exposed Brett's past as a con artist but he
quicly explained it away to Stormy and Miranda.
Later, Devon told Brett that if he didn't give her
half of his money she would tell the police he killed
Bailey. News of Ethan's death spread quickly
and left James devestated and searching for answers.
Stormy kissed Lauren. After failing
to give Devon the money, Brett was arrested for
murder. Alex and Jordan prepared to fly to
the Dominican Republic to find out what was going
on with Brooke and Ethan. On his private jet,
James anticipated his reunion with Brooke, but the
plane suffered engine damage and crashed onto the
The firemen stood by
the wreckage just outside of Santo Domingo, spraying out small fires that
sprung up from fuselage that had been thrown from the jet. A team of U.S. medics arrived on the scene and
quickly went to work.
dead," said one of the medics as he reached his arm between the collapsed
cockpit where the pilot, Jake Lane was pinned.
one passenger in here," called another medic from the rear of the ruined
jet plane. "If there were any others
they might have been thrown out on impact."
status?" someone asked.
The medic felt for a
pulse on James's wrist. He shook his
head in hopelessness and looked up at his partners. "He's alive, but he has a very weak
pulse. We need to get him out of here
"All right, lets
go," said the other medic, bringing a canvas stretcher from the back of
their vehicle. He set it down amidst
the debris from what was left of the plane and they worked at getting James's unconscious
body unhooked from the seat.
"The rest of you
start searching for other survivors!" said their leader. "Until we know otherwise, we have to
assume there were other people on board!"
The crew scattered
around the vast jungle as the fire fighters sprayed out another patch of flames
that burst up from the pile of heaping metal.
Alex and Jordan
arrived in Santo Domingo and took a jeep from the
airstrip. They arrived at the Del Mar hotel and checked in to a
suite. While standing in the lobby,
Alex glanced around the elegant, tropical surroundings.
The possibilities of
her being there were endless. Brooke
was there with Ethan, who was killed in an explosion. James was there, or on his way there, perhaps
to save his damsel in distress. She
couldn’t let that happen. She’d brought
that scoundrel Philip Whitacre to Los Angeles to break James and Brooke apart
and she’d succeeded. She wasn’t about to
let them reunite over something like this.
If she had to, she would use her trump card. Telling James she knew about Ethan’s
paternity could be a very useful maneuver.
“Are you ready?” Jordan asked after checking in at the
They started through
the lobby to the elevator, the bellboy following behind with their bags. The elevator doors opened and they started
into the car just as Brooke was stepping off.
“Brooke, isn’t this a
surprise,” Alex said, eyeing her up and down.
looked at Alex with disbelief. She
couldn’t handle her right now. Not after
everything that had happened. “What are
you doing here?” she asked, glancing back and forth between her and Jordan.
“We heard what
happened to Ethan and so of course we took Jordan’s jet straight here,” Alex
“You don’t care about
Ethan,” Brooke spat, eyeing her suspiciously. “What are you up to, Alex?”
Alex chortled and
looked at Jordan.
“I’m not the heartless shrew you take me for, dear,” she began. “James and I were married for twenty-three
years. Ethan is still like family to
rolled her eyes and started to walk past them.
She knew Alex was up to something but she didn’t have the energy to
figure it out. Not that she cared
think you’re going to get out of this that easy,” Alex said, pulling her back.
Brooke asked with a frown.
happened to Ethan?” she asked. “The
reports were very sketchy.”
telling you anything!” Brooke exclaimed.
“James is on his way. That’s all
that matters. I’ll tell him everything
he needs to know when he gets here.”
realized that James must not have arrived on the island yet. She decided to use it to her advantage. “What makes you think James is coming?”
