Banner by JackPeyton
The Bold Ones
In the chapel at the hospital Nick is sitting in silence as one tear streams down his face. All of the sudden he bursts out:
Nick: Why!! Why does this happen to me! This always happens. All I have ever wanted is a child, a child of my own!
A hand is placed on his shoulder; he turns around to see who it is.
Nick: Hey mom.
She hugs him.
Thorne: Amber, what are you doing back in Los Angeles?
Felicia: And working here?
Amber: Well, things didn’t work out exactly how I planned in Genoa City… I mean things were great there for a while.
Donna: I read you married Jill Abbot’s long lost son?
Felicia: Old habits die hard, huh Amber?
Amber: Look guys I would love to catch up, but if I don’t take your order and get it right, I’ll be fired. All there is to say is that I am here in L.A. starting over, getting a fresh start.
Storm: Well there isn’t other place to do so. (He looks at Felicia)
Javier: Dr. Forrester, have you finished my paper work yet?
Bridget: No Dr. Solis I haven’t. In fact I have yet to start it.
Javier: You better get started then, I would hate to make the next few months of your life a living hell.
Bridget: I don’t intend to start it and if you threaten me again I will not hesitate to go to board. Look I get it, you hate me. You blame me for everything that goes wrong in your world. Hell you probably blame me for global warming. I cannot help who I am, just like you can’t help who you are. Unfortunately that is not a choice we get in life, but the choice we do get is how to act and treat others. I choose to be respectful and considerate, and treat others as I would like to be treated. That has nothing to do with my lifestyle that is a personal belief. I am sorry you hate me because of my upbringing, but as far as I am concerned you can take your paperwork and shove it. (she walks off)
Nick: I’m fine mom. I’m going to be fine.
Jackie: I hate seeing you like this.
Nick: I just don’t get it.
Jackie: What honey?
Nick: Why do my children keep getting taken away from me? First Nicole, then Hope and R.J., and now this baby with Taylor.
Jackie: Nicky, there is no rhyme or reason. Only God knows. I am a firm believer in everything happens for a reason.
Nick: I must have been an axe murderer in a past life then.
Jackie: Oh honey.
Nick: Mother, I have always deep down wanted a child, I know for most of my adult life I was a “playboy”, but there was always a part of me that wanted to be called dad, by a little boy…or girl. I guess it might be because I never got to do that.
Jackie: I’m so sorry about keeping you away from Massimo, but at the time it was the only…
Nick: Don’t worry about it mom, you can’t undo the past, only look forward to the future. A future that I don’t think I will ever have. Forrester may be a dressmaker, but even he gets to experience fatherhood. I don’t know maybe I’m just not cut out to be a father.
Jackie: Nicky, don’t say that.
Nick: Maybe its true mother. You said it yourself, everything happens for a reason. I don’t know maybe this is the universe telling me that I am not father material (his voice cracks) that I’m not supposed to be one.
Jackie: (Distraught) I can’t bare this anymore, Nicky there is something I must tell you.
Nick: What is it mother?
Jackie: I don’t know how to say this, I don’t know if I can.
Nick: Just spit it out.
Jackie: I feel just awful.
Nick: You can’t feel worse than I do right now.
Jackie: But I can.
Nick: Mom, tell me, you wouldn’t be doing this right now if it wasn’t absolutely important, I love you, you can tell me anything.
Jackie: I’m getting light headed.
Nick: Mom, sit down (she sits on a pew) now tell me, what is so important?
Jackie: Darling, you do have a child. (she begins to cry, Nick has a look of confusion on his face)
Amber: So how was everybody’s meal?
Felicia: Mine was a little bland.
Thorne: Don’t worry Amber; you will still get a good tip.
Amber: Great then no dessert? Here is your check. Have a good night!
she walks towards the kitchen under her breath she says:
Storm: you guys could have eased up on her a bit.
Donna: Really she wasn’t that bad.
Felicia: Well she was really bad to my family.
Storm: Sis, is right, are you guys forgetting all the things she did to our family to Rick and Bridget?
Donna:Yeah, but people can change; I like to think I have.
Felicia: yeah, well people like Amber don’t change.
