and Janet Harper grew closer, and Will cautioned
him not to get too involved with the nosy reporter.
Later, Will had a DNA test done to prove that
Ethan was his son, then confronted Alex about it.
Miranda questioned Stormy about Samantha,
the woman he'd had an affair with while on tour
with Lauren. Stormy accused Brett of poisoning James.
Heather continued her relationship with Will
in hopes that he would help her with her career.
Philip Whitacre kidnapped Brooke and took
her to Alex's cabin in Big Bear. While an
unbalanced Philip professed his love for her, Brooke
went into labor amidst a torrential rainstorm in
downpour of rain and wind pelted the cabin in Big Bear. Rain
flooded the clearing and nearly
the long black limousine that sat in the driveway. The road that once led down the mountain to
the highway had disappeared asmidst a wall of water and mud.
Whitacre opened the door to the cabin and hurried inside to the warmth of the
fireplace. Shivering from
the rain, he
warmed his hands near the bright orange flames and shook his head in
don't think we can get out of here," he said. "I can't even see the road leading out
of this place."
eyes widened in horror as she panted with exhaustion on the sofa. "There's got to be a way!" she
cried. "Philip, I can't have my
baby here! Please do something!"
prospect of Brooke giving birth in the cabin sent Philip into a panic. He knew they were unequipped to deliver the
baby themselves, and the possibility that they could get out of there in time
was next to none. Aside from that, the
phone was out because of the storm.
They were essentially trapped with no one to help them.
God!" Brooke screamed as another contraction started. She closed her eyes and tried to block the
excruciating pain from her mind. Her
body was covered in sweat and her hair matted down to her clammy skin. "Please Philip! The baby's coming! Don't let anything happen to my baby! Please!"
Philip raced to the sofa and dipped a cloth into a small dish of water,
wringing out the excess before placing it on Brooke's forehead. He held onto her hand and allowed her to
squeeze with all her might until the contraction passed.
poured down Brooke's face as she thought about James and how badly she wished
he were there. If anything happened to
their baby it would crush him. The pony
and saddle he'd surprised her with the night before would be all that was left of
their joy. Her only hope was that the
storm would let up and they would be able to make it down the mountain in time.
wrung his hands together as he sat in his wheelchair in the library at the
Blackthorne mansion. The fireplace
crackled and he looked outside at the setting sun. It was getting late and Brooke had been missing
since that morning. The terrifying
prospect that someone knocked their driver unconscious and took off with Brooke
in the limousine was enough to make his skin crawl. If only they'd taken her more seriously when
she claimed she saw someone in the house a few
days earlier. If anything happened to
his wife and baby it would be his fault and then he'd never be able to forgive
has there been any word?" Miranda asked as she tore into the room,
followed by Brett and Heather.
shook his head and stared blankly into the fire. A burst of thunder echoed
throughout the house and the light flickered once, then
one has even spotted the limo?" Brett asked with a frown. "That doesn't seem possible."
could have ditched the limo by now," James speculated. "This guy obviously knows what he's
doing. He's not about to make any
mistakes. My God, they could be halfway
across the country by now."
Leilani hurried into the room and interrupted the discussion. "Mr. Blackthorne, Ms. Reynolds is here
to see you."
turned around in his chair to face the door, a scowl permanently etched across
his face. "Not now, Leilani. Tell her whatever it is will have to
Alex was already barreling her way into the library. “James, I have to talk to you!” she
cried. “I just heard about Brooke on television.”
groaned and shook his head dismissively.
“Not now, Alex. If you’ve come to
gloat now is not the time.”
shook her head with urgency. “No, I
think I know who kidnapped her!”
shot her a penetrating stare. “What?”
Whitacre came to see me today,” Alex explained in a panic. “He was acting very strangely. He said he needed my help and then asked if I
could find him a place to stay while he sorted things out.”
on, Alex,” James urged.
told him to forget it and he left,” she continued. “But then I noticed the keys to our cabin in
Big Bear were missing. James, I think he
took them. He made a point of saying he needed to go
somewhere out of the way. Somewhere
quiet and isolated.”
closed his eyes in despair. “That man
has my wife,” he said. "I’m sure of
should call the police!" Heather exclaimed.
entered the room and saw his mother and the shocked expressions on everyone's
faces. "What's going on?"
