Before Alex and Jordan's
wedding, James asked Alex to help him get Sunset
Studios back from Will, despite Brooke's plea for
him to leave it alone. James collapsed after
having another headache and was rushed to the hospital.
Jordan issued Alex an ultimatum, telling her
if she went to see James their wedding was off.
Torn, Alex went to James's side, only later
to be crushed when she overheard he and Brooke professing
their love. James learned that swelling in
his brain caused by the plane crash would kill him
within a year unless he had a risky operation. Brett
grew angry when Stormy and Lauren made decisions
about her album without consulting him. Jordan told
Alex they were through. Winter found a letter
Brooke wrote to Ethan but never gave him. In
the letter, she revealed that Ethan was the
father of her unborn baby.
morning, Stormy and Lauren were sitting on the sofa of his office at Good Times Records. He handed her a package wrapped in tissue and
she grinned mischievously while tearing it open.
that Barbra Streisand album I promised you,” Stormy joked with a laugh as he
watched her expression.
God,” Lauren gasped as she looked at the album sleeve with her picture on the
cover. “This is too good to be true.”
very first copy,” Stormy announced. “I
wanted you to be the first to see it.”
turned the album over and examined the back, then pulled the record out of the
sleeve and giggled happily. “I can’t
believe it’s really happening,” she said, setting the album down and throwing
her arms around him. “I owe you so much,
all the hard work,” he said, squeezing her tightly.
then, the door opened and Brett walked inside.
He saw them on the sofa in an embrace and he smiled apologetically. “Oh sorry, I didn’t meant to interrupt
anything,” he said, his eyes riveted to them.
silly, Brett,” Stormy said and stood up.
walked inside and closed the door. “I
just went by your house to pick you up and Heather said you’d left hours ago,”
he said. “What happened to our workout
smiled slyly and handed Brett the album.
“Sorry, I was so excited to get to the studio today,” he said. “Take a look at that. Hot off the presses.”
looked at the album, Lauren’s picture on the cover and her name scrawled across
the top in curvy stylish lettering. He
raised an eyebrow and managed a vague smile. “Looks great,” he said, burning
with anger inside. He hated the fact
that he had no part in the completion of the album.
should celebrate,” Lauren exclaimed, standing up in her tight red satin shorts
and white halter top.
get to that next weekend at the album release party,” Stormy announced. “It’s going to be the event of the summer.
Just wait and see.”
already set the release party up?” Brett asked with a frown.
I’ve got everyone coming. Magazines,
newspapers, everyone in the business.”
folded his arms and glared at him with contempt. “So I guess you really don’t need me around,
looked at him, trying to decide if he was serious. “Why would you say that?” he asked. “You’re Lauren’s manager. Of course we need you around. Come on, Brett. Stop kidding around.”
shrugged, holding up the album and glaring at them both. “Well you didn’t need me to make any decision
on finishing the album,” he began, his temper and his voice rising. “You didn’t need me to set up the release
party. It looks like the two of you have
everything taken care of.”
looked at him curiously, wondering what had gotten him so fired up all of the
could tell he was angry and he didn’t understand why. “Look Brett, we’re friends. I wouldn’t purposely exclude you from
anything. You’re Lauren’s manager and-“
doesn’t quite measure up to your role in her career,” Brett interrupted, then
shot him a cold stare. He knew what was
going on. Stormy bent over backwards to
help Lauren and give her everything she wanted.
That left no room for him so he was slowly being pushed out.
does that supposed to mean?” Stormy yelled, growing irate. “Brett, if you’ve got a problem with
something then spill it!”
his head angrily and shoved the album back at Stormy. “Forget it,” he said, throwing his arms up in
the air. “As a matter of fact, forget
both of you.” He turned and stormed out
of the office, barreling down the hallway and clenching his fists in anger.
stood, perplexed, as he turned to Lauren and shrugged. “What was that all about?” he asked.
think he knows about us?” Stormy asked in confusion. He thought he and Brett were pretty
tight. Now all the sudden he was acting
defensive and lashing out at him. It
didn’t add up.
see how he could,” Lauren replied.
