Brooke was disappointed
when James postponed their honeymoon. Alex
put off Jordan's offer to star in his next movie,
hoping to align herself with Will in his plot to
destroy James by having Angel Assassin slapped
with an X rating. Winter was fired from
the hospital. James manipulated the situation
by suggesting to Winter that she start dating Ethan
again, secretly hoping it would keep Ethan away
from Brooke. In exchange, he convinced Renee
to give Winter her job back. With James
busy with other problems, a lonely Brooke went to
Ethan and they wound up sharing a passionate kiss.
Miranda finally returned home and announced
that she was married.
Brooke put her arm
around James and tried calming him down.
“Just relax, James,” she began.
“Try not to get too upset.”
can I not get upset?” James shouted, startling Brooke and causing her to pull
away with a jolt. “My twenty year old
daughter flies off to Vegas and comes home three days later married to a
is not a stranger, Daddy,” Miranda insisted, her arm latched securely through
Blackthorne, if you’ll just let me explain,” Brett began. “When Miranda and I met it was like fate.”
me a favor, Brett,” James interrupted.
“Don’t talk. This is between my
daughter and I.”
treating me like I’m a child!” Miranda insisted. “Brett is my husband and I expect you to
treat him with respect.”
do you even know about him?” James asked, pacing around the foyer in
frustration. “How can you possibly know
someone that you just met three days ago?
I don’t think you’re grasping the seriousness of this, Miranda!”
I am, Daddy! I got married! I love him!”
you don’t!” James argued. “You can’t
stepped toward her father, shaking her head in disbelief. “You were the one who wanted me to accept Brooke
into our family,” she began. “It’s been
the most important thing to you for God knows how long. Well here I am
ready to accept her. So guess what, Daddy? You’re going to have to do the same thing with
rubbed his aching head and let out a chuckle.
“So that’s what this is all about,” he began. “This is my punishment for marrying Brooke,
isn’t it? Well it’s not going to work,
Miranda. This is the most childish thing
you’ve ever done.”
Daddy,” Miranda corrected him. “It’s the
most grown up thing I’ve ever done. Your
little girl is all grown up. She’s going
to start a family of her own. You’re
just going to have to accept that.”
gave Brooke a brief stare before grabbing Brett’s arm and leading him up the
do you think you’re going?” James called after her.
stopped and turned back to her father.
“Upstairs to my room.”
you think that man is going to stay in my house-“
you saying my husband isn’t welcome here?” Miranda asked, challenging her
father relentlessly. “Because if that’s
fine, Miranda,” Brooke interrupted, stepping forward and holding James
back. “Of course Brett is welcome
here. Will the two of you join us for
dinner in a few minutes?”
hesitated, rather startled that Brooke was standing up for her. “Yes, we’ll join you,” she said before
leading Brett up the stairs to her bedroom.
reached for James and he pushed her away.
“Why did you do that?” he asked, full of contempt.
was just trying to help.”
don’t you stay out of it!” James yelled.
“This is none of your business!”
turned and stormed down the hall to his study, leaving a stunned Brooke alone
in the foyer. She felt her eyes
stinging with tears, deeply hurt by James’s words.
Reynolds stared across the candlelit table as Jordan Rydell went on and on
about his new movie. She would have
been bored to tears if he wasn’t such a dashingly handsome man. Sometime during the middle of his sales pitch
she had drifted off into a daze and imagined the two of them in a Jacuzzi
filled with bubbles while drinking champagne.
felt a little bit like she did first coming to Hollywood when she was seventeen. Falling
under the spell of every charming producer and
director who offered to help her was par for the course in her younger
years. A prime example was her relationship
James's uncle, the legendary director and matinee
idol. Then after her stormy marriage to James, she
swore she'd never get involved with another Hollywood
mogul. But here she was at the Polo Lounge
with Jordan Rydell. Would she ever learn?
to Alex,” Jordan said with a smile as he tried to
get her attention.
were you just now?” he asked. “You look
a million miles away.”
smiled and lifted her glass to her perfectly lined lips. “Let’s not talk about business any more
tonight,” she said. She had no intention
of doing Jordan’s film so she wanted to get as
far off the subject as she could. The
truth was she just wasn’t ready to go back to work. It was too soon after the humiliation brought
on by James. She couldn’t possibly face
her fans or the critics after the scandal that followed their bitter divorce.
