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End Game Couple

June 20, 2015

Every Friday I post a definition of a term of Soap Opera Jargon. Find more on my Soap Opera Jargon page.

End Game – Sadly this term has strong connections to cancellation. Being part of a soap couple can be a bit like playing musical chairs, who you are with when the music ends is an end game couple, believed to be living together happily off screen (or by competing couple fans plotted how they would be broken up in fanfic). End game can also be referred to talking about the end of a storyline in terms of supercouple status. For instance, “I know Danny and Michelle will get back together because they are clearly end game.” Here is a list of the on screen end game couples for Guiding Light.

  • Danny and Michelle Bauer Santos
  • Rick and Mindy Lewis Bauer
  • Billy and Vanessa Chamberlain Lewis
  • Bill and Lizzie Spaulding Lewis
  • Ed Bauer and Holly Reade
  • Phillip and Beth Raines Spaulding
  • Dylan and Bridget Reardon Lewis (mostly by implication)
  • Quint and Nola Reardon Chamberlain (mentioned on screen not seen)
  • Remy and ChristinaBoudreau
  • A. C. Mallet and Dinah Marler
  • Daisy Cooper and James Spaulding
  • Cyrus Foley and Mel Boudreau
  • Fletcher Reade and Alexandra Spaulding
  • Buzz and Lillian Raines Cooper
  • Josh and Reva Shayne Lewis
  • Olivia Spencer and Natalia Aitoro
  • Frank Cooper and Blake Marler
  • Marina Cooper and Shayne Lewis

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 31 by ShellyLynn

June 12, 2015

Republisher’s Note: Don’t count out Maureen in this chapter.

Something About You – Part 31 by ShellyLynn

Michelle walked slowly to her mother’s room, taking deep breaths in an attempt to contain her emotions. She had been driving around town for a couple of hours, searching in her head for some way out of the precarious situation she now found herself in. Each time she came near campus she came so close to turning around and heading straight for Danny. It would be so easy to tell him the truth and let him help her through things, but she knew that no matter what, he would put his needs aside for her, which, unfortunately meant putting Mikey’s in danger as well. As much as she wanted to be with him, she couldn’t allow him to do that for her.

She was unsure of what to say to her mother. As much as she knew that she could trust her to understand and to do her best to help, she was also well aware that her mother might not physically be able to do anything. Even though she had always been lucky enough to come on good days before, she was still terrified of watching her own mother in a condition she knew to be common to those with Alzheimer’s. One of these days, she was sure, the day would arrive when her mother failed to even recognize her. It was that terror alone that kept her from visiting her beloved mother every single day.

She said a short prayer for her mother’s health and help. She wanted more than anything for her mother to tell her that everything would be all right, that she could fix things. The only problem was, she wasn’t six years old anymore and the days when her mother could magically kiss things and make them better had passed. Maybe, she hoped, there would be another, more practical way for her mother to save her life from disaster.

When she opened the door and walked in, she noticed the steady rise and fall of her mother’s chest against the warm blue blanket lying across her bed. She tiptoed over to the chair next to her and sat down, her mind searching for the right words to say when the beautiful eyes she needed to draw strength from opened to see her.

“Michelle,” her mother whispered, licking her dry lips. “What are you doing here? Is everything okay sweetie?”

No matter how hard Michelle tried, she couldn’t stop the tears from coming. They flowed down her cheeks like waterfalls, soaking the sheet of her mother’s bed as she laid her head down and sobbed. Mrs. Bauer brushed her head softly with her hand, wondering what exactly had happened to hurt her daughter so badly. From what she’d recently been told, she assumed it had something to do with the Lewis boy.

“Mama,” Michelle said, raising her tired head, “Do you remember Danny?”

“Of course sweetie,” she replied, “He was the handsome young man with the adorable little boy. You brought him here before…”

“Yes, that’s him. I’m in love with him Mama. He’s the most amazing man I’ve ever met. He’s kind and sweet…smart… strong… and he loves me, more than I ever thought anyone could…”

“That’s wonderful,” her mother smiled warily, waiting for her to say what she was expecting to come next. “So what’s wrong?”

“Bill…” Michelle said, choking back her threatening tears once again, “He’s blackmailing me. He’s going to take Danny’s nephew away from him if I don’t agree to marry him. It turns out that he thinks he is Mikey’s biological father. He’s already arranged to have a paternity test and I know he wouldn’t go through with it if he weren’t sure it was true. You know he wouldn’t risk a scandal for nothing.”

Mrs. Bauer sighed, turning her head away as her mind began to churn, trying to come up with some possible way to help her daughter. “Have you talked to your father about this?”

“He’s backing Bill. Apparently, his business matters more to him than I do. He’s even willing to help Bill get custody if that’s what it takes to get me to agree to this. What am I supposed to do? I can’t let them take Mikey away from Danny, it would kill both of them.”

“Are you sure he’s on Bill’s side? He told you that he was choosing Bill over you?”

“I just came from talking with him. He was with Bill and they were celebrating our impending marriage,” she reaffirmed, rubbing her tired, red eyes. “I love Danny so much. Mama, we made love last night and it was the most beautiful, wonderful experience of my life, just like you said it would be. He was so tender and loving. I can’t imagine ever being happier, but this morning, I was faced with reality. I may have to give him up to protect him. I can’t think of another way. Mama it’ll kill me. I don’t think I can live without him.”

Mrs. Bauer turned her head, covering the expression on her face. She was elated that it appeared her daughter had found what she’d been wishing for her to have, a true love, but it also looked like she may be forced to lose him. She sighed, putting on a bright face for her daughter, “Michelle sweetie, I don’t know what to tell you except don’t give up on love. You have to do everything you can to hold onto Danny. If you don’t you’ll never forgive yourself. I’ll do whatever I can to try and help you.”

“I know you would, but I think it’s out of our hands now. Thank you for listening to me mama, I love you.”

“I love you too sweetie. Remember what I said Michelle, don’t give up.”

Michelle nodded, turning her head and walking to the door. As soon as she closed it behind her, she leaned against the wall and slid to the floor, resting her arms on her knees. “I would never forgive myself if he lost Mikey either.”

