Theme song: "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life" Mariah Carey
Previously One Day at
Scene One - Chris' Townhouse
"Would someone please tell me what is going on here?" Helen asks Chris and Trenyce, who are in a heated conversation as Trenyce moves closer to the door of the townhouse. Helen has no idea why Trenyce is seemingly so upset with Chris, but she has never seen her like this before, but she is determined to find out what is going on before Trenyce bolts out of the townhouse, which looks like could be any moment now.
"Are you going to tell her, or am I?" Trenyce grits her teeth back at Chris, as she is livid with him. She arrived at his place to see how it went with him breaking up with Helen so they could be together; however, when she arrived, she has seen Chris half-dressed and Helen wearing one of his shirts. The only logical explanation that Trenyce has is that Chris and Helen had sex the previous night, which means he was playing her. She can't believe that Chris was using her for sex; her worst fears are coming true and she feels like she has no one to blame but herself.
"You don't understand," Chris tries to reply to her, his head still spinning because he can't remember the previous night. He knows that it looks like he and Helen had sex, but he doesn't remember going to bed.
"Oh, I think I have a pretty good understanding of what is happening," Trenyce rolls her eyes at him. She can't believe that he is trying to play dumb. "You lied to me! You used me!"
"I am still in the room," Helen yells back at them in frustration that she still doesn't know what is going on. "What the hell is going on?"
"Chris and I had sex a couple of weeks ago," Trenyce looks back at her, as Helen's mouth opens in surprise. "He told me he had feelings for me and he was going to end things with you last night; I came here today to see how it went," Trenyce finds herself laughing out of anger, even though she knows it's not funny. "And, I find you two dressed like this, clearly after a night of sex. How could I have been so stupid?"
"You were going to break up with me?" Helen asks Chris, who puts his head down ashamed of the situation that is unfolding. "I mean, I know we weren't anything very serious, but still I need to get dressed and leave."
"No, Helen, wait," Chris protests to her, as Helen finds her pants and quickly puts them on. "I can explain."
"I really don't think that's a good idea," Helen snaps at him, as she finds her shoes and quickly puts them on. She grabs her purse and looks at Trenyce. "I'm so sorry, I have no idea how any of this happened."
"Helen, wait," Chris calls out as Helen looks back at him when she reaches the door.
"I think you've said enough, don't you?" Helen replies to him, completely embarrassed by the situation. "Good bye Chris."
Helen closes the door behind her, leaving Trenyce, who crosses her arms over her chest, and Chris alone in the house.
Scene Two - The Black
House; Helen & Barbara's Home
Barbara continues to fold some laundry as she sits on the sofa in the living room. As she continues her chores, she can't help but think about her visits with Dawn the previous day; first, she arrived at Shelley's condo with Adam and Helen in tow, as they tried to convince her move back home. Dawn, of course, refused as she blames her family for sending her to the bible camp where she was raped. Barbara still can't believe that it was her idea to send Dawn there, and the most horrific event that could have happened to Dawn, happened. Barbara returned to see Dawn, in hopes of making Dawn see her point of view, but again, Dawn threw her out.
"I have to make her understand somehow," Barbara nods to herself as she finishes folding her last pillow case. She stands up and carries the laundry to the linen closet. "She has to know that we love her and we just want to support her right now."
As Barbara places the linens in the closet, she sees a box on the top shelf. She arches her eyebrow as she reaches for the box, barely being able to reach it. She finally gets it into her hand and she pulls it down from the shelf. She slowly opens the box and is startled to see Helen's gun in the box. Barbara slowly picks up the gun and holds it for a moment, before she puts it back in the box and closes it quickly.
She didn't realize that Helen still had her gun; after Adam was shot a few years earlier, she had assumed her daughter had gotten rid of the weapon, but clearly that is not the case. She feels herself jump when she hears the doorbell ring, feeling spooked by seeing the gun.
"Clearly seeing this has made me jumpy," she says, as she carries the box with her back to the front door. She opens the door and sees a young man standing on the other side, whom she has never seen before. "May I help you?"
"Yea, I hope so," the young man replies to her as he flashes his smile to Barbara. "I'm looking for Dawn Black. I hope I have the right address?"
"She's not in right now; can I tell her who is asking for her?"
"Yea, of course," he smiles at her. "I'm Jonah Carter, I was her life coach at the bible camp that she attended recently. We got along so well, I thought I'd stop by and see her."
Barbara feels the blood drain from her face as she realizes exactly who Jonah is. She suddenly looks down at the box she has in her hands and then back up at Jonah, uneasily smiling as she does.