Whitacre took Brooke to Mom's cabin in Big Bear," Miranda explained
hurriedly. She folded her arms and
thought about what chaos Brooke Taylor had brought into their lives since she
appeared over a year ago. As if
everything that had happened wasn't enough.
Now she had to worry her father about something like this. It never ended.
call Detective Baines," Stormy announced and raced to the phone.
his head adamantly. "No,
don't," he ordered his son.
"If the police get involved it'll just scare Whitacre away. There's no telling what he'd do with Brooke
then. No, we have to go up there
a two hour drive," Miranda said, wishing her father would listen to
take the helicopter," James said after a brief moment of hesitation. "Stormy, call the pilot and have him get
the chopper ready." He felt a surge
of panic run through his body and suddenly his right foot jutted from the foot
pedal on his chair. His eyes widened in
disbelief and he quickly tried to move it again.
what is it?" Miranda asked after seeing the stunned expression on his
successfully moved his foot back onto the pedal. At long last he was beginning to notice the
feeling returning to his legs. It was
like a miracle. He closed his eyes and
quietly tried moving his legs but after barely a few seconds the attempt proved
to be futile. He couldn't do it.
don't think you should be going anywhere, Mr. Blackthorne," Gwen said as
she appeared in the doorway.
"You're in no condition to be traveling up to the mountains right
nodded in agreement. "She's right,
there's no way you can get around in your chair."
prospect made James feel useless and weak.
He hated the fact that his wife was in trouble and he couldn’t even do
anything to save her.
me go, Dad," Stormy said after hanging up with the pilot. "I can handle it. Trust me."
nodded and wheeled over to his son.
"Okay, but I want you to take Brett with you. Lord only knows what kind of mindset Whitacre
is in. You might have a fight on your
Stormy looked at each other and their eyes locked for what seemed like
forever. The resentment building, Stormy
began to protest. He didn't think Brett
would be any help at all. He had shown
how loyal he was to their family.
Drugging his father to keep him dependent on the wheel chair was
unthinkable. If his father’s mind wasn’t
on Brooke’s kidnapping, he would blow Brett out of the water that very minute.
don't just stand there!" James bellowed.
"Get moving! My wife is in
deciding to put his suspicions about Brett on hold for the time being. "We'll bring her back," he said and
gave his father a reassuring look. With
that, he and Brett flew out of the library and down the hall.
looked down at his legs. He didn't want
to say anything until he was certain, but the more he tried, the more feeling
he gained in his legs. Maybe it was best
that he stayed there and conserved his strength so that when Brooke did get
home he would be able to make certain nothing like this ever happened again.
worry, Daddy," Miranda said as she put her hand on his shoulder. "They'll find Brooke and they'll bring
nodded. "I hope so,
Sweetheart," he said in a daze.
the foyer, Brett grabbed an orange slicker from Leilani and started for the door when
Stormy pulled him back forcefully.
so fast,” Stormy said, his eyes menacing.
“I want you to know that I’m only agreeing to this because Brooke needs
help. If Whitacre hadn’t taken off with
her I promise you would be out the door by now.
I don’t care if you’re my sisters husband or not.”
can threaten me all you want as soon as we get Brooke home,” Brett said and
pulled his arm away. “My God,
Stormy. Don’t you think your father has
lost enough already? All I care about
right now is making sure he doesn’t lose anything else. You should be doing the same.”
rolled his eyes, fully aware that Brett was full of it. He was putting on an act to appear brave and
helpful to James. Unfortunately he was
the only one who knew the truth about what he tried doing to him. One way or another he’d make sure he was held
further delay, he grabbed his rain coat, flew past Brett and started out the door to his car. It was a five minute drive to the helicopter
pad and then another half hour to Big Bear.
With any luck they’d make it before the storm got any worse.
God, it hurts!” Brooke screamed in agony as she huffed and puffed on the sofa
in the cabin. She closed her eyes and
tried to block out the pain. She thought
of James and their special wedding day, and the magnificent days they’d
finally spent together as a family. “James,
please don’t let anything happen to our baby,” she cried to herself. “Please help me, James.”
returned to the room with more cold towels, which he placed on her forehead and
tried to calm her down. He’d covered her
lower half with a sheet and propped her up with a pillow from behind.
you have to breath,” he coached her.