She was crucified in her last film, Sandman,
and she had no intention of reliving that nightmare.
would you like to talk about?” asked Jordan with a sly grin. He knew there had to be a way of convincing
her to do his film. If appealing to her
instincts for revenge against James didn’t work, he’d have to think of something
she could reply, Stormy and Heather spotted them from across the room and
approached their table. “Mom, I didn’t
expect to see you here,” Stormy said, bending down and kissing his mother on
the cheek. He looked at Jordan and nodded politely. “Jordan.”
Stormy, hello Heather,” Jordan replied, standing up and kissing
his daughter tenderly. “Would the two of
you care to join us?”
okay,” Heather said, all the while not taking her eyes off of Alex. “Daddy, I didn’t realize you and Stormy’s
mother were friends. Does this sort of
thing go on every night?”
your father and I have always been friends,” Alex replied. “We were just never allowed to speak while
James and I were married.”
don’t start,” Stormy said, rolling his eyes.
He hated the animosity between his parents and wished they could get
along. Sometimes he felt like he was
caught in the middle of their constant bickering. It was that way even when they were still married.
have a table over there,” Heather announced, pointing across the room.
we’ll leave the two of you alone,” Stormy said, smiling as he led Heather off
to their table.
sat down and Heather slammed her purse on the table in a tizzy.
that all about?” Stormy asked with a frown.
“What is he doing with her?” she asked, staring at her father
and Alex from across the room.
heard them. They’re friends.”
rolled her eyes. “Oh sure, friends. I’m sorry, Stormy, but your mother doesn’t
have any friends. She uses people. That’s all.”
had no idea you felt this way about my mother,” Stormy said defensively, waving
off the waiter as he approached. “Do you
hate the rest of my family too or is it just her?”
don’t hate her,” Heather replied. “I
just don’t like her hanging around my father.”
forget it,” Heather said, wishing she’d never brought it up. The
truth was she had never gotten over her
leaving them. One day in the seventh grade
she came home from school and her father told her
that her mother was gone. Barely an explanation
other than that they weren't happy, then assured
her it was nothing she had done. But to this
day, she held on to the hope that her mother would
some day come back, and she wanted her father to
She picked up the menu and sighed. “Let’s just order. I’m starving.”
shook his head in aggravation. He didn’t
like the insinuation that his mother wasn’t good enough for the mighty Jordan
Ethan and Winter were walking along the beach under the moonlight, carrying
their shoes as their bare feet squished into the sand. Ethan stopped to pick up a seashell, hurdling
it out into the choppy ocean waves that rolled in and swirled around their ankles.
what are you going to do now?” he asked.
shrugged. “Not get involved with any
more married men for starters,” she joked light-heartedly, then laughed. “I don’t know. The first thing I have to do is find an
apartment. There just hasn’t been
anything decent that I can afford.”
thought purposefully, his hands dug into the pockets of his linen pants. “If you find a place I can help you get
settled,” he offered. “Just until you get
back on your feet.”
shook her head. “No Ethan, I can’t ask
you to do that,” she said. “I’m through
taking handouts. I want to do it on my own.”
you’re not asking. I’m offering. And don’t think of it as a handout. It’s just a friend helping out another
stopped and turned to him, the warm ocean breeze blowing her blond hair in her
eyes. “You’re amazing,” she said with a
smile. “Running into you was the best
thing that could have happened to me.”
smiled and kicked the sand with his bare feet.
He couldn’t keep his mind from wandering back to Brooke and the kiss
they shared that day. It flashed in his
mind over and over again like a movie reel playing back the same scene. He wondered what she was doing at that
dinner table at the Blackthorne mansion was quiet. James, Brooke, Miranda and Brett sat in
silence as they ate their last course.
