Posts Tagged ‘Ben Warren’

Shocking Testimony at Michelle’s Trial on GL

June 7, 2018

McGarry, Mark. “Shocking Testimony at Michelle’s Trial on GL.” Soap Opera Weekly, vol. 11, no. 6, 8 Feb. 2000, p. 4.

It’s one step forward, two steps back for Michelle this week on Guiding Light. On Monday, Drew makes a shocking confession that helps Michelle’s case. Later in the week, however, Rick takes the stand and gives testimony that severely damages Michelle’s cause.

Drew testifies to the jury that she also had a hand in killing Mick, and that both she and Michelle, acted in self-defense. (Last week, Carmen “slipped” on the witness stand and said that Michelle killed Mick.) “Drew is doing the right thing, basically,” Tammy Blanchard (Drew Jacobs) says, “but she’s still on her little theory that it probably was Michelle who killed Ben. I will say that Drew took the stand for her friend regardless of her suspicions about Michelle, which, in a way aren’t even true – they’re just something for her to lean on without wondering who really did kill her father.”

Michelle breathes a temporary sigh of relief, while Carmen shoots Drew a look that could kill. Later, Carmen confront Drew, “and I think she almost calls her a bitch,” Blanchard says. “But then Carmen pretends to forgive her. Carmen uses Ben as the reason why she’s forgiving her, so Drew takes that to heart.”

At week’s end, the prosecusion catches Ross off-guard when they call a surprise witness — Rick. What could he possibly say to hurt Michelle’s case? A lot, which puts a big smile on Carmen’s face and a hopeless look on Michelle’s.


Mistaken Identity by Lisa

August 8, 2017

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 General AU fanfic category.

“Mistaken Identity” (1 of 2 by this name) – Michelle goes into the witness protection program immediately after Mick’s death. At the same time Danny finds a way to break free of the mob and ends up with a paternal uncle in the same town, Galveston, Texas. She trips at the door to a party and falls into his arms and the Manny magic takes off both electrifying and healing them both. A big part in this one for Ben Warren.;-) (Chapter 1) (Chapter 2) (Chapter 3) (Chapter 4) (Chapter 5) (Chapter 6) (Chapter 7) (Chapter 8) (Chapter 9) (Chapter 10) (Chapter 11) (Chapter 12) (Chapter 13) (Chapter 14) (Chapter 15) (Chapter 16) (Chapter 17) (Chapter 18) (Chapter 19) (Chapter 20) (Chapter 21) (Chapter 22) (Chapter 23) (Chapter 24) (Chapter 25) (Chapter 26) (Chapter 27) (Chapter 28) (Chapter 29) (Chapter 30) (Chapter 31) (Chapter 32) (Chapter 33) (Chapter 34) (Chapter 35) (Chapter 36) (Chapter 37) (Chapter 38) (Chapter 39) (Chapter 40) (Chapter 41) (Chapter 42) (Chapter 43) (Chapter 44) (Chapter 45) (Chapter 46) (Chapter 47) (Chapter 48) (Chapter 49) (Chapter 50) (Chapter 51) (Chapter 52) (Chapter 53) (Chapter 54) (Chapter 55) (Chapter 56) (Chapter 57) (Chapter 58) (Chapter 59) (Chapter 60) (Chapter 61)

Chapters 61 and 62 are identical. (Chapter 63) (Chapter 64) (Chapter 65) (Chapter 66) (Chapter 67) (Chapter 68) (Chapter 69)

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This version is incomplete, but with many of the chapters
The second link takes you to all the chapters. (Complete Version!)

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.

Loving Michelle by Carla

February 17, 2017

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. I’m still missing a few chapters, but most of them are here. Thanks to the reader who helped me recover most of the missing chapters.

Michelle and Robbie Santos 2001

Michelle and Robbie Santos 2001

“Loving Michelle” – Manny is living happily in their Laurel Falls house while Michelle attends medical school and Danny slowly works on turning the business legitimate. They are thrilled to be pregnant, but when Baby Will comes too prematurely and dies the grief tears them apart. A little over a year later Michelle is dealing with her grief better, but discovers Danny has felt so lost and alone and so desperately wants children that he let himself be talked into marriage with a woman handpicked by Carmen. When Michelle finds out the divorce didn’t go through, she stops the wedding, but offers to handle fixing the problem alone. Danny follows her, but is this new life what he really wants when he’s still Loving Michelle? 😉 (Chapter 1) (Chapter 2) (Chapter 3) (Chapter 4) (Chapter 5) (Chapter 6) (Chapter 7) (Chapter 8) (Chapter 9) (Chapter 10) (Chapter 11) (Chapter 12) (Chapter 13) (Chapter 14) (Chapter 15) (Chapter 16) (Chapter 17) (Chapter 18) (Chapter 19) (Chapter 20) (Chapter 21) (Chapter 22)

Chapter 23 – Missing (Chapter 24) (Chapter 25) (Chapter 26) (Chapter 27) (Chapter 28) (Chapter 29) (Epilogue)

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These are the links I had located. (Chapter 1) (Chapter 4) (Chapter 9) (Chapter 12) (Chapter 15) (Chapter 16) (Chapter 17) (Chapter 27) (Chapter 28)

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.

