produced/written by G. Matthew Smith



EPISODE #55 (Friday 7/13/01) click here for a printable version of this episode
same day - October 1935


THE MONROE HOME - LIVING ROOM

43 Landings Ct., Albanyville, ILPatterson Monroe"Um, hi, Trevor," Patterson Monroe said awkwardly as he stood in the open front door.  "I can honestly say that you were the last person I expected to see today."

"I really hadn't planned on stopping by," Trevor Callison replied, "but I just heard about Lorraine and Douglas and I was wondering how you were doing."

"I'm okay, I guess."  Patterson eyed him carefully.  He still hadn't forgotten their repeated clashes over Lorraine.  "I'm surprised that you're so concerned about me.  We haven't exactly gotten along in the last couple of months."

"Well, Paddy, that's exactly one of the things I wanted to talk to you about."  Trevor stepped past Patterson and into the living room.

Patterson turned to follow him, shutting the door behind him.  He was more than a little uncomfortable with Trevor's sudden visit.  He seriously wondered if, considering their shared past with Lorraine, they could ever truly be friends again.


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THE DAVIS HOME - LIVING ROOM

23 Green St., Albanyville, IL"Well, I think that's it," Douglas Davis smiled as he stood with his hands on his hips and surveyed the piles of boxes that now sat in the middle of the room.  "I think we've finally gotten everything moved in.  All that's left is for us to get everything put away."  He turned and looked at the random array of things.  "I don't know what we'll do with all of this extra furniture, though."

"I guess we'll just have to put it up in the attic," Lorraine Davis mumbled.  "Maybe storage."

"Are you okay?"  He looked at her closely and was quick to notice her slightly melancholy mood.  "I know it's got to be difficult to just move into someone's house, but we're married now...you're my wife.  It's only proper that we share a home and prepare for the birth of our child.  Look, you can do whatever you want to the house.  Little nick knacks, change the curtains, put out some pictures, whatever you want to do to make this place your home.  That's what it is now, you know.  This is your home."

"I-I know."  Lorraine felt herself getting slightly emotional.  Everything had all happened so quickly.  Just a few weeks ago, she was dating Patterson, working on a future together.  Of course, she knew that was kind of hard to do since she was well aware that she was carrying another man's child.  Now, here she was...married to the father of her baby and living in his home.  She still wasn't absolutely convinced that she'd made the right decision.

"Don't tell me you're still having second thoughts?"  He watched her nod her head in confirmation and then quickly took her into his arms.  "Oh, honey, listen...we did the right thing.  We decided to make a home for our child...our baby.  I know it's a little rough, right now, but you'll see.  I bet, before long, you're going to be happier than you've ever been in your entire life."

Lorraine looked at him with apprehension.  She wasn't sure about that.  Carefully, she pulled away from him and gently rubbed her stomach.

Douglas Davis"You know we're going to have to start telling people about the baby soon," Douglas spoke up as he noticed her concentration on their unborn child.  "It's not going to be long until we can't hide it.  I've noticed that you've been wearing looser clothes to keep it hidden.  You can't do that forever."

"I-I know, Douglas," she muttered.  "I know we have to start telling people.  But...but what's everyone going to think.  They know we just got married.  If they find out, now, that we're having a baby, and I start showing right away, they'll realize why we got married...why we had to get married.  What are people going to think of me?"

"Oh, Lorraine, we are not the first couple this has happened to and I doubt we'll be the last!"  He went to her again and took her into his arms just as Grace came down the stairs.  "We have to start now and I think this is the perfect time.  She needs to know before anyone else."  He nodded in his sister's direction.

"I-I guess you're right."

Grace Davis"Know what?" Grace Davis asked as she looked at the newlyweds curiously.  "What are you two keeping from me?"

"Grace, honey, sit down."  Douglas led Lorraine over to the couch and the took a seat before he patted a spot next to him.  "There's something we need to tell you."

"O-okay."  She sat down and kept her eyes firmly focused on them.  This was clearly a major announcement.

Lorraine Davis"Grace, Lorraine and I are going to be parents," Douglas began cautiously.  "Lorraine is going to have a baby."

"A-a baby?" Grace gasped.  She hadn't expected this announcement.  "O-oh!  Oh, I'm so happy for you!  My goodness, that means I'm going to be an aunt!  Oh my!"  She furrowed her brow and then looked at them closely.  "That's why you two got married so suddenly, isn't it?"

"Yes, Grace, it is."  Douglas hung his head for a moment.  He'd always worked so hard to set the proper example for his sister.  He was a little embarrassed.  Conceiving a child outside of marriage was one example he hoped she'd never follow.

"Well, you know what?  Who cares!  You two are going to make wonderful parents."  Grace smiled broadly.  "And I'm going to make a wonderful aunt!  Whatever I can do to help, you just let me know!"

"T-thank you, Grace," Lorraine smiled weakly.

"You'll see, you're going to love being part of our little family."  Grace reached over and grabbed Lorraine's hand.  "We're going to be just like sisters!"

Lorraine smiled at Grace's show of love and support.  She'd never had a sister before.  If everyone else reacted this positively, maybe this was going to be so bad at all.  However, Lorraine clearly realized that telling Grace was only the first step.  Telling Patterson would be another matter all together.


THE MONROE HOME - LIVING ROOM

43 Landings Ct., Albanyville, IL"Paddy, I'm really sorry about Lorraine," 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 wanted."

"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 Lorraine."

"You still hurt her!"

Trevor Callison"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 me."

Patterson nodded weakly.  With everything that was going on with Lorraine, he needed all the friends he could get.

"Oh, Stephanie!" 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 Lorraine mess?"

"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?"

"Well..." she hesitated as the sound of Clark Saxon's threatening voice echoed in her mind.  "I, um, finally had my run in with Clark."

"Oh, really?"  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 that go?"

"N-not well."  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.

Stephanie Lake"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 everyone else?"

"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!"

"Patterson?  W-what 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!"

"N-no, Paddy, 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."

"Maybe you're 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!"

Patterson Monroe"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?