THE GRAND SUNSET ROOM - TERRACE
angrily, her hand extended and pointed directly at her sister Janet
Instinctively, Burt Lamont stepped
in front of his wife. He'd had more than enough dealings
with Judith to know how she could be and he wasn't about to let her
"W-what?" Janet asked as
she clung to Burt's arm tightly. "What is it?"
Judith strode confidently out onto
the terrace, her shoulders thrown back and her head held high.
Her eyes were ablaze with fury and the mere sight of her struck terror
into Janet without her even really knowing why.
"What do you want,
Judith?" Burt asked, still trying to shelter Janet from her.
Not even counting his own history with Judith, he was well aware of
the animosity that had long existed between the two sisters.
"If you think I'm going to let you walk out here and deliberately
try to upset Janet, then..."
"Upset Janet? You're
worried about Janet?" Judith nearly spat the words.
"This little deceitful twit manages to pull the wool over your
eyes -- all of our eyes -- and tricks you into running off to
get married and you're worried about her?"
Janet felt her hands begin to tremble. There was something about
the tone in her sister's voice that led her to believe that this
wasn't one of Judith's traditional tirades.
"If you think you're going to
come out here and badmouth my wife, then...."
"Oh, yes, I forgot,"
Judith laughed. "You've been deceived into thinking little
Janet, here, is some sweet, demure flower, bending and swaying with
the light of the spring sun." She stopped and looked
directly at Janet, practically burning a hole through her with her
eyes. "Well, I'm here to tell you that you don't know my
darling sister nearly as well as you think you do!"
"Stop it, Judith!" Burt
ordered as he reached out to place his free hand between her and
Janet. "Can't you see that you're upsetting her?
We're all having a wonderful night. We're celebrating our
marriage. Why do you have to be petty like this and try to ruin
things for us?"
"Petty? You think I'm
being petty?" Judith's eyes grew wild and she felt
every muscle in her body tighten. "Why don't you ask your
darling wife about being petty? Go ahead! Ask her!
She wrote the book on petty."
"That's it. We've had
enough of this." He felt his blood begin to boil and his
blood pressure rise. He grasped Janet's hand firmly and pulled
her past Judith and towards the doors. "We're not going to
stand here and let you spew your venom."
"Burt! There are things
you have to know! There's something very important I have to
"No, Judith!" Every
muscle in Burt's body tightened. All these months of Judith's
near obsession over him and their past had gotten to him and he'd had
enough. "There's nothing you could say to me that would
make me change the way I feel about Janet or the way I feel about
tone quickly changed to one of maddened desperation.
"Please! You have to listen to me!"
"I said 'no!'" He
grabbed a stunned and frightened Janet's wrist even tighter and pulled
her forward. "C'mon, Janet. We're going home -- as
far away from your sister as we can get."
Instinctively, Judith reached out
and grabbed Janet's other arm, practically trapping the petrified
young woman between them.
"You've really got him
brainwashed, don't you, sister dear?" Judith hissed quietly so
that only Janet could hear. "He hasn't got a clue."
"I...I don't know what you're
talking about," Janet stammered awkwardly as she tried to pull
herself out of her sister's grasp.
"The sweet and innocent act
doesn't work anymore, Janet." Judith leaned in closer.
"I know." She paused for a moment to allow the
words to sink in. "I remember everything! I know what
you did -- to me and my baby. Burt's baby."
"Janet, I don't know what
she's saying to you, but don't listen to her," Burt spoke up,
completely unaware of Judith's whispered hate-filled words.
"Because I'm certainly not."
Stunned and nearly paralyzed with
fear, Janet wasn't certain what to do. She looked towards Burt
and then back towards Judith -- towards happiness and despair -- and
she was trapped between them. Finally, Judith's grip on Janet's
arm loosened and Burt pulled her away and back into the main ballroom,
leaving Judith to stand alone out on the terrace.
"You've got him fooled,
don't you," Judith thought to herself as she watched Burt and
Janet through the doors as they disappeared into the crowd of guests.
"Well, have it your way. Enjoy your happiness -- however
false it might be. Enjoy your shallow victory. It won't last.
Once I tell Burt the truth, it'll all be over. You know that
now, don't you? You think you've had the last word, but you
don't. That honor will belong to me and when the time is right,
I'm going to tell Burt everything about you if it's the last thing I