Season 6 – Episode 15 – Stupid Cupid
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Rate: Can’t go higher than PG-13, as this is American Television, but I may add a few ‘deleted scenes’ here and there. ;)
Disclaimer: Just escaping from reality here, not created for financial gain
Summary: It is my very own season 6, you guys! Go with it! ;) Don’t complain! If YOU can do better, post your own story! (I dare you!)
“Why do I always have to look after Cooper? Can’t you get a baby-sitter for him?” Paige whines.
“Because Luc and I are going out tonight and we don't need a baby-sitter. We have you.” Sarah answers.
“I wanted to go out with a few friends….” Paige sulks.
“Well, too bad. You’ll have to call them off.”
“It’s Valentine’s Day!”
“It’s not like you’re dating someone….” Sarah shrugs. “You didn’t even get a card.”
Paige stares at the card in her bag. It’s from Mateo. Seeing it, makes her smile softly. She so in love with him, that she even likes his handwriting, which jumps in all directions, and amused she realizes is looks a bit like a mix between the hieroglyphic way Scotty writes and her uncle Kevin’s more readable way of writing.
“Paige! I’m talking to you! What are you grinning about? Did you get a card?”
“No.” Paige answers, annoyed with the way her mother disturbs her daydreaming about Mateo.
“Yes. You did. You did get a card. Show me.”
“No. It’s mine.”
“Oh, come on, Paige, why can’t I read it?”
“Because it’s mine and I don’t want the entire family to know about it.”
“I swear, I’ll only tell your aunt Kitty then. It’s not like Kevin or Justin are interested.”
Paige is tempted to disagree with her. She still texts with both of them, and also with Tyler and Scotty…. And Mateo of course…. Strange how every thought seems to return to him. She sighs. She doesn’t want Sarah to know that she’s still in touch with her uncles and other family-members.
With a sudden movement Sarah grabs Paige’s bag.
“Give it back!” Paige yells. Sarah teasingly lets the content of the bag fall on the kitchen-table. “NO!” Paige tries to grab the card, but Sarah’s faster. She doesn’t know the hand-writing, but she recognizes the words on the card.
“How funny. I know those words… They come from a song that Kevin used to love and…” For a moment Sarah considers that Kevin would have written the card, but that would be too creepy, because the words are meant for someone you’re in love with…. It’s not Kevin’s handwriting either…. Then she starts to understand something.
“Is this from Mateo?” Sarah asks. Paige knows that she can’t lie to her mother.
“Yes.” She answers, her chin going up in defiance.
“Didn’t I tell you to stay away from him?”
“We’re in the same school, mom. And he put it in my locker by squeezing it in. I didn’t talk to him.”
And that was the truth, because Mateo had meant to surprise Paige with the card.
“I don’t want you hanging out with that criminal.”
“He’s not a criminal.”
“Kevin got to know him through his work.”
“He was a run-away kid, not a criminal.”
“I don’t want you hanging out with him.”
“Give me one good reason why not?”
“I don’t want you to become some teenage mother!”
“What?!” Paige stares at her, surprised by her mother’s words. “I don’t plan to become a mother any time soon either. I haven’t even thought about having sex.”
“He may not give you a choice.” Sarah mumbles, concerned about Paige. Paige cannot believe that Sarah is suggesting that Mateo would push himself on her.
“He would never do a thing like that.” Paige says with conviction.
“And what makes you so sure of that?” Sarah challenges her.
“For one, Uncle Scotty will filet him, slowly, if Mateo would. That is provided that Uncle Kevin or Uncle Justin won’t get their hands on him first. Mateo won’t take that chance.”
“You faith in your uncles is touching.” Sarah replies sarcastically.
“I trust them… that’s right…I trust them because I love them and I know they love me. Maybe should give it a try yourself.” Paige quips. “Can I have my card back?”
“Mom!” Paige is exasperated. All this fuss over a Valentine’s card!