“Remember back in Phoenix when I bought you those books on
childbirth? Try to do what it said to.”
shook her head and grunted. “I
can’t. I don’t remember, Philip.”
you do,” he replied sternly and pushed her sweat-soaked hair from her
eyes. “I know you can do it,
Brooke. Breath. You have to.
Your baby is counting on you.”
forced air from her lungs in short, quick spurts, trying desperately to recall
the patterns she’d learned from the books.
It was simple enough. But the
contractions were coming faster and faster.
She felt like she could have the baby at any minute.
helicopter cut through the rain high above Los Angeles.
Brett and Stormy sat in the back seat while the driver steered them
toward the mountains. He turned and
shouted over the roar of the engine and the swoosh of the propeller blades.
going to be coming up on some bad weather in a few minutes,” he yelled. “I’m going to try to go around it!”
shook his head and leaned forward. “No,
we’ve got to get there fast!” he shouted back.
“We’ll have to risk the storm!”
driver shook his head in disagreement but followed his orders anyway. He knew that if the helicopter was caught in
the storm they would run the risk of being forced down out of the sky. But he also knew that his boss, James
Blackthorne had been through enough hell and didn’t need another trauma in his
life. He decided that getting there fast
was risky, but the risk was probably worth it.
stared at the phone in the library as if willing it to ring. He prayed for news soon from Stormy and Brett
about Brooke’s whereabouts. Hopefully
Alex was right and that Philip took her up to her cabin in the mountains. If she was off base, then they would have
wasted a lot of time and Brooke could be that much farther away by then.
the hall in the conservatory, Miranda and Alex talked over a cup of coffee
while they waited for news. Miranda
thought it was terribly hypocritical of them to be so concerned about Brooke, a
woman that she and her mother both admittedly couldn’t stand. But the thing that made all the difference
was her father. James loved Brooke for
whatever reason, and that was enough to instill hope that she would be
entered the room and paused uncomfortably when she saw Alex and Miranda
together. “’I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to
stood up and raised an eyebrow. “You’re
not interrupting, Heather,” she said with a polite smile. “Please come sit down. I’ve been meaning to talk to you about
stood up as Heather entered the room.
“I’m going to go check on Daddy,”
she said. “Mom, I’ll see you in a few minutes.”
she left, Heather turned to Alex and approached her. “What is it you wanted to talk to me about?”
smiled again and sat back down. “Your
father is very worried about you,” she began.
“He doesn’t understand why you’re putting these walls up between the two
of you. I mean, you moved in here to
James’s house, despite the fact that you and Stormy’s divorce is nearly final,
and you won’t tell us who it is you’re working with to help your career. Why are you trying to punish him, Heather?”
rolled her eyes and threw her long brown hair over her shoulder. “I’m not trying to punish anyone,” she
refuted. “I’m looking after myself for
once in my life. I would think my father
of all people would appreciate that.
He’s always said that if you want something bad enough you have to make
it happen. Well that’s what I’m
doing. Now suddenly he has a problem
crossed her legs and leaned forward in the chair. She’d never felt close to Heather, even when
she and Stormy were married, but since she was Jordan’s daughter, she did feel
the need to try to help in some small way.
Heather didn’t always make it easy, however.
all for a woman taking matters into her own hands,” she said. “But you’re a very young, pretty girl. There are a lot of people in this town who
wouldn’t think twice about taking advantage of that.”
you speaking from experience?”
a matter of fact, I am,” Alex replied bluntly.