“We’ve been so careful.”
racked his brain, trying to think of what had made Brett so upset.
opened the door to the mansion and greeted James and Brooke with a relieved
glad you’re okay, Mr. Blackthorne,” she said, closing the door after they’d
entered the richly paneled mahogany foyer.
“I’ve been so worried.”
smiled. “No need to worry, Leilani. I’m doing just fine.”
put her arm through his and led him toward the stairs. “You’re still going
upstairs and lying down,” she insisted. “I’m not taking any chances. You said you’ve been under stress, well I’m
going to make sure you get plenty of rest from now on.”
laughed and turned to her. “You don’t
have to do that,” he said. “Besides,
you’re the one who’s pregnant. You
should be taking it easy. Not me.”
him upstairs and shook her head. “I’m
fine. It’s you I’m worried about. Now I don’t want to hear any arguments.”
maybe a brandy would be nice,” James said, walking with her down the hall to
their bedroom. “I need to look over the
paper anyway. I feel like I’m out of the loop lately.”
led him into the bedroom and smiled.
“I’ll go get your brandy while you get undressed,” she said, kissing him
softly. “I’ll be right back.”
her hand and pulled her back to him.
“Brooke, I just want you to know how much it means to me that you’ve
stuck by me,” he said. “I feel like I’ve
lost everything else. Knowing I have you
on my side means the world to me.”
stroked his dark hair from his eyes and kissed him again. “I wouldn’t be anywhere else,” she said. “I’ll be right back.”
disappeared outside the room and James turned to the bed where Leilani had laid
the morning paper as she usually did.
He unbuttoned his shirt and sat down on the bed, opening the paper to
the business section.
headline on the front page caught his attention and he immediately grew tense.
‘Blackthorne Loses Control of Production
He closed his eyes and tried to block out the
pain that began to surface in his head again.
It was milder than the episode at Alex’s wedding the day before, but
excruciating nonetheless. He had been
living with the pain for so many weeks that he had come to expect it under
certain circumstances. When he was faced
with bad news or something equally as stressful was when it hit the most. Seeing his failure in business splattered
all over the newspaper was stressful enough.
he got up and staggered over to the phone.
He dialed Alex’s number in Malibu
and impatiently waited for an answer.
When she finally picked up, he let out a deep breath and tried to speak
need to talk,” he said. “It’s about Will
Thomerson. Can I see you today?”
stirred awake on the bed, noticing the late hour and jumping up to his feet
just as Winter came out of the shower.
morning, sleepy head,” she said with a smile, her hair wrapped in a towel.
you let me sleep so late?” Ethan asked, rubbing his eyes and grabbing a pair of
shorts from the floor.
dead to the world,” Winter said, stopping him from getting dressed. “I thought you could use the sleep. We’ve all been through a lot lately.”
sighed and sat down on the bed. He
groaned in pleasure as Winter began massaging his shoulders from behind. “I need to go see how my uncle is doing.”
the hospital for you,” Winter said. “He
was released this morning and Brooke took him home. See, everything’s going to be fine. You can relax. He probably needs to stay in bed and get
some rest today. You don’t need to go
running over there.”
the feeling she was trying to convince him to stay away. “Do you have some kind of problem with me
wanting to see James?” he asked defensively.
Winter shrugged. “No, I just think that Brooke probably has it
lowered his head and closed his eyes, enjoying the massage. He couldn’t help but think about Brooke and
the conversation they had just before James collapsed. He’d asked her if there was any possible way
he could be her baby’s father. It
looked like she was about to tell him something when they were
interrupted. The possibility still
weighted heavily on his mind. He had to
know for sure.
examined his expression, wishing she could step inside his mind and find out
what he was thinking. Did he know that
he was the father of Brooke’s baby? Had
she told him?
decided the answer was probably no. If
she had told him, she wouldn’t still be with James. That was a certainty.
Was she going to tell him? Maybe.
But again, if she did, her relationship with James would be over, and
James would most likely lash out at Ethan with everything he had. That was something Brooke probably wouldn’t
let happen. Or maybe she would. There was no telling what Brooke Taylor
would do. She was full of surprises.
Winter couldn’t afford to be surprised.
