James threw a dinner party at the mansion
and invited Timothy to discuss the pipeline. When he arrived with his
wife on his arm, Stormy realized his wife was Samantha. Later, Timothy
informed a surprised Stormy that he already knew about the affair,
courtesy of Janet's photos. A defiant Stormy had no choice but to back off
when Timothy issued him an ultimatum: Leave Samantha alone, or risk
being the cause of the injunction against the pipeline going through.
Brett overheard and decided he could use the information to his advantage
in his war with Stormy.
At a wild industry party of Jordan's, Philip Whitacre blabbed about his
night with the girl in Joel Armitage's office. When Heather came in
and Philip recognized her as that girl, Jordan put two and two together
and flew into a rage over what the man had done to his daughter.
Will caught Miranda and Heather breaking into his estate again, and a
delerious Heather attached him mercilessly for putting her through the
torture with Joel Armitage. Later, Heather blocked the attack from her
memory. Miranda filled James in on their findings and a vengeful James
raced to Will's house with a gun in hand, certain that Will had
When I Was Mad"
swallowed hard, aiming the .38 at Will with a remarkably steady hand. He stood up from the chair in the parlor room
of the Thomerson estate, taking a few steps toward his enemy.
lost it, James,” Will said, his eyes transfixed to the barrel of the shiny
silver revolver. “You think I kidnapped
know you did,” James replied. “When I think of all those weeks I wasted on
other suspects. People who don’t have
the history that you and I have. I
accused my own daughter, for God’s sake, not to mention my nephew. And it was you all along.”
eyed him closely, avoiding any sudden movements while the weapon was aimed
straight at him. “And exactly how did I
pull off this baby heist?”
backed up, motioning to the open bookcase in the wall that led to the hidden
tunnels. “My guess is that you’ve known
about these tunnels for quite awhile.
Just how many times have you snuck into my house since then? Prowling around the halls and stalking my
have better things to do than skulk around your house listening to your petty
family squabbles and oversexed children,” Will spat. “If that’s the only reason you came here, if
that’s the only proof you have, then
take your gun and go home.”
shook his head, rushing up to him with blinding speed and aiming the gun
straight at his chest. “You could have
easily gotten into my house that night,” he said. “You knew we’d be at the premiere. You knew you could get away with it so you went
into the nursery and took my son from me.”
He cocked the gun and glared menacingly at him. “Now if you don’t tell me where he is-”
are you going to do?” Will scoffed.
“Shoot me? Suppose I did kidnap your son. If I’m dead, how would you find him?”
gritted his teeth angrily. “I know about
the birth certificate,” he said. “What were
you planning to do? Adopt my son and
pass him off as your own? Give him to an
orphanage? Anybody to raise him as long
as it wasn’t me, right? Isn’t that what
this is all about? You wanting to get
revenge on me? You wanting to take
something away from me? Well you’ve
already taken my sister. You
killed her with your lies and your black heart.
Now you want to take more from me, is that it?”
Will had heard enough and he boldly moved his body against the gun. “You mean like you kept my son from me for twenty-eight years?” he yelled
loudly. “Is that the kind of revenge
you’re talking about, James?”
that he knew the truth, James staggered back a few steps, his eyes wide.
paced around her bedroom at the Blackthorne mansion, worried out of her mind
that James would do something he would regret.
don’t think he’d really kill him, do you?” she asked, stopping long enough to
glance across the room where Miranda was standing.
Daddy thought Will Thomerson kidnapped Michael, then yes, I do,” she replied
with certainty. “You know how much he
hates that man. He still blames him for
what he did to Georgie. I think he would
kill him without hesitation. I really
her hands up in despair, Brooke started to the phone and began dialing.
are you doing?” Miranda asked.
calling Detective Baines,” she said and waited for an answer. “I’ll be damned if I’m going to let my
husband go to jail.”
knew that Brooke was right. She hated to
have the police intervene, but her father wasn’t thinking straight. They had to stop him before it was too late.
everything okay, Mr. Thomerson?” asked Will’s caretaker who had came in through
the servants entry in the back. He
regarded James carefully, although not surprised by the vast number of enemies
his employer had.
fine, Lou,” Will said with a smile.
the caretaker turned back and left the house.
