Soap Opera "As The Mouse Moves" - Monday September 9th 2002
"There's Nicole!" Starlene said pointing to Tiffany's estranged husband Skeeter's apartment building across the street.
"Oh my God," Tiffany said putting her coffee cup down on the table at the sidewalk café on Bleecker Street where the sisters were seated.
"Come on let's go," Starlene said picking up her purse from the chair.
"Yeah, but where's Skeeter? We were trying to catch them together," Tiffany said reaching for her purse.
"He's up there. It's his apartment. You said you heard her voice when you called his apartment, of course he's up there. She's a married woman, they aren't going to walk out together," Starlene said breathless with excitement.
"What can I say to her? If I confront her, she'll tell Clark and he'll fire me instantly," Tiffany said referring to Nicole's new groom and her boss.
"I thought we'd already gone over this?" Starlene said taking money from her wallet and waving it towards the waiter.
"Look, she's hailing a cab," Tiffany said as she watched Nicole holding one hand over her eyes to block the rays of the sun and hailing a cab with the other hand.
"I bet she's going straight back to the office," Starlene said.
"I can't do this. I told you before I probably couldn't go through with this. I shouldn't have come over here," Tiffany said as her heart raced.
"I'm going to confront her. She tried to steal my Stanley and she'll do it again," Starlene said remembering how she had opened her lover's office door and caught him and Nicole in the ultimate act of intimacy on his sofa.
"I just can't do this," Tiffany said feeling tears coming to her eyes.
"Here pay the check," Starlene said throwing a twenty-dollar bill on the table. "I've wanted to get her for a long time."
"But she'll see me sitting here and tell Clark."
"Then go into the restaurant! What can I do?" Starlene said pushing her chair back so forcefully it almost turned over. She ignored the stares of the young couple seated beside her as she rushed towards the curb to cross Bleecker Street.
Tiffany took the check and walked inside the café taking a seat at the bar near the back so that she could watch the drama unfold without being seen from the street.
"Taxi," Nicole yelled out as a yellow cab sped past her.
Skeeter walked towards his bedroom window on Bleecker Street and leaned out of the window to watch his secret lover Nicole leave his building. He had tried to get her to let him leave with her but she wouldn't allow that. Getting caught with her wouldn't bother him. He didn't want her to marry Clark to begin with. Clark wasn't smart enough to take advantage of Nicole's family connections. That marriage was a waste as far as he could see it and maybe in time he'd be the next lucky man. He glanced down at the sidewalk below his apartment and watched as a cab pulled up to the curb. Nicole walked towards the cab and reached to open the door.
"Nicole," Starlene yelled out as she rushed towards the cab.
Nicole put her hand to her eyes to block the sun's glare as she looked towards the familiar voice calling her name.
"Starlene," Nicole said opening the door to the cab as she stood on the curb watching the voluptuous young woman coming towards her.
"What are you doing at the apartment building where my sister's husband Skeeter lives?" Starlene asked glaring at the pretty dark haired Nicole.
"Oh, he lives here?" Nicole asked.
"Well, yes and you know that," Starlene said,
"No. But I'll be sure and call him now that I do know that."
"Yeah, I was looking at some property for my Father. If Skeeter lives here then maybe he can give me the low down on the building," Nicole said sliding into the back seat of the taxi.
"Oh, I'm sure you've already had the low down Nicole," Starlene said furious that Nicole had probably lied to her.
"Where to lady? You gots to shut the door. I can't sit here all day. The air's running," the driver said in his thick Brooklyn accent as he hit the meter.
CONTINUED TOMORROW. MORE SOAP PHOTOS BELOW.