Archive for the ‘Michelle and Danny Santos’ Category

Laurel Falls by Dani Michelle

April 30, 2020

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This story takes place after Michelle’s miscarriage during their first marriage.

Laurel Falls by Dani Michelle

Michelle stood on the balcony that overlooked her family’s backyard and sighed. The night air whipped through her wet hair and she shivered. The coldness of the night enveloped her but the pain that coursed through her body had nothing to do with the dropping temperature.

She pulled her sweater tight and hugged herself as silent tears began to fall. A hollow ache coursed through her soul and she felt as though her body was being ripped apart from the inside out. The feeling was too much for her and she sank to the concrete floor leaning against the wall of the house. She looked up at the setting sun and felt for a moment that Nature was mocking her. The cruelty of it all. The beauty of the sunset that contrasted the darkness of the day’s events.

Michelle choked back a sob as she realized that the sun was also setting on this chapter of her life. When she woke up this morning her baby girl was inside of her. Safe. Loved. Whole. But tonight, her body was empty. Her baby was gone. And with it, every sense of hope that had lived within her soul.

——

Michelle turned toward the door as she heard it open and smiled when she saw her husband.

“Danny!” She grinned as she rushed into his arms and kissed him. She felt safe in his arms as though nothing could ever happen though it had many times before. She pushed the thought of her mother in law and biological mother aside and kissed her husband fiercely.

When the kiss ended, Danny pulled away slightly, his smile matching hers.

“How was your day?” He asked as he wrapped his arms around her waist and held her close.

“Perfect.” Her smile widened, “Now that you’re here.” She kissed him again and played with the curls at the nape of his neck.Danny looked around the Bauer kitchen, his eyes lighting on the bassinet that had been moved from the living room where it had been when he’d left for work that morning. His eyes shone.

“And how is our baby girl?” He asked as he walked toward the bassinet and peered down at the sleeping baby within.

Michelle stood behind him, her head resting on his shoulder. She sighed contentedly as she looked down at their daughter. The baby wore a white nightgown and clutched the light pink blanket she was swaddled in. Her dark chestnut curls framed her perfect tiny face. The newborn smiled in her sleep and Michelle’s heart skipped a beat.

“She’s amazing.” She whispered.

“Yes she is.” Danny smiled as he leaned down to gently kiss the baby’s head, “Hey Laurel Grace, Daddy’s home.”

—-
Michelle woke with a start and sat up straight in bed. Her heart felt as though it was going to pound out of her chest and her hand instinctively flew to her stomach.

Realization began to set in, creeping around her like a smothering fog. She sucked in a breath and bit her lip fighting back the wail that was threatening to escape.

Danny sat up beside her, “Honey are you okay?” He asked as he put his hand on her shoulder.

She sat there for a moment before turning to face him. Tears streamed down her cheeks and she fell into his arms. Her body racked with sobs and she buried her face into his chest.

Danny held her tightly as she cried. His own tears intermingling with her own. When she finally pulled away she looked up at him fighting the wave of emotion that threatened to succumb her once again, “Laurel.” She whispered.

“What?” He asked, his dark eyes searching her face.

Michelle took a deep breath, “Our baby. I want to name her Laurel. Laurel Grace.”

Danny looked at her for a moment allowing her words to form and process in his mind. He was silent for what seemed like an eternity but then a small smile came across his face.

“It’s perfect.” He said as he kissed her forehead, “Laurel Grace Santos.”

Michelle smiled. Somehow hearing him say it, knowing their baby had a name. An identity. It helped. She knew that they would never fully heal. Their life would be forever changed. But somehow, giving their precious baby girl a name made things a little better. It gave her something to hold onto. And though Baby Laurel had fallen from their lives, she knew that somehow, someday, everything would be okay. They would hold her. They would kiss her. They would love her.

Forever.

——
Dedicated to my son and daughter and all the other babies lost too soon. 

Michelle Gives Us A Shout Out!

April 29, 2020

Bethany Joy Lenz (our beloved Michelle Bauer Santos #4) shared this great post about their upcoming online reunion. Thanks to Buzzworthy Radio for the RT so I saw it.

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.

 

Santos Family Reunion 2020

April 23, 2020

I’ve previously reported on Alan Locher‘s online reunions for As the World Turns and Guiding Light. They are pretty much a couple of times a week now with different groups of actors. I HIGHLY recommend you subscribe to his YouTube channel.

