Another Day to Pretend
Written by: Dallas Walsh | Originally Released: August 25, 2022
Theme song: "Comme Des Garcons (Like the Boys)" Rina Sawayama
Bryce paces back and forth in the chief of staff's office at Raven's Meadow. Everything has seemingly happened so quickly that he is still trying to wrap his head around it; he came to tell the chief of staff, who is Frederick Richardson, that it was time to let Victoria leave the hospital. He knows that he did this for selfish purposes because he and Victoria have been growing closer and have even shared a few kisses; he believed that if Victoria was out of the hospital, they could pursue a relationship because right now they are in a doctor-patient relationship. Frederick, of course, refused to let Victoria leave the hospital because Vinny knows that he is alive so they must do what Vinny says or Frederick will be exposed. Bryce reluctantly agreed and that is when Victoria opened the door to the office and saw Frederick alive.
Instantly, Frederick realized that Victoria would have to be silenced because no one is supposed to know that he is alive and well. Immediately, Bryce grabbed a paper weight and he knocked Victoria out cold. He regrets this now because he could have tried to help Victoria.
Now, he can see Victoria laying on the sofa as she is still knocked out. He hopes that she is okay; he didn't even stop to think about what he was doing, he just reacted.
"Damn it, what have I done?" Bryce asks himself as he stops pacing and looks at Victoria. He rushes up to her and caresses her face. "You will be okay, you just have to wake up. And believe me, I won't let Frederick hurt you," Bryce whispers to her. "I I love you, Victoria. You have to believe me, I will protect you."
Before he can say anything else, the door to the office opens and Frederick appears. "Bryce, what are you doing?"
"I was just checking her vitals," Bryce lies as he stands up and looks back at his boss. "She should be coming too shortly."
Frederick shakes his head back to him. "I'm afraid that won't be happening," he cryptically replies to him. "Victoria will never wake up again, I am going to make sure of that."
The Pampa Grill
Clayton sits at the bar with a beer in front of him and a grin on his face. He just came from seeing Nicholas to tell him that he made the decision to leave town and he and Nicholas ended up sharing another steamy kiss. Clayton is still thinking that leaving town is the best idea because he needs time to get his head around his new family that he has discovered, but he can't deny that kissing Nicholas makes him very happy.
"I'm glad that I ran into you," a voice calls out from behind Clayton. He turns around and sees Andy standing there with his arms folded across his chest.
"Andy, I am just finishing my beer and then I have to leave," Clayton tells him. "I don't want to get into anything with you tonight."
Andy feels his blood boil as he witnessed Clayton and Nicholas kissing at the One Day House. He has no idea what is going on, but he damn well plans to find out.
"I don't care what you want," Andy moves up next to him. "I saw you, earlier, you know. I saw you kissing my boyfriend."
Clayton uneasily chuckles back to him before he picks up his beer. "I think you misunderstood what you saw, Andy."
"Really?" Andy asks him again. "How are your lips on Nicholas' a misunderstanding?"
"I've decided to leave town," Clayton reveals to Andy. "I am still struggling with learning that I am a Wilkins; half of my family is dead and everyone around here wants me to be Reese. I just need a break. Nicholas and I were just saying goodbye to one another."
Andy rolls his eyes back to him. "The only person who keeps mentioning Reese is you," Andy tells him quickly. "But, good, I think you leaving town is exactly what you should do, Clayton. For once, we agree on something. Because, Nicholas is still my boyfriend and definitely not yours."
"It was really cool that Tyler threw you a little surprise launch party at Robertson Enterprises earlier," Dawn tells Cheresa as they sit across from one another at a table. "I'm sorry that I missed it, I had a shift at the hospital."
"Don't worry about it," Cheresa smiles back to her. "It is just cool that we both have jobs now, hey?"
"I still can't believe that your face is everywhere out there," Dawn tells her. "I am so proud of you."
"You've said that a few times now," Cheresa winks back to her. "I really appreciate your support, Dawn. This entire modelling job has really been the light that I needed in my life right now. After Abby lost Sonny, and then losing Brad and all the drama with my Mom, this is really what I needed."
"I'm just so glad to share this experience with you," Dawn looks back at her. "I'm going to see my beautiful girlfriend shoot into stardom."
Cheresa chuckles back to her and before she can respond, a man approaches her table. "Sorry to interrupt, but you're Cheresa Lawson, correct?"
"Yea, that's me."
"Sign here," he says as he passes her an Ipad and an e-pen. Cheresa sighs her name and he drops a package on the table. "Thanks."
Cheresa looks back at Dawn and wonders what it could be. "Open it?" Dawn asks her as Cheresa picks up the envelope and opens it.
Inside there is a letter, "Cheresa, I'm your biggest fan. I'm going to watch your career very closely," Cheresa reads it out loud. "That's sweet?"
