produced/written by G. Matthew Smith



EPISODE #16 (Monday 5/14/01) click here for a printable version of this episode
Dane and Sara's wedding day, September 1935

GOOD HOPE CHURCH

Stephanie LakeGood Hope Church"If anyone here has just cause as to why this couple should not be married, let them speak now or forever hold their peace..."

Stephanie gripped the edge of the pew as she struggled for the strength to stand.  She had to stop Sara from making the biggest mistake of her life.  But would Sara listen to her?  Would anyone?  Would her protests be in vain?  Stephanie silently prayed for an answer.


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GOOD HOPE CHURCH

Annabelle LakeGood Hope Church"By the power vested in me by the state of Illinois, I now pronounce you husband and wife.  What God has joined together, let no man put asunder."

"You did the smart thing, Stephanie," Annabelle leaned over and muttered to her daughter.  "Disrupting this wedding wouldn't have accomplished anything.  You know how Sara is.  She wouldn't listen to you.  No one would."

"Thanks to Dane."  Stephanie glared in the direction of the happy couple as they shared their first kiss as newlyweds.

"No matter who's to blame, bringing this wedding to a halt would cause much more trouble than it's worth.  Sara's going to have to learn things for herself.  Besides, your name isn't worth a whole lot in this town, right now."  Annabelle watched Stephanie's growing discomfort at being reminded of her current social status.  "Now, I know that Dane's the one responsible for all of that, but that doesn't change things.

Stephanie Lake"I understand what these people think of me," Stephanie muttered under her breath.  "I understand that I've managed to make myself the town pariah by trying to separate the sainted Reginald and Jillian, but what about you, Mother?  How much is your name worth now that you're publicly carrying on with a married man?"


THE SUNSET HOTEL - JILLIAN'S SUITE

Jillian StokesSunset Hotel, Suite #2, Albanyville, IL"W-what are you doing here?" Jillian asked as her sister Janet stepped into the room.  "How did Father let you leave Manhattan?"

"Mother sent me to deliver some more money to you."  Janet held out the envelope.  "She would have liked to have done it herself, but Father would have been too suspicious."

"And how did he let you come?"

"Well, he doesn't know I'm here," Janet confessed.  "Mother convinced him that I was going to an artists' seminar in Chicago.  He really didn't want me to go alone, but Mother can be very persuasive."

"So, you know about your mother's support of Jillian?" Reginald asked as he walked over to her.  "I thought your mother wanted to keep all of this a secret."

Janet Stokes"She does!  She doesn't want Father to ever find out what she's doing." Janet replied.  "He was completely wrong to do what he did.  I can't understand how he could just disown you for wanting to follow your heart.  I told Mother I disagreed with him and she told me what she was doing.  I support her decision, and yours, every step of the way."

"I'm so glad that someone else in my family is on our side."  Jillian hugged her sister tightly.

Reginald Callison"Now, there's just one problem."  Janet grinned as she carefully eyed Jillian and Reginald.  "I need a place to stay while I'm in Albanyville.  Can I stay here with you?"

"Of course!"  Jillian's face beamed with excitement.  "I'd love to have you stay!  It gives us a chance to catch up on what's been going on."

"Wonderful!"  Janet pulled her suitcase in from the hallway.  "I have a feeling that this is going to be a much more pleasant visit than last time."