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Skeleton From the Lake June 4-5 2001

March 6, 2015

Mon., June 4, 2001 – Claire 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 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 door like that. I truly love Michelle’s outfit in this. It’s gorgeous and she looks great in it. Meta takes a break from Harley propping to tell her to BACK OFF! Go Meta!

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.”

Something About You – Part 20 by ShellyLynn

February 23, 2015

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

Something About You – Part 20 by ShellyLynn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* * * * *

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Something About You – Part 19 by ShellyLynn

February 20, 2015

Republisher’s Note: A carnival comes to Springfield.

Something About You – Part 19 by ShellyLynn

Michelle sits in her chair, impatiently flipping through the cards of her rolodex as it sits on her lap in front of her. “I know I have the number in here somewhere,” she says aloud, running her fingers through her hair in frustration as her search comes up empty.

“This is not a good way to start off my day,” she groans, reaching for her cup of coffee on the table in front of her. She decides to take one more look through her desk drawers for the ever elusive telephone number, but is interrupted by a knock on the door.

“I’ll be there in a minute,” she yells, removing the objects from her lap to stand. “Hold on.”

She makes her way to the door, to find out the identity of her visitor “Who would be here this early?” she whispered mindlessly as she crossed the room. Could it be Bill already? She knew that this fund-raiser was important, but it didn’t feel like she had been out of his site for more than five minutes in over a week and she was beginning to feel cramped in his presence.

She peered through the glass, smiling when she saw that her unexpected visitor was one of the social variety. “Danny,” she grinned as she eagerly opened the door and let him in. “What are you doing here?”

“Well,” he laughed, “We came to see if you would join us at the carnival in town.” He gestures toward Mikey who is standing along side him.

“I don’t know, I have so much work to do…” she stumbles, immediately feeling selfish as she sees the look of disappointment on the young boy’s face.

“You’ve been working almost non-stop for over a week. Even slaves need a break every once in a while,” Danny tells her, sticking his lip out in a pouting fashion. “It would mean a lot to Mikey if you came.”

“Only to Mikey?” she teases, returning his playful gesture with one of her own.

“Okay,” he concedes, pretending like it’s a big secret, “I guess it would make his uncle pretty happy too.”

“I thought so,” she smiles slightly before her face falls. “But I can’t.”

“Come on,” he whines, “Just for a few hours. I’ve barely even had the chance to speak to you all week. I’ve missed you,” he contends, gently placing his hands on her waist. “In fact, I half expected Bill to already be here this morning.”

“I’m sorry,” she tells him, placing a soft kiss on his lips, “Getting this thing together is just so much harder than I remembered.”

“I know,” he admits, “I just hate sharing you with him.”

“He’s been a real gentlemen and a good friend, just the way I remembered. I don’t know what had me so paranoid before. I’m pretty sure he knows how I feel about you, and he even though I think he wishes it were different, he knows that we are only friends.”

“I have to go to the bathroom,” Mikey says, impatiently tugging on Danny’s jacket and reminding the couple of his presence.

“Okay,” Michelle laughs, disrupting the seriousness of the moment, “I’ll show you where it is.”

She returns a moment later, “I know that this wasn’t great timing,” she tells Danny as she approaches him, “but this is a big fund-raiser and you know how important the hospital is to me. I needed to help. I’m sorry though that it’s taken up so much of my time.”

“Don’t be,” he answers, pulling her into his arms. “I understand why you need to do this, but I still think you should take a break and come with us. You need some time to relax and enjoy yourself.”

Mikey returns and Danny bends down to whisper in his ear. Michelle watches as Mikey smiles and nods his head. “Puhwease Ichelle?” he responds, innocently looking up at her with his big brown eyes.

“Okay,” he sighs, “but that’s cheating.” She winks as she looks over at Danny, “you know I can’t resist those Santos eyes.”

“Yippee!” the young boy yells, clapping happily.

“Just let me change and call Bill to tell him I’m taking the day off,” she tells him.

“I think you look great,” he says, taking in her tight jeans and tight black t-shirt.

