Episode Six « The Caliente Affairs

Act 4: A Sister’s Duty

Jennifer Pleasant was an outgoing young woman who fell in love with John Burb as a teenager. Unfortunately, her life changed when she found out she was pregnant on her eighteenth birthday. She told John they would have to marry, as her father would not allow her to raise a child out of wedlock. They got married in a rushed but glamorous ceremony, and everyone assumed Jennifer fell pregnant the same night. After the wedding, the couple left Pleasantview and Jennifer began to resent John for getting her pregnant. Feeling as though she was far enough away from the judging eyes of her family, she planned to break-up with John – but she gave birth to Lucy. And, seeing how much her husband loved their daughter, her heart changed. Jennifer began training to be a nurse, and John had hopes of them one day moving back to Pleasantview.

“Hello, Lucy! My, that’s a pretty dress you’re wearing.” Mary Sue said to the little girl.
“I wanted to come as a kitty like mummy, but daddy said if I came in my dress instead he’d give me a bag full of chocolate!”

“So, have you come with a date?”
“Eurgh, boys are gross.” Lucy replied, as Mary-Sue laughed and thought about how she would change when she grew-up.
“She’s not really at the boy phase quiet yet.” John said.
“You give her time, she’ll be getting a boyfriend the minute she becomes a teenager!” Mary-Sue laughed.
“Well, let’s hope I can manage to come up with a way to keep her mind off boys for at least, oh I don’t know, ten more years!”
“It’s not possible!” Mary-Sue kept on laughing.

“Well, I may have something in mind, but this is mostly just between you and me.” John said pointing to himself. He leaned in and whispered, “I’m going to cut Lucy’s hair really short and dress her up as a boy.” Mary-Sue looked horrified, as John could keep his composure no longer and burst out laughing. “I’m kidding, I’m kidding!” Mary-Sue smiled but never quite got John’s extreme sense of humour. “No. I’m thinking if we have another baby, Lucy will either be too jealous to even think about boyfriends, or become so besotted with a baby-sister that she spends all her time with little Joanne!” John said, revealing to Mary-Sue just how far ahead in life he had planned. She smiled, but wondered if Jennifer felt the same way as he did.

Finally managing to sit down, Nina decided it was time to find out more about her sister’s kiss with Ed.
“You seen Cassandra?” Dina asked.
“Yeah! I know!” Nina replied, knowing exactly what her twin was referring to.
“Well, it makes sense if you think about it. She picks out the most revealing costume to wear for the party in an attempt to… I don’t know, make us jealous or something.” Dina replied, confused about Cassandra’s plans.
“Are you jealous?”
“Of her!? God no, just that I’m saying I suppose that’s what she’s thinking.”
“Maybe she’s just thinking, I’m not going to let what Dina and Nina think bother my night out with my fiancé.” Nina sarcastically suggested.

“And it shouldn’t, let’s change the subject… How cute was Alexander with his girlfriend?” Dina giggled.
“Oh I know, they just look so adorable. I wonder if I was that cute as a teenager too.”
“I don’t really think you appreciate just how much freedom you have when you’re a teenager.” Dina replied.
“I know I didn’t!” Nina said.
“Well, you’re making up for lost time now, cheating with a girl’s boyfriend is certainly the type of behaviour you’d expect from a teenager!” Dina laughed.
“Erm, Ouch! Anyway, you can talk… There isn’t something you want to tell me, is there?” Nina asked.

“Tell you what?” Dina replied with a query.
“I… found something of yours in the bathroom.” Nina paused.
“You found what?” Dina asked confused.

“Dina, I found the pregnancy test.” Dina sighed and looked away from her sister.

“Dina… are you pregnant?” Dina looked slightly worried before talking.
“No!” She laughed, faking a smile. “Of course I’m not pregnant.”
“But the test..?”
“Was negative… I didn’t want to tell you, but Mortimer and I have been trying for a baby too.” Nina nodded and looked at her sister with a worried face.
“It wasn’t negative – I know, because I’ve been taking tests too. I know what a negative test looks like, and yours was pos-i-tive.” Nina spelled it out for her sister.
“Well, are you sure it wasn’t one of yours?” Dina shot back.
“Dina! Look, just tell me this. If you were pregnant…”
“Which I’m not!” Dina cut Nina off mid-sentence.
“Right. But, if you were, is there a chance it wouldn’t be Mortimer’s baby?” Dina grew angry.
“God! Why can’t you just leave that subject alone? Okay, no, there would be zero chance of it not being Mortimer’s.”
“But..?”
“But nothing. I’m not pregnant, so why are we even having this discussion?”

