Aug 24, 2002 10:43 AM
Hugo attends his meeting as planned. He gets a bit of not-too-good-natured ribbing about not being able to control his soft-hearted wife, but, since her honor isn't being insulted, manages to restrain himself from starting a fistfight over it. The meeting runs until evening, so it's fairly late before he makes it to New Jersey.
Aug 24, 2002 11:03 AM
Stella goes to the hospital, and talks to her dieing mother.
Her mother sees her enter.
"oh you came, i thought you would be like your brothers, and just leave me to die alone."
Stella hugs her.
"oh mother! I love you so much!"
Stella hugs her, feeling the boney body underneath the covers.
"I saw your picture in the newspaper, I'm so proud of you!"
Stella looked at her.
"thanks mother, I feel really good to of done that."
"So hows Alex, I see you didn't marry him?"
"Yeah, I married my true love, Hugo."
Stella blushes looking up.
They talk for a few hours.
"Listen Stella I called you here, because I'm dying, and I want to give you something."
"Oh don't say that mother..."
"I want to meet your husband first though...is he handsome?"
"Oh yes...not as much so as Alex, but pretty close!"
Aug 24, 2002 11:08 AM
Hugo hears this as he comes through the door, holding a few carnations in a vase. He clears his throat slightly, looking a little sad. "Good evening, Stella, Mrs. Patricks."
Aug 24, 2002 11:12 AM
Stella quiets herself and looks at Hugo
"Oh I wasn't expecting your for quite some time...but Mother this is Hugo McHenry, my husband, Hugo this is my mother, Anna Patricks."
Anna looks up at him.
"Your right dear, he isnt that handsome..."
Aug 24, 2002 11:15 AM
With quite an effort, Hugo holds his tongue--he knows he shouldn't care so much what an old lady thinks of his appearance, especially not a dying one, but it still hurts him. Especially since his wife didn't spring to his defense.
"I've brought you some flowers, Mrs. Patricks," he says rather sullenly. "Where would you like them?"
Aug 24, 2002 11:18 AM
Anna smiles widely.
"You should give them to Stella, I won't be around long enough to enjoy them."
Stella narrows her eyes.
"Mother please try to be polite."
Anna looks up.
"Oh well I have to embarrass you stella my last duty as a mother."
Aug 24, 2002 11:21 AM
Hugo sets them on the dresser. "I daresay you can enjoy them for a little while yet." He frowns, then shakes his head, giving one last noble effort to salvage the situation. "Don't worry about Stella; I promise to take good care of her."
Aug 24, 2002 11:42 AM
Anna looks happy.
"Oh, thank you, you seem like a nice gentelmen."
she looks at stella.
"Darling, open the drawer, whatever is inside is yours."
Stella nods looking at her mother, realizing
her voics is weakening.
"Mother, you look tired, you should rest."
Aug 24, 2002 11:50 AM
Hugo just stands next to Stella, frowning.
Aug 24, 2002 11:55 AM
Anna closes her eyes.
"I left you everthing, you were the only who ever loved me..."
Stella ran to her hand.
"Mother..you can't father will kill me!"
"I made a fake will for them saying I gave it to charity....not to worry.."
Stella kisses her fore head, just sleep.
Aug 24, 2002 11:58 AM
Hugo puts his arm around Stella. "You have quite a knack for coming into money," he murmurs.
Aug 24, 2002 12:01 PM
She looks rather nervous and mad.
"Just shout up, i hate money..I dont want it, mother take it back, I don't want to die! Mom, I don't want to die!" She put her hands to rub her hair.
"Please I don't want to die, mother...."
Tears roll down as she starts gasping for air.
Aug 24, 2002 12:03 PM
Hugo puts his hands on his wife's shoulders. "Stella! It's all right!"
Aug 24, 2002 12:05 PM
She shakes her head.
"No its not, if they find out...if father finds out.."
she starts gasping for air. she falls down to the floor.
"But maybe with fakes they might not know..."
Aug 24, 2002 12:07 PM
"Stella!" Hugo kneels next to her. "Darling...it's not worth it. If she leaves you the money you can do with it as you wish. Give it to your worthless father if you must."
Aug 24, 2002 12:10 PM
Stella shakes her head.
"No,no! never! will i ever let them have, I would rather die!"
She tries to pull away, but hugs Hugo
"I can hire guard for our house, I can hire hitman to kill them...."
Aug 24, 2002 12:12 PM
"Then make your mother give it to charity," Hugo says. "We're rich enough."
Aug 24, 2002 12:14 PM
"but...but its her dieing wishes...I can't just do that, I can't disobey my mother!"
Stella tries to stand, but falls down
"I can handle it, I have a plan..I can do it.."
Aug 24, 2002 12:17 PM
"Stella, shall I fetch a nurse?" Hugo asks, concerned.
Aug 24, 2002 12:21 PM
Shakes her head.
"No, I'm fine, I'm just upset..."
She crosses her arms and takes a deep breathe.
"I think we should get something to drink."
Tries to stand up again, doing it sucessfuly.
