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Scene One - The Wilkins Estate; Reese & Madeline's Home
"Are you sure it's okay that we go up and see Reese?" Savannah asks Andy and Madeline as they stand in the living room of the Wilkins Estate. Madeline is looking at some screen on her IPad while Andy is pouring himself a coffee, before he locks eyes with Savannah. Savannah and Trenyce couldn't stay away when they heard of Reese fainting at Leah's memorial service.
Andy looks over at Savannah, who is standing with Trenyce, and nods his head. After Reese fainted, Craig tended to him, quickly determining the cause of the fainting spell. Andy can't think of it though, because he has to focus all of his attention on Reese right now. Reese's cancer is slowly starting to take over him and thus, Reese has been confided to bed rest. Andy hates this because he knows that it's only a matter of time before Reese dies. He still can't get his head around the fact that the love of his life is upstairs slowly dying and there's not a thing he can do about it.
"Absolutely I am sure," Andy finally replies to them. "He would love to see you two. He wants to see his friends and family " his voice trails off, thinking of the end game.
"While he still can?" Trenyce finishes his sentence as she comes up to Andy and hugs him. "Oh Andy, I'm so sorry. I wish there was something I could do."
"Just by being here to see Reese, you're doing what you can," Madeline tells her and Savannah. "My brother will be very happy to see you two. Go on up."
Trenyce looks over at Savannah and they slowly move out of the living room together. While Trenyce knows that she and Savannah haven't always seen eye to eye, mostly because of their mutual connection to Andrew, they can come together for Reese's sake. They both care about him very much and right now, that's all that matters.
"Look, Savannah," Trenyce says as they walk up the stairs. "I know we haven't gotten along in the past because of what happened with Andrew but I really would like a fresh start with you. What do you say? Friends?"
Savannah takes a deep breath and wonders if she should take Trenyce seriously. After all, the last time Trenyce was believed to be her friend, she sued Savannah for custody of Andrew. "I'd like to call a truce Trenyce," Savannah replies to her. "But I don't think here and now is the time to talk about that. Let's focus on Reese."
Back in the living room, Andy takes a sip of his coffee before he closes his eyes for a moment. He really hates the feeling of people coming over all the time to see Reese; it's almost like they are there to pay their last respects to him.
"How are you holding up?" Madeline asks him, as she sets her IPad down on the coffee table.
He sighs. "As well as to be expected," he replies to her. "I don't know how to do this Madeline. How do I pretend that I'm okay with people coming over to see Reese, maybe for the last time? How do I get this around my head?"
"I don't know," she says back to him. "I feel the exact same way. I was upstairs earlier taking him some breakfast and he looked so weak," she tells him as she gets a tear in her eye.
"You know the hardest part is that he keeps saying he wants no tears," Andy continues to vent to her. "He wants us to be normal, so he can live out the last days of his life as normal as possible. But nothing about this situation is normal."
Madeline puts her hand on Andy's and squeezes it. "I just wish there was something we could do."
"I would give anything to wave a magic wand and make him okay," Andy tells her as he finally looks at her. "Promise me you'll stay with me throughout this. I can't do this alone Madeline."
Madeline pulls him into a hug. "I'm not going anywhere Andy. Believe me, I'm staying right here."
"I'm so glad you two came over," a weak and pale looking Reese tells Savannah and Trenyce as they sit next to him, as he lays in his large bed. He takes a slow breath and looks over to grab his oxygen mask, which he is using more and more frequently since the fainting spell.
"We couldn't stay away Reese," Savannah replies to him. "We were both so concerned when you collapsed at the memorial service for Leah."
"Ah, I'm fine," Reese tries to tell them, even though he knows that he's slowly dying. He wants to be positive and now dwell on the unknown.
"Have I told you how brave I think you are," Trenyce says back to him, with a small grin on her face. "You're handling all of this so very well."
Reese smiles back at her. "What other choice do I have? I don't want to go throwing a fit. I want to go out on my terms. Loving my friends, like you guys and my life. I've been so blessed to have 26 years in a healthy body. I've lived a very good life."
Trenyce wipes a tear from her eye. "You will live a longer life Reese."
Savannah nods her head back and grabs his hand. "And we will both be here for you. Whenever, however you want us to be."
"I love you guys," Reese smiles back to them both, realizing that they are both trying to be supportive.
