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Soap Opera "As The Mouse Moves" - Tuesday May 18th 2004
"Is Father in his office?" Jan asked the receptionist as she walked into the lobby of Stanley's office in the Empire State Building.
"Good morning Jan. Yes, your father is in. I'll tell him you're here," she said picking up her phone to buzz her older boss.
"I know where his office is," Jan snapped walking past her towards the hallway.
The receptionist put the phone down and shook her head. In all of the years she had worked for Stanley, Jan had never been polite or waited to be announced as he had requested.
Jan saw her Father's door closed and paused momentarily to listen. She didn't hear any voices in his office so she quickly opened the door. The older man closed the Playbody Magazine on his desk and looked up immediately.
"Oh I guess you're busy working," Jan said pointing to the familiar gentleman's magazine on her Father's desk.
"I was just looking at the back issue with Starlene in it," he said opening his desk drawer and putting the magazine in and closing it. "What brings you over here?" he asked as he watched Jan take a seat in the chair in front of his desk.
"I was in the neighborhood and just thought I'd stop by," she said.
"Oh really? That's not like you these days," he said picking up the coffee mug from his desk and taking a long sip.
"Well actually I came by because I wanted to see if you had contacted the lawyer about the deed to my house." She thought about her empty promises to deed Skeeter the house if he would stay with her.
"No, of course not. I've told you that's insane to give him your house if he won't live with you," Stanley said shaking his head in disbelief.
"I think you might be right about this. I've changed my mind," she said.
"Good! I'm glad you've come to your senses," Stanley said pleased to be getting rid of Skeeter.
"I came to see if you could... " She paused shaking her head as her voice cracked.
"Well you've offered many times to fix me up with some of the men you know. Well, I just thought," she said. "Maybe."
"Oh that's a great idea. I'll call several of my friends and see what I can come up with," Stanley said nodding.
"I just decided that maybe its time to fight. I mean I know Skeeter is seeing Tiffany again and I have to make him stop and think about what he's losing," she said referring to the fact her husband was living next door to his ex-wife and involved with her again.
"That's great, Jan. I think it's time we get the divorce finalized too," Stanley said not wanting to wait until she had changed her mind.
"I don't want a divorce. I want Skeeter back," she insisted.
"Nonsense. The best thing is to divorce him. That will really show him who is boss. Then he'll be crying," Stanley said.
"No, I don't want to do that."
"Okay, well let me know when you do. You know... I'll just have all the papers drawn up and ready," he said adamantly.
"Okay. You can do that. Then I could threaten him with the divorce papers," she said raising her eyebrows as she thought of the added benefit.
The intercom rang on Stanley's desk.
"Yes," he answered.
"Mr. Morgan, it's Starlene again. She's crying. She really wants to talk to you," the secretary said.
"Tell her I'm in a meeting, I'll get back to her," Stanley said.
"Father! You and Starlene are really broken up! Aren't you?" she asked smiling broadly as she watched him fight to hold back tears.
"Yeah, and it's killing me," he said shaking his head.
"Why don't you try what I'm trying," she said.
"You mean go out with another woman?" he asked
"Oh yes. I have just the woman for you too," she said getting up from her chair to leave. "I'll handle it all. Don't worry Father," she said as she walked into the hallway to leave.
CONTINUED TOMORROW. MORE SOAP PHOTOS BELOW.