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Michelle Does What She Wants

July 23, 2015

This point is a very important part of the Manny relationship. Danny explains this point at several different times to quite a few different people, but this is a nice example. One of the best parts of the Manny relationship is that Danny accepts Michelle for who she is and doesn’t try to control her. Even though other people love Michelle most of them try to control Michelle. Danny doesn’t. It seems quite often someone is telling him to control Michelle or to accuses him of forcing her to act a certain way.

Danny disputes both things. He figured out the importance of letting Michelle be her own person very early in their relationship and he holds to it all the way. He tries to explain this relatively simple point to many other people, but none of them get it. With every example, it makes my Mannyac heart soar. ♥

In the clip below Claire Ramsey (Michelle’s biological mother) accuses Danny of forcing Michelle to not have a relationship with Claire. Although Danny doesn’t like and doesn’t trust Claire, he responds as he normally does when someone gets on him about controlling Michelle. He actually means this quote below. His main concern is if Claire hurts Michelle and he will intervene then if he can, but even then he leaves decisions about how Michelle wants to live her own life to Michelle.

Danny to Claire: “Let me tell you something, Michelle does whatever she wants. As far as you are concerned I don’t say anything one way or another. If Michelle wants to have a relationship with you then that’s her deal.”

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Something About You – Part 32 by ShellyLynn

July 23, 2015

Republisher’s Note: Michelle is struggling to get out of the trap Bill and Ed have set for her.

Something About You – Part 32 by ShellyLynn

Michelle climbed the stairs up to the balcony of the lighthouse, wrapping a blanket tightly around her shoulders as she looked out over the water. It was so beautiful, so peaceful. So many times in her life she went there and just the calm of it made her feel better. It was a place that helped her to solve so many of the problems she had encountered in the past. This time however, it wasn’t a solution she was searching for. This time, it was a way to reconcile within her own heart what she wanted and what she knew she must do.

She had always dreamed of finding the kind of love she had with Danny, but ironically, that love is the one thing that was forcing her to give him up. She knew what losing Mikey would do to him and she couldn’t be the cause of his despair. He had already lost so much, so many people in his life, she wasn’t sure he could handle losing the last remaining member of his family.

Right then, she supposed, he was probably really worried about her though. She was way late for her date to meet him at the Falls and she contemplated calling him to let him know she was okay, but decided against it. She didn’t think she could steady her voice to talk to him anyway. He would be able to read her like a book, even from miles away.

She wondered how she would find a way to tell him. Sure, he would be hurt by her news, but he would get over her, she swallowed around the lump in her throat at the thought. He would be able to find someone else and have a family. He would be able to continue raising Mikey into the kind of man anyone would be proud of. He would find happiness and she would hold onto that hope and the wonderful night they spent together to get her through the rest of hers. Knowing that he was okay would make it worth the pain. It was the only choice she found herself in the position to make. She only hoped she could find the strength to go through with it.

The wind blew her hair into her face and she reached up and tucked the stray strands behind her ears. If she closed her eyes, she could almost feel Danny’s hand doing the very same thing just hours before. She tried to block his image from her mind, knowing that it was the only way to get through this, but the harder she tried, the more his face invaded her thoughts. His smile… his laugh… his kiss.

“Ugh,” she sighed, shaking her head violently, making a mental note that she must have run out of tears a long time ago. “Go away, please,” she pleaded, trying to convince her heart she was doing the right thing.

“I just got here,” a voice came in response.

“How did you know I was here?” she asked, keeping her eyes trained on the water before her.

“I know you, Michelle. We’ve been friends for a long time,” the voice responded. “You have always come here when you get upset.”

“You could fix that you know,” she answered, her voice wavering slightly. “You don’t have to do this.”

“Michelle…”

“Come on, Bill,” she said, turning to face him. “If we were really friends, you wouldn’t put me through this. If you cared about me at all, you would want me to be happy.”

“You will be. Come on, Michelle. Our marriage will make us some of the most powerful people in the world. We care about each other. That’s enough,” he said, he said calmly, as if his reasoning would be enough to convince her to see clear to his way of thinking.

