The Bold & The Beautiful Update Thursday 12/22/05
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Same day continuation of Wednesdays Episode:
At Stephanies, she sits solemn and dejected in front of the trimmed Christmas tree. Her face is contorted in all sorts of expressions, contemplating the sadness befallen over this family. One member, one shining star is flickering, this will be Felicias last Christmas. She gazes at Felicia's name on the Christmas ornament. She does not even hear the knocking at the door until the second or third time. Slowly she crosses over the threshold of the corridor and opens the door. Its Brooke, and Stephanie simply stands there a second then turns away without a word. Brooke follows her in and puts her hand on Stephanies shoulder and tells her she heard about Felicia. Stephanies heart about sinks, and she winces. This from a woman she so dearly hates.
At the Penthouse, Jackie laments to Nick that he has a son, Dominick, shes utterly delighted though both agree they cant get used to the news just yet. They discuss that Felicia really was going back to France without saying a thing once she found out he was married to Bridget and they were expecting a child. But, then Stephanie got involved and the truth came out. Jackie is shocked. As much as she hates to say this, she is actually grateful to the woman. And its heartbreaking that Felicia is dying and will never see her little boy grow up nor him know his mother.
Brooke follows Stephanie on into the living room. She sits her purse down on a chair and tells Stephanie she knows she is probably the last person she wants to see right now. Stephanie quips, yet here she is! Brooke offers because she is a mother too, and the thought of losing a daughter to cancer ..Stephanie retorts that she doesnt want any pity especially from her ..or any phony concerns. Its obvious why she is here. Its another one of those schemes to get the company back; the last kind she pulled with Eric. Brooke answers no, thats not why she was there. And just for the record, she went along with Eric because she knew Stephanie would see right through it. Stephanie tells her because it is just as phony and insincere as she is, so just go. She doesnt make things better by being there. She just makes things worse.
Jackie does understand that Felicia wants to have all of them together at the Forresters for Christmas, but she just doesnt think she should be part of it. He doesnt get it unless its because of Stephanie. She offers she was thinking more of Eric. She explains that she suspects its not entirely over between those two. They quibble over how is she going to see her new grandson and before he leaves, he offers that he hopes she will change her mind. They kiss at the door, say their Merry Christmas cheers, and I Love Yous. She seems to want to rush him out, not wanting to dwell on the sadness.
Brooke asks Stephanie if she is sure she is all right? Stephanie scoffs that why do people always do that? Ask them in their darkest moments and they always answer all right when they know its never, ever, ever going to be all right again? Brooke sincerely tells her she is sorry. She knows she and Felicia never ever really got along, but just knowing what she is facing now .Stephanie sighs and explains thats how she knew it was so serious. The first time in her life that she hadnt shut her out. Brooke points out that just shows how much she really needs her despite all the problems they have had. Stephanie says and they dont matter a damn now. Why? Why did it take her dying for me to realize that?
Nick comes back to the beach house to find Bridget donned in an elf hat, trimming the tree and literally every inch of the house decorated for Christmas. She is singing along with 'Deck The Halls' and doesnt hear him come in. He calls her a pregnant elf; she turns around so suddenly she loses her hat. He rushes to give her a kiss and she puts her hat back on and her arms around him, teasing if he has been naughty or nice this year? He disguises his voice and says there are mixed reviews on that one, but hes trying desperately to redeem himself. He brings gifts over and she grabs and wants to open one. No, no, no, that is not until Christmas although she remarks they always opened theirs on Christmas Eve. He remarks what a racket the Forrester children must have had going. But, he still loves her and he kisses her mouth, and then he loves you and he kisses her tummypad. And I especially love our son, Dominick. They kiss again.
The doorbell rings and Jackie rushes back to the door, thinking it is Nick returning. Shes rattled when she discovered it is Eric. She finally ushers him in and he asks if Nick told her about Felicia? She tells him yes, and sadly she hardly knows what to say. Her soul cant help but give him a big hug and they cling desperately to each other.
