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Hope Needs a Middle Name

April 25, 2016

Manny Move BackHope is Manny’s daughter. A sort of miracle daughter she’s the only good thing to come out of the deep, dark, best forgotten amnesia year. When she was born, in a way too complicated story and one last terrible blast at Manny before they turned around and got a little respect right before they left, Edmund Winslow had stolen her making everyone think Michelle’s baby had died. It really was a horrible story for everyone involved. Anyway to sum up it was Edmund’s attempt to keep a permanent hold on Cassie, so he told Cassie the baby was the product of Dinah being a surrogate for Cassie and Edmund’s embryo.  That really is a streamlined version of the story, but the upshot is that when Manny found out she was really theirs she was already named Hope.

Cassie named her Hope for much the same reason that Brooke Logan Forrester called her daughter Hope on The Bold and the Beautiful, to symbolize the hope for the better future. Manny decided to keep her name partly to acknowledge Cassie’s role in taking care of her at first. They also kept it because Hope was a family name. Michelle’s cousin was Hope (of Hope and Alan fame).

So Hope has a first name and considering the amount of thought went into Robbie’s name connecting the families I think Hope should have a middle name that also has a family connection. We’ve used Maureen for Danielle’s middle name, but there are other people who should be honored. I think my first choice would be Meta since Michelle and Danny both had such a strong relationship with her. Other connection choices might be Jenna (who Michelle was very close to growing up) and Pilar (Danny’s sister). Do you have any other thoughts for what we should christen Hope?

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.

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

May 12, 2015

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

Thurs., June 14, 2001 – At Company: Frank calls Harley and tells her about Danny’s arrest and that Michelle is about to lose it. At the Springfield Police Department: Gus has Danny and Tony in cuffs. Tony: “Hey watch it with the shoving!” Ross comes in and Gus hands him the reports on why he arrested Danny. Ross laughs at Gus’s evidence. He wants to know when the alleged homicide took place and how Gus can prove a bullet was the cause of death? He tells Gus he jumped the gun and has tipped his hand. Later, he says it was partly bluff, but he makes a good show. Tony easily made bail and Danny tells Michelle that he is glad Tony got out. Michelle assures Danny that he, too, will be home tonight with his family. Danny isn’t so optimistic. Danny asks Michelle to let it go and just let Ross handle things from here on out. Danny: “Listen to me, you gotta listen to me. Ross will take care of me. We both know that Aitoro is going to try his damnest to nail me. We’re in for it. The biggest fight of our lives. Now honey, the most important thing to me. The only thing matters to me is that you and Robbie are all right. So please, please don’t do anything to jeopardize that….you’ve got to accept whatever happens…it might not be able to change it.” He wants her to promise not to do anything to jeopardize her and Robbie. An officer comes to lead Danny away. Michelle is crying. Michelle asks Tony how he is and he tells her that Russo provoked him. Tony wants to know what is up with Danny and Michelle tells him about Carmen’s death. An officer comes over to take Tony’s report and Michelle goes back over to Danny. She tells him Gus doesn’t have a case and everything will be okay soon. Ross comes over and tells Tony that he will get bail but he isn’t sure about Danny because they may consider him a flight risk. Michelle asks Ross if the case will hold up; she overheard him with Gus. Ross is glad she thought he was convincing because he was bluffing; Danny is in serious trouble. Ross tells them that he will set up a bail hearing for Tony. He tells them if they are able to get Danny bail it will be severe. At the Bauers: Meta is serving lunch to Ross. They are wondering if it will be possible to bail Danny out. Ross said he was able to get the bail hearing and arraignment moved up to today but the Judge will probably think Danny is a flight risk and deny bail. Michelle wants to get Danny out of jail as soon as she can. She thinks someone from the police or other mobster would kill him in there. Ross reminds Michelle that when she was on trial, Danny broke her out of prison and they went on the run for months. Ross says the judge will make a decision based on this case and will look at everything. Meta offers to talk to some friends who know the judge. Ross doesn’t want to encourage her. Michelle says Danny wouldn’t leave the country now that he has a family and two legitimate businesses. Ross tells them to keep their spirits up and he will see them all later. Michelle is leaving to get help for Danny. At the Springfield Police Department: Michelle is trying to talk Harley into doing anything she can for Danny because Harley knows Danny doesn’t deserve this and Harley has done her best to help Gus. They both know that Danny doesn’t belong in prison. Harley says the arraignment will be this afternoon and Harley has to attend in Gus’s place. Michelle says if she is really their friend, she can help Danny make bail. Harley says she is just presenting the facts; she doesn’t have control over bail. The prosecution will present Danny as a flight risk. Michelle to Harley: “You’ve seen Danny with Robbie. Do you think he’d abandon his own son? He’s not Danny Santos son of a mobster anymore. He’s a loving husband. He’s a wonderful father. He’s someone who has worked VERY hard to turn his life around. Doesn’t it count for anything?” Michelle says now that Danny is a father and gone straight he won’t run. She asks again for Harley’s help. Harley tells her she has to do her job. Michelle asks Harley if she thinks Danny will run and Harley tells her she doesn’t. Harley to Michelle about whether Danny is a flight risk: “I don’t think he’d leave you holding the bag.” She doesn’t think Danny would leave Michelle holding the bag. Michelle talks about Gus’s tactics and how Danny had plenty of time to run but he didn’t. Why would he run now? Michelle is asking Harley to do what is right. Harley says she is concerned about the evidence but she is also concerned about Gus’s vendetta. She will keep an open mind and do what she can. Rick is still playing with Robbie when Ross and Michelle walk in with Danny. Rick is surprised and they tell him that they had to put up everything, including Carmen’s house for collateral. Rick is glad Danny is home but wonders how Ross swung it. They tell Rick that Harley presented her evidence and when the Judge questioned her on her thoughts of Danny and whether he was a flight risk, she gave a glowing testimonial of a reformed person. Danny says he couldn’t believe it; he was ready to hate Harley forever after he learned she bugged the house but she really went to bat for him. Rick thinks Gus must really be angry with Harley now and wonders why she put herself out there like that. Danny tells him that Michelle appealed to her sense of fairness. Michelle gets Robbie and brings him over to his dad. Danny is so happy to be at home with his family. Danny to Robbie: “Boy, did I miss you. Hi, Tiger” – is this the first Tiger sighting? Ross tells him he is lucky to be there. Danny: “My beautiful wife is a miracle worker.” Michelle feels sorry for Harley now, having to deal with Gus. Ross tells Danny not to do anything to get his bail revoked. Ross warns Gus is not above entrapment. Danny: “I know how to be paranoid, right?” They will find out about the evidence at the indictment. Then they will find out if Gus is also going to charge Michelle. Ross wants to get home and start working. They all thank him as he leaves. (NOTE: This summary was dated Thurs., June 21, 2001 online, but it just has to be from Thurs., June 14, 2001) (Part 1) (Part 2)

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

I think this version is a little worse, but has a tiny bit more near the end:

When Danny is doing some repair work outside is anybody else flashing back to Danny helping Pilar hang the shelves in her room. Too bad he kept his shirt on this time, but I like the rolled up sleeves.:)

My Comments:

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

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.

