Guiding Light Cast Round Up 71

March 4, 2015

This is the seventy-first in an irregular feature where we will report updates on what cast members of Guiding Light are doing now. I’m playing catch up on some soap magazine news. So as a reminder you can buy back issues:

Cassie Layne was hiding the fact she thought she had accidentally slept with her nephew Jonathan Randall from new husband Edmund is the featured 10 years ago flashback in the January 26, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny Santos) recently reported online that his Broadway show Beautiful won a Grammy for their cast recording, which features the original cast before Stewart joined.
If you are in the Orlando, Florida area attend his one man show Nice ‘n Easy on March 16, 2015. ” Paul Anthony Stewart brings his show Nice ‘n Easy to the stage on March 16 at 8 p.m. Direct from NYC where he is currently appearing in BEAUTIFUL, Paul explores all things “nice” and “easy” that will include songs from stage and screen, as well as some anecdotes about everything from his time on “Guiding Light” to his time on the Great White Way. Tickets to Paul Anthony Stewart’s Nice ‘n Easy are $40 for general admission and $60 for VIP, which includes reserved table seating and a meet and greet with Paul after the show.”

Bethany Joy Lenz (Michelle Bauer Santos #3) screen capture from One Tree Hill, I’m choosing to believe it’s Michelle acting out her fantasy from the Thousand Gun Speech.

And if this Michelle had Robbie.
Lenz and Brittany Snow (Daisy Susan LeMay Cooper #2 – during Susan’s first return) are pictured at the Golden Globe Awards in the February 23, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Rebecca Budig (Michelle Bauer #3, part of the Messe pairing) gets new role on General Hospital.

The February 17, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest looks back at 1994. Here are the Guiding Light highlights. Ron Raines debuted as Alan Spaulding #3, Cynthia Watros debuted as Annie Dutton, and Kurt McKinney came on as Matt Reardon. Morgan Englund (Dylan Lewis) and Fiona Hutchison (Jenna Bradshaw Cooper) left the show. Jenna gave birth to her and Buzz’s son Rocky before she left. Blake Thorpe and Ross Marler, Nick McHenry Spaulding and Mindy Lewis, Frank Cooper and Eleni Spaulding, and Buzz and Nadine Cooper all married. Vanessa Chamberlain Lewis and Matt Reardon began an affair. Roger Thorpe and Holly Norris Bauer Thorpe Lindsey reconciled. After unsuccessful recast Billy Lewis went to jail for shooting Roger. Dylan Lewis was blinded in an accident before heading off to a school for the blind. Ed Bauer got engaged to Eve but lost his sobriety. Michael Zaslow won a Daytime Emmy for Lead Actor, Justin Deas won for supporting actor and Melissa Hayden won for Oustanding Younger Actress. The Soap Opera Digest gave the Editors’ Award to casting director Betty Rae. Stephen Demorest, Patrick Mulcahey, Nancy Williams Watt, Millee Taggart took over headwriting duties after Nancy Curlee gave them up. The other big news is that Nathan Fillon joined One Life to Live as Joey and he would never forget his soap roots, continuing to support soap operas.

Sonia Satra (Lucy Cooper Spaulding, part of terrific LAM pairing, victim of Marian Crane) was interviewed by Michael Fairman.

Sharon Leal (Dahlia Creed, Michelle’s friend the singer who fell for Marcus Williams) was featured in an interview in the February 23, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Leal is featured in the fact based movie White Water set in segregated 1960s.

Performers at the 2014 Jane Elissa Extravaganza, raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphonoma Society, included Sean McDermott (Hart Jessup #3 who came back to find Roger married to Dinah) and David Andrew Macdonald (Prince Edmund Winslow).

Karla Mosley (Christina Boudreau) was featured in an interview in the January 26, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth about her character on The Bold and the Beautiful, Maya Avant.

Frank Dicopoulos (Frank Cooper) and Lawrence Saint-Victor (Remy Boudreau, one of the last great couples on the show with Christina) are hosting a bridal fair in Pittsburgh, PA March 22, 2015.
Saint-Victor also was featured in the January 26, 2015 issue in the CBS Soaps in Depth talking about the music video he produced.

