THE GRAND SUNSET ROOM
shouted as he grabbed Stephanie's
arm. "Where is he? Where is that sleazy louse?"
"Ow! Reginald, you're hurting me!" She flinched under
the pain of his grip. "Who are you talking about?"
Where is he?" His eyes burned with fury. "I know
everything! I know how he's been tormenting Jillian.
I know the truth!"
Let go of her!" Douglas
rushed over and tried to pry Reginald's fingers away. "You're hurting
her. What's the meaning of this? What's going on?"
"It's time you found out exactly what kind of manipulative witch you've
"No, Reginald, please!" Stephanie pleaded. She'd lost
any hope she'd had for a life with Reginald. Douglas was her one chance to
be happy. Now, she realized that her obsession was going to cost her
everything. "Please don't do this to me! I told you it was
over. I told you I'd leave Jillian alone!"
"Stephanie, what's over?" Douglas looked at her
wide-eyed as she began to cry. "Stephanie, answer me!"
"There he is!" Reginald shouted as he pointed to Dane on the dance
floor with Sara.
"Come on, Steffi, it's time everyone knew the truth about what's been going
Stephanie tried to pull away from his iron grip, but he was too strong.
As she fought in vain, he dragged her across the room and onto the dance floor
to confront Dane. "Reginald, please don't do this!"
Reginald yelled as he released Stephanie to grab hold of Dane's jacket and spin
him around. "You've tried to destroy my life for the last time!"
"Reginald, there must be some kind of misunderstanding!" Dane
tried to back away from him as Sara stood by in shock over what was happening.
"You've got this all wrong."
"No! I understand things perfectly." Reginald looked
dead into Dane's eyes. With a determination formed in anger, he pulled
back his fist and then slammed it into Dane's jaw. The impact sent it's
target tumbling to the ground. In an instant, the orchestra stopped
playing and a crowd began to form. "Get up! Get up, you
lowlife, and take what you deserve!"
"Are you out of your mind?" Dane asked as he lay on the floor
clutching his jaw. He looked down at his hand and was quick to see the
blood that had come from a large gash in his lip. "Have you gone
"You better believe it!" Reginald stood up straight and took
a deep breath before looking out onto the crowd of partiers that had encircled
them. "May I have your attention, please?" he called out.
"I think you've already managed that!" Sara cried as she carefully
tried to wipe the blood from Dane's mouth. "What is this all
what I'm about to tell you." Reginald locked eyes with Jillian as she
pushed her way through the crowd. "Ladies and gentlemen, I hope you
forgive this little interruption of the evening's festivities, but tonight I
have become aware of some very disturbing information...information that could
very well have made this entire party useless." He smiled at Jillian.
He was going to be honest. He was going to set everything right.
"But, fortunately, things didn't turn out that way. Now, I'm going to
tell you exactly what's been going on here tonight!"