produced/written by G. Matthew Smith

EPISODE #38 (Wednesday 6/13/01) click here for a printable version of this episode
same day, October 1935


Lorraine Blake98 River Rd Apt. #1, Albanyville, IL"Lorraine, it's obvious that there's something wrong," Patterson stated firmly as he nervously paced the room.  "What won't you tell me?"

"Paddy, please!"  Lorraine buried her face in her hands in hopes that the anxiety on her face wouldn't be apparent.

"You've been acting strange for weeks now."  He sat down beside her and grasped her hands in hopes of drawing her full attention towards him.  "Tell me what's wrong!"

Lorraine looked at him with fear and panic in her eyes.  How could she tell him she was going to have another man's child?

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Springhill Manor, 54 Spring Lake Dr., Albanyville, ILHelga Grimm"Sara, have you filed those papers yet?" Helga questioned as she walked into the library.

"Um, no ma'am."  Sara looked up from a thick stack of folders and papers that lay in front of her on the desk.  It seemed like she'd been filing for hours.  "There's just so much stuff to put away."

"Well, you need to hurry up!"  Helga walked around the room and appeared to be inspecting Sara from every angle.  "Your filing skills leave much to be desired.  You need to get this work done and then you need to go run some errands."

"Mr. Preston didn't say anything earlier about running any errands?"  Sara looked at her curiously.  "All he told me to do was file all these stacks of papers and then do some transcription."

"I told you that you need to run errands!"

Sara Manchester"With all due respect, Helga, I work for Mr. Preston, not for you!"  Sara glared at her and felt her face begin to flush with frustration.

"I'll have you know, Sara, that I've been with Mr. Preston for a very, very long time."  Helga walked over to Sara and began to peer at her closely.  "You'll do as I request.  I know what Mr. Preston needs to have done!"

Sara let out a deep sigh of defeat and slumped her shoulders as she sank back into her chair.  "Yes, ma'am," she muttered.  "What do you need me to do?"

"Just take these letters to the post office and then I need you to stop at the store and pick up a few things.  I've made you a list."  Helga handed Sara a stack of envelopes and her shopping list.

Sara rose from her seat and walked towards the door.  She hesitated for a moment as she looked down at the things Helga had given her.  Turning back around, she opened her mouth to say something, but quickly thought better of it.  Without a sound, Sara calmly walked out of the house.

Thornton Preston"Honestly, Helga, do you think it's necessary to be so rough on the girl?" Thornton asked as he came down the stairs.  He'd remained out of sight during the exchange, but he'd heard every word.

"I don't trust her, Mr. Preston," Helga replied as she walked over to him.  "There's just something about her!  You know my feelings are usually right.  I told you the same thing about Mrs. Preston..."

Thornton threw up his hand to cut Helga off.  "I asked you not to bring that woman's name up!"

"Yes, sir," she nodded.  "But I can't help this feeling I have.  I think Sara Manchester is up to something.  You need to watch her very closely."


Helen Van DyneThe Gardens Restaurant"I honestly don't know where Jillian could be," Helen Van Dyne sighed as she looked down at her watch.  "She was supposed to have met us here almost an hour ago.  I'm about finished waiting on her."

"If she said she'd be here, she'll be here," Janet insisted as she sat across from Helen with her hands clasped firmly in her lap.

"Well, it has given us a chance to talk," Helen smiled.  "So, Janet, what have you been up to since you've been in Albanyville?"

"Well..." Janet blushed slightly and lowered her head.  "I've met a wonderful man and we've been seeing quite a bit of each other.  I think we might be falling in love."

"Oh, Janet!  That's wonderful!"  Helen nearly gushed with excitement.  It was about time that poor, awkward Janet had found a man.  "Tell me everything!  I want to know everything about him!  What's his name?  Who's his family?  What does he do?"

Janet Stokes"Ummm..."  Janet looked away again.  She couldn't tell her exactly who Burt was.  It was too risky.  Helen couldn't exactly keep a secret and Janet was sure that she'd run to him and blab the truth about her true identity.  "His name is B...Barrett Lowder.  He...he..."

Jillian Stokes"I am so sorry I'm late."  Jillian's voice interrupted Janet's story.

Janet quickly heaved a sigh of relief.

"I got detained with an unexpected visitor."  Jillian moved subtly to hide someone else's presence behind her.

"Who?  Who stopped by?"  Helen always had to know everything.

Judith Linford"Me," Judith spoke up as she stepped into sight.  "So good to see you again, Helen.  Janet."

"J-Judith!  W-what are you doing here?"  Janet shifted awkwardly in her seat as she stared in shock at her older sister.  Judith's sudden appearance was not an indication of good news and Janet knew it.

"I've come to take you back to New York," Judith announced in a very stern tone.  "You're little vacation to this over."