and Stormy told Lauren they wanted to produce a
record with her. Jordan proposed to Alex.
When Will found out, he proposed to her as
well. Following the news that Angel Assassin
wouldn't be released in time to repay investors,
James went to Jack Fallmont for an extension on
his loan but Jack turned him down. Brooke
agreed to go home with James but when they arrived
Philip Whitacre was waiting for them.
Brooke," Philip said. "Tell
him that I’m your husband."
Brooke felt the room
spinning. She was standing in the parlor
at the Blackthorne mansion and everything was a blur. Philip and James both stared at her, their
eyes demanding an explanation. But all
she could do was stand and quietly wish she were dead.
“What is he talking
about?” James exclaimed, throwing his hands up in frustration. “Brooke, I’m
your husband! Tell him!”
not, because Brooke never got our divorce finalized,” Philip Whitacre said
smugly. “We’re still married, aren’t we
She tried to snap out
of it, realizing that she had to do some fast explaining or she was going to be
in a world of trouble. How could this be
happening? No sooner had she and James
reconciled than a mistake from her past showed up at her door.
“I did get the divorce,” she finally
said. “Or at least I thought I did.”
“You thought you did?” Philip asked with a
chuckle. “You surprise me, Brooke. I always thought you were a stickler for
“James, please-“ Brooke began, trying to ignore
Philip, wishing she could snap her fingers and make everything go away.
“Tell me what’s going
on, right now!” James insisted.
“Your wife is a
bigamist,” Philip remarked.
“You shut up!” James
yelled. “I ought to throw you out of my
“Why?” Philip asked
boldly. He wasn’t intimidated by the
legendary James Blackthorne. “It seems
that I’m the only one here who knows what’s going on.”
“Please, stop it,”
Brooke said, shaking her head in despair.
“Stop acting like
you’re so shocked by all of this,” Philip continued, walking across the room
and stopping inches from her. “How could
you have gone all these years knowing we were still married? Hell, do we have any kids that I don’t know
“Are you sure? Or do you just think so?”
“Knock it off!” James
yelled, grabbing Philip by the collar and shoving him back. He turned to Brooke, his eyes flaring
angrily. “Brooke, were you or were you
not married to this man?”
Brooke replied, then shook her head in confusion. She felt like the walls were closing in on
her and she couldn’t think straight. “I
mean yes. Yes, I was married to
him. But it was for just a short
time. And it was so long ago.”
am I just finding out about this now?” James asked. “Don’t you think this is something you should
have told me before we got married?”
didn’t think it was important,” Brooke insisted, her eyes pleading. “It was six years ago, James. I was twenty-one and I didn’t know what I was
doing. It lasted less than a year.”
but that was one hot year, wasn’t it?” Philip asked with a sly grin.
told you to shut up!” James shouted. He
turned back to Brooke. “Is what he’s
saying the truth? Are you still married
wiped a tear from her eyes. “I don’t know! I signed the divorce papers but I…”
took a deep breath, trying to remember.
It was a long time ago and her memory of that time in her life was fuzzy
at best. “I don’t know if I mailed them
back to the lawyer.”
Jesus!” James hollered, turning around and kicking the cocktail table so hard
that it collapsed onto the floor. “How
could you be so stupid?”
don’t know!” she replied in a fit of tears.
“I was young and I didn’t know what I was doing! I thought that if I signed the papers it was
thought the court system would magically sense that you signed the papers? My God, how hard would it have been to put a
stamp on it and mail it?” James asked bitterly.
He couldn’t believe how negligent she had been.
sorry!” Brooke shouted back in tears. “I
messed up, okay?”
right,” James replied. “You did.”
cold words hurt Brooke deeply and she buried her face in her hands. When she looked up James was storming out of
the parlor, leaving her alone in the room with Philip.
Philip didn’t waste a second. “Well Brooke, it’s been a long time,” he
began, starting back toward her. “You’re
looking boss as ever.”
looked up at him in disgust. “Shut up,”
she whispered. “What are you doing
shrugged. “I wasn’t going to come at
all, but after that nice lady came to tell me the news about us still being
married, what else would I do but fly up here?"
frowned. “What lady?”
movie star. Alex Reynolds.”
immediately saw red. “Alex Reynolds came
to see you?” she asked in disbelief.