Aug 24, 2002 12:24 PM
Hugo smiles weakly. "We've already got dozens of people trying to ruin us; a few more shouldn't make that big of a difference." He frowns. "I don't *think* Mistress Madison would do anything actually illegal...but I've already hired some guards, in case."
Aug 24, 2002 12:27 PM
Stella looks up, she opens the drawer.
Her eyes widen, and she faints.
Aug 24, 2002 12:31 PM
"Stella!" Hugo shouts. He catches her as she falls, and sets her on the ground. "Nurse!" He rushes out into the hall and yells again. "Nurse! My wife's fainted!" He hurries back inside, and looks inside the drawer.
Aug 24, 2002 12:34 PM
The will states:
Anna Fisher Patricks leaves the following beglongings to Stella Patricks.
estate in Irland(which is a catle)
Her home in New Jersey.
and the family business of realestate.
Jewels and dresses.
Aug 24, 2002 12:37 PM
Hugo's jaw drops; that's an obscenely large amount of money. He shakes his head, closes the drawer, and kneels by Stella, waiting for a nurse to come, hopefully with smelling salts.
Aug 24, 2002 12:40 PM
A nurse runs in, bringing the smelling salts, which wakes stella.
she shakes her head, and looks around.
"Oh, I wasn't dreaming....I wasn't...."
She nearly faints agian, but the nurse catches her.
"I'll bring in some water."
the nurse leaves.
Aug 24, 2002 12:41 PM
"We could hire the *army* to guard us for that money," Hugo says softly. He takes her in his arms, stroking her hair.
Aug 24, 2002 12:44 PM
She just sits there hugging Hugo.
"I didn't know she was that rich, I suppose thats why father married her...."
She looked up at her mother.
"she lived a horrid life, and she could of got outof it, but she did it to protect me..."
Aug 24, 2002 12:46 PM
"I'm sorry," Hugo says softly. "I'm sorry your life was so terrible....I wish your mother had given you some of this money when you left home, so you wouldn't've had to...." He shakes his head. "But then, I may not have met you."
Aug 24, 2002 12:47 PM
"she didn't do it, cuz father wouldn't
let her, he would kill me and her if she had...he so mean...I
She walks over to her mother.
"I wish I was stronger, I wish I could of helped her..."
Aug 24, 2002 12:51 PM
Hugo sighs. Very quietly, he says, "If it weren't for Michelle, I'd have your father killed. It's just as well, though; I'm sure his people would then kill us." He pauses, and develops rather scary smirk on his face. "But then, if he comes into our house, or attacks us...it's no crime to kill a man in self-defense. I'm taking lessons to learn how to shoot."
Aug 24, 2002 06:50 PM
Stella shakes her head.
"Please Hugo, don't think like that." Pauses. "Well only in self defenes."
Stella stopped talking when she heard
a voice, and heavy footsteps.
"No, she said he was over seas!"
As soon as she looked toward the door, her Father walked in.
He was a tall, big man(muscle) He had
dirty blonde hair, with brown eyes. He wear a black suit.
His eyes glared at Stella.
"I didn't think you would come Estella,
thought you were mug and rape, lying dead somewhere."
His eyes then turned to Anna.
"Shes not dead yet? she is so stubburn."
Stella bit her tounge, trying not to
say anything, but she had too.
"You should of just stayed where you were, the last thing she needs to see is you!"
Her father just stood, there, he was
about to make a move toward her, then sees Hugo.
"Oh, what a fine gentleman, who might you be, the lawyer I hope."
Aug 24, 2002 09:34 PM
Hugo looks at the strong man, rather frightened, though he tries not to show it. He's also angry, which helps mask his fear. "I'm Hugo McHenry, Stella's husband," he says shortly. "I'll ask you to say a brief goodbye to your wife and then be on your way; Mrs. Patricks shouldn't be disturbed."
Aug 25, 2002 08:55 AM
The man turned to Stella.
"Looks like you've been crying, found out that she gave the money to charity did we?"
She grabs Stella shoulder.
"I'm surprise you didn't marry that rat from the street, the one daring enough to between you and me..."
Stella moved from his grip and walked over to Hugo.
The man(Rauph) walked over to Anna, who
was waking up.
She looked up at him.
"Oh! I died and went to Hell!" She paused and looked at STella. "No, I'm in heaven theres my angel!"
Rauph sat on the side of the bed.
"I can't believe you gave that money to charity."
Anna half smiled.
"The same reason why I didn't divorce you, so you wouldn't get one cent of it!"
Rauph grapped her hand.
"25 million dollars? do you even think they know how to use that kind of money? Well do you dear?"
"Better than what you could ever do with it." She paused and coughed. "Now leave me Rauph! I don't want you here.."
Leaned over her.
"Well where do you want me to go, you gave the house away!" He frowned. "I'll go back to Ireland like a planned, so you can just die here with your slut daughter and her husband!"
He stood up, his face was filled with
anger, but he wouldn't strike any of them with someone in the
He was in his late 30's early 40's, while Anna was in herlate 50's and early 60's. She had married him when he was 16. Right after her first husband had died and left the realestate business to her.
He looked a Stella, and smirked.