Scene Two - The Towers, The Penthouse; Cory & Robin's Home
Cory pours himself another cup of coffee while he stands in his kitchen. His mind is racing, as it has been all morning, thinking about why Robin wouldn't have accepted his call the other day when he called the mental facility that she is at. He knows that the doctor explained to him when he dropped her off that if the patient wasn't doing well, then outside contact wouldn't be a good idea; but the nurse told him on the phone that Robin was reacting well to everything, so there must be another reason as to why Robin wouldn't take his call. The only problem for Cory is figuring that out.
"I will have to get to the bottom of this," he says to himself, wondering how he should go about this. He knows that he isn't supposed to go and visit Robin for some time because the doctors want enough to time to assess the situation and provide the best care for her. "I guess I can keep trying to call her. It's just so odd that she doesn't want to take my calls anymore."
The other thing weighting on his mind is how he will explain to Robin that Leah is dead. He doesn't want to upset his fragile wife but she has to know that her sister is gone. He moves out of the kitchen and into the dining room. He freezes in his tracks by what he sees on the wall between the open concept dining room and living room: Rebecca is looking into the large mirror wearing a black bikini. He pauses and stops and admires the beautiful woman in front of him for a moment before he clears his throat causing her to turn back and look at him.
"Oh sorry," she says quickly grabbing her robe, which is draped over the side of the sofa. "I thought you were gone for the morning already."
"Its fine," he replies to her, still unable to really stop looking at her. "You are staying here. I should get used to the fact that you're here."
She smiles a little back at him. "I should know not to parade around in my swim wear," she laughs to him. "I was thinking of going down to the pool this morning I haven't put this thing on in a while."
"It looks like it still fits," he says to her, trying to say something politically correct. With Robin away and having been unstable for months before she left, it's been a long time since Cory has been with a woman. He can't deny how good Rebecca looks, even though he knows it's wrong.
"You didn't get a good enough look," she winks back to him as he arches his eyebrow.
"I'm pretty sure I did," he laughs back to her. "But you'll enjoy the pool. It's nice."
She nods back to him, knowing that she gave him a good eyeful. "Well, I will see you after my swim then."
"I'll be here."
Scene Three - The Sugarbowl
"Did you go to the service to support Dad?" Meggan asks her brother as they sit in the coffeehouse, having a quick breakfast together. Meggan recalls how she called Frederick the previous day before Leah's memorial service and told him that she wasn't going to attend; Meggan didn't think that it would be a good idea considering her history with Leah and everything that happened with Noah years ago.
Lukas takes a bite of his muffin before he looks back at his sister. "I can't say that I did," he tells her. "I thought it would be weird, you know? I didn't know this Leah person, and while I think it's horrible when someone that young dies, I didn't think it was my place to go to the service."
"That seems understandable," Meggan replies to him. "I think the only reason that Dad wanted to go was because Felicia is Leah's mother and we know how Dad feels about Felicia."
Lukas rolls his eyes a little. "He has it bad for the crazy woman," he winks at Meggan, who can't help but laugh a little at her brother's remarks.
"Do you really think something will happen between Dad and Felicia?" she asks him, wondering if their father will someday remarry.
Lukas shrugs. "I have no idea," he says back to her. "Really, I just hope she gets on her medication. I don't want Dad tied down to some whack job."
"Lukas!" Meggan scolds him for his remark about Felicia. "She has a mental illness."
"I know," he rolls his eyes again. "Look, I'm just saying Dad needs someone stable. He doesn't need chaos in his life."
"Well, that we can agree on," she replies to him. "What about you? Are you ready to tell him the truth?"
"Truth about what?"
Meggan leans in closer to him. "You know, that you're gay," she says to her brother. "I still think you're being too hard on him."
Lukas shakes his head. "I'm not ready and frankly, I don't think I will ever be ready."
"Oh Lukas," Meggan sighs. "I love you but you can be so stubborn."
"Did you want to go over and say hello to Meggan?" Daisy asks Vinny as they sit in another booth of the coffeehouse having some coffee before they head into work for the day.
Vinny shakes his head no, recalling how he and Daisy agreed to not let Chris and Meggan come between them anymore. "I don't think that's really necessary, do you?"
Daisy smiles back to her fiancé. "No, I don't think it is. But I also know that you like to keep everything in line. Just because we have agreed to not let Chris and Meggan come between us any longer, doesn't mean that we have to be rude and ignore them."