“Okay,” she shrugs, “Just let me make that call.”

A minute later, she returns and they are off, walking the couple blocks down to the site of the yearly community-wide spring event.

They talk to a few people that they each know and ride a few rides, having a wonderful time into the late afternoon. They are talking about what to have for dinner when Mikey decides that he wants to go on the SuperSnake, a ride that goes in a circular path, leaving the riders upside down for nearly half of the journey.

“No, I can’t go on that with you,” Danny tells him, getting sick to his stomach just at the mere thought of it.

“I wanna ride the snake,” he pouts, rubbing his tired eyes.

“Mikey,” Danny scolds, “You know better than to pout when you don’t get your way. You’ve ridden lots of other rides. You don’t need to ride that one.”

“I wanna ride the snake,” he repeats, this time looking to Michelle for sympathy.

“I can ride with him,” she speaks up, trying to appease them both.

“Are you sure?” Danny asks, turning to face her. “You don’t have to.”

“I’m sure. It’ll be fun,” she smiles, taking the boy by the hand and getting in line.

When they return to a waiting Danny, they are giggling and smiling, seemingly having the time of their lives.

“Ichelle said we can have ice cream,” Mikey announces, grabbing his uncle’s hand and pulling him toward the nearby stand.

“She did, did she?” Danny asks playfully, pretending he doesn’t believe him.

“Uh huh. Fudge ripple, our favorite,” he assures him.

“Sounds like a good idea to me,” Danny laughs, taking out his wallet to pay for their snack. Thanks to her help, this time around he has more than three dollars in his wallet.

They enjoy their ice cream and walk around some more before Michelle notices an adorable stuffed bear at one of the stands. Danny takes out a few dollars and goes to the stand, winning her the small bear on the third try. She rewards him with a huge smile and a kiss, happily tucking the soft animal under her arm.

“Let me show you how it’s really done,” they hear from behind, turning to see Bill Lewis.

“What are you doing here?” Michelle smiles, “I thought you’d be working all day.”

“You were right. We both needed a break and when you mentioned coming here, I thought it would be a great way to relax and have fun,” he answers, smiling at the three of them.

Mikey hides behind Danny’s leg shyly, not comfortable around the new stranger. “Anyway,” Bill grins, handing the man behind the counter a five-dollar bill. “I was going to give you a lesson on how to play this game.”

He takes the three balls from the worker’s hand and proceeds to knock down all six milk bottles on each throw. “Bill used to play baseball,” Michelle explains, not wanting Danny to feel embarrassed or shown up by his arrogant display.

“Really,” Danny asks, wanting more than anything to punch the man right between the eyes. “That sounds like fun.”

“Yeah. I was an All-American in college and drafted by the Yankees, but I decided I wanted to stay and continue the family tradition. You know, be CEO of my family’s multimillion dollar corporation.”

“Sure,” Danny answers through gritted teeth, watching as the man hands Bill a three-ft. teddy bear. He takes the bear Danny had given her from her hands, replacing it with the new prize.

“Here kid,” he says, reaching the bear toward Mikey, “Michelle has her hands full.”

Michelle attempts to say something, but he cuts her off, “No need to thank me.”

“Michelle deserves way more than you can give her. You’ll never be enough,” Bill whispers as he walks past Danny and back to the other side of Michelle. “Why don’t you give it up while you still have some dignity.”

Danny gives him a dirty look as they make their way to a nearby stand to grab some food. Both men attempt to pay for her, but Michelle refuses them both and pays for herself, upset by the seeming rivalry between the two men.

About an hour later, Danny and Michelle decide to leave, realizing that it’s starting to get too cold for Mikey to be outside. Having noticed how Michelle looks at Danny anytime he is tending to his nephew, Bill decides to get into the act himself.

“It’s been nice meeting you, Mikey,” he says, bending down and attempting to pull the boy into a hug. Mikey attempts to pull away, but Bill holds firmly to his arm, not wanting to be embarrassed in front of Michelle.

