James introduced Kyle and Mackenzie,
unaware that they were related. Kyle asked Mackenzie
to stop seeing James for fear that if they got too close,
she would reveal his identity. When Mackenzie
refused, Kyle told her that he met a man in prison named
Dan Cody who was threatening to kill him if he didn't
get access to Brooke's inheritance. Suzanne and
a reluctant Jordan threw Benji out of the house when
they determined he was the one who published her book.
Brett pleaded with Suzanne to let him help her.
Sierra awoke in the hospital and told Benji to
leave her alone. Later, Renee vowed to do whatever
it took to keep her daughter off drugs. Renee
later told Kenny their wedding was back on. When
Miranda told David that she might be carrying his child,
he decided to go to the clinic in San Francisco to die,
rather than have her see him in his final days. Ross
told Suzanne about a man named Warren Abbott who could
help her come to an enlightenment about her problems.
A man named Lon Christensen began following Suzanne
after reading her book. Alex told everyone that R.J.'s
biological mother, Jane, was an addict she met in rehab.
Jane told Stormy she wanted to continue seeing
him. Alex became alarmed when she learned that
Stormy and Jane were dating.
down the steps of the courthouse felt like déjà vu to Suzanne. It was only two weeks ago that they’d been
there for Violet’s custody hearing. The
had inflicted on her while on the witness stand was still fresh in her
mind. Now that seemed to pale in
comparison to what was happening.
slew of cameras and reporters met them on the stairs. She,
their attorney John Berry did their best to avoid their questions.
comment,” John said as they avoided the mob scene.
they were in the clear, Suzanne glanced back over her shoulder. “They’re like vultures. When is this going to die down?”
any luck it’ll be soon,” John said. “The
federal judge said the injunction should be coming through today. The book will be off the shelves by
tonight. Try not to worry.”
like it’ll make a difference,” Jordan
said bitterly. “The book sold over a
hundred thousand copies in a matter of days.
The damage has been done.”
looked away, uncomfortable with the harshness of his voice. Yes, she shouldn’t have written the book in
the first place. But how was she to know
that Benji would send it to a publisher?
don’t have any more manuscripts laying around for someone to happen by, do
went on, flashing her angry looks of resentment.
you have to be so hateful?” she asked, her optimism fading fast. What he said was true. The damage was done. But that didn’t mean he had to treat her like
a second class citizen.
his eyes, Jordan
motioned to John. “Are you ready? I have to get to my office. All this bad publicity is reeking chaos on
Rydell Productions. I’ve got actors
backing out of movies, directors quitting, and financial backers reneging on
deals. Apparently I can’t control my
personal life so my business life has to suffer as well.”
sorry,” was all Suzanne could manage.
you coming?” he snapped at her.
shook her head. “No, I have a
who? Your hunky professor again? Just please do me a favor and don’t let the
media get any pictures. The last thing
we want to do is give them more ammunition.”
He started off the last step.
“Come on, John.”
they left, Suzanne felt like she could breathe again. It was getting too much for her to
handle. Even staying at the house was
unbearable. With Benji gone there didn’t
seem to be a reason to stay. She decided
she’d think about moving again.
she made her way to her car, she was stopped by a man whom she didn’t
know. He was tall, nicely built, blonde,
and looked very friendly. Still, he
startled her so much that she dropped her keys.
Rogers, I’m such a big fan,” Lon Christensen said. “I’ve seen all your movies.”
thank you,” she said. This was a welcome
change. Just what she needed today. Actual appreciation for her former career.
even looked up your appearances you did on Love
Voyage on YouTube. Far as I’m
concerned, you should have guest starred every week.”
laughed. “That’s very sweet of
you.” She retrieved her keys and began
opening the door.
you sign this for me?” Lon asked, producing a copy of Valley of Temptation
and offering her a pen.
heart sank when she looked at the book.
Of course. Why else would someone
take an interest in her career? She
wondered if she’d ever be rid of her new claim to fame. The sight of the book made her stomach
turn. Still, it wasn’t the young man’s
fault that her life was in shambles. She
graciously took the pen from him and scribbled her name inside the front cover.
it out to Lon,” he said eagerly. “Can
you sign it All my Love?”
regarded him carefully for a second, then smiled and signed it the way he’d
requested. It was actually not the
strangest request she’d had from a fan.
“There you go,” she said and handed the pen back to him.
he said, looking at the inscription. She
got into the car but he continued talking.
“I thought the book was very tasteful, by the way. The media is making it out to be some kind of
pornography but I think it’s beautiful.”
he was beginning to bug her. She smiled
again, closed the car door, and started the engine. He remained just out the window, staring in
at her as she shifted gears and drove away.
behind, Lon gazed down at the book and smiled.
Being close to her was every bit as exhilarating as he’d predicted. She smelled soft and pretty. He wondered how she would taste when he made
love to her.
Wheeler was on top of the world. She had
a few dollars in her bank account thanks to the ill conceived deal she’d made
with Alex Reynolds, her rent was paid for the next month, her car was actually
working, and she had enough money left over to buy the boots she’d been eying
at Bloomingdales. On top of all of that,
she’d had an amazing time with Stormy at dinner the night before. He was so sweet and charming. Completely different from her first
impression of him. They had plans to go
to lunch later and she couldn’t wait.
knock at the door didn’t immediately register as a buzz kill, but she soon
found that her good mood wasn’t meant to last.
Jane,” Alex said when she opened the door.
“May I come in?”
sure,” Jane said and stood clear of the door.
“Is everything okay?”
turned and removed her driving gloves.
“What do you think?”
Jane shrugged while slipping her fingers in the back pockets of her Seven
jeans. “I don’t know. Is something
saw you with Stormy last night,” Alex
said and waited for a response. When one
didn’t come immediately, she shifted her weight and placed her hands on her
hips. “What kind of game are you
looked at her with surprise. “I’m not
playing a game. I just-“
just thought that you could date my son and try to bleed more money out of me,”
Alex finished for her.
act stupid,” Alex said and stepped forward.
“I see right through you. You got
yourself involved with Stormy so that you could stay close to me. Threaten to tell him that R.J. isn’t your son
and blow my whole life to pieces, right?”
she said, shaking her head emphatically.
casually infer that you’d be happy to keep quiet as long as I kept writing you
checks. Very clever. I must admit, it didn’t take you long to lure
him into your scheme.”
not a scheme!” Jane insisted. “He asked
me out a couple of times. I like
him. I know I should have talked to you
you should have,” Alex said. She glared
menacingly at her.
I’m not after any more money,” Jane insisted.
