Miranda confronted Brett
about his lies. Brett vowed to hold on to
his marriage and his position in Hollywood, but
later slept with his secretary. Renee prevented
Kenny from seeing Sierra at Hotel Terranova.
Heather told Stormy she'd been having blackouts,
prompting him, James and Ethan to question Heather
further about the night of the murder. Miranda
found dirt on the rim of Heather's nightgown and
began putting two and two together. She later raced
to the courthouse with Jordan just as Heather began
to remember walking through the tunnels to Will's
house that night and shooting him with James' gun.
Way We Were"
Alex Reynolds rushed
inside the police station in downtown Hollywood, her heels clicking repetitively
on the tile floor. She spotted James,
and Stormy pacing the waiting
area and bounded over to them in a huff.
and told me to come down right away,” she said and looked around for her daughter. “Where is she?”
“She went home to be
with Michael,” Stormy replied and ran his hand over his tired face. “Heather’s in the interrogation room with
Brandon and the assistant D.A.”
Alex noted the
grief-stricken look on Jordan’s face and her heart sank. She knew he was going through hell and all
she wanted to do was reach out to him.
But knowing how strained their relationship had been, she decided to
wait it out.
“She really killed
Will?” she finally asked. “I can’t
“Well I can,” Jordan announced, his hands dug deeply
in his pockets. “After what that man did
James cut him off and
turned to Alex. “Heather had been having
blackouts. She used the tunnels that
night and went into Will’s house.
Apparently she found my gun and shot him.”
Again, Alex’s eyes
met with Jordan’s and she fought the urge to go
to him and comfort him. They were
separated and had said and done horrible things to each other. Now none of that seemed to matter. All she wanted was to take his pain away.
Moments later, Brandon emerged from the back and
approached them with some trepidation.
“What did Littleton
say?” Jordan asked hurriedly.
Brandon shook his head sorrowfully. “They’re going to charge her with second
“They can’t!” Stormy
“Why second degree?” Jordan asked. “Thomerson hired a porn director to drug her
and film her having sex against her will with two men. It was justifiable homicide. Any idiot could see that.”
“Not where the law’s
concerned,” Brandon replied. “She freely admits that she was in no danger
when she went to his house. It was not
“Then it was self
defense,” James ordered.
“Heather had the
gun. She didn’t even give him a
chance. She shot him and left the
scene. The only reason they’re not going
for first degree murder is because she didn’t have the gun with her when she went
to the house.”
“I want to see her,” Jordan said, clenching his fists angrily. “I want to see my daughter.”
Brandon shook his head again. “They’re booking her. You can see her tomorrow.”
Alex felt her eyes
sting with tears when she saw the look on Jordan’s face.
“Look at it this
way,” Brandon continued. “Brooke will be released in a matter of
hours. After the paperwork is processed
“Oh brilliant!” Jordan exclaimed and leveled a look of
hated at James. “His wife gets off but
my daughter is locked up like a criminal!
James ignored his
remark and looked at Stormy with frustration.
“There’s got to be something we can do.”
wrung his hands in frustration. For the past
week he'd been fortunate that Heather seemed to
have blacked out the shooting. He thought
she would stay in the clear. But she did remember
and now she was in trouble. After a moment of
silence, he looked at them with
conviction. “Maybe there is
something we can do,” he said.
Minutes later, they
were in Alex’s limo as it drove through rush-hour traffic. Brandon glared at Jordan, Alex and James
with disbelief and shook his head adamantly.
“I can’t in any way condone what you’re suggesting,”
he said. “It’s unethical, unfair, and
totally illegal. I could be disbarred
just by being here listening to this conversation.”
“So plug your ears,”
Stormy said from his spot beside his mother.
He tapped furiously at a laptop computer while Jordan looked on eagerly.
“Did you find
anything on our friend the D.A?” he asked.
Stormy nodded with a
smile. “Littleton’s son applied to Harvard for the
spring semester but it looks like he was denied a scholarship.”
“Anything else?” Alex asked while looking over his shoulder.
“They have a realtor
looking at properties on the south coast.”
Brandon rubbed his aching head. “Tapping into personal information is also a
felony,” he said, then tried shifting out of his seat. “We need to stop this car right now so I can
get out. I can’t hear any more of this.”
