produced/written by G. Matthew Smith



EPISODE #137 (Tuesday, 11/19/02) click here for a printable version of this episode
Same Day
June 1936 - Evening


RIGHT OUTSIDE THE WISHING WELL SODA SHOPPE

Maggie CallisonThe Wishing Well Soda Shoppe"Oh, my gosh, Mags," Stanley Fitzpatrick gasped as she pulled away from their sudden kiss, "what was that for?"

"Because I wanted to," Maggie Callison said flatly.

"But...I...oh, gee."  He felt his face flush as he stammered and stuttered.  In the entire time they'd been dating, she'd never once kissed him and he was starting to feel like it was never going to happen.  But she did!  She did kiss him!  He just couldn't believe it.

"Stanley, are you just going to stand there with your mouth hanging open?"  She glared at him in annoyance.  "It wasn't that big a deal."

"Y-yes, it was."

"Honestly," she grumbled with a roll of her eyes, "you can be such a moron."

"Ah, gee, Mags!"  His shoulders slumped and he kicked at the ground.  "You kiss me and then you call me a moron.  What gives?"

Yes, Maggie thought to herself, what gives?  Why had she so impetuously kissed Stanley?  And furthermore, why was she so concerned about what Randy Lamont would think about it?


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CALVIN'S HOME - LIVING ROOM

576 Tinsdale Dr."Thanks for inviting me to dinner," Naomi Jackson said as sat on the sofa with her infant son, Aubrey, cradled in her arms.  "I was looking for an excuse to get out of that stuffy old castle tonight."

"I'm just glad that the Manchesters were kind enough to give you the night off."  Dr. Calvin Jackson poked his head in from the kitchen where he'd been busy preparing the night's dinner.

"I...oh...um...."  She winced slightly.  She often forgot that her "official" reason for living at Springhill Manor was that she was a maid for Dane and Sara Manchester, not that she was the mother of Sara's illegitimate step-brother.  Naomi was certain that if her brother knew the real reason behind her living arrangements, he'd be less than thrilled.

"The Manchesters are very nice people," she explained calmly as she shifted the weight of the baby from one arm to another.  "They're very understanding about family things."

Dr. Calvin Jackson"That's good," Calvin called out from the kitchen.  "Too many people just don't value the importance of family these days."  He walked into the living room, holding out a large wooden spoon filled with a sampling of dinner.  "Here, taste this," he said as he handed the spoon to her.  "I'm trying one of the recipes that Mamma mailed me from the Catskills."

"Hey, that's pretty good," she commented after taking a taste.  "With Mamma's help, you're turning into quite the cook."

"Well, a man's gotta eat, you know.  I can't have all my meals in that little diner around the corner."  He turned to walk back into the kitchen.  "I just hope I can get everything ready before Ruby gets here."

"I don't see why she's gotta join us," Naomi grumbled.  "I thought we were having a family dinner."

"As far as I'm concerned, Ruby is family."  He poked his head back in so that he could give a nod to emphasize his point.  "Mamma feels the same way.  Now, you listen to me, when Ruby gets here, I want you to be on your best behavior.  None of that backhanded talk you like to throw about, you hear me?"

Naomi Jackson"I don't understand what you see in that girl, anyway," she muttered half to herself.  "She's gonna be nothin' but trouble.  You mark my words."

Just then, a knock came at the door.  Full of anticipation, Calvin rushed back into the living room, drying his hands with a dishtowel, and headed for the door.

"Ruby, you made it," he smiled as he opened the door.

Ruby Thomas"I'm sorry I'm late," Ruby Thomas sighed warmly and stepped into the house.  "I had a few last minute things to take care of for Mrs. Stokes -- I mean Mrs. Rutherford -- before I could leave."  She stopped when she saw his sister sitting on the sofa.  "Hello, Naomi.  It's good to see you again."

"I bet it is," she mumbled under her breath.

"The only thing that matters is you made it."  Calvin wrapped his arms around her tightly and gave her a big hug.  "And dinner's just about ready, too."

As Calvin led Ruby into the living room, Naomi sat with her eyes locked on her brother's girlfriend.  He'd warned Naomi to be on her best behavior, but she smiled slyly with the knowledge that "best behavior" was a relative term.