* * * * * * * *

As soon as Michelle closed the door, Maureen picked up the phone and dialed a familiar number. “I need you to get over here now. Ed broke the deal. I’m not going to let him hurt my daughter, we’ve got to do whatever we can to stop him,” she said into the phone. As soon as she got her answer that the person would arrive in ten minutes, she hung up, sitting up and taking a drink of water. “He’s going to pay for crossing me,” she whispered to herself, looking out the window. “I have to find a way to protect her.”

* * * * * * * *

Hours later…

A knock on Maureen Bauer’s door shocked her into silence. After the events of the day, she was more than surprised to be receiving another visitor, especially at this time of night. “Hello?” she asked tentatively, her eyes quickly darting to the person sitting next to her to see if they could give any insight into the possible identity of her surprise guest.

“Mrs. Bauer? It’s Danny Santos. I’m a friend of your daughter’s.”

The man sitting along side of her stood up and kissed her on the cheek, “This sounds like a conversation you’ll want to have alone. I’ll give the two of you some time to talk…” he told her with a soft smile. “Don’t worry, I’ll be back later.”

“Thank you,” she whispered, holding onto his hand. “I know how hard all of this has been for you.”

He nodded before walking to the door and opening it. “Good night, Maureen,” he said formally, taking a long look at the man in front of him before allowing Danny to pass and take his seat next to the bed.

“It’s nice to see you again, Danny, Michelle has told me how highly she thinks of you. I’m glad to know you’ve been taking such good care of her.”

“Have you seen her lately?” he asked, hoping that the woman before him could shed some light on her possible whereabouts. He had already checked all the places he could think of with no luck. There had to be somewhere he didn’t know about that she might have gone. He was hoping her mother would be able to give him some clue as to where exactly that might be.

“Yes, she came by earlier. Why do you ask?”

“She was supposed to meet me at… Well, she never showed up. Was she upset when she was here?”

“She seemed okay,” her mother covered, unsure what the best strategy would be for this. She wanted to do what would best benefit Michelle, but she wasn’t sure what that was in this situation. “It’s not like her to miss her plans. Are you sure she knew where to go?” Mrs. Bauer asked, praying that she was wrong about the reason Michelle didn’t show up. If she was avoiding him, it could only mean that she had made up her mind to go through with breaking his heart and marrying Bill.

“A couple hours ago. She took off this morning while I was in the shower,” he blushed at his admission but continued nonetheless “and I haven’t heard from her since. I think there might be something wrong. Can you think of anywhere she might have gone?”

“Did you try Laurel Falls?” her mother asked, knowing that ever since Michelle was a child it was her favorite place, especially when she needed to think.

“That’s where she was supposed to meet me,” he sighed, his nervousness apparent to the women before him.

Maureen racked her brain, trying to find some clue as to where her daughter might have disappeared to. “The lighthouse,” she said finally, “I bet she went there. She used to go their all the time when she was a child. Our family owns it and she used to use it as her very own playhouse whenever she got the chance.”

“Thank you so much Mrs. Bauer. You know, I love your daughter very much. She’s the most incredible woman I’ve ever met,” he smiled.

“I can tell,” she smiled, “and she loves you too, more than you’ll ever know. Promise me that no matter what happens between the two of you, you won’t give up on what you have together. Promise that you’ll remember how much you love her and never let her go,” she requested, the urgent tone of her voice not lost on Danny.

“I promise,” he answered, unsure of why she was so insistent on making sure he gave her his word. “I love her too much to ever let her go.”

“I’m going to hold you to that,” she smiled half-heartedly.

“Thanks for the help Mrs. Bauer,” he said, standing to leave. “I’m going to give it a shot. Something is going on and I am going to find out once and for all what it is.”

He left her alone in the room and as she stared out into the night, she said aloud, “I hope you can handle it once you do son. No matter what she says, Michelle is going to need you now more than ever, even if my plan works.”

Summer Loving Goal

June 10, 2015

Last Summer Coke started a new program to get people to buy more Coke by putting names on the single serving Coke bottles. This gives me a new project for this summer. I’m going to find the Santos family names: Danny, Michelle, Robbie, Hope, and Danielle. If I get those I may branch out to other Bauers. :)

Coke Bottles 1

Michelle and Danielle

So far I’ve made a great start. I’ve got Michelle and Danielle. For those who aren’t regular readers, Danielle Santos is Manny’s youngest post-series finale baby (Danielle is a combination of Danny’s and Michelle’s names).

Can you find Coke bottles to share with the residents of Springfield? Share your pics, here and at GLManny on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

 

Cuban Cigars

June 4, 2015

As time goes on some things that made sense when Manny originally aired may be lost on modern viewers and one of those things is the problem with Cuban Cigars. When Carmen had planted enough doubts in Danny’s head during the early fake marriage, Danny set up a test by confiding something in Michelle to see if it would end up with law enforcement. He told Michelle that a shipment of Cuban cigars were being smuggled in. I’ll skip over Cuban political details, which now I think about it would be a good future post, and just focus on the cigars themselves and why they were illegal and had to be smuggled in.

Find the link to the segment here:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/01/19/manny-closer-march-4-5-1999

Best in the World

Cuba not only is perfectly located weather, climate, and soil type wise to grow tobacco, they have made it something of an art. Not only is their tobacco specially bred to be super high quality, they also have made tobacco rolling (the process where cigars are made from the loose tobacco that has been harvested and dried) into an art form. As a result Cuban cigars, sometimes also called Havanas after Cuba’s capitol city, have long had best in the world status with anything else being a very distant second or worse.

EMBARGO

During the 1960s in response to a political crisis, the United States and most other western nations cut off all trade with Cuba otherwise known as placing a trade embargo on them. We wouldn’t sell them our products and more importantly we wouldn’t buy anything from them, including cigars. (This is why you’ll see so many classic pre-1960s American cars if you see video footage of Cuba. They couldn’t get new ones and couldn’t afford them if they could.) It was hoped that this commercial blockade would cause enough hardship in Cuba that they would be forced to change their government.

