Following Will's murder,
Ethan mysteriously disappeared. James fired
his gun in an effort to throw off ballistics tests.
Jordan gave Heather the videotape Will had
been hiding, leading Heather to fear her father
was the killer. Later, Brett found the videotape
and decided to use it to his advantage. Jordan
told Alex that she had to appear normal if they
were to avoid suspicion. Alex grew enraged
when she learned that James was campaigning to get charges
dropped against his uncle Nathan, and bring him
back to Hollywood. James asked Kenny to be
his alibi for the night of the murder. Miranda
warned Brooke that if James killed Will for her
she would never forgive her. Janet informed
Stormy that she saw him the night of the
murder. Baines informed James that Will died of
a gunshot wound, but also suffered a blow to the
head shortly before he died. Later, Baines
showed James Janet's manuscript that was found at
Will's estate. Brett planted the videotape
of Heather in Stormy's bedroom, then placed an anonymous
call claiming he'd seen Stormy leave Will's
house the night of the murder.
was taking a shower the next morning when Brett walked into the bathroom and
quickly shed his clothes. He quietly opened
the shower door and stepped inside, a mischievous grin on his face. Pressing himself against her back, he laughed
instinctively when Miranda screamed with surprise by his sudden appearance.
almost gave me a heart attack,” Miranda said with a grin as Brett began
lathering her flawless skin with coconut-mango soap.
Halloween,” Brett said, brushing his lips against her neck.
closed her eyes, feeling his manhood pressing against her from behind. She grabbed onto the shower door and moaned
with pleasure. She couldn’t get over the
fact that in the year they’d been married their sex life hadn’t diminished one
bit. The sex was still every bit as good
as the first time.
certainly in a good mood,” she purred, letting the water hit her as they made
love in the shower. “I didn’t realize I
still had this kind of affect on you.”
grinned sheepishly, positioning his hands on her waist as he treated her to an
expertly rhythmic maneuver. He closed
his eyes, seeing flashes of the videotape with Heather laying spread eagle on
the sofa while the two men had their way with her. He hadn’t been able to get it out of his mind
since he saw it.
they finished, Miranda kissed him blissfully and stepped out of the shower,
grabbing a towel and wrapping it tightly around herself. “Did you hear the news?” she called to him.
news?” Brett asked as he lathered himself with soap.
was an anonymous tip phoned in to the police yesterday,” she said, wiping the
foggy mirror and examining her appearance.
“Apparently someone saw a man go into Will Thomerson’s house last
night. They’re trying to locate him
grinned, relishing the fact that his plan had worked. Stormy had every motive to want to kill Will
Thomerson. All the police needed was to
be pointed in the right direction.
grew into a daze, wondering if the man the witness saw was her father. If it was, she would do everything she could
to protect him. She had to. She wasn’t about to lose her father because
of a man like Will Thomerson.
down the hall, James emerged from the bathroom, clean shaven and his hair
neatly combed to the side. He approached
Brooke who stood by the window gazing distantly outside at the grounds.
for your thoughts,” he said, kissing her neck and wrapping his arms around
her. “Are you okay? You look like something’s on your mind.”
turned and looked at him with fear in her eyes.
“James, that anonymous tip that the police received,” she began. “What if this person saw-“
James said, lifting her chin and looking into her beautiful blue eyes. “We don’t know that they saw anything. All they said was they saw a man going into
the house. That’s all.”
herself with worry, Brooke wrapped her arms around herself and paced across the
room. “I don’t know. I have a bad feeling about this.” She stopped and turned back to him. “James, I don’t want you getting in
trouble! It isn’t worth it!”
and Michael are the most important things in my life,” James said, his voice
full of promise. “If the two of you
aren’t worth it, then nobody is.
Besides, the person who made the anonymous tip gave a description of the
man. Whoever it was they saw was in
their twenties. So you see, you have
nothing to worry about.”
walked over to him and embraced him warmly, burying her face in his strong,
masculine chest. “I just want this
nightmare to be over,” she said. “I just
want them to forget about the murder and I want our son back and I want to live
a normal life for once.”
will,” James said soothingly. “We’ll get
Michael back and we’ll be a family. All
of this will be a distant memory.”
do you know we’ll get him back?” Brooke cried.