After he’d gone, James looked back at Will and gripped the gun tightly
in his hand.
did you mean by that?” he asked, still in awe of Will’s revelation.
seem surprised,” Will said as he met James’s stare. “You didn’t think I’d ever find out about
Ethan, did you? You thought you could
keep it buried forever with your dear sister.
Well you had to know that I’d
find out eventually. I kind of blame
myself for not realizing it sooner.
According to your story, Georgie met a carnival worker mere weeks
after I left Windsor for New York.
They had a whirlwind romance, there were flowers and hearts and broken
promises, and voila – the carnie guy
was conveniently gone. Nine months later
she gave birth to Ethan, and then she died of tuberculosis.”
is what happened,” James said,
refusing to admit the truth that he’d fought so hard to keep from Will and
Ethan. “Whatever you think you know
was no carnie!” Will screamed. “You made
it up because you couldn’t stand the thought of Ethan finding out that I was
his father. You held Georgie’s death
against me all that time and you filled his head with lies and
manipulations! My flesh and blood!”
shook his head. “You’re wrong. Ethan is not
had a DNA test done,” Will announced, a threatening look in his eyes. “It proved conclusive within 99.9 percent
accuracy that I am Ethan’s father.”
by the turn of events, James fought to maintain his grounding. He had no choice but to admit it to his
enemy. The lie was over. “Does Ethan know?”
shook his head with a smile. “No.”
looked at him with a frown. “Why haven’t
you told him?”
Will walked across the room and peered into the hidden tunnel. “Because I’m setting the stage so that when
he does find out about what a lying bastard you are, he’ll turn his back on you
and help me destroy you.”
you’re using your son as a pawn?”
sent away for Ethan’s birth certificate.
Father unknown, it said. Another example of the lengths you’d go to to
play God when it comes to your family. When
Ethan finds out that you’ve lied to him his whole life - his supposed champion
and role model - he’ll finally step over to my side and help me squash
whatever’s left of your miserable existence.”
finally realized Will’s sick plan.
“This is payback, isn’t it?” he asked, tightening his grip on the
gun. “You took my son from me because I
kept you from Ethan.”
didn’t reply. “Do you hear any crying
babies?” he asked. “Do you think I have
him locked away in a sound proof room somewhere in this house?”
know you took him,” James declared. “You
practically admitted it. An eye for an
his lower lip, Will dug his hands into his pockets and stood before James with
a defiant look in his eyes. “Why don’t
you shoot me? If you’re so sure I did
this heinous act then now’s your chance to make it right.”
held the gun out to him, his hands trembling with hatred. He wanted to kill him so bad he could taste
it. He wanted to make him pay for
everything he’d done.
you can’t do it, can’t you?” Will continued.
“Because if you think I kidnapped your son, killing me would solve
nothing. You’d never see him again as
long as you live. I wonder what would poor Brooke Taylor think of the man who
single-handedly ruined any chances of being united with her son?”
son of a bitch!” James shouted, tossing the gun to the floor where it slid
beneath an antique chair. He lunged
forward, his arms outstretched and his hands clasping around Will’s throat.
struggled around the room, knocking over lamps and tables and sending shards of
glass shattering everywhere. Will pushed
James back, sending him crashing into the wall and knocking a portrait to the
floor. James recovered quickly,
struggling to his feet and racing back to attack him.
Detective Baines appeared in the doorway with Brooke, Miranda and a uniformed
officer. He rushed over to break up the
violent struggle but was quickly knocked clear of the scene.
no!” Brooke cried in despair as she watched the men grapple.
the officer had them separated. Brooke
rushed over and grabbed onto James with all her might.
swear to God as soon as my son is home safe I will kill you!” James yelled at
the top of his lungs.
Baines said, standing between the two men.
