Benji pleaded with Jordan to give
him another chance. When he refused, Benji went to Sierra
and broke down in tears. They later made love in Sierra's
bedroom. Jackie blackmailed Kenny into letting
her see David's will, using video of him with a prostitute
as ammunition. David told Brooke that he was going
away to die soon. Brett learned that Jordan was
filing chapter 11, then slept with his intern to get
a look at the creditors who were involved in the deal.
A fan began following Suzanne. Ross asked
Suzanne to go with him to Warren Abbott's compound in
Death Valley, but Suzanne was abducted before she made
it to their rendezvous. Alex ordered Jane to stop
seeing Stormy. When she didn't, Alex planted drugs
on her and had her committed to a treatment center.
James questioned Mackenzie about an argument someone
overheard her having with Kyle. When she brushed
it off, James asked Brooke if she knew what it might
be about. Mackenzie decided to fly to New York
to see Dan Cody, the prisoner who was blackmailing Kyle
into taking Brooke's money.
M for Mackenzie"
fell from the sky as Mackenzie left her New
York City hotel room and hailed a cab. On the ferry to Staten
Island, she placed a call to James which went straight to
voicemail. It was very early in L.A. so she wasn’t
surprised he didn’t answer.
it’s Mackenzie,” she said. “I’m sorry
again for having to take off like that.
I’ll be finished with auditions later this morning and on the next
flight back. Who knows, I may even have
time to pick up a sexy number to wear to the wedding. See you then.”
started to end the call, but before she did, brought the phone back to her
ear. “I miss you,” she said and then
the remainder of the ferry ride, she sat in deep concentration. She hated lying to James, but saw no
alternative until she found out what Kyle was up to. His story about Dan Cody, the mobster who was
after Brooke Taylor’s money, was plausible enough, but something still didn’t
sit right with her. She didn’t know what
going to see the man would prove, but all she knew was she had to talk to
him. Anything to keep her dear brother
Kyle from wrecking things with her and James.
she arrived at the prison, she was led down a maze of corridors to a visitation
area. Rows of chairs that were separated
by bullet proof glass lined the heavily-guarded room. She took a seat at one of the booths and was
instructed to wait for Mr. Cody.
As she waited, she
couldn’t help but grimace at the unsavory characters on the other side of the
glass. Dangerous looking men sat talking
to visitors on phones that connected the two sides of the partition. She found it hard to believe this was where
Kyle had spent three years of his life.
How had he made it out alive? A
very brief instant of guilt overcame her for not having visited him there. She quickly got over it, though. Kyle was out for nobody but himself, and
always had been. Any trips she would
have made to see him in prison would have been met with demands and
She looked at her
watch and sighed. She didn’t have much
time. She needed to talk to this Dan
Cody character and then get back to Los
Angeles, hopefully with something that could get Kyle
out of her life for good.
When Cody arrived
and they began talking, she realized it was far more complicated than she thought.
a.m. came very early, especially since Brooke had been wide awake for most of
the night worrying about Michael. It
broke her heart that he was dealing with these abandonment issues. She second guessed every decision she made as
a result. It had been her intention to
leave him with a sitter when she went to Renee and Kenny’s wedding that
afternoon. Maybe she’d reconsider and
bring him along. It seemed silly to
worry about a few hours without him, but she was determined to do whatever was
necessary to make him feel secure and loved.
she went downstairs to get a cup of coffee, Kyle was already up and
dressed. She smiled and went to him,
pulling him into an embrace.
I wake you?” he asked, nuzzling his nose against her.
I needed to get up anyway. I have a lot
to do before the wedding. Are you
already headed to Moonshadows?”
nodded and poured her a cup of coffee.
“I have a lot to do also. I never
realized that when I took the job as general manager I’d be relegated to
wedding coordinator duties as well.”
laughed and took the cup from him. She
decided now was a good time as any to bring something up to him. With so much going on that day, it would
probably be their last chance for a while.
do you know Mackenzie Stone?” she asked casually, paying close attention to his
reaction. He had none to speak of.
do you ask?”
shrugged. “Well, James said that Alex
heard the two of you arguing at the studio yesterday. He said when he asked Mackenzie about it, she
made up some story that he didn’t necessarily believe.”
raised an eyebrow while leaning against the kitchen counter. “And you don’t believe it either, I’m
not that,” she said. “It’s just that
when we ran into them the other night at dinner the two of you acted like you’d
never met. So did you know her before or
he said with a sigh. “We did know each
other. A long time ago.”
Brooke wanted to know. “Why the cover up?”
shrugged. “I just didn’t know how to
and I used to date,” he said, hoping that the lie would appease her for the
time being. Meanwhile, he knew it was a
mistake to go to the studio to see her yesterday. How was he to know Alex would be there?
did? Well, why didn’t you say anything?”
don’t know. I just don’t like talking
about my past with other women around you.
I assume that it would make you uncomfortable.”
doesn’t,” she said with a shrug. “We all
have romantic pasts. I mean, I was
married to James…twice. I’ve got an
ex-husband in Phoenix
that I don’t talk about. Actually
he's in prison right now. It just
that you feel you need to hide these things from me.”
sorry,” he said. “I’m not trying to hide
anything from you.”
you are,” she said firmly. “And more
than that, you flat out lied by pretending you didn’t know her. Are you really saying that was for my
groaned in frustration. This was
precisely why he didn’t want Mackenzie seeing James Blackthorne. It got too complicated. “I’m sorry if I went about things the wrong
way,” he said. “All I want to do is
focus on you and I together right now.
No one else matters to me. You
believe that, don’t you?”
hesitated for a second. This hadn’t been
the first time he’d lied to her. And
while it wasn’t something huge, it still sparked concern. “Yes, I do, but-“
can we just move past this? Mackenzie is
not part of my life anymore. That’s all
there is to it.”
that, he kissed her goodbye and headed for the door. Brooke decided to drop it for the time
being. “Are you coming back before the
I’ve got too much to do,” he said. “I’ll
meet you there.”
he’d gone, she turned and refilled her coffee.
She wondered if it was a mistake to confront him. It really wasn’t a big deal that he’d lied
about Mackenzie, but the thought of him keeping things from her made her
a sigh, she headed up to get dressed before Michael woke up. As she did, she noticed that Kyle had
forgotten his wallet on the counter. She
picked it up and went to the door but he was already gone. She’d have to make a trip down to Moonshadows
before the wedding in case he needed it.
to control her curiosity, she opened the leather billfold and pored over the
contents. Nothing out of the
ordinary. Cash, credit cards, drivers
license. She didn’t know what else she
expected to find, and suddenly felt foolish for acting so suspicious of
that had gone down in the last twenty-four hours seemed to fade into
irrelevance. Even his father’s harsh
words weren’t as biting after spending a perfect night with Sierra. Benji woke up feeling positive and hopeful
for the first time in a long time.