“Let go of me,” Mikey shrieks, getting the attention of nearby patrons as he stomps on Bill’s foot and scurries behind Danny who watches as Bill loses his balance and falls on his rear into the mud.

“You need to teach that boy some manners,” Bill says angrily, standing up and attempting to clean himself off.

“Mikey,” Danny says, doing his absolute best to hide a smile, “That wasn’t nice.”

“I don’t like him,” Mikey proclaims, making Danny’s mask of seriousness even harder to maintain.

“It’s still not nice to hurt him. Say you’re sorry,” he admonishes.

“Sorry,” Mikey says, not even bothering to make eye contact with the man he’d humiliated moments before.

“We need to get him home,” Danny tells Michelle, taking her hand. “It was nice to see you again, Bill,” he says politely before Michelle says goodbye and they leave. Once they’re out of Bill’s sight and headed toward home, Michelle stops walking and laughs hysterically.

“I think that was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen,” she says, trying to control herself. “Did you see his face?”

“Yeah,” Danny laughs, surprised and confused by her reaction.

“I’m really impressed by the way you handled things tonight. He was acting like a jerk, but you didn’t get jealous or let him get to you. And what’s with this thing? It’s ugly,” she says, extending the bear that takes up residence in her arms.

“I thought you liked it,” Danny says skeptically.

“He’s a friend and I didn’t want to upset him. Look Danny,” she says, setting the bear down and rubbing the side of his clenched jaw until it begins to relax. “Just because it’s more extravagant, doesn’t mean it’s better. I love the bear you got me…I can sleep with it at night and it’ll be like having a little piece of you with me all the time. That’s way better than any giant stuffed animal he uses to show off. This gift…” she says as Mikey hands her the bear and she pulls it tight to her chest, “Is from your heart.”

FAQ: Danny and Michelle Age Difference

February 19, 2015

People often ask about the age difference between Danny and Michelle. There were conversations on it on Mannyac boards. The consensus seemed to be that Michelle was a couple of years older than Joy and that Danny was at least a couple of years younger than Paul.

Ten years is still within the range of possibilities, see the real life difference, but I think it would be pushing it on screen. In real life, Paul Anthony Stewart was born Feb. 23, 1970 and Bethany Joy Lenz was born April 12, 1981. However, Michelle was at least a year older as she had graduated high school the year before and her birthrate meant she had to be 19 in fall 1998 where Lenz was only 17. Then they jump her another year after she gets out of jail, making Michelle 20 by on screen mention.

I also think Stewart was playing younger, but even if he wasn’t the older you make Danny, the more you have to explain what Danny was doing. He graduated college which should have been when he was 22, 23 on the outside, and while he wanted to go for his Masters he didn’t. So he would have been in “La familia” business since then. I don’t really think Danny would have lasted more than a couple of years at that business without turning hard, trying to get out, or as he did after he thought he killed Carmen, trying to take over. He really didn’t have a taste for it and you could tell, for example, with Mrs. Silva, that he really hated treating people the way he did, especially first hand. He wouldn’t have really liked an administrative position much better, but that’s where he saw himself until Michelle. I really can’t see Danny sitting 5 or 6 years in a holding pattern where Carmen had him at the beginning, a couple of years I can buy, but not 5 or 6.  So roughly Michelle and Danny were somewhere around 6 years apart, but Danny’s age is never as well described as Michelle’s so it could be a wider or narrower spread of years.

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Something About You – Part 18 by ShellyLynn

February 19, 2015

Republisher’s Note: If you haven’t figured it out by now, this is an evil Bill story. It’s only one of two things that I dislike about this fic. Otherwise I really enjoy it.

Something About You – Part 18 by ShellyLynn

Danny wakes from his peaceful slumber, slowly opening one eye and then the other as he looks at his unfamiliar surroundings. After a moment, he recollects the events of the previous evening and Michelle’s pleas for him to stay at her place.

The clock on the nightstand reads 8:50am and with the knowledge that he needs to pick Mikey up in just over an hour, he decides to get up. Sitting up, he peels back the lavender flowered covers and swings his legs over the side of the bed until his bare feet meet the cushioned carpeting of the floor.

