LORRAINE'S APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM

Lorraine Blake98 River Rd Apt. #1, Albanyville, IL"Momma, 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?"

"Momma, 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 your advice."

"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 else."

"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 tarnished woman.

Edwina Blake"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 you aside."

"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 deserves."

"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 doing?"

"Momma, why can't I tell Patterson that he's the baby's father and then he and I can get married?"

"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?"

"But, Momma..."

"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 this child."

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?


THE DAVIS HOME - LIVING ROOM

Grace Davis23 Green St., Albanyville, IL"Thank you so much for dinner, Trevor," Grace smiled as she walked with him through the front door and into the living room.  "I really did have a wonderful time."  She looked up and saw Douglas sitting in his favorite chair and looking off into space.  "Douglas?"

"Um...oh, Grace, Trevor," Douglas spoke up as he suddenly turned to face them.  "I-I'm sorry.  I didn't hear you come in."

"You looked like you were off in another world," Trevor said as he looked at him closely.  "Is something wrong?"

"Oh, no, not at all.  Just a lot on my mind, I guess."  Douglas hadn't been able to think of anything other than Lorraine and their child that she carried.  What would he do if she decided to lie and tell Patterson that he was the father?  He quickly pushed those thoughts out of his head and refocused his attention on his little sister and her suitor.  "This entire Thornton Preston mess has been taking up a lot of my time," he explained in a half-lie.  "You're father is rather upset with the way things are going right now."

Trevor Callison"Yes, I know."  Trevor thought briefly about his father's trials with the troublesome author and also about his plan to use Sara Manchester as a spy.  Trevor still wasn't too keen on that idea.

"Douglas, I've got something I want to tell you," Grace spoke up as she interrupted their business talk.

"Yes, dear, what is it?"  Douglas turned to look at her and waited for what sounded like a big announcement.

"I've decided to go see mother," she said with a determined tone of voice.  "I've given it a lot of thought and I realize that I have to see her."

Douglas Davis"Oh, Grace!  You have no idea how happy I am to hear you say that."  Douglas quickly rose from his chair and went to embrace her.  "You just let me know when you want to go and I'll be right there with you."

"Um...no, Douglas."  She hesitated slightly before turning to look at Trevor and then back at Douglas.  "I want Trevor to take me.  I-I don't want you to go with me."

Douglas' eyes grew wide with surprise and disappointment.  He wanted to be the one to be with her for such an important meeting.  Not Trevor!  Not someone who wasn't even family.


LORRAINE'S APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM

Lorraine Blake98 River Rd Apt. #1, Albanyville, ILLorraine's eyes remained fixed on the telephone as she sat and thought about her mother's advice.  Her mother had urged her to do the right thing for her baby and marry Douglas.  Lorraine could understand that logic.  He was the father, after all.  However, could she really hurt Patterson by leaving him?  She knew, all too well, how getting left felt.  True, quite a few months had passed since Trevor ended their relationship in favor of his love for Grace, but some of the pain still remained.  Did she really have the heart to cause Patterson that kind of sorrow?

Her thoughts then turned to Douglas.  Was it right to keep him away from his own child?  How could she keep her baby from ever knowing its real father?  Oh, why did fate have to be so cruel.  Why couldn't this actually be Patterson's baby?  Things would be so much simpler, then.

Suddenly, a knock at the door intruded on Lorraine's conflicting emotions.  She rose quickly to answer and was unnerved to find Patterson standing on the other side of the door.  "P-Patterson!  What are you doing here?"

Patterson Monroe"May I come in?" he asked tentatively.  "I was worried about you and wanted to see if you were alright."

"I'm fine," she lied as she led him into the living room before returning to her seat.  "There's just been a lot going on lately."

"Apparently."  He looked at her closely and was quick to note the dark circles under her eyes.  It almost looked as if she'd been crying, but about what?  "Lorraine, honey, you just haven't been acting like yourself, lately.  What's wrong?  Talk to me."

"I told you that I'm fine!" she snapped.

Patterson took a deep breath.  "This is exactly what I'm talking about.  Your moods have been all out of sorts.  I know you well enough to see when something is bothering you.  Talk to me!  It has to do with your visit to the doctor, doesn't it?  You're not telling me everything.  What's wrong?"

Lorraine quickly turned away and her eyes landed on the nearby telephone.  It brought back the memory of what her mother had advised.  Did she really have the strength to tell Patterson the truth?



 


TOMORROW

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