Kyle woke from his coma and revealed
to Marilee that he lied about being her son. Brooke
accompanied Kenny to New York where she came face to
face with Ethan, but their reunion didn't go as she'd
planned. Kenny hoped to get Ethan's sentence overturned
on a technicality. Jordan blasted Benji for marrying
Sierra, telling him his actions were irresponsible and
that he needed to grow up. Meanwhile, Renee tried
to reason with Sierra by revealing some of Benji's misdeeds.
Ashton told Sierra that Hunt's disappearance was mysterious,
leading her to believe Benji may have had something
to do with it. Benji nearly took his frustrations out
on Sierra during an intimate moment, but caught himself
first. Suzanne adjusted to life at New Abbott.
When she claimed she didn't know anyone to recruit
into the compound, Ross told her she could contribute
monetarily instead. Sentenced to prison for five
years for tax evasion, Gemma tried to get Miranda to
take over for her in her call girl business. Stormy
and Eddie searched for Neil, who had absconded with
R.J. They met Neil at a rendezvous point with
the money he demanded, but an argument between Neil
and Kelly turned into chaos. Taking off with R.J.,
Neil's car was struck by a truck and flipped onto its
roof while skidding across a busy street.
Power and the Glory"
traffic crawled along the busy stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard, drivers as far
back as a mile honking their horns and groaning in aggravation at the
unexpected traffic jam. Ahead of the
procession of cars there had been an accident.
Police, ambulances, and a fire truck arrived on the scene within
moments. Standing on the curb of the
supermarket parking lot, Stormy watched in agony, his best friend Eddie
restraining him from racing to the horrific scene.
them do their job,” he insisted.
dead,” Stormy protested, staring at the overturned car that Neil Winslow had
tried to escape in with R.J. “My son is
dead and it’s my fault.”
don’t know that!” Kelly screamed as she stood at his side.
you hear him?!” Stormy raged, barking
at her and ignoring the bystanders who had amassed at the scene. It had been at
least two minutes since they heard the baby’s cries.
is fine,” Kelly said despite the fear written across her face. “You’ll see.”
better be, otherwise you’re going to wish you were dead.”
turned and watched as the firemen knelt down and peered inside the broken
windows of the beat up old car. One of
them crawled inside through the window.
Silence fell over the crowd as they watched. Several employees from the store were
filtered among the spectators.
waiting was excruciating for Stormy. He
could feel a tear forming in his eye at the prospect of losing his son, this
time for good. The mere sight of Neil’s
car flipping onto its roof and skidding across the bustling street had been
enough to cause his heart to stop. Now
looking at the wrecked car, glass and steel fragments scattered everywhere, it
was impossible to believe the tiny infant had survived.
More silence as the fireman crawled about the
interior of the inverted wreckage. A pin
could drop and be heard in the gathering crowd of onlookers. But when the tiny sounds of a baby’s cry
broke the silence, whispers and chatter slowly began to rise.
stepped into the street and watched as the fireman passed something through the
window. A small bundle of some
kind. Heart racing, he moved closer.
okay,” the fireman called out and the crowd began to applaud.
Stormy raced forward and took R.J. from him.
The infant cried in his arms while Kelly and Eddie approached. It was the first time he’d looked into his
son’s eyes since he’d learned that he was his father. His emotions at their peak, he stared in awe
at him, virtually unharmed from the ordeal.
he really okay?” Kelly asked, tears in her heavily mascara’d eyes.
driver’s body protected him from getting hurt,” said the fireman. “The driver’s dead. Probably died on impact.”
looked at him and then at Stormy. Never
in a million years did she think things would end up this way between her and
Neil. They came to L.A. for money and instead everything had
gone horribly wrong.
should get him to the hospital and checked out just in case,” said a paramedic
who arrived on the scene.
we’re going to need a statement to what happened,” a police officer
I ride in the ambulance?” Stormy asked.
the paramedic said and led him through the crowd. Kelly started to follow.
do you think you’re going?” Eddie asked and pulled her back.
going with them!” she said, jerking away from him.
done enough,” he said. “Let Stormy have
this time with his son.”
she folded her arms and watched as the ambulance sped off through the congested
at his desk in the drawing room of his sprawling house in Beverly Hills, Jordan
glanced up when the door opened and Brett rushed inside. Before
he could utter a word, his son-in-law was slamming his fists on the desk and
leaning in to him with fury in his eyes.
many times have I told you you can’t keep me from seeing her!” Brett yelled at
the top of his lungs.
my daughter,” Jordan
insisted with as little emotion as he could get away with. He was through going around and around with
him. The energy didn’t seem worth it
said, rolled his eyes and threw his pen on the desk. “Your marriage was over the day she went to
the institution. Your affairs haven’t
exactly shown you to be a faithful husband during this past year.”
couldn’t argue with him on that point.
While he’d started out with every intention to remain faithful to
Heather, his instincts had gotten the better of him. Suzanne,
intern, Bridgett – whoever she was – had all been opportunities he couldn’t
turn away. He knew what he’d done and he
knew he would have to face the consequences when the time came. But to be forbidden to see his own wife was
still love her.”
was the last time you went to see her?” Jordan asked simply, a question
which Brett didn’t appear to be able to answer.
“I thought so. Why do you think
her recovery has sped up so much these past few months? Because you’ve stayed away. I want to keep it that way.”
do you mean? Is she doing better?”
started to show signs of lucidity,” Jordan reluctantly told him. “They’ve even got her reading and conversing
good,” Brett said, happy to hear the news but still angry that he hadn’t been
part of it. Angry at himself
mostly. “Does Suzanne know?”
still don’t know where Suzanne is,” Jordan confessed, rubbing his tired
eyes with his thumb and index finger
do you mean you don’t know where she is?”
mean she took off. Packed a bag and left
town. My guess is she’s with her new
Brett asked. He shook his head. “No, she wouldn’t have-“
defending her,” Jordan
snapped. “You should know by now what
she’s like. If it wasn’t going to be
you, you know there’s another stud waiting just around the corner.”
up with his cruel attacks and nonchalant attitude, Brett waived a hand
dismissively through the air and stormed back out of the room. As he did, Benji emerged from a nook in the
wall. Once the coast was clear, he
gathered his thoughts and proceeded into the drawing room.
Dad,” he said, clearing his throat to announce his presence.
barely had a chance to regroup after Brett’s visit, so seeing his son standing
before him didn’t instill the most positive reaction.
is it, Benji?” he asked gruffly.
I know you don’t approve of my marriage to Sierra, but-“
I don’t approve. I think you did it for
the wrong reasons. It’s time you grew up
and learned what it means to be a man.”
what I’m trying to do,” Benji insisted.
