"Now who could that be?"
asked and turned in the direction of a knock at the door.
"I'm coming!" She opened the door to see Patterson.
"Oh, Patterson, come in. Um...what are you doing here?"
"I need to have a word with you, Stephanie,"
he said as he eyed her closely before looking at Sara.
"I get the hint." Sara scooped up her
purse and sweater and headed for the door. "Besides, I've got
to go check on some information about a wedding. I'll talk to you
"Alright, now that you've got me to yourself, what
do you want?" Stephanie asked after Sara was gone.
"I want you to leave Reginald
alone. They are two very good friends of mine and I don't want you
doing anything to ruin any kind of happiness they have!"
"Actually, this is really none of your
business." She turned a cold shoulder to him. "But
if you must know, Jillian is not the right woman for Reginald.
She's just not able to deal with a man as passionate as he is."
"Stephanie, I know all about your little fling with
him right after they started seeing one another." His
revelation shocked her. She'd had no idea that Reginald had
confided in anyone about their affair. She, herself, had only
hinted about it to Sara. Granted, Sara had figured it out and now
knew everything, but Stephanie was sure that Reginald wouldn't have told
anyone in fear of Jillian finding out.
"So, he told you?" She waited until
Patterson's nods confirmed the truth. "Well, to say I'm
surprised would be an understatement. I really didn't believe he'd
be so forthcoming about our affair."
"It was his guilt that forced him to tell me.
He felt guilty for betraying Jillian and their love and he had to tell
"I didn't realize that you were his official
'confessor', Patterson." She paced around the room nervously.
If his guilt had forced him to confess to Patterson, did it also
force him to confess to Jillian? "Who else did he spill
his guts to?"
"Not Jillian, if that's what you're asking!
He knows what that kind of a betrayal would do to her. The last
thing Reginald wants to see is Jillian hurt. He loves her too much
for that." She breathed a sigh of relief. Jillian didn't
know the truth.
"He might love her, but he needs me!"
"What he needs is to be left alone!"
Patterson reached out and grabbed Stephanie's arm and held it tightly.
"Why are you so hell bent on destroying any kind of happiness they
"Why are you so insistent on sticking your nose
where it doesn't belong?" She snatched her arm away and shot
him a disdainful look. "Why do you feel the need to come into
my home and interfere in my life?"
"Because you're trying to destroy the lives of two
people I care about very much! Reginald and his family have been
very good to me and my brother since the accident. The last thing
I want is to see them hurt."
"You know, Patterson, maybe if you had a woman of
your own, you wouldn't be so obsessed with everyone else's love
lives!" Stephanie's verbal slap forced him to take a step
backwards. "Why don't you go home and play 'daddy' to that little
brother of yours and lock yourself away from the rest of the world
because you're too scared of it! Leave those of us who are still
intent on living life alone!" Patterson was speechless.
Did he really hide from the rest of the world after the plane crash?
True, he spent most of his time either at school or with Todd, but did
that really make his as pathetic as she'd made him sound?
Without saying a word in rebuttal, Patterson stormed out leaving
Stephanie to smile at one small victory.