Ethan felt defeated
when he learned of Brooke's pregnancy and her intentions
on going back to James. Brooke agonized over
her decision, fearing that if she'd known Ethan
was alive she'd have acted differently and told
him the baby was his. Lauren broke off her
affair with Stormy as a result of his defending
Heather. Brooke was delighed when James announced
he would not go after Will to get Sunset Studios
back. Stormy became jealous when he saw Lauren
with another man. Later, after they reconciled,
Brett saw them together and contemplated telling
Heather out of jealousy. Disregarding Brooke's
request, James went to Alex for help in getting
his studio back. Ethan asked Brooke if her
baby was his.
in the clubhouse at the Valley Beach Club, Alex pushed an auburn curl of hair
up away from her face and fanned out her satin wedding dress. She looked at James and at the glimmer of
hope in his eyes. So much had changed
in the last few weeks. She’d gone from
being hell bent on ruining his life to exchanging pleasantries just minutes
before her wedding. The tender way he
looked at her made her question her union with Jordan. What if there was a chance of reconciling
with James? Of getting back what they
had before their bitter divorce?
“Did you hear what I said?” James asked. “Alex, will you help me get my studio back
from Will Thomerson?”
“You know I would do anything to
undo the damage that I’ve done,” Alex said, wishing she could tell him how she
felt without the risk of rejection.
“But how? Do you have any idea
the lengths Will went to to get it in the first place?”
“I don’t care,” James insisted,
wincing from a sharp pain in his head.
He closed his eyes and waited a beat.
A minute later the pain was gone.
“I have to get my studio back if it’s the last thing I do.”
don’t know what you’re asking me,” she began.
“You don’t have any legal grounding to stand on. Everything Will did was by the book.”
the pain returned and James doubled over, holding his head in his hands and
groaning in misery.
Alex cried. “Oh my God, what is
James grunted, falling to his knees and feeling the room spinning. The pain was worse than it had ever
been. He felt like he was dying.
widening, Alex bent down and tried to comfort him. She was shocked that he was still having the
headaches. It was all because of that
damned plane crashed in the Caribbean. She knew it at the time but didn’t do
anything about it. Now he looked like he
was dying and it was her fault.
stepped inside the restaurant from the terrace and saw Stormy and Lauren in a
heated embrace, kissing passionately and whispering quietly to each other.
“I’m so 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.
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.”
down on his lip, glancing at the back room where Stormy and Lauren had just
disappeared. He looked back at Heather
and weighed his options carefully. He
could tell her what he’d seen and that would put an end to Stormy and Lauren’s
affair. But it could also put an end to
their partnership. His big chance of
making something of himself would be over.
He couldn’t risk it.
haven’t seen him,” he finally replied.
“I just came in to check on things for the reception. Lauren is going to sing.”
shrugged. “Maybe that’s where Stormy
is,” she said. “I’ll go check the back
eyes widened and he darted across the room to intercept her. “Wait!” he called out instantly.
stopped and looking at him suspiciously.
“What?” she asked with a slight frown.
do some fast thinking, Brett put his arm around her and led her back to the
doors leading outside. “I think I
remember seeing him in the clubhouse.
Come on, let’s go have a look.”
just there,” Heather said, pulling away and walking back to the back room.
you can’t go back there,” Brett announced, realizing how strange his behavior
must seem to her. But the more he
thought about it the more he knew he couldn’t let Heather see Stormy and Lauren
together. It would ruin everything for
your problem?” Heather asked.
think we need to get back,” Brett said nervously. “You don’t want your father wondering what
happened to you. I’m sure Stormy’s there
by now. Besides, I already checked the
sigh, Heather finally gave in and followed him outside onto the terrace. He turned back and looked to the door
leading to the dressing room, biting his lip and imagining what was going on at
that very moment.
back in the garden area, Ethan looked at Brooke with pleading eyes and took a
step closer. “The baby 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. “Ethan,
want you to feel like I’m pressuring you,” he interrupted, his dirty blond hair
gently blowing in the breeze. “It’s just
that we were together a month ago and we both know all it takes is once.”
there was no way she could stand there and lie to him. He would see right through it. Besides, it wasn’t fair to keep a secret like
this from him. “Ethan, when I came back
from the Caribbean, I thought I’d lost you forever,” she
then, commotion from the clubhouse caught their attention and they both spun
around to see what was happening. They
saw Miranda running inside the clubhouse with a grief stricken look on her face
screaming for her father.