In the kitchen, Amber is dialing a number she puts the phone to her ear:
Amber: Rick, Hi, it’s me.
Church Chapel- Bridget walks by and overhears Nick and Jackie talking.
Nick: What are you talking about mother? I have a child?
Jackie: It’s true.
Nick: I’m confused.
Jackie: Rozanna. She was pregnant all those years ago.
Nick: Rozanna? She skipped town one day and I never heard from her again.
Jackie: Nicky, Rozanna left because I forced her to leave.
Nick: What? Why? She was my first love we were going to spend that summer after high school together.
Jackie: I remember, and I was so happy for you two, it’s just…
Nick: Just what mother?
Jackie: She came to me after your graduation party. You remember how I was always a mother figure to her, since she didn’t have one.
Nick: She loved you; you were the only female roll model in her life.
Jackie: Nicky, she told me she was pregnant with your child. I was in shock, but I knew what had to be done.
Nick: Had to be done?
Jackie: I had her sent away, and sent to a wonderful birthing facility. Massimo agreed to pay the bills. Nicky you must understand that it was for your own good.
Nick: My own good? Mother how could you?
Jackie: Nicky, you were barely out of high school, still a teenager, you couldn’t support Rozanna and baby, you had your whole life in front of you.
Nick: And look at what kind of life that has been, one misfortune after another.
Nick: How could you and Pop keep this from me all of this time?
Jackie: To avoid what is happening right this instant.
Nick: So what facility did you send her to? They must have some kind of record, I at least need to know my child’s name, maybe I can hire a P.I. to find her and Rozanna.
Jackie: Since its already gone this far, Nicky I am afraid there is more, and I’m sure you aren’t going to like it.
Nick: Tell me.
Jackie: A little over a year ago, Rozanna found me.
Jackie: She found me and wanted to meet up with you.
Nick: Why didn’t she? Surely she knew how to get in touch with me at Marone.
Jackie: She did, but I put a stop to it.
Nick: Of course you did. And how exactly did you do that?
Jackie: Nicky, does that really matter.
Nick: I want to know mother. Tell me now or you are out of my life forever.
Jackie: I paid her off… again.
Nick: She must be hard up for cash then.
Jackie: You have to understand that a year ago you were happy and with Brooke and seeing Rozanna again and your daughter would have surely ended yours and Brookes relationship.
Nick: Well that happened anyway, didn’t it mother? (He walks toward the door)
Jackie: Where are you going?
Nick: To find Rozanna.
Jackie: Nicky there’s still more.
He turns around
Nick: (takes a deep breath) go on.
Jackie: When she came, she was very ill. She had been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.
Nick: That’s why she accepted the money.
Jackie: Yes, to pay for her medical bills.
Nick: Who are you? Who are you to run my life? To ruin my life! You have made mistake after mistake with me.
Jackie: Nicky, I am so sorry, I’ll be the first to admit that I have made mistakes, but what I did was out of love. (crying)
Nick: You don’t love me.
Jackie: I do.
Nick: If you did, you wouldn’t have done this to me! Look at you, look at what you have become, at who you are! I don’t even know you anymore. I don’t know my own mother! You are nothing but a liar, and that is something I have never been to you…. I take that back I did lie to you earlier when I asked you to tell me everything or you would be out of my life forever.
Jackie: What are you saying?
Nick: You’re of my life anyway.
Jackie: Nicky please!!.. Don’t.
Nick: Like my dead child today, you are also dead to me.
He walks out of the chapel as Jackie collapse to the floor. Bridget runs in to revive her.
Bridget: Jackie, come on, wake up!
Jackie: (delirious) Bridget??
Bridget: Its okay Jackie, your going to be fine, you just fainted.
Jackie:( She looks around and realizes what has happened and trying to make something up) I have barely eaten anything today, I was here lighting a candle for the baby and I must have just passed out cold.
Bridget: Jackie, its okay, I overheard.
Jackie: What? Bridget please you mustn’t tell anyone.
Bridget: Its okay your secret is safe with me.
Next on The Bold Ones
Things get tense at a Forrester Boardmeeting.
James returns to Los Angeles.