Jordan convinced Debralee
Scott to make a press statement exhonerating Nathan.
Stormy planned to tell Heather that he didn't
want to get back together with her. Samantha
showed up in town and Brett arranged for Heather
to walk in on her and Stormy in bed together. An
angry Heather ran straight to Miranda and filled
her in on Brett's affair with Terri. James
told Alex that he still doubted her claim that Nathan
had raped her. After speaking with Miranda,
Brooke jumped to the conclusion that Ethan knew
about Will being his father, and ultimately wound
up confirming the truth to a stunned Ethan. After
getting drunk in his room, Ethan raced to tell James
the truth about Michael. Sierra learned that
Renee had never told Kenny about her. Hurt
and upset, she ran straight into the path of
a drunken Ethan behind the wheel of his car.
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lights from the police cars and ambulance lit up the dark night sky outside of Hotel Terranova. Word had quickly spread throughout the staff
and guests. The concierge phoned Renee
in her room and calmly told her of the accident under the porte-cochere.
The paramedics loaded Sierra’s unconscious
body into the ambulance while several onlookers gave statements to the
police. Several feet away, two
uniformed officers handcuffed Ethan’s arms behind his back and read him his
didn’t see her,” he murmured to himself, having been startled sober after the
horrific accident. “I didn’t see
her. She came out of nowhere.”
his protests, the police officers pushed him into the back seat of the squad car
and closed the door. They turned just as
Renee came darting outside into the crowd.
is she!?” she cried, spotting Sierra inside the ambulance just before they
closed the back doors. “Oh my God,
Sierra! What happened? Is she going to be all right?”
of the police officers had to physically restrain her to keep her away from the
ambulance as it lurched forward and sped off down the long driveway from the
hotel. He grabbed her by the shoulders
and shook her gently in an effort to snap her out of her frenzy.
being taken to Cedars-Sinai. She’s in critical condition, but she’s
my God!” Renee exclaimed, her eyes flooding with tears. “How did it…”
then, her eyes traveled across the drive to Ethan sitting in the back of the
squad car, his head hanging low and his eyes red and bloodshot. She placed a hand on her heaving chest and
covered her mouth with the other. The
tell-tale damage on the hood of the BMW told her just what she needed to know.
take you to the hospital,” said one of the police officers and led her to
another squad car.
nodded, realizing she had to keep her wits about her for her daughter. She couldn’t think of anything else until she
was out of danger.
town at the Blackthorne mansion, Brett followed Miranda into the parlor room
downstairs, intent on making her reconsider her hasty decision. Heather followed fast on his heels. She was determined not to let Brett talk his
way out of another sticky situation.
can’t do this, Miranda,” Brett said.
“I’m your husband, damnit. I love
you. I wanted us to have a baby,
me or with Terri, your slutty secretary?”
let him talk you out of this, Miranda,” Heather chimed in.
out of this, Heather!” Brett yelled angrily.
her arms across her chest, Heather glared heatedly at Brett. “He set it up so I would walk in on Stormy
with Samantha Fallmont tonight,” she explained.
“He knew that I would freak out and probably hoped that it would take my
mind off of seeing him with Terri.”
a piece of work,” Miranda said and walked steadily toward him. “When I think of all the strings you’ve been
pulling around here it makes me sick.
You just can’t stand it unless you’re in the middle of everything. Well now you’ve finally outfoxed yourself.”
decided to take off the kid gloves and get nasty. “If you make things difficult for me I swear
to God I’ll tell your father about Stormy and Samantha Fallmont. Last time all he got was a slap on the
wrist. This time he’ll be removed from Sunset Studios permanently. Do you want that on your head? Do you want to be the reason that your
brother fails again?”
gritted her teeth angrily and slapped him clean across the face. Brett brought his hand instinctively up to
his cheek and looked at her in amazement.
It seemed there was nothing he could do to get out of the mess he’d made.
you tell my father anything, I promise you I will make damn sure that you leave
this marriage with nothing. Your stock
options, your car, your clothes, your bank accounts. It’ll all be gone. You’ll have to go back to selling phony
tickets to tours on the strip just to make enough money to eat.”
jolted back a step, swallowing hard as he was forced to admit defeat.
“Or I can get a quickie divorce and you
can leave with everything you’ve acquired during this train wreck of a
marriage,” Miranda continued. “What’s it
going to be?”
a minute to consider the options, Brett glanced at Heather and then back at his
wife. He knew she meant business, and
one word to her father would leave him destitute.
