offered to help Heather record a demo using a song
intended for Lauren. When Lauren heard Heather
singing her song, she blasted Stormy. Brooke
learned that she was pregnant with Ethan's baby.
When Miranda found pregnancy brochures in Brooke's
apartment, she assumed the baby was James's and
accused Brooke of trying to trap her father
into staying with her. Alex and Jordan announced
their engagement to a stunned Heather, Stormy and
Miranda. Winter accused Brooke of being responsible
for Ethan's death. Still believing Ethan to
be dead, Brooke falsely named James as the father
of her child and agreed to go back to him. Minutes
later, Ethan showed up.
The Valley Beach Club was busy
with activity that afternoon. The
swimming pool and tennis courts were packed, the beach was crawling with
bikini-clad women enjoying the sunny day, and people made their way along the
boardwalk on foot, skates, and bikes.
and Brett were on the tennis court parallel to the beach, sweating as they
played an exhaustive match against one another. Brett served and won the point, throwing his
arms up and crying out in victory.
you win that one!” Stormy called from the other side of the court.
dreams!” Brett replied with a chortle, walking over and meeting him by the
gates. “Good game, though.”
Stormy replied, giving him a high five and then peeling off his sweat-soaked
looked at him and cocked his head in amusement.
“You weren’t in the navy by any chance, were you?”
laughed. “Me? Hell no.
you have more tattoos than a sailor,” Brett said, motioning to the intricate
designs on Stormy’s arms and back.
walked up the path to the men’s locker rooms, passing several bikini-clad beach
beauties who ogled them incessantly.
“That’s what happens when your parents are in
show business,” Stormy said. “You do
everything you can to get their attention.”
He looked at Brett and shrugged.
“We should go get you a couple.”
“Tattoos? Yeah right,” Brett said with a laugh.
serious,” Stormy said as they walked into the locker room. “If you’re going to be part of this family
you need to have your own identity.”
laughed, pulling open his locker and taking out a clean towel. He wondered if that’s the kind of man Lauren
liked. The rebellious, bad boy type.
everything okay with Heather and Lauren now?” he asked as he followed Stormy
into the showers. “Looked like they were
about to tear each other apart at the studio this afternoon.”
shook his head and hung his towel on the hook outside of the shower room. “Heather’s jealous of Lauren’s success,” he
said, stepping into the hot spray. “And
when Lauren heard Heather singing her song, she freaked.”
into the stall next to him and began lathering himself up. “Is that all
Heather’s jealous about?” he asked.
raised a curious eyebrow and sighed. “I
don’t know,” he said. “I guess she feels
like I’m not paying enough attention to her.
But I keep telling her it’s what I have to do to succeed in this
business. When I started my record
company I told Heather that it would require my undivided attention.”
wondered if Stormy was telling the truth, or if there was more to validate
Heather’s jealousy over Lauren. He saw
the way they acted around one another.
The flirtatious laughter, the teasing and the long gazes into one
another’s eyes. It wasn’t the kind of
relationship a producer normally had with his star.
on Brooke’s sofa between her and James, sipping a glass of water as they stared
at him in disbelief. It was like they
were looking at a ghost. He told them
about waking up in the jungle after the explosion. His body had been thrown from the jeep and
rolled down a shallow embankment covered in trees and shrubs. When he woke, there were conservatives
roaming the area and he knew he had to remain in seclusion until the coast was
clear. He had a sprained ankle and
other injuries that prevented him from going far anyway. A loyalist found him and took him to the
shelter where the nuns nursed him back to health.
didn’t tell them was that through the whole ordeal the only thing that got him
through it was Brooke. Thoughts of her
never left his mind. He counted the days
until he could be back with her again, and relive the joy that they shared in
the few days before the explosion.
he didn’t say anything because from the minute he walked in the door he could
tell something was going on with her and James. She apparently hadn’t wasted any time in
coming back to the states and rekindling her love for him.
like a miracle,” James said, patting his nephew on the shoulder. “I know you’ve been through an ordeal,
Ethan, but I can’t tell you how relieved we are that you’re home safe and
had questions about what brought Ethan and Brooke to the Dominican
Republic together. Were his suspicions about them accurate? Did something happen between them?
he knew he shouldn’t make an issue of it now.
All was right with him and Brooke again.
