THE GRAND SUNSET ROOM

Sara SummersThe Grand Sunset Room"Dane, we should get married!" Sara announced as she clung to his arm.  "Oh, I just know I can make you happier than any of those other girls.  We're perfect for one another!  I love you and you love me.  You'll forget all about Jillian and Grace."

"I told you over and over, already, I am not getting married!"  Dane glared at her as he yanked his arm away.  "I don't want to get married.  I'm not ready to get married.  We keep having this same conversation and I keep giving you the same answer...no!  I'm not ready for that kind of commitment!"

"But, Dane, if you love me and you tell me I'm the only one you want to stay with..."  Her voice trailed off as she thought about the information she had concerning Dane's cheating.  "Oh, please, Dane, you'll see I'm right."  Sara just knew that if she could get him to marry her, he'd have to be committed.  His feelings about marriage were just too honorable for him to take it lightly.  She truly didn't want to have to force him to marry her.  She wanted him to marry her because he wanted to.  However, Sara began to realize it might be the only way.

"I love you, Sara.  How much more of me do you want?"

"I want a wedding ring on my finger that you've put there!"  Sara's eyes narrowed as she stood in front of him with her hands on her hips.

"No!"

"Dane Manchester, either you marry me or I'll...or I'll..."  Could she do it?  Could she force him to marry her?

Dane Manchester"Or you'll what?"  Dane watched her closely.  He knew Sara well enough to know that she could be quite forceful when pressed.

"Or I'll go to the dean of Albanyville University and tell him how you cheated on your entrance exam!"  She exhaled slowly as her ultimatum still lingered in the air.  She was almost as shocked as he was.  She couldn't believe she'd actually thrown all of her cards onto the table.

"Sara, what are you talking about?"  Dane grabbed her arm and jerked her close to him.  "H-how?  How did you know about that?"

"I found the test, Dane."  Her voice began to take on a tone of cool confidence.  She knew she had him exactly where she wanted him.  "I'm not stupid!  I knew exactly who Agnes was!  I do feel kinda bad for tricking her into telling me the whole story, but I had to know what you'd been up to."  She looked him dead in the eye.  "Now, either you marry me or I'll go straight to the dean and tell him everything!"

"Sara, you can't do that!"  His voice started to quiver with the realization of what such a revelation might cause.  "I-if the dean finds out I cheated, I'll be expelled from school!  Why, my parents would be furious.  They'd disown me!  I-I could never get into another good school with a record of cheating!  My whole life would be ruined!"

"Then, I guess you better start shopping for a ring."  Sara glared at him as he slowly loosened his grasp.  "I'll do it, Dane!  I'll tell the dean everything if you don't marry me."

Dane's hands shook as he ran them through his hair.  He didn't want to marry Sara, but how could he get out of it without throwing away his entire future?


Douglas Davis"I just don't understand," Douglas muttered as he let his fingers lightly glide over Lorraine's cheek.  "I don't understand how two perfectly intelligent men like Trevor and Patterson can just dismiss a woman as beautiful and as lovely as you."

"Oh, I-I don't know that I'm all that beautiful or lovely."  Lorraine blushed slightly.  As she looked at him, she squinted her eyes slightly as she tried to focus on his face.  Oh, what's wrong with me? she thought as she lightly rubbed her forehead.  I know I haven't had too much to drink.  Why is it affecting me so severely.  "A-and I really can't speak for Trevor or Patterson.  They're both wonderful men.  I guess I'm just not enough."  She hung her head as that realization hit her.

"They're fools!  Utter fools!"  Douglas took another drink before setting his glass down.  He reached out for her and pulled her closer.  "You need a man who can appreciate you for the dynamic woman that you are.  You need a man who can love you because you are too special to be treated like this."

Lorraine Blake"I-I needed to hear that, Douglas," she sighed as she rested her head on his chest.  She swallowed hard as her head began to swim even more.  Thoughts of Trevor with Grace and Patterson with Stephanie kept colliding in her head and she felt herself growing dizzy.  She began to cling to Douglas in an effort to steady herself.