God,” Brooke whispered and took off up the hill toward the building. Ethan followed fast on her heels.
inside, they found Alex standing above James who lay unconscious on the floor
of the clubhouse. Brooke’s eyes
widened and she raced toward them, pushing her way past bystanders to get to
happened?” Brooke asked, a tear forming in her eye. “Did someone call an ambulance?”
on their way,” said Jordan
as he put an arm around a frightened Alex.
laid her hand alongside James’s pale face and shook her head in despair and
confusion. She looked up at Alex and
gritted her teeth. “What did you do to
him?” she asked angrily.
looked at her in shock and shook her head.
“I didn’t do anything! We were
talking and all of the sudden he collapsed!”
grabbed Brooke’s arm and pulled her up, glaring at her with a menacing
stare. “How dare you accuse my mother of doing something to him!” she
screeched. “If anyone is to blame for
this it’s you!”
then, Brett and Heather arrived and quickly surveyed the commotion. Brett ran to Miranda and pulled her away from
Brooke. “It’s okay,” he said. “This isn’t helping anything, Miranda.”
pulled away from her husband and lashed out at Brooke again. “It’s because of you and your baby!” she
screamed. “Everything was fine until you
came back into our lives and ruined everything!”
gasped in shock at Miranda’s announcement.
Those who didn’t know
about the baby, including Alex, looked at Brooke in
awe. “Baby?” she whispered to herself.
She couldn’t believe Brooke was carrying James’s
child. The thought of him having a
family with another woman was a startling blow.
sounded in the distance as the paramedics arrived on the scene. Heather looked around for Stormy and didn’t
see him anywhere. She scampered
outside and looked around the garden.
She knew he would want to know what was going on with his father.
to check out the restaurant again, she made her way up the hill and entered the
dining room through the terrace doors.
she called out, weaving through the tables in the sun-filtered room.
In the back dressing room, Stormy
jumped off of Lauren and stood up from the sofa, beads of sweat covering his
face and body. He panted heavily,
certain that he’d heard Heather calling his name.
it?” Lauren asked, frustrated that their rendezvous had been interrupted just
when it was nearing the explosive climax.
know,” he whispered, eyes wide as he stared at the door.
walked into the back of the restaurant and proceeded down the long
hallway. She looked into the break room
and found that it was empty. Next, she
stopped at the manager’s office and peered inside. Nothing.
Finally, she came to the dressing room door and reached out for the
knob. Slowly she turned it and stepped
inside the small room.
she pulled the door closed again and went back down the hall to the dining
room. She didn’t understand it. Her husband was nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, his father was being hauled away
in an ambulance.
dressing room, the closet door opened and Stormy slowly crept out, followed by
Lauren. He looked at the door and let
out a deep breath. That was close, he
thought to himself. Too close.
how it’s always going to be?” Lauren asked, pulling on her clothes in
frustration. “Hiding in closets from
closed his eyes, wishing he didn’t have to think about it. Why couldn’t things be simpler? Why did he have to fall in love with Lauren
in the first place?
paramedics loaded James’s unconscious body into the back of the ambulance and closed the doors.
Brooke watched with watery eyes as Ethan put a hand on her shoulder and
pulled her into an embrace.
to the hospital with you,” he said, then stood back and looked deep into her
eyes. “He’s going to be okay. I promise.”
watched from across the crowd, clenching her teeth at the sight of Ethan
coddling Brooke. She was frustrated out
of her mind. What would it take to get
Ethan to leave her alone? She was
pregnant with James’s baby. That should
be cause enough to walk away from her.
started down the sidewalk to the parking lot when Miranda grabbed her and
pulled her back.
you think you’re doing?” she asked with Brett right behind her.
looked at her and shrugged. “To the
hospital,” she replied evenly.
you’re not!” Miranda yelled. “I think
you’ve done enough already! My father
doesn’t need to have you hanging around!
