Soap Opera "As The Mouse Moves" - Thursday January 31st 2002
"Want another drink?" Stanley asked Starlene as he watched her stare out of the window at the southern skyline of Manhattan. She had barely looked at him all evening but gazed out at the view from their seat in the Rainbow Room.
"Yes, I'll have another drink," she said as he motioned for the waiter to bring them another round.
"You've barely touched your dinner Starlene," he said looking at her full plate.
"I'm not hungry," she said never bothering to turn her head when she answered him.
"Well, you sure picked an expensive place to order dinner if you aren't hungry."
"I didn't pick it, you did Stanley. You invited me, remember?" she snapped turning to give him a dirty look.
"I did. You're right. I wanted us to be happy again," he said as the waiter put the glasses down in front of them.
"I might not ever be happy again.," she said her lips quivering as she remembered the sight of him on the sofa of his office with his secretary Nicole.
"Oh yes you will," he said laughing slightly.
"Are you laughing at me Stanley?" she said turning to glare at him.
"No. No. I'm not laughing."
"You better not be. I can't believe what you've put me through today," she said remembering the sight of him on top of Nicole as she opened the door to his office.
"I told you Honey, it didn't mean anything," Stanley said.
"Does it mean anything when we do it?" she asked as the waiter turned his head pretending not to hear her.
"Of course Honey. It means a lot to me."
"Why Stanley? Why did you do that?"
"She threw herself on me Starlene."
"Then will you fire her now?"
"I can't do that Starlene."
"Why? You'd fire anybody else."
"I promised her Father that she'd have the job."
"Well, go talk to him."
"I can't do that."
"Well, I don't really know him."
"Then it doesn't matter if you fire her then."
"He's a wealthy man; he has a lot of influence in business."
"Then how would he feel if he knew you were doing that to his little girl?" Starlene asked glancing up at the waiter and watching him turn his head again to act as if he weren't listening.
"It was wrong Starlene. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Please forgive me Honey," Stanley said.
"Not unless you fire her Stanley."
"I can't fire her."
"I told you Starlene. It wouldn't be good business. I have some deals that her Father can influence," Stanley said taking a bite of his dessert.
"What if she quit?"
"That's a different story."
"How many times did the two of you do it?" Starlene asked.
"Only that one time Honey," he lied offering her a bite of his dessert.
"Really?" She asked hopefully.
"Promise," he said holding his fork towards her mouth. He glanced up at the waiter and winked as Starlene took a taste of the sweet dessert.
"Good and it'll be the last time too Stanley Morgan. She'll be gone soon, if it's the last thing I do," Starlene said licking the chocolate from her lips and smiling sweetly at the waiter as he turned his head quickly.
CONTINUED TOMORROW. MORE SOAP PHOTOS BELOW.