“If Will did kidnap him, then there’s no way we’ll ever find him because
Will is dead! Don’t you see, James! I don’t know how you can be so calm about
stood back and put his hands on her shoulders.
“I promise you that everything is going to be fine,” he said. “Trust me, Brooke. I won’t let you or Michael down.”
she had no choice but to believe him, Brooke turned and went to her vanity to
get ready for the day. James watched
her from behind and smiled affectionately.
have to go downtown for a while,” he said after a few minutes. “Detective Baines is going to be questioning
Janet Harper about that manuscript they found in Will’s house. I’d like to be there to find out for myself
what that woman has been up to.”
Baines led Janet Harper into the interrogation room at the police station
downtown, offering her a chair and taking the one across the table from her.
you for coming down today and speaking with me,” Baines said.
tossed her long black hair over her shoulder and shrugged uneasily. “I’m not sure what help I can be. You said it was about Will Thomerson’s
Baines nodded, turning on a tape recorder and placing it between them on the
table. “That’s right. In particular I’m interested in finding out
what kind of business relationship you had with Mr. Thomerson.”
eyes narrowed on him and she began to feel panicked. “I’m not sure I know what you mean.”
withdrew the manuscript from his tweed sport coat and placed it neatly on the
table. “Quite an epic you’ve written,”
he began. “Any idea how this got in Will
looked down at her book and closed her eyes with regret. She knew it would come back to haunt her
eventually. After all the attempts she’d
made at trying to get it back from him, the police were ironically the ones who
wound up with it.
Harper, you’re not in any trouble. Yet.
We’re just trying to get a handle on some of Will Thomerson’s
relationships. If we can do that, we can
find out who may have wanted him dead.”
knew she was backed into a corner. There
was no sense in hiding the truth anymore.
She had to come clean with everything now that the manuscript was
came to me and suggested that I would sell the manuscript to him and he’d
purchase the Denver Tribune for me as
payment. I agreed. But when I got back to Denver I realized that by selling him
that book, I was going to be hurting the one person that I’d grown to care
about throughout this whole mess.”
Blackthorne,” Baines said wryly.
“Yes. So I decided that I would come back and try
to set things right. Will wasn’t very
receptive to my plea. He refused to give
the manuscript back. I knew I had to
stop him from using it to hurt anyone, especially Ethan.”
did you stop him?”
Janet tried desperately to organize her thoughts.
you own a .38 revolver?” Baines questioned her.
a moment of hesitation, Janet finally nodded in reply. “Yes.
I do have a license for it. I’ve found that being a reporter is a
dangerous job sometimes. People usually
don’t like what I write about them and I’ve had a few close calls. I keep it for protection.” A thoughtful pause. “Anyway, I only intended to threaten him into
giving me back the manuscript.”
swallowed, her hands trembling as she thought back to the night of the Filmmakers
“I got to his house a little before seven o’clock. I walked up to the door and heard voices
inside. They were shouting. I could tell it was Will arguing with
someone. I decided to wait until he was alone, so I ran back down to the shrubs along the walkway and hid.”
heard a gunshot,” Janet explained.
“After that there was just silence.
My heart was beating like crazy.
I wanted to look but I was afraid someone would see me. So I waited a few more minutes...and then...I saw
Stormy Blackthorne run out of the house.”
Surprised, Detective Baines leaned forward and raised an eyebrow. “Are you certain about that?” he asked. “You know for a fact that it was Stormy
nodded quickly. “Yes. I’m positive.”
you didn’t go into the house?” Baines asked.
shook her head. “No. As soon as he was out of sight I ran back
down the road to my car. When I heard
that he’d been shot...well, I'm sure you can guess what I thought."
Baines rubbed his forehead and tried putting the pieces together. “Did you phone in an anonymous tip to the
witness hotline yesterday claming that you saw Stormy Blackthorne go into Mr.
Janet asked curiously. It was the
first that she’d heard about an anonymous tip.
else saw him go into the house. Now
you’re saying that you saw him leave. I
think that pretty much places Stormy at the scene without a doubt. Do you have any knowledge of why he would
want Will Thomerson dead?”
not at all. Unless he was acting out in
vengeance over the suspicions about Will kidnapping Michael."
facts twisting in his mind, Baines stood up and opened the door. “Very well.
