Angry about her father's impending
marriage to Brooke, Miranda caused a scene and then later rebuffed Brooke's
attempts at bonding. Distraught over the ugly scene, Brooke turned to James's
handsome nephew, Ethan, for comfort. Heather became frustrated when her husband
and her father both turned her away when she expressed interest in show
business. Renee Dewitt walked in on her husband Kenny in bed with a nurse and
threatened to sabotage his post to the California Land Commission if he didn't
end it. James got a cryptic invitation to a mysterious cocktail
Blackthorne sat in the control booth at Good
Times Records with a team of engineers and sound mixers. He slid on a pair of headphones and listened
to the playback from a session they had recorded several days earlier. He gave Eddie, his right hand man and
incurable twenty-five year old playboy, a nod of approval.
to the track, a song by a new rock artist they had recently signed, he started
thinking about how far he'd come in his career in such a short time. He started Good Times Records with his trust fund when he turned twenty-one
only two years ago. His father praised
him for doing something useful with the money instead of blowing it on
possessions that he wouldn't care about in a few months. Instead, he used the money to immerse
himself into his biggest passion - music.
At first he didn't know the first thing about running a business. His cousin, Ethan, being the financial wizard
he was, had been his saving grace.
currently only had two acts signed to the label. A hard rock band and a female
trio. Stormy knew that good acts were hard to find
so he was constantly keeping his ears open.
The fact that his wife kept nagging him about producing a record for her
put him in a very tight spot. The
simple truth was he didn't think she was right for Good Times Records, but he couldn't bring himself to tell her
train of thought was interrupted when the lobby receptionist buzzed the sound
booth. "Yeah?" he asked after
picking up the phone.
someone here to see you," she said.
"She's waiting in your office."
be right there," Stormy said with a frown.
He wasn't expecting anyone so late in the day. He got up and left the control room,
deciding it was probably Heather coming in for a sneak attack. She probably figured that if he weren’t
expecting her he wouldn't be able to come up with any excuses.
he reached his office, he pulled open the door and walked inside the spacious
room. There was orange shag carpet
covering the floor, modern leather furniture and plants strew throughout. He glanced across the room at his desk and
his eyes narrowed on a gorgeous redhead with more curves than the Indy 500.
sorry, did we have an appointment?" Stormy asked, barely able to take his
eyes off of her cleavage. She was
practically bursting out of her tight, low cut sweater.
girl stood up, strutted across the room and grabbed him by the shirt
collar. "I didn't know I needed
one," she said before pressing her lips onto his and massaging his tongue
with hers. "I also didn't know
you'd be so foxy!"
eyes widened with surprise as the redhead licked his face and worked her way
down to his neck. She grabbed his shirt
and ripped it open, buttons flying in every direction.
the-“ Stormy began. He had no idea who
this woman was who was throwing herself at him.
He was positive he’d never seen her in his life. He closed his eyes and willed himself not to
heard you were looking for an act to produce,” said the girl, running her hands
over his smooth chest and backing him up against the wall. “Well do I have a band for you.”
this his how you audition, or-“
girl laughed and threw him into the sofa.
She jumped on top of him and ran her fingers through his tousled brown
hair. “Well I wanted to make sure I got
your attention,” she explained, her lips brushing against his. “We’re the hottest band around. Five girls.
We’ve been looking for a break.”
did you…..” Stormy began, panting with desire.
It was taking all of his will power not to roll her over and have sex
with her right then and there. “How did
you know I was looking for new acts?”
guy Eddie came around to some clubs last night,” she said, tracing her finger
down his chest and pausing at the top of his jeans. “He said you guys were real desperate. He said you’d do anything to get your hands
on some talent.”
frowned and quickly moved her off of him.
“Eddie,” he began, cursing his overly horny friend in his head. “Why am I not surprised.”
“Huh?” the redhead said, dumbfounded.
can let yourself out,” Stormy said as he left the office. “We’ll let you know if we’re interested.”
that her act of seduction hadn’t worked, the girl got up and grabbed her purse
from the desk.
walked purposefully down the corridor to the control booth and burst through
the door, his eyes flaring angrily at Eddie.