Gus Fakes Evidence Whenever We Are Apart We Lose June 6 2001

March 17, 2015

Wed., June 6, 2001 – Later the same day, Ross comes over in answer to Danny’s call. Michelle, Danny and Ross are sitting at the kitchen table discussing their trip to the police station. Michelle and Danny bring Ross up to speed and  Michelle says that Harley thinks that an autopsy will prove that the body is Carmen. Ross feels it’s strange that Gus called the entire family to come to the police station to tell them, especially when Gus hadn’t even showed up to give them the news in person. Ross: “There’s something more important to Gus Aitoro than putting the screws to the Santos family? I find that hard to believe.”  Ross wants to know if there is anything else that happened. Danny tells him that Harley advised him to implicate himself so that the Feds would go easier on everyone. Ross says no way. The way they are going to handle the Feds is to trust no one and to say nothing, especially to Gus because he’s dangerous. Ross: “I have seen rogue cops before but I have never seen anything like this rogue federal agent.”  Danny says that he is a loose cannon. There’s a knock at the door. Michelle goes to the door to find Gus. He wants to know what’s going on with all the blinds closed. Michelle tells him to go away and is joined by Danny telling him that he has 5 seconds to get off the property. Ross appears behind them and asks Gus if he has a warrant. Gus says no but he has a court order. Ross takes it from him and tells Danny that they want his gun and to go and get it. As Danny leaves Gus makes his way into the kitchen. Gus tells Michelle that she can turn down the music because he can hear what they were saying. Gus: “Poor Michelle, poor, poor, Michelle…. First you tried to derail the case against your husband and now you have a case against yourself. Nothing is working for you. You must feel very stupid…..She has been a very, VERY bad girl.” Ross asks what he’s talking about. Gus explains that he still has proof that Michelle has destroyed FBI evidence. Michelle asks if he’s going to pressure her into turning against Danny like he pressured Claire into wearing a wire. She explains to Ross how Claire tried to trick Danny into confessing on tape. Gus says that it’s never a dull moment and that he bets that Blake could turn this all into a best seller. Ross tells him no way and that unless he has another court order to leave Blake alone. Ross also says that he never approved of Blake writing the book. Danny returns with the gun. Gus takes the gun and says that after a lunch he is looking forward to, he will take it right to ballistics (this is a dig because although Ross doesn’t know it Blake has set up a lunch with Gus as part of her snooping). He hopes that the tests on the gun give him a reason to return. He leaves and Ross closes the door behind him. He then turns to Danny and Michelle and tells them that now the questions become tougher. He explains that they are running a ballistics test on the gun, and that Gus tried to get him by using Claire and that he is going to indict him for the murder of his mother. Ross: “He tried to record you using Claire as a mic stand.” Danny and Ross agree that Gus will most likely move to indict Danny for Carmen’s murder. Michelle is angry because it’s all unfair. Ross asks if she means the way that Gus is handling the case or that Danny is accused of murder. Michelle says both. She feels that Gus is dangerous and that he has it in his head that Danny is a cold-blooded killer. She believes that the whole thing is a game to him. Ross agrees with everything but says that Gus did not invent all of the unanswered questions about Carmen. Michelle explains that Danny was just protecting her and their unborn child and that he is not a murderer. Ross repeats it and says that he noticed that she did not say that Danny did not shoot Carmen. Danny wants to know if Ross realizes just how much Carmen wanted to get rid of Michelle. Danny explains that Carmen did try to get rid of Michelle so he did pretty much what Ross was thinking that he did because he had to stop his mother. Ross stares at Danny. Danny wants to know since everything is out in the open now how they are going to keep Gus from proving it. Ross comments that he can’t prepare a defense until he knows what charges will be filed. He wants to know if Claire could have gotten anything on tape. Danny says no and explains that when Claire came into his office to clear things up, he knew that she was up to something. Michelle says that Claire has a pretty good idea about everything. Ross tells them that have to be on guard for hard evidence. Danny says that evidence is nothing if he doesn’t go to trial. Ross wants to know what he’s thinking. Danny has a plan to leave town, to run. Ross tells him that he’s not going anywhere. Michelle decides that the plan might work if she and the baby leave with Danny. It almost worked last time but Carmen kidnapped Michelle. Ross tells Danny if they leave it will only make matter worse. They will get caught and there will be even more charges. Danny becomes angry. Danny: “What do you want me to do, Ross? Pull out my blue suit and learn how to smile at the jury?” Ross: “Yes, pull out the blue suit, brush up on your manners. You have GOT to fight this. It’s the only way I firmly believe it…I’ll find a way [to clear Danny].” Michelle wants a guarantee that Ross can get Danny off. Michelle tells Danny that truth is on their side. Danny promises Ross to stay. Ross assures him that they can win if they fight. Michelle gives it 100% backing and Ross leaves. As Michelle closes the door, she tells Danny he better not even think of leaving. Danny tells her that it’s so ironic that he protected himself by pulling the wire off Claire and at the same time blows her chance at immunity. She tells him Gus is much more interested in pinning a murder rap on him. She wants to know if Danny is now thinking of going to Gus to cop a deal. Danny says that he knows that Gus is out to get him and that he doubts that Ross can stop him. He says that everything is his fault and that the least he can do is protect her from what he has done. Michelle asks him to promise her that he will not turn himself in to protect her. He responded by asking her if she wants him to wait around for a guilty verdict. She says that she will tell him exactly what she wants.

Michelle: “Aitoro is not going to take this away from us Danny, so don’t you help him. If you go away we lose, whenever we’re apart we lose. Weren’t you the most miserable guy in Springfield when I was living in New York? So you’ve got to stay with Robbie and me – no matter what.” (Part 1) (Part 2)

My Comments: I know Danny wasn’t all that keen at telling Ross about what happened with Carmen even now, but I think he needs details. Details like Manny were totally innocent of the original faking of death and the “fatal” shooting really being months later on the docks and that the gun took isn’t the one Danny used. I really love that Ross is so on board with this. This is my second favorite Ross period ever. The other one was when he married Carrie. Ross is being clever and take charge and smart. I love his whole attitude in this. This Ross-Danny friendship was one of my favorites on the show and I’m still hurt beyond belief that they will later destroy it for a stupid fixed election storyline. I’m really glad Michelle knows how Danny’s mind works so well. This is very Danny to take all the guilt on himself and seek punishment to protect Michelle. He still protects the family, but now his family is one who protects him back. This “Whenever we’re apart we lose” would be right up there with the top Manny speeches if it was a little longer. Could Danny, Robbie, and Michelle be anymore sweet?

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.

