"Why are you crying Gabi?" questions Todd as he crosses his arms.
She doesn’t answer him and instead buries her head into his chest. Her tears leave a wet mark on the white T-shirt
that he is wearing. He slowly hugs her and he realizes how much of a comfort it is to have her so close to him. After the
big argument with his mother just moments ago, he feels the need for human comfort.
"Todd, I just…I just can’t take it anymore! Creg and I are completely through!"
Todd now realizes exactly why she is so upset. "So what made you guys decide to break up? Come on, in. Tell me about
Gabi stops to wipe her eyes and nose and she walks slowly towards the couch. She pulls his hand and leads him to sit
right next to her on the couch. "Todd, I just want you to hold me and I’ll tell you all about it."
He listens to her and she lies with her head upon his stomach as she begins to let everything out about her and Creg’s
heated encounter earlier. Gabi is surprised at how close Todd seems to be allowing her to be and she loves it. Todd, you
have to realize how much you truly mean to me. Nobody could ever compare to you...
Gabi scoots closer to him and leans into him. The feeling of his warm body against her own is already making her feel a
little better about the whole situation, "Creg knows all about how I stole that money, Todd. Look, I don’t want him
to harm you. You don’t know how much you truly mean to me."
Todd swallows. "How much do I mean to you?"
She lifts his right hand and places her left one within his and squeezes. "You mean the world to me, Todd."
Todd then clears his throat. "Uhhhh… do you want a Zima? I’m going to get myself one."
"Sure. That sounds great." Gabi replies faintly as she studies his hand.
"Well, you’re going to have to let go of my hand if you want me to get up to get them." Laughs Todd.
Gabi then lets out a slight smile, "Right." She then slowly takes her fingers from within his.
He rises from the couch swiftly and heads towards the fridge. He gives Gabi a slight look that she can’t quite interpret.
Maybe he’s started to realize how he truly feels for me. Thinks Gabi intently. I know that he’s
in denial. He has to feel the same way about me.
Todd reaches into the fridge and grabs two bottles of Zima. He pauses in thought; I sure hope that Gabi isn’t
getting the wrong idea about how close I held her. If she only knew the truth about me. Suddenly he gets an urge to completely
come clean to her about being gay and the inspiration leaves him just as quickly as it came. No, I can’t risk it.
Todd never decided exactly what it was he’d be risking if he came clean and told someone the truth about his sexuality
but he just always felt that he somehow would lose something in the process. He has lost enough in his life.
Todd heads toward Gabi and hands her one of the bottles. He decides to dive right back into the discussion of her breakup
with Creg, "So don’t you think it’s a good thing that you got rid of him, Gabi? He always seemed to me that he
was nothing but an arrogant bastard."
Gabi takes a big gulp of her Zima and then studies him. "Hmmm…I never knew that you had so many hard feelings
towards Creg. But now that you put it that way: Yes, he is nothing but an arrogant bastard. I wish that someone would put
him in his damn place. He thinks he’s God’s gift to women; Hell, he thinks he’s God’s gift to everyone!"
Todd lets out a small chuckle and then takes a healthy sip of his alcohol. "So is he planning on pressing any charges against
you for stealing that money? Look, I don’t want you to get into deep shit for something I pressured you to do. If I
could take back anything in my life, pressuring you to take that cash to pay off Alec would be the first thing I’d take
Todd can really feel the alcohol "doing its thing" and he likes the feeling. He wants reprieve from all of the depressing
thoughts and happenings that seem to categorize his life anymore.
"Todd, I don’t hold that against you. I care for you and I wanted to help you out. Alec is a very dangerous guy and
the last thing I would want is for something bad to happen to you."
"I thank you for that but…" Todd takes a big gulp and Gabi notices he looks distracted by something.
"Never mind. Look, just chug down your alcohol! Forget everything about tonight." He then starts laughing hysterically
as he finishes off his bottle. He moves a little closer to Gabi and then looks her straight in the eyes. Gabi places her hand
upon his upper leg. Something is going to happen between us tonight. Thinks Gabi contently. I just know it…
She then smirks and takes yet another sip of the "magic liquid."
A huge crashing noise interrupts them from upstairs. Todd immediately bounces from the couch, "What in the hell was that?!
I better go and check it out." He almost trips over the rug because his perception is getting blurry. However he manages to
make it to the staircase.
