About: Nora, Holly, William, Kevin, Scotty, Tommy, Sarah, Kitty, Justin.
Disclaimer: I don’t own anything
Extra: This an AU (Alternative Universe) story, so remember : The more things change, the more they stay the same. Here are part 01, part 02, part 03, part 04, part 05, part 06, part 07, part 08, part 09, part 10, part 11, part 12, part 13, part 14, part 15, part 16, part 17, part 18, part 19, part 20, part 21, part 22, part 23, part 24, part 25, part 26, part 27, part 28, part 29, part 30, part 31, part 32, part 33, part 34, part 35, part 36, part 37, part 38, part 39, part 40, part 41, part 42, part 43, part 44, part 45, part 46, part 47, part 48, part 49, part 50, part 51, part 52, part 53, part 54, part 55 and part 56
HALFWAY APRIL 2008
“What is that supposed to mean?” Tommy asks.
“That you, like by all my children are a disappointment to me. You know… At least Kevin will still be able to make children, you won’t be. What is even worse is, that you knew you were sterile, yet you let your wife continue to pretend that she’s pregnant with your child.
You let her walk all over you. If your spouse cheats on you, you get a divorce and get rid of the lying cheater…” William says loudly and Nora raises an eyebrow. “You don’t stay married to hold that person’s hand and feel sorry that she did it with another guy behind your back.
That is why I cannot be angry with Joe….” William now focuses his attention on Sarah. “He’s a worthless bum, but he didn’t cheat on you, Sarah, you cheated on him… With some black guy.”
“And what bugs you more dad? That she cheated or the color of his skin?” Kevin asks.
William ignores Kevin however, because Sarah looks at her dad with eyes filled with anger, but also fear. “You know what that makes you, Sarah? Do you even realize that you are supposed to set an example for your own daughter? What kind of mother are you that you expose your little girl to such adulterous behavior?
I can tell you, that when Joe wants to divorce you, I will be on his side in this. There is never a good reason to cheat on your spouse.” William preaches to Sarah and this time it’s Holly’s lips that turn into a sarcastic smile. She fully agrees with him. Kitty shakes her head.
“I don’t think that Sarah’s choice to cheat on Joe says anything about her being a mother. She has put everything aside, even Joe and Noah, to raise her children these last few weeks.” Kitty tries, putting herself in William’s line of fire.
“Kitty, the day that you become a mother, is the day that you can talk to me about being a parent. But considering that you are too sure of your own importance to this world, I don’t think you will ever make me a grandfather.”
“Which wouldn’t be bad. You suck at being a grand-father, as much as you suck at being a father.” William looks at Justin, surprised by Justin’s words.
“Any father would fail, if he had to raise an loser like you. Your weak, emotionally disturbed girlfriend kills herself, well boo-hoo-hoo. You should be glad she’s gone and can no longer hold you back. But instead you whine about her for weeks. You’re a loser with nothing to offer. No life, no real job, no friends…”
“That is where you’re wrong, Mr Walker, he is great and a very good friend, with his heart in the right place.” Jordan’s voice sounds little, but strong enough for Justin to turn to him and smile.
“And that is the best you can do, Justin, some faggot Kevin picked up from the gutter?”
Justin shakes his head. He’s just as done with William as Kevin is.
“Come on, you guys, we’re out of here. I don’t intend to say another word.” He says.
“NO!!!” William’s voice thunders. “The only ones leaving is Kevin, his whore and their friends, but the rest of you stay here.”
Tommy looks at his father, not sure if he should laugh or get angry. He turns to Kevin, worried how Kevin will react, but Kevin made his choice. He clearly laughs at William’s anger. Kevin doesn’t know what is going on, but he’s rather sure, his father has lost his mind.
“I think the dictator is talking about us, boys.” Chad says loud enough. “We’re not welcome any more, I fear.”
“No, you’re not.” William says. “From now on things will change.” And he watches how Jordan, Jason, Chad and Quinn get up from the table.
“Stop!!!!” And everyone stops whatever they’re doing. Nora is not a big woman, but she reminds her children and their guests why she’s a woman you have take serious. Her voice is loud and clear when she says:
“No one is going anywhere. You’re right, William Walker. Things are going to change from now on. I’ve listened to what you said to and about our children and I agree with a lot of what you said… But before you believe, in all your righteousness, that you have the right to throw the first stone, you are going to explain Holly Harper to your kids.”
