A short time later, Wayne is sitting downstairs at the bar, pouring
himself a drink. Sarah walks in slowly, fully-dressed again, and
says, "I'll have one too, please - unless you've decided
I'm too young for that as well." An amused smile crosses
Wayne's face and he hands Sarah his drink. As she takes it, she
tells him, "I'm sorry if I embarrassed you - I never figured
you for a moralist." Wayne chuckles and asks, "What
on earth makes you think morals have anything to do with
it?" Sarah just shrugs, "What else?" Wayne
tells her, "I like you. I want us to be friends.
Let's just pretend it didn't happen." He stands up and heads
behind the bar as Sarah mutters, "How am I supposed to do
that?" Wayne just smiles, "Come on... you'll
find someone - more your own age." Sarah snaps suddenly,
"You sound as thought you're on the pension
and I'm straight out of nappies." Wayne
muses, "I wouldn't agree with the first bit, but
be honest - the latter part's not that far from the truth,
is it?" Sarah glares at him. She then throws her drink in
his face and storms off!
Greg is sitting in the lounge room at Charlie's, drinking a cup
of coffee, when the front door slams. Sarah marches in and snaps,
"You were a great help." Greg sighs,
"Don't start - I'm not feeling too good." Sarah retorts,
"Neither am I. You and your stupid friends ruined what could've
been a very pleasant evening." Greg asks, "What were
you doing over there anyway?" Sarah snaps, "I was invited."
Greg warns, "Stay away from Hamilton - he's trouble."
Sarah, however, growls, "I'll see whoever I like, thankyou
very much." She sits down as Greg tells her, "I don't
want you getting hurt, Sarah." Sarah just retorts, "I
was there with Michael, if you must know; he
invited me." Greg growls, "And you had to say 'yes'?"
Sarah retorts, "It just so happens I like him."
Greg mutters, "It's news to me." Sarah glares
at him and retorts, "A lot of things about me could
be news to you. There's no law saying I have to give you daily
reports." Greg sighs, "Alright, I guess Michael's OK
- although some people might reckon he's a bit old for
you." Sarah hisses, "I'm not some stupid kid,
Greg - and I don't need you making me look like a fool: you just
had to tell them I was wearing Alison's gear, didn't
you." Greg insists, "I was only kidding. What are you
so sensitive for?" Sarah mutters, "I was trying to impress
Michael. If he likes me at all after tonight, it's no thanks to
you." Greg says, "I'm sorry - I didn't realise
it meant so much to you." Sarah retorts, "It did
- so let's drop the subject." Greg mutters, "Fine.
Some coffee made, if you want some." Sarah doesn't respond.
Greg sighs, "You're not going to sulk, are you?"
Sarah murmurs, "No." Greg comments, "You could've
fooled me." Sarah looks at him. She then asks more
calmly, "How did your new job go today?" Greg muses,
"You're not going to believe this: I kind of got carried
away; went a bit artistic." Sarah comments wearily, "And
it went down like a lead balloon, as usual." Greg replies,
"That's what I thought at first - I didn't even stay around
to see what the guy thought of it - but I went back later
and it turned out his customers loved it! He gave me
a bonus and fixed me up with another job for a mate of his."
Sarah raises her eyebrows and remarks, "A bonus?"
Greg nods, "Yeah! Unreal, eh?!" Sarah muses thoughtfully,
"Yes, it is..."
The next morning, Sarah is out jogging in the grounds at Dural
when she spots Wayne running towards her. She smiles, "Hi!"
Wayne jogs on the spot next to her as he smiles, "Hi! You're
out early for a Sunday!" Sarah tells him, "Felt like
a run. I didn't expect to see you, though. After last
night, I decided you're not into physical exercise!" They
start jogging again, and Wayne comments, "You're really taking
that seriously, aren't you?" Sarah just shrugs, "You
managed to irritate me a bit at the time, but I can see the funny
side of it now." Wayne insists, "I wasn't trying to
make fun of you. I thought you were putting me
on." Sarah says, "As far as I'm concerned,
you're the one who missed out." They stop by a water
fountain and Wayne asks, "Why are you talking to me?"
Sarah tells him, "It's a great flaw in my character: I simply
can't resist a challenge!" Wayne smiles, "After last
night, I wonder what the follow-up's going to be." Sarah
says, "Have lunch with me and you'll find out." Wayne
asks, "When?" Sarah replies, "Today." Wayne,
however, tells her, "I have a lunch date with an old friend."