They were back together, and they were going to have a baby. Now Ethan was home again and everything was
back to normal. He didn’t want to upset
the balance of things.
looked at his uncle and forced a smile.
“So what’s been going on around here?” he asked. He felt like he already knew what the answer
was going to be.
bit her lip and looked down at her stomach.
How could this all be happening?
She had no sooner lied to James and told him that she was carrying his
child, when Ethan returned from the dead.
She couldn’t go back and admit she lied about the baby’s father. She had to stick to her original story that
she was carrying James’s baby.
and I are going to work things out,” James beamed happily, putting his arm
around her and pulling her close. “And
we have very exciting news. You’re
really the first to know, Ethan. Well,
frowned. He didn’t know what else there
could be that would shock him as much as Brooke and James’s
reconciliation. “What is it?”
looked at James and then back at Ethan.
How was she going to tell him?
going to have a baby,” James said.
“Isn’t that fantastic? I
mean, what a perfect way to start our new life together.”
eyes widened in shock. “Pregnant?” he
asked in disbelief. He looked at Brooke,
his eyes full of sorrow and discontent.
felt her eyes sting. She saw how much
the news hurt him and it upset her to see it.
“I just found out today,” she said uncomfortably.
thrilled about it,” James continued. The
fact was that he was mostly thrilled by the prospect of having a tie to
Brooke. Something that would guarantee
their relationship’s survival, and guarantee to keep her and Ethan apart now
that he was back, alive and well.
Ethan stammered. He was beside
himself. For weeks he had dreams of
coming back to Brooke and starting their life together. It was the reason he fought so hard to get
well again. But now those dreams were
shattered. She was pregnant with James’s
baby and he was nothing more than an outsider looking in.
work through some things, we’ll remarry and have this baby together,” James
said, stroking Brooke’s hair and smiling at her fondly. “This time we’ll have a wedding bigger and
better than the first.”
feigned a smile and looked at Ethan, wishing she could reach out to him and
Alex was standing amidst the lush green grasses of the park area of the Valley
Beach Club. The park sat several yards
from the beachfront, surrounded by majestic palm trees and meticulously
landscaped with roses and hibiscus.
with her wedding planner and rattled off a list of instructions for him to personally oversee.
“And I want two trellises on either side of the aisle, woven with red
and yellow roses. Make sure they’re
African roses. I have to have African
ma’am,” said the young man.
looked down to her notepad and reviewed some of her notes. When she looked up again she saw Will
Thomerson walking up from the clubhouse.
Her eyes narrowed on him and she clenched her teeth in anger.
all for now,” she said to the planner.
man disappeared in the distance just as Will approached, a smarmy
self-satisfied grin on his handsome, tanned face. “If I didn’t know any better I’d say you
were planning a wedding,” he said.
Alex replied coldly and started to walk past him.
grabbed her arm and pulled her back. “I
guess my invitation got lost in the mail,” he said. “So who is the lucky groom? Jordan Rydell or James Blackthorne? I understand you had quite a reunion with him
down in Santo Domingo.”
marrying Jordan Rydell,” she replied.
“Not that it’s any of your business, because you’re not invited.”
went with your second choice?” Will asked.
secret that you still carry a torch for your ex-husband. All that talk about wanting revenge on him
and wanting him to beg for mercy was just a rouse, wasn’t it, Alex?”
alone,” Alex replied, trying to walk past him again. She rolled her eyes in frustration when he
pulled her back once more. “Let go of
know, there will come a day when you’ll regret turning my proposal down,” Will
began. “But I guess if you had to choose
between the three of us, Rydell is an acceptable alternative. After all, he at least has a career. Blackthorne is all washed up.”
will get back on his feet,” Alex said.
“He always does. Then you’ll be the one begging for
mercy.” She pulled her arm away and
finally darted off through the park toward the clubhouse.
walked into the front door of his house, numb of all feelings after his
homecoming with Brooke and James.
Things didn’t go as he’d hoped, and at that moment he didn’t care if he
was home or not. He could be back in
that mission, alone and miserable for all he cared. What was there to come home to now? The love he found with Brooke had been taken
away from him as quickly as he’d found it.
dropped his keys onto the table inside the doorway and proceeded into the
livingroom where Winter sat, sobbing silently on the sofa. His eyes began transfixed to her and he
stopped in his tracks. After everything
that had happened, he’d almost forgotten about her. He felt like a scoundrel for having left town
in such a hurry to find Brooke, not even so much as giving Winter a second
he said softly.
her sobbing ceased and she spun around, her mouth gaping open at the sight of
Ethan standing there.
she began, standing up and rushing toward him.