“I want to really give this marriage a shot. I want to prove that I can stand on my own
and that I can take care of my wife.”
had said his peace where the marriage was concerned. “Then I wish you luck,” he said. “Is that what you came here to tell me?”
and to ask a favor.”
kind of favor?” Jordan
asked, eying him suspiciously.
I’ve been talking to Blake and we thought it would be cool to start our own
business,” he explained, fingertips resting in his pockets. “We both have some ideas but I don’t have my
share of the money we need to get it started.”
kind of business?" Jordan
laughed. “Do you have any idea how many
clubs go under every month in this town?
What makes you think you can pull off something like this?”
we’ve got great ideas,” Benji said.
these great ideas require capital, which you don’t have, which is why you came
just a loan,” Benji said, already aware of his father’s dismissive
attitude. “I’ll be able to pay you back
within a year. Two tops. Look, you wanted me to make something of my
life, didn’t you?”
case you’ve forgotten, son, I just lost my business. If I had money to invest in a club I would
have used it to save Rydell Productions.
The answer is no.”
instantly grew angry. “That’s such
bullshit. The studio may have been in
trouble but you aren’t. You’ve got
money to pay butlers and fifteen maids and a guy to wash your cars but you
won’t give me a small loan to-“
Benji, this is exactly what I’m talking about,” Jordan said, finally rising from
his chair. “You have entitlement
issues. You think you’re owed something
just because you grew up with money.”
grew up in a boarding school six thousand miles away from here!”
best boarding school in the world,” Jordan reminded him. “You’ve never gone without, Benji. Maybe that was my mistake. Maybe I should have taught you that working
for what you want is the only way to get anywhere in life. Relying on your parents is how so many kids
in this town wind up addicted to booze and pills. Look what almost happened to Sierra.”
can’t believe you’re being like this,” Benji said angrily. “I came to you on the level asking for help
and all you can do is tell me what a disappointment I am. Well screw you. I’ll never make that mistake again.”
for your own good, son.”
his way to the door, Benji stopped and picked up a vase from a pedestal,
smashing it on the ground and watching it shatter into a million pieces. Jordan refused to react to his
outburst, realizing it was par for the course with his son’s erratic
and Ross had taken his beat up old Honda thirty miles into a small town in Death Valley. Town being relative, as it consisted of
a bed and breakfast, a small restaurant, a bank, and a gas station. The bank was advanced enough to have wire
transfer capabilities, which proved helpful in getting Suzanne’s bank in L.A. to send her the money
from her account.
close to a hundred thousand dollars in an envelope, they returned to New Abbott
and were met in the dusty afternoon sun by Warren, clothed as usual in a ceremonial robe
and makeshift fabric headband over his forehead.
Suzanne said with a smile as she handed the envelope to him. “Please take this.”
Warren opened the envelope
and did a quick estimation of the amount of money that was enclosed. With a smile, he pulled her into an
embrace. “Suzanne, this is a most
generous donation to New Abbott. You
have no idea how many people this money is going to help come to the
enlightenment that you have.”
just glad I could do something,” she said, exchanging glances with Ross who
stood to her side. “You’ve been so
wonderful to me.”
money will ensure the compound is a safe haven for our followers,” Warren remarked. “There are people who don’t understand what
it is we’re trying to do here. People
who want us to leave this place.”
Suzanne asked, alarmed.
it’s unfortunate but true,” Ross interjected.
there’s so much peace and serenity here,” Suzanne said wistfully. “We can’t leave.”
must build our defenses to protect the compound,” Warren said.
“This money that you’ve generously given us will aid in that task,
Suzanne. It won’t cement our place here
in God’s country, but it will help.”
else do you need?” she asked.
Warren glanced at Ross
before answering. “Unfortunately,
serenity and self worth doesn’t get us far in the modern world. Money does.”
sighed. “That’s all I had in my
account. I mean, I have things back home
that are worth quite a bit. Furs and
jewelry and things. But I can’t go back there. I just can’t, even for the compound.”
said with a tranquil smile. “Triumph in
the inner power.”
that, he turned and retreated to his tent.
Suzanne looked at Ross with a resigned shrug.
wish I could do more,” she said.
know that, and so does Warren,”
Ross said. “But think how pleased he
would be if he could ensure this place could continue.”
would I, but I-“
“Warren sees something
special in you, Suzanne. Something he
hasn’t seen in any other follower.
You’ve made quite an impact on him.
He told me so at last night’s bonfire activities.”
“Really?” The prospect made her spirit soar with
excitement. No one had seen anything
special in her for as long as she could remember. Even when she became an actress she landed
parts based on her looks rather than anything inside.
nodded. “I’m not telling you what to do,
Suzanne, but just know that you’re the one Warren’s searched for. You’re the light that shines over New
left her side and went to the meditation field.
As she stood alone, she began to think of how happy she felt to belong
to something. To be anyone’s light.
wrung his hands nervously together while he waited for word on R.J. Dr. Farraday had been examining him for the
past half hour and with no word as of yet, he was beginning to worry.
had no idea Winslow was going to try to run,” Eddie said from a seat nearby in
the waiting room. “Otherwise I wouldn’t
have blocked him in like that. If
anything had happened to R.J.-“
stopped him with a shake of his head.
“It wasn’t your fault, Eddie,” he said, then flashed Kelly a menacing
glare from across the room. “It’s yours for getting mixed up with him in
the first place.”
I was supposed to know he had kidnapping tendencies,” Kelly snarled, arms
folded tightly across her chest.
so you’re totally innocent in all of this,” Stormy said sarcastically. “You never sold my son to my mother. Get serious, Kelly. All of
this is you fault.”
I was as scared back in that parking lot as you were!” she lamented. “When that car flipped I wanted to die. If anything had happened to R.J. I would have
never forgiven myself!”
shook his head dismissively just as Dr. Farraday emerged. Quickly, he jumped to his feet and
R.J. okay?” he asked.
fine,” Dr. Farraday said while placing a reassuring hand on his shoulder. “You can go in and see him. Oh, I also took that blood sample
for you. We should have the results in a
couple of days.”
blood sample?” Kelly demanded as she walked up to him.
a DNA test. I want proof that he’s my
son in case you get any ideas about taking off with him again. I have rights as a father, Kelly. R.J. stays with me from now on.”
about me?” she asked. “I’m his
mother. I have rights too.”
gave those up when you tried selling him to the highest bidder.”
changed my mind,” she told him, traces of vulnerability and regret forming on
her face. “Since Neil took off with him
I’ve realized so much. I want to be a
mother to my son.”
his head, Stormy busted out of the room and down the hall to the examination
area. A nurse was placing a bandage on
R.J.’s arm as he fussed this way and that.
you the father?” she asked with a smile.
a healthy, beautiful baby. Congratulations.”
she left, Stormy walked over to the crib and gazed down at his son. He touched his hand to his tiny foot and
wiggled it gently, laughing when R.J. began cooing happily and staring up with
his brown eyes.
one will ever keep us apart again,” he whispered.
sound from behind caught his attention and he turned to see Jane hovering in
the doorway. She took a tentative step
forward, her eyes moving from him and back to the baby.
she said softly.