Renee was flurrying about the penthouse getting her hair and makeup done for
the wedding, Sierra snuck him out, through the front door and down the hall to
night was amazing,” he said, devouring her with kisses while he waited for the
elevator to arrive. “Are you happy?”
nodded and smiled. Strangely enough, she
was. There was something about him that
put her at ease. She never questioned
why he loved her. She just knew that he
did. Everyone should know that feeling
sometime in their life. And no matter
what rumors people started about him, she knew that’s just what they were. With her, he’d never been anything but
gentle, starting with the way he held her and kissed her tenderly while they
me at the club this afternoon,” she said.
“You can be my date for the wedding.”
actual date?” Benji asked with a brilliant smile. “Wow.”
smiled, kissed him once more and started back to the penthouse. “Don’t be late.”
be there,” Benji said and disappeared into the car when the elevators
the way down, he thought about how often he’d prayed for this to become a
reality. Finally, Sierra was his and no
one could change that. Not his parents,
not his alleged friends, nobody.
Sierra got back inside and closed the door behind her, Renee was descending on
the staircase dressed in a robe and her hair in curlers. She bounded toward her in a frenzy.
not going to believe it,” she said, panicked.
“Kyle just called. They aren’t
done buffing the floors in the Cahuenga Room.
I doubt it’s going to be dry by the time the wedding starts!”
relax,” Sierra replied. “The wedding’s
outside. By the time the reception
starts in the club the floors will be dry.
You’ve got to stop worrying about every little thing.”
nodded and poured herself a glass of champagne.
“You’re right. Nothing can ruin
this day. Not slippery floors or inept
florists. Everything’s going to be
perfect.” She walked toward her and
pulled her into an embrace. “And I can’t
tell you how much it means to me that you’re here with me. I know I haven’t been very pleasant to you
don’t,” Sierra said uncomfortably. “Can
we just not talk about everything that’s happened? I just want to take things a day at a
course,” Renee said. She didn’t want to
push her. Anything she did might drive her straight back to drugs. In her delicate condition, she had to be very
the parlor at the Blackthorne mansion, Stormy grew more worried with every step
he took. He went over every minute he’d
spent with Jane over the past couple of weeks, trying to remember if anything
stood out that would make sense of what had happened. She didn’t give any indication that she’d
been abusing pills. She was always very
lucid and put together. He knew when
someone was taking pills. His mother had
been a prime example. Jane displayed
none of those traits.
should have seen it,” he said solemnly.
“She was fighting them off and screaming. Mom just stood by and watched.”
who was seated on the cognac leather sofa with Eddie, looked away in
concentration. “I can’t believe I never
saw the signs,” she said sadly. “I mean,
I can’t count how many times Jane and I talked and I never got the impression
that she was struggling with something.
Least of all her addiction.”
what doesn’t make any sense,” Stormy said.
“She was fine. So how did mom
know something was going on and we didn’t?”
Alex did know her better than any of
us,” Eddie suggested. “They were in
rehab together. She probably knew the signs.”
shook his head. “She still could have
gone about it in a different way,” he said.
“I mean, calling Promises and having them come get her? Against her will? It was horrible.”
not at Promises,” announced James when he walked into the room and clicked off
his cell. “She’s at a state run
treatment center in Costa Mesa. Apparently it’s for addicts who don’t have
the financial resources to get clean.
That would be Jane, unfortunately.”
Stormy asked, running his fingers through his hair. “A state facility?”
usually take cases like Jane’s because they’re the only ones who can,” James
explained, knowing it wouldn’t make his son feel any better.
Jane went to treatment at Promises the first time,” Miranda said and stood
up. “She had to have paid for it
somehow. Stormy, did she ever talk about
shook his head. “She barely talked
about her addiction except to say that it was in the past. I always assumed her stay at Promises had
been paid for by her parents.”
should try to locate them and tell them what’s going on,” James said.
going to go see her,” Stormy said intently.
go with you,” Eddie volunteered and followed him to the doorway.
looked at Miranda. “And we should go see
that’s a good idea,” she replied.
being brought in to the facility the night before, Jane hadn’t gotten any
sleep. She was too upset, too angry that
she’d gotten mixed up with Alex Reynolds in the first place. All she’d wanted was to make some money so that
she could pay her rent. Her father had
always said there was no such thing as easy money, and now she realized exactly
what he meant.
taken her clothes, her shoes, her jewelry, and stuck her in a white hospital
gown. The room she’d been relegated to
was cold and stark, nothing but a hard mattress and a chair to soften its rigid
lines. A single window with bars
soldered to the outside provided her with a view of the roof. At least the sun was up and she didn’t feel
so alone and terrified as she had while sitting in the dark through the
worst thing about her relative imprisonment was the thought of Stormy believing
she actually was an addict. And why
wouldn’t he believe it? It had been part
of the story Alex had concocted. They
met in rehab while she was pregnant. She
wasn’t ready to be a mother so she agreed to give the baby up for
adoption. Alex planted the drugs in her
purse because she didn’t go away when she’d asked her to. Now she was paying the price. She blamed herself for getting involved in
the first place.
sound of keys clanging against the heavy metal door alerted her to a
visitor. Quickly, she jumped off the bed
and hovered across the room while a man in a hospital uniform entered with a
tray of food. She recognized him as one
of the men who’d taken her from her apartment.
he said, locking them in before he went to place the tray on the chair.
watched him, realizing she had to make herself heard. If she didn’t, she’d be locked in there for
another day. “Look, I know you’re
probably just doing your job,” she began. “And I don’t want anyone to
get fired over this, but this is a mistake.
I shouldn’t be here.”
the tray under the door when you’re through,” he told her.
not a drug addict,” Jane continued, her eyes pleading desperately. “I’ve never even smoked a cigarette. I only told people I was in rehab before
because she made me. It was part of this
plan she had.”
therapy is at ten,” the man said as if he didn’t hear a word she said. “Someone will be by to escort you.”
you listening to me?” she asked. “I
don’t need therapy. She planted those
drugs in my purse. They were probably
hers. She was the one in rehab.
You can call them yourself.
They’ll tell you I was never a patient there.”
just like that, he unlocked the door and left.
The sound of the heavy door closing caused her to jump with a
start. She went to the door and started
beating on it with her fists.
can’t keep me in here!” she screamed. “I
have rights! I’m not a drug addict! Do you hear me? You can’t keep me locked up in here!”
