"So, are you ready for graduation?"
sipped on her cherry soda and carefully thumbed through the latest issue
of Movie Star Magazine. She just had to see what fabulous
clothes Jean Harlow was wearing. "It's only a couple of weeks
"I'm ready to get it over and done with. I'm
ready to write the epilogue to my high school career. I'm so
tired of hanging around with the kiddie set." Stephanie
played with her hair and checked her makeup in her mirror. Sure,
she'd thought high school was exciting once. All the dances and
boys had been thrilling for her. Now, however, she was ready to
finally take her roll as an adult. She'd turned 18 in January and
it seemed like, overnight, the rest of Albanyville
High had become so childish. She had grown tired of the boys
she'd once found so thrilling. Now, she didn't want a boy...she
wanted a man! A man like Reginald.
"Once I walk down that isle for the last time and toss my cap into
the air, I'm done. Good-bye, Albanyville High, hello, world!"
"So...how many of your future plans include
Reginald Callison?" Sara looked up from her magazine to see
what Stephanie's reaction to the mention of his name would be.
"All of them." Stephanie grinned widely.
"Except, he's so caught up in the idea of a perfect little life
that I'm not having the best of luck." She looked at Sara as
her face grew serious. "You don't think I'm losing my looks
in my old age, do you?"
"Never!" Sara broke down into giggles.
She didn't think that Stephanie would ever get too old to use her looks
and charm. Heck, Annabelle
was over 40 and still knew how to use what god had given her to get what
she wanted. Sara smiled when she realized that, surely, that
skill must run in their family. "Steph, I don't think there's
any danger of that! Reginald just doesn't know what's good for
"I honestly don't understand what he sees in that
frosty Jillian. That whole high-and-might attitude of hers makes
me sick. She thinks that just because she's from Manhattan and was
raised in society, then she's better than everybody else. Well,
she's not! I might not have come from anything, but I'm still
somebody. I'm a million times better than Jillian will ever
be. She's been handed everything her entire life. She
doesn't know how to fight to get what she wants."
"And I've got to say, you're working very hard to
get Reginald. But, you've got to admit, she's got him wrapped
around her little finger. He thinks the sun rises and sets because
of her. I honestly don't think he'll ever clear his head enough to
dump her." Sara paused to think. She knew that,
although Stephanie had the beauty, she had the brains. Sara
managed to bail her cousin out of trouble on more than one occasion with
her quick thinking and accurate planning. "Steph, what if
Jillian were the one to dump him?"
"Oh, she wouldn't do that. She's got her
hooks into a good thing and she knows it!"
"Look, I know you never really told me about it,
but you've said enough that I know what happened between you and
Reginald." Sara confirmed Stephanie's suspicions. Sara did
know about her affair with Reginald. "And, unless I'm
mistaken, you were seeing him after he and Jillian got together. I
bet she doesn't know anything about it, does she?"
Stephanie's eyes grew wide with realization. Of
course, she didn't. Reginald made sure to keep their affair a
secret. The only people who knew about it besides Stephanie and
Reginald were Sara, Dane,
and Reginald's best friend Patterson.
She knew Patterson wouldn't have said anything. What if
Jillian found out? Stephanie knew how self-righteous she could be.
"Sara, I'm must be the densest person in the world! Why I
didn't think of this before, I don't know!"
"What are you thinking?" Sara knew
exactly what she was thinking. She was finally realizing exactly
what she needed to do to separate Reginald and Jillian. Sara
smiled to herself. Sometimes Stephanie just needed a little push.
"You've hit the nail on the head."
Stephanie smiled and heaved a huge sigh of relief. "I have a
plan. I know just how to ensure that those two don't make it to
the alter. Then he'll have to turn to me to mend his broken
heart." She smiled at Sara. "I have something very
important I have to tell Jillian...tonight!"