“Hi.” He turned around to face her. “What are you doing here?”
heard about what happened,” she said.
“Is R.J. okay?”
smiled, tears forming in her eyes. “I’m
glad. Stormy, I’m so sorry for my part
in all of this. I know I hurt you but
you have to believe me that I didn’t mean to.
It’s just that everything since I came to L.A. has been so shitty. I got tired of not having any money and any
acting jobs. I just-“
know,” he said. “I know you didn’t try
to keep R.J. from me intentionally. I
shouldn’t have gone off on you the way I did.
I was just so worried that I’d never see him again.”
wiped the tears from her eyes and managed a faint smile. “I wanted to let you know that I’m leaving
just didn’t work out the way I hoped they would. I’m going back to Illinois.”
walked toward her. “You tell Miranda
shook her head. “Not yet. I will
though. She’s been so good to me. I just wanted to see if R.J. was okay, and to
she turned and started to leave. Before
she made it out into the hall, Stormy ran after her and pulled her back.
he said. “I don’t want you to
leave. I like what we had before….before
my mother ruined everything.”
after what I did, I-“
doesn’t matter. You were her victim as
much as I was. Jane, I want to give this
another shot. Is that enough of a reason
for you to stay?”
looked into his eyes and nodded happily. “Yes,” she said. “Yes, it is.”
he pulled her into an embrace and kissed her passionately on the lips. Outside the room, Miranda passed and stopped
when she saw them together. A smile
crossed her lips and she folded her arms as Eddie came up beside her and placed
his arm around her.
decided to walk up to La Mirada
bar in the main hotel at Moonshadows and have a glass of wine. Benji had left earlier to see his father, and
since he hadn’t returned yet, she assumed things had gone well. For his sake, she hoped they were able to work
things out. Despite the frustration she
often felt with her mother, she didn’t think she could handle not having her in
evening’s entertainment was a beautiful singer positioned next to a shiny white
grand piano. The woman belted out a tune
by Alicia Keys and Sierra began to grow nostalgic for the dreams she once
had. Dreams of being a singer and
knocking the world on their feet.
nearly made it once, when Malcolm Harris had produced a demo for her. Since
leaving school she felt like she’d also left her ambitions.
regrets were forgotten when a voice from behind caught her attention. She turned and smiled when Ashton Childers
flashed her a crooked grin complete with raised eyebrow.
stalking me, aren’t you?” he asked.
“Tell the truth. It’s okay if you
are. I have that kind of personality.”
kind of personality is that?” Sierra asked with a laugh.
are just drawn to me,” he said. “Women
especially. I don’t blame you. First the beach, now here.”
laughed out loud, crossing her legs so that her shoe dangled delicately off her
foot. “You caught me,” she said. “Married woman by day, stalker by night. How did you know?”
can also read minds,” he said, then gestured to the seat beside her. “Do you mind?”
shook her head in response. “So what are
you doing here? This place doesn’t seem
like your speed. I pictured you more for
a Vanguard type of guy.”
shrugged and sat down. “I have an old
soul. Vanguard’s full of phonies.”
you’d rather hang here with the geriatric crowd?”
I’m looking for a sugar mama.”
laughed again, turning to her drink and staring thoughtfully into the
about you?” Ashton asked. “What brings
you here tonight? Don’t tell me the
honeymoon’s already over with you and Rydell.”
shook her head. “No, just thinking,
sure? You seem kinda….I don’t
no. Blah, yes. She thought about when she saw Ashton the
other day and he told her about what people were saying about Hunt. That he’d disappeared in the desert
somewhere. And then she thought about
what her mother had told her. That Benji
had done something to get back at Hunt for hurting her. It filled her mind with doubts, which she
hated because doubts led to her searching for truths that she didn’t know that
she necessarily wanted to hear.
me ask you something,” she began. “That
night at Magnum’s party when I was kind of out of it, I remember Sheldon and
Hunt saying something to Benji.
Something about a homeless guy he attacked. Do you know what they were talking
about? It’s probably all B.S. but it
shrugged. “I don’t know. I was the one who told them what I saw that
did you see?”
night I came back from Greece
I went to this bonfire on the beach,” Ashton began. “There was some commotion up a ways so we moved
sure you want to hear this?” he asked.
“It’s not so good.”
we saw someone beating the crap out of some homeless guy,” he explained. “They were too far away to see faces, but the
guy beating the guy up was wearing a hoodie and was about Benji’s height and
weight. I didn’t click until I saw him
again at Magnum’s party.”
think Benji beat up that homeless guy?” Sierra asked with an incredulous
frown. “Get serious.”
it wasn’t him,” Ashton said, although he doubted that he could be wrong. “Or maybe it was him and the guy was bothering him so he fought back. I don’t know.”
looked away momentarily while absorbing the information. “Where did this happen?”
beach up at Paradise Cove.”
Sierra turned to him and swallowed hard.
Paradise Cove was where she and Benji consummated their relationship
over a year ago.
At the Blackthorne mansion, Stormy spoke to
James on the phone in the family room while Miranda and Eddie played with R.J.
on the sofa.
you rsure you're ready for this?” Eddie asked her while grinning at the baby. “We’ll have our own little bundle of joy in
about four months. Or I guess you will. I might.”
face softened while turning to look in his eyes. “We both will,” she said. “I told you that regardless of who the father
turns out to be, I want you to raise this baby as your own. If that’s what you want, I mean.”
know it is,” he said thoughtfully while placing his hand over hers.
if he or she turns out to be David’s?”
smiled. “So does this mean…” She paused, afraid to finish her thought
because of what it would represent. What
she wanted to ask him was if they were going to get married. If Eddie was determined to help her raise the
baby, then that was the next logical step.
shook her head dismissively. She refused
to be one of the girls who brought up the M word. If Eddie was serious, he would ask her. Maybe she didn’t even want to get married
again. Her first didn’t exactly turn out
well. Quickly, she deflected the
question as best she could.
can’t understand why David decided to go away and die rather than stay here and
see the baby when it’s born,” she said.