You can leave now, Miss Harper, but I’m afraid you’re going to have to
stay in town for a while. I’m sure
we’ll be needing you again.”
was at the door in a flash, looking at the detective with surprise. “Why?” he asked. “I want that woman gone yesterday!”
Blackthorne, please-“ Baines said and held up his hand.
his unrelenting eyes on Janet, James lurched forward and pointed a threatening
finger at her. “I read your rather
amateurish manuscript, Miss Harper,” he said, enraged. “If you think that book will ever see print
then you’ll have a long wait, because I’ll see you in hell first.”
shook her head in protest. “Mr.
Blackthorne, I have no intention of-“
should have known you were up to something all along,” James lamented. “First you showed up in Phoenix and miraculously found my wife,
then you conveniently started dating my nephew. What else did you do to dig up dirt on us?”
Blackthorne, please,” Baines insisted.
“Miss Harper just confessed to being at Will Thomerson’s house the night
he was murdered.”
James asked with a frown. He grew
immediately nervous, backing off without another word.
went there to get the manuscript back,” Janet claimed.
also saw something,” the detective said awkwardly. “Someone leaving Thomerson’s house after he’d
been killed. We think it’s possible the
same person that the anonymous caller reported seeing go into the house.”
James demanded, his heart racing.
son,” Baines announced with some reluctance.
James exclaimed in disbelief. He ran his
fingers through his hair and glared at Janet angrily. “She’s lying.”
please-“ Janet began.
you are lying because you’re trying to cover for yourself!” James yelled. “You probably killed him and you saw an
opportunity to pin it on my son! Well
I’m not going to let you get away with it!”
description the anonymous caller gave us matches your sons perfectly,” Baines
explained. “Miss Harper contends that
she was outside the house when she heard a gunshot. A few minutes later, she saw your son running
from the scene.”
his fists angrily onto the interrogation table, James tried to control his
rising temper. He knew Stormy couldn’t
have done it.
walked into the library at the mansion and found Heather frantically searching
through cushions and underneath pillows on the sofa. She paused in the doorway and frowned with
are you okay?”
stopping to look at her, Heather mumbled a hasty reply and dropped to her knees
in front of the sofa, peering underneath for any sign of the videotape
are you looking for?” Miranda asked.
“Did you lose an earring or something?”
her head, Heather stood up and placed her head in her hands. “I can’t find it,” she said. “I can’t believe this. It’s gone!”
gone?” Miranda demanded.
tape?” Miranda asked in disbelief. “You
mean the one of…”
“Yes. It’s gone.
It was here yesterday and I forgot about it
in the confusion with Detective Baines and my Dad. Now it’s gone and I don’t-“
if Heather had finally snapped, Miranda rushed up and grabbed her by the
shoulders. “Heather, we never found that
tape,” she said. “Remember? We went there and you had that episode where
you attacked Will but then we left empty handed.”
“No! It was yesterday! My father got it and gave it to me!” Heather
cried, then quickly covered her mouth with her hands. She couldn’t believe how stupid she was for
telling Miranda about her father. Now
she would go blab to James and then poor Jordan would be in so much
trouble. They’d find out what he’d done
and how he got the tape.
eyes flashed open wide with surprise.
“When Jordan came to the house yesterday
morning he gave you the tape?”
Heather nodded in reply, stifling back the tears.
did he get it?”
shook her head. “I don’t know. Please don’t say anything, Miranda. Whatever my father did he did it for me. Please don’t say anything. I don’t want him to go to prison.”
with uncertainty and confusion, Miranda sat down on the sofa and tried to sort
the mess out. Maybe her father wasn’t
the person she should be worried about.
Her mother’s husband seemed to know a lot more than he was letting on.
grinned mischievously as he stood above his secretary while dictating a memo to
her in his office at Sunset Studios. It was all he could do to keep from staring
down at the impressive cleavage which was practically bursting out of her low
cut blouse. How was he supposed to work
with so many distractions?