“Do you think it’s
fair that Heather is facing a trial and jail time because she killed the man
who practically ruined her life?” James asked irately. “If she hadn’t done it someone else would
have. Hell, every one of us went to his house that night with the intention of
rolled his eyes. “But Heather was the one who killed him. In the United
States court system killers have
to be punished. Otherwise people would
be going around shooting each other all the time.”
“This isn’t the United States court system, Brandon,” Alex said from behind a pair
of large round sunglasses. “This is Hollywood.
Nobody goes to jail here.”
The limo stopped
alongside the curb by a large bank downtown and James threw the door open. They got out and walked inside, immediately
greeted by the bank president who knew three important customers when he saw them.
Miranda stood in the nursery at the Blackthorne mansion watching Michael sleep
peacefully in his crib. She smiled
contently and thought back to how jealous she’d once been of her baby brother. It seemed like so long ago, and now she
couldn’t even remember what had gotten her so bent out of shape. How could anyone be jealous of an innocent
hope you’re getting some ideas,” said a voice from behind.
turned with a start and scowled when she saw Brett come up behind her. “Ideas about what?” she asked with
disgust. The sight of her husband made
her sick to her stomach.
us having a baby of our own,” he said slyly and reached out to her. “I think you’d be a fantastic mother.”
Miranda slapped his hand away and turned around to face him. “I thought I made it clear that babies are
not in our future, Brett,” she said in a rage.
“As a matter of fact, we have no future at all. After everything you’d
done how can you still think that I would want to have a baby with you?”
to change her mind, Brett gave her his trademark bedroom eyes and inched closer
to her. “Babe, I love you. Is there anything wrong with me wanting to
start a family with you? We’ve been
married for two years. We’re golden.”
rolled her eyes. “No, we are so far from
golden it’s not even funny.” She brushed
past him and started to the bedroom door when he pulled her back. “Let go of me!”
not going to let you give up on us, Miranda!”
you should have thought of that before you bulldozed yourself through this
family!” Miranda yelled, trying desperately to keep her voice down so as not to
wake the baby.
I did was for us. You have to believe
looked at him with contempt and shook her head.
“I don’t have to believe anything you tell me. Everything you said is a lie.”
want a divorce, Brett,” she exclaimed.
“As far as I’m concerned our marriage is over.”
that, she turned and stormed out of the nursery. Brett stood behind, devastated by the
finality of her words.
After dinner with his wife at a high-priced
restaurant in Beverly Hills, Ed Littleton stepped outside to
hand the valet his ticket while his wife used the ladies room. The young blonde valet skipped off to retrieve
his Chrysler 300 and Ed stood by the curb.
Seconds later, a long black stretch limo pulled up and the driver hopped
out to open the back door.
you enjoy your dinner?” Alex asked from inside the car.
Littleton set his jaw and folded his arms. “Miss Reynolds, if this is another plea for
your step-daughter-“ he began.
this is about your family,” Alex cut
him off politely. “Your son who needs
money for college, your wife who wants that house in Palos Verdes...”
did you know about those things?”
shrugged. “It’s amazing what you can
find on the internet,” she preened. “I
also found out how much an assistant district attorney makes in Los Angeles county.”
Littleton stepped forward to the curb. “What is this all about?”
in,” Alex said and slid over on the seat.
if this is some kind of intimidation tactic, I could have you arrested.”
intimidating you?” she asked. “Just get
in. This will only take a second.”
a sigh, Littleton climbed into the back seat where
Jordan and James were waiting with an open briefcase containing stacks of
hundred dollar bills. He frowned and
turned just as the driver shut the door.
could buy three houses in Palos Verdes,” Alex said. “And a pretty decent education for your
son. You can’t tell me that an assistant
district attorney can afford any of those things, Ed.”
looked at them with disbelief. “Are you
trying to bribe me?”
do you think?” Jordan asked and brought the briefcase
full of money closer to him. “All you
have to do is change my daughter’s charge to self defense and you’ll be more
popular with your family than Santa Claus.
Just think of what a wonderful anniversary present for your wife you could
have got to be kidding me,” Littleton
said in astonishment. “I could have you
thrown in jail for the rest of
your lives for this stunt.”
you won’t,” James said and picked up one of the bundles of money. He flipped the bills between his thumb and
forefinger and gave Littleton a mischievous grin.
hour later, Leilani opened the front door of the Blackthorne mansion and stood
clear as James led Brooke inside the foyer.
