ONE: JACK IS BEING INTERVIEWED BY A FEMALE REPORTER AT THE LOFT.
KAYLA COMES DOWNSTAIRS AS HE IS TALKING.
JACK: As far as I'm concerned I'm a representative
of all the people of Salem not just the rich but
the homeless as well. I can't tell you the feelings that go through me when I run into those people in the streets.
It just tears me apart, especially in the cold.
I know that I have to do something to help them....Oh
there she is. Kayla join us! (He walks over to
Kayla.) Kayla I don't believe you've met Mrs. Hamilton. Mrs. Hamilton,
please sit down. My wife Kayla.
HAMILTON: My pleasure. You know it's really just like you're
pictures. You two really seem to have it all. Oh there's
one question I wanted to ask you Mrs. Deveraux, just to complete
my article. That's if you don't mind.
JACK: Of course, that's what she's here for.
MRS. HAMILTON: Now do you plan to continue
working now that you are the wife of the new
KAYLA: I'm not sure yet. I'm not sure what
my plans are.
JACK: She'll do what's best for all concerned.
MRS. HAMILTON: How did you ever manage to
catch such a charmer?
KAYLA: Just lucky I guess.
JACK: (Chuckling) Wait till we're alone,
we'll see who got lucky!
MRS. HAMILTON: Well! Okay I guess that's
all. You know it's really been a pleasure meeting
you both. You know you two really are the perfect couple.
All my readers are envious of you. Okay, I'm envious
of you. Thank you.
JACK: Thank you. Darling don't go away.
KAYLA: Wait a minute I have something I want
JACK TURNS AROUND AND
STARES AT KAYLA.
KAYLA: Ah, I just thought you should know that
Jack deserves everything that's coming to him.
MRS. HAMILTON: Okay, is that all?
MRS. HAMILTON: Oh! Well thanks again Mrs. Deveraux.
JACK: I'll see you to the door.
JACK GOES OUTSIDE WITH THE REPORTER
AND SHUTS THE DOOR. HE PULLS A ROLL OF BILLS FROM HIS POCKET.
JACK: That was great! Thank you so much. (He
gives her some money.)
Well I'm always glad to make a little extra cash although I
must admit that was the strangest acting job I've ever
been paid for.
JACK: Let's just call it a little joke I was
playing on my wife, alright? Thank you very much.
Goodbye have a good day.
REPORTER LEAVES AND JACK GOES BACK INSIDE TO KAYLA.
JACK: Very, very good. I am so proud of you.
KAYLA: You took a chance. What made you so
sure I wouldn't tell her?
JACK: Oh I didn't take any chances at all.
I know you very well.
KAYLA: I'm tired. I'm going to go lie down
in the guest room. Don't you dare come near
LOCKS THE DOOR OF THE GUEST ROOM.
KAYLA: Jack, Jack, let me out!
SCENE TWO: STEVE IS STILL UNCONSCIOUS
IN THE WOODS.
JACK IS ON A PHONE IN SALEM.
JACK: Have you dealt with Johnson or not?
THUG: (On phone) He won't be bothering you anymore.
JACK: What? Wha....(He sees Melissa.) Wait.... Look
I.... I can't talk right now but obviously needless to say
I need a full report as soon as you get back to town. Move
MELISSA ARRIVES. AT FIRST JACK DOES NOT NOTICE
JACK: Melissa. Hello.
MELISSA: What are you doing out here?
JACK: Oh just tying up a few loose ends.
How about you?
MELISSA: Just taking a walk.
JACK: By yourself?
MELISSA: Yes. I spend a lot of time walking
around by myself these days. I can't seem to
stay indoors. I can't seem to stay with people. I have a lot
on my mind.
JACK: Well I better be going. Kayla's waiting
dinner and everything you know.
MELISSA: How are things going?
JACK: Better, much better!
JACK: Well I.... I'd better go.
JACK: Don't get frostbite.
JACK: Melissa, I just wanted to say that.... um.... I'm
sorry that things turned out the way they did.
MELISSA: So am I.
JACK: You deserve better.
MELISSA: So do you.
JACK: What does that mean?
MELISSA: Oh come on Jack. You're trying to
make it sound like things are working out for
you with Kayla. Maybe they are, I don't know but I do know
that Kayla will never really belong to you, not as
long as Steve's alive.
JACK: Melissa you don't know anything about....
MELISSA: Don't get mad at me. Anybody who's
ever seen them together knows how they feel
about each other. Jack, the reason I got into trouble in the
first place is because of how I feel about you.
JACK: Look, look....
MELISSA: I'm not asking you to say anything.
I'm not asking you to feel anything either. I
just want you to know that I could have made you happy.JACK:
Melissa please don't....
TAKES HIS FACE IN HER HANDS AND KISSES HIM GENTLY.
MELISSA: I'm just sorry that I'll never have
the chance to prove it.
JACK IS LEFT STANDING ALONE THINKING.
