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November Episodes – 2017 by Robansuefarm

July 20, 2019

Author’s Note: This is part of my year in Guiding Light stories to make Bauer BBQ 2018 make sense. I haven’t had time to write out full episodes for the whole year so this is sort of a summing up with a couple of key scenes. This year’s story I’ve tried to make them more like a TV show with even comments on behind the scenes stuff.

November Episodes – 2017 by Robansuefarm

The Thanksgiving episodes – Thanks to Bizzie’s new determination to make Thanksgiving a big Lewis family thing the Lewis, Spaulding, and Bauer families are having Thanksgiving together at the Bizzie house with many heartwarming scenes.

The Coopers however are having their meal at Towers. Rocky is a chef who earned his way up through the ranks of London’s culinary world. He came to Springfield to not only reclaim his birthright of a place in the Cooper family and in Springfield, but also to take over Towers as his new signature restaurant.

Towers with Rocky is even more popular than it was before with people driving in from Chicago and around the region to eat there. They’ve done some lovely stuff with plating and classes and a chef’s table which helped bring about a pretty epic food fight between Mel and Marina. Mel and Cyrus are still together and so are Marina and Shayne, but Marina is tired of having always to just be the mom and thinks life with Shayne has gotten staid and boring. Mel and Cyrus had a kid fairly soon after they got together and Cyrus is likewise tiring of domestic life. They got put on a PTA committee together and working together they grew closer remembering the fire and the excitement of their relationship. So far it hasn’t gone farther than talking and smoldering looks, but they have both been put in position that they took each other’s part over their respective spouses. This has caused tension between all of them and lead to that epic food fight.

(Off screen they’ve started a short online cooking show with Rocky’s actor, another rotating actor from the show and a real chef. It comes out once a week and that dish will appear somewhere on the show during that week. Send in where the dishes appeared for four weeks and get entered in a drawing to appear on the online show during the next month – no transportation costs included one night hotel is included if accepted to come.)

Rocky was working on getting the big Thanksgiving Meal ready for the Cooper family and their other patrons. He told his staff that he needed to be alone to work on his signature dish which he had really finished the night before. He slipped out of the Towers and down to Company. He found the place closed (tell me again how they stay in business?), but Buzz was there finishing cleaning up from orders people had ordered something to take along to their various gatherings. They were all picked up now.

“Hello, Dad.”

“Oh, Rocky, I didn’t see you there. You scared me.”

“Maybe I should.” Derision dripped from his tone.

“What? What do you mean? What’s wrong with you?”

A smirk curled Rocky’s lips. “That’s funny. That’s REALLY funny. I used to ask myself that same question when I was growing up. What was wrong with me? Why didn’t my own father want me? You sent me to Mom’s family, but they didn’t want me. They barely wanted HER. For years, FOR YEARS, I waited for you to send for me. None of my FAMILY wanted me. That is except for Lucy. Lucy and Alan-Michael when they were over in Europe, Lucy used to call me and Coop every week. Used to come to see us or take us on a trip somewhere at least a month. Lucy was great.” His face had softened while he talked about Lucy, now it hardened again. “Then you called Coop home, but not me, never me. You didn’t even call and tell me about Coop’s dying before he was already buried.” Anger filled his voice, “You took away my last chance to see my brother.”

“Now, Rocky, Coop meant a lot to all of us when he died it was hard on all of us…”

“Hard? Hard? He and Lucy were the only family I ever had that actually gave a good damn about me. And you….you didn’t think I was worth a phone call when he died. Or Lucy either. Frank called Lucy and she called me. You certainly didn’t. It was all about you, all about YOUR pain. Well, the rest of us hurt too, pal. And we have to suck it up and go on.”

“Rocky, you never seemed to have a problem with me before. Where is all this coming from?”

“You know, I used to think it was something about me, but since I’ve been here, talked to people, it isn’t anything wrong about me at all. You dumped Frank and Harley and Nadine, and then you dumped Lucy, draining her savings on her way out, Coop and me, we were just the latest in a long line, but they all forgive you. Over and over and over again. You abandon them, you take loans on this place and you’ve lost it more than once. They forgive you. Well I don’t. I don’t forgive you for not saving Mom, for dumping us off on anyone you could, for caring a lot more that Cyrus was Mom’s kid than I was.” Rocky pulled out a gun.

“Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Let’s all calm now down. I saw you yesterday and you weren’t talking like this.”

Rocky held the gun on Buzz. “No, I wasn’t. I’ve been very good at pretending I forgive you, too. I was waiting until I could get you alone.” He cocks the gun.

*****Commercial Break******

Rocky pulled the trigger….on an empty chamber. “Oh, don’t worry. I’m not going to shoot you. That would be too quick. You’re going to suffer. You have to pay for all you did, not just to me, but to everybody who was ever stupid enough to love you.” He put the gun back in its holster. He walked about the room picking up this and putting it down. No longer looking at his father.

