ATWT Best Lines Thursday 1/21/10

As The World Turns Best Lines Thursday 1/21/10

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Carly: Things have been going well, surprisingly well for me and my sobriety, although I've been feeling a little bit shaky since -- since my ex-husband and I -- we kissed. We really kissed. Jack is a good guy. He's the best guy, really. Starting up with him again, it felt -- it felt like that first drink again, you know? Familiar and warm and comfortable, and in the back of your head, you know this could kill me, which I suppose is why you're not supposed to start any new relationships so early in your recovery, right? But this isn't really new. This is Jack. This is the love of my life, and it certainly doesn't help that he's married to someone else now, someone that he loves, maybe as much as he loves me, but I know he loves me. He hasn't said it -- yet, but I know he does. And if he does say it, and if we start again and if he leaves me again, I just don't know if I could handle that without a drink in my hand. You're like alcohol to me, Jack. You taste so good. I can't help myself. But I don't know how to stop, so I can't start. Not again. So, no more kisses. No more hanging around together. No more meeting in the places we used to meet. No more.

Jack: Okay.

Carly: Okay, then. So, why did you come here?

Jack: Because I kissed you.

Carly: And now you're feeling guilty?

Jack: Well, yeah, I'm feeling guilty. I'm married, Carly.

Carly: If you won't tell Janet, I won't.

Jack: And what happens the next time I kiss you?

Carly: Who says I'll let you? Well, then I guess we'll just have to stay away from each other.

Jack: Can't do that. And you know what? It really ticks me off, because it's the right thing to do, and I'm supposed to be this good guy, the guy who always does what's right no matter what.

Carly: You are.

Jack: Good guys don't make promises then break them. I've broken vows left and right, to you, Janet. I didn't come here because I feel guilty for kissing you, Carly. I came here because I wanted to remember. I wanted to remember that woman that loved me and how she told me she'd always love me.

Carly: I said that, all right. But then I lie a lot.

Jack: Why did you come here?

Carly: I wanted to remember the man who worked on a boat called "true love" and dreamed of me.

Jack: I can't believe it's gone.

Carly: The boathouse? Nothing lasts forever.

Jack: That's not what you used to think.

Carly: I was young and stupid.

Jack: You were never stupid.

Carly: But this is. This is suicide. I can't do this. It scares me too much.

Jack: I'm scared, too.

Carly: Good. Then we'll forget it. We'll both walk away and keep our distance.

Jack: Okay. You first.

Carly: You need to go home, Jack. Janet's probably waiting for you. When she sees you, she'll feed you. You two will end up in bed, and everything will go back to the way it was before you kissed me.

Jack: Janet's not waiting for me, Carly.

Carly: How do you know?

Jack: I bumped in to her when I went to the school to pick up Parker's homework. I asked her out for a cup of coffee and she turned me down.

Carly: Try again.

Jack: She doesn't want to be with me, Carly, and I'm starting to get the feeling she couldn't wait to get away from me.

Carly: Well, whatever she's mad about, I'm sure she'll get over it.

Jack: That's what I thought. She walked away from me, and I thought, "I got to go after her. That's my wife. I've got to force her to sit down with me and figure out what's wrong with our marriage and find a way to fix it," but I didn't do that. Instead, I came here, and you came here, too.

Carly: Coincidence.

Jack: You were thinking about us.

Carly: It just proves that we're both much too sentimental and we're both grasping at some romantic memory because the present is too hard to deal with. That's all it is.

Jack: Is it?

Carly: Find Janet. Go home to her.

Jack: It's too late.

Carly: You just saw her, what, an hour ago?

Jack: Even then it was -- it's too late. Even before I met her, it was too damn late.

Carly: I don't understand.

Jack: When you came to me at the boathouse --

Carly: Don't do this.

Jack: You were wearing a pink dress.

Carly: How can you remember that?

Jack: You remember what you said?

Carly: If you think I'm gonna say it again, you are out of your mind.

Jack: Then I'll say it. I love you. I'll always love you.

Liberty: Did you just hear what I said?

Parker: Yeah. Yeah, and it wasn't funny, okay? Not in the least bit.

Liberty: It's not a joke.

Parker: No, no, no, no. I see what's going on here. You decided that you were bored at school, so you thought you'd come here and at first you'd come on to me and then you'd make up this really, really terrible lie.

Liberty: I'm not lying. I have cancer. [Sobs] It's true.

Parker: Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Okay. Um, well, the first thing is, you're not gonna die, okay?

Liberty: How do you know that?

Parker: Because I won't let you. My dad died. My sister died. You just don't get to, okay? That's not happening.

Liberty: Well, there's stuff that's happening, like the chemo and the radiation.

Parker: Yeah, but you're gonna get through that.

Liberty: How do you know that?

Parker: After all the stuff that you've been through, you will.

Liberty, whatever you have to do, you'll do, and I will be right there with you, okay? You're not gonna be alone. You're not.

Carly: Leave me alone, Jack.

Jack: You know you love me, too.

Carly: And what has it gotten me? Every time we've been together, we've ended up hurting each other, over and over again.

Jack: Usually because you're trying to do what's best for me, Carly, and I'm always trying to do what I think is right for you, but it's always out of love. Always. Instead of fighting this, we need to face it.

Carly: I can't. I can't do it again.

Jack: I need you!

Carly: Why?

Jack: No one else could have brought me back from the brink after brad died. I would have wound up dead myself out there if it weren't for you or wandering around the rest of my life.

Carly: Eventually you would have come back for the kids, for Janet.

Jack: I came back because you brought me back. You wouldn't let me go.

Carly: I know you better than anyone.

Jack: Yeah. And I know you. You have infuriated me, you have shattered my heart, and you have turned my world upside-down.

Carly: And you want to go through all of that again? Why?

Jack: Because no matter now much I think things are gonna be better when I'm free of you, they never are. You feel the same way.

Carly: Don't tell me what I feel.

Jack: Oh, okay, then. You tell me. How do you feel?

Carly: I can't.

Jack: Then show me.

Carly: Jack, we have to stop this.

Jack: No.

Carly: Jack, please. It isn't fair. Not to you, not to me, not to Janet. Are you sure that it's over with her?

Jack: I've let her down so many times, Carly. Janet's not gonna be crying when I walk out the door.

Carly: Well, then you have to tell her, face-to-face.

Jack: I know.

Carly: And you have to tell her before we go any further with this. Are we -- going any further with this?

Jack: You think we can stop it?

Carly: I want you to be sure. I need you to be sure. I don't want you to move back in and then in a couple of days start feeling guilty about hurting Janet or start wondering if it's really gonna work with us, because I couldn't take it.

Jack: I'm sure. We belong together, Carly. Forever.

Carly: You can never leave me again.

Jack: You're right. I could never leave you again.

Carly: Okay. You -- you finish things with Janet, if you're sure that's what you want.

Jack: Yes. I will talk to Janet, and --

Carly: Then you come back to me.

Jack: I love you.

Carly: Don't say it again until you're really mine.

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