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Soap Opera "As The Mouse Moves" - Thursday May 22nd 2003
"Good evening Miss Morgan," Stanley's housekeeper said as she opened the door of the Upper East Side mansion for her employee's daughter and her new husband.
"It's Mrs. Diamond now," Skeeter said walking into the living room behind Jan.
"Oh so sorry. It will take me a while to get used to the new name Jan Diamond," the housekeeper said noticing Skeeter's prideful swagger as he eyed the wealth of Stanley's home.
"You can call me Jan Morgan. I'm not using the name Diamond," Jan said tossing her designer purse onto a chair.
"Oh, my name's not good enough?"
"Don't be ridiculous. But everyone in town knows the name Morgan and it carries a lot of weight," Jan said picking up a lease for a new property her Father had left on the table.
"When a woman gets married she takes her husband's name," Skeeter said defiantly as he watched the housekeeper walk towards the kitchen.
"That's old fashioned and it only matters if the couple have children," Jan said flipping through the pages of the lease.
"Have children?" Skeeter asked glancing up to see Stanley walking into the living room.
"Hello, Father," Jan said putting the lease back on the table and walking towards her Father.
"Children, I do hope the situation hasn't progressed to the point of no return," Stanley said under his breath as he kissed his daughter on the cheek and looked down at her midsection.
"Not yet," Jan said nodding her head towards Skeeter.
"Good," Stanley said as the color came back to his face.
"Stan the man," Skeeter said walking towards the older man and patting him on the back.
"I'd prefer that you refer to me simply as Mr. Morgan or Stanley," he said walking away from Skeeter with a sneer on his face.
"You got it," Skeeter said taking a seat on the sofa. He was worn out from his intimate hours he'd secretly spent with Nicole today in his apartment on Bleecker Street.
"Father, I couldn't help but see the lease you have here for this property," Jan said raising her eyebrows and glancing towards the lease on the nearby table.
"Yeah, that's a nice piece of property I picked up," Stanley said pouring drinks from the decanter and handing one to Skeeter.
"I would like to have that for a new business I have in mind," Jan said.
"New business?" Stanley asked watching Skeeter down the entire drink and place his glass on the coffee table.
"Yes, I need a retail space," Jan said watching her Father refill Skeeter's drink.
"Skeeter. I want Skeeter to have his own business," Jan said taking a sip of her drink and enjoying the shock she saw on her groom's face.
"Hay Baby, that sounds good," Skeeter said leaning back on the antique sofa.
"What kind of business Jan?" Stanley asked taking a seat in the chair across the room.
"Lingerie of course," Jan said taking a seat beside Skeeter.
"Baby, I knew I'd done the right thing when I married you," Skeeter said in his southern accent as his hand touched her thigh.
"There's one catch Skeeter," she said pushing his hand off her leg.
"You have to be faithful and never embarrass me," she said referring to the women's sandals she'd found in his bathroom.
"Never. What kind of man do you think I am Baby? Men don't embarrass the woman they love. Do they Stan... Stanley?" Skeeter asked finishing off his second drink and licking his lips as he placed the glass on the coffee table.
CONTINUED TOMORROW. MORE SOAP PHOTOS BELOW.