Saint-Victor (Remy Boudreau, one of the last great couples on the show with Christina) also has been cast in the new movie Pass the Light.
Read more about it in the February 23, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. And check out the movie website:

Daniel Cosgrove (Bill Lewis #4, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) talks about his current soap role on Days of Our Lives with a great photo in the February 23, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Rebecca Staab (Jessie Matthews) was pictured in the Daytime Emmys Gift Room with partner William deVry (Julian Jerome on General Hospital). See the photo in the Aug. 11, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Zach Conroy (James Spaulding #2, part of the lovely Jaisy pairing) was interviewed about his latest pairing on The Bold and the Beautiful in a feature interview in the Aug. 11, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Hayden Panettiere (Lizzie Spaulding #2, the little girl who survived cancer and killed Beth’s abusive boyfriend) recently had a daughter with fiance Wladimire Klitschko. Their daughter arrived on December 9, 2014 and is named Kaya Evdokia. See more in the January 12, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Gina Tognoni (Dinah Marler #4) was declared the Jan. 12, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest‘s Performer of the United States for her new Young and the Restless role of Phyllis Summers. See Soap Opera Digest for more.

Jordi  Vilasuso (Tony Santos #1) recently tweeted a photo of himself.

Tina Sloan (Lillian Raines) shared this photo of her granddaughter.

Ritchie Coster (Nate Hoffer / Alfred Randall, Jonathan Randall’s abusive dad and his pseudonym) is in the movie Blackhat. Read more in the January 26, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Buzzworthy Radio shared this recording of him being used in “Inside the Light”.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Odds and Ends 42

March 2, 2015
While looking for Guiding Light information, I sometimes find things that I think are of interest relating to other soaps. This collection of Odds and Ends related to various soaps that someone may want to know some time. Look for another odds and ends post soon.
tweeted on  Dec 22, 2014 “Bad things happen fast and we have to live through them slow.”-Carly #GH

In honor of Days of Our Lives‘s 49th anniversary find several articles taking you behind the scenes in the November 10, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

See a photo of the recent celebration of The Bold and the Beautiful‘s 7000th episode in the February 23, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

When his character Carlos on General Hospital went to jail, Jeffrey Vincent Parise brought out a badge “Free Carlos” see a photo and read the story in the June 23, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

In a story about the friendship between Daniel Goddard (Cane) and Bryton James (Devon) we see lots of pictures of them all over the behind the scenes of The Young and the Restless in the December 29, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. It includes photos of staff members Denise Palm Stones in audio and Theresa Broadnax a wardrobe stylist.

On General Hospital they said the old abandoned Spencer house is located on Elm Street.

SourceJenn tweeted a photo of Pickle-Eddie Relish.

In the wake of Beau Kazer who played Brock Reynolds on The Young and the Restless’ death, someone shared this scene of Kay and Brock struggling with Esther’s diet.

Lee Daniels on Fox’s Empire: “I Have a Great Love For Soap Opera”

It’s Only Soaps wrote a blog post about soap director Larry Auerbach who recently passed away.

Live report from an Outlander panel about both parts of Season 1.

Lindsey Godfrey (Caroline Spencer on The Bold and the Beautiful) was struck down by a car during a pedestrian-vehicle crash on February 2, 2015.

A roundup of actors give Behind the Scenes reports what it’s like to work on a soap from various current soaps. Find it in the January 12, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Lynn Herring who plays Lucy Cole on General Hospital wrote the fake book Lust for Death. See more in the January 12, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Terri Conn (Katie Peretti on As the World Turns) is interviewed about her current plans in the January 12, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Love Castle, check out their Twitter list.
Castle set dressed for Christmas

Paraphrase: We’re not telling the actor’s story, we’re telling the writer’s story.

Alley Mills (Pam Douglas, Stephanie Forester’s sister on The Bold and the Beautiful) told CBS Soaps in Depth about her dad being a TV pioneer. He started in 1948 coming off making propaganda movies for the Armed Services during World War II. He was behind many early shows. Read more about it in the February 23, 2015 issue.

There is an article in the Jan. 26, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth about The Bold and the Beautiful group having been involved in making the movie Maybe Someday. The crew includes producer director Cynthia J. Popp, casting director Christy Dooley, coordinating producer Mark Pinciotti, and supervising producer Casey Kasprzyk. Read more and see photos in CBS Soaps in Depth.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Something About You – Part 22 by ShellyLynn

March 2, 2015

Republisher’s Note: More than one surprise is planned for Michelle’s birthday part.

Something About You – Part 22 by ShellyLynn

Michelle walked lethargically down the hallway to her last class of the day. She’d barely been able to get herself out of bed and going this morning, instead, she found herself seriously considering skipping all of her scheduled classes. She simply didn’t feel up to another monotonous day of lectures and note taking.

The weeks of planning the gala had taken a serious toll on both her body and her studies. She was forced to stay up all the previous night to study for her Biology test, a class that she had erroneously neglected for the duration of her weeks of planning.