“Eddie, do you tell some girls at a club last night that we would do anything to get on hands on new talent?”
he asked, trying to remain calm.
stood up and stammered an apologetic reply.
“Well, not exactly,” he began, backing up against the sound booth.
really? Well one of them is in my office
thinking that we’ll sign her band if she sleeps with me. Do you have any idea where she would have
gotten that idea?”
nervously, Eddie backed up away from Stormy.
“I see what happened,” he began.
“She got confused.”
know you were just trying to help,” Stormy said, putting a hand on Eddie’s
shoulder. “But try to remember that I’m running a business here. If you want to meet girls, leave me and the
studio out of it, you jive turkey!”
nodded. “Yeah, sure Stormy. Whatever you say.”
his eyes, Stormy flopped down in a chair and tried to regain his focus.
Mother, I hate it here,” Miranda Blackthorne cried, taking a tissue and wiping
her red watery eyes. “Ever since Stormy
got married and moved out it’s been so depressing around this house. And now that horrible Brooke is going to be
moving in and….”
sorry, Darling,” Alex Reynolds soothed her daughter. She held her close, stroking her hand down
her soft jet hair. “I never meant for
any of this to happen.”
shook her head violently. “It isn’t your
fault. Daddy was the one who threw you
out because he met that girl.”
Reynolds sighed and walked over to the bar in the study of the Blackthorne
mansion, fixing herself a double scotch on the rocks. She was a stunning Hollywood
legend in her early forties. Auburn
hair, blue eyes and a youthful figure made her the most sought after actress of
the day. She owed most of her success
to James, who had cast her in starring roles in over half of his movies.
come live with me at the house in Malibu,”
Alex announced, downing half of the glass with one swallow. “You don’t have to subject yourself to your
father’s tirades, and certainly not to that bimbo he’s marrying.”
you’re helping yourself to my booze,” said James Blackthorne as he strode into
the study, glaring at his ex-wife with contempt. “I guess some things don’t change.”
raised an eyebrow and took another drink.
“It’s happy hour.”
surveyed the tense air in the room, noticing how upset Miranda looked and the
smug expression on Alex’s face. “What
are you doing here, Alex?”
“I asked her to come,” Miranda lamented,
standing up in a huff. “I’m sick of the
way I’m treated around here and I’m going to live with mom.”
felt a sting as Miranda’s announcement sunk in.
He couldn’t stand the thought of alienating his daughter. That was the last thing in the world that he
wanted. “Alex, would you leave us alone
here to see my daughter and I’m staying.”
not here for Miranda,” James insisted.
"You’re here to spy on Brooke and I.”
flatter yourself, James.”
please, you use any excuse you can think of to come over here and cause
trouble!” James shouted angrily.
certainly do not,” Alex replied, slamming her glass down on the bar. "May
I remind you that we share three children together?
I came here to be with Miranda, not to cause trouble."
why is she suddenly saying she’s going to move in with you?”
she isn’t happy here!” Alex retorted, flailing her arms up in the air in a
you both stop it!” Miranda cried.
“You’re talking about me like I’m not even here!”
Alex started, moving toward her daughter.
she could finish, Miranda tore out of the study and down the hall. Alex started to run after her when James
stopped her dead in her tracks, his hand clasped around her arm.
your hands off of me,” she ordered, her eyes threatening.
done enough damage for today,” James said.
“Just get out.”
somewhat defeated, Alex grabbed her mink stole and stormed out of the
room. She made her way down the hall to
the foyer when she ran directly into Brooke coming down the staircase.
well well,” Alex said smugly, eyeing Brooke up and down. “If it isn’t the spokesperson for the Sherman
couldn’t stand Alex Reynolds. Even
before she met James and fell in love with him, she always had a low opinion of
the overdone actress. “I’m not in the
mood for you right now, Alex.”
to tell you that I’m not at all happy with what you’re putting my daughter
through,” Alex remarked, disregarding the way Brooke dismissed her so
casually. “She’s a wreck thanks to you.”
daughter is having problems, it’s got nothing to do with me,” Brooke said
defensively. “Maybe it’s because she
takes after her mother.”
