Kristen sitting alongside the ocean front at a table at a bar opens the envelope to see who killed her brother. Kristen is stunned to see the pictures.
“Well who is it? Who did it?”
Kristen hands the pictures to Bo. He looks at them,
“They are blank. It’s a rouse. See, I told you to let me handle this. But you knew it all. Now you’ve wasted 5 million dollars.”
“Money is no object to me. I have lots of it. No dollar amount will deter me from getting justice for my brother.”
“We need to get the hell out of here. Someone is playing games with us. They know we are here, they know you are rich. It could be a set up.”
“You are right. Someone is trying to throw us off.”
“Yea and we got to figure out whom. Because whoever it is either killed Peter or knows who did.”
“Ok, I’m going to get my things.”
She turns around and looks at him. He doesn’t say anything at first.
“It’s about last night?”
“Bo, I have no regrets. I don’t feel bad and I dong feel guilty.” She then turns around and walks away without giving him a chance to respond. Bo is simply stuck right now. It’s as if time is standing still. He can’t believe Kristen has no regrets.
“What is happening here? I should not be feeling like this for Kristen. But I can’t help myself. She does something to me. What am I going to do?”
Life in Salem
Episode 443: Vivian owns Salem!
Written by ML Cooks
Executive Story Consult: Tara Smith
Back in Salem, Downtown to be precise.
Nicholas, Belle, Justin, Celeste, Valentine, Megan, and Tony all wait alongside with dozens of media outlets such as Fox News, MSNBC, BBC, LA Times, Glamour Magazine, in front of a podium in front of Titian.
Then Vivian Alamain comes up to the podium. She fixes the microphone to speak into it.
“Thank you all for coming today. As I have been quoted in the press, something big is about to happen here in Salem and I wanted to take this opportunity to delve into those details. As you all know, I virtually own Salem. I own 100 percent of Titian and 50 percent of Alamain Inc and The Dimera Empire. With my sister, Valentine owning the other half of the latter two. The two of us are a force to be reckoned with. In order to maximize profits margins and streamlining production, I plan to merge all three companies to form VAAmalgamation. This stands for the Vivian Alamain conglomeration. My people are working out all the legalities and it will be official in 4 weeks. I am hosting a ball, The VAAmalgamation Ball. This will signify the opening operations under the banner, VAAmalgamation. In 30 days, the likes of Titian, Dimera and Kirakis will cease to exist. Look out for your invitations in the mail. That is all I have.” Vivian then walks back into the building, leaving everyone stunned, especially Valentine, who was not even informed of this plan.
Everyone has reactions to what they just heard:
“I can’t let Vivian do this. I can’t let her kill the Kirakis name. The brand. I won’t let this happen.” Justin leaves intent on stopping Vivian.
“She’s trying to consolidate her power. I can’t let her do this. My daughter is a Dimera and I will not have Vivian taking what’s due to Lexie away. This war is personal now Vivian Alamain. I will not let you do this.” Celeste leaves the press conference intent on coming up with her plan to stop Vivian Alamain.
Tony looks at his sister Megan,
“I know we are not going to stand here and let Vivian kill the Dimera name. Father would roll in his grave.”
“I trust you will take care of this. I have my own serious issues to take care of. I don’t get into all this business stuff.” Megan leaves and Tony is stunned that she does not want to join the war to protect their name and stake in Dimera.
“Well I am certainly not going to allow that nut Vivian Alamain merge these companies.” He leaves the press conference.
A reporter walks up to Nicholas and Belle
“Mr. Alamain, what role if any at all will you serve in this new company?”
“I don’t communicate with the elder Alamain. I no longer work at Alamain. There is no room there for me under this charade of a new regime”
“But isn’t Alamain Inc, part of the family legacy? Is their a family rift?”
“Vivian is no family of mine. This merger won’t take place. Vivian has done a lot of twisted things and I have a feeling they will come back to haunt her. Too many powerful people are against this merger and it will not take place. That’s a fact.”
“Is that a threat Mr. Alamain?”
“No sir. It’s a fact.” Nicholas grabs Belle hand and walks off from the reporter. He walks over to his aunt Valentine.
“Did you know about this?”
“No I didn’t. This is the first time I’m hearing it just like you.”
“Your own sister...... She couldn’t even include you in her “ ...making air quotes ....“merger” plan. She needs you. How is this merger supposed to take place? Are you giving up your shares of Dimera and Alamain? That’s what will happen if you sign onto to this. What’s it going to be Val? Whose side are you on? Mine or that snake sister of yours?”
Valentine looks at them perplexed as she thinks of what Vivian is doing.
Midtown Salem, Salem Square
Alexis is sitting at a table reading a magazine. She notices Robyn walking past her and decides to stop and talk to her.