“Just what are you going to do?”

“You probably never watched much British television, did you?”

“What?! No, but Rocky you’ve got it all wrong, I loved…”

“You should have you know. Sometimes you can get the most interesting ideas off television. One of my favorite shows had an episode where the hero tells the prime minister, he can bring down her government by whispering four words. So that’s all I’m going to do. I’m going to tell you that I’m bringing you down with 4 words.” He leaned close, looked his father right in the eye, and whispered, “I don’t forgive you.”

Rocky left. Leaving a flustered Buzz behind and returns to the Towers kitchen without anyone knowing he was gone.

Buzz had told Frank about it at once, but Rocky had denied it and his staff backed up that he’d never left. Rocky seemed very concerned that Buzz was hallucinating, but when no one was looking he smiled to himself.

*****Episode Break*****

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.

November Sweeps – The Painting Story Climax Fall 2017

July 19, 2019

Anyone who saw how long it took me to finish last year’s Bauer BBQ story will know that I can’t write an episode a day. Unless someone wants to pay me to quit work and just do that (listens intently)……no, I didn’t think so, SIGH! But I think there needs to be a couple of things to put in context what happens at the BBQ this year so think of this as A Year in Review Highlight Clips. If you’re lost catch up in the 2017 Bauer BBQ story.

I also should let you know that in 2017 I wrote it more like it was short story. This year I tried to incorporate more of the format of the TV show. I hope you enjoy it.

Part 1 November Sweeps – The Painting Story Climax

Bill came running into Billy and Vanessa’s house. “Dad, Dad where are you?” Danny and Phillip came in behind him.

Billy and Frank came into the foyer area. “Right here. What’s you worked up into such a sweat?”

“Frank called and said that there had been an armed robbery here at the house. I’m not supposed to get upset? Are you sure you’re OK? Where’s Mom?”

“”Nessa is just fine. She wasn’t here. If she had been, I’d be a lot more upset.” Billy held up his hand. “And before you ask, Maureen wasn’t here either. It was just me and as soon as they left I called Frank. Everything’s fine.”

Frank broke in. “They got that painting Matt bought at the BBQ Auction. Danny, Phillip, why are you here?”

Phillip answered, “We were in a meeting with Bill at the Country Club when he got the call. We weren’t going to let him go running into an unknown situation alone.”

Bill narrowed his eyes at Billy. “You seem entirely too calm. Why aren’t you breathing fire?”

“I would be if Vanessa or Maureen or Melinda Sue or you were here. I can take care of myself and I’m enjoying the joke. These eastern art thieves thought they could pull one over on a good ole’ Oklahoma boy. Well, they couldn’t. I don’t know what they want with that painting, but after they attacked you when Vanessa was right there I wasn’t going to let them have it.” Billy did start to get mad remembering the earlier attack.

Danny asked, “Just what did you do?” He knew Billy well enough know that he could recognize his up to something look almost as well as Michelle’s.

“The day after the BBQ I commissioned a copy. They didn’t get the auction painting just a copy of it.”

Bill rolled his eyes. “And they didn’t notice when they took it?”

“Nope.”

“Dad, just what do you think will happen when they figure out it’s fake. They’ll just come back.”

“They won’t find it if they do. I have it locked up some place nice and safe….besides they may not come back. When they see it’s not the right painting they won’t know when the substitution came in. I might never have had the real painting.”

Danny said, “But that would lead them right back to….” He glanced over at Phillip.

Phillip’s eyes went wide, “Beth!” He took off running to the car.

“And oh God! Michelle was having lunch with Beth today at the Mansion.” Danny was right on Phillip’s heels.

Billy turned to Frank. “You got what you need from me, Frank? You can handle having the forensics guys here yourself can’t you?”

“Sure, but where are you going?

“Come on, Bill.” Billy turned back to Frank. “They left so fast I didn’t get a chance to tell them something important about the painting.”

“Don’t you think you should tell me?”

Bill shouted, “Later!” as he and Bill tore off after Danny and Phillip.

 

Beth and a very pregnant Michelle are standing side by side by dining room table in the Spaulding Mansion, hands in the air while Marya Obrecht (the woman with black hair from the auction) and two henchmen held them at gunpoint.

Commercial Break

“Where is the painting?”

“What painting?” Beth asked, confused.

“The one from the auction. The one that Brandon Spaulding spirited out of Europe at the tail end of the war. The one he hid from us for decades!”

Michelle asked, “The one that Matt bought for Vanessa? The picture of the lighthouse?”

“So you want to play innocent, pet?” She came around behind Michelle and reached around grabbing her jaw and pulling her around to look at her. “It’s much more than a pretty painting of a lighthouse which someone here must have discovered. They wouldn’t have run the price so high and refused to resell it. OH, I admit that might, just MIGHT be circumstantial, but someone replaced the painting with a fake.” She thrust Michelle away from her. “And since that country bumpkin who bought it is clearly too stupid to have done it, it must have been you, Mrs. Spaulding. And you WILL tell me all about it. I WILL NOT REST until I have that painting.”

