James, Jordan and Alex
bribed the assistant D.A. into reducing the charges
against Heather. Upon her release, Heather
became dependent on Stormy and had an unnatural
lack of regret over her actions. Miranda held
her position with Brett and insisted that their
marriage was over. Jordan and Renee shared
a drink and comisserated over their love lives.
Angered by Stormy's smug attitude, Brett arranged
for flowers to be delivered from him to Samantha
Fallmont, hoping to reignite their relationship
in an effort to push Stormy out of James's favor
again. After Brandon quit, James hired Kenny as
his attorney. Their first mission was to counter
hostile allegations from another environmental group
over the pipeline. Brooke told Ethan that she was
not going to tell James the truth about Michael's
Sitting in her office
at Hotel Terranova, Miranda heard the
door open and looked up with surprise when she saw her father enter the
room. A bright smile lit
face and she got up to greet him.
“Daddy, what brings you
down here today?” she asked and kissed him on the cheek.
James gave her a
quick squeeze and sat down in a chair by her desk. “I have a meeting in the
dining room in a few minutes and
thought I’d stop in and say hello to my favorite birthday girl,” he
replied with a wink. “I took the liberty
of planning a party for you tomorrow night at the house.”
“You’re so sweet,”
she blushed happily.
“You didn’t come down
for breakfast today. I get the feeling
that things aren’t going so good for you lately. Is it Brett?”
Sighing, she plopped
back down at her desk and swiveled around a few times. “I’ve been waiting for the right time to tell
you this, Daddy. I asked Brett for a
divorce. He’s been sleeping in a guest
“Yes, I noticed
that. Miranda, are you sure that
divorce is the answer? Isn’t there
anything you can do to work it out?”
Miranda shook her
head adamantly. “No,
there isn't.” She paused, uncertain whether she should get
into all the dastardly deeds Brett had conjured up recently. She didn’t want to be married to him anymore,
but she wasn’t quite sure that she wanted to unleash her father’s wrath on
him. Almost nobody deserved that.
Obviously upset by
the news, James leaned forward and leveled a look of uncertainty at his
daughter. “I can’t pretend that I’m
happy about this. Brett has changed you
over the past two years, Miranda. For
the better as far as I’m concerned. I
mean just look at how far you’ve come since he came into your life. You took an interest in this hotel, you
stopped your drinking and getting high and carousing around every night. You’re even being nicer to Brooke.”
She rolled her
eyes. “I don’t think we can give Brett
credit for all of that,” she said sarcastically. “Besides, you hated him when I first brought
him home, Daddy. You didn’t trust him
one bit. Now all the sudden you’re his
“Not all the
sudden. Brett proved himself as a worthy
husband to you over time. It didn’t
happen overnight, you know. When I was
recovering from surgery last year he stepped in and did a hell of a job running
the studio. He still is. He and your
brother are working together and I couldn’t be prouder.”
“So you just don’t
want to lose an executive, is that it?” Miranda asked bitterly and shot to her feet.
“I don’t want to lose
a son,” James corrected her. “And Brett
has been like a son to me.”
“Doesn’t it bother
you that he and Stormy are at each other’s throats all the time? I mean, how many times have they wound up
trashing the house in one of their dog fights?”
James walked up
behind her as she gazed out the window at the grounds. “You of all people should know that your
brother isn’t always so easy to get along with.
He’s controlling, he refuses to take ownership of his own mistakes, and
he’s careless. Look what he almost cost
me by having an affair with Senator Fallmont’s wife. The pipeline was almost shut down because he
couldn’t keep it in his pants.”
“Well, he stopped
seeing her, didn’t he?”
James smiled and
lifted his daughter’s chin. “Sweetheart,
your brother isn’t the issue here. It’s
you and Brett. Now, whatever decision
you make I’ll support you. But I just
would hate to see you make a rash decision that you’ll wind up regretting. Especially now. It’s a new year, Michael is home, Brooke and
Heather are free. This family just has
so much joy to give right now. I’d hate
to have a divorce ruin all that. At
least for right now.”
uneasily as James walked over to the door.
