Soap Opera "As The Mouse Moves" - Tuesday February 15th 2005
"Hi Stan," Starlene said as her older husband walked into the living room of his Upper East Side mansion.
"Hello honey. How was your day?" he said taking a seat on the sofa beside her.
"Oh the usual."
"Did you do anything special?" he asked watching her closely.
"Jan called and told me that you wanted to have lunch with her," he said referring to his older daughter that hates his young wife.
"Yeah, I did go over to her house, but she didn't show up."
"Why did you want to have lunch with Jan?" he asked knowing the two women didn't get along.
"She's your daughter Stanley," she said not wanting to admit she was only trying to find out why he was putting properties into Jan's name without telling her.
"You never seemed to care much for her though."
"Well, we're married now so I think I should try harder."
"I see," he said opening the decanter on the coffee table and pouring a drink.
"Well, don't you think that's a good idea?"
"I guess. I just don't know if the two of you have much in common."
"We have you," Starlene said smiling.
"True," he said after taking a sip of his cocktail and placing the glass on the table.
"You want me to be close to her don't you?"
"Well... " He muttered patting her on the leg.
"Well, don't you Stanley?"
"I don't think it's possible Starlene."
"Why?" she asked as if she couldn't think of one reason not to be chummy with his mean older daughter.
"Because you and Jan don't really have much in common. She's a socialite," he said.
"So I'm a commoner? Is that what you're implying?"
"It sounds that way to me."
"No, it's just that Jan isn't friendly. She's never had friends and I don't really expect for you to be close to her."
"But wouldn't it make you happy if I were close to her?"
"Sure, but I don't really think you ever will be."
"I might. Wouldn't it surprise you if I melted her heart?"
"If anybody could, it would be you honey," he said grinning.
"So why haven't you tried to get us together for family dinners and stuff like that Stanley?"
"I didn't think you'd want it and I know Jan doesn't."
"So you just didn't try?"
"Starlene I would think you'd be happy that I haven't tried to force you into a relationship with my daughter."
"Not forced Stanley, but don't you want us to be friends?"
"Go ahead, if you can be friends with Jan than you'll be her first friend ever," he said shrugging his shoulders.
"Well, what if you died or something?"
"Then I'm sure you wouldn't want to be Jan's buddy either."
"But we'd have to discuss the estate and things like that," she said hoping he'd open up to why he was secretly putting money in his daughter's name instead of hers.
CONTINUED TOMORROW. MORE SOAP PHOTOS BELOW.