“I swear to you. I’m just glad
this whole thing is behind me. I want to
forget it ever happened.”
can you when you’re dating the
baby’s-“ Alex began, then stopped herself before she revealed the truth, that
R.J. was Stormy’s son. “It’s not going
to happen. I forbid you to see him
again. Do I make myself clear?”
was speechless. She watched her go to
the door and open it again.
mean it,” Alex continued before leaving the apartment. “If you try to see Stormy again, you’ll
she’d gone, Jane turned and resisted the temptation to cry. She knew it would be awkward dating Alex’s
son, but she had no idea it would cause this reaction in her.
the five years he’d been in Los
Angeles, Brett Armstrong had made many valuable
contacts. Everything from studio heads
to mailroom assistants, from politicians to their horny wives. He’d had to call in favors on a few
occasions, and he wasn’t shy about doing so.
Especially when it meant putting Jordan Rydell in his place after the
hell he’d put him through lately, and for the nasty way he’d been treating
City Financial backed out of the Ocean
Avenue project?” he said into the phone while perched in his chair at
Sunset Studios. “Are they going to be
able to finish production?”
he spoke, Stormy walked inside and laid a stack of papers on his desk. He waited for him to finish, digging his
hands in the pockets of his trousers while standing across the desk from
eleven?” Brett asked with a grin.
“You’re kidding. That’s
priceless. When are the papers being
filed? Oh, that soon?”
sighed with irritation and looked at his watch.
sat forward. “Okay, thanks for the info,
Bob. Yeah, I’ll be in touch. We need to golf soon.” He hung up and rose from his chair. “Morning, junior.”
are you up to?” Stormy asked.
do you ask?” Brett wanted to know.
I know that look. Anytime that douche
bag smirk of yours crosses your face it means you’re up to something that could
only benefit you. Now I’m not going to
ask you again. What are you up to?”
me, Stormy,” Brett said, slipping into a gray suit jacket. “If all goes as planned, you’ll be thanking
what?” His eyes followed him across the
room to the door.
told you to trust
me. Sunset Studios is about to become a
force to be reckoned with.”
that, he snaked out of the office and down the hall to the elevators. Stormy groaned in frustration. He had a feeling whatever Brett was up to
would only succeed in making him look even better to his father. And when that happened, he usually wound up
looking bad for some reason.
watched Michael topple a stack of blocks on the floor of the playroom. Anyone unfamiliar with what had been going on
lately would look at the same thing and see nothing out of the ordinary. She, however, knew that he was not playing by
is a very bright boy,” said Dr. Podany, the child psychologist someone had
recommended to her. He was in his
fifties with grayish hair and an extra wide nose. His demeanor was pleasant enough. She could see why children opened up to
you just telling me what you think I want to hear?” Brooke asked. They were sitting in a room that was
separated from the play room by a two-way mirror.
smiled. “Not at all. In all of the aptitude tests I performed,
Michael scored very well. Above the
average boy of his age. How is his
behavior in school?”
shrugged. “It’s been fine. He’s a bit of a loner. His teacher says he doesn’t interact a lot
with the other kids. But she says he’s
curious and interested in learning, so I haven’t been too worried about it.”
there’s no reason to be,” Dr. Podany said.
“Not yet, anyway. The only time I
would say you should begin to grow concerned is if Adam doesn’t go away.”
to say,” he replied. “Imaginary friends
at this stage of development are perfectly natural. Children use them to cope with loneliness and
with having difficulty making friends. It often coincides with starting school.
They use these
friends as scapegoats when they’ve misbehaved. They also use them to mask feelings that they
don’t know how to deal with yet. Miss
Taylor, I haven’t heard you mention Michael’s father. Is your husband still in the picture?”
looked through the glass wall at her son and then down at her lap. “Michael’s father died a year and a half
ago,” she said.
sorry,” he said softly. “Obviously Michael
was very young when it happened so he probably didn’t have a full understanding
of what happened. Have you talked to
“Yes. I tell him that Ethan’s in heaven and that he
watches over him.” A pause while she
thought about how corny that sounded. “I
read a lot of books that had a lot of different suggestions. It was really overwhelming.”
is a hard thing to explain to a child,” the doctor agreed. “And even though they may not show signs of
it, a lot of children can develop abandonment issues as a result. That would explain why Adam has come into the
picture. Have you been away for any
significant amount of time?”
shook her head. “I traveled to Mexico a
few times over the summer. I was gone
for a while.” She paused again. “And come to think of it, it was while I was
away that Michael started talking about Adam.
But why would he still be holding on to this imaginary friend if I’m
back and have been for a while?”
unknown can be worse for a child than adults sometimes. He lost his father and you were away for a
time. He may be expecting to be left
should I do?”
there for him as much as you can. Don’t
smother him or he’ll grow up with even bigger issues. But try to make him feel secure. In time, he’ll need Adam less and
nodded and looked through the glass again.
She could see Michael talking to someone in the room. The room was of course empty, which only
caused her to worry more.
like the spray of berries, but I’d rather have them in red,” Renee was
saying. “It fits in with the whole
holiday season. What do you think,
sweetheart? Or maybe I should go with
red orchids and white berries. Or
green. Oh, I don’t know. It’s impossible to decide! I should have hired a wedding planner!”
rolled her eyes and watched her mother stress over a stack of photographs the
florist had dropped off. She wasn’t
exactly into being her little wedding helper.
She hadn’t heard from Hunt and he hadn’t returned any of her calls. Her mother had told her that he had asked her
to extend his goodbyes. But she couldn’t
believe that he would leave it like that.
On top of that, she hadn’t had a bump in three days.
she remembered that Hunt had mentioned stashing a near-empty gram bag in the
downstairs powder room. He’d said that
the maid nearly walked in on him so he hid it in the first place he could think
of. Tucked between the wall and a candle
sconce over the sink. Quickly, she shot
to her feet.
have to go to bathroom,” she announced, trotting across the room in her pink
slippers. She hadn’t dressed in days.
What was the point? Her mother wouldn’t
even let her leave the house.
she closed the door and dropped her hands to her sides when she realized it
didn’t lock. She’d have to be
quick. Turning around, she went for the
wall sconce and tried wiggling it loose from the wall. Despite her best efforts, it wouldn’t
budge. She tried again, this time
succeeding in moving it to the side.
Once she did, however, she was disappointed to find nothing there. Maybe he’d put it somewhere else.
she went to work at searching every possible place within the confines of the
small powder room. As she did, the door
opened and startled her. Backing up
against the sink, she saw her mother standing there with a disapproving look on
already found it and flushed it,” Renee said simply and then walked away.
Sierra lowered her head and tried to shake the feeling of humiliation. What was she doing? Searching the bathroom for a few stray traces
closed the door again and turned to look at her reflection in the mirror. The young woman staring back at her was
someone she didn’t recognize. She’d let
Hunt Roberts turn her into a depraved drug fiend. Her mother didn’t trust her and the whole
town was talking about her behavior at that party.
had she let it go this far?