I won’t say anything,” Brett said with a certain amount of regret.
didn’t react. She simply stood and
stared at him with contempt, her eyes following him as he made his way back out
of the room. After he’d gone, she looked
at Heather and shook her head with disappointment. Minutes later, the phone rang and she looked
at it with irritation. With her luck, it
was probably more bad news.
paramedics pushed the gurney with Sierra’s motionless body into the emergency
room at Cedars-Sinai. A team of doctors and nurses rushed over just
as they entered. Dr. Farraday quickly
went to work at checking her vitals.
happened?” he asked, prying open her eyes and shining a pen light into her
pupils while his nurse checked her pulse.
by a drunk driver,” said a paramedic.
“She’s been unconscious since we got to the scene.”
pulse is weak, Dr. Farraday,” said the nurse.
“She’s in shock. There could be
get her into the O.R.,” he said, just as Renee burst into the emergency room
with her police escorts.
she cried and dashed over to her. “Is
she going to be all right? Dr. Farraday,
do everything we can,” he replied and motioned for the police officers to
restrain her. “Now we’ve got to operate
to stop any internal bleeding. We’ll
have someone get you as soon as we know anything.”
that, they were wheeling Sierra down the hall to the operating room. Renee stood back, her hands covering her
mouth in horror. If anything happened to
her daughter she’d never forgive herself.
It was her lies that sent her running out of that hotel tonight.
“Ethan knows?” James asked in shock. He and Brooke were standing in the library at
the mansion, the crackle of the fireplace breaking the uncomfortable silence.
Brooke looked into
James’s eyes and saw the pain and regret that overcame him after hearing the
news. She reached out her hand and
pulled him into an embrace, wishing she could make it better but knowing that
did he find out?” James asked in bewilderment.
closed her eyes with regret. There was
no way to sugar coat the truth. “I told
and without warning, James abruptly pulled away and took a step back. He looked at her with wide, disbelieving
eyes. “You what?”
was an accident, James,” she said hurriedly.
“Miranda saw him and came to me and said she was worried about him. Something she said made me think that he knew
about Will. So I went to see him and…”
you confirmed something that he didn’t even know in the first place?!” James
shouted angrily. He’d never been so
upset in his entire life. “Brooke, do
you realize what you’ve done?”
nodded her head, tears flowing down her cheeks.
The look in her husband’s eyes reminded her of when they were first
married, when James learned that she’d had an affair with Ethan. She was suddenly taken back to that angry,
distrusting man that she married.
didn’t mean to!” she sobbed, following him across the room and reaching her
hand out to him. “You have to believe
me! James, please-“
shrugged her away violently, turning and placing a hand on his forehead. “You’ve destroyed everything that I tried to
do for twenty-eight years!”
was all lies!” Brooke reasoned.
Ethan’s own good!” James screamed. “You
know what kind of man Will Thomerson was!
Look what he did to our family!
Is it any wonder why I never wanted Ethan to know who his father was?!”
buried her face in her hands and shook her head miserably.
because of you and your stupidity, everything I’ve done has been
destroyed. God only knows what Ethan
will do now that he knows the truth!”
hateful tone in his voice sent chills down Brooke’s spine. She knew she’d made a terrible mistake, but
he was like a different person now. He
looked at her with so much hatred and contempt.
then, Miranda pushed the door open and walked inside. “Daddy-“
now Miranda!” James yelled, his eyes
unmoving from Brooke.
knew they were in the middle of something, but what she had to say was more
important. “But Daddy, it’s Ethan. He’s been arrested!”
and Brooke both turned and looked at her.
Suddenly Brooke knew that her slip up was going to have more
ramifications than either one of them could have imagined.
Jordan raced into the hospital and
scanned the waiting area. Renee saw him
enter and raced over to him in a frenzy.
“Jordan, thank God!” she shrieked and
threw her arms around him.
he said and held her close. “How is
shook her head in despair and led him to the waiting room. “They’re operating on her now,” she
said. “They say she may have internal
bleeding and they’re trying to stop it.”
did this happen?” Jordan asked. “All you said on the phone was that she was
upset and she ran off.”
her eyes, Renee threw her hands in the air and sat down in a chair. “She found out that I never told Kenny about
her,” she explained. “She was hurt, and
I can’t say that I blame her. Jordan, I’ve handled everything so
Jordan sat down beside her and rubbed
his hand softly down her back. “And she
didn’t see the car coming?”
shrugged and looked up. Her eyes
traveled across the room to two police officers leading Ethan inside the
emergency room. Quickly, she shot to her
feet and raced across the room toward him.
because of you!” she screamed, pounding her fists into Ethan with all her
might. “You did this!”
backed away, looking at her apologetically as the police and Jordan restrained her. “I’m so sorry,” he said. “I didn’t see her, I-“
could smell the booze on his breath and her eyes flashed open angrily. “You were drunk!” she screamed. “You got drunk and got in that car and hit my
daughter! Now she’s in there fighting
for her life and you’re standing here getting a cut on your forehead bandaged!”
stop-“ Jordan said, trying to pull her
was stupid, I know,” he said. “Look, if
there’s anything I can do-“
you done enough!” Renee screamed and burst into tears.
then, James and Brooke walked into the waiting room and immediately sensed the
conflict between Ethan and Renee.
going on?” James asked and looked at his nephew, his arms bound with handcuffs
and a gash on his forehead. “Ethan, are
glared angrily at James, still reeling from the revelation of his betrayals
about his father. “I’m fine.”
you’ll excuse us, we need to get the suspect treated and then back to jail
while he awaits his hearing,” said the police officer before leading Ethan back
to a private examination room.
