One Life to Live Update Monday 9/29/03
Pictures by Juanita
Nora and Matthew arrive home after having been with the birds and feeding them.
Matthew confesses to his mother that he has lied to her. He knows something and
he would like to tell her about it. Nora looks at him to brace herself for what
he might say next.
Gabrielle is hurting at the funeral for Al. A huge portrait of him sits at the
entrance to the home. Gabrielle can barely stand up over what has happen and Bo
is there to comfort her. He isn’t going anywhere and he assures her of that.
…Marcie can’t leave to be with her family at this time. She knows that she only
has a few stolen moments left before Al is truly gone and she wants to be here.
Al is still there with her, and she would like to stay close to his presence.
She hears that Al’s body is going to be taken away and that terrifies her. What
are Bo and Gabrielle talking about?
Flash reviews her article in the paper with a friend. Everyone loves her and it
is all because of Al. She wishes that Al had been there to see what a success
she is becoming. She knows that he is responsible for it and he should be here
to share it with her.
Pilar leaves her daughter in the park and heads to work at the diner. Once
alone, the girl gets news about Al Holden from a friend. The friend from school
has a newspaper and shows her article. The fellow student is on his second book
for his reading list at school and isn’t rushed for homework. Is she? He would
like to meet up with the girl and be alone for a while with her. She suggests
the diner but he would really like to meet her someplace else instead.
Jessica comes out of the shower and sees in the paper that the DA is going for
the death penalty for Antonio. She is only in her towel. She is going to the
funeral and she would like Antonio to come with her, but Antonio knows that
isn’t possible. Too many people would be hurt and the press is after him at
every turn. That concerns her that people out there think that he could kill
someone so callously. She knows him better. Antonio arrives and she covers what
she has learned from the paper. He will find out the news himself soon enough.
There is no need for her to tell him what is going to come. She is sure that he
didn’t kill Keri, but he has to face that he might not be cleared of the murder
and might get the death penalty over the mistake.
RJ comes to see his daughter at her grave. He has the biggest bouquet of yellow
roses for her and he lays them on her grave. He didn’t mean for this to happen.
He tried to control a few things in her life, but he didn’t mean her any harm.
He knew that Antonio was going to hurt her eventually, but he only wanted to
keep her safe from him…that is all. That was why he did what he did. He had to
do it. He felt that he had no choice in the matter. He hears someone coming and
turns to find the District Attorney standing behind him. What is she doing here?
She is afraid to go near him but she ventures forth anyway. She would like to
talk to him and is trying to find the right words to approach this grieving
parent with. He rises as she comes closer in his defensive mode.
RJ is angry with the District Attorney for defending Antonio in the murder of
his daughter. To him it is clear that Antonio and Antonio alone is responsible
for the murder that has taken place. She thought that RJ was someone that cared
a lot and wouldn’t want the wrong thing to be done in this matter, but maybe she
was wrong. His daughter is dead and punishing the wrong man isn’t going to bring
her back, surely he realizes that. She cares for RJ and she was worried about
Keri and her obsession with Antonio; and now RJ has the same obsession and it is
leading him down the wrong path as well. RJ says that he is only obsessed with
justice in this matter. He knows in his heart that this is the right thing to be
doing. RJ knows that Antonio is not the innocent man that he portrays himself to
be. He is sure that Antonio is responsible, even if he didn’t push her to her
death. The DA catches this strange sentence and that makes her think for a
minute that RJ might indeed know more.
Antonio knows that this is going to be a tough fight. He knows that this is
going to be rough for Jessica. She loves him and she isn’t going anywhere. She
doesn’t want to lose him now. They hold each other and share a kiss. He tells
her that she should go to the service. He can’t go with her but he wishes that
he could. They will pray for each other. She heads to the door and leaves.
Once alone, Antonio reads the article about him in the paper…
Nora learns for her son that her son played a trick so that Nora wouldn’t end up
going to the baseball game with Bo. He is to have no video games for a month.
She sees that he is really repentant over what he is done. She wants him never
to do anything like this again. God would want that. Why did he do that? Matthew
didn’t want to have another dad. What he would really like now is some apple
juice and he heads to the kitchen.
Nora knows that she has her hands full, if her child is going to act this way.
She talks to god telling him that she knows that she hasn’t been truthful in the
past as well. She will set the record straight as soon as Bo can handle it.
Bo and Gabrielle explain to Marcie that they want to send Al’s body to
Argentina. Marcie is fine with that. She still has Al’s spirit here…
…Nat and Cris arrive and meet up with Jen and her escort. Nat is not happy to
see Jen. They are all trying however to put all of this behind them…
…Bo assures Gabrielle that he needs to be with her right now. Gabrielle thinks
that maybe getting over this is something that they should both handle on their
…Max feels that at any moment, Al is going to walk around the corner. René is
there for him and she begs him to lean on her. That is what she is there for…
…Flash shows up for the funeral and she is instantly recognized. It isn’t cool
for the kids to be acting this way at a funeral but they don’t care and they
start milling around her and taking her picture. The mob gets quickly out of
Pilar’s daughter and her friend from school are together in her room studying
but the boy can’t resist trying to steal kisses from the beautiful girl. She
promised her mother that she wouldn’t have anyone in her room. The boy is quick
to comply and they return to studying. They can’t focus. She remains still as
the boy leans towards her and kisses her. They can’t seem to stop now.