Unfortunately this embargo never had its desired effect. As the decades rolled on one by one most Western nations gave up and restored normal trade relations. The United States continued to hold out both because of Cuba’s proximity to the United States (it’s only 90 miles off the Florida coast) and because of the large community of Cuban-American especially in Florida, but also in other key electoral areas around the country. The vast majority of these communities were rabidly anti-Castro (the dictator who took over the government in the 1960s and is still its nominal head today). Suggestions that trade be restored were met with protest and politicians saw little to be gained by restoring relations and a group of voters who would definitely be against them if they tried it. That did not stop them and other high powered men from getting smuggled in Cuban cigars if they could.

Legal Again?

Recently (in 2015) President Obama has made some steps towards normalizing trade and most likely Cuban cigars will once again be legal in this country, but during the late 1990s and early 2000s when Manny was filmed they were definitely illegal to import. It was pretty unaware of Drew, but not totally unexpected, to not realize they were banned because of that Cuban-American influence it came up on the news and in pop culture on a fairly regular basis.

So if you were confused by what Danny confided in Michelle during his test to see if he could trust, that’s why the cigars were illegal. Why there was anything illegal on board to trigger arrests when Danny had previously called his subordinates and insisted they make sure the shipment was clean is not explainable, but we do our best. :-)

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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June 3, 2015

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Something About You – Part 30 by ShellyLynn

May 30, 2015

Republisher’s Note: Michelle is desperate to get her father to see that he needs to help protect her from Bill.

Something About You – Part 30 by ShellyLynn

Danny exited the bathroom to the delicious smell of already cooked breakfast. Last night had been the best of his life and he was eager to continue the magic later that very evening.

“Michelle?” he asked when he arrived in the empty kitchen. “Honey?”

He walked over to the prepared meals on the counter, stealing a piece of bacon off one of the plates before noticing a note sitting next to them. He picked it up, immediately feeling a sense of dread come over him before reading a singe word.

After reading the simple message, his tension hadn’t decreased. He couldn’t help but fearing that Michelle’s sudden disappearance had something to do with the reasons she had been acting worried and distant lately. All that was erased for a while the previous night, but he had sensed a slight return this morning, something he pushed to the back of his mind in light of the glorious evening they so recently spent together.

He took a deep breath and exhaled, calming his nerves. If it were anything serious, he was sure that she would have told him by now. Either way, he was going to make it another perfect day for them. He walked over to his coat and pulled out the black box holding the diamond ring he bought for her. That very afternoon he planned to have a talk with Mikey about what was happening between them and then when Michelle met him later at the falls, he planned to do what he tried to do days ago, ask her to become his wife. He had everything planned, the picnic, the champagne, and even the words he now found flowing so easily. He would make this the best night they’d ever had, a night he was sure they would both remember for the rest of their lives.

* * * * * * * * * * *

Michelle turned her car around and sped toward the Bauer estate, her mind working furiously to come up with some way to reason with her father. She needed to make him understand how she felt about Danny. For once, she needed him to put her needs above his business and stand by her side. If she could find a way to convince him to back her rather than Bill, then Danny and she would have a real chance at making it.

She parked her car out front and walked into the house, eager to speak to him before she lost her nerve. She walked down the long main corridor, her shoes clicking on the hardwood floor with every step she took. As she got closer to her father’s office, she heard him laughing, obviously very happy about something. Probably another closed deal, she thought to herself, knowing that business seemed like the only thing of late with the ability to make him even crack a smile.

She reached for the knob with shaky hands, unsure whether or not to proceed. She wished it could be as easy as knowing that her happiness would be the most important thing to her father, but judging by previous events, she couldn’t be so sure. It had been a long time since she could remember him being her daddy, not since she was a small child.

She took a deep breath, knowing this was something she had to do, and without bothering to knock, she turned the knob, opening the door wide to enter the room and finding herself face to face with an unexpected surprise. “Bill?”

She took a step back, taking in the whole scene before her. What she saw was her father and her would be forced fiancée, rejoicing in something with a bottle of chilled champagne. She could only assume to know what was their cause for celebration and her heart dropped at the realization that she might not even have a fighting chance in this battle.

“What the hell are you doing here?” Michelle asked, her anger forcing her to face Bill first, her fists clenched defiantly at her sides. This was even worse than she’d anticipated. She couldn’t believe she hadn’t realized that Bill would come to her father first. He would want to ensure that his much-needed back up was in place. He might be an arrogant, cold-hearted man, but he was also one of the most intelligent men around. “Get out of my family’s home.”

“Is that any way to speak to your soon to be husband?” her father laughed, raising his glass in the air toward the two youngsters. “I don’t want to be privy to a lover’s spat already.”

“He’s never going to be my husband,” she shouted, looking her father dead in the eye, making her statement clear. “And I want him out of my mother’s house.”

“This house is mine now. Your mother hasn’t lived here for a long time,” her father sighed, seemingly tired with the talk already.

“Because you were too lazy to take care of her. You know I never wanted her to live in the home,” she said, another entire set of issues. She bit her tongue before lashing out further. That was a separate argument and one that right now wasn’t the most important thing she had to discuss with him. “Right now though, I want to know why you are taking an outsider’s side over your own daughter’s.”

“I thought this was a done deal, Lewis? You said you convinced her…” he looked at Michelle, moving closer to her side, “Sweetie, you’re being irrational. I’m not taking anyone’s side. Marrying Bill will be the best thing for both of you.”

“The best thing for me would be happiness. Don’t you want that for me? Don’t you want me to be happy? Daddy, I can’t be happy marrying someone I don’t love. Somewhere inside you must understand that, I know you do,” she pleaded, hoping for some sign that her words were having the desired effect. “I know that you want what’s best for me.”

“Love?” her father laughed harshly, taking another drink of his champagne, “Love is something found in fairytales, not real life. You are acting like a silly schoolgirl. NO……. Marrying Bill is what is best for you and for both families. Everything will work out, you’ll have everything you’ve dreamed of…”

“No,” she said, fighting the tears that she could feel welling up in her eyes. She wouldn’t cry though, she couldn’t give them that satisfaction. Her father had hurt her so many times over the years that she thought by now she’d be used to it, but this time it hurt more than ever. This time, it wasn’t his attendance at a school play or graduation, this time it was his insistence that he knew what was best for her and that he didn’t care at all that his “best” would make the rest of her life miserable.