Behind them, Jordan, Alex, Stormy and Heather
followed closely. They were all greeted
with exuberance by Miranda and Brett.
home,” Brett gushed and gave Brooke a quick squeeze. His eyes darted past Heather’s and he
remained poised. “You too, Heather.”
wonderful to be home,” Brooke said, a little more than surprised when Miranda
came up and hugged her warmly.
glad to have you back,” Miranda said, surprising herself by not choking on the words. But before the moment could linger on for too
long, she turned and put her arm around Heather. “I can’t believe the D.A. dropped the charges. What happened after I left today?”
Jordan winked and gave Alex and James
an appreciative nod of his head. “He
said it was obviously self-defense, so who could argue with him?”
gets six months of probation because she didn’t come forward sooner, but other
than that she’s home free. We can leave
this whole nightmare behind us,” James said and gave Heather a tender smile.
I don’t think she should have even gotten that,”
Stormy insisted. “She blocked the whole
thing out. It wasn’t her fault she couldn’t
come forward sooner.”
shook her head as she stood at Miranda’s side.
“No, I’m just thankful that the D.A. reduced the charges. I think I can handle six months of
I’m sure you can stay out of trouble for that long,” Brett said with a grin,
then quickly recoiled with regret when dagger-like stares came at him from
every direction. It seemed that he
couldn’t say or do anything anymore without stepping on someone’s toes.
tense moment was interrupted when the faint sounds of a restless baby carried
from the top landing. Everyone turned
and looked up the stairs where Ethan was holding Michael in his arms, looking
down at Brooke with anticipation.
sweet baby,” Brooke whispered, covering her mouth and crying happily. She walked toward the staircase and looked
into Ethan’s eyes for a brief second before she took Michael from him and held
him gently in her arms.
came up behind her and smiled happily, placing a hand on her shoulder and
watching mother and child reunite tenderly.
cradled Michael against her bosom, looking at Ethan and then at James with
tears in her eyes. She knew what lied
ahead but she didn’t care. For right now
all that mattered was that she was finally
free and her baby was home where he belonged.
Later that night, James stepped out of the
bathroom in his and Brooke’s bedroom and scouted around for her. Tying the belt around his robe, he walked to
the nursery next door and found her rocking Michael in her arms while sitting
in a rocking chair. Pausing in the
doorway, he smiled and stared with admiration.
Even after everything Brooke had been through she was still a hundred
percent there for their baby.
a few minutes, Brooke finally looked up and smiled at James. “When did you sneak in?” she asked while
stroking Michael’s hair.
too long ago. I was just thinking about
what a perfect picture this would be.”
He walked forward and knelt down beside her. “Everything is just as it should be.”
kissed him and then continuing rocking Michael in her arms. “James,” she began thoughtfully. “How did you really get the D.A. to drop the charges against Heather? I saw you and Jordan and Alex in a pretty
intimate huddle earlier tonight. What
did the three of you do?”
smiled and stroked his hand along her cheek.
“We did what we had to do,” he said, relieved that it had been so easy
to bribe Littleton into dropping the charges. A few million dollars between the three of
them was a small price to pay for Heather’s freedom. After all, it was partially his fault that
Heather got involved with Will in the first place.
to trust that her husband did the right thing over the mysterious turn of
events, Brooke stood up and placed Michael back in his crib. She turned and put her arms around him
just want things to go back to normal,” she said, staring into his eyes. “I want us to start that life we wanted so
will,” James assured her, stroking his hand down the back of her head. “It’s a
new year. I already have everything I could
the hall, Stormy laid on his bed in a pair of tight pink boxers, staring at the
ceiling and thinking about the day’s events.
Strangely enough, he didn’t feel a bit guilty about the way they’d
bribed the assistant D.A. Some might
call it a miscarriage of justice, but if Heather had spent one day in jail for
killing Thomerson it would have been far worse of a crime.
thoughts were interrupted when a light knocking at the door caught his
attention. He stood up and opened the
door, surprised to see Heather standing in the hallway.
couldn’t sleep,” she said with a faint smile.
took her hand and led her into the bedroom.
