PREVIOUSLY ON SUNRISE BAY...
*A horrified Lacey watched as Jasper entered the restaurant. She quickly sat down
with Nicholas asking that he help in not getting Jasper’s attention, she also hoped Cynthia wouldn’t notice them
and cause a scene.
*Brice offered to take Barbara out for drinks to get her mind off of Gabi and
her ex-husband Patrick. Barbara accepted his offer.
*Annie told Nicole that Brice had to get her seal of approval.
SHIRLEY’S BAR AND GRILLE
Nicholas grasps Lacey’s hands as his eyes dart briefly to an incoming Jasper.
Lacey quickly moves her hands from his, "Just act like we’re a couple of
Nicholas leans back, "Ok, will do. Now are you going to explain to me why you
don’t want this guy to see you?"
A fearful expression washes over her eyes, "Let’s just say that he’s
dangerous to me. Besides, maybe we should talk about something else being that he could overhear us." Her tone is very whispered,
she deepens it in hopes of Jasper not being able to recognize her voice.
"Ok, suffice enough explanation to me. Sooo, what do you think of the weather?"
Nicholas states with lack of a better conversation topic.
Lacey grins, "It always goes back to the weather, doesn’t it? Seriously,
it always seems like it does on movies, TV shows, or real life in general. When strangers are searching for something to talk
about it ends up being the weather."
"Wow, you seem to really resent weather. Bad experience?" Nicholas says with a
"No, no. Me and weather get along great. Especially the weather in this town.
Well, I think the people in Florida really don’t have to complain about weather being that it’s always gorgeous."
There is a nervous edge as Lacey rambles.
Nicholas nods, "I totally agree with you."
Lacey’s eyes quickly dart toward the front of the restaurant as Jasper makes
his way to the bar. Good, his back is facing us. Now where is Cynthia? She’s bound to cause a scene if she sees me
sitting with her boyfriend.
She brings her attention back to Nicholas and briefly looks him in the eyes, "So
how is your sister doing?"
Nicholas is surprised, "How did you know about my sister?"
"Well, strange story actually, my boss here seems to have this fascination with
the Jackson family. When you girlfriend came in to look for a job, Shirley mentioned the accident to her saying she’d
send a gift basket."
Another wave of surprise washes over his expression,"Cynthia came in here looking
for a job?"
"Oh, she never told you? Well yeah and she got hired on the spot by my Jackson
obsessed boss. Look, I hope Cynthia doesn’t see us or she could call attention to us and that’s the last thing
After saying this, Lacey watches as Jasper orders a beer from the bar. He is being
served by a tall brunette named Tricia. Jasper brings the alcohol to his lips and lets out a laugh after saying something
to Tricia. Lacey can tell that he’s flirting with her. I hate you so much. What are you doing in town anyway?
However, her train of thought is interrupted: "What exactly is going on here?!"
questions a very confused Cynthia, who approaches from behind Lacey, carrying a tray of dirty dishes.
A speechless Nicholas gazes at Lacey and then at his girlfriend. How do I explain
this to Cynthia without drawing that guy’s attention?!
THE HANGOUT DANCE CLUB
The thump of a techno song fills the dance floor of the crowded club. Everybody
is getting down and having a fun time after a long day of work. At the front, Brice has just ordered Barbara another martini.
Barbara watches as Jax the bartender prepares her drink before turning her attention
back to Brice Jackson, "This was very nice of you, Brice. I couldn't handle another moment in that hospital room with my ex-husband."
Brice scratches his chin and gives Barbara a forced serious look, "Now be
honest, who could ever handle being in the same room as their ex? Yuck, this reminds me of an awkward time I ran into one
of my exes. It was in Paris, nonetheless! She must have tracked me down just so she could get the pleasure of watching me
Barbara taps her manicured nails on the bar top,"Paris?! Oh wow, I’ve always
wanted to go there. Actually, I’ve practically begged your brother to take a vacation there, just him and I. However,
to be truthful, Gary has been completely miserable as of late and a vacation seems to be the last thing he wants to do."
Brice shakes his head, "You’re right. Gary has been miserable. But to be
truthful about that, he has been miserable his entire life. Even if I wasn’t his brother and I didn’t know him
my whole life, I could tell that he was a lost soul looking for his place. Never finding that place, of course."
Barbara shakes her head at his remark, "OK, let’s do this right here, right
now. I want to know the exact reasons why you two hate each other so much. Why are you guys constantly fighting?"
Brice sighs and takes a long sip of his alcohol, "The main reason why we can’t
get along are his constant feelings of inferiority to me, I’m telling you."
"Oh my, you sure aren’t missing an ego. Come on, Brice. There is more to
the story than your supposed greatness that nobody can live up to. You really place yourself on a pedestal."
Brice shrugs his shoulders, "Then maybe I’m coming off wrong. I don’t
think of myself as anything more than a guy who knows what he wants, when he wants it. I’m just real confident, you
can say. However, people often make the mistake of confusing confidence with arrogance or pride. I can’t help that they
make this error."