“Love is real. I know from experience. Daddy, I’ve met the most amazing man. He’s smart and kind and loyal and strong. I love him and he loves me, so much. We want to have a life together, but Bill here,” she sneered, her hand sweeping wide in his direction, “is blackmailing me. He’s threatening to take custody of Danny’s nephew, his illegitimate son, away from him unless I marry him.”

Her father looked at Bill, his eyes expressionless as he thought about the situation. “Ahh, Are we talking about Santos? You are even brighter than I thought, Bill. You will be a great asset to this organization. I can’t say I commend you on getting the Santos girl knocked up, but we all make mistakes and I’m glad that you are going to take responsibility for your actions. I don’t know if I would allow a man of such low position to raise my son, but if you are willing to sacrifice that to make this work, then you are a strong, dedicated man and I respect you for it. If there is any way I can help, feel free to ask.”

“Dad? Haven’t you heard a word I said? Are you that intent on making me hate you? I can’t believe that even you would put your business over the needs of your only daughter,” she said, losing her battle and letting the tears flow. “Danny and I love that boy like he is our own. Bill doesn’t give a damn about him. All he is in his eyes is a pawn that he thinks will get him what he wants. You two disgust me.”

“I’ve heard everything I need to hear. You are being too emotional right now. In time, you will see that this is best for all involved,” he smiled awkwardly, standing up and walking to where she stood. “You’re going to be a beautiful bride.”

She shook herself free from his embrace, her tears subsiding in the face of her anger. “I will find a way out of this and when I do, I will never forgive either of you.”

She turned on her heal and left the room, making it all the way to her car before she broke down and sobbed, tears flowing from her very soul as she lay her arms against the steering wheel cried into them. She knew that her father would be a wild card in all of this, but his total rejection of her and his total insensitivity to her needs were more than she could handle. In the face of all that was happening, she needed an ally, someone she could trust, someone other than Danny who she could count on to be there for her.

She lifted her head and as soon as she could catch her breath, she turned the key in the ignition and pulled out of the long winding driveway of the Bauer Estate. She knew instinctively that there was only one other person that met that description, the one person who she had been able to count on her entire life….her mother.

Something About You – Part 29 by ShellyLynn

May 22, 2015

Republisher’s Note: Michelle is afraid of Bill’s plan.

Something About You – Part 29 by ShellyLynn

Danny awoke the next morning with a smile on his face. Never before had he experienced something so glorious, so special. Michelle was right, the previous night had been perfect. He rolled over to his side, expecting the beautiful creature he’d made love to the night before to be sleeping alongside him, but all he found were warm, empty sheets.

“Michelle?” he said aloud, waiting for a response. When he didn’t get one, he rose up out of bed and stepped into his discarded pair of pants from the previous day. As he walked out of the room, he tried once more, “Michelle, sweetie?”

“I’m in the kitchen,” came the sweet reply, allowing him to release a sigh of relief. He wasn’t sure why he had gotten so tense at her absence, but something about the way she’d been acting lately still had him wondering if something was wrong. The way she had been so open and loving the past evening however, had served to lessen the warning signals going off inside his head considerably.

He made his way into the kitchen where he wrapped his arms around her waist. “Morning sexy,” he drawled, his deep voice vibrating in her ear and sending shivers down her spine in remembrance of their recent activities. He set his unshaven chin on her shoulder as he watched her cook.

“Good morning,” she grinned, turning in his arms to face him.

“Yes it is,” he smiled, taking a step back to look at her appreciatively in her simple, pink silk robe, his eyes darkening with desire.

She slapped him playfully on the shoulder, “Looks to me like someone needs a nice cold shower.”

“You bet,” he laughed, reaching for her hand, “Care to join me?”

She couldn’t help but smile at his happiness, so this is what it felt like to be hopelessly, desperately in love with another human being, she thought. “Actually,” she fought the urge to take him up on his offer, “as good as that sounds, I think we should both be dressed before Mikey comes out here.”

“Yeah,” he agreed reluctantly, coming down from the cloud he’d been on for the previoius twelve hours. “You’re probably right. I don’t really want him to know what is going on between us until I have a chance to sit down and talk with him about it, which I plan to do later when I take him home.”

“That’s a good idea,” she remarked idly, going back to working on breakfast as she cracked open an egg and let it slide into the frying pan.

“I was thinking,” he added, almost as an afterthought, “later tonight I’d like you to meet me at Laurel Falls for dinner.”

“McDonalds again?” she asked with a laugh, knowing from the look on his face that isn’t what he had in mind.

“No,” he grinned at her response, “something much more special than that.”

She could swear she felt her heart skip a beat as she fought to find her voice. “Of course, that sounds wonderful.”

“Meet me where we had our picnic last time, at 6?”

“I can’t wait,” she said seriously, letting herself get caught up in the moment as her thoughts of Bill and what he was trying to do sliding to the back of her mind.

She laughed, smacking his hand lightly as he stole the makings of her breakfast feast, “If you keep doing that, we’re not going to have anything left to eat for breakfast.”

He nodded his head and after taking another piece of freshly made bacon off the plate, he disappeared to go get ready for the day. “I won’t be hungry.”

She laughed as he departed, turning the radio on the counter to her favorite country station and going back to work on breakfast. Mikey would probably be up soon and she wanted everything to be ready for them to eat when he woke up.

A couple minutes later, a knock on the door interrupted her cooking and she went to answer it, wondering who would be at her door at 8:00 on a Sunday morning.

“Coming,” she said, making her way to the front door and looking through the glass to see the identity of her visitor.

“I have official documents to be delivered,” the man said, “to a… hold on… Danny Santos.”

She opened the door and stood before him, “He’s in the shower,” she said warily, her mind coming up with a list of possible options for the contents of the envelope before her. Unfortunately, none of them were good. “Can I sign for them?”

“I’m not suppose to let anyone sign for them other than Mr. Santos,” the man argued, holding the envelope tightly in his small, chubby hands.

“He’s not feeling very well, I don’t think he’ll be out for a while,” she says, whispering as though telling him a colossal secret. “but I’m his fiancee. I’m sure you could make an exception.”

“You’ll make sure he sees them right away?” he wavers, looking into her beautiful brown eyes. He thought this Mr. Santos must be one hell of a guy to have this beautiful creature ready to marry him.