Benji had slept in his car outside the hotel
at Moonshadows. He could have crashed at
any number of places but wound up falling asleep while watching Sierra’s
bedroom window. When he awoke in the
morning, he began to realize the implication of what went down with his parents
the day before.
had been put on the table. Not just
about the book that he stole from his mother and had published without her
knowledge. He felt sick to his stomach
when he thought about the contemptuous way they looked at him. It was as if they didn’t care. They were washing their hands of him, just as
they had when he was five years old and they sent him away. Good kids got to stay with their
families. Bad kids didn’t. The thought rang through his mind while he
drove across town to his father’s office at Rydell Productions. They’d been through a lot together. His father would understand. It was easier to talk to him there than risk
stopped at Starbucks on his way and tried buying a latte, but his credit card
was declined. He tried another card and
it too as declined. Panicked, he scraped
together enough cash from his pocket and from the console in his car to pay for
the beverage. His instinct told him
they’d canceled his credit cards.
Further proof that they were done with him. But part of him didn’t want to believe
it. Luckily, he
check for the advance the publisher had given him for Valley of Temptation. It
would be more than enough to live on for a while.
he got to his father’s office, Jordan was pacing behind his desk while on the
phone with someone. The conversation
sounded heated. He wondered if this was
the best time to approach him. His
question was answered when Jordan hung up and flashed him a steely cold look.
not a good time, Benji,” he said, then quickly looked at his cluttered
won’t take long,” he replied, walking into the room. “Something’s wrong with my credit cards. Can you call-“
canceled them,” Jordan said. He sounded
braver than he felt.
am I supposed to live?”
guess you’ll have to get a job,” Jordan replied with a certain amount of
satisfaction. His son had worked for all
of about 2 weeks throughout his entire nineteen plus years on this earth. It would do him well to know what it was
the advance you got from Holt Publishing has been canceled
seeing as how I had the booked pulled."
father wouldn’t even look him in eyes.
It was the furthest from him he’d ever felt, even when he was thousands
of miles away at boarding school.
can I just talk to you about this?” he said.
told you it’s not a good time. Thanks to
the book that you published, I’m up to my eyeballs with problems with the
frowned. “What do you mean?”
sighed and ran a hand over his face. “To
be fair, it was in trouble before the book, but it hasn’t helped. I’m filing a chapter 11.”
maybe I can help,” Benji said hopefully.
“You told me to get a job. I can
work here. I can do whatever needs done
to help out.”
now you want to work for the studio?”
Jordan snapped, then shook his head.
“No, it’s too late. You’re not getting any more handouts, Benji. You’re on your own. You’ve made your bed and now you have to lie
can’t do this,” Benji insisted. “Yeah, I
made some bad decisions but you can’t just cut me out of your life. I’m your son.”
finally stopped shuffling papers long enough to look up at him. “And the only way you’re going to learn right
from wrong is if you’re forced to. I’m
sorry, Benji, but you’ve gone through all your chances with me. You’re going to have to figure this out on
glared angrily at him. “This is because
of her, isn’t it?” he asked. “This was her
idea. I know you. You wouldn’t have kicked me out on your
not true.” Yes, it was. If Suzanne hadn’t brought it up, he wouldn’t
have even contemplated it. “It was my idea,”
threatening his eyes, Benji took a step forward. “Do you hate me that much?”
don’t hate you, Benjji,” Jordan said with exasperation. “I pity you.
I pity you because you’re going to have a very rude awakening. Life isn’t always fast cars and all night
parties. You’re going to have to learn to live with the mistakes you’ve
realized there was no changing his mind.
Slowly, he backed up to the door.
“I can’t believe you’re doing this,” he said. “I knew you never wanted me around, but-“
Jordan interrupted. “That excuse doesn’t
hold water anymore.”
he could see him cry, Benji turned and raced out of the office. Jordan took a deep breath and sat down in his
chair, his head in his trembling hands. He
couldn’t remember ever having to do something so nauseatingly difficult. Turning his back on his son was the hardest
thing he’d ever done.
Rydell?” a voice called from the door.
“I’m heading downtown if you want me to drop off those papers to your
looked up to see his attractive young intern standing there. “Great, thanks Celia,” he said, grabbing an
ecru envelope from the desk and handing it to her. “Make sure they get delivered to John Berry
problem,” she said, taking the envelope and leaving the office.
left the Rydell Productions offices and headed out onto the studio lot. With the envelope clutched in one hand and
her car keys in the other, she made her way to her car.
me,” a voice called from behind.
turned, her eyes falling on a handsome blonde man who flashed her a brilliant
white smile. “Hello,” she said,
stopping her harried pace. “Do you need
a loaded question,” Brett replied, digging his hands in his pockets and issuing
her a steamy look. “God, you’re
grinned. “Thank you. So, can I help you with something? You look lost.”
I was looking for a good place to eat lunch.”
well there are plenty of good places around here.”
he said. “Maybe you can show me.”
couldn’t help but smile at his boyish charm and good looks. It made it nearly impossible to say no.
was promised that her guest stint on The
Young at Heart wouldn’t take more than two days to film. She could also bring R.J. to the set with
her, which made the gig all the more appealing.
And to further entice her, Vince had assured her the gesture would go a
long way in re-establishing her name in the business. A memorial episode for Cassidy Solomon was
good PR, especially considering the animosity the two women had shared during
their time on the show together.
was getting her makeup done in her dressing room when she heard voices in the
hall. Loud voices. Frowning, she strained to hear what they were
saying. Whoever it was seemed very
the makeup girl was finished, she stood up from the chair and went to the
door. Slowly opening it, she peered
outside and saw Mackenzie and Kyle. The
odd pairing sparked her curiosity and she attempted to stay hidden while she
listened. In that instant, however,
Mackenzie spotted her.
everything okay?” she asked.
nodded and attempted a smile. “Yes,
everything’s fine.” She let her eyes
travel toward Kyle. “Hello Kyle.”
he said, obviously disturbed about something.
“How are you? You look
am well, thank you. Well, I didn’t mean
worries,” Mackenzie said. “We’ll call
you when we need you on set.”
smiled and closed the door. The strange
circumstances got her wondering what Mackenzie and Kyle could be arguing
about. Resigned to the fact that she may
never know, she went to the bassinette where R.J. was sleeping.
only came here to apologize,” Kyle said to Mackenzie after leading her to a
secluded part of the soundstage. “For
last night. I had no right to spy on you
glad you finally realize that,” she said, still angry that she bothered to show
up there at all. “But I have to tell
you, Kyle, you’re not making things easy on yourself by coming here today. Alex Reynolds is nobody, but what if someone
else saw us together? James is supposed
to be meeting me for lunch.”
hoped you’d reconsidered getting involved with him,” he said.
cell phone rang and he fished it from his pocket. Glancing at the display, he flashed her a
worrisome look. “I have to take
sighed and looked away while he spoke.
told you not to call me,” Kyle was saying.