He paused before leaving and turned back to her.
“Brett is a good
guy. Just remember that.”
Miranda managed a
smile as her father left the room. She
sighed and sat back down at her desk, picking up a picture of herself and Brett
at their 4th of July party last summer. She knew her father would sing a different tune
if she knew everything Brett had done.
He would fully support her decision to divorce him.
usual, the guilt her father made her feel was overpowering.
Now she was more confused than ever about
what to do about Brett.
Terri screamed at the
top of her lungs, panting with exhilaration as she lay on the desk with her
legs over Brett’s shoulders. He stood
before her, sweat dripping down his face and neck as he made expert love to her
in his office at Sunset Studios.
“Shhhh,” he said and
covered her mouth with his hand. The
last thing he needed was Stormy coming in and finding him screwing their
secretary, his pants around his ankles, his shirt crumpled on the floor, and
his tie still hanging loosely around his neck.
“You are so
fantastic,” Terri squealed with delight.
She decided that having a boss like Brett Armstrong was another good
reason for having gone into the movie business.
All the new executives were young, handsome and horny.
“Just make sure you
keep this between us,” he said as he leaned down and flicked his tongue inside
her ear. “You just keep coming in early
every day and we can do this for as long as you want.”
then, the phone on his desk buzzed and Brett groaned with irritation. He quickly snatched up the receiver and tried to sound as
normal as possible.
he said, slowing his feverish pace.
isn’t Terri answering the phone?” It was
Stormy calling from his cell phone in his car.
looked down at the beautiful brunette and smiled devilishly. “She just got off,” he said. “Of the phone, I mean. What’s up?”
going to an appointment with Heather this morning,” Stormy replied. “I don’t know if I’ll be in today or
not. Is everything okay there?”
grinned again, unable to control himself.
“Everything’s great. Give Heather
Stormy clicked off, Brett dropped the phone and picked up his rhythmic pace
again until he finished in an explosive climax.
waitress brought three cups of steaming coffee to the table in the dining room
at Hotel Terranova where James and
Jordan sat with Ed Littleton. After she
left, James leaned in and spoke quietly.
I remind you of the seven figure donation
we made to you a few days ago?” he said to Littleton.
“All I’m asking for is a little cooperation from the D.A.’s office.”
paid me to get Heather Blackthorne's murder charges reduced,” Littleton whispered, all the while
glancing around the room to ensure they weren’t being overheard. “That deal didn’t include anything about the
charges against your uncle. France doesn’t have an extradition agreement
with the United States.
That’s the only reason he’s
Littleton, it’s been twenty years,” Jordan said. “Drop the charges against Nathan Blackthorne
once and for all.”
man is a pedophile,” Littleton hissed. “I don’t care if it was twenty years ago or
two hundred years ago. He raped
girls and then–“
rape,” James corrected him. “They were
he said before he fled the country.”
so the witness at the trial said,” Jordan replied.
shook his head, refusing to
budge. “Nathan Blackthorne made a habit
of sleeping with underage girls. I know
he was a famous actor and director in his day, and I know that you Hollywood
types think you’re above the law, but he committed a crime. It just so happens that Debralee
Scott was the
only one who was willing to come forward.”
was fourteen. Her parents forced her to testify,” James
wasn’t the only one who testified as to what kind of man your uncle was,” Littleton
said, his eyes challenging James
shook his head in
frustration. “Maybe we’ll just see what Debralee
Scott has to say about this,” he said belligerently. “It’s been twenty years. She could probably care less if he were in
jail or not.”
