THE SUNSET HOTEL - JILLIAN'S SUITE
Jillian, I'm back!"
Janet called out as she walked into the room.
"Where in the world have
you been?" Jillian questioned as she stepped out of the bedroom and into
the living room. "You've been gone all day! I was starting to
"Well, to be honest,
first I went to the park and did some wonderful
drawings of the
landscape. They turned out wonderfully!" Janet began to walk
around the room examining her sister's knickknacks and putting them back into
place. "And I know I didn't tell you this, but the other day while I was in the park, I met this incredibly handsome
gentleman. You just wouldn't believe how kind and gentle he is!"
"Janet, I don't think
it's wise for you to be striking up conversations with strangers!"
continued as if she didn't hear Jillian, "he asked me out to dinner!
I couldn't believe it. A man actually asked me for a date! Isn't
Jillian eyed her closely and
quickly grew worried. She knew how Janet was. She knew what had
happened before. Silently she prayed that history was not repeating
itself. "Yes, dear, that's very nice. But where have you
listening? I was out on a date! He took me to this cute little cafe
and we sat and talked and laughed." Janet drew her hands up to her
chest and sighed. As her face beamed, Jillian's face clouded over.
"Janet, dear, I don't
think it's wise for you to be traipsing around with some strange man you've just
met and don't even know!" Jillian quickly walked over to her and
grabbed her arm to make sure she was listening.
"Why do you have to treat
me like I'm an invalid?" Janet snapped as her face began to burn.
"Why do you insist on trying to ruin what few moments of happiness that I
have? You're acting just like Father!"
Jillian stammered as she slowly backed away. She knew her sister wasn't an
invalid and she knew she was more than capable of taking care of herself.
However, in light of everything that had happened, Jillian knew she was more
than right in the placement of her concern. "I just don't think it's
too wise to get so caught up in a man you've just met, a man you don't really
know, and a man who'll still be here in Albanyville long after you've gone home
"But that's just it,
Jillian." Janet began to smile broadly. "That's not the
way it's going to be."
"W-what do you
"It's not going to be
like that at all!" Janet sighed deeply as he face again began to glow
with happiness. "It's not going to be like that because I'm staying
right here. I'm never going back to Manhattan!"