"Don't worry Estella, I'll came back and visit you."
He laughed as he slammed the door shout.
Stella sigh in relief.
Aug 25, 2002 08:37 PM
Hugo stares at the door after Rauph is
gone, trembling with rage. "What a...*monster*...how could
he say that about his own daughter? And right to your face!"
He storms out of the room without another word--he doesn't think
it quite proper to confront the man in a hospital room, but has
no qualms about doing so in a hallway or outside the building.
Whether he can find Rauph, or whether someone stops him, is up
to a certain other player in this thread.
Aug 26, 2002 07:20 AM
Alex walking pretty swiftly down the
hallway, bumbing into some almost as tall as him, but much bigger
Alex knew who it was, and wan't affriad one bit.
"Hey watch were your going!"
Rauph took awhile to reconize Alex his
hair greased back, he was suited up.
But then Rauph notice somone coming up behind them.
"Alex?! So the rats been tammed." He gripped Alex's right shoulder. "I suppose you know Estella's husband."
He pushes Alex to the wall. Turns around to face them.
Aug 26, 2002 11:22 AM
Hugo's eyes narrow. "It's not right to fight in a hospital. Let's take this outside."
Aug 26, 2002 11:33 AM
Rauph raised an eyebrow. and in a deep
"Heh, fine, well go outside."
He pratically drags Alex outside.
Aug 26, 2002 11:52 AM
Hugo follows them outside, rather bewildered. "I'm the one who has a quarrel with you! Let him go!"
Aug 26, 2002 11:56 AM
Rauph dropped once outside.
"and what kind of quarrel do you have with me, I want no business from you, or know you for that matter."
Alex stands up brushing himself off.
"Hyph! I just came to see Anna, before she dies...I had some flowers..." Looks around. "I must of dropped them in the hall way..."
Rauph stared at Alex.
"I didn't think they could tame a rat like you, but your still a rat, nomatter what title you have."
Aug 26, 2002 12:02 PM
"You showed no respect for my wife," Hugo says, his voice low. "You owe her an apology for all you've done."
Aug 26, 2002 12:06 PM
"Oh...heheheh! Your wife? I feel sorry for you married to a low class.."
Alex cut him off.
"she only did that because you forced her too! She had to get away from you, you would of killed her!"
Rauph turned back to look at Alex.
"Did I tell you to speak Rat? No, so shut up!"
Looks back at Hugo.
"You look like a smart man, leave, go back inside."
Aug 26, 2002 12:15 PM
"Well, *I* feel sorry for a man who has to hit women to make himself feel strong," Hugo says. "Alex, get out of here. This is between Rauph and me now."
Aug 26, 2002 12:18 PM
Alex walked over to Hugo.
"If he told you to go inside, it means hes letting you live...now go, I'll handle this."
Grabs Hugo's arm.
"I'll go with you, just let it go, well do this another day, I mean for crying out loud, STella's mother is dying, and if you died too..."
Alex paused looking down. "Now don't you thin thats selfish of you?"
Aug 26, 2002 12:42 PM
Hugo nearly objects, but finally nods soberly. "Don't bother us again," he says to Rauph, heading inside with Alex.
Aug 27, 2002 04:03 PM
Alex Looked at Hugo and smiled as they
walked in to see Stella against the wall, and Anna looking rather
But when Anna sees Alex her eyes brighten.
"Oh Alex dear!" Stops to look at him. "Oh, how tall you gotten since I last saw you, and look, your letting them tame you!"
She shakes her head.
"Come, come give me a hug now."
Alex went over to give her a hug.
"It's been awhile, I got you flowers...but I lost them sowhere..." frowns, looking at Stella. "Whats wrong with you?"
Stella finally moves from the wall.
"ummm...nothing, nothing at all, I think we should get a place to rest, its getting dark."
Anna looked up.
"You can always go home, your fathers not allowed back there, and I imagine, his on his way to Ireland, to marry another young rich girl..."
Alex looked around.
"Hey!" Jumps up. "Well be back in the morning, that way I can buy you more flowers!"
Alex smiled at her.
Anna smiled weakly back.
"Now off with ya now, so I can get some sleep."
Aug 27, 2002 04:54 PM
Hugo nods to Stella's mother. "A pleasure to meet you, Mrs. Patricks." He takes Stella's hand as they leave the room, his shoulders slumped. "I'm sorry I couldn't do more for you," he mumbles, looking rather downcast.
Aug 28, 2002 08:14 AM
Stella aqueezes his hand. shaking her
"Thank you Hugo...thank you for not going after my father, I was affraid...I didn't want to lose you." She looked up at him. "Anyother man would of let his pride control him, but you thought of me, thank you."
Alex looked at Anna.
"hey, you take care, and don't worry bout stella, I'm her watch dog."
"You always watches over her don't you?"
Alex leaned against the door.
"yeah, shes like a sister, and your like a...."
Anna cut him off.
"A mother." She closed her eyes, and re opens them. "I didn't leave you anything Alex, I knew you wouldn't of wanted it."
Alex shakes his head.
"You know me too well."
"Go on now Alex, let me sleep, love you."
