MANSION - TERRACE
did you say?" Burt asked nervously. Surely he couldn't have heard her
Burt!" Janet cried. "I know that the baby that
Judith lost was your
child! I know that you were the father of her baby!"
he stammered, unsure of how to react to the stunning announcement.
He'd fought so hard and so
long to shield her from the devastating truth. He knew that Janet could
still be quite fragile. She'd been through so much tragedy and heartache
and he loved her so much that the last thing that he ever wanted to do was hurt
please...I..." He struggled to find the right words, the right explanation.
Should he assure her that she had misunderstood? Should he try to explain
away the truth with a horrible series of lies in order to spare her?
Finally, he realized that she needed to know the truth. Although she might
be rather delicate emotionally, she most definitely wasn't stupid. Maybe
it was finally time to come clean.
"Oh, Janet, I'm so
sorry," Burt sighed as he reached out for her and pulled her into his
arms. "I never...wanted you to find out like this."
true, isn't it?" she muttered as she fought to choke back her tears.
"You and...my sister! My own sister!"
"Janet, please listen to
me," he begged as he pulled away from her and placed his hands firmly on
her shoulders in an attempt to force her to hear him out. "It was a
long time ago. It was before you and I ever met. Even after
we had met and fallen in love, I didn't even know that you two were
Remember? Janet furrowed
her brow slightly and bit her lip as she struggled to think about what he was
saying. He sounded as if she were supposed to already know about his
relationship with Judith. Did she know? Was that one of the many
things that was now nothing more than a hazy fog in her mind?
"It was in New
York. Our relationship ended badly and I left. I never knew about
the baby!" His voice cracked slightly under the strain of the
truth. "It wasn't until...until after you and I had fallen in love
that I even knew you two were sisters. It was only then that I found out
about the baby! Remember, I didn't even know about you and Judith until
that day out at the house."
That day? What
day? Janet inhaled deeply as she tried to force herself to remember things
that her mind had apparently decided were better off forgotten. Did she
know about his relationship with Judith? Did she already know about the
"Oh, I don't know!"
she cried, overcome with emotion and fear over the gapping holes in her
"Janet, I never wanted to
hurt you. You have to believe that," he sighed as he again pulled her
into his arms. "That's why I never told you. I just...I just
knew how difficult it would be for you to understand. I knew that I'd have
to tell you eventually, but then Judith lost the baby and...and I guess I
thought that there wasn't any reason to dredge it all up. But...you have
to believe that if you ever did know the truth, I never wanted you to know like
this---to overhear such a horrible revelation. I should have...I should
have told you myself. You shouldn't have had to overhear it."
Janet's voice trailed off as she blinked away her tears. Her eyes began to
glaze over and a confused look spread across her face. "But I didn't
pulled back and looked at her curiously. "You didn't...overhear me
and Judith talking inside? You didn't overhear us talking about the
muttered, suddenly very afraid. "I...I didn't overhear you. I
understand." He lifted his hand to gently rub his forehead as he
thought. "If you didn't...find out from overhearing our conversation,
then...how did you know?"
Janet took a deep breath as a sense of internal panic began to set it.
"I don't know! I don't know how I know! I