“Yesterday. She’s every bit as sexy in real life. I was pleasantly surprised.”
finally dawning, Brooke began pacing the room.
Alex had always been out to get her.
She must have done enough digging until she found out about Philip, then
told him to come to L.A. to ruin her and James’s marriage. It was a typical Alex Reynolds stunt. Maybe if James knew the truth…
have to go,” she said, rushing to the door.
“You’d better leave now.”
a minute,” Philip replied, grabbing her arm and pulling her back. “Don’t I even get a hug and a kiss? It’s been six years. I thought you might have missed me.”
out,” Brooke hissed, heading back to the door.
what are we going to do about us still being married?”
fix it,” she replied. “Just go back to Phoenix and don’t ever come back here
rushed out of the parlor and up the stairs to her and James’s bedroom. She found him sitting on the edge of the bed with
a drink in his hand, a menacing scowl on his tanned face.
you have to let me explain,” she began.
what?” he replied bitterly. “That you
were too ignorant to do what was necessary?
It’s a little late for that, Brooke.
Do you realize what you’ve done?”
listen to me,” she pleaded with him.
“Alex is the one who brought Philip here. She’s trying to drive us apart, James. Don’t you see that? She’s trying to get revenge for the way you
an I came together.”
has nothing to do with this!” James said, his voice full of hostility. “It’s your fault that this happened,
Brooke! Because of you, our marriage
can fix it,” Brooke insisted. “I can get
the divorce from Philip and then we can get remarried. It’ll be just like it never happened.”
shook his head, pacing the room anxiously.
“And what about the lies?” he asked.
“What about the fact that you never told me you’d been married? How am I ever supposed to trust you again,
Brooke? How do I know you’re not keeping
anything else from me?”
was Philip right?” James continued. “Do
you have kids that you haven’t told anyone about?”
you sure?” James took her by the
shoulders and shook her forcefully. “Or
is that just another lie?”
it!” she cried. “I told you we can fix
James shoved her away and turned his back to her. “I’m not sure that I want to fix it. I’m not sure that this all didn’t happen for
don’t mean that.”
turned and glared at her, hurt and angry that he’d been in the dark about
something so important. He felt like he
didn’t even know who he’d married.
look in his eyes sent chills down her spine and she backed up a step. She turned and raced out of the bedroom in
tears. As she tore down the staircase,
Miranda peered from around the corner, a devilish smile on her face as she
watched Brooke run out of the house.
knew Brooke was bad news all along but nobody believed her. Maybe now they would start listening to her
laid alone on his bed flipping through channels on the television when he heard
a car screech into his driveway, then a door slam and then footsteps. Sitting up, he waited a beat and then heard
frantic knocking at his door. He
wondered if it was Winter. They’d spent all
day together until she had to go on duty at the hospital for an overnight
shift. Maybe she got off early and came
by to surprise him.
got up and walked out into the front room in a pair of pajama pants. Running his fingers through his hair, he
pulled open the door and found Brooke standing on the porch, tears flowing down
stood silently for what seemed like an eternity. Finally Ethan pulled her inside and led her
to the sofa. He knew something awful had
happened, and he had a feeling it had to do with James.
sorry, I didn’t know where else to go,” she said, sobbing as he held her
he soothed her, pulling her close and kissing the top of her head. He loved the way her hair smelled.
looked up at him, drying her tears and staring into his eyes. She felt safer with him than anyone in her
life. When she was with Ethan nothing
else mattered and all of her troubles floated away.
put his hand under her chin and lifted her face to his. Seconds later they were kissing passionately,
wrapping their arms around one another in a heated embrace. They stopped for a minute as if considering
the reality of what they were doing. But
the look of desire in Brooke’s eyes made Ethan forget about morals and
values. All he wanted was to be with
her, even for just one time. He kissed
her up into his arms, Ethan carried her into the bedroom and laid her down on his bed. The warm glow of the bedside lamp reflected
off of her tan, flawless skin and he yearned for her with every bone in his
body. Staring down at her for a minute
or two, he soaked in every inch of her, relishing every second.
turned off the lamp and Brooke pulled him down on top of her. He slowly undressed her and they made love in
the moonlit room.
next morning Stormy and Brett went down to Good
Times Records for their meeting with Lauren Spencer. They checked with Eddie and asked if she’d made
it in yet.
seen her,” Eddie replied, chomping on a stick of gum. “Who is this chic?”
the chic who you’re going to be hearing on the radio soon,” Stormy said with
confidence. “Wait till you hear her,
Eddie. She’s friggin’ far out.”