Terri asked, waving her hand to get him to snap out of his daze. “Are we finished?” She was well aware that he was staring at her
breasts but she was used to it. It came
with the territory of working as a secretary for a Hollywood studio executive.
then, the door opened and Stormy forced his way in. “Brett, I want to talk to you about these
expenses,” he said, immediately seeing the way his partner ogled Terri from his
vantage point. “What’s going on in
Brett said with a frown. “What expenses,
these expenses that are conveniently chalked up to maintenance. That’s not good enough. I need to know specifics.”
rolled his eyes with irritation. “I
don’t have time to put every single thing into a category,” he said. “Now quit bothering me with all
this petty crap. I’d hate to go to your father and
tell him you’re being uncooperative again.”
menacingly at him, Stormy opened his mouth to reply when suddenly the door to
the outer office opened and Detective Baines entered the room, followed by
James and a uniformed officer.
Stormy began. “What’s going on?”
just don’t say anything. I’ve called Brandon and he’s going to meet us
downtown. Don’t worry about anything.”
“Brandon?” he asked in confusion. “Why did you call your lawyer?”
Blackthorne,” Baines began, directing his attention on Stormy. “You’re under arrest for the murder of Will
closed his eyes in disbelief, turning and clenching his teeth while the officer
placed a pair of handcuffs on his wrists.
He turned back and was led out of the office, James and Detective Baines
following close behind.
grinned contently, thrilled that his plan was moving along so quickly.
went to her mother’s house in Malibu and they embraced warmly in the living room before sitting
down on the plush sofa parallel to the floor to ceiling picture windows overlooking
are you doing, Mom?” she asked. “I feel
awful that I haven’t really been around much since you and Jordan split up. Are you okay?”
Alex crossed her legs and pushed her perfectly coiffed hairdo up off her forehead. “I’m getting by,” she said. “We live in separate houses and we live
separate lives but ever since this whole thing with Will Thomerson, I feel that
we’re getting closer again. I feel closer to him, anyway. He just keeps
pushing me away.”
Miranda offered a frown. “Why is that?”
she asked, desperate to get information about Jordan and his role in Will’s
murder. “Has something happened? Do you know something?”
immediately grew tense and got up to pour herself a drink. “I just know how protective he is over
Heather,” she said. “I know he would do
anything for her.”
murder?” Miranda asked with a leading edge to her voice.
spun around and feigned surprise. “Why
would you say that?” she asked.
sighed, realizing she couldn’t betray Heather’s trust by saying anything about
the tape, even to her own mother. “Like
you said, he’d do anything for Heather.”
eyes locked for a few moments, breaking only when the phone rang. Alex rushed over to answer it and spoke
breathlessly into the receiver. While
she spoke to the caller, Miranda turned and looked out at the choppy ocean
waves. It made sense that Jordan
would resort to murder after
learning what happened to Heather. She
knew that her father would do anything
for her, including committing murder
if it came down to it.
my God,” Alex said into the phone and quickly hung up.
is it?” Miranda asked and turned toward her.
shook her head in despair. “They
arrested Stormy,” she said. “James is
with him down at the police station. I
have to go!” She grabbed her purse and
headed for the door with a flourish.
coming with you,” Miranda said and followed her out the door.
Baines dropped the videotape on the interrogation table and placed his hands on
his hips, looking down at Stormy while James and his lawyer, Brandon Marksman observed
that?” Stormy asked with a frown.
should know what it is,” Baines said.
“We just had your room searched and found this tucked away in the
let out a nervous chuckle and shrugged indifferently. “I only watch them for the acting,” he said
funny,” the detective said and began pacing the room. “This is a tape recording of Heather Blackthorne
participating in a very explicit film.”
He paused and watched the young man’s expression. “Now are you going to tell me that you don’t
know how it got there?”
shook his head in aggravation. “I didn’t
even know there was a tape,” he said.
has Will Thomerson’s fingerprints all over it,” Baines said. “Stormy, we have two witnesses who claim they
saw you arriving at Will Thomerson’s house the night of his murder, and then
leaving again. One witness also heard a
gunshot shortly before you left, presumably in a hurry to flee the scene of
was there but I didn’t know anything about the tape. And as far as how it got in my closet, I have
no idea. Maybe somebody’s trying to set
quickly chimed in, infuriated that his own son was being interrogated like a
common criminal. “Stormy, if you didn’t
know about the tape then why did you go over there?”
with frustration, Stormy leaned forward and met the detective’s gaze. “I found out that Will Thomerson had hired a
director to drug Heather and film her in that scene with those two men.”
would he do that?” Baines asked.
