THE SUNSET HOTEL - MARK
& JUDITH'S PENTHOUSE - LIVING ROOM
my god! Janet!" Jillian called out as she burst through the
door. "We came as soon as Judith called."
"Yes, it gave us good
excuse to leave that disaster of a party," Reginald mumbled as he followed
along behind her.
Burt exclaimed as he pushed past both of them and rushed to her side. He
sat down on the sofa next to her and took her into his arms and kissed her
lovingly. "Oh, Janet, I've been so worried about you. Please
tell me you're all right? Nothing happened to you, did it? Oh, I
love you so much."
love you too, Burt," Janet smiled as she looked up at him.
"I'm...I'm fine. Nothing happened. I just...had to get
"Are you sure
nothing happened to you?" Burt held onto her tightly, almost as if in
disbelief of seeing her again and in fear of loosing her. "I don't
know if I'd ever have forgiven myself if something had happened to you. I
was so wrong for the way I acted. I love you so much."
"Oh, I love you, too,
Burt," she sobbed softly. "It...it wasn't your fault. None
of this is your fault. I should...I should have been honest with you from
the beginning instead of having..."
that's all in the past, now," Judith interrupted, fearing that Janet
was about to expose her part in the revelation of Janet's secrets.
keeping a watchful eye on the sisters, was quick to notice his wife's
nervousness. Had Judith been the one who'd told Burt about Janet
and Gordon Scott? He suspected that she was, but realized that all he had
were assumptions. However, he was sure that, despite Judith's
protestations, she was most definitely trying to come between Burt and Janet.
"Well, just as long as
you're okay," Jillian smiled as she held on to Reginald's arm.
"That's really all that matters. Honey, we were so worried."
"I know," Janet
blushed, slightly embarrassed from all of the attention. "I just want
to forget that this all happened. I never want to think about it
Judith let out a small sigh of
relief, but found herself growing uneasy when she realized that Janet's eyes
were locked on her. She quickly looked away, but when she again turned to
face her sister, Janet's eyes were still there...unblinking, unflinching, and
unmoving. It all made Judith very nervous.
Suddenly, the doorbell rang
and broke the tension.
"I'll get it," Mark
said as he quickly walked to the door. "It's probably the doctor I
phoned to come and take a look at Janet."
"I told you that I was
"I know, I know,"
Mark replied as he reached for the door, "but we just need to be
Mark," Leticia Stokes said as he opened the door to find his mother-in-law
cried out and rushed over to her. "W-what are you doing here?"
"My daughters are
here! Why wouldn't I want to be here?" Leticia quickly
strode into the apartment and pulled off her jacket. "And how are my
Mother," Judith muttered as she eyed her carefully. She'd never had
the most comfortable of relationships with her mother. She'd had a much
easier time with her father. Judith had always suspected that her mother
was a tad jealous of all the attention that her Daddy had focused on her.
"Okay, what's going
on?" Leticia questioned as she eyed everyone closely. "I get the
strange feeling that I've walked in on the middle of something."
"Oh, it's nothing,
Mother," Judith said as she took her by the arm and led her over to a
chair. "Just a little family talk. Nothing important. So,
what brings you here to Albanyville for a visit? I'm surprised that Daddy
let you get away."
"Well, dear, that's one
of the reasons I'm here." Leticia eyed her eldest daughter
carefully. Judith was being entire too warm and friendly...highly
unusual. However, it was good that everyone was there together. It
gave her the right opportunity to break the news to everyone at once.
"So, this isn't just a
social call?" Jillian questioned curiously.
"Um, yes, and
no." Leticia hesitated for a moment and looked at each of her
daughters individually. She knew that what she had to say would affect
each of them in much different ways. However, she couldn't put off the
news indefinitely. "Girls, what I have to tell you is going to
come as a great shock to each of you. Now, I have to stress that this has
nothing to do with any of you, but...but..."
"Mother, go on,"
Janet said as she looked at her with deep interest. "What is
muttered as she lowered her head. "I've left your father. We're