Eddie raised an eyebrow. “Is she hot?”
rolled his eyes and turned to Brett.
“Didn’t we say eight o’clock?”
nodded. “Maybe she’s not a morning
person. She’ll be here, don’t
worry. She probably just overslept.”
sighed and took a seat behind his desk.
He couldn’t help but be impatient.
Ever since he heard Lauren sing at the Fern Bar the night before she was all he could think about.
Reynolds walked down the hallway at the Sunset Strip Motel. She cringed at her frightening
surroundings. The run down, dilapidated
motel in West
wasn’t the type of establishment she was used to being seen in.
came to the end of the outside hallway and knocked on room 13. A minute later the door opened and Philip
Whitacre stood inside in a pair of tennis shorts. She smiled and looked over his firm, athletic
see you changed your mind,” she said, pushing her way past him and walking into
the shabby, mildew scented room.
grinned and closed the door behind him.
“How did you know I was here?”
turned to him with a shrug. “I have my
those the same sources that brought you all the way to Phoenix?”
“Precisely.” She looked around the room. There was a lopsided old twin bed and a chest
of drawers and a nightstand. A small
refrigerator that sounded like a crippled airplane engine sat in the
corner. “Have you seen Brooke yet?”
nodded. “I went to see her last night.”
“And let’s just say that her husband…or…the guy who thought he was her husband, wasn’t very
happy,” Philip explained, scratching his bare chest and mentally pawing Alex
with his eyes.
smiled with glee. “I can imagine his
reaction. He probably threw her out and
told her never to come back.”
shrugged. “I waited outside and saw her
speed off in her car. She looked pretty
have no doubt that she was,” Alex remarked.
“Why wouldn’t she be? One minute
she thought that she had a millionaire Hollywood producer as her husband, and the
next minute she was just the same piece of trash from Arizona that she’d always been.”
do I get the feeling you have some kind of grudge against her?”
smiled. “I just don’t want to see James
getting hurt,” she lied. “He’s a very
special person to me.”
rolled his eyes and sprawled out on the bed.
“Is that right?” he asked, his tone full of sarcasm. “You know, I picked up a few tabloids to read
on the plane up here. You never told me
that you were married to that guy. And
that he threw you out so that he could marry Brooke.”
her lips, Alex looked down at him and glared.
“But you still came up here to help me, didn’t you?”
shook his head, putting his hands behind his head. “I didn’t come up here to help you. I came up here to see Brooke.”
tell me you still have a thing for that tramp.”
got a hot little figure,” Philip said, then eyed Alex again. He couldn’t help but notice what great legs
she had. He decided he’d love to have
them wrapped around him sometime. “But
then again, so do you. For an older
remark sent Alex into a tailspin. She
grabbed an ice bucket from the top of the refrigerator and turned it over on
top of Philip, sending ice and water splashing all over his bare skin.
he shouted at the top of his lungs, jumping up off the bed and shivering from
the freezing water. “Jesus, lady! What’s with you?”
may be an older woman,” Alex started, walking to the door. “But you’re all wet.”
she left, Philip stared in a daze at the door.
He didn’t know whether to be pissed off or turned on by the beautiful
woke up to a ray of sunlight hitting his face through the window. He stirred slowly, stretching and coming to
life with a broad smile on his face. He
couldn’t remember the last time he’d slept so well. Even after spending most of the night awake,
staring at Brooke as she slept, he still felt rested.
they’d made love, Brooke had confided in him about the events that led her to
his doorstep. She told him about
Philip, the divorce that never was, and James flying off the handle. It made him sick with anger at the way his
uncle treated her. He refused to give an
inch. In his eyes, if you crossed him
once you were never to be trusted again.
Life wasn’t always that simple to Ethan.