“What’s going on here?”
tell you what’s going on,” Will began, struggling to catch his breath from the
physical exertion. “This man is
looked at James. “Is that true, Mr.
took a deep breath and nodded. “With
probable cause,” he said. “He kidnapped
my son. He all but admitted it to me.”
admitted no such thing,” said Will. “He
broke into my house and started waving a gun at me. I want him arrested.”
gritted his teeth and tried lunging toward him again. Baines stopped him in his tracks, holding him
has access to my house,” James said and motioned to the hidden staircase. “I know he kidnapped my son, Detective
clutched onto James, staring at Will with contempt. Suddenly she knew how her husband felt. Just looking at him made her want to kill
have no proof,” Will taunted, then turned to Baines. “Detective, are you going to make an arrest
or not? “
He nodded and motioned to the
officer. “Yes, I am. Mr. Thomerson, I’m placing you under arrest
for suspicion of child abduction.”
Will exclaimed, struggling as the officer placed a pair of handcuffs on his
wrists. “This is an outrage. He comes into my home uninvited, threatens
me, and I get arrested?”
led him out the front door and James threw his arms around Brooke, pulling her
close and kissing her softly.
I was terrified,” Brooke said. “I
thought you were going to kill him!”
took a deep breath and put his arm around Miranda. “I think I would have if you hadn’t gotten here when you did.”
he confess to you, Daddy?” Miranda asked.
in so many words,” James said, thinking about Ethan and the secret he’d hidden
from him his whole life. “But I’m never
been more convinced of anything in my life.”
arrived home in a daze after her trip to her father’s house. The whole disgusting incident was a blur and
all she could remember was Jordan sitting at home talking to
Philip Whitacre. How could he associate
with a pig like him? After all the
trouble he’d caused, not to mention the fact that he took part in the film she was
tricked into starring in.
Stormy called as he spotted her dashing upstairs to her room. “Wait a second!”
me alone!” she cried and slammed her bedroom door shut.
Stormy stopped midway up the staircase and turned around just as Jordan dashed inside the house.
Heather?” he asked and started up the stairs after her. “I have to talk to her.”
going on?” Stormy asked. He knew
something was up. Heather was upset
about something, and Jordan looked guilty as hell. “What did you do to her?”
Jordan stopped on the top landing,
turning to Stormy and glaring at him.
“Don’t mess with me, junior. For
once this has nothing to do with you.”
wait a minute!” Stormy said and chased after him.
arrived at Heather’s door and Jordan pounded mercilessly. “Heather!
It’s your father! Open the door!”
away!” she cried from inside the room.
“I don’t want to talk to either one of you!”
the hell is she talking about?” Stormy asked.
“Tell me what happened, Jordan.”
over his inane demands, Jordan grabbed him by the shirt collar
and forced him up against the wall. “You
have no right to bark orders at me, kid.
After the way you treated my daughter when you were married, you’re
lucky all I did was give you a bloody nose.”
shook himself loose and looked at him warily.
“Look, whatever’s going on with Heather I want to help.”
glared at him warningly before turning and starting back down the stairs. “Just stay away from my daughter,” he said.
he’d gone, Stormy looked back at Heather’s bedroom and slammed his fists
against the wall in frustration. Why
wouldn’t anybody tell him what was going on?
He was trying to help, to make up for the way he’d hurt her in the
past. Now all he got was hostility.
and angry, he went next door to his room and slammed the door. It hadn’t been his night. First he was blackmailed by Timothy into
ending his affair with Samantha, and then no one would tell him what was going
on with Heather. It made him want to
give up and wash his hands of the whole situation.
heard Miranda come home and quickly intercepted her in their bedroom. He saw her at the dresser taking off her
earrings and necklace and approached her slowly from behind.
went on over there tonight?” he asked.
“Is James okay?”
her eyes, Miranda shrugged him off and turned around to face him, a scowl etched
across her face. “I haven’t forgotten
about what you’ve done, Brett,” she said.
“You’re sleeping in a guest room tonight.”
frowned and slapped his hands to his sides.
“Why are you so upset?” he asked in dismay.
upset because of the way you used Heather for your own selfish reasons!” she
screeched. “I can’t believe my own
husband would put someone in a situation like that!”
didn’t do anything she didn’t want to do!” he insisted. “I never asked her to get romantically
involved with Will Thomerson. That was her idea. All I did was ask her to help me find out
what movie deals Jaguar Studios was
still used her!”
ran his fingers through his hair and followed her across the room. “Look, your father was in a wheelchair. He put me
in charge. I was only doing what I
thought he would do in the same situation.