At the present time, the information she had reviewed so thoroughly the night before was swirling around chaotically in her head and she wasn’t sure she could get a grasp on any particular piece of it. At that moment in time, she wasn’t any more knowledgeable about the structure of DNA than she was about astrophysics or mechanical engineering. “This is not going to be a pleasant experience,” she thought to herself with an exaggerated sigh, “more like a root canal.”

The bright spot in her day was that her family was throwing her a birthday party that evening and she and Danny were going to use the opportunity to tell them about their relationship. Although she was nervous about each of their reactions, there was no doubt in her mind that it was the right thing to do. Danny was the man she wanted the man she’d been falling in love with since the moment they met. She would make them understand that he is what she needs to make her life complete, and give them the opportunity to see what a wonderful man he is. She’s sure that once they get to know him and see how happy he makes her, they’ll come around and learn to love him as well.

She arrives at the test, and silently thanks God when the professor informs the class that due to time conflicts in his schedule, the test will be multiple choice instead of the usual essay style exam. She takes out her pencil and begins, carefully reading each question and darkening the circle on her answer sheet with her number two pencil.

When she has answered the final question, she slips her bag over her shoulder and turns her papers into the front of the classroom, exiting through the door in the front corner of the large room. As she turns to make her way to the front door of the building, she feels a hand on her shoulder from behind. “Hey,” she smiled graciously, “I’m glad that’s over.”

“Yeah me, too,” her friend Haley responded as they began to walk down the hall. “But you have much more important things to be thinking about today.”

“What do you mean?” Michelle asked.

“I mean, like what you’re going to wear when you get engaged,” she answered. When Michelle merely gazed at her in confusion, she tried to clarify her statement. “I heard what’s going on tonight. That gorgeous man of yours is going to propose and make you’re relationship official,” she smiled secretively. “I can’t wait to see it. I’m sure it’s going to be so romantic.”

Michelle smiled, maybe this was going to be her most wonderful birthday yet.

* * * * * * * * * * *

Danny came home from his classes and set his books down on the counter, looking at the invitation Michelle had given him one more time.

You are cordially invited to a
Birthday Party for Michelle Bauer
at the Springfield Country Club
920 Westerland Rd.
7:00 p.m.

He was planning on taking her somewhere special to celebrate her birthday, just the two of them, but she seemed so excited about the party that he didn’t want to be a downer, so he agreed to come and celebrate with her family and friends. After all, he could still give her the gift he had planned, he would just have to change the way he was planning on presenting it.

He checked in on Mikey and then took a shower before going into his bedroom to get ready. Carefully choosing something to wear, he set his clothes and Mikey’s out on the bed to get ready.

“I know that we haven’t known each other for very long, and that we didn’t even tell your family until tonight that we’ve been dating, but I love you Michelle, and I want you to be my wife. Will you marry me and be Mrs. Danny Santos forever?”

“Ugh,” He said, pulling his black v-neck sweater over his head. “That’s terrible Santos. Come on.”

He looked in the mirror, straightening his back and trying again, “Michelle Bauer, you mean the world to me. In the short time that we’ve known each other, you’ve captured my heart and made me feel things I never thought I would find. I love you, Michelle, and I want to spend the rest of my life showing you how much. Will you marry me and make me the happiest man alive?”

His shoulders sagged and he ran a hand through his damp curls in frustration. “I can’t believe I’m making this is so difficult.”

He walked over the nightstand by his bed and picked up the small black box, opening it to reveal a delicate, beautiful diamond ring. Closing his eyes, he said, “Abuela, you always told me that when I found the right women, my heart would know it instinctively and I would give her this ring to show my eternal love. You were right and I’ve found her and fallen in love. I know that if you were still here, you would love her, too.”

He opened his dark eyes and once again trained them on the ring in his hands. It had been passed down through the Santos family for generations through the first-born male. After his mother passed away, his grandmother reclaimed the ring and held it until she passed it along to him, not long before her death. It was one of the few tangible reminders he had left of his family, and he wanted more than anything to share it with Michelle and continue the tradition by proposing with it and building his own family.

“Danny?” he heard from the doorway, bringing him back to the task at hand, getting ready for the party.

Mikey walked into the bedroom in a little pair of Scooby-Doo boxer shorts. “What does semee-camel mean?”

“What?” Danny asked, completely confused by his nephew’s innocent question.

“’Ichelle said that it was semee-camel,” the little boy reiterated, slightly frustrated by his uncle’s seeming ignorance.

