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Eleni and Frank Wedding

March 23, 2015
Eleni and Frank wedding

Eleni and Frank wedding

You are cordially invited to the wedding of Frank Cooper and Eleni Andros on May 7, 1993. It was held on 5th Street which was closed for the occasion.

Bride - Eleni Andros

Maid of Honor - Harley Cooper

Bride maids (who walked down the aisle together for some reason) – Kat Speakes and Julie Camaletti

Groom - Frank Cooper

Best man - A.C. Mallet

Mallet and Frank discuss his wedding speech for Eleni. Frank remembers the day Nadine told him Buzz was dead and how he had to be the man of the house now when he was 8 years old. Eleni has a moment with her grandmother. Ad for the wedding.

 (Part 1)

Fifth Street is being decorated for the wedding. Nice best friend exchange between Frank and Mallet. The Coopers are so beloved on Fifth Street that everyone turns out to decorate the closed down street to hold the wedding. More nice Frank/Mallet and Frank/Harley stuff. That car stuff was important because at the time Frank was kind of classic car obsessed and for him to care more about what Eleni looked like than the cars meant a lot. Eleni was very pregnant with Marina (her and Frank’s daughter) when this wedding happened. This was when Mindy was an active fashion designer and she did Eleni’s dress and had to take out some of the extra material in the seams to make it fit. This is towards the end of the fairly disastrous Dylan Lewis/Julie Camaletti that had began when they were trapped in an elevator during the Great Springfield Blackout where she helped him through his claustrophobia. Sadly that was their highlight. Despite the obvious pregnancy, Eleni at this wedding was one of Guiding Light‘s most beautiful brides ever. Just look at that dress. Eleni stops at the end of the aisle to greet friends and family, including Michelle and Ed Bauer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YANNNboNy0 (Part 2)

The minister is giving a speech about how everyone on Fifth Street turned out to make the day special for Frank and Eleni. Meanwhile Buzz skulks

Michelle at Eleni Frank wedding

Michelle at Eleni Frank wedding

around the edges. At this point none of his family know he’s alive, but Harley will discover it later tonight. The priest (probably Eastern Orthodox) calls out family connections. He points out Michelle as Bea and Tom Reardon’s granddaughter. We get so used to thinking of Michelle as a Bauer, it’s nice to have her associated with the Reardons too. I must admit this is the smiliest wedding I can remember both Eleni and Frank can hardly grin wide enough. Great pull back shot to Alan-Michael watching from afar. Frank starts to read his written vows, but it’s too dark under the twinkle lights to read them. Someone yells get Frank a light and they pass up a flashlight, but Frank decides not right and gives up his pages written speech and instead speaks from the heart.

Frank: “I wrote a speech like I won a contest. It wasn’t really that great. I get suspicious of people who make promises….[unintelligible] Going around saying they’re doing something instead of just doing it. I mean, what does that mean? So what I say to you, Eleni, is what I am to you tonight I will always be. Because I don’t know any differently. Because I just love you and honor you and I will for the rest of my life.  Those promises are easy to keep. I hope I’ll be a good father. I know I’ll be the proudest father any child could ever have and you will always be safe in our home with me. If every night the flood comes and washes our home away then every morning I’ll build a brand new one for us because I love you. I love you with all my heart, my mind, my body, my soul. I mean I should just tell you things that are harder to do…. Eleni with this ring, I’m your husband.”

5th Street Dressed For Wedding

5th Street Dressed For Wedding

Eleni: “Frankie, you are so patient and kind. There is nothing you cannot ask of me. I would fight for you. And all these people they all love you so much, they would do the same thing too. I will be a loyal wife and a loving friend to your friends. I will teach our children the gentleness and goodness that you have shown me. I will love you with all my strength always. I will defend you from discouragement and fear. When you are sick, I will make you well and when you are sad, I will make you laugh with my crazy heart. Our home, it will be I will be safe and warm and honest and always welcoming. I will make it a palace for you, my, my king of Fifth Street. To work hard, to be generous and to always be honest and forgiving that is what I learned from my family. These things I promise you most, Frankie, and as the years go by and we grow older when my hair is grey and all our children have all grown up and all our promises are kept, this love I have for you will shine in my heart stronger than any star. With this ring, I love you so much. With this ring, Frankie, I am your wife.”

Priest: “…..I now pronounce you husband and wife.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MunLGi48EM (Part 3)

Frank is lifted on the crowd’s shoulders and carried away around the square. Eleni is give a champagne flute of milk in honor of her delicate condition. Mallet gives the best man speech which he starts with a terrible joke and makes a series of more horrible joke until he turned serious and tells them how Frank and Eleni were made for each other. Harley makes a Maid of Honor toast.

Harley: “Generally a woman does not go chasing through the jungles of Malaysia for a man unless she really means it.”

Frank throws the garter. It lands on Ross’ glasses and catches there. Frank and Eleni dance their first dance to “You Are So Beautiful To Me.” Eleni throws the bouquet.  Jenna catches the bouquet and definitely is NOT friends with Vanessa yet. Frank and Eleni seemingly oblivious to the dancers that surround them. An anonymous donor drops off 500 hot steak dinners for the crowd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvWhvrvu76E (Part 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.

Robansuefarm Manny Fanfic Update March 2015

March 18, 2015
  • I had a big gap in publishing fanfic last year. I haven’t given up, but I was just too busy. My main Manny New Year’s Resolution is to return to posting fanfic.
  • I know I need Story Index update.  The good news is I’m still finding some stories and chapters I didn’t have located before,  but I’m about out of places to look. I also need to add most of my republished fanfic chapters. I hope to work on this over the winter, but republishing is going to continue to take precedence over it.
  • More good news is that there is still interest in Manny fanfic. WordPress lets you see what search terms people are using to find your blog and I’m getting a hit based on a Manny fanfic search at least every other day and usually more often as new people find the story index and start to follow the links to Manny fanfic. So if there are any writers reading this, there is still a group of people who want to read your stuff even if it isn’t as large or vocal a group as it once was. If anybody is wavering please publish it or republish it, if it isn’t on my Story Index.
  • I’m still working on my original set of Manny New Year’s Resolutions, to write one for each of my categories. If you anybody out there wants to take it as a challenge and try to do a story for each category or even some of the categories, consider the challenge issued. I’d love some company posting fanfic.

Manny in California

A Typical House – My very first fanfic offers a peek inside their lives in California.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/typical-house-a-story-of-manny
Listen to the audio version
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/robansuefarm/2011/02/27/a-typical-house

Just Another Fundraiser – Manny attends a fundraiser for Ed’s clinic during their time in California.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/just-another-fundraiser

Springfield Bound – A series of lost scenes in and around the Guiding Light Finale
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/11/03/springfield-bound-the-finale

Happiest Place on Earth – The final Manny in California story.
http://mannyacdiscussionboard.yuku.com/topic/3312
Audio - https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/happiest-place-on-earth-audio

Manny in Springfield….and Others

Here is as far as I’ve gotten in my attempt to write a Manny fanfic for each one of my categories.