SCENE ONE: JACK ARRIVES
BACK AT THE LOFT WITH A BAG OF FOOD AND A HAMBURGER. HE PUTS THE
BAG ON THE COUNTER AND GOES UPSTAIRS TAKING A BITE OF THE HAMBURGER.
JACK: Kayla? Kayla? (He unlocks the guest room
door.) Kayla, guess whose home?
KAYLA COMES OUT OF THE ROOM AND GLARES AT HIM
AS SHE WALKS DOWN TO THE KITCHEN.
JACK: Now what was that look for? I went
out and rustled up some food. You should be
grateful to me.
KAYLA: Grateful? I'll show you how grateful
I am Jack.
SHE PICKS UP THE
BAG AND STARTS THROWING FOOD AT JACK.
KAYLA: That is how grateful I am Jack,
and That and That.
Kayla, Kayla, wait a minute....we don't have anything left to eat.
KAYLA: May be you don't. See you around Jack.
KAYLA TRIES TO OPEN THE LOFT DOOR BUT
IT HAS LOCKED.
KAYLA: It won't open.
That's because I changed the locks and I have the only key. (He
sits down and takes another bite of hamburger.)
KAYLA: So? You think you're going to keep
me prisoner against my will. Is that it?
KAYLA: Just how long do you think that will
JACK: Not long. Just long
enough for you to calm down and think about things.
KAYLA: Are you crazy? Do you really think
I'm going to change my mind?
JACK: Yes I do. In time. When you realize
that staying with me is the only chance that
your lover has to live out the rest of his natural life.
KAYLA: You may think that I'm going to scream
and I'm going to shout and I'm going to cry
but I'm not going to. I'm not going to give you the satisfaction.
I'm just going to sit right over here and I'm going to wait
for Steve to show up.
JACK: Okay. I will too! (He sits next to
her and she moves away.) You really think he's
going to come?
KAYLA: Yes I think he's going to be here.....Why
JACK TAKES A BIG
BITE OF HAMBURGER AND THEM OFFERS IT TO KAYLA.
JACK: Have a burger?
KAYLA: If you've done anything to him Jack....Where
JACK GETS UP AND STARTS
TO WALK AWAY. KAYLA GRABS HIS ARM.
KAYLA: WHERE IS HE? (Jack holds on to her hand.)
You tell me where he is. TELL ME!
SCENE TWO: STEVE STAGGERS OUT OF THE
KAYLA: What have you done to him? Where is he
JACK: Steve is....Sorry Kayla
I can't tell you that. That has to be left up
to your imagination.
KAYLA: Jack if you don't I'll....
JACK: Hit me? Is that what you're going to
do? Hit me.
KAYLA: No, after all that's more your style
JACK: You know what. I think it's about time
to hit the hay, don't you? Would you care to
KAYLA: I'd rather die first.
JACK: I'll take that as a no. Alright. If you
try to get away you'll get about two feet and
I'm taking this with me. (He removes the handset from the
phone cord.) Now please don't get angry. This is only a temporary
situation and in a few days you'll be free to go wherever
you want but in the meantime I want you to think
about your future and I want you to think about the future of someone who shall remain nameless, someone you care
about very much. That is If he has a future. (He
starts to walk upstairs.) Sleep tight. Pleasant
FOUR: JACK IS ON THE PHONE AT THE LOFT.
JACK: Look I don't care how many pieces you
think you left of him. I want you to find Johnson
and bring him back here to me. You understand? Good.
KAYLA WALKS DOWN.
JACK: Good morning, did you sleep well?
KAYLA: Does it matter?
JACK: I suppose not but since I am your husband
I thought I would ask.
Fine Jack. You want to pretend, we'll pretend. Why don't you ask
me why I didn't sleep well last night?
JACK: Sweetheart, why didn't you sleep well
KAYLA: Because I was thinking.
JACK: About what?
KAYLA: You keep threatening to hurt Steve
if I try anything, if I even think about getting
away. How do I know you even have him?
JACK: You don't. As a matter of fact you
don't even know if he's still alive.
KAYLA: If you want my co-operation, I want proof
and I want it now.
FIVE: MEANWHILE STEVE HAS FOUND HIS WAY BACK TO THE CABIN WHERE
HE HAD BEEN STAYING WITH KAYLA.
JACK: Let me explain a few things Kayla. I don't
have to prove anything to you. That's the beauty
of all this. You see just the possibility, just the
threat that Steve is still alive and that I have him, the same way
that I have you is all that it takes.
I wouldn't be so sure about that.
JACK: The fact is I am sure about it and
to be honest with you, because I do think that
husbands and wives should be honest with each other don't you
think, I'm totally confident that what I'm saying is
true and that the threats I'm saying about Steve
will be carried out.
KAYLA: You're bluffing.
JACK: And if I am?
KAYLA: Well then I have nothing to lose by
getting away do I?
