THE GRAND SUNSET ROOM

Lorraine BlakeThe Grand Sunset Room"How could you do that?" Lorraine asked as she glared at Patterson.  "How could you cause a scene like that with Trevor?"

"He should be lucky I didn't punch him after the way he used you!"  Patterson began to feel himself get angry over what had happened between Trevor and Lorraine.

"Patterson, he didn't use me!  He was just confused about his feelings."  She looked down at her hands a nervously began to twist one of her rings around her finger.  The truth about Trevor had finally dawned on her.  She hadn't been the cause of the breakup at all!  It was just because Trevor's heart wasn't where it was supposed to be.  Suddenly, she began to respect him for the strength it took to finally be so honest with his feelings.

"Lorraine, I was just protecting your honor!"

"My honor doesn't need protecting."  She shot him an angry look.  "Can't we just enjoy this night and not think about or talk about Trevor Callison?  Can't we start to focus on us and our future?  Besides, you've said yourself that Trevor is actually a great guy.  I don't know why we can't all try to at least be friends."

Patterson Monroe"I don't know if it's wise for us to all try to be friends considering everything that's happened."

"Well, I want to try and still be friends with Trevor.  Just because we're not together any more doesn't mean that I don't still care for him."  She looked at him pleadingly.

"I think I understand now." he muttered.  "You want to stay friends with him so you can hold on to him!  You want to be available to comfort him if this thing with Grace doesn't work out!  How do you think we can have a future if you won't let Trevor go?"

Lorraine looked at him blankly.  His words had caught her off guard and she wasn't quite sure what to say.


Grace DavisThere he is! Grace thought excitedly to herself as she saw Dane walking across the room.  She'd hoped to catch a glimpse of him all night, but somehow he'd eluded her.

"Well, your face just lit up like a Roman candle," Trevor laughed as he watched her excitement.  "What happened?  Did I miss something?"

She sighed.  "No.  Nothing you'd understand, at least."  She watched as Dane approached Sara and grabbed her by the arm.  To Grace's shock, it looked as if Dane and Sara were fighting.

"What in the world has you so enthralled?"  Trevor questioned.  Slowly, his eyes followed her gaze and landed on Dane and Sara.  "Oh, great!  I hope Dane Manchester doesn't make some kind of scene.  Why Father had to invited Stephanie Lake and her family, I'll never know.  Sure, Sara's nice enough, but that barracuda aunt of hers and her snotty cousin really annoy me.  And don't even get me started on my opinions of Dane!"

"What do you mean?"  She spun her head around at Trevor's mention of Dane's name.  "What about Dane?"

Trevor Callison"Nothing, except that everyone knows he's the biggest ladies man in town!  Well, not counting Dr. Rutherford at the hospital, but you didn't hear that from me!"  Trevor chuckled a little.  "How Sara Summers can put up with him and all of his other women, I'll never know.  Surely she knows about them all."

"How do you know so much about Dane?"  Grace eyed him closely.  What he was saying about Dane couldn't be true, could it?

"I'm a reporter.  It's my job to know things.  Let's just say that I've heard more than my fair share of stories about Dane Manchester."

Grace turned to watch Dane and Sara again.  Their argument had cooled to a mere conversation, but Grace couldn't help but wonder what was going on between them.  Trevor had to be wrong about Dane.  He had to be.


Lorraine Blake"Patterson," Lorraine finally spoke, "I'm not holding on to Trevor.  Honestly, I'm not!  But this is still all so new...so fresh.  I know he won't come back to me.  He loves Grace..."

"Then what's going on?"  Patterson looked at her pleadingly.  "Lorraine, I-I....I want us to be together again.  I want us to work towards something special....something special for us...for Todd."

"Oh, honey, I know you do!"  She put her arms around him and rested her head on his chest.  "You mean so much to me and I absolutely love Todd."

"But..."

"But it's all too soon!"  She looked up at him and saw the sadness in his eyes.  "The pain from my breakup with Trevor is still too fresh.  Please give me time to get over it...over him.  If we hope to have any chance of a future together, we have to go slow."

Patterson Monroe"Alright."  Patterson sighed as he gave in.  "I'm sorry, but I'm just so impatient.  It seems I've waited for you forever.  I can't help it if I want to make things right between us."

"Of course you can't."  She glanced across the room and saw Trevor talking with Grace.  A lump began to form in the pit of her stomach as she felt herself suddenly become jealous.  "I just want to take things slowly," she muttered softly, never taking her eyes of the happy couple across the room.


THE GRAND SUNSET ROOM

The Grand Sunset RoomJanet Stokes"Jillian!  There you are!"  Janet Stokes grabbed her sister's arm as she walked by.  "Everyone has been looking for you all night.  Where did you disappear to?  I know Mother and Father can be a bit much, but..."

"Janet, not now."  Jillian shook her head.  "Tell me, have you seen Reginald in the last few minutes?"