"Fair point," Vinny says as he takes a sip of his coffee. "I'd like this morning to be for just the two of us, though," Vinny informs her. "It's not often we get to have breakfast together without any interruptions."
Daisy nods back to him. "And you know, with Leah's service yesterday it has really made me realize that life is very short and we shouldn't be wasting time on the insignificant stuff that life throws at us."
"I couldn't agree more," he replies to her. "So, how about we spend the next hour or so discussing wedding ideas?"
"I love the way you think!" she excitedly says back to her Vinny, wanting their wedding to be perfect.
Scene Four - The Robertson House; Jeff & Paige's Home
"Are you sure you want to continue to stay here?" Frederick ask Felicia, who is sitting on her bed in her bedroom of the house that she has been staying. This was, of course, before Felicia went off her medication, kidnapped Leah which resulted in her death. Frederick knows that he has to be careful with Felicia, though, because she doesn't remember what happened in Lake Tahoe, thanks her coma.
"Why wouldn't I stay here?" Felicia questions her doctor. "I am Leah's mother, regardless of what happened. I can't imagine Jeff would want me to leave, especially now that Paige has returned home. I have so much time to make up for with my Granddaughter."
Frederick sighs knowing he has to bite his tongue. He can't reveal the real reason why Jeff would want her to leave the house. "That is all very true," he tells her. "I just think Jeff and Paige might want some space right now. They have been through a lot in losing Leah."
"And I haven't been put through a lot?" Felicia asks him, growing offended by her doctor suggesting that she shouldn't stay on living there.
"I didn't say that," Frederick tells her as he moves to the bed and sits next to her. "I didn't mean to get you worked up over this," he continues to tell her. "There is another reason that I am here today."
"Is everything okay?" she asks him quickly, hoping that she's not in some sort of trouble.
"Everything is fine," he reassures her. "We realized that you were on the incorrect medication," he reveals to her, as Felicia's eyes open in surprise. "This could explain some of your recent behaviours."
"Like my hands shaking," Felicia nods her head, as she recalls her hands shaking excessively in the last few days. It's one of the few things she can remember of the last few days.
"Exactly," Frederick tells her. "But here," he says as he pulls out a pill bottle from his pocket. "These are your pills," he continues to tell her as he opens the bottle and shows her the medication. "If you ever see anything different in your pill bottle, don't take them and contact me at once."
Felicia nods back to him. "Thank you for everything you've done for me Frederick."
Frederick smiles back at her and puts his arm around her. "You know I am always going to look out for you, right?"
"I'm beginning to realize that, yes."
"Good," he says back to her. "Now, tell me, how are you really?"
She looks up at him with her big eyes. "What do you mean?"
"You just found out your daughter," he says slowly back to her. "Is gone. This can't be easy for you Felicia. No one is expecting you to be a rock of stability right now."
She shuts her eyes as a tear runs down her cheek. She can't believe that her daughter is dead and gone forever. "I don't know how I'm supposed to feel right now. I don't know Frederick, I just can't believe Leah is gone. I can't believe I will never see my beautiful girl again."
Down stairs, in the living room, Jeff sits in the dark on the sofa. He hasn't opened the curtains yet and he doesn't plan on it. He doesn't want to see the sun shining or hear the birds chirping away. He doesn't know how he is supposed to face another day without Leah.
His mind is racing to when Felicia stopped the memorial service, however. "What did she mean that it was all Bob's fault?" he asks himself, wondering if there is any truth to what she said or if it is more of Felicia's mind playing tricks on her.
He stands up and moves to the fire place mantel where he picks up a picture of himself, Leah and Paige. He sighs knowing that his family will never be complete again because of Leah's death. He puts the picture back down on the mantel.
"If Bob did have something to do with this, he will answer to me," Jeff says to himself. "Whoever is responsible for killing Leah will pay for this. I refuse to let them get away with it."
Scene Five - Dominick's Townhouse
"Please let me know if I can do anything for you," Eva tells Dominick as she passes him a cup of coffee at the his small dining room table. "I can't imagine what you're going through right now."
Dominick takes a drink of his coffee before he replies to her. "I feel like I've lost both of my daughters in the last few months," he tells her, thinking of how Robin is away at the mental institution and Leah has just died.
