Cries in the Night: Chapter 44

At Jody and Jeremy’s house, Beth had just awoken from a nap.  She went into the living room to find Nikki immersed in material from Julliard.

“Oh, Aunt Beth, I thought you were down for the night,” Nikki stated.

“It’s jet lag,” Beth told her.  “But I need to get my body adjusted to back Monticello time.  What are you doing?”

“I am going over all my material from Julliard,” Nikki informed her.  “Didn’t mom tell you that I was accepted into the Drama program there?”

“No, she didn’t,” Beth responded.  “Of course, she had had other things on her mind.”

“You mean my Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria,” Nikki mentioned.  “I’m going to fine.  As soon as I get a bone marrow transplant from mom or dad, I will be as good as new.”

Beth was shocked by Nikki non serious attitude.

“You have been to Manhattan before haven’t you?”  Nikki asked her.  “Have you seen there campus?

“No, I haven’t,” Beth replied.  “By the way, how is Calvin?”

“Oh,” Nikki replied.  “I haven’t spoken to him in a couple days.  He is upset about me getting into Julliard.  He refuses to see things my way.”

“And do you understand his side of things?”  Beth inquired as the psychiatrist in her started to show.

“Whose side are you on?”  Nikki asked.

“Both of you,” Beth responded.

“Oh, I forgot to ask, where is Uncle Miles?  Nikki questioned her as she changed the subject.

“There was an emergency with one of his patients as we started to leave,” Beth answered her.  “He stayed to deal with that but he will be coming in the next couple days.”   As Beth was speaking, they heard a horn from outside.

“What’s that?”  Nikki questioned.

“It must be my cab,” Beth answered her.  “I’m going to see Didi.”

“If Calvin is there, tell him I don’t want me to talk to him until he can accept me going to Julliard,” Nikki told her.

“Okay,” Beth stated as she left the house.  As she walked to the cab, she dialed a number on her cell phone.  “Voicemail, of course,” she mumbled to herself.  “Jody, this is Beth.  I think we need to have a talk about Nikki.  I don’t think Nikki realizes how serious things are.”

 

 

At Didi’s apartment, she sat on her sofa as Julius poured her a cup of coffee.

“You have really been too kind to me today,” Didi told him.

“Nonsense,” Julius replied.  “You just got out of the hospital.  You shouldn’t be here all by yourself.”

“I meant listening to me ramble on and on about my son,” Didi stated.

“I have kids, so I understand what you are going through,” Julius mentioned.  “I don’t know how my kids would react if I started dating again.  Though there mother has been dead for only a little over a year.  I like to think they would want me to be happy again.”

“I know he wants me to be happy,” Didi stated.  “He just doesn’t want me to be happy again with Nathan.”

“And why is that?”  Julius asked.

“Do you have to ask?”  Didi questioned him.  “It’s the age difference.”

Julius was silent.

“I’m sorry,” Didi said.  “Are you uncomfortable about me talking about Nathan?”

“It’s alright,” Julius replied.  “I’m here to try and be a good friend to you.”

“Thank you,” Didi said.  “It’s not like I went into this relationship with Nathan without thinking.  And after the way things ended the first time in Capitol City, I never thought we would ever get back together.”

“What happened, if you don’t mind me asking?”  Julius inquired.

“Children,” Didi blurted out.  “Before he started dating, he knew I couldn’t give him children, and I was not at a point in my life where I wanted to start over with another child.  Calvin had just graduated and moved out.  I didn’t want to do all that over again.”

“And he agreed with that?”  Julius questioned.

“He did in the beginning but as time went on, I knew he wanted to be a father,” Didi stated.  “And we eventually broke up over it.”

“And what about now?”  Julius asked.

“He said he is alright with not having kids now,” Didi informed him.  “And I believe him.”

 

Outside Beth’s cab pulled up, and she got of the cab.  As she was paying the driver, Nathan pulled up in his car.

Beth was walking to the entrance of the building looking at the piece of paper she had written Didi’s address on.

Nathan was walking behind her and caught a glimpse of the paper.  He saw “Apartment 232” on it.

