JACK: I asked you, would you marry me?SCENE ONE: IT IS STILL FRIDAY NIGHT AND JACK HAS JUST PROPOSED TO JENNIFER ON THE ROOF. HE HOLDS THE RING OUT TO HER BUT SHE WALKS STRAIGHT PAST HIM IN SILENCE. HE SIGHS IN FRUSTRATION.
JENNIFER: Oh, that's the sweetest, most wonderful, incredible question I've ever been asked in my whole life.
JACK: So what are you saying, yes or no?JENNIFER: Jack I don't know what to say.
JACK: Don't know what to say.... I don't know, it seems very simple, I asked you a question. I asked you....
JENNIFER: I know what you asked me. I understood you perfectly.
JACK SWALLOWS HARD. HE IS SURE SHE IS GOING TO SAY NO.
SCENE TWO: JACK IS WAITING JENNIFER'S REPLY TO HIS QUESTION. HE IS HURT BECAUSE HE CAN TELL BY HER SILENCE THAT SHE IS GOING TO REFUSE HIM. JENNIFER IS IN PAIN, JACK HAS GIVEN HER SUCH A ROMANTIC NIGHT AND FINALLY ASKED HER TO MARRY HER, BUT THE RAPE STILL HAUNTS HER AND SHE DOES NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO.
JENNIFER: So, this is all so sudden and....JACK: You know I rather.... rather fancied that we'd been working towards this.... moment, since the first day of work together. (Beat) Well you stone wall me then....
JACK (CONT.): I guess you can't stone wall me now.
HE TURNS HER TO FACE HIM.
JACK: Come on, tell me, you're going to turn me down.
SCENE THREE: JACK WAITS FOR HER ANSWERING, KNOWING THAT SHE IS IN FACT NOT GOING TO ACCEPT HIS PROPOSAL. HE IS HURT, ANGRY, CONFUSED, A MIX OF EMOTIONS. JENNIFER IS IN PAIN AS WELLING, NOT WANTING HURT HIM, AND DESPERATING WANTING TO ACCEPT HIM, BUT THE MEMORY OF THE RAPE PREVENTS HER.
JENNIFER: No! No Jack I'm not turning you down.
JACK: You're not exactly taking me up on the offer either.
SHE IS AVOIDING JACK'S EYES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND KEEPING HER BACK TO HIM WHENEVER SHE CAN.
JENNIFER: Well to tell you the truth, I can't actually believe that you made it. Are you sure you don't want to take it back because I won't hold it against you if you want to Jack.
HE IS ANGRY BECAUSE SHE IS MAKING EXCUSES TO AVOID GIVING HER ANSWER.
JACK: (Beat) No! (Beat) Are you scared?
JACK: I'm scared. I'm scared. I don't have the faintest idea how to make a marriage work. (Beat) But I'm willing to try again if you are.
JENNIFER: What changed your mind?JACK: I lost.... I lost Steve....
JACK WALKS AWAY, HE IS VERY EMOTION; AND WIPES HIS EYE.
JACK (CONT.): and I started to think about losing you.... and I realized.... and I realized that.... ah.... that I've been wasting a lot of time. I realized that I have a.... I have a shot at happiness here and I'm looking at it.... at her.JACK (CONT.): So once again, will you marry me? (Beat) Jennifer?
THE PHONE STARTS TO RING DOWN IN THE LOFT.
JENNIFER: I'm wondering if I should get it maybe....
JACK: No, forget about that alright. That's what answering machines are for.
JENNIFER: I didn't turn it on.
JACK: You didn't. Forget about it.
JACK: Jennifer.... Jennifer.... Jen.... Jennifer go get the phone.
JENNIFER: Okay, alright.
JACK: Go get the phone.
JENNIFER: I'll be right back.
JACK: I'll be right here.
SHE GOES DOWNSTAIRS LEAVING JACK ALONE WITH A RANGE OF EMOTIONS.
JACK: I'll be right here. What the hell am I doing here? You didn't want to get into this mess...again. Then what the hell are you doing? Getting a drink.
HE PICKS UP THE CHAMPAGNE AND IS ABOUT TO OPEN IT, THEN CHANGES HIS MIND.
JACK: I think.... no. I think no. I think.... I think I better stop talking to myself.
HE BEGINS TO PACE.
JACK: What the hell are you doing talking to yourself?
JENNIFER COMES BACK UP.
JENNIFER: Well that's a good question Jack, why are you talking to yourself?
JACK: I don't know. I think that I don't like being left alone up here. So, what's the answer on the marriage deal, yay or nay?
JENNIFER: You know Jack I think you should know that this tonight was everything that I've always dreamed of. You're everything that I've always dreamed of.