Sarah remarks, "You're not telling me you can't get out
of it if you want." Wayne replies, "I don't see how
it would be worth my while." Sarah assures him,
"It will be!" Wayne just suggests, "Why don't I
talk to my old friend and I'll get back to you?" Sarah nods,
"Fine!" With that, she runs off.
Andy is standing in the hallway at the mansion, holding a baby's
bottle of warm milk. Greg walks in through the main door and smiles,
"Have a few drinks last night?" Andy looks at the bottle
and retorts, "Very funny - it's for Madonna." Greg muses,
"I'm sure you'll make somebody a wonderful little wife and
mother some day!" Andy retorts, "In around about fifty
years or so, maybe, but I don't have any immediate plans.
I'm just looking after her until Janice gets back from church."
Greg suggests, "Maybe I can pop in and say hello to Fiona
for a few minutes and then when Janice gets back we can go for
a swim?" Andy, however, tells him, "The thing is, I
sort of, like, made plans: I promised Janice I'd take Madonna
down to the park for a bit of fresh air." Greg grins at him
and comments, "You really are a lost cause, aren't you! Still,
whatever you say - after all: father knows best!"
Fiona is setting out a plate of tea and scones in her room when
there's a knock on the door and Greg comes in. He notices the
tea things and remarks, "Just in time, by the look of it!"
Fiona chuckles, "I just made a fresh batch of scones, so
I guess I can spare one!" Greg sits down and says, "You're
a life-saver - I'm starving! Sarah was off somewhere at the crack
of dawn and I was too wrecked to get myself any breakfast."
Fiona muses, "Perhaps if you didn't go raging Saturday nights,
you wouldn't be so wrecked Sunday mornings!" Changing the
subject, she then says, "I thought I might call in on Charlie
later on and see if there's any news about the wedding date yet."
Greg, however, tells her, "From what I hear, it's
all off." Fiona echoes in surprise, "It's off?"
Greg nods, "Yeah. She walked in on him with some bird at
the gym. Reckons she never wants to see him again. Sounds like
she means it, too." Looking disappointed, Fiona sighs, "Oh...
poor Charlie. She might be scatty, but she's generous and she's
loving and she deserves to be happy. Oh darn it - I thought she'd
finally found Mr. Right." Greg comments, "Guess not."
Fiona growls, "You can rest assured that I'll have a word
or two to say to Todd when I see him..."
Sarah is staring out through the french windows in Charlie's
lounge room. She then looks over at the 'phone and sighs, "Come
on - ring." It does so at that second! Sarah dashes over
to answer it - but when she speaks, she says calmly, "Hello?...
Oh Wayne, it's you!" In the hallway at Dural, Wayne tells
her, "I had a word with that friend of mine and I've arranged
to be free for lunch. What did you have in mind: hamburger on
a park bench or are we really going to splurge and have fish and
chips?!" Sarah just says, "Pick me up at midday and
I promise I'll wipe that sarcastic smile right off your face..."
With that, she hangs up, looking pleased with herself.
It's lunchtime. Sarah and Wayne are both dressed smartly. They
walk across to table outside an expensive-looking restaurant and
Wayne pulls Sarah's chair out for her to sit down. As he does
so, he remarks, "So much for fish and chips in the park.
I'd've thought this was a bit out of your range."
Sarah just shrugs, "Maybe you don't know as much about me
as you think." Wayne sits down himself and the two
of them look at the menu. Wayne whistles in surprise. Sarah just
gives him a look. Wayne goes on, "I'm glad price is no object
- I've starving." Sarah rolls her eyes and murmurs, "Good."
Wayne adds, "I've heard good things about this place. I've
always wanted to come here, but I couldn't afford it. Are you
sure this won't leave you short?" Sarah insists,
"Feel free. I didn't bring you here to starve you!"
Wayne suggests, "There's no hurry. Why don't we have some
wine before we decide what to order? I don't get invitations like
this every day; I wouldn't want to rush into it." Sarah smiles,
"I'm glad you're impressed." Wayne replies, "I
must admit: you do have style - for someone your age..."
Sarah's face drops again.
Greg emerges from Fiona's room at the mansion, saying to her
as he does so, "Charlie's gone away for a while, but if I
hear anything about her plans, I'll let you know." Fiona
emerges from her room as well, just as Andy wheels Madonna down
the corridor towards her room. She smiles at Andy, "You going
out?" Andy nods, "Yeah - I decided to take Madonna for
a walk around the park." Fiona exclaims in surprise, "In
the middle of the day?" Andy replies, "I want to get
her back by the time Janice comes home." Fiona asks, "Has
she been fed?" Andy retorts sarcastically, "No
- I was going to give her takeaway pizza. What do you reckon?"