JACK: You know what, you're right! YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY
RIGHT! If I'm bluffing then you've got nothing
to lose. Is that right? So here's your chance. GO FOR IT!
OPEN THE LOFT DOOR AND KAYLA STARTS TO LEAVE.
JACK: But....remember what I was saying,
if I'm not bluffing and you go out that door,
Steve is going to pay for it. But what the hey, go ahead, call
my bluff! Go on. Just remember what the stakes are here, somebody
else's life. What is it you call him....Sweetness?
KAYLA WALKS AWAY FROM THE DOOR.
JACK: It's a wise decision. The first of many
KAYLA: You're not going to get away with this
Jack. Steve won't let you....much longer.
HE SHUTS THE DOOR.
JACK: We'll see.
KAYLA: Yes we will won't we?
SCENE SEVEN: A LITTLE LATER MARCUS
ARRIVES TO SEE KAYLA AT THE LOFT. JACK OPENS THE DOOR.
MARCUS: Ah ha.
Dr. Hunter, Marcus, come in, we haven't seen you in quite a while.
MARCUS: Well hey I hope I'm not interrupting
KAYLA: No of course not.
KAYLA: I'm so glad to see you.
MARCUS: So how are you two doing? I mean
married life and all.
JACK: Oh we couldn't be happier, could we
KAYLA: You're the boss Jack.
JACK: So what is this, a social call or did
you want to see us about something in particular?
MARCUS: Well actually I came to see Kayla.
I had a few questions about the new Emergency
Center plans I thought we'd go over. You got a moment?
JACK: Well actually no, this is a terrific
time for both of us. You know I've been so anxious
to find out what you guys have been cooking up in the way
of enhancements and changes. You know the constituents are just
as interested in this new center as they are
in the low income housing project.
MARCUS: Great! Well here they are.
KAYLA: Well let me clear a space.
JACK: So, is the construction ready to start?
MARCUS: Well the ground's been broken and they're
laying the foundations so as soon as everyone's
seen and approved the basic layout then....
KAYLA: Jack I bet that's that call you were
waiting for all morning.
I'm sure it is.
MARCUS: Well I'll wait. I'll wait for you.
JACK: Thank you very much.
JACK ANSWERS THE PHONE.
JACK: Good morning, Jack Deveraux here.
WHILE JACK IS ON THE PHONE, MARCUS
WALKS OVER TO TALK TO KAYLA.
MARCUS: So Kayla....let's see here....yes the
waiting room, yeh right here....what do you think?
Do you like this arrangement?
I like it but there's something I'd like better. (She mouths the
word STEVE.) I think it's needed right now.
MARCUS: Yeh you know, brilliant minds they
think alike. Matter of fact I'm one step ahead
of you. I already put an order in for that and it's on it's
KAYLA: Great, great.
SCENE EIGHT: STEVE STRUGGLES INTO HIS
KAYLA: When do you think it will be here?
MARCUS: Well it's hard to say. You know transportation
is pretty tough in this kind of weather but don't
worry, it shouldn't be too long.
FINISHES HIS PHONE CALL.
JACK: Look I'm sorry that took so long.
MARCUS: Oh no problem. You know Kayla, she
had a really good suggestion about the waiting
room but I wanted to ask you some financial questions. You
got a moment?
JACK: Well the files are upstairs. That is
if they're not in the office.
MARCUS: Well look, never mind, it's okay.
I gotta be getting back. You guys were relaxing.
I had an early lunch at the hospital so....er....
KAYLA: Well Marcus why don't you come back
later tonight or tomorrow? Meanwhile I can fill
Jack in on all the plans and he can get some figures together
MARCUS: Yeh, that'd be great! Jack?
JACK: Sure, no problem.
MARCUS: Alright, then, I'll give you a call.
JACK: Ah, actually I think we're going to
have to give you our card to do that.
MARCUS: Oh yeh okay.
JACK: And make sure you call before you come
over next time. So that we're home. We don't
want you to waste a trip.
MARCUS: Sure. Okay Kayla, you take care and
keep in touch.
KAYLA: Thanks for stopping by Marcus.
MARCUS: No problem, no problem.
JACK: Drive careful Doc.
MARCUS: Yeh, see you later Jack.
LEAVES AND JACK SHUTS THE DOOR.
SCENE TEN: THE LOFT.
JACK: What are you looking for out there Kayla?
A white knight. The only kind of white knight
that is going to come through all that snow is a snowman....Look
at me. He's not coming. Forget it.
I wouldn't be so sure if I was you Jack.
JACK: Oh, because it is me I am sure and
I know why I'm sure. Look Kayla you're just
going to have to face the fact that you're my wife and you're
going to stay my wife, Mrs. Jack Deveraux and nothing's
ever going to change that.
KAYLA: Maybe you're right Jack. I am your wife
but you can't control the way I feel. No matter
what you do, or say, or how many threats you make, you'll
never get what you want and you'll never have the part of me that
you really want. EVER!