Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 5 by Robansuefarm

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

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 5 by Robansuefarm

Scene 23

Jude and Clarissa get settled in the stable

“The Spaulding Stables? This is your big idea. What if somebody wants to ride or the grooms come back or something?”

“Shhh! Listen….Hear the quiet? No horses. Phillip sends them out for a week every year to a trainer. She puts them through their paces and makes sure they aren’t developing bad habits and he gives the staff this week off. Anyone who has any business with the horses knows that.”

“How come you know about it?”

“Phillip and Dad used to ride in high school. They’ve gotten more into again since Phillip came back. They took Zach and Robbie and me riding and we made a secret fort up in the haymow. Come on.”

Jude grabbed a tarp out of the tack room and spread it out on the fresh bedding in one of the stalls. “My lady.”

“Thank you kind sir.” She took Jude’s hand and sat down. “Damn, I didn’t grab a corkscrew.”

“No problem.” Jude climbed up the ladder until his head was hidden. There is a noise of wood creaking open. He jumped down. “Here you go.”

“Oh, Swiss Army knife. Are you a Boy Scout or something?”

Jude came and joined her on the tarp. “No, actually it’s…”

“Robbie’s?”

“Yea.”

“Give it to me. I need a drink.” She took the knife opened up the corkscrew, opened it up, and took a swig. “You sure your Dad won’t come looking for you?”

Jude’s face darkened. “It would probably be days before he even notices I’m gone. My turn, give me the corkscrew.” He took it as Clarissa handed it over and opened and drank from his bottle in turn.

Scene 24

Frank came up to Blake as she sat by the pool. “What’s going on, Blake? You’ve been avoiding me all day and been testy when you do talk to me.”

“I have NOT been testy….OK maybe I have.” Blake give a big sigh. “I’m sorry, Frank, I’m just frustrated.”

“Not with me I hope,” Frank said with one of his cock-eyed grins.

Blake looked at him speculatively. “No, not with you specifically. I know things were bad for you when you were a young man, but did you ever see your life ending up like this, how we are?”

“I don’t understand what you mean.”

“You know I didn’t have the best examples in my Mom and Dad or Mom and Ed or Mom and my step-dad Dietrich Lindsey in Switzerland, but that didn’t stop me. I really believed in happy ever after, but Frank I don’t think happily ever after looks like this.”

“Doesn’t look like two people who are friends and connect well in bed? Doesn’t look like two people who have worked together to raise their kids?”

“We’ve helped each other, but honestly Frank we haven’t been living our lives together, we’ve been living them parallel. We were both just so lonely for so long. We needed each other and we’ve always been good friends. We gave each other help and stability, but Frank….Frank close your eyes.”

“What?”

“Just close your eyes, alright?”

“They’re closed, now what?”

“Love. – What did you picture when I said that? I’d bet money it wasn’t me. And it wouldn’t be you for me either. We’re trying to force this thing between us to be something it just isn’t.”

“Come on, it isn’t like we’ve really tried…. we’re not married or anything. Maybe we should get married.”

“God, Frank we’ve been together almost 10 years if we were going to fall in love and get married or even convince ourselves we should get married we’d have done it long ago. I think we need to admit what this is between us and it’s friends with benefits and that’s just not working for me anymore.”

“Please Blake, what are you saying you want to break up? Over nothing?”

“Yes, Frank I think we need to give each other some space. I’m not mad, I hope I’m always one of your best friends, but this between us? It’s just not enough for a lifetime and I think it’s time we admit it….I think you better move out.” Blake stood up and walked off, leaving Frank gaping.

Scene 25

Danny was standing talking to Phillip and Michelle came up behind him and wrapped her arms around him. Danny realized it was Michelle and smiled. “Hey, you,” he said.

“Hey,” Michelle replied, moving around to Danny’s side keeping her arms around him. “Beth was looking for you over by the grill.”

“I better see what she wants. Catch you later.”

Danny looked down at his wife. “Someone seems to have had an attitude adjustment toward me. Did you decide your done with this vasectomy nonsense?”

“It’s not nonsense…but I think maybe we should put it aside for awhile.”

“Why?”

“I was talking to Kat about her and Paul. They are in a bad place because they aren’t seeing a way to compromise. I remember being in that bad place. I don’t ever want to be there again.”

“Look at me, Missy.” Danny turned Michelle to face her and put his arms around her neck, but keeping her at enough of a distance so they could see each other’s faces. “We’re NEVER going there again. It doesn’t matter what we disagree about. We’ve learned our lesson….” He leaned in for a quick kiss.

“It isn’t just that. Kat and I were talking about Bridget when she lived here and it made me realize what year it is…”

Danny’s hold on Michelle tightened convulsively.

“You already realized it…”

“It’s not a big deal,” Danny’s eyes shifted away from Michelle not being able to lie looking at her.

“It is. 20 years ago right now your brother was still alive.”

“20 years ago right now we hadn’t met. I’d rather think of us getting together than…”

“Hey, I thought we through all this years ago. Look at me.” Michelle reached up and took Danny’s chin and held it making sure he looked at her. ”You don’t have to hide what you feel for Mick…not from me. I know I can’t help you with this, not like I want to not after….but at least you don’t have to hide from me. I understand the Mick you knew years before he got on drugs wasn’t the same man I knew. You have every right to miss him, to hate what happened to him….to not have to hide that pain from your wife. I’m not asking that. I’d never ask that. I LOVE you, Danny. All of you. We’ll face this anniversary the way we’ve faced everything else life threw at us – together.”

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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