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Low Budget Affair! Episode95


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tricia.jpgSabryn sits behind her desk and enjoys her rose. The door opens. Lucien, the founder and owner of Red Haute, a successful online magazine, enters the room.

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“Wow!”

Sabryn gets up from her chair.

Sabryn

“Lucien, you’re right on time.”

She extends her hand to shake his as she walks around the desk.

Lucien

“Look at you. You look great. And my dear, may I ask...who are all these flowers from?”

Sabryn

“The men in my life. Shall we start?”

Lucien

“Absolutely.”

Sabryn and Lucien sit down on the sofa. He pulls out his note pad and pen.

Lucien

“First and foremost, how's your little one?”

Sabryn

“He’s just adorable. Words can’t describe...”

Sabryn's eyes begin watering with tears of joy.

Sabryn

“I can’t think of a time in my life when I’ve been happier. He is a miracle...my miracle.”

Meanwhile back on Lavender Hilldtownpapasena.jpg

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Ashley picks up a pillow from the sofa and stands over the baby.infant-baby.jpg

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“You know, I really don't want to do this. If there was any other way, trust me, it’s...it’s nothing against you. It’s just that your bitch of a mother and you...you’re obstacles... I mean, I know, you’re just a baby...there’s no way you know what I’m talking about, but let me try to explain anyway...obstacles, well, they must be eliminated, you know, dealt with. It’s too bad that you happen to be one of them.

She touches the baby's face. Her cold finger gives him a chill. He moves and rolls on his back. Slowly he opens his gorgeous brown eyes.

Ashley

“I want to show you something.”

Ashley pulls out a picture of Bryan Jr., the 1st.

Ashley

“See this little boy. He’s your brother. You want your brother to be happy, don’t you?”

The baby smiles.

Ashley

“Yes, I know you do. Forgive me...”

She pushes the pillow as hard as she can on the baby's face. Suddenly, the door knobs turns. She stops and looks back at the direction of the door.

Ashley

“Daddy's coming...”

Ashley throws the pillow on the sofa. The picture of her baby falls into the crib as she races out of the window.

b.jpgBryan walks into the room.

Bryan looks at the baby picture. He doesn’t realize that he is looking at his other son.

Bryan

“What the hell?”

Back at the office, Lucien wraps up the interview with Sabryn.

Lucien

“So what do you and Bryan talk about in bed?”

Sabryn (smiling)

“Lucien... you know I can’t tell you.”

Lucien

“One last word...the wedding dress...can I see it?”

Sabryn

“That my dear, you’ll have to wait and see tomorrow. But I will tell you one thing...I’ve never been prouder of a collection than I am of this new line. I know this will put some new life and excitement into the fashion world and I can't wait for its unveiling!”

Sabryn stands up.

Sabryn

Now, off the record, do you have time for lunch...to catch up?

Lucien

“Yes, it would be my pleasure.”

Lucien gets up and folds his note book. Together they head toward the door when Gilbert walks in.

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“Hi...”

Sabryn stops cold and looks Gilbert directly in the eyes. There’s tension and Lucien notices the odd stares between them. He senses there's something going on, something wrong.

Lucien

“My, my... this is turning out better than I thought!”

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Episode 95: Low Budget Affair

Written by ML Cooks, Durand Saint Hialire and Tara Smith with Miou Slater

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sisterp_nails.jpgSister Pat is still sitting on the floor crying while she holds the Bible in her hands. DC is gone.

Sister Pat

“Miss Jenkins, Miss Jenkins, please speak to me. I’ve got no one else to turn to!”

Kevin bursts in, steaming with anger. Sister Pat looks at him.

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“I can’t believe you did this!”

Sister Pat

“What are you talking about?! I don’t have time for you right now!”

Kevin

“Make time. Pops walked in on you and DC. So you did sleep with him again, even after how you tried to make me and Karim think you were all sorry for it.”

Sister Pat

“Lord have Mercy, I know I have sinned. I keep praying to the Lord and Miss Jenkins for forgiveness.”

