Sierra was rushed to the hospital
after she had a violent reaction to the drug Summer
had put in her drink. Renee told Benji she wanted
Hunt Roberts to pay for getting Sierra hooked on drugs.
Benji phoned in an anonymous tip to the police
about Jeff and Joba's drug operation, then framed Hunt.
Joba and his friends retailiated by dragging Hunt
to the desert. Benji was questioned by the police about
the attempted rape on Summer, and the beating of the
homeless man. Despite the lack of evidence, Jordan
and Suzanne assumed his guilt. Summer threatened
to come clean that Duke was the one who suggested she
drug Sierra, but he threatened to expose her if she
did. Summer moved back into her mother's house,
angering Blake. She claimed that she never told
anyone that Benji tried to rape her. Blake told
Summer that he loved her. Suzanne was alarmed
to find that her manuscript had been published without
her knowledge. Michael acted out against Kyle,
which concerned Brooke. Kyle received a mysterious
phone call, prompting him to seek reassurance from Mackenzie
that she wouldn't reveal that they are related. Marilee
confided in James that she wanted to tell Kyle that
she is his natural mother, unaware that he lied about
being Will Thomerson's son. Eddie told Miranda
he wanted to try to work withings out despite her being
pregnant with a child that could be David's. Jane
turned Stormy down when he asked her if she would reconsider
their relationship. Later, Jane signed adoption
papers making Alex's adoption of R.J. legal. Miranda
told Jane she should reconsider her decision to end
things with Stormy.
was no impressing Mackenzie Stone. She
was a self-made woman and had her own Hollywood
success story to boast about. James knew
this and yet he still made a point of waving a brief hello to the chef at Cut
when they were being escorted to their table.
The mere idea that he felt the need to impress her made him second guess
the entire evening. She obviously
enjoyed spending time with him so why was he so insecure around her? Was it because of her age? She was over ten years his junior, but that
wasn’t exactly new territory. Brooke had been far younger than even she
a firm decision to relax and just enjoy her company, he placed a hand on her
waist while he escorted her into her seat.
you,” Mackenzie said and took the menu from the hostess. “This is a great table, James. Last time I ate here we were in the party
room. I guess it wasn’t available
guess not,” he said, although he was unsure if it was or not because it hadn’t
been offered to him. Was he losing his
touch? “You look very pretty
you look very handsome,” she said, flipping her long black hair over her
shoulder. “I’m sorry for having to
cancel breakfast this morning. I had a
meeting that couldn’t be pushed off.”
a personal matter,” she said, thinking about Kyle and his tendencies to drag
her into his various dramas.
raised a curious eyebrow. “Oh? I hope you got everything worked out.” He wondered if the personal matter was
another man. True, they’d only just
begun seeing each other and were still free to date others, but he secretly
hoped that she didn’t want to.
Especially after he found out how much chemistry they had in bed.
just say it was a problem that kept popping up. It’s been handled. So, what are you ordering?”
always have the filet,” he replied, eyeing her skeptically.
voice came from above. “Excellent
both looked up to see who was speaking to them.
To James’s surprise, and Mackenzie’s outrage, it was Brooke and
hello there,” James said, rising from the table and kissing Brooke on the
cheek. “Looks like we had the same
idea. Kyle, how are you?”
“Fine. Good to see you, James.” He shook his hand while eyeing Mackenzie out
of the corner of his eye. What was she
doing there with him? He hoped it was
merely a business dinner and nothing more.
didn’t get the party room, James?” Brooke asked. “I called this morning and they have it ready
“Oh...no,” he began, slightly embarrassed.
“You must have got it before I did.”
He quickly went to change the subject, gesturing to Mackenzie. “Do you
both know Mackenzie Stone?”
met at the premiere of Angel Assassin 2,”
Brooke said and politely shook her hand.
“Mackenzie, this is
Kyle Fenwick,” James said. “He consulted
at Sunset Studios for a while.”
do you do?” Mackenzie said, cautiously taking his hand when he extended it to
her. Better to go along with the charade
than risk attracting suspicion. She felt
bad for lying to James. Little did he
know she and Kyle were actually brother and sister.
to meet you,” Kyle replied, then quickly looked away. “Well, we should get to our table.”
you want to join us?” Brooke asked James and gesturing to the back of the room.
looked at Mackenzie and shrugged. “What
do you say?”
eyes darted nervously between them. “You
know, we’re already here and I’d hate to put the hostess through any more
effort. Maybe next time, though.”
you sure?” Brooke asked. “I’m sure it’s
I think they want to be alone,” Kyle said, taking her arm and attempting to
lead her away. The last thing he wanted
to do was spend an entire meal pretending he didn’t know Mackenzie. “Enjoy your dinner.”
too,” James said with a polite smile as they departed.
they’d gone, James sat back down and smiled at his companion. “Thank you,” he said. “Brooke and I used to be married. I’d hate to make anyone feel
returned the smile and took a sip of her water.
She could feel Kyle staring at her from across the room and it almost
made her uncomfortable enough to ask James if they could go somewhere else. She resisted, however, not wanting to attract
any attention to the matter. Instead,
she was determined to put the run-in out of her mind.
few blocks down on Wilshire, Suzanne entered a deserted building at Westwood
College. She checked the directory because she wasn’t
exactly sure where she was going. She
took all of her classes online. Her
writing professor, Ross Fuller taught night classes there on Tuesdays
however, so she decided to corner him there before he could avoid her.
up two sets of stairs in a tan trench coat, she came to room 304 and paused at
the door when she saw him standing in the empty classroom talking to a young
woman. She held back, deciding it would
be better if she approached him alone.
love it,” Ross was saying to the wispy brunette. “A bunch of us are taking a bus out there on
Friday. We can pick you up here at the
school if you want.”
the girl said awkwardly. “That sounds
great, Professor Fuller.”
me Ross,” he said, leading her to the door and smiling when he finally noticing
Suzanne standing there. “See you at
class on Thursday.”
the girl said and left.
she’d gone, Ross looked at Suzanne and smiled.
“This is a surprise,” he said.
“What are you doing here? How are
your son and your friend’s daughter?
I’ve been so worried.”
could you do it?” she asked, her eyes red and watery. “I trusted
smile faded. “What are you talking
shook her head. “Don’t try to deny
it. You expect me to believe the
manuscript just appeared on their desks?”
Suzanne, you’re not making any sense.”