Especially when you had someone as wonderful as Brooke to spend it with.
rolled over, stretching his arm out expecting to find Brooke’s warm body lying
next to him. To his surprise, she was
gone. Frowning, he jumped up and
looked in the bathroom, thinking she might have gotten up before him. When he didn’t find her there, he searched
the rest of the house, still finding no trace of her.
rushed back to the bedroom to get dressed, realizing that she must have gotten
up and left without him knowing. But
where would she have gone? Last night
she talked about going to see about finalizing the divorce from Philip first
thing in the morning. But where?
questions were answered when he found a notepad by the phone on the bedside
table. On it was written the name of an
attorney and an address. Beneath that
was flight information to Santo Domingo.
rubbed his face and took a minute to take everything in. She must have been in such a hurry to end her
marriage to Philip that she booked a flight to the Dominican Republic to get a quick divorce. But why wouldn’t she have told him? He would have gone with her and not let her
go through the ordeal alone. Not to
mention the fact that that there was a revolt happening on the small
island. Tank assaults and bombings
between liberals and conservatives were not uncommon in the last several
went to the kitchen and got out the phone book. Searching for an airline, he dialed the
number and waited for an answer.
like to book a flight to Santo Domingo,” he said into the
receiver. “Yes, the first available
and Brett knocked on the door of Winter and Lauren’s apartment on the
beach. Winter opened the door with a
smile, slipping her purse strap over her shoulder.
guys,” she said. “What’s up?”
Lauren here?” Brett asked.
she’s in the kitchen,” Winter replied.
“I’m on my way to Ethan’s. I’ll
see you guys later.”
went inside and found Lauren sitting on the kitchen counter eating a bowl of
cereal while reading through the morning paper. She looked up and gave them an apologetic
you were supposed to meet us at the studio!” Stormy exclaimed. “We were worried. What happened to you?”
jumped off of the counter and put the milk back in the refrigerator. “Look, I’m sorry you guys,” she said. “I know I should have called. I just don’t think this is going to work
are you talking about?” Stormy asked, following her around the kitchen. “What isn’t going to work out? I’m offering you an amazing deal, Lauren.”
know,” she replied with uncertainty. “It
just seems too good to be true. I mean,
things like this don’t happen to me. All
I’ve ever been is a waitress. A waitress
in a diner, a waitress in a hotel, a cocktail waitress. I’m just not a star.”
you are a star,” Brett
interjected. “And you’re amazing. You could be the biggest star in America, Lauren.”
right,” she mused, leaning against the counter and shaking her head.
are you afraid of?” Stormy asked, stepping closer to her and looking into her
brilliant blue eyes. “Do you still think
we’re trying to take advantage of you?
Because believe me-“
it’s not that,” Lauren cut him off with a laugh. “I don’t know. I just don’t know if I want it.”
you crazy?” Stormy asked. “You don’t
want to see your picture on an album sleeve?
You don’t want to be driving down the road in your car and turn on the
radio and hear your voice?”
folded her arms, thinking about what he was saying. He did
make it sound like a dream come true.
Maybe she was just being paranoid and over analyzing everything. Maybe she should put her trust in Stormy and
not worry about everything so much. She
didn’t know him that well but he seemed like a good guy.
on,” he pleaded. “All I’m asking for is
a few hours to do a demo. I guarantee
you you’ll wind up having a blast.
You’ll be thanking me later.”
broke into a big smile and nodded her head in excitement. “Okay, let’s do it.”
Meanwhile, Ethan slung a bag over
his shoulder and headed for the front door of his house. Just as he stepped outside onto the porch,
Winter came jogging up to him with a bubbly smile on her face.
gorgeous,” she said, kissing him on the cheek.
expression turned sour as he remembered he and Winter had planned to spend the
day together again. With everything
that had happened with Brooke, he regrettably forgot all about Winter.
noticed the bag on his shoulder and frowned.
“Where are you going?”
Winter,” he began. “I have to go away
for a day or two.”
do you mean? Where are you going?”
in trouble,” he explained. “I have to
find her and help her. “
she asked in disbelief. The very sound
of the woman’s name made her see red.
This was the second day in a row that her name came up in conversation.
worried about her,” Ethan continued. “Please
understand. There’s nothing I can do
can just not go,” Winter insisted. “What’s so
difficult about that?”
told you, she’s in trouble. I can’t just
forget about her.”
her husband worry about her!” Winter argued.