Commercial Break

“Beth!” “Michelle!” Phillip and Danny’s shouts overlapped. They came racing into the dining room, but all that they found there was an untouched meal, a door ajar, and an over toppled chair. [Ed. Note: OK that last line isn’t mine. It’s from “Flannan Isle” by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, but I really love it so I dropped it in.]

Lalita [the new maid] came in. “Mr. Spaulding, what’s wrong?”

“Where’s my wife?” Phillip demanded.

“And Michelle?,” Danny added.

“They were both in here a few minutes ago. I served the first course and they were both right here.” Lalita gestured helplessly at the untouched salads on the table.

Danny stooped beside Michelle’s chair now laying on the floor. He brought up Michelle’s purse. “She was here all right and she didn’t leave willingly, not without this.”

“Where could they have taken them?” Phillip asked agitatedly.

“I think I might have a suggestion.” Billy said as he and Bill walked into the room. He turned to Lalita, “You better go call my house and tell Frank Cooper about this.”

“You!” Danny said, starting at Billy. “If your stupid fake painting stunt gets Michelle hurt….”

Bill stepped between them. “Whoa! Back it up. I’m sure, Dad wouldn’t do anything if he thought it could hurt Michelle.”

“Of course I wouldn’t! I love that little girl as if she was my own. I wouldn’t have anything happen to her for the world. If it was just stealing the painting I’d let them have the stupid thing, but they attacked my boy and Vanessa was right there. I’m not going to let them get away with it.”

“What do you mean? Not get away with it how?”

“I mean they didn’t just steal a fake painting. They stole a tracking device. Cyrus and Remy are following it right now.”

Phillip interrupted, “Can you track it, too?”

“Yep, I’ve got it right here.” Billy patted his phone in his breast pocket.

“Then what are waiting for, let’s go.”

This isn’t written at the terrible speed of the last couple of years so there would be a couple of episodes here. One would pick up on the B stories and have some bonding under stress between Phillip, Danny, and Bill and between Beth and Michelle. Also, we’ve got some interaction between Cyrus and Remy as they put the building under surveillance.  The Beth and Michelle stuff would cover a lot of things from the last ten years we didn’t see so we pick it up towards the end of their captivity.

Michelle and Beth were tied to chairs back to back in a sketchy looking house. They are alone and working on getting loose of their bonds.

Beth spoke, “How is coming? Are you making any progress?”

Michelle contorted, “I think it’s almost there. It’s a good thing we’ve been doing the kettle ball exercise group – strong and flexible.”

Coming off the commercial break, Michelle is moaning and squirming. Beth called out, “Hey guards, come here, we need some help. Something’s wrong.”

The two goons came in, “Quiet down in here.”

The second one waved his gun. “No funny business.”

Michelle moaned some more.

Beth broke in, “It’s not funny. You know she’s pregnant and you have her trussed up like a turkey. You’re not supposed to hurt us, remember. You need us for information. Check on her.”

One with the gun came and stood next to Beth, but facing Michelle. The second without a gun bent down by Michelle. Then suddenly Beth and Michelle stood up knocking the two goons to the floor, knocking them out. They gleefully high fived.

Just at that moment, “Not so fast. Hands in the air.” Into the room walked Obrecht, gun pointed at them.  She makes a hissing noise and she gently kicked the men on the floor. “Even after all those years in my company they still underestimate women. I do NOT. I am out of patience. The painting was not the original. Where is the original?”

Beth worked to stall for time. “The painting I sold at the auction is the one that was in the attic. Just what is so special about that painting anyway? It’s not that good. I just included it in the auction as a gimmick.”

Commercial Break

Obrecht, “Enough. Now (she cocked the gun) you will tell me what you did with that painting!”

Michelle interrupted stalling for time, “She might if you tell us why it’s so important.”

“All right. If it is so important to you. What can it hurt? Even if I don’t have to kill you all the evidence will be gone. You (she gestured at Beth with her gun) you have been a Spaulding for a long time. Did you ever meet Brandon?”

“Alan’s father? No, I heard stories. His fingerprints are still on the family, but I never met him.”

“Bah, you didn’t miss anything. He was an evil man. Casual about human life, a greedy, greedy man. He was a war profiteer. He even had dealings with former Nazis. Yes, an evil, greedy man. One of his German connections as the war drew to a close sold him some valuable information. A map that showed where the Nazis (she spat) had hid the Amber Room. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiVABVxa5Fo) He never retrieved it. It was enough for the selfish man to know that no one else would ever find it without that map and HE held that map. He hid it in that painting. Now you will give me the painting, I will take the map, and people who can appreciate that treasure of Russian skill and art will finally retrieve it…and in addition they will pay handsomely for the privilege.”