He reached a hand out to her but she pushed it away. “Calm down and tell me what it is you think
this ring a bell?” she asked, swooping into her purse and removing the
published copy of Valley of Temptation. She thrust the book at him, tears staining
her cheeks. “If you thought you were
doing me a favor you should have asked
me first. I would have never given the okay to publish
eyes bulged out of his head as he took the book from her. “Oh my God,” he gasped. “Suzanne, I had nothing to do with this. You have to believe me.”
you think I’m stupid?” she lamented.
“You were the only one I showed it to!
I can’t believe this. As if
telling the whole sordid story to everyone at the custody hearing wasn’t bad
enough, now the entire world is going to read about it. What if my daughter sees this? Or someone reads it and tells her about
it? Don’t you see what you’ve done?”
told you I had nothing to do with this.
Suzanne, you let me read that manuscript in total confidence. I would have never done something like this.
And compromise my career? I promise
who else could have done it?” she demanded.
“I deleted it from my computer months ago.”
someone must have recovered it,” he said.
took the book back from him and stared at the cover. Crying, she raked her fingers through her
long auburn hair and turned away. “This
book is in every bookstore in the country.
Reporters are staked outside my house.
It's all over the television. Jordan’s
going to blow a fuse when he finds out, if he hasn’t already.”
he was the one who leaked the manuscript,” Ross suggested.
considered his theory for a brief second, and then shook her head in
response. “No, he wouldn’t have done
that.” But even as she said it, she knew
that she couldn’t be certain. He did make threats after the hearing
alluding to the fact that he would tell Heather about her affair with
Brett. She never expected him to go
through with it. And to take it this
Sierra awoke that night, Benji was sitting beside her hospital bed with her
hand in his. He looked into her eyes and
whispered for her to take it easy. She
still needed her rest.
happened?” she asked, her voice hoarse.
in the hospital,” he told her softly.
“You had a reaction to a drug.
You were at Magnum’s party. Do
concentrated for a few seconds and then nodded her head weakly. “You pushed me out of the way,” she said. “Are you hurt?”
shook his head. “No.”
to remember more details, she began squirming on the bed. “I remember running out into the street. You were fighting with someone. Hunt was there. And Jeff…”
he said quietly. “You’re okay now. You’re safe.”
longer she was awake the more memories came back to her. “That girl,” she began, pulling her hand
away. “They said you attacked her.”
Benji said, shaking his head. “They were
lying, Sierra. I never hurt
that homeless man…” she said, growing more upset by the second. “Hunt said you beat him.”
was trying to turn you against me,” Benji insisted. “But none of that matters now. You’re safe and no one can hurt you.”
Hunt?” she asked, looking around the
need your rest.”
is he?” she demanded, louder this time.
“Where’s my mother?”
here. I’ll go get her.” He stood up.
“Sierra, you have to know that I never did those things those people
said. They were playing games. They were trying to turn you against
me.” He didn’t know how else he could
make her understand.
go,” she said groggily, turning her head.
he turned and left the room. Once he was
in the hall, he took a deep breath and set off to find Renee.
sprawled out on the sofa in the family room at the Blackthorne mansion, cueing
up a movie as Miranda entered with a big bowl of popcorn. She handed it to him over the back of the
salty, just the way you like it,” she said and nestled down beside him.
that bad for the baby?” he asked. “I
heard salt was bad for babies. Or maybe
it’s just bad for everyone. I’m not
sure. Maybe you should throw it out and
“You make more,” she snapped, shoving a
handful into her mouth. “I want to watch
the movie. Michael and
Adam finally went to sleep
so we can have some peace and quiet.”
decided she probably knew what was best so he nestled back against the cushion
and started the movie. As the title card
flashed on the screen and they sat in silence, he continuously looked at
you comfortable? Do you need another
fine,” she said, slightly annoyed.
never been an expectant father before.
Or a potential expectant father.
He wanted to make sure he did everything right.
you want to put your feet up?” he asked, turning to her again.
“No. Watch the movie.”
he tried to do just that, but found it nearly impossible to think of anything
else. “I saw some pickles in the-“
my God, you are driving me crazy!” Miranda screamed. “Eddie, I’m fine. Dr. Mitchell said the baby is healthy and
that there’s nothing to worry about. So
would just be quiet and watch the movie?”
he murmured, turning back to the television.
sat in silence for a few minutes until Miranda sighed and dropped her hands to
the sofa in resignation. “I need to talk
to David,” she said.
“Huh? I thought you wanted to watch the
don’t mean right now,” she said with a groan.
“But soon. I still haven’t told
him about the baby.”
sat up and scowled at her. “Why are we
talking about David? I thought tonight
was about us?”
is, but I can’t help worrying. It isn’t
fair that he doesn’t know I could be carrying his baby. He’s been so distant since you guys got back
from Acapulco. I wonder if he’s feeling
shook his head in frustration. “Okay,
I’m not allowed to ask if you’re comfortable, but you can talk about David and
how worried you are about him? I see how
you stop?" she asked. “It’s only right
that I tell him. I think I’m going to
see him tomorrow.”
alone. I can’t tell him with you
around. Please try and understand.”
mouthed the word fine and turned back
to the movie. Folding his arms, he
pouted and ignored the way she stared at him.
you mad?” she asked.
“No. Watch the movie.”
Meet me by the lounge
The text came in the middle of James
telling her about a new movie Stormy was optioning for Sunset Studios. She casually turned in the direction of the
bar and saw Kyle standing belligerently in the corner. His demands were half-expected. The look on his face when he saw her with
James was unmistakable.
you excuse me for a minute?” Mackenzie asked.
“I need to visit the ladies room.”
course,” James said, standing up when she did.
wove her way through the maze of tables and when she neared the lounge Kyle
followed her out into the waiting area.
Once he was sure they were alone, he turned to her and glared heatedly.
are you doing with James Blackthorne?” he demanded.
me?” she asked, though she knew why he was asking.
this business or pleasure?” Kyle asked.
does it matter?”
there are only about a thousand connections between him and I. I’m seeing his ex-wife, I worked for him for
a time, and most importantly, he thinks I’m his dead nephew’s
half-brother. You don’t see any conflict
of interest there?”
around to make sure they weren’t being overheard, Mackenzie took a step closer
to him. “Why is any of this my problem?”
if you’re here for the reasons I think you are, then how are you going to be
able to keep this secret from him?” Kyle asked.
rolled her eyes. “I don’t even want to
know what reasons you think I have for being here. I happen to like James Blackthorne. We enjoy each other’s company.”
my God, you’re dating the man,” he said, running a hand over his face. “I cannot believe you’re this dense.”
me?” she fired back.
happens if things get serious between the two of you?” Kyle asked. “I’ll tell you what will happen, Mackenzie. You’ll feel guilty about lying to him and
you’ll wind up telling him the truth that we’re related. Then my entire cover will be blown.”
first person he’ll tell is Brooke,” he insisted. “How can you now see the problem here? You have to stop seeing him. That’s all there is to it.”
eyes flashed angrily at him. “You don’t
tell me who I can and can’t see,” she said.
can in this instance. You promised you
wouldn’t blow my cover.”
