"Oh no, Billie," Lucas said. "Not you, too?"
"Not me, too, what?" Billie said squinting at her brother's strange mood swing.
"This," Lucas said picking up the piece of paper and waving it at her furiously. "After you're finally free of that bastard E.J. Wells now you're going to work for Tony Dimera?"
"What?" Billie was confused.
"This e-mail address. ADIMERA. Antony Dimera," Lucas said. "What is it with these Dimeras? It's bad enough that they all seem to get in mom's pants but why do they have to go after you at the same time?"
"Whoa. Hold up," Billie said. "Last I heard Tony was in jail so I don't know what you're talking about. And this ADIMERA isn't Antony Dimera. It's Anna Dimera. You know, Carrie's mom?"
"Oh yeah, Carrie's mom, the fashion designer," Lucas said. "Well, why are you talking to her?"
"Because SHE is going to be working for Countess Wilhelmina," Billie explained. "I don't know why she wanted to leave behind all that glitz and glamour in London, but when I was calling around everywhere in the industry trying to find someone to head up the company's new fashion division, she said she wanted to come back to Salem and so I decided to hire her right away."
"I see," Lucas said.
"Now that that's settled, what's up with you?" Billie asked.
"So Mom didn't tell you?"
"No. She didn't. Are YOU going to tell me what's bugging you?"
"Well I think it would be a shorter conversation if I told you what's NOT bugging me," Lucas said sinking into a chair. "Sami's gone. She actually left me a note on our honeymoon that she was leaving me for E.J. and that she knew even when she married me that baby was his and the whole time had just been hoping I'd find out her secrets and I'd leave her like always so she wouldn't have to feel ashamed of hooking up with E.J."
"Oh Lucas, that's horrible."
"Well, I thought so too. That's why I caught the first plane I could back to Salem,: Lucas said. "But talking to Roman about things made me see that there's a good chance E.J. kidnapped her and maybe she still loves me and this is just another one of the Dimeras' sick games, you know?"
Lucas stood up from the chair and started pacing around the office.
"Anyway, I was wondering if you could let Will stay with you for a few more days," Lucas said. "I'm heading down to New Orleans to help Roman look for clues tomorrow and I'm not sure when we'll be back."
"Sure, bro. Anything you need just let me know." Billie said patting his shoulder. "I just wish there was some way we could get that damn family out our lives once and for all."
"Funny you should say that," Lucas said. "Because even though E.J. has vanished and I finally no longer have to put up with him at work, Tony came back to town today."
"Yeah," Lucas said. "Apparently his lawyers got him off on appeal. Some technicality or something. And he's already got his paws all over Mom and now HE is going to be my boss. Again."
Billie felt bad for Lucas as she saw him throw up his hands as if in defeat, but she knew there was nothing she could do to make him feel better. He would have to find a way to make his life better on his own. The way she did.
AT CHEZ ROUGE:
Kate gulped down her fourth vodka martini, and stood up from the table at Chez Rouge too quickly so that she needed to put her hands down to steady herself from the head rush. Then she leaned in and flirtatiously told Tony that as much as she enjoyed their lunch she needed to get back to work at Mythic to settle things before she left for New Orleans.
"Work?" Tony said pulling her on his lap. "Work can wait."
Tony shut his eyes as the two of them leaned in for a passionate kiss, but his lips went as limp as a fish's when he opened them to look over Kate's shoulder and see the stunning blonde coming out of the restroom.
Oblivious, Kate continued to nuzzle at Tony's neck while Tony blurted, "Anna!"
It was his ex-wife, Anna Dimera. The two hadn't spoken in the more than 20 years since she left for London heartbroken by their failed marriage attempts and the loss of the child they had conceived. So much had changed for both of them but as he saw her standing there he realized his feelings for her hadn't changed.
Anna laughed as she watched Tony quickly move to disentangle himself from Kate so he could get up to greet her.
"Oh, Tony, don't interrupt your uh... love in the afternoon, that’s what it was called right?... all on account of me," Anna cackled.
