produced/written by G. Matthew Smith



EPISODE #25 (Friday 5/25/01) click here for a printable version of this episode
same day, September 1935

THE GARDENS RESTAURANT

The Gardens RestaurantCharles Callison"Um, hello, Mary," Charles said as he tried to sound secure and confident.  He knew how forceful a woman she was and never enjoyed the few conflicts they'd had through the years.  "Um, I think you know Annabelle."

"Mrs. Albany, so good to see you again."  Annabelle grinned broadly and extended her hand.  However, her smile soon faded when she realized her hand would merely be hanging in mid-air with no warm response from Mary.

"How dare you show your face in public with this wretched woman!" Mary seethed.

"Mary, I'm not sure I like your tone."  Charles glared at her as he laid a reassuring hand on Annabelle's arm.

"I'm sure you don't," Mary said sternly, "and I'm sure you're not going to like what I'm about to say, either!"


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THE GARDENS RESTAURANT

Charles CallisonThe Gardens Restaurant"Mary, do you honestly think this is the proper place for such a scene?" Charles asked as he softened his voice and leaned closer to her.

"Apparently, you have no problem making a fool out of yourself in public, so why should I?"  Mary crossed her arms across her chest and glared at him.  "How dare you have the unmitigated gall to show your face in public in the company of this...of this trash!"

"Now, wait a minute!"  Annabelle's face began to burn and her grin was now completely wiped from her face.  She made an effort to stand and face Mary at eye level, but Charles gently placed his hand on her leg and held her back.  Annabelle took a deep breath, bit her tongue, and remained seated.

"Mary, I know you can't understand everything that's happened between me and Francis," Charles began tentatively as he carefully chose his words.  "However, that is between me and Francis.  It has nothing to do with you."

Mary Albany"She's my daughter!  Anything that has to do with her has to do with me!  Charles, I used to think of you like my own son.  I held you in as high a regard as I held my late husband.  How could you think of doing a thing like this to Francis...to your wife?  First, you rip her heart out and make her the focus of horrible comments and stares, and now you've got the indecency of being seen in public with your trashy mistress!  I used to think you had class!  Now, I see that when you lie down with dogs you'll surely wake up with fleas!"

Annabelle's teeth gritted as she clinched the linen table cloth tightly in her fists.  She had never allowed anyone to talk to her like Mary was, and she wasn't about to start now.  "You listen to me, Mary Albany," she began as she slammed her fist down onto the table.

"No, Annabelle, you'll sit there and be quiet!" Charles interrupted as he glared at her.  Slowly he turned to his mother-in-law and took a deep breath which allowed him time to collect his thoughts.  "Mary, you know I've always thought the world of you.  You also know that I've always loved Francis with all of my heart..."

"Then how..."

"Let me finish!"  He was beginning to grow angry, but fought to keep his emotions in check.  "I have most certainly made mistakes.  I have lost the most important thing in this world to me.  I know what I've done is wrong and I know I can't change what I've done.  However, launching a verbal attack on Annabelle when she is not to blame in this entire mess is wrong!  I am entirely to blame for everything that's happened!"

Annabelle LakeAnnabelle slowly leaned back into her chair and began to relax.  She tried to maintain a cool exterior as she smiled inwardly to herself.  Charles was actually defending her!

"All of this has made me realize how wrong I am for Francis.  I am only capable of bringing her more pain and heartache and I could not bear that."  Charles paused for a moment and looked down at the wedding ring that still resided on his hand.  "Francis is better off without me and I am determined to see that she is without me."

"You know, Charles," Mary began as she leaned in to him.  "For once, I agree with you."  And with those words still echoing in the air, she turned and stormed away.


THE LAMONT HOME - KITCHEN

Burt Lamont2312 Spring Lake Rd., Albanyville, IL"Good evening, Ma!" Burt exclaimed as he burst through the kitchen door.  He all but skipped across the floor and planted a loving kiss on her cheek.

"I-I take it you had a wonderful time on your date?" Penelope stammered.  It had been ages since she'd seen him in such high spirits.

"Ma, I had the best time I've ever had in my entire life!  You've just got to meet Janet.  She's the most beautiful, sweet, honest girl I've ever met.  You're gonna love her!"  Burt brought himself back to earth enough to notice the troubled look that clearly shown on his mother's face.  "Ma, you okay?"

"I-I'm fine, dear," she muttered as she continued to shuffle around the kitchen trying to look busy.  He could always read her like a book.  She refused to let her worries cloud his good mood and joyous evening.

"No, you're not."  He quickly walked over to her and took her arm.  "You didn't have another spell, did you?  Do I need to go get the doctor?"

Penelope Lamont"Oh, no, Burton, it's not that.  I feel fine.  I haven't even been as much as winded since you left earlier."  She cautiously kept her face turned away in an effort to hide her worry.

"Ma, I can tell when something's wrong.  What is it?  Look at me."

"O-oh, Burton, Randy has been up in his room all night long!" Penelope began as she wrung her hands.  "He's just gotten himself all torn up.  He had another run in with that Callison girl tonight and she was so nasty to him!  He...he tried to be nice to her, but she's just like all the rest of them!"

"Oh, Ma, do we have to start in on this again?"  His eyes pleaded with her to calm down.  "Let me go talk to Randy.  I can straighten him out."

"It's those Callisons!" Penelope started to yell.  "It's always those Callisons!  They'll try to destroy everyone that's not like them!  They'll do everything the can to ruin everyone else's lives!"

Burt was taken aback by his mother's emotional display.  Why did it all come back to the Callisons?  Why did she hate them so much?  He was determined to find out.