"Ohhh OK, you’re just confident. Whatever you’d like to call it. Anyway,
you never explained why you and Gary are feuding. Forget that whole feeling of inferiority bull." says Barbara, getting
straight to the point.
Brice smiles, "You also seem like a woman who knows what she wants when she wants
it. I like that. Well fine, I guess I’ll tell you the long boring story of this big mess with my older brother. However,
I insist that you don’t leave the 'inferiority bull', as you put it, out of the story. It’s integral, I swear."
Barbara shakes her head and rolls her eyes. "Just tell me."
Meanwhile, at the entrance of the dance club, Nicole and Annie make their way
through the energetic crowd. Annie is wearing a low cut dark blue dress that showcases her cleavage. Nicole, on the other
hand, is wearing a more conservative silky white dress.
After surveying all the sweaty bodies on the dance floor, Annie motions Nicole
toward the bar, "I need a vodka and coke to prime me for some good dancing. We’ll get our groove on after a few."
Nicole giggles, "OK then, alcoholic Annie. We’ll start with the drinks."
The two women meander through the crowd toward their desired destination at the
Jax smiles wide when he sees Annie and Nicole, "Hey you two. I haven’t seen
you guys causing destruction here in a while, well together that is."
Annie gives Jax a devious grin, "Well if we were always causing destruction then
it would get boring, now wouldn’t it?" Annie taps her nails on the bar top. "OK, Jax, let’s see how
good you are. Give me my usual."
Jax acts as though he has to think real hard, "Would that be a vodka and coke?"
Annie feigns shock, "Wow and here I thought you were like every other forgetful
Jax laughs as he goes about preparing Annie and Nicole’s drinks. Nicole
smiles as she notices him reaching for the tomato juice to prepare her bloody Mary. Her attention is diverted by something
to her right. She is very surprised to see Brice in the midst of what looks like a serious conversation with Barbara
Winthrop. I wonder what he’s doing here with his brother’s girlfriend.
"What is it, Nicole?" questions Annie as she notices Nicole’s incredulous
SHIRLEY’S BAR AND GRILLE
Cynthia’s hair is disheveled and she is visibly exhausted from running around
taking people’s orders and cleaning tables as she looks onto Nicholas and Lacey, "Are one of you going to explain why
you’re sitting together? Especially you, aren’t you still on your shift, Lacey?"
Lacey gives Nicholas an intense gaze signaling she wants him to explain
the whole thing.
Nicholas holds his finger up to silence Cynthia. He tries to keep his voice low
as he offers her an explanation, "Look, I know you are very confused right now but if you keep your voice down and act like
everything is normal, I promise to explain everything later. Please, babe, just trust me. There’s nothing fishy happening
between Lacey and I."
Lacey, unaware of it, is squeezing the front of the overstuffed seat with her
full strength. Her eyes are completely locked onto Jasper’s back as he continues his overly friendly exchange with Tricia
the brunette. She is still zoned into what Cynthia and Nicholas are talking about, "Yes, Cynthia, there is nothing going on
between Nicholas and I. He’s just doing me a huge favor by letting me sit with him."
Cynthia wipes her face with her left hand and shakes her head and lets out a deep
sigh, "Whatever, I believe the two of you. However, Nicholas, I want a really detailed explanation of this whole thing later.
On that note, any word on your sister?"
At the mention of Nicholas's sister, Lacey focuses her full attention on what’s
going on at the table,"Yeah, I was going to ask you about her condition."
Cynthia gives Lacey a strange expression.
Nicholas nods his head, "Last I heard she was still the same. I really hope she
gets better. I need to keep holding out hope." After a pause he continues on a different subject, "Anyway, Cynthia,
why didn’t you tell me about you applying here? From what Lacey told me and from the outfit you are wearing,
your plans went very well."
"To be truthful, it was going to be a surprise." Cynthia smiles and then makes
her way over to Nicholas, taking a seat next to him at the booth. "I wanted you to be proud that I did this all myself. I'm
determined to show everybody that I can handle a job just like your everyday Joe or Lacey here, for example ."
She points at Lacey when she says this.
With a sarcastic wink, Lacey responds: "Oh, I don’t know if you could label
me as your everyday person." The young blonde forces a grin.
Her eyes wonder again to Jasper's place at the bar. A wave of relief washes over
her as she notices that Jasper has given Tricia his number. He finishes off his beer and heads to the front exit of the establishment,
shutting the door firmly behind him.
Good, he left without noticing me. That was too damn close. Lacey makes
her way out of the booth as soon as the door closes. "Well, as fun as this was-- I think I’m spent. Congrats on getting
the job, Cynthia. I’ll probably see you guys in the near future considering our whole living situation."
Nicholas quickly rises from his seat and looks around the place. "Well I’m
guessing that he’s gone. Look, Lacey. If you're ever in danger, don’t be afraid to drop by our place if you need
to hide out. I wouldn’t want anything bad happening to you."
