SUNSET ROOM - MAIN BALLROOM
where could she have disappeared to," Mary Albany muttered to herself as
she walked through the crowd of guests in search of daughter. Francis
Callison had been deeply upset by Annabelle
Lake's actions and had set out to
find the wicked home wrecker in order to give her a piece of her mind.
However, instead of finding her daughter, Mary came upon her daughter's date,
Dr. Fred Rutherford, as he stood at the buffet table filling his plate with hors d'oeuvres.
"Where's Francis?" she asked sternly.
Albany, I've been wondering that, myself," Fred said in between
bites. "In fact, I haven't seen her since she went looking for Mrs.
"Well, I've at least
seen her since then," she sighed with worry, "but she's run off to
look for that woman again."
Lake has been up to some far more nefarious schemes that any of us could ever have
"W-what do you
mean?" Fred quickly sat his plate down as his hands began to shake
from nervousness. What could Francis have learned about Annabelle?
Surely, she didn't know about...
"I don't know how she
found all of this out, but Francis discovered that the only reason Charles
betrayed her with that horrible woman was because he'd been drugged!"
Mary shook her head in disbelief over it all.
"D-did you s-say drugged?" His voice caught in his throat and he immediately felt his
legs begin to grow weak.
"Yes! Can you
imagine? From what Francis said, Annabelle drugged Charles that night so
that he wouldn't be able to resist her. If it hadn't been for that, he
would never have been unfaithful to her and they would still be together!"
"M-Mrs. Albany, this is
very hard to believe." He turned away from her and quickly began to
look through the crowd in hopes of spotting either Francis or Annabelle.
"I agree, but it clearly
explains how he got mixed up with that woman." She carefully watched
Fred and was quick to notice his nervousness and preoccupation. "Dr.
Rutherford, is something wrong? You've just turned as pale as a
n-nothing," he stammered awkwardly and shoved his hands into his
pockets. "I'm...just worried about Francis now. Maybe I should
go look for her." Or more accurately, maybe he should go find
Annabelle and make sure she didn't reveal his own roll in the drugging of
"You've done enough
running around for one evening!" Mary snapped as she grabbed his arm.
"I thought you were just going to go get a drink? You've been gone
He glanced around the room again in an attempt to see his partner in
crime. "I got caught up in talking to some colleagues of mine from the
hospital. Look, I really need to find Francis. I'm sure this is very
upsetting to her."
"If...If I find her, I'll
tell her you're worried and looking for her."
"Just one word of advice
for you, Doc," Mary smiled with a smirk. "You better be prepared
for this little relationship you've got going on with my daughter to be rather
"W-what do you
mean?" he questioned as he turned to face her.
"If what she's learned
turns out to be true, once Charles finds out there's going to be a very happy
reunion in store for them." She smiled warmly at the thought.
"That pretty much means that you'll be left out in the cold."
"We'll see what happens
when the time comes," he muttered firmly. "We'll
see." And with those words, he quickly hurried away from Mary to find
Annabelle before it was too late.
No sooner had he disappeared
out of view, Mary immediately spotted Francis, shaken and emotional, walking
towards her. Mary was instantly startled by her daughter's disheveled
appearance and rushed to meet her.
"Francis, darling, you
look a wreck! What happened? Did you see Annabelle? What did
she say?" Mary took a sobbing Francis into her arms and tried to calm
Francis cried as she rested her head on her mother's shoulder and tried to stop
her body from shaking. "I...I..."
dear," Mary said softly as she lead Francis over to a nearby table and sat
her down into a chair. "It's going to be all right. We know
exactly what kind of horrible things that woman has done and, soon, everyone is
going to know--including Charles!"
Mary eyed her daughter with
great worry. Francis was nearly hysterical! Surely she must have had
a confrontation with Annabelle. What had she said to have upset her so
terribly? In light of what truths had been revealed, Francis should be
nearly overjoyed at having all of the wrongs committed by Annabelle Lake soon to
be righted. However, Francis was now in a worse emotional state than
happened?" Mary continued to hold her in her arms as she sobbed on
her shoulder. After a few moments, it became clear that Mary would get no
clear answers from her daughter any time soon. She was way too
upset. Mary immediately began to grow angry with Annabelle for having
caused so much pain and heartache for her family. She needed to find out
what that vile woman had done and she needed to find out right then! Catching
sight of her granddaughter Maggie, Mary quickly waved her over.
w-what's wrong with Momma?" Maggie Callison asked as she rushed to their
"I can't explain right
now," Mary said as she stood up straight and threw her shoulders back with
determination. "But I need you to sit her with your mother.
She's clearly had something terrible upset her."
"W-where are you
going?" Maggie questioned.
"There are a few things
that I need to take care of," Mary stated firmly. "Just sit here
with your mother and I'll be back shortly." As her jaw tightened,
Mary spun around and hurried off to find Annabelle Lake. She was
determined to make sure that that woman never hurt her daughter or anyone else
in her family ever again.