So was that ridiculous story about
him attacking me.”
I did was offer you suggestions on how to keep Benji away from Sierra.”
pulled at her hair and continued pacing the room. Her heels left marks on the black walnut
floors as she pivoted back and forth.
must have been an idiot for listening to you,” she said. “If I didn’t know any better, I’d say you
planned this whole thing. You’ve had a
permanent hate on for Jeff Braningan for I don’t know how long. Maybe you knew that Benji would react the way
he did when he learned Jeff had supplied the drug that caused Sierra to almost
die. Maybe it was your way of dealing
being dramatic, Summer,” he said carefully.
“How could I have known that Jeff would wind up Bel Air road kill?”
doesn’t matter! He’s dead!” she
exclaimed, stopping long enough to cast an incredulous look in his
direction. “Sierra is in the hospital,
and Benji is being accused of all sorts of things he didn’t even do! How am I being dramatic?”
Benji attack you? No. But what’s the harm as long as you don’t
press charges? It’ll keep Sierra from
falling into his arms. That’s what you
wanted. And as far as this beating up of
a homeless man goes, that sounds like Benji.
I had nothing to do with that one.”
thought hard and finally dropped her hands to her sides. “I’m going to tell them it was a mistake,”
she said. “That he didn’t attack
me. I can’t live with myself if anything
happens to him.”
are you going to tell, Summer?” Duke asked. “Everyone at that party heard
Blake. Are you going to send out a mass
text to everyone in Hollywood
saying sorry, please disregard my boyfriend’s outburst? No, it doesn’t work like that.”
don’t know,” she said, retrieving her purse from a leather chair. “I’ll start by telling Blake. I’ve just got to do something.”
walked toward her with a scowl. “If you
try to take it back now, you’ll be labeled a liar. Benji will for sure hate you. If you let this ride out, you can at least
spin it so that you don’t look like a desperate cunt.”
to hell,” she said and started to the door.
to stop her, he did an immediate assessment of the risky situation he’d placed
himself in. “It’s a shame that Jeff died
before he could be questioned by the police,” he said.
stopped in the doorway and turned back to him.
“What do you mean?”
he looked into his drink and watched the ice melt into tiny pieces. “Well, you went to him for the drug that you gave
Sierra. Now I’m the only one who knows
who gave it to her.”
was your idea, Duke.”
best lie is one that is as close to the truth as possible,” he said, a look of
warning on his face. “And if you admit
you lied about the attack so that you could keep Benji and Sierra apart, what’s
to stop people from believing you thought of drugging her all on your own?”
knew he was threatening her. Did she
expect anything else from him? With a
roll of her eyes, she turned and stomped to the front doors. Standing behind, Duke placed a hand in his
pocket while he smiled with satisfaction.
fragments of jagged moonlight cut through the foyer as James and Miranda walked
to the staircase together.
sure you’re going to be okay?” he asked her, hugging her close. “Can you work things out with Eddie?”
don’t know,” Miranda replied with a sigh.
She hadn’t told her father everything.
Not about the baby. Only what he
already knew – that she was in love with both of them.
doesn’t sound like my daughter,” he said with a knowing grin. “The little girl who kissed boys on the
playground and threatened them with a sharp pencil if they resisted.”
smiled. “We’ll see. Thanks, Daddy.”
headed up to bed?”
a minute,” she said, then grew very serious as she took a step toward him. “Daddy, there’s one more thing. I should have said something sooner but I
didn’t know how to bring it up.”
is it, sweetheart?” he asked, pausing on the bottom landing.
time you sneak your girlfriend out of the house, use the tunnels.” After she said it, a wiseacre smile spread
across her face.
funny, smarty pants,” he said with a grin and started up the staircase.
laughed and turned around just as the doorbell rang. Frowning, she went to open it, positive that
it had to be a mistake. Who would be
coming by this late?
Eddie said from the front porch, his hands dug into his pockets and a sad look
on his face.
she said, surprised to find him there.
She’d thought that it would be days before she heard from him.
can’t do this,” he said. “I’ve been
driving around since I left the party.