“Oh,” Danny laughed slightly, but tried not to embarrass the child. “You mean dress semi-casual.”

“I guess,” he says, seeming somewhat upset that she wasn’t really talking about there being animals at the party.

“It just tells you what kind of clothes you should wear. Here,” he said, extending an outfit he’d laid across his bed. “Wear these.”

“I hafta wear church clothes? I thought it was a party,” Mikey whined, sticking his lip out in a pout. “I don’t want to wear those.”

“You have to,” Danny told him, looking down at the khaki pants and little navy blue polo shirt. “It’s not the kind of party you wear jeans to.”

“I no wanna go then,” Mikey said defiantly, sitting down on the bedroom floor.

“Michelle asked you to come and I’m sure she would be very disappointed if you weren’t there. Do you want to make her cry?” Danny asked, watching the boy’s expression change.

“No,” he said reluctantly. “That wouldn’t be nice.”

“No, it wouldn’t,” Danny sighed in relief as Mikey stood up and took the clothes into his hands. “Let’s get dressed and go. Tonight is a very big night, we don’t want to be late.”

Hispanic Presence on Guiding Light

March 1, 2015


This post talks about the Hispanic presence on “Guiding Light.” GL had consistently featured different ethnic groups, but this was a very welcome variation.

Originally posted on Glmanny's Blog:

Anyone who has been a soap fan very long has heard the accurate complaints about the lack of diversity. There is still an unfortunate tendency to isolate black characters and the number of Hispanic, Asian, or anything else remains very low. One strong attempt to help correct the balance was adding the Hispanic Santos family to Guiding Light. Originally just supposed to be a short run of a character, Danny Santos, the Manny pairing was so popular that it bulldozed through planned story. Given the chance to introduce the family, they were very deliberately made Hispanic rather than going with the stereotypical Italian mob background. This in turn did bring in new viewers, although the family sadly didn’t last very long.

Hispanic magazine did a feature story on their presence in Springfield in the June 2002 issue.

They pointed out that of 40 cast members….“5 are Latino and…

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Dual Vision

February 28, 2015

Every Friday I post a term of soap opera jargon. Find more on the Soap Opera Jargon page.

Dual Vision – This is another term that isn’t used precisely, but the concept is one that is pervasive in soap opera fandom. Soap operas can act as a kind of Rorschach (aka Ink blot) test. Two fans can watch the same exact scene and get a totally different set of facts out of it. (See Fan Wars) These often have to do with Tunnel Vision fans have for a couple or a character (see Tunnel Vision). In an example, on Guiding Light some fans enjoyed Rebecca Budig’s portrayal of Michelle as sweet and innocent and were upset when she left where others found her performance hollow and vapid and lacking any Michelle fire. Although it sometimes holds through for a single character, dual vision is often expressed the loudest over triangles. For example lets take the case of Dinah-Hart-Cassie on Guiding Light. While many people very much enjoyed the bond between Dinah and Hart (which spilled over to real life and they are still married) and were horrified when a bottle blond, abrasive, stripper made a move on Hart and he fell for it (temporarily), other fans saw Hart finally find a woman with similar values and goals who helped him shake off his previous poisonous relationship  with Dinah and let him dream of a new life. In another instance, when Jack married Janet on As The World Turns some fans saw Jack finally moving on with a mature, healthy relationship while others heard the scene with Carly where he basically said the only thing he was seeking with Janet was stability and he still loved Carly (seriously look for the scene I’m only paraphrasing he said all that). Only one of all these things happened on screen, but you couldn’t prove it by the fans. It’s seriously as if they’d watched two separate shows.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Odds and Ends Musical Part 2

February 26, 2015

I’ve been collecting musical references for awhile for Guiding Light and other soaps. I made a first post last year. Check it out:
I think I’ve got enough to make it worth sharing. I’ll start another follow up and if you have any to add let me know.
Also check out my posts about a soap songbook and soap opera CDs.

LeAnn Rimes’s song “How Do I Live” was Mike and Carrie’s theme on Days of Our Lives. Read more about it in the December 22, 1998 issue of Soap Opera Weekly.

The day Sharon confronted Nick over his affair with Phyllis (April 3, 2006) on The Young and the Restless the song was “Swept” by Julia Fordham. Read more detail at the Aug. 22, 2006 issue of Soap Opera Weekly.

At Carrie and Lucas’s first dance on Days of Our Lives was “Now I Know” by Barbados-born pop star Rihanna. Read more about it and see a photo in the Aug. 22, 2006 issue of Soap Opera Weekly.