Kevin

“I don’t want to hear about Miss Jenkins! Now, because of you, Pops hates me and Karim! He wouldn’t even listen to what I had to say. It’s all your fault!”

Sister Pat

“Oh Lord, what have I done…”

Kevin

“You don’t need to wait for the Lord to tell you. Let me tell you what you’ve done! You took yet another thing away from me. I didn’t tell him to protect you... and you went off and did this. I don’t know where Sharan is... and now I don’t have a father. He was one of the last people I still had. And now, he’s now gone! All because of you screwing up. You are such a hypocrite. You’re always judging everyone in town, preaching for them to repent! What right do you have? You’re no better than anyone else!”

Sister Pat

“Boy, you can’t speak to me like this!”

Kevin

“I’ll speak to you whatever way I damned well please, Sister Pat!”

Sister Pat

“So, now I’m not your mother?”

Kevin

“No, you’re not. My real mother...she’s not a complete psycho like the pathetic excuse of a woman that stands in front of me.”

Sister Pat

“How dare you! Yes, I did sin, I sinned a lot. But don’t think you can speak to me like this in front of the eyes of God and of Miss Jenkins!”

Kevin

“Miss Jenkins?! Stop it, stop it right now with your Miss Jenkins rambling crap! You sound like a psycho every time you say her name, do know that? Do you realize how nuts you sound? You are the craziest of the crazy in this town. People have been calling you a crazy bat for a long time. And you know what? Now, I agree with them.”

Sister Pat grabs her Bible.

Sister Pat

“That’s it. You won’t talk to your mother like that.”

Kevin

“You’re absolutely right about that. I won’t because this is the last time I’m ever going to set eyes on you. Goodbye, Sister Patterson.”

Kevin, still angry, turns his back to her and leaves. Sister Pat cries in horror as she watches him leave. She has lost her husband and her son.

Downtown Pasadena,

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Karim is in his chemistry lab. He is mixing chemicals for his new low-budget cologne line for low-end retailers. He takes a sniff of the test tube.

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“That smells damn good, if I do say so myself. Now to think of the right name for it.”

Ladonna, his secretary, walks in.

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“Sorry to bother you, but..”

He interrupts her.

Karim

“Come over here. Smell this.”

Ladonna walks over to him and takes a sniff of the test tube

Ladonna

“Smells good, but I’ve got to be honest, it smells cheap.”

Karim

“Indeed it does. My uncle said he wanted a fragrance named after him and here it is, DC.”

Ladonna laughs.

Ladonna

“This just arrived for you.”

She hands him a card.

Karim

“Thank you. I’m just about done here. You can take the rest of the day off if you want.”

Ladonna

“Thank you, Mr. Williams.”

She leaves. Karim opens the card and reads it.

“I had a wonderful time last night, chocolate daddy. Wanting you, Alexis”

Karim smiles as he flashes back to the passion he served up to Alexis. His sexual thoughts are interrupted when DC walks into the lab.

Karim

“It’s a good thing you’re here. I made a fragrance, just for you.”

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“That’s nice nephew, but I have something to say.”

Karim

“I’m not going to like this, am I? OK, I’m listening.”

DC

“Your old man knows about your mother and me.”

Karim

“What do you mean? How would he know?”

DC

“He walked in on us when we were...”

Karim

“You nasty bastard.”

Karim swings at DC. DC instinctively ducks. He’s beginning to get good at predicting when one of his relatives is about to hit him.

DC

“Didn’t know an old man could move so fast? I’m too quick for you. Ya’ll need to stop hitting on an old man.”

Karim

“Quit trying to destroy my family! Why don’t you leave us alone? Just leave Pasadena and never come back. You have done nothing but become a nuisance to everyone since the day you stepped foot into this damned city. You are not welcome here.”

Karim storms out of his lab. Don is left standing alone. He reflects on what just happened.

In an undisclosed location.

Ashley walks into the room where Mona, Sharan and Bryan Jr., the 1st are.big1.jpg

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“It’s about damn time you got back here. What happened?”

