THE MONROE HOME - LIVING
I...I..." Lorraine couldn't do it. She couldn't hurt Patterson
like this. But she had to. "Patterson, I can't see you any
more," she finally blurted out.
eyes grew wide with shock and confusion. He couldn't have heard her
correctly. What did she mean she couldn't see him any more?
"Lorraine, I don't understand. What are you talking
"I meant exactly what I
said." She'd come this far; she couldn't back out now. After
taking a deep breath, she strengthened her resolve. It had to be
done. "I said I couldn't see you anymore, Patterson. We're
over. I cannot have a romantic relationship with you."
are you acting like this?" He recoiled in a flurry of panic and
fear. "I don't understand! Why can't we see each other
anymore? What did I do? Did I do something to upset you? Is it
my friendship with Stephanie?" His mind raced as he tried to consider
every possibility. "Trevor! That's it! You've
gotten back together with Trevor Callison!"
"No, Patterson, no!"
Lorraine finally turned to face him and grabbed his shoulders firmly in an
effort to calm him down. "It's none of those things.
You've done nothing wrong! It's not Stephanie; it's not
Trevor...it's all me! It's all my fault! Oh, please
try to understand!"
"How am I supposed to
understand this?" He quickly jumped up from his place on the couch
and began to pace the room. He ran his trembling hands through his hair as
he tried to process Lorraine's announcement. "If it's nothing I've
done and it's not Stephanie or Trevor, then why? Why, Lorraine? I
thought we were working on a future together! I thought we'd come so
far. What happened?"
"Oh, Paddy, I can't see
you anymore because...because..." She looked away and swallowed hard
as the tears began to streak her face. "B-because I'm getting married!"
Married? To who?"
I'm marrying Douglas Davis!" She got up and rushed over to him and
grabbed him. "Oh, please, Paddy, please try to
"You're marrying Douglas
Davis?" He felt like the wind had been knocked out of him.
As he clutched his chest and fell back towards the foot of the stairs, he
awkwardly reached out his hand to grab the railing and steady himself.
"How? Why? You've been seeing Douglas behind my
back? My god, Lorraine, how could you?"
"No, Patterson, no!"
She continued to hold on to him as she sobbed. Lorraine just had to
make him understand. "I haven't been seeing Douglas behind
your back. I-I can't explain it. I can't tell you why, but I have
to marry Douglas."
"Are you in love with
him, Lorraine?" He inhaled deeply as he forced an exterior of calm to
cover his body. He watched her reactions carefully.
"Patterson, that doesn't
matter." She buried her head in her hands and rubbed her tear filled
eyes. "This is the way it has to be."
"But why, Lorraine?
"Just leave it alone,
Patterson! Please! I never wanted to hurt you. Please believe
"I don't know what to
Lorraine silently walked
towards the front door and pulled it open. She turned to look at him one
more time, but quickly turned away. "Good-bye, Patterson.
You'll never know exactly how much you mean to me, but this is the way things
have to be."
As the door shut with a deafening
thud, Patterson could no longer contain his grief and agony. The emotions
inside of him exploded as he grabbed a nearby vase and flung it across the room,
shattering it. Overcome by emotion, he slowly sank to the floor.
Lorraine was gone. Everything he'd worked so hard far over the last year
lay in ruins. Now, she'd never be his wife...his future...a mother figure
for Todd. Whatever would he do now?