THE SUNSET HOTEL - MARY'S PENTHOUSE
- LIVING ROOM
dear, are you all right?" Leticia questioned in shock as she jumped up from
the sofa, half out of concern and half out of embarrassment. "Oh,
Mrs. Albany, I am so, so sorry. I've just never known her to be so
"Leticia, it's quite
okay," Mary replied and hurriedly ran into the kitchen to grab some
towels. "Ruby, you didn't burn yourself on the hot tea, did
you?" she asked once she'd returned to the room.
I'm...fine," Ruby muttered, her hands still shaking, as she fought to tear
herself away from Calvin's curious stare. "Oh, Calvin, I'm...I'm
know Calvin?" Mary's eyes jumped from Ruby to Calvin and back
again. "Well, I guess it is a small world."
"Ruby, what...are you
doing here?" Calvin asked as he quickly rushed to her side.
I'm...I'm..." Ruby bit her lip and nervously looked away. How
in the world could she ever explain the truth to him? How could she tell
him that she'd been lying to him all of these months?
"Well, she's supposed to
be working," Leticia spoke up with a sigh, "but, apparently, Judith
was right to be a little concerned."
Jillian snapped angrily.
right, now," Dorothea finally said as she carefully watched the awkward
looks that were being shared by Ruby and her son. The true tension of the
moment wasn't lost on her. "I have a feeling that there's more going
on here than we're aware of." She walked over and took the towel from
Mary and began to help clean up the mess. "Now, young lady, why don't
you tell me what's going on." She turned and looked up at
Calvin. "Or maybe I should be asking you this question."
I..." He took a deep breath and silently hung his head.
"Momma, this is the girl I've been seeing. This is Ruby Thomas."
"Well, it's about time I
got to meet the lady that my son is so smitten with," Dorothea laughed and
reached out to take Ruby's hand. "Now that I've set eyes on you, I
can see why. You're quite a lovely young woman."
Ruby blushed slightly and bowed her head for a moment before looking up to meet
Calvin's curious gaze.
"Ruby, I..." he
muttered, unsure of what to say. He knew that he couldn't hide the truth
any longer. Also, there was something rather odd about what was going
on. There were more than a few questions bouncing around inside of his own
"Oh, Calvin, I'm
sorry," Ruby finally began as she fought back tears. "I...I
haven't been honest with you. I'm not from a well-to-do family. I'm
really...nobody. I'm just a maid for the Stokes family. With
you being a doctor and all....and...and you being from such a prominent family,
"Ruby, there's nothing
for you to be sorry for," Calvin laughed as he gently placed his finger
under her chin and lifted her head so that their eyes met. "Actually,
I'm the one who should be apologizing to you."
looked at him curiously. "You're not mad at me? You're not
upset that I'm only a maid?"
Calvin grinned broadly as he
shook his head in amusement. "How can I be mad that you're a maid
when my mother is just a housekeeper, too?"
"I am more than just a
housekeeper!" Dorothea spoke up suddenly with a tone of mock offense.
The room quickly grew quiet as
all eyes fell on Dorothea who immediately eased the tension by breaking out into
laughter. Within moments, everyone else followed suit, including Calvin and
"Darling, I am so
sorry," he sighed in between laughs. "I thought that
you...well...you know..." He blushed. "And I was so
worried that you would think less of me if...well..."
grinned. "I was worried about the exact same thing."
"Gee, I feel so
A great weight lifted from
their shoulders, Calvin and Ruby fell into a kiss.
"Calvin, I promise that
I'm never going to keep anything from you ever again," Ruby sighed as she
rested her head on his shoulder.
"Oh, Ruby, I love
you," he smiled warmly.
stammered as she looked up into his eyes. "I love you, too."
whispered as he leaned over to Jillian, "we're getting married, Calvin and
Ruby are in love. All is right with the world. This has to be a sign
that happy days are straight ahead."
"I hope so," Jillian
sighed, not extremely convinced by his observations. "I hope