had been seeing him so she could gain easy access to his office. She would steal movie scripts that he was
planning on bidding on, then give them to Sunset
Studios so we could beat him to the deal.”
the porn setup was a payback?” Baines asked.
closed his eyes, horrified by the lengths that Will had gone to in getting his
revenge. He was more sick and twisted
than he’d ever realized. Dragging
Heather into the fold was the act of a sociopath.
after you found out about this, you went to his house?” the detective
asked. “For what reason? To pay him back for what he did to your
nodded. “I was angry. Angrier than I’ve
ever been in my life. I wanted to kill
him for what he did to Heather. I
knocked on his door and waited for a few minutes but he didn’t answer.”
time was that?” Baines asked as he jotted a few notes down.
Stormy tried to think back clearly. “A
little after six thirty,” he replied with a fair amount of certainty. “The door was open so I walked inside. I looked around and there was a gun laying on
the desk in the study. I picked it up
and that’s when he came down the stairs and walked into the room…”
“What are you doing here?” Will asked,
barely phased by the gun pointed at him.
“I’m busy so if you don’t mind speeding up your little demonstration-“
Stormy cut him off, rushing toward
him and pointing the gun at his chest.
“I swear to God I’ll wipe that smug grin off your face, you son of a
bitch,” he said through clenched teeth.
“Just who the hell do you think you are, anyway? What man goes around treating women the way
Grinning, Will pushed Stormy’s trembling
arm away and continued fastening the cuff links on his Armani tuxedo. “I assume you’re talking about your
ex-wife,” he said. “I knew once she and
your sister stopped by the other night that you wouldn’t be far behind. When are you Blackthornes going to learn?”
“When are you going to learn not to leave guns lying around the house?” Stormy
asked, following him across the room with the revolver. “It’s very dangerous. Anyone could just walk in and ….BANG.”
“You don’t have the guts,” Will
said, taking a tissue from his pocket and blotting the back of his head. He
winced, lowering the tissue blotted with scarlet blood.
Glaring wildly, Stormy charged
toward him. “Is that what you said to
Heather when you had her drugged?” he asked.
“She wasn’t willing to go along with your sick vendetta so you gave her
a little bit of liquid courage? A few
drops of something in her drink so she’d let herself be filmed with those two
Will grinned devilishly and
disregarded his banter. “She seemed like
she enjoyed it,” he said, his voice filled with slimy innuendo. “But then again, after being married to you
she was probably ready to find out what a real man could do to her.”
The remark sent Stormy over the
edge. He dropped the gun and went after
Will with his bare hands. Killing him
would solve nothing, he decided. Real
revenge would be making him suffer like he’d made Heather suffer.
“You sick son of a bitch!” Stormy
shouted, wrapping his hands around Will’s neck and tightening them with all his
might. He drew one fist back and sent
it shattering into Will’s face, sending him flying across the desk and onto the
Quickly, Will climbed to his feet
and punched Stormy in return. Stormy
staggered back and tripped, hitting his forehead on the corner of the desk and
wincing from the pain. Lifting his hand,
he felt the blood trickle down his forehead and then he slumped to the floor
I woke up, he was dead,” Stormy finished, looking at his father and Detective
Baines with intent. “I saw the gun on
the ground and I panicked. I ran outside
and went straight to the Fern Bar
hoping that I could come up with an alibi.”
somebody came in and shot him in the ten or so minutes that you were
unconscious?” Baines asked.
Stormy flashed his father a look of desperation. “I was afraid someone may have seen me there
and would think that I killed him.”
did the gun come from?” Baines asked.
“It was just lying there on the desk when you walked into the house?”
nodded in reply.
you describe it to me?”
Stormy tried to think back clearly. “It
was silver. A .38 I think.”
raised an eyebrow and looked at James. “Sounds a lot like your gun,” he said. “Are you
sure you don’t want to change your story, Mr. Blackthorne? Did you have that gun with you when you went
to Will Thomerson’s house a few nights ago?”
I told you I didn’t,” James said, shooting Stormy a look of caution.
excused himself and left with Brandon, leaving James and Stormy alone
in the room. After he’d gone, Stormy
looked at his father with pleading eyes.