Fiona says coolly, "I imagine that's supposed to be funny
- but it makes me wonder just how responsible you are."
Andy sighs, "Relax, Fiona - she's already had her milk, OK?
See you later." As he goes to head out, Greg tells him, "I
may as well join you; I've got nothing else to do."
Fiona stands there looking worried.
Michael is making himself some coffee when there's a knock on
the door. He calls, "Come in." The door opens and Fiona
steps inside. She smiles, "Hi." She then says, "Greg
was going on about some trouble between Charlie and Todd, but
he was rather vague about what had happened exactly and I was
wondering if you knew any more." She sits down at
the table. Michael does likewise as he replies, "Not as much
as I'd like to. It was the oldest ploy in the book: someone
slipped him a drug and set him up with a girl for Charlie to walk
in on." Fiona sighs, "That's an awful lot more sense
than the way I heard it. Somehow I didn't see
Todd as the type to behave like that. Is he alright?" Michael
nods, "He is now. He was in pretty rocky shape yesterday
morning, though - and he still can't remember what happened. When
he came-to, he 'phoned Wayne and Wayne called me and we drove
him over to Wayne's place and put him to bed to sleep it off."
Fiona asks, "Does he have any idea who did it?" Michael
tells her, "We think probably Alison." Fiona muses,
"That figures; I mean, it's always been her aim
to break up Charlie and Todd." Michael comments, "She
doesn't have any particular 'interest' in Todd, does she?"
Fiona replies, "No, no. It's Charlie she's jealous
of now. Charlie - her best friend, and she's terrified of losing
her to Todd. That's the sort of woman she is:
she'd destroy her best friend's happiness just so she wouldn't
have to share." Michael remarks, "Somewhat of a twisted
woman." Fiona nods, "You could say that."
She then asks, "Do you have any proof that it was
she who gave him the drug?" Michael admits, "Nothing
definite - but the drug was stolen from my medical bag and Alison
had access to it the day before." Fiona muses, "Course,
she'll never admit it." Michael sighs, "No."
Andy and Greg are walking in the park, Andy pushing Madonna,
when Greg spots an attractive young woman jogging nearby. He says
to Andy, "Hey! Look! If you and I had any brains, we'd have
found ourselves a couple of those and we'd be swanning on a beach
somewhere." Andy points out, "No one twisted your arm
to come, mate." Greg, however, retorts, "My conscience
did! I mean, what sort of a friend would let you wander around
here being miserable by yourself?" Andy snaps, "I
am not miserable. Not everyone wants to spend
every minute of their life chasing women; it's nice,
for a change, to do something a bit relaxing." Greg
remarks, "You don't look too relaxed to me."
Andy, who's looking around the pushchair, retorts, "Well
I've lost something, haven't I." Greg asks, "What?"
Andy explains, "Madonna's rattle." He then asks, "Would
you mind her while I backtrack and try and find it?" Greg
mutters, "Yeah, well hurry up." Andy walks off. The
woman jogger reaches Greg and sits down on a bench next to him.
Greg smiles, "Hi!" The woman looks at Madonna and comments,
"Isn't she a cutie?" Greg nods, "I guess so."
The woman queries, "You guess so?" Greg says
quickly, "Well yeah, she is. You like babies, eh?"
The woman smiles, "Of course I do; don't you?"
Greg tells her, "As long as they're somebody else's; I'm
just minding her for a friend." The woman starts stroking
Madonna's cheek. Greg smiles, "You're very good at that."
The woman tells him, "I look after a lot of my sister's kids;
I love kids." Greg comments, "You don't have
any of your own...?" The woman replies, "No
thankyou! Not until I'm married, then maybe I'll have half a dozen
or so!" Greg remarks, "I'll know who to call if I ever
needed any more help - or I would if you told me your
name and your 'phone number too." The woman raises her eyebrows
and comments, "Would you?" Greg smiles, "Yeah!
How about it?!"
Wayne is sipping his wine at the expensive restaurant. He comments,
"This is very pleasant. How about dessert?" Sarah, however,
tells him, "I think I'll give it a miss - I'm too full to
eat another crumb. I'll just have coffee and port." Wayne,
however, insists, "Come on now. Why don't you try the Bavarian
Blackforest Torte?" Sarah tells him, "No. Honestly,
I've had enough - but you go ahead." Wayne looks
at the menu and says, "OK. I'll have the Torte and, um, grandfather
port with my coffee." Sarah suggests quickly, "Why not
try a half-bottle of the Austrian dessert wine instead?"
