HOTEL - MARY'S PENTHOUSE - LIVING ROOM
two just don't know how happy I am to see you!" Francis Callison exclaimed
as she sat in the living room talking to her son Reginald and his fiancée
Jillian Stokes. "We never seem to spend time together, anymore.
So, what do I owe this impromptu visit?"
"Well, Jillian and I were
having dinner downstairs at The Gardens and I just thought it would be nice to
come up to see you," Reginald smiled as he held Jillian's hand.
"I-I've been thinking a lot about you and Father lately."
"Ah, yes, your
father." Francis looked away as she grew uncomfortable with the
mention of her husband. "Well, he seems to be a little preoccupied,
"I know this is all very
difficult for you, Francis," Jillian spoke up. "I'm sure you
know that Reginald and I are here for you whenever you need us."
"Yes, dear, I know.
You have no idea how much that means to me."
I see you've gotten home," Mary Albany spoke up as she stepped through the
front door. "And I see we have company. Reginald, Jillian, it's
so good to see you!"
Nana." Reginald got up and walked over to give his grandmother a
hug. "It seems Jillian and I have been so busy that we haven't had
Francis, I take it your date went well?" Mary asked as she turned towards
Reginald looked at his mother curiously. What date?
"Um...yes, Mother, it
went well." Francis immediately grew nervous. She hadn't
bothered to mention to any of her children that she had begun to see Dr.
Rutherford socially. Her separation from their father had been difficult
for everyone involved and she feared upsetting them even more.
"Mother, who did you have
a date with?" He hated what was going on between his parents.
After the events of the past few months, he'd come to expect such behavior out
of his father, but his mother? How could she be dating someone else?
She was still married to his father!
"She's been seeing Dr.
Rutherford from the hospital," Mary spoke up. "They've been
seeing quite a lot of each other."
Francis shot her mother and
angry look. She didn't want her children to know anything about her
budding relationship with Fred. They'd been hurt so much by the trauma of
their parents' separation. She didn't want to add to that stress.
Reginald's eyes shot from his
grandmother to his mother and back again. He clearly remembered the
articles that had run in the newspaper back when Dr. Rutherford's girlfriend
Arlene disappeared. He'd been a prime suspect in the mystery, though the
police could never prove anything. He knew, full well, that the
disappearance was still unsolved. Now his mother was dating the
man! Reginald didn't like the sound of that at all!