Standing up and stretching out his tired body, he suppresses a yawn and makes his way over to the mirror on the back of the door, examining his disheveled appearance. He reaches for his pants from the night before and slides them on, running a hand through his curls before making his way down the hallway to the kitchen.

Michelle is already there, pouring two cups of coffee from the freshly brewed pot on the counter and turning around to find him standing in the doorway. “I was just going to bring you a cup,” she says, raising one of her hands to show him her intentions.

“Thanks,” he smiles, “I could really use that.”

“I thought so. It was pretty late when we got to bed,” she says, taking a seat at the kitchen table.

“Yeah,” he smiles, the memory of their wonderful evening together still fresh on his mind as he joins her. “I had a great time last night.”

“Me too,” she giggles, placing her hand on his across the table. “I was so scared that our talk last night would scare you off.”

“I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but waiting will only make things more special and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make you happy,” he says honestly, looking deep into her eyes. At that moment, he realized just how much he meant that statement. He would do anything to bring her joy.

She sighed in pure contentment. “You are the best man I’ve ever met Danny Santos.”

“I don’t know about that,” he blushed slightly, “but I mean what I say. Your happiness is very important to me.”

“Well, when you are around, I’m certainly happy…” she answers with a grin, stopping short when she hears the knock on the front door.

“Were you expecting anyone?” Danny asks, surprised by the intrusion.

“No,” she answers, making her way to the front door and peering out through the ornate window. “It’s Bill.”

She opens the door and ushers him in to the kitchen, offering a cup of coffee to him as well. He looks across the room at Danny, still wearing only his dress pants and then back at Michelle’s beaming face. He hopes that every inclination he has about the situation is wrong, but as he watches Michelle place her hand on Danny’s shoulder and lean up against him, he’s convinced that they are dead on.

“Awfully early for you to be here again, isn’t it, Santos?” he asks, fishing for the information he’s not altogether sure he wants to hear.

“I could say the same thing about you, Lewis,” Danny replies, using the same accusatory tone.

“Actually, we got home late, so Danny spent the night here,” she freely admits, adding sugar to her cup before offering it to the two men.

Bill stares at the man sitting before him. He can’t help but wonder what Michelle Bauer sees in him. He wonders how she can let a piece of dirt like that, touch her. Only he was supposed to partake in her pleasures and he has waited too long to let this lowlife get in the way.

“Oh really,” he tells her, his anger steadily growing. It didn’t matter that he spent the night in someone else’s bed, Michelle was his and Danny Santos was going to pay for touching her. He would find a way.

“Yeah,” she smiles, oblivious to the tension.

Before anyone can speak another word, Michelle’s phone rings and she quickly moves to answer it, suddenly aware of the growing tension in the room.

“Miss Bauer?” the soft voice comes hesitantly across the line.

“Yes, that’s me,” she responds absentmindedly, keeping her eyes on her guests.

“Well, this is Martha Vanders. Michael Santos stayed at my home last night and your number was given to me as the second number to reach Mr. Santos at. Is he there?”

“Yeah, hold on,” Michelle tells her, her face falling as she simultaneously crosses the room to give the phone to an unsuspecting Danny.

He looks at her skeptically before speaking into the phone. “Santos.”

“So what did you stop by for?” Michelle asks Bill, keeping an eye on Danny’s expression the entire time, trying to gauge what is going on from his facial expressions.

“Hmm?” he asks, his mind now trying to figure out what the phone call is about as well. “Oh, I was wondering if you could help me put together the next gala for the hospital. We’re raising money for the new pediatric ward and Lewis is hosting this year. I’m terrible with these sort of things and the woman that usually helps is out of town so I need you.”

“Uh, sure,” she says, gazing at Danny with questioning eyes as he listens intently to the caller. “When is it?”

“Three weeks,” he answers, “I know that it’s short notice, but if we work hard, I know we can pull it together.”

“We better get started soon then,” she sighs, running her fingers through her hair.