James asked with concern. “What’s
upset to continue, Renee turned and ran off to be alone. Jordan took a deep breath and led James
and Brooke off to a corner of the waiting area.
in the O.R,” he explained. “Apparently
Ethan had been drinking. He got in his car
and…there was an accident.”
gasped and covered her mouth with her hands.
“Oh my Lord.”
she going to be all right?” James asked flatly.
Jordan shrugged. “She’s critical,” he said before returning to
shook her head in disbelief. She could
feel James’ disapproving stare. He
blamed her, and rightly so. She pushed
Ethan to the edge and now an innocent young woman was paying for it.
better go call Kenny,” James said.
“Ethan’s going to need an attorney.”
walked away, ignoring the way Brooke looked at him with pleading eyes.
the room, Dr. Farraday emerged from the O.R. and approached Renee in the
Farraday, my daughter…is she going to be okay?” Renee asked breathlessly. “Please tell me that she’s going to be okay.”
held his hand up in an effort to calm her down.
“Renee, we’ve been able to stop the bleeding, but she’s lost a lot of
blood. Sierra has a very rare blood type
and we don’t have an adequate supply on hand.
There's a very good chance that your blood will be a
match. We’ll need you to-“
course, anything!” Renee exclaimed in a hurry.
“I’ll donate as much as you need.
Just please save my daughter, Dr. Farraday.”
wait,” Jordan said and clasped his hand around
her arm. “Chances are you’re not a match. Sierra isn’t your biological daughter.”
Jordan’s words hit her like a
truck. She felt her heart beating wildly
in her chest and she struggled for words.
“Yes, but I….” she stammered awkwardly.
“I have to at least try. Dr.
Farraday, you’ll test my blood and we’ll see.
We’ll find out if I’m a match, right?”
Jordan looked at her suspiciously and dug
his hands into his pockets.
had my nurse pull your medical history just in case,” Dr. Farraday said,
turning just as the nurse approached with Renee’s file. He flipped it open and paged through a few
sets of charts. His forehead creased and
his eyes narrowed on the information printed on the page. “Unbelievable,” he said.
“Renee’s blood type
is A negative.”
“And what blood type
is Sierra?” Jordan asked.
Dr. Farraday leveled
a look of disbelief at them both. “A
hush escaped Renee’s throat and she began to perspire. A light-headed feeling overcame her and she
placed a hand on Jordan’s arm to balance her weight.
“Are you saying that
Renee and Sierra have the same blood type?
They’re not even related. What
are the odds of that happening?” Jordan inquired.
normal circumstances it wouldn’t be so unusual,” Farraday explained. “But with Sierra having such a rare blood
type…well, the fact that her adoptive mother has the same rare blood type…it’s just mind boggling. Only seven percent of the population has type
A negative blood.”
wrung her hands together and turned around with apprehension. She gathered her wits and took a deep breath
before turning back to them. “Well let’s
not stand around in awe over a coincidence.
I just want to help my daughter.
Let me donate the blood and we’ll-“
impossible,” Dr. Farraday cut her off.
Renee shook her head adamantly. “Look, I
know it’s a medical marvel, but the point is that Sierra and I are a match, so
let’s not waste any more time!”
Farraday clarified. “I mean you can’t
donate blood, Renee. You’re anemic. You’re not a candidate to donate blood to anyone.
We’ll have to find another donor.
herself, Renee began pacing the waiting room with frustration. “I’m not worried about my health. I just want my
daughter to live.”
you in contact with her biological parents?” the doctor asked.
stopped and grew into a daze. She
couldn’t stand any more questions. It
was too difficult to deal with on top of everything else. She felt backed into a corner and she didn’t
know how much more she could take.
she began to feel light-headed again and the room began to spin. She felt her eyes flutter and then her knees
grow weak. Finally, she collapsed into a
dead faint and Jordan quickly swept in to catch
need to sit down,” he said and led her over to a chair. He was unable to shake the strange feeling he
got from Renee’s behavior. He’d never
seen her so nervous before.