“Dad, I didn’t kill him. You have
to believe me. I’m telling the truth. I was only there because of Heather. I wanted to kill him, but I didn’t.”
know, Son,” James said distantly. “I
know you didn’t kill him.”
in the waiting room, Alex and Miranda raced inside and spotted Brandon standing at the admitting
desk. Miranda darted over and pulled
him toward her, a streak of panic on her face.
going on with my brother, Brandon?” she asked.
“Why was he arrested?”
he could answer, James emerged from the back and Miranda raced over to him with
Alex fast on her heels.
is Stormy all right?” Alex asked in a panic.
fine,” James said, his eyes widening with surprise when Heather walked into the
station. “What is she doing here?” he
whispered to Miranda.
turned her head and motioned to Heather.
“I called her, Daddy. She’ll want
to know if Stormy’s in some kind of trouble.”
been arrested?” Heather asked in disbelief.
“I don’t understand.”
confusion was halted when Brandon
approached and huddled James off
to the side. “Listen, James, they want
to detain Stormy for further questioning.”
James asked in a rage. “They can’t do
that! You heard his statement! He admitted to being there but he didn’t kill
him! He’s telling the truth, Brandon!
I know he is!”
Brandon sighed and placed a hand on his
friend’s shoulder. “Then the police are
going to wonder what makes you so certain of that,” he said. “Is there something that you know first hand
that can clear him of any charges?”
he was stuck in an impossible situation, James ran his fingers through his hair
and looked at Brandon with pleading eyes. “Just do whatever you can to get him out of
there,” he said.
will,” Brandon replied. “They can only hold him for forty-eight hours
without officially charging him. After
that they have to let him go.”
son didn’t kill anybody,” Alex said, clutching her hand to her chest. “He shouldn’t have to spent another second in
going to do everything I can, Alex,” Brandon declared. “I just need some time.” He paused and turned to Heather. “Detective Baines would like to ask you a few
questions, Heather. Do you mind coming
looked at him nervously, and then back at Miranda and James. “I guess not,” she said and reluctantly
followed him back to an interrogation room.
should call Jordan,” Alex said and fished into her
purse for her cell phone as she wandered away to a quiet corner of the waiting
why do they want to talk to Heather?” Miranda asked, walking up to James and
looking into his angst-ridden eyes.
“What does she have to do with any of this?”
shook his head, unsure of how much his daughter already knew about what was
going on. “It would be better if you
didn’t get involved, Sweetheart,” he said.
“Just trust me and have faith that Brandon can get Stormy out of there.”
this have to do with that tape?” Miranda asked. “Is that why they think Stormy killed
him? Because of what that maniac did to
took her arm and led her away from the desk.
He leaned in close and spoke in carefully indistinct words. “Stormy was there but he didn’t shoot him,”
he declared. “He talked to him and he
somehow managed to get the videotape from him.
I’m not sure why but he’s denying that he knew the tape even existed.”
frowned with confusion. Heather said
that Jordan was the one who gave her the tape. And if that were true, then that would place Jordan at the scene and would explain
why Stormy didn’t know about the tape.
was possible, Miranda decided, that Stormy was taking the fall for Jordan’s crime.
the interrogation room, Heather sat silently across from Detective Baines and
Brandon. She felt like she was being put
on the witness sand, and all she did was trust the wrong people. It wasn’t fair that she or anyone else had to
be hounded by the police on account of Will Thomerson. He wasn’t worth it.
you’re saying you were drugged and tricked into participating in the film shot
by Joel Armitage?” Baines asked. “Why
didn’t you go to the police afterwards?
What he and Will Thomerson did to was a felony.”
would have gotten off,” Heather mused.
“And all I would have succeeded in doing is winding up on the front page
of every tabloid in the country. I
didn’t want to go through that, or put my father through that, so I didn’t say
you realized there was a tape recording of the film, did you try to get it back
“Yes. He wouldn’t give it to me,” Heather replied
regretfully. “He said he was going to
use it to make all of us pay for crossing him.”
offered a screwed up smile and leaned back in his chair. “Sounds like a messed up guy,” he said with a
chuckle. “No wonder he wound up dead.”
eyeballed him curiously, unamused by his sense of humor. “He wasn’t very popular, that’s for sure.”
detective traced his finger along the table and glanced at a few notes
scribbled on a yellow legal pad. “So did
you ask your ex-husband to go see Will Thomerson that night and try to get the
Heather said with a frown.
you ask him to kill him for you?”
she lamented, growing irate by his questions.
you’re out of line!” Brandon yelled, leaning forward and
shooting him a look of warning. “Mrs.