Blackthorne paced the floor of her tiny Manhattan
apartment, stopping once or twice and gazing outside at the falling snow that
had begun to blanket the city. With a
shiver, she wrapped her arms around herself and sighed just as the door opened
and Neil Winslow bounded inside.
did you find out?” she asked hurriedly and raced toward him.
shook his head somberly. “The bank
denied the loan. I told you they
would. Since Lucy took everything in the
divorce I have no collateral.”
she turned and threw her hands up in resignation. “Great, so now what are we supposed to
do? This is not how I envisioned my
you think it’s how I envisioned mine?” he asked crossly. “Before I met you I had a lot going for me,
sweetheart. I had a marriage, a talent
agency, money. You were the one who
insisted I leave my wife, and look what happened as a result.”
wasn’t the only woman you were screwing around with,” she hissed. “So don’t blame me that your wife finally
caught on and dumped your ass. And how
dare you insinuate that because of me, your agency suffered. I was your only client, Neil, remember? And you couldn’t even get me one single job.
again?” he asked in annoyance. She had a
big mouth and the only thing it was good for was giving him head.
a freakin’ star!” she screamed. “I was
in one of the biggest movies of last summer!
I should have had offers lined up outside the door, but instead I got
zilch because you didn’t know what you were doing.”
a muzzle on it,” he said, grabbing her arm and shaking her. “Is it my fault that you’re
unmarketable? One too many bad choices
landed you in the position you’re in, baby, so don’t blame me.”
she said, shaking her arm free. “I sold
my son because you told me if I held on to him I’d be committing career
suicide. So tell me how my career has
benefited from doing that?”
be a lot worse off if you hadn’t,” he said.
“It’s not my fault that you blew all the money that Reynolds bitch gave
you for him.”
wouldn’t have blown it all if I’d known you weren’t going to get me a
shook his head in frustration, unbuttoning his pants and pulling out his
gigantic penis. “I’ve got a gig for
you,” he said. “Now why don’t you stop
running your mouth long enough to suck my-“
you,” she said and turned away in repulsion.
Yes, there was a time she went wild over sex with Neil, but lately she’d
been too resentful to bother. “Until we
find out a way to get our hands on some money, I’m not putting my hands on your dick.”
buttoned up again and suddenly got an idea.
“Seems to me there’s more money to be had where it comes to your
estranged baby,” he said, raising an eyebrow.
turned to him. “What do you mean?”
kid’s a friggin’ Blackthorne,” he said.
“There’s got to be a lot of people who would pay money to get him from
Alex Reynolds. Your father-in-law, for
did say that no one could know that R.J. existed,” she said thoughtfully. “Which leads me to believe she hasn’t told
he went toward her and placed his hands on her waist. “See what I’m talking about, baby? There’s still money for us to make where that
kid is concerned.”
slowly began to relax. Maybe he had a
point. She started formulated a plan
while he unzipped again and pushed down on her head.
are you making me out to be the bad guy?” Alex demanded while R.J. wailed in the background. “I was
the only one who cared enough to notice what the poor girl was going
care about Jane very much,” Miranda insisted, flashing her mother and father a
not saying you didn’t, Darling,” Alex went on.
She lifted the baby from his crib and began bouncing him gently in her
arms in an effort to quiet him down.
“But it takes another addict to know when someone is in trouble. I saw the signs.”
signs?” James asked.
look in her eyes, the nervousness, the shaky hands,” she said, then looked at
Miranda. “You saw her that day at
Kenny’s office when we were signing the adoption papers. She was strung out. She was probably counting the minutes until
her next fix.”
sighed. She did have to admit that Jane
did seem very nervous that day. She’d
chalked it up to the fact that she was giving up her son, but now that she
thought about it, maybe it was more than that.
why this rehab facility?” James asked.
“I did some research on the place and it doesn’t have a very good
reputation. They’re lacking funds from
the state. They’ve been accused of
mistreatment of patients. The last administrator
was put on suspension while they investigated him for accepting bribes.”
flashed her mother a look of panic. “Is
that true? Did you know about this,
course not,” Alex said. “I’m sure those
stories are greatly exaggerated anyway.
Good treatment costs money, you know.
I care about Jane and I’m grateful to her for R.J., but do you expect me
to foot the bill for another stay at Promises?
That’s a lot of money for a girl who is obviously resistant to
R.J.’s mother,” Miranda said.
I am R.J.’s mother,” Alex corrected
her. “And thankfully so. The whole reason she agreed to give her baby
up was because she knew she wouldn’t stay on the wagon for very long. And here we are. But I’m
the one getting the blame!”
sighed and placed his arm around Miranda.
“Your mother’s right,” he said.
“At least she’s getting the help that she needs. I’m afraid there’s nothing more we can do for
Jane until she wants our help.”
do you mean we can’t see her?” Stormy asked as he and Eddie stood in the
reception area of the facility in Costa
Mesa. “Are you
denying her her rights?”
course not,” said Walter Clements, the hospital administrator, a peculiar
looking man with a nineteen eighties hairstyle and a cheap brown suit. “But treatment for abuse of pain killers, as
well as any illegal substance, is serious business. The first seventy-two hours are
critical. All outside stimuli must be
avoided or we could risk setting Miss Wheeler’s recovery back.”
was taken here against her will,” Stormy insisted.
mother was the party who signed the admittance papers,” said Walter. “As I understand they became very close
during a previous stay in rehab. Believe
me, there are a lot of addicts who I’m sure wished they had someone as caring
as your mother standing behind them.”
we at least get a tour of the facility?” Eddie asked as he looked around the
dingy surroundings. For a state run
facility, the place seemed to be suffering from deferred maintenance. “We’d like to see what kind of accommodations
Miss Wheeler is being cared for in.”
man smiled pleasantly. “Of course. Stop by the receptionist on your way out and
she’ll be happy to set up a time when you can be given a tour.”
can’t we do it now?” Stormy asked matter-of-factly.
to state regulations, nobody is permitted past that door,” Walter explained
except for patients, staff, and delivery personnel. Anyone else must be cleared before they can
enter the facility. Again, if you’d like
to stop by the receptionist and make an appointment, we’ll be happy to
accommodate your request.”
that, the man turned and left the room.
Stormy and Eddie looked at each other blankly before turning to the door
and watching him disappear down a corridor.
men came to her room at ten o’clock and announced that it was time for group
therapy. Jane used the opportunity to
get a good look at her surroundings.
When they passed by other rooms like hers, she saw patients much like
herself sitting on their beds or being escorted up and down the hallways. It seemed like any ordinary treatment
center. Not that she had any first hand
knowledge of them, but things seemed to be on the up and up. And if that were the case, then how on earth
did Alex manage to get her admitted so quickly and so easily?
passed by a payphone on the wall in the corridor prompting Jane to look at one
of the men. “Can I make a phone call?”
phone calls for seventy-two hours,” he replied.
I just want to call someone,” she pleaded.