OK, you should definitely watch all of his episodes focused on As the World Turns and Guiding Light. BUT I got the best Guiding Light news since I heard Phillip was returning during 2009. THEY ARE DOING A SANTOS FAMILY REUNION! (Picture Kermit the Frog wildly waving his arms after hearing something great and you’re seeing me.)

Collection of Period Publicity Photos for Reunion

OK, take a deep breath. It’s going to take place May 6, 2020 at 2pm CT. It’s streaming live on YouTube using a streaming program that lets them have a maximum of 6 feeds at once including Alan Locher himself who serves as an MC.

The Santos Family gets back together to reminisce about their time on Guiding Light.

Tune in to see:

  • George Alvarez (Father Ray #2)
  • Bethany Joy Lenz (Michelle Bauer Santos #4)
  • Saundra Santiago (Carmen Santos)
  • Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny Santos)
  • Jordi Vilasuso (Tony Santos #1)

Set your reminder now and Quick turn on the Light – Guiding Light!

Why Is the Mob Often Tied to the Garbage Industry?

April 9, 2020

Danny Knocks Over a Coke Machine

In the Seinfeld episode “The Voice” Jerry tells Elaine:

Jerry: Elaine, breaking up is like knocking over a coke machine. You can’t do it in one push, you got to rock it back and forth a few times, and then it goes over.”

I’ve always thought that was what Danny did breaking up with the mob. He really couldn’t walk clean away as Michelle originally expected. He was drawn back in repeatedly. He tried everything possible to have Michelle and safety without destroying everything he grew up with. Danny rocks the Coke machine time and time again. (Honestly I think they went back to the well at least one too many times.) Finally though he pushes the mob Coke machine over and it breaks.

Danny Keeps the Garbage

When Danny and Michelle moved into Orchid Manor Danny had a meeting with the out of town families. They came to an agreement that they’d keep out of Springfield proper and could split the rest of the illegal activities from the Santos Family, except he was keeping the garbage deal. The other mob guys thought that was crazy because you can’t make money with garbage legally, but agreed.

The kept that card next the vest with that idea. It was years later that we found out that Danny had kept running the garbage the way they always had done keeping a finger in the illegal pie.

Why Is the Mob Often Tied to the Garbage Industry?

Mental Floss looked at why the mob would WANT the garbage? Their answer were multiple. They could make money legally with it. They could skim money out of the business. They could give their associates fake jobs to have a legal excuse how they “earned” their income. They could use it to launder dirty money.

The mob really got into trash in the mid-20th century, when many cities stopped collecting commercial waste and left businesses to find private haulers.

Mobsters from New York to Chicago saw an opportunity and either started or took over (with money, intimidation or violence) hauling firms. Within a city, crews would divvy up routes, rig contract bids, and harass and extort non-mob haulers and customers in order to quash competition and keep their prices high.

Soon, gangsters, mostly from Italian- and Irish-American crime families, had monopolies on trash collection all over the Northeast and upper Midwest. The so-called “garbage mobsters” who ran these operations often falsified paperwork and tampered with waste scales, sometimes to skim profits from the business, and sometimes to hide dirty money in it. Crew bosses and members often got no-work, no-show “consulting” positions at the firms, which gave them a legit job to put on their tax return and explain their income.

Today big corporations have been pushing the mobsters out of the business, but mob and garbage still are connected in many people’s minds.

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.

Laurel Falls Vows

March 26, 2020

This is a repost from Rustle of the Sheets. The description below and the transcription are from that site. I’ve been looking at getting wedding vows up so I’m glad she had the same thought.

Laurel Falls Vows

The Laurel Falls wedding was the first one where they both were clear they were serious about pledging their lives to each other. It is the day after Danny broke Michelle out of the Psych Ward and Danny is going to make Michelle’s dream come true. Michelle gives Danny a tour of Laurel Falls and re-tells him about her childhood wedding dream.

I’m adding to the transcription. There are a couple of lines I couldn’t catch on the recordings I currently have. I hope to find better eventually. Her transcription starts after the break.

Danny: “I want to marry you, right here, right now. What do you say? Think we can make today our wedding day? You know we are about to start our life together. So it should begin with a wedding that is just about us. Don’t you think?”

Michelle: “Ya, you are so amazing!”

Danny: “I know.”

Michelle: “When we got married the first time in front of everybody and we kissed. I…I was fighting it, but I realized just that I was falling in love with you. I know it’s going to last FOREVER!”

Danny: “I want to promise my love to you forever before God right here.”

Michelle: “You know what’s great? I already am yours, I am and I always will be.”

Danny: “Just us.”

Michelle: “Just us.”

Danny: “I love you. I love you so much.”