"You are so many things that Stephanie Lake is not."  He gently stroked her hair as he held her tightly.  "Stephanie is a vain and wicked girl.  I realize now that she lies as easily as she breathes.  Lorraine, you're nothing like that.  You're honest and noble..."

"I-I'm not having very noble thoughts right now."  She looked up into his eyes and sighed deeply.

"Actually," he muttered, "neither am I."  In one swift moment, their lips met in a kiss that quickly left them both nearly breathless.


Dane Manchester"Sara, I've told you about my father!"  Dane slowly began to pace back and forth in front of her as he tried to think of some way to change her mind.  "You know how he feels about me settling down too early.  I-if I get married now, he'll cut me off!  I'll be completely on my own!"

"Well?"  Her eyes followed him as he walked.  She knew he was trying to think of some trick to convince her to keep quiet.  "What's so bad about that?  You're a man, Dane.  Do you have to stay tied to your parents for the rest of your life?"

"Don't you understand?  No money, no school!  He's paying for everything!  If he cuts me off, I'll have to drop out of school!"  He shook his head nervously as he thought.  "No, I can't get married!  I can't quit school!  I'm going to be a very prominent lawyer one day!"

"Dane, you can get a job!  You can work your way through college."  Sara reached out for his arm and smiled widely at her own suggestion.  "Lots of people do it!  Not everyone who graduates college has well off parents who pay for everything.  How do you think they do it?"

"This is all really easy for you," he snapped back.  "You're the big brain with the scholarship!  You don't have to worry about where the money's coming from!"

"Look, I can even get a job, too, and help out."  Sara tapped her bottom lip with her finger as she thought of how she could make this situation work.  "If you're working and I'm working, I'm sure we can both pay your tuition."

"No!  I will not have a wife of mine out trudging at some silly job!" he snapped back.

Sara Summers"So, does that mean we're getting married?"

"No!"  Dane held his head in his hands as he thought.  This night was definitely not turning out the way he had planned.  "You've got to be crazy if you'll think I'm giving up my parents' support for you!"

"What's more important, Dane?"  Sara eyed him sternly.  "You're family's support and money with no college that will touch you and your record of cheating, or marriage to me and a hard earned degree from a very respected school?  Granted there'll be some work involved, but with me you'll at least get your degree.  Without me, you'll get nothing but expelled!"

Dane ran his hands through his hair again.  He was quickly feeling trapped and he couldn't think of any way out.  What in the world was he going to do?


The Grand Sunset RoomLorraine BlakeLorraine rubbed her neck as she tried to clear away the fog that had quickly begun to cloud her mind.  She swallowed hard and looked up at Douglas.  "Stephanie never deserved a man as wonderful and as caring as you," she said as she smiled at him.  "I-I don't know what you ever saw in her."

"I thought I saw a sweet and sincere young lady.  Gee, I really misjudged that one, didn't I?"  He allowed himself a slight laugh.

"Douglas, you deserve to find a wonderful woman who can really make you happy.  You've given up so much in your life to take care of Grace.  She's grown now."  She began to think of Trevor and realized that Douglas didn't realize exactly how grown his sister was.  "When are you going to start taking care of yourself?  When are you going to find that special woman to settle down with?"

"Honestly?"  He grew forlorn as he hung his head and sighed.  "I-I'm not sure I'm actually worth finding a woman to truly love."

"You can't be serious?"  Lorraine was quite shocked by his pessimistic attitude.  "Douglas, you are a wonderful man!  Any woman would be very lucky to have you to love...very lucky indeed!"

Douglas Davis"T-thank you."  He gazed into her eyes as he felt his heart begin to swell.  "I-I needed to hear that.  After everything that's happened tonight with Stephanie, I was beginning to doubt that."  He grabbed Lorraine tightly and pulled her closer to him.  "Thank you for reminding me.  I needed to hear that so much right now.  I-in fact, right now, I need you."