“Of course,” she smiled flirtatously, anxious to get the papers and look at them before Danny returned.

“Here you go,” he relented, handing her the sheet to sign, “Please sign on line eleven.”

She hurriedly did as told and practically pushed the man out the door before ripping the envelope open and searching through the thick legal document for the reason behind it’s delivery. Finally, on page 4, she found in bold letters across the top, Legal Request for Formal Paternity Test.

“No,” she cried, sinking to the floor, “this can’t be happening.”

After several moments of self pity, she rose to her feet, a silent determination behind each step she took as she headed to the bedroom. She wasn’t going to let Bill get away with this that easily, she would fight him every step of the way and maybe, just maybe, she could find a way to keep Danny and Mikey safe at the same time.

She quickly changed and threw her hair up into a ponytail before returning to the kitchen and taking out a piece of stationary to write on. She knew that if she stayed, Danny would be able to tell she was upset, even if she managed to hide the fact that she’d been crying. He simply knew her too well. Besides, if she knew him, he would insist on going with her and this was something that she needed to do alone, if there was to be any chance that it might work. She scribbled out a simple message and left it on the kitchen counter with their finished breakfast.

Dear Danny,

I know that you’re probably worried to find me gone, but don’t, I’m fine. Something important came up that needs my immediate attention and I have to go now. Enjoy your breakfast and I’ll see you tonight,

Love,
Michelle

She took out her cell-phone as she made her way to her car, “Can I please speak to Ed Bauer?”

“Do you have an appointment?” the voice on the other end asked formally, grating on Michelle’s nerves as she climbed into her car. She had never liked Ms. Rosen and right now, she was not the person Michelle wanted to speak to.

“No, I…”

“No one talks to Mr. Bauer without an appointment. Besides, he isn’t at the office today. Would you like to make one?”

“No,” Michelle sighed, surprised that for once, her father wasn’t working, “If he calls in, tell him his daughter would like to speak to him. It’s important.”

Something About You – Part 28 by ShellyLynn

May 21, 2015

Republisher’s Note: Despite the looming threat of Bill and her father, Michelle decides she needs to make love to Danny.

Something About You – Part 28 by ShellyLynn

Michelle and Danny sat in silence for a while longer, each enjoying the serenity and love they felt as they remained wrapped in each other’s arms. Finally, it was Michelle who broke the peace when she turned and looked into his dark eyes. “I love you, Danny,” she whispered reverently, not giving him time to respond before placing a soft kiss on his lips. He smiled in response and breathed a sigh of contentment.

“Say it again,” he requested, loving the way the words fell so effortlessly out of her beautiful rose colored lips.

“I love you,” she complied, her tone serious and contemplative. “More than you’ll ever know.” She leaned forward and before he could react to her statement, her mouth captured his, her tongue gliding easily between his slightly parted lips to duel with his own.

“Michelle…” he gasped, pulling away from the intensity of the kiss to look into her eyes.

“I want you, Danny,” she said without hesitation, wondering where all of her newfound bravado came from. The fact was, she was nervous, not about making love, but about everything that it meant and the place it would forever hold in her heart. As much as she knew that she couldn’t waste another moment or live another day without being one with the man who so easily captured her heart, she knew that the connection they had forged would only be made stronger by the intimacy, making her decisions all the more difficult to handle. “I want you to make love to me.”

“Michelle?” he repeated through his labored breathing, this time in the form a question. Did she really mean what she was saying? Was she ready for that? Was it really the right time for them? So many questions flooded his head and the first one he could latch onto came tumbling nonsensically out of his mouth, “I thought… you uh… wanted to wait?”

She reached for his hand and pulled it up to her face, kissing each knuckle before answering. “When I was younger, my mother always told me that the most amazing experience of your life is making love to someone who truly loves you, your soul mate. She always said when the perfect person came along I would just know it. I never understood what that would feel like, how I could be sure if someone were the one for me, but I do now, because I feel deep in my soul that it’s you. You’re my one. Maybe I wanted to wait because I wanted to see if you loved me enough to put my happiness before your physical needs or maybe it’s because I was scared, but I’m not scared anymore, Danny. I don’t want to go to bed another night without you beside me, or wake up again without being in your arms.”

Danny dropped his head as a silent tear escaped his eye and made a path down his cheek. “You know you don’t have to prove anything to me…”

“’I know… that’s not what this is about. I want this more than you know… I don’t want to waste one more precious minute of my life. I want to make the most of every second we have to spend together and I want more than anything to be yours in every sense of the word.”

She stood up then, reaching out her tiny hand to cup his chin. “Will you give me that gift? Will you make love to me?”

“I would love nothing more,” he replied, taking her hand and following her wordlessly through the apartment to her bedroom and shutting the door behind them.

As they stood in the room, facing one another, Danny reached out and tucked a loose curl behind her ears, “Do you know how amazing you are? I love you Michelle Bauer, more than I ever thought it was possible to love anyone.”

She reached down, hastily fumbling with the buttons of the green dress shirt she changed into when they first arrived back at her place, cursing herself for her stupidity in picking out the most difficult to remove blouse that she owned.

“Woah…” Danny laughed slightly, raising her chin to meet his eyes. “This isn’t a race, we have all the time in the world to do this right.”

She nodded her head, relaxing into his embrace and leaning her head against his chest. “This is one of the most important nights of our lives and there is no sense in rushing it. I want everything to be perfect for you.”

“It is perfect,” she smiled, finding her voice for the first time since entering the room. “Because I have you.”

He leaned down, capturing her mouth in a soft, yet sensuous kiss before moving her hair and using his lips to explore her neck. He could feel her tension dissipate more by the second and when he was sure she was fully relaxed he reached down and slowly unbuttoned her shirt with his nimble fingers, one button at a time, his lips delicately massaging each freshly uncovered area the thin material vacated. When the last button was undone, he slowly stepped back, reaching up to her shoulders and sliding the material down her arms and onto the carpet next to their feet.

“Are you sure about this?” he asked, searching her eyes for any glimpse of hesitation.

