IT'S A FEW WEEKS LATER IN
MAY, 1935, IN THE LIVING ROOM OF THE CALLISON HOME
tapped her lower lip with a pencil as she looked at her list and thought
"I just talked to the florist yesterday and he said
that everything was taken care of." Jillian
leaned over to look at Francis' list. They'd worked so hard on
making this engagement party the event of the year and it was all
"Wonderful!" Francis through her arms
around her future daughter-in-law and hugged her tightly.
"This is going to be the best time our family has had in
ages!" She pulled away suddenly and looked down at her hands.
The joyous feelings of just moments ago suddenly began to slip away from
her. Jillian eyed her carefully and noticed the change in her
"Mrs....I mean, Mother, what's wrong? You
seem like something's troubling you."
"O-oh, it's nothing." Francis began to
think about her
husband and the lipstick smudge she'd found on his collar a few
weeks before. She'd tried to block it all out of her head, but the
image kept coming back to haunt her. She refused to believe that
the man she loved and had devoted her life to could be so cruel as to
betray her with another woman. "I'm just thinking about Trevor
she lied. "There seems to be some kind of trouble going on
between them and I'm just so worried that he's going to get hurt.
I know he loves her very much, but he's so dedicated to the paper.
She can't understand that. I don't think she's as supportive of
him as she needs to be. Besides, I'm sure there's something still
going on between her and Patterson!"
"Actually, I sort of got that impression too that
day we saw them together at The
Gardens." Jillian sifted through a few new dress designs
that she and Francis had received. Privately, she began to think
and what had happened between them. Could the same thing be
happening to Trevor and Lorraine? "It's obvious that
something's going on. I know that Patterson and Lorraine used to
date, but that was over before she even started to see Trevor."
"I know, but something's not right. I just
don't want Trevor to get hurt."
"Mother, Trevor is a grown man, he can take care of
himself." Jillian hesitated for a moment and took Francis'
hand. "I-I need to talk to you about something...about
something very personal."
"Oh, of course, dear, what is it?"
"I found out that Reginald cheated on me with
someone else. I-it was a long time ago right after we started
dating. We weren't really serious then, not like now, but the
other girl is intent on making trouble for us." Jillian
looked away and felt a little embarrassed. It was difficult to
discuss such personal matters with her fiancÚ's mother, but she trusted
Francis implicitly and valued her opinions.
"Reginald?" Francis was shocked.
She'd had no idea that her son was capable of such actions. She'd
raised him to be truthful and honest and not some sort of philanderer.
"Oh, Jillian, I am so sorry! I'll never forgive
him if he's hurt you! Who...who is this girl trying to cause
trouble for you?"
"It's Stephanie Lake." Jillian cringed a
little when she thought of her. She'd never really liked
Stephanie, but now she detested her more than she ever thought she could
detest another human being except for Dane.
"Y-you don't think she'll cause problems for the
wedding? We've planned so much for this party!"
"No! Stephanie is the past as far as Reginald
is concerned. His future is with me. She may not like
that, but there's no changing it. I've accepted what happened and
I've forgiven him. In fact, things are better now between us than
ever before. We have nothing but a bright future to look forward
"Oh, I'm so happy that you and Reginald could work
this out!" Francis threw her arms around Jillian and hugged
her again. "Now, you listen to me, if he does anything to
hurt you, you let me know! I'll turn him over my knee like he was
a little boy again and tan his hide!" Jillian couldn't help
but laugh at the mental picture of Francis taking a switch to her grown
"I'm sure that the past is just that for Lorraine
and Patterson, too. Granted, neither one of them is nearly as
horrible as Stephanie Lake! They've become just good friends.
Trevor has nothing to worry about."
"I hope so." Francis looked down at a
framed picture of Trevor that sat on the coffee table. "I
really think the world of Lorraine, but if she were to do anything
to hurt my son, I'd never forgive her." She meant every word.
If Lorraine were to do anything malicious to destroy Trevor, Francis
would make sure she'd live to regret it.