HOME - LIVING ROOM
"Paddy, I'm really sorry
Trevor said as they stood in the center of the room.
"I never expected this. I always assumed that you two would get
married and have the happiest life. I know that's what you always
"From the moment I fell
in love with her." Patterson eyed him closely. What was Trevor
really up to? "But...you came along and ruined all of that.
Then you had to go and break her heart."
Trevor sighed and shook his
head. Couldn't Paddy get over all of that? "I didn't ruin any
of that! You and Lorraine had spilt up before she and I ever started
dating. And what happened with Grace...well...that had nothing to do with
"You still hurt
"Paddy, please, let's not
get into this again." Trevor didn't want to argue with him. At
one time, they'd been very good friends...until he started having problems in
his relationship with Lorraine and she turned to Patterson for comfort and
support. "All of that happened months ago. Can't we just get
past that? I miss you as a friend."
Patterson paused for a moment
as he remembered when he and Trevor had been very close...almost as close as he
was with Reginald and
Dane. Trevor had almost been like a third best
friend. "I-I don't know," he finally said.
"Look, I want us to be
friends again. Just think about it." Trevor turned to leave and
headed for the door. "And if you need anything at all, just call
Patterson nodded weakly.
With everything that was going on with Lorraine, he needed all the friends he
Trevor gasped as he opened the door and found her preparing to knock.
"Um...Patterson is in the living room." He turned to look over
his shoulder at Paddy. "I-I was just leaving."
"Nice to see you, too,
Trevor," Stephanie Lake replied curiously before he walked out the door. "What was Trevor
doing here?" she finally said after Trevor had left. "I thought you two weren't getting along because of that whole
"He wanted to offer his condolences
over Lorraine's wedding to Douglas." Patterson sunk down
onto the couch and rested his chin in his hands. Finally, after a moment,
he looked up at her and noticed the nervous expression on her face.
"What are you doing here? Something wrong?"
hesitated as the sound of Clark Saxon's threatening
voice echoed in her
mind. "I, um, finally had my run in with Clark."
He lifted an eyebrow as he looked at her. He knew Clark's betrayal was
upsetting to her and was curious as to how she'd reacted. "And how did
Her head dropped in despair as she turned away from him. She'd leaned on
him for support so much lately, did she really have the right to do it again?
"Okay, tell me what
happened." Patterson reached out for her and grabbed her shoulder
gently before forcing her to face him. The look of worry that shown in her
eyes greatly disturbed him.
"Paddy, he told me that
he always got what he wanted. N-no one would ever believe me if I
said he was lying." Stephanie's lip began to quiver as she fought
back her tears. "He...he said he'd tell everyone what a loose wanton
girl I am. He said n-no one would believe the truth!"
Patterson pulled her into his
arms as she finally broke into tears. "I can't believe the nerve of
that man! How dare he? What makes him think he's so much better then
"Oh, Paddy, I don't
know," she sobbed as she tried to find solace in his arms. "Why
me? Why do I constantly have to pay for those horrible things that I
did? Haven't I paid for them enough?"
"This has nothing to do
with happened between you and Reginald and Jillian!" He felt his
temper quickly begin to rise as his face flushed with anger. "This is
all about Clark Saxon's ego! He thinks he can just run over anyone that
doesn't bow down to him! Well, I refuse to let him do this to you!"
are you talking about?"
He pulled away from her and
began to rush toward the door. "I'm going to go have a word with
him. I am not going to let him do this to you!"
don't!" Stephanie chased after him and grabbed his arm in an effort
to hold him back. "If you attack Clark, it'll only make things
worse! Just leave it alone. T-there's nothing anyone can do.
People are going to believe whatever they want to believe. If you go after
him, it'll only make him angrier."
right," he muttered before taking a deep breath and walking back into the
room. "Maybe there's a better way to deal with this situation rather
than beating Clark to a pulp." Patterson paused for a moment as he
sat in thought. "You know, whatever he tells people shouldn't really
matter. You know the truth about how you really are. I
know the truth. All he could say are total lies. You shouldn't care
what other people think or say. They don't matter. We
know the truth."
"I-I know it shouldn't
matter, Paddy," she sighed as she rested her head on his shoulder,
"but it does! I don't think I could stand everyone talking about me
behind my back and looking at me like I was some evil person. I've had to
endure enough of that as it is. It was finally starting to go away, now
it's going to be even worse than it was before!"
"Steph, just keep her
head high and don't let anyone make you doubt your self-worth." He
gently laid a finger under her chin and lifted her head so that their eyes met.
"Oh, Paddy, do you have
any idea how wonderful you are?" She gazed up into his eyes and let
out a soft sigh. Her father had always told her to believe in fairy tales
and prince charming, now Patterson was, once again, trying to ride to her rescue
like a knight in shining armor.
"You keep telling me
that," he laughed as he wrapped his arms around her and pulled her
closer. "I may just have to start believing you."
As their eyes met again, they
both felt their hearts begin to race. Unnerved by their new rush of
feelings and emotions, they slowly pulled away from each other, yet continued to
look deep into each other's eyes. What they were starting to feel couldn't
be happening. He was still in love with Lorraine. Patterson was only
a friend and a guardian angel. They couldn't be feeling what they felt
like they were feeling. Could they?
"I-I really need to
go," Stephanie muttered uncomfortably as she quickly walked toward the
door. Standing in the open doorway, she paused and turned to look at him
again. Why was she having these feelings for Patterson? Why now?
As the door closed behind her,
Patterson's head was filled with the exact same thoughts. Why
Stephanie? Why now?