I meant it,” she said, lowering her voice.
“I won’t tell James. But if you
continue to think you can order me around, then maybe I will tell him.”
threaten me, Mackenzie.”
test me,” she countered, issuing one final look of warning before tearing off
back to her table.
she’d gone, Kyle’s eyes followed her. He
saw the way James greeted her with a kiss when she returned. Yes, there was going to be conflict if they
continued seeing each other. He wouldn’t
let it happen. He had too much to lose.
Suzanne arrived home it was late and the reporters that had been staked out on
the lawn earlier in the day were now gone.
Relieved, she fled inside the house, her hair tousled wildly and her
eyes red from tears. On the table in the
foyer was the copy of Valley of
was pacing the drawing room and he bounded into the entryway when he heard her
have you been? I’ve been trying to call
your cell for hours.”
forgot it,” she said, wriggling out of her trench coat, unable to look him in
positioned his hands on his hips and shook his head in irritation. “I needed to reach you, Suzanne. What the hell have you done?”
have I done? What
have I done?” She rushed toward him
in a blind rage. She raised her fists
and hit him repeatedly against the chest, knocking him back against the
wall. “Did you need to humiliate me that
badly? Did you? I hate you!
I hate you! Do you hear me?“
screamed, grabbing her wrists and shaking her forcefully. “Stop it!”
overpowering him and slapping him twice on the face. Jordan struggled to restrain her, finally
succeeding in turning and pinning her against the wall. “You think I published that book?”
“Yes!” she screamed,
breaking free and grabbing the book off the table. As she turned, she threw it at him and he
blocked it with his hands. “Dragging me
to court and making me look like a slut in front of our friends wasn’t
enough! You had to show it to the entire
world! Every detail, every private
thought is on those pages!”
“I didn’t do it!”
he screamed. “I thought you did.”
“Why would I?” she
cried. “Why would I have done
And just as she
said it, the reality of what had happened suddenly hit her. She’d blindly accused the wrong people of the
treachery. Her heart began beating
wildly and the color drained from her face.
“Oh my God,” she
whispered, turning to Jordan. “It was
He looked at her at
first with a doubtful expression. The
more he thought about it, however, the more he began to realize that she was
By the time Brett
got to his office at Sunset Studios the next morning, he’d successfully managed
to avoid the onslaught of reporters who hounded him along the way. He parked in the private-access garage and
went directly to his office where he tried for the third time to reach
Suzanne. Her phone went directly to
voice mail. When he called the house phone,
the butler, Gordon, told him that Miss Rogers was unavailable. He knew she was avoiding his phone
Slamming the phone
down on his desk, he pushed the sleeves up on his black Armani dress shirt, ran
a hand over his face, and turned to look out the window. How could she have done this without so much
as giving him a warning? Their private
lives were plastered across the pages of her book for all the world to
see. What if Heather saw it? What if Jordan used it as leverage to try for
custody of Violet again? The
implications were staggering.
aggravation arrived when Stormy burst into his office in one of his usual
now, junior,” Brett said, shaking his head.
“I’d love to go another round with you but I’ve kind of got a lot on my
mind right now.”
folded his arms. “I’m sure you do, but
your personal life has caused our phones to blow up all morning. Reporters have been calling wanting a
what did you say?” Brett demanded.
said that Sunset Studios is a family business, and that we have no comment on
your personal life.”
rolled his eyes and turned back to the window.
were you thinking, anyway?” Stormy asked as he moved across the office. “You’re supposed to be married to
Heather. How do you think it would make
her feel if she found out about you and her mother? You know, you’ve claimed to have changed but
I don’t see it. You’re still the same
con who swindled his way into my family.”
have a hell of a lot of nerve,” Brett said irately, veins throbbing in his face
and neck. “You weren’t exactly a devoted
husband to Heather either, or are you forgetting about the time you left town
with Lauren Spencer?”
slept with her mother. That’s a little
different. I knew you were going to hurt
her. I warned her about getting involved
with you but she didn’t listen.”
you’re always right, aren’t you?” Brett asked bitterly. He went to grab his jacket from his
chair. “You know what? I don’t have time for this.”
started to the door just as Jane Wheeler appeared with a seemingly lost look on
her face. She looked at Brett and smiled
was looking for Stormy’s office,” she said.
took a brief moment to size her up and down.
He was still a man, after all.
But remembering that he was in a hurry, he gestured inside the office
with his jacket. “He’s all yours.”
aside as Brett darted past her, she cautiously turned back to Stormy and
managed a faint smile. “Hi," she
said. “I hope I didn’t interrupt
didn’t,” he said, more than a little surprised to see her. “What are you doing here?”
opened her mouth to reply but stopped when she couldn’t find the words. “I don’t know,” she said with a shrug. “I just didn’t like the way we left things
the other night at my place. I think I
was just surprised when you came by. It
was really very sweet of you.”
he asked, moving toward the doorway where she was positioned. He forgot all about his argument with Brett
for the time being. “I thought you said
this would be too awkward.”
it was awkward, but for reasons other than what he thought they were. Maybe if they didn’t bring up his mother or
R.J. then she could overlook it and not have to feel guilty about lying. Miranda had given her a lot to think about
when she told her that she was rushing into hasty decisions. So for two days it had been all she’d thought
doesn’t seem so awkward right now,” she said with a faint smile. “I don’t know, I just really enjoyed being
with you the other night. Maybe we can
take things slow and see how it goes.”
that’s great,” he said, running his fingers through his spiky black hair. “Are you sure? I don’t want
to put you in a difficult position. I mean, because of my mom and
your baby and all.”
the adoption is final. What’s done is
done. It’s time I moved on. Maybe you can help me.”
like that,” he said, beaming. “Do you
want to go out tonight? Or if that’s too
soon then maybe tomorrow, or this weekend…”
cut him off with a smile. “Tonight
perfect,” James said when Alex placed R.J. in his arms. “If I didn’t know better I’d swear he was
tried to maintain an even expression as he said it. She’d heard it from various other people
already, Stormy included, and was getting used to passing it off as an
it uncanny?” she asked, gazing at the baby over his shoulder. “But then again all babies look alike, don’t
laughed while rocking the infant in his arms.
