LORRAINE'S APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM
I really need to talk to you." Lorraine said in a half sob as she spoke
into the telephone receiver. "I-I need your advice."
"What is it
dear?" Edwina Blake asked as she sat in the living room of her home
in Thornbridge, New York. "What's wrong?"
I-I'm..." Lorraine took a deep breath. "Momma, I'm going
to have a baby."
"What? B-but you're
not even married! Are you? You haven't run off and eloped with some
boy have you?"
"Oh, no, Momma!
I-I'm not married." Lorraine lowered her head as if to hide her embarrassment
from her mother who was half a country away. "T-that's why I need
"Is it that Monroe
boy? I told you that you were moving too fast. I warned you that
getting involved with him again so soon after what happened between you and
Trevor was a bad idea."
"No, Momma, it's not
Patterson." Lorraine shifted her weight as she sat in the
chair. Though she and her mother had always been close, it was still quite
awkward discussing such personal matters with her. "I-It's someone
"You broke up with
Patterson? Why didn't you tell me?"
"No, Momma, I didn't
break up with Patterson. We're still together. He's just not the
baby's father. I...I...well, it's a long story, but I was with someone
else." Oh, what would her mother think of her now? She was a
"My lord, Lorraine!
Who?" Edwina paused for a moment. "No... well, it doesn't
matter. Whoever this young man is, he's surely going to do the right thing
and marry you! I can't believe he'd just take advantage of you and cast
"N-no, Momma, actually,
that's not the way it is, at all." Why did this all have to be
so difficult? Why did this have to happen now? "D-Douglas wants
to marry me. He even asked me."
"Then, honey, what's the
problem? Marry this young man and give your child the home it
"B-but what about
Patterson? He doesn't know about the baby. If I were to marry
someone else, he'd be devastated!"
"What else can you
do?" Edwina paused for an answer. When she received none, she
quickly grew worried. "Lorraine, what are you thinking about
"Momma, why can't I tell
Patterson that he's the baby's father and then he and I can get
"Oh, you couldn't!
It wouldn't be right. You can't lie and force a child on Patterson that
isn't his! And what about the baby's real father? How can you be so
cruel as to keep him away from the child?"
"No, young lady! It
would not be right. Thelma Lorraine Blake, we did not raise you to be a
liar and a cheat! That's exactly what you'd be if you didn't do the right
thing. You have to think of this child. A child deserves to have
both of its parents...its real parents. Tell this Douglas boy
you'll marry him. If you don't, you'll never be able to live with
yourself. Of course, Patterson will be hurt, but he'll get over it.
He's young and, in time, he'll understand. You have to do what's right for
Lorraine sat quietly with the
receiver still pressed to her ear. Was her mother right? Did she have
to marry Douglas? Would lying to Patterson be a mistake?