Lauren slept with Brett,
fearing if she didn't give in to his demands he
would tell Heather about her affair with Stormy.
News of Alex and Will's marriage spread quickly,
infuriating everyone and sending Jordan into a depression.
Ethan and Winter argued over his friendship
with Brooke. James and Alex met secretly with
his lawyer to discuss their plan. Stormy told
Lauren that she had been offered to go on tour,
then a devestated Brett overheard Lauren asking Stormy
if he would go with her. Brooke wondered what
James was up to during his secret meetings, then
refused to sleep with him until she felt she could
trust him completley. James's headaches worsened,
still refusing to tell anyone of his terminal condition.
After Ethan lied about being with Brooke,
Winter confronted Brooke with hostile accusations.
During the argument, Brooke stumbled and fell
down the stairs at the mansion.
The Valley Beach Club was filling with people preparing to
celebrate the release of Lauren. Dressed to the nines, everyone mingled
throughout the crowd and took their seats at tables in the dining room.
In the lobby, Ethan
fished his cell phone from his pocket and quickly dialed the number at the
Blackthorne mansion and waited for Brooke to answer. After a few rings, he reluctantly hung up
and looked at his watch. He’d just seen
James come into the restaurant, but Brooke wasn’t with him. Maybe she was on her way, he thought to
himself as he started off through the crowd.
Winter slowly walked
down the staircase, her eyes riveted to Brooke’s motionless body laying at her
feet. She stepped carefully over her
and began running across the foyer to the front door. She had to get out of there. If anybody saw her there they’d think the
worst. And as much as she hated Brooke,
she wouldn’t have done anything to deliberately hurt her.
Suddenly a pang of
conscience overcame her and she turned back.
She decided she couldn’t leave without first making sure she was
okay. It wouldn’t be right. Reluctantly, she turned and walked back to
Brooke’s body. Looking closely, she
noticed that she was breathing. That was
a good sign. But anything else was
undecided, namely the fate of her baby.
What would Ethan do
if he found out that she was with Brooke when she fell? And if she lost the baby, it would crush
him. He’d probably blame her and end
their relationship indefinitely. The
prospect was too painful to acknowledge.
a thought occurred to her. If Brooke
didn’t get treatment in time, maybe she wouldn’t have to worry about the
baby. She could leave her there just
like she’d planned on doing. Everyone
was at Lauren’s party and wouldn’t be home till late. By that time it might be too late for the
baby that would surely come between her and Ethan.
filled Winter’s head as she stood up and tried to focus. What was she actually considering? Leave Brooke there and hope she'd lose her
baby? At least that way she'd have no
ties to Ethan.
wasting another second, she turned and ran out the front door to her car. Fumbling with the keys, she started the
engine and peeled out of the driveway, leaving the mansion behind like a bad
walked into the dressing room and looked at Stormy and Lauren with complete
surprise. He shook his head and felt himself filling
going on tour with her?” he said in disbelief.
“I didn’t even know there was
gave Brett an apologetic look and took a step toward him. “I just found out about it, man."
hell you did,” Brett exclaimed angrily.
“Don’t you think if anybody should go on tour with Lauren it should be
we haven’t decided anything,” Stormy insisted, slightly annoyed by Brett’s
defensive attitude. “We were just
talking about the possibilities, that’s all.”
is a private conversation anyway, Brett,” Lauren added smugly.
sure. It’s private because you don’t
want unsuspecting Brett to find out that you’re trying to cut him out of the
picture!” Brett replied in a rage, then looked at Stormy with a threatening stare. “No wonder you can’t get your recording
studio to profit. You’re too busy with
your personal life to run it. You betray
everyone around you and-”
way off base, man,” Stormy
interrupted. “I’ve done nothing but give
you the benefit of the doubt since you showed up here. You lied to everyone, including my sister,
and I gave you another chance. So don’t
tell me that I’ve betrayed you.”
do you call this?” Brett yelled. “You’re sleeping with Lauren and now you’re
planning on going off on tour with her!
Where do you think that leaves me?