Not when it came to her and Ethan.
started back up the stairs to their bedroom with James’s brandy when he came
running down toward her. She stopped on
the landing and frowned, wondering where he was going in such a hurry.
I’m sorry but I have to go out for a while,” he said, kissing her on the cheek.
was startled by his announcement. “Where
are you going?” she asked in disbelief.
“James, you have to get some rest.
You said yourself you’ve been under a lot of pressure.”
“It won’t take long,” he
said. “I promise.”
she called after him as he ran down the stairs and flew out the front door.
slammed and she jolted with a start, nearly spilling the drink she held in her
hand. She had no idea what had gotten
into him but something sent him running from the house.
she started up the stairs and paused when she felt a sharp pain in her
stomach. She frowned, touching her
stomach lightly. A second or two later
the pain came again and she bent over, dropping the brandy and gasping for
Doubled over, she prayed there
wasn’t something wrong with her baby.
The pain she felt wasn’t normal.
She was sure of it.
she crept down the stairs and made her way to the phone in the foyer.
rang as Ethan and Winter were on their way out the door and he stopped in the
ring,” Winter said, pulling him outside onto the porch.
started to shut the door but stopped, shaking his head and running back inside
the house. “It might be important,” he
said, racing over to answer it.
sighed in exasperation and dragged herself back inside.
Ethan said as he picked up the phone.
it’s Brooke,” she gasped into the receiver, still doubled over in pain. “I think something’s wrong with my baby.”
wide, Ethan grew into a panic. “Hold on,
Brooke. I’ll be right there.”
up the phone and raced to the door, stopping in front of Winter with a stark
look on his face. “Something’s wrong
with Brooke,” he said. “She thinks it’s
the baby. I have to go. I’m sorry, Winter.”
out a deep breath, gritting her teeth as she watched him race down the driveway
and jump into his car. He was running
off to be Brooke’s savior for the millionth time and she was left alone as
the door shut, she picked up an ashtray from the table in the entryway and
threw it across the room, sending glass shattering everywhere.
Brett was at the gym standing in front of the mirror lifting free weights and
panting with each repetition. He looked
up and saw Stormy’s reflection through the mirror. With a raised eyebrow, he continued his set
and pretended to ignore him.
talk?” Stormy asked, standing behind him with his arms folded.
shrugged and switched to a heavier weight.
“What’s there to talk about?”
Stormy walked around to the side so he could look at him head on. “What the hell was that all about back in my
office this morning?” he asked. “You all
but accused me of trying to push your out of our partnership.”
saying you’re not?” Brett asked, breathing heavily as he pulled his arms up
with each repetition.
Stormy insisted. “You’re Lauren’s
manager! That isn’t going to change now
Brett stopped and set the weights down.
He turned to Stormy and looked him directly in the eye. “Now that what?” he asked in a challenging
tone. He knew the answer already. Now that Stormy and Lauren were lovers.
his head, Stormy reached out to Brett and tried to calm him. “Look, I don’t know what’s bothering you but
I promise you-“
care,” Brett said, pulling away and grabbing a towel to wipe the sweat from his
forehead. “It doesn’t matter. You can go ahead and make all the decisions
without me. Just remember I’m here if
you need me.”
his eyes at Brett’s sarcastic remark, Stormy turned and watched him race off
through the crowded gym. He slapped his
hands to his sides and kicked the weight bench with his foot.
opened the front door of her house in Malibu
and invited James inside the meticulously decorated living room.
for seeing me,” James said, turning toward her with a rigid expression on his
course,” Alex replied. She would do
anything to make it up to James. It was
her fault that he landed in the hospital the day before. It was her fault for letting Will Thomerson
take his studio away. And being in his
life again made her happier than she ever knew, even if she couldn’t have him
as her husband. “Are you feeling okay?”
nodded, rubbing his face and dismissing her concerns immediately. “I need your help, Alex,” he said. “You were with Will Thomerson when he came up
with his plan to take Sunset Studios
from me. Can you think of anything that might help me get it
a deep breath and sat down on the sofa, her aqua blue chiffon robe billowing
around her legs. “I don’t know,” she
began. “Maybe if you knew what you were
looking for I could help.”
placed a hand on his forehead and tried to concentrate. “I don’t know. But
damnit, I have to do something.”
sorry, James,” Alex said breathlessly.
turned and looked out the patio window at the ocean waves crashing up onto the
beach. He was determined to get back
what Will had taken from him. He’d
already taken enough. His own sister
fell victim to his treachery. Now his
studio. He couldn’t let him get away
doctor told him he had less than a year to live. He was not about to die and let his mortal
enemy keep his most prized possession.