Ashley

“I saw the man that I love and his bastard baby with Sabryn. That child, he’s so ugly. I almost killed it until my man walked in.”

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“You were going to kill an innocent baby?”

Ashley

“No one’s talking to you?”

Mona

“Don’t speak to her like that.”

Ashley

“You’re a fool”

Mona

“Say what?”

Ashley

“I see right through Sharan’s phony concern for you. She’s lying through her teeth so she can plan her escape. Isn’t that what you’re doing Sharan? You don’t really love Mona. Admit it.”

Sharan face gets hot. She knows Ashley is telling the truth.

Sharan

“Why don’t you ask Kelis if she thinks I love her.”

Mona

“That’s enough. I have too much to do. Sharan loves me.”

Ashley

“Untie her then. If you really think Sharan loves you, then you should be able to trust her. Go ahead, untie her.”

Ashley’s suggestion stuns Sharan. Mona slowly moves to untie Sharan from the chair. She wants to prove that she does trust her.

Ashley, looking at Sharan

“I’ve got my eye on you. Don’t try any funny business.”

Mona

“Listen to her baby. I have to run a few errands.’

Sharan

“Wait! What about confronting your father and meeting your mother? That’s what we talked about on the island. I told you that I would stand by you.”

Ashley

“Give it up.”

Mona

“I need to take care of a few things first.”

Sharan

“Let me come with you.”

Mona

“I’ll be back”

Mona leaves the room.

Ashley (looking at Sharan)

“Drop the act. It’s just me and you here now. You’re playing games with Mona and I’ll prove it.”

Back at S.G.

Sabryn

“Lucien, thanks for coming. I will see you in the morning, at my wedding.”

Lucien hugs Sabryn

Lucien

“Indeed, you will.”

He leaves.

Sabryn (speaking to Gilbert)

“I am glad you came by. We need to talk.”

She ushers him into her office.

Gilbert

“Congratulations on your new baby.”

Sabryn

“Thank you. About what you said before my water broke...”

Gilbert

“Yeah, about that...listen, I’m sorry. Just forget it. I don’t know what I was thinking. I shouldn’t have said anything.”

Sabryn

“You’re sure full of surprises. One minute you confess that you love me. Now you’re saying it was a mistake.”

Gilbert

“Again, I apologize. That’s the reason I’m here right now. I’m willing to hand in my resignation.”

Sabryn

“No, you can’t do that. You are my good friend, Gilly. You made a mistake, an error in judgment. I’m willing to move on if you are.”

Gilbert (smiling)

“I am.”

Sabryn

“Good. I have a favor to ask of you.”

Gilbert

“Shoot.”

Sabryn

“Well, since Sharan is still missing in action, will you be my bridesmaid? I can’t do this with out you.”

Gilbert

“This is a joke, right?”

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mjhv.jpgAbe drinks his 5th Heineken as he thinks of the day’s events.

The image of his brother getting it on with his wife...in his own house. Learning that not only had they been having an affair for years but that Kelis, the daughter he thought of as his own, was actually his brother’s...it all started to make sense to him. Pat pushed him away when she became pregnant with Kelis because she felt guilty. Abe remembered every detail...no sex, no passion, no romance when Pat found out about her last pregnancy. Abe realizes he blamed Kelis for nothing. Everything he did was for nothing.

“Looks like you lost your puppy.”

When he hears that familiar voice, chills go up Abe’s spine and his hair stands up on end. He turns to his right and sees his daughter. This time, no black veil covers her identity.

Mona

“Surprise, I’m home.”

Abe remembers how dangerous his daughter can be.

Abe (chugs the last of his beer)

“I am done with this. I’m ready.”

Mona

“Ready for the big payback?”

Abe

“There’s no escaping it. I’ve lost everything. I am ready to reap what I have sown.”

Mona

“You’re making this too easy. How boring! I won’t be able to try out my new weapon on you. But that’s OK, I’ll save them for later, pops.”

She pulls out a gun and jams it into his side.