She couldn’t believe she was having to take the back seat to Brooke
Taylor. “Who made you her personal
Ethan ran his fingers through his dirty blond hair. “Look, I can’t go into it right now,” he
said. “I have a plane to catch. I promise I’ll make it up to you when I get
opened her mouth to reply but Ethan was already bolting down the driveway to
his car. She slapped her hands to her
sides and exhaled with irritation. She
wondered what was going on with Brooke and her marriage, or if James knew that
Ethan was flying off somewhere to find her.
took the elevator to the top floor of Merteuil
Industries and walked down the hall to Kenny’s office. He stopped by the secretary’s desk and she
told him to go inside.
morning,” James said as he entered the room and saw Kenny sitting at his desk
playing basketball with wadded up pieces of paper and the wastebasket. “Hard at work, I see.”
laughed and stood up to shake his friend’s hand. “Taking a break,” he said with a laugh. “This is a surprise. What brings you downtown?”
sighed and sat down across from Kenny’s desk.
“It’s business,” he said. “I
need a favor.”
it.” Kenny sat down in his chair and
propped his feet up on the desk. “I told
you I’d do anything if you got Winter Austen off my back. And you have.
I assume things are going well with her and your nephew?”
nodded. “Yeah, you shouldn’t have any
more problems with Winter.”
looked relieved. “Good. I would hate for Renee to find out otherwise
and have her take my post to the land commission away from me.”
worry about that,” James insisted, somewhat preoccupied. “Listen Kenny, there’s a problem with Angel Assassin. The ratings board has me up against a wall
and it looks like I won’t be able to release it.”
know you invested some money into it, and I hate to do this, but I have to ask
you if you’ll extend the loan terms,” James explained. “I can get you your money, but I need more
shrugged. “I trust you, James. I know you’ll make good on it. I’m just sorry that you’re in this position. I know how hard you worked on that film.”
Kenny, that’s a big load off of my mind.”
going to be a different story though,” Kenny continued. “He was the major investor in that
picture. It took a lot of convincing on
your part to get him to put up the capitol.
He invested millions of-“
know,” James cut him off with a look of regret in his eyes. “Jack already told me he needs his money back
now. I wanted to come to you to see if
that’s the same position you were taking.”
at all. You know you can count on me,
James. I owe you my career.”
to loan me the money to pay Jack?”
sighed and shook his head. “I’m sorry,
James. I can’t come up with that kind of
money. Renee would have my hide if I
loaned out millions of dollars. She’s
looking into buying the beach club and she’s got me on a tight spending leash.”
nodded and stood up. “I understand. I had to ask. I hope you understand that.”
followed him to the door. “You know I’d
loan you the money if I could, James. I
meant what I said. I owe you my career.”
patted his friend on the back and feigned a smile. “No problem.”
He opened the door and started to leave.
“I’ll catch up with you later, Kenny.”
“Sure. Say hello to Brooke for me.”
sound of Brooke’s name sent pains through James’s heart. He hadn’t seen Brooke since the night before
when she ran out after their explosive confrontation about Philip. He’d be lying if he said he wasn’t
worried. The truth was he had no idea
where his relationship with Brooke stood at
steered her red Camaro into the parking lot of her brother Stormy’s recording
studio and screeched into a parking spot.
She jumped out and jogged up to the front door of Good Times Records. The
receptionist waved her on as she made her way to the recording booth.
entered the room in the middle of a recording session with Lauren. Stormy and Brett were sitting in the booth
listening as Lauren sang an uptempo rock tune.
She quietly went inside the booth and waited until the song was finished.
was amazing!” Stormy exclaimed, standing up and speaking through the intercom
at Lauren. “How did it sound to you?”
wasn’t happy with the reverb,” she said into her microphone. “Do you think we can do it again?”
Stormy replied, then noticed Miranda standing behind him. “Just relax for a few minutes. We’ll pick it up again after that.”
nodded and took a sip of water.
and Brett stood up and went over to Miranda.
“Hey Honey,” Brett said, kissing her on the cheek. “What brings you down here?”
missing husband, that’s what,” Miranda replied, glaring through the glass booth
at Lauren. “You’ve been gone since this
morning. When are you coming home?”
looked at Stormy and then kissed Miranda again.
“I’m sorry Babe, Stormy and I got a late start with Lauren. We’re trying to get this demo put down so we
can start getting her name out there.