It was his mission to get the studio back before they put him in the
ground. Sunset Studios was his legacy.
He couldn’t leave it in Thomerson’s hands after he died. He simply couldn’t.
there has to be something,” James said, turning back and looking at Alex with
what does Brandon say?” Alex
asked. “He’s your lawyer. He has to have some ideas.”
shook his head with regret. “No,
nothing. He says the contract I signed
was iron clad.”
sighed and stood back up. “Then I don’t
understand how I can-“ She stopped in
the middle of her sentence, growing into a daze as she thought of something
that could help James once and for all.
it?” James asked with a frown.
spread across Alex’s face and she folded her hands anxiously. “I think I may have the answer,” she said.
looked at her, wondering what she had in mind.
One thing was for certain, when Alex Reynolds put her mind to something
there was no stopping her. That was the
main reason he came to her for help.
walked into the hospital room and saw Brooke laying on the bed. He smiled and leaned over her, his hand
resting gently on hers.
you feeling?” he asked.
better,” Brooke replied with a smile, squeezing his hand tightly. “I feel so silly for calling you and making a
big deal out of this. You probably
think I’m a nut.”
laughed and shook his head. “Not all,”
he said. “You were just being cautious
and I can’t say that I blame you. But
hey, Dr. Mitchell says the pains you were experiencing were nothing to be
Brooke asked hopefully.
nodded just as Dr. Mitchell walked into the room.
news,” she said, holding up the pictures from a sonogram. “Your baby is in perfect health, Brooke. “
sure?” Brooke asked. “There’s really
all,” Dr. Mitchell replied with a smile.
“Some women experience some forms of cramping during their
pregnancy. It’s not uncommon. But you did the right thing by coming
in. It’s better to be safe than sorry.”
smiled brightly, beaming from ear to ear as she squeezed Ethan’s hand and
looked up at him in relief. “Thank you,
pleasure,” she said. “I’ll see you back
here next month for your checkup.”
Brooke said as the doctor left the room.
She looked at Ethan and smiled again, happy that her baby was safe and
sound. “I’m so sorry. I feel like a idiot.”
that,” Ethan said. “I’m just glad
everything is okay with the baby.”
the hallway, Winter appeared just outside the door and opened it partially so
she could see inside. Her eyes traveled
to the bed where Brooke was laying, holding Ethan’s hand tightly in hers.
not be the best time to bring this up,” Ethan continued, unsure of how he was
going to say what he wanted to say.
“Yesterday at the wedding, I asked you a question and you never answered
me. I’d like an answer now.”
immediately knew what he was asking her.
She took a deep breath, bracing herself for the reality of the
a chance that your baby is mine?” Ethan asked.
other side of the door, Winter’s eyes flashed open and she covered her mouth to
keep from crying out. She couldn’t
believe what she was hearing. Ethan
suspected he was the father of Brooke’s baby.
If she told him the truth everything would be ruined.
sorry, Ethan,” Brooke said, rubbing her hand over her stomach. She hated doing it but she had no
choice. She couldn’t tell the truth
now. Too much had happened. She had James’s well being to think
about. “You’re not the father.”
solemnly, slightly disappointed by her announcement. “I see,” he said glumly. “I’m sorry. I had to ask.”
smiled. “It’s okay,” she said, squeezing
his hand again. “I understand why you
had to ask. And you would have been a
wonderful father, Ethan. Someday you will have a baby of your own and he’ll
worship you. He’ll be the luckiest kid
in the world.”
smiled, standing back and taking a deep breath.
“Well, I’m going to go pull the car around,” he said. “I’ll be right back to get you.”
Brooke said, watching him leave the room.
After he’d gone, she laid her
head back and shut her eyes tightly.
