"I'm glad the doctor
said you and the baby are doing fine," Douglas Davis smiled as he sat
across the table from Lorraine. "I hope that now that everything is
settled, your nerves can calm down a little."
"These past few months
have been rather tense." Lorraine Davis took a sip of her water and
thought about exactly how tense. The uncertainty of who to name as her
child's father and then the stress of having to tell Patterson of her decision
to marry Douglas had almost been too much to bear.
"But all of that is over
now." He reached across the table and gently took her hand into
his. "We're married and we're going to be the most loving parents
that this child could ever hope for."
absently strummed her fingers along the table as her thoughts began to
drift. She couldn't help feeling awkward with Douglas. After all,
they weren't exactly a loving couple. They'd only married for the sake of
their unborn child. Her entire life, she'd longed to be married.
However, she'd always wanted a marriage based on two people in love. That
was most definitely not what this marriage was based on. She let out a
small sigh when she realized that it had been her only option...her only choice.
"Oh, um, what
Douglas," Lorraine muttered as she caught only the tail end of her
"I said 'thank you' for
letting me take your car this afternoon so I can return to the office."
"Oh, that's quite all
right." She paused and thought for a second. "Where did
Grace have to go this afternoon?"
"Honestly, she didn't
say," he replied before taking another bite out of his sandwich.
"But from the way she acted, it was something important."
They sat there filled with
uneasiness until Lorraine glanced across the room, just in time to see Patterson
and Stephanie walk through the door. Lorraine immediately grew nervous
and she let out a small gasp.
Lorraine," Patterson Monroe nodded curtly as he and Stephanie approached
the their table. It was the first time he'd seen her since her wedding to
Douglas and the tension was palpable.
"Oh, um, Patterson,"
Lorraine stammered as her eyes moved from him to Stephanie.
"I just wanted
to...congratulate you both on your wedding." Patterson held out his
hand to Douglas. This entire meeting was difficult for him, but he
realized that he couldn't change the way things had gone. Lorraine was
lost to him forever and nothing he could do or say could change that.
After a moment's hesitation,
Douglas grasped Patterson's hand firmly. "Thank you, Paddy. I
know that must be a very difficult thing for you to say. It means a lot to
sure." Patterson quickly looked away and found his eyes landing on an
uncomfortable Stephanie who stood beside him in silence.
knew how difficult his break up with Lorraine had been on him. She also
was more than aware of the odd, growing emotions that she was beginning to
experience where Patterson was concerned. However, she feared forcing the
issue. She'd experienced so much heartache and disappointment at the hands
of Reginald and
Clark that she couldn't bear to feel that way again.
"I hope you two have many
happy years together." Patterson fought to hide the sarcasm in his
voice, but found that to be a difficult task. Fearful that his true emotions had crept
out, he quickly glanced from Lorraine to Douglas in search of their
reactions. He was immediately embarrassed when he saw the faint looks of
shock and pain in the faces.
"Well, I'm sure we will,
Paddy." Douglas' expression grew stern as he glared at
Patterson. "Especially once the baby arrives."
Patterson furrowed his brow slightly as he tried to comprehend Douglas'
statement. The sharp look that Lorraine gave her husband punctuated the
announcement. "Oh, my god. Lorraine, you're having a baby?"
Patterson." Lorraine blushed slightly in embarrassment, her secret
out. "Douglas and I are expecting a child."
"Oh, my god, it all makes
sense, now!" Patterson felt his blood pressure begin to rise as the
pain in his voice became more and more evident. "You two had to get
Patterson." Lorraine's teeth clinched in humiliation and anger as she
quickly looked around to see if anyone was eavesdropping on their conversation.
thought..." Patterson's eyes grew wide with realization.
"Lorraine, you swore to me that you weren't having an affair with Douglas
behind my back!"
"Oh, Paddy, I
"This baby didn't just
happen all on its own!"
down." Stephanie gently grabbed his arm in an effort to help keep his
emotions in check.
"You want me to calm
down? I find out that I've been used and lied to and you want me to calm
down?" His face grew red with anger and he snatched his arm away from
"Oh, Patterson, that's
not the way it was, at all!" Lorraine began to feel her eyes fill
with tears. The last thing she'd ever wanted to do was hurt Patterson and
now that seemed to be the only thing she was able to do. "It was
o-only one time!"
time?" Patterson laughed at the absurdity of it all and threw up his
hands as he slowly backed away. "Clearly one time was definitely
"Oh, Patterson, please!" Lorraine quickly rose from her seat and moved towards him in
hopes of making him understand.
"I will not have you
upsetting my wife!" Douglas' voice boomed out as he swiftly moved
behind Lorraine to place a calming and protective hand on her
shoulder. "You should know better considering her delicate
"Yes, Douglas, you're
right." Patterson took a deep breath and exhaled slowly.
"I should have known better. I can guarantee you that you have nothing
to worry about from me! I have no intention of ever coming near either one
of you traitors again!" His eyes still blazing with anger, he turned on his
heel and quickly headed for the door. A speechless and stunned Stephanie
"Douglas, I have to go
after him! I have to make him understand!" Lorraine tried to
pull away from him, but he held a firm grasp on her shoulder.
"No, Lorraine. Just
leave it alone. He's too upset." He wrapped his arms around her
and pulled her to him as she began to sob. "He'll never listen to
you. He'll never understand exactly what happened."
"B-but I have to
try!" She quickly pulled away from him and raced after Patterson.
Douglas called out as he ran after her. "Lorraine!"