According to the Sept. 22, 2009 issue of Soap Opera Weekly the winner of the 2009 winner of the Outstanding Original Song was “We All Fall Down” by Kevin Briody, One Life to Live.

While Nick Newman washed Sharon’s hair in The Young and the Restless on the April 9, 2014 episode they played “Never Ending” by the band Fisher.

The song sang by Patrick and Sabrina at the 2013 General Hospital‘s Nurses Ball and by Epiphany at the 2014 celebration was “You’re Not Alone.” It’s available on 99 cents from iTunes in both versions.  Read more about it at June 16, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

“Goodbye My Lover,” by James Blunt, played during the 1/24/2007 episode where Tammy died as Jonathan looked on. The tune is on Blunt’s CD Back to Bedlam and is available on Amazon and iTunes. For more on the artist, head to or

When Nick and Sharon Newman made love during the March 11, 2014 episode of The Young and the Restless it was to the song “Never Ending” by Fisher. You can find the song at Read more in the June 30, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Over the 2013 holiday season on The Young and the Restless Abby Newman and Tyler were on a beach in Malibu, California. A song played called “California Girl” and it was sung by Johnny Douglas. Contact Beth Wernick at to get a copy. Read more in the February 17, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

In the post Hope Logan and Wyatt Spencer miscarriage episode of The Bold and the Beautiful on December 10, 2014 was “Wish I Had The Why” by according to BoldInsider.

According to “Song today for Maxie/Nathan was Dreams….written especially for them!

According to the about episode January 19, 2015 “The song you heard playing during ‘s love scenes today is “My Blue Skies” by Kathryn Dean.”

On the December 5, 2014 episode of The Young and the Restless a song played when Joe brought Aver her favorite cocktail. According to the January 12, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest it was “Christmas Time” by Fawn and House DJ Chad Jack. Look for it on iTunes.

On the episode where Hope Logan Spencer lost her and Wyatt’s baby on The Bold and the Beautiful at the end of 2015, they played “Wish I Had the Why.” It was performed by Shelly Fraley and it is available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes. Find the reference in the February 23, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Watch for another update.

The Law

February 25, 2015

Back in 2013 the arrival of the Room 8 web series on The Bold and the Beautiful, gave us an excuse to look back at shows within the shows on the soaps.  One that we hadn’t mentioned before was a reality show called The Law on Guiding Light. This show tracked the exploits of Springfield’s “hard-working” detectives in 2006-2007. It showed up in stories from the start of the show, how being part of the show effected relationships, and Marinas campaign to save the show. The show shot as part of the storyline and there were at least some kind of web version available. All I’ve been able to find online is the theme song below. This was before I did much in the way of online fan stuff. If you know more about The Law, please share in the comments below.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Something About You – Part 21 by ShellyLynn

February 24, 2015

Republisher’s Note: Michelle and Danny suddenly don’t seem to be on the same page.

Something About You – Part 21 by ShellyLynn

“It’s not that big of a deal,” she replied casually, averting her eyes from his accusing stare. She knew it had been a mistake from the beginning to lead her father on, but when he saw her walk in with Bill hours earlier, he had made the wrong assumption and casually mentioned his pleasure to her. She had merely failed to correct his false line of thinking for the sake of avoiding an argument. “I just wasn’t in the mood to fight with him.”

Danny looked around and noticed that although the crowd was beginning to thin out, those still in attendance were regarding their discussion with great interest. Without a word, he took her hand in his, making her a little uneasy as to what he was feeling at that moment, and lead her into the back hallway which was now void of traffic. “I thought you wanted this as much as I do,” he said sadly, shaking his head back and forth as he released her hand and slowly began to pace back and forth down the plush carpeted hallway.

“I do,” she whispered, barely loud enough for him to hear as she took two small steps forward and attempted to reach out and comfort him as he passed.

He shook his arm free, not wanting the contact that he knew would make him melt. He needed to stay strong and get this out in the open “I don’t think so,” he told her, stopping directly in front of her to make his point. “We both know that some people, especially your father, are going to have problems with our relationship. We’ve discussed it at length. However, we” his voice raised as he punctuated the word by reaching his hands out toward her and then bringing them back and clutching them to his chest, “decided that the best thing for all concerned was to be open and honest about it. Did something change? Are you suddenly ashamed of me now? Or is it that you wish that Bill really was your date?”

“How can you ask me that?” she replied indignantly, her voice filled with anger as her eyes sought out and locked with his dark shining ones.

“You’ve barely made any time to talk to me all week, instead you’ve spent every minute with him. What am I supposed to think when you keep putting me off? Besides, it’s obvious how badly he wants you.”