The look in his eyes was enough to cause her heart to break into a
million pieces. She got the feeling he
wanted her baby to be his so badly. The ironic part of it was that it was his baby. She felt
terrible for lying.
But what else could she do?
then, the door opened and Winter stepped inside, a pale, erratic look on her
made up face. She walked over to Brooke
and stared at her with piercing eyes.
good,” she said softly. “Lying comes so
easily to you.”
looked at her in shock, surprised to see her there and startled by her
enigmatic words. “What do you want?” she
asked, sitting up in the bed.
Ethan he isn’t the father of your baby was the smartest thing you could have
done,” Winter continued, her eyes riveted to Brooke’s. “You would be ruining so many lives if you
told him the truth.”
was stunned. How did Winter know? “Get out of here,” she said, cowering away
from the woman.
make a suggestion,” Winter said, her eyes wild.
“Don’t ever tell him the
know what you’re talking about,” Brooke said, feigning innocence.
got out that you’re carrying Ethan’s baby, James would never forgive you,” she
said softly. “He would surely never
forgive Ethan. And you’d have to live
with the fact that you single-handedly tore their relationship apart. He would resent you. And any happiness you think you’d have with
him would end in a travesty.”
of here!” Brooke insisted. She couldn’t
listen to anymore. Sadly, she knew that
what Winter was saying was the truth. If
she admitted that her baby was Ethan’s, it would destroy everyone involved.
give Ethan a baby myself,” Winter said.
“That bastard child of yours will have to suffer along with the rest of
the Blackthornes. Meanwhile, Ethan and
I will be happily married raising our own family. He won’t even remember your name.”
alone!” Brooke yelled, tears forming in her eyes. She didn’t understand why Winter tormented
her so much. She was starting to get
frightened every time she saw her.
what I said,” Winter said with a menacing stare before turning and leaving the
she’d gone, Brooke wiped her eyes and got up from the bed. She quickly got dressed and thought about
everything Winter had said to her. She
was more sure than ever that she was doing the right thing by lying about the
father of her baby.
afternoon, Brett walked up the steps to Lauren’s apartment and knocked firmly
on the door. When she opened it he gave
her a sly smile and pushed his way inside.
you doing here?” she asked in dismay.
shrugged. “I was in the mood for some
fun so I thought I’d stop by,” he said, his dark brooding eyes fixated on
her. He reached down and loosened the
second button on his polo. “Whew, it’s
hot out today. Do you have any iced
frowned at his strange behavior and disappeared into the kitchen. Brett grinned devilishly and sat down on her
sofa, propping his legs up on the brass and glass coffee table and looking
around smugly. When she returned, she
handed him any icy glass of tea and folded her arms in irritation.
have something you wanted to talk about, Brett?” she asked. “Because if this
isn’t about my career then I’m going to have to ask you to leave. I’ve got someone coming over in a while and
who’s coming over,” Brett said and sipped from the glass of tea. “Or at least I have a pretty good guess.”
frowned. “I don’t know what you’re
talking about, but if you came here just to waste my time, then-“
about you and Stormy,” Brett interrupted.
looked at him in shock, unsure of how to react to his accusation. Was he bluffing? Or did he really know something?
examined her stunned expression and stood up from the sofa, digging his hands
in the pockets of his white tennis shorts.
“What’s the matter? Cat got your
you talking about, Brett?” Lauren asked, turning around and trying to avoid eye
contact. She was a lousy liar and one
look would tell Brett that he was right.
you two in the clubhouse at Alex and Jordan’s
wedding,” Brett said, walking up behind her.
“You disappeared into the back room. “
shook her head and laughed. “From that you think that there’s something
going on between us?”
you kissing,” Brett said. “You were
pawing each other like animals. It’s a
good thing I was there because right after you went into the back, Heather
showed up. She would have gone back
there if I hadn’t convinced her to come back to the garden with me.”
gritted her teeth and turned around to face him. “So what are you going to do now?" she
asked. “I mean, that’s what this is all
about, isn’t it? You threw that tantrum
in Stormy’s office this morning and now you’re confronting me
with this. What are you going to
do? Tell Heather and get Stormy in
trouble just to get back at him for making a few decisions without you?”
laughed and folded his arms across his chest.