I’m kind of left holding the bag with no career because you had to have
eyes darted back and forth between Brett and Lauren. He was shocked to hear that Brett knew about
their affair. “What are you talking
and Lauren doing the deed, that’s what I’m talking about!” Brett yelled. “And now you want to cut me out of the deal
completely! You know, I don’t know
sees in you anyway! You’re a spoiled
rich kid who used your trust fund to start a business! And even that you foul up by unzipping your
pants every chance you get!”
right, that does it,” Stormy groaned, gnashing his teeth and charging toward
stood by helplessly, wishing that none of this had ever started.
then, Heather and Miranda walked into the dressing room and immediately saw
what was going on. They both screamed
at them to stop as Stormy and Brett struggled to take a swing at one another.
it off!” Miranda yelled, grabbing Stormy and pulling him back. “What the hell is going on here?”
are you two fighting?” Heather added, looking at them in confusion.
stumbled back and pushed his hair out of his eyes. He tried to catch his breath
while glaring at Stormy. “Ask your husband,” he said, turning to
out of here,” Stormy barked, still being restrained by Miranda.
his head with a scoff, Brett threw his hands up in resignation and turned to
the door. “Forget you, man.”
he left, Miranda let go of her brother and looked at him and Lauren as if
demanding an explanation. Heather
walked up to Stormy and put her arms around him, sensing the anguish he was
Meanwhile, Ethan approached James and expressed his
concern that Brooke hadn’t shown up yet.
should be here by now,” James said. “I
told her to meet me here.”
sighed and looked around the crowded terrace.
‘I’ll give her another call at home,” he said.
let me know if you can’t get in touch with her,” James said. “If she isn’t here soon then I’m going to go
nodded and pressed a speed dial on his phone.
After calling the mansion and letting the phone ring a few times, he
hung up and fished his keys out of his pocket.
He wasn’t going to wait for James.
He had a terrible feeling that there was something very wrong.
Out in the dining
room, Alex and Will walked arm in arm through the crowd, stopping at a passing
waiter and taking two glasses of champagne.
They continued along their way and intercepted Jordan coming in through the
stopped and looked at them, noting their comfortable arm in arm position and
looked away distantly. Alex followed his
eyes with hers, wishing she could reach out to him and explain everything. The look on his face spoke for him. He was deeply hurt seeing her with Will
Jordan,” Will said with a sly
smile. “Glad to see you made it out
tonight. But I guess it beats sitting at
home licking your wounds.”
Jordan smiled evenly. “I guess congratulations are in order for the
two of you."
gazed into his eyes. She felt a chill
run down her body and she suddenly debated whether what she was doing was worth
it. Sure, she was helping James out of a
bind, but at what cost? She might very
well have lost the man she loved forever.
she could say anything, Jordan was offering a polite goodbye
and then disappeared into the crowd.
When she turned back, James was approaching her and Will
like a bolt of lightening. Finally they could get their evening
good, you’re here,” James said, finally able to relax after showing up at
Alex’s beach house only to find no one home.
“You have a lot of nerve
showing up here, Blackthorne,” Will taunted.
“As far as I know, has-been’s aren’t permitted in this club.”
about to find out that you’re the
has-been,” James said, glaring at Will with contempt. “I’d like to see you both outside in the
garden. There’s something I have to say
and it can’t wait.” He turned and weaved
through the dining room toward the terrace.
frowned and turned to Alex. “Do you know
what that’s all about?”
shook her head. “I have no idea,” she
said. “Why don’t we go find out?”
tried to imagine what James had up his sleeve.
He should have known the fight
wasn’t over. Whatever it was that James had planned, he
was certain it would be a misguided attempt at retaliation for taking his
Ethan arrived at the mansion and walked into the foyer, immediately spotting
Brooke laying unconscious at the bottom of the staircase.
my God!” he cried out, racing toward her with blinding speed. He knelt down and checked her pulse,
relieved that she was alive. He leaned
in and called her name several times, trying to jar her awake with no avail.
he raced to the phone in the foyer and called for an ambulance.
at the party, Will walked onto the garden terrace with Alex close behind. He approached James in a secluded clearing
and stopped, meeting his stare with remote curiosity.
right, James. This had better be good,”
he said. “What pathetic reason do you
have for summoning us outside?”
I have something to say,” Alex
declared, stepping forward as she reached into her purse and withdrew a folded
looked at her with curiosity, then at James, immediately knowing they were up
to something. “What is this?”
is you getting what’s coming to you,” James said smugly.
is a document showing the sale of Sunset
Studios to James Blackthorne for the sum of one dollar,” Alex said with a
smirk, handing Will the contract and then giving James a triumphant look.
glanced over the paper and chuckled loudly.