She couldn't help but be reminded of the way James's uncle, Nathan Blackthorne
had helped her with her career. But as always,
in Hollywood, help came with a price. “I had to learn the hard way that Hollywood is not for the faint of
heart. I was burned many, many
times. I was used, humiliated, you name
it. But I learned from my mistakes and I
came out on top.”
shrugged. “Shouldn’t I be able to make
the same mistakes?” she asked, thinking only of her relationship with Will
Thomerson. Since Brett announced that he
wouldn’t help her with her career, she’d reluctantly decided to continue her
relationship with Will in the hopes that he would
help her. And why wouldn’t he?
town, Ethan Blackthorne sat on the sofa in his house in the Valley, pouring
over the evening newspaper after getting the first word of Brooke’s
kidnapping. He couldn’t believe this was
happening. After everything she’d been
through she was now put in more danger than ever before.
his eyes with despair, he leaned back and rubbed his face. His first instinct was to rush over to the
Blackthorne mansion and demand an update.
But after a moment of reflection, he realized he wouldn’t be any more
welcome there now than any other time.
James’s mind he had delivered the ultimate
betrayal, and perhaps he was right.
Falling for Brooke and sleeping with her was the act of a selfish
man. But James had found it in his
heart to forgive Brooke, so why not him?
He was his nephew. He’d stayed by
his side for his entire life. Now that
James needed him he couldn’t do anything to help. It was a horrible feeling.
knock at the door interrupted his thoughts and he quickly went to answer
it. To his surprise, Will Thomerson was
standing on the porch dressed in a navy polo with the collar turned up
around his neck.
what are you doing here?” he asked in surprise.
“Is everything okay?”
smile from Will told him that it was a mere social visit. “I just wanted to stop by and see how you’re
doing,” he began. “I imagine you’re
pretty anxious to hear about Brooke Blackthorne.”
nodded and gestured into the living room.
“Yes, I am,” he said and offered Will a seat. “I can’t imagine who would want to kidnap
her. I wonder if there’s a ransom
shrugged and sat down across from him.
He looked into his eyes and felt a pang of hurt and betrayal. Obviously Ethan knew nothing about the fact
that he was his biological father. James
had hid it from him as well. He’d spent
the entire day wondering how to handle the information. The DNA test proved it. But was it the right time to tell his son the
sure James will do everything in his power to get her back,” he finally said,
crossing his legs and leaning back against the chair. “Particularly since she’s carrying his
baby. A father and his child have a very
nodded and offered him a drink.
thank you,” Will replied, still staring at him thoughtfully. “Ethan, what do you know about your father?”
the question to be somewhat personal, Ethan shifted uncomfortably in his seat
and looked away with hurtful eyes. “Not
much,” he replied softly. “I know that
my mother met him shortly after you left for New York.
He was traveling with the carnival that came into Windsor and they had a whirlwind
romance. It wasn’t until he left for
the next city that she found out she was pregnant.”
closed his eyes and cursed James Blackthorne for the disgusting lie that he’d
fabricated. As if a lowly carnival worker
was a better scenario than the truth.
you never knew your mother, did you?” he continued.
shook his head. “No, she died shortly
after I was born. James and his parents
raised me. Then when I was old enough I
moved out here to L.A. to work with James.”
you ever think about looking for your father?”
Ethan replied, a distant look in his eyes.
“James hired the best private investigators in the country. They came up with nothing. It’s like he vanished off the face of the
earth. The life of a carnival worker
isn’t exactly stable.”
the lies built up and Will saw the lengths that James had gone through to
keeping the secret. James blamed him for
Georgie’s death and always would. He
never hired a private detective. Another lie to
add to the collection.
are you asking me this?” Ethan wondered, pushing his fingers through his short
broke from his daze and sighed, forcing a smile on his face. “No reason,” he said dismissively. He decided it wasn’t the right time to tell
Ethan the truth. First he had to deal
with James Blackthorne. He refused to
let him get away with what he’d done.
felt as though she would die from the pain.
Each time Philip ordered her to push through a contraction, she grew
weaker and weaker. Her muscles ached
and her body convulsed. Sweat dripped
onto her lips and she tasted the salty moisture, drying her mouth and leaving
her hoarse and gasping for air.
face reddened and she grunted faintly.
“I can’t!” she cried breathlessly.
have to!” Philip argued. He lifted the
sheet and saw that she became more dilated every minute. The baby was coming and there was nothing
they could do about it.
the helicopter chopped its way through the rain and wind, teetering back and
forth in the perilous conditions. Stormy
and Brett looked down through the windows as they reached the top of the
mountain in Big Bear. The roof of the
cabin suddenly came into view and Stormy called up to the pilot.
it is!” he yelled over the loud wind and noise.