“Robyn, wait, I need to talk to you.” She says catching up to her.
“How dare you speak to me you tramp?”
“I have some information I think you might find interesting.”
“Don’t you get tired of messing with people’s lives? First, you had to be hot pants and sleep with my son and his father. You’re a tramp. Don’t you know how deeply Jeremy is hurt by your slutty actions?”
“Jeremy knows I am sorry for that. It was a mistake.”
“You’re a mistake. You’re mother should have never given birth to you. You’re a whore... And don’t you ever, speak to me ever again and stay the hell away from my family!”Robyn turns around to begin walking away but she stops when she hears:
“Does that family include Mike?”
Robyn turns back around and walks back to her,
“Keep your damn voice down.”
“I assume that is a yes. Just admit it. You only hate me because I slept with Mike. You still love him.”
“Don’t flatter yourself. You don’t know anything about me.”
“I do know Mike and April are getting it on. Right in his office at the hospital. Looks like you’re a loser too. I can’t have Jeremy and you’re not going to have Mike. He’s moving on with April. I saw it myself. In fact call Mike up right now and ask him.”
Robyn tries to slap Alexis but Alexis is quicker, by grabbing her hand.
“Admit it Robyn, you’re losing your touch. You’re not what you used to be.” Alexis smiles at her walking away.
“Bitch!” She utters at Alexis. She wipes a tear from her cheek.
“Mike and April?” She says feeling hurt.
The Carver House
Lexie gets a knock on her door. She answers it and sees her mother Celeste.
“Thank God you’re home dahling.” She says hugging her.
Lexie, face frowning up
“Mom what’s wrong?”
“Here we go again. Mom please, you really have to give this up.”
“Dahling no.... I can’t. She is planning to erase the Dimera name. She is going to merge Titian, Kirakis, and Dimera under some kind of conglomeration.”
“I don’t understand why are you telling me?”
“You have to stop her before it’s too late. You are a Dimera by blood. It’s time for us to take what is our’s once and for all dahling. What is Theo going to have? My grandson deserves the riches of the Dimera name. I have been through too much with Stefano not to make this happen. We owe it to ourselves. Let’s continue on the Dimera legacy, in new way. Make the name good. “
“I can’t believe what you are asking me to do. This will put me at direct odds with Vivian Alamain. This would add to your war with her. I don’t know….. I am raising Theo. Trying to get over Abe and ignore the fact he is with Maggie. I am focusing on becoming chief of staff at University Hospital. I don’t want to add this war to my life.”
“Dahling, don’t think of it like that. Theo deserves it. It would grant him financial security. Something he can have. Do it for your son dahling.”
Lexie continues to look at her mother pondering if she join the war against Vivian Alamain and stake a claim in the Dimera Dynasty.
Back outside of Titan
“It’s real simple Val. Your rotten sister, or me, join me and in stopping Vivian. She is trying to cut you out. Don’t you see that? What is it going to be? “
“I can’t answer at this time Nicky. “
“What do you mean? Why not?”
“It’s nothing personal. It’s strictly business.” She says coolly then walking inside of Titian.
Nicholas is furious and looks at Belle.
“Honey I’m so sorry.”
“Now Val has turned into Vivian. I thought I could trust her. But she’s like the rest of the family. A back stabber! I can’t believe this is happening. I have to get Valentine on my team. She is the only one who can put a stop to this madness. She has to wise up. Vivian is going to cut her out of everything.”
“I am sure you will be able to get through to her.”
“What if I don’t? I have to have a plan B.”
“A plan B?”
“I need another avenue to assure that Vivian won’t be able to merge these companies. I need some insider information.”
“I don’t like where this is going.”
“Belle, you still work at Titian. You have access to some important information.”
“Oh no, Nick, I don’t think so. I don’t do that kind of stuff. I want no part in this.”
“Belle,…… you too? You’re going to betray me too?”
“Betray you? So Because I won’t be a mole, I am betraying you? What choices are you giving me?”
“I can’t let Vivian do this. She has to be stopped. I am going to lose everything if I let her take over all these companies. I need your help. In fact, I think you are the only person who can help me.”
“Nicholas please don’t make it like this. You’re asking me go against what I believe in. I’m not under handed. I can’t do this for you.”
“Well Belle, it looks I have no one. Everyone is against me!”
“No I’m NOT! I love you! I’m here for you. Just because I won’t be under handed for you doesn’t mean I don’t love you.”
“If you can’t help me then that lets me know you really don’t love me.” After saying such a bold statement he walks away.
“Nicholas! Don’t walk away? How dare you!?”
He ignores her, gets in his car and speeds off. Belle is left there at the scene in tears.