"No, why?"

Jillian looked at her sister and swallowed hard.  "I-I think he's going to do something rash.  Tonight has been a complete disaster!"

"Honey, what's wrong?"  Janet held on to Jillian while the younger Stokes bit her lip.  "I know that between our parents and Mark and Judith, things can be a bit strained, but what's happened with Reginald?  They haven't managed to scare him off, have they?"

"No, that's not it."  Jillian began to shake.  Suddenly, the tears started to flow uncontrollably.  "Oh, Janet!  I've made such a mess of things."

"Jillian, honey, tell me what's wrong."  Janet took her sister in her arms as she sobbed on her shoulder.

"Remember that boy I was dating last year?  The one that was so horrendous?"

"Yes, I do!  His name was Don, wasn't it?"

"No!  Mother could never remember his name and just called him 'Don'."  Jillian inhaled slowly.  "It was Dane...Dane Manchester!  He's here!"

"What?"

Jillian Stokes"Ever since Reginald and I got engaged, he's been hell bent on getting me back.  Compound that with the fact that Reginald has a past of his own with a girl named Stephanie Lake, and...well....he was seeing Stephanie at the same time he started seeing me.  He realized he loved me and he left her, but she still wants him back.  Dane and Stephanie have been working together to separate me and Reginald."

"Oh, my lord!" Janet gasped.  "And let me guess...they're both here!"

"Right.  Stephanie pulled one of her stunts and then blurted out about my past with Dane..."

"Which Reginald didn't know anything about?"

"Yes."  Jillian wiped her eyes and bit her lower lip again.  "Reginald is furious with them for everything they've done.  He's already torn into Stephanie and he's trying to find Dane now!  I'm afraid what he's going to do!  Oh, why can't Dane just leave me alone?  Why does he have to make things so difficult?"

"Jillian, if you don't care anything about Dane, why are things so difficult?" Janet asked her pointedly.

Jillian stammered.  Why did Dane still get to her even though she couldn't stand him?


Sara Summers"Why do we have to leave now?" Sara asked as she sipped her wine.  "The night is still early.  I've barely had a chance to even see you."

"This party is extremely dull."  Dane looked around nervously.  He hoped they could slip out unnoticed before Reginald found him.  "I'm sure we could have a lot more fun back at my place."

"Dane, you disappeared the moment we got here!  We haven't even danced together.  This was supposed to be a special night for us.  I know it's for Reginald Callison and his fiancée, but I'd hoped that it would be magical for us."

"It was magical!  That's why I want to go some place quiet with you."  He smiled at her and ran his index finger along her shoulder.

"I want to dance!"

Dane ManchesterHe rubbed his forehead and breathed deeply.  "Okay, okay...one dance!  We'll have one dance and then we have to go!"

"See, that wasn't so difficult, was it?"  Sara grinned as she took his hand and began to pull him toward the dance floor.  "I bet that before this dance is over, you'll be having such a good time that you won't want to leave."

He grimaced and closed his eyes.  "Don't count on it."


Jillian Stokes"I-I can't explain it."  Jillian sighed and hung her head.  "I absolutely abhor Dane Manchester, yet he...he still gets to me.  Whenever he's around, I get all nervous and tense.  I keep trying to tell myself that it's because he makes my skin crawl, but I'm not sure that's it."

"You're not still in love with him are you?"  Janet looked shocked at her sister's revelation.  "What about Reginald?"

"No!  I'm not in love with Dane!  I love Reginald!"  Jillian started to slowly wring her hands.  "That is something I know for sure.  Whatever this feeling is that I have for Dane, it's far from love.  I'd like to think it's more akin to disgust, but that's not quite right either.  Janet, I love Reginald with all my heart.  I've never been more sure of anything in my entire life."

"Then what is it about Dane?"

"Oh, I don't know!"  Jillian looked for Reginald again.  "Janet, how can someone utterly repulse you and yet still hold you so captivated?"

Janet Stokes"Sweetheart, I wish I could answer that."  She put a reassuring hand over Jillian's.  "Don't worry.  I'm sure everything will work out."

"Are you sure you haven't seen Reginald?"

"No, not since earlier."

"I've got to find him!"  Jillian began to hurry away.  "I've got to find him before something happens!"


THE GRAND SUNSET ROOM

The Grand Sunset RoomReginald Callison"You!" Reginald 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?"

"Dane!  Where is he?"  His eyes burned with fury.  "I know everything!  I know how he's been tormenting Jillian.  I know the truth!"

"Reginald!  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?"

Douglas Davis"It's time you found out exactly what kind of manipulative witch you've been dating!"

Stephanie Lake"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 on!"

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!"

"You!"  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!"

Dane Manchester"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 crazy?"

"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 about?"

"That's 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!"

 



 


NEXT TIME

Sara confronts Dane.
Stephanie looses everything.
Nelson and Charles argue.




 


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