“That’s preposterous,” he said. “You can’t do that.”
beg your pardon,” Alex replied. “I’m
your wife. We had no pre-nup.
Everything that’s yours is
mine. And I decided to give James back
what rightfully belonged to him. Being
Mrs. Will Thomerson does have its
lost at your own game, Thomerson,” James said.
“How does it feel?”
looked up and glared at them with contempt.
“You were in on this together,” he seethed. “This was all a setup.”
bet it was,” Alex said. “Do you honestly
think I would have married you for any other reason?” She reached into her purse and removed
another document which she handed to Will with a grin. “And now that James and I have both gotten what
we wanted, our marriage is over. I had
it annulled this morning.”
eyes widened as he looked at the annulment papers. “This is a joke,” he whispered. “This has got
to be a joke.”
no joke, Thomerson,” James said, barely able to contain his excitement.
get you for this, James Blackthorne,” he said angrily. “You may think you’ve won but believe me I
will crush you into the ground.”
luck,” James said confidently, then kissed Alex on the cheek. “Alex, it’s been a pleasure. Congratulations on your annulment.”
smiled. “Thank you, James.”
he left, Will looked back at Alex with pleading eyes. “You can’t do this to me, Alex. You can’t take his side over mine. What happened to our plans to destroy him
thought about Jordan and the way she shamefully
treated him. “Some things are more
important than revenge,” she said before brushing past him and going back into
watched her go, intent on setting things right.
James may have gotten his studio back, but he’d never let Alex get away
with making a fool of him. Never.
approached Miranda in the lobby and grabbed her arm, pulling her toward the
door. “Come on, let’s go home,” he said.
Miranda exclaimed. “When are you going
to tell me what’s going on with you and Stormy?”
tell you later,” Brett said, simply wanting to get out of the restaurant. After the confrontation with Stormy in the
dressing room, the club was the last place on earth he wanted to be.
their way out the door, he spotted Lauren coming out of the ladies room and
walked over to her casually, leaving Miranda waiting by the door. He leaned in and whispered into her
me at the pool house at the Blackthorne mansion at ten,” he said slyly, then
slipped back across the room to his wife.
shuddered, growing increasingly distraught by Brett’s demands. What good were they now anyway? He’d already told Stormy he knew about their
affair. There were no secrets
anymore. She refused to play the victim
of his disgusting blackmail attempts anymore.
James was standing at the bar with Stormy when
a waiter approached and gathered his attention.
Blackthorne, your nephew just called,” said the waiter. “He wanted to tell you that Miss Taylor was
taken to the hospital and to meet them there.”
James exclaimed, alarmed by the suddenly news.
“What happened? Is she all
sorry, sir. That’s all he said.”
my God,” Stormy said. “Dad, you have to go.”
nodded, trying to get his wits about him.
No sooner had he gotten his business life back on track than the mother
of his child was hauled off to the hospital.
It was never ending. “All right,
I’m sorry, Stormy. I know it’s your big
Stormy insisted. “Just call me as soon
as you know anything.”
was already flying through the restaurant to the doors. He prayed that Brooke was all right. If anything happened to her or their baby he
would be devastated.
by the sudden news, Stormy looked around the room for Lauren, realizing that it
was almost time for her to perform.
They had to get some kind of order assembled at the party. After the incident with Brett in the back
room, he thought the party would be over before it really began. After tonight, he’d have to do some damage
control to be sure that Brett didn’t tell Heather what he knew. If his wife found out he was having an
affair, it would kill her. And hurting
Heather was the last thing he wanted to do.
opened the door to Lauren’s dressing room and found her sitting on the sofa
looking miserable, blotting her smudged eye makeup with a tissue.
what’s going on?” he asked, rushing over and sitting down beside her. “What’s this all about?”
her head, Lauren looked up at him and tried to stifle her tears. “Everything’s such a mess, Stormy,” she said,
sobbing. “I didn’t mean for any of this
to happen. I fell in love with you. I just wanted to protect you. I didn’t want
to put you in a bad position.”
what are you talking about?” Stormy asked, trying to make sense of what she was
saying. “You haven’t put me in any
shook her head in despair. “When Brett
found out about us, he said he would tell Heather unless I…”
in humiliation, Lauren sunk back in the sofa.
