THE LAMONT HOME - LIVING ROOM
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...
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.
"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...
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
"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
"Oh, Burt, don't say
"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,
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
"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."
"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
"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
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.
fired," the club manager said as he walked over to him.
"Fired? What do you
mean?" Burt's eyes grew wide with shock.
"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!"
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
"Then do you care about
your family? Your mother and
"W-what are you trying to
"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
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?