Finally, Brett set down his fork and looked around the table with a
tells me the two of you just got married,” he said.
didn’t reply. Brooke waited a few
seconds and then nodded. “Yes, three
days ago,” she said. She was still
terribly upset by the way James had dismissed her earlier. He made her feel like she wasn't part of the
family, something she already felt insecure about.
my God!” Miranda said with a gasp. “We
got married on the same day! I don’t
know why I didn’t think of that before!
We have the same anniversary, isn’t that a hoot?”
looked at her with a stark, blank expression and gulped down half a glass of
Shiraz. He knew what Miranda was
doing. She was trying to play off her
marriage as no big deal. She wanted to
hurt him to get back at him for marrying Brooke. It was so obvious to him. Rather than fly off the handle again, he
decided to play into her hand.
what do you do for a living, Brett?” he asked, folding his hands on the table.
eyes darted nervously around the table.
“Well in Vegas I ran a charter tour company,” he explained. “Basically that means I shuffled a bunch of
blue haired ladies around the strip. It paid pretty good though so I can’t
was horrified. “Where are you from
been to Los Angeles before today?”
old are you?”
not really close with my family.”
sighed and leaned back in his chair.
“Let me get this straight,” he began, trying his best to maintain his
composure. “You’re six years older my
daughter, your last job was as a bus driver, you live like a gypsy, and there’s
no family to speak of who can vouch for you.”
Miranda yelled angrily. She hated that
fact that no one was good enough in her father’s eyes. She could marry Prince
William and her
father would still give him the third degree.
sorry, Miranda,” James said. “I simply
cannot have my only daughter married to a man she barely knows! What on earth were you thinking?”
stood up in a hurry, fed up with her father’s protests. “Brett and I may not have known each other
very well when we got married,” she began.
“But we’ve spent every minute of the last three days together. I feel like I know him better than I know
anyone. He’s good to me and he loves
can’t say that after three days!” James insisted, standing up in protest.
watched uneasily. She wished James would
just accept the fact that his daughter was a grown woman and had a mind of her
own. At least this way she was
distracted from the animosity she felt toward her and their marriage.
thought about never coming back here,” Miranda said solemnly. “I was so upset about what happened before I
took off that I never wanted to set foot in this house again. But then Brett told me I’d be making a big
mistake. He turned away from his family
and he’s regretted it every since.”
listened and realized that some of what she was saying actually made sense.
because of Brett that I’m here right now,” Miranda continued. “Now are you telling me that my husband isn’t
welcome here? Because if you are then
we’ll leave and go someplace else.”
closed his eyes and sighed with defeat.
He knew she was bold enough to
follow through on her
threats. He had no choice but to accept
the fact that she was married, no matter how much he disapproved. For now he had to bite his tongue and
welcome her daughter’s husband into the family.
When the dust settled he would work on putting an end to the ridiculous
you need anything, Brett, just ask Leilani,” he said, digging his hands deep
into his pockets. “She’ll help you get
you, Mr. Blackthorne,” Brett replied eagerly.
nodded and started out of the dining room.
Miranda ran up to him and stopped him before he left.
love you, Daddy," she said and gave him a warm hug.
let out a deep breath, kissing the top of her head. He knew she was making a big mistake but
there was no arguing with her. He’d have
to give it some time. Maybe this Brett
Armstrong character would disappear as quickly as he appeared. Drifters had a tendency to do that.
Jordan drove Alex back to her beach
house in Malibu and opened the door of his shiny
red Ferrari. Taking her hand, he helped
her out of the car and walked her up to the front door.
you for a lovely evening,” Alex said, adjusting the sheer wrap around her bare
enjoyed myself,” Jordan replied with a smile. “Although I must admit I’m a little
disappointed that we didn’t get to discuss my script. You still haven’t told me what you think of
have a few more scenes to finish,” she said.
“I’ll give you my verdict then.”
you always keep men waiting?”
smiled devilishly and opened the front door.
