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Follow the lives of the residents of Salem. This blog begins with events following the February 14, 2014 episode of the TV series, taking it on a new course based on events prior to that date.


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Written by A. Washington-Beeby

Story Consultant: ML Cooks

It's a new morning in Salem. Roman begins the day walking into the Brady Pub, cell phone up to his ear, trying to talk over the person on the other end. Caroline walks over to him to greet him, two plates of breakfast in her hands, looking at him inquisitively. Roman instinctively knows she's asking who's on the phone and he mouths "Kate" at her. Caroline nods and mouths "Ohh" back before carrying on her way to an awaiting table.

Roman sits himself down at a booth and continues his conversation, finally getting a word in.

ROMAN: Kate....Kate, I can't meet you until later. Okay? I told you that last night. Look, we're swamped at the station right now. [pauses] I know, I know, I told you I'd meet you first thing this morning, but you see Eric called Marlena and I down here to the pub. He's got something he wants to tell us so....Yeah, I'll keep you informed. For sure. Alright.

Hanging up, Caroline leans against the opposite bench, a smile across her face.

CAROLINE: What did SHE want?

Roman dismissively waves his hand as he puts his phone away.

ROMAN: Ahh, nothing. She's just up in arms 'cos she had something to tell me last night and I didn't have the time to see her is all.

CAROLINE: Well, it sure sounded important to her.

ROMAN: Oh yeah, well, you know Kate, Ma. Everything is a big production.

CAROLINE (rolling her eyes): Ain't THAT the truth. Did you want something to eat?

ROMAN: Nah, I'm good with just a coffee. Marlena and Eric should be here any minute.

CAROLINE: Alright, suit yourself.

Marlena walks in, also with a phone in her ear. She says goodbye to the person on the line before sitting down.

ROMAN: Who was that?

MARLENA: Actually, that was Laura. She hadn't called in awhile. Just wanted to catch up.

ROMAN: Oh yeah? How's she doin'?

MARLENA: Relieved that JJ's sentencing is over and done with. She's actually hoping to visit soon, so that should be nice. Anyway, I hope you haven't been waiting long.

ROMAN: No, actually I just sat down a second ago. Ma's gone to get me some coffee.

MARLENA: Oh good.

ROMAN: So, you figure the diocese made a decision on Eric and that's why we're here?

Marlena's face drops a bit, as though she'd been putting on a tense smile this whole time and can finally drop the facade.

MARLENA: I can't see it being anything else. Unless there's been some new information that's come to light. I know Daniel was working on something.

ROMAN: Well, according to Hope, that didn't go anywhere, but they have a name now of the doctor that gave Kristen those drugs. I just hope it's not too little too late.

Eric walks into the pub. Marlena looks up immediately, and Roman turns with a start, revealing he's more on edge about this meeting than he's been letting on.



Kate walks into the MadWorld offices, only to find an empty secretary's chair in front of her office door. She calls out for her secretary.


Kate checks around the corner, seeing nobody, she rolls her eyes and walks into her office, cursing the entire way.

KATE: That damned useless secretary, I swear to God, I could wring her useless little--

Kate stops upon seeing the note on her desk from her secretary. She picks it up and reads it aloud.

KATE: Dear Kate, please accept this as my official resignation, effective immediately, I have found another positionDAMMIT.

Lucas walks in on Kate's tirade, a cool, calm demeanour eminating from him.

LUCAS: Well you're having a good morning.

KATE: Lucas, I don't want to hear it.

LUCAS: Hey hey! What did I do? Come on, I'm just, you know, saying good morning to my mother.

Kate stops and breathes heavily. She turns to Lucas, trying very hard to keep calmer.

KATE: Alright. Actually, I am glad you're here.


KATE: Oh yes. Looks like we need to do some more thorough background checks on new hires from now on.

Kate drops the article her PI handed her the previous night on the table. This time, a second picture appears. Sheryl's mugshot appears alongside Jordan's. Lucas is stunned.


Theresa lays in bed beside Brady, playing with her phone. She gets a twinkle in her eye. She has an idea. She leans over and nuzzles in next to Brady before taking a selfie. The flash stirs Brady into semi-consciousness, when he realizes he's being photographed, he snatches Theresa's phone.

THERESA: HEY! What the hell?!

BRADY: Oh no! You are NOT taking pictures of this.

Theresa gives him an exasperated look.

THERESA: Are you for real?


Marlena shuffles over to allow Eric to sit down. An uncomfortable silence looms over the table before Eric finally moves to break the silence.

ERIC: So...