"Have you spoken to your son Tyler?" Eva asks him, thinking his other child could help him through this rough time. "Maybe it's time he come home and see you for a little while. He's been away far too long."
"I have spoken to him, yes," Dominick reveals to her. "He's busy with business in Japan, I'm afraid he can't get away right now."
"Family should always come first," Eva tells him, as he nods his head. "I wish he'd come home."
"He will eventually," Dominick whispers back to her. "And in the meantime, I have to hope that Robin will make progress and return to us one day. I can't believe that she will be lost to us forever the way Leah is."
"How are you really holding up with her death?"
He shrugs his shoulders. "As well as to be expected," he replies to her. "I need to move my attention to focus on Bob Calimo. If that son of a bitch had anything to do with Leah's death, he will pay for it."
Eva sighs as she thinks about Felicia's outburst at the memorial service where she yelled that it was all Bob's fault. Of course, months ago, Eva also went to visit Bob and asked him to end this feud the two men have. She hates that this rivalry has now claimed the life of Leah; if Bob had anything to do with it.
"I have an idea," she tells him as she looks him in the eyes. "Something that will get your mind off of Leah, Robin and Bob. I think you need a distraction."
Dominick takes another sip of his coffee. "Please tell me what it is," he says. "I'd love to focus on something else for a change."
"I was hoping you'd say that," she smiles back to him. "In November, I'm planning a hospital gala. It will be a charity event to help build the new children's ward of the hospital. It will also be the night that I step down of Chief of Staff. I was hoping, Robertson Enterprises would be the main sponsor; we could have advertising of Robertson products everywhere and of course, we can auction off items of Robertson nature."
Dominick puts his coffee cup down and looks over at her. "You've really put some thought behind this, haven't you?"
"I've just been waiting for the right time to present this to you," she says, trying not to get too excited. "I hope it's not too soon after the memorial service. So, what do you say?"
"I think it sounds like a great way to get a lot of good publicity for the company. I've been so busy lately, I haven't had much time to focus on Robertson. Count me, and the company in Eva. This sounds like a great project."
"I'm so thrilled that you feel that way!" she beams back to him.
Scene Six - Roberto; Bob's Office
Bob can't get the image out of his mind, even as he sits in his desk the following day from the memorial service; Felicia standing in the aisle of the church, screaming that he was responsible for Leah's death. In some ways, he's glad that Reese fainted because it took all the attention off him and Felicia. He and Kim were able to leave the church and no one thought anything else of it.
Of course, he knows that he will have a long line of people to answer to; people who will want some kind of explanation. He's hoping that he can use Felicia's mental history as a good enough reason but he really will have to sell it to some people.
"They will believe me," he whispers to himself as he stands up from his desk and moves to the bar. He pours himself a brandy and takes a sip.
"Isn't it a bit early to be drinking?" a voice calls from the doorway of his office.
Bob turns and sees Robbie standing there. "Not if you've had the morning I've had son," Bob replies as he looks back at his brandy and takes another sip.
"Unless you can give me some answers, your morning won't improve by me showing up," Robbie tells his father as he closes the door to his office.
"Answers?" Bob asks, playing dumb. "What answers can I give you Robbie?"
"Is what Felicia said at the service yesterday true? Did you have something to do with Leah's death?" Robbie asks his father, as he comes up to him.
Bob sighs and takes another drink of his brandy. "Let me ask you this, how could I have had anything to do with Leah's death when I was in Twin Peaks and she was in Lake Tahoe? Do you think I'm some kind of magician?"
"That doesn't answer the question," Robbie replies to him, growing more angry with Bob. "I know you have people and connections. Just tell me that you didn't hurt Leah."
"I didn't hurt Leah," Bob replies to him.
"But you did do something something to Felicia? Frederick claimed that she was on different medication," Robbie continues to talk to his father. "You didn't replace her medication did you?"
Bob looks at his son and then takes another drink of his brandy. "My God Dad, it's true, isn't it? You replaced Felicia's medication; you're the reason she was out of her mind!"
"Robbie, please " Bob starts to say to him.
"No Dad! You're unbelievable! This Goddamned feud you have with Dominick has gone too far this time. You killed my wife for crying out loud."
"Your ex-wife," Bob corrects him.
"Whatever! Don't make excuses. You killed her! I hate you for doing this. And I will never forgive you for what you've done Dad. Never!"
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