“We’re right over it! Land this
pilot did as Stormy instructed and sought out a safe clearing to land. He scanned the ground like a hawk, weighting
the risks of several different locations.
There was no way of knowing how deep the flood
water was but they didn’t have
much of a choice. He had to land the
the aircraft descended to the ground and finally touched down a few yards from
the cabin. Once it was safely on the
ground, Brett threw open the door and dashed out into the storm, wading through
two feet of water and sludge. Stormy followed him close behind, ducking
below the windtunnel effect from the propeller blades.
the cabin, Philip heard the noise from the helicopter and raced to the window
to see what was happening. He swallowed
hard when he saw Stormy and Brett barreling through the rain toward the
is it?” Brooke cried softly as she pushed her breath out in short, quick
here,” he replied and ran to the door.
Just as he pulled it open, Stormy raced inside and grabbed him by the
shirt collar, throwing him across the room in a blind fury.
you son of a bitch!” he yelled, charging at Philip relentlessly. He ran toward him and sent him flying back
with a swift punch in the jaw.
Brett entered the cabin he saw the struggle between Stormy and Philip, then
glanced over to the sofa where Brooke was laying, crying and panting in
agony. His eyes flashed open in a panic
and he raced toward her, kneeling down and immediately realizing she was in
are you all right?” he asked, checking her over and seeing that the baby was
coming at any minute.
baby!” she cried, reaching out for Brett with a trembling hand. “Brett, please save my baby!”
in fear, he looked over his shoulder and saw the violent struggle escalating
between Stormy and Philip. “Stormy! She’s in labor! We have to do something!”
the announcement fell on deaf ears as Philip charged toward Stormy and sent him
flying backwards. He stumbled and
tripped over his feet, knocking his head against the stone hearth of the
fireplace. For a second he laid there,
his eyes half-closed in a groggy state before he fell limply to the ground and
stared wide-eyed at Stormy’s unconscious body.
Brett raced over and pushed him out of the way so he could examine
Stormy’s condition. He felt for a pulse
and realized he was still breathing.
was an accident,” Philip stammered, backing up away from them. He looked at Stormy and then back at Brooke
on the sofa. Suddenly the reality of
what he’d done sunk in and he felt a pang of conscience. First kidnapping and now the possibility of
killing Stormy Blackthorne. It was
evident that he was in a lot of trouble.
can you hear me?” Brett called, trying
to revive his brother-in-law. He turned
his head just at the instant when Philip raced outside the cabin and
disappeared into the dark night.
me, please!” Brooke called from the sofa.
She writhed around in pain, clutching the sheet tightly in her
hand. “Another contraction is
coming! Please do something!”
that he was alone and had to help Brooke himself, Brett left Stormy’s side and raced over to the sofa. “Brooke, you have to try to relax,” he
said. He didn’t know anything about
childbirth except what he’d seen on TV and in the movies. He knew that babies were born outside of
hospitals all the time. All he had to do
was coach her through it and everything would be fine. “Push hard, Brooke.” He lifted the sheet and saw the head of the
baby coming through. “I can see the
baby, Brooke. Push. Push hard!”
gritted her teeth and clutched Brett’s hand as she pushed with all her
might. She was determined to fight like
hell to save her baby. She knew that
ever second that passed was putting her baby’s life in jeopardy.
on, Brooke!” Brett yelled, positioning his hands alongside the baby’s head and
gently guiding it out. “You’re almost
there! Keep pushing!”
God!” she cried. The pain was worse than
anything she’d ever felt in her life but she knew it would be worth it. If she could do it then everything would be
okay. Brett and Stormy would get her
baby to safety.
it comes!” Brett cried, unable to help the emotions that came flooding to the
surface. He’d never witnessed anything
so miraculous in his life. Slowly the
baby inched its way out and slid into his hands.
at that instant Brooke felt the pressure subside and she gulped heapings of air
into her lungs. She heard the baby
crying and she felt a rush of relief sweep over here.
a boy,” Brett said with a smile as he cradling the small child in his
arms. “You have a baby boy.”
cried happily and looked at her perfect baby in Brett’s arms. Suddenly everything seemed okay and all she
cared about was that her baby was alive and safe.
he handed the baby to Brooke and stood up.