Scene Three - Twin Peaks
"So, you're sure that there is nothing wrong with me?" Dawn asks Victoria as they sit together in Victoria's office at the hospital, as Dawn has gotten her test results back from the doctor. While Dawn was apprehensive when Shelley first suggested to her that she come and have medical exams run on her after the rape, now that she knows there isn't any further damage to her, she does feel relieved.
"I am positive," Victoria replies to her quickly, looking at her file. "I would suggest coming back in six months' time or so, just to do another HIV test but for right now, you seem to be in good health."
"I am a little worried about something," Dawn admits to her quickly. "I'm late this month."
"I wouldn't worry about that," Victoria tells her. "You and your body have been through a traumatic experience, it's only natural that your cycle will be impacted by this. If you haven't had any signs, say in 3 weeks from now, I can run a pregnancy test, okay?"
Dawn nods back to her as she feels her eyes swell with water. "I don't know how to thank you," Dawn whispers back to her. "Not only for running these test, but for the other day with you and Kim."
"No thanks is necessary," Victoria tells her. "You just have to know that you're not alone in this; there are people who understand and can be support to you."
"I'm realizing that," she tells her.
"That includes your family," Victoria continues to tell her. "I know that you're upset with them, and that's your right, but I do think that they just want to help you through this. There's no timeline on when you'll feel yourself again, but you will. Don't push out the people who love you the most right now, okay?"
"I'll think about it," Dawn stands up from her chair. "And, thank you again. I'll schedule the appointment for the HIV test. And, I'll let you know about my period."
"Okay, sounds good. And, in the meantime, if you need anything at all, don't hesitate to call me at any time. I'm available for you 24/7."
"Thank you," Dawn grabs her purse and slowly leaves the office. Once she's in the hallway, she leans up against the door trying to regain her composure.
"Dawn? Is that you?" a female's voice calls out, as Dawn opens her eyes and sees Cheresa Lawson walking towards.
"Cheresa?" Dawn smiles as she rushes up to her friend from the bible camp and hugs her. "What on earth are you doing here?"
"Remember how I told you my Dad is a big shot doctor?" she asks him as Dawn nods back to her. "Well, he got me an internship here at TPGH, I'm going to be a councilor here."
"That's really awesome, congratulations."
"How are you? I was so worried about you when you left the camp early," Cheresa admits to her. "Actually, the day you left, I saw Jonah and he told me he made you straight. I have no idea what that meant, but it freaked me out."
Dawn feels her eyes swell with water. "He raped me," she admits to her friend. "That son of a bitch raped me."
Cheresa pulls her friend into a hug. "I'm so sorry," she holds her. "If I can do anything "
"Thanks," Dawn replies as they exit their embrace. "I'm managing to survive, it hasn't been easy, but I am trying."
"I'd really like to catch up with you, Cheresa," Dawn tells her. "Let's exchange numbers and get in touch? Right now, I have to go do something that I should have done a long time ago."
"Hey, are you feeling any better today?" Shane asks Victoria as he slowly opens the door to her office and he moves inside. He recalls how he saw her at the Pampa Grill and they had a night cap together; while together, she admitted that she was dealing with a rape victim and it was bringing up painful memories from her past.
Victoria looks up at him and smiles, appreciating that he is checking up on her. "Yea, I am, thanks for listening to me," she tells him. "While the situation has definitely brought up some painful memories for me, helping this girl has really made me feel good about my job, you know?"
"I'm really glad to hear that," Shane nods back to her. "It is a good thing that you are taking a bad experience and turning it into a positive."
"I agree," Victoria replies to him. "Anyways, how are you? How are things with you and Cassie?"
Shane recalls how he and Cassie almost had sex but she stopped him because she wanted to take things slowly, which he gets, but at the same time, they are both adults, and he would have loved to have been with her again.
"I guess they are okay," he sits down across from her. "She apologized for her behavior and we almost, well you know," he chuckles back to her.
Victoria blushes a little. "I would say that it is a good sign," she tells him. "Just, do me a favor and be careful, okay?"
Shane arches his eyebrow. "Be careful of what?"
"This is still Cassie Nova," Victoria reminds him. "She has done a lot of pretty horrible things. I know she's changed, it's just I guess it takes more for me to trust again, that's all."
"That's fair," Shane replies to her. "And, for what it's worth, I appreciate your friendship. I'm glad we have each other's backs."
"Yea, me too," Victoria purses her lips together.
Scene Four - The Sugarbowl
"This is so long overdue," Robbie tells Natasha as they sit in the back booth of the coffeehouse together, catching up as they haven't seen much of one another lately. "Have you heard the latest about Dad?"
Natasha takes a sip of her latte. "No," she admits to him. "Should be I scared to ask?"
Robbie chuckles back to her. "I'm not sure yet," he tells her. "But, he has asked Kim to live in the mansion and she accepted."
