JOE'S CAFE

Joe's Cafe"Just come back in here and sit down," Stephanie Lake said as she led Patterson Monroe back into the cafe.  "Look, both Douglas and Lorraine are gone, now."

"I can't believe that she's going to have his baby," Patterson sighed as he sunk down into a chair.  "How?  How could she do this to me?"

"Paddy, Lorraine's marriage to Douglas and whether they're having a baby or not has nothing to do with you."  She sat down next to him and began to carefully stroke his arm in an effort to calm him down.  "Let it go."

"How can I let it go?"  He snapped his head around to face her with eyes filled will confusion and pain.  "I'd always thought that Lorraine was an honest person...a trustworthy person..."

"She is, Paddy!  Lorraine is one of the most honest people I know."

Patterson Monroe"These are not the actions of an honest person!"  Patterson lowered his head into his hands as he tried to make sense of it all.  He'd been in love with Lorraine and he'd been certain that she'd been in love with him.  However, he'd been stunned when she'd announced that she was leaving him to marry Douglas, a man she'd never been involved with.  It hadn't made much sense...until now.  Now, it was a clear.  Despite Lorraine's protestations to the contrary, she'd clearly been having an affair with Douglas behind his back.  It had been an affair that had left her carrying Douglas' child.

"How do you explain this?  How could she betray me like this?"  He took a deep breath as he tried to fight the tears that wanted to pour from his eyes.

"I...I don't know."  Stephanie watched him closely.  He was in so much pain and she wanted to do something to help him.  Over the last few months, he'd grown to mean so much to her.  He'd always been there for her no matter what crisis she'd gone through and now she wanted to be there for him.  However, she wasn't sure what to do.  "Paddy, you've just got to give it time."

"I know, but it's just so hard."

Stephanie Lake"Oh, please, Paddy, let me help you get through this."  She wrapped her arms around him and pulled him closer.  "You've done so much for me; let me be here for you."

"I-I can't."

"Please, Paddy?  You're the most important person in the world to me.  Please let me help you."

"I-I..."  His voice trailed off as he kept his head turned away from her in an attempt to hide his deep pain.  "I just want to be alone, right now.  Please, Steph, just leave me alone."

With a silent nod of her head, Stephanie agreed and rose from her seat.  She took a deep breath and headed for the door, but turned again to look at him.  Patterson did mean the world to her, probably more than she was even willing to admit to herself.  Would he ever be able to move past Lorraine's betrayal?  Would he be able to pick up the pieces and move on with his life?  She silently prayed that he could and then left him alone with his grief.


JOSEPH HAYNE RAINEY MEMORIAL NEGRO HOSPITAL - WAITING ROOM

Joseph Hayne Rainey Memorial Negro Hospital"How...how is she?" Douglas Davis asked as he saw Dr. Calvin Jackson exit the examining room.  "How's my wife?"

"Mr. Davis, it was a little complicated," Calvin began cautiously as he began to lead him down the hallway and toward the waiting room, "but she's going to be fine.  She's experiencing a little discomfort, right now, but your wife is going to be okay."

"W-what about the baby?"  Douglas' hands shook with nervousness.  They'd gone through so much in the last few months because of their baby.  He couldn't bear to loose the child now.

"The baby's going to be fine, too." 

The smile that spread across Calvin's lips gave Douglas the reassurance that he'd needed and he let out a deep sigh of relief.

"However, Mr. Davis, you need to make sure your wife takes it easy.  It's my understanding that she's been under a lot of stress lately?"

"That would be a slight understatement."  Douglas shook his head slightly as he thought of the confrontation with Patterson that had happened earlier and the events of the past few months that had led up to it.  "Things have been a little tense, lately."

"Your wife told me that this isn't the first time she's collapsed?"

Douglas Davis"No, she collapsed a few months ago.  That was how we...she...realized she was expecting a baby."  His mind briefly turned to thoughts of how he hadn't been able to be there for their child, then.  He hadn't known that their brief encounter, months earlier, had left her carrying his child.

"Well, I'm sure I don't have to warn you about how too much needless stress can put your wife and child in jeopardy.  They might be okay, now, but there is still a great risk.  You have to make sure that she doesn't put herself in any situation where she could become overly agitated."  Calvin flipped through Lorraine's chart and began to write down a few notes.  "She's fine, now, but I'm afraid that she might have to be confined to strict bed rest if she can't keep her emotions in check.  There's still much risk."

"I-I understand."

"Mr. Davis," Calvin said tentatively, "may I ask you a question?"

"Yes, of course.  What is it?"

"Why did you bring your wife here?  Why this hospital?"  Calvin watched Douglas closely and waited for his response.