Look, I don’t know what’s going to happen. This baby and David and everything else is a
pain in the ass, but all I know is I want to be with you. Can we deal with it as we go?”
smiled, tears of happiness stinging her eyes as she pulled him into an
embrace. “That sounds perfect,” she
said and closed the door behind them.
steered his Cobra II along Sepulveda and turned into the parking lot of the
small apartment building. When he jumped
out, he saw her standing on the second floor of the building gazing up at the
moonlight. When she saw him, she
started to turn back around and go inside.
wait,” he called up to her, sprinting to the stairs and bounding up to the
second floor. When he rounded the corner
he saw her standing defensively by her door.
are you doing here?” she asked with a tilt of her head. “You shouldn’t have come here.”
know, but just hear me out,” he said. He
couldn’t let it go. He barely knew her
and they’d only been out on one awkward date, but he couldn’t get her out of
his mind. There was something about her
that made him feel better than he had in years.
nothing to say,” Jane argued and opened her door. “Now please just go home. Go back to your mansion in the hills and
leave me alone.”
until you hear what I have to say.” He
blocked her from going inside, letting his eyes do the pleading. “Look, I know you don’t know me very well and
you think I’m just this spoiled Hollywood
brat, but if you give me the chance I’ll show you that you’re wrong.”
frowned. “Don’t you get it? It’s not who you are that’s the problem, it’s
who your mother is. She’s adopting my
son, remember?” God, she was getting
scared by the ease of which the lie rolled trippingly off her tongue. Before
moving to L.A.
the biggest lie she ever told was to her girlfriends about how many boys she’d
kissed. Now this? She hated the
direction her life was going.
so it’s not an idea situation and it’s a little awkward, but-“
a lot awkward,” she corrected him
with a laugh.
it doesn’t have to be,” he went on. “The
adoption gets finalized tomorrow, right?
Well, after that we’ll start over.
We’ll take things slow. I mean,
the only person that this really affects is my mom. Maybe she’ll be cool with having you
sighed and shook her head. If she really
was giving her baby up for adoption, she could maybe see that happening. Maybe.
But the fact that it was all a big lie complicated things on so many
I’m sure you’ll have no problem finding another girl to rescue when her car
breaks down,” she finally said and stepped inside the apartment. “It’ll be better for everyone.”
our dumb luck, I guess,” she said somberly and closed the door. Inside, she leaned against the door and took
a deep breath. It was a shame, really. She had grown to like Stormy. If she hadn’t gotten mixed up with his
mother’s schemes, maybe they could have had some fun together.
sulked down the stairs to the parking lot and paused to pick up an empty beer
bottle on the ground. Angrily, he threw it
as hard as he could, watching the pieces shatter against a dumpster a few yards
the waiting room, Jordan and Suzanne sat silently on the benches while Renee
paced and Kenny and Benji hung close to the doors of the emergency room. Suzanne could see the torment in her son’s
eyes and she knew that he had feelings for Sierra that he hadn’t previously
shown. Not to her, at least. It made her wonder how well she knew him at
should go home,” Jordan
said, leaning in to her. “I’ll let you
know if there’s any change.”
nodded. “I do need to finish some
packing. The movers come tomorrow to
take my things back to the house in Sherman Oaks.”
been thinking about that,” Jordan
said after a moment of hesitation. “With
all this going on with Benji, maybe you shouldn’t move out right away. We're
getting a divorce, but I think we
both have his best interests in mind.”
that be uncomfortable?" she asked. “Us living
in the same house after everything that’s happened?”
more uncomfortable than walking in on you and Brett in bed together,” he said
bitterly. “I assume I don’t have to
worry about it happening again. With
Brett or anyone else. The young
gentleman who brought you to the hospital, for instance.”
ignored his biting tone. She was getting
used to it. “Ross is my writing
professor,” she clarified. “And a
friend. Nothing more.”
makes it okay to bed your son-in-law but not your professor?” he asked
she grabbed for her purse. “Jordan,
you’re looking for a punching bag then look somewhere else. I’m not going to do it anymore.
I'll stay for Benji's sake, but don't expect me
to put up with your jabs."
got up and walked to Benji, who responded by turning away and folding his arms
belligerently across his chest. With a
sigh of defeat, she turned and headed for the elevator.
to get up and talk to Kenny. While he
did, Renee approached Benji by the door.
my daughter doesn’t make it, I’m going to put everything I have into destroying
Hunt Roberts,” she whispered, a distant look in her eyes. “I want him to know the pain and the misery
that he put her through. I want him to despise
every second of his pathetic life until he begs to be put out of his misery."
decided that he couldn't agree more.