Lorraine found herself feeling secure in Douglas' arms.  She grabbed onto him tightly as she felt her knees wobble slightly.  Silently, she remembered the sight of Patterson kissing Stephanie and her thoughts began to cloud over again.


Reginald Callison"Are you all right?" Reginald questioned as he held Jillian in his arms.  "I-I can't believe your father would do something like that?  How can that man disown his own daughter?"

"Oh, I knew there'd be problems," she sighed as she rested her head on his shoulder.  "Father is so over protective of all of us girls...me especially.  I really don't even think it's you.  I'm sure he'd have a problem with any man I wanted to marry.  After all the problems he's had with Judith and Janet, can you blame him for wanting to keep a closer eye on me?"

"Well, from what I've seen of Judith, I can understand."  He let out a slight laugh.  "But Janet?  She seems so quiet and demure.  What kind of problems could she possibly have caused?"

"If you only knew."  Jillian shook her head as she remembered a dark period in her family's history.  "I-I really don't want to go into it.  I just want you to know how much I love you."

"Enough to give up your entire family?"

"To hell with them!" she spoke firmly.  "If they can't accept my marriage, then I don't want anything to do with them!"

"But, Jillian, they're your family!  Your father has completely disowned you.  He's cut you off entirely!  Is that okay with you?"  Reginald was having a very difficult time understanding how a parent could deny their own child.  That was something he was sure his parents would never do.

Jillian Stokes"Emotionally, I'm sure it's going to be the hardest thing in the world."  She lowered her head as the complete realization began to hit her.  "Financially, I'm stubborn enough to make it.  I-I'll have to move out of the hotel.  I don't know where I'll live.  I could stay at the sorority house, but without Father to pay my tuition, I'll have to drop out of school.  I-I can see if Lorraine will let me move in with her."  Jillian was realizing exactly how resourceful she could be.  She pulled away from Reginald's embrace and scratched her head as she thought.  "Of course, I'll have to get a job to support myself.  That might be the difficult part."

"Why's that?"  Reginald laughed with amusement over how she was quickly trying to think ahead and land on her feet.

"You tell me how many jobs list "inexperienced socialite" in their job descriptions!"

They both laughed at the thought as the veil of tension slowly began to lift.  They realized that with their love, they could overcome anything...Stephanie, Dane, and her family.

"Well, living with Lorraine is out of the question."  He carefully brushed away a strand of hair from her forehead.  "You'll stay with me and my family.  There's plenty of room in that house for all of us.  Besides, your part of our family now."

"Um...excuse me," came the voice from behind them.

"Mother!" Jillian gasped as she turned to see Leticia.  "Mother, please don't cause a scene.  I've been through one too many tonight."

"No, Jillian, that's not what I'm here for."  She solemnly glanced down at the floor.  "I-I want to tell you that I disagree with what your father is doing.  It's not right!  You are my daughter and you always will be.  I love you with all my heart."

"Oh, Mother, I love you, too!"  Jillian rushed into her arms and hugged her tightly.  "B-but what about Father?"

Leticia Stokes"Jillian, dear, I'm about to do something that your father must never know about."  Leticia reached into her purse and pulled out a small envelope.  "I-I brought this for you to help with the plans for the wedding, but I realize that you need it now for things that are more important.  I-I know it's not enough, but I promise you that I'll get more too you as soon as I get back to Manhattan."

Jillian's eyes grew wide as she opened the envelope and saw a small bundle of money.  "Mother?  How?  Why?"

"Because I have not disowned you!  I refuse to cut my baby out of my life!"  She lifted up her hand to wipe a tear from her daughter's cheek.  "I will use my own inheritance that my parents left me in their wills.  I've set it aside for years now in case of an emergency.  I can't think of a reason more important than this.  You can never tell your father."

"Oh, don't worry, Mother.  I'll never tell him anything!"  Jillian embraced Leticia again as her tears began to flow more freely.