“Unless I slept with him.”
shot up from the sofa in a rage. “He
made you sleep with him in exchange for his silence?” he asked in
disbelief. “Lauren, I-“
had to do it,” she sobbed. “I’m sorry, Stormy. I just knew how much you wanted to keep it
from Heather so I thought that if I…and now he wants me to meet him at the pool
quickly ran to the door and bolted out into the hall in a rage. He wasn’t going to let Brett get away with
this. He’d gone too far.
grew increasingly distraught as he paced around her apartment. She went over dozens of scenarios over and
over again in her mind, trying to predict what would happen when Brooke was
found at the bottom of the staircase at the Blackthorne mansion.
glancing at the phone and the door, she waited on the edge of her seat to hear
any news at all. Suddenly she stopped
pacing when an unsettling fact occurred to her.
was supposed to have met Ethan at Lauren’s party over an hour ago. Was he coming over or calling her asking
where she was? No. It was almost as if he didn’t even care
whether she was there or not.
long she found herself praying that Brooke lost her baby, because if Ethan ever
found out he was the father, she'd lose him for sure.
raced into the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai and found Ethan pacing back and
forth. He darted toward him and grabbed
him by the arms.
is she?” he asked in a heated frenzy.
“Tell me Brooke is all right, Ethan!”
shook his head and tried to calm his uncle down. “Dr. Mitchell is still in with her now,” he
said. “I haven’t gotten any information
James yelled, clenching his fists and kicking a coffee table with his
wing tips. He was suddenly
reminded of a night a few months ago when Brooke was taken to the hospital
after Miranda hit her with her car. The
waiting drove him crazy then and it was much worse now. Now he had a baby to worry about as
well. “How did it happen?”
don’t know for sure,” Ethan replied.
“When she hadn’t shown up at the party I went to the mansion to look for
her. I walked in and found her laying at
the bottom of the stairs. I think she
dear God,” James said, rubbing his face with his hands. “Please let my baby be okay.”
then, Dr. Mitchell appeared from the examining room and approached them
rapidly. “Mr. Blackthorne?” she asked,
stopping when she got to James. “I’m Dr.
Mitchell, Brooke’s obstetrician.”
Mitchell, is she okay?” James asked, stricken with concern
conscious but she’s suffered quite a shock,” Dr. Mitchell replied. “We’re monitoring her and the baby
closely. Everything is being done to
stop her contractions.”
Ethan exclaimed. “How can she already be
were triggered by her fall,” the doctor explained. “But please don’t assume anything just
yet. We’ve had a very high rate of
success in stopping contractions in cases like this one. There’s a good chance we’ll be successful
this time. But I must warn you, Brooke
and her baby are not out of the woods yet.”
closed his eyes and spoke a silent prayer for Brooke and the baby. All he wanted to do was live long enough to
be a family. Even if it was only for a day.
are you okay?” Ethan asked, noticing the way James was holding his head.
to block out the pain, James nodded and forced himself to stay grounded. He wouldn’t let his own illness take center
stage at a time like this. He was there for
Brooke now. “I’m fine, Ethan,” he
creeped outside to the pool at the Blackthorne mansion and ducked into the pool
house where he waited for Lauren to show up. After the night he’d had, he was looking
forward to a nice erotic interlude with the sexy Miss Spencer. Miranda was tucked away in bed, tired from
taking final exams at school all day.
Plus all the questions she was asking about his argument with
Stormy. It was enough to wear anyone
out, including him.
raced his Cobra II into the circular drive in front of the mansion and climbed
out, slamming the door shut so
hard that it seemed like it would fall off its hinges. He wasted no time in dashing around to the
side yard where the pool was. He could
see a flickering light from inside the pool house and he clenched his fists in
his way down the tiled surface around the pool, he threw the door to the pool
house open and found Brett laying on the bed with his hands behind his head.
Brett exclaimed, jumping up from the bed.
“What are you-“
you expecting someone else?” Stormy asked in a rage.
Brett shook his head
nervously. “No, I was just-“
were you waiting for?"
"I wasn't waiting for
"I asked you who you were
waiting for!" Stormy yelled, grabbing Brett by the shirt collar and
throwing him outside onto the tiled pool deck.
Brett quickly scrambled to his feet,
backing away from Stormy as he realized how angry he was. It could only mean that he found out about
him and Lauren.
"All right, so I was waiting
for Lauren," he said, holding up his hands defensively.
