The Bold & The Beautiful – Episode 002
Liam watched his bride as she slid the ring onto his finger, looking as happy as he'd ever seen her. The brilliance of her smile was contagious and he smiled back as the feeling of déjà vu struck him once more. Of course, maybe it wasn't actually Déjà vu, since they really had done this before. This time, though, Father Fontana's record was going to be redeemed because everything was going exactly the way they planned. Even the weather couldn't have been more perfect for their special day. Through the corner of his eye, he saw Brooke wiping a tear from her eye, even as she smiled proudly at her youngest daughter.
Bill smirked and handed her a tissue as Brooke rested her head against his shoulder.
"I know, I'm being silly, but weddings do this to me," Brooke smiled up at him before looking back at Hope as she stood in front of the flower and ribbon adorned podium, next to her groom. "She looks like she's on cloud nine."
He shook his head slightly, his smile fading as, he too, watched the petite blonde woman take his son's hand in her own. He didn't know how Brooke could muster up that much emotion for a ceremony they'd gone through how many times before? He kept waiting for someone to pinch him and wake up from the dream that ended with that weak little girl becoming his daughter-in-law.
The Fuller Warehouse
Quinn carefully twisted a gold wire around the setting for one of her new designs, casting surreptitious glances her son's way. Nothing the distracted look on Wyatt's face, she sighed softly before putting the materials down and turning on her stool to face him.
"You've been looking at that same set of orders for more than thirty minutes now. Why don't you take a break – grab a coffee or something?"
Wyatt set his pen down and stood up, clearly agitated as he looked at the clock on the wall.
"She's actually marrying him right now." Frustration poured off him in waves as he paced back and forth. "Right now, they're saying their vows – even after everything he did to her. I just… I don't understand it."
She really hated seeing him like this, especially when she couldn't do anything to fix it. She still couldn't believe that Hope had led her son on like she had when she'd really still wanted to marry his brother. Part of her was holding out hope that Hope was just teaching the little wimp a lesson by standing him up at the altar, but she doubted the petite blonde was that ballsy. Quinn stood up and walked over to him, laying her hand on his shoulder.
"Maybe she won't go through with it. They've done all this several times before and still never managed to actually get married. Her flying to Italy doesn't – "
Wyatt cut her off, shaking his head as he turned to face her, shouting in spite of trying not to. "No. This time it's different." Wyatt ran a hand through his hair, visibly pulling himself back under control. "They already signed the papers here. Liam asked Brooke to file them while they are on their honeymoon. He didn't leave anything to chance this time. He's won… and he doesn't even deserve her."
Liam repeated his vows with his stomach twisting in knots, half expecting someone to object at any moment. The road they'd travelled to get to this point had been so long and painful, with so many unexpected twists and turns that he still had a hard time believing they'd finally ended up here together. His smile faltered for a moment as he remembered the last time he had committed himself to a woman, thinking it would be forever. Shaking his head slightly, he pushed all of those thoughts to the back of his head. He smiled into Hope's eyes as he pledged himself to her and slid the ring onto her finger, wanting only to focus on the happiness of this moment.
"You may kiss the bride."
Hope let out the breath she hadn't even realized she'd been holding as the priest pronounced them man and wife, laughing as Liam pulled her close for a passionate kiss. Not a single snag in the plans and everything had gone beautifully – and now she was finally married to the love of her life, she couldn't believe it.
"We're married!" She smiled up into her new husband's eyes, kissing him one more time before turning to face the family that had flown to Italy to celebrate with them.
Liam took her hand and walked down the path, escorting his new wife out of the building and to their reception.
Several hours later, Liam and Hope escaped the party in a shower of confetti in order to begin their honeymoon. As they exited the building, a giddy Hope held her ring up to watch it sparkle in the sunlight before noticing a figure leaning against the door of the limousine. The setting sun formed a halo around the figure and Hope moved the hand she'd been admiring to shade her eyes as they moved closer.
Liam saw the person leaning against the vehicle and squinted, beginning to get disconcerted as the clearly female figure started applauding at their approach.
He slowed down and turned to Hope whose footsteps had faltered, her happy expression fading somewhat.
End of Teaser
Dayzee walked around her coffee shop, greeting almost everyone by name and topping off coffee when needed. Hearing the bell chime as another person walked in, she turned to welcome them.
"Carter! Hey, it's been a while since you stopped in down here. Usually you just head straight up to see Maya." Dayzee smiled at her husband's adoptive brother as he walked into the coffee shop. "Did you need something?"
"Well, I'm supposed to meet Maya at her place, but I'm a few minutes early so I thought I'd stop in to see my favorite sister-in-law." He smiled broadly, giving her a kiss on the cheek and a hug before sitting down at the counter.
"I'm your ONLY sister-in-law." The pretty brunette smiled and swatted him on the arm with the newspaper she was holding. "So how are things going?"
"To be honest, I'm not sure. I still haven't been able to get her to set a date for the wedding." He frowned slightly, leaning back a bit on the stool. "She seemed so happy about the engagement until we ran into Caroline and Rick a few weeks ago and while she keeps saying she's okay…"
"But you can tell she's not."
