THE SUNSET HOTEL - JILLIAN &
JANET'S SUITE - LIVING ROOM
really need to stop answering the door," Jillian grumbled to herself as she
followed Mark into the living room.
"What was that?" Mark asked as he
walked over to the bar and began to pour himself a cocktail.
"I said I wasn't expecting to find you
standing at my door." Of course, Jillian knew Mark Linford's arrival
in Albanyville would be inevitable. He had to realize where Judith
was sooner or later. Taking a deep breath, she asked the question to which
she already knew the answer. "What are you doing here, Mark?"
come to get Judith." He took a long sip of his drink and then sat
down on the sofa. "And don't try to tell me she isn't here. I know
your sister isn't in Los Angeles.
"W-what? How do you know Judith
isn't in Los Angeles?" She quickly turned away to keep Mark from
seeing the truth on her face. She couldn't reveal Judith's true
whereabouts or Mark might discover that Janet was in Albanyville instead of
Chicago. Jillian couldn't risk her father learning the truth.
"It wasn't that difficult to
figure out, dear," he smirked slyly. "Not one hotel in the Los
Angeles area had a room registered to Judith Linford or Judith
Stokes. All it took was a little expert questioning of your mother to
discover that Judith was actually here."
"M-mother told you?"
"Jillian, why don't you just stop the
charade?" He rolled his eyes and took another sip of his
cocktail. "Leticia told me Judith was here and now I've come to take
her home. She's been gone for far too long."
"Mark, you can't! She's under
doctor's orders not to travel!"
"What 'doctor's orders'?"
He eyed her cautiously. What kind of scheme had Judith cooked up?
Surely she hadn't come to Albanyville to divorce him.
Jillian let out a long sigh and realized
that she had to be completely truthful with him or risk him ruining
everything. "You see, Judith collapsed not long after she got
here. The doctor warned her that traveling might not be in the baby's best
interest since she's so far along. She has to stay here at least until the
"Oh, yes, the baby." he
muttered dryly. "How could I forget about the baby?"
He couldn't forget about the baby. The fact was, he'd tried
to forget about the baby...Judith's baby with Burt
Lamont. "She is
alright, isn't she?" The concern in his voice was genuine. No
matter what problems they had, he did love her...well, at one time, at
least. No matter whose child she carried, he didn't want anything to
happen to her.
"She's fine, Mark, but she just can't
travel." Jillian lifted her hand to her forehead and began to gently
massage her temple. She suddenly felt a headache coming on.
"Well, where is she?"
"She didn't want to stay here with me
and..." She hesitated for a moment. Had her mother told him
everything? Did Mark know that Janet was also in Albanyville?
She sighed again when she realized that she wouldn't be able to hide Janet's
presence from Mark. "She didn't want to stay here with me and Janet,
so she rented a penthouse, upstairs."
"Don't worry, Jillian. Your
mother told me all about Janet's impetuous trip here." He thought
about his wife and rolled his eyes sarcastically. "Leave it to Judith
to only want the most opulent comfort. Well, I guess that settles
"I guess I'm staying here until Judith
is able to travel." Mark quickly sat his glass down and rose from the
sofa before walking towards the door. "What penthouse is she staying
"She's in penthouse C."
Jillian's eyes followed Mark as he walked across the room.
"Well, I guess it's time I had a
little reunion with my wife. Good to see you again, Jillian."
He nodded politely to her, noting the look of worry on her face, and then
promptly headed upstairs.