"Will you help me?”
looked at her with dark eyes and a furrowed brow. “Prison’s too good for him. Leave Hunt to me,” he said. “He’ll pay for what he’s done. Don’t worry about that.”
took him the next morning from his car while he was parked outside of a Coffee
Bean in Century City.
When the car pulled up alongside his, he didn’t immediately see Joba and
the rest of them get out and pull him from his seat.
the-“ Hunt began, twisting from their grasp.
“What the hell is your problem, Branigan?”
snitched on us, Roberts?” he asked.
brother and I supplied you with the best stuff around for years and this is how
you repay us? He’s dead so you call the
cops and have them raid our place in the middle of the night?”
didn’t call anyone,” Hunt said angrily, trying to pry himself free from his
friends. “You’re crazy, man.”
motioned to his friends who drug Hunt into the back seat of their Monte Carlo.
go of me!” he screamed all the way into the back seat.
they were in the car, Hunt started screaming.
The guy on his left grabbed his hand and held it out before him. The guy on the other side produced a pair of
pliers and clamped the teeth around one of his fingers.
the fuck!” he yelled, cringing and blinking and sweating profusely.
one shits on my brother’s memory,” Joba said, giving the guy with the pliers a
nod of his head.
eyes bulged and turned red as the pliers were tightened around his finger and
blood began to trickle down his hand. He
screamed at the top of his lungs, so Joba quickly turned on the radio as loud
as it would go. Teenage Dream reverberated through the car, masking the sound of
his finger snapping off at the knuckle.
Blood sprayed into his face and into his mouth as he screamed.
we’re gonna take a little ride,” Joba said from the front seat, motioning to
the driver to start the engine. “Maybe
the desert. No one around to hear you
Hunt sobbed over the music as the car peeled out and began heading down Santa Monica Boulevard.
by the curb, Benji watched from his car.
He lowered his sunglasses and smiled as the Monte Carlo disappeared into traffic. Yes, prison was too good for Hunt
Roberts. After what he did to Sierra, on
top of humiliating him at the party, he was getting what he deserved. So after phoning in an anonymous tip to the
police about Jeff and Joba Branigan’s drug operation, he let it slip to an
acquaintance that it was Hunt who made the call. The rest he could just sit back and
had a feeling Hunt Roberts wouldn’t be making a return trip to Los Angeles.
showered and dressed at Brooke’s townhouse before making his way downstairs
with a certain amount of trepidation. He
still felt uncomfortable after the way things went down with Michael the night
before. Getting close to Brooke would
prove difficult if her son wasn’t accepting of him.
he said, coming up behind Brooke and kissing her on the neck while she poured
two cups of steaming coffee in the kitchen.
Michael was playing quietly on the living room floor.
morning,” she said, shivering from the sensation of his lips on her skin. He always put her in total ecstasy, even by
something as simple as kissing her neck.
well,” he said with a wink and a smile and pulled her into an embrace.
was on the phone so early this morning?” she asked and handed him a cup of
DeWitt,” he replied. “She sounded kind
of panicked. But it looks like I’m
getting that job as general manager of Moonshadows. She wants me to go in today.”
great!” Brooke exclaimed. “I didn’t
expect her to make the decision so soon.”
shrugged. “She said that she’s got a lot
going on and that I was a lifesaver. I
just hope that my working there doesn’t create any conflicts.”
do you mean?”
you do own ten percent,” he said with a grin.
“I’d hate to think I was getting any special treatment from the
she kissed him on his full lips. “It’ll
be our secret,” she said. “Besides, I
don’t really have much to do with Moonshadows.
David gave me the ten percent out of obligation because of our
father. I’m just as happy spending my
time at home these days so I can keep an eye on Michael.”
he say anything about last night?” Kyle wanted to know.
shook her head. “I think I’m going to
make an appointment at a child psychologist.
This Adam thing is really getting out of hand.”
you that worried?”
just rather get it out in the open sooner rather than later.”
from his pocket alerted Kyle to a phone call.
He plucked his cell from his chinos and looked at the display. Quickly, his face fell. “I’ll be right back.”
nodded as he turned and walked into the dining room. Once he was alone, he clicked talk and answered.
it’s me,” he said when the caller identified themselves. “I told you not to
call me. It’s too dangerous. I’ll call you when I-“
caller cut him off abruptly before he could continue. Kyle glanced into the kitchen to make sure
Brooke didn’t overhear the conversation.
know I haven’t been in touch,” he said quietly into the phone. “I’ve been kind
of busy lately, or haven’t you seen the news?