Skeleton From the Lake June 4-5 2001

March 6, 2015

Mon., June 4, 2001Claire to Danny: “Do you have this place swept for bugs?”Danny: “Yay, every day.” (as if she asked if he emptied the wastepaper baskets.) A skeleton is brought from the bottom of the lake. Harley is skeptical that it is Carmen, but Gus is convinced. A few minutes later after talking to the coroner, Gus calls Claire and tells her it’s time to get Danny to confess what happened that night at the docks. Claire seems worried and tells Gus, Danny is not going to buy her going to talk to him two times in the same day. Gus says to tell Danny that she got a tip from her lawyer Vince Russo. She reluctantly agrees. Meanwhile Danny and Michelle discuss Claire and if she would betray Michelle and work with the Feds. Michelle wants to ask Claire what she is up to, but Danny says not to, he doesn’t want to tip his hand. Danny: “I’m sorry, honey, you ought to be able to trust your mother.” Michelle is getting ready to leave and says she’s going home and getting in the tub. Danny says with that as incentive he’ll get home as quickly as possible. The topic of Rick also comes up and Danny mentions that Rick, Harley, and Phillip were having dinner together and it seemed rather intense. Michelle assumes they must have told Phillip about the baby and says she must go talk to Rick. On her way out she runs into Frank and she tells him what may have happened, he says he will support Harley in any way. Michelle heads home and finds Rick, who explains that Phillip set up the meeting to find out what was the matter with Rick. Meanwhile, Claire rushes over to see Danny, who is not at all pleased to see her. She says she got a tip from her lawyer that there was activity at the lake and that that can only mean one thing. Danny acts like he has no idea what she is talking about. She says it’s time to fess up about what happened that night at the docks, that he has put Michelle and her in enough trouble; It all has to end. Danny seems confused by her behavior and tells her to back off. Claire: “You can’t just dismiss me like some busboy!” Danny: “Want to bet!” She says fine and goes to leave and he says wait and tears open her jacket. He finds the wire and tears it off. Danny: “How do you know?” Claire: “I know because he told me.” Danny: “And you believed him?” she tells him that she was ratting him out to save Michelle. He says if that were true, why didn’t she tell Michelle and hands her the phone to call and tell her. Danny, understanding how the system works: “You got Aitoro nothing, so you are expendable to him.” Claire won’t take the phone and he says you will probably lose your job and maybe end up with jail time, but most of all she has lost her daughter forever. (Part 1) (Part 2)

Tues., June 5, 2001 – At the Bauer House: Danny is watching Michelle sleep and still looks preoccupied. Michelle wakes up and kisses her hubby asking him why he got in so late. He tells her that Claire came back and he has some bad news to tell her. Michelle tells him just to spit it out. He goes over what Claire did and that he ripped her jacket off and found the wire she was wearing. Danny: “[Claire] She was acting weirder than normal. Very jumpy. When I made a move toward her she tried to run out of my office.” Michelle is angry with Claire and when Danny tells her they will just have to watch what they talk about around her Michelle tells him she has no intentions of ever talking to her again. Michelle: “No, I had a mom. Claire gave birth to me. She walked away from me when I was a baby probably the biggest blessing she could have gave me.” Danny holds Michelle as the full situation hits her. Michelle brings Robbie down to the kitchen while she cleans up a bit. Claire walks in and tells Michelle they have to talk. Michelle tells her she has nothing to ever say to her again. Claire tells her that she has to listen to her side of the story. Michelle accuses her of rolling over on her husband to save her own medical license. Claire tells her that isn’t why she did it. She tells her about Gus and the evidence he has against Michelle and says she was only trying to keep her daughter out of prison. Michelle tells her that she is not her mother and she should get out. Claire reluctantly leaves. Moments later, Harley comes in and tells Michelle that they need her, Danny, Rick and Meta down at the police station at 10AM. There have been some discoveries that they need to know about. Michelle is upset about the whole situation. Harley apologizes and tells Michelle she would love to get off this case but hasn’t had any luck. Michelle says at first she was angry but now she is counting on Harley to keep Gus honest. She reminds Harley that she is practically family and glances at Harley’s tummy. Harley is meeting with Rick, Meta, Michelle, Danny and Robbie. Harley says she is trying to keep them up to date on the investigation. Danny wonders where Gus is and Meta wonders why they had to come down to the PD. Harley says she wants to give them a heads up. She tells them that a body was found at the ferry dock and Gus thinks it is Carmen’s. She tells them if they know anything they should come clean to their attorneys ASAP. Meta is upset that Harley drug them down there for that. Harley is upset that everyone is against her again. Everyone leaves her upset. After the Bauers have left and are at the police station, Gus picks the lock on the kitchen door and goes on in. He rummages through everything until he finds Danny’s gun. He checks the serial number and pulls out a firing casing and test fires the weapon. He pulls the slug out and put it in a baggie marked, “evidence.” Gus leaves, happy. After the Bauer-Santos family get home they take precautions for listening device, Danny, Michelle, Meta, and Rick discuss what this latest police revelation means. Danny tells them best bet is to ride it out and that if worse comes to worse he will protect them by making a deal by pleading guilty himself. He grabs the phone and calls Ross.

Danny: “Look, you all are my family, every one of you. You know you stood by me when…when I really didn’t deserve it.”

Meta: “Yes, you DID deserve it. If you hadn’t made that terrible, terrible choice we wouldn’t have Michelle or Robbie.”


Danny: “I want you to stay out of it.”

Meta: “Then you don’t know me very well.”

When Gus comes back in, Harley tells him she hates him. She tells him that the meeting didn’t go well with the Bauers and she wonders if his trip to the ME was any better. He is happy. He tells her they got everything they needed. The dental records matched and there was a bullet stuck in the bone as well. To top it all off he even got a warrant for Danny Santos’ firearms. He will deliver the warrant himself. He tells Harley to call the jail and book a cell for Danny. He leaves. Harley: “Sorry, Danny.” (Part 1) to this link when Gus breaks into the Bauer House) (Part 2) (Part 3)

My Comments: A very important part of this Claire-Danny exchange is that Danny doesn’t try to control Michelle. I really love it when Danny starts to get wound up and he pauses, stands up very straight, takes a big VERY audible breath, and then stops. It’s such a great move and he does it a lot. Love Danny figuring out Claire was wearing a wire, but Claire is not this stupid. I think that Claire killing Carmen would have made more sense that her helping Carmen. That was a great “why can’t you shut up” look that Danny gave Tony.

I wish someone had heard Danny tell Claire he knew nothing about faking Carmen’s death that it was all Claire and believed it. Maybe Harley. Actually Claire put this all in motion, much more than Danny did.

I love Michelle’s red top. Harley is really being very unfair to Rick “good old reliable Rick was there.” This Harley propping by Meta is getting annoying. I don’t think Gus is being really smart getting on Claire’s bad side though. It may not seem like it right now, but Claire is NOT a good enemy to make. Setting up a man with faked evidence is bad enough, stealing his brownie while you do it, is just cruel. What I think is what Michelle and/or Rick should have said was “Oh no, Harley that must have brought up so many bad feelings about your mom, how are you holding up?” Harley’s mother Nadine was killer by Brent Lawrence and dropped into the lake by the docks and when they pulled her up her body was unrecognizable.