“If it does turn out to be his, you’d think he’d want to at least meet
him or her.”
his disease was further along than he’d let on.”
nodded. “He did look pretty bad the last
time I saw him. I wonder if we’ll hear
something when he…” She paused, saddened
by the prospect of picking up the phone one day and being told that David was
dead. They’d meant so much to each
other at one time. “Hopefully Jackie
will keep us updated.”
the room, Stormy gazed over at his son while he spoke to James who was back in
his hotel room in New York.
till you see him, Dad,” he was saying, grinning from ear to ear. “He’s the most handsome baby in the
laughed. “I remember,” he said. “Son, I’m so happy that you got him back and
that this nightmare is over. I tell you,
when I see your mother next I’m going to-“
don’t want to talk about her,” Stormy said bitterly. “What she did was the most heinous thing
anyone could ever do to someone. As far
as I’m concerned, I don’t have a mother.”
knew he was upset so he didn’t push the subject, but deep down he hated that
his children were estranged from their mother again. “I know you’ve been preoccupied with
everything that’s been going on, but I don’t suppose you’ve talked to Brett.”
taken over Rydell Productions,” James told him.
“He took it upon himself to merge Sunset Studios with them. No doubt as some kind of revenge against Jordan.”
what?” Stormy demanded. “He doesn’t have
the authority to do that.”
made him second in command while I was in Acapulco,”
James reminded him. “Unfortunately, he
shook his head while pacing the room. “I
mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled that Jordan is no longer a threat to us,
but I can’t believe Brett would be so ballsy as to take this on himself. I’m going there tomorrow and-“
do anything until I get back,” James said.
“I want to deal with Brett myself.”
are you coming back?” Stormy asked. “And
is Ethan coming with you?”
sighed. “With any luck, we’ll all be
home soon. We found a judge who’s
willing to hear our appeal in Ethan’s case.
I’m not sure how long it will take, but I’ll keep you posted. Give my love to your sister. And
my new grandson.”
will,” Stormy said before hanging up and going back to R.J.
didn’t know where Ross Fuller lived, so he decided to pay him a visit at Westwood College where he taught classes. It was late and he knew that Ross usually did
night classes, so with any luck he’d catch him before he left.
climbing the stairs to the second floor, he checked a list of room numbers on a
directory before proceeding down the hallway.
He came to a classroom with the door open and a handful of students who
appeared to be packing their backpacks in preparation to leave. Fuller was nowhere in sight.
do you know if Professor Fuller is still here?” he asked a young Asian girl as
she was leaving.
stopped and shook her head, pigtails whipping through the air. “He’s out of town,” she said. “A subs been taking over his classes. He already left though. Sorry.”
okay,” Brett said. “Do you know where
Professor Fuller went? It’s really
important that I get a hold of him.”
girl eyed him suspiciously. “What
for? I haven’t seen you around here
before. Are you one of his students?”
I’m his brother,” Brett lied. “I just
got in town and was really hoping I could see him. A relative of ours just died and-“
understand,” the girl cut him off. “He’s
probably in Death Valley.”
goes there a few times a year,” she explained.
“I think it’s some kind of a retreat or something like that. Wildness stuff or something, I’m not
sure. He asked if I wanted to come with
him once when he was bringing some other students up there, but I can’t handle
the heat so I didn’t go.”
raked his fingers through his hair. “Do
you know where in Death Valley?”
paused while pondering his question. “I
might,” she said, going to one of the desks and emptying the contents of her
rolled his eyes as she sorted through stacks of store receipts, tubes of
lipstick, tangled sets of headphones, candy, gum, and tampons. He waited impatiently while she flipped
through pages in a small notebook.
now he gave me the directions once,” she said.
“He said I could meet them there if I changed my mind, but-“
far out is it because I could just-“
it!” the girl said and produced a sheet of paper with directions and a crude
map scribbled in pencil. “This is the
I have this?” Brett asked.
yourself out,” she said while shoving everything back into her pack. “Good luck.
Tell Professor Fuller I’m sorry about your relative.”
had already tuned her out. He stared at
the map in confusion, wondering why in the hell Ross was taking frequent trips
to the middle of the desert. And more
than that, had Suzanne gone with him this time?
covering her roommate’s shift at the restaurant as promised, Jane went to see
Stormy, happy to have gotten the text from him asking her to come. She rang the bell and waited for an answer. When the door opened and Leilani gestured for
her to come inside, she proceeded through the foyer.
you must be the witch that tried stealing my son,” Kelly called out when she
came down the stairs.
stopped and looked up. “Excuse me?” she
asked, already pretty sure she’d just met Kelly Blackthorne.
little scheme you and Alex Reynolds came up with,” Kelly clarified as she
stepped off the bottom landing and approached.
“Where did she find you, anyway?”
She looked her up and down for good measure. “Some back alley, judging from those shoes.”
didn’t know he was your son,” Jane clarified, attempting to skirt past
“Sure you didn’t,” Kelly said, pulling
her back again. “R.J. was just your way
of manipulating yourself into this family.
Believe me, I know girls like you.”
don’t know what you’re talking about,” Jane said, finding her to be
that’s enough,” Leilani scolded from the sidelines.
second that,” announced Stormy when he appeared from the east hall. “Kelly, what are you even still doing here?”
came to see my mother…and my son.”
not welcome here,” he told her firmly.
“You don’t care about R.J. and you never have, so don’t expect me to-“
leaving tomorrow,” Kelly cut him off.
“As it turns out, I just got a part in a movie that’s being filmed in New York. I guess Neil managed to do one thing right
after all. So don’t worry, you won’t
have to put up with me for that much longer.”
see nothing’s changed,” Stormy said wryly.
“Come to town, start a bunch of trouble, and then take off before you
have to face any consequences.”
Neil did was not my fault,” Kelly insisted.
“And I happen to be grieving here.
Neil is dead, in case you’ve forgotten.
I cared about him very much.”
Stormy said with a roll of his eyes.
and Eddie joined them in the foyer and suddenly Jane felt like an outsider in a
group of people with way too much history.
know R.J. is better off here with you,” Kelly said. “He would never fit in with my
lifestyle. Contrary to what you might
think, I do have his best interests at heart.
I’m still his mother, you know.”
that you don’t care anything about R.J.” Miranda said with a scowl.
admit I didn’t at first,” Kelly said defensively. “But after that ordeal today I realize how
precious a gift it is to be a mother. So
get used to it. I intend for R.J. to
know who his mother is.”
two days out of the year that you decide to come back and see him?” Stormy asked.
why don’t you stay?” Leilani asked miserably.
“Don’t leave again. Stay here and
be a mother to your son.”
will be a mother to him,” she
said. “But I can’t stay in L.A. Not with the way some people here feel about
me.” Her stare went directly to Miranda.