He glanced over and saw Stormy slowly regaining consciousness. He knew they had to get Brooke and the baby
back to town and to the hospital as soon as possible.
be right back,” he said. “I’m going to
tell the pilot that we’re ready to go.”
baby cried in Brooke’s arms and she kissed it gently. She’d never been happier in her entire
life. She couldn’t wait to get home and
show James their baby. If this wasn’t
enough to motivate him to start walking again then nothing would.
raced into the library where James, Heather, Alex and Gwen were waiting
impatiently for word from Brett and Stormy.
She threw open the door and grinned happily at her father who sat in his
chair by the fire.
just called from his cell phone!” she squealed.
“They found Brooke!”
eyes shot up and he felt his heart beating wildly in his chest. “Is she okay?”
he demanded, his feet slipping
off the foot pedals of the wheelchair.
“Please tell me she and the baby are okay!”
nodded happily. “They’re both fine!” she
said. “Daddy, you have a baby boy!”
news hit him like a tidal wave. “She had
the baby?” he asked, his eyes clouding over with tears.
Brett delivered the baby himself,” Miranda replied proudly.
and Alex stood up in surprise. They
looked at James who appeared to be shaking with excitement. “That’s incredible,” Heather said with a
have a son,” James said, suddenly overcome with the desire to throw his arms
around Miranda and hug her tightly.
Without warning, he stood up out of his chair and stumbled across the
room to her, embracing her warmly.
shrieked with surprise and stood back, gazing in awe at the sight of her father
standing up before her. “Daddy! You’re walking!”
reality of the situation having escaped him for a moment, James quickly backed
up and looked down at his legs. She was
right. He was standing on his own two
feet for the first time in six months.
this is wonderful!” Heather cried and raced over to him.
covered her mouth with her hands and ran over to join in the celebration. It was like a miracle that he’d recovered
after the news of Brooke and the baby.
walking!” James lamented, barely able to contain his excitement. He took a step forward and curled his toes,
overwhelmed by the sudden sensation he was feeling. It was like he was given a new life.
do you feel, Mr. Blackthorne?” Gwen asked with a twinkle in her eye.
feel like a million bucks!” James replied and threw his arms around Gwen. “My God, I can actually walk again!”
hugged him again, thrilled that she had her father back. For so long he’d been a shell of the man he
used to be. Now he was back and she
could see in his eyes that there was nothing to stop him now.
watched them happily, thrilled that the pills Brett had coerced her into giving
him hadn’t done any long-term damage.
Now she was pregnant and Brett was the father of her baby. She wondered what he would do about his wife
and his position with the Blackthorne family.
She wanted to believe that he would do the right thing and divorce
Miranda so that they could get married and raise the baby as a family. But something inside of her told her that it
wasn’t going to be that easy.
hearing on the news that Brooke was being flown to Cedars-Sinai by helicopter,
Ethan decided to seek solace in
the arms of the only person he felt he could trust. When Janet Harper opened the door to her
suite at Hotel Terranova, he
immediately put his arms around her petite waist and kissed her hard and
is quite a surprise,” Janet said after he pulled away. “I’m sorry, did we have a date?”
shook his head and kissed her again. “I
just took a chance that you were free,” he said. “You don’t mind, do you?”
ruffled his hair with her fingers and threw her head back, succumbing to the
pleasure as he kissed the nape of her neck.
“Actually I was on my way out,” she said. “I have a story to cover.”
can wait, can’t it?” Ethan asked between hurried kisses. He led her over to the bed and pawed at the
buttons on her white silk blouse.
put her hand up and stood back a step.
“Unfortunately, it can’t,” she replied apologetically. “I really have to go. The worst thing to a reporter is someone else
getting the story first.”
frowned and looked at her questioningly.
“What story did you say you’re working on in L.A?”
avoiding his question, Janet tucked her blouse into her skirt and attempted to
revive her tousled mane of black hair.