At the funeral, the kids are stopped from mobbing Flash. She asks the kids to be
respectful and behave. She would also like them to go home after the service and
remember Al as they listen to her music…
…Flash knows that she has had her first brush with fame. She has to get used to
…Jessica has arrived alone to the funeral…
…It is time to take seats and so, all are seated…
…”Let us pray…Dear Lord…”
Antonio is at the waterfront alone when the Dr. Anderson shows up and startles
Antonio. The case against him is good but not airtight. The jury however, may
not feel that way. Innocent before guilty doesn’t always work that way. Antonio
has no way to catch the killer when he has no access to tools from work. How can
he catch the killer? The District Attorney feels that all he has to do is work
on RJ. Antonio turns to her startled at what he is hearing.
Antonio knows that RJ wouldn’t ever murder his own daughter, but what if Keri
had a change of heart and changed her mind about leaving. RJ could have backed
her up against the edge and she may have fallen over. Antonio will not be a part
of this. He knows that RJ is innocent and he is not going to hurt RJ the way
that RJ insists on hurting him.
RJ is crying over his daughter’s grave. “I am sorry for everything.” The man is
sobbing over the flowers that he has put on his daughter’s grave.
Nora shows Matthew how to light a candle for the people that they love. She says
the traditional Jewish prayers for the lost ones.
…The funeral continues…Things seem to be happening out of order. Children are
supposed to outlive their parents…
…Max remembers talking to Al as a little boy. He wished that he could spend
every moment with the boy but he couldn’t stop him from growing up. Al wasn’t
the one that was supposed to leave…
…There isn’t anyone that hasn’t been touched by Al. They listened to the voice
of the night for months. They wanted to hear the things that were in Al’s mind
and in his heart. They needed to hear those things. The room looks at Al’s
picture and they all know that he isn’t gone but in a better place. Everyone
that loves him and cares about him can take comfort…
…Marcie looks down at her hands and a hand touches hers. Al tells her that no
one can see him, only her. He is there to say goodbye to her the right way.
Marcie starts to cry, as this is too hard. Al knows that. He has come back to
help her get over him. She looks over at him, her eyes big as saucers. The
lights dim and no one else at the funeral can see that she is meeting once more
with the man that has touched her so deeply.
Pilar’s daughter knows that she is getting in too deep with the boy in her room.
She suddenly gets very nervous. He thinks that she is beautiful inside and out.
She has gotten to him like no one else. He sounds like an idiot but she thinks
that he says nice things. She feels the same as he does. She never knew what
love was like until she met him. They are still sitting on her bed and they kiss
Pilar phones home and decides to come home. She thinks that her daughter is home
studying. She will see the girl later.
Back at home; Pilar’s daughter removes her blouse as she continues petting and
kissing with the boy in her room. He takes out a condom and they both look at
the package longingly. Things seem to be okay with her and so they continue the
beginnings of lovemaking.
Antonio hates RJ but he knows that the man didn’t do this and he is upset that
the District Attorney thinks that RJ could do this. It was because of what she
saw over at Keri’s grave. Antonio heads over there and the District Attorney can
only hope that Antonio will not do anything stupid over there.
Jessica is speaking at Al’s grave. She could always count on him and now she has
no idea what she is going to do without him. She is crying now…
…Al comes to Marcie again. He doesn’t want her to cry…
…Al stands by and hears Flash talk about him…
…Jen tells how she and Al were friends and how he was able to forgive. He
believed in 2nd chances and he should have gotten one…
…Al wants Marcie to remember the fun that they used to have. He reminds her of
the roller-skating and the lovemaking. He was never happier. He doesn’t want to
be remembered with tears, only with her beautiful smile. She can’t help smiling
at that…She jumps up telling everyone that the funeral is all wrong. She knows
that everyone is upset but Al really wouldn’t have wanted this. He would have
wanted the place to rock. They should remember the jokes that he told. She tells
everyone that it is okay to laugh. She would really like them all to remember
him that way. Al stands off to the side and smiles at the monster that he has
Nora shows Matthew a pomegranate and she breaks it open. He is amazed by the
amount of seeds inside. It represents a year full of hope. That is just what
Matthew wants. They have their apples filled with honey so that next year, they
will be sweet too. The tradition continues.
Antonio is at Keri’s grave alone. He kneels there crying. He feels a presence
and turns to look into the eyes of RJ.
Marcie knows that they are all to sing, “Amazing Grace” but she would prefer to
sing one of Al’s favourite songs…She is accompanied by guitar playing… “…All I
can taste is this moment…all I can breathe is your life. Sooner or later it’s
over…I just don’t want to miss you tonight…I don’t think that they’d
understand…when everything is made to be broken…I just want you to know who I
am…” Max smiles to himself…Gabrielle smiles to herself…
…Max turns to the back of the room instinctively. No one is there…but he can’t
help the feeling. Al is there, but he is there for Marcie alone. Al kissed his
fingers and blows them at Marcie. She breaks down near the end of her song, but
is able to continue on.
…Al is truly happy now. He has helped his friend as she has helped him in his
life. He walks out of the room feeling jubilant…he smiles at the sky and then
suddenly…he is air…
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