This Manny waking up together is really one of my favorite Manny scenes of this era. Not only do they take a lot of trouble with this scene (remember sets have no ceilings to accommodate the lights so they have to suspend that ceiling fan somehow to give the illusion that there is a ceiling there), it also gives us both a great look at Manny’s current room (I’ve got to go back and compare it to before) but also shows the relationship. Danny is letting Michelle sleep and watching over her. He genuinely hates having to tell her what her mother did, but has finally learned that he has to be honest with her (sadly things happen and he will have to learn this lesson over again but this is a nice reflection of when he did get it the first time around). I also want to track that bed. When Manny first married Michelle had a twin bed in there. By the time they moved in it had magically stretched to a double with the same headboard. This is not the first time we’ve seen their room since they moved back in this time, but it’s the first time the bed (a gold metal one) really caught my eye. I need to go back to the shooting stuff and see what headboard they had then. Note the baby monitor is right on Michelle’s bedside table.

Harley really is using Rick. It’s too bad, but it’s strange that Michelle is pushing the married friends angle considering her ongoing feelings about a romantic relationship with Bill.

I don’t like Danny having that gun like that loose in a drawer. Not only is there a baby in the house, there is also a good chance that it could get jammed or something just tossed in a junk drawer like that. I truly love Michelle’s outfit in this. It’s gorgeous and she looks great in it. Luckily this soap day isn’t ending so we’ll get to see it some more. Meta takes a break from Harley propping to tell her to BACK OFF! Go Meta!

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.

Claire Under Pressure May 21-24 2001

January 16, 2015

Mon., May 21, 2001 – Ray and Tony are talking in the office at Infeirno. Tony is complaining about the birthday party Sam arranged for Marah. Ray: “You mean a masseur.” Tony: “What does a priest know about stuff like that?” Ray: “I wasn’t always a priest.”  He brought her back to Infeirno and she got caught, although she really wasn’t doing anything wrong she got arrested. Tony about Gus: “This guy has it in for anyone with the name of Santos.” Ray: “Isn’t that harassment?” Danny: “Not if we keep giving him just cause.”  Tony admits that some men he knows work for Johnny Merchardo (another mob family in the territory) and Tony is worried about it. Danny is talking to Ray about Gus getting close to the truth about Carmen. Ray says only three people were there and one is dead. Danny is worried about Claire talking. Danny tells Ray that Meta and Rick only have hearsay but Claire knows things and can tell Gus things. Ray says Claire hasn’t said anything so far. Danny: “Claire is trouble waiting to happen.” At the police station: Gus is showing Harley the evidence they have on Michelle, including identified fingerprints from the evidence Michelle stole and burned. They can prove Michelle tampered with evidence in a federal case and Gus will use this to crack Danny like a walnut. Gus: “Maybe she will be the one to crack.” Harley: “No, Michelle will never give up Danny.” He thinks he will try to crack Claire first because he sees her as the weakest link. Gus says Claire knows what happened with Carmen and she has the mother factor going on. Harley doesn’t understand. Gus tells her you can usually count on a mother to protect her child. Harley asks if he will use the potential charges against Michelle to pressure Claire. He thinks it is the best way. Harley tells Gus he can do it alone because she quits. She starts throwing her things in a box. Gus asks what she is doing. Harley tells Gus she is serious and maybe her replacement will appreciate him more. Gus says she needs his permission to be reassigned and he won’t give it. He tells her that she is a good cop despite her emotional fits. Harley sits the box down. Gus says she is sensitive to the mother/child issue because of her condition. He is not without feelings and won’t make her watch him pressure Claire. He leaves. Meta comes in looking for Gus. She asks Harley where he is and why he is doing this to Danny. Meta: “Why? Why is he doing this? Aren’t there enough real criminals? Why is he focusing all his time and attention on Danny who has turned out to be a model citizen?” Harley tells her Gus will be back soon. Meta notices Harley’s tummy and asks her when she is due. Harley is taken aback. Meta apologizes and Harley tells her that she didn’t realize it was that obvious. Meta tells her that it is a little noticeable but what tipped her off was how beautiful she looks. Harley says Meta should have been a mother. Meta says it is nice being a great aunt and there are times when someone may need a mother. Harley looks sad and tells Meta she has to finish her paperwork. Harley tells Meta she hasn’t made the pregnancy public. Meta has to go and will leave a message for Gus that she is not happy. At the Spaulding Mansion: Gus is walking around the room when Claire comes in. Claire asks him what he is doing there and he tells her he is there to make a deal. Gus asks her to tell him what really happened to Carmen and he will keep Michelle out of a federal penitentiary. Claire tells Gus to get out. Gus says he has evidence on Michelle that will put her away for 30 years. Claire calls him a pig and he starts to leave. She finally gives in and asks what he wants. Gus tells Claire she has to testify about Carmen but Claire says no deal. He tells her he will arrest Michelle. Claire wants to know what he is asking. Gus wants her to wear a wire when around Danny. Gus: “I know that you’re smart and you’re tenacious, devious and got the morals of a guppie… we’ll keep Michelle out of prison and put Danny away for life. I’m sure he’s a mother’s worst nightmare.” Claire doesn’t think Michelle will forgive her for this. Gus says there are tradeoffs. He gives her time to think about it and leaves. Claire is crying when Alan enters. Alan: ” Entertaining the FBI?” He tells her she should not have talked to Gus without her attorney. Claire says she is in a mess and nothing can help. Alan: “Well, there’s nothing that gets my juices going more than an impossible cause and Claire with a little money, power and brains, anything is possible.” (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

Tues., May 22, 2001 – At the Spaulding Mansion: Claire is worrying about Gus when Alan comes in. He tells her that her only mistake was not confiding in him. He thinks they should share everything. He would like to help her. She tells him that she would like to but she feels like she is trapped. Alan thinks she needs to speak to a lawyer if she wants to confide in someone else that may be able to help. She calls Ross and tells him about Gus and his visit. She tells him that Gus wants her to cut a deal in order to help Michelle and she doesn’t know what to do. Ross tells her that if what she has to do impacts another one of his clients, he will no longer be able to represent her. He tells her that it would be a conflict of interest and he advises her to find a criminal attorney quickly. He will give her references to a good lawyer if she wants and wishes her luck. Claire tells Alan that Ross dumped her but Alan thinks that is a good thing. He says Ross is competent but is overly principled and soft. She is in a dicey legal situation and in need of a shark. Alan: “You don’t need a small time lawyer. You know a lawyer and believe me I know from sharks……I will get her a lawyer who feeds on federal agents.” Claire thanks him and says she has to get to the hospital. Alan says he has never seen her this troubled. She tells him that he may just have given her a way out.