“Besides, I have my career.”
nothing is more important than your precious career,” Stormy said.
set her eyes angrily on him. “I’d watch
myself if I were you,” she said. “I
could go to a lawyer and get sole custody in a heartbeat. So instead of thinking you can call the
shots, try not to forget that.”
do it,” Stormy dared her. “You’ll be
laughed out of the courtroom. It’s this
way or nothing. You can see R.J. while
you’re in town but only if you arrange it in advance. But when you go back to New York to resume your career, don’t expect him to remember you.”
folded her arms angrily. She was tired
of being treated like a second class citizen.
It was time she reminded the Blackthornes of who they were dealing with.
Jordan attended a fundraiser for the Japan
earthquake and tsunami relief effort that evening, insisting that Alex go with
him. Partly because he knew they both
needed a big dose of positive PR, and secondly because he cringed at the
thought of going alone. The press hadn’t
been kind to either one of them lately, so forming a united front amongst their
peers went a long way to remedying that.
dropping her off at her apartment, he proceeded home and was immediately made
aware of a situation that had arisen in his absence. Two police cars were parked in the driveway,
and his butler, Gordon, was stationed in the open doorway awaiting his
tried to call you but your phone was going straight to voicemail,” said the
party was in a dead zone,” Jordan
said, peering over his shoulder inside the house. “What’s going on? I thought it was your night off.”
got home early and called the police.”
Gordon stood clear so that Jordan
could enter into the house. Once he did,
he saw the devastation. In the drawing
room, there were broken pieces of glass on the floor, missing artwork from the
walls, and bare shelves where there had once been expensive antique vases.
the hell happened?” he asked.
police officer approached before Gordon could reply. “Mr. Rydell?”
“Yes. Can you tell me what’s going on?”
like a robbery,” the officer told him, pointing to the French doors across the
room. “They got in that way. Broke the glass. This room got hit the hardest.”
proceeded inside, inspecting the room and taking a mental inventory on
everything that was missing. “Great,” he
murmured under his breath. “The rest of
looks like they went through your bedrooms as well.”
Rogers jewelry and furs are gone,” Gordon confirmed in despair. “I already cross-checked everything with your
inventory sheet. I’ll take care of it
for you, Mr. Rydell.”
his head, Jordan
ran a hand through his hair and stood, perplexed. “The alarms didn’t go off?"
of these crooks are getting good at disarming them,” the officer remarked. “I took the liberty of calling the alarm
company and reporting the break-in.
They’re sending someone out tonight to board up the door and get a new
leave the police report with you. Just
finish filling out the list of missing items and call us when you’re
finished. We’re sorry for your trouble,
the police officers left, Jordan
walked to the broken door.
start cleaning up, Mr. Rydell,” Gordon said.
“Is there anything else I can do for you?”
didn’t respond. A sinking feeling
overcame him and made him question whether common criminals were to blame for
the break-in. It seemed far too
organized of a robbery for that to be the case.
Which meant it had to be someone he knew, and someone who needed
Sierra lied awake for most of the night,
staring at Benji who lied next to her and wondering if he was capable of the
things people were saying about him. The
claims that he’d done something to Hunt that ultimately led to his
disappearance, or that he beat up a homeless man at the spot they’d consummated
their relationship over a year ago, or that he published his mother’s book
without her knowing. She knew he had a
dark side, but these were beyond anything she could comprehend. Still, he had treated her with nothing but
kindness, so it was difficult to believe any of it. Besides, they were married. She took vows to stand by him.
so she thought.
forwarded some mail that was sent to your mom’s penthouse,” Benji said as he
poured them each a glass of juice in the small kitchenette. “It’s on the table by the door.”
and forcing herself to shake off her morning grogginess, Sierra picked up the
mail and flipped through the envelopes.
Most of them were documents from Sarah Lawrence, probably telling her
that her suspension was over and that she could re-register for the next
semester. Part of her wanted to do it,
to get her life back on track before she met Hunt and everything went
awry. The other part of her didn’t know
what she wanted.
I got home late last night,” Benji said as he handed her a glass of juice. “Blake and I were brainstorming ideas for
this new club.”
did it go?” she asked, opening another envelope from the City of Las Vegas.
got some great ideas,” Benji told her.
“And I think this place on Melrose
is a prime location. Now if I can just
get my dad to listen to reason. I get my
trust fund in six months anyway, so I don’t see why he can’t give it to me
thought he took it away.” She skimmed
briefly through the letter.
shook his head. “This is the trust fund my grandmother set up for me. He can’t touch it. What’s in the letter?”
Sierra found herself re-reading the document a few times. We
regret to inform you that your recent wedding in Cook
County in the city of Las Vegas was performed by
an ordained minister whose credentials had lapsed, therefore…
Benji asked, walking toward her. “What
handed him the letter. As he read it,
she could see the disappointment in his eyes.
says our wedding wasn’t legal,” Benji said.
“The minister wasn’t ordained.”
crazy,” Sierra said. “And they notify us
by mail? Weird.”
know.” He folded the letter and looked
at her. “We’re not really married. I can’t believe it.”
hurt in Benji’s eyes was bad enough, but what made it worse was that she felt
an overwhelming sense of relief wash over her.
She felt like she was stabbing him in the back by the mere thoughts
that ran through her mind.
I guess it’s no big deal,” Benji said, taking her hand in his and pulling her
toward him. “It’s just a piece of
paper. We already said the vows. We’ll just go to the courthouse and make it
smiled but didn’t say a word as he pulled her into an embrace.
knock at the door caused Sierra to pull away and cross the room. Thankful for the distraction, she opened the
door and was nearly knocked over by Jordan who came barreling inside, a taut
expression on his suntanned face.
Benji said, surprised to see his father there at the early hour. “What’s going on?”
grabbed his son by the arm and pushed him against the wall, the force shaking
the small cabana and causing Sierra to jump with a start. Before Benji could react, Jordan was leaning in closely and
pointing a threatening finger at him.
really did it this time, didn’t you?” Jordan hissed. “I wouldn’t give you the fucking money so you
went ahead and took whatever you wanted.”
gotta admit, robbery isn’t exactly your M.O.,” Jordan went on. “Too messy, too straight forward. I would have thought you would go a more
underhanded route to get what you wanted.
But since you lived there for two years, hey, no one would think twice
about finding your fingerprints on anything.”
stood back, watching with wide eyes as Jordan railed at Benji with more
ferocity than she’d ever witnessed.
don’t know what you’re talking about,” Benji insisted. “I didn’t take anything from you.”
laughed and wiped a hand over his face.
“So it’s just a coincidence that I turned you down when you came to me
asking for money for some club you want to open, then the very same night the house is robbed? I’m not stupid, Benji, this has your name
written all over it.”
told you I didn’t do it!” Benji screamed, refusing to show his father the hurt
that he felt over the accusation.
said. “Is this the kind of life you want
for your wife? Living off of what you
can steal from people who trusted you?