“I told you it was going to take time.”
craned her neck toward him and listened intently. Obviously she wasn’t the only one getting him
riled up today.
call you when I can,” he said and hung up the phone. “Sorry,” he said to Mackenzie.
was that?” she asked, folding her arms.
“Was that him? This Dan Cody
nodded somberly. “Yes. I told you he won’t let it go. If I don’t get access to Brooke’s money then
I’m afraid of what he might do. And I
know you hate hearing it, but if James finds out I’m not who I say I am, it’ll
be the end of line for me.”
spied him suspiciously. “Have you ever
thought of going to the authorities?” she asked. “I mean, this Dan Cody is in prison. What can he do to you?”
told you, he has people following me.
Brooke too. I’d probably be dead
before I got off the phone.”
you said he has mob connections?”
think so,” he said. “Look, sis, I’m
scared. Please don’t do anything to make
this any worse. Don’t say a word to Blackthorne.”
wondered how much of what he said was the truth. Her gut told her he had an agenda that he
hadn’t revealed to her. But as
untrustworthy as Kyle was, she had no way of finding out for sure.
she tracked down this Dan Cody character herself.
is a déjà vu,” James said as he greeted Alex with a kiss in her dressing room
. “How does it feel being back on the
little strange, but I’m glad to be working again. Even if it’s just for a few days.”
the little guy doing?” James asked, peeking over her shoulder at the bassinette
where R.J. slept.
turned and smiled in the direction of her new son. “He’s wonderful.”
know, maybe after the whole new mother thing has settled in you should start thinking
about going back to work full time,” James suggested. “Either on the show or another movie. We’ve got some great things in the pipeline
that I know you’d be interested in.”
think about it,” she said. “Right now I
just want to concentrate on R.J.”
of R.J.,” Alex began. “Were you aware
that Stormy has been seeing Jane Wheeler?”
sighed. “Miranda mentioned something
about that the other night. I thought
they had called it off though.”
not because I saw them at Cut last night while I was having dinner with
Marilee,” Alex told him. “I can’t
believe he would put me in this position.
I just adopted her baby. There’s
such a conflict of interest.”
can understand that,” James agreed. “But
it may only be an issue for you, Alex.
It was Jane’s decision to give R.J. up.
If she wasn’t sure then I’m sure she wouldn’t have gone through with
shook her head in protest. “But what if
they hit it off and become serious?” she reasoned. “How is she going to feel coming around R.J.
all the time? She’ll be forced to see
the baby that she gave up. The whole
thing just reeks of complication.”
I understand your point of view. But how
much do we know about Jane? She could
very well be fine with this. And if she
is, what’s the harm in her and Stormy spending time together? It could fizzle in a few weeks and then it
won’t be an issue.”
still refused to let it go. If Jane was
smart, she’d take her heed and cut ties with Stormy before they got too
involved. Talking to Stormy about it was
not an option. She’d only recently been
forgiven for trying to break him and Kelly up.
Besides, it could raise flags if she objected too much.
I just wanted to stop by and wish you luck,” James said. “I’m actually here to take Mackenzie to
hope she’s in a better mood than she was a little bit ago,” Alex said.
do you mean?”
was arguing with Kyle. It sounded like
they were going to rip each other’s heads off.”
Fenwick?” James asked. “Are you
sure? They barely know each other. As a matter of fact, I just introduced them
the other night. We ran into Kyle and
Brooke at dinner.”
shrugged. “Well, they were yelling so
loud I had to come out here to the hallway to see what was going on.”
he said, then said goodbye and set off to Mackenzie’s office. When he arrived, she was seated behind her
desk tapping away at the computer.
“Ready to go?”
nodded and finished typing before she stood up.
“Yep,” she said, walking around the desk and kissing him softly. “Boy, you smell good today.”
thank you,” he replied. “Everything
“Yeah. Why do you ask?”
I just ran into Alex. She said she heard
you and Kyle Fenwick arguing out in the hall.
Did something happen between you two?
I thought you’d only met the other night at dinner.”
by Alex’s penchant for eavesdropping, Mackenzie went for her purse and led him
to the door. “Oh, that,” she said. “You’ll find I’m a stickler for security
around here. He didn’t have a badge to
be on set and I insisted that he leave.
You can’t be too careful with gossip magazines and spoiler sites popping
up all over the place. It wasn’t until Alex said something that I remembered
meeting him the other night. I feel so
busy life of a daytime producer,” James said with a grin. “What
was he doing here?"
I don't know."
got the feeling that she wasn't being honest with him.
If she was worried about security, the first thing
she would have done was ask why he was on set. Still,
he decided to let it go for the time being. "Think you can make time to go with me to
Renee and Kenny DeWitt’s wedding this weekend?”
want me to be your date?” she asked.
“Yeah. Is that okay?”
course,” she said, wrapping her arms around him and pulling him close. “I would love to. Oh, and I’m afraid I won’t be around for a
couple of days. I’ll be back by the
are you going?”
York,” she replied. She was determined
to get to the bottom of Kyle and his shady secrets. After googling Dan Cody, she came up with
nothing but the character from The Great
Gatsby. For someone involved in the
mob, you’d think there would be something about him floating around out
there. So flying to Arthur Kill
Penitentiary seemed the only recourse for getting her estranged brother out of
“Oh? Well maybe I can join you?” he
suggested. “We could make a pre-weekend trip
out of it. Stormy and Brett have things
handled at the studio. I can manage a
couple of days away.”
quickly sought to come up with a reason why he couldn’t come. “It’s a casting call,” she said with a
frown. “I’m going to be in front of a
thousand actors day and night. Honestly,
I won’t have time to breathe let alone enjoy your company. We’ll do it soon, though.”
stayed home for the rest of the afternoon.
There were still too many reporters nosing around, and until the next
big scandal hit the papers it probably wouldn’t be changing.
brooded over the situation with Benji and tried to reassure herself that she
was doing the right thing by making him stand on his own. Deep down she knew it affected Jordan more
than it did her. Not that she loved
their son any less than he did, but she’d been away from him for so long. It was implied that father and son would have
formed a more unbreakable bond.
doorbell rang and interrupted her train of thought. Moments later, Gordon entered the room with
Ross Fuller, whom she’d instructed the dutiful butler to accept phone calls and
visits from. Most others were off limits
for the time being. She couldn’t bare to
for stopping by unannounced,” he said with a smile as he strode into the living
room. “I was in the area and thought I’d
stop by and see how you were.”
sweet,” she said and twisted off the sofa.
a brave woman,” he said fondly.
don’t feel very brave.” She wrapped her
arms around herself and turned away. “I
feel like a terrible mother. And an even
you’re so wrong about that,” Ross insisted and followed her across the
room. “Listen, I’m going away for the
weekend. I’m taking some students from
one of my classes to the compound.”
she asked with a frown.
that’s what we call it. It’s where
Warren Abbott lives. It’s in Death
Valley. Why don’t you come along?”
shook her head. “No, I can’t go away
this weekend. I'm
maid of honor at my best friend's wedding. I appreciate you thinking of me, though.”