“Stormy didn’t. Don’t you
remember? He had the same shock of black
hair that R.J. does. His eyes are
different though. Does he have any other
ethnicity? Who was his father?”
ethnic part came from Kelly and her Hawaiian
heritage, Alex thought to
herself. She tried to brush his question
off accordingly. “I think his father was
part American Indian or something like that.
Anyway, I just wanted you to give you the official first peak at the
newest member of the family.”
glad you did,” James said and handed R.J. back to her. “You know, Alex, I have to admit I’m very
impressed with how well you’ve adjusted since you left treatment. Whatever they did there obviously
worked. You look positively
smiled and placed the baby in his crib.
“Well, it’s thanks to this little one,” she said. “I finally feel like I have something to look
forward to. All that pain and misery is
behind me now.”
he said, then decided to change the subject to a slightly more personal, and
self-serving one. “So I had dinner with
Mackenzie Stone last night.”
did?” Alex asked, craning her neck toward him in surprise. “How did that come about?”
shrugged. “We’ve been seeing each other
for a couple of weeks. I hope that
doesn’t make you uncomfortable. I know
you and her butted heads a lot on the set of The Young at Heart.”
doesn’t make me uncomfortable,” Alex said.
“I mean, we haven’t been married for a long time, James. You’re free to date whomever you want.”
frowned. “That’s not what you said when
I was with Brooke.”
because you threw me aside for her,” she said with a good-natured scowl. “Truthfully, I don’t have a problem with
Mackenzie. She’s been very mellow
lately. Not at all the robo-bitch she
used to be. I’m actually looking forward
to getting back on the set for the Cassidy Solomon memorial episode.”
good to hear,” he said, giving R.J. one final look before heading for the
door. “Thanks for having me over. I really am happy for you, Alex. I hope you can find some happiness in your
too,” she said thoughtfully, then stopped him before he left. “James, Mackenzie really is very pretty. I hope she knows how lucky she is.”
winked and ducked out of the apartment.
Maybe all of his worrying about Alex was for nothing. She seemed to be very happy.
nausea, double vision, ringing in the ears.
They were also symptoms that the specialist in San Francisco told David
Jennings he could experience in the coming months. His condition was deteriorating at a faster
rate than even he or Dr. Farraday had predicted. He hadn’t left his house in three days.
on the sofa, his skin was pale and clammy, dark circles surrounded his eyes,
and he could barely stand without vomiting.
The good news, if there was any, was his symptoms would come and go
without warning. Tomorrow he could be up
and walking around like any healthy person who wasn’t suffering from an
inoperable brain tumor.
ringing grew louder, causing him to groan in misery until he realized it was
the doorbell. Maybe if he laid there
quietly they would go away. He prayed
for the ringing to stop.
it’s Miranda,” called a voice from outside the door.
Miranda. No, he couldn’t deal with her today. He couldn’t let her see him like this. He laid very still, cringing when she
continued to ring the bell.
I know you’re home,” she said through the door.
“I see your cars in the garage.
All six of them. Open up. I need to talk to you.”
realized she wasn’t going away. Slowly,
he pulled himself to his feet and staggered to the door. He paused at the mirror that hung to the left
and wiped his eyes, took a deep breath, and opened the door.
she said and breezed past him. “What
were you doing?”
was just taking a nap,” he said and closed the door behind him.
looked him and up and down. “You look
thin.” Before he could react, she rushed
toward him and placed a hand on his forehead.
“Are you feeling okay? My God,
you’re burning up.”
fine,” he said. “I just got done working
frowned. “I thought you said you were napping.”
desperately tried shifting the subject away from how terrible he looked and felt. “What’s up?” he asked with an air of
nonchalance. “How are you?”
good,” she said and set her purse on the sofa while she took her jacket
off. “I’m not going to beat around the
bush. I came here to tell you something
and I know it won’t be easy but you’ve got to hear this.”
sure. What is it?” He sat down on the edge of the sofa when he
started feeling dizzy again.
a deep breath, she sat next to him and placed a hand on his knee. “Eddie and I are back together,” she said as fast
as she could.
was his brief reply.
know,” she said, wincing. “Shocker,
huh? Look, I didn’t mean to string you
along, David. When you got back from
Acapulco and you got off that plane and told me that you loved me, I really
wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I
care for you very much, and I guess in a lot of ways I do love you. I always have. But Eddie is my soul mate.”
he could do was nod. Yes, when he
returned from Mexico he had every intention of trying to woo Miranda until she
jumped into his arms. But then his
condition began deteriorating, and continuing their romance became the last
thing he wanted to think about. The
truth was, she was better off without him.
happy for you,” he said with a smile.
she asked, tilting her head as she looked at him. “You’re not just saying that?”
I just really want you to be happy,” he said.
Besides, he thought, he knew this would happen way back in the summer
when they first got together. He would
eventually get sick and would have to leave her. Better that it never got that far.
more,” she went on. “I’m pregnant.”
froze, staring blankly at her. “And the
shook her head. “It could be you or Eddie.”
David rose to his feet. He didn’t know
what to say or how to react. This was
what he always wanted. A baby of his own
to carry on his name. His father was
gone, Brooke never really considered herself a Jennings, and Jackie was married
to a Blackthorne. This was his only chance
at having a child of his own.
only problem was he wouldn’t be around to raise it.
a test we can take to determine the paternity,” Miranda said. “But it’s risky and I don’t know that I want
to do it until after he’s born.”
shrugged. “Just a guess.”
felt disappointed. A son to carry on his
name. His father’s name. It was probably too much to ask for.
I don’t expect you to say anything,” she said.
“I know this sucks and I’m sorry that it’s happening. I’m a selfish bitch, I know. But if this baby does turn out to be yours,
he’ll always know who his father was, even if Eddie is the one who raises him.”
prospect made David sick. Did he want
Miranda telling his son that his last days were filled with sickness and vomit
and misery? Was that the image of his
father he wanted him growing up with? He
couldn’t let it happen.
a warm embrace and a brief goodbye, Miranda left. David went straight for the phone and called
David Jennings,” he said. “I need to talk
got home that morning after spending a long night in the hospital. Not that he could do much good there, but
just being close to Sierra made him feel better. If all went as planned, she would be going
home that evening. Then he’d concentrate
on fixing the damage that Hunt, Summer and everyone had done to poison her mind
been trying to call you,” Suzanne said when he walked in the door.
he snapped and headed for the staircase.
she said firmly. “Don’t walk away from
he turned and rolled his eyes at her.