JENNIFER: And you talked about wasting too much time but that's exactly what I need right now. I need time to pull myself together. Do you understand that?
JENNIFER (CONT.): I mean Jack after everything that's happened I don't even know who I am anymore. There's only one thing that I'm sure of and that's that I love you very much. And I want to spend the rest of my life with you. (Beat) But I'm just not ready to start the rest of my life yet.
JACK SIGHS AGAIN AND LOOKS DOWN AT THE RING HE IS HOLDING.
SHE WRAPS HER FINGERS OVER HIS HOLDING THE RING.
JACK: (Beat) I.... ah.... I.... ah.... hope you'll tell me what to do with this thing.
JENNIFER IS CRYING SOFTLY.
JENNIFER: I will. You'll be the first to know.
JACK: I hope so. (Beat) So....
JENNIFER: (Trying to hold back her tears) So.... so that was Dan Ryan on the phone and he said that there this important news conference tonight and no one knew what it was about but he wants me to be there.
JACK: I know about the news conference.
JENNIFER: Right, maybe you could come with me.
JACK: I believe I have to be there anyway.
JACK WALKS OVER AND BLOWS OUT THE CANDLE ON THE DINNER TABLE THAT WAS WAITING FOR THEM. HE LOOKS UP, THE PAIN REVEALED IN HIS FACE.
HE THEN WALKS TO THE TOP OF THE STAIRS. JENNIFER STOPS AND LOOKS AT THE TABLE IN SADNESS. JACK CALLS TO HER IN HIS FAMILIAR WAY, AS IF TO LET HER KNOW THAT DESPITE HER REFUSUAL HE STILL CARES FOR HER VERY DEEPLY.
JACK: Miss Horton, let's get a move on.
JACK (CONT.): Remember, late news is no news. Let's go.
HE GOES DOWNSTAIRS AND JENNIFER FOLLOWS AFTER A FINAL LOOK AND THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN.
SCENE FOUR: MEANWHILE THERE IS A PRESS CONFERENCE ABOUT TO START AT THE EMERGENCY CENTER. TOM HORTON IS CONDUCTING IT ON BEHALF ON AN ANONYMOUS BENEFACTOR WHO IS ABOUT TO DONATE A LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY TO THE HOSPITAL. JACK AND JENNIFER COME IN JUST AS THE CONFERENCE GETS UNDERWAY.
JACK: Excuse me, press.
THEY MOVE TO THE FRONT OF THE PRESS CORPS. TOM INTRODUCES A SPOKESMAN WHO INTRODUCES LAWRENCE ALAMAIN. LAWRENCE COMES OUT TO FACE THE GUESTS AND PRESS. JENNIFER IS FRIGHTENED AND JACK IS WORRIED. THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO WERE AT THE VILLA ARE JUST STUNNED THAT HE WOULD COME TO SALEM AFTER WHAT HE DID. LAWRENCE ANNOUNCES THAT SOME OF HIS EMPLOYEES MADE A FEW TRANSGRESSIONS AND HE INTENDS TO MAKE UP FOR THAT. HE ALSO SETS UP A FUND FOR THE RIVERFRONT RESTORATION, THE EMERGENCY CENTER, A TRAUMA CENTER AND ALSO FUNDS FOR THE RAPE COUNSELING GROUP. JENNIFER AND KAYLA CANNOT BELIEVE THE WAY HE HAS JUST BRUSHED ASIDE ALL THAT HE HAS DONE TO THEM. JENNIFER RUNS OUTSIDE AND JACK FOLLOWS HER.
SCENE FIVE: SHE HEADS DOWN TO THE PIER WHERE HE CATCHES UP WITH HER.
JACK: Hey Jennifer, Jennifer, hey! Alright, so Lawrence still makes you upset, right.
JENNIFER: I'm going to be fine.
JACK IS MORE CONFUSED AND WORRIED. SEEING HOW DISTURBED SHE IS, HE TRIES TO COMFORT HER, AND REASSURE HER THAT HE WILL BE THERE FOR HER AND EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT. HOWEVER, HE IS NOT SO SURE HIMSELF.
JACK: Oh you'll be fine alright, you'll be fine. We'll make sure of that, huh. Listen to me, the only thing you have to do right now is pay attention to what I say. Do exactly as I say and everything will be fine, alright. That's a promise. You have nothing to worry about, nothing to be afraid of. Just do what I say. Everything's going to be alright.
JACK HAS TAKEN HER IN HIS ARMS, AND SHE FALLS INTO THEM, RESTING HER HEAD ON HIS CHEST.
[Transcribed by Carol Vaughan
added material by Sally A. Wilson]