If she had had hit William over the head with a hammer, she couldn’t have surprised him more than she does now.
“Holly Harper?” He stammers.
“Yes, our neighbor at Ojai, who recently become a widow…”
Kevin, Tommy, Justin, Sarah and Kitty look at each other. Sarah and Tommy are aware that Harper’s Landing was on their dad’s list of companies he wants to buy, but … they have no idea what their mom is going on about. William however knows very well. And Scotty notices with pleasure that William is suddenly not so self-confident anymore.
“You ..!” Nora continues at William. “You told her that your wife was dead. You told her I am dead! You lied to her about your children, about me…”
“Nora, Holly Harper is meaningless…” William says. Behind him Holly’s face shows her pain and Nora, who watches more for Holly than for William, merciless replies:
“I don’t believe you. You wanted a future with her, you told her so.”
“I implied... You are the only woman I’ve ever loved. Holly Harper is nothing…. I just want her winery and her land and thought that by getting to know her a bit better, I could somehow get her to sell her land. She’s meaningless.”
“I wonder if Mrs Harper feels the same about that….” Nora says, her face showing a cruel little smile as she points over William’s shoulder. William doesn’t get it immediately. He turns around. He only sees long blonde hair and ice-blue eyes. The next thing he’s aware of is the fist in his face, the sharp diamond of David’s engagement ring cutting through his skin.
He takes a step back, loses balance and falls down, blood on his face from a cut over his lip, the ring had made. Tommy winces over the ‘thud’ with which Holly’s fist has hit William’s face.
“Good punch.” He comments, with his knowledge of boxing. Holly looks up at him and Tommy takes a step back from this woman.
“I grew up with three older brothers. I learned to take care of myself.” Holly answers, before she turns to William, who tries to get back up. With the tip of her high-heeled shoe, she shoves him back to the ground. “I’m not done with you, William Walker. You lied to me, you made me into ‘the other woman’. Something I resent being.
And you turned what we had, and what I believed to be beautiful, into something cheap and sleazy. And I’ll make you pay for that. By the time I’m through with you, everyone in Ojai will spit you out like the insect you are.” Holly turns to Nora. “I’m sorry, Nora, I didn’t know. I never meant to cause you any pain.” She conjures up as much pride and dignity as she can, holding her head up high and back straight.
Nora can clearly see the pain Holly is going through. A pain as deep as hers was, a few ago, but Holly clearly takes her responsibility and Nora respects her for this.
“I know. I’m sorry. I never meant for you to find out like this… He fooled us both.” Nora says. Holly swallows hard.
“I understand that Emily will drive you home? … If you prefer it to be someone else? I will call a taxi or something to get you back home safe and sound.” Nora offers, matter-of-factly, but Holly shakes her head.
“Emily is alright.” She replies. Nora nods, then she opens her arms and holds Holly close.
The firm hug nearly breaks Holly’s defenses. She had not expected Nora to be so forgiving towards her.
“Goodbye, Holly, take care of yourself.” Nora says gently. “And of your daughter.”
Holly nods and then she takes Emily’s arm and lets Emily take her away.
Nora turns back to William, who got up in the meantime. She somehow seems more formidable than ever. She takes a long look at William and nods as if she just came to a decision.
“You’re right, William Walker. Things are going to change. I’ve been thinking about what to do for weeks now.
But I’m going to take you up on your own words to Tommy. You said that, if your spouse cheats on you, you get a divorce, and that is exactly what I intend to do. And I intend to take everything away from you. You’ve made our entire marriage a mockery. You hurt me so much and I’m going to hurt you back.
I doubt that my leaving, or the kids turning away from you, would seriously hurt you. You don’t care about them and you obviously don’t care about me.” William opens his mouth to contradict Nora, but one look shuts him up again. “I’m going to hurt you where you can really feel it. I’m going to take Ojai Foods away from you.”
“What?!” William is clearly shocked.
“That is right. You own 25% of the company, just like me. The kids each have 10%. So far you’ve always had our confidence, but no more. I plan to take away your 25% so that the company will belong to us and no longer to you.
For years, I’ve let you run my life and push and shove our kids about, because I believed you had their and my best interest at heart. Now, I know I was wrong. You only have eyes for your own best interest... Fine! Then it’s up to me to look after myself and our kids…. This is war, William Walker, and I’m not taking prisoners.”
END OF PART 57
SNEAK PEEK FOR PART 58
"... Why are you so sad? It’s unlike you to this down."