Full Circle by Erin

February 14, 2017

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. I’m still missing a few chapters, but most of them are here.


“Full Circle” – It’s harder than Ben Warren thought it would be to get Danny off after he’s arrested during the annulment separation and Michelle agrees to act as his loyal wife to make sure things go their way as they go to trial, they’re still fighting their feelings, but a little bet about who would give in first along the way keeps things spicy. Short sequel in “Road Trip Fic” (Chapter 1) (Chapter 2) (Chapter 3) (Chapter 4) (Chapter 5) (Chapter 6) (Chapter 7) (Chapter 8 – Bauer BBQ) (Chapter 9) (Chapter 10) (Chapter 11) (Chapter 12) (Chapter 13) (Chapter 14) (Chapter 15) (Chapter 16) (Chapter 17) (Chapter 18) (Chapter 19)

Sequel: Road Trip Fic

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(Chapter 4) (Chapter 5) (Chapter 8) (Chapter 9) (Chapter 10) (Chapter 14) (Chapter 15) /manny_fan_fiction/Erin/fullcircle/16.html (Chapter 16) (Chapter 17) (Epilogue)

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.

Christmas with the Santos aka A Year and a Day

December 25, 2016

“Christmas with the Santos” aka “A Year to the Day” – Life continues on in Casa Santos much as it did in the first heady month after the Laurel Falls wedding all the way to Christmas with no Jeva troubles, no Ben vendetta, and no Ben being murdered. A great version of their first real Christmas together, I especially like how they wake up.😉

Republisher’s Note: Another one of my favorite Christmas Manny favorites. This one is set in a world where after Michelle decided to return with Danny to Casa Santos she doesn’t leave, Ben doesn’t come after Danny, and Ben is never murdered nor the target of any plots by Pilar.


Christmas with the Santos aka A Year and a Day

The alarm buzzed and Michelle stirred from her sleep.

“Danny,” she said sleepily as she buried her head into her pillow.

The loud noise continued. She turned to look at him. He wasn’t moving.

“Danny hit snooze.” The buzzing continued. “Danny!” Nothing. “UGH!” She lifted herself on her elbows. He was oblivious to the horrible noise. Realizing it was up to her to stop it she tried reaching over him to hit the snooze button. Her arms were too short.

At times like these she wondered why the alarm was on his night table when she was the one who always had to turn it off.

Climbing over him she finally was able to tap the button. The alarm stopped. Holding herself up by her elbows she looked down at him. Danny still wasn’t moving.

“Nice! Now I’m awake.” She went to move off of him and felt his arms wrap around her.

“Where are you going?” he asked drowsily.

“You’re awake!”, She exclaimed slapping him on the chest. “Why didn’t you stop the alarm?”

“This is much more interesting,” he mumbled as he pulled her closer and began kissing her neck.

“Oh no you don’t. We might as well get ready. Mass is at 9:00.”

“Can’t you tell I’m ready?” he teased.

“Danny, you promised Ray. We can’t skip today. Get up!” she tried extricating herself from his arms.

He held on tighter. He began to pull down the strap on her nightgown trailing kisses from her neck to her chest. He managed to pull the strap down far enough freeing her breast.

“Ahh! Just what I was looking for,” he sighed.

“Danny, we’re going to miss Ray’s sermon.” She tried moving away. “Noooo,” she moaned as his lips went around her nipple and she felt his teeth begin to pull on it.

“You’re supposed to go to confession before Mass.” Michelle tried to regain her composure and reason with him.

His tongue licked her breast. His hand traced a path up her leg, bunching up her nightgown as he went along. She felt him reach between her thighs. “Forgive me Father for I have sinned…” he breathed.

“Danny!”, she sucked in her breath as he touched her.

She arched her back in response. He laughed. “It seems you’re just as ready as I am…Ummm.”

“Hmmm…” she replied as she shifted positions so she wasn’t laying completely on top of him. “Danny…Mass…”. He began to massage her with his hand.

She sat up and decided to stop fighting him. Pulling her nightgown over her head she threw it down on the floor. It landed on a pile of discarded wrapping paper from the Christmas gifts she had been wrapping the night before.

Reaching down she held him and began to move her hand up and down. “Hail Mary…”, his breathing was heavier.

“Merry Christmas Babe,” she said as her lips claimed his.

When it was over Michelle looked at the clock. It was 8:25. She was laying on his chest, much in the same position she had been in while trying to hit the snooze button. Neither of them moved. He was still inside her.
“You’re going to have to explain to Ray why we were late for his first Christmas Mass,” she said quietly. She felt sleepy again.

Laughing he said, “Okay, I’ll see him afterwards and tell him everything during confession.” He kissed her forehead.

