TREVOR & LORRAINE ARE ENJOYING LUNCH AT JOE'S CAFE

Trevor CallisonJoe's Cafe"You really shouldn't worry so much about what Father thinks of you.  He really does like you."  Trevor paused for a moment as he took a bite of his sandwich.  Lorraine squirmed a bit in her seat.  She knew she wasn't exactly from the same social circle as the Callisons.  The fact that Charles liked her as his secretary was all well and good, but to like her as his son's girlfriend?  She wasn't sure.  "And he loves the work that you do.  In fact, he told me just yesterday that he's never had a better secretary."

"That's just it!  I'm his secretary.  I'm no better than the hired help."

"You really do worry too much.  Look, I wanted to go out with you because of who you are as a person, not what you do for a living."  He took her hands in his and looked deeply into her eyes.  "I have had more silly society girls try to chase me down than I care to even think about!  If that's what I wanted, I would have had it a long time ago."

"Well, looks like we all had the same idea!" came the voice from behind Trevor.  "Care if we join you?"

"Douglas!"  Trevor rose from his chair to extend a handshake.  His eyes were quickly drawn to the young woman that accompanied Douglas.  "Now who is this?  You're important lunch date?"

Lorraine Davis"Trevor, Lorraine, I'm sure you remember my sister Grace."

"Oh, my,"  Trevor stammered a bit as he remembered the little girl with her hair in braids he had last seen.  "Grace, I know it hasn't been that long, but you have grown into a beautiful woman."

"T-thank you, Trevor."  Grace blushed as she lowered her blonde head to hide her embarrassment.  She looked back up slowly to smile at Trevor revealing two slight dimples on both cheeks.

Douglas Davis"Douglas, Grace, you two must join us!"  Trevor moved around to hold a chair out for Grace.  Lorraine couldn't help but eye the young girl.  Cautiously, she analyzed everything about her from her flaxen hair and bright blue eyes to the demure powder blue sweater and skirt that she wore.  "Grace, you must be....a senior now?

"Only for the next few months.  I graduate in May."

"And what are your plans after that?"  Trevor returned to his chair and leaned across the table towards Grace as he talked.

"I think she's gonna enroll in the nursing program at AU."  Douglas interjected.

Grace Davis"Yes, that's my plan.  I want to do something worthwhile with my life."  Grace looked at Trevor and smiled.  "I think that if I can help the sick and infirm, than that would be wonderful."  Lorraine leaned back in her chair as she watched the exchange between Trevor and Grace.  She looked quickly at Douglas and saw that he was also focused entirely on his sister.

"Well, that just sounds wonderful."  Lorraine muttered a bit too sarcastically as her attention drifted to the other diners in the restaurant.  Sure she's pretty and charming and sweet, but why does she have to hog all of Trevor's attention  she thought as she watched the other people enjoying their meals.

"Lorraine, did you say something?"  Trevor asked, bringing her back into the conversation.

"No, nothing."  Soon, Trevor was again asking Grace questions leaving Lorraine to wonder what had happened to their wonderful lunch alone.


MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE GARDENS

Gardens RestaurantJillian carefully ran her fingers through her hair as she walked out of the ladies room.  He had finally done it.  Reginald had asked her to be his wife!  She stopped for a moment and leaned against the wall as she held her hand out to admire the beautiful ring.  She never really thought he would do it.  He did have a slight playboy reputation.  Of course, that was before they met.  It was hard to believe by looking at him now.

"Jillian."  The all too familiar voice intruded upon her bliss.  She turned around slowly to see Dane standing in the hallway.

"What, Dane?"  Her face grew stern as she folded her arms across her chest in a defensive stance.  It seemed to be the usual posture she took when dealing with him.

"I just wanted to say 'hi'."  He extended a hand out to touch her shoulder, but she quickly pulled away.

"Well, you said it.  Now, if you'll excuse me, Reginald is waiting on me."  She maneuvered around him and prepared to walk away.

"You know, Jillian, I've never really understood what you see in that boring sap of a boyfriend of yours."

Dane ManchesterHer head snapped back around with a slight fire in her eyes.  "You look here, Dane Manchester, Reginald Callison is a decent, honest man whom I respect very much!  Most importantly, he loves me with all his heart.  Those are things I wouldn't expect someone like you to ever understand!"  She all but spat the words at him.  He responded by grabbing her arm and pulling her close to him.

"You know, Jillian, I remember once when you didn't have any problem at all with 'someone like me'."  His gaze nearly bore a hole in her as he forced her to remember the short, yet passionate affair they had back before she'd met Reginald.  "In fact, you rather enjoyed it, if I recall."

"That was a long time ago."  She felt her resolve strengthen as she threw her shoulders back and snatched her arm away.  "One of the worst lapses in judgment I think I've ever made.  Thank God I came to my senses."

"Did you really?"  Dane smirked a little.  Despite her best efforts to hide it, he knew he had gotten to her.  High and mighty Jillian wasn't quite the ice princess that she so often tried to portray.  Dane knew that all too well.

Jillian Stokes"Reginald loves me, Dane.  That's something you could never do.  I wised up when I realized that you were never going to settle down.  I realized that I was just going to be one in a cast of thousands.  We were over a long time ago.  Move on!  I have."

"Have you really?"  He leaned in to her and reached out to stroke her face before she threw up her hand to stop him.

"Look at this, Dane!"  She waved her hand in front of him to allow the light to bounce off her ring.  "Reginald asked me to marry him and I said yes.  We are going to be husband and wife!  Why don't you go focus on your girlfriend and leave me alone?"  She stormed off leaving Dane alone in the hallway.

As much as you try to deny it, Jillian, I still affect you.  He smiled slightly as he watched her walk back towards her table.  This wedding will never happen..  You'll see that I'm the only one who can give you want you need.  Marrying Reginald will be a mistake that will haunt you forever




NEXT TIME

Trevor is preoccupied.
Stephanie sets her sights on a man.
Grace is attacked.





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