Stephanie LakeThe Docks"I'm never gonna change everybody's minds about me," Stephanie muttered to herself as she leaned against the railing and peered out onto the water of the Blue River.  The sting of Sara's anger still hurt and she knew that it would be a long time before her cousin would ever be able to forgive her.  "Thank god Patterson believes in me.  I don't know what I'd do if it weren't for him.  He's my only real friend."

Stephanie sighed as her thoughts drifted to Lorraine's comments and then back to Sara.  "I should've stopped that wedding when I had the chance.  Dane's no good for her.  Everyone knows that...well, everyone but Sara.  It's too late, now, I guess.  Dane and Sara are now the happy newlyweds.  If I just knew how she managed to convince him to marry her.  Everyone knows how he is.  How did she get him to change his mind?  I wonder...."


Dr. Fred RutherfordAlbanyville General Hospital"What's wrong, Mrs. Callison?" Fred Rutherford asked as he looked at her closely.  He could clearly see her red rimmed eyes that were fresh from crying.  "I can tell you're upset."

"Oh, i-it's nothing," Francis tried to cover as she turned away and tried to wipe her nose with a handkerchief.  "J-just a speck of dust in my eye..."

"No, that's not it."  He reached out to touch her shoulder and turned her to face him.  "I know what's been going on...the problems you've been having with your husband."

"I guess you've heard all the talk."

"It's sort of hard not to hear things like that."  Fred gazed at her earnestly.  He'd always thought she was very attractive.  She was letting her beauty go to waste.  "I know it must be even harder for you."

"Oh, why can't people just mind their own business?"  She felt her voice begin to shake a little as she felt the emotions begin to stir up inside her again.  "Don't they have their own problems to worry about?  Why do they have to be so obsessed with mine?"

"That's the exact reason.  If they worry about what everyone else is doing, they don't have to think about their own pitiful lives."  He smiled at her and she slowly began to find comfort in his soothing words.  "Don't listen to those crabby hens.  They're not happy unless they've got something to gossip about.  If it weren't you, it would be someone else.  The fact that you're both a Callison and an Albany makes you an even more obvious target."

Francis Callison"Oh, I know you're right," Francis sighed.  "It's something I've had to deal with for years, but I've never had to deal with a scandal such as this before."

"You forget, I know all too well about scandal..."

"Why, I guess you do, Dr. Rutherford."  Francis quickly remembered all the stories she'd heard about him that had floated around the hospital for years.  She suddenly felt embarrassed that she'd been a part of more than one gossip session revolving around the doctor and his reputation as a lascivious ladies man.  Now, in light of everything going on in her life, she had to wonder exactly how much of what she'd heard about him was truth and how much was malicious fiction.


Good Hope ChurchPatterson Monroe"Lorraine, wait!" Patterson called out as he rushed to catch up with her.  She stopped in her tracks just as he reached her.  "What's wrong with you lately?"

"What do you mean?" she responded coolly.  "There's nothing wrong with me!"

"Not from what I see."  Patterson put his hands on her shoulders to hold her attention.  "You've been unbelievably short on occasion and you always seem to be drifting off into your own thoughts."

"I-I've just had a lot on my mind," she muttered as she tried to look away.  She couldn't tell him how she'd been thinking about Douglas.  She couldn't tell him about that foggy night she'd spent with him.

"You've been very moody lately.  How can you be so harsh to Stephanie?  She's really trying to be a better person.  I think she's doing a great job, but it just takes time to change a person's entire view on life."  He watched her closely as he hoped what he was saying was trying to sink in.  "Can't you just give her a chance?"

"Are you so naive and foolish that you can't see Stephanie Lake for the witch that she is?" Lorraine snapped.  "Look at everything she's done...she schemed to break Reginald and Jillian apart by trying to make Jillian think she was still involved with Reginald.  She even betrayed her own cousin because it fit her own selfish needs."

"Lorraine, you know that's not how it really was.  Yes, she did some horrible things to Reginald and Jillian, but she only wanted what was best for Sara.  You know as well as I do that Dane is not it!  Steph just wanted to save her from him!"

Lorraine Blake"Well, you just blindly believe what you want to about her!  I, for one, don't plan on being fooled by her tricks!"  She turned to walk away from him, but he held her firm in his grasp.

"I know that there's really a good person deep inside of her.  You haven't seen the side of her that I have."

"That I'm sure of!"  Lorraine's voice was tinged with sarcasm and she began to feel her face burn.  "I bet you're the only person in town that thinks there's a side of Stephanie other than the manipulative brat that everyone knows she is.  She's just using you, Paddy."

"Using me?  How could she be using me?"

"Oh, pull your head out of the clouds!"  She pulled away from him and glared.  "Stephanie Lake wants to convince you that she's changed, she wants to get on your good side because you're the only one gullible enough to believe her!  That pathetic little girl sees you as her next conquest!"

"Lorraine, what are you trying to say?"  His eyes grew wide as he tried to process her allegations.

"Stephanie just wants to get her hooks into you!" Lorraine explained.  "Stephanie Lake just wants you for herself.  To hell with me and anyone else.  She's moved on past Reginald and Dane and're the one who's next on her list!"

Patterson nervously ran his hand through his hair.  Surely, Lorraine couldn't be right.



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