The Bold & The Beautiful Update Friday 4/3/09
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Written By Stephanie
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Stephanie walks precariously along the rocks at the harbor. Its the spot she and Eric stood on years ago to plan their future. Nick is headed to his boat and stops at the gate. He stops in his tracks and his face registers surprise.
Brooke and Ridge are in his office. He looks at an old picture of his parents. Brooke leans over his shoulder and tells him this is the end of an era. Ridge agrees. The business wont be the same without Stephanie. Brooke cant believe Eric asked her to leave. Ridge doesnt think his dad had to go that far.
At the beach house, Rick and Steffy languish on the couch in each others arms. Steffy admires her engagement ring. Rick teases her about taking it off. She says never in this life time. They kiss. Steffy is ecstatic. Shes engaged and living with the man she loves.
Ridge paces his office. He wants to call the beach house, but Brooke tries to discourage him. Ridge cant help but wish things would fall apart now rather than later. Ridge hopes Steffy opens her eyes and realizes shes not ready for marriage.
Taylor arrives at Erics office. She asks if he wanted to see her about Rick and Steffy. Eric tells her no, but hes not against their relationship. Taylor lets him know she is. Eric explains to her Stephanie is gone from the company. Taylor doesnt understand, since she knows how important the company is to Stephanie. Eric tells her he fired Stephanie. Taylor looks stunned.
Nick sees Stephanie on the rocks and calls her name as he approaches. She looks around in surprise.
Nick invites Stephanie on to his boat. He tells her she must be freezing and offers her a blanket. He asks what shes doing down there. She evades the question and says she was just looking for some peace and quiet. Nick wont let it go and probes to find out whats really going on. Stephanie finally tells him it was a sentimental journey. She explains how she and Eric were there many years ago. They made the decision to start Forrester Creations and stay in California. Nick asks if this is an anniversary or something. Stephanie looks sad and tells him no, it was the day she was told she was no longer needed. Nick looks taken aback at her response.
In Erics office, Taylor is shocked Eric would fire Stephanie. She says the company is her life. Eric is concerned about her. Taylor wants to know what happened. Eric explains how their personal life and business just got all involved. Stephanie finally just pushed him too far. Taylor thinks he regrets firing Stephanie. Eric is just concerned about how this will affect Stephanie.
Nick offers Stephanie some coffee as he inquires about what happened at Forrester. He cant believe Stephanie would just leave without using some of her tactics. She wonders what he means and then assumes Katie has been talking. Nick quickly tells her Katie doesnt talk about work. Nick wants to know why she didnt fight. She says she didnt want to keep hitting her head on the wall. Nick pulls out some books and Stephanie wants to know what hes working on. The book has an old picture of Stephanie on the back cover. Nick explains how his mothers company still needs a boost. He thought he could get some advice from an expert. Nick mentions how well his father taught him about boats, but fashion is something totally different. Stephanie asks if hes spoken to Massimo. Nick tells her no and asks if she has. She hasnt either. Nick mentions Massimo being Ridges biological father. Stephanie cuts him off and says lets not go there. That was a hard one for Eric to recover from. She mentions how she always blamed Brooke for a lot of problems in her marriage, but now shes not so sure. She trails off the subject. Nick calls Eric a wimp. Stephanie is offended and defends Eric. Nick says Stephanie is a tough old bird. Eric couldnt keep up with her being so strong and got him a younger woman. Stephanie admits to being hurt and angry, but says shes not going to shed any tears.
Brooke shows up at the beach house. Steffy is okay with her visiting, but Rick wonders what shes doing there. Brooke knows Steffy just moved in, but thought shed see if they needed any help. She quickly notices Steffys ring. The couple tells her they are officially engaged. Rick wonders what Ridge will have to say. Brooke has some idea how hell react. Steffy says hes not fighting them anymore. Brooke reminds them hes still having a hard time accepting the relationship. Steffy knows her dad can be overprotective. Rick puts his arms around Steffy and kisses her forehead. She gushes about how they should be looking for a church. Brooke is surprised and asks if theyve chosen a date. They dont want to wait, since they know how they feel about each other. Brooke smiles, but her face shows her surprise at how fast things are moving.
Brooke sits with Steffy and asks why theyre rushing this marriage. Steffy asks if waiting three months will help get things planned. Rick tells his mother they see no reason to wait. Brooke tries to contain her concerns and agrees to help them find a chapel. Steffy cant quit smiling. Rick wants it to be unique, so Brooke says she can look into other venues. Steffy hugs Brooke in thanks. Rick thanks her for her support too. Brooke tells them she hopes they arent rushing things. Rick squeezes Steffys shoulders and kisses her head. He assures his mother they know what theyre doing. This is exactly what he needs. They are in love; both ensure Brooke as they kiss. She smiles, but looks anxious.
In his office, Ridge calls Taylor and leaves a message. He tells her answering machine that Brooke went to the beach house to see the kids. He says they have to find a strategy, since he just cant accept them getting married. He leaves a message and asks Taylor to call him back as soon as possible. He looks at a picture of Steffy and Phoebe on his desk.
On Nicks boat, Stephanie flips pages in his fashion book. Nick tells her hes going to give her some unrequested advice. She doesnt need Eric Forrester in her life. Stephanie looks really down and in pain. She stares at her picture on the back of the book and is introspective. She tells Nick she doesnt know who she is anymore, but shes not Stephanie Forrester of Forrester Creations.
Brooke arrives at Ridges office. She hesitates before going in. Ridge wants to know how the happy homemakers are doing. Brooke tells him they really are happy. Ridge says it wont last. Brooke tries to break it to him they plan to marry and theres not a lot he can do to stop them. Ridge says they can live together and let this little thing play out. He draws the line at marriage. Brookes face looks crestfallen at his words.
Stephanie continues to sip coffee on Nicks boat. She gets philosophical with Nick about life. Nick listens to her intently. She says this was supposed to be her and Erics golden years, but she lost this. She admits to being a demanding person. She thinks thats what happened with Eric. He just finally grew tired. She knows she cant compete with Donna, but thought family and commitment was more important to Eric than just sex. She turned a blind eye to all the women he was involved with until Brooke. She tells Nick he knows how much of a force Brooke can be. Eric actually married her and started a family. Nick remains silent. Stephanie says Eric would leave and come back, but this time she thinks hell stay with Donna. Nick tells her not to sound like a victim, since shes stronger than that. Stephanie asks if she cant wallow in pity. Nick tells her what shes saying isnt true. Stephanie disagrees. Shes devoted her life to Eric, their family and the company. Its all turned into a dead end. She looks hurt and says she never saw this happening to her life. Shes almost in tears and her voice breaks. She thanks Nick for the blanket, coffee and being a port in the storm. She slowly leaves. Nick sits back and looks pensive.
Taylor tells Eric shell help Stephanie in any way she can. Stephanie is stronger than he thinks. Eric says he knows this, but he just hopes shell be alright. Hes always cared about her and doesnt know how shell handle this.
Stephanie walks along the beach. She tells herself the best days of her life are yet to come.
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