"I'll come with you!" yells an eager Gabi as she follows him closely behind.
SOMEWHERE OUTSIDE OF SUNRISE BAY, DEEP IN THE WOODS
Just as Melissa darts outside of the cabin, a pair of hands grabs her by the shoulders. She screams and turns around to
be looking into the eyes of a stranger.
"Who in the hell are you?" She yells as she jumps back and out of his grip.
A drained and weary Zachary manages to say, "Look, I’m not going to hurt you if that’s what you’re scared
of. I only came to these woods to run from the cops. I never knew that I’d…I’d…"
That’s when she sees it: Mason’s body lying in a pool of blood on the ground. She can’t help but
keep her gaze locked on the gruesome sight for a few moments until she turns her head away. She realizes that Zachary is shaking
"You saved me. I thank you for that." She extends her hand and brushes his face. "By the way, why were you running from
the cops in the first place?"
He looks at his feet as though he’s filled to the top with guilt and embarrassed to admit to Melissa what he
had done earlier. After a big sigh he replies, "I was real idiot and robbed a store in Roxford. I’m regretting it so
bad now. But now look what I’ve done! I’ve committed murder!"
At the mention of "murder" Melissa gives Mason’s bloody body a quick glance. She then looks Zachary right in the
eye, "You were defending yourself. You rescued me and saved yourself from getting killed. He had a gun and you didn’t.
It wasn’t murder. It was self defense!" Suddenly Melissa seems to realize that she is free. Now she can go home and
see Tom and her son again. She let’s out a huge smile as her heart beats in utter joy. Then there is something that
seems to catch her eye that is lying over next to the cabin--it looks like a diary.
Zachary curiously watches as Melissa scurries over to the cabin and bends down to pick up the open diary.
"Oh my gosh! It’s Shayla’s diary!" Melissa declares as she skims through its pages. Keith is going
to want to read this. It probably has her last words and thoughts before the day that she died.
"Who’s Shayla?" questions Zachary with a curious face.
Before Melissa can answer, the air is pierced with the loud sound of police sirens. Melissa quickly closes the diary and
runs quickly through the trees towards the sounds. "I am free! Yes, I am free!" She happily yells as she meanders through
the trees and brush.
Zachary can’t help but feel a bit proud for working up the courage to shoot Mason and rescue this woman in
need. He then realizes that he hasn’t even exchanged names with her yet. He knows that it is only a matter of time before
the cops get to him and take him away to jail.
He then yells, "What’s your name, by the way!? I’m Zachary!"
Melissa’s voice carries from the distance, "I’m Melissa! Thank you for saving me, Zachary!"
"No problem!" Zachary then finds himself chuckling at the whole situation and he doesn’t exactly know why. He just
killed a man and is also running from getting caught by the police. How in the hell could he be chuckling about this?
Pretty soon, about 6 cops come emerging from the distance. Zachary decides that he is not going to even fight it and decides
to take what he deserves. He can faintly hear Melissa in the distance explaining everything that just occurred and forcing
it in the cop’s minds that Mason was killed out of self-defense.
He doesn't notice Mason's arm moving very slightly and eyes opening to the blurry sight and sound of police lights
The four hurriedly run back into the mansion, all of them with towels draping them.
"That was g-g-great." says Amy as she pulls the towel around her tighter, while shivering.
The other three laugh at her shivering while Cynthia makes her way to the staircase and motions for Amy to follow her.
"Follow me upstairs and you can pick out an outfit. It looks as though we wear the same size."
Amy picks up her pace while nodding. She can't help but absorb the beautiful mansion in. She is very fascinated by the
Jackson family's lavish lifestyle.
"Wow, why would you and Nicholas want to move out of this place? It is so damn gourgeous!" Amy exclaims while
slowly making her way to Cynthia's place at the stairs.
"I was wondering the same thing." It is the voice of a newly arrived Barbara. Her glance goes from the young woman she
doesn't know over to her son who's standing by Jarrod.
Nicholas sighs and shakes his head. "Hello Mother. I'd like to introduce you to Amy Slater. She's a friend of Jarrod's."
He decides to ignore his mother's statement and skip to the introduction.
Barbara nods her head slowly and forces a broad smile, "It's wonderful meeting you, Amy. I'm Barbara, Nicholas's mother."
Amy returrns the head nod, "It's nice meeting you as well." She picks up on the tense feeling between Barbara and Nicholas.