“No, Paige. You’re not going to see that guy again, and this card…” She tears it up. “.. is history as well.” Sarah throws away the several pieces of the card, but when she turns back to Paige, she notices that something has changed, though she’s not sure what.
Paige stares at her and it takes Sarah a few seconds to realize that the expression on her face is one of complete disgust.
‘You tore up my Valentine’s Day card.” Paige whispers. She shivers, her hands balling up into fists. “I hate you. You had no right to do that.”
“I do. I have.” Sarah answers coldly.
“I don’t understand why you have to so mean to everybody.” Paige suddenly wonders. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Luc, Brody, grandma or Kevin or me that you hurt. You just like to hurt people and you’re being so selfish!
I don’t care if you don’t like Mateo. I like him and so do many others. And I’m always welcome at Café 429. I like it better over there, than I like it here…. You have no idea how many times I’ve wished, these last few weeks, that it was you that had died instead of Paula. We all would have been so much better off.”
Paige’s voice is soft, but Sarah has heard every word she said. Worst of all, it feels as if Paige means every word of it. It knocks the wind out of Sarah to be met with so much anger and hate. And all of that over some silly Valentine’s Day card.
“Go to your room.” Sarah orders.
“Gladly. Anything is better than being in the same room with you.” Paige answers. She grabs her bag and goes to her room, while Sarah sits down on a chair and lets her hand run through her hair. She gets up again, walks over to the trashcan and picks up the pieces of Mateo’s card. And then she takes a roll of tape and tries to repair the card.
“I’m impressed.” Saul says watching the elaborate meal that Jonathan made.
“That was the purpose of this.” Jonathan laughs. “To show you that I do have the skill to make a very good meal for you and prevent you from going hungry.”
“I was never really worried about that.” Saul grins.
There’s a quick kiss between the two men, before they sit down for dinner and soon enough Saul feels relaxed.
“I love this so much.” He says gently. “To be here with you and enjoy myself, have a good conversation with someone who’s smart and who loves a good glass of wine too.”
“I’m glad to see that my attempts to make you enjoy life a little more are not wasted.”
“I’m happy with my life with you.” Saul answers with a warm loving smile. Jonathan leans a bit closer to him.
“Saul, we agreed, no Valentine’s gifts and such, but...”
Saul feels a bit confused. He had not bought Jonathan anything and he would feel terrible if Jonathan would show up with a gift now.
“... But today the jeweller called that the rings were ready....”
“I thought you told him that there was no hurry....”
“I did. So he didn’t rush to get them done, but they are done nonetheless and ....” Jonathan takes a little box out of his pockets. “... I went to get our rings... And today would have been the day that we would have gotten married, and we both agreed to postpone it, but ... They are too pretty to waste...”
Saul stares at the two solid gold rings in the box, an ache in his heart. He had wanted to get married so badly....
“... I’ve said it before ...” Jonathan continues. “...and I’ll say it again, a romantic commitment between two people is not about the cake or the party or the people attending.
It’s about the love they feel for each other. And I love you. And I want nothing more than to put that ring on your finger and let the whole world know that you’re mine.” Saul notices how Jonathan’s fingers tremble when he takes the ring out of the small box. “I want to put this ring on your finger, because ... I love you...”
Jonathan reaches out to Saul. Saul hesitates for a second, but he’s too choked up to really bring up any objections. He gives his hand to Jonathan, who puts the ring on Saul’s finger. The feeling is so powerful that it takes Saul’s breath away, it overwhelms him completely.
He puts the other ring on Jonathan’s finger, almost in a daze of happiness.
“This is what I wanted, Saul. You and me... Because I love you...”
“And ... I love you.” Saul sighs happily. Jonathan laughs softly.
“We can throw a party for the others later... First we’ll have our own...” He suggests.
“We’re leaving!” Luc calls out and Cooper quickly comes down the stairs. Paige remains on the top of the stairs. She’s still sulking over her argument with her mother.
“Paige, your card is on the kitchen-table. I put it back together, so it looks like new again. Keep an eye on Cooper?”