From people who gave you the benefit of the doubt?”
swallowed hard, wondering if Benji had been truthful when he said he was with
Blake the night before. He didn’t get
home until after two in the morning.
single thing you took had better be back in their original places by this time
tomorrow or I swear to God I’ll have your ass thrown in jail!” Jordan
raged. “And this time I’ll let you twist
in the wind for it. No more bribes or
favors to the D.A. I’m through sticking
my neck out for your, Benji. I’m
that, he turned and stormed out of the cabana.
He detected the look of fear on Sierra’s face, and wanted to stop and
console her, but knew it wasn’t the right time.
He was certain that it was only a matter of time before she realized the
mistake she’d made by marrying Benji. Besides,
he had an idea to get through to her.
had arrived in Death Valley, hazy sunlight
peering over the mountains as the old station wagon made its way down the dusty
road toward the compound. They’d driven
all night. When it arrived, Warren and a few of his
followers anxiously intercepted them.
back, my friends,” Warren said as Suzanne and
Ross emerged from the front seat with Linda, a pretty blond girl who Warren
assigned to accompany them to Los
“Triumph in the inner power.”
in the inner power,” Suzanne replied with a meek smile as he embraced her.
did your mission go?” Warren
asked as Ross opened the hatch.
for yourself,” he replied, gesturing to the black garbage bags that were packed
inside the entire back half of the car.
Valuable paintings were splayed over top of the bags and vases were
wedged between the soft cushions.
Warren took one of the
bags and opened it. He removed a fur
coat and felt in his hands, while Linda produced a bag full of jewelry.
sapphires, all of the earths gifts,” she said with a smile as she let the
necklaces and bracelets fill the spaces between her fingers and then slide back
down into the bag.
then turned to Suzanne. “You’ve done
well, my dear. I know it wasn’t easy
going back to that place, back to the people who wronged you and made you feel
unworthy of love and friendship.”
there made me appreciate what we have here in New Abbott,” Suzanne said.
Warren smiled. “So you’ve realized the complications these
possessions can create for you,” he said happily. “Believe me, Suzanne, the money these goods
will provide us will go to a more positive cause. Ensuring New Abbott can continue and flourish
to help others in need is far more vital to our survival.”
so happy,” Suzanne said.
Warren turned to two other
followers who fell in line behind him.
“Prepare my transportation to the city,” he told them. “I shall handle the selling off of these
trivial items myself.”
gave Suzanne one final embrace before starting off to his tent. Suzanne turned to Ross and managed a faint
having regrets, aren’t you?” he asked.
shrugged. “Just the way we took these
things without telling anyone,” she confessed.
“I mean, don’t get me wrong. I’m
happy that I could help Warren,
your things, Suzanne,” Ross said. “You
were just taking them back.”
know, but making it look like a break-in?“
put an arm around her and led her down to the center of the compound. “Would you rather have given your ex-husband
the opportunity to talk you into staying there?
All the work you’ve done to empower yourself would have been lost. You would have been sucked back into the life
that didn’t want you anymore.”
she realized he was right. It had to be
done. She had a new life now. A life that didn’t involve any of the people
who’d treated her so badly.
Leilani opened the door, she glared menacingly at Alex, her hand positioned
firmly on the handle.
Leilani, may I see my son, please?” asked Alex, clad in a navy and white
Versace creation with matching wide-brimmed hat.
could you do it?” Leilani hissed. “How could you keep my grandson from me for
so long? From your own son?”
sighed in despair. “I’m sorry. I really am.
I’ve apologized as much as I can.
But I’m R.J.’s grandmother too. I’d
like us to be friends again, Leilani.
Like we used to be when I lived here.”
should be ashamed of yourself,” Leilani said.
“You don’t have right to be baby’s grandmother. You should never be allowed to see him!”
raised an eyebrow. “I don’t think that’s
for you to say,” she replied matter-of-factly.
“Now is Stormy here or not?”
does not want to see you.” She attempted
to shut the door but Alex pushed it open again, barreling inside and scouting
around the foyer.
rather hear that from him, if you don’t mind,” she said.
right,” said a voice from the staircase.
“I don’t want to see you.”
turned and saw Stormy descending the staircase with R.J. in his arms. Immediately, her eyes lit up. She hadn’t seen the infant since Kelly took
off with him days ago. She drew closer,
hoping to get a closer look.
grown so much since I’ve seen him,” she said, staring adoringly at the baby
with the shock of thick black hair.
“Look how beautiful he is.”
would you take R.J. into the kitchen and prepare his bottle?” Stormy said and
handed the baby off to her.
but not surprised, Alex watched as the portly housekeeper disappeared to the
back of the house with the baby tucked neatly against her bosom. When they’d gone, she looked at Stormy with
“Howis he? Did the doctors really say that
he’s okay? No injuries at all from that
horrible car crash?”
fine,” Stormy said bluntly. “What are
you doing here? I thought I made it clear I didn’t want to see you again.”
Stormy, you’re my son. You can’t just
cut me out of your life.”
me,” he said and opened the front door.
she gave him one final look before leaving.
Standing under the porte-cochere, she saw Miranda drive up in her Camero
and hoped to convince her to talk to her brother for her.
I’m so glad I ran into you. I was
wondering if you could-“
now, Mother,” Miranda said and breezed past her into the house.
the time Alex turned, the door was slamming in her face. Sighing, she turned and decided it was not
going to be easy to get her children to forgive her. But she was determined to make it happen.
left, Benji announced that he needed some air, so he stormed out of the cabana
and was gone for several hours. Sierra
paced manically around the small cabana, still frightened at the image of Jordan’s
tirade against his son. When her phone
rang and it was Jordan
asking her to meet him up the path at the children’s park, she warily
sorry you had to see that this morning,” Jordan said as she joined him on a
bench near the slide. In his hands, he
held a large ecru envelope. He seemed
nervous to Sierra.
you really think Benji could have done what you said he did?” she asked,
pushing a lock of curly brown hair from her eyes. “I don’t see him robbing his own house.”
you learned by now that Benji doesn’t think before he acts? He came to me wanting money. I turned him down. Coincidence?
I don’t think so.”
you know I love you as if you were my own daughter,” Jordan said tenderly. “I know what a hard time you’ve had. Finding out your father was Nathan
Blackthorne, and after what he nearly did to you, it had a profound affect on
you. I just don’t want to see you get
your son,” she said, shaking her head in disbelief. “How can you think these things about him?”
I love him,” Jordan
said somberly. “I love him more than
anything in the world. I’m trying to
undo what years of neglect and lies did to him. Making him take responsibility for his
actions is the only way to do that.”