“Excuse me, are you going to Didi Stoner’s apartment?”  Nathan asked her.

A confused Beth turned around to see who was asking the question.  “Yes, are you a friend of hers?”

“Well, actually more than a friend,” Nathan replied.  “I’m actually her boyfriend.”

“Nathan?”  Beth asked him.

“Yes,” Nathan replied.

“I’m Dr. Beth Cavanaugh,” Beth stated as she introduced herself to him.  “Didi has told me so much about you.  It is so nice to finally meet you.”

“I wasn’t aware you were back in the states,” Nathan told her.

“I just arrived today,” Beth informed him.  “Didi didn’t tell she was expecting you tonight.”

“She’s not,” Nathan said.  “We had a fight yesterday, and she has been dodging my calls.”

“She told me about the fight,” Beth stated.

“How much?”  Nathan inquired.

“That you revealed your relationship to Calvin before she was ready,” Beth answered.

“It’s more to it than that,” Nathan said.  “She has been keeping us a secret just like she did the first time we were dating.  I didn’t think she was ever going to tell him.”

“Did you tell her that?”  Beth asked.

“She wouldn’t talk about it,” Nathan answered.  “And that’s not all.”

“What else?”  Beth inquired as they walked toward Didi’s front door.

“I think she is ashamed of us, but she isn’t afraid of people thinking she is dating Julius Newcombe,” Nathan answered.

“What?”  A confused Beth asked.

“On more than one occasion, I have heard her on the phone with Calvin, and he assumed she was with Julius,” Nathan responded.  “And she never bothered to correct him.”

“I see,” Beth said.

“And I know he is interested in her,” Nathan stated as he knocked on the door to Didi’s apartment.

Inside Didi put down her coffee cup and prepared to answer the door.

“No, you should be resting,” Julius told her.  “Let me get it.”

 

 

 

Back at the law office, everyone was leaving for the day unaware about Angela’s news story on WMON claiming James had been hiring an escort.

“I expect all of you bright and early tomorrow,” William said to everyone as he and Bryan drove off.  “We only have two days left.”

Everyone said goodbye to them but Katherine who remained silent.

Across the street, Gordon and Broomhilda sat in his car prepared to follow Katherine.

“I don’t think this will be long,” Gordon told Broomhilda.  “She will probably be going straight home.”

“That’s okay,” Broomhilda told him.  “It’s my job to follow you wherever you go.  I don’t mind.”

Back across the street, Julia took notice of the quiet Katherine.

“Is everything alright?”  Julia asked her.

Katherine was remembering earlier when William was washing the coffee off his shirt.  She saw his wrist with the tattoo with the squiggly letter G.  “I’m sorry,” Katherine replied.  “It’s just been a long day.”

“I know,” Julia replied.

“That’s understandable,” Deborah stated.  “With everything that happened at the office today, and with your stepfather showing up.  But I don’t see anyone around here.”

“I know,” Katherine responded as she got into her waiting cab.  “I don’t think he will bother me anymore.”

“And if he does, don’t hesitate to call the police,” Draper told her.

“That’s right,” Deborah agreed.

“Thank you, Mr. Scott,” Katherine stated.  “Julia is so lucky to have you.  And you all have been so kind to me.”

“Are you sure you don’t want us to drop you at home on the way to the hospital?”  Julia asked her.  “It’s no trouble, we are bringing my dad to the mansion as well.”

“Thank you,” Katherine responded.  “But my cab is already here.  Please give Mr. Swift my best.”

“We will,” Julia told her as Katherine’s cab drove off followed by Gordon and Broomhilda.

Katherine sat in the back of the cab and thought to herself.  “Maybe I should have told them about Mr. Church’s tattoo.  But he couldn’t know anything about Detective Stoner’s murder.  Could he?”

As they followed behind Katherine’s cab, Broomhilda stared at Gordon.

Gordon took notice and finally asked her.  “What are you doing?”

“I just realized you like her,” Broomhilda stated.  “Why don’t you just ask her out?”

“Is it that obvious?”  Gordon told her.  “But it is complicated.  She has a boyfriend.  And I’m kind of still getting over someone.”