MARLENA/ROMAN (talk over each other)

Marlena and Roman stop, look at each other and hold back a little laugh.

ROMAN: Go ahead, son.

ERIC: Well...I figure you both have some idea why you're here.

MARLENA: Did the diocese make a decision?

ERIC: No, not yet. But...well, they won't have to.

ROMAN: What da hell does that mean?

ERIC: Well, I've made a decision. I am going to leave the priesthood.

Marlena and Roman look on aghast. Eric's eyes dart between his two parents, preparing for the onslaught to follow.


Nicole walks into Titan TV, armed with her purse, her laptop bag, and a traveller mug filled with hot coffee. She strides confidently into her office and shuts the door. As she turns to head for her desk, she is stopped and scared stiff as her chair slowly turns around. It's Miles, holding a brown envelope exactly like the one she hid in her desk the previous night. Miles has a wide grin across his face as he holds the envelope up.

MILES: Good morning, Nicole! Were you looking for this?

Nicole immediately drops her mug on the ground in shock, spilling her coffee all over the office floor.



The halls of Titan TV are dead quiet as Nicole walks quietly into her office. The cleaning staff can be heard in a distance. Nicole checks the halls to ensure no one sees her enter before unlocking her office door.

Walking over to her office desk, she sets her handbag down and pulls out a flashlight. Before turning it on, she mutters to herself.

NICOLE: Better this than risk being seen. And better getting rid of that envelope now than leave it at Daniel's. Now where's the "on" switch.

She turns on the flashlight while it's facing her chin, bright light flashing her in the eyes momentarily.

NICOLE: AGH! Dammit! OW!

Nicole drops her flashlight, quickly remembering she's being loud and covers her mouth quickly. After a moment of blinking and making sure she's not been blinded, she bends down and picks up the flashlight, then steps behind her desk with the envelope. Unlocking the drawer at the bottom, she files the envelope away in the very back of the drawer.

As she rises from the desk, Nicole catches a shadowy outline pass her office window. Nicole tries to stay still as it passes. She waits another moment before sneaking back out of the office, making sure no one sees her leave.


Gabi doesn't know what to say in response to Sonny's accusation. She stumbles to respond.

GABI: I....look...maybe I...

SONNY: Oh my God, she actually is still in love with Nick.

GABI: Hey, I didn't--

SONNY: What is wrong with you?


GABI: Why are you so unwilling to believe that Nick might have actually changed, or that at least he's trying to, if someone would just give him a chance to?

WILL: We gave him chances, Gabi. Over and over. And he did terrible things to us all in return. Especially to you, Gabi.

GABI: But you just said it was a good idea to be nice to him. I don't get it.

WILL: I'm not suggesting we do that because I think he's suddenly a stand-up guy, Gabi. I'm saying we do it because we don't know what he's plotting. And whatever it is, it could be really dangerous.

Gabi goes to speak but stops, unable to retort.

SONNY: We have to hold our cards close to our chests, Gabi. Will's right.


Kate wanders through Horton Town Square, clutching the envelope she's just received, containing shocking information on Jordan Ridgeway. Kate mutters to herself.

KATE: Jordan Ridgeway aka Kaylie Matthews, former bank robber, turned physiotherapist, hm? Now, should I go to the police, or to Rafe first.

Kate ponders this momentarily before hearing laughter behind her. Rafe and Jordan are out for a late-evening stroll. Rafe greets her warmly.

RAFE: Kate! Fancy meeting you here!

KATE: Indeed. You two having a great night, I'd imagine.

JORDAN: That we are.

KATE: And what have you two been up to tonight? Anything particularly memorable on the agenda?

RAFE: Nothin' too special, just thought we'd take a nice walk now that the legs are back workin' for me again.

KATE: Well you know what I think? I think you two should take some special time together and take advantage of this beautiful night while you still can.

RAFE: What do you mean by that? It's not late at all and it's beautiful out tonight.


Kate pauses for a second before speaking.

KATE: All the more reason to take advantage. I heard that...what was it, polar vortex was swirling back this way. Best to enjoy it before the winds change.

Kate gives a smile, much to Jordan and Rafe's bemusement.

KATE: I'll see you both later, I'm sure.

RAFE: Yeah. Definitely.

Kate saunters away, leaving Jordan and Rafe somewhat baffled.

JORDAN: What is she even talking about?

RAFE: Search me.

Kate walks out to the bench outside town square before making a phone call.

KATE: Roman? It's Kate Roberts. I need to speak to you immediately.