"love you too.."
Aug 28, 2002 10:25 AM
Hugo shakes his head, almost saying something about, or to, Alex, but finally just shakes his head, though he still looks rather ashamed. "Have you a place to stay for the night, Stella? We'll rent a hotel room if you'd like to stay in town."
Aug 28, 2002 10:33 AM
Stella just kinda looks puzzled, then
snaps her fingers.
"Well go to my house, its rather huge, that why Alex has a place too."
She looks behind her at Alex, dragging his feet, and looking down with both hands in his pockets.
Stella couldn't help but feel sorry for
"Alex, why don't you come with us, or come late, you know where the old patricks estate is."
His eyes had little life to them, but he looked up.
"Atleast now you can get your music box."
Aug 28, 2002 11:35 AM
Hugo frowns. "Are you sure it's safe to stay the night at your old house, darling? What if your father shows up?" He glances back at Alex. "I'd be more than happy to rent two rooms if you wished to stay nearby."
Aug 29, 2002 08:18 AM
Stella shock her head.
"Yes, he knew mother was dying, and probally already moved out, by my guess." She turned behind her.
"Alex, wheres your car?"
"I took a taxi, my Aunt moving this afternoon, and shes taking her car."
Stella turned to look at him.
"Well I'll go with Hugo, you can take my car but don't forget to put gas in it."
Alex looked back at the hospital.
"Yeah sure. ummmm..hey I'm gonna get some flowers and stay her a little longer, I'll catch up with you guys later."
Stella took Hugo's arm.
"Fine, fine, see you later."
Aug 29, 2002 09:47 AM
Hugo frowns at his wife. "If you think it's safe, darling." He glances at Alex. "Don't stay out too late; we'll have to wait up for you, unless you have a key." He heads off towards his car.
Aug 29, 2002 01:39 PM
-Alex dung in his pocket taking out keys.
"well yeah how'd you think I got in that one nigh..t.."
Stella flutter her eyes in anger.
"Well fine, we'll meet up with you later."
Aug 29, 2002 02:00 PM
Hugo looks at Stella for a moment, then down. "I'm not sure I want to ask," he says softly, though it looks like he's guessed.
Aug 30, 2002 04:40 AM
Stella crossed her arms.
"Its nothing of that sort."
She turned around to give Alex an evil glare.
Alex just laughed.
"What? what was that look for."
Stella took a deep breathe and smiled.
"Whileing I was sleeping one night...He placed a..a puppy on my bed, and when I awoke, I screamed not knowing what it was til it licked me..."
"What eles would I prossibly do?"
He laughed, as he started to walk inside.
Aug 30, 2002 09:57 AM
Hugo looks at Alex, surprised, and trying to keep the hint of a smile off his face. "You're mad, Alex." He heads to his car. A banging is coming from the trunk. "What in blazes?" he mutters, frowning. He unlocks the trunk, rather nervously.
Michelle sits straight up the moment the trunk is open, gasping for air. "Wow! I thought I was gonna die in there!"
"Michelle!" Hugo says.
Michelle rather shakily climbs out of the trunk, a little dirty and bruised. "Heard you were going to Jersey and thought I'd hitch a ride."
"You--you could have *asked!*" Hugo protests.
"Yeah, and you would've said 'no,'" Michelle shoots back. "So why'd you two come up here, anyway?" she asks, glancing at Stella.
Aug 30, 2002 05:18 PM
Stella walked over to her.
"It's none of your business, but since your here, my mother is dying!"
Alex ran over to Michelle.
"Hey you okay!?"
Looks at Hugo.
"What kind of idiot, lets there sisters ride in the trunk!"
Stella smacks alex's arm lightling.
"He is not a Idiot!"
Alex takes Michelles hand.
"It's okay, now, I'll protect you from your idoiot brother..heh"
Aug 30, 2002 05:31 PM
"Oh, gosh," Michelle says to Stella. "I'm so sorry...all Hugo said was that he had some business, and I thought I'd tag along. I didn't know."
Hugo protests. "I didn't know she was in the trunk! I never 'let' her ride there! She could've been killed!"
Michelle shrugs. "Sorry...but I'm all right now." She looks at Alex, then Hugo. "Please, you two, don't fight."
Hugo frowns. "Michelle, you shouldn't've come here. Now someone has to take you back home. You have school tomorrow."
"Aw," Michelle says, "I can miss school one day, can't I?"
Aug 30, 2002 05:38 PM
Alex looks at her.
"Well school is important....especailly if you want to be presisdent, but I'm sure president missed school to go play with friends sometimes!"
Alex laughed at himself, for a minute, and realized how dumb he sounded.
Stella smacked him again.
"Your so stupid Alex....I guess God forgot to give you one.."
Alex looked at Michelle then at Hugo.
"She can stay with me, Can she? and you and Stella can be alone...to do whatever you two want to do...heh."
He just didn't know why, he was just struck with the dumb stuff to say.
Aug 30, 2002 05:49 PM
"Leave you two unchaperoned? Certainly not!" Hugo says. "*That* would be scandalous for an aspiring President, after all."