Kate plastered on a fake smile while she seethed inside and straightened her suit jacket. Tony got up to kiss Anna's hand.
"Anna, you have no idea how good it is to see you," Tony said.
"Probably not," Anna said dismissively. “Anyway, I believe this is Kate Roberts you have with you?”
“Yes, Anna,” Kate said proudly stepping forward to offer a firm handshake. “It’s nice to finally meet you. Austin told me that he and Carrie had a wonderful time spending Christmas in England visiting with you.”
“Well that’s good to hear,” Anna said wistfully. “It’s funny, I spent most of Carrie’s life across the ocean from her while she was here in Salem and I was in London, and yet when she finally joins me in Europe she winds up encouraging me to come back here.”
Tony watched the two women size each other up while making polite conversation and couldn’t help but compare them.
Kate was powerful in her business suit yet sexy in the way her short brown hair was always a perfect mess, her skirt a little too short and how she left one too many buttons of her blouse undone. She wore a little too much makeup but she also knew how to have fun as well as any woman he knew. As hard as life had been for her, he knew that she would be easy for him, Tony thought.
Anna was graceful in her elegant black dress and gold bracelets with her oversized sunglasses holding back the bangs of her long flowing golden hair. Her makeup perfectly accentuated her sensuality and her manners and movement did the same for her complicated vulnerability. The moment with Anna wasn’t a fun one for Tony as it brought to the surface so much pain and regret. Tony knew it would be hard, if not impossible, to make up for all the mistakes the two of them had made, to get back what was lost in the twenty years since they had last seen one another.
Meanwhile, Kate sensed the unspoken tension building between Anna and Tony and decided she had enough feeling like the third wheel for the day and left the two of them alone to have things out.
Kate kissed Tony on the cheek and said goodbye, but before she had even taken three steps away Tony was already locked into Anna’s gaze.
AT MAISON BLANCHE:
"Samantha, I thought you might be a little hungry..." E.J. said pausing while he watched Sami stuff something behind her back. "...so I thought I would bring you an early supper. Sorry I didn't wake you for lunch but you seemed like you needed to catch up your rest."
Sami felt him eyeing her with suspicion so she turned on the charm as she shoved the book behind her back and under the bed.
"Oh, E.J., this looks great," Sami said getting up off the floor and walking toward him. "Thank you so much."
E.J. set down the tray so that Sami could shower him with a warm embrace in appreciation of his gesture. And in that embrace he got a strange sense of deja vu.
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As he clung to her tighter and tighter holding the back of her head in the palm of his hand, his thoughts were with this dream-like faint memory of him and Sami. They were hugging and he was comforting her, but where they were and why he was comforting her and what she needed comforting from he did not know.
"E.J.! E.J.!" Sami pounded on his chest while his arms still wrapped around her. "What are you doing?"
Snapped out of the dream, E.J. quickly released her as he was embarrassed by the episode.
"Nothing, Samantha. I'm sorry. It's just..." E.J. paused turning away from her with self-consciousness before coming back to face her and returning to his old cocky, flirting ways. "You know, you need to be a little bit more careful about your affections, sweetheart. I mean... before when you took your nap and now greeting me this way... someday you could give an old boy the wrong idea and break his heart. Or worse. He might break yours."
Hearing those words Sami was instantly reminded of the night when she agreed to have sex with E.J. if he helped her save Lucas's life. She winced and rubbed her stomach as she thought about the night her baby was conceived. E.J. noticed the change in her demeanor.
"Did I say something wrong, Samantha?" E.J. asked even though he already knew the answer.
"No. It's nothing," Sami lied. "I just am really hungry and can't wait to sit down and eat what you've brought me."
Sami put on a fake smile and asked if E.J. would be joining her for the meal.
"Actually, I can't, darling," E.J. said kissing her on the forehead before heading out and pausing at the doorway. "But I'll be back later and we can visit some more. First I have some business to attend to with Father."
Sami watched as E.J. left and the door shut behind him.
"Father," she muttered to herself. "If only E.J. knew."