"They are divorced!" Natasha tries to keep her voice down. "Why the hell would he ask her to live there still?"
"I wish I knew," Robbie replies to her quickly. "That's a fucked up relationship."
"You're telling me," Natasha rolls her eyes back to him. "What about you? How are you feeling with Leah and Jeff having to make their marriage work?"
Robbie shrugs his shoulders back to her. "I mean, I don't have a choice. The judge won't grant her a divorce until she's made an effort to make her marriage work. I am just trying to be as supportive as I can be."
"And, Victoria?" Natasha asks him. "She's still not giving you another chance?"
Robbie shakes his head no. "She thinks that I am using her as my second choice," he reveals to her. "Which is insane, but I guess all this back and forth has finally caught up with her."
"Well, I guess that is her loss," Natasha replies to him. "Any girl would be lucky to have you in her life."
"That's why you're the best sister in the world," he chuckles back to her. "How about you? Married life is treating you well?"
"I couldn't be happier," Natasha says back to him. "Cory and I, I think we were always meant to be, you know? And, we are on the waiting list to adopt a baby."
"Whoa, that's big," Robbie grins. "Congratulations."
"Thank you," she replies to him. "It's still a long way off, but it's exciting to think that I could have another baby soon. Especially because Jacob is doing so well at the rehab center in New York."
"It's about time this family have some good news, hey?"
"I'd say," she nods back to him, as she looks at the doorway and sees Cassie and Max walk into the coffeehouse. Robbie immediately sense Natasha tense up and he looks back to see who walked in.
"I can't believe she's still in town," he turns back to his sister.
Natasha nods back to him. "Still in town and working her way into Shane's bed, no less."
"I wish I was," Natasha quickly replies to him. "I think she's using her relationship with Shane to make me mad."
"And, it's clearly working," Robbie jokes with her. "Whatever is going on with Cassie, Nat, you have to let it go. She will always try to get under your skin. You can't let her win, okay?"
"Yea," Natasha nods back to him. "Easier said than done, I guess."
"Do you want to go somewhere else?" Max asks his mother as they sit at the window bar together, each with a coffee in their hand. He knows that Natasha and Cassie don't get along, and the last thing he wants is for her to be uncomfortable because Natasha is in the coffeehouse.
"Of course not," Cassie replies to him quickly. "That woman doesn't hold that much power over me, despite what she thinks. Besides, we are so close to my office. It'll be easy for me to get to work when we are done."
"Okay," Max smirks back to her, impressed by his mother's resolve when it comes to Natasha.
"So, tell me," Cassie looks at her son before she takes a sip of her coffee. "How is Adam? I still can't believe he was in that accident at the boutique. Well, what used to be the boutique now that the fire basically ruined the store."
"He was released from the hospital," Max reveals to her. "I haven't seen him yet or anything. I'm trying to give him some space, you know get his barring's together and what not."
"That makes sense," she replies to him. "I'm just glad you weren't at the boutique when the scaffolding collapsed. It could have been you!"
"I'm fine Mom," Max smiles back to her. "I'm just glad that Adam will be okay. I don't know what I would have done if he had died."
"Well, this is nice to hear coming from you," Cassie tells him. "For so long, I've been worried about your relationship with your father, but you saying that makes me think you two still have hope for a relationship."
Max uneasily takes a sip of his coffee, knowing that he meant that if Adam had died it would have been his fault. "Yea, I guess there's always hope."
Scene Five - The Pampa
"I can't believe that you are out and about already," Robin tells Adam as they sit across from one another in the back of the restaurant. "Are you sure this isn't too soon?"
"No, I am fine," Adam replies to her, as he takes a sip of his water. "It is good for me to try to get back to normal, whatever that maybe."
"I hope I am a part of your normal," she says back to him. "You have no idea how worried I was about you."
"I appreciate that," he nods back to her, looking into her eyes. He knows that he has to break things off with her because of his medication condition; as a result of the accident, he is now impotent and there is no guarantee that he will ever be able to make love to any woman again, yet alone Robin. "There is something I wanted to talk to you about."
"You make it sound serious," she looks back at him. "What is it, Adam? What aren't you telling me?"
"I think we need to take a cooling down period," he reveals to her as she looks back at in shock. "Starting right now."
"I don't understand," she shakes her head back to him. "The night of the accident you were going to surprise me with a romantic dinner. Now that you're out of the hospital, you want to break up with me? Why? This doesn't make any sense."
"Please, just breathe," Adam tells her as he looks back at her. "There are things that have happened that you need to know about, but have keep them between us."
"Anything you tell me will always stay between us," she replies to him. "So, please, help me understand this."
Adam takes a deep breath. "Dawn is home from the bible camp," he reveals to her. "But, while she was there something horrible happened."