She slipped into a pair of heels and turned to him with a smile. “Now, now, now, Mr. Blackthorne, you wouldn’t
want me to give away my secrets all at once, would you?”
couldn’t help but smile at Janet’s coy nature.
It was part of what attracted him to her ever since they met. She gave only as much information as she saw
fit, and everything else about her was a mystery. It was something of a turn on, he decided.
I’ll happily take a rain check,” she said before kissing him on the lips and
opening the door for him.
he replied and paused before leaving the room.
“Sooner better than later.”
smiled coquettishly as Ethan kissed her again and left the room. She closed the door and walked over to her
laptop sitting on the bed. That was close, she thought to
herself. She hadn’t had time to close
the file she’d been working on before Ethan showed up unannounced. And if he had seen the story she was working
on she would have had to do a lot of explaining.
on the edge of the bed, she read through the title page of her manuscript and
smiled to herself.
Secrets of a Hollywood Family
helicopter arrived at Cedars-Sinai, Brooke and the baby were taken immediately
to the maternity ward to be examined by Dr. Mitchell. Brooke laid in bed in a private room when the
doctor entered with a smile on her face.
“You have a
very healthy little boy, Brooke,” she said.
“You were both very lucky.”
It was the
best news Brooke had heard in a long time.
She felt her eyes tearing up with happiness as she buried her face in
her hands. She couldn’t believe that
after everything that had happened, her baby was safe and sound in the nursery
just a few short feet away. She couldn’t
wait to tell James the news.
But as soon
as she opened her eyes she got her wish.
The door to the room opened and James walked in, a bright smile on his
handsome face. Brooke flushed with
excitement and stretched her arms out to him.
thank God you’re all right,” he said, rushing over and embracing her with all
his heart. “I was so worried that you’d
been taken away from me again.”
“So was I,”
Brooke cried, running her hands down the back of his head. “Oh God, James, I was so scared.”
soothed her in a calming voice. “It’s all over now. You and our baby are safe.”
see him?” she asked with wide eyes.
“Isn’t he the most perfect baby you’ve ever seen?”
and caressed the side of her cheek.
“He’s as beautiful as his mother,” he said. “And I can’t tell you how relieved I am that
you’re both home safely.”
the reality of the moment caused Brooke to sit up with a start, staring at
James with big blue eyes. “Oh my God,
James!” she gasped, covering her mouth with her hands. “You’re walking! You’re actually walking again!”
with excitement, holding her hand tightly in his. “Yes, I am,” he said.
How did it happen?”
happened just after we got word that you and the baby were okay,” James
announced, staring into her eyes with joy.
“It was like a miracle, Brooke.
First you made it through your ordeal with Philip, and then I finally
got up out of that chair.”
happy for you,” Brooke said, weeping contently as she held him close. “It is
a miracle. We have so much to be
thankful for today.”
and softly kissed her cheek. “The doctor
says you and the baby can come home in the morning,” he said. “That’s the best news of all. Finally we’ll be a family again.”
smiled, looking forward to the happiness that lied ahead for them. “James, would you ask Brett and Stormy to
come in here?” she asked. “I’d like to
thank them for everything they did for me.
You would have been so proud.
Brett delivered our baby. If he
hadn’t been there I don’t know what would have happened.”
“I know, I can’t
tell you how glad I am that they got there when they did,” he said. “If Philip Whitacre had done anything to hurt
you or our baby-“
“Oh but he
wouldn’t have done anything to hurt us,” Brooke interrupted. “James, I know it seems unbelievable, but he
really wasn’t trying to hurt anyone. He
was just alone and sad. When I left him
in Phoenix, I broke his heart. Apparently he thought we meant more to each
other than I did. This was his way of
dealing with that hurt. But I know he
wouldn’t have hurt me or our baby.”
his head doubtfully. “He still kidnapped
you, Brooke,” he said. “He put yours and
our baby’s life in jeopardy, regardless of whether he meant to or not. What if something had happened up there at
that cabin? I’m sorry but I can never
let that happen again.”
sighed and leaned back against her pillow.
She knew James was upset and wasn’t about to let it rest. It was just his way. She knew there was no arguing with him about
it. In time she would convince him that Philip
wasn’t a threat to them.
should we name him?” she asked, deciding to put the subject of Philip on hold
for the time being.
smiled brightly and squeezed her hand in his.