I can help,” she said hopefully. “I
mean, I know there is a lot of good in Benji. I can help him be a better
at the envelope and fidgeted with the clasp.
“If you try to help him you’ll get hurt,” he said. “It’s a simple fact. Benji has to change who he is and he has to
do it by himself.”
looked away and focused on children playing in the park. “Our marriage wasn’t legal,” she said. “We got a letter saying the minister wasn’t
ordained. He wants to go to the
courthouse and make it official.”
that what you want?” Jordan
looked at him briefly, and then back at the children. No response seemed
appropriate for his question.
take this as a sign,” Jordan
said. “Get away from Benji while you
tear fell down her cheek. “He’ll be all
alone,” she said.
make it through it. He needs this,
Sierra. Believe me. I’m not trying to be cruel. I’m really not. I just want to see him turn his life
around. After that then you can see
where you’re at. If you’re really in
love with each other then wait. Wait
until you’re both mentally and emotionally ready.”
wiped her eyes and stood up. “I don’t
know,” she said. “I think you’re making
too much of this.”
followed her to her feet. “Just think
about what I said. Help him to help
wanting to discuss it anymore, she turned and retreated back to the path. After she’d gone, Jordan opened the envelope and
withdrew a set of photographs. He
grimaced when he flipped through them.
The photographs, taken by the police over a year ago, were of Scott
Kelly’s bloodied and bruised face following the attack Benji administered with
a metal baseball bat.
fully intended on showing them to Sierra, to explain what Benji was capable
of. But he couldn’t do it. He couldn’t betray his son that way. Turning him into a monster in Sierra’s eyes
would have been a cruel tactic that he’d never forgive himself for.
When Sierra returned from her brief walk back
to the cabana, Benji was waiting for her.
The look on his face as she entered broke her heart into pieces. Immediately, her eyes began tearing up
didn’t do it,” he said, coming toward her. “I didn’t take those things from my
dad’s house. I swear to you,
thought about the things Jordan
said to her. And while she cared for
Benji very much, she wanted him to pull his life together. She wanted the same thing for herself. Getting married had been a mistake, a rash
decision based on everything that they’d both endured over the past few
don’t think we should get married,” she told him. Better to get it out than let it drag
on. It would hurt him, but in the long
run it was the only way.
he asked, stepping toward her. “You
don’t mean that.”
just think that we should take some time.”
this because of what he said?” Benji demanded.
“Because you believe my father about the robbery? I’m telling you I had nothing to do with it!”
shook her head and walked to the other side of the room. “No, it has nothing to do with the
robbery. I just think us getting married
say it,” he said, eyes wide. “Don’t say
it was a mistake. We got married because
we love each other.”
flows down her face as she turned away from him.
at lease I thought so,” Benji told her.
“I’ve loved you for a long time, Sierra.
Are you saying you don’t love me?”
you love me or not?” He went to her and
pulled her toward him. “Tell me!”
I love you,” she cried. “But we
shouldn’t be married. Not now. Not like this. Benji, your relationship with your father is
a mess, I’m not on great terms with my mom, and I just-“
cares about them?” Benji said, his voice exploding into anger. “I care about you and me and that’s all. That’s all I’ve ever cared about.”
fought the temptation to tell him about what Ashton had said. She didn’t want this to come to a he said she
said situation, because the truth was there was much more to it than that.
sorry,” she said, unable to look him in the eyes.
that’s it?” he asked, grabbing her by the shoulders and shaking her. “You decide it’s over and I’m supposed to
just walk away? Why are you doing
hurting me!” she cried, wincing as his fingers dug deep into her skin.
can’t do this to me!” Benji raged, forcing her against the wall and bearing
down on her with dark, brooding eyes.
stop!” she screamed and pushed him away.
“It’s not your father! It’s you!”
staggered back against the sofa. Once he
regained his footing, he took a deep breath and wiped his mouth with the back
of his hand.
you, Benji,” she went on. “You need to
figure out what you’re doing. You need
to get control of your anger. Look at
the way you’re acting. That’s not
you. That’s not the Benji I fell in love
looked at her, at the handprints he’d left on her arms, and tore out of the
cabana before he could say or do anything else to hurt her.
five hour drive into the desert went quickly, and reminded Brett of the time
he, Devon and Bailey left a motorcoach full of
naïve tourists stranded fifty miles outside of Vegas while they absconded with
their money. Back then he never imagined
he’d be where he was today. A top
executive at a major film studio who’d just pulled off the biggest merger since
the golden age of Hollywood.
arrived to the compound just before one o’clock and pulled up to a clearing on
a hill amidst a cloud of dirt and hazy mid-day sun. By the time he stepped out of his silver
Mercedes, several people were already approaching. He decided to stay on guard. Whatever this place was, it didn’t look like
a vacation retreat.
he said, watching them from behind black Wayfarers.
one of them said. “And welcome. Can we help you?”
looked around the clearing, a crude village set up with a few ramshackle cabins
and a slew of tents. “Yeah, I’m looking
for someone.” He removed his sunglasses
sent you?” another follower asked.
did you come to find out about our tribe of empowerment?”
bells immediately went off inside Brett’s head.
“I’m a friend of Ross Fuller. I
was told that he’s here.”
as he finished his sentence, Ross emerged from one of the tents. He took the path up the hill and smiled
kindly at Brett. “This is a surprise I
wasn’t expecting. Welcome, Brett. Welcome.”
I’m sorry to interrupt your little…gathering,” Brett said, watching as the
others emerged from their respective tents and congregated nearby. “I’m looking for Suzanne. Is she here with you?”
question was answered when Suzanne surfaced amidst the crowd. Immediately, he went toward her, taking note
of her appearance. A flowing white
dress, sandals, and her hair tied back in a braid. She looked relaxed and at ease, a far cry
from the woman who had left the week before.
are you doing here?” Suzanne asked, Ross quickly stepping beside her.
came to talk to you,” Brett said, aware of the protective nature most of the
others seemed to have of their compound.
“Are you all right? You left
without saying a word to anyone.”
wonderful,” she replied. “I needed to
went to place a hand on her arm. “I
understand, believe me. After everything
you went through with Jordan and Lon, it’s no wonder. But I’ve been worried. Please come back with me.”
peaceful here,” she said, looking around the serene clearing in the
desert. “And people here understand
me. They appreciate me for who I am.”
do I,” Brett told her. “Look, if it’s Jordan you’re
worried about, don’t be. I can protect
all the protection Suzanne needs,” Ross said.
looked at him suspiciously and then back at Suzanne. “I’m not leaving here without you.”
doesn’t want to go with you,” said a voice from behind the crowd. When the followers parted, Warren emerged in a white robe.