“I’ll be quick. No one has to
time she got no response. They entered a
skywalk that connected one part of the building to another. As they did, Jane glanced through the glass
and spotted something that propelled her into action.
she screamed after spotting him with Eddie in the parking lot. “Stormy, wait!”
the men could restrain her, she broke from their grasp and went to the glass
enclosed skywalk. With her fists, she
pounded against the walls and tried desperately to get their attention.
she screamed as loud as she could. They
were only a short distance away, so there was a chance they could hear
her. If only she could do something to
get their attention.
men grabbed at her but she successfully evaded them. Lined up along the wall of the skywalk were
several chairs but they were bolted to the ground. Next to one of them, however, was a small
side table with magazines stacked on top of it.
Quickly, she picked the table up and drew it back, sure that if she
could break through the glass she’d cause enough of a commotion that Stormy
would stop and see her.
she could hurdle it to the glass, one of the men took the table from her while
the other restrained her.
she screamed, hitting the glass again with her fists. “Stormy!”
Stormy and Eddie got in the car and drove away. With tears in her eyes, Jane let her body go
limp while the men carried her back to her room.
alone in a twenty room mansion in Beverly
Hills had begun to grow tiresome for Duke
Summerfield. Housekeepers and servants
flitted about on a daily basis, a few friends would come by now and then, and
an occasional booty call wasn’t out of the question. His father the Ambassador, and his mother the
socialite spent their time in Switzerland
or New York
and had left him in charge of their west coast home while he was living
there. But he’d begun to grow bored of Los Angeles. With winter approaching, he craved to be on
the slopes or bar crawling in the west village.
Operation Destroy Jeff Branigan had been
accomplished – although not in the manner he’d anticipated. No matter what Summer said, his intention
wasn’t for the punk to wind up dead. Was
he sad that it happened? No. But nonetheless….
final calling card was necessary before he went back east. His friend
Benji Rydell had crossed him by sleeping with Summer when they were still
dating, then lied about it to his face.
He’d never been good at accepting that any guy was preferenced over
himself. And since his idea of labeling
him a violent rapist backfired due to Summer’s unwillingness to continue with
the story, he decided to attack him where he knew it would hurt the most.
said that Benji and Sierra spent the night together last night,” Summer
screamed at him over the phone. “What
the fuck, Duke? I thought you were
supposed to help me?”
was standing in her house in Palos Verdes, screaming loudly into the phone
while the maid bolted for cover.
do you expect?” he asked. “You decided
to renege on your claim that he tried to rape you. What kind of a dumb fuck move was that?”
couldn’t go through with it!” she screamed.
“It was your idea anyway and
it was a dumb one. Just like giving that
drug to Sierra. She could have
would have left you to pick up the pieces,” Duke said. “Are you saying you wouldn’t jump at the
chance if she had died?”
don’t want her dead,” Summer
said. “That’s how you operate, not me.”
There was a pause before she
continued. “Jeff’s funeral is
today. Are you going?”
he said and paced along the dark wood floors of the living room, then stopped
while he let the question sink in. “Hell no.”
course not,” she said. “Because you
killed him as surely as if you’d shot him with a gun.”
me,” he said with a roll of his eyes and stopped to brush a spec of dirt from
his black Prada loafers. “So listen,
there may be a chance with you and Rydell yet.
He called and said he’s on his way over.
I have a plan…”
she said, shaking her head. “Screw you
and your plans. I’m going to land Benji
on my own.”
couldn’t land a paper airplane,” he said.
“Good luck.” And then he hung
soon as he did, Benji entered the room, hair tousled and yesterday’s clothes
wrinkled and unkempt. He dropped his
keys onto a table and went to the bar and poured himself a drink.
night?” Duke asked, hands in the pockets of his pants. He already knew where he’d been, but wanted
him to tell him himself. In order for
his plan to work, he’d have to be as cagey as possible.
no,” Benji replied. “It was a great
night. I never thought my parents
kicking me out would turn out to be the best thing that happened to me.”
tell,” Duke said and walked toward him.
Sunlight streamed into the room from the floor to ceiling windows that
lined the west wall.
set his glass down and took off his jacket.
“Sierra believes me,” he said.
“About everything. That bogus lie
that Summer told everyone. She knows it
wasn’t true. I spent the night in her room.”
traced his hand along a dusty table by the wall. “Did you sleep with her?”
was amazing,” he replied. “Just like
that night at the beach. But
better. This time she’s not going to run
away. Something happened after Hunt
left. She’s different.”
frowned. “Speaking of Hunt. Any idea what happened to him? Jeff’s brother said he snitched on them. Him and his buddies still can’t go back to
their apartment because it’s crawling with cops.”
don’t know,” Benji said, his eyes turning dark and brooding. “My guess is he probably took off before they
probably it.” He didn’t believe him so
even as he said it he shook his head back and forth. “So you and Sierra? This is what you’ve wanted. Hunt’s out of the picture, I got my revenge
on Branigan, and you and Sierra are together.
Looks like our deal panned out.”
like it,” Benji said hopefully.
there’s one thing that’s bothering me,” Duke said after a suitable amount of
time had passed. “How long do you think
this thing with Sierra is going to last?”
not thinking about that right now. Why?”
shrugged. “Well, no offense, Benji, but
you’re cut from a very different cloth than most of us. Look at the wake of destruction you’ve left
in your path since you graduated from Beau Soleil.”
watched him travel around the room, busying himself with straightening gaudy
knick knacks while he spoke.
parents threw you out because they were tired of your rebellious behavior,” he
went on. “If you were a year or two
younger you’d be classified a juvenile delinquent. And knowing how much you
care for Sierra, and knowing how much she’s already been through, I’m surprised
you would want to put her through anymore heartache. Because when you get angry, you don’t think,
and when you don’t think, your temper explodes.”
brings out the good in me,” he said, pretending to ignore the criticism he detected
in his friends tone.
laughed. “But for how long?” he
asked. “Sooner or later you’re going to
return to that dark place that made you do all those things. And who knows? Maybe you’ll do something to hurt her like
would never hurt Sierra,” he
interrupted, the anger and resentment showing on his reddening face.
you never meant to hurt Blake, and Summer, and Branigan, your parents, that
actor you flattered with a baseball bat….”
A pause while he gauged his reaction.
“Face it, Rydell, you’re a loose cannon.
A danger to yourself and others.
I hate to say it, but Sierra will wind up like everyone else in your
life. How are you going to feel when you
look her in the eyes and see the broken young woman that you’ve turned her into? If she’s the only thing you care about, then
how will you live with yourself when you drag her into that place with you?”
thought made Benji sick to his stomach.
Until his mother kicked him out, he never gave much thought to anything
he did. There was always a reason. He couldn’t help it if he got enraged. He had a lot to be angry about. But the thought of turning that onto Sierra
alarmed him. She was precious to
him. A light that never went out, even
during the whole thing with Hunt and her drug usage he never saw it
have to go,” he said, grabbing his keys and heading for the door.
stood behind, smiling wickedly with satisfaction.
