SARA'S APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM
what in the devil are you talking about?" Dane Manchester questioned as he
turned to look at his wife. "Sara? What's going on?"
"Oh, Dane, I...I..."
Sara Manchester stammered.
"Sara, you have to tell
him the truth," Douglas Davis urged. "You can't avoid it,
now. He has to know."
watched her curiously. He'd suspected for weeks that she'd been hiding
something from him and now, with Douglas' sudden visit, he was convinced of
it. But, what did it have to do with Thornton
Preston? They'd only
read about his death in the newspapers. What did he have to do with Sara?
I..." She looked at him pleadingly, as if begging him to
understand. How in the world could she confess her deception?
"Just tell me the
"I was working for
Thornton Preston as his assistant." She lowered her head in embarrassment
over her lies. "We didn't have enough money to pay our bills and you
were going to have to drop out of college...all because of me. I couldn't
Dane's eyes grew wide with shock. He'd known something was up, but not
this. "You went behind my back? After I forbid you to
"Oh, Dane, there was no
other choice!" Sara began to sob. "I was working as Mr.
Preston's assistant and also to help Charles Callison get information on Mr.
Preston so that he could negotiate his contract. That's where all of the
extra money was coming from. I just...I just altered your books to reflect
the extra money."
Dane inhaled deeply in an effort to soothe his rising temper and ran his hands
through his hair. "Do you think I'm stupid? Did you honestly
think I wouldn't notice?"
stammered, unsure of what to say next.
"I just can't believe
this! Sara, you lied to me!" He sunk down onto the sofa as he
tried to collect his thoughts. "I can't believe this. I thought
you were a decent and honest person. True, a little bit bland, but honest,
nonetheless. Now, I see you're just as wicked and conniving as Stephanie!"
bottom lip began to quiver as tears began to stream down her face. In her
efforts to make their lives better and fix everything that was wrong, had she
ruined things forever? Suddenly, she snapped her head around to face
Douglas with a fire in her eyes. "Why, Douglas? Why did you
have to come here and try to mess up our lives? Why in the world would I
need to be present at the reading of Mr. Preston's will?"
I'm sorry about this, but I had no choice." Douglas bowed his head
slightly, embarrassed for the scene he was being forced to witness.
"But you have to be there. You and Dane."
Douglas took a deep breath and
looked directly at her. "Sara, you and Dane have to be there because
you're in the will. Thornton Preston named both of you in his will."
Both Dane and Sara's eyes grew
wide with shock. Why in the world would Mr. Preston put them in his will?