“You wouldn’t dare!” She lifted herself off of him suddenly.

“OHH! Hey! Don’t move that quickly…”, he groaned.

“Serves you right!”, she laughed.

Eventually, Carmen’s knock on their door had gotten them out of bed. They had rushed to get ready for Church. Ray had winked when he’d seen them enter the side door of the church 15 minutes late.

Afterwards there was a lunch at the house. They had sat around the table eating and remembering Christmases past. It was fun for Michelle to hear about Danny as a little boy on Christmas morning. Even Carmen seemed to be in the spirit.

Towards the late afternoon they all sat around the family room. There was a glow from the fireplace and the room was cozy. The Christmas lights danced on the tree.

Michelle was curled up on one of the sofas with a blanket. Danny was playing at the Pinball machine with Bill.

Ding…Ding…Ding! TILT!

“Santos, you win again,” Bill said.

“Don’t I always win?”

“Ha Ha Ha!”

Danny walked towards Michelle. Her eyes were closed and she looked very comfortable. He smiled looking down at her.

Kneeling down beside her he said in a whisper. “Hey.”

She opened one eye and smiled at him, “Hey yourself!” She lifted the blanket and invited him to join her.

“You feel so good,” he said as he snuggled close to her.

“Oh no, don’t start that again!”

“Now there’s an idea…” He ran his hand up underneath her shirt to hold her breast.

“Danny…” She said in a sing song voice.

“Shhh!” he said into her mouth as he kissed her. He began rolling her nipple between his thumb and forefinger.

“Honey Stop!” He kissed her neck and began to suck. The heat of his breath made her squirm with pleasure. “Dannnny…” Her eyes closed as she gave in to the feeling.

“Ohhh!” she sighed. Remembering where they were she opened her eyes. Giggling nervously she peeked over his shoulder to see if anyone was paying attention to them.

Carmen and Ben were sitting by the fire drinking brandy, Pilar and Bill were over by the card table playing War, but Abuela was looking straight at them, as Ray, gesticulating with his hands, talked to her!

“Oh my God!”, she whispered desperately.

“I know!”, he groaned into her neck and rubbed himself against her.

“Danny, your Grandmother is watching us!”, She muttered through her teeth as she smiled at Abuela.

He stopped what he was doing and lifted his head slowly. He turned to look at his Grandmother and smiled.

She smiled back.

Abuela was thinking. “Ah Jose! I feel so young on nights like this. I see us dancing. I’m wearing red and you are in your tuxedo. We glide over the floor. The orchestra is wonderful, the music is so happy. Christmas!”

Danny turned back to Michelle, who looked extremely embarrassed.

“Don’t worry, she doesn’t know what’s going on.”, he said trying to convince himself as well as her.

“Really? It looks to me like she knows EXACTLY what is going on. Look at her. She’s smiling at us! I’m going to die. I have to get out of here. Let me up!” she whispered. Desperate to get out from under Abuela’s watchful eyes she started to sit up.

“Wait! You can’t get up.” He stopped her and pushed her back down.

“Why? Let me up!”, she whispered.

He looked into her eyes and as serious as he could be said, “They’ll see your hickie.”

“Hick-…You gave me a hickie?”, her hand flew to her neck and a look of panic came over her face.

He couldn’t help himself, he started laughing so hard that tears began to fall from his eyes.

Everyone in the room stopped what they were doing to look at them.

Michelle wanted to die.

Ben lifted his glass to Carmen and said, “Ahh! Young love.”

To which Carmen replied, “Hmmph!”

Pilar asked Bill, “What’s so funny?”

Bill looking at the scene mumbled, “At least someone’s having fun.” , as he threw his next three cards on the table. Pilar was perplexed by the whole thing.

“What’s so funny?”, she asked again.

Carmen, from the other side of the room, said in a serious voice, “Pilar! Go turn on the Christmas lights outside.”

Ray watched Danny and Michelle and felt a twinge of jealousy. “Confession first thing in the morning…”, he thought. He decided to ignore the laughter and continue the discussion with his Grandmother, “Abuela, the Church has not changed so much…”

The laughter woke Abuela from her daydream. “Oh dear, what is Ray talking about? These daydreams always get me into trouble. Carmen already thinks I have Alzheimer’s…” Recovering she said, “I’m sorry Ray, what were you saying?” Danny continued to laugh. “What are they doing? Why is Danny laughing?”

Ray thought, “They’re doing what I’ve been dreaming about for some time…That’ll go over well with Abuela! Stop it Santos!”

“It’s nothing Abuela. As I was saying, the Church…”

Michelle tried hiding her embarrassment by looking amused as she sat up. She pulled her hair over her shoulders to cover the love bite. She began climbing over Danny to get off the sofa. Danny pulled her back down despite her protests and kissed her.

“Danny!” “Oh God, will this nightmare ever end?” she thought.

“Look up,” he said.

“What?” she asked as her gaze traveled to the ceiling.