Thurs., May 24, 2001 – At Cedars: Rick pushes Claire to make sure keeping Michelle safe is her priority. Rick: “It’s not about you, Claire. The idea here is to protect my sister.” Rick meets up with Dr. Sedwick. (I keep watch on this. I want to find her first and last appearance.) Margaret gives Rick Harley’s sonogram and from the due date Rick realizes there is a good chance he is the father not, Phillip. Gus catches up with Claire and asks her if she is going to help them. She tells him to stop hounding her. He says she has access to Danny and they want her cooperation, else she and her daughter will be in jail. He tells her if she wears the wire, only Danny will do the time and she and Michelle will go free. Claire tells him she needs more time. He tells her she has until the end of the day. He leaves, telling her that if he gains the information he is looking to her for from another resource the deal is off. Claire is shaken and calls Russo. She tells him she needs him to buy her some more time. Michelle comes in to see Claire. Claire is happy and shocked to see her. Michelle asks her if she has talked to Gus again. Claire tells her she hasn’t heard from him. Michelle is surprised that he wouldn’t be bothering her. She tells Claire that everything will be fine as long as they all stick together and not say anything. Claire says she understands and then makes an excuse to leave. Michelle looks worried.

My Comments:

Meta looks just lovely today. However, I otherwise kind of hate this scene from top to bottom. I don’t know WHY Meta would say she sees Harley as a daughter when clearly Michelle is much more of a daughter. This is just Cooper propping and trying to make Harley more sympathetic during a period where she is everything but. Also, there is no WAY Meta would be so blase about motherhood. She had a son, Chuckie, who after a long and complicated custody fight, was killed in an accident. It was really his father’s fault for pushing him to do something he wasn’t comfortable doing and in a red haze Meta killed him. Definitely a charged subject that at least should have been referenced by a “I was a mother once, for all too brief a time.” It’s too bad if it wasn’t for that background, it’s a lovely conversation. What a second I didn’t really catch that before! “Raise 2 kids alone” Phillip wants to be very hands on and there would be plenty of help.

I’m so sorry they didn’t continue with Claire and Alan. I think they made a strong couple with similar outlooks and problems and could really have taken on Springfield. Instead Alan drops Claire for some stupid reason in favor of Olivia who is nothing but trouble to him.

A Season of New Beginnings: A Continuation by Robansuefarm Chapter 5

December 25, 2014

AUTHOR AND REPUBLISHER NOTE: We wind up a final chapter in our Christmas fanfic.

A Season of New Beginnings: A Continuation by Robansuefarm Chapter 5

Michelle peeked out into the main ballroom of the country club. The decorations were really beautiful. Strings of white Christmas lights, Christmas trees with gold decorations, and Christmas wreaths filled every corner and cranny of the room. The turnout was great, the room was completely filled. She looked out and right away her eye was drawn to the man she loved more than life itself. Danny was standing on the steps leading up to the stair landing across the room. He looked incredible in his tux with his hair slicked back. Michelle couldn’t help it, she licked her lips and wished away all the people she’d been so pleased to see just a moment before, jealous of having to share him with the crowd and wanting to show him just how much she appreciated him. Reluctantly she drew her eyes away from him before she gave in to the impulse to run over to him and drag him out of the room to first available room with a locking door.

Michelle’s eye next fell on the men standing on the steps beside him, his cousins Ray and Tony. Beyond Tony was her best friend Bill Lewis, but her eye kept being drawn back to Danny. To avoid the temptation, after all it couldn’t possibly be that much longer that she would have to wait now, she drew the crack in between the curtains closed, covering the opening between the small side room and the main ballroom. Michelle turned her back on the curtains. She crossed over the other side of the small room looking closely at all her family and friends gathered there. Everyone looked so elegant, dressed for the Special Occasion. Abby was there at her side. Her cousin Bridget Reardon Lewis had come from Michigan in honor of such a big night. Bridget’s son little Peter was so cute dressed in his tiny tux. Lizzie Spaulding was wearing a little fluffy dress that made her look like a little princess. A dark haired beauty, Danny’s sister Pilar was there, too. Michelle giggled. She never thought she could feel so happy, so it didn’t take much to make the laughter spring to her lips. This time she had thought that for once it was everyone else’s turn to wear pink as it was the color of every dress in the small sideroom, besides her own.

Michelle had been right, it hadn’t been long to wait at all. The orchestra was starting to play an instrumental version of “When You Say Nothing at All” the song that had awaken Michelle on the fateful day that she met Danny.  Michelle thought the words along to the music, : “It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart, without saying a word you can light up the dark”. It truly did amaze her that she could count the number of days ago that the love described in the song was an impossible dream, but now it was her reality. Lizzie, experienced at this, grabbed Peter’s hand and propelled him along through the now opened curtains. Next Bridget followed along watching Peter proudly as she walked behind him, just as her husband Dylan was doing from his chair in the ballroom.

Pilar crossed to Michelle as Bridget left and took both her hands in hers. “Buena Suerte, mi hermana. But I’m sure you won’t need it.” Pilar picked up the flowers off the nearby table and followed Bridget out into the main ballroom. Michelle watched her walk straight across the room towards the staircase and thought she was smiling just a little too intently at Bill Lewis. Michelle would have to pump her friend for information on this the next time she saw him. She suspected Bill was holding out on her. Abby gave her hug and quick kiss being very careful not to smudge her makeup. “I love you, sweetie. I’m so glad everything is working out for you. You had us worried for awhile you know.”

Michelle simply beamed at her sister-in-law, the whole funk over Jesse seemed so long ago. She’d wasted all that time, but it had led her to standing here today so she couldn’t really regret it. What, she wondered, would have happened if they hadn’t been assigned to do the decorations together? Just the thought of it sent a shiver down her spine. It really did seem almost as if someone had planned that it turned out that way. Abby was gone now having followed Pilar out from behind the curtains.

Rick, who had entered the room a little while before, crossed to her and took her arm. “Hey, little sister, if you’re having second thoughts, I happen to know several back ways out of this place. Just say the word.”

Michelle lightly punched her joking brother on the arm. “I’m more certain about this than anything else in my whole life, Rick,” she said seriously, meaning every word.

“OK, then, we might as well go.” Rick gave an exaggerated sigh. “Your Sir Galahad is waiting.” Michelle thought it was a darn good thing for Rick that she was feeling so full of love and joy today or she might have had to plan some retaliation for her “humorous” big brother.

Michelle’s thoughts were interrupted by the music changing. Everyone in the ballroom stood up and turned to face the curtained archway. Michelle and Rick both stepped out together with their right foot (Step, together, step, together). Michelle once again mentally added the words to the music, “Here comes the bride.”

Michelle looked around the room. Her eyes played over the right side of the church which was full of mostly dark haired strangers. Most of Danny’s family she knew was in the wedding party, but she was sure she’d be meeting the others soon. Down in the front row sat Abuela Maria. She sat on the aisle end of the row and looked like the cat who swallowed the canary. An identical look was on Aunt Meta’s face as she sat across the aisle from her on the bride’s side.

Looking to her left Michelle saw the rows filled with family and friends. All the people who had supported who growing up were there. There were Phillip and Beth Spaulding with James. There was Holly and Fletcher Reade. There was Vanessa and Billy Lewis beside Mindy and Rusty Shayne. Her Aunt Hillary sat in the front row. Dozens of family and friends filled every chair. Still Michelle’s heart wrenched that neither Maureen nor Ed were there. Then she found Danny’s eyes and nothing else mattered. She had him. He was missing his father just as much she was she knew, but all she saw in his eyes was understanding, joy, and love. She shone it all back to him.