Littleton glared at him. “You’ll never find her,” he said. “The publicity and the media attention the
trial got was such a circus that her parents took her into hiding by the time
it was all over. Trust me. You’ll never find her."
already have," Jordan said with a grin. "She
lives in upstate New York. She just published
a self-help book. She hasn't exactly been
wiped a bead of sweat from his brow. "Getting
her to come back here is a different story. She'll
never do it. And if Blackthorne even tries to come back to
the United States, he’ll be arrested the second he
gets off the plane.”
slammed his fist onto the table as Littleton got up and left the
restaurant. He turned and looked at Jordan in deep concentration. “Now what do we do?”
felt defeated, but he refused to
give up. “I think we can get
her to come back,” he
said. “If she was to give a statement to
the D.A.’s office would look like fools for not dropping the charges,” James
Scott was only fourteen at
the time. She’s an adult now. The media would crucify the D.A
if she she came back and publicly exhonerated Nathan
for what transpired between them."
Jordan slid out of the booth and
dropped a twenty on the table. “I’ll try
to contact her agent."
followed him through the dining room, unaware that Alex was seated in the booth
just behind theirs. She lowered her
sunglasses and placed a hand on her beating heart.
She refused to let
them bring Nathan Blackthorne back to Hollywood.
She’d do whatever it took to stop it from happening.
Getting up from the
booth, she raced to the lobby doors.
There was only one person who could help her. Only one other person besides herself knew
what kind of man he was.
Stormy sat in the
waiting room of Dr. Anderson’s office downtown, leafing through a magazine
while obnoxious music played over the
loudspeaker. He sighed and glanced
around the sparse waiting room, cringing at the sight of a tacky plastic fichus
tree in the corner with a strand of half blinking lights.
As much as she
resisted, he knew that Heather would benefit from seeing a psychologist. Sooner or later the guilt
over what she’d
done to Will Thomerson would sneak up and she’d be vulnerable and broken. At least this way she could talk
it out with a professional and brace herself for the fallout.
A few minutes later
the office door opened and Heather emerged, a sullen look on her pretty
face. Stormy shot to his feet and
waited eagerly for some kind of reaction.
All Heather did was turn and shake the doctor’s hand politely.
you, Dr. Anderson,” she said.
you on Thursday, Heather?” the doctor asked.
nodded unenthusiastically and then turned back to Stormy. “Ready?” she asked.
her arm in his, Stormy led her down the hall to the front door. Once they were in the car on the way home he
finally had to break down and coax information out of her. “So how did it go?”
Heather pulled at a long strand of hair that whipped around in her face. “Okay I guess,” she said, then offered a
smile. “Can we go to that little
smoothie stand on the beach we used to go to?
I haven’t been there in forever.”
couldn’t help but smile. “Sure,” he
said, getting the distinct feeling that Heather was trying to block out what
happened. It worried him. If she couldn’t even talk about it to him
then she was in for a rude awakening when it finally hit her.
at Hotel Terranova, Renee DeWitt
opened the door of her posh two bedroom suite and harrumphed at the nerve of
Alex Reynolds showing up at her door.
what an unwelcome surprise,” Renee said, her hands planted firmly on her hips
as she looked in awe at the woman.
Renee, this isn’t a social call,” Alex said and strode purposefully into the
sunken living room. “I have news. News that I don’t think you’re going to
Renee closed the door and followed her across the room. “Any news that comes from you is news that I
probably won’t like, so there’s no big surprise there.” She sat down on a plush white sofa and
crossed her legs. “So tell me, Alex,
what is it that’s got you so riled up?
Did Angie Dickinson beat you out of another role?”
ignored her snide remark. “It’s much
worse than that. I’ll give you a
hint.” She paused for effect, then
looked at Renee with cold dead eyes. “Nathan
brown eyes flashed open wide and she looked at Alex with a mortified expression. Nathan Blackthorne was a name she hadn’t
thought of in years.
thought that might get your attention,” Alex said with a clever smile. “James and Jordan are trying to get the D.A.
to drop the charges against him so he can come back to the United States.”
his trial….” Renee began, her thoughts going in a million different
directions. “I mean, why would he come
Renee got up and walked across the room in a daze. “Jordan didn’t mention anything about
this to me,” she said almost in a whisper.
laughed. “Well why would he, dear? Oh, you mean the other night when you ran
into each other downstairs in the bar?
