SCENE ONE: JENNIFER IS AT THE LOFT, TYPING ONE HER LAPTOP. FRANKIE TELLS HER SHE IS WORKING ON HER STORY TO AVOID THINKING ABOUT JACK. SHE DENIES THIS. SHE TELLS HIM THAT HIS INTERRUPTIONS ARE PREVENTING HER FROM WORKING ON HER STORY. JENNIFER LEAVES THE ROOM FOR A MOMENT TO GET SOMETHING; WHILE SHE IS GONE FRANKIE LOOKS AT HER SCREEN, AND DOES NOT LIKE WHAT HE READS. HE TELLS HER THAT SHE CANNOT PUT IT ON THE AIR -- HER STORY IS ABOUT EVE. HE TELLS HER SHE IS TOO CLOSE TO THE STORY, AND HE DOES NOT LIKE THE FACT THAT SHE IS MAKING EVE SOUND GUILTY; HE THINKS SHE IS TRYING TO GET BACK AT EVE, BECAUSE OF JACK. SHE ADMITS IT COULD BE A LITTLE TRUE, BUT THAT HE IS ALSO A LITTLE TOO CLOSE, AS WELL. HE DOES NOT BELIEVE EVEN DESERVERS BETTER, EVEN AFTER WHAT SHE HAS DONE -- MARRYING JACK. SHE UNDERSTANDS, BECAUSE SHE FEELS THE SAME WAY ABOUT JACK. SHE LEAVES TO GO TO THE POLICE STATION TO LOOK UP SOME BACKGROUND FOR HER NEWS SEGMENT; BUT PROMISES IT WILL BE FAIR.
SCENE TWO: JACK IS BACK FROM THE PARTY AND IS ABOUT TO PUT HIS KEY IN THE LOCK WHEN EVE GETS OFF THE ELEVATOR.
EVE: How was the birthday party Jack?
JACK: Well if you were well enough to go out for a walk, you could have gone yourself. You know something, unless you want the likes of Johnnie Corelli, April Ramirez or even your father contesting Nick's will, you better start showing up at these family functions with me.
EVE: Well I didn't really feel like going, Honey Bunny.
JACK: Well you better start feeling like it.
EVE: I will Jack, when I'm ready. I will. Just don't push me okay.
JACK OPENS THE DOOR AND THEY GO INSIDE.
JACK: In answer to your first question, it was what it was, a children's party. I suppose the high point was when I beat little Max out at Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
THEY BOTH NOTICE TOGETHER THAT THERE IS A BROKEN VASE ON THE FLOOR.
JACK: What's the matter?
EVE: Someone was in here Jack.
JACK GOES TO CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE HOUSE.
JACK: Well nothing appears to be gone from the rest of the house.
EVE: Well Jack somebody was in here. (Beat) Or the place was haunted. Did you have that checked out before you moved here?
JACK: I didn't say that there was no one here. I said that nothing appears to be gone.
EVE: I can't believe this could happen to the same person.
JACK IS PUZZLED.
JACK: Huh? What do you mean?
EVE: Somebody broke into my father's house on New Years Eve and they rummaged through my room but nothing was taken then either. And then the same thing happened with Nick's room at Wings. I mean I know I haven't been staying there and everything but it is my property so whoever did it might have assumed that.... I mean Jack maybe it wasn't a thing they were looking for. Maybe they were looking for me.
JACK: You know if someone was trying to find you, it certainly wouldn't be that hard to do. Although, why they would want to find you is certainly beyond me.
EVE: Jack, this isn't funny, alright.
JACK: I'm just saying it could be a coincidence.... or bad luck.
EVE: Well whatever it is, I'm tired of it and I'm not going to put up with it any longer.
EVE STOMPS OFF TO HER ROOM WHILE JACK LOOKS AT THE BROKEN CHINA. HE SEEMS VERY INTRIUGED BY THE WHOLE THING.
SCENE THREE: A BIT LATER, JULIE ARRIVES TO SEE EVE.
JACK: (Laying on the charm) Oh Julie, come in. What a pleasant surprise. I'm telling you, you know, Eve and I have really been looking forward to entertaining and....