“I need to get going anyway,” Danny tells her as the call ends. “Mikey isn’t feeling well and he wants me to pick him up early,” he says, retreating back to the bedroom for his shirt and jacket.

When he returns, he walks up to Michelle and gently wraps his arms around her waist. “I had a great time last night,” he tells her, “I can’t wait to do it again.”

Bill listens intently, rolling his eyes at each word.

“Me too,” she smiles, leaning in to give him a soft kiss.

“Call me when you have a break?” he asks, playfully giving her a pleading look.

“You bet,” she grins, leaning in for one more peck.

“I’ll be waiting,” he answers as he opens the door and walks out. She sighs and leans against the door, counting down the minutes until she can see his handsome face again.

* * * * * * * * * * * *

“Why were you at Ichelle’s?” Mikey asks in confusion.

“We tried to call you at home and you weren’t there,” Mrs. Vanders explains nervously.

“Well,” Danny says, clearing his throat as he looks up at the woman for help. “When we got back from the play last night it was really late, so I just stayed at her house overnight.”

“You have a slumber party like us?” he asks, thinking he has come up with the answer to his own question.

“Something like that,” Danny laughs, grateful for a way out of trying to explain things to the inquisitive boy. “We had a slumber party.”

The woman gives Danny a disapproving look, but he shakes it off and helps Mikey into his jacket. It isn’t any of her business that nothing happened between he and Michelle and he wasn’t about to waste his time making excuses for his perfectly respectable behavior.

“Thank you for watching him. I’m sure he had a good time,” he tells her, grabbing Mikey’s hand and taking him to the car. He was not going to let one woman’s attitude bring him down from the high he was still on. In fact, if Bill Lewis hadn’t managed to do that, he doubted anyone could.

Something About You – Part 17 by ShellyLynn

February 18, 2015

Republisher’s Note: Sorry about the delay between chapters, here we go again.

Something About You – Part 17 by ShellyLynn

“Come on Bill,” the petite female sitting next to him purred. “You paid that guy $400 for these tickets and you haven’t watched a minute of the show.”

“I can’t believe she’s acting like that. This is going to be even harder than I thought,” he whispered to himself, shaking his head.

“Would you stop staring at them? I thought this was a date,” she spoke again, her anger growing at his constant distraction. This was not what she expected at all when he had asked her to come out with him for the night. She had much higher hopes for the evening’s events and she wasn’t prepared to give up.

“It is,” he says, looking at her for the first time in hours. “I’m sorry. She’s always been a good friend and I want to make sure she’s being properly taken care of.”

“That’s all?” she asked him suspiciously. She knew of the feelings he had held for Michelle over the last few years. “I don’t think you have to worry about anything. From what I’ve seen, he’s absolutely enchanted by her, just look at them.”

“That’s all it is,” he reassured her, taking one more glimpse at the table across the room before turning his eyes to the stage for a moment as the play neared its end. “I’m sure you’re right,” he agreed reluctantly. “Why don’t you let me make it up to you?” he offered, taking her hand in his.

“Why, Mr. Lewis,” she said, slipping her free hand down his chest. “I think I’d enjoy that.”

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Danny looked down at Michelle as she wiped her eyes with the handkerchief he had given her earlier.

“This is the best part,” she mumbled, watching as Romeo found his beloved Juliet in her state of suspended animation.

“They loved each other so much,” she continued, snuggling even closer to him in the booth where they were seated.

He wrapped his arms around her, reveling in the feeling of her tiny body leaning against his. Nothing he had ever experienced had felt so right. He knew that he was falling for her, and falling hard, yet he felt compelled to only go further. He was sure that soon there would be no going back for him, his heart would belong to her completely. The funny thing was, the thought didn’t terrify him near as much as it excited him. He almost had himself convinced that this relationship could really work.

He placed a soft kiss to the top of her head and smoothed back her hair. “If only life could always be so simple,” he thought, closing his eyes to savor the moment. Never in his life had he ever felt such freedom, such peace. If this was love, then no wonder everyone searched for it.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

The play ended minutes later, and the crowd began to slowly file out of the elaborate theater. “Thank you for bringing me here, Danny,” Michelle says graciously. “I really enjoyed it.”