Wayne looks at her intently and replies, "I'm sorry - you
said price was no object." Sarah retorts, "Price has
nothing to do with it. I simply assumed that since the
Bavarian Torte was specifically designed to go with the Austrian
wine, you might like to try the combination - but it's
completely up to you. You can have sump oil for all I
care." Wayne smiles at her and says, "You're right,
of course. OK - recommendation accepted!" Sarah tells him
coolly, "You needn't look so surprised. Don't you think I
know anything?" Wayne asks, "Did I say that?"
Sarah retorts, "You're forever implying it - and
frankly I resent it. I'm not some under-educated child;
my father happens to be a highly-successful business executive
and I'm perfectly accustomed to eating in good restaurants."
Wayne assures her, "I never doubted it for a minute!"
Sarah goes on, "Not that he was ever in your league.
You've done very well - for someone your age, of course!"
Wayne smiles, "I seem to have succeeded moderately."
Sarah exclaims, "Moderately?! You must be just about
a millionaire - and from what I hear, you practically did it all
yourself." Wayne says quickly, "In fairness, my father
helped me out at the start - but these days I'm pretty much on
my own." Sarah tells him, "That's what I like about
you: I admire someone with strength and independence, and you
obviously have both - even if you do have some rather old-fashioned
ideas..." Wayne asks in surprise, "What ideas?"
Sarah replies, "Your attitude towards younger women, for
instance..." A smile crosses Wayne's face as he tells her,
"Whatever my opinions on that subject, it seems some can
still be very good company at lunch." Sarah replies flirtatiously,
"Some of them can be very good company in lots of
At the park, the woman jogger says, "OK," to Greg and
walks off. Andy rejoins him, holding the rattle, and says, "I
hope I didn't interrupt anything." Greg smiles, "Nope
- it's all fixed: I'm taking her out tonight." Andy exclaims,
"How did you manage that?!" Greg indicates
Madonna and replies, "With the help of this sweet child.
Girls can't resist babies; I just had to let her nurse Madonna
for a bit and I was in like Flynn!" Andy, looking suddenly
annoyed, growls, "You let a perfect stranger hold my baby?"
Greg, however, tells him, "I wouldn't say that. 9½
out of 10, maybe, but not perfect!" Andy glares at him and
snaps, "You're disgusting. I suppose I'm lucky you just didn't
hand her over lock, stock and barrel." Greg insists, "I'm
not like that." He then says, "Now, let's get this walk
over with - I want to go home and dream about tonight!"
At the restaurant, Sarah is saying to Wayne, "I think the
most important thing is to know what you want from life and go
for it. What other people think doesn't matter." Wayne comments,
"I won't argue with that." He reaches into
his trouser pocket as Sarah goes on, "Give people half a
chance, they'll plan your whole life for you. My stepmother was
a perf--" She breaks off as Wayne pulls a watch out of his
pocket and looks at it. She then asks in an irritated tone, "You
have to be somewhere?" Wayne, however, tells her, "No,
no, it's fine. Go on." Sarah replies, "We've talked
enough about me. Your turn." Wayne shrugs, "There's
not much to say. I just get through this life the best
way I can." He then spots someone approaching and he stands
up and smiles, "Hi!" An older, blonde woman joins them
and says to Wayne, "Sorry I'm late." Wayne insists,
"No problem - Sarah's been entertaining me." He then
explains to Sarah, "This is Marion - the friend I was going
to have lunch with." Marion smiles, "Lovely to meet
you, dear. You saved my life, stepping in at such short notice.
You know, it's most inconsiderate to arrest one's clients on a
Sunday!" Sarah, looking annoyed, mutters, "I'm sorry?"
Wayne explains, "Marion's a solicitor - although not the
type whose clients normally get arrested!" He then
goes on, "Anyway, thanks for lunch. Are you sure you've got
enough to pay for it?" Sarah, looking taken aback, gasps,
"Are you going?" Wayne nods, "Yes. I arranged
for Marion to meet me here. We'll have to do it again sometime."
With that, he and Marion walk off, leaving Sarah sitting there,
Greg and Andy arrive back at the mansion, Greg saying as they
head inside, "If I can get results like that from just wheeling
a baby around, I'll look at hiring her from you!"