Christmas
A Season of New Beginnings: A Continuation
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/a-season-of-new-beginnings

College

Continued Storyline

Crossovers

Dietz -

Fairytales
The Lighthouse Princess – A fairytale based on the marvelous story The Light Princess by George MacDonald.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/03/17/the-lighthouse-princess-a-manny-fairytale-by-robansuefarm

General A.U. -When I got hung up on Have Manny, Will Travel, I started another continuation for this category, The Journal: A Continuation
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/20/the-journal-by-stace024 (Chapter 1)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/21/the-journal-by-stace024-ch2 (Chapter 2)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/the-journal-chapter-3 (Chapter 3)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/23/the-journal-chapter-4 (Chapter 4)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/the-journal-chapter-5 (Chapter 5)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/the-journal-ch-6-by (Chapter 6)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/the-journal-a-continuation-by-robansuefarm-chapter-7 (Chapter 7)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/the-journal-chapter-8 (Chapter 8)

High School

Historicals – (Posted on GLManny – Change Links)
A version of Have Gun, Will Travel - Have Manny, Will Travel now being published a chapter on the Mannyac board.
http://mannyacdiscussionboard.yuku.com/topic/3322

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/25/manny-will-travel-background (Background)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/26/have-manny-theme-song (Theme Song)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/27/have-manny-will-travel-ch1 (Chapter 1)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/have-manny-will-travel-ch2 (Chapter 2)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/have-manny-will-travel-ch3 (Chapter 3)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/have-manny-will-travel-ch4 (Chapter 4)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/have-manny-will-travel-ch5 (Chapter 5)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/have-manny-will-travel-ch6 (Chapter 6)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/have-manny-will-travel-ch7 (Chapter 7)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/have-manny-will-travel-chapter-8-by-robansuefarm (Chapter 8)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/have-manny-will-travel-chapter-9-by-robansuefarm (Chapter 9)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/have-manny-will-travel-chapter-10-by-robansuefarm (Chapter 10)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/have-manny-will-travel-by-robansuefarm-chapter-11 (Chapter 11)

Lost Scenes
Legend of the Water Glass: A Manny Prequel
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/01/12/legend-of-the-water-glass

Having a Ball: A Manny Prequel
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/having-a-ball-by-robansuefarm

Making Love
French Kiss – It seems to open in a French manor house with Lord Daniel and upstairs maid Michelle, but there is a twist.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/french-kiss-by-robansuefarm

Nonmob -
Solemn Vows - A variation on the set up from Sacred Vows where Danny pretends to be a priest in training, staying at the rectory with novice Michelle Bauer.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/solemn-vows-by-robansuefarm/

Poems and Song Lyrics
She Kissed Me Back: A Poem in Free Verse
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/04/02/she-kissed-me-back-a-poem

Song Fic
In a Different Light – Taken from the words of a song made popular by Doug Stone, it provided a unique opportunity to have Danny and Michelle in a business setting and the song really set up the story by itself with just a little bit of background.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/in-a-different-light-by-robansuefarm

Fourth Wall Breaking
This one really doesn’t fit in any category. It breaks the 4th Wall in a funny Halloween Horror Story.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/manny-halloween-horror-story

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.

Gus Fakes Evidence Whenever We Are Apart We Lose June 6 2001

March 17, 2015

Wed., June 6, 2001 – Later the same day, Ross comes over in answer to Danny’s call. Michelle, Danny and Ross are sitting at the kitchen table discussing their trip to the police station. Michelle and Danny bring Ross up to speed and  Michelle says that Harley thinks that an autopsy will prove that the body is Carmen. Ross feels it’s strange that Gus called the entire family to come to the police station to tell them, especially when Gus hadn’t even showed up to give them the news in person. Ross: “There’s something more important to Gus Aitoro than putting the screws to the Santos family? I find that hard to believe.”  Ross wants to know if there is anything else that happened. Danny tells him that Harley advised him to implicate himself so that the Feds would go easier on everyone. Ross says no way. The way they are going to handle the Feds is to trust no one and to say nothing, especially to Gus because he’s dangerous. Ross: “I have seen rogue cops before but I have never seen anything like this rogue federal agent.”  Danny says that he is a loose cannon. There’s a knock at the door. Michelle goes to the door to find Gus. He wants to know what’s going on with all the blinds closed. Michelle tells him to go away and is joined by Danny telling him that he has 5 seconds to get off the property. Ross appears behind them and asks Gus if he has a warrant. Gus says no but he has a court order. Ross takes it from him and tells Danny that they want his gun and to go and get it. As Danny leaves Gus makes his way into the kitchen. Gus tells Michelle that she can turn down the music because he can hear what they were saying. Gus: “Poor Michelle, poor, poor, Michelle…. First you tried to derail the case against your husband and now you have a case against yourself. Nothing is working for you. You must feel very stupid…..She has been a very, VERY bad girl.” Ross asks what he’s talking about. Gus explains that he still has proof that Michelle has destroyed FBI evidence. Michelle asks if he’s going to pressure her into turning against Danny like he pressured Claire into wearing a wire. She explains to Ross how Claire tried to trick Danny into confessing on tape. Gus says that it’s never a dull moment and that he bets that Blake could turn this all into a best seller. Ross tells him no way and that unless he has another court order to leave Blake alone. Ross also says that he never approved of Blake writing the book. Danny returns with the gun. Gus takes the gun and says that after a lunch he is looking forward to, he will take it right to ballistics (this is a dig because although Ross doesn’t know it Blake has set up a lunch with Gus as part of her snooping). He hopes that the tests on the gun give him a reason to return. He leaves and Ross closes the door behind him. He then turns to Danny and Michelle and tells them that now the questions become tougher. He explains that they are running a ballistics test on the gun, and that Gus tried to get him by using Claire and that he is going to indict him for the murder of his mother. Ross: “He tried to record you using Claire as a mic stand.” Danny and Ross agree that Gus will most likely move to indict Danny for Carmen’s murder. Michelle is angry because it’s all unfair. Ross asks if she means the way that Gus is handling the case or that Danny is accused of murder. Michelle says both. She feels that Gus is dangerous and that he has it in his head that Danny is a cold-blooded killer. She believes that the whole thing is a game to him. Ross agrees with everything but says that Gus did not invent all of the unanswered questions about Carmen. Michelle explains that Danny was just protecting her and their unborn child and that he is not a murderer. Ross repeats it and says that he noticed that she did not say that Danny did not shoot Carmen. Danny wants to know if Ross realizes just how much Carmen wanted to get rid of Michelle. Danny explains that Carmen did try to get rid of Michelle so he did pretty much what Ross was thinking that he did because he had to stop his mother. Ross stares at Danny. Danny wants to know since everything is out in the open now how they are going to keep Gus from proving it. Ross comments that he can’t prepare a defense until he knows what charges will be filed. He wants to know if Claire could have gotten anything on tape. Danny says no and explains that when Claire came into his office to clear things up, he knew that she was up to something. Michelle says that Claire has a pretty good idea about everything. Ross tells them that have to be on guard for hard evidence. Danny says that evidence is nothing if he doesn’t go to trial. Ross wants to know what he’s thinking. Danny has a plan to leave town, to run. Ross tells him that he’s not going anywhere. Michelle decides that the plan might work if she and the baby leave with Danny. It almost worked last time but Carmen kidnapped Michelle. Ross tells Danny if they leave it will only make matter worse. They will get caught and there will be even more charges. Danny becomes angry. Danny: “What do you want me to do, Ross? Pull out my blue suit and learn how to smile at the jury?” Ross: “Yes, pull out the blue suit, brush up on your manners. You have GOT to fight this. It’s the only way I firmly believe it…I’ll find a way [to clear Danny].” Michelle wants a guarantee that Ross can get Danny off. Michelle tells Danny that truth is on their side. Danny promises Ross to stay. Ross assures him that they can win if they fight. Michelle gives it 100% backing and Ross leaves. As Michelle closes the door, she tells Danny he better not even think of leaving. Danny tells her that it’s so ironic that he protected himself by pulling the wire off Claire and at the same time blows her chance at immunity. She tells him Gus is much more interested in pinning a murder rap on him. She wants to know if Danny is now thinking of going to Gus to cop a deal. Danny says that he knows that Gus is out to get him and that he doubts that Ross can stop him. He says that everything is his fault and that the least he can do is protect her from what he has done. Michelle asks him to promise her that he will not turn himself in to protect her. He responded by asking her if she wants him to wait around for a guilty verdict. She says that she will tell him exactly what she wants.