He poured a cup of water from the
cooler and handed it to her before turning back to Dr. Farraday. “Her parents are dead,” he said.
see,” Dr. Farraday remarked and lowered his glasses as he studied Renee’s chart
O negative,” Jordan announced hopefully. “Is that any kind of match?”
an ideal match, but it’s just as rare and probably the most compatible donor
we’re going to find at this short notice” the doctor said. “Would you consider donating, Jordan?”
course,” he said without hesitation and turned to Renee. “Listen, she’s going to pull through. You’ll see.
I’ll be back as soon as I can.”
“Jordan, thank you,” Renee whispered and
hugged him warmly.
he’d disappeared into the back with Dr. Farraday and the nurse, she placed a
hand on her head and took a deep breath.
Sierra’s accident was becoming more of a tragedy by the second.
walked into Heather’s bedroom at the mansion and saw her standing at the bed
folding clothes into a suitcase.
Frowning, he quietly closed the door behind him and approached her with
about earlier-“ he began.
quickly put her hand up in an effort to silence him. “You don’t have to say anything, Stormy,” she
said through her quivering voice.
Surprisingly, she held it together.
I do,” he said. “That wasn’t how I
wanted this to happen. See, tonight at
dinner I was going to tell you that….” A
pause while he reconsidered his choice of words. “I mean, Samantha showed up in town and I
guess I lost track of time. I just never
wanted to hurt you that way again.”
stopped what she was doing and turned to him.
“You didn’t,” she lied. “We’re
not married anymore, Stormy. You can see
whoever you want to see.”
Stormy could see in her eyes that she was
hurt. “How did you even know where to
told me,” Heather said matter-of-factly.
“Was there ever any doubt?”
finally realized what had happened.
Brett had set him up again.
don’t worry, he’s not going to say anything to your father about you and
Samantha Fallmont,” Heather continued.
“Miranda made sure of that.”
least that was some good news, Stormy thought.
He looked down at the suitcase and suddenly got the impression that
something else was going on.
you going somewhere?” he asked.
nodded and continued packing. “I’m
please don’t do that,” Stormy said and grabbed for her hand. “I don’t want you to leave. I just don’t think that we should-“
don’t think that we should get back together, I know,” she finished for
him. “I got that impression
tonight. But really, this is for the
best. I shouldn’t even have stayed here
for as long as I have. We’re not married
anymore. I don’t belong here, Stormy.”
you do,” he said, heartsick by what he’d done to her. Her life was turned upside down and all he
wanted to do was help her. Instead he
wound up making it worse.
you have your own life to live and I have mine.
It’s for the best.”
in awe, he watched as she closed and latched her suitcase. It seemed that Brett had done his share of
damage yet again.
arrived at the hospital and sought out James and Brooke who stood in separate
corners waiting for Ethan to be seen by a doctor. He saw Renee sitting alone on a bench and
decided to approach James first.
got here as soon as I could,” he said.
“I spoke with the prosecutor.
They’re going to detain him tonight and his hearing will be first thing
in the morning.”
are his chances of beating this thing?” James asked with concern.
shrugged and whispered when he replied.
“Not good at all if Sierra doesn’t pull through.”
buried his face in his hands and looked up to see Brooke watching him from
across the room. He walked over to her
and dug his hands into his pockets. “Why
don’t you go home? There’s no sense in
us both being here.”
want to be here for you, and for Ethan,” she insisted.
shook his head. “You should be home with
felt her eyes stinging with tears and she reached her hand out to his. “James, please don’t push me away like
this. I know you blame me, but can’t you
let me help you through this?”
said go home!” James shouted so loudly that Brooke staggered back a few steps
by his tone and demeanor, she raced through the waiting area and out the doors
to the parking lot. Tears streamed down
her face as she made her way to the car and driver waiting by the door.
the car lurched forward, she wiped her eyes and thought about the mess that had
become of their lives in such a short time.
First James told her she was too suffocating with Michael since he’d
gotten home, which instigated a heated argument. Now he blamed her for Ethan’s breakdown and
for the accident with Sierra. It seemed
everything she did was pulling them apart.
inside the hospital, Renee darted over to Kenny and glared angrily at him.
are you doing here?” she demanded.
here to talk to James,” Kenny replied softly.
He was still outraged by his ex-wife’s betrayal and unforgivable lies,
but to see her so worried about her daughter reminded him of the beautiful
woman he fell in love with in the first place.
you’re even thinking of defending Ethan Blackthorne, then you’re even more of a
monster than I thought,” she said in a shrill voice.