"I told the other doctors already!"  Douglas took a deep breath.  His nerves were still on edge from the stress of Lorraine's collapse and he fought to compose himself.  "We were on the docks when it happened...when she collapsed.  This is the closest hospital."

Dr. Calvin Jackson"Weren't you concerned about it being a Negro hospital?  We only treat colored folk.  We aren't exactly the most welcomed people over at General."

"Dr. Jackson, the last thing on my mind was what color the hospital was."  Douglas ran his hands through his hair and looked at Calvin.  "The only thing I even thought about was getting my wife the help she needed.  A good doctor is a good doctor, no matter what color he might be."

"I believe that, too."

"And, in my opinion, after everything that's happened," Douglas paused for a deep breath, "you're the best doctor I've ever met.  I am forever grateful to you and in your debt."  

He extended his hand to Calvin who eyed it cautiously.  Finally, Calvin grasped Douglas' hand and gave it a firm shake as a smile spread across his face.

"Your wife should be ready to go home shortly," Calvin said as he led Douglas back down the hallway toward Lorraine's examining room.  "But, I have to advise you to have her see her own doctor.  He's got much more information on her medical history than I do."

"Oh, don't worry.  That's top on my list of priorities."  Douglas stopped at the door and turned to Calvin again.  "Is it okay if I see her?"

"Go on in," Calvin smiled.

As the door closed behind Douglas, Calvin's mind became filled with thoughts of everything that had happened.  Calvin's race hadn't meant anything to Douglas.  He was only viewed as the competent doctor that he was.  He couldn't deny the shock that Douglas' comments had brought.  Was his opinion shared by Mary Albany?  Did Mary view his mother Dorothea with the same mindset and respect?  After the events of the past few hours, Calvin wasn't sure.  However, he realized he may have to rethink his entire opinion of Mary and her employment of his mother.


BAILY PARK

Baily ParkStephanie strolled along as thoughts of Patterson and Lorraine kept filling her head.  She felt so sorry for Patterson and everything that he'd gone through, but wasn't sure how she could help him move past the pain and the hurt.

Suddenly, her thoughts turned to Clark Saxon and his threats of revenge.  She shuddered slightly, but was unsure if it was from the memory of Clark's voice or from the crisp autumn air that blew through the trees.

Clark had tried repeatedly over the past few weeks to phone her, but she'd never taken his calls.  Her mother was growing more and more suspicious, but Stephanie was adamant about not revealing the truth about Clark.  She couldn't!  She couldn't bring herself to confess how wrong she'd been about him.

No, she had to deal with this on her own.  She'd been leaning on Patterson for support, but now he was dealing with his own problems.  She couldn't burden him with this anymore.  Stephanie had to get back at Clark and push him out of her life for good before it was too late.  She knew that she would have to be smarter than Clark, much more clever than he could ever hope to be.  If she didn't play her cards right, Clark would do everything he could to ruin her.

Stephanie LakeAs Stephanie turned the corner on the path through the park, she spotted a disturbing sight.  Francis Callison, sitting alone on a park bench, crying.  Stephanie stopped for a moment, slightly taken aback by Francis' emotional state, and then cautiously approached her.

"M-Mrs. Callison?  Are you all right?"

"W-who?"  Francis turned to look at her through bleary eyes and then quickly wiped her tears.  "Oh, Stephanie.  I didn't see you."

"Mrs. Callison, are you all right?  Is there something I can do..."

"No!  You and your wretched family have done enough to me as it is!"  Francis felt her temper begin to rise as she remembered everything that Stephanie had done to Reginald and Jillian as well as Annabelle's schemes.  "Your vile mother has taken away the only man I could ever truly love.  Just like you tried to take my son away from Jillian!"

"Mrs. Callison, I..."

Francis Callison"No!  If it weren't for your tramp of a mother, my marriage would still be intact and none of us would be living through any of this!  Can't you understand how much your mother has hurt me and my children?  She's worked to separate my husband from his family!  She's manipulated her way into our lives and ruined everything we hold dear!"

Stephanie stood in silence as her ears burned with Francis' tirade.  Francis' words were not lost on her, nor was the emotion behind the statements.  Stephanie's heart went out to her and the deep, emotional pain she was feeling.  What her mother had done to Francis had been wrong.  Her mother had been wrong to cause the Callison family such pain.  Charles Callison hadn't betrayed his wife of his own free will.  Annabelle Lake had drugged him and used his altered state to lure him into bed and then fixed it so his wife would find them together.

As Stephanie watched Francis, her heart went out to her.  Could she right all of the wrongs her mother had committed?  Could she atone for not only her mother's sins, but hers, as well?  Did she have the strength to betray her own mother and tell Francis the truth about that night at the engagement party?



 


TOMORROW

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