Michelle: “I love you, too.”

Ray arrives and tells them how happy is that they’re getting married. Danny tells her this is her dream and he wants to make it come true every way he can.

Danny: “Are you ready?”

Michelle: “Uh huh, I’ve been ready my whole life. I can’t live without you.”

Danny: “Oh, one more thing..[Danny goes and gets a bouquet of daises]…see I thought of everything.”

*****

[July 2, 1999] “You are My Life” — Danny’s Laurel Falls Vows …

Danny: “Michelle, Michelle, when you entered my life, I was changed forever. You’re so full of love and life and goodness. You are a treasure and I promise I will treasure you always. With you in it, my life is richer than I had ever dreamed it would be.

“You make me want to be the best man that I can be. The man you can be proud to call your husband. I want to make all your dreams come true and I will. And as God is my witness I vow to protect you, to honor you and to love you forever. You are my life.”

Rustle of the Sheets transcript

It’s That Foreshadowing Business Again Essay 21

March 19, 2020

Republisher’s Note: Republishing another one of the essays from Rustle of the Sheets. This one is just word perfect and was written after Michelle finds out about his night with Drew. It’s talking about the aftershocks of the Drew/Danny reveal, May 10-11, 1999. I would recommend also that you check out the post about Maureen’s death to make Michelle’s reaction make sense.

From the Rustle of the Sheets

 

Essay #21


“It’s That Foreshadowing Business Again . ..”


(Concerning Michelle’s line “I guess one night can’t do much damage.”)
By Kathy — posted on the Mannyac Board.

I don’t think we need to be too worried. I think this is foreshadowing to when Michelle finds out about Danny and Drew. It’s to put irony into the equation … like we need any more. But what is actually good about this whole situation is that Michelle opened the door with fear in her eyes, because of her dream, but she also had hope in her eyes. Hope, that Danny came to her, hope that Danny wants to make this marriage work, hope that he forgives her.

But, after Danny offers her the “gift” in today’s episode … I think we will see Michelle come to the realization of just what this man is willing to give up for her … which in turn will help her finally admit her feelings to Danny. What I see happening is that Danny will offer an annulment, Michelle will be shocked, upset and confused. She won’t know why because she has been wanting her freedom for a long time … to get back with Jesse, to get away from Carmen, and, I suspect, to end what she’s really afraid of … her love for Danny.

But, she will realize that she does not want this … she will accept it at first because she thinks its what she wants. But, after she has time to think things through … she will realize that Danny has given up his love for her … or Michelle to be free, which is what he thinks she wants. And she will realize just how selfless he is … that Danny would give Michelle her freedom because he loves her. And this will make Michelle want Danny even more.

What he does will be so meaningful to her that she will realize that her love is stronger than she imagined. I believe that this is the beginning of the road to them being truly together.

And … Danny? Well, he will need reassurance from Michelle that what he offered is indeed what she wants. It is the only way he will be able to feel like what he did with Drew was justified. I don’t think he will get that feeling of justification, though. In fact, once he sees Michelle’s reaction, he will be more confused than ever because, he thinks he knows everything Michelle is feeling, what she wants and what she doesn’t want … which at the moment he thinks is him.

When Danny finally comes to terms with what Michelle has done, when he finally starts to think things through, that is when he will realize what Michelle gave up to tell him the truth. How much she must have trusted him to tell the truth and how much she wanted to protect him from the FBI. This is when we will see Danny in anguish … because Michelle’s actions will become clearer and he will understand her more. It is then that he will really feel like he has lost her, but it also then that Michelle will start to go after Danny, not because she feels she has to, but because she feels she wants to.

One night does make a difference … it holds the key to Manny’s future, it opens the door to their hearts, and it will help these two lost souls come together in what I suspect will be the most satisfying reunion on daytime. Don’t give up hope, no matter what TPTB throw at us now, have faith our couple will make it, no matter what obstacles they face. They have both admitted their feelings … granted one was more clear than the other … but we all know both feel the same. Love will prevail … and then we will see some of the best scenes with Manny that we could possibly hope for.

Kathy

 

Carmen’s Lost Brother

February 19, 2020

One of the most frustrating drop storylines in the early days of Manny was Danny’s uncle in California. We never meet said uncle. If he was at Danny and Michelle’s church wedding he didn’t introduce himself to the audience.

Danny talks about his uncle in California a lot in the early days. He said that all of them used to go out to California during summers and work at the uncle’s restaurant. It’s where both he and Mick learned to tend bar. During the annulment separation Carmen had arranged for Danny to go out to California and work in his uncle’s restaurant. They talk about how he only has daughters.