“We were working. Besides, Bill knows how I feel, he feels the same way,” she counters angrily.

“Come on, Michelle. Do you mean to tell me you weren’t aware of how he watched your every move tonight? Have you two actually talked about this?”

“Damn it, Danny, stop being so paranoid. No, we haven’t talked about it, but there is nothing going on between Bill and me. We’re friends… that’s all. The reason I didn’t correct my dad has nothing to do with him,” she fires back, her frustration clearly showing. “You’re making more of this than there is because you’re jealous.”

“Don’t make this my fault. I’m not jealous.” He began to pace again, planning his next words carefully.

“I knew that this wasn’t going to be easy for you tonight, but I thought that we were in this together,” he sighed, running his fingers through his curls. “If you aren’t even willing stand up to your dad when I’m here with you, then we might as well give up because you’ll never do it on your own.”

“You don’t understand,” she whispered, walking to a nearby chair and taking a seat. “It’s not that simple.”

“Don’t you see? It is that simple. You either want us to be together or you don’t…” he claimed, moving to stand in front of her. “We have to tell him sooner or later.”

“It isn’t… We don’t… This isn’t about you…”

“Then what is it about?” he asked softly, kneeling down in front of her and placing a finger under her chin, forcing her gaze to meet his. He wanted so badly for her to have a good explanation for this, for her to wipe away all his doubts and fears. He was almost pleading with her to make him understand what was going on.

“My dad has always had such high expectations of me… what I was going to do for a living… who I was going to marry… what college I’d attend… the kind of grades I’d get… everything,” she explained, fighting the tears she could feel welling up in her eyes. “I’ve spent my entire life trying to make him proud of me. I was valedictorian of my graduating class, I’ve always tried to do whatever he wanted of me, even staying and going to Springfield University so I’d be close to home. But, even after I did all of that, tonight was the first time I ever remember him telling me he was proud of me, of something I’d done. I guess I just wanted to let the feeling last just a little while longer.”

“I didn’t know… ” he tried, reaching out to place a hand on her face and smooth away the tears that had managed to escape her red, tired eyes. “I guess I finally understand just how important tonight was to you.”

“It’s not that I don’t want him to know…”

“Shhhh,” he whispered, helping her to her feet. “It’s okay. Just remember that I’ll always be here for you.”

“I’m going to tell him soon, I swear,” she promised apologetically.

“We can wait and tell him together,” Danny told her, reaching out to pull her into his embrace. “We have all the time in the world to do this right.”

She leaned her head against his chest and reveled in his warmth. “Thank you.”

“Let’s get you home. You need to get some sleep,” he said, wrapping his arm around her.

He led her to the coat room and retrieved her jacket before they made their way to the awaiting limo and climbed inside.

As soon as the door was closed, she moved alongside of him and leaned her head against his body, curling up into him as he placed his arm around her shoulders. He sighed, smoothing a stray curl of hair out of her face as he looked out the window. “You really did do a fantastic job putting tonight together,” he smiled, pulling her closer. “It was definitely a hit. The hospital is really going to benefit from all the money you were able to raise.”

When there was no response, he leaned his head down slightly and listened to her deep breathing. He chuckled slightly, “I guess I put you to sleep.”

“Sweet dreams, sweetie,” he whispered in her ear as she dozed. “I love you, and one of these days, I’m going to tell you when you’re awake.”

* * * * * *

“Yeah, what did you find out about Santos?”

“There wasn’t much. The guy’s got a good, clean record… no trouble in his past. There really isn’t any family left except for the nephew that he takes care of. The only real spot I can see for the boss to go after is the kid’s dead mother, Pilar. She was pretty messed up, a drunk and an addict. I’m sure there is something in her past that could give Mr. Lewis some leverage against him.”

“Check into it and report back. I want to know everything, no matter how small a detail. We’re going to find Mr. Santos’ weak link and use it to pull his relationship with Miss Bauer apart.”

Peapack NJ in the Snow

February 23, 2015

In the final shooting model, Guiding Light shot the exteriors and many interiors in the town of Peapack, New Jersey. In honor of the snowstorms that have been hitting the country, here are a couple of photos of Springfield in the snow.

RdBlaz tweeted a photo of Company (or it’s stand in from New Jersey) in the snow.

and Gazebo of Love w/Bench of Love this Snowy AM in Peapack

To see it in warmer weather, check this out:

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Something About You – Part 20 by ShellyLynn

February 23, 2015

Republisher’s Note: The evil Bill spin you find in quite a few fanfics, but what’s going on with Ed?

