MEANWHILE, AT JILLIAN'S APARTMENT

Jillian StokesSunset Hotel, Suite #2, Albanyville, IL"So, Dane's behind all of this."  Jillian sighed as she became fully aware of that revelation.  "I should have known.  You better be careful dealing with him, Steffi.  He has a sick, twisted way of coming back to haunt you."

"Although I'm sure you know a lot about him, I'm more than capable of dealing with Dane Manchester.  You let me worry about my dealings with him.  You need to worry about Reginald!"  Stephanie stood in the doorway with her arms propped defiantly on her hips.

"I told you...get out!"  Jillian lunged at Stephanie and pushed her through the door.  Stephanie stumbled backwards and glared at her rival.

"He's not the man you think he is!  You have this picture of this nice little life with all the trimmings in your head.  It's not going to happen!  You can't give him what he needs...not like I can.  You're deluding yourself....sticking your head in the sand!"

"No, Stephanie, you're the one who's deluded.  You've deluded yourself into thinking that what happened between you and Reginald meant something.  It meant nothing!  You were nothing to him but a means to avoid commitment.  Once he realized a commitment was what he wanted, he had no use for you.  He committed to me, not you.  I have the ring and the promise.  You have nothing!"  Stephanie looked at Jillian and realized that she was a stronger adversary than she'd thought.  She'd believed Jillian would crumple and run away just as she'd done with Dane.  Stephanie realized, now, that she had a true fight on her hands.

Stephanie Lake"Well, you just keep your head in the sand.  You'll wake up one day a realize the truth.  You'll realize marrying Reginald is a mistake.  You better hope that happens before it's too late and you're left regretting every decision you've ever made."  With those final words, Stephanie stormed away leaving Jillian to wonder if Stephanie could really be right about her future with Reginald.


MEANWHILE, IN THE STUDY OF THE CALLISON HOME

2210 Elmwood Lane, Albanyville, ILCharles Callison"Annabelle Lake is nothing to me!"  Charles grabbed Reginald by the shoulders and shook him as if to force him to understand.  "She's a scheming gold digger who has done everything imaginable to convince me to betray your mother with her!  I try to avoid her at every turn, but she won't let me be!  I'm more than aware of her skills at using her charms to get what she wants.  I refuse to let her trap me like a deer in season!  I refuse to let her use me for a free ride!"  Reginald stood silently and looked at his father after his sudden outburst.  He clearly saw the pained expression on Charles' face as he wearily held his head in his hands.  Charles slowly regained his composure and looked directly at his son.  "Stephanie Lake is just like her mother.  The best thing in the world you could do is stay away from her.  I've seen first hand what that family is like.  The apple doesn't fall far from the tree as far as I'm concerned."

"W-what do you know about me and Stephanie?"  Reginald posed his question cautiously.  He didn't know exactly how much his father knew and didn't want to reveal anything the needed to remain hidden.

Reginald Callison"I know that she's got her sights set on you despite your engagement to Jillian."  Charles paused and lit a cigarette.  Reginald was a little shocked and concerned.  Charles very rarely smoked.  In fact, Reginald could only remember a handful of times in his entire life that he'd seen his father do so.  The most recent was during the time that Reginald's grandmother lay on her deathbed.  "Don't let her ruin your life with Jillian.  Don't ever let her make you question your devotion to the things that are most important in your life."  Charles turned away to gaze out the window at the night sky.  Reginald quietly left his father alone with his thoughts.  He needed to see Jillian.


MEANWHILE, AT LORRAINE'S APARTMENT

Lorraine Blake98 River Rd Apt. #1, Albanyville, ILLorraine yawned and stretched before rolling over in bed to gaze at Trevor.  His breathing was low and soft as he slept.  She smiled sweetly at him and kissed him lovingly on the forehead.  She glowed as she remembered how he'd made love to her just hours earlier.  He was so passionate in his love that she'd been left almost breathless.  She couldn't remember the last time they'd made love with such fervor.  She slipped out of bed cautiously so as not to awaken him and walked over to the open window and carefully pulled it closed.  Leaning against the frame and looking out into the night sky, she thought about Trevor and Grace and realized that she had been mistaken about what she'd seen between them.  Oh, how could I have been so foolish as to have doubted his love for me?  Her thoughts suddenly began to drift to Patterson.  What was she doing to him?  Her pain over the possible loss of Trevor had caused her to lead Patterson to believe that there was a chance for them.  Why did I allow myself to turn to Patterson so easily?  Why couldn't I believe that Trevor loved me more than anyone else?  She thought about how supportive Patterson had been to her.  It wasn't fair for her the lead him on as she had.  I've got to tell Patterson that what happened between us was a mistake.  I've got to tell him that was I wrong about us starting over.  I can't continue to betray Trevor with Patterson.  Not when Trevor loves me so much!