JULIE: Jack, who don't you stop with the charade already. You got what you wanted. Eve got her money, you got your newspaper back. Why don't the two of you get a divorce?
JACK: Oh no, we couldn't do that.
JULIE: Why not, is there something to the marriage other than money?
JACK: Well.... yes. I mean maybe now you'll see that I really am in love.
JULIE: I see that you're in love alright darling.... not with Eve. And if you think Jennifer is going to go away just because of this marriage....
JULIE SUDDENLY STOPS TALKING AS HER FOOT CRUNCHES ON SOMETHING.
JULIE: What did I step in?
JACK: Oh don't worry. Wasn't the cat. Just a little piece of pottery that I didn't pick up.
JULIE: You and Eve throwing things at each other already?
JACK: No, no. Somebody broke in while we were out.
JULIE: Broke in? Did you call the police?
JACK: No, no, I just didn't want to hassle with that. I mean nothing was really taken.
JULIE: No kidding.
JULIE: Well I didn't call the police either.
JACK: What do you mean?
JULIE: My penthouse was broken into and nothing was taken so I naturally assumed they just got frightened and went away.
JACK: (Even more intrigued) When was this?
JULIE: New Years Eve, why?
JACK: Oh nothing. I'm just being snoopy. You know, reporters. Snoop, snoop, snoop.
JULIE: Jack, I'd like to see Eve. I'd like to know how she's doing.
JACK: Right! I'll go get her. I'll just get her.
JULIE: Thank you.
JACK: (Sarcastically) Ah.... Muffin, Bundt Cake?
EVE: Yes.... Sweetie.
JACK: We have company.
EVE: (Just as sarcastically) Coming, Honey.
EVE: Hi Julie.
JACK: I tell you what, I'm going to just let you two girls chat. I'm going to burn the midnight oil. Don't wait up.
EVE: Bye Honey.
JACK: Plum, Plum Bunch. Bye.
JACK GRABS HIS COAT AND LEAVES.
JULIE QUESTIONS HER ABOUT NICK. EVE SWEARS THAT SHE IS INNOCENT. SHE ADMITS THAT SHE SAW NICK AT THE REFINERY, BUT WHEN SHE LEFT HE WAS ALIVE. SHE HAD EARLY TOLD THE SAME STORY TO SHANE. SHE DID GO SEE NICK, AND DID HAVE A GUN BUT THAT WAS ALL.
SCENE FOUR: JACK HAS THE SAME IDEAS AS JENNIFER AFTER HEARING OF THE BREAK-INS. HE SITS DOWN AT A MICROFICHE READER AND THE OFFICER BRINGS HIM WHAT HE ASKED.
OFFICER: (Whispering) That's every break-in that we have reported here at the police department over the past several months.
JACK: Oh thank you.
SHE POINTS TO A SIGN REQUESTING SILENCE.
JACK: Oh sorry. (Whispering) I mean I'm sorry, sorry.
HE STARTS TO LOOK THROUGH THE LIST WHEN JENNIFER COMES IN AND SITS DOWN OPPOSITE HIM IN A SEPARATE BOOTH.
OFFICER: These are the criminal records you requested. If you have any questions, please ask me.
SHE BEGINS TO STUDY THE FILES. SHE HEARS THE MAN OPPOSITE HER BEGIN TO WHISTLE, WHAT SOUNDS LIKE ON TOP OF OLD SMOKEY ; SHE COUGHS DELIBERATELY IN AN EFFORT TO GET HIM TO BE QUIET. HE LOOKS PUZZLED AND WHISTLES AGAIN, EVEN FASTER, AND SHE COUGHS BACK.
THEY BOTH REPEAT THEIR WHISTLING AND COUGHING A COUPLE MORE TIMES UNTIL THEY BOTH JUMP UP SIMULTANEOUSLY AND TALK AT THE SAME TIME.
JENNIFER: Will you just shut up?
JACK: Do you need some water?
JACK: (Trying to hide just how happy he is to see her.) Jennifer!
SHE IS EQUALLY AS HAPPY TO SEE HIM, BUT TRIES TO HIDE IT.