“Why not just openly come forward for it, the Russian government is the rightful owner?”

“Who said anything about the Russian GOVERNMENT reclaiming it? NOW, that little story of you telling me what I need and me reclaiming the room is one version of the story, in the other version of the story, you die now, and there is a delay in my finding the map, but the ultimate ending is the same. I have a slight preference for the version where you tell me since it will save me time and trouble, but I don’t really care which plays out. Tell Me Where It Is! ” She pulls the trigger.

Commercial Break

“The next chamber has a bullet in it. Talk!”

Danny creeps up behind Obrecht and grabs the gun twisting her around as they struggle over the gun. Phillip comes in quickly pulls Beth and Michelle out of the room. Then Cyrus and Remy come running in, guns drawn.

Remy said, “What’s the big idea? Getting Billy to distract us while you broke in! That’s not cool. You need to learn that you can’t just do whatever you want.”

Michelle came running over and threw herself in Danny’s arms while Phillip held Beth. The two men nodded at each other over their respective wives.

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.

Bauer BBQ Speech 2017

July 5, 2019

I like to provide the text for the annual BBQ speech. Here is the one from my story from 2017. Personally I can hear Michael O’Leary act it, how about you?

Rick Bauer gathers everyone together in the Bauer backyard:

Can I have your attention? It’s time again for that time honored tradition. The Bauer BBQ speech where we take a minute to think about what we’re celebrating today instead of the celebration itself….You know it still feels funny for me to be the one giving the speech because I feel like it should be a grown up like my dad or Uncle Mike or Aunt Meta giving this speech. I still feel like I should be a kid trying to filch Grandma Bert’s apple pie off the dessert table — which is probably because I still do that.

AUDIENCE CHUCKLES

But then I look around and I see my kids, my nieces and nephew, all my friends and family, wonderful little sister, Michelle, her husband, Danny, and my beautiful wife, Mindy and I realize I am a grown up who has built a pretty great life here in Springfield. Not just my family, but I have been instrumental in making Springfield better and keeping it a great place to live. Everyone here can say the same thing.

I’ve made my share of terrible mistakes, things I wish I could take back, and I’m sure that you all can say that. I turned my back on Springfield for awhile thinking it would make my problems go away, tried to live in other places for awhile, as some of you have done, but Springfield always calls us back home. We find our answers here among all of us, as part of the community because truly “no one goes his way alone.”

The community in Springfield IS extra special, but that sense of community is all across America from, New York to LA, and oh I don’t know, from Oakdale, Illinois to Genoa City, Wisconsin to Port Charles, New York. It’s that sense of individuals pulling together to form communities of respect, dignity, hard work and perseverance and then pulling together more to form one country is what makes this country great. It’s what made it possible for a man like my great-grandfather, whose name I proudly bear, to come to this land, and with the help of his wife to create a family and to help to build this town into what it is today.

So here’s to friends here and gone, to our children, and to Springfield may it continue to be the special place it is.

AUDIENCE: “To Springfield!”

 

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.

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm Updated with Audio

July 4, 2019

To make it easier to direct people to this story I wanted to put all the chapter links in a single post, in other words do a link roundup. This story is in the Continuing Storyline fanfic category.

Danny and Tony watch fireworks

Danny and Tony Watch Fireworks

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm

Bauer BBQ 2014 – Although this story is set at the BBQ, it’s primarily a Manny focused story. We wake up the morning of the Bauer BBQ. Where’s Danny? What’s wrong? What’s going on?

Stream the audio version of these fanfics.

Audio Link by Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapters

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/bauer-bbq-2014-by-robansuefarm-chapter-1-4 (Chapter 1)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/bauer-bbq-2014-by-robansuefarm-chapter-2-4 (Chapter 2)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/bauer-bbq-2014-by-robansuefarm-chapter-3-3 (Chapter 3)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/bauer-bbq-2014-by-robansuefarm-chapter-4-3 (Chapter 4)

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.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 7 by Robansuefarm

January 18, 2019

Author’s Note: We finish with the 2018 Bauer BBQ. I hope you’ve all had fun at the BBQ. Watch for some continuing stories and if you have an idea for Bauer BBQ 2019 let me know.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 7 by Robansuefarm

Scene 28

There have been instances all during the BBQ where Cyrus and Marina almost connected, but in deference to Shayne and Mel’s feelings (see the food fight at Towers last year) one or the other had broken off and gone the other way. Now Cyrus and Marina came from opposite directions, discovering their cars are parked almost right next to each other. Seeing each other Marina and Cyrus froze. Marina turned around to leave and then she stopped and turned back around. “No, this is ridiculous.”

“What is ridiculous?”

“Us, pretending that each other doesn’t exist to keep Shane and Mel happy. I mean who are we fooling?”