Hanging right over them was the mistletoe. “See? It’s okay we were only doing what your supposed to…”, he hugged her to him.

Michelle slapped away his arms, “You enjoy torturing me. Don’t you?”

“Come on.” He got up and pulled on her arms. As she stood up against him, he whispered, “Let me torture you some more…”

She laughed and followed him out of the room. Danny stopped at the door and leaning on the door frame said through his laughter, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Carmen almost choked on her drink. “My God what has happened to my son?” she asked Ben.

Ben laughed and took another sip from his drink.

Bill shook his head and said, “Deal the cards, Pilar!”

Pilar laughed at her brother’s silliness. Realizing Bill wasn’t laughing she asked, “Why are you mad? Is it because I’m winning?”

Ray hoped his Grandmother wouldn’t ask him where Danny and Michelle were going.

Abuela Santos watched them and smiled. Ray’s voice faded into the background as she began to daydream again, “It’s such a merry Christmas! Ay Jose! If you were here…”


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Guiding Light Cast Round Up 70

January 22, 2015

This is the seventieth in an irregular feature where we will report updates on what cast members of Guiding Light are doing now. I’m playing catch up on some soap magazine news. So as a reminder you can buy back issues:

The 10 year flashback with photo in the January 27, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth is Eden August being torn between Tony Santos and Bill Lewis.

A round up of characters with drug issues included Casey on Loving played by Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny Santos). Or as I like to call it, that time when they proved by experiment that even the handsomest man in the world can be made to look horrible with a bad enough hairdo. See a photo in the June 30, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Stewart‘s photo also appears in a round up of possible additions to The Young and the Restless in the January 27, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Bethany Joy Lenz (Michelle Bauer Santos #4, the one who started Manny) had this recent photo shared by a fan:
Lenz is also starring as Christine in The Christmas Secret, a Hallmark movie that has been playing throughout the season.
On December 6th 2014 Lenz tweeted: “Um, you guys just hit 500,000 followers on my instagram!! Thank you! This is how I’m celebrating! Xoxo Lenz also is photographed at the People‘s Ones to Watch event see the photo in the December 29, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Found  a tagged photo of Nancy St. Albans (Michelle Bauer Santos #5) on the Six Week Conservatory. Take a look:

Rebecca Budig (Michelle Bauer #3, part of the Messe pairing) was a featured interview in the June 30, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest. tweeted ” Congratulations to my old friend on his new hometown hangout. beer Budig and her current husband Michael Benson had a daughter Charlotte Jo on September 8, 2014.

Karla Mosley (Christina Boudreau) is interviewed about her current character’s (Maya on The Bold and the Beautiful) turn to the dark side. Read it in the December 15, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Denise Pence (Katie Parker, Floyd’s sister and Hillary Bauer’s best friend) recently share a classic photo from a fan. tweeted  Dec 6, 2014 One of my fans came across this photo — can anyone name all those in the photo? That was a classic t-shirt, too…

Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding #3) is returning to his General Hospital role of Ric Lansing. Hearst
 (Alan-Michael Spaulding #3) appeared in a photo with his lookalike son in the Jan. 27, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Hearst shared this photo with his General Hospital on screen daughter. (I like to pretend she’s A-M and Lucy’s.)

Jordi  Vilasuso (Tony Santos #1) was featured in the All Star Scrapbook (some of your favorite actors, favorite photos from the past) for the January 27, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. It’s a photo of him fishing bare chested in his swimming suit.

Hayden Panettiere (Lizzie Spaulding #2, the little girl who survived cancer and killed Beth’s abusive boyfriend) is currently starring in Nashville. She and her fiance Wladimir Klitschko are expecting a baby. Read more and see a photo in December 15, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

 Lauren C. Mayhew (Marah Lewis #4 –  her recast scuttled the somewhat interesting crush on inappropriately aged Jesse Blue. Her most memorable storyline she partnered with Brittany Snow‘s Susan right before the Nursery Rhyme Stalker mass kidnapping) tweeted on Dec. 2, 2014: “  ·  Dec 2 ITS TIME!! & collide 2nite! Catch all the awesome on ! on 😉 ”
Mayhew recently tweeted: “Joy to the world! wearing some of my new presents!

Laura Bell Bundy (Marah Lewis #5) attended a party in honor of St. Jude on December 13, 2014.

Lindsey Mckeon (Marah Lewis #6 – the Marah who did the most with Marony) married Brant on January 13, 2014. (Date from article below.)
Here are the happy couple celebrating New Year’s 2015.

Melina Kanakaredes (Eleni Cooper #1) attended last year’s National Women’s History Museum ceremony that honored Rita Moreno. See photo in Jan. 27, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

John Wesley Shipp (Kelly Nelson, part of my beloved Kelly and Morgan) is doing more cons, mostly because of his former role as The Flash and his current role as The Flash’s father. See fans lined up to get his signature and gun at the head of the line.