I-“ Kenny began.
she screamed. “He put my daughter in the
hospital! He could have killed her,
Kenny! She’s in there fighting for her
life right now and you want to defend the man who did that to her?”
maybe I should meet you at the courthouse,” James said, hoping to defray any
nodded sorrowfully and turned to leave.
he’d gone, James looked at Renee and took her hand in his. “I’m so sorry this happened,” he began. “I know that doesn’t change what happened,
but I want you to know that I’ll help in any way I can. Anything you need, it’s yours.”
nodded appreciatively and walked back to her chair. “I just keep thinking about all that time I
didn’t get to spend with her, you know?”
talk like that,” James insisted and sat down beside her. “Sierra is going to be just fine.”
shook her head and wiped her eyes with a tissue. “I’ve been a horrible mother,” she said. “Keeping her in boarding schools halfway across
the world, insisting that her coming here was a mistake, keeping her a secret
from the world.”
had to agree that her behavior was a little extreme, but now was not the time
to bring that to her attention. “I’m
sure you had your reasons for doing what you did. We sometimes do drastic things – insane
things - to protect the ones that we love.”
He couldn’t help but think about Ethan and the way he lied to protect
him from Will. Who was he to judge
another parent and the things they did to protect their children?
yet now none of it seems to matter,” Renee went on. “You go through life thinking that you’re
doing the right thing, and then something like this happens and you realize you
were wrong all along.”
put his arm around her and held her close, realizing that he and Renee had more
in common that he ever realized.
that night, James made his
way through the detention center at city hall downtown. He stopped when he got to Ethan’s cell and
looked at his nephew sitting silently on the concrete bench.
hear you talked to Kenny,” he said.
long stretch of silence before Ethan nodded slowly. “I told him to go away,” he said softly. “He was married to Renee. It isn’t right that he defends me.”
sighed and dug his hands into the pockets of his trench coat. “You need someone
to defend you at the hearing tomorrow,” he said.
touch and go, but Dr. Farraday seems to think she’ll pull through,” James
informed him. “Ethan, I know you didn’t
mean to hurt her. You couldn’t hurt
anyone if you tried. I also know what
Brooke told you, and I’m sorry that you had to find out that way.”
Ethan looked up at his uncle. “You’re
just sorry that I found out period,
aren’t you?” he asked with hostility.
took a deep breath and shrugged. “Yes, I
am,” he said. “I never wanted you to
find out the truth. I did it for your
“For my own good?”
Ethan asked. “You’ve got to be kidding
me. You lied to me for my entire
life. You told me my father was a
carnival worker who blew into Windsor and got my mother pregnant. Then he mysteriously vanished, never to be
heard from again.”
“In a way that is what happened,” James said. “Will Thomerson got your mother pregnant and
then left her. He broke her heart. He left town and moved to
New York City and never looked back.”
“What about when he
showed up in L.A. three years ago?” Ethan demanded angrily. He ran his fingers through his hair and got
up from the bench, gripping the cold bars with his hands. “You could have told me then. My God, I spent a year working for the man
after you disowned me. All that time I
had no idea who he was. Meanwhile, you
were sitting back judging me for sleeping with Brooke.”
“You had the nerve to
judge me!” Ethan shouted at the top
of his lungs. “All because I made a
mistake and let my emotions get hold of me.
But you sat back keeping this secret to yourself, playing God and taking
it upon yourself to decide when and if I should know who the hell I really am.”
“I didn’t want you
knowing what kind of man your father was,” James explained. “Look at everything he did to this
family. Look what he did to Heather, and
to Michael. He kidnapped my own son.”
“Because you kept me
from him!” Ethan yelled. “Don’t you get
that? It was your fault that Michael was kidnapped! If we’d never gotten him back it would have
been because of you and only you!”
“That’s not fair,”
James lamented. “I kept you from your
father to protect you. Will took Michael
out of hate and revenge. They’re
completely different situations.”
Ethan grew into a
daze, thinking about the lie that Brooke had perpetuated on all of them. “If Will had known the truth, he would
never have taken Michael.”
James shook his head
in frustration. “What do you mean?” he
asked. “What are you saying, Ethan?”
Ethan opened his
mouth to reply, fully intending on telling James the truth and putting an end
to the vicious cycle of lies and deceit.
He had to tell him that Michael was really his son. He wouldn’t let
another generation of lies destroy them.
But it wasn’t the
time. A young woman was in the hospital
fighting for her life because of his actions.
He wasn’t about to turn it around to suit his needs, no matter how wrong
it was to continue the lie.
“I’m going to plead
guilty to the charges tomorrow,” he finally said.
"Ethan, you’ll go to
jail,” James warned him. “If you don’t
want Kenny, I’ll get another lawyer.
Anybody you want. Just don’t let
this thing beat you.”
“I got drunk, got
behind the wheel, and hit a girl with my car,” Ethan insisted. “I deserve everything I get.”
realized there was no arguing with him.