SCENE FIVE: JACK AND JENNIFER BOTH HAVE HAD THE SAME IDEA, TO SEARCH THROUGH RECORDS AT THE POLICE STATION TO WORK ON THEIR STORIES. THEY HAVE BEEN SITTING OPPOSITION EACH OTHER, AND ANNOYING EACH OTHER. THEY HAVE JUST NOTICED EACH OTHER; AND THOUGH THEY TRY TO HIDE IT, THEY ARE HAPPY TO BE IN EACH OTHER'S PRESENCE.
JACK: What are you doing here?
HE IS TRYING TO BE ANGRY BUT IS NOT CONVINCING.
JENNIFER: I have important work to do.
JACK: Oh.... well.... so do I.
THEY BOTH SIT DOWN FOR A SECOND. THEN JACK PUTS HIS HAND ON THE DIVIDER BETWEEN THEM AND STANDS UP. SHE PLACES HER HAND ON TOP OF HIS AND STANDS UP ALSO.
JENNIFER: What do you think you're doing Jack?
JACK: I just wanted to get a look at your important work.
NEITHER OF THEM MAKES ANY ATTEMPT TO MOVE THEIR HANDS.
JENNIFER: It just so happens that I'm doing research on Eve's arrest. I want to get the whole story. What about you?
JACK: I'm just.... I'm just covering a couple of small break-ins, it's nothing.
JACK: Ah, it was just a little incident in my penthouse. It was no big deal, nothing was stolen.
JENNIFER: Wait a minute, that same thing happened to Carly a while back.
JACK: It did?
JACK: (Beat) Oh.... well that's too bad.
THEY BOTH GLANCE AT THEIR HANDS WHICH ARE STILL TOGETHER ON THE DIVIDER.
JACK: Ah.... you know, I think I'm.... I think I'm done here. I'm just going to be moseying along.
SETS OFF TO LEAVE, BUT SHE STOPS HIM, AND PUTS HER HAND BACK ON HIS.
JENNIFER: NO! You're not going to mosey anywhere until you tell me what's going on.
JACK: There's nothing to tell.... alright.
JENNIFER: There is something going on. I can tell by the look on your face, okay. Now, I came clean with you now you te
JACK: Alright. There have been a series of break-ins where nothing was taken. Starting with Eve, then Julie, and now Carly....
JENNIFER: And the break-in today.
JACK: Ah.... yes. (Beat) Furthermore, nobody ever reported it to the police.
JENNIFER: That is very strange. That is strange Jack.
SHE EVENTUALLY MOVES HER HAND AND WALKS AROUND TO JACK'S SIDE AND TRIES TO PUSH HIM OUT OF THE WAY.
JACK: It certainly is.
JENNIFER: Unless they felt they had something to hide. Move!
JACK: I.... well Miss Manners, I'm sure I could save us some time by suggesting that they have something in common.
JENNIFER: I know. They're all suspects in Nick's murder.
JENNIFER: Then all these break-ins must be connected somehow, right.
JACK: Exactly. The point is, there's somebody out there who thinks that the killer has some information or some evidence against them.
JENNIFER: That's it. That's exactly it.
SHE JUMPS UP RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM, CAUSING HIM TO STEP BACKWARDS TO AVOID HER BRUSHING HIM.JACK: Um.... could we just keep this between us?
SHE MOVES FORWARD RIGHT AGAINST HIM AGAIN.
JACK: I mean, don't tell anyone about this.
JENNIFER: I'm not going to tell anybody if you don't tell anybody.
JACK: I know I'm not going to tell anybody about this. This is my story.
SHE LOOKS AT HIM LIKE IT IS HER STORY.
JENNIFER: What do you mean, this is your story?
JACK: I mean, this is my story. I.... I.... I'm doing a story on the break-ins.
JENNIFER: I'm doing a story on Eve's arrest.
JENNIFER: And that's my story.
JACK: Well that's wonderful. Now that I've shown you my story I'm going to go take a look....
SHE PULLS HIM BACK AS HE'S ABOUT TO GO AROUND AND LOOK AT HER FILES.
JENNIFER: No you don't Jack!
THE POLICE OFFICER ASKS THEM TO BE QUIET.
JACK: I think I could....