It’s just business, Miranda. It’s
personal?” she asked. She felt herself
weakening, unable to blame him for what happened to Heather. The fact that Will found out about the
betrayal and set Heather up with the sleazy porn director wasn’t exactly
Brett’s fault. But nonetheless, he put
her in a bad situation. “Did you ever
stop to think what Will would do if he found out Heather used him like that?”
he didn’t, did he? It all worked out
okay. Heather’s fine.”
she couldn’t tell him the whole truth, she decided to shelf the topic for the
time being. There were other things
going on now. More important things like
Michael and the fact that Will Thomerson may have kidnapped him.
“Fine. If you won’t sleep in the guest room then I
will.” She turned and started out of the
room when Brett grabbed her arm and pulled her back. “Let go of me!”
don’t you stop worrying about your brother’s ex-wife and concentrate on your
own husband for once!” He pulled her
into a kiss and threw her down onto the bed.
“You’re my wife!”
shot up to her feet and punched him swiftly in the gut. He doubled over in pain and groaned
miserably. “Jesus!” he howled. “What is this? First you clock me in the jaw and then you
sucker punch me?”
indifferently, Miranda started to the door, pausing before leaving. “Your wife
is going to sleep down the hall until you realize that you can’t use people
like that. Not even to score points with
watched her go and dropped to his knees, panting to catch his breath.
next morning, Brooke entered the dining room where James was reading the paper
over coffee and toast. She sat down
beside him and feigned a smile as Leilani poured her a glass of juice.
there been any word from Detective Baines?” she asked.
shook his head. “No, not yet. The paper says they kept Thomerson overnight
for questioning. I pray they find
something to nail him. There’s got to be
some way to link him to Michael’s kidnapping.”
hope so too,” Ethan said as he entered the room. He paused in the doorway, glancing at Brooke
and managing a faint smile. “I read the
paper and heard about what happened.”
I was going to call you,” James said.
they really think they have evidence that fingers Will in the kidnapping?” he
asked and sat down across the table. “I
knew Will had a vendetta against you but this is going too far. Kidnapping a baby? It doesn’t seem like his style.”
exactly his style,” James declared, consumed with the knowledge that Will was
merely getting back at him for his lies about Ethan. “They’ll find something on him. I know they will.”
nodded, letting his eyes graze past Brooke.
Something was different about her today.
Recently they’d grown closer again, but today she seemed distant all
over again. He wondered if something
else had happened that she wasn’t admitting.
still plagued with images of Ethan with Janet at his house the night before,
tried desperately to put it out of her mind.
The affair they’d had was over.
She was with James now. There was
no turning back.
suppose with everything going on, you won’t be making an appearance at the Filmmakers
awards on Sunday night,” Ethan said,
swiftly changing the subject.
shook his head. “No, it’s out of the
question. I can’t think about awards at
a time like this. Not until my son is
home. Besides, I can’t handle the media
circus right now.”
Angel Assassin was nominated for best
picture,” Brooke said. “Are you sure you
don’t want to be there? After all the
trouble you had with its release, it would be a shame to-“
it doesn’t matter to me,” James insisted, then shook his head. “Luckily with Thomerson being in jail, he
won’t be able to attend either. His film
Tour of Duty was nominated. The last thing I need is seeing his sickening
face up on that stage.”
can’t say that I blame you,” Ethan agreed.
still reeling from the news that Will knew he was Ethan’s father, felt a
renewed instinct to protect the young man from the truth. He wouldn’t let his life be destroyed by the
lies he’d told him. They were necessary,
after all. The truth would prove too
much for Ethan to handle.
expertly picked the lock in the servant’s entry to the Thomerson estate, easily
gaining access and moving swiftly through the dark mansion. She had a lot of ground to cover and she had
no way of knowing how long she’d have to do it.
hearing that Will had been arrested, she knew it was her chance to break in and
search for the manuscript. It was vital
that she got it back before he could use it to hurt Ethan. He didn’t deserve it, and he’d be crushed
when he learned that it was her poison pen that wrote it. The rest of the Blackthornes she was less concerned
about. The affair Stormy Blackthorne had
had with Samantha Fallmont in Denver the pervious summer had made for
a juicy chapter, one that she was particularly proud of because she’d more or
less stumbled on the tidbit by accident.