Cynthia motions with her hands for Amy to follow her upstairs to look for new outfit. Amy gets her drift and makes her
way to Cynthia. The two then head upstairs quickly.
"So Nicholas, I hear you and Cynthia already found a house." says Barbara in a saddened tone.
"Yes, mother. We did. I would really like you to come with Cynthia and I to look at it tomorrow. It's a really nice place.
I'm sure you will like it." Nicholas states this in a very positive manner in hopes to lessen his mother's meloncholy tone
of voice when speaking of the situation.
Jarrod pretends to be very preoccupied with a painting that decorates the wall while the mother and son exchange
words. His mind then drifts to thoughts of Amy and how cute he thinks she is.
Meanwhile, Barbara swallows before responding to Nicholas's offer to look at the house tomorrow, "Are you sure this is
what you really want? I just can't see you being out on your own. You're my baby boy, hon. I love you so so much! You've got
to understand why this is soo hard for me. Then there's Gary, he's been so distant lately..." Her voice drifts off.
Nicholas sighs, "Mother, I'm sorry that Gary has been so distant. That really isn't my problem. I know how much I mean
to you and once again you are not looking at this situation logically! I am still going to see you and visit you all the time.
I promise!" He decides that is all he wants to say. "Look, I'm going upstairs to change. Come on, Jarrod. Mother, I hope you
take me up on that offer to see the house."
Jarrod pretends that he is snapping out of the painting's "spell" and follows his friend towards the staircase. He now
has the towel draped over his left bare shoulder. He gives Barbara a slight smile before disappearing up the stairs with
Barbara gets lost in thought while her eyes stare at the painting.
"I really have no idea how my bookcase just fell down! How crazy is that?! Oh well, I'll just have taa clean it in theeee
morning." laughs Todd, as he and Gabi make their way downstairs after checking to see what the loud noise was. He immediately
returns his sights on the alcohol he left on the stand. As he makes his trek towards it, he miscalculates things and trips
over the rug. He lands with a big thud stomach first on the ground.
"Oh my god, Todd! Are you OK?" yells a frantic Gabi as she bends down next to him.
He begins to laugh hysterically, "I've been better!"
Gabi rolls her eyes and joins in the laughing. "Man, Todd! That looked like a nasty fall. You worried me that you'd hurt
yourself." She rubs her hand on his muscular arm.
Gabi looks into his face. She wants nothing more than to kiss him and have him hold her to make all the problems of her
life just fall to the wayside.
Todd then reaches up and pats her on the shoulder. "Hey, don’t look so sad, Gabi. I hate seeing you upset. Screw
Creg! Screw him and his piles of money!" Todd says this as he slowly rises from the ground. "Ouch, my back hurts a little."
"How about I give you a back massage then? That should help." says Gabi as she rises from the floor.
Todd reaches for his drink and finishes it off. He pauses as it hits him full force. Whoa, that really felt strong...
"C’mon just lay down carefully on your tummy on that couch there. I will try my best to make the back pains go away."
An eager Gabi motions Todd towards it.
Todd pauses briefly in hesitation. However, the sound of a nice massage is too alluring to deny. He follows Gabi’s
orders and proceeds to lie on his stomach.
Gabi gets up onto his back and finds a comfortable spot near the top of his buttocks before proceeding to massage his shoulders
and back. Todd lets out a groan and she can sense that he’s definitely enjoying it. She continues before saying, "You
know, this would be a lot easier to do if your shirt didn’t keep bunching up."
"Just take it off." Todd states bluntly.
Something definitely is going to happen between us tonight, thinks Gabi with delight as she proceeds to help Todd take
the white shirt off. She then returns to the massage, this time on Todd’s bare skin.
Slowly leaning towards his neck, she decides to make a move and begins to kiss it while whispering, "Todd, you make everything
wrong with me just go away. I care for you so much." After saying this, she continues to kiss around his neck.
He stiffens at first but then realizes he is oddly feeling into it. There seems to be a force pulling him towards Gabi.
At this realization he slowly turns on his back to look into her face. He feels the force pulling Gabi’s face towards
his own. They embrace in a passionate kiss. Electric seems to rush through the both of them as their tongues meet and intertwine.
Todd reaches to pull off her shirt as the kissing continues...
THAT CONCLUDES THIS EPISODE OF SUNRISE BAY!