"Aw, that is so sweet of you. However, I hope I can handle myself from here on
out. I’ll keep your offer in the back of my mind though. Thanks again for letting me sit with you." Lacey gives the
two of them a half wave before proceeding in the other direction of the booth.
"Yeah, anytime." Nicholas says slowly as he watches her walk away.
An annoyed Cynthia taps him on the shoulder, "OK, I don’t think I can wait
any longer. Tell me what in the heck is going on and why we are going to be our neighbor’s protector."
THE HANGOUT DANCE CLUB
"Oh, it’s nothing Annie." says Nicole as she focuses her attention from
Barbara and Brice to her newly arrived bloody Mary.
However, before she even brings the drink to her lips, a yell comes from Brice.
"Nicole! Come over here!"
Annie notices Brice waving his arms, "You were lying. Wait, is this the magnificent
Brice Jackson? Oh my god, he is a hottie. Come on, Nicole, you have to finally introduce me to him!"
Nicole smiles wide and motions back to Brice as she leads Annie over to his spot
with Barbara at the bar. "Well then here is your chance to meet him. Follow me, friend."
Brice makes his way to the two women and places a quick kiss on Nicole’s
lips. "It’s so nice to see you here."
He notices that Nicole’s gaze is on Barbara and he dives into an explanation,
"Barbara has been beating herself up over Gabi’s car accident and I thought I’d be a nice guy and take her out
for some drinks. The poor woman needs something to occupy her mind."
Nicole acts like seeing Barbara wasn’t a big deal in the first place, "Brice,
you are allowed to take whomever you like out for drinks. No need to go into some big explanation."
"Yeah, of course. I never thought you were jealous anyway. You have no reason
to be. I only have eyes for you."
Nicole blushes while Annie clears her throat.
"Oh! How could I forget?! Brice, this is my best friend Annie Lansing."
Brice gives Annie a once-over, "Wow, nice to meet you. I must say that you look
stunning, Annie. Almost as stunning as Nicole."
"Aw thank you. You really do know how to make the women feel
good about themselves. So good at it, in fact, that Nicole has been gushing about you nonstop ever since laying
eyes on you." says Annie in a playful tone.
Brice looks surprised, "Oh really?! Ever since she saw me, you said? I guess I
have that lasting effect on women...not that I have a bloated ego and all." He says this as he gives Barbara a glance.
"Oh of course you don’t have a bloated ego. You’re just very confident."
says Nicole as she leans in and gives him a kiss.
"And a Jackson." says Annie with a sudden serious tone. "I know that
we just met but I have a message to relay to you: If you ever hurt Nicole, there will be absolute hell to pay. Your nephew
already caused her enough pain and I’m not going to stand around and see my friend get hurt again–much less be
hurt by another man in the Jackson family."
Brice claps his hands,"Now that’s what I like to see in this world. A true
friend who isn’t afraid to stand up for the people they care about. Annie, you don’t have to worry about Nicole
getting hurt by me. I intend to treat her like the princess she is." Brice says this while pulling Nicole closer to him and
planting a kiss on the top of her long blonde hair.
Nicole smiles wide but lets her attention wonder to Barbara. A sympathetic expression
washes over Nicole as she gently breaks Brice’s hold and approaches her, "I wanted to tell you that I’m real sorry
what you are going through, Barbara. I may not get along with your daughter for obvious reasons but I sincerely hope she pulls
Barbara gives her a faint smile, "Thanks, Nicole. Your support means more than
you would know." She rises from the barstool. "Brice, thanks again for taking me for drinks. However, I think I’m going
to head to the mansion and try to get some sleep. Of course try is the operative word."
Brice steps toward Barbara and wears a concerned face. "Well you take care, Barbara.
You stay your strongest through this and avoid any more run-ins with your ex-husband. I don’t think that any more squirmish
interactions will benefit anyone."
Barbara lets out a slight chuckle, "Of course. I’ll try my hardest to be
civil with Patrick for Gabrielle’s sake but that will be the extent of it. Anyway, I’m off." Barbara makes her
way through the crowd of dancers toward the exit.
Annie and Nicole watch Barbara’s figure disappear in the crowd.
Brice brings his full attention to the two women standing next to him. "So it’s
now just me and my two women! Anyone in the mood to dance?"
Nicole and Annie exchange goofy glances. Nicole then speaks up, "Actually
Annie and I require the proper amount of alcohol before we can do our whole groove thing. I think you’ll have to show
off your dancing moves to us while we warm up."
"OK OK, I can dig that. Now you two watch and be amazed." Brice dances his way
into the crowd as the intense beat of a techno song fills the club.
"Oh my gosh!" laughs Nicole as she watches on.
Annie leans in to Nicole’s ear, "With dancing skills like that, he definitely
gets the Annie seal of approval!"
Nicole bursts into a giggling fit over Annie’s comment. She and Annie
are in hysterics as Brice proceeds to do the robot.
If Brice only knew that a man who can dance is my ultimate weakness,
thinks Nicole elatedly, just as Brice's eyes lock upon her own.
THAT CONCLUDES THIS EPISODE OF SUNRISE BAY!