Michelle: “Aitoro is not going to take this away from us Danny, so don’t you help him. If you go away we lose, whenever we’re apart we lose. Weren’t you the most miserable guy in Springfield when I was living in New York? So you’ve got to stay with Robbie and me – no matter what.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2DhkX1MdGI (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il69_ljSjTA (Part 2)

My Comments: I know Danny wasn’t all that keen at telling Ross about what happened with Carmen even now, but I think he needs details. Details like Manny were totally innocent of the original faking of death and the “fatal” shooting really being months later on the docks and that the gun took isn’t the one Danny used. I really love that Ross is so on board with this. This is my second favorite Ross period ever. The other one was when he married Carrie. Ross is being clever and take charge and smart. I love his whole attitude in this. This Ross-Danny friendship was one of my favorites on the show and I’m still hurt beyond belief that they will later destroy it for a stupid fixed election storyline. I’m really glad Michelle knows how Danny’s mind works so well. This is very Danny to take all the guilt on himself and seek punishment to protect Michelle. He still protects the family, but now his family is one who protects him back. This “Whenever we’re apart we lose” would be right up there with the top Manny speeches if it was a little longer. Could Danny, Robbie, and Michelle be anymore sweet?

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.

A Moment When Rebecca’s Michelle is Defined

March 11, 2015

When I was doing prep for my New Year’s Week posts this year, I discovered a scene I strongly remembered that I had described from memory and referenced it in an earlier blog post, but I was off on several small points.

Rebecca's Michelle Defining Moment Now I don’t necessarily blame Ms. Budig who I am sure is perfectly engaging, but I just didn’t think her Michelle jelled….The scene I always think of first when I think about her version was something to do with a costume party. Rick had bought Michelle a costume, a colonial miss costume that was very sweet. When Michelle decided Abby needed to go to the party also, she gave that to Abby and said she’d find something. She came downstairs in the iconic Madonna silver lame swimsuit with the huge metal cones in front.

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/07/26/rebecca-buddigs-michelle/

I had remembered it being Halloween and I was wrong. Halloween that year was when Abby didn’t know anything about it and freaked out in the hospital about all the strange goings on. Instead for some reason they held a masquerade part for New Years at the Lakeland Country Club and that was what they were dressing up for. Also, I thought it was Rick that bought her the colonial miss dress because I assumed this was while Ed was out of town as he often was during these years. Feeling broken by both Maureen and Eve’s deaths, Ed had taken solace in doing good works in Africa. He had drug Michelle along (mostly as an excuse for Michelle to be gone long enough for them to swap out the Rachel Miner for the much less Michelle version of Michelle played by Rebecca Budig) and dumped her in a boarding school in Switzerland. Michelle hadn’t liked it and begged Rick to tell her father he’d look after her if she could come home. She returned and Ed dropped in and out of her life as a couple of different actors until he is off screen for years almost completely out of touch in Africa.

Find the entire New Year’s Sequence:

1995-1996 – Masquerade Ball at the Lakeland Country Club
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/01/03/new-years-1995-1996-masarade-ball

So at this point TPTB are still trying to figure out what to do with this newly romantic pairable young heroine. First they tried her with her non-blood cousin J (people objected so it was dropped), with a literal angel named Zachary, and finally with a kind of Romeo and Juliet story with Jesse Blue. In other words they never really figured out what to do with her.

Many people felt Budig’s portrayal of Michelle was sweet and innocent and there was a vocal group of fans who liked her. I think those fans were led by her huge innocent, Bambi eyes which I admit were a quite impressive look. Personally I thought Michelle lost almost all her fire during Budig’s reign. Michelle had always been a leader. She made her own choices and would fight what she saw as right even when she was a little girl. This is a small example, but Michelle knew Roger was Maureen’s friend so when Ed started to kick Roger out of Maureen’s wake, Michelle insisted he be allowed to stay. Budig’s Michelle was much more driven by other people’s opinions, whether she was complying with them or rebelling against them (which mostly involved her doing something stupid that got somebody else in trouble or simply pouting). She didn’t really seem to have a goal that wasn’t man centric until very late in her run. Near the end she raised money and created the AIDS garden at Cedars. She fought to restore her eyesight. Finally she decides she wants to be a doctor, but she soon returns to her man-centric ways, playing games fighting with Drew Jacobs over Jesse Blue.

Whenever I think of Budig’s Michelle this interaction of scenes are what I remember most. I’m glad I found them and am able to share them with you.

Ed buys Michelle a costume for the masquerade

Michelle dresses as Madonna instead

To quote once again my first blog post on Budig linked to above:
That’s her Michelle, not quite knowing what’s she’s doing, saying hey look at me, trying to be overtly sexually and not quite pulling it off. Another good example of this are the scenes where Jesse draws her nude. The whole thing is just off.