Stormy lunged forward and drew his
fist back, sending it flying into Brett's face and knocking him back to the
ground. "You were blackmailing her
into sleeping with you, you son of a bitch!" he yelled, so angry that he
was trembling from head to toe.
"What kind of sick pervert are you anyway?"
Rubbing his jaw and struggling to
his feet, Brett let out a chortle.
"Me?" he asked in dismay.
"What about you? Carrying on
with her while your wife is at home, oblivious to everything going on around
"Yeah, well I guess I don't
have to remind you that you're married too," Stormy continued, rushing
toward him again. "To my
Before Stormy could take another
swing at him, Brett rushed forward and tackled him to the ground. They struggled on the wet tile, grasping and
wrestling violently. Stormy got on top
of him and grabbed his head, slamming it into the ground several times before
Brett forced him off and delivered a powerful blow to the gut.
"Come on, Stormy," Brett
said in bated breath. "There's no
point in arguing over who's the bigger sleaze.
We both got what we wanted. It
just so happened that our wives weren't the ones giving it to us. So we had a little fun."
Stormy shook his head in disgust,
dragging himself to his feet. "The
difference is I love my wife," he said, struggling to catch his
breath. "Falling in love with
Lauren was an accident. You were just
using her for sex."
Brett smiled slyly and wiped a
trickle of blood from his nose. "I
thought she needed to find
out what real sex was all about," he said.
"She sure wasn't getting it from you."
"You son of a bitch,"
Stormy said, charging at him again and knocking him straight into the
As he fell, Brett grasped for
Stormy's arm and pulled him in with him, their weight sending water splashing
out onto the deck. They emerged to the
surface and waded toward the
shallow end. Running up behind him, Stormy
grabbed Brett from behind and pushed him back down into the water.
Before long they were exchanging
powerful blows to one another, blood splattering in the wake. Neither of them noticed Miranda running
toward the pool to see what the commotion was all about.
"Brett! Stormy!" she called helplessly from the
deck. "What are you doing?"
Just then, she turned when she heard
Heather yelling from across the yard.
She came racing down the hill to the pool and stopped by Miranda's side,
watching in horror as their husbands beat each other to a pulp.
"Stormy!" she cried. "Knock it off! Get out of the pool!"
Stormy delivered a final blow to
Brett's jaw and sent him falling back into the shallow end of the pool. Wheezing and gasping for breath, he dragged
himself out of the pool and stood on the deck in his soaked tuxedo.
"Stormy, what is going
on?" Heather demanded, staring at him in the eyes. She was so confused by what was happening
between her husband and Brett. Whatever
it was, she had a sinking feeling that it was about her marriage.
Stormy shook his head and turned
back to the pool where Miranda was helping Brett out onto the side. "Nothing's going on," he said when
he turned back to Heather. He started up
the hill to the driveway, leaving Heather behind with a perplexed look on her
She walked over to Miranda and
helped her get Brett's weakened body out of the pool. "Would somebody tell me what's going
on?" she asked. "Where is
Brett climbed to his feet and laughed
at her. "Where do you think he's
going, Heather?" he asked.
"He's going to Lauren."
"Lauren?" Heather asked
with a frown.
Wiping blood from his lip, Brett
put his hand on Miranda's shoulder to hold himself up and laughed at Heather
again. "Wake up, Sweetie. You think your husband is just helping her
with her career?"
Heather looked at him in
frustration, wishing he would just come out and say what he wanted to say. But she had a feeling she knew what was
going on. And there was only one way to
find out for sure. Fighting back tears,
she turned and ran up the hill to her car.
Meanwhile, James opened the door to
Brooke's room at the hospital and approached her tenderly. Ethan followed him close behind, praying
that the doctor would have good news for them soon.
"Hi," Brooke said with a
faint smile as she looked up at them.
"How are you feeling?"
James asked, taking her hand in his.
"The doctor says you're
to be fine as long as they can get the contractions to stop."
She nodded weakly, a tear forming in
her eyes. " James, I don't want to
lose this baby."
"Shhhh," he said, leaning
down and pulling her close. "You're
not going to lose the baby. Dr.
Mitchell is doing everything she can to make sure that doesn't happen."
"She's the best obstetrician in
the hospital," Ethan added.
Brooke wiped her eyes and tried to
"Brooke, can you tell us how
this happened?" James asked softly.
