THE LAMONT HOME - LIVING ROOM

2312 Spring Lake Rd., Albanyville, ILBurt LamontBurt sat alone, still stunned by Judith's arrival and revelation.  It had been the only thing he could think about for days.  How could she possibly be in Albanyville?  It was so far away from her high class life in Manhattan.  How could she find him now, after all this time.  Why?  Why had Judith suddenly turned up with the revelation that she was carrying his child?  Burt's hands shook as the news continued to sink in.  Why was the past rearing its head now?  He could remember it just like it was yesterday...

"Bartender, get me a scotch and soda," she asked as she sat down in front of him.

Burt was quick to notice her shapely figure and breathtakingly good looks.  The dress she wore hugged ever supple curves.  He could clearly tell by the way she carried herself, by her manner, that she was much more sophisticated then the other women that came into the club.  She was different...and most certainly attractive.

"So, what's a lady like you doing in a place like this?" he asked as he slid the cocktail over to her.  "We don't get people like you in here.  Slumming?"

"I wouldn't exactly put it that way," she smiled before taking a sip of her drink.  "Let's just say that I'm bored and need a little excitement in my life.  You wouldn't know where I could find some, do you?

Did he ever!

Their affair had been white hot, filled with passion and romance.  He'd never met anyone quite like Judith.  He was sure he never would again.  What started as a casual, physical relationship, gradually developed into something more.  They grew to trust one another, love one another, and eventually they began to share the truths about their lives with each other...

"Burt, I'm married," Judith said hesitantly as he held her tightly in his arms.  "I-I thought you should know that.  I hope that doesn't change things between us?"

"Honestly, I'd suspected as much."  He gently nuzzled her neck and kissed her tenderly.  "Why should it matter?  It doesn't change how I feel about you."

"H-how did you know?" she gasped slightly.  "I fought so hard to keep it a secret."

"That's exactly how I knew.  You've always been so secretive about so many things...where you live, what you do for a living, where you spend your time when we aren't together.  The only way I know to get in touch with you is at the club."

"No one can ever know about us, Burt.  It...it would ruin everything.  I'm from a very socially prominent family.  My husband is a very well known attorney.  He has connections.  He could...he could make things difficult for you if he were to find out."

"That doesn't change anything, Judith.  It doesn't change how I feel about you.  I love you."

"Oh, Burt, don't say that!"

"But it's true.  I love you with all my heart."  He held her even more tightly in his arms as his lips met hers in a passionate kiss.

"Oh, Burt, I love you, too."

However, it had all turned out so wrong.  Burt loved Judith and wanted her to leave her husband and run away with him.  She could get a divorce and then they could be married.  They could finally be happy together.  It was not meant to be.

"Burt, don't be foolish!" Judith exclaimed as she pulled away from him.  "I can't!  I can't leave my husband...my family!"

"Why not, Judith?  We love one another.  What else do we need?"  He took her into his arms again and held her closely.

"But, I cannot give up everything for you."  She bit her lip and hesitated slightly.  "In fact...I came here tonight to tell you that I can't see you anymore."

"What?"

"Oh, Burt, try to understand!  We're from two different worlds.  We could never work out.  I can't just leave my husband and marry you.  I can't drag you home to my parents and go 'look, everyone, I've run off and married a poor bartender'.  What would people think?  I'd be the laughing stock of all society!"

"But, Judith, I love you!"  He slowed stepped away from her.  He felt as if the wind had been knocked out of him.  "D-don't you love me?"

"Of course I do, Burt!  You know that!  "It's just...it's just that it could never work."

"Judith, run away with me.  Leave all of this behind!"

"Burt, I can't!  We can't see each other again.  It's over!  What little happiness we had together is over!  I'm going back to my own life...the real world.  Please, don't try to follow me.  Don't try to see me again!"

Judith said nothing else and walked out of the club leaving Burt heartbroken and devastated.

However, Burt still had hope.  He'd planned to see Judith again and force her to confess her love for him in front of everyone.  They still had a chance.  Unfortunately, that, too, was not meant to be.

"Burt, you're fired," the club manager said as he walked over to him.

"Fired?  What do you mean?"  Burt's eyes grew wide with shock.  "Why?"

"Because I said so," the sophisticatedly dressed man said as he stepped out of the shadows.

"Who are you?  What do you have to do with all of this?"

