Written by: Nick M.
At the college:
Miranda and JJ see each other in the hallway.
JJ yawns a tad over dramatically.
MIRANDA: Is that your way of saying you are tired?
JJ: I am pretty beat.
MIRANDA: I did not mean to keep you up last night. So sorry about my scream.
JJ: I thought you were under attack.
MIRANDA: I practically was by that rat!
JJ: Did you buy a trap yet?
MIRNADA: Haven’t gotten around to it.
JJ: You better or it might pop back out at you!
MIRANDA: Don’t say that!
Eliza is downing a cup of coffee.
Barbara walks up to her.
BARBARA: Slow down there Eliza
ELIZA: I need all the caffeine I can get.
BARBARA: You didn’t sleep good last night?
ELIZA: Last night? Grandma, I haven’t slept well since I started this job.
BARBARA: Honey, you cannot let this place stress you out.
ELIZA: Not just this place. My dad is a big part of it.
BARBARA: Paul is stressed out himself. We all are.
ELIZA: I just feel like I am always doing a jumbled bad job as my father’s secretary.
BARBARA: It will probably just take time to get the hang of it.
ELIZA: I just need a good pep talk.
BARBARA: I’m not the best coach, but get to those phones and kick some a**!
Brittany is with Marcino eating breakfast.
BRITTANY: You barely touched your food.
MARCINO: I know
BRITTANY: Are you not hungry? It is going to get cold.
MARCINO: I am just not in the mood for breakfast.
BRITTANY: You love breakfast, son.
MARCINO: I know. Just not today.
BRITTANY: Something must be wrong.
MARCINO: No. I’m fine.
BRITTANY: But are you sure?
MARCINO: Yes, I am fine!
BRITTANY: Sorry, but I don’t believe you. Something is obviously bothering you.
Marcino huffs and puffs
Steve is pleased when Terrance meets with him.
STEVE: I didn’t think you would actually meet me.
TERRANCE: Of course. We are partners.
STEVE: Well not anymore since I quit the ISA.
TERRANCE: Yeah, but we have come too far to stop working together now.
STEVE: That’s a true bud right there.
They shake hands.
TERRANCE: I plan on seeing this case through.
STEVE: So do I dude.
TERRANCE: What is the next step?
There is a knock at the door.
STEVE: That is the next step right there.
Steve opens the door and it is Hope
STEVE: Come on in. We need your help.
Barbara is still talking with her granddaughter.
ELIZA: I’m not improving though.
BARBARA: You are totally new to the job.
ELIZA: Totally new to working in general.
BARBARA: Give it time, Eliza! You’ll get the hang of it.
ELIZA: I’m losing hope.
Barbara’s office phone rings.
ELIZA: I bet that’s my dad.
Barbara answers it.
BARBARA: Hello. Yes…okay.
She hangs up.
BARBARA: That was Paul. He wants you at your desk ready to work.
ELIZA: Yay (rolls eyes)
BARBARA: good luck.
ELIZA: We need to have these talks more often.
BARBARA: Whenever, hon.
As Eliza exits Barbara’s office, Henry enters it.
BARBARA: Henry! Didn’t you get enough of me last night?
HENRY: I never get enough of you pudding pop.
Henry kisses her.
At the college:
JJ: So…Miranda…I have a question for you..
MIRANDA: What is it?
JJ: It is a little personal…
JJ: So I saw you and that guy that works at the coffee shop looking real chummy.
JJ: Yeah, him.
MIRANDA: What about him?
JJ: You two dating or something?
MIRANDA: Um, No. We’re just friends getting to know each other.
MIRANDA: Why do you ask?
JJ: Oh because he…just seems like a really good guy and all.
MIRANDA: Yeah he seems to be. So…you saw us? You were watching us?
BRITTANY: Please Marcino, open up to me son…
MARCINO: I wish you would take my word for it that I am fine.
BRITTANY: But you are obviously not.
Marcino takes a big bite of his breakfast.
MARCINO: There. See. I am fine.
BRITTANY: No need to be a smarta**
MARCINO: I just don’t want to talk about it and if you keep nagging me you will be bothering me.
Brittany is becoming frustrated.
BRITTANY: Is this all because School is about to begin?
MARCINO: Sure mom.
HOPE: What is it that you need me to do, Steve?
STEVE: We are going to trap Stefano.
TERRANCE: We are?
HOPE: How are we going to go about that?
STEVE: First, you must contact Greta. She is this key to this.
HOPE: Okay I will then.
TERRANCE: She is the one that may be Stefanos daughter? Will she help?
HOPE: She has no love loss with Stefano.
TERRANCE: They could be close now.
STEVE: I don’t think so. At least I hope not. Her help will be huge in trapping him.
At the college:
MIRANDA: I find it weird if you were watching me and Hunter.
JJ: Watching is not the right word. It is not like I was staring, I just happened to see you both having fun and thought..those are two good people…having fun…how cute.
JJ: Sorry if it was a weird personal question.
MIRANDA: It is okay. I should get to class.
JJ: Okay. Good luck.
MIRANDA: I am starting to think all of our encounters are always going to be awkward..
She walks off.
Steve gets home and Kayla is there.
KAYLA: Any luck?
STEVE: I hope I am doing the right thing not using the ISAs help.
KAYLA: You will do the right thing.
STEVE: I hope this is not all for nothing. I hope Bo is really still alive and out there somewhere.
KAYLA: We all are hanging on to that.
STEVE: I feel like time is running out either way.
KAYLA: I believe my brother is still alive. Hope does too. You are not doing this for nothing.
STEVE: We’re about the take the next step. It will involve Stefano if all goes right.
KAYLA: You better be careful.
STEVE: You know I will, sweetness.
The two kiss and embrace.
Hope meanwhile makes a phone call.
HOPE: Let this go right.
Eliza is at her desk hanging up a phone.
ELIZA: That one didn’t go so bad. Maybe Grandmas talk helped.
The phone rings again.
ELIZA: Please god, not another busy day.
ELIZA: Hello this is the office of Paul Ryan.
The person on the other line has a deep voice.
“I need to set up a meeting with Paul Ryan.”
ELIZA: His schedule tomorrow is almost wide open. What time can you meet him?
“Perfect. The meeting is not for me. It is a meeting for him to meet with a Todd Manning.”
Eliza writes down Todd Manning onto her note pad.
FADE TO BLACK
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