“Don’t tell me what to do. I’m
going to my room.”
into the drawing room now,” she
demanded. “I’m not going to ask you
he drug himself off the bottom stair and followed her into the drawing
room. When they entered, he saw his
father standing across the room by the fireplace.
“What is this all
about?” he asked. His first instinct was
that someone had fingered him in the beating of the homeless guy. His mind began racing with a way to get out
of it. The guy had it coming anyway.
Manzer called this morning,” Suzanne said.
swallowed hard. The book. In the craziness of the past couple of days
he’d forgotten that it was set to be released.
Obviously his mother had already seen it.
wanted to congratulate me on the first day’s book sales of Valley of Temptation,” she went on.
“He said that my agent had quite an eye for what the public wanted to
no accounting for taste,” he said with a shrug.
agent?” Suzanne asked with a hint of sarcasm in her voice. “Did you think I wouldn’t find out?”
stood defiantly silent, hands clasped behind his back while he stared at her.
walked toward him, the book gripped tightly between her fingers. “You’ve done some nasty things in your life,
but this by far-“
me the lecture,” he cut her off with a snarl. “I’ve heard it all before. I’m a disappointment, I’m cruel and I’m
unkind and I’m a spoiled brat. I’ll give
you one guess who I learned those things from.”
enough, Benji,” Jordan said, finally coming away from the wall.
quieted him with a wave of her hand.
“No, let him finish. I’d like to
hear exactly what we did to turn you into this person. We gave you everything you could ever
want. An education, cars, clothes, money
to spend any way you pleased.”
throw money at me to shut me up. That’s
true parenting at its best.”
“If you hate me that much then I can
learn to deal with that. But do you
realize what you’ve done by publishing that book? You’ve hurt your father’s reputation, Brett’s
reputation, and could very well send your sister into another psychotic
episode. Does any of that mean anything
didn’t care about any of that. He was
sick to death of them telling him what a nightmare he was. All the while they ran around ruining lives
and not accepting the consequences.
said it before, you’re a fucking hypocrite,” he said. “You slept with your daughter’s husband. If you hadn’t done that then none of this
would be happening.”
made a mistake,” she said. Never
had she felt so betrayed. “What you did
was to deliberately destroy me. How can
you do that to someone? To your own
about the trail of destruction you two
have left? Blake’s mother and
father? Uncle Troy? Alex?
Frank Dunning? Heather? I could keep going.”
people were victims of circumstance,” Suzanne said. “It’s totally different. You, Benji, are a sociopath.”
police dropped the investigation into the beating of that homeless man,” Jordan
spoke up. “They don’t have any evidence
and your buddy Ashton Childers couldn’t positively identify you being at the scene. But you did it, Benji. The same way you attacked Scott Kelly last
year. We know you. Why don’t you admit it?”
such bullshit,” Benji said, shaking his head.
Something was different about the tone in his parent’s voice this
time. They’d threatened him and made
promises to teach him a lesson before, but this time it was different. It felt like they were giving up on him.
I don’t know where you learned to treat women the way you do, but it’s sick,”
Suzanne said. “You can deny it all you
want, but something happened with those girls.
The dean’s daughter at your school and Summer Solomon. Do you have a problem with women? Do you have anger issues because of me? Is that it?
You’re angry because I wasn’t around for most of your life?”
when you came back you weren’t really here,” he said in a disaffected
can you say that?” she asked in a shrill voice. “A year ago I stood here and
told you that I wasn’t going to stop until I turned you into a better person. I tried, Benji, but you did as you pleased
how?” he asked. “We moved to the valley
and you started playing house with Brett.
I was as invisible to you then as I was when I was in boarding school.”
she looked down at the book. “The fact
that you did this makes me realize that no matter what I do, you’ll always be
the dark and angry young man that you are right now. I don’t think there’s anything we can do to
save you from that.”
“Fine. So are we done here?”
she looked up into his eyes. It was the
hardest thing she’d ever had to do, but she kept herself from crying. “I want you out of this house.”
he asked, startled by the harshness of her words and the look in her eyes.
not welcome here anymore,” she said.
“You have until tonight to get some things together and leave.”
to listen to her, he looked over at his father.
When he didn’t react, he looked back at his mother. “You can’t do that. You can’t just throw me out. You’re getting divorced. You’re moving out anyway.”
shook her head. “Not right away.”
this is Dad’s house. You were here for a
few months. You can’t throw me
out.” He looked at Jordan again. “Dad-“
replied with a simple shake of his head.
by their reaction, he backed up to the doorway.
“Fine. I don’t care. I don’t want to be around you two anyway. You’re totally fucked up.”
that, he turned and bound out of the room and up the stairs. When he’d gone, Suzanne allowed a few tears
to fall down her face. She turned to
Jordan, who she knew was taking it harder than she was.
had to do it,” she said.
nodded in agreement. “It doesn’t make it
stopped by the hospital to check on Sierra and hopefully give her best to
Renee, whom she knew still hadn’t totally forgiven her for the deal she’d made
with Jackie. At the time she had no
other choice. Jackie had learned that
Kyle was her son and blackmailed her into selling her her shares of
Merteuil. She decided it was time to
tell her everything.
Thomerson?” Renee gasped. They were
seated in the waiting room with two hot steaming cups of coffee. She looked at her friend and placed a hand on
hers. “I had no idea.”
nodded, tears forming in her eyes. “I
was young and foolish. Being an actress
was all I cared about at the time. Being
a mother…” She paused while collecting
her thoughts. “I wasn’t ready. I gave him up for adoption. I never even looked back. Until Kyle came to town and revealed who he
so sorry, Marilee,” Renee said. “And
Jackie found out and used it against you?
How typical of that bitch.”
would have never given her those shares of your father’s company if she wasn’t
holding this over my head, Renee, you have to believe that.”
nodded and pulled her into an embrace.
“Of course you wouldn’t have. But
Marilee, why didn’t you tell me this sooner?
The other night at dinner when you told me about Hunt Roberts you could
have said something. I was positively
cold to you and you were trying to be a friend.”
wasn’t about me,” she said.
smiled. “Still, I appreciate it so
“Better. Dr. Farraday is letting her come home later
today. I have a lot of work ahead of me
to get her back on the straight and narrow.”
hope that after this scare she’s already realized how dangerous drugs are,”
Marilee said. “I’m sure Kenny will be
there for you both. He loves Sierra as
if she were his own daughter.”
but I’m not sure he’s very happy with me right now. I postponed the wedding until I’m sure this
ordeal with Sierra is over.”
gasped. “Renee, you can’t do that,” she
exclaimed. “I appreciate that you’re
concerned for your daughter, but don’t let it come between you and Kenny. Let him be there for you.”
do,” Marilee said and rose from the chair.