I left a message with Leilani. I told
her about Ethan.”
shrugged. “As far as I know he’s working
on a deal in L.A. His studio is in
dire straits. He’s having to fight tooth
and nail just to keep it afloat. I doubt
very much that he’s going to drop everything to fly off to the Caribbean Especially when his would-be wife and his
nephew were there together. Incidentally,
how did that come about? You and Ethan
being on this island together, I mean.”
came here to get my divorce from Philip,” Brooke replied. “You know, the guy you went all the way to Phoenix to find and bring back with
eyes narrowed on her. She knew Brooke
would find out about her involvement eventually. Not that it mattered. The damage was already done.
are you going to learn to stay out of people’s lives, Alex?” Brooke continued.
laughed. “This coming from a tramp who now has a reputation of being a
bigamist?” She laughed again. “That’s rich.”
glared at her with contempt. “Go to
hell, Alex,” she spat and then pushed her way past them.
see,” Alex called after her again. “So
Ethan came with you to give you support in your divorce proceedings? Or was it just to keep you company on those
lonely nights? I mean let’s face it, who
wants to be alone while they’re stuck in a romantic tropical paradise, right?”
knew what she was getting at. But she
was bluffing. There was no way she could
have known about her and Ethan’s night together. She turned and raced out of the hotel into
the bright afternoon sun.
raised an eyebrow and held the
elevator door open for Alex. “That was
quite a scene,” he began. “Obviously
there’s no love lost between you and Brooke Taylor.”
smiled. “Why would you say that?” she
asked coyly as the elevator doors shut.
back in Los
Angeles, Brett was seated in an interrogation room at the police
station. He shook his head in
frustration as Detective Baines badgered him relentlessly.
already told you!” Brett exclaimed, his forehead dripping sweat. “Bailey, Devon
and I were partners. We were in business together in Vegas.”
Baines, a tall, athletic, dark haired man of forty, glanced at a
pad of notes and shrugged. “Ahhh yes, R&J Tour Company. Is that the business you’re referring to?”
paused for a beat and then nodded reluctantly.
same tour company that dozens of senior citizens claimed had taken their money
with the promise of a guided tour of the city, only to have the tour guides
disappear before they could board the bus.”
got statements from every one of those people you ripped off, Mr. Shively,”
Detective Baines continued. He laughed
and looked down at Brett. “That was
quite the scam you had going there. Hit
every major hotel on the strip and make a few thousand in cash, right?”
rolled his eyes and looked away. He
might be guilty of fraud but no way were they going to get him for murder.
Baines looked back at his notes and began pacing the floor of the interrogation
room. “So you spend a few weeks in
Vegas, make a few thousand dollars between the three of you. Then what happened?”
you have is their word against mine,” Brett said. “You’ll never make those charges stick.”
be so sure,” the detective replied, then leaned down across the table from Brett. “But that’s not what we’re really after you
What we want to know is what happened up in that hotel room with Bailey
have eye witnesses who saw you leaving the hotel room at the Flamingo HIlton,”
Baines announced. “A maid who had just
came on the afternoon shift saw you running out of the room like your pants
were on fire. She went into the room,
saw that the place had been trashed, saw that the window was open, looked
outside, and saw Freeborn’s body splattered all over the ground.”
doesn’t prove anything.”
happened in that room?” Detective Baines asked again. “You struggled, we know that much. But what
about? Was it about the business?”
shook his head. “I’m not answering any
more questions without a lawyer present.”
me if I’m on the mark with this,” Baines continued. “You got greedy, went up to your room and
tried leaving with all the dough.
Freeborn caught up with you, there was a struggle, and rather than give
up all that money, you pushed him out the window. Am I right?”
Brett exclaimed. “I didn’t push him out
slammed his fists on the table and leaned in closer to Brett. “Then how did he wind up taking a nose dive
out of a ten story window?”
folded his arms and stared at the wall in a daze. He knew that if he said anything else he’d be
incriminating himself. He had to sit
tight and wait for Miranda to come through with the lawyer. He hoped to God she would.
don’t care what you say! I want to see
my husband now!” Miranda yelled out in the waiting room at the police
station. “We have rights, you
know! You can’t just keep me away from
Armstrong, you have to understand that your husband has been arrested for
murder,” explained the sergeant on duty behind the desk. “You can’t see him while they’re
shouldn’t even be interrogating him until his lawyer gets here!” Miranda
replied in a shrill voice, throwing her hands up in a panic. “It’s against the law, you know!”