As I spell out in more detail in the blog post linked to above, Michelle’s main motivation during the Budig years seemed to be to lose her virginity and once she had accomplished that rather meager goal they were at a complete loss of what to do with her next, until a firestorm named Danny headed her way. Now watching any Budig scene makes me say, often aloud, hold on Michelle Danny is coming! He brought with him external purpose, strong worthy opponents, and obstacles that would require every bit of the Michelle, as portrayed by Rachel Miner before and Bethany Joy Lenz afterward, resourcefulness, determination, and strength that defined the character to me. Watch these scenes as see if you agree with me.

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.

 

Harley Stands Up For Danny June 1 2001

March 10, 2015

Sorry got out of order again.

Fri., June 1, 2001 – While she is out, Gus greets Michelle and is smugger than ever. He tells her to have a great evening because he just got a tip that is going to make his superb. He invites her to the station for another chat but she tells him to go away. He doesn’t listen and Tony comes up behind him and repeats for him to leave and stop bothering his family, they are all legit. Gus tells them that he will get them all. Harley comes out and Gus and her leave. Michelle is worried; she thinks Gus knows something new. Harley asks Gus if that confrontation was necessary. He tells her it wasn’t necessary but it sure was fun. Tony and Michelle go over to the bar and Danny sets out a bowl of some new potato chip he wants them to try out. Michelle tells him about Gus and that she is worried. Danny goes to take care of some business and Michelle and Tony eat chips and talk about things. Tony tells her that she was brought up seeing cops as people to go to when you need help. He was brought up that they thought they were above the law and they were not to be trusted. She asks him why he isn’t more worried about Gus then. Tony tells her that Gus is only bluffing but Michelle isn’t so sure. Tony tells her to trust him on this, things are changing for them, the Santos family is legit and he is probably the first Santos to ever go to a prom. Michelle wonders why Claire was there as well. Danny tells her that he believes Claire was on a fact-finding mission for Gus because she was asking a lot of questions. Danny says she was pumping him for information about the night Carmen died. Michelle tells Danny that Claire has been trying to help them out; she can’t understand what has changed. Danny says in all these months, Claire hasn’t mentioned anything about Carmen’s death but today she was practically asking him to draw her a map to the body. Danny thinks Gus threatened Claire and she believed him. Michelle says Gus was in the club earlier and was acting like he knew something. She tells Danny if Claire is helping Gus they will have to be very careful. At the Waterfront: Carlos and a henchman are at the docks talking about Danny and how they called the FBI to search the water for Carmen’s body so Danny will end up in jail and they wont be to blame. They leave. Harley and Gus arrive and Gus tells her about the tip. He calls a group of divers and tells them to get down there. Harley doesn’t understand why Gus is so out to get Danny. She tells him Danny is a good guy and deserved to be innocent until proven guilty. Gus tells her that is what they are doing there, looking for evidence to prove Santos guilty. Harley sits back and is very quiet. She tells Gus that is the very water where they found her mother’s body five years ago when she was murdered. Gus apologizes for not knowing and tells her that he is sympathetic and if she wants to leave, he will understand. Harley tells him that she is there to do her job and she will be fine. He asks about Nadine and Harley tells him a little. He goes on to tell her that Claire didn’t get anything on the wire but that if they find something there along with Claire’s testimony that she helped Carmen fake her first death, they will have Danny and Michelle. Harley says she almost feels sorry for Claire. Gus thinks Harley’s sympathy is misplaced. They have to have Claire to prove that Carmen didn’t die on the porch. Harley repeats that she knows Danny is a good person. Gus says a good person who does bad things and he will have to pay for those bad things. Harley agrees that if Danny did something he deserves what he gets. The dive team arrives and starts to go about their search.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_puiYUWrGI

My Comments: There’s not a lot of this day’s in the highlight clips and it’s too bad because some of the rest of it sounds interesting. Sadly Danny is right. Right now pretty much all of Claire’s actions can be traced back to self-preservation. Claire used to be better than that though. Dang Fletcher and how he broke her heart and mine. I like how Danny and Michelle are talking this out and listening to each other’s point of view. This is so much healthier now than how they handled things right after Carmen’s “death.”

 

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 25 by ShellyLynn

March 9, 2015

Republisher’s Note: Starting today Evil Bill kicks into full swing I’m sorry to say. Manny face many difficulties, but don’t lose faith.

Something About You – Part 25 by ShellyLynn

Danny continued to hold Michelle’s hand, softly rubbing his thumb back and forth across her cool skin as Bill walked determinedly into the room. “I said, get your hands off her!”

“I seem you remember you mentioning something about your fiancee. I thought a woman got a chance to accept or refuse a proposal before receiving that title,” Danny argued, not moving an inch. “Isn’t that what you thought?” he asked, turning to look at Michelle.

“You pompous…”

“Bill,” she exclaimed, stopping his words. “What has gotten into you?”

“He’s got more guts than brains,” Danny remarked under his breath, trying to contain a smile as he watched Bill Lewis try and control his rage.

Michelle gave him a stern look of warning before looking back at Bill. “Can we please have a few minutes alone?” she asked Danny, looking into his eyes and kissing his hand. “I think we have a few things we need to straighten out.”

“Are you sure?” Danny asked hesitantly, not wanting to leave her alone with him. “I can stay if you want.”

“I’m positive,” she said, nodding for emphasis. “I’ll be fine. You can come back in as soon as we’re finished talking. I promise it won’t be long.”

“If that’s what you want,” he whispered, “I need to check on Mikey anyway.” He gave her a soft kiss before turning and glaring at Bill. “You better not try anything,” he whispered harshly as he walked past him to the door. “I’ll be right outside.”

As soon as the door closed, Michelle’s smile faded and was replaced by a look of anger and disbelief. “What the hell were you thinking proposing to me like that? Where would you get the idea that I would even consider marrying you?”

“Michelle… honey…”

“Don’t you dare honey me. You know that I only have feelings for you as a friend. I love Danny, you know that. I’ve told you how much he means to me,” she seethed, trying to control her anger. It was like she could feel her blood pressure rising with every word and that was not a complication that she needed to add right then.

“Look, Michelle. I know that you think you are in love with the guy, but you’re wrong. We belong together, you and me. You know that it’s always been planned this way. It’s what your father wants, it’s what your mother wanted, hell, if you would quit acting like a child, it’s what you would want as well. Please stop making this harder than it is. Don’t throw what we could have together away for love.”

“Ugh,” Michelle groaned, making fists at her sides. “Why does everyone else always presume to know what I want or should want? I’m the only one who knows that, and I want Danny. I need him.”

“Michelle, be reasonable here,” he sighed, acting like he was scolding a small child which only served to infuriate her further. “What kind of life could that bum possible give you?”

“A life full of love and happiness,” she answered, trying to make him understand. “You know I don’t care about the money, I never have. I want a man who cares about me, not my money, who loves me and takes care of me and puts his family above everything else, including his job. I want Danny Santos.”