That mess down in Acapulco? I was nearly killed because of-“
interruption. He peered through the
doorway and watched Brooke quietly read the Los
working on it,” he said. “Getting close
to her has been a challenge, but that should all change now. Yes, I know it’s taking a long time but this
whole thing could blow up in our faces if I’m not careful. Trust me.”
This time Brooke turned and looked directly at
him. He forced a smile on his face for
her benefit. He needed to wrap up the
call and quick before she got suspicious.
be in touch,” he said. “I don’t know
that, he hung up and took a deep breath before returning to the kitchen.
“Renee,” he replied. “She forgot to tell
me something earlier. I should get
going. Don’t want to be late on my
about dinner tonight?” Brooke asked.
he said and kissed her. “Make
reservations and I’ll see you when I get done.”
kiss goodbye and he was off, starting out into the morning while sliding a pair
of mirrored aviators over his nose.
had plans to meet Mackenzie for breakfast but while he took a booth at the Polo
Lounge she called and said she couldn’t make it because something had come
up. He was disappointed, of course, but
knew that she was busy. Running a
popular daytime soap had to be a demanding career. He hoped that’s what it was, anyway, and not
second thoughts about sleeping with him the night before. He decided
he’d invite her to dinner that night instead and then they could hash out any
problems. Or maybe not. Being out of the dating scene had him second
guessing himself for some reason.
to the fact that he would have breakfast alone, he ordered from the menu and
then spotted Marilee Wells-Walker enter the restaurant. She waived to him and he motioned her to the
what a nice surprise,” she said, kissing him on the cheek as he rose to greet
her. “Are you dining alone? That’s unlike you.”
breakfast date canceled,” he said and then gestured to the seat across from
him. “Would you join me?”
lovely, thank you,” she said, slipping into the booth. “Have you already ordered?”
“Yes.” He called the waitress over and Marilee
ordered a grapefruit and two pieces of dry wheat toast.
call that breakfast?” James joked.
you know I’m not getting any younger. I
have to watch practically every grain of food that enters my mouth.”
smiled. “You look fine, Marilee. You always do. Tell me, how have you been?”
well,” she replied, obsessively touching her pearl stud earrings. She only wore stud earrings. She always thought women with short hair
shouldn’t wear otherwise. “It’s terrible about Sierra, isn’t it?”
certainly is,” he replied somberly. “I
was going to stop by the hospital after breakfast. I wonder if there’s been any change.”
wouldn’t know. Renee and I fell out of
good graces after I sold my shares of Merteuil to Jackie. I only wish I’d acted sooner by warning her
about that scoundrel Hunt Roberts.”
paused while lifting his coffee cup to his lips. “What do you mean?”
was the one who got Sierra onto drugs in the first place. Can you imagine a young man of his social
status throwing his life away with that stuff?
And bringing down an innocent young woman in the process? It’s unthinkable.”
sad,” James agreed. “I’m thankful that
my children grew up fairly well adjusted.
I mean, yes, they’ve had their problems, but nothing to the degree of
what the Roberts have to deal with.”
grew quiet. She managed a faint smile
when the waitress delivered their food and James could immediately tell that
something was troubling her. Something
other than Sierra’s situation.
is it?” he asked her before digging into his eggs benedict.
just thinking about opportunities I’ve missed out on.”
nodded. “You’re talking about Kyle,
she looked up again her eyes were red with tears. “I never even knew him. I gave him away when he was born and until a
few months ago I’ve never laid eyes on him.
I can’t help but wonder what it would have been like to raise him.”
did the only thing you could do at the time,” James assured her. “Thomerson had turned his back on you. You were alone. Things were different back then. Raising a child yourself just wasn’t an
think about him a lot,” she said, blinking away the tears. “I know I said I never wanted him to know
that I’m his mother, but lately I can’t help but reconsider.”
you thinking of telling him?”
don’t know. I guess I don’t have much to
lose if I do tell him.”
reached across the table and squeezed her hand.