Armstrong has been advised of his rights,” said the desk clerk. “He doesn’t have to say anything he doesn’t
want to say.”
the counter with her foot, Miranda spun around, her long black hair whipping
through the air. She didn’t understand what was going
on. Brett being arrested for
murder? Who was this guy they think he
killed anyway? It didn’t add up. Her husband wasn’t a murderer. He just wasn’t.
did not kill Bailey Freeborn!” Brett insisted, growing angrier by the minute.
have a witness saying they saw you leave the room!” Baines replied.
they’re wrong! I wasn’t even in the room
that afternoon! “ He knew it looked bad
for him. He had to do something fast.
detective raised an eyebrow and tried to gain his composure. “Okay, suppose you tell me where you were
while Mr. Freeborn was pushed out of the window.”
looked at him and shrugged. “I was
getting married,” he replied.
Brett nodded. “I was at the Barbary Coast
married. Check it out with them if you
don’t believe me.”
rubbed his forehead and pondered the new information.
Armstrong, thank you for speaking to us,” Baines said to Miranda a short while
later in the interrogation room. “I just
have a few questions for you and then you’ll be free to go.”
my husband?” Miranda asked defensively.
in a holding cell.”
expression turned to one of shock.
“You’re holding him? What
for? He didn’t do anything wrong!”
what we’re trying to figure out,” Detective Baines replied, trying to speak in
a calm voice so as not to upset the volatile young woman. “Now, Mrs. Armstrong, your husband claims
that you were getting married at the Barbary Coast chapel in Las Vegas
on January 14th at around four
pm. Is that correct?”
thought back for a second. “Yeah, that’s
long had you known him?”
couple hours,” Miranda replied.
let out a slight chuckle. “A couple of hours? Wow, that’s not long enough to get to know
someone well enough to marry them is it?”
there some kind of law against that?” Miranda asked with a frown.
realized she was not in the mood for joking around so he got back to the matter
at hand. “You realize that you’re his
alibi, don’t you?”
of course I know,” Miranda replied, irritated.
thought back to their Las Vegas wedding. It was so impulsive and wild that it made the
occasion all the more special to her.
The detective acted like Brett had only married her so he would have an alibi. That was ridiculous. Brett loved her and she didn’t believe
medics wheeled the stretcher into the emergency room at the hospital in Santo Domingo. A doctor and several nurses
rushed to the scene and began examining James immediately.
got a U.S. citizen suffering severe head
trauma,” said one of the medics as he pushed the stretcher into the examining
room. “His pupils are dilated and his
pulse is weak.”
get him into the O.R.” said the doctor.
“We’ve got to stitch that up before he loses any more blood.”
stood in the lobby at the Del Mar
hotel, holding the phone to her ear as she tried to find out where James
was. She couldn’t imagine him not
wanting to be there. It just didn’t add
Miss Taylor, I did give him the message,” Leilani said from the Blackthorne
mansion. “He left the house this
morning. He took his private jet.”
frowned in confusion. “Thank you,
Leilani,” she said and set the phone back on the cradle.
didn’t understand what had taken James so long to get there. If he left that morning, he should have been
there hours ago. She suddenly had a
sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach, although she was sure that not much
more could go wrong.
to take matters into her own hands, she rushed out of the hotel hoping to get a
ride to the airport. Maybe she would
meet James there as he was arriving. Or
maybe someone there had information on his whereabouts.
paced around the waiting room at the police station, growing more frustrated by
the minute. No one would tell her
anything. Her father’s lawyer had
finally shown up and was in the interrogation room with Brett and the detective
at that very minute. She hoped they
would come out before long and say that the whole thing had been a big
she turned around, she saw Devon Graham enter the police station and march up
to the desk clerk. Miranda’s eyes narrowed on her and she gritted her teeth,
seething at the sight of the troublemaking
got a lot of nerve showing up here!” Miranda screeched, darting across the room
and physically attacking the young woman.