Mona

“Move quietly.”

Abe gets up off the bar stool. He’s complicit in his own kidnapping. The time has come for Mona’s big payback.

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HOLLY MOLLY LORD HAVE MERCY!!!! ALL I HAVE TO SAY FIVE GREAT STARS!!!!!

1. MAN>>> MY GIRL MONA IS BACK - AND I AM LOOOOOVING IT - LOVING HER.... THIS EPISODE WAS JUST BEAUTIFUL WELL READ, AND LOTS OF GREAT ACTIONS... AMD GILLY "llolllolllollloll... WONDERFUL MOMENT.... REMINDED ME AS CASE AND LILA IN "ANOTHER WORLD"...

2. SISTA PAT IS DOWN, AND NOW EVERYONE IS KICKING HER... PUT THING... THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO BRING IN RIA'S MOTHER.

KEEP ON THE GOOD WORK MAN... AND PS, LUCIEN IS HOT!!!! HOPE TO SEE MORE OF HIM; AND CANT WAIT FOR THE WEDDING....

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I like the scene with Sister Pat and Kevin, really intense. And the ending was really good too, a perfect soap cliffhanger.

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I am loving this Ashley more and more. I loved the bad girls! She is such an interesting character. That stuff with the baby was intense. I'm really starting to understand the background. Really great!

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Thanks for the comments guys. A special thank you to Tara(daysfan) Durand(justthepope) and Miou(klater) for helping out with S.T.E.A.M.

Jay, I am glad u r loving my series more and more, I hope other stories catch your eye.( as you can prolly tell Ash won't be here for ever) LOL

I am really surprised at how popular Ashley has become. We only got 5 more eps before the finale so expect some big stuff to happen. Mona is back and long time reader should know what that means, play time is over. It's time for the rapture.

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Hey you!

I love this. I'm so into S.T.E.A.M. and cannot wait for the finale. I absolutely love to hate Ashley. She's positively awful LOL! I never know what she's going to do next. So many of the characters are one of a kind. Sister Pat and family -- what an unholy mess!

I just want to say thank you to ML for letting me participate in this. Everytime I receive an episode, I'm anxious to see what happens (although I am as slow as molasses getting it back to him LOL). And working on this series has helped me tremendously with the writing for my fan fic.

Keep up the good work -- everyone on this fabulous team.

Miou

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Since the new format I've been dying to read this episode. Ash is really beyond sick to the point where she might be hated. However we got to see a remorseful side when it comes to her unhealthy obsession with Bryan. Here's what I would love to see: Ash end up with Bryan and Sabryn be with Gilbert. It seems like the two who are together don't deserve each other. Both Ash and Gil would do anything for the ones they love, yet they're ignored. Bryan had to do whatever it took to get Sabryn to fall for him and if she didn't have her baby, they wouldn't be together.

It would be so sweet if Ladonna joined a love triangle with Bro Hoe and Alexis. She seems like such an interesting character that's in the background. (Very Ginny vs Tanisha aspect.)

Good job for Dre standing up to Sister Patterson. She's just going down in flames! Then again she was already going down on something when she messed with DC.

Poor Abe...nah he had it coming. Karma's a bitch like his current should soon to be divorced wife. Mona better wise up and see that Sharan is a user! I wonder what Mona will do...

I've been wondering, is STEAM going the telenovela root? The show is so big and over the top that I don't know how you could continue to out do yourself but I'm sure you will.

Nice episode and I'm glad to have had finally caught up. It was well worth it.

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Thanks Matt. Your comments were very interesting. I know you are a champion for Gilly, so I got a little something for ya. Ur right, if it was not for Sabryn's baby, she would not be with Bryan, but it's Bryan using the baby to hold on to her. SO I thought that would be a nice role reversal. A man using a baby for once. And after everything Ash has done, I doubt she'll be able to stick around as a free woman to be with Bryan.

Telenovela, who knows, but i do know I got at least one more good season left in me so after that, we'll see if I have lost my steam for S.T.E.A.M.

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