He’d made up his mind and there was nothing he could do about it.
“Nathan’s coming home
tomorrow afternoon. But I’ll make sure
I’m at the hearing for you.”
“No,” Ethan replied
quickly. “I’d rather if you weren’t
James hesitated and
then nodded slowly. He realized he
needed time, and maybe it was for the best that he gave it to him.
next morning, Miranda made her way downstairs and saw Brett in the foyer
surrounded by a sea of boxes and luggage.
Her limo driver walked inside the house and she motioned to her single Gucci suitcase by the door.
“Just that one,” she
said, sliding a pair of big round sunglasses over her eyes. “I’ll be out in a minute.”
somewhere?” Brett asked as he picked up one of his own bags.
I’m flying to Acapulco,” she replied coldly. “If I file for divorce there it’ll be final
in two days. I don’t see any point in
putting it off any longer than we have to.”
you sure this is what you want?”
lowered her sunglasses and nodded slowly.
I won’t be here when you get back,” Brett said.
“I’m staying at Hotel Terranova
until I find a place to live. I hope
that won’t be too awkward for you seeing as how you run the place.”
a big hotel,” Miranda said and headed for the door. “I think I can manage.”
she could leave, Brett called after her again.
turned back and looked at him, anticipating another plea for her to change her
mind. Instead, he offered a vague smile
and dug his hands into his pockets.
a safe trip,” he said.
didn’t reply, but was mildly surprised that he hadn’t made one last play for
her affection. She opened the door and
walked outside to the limo waiting to take her to the airstrip.
Cedars-Sinai, Renee slept awkwardly
in a waiting room chair, Jordan by her side with his arm around
her as she laid her head on his shoulder.
A nurse approached and tapped her gently on the shoulder.
DeWitt,” she said softly and waited until Renee stirred awake.
she said groggily. “My daughter…how is
moved her out of ICU. The doctor will
let you know when you can go in and see her.”
smiled with relief, turning to Jordan and embracing him warmly. “Did you hear that?” she asked.
Jordan nodded happily. “That’s great news. I told you she was going to be okay.”
stretched and walked with him to the coffee machine. “I tell you, I don’t know what I would have
done if you hadn’t been here for me all night, Jordan.”
didn’t do anything.”
did too,” she said and stopped, looking deep into his hazel eyes. “Not only did you give blood to save my
daughter’s life, but you stayed with me all night. You held me, you talked to me, you let me
ramble on endlessly. You’re a good man,
smiled and popped quarters into the machine and got them each a
cup of coffee. He still couldn’t shake
the feeling that she was hiding something.
Last night she acted very peculiar, and not just because she feared for
her daughter’s life. There was something
Brett dropped his things off at Hotel
Terranova that afternoon, he made his way down to Sunset Studios to test the waters.
After the volatile blowout with Miranda, he wasn’t sure what would
questions were answered immediately upon arriving at the security gate outside
the lot. The guard refused to him pass,
claiming that his clearance had been taken away and that he’d have to obtain a
visitors pass at the security building.
Brett went through the motions, claming that he had personal effects that he
needed to pick up. They allowed him to
pass with a security escort. Grudgingly,
he went along and made his way into the suite of offices.
Terri?” he asked, noting the empty desk in the reception area.
the guard said abruptly.
felt his heart skip a beat. He never
thought that Terri would suffer from their extra curricular activities, but it
seemed that Miranda, or more likely Stormy had arranged for her to be
his way into his office, he found a few boxes of personal items stacked on a
chair. The filing cabinets were padlocked
and his personal computer was noticeably absent from the desk.
my computer?” he asked the guard.
property of Sunset Studios,” said a
voice from behind.
quickly spun around and came face to face with Stormy. He set his jaw angrily and marched forward
until he was within inches of his face.
had personal things on that computer,” he said.
“I need access to it.”
don’t get access to anything anymore,
Brett,” Stormy said. “That includes your
files and my sister.”
smug son of a-“
consider yourself lucky that you got off as easily as you did,” Stormy
threatened him. “Miranda has a soft spot
for whatever reason, and decided not to strip you of everything but the clothes
on your back. I, on the other hand, would
have sent you packing without a dime to you name.”
I have I’ve earned,” Brett said in a rage.
“I never took any handouts from Miranda or your family.”
chuckled and folded his arms in amusement.
“You took plenty,” he said. “You
took my sister for a ride, not to mention my secretary. You manipulated Heather, my father, and just
about everyone you’ve come in contact with.”
manipulated Heather?” Brett said with a laugh.
“Let me get this straight. You
cheated on her with Lauren, then made her think you were getting back together,
but got sidetracked by Samantha Fallmont somewhere along the way. How exactly have you been straight with her?”
felt like punching his lights out. He
was so smug and self righteous. In his eyes
he had done no wrong, and that’s what made Brett so dangerous.
