THE GRAND SUNSET ROOM
my god!" Jillian
gasped as her hand flew up to her mouth. "Reginald,
no! How could you do this to me? I believed you!"
Reginald pulled away from Stephanie
who was desperate to hide her excitement. "Jillian, this is not what
you think! You've completely misunderstood everything!"
"The only thing I misunderstood was your profession of love for
me!" Her emotions grew more intense as she tried unsuccessfully to
fight back her tears. "Apparently that was all a lie! What kind
of fool have I been?"
"Jillian, this isn't what it looks like!"
"I-I was late for my own engagement party that I've planned months for
so I could pick up a present for you." She reached into her handbag
and pulled out a velvet box. "Well, you can have it! I don't
want it or anything to do with you!" With one mighty swing, she threw
the present at Reginald and ran from the room.
"Jillian! Wait!" He tried to follow her, but Stephanie
clung to his arm and held him back. "Let go of me!" he spat as
he tried to shake her off.
"Let her go," she cooed softly. "Let her at least calm
down before you try to talk to her. If you try to say anything now, she
won't listen to you."
Reginald knelt down and picked the velvet box off the floor. His hands
shook as he opened it and discovered an expensive gold watch inside. He
gently turned the watch over and read the inscription....all my love, for now
and forever. He tried to swallow his tears, but found them to be too
much to overcome.
"Reginald," Stephanie muttered as she put a comforting hand on his
"Get away from me!" He pushed her away and turned to face her
with fire in his eyes. "This was all a set up! You had this
planned from the moment you arrived. You played on my sympathies to get me
alone and then you crawled all over me trying to get me to sleep with you again!
I wouldn't touch you if you were the last girl on earth!"
Stephanie cringed at his verbal beating. She looked up at him and
tilted her head slightly. "But, Reginald, she never believed in you
like I do. She can't love you the way I do. Surely you can see that
"All I see is a spiteful little girl playing games with other peoples
lives! How in the world can you possibly think that I'd have anything to
do with you after this? I could never love you! In fact, I-I hate
you! I despise the sight of you!"
"R-Reginald, y-you can't mean that!" Her lip quivered as she
felt her eyes begin to flood with tears. "I-I love you."
"Well, I hate you!" He turned and quickly began to
walk away. "I'm going to find the woman I truly love."
"I don't know how she can act so innocent and self-righteous!"
Stephanie threw her shoulders back and swallowed her tears. "She acts
like she's perfect. She's not! She has her own secrets! She
has things that she's never told you! How can she judge you and your past
with me when she won't even be honest with herself?"
Reginald spun around and glared at her. "What are you talking
about? What past?"
"Why don't you ask her!" She smirked slightly.
"Why don't you ask her about her affair with Dane?"