“Do you want me to tell you a story like I used to when we were first
married?” he joked, amazed at how wholesome and refreshed she looked. It was obvious that the past few weeks had
weighed on her severely.
Heather sat down in a chair beside the bed and crossed her legs. She looked at him seriously and felt a tear
well up in her eye. “Shouldn’t I feel
do you mean?”
shrugged. “I killed a man in cold
blood. I don’t even feel that bad about
it. I mean, I realize that it was wrong
and I would like to think that if I had to do it all over again I wouldn’t have
gone to his house that night. But I just
can’t seem to feel anything.”
sat down on the bed and took her hand in his.
“You will,” he said softly. “And
when you do, I’ll be right here for you to lean on.”
words were more comfort that she could have hoped for. Putting her arms around him, she was suddenly
taken back to earlier times when they were happy and in love. So much had happened since then. But right now she was caught up in the moment
and she began to feel that maybe they would find their way back to each
other. Stormy had been so kind and
attentive since this whole mess started.
How could she help but fall in love with him all over again?
she said and ran her hand down his bare back.
“I’ll probably take you up on that."
are ex-husband’s for?” Stormy asked with a grin and stood up. “Now, how about we go down to the kitchen and
get some milk and some of Leilani’s banana bread and play some
invitation wasn’t quite was Heather had in mind, but she accepted it
happily. After all, there was plenty of
time to work on getting close again. She
put her arm through his and followed him down the stairs to the kitchen.
town at Hotel Terranova, Jordan sat at the bar in the lounge,
listening to the elegant melody from the piano as he drowned his sorrows in
whiskey. Why he needed to was beyond
him. He’d just performed a miracle in
getting Heather off the hook for killing that slime ball Will Thomerson. He should be on top of the world. But the state of his relationship with Alex
was like a cloud of gloom that hung over his head. Despite the horrible things she’d done to
him, he still loved her and wanted her so badly. Being separated was harder than he had
if I have a seat?” a voice called from beside him.
Jordan looked up he was surprised to
see Renee DeWitt standing there, a picture of beauty with her curly black hair
cascading loosely around her shoulders and a low cut gown that draped beautifully
around her figure.
all means,” he said and pulled a chair out for her. “What brings you out tonight?
Couldn’t sleep either?”
Renee ordered a martini and folded her hands in front of her. “This
is a big hotel, but even bigger when you’re alone,” she said.
“What’s your excuse?”
Jordan smiled and paid for her
have a lot on my mind,” was his casual
response. He lifted his glass to hers
and offered a toast. “I was sorry to hear
about you and Kenny.”
not,” Renee said and stirred her drink with her skewered olives. “It’s funny, isn’t it? You think that when you get to be a certain
age that you’ve got everything figured out.
Your career, your marriage, your children.
Then one day you realize you haven’t gotten anything figured out. You’re
coasting through life with blinders on just like everyone else is.”
never pictured you as having blinders on,” Jordan said, staring at her with
admiration. “You’re strong, successful, and
beautiful. I think Kenny was a fool to
let you go.”
raised an eyebrow and purred gently in his direction. “Mr. Rydell, either I’ve been out of practice
for too long or I’d say you were trying to hit on me.”
Jordan smirked devilishly and turned to
face her. “Would that be so awful?” he
asked and gulped down the rest of his drink before ordering another one.
not…if you weren’t sitting here trying to drink Alex Reynolds out of your
remark got to Jordan, not because Renee said it, but
because she was dead on right. He was trying to drink Alex out of his
head. He was sitting there with a
beautiful, classy woman who he was quite certain he could charm into bed with
ease, and instead he was so hung up on his estranged wife that it showed blatantly.
if I touched a nerve,” Renee continued.
Jordan brushed the remark off. “Well, in honor of the
new year, what’s the
harm in getting together for a little sleepover?” he asked. “I promise to leave the ghosts of my
past in the past.”
finished her drink and clutched her purse in her hand as she stood up. “Jordan, we could play a lot of games
and go up to my room and make love all night and it would be fantastic. But then you’d still wake up tomorrow and
want Alex.” A thoughtful pause while she
looked into his handsome eyes. “I think
I deserve better than that, don’t you?”
he could reply, Renee was shooting across the lounge with a flourish. Jordan sighed and gulped down the rest
of his drink, cursing himself for blowing it with Renee. He actually found her quite interesting. If only the hold Alex had on him wasn’t so
almost as if on cue, the sight of Alex sauntering across the lounge sent Jordan
into a tailspin. He turned back to his drink and nursed it
casually. A second later he felt Alex’s
presence looming over him.
company you’re keeping these days,” she said.