by Brooke’s insulting tone, Alex raised her hand and slapped her clean across
the face. Brooke brought her hand up to
her cheek instinctively, ignoring the stinging sensation as she attempted to
retaliate. Alex stopped her hand in
mid air, shoving her aside with ease.
got to be quicker than that,” she seethed.
glared at her in defeat. She hated the
smug way Alex looked at her.
give you a word of warning,” Alex continued as she started toward the front
door. “James will get tired of you
too. He’ll never be the husband you want
him to be.”
nodded with a smile. “I’m afraid you’re
next in a long line of Mrs. James Blackthorne’s.”
count on it,” Brooke replied.
shrugged and left the mansion, slamming the door shut behind and leaving Brooke
alone in the foyer. She shook her head
in frustration, angry that she’d let the woman get to her again. More than anything she wished that someone
would put Alex Reynolds in her place.
knocked on Miranda’s bedroom and waited impatiently for her to answer or open
the door. When she didn’t, he took a
deep breath and pushed the door open. He
saw her sitting on her bed, tears flowing down her cheeks.
I’m sorry,” he said, walking over to her and sitting down on the bed.
want to be alone.”
to work this out,” James said persistently.
“I don’t want you to leave. I
like having you here.”
“Why? You don’t pay attention to me when I am here,” Miranda replied through her
sobs of despair. “All you talk about is
the wedding and Brooke. It’s like I
don’t even exist anymore.”
came down the hallway and stopped in the doorway. When she heard James and Miranda in the
bedroom talking, she moved to the side and watched the tender scene.
James put his arm around Miranda and held her close. “If I’ve been ignoring you, I’m sorry. This wedding is just taking over our lives. I guess I haven’t done a very good job of
juggling my responsibilities.”
looked at him solemnly and wiped her eyes.
She wanted to believe him but he made it so difficult. Ever since her mother moved out, the only
thing on his mind was Brooke Taylor.
always be my little girl,” James said, trying desperately to reassure her of
his love. “It doesn’t matter who comes
into our lives. No one can take your
place in my heart.”
do you have to get married?” she pleaded.
“Things were fine before Brooke came along. Even if you and mom aren’t together anymore,
at least we’ll still be a family.”
thought hard about what he could say to make her feel better. He’d tried everything and he was at his wits
end. “If I said I wouldn’t marry
Brooke, would that make you feel better?”
paused, examining his face to see if he was serious. “You’d do that for me?” she asked.
shrugged. “You’re the most important
thing in my life.”
in the hall, Brooke listened intently.
James’s words hurt like a punch in the gut. She couldn’t
believe that he would ever consider calling off their wedding to make his
daughter happy. She couldn’t listen to
any more. She raced down the hall in
despair, flying down the stairs and running directly in to Ethan on the
landing. He grabbed her by the arms and
looked deeply into her eyes.
Miranda’s bedroom, James stood up from the bed and picked up a stuffed animal
from her dresser, rolling it between his hands and smelling the sweet innocent
fragrance that emanated from it. He remembered
giving it to her one year for Valentine’s Day when she was about ten years
what’s it going to be?” he asked, his back turned to her so she couldn’t see
the smirk on his face. “Do I go
downstairs and tell Brooke the wedding is off? Or do you agree to give this a chance.”
was quiet for a minute while she pondered his question. Finally she lowered her head and let out a
big sigh. “I don’t want you to call it
off,” she said. “I don’t want to be the
reason you’re unhappy.”
smiled and turned around. “And I don’t
want to be the reason you’re unhappy,” he insisted. “So help me work this out. Give Brooke a chance.”
reluctantly agreed. She finally put on a
smile and stood up, throwing her arms around her father in a warm embrace. “I love you Daddy.”
She hated giving in and admitting that Brooke
would make him happy. Maybe it was time to
play her hand. "I guess if Ethan
can accept her so quickly then so can I.
