Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 2 by Robansuefarm

Author’s Note: We continue with the second day of Bauer BBQ.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 2 by Robansuefarm

Scene 16

Back in the kitchen. Rick added, “I didn’t see what Michelle saw in Danny in the beginning. You should have seen him when he first came around, Alan-Michael. He wore a big, black leather coat and swaggered around. And now after Phillip he’s the closest thing I have to a brother….Not that you aren’t on that list too….somewhere on the list, you know 11th or 12th”.

“Oh, hardy-har-har I see how it is. Being a cousin doesn’t count.”

Phillip broke in, “Now boys….back to things we have in common, besides loving me and Michelle that is.”

Alan-Michael answered, “I sure didn’t see Bill and Lizzie getting together either.”

“Then you ended back with Mindy and I ended up back with Beth.”

Alan-Michael interjected, “Nope, not the same there. I broke the pattern that would have put me back with Harley…Harley there’s something we have in common. No, I forgot Rick never did get her married, did you?”

“No, I didn’t, but I did end up with Jude and that’s a lot better. He’s a wonderful kid and even if Harley kept me away from me more than I would have liked when he was younger I’m glad he grew up with your son as his brother, Phillip. That felt really right. I’m glad they had each other even when they didn’t have us.”

“Yes, of all the wrong things that happened while our children were young at least that was right.”

“Zach and Jude, you and me all over again.” Rick took a drink.

Phillip also went to take a drink, but broke off to scoff. “I don’t think so. You think Jude is like you? You’re wrong there. Stable, solid, but has a friend’s back to the end? That’s Robbie, not Jude. Jude is more like I was, grand schemes, emotional.”

Alan-Michael broke in, “How about my nephew then? Who of the famous Four Musketeers is Zach, then?”

“Let me think.”

“I know – Mindy! Back then she was a little spoiled, self-centered, and just as determined as she is now. If Zach isn’t you, Phillip, then I’m going for a young Mindy.”

“Yes, Phillip, always knows everything,” Rick responded in his Phillip imitation voice.

“How about we get this conversation out of the 1980s? Let’s get back to things we have in common.”

Jude came up to the patio door. It was partially open so he could hear, but hearing an adult conversation he hesitated about going in.

“I guess the next thing we have in common is Blake. Nope, you missed out on the marrying again, didn’t ya, Rick. And you didn’t have a kid with her either…oh I forgot you almost did.” Alan-Michael smirked.

Phillip straightened. “Now, come on, Alan-Michael, there are some things you can’t kid a guy about. Rick was really broken up when he found out about Kevin really wasn’t his after all. He’d helped raise him for a couple of years.”

“I guess that was kind of a cheap shot. Blake has told me that you really stood up for the twins after Ross died, especially when Blake was in her coma. She really appreciates it. I think that’s the only reason she forgave you for that mess with Ross.”

“It’s too bad in a way. Look how close you are to Kevin, now. All the medical stuff together. He’s like the son you should have had.”

Jude stepped back with a stagger. “He’s the son you should have had…the son you should have had…the son you should have had…” echoing in his head. He felt sick. Jude pulled out his phone and did a quick search to the Springfield Public Library website and searched the archive of the Springfield Journal. The top result from his search was “Rick Bauer Seeks Custody of Love Child.” Jude read, “Prominent Springfield doctor, Rick Bauer, has filed seeking custody of the child he claims is his biological son Kevin Marler…Bauer claims paternity of only one twin in an extremely rare case of heteropaternal superfecundation with legal father Ross Marler biologically fathering Kevin’s twin Jason…” He couldn’t talk to his dad. Across the yard he saw Robbie laughing with Sarah, he couldn’t talk to him. Aunt Michelle and Uncle Danny weren’t anywhere to be seen. Zack wasn’t there. Leah was off somewhere with her boyfriend. Gus was dead. His mom was gone. Who could he talk to? MINDY! She had helped him before. She was always saying how she wanted him to talk to her. He’d find Mindy.

Scene 17

Mindy was over in a corner by the sideyard gate. Taking some deep breaths. Rusty came over. “What’s all this, now?”

“I just needed a minute. Can’t a person take a break?”

“Now Melinda Sue, this is me you’re talking to. What’s wrong?”

She sighed. “I never could fool you with a stiff upper lip, could I?”

“No, you couldn’t. Aw Melinda, are you and Rick having problems?”

“Rick and I are fine. I’m so glad I married him…I mean between the hospital and his work with Kevin I don’t see him as much as I like, but we’re great.”

“Do you still feel left out of motherhood?”

“Yes….it’s stupid I know. I chose to have a career over a family. I knew what I was doing, but it feels now like I made a mistake.”

“I’m sure you’re a great step-mom.”

Mindy sighed again. “That’s part of the problem. None of Rick’s kids seem to need me. MJ treats me like he was made of ice. Leah blames Rick’s connection with Phillip, Beth, and me for blowing up her parents’s marriage. Jude…well, there might still be hope for Jude. We had a real nice talk earlier today.”

“Melinda Sue, you are a great businesswoman and a wonderful designer. Don’t second guess yourself. You just never found yourself with the right guy in the right time. If you really feel maternal there are plenty of kids out there looking for a good foster home, a big sister, lots of programs like that. If you think you’ve got a child shaped hole in your life fill it up, you don’t need a bio-kid of yours or Rick’s to fill it.”

“It’s not the same as having a baby.”

“No, it isn’t. I can tell you from my work in law enforcement those kids need you a lot more.”

“Rusty, I don’t know why we don’t talk more often. You always give me the best advice.”

“Come here.” Rusty gave Mindy a big bear hug as they continued talking. “Maybe we can see about changing that. I think we do need to start talking more often. You get in trouble when I leave you to yourself too long.”

From a distance Jude saw Mindy embracing Rusty, not just a quick hug, but they stood there in each other’s arms for awhile for God and country to see. Mindy was just like the rest of them, lying and saying they wanted to help, but really wanting something else. Jude had enough of all of them. He was getting out of there. He was done listening to other people.

On his way back across the yard he bumped into Paul Frazier. “Hey, watch it.”

“It’s my yard. I’ll walk anywhere I want to!”

Kevin heard the arguing and came over to see what was wrong. “Whoa, whoa, whoa, what’s going on here?”

Paul answered first, “I don’t know. Jude knocked into me and then just went off the deep end.”

Jude stood there breathing hard and getting red in the face.

“That’s not like you, Jude. What’s wrong?”

Jude exploded, “What’s wrong?! What’s wrong?! He’s MY dad and not yours. You can’t have him. Just leave us alone! He shoved his phone into Kevin’s hands and ran blindly off and out the sideyard gate.

Kevin looked at Paul. “Do you know where all that came from?”

“No, he was fine earlier. What’s his phone say?”

Kevin picked up the phone, touched the unlocked screen, the Springfield Journal Jude had been reading popped up…and the bottom fell out of Kevin’s world.

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.

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