THE SUNSET HOTEL - JUDITH'S
PENTHOUSE - LIVING ROOM
Lamont?" Janet questioned nervously as she tried to hide her shock and
"Of course, dear,"
Judith smirked slyly as she watched her sister with much intent.
"Now, don't act like you've never heard the name before. That is
the real name of the man you've been seeing, isn't it?"
"I-I don't have the
slightest idea what you're talking about!" Janet wrung her hands as
she felt herself slowly slip into a panic. "Then man I'm dating
Judith sighed and shook her
head. "Don't even try it. In case you've forgotten, you can't
keep your stories straight about what your mystery man's name is supposed
to be. Once is was Barrett, then it was Bradley. At least you
remembered the 'b'." She let out a thin laugh. "I know all
about Burt Lamont. That's really who your seeing, isn't it?"
confessed as she quickly turned away.
"Tisk, tisk, oh what
Daddy would say." Judith rose from the sofa and slowly began to walk
around the room like a vulture circling its prey. "You just know
he wouldn't approve. A Stokes dating a lowly stable boy? Daddy
wouldn't hear of it!"
"Oh, you won't tell
him! Please, Judith!" Janet's eyes widened with fear.
Deep down, she knew her pleas would be useless. Judith had always done as
"Janet, why did you have
to stoop so far below your station? You know Daddy would be very
upset. He wouldn't take kindly to this at all! Why, he might even
think you'd...how shall I put it...lost your mind."
"Judith, you can't
tell him about me and Burt! You just can't!"
"You know what
Daddy's threatened to do after the last time you pulled a stunt like
this!" Judith carefully continued to pace the room as she, too, began
to wring her hands. "Why do you have to be so much trouble?"
"Judith, this is
different! I love, Burt!" Janet tried to hold back her
emotions, but failed miserably. The tears broke through and quickly began
to run down her cheeks.
"Where have I heard that
before?" Judith laughed. She paused and took a deep breath.
"Janet, I'm sure Burt doesn't know anything about what happened.
Well, of course he doesn't. Why would you be stupid enough to tell him
"B-Burt doesn't even know
my real name," Janet confessed. "I-I was so scared that if he
knew I was Janet Stokes, he'd know what happened."
"Oh, what a tangled web
we weave." Judith continued to stare at her sister with venomous
intent as she sat down next to her. "Aren't you afraid of what might
happen? What if Burt found out? You know he wouldn't want anything
to do with you! He'd hate you because you lied to him!"
"Oh, please, Judith, please
don't say anything to Burt!" Janet was an emotional wreck as she
grabbed Judith and shook her violently and begged.
"You will stop seeing
this man at once!" Judith pushed Janet away and looked at her with
determination. "If you don't stay away from Burt Lamont, I will go to
him and tell him everything!"
"Judith, please, you
"I can, sister dear, and
I will!" Judith glared at her angrily. "Stay away from
Judith maintained her regal
posture as a self-satisfied grin spread across her face. Overcome with
panic and fear, Janet quickly burst from her seat and ran out of the apartment