He has me!”
that’s enough,” Ethan snapped, glaring at his cousin. “This isn’t the time or the place.”
rolled her eyes and slapped her hands to her sides. “What the hell do you know?” she asked. “You’re as blinded by her as Daddy is. I’m sorry, Ethan. I know you mean well, but she’s going to hurt
you the same way she hurt him. You’d be
doing yourself a favor if you just walked away from her right now.”
her hateful remarks, Ethan turned and led Brooke toward his car in the parking
lot. Winter stood back, watching them
go and sighing in disbelief. The fact
that he could just leave her there without a word was hurtful to say the
least. It was as if she didn’t even
exist when Brooke was around.
then, Stormy ran up to the crowd with a concerned-stricken look on his face as
he glanced around at the somber faces.
Lauren appeared just behind him seconds later and Heather’s eyes widened
going on?” Stormy asked, looking at Miranda and Brett.
collapsed,” Brett replied, eyeing him and Lauren skeptically. “They took him to the hospital.”
Stormy gasped. “When did this happen?”
minutes ago,” Brett announced, then added with a snarl. “Where were you?”
paused, flustered by the question and uncertain of how he was going to respond
where were you?” Heather asked,
approaching him from behind. She looked
at him and then at Lauren, trying desperately to read
their guilt-ridden expressions.
“I was in
the restaurant,” Stormy replied, stammering over his words as he eyed Lauren out of the corner of his eyes. “Seeing if Lauren was ready for her
performance at the reception.”
shook her head adamantly. “No you
weren’t,” she said. “I was just there
and I looked all around for you.”
smiled with satisfaction. The fact that
Stormy had backed himself into a corner with this one was almost amusing. It couldn’t have worked better if he’d
planned it himself.
shrugged indifferently. “Well I was
there. We must have just missed each
other.” His tone turned defensive and he
glared at his wife. “Why are you
badgering me, anyway? My father was
just taken to the hospital. We should
be on our way there, not standing around here keeping tabs on everyone.”
go,” Miranda said, starting up the sidewalk to the parking lot. Brett, Stormy and Heather followed close
behind, leaving the dwindling crowd of wedding guests behind.
shook her head in despair and turned to Jordan. “I guess we should get to the hospital too,”
frowned. “Excuse me?” he asked in disbelief.
shrugged. “Well I can’t get married
now,” she said. “Everyone left. I think that our first priority should be to
find out if James is going to be okay.”
first priority is getting married like we’d planned,” Jordan
insisted, a hint of annoyance evident in his voice. “Alex, James Blackthorne is nothing to you
anymore. He’s your ex-husband. Now you’re telling me that you’d rather be
with him in the hospital than marrying me here today?”
shook her head in desperation. “Jordan,
be reasonable,” she said. “We can’t go
ahead with the ceremony after all of this.
My children aren’t even here to see it.”
take pictures,” Jordan
insisted, then grabbed her by the arms and looked into her eyes. “Alex, don’t walk out on this wedding. I want to marry you now.”
glared at him and pulled away. “And what
if I don’t?” she asked.
folded his arms and shrugged. “Then I
don’t want to get married at all.” He knew
it was harsh but he couldn’t let Alex’s lingering feelings for James ruin their
day. He would have to leave it up to
her to decide what was more important.
please-“ Alex began.
it going to be?” Jordan
asked, standing firm. “Do we get
married now or are you going to throw it all away for James?
Alex backed away and gave him an apologetic look. “I’m sorry, Jordan,”
she said, then turned and ran down the sidewalk to her car.
watched her go with a dumbfounded look on his handsome face. He couldn’t believe she chose her ex-husband
over him. There he was, standing in his
tuxedo, prepared to marry the woman
he loved, and she was running off to be at another man’s bedside.
while later, Brooke was pacing the waiting area at Cedars-Sinai, struggling
with her feelings of concern over James’s condition. Ethan watched her from a nearby chair,
folding his hands under his chin and wishing they would hear something.