SO this has to be Carmen’s brother. There were three Santos brothers whose mother was Maria (aka Abuela). All three are dead before we meet Danny. We know two of them had sons and as far as we know the third one didn’t have ANY kids.

For there to be a living uncle in California, it had to be Carmen’s brother. That’s a bit odd because Carmen never speaks of her family again in any way.

I love the story about Danny’s uncle’s restaurant and I can see everybody in his family working there, except Carmen. I don’t think she probably did. Actually, this is a much happier back story than I think he really had. This is is one of those time incongruities when they start a story without having the storyline mapped out. The last time this uncle (no name given) is mentioned is when Carmen tries to send Danny out to California. Then he disappears off the face of the earth without even a phone call after the accident to let him know Danny isn’t coming. The uncle has to be on Carmen’s side by process of elimination (his grandmother Maria’s 3 sons are all dead before we meet Danny) and this is the only family of hers that is ever mentioned. They could even have suggested that Carmen went to California after Danny shot to take refuge with her own family, but that didn’t happen.

So what is Carmen’s family like? Where are they from? What’s the story of this uncle and his daughters? Sadly they were never explored. After this Carmen always presents herself as a Santos, all Santos, with no other family at all.

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.

Michelle and Danny’s Church Wedding Vows Feb 14 1999

February 13, 2020

Rustle of the Sheets was a Manny fan website. Like this one it had a lot of Manny related stuff. This was part of a series of important quotes or as they called them “Danny’s Speeches of Love (and Lust).” I’m going to break them out and take them one at a time. I especially wanted to share this as part of our Valentine’s Day Week Celebration since their wedding was indeed on Valentine’s Day. Find the rest of their wedding.

“A Treasure to be Cherished — Danny’s Vows” . . .

[February 16, 1999]

You know sometimes people meet each other under very unusual circumstances. We did.”

'A Treasure to be Cherished'“Who knows why God puts a particular person into your life. I certainly didn’t expect to meet someone like you and I know you didn’t plan on meeting a guy like me, but by divine providence or fate or just plain luck, we were thrown together and I knew, I knew that you were a treasure to be cherished and to be revered.

“Michelle, I — I promise to do everything in my power to keep you safe and to make you happy. And what we have between us will grow with you as my wife and I as your husband.”

An Accidental Date [V-Day Challenge] by Samj

February 11, 2020

I saved this one to share for Valentine’s Day. To make it easier to direct people to this story I wanted to put all the chapter links in a single post, in other words do a link roundup. This story is in the Continued Storyline fanfic category. It isn’t under college because Danny is out of school when it takes place. This is a fic that I rescued and have republished.

An Accidental Date [V-Day Challenge] by Samj

 

While still thinking about going on some dates like Michelle suggested during the early fake marriage, Manny accidentally meet at the campus art museum and spend some honest time together. It also addresses the strange start time of that Psych class.

Chapters

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/an-accidental-date-v-day-challenge-by-samj-chapter-1 (Chapter 1)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/an-accidental-date-v-day-challenge-by-samj-chapter-2 (Chapter 2)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/an-accidental-date-v-day-challenge-by-samj-chapter-3 (Chapter 3)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/an-accidental-date-v-day-challenge-by-samj-chapter-4 (Chapter 4)

 

Archived Links Version

http://stenzmania.yuku.com/topic/988/t/Samj-An-Accidental-Date-V-Day-Challenge-PG.html http://stenzmania.yuku.com/topic/651

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.

Bethany Celebrates Valentine’s Day Early

February 6, 2020

Bethany Joy in a yellow dressBethany Joy Lenz (then credited as Joie Lenz), our dearly beloved Michelle Bauer Santos #4, has found a home on the Hallmark Channel. If you are unfamiliar with the cable channel unlike the majority of TV channels today, make stand alone movies. They have similar themes, similar plots, and frankly a lot of the same group of actors. Bethany looks like she’s joined them I’m pleased to say.

Previously Bethany’s made The Christmas Secret, Royal Matchmaker, and Bottled With Love. Even though it was originally aired in April 13, 2019, this year the Hallmark Channel is rolling Bottled With Love out for their spring schedule. Find out more on my previous post.

Check out Bethany’s work:

  • Wednesday, February 5, 2020 10:00pm
  • Monday, February 24, 2020 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 4:00pm
  • Saturday, March 21, 2020 11:30pm
  • Friday, March 27, 2020 8:00pm

If you haven’t had a chance to find love in a bottle, be sure to take a look!

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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