"My name is Mark Linford," he man revealed.  "Judith is my wife!"

"Your wife?"  Burt gasped slightly at his first meeting with the man to whom Judith was married.  He quickly regained his composure, clinched his teeth, and prepared to stand his ground.  "Then, if you're here, you must know that Judith and I are in love.  She doesn't love you, she loves me!"

"That's neither here nor there."  Mark's calm demeanor unnerved Burt.  He was too confident, too self-assured.  "She doesn't want to see you anymore, Mr. Lamont.  You don't have a job anymore.  There's no reason for you to stay in New York.  My best advice would be for you to leave town as quickly and as quietly as possible."

"I will not leave!  We love each other and there's not a damn thing you can do about it!"

"Really?  Mr. Lamont, I know people.  I know people who know people.  My wife wants nothing else to do with you.  You see, being married to Judith has brought me certain...advantages...that I would not necessarily have otherwise.  I am not about to give those up."

"I don't care about you or your advantages!"

"Then do you care about your family?  Your mother and brother?"

"W-what are you trying to say?"

"Like I said, Mr. Lamont, I know people.  You need to decide what's most important...your love for my wife or your family.  I would hate to see anything...unfortunate...happen." 

Burt hadn't had a choice.  He didn't knew exactly what Mark Linford was threatening, but he knew he couldn't take any chances.  He'd packed his things and left New York for Chicago that night and never looked back.  In time, he realized how foolish he'd been to become involved with Judith.  She had been right about one thing...they never stood a chance.  Burt finally came to Albanyville and found true love with Janet.  She was so unlike Judith.  Janet wasn't snotty or arrogant.  Janet wasn't from some wealthy upper class family that would look down on him because of his misfortune of having been born poor.  She was just like him.

He'd finally put Judith out of his life and heart, but now, here she was again.  This time, she was telling him that their affair had left her carrying his child...a child he'd never known about.  Why was the past rearing it's ugly head?  Why now?


ALBANYVILLE GENERAL HOSPITAL

Albanyville General Hospital"Fred!  Fred, wait up!" Francis Callison called out as she raced down the hallway after the doctor.  He stopped suddenly and she quickly caught up with him.  "I've been trying to get hold of you for days.  Where have you been?"

"I...um...I've been a little busy."  Fred Rutherford kept his back to her as he spoke.  "A-actually, I'm taking a little time off from work."

"Time off?"  She eyed him curiously.  "Why?  Fred?  Why won't you look at me?"

As his shoulders slumped in defeat, he let out a labored sigh and slowly turned to face her.  The sharp gasp of shock that escaped Francis' lips was the exact reaction he knew he'd receive.

"Oh, my god!  Fred, your face!"  She gently lifted her hand to lightly touch the large, purplish bruise on his forehead as she examined the remains of a large gash below his eye.  "W-what happened?  You look like you've been run over by a truck!"

"Close, actually," he muttered before letting out a weak laugh.  "I...I was walking along the docks the other night and got mugged.  Some two-bit thugs sucker punched me.  They wanted my wallet.  Fool that I am, I thought I could fight them off."

Francis Callison"Oh, Fred, you know it's not safe down there at night!"

"Well, I always thought I could take care of myself.  Guess I was wrong."  He carefully pulled away from her and folded his arms across his chest as his mind drifted back to what had really happened that night on the docks.  His beating could have been much worse.  He knew it was only a warning.  If he didn't come up with the money that he owed, he could wind up hurt even worse...if not dead.

"I just can't believe that someone could do something like this!"  Francis wrapped her arms around him and pulled him closer as she hugged him tightly.  "You're lucky you weren't killed!"

"Yes, I know."  The pressure of Francis' body against his ribs made him wince slightly.

"I-I'm sorry," she replied, quickly noticing the look of pain on his face and swiftly stepped away.

Dr. Fred Rutherford"No, it's fine.  Actually, it looks a lot worse than it really is."  Fred's hand absently found a resting spot on his side as he took a deep breath in an effort to ease the pain.

"I-I guess this is a bad time," she muttered as she looked down at the floor.

"Bad time?"

"Um...yes.  I was wanting to ask you if you'd set up that meeting with your lawyer friend."

"No, not yet."  Fred focused his eyes on her closely.  Was she implying what he thought she was?  "Why are you asking about him?"