She threw her arms around him and squeezed him so tightly she thought
she would hurt him. She didn’t know what
had brought him back to her and she didn’t care. He was there and that was all that mattered.
night, Lauren was sitting in her apartment flipping through the channels on the
TV when she heard a knock at the door.
Sighing, she got up and pulled her sweatshirt down below her thighs,
covering her lacy pink panties beneath.
She pulled the door open and found Stormy standing outside, a red rose
between his teeth.
you doing here?” she asked with a sigh, leaning against the doorway.
pulled the flower out of his teeth and handed it to her. “I wanted to apologize for today,” he
said. “I know you were upset about what
happened with Heather in the studio.”
shook her head and walked inside the living room. “Didn’t I have good reason to be upset?” she
asked. “She was singing my song.
And you didn’t say anything.
You’re supposed to be my producer, and your feelings for your wife are
getting in the way of making smart business decisions.”
couldn’t believe what he was hearing.
“That’s got nothing to do with why you’re upset,” he said. “You’re upset because I didn’t blast my wife
in front of you, Eddie and everyone else.”
had been anyone else you would have,” Lauren spat, her hands resting on her
is my wife,” Stormy said. “She’s having
a hard time with me taking such an interest in your career.
This is something that she’s always wanted for herself. We’re just going to have to cut her some
slack. She’s allowed to feel a little
glared at him angrily. “So I’m supposed
to just sit back while she gets special treatment? While everybody treats her with kid gloves
just because she’s your wife and she’s fragile?”
Stormy replied matter-of-factly.
forget it,” Lauren yelled. “I’m the star
here. Not her.”
shook his head, not wanting to get into a big argument over something so
trivial. “Fine, you’re the star. No one’s debating that.”
tell her to forget about recording that song,” Lauren demanded.
paused, not knowing what to say or do to smooth things over. “I can’t,” he
replied. “Look, we can get a new
song. There are plenty of other songs
for the album.”
stared across the room in a daze. She
contemplated her next words very carefully.
“All right, fine,” she said unforgivingly. “The song is a dead issue, and so are we.” She turned and walked to the door, pulling it
open in a rage. “Please get out.”
looked at her in disbelief. “Lauren, what are you talking about?”
talking about our affair,” she said, barely looking at him. “It’s over.
From now on we’re strictly business.
You can get everything else you need from your wife.”
look-“ Stormy said, walking up and putting a hand on her shoulder.
quickly shrugged him away, still looking away as she waited for him to leave.
there was no reasoning with her at that moment, he walked outside. He stopped when he heard the door slam behind
inside, Lauren buried her face in her hands and cried in despair. She hated the thought of Stormy picking his
wife over her for anything. In or out of
bed she wanted him for herself, and she hated herself for it. She was no home wrecker, but that’s exactly
what she was turning into.
Heather was laying in bed reading a copy of Image magazine
when Stormy came out of the bathroom. He
shut off the light and got into bed next to her, then turned off the lamp next
to his side of the bed.
looked over at him and frowned. This had
been the typical night with her husband lately. He got home late, said he already ate
dinner, listened to recordings of Lauren’s new songs over and over again, and
then went to bed without even a word. It
was getting to the point where she felt like she didn’t even have a husband.
going to talk about what happened today?” she finally asked, setting her magazine down.
there to talk about,” Stormy replied with a frown. He didn’t want to get into it with her. Not tonight.
He had too many things on his mind.
Lauren ending their affair being the big issue.
Heather leaned over and turned his lamp back on. Stormy grunted with annoyance and sat up
against the headboard.
heard the way Lauren yelled at me today and you did nothing to defend me,”
Heather said, her arms folded across her chest.
“Am I your wife or aren’t I?