“This is all your fault! You set
my husband up, you bitch! All because he
away from me you lunatic!” Devon yelled, pushing Miranda away.
rushed toward Devon
in a blind fury, her hands
grappling for anything they could find.
She violently yanked the woman’s hair, slapped her face and dug her
nails into her arms. Devon
tried desperately to get away
from her. Before long, two police
officers were pulled Miranda away as she continued screaming.
is all you!” she shouted hoarsely. “Everything was fine until you showed your
ugly face here! You’re just
jealous! You’re a jealous bitch!”
Armstrong, please!” the officer said, finding it difficult to physically
then, Stormy and Heather arrived at the police station and raced over to help
them get Miranda away from Devon. Stormy tried
getting between the two women, holding his hands up to keep them apart.
husband is not a murderer!” Miranda continued in a shrill voice, fighting to
push her brother aside. “You’re a lying
“Miranda! Stop it!” Stormy ordered.
Devon chuckled heartily. “You are so
clueless,” she said. “You didn’t even
know his real name until I showed up.
What makes you so sure he isn’t capable of murder?”
wouldn’t kill anybody!”
even for ten thousand dollars?” Devon asked, glaring at her.
Miranda stopped her violent struggle and stared at her with wide eyes. The image of Brett’s duffel bag full of money
flashed through her mind and she staggered back a step. She thought it was a lot of money for him to
be carrying around. Did he actually
kill someone for it? Is that was this
was all about?
that psycho away from me,” Devon said, trying to regain her composure as Stormy and Heather
led Miranda off to the other side of the room.
“Or I’ll have her ass thrown in jail too.”
is going on?” Stormy asked, looking into his sister’s troubled eyes.
shrugged. “They arrested Brett for
did he kill?” Heather asked.
shot her a cool stare. “He didn’t kill
anybody, Heather. It’s a mistake. That bitch set him up!” She glared across the room at Devon
standing with the police
did this happen?” Stormy ask. “The
supposed murder, I mean.”
ago when we were in Vegas,” she replied.
“And once they talk to the minister who married us they’ll realize he
couldn’t have killed this guy because we were getting married at that time.”
ran his fingers through his spiky black hair and sighed. “You know, I hate to say it, but Brett is
sure living up to Dad’s expectations.”
that’s just great, Stormy. You’re
supposed to be his friend and partner.
Now you’re turning against him?
Real nice.” Miranda turned
around folded her arms in frustration.
Everything was going to hell.
First the news about Ethan being presumed dead, and now this.
Domingo, Alex and Jordan stepped off the elevator at the Del Mar Hotel and walked through the
lobby. They’d managed to find out from
several sources that Ethan’s jeep had been hit with by a tank assault and that
no survivors were found. There was
still no word from James and no indication that he’d arrived on the
island. They glanced across the room
when Juan came running inside in bated breath, racing to the desk clerk in a
Miss Taylor in her room?” he asked, panting.
clerk shook her head and Juan turned, throwing his hands up in resignation.
Alex intercepted him before he could leave the hotel. “Excuse me, I’m a friend of Brooke Taylor’s,”
she said. “We just flew in from L.A.
Is there news about Ethan?”
shook his head. “No, it’s about the
other Mr. Blackthorne,” he said. “He was
flying in on his private jet and it went down a mile or so out of town.”
Alex exclaimed. “James? Are you sure?”
nodded. “Yes. He’s at the hospital now. I know Miss Taylor has been waiting for
him. I have to find her to tell her.”
put her hand on his arm and smiled gently.
“I’ll find her for you,” she said.
“I’ll tell her. Where is the
gave them directions and gave them the keys to his jeep. “I have to go,” he said. “There’s a village not far from here that’s
been raided by the loyalists. They need
go,” Jordan said. “We’ll make sure Brooke is taken care of.”
thanked them and took off outside on foot.