I said, you’ve gotten off pretty unscathed,” he continued. “If I were you I wouldn’t press my luck. I’d get on the next plane out of California and make yourself scarce. Go back to Vegas or wherever the hell you
like that, wouldn’t you?” Brett asked as he picked up his boxes and paused in
the doorway. “No, I think I’ll stick
around. Sunset Studios isn’t the only thing in town. I’ll be
bigger than any of you by the end
of the year. Mark my words.”
watched him leave, happy to finally be rid of him but also afraid of what he
would do next. With Brett there was
at city hall, Brooke made her way into the court room, slid into a bench in the
back of the room, and waited until Ethan’s case was called. She knew that James wouldn’t be there, and
she didn’t want Ethan to go through something like this by himself. So she got up early and spent a few hours
with Michael before slipping out and driving her own car to the
that she slept much anyway. James hadn’t
come to bed. She heard him pacing around
the hallways and fidgeting in his study all night. Whether it was preoccupation with Ethan’s
problems, excitement over his uncle Nathan returning, or just plain wanting to
the judge called the case, the bailiff led Ethan into the courtroom and he
immediately spotted her seated in the back of the room. Their eyes locked momentarily and she felt a
tear trickle down her cheek in anguish of what he was going through.
prosecutor made his opening remarks and the judge turned to Ethan. “Mr. Blackthorne, I understand that you have
waived your right to an attorney, is that correct?”
your honor,” he replied.
how do you plead?”
judge turned to the prosecutor. “What is
Miss Merteuil’s prognosis?”
“Good, your honor,” he replied. “She was
moved from the intensive care unit this morning and the attending physician expects
her to make a full recovery.”
well,” the judge said and reviewed his notes and the police report. “Since
Mr. Blackthorne is waiving his right to a trial, I’m
ready to make my ruling on sentencing.”
held his breath, feeling Brooke’s eyes burning into the back of his head.
Blackthorne, since this is your first offense, you have no prior convictions
and no history with alcoholic related crimes, I’m inclined to go a bit easy on
you. But a woman’s life was put in
jeopardy because of your reckless actions.
For that reason I’m sentencing you to thirty days in the county jail,
two years of probation, one year suspension of your motor vehicle operator’s
license, and twelve weeks of an outpatient alcohol rehabilitation program, to
be chosen and monitored by this court.”
head sunk sorrowfully and he turned to see Brooke stand and look at him with
sad, heartfelt eyes. As he was led out
of the courtroom by the guards, he saw a brief flicker of the woman that he had
fallen in love with so long ago.
Hopefully one day
he’d learn to forgive her.
town at his private air strip, James watched the Sunset Studios jet taxi to a stop on the tarmac. Leaning against the limousine, he eyed the
flock of reporters waiting at bay for the first picture of the legendary Nathan
Blackthorne’s return to Los Angeles.
Parked just behind the paparazzi were four police
cars and a small army of uniformed officers.
the pilot opened the doors and James saw his uncle emerge from the jet, he
quickly ran up to intercept him. The
reporters flocked to the scene, snapping photos, aiming cameras and clamoring
for a quote from the once exiled actor/director.
Blackthorne, how does it feel being back in the United States?”
you expect the D.A. to drop the charges against
you coerce Debralee Scott into making the statement on your behalf?”
are you plans now that you’re back?”
questions came fast and furious. Nathan
expertly avoided them, instead smiling coolly and waving as if performing on
stage. He walked down the steps dressed
in a linen suit and Italian wing tips.
When he reached the tarmac, he embraced his nephew warmly, patting him
on the back and smiling from ear to ear.
home,” James said ecstatically as they quickly made their way to the
limousine. “I tried to keep it all a
secret but you know how news travels in this town.”
grinned appreciatively and waved to the crowd of reporters. “It’s all part of the business,” he said and
patted his nephew on the back.
was a tall, debonair man of sixty-one.
He had a sexual quality that was unmistakably old Hollywood.
Dark hair that was slightly peppered with gray, tan skin, and glossy
blue eyes showed his age and experience.
really came through,” James said over the noise from the sea of onlookers who still shouted out their questions and
flashed cameras in their direction. He eyed the police making their way
through the crowd, fully aware of their intentions.
a sweet girl,” Nathan said and followed his nephew's gaze. “I’d very
much like to see her again. Did she say
if she was going to stick around L.A.?”
shook his head. “I don’t think so,” he
said. “But I have a lot to tell
you. For starters, we’re having a party
in your honor tomorrow night at the mansion.