JACK: I tell you what. Perhaps we should just pool our.... ah.... pool our resources. JENNIFER: (Really loving this) You mean like join.... join forces?
JACK: Yeah.... yeah. I think we could start by going someplace where we could talk ABOVE A WHISPER. This way.
JACK LEAVES AND JENNIFER HALF GRINS, THEN PICKS UP HIS COAT AND FOLLOWS HIM.
SCENE SIX: THEY GO DOWN TO THE PIER.
JENNIFER: Alright Jack, we know this much alright. Somebody thinks that Nick's murderer has something and that somebody wants it more than anything.
JACK: No, no, we're deducing that. We don't know anything.
JENNIFER: Jack please stop correcting me.
JACK: I'm just trying to keep the semantics straight.
JENNIFER: I don't care about semantics.
ACK: That's quite obvious that you don't care about them.
JENNIFER: I don't even know what semantics are.
JACK: My point exactly. If you don't know what semantics are then how can you....
LAWRENCE WALKS UP TO THEM. THEY ARE TOO PREOCCUPIED, ENJOYING BANTERING WITH EACH OTHER TO NOTICE.
LAWRENCE: Like old times for you two. Except for that pesky little problem that Jack's a married man now.
JENNIFER: What do you want Lawrence?
LAWRENCE: Nothing. I just happen to be passing by on my way home. Just like you I presume. Although Jack you can't be too anxious to get home to the little missus. It must be quite a strain to be married to a murderess.
JACK: Well she hasn't been convicted yet.
LAWRENCE: True, but I can't imagine you're sleeping much at night. Unless of course you're convinced that your wife is not guilty.
JACK: Well.... činnocent until proven guilty.î And it could.... it could be any number of people.
LAWRENCE: (Interested) Such as?
JENNIFER: Lawrence, why are you so interested in who killed Nick Corelli?
JACK: Yeah, why are you so interested in who killed Nick Corelli?
LAWRENCE: Well it seems to be Salem's latest pastime, although I imagine that will change soon. The office pools will soon be guessing on how many years Eve gets. (Beat) Jennifer.
JACK OPENS HIS MOUTH AS IF TO SPEAK, BUT STOPS HIMSELF.
LAWRENCE (CONT.): Give my regards to Mrs. Deveraux, Jack.
JENNIFER: Jack, I think we've found our man.
JACK: Who, Lawrence.
SCENE SEVEN: JACK AND JENNIFER ARE ON THE PIER.
JENNIFER: Jack it has to be Lawrence. It has to be, because all the break-ins happened on New Years Eve. The big party was at his house that night so he knew exactly where everyone would be.
JACK: But why? Why would he do it or what is he trying to hide. Or more importantly, why does he even care.
JENNIFER: Unless he's the one who killed Nick.
JACK: No, no. We have already established that Lawrence was out of the country at the time that Nick was killed.
JENNIFER: Why, he could have put a contract out on him Jack.
JACK: Alright, let's just try this on for size. Nick has a piece of evidence....
JACK: .... that connects Lawrence to.... to Steve's death. (He thinks his theory through ) Nick gets killed. That means somebody is walking around this town with a very important piece of evidence.
JENNIFER: Yes, evidence that Lawrence is dying to get his hands on Jack.
JACK: Well, we'll just have to make sure we get our hands on it first.
JENNIFER: You really want to get him back, don't you?
JACK: No! (Beat) No, I just want the čtruth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.î And as a responsible reporter I won't stop until I do.
JENNIFER: I'm not going to stop until I do either.
JACK: Okay, then we'll just stick with our agreement. We don't talk to anybody about this. We don't trust anybody.... except ourselves.
JENNIFER: (Rather happy) Each other? (Beat) So I guess that means we're sort of in this together. JACK: Just till we get Lawrence.
JENNIFER: Right, just till we get Lawrence.
SHE PUTS HER HAND TO SHAKE ON THE DEAL.
JACK: Right, right.
JACK SHAKES IT FIRMLY. THEY KEEP HOLDING HANDS, NEITHER OF THEM WANTING TO LET GO. JENNIFER LOOKS DOWN AT AT THEIR CLASPED HANDS.