Alex started to the doors and Jordan stopped her.
do you think you’re going?” he asked.
looked at him with irritation. “I’m
going to the hospital. I want to see how
Jordan frowned. “Why do you care? You can’t stand him.”
how would it look if we showed up at the hospital without Brooke?” she asked
with a devilish smile on her face. “Poor
James will be heartbroken to hear that his true love is more concerned with her
dearly departed Ethan than her husband lying in the hospital in who knows what
laughed and led her out to the
jeep. “You’re a wicked woman, Alex
Reynolds,” he said.
he helped her into the jeep and then jumped into the drivers seat. The jeep started and they drove off down the
road toward the hospital.
walked up to the admitting desk at the small local airport and waited for
someone to help her. She glanced out the
window, seeing the thick black smoke rising up from the trees not far off. When a young woman appeared at the counter,
she turned to her and smiled.
expecting someone on a chartered flight from the States,” she said. “I was wondering if you could check and see
if the jet has arrived.”
woman raised an eyebrow. “Is it the Sunset Studios jet?”
sorry to have to tell you this,” she said, pointing out the window to the smoke
rising up into the sky. “The jet went
down just before landing.”
eyes widened and she felt like she’d been hit with a boulder. She shook her head in despair, unable to
accept that she’d lost not only Ethan but also James. She began trembling, tears forming on her
I believe there was a survivor,” said the girl.
“They were taken to the hospital.”
eyes flashed open with a flicker of hope.
She turned and darted out of the terminal to her jeep. She prayed that James was alive. If he’d been killed she didn’t think she’d
be able to go on.
and Jordan arrived at the hospital and spoke with the doctor who had been
treating James. He led them down the
hallway and stopped outside of a recovery room.
Blackthorne is quite fortunate,” he said.
“There were no internal injuries as a result of the crash. He suffered a head trauma. The good news is it isn’t as severe as we’d
initially thought. After a few
stitches he was in good shape. He’ll be
in some pain for a while. Headaches and
maybe some nausea. He’ll have to remain
on the island for a few days so I can see how the wound is healing.”
put his arm around Alex. He knew something as minor as a plane crash
couldn’t keep James Blackthorne
down. They weren’t that fortunate. “Thank you, Doctor,” he said, then looked
at Alex. “Are you ready to go?”
shook her head. “No, I’m going in to see
asked with a frown.
smiled cleverly. “I’m want to kick him
while he’s down,” she said with a grin.
“Wait until he finds out how cozy Brooke and Ethan were getting during
their stay on the island.”
Jordan smiled and followed her into the
room. They saw James sitting up on the
bed, a bandage covering a wound on the left side of his forehead and a distant
look in his eyes. He looked at them and
“Jordan, what are you doing here?” he
Jordan looked at Alex, perplexed. “I came with Alex. She wanted to see you.”
nodded, a superlative grin on her face.
“That’s right. James, there’s
something I think you should know.”
cut her off. “Well I hope it’s that we
can get out of here soon. I don’t know
how long I’ve been in here but it feels like forever. “
Alex took a step closer. “You want to
leave with us?”
not so much with Rydell,” James replied.
“But this is supposed to be a vacation, right? We’re supposed to be enjoying ourselves and
instead I’m here laid up in the damn hospital.”
shook her head in amazement. She thought
her ex husband had finally flipped his lid.
What on earth was he talking about?
nodded. “You were so right, Darling,” he
said with a smile, looking adoringly into Alex’s eyes. “Getting away for a while was just what we
needed. What with Miranda graduating in
a few weeks and Stormy just coming into his trust fund, it’s no wonder we’ve
managed to keep our sanity this long.”
eyes widened as she realized what was happening.
Darling,” James continued, reaching out for her hand. “Can’t we please go back to the hotel? I just want to spend one night alone with my
wife before we have to go back to L.A.”
my Lord,” Jordan said in a whisper. “You have got to be kidding me.”
is he doing here anyway?” James asked
with a frown, glaring at Jordan.
“I thought I made it clear that I didn’t want you hanging around with
this guy. He’s a thief.
he wants to do is steal ideas
from my movies and pawn them off as his own.
Why don’t you go home, Rydell?