I forgot my purse at the beach club,” Brooke suddenly said.
worry about it,” Ethan replied. “I’ll
send someone back to get it.”
nodded, realizing she had more important
things to worry about. “I can’t
stand this,” she said as she continued pacing.
“I have to know what’s going on in there.”
“I’m sure Dr. Farraday will tell us
as soon as he knows something,” Ethan said.
shook her head, pausing long enough to shoot him a sorrowful look. “I knew something was wrong with him,” she
said. “He’d been having headaches and
I’d ask him if he was okay and he said it was nothing but stress. God, I should have insisted he go to the
yourself is not going to help anything,” Ethan said, standing up and putting
his arm around her. “Brooke, you have
to stop this.”
her head in sorrow, gently sobbing on his shoulder with grief. When she looked up and opened her eyes, she
spotted Winter standing by the doorway.
Memories of their hateful confrontation the week before came flooding
back to her and she suddenly pulled away from Ethan. She didn’t want to give the woman another
reason to accuse her of using him in her times of sorrow.
it?” Ethan asked, noting her sudden change in mood.
she said. “I just have to get some air.”
turned and left the waiting room, brushing past Winter and cringing at the
sight of her menacing glare. After
she’d gone, Winter turned to Ethan and approached him with a faint smile.
okay?" she asked. “How is James?”
turned to her and sighed. “No word yet,”
he said. “Listen, I’m so sorry for just
leaving the club like that. I should
have asked you if it was okay.”
shook her head. “Don’t be ridiculous,”
she said without really meaning it.
“It’s your uncle. He needs you
to be here.”
pulled her into an embrace and kissed the top of her head. “Thank you for
understanding,” he said, staring off at the door and
wondering what had suddenly gotten into Brooke.
“Damnit, I have to go.”
left her purse at the club,” he explained.
“I don’t know if anyone’s still there.”
I’ll get it,” Winter offered. “You
should stay here in case there’s any news.”
smiled at her thoughtfulness.
“Thanks. I hope we hear something
James was lying in a private room
at Cedars-Sinai as Dr. Noel Farraday examined a set of x-rays across the room.
it?” James asked in his groggy, weakened state. The pain had subsided for the moment and he
was conscious, but he felt exhausted after his mind-numbing ordeal.
Farraday looked at the x-rays and then back at James. He took a deep breath and let it out
slowly. “I’m not going to lie to you,
James,” he began. “It’s not good.”
listened carefully, suddenly become more alert by the alarming sound in the
see this dark area here?” Dr. Farraday asked, pointing to a spot on the
x-ray. “It’s swelling in the
brain. Probably caused from the head
injury you sustained in the plane crash.
Did the doctor you saw in Santo Domingo
say anything to you?”
shrugged. “He wanted me to come back for
a follow up,” he said. “But I
didn’t. It just wasn’t possible.”
swelling is progressive,” Dr. Farraday explained. “Over the last few weeks it’s gotten
worse. Had we been able to catch it in
time, there might have been something we could have done.”
frowned. “What are you saying?”
his head with regret, Dr. Farraday took a step closer to James. “The damage is irreversible,” he said
matter-of-factly. “I’m sorry, James. You’re going to die.”
echoed in his mind as he stared at the x-rays.
He couldn’t believe what he was hearing. All this time he’d thought the headaches
would simply go away in time. He had
never thought they were anything that serious.
Or maybe it was just wishful thinking.
walked up the sidewalk to the clubhouse at the Valley Beach Club and went
inside where she found Jordan
sitting at the bar nursing a scotch.
don’t look too happy for a man who just got married,” Winter said.
turned and shrugged. “Maybe I would be
happy if I had actually gotten married,” he said. “The bride decided it was more important to
go sit by her ex-husband’s side in the hospital.”
raised an eyebrow, spotting Brooke’s purse on a table. “I’m sorry to hear that,” she said. “I guess that fake heart condition you have
didn’t do the trick this time. Too bad because she really seemed to have bought it. Oh, and don’t bother asking for the money
back because I already spent it.”
laughed and gulped down the rest of his drink.
“I could be lying on the ground dying of a heart attack and she’d still
have run off to be with James.”