Dawn chuckles back to her. "You better get used to that, you're going to have a lot of fans reaching out to you."
"I suppose you're right," Cheresa smiles back to her, excited that she has fans now.
The Black House;
Helen & Dawn's Home
Helen paces back and forth in the living room of her house as she looks at her watch quickly. She knows that Shane and Robin's wedding is supposed to be beginning anytime now; she just hopes that the wedding goes off without a hitch because she and Shane have worked far too hard to get to this place.
She moves to her phone and picks it up. She dials a number and then puts the phone to her ear.
"It went to voicemail," she whispers to herself. "Shane, hi," she says into her phone. "It's me, I just wanted to wish you good luck tonight. I know your wedding is about to begin."
At the front door, Adam opens the door when no one answers his knock. He moves inside and looks around. He can hear a voice from the living room, so he moves towards it and sees his ex-wife talking on her phone.
"Let me know how it goes," she continues to leave Shane a message. "We have worked so hard to get to this point. I still can't believe our plan worked, Shane. I really can't. Okay, sorry for the long message! Call me soon!"
She hangs up the phone.
"Plan? What plan would that be?" Adam asks his ex-wife, who turns around and looks at Adam, not realizing that he was in the house. She freezes realizing that he heard her talking to Shane about their plan to break up Adam and Robin. "What are you talking about?" he asks Helen, who gulps heavily.
Glubbs House; Shane & Robin's Home
The living room of the Glubbs home has been transformed into a small wedding venue for Robin and Shane. They decided against a church wedding since they only wanted it the ceremony to be small. Nicholas is standing next to Robin, who is with Shane and a minister. Behind Nicholas, Dominique is fast asleep in her basinet. Robin wanted their daughter to be with them when they get married because she is doing this all for her.
Robin looks back at her brother, who nods at her in support. She turns back and looks at Shane, who is beaming back at her.
"Because of how small this ceremony is," the minister begins to tell the small group. "We have agreed to speed up the service. If you're ready, we can begin."
"We are ready," Robin and Shane say together as they chuckle afterwards.
"Shane, please repeat after me," the minister begins. "I Shane, take thee Robin to be my wedded wife."
Shane takes a deep breath and looks back at Robin. "I Shane, take thee Robin to be my wedded wife."
"To have and to hold in sickness and in health, for richer and poorer, through the ups and downs as long as we both shall live."
Shane repeats the vow while squeezing Robin's hand. He can't believe that they are finally getting married; after everything they have been through together, this is finally happening.
"Great, and Robin, repeat after me," the minister turns his attention to the bridge. "I Robin, take thee Shane to be my wedded husband."
Robin shuts her eyes and thinks back to Adam coming by her hotel room while she was getting ready and they shared a kiss. She knows that she must move forward with Shane; she owes her daughter this much.
"I Robin," she tries to stop her voice from cracking. "Take thee Shane to be my wedded husband."
"To have and to hold in sickness and in health, for richer and poorer, through the ups and downs as long as we both shall live."
Robin shuts her eyes again to fight herself from crying. When she opens them, she imagines that Adam is standing in front of her in a tuxedo and she is telling him her vows.
"To have and to hold in sickness and in health, for richer and poorer, through the ups and downs as long as we both shall live," she says as Shane reappears in front of her. She realizes that she was imagining that she was marrying Adam.
"Wonderful," the minister clasps his hands together. "By the power invested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife," he reveals to them. "You may kiss your bride."
Shane goes into kiss Robin, but she turns, and he kisses her cheek. "We are married," he looks into her eyes, not bothered that she didn't let him kiss her on the lips. "We are a family with Dominique; we are a true family!"
A tear finally escapes Robin's eye as she secretly longs to be married to Adam. "That we are, Shane. That we are."
"Hey, thanks for meeting me," Donovan tells Andy as they sit across from one another at a table. "I didn't want to be alone."
"It's fine, I was actually here when you texted," Andy replies to his friend. "You made it seem important, are you okay?"
Donovan shakes his head back to him as he recalls his huge fight with Lukas earlier in the evening because Lukas heard him on the phone to Abby. Lukas was furious because they had agree, to cut Abby from their lives because they agreed that she was too dangerous; the last thing that they wanted was for her to put Olly in a dangerous situation.
"No," Donovan admits to Andy. "I think I think my marriage is in trouble."
Andy looks back at him in surprise. "Why would you say that? You and Lukas have been solid for so long now?"
"We had a huge fight," Donovan reveals to him. "And, I'm not sure if we will ever be able to find a way to get past it."
Richardson Estate; Meggan, Lukas & Donovan's Home
Lukas rushes to his bedroom door only wearing a pair of grey sweat pants. After his fight with Donovan, he sought comfort with a drink and Jasper. But he realized that he should go to bed so he can wake up in good spirits and try to move on from the fight. However, he has heard a soft knock on the door, so he wonders who is coming to his room.