James asked, his ears perking up.
nodded and looked into his eyes. "Yes,
I saw them outside earlier."
were they doing outside together?"
shrugged. With any luck, Brooke would get
herself thrown out of their house and she would
no longer have to worry. "I guess Brooke
was upset. Ethan was comforting her. They
were hugging." She paused, then added
casually. "It was all innocent, I'm sure,
nodded, thinking about the frequent incidents when
he'd caught them in a close moment together.
led a distraught Brooke into the parlor and closed the doors behind them. He turned around and saw the look of utter
distress on her pretty, tanned face.
let what James said get to you,” he said firmly. “Miranda requires a little extra
attention. You know that. I think you probably misunderstood what you
shook her head, wrapping her arms around herself and staring off in a
daze. “There’s no misunderstanding what
I heard,” she exclaimed softly. “He
would rather send me to the curb than hurt his precious little girl.”
walked over and grabbed her by the arm, turning her toward him. “James loves you,” he claimed. “I don’t think you realize how much he loves
away from him, Brooke walked over to the window and gazed outside at the
setting sun. “I don’t know, Ethan. I think I’m getting myself into a situation
that I can’t win. If it’s not Miranda,
then it’s Alex. Something is always more
important than I am. Am I supposed to
just accept that I’m always going to be dispensable to him?”
around and shot him a doubtful stare.
“How do I know he’s not going to decide it’s too complicated and divorce
me in a month?” she asked. “I know these
They get married and divorced more often than I buy shoes.”
couldn’t help but laugh. He walked over
and put his arms around her, pulling her into a warm embrace. “I think you’re just scared,” he said. “And that’s perfectly normal. You’re marrying a very rich and powerful
man. There’s bound to be baggage. You just have to learn to deal with it.”
know if I can.”
sighed, wishing there was something he could do to soothe her frazzled nerves.
glad I have you to talk to,” Brooke said, unaware that James was standing in
the doorway watching them hug tenderly.
clenched his teeth and turned around, marching across the foyer as he tried to
register what was going on with Brooke and his nephew.
Austen paced back and forth in the living room of Kenny DeWitt’s mansion in Bel
Air. Her platinum blond hair was
perfectly feathered back and she had on a brand new pair of Calvin Klein Jeans and
a frosty pink lip-gloss. She felt like
a million bucks. The unfortunate thing
was she was dirt poor. Being a nurse
didn’t pay the bills like she thought it would. Now Kenny was trying to end their
relationship and she was desperate.
entered the room and saw Winter standing there, he flew into a panic, closing
the French doors and making sure no one was around.
crazy?” he asked. “Do you have any idea
what my wife will do if she finds you here?
How did you get in, anyway?”
butler let me in,” she replied. “And I
must commend you for having a white servant.
That's far out, Kenny. Sort of
turning the tables on society.”
you keep your voice down,” Kenny said, his tone full of warning. “My wife is upstairs changing for
dinner. She could come down here any
minute and find you here. If she thinks
our affair is still on, she’ll take the land commission away from me. Do you have any idea how long I’ve been
angling for that post?”
care,” Winter pleaded, throwing her arms around him and smothering his face
with kisses. “I don’t want to lose you,
Kenny. We have so much fun together.”
“Had,” he corrected her. “We had
so much fun together. It’s over,
Winter. It’s got to be.”
and hurt, she spun around and folded her arms across her chest. “So you’re just going to throw away the last
six months? You’re going to just forget
about all the things we’ve shared together?”
no choice!” he insisted, whispering under his breath. “My wife is the backing behind everything I
have. My house, my company, and my
position on the land commission. I do
not intend to throw that away on a nurse from the Valley!”
sorry, Winter,” Kenny said. “This is the
way it has to be. And you should start
looking for somewhere else to live.”
she asked in shock. “Why?”
only a matter of time before Renee finds out your condo is paid for by Merteuil
Industries,” he explained. “She’ll send
you packing before you know what hit you.”
that’s just great,” Winter said with exasperation. “Not only do you dismiss me like a common
whore, but now I don’t have anywhere to live.
What am I supposed to do now?”
room for rent somewhere, I don’t know,”
Kenny replied. He stopped when he
heard his wife calling him from outside the living room. “Oh no.