All of Hollywood will be there.”
smiled fondly. “Just like in the old
days, eh James?”
returned the smile. “Yes, only
better. I can’t wait for you to see the
seems lovely from the photos I’ve seen in the magazines. You really outdid yourself this time, my
boy. Tell me, will Alex be at your
was slightly taken aback by his sudden remark.
He knew it would come sooner or later, he only hoped it would come
later. “I’m not sure,” he said, then
quickly dismissed the subject. “And wait
till you see Michael. He’s the next
Hollywood mogul in the making.”
bet he is,” Nathan said with a chuckle.
Stormy has done wonderful things with Sunset
Studios. I know he has a lot of
ideas he wants to run by you. We’ve
recently acquired a script that begs for you to star in.”
take a look,” Nathan said nonchalantly as two police officers forced him
against the side of the limo and placed a pair of
handcuffs around his wrists. “Yes, I have a lot to do now that I’m
back. A lot indeed.”
was chain smoking at home in Malibu when Miranda called to fill her
in on her plans. She paced the living
room and adjusted the strap on her nightgown.
She hadn’t gotten dressed all day.
There was no point, she’d decided.
if you’re sure this is what you want then I’m behind you every step of the
way,” Alex said into the phone. She was
grateful for the opportunity to concentrate on something other than her own
problems. “Yes, have a safe trip and
call me when you get back from Acapulco.”
hung up and turned on the television. A
news broadcast had just come on and footage from Nathan’s arrival lit up the
screen. She hastily lit another
cigarette and watched the unsettling events unfold.
actor and director Nathan Blackthorne returned to Los Angeles only moments ago after living in
exile in Paris for the past twenty years,” said
the reporter. “Upon
his arrival, a stoic Blackthorne was immediatley
arrested and taken into police custody. Blackthorne had been
charged and tried with statutory rape and child molestation in 1987. It was at that trial that Alex Reynolds,
former wife of James Blackthorne, and protégé of Nathan Blackthorne, took the
stand and claimed the director had raped her.”
eyes flashed open in horror when an old photo of her flashed on the
screen. She sat down on the sofa and
resisted the urge to throw something at the television.
just before closing arguments, Reynolds recanted her testimony and claimed that
she lied,” the report continued.
“Reynolds was sentenced to thirty days in minimum security prison for
perjury charges. During an extended
recess ordered by the judge, Blackthorne fled the United States and retreated
to France, which of course has no extradition with-“
flipped off the television and threw the remote across the room. She quickly ran to the bar and poured herself
a drink, wishing she could block out the painful memories and go back to a
semi-normal life. But now with Nathan
back that was an impossibility. In jail or not, he was a very real threat
the hospital, Renee emerged from Sierra’s room and gave Jordan a relieved smile. “She’s still sleeping, but they say she’s
doing much better.”
wonderful,” Jordan said. He put his arm around her and led her across
the room to a picture window that overlooked the grounds. A nurse walked into the room and switched on
the mid-day news where the footage of Nathan’s arrival was being replayed.
quickly grew upset, fidgeting and turning away in an effort to block out the
ignore it,” Jordan said and held her close. “Concentrate on Sierra right now and nothing
smiled and nodded in agreement. “She’s a
must have inherited it from you,” Jordan said with a certain amount of
calculation. He watched her reaction
course she did,” Renee replied. Suddenly
she stopped smiling, her face drawn and her hands trembling. Quickly, she covered for herself. “Well, you know what I mean. She takes after me from experience.”
Jordan turned her toward him and looked
into her eyes. “Renee, stop,” he said.
she asked. She was tired. Tired of lying. Exhaustion had set in.
her hand gently, he sat her down in a chair and knelt beside her. “Renee, I know,” he continued.
know what, Jordan? I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
blood type matching Sierra’s,” he began.
“You heard Dr. Farraday. Only
seven percent of the population has that blood type. What are the odds that you and Sierra are a
your daughter, isn’t she? You biological daughter.”
she broke down in tears and shook her head in agony. Years of lies and cover-ups had taken its
toll on her and she couldn’t do it any longer.
“Yes” she finally said. “Yes,
she’s my daughter. I gave birth to her.”
closed his eyes, realizing how
difficult it must have been for Renee.
“Who is her father?”
shook her head, refusing to reveal everything.
It would destroy her daughter if she knew the truth.
who is Sierra’s father?” Jordan repeated.
eyes simply traveled to the television where footage of Nathan Blackthorne's
arrest played over and over again. She
closed her eyes, tormented by the secrets that plagued
Nathan meets an up and
coming actress named Alex, Jordan's wife leaves
him with two young children to raise on his own,
James spends too much time on location which puts
his marriage to Alex in jeopardy, James sets a lie
into motion about Ethan's father, Nathan is put on trial with a surprise
witness, Nathan finances James' war against Will.