“Okay Michelle, I’m done trying to make you see what a huge mistake you are making, so I’ll play this your way. I think you need to seriously consider this decision before you say anything. If you love him so much, then why would you want to hurt him?”

“What are you talking about?” she asked apprehensively. She was well aware of the power that Bill Lewis held and with her father on his side, she knew he was capable of doing just about anything to force her into making the decision he wanted.

“You would practically be killing the guy,” he continued, loving the effect his words were having on her. He was aware that she didn’t love him. In fact, after what he was about to tell her she’d probably hate him, but he didn’t care as long as he got her hand in marriage and everything that went along with it.

“It would kill him to lose me. There is nothing you could do to hurt him more than that,” she fired back. “He loves me just as much as I love him.”

“Oh really?” he said, rubbing his hand across the stubble forming on his chin. “What about that nephew of his that he loves so much?”

“What about Mikey? Danny takes great care of him. There is no way you could make him lose custody,” she said defiantly, her mind rapidly considering what her mouth had already said. She knew that with the power the Lewis and Bauer names yielded and some good luck, he could pull it off.

“Oh really? What if there were another family member of the boy’s that was willing to fight for custody? Do you want me to tell you a little secret?” he asked conspiratorially.

She nodded her head, unable to find the words to speak. She was terrified, but she needed to know who or what they were going to be up against.

“It’s me. I’m Michael Santos’s father.”


“What?” Michelle asked in a hush, her shoulders slumping in disbelief. “That’s not possible. It can’t be possible…”

Bill turned his back, glad that his statement had achieved the desired effect. “Years ago, I had a relationship with a girl named Pilar. I didn’t know much about her, but I really cared about her,” Bill began, to which Michelle gave a derisive snort and turned her head. “I did, but there was no way for us to be together, so I broke up with her. A couple weeks later, she told me she was pregnant. At first, I didn’t believe her, I thought she was only trying to rope me back in, but when she showed me the test results, I had no choice. We were young, I was only a freshman at SU and I wasn’t ready to raise a child or to give her the help that she needed. Besides, I knew what that would do to my opportunity to be CEO of Lewis. It would kill my reputation and ruin my chances. I couldn’t risk it.”

“You put your job before your child? What kind of man are you?” Michelle asked angrily. “You don’t deserve to have Mikey in your life. You abandoned him.”

“I gave her money and told her to have an abortion, which until a few days ago, I thought she had done. I didn’t abandon him, I didn’t know he even existed,” Bill began to make excuses.

“You’ve known about him for weeks. Why are you only telling me this now?” ”

“I didn’t know the boy out there was ours. When we dated, she told me her name was Silva, not Santos, so I never put the two together until I started digging around in Danny’s past,” he responded evenly, as if he was simply getting bored with the conversation. “Besides, I thought the baby was long gone.”

“You wanted her to have an abortion and she disobeyed you?” Michelle sighed. “So that makes what you did all right?” How could someone she’d always known be so different than she thought? How could a man order his own son to be aborted and then later claim it wasn’t his fault that the boy wasn’t in his life?

“People have abortions all the time,” Bill shrugged nonchalantly. “It would have solved all our problems.”

“But she didn’t do it. She gave birth to a beautiful baby, a baby that Danny has raised and nurtured to be a great boy. You have no right to take that away from him,” she said defiantly, “Besides, you wouldn’t risk jeopardizing your precious honor by claiming an illegitimate child. What would your mother say?” she gasped, acting horrified by the thought of his mother’s wrath.

“He’s my son,” Bill stated calmly. “She would be upset, but she would support me in bringing him home where he belongs.”

“He’s already where he belongs,” she countered. “What would you do with him? Huh? Send him off to boarding school? You know you have no desire to raise children right now. I think you’re bluffing. Besides, if you wanted him so badly, you wouldn’t be telling me this. You would fight for him whether I agreed to marry you or not. ”

“Maybe, but the court doesn’t know that. I have very good sources that have informed me of several indiscretions on Danny’s part that would help my case, and you know I can either find or manufacture more… I will not let Danny have my son and my wife. I always protect what belongs to me.”

“Bastard…” Michelle seethed, turning her head away in disgust. “Get out of my room.”

“I expect an answer soon Michelle. Don’t think I’m not serious about this,” he told her, turning to exit.

“Get out…” she breathed, trying to control her emotions. “I want you gone. I will not let you blackmail me.”

“You have two days, Michelle. After that, I begin the process of filing for custody,” he recites as his hand reaches for the doorknob. “ If you really love Danny like you say you do, you’ll spare him this pain and agree to marry me. If not, then you can sit by his side and watch as he loses the only family he has left. It’s up to you.”

As soon as she heard the door click shut behind him she burst into tears. “What am I going to do?” she cried, thinking back to Danny’s words to her earlier. “After everything that’s happened, I’m really protective of him. He’s the only family I have left and I don’t think I could bear to lose one more person I love.”

“If Bill’s telling the truth, then I guess he’s going to lose one of us no matter what I do. I just hope if it comes down to it, I’ll be strong enough to take that decision out of his hands. I need to do the right thing, for him of course, but especially for Mikey,” she said aloud wiping the tears from her eyes as she heard a soft knock at the door. “Come in.”

*********

Danny paced back and forth down the hallway outside her room. He’d heard her raise her voice a couple of times, but each time he headed for the door, her voice resumed its normal tone and he’d backed away. She wanted to do this on her own and he trusted her enough to allow her the privacy to do that. His only fear was how Bill would react to the news.

He wondered where her father was. He had ventured off with Lewis a little while ago, but Bill had returned alone. He couldn’t help but assume that Mr. Bauer was once again putting his other obligations ahead of his daughter. He wondered why the man didn’t seem to want what most fathers desire more than anything, their child’s happiness.

He sat down in the orange chair next to Mikey, moving the boy so his head rested on his lap. He brushed a loose curl out of his eyes, making note to cut his hair the next day. He was such a precious child, so strong, so beautiful. Most people said he was the spitting image of his Uncle Danny, but when he looked at him, all he saw was his mother. His eyes were a shade lighter, just as his mother’s had been and he had her infectious laughter that made everyone around want to join in. Danny sighed as he remembered. They had been so close growing up and he missed her so much. He could still remember his Abuela sitting them on her lap and telling them that their eyes reminded her of chocolate, his dark and hers milky. They would always giggle and ask her if that meant she was going to eat them, to which she would tell them “Only if I don’t get a kiss before dinner.”

Mikey stirred and sat up, wiping his tired eyes as he looked into Danny’s eyes. “Is ‘Ichelle otay?” he asked tiredly, remembering why they were still at the hospital.

“She’s going to be fine,” he said, watching as Bill Lewis exited her room and walked down the hall in the other direction. “Let’s go see her, okay?”

Mikey tiredly nodded his head and Danny lifted him up against his chest, carrying him inside the room as he began to nod off again.

