THE LAMONT HOME -
Burt called out in shock. "What are you doing here?"
"I missed you,"
Janet muttered as she nervously eyed both Burt and Judith. "I thought
I'd stop by and see if you wanted to go have dinner."
Judith stood in wide-eyed
shock. She hadn't expected her sister to show up out of the blue to
interrupt her conversation with Burt. The timing left her unusually speechless...an
irony that wasn't completely lost on her.
"I...I didn't know that
you two knew each other," Burt said hesitantly. Surely Judith and
Janet weren't friends! As snotty as Judith could be, he was sure that she
wouldn't associate socially with someone like Janet whom she would most certainly
regard as beneath her.
Janet stammered as her hands began to shake. "I've seen Mrs. Linford
As the shock of Janet's sudden
appearance began to wear off, Judith quickly began to regain her
composure. Throwing her shoulders back regally, she took a deep
breath. She'd planned for her revelation to come much more privately, but
she quickly realized that her sister's presence would add a most interesting
Burt, dear, Janet here and I are more than just acquainted," she said with
a sly grin.
"No, Judith, don't,"
Janet muttered softly as she tried to hide the fear in her voice.
"What are you talking
about?" Burt immediately began to grow worried. Had Judith told
Janet about their past affair? Had she revealed all about the baby that
please!" Janet began to wring her hands as she fought the urge to run
from the house and hide.
"Burt, as I was telling
you before, there are things about the girl you've been seeing...our little miss
Janet, here, that you don't know." Judith turned to face Janet and
shot her an icy stare.
"Judith, what in the
devil are you talking about?" Burt felt his heart begin to
race. What in the world could Judith, of all people, know about Janet?
"She's been lying to you,
Burt. This entire time she's been lying to you! You see, Burt, Janet
is my sister."
jaw dropped in shock as his turned to look at Janet with eyes filled with
confusion. "No, that's a lie! This is Janet Scott. She
has a sister named Jill. She can't be your sister!"
"Scott? You told
him your last name was Scott?" Judith turned to Janet and let out a
deep, throaty laugh. "My god, you're even crazier than I thought you
were." Turning to again face Burt, she took a deep breath.
"Her sister Jill is really our sister Jillian. You remember me
talking about her, don't you, Burt?"
vaguely." Numbed by the shocking revelation, Burt stood motionless,
barely able to think. He eyed Janet closely as if in an attempt to see
through the layers of lies. "Janet Stokes? You're really Janet Stokes? Why, Janet?
Why did you lie to me?"
"Even better question,
dear, is how could you even think to use the name Scott?" Judith
shook her head slightly in disbelief. "After everything that's
happened, you had to use Scott?" Her hand flew up to her mouth in
horror as she looked at her cautiously. She was fully aware that events
from the past had left Janet slightly troubled, but this? Judith greatly
feared what it all meant.
"Tell me the truth,
Janet!" Burt felt his temper begin to rise because of the
betrayal. "Tell me who you really are!"
screamed as tears began to stream down her face.
Suddenly, she turned to bolt
out of the door and run away, but Burt's swift hand reached out and grabbed
her. He spun her around and held her by the shoulders in an attempt to force
her to face him.
"Tell me the truth!
Who are you?"
Janet's muttered softly through her tears. "I'm really Janet
Stokes. I'm Judith's sister."
"Oh, my lord."
As the complete shock of the truth hit him, Burt released Janet and slowly
staggered backwards as if he'd been physically struck. "How could you
lie to me?"
Janet gasped for air as she began to feel the walls close in. Suddenly, a
fire began to burn in her eyes and she turned to glare at Judith.
"How?" she spat, "how do you two know each other?
Now, it was Burt's turn to
have his eyes filled with fear and worry. He looked at Judith pleadingly,
but was met only with a look a calmness that sent a chill through his body.
"Do you really want to
know?" Judith asked pointedly. "Do you really?"
"No, Judith, don't,"
Burt pleaded. "Don't do this. Is it really worth it?"
asked as a looked of confusion covered her. "Judith, what's going
on? How do you know Burt?"
"I want to know why you
lied to me!" Burt shouted in an attempt to deflect the questioning away
asked as she kept her eyes locked on her sister.
Judith stood silently, taking the moment in. Her eyes moved from Burt to Janet and back again as her
hand rested easily on her swollen stomach. Taking a deep breath, a slight
smile spread across her lips. I believe in chess this is what is called
"check", she thought to herself. Finally, after what
seemed like forever, she began to speak.