“Now I have to go. Please give
Sierra a kiss for me.”
will,” Renee replied with a smile.
in a flurry, Marilee was off through the corridors of the hospital. Her beige pumps tapped along the floor as she
made her way to the elevator. When the
doors opened, Kyle was standing on the inside.
she said, caught off guard by his sudden appearance.
he said. “Marilee Wells, right?”
nodded. “Yes, that's
right. What are you doing here?”
from when I got shot,” he said and gestured to his side. “You?”
a friend. But since I ran into you, I
was wondering if you’d care to have some coffee. I need to tell you something.”
need to tell me something?” he asked curiously.
Strange. He barely knew the
woman. He wondered if she had the right
It would mean a lot to me.”
he stood clear of the doors and gestured for her to join him in the elevator.
the doors closed, Marilee took a deep breath.
She hoped she was making the right decision. It was better to have it all out in the open,
wasn’t it? Lies had a tendency to fester
and contaminate everyone they touched.
answered the door and informed Brett that Suzanne was not accepting any
visitors. He responded by pushing him
aside and forcing his way into the house.
he yelled, searching the rooms on the lower level. “Suzanne!”
Rogers is not accepting-“ the butler protested.
know what you said and I don’t give a damn what she’s accepting,” he said and
bulldozed his way into the drawing room.
Inside, he found Jordan and Suzanne standing silently, the air thick
she said, turning away from the window.
She looked at Jordan to gauge his reaction and then turned back to
Brett. “It’s not a good time.”
bad,” he said and stepped forward. “Do
you care to explain why my name is all over the pages of today’s newest best
closed her eyes and sighed with regret.
“I’m sorry. I never meant for
anyone to read that book.”
how did it get published?” He glared at
Jordan. “I suppose you’re to blame for
this. More revenge against us for our
affair? You couldn’t take my daughter
from me so you decided to trash my name to the entire world?”
know when I’ve gotten my revenge on you, Brett,” Jordan said with a sneer. “And need I remind you that none of this
would have happened if you’d just kept your hands off my wife?”
chuckled and folded his arms. “You’re
didn’t publish the book,” Suzanne announced.
“Benji? I don’t understand.”
attack against me,” she clarified somberly.
“He found the manuscript on my computer and sent it to a publisher in
New York City. Jordan’s attorney is
working on getting an injunction against them.
With any luck the book will be pulled off the shelves by tomorrow.”
can a nineteen year old kid publish a book that wasn’t his to begin with?”
the subject matter that sealed the deal, I’m sure,” Jordan said with a cocky
grin. “Who wouldn’t want to read about the
sexual exploits of an aging actress and her much younger son-in-law? Gee, Suzanne, maybe you can play yourself in
the movie and Brett can be played by….well, himself. It should give you the chance to go at it
like animals again. I’m sure that’s what
you both want.”
to hell,” Brett fired back. “And while
you’re at it, get over your precious, damaged ego. The jilted husband routine is getting old.”
it,” Suzanne ordered them both. “This
isn’t helping anything. We’ve got to do
some damage control.”
damage has been done!” Jordan exclaimed.
“What part of that don’t you understand?
How stupid are you, anyway? Your
actions started all of this, Suzanne. If
you can’t handle that then you shouldn’t have set it into motion!”
that, he stormed out of the room and left them alone together. Suzanne lowered her head and resisted the
urge to cry again. Brett walked toward
her, reaching a hand out to comfort her but she jerked away from him.
she said. “Please just go.”
you don’t have to face this alone,” he said.
“Screw Jordan. Move out of this
house and let me help you get through this.”
shook her head. “You can’t help,” she
said, brushing past him and flying out into the foyer.
watched her go, disappointed. While she hadn't
been his priority lately, he hadn't gotten over his
feelings for her. He hated seeing her in such
evening, David summoned Brooke to his house in Malibu. The secretiveness of his request got the
better of her curiosity so she made the trip in record time. When she arrived at his door, she could tell
there was something very wrong.
look terrible,” she said and ushered him back to the sofa. “David, you’re burning up. You need to get to the hospital.”
seen Dr. Farraday,” he said. “It’ll
pass. The symptoms come and go.”
her brother this way caused her eyes to burn with tears. “I’m worried about you,” she said
softly. “Isn’t there anything they can
shook his head. “No. I’m going to die, Brooke. It’s only a matter of time.”
saying that,” she said, leaping off the sofa and walking across the room to the
floor-to-ceiling windows. “They said you
have six months left. There’s still
plenty of time to-“
replied with another shake of his head.
“If today gives you any indication, the next six months are going to be
hell,” he told her.
I’ll be with you,” she said and walked back and sat down beside him. “I’ll get child care for Michael and I’ll
move in here with you. Or you can move
in with me in the town house.”
never did have the chance to grow up like a normal brother and sister,” he said
with a smile. “Might be a little late in
the game to make up for that.”
wiped her eyes and took his hand in hers.
“I just found you. I’m not ready
to say goodbye.”
most important thing is that I don’t want you to see me die,” he said. “Not like this. I won’t put you or anything else through
are you saying?”
going to the clinic in San Francisco,” he said.
“The specialist that’s been consulting on my case has a program for
patients like me. For terminal
can’t just go away to die,” Brooke said.
“David, no. You should be with
your family and friends.”
it’s not going to be pretty,” he said.
“Please understand. I can’t die
with people looking at me the way you’re looking at me right now.”
placed a hand on hers. “Listen to me,”
he said. “Miranda is pregnant. The baby may or may not be mine. I don’t want the only stories she has to
tell him about me are from when I was like this.”
temporary shock of the news wore off quickly.
“They won’t be,” she assured him.
“There are plenty of things she can tell your baby about you that have
nothing to do with your illness.”
smiled. “But this is what she’ll
remember. Please help me make sure that
Brooke knotted her hands together and stared somberly at the floor. She wasn’t ready for this. She hated the thought of him going away to
die alone. But what choice did she have?
door opened and Sierra entered the penthouse with Renee and Kenny a couple of
steps behind. She looked around and turned to them with a disaffected look in
Hunt called?” she asked.
did her best to hide her guilt. She
couldn’t have her daughter constantly waiting for him to call or come by. Truthfully, she didn’t know exactly what had
happened to Hunt Roberts. She didn’t
want details. All she knew was that he
was out of the picture. Hopefully for
Hunt is gone,” she said.