“How did it go?” Danny asked quietly as he walked toward Michelle’s bed.

“He looks worn out,” she says, reaching up to touch Mikey’s back as Danny sat in the chair by her bed, allowing Mikey to sit on his lap and sleep against his chest. “Yeah, he’s pretty tired, but you didn’t answer me. How did he take the news?”

“Well, no one died did they?” she joked humorlessly, “He understands exactly how I feel about you.”

“I’m glad,” Danny smiled, trying to figure out what she was hiding. “Did he upset you?”

“A little. Hey, don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine,” she tells him, reaching for his hand. “They want to keep me overnight to get some more fluids into my system, but it looks like you need to take Mikey home now.”

“Are you sure you’re okay?” Danny tried one more time.

“I’m fine, I just need to rest,” she said, leaning in for a kiss.

“All right. I’ll come pick you up tomorrow?” he asked hopefully.

“Sure,” she forced a smile. “I’ll see you then.”

“I love you,” he whispered, happy to finally be able to say the words he had still yet to hear from her.

“I love you too, so much…” she choked out, holding back her tears. “I love you more than I ever thought possible. No matter what happens, always remember that.”

“I plan on keeping you around to remind me for the next fifty years or so,” he grinned, elated and relieved at her matching revelation. He kissed her forehead as he stood up, adjusting Mikey’s weight in his arms as he prepared to go.

“Goodnight baby,” he said as he began to leave, pausing at the doorway to blow her a kiss and mouth “I love you,” one more time.

“I love you too,” she replied as the door closed and her tears fell. “How will I ever live if I have to give you up?”

Skeleton From the Lake June 4-5 2001

March 6, 2015

Mon., June 4, 2001Claire to Danny: “Do you have this place swept for bugs?”Danny: “Yay, every day.” (as if she asked if he emptied the wastepaper baskets.) A skeleton is brought from the bottom of the lake. Harley is skeptical that it is Carmen, but Gus is convinced. A few minutes later after talking to the coroner, Gus calls Claire and tells her it’s time to get Danny to confess what happened that night at the docks. Claire seems worried and tells Gus, Danny is not going to buy her going to talk to him two times in the same day. Gus says to tell Danny that she got a tip from her lawyer Vince Russo. She reluctantly agrees. Meanwhile Danny and Michelle discuss Claire and if she would betray Michelle and work with the Feds. Michelle wants to ask Claire what she is up to, but Danny says not to, he doesn’t want to tip his hand. Danny: “I’m sorry, honey, you ought to be able to trust your mother.” Michelle is getting ready to leave and says she’s going home and getting in the tub. Danny says with that as incentive he’ll get home as quickly as possible. The topic of Rick also comes up and Danny mentions that Rick, Harley, and Phillip were having dinner together and it seemed rather intense. Michelle assumes they must have told Phillip about the baby and says she must go talk to Rick. On her way out she runs into Frank and she tells him what may have happened, he says he will support Harley in any way. Michelle heads home and finds Rick, who explains that Phillip set up the meeting to find out what was the matter with Rick. Meanwhile, Claire rushes over to see Danny, who is not at all pleased to see her. She says she got a tip from her lawyer that there was activity at the lake and that that can only mean one thing. Danny acts like he has no idea what she is talking about. She says it’s time to fess up about what happened that night at the docks, that he has put Michelle and her in enough trouble; It all has to end. Danny seems confused by her behavior and tells her to back off. Claire: “You can’t just dismiss me like some busboy!” Danny: “Want to bet!” She says fine and goes to leave and he says wait and tears open her jacket. He finds the wire and tears it off. Danny: “How do you know?” Claire: “I know because he told me.” Danny: “And you believed him?” she tells him that she was ratting him out to save Michelle. He says if that were true, why didn’t she tell Michelle and hands her the phone to call and tell her. Danny, understanding how the system works: “You got Aitoro nothing, so you are expendable to him.” Claire won’t take the phone and he says you will probably lose your job and maybe end up with jail time, but most of all she has lost her daughter forever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO3lFoLNXYs (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_puiYUWrGI (Part 2)

Tues., June 5, 2001 - At the Bauer House: Danny is watching Michelle sleep and still looks preoccupied. Michelle wakes up and kisses her hubby asking him why he got in so late. He tells her that Claire came back and he has some bad news to tell her. Michelle tells him just to spit it out. He goes over what Claire did and that he ripped her jacket off and found the wire she was wearing. Danny: “[Claire] She was acting weirder than normal. Very jumpy. When I made a move toward her she tried to run out of my office.” Michelle is angry with Claire and when Danny tells her they will just have to watch what they talk about around her Michelle tells him she has no intentions of ever talking to her again. Michelle: “No, I had a mom. Claire gave birth to me. She walked away from me when I was a baby probably the biggest blessing she could have gave me.” Danny holds Michelle as the full situation hits her. Michelle brings Robbie down to the kitchen while she cleans up a bit. Claire walks in and tells Michelle they have to talk. Michelle tells her she has nothing to ever say to her again. Claire tells her that she has to listen to her side of the story. Michelle accuses her of rolling over on her husband to save her own medical license. Claire tells her that isn’t why she did it. She tells her about Gus and the evidence he has against Michelle and says she was only trying to keep her daughter out of prison. Michelle tells her that she is not her mother and she should get out. Claire reluctantly leaves. Moments later, Harley comes in and tells Michelle that they need her, Danny, Rick and Meta down at the police station at 10AM. There have been some discoveries that they need to know about. Michelle is upset about the whole situation. Harley apologizes and tells Michelle she would love to get off this case but hasn’t had any luck. Michelle says at first she was angry but now she is counting on Harley to keep Gus honest. She reminds Harley that she is practically family and glances at Harley’s tummy. Harley is meeting with Rick, Meta, Michelle, Danny and Robbie. Harley says she is trying to keep them up to date on the investigation. Danny wonders where Gus is and Meta wonders why they had to come down to the PD. Harley says she wants to give them a heads up. She tells them that a body was found at the ferry dock and Gus thinks it is Carmen’s. She tells them if they know anything they should come clean to their attorneys ASAP. Meta is upset that Harley drug them down there for that. Harley is upset that everyone is against her again. Everyone leaves her upset. After the Bauers have left and are at the police station, Gus picks the lock on the kitchen door and goes on in. He rummages through everything until he finds Danny’s gun. He checks the serial number and pulls out a firing casing and test fires the weapon. He pulls the slug out and put it in a baggie marked, “evidence.” Gus leaves, happy. After the Bauer-Santos family get home they take precautions for listening device, Danny, Michelle, Meta, and Rick discuss what this latest police revelation means. Danny tells them best bet is to ride it out and that if worse comes to worse he will protect them by making a deal by pleading guilty himself. He grabs the phone and calls Ross.

Danny: “Look, you all are my family, every one of you. You know you stood by me when…when I really didn’t deserve it.”