Michelle’s thoughts played back over the last year. It had been a long time since Michelle didn’t have anything better to do than to count days, but last night, for old times sake, she had done the math. Today was day 562 since Jesse Blue had dumped her for Drew Jacobs. A day she now blessed. If Jesse hadn’t left her, she might never have found Danny, a thought not to be borne. Today, day 372 since she met Danny, was the happiest day she ever had and she was sure day 1860, day 5580, day 18,250 would be even happier. It had been quite a year. After that night locked in the lighthouse together, they had barely been able to stand being apart. There had been challenges, Rick hadn’t been too thrilled that Michelle was serious about anybody let alone someone connected with a mob family. But Michelle stood firm that she would be with Danny and much to Michelle’s surprise she had Aunt Meta’s whole hearted support. Danny proved over the course of the year that he wasn’t going anywhere and he would take care of Michelle, so finally Rick came around. He still wasn’t happy about the match, but he was willing to take part in the wedding which was more than could be said about Carmen.

Carmen had looked at Danny marrying his old girlfriend Teresa as her last chance to gain more influence in the business again. Teresa idolized Carmen and was very open to any of her suggestions. Carmen took the loss of this influence badly, especially when Michelle stood firm with her and supported Danny in whatever he wanted to do. She blamed Michelle for her loss of influence and the animosity she held towards towards “that Bauer girl” was almost palpable. Danny had finally had to move out of Casa Santos and into the Bauer family lighthouse while he waited for the house he was building for himself and Michelle at Laurel Falls to be finished. Even though Michelle and Danny had both sought Carmen out in person and asked her to come to the wedding, she had refused to come and Abuela Maria stood in place of Danny’s parents.

There had been highlights as well. They had held a bonfire and burned her Jesse mementos including that fuzzy blue robe. She had rolled up and stuck in the back of the closet the drawings Jesse had done of her, even though Danny said that Jesse hadn’t done her justice, she thought they  might want the drawings someday. He had burned some things that connected with his family’s mob past. They had both felt so much freer and lighter when it was done. Danny had come with Michelle to the Bauer BBQ and Michelle had started to go to Mass with Danny, at least on the major feast days. It made her feel another connection with Maureen who had also been Catholic. Michelle felt that Maureen would approve of this match.

They had “christened” places all over town, but hadn’t been together for a week to make the wedding night very special. Michelle had been on birth control, but she and Danny had discussed it and decided they wanted a family soon and she had gone off the pills after the last time she was with Danny. Her smile grew even wider that the next time they were together they could be creating their new son or daughter.

Danny watched Michelle walk down the aisle towards him on Rick’s arm. He was amazed that every time he saw her she was more beautiful and she was more than that. She was smart. She was kind. She was feisty. He’d never known that he could feel so close to anyone. It was like he had lived most of his life missing part of himself and now he’d found it, found her. And even more remarkable to him, she felt the same way about him.

Danny had been suspicious. It was awfully convenient how they’d gotten locked together in the basement of the lighthouse behind a door that Michelle never remembered sticking before and even more convenient that it was Dietz who discovered them the next morning. It was still more convenient how quickly his Abuela and Michelle’s Aunt Meta had become some great friends, like they had known each other for a long time before he and Michelle met. Also, he really hadn’t bought his Abuela’s explanation that she’d had one of the maids take down all the family photos in her room to dust them between when he left and Michelle’s arrival, but had them all back in place by the next day. “It was the most efficient way to do it!” she’d declared, as Danny cocked an eyebrow at her. But in the end he’d decided to let it go. He’d found Michelle and exactly how didn’t really matter.

Michelle arrived at the steps and she took the last few steps alone to stand by Danny. Danny whispered, “Hola! Mi esposa bonita.” Michelle who had learned a lot more Spanish over the past year, whispered back, “Hola! Mi esposo perfecto.” Together they turned together to face Father Tomas, to find their new beginning. After all, it was the season for them.

Father Tomas began, “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to join together in holy matrimony Daniel Santos and Berta Michelle Bauer….”


Translation Note:

*Special Occasion – An evil Bill, Manny round robin fanfic with several scenes where Manny makes love, reconnecting after being friends in college and now wanting to be much, much more.

*Buena Suerte, mi hermana. – Good luck, my sister.

*Sir Galahad – what Rick calls Danny in my favorite scene in the Manny fanfic Dark Knight where Danny saves Michelle from both Ben Warren and a drug addiction.

*Step, Together – the way you are supposed to walk down the aisle in a wedding even though most people seem to have forgotten it (Sorry Pet Peeve)

* Hola! Mi esposa bonita.  – Hello, my beautiful wife.

*Hola! Mi esposo perfecto.  – Hello, my perfect husband.  Dialogue from lighthouse scene before Michelle is kidnapped.

AUTHOR’S END NOTE: Well, did I catch anybody? I was trying to make you think it was the charity for the Pediatrics wing and I hoped that it was really a Manny wedding would be a fun surprise. Besides what’s a better Christmas present for a Mannyac than that? I hope you enjoyed my continuation and I hope everyone thinks it measured up the stem I started with. I hope you enjoyed the dropping in of Spanish and of name dropping of other Manny fanfics.  I hope that brought back good memories to people who have read them and that those who haven’t please check out my story index and read them. Thanks for reading and I hope you have a terrific holiday season.  Oh, in case you couldn’t tell I was having Abby be Michelle’s matron of honor and Ray was Danny’s best man. Lizzie was a flower girl and Peter was a ring bearer. Pilar and Bridget were bridemaids. Tony and Bill were groomsmen. And of course, Michelle’s wedding color was pink.

A Season of New Beginnings: A Continuation by Robansuefarm Chapter 4

December 24, 2014

AUTHOR AND REPUBLISHER NOTE: This isn’t my favorite chapter of the story, but it’s kind of hamstrung. I had quite a few plot points and quite a bit of exposition that had to come out in order to get everyone where they need to be at the start of Chapter 5: The conclusion, which is great, so a lot has to happen in a short amount of time. I also needed a payoff for the master plan and they’d already kissed, so….  But I didn’t want to be too explicit in a Christmas story. In short, hang on through this chapter, find out exactly what’s really going on and get ready to go out with a bang. I haven’t finished the last chapter yet, but it’s my favorite so far.

A Season of New Beginnings: A Continuation by Robansuefarm  – Chapter 4

It had been a wonderful night Danny thought as he slowly woke up with a smile on his lips. He let his eyes remain closed as he remembered touching every inch of Michelle’s beautiful body with his fingers, his lips, his… He was eager to repeat the experience and he opened his eyes and reached for her. Instead of golden curls on the pillow next to his, he saw only an untouched pillow and felt only cold sheets. A dream, how could something so wonderful have been just a dream? He fell back flat onto the bed and let his eyes fall shut again as he balled his hand into a fist and struck the bed in frustration.  Still, he told himself, he’d see her today and if not last night, maybe she’d be there beside him soon.