Well, no offense, but I ran into him just after that and it appeared
that my husband had a few too many Cutty Sarks, if you know what I mean.”
knew perfectly well that Alex was trying to downplay her spending time with Jordan.
That angered her more than the prospect of Nathan Blackthorne returning
“Alex, if Jordan wants to bring Nathan back here
then let him,” she said, although didn’t really mean it. “But if it means that much to you, I’ll ask
him about it tonight at dinner.”
“Dinner? Tonight?” Alex asked, a hostile tone to her
voice as she stepped closer to her.
“Renee, are you dating my husband?”
won’t be your husband for long from what I hear,” Renee said, then walked up to
the door and opened it wide. “Like I said,
I’ll speak to Jordan this evening.”
Alex stormed toward the door and paused to give Renee a final parting
shot. “You do that,” she said before
leaving in a huff.
she’d gone, Sierra came out from her bedroom and stifled a yawn. “Mother, who was at the door?”
forced a smile and tried to put Alex and Nathan Blackthorne out of her mind for
the time being. “No one, Darling.”
leaving Hotel Terranova, Alex rushed
back to her office at Blackthorne-Reynolds
to try to talk some sense into James. By
the time she got there, James and Kenny
were up to their eyeballs in paperwork regarding
the pipeline, so she quickly shifted
gears. Nathan Blackthorne would have to
news on the drilling problems?” Alex said as she walked into the room and peered
over Kenny's shoulder.
that you're going to like," James said.
sighed and lit a cigarette in an effort to calm
herself down. She didn't take a chance on
this new business venture just to have it shut down
by a bunch of bleeding heart environmentalists.
First the Fallmonts and now this.
hired a geologist and he came up with an alternate
drilling route," Kenny explained. "It
should satsify the opposition, but..."
what?" Alex demanded impatiently. "Whatever
it is, let's just do it."
going to cost us another fifteen million,"
James explained. "And as of right now,
neither one of us in the position to put any more
capitol into this deal."
her hands up in resignation, Alex walked across the room in a fit of despair.
Now what are we supposed to do? My
uncle left this land to me, and since then
it's been nothing but a headache. I should
have known I couldn't do anything but act."
you weren't even very good at that," Kenny
shot him a cold, penetrating stare and placed her
hands firmly on her hips. "Very funny,"
she hissed. "Do I need to remind you
that without us you would still be jobless and peniless?
I'm starting to think Renee had the right
idea in dumping you."
could say the same thing about your husbands."
it," Alex shrieked. "I'm fed up
enough, both of you!" James shouted. "Now
unless you want to watch this business go to down
the drain, I'd suggest the two of you stop bickering
long enough to think of how we're going to come
up with that fifteen million dollars."
worry, we’ll think of something," Kenny finally said. "This
project is a sure win. An extra
fifteen million is a drop in the bucket
compared to how much money is at stake.”
evening, Jordan and Renee sat at a candlelit table at an exclusive restaurant
Hills. He cut his steak diligently, not moving his
eyes from her the whole time. The
flicker of candlelight illuminated her flawless skin and made her look even
more attractive than usual. Jordan could think of nothing else.
find it hard to believe that you adopted Sierra so young,” he said, forcing
himself to concentrate on the subject at hand.
“You must have been just a kid yourself.”
smiled and lifted her glass of wine to her lips. “I was twenty-five,” she replied. “I was Sierra’s Godmother. Her parents were dear friends of mine. When they were killed, I became her guardian. I decided to adopt her illegally shortly
certainly kept her hidden.”
do you mean?” Renee asked, caught off guard by his remark.