THE STOKES MANSION - LIVING ROOM

76 Mapleton Way"Judith!" Leticia Rutherford called out as she raced to her daughter's side.  She knelt down next to Judith, who had collapsed on the floor, and shook her.  "Judith, are you all right?  Judith!"

"O-oh...I...I...."  Judith Linford slowly opened her eyes and tried to focus on the sound of her mother's voice.  "What...what happened?"

"Dear, you fainted." Leticia explained as she, along with her other daughter, Janet Stokes, tried to help Judith to her feet.  "What's wrong?  Do you feel ill?  Should I call a doctor?"

"No, I'm...fine."  Now standing shakily on her own two feet, she pushed both her mother and sister away.  "I just...need a drink of...water.  Mother, call Ruby and have her...."

"I'll get it," Janet spoke up quickly and hurried out of the room.

Leticia Stokes Rutherford"Ruby's gone out for the night," Leticia explained as she tried to help her daughter over to a chair.  "She was on her way out when Jillian called."  She paused as she inspected Judith closely.  "Are you sure you're all right?  People don't just faint for no reason."

"I said that I'm fine!" she snapped angrily.  "I think that I should know better than anyone else if something's wrong with me!"

"Judith, here's some water," Janet spoke up as she hurried back into the room.  After handing the glass to her sister, she took a step back and looked at her intently without saying a word.

Judith took several long sips of water before becoming acutely aware that both her mother and sister were watching her closely.  "Would everyone just stop staring at me!" she snapped angrily.  "What do I have to do to convince you that I'm fine?  I just stood up too quickly, that's all."

"Maybe I should call a doctor," Leticia said softly and reached over to gently lay her hand on her daughter's forehead to check for a temperature, only to have Judith swat it away like an annoying fly.  "Let me call Fred at the hospital.  He can come right home and...."

"If you think I'm going to let that quack examine me, you're out of your mind!"

"Judith, Fred's a very respected doctor," Leticia pointed out sternly, "and he's your step-father."

"Don't remind me," Judith grumbled.

"Janet," Leticia whispered softly as she leaned over to her, "you keep your sister still and I'm going to call Fred.  Whether she likes it or not, she needs to be looked at."

"I'll...do my best," Janet muttered, her eyes darting to Judith.

Once Leticia had hurried out of the room, Janet stood in silence, not wanting to broach any sort of topic that might provoke Judith.

Judith Stokes Linford"I don't know why she's getting herself so excited," Judith finally spoke as she slowly felt the color returning to her cheeks.  "I told her I was fine."

"She's just worried about you, that's all," Janet explained.  "Mothers worry about their children."

"I wouldn't know," Judith shot back.  "Fate took my chance of being a mother away from me."

Janet winced because of her sister's words and because of the role that Janet knew she'd played in the loss of Judith's child.

"Of course, you know all about that, don't you, Janet?" she asked coolly, her eyes narrowing.  "After all you were there."

"How many times do I have to tell you that what you remembered is wrong?" Janet shouted angrily.  "I was there after you fell!  After!"

Janet's outburst caused Judith's eyes to grow wide with shock.  "For someone who keeps insisting that they don't know anything about my fall, you sure get quite upset when I bring it up."  She kept her eyes locked on her sister.  "Tell me, dear, why is that?  What is it about my baby that makes you, of all people, so upset?

"N-nothing!  I'm not...upset."

"Yes, you are."  Judith, feeling her strength returning, gripped the arms of the chair and slowly pushed herself to her feet.  "You're hiding something, Janet.  I'm sure of it!"

Janet Stokes"No, I'm...."

"And I'm going to find out exactly what it is!"

Janet felt her heart begin to beat faster.  Suddenly, Judith lunged at her and grabbed her tightly by the wrist.

"Tell me!" Judith demanded.  "Tell me what you're hiding!  Tell me what happened the night I fell!"

Janet's eyes filled with fear and terror.  She couldn't tell Judith that she was the one responsible for the death of her baby.  Janet couldn't tell her that she'd gone temporarily out of her head and pushed her down the stairs.  She just couldn't!