“Not always,” she said, gesturing for him to come inside.
Jordan walked into the entryway and put
his arms around her, kissing her passionately in the glow of the moonlight that
streamed in through the windows.
showed up at Ethan’s door bright and early the next morning. He opened the door in a towel and she grinned
thought you might be able to help me look for apartments,” she said, holding up
the newspaper ads. She couldn’t take her
eyes off his strong, muscular body. He
was in even better shape now than when they dated before.
smiled. “Sure, just let me get dressed.”
Winter went inside
and waited for Ethan to change. Minutes
later, they were in his BMW driving through the Valley
with the top down.
looking at several apartments, they stopped at a snack stand on the beach for a
cold drink. Sitting at a table shaded
by an umbrella, Winter eyed him carefully and sipped her drink through a pink
feel like I don’t even know you anymore,” she said.
do you mean?” Ethan asked with a frown.
shrugged, her blond hair whipping around in the breeze. “Just that it’s been so long since we’ve
really talked,” she explained. “I don’t
know what’s been going on in your life. “
sighed and pushed up his Gucci shades.
“Not a lot, to be honest.”
shrugged. “Tell me anything,” she said
with a smile. “I want to know all about
the Ethan Blackthorne of 2006.”
laughed and glanced around at the crowded beach. “There’s not much to tell,” he replied. “I’m still working for my uncle James. I spend a lot of time with him and my
about your parents?” she asked. “I mean,
I know your mother died when you were born, but did you ever find out what
happened to your father? If I remember correctly,
that was a pretty big issue a few years ago.”
grew distant and wasn’t sure that he wanted to get into it. “According to James, my father was a
carnival worker who came into town and got my mother pregnant. He left town and no one ever heard from him
shook her head in despair. She knew how
hard it had been for Ethan to come to terms with. It still was
obviously. Not much had changed in the
past few years.
guess I have no right to complain about my parents,” she said, staring off out
at the calm blue ocean. “They may not
have been the best parents in the world, but at least they were there for
me before they died. I can’t imagine what it must have
been like for you. Never knowing your
mother or father.”
nodded, trying not to get too down about it.
He was through grieving over his dead mother and his absent father. He’d wasted enough of his life on all of
that. He had his uncle James and that
was more than a lot of people had.
on, that apartment isn’t going to find you,”
he said, getting up from the table and sipping from his drink.
Alex showed up at the
Blackthorne mansion and pushed her way past Leilani when she opened the door.
want to see my daughter,” she said. “I
talked to the pilot and I know he brought her home last night. Where is she?”
morning, Alex,” Brooke said as she walked into the foyer from the dining room.
turned to Brooke and scowled bitterly at her. “Where’s Miranda?”
upstairs in her room,” Brooke replied casually.
pushed her way past her and made her way up the staircase.
wouldn’t go up there if I were you,” Brooke called after her. When Alex ignored her, she broke into a
devilish smile. She wished she could be
a fly on the wall when Alex Reynolds walked in on her daughter in bed with her
walked purposefully down the hallway and pushed open Miranda’s bedroom
door. “Miranda, I-“ She stopped in her tracks when she saw her
daughter on the bed with Brett, his
sweaty, naked body covering her, moving rhythmically against her.
Miranda cried out in surprise. Brett
jumped up off of her and covered himself with a pillow.
what the hell is going on?” Alex asked in shock.
this is Brett,” she said, pulling the sheet over her naked body. “My husband.”
