THE LAMONT HOME - KITCHEN
Burt questioned, still in a state of shock from Judith's story.
"Janet, tell me this isn't true! Tell me she's lying!"
"I...I can't," Janet
confessed as she hung her head in fear and embarrassment.
"Oh, my god," he
I told you that you didn't know your girlfriend quite as well as you thought you
did," Judith smirked as she folded her arms across her chest.
"She lied about her name, who she is, and what she's done. Who knows
what else she's been lying about that even I don't know!"
Please help me understand all of this!" he begged.
can't," she sobbed. "I don't even understand it myself!"
"What do you
mean?" Burt looked at her curiously.
"I don't remember what
happened!" Janet fought to contain the trembling in her voice as she
tried to find the strength to tell her version of the events. "I...I
remember running away with Gordon. Father didn't approve of our
relationship. I pressured Gordon into running away with me the night of my
18th birthday...to get married." Her mind flashed back to that night
as a frightening chill ran down her spine. "I remember being in the
hotel room with him. Somehow, I found out that he really was married...I
don't remember how."
"We...we argued. We
fought violently. I accused him of only using me. He called me young
and stupid." Janet's eyes filled with tears as her hands began to
shake. "I...I don't remember what happened next. All I can
remember is waking up, on the floor, covered in blood, with the police standing
over me. I...I don't remember killing him."
"Then how do you know for
certain you did it?"
"Oh, please!" Judith
laughed. "The people in the next room heard them arguing. They
heard Janet tell Gordon that she hated him and that she could kill him for what
he'd done to her! How much more proof do you need than to find her covered
in Gordon's blood and holding the murder weapon! She'd clearly gone out of
"I...I just don't
understand any of this," Burt muttered as he raked his hands through his
"Thank god for
Daddy," Judith continued. "If he hadn't made that deal with the
judge, heaven only knows what might have happened. You see, Daddy got her
to confess to the crime and then he made a deal to have her sent away to a
hospital. It was clear to everyone that she'd gone off her rocker."
"No! That's not how
it was!" Janet shouted angrily. "You make it sound like he did
something for my own good. It wasn't! He did what he did for
himself! He promised the judge that he'd have me put away if the judge
managed to keep the incident quiet and out of the newspapers. He was
afraid that what I...what I did would tarnish the Stokes name."
"And there she sat until
just before Jillian's engagement party...in a padded cell!" Judith
shook her head in disgust. "Whatever made Daddy think you were well
enough to come home, I'll never know. Your behavior here in Albanyville
really does put your mental state in question."
"I just can't believe
this," he muttered. "Judith, why didn't you tell me about
this? After all of this time, why didn't you tell me about what happened
with your family?"
"What a minute,"
Janet spoke up as she looked at Burt and her sister curiously. "Why
are you two acting like you know each other? What's going on here?"
stammered nervously as he flashed Judith a pleading glance.
"That's because we do
know each other, dear," Judith smiled. "Quite well,
"What? I...I don't
understand." Janet's eyes darted back and forth between them as she
tried to comprehend what her sister was saying.
"You see, Janet, Burt and
I have known each other for quite some time."
Burt cautioned. "Haven't you dredged up enough past?"
"Actually, Burt, no, I
haven't." Judith paused for a moment and turned her attentions fully
on Janet. "Burt and I first met in New York, quite some time
ago. We were very close, once."
understand." A look a fear filled Janet's eyes as she again felt her
body begin to tremble.
"Janet, Burt and I were lovers," Judith revealed to a horrified Janet. "We had an
affair! Long before you two ever met."
tears began to well up in her eyes. "Burt, is this true? Were
you having an affair with my own sister?"
"Y-yes, Janet, it's
true." He bowed his head to hide his embarrassment.
"But...but, it was long before I ever met you! I-I didn't even know
you existed. Since you kept the truth about who you really were from me, I
had no way of knowing that you two were sisters!"
Janet gasped for air and
reached out for the wall in an attempt to steady herself. "Oh, my
god. My own sister? D-did you...did you love her?"
briefly glanced at Judith and became angry with her self-satisfied
arrogance. "Yes," he confessed in an attempt to put an end to
all of the lies. "At the time, I was very much in love with
her. But, that was over a long time ago! The only thing I feel for
her now is complete and total disgust!"
"Oh, my god," Janet
gasped as she began to feel the walls closing in. "My own
sister? You were in love with my own sister? Oh, my god!"
"Janet, please, try to
understand!" Burt reached out for her, but she yanked her arm
"Don't! Don't touch me! You've just been using
"No, Janet, that's not
how it is! I love you...I've always loved you!"
"No! It's just like
Gordon! You've just been using me!" Janet sobbed as she quickly
turned and ran out of the house.
Burt called out as he ran to the door.
"Oh, let her be,"
Judith muttered with a shake of her head. With a sigh, she quickly
remembered another, shocking revelation that she'd planned to make...the true
paternity of her unborn child. She held back a wicked laugh when she
realized that that was one piece of news that would have to wait for later.