She’s coming. You’re going to
have to leave.”
minute,” Winter protested as Kenny pulled her by the arm toward the door
leading onto the patio. “You can’t just
throw me out like this.”
you have to go,” Kenny insisted, opening the doors and shoving her outside into
the night. Quickly and without
hesitation, he drew the orange and brown drapes just as Renee entered the
living room through the other doors.
what’s going on?” she asked, scanning the room with sharp eyes. “I heard voices."
from in here you didn’t,” he replied calmly.
you’re just tense,” Kenny insisted, walking to the bar and pouring her a glass
of champagne. “I think you need a drink,
Baby. It’s been a long day.”
it has,” she replied, eyeing him skeptically as she took the glass and sipped
the expensive champagne.
Stormy and Heather arrived at the Blackthorne mansion for the rehearsal
dinner. They went into the parlor where
Ethan and Miranda were gathered, drinking cocktails in their formal
are the bride and groom?” Stormy asked, immediately fixing himself a rum and
Coke. He was dressed in a blue suit and
white shirt, but no tie as it wasn’t his style.
He had already fought with his father about the tuxedo he was supposed
to wear at the ceremony. After a few
rounds, he eventually had to give in and accept that he’d have to go against
his personal style.
getting ready,” Miranda replied, gulping down a whiskey sour.
folded his arms in concentration. He
wished he could be a fly on the wall in James’s bedroom right now.
stood in front of the dressing mirror as James walked up behind her and zipped
up her dress in the back. She smiled at
him through the reflection in the mirror and turned around.
okay?" she asked. “You’ve been kind
James dug his hands in his pockets.
“I’m just thinking.”
whether this wedding is what you really want,” James replied sharply.
frowned and looked into his eyes, trying to figure out what was going through
his mind. “Of course it is,” she
replied. “Why would you ask?”
of Brooke and Ethan standing in an embrace clouded his mind. Not once but twice today he had walked in on
them in a very close moment, whispering to one another timidly. He hated himself for thinking it, but he was
sure something was going on. Or at least
in the making.
reason,” he finally said, deciding it was not the time to bring it up. He turned and walked to the dresser and
picked up his cufflinks.
must be a reason,” Brooke persisted, following him across the room.
more foolish by the minute, James shrugged and forced a smile on his face. “I just know that things have been kind of
tense around here lately,” he replied.
“With Miranda’s outbursts and Alex’s unexpected visit today. I wouldn’t blame you if you were having second
thoughts about being part of this family.”
smiled and put her arms around him from behind. “I don’t care about any of that,” she
said. “You said you talked to Miranda
and agreed to a compromise. That’s all
I can ask for. I just want a chance to
make you happy.”
turned and kissed her passionately for what seemed like eternity. When they finally broke, James reached into
his jacket and handed her a large velvet box.
“I was going to wait until tomorrow to give this to you,” he began. “But I think tonight is as good a time as
coursed through Brooke’s veins as she slowly opened the jewelry box and saw the
brilliant diamond necklace resting inside.
Dozens of crystal clear stones lit up her face and she gawked in astonishment.
I don’t know what to say,” she said, a tear trickling down her cheek.
say that you’ll marry me tomorrow and make me the happiest man on earth,” he
replied, turning her around and lifting the lavish piece to her neck. He effortlessly clasped the chains together
and turned her back toward him.
love to,” she cried, throwing her arms around him. She turned and examined herself in the
mirror. ‘It’s beautiful, James. I love it.”
beautiful. And I love you.”
the necklace for a minute or so and then hugged him again, wishing they could
be as happy as they were at that minute for the rest of their lives.
time they got downstairs, Kenny and Renee DeWitt had arrived for the rehearsal
dinner. As one of James’s oldest and
dearest friends, Kenny was going to be one of his groomsmen, along with Stormy
as the best man.
were gathered in the parlor waiting for dinner to be served. Miranda looked across the room and
immediately saw the extraordinary diamond necklace that Brooke was
wearing. Her eyes narrowed coldly on
her and she immediately fixed herself another strong drink. She had lost count on how many she’d had so
far, and she was beginning to feel a little woozy.
like everyone’s here,” James announced, shaking hands with Kenny and kissing
Renee’s delicate hand. “So nice to see
was her polite reply.
studied Brooke’s face and decided that she seemed happier than she’d been all
day. Whatever went on up in the bedroom
must not have been as bad as he had predicted.