Your ears don’t deceive you, that is Hunt Block (Ben Warren, Ross Marler’s illegitimate brother) doing the voice overs for CVS Health.

Ron Raines (Alan Spaulding #3) recently tweeted “Yes.I was in WANDERLUST.The movie is bascially over by the time I’m seen in sunglasses as Pierre. ; ))) Taped in DC while doing FOLLIES.”

Martha Byrne‘s (Lily Walsh, As the World Turns) new webseries Weight the Series had a priemere party. See the photos in the December 15, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth and the Nov. 10, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Attendees from Guiding Light Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding #2, the one we knew most of the time), Larkin Malloy (Kyle Sampson, Billy Lewis’s half-brother), Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer #5), Liz Keifer (Blake Thorpe Marler #5 – the main Bloss one), and Lisa Brown (Nola Reardon Chamberlain). Many ATWT favorites are also pictured.

Frank Grillo (the last Hart Jesup) is in Indonesia filming a movie.

Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea Reardon, Maureen and Nola’s little sister) talks about the cast she already knew through her previous soap connections as Eve Donovan on Days of Our Lives.

Paul Wesley (Max Nickerson #2) released a video about his 2014.

The late Beverlee McKinsey (Alexandra Spaulding #1) interview with Michael Logan from 1992.

Evelyn Dahab died in an apartment fire in New York City on Dec. 10, 2014. Many headlines lead with the fact she was a Guiding Light actress, but the bio on her Amazon author pages merely refers to her experience as an “actress with a walk-on role on the CBS soap opera The Guiding Light.”
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Kim Brockington (Felicia Boudreau, Remy and Mel’s mother) was pictured with her mom on the opening night of her role in Kansas City Swing in the Jan. 27, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

“Dave Rupel (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives of Orange County, Jersey Belle) wrote scripts for Guiding Light and General Hospital.”

Jeff Branson (Shayne Lewis #7, the last one) appeared on the episode of The Mentalist which first aired December 21, 2014. He talked about his role in the movie MoniKa (2012) in the June 18, 2012 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Victoria Platt (Vicky Spaulding, Alan and Alex’s half-sister Victoria Spaulding’s daughter, from Brandon’s island marriage after he had died on screen once) and Terrell Tilford (David Grant #3, brother to Gilly, son of hospital administrator Charles, friend to Bridget, coupled with Vicky Spaulding) had a baby girl, Marley, on August 24, 2014. Check it out in the December 15, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Guiding Light entries in the Death round up in the December 15, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth include James Reborn (Bradley Raines, Beth’s abusive step-father) and Ruby Dee (Martha Frazier, part of the groundbreaking first African-American core family).

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.

Sleeping Beauty, Manny Style by Samj Chapter 2

December 7, 2014

Republisher’s Note: A continuation of the Manny fairytale fanfic based on Sleeping Beauty.

Sleeping Beauty, Manny Style by Samj Chapter 2

The years passed, and Carmarias thugs and goons relentlessly searched for the young princess, but with no success. Frustrated and angry, Carmaria called them into her overly ornate office and demanded, “Have you searched the entire forest? The caves? The villages?”

Her henchmen cowered in fear, babbling incoherently. Finally, one was brave enough to speak. “Yes boss,” Ben stuttered, “we’ve searched the forest…and the caves…and the villages….”

“Uh-huh, Jimmy and Alden” agreed in unison, “and all the cradles.”

“The cradles?” Carmaria repeated incredulously. “The cradles?” She cackled wickedly, and the brainless henchmen laughed with her until she cut them off with a curt, “Silence!”

“Did you hear that, Deitz?” she asked her loyal raven gently. “All of this time, they’ve been searching for a baby.” Deitz just rolled his eyes, whether at the stupidity of the henchmen or of his boss vendetta was anyone’s guess. 

“Listen carefully, Deitz,” Carmaria instructed. “I need you to go out and find me a girl of twenty-one years, with hair of blond curls and clothes of pink Prada. Do not fail me Deitz.”

The loyal Deitz left immediately to find the now-grown-up Princess Berta.
Meanwhile, in a small cottage in the woods on the edge of Laurel Falls, Rick, Abby, and Meta had been happily (albeit without the use of their magic) raising the Princess, whom they called Michelle to protect her identity. Rick had been in charge of caring for the tiny infant, and although only a few days of changing diapers and 3 AM feedings had brought a harsh reality to his fantasies of having children, he loved the young girl as though she were his own sister and carried out his duties with care and devotion. As Michelle grew older Rick’s duties changed, of course, but they never became less challenging. 

Abby had been in charge of the house, and she also conducted Michelle’s education through the equivalent of high school. Since then, Michelle had been training with Rick to be a doctor. She had an amazing hunger for knowledge, and a natural ability for academic work, both of which thrilled all of her guardians. 

Meta had been in charge of the kitchen, creating marvelous breakfasts, dinners, and desserts. More importantly, she shared her wisdom and experience with the younger members of her family, and supervised everything they did.