Alerting Timothy to it beforehand was merely to cushion the blow before
he saw it in the movie.
she now had reservations about her handiwork.
Hurting the Blackthornes meant hurting Ethan, and she had grown to care
for him more than she’d realized. The
unfair way he’d been blacklisted from their lives because of his involvement
with Brooke Taylor was unmerited. He’d
been through enough.
she made her way into the parlor room and scavengered through the old mahogany
desk. It was there that she’d seen him
with the manuscript the other day when she’d paid him a visit. It had to be there somewhere.
after searching the drawers and a stack of scripts, she realized it wouldn’t be
that easy. A smart man like Will
Thomerson would have it hidden somewhere no one could find it, least of all
her. Instead, her eyes grazed across a
fax that laid on the top of the center drawer.
she held it beneath the light and read the illogical sets of letters, numbers
and percentages presented on the transmission.
Upon further investigation, she realized she was holding in her hands
the results from a DNA test. Her eyes
widened in awe, alarmed by what she’d discovered.
is his father,” she whispered under her breath, then looked up and shook her
head with regret. “Ethan, you poor man.”
stepped out of his office at Sunset
Studios and handed the secretary a stack of file folders. “Terri, would you contact these agents and
see where we are on these auditions?” he asked.
Brett,” she replied and picked up the phone.
then, Stormy emerged from his office across the hall and followed on Brett’s
heels. “I noticed that Miranda spent
the night in the guestroom last night,” he said as they entered the
office. “Trouble in paradise?”
your own business, Stormy,” Brett said distantly. “I have a lot of work to do so if you’ll
is my business. She’s my sister.”
my wife,” Brett shot back and
glowered heatedly. “Miranda and I are
fine. I don’t think we need input from you about marriage.”
to leave it alone for the time being, Stormy positioned himself across from the
desk. “Another thing,” he began. “Where is Gwen? I find it hard to believe that you know
nothing about her sudden disappearance.”
frowned and slammed a stack of papers on his desk. “How in hell should I know where Gwen is?” he
asked, struggling to hide his guilt. “I
barely knew the woman.”
not what it looked like to me,” Stormy replied.
“On more than one occasion I walked in on the two of you in some kind
of secret confab. Just what was going on
must have too much time on your hands.
Nothing was going on with Gwen and I.
You’re just trying to make trouble as usual.”
leveled his eyes on him and shook his head skeptically. “Well I guess we’ll find out sooner or
later,” he said. “My father asked me to
look into it, and that’s just what I’m going to do. Maybe when I find her she’ll tell me what’s
been going on with you.”
rolled his eyes and pretended to type at his computer. “Good luck with that,” he said, trying his
hardest to ignore him.
at his arrogant posture, Stormy turned and left the office. After he’d gone, Brett ran his fingers
through his hair and took a deep breath.
He felt that his nosy brother-in-law was getting too close for
comfort. He couldn’t let him find Gwen
because if he did it would be all over for him. He had to do something to discredit him.
he had the ammunition to do it.
“Stormy did what?” James asked, his brow furrowed as he stood in his office at Blackthorne-Reynolds with Brett some
time later. “How could he be so
shrugged and knowingly watched the furious look in James’ eyes. “Apparently he met Mrs. Fallmont last summer
while he was on tour with Lauren Spencer.”
right after he left Heather,” James declared.
“Damnit, what is wrong with that boy?
He couldn’t even stay faithful to the woman he left his wife for. I swear sometimes I think he thinks with
only told you because I know how much this venture means to you and Alex,”
Brett continued, carefully choosing his words so that he didn’t come across as
an opportunist. “Apparently there are
pictures of their rendezvous at the hotel in Denver.