Because my God, Stormy, sometimes I don’t know.”
defend you,” he insisted. “You heard me
tell her that we’d find her a new song to replace that one. What’s the big deal?”
about ‘Heather’s my wife and what she wants is the most important thing’?”
rolled his eyes. “Because sometimes in
business that isn’t always the case,” he replied. “I stuck up for you, Heather. What more do you want from me?"
by his dismissal of her feelings, Heather turned off her lamp and rolled
over. She didn’t know what she wanted
from him. It wasn’t something she could
put into words. She just wanted to feel
like she was his number one priority for once.
sighed and turned his lamp off, turning his back to hers. He quickly began thinking about Lauren and
their argument from before. He had come
to need her more than he ever thought possible. The thought of their affair being over was
tearing him up inside.
morning, Brooke awoke at the Blackthorne mansion and looked around the bright,
sunlit room. She heard the door open
and closed her eyes, pretending to still be asleep. A minute later, she felt a shadow loom over
her and she opened her eyes to see James setting a breakfast tray on the bed.
morning,” he said with a smile. “I
thought you and the baby might be hungry.”
smiled and sat up against her pillow.
“What’s all this?” she asked.
pancakes, and scrambled eggs,” James said.
“Oh, and juice. You need all the
vitamin C you can get. It’s good for the
sip of juice, Brooke looked to the other side of the bed and noticed that it
hadn’t been ruffled at all overnight.
“Where did you sleep last night?’ she asked.
of the guestrooms,” James replied. “I
thought you might need some time before we….you know, begin sleeping together
again. I don’t want to rush you,
looked at him in admiration. She
couldn’t believe how attentive and patient he was being with her. He must sense that coming back to him was a
difficult decision for her.
“I appreciate that,” she said.
want to do things right this time,” James continued, looking into her brilliant
blue eyes. “I know a lot of our problems
were because of me, and I intend to do a lot of changing. I want to make this a happy family.”
smiled, looking down in concentration.
“Yesterday Miranda told me that you lost the studio,” she said, then
looked up at him. “Is that true?”
A look of
devastation overcame James’s face and he nodded. “Yes, it is,” he replied. “Will Thomerson swindled it out from under
you going to do?”
thought for a minute and then smiled at her.
“Nothing,” he said. “There’s not
a damn thing I can do about it so I’m going to let sleeping dogs lie. The most important thing in my life right now
if you and our baby.”
couldn’t believe what she was hearing.
Maybe James was trying to change for the better. Before, most of their problems revolved
around his dedication to his work. He never
stopped, not for a minute. He canceled
their own honeymoon because of work. It
seemed that Sunset Studios was more
important to him than his own wife.
Maybe now that would all change.
She hoped it would for the sake of their relationship.
afternoon, Brett walked into the restaurant at the beach club and found Lauren
sitting by the piano rehearsing a number with the piano player. He stopped in the doorway and listened to the
slow, melodic ballad. A smile spread
across his face as he watched her sing.
She was so talented, he thought to himself. She was going to make it big and he’d be
rising to the top right along with her.
song ended, he clapped and moved forward.
Lauren approached him and grabbed her purse and keys off of one of the
amazing,” he said. “Is that the number
you’re singing tonight?”
nodded. ‘Yeah. What are you doing here?”
wanted to see how things were going with rehearsal,” Brett replied. “We haven’t had much time to talk
lately. I booked you here for the next
Lauren replied, heading to the door.
“But you could have told me that on the phone.”
to catch up with her. “Where are you off
to in such a hurry?” he asked. “I
thought we could talk. You never even
congratulated me for having those murder charges dropped. Stormy was a genius in getting Devon
rolled her eyes. “So am I supposed to
think you’re this great standup guy now just because you aren’t a murder suspect anymore?” she
asked. “I still don’t trust you,
Brett. I mean, you lied about your name
and your past so who knows what other secrets are hiding out there.”
have secrets,” Brett replied with a devilish grin.
sent shivers down her spine and she shrugged.
“Anyway, I gotta get going,” she said.
need a ride?” Brett asked.
her head. “No, a friend is picking me
then, a tall, muscular surfer type walked into the restaurant and put his arm
around her. “You ready to go?” he asked.
raised an eyebrow. “Who’s your friend?”
rolled her eyes again. “Guy, this is
Brett Armstrong, my manager. This is
Guy, he’s a lifeguard at the club. We
were both running on the beach this morning. We’re going to a new club in Burbank
see you later then,” Brett said, waving as they left the club together.
