By Patti G
He stood at the window of his suite at the Waldorf, looking out at the
Manhattan skyline before him. It doesn't seem like 30 years have passed since he
was that scrappy young youth with no plans other than to get through to the next
day. Yet somehow he managed to become what those looking in on his life would
the epitome of success.
Suddenly, there is a knock on the door and a voice calls out, "Room service."
He goes to the door and lets the young waiter in with his breakfast tray. "Set it
over there," he tells him, pointing to the dining table in the suite. He signs for
the bill and gracefully slides a generous tip into the young man's hand. After the
waiter leaves, he picks up his laptop and brings it to the dining room table.
While eating at a leisurely pace, he brings up the Pine Valley Bulletin website. He first notices an article mentioning Bianca Montgomery and work she is
doing to expand the Miranda Center. It goes on to talk about her mother, Erica
Kane, her career in Hollywood, and her new projects. Next is a news piece
on Zach Slater and Cambias Industries. What he is really looking for is buried
on the third page, an article about the Chief of Staff at Pine Valley Hospital,
Brooke is sitting at her desk at Tempo, editing articles for the next issue.
In walks Adam, her husband. She still cannot believe that they have been
remarried for five years already. There was a time she could not stand to be in
the same room as that man.
"Afternoon, darling," says Adam. He looks at his wife and thanks God every
day that she is back in his life.
"Hello, Adam," says Brooke. She had not been expecting him to stop in.
"I thought I would come by and surprise my lovely wife with lunch at the
Brooke laughs at how much more relaxed Adam has become since they returned to
Pine Valley 5 years ago, and he stepped back from the day to day business and
Chandler Enterprises. She can sometimes even see a bit of Adam's gentle brother
Stuart in him.
Brooke tells Adam that she wasn't planning on going out for lunch, since she
is nearing the magazine's deadline, but since he ask so sweetly she guesses she
can break away for a while.
Adam asks Brooke how the issue is going? He still is the owner of the magazine
but leaves complete control of running it to his capable wife.
Brooke tells Adam that she is almost finished with the articles her writers
have turned in but still has the cover story interview to do tomorrow. She needs
to finish preparing her questions for her subject, Theodore Barnett.
Adam tells Brooke that it is quite a coup to have gotten Barnett to agree to
this interview. Adam has followed his career over the years and admires his "rags to riches” success, but even he has never had the opportunity to met the
Brooke agrees that Mr. Barnett is very private and does not give interviews
very often. She tells Adam that for some reason Mr. Barnett seemed more than
agreeable to not only doing the interview with her for Tempo, but he
specifically wanted to come to Pine Valley to do it.
Adam agrees that while Brooke is a well-regarded journalist, it is unusual
that one of Barnett's terms was that they do the interview in Pine Valley.
Brooke taps a few keys on her computer, grabs her purse and leaves with Adam
Dr. Cara Castillo walks into her husband's office with a stack of files
containing lab results.
David is on the phone but waves her in and motions to her to sit down. He
finishes his call and smiles at her. "How is your day going?” he asks her. She
tells him she has been busy trying to finish the second trial runs of the new
formula, so that he will have plenty of data to share with his potential new
backer when he gets to Pine Valley for their meeting.
David tells Cara that he appreciates all the extra time she has put into
getting this information together. While the Hayward Institute is financially
sound, it can never hurt to have additional funding and support, especially from
a man like the one he is going to be meeting. David reminds Cara that this
gentleman does not back projects without a lot of due diligence.
He asks Cara if she has made arrangements for their son, Leo, tomorrow night
when they go out to dinner with his potential new investor. Cara tells David
that Leo will be with her mother and that she personally followed up on the
dinner arrangements at the Yacht Club tomorrow night. Everything is set
according to his instructions.
David tells Cara how thankful he is to have not only an incredible medical
partner to work with on his research but, more importantly, for her being his wife
and the mother of his son. He thinks to himself how Cara has been the only woman
who understands how he works, accepts who he is, and somehow manages to still
keep him in line.
Cara sits back and also ponders how she never would have thought five years
ago that she would be married again and be a mother. As much as she enjoys her
work, being married to David these past few years has been an incredible
Dr. Angie Hubbard, Chief of Staff at Pine Valley Hospital is at her desk
reviewing paperwork when a knock on her office door makes her smile as she see
Dr. Joe Martin standing there. "Am I interrupting," he asks her?
Angie looks at him and says, "You are always a welcomed
interruption." "Come sit down."
Joe takes a seat and tells Angie it is good to see her. He is sorry he has
not been around a lot lately. Angie looks at Joe and tells him he has nothing to
apologize for. She gingerly asks Joe how is he doing without Ruth? Joe tells her
that he is still expecting to see her walk through the door; her death is
still not real to him. Angie understands and tells him that it takes time. He just needs to surround himself with his family and friends who will help
him get through this. Joe tells Angie he appreciates everything that people in
Pine Valley have done to support him.
Joe tells Angie that he appreciates her idea of honoring Ruth's memory and
her years of service to the hospital by having this Charity Ball to raise funds
for a new wing at the hospital in Ruth's name.
Angie tells Joe that it is just the right thing to do for such a wonderful
colleague and friend. She only hopes that she can do justice to the
event. Everyone is looking forward to Saturday night. She expects that there
will be many big donations from everyone who has known Ruth and wants to honor her
To be continued ...
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