Jordan shrugged and set his fork and
knife down on his plate. “I’ve never
heard you or Kenny mention her. She’s
never been here to visit. It all just
seems a little secretive.”
didn’t want to divulge that Kenny didn’t even know of Sierra’s existence. It would incite too many questions and then
she’d be forced to deal with reality.
Instead, she used the opportunity to question him about Nathan.
like you and James trying to bring Nathan Blackthorne back to Los Angeles?” she asked, studying his eyes
carefully to catch his reaction.
Jordan shrugged indifferently. “That’s not much of a secret,” he said.
never mentioned it to me.”
Jordan sipped his wine and looked at her
in admiration. “I wasn’t aware that I
had to divulge every detail of my daily activates to you.”
don’t,” she said calmly. “I’m just
curious about something. Why now? Why is this the magic timeframe for Nathan to
make his return?”
Jordan shrugged. “We’ve been talking about it for a few months
actually. It just seems that twenty
years is twenty years. Time to move on.”
Renee said enigmatically. She wasn’t
thrilled about the prospect of Nathan returning, but making a federal case of
it like Alex was doing would only arouse suspicion. All she could do was hope that Jordan would drop it.
quite disapprove,” she replied adamantly.
“You know his history. He had sex
with young girls with the promise that
they would be stars. It’s
irreprehensible. I personally don’t see
what his coming back here would benefit.”
if you feel that strongly about it…” Jordan said with a sly grin. He reached across the table and touched her
Renee thought. Nothing to it. Calm and
rational. No suspicions to arouse.
“Look, it's not a sure thing
anyway,” Jordan said,
though he didn't even believe that. He said
it more for Renee's peace of mind than anything.
The truth was, it was only a matter of time
before Nathan was home. “Chances
are you'll never have to worry about it."
in the same calm state, Renee quietly, but assuredly, let out a huge sigh of
next day was Miranda’s birthday. The Blackthorne
mansion was filled with music and the rooms were lit up with the most lavish
decorations. A cool chill filled the air
outside as Brett drove up in his black Mazarati and proceeded to the front
doors with an armload of wrapped presents.
Miranda walked down the stairs and raised a suspicious eyebrow at the sight of
her husband in such good-natured spirits.
She followed him into the family room down the hall and observed as he
stashed the gifts onto a table.
all this?” she asked, her arms folded as she propped herself up on the arm of a
chair. “It looks like Rodeo Drive exploded in our house.”
grinned and wiped his hands on his jeans.
“Just a few tokens of my love for my birthday girl,” he said and kissed
her on the cheek. He paused and frowned,
immediately noticing that she didn’t pull away in disgust as she had every
other day since their big fallout.
she asked with an irritated edge to her voice.
smiled. “Nothing. It’s just that…you almost looked like you wanted me to kiss you.”
her eyes, Miranda jumped down and walked to the bar to pour herself a glass of
sparking water. “Don’t push it,” she
said. “I still want a divorce. It’s just that now isn’t the time. After things settle down around here I’m
going to see Kenny and have him draw up the
shot him a cold, penetrating stare. “You
won’t change my mind, Brett,” she said adamantly. “Everything you’ve done lately disgusts
me. There’s no way I’m going to stay
married to a man I can’t trust. You’re
staying in the guest room. Don’t even
think about coming near me or I swear to God you'll be singing soproano for
the next six months."
expression turned to a pout and he watched as she stormed out of the room and down the hall. He would have to change her mind one way or
another. No way was he going to lose
everything now. At least in the meantime
he had Terri to take his frustrations out on in the office.
put his arms around Brooke and held her close.
Everything had gone so right lately and he was determined not to let the
setback with the pipeline ruin it.
Especially now that they were finally happy. One way or another it would work itself out.
everything okay?” Brooke asked him as they stood in their bedroom. “You seem a little distant.”
shook his head. “Nothing at all. I’m just happy that things are finally going
smiled and walked across the room to finish getting dressed. “Is Ethan coming to the party this evening?”
she asked, fishing for information from him since she hadn’t spoken to him
since their big blowout.
he is,” James replied. “Tonight is all
about family. The Blackthornes are going
to triumph this year if it kills us.