“If it will bring you some kind of peace then you should.”
smiled, wiped the tears away, and picked up her spoon. “I’d always wondered what happened to the son
that I gave away. I’m just glad that he
turned into such a nice young man.”
was nearing completion of Moonshadows’ newest establishment, a nightclub called
the Cahuenga Room. As Kyle entered the
bright, sunlit tropical themed building, he couldn’t help but recall its
origins. Originally planned as the
Admirals Club, the structure had burned down as a result of Don Fenwick’s
maniacal attempts at killing Brooke. It
was there that they shared their first kiss.
Despite the prospect of being trapping in the burning building, it still
held bittersweet memories.
the grand opening still two weeks away, and the construction crew finished with
most of their work, it seemed the perfect place for a secret meeting. No one around to hear anything.
better be important,” Mackenzie said as she walked inside. Rays of sunlight filtered in through the
windows, spotlighting the place where she stopped her manic pace. “I have work to do today.”
wouldn’t have called you if it wasn’t important,” Kyle replied and went toward
her. “How are you, sis?”
rolled her eyes. “Don’t pretend we’re a
family. You forbade me from telling
anyone we’re related, remember?”
good reason,” he said.
“Good reason? I still don’t know what you’re up to,
Kyle. All I know is you blew into town
after prison and started telling people that Will Thomerson was your father. We both know that isn’t true.”
would I do that?” Mackenzie asked, tucking her cutch beneath her arm.
no matter what, we’re family. It’s time
you stopped punishing me because the Fenwick’s adopted me, and you…”
raised in foster homes?” she finished for him.
“I’m not punishing you. I just
don’t know what you want from me. One
minute you tell me that we can’t risk being seen together and the next thing I
know you’re calling me summoning me here.
What is it you want?”
afraid that people are going to start asking questions,” he said. “About who I really am.”
“Why? What’s happened?”
He ran his fingers over his close cropped hair and took a deep
breath. “But there’s someone who could
blow my story out of the water if I don’t do what they want.”
doesn’t matter who. What matters is that
I can count on you to keep quiet.”
told you I wasn’t going to say anything to anyone.”
allowed his expression to soften while he walked closer to her. “Not anyone,”
he said. “It would be very bad for me if
anyone found out I lied about my biological parents.”
groaned. “It’s always about you and
what’s good for you, isn’t it? Well let
me tell you something, little brother, you were raised with every advantage you
could have wanted. I was raised with
nothing and no one. So forgive me if I
don’t give a damn whether one of your schemes pans out or not. I have myself to worry about.”
he said as she turned and walked away.
not going to tell anyone,” she insisted, pausing before she left the club.
he said with a smile.
Kyle, the next time you summon me like this I will spill your secret. Just
do me a favor and leave me alone.”
bit his lip and watched as she turned and left.
He wasn’t worried about her. They
traveled in different circles. There
would be no reason for her to tell anyone that he was living a lie.
held the tip of the pen on the dotted line, fully aware that all eyes were on
her, but more importantly aware that she was about to commit a crime so big
that the repercussions were staggering.
What if someone found out? What
if she was thrown in jail all because she needed money for rent? She began to wonder if it was all worth
everything okay, Jane?” Kenny asked.
looked at him, then at Alex who sat next to her. Her eyes seemed to prod her forward in the
task at hand.
give her a minute,” Miranda said. “Maybe
everyone just needs to back off.”
demanded. “If she isn’t sure by now that she wants to give up her baby then
what the hell are we even doing here?"
you shut up?” Alex said, craning her neck around and issuing him dagger-like
glares. “Why are you even here, Jordan? This has nothing to do with you.”
protecting your interests,” he said, his hands dug into his pockets. “If you don’t like it then that’s too damn
she leaned forward and whispered in Jane’s ear.
“Are you okay?”
shut her eyes tightly, gripping the pen so hard that her knuckles were
white. Even if she could bring herself
to sign the adoption papers, her hand was trembling so much that it would be
impossible to do so.
you sure?” she whispered quietly.
“Yes. Sign it, Jane.”
is going on here?” Jordan
I’m just-“ Jane said with much hesitation.
you’re trying to pull something you’d better think again,” he said. “Be damn sure before you sign that
enough!” Miranda exclaimed. “Jane, do
you want to step outside?”
looked at her and then at Alex. “No,
I’m fine,” she said, pressing the tip of the pen to the contract and scribbling
her name so lightly that she could barely read it. Still, it was done.