Jordan sat with
his head in his hands in his office at Rydell Productions. His intern Celia stood by taking frantic
notes as he shouted orders at her.
get on the phone with G.E. Capitol and find out if they’ll reconsider an
extension on my loan,” he barked. “How
in the hell they found out I was filing a chapter eleven is beyond me. They’re the third bank to call in their loan
in the past two days. What the hell
not sure, Mr. Rydell,” she said, cringing uncomfortably as he stood up and
began pacing the office.
where the hell is John Berry?” he suddenly shouted. “My lawyer should be here! I’ve got twenty-four hours to make good on
these debts or they’ll seize this entire studio. I will not watch it be stripped away and sold
get him on the phone again,” Celia said and turned to race out of the
room. As she did, she bumped directly
into Ross Fuller. “Oh, I’m sorry.”
problem,” Ross said, turning his gaze inward to Jordan. “Mr. Rydell?”
the hell are you?” Jordan
Ross Fuller,” he said, walking into the room.
“Your wife is a student of mine.”
Jordan eyed him
suspiciously. “Oh, yeah, her professor,”
he said with a certain amount of sarcasm.
“Look, it’s not a good time. If
this is about that book-“
it’s not about the book,” Ross said.
“Suzanne was supposed to meet me last night at the school and she never
showed up. She’s not answering her
phone, either. Have you heard from her?”
I’ve been too busy to worry about what my wife – my soon-to-be ex-wife - is spending her time doing. Try my son-in-law. Odds are she’s shacking up with him
looked at him with obvious disdain.
“You’re not even worried about her?
What if something happened to her?”
Jordan took a
breath and let it out slowly. “What was
she meeting you for, Mr. Fuller?”
wondered if it was a good idea to tell him she was planning on going away with
him for the weekend. With the hostility
between them growing daily, it probably wouldn’t be a good idea. Suzanne had enough to worry about without more
scrutiny from her husband. As it was, he
had to send the recruits he’d secured to the compound in Death
Valley without him.
for her class,” he lied.
in spite of himself. “Sure,” he said,
wondering if he was Suzanne’s latest play thing. He was young and handsome like Brett. He seemed to fall right in with her
tastes. “I’m sure that’s how it started
out, but you know as well as I do your relationship is about more than homework
and grammar lessons. Like I said, check
with my son-in-law. He lives at the
condos at the marina. Now if you’ll
excuse me, I need to get back to doing damage control on the mess she’s made of
contemptuously, Ross turned and left the office. He could see why Suzanne was so
unhappy. Her husband was a piece of
over twelve hours, Suzanne laid in the same position on the bed in Lon
Christensen’s West Hollywood apartment. Her hands and feet were still bound with
leather rope to each bedpost. The pain
had gotten so intense that she eventually went numb. Her throat was dry and her lips were chapped
hadn’t attempted intercourse with her but what he had done was equally as
horrific. Stripped of her blouse and
only her bra covering her breasts, he had straddled her and pleasured himself
on top of her several times. Each time
he would verbalize how he was going to make her feel good. The second and third time she noticed through
squinted eyes that he couldn’t get hard which seemed to frustrate him. Then he would leave for a few hours at a time
and come back reeking of booze.
cried and screamed through the gag he’d placed in her mouth. Whenever he returned, she would flinch and
start screaming louder.
sun was up and by the clock on the DVD player by the television she could see
that it was almost noon. Surely people
would begin to wonder where she was, especially when she didn’t show at Renee’s
wedding that afternoon. She purposefully
hadn’t told anyone she was planning on leaving town. She wondered if Ross had gone to Death Valley without her.
Probably. When she didn’t show up
at the school he probably assumed she’d changed her mind. That left Jordan and possibly Renee to wonder
what had happened to her.
how would they find her? He’d taken her
car back to his apartment which mean no one would find it at the school. Chances of anyone driving by that particular
building in this part of town were slim.
Her eyes scanned the apartment for a phone. He probably only had a cellular like most
people. Her only chance was getting free
and getting out while he was out on one of his tantrums.
minutes later he returned, did something in the kitchen, and approached her
slowly. To her relief, he was holding a
bottle of water with a straw in it.
need to drink,” Lon said, holding it to her mouth while removing the gag.
he did, she eagerly sipped the water through the straw. Screaming did not enter her mind. She was too thirsty. Besides, there was probably no one around to
you,” she said, going for a few more heaping gulps.
and without warning, he leaned in and pressed his hard against hers. Startled, Suzanne tried futily to pull her
head away. He restrained her, slipping his
tongue inside of her mouth.
Instinctively, Suzanne did the only thing she could think of. She clamped her teeth onto his lower lip and
Lon yelled and stood up in flash, blood dribbling down his chin. He drew his hand back and slapped her hard
across the face. “Stupid bitch!”
have to let me go,” she screamed breathlessly.
“You can’t just leave me tied up here like this. I have family and friends who will be looking
didn’t acknowledge her words, instead fixated on his bloody lip. “You like to play rough, huh?” he asked with
a grin. “Well no problem,
honey. I can get as rough and dirty
as you want it. You want to get fucked
she cried, shaking her head. “Please
just let me go.”
he unbuttoned his pants and climbed on top of her. She screamed at the top of her lungs until he
placed his hand over her mouth. Quickly,
he slid her underwear down and pressed himself against her. She bit down on his hand with her teeth but
he ignored the pain.
a few frustrating moments, he realized he could not rise to the occasion. The fact angered him even more. He climbed off of her, pulled his pants up,
and went tearing out of the apartment.
wide, Suzanne wept on the bed, grateful that he hadn’t been able to go through
with it. With him out of the apartment,
she knew there was only one thing to do.
She had to find a way out.
got dressed for the wedding and headed for Moonshadows. She’d ultimately decided to leave Michael
with the sitter and gave her prompt instructions to call her cell if he started
acting up. The wedding was still a
couple of hours off but she needed to stop by Kyle’s office and give him his
wallet that he’d left at her house. Plus
she still felt uneasy about their argument that morning and wanted to make an
attempt at smoothing things out. It
still struck her as odd why he’d lied about not knowing Mackenzie Stone, but
she conceded that she might have overreacted.
parking, she made her way up to the administration building where Kyle’s office
was located. Before she entered, she
spotted David walking through the lobby.
she said with a hint of a smile as she walked toward him. “What are you doing here?”
found some Moonshadows papers at home
and thought I’d leave them for Renee,” he said. “I wasn’t aware she’d hired Kyle as the
bit down on her lip. “Yeah, I didn’t
tell you the last time I saw you because I knew how you’d react. David, I know how you feel about Kyle but I
wish you wouldn’t worry so much. He
really is a good guy.”
just want you to be happy,” he said, reaching out and touching her hand.
smiled. “You look better today. Has there been an improvement in your
shrugged. “It changes from day to
day. Today happens to be a good
day. I was hoping I wouldn’t run into
anyone while I was here. I know it’s
Renee’s wedding day but-“
were you hoping that?”
holding her hand, he took a deep breath.
