THE LAMONT HOME -
where is she?" Judith asked as he walked back into the house.
"I have no idea," he
muttered as he sank down into a chair by the kitchen table. "I've
searched everywhere. The barn...the stables...I even went down to Spring
Lake thinking she might have run down there."
"You didn't see her at
all?" Her eyes grew wide with surprise. Her sister couldn't
have just vanished. "Burt, she has to be somewhere! Are you
sure you've looked everywhere?"
Judith, I can't find her! I'm sure she took a taxi out here, so she had to
have left on foot. She couldn't have gotten far!" He turned to
examine Judith's expressions closely. Was that actual concern that he was
hearing in her voice?
"Well, I'm sure she's
just run off to have a good cry," she muttered as she glance out the door
and into the night as if hoping to catch a glimpse of her sister.
"She'll be back in no time, begging you to forgive her. She'll be
"How can you be so
cavalier about all of this!" Burt shouted as he sprung to his feet and
approached her. "Your sister...your emotionally delicate sister...has
just run off and I can't find her! How can you act like that doesn't
doesn't! It's not like Janet hasn't pulled stunts like this
before!" Judith quickly glanced out the door again and bit her lip
"You really don't have
anything that even resembles a heart, do you?" His eyes flashed with
anger as he shook his fist in frustration. "How can you be so
cruel? She's your sister! She was an emotional wreck when she ran
out of here...which is your fault, I might add. Who knows what kind of
state she's in? Who knows what could happen to her?"
"You're making too much
out of this!"
"I really don't think
that I am. I love Janet. Nothing that you've said tonight changes
that." He looked her square in the eyes. "And don't you
even think about telling her about the baby! After everything you've done,
so far, I don't think she'd be able to handle that."
"Okay," she relented
as her eyes again glanced out the open door. "I...I won't say
anything. The true father of my child will stay our secret. I won't
say a word to Janet. I swear!"
He inspected her closely to
determine whether she was telling the truth. Still unsure, he realized
that he had no choice but to take her at her word. "Look, I'm going
to look for her again. I've got to make her understand about us.
I've got to convince her that nothing's changed."
muttered as she watched him rush out of the house again. As she leaned
against the doorway and gazed out into the night, she took a deep, labored
breath. This was what she'd wanted. She'd finally told the truth
about Janet. Now, it looked as if her rival for Burt's affections was out
of the way for good. However, if she'd gotten what she wanted, why was she
suddenly so worried about what had happened to Janet?