Crossing her arms, Dayzee leaned on the counter, wondering if Maya had ever talked to him about her badly timed trip to Rick's house. She really hated keeping this kind of secret from her brother-in-law, especially when she was certain that not only did Mya not love him the way he deserved. That part that made her the saddest, though, was happy Maya made Carter in spite of that.
Carter watched his sister-in-law closely, realizing that she might actually have the answers he was looking for.
"I know you've never really been a fan of hers after she made things so hard for you her first few weeks here, but I've also seen you trying to be a friend to her in spite of that." He reached out and laid his hand on her arm, his expression completely sincere. "It's meant a lot to me, but if there's something that I should know – I'd really appreciate it if you told me."
"She just couldn't let us have this day, could she?"
After the initial moment of annoyance, Hope squared her shoulders and plastered a smile back to her face, looking up at him with forced gaiety. "It doesn't matter. We're married, we love each other and there's finally nothing she can do about it." Continuing forward with a smug smile, Hope stopped in front of Steffy as she was blocking the car door. "Guess you couldn't get here any faster?" Hope knew it sounded bitchy, but she couldn't help it. She was just so tired of this woman interfering in her life.
Steffy uncrossed her leather clad arms and clapped slowly as the newly-minted husband and wife reached her. The two women had seldom looked more different. Hope, glowing in her white satin wedding gown, the picture of sweetness and light, while Steffy was clad in head to toe leather, looking every inch the bad girl.
"Actually, I've been here since before you arrived, but I thought it was bad for the first wife to crash the church." Her barb about having been Liam's wife first hit home, dimming the victorious smile on Hope's face. "So I parked my bike and waited."
She watched Liam's face as he registered what she'd said. Good, she hoped they both played this conversation over in their heads and drove themselves crazy looking for hidden motives and trying to interpret meaning into every moment of the conversation. Pushing off of the car's frame, Steffy stepped up to Liam and leaned in, brushing her lips against his cheek, enjoying the uncertain expression on Hope's face. Pulling back, she looked into his eyes, her expression unreadable before she turned and opened the door to the limo, gesturing inside as she smiled sardonically.
"I just wanted to wish you both all the joy and happiness you… deserve."
Hope narrowed her eyes as the slight emphasis on the that last word sunk in before turning to give Liam a deep, thorough kiss. Pulling back, she wiped the lipstick from his mouth with her thumb before tossing her hair back and smiling at the brunette.
"That's so sweet of you. Today has been amazing – an absolute fairy tale. In fact, it feels like this is the way it always supposed to be."
Gathering her dress up carefully, Hope climbed into the limo after she delivered her last volley and sat there waiting for Liam to join her.
As Liam started to follow Hope, he paused with his hand on the limo door, watching Steffy, uncertainty clear in his expression. "Are you okay?"
A huge part of him resented both her theatrics and her choice of vehicle since this was all her idea, but he still couldn't completely suppress the piece of him that wanted to hold her and chase away the darkness in her eyes.
Steffy smiled back, burying the instinct to dive into the limousine and slap the smile off of Hope's face. Now wasn't the time to remind the snotty blonde that Steffy's name wasn't all that she had in common with her namesake.
"Enjoy your vacation, Liam."
Hope's hand reached out of the vehicle to gently, but firmly grasp Liam's so she could pull him inside. Closing the door firmly on the duo, Steffy stepped back watching until the limo disappeared around the corner.
"Oh, Hope… happily ever after? I don't think so."
End of Act 1
As Donna approached the desk, Pam let out an exaggerated sigh before looking pointedly at her wristwatch.
"Yes, Pammie, I know it's 11:00. Big deal, it's not like anything ever happens here before lunch anyway." Sonna set her purse down and stood with her hands on her hips, looking down at Pam. "Especially since half the family is in Italy celebrating with Hope and Liam."
Donna was feeling more than a little slighted that, once again, the aunt of the bride hadn't been invited along.
"I know, I know." Pam rolled her eyes as she straightened up the items on her desk. "You didn't get to go. Well, it's not the first time they left you off the guest list. Knowing the way things go for those two, it won't be the last, either."
"Pam!" Donna sat down and stared at Pam incredulously. "How can you say that?"
"Seriously? If I had a nickle for every time those two tried to get married… I could make a lot more of these." Taking a lemon bar from the cake stand, she took a bite out of it before shrugging her shoulders at the other blonde. "Oh, relax. It's not like I told the two of them about the betting pool about whether they'll actually say 'I do' or if it will stick this time."
"There's a pool?" The younger woman looked shocked and bewildered. "But why would anyone do that?"
"FIVE times Donna. You get less strikes than that in football."
Donna noticeably winced as Pam butchered the saying before visibly admitting defeat and pulling her wallet out of her purse and handing Pam a twenty.
"Has anyone bet on Steffy showing up yet?"
End of Act II
End of Episode
Cast in Order of Appearance:
Scott Clifton as Liam Spencer
Kim Matula as Hope Logan Spencer
Katherine Kelly Lang as Brooke Logan
Don Diamont as Bill Spencer
Rena Sofer as Quinn Fuller
Darin Brooks as Wyatt Fuller
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood as Stephanie "Steffy" Forrester
Kristolyn Lloyd as Dayzee Forrester
Lawrence Saint Victor as Carter Walton
Jennifer Gareis as Donna Logan
Alley Mills as Pamela "Pam" Douglas
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