(EXT: Cruz & Eden's Beach House)
---Eden walks down the stairs with her suitcases. Rafael sits on the couch reading the newspaper article about Marta's kidnappers' arrest while Carm makes breakfast in the kitchen. Carm pours Eden a cup of coffee and asks if Adriana is coming home. She explains that she stayed the night at Samantha's but should be by any minute for breakfast. Rafael is reminded that Chip called and said he'll be by shortly with Victoria. Eden groans at the mention of her name and hears a knock at the door. She's pleasantly surprised to see Rafe standing on the other side of it. Rafe informs them that he's actually there to talk to Rafael about his offer to stay at his home in Mexico and tend to the business so he and Carm can stay with Eden. He tells him that he's thought about it long and hard and has decided it's the best thing for him right now.
"I'm overjoyed to hear you say that son! I've been worried about you- I haven't heard much from you since the funeral."
"I've been doing my best to put it far out of my mind, you know, but being here, being in this town where his stamp is on everything and everyone I see..."
"I know how you feel Rafe," Eden interjects, "Believe me, everywhere I go......."
"I hear from A that you're going back to Mexico today."
"I am.......I can't rest, you know, until..."
"There's no need to explain, Eden, believe me. I can only hope that you'll find the answers that you need, that we all need. Being around you guys these past months.........well, it's not hard to see how my older brother fell in love with you."
The moment is interrupted by Chip's arrival with Victoria.
"Baby, Hi!" Eden says as she walks up and gives him a hug. "Victoria."
"Hello Eden. Thank you for having me over."
"I didn't have much choice..."
"The place looks great, even newer than I remember it. Hello Mr & Mrs Castillo, Rafe."
They exchange pleasantries and sit down to breakfast. They ask Rafe to join them, but he tells everyone there's a few loose ends he needs to tie up before leaving in the morning. Eden's cell phone rings and after picking it up, she excuses herself to the living room.
"Kirk- I told you not to call me until............Of course I haven't changed my mind, have you heard from me?.............They're fueling up the jet now, meet me there at 10:30, just as I said............." She returns to the table. "Sorry about that everyone, the pilot was just letting me know we're all set to go. Actually, I should be leaving pretty soon now, I hope A makes it over before I leave."
"You sounded upset talking- I hope everything's alright" Victoria says
"Everything is fine Victoria, I'm just a little anxious is all."
Victoria nods and continues eating her eggs, unconvinced.
(EXT: The Capwell Hotel)
---Warren enters the lobby and sees Kelly standing behind the desk. He approaches the maitre'd and asks if his mother has arrived for breakfast yet. When he finds out she hasn't, he walks over to the counter and gets Kelly's attention.
"Mr. Lockridge, good morning, what brings you by?"
"I'm supposed to be meeting my mother for breakfast, but she's not here yet, so I thought I'd come over and say hello to you."
"Augusta? What's she doing in Santa Barbara?"
"I'm not quite sure, to be honest with you. All I know is it was a real quick trip because she's leaving today. You never really know with mother."
"Don't discount yourself- you have quite a bit of your mother in you. I hear you had drinks with my husband the other night."
"He told you about that?"
Kelly is defensive, saying they have an open relationship and don't keep secrets from one another. She tells him to back off of Ashton and their relationship, but asks him why he's not fond of her husband. Warren says that he doesn't trust Ashton and isn't sure she should either. Kelly again asks what it is about him that Warren doesn't trust.
"How much do you know about him Kell? About his family, his background? What has he told you?"
"Just that his parents used to live in Santa Barbara years ago and that his mother died when he was born. His father took him back to his birthplace in London and he's been raised there ever since."
"How much have you been told about him? Have you even met him?"
"Not yet, but Ashton and I are planning on visiting sometime next month. You know, one thing that was odd is my father vehemently protested me even meeting Dr. Lavery, but he claims that he didn't know him when he lived here, only that he's read about him. Have you come across anything like that? Is there something you're not telling me?"
Before Warren has the chance to open his mouth, Pamela approaches Warren at the counter and says hello. Warren is caught off guard to run into her and ceases his conversation with Kelly. Pamela tries to greet Kelly as well, but Kelly walks away from them, ignoring her completely. Pamela fawns all over Warren and he asks about her trip to London. She tells him while it was wonderful to be there, Santa Barbara is her home now. She asks what he's doing there and before he can answer, Augusta comes through like a storm trooper.
"Get away from my son!"
"Quiet Warren. I'd ask you to join us for breakfast, Pamela, but human flesh isn't on the menu."
"Always lovely to see you Augusta. Have a safe trip to London- give my regards to your husband," Pamela says, walking away.
"Warren, I'm asking you....no, telling you, stay away from that woman. She's poison to everything she touches."
"She's not that bad, mother."
Warren asks Augusta what exactly she's doing in town and she explains about meeting with some contacts. Warren asks if it has anything to do with the property that she & Lionel recently acquired in town. She's surprised he knows about it and he reminds her what he does for a living.
"I take it Lockright Hotels is coming to California."
"We'll see. We'll see."
Kelly approaches them at the table. "Augusta, I just wanted to say hello real quick. What brings you to town?"
"Business matters, and to see my beautiful son, of course. I heard about Cruz. Please tell your sister that Lionel and I both are so sorry for her loss. Have they found anything out about who's behind it?"
"Not yet, but she's determined. She's actually leaving for Mexico today to take part in the interrogation of the suspected kidnappers. She's beside herself- we all are. It was bad enough losing our mother, but now Cruz too? It's too much for her I think and I don't think she'll be able to even start to move on until she has some answers."
Augusta gets a guilty look on her face at the mention of Sophia. Kelly excuses herself back to work, but tells Warren to stop & see her before he goes. Augusta remembers Pamela's threats from the night before.
"I've got to do something," Augusta says to herself.
"What? About what?" Warren asks
Augusta is startled that he heard her. "Oh, nothing, just thinking out loud, that's all."
She starts eating her breakfast, with Warren looking at her a bit suspiciously.
(EXT: Cruz & Eden's Beach House)
---Eden prepares to leave on her trip, still without having seen Adriana. She finally shows up at the house with Julia, just as Eden is getting ready to go. Carm, Rafael, Adriana, and Chip all say their good-byes to Eden before she heads out the door. She walks to the driveway and doesn't see the driver there.
"That's funny, I could have sworn I saw him pull up a minute ago..."
"He did," Julia says, walking up behind her, "but I sent him away, told him he wasn't needed."
"What? Julia why would you-" Eden looks at Julia's car and sees the suitcase in the back seat. "Oh no, Julia, I told you last night.."
"I know what you said last night, Eden, but I'm sorry, I'm not letting you go alone with him, no two ways about it."
"I mean it and if you want to get to your father's jet before it leaves, I suggest you just agree to let me go with you, because we're not leaving here until you do. Cruz would be livid with me in the afterlife if he knew that I just let you go off to Mexico, ALONE, with Kirk Cranston. And I really don't want to hear it for all of eternity."
"Really Julia, I can take care of myself."
"I'm sure you can but Kirk Cranston is not your average travel companion. You need at least four eyes watching him at all times, or you might miss something. Now are you going to argue with me? Or are we gonna go?"
"But I thought Mason came over last night- don't you wanna-"
"Your brother has a lot to sort out before we can just jump back into our marriage. He needs to find out what happened to his baby and to Mary all those years ago and I understand that. But I'm not a part of it and frankly, I don't want to be. We're wasting time here, stop changing the subject....."
"Alright, alright, let's go, we gotta hurry."
The two jump into the car and head for the runway.
THE END........................for TODAY