“Well, do you want to be?”
“Of course not!”
“But you just said you were trying!” Dina paused, as she realised she’d been backed into a corner.
“Fine! You wanna know everything, well here it is – yes, okay, I did it! I used him for pleasure, and afterwards I felt terrible. Is that not enough, do I really need the hassle of this.” Dina said, referring to her pregnancy scare. Nina looked at her sister in disbelief.
“So, it could be… Ed’s?” She asked.
“Look, I don’t even know if I’m pregnant, okay? I took one test and it said positive, I took another, and it said negative.”
“You shouldn’t even have to be taking tests – how could you do that to Mortimer?”
“God, don’t I wish I knew the answer to that!” Dina half-laughed.
“Cut the crap, sis! You cheated because you could, pure and simple.” Nina replied, her shock now replaced with anger.
“Cheat-ed, meaning it’s over.”
“And you’re certainly paying the price now!” Nina shot at her sister. She rubbed her temples, unable to not feel a little sorry for Dina. “Okay, you need answers. Well, what if I schedule an appointment with the doctor, and we go together.” Nina said, trying to help her sister. “The only other problem is, if you are pregnant, who’s the father?”
“…My husband!” Dina confidently assumed.
“So, you were safe when you were with Ed.” Nina asked. Dina stayed silent. “Dina! What the hell is wrong with you?”
“Well! It’s not as if I planned the affair ahead of time. It just happened.”
“It only takes one of ’em, Dina – and Ed’s a lot younger than Mortimer. Are you telling me there’s no doubt in your mind?”
“Yes, Mortimer is the father. End of!” Dina demanded. Nina pouted, feeling too angry to continue arguing with her sister anyway. After a minute of silence Dina got up. “It’s funny, I don’t feel much like partying anymore.” She said, as she went to leave.

“What do you mean your other girlfriend?” Holly asked.
“You know who I mean.” Dirk replied.
“The goth chick?! What do you even see in her?” Holly frowned.
“Nothing, babe, she’s just the girl I’m going steady with.”
“She’s one lucky punk girl.”
“Well, she’s not the one I’m spending all my time with, so how do you figure that as being lucky?” Dirk laughed.
“Because, even if I wasn’t spending time with you, I’d just be happy knowing you were mine!” Dirk rolled his eyes, as Holly smiled and dreamily looked out into the late-evening sky.
“So, you’re cool with leaving?”
“Yeah, I’m sure I’ve got homework that needs doing. I’ll probably go home and… not do it!”

Dirk gently touched Holly’s chin, bringing her in for a tender kiss. He smiled, as they stood apart. “Are you kidding me?” Holly laughed. “I didn’t wait up here all that time for one little kiss…”

She grabbed Dirk by his lapels and pulled him towards her lips to make out.

Dirk broke it off first, trying to breathe. Holly laughed, “One of these days, Dirk Dreamer, I’m going to get you all to myself! And when I do, you had better hope we’re alone… The things I plan to do to you… I think even you might blush, if you knew what goes on inside this head of mine!” Holly winked, and Dirk let out a groan that was mixed with excitement and agony – agony over the fact he had to get back to the party, and back to…

…Lilith, who had just arrived with Dustin! Angela rushed out, shocked to see her boyfriend at the party… especially since he was getting out of a taxi with her sister.

“What are you doing here?” Angela smiled, surprised but confused.
“Well, I was all ready to go home, when this-one-here persuaded me to come to the party. I don’t know what it is about you Pleasant girls, but I just can’t seem to say no!” Lilith smiled, as she playfully pushed Dustin. Angela took her eyes off her boyfriend and glared at her twin.

Grabbing her boyfriend, she made sure he knew the true benefits of coming to the Halloween party.

Lilith frowned. “God, why don’t you go get a room?”
Angela looked angrily at her interfering sister. “Why don’t you just leave us alone?” Dustin looked at Angela, as if to say, ‘be nicer to your sister‘ – but Angela just shrugged her shoulders in reply.
“It’s okay, I’ve gotta go change anyway. Bye.” She said to Dustin.
“Why’s she so friendly with you all of a sudden?” Angela asked.
“I don’t know! We just work together, I suppose we maybe have a few things in common.” Dustin admitted, but it was more than just a few. They liked the same rock groups, they were both into sports. He could find himself talking to Lilith for hours without getting bored. If he were to be honest, he liked Lilith… but, he didn’t like her that way. There was no-one he liked more than Angela.
“If you ask me, I think she’s getting a little too fond of you.” Dustin laughed, but couldn’t help thinking about Angela’s comment.
“Erm, but hasn’t she got a boyfriend?”
“Ha! I mean, oh…” Angela sighed, hugging her boyfriend.

“Can you give me some advice?” Angela asked.
“Of course.”
“Well, it’s about Lilith. Her boyfriend showed up here tonight… with another girl.”
“Ouch! Are you gonna tell Lilith?”
“That’s what I need the advice on. She hates me enough already, and part of me is all, what do you care if her boyfriend is cheating on her. But then I just think about how I’d feel if I were in her shoes.” Angela told Dustin.
“It sounds as if you already know what to do.” Dustin said gently. Angela began to walk off, but Dustin grabbed hold of her hand. “Just so you know, you’ll never be in her shoes – as long as you’re with me.” Angela smiled, and in her head she added number one-hundred-and-thirteen to her list of things she loved about Dustin.

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