Michelle also had woken up with a smile on her face. She’d switched her clock radio alarm to an all Christmas station and it was “Haul out the holly”  that woke her up. She intended to do just that with Danny today she giggled. She ran her finger over her lips remembering yesterday’s kiss. She was halfway through washing her hair before she remembered it was day 191 since Jesse left.  Today felt so different from yesterday though. Yesterday had started out feeling like day 190, but today she realized didn’t feel like 191 without Jesse, it felt like day 2 of knowing Danny. She giggled again and happily started getting dressed for the day.  She thought they might be pulling out dusty boxes and that today would be a good day to wear jeans and sweatshirt and leave her hair in a ponytail. But that’s not what she felt like doing. She reached into the back of her closet and pulled out a plastic garment bag. She had bought the fitted red dress before she and Jesse broke up and never gotten a chance to wear it. “You’ve been hanging there too long,” she told the dress.

Michelle skipped down the back stairs and arrived grinning in kitchen. “Good morning Aunt Meta,” she said as she grabbed a bowl, spoon, cereal, and milk, before sliding into one of the chairs around the kitchen table.

Aunt Meta took one look at her and let out a whistle. “Hubba hubba somebody is dressed to the nines today. What’s the occasion?”

“Oh, no occasion. I just felt like dressing up a little bit.”

“I see… What’s his name?”

“Aunt Meta, there doesn’t have to be man involved for a girl to feel good about herself.”

“That’s very true, but I know that look… What’s his name?”

“Well, I am having lunch today with my partner from the decorating committee.”

“Um hum, and he just happens to be a man?”

“Yes, he does.”

“To repeat myself….”

“His name is Danny Santos. Now, don’t start with me Aunt Meta. He is in THAT Santos family, but he’s not like that.”

“Michelle, after watching mope around after Jesse Blue all this time, if he can put a smile like that on your face, I wouldn’t care if his name was Al Capone. After all, I’m hardly the one to cast the first stone when it comes to men you get involved with. I trust you honey and you should trust your instincts, too. ” Meta crossed the room and gave Michelle a hug.

Michelle opened her eyes after the hug to check the clock. 11 am couldn’t get here fast enough as far as she was concerned.

Aunt Meta had told Michelle to be a few minutes late, so she could make an impressive entrance. However, Michelle was practically vibrating with excitement and the grandfather clock in the entrance lobby of the country club was just starting to strike 11 when she passed it.  She crossed quickly to the country club bar room. Her eyes darted around the collection of tables, her eyes clicked into sharp focus as her eyes found Danny. He’d been even more impatient than she had been and had arrived early.

For the last 20 minutes Danny had been trying not to watch the door too obviously, but he’d totally failed. Instead he saw Michelle the second she reached the doorway and got quickly to his feet. Michelle loosened her grip on the white winter shawl that she had covering her shoulders letting it fall down her arms revealing her bare shoulders. Danny felt his breath exhale sharply at the sight. Michelle felt like she was practically floating over to him. When she reached the table, with an effort he shook himself lose from her spell. He walked around the table and pulled out her chair. As she seated herself, Danny bent and pushed her chair, pausing to whisper in her ear, “I wouldn’t have believed it possible, but you look even more beautiful today than when you were yelling at me yesterday.” Michelle’s eyes involuntarily closed as she first felt his husky breath against her neck. Danny returned to his chair and Danny and Michelle smiled across each other. This would be a very enjoyable lunch indeed.

Before they realized it, a couple of hours had passed. Neither Danny nor Michelle could remember when they’d enjoyed a meal more, but neither could remember exactly what it was they ate. Then they’d walked hand and hand into the main ballroom. They talked about what they could do with trees and white lights and other decorations. Suddenly their reverie was interrupted by Michelle’s cell phone ringing. Michelle dug her cell phone out of her purse.

“Hello” (Pause) “Oh, Hi Aunt Meta” (Pause) “Yes, I’m still with Danny.” (Pause) “Why does it have to be right now?” (Pause) “Yes, but I’m not exactly dressed for….” (Pause – Sigh) “OK, Aunt Meta. See you at home.”

Michelle turned to Danny who was waiting expectantly. “That was my Great Aunt Meta. She wants us to stop and pick up the decorations they used last year. She let the Pediatric group store the decorations in the basement of the lighthouse, my family owns it. I’m not exactly dressed for carrying boxes, would you mind?”

Danny, who would have willingly cleaned a bathroom floor with a toothbrush if it meant getting to spend more time with Michelle, readily agreed. Luckily Michelle and Rick hadn’t switched back cars yet and Danny and Michelle headed over to the lighthouse in the UAV.

“This is a great place!” Danny said with enthusiasm as Michelle showed him around the lighthouse. She’d saved the basement for last.

“The boxes should be down here,” Michelle said, turning on the light and then leading the way down the wooden staircase into the gloomy basement. They quickly located the boxes of decorations. Michelle had gone ahead carrying a light box with one arm while she went ahead of Danny and tried to open the door. It wouldn’t open. “Hey, it won’t open,” she said, trying it again.

“Let me try.” Danny balanced his box on a step and tried the door. It was locked up tighter than a drum. “Does the door stick sometimes?” He looked his question at Michelle.

Michelle shook her head. She had played in and around the lighthouse her whole life and the door had never stuck before that she could remember. “I never remember it sticking.”

“Well, it’s not moving. The hinges are on the outside and I can’t exactly get a run up on this curving staircase. I guess we’re here for awhile. Your Aunt Meta knows we were coming here and eventually she’ll come looking. Might as well get comfortable while we wait.”

They walked back down the steps and sat side by side on the bottom step. Michelle shivered. She wasn’t exactly dressed for being in an only marginally heated place. Danny took off his leather jacket and wrapped it around her shoulders. They talked back and forth about things of great import and small consequence. Michelle told Danny everything she’d told Maria the day before and then some. Danny told her about his own childhood and the new life for his family he was trying so hard to build. Neither had ever felt so close to another person before.

A couple of hours later Michelle shivered again. “I feel cold.”

“Ok, let’s see what we can do.” Danny dug around and finally found a couple of old quilts. He used them to make a kind of palette on the floor in the main room beyond the metal grate that divided the room into two.

“Milady” Danny said reaching out a hand and helping Michelle to lay down between the covers. “We’d better stick together to save body heat.” He lay down beside her. They lay facing each other.

Danny said, “I have a confession, Michelle…. I knew that sprinkler head wasn’t mistletoe.”

Michelle giggled. “I have a confession, too….. I wasn’t all that cold.” Michelle bit her bottom lip and that’s all the invitation that Danny he needed. He pulled her to him, kissed her and rolled her under him.

A few minutes later across town static hissed from a radio receiver to the bug Dietz had planted in the lighthouse basement earlier that day. “Oh, Danny, yes, yes, yes!” The two old ladies smiled as Maria reached over and switched off the transmitter. Dietz was recording it downstairs just in case the two of them managed to mess it up, but it didn’t sound like that would be a problem.  Maria smiled across at her friend. She and Meta Bauer had found themselves in many of the same women’s clubs around Springfield. They both lived rather knockabout lives and had instantly felt a kinship with each other. Eventually their talks had gotten around to the young people in their lives and their worries about them. It had been Meta that first suggested that maybe Danny and Michelle would be the answer for each other’s problems. They had carefully planned the setup, Danny had been through too many of Maria’s plans for anything obvious.