“What were you and Renee talking about?”
now, Alex,” he muttered, slightly wishing that Alex was the tiniest bit jealous
of Renee DeWitt.
she sat down beside him and lit a cigarette.
“Come on, Jordan, you’re not still angry with me,
are you?” she pleaded.
not even a matter of being angry,” he replied and leveled a sultry gaze at
her. “It’s just that we don’t work well
together. We tried. We got married and it blew up in our
faces. We don’t trust each other and
that’s all there is to it.”
what about today?” she asked. “We were a
team again. We took matters into our own
hands and we put that smarmy assistant D.A. in his place. Didn’t that feel wonderful to you? To be working together?”
Jordan couldn’t believe his ears. “You mean the three of us?” he asked. “You, me, and James, just like it’s always
been. Come on, Alex, it’s never been
just the two of us. Your ex-husband has
always been right there in the middle.
Today was certainly no exception.”
was helping get your daughter cleared of murder charges!” Alex insisted in
hushed excitement. “I’d think you could
be a little grateful instead of pulling the same old jealous routine.”
that, she got up and stormed out of the lounge, leaving Jordan alone and hornier than he was
before. With a sigh, he looked around
the sparsely populated room and found his eyes locking on a beautiful blond
woman ogling him from her table.
Probably another wannabe actress, he decided. But even still, she’d be a suitable
distraction for the evening.
up from his stool, he walked across the bar and sat down next to her.
next morning, Brett got dressed in the guest bedroom and started off for work
when he ran into Stormy coming
out of the gym. They paused in the foyer
and stared each other down for a second before Stormy finally decided to speak
in the dog house with my sister I see,” he said, patting his sweaty face with a
won’t be for long,” Brett insisted, refusing to believe that Miranda wanted a
shrugged and started up the stairs.
“Well, I know my sister, and when she makes up her mind there’s no
changing it. You’re on your way out,
buddy. And that means your days in this
house and in Sunset Studios are
numbered, because when my father gets wind of what you’ve been up to, he’ll
toss you out himself.”
leave you to run the studio
yourself?” Brett asked with a scoff. “I
think you’ve proven that your judgment is a little lax. Your father isn’t going to trust you to
handle things the way he would. Get
see,” was his ominous reply.
glared menacingly as Stormy turned and ran up to his room. Frustrated, he struggled to think of a way to
maintain his position. Miranda he would
handle. But Stormy required help from
getting an idea, he walked down the hall to the living room and picked up the
phone. After dialing a number, he
smiled and tapped his fingers on the outside of his briefcase.
like to order a bouquet of red roses,” he said.
“Yes, the biggest you’ve got.
Send them to Samantha Fallmont at the Fallmont
Mansion in Denver, Colorado.
The card should read Love Always,
Stormy.” A pause while he
reconsidered. “No, actually make that When Can I See You? Love, Stormy.”
showered and changed into a business suit and decided to check in on Heather
before heading off to the studio. He
scouted around the house and stepped out onto the terrace that extended from
the living room. From across the grounds
he could see her walking leisurely by the lily pond. She looked sad and lonely to him and he felt
compelled to change that.
a quick change to more casual clothes, he jogged down to the pond and grabbed
her from behind. “Gotcha,” he said and
laughed at the way she jumped.
you scared me,” Heather said as she placed a hand on her beating heart. “I thought you’d be at work by now.”
he took her arm and led her back across the grounds. “I decided to take the day off. We’re going to have some fun today.”
way he guided her across the grass and took her hand in his sent butterflies tripping
through her stomach. She couldn’t help
the way she felt. He was being more
attentive than he had through most of their marriage, and she liked it.
don’t have to spend the day babysitting me, Stormy,” she said without really
meaning it. It felt good to have him
back in her life this way. “You should
go to work.”
be silly. I’m not babysitting you. I think we both deserve a day off.”
about to argue with him, Heather followed him to his tricked out Cobra II and jumped into
the passenger’s seat. A second later
Stormy was starting the engine and peeling out of the circular drive.
quit,” Brandon said to James as they stood in
his office at Blackthorne-Reynolds.
