produced/written by G. Matthew Smith



EPISODE #5  click here for a printable version of this episode
April 1935

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IT'S A FEW AFTERNOONS LATER, IN APRIL, 1935, IN REGINALD'S OFFICE

Reginald CallisonCallison Publications"Well, Patterson, I don't know what to do about her."  Reginald leaned back in his chair and twirled a pencil around his fingers.  "I thought about just telling Jillian everything, but I realized it would hurt her too much.  Stephanie is going to do her best to cause problems.  I know it!"

"She can be pretty stubborn."  Patterson paced around the office as he thought of his friend's situation.  Patterson and Reginald had only known each other casually until after the deaths of Patterson's parents.  Reginald  felt badly for him and his situation and went out of his way to help him and his brother out during that difficult time.  As a result, a fairly strong friendship had formed.  "I've had a couple of run-ins with her, myself.  Once, when I was still in high school, she locked a girl in the washroom because she was at a dance with a guy she wanted.  Remember when Molly Towne had to leave school?"

"Yeah, I think I heard Trevor talking about it.  I was already away at Harvard when that happened."

"Well, I don't know the details, but I'm almost positive that Stephanie had something to do with that, too."  Patterson paused by an open window and looked out onto the street below.  "I'm thoroughly convinced that Stephanie Lake will do anything to get what she wants and won't let anything or anyone stand in her way."

"That's what I was afraid of."  Reginald leaned onto the desk and put his head in his hands as he thought about the ramifications of Jillian learning the truth.  "I must have been crazy to start seeing Stephanie behind Jillian's back!"

Patterson Monroe"Look, I didn't know about it until later when you told me after it was over.  Trust me, if I'd know about it at the time, I'd have said something to bring you back to your senses!"

"I can't let her ruin my life with Jillian!"  Reginald got up from his chair and picked up the framed photograph of Jillian that he'd kept there almost since he met her.  He gazed at the picture and thought about how much he loved her.  He didn't want to see her hurt.

"Reginald, if you want to keep Jillian from getting hurt, you've got to keep Stephanie's wild schemes at bay."  Patterson walked over to his friend and placed a comforting hand on his shoulder.  "You and Jillian have one of the most beautiful relationships of anyone I know.  Stephanie cannot be allowed to destroy that!"

"I know, I know...."  Reginald shook his head as it hung low in despair.  He had to stop Stephanie from destroying everything he had with Jillian.  But how?


MEANWHILE, IN THE LAKE APARTMENT

800 W. Rose St. Apt #3, Albanyville, ILStephanie Lake"I've just got to figure out some way to get Reginald away from that snotty witch Jillian."  Stephanie paced around the room as her mind raced with possible solutions.  "I don't stand a chance as long as she's got him dazzled by her 'society airs'."

"Sounds to me like you'll have to get her out of the picture."  Sara sat on the sofa as she tried to study and listen to Stephanie at the same time.  She sighed and shut the book when she realized that Stephanie was winning that contest, at least.  "But how can you go about getting Jillian to not want anything to do with Reginald?  I bet if she dumped him, for some reason, he'd turn right to you in an instant."

"You know, I bet you're right."  Stephanie stopped dead in her tracks as an idea struck her.  She couldn't believe she hadn't thought of it before.  The solution was so obvious.  "And I know just the perfect way."

Sara Summers"Uh, oh."  Sara turned to face her and tried to guess what her plan was.  "Steph, you're not gonna tell her about you and Reginald, are you?"

"I'd rather not say what my plans are."  Stephanie grinned wickedly as her mind continued to put the pieces of her scheme together.

"You can't!  If Jillian tells him you're the one who told her, you'll be worse off with Reginald than you are now!  He'll never get involved with you again after that!"

"You just leave everything to me."  Stephanie felt a new sense of confidence and calm wash over her body.  "I think I know Jillian well enough to know how she's going to react.  She'll do exactly what I need her to."  She smiled again and thought about  how close she was to getting everything she wanted.  Sara prayed she knew what she was doing.


MEANWHILE, AT THE GARDENS

Trevor CallisonThe Gardens Restaurant"Grace, I really want to thank you for agreeing to have lunch with me today."  Trevor pushed his plate away as he finished his last bite.  He looked across the table at her and admired her simple beauty.

"I'm glad I came."  She smiled at him warmly while the waiter cleared their plates.  "Trevor, I really want to apologize for how rottenly I've treated you the last couple of weeks.  You really are a very sweet guy and you haven't deserved some of the mean spirited things I've said."

"What things?"  He tried to think of how she'd been mean to him.  He could only recall her being one of the most genuinely honest and sincere people he'd ever met.  "The only time I know of when you were even the slightest bit abrupt with me was that night on the docks.  And since I scared you to death, like I did, I more than deserved it!"

"Well, I feel like I've been rotten to you.  But, I just wanted to tell you how wonderful I think you are."

"Grace, I like you a lot, too."  He reached across the table and took her hand in his.  "There's something so innocent about you, yet something so keenly aware all at the same time.  You seem so worldly and yet so naive.  Why is that?"

Grace Davis"Douglas and I didn't have the easiest time growing up."  She revealed as she looked down at the table.  She didn't know why she was about to tell things that she didn't even like to think about, but she had become so comfortable with Trevor.  True, they didn't really know each other that well, yet, but there was such and ease that had developed to their friendship.  She felt secure that she could tell him anything and he wouldn't judge her.  "Unlike you and your family, we didn't grow up with a lot of money.  We had to fight for everything we got.  Of course, that was pretty difficult since Daddy drank way too much.  He drank so much it finally killed him...."

"Oh, Grace, I'm so sorry."

"It's okay.  That was a long time ago."  She felt the old feelings begin to cloud her mind and she hesitated on continuing.  She had to, she realized.  She had to tell someone and get it all out.  She had to stop being ashamed and embarrassed about the kind of life she'd had.  Trevor is a good person.  He'll listen to me and he won't judge me.  I know it!  "Well, Momma couldn't handle life without him too well.  She sorta lost the ability to function and had to go into a hospital.  That's why I came to live with Douglas and finish school."

"Grace, I had no idea you two had such a rough time of it."  He felt his heart break for the little girl she had been and the pain she'd had to endure.

"It was a long time ago.  I try not to think about it any more."  

Trevor looked across the table at her as he tried to collect his thoughts.  He couldn't explain it, but Grace had an affect on him like no woman had in a long time.  "Grace," he began tentatively.  "Grace, would you be interested in seeing me more socially?  I-I mean, would you consider seeing me as more than just a friend?"

Grace was more than a little taken aback.  She'd had no idea that Trevor had romantic inclinations toward her.  Sure, he was a very handsome and charming man and probably one of the most decent human beings that she'd ever know; but didn't he have a girlfriend.  "Trevor, I'm shocked,  I-I had no idea that you felt that way about me.  But what about Lorraine?  I thought you two were seeing one another?"

He paused for a moment.  How could he explain the feelings he had for both Grace and Lorraine?