She felt a little
strange about him asking her to take a weekend trip. For a second she wondered if he had ulterior
motives. She’d made sure all along not
to give off any signals that could be misconstrued as romantic. But he did say it was a group of them, so
maybe she was reading into things too much.
“It’ll be very good
for you,” Ross assured her. “Time away
in the peace and quiet. Motivation
flourishes at the compound. Besides, you
said yourself you felt like you were walking on eggshells around here.”
decided he may have a point. At least if
she went she’d be able to avoid the paparazzi constantly hounding her every
would understand. And by the time the weekend was
over, the book would have been pulled from the shelves and the scandal would
begin its descent into irrelevance.
she said. “Why not?”
smiled and took her hand. “I’m so
glad. We’re meeting at the school
tonight at six o’clock.”
I bring anything?” she asked.
an open mind,” he replied with a twinkle in his eye.
. . . . .
watched them from outside the terrace doors.
The way he took her hand made him jealous and resentful that it wasn’t
him. He couldn’t hear everything they
said, but it seemed rather intense.
He was the same man he'd seen her with at the coffee shop. Whoever he was, he was a friend because he’d been permitted beyond the
giant iron gates that held out the reporters. He'd had to scale a wall
to get on the grounds.
the man left, he stayed in his spot and watched her flit about the living
room. She seemed sad. He bided his time, anticipating the moment
when he could make her forget about her troubles.
had told him that he hadn’t changed. He
was still the same con man who he’d always been. As much as he knew it to be untrue, Brett
couldn’t help but stop and consider the accusation, especially while having
hot, dirty sex with Celia, the lovely intern from Jordan’s office.
brought her to several feverish climaxes in a relatively short amount of
time. By the time he exploded inside of
her, they were both exhausted and panting.
He rolled off of her and lay on the bed in his condo.
was insane,” Celia said breathlessly, turning to him. “I’m so glad I ran into you.”
stared at the ceiling, contemplating what he’d done. It felt different than his affair with
Suzanne. It was still enjoyable, but the difference was he had been in love with Suzanne. With Celia, it was a chess move. A necessary step in his attack on
Jordan. He tried to take his daughter,
so he would take something just as precious to him. His company.
should get going,” Celia said as she twisted off the bed and collected her
things. “I have to get some paperwork
downtown and then get back to the office.
Can I use your bathroom?”
pointed out to the hallway while he pulled on his underwear. “Go ahead.”
she was gone, he quickly went to work.
Locating the ecru envelope she’d come in with, he pulled the papers from
inside and spread them out on the bed.
Just as he’d predicted, it was the chapter 11 agreement that his lawyer
would be filing. Listed inside was every
one of Rydell’s creditors and the amount that was owed them.
quickly, he took his iPhone from the floor where it had fallen during their
frantic undressing and took pictures of each page. Once he’d completed the task, he shoved the
papers back into the envelope and bent to pick up his pants just as Celia
freshened up,” she said with a sheepish grin.
drive you,” he said, remembering she’d left her car at the studio.
into her shoes and collecting her things, she shook her head. “It’s okay.
I can take a cab. Thanks for
pleasure,” he said with a forced smile.
Stormy stopped by unexpectedly, Jane barely had a chance to say a word before
they wound up making out on the worn wicker sofa. She let her mind temporarily forget about the
order Alex had issued to her. Who did
she think she was anyway? She put
herself under intense scrutiny to help her, and for a measly few thousand
bucks. If anyone should be calling the
shots, it was her. She had grown to like
Stormy quite a bit. He was charming and
thoughtful, besides the fact that he was an amazing kisser. And while they hadn’t had sex yet, they’d
come close in the hot tub at that party he brought her to the other night. Based on that alone she could tell they would
have fantastic chemistry together.
it, she thought. She wasn’t going to
break up with him just because their seeing each other made Alex nervous. She’d met nothing but losers and players
since she moved to L.A. And didn’t she
deserve to be happy?
long, their clothes were flying off. Her
roommate was at work so they had the place to themselves. Or so she thought. A knock at the door interrupted them and
Stormy jumped off of her in a lightning flash.
get rid of whoever it is,” Jane said, slipping back into her top and heading
for the door. When she pulled it open,
Miranda was standing outside. “Miranda,”
she said, surprised.
“Hi. Just came by to see if you wanted to go
shopping.” She walked inside while naming
a few stores that were on her hit list for the day. “I heard Chloe has some fantastic maternity
wear so I thought-“
stopped mid sentence when she spotted Stormy frantically buttoning his jeans,
his shirt pulled on half-way.
sorry,” she said, wincing. “I seem to
keep doing this to you guys.”
you ever heard of calling first, Miranda?” Stormy asked, finally finishing
putting his clothes back on.
“Sorry! How was I supposed to know you two would be
going at it in the middle of the day?”
smiled. “It’s okay. I’d love to go shopping, Miranda. But can we do it tomorrow?”
problem,” she said.
what are you shopping for maternity clothes for?” he continued, looking quickly
at his sister. “Are you and Eddie…?”
sighed. She wasn’t ready to announce it
to everyone yet, but seeing as how she had a knack for bad timing, she realized
there was no going back. “Yeah. Well, sort of.”
sure Eddie will fill you in,” she said, going back to the door. “Jane, call me tomorrow. Stormy, you missed a button.”
frowned, looked down at his fly and realized it was still open. Jane and Miranda laughed as he hurriedly
so happy for you,” Jordan said as he kissed Renee on the cheek. “I always knew you and Kenny were destined to
be together. True love still exists, I
will for you too,” she replied. They
were standing in her penthouse at Moonshadows.
She led him into the sunken living room and handed him a cup of
coffee. “You just have to give it
sighed. “Well, Lord knows I’m about to
have plenty of that.”
do you mean? That book? I’m sorry I haven’t called. It’s been so crazy with the wedding and with
everything going on with Sierra that I haven’t had time. How is Suzanne?”
laughed, half-crossing his legs and balanced the cup on his knee. “Playing the victim as usual.”
she said with a shake of her head.
sorry. I don’t want to force you into
choosing sides. I know you and Suzanne
are very close.”
one of my dearest friends,” Renee told him.