Ms. Reynolds,” Brett said, extending his hand to her.
looked at him and squirmed uncomfortably before backing up and ducking out of
the room. She closed her eyes,
unnerved by the incident. Seeing her
daughter in the throws of passion with a man was not something a mother
relished seeing. And what the hell was
Miranda talking about anyway? Her husband?
she would get the story from another source, she started back down the hallway
and walked down the stairs. She spotted
Brooke coming out of the parlor and rushed over to her.
did that on purpose,” she said angrily.
smiled, enjoying the fact that Alex had been caught in the uncomfortable
position. “I’m so sorry,” she said. “I guess I forgot to tell you. Miranda got married in Vegas and her husband
moved in last night.”
think you’re so smart,” Alex said, raising her hand and bringing it down to
slap her across the face.
stopped her hand in mid air, gritting her teeth and shoving her away. “You’ve got to be quicker than that,” she
said, enjoying being able to throw the words back in the woman’s face. “Now get out of my house.”
rolled her eyes. “Listen, you little
tramp. I wouldn’t get too comfortable here
if I were you. You’ll be thrown out just like-“
you were?” Brooke finished for her.
glared at her and stormed out of the mansion.
Brooke made her way up the stairs to her bedroom. She finally had given Alex Reynolds a taste
of her own medicine and it felt great.
grew distant for the rest of the afternoon and eventually had to go take care
of some business for James, so Winter continued apartment hunting on her
own. She felt terrible for bringing up
such a sore subject. It was obvious that
Ethan still hadn't come to terms with growing up an orphan. She'd come to care for him so much in the
last couple of days, and she felt like kicking herself for causing him any
ad for someone needing a roommate to share a two-bedroom apartment on the beach
proved to be worth checking out. She
fell in love with the apartment. It was
ten feet from the beach and there were lots of people her age who inhabited the
small building. The girl who lived
there, Lauren something, was a sweet girl who worked as a waitress at a local
diner. They clicked instantly and
Winter was going to start moving in the next day.
she got back to her condo at the marina, the phone rang and she scrambled
across the room, thinking it might be Ethan calling.
it's Hattie Alves from Cedars-Sinai," said the caller.
Mrs. Alves?" Winter wondered why
the head nurse from the hospital was calling her. Hopefully it was more good news.
hospital board has reconsidered. You can
start back to work tomorrow night."
thank you Mrs. Alves," Winter said happily, jumping up and down with
excitement. "You won't regret it, I
keep out of trouble, Winter. We'll be
will, thank you." She hung up the
phone and spun around the room jubilantly.
were finally looking up for her, just as James Blackthorne promised. She owed him a debt of gratitude. First for getting Ethan back in her life, and
secondly for getting her job back.
was on her way to the top, and no one could stop her.
night at the Blackthorne mansion, Stormy and Heather arrived, greeting Leilani
as she opened the door for them. They
went into the family room where Miranda and Brett were having a drink with
back, kid," Stormy said with a grin, playfully punching Miranda on the
smiled and gave him a quick hug.
"Stormy, I want you to meet somebody," she said, gesturing to
Brett. "This is Brett
it is true," he replied, shaking
Brett's hand and staring him straight in the eye. "You went out and got married."
Miranda said gleefully.
to meet you, Stormy," Brett remarked.
laughed and poured ice and vodka into two glasses. "I don't know why dad was so surprised
by this," he began. "This is so you, Miranda. Who else would run off to Las Vegas and come back married? You've outdone yourself this time."
smiled, not sure whether her brother was being his usual wisecracking self or
to the family," Stormy said, handing Brett the drink and taking the other
for himself. "I hope you know what
you're getting into."
laughed. "That's what everyone
keeps saying." He looked down at
Brooke and laughed again. "Brooke
and I are the newbies. I guess we'll
have to stick together."
let me know if you need anything, Brett," Brooke offered.
quickly put her arm around Brett and gave Brooke a toothy smile. "He knows who to come to if he needs
anything," she said coldly. She
couldn't believe Brooke was trying to be so friendly with her husband. Brett was one man that Brooke was not going
to sway into her court.
to break the tension, Heather stepped forward and pulled Miranda down onto the
sofa with her. "So tell us all
about your trip, Miranda," she said sweetly. "How did you guys meet?"
was playing the roulette wheel at the Flamingo Hilton and-"
were at the Hilton?" Stormy inquired.
"Did you get to see any of that excitement going on?"
excitement?" Miranda asked with a frown.
picked the evening paper up from the cocktail table and flipped through the
pages. "I'm surprised you haven't
seen this," he said, handing Miranda the paper and pointing to a story.