"Did you fall down the stairs?"
She nodded. "Yes."
"How?" Ethan asked.
Thinking back to the events that
occurred earlier that night, Brooke squinted and tried to piece everything
together. "The doorbell rang and I
started downstairs to answer it," she began. "Then Winter came in and she came
upstairs. We argued on the
Ethan's eyes widened. "Winter was there?" he asked,
shooting James a deliberate look.
"Brooke, did she...did she push you?"
Brooke closed her eyes and tried to
remember. It all happened so fast. "I don't
know," she said. "She was yelling and screaming at
"About what?" James
Ethan knew the answer without having
to hear Brooke's reply. Because Winter
was jealous of her. She couldn't stand
the fact that he was spending time with her.
“Damn her,” James whispered under
“She’s not going to get away with
it,” Ethan murmured before turning and running intently out of the room.
Miranda sat Brett down onto their
bed and delicately dabbed his wounds with a cotton ball and alcohol. She winced uneasily, realizing he must be in
pain from the assortment of cuts and bruises.
“So was that the truth?” she
asked. “Is Stormy having an affair with
Brett considered his response
carefully. “Yes, why do you think we
were fighting?” he asked.
Miranda raised an eyebrow.
“Well I guess I didn’t realize you and Heather were so close. At least not close enough to be willing to
defend her honor like that.”
shook his head and howled in pain as she dabbed a cut on his cheek. “It wasn’t that,” he said. “It’s because of Lauren. We’re supposed to all be partners and he goes
and sleeps with her. Then he tries to
cut me out of the deal and starts making plans to go on tour with her.”
“He’s going on
tour with her?” Miranda asked in disbelief.
“She asked him to
go,” Brett replied, happy that he’d successfully left all of his misdeeds out
of the scenario. Now he just hoped that
neither Stormy nor Lauren decided to blab to Miranda about his blackmail
efforts. If they did, his marriage
would be over. “I don’t know if it’s
been decided for sure, but-“
“You know what?”
Miranda asked, kissing him on the forehead.
“I should have warned you not to go into business with my brother. He’s just bad news.”
unsure of what was going to happen next and if he was going to be implicated in
any of it.
Alex stood on the balcony of her
house in Malibu,
taking in the fresh ocean air as she gazed up at the moonlight. She had a feeling of great accomplishment
after the triumph her and James pulled off earlier that night. It was just like when they were
married. Working together as a
team. It felt exhilarating.
With a sigh she turned and shrieked
at the sight of Will Thomerson standing directly behind
her. She looked at him with wide eyes,
slightly frightened by his sudden appearance.
"How did you get in here?" she asked.
Will stepped forward, so close that
she could feel his breath on her face.
"I've been asking myself all night, how could she do this to me?
Why would she betray me like that?"
he began in a low, ominous voice.
"Then I remember, she's never
completely fallen out of love with her first husband. She'd do anything,
sacrifice anyone to help him."
"I think you'd better
leave," Alex said, watching him skittishly. He seemed unbalanced. Perhaps she'd
underestimated him. Maybe her and
James's deception had sent him into some kind of downward spiral.
Suddenly he reached up and clasped
his hands gently around her neck. Alex
shrieked quietly and stared at him with wide eyes. "I think to myself can you let her get away with it?” said Will. “Can
you let her make a fool of you and just walk away?"
Alex looked into his eyes, praying
that he would let her go and just leave.
"What do you think?" Will
continued, keeping his hands around her neck.
"Can I just
"You have no choice," Alex
said evenly. "Now take your hands
off of me."
Slowly Will lowered his hands and
stared at her with a blank, emotionless look in his eyes. "I won't forget this, Alex. If you believe nothing else, believe
that." He turned and disappeared
into the house, leaving through the front door.
Unnerved by the incident, Alex
dashed across the room and locked the door securely behind him. She let out a deep breath, relieved that he
left without much more of an incident.
It made her wonder what else he was capable of. What if next time he wasn’t so easily warned
off? Just how dangerous was Will
Winter sat on the edge of her sofa,
nervously biting her fingernails as she flipped through the channels on the
TV. Why hadn’t she heard anything? The suspense was killing her.
Just then, the door opened and Ethan
came barreling inside. She immediately
shot up to her feet and turned toward him.