Nick and Bridget cuddle up on the sofa and talk about their next Christmas. How he could get up on the roof and sort of prance around and maybe the kids would think it was Santas reindeers. She reminds him he might fall off and he remarks its a good thing hes married to a doctor. Then he segues way into this Forrester thing with the opening of Christmas presents on Christmas Eve, what is that all about? He thinks it is a very good idea when Bridget suggests they compromise and come up with their own tradition. Thats very healthy and he suggests they can each open one tonight and the rest tomorrow. He rushes outside for a special delivery by Santa one with red chrome wheels and a convertible top. She loves it, twin stroller for the babes. She admires it; she loves it and he remarks nothing but the top of the line for their brood.
She says, I love you; I love us. And she smothers him with kisses. He tells her that his present the biggest one he could ask for was when she said she would be a mother to Dominick.
Eric and Jackie stroll out onto the balcony. He tells her it wasnt supposed to be like this. They are the parents and they are supposed to go first. Felicia, his little girl, had always been so fearless and living on her own terms, and now .Jackie finishes she is facing death the same way. He has no regrets, no incriminations, no I could have done things differently. Now it was all about that little baby; our grandson. She beams that she cant wait to meet him. He remarks thats why he is there. He wants her to come to the house tomorrow. She doesnt think that is a good idea. With the way Stephanie feels about her. One dodgy word and one of them will be wearing that turkey. Ordinarily he would think that too, he remarks, but with the baby and all He asks if there is anything else? She says now is not the time to get into all of that. He guesses it must be you and me, their relationship. And she scoffs or lack thereof. She apologizes then adds that its just his family they need him. His daughter needs him right now. Stephanie needs him. He takes her by the shoulders and says he needs HER. She tells him she wants to believe that. He knows she is vulnerable to him, but she cant get hurt again, thats all.
She goes back inside and he follows her to the fireplace. He strokes her back, shoulders and tells her is sorry. She apologizes again and says he has enough to deal with; he doesnt need anything else. He opines that he NEEDS her. He starts to explain that he thought she knew how much She offers that so did she, but that was before that night at the beach house. There she was, standing in Brookes lingerie .expecting him to propose and instead she says she has just never been so humiliated before that way in her life. And she wont put herself through that again. And especially since she doesnt know who she really is to him, or how she fits into his life. Or what kind of future he sees for them .or if there is even a future.
He tells her to stop it and he kisses her. She finds herself putting her arms around him and kissing him back.
Stephanie rattles it off Felicia wants them all to be there so she expects Brooke and her children to be there for Christmas tomorrow for Felicias sake. Brooke remarks that sounds more like an order than an invitation. Stephanie retorts that since when did she take orders except when she was in the bedroom with her French maids uniform? Brooke quickly says fine, they will be there. Although it will seem strange after all that has gone on this year. Stephanie stares at her and says thats the truth, but family needs to come together at times like this. although she is sure after Christmas she will be back to her usual tricks.
Brooke answers which is nothing compared to what Felicia is going through ..or what her mother went through. Stephanie remarks that Beth survived; her daughter isnt going to. Brooke goes to her purse and takes out an envelope and follows Stephanie to the window. She allows that Stephanie thought she knew the reason she came over, but this is the real reason. Her mother had given her this years ago and she made a copy for her. From the book, The Prophet and she thought it might help in some small way. Stephanie makes no acknowledgement of it, does not turn to even see her. Brooke puts it on the table and leaves. Stephanie cant not respond; she is driven to it. Its laying there amongst the lit candles and Felicias pictures. She opens it while steeling herself to read it.
This is On Children by Kahil Gibran.
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Lifes longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
(Here is the remainder, though unread.)
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with
His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archers hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.
Nick jokes about the Christmas stockings, calling them ski socks; did she make them? He thinks they are cool as she holds each up, with their names on them. One for her, one for Nick, one for Dominick and one blank one for whatever they finally decide. He says they better do that then. How about this? He grabs a ball of mistletoe and holds it over her head and suggests, Mistletoe Marone? and gives her a smooch. She gets him to help hang the stocking over the mantle and he comments how much like it feels to be smack in the middle of a Norman Rockwell painting. And the truth he never ever thought hed have anything like this! Her, a wife, family and a Christmas tree was just never a part of his package. But, guess the good Lord just smiled down and said, here you go. And he put it in one beautiful gift.
He walks to her and tells her she is going to be a great mom, and he cant wait to share that with her. She returns the favor by saying he will be a great dad ..he already is! With Silent Night playing, they kiss and he tells her that he loves her. I love this little family. I love us.
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