On the morning of Michelle’s twenty-first birthday, Rick, Meta, and Abby cleverly got Michelle out of the house by asking her to pick a basketful of daisies, her favorite wildflower. With the cottage all to themselves, the three were busily planning a grand celebration.

Rick decided that, since it was his last day as Michelle’s guardian, he wanted to bake her birthday cake, even though he’d never cooked before. Caught up in the excitement, Meta decided she wanted to decorate the house with streamers and banners, even though shed never done much artistic work before. Abby, of course, simply tried to maintain a level head.

Ross Marler

September 10, 2014

Realized after I published this I forgot to add the introduction I meant to.

From time to time I publish descriptions of various Guiding Light characters. Ross was one of the first people I did when creating the page. Find more here:

But now I’ve expanded the focus of the blog a bit, so while the original focused almost exclusively on this involvement with the Manny story, I’ve now decided to do a slightly expanded version that would tell more about his life.

Ross Marler ~ Although introduced as an ambitious and  ruthless attorney, Ross mellowed over the years. Ross came in as a loner, but eventually had many relatives in town. He had a full brother and sister we met on screen (Justin Marler was a long time leading doctor at Cedars Hospital and Lanie Marler whose temporarily paralysis put paid on her Olympic hopes.) Also a long estranged half-brother (mother’s side) Ben Warren who came to town looking for revenge. In the younger generation he was close to nephew Phillip Spaulding, long lost daughter Dinah Marler, and his three children with Blake (Kevin, Jason, and Clarissa). A turning point in his life was when he chose to resign his U.S. Senate seat after a sex scandal broke with then fiancee’s (Holly Bauer Norris Thorpe) daughter Blake. He resigned his office saying he couldn’t serve without the woman he loved (Blake). He later married Blake and looked at her as the woman who changed his life. They always came back together despite many affairs on both sides (and a rather inexplicably long gap after the Ben Warren break-up of just living together between reconciliation and re-marriage) and felt they had a true love. When Michelle is arrested for Ben Warren’s murder, Danny appeals to Ross as another man hopelessly in love with his wife to take the case and a strong friendship is formed. Ross was already very fond of Michelle and tried to step in as a father figure for his often absent best friend Ed Bauer. After the eventual happy resolution of the Warren murder case, Ross became their regular attorney to the point of his once making a joke that he would have to offer them group rates during Gus Aitoro’s crusade against Danny. However, Ross was not always the warm and friendly father figure many see him as. Some of that ambition and ruthlessness reemerged first in his dealings with his half-brother Ben Warren (whose daughter Drew Jacobs is his niece) and later when he decided he himself would run for the mayor’s office that Danny had already announced to run for. Danny’s and his relationship would never really recover from that blow and his last scenes on the show involved him consulting with Cassie Layne Winslow on how she could keep baby Hope away from her biological parents (although I don’t think he realized she was Manny’s child). Ross’ political career kept him away from Springfield more and more. He got a lead on Phillip’s current location on the run (after Alan had faked Phillip’s death to cover up how far beyond the bend Phillip had gone) and attempted to fly there to talk him home. Phillip had Rick bribe the mechanic to keep the plane grounded, but the sabotage went unnoticed until it was too late and Ross’ plane crashed and he and his assistant (with which they strongly implied he was having an affair with at the time – later we found out she was a lesbian with a partner so no affair) were both assumed dead. An unfitting and hurried end, unbefitting such a Springfield icon (due to the actor being taken off contract to recurring and with very little notice finding a contract job on One Life to Live as a recast Clint Buchanan – the horrible mustache in some of these scenes was because they wanted to see a mustache on him because the original actor has a mustache. He actually had future Ross scripts in hand when he signed the contract and became unavailable. TPTB had written the scene with Blake at the end to be a scene with Blake and Ross’ ghost, but OLTL wouldn’t give him leave to do the scene after coming very close to agreeing.)

(See Holly Thorpe, Ben Warren, Drew Jacobs, and Blake Marler)

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.

Just Five Minutes Difference by Unregistered Part 2

February 26, 2014

Republisher’s Note: You get a lot more of humor in tonight’s installment, although the best part is the third one. I especially like the account of the mob board meeting.

Just Five Minutes Difference by Unregistered Part 2

Early February 1999
Michelle wakes up with a start. The gunshot wound to her left thigh is healing slowly, but surely. She cannot remember all the details but she knows she has been here at the lighthouse recovering for at least two weeks. In the last week, she’s finally been fully cognizant and Danny has helped her fill in all the missing pieces to her memory block.

When he had saved her that night, Danny brought her to the lighthouse. He fetched Michelle’s brother to treat her wound and the good doctor agreed to maintain the secrecy, somehow believing the wild but true story Danny spun for him. Rick and Danny both agreed that Michelle must be protected and healed before they would go to the police if at all. Michelle’s life was obviously still in danger as long as she remained Michelle Bauer so Danny an old pal from Chicago to make up new identity papers, credit cards and driver id for her to indicate that she was Michelle Reardon, her mother’s maiden name. Michelle remembered how muddled and upset Rick was this week, dueling with himself over whether he was doing the right thing for his sister-taking the bullet out of her leg and keeping quiet versus doing the right thing according to the law.