She’s gonna be a big hit, Babe.”
you think, Sis?” Stormy asked, full of excitement as he stared through the
booth at Lauren. He couldn’t get enough
of her. She was amazing in every way. Just the talent he’d been after.
she’s great, but what about our marriage, Brett?” Miranda asked, looking into
her husband’s deep brown eyes. “You were
out last night, gone all day today. When
are you going to pay attention to me?”
pulled her into an embrace and tired soothing her frazzled nerves. “I’m just taking an interest in your family,”
he said. “Stormy and I are buds
now. We’re in business together. I thought that would make you happy.”
business together?” Miranda asked and pulled away. She looked at her brother and shook her head
“Sure. I’m Lauren’s manager.”
manager?” Miranda asked. “What-“
“Yeah. I mean, I was the one who found her. I discovered her and told Stormy about her.”
do you know about being a manager in the music business?” Miranda asked.
gave her a big grin and put his hands on her shoulders. “I’m a man of many talents,” he said. "There isn't a job out there that I
haven't done before. Believe me, this is
going to be great. This way I’m making
my own money and your father doesn’t have to accuse me of using you for your
got to make Dad happy, Miranda,” Stormy agreed.
“Besides, you’ve got school. You
can’t expect Brett to sit around the mansion all day watching movies in the
gave her brother a sarcastic smile and shrugged. “Okay, whatever,” she said and turned back to
Brett. “Will you be home tonight?”
and we’ll spend the whole night together,” Brett said and kissed her again.
afternoon, Alex opened the door to her beach house in Malibu and smiled at the sight of Will
Thomerson standing before her.
is a surprise,” she said.
came by to see if you have an answer for me yet,” Will said, making his way
into the house.
answer?” she asked coyly.
my proposal. I realize it wasn’t a
conventional one. I mean, I have to
admit I was a little surprised when you told me Jordan Rydell asked you first. But mine was no less sincere.”
turned and walked across the room to fix a drink. “I’m sure it wasn’t,” she said and turned
back to him. “But the answer is no, I
don’t have an answer for you yet.”
examined her hand closely and took in a deep breath. “But you’re still wearing Jordan’s ring. I take that to mean you haven’t told him no
looked down at the enormous rock Jordan had given her when he proposed a
few days ago. “Let’s just say I’m
keeping my options open,” she said, sipping from her glass of sherry.
put his arms around her waist and pulled her close, staring into her
mesmerizing blue eyes. “Is it because I
didn’t give you a ring?” he asked.
“Because I’ll give you a ring if
that’s what you want. I was planning on it anyway. I just wanted to make sure that-“
wanted to make sure I was going to say yes?” she finished for him.
looked away, still torn between Will and Jordan. The truth was she couldn’t give Will an
answer while she had the secret hanging over her head. She knew that Ethan was his son, and hadn’t
told him. How could she agree to marry
him under those circumstances?
on the other hand, if she did tell him the truth, their mission to destroy
James Blackthorne would fade into the background. Making her ex husband beg for mercy was the
top priority on her list. He was going
to know what it felt like to lose everything.
what do you say?” Will asked.
to distract him, she pulled him into a kiss, wrapping her arms around him and
running her fingers through his blond hair.
left town to go after your wife,” Winter said to James as they stood in the
foyer of the Blackthorne mansion.
are you talking about?” James asked in disbelief. “Left to go where?”
shrugged. “I have no idea,” she replied. “But your plan to use me to keep them apart
plan?” James asked, feigning innocence.
rolled her eyes. “Don’t play dumb. I know that’s why you wanted Ethan and I to
start seeing each other again. Keeping
me away from Kenny DeWitt was only half of the plan.”
it was no use in denying it, James nodded and began pacing the floor. He racked his brain trying to think of where
Brooke might have gone off to. And the
fact that Ethan went after her was upsetting.
Who knows what sorts of things they could be doing together. True, he was angry at her last night and
wasn’t sure if he even wanted to remarry, but after some time he realized she
was his true love. He had to have her in
his life. Secrets and all.
bright afternoon sun beat down over the island of the Dominican Republic, reflecting off of the crystal
clear water and the snow-white beaches.