“I was thinking of Michael,” he suggested. “It’s my Father’s name.”
for a middle name?”
for a moment, James shrugged and winked at her.
So he never forgets where his beautiful mother came from.”
Taylor Blackthorne,” Brooke said aloud and then smiled happily. “I love it.”
nodded and hugged her close, never wanting to let her go again. It seemed every time he turned his back,
someone or something tried to drive them apart.
But not anymore. Never again
would he let it happen to them.
outside the nursery, Brett and Miranda looked in at baby Michael sleeping
peacefully in the crib. Miranda put her
arm around her husband and kissed his cheek tenderly.
that for?” he asked with a smile.
you’re a hero,” she replied. “You
delivered my brother into this world and I think you’re fantastic.
and looked back in at the baby. Suddenly
he was overcome with thoughts of Gwen and the baby that she was carrying. His
baby. How was he going to tell
Miranda? Would he tell Miranda? He
didn’t love Gwen and had no intention of marrying her or leaving Miranda for
her. Sure, they had great sex together
and she served her purpose, but that was as far as it went. If she told anyone about them he would be
ruined. And not even delivering James
and Brooke’s baby was enough to keep him in their good graces.
he had no choice but to convince Gwen to terminate the pregnancy, Brett
suddenly felt better about things. That
was it. He would convince her that
having the baby was a mistake. And now
that James was walking again, her services at the mansion wouldn’t be needed
anymore. She would leave and he’d never
had to deal with her again.
approached them from behind and patted Brett on the shoulder. “Brett, I’d like to thank you again for
everything you did up there tonight,” he said and pulled him into an
embrace. “If you hadn’t acted so
quickly, I hate to think of what would have happened.”
smiled and shook his head in protest. “I
just did what anyone would have done,” he said.
“I’m just glad that Brooke and the baby are doing okay.”
Stormy doing while you were delivering the baby?” Miranda asked.
Philip got into it pretty good,” Brett answered, deciding this was the perfect
time to paint himself as a better son than Stormy. “I tried pulling him away from him but he was
bent on pummeling the guy to the ground.
One thing led to another and Stormy took a hit. He was unconscious and I had to deliver the
happened to Whitacre?” James asked.
“That man has got to be held responsible for what he did to my wife.”
Brett put a
hand on James’s shoulder and sighed apologetically. “He got away, James. I’m sorry.
Stormy was out of it and I couldn’t go after him myself. I had Brooke and the baby to worry about.”
Stormy approached from behind and overheard Brett’s announcement. He glowered at him angrily and forced his way
up to the window of the nursery. “Yeah,
you were a big hero, Brett,” he began.
“Why don’t you tell everyone what you’ve been up to for the past few
weeks? Then we’ll see how much everyone
swallowed hard, knowing full well that Stormy was about to blow him out of the
way by revealing his attempt at keeping James in the wheelchair.
elevator doors opened on the maternity floor of the hospital and Janet Harper
made her way down the hallway. Brooke
Blackthorne’s kidnapping and the fact that she gave birth to James
Blackthorne’s baby in a cabin in the mountains was certain to be a blockbuster
chapter to her manuscript. She was
determined to get a full account of what exactly had happened, and how better
to hear it than from her new friends, the Blackthornes themselves.
approached a nurse at the admitting desk when suddenly she spotted a familiar
man standing in the waiting room.
Quickly, she hunched down and attempted to hide her face while she
looked for an escape. Dashing through a
crowd of nurses, she fled down a hallway in hopes that she wasn’t spotted.
Fallmont was already racing down the hallway after her. He caught up to her and grabbed her arm,
spinning her around to face him.
I smelled a rat,” he said angrily, his dark hair slightly unkempt and falling
into his face after the brief struggle.
“If it isn’t Janet Harper. The
woman who single handedly gave journalists a bad name. What he hell are you up to now?”
Jack gives Janet a warning.
Gwen becomes Michael's nanny. Brett
wants Gwen to have an abortion. Miranda becomes
jealous of her new baby brother. James makes
a decision that affects Stormy, Brett and Alex.