“Seems like James Blackthorne is
ruining everyone’s day.”
like you have a grudge against him too,” Jordan
shook her head and grabbed Brooke’s purse.
“No, but he has a way of bringing the wrong people together.”
raised an eyebrow and turned toward her.
“If you aren’t the picture of a woman scored then I must be losing my
keen sense of intuition.”
Winter folded her arms and looked at him regretfully. “I guess I’m sort of in the same boat that
you are,” she said. “I kind of have to
take the back seat to someone else whenever she’s around.”
put up with it?” Jordan asked.
not much I can do about it.”
pictured you a strong willed woman,” Jordan
claimed. “Someone who would fight to get
what she wanted. No matter the cost or
who got hurt in the process.”
mulling over his words in her head.
“What would you suggest?’ she asked.
shrugged. “Pull every dirty trick in the
book if you have to,” he said. “You
might find yourself back in the drivers seat.”
smiled. “Seems like you should follow
your own advice,” she said.
smiled and got up from the bar. “It’s
already too late for me,” he said, grabbing his jacket and starting toward the
doors. He turned back and gave her a
final word before leaving. “Sooner or
later you have to ask yourself if it’s worth it.”
watched as he left the clubhouse and disappeared from sight. She thought about what he’d said and
realized that it was worth it to
her. She and Ethan had a long history
together and they could have a lifetime of happiness if he gave it a
chance. She decided that Jordan
was right about one thing. She would do
anything she could to hold on to Ethan.
toward the door, she dropped Brooke’s purse and looked down in aggravation at
the contents spilled all over the floor.
Sighing, she bent down and started
piling everything back inside. She picked up a set of keys and looked at
them with a gleam in her eye. Suddenly
she got an idea. It looked as if Jordan’s
advice would come in handy sooner than expected.
out of the clubhouse and down the sidewalk to her car. She decided she
was going to have to take a trip to the Brooke’s
apartment. There had to be something
there she could use to get her away from Ethan.
looked at Dr. Farraday and swallowed hard.
“Are you sure about this?” he asked him with somewhat difficulty. “There’s nothing you can do?”
Farraday folded his arms in front of him.
“We can try to operate,” he said solemnly. “But it’s a very risky operation and there
are no guarantees it will help.”
than half that it will be successful,” the doctor replied. “And there’s a good probability that you
won’t survive the operation.”
closed his eyes and tried to put things into perspective. “How much time do I have?” he asked.
at the most,” said Dr. Farraday. “Maybe
struggled with the odds. He had a baby
on the way and a chance of being happy with the woman he loved more than
anything. If he had the operation and
didn’t survive, he would never get to see that baby. If he accepted his fate and waited it out,
he’d at least have a couple months of happiness with Brooke and their child. It would be worth it just to hold that baby
in his arms before he died.
Farraday, please don’t mention this to my family,” he said. “I don’t want them to know about any of
to tell them sooner or later,” said the doctor with concern.
nodded. “I know, I just can’t tell them
now. You won’t say anything, will you?”
Farraday nodded. “Of course not,” he
said. “But if you decide to have the
operation, we need to do it very soon.
The chances of success and your chances of survival will decrease
drastically if you wait.”
understand,” James said.
waiting room, Miranda, Brett, Stormy and Heather sat nervously in their seats
while Alex paced around anxiously. Her
maid, Veronique had brought her a change of clothes so she could get out of her
wedding dress. The waiting was killing
her. She wanted to know that James was
all right and that nothing she had done was going to have any lasting effects on him. The
way she led him to believe they were still married while they were in the Caribbean
seemed like such a horrible mistake now.
She’d kept him from getting the proper medical attention he needed and
now he was suffering for it.
then, Dr. Farraday appeared from the next room and gathered their
my father?” Miranda asked, standing up and rushing toward him.
conscious and feeling better,” said the doctor.
“You can go in and see him.”
Miranda and Stormy ran through the doorway and down the hall to James’s private
room. Alex approached the doctor and
wrung her hands together nervously.
sure he’s okay?” she asked. “Please,
tell me everything.”
Farraday put a hand on her shoulder and offered her a sympathetic look. “He’s doing better now,” he said, following
James’s wishes by not telling her about his terminal condition.
thank you, Doctor,” Alex said with relief.