“The triple murderer?” Broomhilda asked.  She was referring to Gordon’s ex-girlfriend, Lindsay Pace.  Lindsay had killed Charlotte’s husband among her victims.

“Oh, so you know about that,” Gordon said.

“Of course,” Broomhilda responded.  “I was hired to protect you.  I had to find out all about you.”

“That’s great,” Gordon mumbled.  “What else did you find out?”

Broomhilda started to say something but Gordon cut her off.

“There’s no need to answer that,” he responded.  Then he took notice of where Katherine’s cab was headed.  “If she was headed home, that cab should have turned off a long time ago.  She’s’ headed out of town.”

“Your sister may be right,” Broomhilda noted.  “Katherine could be hiding something.”

 

 

 

At Monticello General, Geri was in the hallway outside Adam’s office putting on her lipstick.

“Now you stay here, and let me go in there by myself,” she said to Robert.

“Trust me as much as I would love to see you make a fool of yourself, I will stay right here,” Robert responded.  “I can see the office perfectly fine from here.”

“I will not be making a fool of myself,” Geri told him.  “I have a man to land and a bet to win.”  Geri was referencing her bet with Charlotte that she could land Adam.  If she loses, she has to give Charlotte their aunt Geraldine’s pearls.

“Whatever,” Robert whispered to himself.

“I will be damned if I left Charlotte have those pearls,” Geri mumbled as walked toward Adam’s off.  Geri then paused for a second.  Then she started a fake cry.  “Oh Adam,” she exclaimed as she entered Adam’s office with her fake tears.

Adam, who was turning off his computer for the day, was surprised by her appearance.

“Ah, Geri,” he uttered.

“Oh, Adam,” Geri repeated.  “I didn’t know where else to go.”  Geri sat down at a chair in his office and proceeded to cry more fake tears.

“What’s wrong?”  He asked.

“Oh, it’s my brother James,” Geri responded.  “He has been in critical condition under heavy guard for days now. It’s just so hard for me to see him like that.”

Outside Robert let out a laugh when he heard her words.  “She’s hasn’t been to see him since the day he was admitted.

“And what would you want me to do?”  Adam inquired.

“I just get so upset when I see him like that so helpless,” Geri told him.

“I heard he was doing better,” Adam mentioned.

“And I am the only one in my family that seems to care about him,” Geri lied.

“Ha,” Robert said outside in the hall almost loud enough for Adam to hear.

“I’m sorry but I really need to get going, it’s been a very long day,” Adam said to her as he stood up to leave.

Geri stood up and walked over to him.  “I just can’t be alone right now,” Geri stated.  “Could you stay with me just for a moment until I calm down?”  As she was speaking she put her arms around him, and leaned on his chest.

Adam did not embrace her.  “I need to lock up,” he informed her as he broke the embrace and headed for the door.

Geri was noticeably upset by his lack of attention to her.

“Could you please hurry?”  Adam asked as he stood by the door.

Geri finally walked passed him and out the door.  She was able to see Robert in the hallway.  She could tell Robert was amused that she was not getting anywhere with Adam.

“I hope your brother gets better soon,” Adam told her.  “I’m going to be heading home now.”

“Would you like to take me out for a drink?”  Geri asked him.  “It may calm my nerves.”

“Not tonight,” Adam responded trying to be polite.  “I’m just going home.”

Geri was not going to let him get away that easily.  “Oh my God,” she exclaimed.  “Adam I feel faint.”  Geri proceeded to fake a collapse into Adam’s arms.

“What’s going on?”  Adam questioned.

“All of a sudden I felt faint,” Geri answered.  “I hope I haven’t been poisoned like James.”

“Oh my God,” Adam said though he didn’t sound serious.  He saw an orderly down the hall pushing an empty wheel chair.  “Hey you down there,” he yelled.  “Bring that chair over here.”

“What is it?”  The orderly inquired as he hurried toward them pushing the wheel chair.

Adam placed Geri in the chair.  “I need to get her immediately to the emergency room,” Adam told the intern.  “She may have been poisoned.  Tell them they need to pump her stomach.”

