Aug 22, 2002 11:57 AM
The next morning, Hugo's very loud wind-up alarm clock wakes the man up (and probably his wife as well, unless she's put cotton wool in her ears). He gets up, not in the best of moods; he prefers to get more than six hours of sleep in a night.
Aug 22, 2002 12:14 PM
Hugo glances at the bed. He figures Stella most likely woke up, but is curious as to if she's pretending to be asleep or not.
Aug 22, 2002 05:08 PM
Stella being a light sleeper just layed
there, not really feeling like moving, but she can't wait to see
the news paper, and look on Hugo's face when he reads it!
She sled her eyes open to look up and a dazed.
After a few moments, she sat up and strentched.
She would of spoken accept one of the maids came running to the door holding the paper.
"Oh, Stella, Hugo, did you see whats on the front page!"
Aug 22, 2002 05:35 PM
Hugo takes the newspaper from the maid rather brusquely. He is genuinely curious, but that's not enough to make him forgive her for catching him in his nightclothes. "Whatever it is, no need to wake us. We'd find out soon enough." He quickly closes the door, then goes to the window to look at the front page. The top headline is nothing of interest, but below the fold, there's a picture of Stella with a rather surprising headline regarding a certain orphanage.
"Stella?" Hugo asks, rather shocked. "I don't have half a million dollars to give to charity."
Aug 22, 2002 05:40 PM
"No, but I did." she pause looking at the article.
"See now wont that give us a better
gossip, than that of your mother."
Aug 22, 2002 05:44 PM
"Stella! Where did you get the money?"
Aug 22, 2002 05:56 PM
Stella looked shocked.
"You don't remeber, Davis, he gave me that check for half a million, I cashed it, and gave it to them!"
She sat down and rubbed her eyes.
Aug 22, 2002 06:04 PM
Hugo sighs in relief. "Oh...for a moment I thought perhaps you got it from someone else... That was a very kind thing to do, Stella, though I wonder at the bank that would just give you half a million dollars in cash. No matter." He smiles at her weakly. "That won't stop the gossip, though--just change its direction. I'm sure everyone thinks you're mad by now."
Aug 22, 2002 06:09 PM
Stella looked up.
"Mad! Why would I be Mad! its a good thing to do, and besides, It was Alex's idea, and..."
She paused and looke up.
"It was realy more his money anyway..."
Aug 22, 2002 10:19 PM
Hugo shrugs helplessly. "See? Can you really imagine the upper-class approving of *anything* Alex would suggest?"
He pauses for a moment, but then his expression brightens considerably. "Perhaps that will convince Father that you're really a good person, though." He shakes his head. "Half a million...I can't imagine... I really believe everyone will think you're insane. But some of them will admire you for it anyway." He kisses her. "And I love you, whether you're sensible or not."
Aug 23, 2002 06:07 AM
Stella had a blank expresstion, she started
to think of something, somthing that was right, why come things
were right, but not sensible.
She shrugged. Truning the pages in the newspaper looking at other news.
"So what kind of meeting do you have this morning?"
STella's voice sounded bored and low, as if she wasn't amused at all of what Hugo had to say.
There was something missing, but she couldn't figure it out.
Aug 23, 2002 10:03 AM
"A business meeting, with the board of directors and the like." Hugo shrugs. "I have to prove I've earned part of my fortune, that it's not all taken from Father. Not that it matters, I guess." Hugo looks at Stella for a moment, then starts to get dressed. "That is a beautiful picture of you in the newspaper. We'll have to save the article, perhaps have it framed."
Aug 24, 2002 09:14 AM
Stella crossed her arms, but then she
hears the phone rings. ONe of the maids pick it up(probally the
same maid that walked in on Hugo..^^*)
"McHenry estate, how can I help you...uh huh, oh yes right away, let me get her...."
The maid knocks on the door.
"Mrs. McHenry, theres a long distance call for you."
Stella eyes widen.
The maid tilted her head.
"Mrs. Anna Patricks."
STella walked out to talk on the phone, without a word.
Aug 24, 2002 09:56 AM
Hugo suddenly skims through the article, a bit alarmed. He's slightly relieved to find it doesn't list their address, though it does give the day of their marriage. He's still a bit worried her stepfather will see it, though. Hugo opens the curtains and sits down to actually read the article (which I was going to write but lost my inspiration for ^^;).
Aug 24, 2002 10:02 AM
Stella nodded her head over the phone,
finally hanging up.
She looked at Hugo and took a breathe.
"I have to go to New Jersey today, My mother is in the hospital, there pretty sure shes not going to make it."
Stella started to play with her hands, and walked back upstairs.
"I have to go today."
Aug 24, 2002 10:04 AM
Hugo pales. "I'm sorry," he says. He looks down, frowning. "I'll go with you. Hang the meeting."
Aug 24, 2002 10:06 AM
Stella looks up at him.
"That meeting is important Hugo, I'm fine, I'm a grown woman, but if you want to come I'm not stopping you."
She starts packing a suitcase.
Aug 24, 2002 10:09 AM
Hugo shakes his head. "And if your stepfather comes to visit her too?"
Aug 24, 2002 10:21 AM
Stella looks at him.
"Hes my real father, a stepfather to my older brothers, who hate me too, but my father is over seas right now, who doesnt give a darn about my mother!"
She closeing her hands making a fist.
"I hate him."
Aug 24, 2002 10:24 AM
"Oh," Hugo says. "Then I guess he couldn't make it back in time even if he wanted to." He pauses for a moment. "Still, if you want me to come with you, I will. If not, I'll attend my meeting and meet you late tonight."
Aug 24, 2002 10:29 AM
Stella hugs him.
"If thats what you want to do, I'll meet you at my mothers estate."
she writes her address down, with the phone number, and the hospital name and number.
Aug 24, 2002 10:36 AM
Hugo nods. "I'll see you tonight, then." He looks at her for a moment, then sets the newspaper down on his dresser. "I'm late. Take care, Stella." He heads downstairs.
Aug 24, 2002 10:38 AM
Stella takes off minutes later for New Jersey.
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