She couldn’t remember the last time she’d been more happy to hear
anything in her life. She didn’t know
what she’d do if anything happened to James.
Especially if there was a chance they could recapture the love they once
Meanwhile, Winter Austen opened
the door to Brooke’s apartment in the Valley and stepped inside, dangling the
keys in her hand and smiling devilishly.
She looked around the room, trying to decide where to start
looking. The simple fact was that she
had no idea what she was looking for.
But there had to be something she could use to get Brooke out of her
started looking through stacks of mail on the credenza, leafing through each
envelope and trying to decide if it was worthy of opening. Sighing, she realized most of them were
junk mail or bills, and she tossed them back down.
to the bedroom, she started looking through drawers. She knew Brooke had been married before and
never got a legal annulment. That
little secret cost her her marriage to James Blackthorne and nearly ended their
relationship for good. There had to be
something equally as damaging out there somewhere. Women like Brooke kept more secrets and lies
bottled up than it was safe to know about.
sat by James’s hospital bed holding his hand in hers. She looked at him and smiled happily,
relieved that he was awake and looking much better than he did earlier.
to give you a few minutes with Stormy and Miranda before I came in,” she
said. “I thought family should come in
and see you first. They were so worried
“You are my family,” James insisted. “You and that little baby of ours.”
tried not to let the truth show on her face.
If James so much as thought her baby wasn’t his it would kill him. She refused to be the reason he wound up
back in the hospital.
sure you’re all right?” she asked.
eagerly. “I’m great,” he said. “Dr. Farraday said it was stress and the
excitement over the last few weeks.
I’ll be fine in no time. I have
to stay overnight just as a precaution.”
glad,” Brooke said, looking into his dark eyes and smiling. “Because we need you home where you belong.”
in the hallway, Alex watched their tender moment through the glass window. Her head sunk when she saw the way they
lovingly looked into one another’s eyes.
It was clear that James was more in love with Brooke than she ever
thought. She was a fool for thinking
there could ever be anything between them again.
tear from her eyes, she turned and raced down the hallway.
and Heather left the hospital and went out to their car in the parking lot with
Miranda and Brett right behind them.
bad about leaving mom and Jordan like that today,” Stormy said as they made
their way through the parking lot. “I
guess the wedding will have to be rescheduled.”
there is a wedding,” Heather remarked
under her breath.
that supposed to mean?” Stormy asked irately.
shrugged. “Your mom went running off to
be with your father and left my father standing at the altar. I wouldn’t be surprised if he told her to go
you’ve forgotten, Heather, they’re our parents. What did you expect her to do? Just ignore the fact that our father was
being carted off in an ambulance?” Miranda
forget it,” Heather said, getting into her yellow Mustang and starting the
engine. She looked out at Stormy and
yelled after him. “Are you coming?”
hang on,” he replied, then turned to Brett.
“Hey, did you get a chance to look at the picture we decided on for
Lauren’s album cover?”
frowned. “No, I wasn’t aware that you’d
made a decision,” he said. “I thought we
were still deciding.”
nodded. “Well the album jackets went to
pressing today so we had to come up with something fast,” he said.
folded his arms, perturbed that he was Lauren’s manager and he was the last to
know about a decision this important.
“Oh, okay,” he said. “I guess
I’ll come by the studio tomorrow and take a look. I wanted to hear the final mix on some of the
stopped him and smiled. “Hey, we already
sent everything to press, Brett,” he said.
“I thought I told you, man. The
mix is done. The album’s being cut as
felt like he’d been delivered a blow to the stomach. Stormy had definitely not told him that the album was already being cut. That
was something they would have talked about in some length. Before he could say anything, Stormy was
climbing inside the car and speeding off with Heather.
wrong?” Miranda asked, walking up behind him and wrapping her arms around him.
watched the Corvette disappear into the distance. Suddenly he felt like he was being cut loose
from his responsibilities as Lauren’s manager, and he had a feeling he knew
why. Now that Stormy and Lauren were
sleeping together, he was slowly fading into the horizon.