Robin looks back at him. "What happened to your daughter?"
Adam gets choked up thinking about his daughter's situation because he feels like he is partly to blame. "She was raped," he whispers back to her as she covers her mouth in horror. "I sent her to that place and she was violated in the most horrific of ways. So, right now, I can't focus on anything but my daughter. I have to make sure Dawn gets through this."
Robin reaches over and grabs his hand. "I am always in your corner, Adam," she tells him. "I love you. Please, you don't have to shut me out right now."
"I have no choice," he says back to her, as he wipes a tear in his eye. "Please, respect my wishes."
Before she can say anything back to him, he slowly stands up and moves away from the table. Robin sits there dumbfounded that Adam just broke up with her. "I can't believe this is happening," she whispers to herself.
At another table in the restaurant, Meggan and Lukas sit across from each other as they are catching up. Lukas looks over at his sister, who is looking a little pale.
"Have you heard from Daisy lately?" Meggan asks him, as he takes a sip of his beer.
"No," Lukas replies to her quickly. "And, I'm kinda okay with that. I'm still trying to get over the fact that Jemma didn't come forward sooner for killing Frederick. She sent me to jail when she knew I didn't kill him."
"I know," Meggan says back to him. "I do feel bad for her though, she's been put through the ringer the last year or so."
"We all lost Frederick," Lukas tells her. "She isn't the only one who has lost someone."
Meggan chuckles back to him. "What's so funny?" he asks her.
"You're just so stubborn," she tells him. "Once you get something in your head, it's impossible to change your mind."
"I am who I am," he winks back to her. "Anyways, what's up with you and Jeff? Has he divorced Leah yet?"
Meggan uneasily takes a sip of her ginger ale before she looks back at him. "No, the six months isn't up yet," she replies to him, as she thinks about when Jeff showed up at her office and they end up making love. While she's not getting her hopes up, she does think that she and Jeff will get back together when the six months is up and Jeff can divorce Leah. "But, I have faith that everything will work out."
"Cool," Lukas nods back to her. "Are you okay?"
"I'm fine," she says. "Why do you ask?"
"I don't know," he looks at her. "You're looking a little pale and you're drinking ginger ale; usually you would have a glass of wine or something with lunch."
Meggan shrugs. "Yea, I'm fine," she tells him. "I've felt a little faint today, but it's probably because I need to eat. I hope lunch gets here soon."
"Okay, just promise me you're taking care of yourself."
"I always do."
Scene Six - Chris' Townhouse
"Well, this is a fucking mess," Chris says as he tries to clean up the mess that is in the living room. He picks up the two wine glasses before he looks at Trenyce, who is about to turn to leave, following Helen out of the house.
"You made your bed, Chris," she spits at him. "You can lie in it. It's not my fault or Helen's fault that we caught you two timing us!"
"We only had one glass of wine each," he reveals to her. "It doesn't make sense that I can't remember last night."
"Oh, how convenient!" she laughs back to him. "You can't remember, it's the oldest trick in the book. I'm not that stupid."
"I don't think you're stupid," Chris comes up to her. "I'm trying to figure out how this happened."
"Figure it out all you way," she turns and glares at him. "I'm done with you! We are over, not that we ever began! You will never change and I refuse to play the fool in your game."
"Trey, wait," he calls out as she turns around and rushes to the door. She stops and looks back at him.
"I never want to see you again," she yells back to him before she opens the door and slams it shut. Outside, she leans up against the door and tries to catch her breath, tears starting to stroll down her face as the reality of what just happened is finally setting in.
Scene Seven - The Black
House; Helen & Barbara's Home
Dawn slowly moves up to the front door of the house that she grew up in. She feels her heart racing a million miles per second, but ever since Victoria told her not to shut her family out during this time of her recovery, she has been thinking that she is right. She has to make up with her family; she does need them whether she wants to admit it or not.
"Here goes nothing," she slowly says as she opens the door and moves inside. "Hello? Is anyone home? Mom? Dad?"
"In here," she hears a voice call out from the living room. Dawn moves around the corner of the foyer and immediately is shocked.
"What the hell is going on?" Dawn asks as she sees Barbara holding a gun towards Jonah, who is sitting on the sofa. "Jonah, what the hell are you doing here? Grandma? Where did you get that gun?"
"Tell me one thing," Barbara whispers back to Dawn, as she keeps looking at Jonah, who is pale sitting on the sofa as he has never had a fun pointed at him before. He is trying to keep it together but he is secretly terrified. "Is this the son of bitch that raped you?"
"Grandma, what are you going to do?"
"Answer me!" Barbara yells at her as a tear falls down her cheek.
"Yes, but please " Dawn pleads with her, but it's too late, Barbara pulls the trigger and a bullet leaves the gun!
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