“I’ve never been more sure about anything,” she answered, slowly reaching for his shirt and pulling it from his pants. He reached down and grabbed the loose bottom of his shirt, pulling it over his head and tossing it to the side in her aid.

She delighted in the view, then reached out and ran her index finger down his muscular chest, admiring the way it rose and fell with each breath he took as he fought to retain control and take things slowly. He lifted his hand to lay against her cheek before running it down her side, raising goose bumps on her fevered flesh and causing her to giggle.

He reached around and placed his hand on her flat stomach before undoing the top button of her shorts and sliding down the zipper. He looked up at her and after receiving an encouraging nod, slid her shorts down her legs, leaving her in only her underclothes. “You’re perfect,” he whispered, kneeling down to trail kisses across her midsection. She gasped as his fingers found the sides of her string bikini and began to delicately, torturously tug on them, making her wet with anticipation. She stepped out of them and he pressed a finger to her most feminine area before removing it and sitting back on his feet. “Please, Danny,” she said, opening her eyes and looking down at him. “I don’t want you to stop.”

Danny didn’t need any more reassurance, he knew that she felt the same need, the same desire that he did. He slipped one arm under her legs and lifted her in the air, carrying her across the room and laying her on her queen size bed. He quickly divested himself of his pants before joining her atop the flowered comforter.

He took his time with her, acquainting her with the pleasures of lovemaking. He wasn’t exactly experienced, although this wasn’t his first time, but Michelle couldn’t have imagined a better, more gentle, loving, amazing partner to share herself with. Despite the slight soreness she experienced from her body’s acceptance of the new experience, she couldn’t remember a time in her life when she felt happier, more fulfilled than she did at that moment. As they reigned in their erratic breathing, Danny rolled off of her and pulled her up against his chest. “I love you, Michelle Bauer, and I will until the day I die.”

She wasn’t sure how she was going to do it, but somehow at that moment, she knew that she had to find a way for them to be happy. Even if it couldn’t be now, she knew that there was no way she could live the rest of her life without him. She would hold out hope that someday, no matter what happened between them, or how much she might be forced to hurt him, she would be able to return to this very place, falling asleep in his arms, right where she had always belonged.

Aftermath of Danny’s Murder Arrest June 14-18 2001

May 12, 2015

I’m throwing up my hands on this a little bit. The dates were off in where I find the dates to help divide up when the highlights aired. They are messed up to some extent for the next three weeks. It’s also hard to tell because these scenes are clearly from one soap “day” but could be spread over any number of episodes and I’m not sure at all that how I have it broken up falls on the proper days. Unfortunately the overall episode summaries for these weeks seem to have been written by people not very interested in Manny judging by the amount of information. The clips go farther than the description as I got it, but I’m guessing it was still on that Monday rather than later so I expanded it.

Thurs., June 14, 2001 – At Company: Frank calls Harley and tells her about Danny’s arrest and that Michelle is about to lose it. At the Springfield Police Department: Gus has Danny and Tony in cuffs. Tony: “Hey watch it with the shoving!” Ross comes in and Gus hands him the reports on why he arrested Danny. Ross laughs at Gus’s evidence. He wants to know when the alleged homicide took place and how Gus can prove a bullet was the cause of death? He tells Gus he jumped the gun and has tipped his hand. Later, he says it was partly bluff, but he makes a good show. Tony easily made bail and Danny tells Michelle that he is glad Tony got out. Michelle assures Danny that he, too, will be home tonight with his family. Danny isn’t so optimistic. Danny asks Michelle to let it go and just let Ross handle things from here on out. Danny: “Listen to me, you gotta listen to me. Ross will take care of me. We both know that Aitoro is going to try his damnest to nail me. We’re in for it. The biggest fight of our lives. Now honey, the most important thing to me. The only thing matters to me is that you and Robbie are all right. So please, please don’t do anything to jeopardize that….you’ve got to accept whatever happens…it might not be able to change it.” He wants her to promise not to do anything to jeopardize her and Robbie. An officer comes to lead Danny away. Michelle is crying. Michelle asks Tony how he is and he tells her that Russo provoked him. Tony wants to know what is up with Danny and Michelle tells him about Carmen’s death. An officer comes over to take Tony’s report and Michelle goes back over to Danny. She tells him Gus doesn’t have a case and everything will be okay soon. Ross comes over and tells Tony that he will get bail but he isn’t sure about Danny because they may consider him a flight risk. Michelle asks Ross if the case will hold up; she overheard him with Gus. Ross is glad she thought he was convincing because he was bluffing; Danny is in serious trouble. Ross tells them that he will set up a bail hearing for Tony. He tells them if they are able to get Danny bail it will be severe. At the Bauers: Meta is serving lunch to Ross. They are wondering if it will be possible to bail Danny out. Ross said he was able to get the bail hearing and arraignment moved up to today but the Judge will probably think Danny is a flight risk and deny bail. Michelle wants to get Danny out of jail as soon as she can. She thinks someone from the police or other mobster would kill him in there. Ross reminds Michelle that when she was on trial, Danny broke her out of prison and they went on the run for months. Ross says the judge will make a decision based on this case and will look at everything. Meta offers to talk to some friends who know the judge. Ross doesn’t want to encourage her. Michelle says Danny wouldn’t leave the country now that he has a family and two legitimate businesses. Ross tells them to keep their spirits up and he will see them all later. Michelle is leaving to get help for Danny. At the Springfield Police Department: Michelle is trying to talk Harley into doing anything she can for Danny because Harley knows Danny doesn’t deserve this and Harley has done her best to help Gus. They both know that Danny doesn’t belong in prison. Harley says the arraignment will be this afternoon and Harley has to attend in Gus’s place. Michelle says if she is really their friend, she can help Danny make bail. Harley says she is just presenting the facts; she doesn’t have control over bail. The prosecution will present Danny as a flight risk. Michelle to Harley: “You’ve seen Danny with Robbie. Do you think he’d abandon his own son? He’s not Danny Santos son of a mobster anymore. He’s a loving husband. He’s a wonderful father. He’s someone who has worked VERY hard to turn his life around. Doesn’t it count for anything?” Michelle says now that Danny is a father and gone straight he won’t run. She asks again for Harley’s help. Harley tells her she has to do her job. Michelle asks Harley if she thinks Danny will run and Harley tells her she doesn’t. Harley to Michelle about whether Danny is a flight risk: “I don’t think he’d leave you holding the bag.” She doesn’t think Danny would leave Michelle holding the bag. Michelle talks about Gus’s tactics and how Danny had plenty of time to run but he didn’t. Why would he run now? Michelle is asking Harley to do what is right. Harley says she is concerned about the evidence but she is also concerned about Gus’s vendetta. She will keep an open mind and do what she can. Rick is still playing with Robbie when Ross and Michelle walk in with Danny. Rick is surprised and they tell him that they had to put up everything, including Carmen’s house for collateral. Rick is glad Danny is home but wonders how Ross swung it. They tell Rick that Harley presented her evidence and when the Judge questioned her on her thoughts of Danny and whether he was a flight risk, she gave a glowing testimonial of a reformed person. Danny says he couldn’t believe it; he was ready to hate Harley forever after he learned she bugged the house but she really went to bat for him. Rick thinks Gus must really be angry with Harley now and wonders why she put herself out there like that. Danny tells him that Michelle appealed to her sense of fairness. Michelle gets Robbie and brings him over to his dad. Danny is so happy to be at home with his family. Danny to Robbie: “Boy, did I miss you. Hi, Tiger” – is this the first Tiger sighting? Ross tells him he is lucky to be there. Danny: “My beautiful wife is a miracle worker.” Michelle feels sorry for Harley now, having to deal with Gus. Ross tells Danny not to do anything to get his bail revoked. Ross warns Gus is not above entrapment. Danny: “I know how to be paranoid, right?” They will find out about the evidence at the indictment. Then they will find out if Gus is also going to charge Michelle. Ross wants to get home and start working. They all thank him as he leaves. (NOTE: This summary was dated Thurs., June 21, 2001 online, but it just has to be from Thurs., June 14, 2001)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Np-F1ZI_nw (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DIzwhHUvw0 (Part 2)