NOTE: Hopefully this entry is a little easier to take in for some of you. I know a few of you have been hoping to see more of my dialogue. Expect quite a paring down of the cast. I find there's a few characters that just aren't working right now, and they'll be gone soon. Some will be a surprise, but the episodes will soon be quite a bit more focused. Anyway, enough of me rambling on. Here it is!


At the apartment, Sonny stands aghast at Will for agreeing with Gabi regarding her tactics with Nick.

WILL: Look, I'm not saying I like the guy, or anything. All I'm saying is that maybe Gabi's onto something.

Sonny clasps his hands together and closes his eyes, looking like he's trying with everything in his power to hold back what he really wants to say.

SONNY: I don't....I don't even understand what you're talking about right now.

WILL: Sonny, don't you get it. Look, Nick's back. We don't know what he wants, what he's hiding, anything. All I'm saying is that maybe if we give him some time while we're figuring out what he's up to--

SONNY: And then what? In the meantime, we hand Ari over to him? Will, look what he did to you before. To Gabi. You can't seriously think this guy is actually about to turn on his heels and do a 360 now, do you?

Gabi's had enough, and interjects suddenly.

GABI: What if he has?

WILL/SONNY: Seriously??


(yeah, that's right. I'm kickin' it old school)


Nicole paces Daniel's apartment, clutching the envelope containing the evidence of Eric's innocence to her chest. She ponders what Hope has told her previously, that any evidence collected from Dr. Chyka's hideout would likely hurt Eric's case, not help it. She flashes back to Eric telling Nicole that he's giving up the priesthood to be with her. She sighs heavily.

NICOLE: This is the right thing to do. Now, where to hide this.

Nicole stares at the fireplace and contemplates throwing the evidence into it.

NICOLE: I could just burn it...then it'd be gone forever...I can't do that.

Nicole turns away and continues pacing. She holds the package away from herself and starts shaking it before her.

NICOLE: UGGGH! What am I gonna do with you?? I wish I could just...throw you in a drawer and forget you're even there.

Nicole thinks for another minute before coming to a conclusion.

NICOLE: The only place that I know only my eyes will see you is in my office.

Nicole grabs her purse and heads off to the TV station.


Kate walks through the park outside Horton Town Square and runs into a shady-looking man, holding a large brown envelope. They both look around to ensure they are alone before speaking.

KATE: So? What do you have?

MAN: See for yourself.

The man holds out the envelope, which Kate takes from him. Opening it up, she finds an article and a familiar-looking mugshot staring back at her.

KATE: Well, well, well, Jordan Ridgeway. Or should I say Patty Hearst?

Kate dons a wry smile, amused by her own wit.


Back at Will, Sonny & Gabi's apartment, Gabi has worked up the nerve to stand up to Sonny and Will's objections about Nick.

GABI: Look, I think we should just give him a chance. I mean, he knows that Sami and Kate tried to kill him but he's not--

SONNY: Woah, woah, wait a minute. He knows? And where exactly is your name in all this?

WILL: Seriously, Gabi, you hit him over the head with a rock, I wouldn't exactly say you didn't do anything--

GABI: Nick says I'm innocent.

Will and Sonny stand aghast. Sonny suddenly realizing the depth of Gabi's insecurity and desperation. He responds with more than a hint of disgust.

SONNY: Oh, God, you're still in love with the guy, aren't you??...Admit it, Gabi.



DAYS #1 + intro

So yes, I'm gonna try to do this. I'm going to start from the events after Valentine's Day's episode, and try to build the story off from there. Hopefully I don't get too confused as I go, so bear with me! Any feedback would be marvelous! I recognize this isn't overly enthralling (or that different from what's actually going on right now, but indulge me, I'm kind of zooming through some of the current stories to break off from what's happening onscreen).

Hope you enjoy!

*** *** ***

Celebrating JJ's verdict, the Hortons gather at the family home. Jennifer receives a call from Liam, wondering if she's available tonight for an impromptu date. Jennifer informs him of JJ's verdict, and invites him to join the party.

Upon Liam's arrival, JJ makes another effort to dissuade Liam from pursuing Jennifer. Jennifer overhears JJ and pulls him aside, telling him that her personal life is not his to interfere in, and that he should focus on celebrating his victory. JJ insists that there is something Jennifer needs to know before she pursues anything with Daniel, but Jennifer doesn't want to hear it, and returns to Liam's side.

Abigail asks JJ what he thinks he's doing. JJ is tight-lipped, and insists that it's nothing. Abigail isn't so sure, though she's preoccupied with her own troubles with EJ.