Danny and Rick discussed the issue whether Michelle had killed someone, as she had told them both, then Rick reasoned that she be punished, right? Danny convinced Rick otherwise though and said that if it was truly in self-defense then she was innocent. Rick worried about the wise-guy business and expressed his concerns over someone trying to seek retribution by killing her, oh it was all too complicated. Abby had been great helping him grasp the problem. Other than Danny and her brother and his wife, Michelle’s recovery at the lighthouse was a secret from the entire town. Danny stayed with Michelle most of the time, letting Abby spell him for the time when he had to make an appearance at the boss’s no he corrected himself, it was his mother’s house.

Heck, Danny thought, if Rick had been a good doctor, that wound wouldn’t have gotten infected and Michelle could be on a bus or plane and safely ensconced in Reno or Tahoe or Vegas or even Atlantic City; any of those places where mob bosses never hang out at anymore because they are too trendy. Who wants to go to Vegas anymore now that people are bringing their wife and kids too?

Danny and Rick both agreed that Michelle was almost ready to go back to the Bauer house but they’d both concocted a story about Michelle Bauer disappearing, so the police were checking in with Rick at his residence regularly. Michelle would just have to stay at the lighthouse until things cooled down and they decided on the next move. Danny kept reiterating to Michelle, Abby and Rick that the good thing was that the boss and then he’d always correct himself to say, no his mother seemed to be satisfied with the supposed killing of Mick’s murderer. Heck, his mother was already dating some smarmy lawyer she had met at a toastmasters meeting. What was his name, Sneed, no Ben Warren, yep that was it. Ben was keeping Mom company of late and Mom wasn’t noticing much other than her own rising libido.

Michelle snuggled down into the covers. Thinking about all of this made her tired. She fell back to sleep and awoke to the sound of singing. She tried to get up but could not. Where was that sound coming from, the bathroom? She took a tennis ball and threw it at the door, and then she gasped loudly. The door tilted open and revealed Danny Santos who was toweling himself off after a shower, he was naked in all his glory. She felt the blood in her cheeks rise and knew that she was probably read as a beet. Then he looked at her, reached around, and shoved the door shut again.

A few minutes later, he came out and picked her up pulling her into his arms. “You are next sugarplum. Time for a shower.”

When Michelle demurred, he said, “No, you need a shower, believe me!” He felt a small tug at his heart as she held on to him like a baby kitten grasping onto someone’s shoulder for security. She was such a little thing, how could Michelle have even picked up a rock big enough to kill Mick?

He helped her into the shower and stood with her as the water fell upon her ample and curvy shape. He shampooed her hair and helped her wash the wound and bent to help her wash her legs. Danny stroked his hands innocently up and down her legs then realized that this probably wasn’t such a good idea as he felt a tightening in his wet jeans and quickly stood back up to help her leave the shower.

“No Danny, please, I want to get clean. Can you help me unbutton my clothes and then leave so that I can wash properly?”

Oh God, Santos thought, and they call my cousin a saint! He helped her unbutton her clothing. He saw that her bra was a nothing bit of lace diaphanous and very wet. Danny saw the tips of her breast tighten as she met his glance downward. “It’s okay, leave, go ahead.” She pushed at him and he left the room. In a few minutes, he heard her crying plaintively, “Danny.”

He rushed into the bathroom and saw that she was completely nude, but she was also frozen, she could not move because the wound had opened back up again. She was staring at the blood go down the shower drain with the rushing and pulsating water. “Michelle,'” he yelled and grabbed her hard up against him before lifting her in his arms. He pulled at the shower lever shutting off the water. Then Danny carried her over to the bed, laying her down. He put a tight compress on the wound area and started toweling her off. Her body was glistening in the moonlight. Danny thought to himself, I could lick those water droplets off her body; I could stroke her hair until I die, I could lose a day or even a week just staring at her. He was obviously carried away because the next thing he knew, Michelle was tugging at his hand to move it. Danny looked down to see that his right hand had cupped a breast firmly. Michelle was red in the face but he also saw something else, was it excitement, a rising of desire in her pupils? Santos felt his manhood rise to the occasion as he slowly moved his hand and swept his eyes down her body.

He quickly threw a robe over her body and mumbled that he would call Rick so that her wound could be tended right away. Rick and Abby came over within the hour and Danny left the lighthouse with a promise of food after he came back from his mother’s house.