Cyrus laughed as Marina turned around so they faced each other. “It is a little silly, isn’t it?”

“I mean it isn’t like we weren’t friends before either of us got involved.”

“I know right. God, it feels a lot better talking to you than acting like you were infectious or something. We always were a good team and working on the PTA committee just confirmed that. The fact WE have a connection doesn’t mean anything bad about our marriages.”

“Exactly! I mean just because we were once involved and thought we were in love…Shayne thought he was in love with Dinah like months before we got together, I thought I was in love with Mallet, Mel thought she was in love with Rick. You thought you were in love with Harley for awhile. It doesn’t mean anything now.”

Cyrus and Marina had been moving closer to each other as they talked. Cyrus added, “I mean just because we had crazy chemistry.”

“Just because we had a lot of fun and trusted each other.”

“Just because we were super exciting…and things have been very stable in our marriages…”

“Solid…”

“Dependable…”

“Boring.” They quickly close the final distance between them in a very carnal kiss.

Scene 29

Kevin came into the kitchen, still holding Jude’s phone. Rick was doing some clean up and refilling. He looked up as Kevin came in. “Hey, Buddy, what’s up?”

Kevin snorted. “I don’t know.”

“You don’t know how you are?”

“I’m not sure I know WHO I AM. Let alone anybody else.”

Rick looked puzzled. “What’s wrong, Kevin? Hey, isn’t that Jude’s phone?”

Kevin looked down at his hand as if he’d never seen it before. Until then he’d forgotten it was still in his hand. “I don’t know. Why don’t you tell me?” He held out Jude’s phone, still showing the Springfield Journal article to Rick. He quickly read the headline and then his eyes flew to Kevin. “Why don’t you tell me, DAD?”

Scene 30

Frank stood looking at Blake talking across the yard. He sighed and as he turned away he knocked into a table on the edge of the eating area. The bowl of oranges that we saw on the island during prep is now on the table. Frank’s collusion knocks over the bowl of oranges. Several rolled off the table and he bends over to pick them up. One rolls farther than the others by the gate and into the foot of the woman who had just come through it. The camera slowly pans up to her face. “Oranges, Frankie? This seems a little familiar.”

“Eleni!” he breathed.

Scene 31

The scene opens with a close up of one of the empty bottles of wine in the straw. With a clink the second empty bottle joined it. Jude and Clarissa sat there. Silent.

Clarissa spoke first, “Well, that was a bust. I don’t feel any better, do you?”

Jude started laughing. “No, I don’t, not a bit.”

Clarissa looked at him strangely for about a minute. Then she laughed slowly and then more and more and pretty soon they were both laughing until tears came from their eyes. They both calmed for a minute and then they looked at each other and then started busting up again.

Jude finally gasped out. “I guess this was a great idea after all.”

“This was the perfect location. You were so clever to think of it. You’re so clever and nice. Your dad is an idiot to take you for granted.”

“And Robbie is an idiot for not picking you over Sarah. You’re smart, kind, pretty. He’s an idiot.”

Clarissa reached over and touched Jude’s face. Jude said, “A real idiot” and moved in and kissed her. It was a major kiss. They broke apart panting, staring in each other’s eyes. Then they came together with Jude easing Clarissa down onto the tarp.

End of Episode

So what happened next? Stay tuned! Same Light Time, Same Light Channel!

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.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 6 by Robansuefarm

January 14, 2019

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

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 6 by Robansuefarm

Scene 26

Ed collected Holly, took her hand and lead her over to the tree in the side yard. Holly looked nonplussed. “What’s the big deal, Ed? We’ve been traveling by ourselves for months. Now we’re back with friends and family what do you have to tell me in private now?” Holly looked over to where Blake had walked away from Frank. “I’m worried about Blake.”

“Holly, give me your hands. This is important. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. You asked me before what I had to do and I didn’t deliberately meet Jim at the cemetery, I was going there to talk to Maureen.”

“You don’t think I mind that you want to talk to Maureen, do you? She was the love of your life, I know that. I don’t begrudge you missing her or even talking to her. Ed, I understand. I might have been insecure in my life, but not enough that I’m jealous of a dead woman.”

“No, no, I just wanted to tell you, before I did this I had to talk to Maureen and feel like I had her blessing.”

“Blessing for what? Us? You’ve left it a bit late. We’ve been traveling together for years”

“For the next step. Holly, like you said Maureen is the love of my life and no matter all the crap I put her through I was hers. I hate like hell to admit it, but despite all the God awful things Roger did to you, I think Roger is the love of yours, but they’re both gone now. These last nine years have been so great, traveling around the world, I couldn’t have a better partner.”

A smile played around Holly’s lips. “Yes, God help me, Roger was the love of my life, but these last 9 years, they’ve been some of the best in my life. Footloose and fancy free, seeing all the places you always read about all around the world, coming back to play with the grandkids and then dumping them back on their parents whenever we want. I’m so glad you came after me that day and I’m even gladder I went with you. But why do you have to tell me this now?”

