APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM
off me!" Stephanie screamed as she finally pulled herself out of
grasp and ran across the room. "What do you think you're doing?
I told you I wasn't ready for that!"
"O-oh, my god, Steph,
I-I'm sorry." Clark's eyes grew wide with shock. He thought she
was just playing hard to get. She really had meant it when she told
him to stop. "I-I...I'm sorry. I can't believe that I did
did!" She fought to hold back her tears as she clutched at her blouse
to hold it closed. "I told you I didn't want that kind of
relationship with you, but you wouldn't listen! What makes you think that
just because your a member of some stupid fraternity that you should be able to
get what you want?"
"I-I didn't mean
that! Really, I didn't!" Clark hung his head in disappointment
and embarrassment. He'd pushed too hard. Stephanie Lake really
wasn't quite as easy of a target as Helen had led him to believe. Maybe
Helen had been wrong about her all along. "Maybe I just so caught up
in the supposed elitism of it all that I forget that we aren't the center of the
"You better believe
"Stephanie, I'm so
sorry! Please give me another chance to make this up to you!"
He got up off the couch and slowly walked towards her. He really did
like her despite everything Helen Van Dyne had told him. Stephanie really
didn't seem like the type of girl who'd pull nasty tricks and schemes to get
what she wanted. He'd gotten too caught up in the game and the thrill of
the chase to see that.
"Stay away from
me!" She slowly backed away from him and glared at him with eyes full
of disappointment and apprehension.
"Stephanie, I told you I
was sorry! You don't now how sorry I really am." His
shoulders slumped when he realize that his pleas were useless. He'd made a
grave mistake in his pursuit of Stephanie and now he silently prayed that he
hadn't ruined everything. "Please forgive me? I-I
promise I wont pressure you any more. I swear!"
Stephanie eyed him
closely. Could he really be telling her the truth? Was he
really sorry for having gotten carried away? Her mind was awash in
confusion. She really did have strong feelings for him in spite of what
had almost happened, but she was most definitely uncomfortable with this new
side of him. Maybe he wasn't the dream man she'd once thought he
was. Maybe her mother had actually been right in her assessment of him.
"I-I don't know,"
she stammered as she turned her back to him. "I-I need some time to
think about all of this. Maybe you just better leave."
"I understand," he
sighed before reaching for his jacket. He slowly walked towards the
door. Before leaving, he turned around to look at her again.
"Please believe me, Steph. I really am sorry. I promise
that this will never happen again."
Stephanie kept her back
towards him in an effort to hide the tears she could no longer fight. She
said not a word in response to his pleas. Finally, realizing that he would
be getting no forgiveness form her at that time, he walked out the door and left
"Why do these things
always happen to me?" Stephanie muttered to herself as she sank down onto
the couch. "Is this was I get for having thrown myself at Reginald
like I did? Haven't I paid enough for all that trouble? Can I really
trust Clark now? He seemed so nice and sincere, but after
this...." She buried her head in her hands as she tried to sort
through her feelings. She really did like Clark and she'd hoped they could
have formed a lasting relationship. Now she wasn't sure. She wasn't
sure of anything anymore.
Meanwhile, Clark leaned
against the wall in the hallway outside the apartment. Stephanie was much
more difficult than he'd thought she was going to be. True, he really did
like her and he cared for her a great deal, but he'd made a deal with
Helen. She was a rather difficult girl to say "no" to.
Maybe, if he were going to work his way into Stephanie Lake's bed, he had to try
a different approach.