This celebration is just as much for all of us as it is for Miranda.”
took a deep breath, fidgeting with her hands as she walked to the window and
gazed outside. “James, why didn’t you
ever tell Ethan who his real father was?”
he asked, shocked by the question.
turned to face him. “Will told me. That night at his house. He said that you hid it from them both. That was why he took Michael from us. To pay to back.”
could never have guessed he would have done that, Brooke, I’m sorry.”
shook her head. “No, I’m not blaming
you. I just want to know why you felt it
was necessary to hide it from Ethan for his entire life.”
he asked angrily. “Do I need to remind
you what kind of a man Will Thomerson was?
Brooke, he was a monster. He took
pleasure in other’s misfortune. He was
responsible for my sister’s death. I
could never allow Ethan to be influenced by him. Not the way a son should be influenced by his father.”
parallels were startling. Here she was
denying Ethan’s right to influence his
son. It was like a vicious cycle that
would play out for generations. Was she
doing the same thing James did to Ethan?
let’s not talk about it,” James said and kissed her forehead lightly. “Will is dead and buried, and so is the
secret. Ethan will never know the truth
wasn’t so sure that was the best idea.
What if it came back and ruined his
life? What if the same thing were true of him and
Michael? What was she doing by keeping the
truth from him?
evening, the warm glow from the fireplace illuminated the family room at the
Blackthorne mansion. An elegant dinner
had been served, followed by a cake from an exclusive confectioner in Beverly
Hills, mountains of presents
surrounding it on all sides. Cheerful
music filled the air as Miranda tore open presents in a mad dash.
thank you,” Miranda said after opening a small Tiffany box containing a pair of diamond earrings. She sidled over and gave him a hug and
kiss. “They’re beautiful.”
picked them out,” James declared and put his arm around his wife.
smiled politely and returned to her seat next to Stormy and Heather. “Thank you Brooke. You have lovely taste.”
look nice with the necklace Brett got you,” Brooke explained.
eyed Brett who stood in the corner eyeing her like a hawk. She shuddered with discomfort and managed
another forced smile. It was all she
could do to fake it as the happily married woman after everything that had
happened. But she knew how important
this was to her father so she smiled politely behind gnashed teeth.
"Thank you for my
necklace,” she said and fingered the box his gift had came in.
put it on,” Brett said and gestured for her to turn around.
she turned around and lifted her hair so he could fasten the diamond and
emerald necklace around her neck. He turned her back around to face him and his
eyes sparkled happily.
beautiful,” he said and reached his hand out to her, but Miranda quickly pulled
away and walked across the room to the bar.
got up and walked over to his sister while she poured herself a drink. “Why are you still pretending with him?” he
asked her. “It’s obvious you’re not into
this marriage anymore.”
doing it for Daddy, okay?” Miranda exclaimed, trying to keep her voice down so
the rest of the family couldn’t hear her.
“He’s been so happy lately. I
don’t want to ruin it with a big announcement that I’m divorcing Brett.”
sure Dad only wants you to be happy,” he insisted. “Miranda, this is your life we’re talking about.
Don’t waste it by pretending to be this happy couple just to make Dad’s
life easier. Divorce Brett and move on before he can do
any more damage to this family.”
twisted her face into a frown and rolled her eyes.
"Like you have any right to counsel me
on relationships. What the hell is going on
with you and Heather, anyway?"
do you mean?"
acting like you did when you two first got married.
Are you getting back together with her?"
shook his head. "No, of course not, why?"
Heather know that?"
turned and saw Heather staring at him from across
the room. He didn't know what Miranda was
talking about. If Heather was falling for
him again, he would know it. They'd been together
since the ninth grade. No, Miranda was wrong.