Maybe there was hope for their marriage after all, he thought.
tells me that dinner will be ready in about ten minutes,” James said to the
room. “By the time we finish a drink it
should be time to adjourn to the dining room.”
like to make a toast,” Stormy announced, holding up his glass and turning to
face the rest of the guests. “To my
father and his new bride. May they
prosper and have a blissfully happy life together.”
here!” Kenny agreed enthusiastically.
you, Stormy,” Brooke said kindly, kissing him on the cheek.
watched her carefully, unable to take her eyes off the extravagant necklace,
which was obviously a gift from her father.
Obviously her hint about Brooke and Ethan didn't
sway her father. She noted the way Brooke worked the room so casually and effortlessly,
acting as if she fit in with their family and friends. But Brooke
always be a poor make up girl from the Valley.
Gritting her teeth, Miranda downed the rest of her drink and went to the
bar to fix another one.
you think you should slow it down?” asked Heather as she approached her
sister-in-law. “Drinking isn’t going to
make her go away.”
rolled her eyes and slammed down a shot of straight whiskey. “Then will it make you go away?” she asked hatefully and walked across the room to the
sofa where Ethan was sitting.
don’t you take this instead,” Ethan suggested, handing her a glass of club
not you too,” she complained. “What’s with
all you squares tonight? I can’t have a
drink before dinner?”
she stood up and found an empty corner to hide in. She saw Brooke staring at her out of the
corner of her eye and clenched her fists in anger.
doorbell rang and James wondered who they were missing. He thought that everyone he invited had
arrived. Minutes later, Leilani entered
the parlor and approached James discreetly.
Blackthorne, there’s a gentleman in your study who says he would like to speak
with you,” she said.
frowned. “Who is it?” he asked.
James excused himself from the room and ambled across the foyer to the study,
nursing his drink as he entered the room in anticipation. His eyes narrowed on a tall blonde man
standing by the fireplace dressed in a tuxedo and holding a bottle of
believe it,” he said under his breath.
“What the devil are you doing here, Will Thomerson?”
guy come see an old friend?” he replied.
He was a debonair man of forty-seven, oozing power and prestige with
see any friends here,” James spat. “Now
get out before I throw you out.”
Thomerson smiled devilishly, removing an envelope from his pocket and waving it
at James. “I was disappointed that you
didn’t show up to my cocktail party tonight so I thought I’d bring the party
slowly dawning, James grabbed the invitation from him and read through it
quickly. It was the same invitation that had been delivered to the studio that
morning. “You’re the one who bought Jaguar Studios?” he asked. “How can that be? I thought I destroyed your career years ago.”
shook his head adamantly. “Not at
all. You may have set me back a little
when you sabotaged my Broadway premier, but I bounced back. Just as I promised.”
sorry to hear that,” James quipped, walking around Will in circles. “And just what does a Broadway producer want
with a Hollywood movie studio?“
you at your own game,” Will replied smugly.
“I’m going to turn Jaguar Studios
around and blow Sunset Studios right
out of the water. Then when you’re left
with nothing, I’m going to be sitting in my Hollywood
office relishing every second of your ruined existence.”
the parlor, a drunken Miranda wobbled toward Brooke, pushing Heather out of the
way and grabbed her by the arm.
think you’re so fancy with your new diamond necklace, don’t you?” she asked,
glaring at Brooke with contempt. “And
your new Gucci dress, and your new Hollywood husband in
your Hollywood mansion.”
thought we could kiss and make up and be best friends?” Miranda asked, her
words coming out slowly and somewhat incoherently. “Well forget it. I have enough friends.” She put her arm around Heather and pulled her
close. “Right, Heather?”
that’s enough,” Stormy said, intervening and pulling his sister away. “I think you need to go outside and get some
need any air, Stormy,” she replied, then turned back to Brooke. “I just need this bitch to leave my father
gasped and sat down on the sofa while Kenny moved to break up the ugly
confrontation. “Come on, Miranda. Let’s go outside.”
shrugged him away, continuing to give Brooke a wickedly hateful stare. “Why don’t you take Brooke outside?” she
asked, stumbling back a few steps as she lost her balance. “And leave her.”
please-“ Brooke said, her eyes meeting Ethan’s in desperation.
you’re so fake,” Miranda mumbled as she lost her balance again and fell
forward. She reached out to stop her
fall and her hand clasped around Brooke’s diamond necklace. The chain broke and the diamonds fell off onto
the floor, scattering everywhere.
cried out in horror and clutched her bare neck, watching the diamonds as they
spread across the room in disarray.