“I’m leaving today for the clinic in San Francisco.”
eyes immediately stung with tears, her expression turning to one of
cry,” he told her calmly. “You knew this
just didn’t know it would be so soon,” she said, fighting the tears back. “Are
you sure this is what you want?”
what I have to do,” he said. “I won’t
let you watch me die.”
covered her mouth to keep from sobbing.
When he squeezed her hand she nodded as if to acknowledge that she wasn’t
going to cry.
your promise,” he told her. “Don’t tell
Miranda until I’m gone.”
won’t even let her say goodbye to you?” Brooke asked. “David, you meant something to her. She could be carrying your baby.”
me,” he said. “I can’t deal with her if
she becomes an emotional mess. I don’t
want her to remember me walking away to go die.”
don’t,” she sobbed, clutching his arms and staring him in the eyes. “Stay here.
Let us be with you until…”
it was David’s turn to tear up. He
pulled her toward him and embraced her tightly.
“Take care of yourself and that little boy of yours. That nephew of mine has a lot of greatness
that’s been passed on to him.”
will I tell him?” she asked. Michael
adored David, and it hadn’t occurred to her until just now that he could be
affected by his going away. Another blow
to deliver to the troubled young boy.
him that he’s a Jennings and a
Blackthorne and that he can take on the world if he wants to.”
wiped her eyes, now full with tears. “I
love you too, little sister,” he said, kissed her forehead and hurried off
through the lobby. Once he’d left, he stood outside the window and looked in at
her crying silently to herself.
Virgin American flight back to Los
Angeles arrived on time but had come to a dead stop on
the runway. No explanation was given
other than that they were waiting to be cleared to approach the gate.
twenty minutes, Mackenzie sat impatiently in her seat, coat and purse in hand
while she waited to bolt from the plane.
She looked at her watch every two minutes, aggravated by the seemingly
pointless delay. She hated flying
commercially. She should have taken the
studio jet to New York,
but knew that explaining the reason for her trip to the brass would be
difficult to maneuver.
glance at her Gucci timepiece told her that the wedding was in just over an
hour. She’d promised James that she’d be
there, and she would be. But more than
that, she had to tell him about her trip.
He would be angry that she’d lied to him, but once he heard the reason,
he would understand.
decided to call him and let him know she was on her way. Swooping into her purse, she grabbed her cell
and dialed his number. It went straight
to voicemail again.
it’s Mackenzie. I’m back in L.A but
we’re stuck on the ground for a while.”
She looked out the window as if hoping to see something that would clue
her into their arrival time. “Look, I’ll
head right to the wedding from the airport.
There’s something I need to talk to you about. It’s urgent.
you’re going to have to hang up,” said a snippy flight attendant who appeared
over her seat. “The captain hasn’t
cleared usage of electronic devices.”
just leaving a message,” she said crossly.
it away until we reach the gate,” the woman said.
Mackenzie clicked the phone off and dropped it into her purse. “Satisfied?” she asked.
flight attendant scowled and continued down the aisle. When she’d gone, Mackenzie glanced at her
watch again. Sighing with frustration,
she shifted in her seat and turned out the window again.
in the center of the Cahuenga Room a half mile across the resort, Kyle
inspected the tables that had been dressed for the wedding reception. The event manager followed him closely
behind, taking notes on everything he told her to do.
one of the servers re-polish this silverware,” he said, picking up a spoon and
holding it up to the sunshine that streamed in through the skylights. “Some of them are really spotty.”
away,” she said.
sure they start lighting the candles in the centerpieces twenty minutes before
the ceremony starts,” he went on, gesturing to each table where there was a
glass Tiffany lamp with a rounded shade.
“They need to be lit before everyone comes in from the garden.”
went to the French doors that led outside to the garden courtyard where the
ceremony was to take place. “These doors
stay closed and locked until the ushers gives you the word.”
turned on his heels. “And see what you
can do about these floors. The last
thing we need is a lawsuit when someone falls.”
took the final notes down and set off through the club, leaving Kyle alone in
the room. He sighed, fanned his hot skin
and removed his suit jacket.
The fact that he
was wealthy in his own right and yet was reduced to overseeing a wedding made
him angry. Yes, it was his choice to
take the job at Moonshadows – a job he financially didn’t need – but the fact
remained that he wasn’t the type to sit around doing nothing. And working there kept him close to Brooke.
cabana across the courtyard acted as Renee’s dressing room. Sitting at the vanity, she touched up her
makeup while an attendant prepared her dress – an off white Christian LaCroix
with pearl beading across the bodice.
Sierra hung back and paced the room, glancing at her watch and looking
out the window to the courtyard.
got you so preoccupied, Darling?” Renee asked as she spied her in the mirror.
keep looking at your watch.”
Sierra said with a sigh. She was
beginning to wonder why she hadn’t heard from Benji. The wedding was in less
than an hour and he still hadn’t showed.
“I’m just excited, that’s all.”
smiled and twisted off the chair. “I’m
so happy to hear that,” she said and pulled her into an embrace. “I know I keep saying it but it means so much
to me that you are here on this special day.”
means a lot to me too.”
know, we’re both strong women and we’ve been through a lot, but I don’t think
I’d be able to get through any of it without you. We hold each other up. We’re resilient.”
smiled. Her mother did have a
point. As much as she resented her for a
time, she looked up to her. There was no
one as strong as Renee DeWitt.
she noticed the time, Renee turned in a huff.
“Where on earth is Suzanne? She’s
my maid of honor and she’s not even here yet.”
it’s got something to do with Benji,” Sierra said hopefully.
going to call her,” Renee said and went for her phone. She called but it went straight to
voicemail. Sighing, she hung up and
turned back to the mirror. “I hope she
gets here soon.”
I help you?” Brett asked when he answered his door, half-dressed in only a pair
of black suit pants. He
was running late for the wedding and hadn't expected
an unannounced visitor.
Brett Armstrong, right?” Ross asked.
frowned and regarded him carefully.
“Where do I know you from?”
sort of met a few weeks ago,” he told him.
“At the Polo Lounge. I was having
lunch with Suzanne and you stopped by-“
that’s right,” he said suspiciously.
“You’re her professor.”
nodded. “Yeah. I’m sorry to bother you but I was wondering
if you’ve heard from her.”
doesn’t talk to me much anymore. Why do
think something’s happened to her.”
collecting herself following her talk with David, Brooke went looking for Kyle
in his office. She knocked on the door
and popped her head in only to find the room empty.
looked at her watch. He couldn’t have
gone far as the wedding would be starting soon.
Maybe he was already at the club down the pathway. She decided to leave his wallet in the office
rather than carrying it around with her.
went to his desk and sat in the chair.
After leaving the wallet inside the drawer, she started to get up but
paused when she heard a phone ringing.
It wasn’t his office phone.