Alex took the paper from her. Kenny
promptly snatched it from her and dropped it into his briefcase.
well,” he said. “I’ll get these filed
and everything should be done by tomorrow.
Now I’m sorry to rush off but I need to get to the hospital.”
Renee and Sierra my love,” Miranda said, placing a hand on his forearm.
nodded and left the office. After he’d gone, Jane stood up from her
chair. Her legs felt like rubber and
like she’d ran ten miles. She was
exhausted. But it was done. Now her only hope was that it could be put
you,” Alex said and embraced her warmly.
“I promise you I’ll give R.J. a wonderful home.”
nodded, avoiding looks of suspicion from Jordan.
Mom,” Miranda said and gave Alex a kiss on the cheek. “We’ll celebrate later, okay? I have to get home. I promised Brooke I’d babysit.”
Sweetheart,” Alex said happily.
led Jane out into the hall and placed a hand on hers. “Are you okay? You seemed awfully nervous in there.”
fine,” she said. “Just a lot of emotions
understandable. But you did the right
thing. The responsible thing. You knew you couldn’t raise R.J. yourself so
you gave him to someone who could.
There’s no shame in that, Jane.”
replied with a nod of her head. Lying to
her was more difficult because of how nice she was to her. It made her feel like the smallest person in
about Stormy,” Miranda began as they walked down the hallway. “I still can’t believe that you went out with
him without realizing-“
know. It’s crazy. But you don’t have to worry. I told him that us seeing each other was a
what did he say?”
showed up last night trying to change my mind.
It’s too weird, Miranda. Your
mother adopted my baby. How in the world
would we ever be able to have a relationship?”
paused before they reached the door to the office building. “Well, you and I are friends. I hope that doesn’t have to change. Maybe there’s no difference. Maybe you and Stormy can have a
relationship. I mean, unless you think
being around R.J. will make you change your mind about giving him up.”
shook her head. “No, it won’t. But it’s still awkward.”
give it some time before you make any decisions. You may be just what my brother needs in his
life right now.”
is she?” Renee asked when Dr. Farraday emerged from the emergency room.
better,” he said with a smile. “We’re
moving her out of the intensive care unit and into her own room. You’ll be able to see her soon.”
thank God,” Renee said while letting out a sigh of relief. “Thank you so much, Noel.”
check in with you shortly,” he said, leaving the waiting room just as Kenny
news?” he asked, kissing her lightly on the cheek.
moving her out of the ICU,” she said happily.
“She’s going to be fine.”
God,” Kenny said and led her over to a chair.
“When can we see her?”
that’s the best news I’ve heard all day,” Kenny said. “Sierra will be home in no time. Then you can continue with the wedding
looked at him and shook her head. “Oh,
Kenny, I can’t plan a wedding now,” she said. “When Sierra comes home she’s
going to need a lot of attention. I need
to undo what that son of a bitch Hunt Roberts did to her. Treatment, therapy, whatever it takes. We’re going to have to postpone the
face fell. “Postpone? Darling, you don’t have to do that. The wedding is still weeks away. That’s plenty of time to-“
how on earth do you expect me to concentrate on flowers and caterers when my
daughter nearly died? I have to devote
all of my attention to her right now.
No, I was an absent mother for most of her life and it’s time I made up
for that. I’m afraid I can’t marry you
heart sinking, he watched as she got up and left the waiting room.
called her favorite nail tech to come over and give her a manicure and
pedicure. After the ordeal she’d been
through she decided that she deserved it.
So while lounging on a chaise in the grand living room of her house in
Palos Verdes Estates, she texted furiously from her iPhone while Mei Lei tended
to her feet.
the middle of a message to her attorney demanding more money be deposited into
her account, she received a text from an anonymous source. When she read it, her face went white with
Who would believe BR would rape you when you
give it away for free all the time?
Sick to her stomach, she quickly deleted
the hateful message. It hadn’t been the
only backlash she’d received since Magnum’s party. That afternoon while stopping for a nonfat late
at Coffee Bean, she’d received a number of dirty looks from girls who walked
by. Now this anonymous text. More proof that she’d been stupid to let Duke
talk her into anything. As if drugging
and nearly killing Sierra Merteuil wasn’t bad enough.
sound of the door opening and closing alerted her to a visitor. Turning her head, she saw Blake storm into
the room, a furious look on his face.
the hell, Summer?” he asked. “You just
move out without a word? My brother just
told me you packed up and left.”
all for now, Mei Lei,” she said to the woman furiously buffing her
toenails. She waited for her to vacate
the room and then twisted off of the chaise.
