THE STOKES MANSION - JANET'S
Judith, I don't know what more there is for us to say about
sighed as she watched her sister closely. "He knows everything about
Gordon Scott. I know that you two were once involved. That's all
history to us, now."
Judith tried to suppress her
shock at the calmness with which Janet was dealing with everything. She'd
always been the emotional sort and it seemed quite out of character.
didn't you tell everyone that I'm the one who told Burt about your history with
Gordon?" Judith asked pointblank as she carefully examined her
reactions. "Why didn't you run and tell everyone about my past with
"Because I don't see any
need in dredging it all up." Janet calmly walked around her room,
picking up various knickknacks, examining them closely, and then returning them
to their proper places. "What good would it all do? Why, if I
told everyone that you were the one who told Burt, I'm sure that it would cause
no end of trouble for you. Why would I want to do that?"
Judith kept her eyes focused
on her sister. Although her tone was all sweetness and light, Judith could
clearly see that it was only a thin cover for much deeper emotions.
"W-what are you trying to
"Judith, do I have to
spell it out for you?" Janet smirked slightly and turned to face away
from her. "If Jillian found out what you did...if
Mother found out
what you did...if Daddy found out what you did...what do you think they'd think
of you? Why would I want to hurt you like that?"
Judith inhaled deeply in
shock. Janet was threatening her! Well, not in so many words, but
Judith was clearly aware of what Janet's words meant.
"Burt is all wrong for
you! Can't you see that?" Judith was quickly growing
uncomfortable and struggled to regain control of the conversation.
"He's wrong for me and
right for you?" Janet spun around quickly to face Judith.
"Now, what kind of warped logic do you use to come up with that
"He...he just is!"
"You've told a lot of
truths lately, Judith, dear," Janet muttered as she carefully circled her
sister. "Now, let me tell you a few. Burt is in love with me,
not you! I admit that I was quite taken aback, at first, with the
knowledge of your little fling. But, that's all it was...a fling!
You mean nothing to him! He loves me! He could never love you!"
"Burt did love me,
Janet!" Judith shouted as she began to feel her face turn red in
anger. "He told me over and over again how much he loved me! He
wanted to marry me, Janet!"
"I refuse to believe
that," Janet said through clinched teeth.
"Well, refuse all you
want to, but there are a few things that you have to face!" Judith
reached out for Janet and spun her around to face her. "Your little
warped mind has got you living in some sort of fairy tale world where you're the
precious princess and Burt is the knight in shining armor. Well, this
princess wasn't locked in the turret of a castle, she was locked in a nut
"Judith, you are a
"You listen to me!"
Judith shouted angrily. "Burt is only standing by your side out of pity!
After everything you've been through...of your own doing, I might add...he feels
sorry for poor, poor, pitiful Janet! Poor fragile Janet! Poor nutty
"You don't know what
you're talking about! Burt loves me!"
"Until he grows sick of
playing nursemaid to you! Until he grows tired and weary of spoon feeding
you reality!" Judith grabbed hold of Janet's shoulders and began to
shake her as if in an attempt to force some sense into her. "When he
finally grows tired of you bleeding him dry of every ounce of emotion and
strength that's left in him, what do you think he's going to do? I'll tell
you what he's going to do, he's going to run as far away from you as he
Janet began to shake in fear
as she fought to hold back her tears. Could Judith really be right?
Was Burt only standing by her out of pity? Could he really get past all of
the horrible things that she'd done?