“Now if I did that, what do you think would happen to your relationship with Stormy?”
Lauren walked across the room and looked out the window at the crowded beach a
few yards away. She thought about his
question and tried to predict how Stormy would react if Heather found out. It was difficult to tell. He obviously didn’t want Heather to know
about their affair. If she could have
done something to prevent her from finding out and she didn’t, he might never
do you want?” Lauren asked as she turned back toward him. “More money?
You’re already getting twenty percent of my earnings, which is way too
high if you ask me.”
laughed and smiled slyly. “I don’t want
money,” he said. “I have enough of that
already. I married a very rich girl,
remember? No, I want something
else. Something Stormy has that I
shrugged. “And what would that be?”
up close to her, Brett put his hand on her shoulder and raised his eyebrow
seductively as he looked her body up and down.
“What do you think?”
looked at him in awe, appalled that he was blackmailing her into having sex
with him. “Are you serious?” she asked.
breathing shallow, Brett reached down and brushed his hand against her bare
midriff. He licked his lips, wanting
desperately to feel her body against his.
closed her eyes, realizing that she had no choice. She was going to have to give in to what he
wanted if she was going to protect Stormy.
evening, Heather stepped onto her father's yacht at the marina, tender-footed
as she tried to keep her balance in the dark night sky. She walked around to the port side and found Jordan
sitting on the edge, his feet dangling over the side as he tipped back a bottle
about jumping?" she asked with a
looked back with surprise. "No,
Sunshine. Just thinking."
hated to see her father so despondent.
It wasn't like him. Since her
mother had left ten years ago, he had never gotten this close to a woman. It shed a new light on him, and one that she
was trying desperately to get used to.
sigh, she sat down beside him and put her arm around him. "So I guess things didn't work out with
you and Alex, huh?"
staring out at the calm marina. Yachts
and sailboats gently bobbed up and down on the water, causing tiny ripples of
waves to spread as far as the eye could see.
you want to talk about it?" Heather asked, looking into her father's eyes.
shook his head and took another drink.
put her arm around him and laid her head on his shoulder. She remembered going out on their yacht every
weekend when she was a kid when her mother still around, and before her brother
went away to school. It had been a while
since she'd been to the marina and it brought back a lot of good memories.
long have you been here?" she asked.
I left the club yesterday," Jordan
an eyebrow, Heather couldn't help but smile.
"Are you going home anytime soon?
Or does your Beverly Hills
mansion not hold up to the comforts of a yacht?"
took in a breath of fresh ocean air and let it out slowly. "I just want to be alone for a
while," he said.
you want me to leave?"
at his daughter and shook his head.
"No. You're probably the
only person I want to see right now. I
already sent Alex away. I guess my
daughter is the only one who understands me."
smiled and rested her head on his shoulder again. She wished she could do something to make him
feel better. The sad truth was that she
knew something like this was going to happen.
Alex Reynolds was bad news.
walked down the hallway at the Peninsula Hotel and paused at the presidential
suite. She took a deep breath and knocked
softly, licking her lips as she waited for the door to open. She had to keep telling herself that she was
only doing it for James. She owed it to
him. It would all be worth it in the end
if she could get his studio back for him.
later, Will Thomerson appeared in the doorway dressed in a velour Lacoste sweat
suit. He raised an eyebrow, effectively
surprised to see Alex Reynolds gracing his doorstep.
do I owe this pleasure?” he asked, looking her up and down and admiring how
ravishing she looked.
smiled coyly and licked her lips. “I was
in the neighborhood and thought I’d drop by,” she began.
shrugged and gestured for her to come inside.
“I see. And what does your new
husband think about your dropping by another man's hotel room?”
sighed and made her way into the suite.
“Sadly, the wedding ceremony didn’t go off as planned,” she said, trying
not to let thoughts of Jordan cloud her judgement. She hated what her
actions would inevitably do to him, but she had no choice. “We called it off,” she said, turning around
folded his arms and looked at her with surprise. “Really?