"Man dies from ten story fall at Las Vegas
Hotel," she read aloud, then turned to Brett with a shocked look on
her face. "Oh my God, I can't
believe we didn't hear about any of this when we were there."
fidgeted nervously with his cocktail and took a big gulp. "Well, we were sort of
occupied at the time," he
joked, scanning the article quickly. He
began to sweat and feel like the room was closing in on him. "What else does it say?"
say the man, twenty-eight year old Bailey Freeborn, was seen falling from the
ten story window," Miranda read from the article. "Investigators at the scene determined
that a struggle occurred in the room at the luxury hotel-casino where the
victim had been registered as a guest, and are treating the death as a
homicide. Hotel personnel are assisting
the police in locating a man who was seen fleeing from Freeborn's room."
awful," Brooke remarked, shivering from the unsettling news.
did you know about any of this?" Miranda asked Brett, handing him the
shook his head, his heart beating wildly.
"No, it's news to me."
walked into the study and found James sitting at his desk doing some
paperwork. He took a deep breath and cleared
his throat to announce his presence.
good to see you," James said, looking up from his papers. "Everyone is in the family room."
is it true?" Ethan asked. "Did
Miranda really get married?"
sighed with frustration and rubbed his aching head. "Yes, it appears that she did," he
replied. "As if I need something
else to worry about. I don't know what's
going on with that girl, Ethan. I feel
like she's slipping away from me and I don’t know how to stop it."
put his hands in his pockets and stared down at his uncle. "James, can I ask you a question?"
what's on your mind?"
about my father," Ethan announced.
shot him a quick stare and then went back to shuffling papers around on the top
of his desk. "What about him?"
he asked somewhat distantly. He wanted
to dismiss the topic as soon as possible.
Ethan's father was a subject that was better left alone.
need to know more about him."
been through all this before," James insisted. "He was a drifter who came to Windsor with the carnival. He took advantage of your mother and then
left town. She was pregnant and
alone. It's sad, but true."
struggled to understand and come to terms with the facts. "How long was he in town?"
few weeks, I don't remember," James replied, trying to hide his
why are you bringing this up
again? I thought we covered all of
"I just need to
know, that's all."
Sighing, James stood
up and walked around to the other side of the desk. "Look, I know this is difficult for you
to understand," he said. "Just
remember that your mother was a victim in all of this. She didn't plan on getting pregnant and
having the father of her child run out on her.
She didn't plan on getting sick and dying. It was all just an unfortunate turn of
turn of events?" Ethan said in disbelief.
"This is my life we're talking about."
James put a hand on
his shoulder and looked him in the eye.
"You've turned into a very upstanding, descent young man. I couldn't be prouder of you if you were my
own son. I know it sounds egomaniacal,
but I attribute a lot of who you are to my influence."
Ethan realized what
James was saying. He had a loving caring
family, despite any misgivings he had about the way he was conceived or the way
his father had deserted him before he was even born.
"Why don't you
go on in and see everybody," James said, leading Ethan to the
doorway. "I'll be in in a few
Ethan nodded and left
the study, starting across the foyer. He
stopped when he heard the doorbell.
Rather than wait for Leilani, he went over and opened it himself. He was surprised to see Alex Reynolds
standing outside in a black and white dress and wide-brimmed hat.
Ethan," she said, making her way inside.
"I'd like to see Miranda if she's home." She was bound to see her daughter this
time. After the way Brooke set her up
earlier she was in no mood for any more games.
She was going to get to the bottom of Miranda's latest stunt if she had
to break legs to do it.
"I'll go get
her," Ethan replied before he turned and walked down the hallway to the
Alex glanced round
the foyer and spotted a light emanating from the study. She raised a curious eyebrow and casually
made her way to the door. Just then,
Miranda appeared in the foyer and raced over to her mother with open arms.
been meaning to call you," she said, giving her a big hug. "I'm sorry if I worried you."
is this nonsense about you being married?" Alex asked. "I don't understand. Why would you say that?"
it's true, Mother," Miranda replied.