“I know her. I can’t believe she would have done any of
this intentionally. How did that book
get published in the first place? I
mean, what happened?”
thoughtful pause. “Benji happened. He gave the manuscript to the
publishers. Another of his attempts at
lashing out at us.”
thoughts immediately went to Benji’s assistance in getting Hunt Roberts out of
Sierra’s life. She didn’t know what had
happened to him, and she didn’t care to.
But she assumed it was something unspeakable. For that, however, she couldn’t begrudge
just sorry that it’s destroying yours and Suzanne’s lives.”
like watching a pot boiler,” Jordan said.
“Especially now that he’s out there on his own.”
do you mean?”
threw him out. Well, we both did. He came to my office today begging me to
reconsider. I tell you, Renee, this was
harder than anything I ever had to go through with Heather. Despite all of her mental problems.”
hope that it will teach him a lesson,” she said. “Meanwhile, I’m here trying everything I can
to keep Sierra in. Until I’m sure she’s not going to go out and
get high, I’m not letting her out of my sight.”
today,” she replied. “I don’t know. Maybe all my maternal instincts are finally
kicking in. I have such high hopes for
her. I just want her to be everything
she can be.”
will,” he said. “You may not have been
around her entire life, but she’s more like you than your realize.”
everything else okay?” Renee asked.
“There’s something in your voice.
Other than everything going on with Suzanne and Benji. As if that wasn’t enough.”
sighed and leaned forward. “Problems at
the studio,” he said.
kind of problems?”
shook his head and walked across the room.
“My inability to focus on work this past year has finally started
catching up to me. We’ve released very
few films and the ones we have have tanked.
Now with this latest scandal, people are starting to wonder if I’m a
has-been. Creditors are calling, backers
are pulling out. I’m filing chapter
Jordan, I’m sorry,” Renee said. “Can I
help? Most of my money is tied up in
Merteuil and Moonshadows, but I want to do what I can.”
shook his head. “No, but I love you for
offering. No, the chapter eleven will
reorganize Rydell Productions. As long
as my creditors don’t catch wind before then, I’ll be protected by the
government. Then hopefully I can start
2011 with a fresh slate.”
hope so too,” Renee said.
the downstairs bedroom, Sierra laid silently on her bed, headphones on as she
listened to recordings of her vocals that she’d done back in New York. It seemed so long ago. Since meeting Hunt all of her passions had
fallen by the wayside. Her love of
singing, her adoration of the arts in general, and most of all wanting to
better herself, to show the world that she wasn’t just Nathan Blackthorne’s
the past few months had been about nothing but getting high. Everyone had tried to snap her out of
it. Benji, her mother, even a few people
back at school whom she’d fallen out of touch with as a result.
how could she go back to being that person?
The sweet, straight-laced Sierra that everyone thought she was? Inside she didn’t feel the same. Inside she felt like a damaged soul. She was reminded of a conversation she’d had
with Benji not long ago. He’d told her
they were contemporaries, struggling with life-long issues that were very
similar in nature. Maybe he’d been
she drug herself off the bed and went into the bathroom where she splashed some
cold water on her face and got a drink of water. She looked at her reflection in the mirror. No, she wasn’t the same person as she used to
be. Even if she never touched another
drug in her life, she was changed.
from out in her bedroom caught her attention and she assumed it was her mother
checking up on her again. She sighed in
aggravation and walked out into the room.
To her surprise, Benji was standing by the open window, the curtains
billowing inward from a gentle breeze.
His arms were wrapped around his body and he was staring miserably at
the floor in a daze. Slowly, she
stepped toward him.
are you doing here?” she asked, looking at the window again. “Did you climb up from the balcony?”
he didn’t answer, she took another step forward. The look on his face and the disengaged
position of his body told her something was very wrong. She’d never seen him like this. The look
of despair on his face at that moment made her look at him differently. He was like a different person. The cocky, arrogant, cold as steel young man
she knew had for a fleeting moment disappeared. In its place was a sad little
boy, vulnerable and confused.
she said, concerned.
began to cry, arms still wrapped around himself and his head hanging low. Whimpers escaped his throat as he body
trembled, tears streaming down his cheeks.
Still, he didn’t look her in the eyes.
went to him, pulling him into an embrace and letting him cry on her
shoulder. His sobs grew louder and more
frenzied. She wondered what had
happened. It was as if his whole world
had crashed around him.
went to her mother’s apartment to check in on her and the new addition to the
family. She offered to hold R.J. and
when she did he began screaming his head off.
With horror, she began to dread the day when she became a mother. In six short months she would have a tiny
infant of her own, and the thought scared her to death.
she said, devastated as she handed him back to Alex.
cry, sweetheart,” Alex said and attempted to sooth her son’s temperament by
bouncing him gently in her arms. “What’s
began filling her eyes as she stared at R.J. in a panic. “I’m pregnant!” she blurted out.
Alex gasped. “Pregnant? Are you sure?”
nodded. “Yes. Twelve weeks.”
placed R.J. in his bassinette and went to her daughter. “Sweetheart, that’s wonderful. How long have you known? What does Eddie say?”
shook her head, tears still falling.
“Not long. He’s happy, I
Alex lifted her chin. “So why are you
what if he or she hates me?” she cried.
not going to hate you, Miranda.”
you saw R.J. just now. He was perfectly
fine until I picked him up and then he started screaming his head off. What if my baby does the same thing?”
Alex hugged her warmly. “Miranda, your
baby is not going to hate you. R.J.
cries with me all the time. Besides,
you’ve been around children lately.
Michael and Violet. You’re going
to be a wonderful mother.”
think so?” Miranda asked, wiping her eyes.
She looked over at R.J. who had settled down and was cooing happily in
know so,” Alex said and led her to the sofa.
“Sweetheart, this is such an exciting time for you. I can’t wait to share every minute with you.”
began to feel a little better. “But you
know what this means?” she began, unable to resist adding a little good-natured
jab. “Alex Reynolds is going to be a
took a second but Alex responded by smiling.
If only Miranda knew the truth.
That she already was a grandmother, and that R.J. was her grandson.
mother and a grandmother all in the same year,” Miranda said with a laugh. “How often does that happen? Only in our family, right?”
nodded distantly. “Yes.”
saw Stormy at Jane’s today,” Miranda said, deciding a change of subjects was in
order. “I think it’s good that she
decided to give it another chance.
You’re not worried about it, are you?”