Frowning, she looked in drawers until she found a cell phone. She thought it was strange that he didn’t
have it on him. Instead, it was tucked
away in a drawer in his office. It
didn’t even look like his phone. Did
he have more than one?
the phone continued ringing, she picked it up and looked at the caller ID
display. A 718 area code flashed on the
screen and she struggled to think where it originated from. Unable to help her curiosity, she flipped the
phone open and brought it slowly to her ear.
she asked tentatively.
few second of silence followed before a male voice on the other end spoke. “Hello?”
suddenly lost her nerve. She quickly
snapped the phone shut and placed it on the desk. What was she doing anyway? As if rifling through Kyle’s wallet wasn’t
bad enough, now she was answering a phone that he obviously intended to keep
private. If it was even his phone.
temptation came when she noticed there was a voicemail. She looked around the office to ensure she
was still alone before opening the phone again and reviewing the call
history. Every call had come from the
same number. 718 rang over and over in
her mind as she tried to think of what city it was from.
a few seconds of hesitation, she activated the voice mail and listened. Just like the call she’d just intercepted,
the message was from a man.
it’s me,” the message went. “I don’t
know what the hell you’re doing out there but some lady from L.A just came to see me. She was asking lots of questions about you. I’m starting to think you’ve been lying to
me. Call me as soon as you can. We need to talk.”
the voicemail ended, Brooke stared thoughtfully at the phone. Confusion set in and her suspicions
escalated. On top of that, there was
something oddly familiar about the man’s voice.
listed to the message again. Then a
third time. Quickly, she shot up off the
chair and raced out of the office to find Kyle.
James asked as she approached Kenny in the courtyard and patted him on the
grinned and straightened his bow tie. Guests were beginning to arrive and he
did his best to acknowledge them all. “A
little. Is that weird?”
at all,” James said with a laugh. “I was
nervous both times I married Brooke.
Luckily I had my best man there to stand up for me.”
I’m glad that you’re returning the favor,” Kenny told him. “You’ve been there for us since Renee and I
I’ve never given up on the two of you.”
turned when Stormy, Miranda and Eddie approached and offered their
congratulations to Kenny.
with the three of you?” James asked them.
“Those faces don’t look happy.”
worried about Jane,” Miranda said solemnly.
“I keep thinking of her in that treatment center. And those things you said about how the place
is run…are you sure there’s nothing we can do, Daddy?”
wouldn’t even let us see her,” Stormy said.
“Only authorized personnel.”
when your mother was in rehab we couldn’t see her either.”
shook his head warily. “The whole thing
just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.”
you what,” Kenny suggested. “After the
wedding I’ll make some calls. Maybe I
can get one of you in to see her.
There’s got to be some legal strings I can pull.”
conversation was interrupted when Stormy’s cell rang. He walked away and answered it, certain that
it was probably something pertaining to the studio. But when he heard the frantic calls from the
other end, he knew it wasn’t.
you have to get me out of here,” Jane pleaded from the payphone in the hallway
at the treatment facility. She glanced
up and down the corridor, hoping to tell him what she needed to before anyone
he asked in a panic. “Jane, are you
don’t know how she did it but she pulled some strings and had me admitted,” she
said hurriedly. “I promise you I haven’t
done any drugs.”
pulled strings?” Stormy asked. “Jane,
are you all right?’”
get me out of here, please!” she screamed, and then the line went dead as one
of the men in white coats took the phone and hung it up. She tried twisting away as they grabbed her
arm and pulled her back to her room.
wide, Stormy turned and tried to get Eddie’s attention.
up?” he asked when he approached.
Miranda asked after overhearing. She
raced over and took the phone from him.
“What did she say?”
looked at them, his face stricken with worry.
“Something’s up. I could hear it
in her voice. We have to go back and get
her out of there.”
help any way I can,” Eddie said and patted him on the arm.
Miranda said and stopped them from walking off.
“I’m going with you.”
stay here,” her brother ordered. “I
don’t want you involved.”
already am involved,” Miranda insisted.
“Jane is my friend. I’m going
with resignation, Stormy motioned for her to follow him and the three
disappeared in the growing crowd of wedding guests.
borrowed one of Duke’s suits since he hadn’t thought to bring one from home
before he moved out. They were the same
size and Duke had excellent taste. He
stopped by a florist and picked up a small bouquet of flowers before arriving
at Moonshadows. In the parking lot, he
hung next to his car while staring at the Cahuenga Room. He
saw Sierra leave the garden courtyard where the ceremony was about to
take place. He could tell
she was looking for him, wondering where he was. Hoping she didn’t see him, he got back into
his car and laid the flowers on the seat.
Duke had said to him that morning played over and over in his mind. What if he did wind up hurting Sierra? What if his anger and resentment over
everything in his life wound up ruining hers?
He’d tried so hard to keep her from throwing her life away with Hunt
Roberts. He began to wonder if he wasn’t
just as toxic as any drug.
wasn’t worth the risk, he decided. His
cell phone rang and he picked it up. It
was Sierra. With a certain amount of
regret, he ignored the call with a press of a button. Then, hating himself for it, he started the
engine and drove away.
outside the courtyard, Sierra noticed his car leaving the parking lot. A look of sadness came over her face and she
turned back to the garden. She didn’t
need answers. Her heart told her
everything she needed to know. She’d
been a fool for letting him in.
she wove her way through the assembling crowd of guests, she didn’t notice
Summer appear and begin to follow her.
Marilee found Kyle alone inside the Cahuenga
Room. She approached him, weaving
through the tables that had been perfectly decorated for the wedding
she said when he turned toward her.
Kyle replied, eyeing her curiously.
“What are you doing here?”
motioned outside to the courtyard. “For
Renee and Kenny’s wedding. I went by
your office but you weren’t there. I had
hoped I’d have heard from you since we last talked, Kyle.”
grinned sheepishly. “I’m sorry. I guess I just hoped to have a little more
time to get used to this, that’s all. I
mean, can you blame me for still being upset?
You did give me away.”
let a few tears well up in her eyes. “I didn’t have a choice,” she said. “Kyle, please. I’m here now.
I want to get to know my son.
Please just allow me that.”
felt a little guilty for letting her go on the way she was. If she only knew the truth. While she may have had a son with Will
Thomerson and given him away thirty-two years ago, it wasn’t him.
not saying it won’t happen,” he said.
“But you have to understand that I need time.” Anything to put her off.
wiped her eyes and just like that her disposition changed. “I can’t believe you’re being this cruel,”
she said. “I came to you with the truth. I tried reaching out to you. But all you can do is turn me away.”
I’m sorry, I-“
she said angrily. “If you don’t want to
know your own mother, then I get it.
Just don’t expect me to keep trying.”
that, she turned and went to the French doors that led outside into the
courtyard. He followed her with intentions
of stopping her, but she’d disappeared into the crowd.