SCENE ONE: IT IS A COUPLE OF DAYS LATER , THE DAY OF EVE'S HEARING. JACK IS OUTSIDE THE COURTHOUSE, WHISTLING PETER AND THE WOLF WHILE HE WAITS. JENNIFER COMES RUNNING UP TO HIM.
JENNIFER: Jack, Jack, hi. Am I late? JACK: We allow two minutes without penalty. So Miss Horton, what is the purpose of this meeting?
JENNIFER: Alright listen Jack, I have a couple of thoughts on Lawrence....
JACK: Lawrence Alamain, yes, yes. You want us to throw a couple of ideas around and when we do we'll find out what Lawrence is up to.
JENNIFER PRESSES HER LIPS TOGETHER.
JENNIFER: Can I talk now?
JACK: No, I'd much prefer to talk myself.
JENNIFER: But I have something to say Jack.
JACK: You always have something to say. The only way to find out what's going on with Lawrence is to find the killer of Nick Corelli because whoever killed Nick Corelli....
JENNIFER: Has something that Lawrence wants more than anything.
JACK: That's what I was going to say.
JENNIFER: That's what I was going to say if you'd give me a chance to say it.... but you wouldn't give me a chance to....
HE BEGINS TO TALK OVER THE TOP OF HER.
JACK: No, there's no need for you to say it because I was going to say it. Look, the reason I was going to say it....
A GROUP OF REPORTERS COME OVER AFTER HEARING THEM ARGUE.
REPORTER 1: Hi guys, this isn't the courtroom. What are you doing out here?
REPORTER 2: With Jennifer Horton from WATB.
REPORTER 3: Getting on with your old fiancĂ while your old lady's in court, eh.
REPORTER 1: How about it Miss Horton. What are your feelings about Deverauxç wife facing possible murder charges in the death of Nick Corelli. It obviously hasn't soured you too much on him, has it?JACK: Say something.
THE PRESS CONTINUE TO HASSLE BOTH JENNIFER AND JACK AND JACK DECIDES TO TRY AND STOP THEM BY WHISTLING LOUDLY. HE PUTS HIS FINGERS IN HIS MOUTH BUT ONLY A TINY SOUND COMES OUT. JENNIFER DECIDES TO DO IT HERSELF. SHE PUTS TWO FINGERS IN HER MOUTH AND GIVES OUT A LOUD WHISTLE. JACK BLOCKS HIS EARS.
JACK: Thank you. Ah.... you know obviously other than the sonic boom out here, the real action's going on in the courthouse. I think we're missing it out here. And you two, Fred and Barney, you know when your photo editor canned you guys because you missed out on the story don't come crying to me, alright.
REPORTER: My name isn't Barney.
JACK: It's only because I care about you. I love you guys, I do.
THEY ALL GRUMBLE AND MOVE INTO THE COURTHOUSE.
JENNIFER: You know I'd almost forgotten about Eve and the trouble your wife is in.
JACK: Ah.... yes, yes, it has been a rather interesting marriage, thus far. I mean not every man can boast that he gets to cover her arraignment for murder. I mean a very select few.
JENNIFER: Well you know what Jack, if you don't mind , I think I'll skip it.
JACK: As a matter of fact I think I would mind if you skipped it. You were hired to cover this story, that's how you were trained.
JENNIFER: Dan has plenty of coverage. I can just turn it over to one of them.
JACK: You know you would never have gotten away with this sort of thing when you were working under me.
THIS SEEMS LIKE ANOTHER ONE OF JACK'S DOUBLE ENTENDRES. JENNIFER JUST LOOKS AT HIM.
JACK: I mean.... I mean back in the old days.
JENNIFER: Right, well these aren't the old days Jack.
JACK: There's no need to tell me that. (Beat) Well I guess I better just skip along up into the courthouse. Hate to have them start without me.
JACK SLOWLY SKIPS OFF. JENNIFER WATCHES HIM. JULIE COMES OVER TO TALK TO JENNIFER.
JULIE: Jen, may I buy you a cup of coffee?
JENNIFER: Ah you know what Julie, I'd like to be by myself right now.
JULIE: You know I thought I could handle what happened to me and I don't want to see you fall into that same trap.