Mon.,June 18, 2001 –  (I think these clips go on the 18th. It’s next in the clips, but there was only description of Harley and Rick today in the summary, but it doesn’t seem to fit with the 19th or 20th ever so I’m assuming it goes here.) Danny comes down from putting Robbie down for a nap and Danny wishes Michelle would stop stress cleaning (she’s lining the shelves) and take a nap. Michelle is worried about what Claire will do. Abuela calls Danny for news and she insists he’s being unfair because she is still his blood even if she did order his death. Danny is convinced that Abuela turned in the tip for his arrest – actually it was Carlos, but I’m not sure where he got the information from. It was probably Carmen, but I don’t think they say. Danny is back to fixing around the house.  He is taking care of chores around the house he has put off because he wants to be sure to do everything he can to take care of Michelle and Robbie if he’s gone. Harley comes over and tells Rick that she just stopped in to tell Danny and Michelle that the surveillance van has been dismissed and they can proceed with their lives. Rick thanks her for coming and for coming through for Danny. Harley tells him that the judge asked her questions and she just told the truth. They talk about the baby and Rick shows her his calculations, in a few months the baby will be here and they need to take action. (NOTE: This seems to be the right date, but the dates seemed odd for these three weeks in the online source I took the original basis of this from.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-MADKVOjtw

I think this version is a little worse, but has a tiny bit more near the end:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMSg6l-zxds

When Danny is doing some repair work outside is anybody else flashing back to Danny helping Pilar hang the shelves in her room. Too bad he kept his shirt on this time, but I like the rolled up sleeves. :)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/03/16/danny-move-to-ca-april-28-29/

My Comments:

Sometimes you just got to love Tony great bit about the shoving. Either Gus or the writers really lost it here. This would be a great time for Gus to throw Ross’ cocaine mess  in his face (Alan planted it in his car to drive him out of the DA race in the late 1970s/early 1980s). It would be a great ammunition to throw at him. Also, I always was waiting for Gus to get out of the part of Danny’s file that Michelle approached the FBI with an offer to help bring down the Santos family before the fake marriage turned real, but he never does. Michelle is trying to save Danny by willpower alone and she’s not having anything else. I’m getting kind of sick of Harley’s poor little me routine. If anybody had pulled stuff like this on her or Frank, Harley would hit the roof, but Danny and Michelle are just supposed to smile and take it. Nice bit of blocking when Michelle and Danny comes home. Michelle comes in alone and we’re left to think she’s alone when she comes in, then Danny shows up. These are some really nice domestic scenes and Michelle is wearing that red top I just adore again. One nice thing about costumes on Guiding Light at this time (until their big attempt at getting publicity through wardrobe) is that they kept a character’s wardrobe and they wore things more than once. I still don’t get why Gus focused in on Danny. Personally I’d say of the people he knows are currently alive in the Santos family, I’d say Abuela is more to blame than Danny. This is a nice example of a Danny angst scene. He doesn’t want to think about how his grandmother betrayed him and tried to have him killed, but she’s forcing him to. That said though, she is innocent in this case. She didn’t report it to the police. Honestly I’m not convinced she told Carlos. My guess is Carmen did, but I’m not sure. That said I think it was an idiot move on Carlos part to report it anyway, Danny could have turned him in and I kind of wish he had. I will say this pretty much for every episode we see her from now on, but primary thought is a wish they hadn’t just switched actresses, but made her a great aunt or something since the character is completely reimagined from the first period that she appeared on the show. 

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Something About You – Part 27 by ShellyLynn

May 8, 2015

Republisher’s Note: Manny watches a movie and finds a swing.

Something About You – Part 27 by ShellyLynn

They arrived back at Michelle’s apartment and after eating dinner they decided to curl up and watch television. “The Wizard of Oz is on tonight, let’s watch that. It’s my all time favorite,” Michelle grinned, watching as Danny turned on the television and grabbed a seat with Mikey on the couch.

She went into the kitchen and popped a bag of microwave popcorn, bringing it and sodas with her on her trek back into the living room. She settled in between the two of them, her body curving instinctively into Danny’s.

She turned her head and found the young boy smiling excitedly as the show got ready to begin, “I love this movie too,” he said, leaning forward in anxious preparation.

