produced/written by G. Matthew Smith



EPISODE #42 (Tuesday 6/19/01) click here for a printable version of this episode
same day - October 1935

MANOR HILLS SANITARIUM - ANDERSONVILLE,  IL

Grace DavisManor Hills SanitariumGrace sat in Trevor's car and looked at the hospital that loomed in the distance just beyond the gate.  In just a few minutes, she would be doing something she'd avoided for years.  She was going to see her mother.

"It's going to be all right, Grace, there's no need to be worried."  Trevor held her hand in his as the guard slowly opened the gate.  "Besides, I'll be right here with you every step of the way."

"I know that, Trevor, and I'm so grateful for that."  She looked up again at the hospital and took a deep breath.  "I'm just frightened, that's all.  What if she's worse than Douglas said?  What if this is a mistake?"

"Then we'll deal with that when it happens."  Trevor pressed down on the accelerator and the car began its long journey up the winding drive.


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THE DAVIS HOME - LIVING ROOM

23 Green St., Albanyville, ILDouglas DavisDouglas rushed to answer the door as the bell continued to ring.  "Lorraine!" he said as he flung the door open, "what's wrong?  What's so urgent that you had to come over so unexpectedly?  Are you alright?  The baby?"

"Oh, Douglas, I'm fine," she muttered nervously as she stepped into the house and walked slowly into the living room.  "Well, as fine as I can be considering everything that's happened."

"Then what's so urgent?"  He watched her closely as she approached the couch and sat down.  He could clearly see her anxiety despite the fact that she seemed unable to look at him.  "H-have you thought any more about my proposal?"

"Y-yes, I have."  She wrung her hands as she sat on the couch facing away from him.  She couldn't look at him; if she did, she'd surely loose her nerve.  This wasn't the way things were supposed to turn out, but she knew she had no choice.  Her phone call to her mother had assured that.

"Lorraine, darling, tell me."  He quickly followed her into the room and sat down beside her.  Tenderly he wrapped a supportive arm around her shoulders and pulled her close.  This entire situation had been hard on all of them.  He could only image how difficult it must have been for Lorraine to discover that she was expecting his child.  "Tell me, Lorraine.  Have you thought about my proposal?  Are you going to let me be a father to my child?  Do you have an answer for me?"

Lorraine Blake"Yes, this entire situation has been the only thing on my mind.  How can I think of anything else?  All I can think about is everything that I'm doing to both you and Patterson."  Dear, sweet Patterson...he'd waited so long for her to love him.  He had always been so devoted to her.  Now she was expecting another man's child and he had no idea.

"Lorraine," Douglas spoke softly as he cautiously lifted her face so that their eyes met.  "Do you have an answer for me?"

"I've given this a lot of thought," she began tentatively.  "I now realize what's best...best for this child."  She paused for a moment as she took in a deep breath and silently prayed for courage.  "Yes, Douglas, I have an answer to your marriage proposal."


MANOR HILLS SANITARIUM - ANDERSONVILLE, IL

Trevor CallisonManor Hills Sanitarium"So, she's still fairly unresponsive?" Trevor asked as he and Grace walked down the hallway with Dr. Maynard.

"For the most part."  Dr. Maynard carefully scanned Louise Davis' file.  "Of course, she has moments of lucidity, but for the majority of her time here she hasn't seemed to react to much outside stimulus."

"W-what about my brother Douglas' visits?" Grace spoke up as she stopped to look at the doctor.  "H-how has she reacted around him?"

"Well..."  Dr. Maynard hesitated slightly.  He knew he couldn't tell Grace everything.  Her brother had cautioned him about being too forthcoming with information concerning Louise's condition.  Of course, the majority of her most disturbing behaviors happened long ago.  "She had a couple of violent outbursts when she was first brought here.  During one visit, she apparently saw your brother as his father and lashed out at him, physically attacking him."

"Oh, god," Grace gasped as she leaned against the way to steady herself.  "I-I can't...I-I can't do this!  I can't see her like this!"

Dr.Maynard"Miss Davis, that was several years ago," Dr. Maynard reminded as he reached out and placed a calming hand on her arm.  "She's been much better since then.  I actually think this visit will do her quite a bit of good.  In fact, in her moments of clarity she often asks for you."

Grace Davis"See, I told you this was going to be good for both of you."  Trevor looked into Grace's eyes and nodded his support.  "You know this is something you need to do."

Grace swallowed hard and turned to face the door of her mother's room.  Trevor was right.  This was the moment she'd waited for and yet feared for so many years.  There was no turning back now.  "I-I'm ready to see her now," she muttered and then silently prayed for the strength to follow through with that statement.