"I met him in Vegas and we got married.
He's the greatest guy in the
Alex grabbed her daughter by the shoulders and looked deeply into her
eyes. "Sweetheart, you can't know
him well enough to marry him. It's as
simple as that. I'm going to call my lawyer
and we'll get it annulled. It'll be
quick and painless and then you can move on with your life."
I don’t want an annulment!" Miranda yelled angrily. "Aren't you listening to a word I’m
saying? I love him."
couldn't possibly love him, Miranda," Alex insisted, trying to reason with
her daughter. "Love is something
that you build and work for. You don't
run off to Vegas and find it in a matter of days."
pulled away and scowled at her.
"Daddy understands," she said.
"He's accepted Brett as my husband, and if he can do it then why
father has accepted him?" Alex asked in disbelief. She couldn't believe James was actually
condoning this travesty of a marriage.
Did he have any regard for their daughter's well being? "We'll see about that."
distraught, Miranda turned and bolted back down the hallway to the family room.
tightened her jaw and glanced over at the study. She was going to give James a piece of her
mind. There was no way she was going to
let him stand by while their daughter ruined her life.
found Brooke standing alone on the terrace outside the family room. He ducked outside and closed the doors so
that no one could hear them.
you okay?” he asked, noting the faraway look in her eyes.
didn’t look back at him, but kept staring out at the starry night sky. “That can’t happen again, Ethan,” she
said. “It’s wrong.”
nodded in agreement. “I know.”
love my husband.”
you?” he found himself asking, and regretted it almost immediately.
finally turned toward him. "Of
course I do.”
looked down to the ground, feeling awful for questioning her love for her
husband, for his uncle. But he couldn’t
help noticing the unhappiness in her eyes.
“I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have said that.”
turned back to the sky and felt the cool evening breeze on her face. “You need to move on, Ethan. Whatever your feelings are for me, you need
to move on.”
that what you’re going to do?” he asked.
closed her eyes. Yes, she did feel
something for him. But whatever it was,
it was wrong. She owed James so much
more than that.
what we have to do,” she said.
nodded. He knew she was right. Whatever had been building up for the past
few weeks was over. They had to forget
about the kiss they shared at his house and move on with their lives. He
turned and went back inside the house, leaving Brooke alone on the terrace.
at the stars, Brooke felt a tear trickle down her cheek.
James held the phone
to his ear, tapping a pencil on the desk as he talked to the private
investigator he'd hired to look into Will Thomerson's past.
"It's been two
days and you're telling me you haven't found anything?" he asked
angrily. "Maybe I didn't make
myself clear, Mr. Saunders. When I said
I needed that information right away, I meant this century."
Blackthorne, there just isn't anything," said Saunders. "The guy is clean as a
impossible," James replied.
"Will Thomerson has got to have a few skeletons in his closet
somewhere, and I'm paying you good money to find them."
"Do you want me
to make something up?"
appreciate his cavalier attitude. He was
dead serious about finding something on Will Thomerson. Something he could use to get him out of his
life for good.
"You don't seem
to understand," James continued.
"I need to get him as far away from L.A. as possible. The longer he stays here, the better the
chances are that my nephew learns the truth."
that, Mr. Blackthorne-"
"I don’t think
you do," James snapped. "If
Will Thomerson finds out that Ethan is his son, he'll never be out of our
lives. Now please find something on him
and find it quick."
Alex stood in the
doorway, watching as James hung up the phone.
She stared with wide eyes, unable to believe what she'd just heard. All this time James knew that Will Thomerson
was Ethan's father and he never told him.
This was definitely
something she could use. Finally she had
the ammunition to get back at James for treating her like dirt. Suddenly she forgot all about Miranda and her
surprise marriage. This was more
Revenge was going to
hires a private investigator to look into Brooke's
past. Winter gets a new roommate. Stormy
and Heather argue about her career. Will and
Jordan comes to blows over Alex. Brooke packs