Sarah doesn’t even wait for Paige’s answer. She simply grabs her handbag and leaves. Cooper looks at his sister.
“We have the house to ourselves. Want to watch some DVD and eat popcorn?”
“You go ahead, I’m not interested.” Paige shrugs.
Cooper takes a long look at his sister.
“Why are you so grumpy?”
“I’m fed up with mom. More than fed up even.” Paige grumpily replies.
“Okay. If you say so..” Cooper leaves for the living-room and Paige returns to her room.
Cooper opens the cupboard that has all the candy and he grabs the large bag of popcorn. He doesn’t feel too sorry that Paige doesn’t want something as well.
“Hey! Paige! Can I take some chocolate too?!” He yells and then, very quietly. “And ice-cream?”
“Whatever!” Paige yells back and Cooper cheers in victory. Paige just also agreed to him taking ice-cream.
“Mom’s going to kill her...” He sings cheerfully, but also quietly and he feels like he’s the smartest guy around.
Paige lies on her back on her bed and waits for Mateo to pick up.
“Hey!” She hears. His voice is so cheerful.
“Mom tore up the only Valentine’s Day card I got today.” Paige immediately says and suddenly the tears well up.
“Why?” Mateo asks, surprised by Paige’s sudden sob on the other side.
“I don’t know. She doesn’t like you. She doesn’t even know you. But she says that Kevin met you through court, judges and the police, so you must be terrible.... Which is nonsense of course, she’s just pissed off over this business with Elizabeth.”
“I see.” Mateo answers.
“I’m so sick and tired of it all. I sometimes wish I was with my dad and not my mom. Mom’s being awful all the time and I’m so done with baby-sitting my stupid brother.”
“You’re baby-sitting? Alone?”
“No, my brother is here.” Paige doesn’t understand and Mateo laughs.
“I could sneak out and come and see you.”
“Nah, Kevin and Scotty will kill you if they find out. Besides, it’s getting late... and.... Thanks for the lovely card.”
“You’re welcome... Sorry your mom didn’t like it, but that is her problem. As long as you liked it?”
“I did.” Paige admits, her anger diminishing very quickly now that she’s talking to Mateo. “I have homework to make.”
“Paige!” She hears Cooper’s voice downstairs.
“What?” She yells back.
“Mom on the phone. She says you must get off the phone and do your homework...” Cooper informs his sister. Paige’s angry frown is back.
“I hate her.” She says.
“No, you don’t.” Mateo replies gently. “Just do what she tells you to. I’ll text you later tonight. Kevin is calling me, I have to go.”
“Bye.” She smiles as she switches off her phone, but it immediately rings again.
“Finally!” Sarah immediately says. “I wanted to know if Cooper was alright, ...”
“You left not even 15 minutes ago.” Paige protests.
“That’s not the point,... I couldn’t get you on the phone, because you were too busy talking to someone else.”
“So you called for Cooper? .... Cooper! Are you alright?” Paige yells, all angry once again.
“Yo!” Cooper answers from downstairs.
“Cooper is alright.” Paige replies.
“I know that, I just talked to him.”
“Then why are you calling me now, when you already have your answer?” Paige knows that she’s crossing the lines.
“Paige, I don’t wish to spoken to like this... We’ll talk about this when Luc and I get home.”
“Whatever.” Paige replies and she angrily switches off her phone. For a few seconds she plays with her phone, her thoughts a million miles away. Then she comes to a decision and she slips off the bed. She grabs her backpack, puts it on her bed and starts to fill it with clothes...
Bertha watches her son in the kitchen. Scotty is unaware of the fact that she’s looking at him, because he’s too busy managing the many orders that come in. She’s quietly in awe when she sees him move around like a dancer moving to a beat she can’t hear. One second he laughs over something a waitress says and then he’s all concentrated on the food again.
“I can watch him for hours, when he’s working.” A voice beside her says and she nods.
“Good evening, Kevin.” She replies. “Taking a break?”
