KITTY'S APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM
Preston, I can...explain," Naomi stammered as she slowly began to back away
from her. "I was just..."
save your weak attempts at lying," Joyce laughed wickedly as she folded her
arms across her chest and glared at her. "I know everything that's
going on, so anything that you try to tell me is going to be a bold faced
"How did you find me
here?" Naomi asked. "Did you...follow me from the house?"
"I didn't have to," she
replied. "I knew you'd be here."
"W-what do you mean?
I...I was just coming to see an o-old friend and..."
"Ah, shuddup, Naomi,"
Sammy grumbled. "She already knows what's going on."
nervously glanced from Joyce to Sammy. "What do you mean?"
"Honestly, Sammy, when I told
you to find some little money grabber with a brat, I thought that you would be a
little...well...more selective," Joyce sighed with a roll of her
eyes. "Couldn't you have done any better than this?"
Naomi spoke up, offended by her offhanded comment. As a look of
realization swept over her face, her jaw dropped in shock.
"You? You knew all along that I'd never met your husband let alone
had an affair with him and that this...wasn't his son?"
laughed again. "Dear, who do you think is responsible for all of
this? Certainly not him!" She pointed in Sammy's
direction. "Why, he couldn't plan out a shopping list!"
"You really are a stupid
girl," Joyce sighed with a shake of her head. "My daughter stole
my rightful inheritance away from me. My husband's estate should have gone
to me! You haven't seen her make any grand attempt to give me what's mine,
"Well, no, but..."
"But I can tell that Sara has a
soft heart," Joyce continued. "And from the looks of her husband, she has a soft head, too. Certainly an innocent little baby could
convince her to part with her dirty money. Since Thornton never had any
children, I had to manufacture one." She paused and turned to shoot
Sammy a hateful glare. "When I told you to find a money hungry girl
with a baby to use, I didn't think you'd be stupid enough to grab some Negro
girl. Oh, the thought of people thinking that he'd had an affair with her
must have Thornton rolling over in his grave."
Naomi made a face and clinched her
teeth at Joyce's comment but then took a deep breath. "But, why didn't
you tell me that you knew? Why did you make me feel like I was going into
this blind and all alone?"
"It's simple," Sammy spoke
up. "You had to believe what you were doin'. We can't afford no
mistakes if we're gonna get our hands on our share of the dough."
"And since that old bat Helga
walks around the house with her ear pressed against every door, I couldn't afford to
have you slip up and give me away," Joyce explained. "Lord knows
she'd love any opportunity to ruin me."
about Dane?" Kitty interrupted. "Why did you want me to lure him
into an affair with me if he's married to your daughter?"
"Let's just say that I need you
to keep him occupied." Joyce paused for a moment and cocked an
eyebrow as should considered exactly how much of her plan to reveal. After
realizing that she shouldn't give too much away, she spoke again. "Let's
just leave it at that. You just keep your little rendezvous with Dane
going. Leave the rest to me."
look, lady, I don't like how yer comin' in here and orderin' us around!"
Sammy spoke up firmly. "I don't take no orders from no dame. I
only take orders from da boss himself!"
"I'm in charge of this little
operation, now," Joyce stated firmly. "You just forget all about
him. I'm running the show."
Sammy furrowed his brow as he tried
to understand what she was saying. "But...what about..."
"That man is no longer of any
concern to us," Joyce said as she slowly began to pace around the
room. "I'll handle things from now on. You just let me deal