produced/written by G. Matthew Smith

EPISODE #53 (Wednesday 7/11/01) click here for a printable version of this episode
Douglas & Lorraine's Wedding Day - October 1935


Douglas Davis23 Green St., Albanyville, IL"Well, let's get this started," Douglas Davis smiled as he took his place next to his best man Reginald Callison in front of the justice of the peace.

Lorraine Blake held a small bouquet of fresh flowers in her hands as she stood next to Douglas and looked at the minister.  With a feeling of uncertainty, she quickly glanced towards her maid of honor Jillian Stokes who nodded in a silent show of support.  She took a deep breath as she prepared for the ceremony to begin.

"Dearly beloved," the justice of the peace began, "we are gathered here today..."

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The Wishing Well Soda Shoppe"I just can't believe this," Stephanie Lake muttered to herself as she sat in a corner both and sipped on her cream soda.  "Momma drugged Charles Callison in order to seduce him?"  She quietly thought about that revelation and wondered if it was truly any different from what she'd done to try to take Reginald away from Jillian.

True, Stephanie had tried to make Jillian think that she and Reginald were still involved.  She'd throw herself at him and set it up so Jillian would find them together.  She was sure that if Jillian had left him, he'd realize how much he wanted to be with Stephanie instead.  Of course, that plan had failed miserably.  Reginald didn't want Stephanie at all.  He only loved Jillian.  That realization had been a difficult thing to accept.  Would Stephanie have stooped to drugging Reginald to have him for herself?

No, she wouldn't have, she decided.  She would never have sunk so low and she couldn't believe that her mother had.  It wasn't the same thing...not the same thing, at all!  Her mother had used devious methods that were inexcusable.  And worse, Lorraine Blake had unwittingly gotten caught up in the middle of it by accidentally drinking a tainted cocktail meant for Mr. Callison.  Thank god that nothing serious had happened to her.

As Stephanie's mind continued to be filled with thoughts of her mother's dastardly schemes, she wasn't aware that Clark Saxon had walked into the soda shoppe.  However, she quickly spotted him and felt her face flush with anger and embarrassment.

Clark SaxonStephanie had trusted Clark...believed Clark when he'd told her how much he cared for her.  She'd allowed herself to be vulnerable to his charms and his lies not realizing that it was all a game...a horrible plan concocted by Clark and Helen Van Dyne to make Stephanie the scorn of Albanyville University and, perhaps, all of Albanyville itself.  Hadn't Stephanie suffered enough for her schemes against Reginald and Jillian?  Hadn't her life and reputation already been destroyed when Dane Manchester blamed everything on her?  She'd taken that defeat virtually laying down.  She would not take this betrayal so easily.

"Hello, Clark," Stephanie calmly said as she strolled over to where he was standing.

Stephanie Lake"Stephanie!  There you are!" he exclaimed as his face broadened with a smile and he threw his arms around her.  "Where have you been?  I've been trying to find you for days!  You haven't returned any of my phone calls.  Is something wrong?  Are you still mad at me about the other night?"

Her expression remained stern as she glared at him.  She refused to allow herself to be fooled by him again.  She knew the truth.  She knew her mother had been right all along.  Clark Saxon was the lowest sort of human being that she'd ever known.  Well...not counting Dane, of course.

"Oh, Stephanie, I've missed you so much."  He leaned in to kiss her, but she quickly backed away.  "Honey, are you all right?"

Without a word, Stephanie delivered a sound slap across the face; the force of which sent Clark reeling backwards.  As he held his stinging jaw, he looked at her with astonishment.  What in the world was going on?  Why had she slapped him?  The icy look in her eyes told him that Stephanie was furious about something.  A strange gnawing in his gut made him frightened of what that could be.


23 Green St., Albanyville, IL"Do you, Douglas Foster Davis, take this woman, Thelma Lorraine Blake, to be your lawfully wedded wife," the justice of the peace began.  "To have and to hold; to love, honor, and cherish; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; for better or worse; from this day forward; till death do you part?"

Douglas beamed at his bride.  Despite the real reasons behind this marriage, he knew it was the right thing to do.  He knew that this marriage would be the best thing that had ever happened to him.  "I do."

"And do you, Thelma Lorraine Blake, take this man, Douglas Foster Davis, to be your lawfully wedded husband," the justice of the peace continued, "To have and to hold; to love, honor, and cherish; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; for better or worse; from this day forward; till death do you part?"

Lorraine BlakeLorraine stood in silence.  She wasn't sure if the knot in her stomach was the baby or her own nerves.  This wasn't how she'd always wanted her wedding to be.  She's always wanted a large church filled with flowers and friends and family.  Her own parents couldn't be there because it had been so sudden.  This was the wedding she should have had with Trevor...or Patterson...not with Douglas, a man she didn't love.  However, she knew that the child she was carrying deserved to have a name...the name of its real father.  She swallowed hard and quickly glanced at Jillian who nodded silently in an effort to urge her forward.

"Miss Blake, we're waiting," the justice of the peace spoke up.

"I do."

"Then, by the power vested in me by the state of Illinois, I know pronounce you husband and wife.  What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder."

Douglas DavisAwkwardly, Douglas and Lorraine leaned in to one another to exchange their first kiss and seal their union.  The fact that it was the first time that they'd kissed since the night their child was conceived was not lost on either one of them.  Still apprehensive, Lorraine prayed that she'd done the right thing.

Reginald Callison"Congratulations, Douglas!" Reginald spoke up as he gave his friend a hearty slap on the back.  "I have to admit that this was all sort of a shock, but I wish you two all the best.  I hope you're very happy together."

"Thank you, Reginald," Douglas smiled as he turned to shake his hand.

Jillian Stokes"Lorraine, are you okay?" Jillian whispered into her ear.  Lorraine nodded silently.  "I know this isn't what you'd always planned, but you did the right thing."

"I don't know about that," Lorraine mumbled.

"Yes, you did!  You know you did.  You did the best thing for both you and your baby."  Jillian hugged Lorraine tightly.  "Douglas is a wonderful man.  He's going to be an excellent husband and father.  I know you two aren't in love with each other now, but that will develop in time.  Just wait until you both hold that little baby in your arms.  Just give it a chance.  Before you know it, this will be a marriage based on love."

Lorraine nodded, but still had her doubts.  She looked over at Douglas who was all joyous smiles as he chatted with Reginald and Grace.  Silently, she prayed that Jillian was right.