Senator Fallmont was adamant that they stop seeing each other. He said that if Stormy didn’t back off, he’d
make sure the injunction went through.”
James shouted and ran his fingers through his hair. “So all this time it had little to do with
the environment, and more to do with my son sleeping with his
wife.” He paused, shaking his head in
frustration. “I wonder if I made a
mistake in having Stormy take part in the running of the studio. Another lapse in judgment like this one could
cost me everything.”
inside, Brett studied James’s face and dug his hands into his pockets. “I hope you don’t mind that I came to you
with this, James,” he said. “I certainly
don’t want to cause any conflict with you and your son, but under the
immediately cut him off, placing a gentle hand on his shoulder. “No, I’m glad that you came to me, Brett,” he
said. “You’ve always been like another son to
me and I appreciate you looking out for me.
I’m just glad that Miranda has you in her life. At least one of my children has their head on
couldn’t help but feel victorious in his attack on Stormy. Maybe now the question of Gwen and her
mysterious disappearance would fade away and he’d be home free again. And with any luck, James would realize that
having Stormy at Sunset Studios was a
walked down the hallway at the Blackthorne mansion, pausing when Heather came
out of her room and looked at her.
you okay?” Miranda asked, rushing over to the girl. “What happened last night? You tore out of here and then came back
looking like you’d lost your best friend.”
her head, Heather attempted to move past her.
“I don’t want to talk about it,” she said. The truth was that everything was a
blur. She knew she’d ran over to her
father’s house and saw Philip there, but everything after that was a foggy
haze. Strangely enough it wasn’t the
first time she’d had a blackout. When
she and Miranda went to Will’s house the same thing happened. Only bits and pieces of the events registered
in her mind.
just getting worse,” she said. “I
shouldn’t have told you about what happened in that director’s office.”
you couldn’t keep it in any longer,” Miranda said, pulling her back. “You can’t just ignore something like
this. What Will Thomerson did to you was
her hands up in resignation, Heather looked at her stepsister with
resignation. “All I care about is
getting that tape back from him,” she said.
“Nothing else matters. Not Stormy
and not my father. Whatever they think
a minute, how does your father know anything?”
not sure that he does. But when I went
over there last night he was having a party and Philip Whitacre was there. God, just looking at that man made me sick to
Miranda got an idea. “Why don’t we go
pay Philip a visit? Maybe he’ll tell us
where the tape is. And if he doesn’t,
we’ll beat it out of him.”
a vague smile, Heather shook her head.
“No, I’m pretty sure Philip was used just as much as I was.”
Miranda said after hesitating for an instant.
“He’s not exactly the smartest tool in the shed. But listen, there’s got to be someone we can blame for this. If Brett hadn’t used you to steal from Will
Thomerson, none of this would have happened."
doesn’t know what happened,” Heather renounced.
“He’s a jerk, yes, but he’s not evil.
No, this whole thing was Will Thomerson’s brainchild. He knew what he was doing and he has the
whole thing on tape. I’ll get it and
destroy it if it’s the last thing I do."
walked down the stairs at her house in Malibu, her frilly nightgown billowing
behind her as she made her way to the door and pulled it open. Her eyes flashed open in surprise at the
sight of Jordan standing on the porch.
do you want?” she asked. “I have an
appointment at the boutique for the final fitting of my dress I’m wearing
tomorrow night at the Filmmakers awards. I really don’t have time for you.”
her unresponsive tone, Jordan brushed past her and entered the
living room of the sprawling beach house.
“I need your help,” he said, incredibly distracted.
closed the door and turned toward him.
She could see that he was on pins and needles, struggling with something
that was obviously weighing on him.
“What is it? What’s wrong?”
a deep breath, he turned toward her and ran his fingers through his hair. “I need to find Philip Whitacre,” he
said. “It’s urgent.”
he at your party last night?” Alex asked sardonically as she fluttered across
the room to the bar. “I know I saw him
slithering around somewhere.”
but I need to find him today,” Jordan deadpanned. In his haste to throw him out the night
before, he failed to get any pertinent information about the incident involving
Heather. He was adamant about finding
out who was behind her debut into the porn industry, and make them pay dearly.
the severity in his tone, Alex handed him a scotch neat and gestured to the
sofa. “Tell me what’s wrong,” she said.
as though his world was collapsing, Jordan sat down and buried his face in
his hands. “Heather’s in trouble,” he
murmured. “I think Philip Whitacre has
something to do with it.”