Ethan sat in the passenger's seat of a jeep as a native drove him down a
gravel road in Santo Domingo, stopping at a small building
off the main road.
handed the man some money and jumped out of the jeep, pulling his bag out and
slinging it over his shoulder. The jeep
sped off and he ran up the steps to the building, entering the small
Mediterranean style law office. He
looked down at the piece of paper Brooke had left on his nightstand back home,
making sure it was the right place.
around the waiting room, he saw no sign of Brooke, or of anyone else for that
matter. He sighed and sat down in a rattan chair by
the window. If Brooke was in the office
she’d have to come out soon. If not,
maybe someone there would know where he could find her.
in the states, Jordan Rydell parked his car outside of Alex Reynold’s house in Malibu.
He ran up to the porch and knocked, then waited for an answer. A minute later he knocked again. He knew Alex was home because her car was
parked in the open garage.
several more attempts, he stood back and looked up at the second floor windows,
wondering if she had given the maid the day off and couldn’t hear the
doorbell. He decided he would go around
to the back door and see if it was unlocked.
trails of clothes were strewn haphazardly down the hallway leading into the
bedroom. Alex thrashed about in her bed,
pulling him deeper inside of her as they made love in the bright afternoon
sunlight that cascaded into the room.
She moaned in pleasure, tightening her fingers around his strong arms
and closing her eyes in ecstasy.
covered her with his sweat-soaked body, smothering her neck and breasts with
kisses as he worked feverishly at pleasing her.
Jordan entered the house from the back
door on the beach, calling out for her and looking all over the downstairs floor
of the house. When he didn’t find her
anywhere, he made his way up to the second floor. Pausing, he picked up a pair of men’s shorts
from the floor. A few steps further he
found a pair of men’s underwear.
Frowning, he dropped the articles of clothing and looked around the
staircase, wondering what was going on.
to proceed, he opened the door of her bedroom and walked inside. Alex sat up with a start while Philip
Whitacre rolled off of her, glistening with sweat and a pleased smile on his
Jordan stood in the doorway, wide-eyed
as he caught Alex in bed with an obviously much younger man.
"Jordan, I wasn’t expecting you,” Alex
said, trying to catch her breath from the intense experience with Philip. She knew Jordan
would be upset but she couldn’t
Will had left a short while ago, Philip showed up unannounced. She took one look at his hypnotizing smile
and tan, defined body and knew she had to have him.
Meanwhile, in Santo Domingo, Ethan waited on the steps
outside of the law office, tossing rocks into the grassy
courtyard surrounded by palm trees. He
heard the door open behind him and he rose to his feet, spinning around anxiously. When he saw Brooke emerge
from the law office building, he called her name and ran toward her.
she exclaimed, looking around in wonderment.
“How did you know I was here?”
walked up the steps and took hold of her hand.
“I was worried about you,” he said.
“You took off without saying anything.
I found a notepad with the address of this place, and your flight
information written on it.”
her long blond hair over her shoulder, she started down the steps. “Well you shouldn’t have come,” she said
defensively. “This is something I have
to do myself.”
you get the divorce from Philip?” Ethan
asked, grabbed her arm and pulling her back.
nodded, waving a folded piece of paper in the air. “Yeah.
Nothing beats a quickie divorce.”
She laughed. “I guess I should
have done this a long time ago. Then
none of this would have happened.”
wouldn’t have happened?” Ethan asked.
shrugged. “I wouldn’t have messed things
up with James,” she said. “We wouldn’t
have had that argument. I wouldn’t have
shown up at your door last night.”
we wouldn’t have made love,” Ethan added, then took a meaningful pause. “Are you sorry it happened?"
hesitated. “It was a mistake,
Ethan. I love my husband.”
he’s not your husband. You and James
weren’t legally married. We didn’t do
shook her head and started away from him again.
She couldn’t even look him in the eyes.
If she did, she was afraid she’d repeat the same mistake again. The night they spent together was the most
wonderful night of her life. She’d never
felt so safe and secure.
love James,” she said.
what about us?” Ethan asked, his eyes pleading as he turned her toward him
again. “Didn’t last night mean anything
to you? Because it meant a lot to me,
told you, it was a mistake,” Brooke replied, fighting back the tears. “I’m going back to Los Angeles and I’m going to try to work
things out with James. And you should go
back to Winter. You have a good thing
with her and you don’t want to mess it up.”
stood speechlessly, watching as she ran down the road away from him.
unleashes her wrath on Stormy for giving Lauren
a record deal. Alex returns Jordan's engagement
ring. Stormy and Lauren grow close.
James gets an offer that's too good to be true.
Sexual tension mounts in Santo Domingo.