“What? Did he go back to New York?”
assume so,” Renee said and dropped her purse on the credenza in the dining
room. “He told me to tell you that he
was sorry and that he was going to leave you alone.”
glared at her. “You blackmailed him into
leaving, didn’t you?” she asked. “Just
like you did Malcolm. When are you going
to let me live my own life?”
tried that, remember?” Renee snapped.
She hated being firm with her daughter but it was necessary. “You wound up nearly dying on a crash cart
because I tried to leave you alone.”
she turned and walked down to the sunken living room. “I’m going to call him,” she said as some
sort of warning. “You can’t stop me from
calling him, you know.”
Renee said with an indifferent shrug. “Oh,
had all your favorites delivered. The
kitchen is stocked.”
going out,” she said.
want to make a bet?” Renee said and blocked her path. “The only way you’re leaving this house is
over my dead body.”
angrily, Sierra brushed past her, cast a dirty look at Kenny, and raced into
her bedroom. When the door slammed they
you sure you can handle this?” Kenny asked her.
course. She’s my daughter. I have to.”
took her hand and led her to the sofa.
“Do you think she’ll snap out of this?” he asked her. “I mean, we have no idea how involved she was
in drugs. What if she needs
treatment? You can’t provide her that
can and I will,” she maintained. “My
daughter is not a junkie. She’s going to
come through this and be the same girl that she always was. I’m more persuasive than you give me credit
smiled. “I know that.”
expression softening, she placed a hand on his.
“I’ve been thinking about the wedding.
I may have been a little premature calling it off.”
that mean you still want to go ahead with our original plans?”
do,” she said. “I’m already practically
done with the major stuff anyway. In
three weeks I expect us to be walking down the aisle.”
love you,” he said and drew her into an embrace. “You are quite a woman, Renee DeWitt.”
the hotel, Benji sat in his car watching the penthouse. From the street below, he could see directly
into Sierra’s bedroom window. It was too
high to make out anything specific, but her shadow pacing back and forth across
the drawn blinds was unmistakable.
had to get to her and make her see that he wasn’t the monster she thought he
was. He’d been there for her when Hunt
wasn’t. He set him up to get rid of him
for her. Soon she would realize
his head back against the headrest, he took a deep breath. It was getting late and he needed to find
somewhere to crash. But at this moment,
sitting guard outside Sierra’s hotel seemed more important than anything.
in a coffee shop in Hollywood with Ross, Suzanne stared distantly out the
window. The slice of cherry pie that sat
on the table in front of her went uneaten, her cup of berry tea now cold. When he said her name she didn’t hear
him. Her mind was too filled with
Ross said again. “Where did you go?”
finally turned back to him and managed a vague smile. “I’m sorry. I’m not
very good company tonight.”
“No apologies are
necessary,” he said. “After the day
you’ve had, it’s no wonder you’re distant.
I’m just glad you called me.
Sitting at home worrying is the last thing you should be doing.”
but at least I wouldn’t be bringing you down,” she said. “I just didn’t know who else to call. Everything is such a mess. Everything going on with Benji, Jordan
blaming me for the book, it’s too much.”
did the only thing you could do,” he assured her. “Making your son stand on his own two feet
and accept responsibility for his actions is what good parenting is all
don’t have kids, do you?” she asked with a wry smile.
“No. And my parents weren’t gems, either.”
how did you turn out so well?”
looked down at his plate and shrugged.
“It wasn’t always the case,” he revealed. “I had my share of problems. Until I met Warren.”
she asked curiously.
Abbott. He’s kind of a motivational
speaker. Have you heard of him?”
shook her head. “No.”
folded his hands on the table. “He
teaches people about self acceptance and allowing oneself to forgive their
mistakes. His teachings tell us it’s
okay to be happy even under extreme circumstances.”
raised an eyebrow. “Does he have a book
or something? Sounds like something I
could get into.”
“No. Warren selects the people he helps. Not just anybody can benefit from his
teachings. You happen to be in a very
good position to be one of those people if you want.”
me?” she asked.
grinned. “Because you’re my
returned the smile. Gathering her purse
and coat, she slid out from the booth.
“I may just take you up on that sometime,” she said. “But for now, I have to get going. I’m sure Jordan is wondering where I
he said, stopping her. “If things get
too bad at home, call me. I’m always
here for you.”
responded with another smile before leaving the shop and heading out into the
night. When she approached her car
parked on the street, she immediately noticed something laying on her windshield.
she drew near, she plucked it from beneath the windshield wiper. A single red rose. Curiously, she glanced around her
surroundings. No one walking along the
busy street seemed to stand out. Her
first thought was that it was from Ross, but she’d arrived at the coffee shop
after he did, and he hadn’t been out of her sight all night. It seemed ridiculous to think it was Jordan’s
doing considering the contempt with which he spoke to her lately.
the rose to her nostrils and taking a deep breath, she realized it must be a
random act of kindness or possibly a mistake on someone’s part. Her beige Mercedes was a fairly popular model
of car. So with a shrug, she got into
the car and placed the rose on the passenger’s seat. Putting the car into drive, she pulled out
from the street and proceeded home.
Christensen was twenty-eight and lonely.
Since his girlfriend, Amy, told him he was a loser for not being able to
keep a job and for a few random occurrences of impotence, his confidence had
dwindled. She moved out of his studio
apartment in West Hollywood on Friday and had been ignoring his calls ever
since. She was a bitch anyway and if it
wasn’t for the lack of confidence, he was sure he could do better.
several days he holed up in his dirty apartment, jacking off to internet porn
and ejaculating on pictures of Amy. It
soon became clear that any problems in the bedroom had more to do with
her. On his own, he was just fine.
morning, he saw a news story on television and it caught his interest. A book had been written by an
Suzanne Rogers. He was sure he
recognized the name. They showed her
picture and a clip from a movie she was in and he grew intrigued, so he looked
up her StarLog bio and went out and rented some of her movies. The most recent things he could find were
from the eighties. Kidding and The
Ressurectionist were good, and she looked similar to how she looked today. Tall and pretty with long luxurious
hair. He loved long hair. Amy had cut hers off into a short pixie cut
and he hated it. She’d responded by
telling him his dick was too small.
watching the movies, he ran out and bought her book. He read it in a few hours and had an erection
the entire time. What surprised him was
how detailed she’d been about her sexual experiences with a younger man, her
son-in-law apparently. It occurred to
him that she must be into younger men, and therefore could very well appreciate
him even though Amy didn’t. He did some
research and found out where she lived, then followed her to a coffee shop on
Melrose. Hiding in the bushes, he
watched her meet up with another man who was also young. He bought a rose from
a vendor and placed it on her car, then watched from the shadows when she left
the coffee shop and placed it gently under her nose.
closed his eyes, aroused by her close proximity to him. He unbuttoned his jeans
and closed his fist around his erect penis, watching her with desire as she drove
away. Then a stupid woman saw him and
started calling for the police so he buttoned up and took off on foot to his
apartment located a few blocks away.
couldn’t wait to show Suzanne Rogers how good he was.
