- STUDENT CENTER
Stephanie Lake strolled into the center and shook off the chill of the winter
air, she looked down at the paper she carried in her hands and winced. A
"D-"! She thought she'd been so well prepared for that test,
too. She sighed in disgust and shook her head silently. Maybe
college was nothing more than a waste of her time, after all. True,
since her mother's untimely death, she couldn't really afford
school---especially since she was having such a difficult time making
grades. Why should she continue to subject herself to such torture?
As she bit her lip, she
thought about her encounter with radio producer Willis
Lowell. He'd told
her that she had a perfect voice for radio and that she should think about a
career as a radio actress. The thought had seemed rather preposterous at
the time because she wasn't an actress and had never had any desire to be
one. However, with the growing realization of the futility of college,
maybe a career in radio was something she should explore. Mr. Lowell did
think she had a great voice. Maybe she should give him a call.
As Stephanie walked through
the student center, her eyes remained focused on the large, red "D-"
that was scrawled across the top of her test. Not paying attention to
where she was going, she collided with another student. Immediately
popping her head up, she was dismayed to find out who it was.
you really need to pay attention that was you're doing," Helen Van Dyne
muttered snidely. "You could have knocked me down!"
"And the problem with
that would have been?" Stephanie smirked with disgusted sarcasm.
"I'm sorry I ran into you. I can honestly say that running into was
the last thing on my mind!"
such that it is." Helen furrowed her brow as she took a step backward
and eyed Stephanie cautiously. Finally, after a few awkward moments, she
took a deep breath and spoke again. "I just...want to tell you how
sorry I was when I...heard about your mother. I know that we don't get
along, but...well, even you shouldn't have to go through something like
Stephanie seethed as her eyes filled with anger. "You can just save
your false sympathies! You and your attitude of what's 'proper' is nothing
but a stupid act, anyway! The last thing I want or need are your condolences!"
"What do you mean 'my attitude
is a stupid act'?" Helen snapped. "You're the one who seems to
make it a habit of lying and scheming! No one's even come close to
forgetting everything you tried to do to Reginald and
"You know, Helen, your
self-righteousness really gets under my skin!" Stephanie clinched her
teeth tightly as she tried to hold in her outrage. "You want to talk
about everything I did? Well, what about what you did? What
about what you're still doing?"
"W-what are you talking
about?" Helen asked with confusion and concern.
"I'm talking about Clark
Saxon! I know all about how you two plotted together to ruin me and my
"Well, honestly, you did
a fine enough job ruining your name all on your own, in case you've
"Then, if that's the
case, what was the point in you having Clark try to woo and seduce me so that
you two could tell everyone what a loose and wanton girl I am when you both know
that's not the case at all?" Stephanie glared at Helen as she waited
for her to answer.
"I know no such thing
about you, Steffi," Helen replied coolly. "Remember, you're the
one who threw yourself at Reginald! He loves Jillian and they're going to
be married! I was just trying to make sure that you'd never do anything
again that might hurt them. What kind of girl tries to come between a
devoted couple like that anyway?"
"You are such a
hypocrite!" Stephanie snapped. "You want to chastise me for
something when you're involved in something much worse!"
"W-what are you...talking
about?" Helen asked as her eyes filled with worry.
"You can stand there and
play the role of devoted friend and judge until the cows come home, for all I
care," Stephanie growled, "but I know the truth about you!"
smiled slyly as a look of triumph filled her eyes. "And if you think
that I'm going to forget everything that you've done to me, you're sadly