James asked in disbelief. “You’ve got to
be kidding me. Brandon, you’ve been my attorney since
you graduated law school. You can’t just
quit after all we’ve been through together.”
threw his hands up in the air in
aggravation. “Well I was never involved
in bribing a city official before. I’m
sorry James but I can’t continue working for you when you have no regard for
“You didn’t bribe anyone,” James
insisted. “Alex, Jordan and I did. And there is such a thing as client-attorney confidentiality.”
still an accessory,” Brandon replied. He grabbed his briefcase and paused before
leaving. “I just wanted to come down and
tell you in person. I’m sorry James. Your secret is safe with me, but I cannot
risk being put in this position again.”
was at a loss for words. He watched as Brandon turned and stormed out of the
office. A second later, Alex came in
dressed in a pristine white suit and wide-brimmed hat.
was that all about?” she asked, her hands planted firmly on her hips.
“Brandon just quit,” James replied and
fixed himself a drink. “Beautiful, how
am I supposed to do business without an attorney?”
lit a cigarette and plopped down onto a tan leather sofa. “Especially now,” she exclaimed.
do you mean especially now?” James
asked with a frown. “Has something
him a report, Alex puffed at her cigarette and crossed her legs. “There’s a problem with the drilling at the
site in Colorado,” she explained. “There’s an aquifer near where the pipeline
is going in. Our people are refusing to
continue because environmentalists will be all over us if we disrupt that water
it’s our land,” James insisted. “The
injunction Senator Fallmont proposed has been stalled. The environmentalists shouldn’t be an issue
was before we knew about the aquifer,” Alex rationalized. “Now we’ve got to find somebody who knows
what they’re doing because every day that we don’t forge ahead on this pipeline
we lose money. Somebody out there has to know how to get
around this thing.”
can probably help you with that,” Kenny DeWitt said as he entered the office.
smiled and extended his hand to his old friend.
“Kenny, I was just thinking about you.”
things I hope,” Kenny said with a smile and kissed Alex lightly on the cheek.
would you like to be my new private retainer attorney?” James asked, suddenly
realizing that Kenny was in need of a job, and with Brandon gone he was in need of a lawyer.
"We've got some environmental obstacles,
and since you're the head of the Land Commission..."
sat down across from Alex and folded his hands in his lap. “Sounds
good to me," he said with a grin. "I
just saw Brandon in the elevator and he told me
he resigned. I, on the other hand, happen
to be free."
course you are. You did get fired from Merteuil.” Alex stated, then
couldn’t help but add insult to injury.
“After Renee found you in bed with B.J. Summers, wasn’t it?”
Alex’s jabs couldn’t bring him down today.
Finally his life was beginning to look up again. “Thank you for reminding me, Alex,” he said
with a grin. “But yes, I was looking for
work and I found it. James,
when do we get started? What's this about
an environmental obstacle?"
and James looked at each other, hoping that Kenny’s influence with the Land
Commission would be the answer
to their problems.
opened the door of her suite at Hotel Terranova
and couldn’t help but smile at the sight of Jordan holding a bouquet of orchids.
it an apology for being a sexist pig last night,” he said.
laughed and stood clear of the door.
are my favorite,” she said.
are you.” He set the vase on a console
table and turned to face her. “Will you
please have dinner with me tonight so I can try to make it up to you?”
happily, Renee nodded her head in agreement.
“Apology accepted, and yes, I would love to.”
Jordan was thrilled that he’d been
fortunate enough to get another chance.
Maybe Renee DeWitt was exactly what he needed to get over Alex once and
ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier loomed like a giant and looked even bigger
to Heather once they stood in line beneath it.
She turned to Stormy and gave him a look of disbelief.
want me to get up there?” she asked.
not?” Stormy replied and handed the operator a fistful of tickets. “Ever since I’ve known you you’ve wanted to
go up on this thing but could never get anyone to ride it with you.”
because you’re terrified of heights!”
shrugged as they took their seats in the car and were belted in by the
attendant. “Well now I’m
compromising. Consider it an apology for
all the rotten things I did while we were married.”
ride jerked and jolted and started into motion and Heather stifled a laugh when
Stormy clutched the bar with all his strength.