Heather was just using him to deal with everything
that had happened to her lately. And he was
happy to be there for her.
considered what her brother said as she stared across the room at Brett making
small talk with James and Brooke. She
wished she could end it now, but she owed her father more than that. She owed him a chance to have a normal family
for a least a little while.
later, Alex entered the room, her chauffer in toe carrying a pile of presents
in his arms. She directed him to a table
across the room and turned to greet Miranda.
Birthday, Darling,” she said and gave her daughter a hug and a kiss on the
cheek. “I’m sorry I’m late.”
okay, Mom,” Miranda said and looked around.
would I know?” Alex asked and removed her gloves dramatically. She turned and greeted James and Brooke and
Heather with a smile plastered on her perfectly made up face.
Moments later, Jordan entered, accompanied by Renee
and Sierra. Alex shot them a look of
disbelief and quickly lit a cigarette to calm her nerves.
everyone,” Jordan said as Heather threw her arms
around him. “I hope you don’t mind I
brought a couple of guests,” he said and gestured to Renee and Sierra.
at all. The more the merrier,” James
said and got up to give Renee a kiss on the cheek. “And who do we have here?” he asked while
extending his hand to Sierra.
this is Sierra,” Renee said, draped in a white fur coat and matching hat.
nice to meet you, Sierra.”
smiled giddily. “It’s an honor to meet
you, Mr. Blackthorne. I’m a big fan of
your movies. I was in the drama program back at Cambridge and your name
came up often.”
thank you,” he said. “Sierra, I haven’t
seen you with Renee before. How exactly
do you know each other?”
started to reply when Renee quickly and purposefully interrupted. “James, I’m sorry to be so demanding of your
time, but there’s really something that I must talk to you about.”
course,” he said and gestured to the doorway.
“Would you excuse us, Sierra?”
nodded her head, perfectly aware that her mother was still trying to hide her.
the room, Alex approached Jordan at the bar and exchanged heated
glances with him. “It’s such a
coincidence,” she said with an off-handed chuckle.
is?” Jordan asked.
you and Renee showed up at the same time.”
came together, Alex,” Jordan corrected her and took a swig of
scotch. “I invited her along when we
had dinner last night. I hope that
doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable.”
did, but Alex bit her lip to keep from saying what she really wanted to. “Of course not. We’re practically divorced. It’s only a matter of time before you’re a
free agent. You can see whomever you
want. Although why you’d pick Renee DeWitt is beyond me.”
she’s beautiful, smart, classy, need I go on?”
was all Alex could do to keep from throwing herself at him at that very
minute. She wanted to tell him that he
was making a mistake by taking up with Renee DeWitt. She wanted to make him see that they still belonged together.
she decided to play devil’s advocate.
“Who is the attractive young girl accompanying Renee this evening? I don’t think I’ve seen her before.”
Renee’s daughter,” Jordan replied.
Alex asked in shock. “I wasn’t aware
that Renee had a daughter.”
raised an eyebrow. “How old is she?”
Alex folded her hands beneath her chin and grew into a thoughtful daze. "Twenty,
you say?" she said in a whisper.
Jordan didn't hear her mumbling.
decided to drop the subject of Renee DeWitt for the time being and
concentrate on another sore subject.
“Incidentally, I tend to agree with Ed Littleton. I don’t think you’re going to convince
Debralee Scott to give that statement to the press.”
did you know about that?” Jordan asked angrily.
shrugged. “I know everything, Jordan.
For instance, I know that if Nathan Blackthorne comes back to Los Angeles it will be to the detriment of
Jordan rolled his eyes and poured
himself another drink. “You’re beginning
to sound like a broken record, Alex.”
he walked away, Alex took a long drag of her cigarette. She was at her wits end trying to convince
everyone that Nathan was a menace. All
she knew was that he had no place in their lives anymore.
is Sierra?” James asked Renee in his study.
took a deep breath. “She’s my daughter.”
“I adopted her when
she was an infant.”
didn’t add up to James. “Why didn’t
anyone know about her?”
spent her whole life in Europe,” Renee replied simply.