“I think he just likes the witches,” Danny teased, gently massaging Michelle’s shoulders. “Otherwise, it’s not really a guy movie

Michelle laughed at his statement as she leaned in even closer to his body. If only for tonight, she wanted everything to be perfect. She wanted them to be a normal couple enjoying a normal night of fun and relishing in their love. That wasn’t too much to ask for, was it? One more night?

* * * * * * *

“I’m surprised that you’re here after that stunt you pulled last night, asking Michelle to marry you like that. You’re lucky she fainted or she would have humiliated you,” the woman said, opening her door and inviting the man standing outside to come in.

“She wouldn’t have turned me down in front of all those people, she’s too sweet for that,” he laughed, his voice dripping with sarcasm. “It’ll make the marriage look more real this way.”

When he saw that she was unconvinced of his sincerity, he added, “Look, you know it’s all about the money. You’re the one I want,” he said, giving her a puppy dog look as he looked eyed her scantily clad body, “but the only way to get hold of the Bauer fortune is to marry Daddy’s slumming little princess. The man would croak if he knew half of what I do, but it’s in my best interest to just play it cool. As long as I can get her to marry me, I’ll be set for life. The little thing’s got herself all wrapped up in that Santos boy though. She’s making things so much harder than they have to be.”

She jutted out her lip in a pout as she wrapped her arms around his waist. “I hate to see you so unhappy,” she said, looking up at him seductively, “Why don’t we see what I can do to make you feel better?”

She led go of him and dropped her robe on the floor, revealing the nude body underneath. “I think I know just the thing…”

* * * * * * *

Danny looked down at Michelle’s sleeping face as the final credits rolled across the screen. It was the first time all day that he had seen her look truly peaceful. “What’s going on with you?” he whispered, gently brushing back a stray lock of her blonde hair.

Mikey had fallen asleep barely 20 minutes into the movie and since Michelle wanted them to stay the night anyway, he was going to carry the boy into the spare bedroom down the hall. He picked up the remote from the end table and shut off the television, attempting to slip out from beneath her embrace and off of the couch, but his attempt was thwarted when she stirred and opened her eyes.

“Hey sleepyhead,” he smiled gently as she looked up at him, “I told you that you were tired.”

She smiled back in response, sitting up and wiping her eyes, “What time is it?”

“Just after eleven,” he answered as she cuddled up closer to him, “you want to go to bed?”

“No,” she yawned, pulling her feet up onto the couch and curling into a ball, “I’m comfortable where I am.”

He grinned, enjoying the sound of her simple words. The truth was, there was no where on earth that he would rather be than right there with the two most important people in his life, holding her in his arms. It was something that he had every intention of doing for the rest of his life.

“As much as I love the sound of that,” he whispered, placing a soft kiss on her forehead, “I need to get Mikey in bed.”

She nodded her head and sat up so that he could slip out from beneath her, grabbing a blanket and wrapping it around her shoulders as she shivered from the loss of his body heat. He gave her a quick kiss and then picked his nephew up off the couch and gracefully carried him off to deposit him in bed.

When Danny returned moments later, Michelle was nowhere to be found, but he suddenly noticed the breeze coming from the sliding doorway that lead to the terrace attached to her apartment. Making his way outside, he noticed her sitting there, simply staring at the stars.

“I used to sit outside with my mom during the summer and look at the sky. We’d watch for hours until we saw a shooting star and then she’d always tell me to make a wish. I would usually wish for something involving my dad spending time with me, or coming home from a trip. He wasn’t around much…”

He noticed her pause and slipped in beside her on the wooden swing she’d added as soon as she got the apartment. When she’d lived at home as a child the old wooden swing in the back yard was one of the best places to go and think, to relax and relish in the beauty of a warm spring day. That was until her father decided to have all the grounds redone and carefully re-designed. She had found the old thing stashed away with the garbage and rescued it, hiding it in the back of the garage until she moved into her own place and brought it with her. It was a fond memory of days less complicated, when her mother’s love and the peace she created were enough to make everything in the world okay.

“There are so many things we used to do together that I took for granted, so much time I wasted because I thought she’d always be there for me like she promised. She never broke a promise. It never even occurred to me that she could get sick and her life would be taken out of her hands,” she continued, still not looking at him as her eyes glistened with tears ready to fall.

“Baby,” he whispered as he reached out to caress her cheek, the tenderness in his voice causing the tears to finally flow down her cheeks, “Your mom still loves you, and she still wants to be here for you. She’s still in there. You have to hold onto that.”

She turned her head and leaned against his chest, letting out the emotions of the past 24 hours. I only just found him, she thought, surely God isn’t so cruel as to force me to let him go so soon. She shook her head to rid it of the negative thoughts, she wouldn’t think of that now, she wouldn’t allow it, but she knew, if it came down to it, she loved him enough to let him go.

When her cries subsided, she held out the blanket, allowing him to join her underneath its warm barrier from the wind. “Look sweetie,” he said, “a shooting star. Let’s make a wish.”

“I don’t do that anymore Danny,” she said, watching it go by. “I gave up on wishing a long time ago.”

“Come on, do it for me. For old times sake,” he asked, giving her a playful smile.

“It’s already gone.”

“But you saw it,” he reminded her, “It’s worth a shot. It’ll be fun.”

She closed her eyes and made a wish, opening them to see his grinning face staring back at her. “What did you wish for?” he asked like a child on Christmas morning, forcing a smile to take over her lips momentarily.

“I can’t tell you or it won’t come true,” she replied, having more reasons than that to remain silent.

“All right then,” he said disappointedly, “I guess we’ll just have to stick around together to find out if our both of our wishes come true.”

If we’re still together, then my wish will have already been granted her mind argued. “I guess we will,” she added, trying to keep her voice strong.

She cuddled up closer to him as they rocked back and forth. “Promise me that no matter what happens, you’ll remember the way you feel right now, how happy we are.”

“What do you mean?” he asked, noticing the serious, worried tone her voice had once again taken.

“Nothing.”

“Michelle…”

“Just promise me, please?” she pleaded, staring into his eyes as the moonlight reflected off the dark pools.

“I promise,” he stated firmly, giving her a kiss on the forehead. “I’ll never forget, because this is the way we will always be. Danny and Michelle, forever.”


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