Take whatever bimbo you brought with you and just leave.”
I-“ Jordan began, defensively.
stopped his sentence short. “He’s right,
You shouldn’t be here.” She
looked at James and smiled. “It was the
funniest thing, I ran into Jordan as I was driving up to the
are you doing?” Jordan
asked her suspiciously.
gave him a look full of warning and then looked at James with a smile. “I’m going to go out in the hall and say
goodbye to Jordan and then I’ll be right back,
nodded. “Hurry back, Darling. I’m ready to get out of this ridiculous
pulled Jordan out into the hallway and led him
to a secluded corner. “Don’t you see
what’s going on?” she asked. “He doesn’t
know what year it is. Miranda graduated
over two years ago. We were still
happily married then. He must have some
kind of memory loss from his head injury.”
bad for him,” Jordan
said. “Now come on, let’s get out of here.”
pulled him back. “I can’t,” she
said. “I have to stay. I feel like I should…”
you should what?” Jordan demanded angrily, his brow
furrowed. “He’s your ex husband,
Alex. I know you haven’t forgotten the
way he tossed you out on your ear so he could carry on with Brooke Taylor!”
of course I haven’t,” she insisted, her eyes darting up and down the
hallway. “I just….I just keep thinking
that maybe I can use this to our advantage.”
Jordan’s tense expression relaxed a
little and he dug his hands into his pockets.
shrugged. “I don’t know,” she said. “But I need a few minutes with him alone.”
wait,” Jordan suggested.
smiled, eyeing him seductively.
“Actually, I was thinking that maybe you should go back to the hotel and
wait for me,” she said. “Maybe when I
get back we can take advantage of our romantic getaway in the tropics.”
from ear to ear, Jordan leaned in and brushed his lips
against her soft, inviting neck. “You’ve
got yourself a deal,” he said in a low, throaty voice. “You sure you’ll be okay?”
I’ll take a taxi back to the hotel,” she said dismissively.
see you in a little bit,” Jordan said before turning and walking
down the hallway.
steered her jeep down the road toward the hospital, fighting the tears that welled up in her eyes.
She had to remain focused. Breaking down before she knew anything
wouldn’t do anybody any good. She had
to remain strong. If James was badly
injured she would have to pull herself together and help him get through
steered the jeep along the winding road, her thoughts jumbled as she tried to
grasp the events of the past few days.
husband should stay here for observation for at least another day,” the nurse
said to Alex by the admitting desk at the hospital. “He’s just been through a traumatic ordeal.”
he needs is to be home with me,” Alex insisted, grabbing the release form from
the nurse and signing her name.
looked at the nurse defiantly. “He’s my
husband and I’m taking him,” she said flatly.
“I’ll bring him by tomorrow so the doctor can check his progress.”
it was no use, the nurse signed the release form as well and slammed it down
onto the counter.
in L.A., Miranda stood up from her seat
when Brett walked out of the interrogation room with their lawyer, Brandon
Marksman right behind. She ran up to him
with Stormy and Heather right behind.
happening?” Miranda asked, filled with anxiety as her eyes shot between Brett
and Detective Baines. “Are you charging
Baines motioned for an officer to approach.
“Your husband is being charged with murder,” he said. “His bail is set at five-hundred thousand
he’s innocent!” Miranda insisted. “We told you we were getting married while
that guy was killed!”
shook his head. “That remains to be
seen,” he said. “We have to check it out
with the chapel in Vegas. Meanwhile, we
have to get that maid from the Flamingo Hilton down here to identify him in a
lineup. If she says he’s the guy who she
saw leaving that room, then your husband’s going down for murder one.”
shook her head in anger, reaching for Brett as the officer led him to the
holding cell. “Brett, don’t worry, I’ll
get you out of here. You won’t have to
spend one night in jail. I promise.”
stopped and clenched her fists together as they led Brett down the hall to the
holding cells. Turning around in desperation, she ran toward
Brandon and stared him in the eyes. “We have to get him out on bail!” she
you have five hundred thousand dollars?” he asked, shaking his head.
rolled her eyes. “No, but my father
does,” she said.
in the Caribbean,” Brandon said matter-of-factly.
but you’re his lawyer,” she insisted.