Something About You – Part 20 by ShellyLynn

The next few days flew by as classes continued and Michelle spent what seemed to Danny like every moment working on the final plans for the fundraiser ball. He knew that the cause they were raising money for was important to her and that he had nothing to be jealous of in way of the time she spent with Bill. She had made it clear how she felt about her friend and he was sure that she was being completely honest. It was Bill’s intentions that he doubted, even more now after their “chance” run-in at the carnival.

Danny and Michelle talked a few times on the phone over the course of the week, but they hadn’t seen each other since he and Mikey walked her home after the carnival that night. He could still feel her breath on his cheek as she had kissed him goodnight and walked into her apartment.

“I miss you,” he’d told her on the phone exactly six hours and eleven minutes ago. He knew she was probably rushing to complete the finishing touches, but he needed to hear her voice so he’d given in and called. He was right, she had been too busy to talk for long, but she did seem happy to hear from him as well. They’d only talked for a couple minutes, but he’d been able to notice the fatigue in her voice. The last time they’d spoken, she had told him she wasn’t getting much sleep and he couldn’t even remember how many times she’d mentioned to him she had skipped a meal to get more work done. He was worried about her and he was more than glad that this evening would be the end of all her hard work. Then, maybe they she would take better care of herself and they would be able to continue the relationship that they both seemed to miss so desperately.

He almost slipped as they hung up and told her how he felt. Love. He had only the previous day admitted to himself that his feelings for her were so strong. He never been in love before and he was surprised to find that it felt every bit as wonderful as he’d been told. He knew that it was fast, they’d only known each other a couple months, but he was sure she was the one for him. She was the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with and someday, hopefully soon, he knew he would find the perfect way to tell her everything that was in his overflowing heart.

He looked in the mirror one more time to make sure he was prepared to go. He had picked out the tuxedo himself this time and hoped it was an acceptable choice. This was going to be the first real event they attended as a couple and Danny was concerned about how many of the people would react, especially Mr. Bauer himself. He knew how important appearances were to people of their social stature and he knew it would probably be an uphill battle to prove his worth, but if that’s what it took to gain Michelle’s hand, he was prepared for the war.

He took a deep breath and made his way to the door. Michelle was going to meet him there because she needed to go early and check on a few things, but she was sending a limo to pick him up at 6:20. He looked at his watch as he descended the staircase. It was time to go.

Fifteen minutes later, he arrived and made his way inside, immediately searching out the face of his beautiful hostess and date. He hadn’t seen her so far, but had recognized some of the people from work and the first event he had attended. In fact, it seemed as though most of the people milling about had been there.

After a few minutes, he spotted Michelle coming out of a doorway, laughing with an unfamiliar gentleman as she walked. He made his way over to her, intent on finding out the identity of the older looking mystery man. “Danny!” she exclaimed, surprised to turn and find her handsome date before her. “You’re here. Why didn’t you come find me?”

“Well,” he answered, purposefully slipping an arm around her waist, “that’s what I am doing right now.”

“Hello, I don’t believe we’ve met,” he forced, extending his free arm toward the man. “I’m Danny Santos, and you are?”

“Rick Bauer,” the man answered with a laugh. “This beautiful young lady here was just talking about you.”

“You’re Rick? It’s an honor to meet you. I didn’t think you lived around here,” Danny said as he relaxed and the men shook hands.

“I don’t,” Rick replies, “but my wife Abby and I were in town for a conference and we decided to come see some of our old friends. Besides, I wanted visit my mom and check up on my kid sister here.”

“You did a wonderful job putting this together, sis,” he told her, giving her a kiss on the cheek. “I hope I get a chance to talk to you later,” he said to Danny, “but I need to go find my wife. I know how much she hates these functions and I promised her I’d be right back.”

“It was nice meeting you,” Danny replied cordially, accepting Rick’s “Same here,” before watching as he walked away.

“You,” he answered once they were semi-alone, “Come with me.” He took her hand in his and led her into the small hallway leading to the kitchen.

“What are…” was all Michelle had the chance to get out before his lips came down on hers in a soft, yet passionate kiss.

“I’ve been waiting way too long to do that,” he grinned as they pulled apart, her eyes still glazed over.

She quickly found her voice, “What’s taken you so long?”

He laughed softly, glad that she seemed to have missed that little pleasure as much as he. “It seems to me, my lady, that you’re the one that has been too busy to entertain thoughts of such trivial things.”