Michelle snaps her fingers regretfully. "You're probably right... But I can skip school! Why don't we all get a room together?"
Hugo sighs, shaking his head.
Aug 30, 2002 05:53 PM
Alex looks a bit confussed. Untill Stella took his arm.
"I think it will be alright Hugo
She winks at Hugo.
Alex Looked even more confussed, but
looked at smile, and whisper.
"would you like to meet Mrs. Patricks, she really nice."
Aug 30, 2002 05:59 PM
Hugo looks rather surprised at Stella. He suddenly blushes, then looks at Alex suspiciously. "You keep your hands off Michelle. Hurry back to the house when you're done." He looks back at Stella, still blushing. "Shall we be off?" he murmurs.
Michelle nods soberly to Alex. "Stella's mother, right? I'd like to meet her," she says quietly.
Aug 30, 2002 06:03 PM
Stella smiles, and gets into Hugos car.
"Its a big house.."
"Yeah..her mother! She was the best cook too! comeon!"
Leads her in the hospital.
Aug 30, 2002 06:15 PM
Hugo gives the two of them a last wary glance, then drives off.
Michelle smiles at Alex, but just a small smile. "It seems wrong to be too cheerful..."
Aug 30, 2002 06:19 PM
Alex takes her hand, then gives her a hug.
"I suppose so, but its good that
someone can smile, as beatiful as yours is, I wish I could always
she you smile."
He looks at her with a content look.
Aug 30, 2002 08:31 PM
Michelle smiles softly. "Then I'll smile for you, Alex." She hugs him again, then draws back, still holding his hand. "Lead the way!"
Aug 31, 2002 04:43 PM
Alex leads her down hall way to Mrs.Patrick's
IN there they can see that she is awake, and that she is writing a letter.
She looked up and smile.
"Oh and who is this Alex, she is lovely!"
"This is my girl, Michelle, she is lovely itn't she?"
"Oh yes, come here, let me look at you."
Aug 31, 2002 08:31 PM
Michelle curtsies to Mrs. Patricks, then draws nearer to her. "I'm Michelle McHenry, Hugo's sister. It's nice to meet you, ma'am. You're looking well, considering."
Sep 01, 2002 12:03 PM
Mrs.Patricks looked up at her.
"Your so kind, and such a lady."
She folds the piece of paper, and hands
it to Alex.
"When I die Alex read that paper."
Sep 01, 2002 12:25 PM
Michelle cringes a bit, still not liking the idea of this woman dying. "Uh...how are you feeling?" she asks hesitantly.
Sep 01, 2002 01:41 PM
Mrs. Patricks looks at Michelle.
"Why darling, I feel very ill, sorry to say, ill and tired."
Alex held the note tight.
"mrs. Patricks, I'll stay her with you tonight if you don't mind."
"No, go on, but turn on the radio first."
Alex turns on the radio to hear something familuar. His and Stellas song playing.
Sep 01, 2002 01:52 PM
"What's that?" Michelle asks, listening to the radio.
Sep 01, 2002 03:41 PM
Alex turns it up.
"thats me and Stella...the put it on the radio!"
Mrs. Patricks smiles.
"I'll fly away...oh glory..."
Sep 01, 2002 03:48 PM
"Not bad," Michelle says softly. "She sings prettier than me..."
Sep 01, 2002 03:53 PM
Anna sinks into her bed.
"I'll fly away..my sweet little girl..."
Alex held anna's hand.
"I'm here, its okay."
Anna started to turn pale.
Sep 01, 2002 03:58 PM
Michelle watches, rather frightened; she's never seen anyone die before.
Aug 30, 2002 06:19 PM
Stella pointed to the roads to turn on, and u turns, and the old places where she used to play, till they reached a big mansion with a black gate that was left unlock and hanging open.
Aug 30, 2002 08:31 PM
Hugo seems rather nervous, still; he can't shake the idea that Stella's father might come back to the house. He's quite astounded by the size of the estate; even in the dark, he can see it's larger than even his father's. He parks the car, still deep in thought.
Aug 31, 2002 04:43 PM
Before they could get out to the car,
Stella grabbed Hugo's arm, and stared at him in the eyes.
She took a deep breathe.
"I got to tell you somethings, I've been to secretive with you, and I think I need to open up, and tell you more.."
She looked at her hands.
"First of all, I just want to say,
that, I love you, more than anyone! And thank you, for going out
of your way for me!"
She had some tears.
"I don't really understand why anyone would love a girl like me...sniff...I just don't know why.."
She wiped her face on her sleeve.
"I haffta tell you...that when I was dating you for the first mouth, I was also still with...Alex..." she paused as tears ran down. "I was affraid that you wouldn't like me, and I wanted something to fall back on if you got rid of me..."
She looked up at him.
"I'm so sorry, I'm such a terrible person, please I'm changing, I will do whatever you want, anything, I'm yours now, I'll give you as many children as you wish, any money, its yours!"
Aug 31, 2002 08:31 PM
Hugo looks rather startled at Stella's speech, and stares at the steering wheel. "I'd...guessed you had been dating him," he finally says, softly, "from the way you acted. The way you still act...." He looks at her for a moment, then out the window. "You must regret choosing me over Alex. You're rich of your own merit now, as is he."