“Because, Holly, we’re getting older now. It’s been one thing for us to just travel around 10 years ago, but I think it’s time we faced facts. From a legal perspective it’s just easier, so much less paperwork. We’ve always loved each other, even when we weren’t IN love with each other. That’s why we’ve fallen back together so many times. Holly, these last 9 years, I never even thought – I never cheated on you and I can’t say that about anybody else even Maureen. So what do you say, Holly, will you marry me?”

“No…. just no, Ed.” Holly walked off leaving Ed goggling after her.

Scene 27

Frank came up behind Alan-Michael who had calmed down enough to be enjoying a plate of food at one of the tables that surrounded the pool.

“Hey. I’ve been looking for you.” Frank took the chair next to A-M and turned it sideways and then sat down on it with his arms crossed on the chair back.

“Did you get some of Michelle’s pie yet? She gets better every year. I defy anyone to tell this from Grandma Bert’s.”

“No, I haven’t been hungry today. I’ve been worrying over some stuff.”

“Yeah, what’s that?”

“Blake asked me not to tell you something, but I think she’s wrong.”

“That sounds like Blake. Forth-coming isn’t a word I’d associate with her. What is it today? She steal my car or something?” Alan-Michael laughed.

Frank didn’t join in.

“God, she didn’t, did she? I was just joking.”

Frank shook his head. “It’s something a bit more serious. I know we haven’t always thought the most of each other over the years, but we’re both fathers and I think we need to stick to together.”

Alan-Michael abandoned his food. “Molly? This is about Molly? What does Blake know about Molly?”

“She just found out today – as far as I can tell – but I think you need to know. I know you think you broke up Jason and Molly last summer, but apparently, they just went underground. They’re still dating.”

Alan-Michael froze for a minute then he was up and gone, “Molly!”

Frank sighed, “Well that didn’t go well.”

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.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 5 by Robansuefarm

January 9, 2019

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.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 3 by Robansuefarm

January 3, 2019

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

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 3 by Robansuefarm

Scene 18

Molly and Jason were smiling at each other across the backyard off and on all afternoon. Seeing Danny and Ray leave the garage Jason caught Molly’s eye and gestured with his head towards the garage and then headed over to the garage himself. A minute later Molly followed. She stepped through the door into garage and at first she didn’t see anyone. “Jason?” The door partially opened again.

From out of nowhere an arm reached out and grabbed her. Molly gave a sharp intake of breath and then let out a sigh of relief. “Jason,” she smiled, melting into his arms for a kiss.

He led her over to some garbage cans with lids on the far side of the room and sat her down. “Today has been sheer torture, seeing you all day and not being able to tell everyone you’re mine.”

“You know why we can’t. Daddy would freak. He’s still upset about that business with Tom last year. Plus Grandma Hope moving here and still being so obsessed with Grandpa Alan. I don’t want to give him another thing to be upset about. He practically freaked last year when we weren’t doing anything, that would be NOTHING to how he’s going to respond to the news we’re serious.”

Jason reached down and kissed Molly. “You worry too much.”

We see a shot of Blake listening outside. The door opened the rest of the way and in charged Blake. “And you don’t worry enough. What do you think you’re doing? Alan-Michael will go through the roof. Don’t you remember him last year? He was getting ready to knock you out and you both say Jason had barely touched you. He went spare how many times until you broke up….” Molly and Jason looked at Blake and then at each other. “Ohhh, you didn’t break up, did you? You started sneaking around, didn’t you? Of course you did. You’re my son, aren’t you? I really must not have been paying you enough attention if I didn’t see it.”

Michelle came in the door. “Blake, will you keep it down! There’s already too many people in here, we don’t need anymore.”

“You don’t understand, Michelle. These two lovebirds didn’t break up after all…Wait a second. Why aren’t you asking any questions? You’re always full of questions. Did you know about this? And you didn’t tell me? We’re friends, almost step-sisters. You didn’t think I need to know about this?”

“Calm down, Blake.” Danny had followed them inside. He came up behind Michelle and his hands naturally fell on Michelle’s shoulders. “Michelle and I didn’t tell you because they needed a little space so we just gave them some.”

“What do you mean, gave them space?” Blake asked suspiciously.

“We’ve finally gotten the lighthouse with decent security. Locks, keypads, security cameras, the works.”

“So I gave Molly and Jason the code. So they’d have a place to meet where Alan-Michael wouldn’t find out.”

Frank stuck his head in the door, “Have you seen…oh, Blake, here’s where you disappeared to.” Frank gave an accessing scan of the crowd. “What’s going on here?” He came on in.

Blake responded, “Oh nothing, I just found out my son has been lying to me and Michelle and Danny here helped him do it.”

“Surely they’d have a reason?” Frank said wondering if he was right and thinking about the days when helping Michelle started him on the path to trouble way too many times.

