THE SUNSET HOTEL - MARK &
JUDITH'S PENTHOUSE - LIVING ROOM
certainly hope you're not planning on doing anything foolish," Mark said as
he glared at Judith.
"What in the world are you talking
about?" She eyed him curiously as she felt her nervousness begin to
get the better of her.
"I hope you aren't planning to tell
Burt Lamont the truth about this baby!" With all of the tension that
his wife managed to cause in his life, Mark realized that he needed another
drink and walked to the bar to mix another scotch and soda. "The last
thing we need is for that piece of trash finding out."
is not trash!"
Mark spun around and watched her
closely. "My lord, you do still have feelings for him! I wonder
if precious Janet knows anything about this."
"J-Janet doesn't know anything about
me and Burt," she lied. "What Burt and I shared is in the
past. He's decided to move on with Janet. I am married to you!"
"And you're going to stay married to
me! I've worked too hard to get where I am to have you ruin it all by
shooting off your mouth!" He clinched his teeth tightly before taking
another drink. "And, besides, I would think that you wouldn't want
the scandal, either."
"Well, I've found myself growing tired
of those people in Manhattan, actually." Judith strolled over to the
sofa and sat down before beginning to flip through the pages of a
magazine. She was doing her best to maintain her composure and not let her
husband get the best of her. "Surprisingly enough, I've found myself
actually liking it here in Albanyville."
"Dear, Jillian was right all
along! This town does have a certain...charm, shall we say?"
And it also had Burt! However, she wasn't about to tell Mark that!
"You're only hanging around here
because of that lowlife bartender! If it wasn't for him, you wouldn't come
within a hundred miles of this city!" As he walked away from the bar
and towards the sofa, he kept his eyes locked on her. Despite her
protestations, he was certain that there was something she wasn't telling him.
"My sisters are here! Why
wouldn't I want to be close to my family?" Unable to find anything
interesting enough to distract her from her conversation with her husband,
Judith flung the magazine onto the coffee table. As she folded her arms
across her chest, she kept her eyes looking straight ahead, never once turning
them to look at Mark.
"Gee, let's see," he said as he
lifted his finger to his chin in a rather exaggerated fashion as thought.
"I know you can't stand Janet. You've been jealous of her for years
since she stole the spotlight away from you with her unfortunate illness."
"That's not true!" Judith,
unable to ignore him any longer, jumped up and spin around to face him.
"I have never been jealous of Janet and I have never been jealous of
Jillian! Why should I be jealous?"
"Well, Jillian's the baby.
There's a certain amount of attention that gets focused on the baby of the
family." Mark smirked slightly, realizing that he'd hit a nerve of
truth. "True, you're all close and supportive of her now, but if she
were to ever get in the way of something you wanted, you'd steamroll right over
her! Family means nothing to you! Well...no one except your dear,
"You don't know a damn thing about my
family or me!"
"Oh, Judith, I know you a lot better
than you think I do." He maintained his cool exterior as he listened
to the tinkling sounds that the ice cubes made in his glass. "I know
that you're still in love with Burt...or at least you think you are!"
"W-what does that mean?"
She looked at him cautiously, unsure about what he was getting at.
"Judith, when you had every chance in
the world to have Burt Lamont, to run off with him, you dropped him like a sack
of garbage because it would interfere with your high society
lifestyle!" He carefully circled her, never once averting his
eyes. "You only want him now because he wants your sister! This
has nothing to do with love."
"What the hell do you know about
love?" Judith glared at him angrily.
"I'm warning you, Judith," he
spat, completely ignoring her question. "If you say one word
concerning the truth about this baby, you'll regret it! If you embarrass me publicly
by announcing your infidelity and your bastard child, I will make your life
"W-what do you mean?" She
felt her hands began to shake as she contemplated her husband's threats.
"If you intend on making me a laughing
stock for not being able to control my own wife, I'll be forced to drag you
through the messiest divorce you've ever seen! I'll make sure your tawdry
life is splashed in every gossip column, coast to coast. I'll be the one
left standing and reaping everyone's sympathy for what a horrible, hideous wife
Without a word in rebuttal, Judith angrily
spun around and stormed out of the room. She clearly realized that her
husband wasn't making empty threats. As she slammed the door of her
bedroom behind her, she feared what the ramifications of the events she'd
already set in motion would be.