DAYS OF OUR LIVES Ep. 4
Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultant: ML Cooks
It's a new morning in Salem. Roman begins the day walking into the Brady Pub, cell phone up to his ear, trying to talk over the person on the other end. Caroline walks over to him to greet him, two plates of breakfast in her hands, looking at him inquisitively. Roman instinctively knows she's asking who's on the phone and he mouths "Kate" at her. Caroline nods and mouths "Ohh" back before carrying on her way to an awaiting table.
Roman sits himself down at a booth and continues his conversation, finally getting a word in.
ROMAN: Kate....Kate, I can't meet you until later. Okay? I told you that last night. Look, we're swamped at the station right now. [pauses] I know, I know, I told you I'd meet you first thing this morning, but you see Eric called Marlena and I down here to the pub. He's got something he wants to tell us so....Yeah, I'll keep you informed. For sure. Alright.
Hanging up, Caroline leans against the opposite bench, a smile across her face.
CAROLINE: What did SHE want?
Roman dismissively waves his hand as he puts his phone away.
ROMAN: Ahh, nothing. She's just up in arms 'cos she had something to tell me last night and I didn't have the time to see her is all.
CAROLINE: Well, it sure sounded important to her.
ROMAN: Oh yeah, well, you know Kate, Ma. Everything is a big production.
CAROLINE (rolling her eyes): Ain't THAT the truth. Did you want something to eat?
ROMAN: Nah, I'm good with just a coffee. Marlena and Eric should be here any minute.
CAROLINE: Alright, suit yourself.
Marlena walks in, also with a phone in her ear. She says goodbye to the person on the line before sitting down.
ROMAN: Who was that?
MARLENA: Actually, that was Laura. She hadn't called in awhile. Just wanted to catch up.
ROMAN: Oh yeah? How's she doin'?
MARLENA: Relieved that JJ's sentencing is over and done with. She's actually hoping to visit soon, so that should be nice. Anyway, I hope you haven't been waiting long.
ROMAN: No, actually I just sat down a second ago. Ma's gone to get me some coffee.
MARLENA: Oh good.
ROMAN: So, you figure the diocese made a decision on Eric and that's why we're here?
Marlena's face drops a bit, as though she'd been putting on a tense smile this whole time and can finally drop the facade.
MARLENA: I can't see it being anything else. Unless there's been some new information that's come to light. I know Daniel was working on something.
ROMAN: Well, according to Hope, that didn't go anywhere, but they have a name now of the doctor that gave Kristen those drugs. I just hope it's not too little too late.
Eric walks into the pub. Marlena looks up immediately, and Roman turns with a start, revealing he's more on edge about this meeting than he's been letting on.
Kate walks into the MadWorld offices, only to find an empty secretary's chair in front of her office door. She calls out for her secretary.
KATE: Donna? DONNA!
Kate checks around the corner, seeing nobody, she rolls her eyes and walks into her office, cursing the entire way.
KATE: That damned useless secretary, I swear to God, I could wring her useless little--
Kate stops upon seeing the note on her desk from her secretary. She picks it up and reads it aloud.
KATE: Dear Kate, please accept this as my official resignation, effective immediately, I have found another positionDAMMIT.
Lucas walks in on Kate's tirade, a cool, calm demeanour eminating from him.
LUCAS: Well you're having a good morning.
KATE: Lucas, I don't want to hear it.
LUCAS: Hey hey! What did I do? Come on, I'm just, you know, saying good morning to my mother.
Kate stops and breathes heavily. She turns to Lucas, trying very hard to keep calmer.
KATE: Alright. Actually, I am glad you're here.
KATE: Oh yes. Looks like we need to do some more thorough background checks on new hires from now on.
Kate drops the article her PI handed her the previous night on the table. This time, a second picture appears. Sheryl's mugshot appears alongside Jordan's. Lucas is stunned.
Theresa lays in bed beside Brady, playing with her phone. She gets a twinkle in her eye. She has an idea. She leans over and nuzzles in next to Brady before taking a selfie. The flash stirs Brady into semi-consciousness, when he realizes he's being photographed, he snatches Theresa's phone.
THERESA: HEY! What the hell?!
BRADY: Oh no! You are NOT taking pictures of this.
Theresa gives him an exasperated look.
THERESA: Are you for real?
Marlena shuffles over to allow Eric to sit down. An uncomfortable silence looms over the table before Eric finally moves to break the silence.
MARLENA/ROMAN (talk over each other)
Marlena and Roman stop, look at each other and hold back a little laugh.
ROMAN: Go ahead, son.
ERIC: Well...I figure you both have some idea why you're here.
MARLENA: Did the diocese make a decision?
ERIC: No, not yet. But...well, they won't have to.
ROMAN: What da hell does that mean?
ERIC: Well, I've made a decision. I am going to leave the priesthood.
Marlena and Roman look on aghast. Eric's eyes dart between his two parents, preparing for the onslaught to follow.
Nicole walks into Titan TV, armed with her purse, her laptop bag, and a traveller mug filled with hot coffee. She strides confidently into her office and shuts the door. As she turns to head for her desk, she is stopped and scared stiff as her chair slowly turns around. It's Miles, holding a brown envelope exactly like the one she hid in her desk the previous night. Miles has a wide grin across his face as he holds the envelope up.
MILES: Good morning, Nicole! Were you looking for this?
Nicole immediately drops her mug on the ground in shock, spilling her coffee all over the office floor.