He opens the door and sees Jasper standing on the other side. Jasper immediately looks at Lukas' toned chest and licks his lips.
"Hey, I just wanted to let you know that I'm done for the night," Jasper says in a whisper. "I'm going to take off, I just wanted to make sure that you're doing okay. You were pretty worked up earlier."
"Thanks Jasper," Lukas smiles back to him. "I appreciate that. I'm doing okay. I think some sleep will help."
"Okay, as long as you don't need anything else ?"
Lukas locks eyes with Jasper for a moment. Jasper moves closer to him and leans into kiss him, but Lukas stops him.
"No, I don't need anything else tonight," Lukas looks back into his eyes. "Thanks again for supporting me."
"Of course," Jasper uneasily nods back to him. "Have a good night, looking forward to working out tomorrow."
Lukas chuckles. "Good night, Jasper."
Davenport House; Trenyce & Andrew's Home
Trenyce slowly moves into the kitchen of her house and opens the fridge door. She looks around for something, anything, to help satisfy her craving that she is having for pickles but doesn't see anything that will do the trick. She closes the door and is startled when Andrew is on the other side of the fridge door, shirtless.
"You scared me half to death," she puts her hand on her chest with a chuckle.
"Sorry, I heard a noise and wanted to come check it out but I realize it is you," Andrew winks back to her. "Another pregnancy craving?"
"For pickles but we don't have any," she rolls her eyes. "I guess I should get some tomorrow."
"I can sit with you for a while if you're not tired yet? I could tell you one of my boring stories, that'll put you to sleep."
Trenyce chuckles back to him. "That is sweet of you, but I am feeling tired."
"Okay," Andrew replies to her. "Does that mean we aren't going to talk about what happened earlier? I kissed you, if you remember."
"How could I forget?" Trenyce asks him as they lock eyes and she puts her hand on her large belly. "Andrew, we can't go down that path. I am pregnant with another's man baby. And, you're like a son to me."
Andrew chuckles back to her. "But I am not your son. We already went over that, Trenyce. And, if Chris isn't going to step up and be a man for you and the baby, I damn well can be."
"What are you saying?"
"I really liked kissing you," Andrew reveals to her. "It was great."
"Andrew," Trenyce waves her hand as her breathing starts to increase. "We can't "
"Trey? Hey, are you okay?"
Trenyce puts her hands on the counter as her breathing continues to escalate. "Hey, take some deep breathes okay? You're having a panic attack. Just breathe can you do that? Trey? Can you please tell me that you're going to be okay?"
Victors Mansion; Vinny & Daisy's Home
"This is nice," Daisy tells Vinny as she sits across from him in the living room of the mansion that they live in together, each with a glass of wine in their hand. She was at the Pampa Grill earlier when Brett approached her, and he suggested that they head home and have some wine together since they hadn't seen one another for a few days. Daisy, who had been avoiding Brett, is having a nice time.
Vinny grins back to her, knowing that he has been laying on the charm heavily, although something is weighting on his mind now. When they got home, he went upstairs to freshen up and he noticed that the toothbrush he threw out was missing from his garbage bin. He can't help but wonder if Meggan swiped it because she suspects that he is really Vinny.
"I thought so too," he tells her. "It's been too long since we had you and I time."
"I guess that's true."
"Something odd happened though," Vinny looks back at her. "I tossed an old toothbrush out earlier and it isn't in my garbage bin anymore."
Daisy gulps back to him. "Really? Maybe the maid changed the garbage?"
"Maybe but all the other waste is still there," he waves his hand together with a slight chuckle. "I must be losing my mind."
Daisy looks away from him knowing that she took the toothbrush and gave it to Meggan to run a DNA test. "Do you know anything about it, Daisy?"
"Of course not," Daisy shakes head back to him. "Look, you wanted to get caught up, right? Why don't you come sit beside me? You're too far away."
Vinny grins back to her and moves to sit next to her. He wraps his arm around her and looks into her eyes.
"You're right, this is much better," he winks back to her, as Daisy continues to worry that Vinny is really looking into her eyes right now.
"What are you talking about?" Bryce moves closer to Frederick, who has re-entered his office. "What are you going to do to Victoria to make sure she never wakes up again? You can't kill her, Frederick! Her family will know something happened."
Frederick chuckles back to him. "I'm not going to kill her, exactly."
Bryce looks back at him and then back over at Victoria, who lets out a groan from her head injury. "She's waking up," Bryce tells Frederick. "You have to tell me what you're planning, Frederick! Please, what are you going to do to Victoria?"
Frederick gets an evil look in his eyes. "I'm going to do a simple procedure on her," he cackles. "I'm going to perform a lobotomy on Victoria," he reveals as Bryce looks back at the woman he has fallen in love with in absolute horror.
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