She shook her head in despair, raced out of the parlor and fled out the
front door of the mansion.
the study, James was growing more irate by the minute.
have a lot of nerve showing your face here after what you did to my sister,” he
said to Will Thomerson, closing his hand tightly around his tumbler of brandy.
didn’t do anything to your sister,” Will replied.
killed her!” James shouted angrily.
James’s theatrics, Will walked across the room and picked up a picture frame
from the desk. “I did not,” he said
adamantly. “Georgie was sick. She died.”
seventeen!” James yelled, squeezing the glass tightly before he hurdled it
across the room. Shards of broken glass
splintered everywhere and the sticky liquid shot up like a volcano
erupting. “You used her, you made her
promises, and then you left her broken and alone while you ran off to New
alive when I left,” Will reasoned smugly.
remark nearly sent James over the edge.
He gritted his teeth and ran his fingers through his hair in
frustration. “She got sick and she
didn’t care whether she lived or died because you left her alone! You were everything to her! You killed her as sure as if you had shot her
with a gun!”
an opportunity to study with the best playwright of the century!” Will
exclaimed, his calm and cool disposition breaking down ever so slightly. “It was either that or stay in Windsor,
Kansas and rot for the rest of my
life! Tell me, James, what would you have done in my position?”
that’s right,” Will continued. “You did the same thing. You got out the first chance you got! You moved to Hollywood
and went to film school! You
wanted to follow in the footsteps of your Uncle
Nathan, the Hollywood legend! But when I left
the year before that it was the act of a monster, right?”
didn’t ruin a young woman’s life and leave her alone and….” James began, stopping himself before he said
something he would regret.
what?” Will asked. “I didn’t know she
doesn’t excuse the way you treated her,” James said solemnly.
you sure got your revenge, didn’t you?” Will asked, stepping forward as if to
challenge his old friend. “As soon as
my first play got on Broadway you made sure our first show was our last. It took me years to recover from that.”
was a small price to pay for what you did to Georgie.”
shook his head and laughed to himself in disbelief. “You’re a delusional old fool, you know
that?” he said. “You would rather blame
me for Georgie’s death than realize that it was because your family was poorer
than dirt and couldn’t get her the help she needed.”
everything we could for Georgie.”
you?” Will demanded. “I seriously doubt
that. Any money your family had your
mother drank and your father gambled away.”
up!” James yelled.
don’t you stop blaming me for everything and realize it was because of your
dysfunctional family that your sister died when she was seventeen years old!”
with anger, James rushed toward him in a blind fury. “I swear to God I’ll kill you!” he
threatened, grabbing Will by the tuxedo jacket and throwing him across the
quickly climbed to his feet and retaliated with a swift punch to James’s jaw,
followed by a knee in the gut. Within
minutes, they were tearing at each other, knocking over lamps and vases as they
frozen on her feet, looked around the parlor and saw that everyone was staring
at her in disgust and disapproval. She
couldn’t take it anymore. She was sick
of being the bad girl that everyone expected her to be. She tore out of the room and ran outside to
her car parked in the circular drive.
She started the engine and backed up, revving the engine in
frustration. The red Camaro jolted back
and hit the car parked behind her.
Ignoring the sound of crushing glass and metal, she turned the wheel and
speed along the driveway. All she wanted to do was get out of there
and forget about everyone. She’d
probably be branded the spoiled rich girl for the rest of her life after that
scene inside the house but she didn’t care.
for the lights, she felt the car strike something head on. The sound of a scream followed and she
slammed on the brakes. Finally turning
on the lights, she looked to the pavement ahead and her eyes widened at the
sight of Brooke laying motionless in the bright glow of the headlights.
waits for word on Brooke's condition while a frightened
Miranda contemplates the consequences of her actiosn.
Ethan grows suspicious of Miranda and demands
the trutyh. James dodges Ethan's questions
about will Thomerson. James lashes out at
Miranda and sends her fleeing from the mansion