Dane walked in and went straight to the bar for a
vodka tonic. As he sipped his drink, he turned around and saw Stephanie
sitting at the bar. He smiled when he remembered what he knew about her
and wondered why he hadn't thought of it before. "Well, Stephanie,
what are you doing in here at this time of night? Don't you have school
"Hello, Dane, I could ask you the same
thing." She tossed her hair over her shoulder and smiled at
him. "So what happened between you and Sara tonight? She seemed
a little upset when she got home."
"You know how she can be. She blows
things way out of proportion. She always makes more out of things than
they really are." He paused for a moment as he considered his best
course of action. "But, let's not talk about Sara. In fact,
there's something I do want to talk to you about."
"And what would that be?"
"Well, I want to talk to you about Reginald
Callison." Dane smiled when he realized he had her undivided
attention. She grew increasingly nervous at the mention of Reginald's
"W-what would I know about Reginald?"
"Stephanie, I know all about your little
fling with him." Dane took another sip of his drink.
"I don't have any idea what you're talking
about!" She grew defensive. How could Dane know about her and
Reginald? No one knew! No one except....Sara! Well, Stephanie
didn't know for a fact that Sara knew, but she always suspected that Sara
had figured it out.
"Let's just say I have my ways. You
see, I have my own past with Jillian." Dane began to wonder if it was
wise to reveal his intentions to his girlfriend's cousin. Then again, he
and Stephanie were sort of kindred spirits. They both went after what they
wanted no matter who got in the way. "What do you say we work
"Work together for what? And what
"Look, Steph, I know you still want Reginald
and I know you're not the least bit happy about the fact that he's gotten
engaged to Jillian. I'm not happy about it either. I refuse to stand
back and allow Jillian to marry him! Now, if we work together and you can
get to Reginald and I can get to Jillian, we can both get what we want."
"B-but what about Sara?"
Stephanie's concern for her cousin's feelings were genuine. Though they
weren't close growing up, since Sara had been in Albanyville, they'd become like
sisters. "If you get Jillian back, where does that leave Sara?
I refuse to hurt her!"
"Stephanie, Sara's young and she's
resilient. She'll get over it and she'll move on." He looked
her right in the eyes. "What's more important to you...protecting
Sara or getting back Reginald?" He watched as she grew uncomfortable
and lowered her head. "Just what I thought. So, do we have a
deal? Are we going to work together to make sure that Reginald and Jillian
don't get married?"
Stephanie hesitated for a moment before looking
up at Dane. "Okay, partner, what's your plan?"