The look on his face told her that she was in big trouble. Brooke must have recovered from her fall and
told him everything. She had to remain
calm, she told herself. She didn’t do
anything wrong. She didn’t push
Brooke. She tripped and fell on her
own. That was the honest truth.
“Ethan, I was just going to call
you,” she said.
Before she could finish her
sentence, he was rushing up to her and grabbing her by the shoulders and
shaking her forcefully. “What were you
hoping to do?” he asked in a rage. “Get
her out of the way because of your paranoid delusions?”
Winter shook her head in
despair. “No, Ethan, I didn’t-“
“Brooke is laying in the hospital
right now, not knowing whether her baby is going to live or die, and it’s all
your fault!” Ethan yelled. He couldn’t
remember when he’d been so angry in his life.
“I didn’t do anything!” she
exclaimed, tears forming in her eyes.
“It was an accident! She tripped
and fell! I didn’t push her!”
“You’re lying!” Ethan replied. “You’re jealous of my friendship with Brooke
and you always have been!”
“Well can you blame me?” she
screamed. “You pay more attention to her
than you do
me! Whatever Brooke wants Brooke
gets! Whenever she needs you you’re
there, by her side, holding her hand!
When is it going to be my
turn, Ethan? When are you going to go
out of your way for me?”
He shook his head in disgust. “Listen to yourself! You sound like a jealous high school
girl! Brooke is my friend! We’ve been friends for a long time! I can’t just give that up!”
“She loves you!” Winter
cried. “How am I supposed to compete
Ethan glared at her and finally let
go of his grasp on her. “That’s your
insecurity talking, and I can’t be held responsible for that. Don’t you see what it’s made you do? A woman
is laying in the hospital right now because you thought she was competition for
“No!” Winter cried. “That’s not it! I went over there to tell her to stop seeing
you! I didn’t hurt her!”
“I don’t believe anything you say,”
Ethan said, backing up and walking to the door.
“I never want to see you again.
And if you ever come near Brooke again, I’ll make you very sorry.”
He passed through the open door and
disappeared down the stairs. Winter
raced to the door and started to call after him but it was no use. He was gone and he was never coming
back. She turned and slammed the door
behind her, sinking to the floor and crying hysterically.
Stormy and Lauren laid naked under the blanket on the sofa
in her dressing room at the Valley Beach Club.
He hugged her close, trying to comfort her after their exhausting
night. He kissed her warmly, tracing
his finger down her lips and gazing into her brilliant blue eyes.
A knock at the door interrupted the
tender moment and they both looked up with surprise. A second later, the door opened and Heather
walked in. Standing in the doorway, she
watched them lay naked together on the sofa.
Her eyes began to fill with tears and her mouth opened wordlessly. She suddenly felt like a complete fool. Brett was right. All this time she thought Stormy was just
helping her with her career. Now it was
clear there was a lot more than that going on.
Finally turning around, she raced
out the door and down the hall. Stormy
jumped up and called after her.
"Heather, wait!" he yelled in despair, hating himself for
being so careless.
Heather drove her car into the
driveway at their house in the Valley.
with tears, she climbed out of the car and raced inside the house. She turned and looked through the window and
saw Stormy drive up in his car, the tires squealing as it came to a halt. She watched him jump out and race to the
door. Quickly, she locked it with the
chain and backed away.
"Heather!" he screamed,
pounding on the door. "Let me
"Go away!" Heather
screamed, shaking her head sorrowfully.
"Please, Heather! Let me explain!"
"I don't want to hear anything
you have to say!" she cried, sitting on the bottom step of the staircase.
"Heather! You've got
to listen to me!" Stormy yelled, banging his fists firmly on the door
again. He could hear the chain rattle
inside but it wouldn't budge.
Heather suddenly jumped up and ran
up the stairs. She went to their bedroom
and grabbed an armful of Stormy's clothes out of the dresser drawer and
proceeded to the window.
"Here!" she screamed, throwing the garments out onto the
lawn. "Take your stuff and leave! I never want to see you again!"
Stormy ran into the grass, watching
as she threw everything he owned from the window. He rubbed his face with his hands and sunk
to his knees, realizing that he'd blown it with Heather and ruined his
Season 1 draws to a close. Several people leave town, leaving those left
behind in a state of turmoil. Desperate, Winter
tells all. Miranda plays matchmaker. Heather
feels she's lost Stormy forever. James and
Ethan demand answers from Brooke.
the Season Finale