Meta: “Yes, you DID deserve it. If you hadn’t made that terrible, terrible choice we wouldn’t have Michelle or Robbie.”

*****

Danny: “I want you to stay out of it.”

Meta: “Then you don’t know me very well.”

When Gus comes back in, Harley tells him she hates him. She tells him that the meeting didn’t go well with the Bauers and she wonders if his trip to the ME was any better. He is happy. He tells her they got everything they needed. The dental records matched and there was a bullet stuck in the bone as well. To top it all off he even got a warrant for Danny Santos’ firearms. He will deliver the warrant himself. He tells Harley to call the jail and book a cell for Danny. He leaves. Harley: “Sorry, Danny.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CePhIkxlL5E (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pokb_apwb-Q(Switch to this link when Gus breaks into the Bauer House) (Part 2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCc2rO9Gg84 (Part 3)

My Comments: A very important part of this Claire-Danny exchange is that Danny doesn’t try to control Michelle. I really love it when Danny starts to get wound up and he pauses, stands up very straight, takes a big VERY audible breath, and then stops. It’s such a great move and he does it a lot. Love Danny figuring out Claire was wearing a wire, but Claire is not this stupid. I think that Claire killing Carmen would have made more sense that her helping Carmen. That was a great “why can’t you shut up” look that Danny gave Tony.

I wish someone had heard Danny tell Claire he knew nothing about faking Carmen’s death that it was all Claire and believed it. Maybe Harley. Actually Claire put this all in motion, much more than Danny did.

I love Michelle’s red top. Harley is really being very unfair to Rick “good old reliable Rick was there.” This Harley propping by Meta is getting annoying. I don’t think Gus is being really smart getting on Claire’s bad side though. It may not seem like it right now, but Claire is NOT a good enemy to make. Setting up a man with faked evidence is bad enough, stealing his brownie while you do it, is just cruel. What I think is what Michelle and/or Rick should have said was “Oh no, Harley that must have brought up so many bad feelings about your mom, how are you holding up?” Harley’s mother Nadine was killer by Brent Lawrence and dropped into the lake by the docks and when they pulled her up her body was unrecognizable.

This Manny waking up together is really one of my favorite Manny scenes of this era. Not only do they take a lot of trouble with this scene (remember sets have no ceilings to accommodate the lights so they have to suspend that ceiling fan somehow to give the illusion that there is a ceiling there), it also gives us both a great look at Manny’s current room (I’ve got to go back and compare it to before) but also shows the relationship. Danny is letting Michelle sleep and watching over her. He genuinely hates having to tell her what her mother did, but has finally learned that he has to be honest with her (sadly things happen and he will have to learn this lesson over again but this is a nice reflection of when he did get it the first time around). I also want to track that bed. When Manny first married Michelle had a twin bed in there. By the time they moved in it had magically stretched to a double with the same headboard. This is not the first time we’ve seen their room since they moved back in this time, but it’s the first time the bed (a gold metal one) really caught my eye. I need to go back to the shooting stuff and see what headboard they had then. Note the baby monitor is right on Michelle’s bedside table.

Harley really is using Rick. It’s too bad, but it’s strange that Michelle is pushing the married friends angle considering her ongoing feelings about a romantic relationship with Bill.

I don’t like Danny having that gun like that loose in a drawer. Not only is there a baby in the house, there is also a good chance that it could get jammed or something just tossed in a junk drawer like that. I truly love Michelle’s outfit in this. It’s gorgeous and she looks great in it. Luckily this soap day isn’t ending so we’ll get to see it some more. Meta takes a break from Harley propping to tell her to BACK OFF! Go Meta!

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Something About You – Part 23 by ShellyLynn

March 5, 2015

Republisher’s Note: Sadly more Evil Bill tonight.

Something About You – Part 23 by ShellyLynn

The party was just starting to get in swing when Danny and Mikey arrived at the Springfield Country Club. Danny hadn’t ever been there before, but he recognized the main ballroom from seeing it on television. Anyone who had any standing in Springfield society was a member and the Bauers definitely led the way as far as money went. In fact, the Bauers, Lewises, and Spauldings were well above the rest of the local socialites, in a class by themselves. Everyone knew them and wanted to be them. In fact, from what he’d read in local magazines, Bill Lewis was one of America’s most eligible bachelors. Millions of women threw themselves at him and it was hard for Danny to believe that it seemed as though the one he actually wanted, had chosen someone else, someone not even on the scale of social elitism.

“Maybe,” he thought to himself, “that’s why I dislike Bill so much, yet pity him. He has everything money can buy but the most precious thing life has to offer has eluded him thus far.” That something, was exactly what Danny had so recently found for himself with Michelle. Danny knew all about Bill’s playboy ways. In fact, at each of the parties he’d attended, Bill had several girls surrounding him at every moment. He didn’t think that one woman would ever be enough for Bill Lewis, and he couldn’t imagine that he thought his ways were good enough for such an incredible woman as Michelle.

He lead Mikey into the private room where Michelle’s party was to be held, eagerly looking around for the lovely guest of honor, his date. He reached his hand down into his pocket and reassured himself that the ring was still there before spotting her in a casual conversation across the room. She was wearing a simple knee-length flowered skirt with a red short-sleeved sweater, but he didn’t remember a time when she had looked more beautiful to him.

She turned toward him and a huge smile lit her face as she caught sight of the handsome duo. Excusing herself immediately, she crossed the room and stepped into his waiting arms. “I’m so glad you’re here,” she smiled, giving him a quick kiss on the cheek. “I wasn’t sure if you’d be able to come, I know they’ve been keeping you pretty busy at work.”

‘Yeah,” Danny sighed, “but I stayed up and worked late last night. I only have a few more things left to finish up tomorrow. Besides, I couldn’t let myself miss the birthday party for such a special lady. You wanted me here and I’d do anything for you.”

“Same here,” she smiled, “I would do whatever it took to make you happy.”

“You.”

“Huh?” she asked, confused by his statement.

“You. That’s all it takes to make me happy,” he grinned, “And Mikey,” he laughed, feeling the tug on his arm and looking down.

“Well, don’t you look handsome?” she addressed the young boy at his side. “I’ll let you in on a little secret if you want.” Mikey shook his head eagerly, awaiting the precious information. “Well,” she whispered as she bent down to his level, “In that room over there, is a play area with tons of toys and games. If you ask Danny real nice, he might let you go play.”

His face beamed with excitement as his gaze traveled to his uncle’s face. Danny tried to look angry, but one shy smile from Michelle had him turned to mush. “There are people to watch them,” she added for his benefit.

“Please,” Mikey asked, “Can I go play?”

“Yeah, just be careful,” Danny answered, watching as his nephew ran across the room to the play area and walked in.

“There are lots of kids in there to play with, I’m sure he’ll love it,” she said, trying to ease Danny’s obvious fears.

