APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM
darling, you've been sitting around all day," Annabelle spoke up as she
breezed into the room. "What in the world is wrong with you?"
"Nothing's wrong, Momma;
I'm fine." Stephanie sat curled up on the sofa with her knees tucked
up under her chin. No matter what she did, her mind kept going back to
what she'd overheard between Clark and
Helen. He'd only been a pawn in
Helen's plans to embarrass and humiliate her! How could she have been so
foolish to have gotten caught up in his charms. Why couldn't she see
"Stephanie Lake, you
haven't been listening to a word I've said!" Annabelle stood in front
of her with her hands on her hips. "I asked you if you've been
getting serious with this Clark Saxon?"
Momma." Stephanie bit her lip and avoided meeting her mother's stern
eyes. She just couldn't let her know that she'd been a naive fool.
She couldn't let her know how she was deceived. "Clark and I are just
dating right now. It's nothing serious."
"Well, you better make sure
it's nothing serious!" Annabelle lit a cigarette and took a lengthy
draw. "I'm telling you that something about that boy makes me
"I wish you'd quit
harping on that!" Stephanie glared at her. "Clark is just
fine! I am just fine! Would you just drop it!"
Annabelle took a deep breath
as her eyes widened with surprise at her daughter's sharp outburst. With a
stern look, she examined Stephanie's demeanor closely. "Something's
happened, hasn't it? You're awfully touchy where Clark is
concerned. What did he do?"
"He didn't do
anything! Why do you have to keep badgering me about him?"
Stephanie quickly got up off of the couch and walked across the room to avoid
her mother's interrogation.
"Because I don't trust
him, that's why!" Annabelle folded her arms across her chest
and followed Stephanie.
Stephanie maintained her
defiant stance. She refused to admit that her mother could have been right
about Clark. She refused to let her know exactly what Clark and Helen had
been up to.
"Listen to me, Stephanie,
if that boy has done anything to hurt you.... If he does anything to hurt
you...." Annabelle paused as a determined look covered her face. "Then, heaven help him once I get hold of him. He'll wish
he was never born!"