“I wanted the best for her and that’s what she got. I went to visit every month. There’s no secret, it’s just not something
that I divulge to everyone I know.”
shook her head. “No. I never told Kenny.”
“Why?” James asked in confusion. “You were married to him for fifteen years. How could you keep something like this a
secret from him?”
would have wanted her to come and live with us, and I didn’t want her to be
exposed to his philandering ways. Surely
you can understand that. You knew about
all of his affairs. Is that the kind of man
you think should be influencing my daughter?”
realized she had a point. Kenny didn’t
have much of a moral code. “Okay, I
won’t say anything to Kenny,” he promised.
might make it a difficult working situation. I
just hired him on as my attorney.”
nice for Kenny,” Renee groaned.
for me,” James explained. “It’s thanks
to Kenny that the pipeline still has a chance. He did an excellent job
of dealing with the environmental groups opposing
I guess Kenny is good for something after all.”
laughed. “The only problem is that now Blackthorne-Reynolds is in need of
additional capitol. The pipeline is
going to cost a bundle more than we’d anticipated. If I can’t get my hands on fifteen
million dollars by next week, we may not
folded her arms and considered his predicament.
“You know, I may know someone who can help you.”
to get Michael from the nursery to show him off, Brooke walked down the hall to
the stairs when she heard the front door open.
She turned and saw Ethan come inside, a droll look on his unshaven
face. They stood silently in the foyer
for a minute, watching each other closely and trying to predict what the other
would say or do.
wondered if you were going to be here,” Brooke said with a tender smile. She approached him slowly, afraid to say or
do the wrong thing for fear that a repeat of the other day would ruin their
wanted to wish Miranda a happy birthday,” Ethan replied grimly.
“Is she inside?”
they’re all in the family room. Are you
dug his hands into his pockets and looked into her eyes. He still couldn’t believe she was asking him
to deny his own son. It was like he was
talking to a completely different person from the woman he fell in love with so
like to see Michael first,” he finally said and glanced up the stairs.
tensed up, feeling her skin grow cold and clammy all the sudden. “Ethan, I don’t think that’s a very good
frowned immediately. “Why? I thought you said that I could see him any
time I wanted. Or was that just another
shook her head adamantly. “No, I meant
it. It’s just that-“
“What? Are you afraid that I’m going to kidnap
him? Are you afraid that I’m going to
look into his eyes and not want to give him back? That I’ll tell James that he’s not his father
and that I am!?”
it,” Brooke cried. “We’ve been through
this. James is his father now.”
was disgusted, hurt and angry. “Am I’m
just cousin Ethan, the guy who drops by now and then for dinner.”
can be whatever you want to be to Michael,” Brooke said in a whisper.
his head, Ethan backed up away from her and felt his eyes sting with
tears. “Except his father,” he said
before turning and rushing back out of the house.
cringed at the sound of the door slamming shut.
She hated what she was doing to him, but she didn’t see any other way.
short while later, Alex made her way into James’s study where he and Renee were
seated sharing a bottle of imported champagne.
She surveyed the room, immediately curious as to what they were up to.
everyone is looking for you,” she said, glaring at Renee. “What’s going on in here?”
James handed her a glass of champagne and raised his glass high in the
air. “Saving Blackthorne-Reynolds,
that’s what’s going on in here,” he said and took Renee’s hand in his. “Renee just gave me a check for
fifteen million dollars.”
“Money well spent,”
James clinked his
glass to hers and then turned to Alex.
“Alex, meet our new business partner.”
stared in disbelief, hoping she had either hallucinated or fallen asleep and
had a very bad nightmare. Partners with
Renee Dewitt? It was too unfathomable to
Alex raises hell about
her new working situation. Jordan kisses Alex.
Ethan sinks into a destructive depression
over the family he is denied. Brett is caught
with his pants down. Alex and Renee spar over