“Yes, we did, Frank. Now Blake you KNOW that telling a couple they can’t be together is about the best way to make sure they STAY together. You and me against the world is pretty heady stuff. When you belong together it’s great. Don’t tell me you and Ross wouldn’t have gotten together so quickly if you hadn’t been supposed to say away from each other. But it can push you together when you don’t belong together. I was ready to run away and marry Jesse and what a disaster that would have been. I’d never have found, Danny.” The horror she felt at the thought was evident in Michelle’s voice. Danny pulled her back against him more firmly and squeezed her arms, likewise thinking how awful that would have been.

Blake asked, “So you just gave them a place to have sex?”

“No,” Danny cut in. “We didn’t. Like I said – enough was enough and the lighthouse is completely covered, concealed cameras the works. Monitored cameras and I told Jason that if I caught them doing anything then I’d show it to you.” Danny smirked. “Nothing cools ardor faster than thinking your mom would see you doing it. They talked, made out a little, but they weren’t sleeping together at least not anywhere inside or outside the lighthouse.”

Michelle added, “Molly is my little cousin. I’m not going to put her in a bad situation, but they had to talk if they were going to figure out whether they were a you and Ross or a me and Jesse.”

“Well, that’s reasonable I guess.” Blake replied slightly mollified.

“No, it isn’t reasonable at all. You’ve been lying to Alan-Michael. Look you know I have had issues with him over the years, but except for that strange year when he and Dylan both broke up with their wives, came to town and acted like they were completely different younger people.”

“Yea, that was really weird.” All the adults shook their heads over that weirdness.

“…except for that year, Alan-Michael has been a good husband to Lucy and a great father to Molly. He deserves to hear the truth. Jason, you should have told him.”

Blake turned on him, “How about Molly? Alan-Michael is HER father not Jason’s. I’ve got this, Frank. Back off!….Jason, let’s find some place we can talk without the audience. And Frank, it is NOT your place to say anything. I’m Jason’s parent, I’ll handle it.”

The others headed out leaving the door open. Michelle turned around in Danny’s arms. “Thank you. You’re always there when I need you.”

Danny reached down and kissed Michelle, “And I always will be, whenever you need me, all my life.”

Michelle quoted one of their favorite movies. “[Even] Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.” Danny kissed her and deepened the kiss.

Scene 19

Jude had run around the house to the front door to come in so no one would see him and he could go upstairs to room and not have to see anyone. When he came into the Bauer living room he found Clarissa rummaging around in the bar. “You just back off, Jude Bauer. What I do is MY business NOT yours! Don’t you say a word!”

“What are you talking about? What are you doing?”

“I’ve had enough. I’m sick of this party. I’m sick of seeing Robbie and Sarah slobbering over each other. I’m sick of people looking at me like they’re feeling sorry for me. I’ve had it with people in general. Whenever all these adults have a problem they break out the wine, well, I’m all for trying it.” Clarissa pointed at Jude. “Don’t you try to stop me or go tell!!!”

“Can I talk now?”

Clarissa blew out her breath. “Sure.”

“Grab a second bottle. That sounds like the best plan I’ve heard all day and I know the perfect place no one will find us. Come on!” Clarissa grabbed the second bottle and carrying both she followed Jude over to the front door and out.

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Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 2 by Robansuefarm

January 2, 2019

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.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 1 by Robansuefarm

January 1, 2019

Author’s Note: We continue with the 2018 Bauer BBQ.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 1 by Robansuefarm

Scene 13

We open on a wide shot of the festivities going on in the patio. A variety of shots for about a minute. Part of the shot will be Rick supervising work on the Bauer Burgers. Robbie and Sarah are working together on the chicken breasts, constantly smiling at each other. Clarissa is across the yard watching them looking like she feels sick to her stomach.

Rusty came in carrying a roaster. “Yee Haw! Oklahoma BBQ for everyone.”

Wanda came in soon after. “Bill, come on over and help with this.”

Bill rushed over to help. “Like I could ever say no to you – or Oklahoma BBQ.”

“Now, where are those kiddlings of yours? I never get to see enough of them?” Wanda, kept on talking.

“Come right on over here, Melinda Sue. You be the first one to load up a plate. You’re looking right peaked on all this dried out northern excuse for food…”

 

I have a certain scenes that I want to get put in here, but since it’s already October I’m not going to put in the normal contests and stuff. So there are either going to be scenes or maybe a whole an entire episode missing. Those scenes will include Ed and Jim arriving. Robbie and Sarah kissing after they won the three-legged race, Kat, Daisy, Ashlee showing up, probably also the something funny they have every year like Billy over spicing Buzz’s chili or them trapping Amanda into having to help mix up the Bauer Burgers since I don’t have one.

 

Scene 14

Phillip came into the Bauer Kitchen from the patio side. “Ah, there you are. I thought I’d find you in here. Got a little Oklahoma heartburn?”