Danny sat at the large conference table in the basement command unit of Casa Santos. The big Springfield VI was having their bimonthly meeting and he was bored with all the talk of overloaded shipment trucks and electronic component heists. He’d held a beautiful woman in his arms less than two hours ago and for the first time ever he’d felt something so real so pure so innocent that he was sure it was love. Could he at the ripe old age of 25 be falling for his brother’s killer? He knew the answer was yes just as surely as he knew that there was no way that Michelle could have killed Mick. Santos saw a flash of light followed with a resounding thud in his ear and thought with great clarity, yes, he loved this young woman and he also knew at this moment that he’d find Mick’s killer if he had to die trying. First things first though, he would like to try dying while in her arms before attending to other matters. God the thought and tactile remembrance of the sensation of naked skin under his hands forced him to start to breathe erratically. He pounded the table and Carmen Santos asked if he had a point to make about the used oil disposal issue. Danny shook his head no and asked to be excused. Carmen Santos said that Danny could go since the remaining agenda item was just a discussion of the church bazaar and bake sale next month. Danny knew that he to go back to Michelle to be with her now and for forever.

On his way out, he passed Bennie Dietz. “Hey young Danny, how’s tricks? Been out fishing lately?”

Poor Dietz, he had talked up his murder of Mick’s killer big time around the mob. Dietz had emphasized to everyone that it had been a quick and merciful kill straight through the temples. Yep, it had been a quick and merciful kill, on paper, Danny thought. Nevertheless, how in the world had Dietz thought he’d hit her in the head when actually he had almost missed shooting her in the thigh? Oh well, come se come sa is what his father Miguel always said. Danny would let this go, just as Mama Santos was letting most things go now that Ben Warren was with her.

Danny races back to the lighthouse. He wants to see her again, just be with her, romance can wait until she is fully healed. For now, he just wants hopes that love can blossom, he hopes.

end of part 2

Guiding Light Cast Round Up 60

September 30, 2013

This is the sixtieth in an irregular feature where we will report updates on what cast members of Guiding Light are doing now. I’m playing catch up on some soap magazine news. So as a reminder you can buy back issues:

@HandANeighsOTH has been posting photos of Bethany Joy Lenz (Michelle Bauer Santos #4) on Twitter lately including:
The dress that Lenz wore on an episode of Dexter was sold on Ebay:
Bethany Joy Lenz has landed the lead in one of E!’s first two scripted pilots, the Krista Vernoff/Diane Warren drama Songbyrd executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Paula Garces (Pilar Santos) tweeted a photo showing off her pregnancy. This is her second child.

Tina Sloan (Lillian Sloan), Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding #2), and their families took in a ball game, according to a recent tweet by Sloan.

Ron Raines (Alan Spaulding #3) has just had a major reveal for his character on One Life to Live.

Lauren C. Mayhew (Marah Lewis #4 –  her recast scuttled the somewhat interesting crush on inappropriately aged Jesse Blue. Her most memorable storyline was when she escaped Holly’s Nursey Rhyme Stalker kidnap) tweeted about a release on Sound Cloud.
Mayhew also posted a link to a video of another song Sugar Daddy’s Girl:

Laura Bell Bundy (Marah Lewis #5 who started Marony) did a video for her latest song “Two Step.”
Despite her signing on as a regular on Anger Management (Charlie Sheen‘s show), Bundy will return this season as her character Shelby to Hart of Dixie.

Crystal Hunt (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #5 brought in Roxie the dog and romanced Coop) recently tweeted a photo from her mother’s birthday party. also shared a photo of her at a summer concert:

Guiding Light writer Jill Hurst@JillLorieHurst tweeted on September 23, 2013: “Nice start to this busy week – lunch with @RonRaines (Alan Spaulding #3) and Justin Deas (Buzz Cooper). Two wonderful guys.”

Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea Reardon, Maureen and Nola’s little sister) is in the horror movie, We Are What We Are.
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Rebecca Budig (Michelle Bauer #3, part of the Messe pairing) recently tweeted a photo of herself at the premiere of the movie Getaway with Jon Voight.
Budig was featured in a fashion blog.

Hunt Block (Ben Warren) was featured as the President in Salt.

Denise Pence (Katie Parker, Floyd’s sister and Hillary Bauer’s best friend) tweeted “The history here is before my time as “Katie” on The Guiding Light. But both my husband and I were a part of this:”

Wes Ramsey (Sam Spencer, Olivia’s little brother) will appear on The Mentalist in the episode originally airing October 13, 2013.

stephanie tweeted that: “OMG! Michelle Forbes (Sonni/Solita Lewis) of #GL was in premiere of @NBCChicagoFire tonight!” and Beth@TnnsBAW pointed out that Jesse Lee Soffer (Max Nickerson, Drew’s foster brother #1) was in the same episode. It was the Sept. 24, 2013 episode. It’s title is “A Problem House.”

Julie Camaletti, A.C. Mallet’s little sister, who used his true last name, routinely comes up in my Guiding Light discussions as one of the least liked and most desired never to have come to town at all. If you’re wondering why, check out this character profile. Also notice how many times they switched Harts during a single storyline.

Check for other round ups and keep up with the Springfielders.

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