“You don’t have to torture yourself to tell me you’re sorry!” she
shrieked with laughter.
wheel inched up gradually while other passengers got on, the whole while Stormy
growing increasingly tense. He looked
down over the side of the car and felt his stomach turn flips.
be fine, really,” he said and clutched onto her hand with all his might.
looked at him with a smile, amazed that he would put himself through something
that he hated just for her. “You really don’t have to do this.”
want to.” His words came out broken and
indecisive. Leaning over the car again,
he peered down to the ground and realized they were nearing the top of the
don’t look!” Heather cried and burst into a fit of laughter. She pulled him back against the seat and
stared into his eyes. The magical
feeling slowly returned with every minute they spent together. She was now convinced that she had fallen
back in love with him.
shrugged, not entirely comfortable with saying what was on her mind. Not yet anyway. “Just….thank you.”
just a ferris wheel.”
shook her head. “No, I mean thank you
for spending the day with me. I don’t
think I could have handled being alone today.”
later, the ferris wheel began circling faster and Stormy felt his stomach
drop. He gripped Heather’s hand tighter
and closed his eyes, all the while hearing Heather’s intoxicating laughter
walked into the parlor room at the Blackthorne mansion and found Brooke holding
Michael in her arms on the cognac leather sofa.
He smiled contently and cleared his throat to announce his
presence. A second later, Brooke looked
up and offered a blank expression.
beautiful, Brooke,” Ethan said and took a few steps forward. “He looks just like you.”
managed a smile and stood up, cradling the baby in her arms and looking down
into his eyes. “I
want you to know how much I appreciate everything you did to bring him back,”
she said, bouncing Michael gently in her arms when he started to
fuss. “James and I owe you so much.”
remark instigated a response in Ethan that he never knew he was capable of,
especially toward Brooke. “Excuse me?”
he asked hatefully and in disbelief.
didn’t bat an eyelash. “You were the one
who put everything together and tracked down Joel Armitage. It’s because of you that Michael is home with
glared furiously. “You're
not going to tell him, are you?” he asked, although
it wasn't a question. He already knew the
couldn’t believe what he was hearing. He
ran his fingers through his hair and paced the room in frustration. “Am I just
supposed to forget that you stood up in that nursery a week ago and admitted
that Michael is my son?
wish it could be different."
She paused and went to set the baby in his crib. “I just don’t see any other way. Not after everything James
has done for me. When he thought I killed Will, he protected
me. He covered it up and lied to the
police and to everyone, even though his own son was sitting in jail."
that means that you owe him a lie?” Ethan raged. “At the very least I’d think that you’d want
to level with him."
Brooke was faced with the reality that history was indeed repeating
itself. Ethan had been lied to his
entire life about who his father was.
Even now that Will was dead, he was still in the dark as to his true
identity. Now she was asking Ethan to
aid in the same kind of lie about his own son.
It was unthinkable.
Brooke, just tell James the truth so we can all get on with our lives. I have to know that my son will know who his
real father is.”
sorry, Ethan, I can’t,” she said quietly.
"I’ll fight you if I have
remark sent her into a tailspin. “Ethan,
no!” she cried and rushed toward him.
“Please, you can’t do that! You
don’t know what you’ll be doing to James! “
be telling him the truth!”
uncontrollably, Brooke sunk to her knees in front of him and held his hand
firmly in hers. “Ethan, please. Please
don’t do this. I’m begging you. You can see Michael all you want. You can come over and take him out and have
all the time you want with him, but just please don’t tell James that you’re
his father. Please, Ethan! I’m begging you!”
distraught look in her eyes told Ethan that she was petrified of James learning
the truth. He realized that he had a
choice to make. One could destroy lives
forever, and the other could set up a lifetime of lies and betrayal.
He pulled his hand away and turned,
walking out of the room and down the foyer to the front door. When Brooke heard the door slam shut, she
burst into tears and buried her face in her hands.
Miranda's birthday arrives,
and with it, a revealing party at the mansion. James
and Alex's business is in trouble. Heather
begins seeing a therapist. Ethan learns a
long-awaited truth about his father.....and finally....Nathan's
secret is revealed!