“When today?” Alex asked quickly, alarms
going off in her head.
she repeated with a shrug. “Just before I came
here. As usual, my timing was bad. Let’s just say there were frantic attempts at
see,” Alex said, glaring angrily to no one in particular. She’d specifically told Jane that she was not
to see her son again. Now she finds out
she completely ignored her.
were about to get very ugly.
stopping at her apartment and finding no one home, Alex went to the restaurant
where Jane waitressed. She took a booth
by herself and sipped a cup of coffee until the young woman approached.
you have any questions on the menu?” she asked, pulling an order pad from her
apron. “Our soup today is pancetta
we have a miscommunication this morning?” Alex asked, lowering the menu as she
cast a heated gaze at her.
Jane said, instinctively taking a step back.
“What are you-“
must have taken what I said as a suggestion,” Alex told her. “Let me be clear, Jane. It wasn’t a suggestion. It was an order. I do not want you seeing Stormy.”
don’t understand why,” she said. “You
know I’m not going to tell him anything.
He’ll never know that R.J. isn’t my son.”
not your son,” Alex said. “He’s my
son. And you need to go away. The longer you hang around and associate with
me and my family, the harder it’s going to be for you to keep quiet. That includes your friendship with my
and I are friends,” Jane said, looking around to make sure they weren’t
overheard. “You can’t tell me who I-“
job was very simple,” Alex cut her off.
“Play a part for me and get paid very well for it. Well now your part is over. You’re not needed anymore. So do yourself a favor and severe these ties
with my family.”
can’t believe you would do this to your own son,” Jane said heatedly. “Stormy and I have a good thing going. Doesn’t that matter to you?”
laughed and stared at the steam rising from her cup. “Another
shake down for more money.”
Jane asked. “No. I told you I don’t want more money. I just want to forget I ever agreed to this
scheme of yours.”
it’s a little late for that now, isn’t it?
Your signature is on those adoption papers. If you decide to start growing a conscience
now, you’ll be in as much trouble as I am.
Don’t forget that.”
do yourself a favor and go back to Illinois or Nebraska or wherever it is you
came from. Leave my family alone.”
can’t do that,” Jane said. “And you
can’t just get rid of me, Alex. I care
about Stormy. Can’t you just be
happy? You have what you wanted. You have a son. Let me have something for myself.”
looked at her blankly. Getting rid of
her was exactly what she planned on doing.
send another waitress over to take your order,” Jane said briskly before
turning and darting through the restaurant.
opened her purse and fished a few dollars to pay for her coffee. As she did, she saw something that sparked an
idea. A plastic bag with several pills
inside. The last few pain killers that
she had remaining from before she went to rehab. A bitter reminder every day of everything
she’d nearly lost as a result of her drug habit. They served as a daily test, proving that her
will was stronger than any of her urges.
the bag of pills, she began formulating a way that she could indeed get rid of
this is what you’re doing with your time off,” James said with a smile as he
walked into Brooke’s townhouse that evening.
“Taking time off of work has been productive I see.”
smiled and looked at the living room floor where she’d spread out a number of
boxes. In stacks lined up among them
were receipts, forms, documents, and other items she’d been putting off trying
don’t realize how much time you have on your hands until you start a project
like this,” she said, dropping her hands to her sides. “I think I got a little overzealous.”
laughed. “It looks that way. How was the appointment with the child psychologist?”
she told him, leading him to the sofa.
“He said that this Adam manifestation probably has a lot to do with
Ethan’s death. He said Michael’s
compensating from the loss of his father, and for his fear of losing me.”
a lot for a kid his age to deal with,” James said somberly. “Did he have any suggestions?”
ride it out. He said once Michael feels
more secure, he won’t need Adam around anymore.”
hope that’s soon,” James said, crossing his legs.
nodded and flopped beside him. “It was
fun running into you and Mackenzie the other night,” she said. “I had no idea there was romance in your life
laughed again. “It took me by surprise,
that’s for sure,” he said. “But
Mackenzie is….well, she’s a lovely woman.”
happy for you,” Brooke said.
reason for his coming by came back into focus and James shifted his weight
before bringing it up. “Brooke, has Kyle
ever mentioned Mackenzie to you?”
frowned. “What do you mean? Didn’t they just meet the other night?”
thought so,” he replied. “But I stopped
by to see Alex today at Mackenzie’s studio and she said she overheard them
and Mackenzie were arguing?” Brooke asked incredulously. “That’s kind of random.”
know. So when I asked her about it, she
told me some story about mistaking Kyle for the media.”
you don’t believe her?”
shrugged. “I don’t know. She has no reason to lie to me. The whole thing just seemed very
strange. Alex said they were really
going at it. The argument got so loud
that she heard it all the way in her dressing room.”
thought so too. I mean, if you found
someone lurking around that shouldn’t be there, you’d call security. You wouldn’t stand there arguing about
she said with a shrug. “Do you want me
to ask Kyle? He’s coming by in a little
considered her request, and then shook his head. “No, I don’t want to seem like
I’m checking up on her. When she gets
back I’m sure things will be fine.”
York. Auditions for the show.”
she landed at LaGuardia, Mackenzie took a ferry straight to Staten Island and
went through the long process of being granted admittance to the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility. It wasn’t until she reached the visitation
area that she was told visiting hours were over.
couldn’t have told me that when I got patted down at the gate?” she demanded
angrily. “I’ve been here for half an
back tomorrow,” the guard told her.
dropped her hands to her sides and turned in frustration. She hadn’t planned on being there that
long. Her intention was to get the first
flight back to L.A. in the morning. She
wanted to be back in plenty of time to attend the wedding with James. Now she’d have to spend the night in a hotel,
take the ferry back to the prison when visitation started, and hope to get a
flight back in the afternoon.
it would be worth it to finally get to the bottom of what her dear brother Kyle
was up to. She felt that Dan Cody was
didn’t tell Jordan she was going away for the weekend. She knew what he’d say, especially since she
was going with Ross. Knowing Jordan, he
would insinuate something dirty was going on, and she couldn’t deal with any
more of his hatefulness. With
everything going on, she had doubts that he'd realize
she wasn't around anyway.
was dark out when she arrived at the school.
There were a few cars in the parking lot but there was no one
around. Ross and the others must be
inside, she decided. She grabbed her
purse and got out of the car. Opening
the back door, she lifted the overnight bag she’d packed.
had to admit, she was a little hesitant about meeting this Warren
character. Motivational speakers were
always full of a lot of malarkey, she’d found.
But at this point in her life, she wouldn’t turn down any kind of
help. She needed to reorganize her
closed the door and locked it. With her
hands full, she clumsily dropped her keys to the ground. As she bent down to retrieve them, she felt a
hand clasp around her mouth from behind.
Her eyes widened in terror, muffled screams pressing against his
fine, Mom,” Sierra said as she stood in the doorway of her bedroom. “Just tired.
I’m going to go to sleep. Tomorrow’s
a busy day.”
it is,” Renee said with a smile. “Are
you feeling okay, sweetheart?”
nodded. “I’m fine. Goodnight, Mom.”