Rick turned around on the bar stool at the kitchen island. “Yes, it got a little southern….Have a beer.” He gestured to the refrigerator.

“Rusty rubs you the wrong way. Why don’t you just tell that guy he’s uninvited?” Phillip got a couple of bottles of beer out of the refrigerator, opened one bottle of beer and handing the other to Rick.

Rick pulled a face. “I can’t. Mindy thinks of Rusty as her oldest friend. She WANTS him at the BBQ. No, it’s just easier to put up with him awhile. He might make a splash with his BBQ, BUT what people really want are the Bauer Burgers! Let him have a little flourish. Quality will out.”

Alan-Michael comes in. “Have you seen my mom?”

Phillip walked over and put his arm around Alan-Michael. “Yes, she’s out there by the pool with the girls. She seems to have taken a real shine to Hope and Peyton. Now relax. Take a breath.”

Rick went over to the refrigerator, “Here Alan-Michael, have a beer and a stool. It’s a holiday. Let’s talk.”

Alan-Michael took the beer and the stool. “Talk about what?”

“What we have in common.”

Alan-Michael laughed. “What do the three of us have in common?”

Rick laughed. “Well, we all love Phillip for a start.”

Phillip chuckled, “That’s true. It’s a start, what else?”

Alan-Michael tried to get into the spirit, “We all love Phillip. Hmmm. We all love Michelle.”

“That’s true. Michelle is like my little sister, too.”

“And ever since I jumped into the BBQ, Michelle has been like a little sister to me, too.”

“Well, she IS my baby sister, so I guess we’re in agreement there.”

Phillip chuckled again. “I can still see her and Bill Lewis running around. I saw them right over there promising to marry each other. Boy, were they ever wrong.”

All three men broke out laughing. Rick picked up the conversation again. “They are both happy though.”

Phillip replied, “Michelle sure did surprise us a few times though. Marrying Danny, staying with him. God, I remember when he first started at Spaulding and invited myself over to try to put the fear of God in him. I was such an ass.” Phillip chuckled. “Who’d have thought he’d come to be one of my best friends?”

Scene 15

[This scene is going to be a little more TV. After the conversations get going Michelle and Danny are having parallel conversations. They will periodically say the same word or phrase. The shared words are in bold. They go to a split screen on that phrase and then they switch to the other conversation back and forth. Michelle is talking to Lizzie on the far side of the pool and is much less concerned whether people overheard.]

[Proviso: I’m not Catholic and while I know Danny and Ray’s attitudes reflect the traditional position of the Catholic Church, things might have eased up on this at least in some areas, but since I needed it as part of the story I didn’t confirm whether it was or not.]

Back in the yard. Ray watched Michelle walk over to the bar and very formally ask Danny for another ice tea and just as formally accept it. Danny looked after her frustratedly.

Ray walked over to Danny. “That’s it, primo. Come with me.”

“Ray, I’ve got to watch the bar.”

“It will survive for awhile without you, we need to talk.”

Ray walked with Danny away from the people. Finding himself by the people door of the garden shed/garage door, he opened the door and lead Danny in.

“OK, primo, give.”

“Give what?”

“Lately every Bauer BBQ you and Michelle have a fight. What is it this year?”

“We don’t have fights. We have differences of opinion. Last year we disagreed about how careful Michelle had to be while we were pregnant and this year….” Danny scowled and broke off.

“And this year…”

“OK.”

Danny walked over to the door. Stuck his head out and looked in both directions, firmly shut the door.

“Look this is just between us…We love Mikey to death, but two boys, two girls, we feel our family is complete…”

“we just don’t want to be like Reva, popping out kids post-menopause. Family planning means birth control…”

“Ray, you know the Catholic Church’s position on birth control, but we’ve TECHNICALLY gotten around that. Michelle comes to mass a lot with me and the kids, but she never formally joined the Catholic Church. So if SHE took care of it and she isn’t technically Catholic so it wasn’t really a sin like it would be if I took care of it. But now it’s a permanent decision…”

“I think it’s only fair that he takes steps. I’ve taken care of it all our time together. Why should I put up with the side effects or the risk of surgery when the male version is so much so less invasive? I really think Danny should get a vasectomy….”

“A vasectomy! I mean not only is it a sin, but there can be complications. I mean what if something happened and I couldn’t…Well, I’m not going to do it. Our system has been working just fine and I don’t see any reason why we should change it…”

“I mean it’s only fair, right? It should be his turn.”

“Michelle, I think you are completely right…”

“COMPLETELY RIGHT, primo. To permanently do this against the teaching of the Church without possibility of repentance. No, you’re right. I’m sorry you and Michelle are fighting.”

“I told you, we’re NOT fighting. We’re disagreeing. Rationally. We’ll figure this out, but don’t say a word, I don’t want this out there.”

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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