He looks back at her rather sadly. "I know I can't be as handsome or likable or--or *fun* as Alex, and you'll have more wealth than I do soon, so I can't even bring you the riches you must've always wanted. But I promise to try my best to make you happy. No matter what you feel for me, I'm still madly in love with you, Stella." He looks at the seat of the car. "I'm sorry if you feel you've made a mistake..."
Sep 01, 2002 12:03 PM
Stella hugged Hugo.
"See I don't want to you did anything wrong your perfect! I'm the wrong one, always making mistakes...!"
Sep 01, 2002 12:25 PM
Hugo holds Stella, strongly. "Stella, darling... You have to stop worrying about the past. You can't change that. All we have is our new life together, and I can't see that you've made many mistakes since I put that ring on your finger."
Sep 01, 2002 01:41 PM
She looks at her finger proudly.
"Oh thank you Hugo, shall we go inside?"
They can hear a faint bark in the background.
Sep 01, 2002 01:52 PM
Hugo gets out of the car, and opens the other door for Stella. "Whose dog is that?" he asks upon hearing the bark.
Sep 01, 2002 03:41 PM
Stella runs out and grabs a fat basset
"This is pippy, the dog Alex got for me!"
She hugs it.
Sep 01, 2002 03:48 PM
Hugo sighs. "Oh...good. I'm sorry; I've been a bit on edge lately..."
Sep 01, 2002 03:53 PM
Stella walks up to the door, it is wide
"There only one thing, that I'm sure my father is really gone..."
Walks done to the wine cellar. its empty.
"hes not coming back he took his liquour, hes gone."
Sep 01, 2002 03:58 PM
"I'm glad you're so confident," Hugo says softly, frowning. "But if I were him, I'd wait until you'd come back here, and then..." He shakes his head. "Let's not even imagine that."
Sep 01, 2002 04:04 PM
Stella rolled her eyes. then looked around the house, it had everything in place except her fathers belongings.
"I had to live with him for twenty one years, I think he gone now."
She kicks an old empty bottle.
"I think its safe."
Sep 01, 2002 04:07 PM
"Let's not think of the past now," Hugo says. "Let's think of the future." He draws her near to him, silently.
Sep 01, 2002 04:13 PM
the house is big, the stairs look polished and new except some of the bottom post are out of place, like somthing had fell on them. There are some holes in the walls. But it is very clean and neat.
Stella hugs him back, and looks around.
"Its a pretty house.."
Sep 01, 2002 04:16 PM
"We could have it fixed up in just a few days," Hugo says softly. "It would make a fine weekend home."
Sep 01, 2002 04:19 PM
She nodded her head.
"Its got a big swimming pool, and a lake out back with a tire swing!"
Sep 01, 2002 04:23 PM
"Surely you must be tired now," Hugo says. "Are the bedrooms still in order?"
Sep 01, 2002 04:26 PM
She walked up stairs, looking at the
"This one is the guest one, we'll sleep here tonight, I don't want you to see my room..heh"
Sep 01, 2002 04:27 PM
"All right," Hugo says, opening the door carefully. He pauses. "What about Alex and Michelle?"
Sep 01, 2002 04:32 PM
Stella looks at the window.
"Oh Alex has the key and the car, he'll be fine."
But the phone rings down stairs.
"Oh I bet thats Alex right now, go get Hugo you run faster than me!"
Sep 01, 2002 04:36 PM
Hugo looks at Stella, rather surprised, but walks quickly to answer the phone, not running, though. (Folks in the 1920s didn't have to worry about answering machines, lucky stiffs.)
He answers it. "Patricks residence..."
Sep 01, 2002 04:39 PM
Alex took a deep breathe.
"Hi, Hugo this is Alex...Stella's mother passed away, so were coming over..."
Sep 01, 2002 04:42 PM
"I'm sorry to hear that," Hugo says softly. "I'll...go tell her, unless you think she'd rather hear from you..."
Sep 01, 2002 04:44 PM
"No, you tell her, I think she would rather hear it fromyou."
Sep 01, 2002 04:45 PM
"All right. Thank you for calling. Goodbye." Hugo hangs up the phone and walks upstairs, slowly.
Sep 01, 2002 04:48 PM
Stella had gotten into some old pj's of her((looks like a sailor suit^^*)) and was making the bed back.
she looks up at Hugo.
"Is Alex coming? Hes probally gonna stay knowing him, she gonna be alright she always has these spells, then comes righ back up.."
Sep 01, 2002 04:49 PM
Hugo looks at his wife, and swallows. "No...I'm afraid she's not..."
Sep 01, 2002 04:50 PM
Stella stood straight up.
"What...do you mean, is she doing bad! maybe we should of stayed..."
Sep 01, 2002 04:52 PM
Hugo shakes his head. "I'm sorry, Stella. That was Alex on the telephone...she's gone..."
Sep 01, 2002 04:55 PM
Stella shoock her head.
"Gone? Is Alex okay, can he drive alright?"