Baby,” Renee said, drawing her into a quick embrace before leaving.
Sierra closed the door, locked it, and went across the room to the closet. Benji emerged once the coast was clear. She took his hand and led him back over to
you for not giving me up,” he said. “I
don’t know where else to go.”
okay,” she said, her hand resting on his leg.
“I’m glad you came.”
looked into each other’s eyes for a few moments. Before she knew it, he was kissing her softly
on the lips. Resistance didn’t enter her
mind. Since he’d showed up in her room,
she’d begun to understand him. The
falling out with his family – although he didn’t reveal what had sparked it –
affected him greatly. There was a soft
side of him that she knew he didn’t display very often. He almost always had with her. It was part of the reason she gave herself to
him last summer. She understood him more
than anyone else did.
began undressing, kissing tenderly until they were naked and in each other’s
arms. They made love slowly, carefully,
and held each other for hours.
his hands on her waist, Stormy pulled Jane into a kiss. His fingers went to the buttons on her blouse
and she teasingly pushed them away.
insatiable,” she said with a laugh.
“We’re never going to make it to the movie if you keep this up.”
can’t help it,” he said with a growl.
“You drive me crazy. Those four
hours you were at work were torture. All
I could think about was ripping your clothes off and having my way with
was only four hours,” she said, growing aroused by the way he touched her and
the feeling of his lips on hers. “I
thought you wanted to see Cher.”
be around another seventy years,” he said, beginning to push her back toward
knock at the door interrupted them and she laughed. “This is beginning to become a thing with
us,” she said.
sighed. “If it’s Miranda, slam the door
in her face.”
Jane went to the door and opened it. Her
face fell when she saw that it was Alex.
Stormy said in surprise. “What are you
I come in?” Alex asked.
do you want?” Jane asked in a low voice.
She knew she wouldn’t go into another tirade in front of Stormy, so she
couldn’t understand what she could possibly be doing there.
I’m sorry,” Stormy said with a wince. “I
know this is probably a shock seeing me here.
The truth is, Jane and I have been seeing each other. I hope that doesn’t-“
not here about that,” Alex said, offering her son a sympathetic look before
turning toward Jane. “I’m here as a
friend to Jane.”
do you mean?” she asked, confused.
worried about you,” she said.
“You’ve made so much progress over the past few months. I hate seeing you spiral back into that dark
looked at her and then at Jane. “What is
she talking about?”
simply shook her head. “I have no idea.”
I’m your friend,” Alex said. “I was your
friend before I adopted R.J. and I
always will be. It hurts me that you
didn’t come to me. I would have helped you. That’s what we’re supposed to do. We help each other.”
you delusional?” Jane asked.
took a deep breath. “Show me your
purse,” she said.
I don't understand.”
continued looking at the young woman.
“Your purse. Let me see.”
not showing you my purse,” Jane insisted.
“I don’t know what’s gotten into you but I’m going to have to ask you to
stood by, puzzled. “Mom, you’re not
making any sense. Why do you want to
look at Jane’s purse?”
Alex went on. “I’m here to help
you. That’s all.”
shook her head in aggravation and looked at Stormy. When he didn’t react, she dropped her hands
to her side and retrieved her purse from the kitchen table. She honestly had no idea what the woman was
going on about, but if it shut her up then she’d do anything.
she said, thrusting it at her.
opened the Gucci knock off and rifled through the inside. Moments later, she withdrew a plastic bag of
pills. She held them up and displayed
them to her.
are those?” Stormy asked.
have no idea,” she maintained. “Those
don’t look like vitamins,” Alex said with a look of disappointment on her
face. She looked at Stormy. “I’m sorry, Stormy. Addicts have a tendency to hide things very
well from those close to them. You
remember how I was when I was at my worst.”
put those there,” Jane insisted. She
looked at Stormy. “Those aren’t
mine. I swear to you. She put them there.” Closing her eyes, she realized when it must
have happened. When Alex came to the
restaurant that day. She must have gone
into the employee break room and planted them.
But why? Was she that desperate
to end her relationship with her son?
also refuse to take responsibility for their addiction,” Alex went on, shaking
her head. “It’s sad, really. I thought you were going to be all right.”
crazy,” Jane exclaimed, enraged.
went to the door and opened it, gesturing into the hallway. Moments later, two men in white coats entered
the apartment. She handed them the bag
of pills and pretended to look distraught.
is for your own good, Jane,” she said.
up away from them, she shook her head in terror. “What the hell is going on?” she asked,
fighting them off as they took her by the arms.
“Take your hands off of me!”
Stormy said, sick over the developments.
okay, sweetheart,” she said. “They’re
going to take Jane back to treatment.
They’ll make sure that she gets the best care possible.”
not an addict!” she screamed, desperately trying to break free from their
grasp. She looked at Stormy with
frightened eyes. “Please don’t let them
do this! I’m not an addict!”
hard, Stormy watched as they slipped her into restraints. He hadn’t thought of the possibility that she
could revert back to her drug usage. His
mother had sailed through recovery, so he’d assumed she had too. Now it didn’t seem that that was the case.
be okay, Jane,” Alex said as the men carried her to the door. “Everything will be okay.”
Jane continued screaming, twisting this way and that in a futile effort to
awoke strapped to a bed in a tiny studio apartment. Her hands and feet were bound with something
to each bedpost, a cloth that tasted bitter pulled tightly over her mouth. Her eyes darted back and forth, unsure of
where she was or how she’d gotten there.
The last thing she remembered was someone grabbing her in the parking
lot at Westwood where she was going to meet Ross.
was a window in the apartment and she tried to see outside to get some
indication of where she was. Nothing
seemed to stand out. Her body shook
violently from fear, sweat dripping profusely off of her face and neck despite
that she was freezing cold.
a figure came into view. A tall blonde
man whom looked strangely familiar to her.
She squinted hard, trying to make out the details of his face as he drew
sorry about having to tie you up,” said Lon Christensen. “I wasn’t sure if you would try to escape so
I thought I’d better be safe than sorry.”
she heard his voice, she instantly recognized him. He’d stopped her at the courthouse and asked
for her autograph. She thought he seemed
peculiar at the time, but never thought he was a danger.
sat down on the edge of the bed. In
response, she tried shifting away from him.
He ran his hand along her arm causing her to cringe and her eyes to
flash open in horror.
be scared,” he said. “I’m not going to
hurt you. I’m going to make you feel
very good. Just like those other men
shook her head adamantly, tears forming in her eyes.
a taste of his own medicine when Duke exacts his revenge.
Ross searches for Suzanne. Brett plans an
attack. Mackenzie races back to Los Angeles after
talking to Dan Cody. Brooke begins to grow suspicious
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