Blackthorne is not a suspect. You have
no bearing for making accusations that she’s committed a crime or coerced
anyone into committing a crime.”
shook his head with a cocky grin.
“Everyone’s a suspect until I decide they’re not,” he said. “And as Mrs. Blackthorne stated, Will
Thomerson wasn’t very popular. Half the
community of Hollywood probably wanted him dead.”
stick to the one suspect you currently have in custody,” Brandon ordered.
Detective Baines referred again to his notes and then directed his gaze back on
Heather. “Stormy Blackthorne maintains
that he did go to the deceased’s home the night he was murdered but he didn’t
leave with the videotape. He claims he
didn’t even know it existed. Apparently
he just went there because he felt a strong protective nature for you. Has your relationship always been like
that? The two of you looking out for
shrugged indifferently. “I don’t
know. We’ve had our problems. We got divorced but we’re still friends I
you still live at the Blackthorne mansion, don’t you?”
you’d have access to Stormy’s bedroom then?” Baines asked.
warning you, Detective,” Brandon started.
the lawyer’s attempts at rebuffing his questions, Brandon leaned forward and stared at
Heather head on. “Did you plant the
videotape in his closet and then phone in the phony report in order to get him
charged with the murder?”
Heather lamented, looking at Brandon with pleading eyes. “Why would I do that?”
to protect yourself,” Baines said.
“Maybe you went to Thomerson’s house that night, shot him, and then
framed your ex-husband for the murder.
Maybe the affair he had last year is still a source of resentment for
you and this was your way of getting back at him!"
not true!” Heather exclaimed. “I didn’t go to Will’s house that
night! I was asleep in my room!”
how did the videotape mysteriously get in Stormy Blackthorne’s closet?” Baines
demanded. “Someone had to go to
Thomerson’s house and get it. And my
guess is he didn’t hand it over willingly.”
buried her face in her hands, torn between her father and Stormy. She couldn’t tell them that
Jordan had been the one to get the
videotape from Will. It would be like
turning against her own father. But on
the other hand, she couldn’t let Stormy take the wrap for something he didn’t
don’t know,” she finally said. “Look,
when can I see Stormy? I just want to
make sure he’s all right.”
Brandon reached across the table and
shook his head. “It might be a good idea
to keep your distance from Stormy from now on, Heather,” he said. “They could still try to claim that he killed
Will as a favor to you and that you knew about it all along.”
eyes widened and she nodded obediently.
The last thing she wanted to do was make matters worse for Stormy.
can go now, Mrs. Blackthorne,” said Baines skeptically. “But please don’t hesitate to give me a call
if you can think of anything else. You
never know, maybe something will jog your memory.”
looked at him with a scowl before opening the door and following the guard down
out in the waiting room, Miranda sat in a chair next to Alex, her hand resting
comfortingly on hers as they waited for news about Stormy. Alex looked at her watch and wondered where Jordan was. She knew he’d want to be there after they got
done questioning Heather. On the other
hand, maybe he wanted to stay as far away from the police as he could.
certainly picked a good time to get himself murdered,"
Miranda said ominously, then looked at her mother.
"Today's Halloween. We're all wearing
masks it seems."
pushed the remark aside and put her arm around her
are they going to tell us something?” Miranda asked as she stood up and began
pacing the lobby.
can only hold him for so long,” Alex said in distress. She buried her face in her hands and sighed
heavily. “I wish I’d known about that
tape sooner. I could have done
something. Maybe then Stormy wouldn’t be
in custody and Jordan wouldn’t-“
stopped and looked back at her. She was
growing increasingly suspicious of Jordan’s role in Will’s murder, and of her mother’s. “Mom, do you know something?” she asked. “Do you?
Because if it can help get Stormy off the hook then you have to tell Detective
Baines. You have to.”
looked at her daughter with watery eyes, unsure of what to do about the whole
situation. Why did she have to go back to Will’s house that night?
then, Heather emerged from the interrogation room and quickly darted over to
you okay?” Miranda asked. “What did they
want to talk to you about?”
sighed with despair, wishing the whole nightmare would be over. “Just about the tape and about Will,” she
replied. She hated the fact that Stormy
was being accused of something so horrible.