“It was my pleasure,” he told her, taking her hand and kissing before he walked over to the room to retrieve her jacket. While he was gone, Michelle was sure she caught a glimpse of her friend walking across the room.

“Did you see Bill while you were out there?” she asked, confused. She knew as well as anything that Shakespeare wasn’t her long time friend’s cup of tea. In fact, she recalled him hating Romeo and Juliet the most. He had often teased her about her love of the tragedy.

“Lewis?” Danny asked in surprise as he helped her slide into her coat. “No. Why?”

“I thought I saw him,” she said in confusion, looking around for any sign of him.

“I think you’re still being paranoid,” Danny laughed, remembering her nervousness earlier. “You said so yourself. Bill’s a good friend and he’s been gone for a while. I’m sure he just wants to spend some time with you,” Danny convinced her, all the while doubting his own words. He didn’t want Michelle to jeopardize what seemed to be her most trusted friendship, but he was planning to keep an eye on Mr. Lewis’ intentions. After all, he had told Bill where they would be for the evening.

“Yeah,” she agreed, “You’re right. Besides, didn’t Bill say he had a date?”

“Yes,” Danny nodded in agreement. “What are the odds it would be here?”

“Not very good. I guess I was just seeing things,” she laughed as they made their way toward the exit. “Maybe I should have my eyes checked.”

“They’re probably still blurry from your tears,” he teased, squeezing her shoulder as he draped his arm around her.

“Very funny,” she said sarcastically, smiling up at him in spite of it. “I wasn’t the only one crying. I saw a tear or two escape from you Mr. Tough Guy.”

“No,” he challenged. “I just got something in my eye.”

“Sure,” she laughed, calling his bluff.

“Okay,” he acquiesced, “It got to me, okay?”

She smiled triumphantly as they waited outside for their vehicle to be pulled around. She couldn’t remember ever having such a wonderful evening. She wondered silently if there were a way to make the night last forever.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

“Would you like to come up for a night cap?” Bill’s date said suggestively, sliding her hand across his inner thigh.

“I don’t think that’s such a good idea,” he responded, removing her hand.

“Come on,” she urged him, replacing her hand and sliding it further up. “I could help make all your troubles go away. I can tell you want me,” she pushed, slowly pulling on his zipper as he pulled into a parking spot at her place. “Let’s go make you feel better.”

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Danny walked Michelle to the door of her apartment in silence, neither of them wanting the evening to end. “Would you like to come in?” she asked nervously as she slid the key into the lock.

“I don’t know…” he resisted. “It’s getting late and…”

“Come on Danny. Mikey isn’t waiting for you and you don’t have to work tomorrow. Live a little,” she pleaded, pulling him toward the door she had just opened.

“For a little while,” he agreed, following her inside.

“I’d offer you something,” she said, “but I know you don’t drink and I’m out of soda.”

“I’ll take some water,” he answered, following her into the kitchen and watching her grab herself a wine cooler.

“Why is that?” she asked as she suddenly spun around.

“What?”

“Why don’t you drink?” she asked curiously. “There must be a reason.”

“Well,” he said, walking toward the living room with her trailing behind. “I told you that my parents died when I was young, but I didn’t tell you how. They were hit by a drunk driver.”

“I’m so sorry.”

“You would think that would be enough to make me never take a drink, but it wasn’t. I actually drank a lot when I was younger, but Pilar got caught up in alcohol before she got pregnant with Mikey and I saw what it did to people. It made her someone I didn’t even recognize anymore. She managed to stay away from the stuff while she was pregnant, but then she started back to it and then the drugs that caused her death after he was born. After that, I swore I would never touch the stuff again and I haven’t for over three years.”

“Wow,” she said, suddenly feeling awkward with her beverage in hand. She sat forward and set it down before leaning back against the couch. “It’s no wonder that doctor’s accusations got you so upset. I had no idea.”

“It’s all right. I just don’t want anyone to believe I would do anything that could put Mikey in danger because I wouldn’t. That boy is all I have left,” he tells her, reaching out to take her hand.