After the party ends, Liam and Jennifer kiss goodnight. JJ catches the kiss from the living room entrance and is troubled by it. Jennifer turns after closing the door and tells JJ immediately that she doesn't want to hear it. JJ insists he wasn't going to say anything against Liam, but that he wants to tell Jennifer something about Daniel. Jennifer cuts him off, saying that she isn't going to talk to JJ about her personal life, and really doesn't want to talk about Daniel. Instead, she wants to congratulate JJ on not going to prison, and that she's proud of him for finally being the sweet, honest son she used to know. She hugs him goodnight and goes to bed.


Gabi runs into Nick again at the town square. They have a long chat, and Gabi is left believing that Nick is well and truly in the process of changing. Near the end of the chat, Nick asks to hold baby Ari. Gabi agrees, and Nick holds the baby, calling her "his little baby girl". It is at this moment that Sonny and Will arrive at town square hand in hand to share the news with Gabi of their engagement, and they stand in horror as they see Ari in Nick's arms.

Gabi attempts to allay Sonny and Will's fears, but Will will have none of it, demanding that Nick hand him his daughter. Nick asks Will to calm down and hands him the baby, while Gabi attempts to ease the tension by insisting that everything was under control and that Nick just wanted to hold the baby for a moment. Sonny is having none of it, and instructs Nick to back off. Nick laughs at Sonny's demands, asking if he'd forgotten that Gabi also has a say as Ari's mother. Nick attempts to lay a guilt trip on Will and Sonny, wondering why Gabi's point of view is never considered in anything, before backing away and leaving to "take care of some business".

Will and Sonny rip into Gabi upon their arrival at their apartment, wondering what she's thinking. Gabi insists that she believes Nick is making a positive change, and thinks that the best thing they can do is to be nice to Nick so that he doesn't press charges. Sonny, unaware that Nick called Sami, Gabi, and Kate out on their attempts to dump him in the river, demands clarification. Once Gabi fills him and Will in on the situation, Will tells Sonny that he actually sees Gabi's point of view. Sonny is stupefied by Will's admission, and insists that Nick cannot use Ari as a tool of blackmail.


Marlena is working late at the hospital, and is visited by Abe in her office. After warm greetings, Marlena invites Abe to have a seat. Abe insists he can't stay too long as he needs to get back to JJ's party at the Hortons', but has news from John. Marlena is slightly dubious, but indulges Abe.

Abe informs Marlena that John has been asked by the ISA to resume working for them, and he, Shane, and Bo are working on a major case together. Marlena wishes to know more, but Abe cannot say. Abe does tell Marlena, however, that the case could change everyone's lives forever. He presents Marlena with a letter from John that he'd been asked to give her in person. Abe then leaves Marlena's office and heads for the Hortons.

Marlena ponders the letter momentarily before opening it. John expresses in his letter his continued love for Marlena, and his regrets at how he handled their differences over Kristen. Though he is still hurt by Marlena's lack of faith in him, he recognizes that it was all part of Kristen's plans, and that in due time, he hopes they can mend their relationship. The letter brings a smile to Marlena's face.


Theresa steps inside Daniel's apartment and attempts to talk to Daniel about what happened the night she overdosed. Daniel is completely uninterested in having this conversation, but Theresa is insistent. Knowing that if JJ is allowed to go home that he will tell Jennifer what really happened the night of her overdose, she throws herself at Daniel in a last-ditch effort, but is rebuffed.

Daniel then throws Theresa out of his apartment. Theresa, seeing all her leverage and her plans falling apart around her ears, heads to Club TBD for a drink (or six). Theresa's fed up of perpetuating her charade, and her frustration over not being able to bed Daniel (or anyone else) is starting to get to her. She sits down, deep in thought, at the bar, and demands a drink from T. T tries to make conversation with her, thinking Theresa's pretty cute, but is immediately turned down. As T walks away, Theresa looks further down the bar and sees a contemplative Brady sitting at the opposite end of the bar. Theresa makes her way over to him, and strikes up a conversation with him.

Brady is his typical guarded self, replacing honest emotions with pointed snarky remarks. Theresa is unfazed, and dishes it right back. Brady figures out that Daniel has rejected Theresa, and laughs at her naivete in thinking Daniel would go for her. Theresa responds by ordering another drink.

After a few more drinks, Theresa realizes she needs to go home, and Brady offers to walk her home. Upon arriving at Theresa's apartment, she stumbles upon getting out of the elevator, and when Brady reaches to catch her, they kiss sloppily, and then desire takes over. Theresa opens the door to her apartment, and Brady follows her in.


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