“I assumed that after your outburst last night that you were through with
outburst was directed at Benji, not at you.”
you’ve always been jealous of Benji. You
have ever since we started seeing each other.
Then last night-“
don’t care about that,” Blake insisted and followed her across the room. “Why have you been avoiding me all day? I tried catching up to you last night but you
disappeared with Duke. What is going
got a little out of hand,” she said, her back to him as she poured herself a
glass of water. “Hunt and Sheldon making
that big scene. You coming in and
punching Benji. I can’t take it, Blake. I just can’t handle it.”
thought I was defending you,” he insisted.
“Why didn’t you tell me what happened?
Why did I have to hear from Eddie that Benji tried to rape you?”
wished it would all go away. The lies,
the treachery, her stupid deal with Duke.
She was sure that she’d been right earlier. Duke wanted something to
happen to Jeff as a result of everything that went down. He’d predicted Benji’s reaction. Duke Summerfield was not to be trusted.
thing is, things got a little misunderstood along the way,” she finally
said. “I mean, Benji did come on to me
in his pool house, but it didn’t go down the way you think it did.”
why did Eddie tell me-“
Blackthorne and I were talking at the party.
I guess she misunderstood. I’m
not exactly sure how it happened.”
Benji didn’t try to force himself on you?”
she said, careful not to look him in the eye.
She knew he’d see right through her.
He’d know that she was lying all along.
“That’s just crazy. How could you
think that about your best friend?”
Blake raked his fingers through his hair.
“I have no idea what’s going on here, Summer. I thought we were supposed to be
together. I feel like you’re keeping
things from me.”
sorry,” she said and finally turned around.
She was plagued with the fear that no matter what she did she would
never get Benji for herself. Not like
this, anyway. It would be a mistake to
cut Blake loose yet. With everyone in
town turning against her, he may be the only thing she had left.
love you, Summer,” he said and wrapped his arms around her. “I wish you understood that.”
do,” she said, closing her eyes while he embraced her.
looked through the window into Sierra’s room down the hall. He watched as she slept, tubes and hoses
coming from her nose and mouth, a heart monitor beeping steadily beside
her. Even hooked up to all that
equipment, she still looked peaceful. He
couldn’t wait for her to wake up. He had so much to tell her, starting with
clearing up the lies that had been exposed at Magnum’s party.
approached from behind. She fell in line
beside him and quietly looked in at her daughter as the nurses got her settled
into her room.
going to be fine,” she said.
developments on Hunt Roberts?”
nodded. “He won’t be a problem
turned to him and let her eyes flicker past his. “Good,” she said and walked away.
sound of the doorbell ringing alerted Suzanne to a visitor. She made her way down the stairs and paused
on the bottom landing when she saw the flicker of commotion through the
windows. Frowning, she stepped closer to
the door and peered out onto the lawn where a throng of reporters had
first instinct was that they were there because of the events that had
transpired at Magnum Rainer’s birthday party.
The car accident, Sierra’s overdose, not to mention the rumors about
Benji’s recent activities.
upon further inspection, she could see them each holding something. A book of some kind. Her curiosity piqued, she threw the door open
and was met with microphones being thrust at her.
Rogers, do you have any comment on Valley of Temptation?”
one of the reporters asked.
what?” she asked, her face turning white as a sheet.
did you decide to publish the book now?” asked someone else. “Are you worried about the implications it
could cause for your husband and his studio?”
it true that your ex-lover Brett Armstrong now works for your husband’s rival
motion picture studio?”
Suzanne grabbed the book from one of the reporters. The front cover was that of a typical romance
novel. A bare-chested man holding a
woman in front of a glimmering pool and palm tree backdrop. The title Valley of Temptation
was emblazoned on the front. And below
that was her name.
my God,” she whispered, opening to a random chapter and seeing her words
typeset on the perfectly bound pages.
had taken her book – her personal feelings and experiences about her affair –
and published them without her knowing.
about Suzanne's book are cast. Kyle makes demands
of Mackenzie in order to protect his secret. David
asks a favor of Brooke. Alex is horrified by what's
happening in her own family.
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