Abbott,” he said softly, avoiding looking him directly in the eyes. “I’m the leader of this group.”
frown lines formed on Brett’s forehead. Something
about the man seemed oddly familiar to him.
“What is this place? Suzanne, who
are all of these people?”
citizens of New Abbott,” Ross declared.
“A place where people can go when they need self awareness and
compassion. Are you in need?”
go,” Suzanne told him. “Please, I don’t
want any trouble. I don’t want any part
of that life anymore. This is where I
not true,” Brett said. “You belong back
home where your children are and where people love you. People like me.”
you don’t leave now, we’ll be forced to-“ Ross began.
what?” he cut him off and flashed him a look of warning.
leave, Brett,” Suzanne said. “Leave me
to my new life.”
there was no getting through to her, he backed up away from the amassing group
of followers. Something felt very odd to
him. It didn’t appear that she was being
held against her will, but she also didn’t seem to be acting like herself. Grudgingly, he got back in his car and turned
back onto the road. Leaving her there
felt wrong, but he couldn’t stay under those circumstances. He decided he’d have to find out who this
Warren Abbott was and why he seemed to have a hold over Suzanne.
his blowup with Sierra, Benji went to Eddie and Blake’s apartment in Studio City
and paced around the bedroom in a fit of anger.
Breathing heavily, he tried to piece together the events of the last few
days. It was clear that his father, and
probably Renee, had something to do with Sierra’s sudden change of heart. They were poisoning her mind against
him. It was bad enough Jordan threw
him out and cut him out of his life, but to take away the one thing that was
good in his life?
he went to his backpack resting on the bed and unzipped it. Removing a copy of Valley of Temptation,
he slid it inside a large padded envelope and sealed it closed. Then, with a black felt tip pen, he began
scribbling the address of the institution in San Francisco, marking the package to
his father wanted to play dirty, so would he.
and Jane emerged from the nursery at the Blackthorne mansion where R.J. took
his afternoon nap. They stood in the
hall and kissed tenderly while quietly closing the door.
so glad he’s back and he’s safe,” Jane said, then grew thoughtful as she stared
at the floor. “I’m just sorry that I had
any involvement in keeping him from you.”
didn’t know,” Stormy told her, placing a hand on her back and squeezing her
tightly toward him. “Besides, that’s
all in the past. From now on I’m only
at the top of the stairs caught their attention, and when Stormy saw who was
coming toward them, he flew into a rage.
are you doing?” he demanded.
in,” Kelly said, two Gucci suitcases gripped in her hands. Behind her, Leilani carried two more bags.
me?” Stormy asked and approached her in the middle of the corridor. “The hell you are.”
got to thinking, my son is here and I want to spend time with him,” Kelly
informed him. “And how better to do that
than be under the same roof?”
said you were going back to New York
to start working on a movie.”
turned the part down. I’m giving up my
career in New York
so I can concentrate on being a mother to R.J.”
in disbelief, Stormy looked at her and then at Jane. Suddenly, looking ahead to the future didn’t
seem as promising as he’d envisioned.
at the one place she could expect to find him.
Stepping up the ladder to his yacht docked at the marina, she spied him
lounging in a chair with a cooler of beer beside him. Some
things never change, she thought with a smile as she proceeded onto the
day?” she asked, shielding her eyes from the afternoon sun.
worst,” he replied. “My house got robbed
and my son is spiraling out of control.
I lost my company, and on top of everything else, I almost did something
today that I could never see myself doing in a million years. So yeah, bad day.”
walked toward him and knelt down. “My
son hates my guts, and my daughter acts like I’m not even there. Oh, and my career is a disaster, I have a
grandson I’ll probably never see again, and I’m a recovering addict.”
quite a pair, aren’t we?” Jordan
asked, cracking a smile in spite of his bad mood.
smiled in return. “Yeah, we are.”
began laughing, creases forming under his eyes as he smiled from ear to
ear. Within seconds, laughter turned
into hysterics. Alex looked at him in
shock, wondering what on earth he had to laugh about. But the more he laughed, the funnier she
found the situation.
mean, how can things get any shitter?” he asked between fits of laughter. “My life is seriously fucked up, like beyond
anything imaginable. How does that
nodded and erupted into laughter. “I
know! What on earth was I thinking
stealing my own grandson? It’s like I
never learn from my mistakes!”
we just keep making the same ones over and over,” Jordan said, nearly falling out of
sat on his lap and put an arm around him.
“Over and over,” she repeated as the laughter slowly died down. “We
were never a mistake though.”
after two marriages we should probably have our heads examined.”
good together when it works,” Alex said.
when it works.”
traced her hand down his chest and kissed him softly on the lips. He reciprocated and within moments they were
wrapped in each others arms on the chair.
Clothes were discarded and they were making love on the deck of the
yacht, their bodies bathed in sunshine.
didn’t enter into Benji’s mind after mailing the book to his sister. It served his father right for trying to
destroy his life. Once Heather found out
what their mother had done, they’d all be sorry for abandoning him.
wasn’t at the cabana and wasn’t answering her cell, so he decided to go to her
mother’s penthouse and insist that they talk things over. He’d only left during their conversation
earlier because he could feel himself growing agitated. He knew that all he had to do was reason with
her and she’d realize they belonged together.
need to see Sierra,” he said when Renee opened the door.
not here,” Renee said, holding the door open only a few inches.
don’t know, Benji. Now if you’ll excuse
me, I was in the middle of something.”
over her shoulder, he caught her off guard by suddenly pushing the door open
and calling out through the apartment.
he called. “Sierra, please talk to me!”
told you she isn’t here,” Renee said insistently while standing in his
path. “Now I’d like you to leave.”
trying to keep her from me,” he said angrily.
“I know you are. She’s here,
Sierra does not want to see you. She
told me about what happened. I think you
should just move on and forget about her.”
she isn’t,” Renee said with an arched eyebrow.
“Now I’m not going to tell you again.
stopped her from closing the door again.
His eyes narrowed menacingly on her and remained for several
can’t keep me from her,” he said in a slow, methodical voice.
is the one who decides who she sees.”
me make one thing very clear to you,” Benji continued. “I won’t let you or anyone else stop me from
seeing Sierra. I’ll do whatever I have
to do to make sure you don’t poison her mind against me. Believe me when I say you have no idea who
you’re dealing with. I will make you
she closed the door and turned, shaken by the severity in his voice and the
cold, penetrating look in his eyes.
Swallowing hard, she forced a reassuring smile on her face when Sierra
emerged from the bedroom.
he gone?” she asked.
nodded and pulled her into an embrace.
“He’s gone, baby,” she said, unable to shake the feeling of dread that
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