Alex arrived at the marina and made her way along the maze of docks. She stopped at the slip where
sat on the deck of his yacht, drinking a bottle of beer and basking in the
you doing?” she asked, trying to study his face. She figured he must despise her by that
point. Walking out on their wedding was
definitely not one of her shining points.
beer,” he replied without looking at her.
“How did you find me?”
you’re upset about something you drink beer and sit on your yacht,” Alex
replied with a smile. “See? I’ve gotten to know you pretty well.”
should know that I want to be alone,” he said.
“Besides, coming out here is probably taking time away from playing
vigil to James.”
realized she deserved that remark.
“James is fine,” she said. “So I
thought you could come running back and I’d forgive and forget?” Jordan
asked, finally looking at her with a contemptible gaze. “Well I don’t bend that easily. I’ve had more than enough of your ups and
sorry!” she exclaimed. “What was I
supposed to do? Just get married while
the father of my children was lying in the hospital?”
stood up and put his Gucci sandal up on the boat deck. “You made your choice,” he began. “I’m through chasing after you. The truth is I really don’t care anymore.”
heartsick by his words. Granted, she
still had feelings for James and had held on to the hope that they could get
back together. But after seeing him in
the hospital with Brooke, it didn’t seem possible. The truth was she did care for Jordan
quite a bit. She wouldn’t have agreed to
marry him otherwise. It started out
with her being guilted into it because of his heart condition, but the more she
thought about it the more she loved him.
don’t mean that,” she said.
challenged her with his eyes. “Why
wouldn’t I?” he asked. “How much more
can a man take, Alex?”
shook her head. “You love me,” she
said. “Just like I love you. Nothing else matters.”
where you’re wrong,” Jordan
said under his breath as he turned and went inside the yacht.
stood on the dock, perplexed by the finality of his words. She refused to believe that he had given up
on her. She was an actress. She was supposed to be a diva who was high
strung and high maintenance. It was to
or another she would get Jordan
to forgive her, she thought to herself as she turned and started back along the
continued searching through Brooke’s apartment, growing impatient and losing
hope that she would find anything of value.
She walked out of the bedroom and paused in the doorway, trying to think
of any places she hadn’t looked.
her eyes traveled to the trash can beside the desk in the living room. She saw several pieces of crumpled paper
lying in the bottom of the wicker basket.
She bent down and picked one of them up, unfolding it and smoothing the
creases out on the top of the desk.
Ethan,” she began reading. There
were several lines handwritten by Brooke after that but they had been scratched
out. She frowned, picking up another
piece of paper from the basket and quickly unfolding it.
Ethan,” she read aloud. “I know
I’ll never have the nerve to give you this letter but for some reason it helps
just to write it. I’ve been doing a lot
of thinking since you came back to us.
So many things have happened that I regret. What I don't regret are those wonderful nights
we spent together in the Caribbean I will cherish those times in my heart
forever, as I know how much they meant to both of us. “
sat down, angered by what she read.
She’d been right all along. Ethan
and Brooke had slept together in the Caribbean. She took a deep breath and continued reading
I thought you were gone forever, I came home and reconciled with James,”
she read. “Not because there is any
substitute for you, but because my baby needs a father, and James may have many
faults but he is a good father to his children.
I just hope I have the strength to remain loyal to him now that you are
home and safe. I would love to have you
in my life but it’s too painful. That’s
why I have to cut all ties with you, and when our baby is born I will raise it
as James’s. I wish I could tell you the
truth that you’re the baby’s father, but it would only hurt people, and I’ve
done enough of that to last me a lifetime.”
looked up from the letter, her eyes wide and her hands trembling. She was in shock. Ethan was the father of Brooke’s baby. It was a fact. They slept together and she got pregnant with
Standing up, Winter crumpled the
piece of paper again and put it back in the waste basket. She wrung her hands together, trying to
process the information. She had to make
sure Ethan never found out. If he did,
it would only be a matter of time before he ran to Brooke and she was left out
in the cold.
is rushed to the hospital. Lauren causes the
rift between Stormy and Brett to deepen. Winter
issues Brooke a warning. Alex has a proposition