Further down the hall, Robert had his face buried in his hands to try to conceal his laughter at Geri’s plight.

“Oh no, it’s a false alarm,” Geri announced as she jumped out of the wheel chair.

“I thought so,” Adam uttered.

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Outside, Julia and Deborah were about to walk into the hospital with Charlotte and Lyle.

“I know James will be happy to see you,” Julia told Charlotte.

“I feel guilty about not coming to see him more,” Charlotte stated.  “And my plans got shot to hell for tonight.”

“What happened?”  Julia asked.

“Man trouble,” Charlotte responded.  “But it’s not worth mentioning anymore.”

“I didn’t know you were seeing anyone,” Julia told her.

“I wasn’t actually,” Charlotte said.  “He was leading me on and neglected to mention that he was married.”

“Oh Charlotte, not again,” Julia stated referring that Charlotte had begun seeing her third husband while they were both married to others.

“It’s nothing like that,” Charlotte told her.

 

Across town at Ryan’s Pub, Norman Garrison sat at the bar drinking a stinger by himself.

The bar tender walked over to him, “Is it just you tonight, Mr. Garrison?”

“It seems that way,” Norman replied.  “I wonder where she is tonight.”

“I’m sorry,” the bar tender told him as she walked over to wait on another patron.

“And she has my number, I don’t know why hasn’t called,” Norman wondered to himself.

 

Back at the hospital, Julia got a text on her phone.

“Who is it?”  Charlotte asked.

“William Church,” Julia responded.  “I don’t know he wants we just left him.

“That man is all business,” Deborah noted.

“That’s true,” Julia agreed but I am not letting him but into my time with James.

Lyle took notice of Deborah watching everyone around them.

“Anyone suspicious?”  He asked.

“It’s hard to tell at a hospital,” Deborah replied.  “But someone knows Julia is still seeing James but no one here seems to be paying attention to her.”

“I haven’t noticed anyone watching Charlotte as well,” Lyle added.

“I really wish they would limit access to James’s floor,” Deborah added.  “But the best the hospital could offer was to limit access to the hall by his room.”

“We appreciate all that you are doing,” Julia stated.  “We know you are doing your best.”

“I’m just doing my job,” Deborah replied.  “That lunatic will not get near you while I am around.”

“That goes for me too,” Lyle added as the four of them got into the elevator.

Across the hall from the elevator stood a shadowy figure.  He had heard the conversation and was upset by it.  He fists were clinched.

 

Upstairs in his room, James was asleep as Suzanne sat on the side of his bed.

“You are as handsome as ever,” she whispered to herself as his eyes started to open.

“Suzanne?”  A shocked James asked.

“I have permission to see you,” Suzanne responded quickly.  “I’m not a suspect anymore.”

“I know,” James replied.  “The guard told me that you may be coming by to see me.”

“I’m sorry about before,” Suzanne told him referring to how she had snuck into his room dressed as a nurse.

“Yeah,” James responded with a laugh.  “That was quite the adventure for you.”

“Yes,” Suzanne stated.  “But I was determined to see you.  And they wouldn’t let me into see you.  I had to know how you were doing after all we meant to each other.”

“It’s okay now,” James told her.

“And I would never harm you,” Suzanne said to him.

“I never believed you would or were capable of it,” James responded.

“That’s nice to here,” Suzanne told him.  “As close as we were, I would hate to think that you would have thought otherwise.  But I am sorry for the way things ended.”  Suzanne was referring to the fact that she broke up with James to go to New York to be a writer.

“It’s okay, that is in the past now,” James replied.  “We have both moved on.

“In case you didn’t know, things didn’t go so well in New York at all,” Suzanne informed him.  “Almost immediately I knew I made a mistake.  I realized how much I missed you.”

James was shocked by the revelation but he was not sure how to respond so he remained quiet.

“And writing turned out not to be my thing,” Suzanne stated.  “I got a job in a museum there.  I always had a fondness for art.  Who knows I may go back to school and study it.”

“What are you doing now?”  James asked.