“You have me,” she whispers, almost inaudibly.

“Do I?” he asked her, raising his eyes to meet hers.

She nodded her head yes, leaning in to meet his lips with a soft kiss. When the kiss ended, he pulled away and searched her face for any sign of discomfort. When he found none, he leaned in again, this time capturing her mouth in a searing kiss that sent tingles down her arms. She wrapped her arms around his neck as his found her waist.

Danny broke the kiss, backing away slightly as he took her hands in his and brought them to his swollen lips. “You’re shaking baby,” he whispered, holding them tight.

“I’m just nervous,” she told him, turning her head away in embarrassment.

“About what?” he asked her gently. “I don’t expect anything from you.”

“I guess I should tell you,” she said, standing up to gain her resolve. “I told you before that I’ve never been in a serious relationship…”

“Yeah, but…”

“I’ve never even really kissed someone before you. I’m not at all experienced and I can honestly say I’m terrified of doing something wrong and messing things up between us,” she told him, biting her lip nervously as she sat down again.

“There isn’t anything you could do to mess things up,” he assures her, reaching for her hands.

“I guess what I want to tell you is that I made a decision a long time ago that I wouldn’t make love until I’m married. I know it’s old fashioned, but I want to feel completely prepared and loved before I share that type of intimacy,” she told him, looking deep into his eyes and praying to find some sort of understanding there.

“I think…”

“I’m sure you weren’t ready to hear that,” she cut in, “but it was something I had to say.”

“Michelle…”

“If you don’t want to see me any more, I’ll understand,” she finished, taking a deep breath as she tried to stop the tears that are threatening to spill from her eyes.

“I think that’s the most wonderful thing I’ve ever heard,” he smiled, moving over to sit closer to her.

“You do?” she jumped in surprise. “Are you sure?”

“I’m not going to say that it won’t be difficult,” he told her honestly. “Because it will. I’m not going to deny how much I want you, but I understand how you feel. I actually wish that my sister had felt that way, then she might still be with us.”

She felt a wave of relief wash over her as she leaned in to give him another kiss. “Thank you for being so wonderful.”

He kissed her back, his hands moving to cup her face as they enjoyed their newfound closeness. “I better get going,” he told her as he pulled away and attempted to stand. “It’s getting late.”

“I don’t want you to go,” she told him, pulling him back down. “Can’t you stay with me?”

“I don’t know if that’s a good idea,” he answered, looking down at her sexy red dress, vivid images of her naked body swimming through his head. He knew that another encounter like that would make his resolve slip measurably.

“Please,” she begged him. “You can stay in the guest room, or on the couch. I just don’t want you to leave me tonight.”

“All right,” he sighed, taking in the pout on her beautiful face. “How can I resist? Lead the way.”

Danny Proposes To Michelle for the Fourth Time 2001

February 10, 2015

March 20, 2001

Alone with Danny and Robbie in the Bauer living room, Michelle wiggles her bare finger. 4th Proposal 1

Danny “What’s that about?”

Michelle “This is a bare finger pal, where there should be a gold band.”
Danny “It does look kind of naked.”
Michelle:  ”Yeah, the naked finger on the exhausted, postpartum body of the unwed mother of your illegitimate son.”

Danny: ”That doesn’t sound good.”

Michelle: “That’s because it isn’t.”

Danny: “We’re still married in God’s eyes. I still feel married to you.”

Michelle: “And I to you, but if it’s all the same to you I’d like it in writing all nice and official. My finger is feeling a tad insecure and that kid over there needs a last name.”

Danny: “OK, let’s do it. Let’s get married again as soon as possible.” 4th Proposal 2

Michelle: “Oh ,what a romantic proposal, I may faint from joy.”

Danny: “That was kind of lame. I admit that. (gets down on one knee and kisses her knee) Michelle Bauer Santos Bauer Santos Bauer Santos Bauer will you marry me for the fourth time.”

Michelle: “I’d marry you 100 times, Danny.”

They embrace and kiss.

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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