"Well...I..."  Francis paused and took a deep breath.  "I'm ready to meet with him.  Set up the meeting.  I need to have those divorce papers drawn up.  It's time to officially end my marriage."

Despite his pain, Fred fought to hide the smile that attempted to fight its way onto his face.


THE WISHING WELL SODA SHOPPE

The Wishing Well Soda Shoppe"Have you lost your mind?" Clark asked as he held his stinging cheek and glared at Stephanie.  "What did you do that for?  What did I do?"

"What did you do?"  Stephanie nearly seethed with anger.  "I'll tell you what you did!  Does the name Helen Van Dyne ring a bell?"

"Oh, my god!" he gasped.  She knew!  Stephanie knew everything!  Or maybe she just thought she knew.  "Look, Steph, I can explain!  I don't know what you think is going on, but I can assure you that you've gotten it all wrong!"

"Can it, Clark!" she spat.  "I overheard you and Hideous Helen plotting to make me the laughingstock of Albanyville University!  I know you were just charming me and using me so that you could find your way to take advantage of me!  What if I held out longer?  Would you have attacked me again like you did that night in my apartment?"

"I told you that was a mistake!  I-I just got carried away!"

"You better believe you got carried away!"  She refused to let him get the better of her.  She refused to be someone's doormat ever again.  Just because she was trying to live a better life didn't mean she had to let someone like Clark Saxon walk all over her.  "You got carried away thinking I was stupid enough to stay fooled by you!  You and Helen were scheming together to humiliate me and ruin my reputation!"

Clark Saxon"We didn't have to scheme for that, Steph," he smirked slightly as he folded his arms across his chest.  "If I'm not mistaken, you managed to do that all by yourself at Jillian Stokes' engagement party.  Remember, Jillian is an Omega Chi.  We Greeks take care of our own!"

"Oh, what I fool I was to believe anything that came out of your mouth!"  Stephanie fought to hold back her tears.  She'd truly trusted Clark.  How could she have been so naive to believe him.  Her stupidity embarrassed her.  She'd always prided herself on being smarter than that.

"All the boys on campus already think you're easy because of how you threw yourself at Reginald Callison!"  His look of wicked satisfaction was plastered securely on his face.  He might not be able to make it into her bed, but he surely would make sure she didn't get the last laugh.

"You're just embarrassed that I didn't throw myself at you!"

"Like anyone would believe that."  His smug look unnerved Stephanie.  What was he trying to imply?  What in the world could he mean?

"W-what?"

"Honestly, Steffi, who do you think everyone will believe?  You?  Everyone knows what kind of liar you are!  Everyone knows that you're not someone who can be trusted."  Clark watched her carefully and saw her strong facade begin to crack.  He smiled.  "Me?  I'm one of the top members of the most prominent and respected fraternity on campus.  All the other boys want to be like me and all the girls want to be with me!  Why would any of them believe you?"

"Clark, what are you threatening?"  Stephanie fought to catch her breath.  This was all too much.  It was all getting horribly out of hand.

"Isn't it obvious?"  He kept his eyes firmly planted on her.  He didn't want to miss a single reaction.  "I'll tell everyone that you threw yourself at me.  I'll tell everyone you wanted me so badly that I didn't have a choice but to succumb to your feminine wiles.  Don't you remember, Steffi, we had a passionate love affair and you told me about how you'd been with many, many men.  Why, you even said that you'd do anything with anyone."

Stephanie Lake"That's a lie!"

"Really?  Who do you think everyone will believe?  Not you."

Stephanie reached back to slap him again, but this time he expected the attack and he swiftly caught her hand in mid-air before it had a chance to connect with his still stinging cheek.

"Don't even think about it," he said firmly as he grasped her wrist tightly.  "No one turns down and tries to humiliate Clark Saxon.  I promise you, Stephanie, you will regret this."

Stephanie couldn't fight her emotions any longer as the tears she'd been holding back began to run down her cheeks.  With one, swift tug, she pulled herself free from Clark's grasp and ran out of the soda shoppe.  As she leaned against the wishing well just outside the front door, she gasped for air and tried to calm herself down.  Clark couldn't possibly mean all of those horrible things that he said.  He wouldn't tell everyone those wicked lies about her.  Would he?  She trembled with fear because she clearly realized that, if he did follow through on his threats, no one would ever believe the truth.  No one would ever believe Stephanie Lake.



 


TOMORROW

Judith makes a threat.




 


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