Sep 01, 2002 04:58 PM
"He didn't say. He sounded all right, though. Darling, I'm so sorry..."
Sep 01, 2002 05:01 PM
Stella being strong willed held back
"Oh Hugo, I hope hes okay, he loved her so..."
She sat down, and called Pippy.
The dog came running and jumped on the bed.
It was white and brown.
Sep 01, 2002 05:02 PM
"If there's anything I can do, let me know," Hugo says softly. Normally he wouldn't really like to have a dog on the bed, but as it's not his house, and as it's a really bad time anyway, he doesn't comment.
Sep 01, 2002 05:06 PM
She lays down, and scracthes its ears.
"Hugo, do you like dogs?"
The dog wagged its fat tail.
Sep 01, 2002 05:07 PM
"Well....um....that seems to be a...nice dog," Hugo says.
Sep 01, 2002 05:11 PM
Stella hugged her dog and closed her
"I spoiled him too much...gave him too many treats, now hes fat...heh"
the dog licked her face.
A few minuates later they hear a car pull up.
Stella just layed there looking up.
Sep 01, 2002 05:14 PM
"I suppose you don't want to see Alex," Hugo says, heading to the bedroom door.
Sep 01, 2002 05:15 PM
"Not in my PJ's!"
She rolled over not facinghim.
Alex opened the door for Michelle.
Sep 01, 2002 05:17 PM
Michelle gets out of the car soberly.
Hugo looks at Stella. "I'll go greet them, then. I'll be back up later. Please, if there's anything you want me to do, just say the word..." He heads downstairs.
Sep 01, 2002 05:20 PM
Alex looks rather down, but he walks Michelle to the door.
Sep 01, 2002 05:23 PM
Michelle doesn't even try to cheer Alex up.
Hugo opens the door before they reach it. "I'm sorry to hear about Mrs. Patricks," he says to Alex.
Sep 01, 2002 05:24 PM
Alex looked at him with cold eyes.
"Everyone dies, but she was at peace..."
He took Michelles hand.
"I bet your tired.."
Sep 01, 2002 05:26 PM
"Not really," Michelle says, "but I guess you must be, Alex."
Hugo doesn't try to speak to Alex again, having been rebuffed by his cold look.
Sep 01, 2002 05:28 PM
Alex walked in going to the dining room.
"How is Stella takingit?"
He pause looking around.
Sep 01, 2002 05:31 PM
"I'm not sure," Hugo says truthfully. "I'm worried for her... She's already in bed."
Sep 01, 2002 05:34 PM
Alex looked up.
"Is she sleeping, or can I go talk
His eyes kept getting colder.
Sep 01, 2002 05:36 PM
"She said she didn't want you to see her in her nightclothes. Perhaps you could speak to her through the door if it's that important; otherwise, you might wait until morning."
Sep 01, 2002 05:38 PM
Alex looked disturbed and didn't really
care what he was saying to anybody.
"NOt like I neve seen her in them before!"
He walks ups stairs. Holding the unfolded letter in his hand.
Sep 01, 2002 05:40 PM
Hugo doesn't look particularly shocked, but he follows Alex upstairs. Michelle just waits downstairs, wishing she hadn't come after all.
Sep 01, 2002 05:42 PM
Alex knocks on the door.
"Hey stella, can I come in?"
Stella rolled over toward the door.
"If its alright with Hugo you can."
Alex give Hugo one of those betterlet me in or you getting hurt looks.
Sep 01, 2002 05:44 PM
Hugo looks at Alex angrily for a moment, then drops his gaze. "It doesn't matter."
Sep 01, 2002 05:50 PM
Alex came in to see Stella, petting her
"What is it Alex, what do you want..."
He sat down and looked at her.
"Are you okay?"
she rolled over and grabbed somthing from the dresset.
"yes I"m fine, you?"
Alex petted the dog(its too cute not
"You don't sound okay....wanna have a cup of tea, and talk, common, well have Hugo come...please?"
Stella throw the picute across the room
breaking it to pieces.
"Alright! let have tea!"
She grabs a robe and walks down stairs.
Sep 01, 2002 05:52 PM
Hugo steps back, rather startled, then follows Stella downstairs, not bothering to examine the broken picture.
Sep 01, 2002 05:55 PM
Alex leaves the dog on the bed. and walks past Hugo.
He makes Stella some strong tea and sits at the table with Michelle and Stella.
"do you want any sugar in your tea Stella?"
"Alex, you know I like two spoons! dont start playing dumb!"
She rubbed her hair, and took a sip.
Sep 01, 2002 05:56 PM
Michelle sips her tea meekly. "Perhaps I *should* go to bed," she says softly.
Sep 01, 2002 06:00 PM
Alex put a hand on Michelle shoulder.
"I'm sorry Michelle, I wish I could be more happier for you..."
He kissed her.
Stella's eyes turns green with envy.
"I'm sure Hugo so thrilled about that..."
Sep 01, 2002 06:02 PM
"You don't look so thrilled either," Hugo says to Stella, softly. He closes his eyes. "Sorry." He stands and takes Michelle by the shoulder. "Shall I find her a room?"