The fact that Lauren was with
this Guy character puzzled him. Maybe
there wasn’t anything going on with her and Stormy after all.
later, Brett found Stormy at the gym. He
changed into his workout gear and headed for the bench press where his
brother-in-law was on his last set. He
spotted him for a while and then handed him a towel.
Lauren today,” Brett said.
Stormy asked, wiping his sweaty neck and face.
He had almost been able to get her out of his mind for an entire five
minutes until Brett mentioned her name.
she was at the club rehearsing,” Brett replied, following him to the leg press.
tonight?” Stormy asked.
tried not to sound too affected by the sound of her name. The last thing he needed was for Brett to
suspect anything. “Good. I think I’ll sit tonight out.” He thought about the way Lauren had told him
it was over. He didn’t want to show up
at the club and make a scene like a jilted lover would. It was best to stay away for a while. They had to see each other at the studio
every day, but that was strictly business.
it’ll probably be an early night anyway,” Brett said, taking a seat at the leg
press. “She said she was going to some
new club in Burbank tonight with
one of the lifeguards from the club.”
widened, Stormy stopped what he was doing and snapped his head around toward
Brett. “What guy?” he asked,
immediately consumed with jealousy.
shrugged. “His name is Guy, if you can
believe that,” he laughed. “He’s the
typical blond beau hunk they hire out there.
You know, all brawn and no brains.”
stared off in a daze. He couldn’t
believe the overwhelming feeling of jealousy that swept over him. Not being with Lauren was hard enough, but
the thought of her being with another man drove him crazy.
night, Alex and Jordan stood on the terrace of her beach house in Malibu,
sipping champagne and gazing up at the moonlit sky.
time tomorrow we’ll be on our honeymoon,” Jordan
said, clinking his glass against hers.
pulled away and looked at him with a frown.
“Honeymoon?” she asked in disbelief.
“Who said anything about a honeymoon?”
kind of customary,” Jordan
replied with a laugh. “Does that meet
with your approval?”
her head. “I think we’ve had enough
island getaways to last us a lifetime,” she said. “Couldn’t we put it off for a while? I really don’t think I can take another trip
right now. Not after that last jaunt
across the ocean.”
pressed his lips together and sighed in agreement. “I suppose you’re right,” he said, leaning in
closer and staring at her with his smoldering, seductive hazel eyes. “I guess we’ll have to settle for a night at
the Beverly Hills Hotel. Making love in
the jacuzzi, making love on the terrace, making love on the…”
it,” Alex said with a smile. “Is that
all you care about? What we’re going to
do on our honeymoon? What about the rest
of our lives together?”
took her glass and set it down. He
grasped her hand and led her into the house.
“Okay,” he began. “Forget the
honeymoon. Let’s start tonight.”
pulled away and crossed her arms. “The
night before our wedding?” she asked.
“What kind of girl do you take me for?”
knew what she meant and he wasn’t pleased.
She was actually going to make him suffer through the night without her
warm body next to his. “Aren’t we a bit
too experienced in the marriage department for this? Besides, it’s not like we haven’t-”
her head and led him to the door. “Not
in the slightest,” she said. “I need my
beauty sleep and you need to wait until we’re married.”
nodded and pushed him out the front door.
“Goodnight, Jordan. I’ll see you at one
o’clock tomorrow. Don’t be
the door, she turned and started up to her bedroom. She
hoped she was making the right decision by marrying him. She definitely had no more feelings for Will
Thomerson. But the few days she spent
with James in the Caribbean kept playing in her mind
over and over like a movie reel.
his way through the crowd at the Aquarium,
a hot new club in Burbank. He saw a few of his old friends and drinking
buddies and waved to some, stopped and talked to a few others. All the while he kept a lookout for Lauren.
pulsing disco beat filtered through the small establishment and he stopped when
he found Eddie dancing with a sexy brunette on the dance floor. He asked if he’d seen Lauren and Eddie
pointed him in another direction.