Alex put a hand sensitively on his forearm.
“What is it?” she asked. “What
did that man do to her?”
don’t want to get into the details. I
just have to find Whitacre.”
shrugged apologetically. “I don’t know
where he’s living now,” she said. “We
don't exactly swap recipes.”
there’s got to be a way to find him,” Jordan insisted, standing up and pacing
the room. He had to find out who put
Philip up to it. Somebody had to have
been calling the shots. It wasn’t a
coincidence that Heather was the one being drugged and taken advantage of on
film. It was someone who deliberately
chose her, quite possibly to get back at him for something.
a minute,” Alex said and snapped her fingers.
“I know who might know where you can find him.”
she said. “He was the one who found him
when they thought he might have kidnapped Michael.”
Jordan closed his eyes with
regret. Anybody but Stormy. He turned and started back to the door when
Alex rushed after him.
“Jordan, what’s going on?” she
demanded. “I don’t want you getting into
paused and looked back at her, seeing a flicker of concern in her eyes. It made him think that they hadn’t crossed
the line yet, that there was some fragment of their love that still remained.
worry,” he said, placing a hand alongside her face before he turned and raced
back out of the house.
closed the door, unable to shake the feeling that Jordan was running into a path of
Stormy got home from the studio, he went down the hall to the library and
picked up the phone. After going over it
in his mind all day long, he’d finally decided that he couldn’t give up on
Samantha just yet. He had to fight for
her, even if it meant going up against Senator Timothy Fallmont.
is Stormy Blackthorne,” he said to the pilot.
“I need you to get the jet ready to fly to Denver tonight.”
James entered the library and scowled angrily at his son. “Over my dead body,” he said. “Put the phone down, Stormy.”
frowned and hung up the receiver, turning to his father with a perplexed look
on his face. “Dad, I was just-“
know what you were doing,” he bellowed.
“You were going to go see her, weren’t you?”
“What? Dad, I-“
know about your affair with Samantha Fallmont,” James said, rushing up to him
in a rage. “How could you be so
careless? I knew you were a playboy but
this is crossing the line. Do you
realize that my company is in jeopardy because of what you’ve done?”
his eyes, Stormy realized that James knew about Timothy Fallmont’s
ultimatum. The only question was how?
“Did you talk to him? Is that how
you found out?”
doesn’t matter how I found out,” James contended. “The point is that you could have destroyed
all the work your mother and I have put into Blackthorne-Reynolds. Do you
even think before you jump into
somebody’s bed? Or is it all just a good
time to you?”
course not, Dad,” Stormy replied. “I had
no idea that Samantha was actually Samantha Fallmont, the senator’s wife. If I’d know that when we met I would never
have gotten involved with her.”
doubt that very much. You’re blind to
the consequences of your actions. Look
what happened when you got involved with Lauren Spencer. Your marriage to Heather obviously didn’t
matter to you because you just up and left with that girl. Then you couldn’t even stay faithful to her!”
and I were over when I met Samantha,” Stormy insisted, growing irate by his
father’s condescending words. He thought
he could sum him up and slap a label on him as a playboy, but that wasn’t all
doesn’t matter,” James argued. “What’s
done is done. I don’t like the future of
my company being left in your hands. You
cannot go see her, Stormy. If you do
then you’ll have destroyed everything.”
I’m not going to let her stay with that bastard!” Stormy exclaimed. “He’s only using her for the sake of
appearances! He doesn’t give a damn
about her! Dad, I love her and I want
to be with her.”
his head, James turned and threw his hands up in despair. He didn’t know how to get through to his
son. “I don’t care. She’s a married woman and it’s not up to you
to decide if it’s a happy marriage or not.”