"I-I have to get back to Nelson.  He's getting ready to leave.  I have to get back before I'm missed."  She turned to go, but hesitated as she looked at Reginald.  "You take good care of my daughter.  I have a strong feeling that you might love her just as much as I do, but I'm warning you.  You ever hurt her, and I can guarantee that I'll be far worse than you've ever seen my husband be."  Silently, Leticia walked away leaving Jillian with a newfound sense of hope.


Lorraine Blake"Oh, Douglas, I need you, too, right now." Lorraine said as she tried to wipe the images of Patterson and Stephanie out of her mind.  She reached out for the bar as she felt herself moving off balance.  "So much has happened.  First Trevor and...someone else, and then Patterson and Stephanie.  I-I'm afraid that I'm not good enough for anyone."

"Don't you ever say that!"  Douglas grabbed her arm firmly.  "You are more than enough for any man!  Any man you give your heart to better be damn glad to have you!  He needs to thank his lucky stars for you!"  He reached out for his drink and clumsily knocked it over.

"Douglas, how many of those have you had?" she questioned curiously.

Douglas Davis"I...um...actually, I lost count."  He tried to swallow his embarrassment.  "I was just so angry and upset over my foolishness regarding Stephanie.  I probably look like a drunken fool."

Lorraine tried to bring her eyes into focus again.  When the haze began to slightly lift, she could clearly see Douglas' rugged features and masculine good looks that surrounded his deeply soulful eyes.  "No, Douglas.  You look wonderful to me.  Oh, how I need you right now.  I need to feel wanted."

"Lorraine, I need you too."  He pulled her into his arms again and gently kissed her cheek.  "W-why don't we go somewhere so we can need each other in private."

She silently nodded her agreement and he took her hand and slowly led her from the ball room.


THE SUNSET HOTEL - 9th FLOOR

The Sunset HotelFrancis CallisonFrancis stepped cautiously off of the elevator and carefully scanned the numbers on the hotel room doors.  She took a deep breath and slowly began a long walk down the hallway.  "This can't be happening," she muttered to herself as she nervously wrung her hands.  "Maggie just has to be wrong.  She has to be!"

When Francis approached room 923, she stopped and stood very still.  She could hear the faint sounds of chattering and laughter coming from the room.  She slowly inched closer and closed her eyes as she tried to give herself the strength to move on.

Facing the door, she could see that it was slightly ajar.  As she took a deep breath, she reached out for the knob.


THE SUNSET HOTEL - ROOM 1102

Douglas DavisLorraine Blake"Oh, Douglas," Lorraine sighed as she kissed him fervently.  "I need you right now.  I need you so much."  She twisted her head slightly as she again tried to shake herself out of her haze.

"I want you, Lorraine, I want you so badly."  Douglas' lips landed on her neck as he felt her heart beating faster and her breath begin to quicken.

With one swift movement, they tumbled onto the bed and began a reckless night of passion.


THE SUNSET HOTEL - ROOM 923

Francis CallisonWith one swift movement, Francis pushed the door open and let out a horrified gasp.  In shock, she fell against the door frame.  Charles and Annabelle were in bed together!  She clutched her chest as her breathing became quick and shallow.

"F-Francis?" Charles muttered as he sat up, still dazed and unsure of his surroundings.  "W-what in the...?  Oh, my lord, no!"

"Oh, Charles, dear, it looks like we've been caught."  Annabelle's face all but glowed.

Charles CallisonAnnabelle Lake"N-no, Francis, t-this...this isn't... what it looks l-like."  He tried to shake the fog out of his head and struggled to climb out of bed.

"Oh, my lord," Francis muttered as she slowly backed out of the room.  "How could you do this to me?  How, Charles, how?"

"B-but..."  Charles words trailed of as he slumped back onto the bed.

Annabelle let out a triumphant laugh as Francis bolted from the room.

 



 


IN TWO WEEKS

Francis deals with the aftermath of Charles betrayal.
Jillian receives a surprise visitor.
Wedding bells will be ringing.




 


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