Stormy made his way through the crowd and spotted Lauren standing by a
cigarette machine with a tall, beefy blond jock. He took a breath, attempting to calm himself
down before approaching them. Finally he
walked over and tapped her on the shoulder.
you doing here?” Lauren asked, putting her arm purposely around Guy’s thick
to talk to you,” he hollered over the music.
busy,” Lauren replied, turning away from him.
losing his patience, Stormy grabbed her and pulled her to the side. Guy stepped up and pushed Stormy back a few
she’s busy, pal,” he said.
frowned. “Shouldn’t you be off
practicing for the Iron Man or something?”
buddy-“ Guy started, assuming a defensive pose as he drew his fists up.
stepped between them and put her arms out.
“All right, stop it!” she yelled, glaring at both of them. “Stormy, I don’t know what you thought by
coming here, but you can forget it. I
told you it’s over. That means I can do whatever I want, and see
whoever I want.”
defeated, Stormy stood back and shook his head in frustration. “Whatever Lauren. Do what you want. I don’t care.”
watched him turn and make his way back through the crowd. She cursed herself for letting things get so
bad between them. All she wanted was to
feel like she meant something to
him. Something more than a casual
afternoon at the Valley Beach Club, dozens of guests were gathered in the park,
dressed to the nines for the small but elegant wedding ceremony.
and Brett arrived in her shiny red Camaro and she handed the valet her
keys. They made their way to the back
of the clubhouse where the ceremony was to take place. She immediately spotted her father and
Brooke standing by the champagne fountain a few yards away. A waiter passed by with a tray of champagne
glasses and she snatched one up in an instant as she made her way across the
something, Daddy,” she began. “Did I see
Brooke’s car at the mansion the last two mornings when I left for school?”
James replied. He knew what was on his
daughter’s mind and he was not going to allow her to spew her venom this
time. “Do you have a problem with that,
clenched her teeth, glaring at Brooke and downing her glass of champagne. Another waiter passed and she handed him the
empty glass while taking another. Brett
stood by, almost afraid to see what she was going to do next.
that’s it?” Miranda continued. “All is
forgiven? You’re just going to take her
back after everything she did to you?”
look-“ Brooke began.
Brooke and I are together again,” James interrupted. “We were both to blame for the things that
went wrong with our marriage and we’re willing to work on it. We have to for the sake of our baby.”
the words made Miranda sick to her stomach.
The thought of Brooke being pregnant with her father’s baby was enough
to send her over the edge. She didn’t
even know where to begin with her feelings on that subject.
going to need a lot more champagne,” she finally said, rolling her eyes before
she turned and led Brett off through the crowd.
expression turned to one of despair and she looked to the ground as James
pulled her into an embrace.
come around, Darling,” he said, trying to sooth her nerves. “She’ll learn to accept you, and she’ll
accept our baby. Just you wait.”
shook her head, gazing across the crowd at Ethan and Winter who had just
arrived, arm in arm. She had a lot more
to worry about than Miranda this time.
and Brett made their way to the first row of seats where Stormy and Heather
were standing with Jordan,
Ethan and Winter.
heard the news?” Miranda asked, pushing her way between them and glaring at her
news?” he asked.
and Brooke are getting back together.”
shrugged. “I think that’s wonderful.
It’s about time things got back to normal around here. First Ethan came home, and now Dad is back
with the woman he loves. What could be
wrong with that?”
pregnant!” Miranda exclaimed with a pout.
eyes widened and a smile broke out across his face. “Pregnant?” he asked in disbelief. “Why hasn’t he said anything?” He turned and started across the park where
his father was standing.
quietly absorbed the news. She couldn’t
believe it. Brooke was pregnant? This was incredible news. She would be forever tied to James now. Maybe her worries about Brooke’s
interference in her and Ethan’s relationship were about to become
wonderful,” she said, then looked up at Ethan.
and put her arm around her, watching Brooke from across the way. “Yes, it is wonderful,” he said in an uneven
this news doesn’t take away from Alex’s spotlight,” Jordan
commented with a chuckle. “You know
she’ll never let us hear the end of it.”
folded her arms and glared at Brooke, so filled with rage that she didn’t know
what to do. Once again she had weaseled
her way into her family, and this time she was actually carrying her father’s
talking to Stormy for a while, James excused himself and made his way into the
clubhouse where Alex was putting the finishing touches on her makeup. She looked up at him with surprise, the
corners of her mouth turning upward into a slight smile.
expect to see you here today,” she said.
“But thank you for coming.”
smiled and approached her. “You look
very lovely,” he said, admiring her simple white satin gown. "Jordan’s
a very lucky man.”
couldn’t believe her ears. “Does that
mean you’ve forgiven me?” she asked.