“He’ll be fine,” he reassured himself, “I know, it’s just that after everything that’s happened, I’m really protective of him. He’s the only family I have left and I don’t think I could bear to lose one more person I love.”

“I understand,” she nodded, placing her head against his shoulder as they began to cross the room. “We’re both lucky to have you. Let’s dance.”

* * * *

The crowd of people continued to grow as the night went on, but two people were noticeably absent. Neither Michelle’s father nor Bill Lewis had made an appearance at the festive event. She was surprised that Bill wasn’t there, but not overly upset at the reprieve. She had spent enough time with him over the last few weeks to last years. Her father’s absence on the other hand, had her slightly shaken. She knew that he was a busy man, in fact she’d gotten used to him missing important events in her life such as birthdays, school plays, even graduation, but this time, he had promised her that he would make it. “It’s not everyday my little girl turns 21. Of course I’ll be there,” he’d told her this morning. Now, it was nearing 9:00pm and there was still no sign of him.

She knew that she had really blown it last time when she allowed her father to think Bill was her date and she wanted more than anything to tell him the truth about her relationship with Danny. If she was reading the signs right, and judging by what Haley told her that afternoon she was, they were going to be making a commitment to one another that very evening. She wanted to shout it to the world, but she needed to do her father the courtesy of telling him how she felt about Danny first.

She grabbed two glasses of champagne and made her way back to where he was, standing with a group of men he knew from work, enjoying the view of him in his dress pants as she approached. She wasn’t sure that she would ever get over the fact that this wonderful, gorgeous man was hers, that he loved her. He hadn’t actually said it yet, but she was sure it was how he felt. It was such an incredible feeling to know that someone loved her for her, not for who they wanted her to be or for what status she could bring them, but for who she really was. It left her soul feeling more glorious than she’d ever imagined possible.

She handed him a glass and took a sip from hers, “Still no sign of him?” Danny asked as he placed his arm around her and led her away from the group.

“It’s not a big deal,” she responded, shrugging her shoulders despite the tears she could feel welling up in her eyes. “I don’t know why I’m even surprised, it’s not like he’s never done this before.”

“I’m sorry,” he said, pulling her into a warm embrace. “I think I know exactly what you need to feel better.”

“And what would that be?” she asked, a slight smile gracing her lips as she finished off her glass.

“A Super Duper Mikey hug of course,” he grinned, taking her hand and leading her toward the play area. “They always make me feel better.”

“Sounds great,” she laughed.

As soon as they were at the door, Mikey came running over to the two of them excitedly. “Did you come to play with me?”

“No. Actually, Michelle’s sad and she needs one of your special hugs,” Danny told him, squatting down to his level as he spoke.

“I sorry,” Mikey says, reaching out his arms. She bent down and he wrapped them around her, squeezing her tight. “Is that better?”

“Yep,” she smiled, still holding onto him as she wiped away a few tears, “Hey, why don’t we go get you some cake and ice cream?”

“Yippee!” he shrieked as she took his hand and lead him away.

When they arrived at the table, Danny handed him a small piece of chocolate cake and a scoop of ice cream, “And what will the lady have?” he asked.

“I’m not hungry,” she responded, glancing around the room one more time, hoping to spot her father.

“You haven’t eaten anything all night sweetie,” Danny reminded her, “Are you sure you don’t want any?”

“Yeah,” she repeated as Danny grabbed a piece for himself and they went to sit down, her eyes scanning the room every few seconds for a sight of her dad. When she was younger, it wasn’t as big of a deal that her father wasn’t around because she always had her mother by her side. Maureen Bauer was the best woman Michelle had ever known and it had shattered her to find out that her mother was ill.

After finishing his snack, Mikey asked if he could go back and play and returned to the playroom. “Can we step outside for a moment?” Danny asked, taking her hand and helping her to her feet. A waitress walked past and Michelle grabbed another champagne to ease her nerves. This was it, the moment she had been waiting for all night. Her hands were shaking and she felt like a child, she wasn’t aware that Danny’s were doing the same.

They were silent for a few moments as Danny tried to put his thoughts in order. He had rehearsed this many times, yet he couldn’t even come up with the words to begin. His heart felt like it was going to beat out of his chest and he knew that if he waited much longer, he would lose what little nerve he possessed at the moment.

“Michelle,” he sighed, taking the empty glass from her hands and holding both of hers in his. “I love you. I don’t know exactly when it happened or how, but I know that I do, I love you with all my heart. When I lost my sister, I thought that my life was doomed, that there was something about me that made me undeserving of love, but you’ve shown me that I was wrong….”

The music stopped, catching him off guard and for a second he took his eyes from hers, making his words stumble. She looked at him steadily, her gaze unwavering despite the tears forming and threatening to fall. “You’ve shown me,” he said, regaining his composure, “that true love does exist, even for me.” He reached into his pocket and grabbed the ring, placing it between his thumb and forefinger as he prepared for one of the most important moments of his life.

“Michelle Bauer,” was heard resounding throughout the club, disrupting their moment. They both paused for a moment before Michelle finally broke their connection, stepping to the door and watching her father stand on the podium, microphone in hand.

“Let’s here it for the birthday girl. Michelle, come up here.”

She looked back at Danny, her emotions torn. She had waited all night for her father to come and he finally had, he hadn’t broken his promise to her this time. Yet, Danny was her future, at least she wanted him to be. He was about to propose to her… he admitted that he loved her, how could she walk away from him right now.

“Go ahead,” he told her, forcing an awkward smile. “I’ll still be here when you’re done.”

She gave him a thankful smile and kissed him on the cheek before returning to the main room to a chorus of cheers. She made her way up onto the podium as Danny stood in the back of the room, admiring her beauty as she caught his eyes. He knew how much her father being there meant to her and he wasn’t going to make her choose, not tonight. They were going to tangle with Mr. Bauer enough later. Tonight was a time to celebrate.

“I want to wish my beautiful daughter a happy birthday,” he began, taking her hand in his. “She has turned into quite the young woman, and I’m not the only one who feels that way.”

Danny’s stomach began to churn violently. Something bad was about to happen; he could feel it in his very soul. He started to move toward the stage when he saw Bill Lewis make his way up the stairs.

He continued his path, making his way through the large group of people who were watching the scene excitedly. “Michelle,” Bill began, walking toward her. “We’ve known each other for a long time…”

She looked around anxiously, trying to find Danny’s calming face in the crowd. This couldn’t be happening. It was only a dream, or a nightmare, she reasoned. She was going to wake up any minute now and laugh at her foolishness. Danny was the one who was supposed to propose to her tonight, not Bill. Never Bill.

“Over the years I’ve grown to love you and I know that we will have such a happy life together. Michelle, Will you marry me?”

Those were the last words Michelle heard before she felt her body hit the floor and everything went black.

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.”

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.”


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