produced/written by G. Matthew Smith

EPISODE #12 click here for a printable version of this episode
June 1935, the night of Reginald and Jillian's engagement party


The Grand Sunset Room"I just don't think this Callison boy is going to be good for Jillian at all," Nelson said as he stroked his chin.  "After everything you've told me about what that Lake woman said, I don't know how we can allow this marriage to take place."

"Oh, Nelson, how could I have been so wrong about Reginald?" Leticia sighed as she shook her head.  "I was so sure you were wrong about him.  I..."  Her train of thought was interrupted by the sudden silence of the orchestra and a growing commotion on the dance floor.  "Honey, what the devil is going on?"

"I don't know," he muttered, "but I can guarantee I'm going to find out!"

"This is going to work splendidly."  Annabelle smiled to herself as she held the bottle she'd received from Dr. Rutherford up to the light.  She looked at her reflection in the ladies room mirror.  Not bad at all for a woman my age, she thought to herself.  She applied another coat of lipstick and did a slight touch up on her hair.  With a satisfied wink to herself, she turned and exited the ladies room.

The noise coming from the main ball room startled her as she stood frozen in the hallway.  She walked briskly back to the main room to see what was happening.  Once inside, she received the shock of her life.

"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...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!"