Meta had gone to see Lillian and had a little “talk” with her. The upshot of which was that Meta had gotten her full cooperation without Meta having to switch into an even uglier gear. Lillian put Maria on Michelle’s donation list in order for her and Maria to have a talk. Maria had cleared out any doubts Michelle might have had about getting involved with the Santos family and let her know enough about Danny’s life to “prime the pump” as Meta put it. Then Lillian put them together on the decoration committee. Meta had gotten them together at the lighthouse and Maria had Dietz lock them in the basement.

“Be sure to tell Dietz to go into the first floor first so they hear him coming and get a chance to get dressed before he gets there. It will make him looking for them seem more realistic, too.” Meta told her friend.

Maria smiled at her. “At this rate we will soon be related. We’re already a great team. We should celebrate our success with coming up with a new project. Hmmm. Now Daniel is nearly settled, I think it is time to turn my attention to my granddaughter Pilar. She will be coming back from school for the holidays next week.”

Meta grinned. “Did I ever tell you about Michelle’s best friend growing up? He was almost like a brother really. His name is Bill Lewis. He’s a fine young man, but he’s been spending way too much of his time studying.”

“Pilar Lewis. It has possibilities. Hmmmm,” Maria replied.

Both women took a drink of their “fortified” tea.

Sleeping Beauty, Manny Style by Samj Chapter 5

December 10, 2014

Republisher’s Note: We continue the fairytale.

Sleeping Beauty, Manny Style by Samj Chapter 5

Meta, Rick, and Abby quietly led Michelle into the palace and showed her to her room. Michelle couldn’t stop crying about the stranger she had met in the woods, so the three fairies gave her a moment alone to pull herself together. As soon as Michelle was alone, she became hypnotized by an unearthly green glow in the fireplace. She was powerless to resist the glow as it led her down the long corridors of the palace to a picturesque window seat where a strange man sat. Quietly the man approached her and said, “Your highness, please accept this humble gift from your most loyal servant, Mick.”

Michelle reached out mechanically and took the sharp rock in her hand. She was too far under the spell to realize that it was too was glowing green.Meanwhile, the fairies had caught sight of the green glow, and were racing to try to protect their ward. “Stop! Michelle, stop, please!” they shouted in unison as they flew up the winding staircase. Their cries, however, fell on deaf ears.Michelle was completely mesmerized by the rock, so much so that she didn’t even notice when Mick reached out and grabbed her. Holding her close to his body he whispered menacingly in her ear, “I can show you a real good time.”Michelle flinched, and without thought brought the sharp rock in her hand down on Mick’s temple, freeing herself from his slimy grasp.

When the fairies finally reached the window seat, Carmaria was laughing triumphantly. “Were you looking for the young lady?” she mocked. “Well, here she is!” she announced, sweeping back her cape to show Michelle asleep on the cold stone floor. 

The fairies laid her gently in her bed, then agreed amongst themselves to make everyone else in the palace sleep until they could awaken Michelle.
As the sun began to set, everyone in the kingdom gathered to celebrate the return of their princess and her engagement to Prince Daniel. Their cheering, however, turned into gentle snoring as the fairies cast a spell upon them that made them all slumber. 

King Miguel, while drifting off to sleep, tried to tell King Edward that his son was in love with a peasant girl he met in the forest. Although King Edward was already asleep, Miguel’s words did not fall on deaf ears Aunt Meta heard him and, putting two and two together, realized that Prince Daniel was the man Michelle met that morning. Signaling to Rick and Abby, the three of them raced back to the cottage to get the prince so that he could kiss Michelle and break the spell.
Chevy Lumina was tired and out of breath by the time Danny finally allowed him to stop outside the little cottage on the edge of Laurel Falls. Danny couldn’t contain his smile as he approached the front door, nervously brushing the arms of his jacket until they shone. 

Once inside, however, Danny was knocked unconscious by one of Carmaria’s goons. 

“What a shame, Carmaria,” sighed coldly, looking at the gash on the prince’s forehead, “that’s bound to leave a mark. Now be careful with him,” she instructed the thugs, “I have plans for him.”

Rick, Abby, and Meta arrived at the cottage too late to help the prince. Seeing the evidence of the struggle, they realized that Carmaria must have taken him, so they set out for the dreaded Casa on a rescue mission.


Sleeping Beauty, Manny Style by Samj Chapter 4

December 9, 2014

Republisher’s Note: We enjoy more fairytale fun.

Sleeping Beauty, Manny Style by Samj Chapter 4

Meanwhile, in that very same cottage, Meta had made an absolute disaster of the decorations, and Rick had made even more of a disaster of the cake. The two were squabbling over what to do, when Abby decided that they should use their magic to fix the problems and give Michelle a proper party. Unfortunately, the squabbling continued as well, and Deitz noticed the sparks of magic dust rising through the chimney. He left the cottage and flew back to Carmaria to tell her of his discovery.
Just then, Michelle came rushing into the cottage yelling, “Rick, Abby, Aunt Meta! I met him, I met him, and he’s even more wonderful than I thought!”
“Met who?” Aunt Meta asked in confusion.
“Him, the man from my dreams,” she babbled in reply, “we met once upon a dream, and then we met near the Falls and he’s coming, here, tonight, and….”
“Oh dear,” Abby sighed, and Rick moved to give Michelle a big bear hug as he broke the news. “Michelle, sis, you can’t see this man again; you, you’re already betrothed.””What?” Michelle exclaimed, her eyes wide with shock. “What do you mean I’m betrothed?””To Prince Daniel,” Abby supplied, sitting down on Michelle’s other side and offering a comforting hug of her own. “You see your father, King Edward, and Prince Daniel’s father, King Miguel, agreed that when you turned 21 you would marry.

“King Edward?” Michelle parroted without understanding. “Father? Marry? What are you talking about? I don’t understand!”

Meta, Rick, and Abby slowly explained to Michelle that she was the Princess Berta, and that on that very night they would return her to the palace to be reunited with her parents. With heavy hearts the four of them left the tiny cottage they had called home for so long, Michelle weeping at the thought that she would never see the stranger from the woods again. 
Danny galloped back to King Edward’s palace as quickly as Chevy Lumina would take him. Spotting his father, he shouted from a distance, “Papa, Papa! I’ve met her, I’ve met the girl I’m going to marry!”

“She’s back already?” Miguel asked in surprise as Danny finally stopped in front of him. 

“Back? Huh? What are you…” Danny trailed off in confusion. “No, I met her, the girl of my dreams. I love her, Papa, and I’m going to marry her. “Without waiting for a response, Danny galloped back into the woods toward the Falls.

Miguel stared after his son and shook his head. “Ed isn’t going to like this.”


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.


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