“Don’t you have power of attorney or something? You can authorize it.”
shook his head. “Miranda, I don’t think your father is in the
position to be delving out that kind of money.”
do you mean?” she asked, looking at Stormy and then back at the lawyer.
in financial trouble,” Brandon explained.
Stormy asked in confusion. “What kind of
Brandon stuffed a few pieces of paper
into his briefcase and sighed. “He’s
taken a dramatic loss from his movie,” he said.
“That’s all I can say.”
shook her head in despair. “Well then
I’ll borrow from my trust fund.”
can’t touch a dime of that money until you’re twenty-one,” Brandon replied.
it! You’re supposed to be his
lawyer! Why are you being so nonchalant
about this? Do you think he’s guilty or
yes,” Brandon said
eyes flared angrily. “You son of a-“
put a hand on her shoulder and pulled her back.
“I’ll put up the bail,” he said.
flashed him a look of surprise and then threw her arms around him. “Thank you,” she said, then pulled back and
looked into her brother’s eyes. “I
thought you weren’t on our side.”
always on your side,” Stormy replied with a smile. He knew his sister was desperate for answers,
and so was he. The truth was they
wouldn’t be able to find out anything with Brett sitting in jail. He wanted him out so they could find out just
what kind of man had manipulated himself into their family.
don’t understand. Where did he go?”
Brooke asked as she stood in the waiting room of the hospital in Santo Domingo.
Blackthorne’s wife checked him out a little while ago,” said the nurse on
frowned. “His wife?” she asked in confusion.
“What was her name?”
nurse looked at the sign out sheet and then back at Brooke. “The name on the release form is Alex
Reynolds,” she said, studying Brooke’s face.
“Is there a problem, Miss?”
Brooke stared off in a daze, wondering what was going
on. Why would James have went anywhere
with Alex? Especially when he knew she
was there on the island. Why didn’t he
try to contact her? It didn’t add up.
paced around their hotel room,
constantly glancing at his watch as he wondered what was taking Alex so
long. It had been over an hour and she
hadn’t returned from the hospital yet.
idea of James having amnesia and thinking he and Alex were still married was
like something straight out of Hollywood. He wondered how long the setback would
last. More importantly, he wondered what
Alex planned to do to use it against him.
unlocked the door to a cabana on the beach several miles out of town. She took a look around the brightly decorated
beach house and led James inside.
didn't we go back to the hotel?” James asked, looking around the cozy
surroundings. “How did you find this
heard it was for rent so I thought it would be the perfect place to spend the
rest of our vacation,” she replied, leading him over to the sofa and sitting
him down. “It’s so much more private
than the hotel, don’t you think?”
nodded with a smile. “It’s lovely,” he
said, then looked into her eyes. “Almost
as lovely as you.”
beamed happily. “Oh James, after all
this time you still know the right things to say to a girl.”
I’d better,” he said. “I wouldn’t want
to lose you to a man like Jordan Rydell.
I think that’s why he was here today.
I’ve always suspected he had designs on you.”
are you jealous?” Alex asked, hitting him playfully.
pulled her close and wrapped his arms around her. “I just like to hang on to the good things in
life,” he said. “And you my dear, are
worth holding on to.”
words send chills down her spine. It had
been so long since they’d shared a moment like this. For so long their relationship had been
surrounded by bitterness and hatred.
She’d almost forgotten how exciting it was to be in James’s arms,
feeling his strength enveloping her. It
took her back to a time when she was the happiest woman alive.
love you, Alex” James said, then pulled her into a passionate kiss.
Alex closed her eyes, feeling waves
of ecstasy course through her body. “Oh
James,” she whispered. “I love you too.”
Brooke and Jordan work
try to find James and Alex. Alex continues
to manipulate James. Alex tells Will their
deal is off. James suffers from his head injury.
Brooke gets an eyeful.