Scene 12 - Back in the self-storage unit, Deacon and Taylor have realized they can’t open the door and that nobody can hear them. Deacon looks uncomfortable - and not just about being trapped. He takes a deep breath, steels himself, and says, “Taylor, there’s something you need to know. You were right when you thought you saw Sheila. She’s alive.” He then goes through the whole story of Sheila’s faked death and arrival at his doorstep. Taylor is shocked, then horrified, then angry by turns, and finally, seeing the shame and pain in Deacon’s eyes, her expression softens, and she takes his hands in reassurance. “I know what it’s like to be in an impossible situation. And I definitely know that Sheila is a force of nature. You did the best you could. And we’re both alive, and in one piece. We’ll get out of here, and the police will find Sheila.”
When she’s done talking, she’s still holding her hands. Both she and Deacon look down at that, and neither of them lets go.
Scene 13 - At Forrester, there’s chaos in the CEO office. Everyone is stunned at Steffy’s words. Brooke angrily tells Steffy she can’t just fire her or drop Hope’s line. “Eric would never allow it. Or Ridge.”
Steffy points out that neither of them are here, and this is a crisis. Then Quinn steps in. “I’m still Mrs. Eric Forrester. I’m next of kin, and as long as he’s incapacitated, I speak for him. And I know he might not agree with what Steffy, but as she said, this is a crisis, and I think she’s right and this is the only way to stabilize the company. So if we need a vote of the shareholders, Eric’s 37.5% are with Steffy.” Now she stares hard at Brooke, a big smile on her lips. “I don’t have a calculator handy, but I’m pretty sure that Eric’s 37.5% plus Steffy’s 37.5% is more than 50%, am I right?”
“Thank you, Quinn,” Steffy says. “There’s just one more thing. Katie, none of this applies to you. You have done amazing work, and Forrester absolutely needs you. I’d like to promote you to a bigger leadership role, and we can sit down with Carter and work out the title later, and of course there’ll be a big raise for you, too. I hope you’ll stay with us.” Katie stares back and forth between Steffy and Brooke, torn between her ambition and her family.
Scene 14 - In the mountains, at Big Bear, Ridge is sitting outside the family cabin, deep in thought. He flashes back to his time with Taylor in Aspen, remembering how he told her he was with her solely because of his love for her, and not because of anything Brooke did. She snaps back to the present, shakes his head and mutters to himself. “What am I doing here? I have to make things right.” He stands up, goes back into the cabin, emerges a minute later with his suitcase, loads it into his car and drives off.
To be continued…