“I am actually working in the D.A.’s office,” Suzanne informed him.

“Really?”  A shocked James inquired.

“Yes,” Suzanne answered.  “Of course Victor is not you.  But maybe you will keep me on after you are elected.”

“Don’t let Victor hear you talk like that,” James said to her.

“He knows he is fighting a losing battle,” Suzanne told him.  “He is behind in the polls.”

“I just hope nothing happens to change that before Election Day,” James stated.

“You only have two more days to go, and I am doing all I can do to help you,” Suzanne said.  “I informed Mr. Church that Victor was going to go on the offense with a new ad.”

“Thank you,” James responded.  “But there is no need for that.  I don’t want to win underhandedly.”

“Still the same old James,” Suzanne said with a smile.  “Do you remember how we used to wonder if we would have red haired children?”  Suzanne asked changing the subject.  She was referring to the fact that they were both red heads.

“That was so long ago,” James noted.

“It wasn’t that long ago,” Suzanne replied.  “Do you remember how we met?”

“Of course,” James responded.  “You wanted me to help you find your birth parents.”

“You were so helpful and kind,” Suzanne told him.  “I love my parents.  I really do.  But I guess like any adopted child I always wondered who my birth parents were.  That’s why I moved to Monticello from Wellington.  I didn’t want to upset them if they found out what I was doing.”

“I told you I thought they would understand,” James reminded her.

“I know,” Suzanne replied.  “And who would have thought where we would end up after that first meeting.  You offered me a job and we became a couple.”

“I just sorry we never were able to find out who your birth parents were,” James stated.  “It’s just hard when adoption records are sealed.”

Suzanne’s tone changed when he said that.  “I know you did your best.  But I wouldn’t change the whole experience.  After all it brought you into my life.”

Outside James’s room, Julia, Charlotte, Lyle and Deborah had arrived.

“He has a visitor right now,” the guard informed them.

“Who?”  Julia asked as she and Charlotte peered into the room.  They were both shocked as they saw Suzanne talking to James.

“What on earth is she doing in there?”  Charlotte asked.

 

Inside the room, Suzanne caught a glimpse of the two at the door.  “I guess I should be going,” Suzanne said to James.  “I should let you get your rest.”

“Thanks for stopping by,” James told her trying to be polite.

“I will come back and see you soon,” Suzanne stated as she leaned in and kissed James.

 

Gordon and Broomhilda continued to follow Katherine in her cab.  Katherine’s cab left Monticello and took the Springfield/Mayfield exit.

“She’s must going to the same place the night she did when Geri followed her,” Gordon mentioned.

“Where did she go?”  Broomhlda asked.

“We never found out,” Gordon answered.  “Geri got arrested first.”

“What?”  A shocked Broomhilda questioned him.

“It’s a long story, but not surprising once you get to know my sister,” Gordon answered.

Katherine’s cab pulled into the Mayfield Medical Complex.

“Why is she going there?”  Broomhilda inquired.

“I don’t know but we are going to find out,” Gordon responded as he parked his car.  “We will wait for the cab to leave before we get out the car.

Katherine’s cab stopped at the entrance to the facility.  She paid the cab driver, and entered the facility as the cab drove off.

After the doors closed behind her, Gordon and Broomhilda got out of Gordon’s car.

“We don’t want to follow too close behind her,” Gordon told Broomhilda.

As they entered the passageway, they saw three different corridors.  One to the hospital, one to the mental ward, and one to the assisted living facility.

“Which one did she go to?”  Broomhilda questioned.

“I don’t know,” Gordon replied.  “I don’t see her anywhere.”

“Can I help you/?”  A guard on side of the entrance asked them.

“Yes,” Gordon replied.  “There was a young woman who entered the door right before we did, did you see where she went?”

“No one entered before you,” the guard responded.

“Yes, she did,” Gordon stated.  “She wasn’t more than a couple minutes ahead of us.”

“I have been on duty the last two hours,” the guard answered.  “And you are the first two people to enter since I have been here.”

Gordon and Broomhilda looked at each other shocked.  “What happened to her?”  Gordon wondered.

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