THE DAVIS HOME
- LIVING ROOM
can't believe that you barely got off the plane and you came over here,"
Lorraine Davis said as she carried two cups of coffee into the living room --
one for her and one for her best friend, Jillian
Callison. "I would
have thought that you and Reginald would still be in the middle of honeymoon
"We would have been," Jillian
laughed, "if his mother hadn't come for a visit."
already?" Lorraine cocked an eyebrow in surprise. "I never
took Francis Callison as being the meddling mother-in-law type."
"She's not, really." Jillian
lifted the cup to her lips and took a sip of coffee. "I think the
world of her."
set the cup down on the coffee table and let out a deep sigh before slumping
back wearily into her seat on the couch. "She and Reginald have got it in their
heads that I can't be a proper wife on my own."
"Excuse me?" Lorraine shook
her head, slightly, not sure she understood what Jillian was trying to say.
"They want me to hire a
housekeeper," Jillian explained. "Apparently they don't think
I'm capable of doing things on my own."
"Well, you don't exactly have a
background of domestic service," Lorraine laughed. "I don't
think finishing school prepared you for scrubbing floors."
"That's besides the point!"
Jillian folded her arms tightly across her chest and glared. "You
sound like you don't think I can do it, either!"
"That's not what I'm saying. I
have no doubt that you can do anything you set your mind to."
"Look at you! You don't have a
housekeeper or a maid and you do just fine."
"I don't have one because we can't
afford one," Lorraine reminded. "Besides, I had Grace around to
help out and then my mother came to visit...."
"All right, all right."
Jillian threw up her hands to stop Lorraine. "I see your point.
But you've got a baby to take care of, too. I just have to take care of me
and my husband." She shook her head, unable to comprehend why
everyone was having such a difficult time seeing her point of view.
"Let's talk about something else. I've spent the better part of the
morning going over this with Reginald and his mother and I just don't feel like
getting into it again."
"Okay," Lorraine nodded and then
paused to think of other local news that had happened during Jillian's
absence. "Did you know that Patterson and
Stephanie got back today,
"No, I didn't. Did you see
was over at Paddy's when they got home." Lorraine winced due to the
uncomfortable memory of her earlier clash with Stephanie Monroe.
"What's wrong?" Jillian asked as he
eyed her friend closely. "You don't seem too happy about Paddy and
Stephanie being back."
"Oh, I'm very happy that Paddy's
home," Lorraine explained. "Stephanie, on the other
"What happened?" Jillian
leaned forward so that she could listen closely.
"Stephanie's just being Stephanie,"
Lorraine grumbled. "She wants to keep me from having anything do to
with Todd. She doesn't want me to visit him or see him or...."
"You can't be serious."
Jillian shook her head in disbelief.
"I'm very serious!" Lorraine
slowly began to pace around the room. "She's got it into her head
that I'm trying to interfere in her marriage."
"Well..." Jillian paused as
she tried to consider logical reasons for Stephanie's attitude. "She
and Paddy did just get married. I know exactly what that's like,
remember? In spite of all the happiness she's feeling, there's a lot of
adjustments to make."
"I know that. I had to go through
the same things when Douglas and I got married."
"Well, the situation there was slightly
different," Jillian pointed out, "but, still, this is a big
change. Maybe you should just give her and Paddy a little time to get used to
"What?" Lorraine's jaw
dropped. She couldn't believe what she was hearing. "You sound
like you're taking her side!"
"Now, wait a second." Jillian
threw up her hands to silence her friend. "I'm not taking anyone's
side. All I'm saying is that you should give them some time.
Stephanie will come around, eventually, and see the connection you have with
Todd. Besides, I'm sure that Paddy will talk some sense into her.
He's got a positive effect on her."
"Well, I hope you're right,"
The conversation was interrupted by the
sudden ringing of the telephone.
get it!" Lorraine's mother, Edwina
Blake, called out as she came down the
stairs and headed for the phone. "Hello? Oh, hello, dear.
Yes, I was waiting for your call." She smiled warmly and turned her
back to her daughter so that she could have a private conversion with her
husband. "What? Oh, Anton, you can't be serious! Oh,
no! I...I...." She glance back over her shoulder at Lorraine, a
worried expression on her face. "Yes, dear, I understand. I
love you, too."
"Mom, what is it?" Lorraine asked
as she quickly went to Edwina's side. "What's
Edwina bit her lip and looked down at the
floor in disappointment. "Honey, I've...got some bad news."