produced/written by G. Matthew Smith

EPISODE #31 (Monday 6/4/01) click here for a printable version of this episode
a few days later, September 1935

Lorraine BlakeLorraine stood nervously on the front porch.  She reached out to ring the bell, but held back.  Did she really have the courage to do this?  Could she really tell him he was going to be a father?  She wrung her hands as she stared at the door.  She knew that once she made her announcement, there would be no taking it back.  This would change their lives forever.  Lorraine took a deep breath and rang the bell.

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Douglas Davis23 Green St., Albanyville, IL"Lorraine!" Douglas exclaimed as he opened the door.  "This sure is a surprise.  Um...won't you come in?"

"T-thank you, Douglas."  As she stepped through the door, she held her hands tightly in an effort to prevent them from shaking.  She nervously glanced around the living room and smiled at all the homey touches that Douglas and Grace had applied to it over the years.  Framed photographs of family, slightly worn furniture that signified that it was a living room where people lived, various mementos of their lives; it was all so warm and inviting.

"I really am surprised to see you, Lorraine."  He followed her as she walked further into the room.  He sat down in his chair and motioned for her to take a seat on the couch.  "Can I get you some coffee or something?"

", thank you."

"Well, this is such a surprise because you've seemed to be avoiding me."  He glanced down at his hands that he was trying to hold still.  He didn't know why he was getting so nervous in her presence.  "I-I'm assuming that's because of what happened between us at Reginald and Jillian's engagement party."

Lorraine Blake"Yes, that has a great deal to do with it."  Just tell him!  Just tell him the truth and get it over with!  "What happened between us that night was a horrible mistake.  Well...I wasn't right.  I should never have betrayed Patterson like that.  I don't know what was wrong with me."

"Lorraine, we'd both had quite a bit to drink.  We were both hurt and needy and we found each other."  Douglas extended a hand to hold hers in a show of comfort and support.  "I agree that the timing probably wasn't the greatest in the world, but there's nothing to be ashamed of.  I'm not."

"It's just that what I did to Patterson was wrong.  You, too.  I've always considered you a good friend, but now I feel so awkward around you.  We crossed a line and we can't go back."  She quickly looked away from him.  She had to dig down deep inside herself to find the strength to tell him she was expecting his child.

"I-I agree," he stammered as he bit his lip and again looked down at his hands.  "That should never have happened.  My behavior was out of line.  I should never have made those advances to you.  I knew you were in a fragile emotional state that night and I should have seen that.  I feel as if I took advantage of you."

"Oh, no!  Douglas, you didn't take advantage of me!"  She snapped her head up and looked at him with such concern.  He was one of the most respectable men she'd ever known.  She couldn't let him take all the blame.  "What happened could only have happened if I'd wanted it, too.  I did want you that night, Douglas.  I really did.  I-I just wish that circumstances could have been different.  If it weren't for Patterson and...and..."

"Well, enough of dredging up the past."  He smiled at her warmly and took in the depth of her beauty.  He knew she never truly realized how wonderful she really was.  "Enough talk about that blasted party.  What do I owe the honor of this visit?"

"Well, actually, that night is the reason I'm here."  Lorraine took a deep breath.  This was it.  She had to tell him.  It was the right thing to do.  "Douglas, there's something I have to tell you.  There's something I have to say and it's going to change our lives."


Sunset Hotel, Penthouse A, Albanyville, ILFrancis Callison"Mother, I really think this night is going to be good for me," Francis said as she carefully inspected herself in the mirror.  She gently patted a stray hair into place and made sure her make-up was perfect.  "It's been so long since I've gone out and done anything.  This will take my mind off everything."

"I'm sure I don't have to tell you that I'm not happy about this."  Mary stood with her arms crossed and watched her daughter closely.  "Dr. Rutherford?  Of all people!  Surely you've heard the talk about him."

"I'm well aware what people have said."  Francis turned and glared at Mary.  "And, as you well know, I've had quite a bit said about me lately.  Who am I to judge someone else based on half-truths and malicious chatter?"

"That's all well and good, dear, but I still don't think going on date with this man is a good idea."  Mary sighed when she realized she had no one to blame but herself.  She'd always worked to instill a sense of strong will and determination in her daughter.  But why did those attribute pick now to show themselves?  If Francis had only exerted this much will months ago, she might have been able to ward off Annabelle's designs on Charles.

"Can't you allow me a little bit of happiness?"

Mary Albany"I just don't think it's a good idea to go cavorting around with one man while you're still married to another one!"

"Fred and I are not 'cavorting', as you put it."  Why couldn't her mother understand?  All she wanted was a little distraction from her problems with Charles.  She wanted one night where she didn't have to think about him and Annabelle and all the members of the ladies auxiliary.  "Fred and I are just having a friendly dinner.  We're just friends, Mother!  There's nothing more going on than that."

"That's what you might think."  Mary walked over and laid a cautionary hand on Francis' shoulder.  "But I know men like Fred Rutherford.  They never have innocent intentions.  You're life of marriage to Charles has shielded you from a lot of that.  Be careful with him because I have a sinking feeling that he's up to no good!"