“Yeah, Daniel is in bed. Elizabeth is getting ready for bed and Mateo and Olivia are doing their homework. That ought to give me about 15 minutes to see how Scotty’s doing.”
“I think he’s doing great.” Bertha replies, looking at her son whose attention is completely focused on the frying pans in front of him.
“I heard you have a date with Wally?” Kevin can’t help the little tease in his voice.
“It’s not a date.” Bertha corrects him in a very friendly way.
“No. We should have met last night, but I went to some little fish-restaurant yesterday-afternoon and not long after I started to feel sick. So I cancelled. Wally called me this morning to see if I was alright and we made a new appointment for tonight.
I didn’t realize that it was Valentine’s day until Scotty reminded me that he had to work tonight. Wally and I are just friends, so it’s not a ‘date’...”
“I get it.” Kevin laughs, wondering if he should tell her that she’s trying too hard to not make it a date.
Bertha quickly looks at Kevin and notices a certain tenderness in his eyes, when he watches Scotty move around the kitchen.
“Kevin, can I ask you a personal question?”
“Depends. I reserve the right to not answer it.” Kevin smiles patiently.
“I heard from Wally that Scotty...” She searches for a gentle way to ask this, but can’t think of anything. “... That he had cheated on you...?
“He has.” Kevin nods, not too willing to volunteer information on the topic.
“How did you manage to forgive him for that?” Bertha asks and Kevin raises an eyebrow.
“Is there a reason for that question?” Kevin asks in return and Bertha nods.
“I’m trying really hard to get past the fact that Wally chose someone else.... And in my head... I understand.... but in my heart....”
“Yeah, those two often don’t agree with each other.” Kevin agrees.
He hesitates before answering, but then the words come without any doubt.
“I don’t think you’ll like my answer, but I could forgive Scotty, because the alternative meant that I would lose him and Scotty is more to me than just my husband. He’s also my best friend, my partner. The man I chose to be with.
And I know that you don’t believe in what he and I have. I remember how you considered our wedding a ‘contrived event’ and ‘pretend wedding’ that you considered ‘insulting’. To you, what he and I have is meaningless and I can’t make you change your mind, I’m not even going to bother to put my energy into that.
But, to me, it’s not contrived or pretended. I love your son, Bertha, I love him with all my heart. Regardless of how much you wish to look down on us, it doesn’t change the fact that I love him. And I realized that living without him was even harder to deal with.
I made my own mistakes, he made his. He apologised, so did I. We’ve talked, argued and cried about it, but it’s behind us now. I love him... and he loves me... and, right now, that’s all that matters. I know I want to grow old with him and that means that I have to work hard to accomplish just that.
What you do with Wally is your decision to deal with. I sincerely hope that you can forgive him and move on, rather than continue to be stuck in a place where you’re unhappy and bitter... Scotty told me about what happened with you and I’m sorry. There’s nothing worse than seeing your hopes and dreams crash.
But I sincerely suggest that you start to create other dreams, attainable goals... You’ve taken a bit step in the right direction, I hope you won’t go back to sulking over what Wally did. You still have so much to enjoy in your life.... Oh, look, there’s Wally.” Bertha turns around and sees Wally walking up to her.
He brought one beautiful red rose with him and hands it to her.
“It’s Valentine’s Day after all.” He says awkwardly. Bertha smiles. She can’t remember the last time that he brought her flowers. She had once, in an angry moment, let it slip that she felt it was all ‘nonsense’ and he never given her flowers again.
Another romantic aspect of Wally’s hopelessly romantic character that she had squashed in her bitterness. It makes her sad.
“I know you think it’s nonsense....” Wally starts to apologize.
“No. I don’t. And I never should have said that to you. Thank you for the rose.” She replies.
“Ooops, I gotta go, the kids are waiting for me.” Kevin apologises. “I hope that you two have fun tonight. I’m sure the food will be great. I know the chef. He’s an amazing guy.” Kevin says with a wink and he watches how Wally and Bertha get brought to their table at Café 429, before he goes back up the stairs.
End of part 2/4
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