James nodded his head and put his hands in the pockets of his tuxedo.
James, I can’t tell you what that means to me,” Alex said, leaning in and
giving him a quick squeeze.
“All this time I’ve been such a fool.
Lashing out at you and using our children as a weapon against you. All because our marriage didn’t work. Then that fiasco in the Dominican
I honestly didn’t mean any harm.”
nodded and ran his hand down her bare arm.
“It’s all in the past,” he began, then looked around to make sure no one
was in earshot. “Alex, I am willing to put it all behind us, but
there’s something I have to ask you to do for me.”
looked at him suspiciously. “What is
get my studio back from Will Thomerson,” James announced. He looked at her with pleading eyes,
forgetting about the promises he made to Brooke. There was just no way he could let it
go. He’d worked his whole life for Sunset Studios. He couldn’t stand
back and let his enemy steal it from him. Even if it meant lying to Brooke.
Winter stood alone by the hors d’ oeuvre table in a warm embrace, the afternoon
sun casting a warm glow over their bodies.
He looked through the crowd and spotted Brooke alone next to a
tree. She looked sad and he couldn’t
help but feel like she needed him.
Besides, there was something he had
to know. It had been driving him crazy
ever since he got back.
I’ll be back in a minute,” he said to Winter, kissing her on the cheek before
starting off to the other side of the clearing.
frowned, watching him heading straight for Brooke. She clenched her fists, angered by the way
she still had him wrapped around her finger.
When would it end?
approached Brooke and stood silently before her.
said, her expression perking up at the sight of his handsome face.
you?” Ethan asked.
shrugged. “I’m doing okay. How is your leg?”
nodded, uncomfortable by the awkward situation. She finally decided to stop putting it off
and she looked up at him again. “Listen,
I’m sorry about everything. I know that
it must have been a shock for you.
Finding out about James and I.
And the baby.”
his hands in his pockets and squinted in the bright sun. “It wasn’t your fault,” he said.
thought you were dead,” Brooke claimed.
“Ethan, I stayed on the island for days waiting to hear
something…anything that would make me believe you were still alive.”
don’t have to explain,” Ethan replied insistently.
eyes met and Brooke quickly turned away.
She could barely face him after everything that had happened.
if I ask you something will you tell me the truth?” Ethan asked.
finally looked back at him and nodded.
you’re carrying,” he began. “Is there
any chance it could be mine?”
froze, paralyzed with fear as she looked at him blankly. How could she stand there and lie to him
after everything they’d been through?
She had to tell him the
truth. He deserved that much.
walked into the restaurant at the beach club, the sound of a tranquil piano
tune carrying through the open aired room.
He stepped forward, feeling the cool breeze
from the ceiling fans blowing gently against his
up to the stage and saw Lauren sitting behind the piano, tapping effortlessly
at the keys and humming an angelic melody.
sorry about last night,” he said without really thinking first. Wincing, he waited for her to start blasting
him again. He knew it was coming. He’d blown things so far so what was another
stopped playing and looked up at him.
“You are?” she asked in a somewhat sedated voice as she stood up from
the bench and walked toward him.
nodded. “You were right. You can see anyone you want. I have no say in your life.”
could if you wanted,” Lauren replied, staring into his dark sexy eyes.
watched each other carefully for what seemed like forever. Finally the tense moment was broken when
Lauren rushed forward and wrapped her arms around him tightly, kissing him hard
and with passion.
sorry,” Stormy said, smothering her lips with feverish kisses.
Lauren replied in bated breath. “Just
be with me now.”
nodded, taking her hand and leading her backstage where her
dressing room was.
inside from the terrace, Brett watched them with a look of astonishment on his
face. He’d been right all along. They were having an affair.
Heather walked in through the front door, pausing in the doorway and calling
across the room to Brett. “Have you seen
Stormy?” she asked. “I’ve been looking
all over for him.”
bit down on his lip, glancing at the back room where Stormy and Lauren had just
disappeared to. He looked back at
Heather and weighed his options carefully.
Alex makes a choice
on her wedding day. James's condition worsens
and he receives devestating news. Brett feels
excluded from Lauren's career. Winter searches
Brooke's apartment and is horrified by what she