HOTEL - JILLIAN & JANET'S SUITE - LIVING ROOM
can't believe you just let her disappear!"
Reginald Callison shouted as he
paced around the room.
"I didn't just let
her! She ran out, upset over the fact that I found out who she really
was. I went after her, but I couldn't find her!" Burt Lamont
was beginning to let the stress get the better of him. He'd been worried
sick about his girlfriend Janet ever since her sister Judith
had revealed Janet's
true identity and past mental instability.
she has to be out there somewhere," Jillian Stokes muttered as rested her
chin in her hands. "She just couldn't have vanished into thin
"She has to be okay! She
has to be!" Burt sank down onto the
sofa and buried his head in his hands as he thought about exactly how much he
loved Janet and how his feelings for her would never change.
"Actually, I'm glad to
finally meet you, Burt," Jillian said as she sat down next to him.
"I know that you must mean a lot to her. I just wish the
circumstances were different."
are you all acting like this is such a big deal?" Judith Linford spoke up
as she folded her arms across her chest and glared at them. "It's not
like the little twit hasn't run off like this before!"
"And if I recall, you had
a hand in that, too!" Jillian shot her and angry look as she
remembered the roll she'd had in Janet's elopement with Gordon Scott.
"You are all making
entirely too much out of this! She's just run off to have a good
cry. She'll be back in no time." Judith paused and smiled
slyly. "Unless you think she's way crazier than you're letting
"That will be
enough!" Reginald spoke up as he grabbed her arm and gave it a
painful twist in an effort to silence her. "Shut up!"
"Ouch!" she winced
and quickly pulled away. She eyed him angrily and took a deep
breath. "The only reason I haven't slapped you is because I've grown
to respect you very much, Reginald...despite Daddy's feelings about you!"
up!" The entire situation had been very difficult on Jillian's
nerves. She'd had to endure months of Judith and Janet at each other's
throats as well as the stress of trying to keep Janet's sordid past a secret
from Reginald. Maybe, if she'd just confided in him sooner...
"Well, we've called the
police and told them to search for her," Reginald said as he turned his
back to Judith. "But they said there's really nothing they can
do...not yet, at least."
"What if you tell them
about how nutty Janet is?" Judith tapped her lips with her finger as
if she were actually trying to think of ways to help. "I'm sure that
they might throw out the dragnet for her then in fear of public safety!"
"I think we should just
go out and look for her ourselves," Burt spoke up as he struggled to
completely ignore Judith's remarks. "We should search every inch of
this city until we find her. We've got to make sure she's okay."
Judith grumbled slightly. Why in the world was Janet drawing so much
concern? She was fine, after all. She'd only run off to have a good
cry. As soon as she got over her embarrassment, she'd come home safe and
sound. It's not like anything was going to happen to her! Well, at
least Judith hoped not.
"Well, Burt, you can come
with me and Jillian and we'll take my car and do a sweep of the area by the
stables." Reginald turned to eye Judith carefully. "You
can stay here!"
I ask what in the devil is going on here?" Mark
boomed from the doorway. "Judith? I've been stuck up in that
blasted penthouse all night while you've been traipsing around town! Do
you know how boring it gets with only your maid to talk to?" Of
course, he was conveniently forgetting the several hours he'd spent having dinner
and exploring both Albanyville and its attractive female population.
Mark," Jillian tried to explain. "We're just getting ready to go
search for her again."
don't..." Suddenly, Mark's eyes grew wide from shock as he finally
spotted Burt sitting on the sofa. He immediately recognized him and
quickly turned to shoot his wife an angry look. With a slight shake
of her head, Judith silenced him. She didn't need to have everyone
discovering her connection to her sister's boyfriend. At least, not yet.
"Mark, maybe you can keep
your wife entertained until we get back," Reginald said as he slipped on
his jacket and began to herd Burt and Jillian toward the front door.
"With any luck, we'll have Janet with us."
As Burt passed Mark, his eyes
filled her nervous apprehension. He hadn't forgotten the threats that Mark
had made in New York. Now that they were all together again, he prayed
that Mark wouldn't follow through on them.
"Now, I see what's been
going on!" Mark snapped as he spun around to face Judith once the front
door had clicked shut. "Now, I understand exactly why you've been so
insistent on remaining here in Albanyville!"
"I...I don't get what
you're trying to say," Judith stammered as she turned her back to him in an
effort to hide her fear.
"You've been hanging
around because of Burt Lamont...your lover!" His eyes drilled holes
in the back of her head and Judith felt every searing stare. Mark and Burt
had come face to face. Now, what would she do?