JENNIFER: Julie, I have to go, really.
JULIE: Yes, go have a cup of coffee with Julie. Come on, indulge me.
SCENE TWO: INSIDE THE COURTHOUSE, JACK WALKS IN AND MICKEY GLARES AT HIM. EVE TURNS ROUND AND SMILES BUT JACK JUST SITS DOWN A COUPLE OF ROWS BACK BEHIND HER.
SCENE THREE: JULIE AND JENNIFER GO TO THE SAND DOLLAR FOR COFFEE.
JENNIFER: Julie I know what you want to talk about and you know I'd really rather we didn't.
JULIE: I'm sure you'd rather not but my darling we have to.
JENNIFER: It's not necessary. I can handle it by myself.
JULIE: Jennifer you are beautiful, intelligent and very very strong. But the experience of being raped is so traumatic that I'm absolutely convinced you can't recover from it without professional help.
JENNIFER: I really don't want to talk about it.
JULIE: Of course you don't want to talk about it. Oh of course you don't want to talk about it with me. I understand that. Now you told me before that you have been to some rape counseling sessions. Have you been back?
JENNIFER: You know, I really want to but I've been swamped with work and there have been a lot of other things that...
JULIE: Jennifer, nothing is more important.
JENNIFER: Well I know that but there are some....
JULIE: No buts. I really you're not going to be healed of this until you get professional guidance.
JENNIFER: Julie I am fine, I really fine.
JULIE: You might think you are but you're really not. Jennifer I believe very strongly that you need to talk to a professional person about this, someone who has training. And I've appointed myself your official pest, yes. I'm going to pester you. I'm going to force you do this until you do. I think it's that important. Because I want to see you well again. I want to see you cooking on all burners just like before.
JENNIFER: Julie I want that too.
JULIE: And when you're ready I hope you're going to go to Jack and tell him what happened. I think it would very very sad indeed if you lost your chance at happiness because you couldn't confide in Jack.
JENNIFER: You know Frankie said the same thing, that if I told Jack things would work out for us but you're both wrong. Because for one thing, Jack is a married man.
JULIE: Yeah.... well, what's the second thing?
JENNIFER: Look I know Jack very well. If he found out I was raped he would never come near me again.
JULIE: Why Jennifer?
JENNIFER: Why, because Jack thinks of himself as a rapist. If he found out what happened to me, he would think that I would look at him in the same way. That everytime I looked at him I would be reminded of what happened to me.
JULIE: Would he be right?
JENNIFER: Jack would always be afraid that I was thinking that terrible thing that Lawrence did to me, he did to somebody else too.
JULIE: Well would there be some truth to that?
JENNIFER: I.... yes I have to admit that since I was raped I look at Jack.... a little bit differently.
JULIE: Of course, well you can't help that.
JENNIFER: I mean I always knew that Jack raped Kayla but I didn't understand it until it happened to me. But I never stopped loving him.
JULIE: Of course you didn't.
JENNIFER: It never stopped the way I feel about him. I mean still loved him and felt that we belonged together. Until of course he married Eve. But that's why everytime I try to tell him I could never get the words out. It's not like another woman telling her boyfriend. If I told Jack it would destroy everything we had together. But that doesn't matter now anyway.
JULIE: I'm not so sure.
JENNIFER: Julie it's too late.
JENNIFER: Jack is married.
JULIE: Yes I know. Jennifer darling I can face reality just as well as the next person. I know that Jack is married. I've seen the certificate. Somehow I still things are still think things are going to work out for the two of you. And I may be crazy but I think it's going to happen someday.
JENNIFER: I don't think so Julie.
JULIE: The way that you two love each other, I don't want to hear it's too late. Jennifer it's never too late.
THEY BOTH LEAVE. JENNIFER DECIDES TO GO TO RAPE COUNSELING AND JULIE GOES TO THE COURTHOUSE.
SCENE FOUR: JENNIFER TELLS THE GROUP THAT SHE WAS RAPED AND THAT SHE HAS NOT TOLD HER BOYFRIEND BUT IT IS TOO LATE BECAUSE HE HAS NOW MARRIED SOMEBODY ELSE.