I’m just supposed to step aside and forget about her?” he asked in a rage. “I can’t do that!”
have no choice!” James shouted. “I won’t
have everything ruined just so you can get your rocks off! Find someone else!”
balled his fists angrily. What his
father was asking him to do wasn’t fair.
He cared more about Blackthorne-Reynolds
than he did his own son.
to me, Stormy,” James continued. “You
are a member of this family and everything you do reflects on us. All I’m asking is that you step down and
respect Senator Fallmont's marriage.
Don’t make me sorry that I put you in charge at Sunset Studios.”
has nothing to do with Sunset Studios.”
But James didn’t
listen. “Everything was fine when it was
just Brett running things, but I wanted you to be part of it because you’re my
Stormy realized what was going on. This
was another one of Brett’s maneuvers to make him look bad. “Oh, so Brett is the golden boy and I’m just
the disappointment you call a son?” he asked bitterly. “That’s typical. If you knew half of the things that Brett had
done, you’d be singing a different tune.”
shook his head in irritation. “I’m not
interested in mediating between the two of you,” he said. “I told you that you’d have to get along if
you were going to work together at the studio.
I think you could take a few lessons from Brett on decorum and how to
handle yourself when you’re a member of this family.”
remark sent Stormy into a tailspin. He
couldn’t believe he was standing there listening to his father sing Brett’s
praise. He had them all totally
I’m sorry,” Stormy finally said with reluctance. “I’m sorry I’m such a disappointment to you.”
didn’t say you were a disappointment,” James insisted, but it was too
late. Stormy was rushing from the
library in a huff.
ruffled his hair and slammed his fists into the wall. He wasn’t sure that he’d handled the
situation in the best way he could. The
only thing he knew was that he couldn’t let his son’s mistakes cost him everything.
later, Brooke entered the library and saw the concerned look on her husband’s
face. “Darling, is everything okay?” she
asked. “I saw Stormy run out of here
like a bat out of hell. What happened
with you two?”
shook his head and put his arm around her.
“It’s nothing,” he said. “Tell
me, how are you holding up? I know this
waiting is killing you. It is me too.”
just don’t understand why they don’t tell us something,” Brooke said and walked
across the room in a daze. “It’s been
twenty-four hours since they arrested Will.
He’s got to have told them something
then, Ethan entered the room and approached them swiftly. “I just talked to Detective Baines,” he
said. “He’s on his way over. I hope you don’t mind but I wanted to hear
what he had to say myself.”
course it’s all right,” James said. “I
wonder what he has to tell us.”
that Will confessed to the kidnapping,” Ethan said, digging his hands in his
pockets. “You know, James, I made a huge
do you mean?”
should never have went to work with him,” Ethan admitted. “I knew what kind of a man he was, but it
didn’t matter to me. After things blew
up with you and I last summer, I guess I wanted to punish you by working for
him. I’m sorry. I was wrong.”
shook his head, unconcerned with the past.
“There’s no need to apologize,” he said.
“I had your hands tied. I was so
concerned with my own hurt that I pushed you away. I won’t make that mistake again.”
Ethan stepped forward and they embraced warmly.
Brooke stood by, watching happily at the final step in their
reconciliation. She was relieved that
they had patched things up, especially since she’d been the reason they were
estranged for so long.
don’t know how I could have associated with him for so long,” Ethan said, a
look of hurt in his eyes. “Now that we
know he kidnapped Michael, all I can think about is getting revenge. I just want him to feel the pain that you’ve
felt over the loss of your son."
moment was interrupted when Leilani entered the room with Detective Baines, a
solemn look on his face.
what’s happened?” James asked, rushing toward him. “Did Thomerson confess? Have you found my son?”
surveyed their hopeful faces, shaking his head with regret. “I’m afraid not,” he said. “He’s clean.”
James asked in a rage.
can’t be!” Brooke cried, clutching to her husband’s arm. “What about the tunnels going from his house
Detective shrugged. “We have no proof,”
he said. “There’s absolutely nothing we
can do. I’m sorry.”
The news came as a devastating blow
to James. He gnashed his teeth and
turned around in dismay. He couldn’t
believe that Will had gotten away with taking his son away from him.
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