“It’s not,” she refuted him, “I have exactly what I want with Danny. How do you expect me to walk away from that? How do you expect me to tell him that I’m marrying someone else? I can’t do that. I’ll never be able to look him in the eye and convince him that I don’t love him as much as he loves me.”

A noise at the bottom of the stairs caught her attention, her eyes turning to the doorway. “Michelle?” she heard, ‘Michelle? Are you here?”

“Oh my God, it’s Danny,” she gasped, both excited and terrified at the same time. It looked like the moment she’d been dreading had finally arrived. She would have to tell him her decision. She would have to look him in the eye and break his heart.

She heard his steps getting closer as he climbed the stairs to the observation deck. She looked at Bill, detesting the smug, almost excited look on his face. She couldn’t help but wonder how she had ever considered him to be one of her closest friends. Now, against her wishes, the man she could now barely stand to look at would be becoming her husband. She couldn’t think of any other way out of it.

The door began to open and she took a step away from it, holding her breath as she waited for Danny’s arrival. She couldn’t do this to him, she realized suddenly, at least not in front of Bill. There had to be another way, didn’t there? She couldn’t break his heart and humiliate him at the same time.

Before she got the chance to change her mind, Bill grabbed her and pulled her close to him, planting a firm, rough kiss on her lips. “Michelle?” she heard Danny’s meek voice from behind.

“Danny,” she gasped, finally able to break free. “This isn’t what you think…”

“She didn’t want you to find out this way, Danny. She wanted to tell you in person, face to face with no distractions, but now that you’ve caught us, we might as well tell you. Michelle and I are getting married.”

“You’re a liar,” Danny gritted through his teeth, taking a step toward Bill even as he said it.

“Tell him, Michelle,” Bill said firmly, holding onto her arm.

She gazed at him with a look of pure hatred before turning to Danny and taking a deep breath, “It’s true,” she managed, holding onto Bill’s arm in what appeared to be a gesture of love, but was really the only thing keeping her knees from collapsing beneath her.

“It can’t be, Michelle,” Danny tried, unable to grasp her quick turnaround. “You love me, I know you do, and I love you. We belong together…”

“We’re getting married in two weeks,” Bill stated firmly, surprising both of them. “You’re welcome to come, Santos.”

“No thank you,” Danny said, fighting to contain his emotions. This couldn’t be happening again. She swore she would never leave him, how could she do this. “I thought you were different. I thought that we were going to spend the rest of our lives together, but I guess you were playing me for the fool. Maybe everyone was right, I was okay to slum with, but not to marry. Sorry to interrupt your lovefest,” he choked, knowing he had to get out of there before he broke down. “Have a happy life.”

He turned around and walked back through the door as Michelle collapsed into a heap on the ground. “How could you do that? I can’t do this to him, not this way.”

“I did what had to be done,” he said nonchalantly, gripping the rail as he looked at her. “You weren’t strong enough to do it on your own, so I did it for you. You should be thanking me. Come on, let me take you home and make you forget all about this.”

“Let’s get one thing straight. I may be marrying you, but I’m doing if for Danny’s sake and I will never betray our love by sleeping with you,” she choked, finding a few tears that apparently were waiting for that moment to be shed. “I want you to leave.”

“Fine,” he said, taking a step toward the door to leave, “He’ll get over it you know. He’ll find another woman to seduce, maybe not as rich, but at least he’ll have the kid.”

She shook her head, remembering Mikey, the reason she was doing this. “Mikey is lucky that he’ll never have to know what a despicable man his father is.”

Bill laughed, easily shrugging off her insult. “You need to drop by and talk to the coordinator. We have a wedding to plan.”

He shut the door behind him and Michelle looked up at the sky. “Lord,” she prayed. “Please forgive me for what I’m doing to Danny. Please help him to deal with this and move on. All I want is for him to be happy, even if it can’t be with me. Please help him to find forgiveness in his heart for me as well, I never wanted to hurt him. If there’s any other way out of this, I pray that you’ll help me find it.”

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

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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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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 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.


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