Sighing, he locked
the doors and flinched when he heard the sound of glass breaking from
behind. He spun around just as a piece
of china went flying past his head, porcelain shards scattering across the
“What the-“ he
“You lied to me,”
Mackenzie screamed as she walked through the room. “I mean, I knew you couldn’t be trusted,
Kyle, but this is on a completely different level.”
said, backing up from her. “What are you
talking about? Just put the plate down
and we’ll talk.”
She set the plate
back onto a table and instead took one of the Tiffany lamps from the center,
hurdling it across the room and watching it shatter.
screamed and went toward her. “What’s
gotten into you?”
“I just got back
from New York,”
she said angrily. “I went to visit your
old cell mate Dan Cody.”
“You did?” he asked
nervously. “Why did you do that?”
“Because you’re a
liar,” she said. “You're
not after Brooke Taylor for her money! That was
all just a bunch of crap, wasn't it?"
held up his hands to ward off her frantic attacks.
In the cabana,
Renee admired herself in the mirror. She
smiled at her reflection, smoothing her gown down along her perfect figure
while turning to view all angles.
A knock on the door
sent her floating across the room. First
checking to make sure it wasn’t Kenny, she opened the door and saw the wedding
planner standing outside.
here who would like to speak to you,” the girl said.
“Well can it wait?”
Renee asked. “I’m about to walk down the
aisle. My guests are all-“
“She says she’s a
Renee sighed. “Fine.
Let her in. But no more visitors
until after the ceremony, is that clear?“
She walked back to
the mirror and continued examining her dress.
Moments later, the door opened and a woman entered the cabana. Renee turned and leveled her eyes on her.
she said with a look of disapproval. “I
don’t remember inviting you to my wedding.
I don’t commonly associate with prostitutes and their employers.”
Gemma, a woman whom
nobody knew her actual age but most guessed was somewhere in the vicinity of
fifty, smiled pleasantly at her. As the
premiere Hollywood Madam, she was used to dirty looks from society women like
“I came to deliver a wedding present,” she
“No doubt you paid
with nature’s credit card so I’m
guessing it’s nothing I’ll be able to exchange,” Renee jabbed.
Gemma reached into
her purse. “It’s not from me. It’s from Jackie.”
Renee raised a
perfectly arched eyebrow. “Oh? This should be interesting. What is it? A piece of poison crystal? Steak knives with her name engraved on them?”
“I’ll spare you the
suspense,” Gemma said and handed her a CD in a clear plastic case.
“What is this?”
“It’s a video of
your groom to be with one of my girls.
He was resistant to do a favor for her so Jackie had me catch him in a
asked, her heart beating wildly.
indifferently. “She needed to get a look
at someone’s will or something. Either
way, Kenny didn’t seem to oppose.”
Refusing to let the
woman see her cry, Renee did her best to hide the shock and dismay that slowly
built after hearing the news. Kenny,
forever the philanderer, had promised her fidelity, all the while had lied to
her and slept with a prostitute while they were together.
“Well, I’ll leave
you to your special day,” Gemma said and turned toward the door.
Renee finally broke
from her daze and started after the woman.
“Oh Gemma, you didn’t let me thank you for the present.”
As soon as the
woman turned, Renee slapped her with a firm hand across the face. She brought her hand instinctively to her
“Please pass my feelings
along to Jackie as well,” Renee said before turning away. She looked down at the CD and closed her
eyes, allowing a tear to fall down her cheek.
frantically made her way across the resort to the Cahuenga Room. She started down the sidewalk that led up to
the building when she bumped into Mackenzie who was on her way out.
Brooke said, startled.
Brooke,” she said after taking a deep breath.
She pushed a lock of hair from her eyes and fidgeted with her
purse. “On your way to the wedding?”
nodded. “And you? James said you were out of town.”
just got back,” she said. “I was just
going to go find him.”
looked around and gestured to the building.
“Do you know if Kyle’s inside? I
really need to talk to him.”
not sure,” Mackenzie replied quickly.
“I’m sure he’s around somewhere.”
before she continued, Brooke gripped her bag and tucked it beneath her
arm. “I thought you should know that
Kyle told me the truth about the two of you.”
raised an eyebrow. “He did?”
“Yes. I don’t understand why he didn’t tell me the
truth to begin with. I don’t think it’s
such a big deal that the two of you used to date.”
me?” Mackenzie asked, trying to focus on what she was telling her. “Kyle and I used to date?”
told you that?” Mackenzie asked. "Brooke,
you have no idea what you're talking about. And you
have no idea the lies that Kyle is capable of."
lies?" Brooke demanded.
should have known you’d be here,” Jordan said with a scowl when Brett
marched toward him as everyone was taking their seats outside. “Don’t have the good taste to stay away, I
up for a minute and listen to me,” Brett told him. Behind, Ross followed.
is he doing here?” Jordan
and gestured to the professor. “Don’t
tell me the two of you are hanging out together now? Are you fighting over Suzanne or are you
actually looking for a three-way?”
missing,” Brett told him. “And it
doesn’t seem like you even give a shit.”
rolled his eyes. “Suzanne is not
missing. If she’s not with one of you
two, then she probably found another young jock to jump on top of. Try not to take it too personally, guys. Since waking up from hypnosis she seems to
have developed quite a sex drive.”
up with his cavalier attitude, Brett lost control. He drew his fist back and punched him in the
jaw. Jordan sailed backwards, flying
into a group of guests who kept him from falling to the ground.
the courtyard, Kenny looked at his watch and then at the minister. He had no idea what was keeping Renee. Aside from some disturbance at the back of
the garden, everyone was in place and ready.
go see what’s keeping her,” James offered.
He left Kenny’s side and made his way down the path to the cabana. Knocking once, he waited for an answer.
Nothing. Again, he knocked.
she not coming out?” Kenny asked when he appeared behind him.
tried the door but found it locked. He
frowned and turned toward his friend.
“Maybe she’s not in there. I’ll
go check inside the club.”
sighed with irritation and decided to wait for James to look around for this
bride to be.
finding the French doors leading inside the Cahuenga Room to be locked, James
walked around the building and checked two more entrances. The third, a door leading from the sidewalk,
was open. He entered the sunlight room
and scouted around for any sign of Renee.
He heard silent whimpering coming from the dining room. He continued walking until he found
someone. All color quickly drained from
Brooke was crying softly while crouched down next to
Kyle, her hands covered in blood. James
stopped in his tracks, alarmed by the gruesome sight before him. On the floor, surrounded by a pool of blood,
Kyle writhed in agony, one of Tiffany lamps broken and embedded deep into his
back, his shirt soaked in blood.
draws to a close. David settles into the clinic.
Stormy, Eddie and Miranda plan to rescue Jane.
A face from Brooke's past resurfaces. A
tragedy interrupts Renee and Kenny's wedding day.
the Season Finale
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