Andy laughs, "That can be arranged - at the right price!"
Fiona and Michael emerge from Michael's room, suddenly, and Andy
tells the two of them, "You should've seen this conman."
He indicates Greg before going on, "I turned my back for
ten seconds and he uses Madonna to crack onto this gorgeous-looking
woman!" Fiona stares at him and says frostily, "Really?
I wonder if Janice knows what she's doing, leaving the baby with
you. I don't think you appreciate just what a responsibility it
is." Andy retorts, "That's not fair, Fiona."
Fiona just says coolly, "No, it's not fair - on
Madonna." With that, she marches off to her room.
Andy asks Michael in surprise, "What's her problem?"
Michael explains, "I think she's worried about Charlie."
Andy mutters, "Yeah, well, she shouldn't take it out on me."
Greg, changing the subject, asks, "Anyone want to come to
the house for a swim?" Michael nods, "I'll be in that."
He heads back into his room, leaving Andy to say to Greg, "I
think Fiona's going to give Janice a bit of an ear-bashing. I
want to be here to put my side in." Michael emerges
from his room again and he and Greg head off. Andy walks down
the corridor to Fiona's room. He heads inside and demands, "What's
the matter with you, Fiona? I'm giving up a lot of time
to be with this kid - and all you can do is keep on knocking
me." Fiona retorts, "What would you expect? From the
sound of you, you're treating it all like a big game."
Andy snaps, "That's not true. Aren't I even allowed to laugh
occasionally?" Fiona looks at him and says coolly, "Andy,
I know you too well - and I don't trust you. How can I be sure
what your motives are? As far as I know, you could just
be out to make Janice feel that she owes you, and the next time
you're in trouble you'll come to her for help, wanting to borrow
money from her." Andy glares at Fiona and retorts, "It's
nice to know what your friends think of you." Fiona shrugs,
"I'm sorry, but you've hurt too many of your friends over
the last six months or so. Maybe you're trying to change - I hope
so - but for now, I don't like the idea of a helpless little baby
being left in your care; not until you prove you really can be
Sarah is laying on the sunlounger by the pool at Charlie's. Greg
and Michael join her and Greg tells her, "I brought Michael
over for a swim." Sarah just murmurs, "Right."
Greg remarks, "You really know how to make someone feel welcome!
I thought you might like some company." Sarah replies,
"Sorry - I've got a few things on my mind." Michael
heads across the patio to put his towel down. Greg looks at Sarah
and says, "Sis, there are times when you're kind of hard
to figure out. I mean, am I imagining that conversation
we had last night or what?" Sarah nods wearily,
"You're right. Let's have a swim."
It's evening-time. Sarah is sitting on the couch in the lounge
room at Charlie's when Greg and Michael walk in through the french
windows. Michael suggests, "What say I whip out a get a few
steaks? Then we can thrown them on the barbie by the pool... perfect
finish to a perfect afternoon." Greg nods, "Yeah. I'm
going out later, but I've always got time for a feed!" There's
suddenly a knock on the front door and Sarah says, "I'll
get it." She stands up and heads out to the hallway. She
opens the door to find a delivery man standing there. He tells
her, "Parcel for Sarah Hudson." Sarah replies, "That's
me." She signs for the parcel and the man heads off. Sarah
closes the door and then opens the padded envelope she's holding.
She takes a small jewellery box out. There's an accompanying note
which reads 'Should have stuck with you. Marion was boring!
Wayne'. A smile crosses Sarah's face. She then opens the box to
reveal a beautiful necklace. She stares at it before putting it
in her dress pocket and heading back into the lounge room. Greg
asks her, "Who was that?" Sarah tells him,
"Just a friend. She dropped in to remind me I'm having dinner
with them tonight." Michael remarks, "Lucky escape,
eh?!" Sarah goes on, "I'd love to stay for dinner, but
I've got to go; I'm late. See you both later."
Wayne is sitting in the lounge room at Dural, reading the newspaper,
when there's a knock on the front door. He gets up and goes and
opens it. Sarah walks in and smiles, "Your parcel arrived
- and the note. I'm glad Marion was boring. I
wouldn't have been." Wayne murmurs, "I'm slowly coming
to realise that." Sarah goes on, "Anyway, I just called
over to thank you for the gift." She gives him a kiss on
the lips and goes to head out again. Wayne, however, pushes the
door shut and says gently, "I think you can do better than
that." He then pulls Sarah towards him and the two
of them start kissing passionately...