produced/written by G. Matthew Smith



EPISODE #24 (Thursday 5/24/01) click here for a printable version of this episode
Same day, September 1935

THE WISHING WELL SODA SHOPPE

Patterson MonroeThe Wishing Well Soda Shoppe"Where in the devil can she be?" Patterson mumbled to himself as he looked at his watch.  Lorraine was supposed to meet him after she'd left the doctor's office.  He'd wanted to go with her himself, but she had insisted that she was a grown woman and could go on her own.  He let out a huge sigh and sank back into the booth.  She should have been done by now.  Where was she?

As he strummed his fingers nervously on the table, his attention was drawn to the sight of Stephanie walking through the door.  Suddenly, his demeanor changed as a smile spread across his face.


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THE WISHING WELL SODA SHOPPE

The Wishing Well Soda ShoppePatterson Monroe"Stephanie!" Patterson called out as he lifted his hand into the air to catch her attention.  "Over here!"

She immediately smiled when she saw him and hurried over to him.  "Hi, Paddy!"  She leaned in and hugged him tightly.  "How are you?"

"Fine, just waiting for Lorraine."  He furrowed his brow when he again remembered why he had been sitting alone and impatient.  He shook off his feelings of worry and focused his attention on Stephanie.  "So, how are classes going?  What do you think of AU so far?"

"Oh, this is so much harder than I thought it was going to be," she sighed as she plopped herself down beside him in the booth.  "High school was a dream compared to this!  Why, Professor Perry wants us to have a ten page paper on Macbeth ready by next week!  I don't think I can do that!  Not that and work in the English department, too."

"You'll be fine, just remember to budget your time.  That's the key to it all.  How do you think I manage school and taking care of Todd?"

Stephanie Lake"Mrs. Oliver!" she smiled slyly at him.  They both laughed because they knew it would be impossible for him to keep up with his studies without his housekeeper to help out with Todd's care.  "Actually, there have been some good things that have come out of school."  She grinned smugly.

"Oh?"  Patterson looked at her inquisitively as he cocked an eyebrow.  "And what might that be?"

"I have a date!"  Stephanie stuck her hands on her hips and twisted from side to side with pride.  "I found someone who has no idea about what happened at Reginald and Jillian's party."

"Good for you!"

"And, in fact, here he comes now!"  She turned as she saw Clark strolling through the door.

"Stephanie, I hope I'm not late," Clark beamed as he smiled from ear to ear.  He looked at Patterson inquisitively before extending his hand.  "Hi, I'm Clark Saxon."

"Patterson Monroe," he responded as he gave a hearty handshake.

Clark Saxon"I think this has to be the luckiest day of my life!"  Clark's statement was met with an awkward look from Patterson.  "I met the most beautiful girl on campus," Clark continued, "and she gave me the great honor of agreeing to be seen in public with me."

"Oh, isn't he the sweetest guy?" Stephanie giggled as she lowered her head in mock embarrassment.  "You see, Paddy, Clark is a member of Delta Phi.  That's the most important fraternity on campus!"

"I know who the Delta Phi's are, Steph," Patterson muttered dryly.  His eyes darted back and forth between Clark and Stephanie.  It was nauseating how they were gushing over each other.

"I told Stephanie, here, that there isn't an Omega Chi on campus who could hold a candle to her!"  Clark wrapped his arm around her and pulled her tight.

"I see."  Patterson tried to focus his eyes on anything other than Clark and Stephanie.  The site of them together was beginning to make him extremely uncomfortable.

"Well, I guess I've talked your ear off enough, Paddy," Clark said with unwarranted familiarity.  "I think Stephanie and I are going to grab a booth in the corner and get to know one another better."

As Clark led Stephanie away, Patterson followed them closely with his eyes.  Why did the sight of the two of them together make him feel so uncomfortable?


CALLISON PUBLICATIONS - CHARLES' OFFICE

Annabelle LakeCallison Publications"What do you mean you need to stay away from me?"  Annabelle's hand flew up to her chest in shock.  "If I'm not mistaken, I'm the only one who's seemed the least bit interested in helping you get through this mess with Francis!"

"If it wasn't for you, Annabelle, there wouldn't be this mess with Francis to get through!"  Charles slammed his fists down onto his desk and shot up out of his seat.  He held his hand over his mouth in an attempt to calm his nerves and collect his thoughts.  As he lit a cigarette he began to slowly pace around the room.  "Look," he began as he softened his tone, "if it weren't for you and what happened between us, Francis wouldn't have left.  There wouldn't be a problem.  Things would be exactly the same as before."

"Oh, Charles, you know how sorry I am for that."  She reached out and grabbed his arm to hold him still.  "I never wanted things to turn out like they did.  But, Charles, if it hadn't been me, it would have been someone else.  You were experiencing a sense of wanderlust.  You craved more than life was giving you.  I just happened to be the one in the right place at the right time."  With the right drug.

Charles Callison"I-I guess you're right."  Charles leaned against the desk and hung his head.  "I guess that I was wanting more.  Maybe you being there just made me realize how much I thought I was missing by having to be the head of the family...the strong leader."  He buried his head in his hands as he fought back the urge to cry.  "Oh, Annabelle, I'm weak!  I'm weak when it comes to temptation!  I see that now.  I see how horrible I am for Francis!"

"Oh, Charles, you're not weak."  She moved closer and put her arms around him.  "You're the strongest man I know.  I admire that in you."

"But I'm so completely wrong for Francis.  I have to stay away from her.  I have to!  No matter how much I want to just fall to my knees and beg for her forgiveness, I have to keep her away from me for her own good.  I couldn't stand it if I were to hurt her again."

"Charles, I think that's for the best."  Annabelle rested her head on his shoulder.  With her head turned so that she was facing away from him, she smiled.