HOME - LIVING ROOM
did you two have to come back in so soon?" Grace Davis asked as
Callison and Jillian Stokes walked back into the room. "I was going
to join you outside on the porch. It's a little...um..."
asked as he turned to look in Annabelle
Lake's direction. "This
entire evening is nothing but a farce! How my father can even think that
any of us will accept his relationship with that woman is beyond me."
oh," Jillian spoke up as she pulled Reginald closer.
"Annabelle's coming over here."
I see you two love birds are done enjoying this wonderful autumn
air." Annabelle casually lit a cigarette, took a long draw, and blew
a thick cloud of smoke in the air, leaving Grace to scrunch up her nose and wave
her hand in an attempt to fan it away.
"Yes, it's so nice
outside, however, that Reginald and I may be spending most of the evening out
turned to look at his fiancée with amusement. He just had to learn how to
display such coolness under pressure.
"You know, dear,"
Annabelle smiled, "I was just talking to my niece Sara and her husband
just the other day..." She paused and grinned slyly. "Oh,
wait! That's right! You already know Dane don't you, Jillian?"
"You know good and well
that I know Dane Manchester!" Jillian snapped angrily as Reginald's
eyes grew wide from shock. Apparently her cool facade was starting to
crack. "You know all about that lying little weasel and what he tried
to do to me and Reginald at our engagement party! How dare you even think
to bring his name up here!"
Grace spoke up as she grabbed her arm, "maybe we should go check on Maggie
and Hannah in the kitchen."
"I think that would be an
excellent idea!" Jillian took a deep breath and turned to
Reginald. "I'll talk to you later."
"Well, I guess all the
money in the world can't buy good manners," Annabelle smirked as Grace and
Jillian walked away.
"How would you know
anything about good manners?" he replied before angrily walking away.
"I just can't believe
that woman!" Jillian fumed as she stood with Grace in the dining room,
just outside the kitchen door. "Reginald's father must have lost his
"Well, at least his sons
haven't inherited his lack of sense," Grace smiled as she glanced back into
the living room at Reginald and Trevor who were now standing together and
"Actually, after that
mess with Stephanie
Lake, I wasn't too sure." Jillian's mind flashed
back, momentarily, to his brief, yet problematic, affair with the young
schemer. "I just can't believe how much like Annabelle Stephanie
"At least you two managed
to work all of that out. Stephanie is not threat to you or Reginald or
relationships," Jillian spoke up with a sly smile, "how are things
coming along with you and Trevor? I know he's very much in love with
Grace's face turned beat red as she thought about the giant leap that she and
Trevor had taken.
"Okay, I know that
look." Jillian grabbed Grace's arm and pulled her close.
"What happened? I can tell it's something wonderful!"
told Trevor that I love him."
Jillian's hand flew up to her mouth in joyous surprise. "Oh, my god,
that's wonderful! I know he's waited so long for you to say that."
"I-I know," Grace
blushed again. "And right after I said it, I really wanted to take it
"You didn't mean
"No! It's not that,
at all!" As a cloud of worry covered Grace's face, she lowered her
head slightly. "It's just that...oh, well, I'm new at all of this
romance stuff. I...I just..."
"Oh, don't worry,"
Jillian smiled as she put her arms around Grace and gave her a supportive
hug. "All new relationships are awkward, at first. But Trevor
really loves you and you love Trevor. That's all that matters. Just
take it one day at a time."
Grace sighed as she tried to
allow Jillian's advice to sink in. Maybe she was right. She and
Reginald had overcome so much in their quest to be together and their love had conquered
everything. Maybe she and Trevor would be just as fortunate.
However, she couldn't shake the ominous feeling that they weren't destined for a