Sep 01, 2002 06:04 PM
"I'll take her to my old room."
She grabs Michelles hand.
"I'll just let you two be alone..."
She flutter her eyes and marchted up stairs.
Sep 01, 2002 06:07 PM
Michelle goes upstairs silently, wondering
what she'll sleep in.
Hugo looks at Alex angrily. "I know you're grieving, but what's wrong with you?!"
Sep 01, 2002 06:09 PM
Alex icy eyes sled to look at Hugo's.
"Whats wrong with me? nothing....nothing at all.."
He put the letter on the table.
Sep 01, 2002 06:10 PM
Hugo doesn't pick up the letter, but he looks at it.
Sep 01, 2002 06:11 PM
"She pretty when shes mad you know.."
He folds his hands and looks at his tea.
Sep 01, 2002 06:15 PM
"She's prettier when she's happy," Hugo says, sitting down again.
Sep 01, 2002 06:16 PM
Alex puts his head on the table.
"Why....snif...why did it happen this way.."
he took a deep breathe, but just sobbed.
Sep 01, 2002 06:17 PM
Hugo sips his tea uncomfortably. "At least you got to say goodbye to her..."
Sep 01, 2002 06:18 PM
Alex looked up.
"the last thing she heared was Stella singing I'll fly away...thats the perfect way to die..to hear her voice..."
He put his head back down.
Sep 01, 2002 06:22 PM
"Um....Stella said...you were close to her..."
Sep 01, 2002 06:26 PM
Alex looked back up at him.
"she was like my second mother, so loving and caring...she never loved money, she just wanted Stella and me to be happy..."
"She always baked bannana bread, and always told me to take care of Stella..."
Sep 01, 2002 06:29 PM
"And here *I* am," Hugo murmurs. He shakes his head. "I wish I would've known her. My mother's not the warmest of people..."
Sep 01, 2002 06:31 PM
Stella comes back down stairs, her eyes
"so what are you two talking about, maybe we can play a game of rummy or poker."
Sep 01, 2002 06:33 PM
"Whatever you'd like to do, darling," Hugo says. "You have a deck of cards?"
Sep 01, 2002 06:36 PM
"I got a deck from my room!"
She holds it in the air.
((her room is full of dolls and music boxes and pink rugs and and bed spread.))
Sep 01, 2002 06:38 PM
"Well, I suppose we could manage a game of poker, unless you two want to play something else."
Sep 01, 2002 06:40 PM
"Ummmm...I only know how to play war or black jack..."
He sat up sipping his tea.
Stella noticeing the letter, and picked it up.
"who is this from Michelle..."she said in a teasing voice.
Sep 01, 2002 06:43 PM
"Blackjack, then," Hugo says. "I'll deal if you'd like." He looks at Stella, curious as to what the letter's about and who it's from.
Sep 01, 2002 06:45 PM
STella starts to read, but then she droups it to the floor and runs up stairs crying.
Alex picked it up.
His eyes turn shadowy.
Sep 01, 2002 06:47 PM
Hugo looks at Alex hesitantly. "May I see it?"
Sep 01, 2002 06:50 PM
Hands the letter to Hugo.
My dear Alex,
Seeing the man as you become, I want
to tell you somthing.
The fire in your eyes had died, and you had let them tame you, but don't let them tame you.
They are killing you Alex, even Stella, I know she used you, I only wished you two could of been married, but as long as she is happy, but what about you?
Are you happy, where is that fire.
I love you as a son, thank you for saving her and me for of what life I had left to give.
Sep 01, 2002 06:53 PM
Hugo carefully sets the letter down. "I should go check on Stella," he says hesitantly.
Sep 01, 2002 06:54 PM
He nods as he throw the deck down.
He falls asleep on a couch.
Sep 01, 2002 06:55 PM
Hugo goes upstairs, slowly opening the door to the guest bedroom. "Stella?"
Sep 01, 2002 06:56 PM
She just sitting on the edge crying.
"I'm horrible, horrible!"
She hugs her dog.
"Oh pippy, I wish I was a dog...sniff...why am I so horrible!"
Sep 01, 2002 06:57 PM
Hugo sits next to her, sighing. "*I'm* glad you made the choices you did," he says softly.
Sep 01, 2002 07:00 PM
she looks at him, a look that you can't really say she wanted to hit him or kiss him.
"I still would of met you...if we were soul mates it wouldn't of matter, I still was so mean to Alex...and mother, and I was a brat, I deseved all the beatings, and tosses down stairs..I'm a brat..."
she put pippy down.
Sep 01, 2002 07:02 PM
Hugo grabs her by the arms, sharply. "You did *not* deserve to be beaten! *No* one deserves that!"
Sep 01, 2002 07:04 PM
She starts crying.
"yes I did! sniff...I was bad....Oh mother..she tired her best.."
she hugged him.
"I don't deserve you...your so wounderful.."
Sep 01, 2002 07:06 PM
"No....you're so beautiful and sweet...I still don't understand why you married me..."
Sep 02, 2002 05:40 PM
She kissed Hugo, and and layed downed.
"Thank you, Hugo."
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