“I’m sorry,” she said, growing serious, “I know I’ve been neglecting you…”

“Hey,” he stopped her, raising her dropped head with two fingers under her delicate chin. “There’s nothing to be sorry about. I’m just glad that you’ll finally have some free time after tonight.”

“Yeah,” she grinned, reaching up to smooth a stray curl of his dark hair. “I know I didn’t say so on the phone earlier, but I missed you, too.”

“Well then,” he told her smiling broadly, “I guess we’ll have to make sure we never spend this much time apart again.”

“I think I like the sound of that,” she parried, slipping her arm through his. “As much as I hate to say this though, I think we need to rejoin the party, boring as it may be.”

“As long as I get to take you home,” he replied seductively, “I can bear anything.”

* * * * *

They mingled with various people, spending a few minutes with seemingly every patron as Michelle urged each of them to give generously to the hospital. They even managed to spend a little while dancing before Michelle needed to go prepare for the guest speaker. She searched out her brother and led Danny in his direction, introducing him to her sister-in-law before giving him a soft kiss and leaving to go to the podium.

“You really care about her, don’t you?” Rick asked as he watched Danny’s eyes follow his sister across the room. “She’s pretty amazing.”

“Yeah,” Danny replied, not taking his eyes off of her. “She’s special.”

“Look, Danny,” Rick said seriously, finally drawing his attention. “I know that you’re a good man, and from what my sister tells me, you treat her well, but I know my father and it is not going to be easy for the two of you to be together. I guess I just want to be sure that you are going to be willing to fight for her and not give up when it gets difficult. She really cares about you and I don’t want to see her get hurt, so if you are going to let her down, then I think you should tell her now before it goes any further.”

“Rick, I understand how you feel, but I love your sister. I know that things aren’t going to be easy for us, but as long as there is breath in my body, I’ll do anything I can to make her happy and give her everything she needs. She means the world to me, and if I have to walk through fire to be with her, that’s exactly what I’ll do. I know that I don’t have the kind of money that she’s used to,” he said, extending his arms to show the extravagance surrounding them, “but I will make a good living and she’ll never find anyone else that can love her as much as I already do.” His gaze returned to her and made eye contact as she flashed him a brilliant smile over the microphone, causing his heart to flutter.

“I can tell,” Rick smiled, looking over at his wife and nodding as she wiped a tear away. “All I want is for my little sister to be happy and I can tell that you’ll make sure that happens.”

“I will,” Danny nodded, shaking Rick’s hand once again as the introduction began, “because I want the same thing, her happiness.”

“Well,” Rick said, looking up at her as well. “From what I’ve seen, I’m sure that she feels the same way about you. She couldn’t stop talking about you from the moment I got here.”

Danny smiled sincerely before excusing himself to get a better view of the stage continuously moving closer as he watched Michelle take bids on the donated objects before her, continually urging the people to bid higher and give more. When the last item was sold, she had raised over 170,000 dollars for the hospital, more than she had anticipated leading up to the event. Bill and another man came onto the stage and thanked the people for their generosity before Bill placed his arm around her shoulders and added, “Let’s have a big hand for this beautiful woman who made all this possible, Michelle Bauer.”

The people gave a loud round of applause and Michelle blushed profusely, to Danny’s relief, stepping away from Bill’s gesture and finding Danny’s eyes before moving to step off the stage to step out of the limelight and join him.

“You were great,” he told her, pulling her immediately into a warm embrace.

“I couldn’t have done it without you,” she answered, staring into his dark, adoring eyes. “I was so nervous up there, but when I looked at you, I knew everything was going to be fine.”

“That was fabulous honey,” they heard from behind. Spinning around, they saw Mr. Bauer had joined them. “I’m so proud of you.”

“Thanks,” Michelle said, grateful to have her father’s acknowledgment and approval of all her hard work.

“Mr. Santos,” he said, looking over her shoulder. “I didn’t know that you would be joining us tonight. How are you enjoying your new job?”

“I like it. I’ve already acclimated myself to the surroundings and I’m working with such wonderful people,” he answered, extending his hand to shake.

“That’s good to hear,” he said, turning to his daughter once again “Where’s your date? I want to congratulate him on a job well done.”

“I’m…” Danny began to say when she cut him off.

“I don’t know where he ran off to. He’s probably trying to negotiate more funds out of some of the more prominent people here,” she explained, pleading with her eyes for Danny not to say anything.

“I’ll see if I can locate him before I leave,” he said, taking off in search of Bill Lewis.

“What was that about?” Danny asked angrily, his eyes burning into her. “Why didn’t you tell him that I’m your date tonight, not Bill?”


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