produced/written by G. Matthew Smith



EPISODE #56 (Monday 8/27/01) click here for a printable version of this episode
a few days later - October 1935


THE SUNSET HOTEL - JILLIAN & JANET'S SUITE - LIVING ROOM

Jillian StokesSunset Hotel, Suite #2, Albanyville, IL"Oh, I'm going to be late!" Jillian Stokes grumbled as she grabbed her books and a light jacket and headed for the door.  "I should never have let Reginald talk me into that late lunch."

The last few weeks had been exceptionally trying for Jillian.  Her sisters Judith and Janet had nearly come to blows on more than one occasion, Douglas and Lorraine got married, Patterson was spending entirely too much time with Stephanie Lake...too much was going on.  She rolled her eyes slightly when she thought about how things couldn't get much worse.  She reached for the door knob and opened the door to leave, but was stunned to find an unexpected visitor waiting on the other side.  Things could get worse.

"Hello, Jillian, don't look so happy to see me."  And with those words, Mark Linford strolled into the apartment.


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MANOR HILLS SANITARIUM - ANDERSONVILLE, IL

Manor Hills Sanitarium"I'm a little surprised to see you here by yourself, Miss Davis," Dr. Maynard said as he led Grace down the long hallway to her mother's room.  "I would have expected you to come with your brother or Mr. Callison."

"Well, I normally would."  Grace Davis paused for a moment as she thought about her visit.  Neither Douglas nor Trevor knew that she was there.  She wanted a visit with her mother, all her own, without their glaring eyes of scrutiny.  "Let's just say I wanted to make this trip alone."

Dr. Maynard"Fair enough."  He reached out and prepared to turn the knob to Louise Davis' room, but hesitated.  "Miss Davis, you should be aware that your mother hasn't been feeling well for a few days.  She's seemed...well...troubled, I guess you could say."

"I-I understand."  She bit her lip in apprehension as her eyes stared blankly at the closed door.  "But...but I really need to see her.  I know she probably won't be able to talk to me, but I...well...there are things that a girl really can only discuss with her mother, even though she might not respond.  I'm sure you understand, Dr. Maynard."

Grace Davis"Of course."  He smiled warmly at her and then let out a small sigh.  The Davis family had gone through so much in dealing with Louise's precarious mental health.  How could he deny Grace some semblance of a normal relationship with her?

As Dr. Maynard opened the door to her mother's room, Grace bit her lip nervously.  Maybe talking with her would help to provide her with the answers that she searched for.  Maybe her mother's silent listening would help Grace figure out exactly what kind of feelings she really had for Trevor Callison.


JOE'S CAFE

Joe's Cafe"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."

Lorraine 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.

"...the car."

Lorraine Davis"Oh, um, what Douglas," Lorraine muttered as she caught only the tail end of her husband's comment.

"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.

"Hello, 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.  "Hello."

"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.

Douglas DavisAfter 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 us."

"Um...yes, I'm sure."  Patterson quickly looked away and found his eyes landing on an uncomfortable Stephanie who stood beside him in silence.

She 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."

"B-baby?"  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?"

"Y-yes, 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 married!"

"Yes, Patterson."  Lorraine's teeth clinched in humiliation and anger as she quickly looked around to see if anyone was eavesdropping on their conversation.

"B-but I 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 wasn't!"

"This baby didn't just happen all on its own!"

Stephanie Lake"Paddy, calm 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 Stephanie's grasp.

"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!"

"Only one time?"  Patterson laughed at the absurdity of it all and threw up his hands as he slowly backed away.  "Clearly one time was definitely enough!"

"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 condition."

Patterson Monroe"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 quickly followed.

"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.

"Lorraine!"  Douglas called out as he ran after her.  "Lorraine!"