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off me!" Joyce Preston cried out in disgust as she held a collapsed
Linford in her arms. "Do you hear me, you witch? I said,
'get off!'" She stopped for a moment and waited for a response from
Judith, but when only silence came, Joyce immediately grew alarmed.
"Judith? Judith? Are you...all right?"
"I...um...oh...." Judith stammered
as she slowly regained consciousness and struggled to focus her eyes and regain
her footing. "I...must have...fainted."
have to put on your best dramatic show, don't you?" Joyce eyed her
rival carefully as she brushed out the skirt of her gown and tired to compose
Judith, meanwhile, staggered over to the
railing and grabbed onto it firmly in an attempt to steady herself.
"Are you sure you're all
right?" Joyce asked again. "You're looking a little green."
"If I didn't know better, I'd say you
were worried about me."
"The only thing I'm worried about is
that something will happen to you before I get my chance to make you pay for
everything you've done to me." Joyce walked up behind Judith and
leaned closer so that she could speak directly into her ear. "That
would take all the fun out of it."
"I-I'm sure it would," Judith
muttered, only half listening to her.
"If I were you, I'd watch my step.
You just never know when your time is going to come."
"I won't let
you do this! I won't let you ruin my life like you've always tried to ruin
"No, you...really don't." Judith's eyes glazed
over with confused anger as she stared down at the partiers and looked for two
guests in particular.
"Well, it's been lovely catching up on old times with you,
dear," Joyce laughed, "but I really need
to get back to my family." She headed for the stairs, but before she
took the first step, she turned towards Judith one last time. "Just
remember what I said. Your time is coming."
As Joyce descended the staircase, Judith's mind quickly moved
onto other things. Joyce and her inane threats meant nothing to Judith, at
the moment. She had more pressing things to take care of. Namely
finding Burt and
Janet. There were a few things that she needed to ask her
dear sister about the night she fell.