R.J. with Veronique for the evening was nerve-wracking for Alex. She’d just become his legal mother and
couldn’t bare the thought of being without him.
She quickly rushed through dinner at Cut with Marilee and told her she
needed to get home.
understand,” Marilee said. “I just
thought you should know what was going on with Kyle.”
appreciate that, Marilee,” she said.
“But honestly, I haven’t thought about Kyle in months. I think our relationship was one-sided. I was a project for him.”
my Lord,” Marilee gasped, pointing across the room.
Alex asked with exasperation. It seemed
her friend was never going to let her leave.
that the woman who….” she began. “Isn’t
that R.J.’s mother?”
craned her neck around and saw Jane walking into the restaurant. Behind her, with his hands on her waist, was
her son. Her eyes flew open in surprise
when she saw him pull her chair out for her and then kiss her on the
is Stormy doing with her?” she asked in a panic.
avoid any more embarrassing situations like the previous morning, James agreed
to spend the evening at Mackenzie’s place, a mid-century minimalist house built
mostly of glass that was situated over a deep canyon in the Hollywood
Hills. The decor was cold and detached
much like her outward façade, but he actually knew her to be warm and caring
person inside. He felt it as soon as he
entered through the front door.
home is lovely,” he said while looking around its sparse décor. “Very simplistic, yet inviting.”
while back I decided to cut out any unnecessary frills in my life,” she said
while leading him into the living room, her heels clicking on the tile
floor. “It seemed natural to carry that
theme over to my home.”
do I find out if I’m an unnecessary frill?” he asked, half-joking.
guess when you wind up at a consignment store with my old lamps,” she said,
smiling while handing him a glass of boubon and water. “Kidding.
You know I enjoy having you around.”
alerted her to a call on her cell, so she excused herself and walked across the
room to her purse. The display revealed
that it was Kyle. Quickly, she pressed
the ignore button.
important?” James asked as she returned.
at all,” she said and leaned in when he went to kiss her. Seconds later, her phone began ringing
again. With a sigh, she broke from the
kiss. “I’m sorry. Apparently it must be important. Would you mind?”
at all,” he said, and went to admire a few enormous art pieces that hung on the
Mackenzie grabbed her phone and retreated to the back of the house so that she
could talk in private. “Can’t you take a
hint?” she hissed, her tone screaming with resentment. “We have nothing to talk about, Kyle, now
stop calling me or I’ll-“
know he’s at your house,” Kyle cut her off.
“I can see him right now.”
she asked with a frown.
holding a drink and looking at the Mira Satryan painting you bought in Soho,”
you spying on me?” Mackenzie asked, racing to the glass wall and peering out
into the night. Her house was shrouded
in trees but part of the street was visible from her vantage point. She could see the faint glimmer coming from
the hood of his black Porsche.
not spying,” he maintained, seated in his car parked on the street a few yards
away. “I’m just wondering why you’re
still seeing James Blackthorne when we agreed that it wasn’t a good idea.”
didn’t agree on anything,” she snapped, pacing the room. “You told me what to do, and if you’ll
remember, I told you to go to hell.”
all the men in Los Angeles to sleep with, you had to pick the one who used to
be married to Brooke Taylor. Mackenzie,
all I’m asking you to do is throw me a bone here. It’s too risky.”
you’ve done is tell me how important it is that you keep your identify a secret
from these people,” she said. “I still
don’t know why. Why the charade,
Kyle? If you want to keep quiet then you
need to tell me what’s going on.”
doesn’t matter,” he said.
Kyle,” she said and began to hang up.
okay,” he said urgently. “I’ll tell
leaned against a counter and listened.
met a guy in prison-”
guy?” she asked immediately. She wanted
all the details.
man named Dan Cody. He was in for
manslaughter or something. He had
connections. Connections on the outside.
He found out that Brooke was going to be
inheriting a lot of money. He said if I
didn’t come here and find a way to get it that he’d have me killed.”
you pretended to be Ethan Blackthorne’s half-brother to get close to her?”
and it’s worked so far. But if James
finds out the truth? My cover will be
blown and I’ll be dead. Is that what you
is this Dan Cody anyway?”
got mob connections,” Kyle said with exasperation. “I don’t know what all he’s capable of. He could have people watching me right
rolled her eyes. “So get the money and
then get out of town. But do it fast
because I’m not going to put my life on hold for you.”
if you don’t stop seeing James-“
don’t call me again,” she said. “I don’t
appreciate ultimatums and I don’t take orders from you.”
hung up before he could respond. After
trying to erase anything from her face that could tip James off to her state of
mind, she calmly walked back out to the living room.
okay?” he asked.
fine,” she said and walked toward him.
She placed her arms around his neck and pulled him into a passionate
kiss. To hell with Kyle if he didn’t
like it. He was the one with something
to lose, not her.
in his car, Kyle beat his hands on the steering wheel in frustration. Why didn’t she understand how bad it was for
her to be seeing him? If she told him
the truth Brooke would never speak to him again.
top of everything, Marilee Wells-Walker now had it in her mind that she was his
biological mother. By sheer coincidence,
she’d had an affair with Will Thomerson the same year he was born. What were the odds of that? He didn’t have the heart to tell her that her
son was still out there somewhere, and that he wasn’t the long lost child she
thought he was.
to keep up his story, he greeted her with the expected animosity.
could you throw me away like that?” he’d said.
“I grew up thinking I’d done something wrong to make my real mother not
so sorry,” she’d said in a fit of tears.
“I thought I was doing the right thing.
Can’t we try to get to know each other?
To start over?”
don’t know,” he’d said with as much credibility as he could muster. With that, he raced out of the room and left
was nasty business, but it had to be done.
In a few days she’d probably look him up again and beg for his forgiveness. He hadn’t decided yet what he’d do then. It might be beneficial to have her on his
one final glance through the car window to Mackenzie’s house, he started the
engine and peeled off down Mulholland.
fears she's being followed. Benji makes a plea
to his father. Mackenzie checks up on Kyle's past.
Alex takes drastic action to keep Stormy and Jane
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