She only hoped that they would realize his innocence and let him go
about Stormy?” Alex asked. “Did they say
anything about him?”
shrugged and turned just as Brandon emerged from the back. He approached them and James followed
happening?” he asked. ”Are they
Brandon looked at them and shook his
head fervently. “They’re going to charge
him,” he said.
James yelled angrily.
burst into tears and clung to James’s side, shaking her head in agony. “They can’t charge him with murder! Brandon, you have to do something!”
going to try to get him bail,” Brandon attested. “His arraignment is in the morning and the
judge will decide if-“
can’t let my brother spend the night in jail!” Miranda exclaimed.
Detective Baines walked out from the back, James charged toward him in a blind
fury. “What the hell do you think you’re
doing?” he demanded. “Stormy gave his
statement and he said he didn’t kill Will Thomerson! You heard him as well as I did!”
sorry, James, but the facts show otherwise.
Your son was the only person in the house at the time of the
murder. Janet Harper saw him flee the
scene minutes after hearing a gunshot.
And besides that, we found the videotape in his bedroom. The same videotape that shows his ex-wife
participating unwillingly in a pornographic film. That’s plenty of motive in our book.”
about the weapon?” James asked. “You
don’t even know where it is.”
got rid of it,” Baines said plainly, then held his hand up in protest. “Look, he’s going to be charged and there’s
nothing you can do about it. As far as
bail, we’ll wait and see what the judge says tomorrow at the arraignment.”
fought back a flood of tears and ran down the hallway, darting around the
corner and ducking out of view. She
tried catching her breath, torn over the predicament she was in. She had to tell the police the truth. She couldn’t let Stormy be charged with something
he didn’t do.
followed Alex down the hallway and caught up with her, grabbing her arm and
pulling her toward her. “I know what’s
going on,” she began. “I can tell by the
way you’re acting. You don’t think
Stormy killed Will, do you? You think my
nodded reluctantly and wiped her watery eyes.
“I know he did,” she declared.
closed her eyes, consumed with despair.
She knew it. She knew when her
father gave her the videotape that he’d done something awful in order to get
it. “What did you see?” she asked.
closed her eyes, remembering the awful sight vividly…
Alex walked into the house, pausing in the
doorway of the parlor and spotting her husband kneeling over the body wiping
fingerprints off of the gun.
she gasped, her hands plastered to her mouth.
“Is he dead?”
looked at her and then back at the body.
He shoved the handkerchief in his pocket and raced over to her, grabbing
her by the shoulders. “Alex, go home,”
he demanded in an authoritative manner.
“You shouldn’t be here.”
“I was afraid you were going to do
something drastic so I came here and-“ Alex stammered, too strained with
despair to think straight. “Oh God,
can’t believe he’s really dead.”
“Alex, you have to go!” Jordan
exclaimed. “I cannot afford to be seen
Nodding, Alex backed up out of the
room, her eyes still riveted to the body.
“Okay,” she murmured, bumping into the door and jumping with a
start. “Are you coming?”
He nodded and ushered her out the
door. “Yes. Just go home,” he said. “And Alex, don’t say a word to anyone about
She stifled back the tears in her
eyes and turned, racing down the drive to her car and peeling out onto the main
Heather felt her eyes stinging with tears and she covered
her mouth in horror. The imagine of her
father killing Will Thomerson for her was haunting. She never thought in a million years that
he’d go to such lengths to protect her.
should I do?” Alex asked. “I can’t let Stormy
go to prison for something he didn’t do!”
grew into a daze, shaking her head in despair.
“Alex, you can’t say anything about this to anyone. I can’t let my father go to jail for this.”
what about Stormy?” Alex cried. “He’s
grabbed her by the shoulders and shook her forcefully. “You can’t say anything!” she sobbed. “Please, Alex! Promise
me you won’t tell anyone what my father did!”
stared at her blankly, devastated by the choice she was faced with.
Renee has strong words
of caution for James. Alex and Heather argue
over who should be prosecuted in the murder. Brett
tells Miranda he wants to have a baby of their own.
Stormy's arraignment begins. Renee catches
Kenny in another compromising position.