What brought that on?”
don’t think Jordan and I were meant to be,” Alex said, sitting down on the edge
of the sofa. “I
really feel like I’d be limiting myself if I married him. He’s so local. You are an international figure. New York,
London, L.A. I think I was wrong to discount you so
so?” Will asked.
nodded. “Yes, and that’s why I came here
today. I wanted to see if your offer was
stood up and walked toward him. “To
crush James Blackthorne once and for all,” she said.
interested,” Will said, the excitement evident in his eyes.
better way to do that than to be married?” Alex continued, a gleam in her eyes.
think of anything.”
smiled. “Good. Are you free tonight?”
raced down the stairs when he heard the front door of the mansion open. He saw Brooke and Ethan enter the foyer and
he ran to them in a frenzy.
he called from across the foyer.
“Darling, are you all right?
Leilani said you went to the hospital.
But I just called and they said you’d already been released. What happened?”
and looked at Ethan, then back at James.
“It was nothing,” she said dismissively.
“I got a little carried away and thought there was something wrong with
the baby. But Dr. Mitchell said that
everything is fine. We have nothing to
out a sigh of relief and pulled her into an embrace. “Thank God,” he said happily. “I was so scared there for a minute. If anything had happened to you or our baby I
don’t know what I would have done.”
Mitchell said the cramps she was feeling were perfectly normal,” Ethan said
with a smile.
shook Ethan’s hand. “Thank you for being
there for her,” he said, then eyed him skeptically. “How did it come about, anyway? You being here to take her to the hospital?”
called Ethan,” Brooke explained.
mind coming over,” Ethan admitted. “I’m
just glad everything’s okay.”
James managed a smile and looked
at his nephew, then at Brooke. He was
suddenly reminded of his old fears that something was going on between
them. Luckily things were different now
that Brooke was carrying his child. He'd
never have to worry about her relationship with Ethan again.
skipped up the steps to Lauren’s apartment and knocked on the door, eager to
spend a couple of hours with her after the long stressful day he’d had. All he could think about now was taking off
his clothes and sliding into bed with her.
opened a few inches and Lauren peered outside, wrapping a bath robe around her
beautiful,” Stormy said, pushing the door open and leaning in for a kiss.
Lauren replied uneasily.
immediately got the feeling that something was wrong. “Ummm, can I come in or did you want to try
it out here on the porch?” He laughed at
his own joke, trying again to walk inside the apartment.
I’m sorry but I’m going to have to take a rain check on tonight,” Lauren said
with shifty eyes. “Winter is going to be
home tonight so it’s not safe here.”
we can go somewhere else,” Stormy said, kissing her again. “A hotel, the studio, wherever. I just want to be with you, Babe.”
pulled away and shook her head. “Not
tonight, okay?” she asked. “I’m just
sure?” Stormy asked with concern.
nodded. “Yeah, I’m sorry. That’s all it is. I’m just tired.”
hide his disappointment, Stormy shrugged and took a step back. “Okay, well I guess I’ll talk to you tomorrow
smiled and closed the door. Stormy
turned and walked back down the steps to the parking lot. He couldn’t shake the feeling that something
was bothering Lauren other than just being tired. At any rate, maybe it was best that he spent
a night at home with Heather. He didn’t
want her to have any excuses for a bitch session tonight.
inside her apartment, Lauren turned around just as Brett walked out of the bedroom wearing only a towel around his waist. He gave her a sly grin and brushed his lips
against her neck, untying her robe and letting it drop to the floor. She closed her eyes and looked up, wishing
she had never gotten herself into this mess.
Alex stood in her wedding dress on the terrace that jutted out from her house in Malibu. The full moon above in the night sky
illuminated the small ceremony and cast a warm glow over her porcelain
skin. She smiled and looked next to her
where Will Thomerson stood, dressed in a dapper black suit. Behind her was her maid, Veronique, and
standing before them was a judge.
a witness present?” asked the judge.
your honor,” Veronique replied, raising her hand.
well. Let us begin,” said the
judge. “Dearly beloved, we are gathered
here today to join this man and this woman in holy matrimony.”
smiled and looked again at Will. She
took a deep breath and repeated to herself over and over that she was doing
this for James.
News of Alex and Will's marriage spreads. Brett
gets what he wants out of Lauren. James and
Alex have a clandestine meeting. Lauren's
album release party gets underway. Winter
grows increasingly distraught over Ethan's fixation