Keeping Up With the Deverauxes
By Jennifer-Lynn D'Anna
Scene 1: Greta has just finished hugging Jack, thanking him for his advice. Jennifer, unbeknownst to them, has been watching from the window and is seething.
GRETA: (BREAKING THE EMBRACE) You're weird, Jack Deveraux, but sweet.
JACK: (TOUCHING HIS CHEST) She likes me...she really does. (BEAT) I'm just sorry I couldn't solve your problems (HE GOES TO OPEN THE DOOR).
GRETA: And I'm just sorry that I couldn't help with your Jennifer (SHE STOPS WHEN SHE SEES JENNIFER WHO IS AT THE DOOR)
JENNIFER: (NONCHALANT) Jennifer what?
(JACK AND GRETA JUST LOOK AT EACH OTHER FOR ANSWERS)
Scene 2: Jack and Greta have just opened the door to find Jennifer standing there. She wants to know what they are talking about.
JENNIFER: Well, don't just stand there. I heard my name. What about Jennifer?
JACK: Well, the princess and I were discussing what to get you...to get you...as a housewarming gift...
JENNIFER: (TO GRETA) But, Greta, you've already gotten us a housewarming gift.
GRETA: (NERVOUS) The plant...right. (LOOKING AT JACK)
JACK: Not her...me.
JENNIFER: You want to get me a gift, Jack? Well, wonders never cease!
JACK: Well, well, I thought it would be apropos...We are living together in a new place. Perhaps a new bedspread, maybe even a jewelry bo-
(JENNIFER IS ENJOYING HIS LIES)
GRETA: You know what? I'm going to leave and let you two discuss this. (TO JACK) Jack, thanks again. (TO JENNIFER) Jennifer.
JENNIFER: (NODDING) Greta.
(GRETA LEAVES AND JENNIFER WALKS PAST JACK INTO THE HOUSE. HE REMAINS AT THE DOOR)
JACK: (CALLING TO GRETA) Drive carefully, Princess!
(JENNIFER IS INSIDE MIMICING JACK'S WORDS. SHE IS VERY ANGRY)
(JACK TURNS AROUND AND SEES JENNIFER'S MIMICING)
JACK: Really, it's not a very becoming look for you, Miss Horton.
JENNIFER: (IGNORING HIS COMMENT AND WALKING INTO THE LIVING ROOM) So, you want to buy me a gift, Jack?
JACK: (FOLLOWING HER INTO THE LIVING ROOM) That's what I said, isn't it?
JENNIFER: How about a plane ticket to Ireland?
(JACK IS ANNOYED BY THIS COMMENT. THE SCENE ENDS WITH HIM LOOKING AT JENNIFER WITH EXTREME ANGER AND CONFUSION)
Scene 3: Jennifer has asked Jack for a ticket to Ireland. He doesn't like this idea at all.
JACK: Ireland? Now why would I do that? I mean, what could you possibly need a ticket to Ireland for? Wait, don't tell me, you want to go back to bartending? Well, missy, there's a quaint little pub right here in Salem where you could do that. Perhaps you've heard of it...
JENNIFER: You think you're funny, don't you?
JACK: Well, I am rather comedic..
JENNIFER: You think you could stand there and lie to me, Jack. You are not buying me a gift. You are coming up with an excuse as to why...why she was here.
JACK: (AMUSED) The princess? Why would you care? Do I detect a hint of jealousy in your voice?
JENNIFER: (HITTING HIM WITH HER PURSE) What you detect is a hint of violence, Jack.
JACK: (PRETENDING TO SHIVER IN FEAR) Oooh, now we wouldn't want that, would we? (BEAT) Not that it's any of your business, but the Princess was here to ask my advice on something.
JENNIFER: (SHE TURNS HER BACK TO HIM) On what, Jack? How to function on half a brain?
JACK: (SMILING. HE IS ENJOYING JENNIFER'S JEALOUSY) I know it's may be hard for you to believe, but the Princess and I, well, we're what you might call friends.
JENNIFER: Jack, you have no friends. (SHE TURNS TOWARDS HIM AND SMILES. HE IS GIVING HER A PUPPY DOG LOOK)
JACK: Now that the statements have been made, are we through with all this? I'd really like to get some sleep sometime this evening. I need an entire eight hours of beauty sleep, you know. (HE GRABS THE PAPER ON THE COFFEE TABLE AND PROCEEDS TO WALK TOWARDS THE STAIRS)
JENNIFER: Jack, don't go...(SHE GRABS HIS ARM TENDERLY)
(THE SCENE ENDS WITH JACK LOOKING AT JENNIFER WITH DEEP LOVE AND HOPE IN HIS EYES)
Scene 4: Jennifer has just asked Jack not to go.
JACK: (LOOKING AT JENNIFER'S HAND ON HIS ARM) You don't want me to go?
JENNIFER: No, Jack, stay. I want to talk to you. I have news.
JACK: (LOOKING DISAPPOINTED) Alright. (HE SIGHS AND SITS ON THE CHAIR)
JENNIFER: (SHE PACES) While I was at Hope's, Jack, I realized something.
JACK: How is Hope by the way?
JENNIFER: She's dealing. (RESUMES PACING) When I was leaving, she said something interesting to me. I went to hug her and then in the middle of it all I could think about is Abe. I don't know why I was thinking about him. Maybe it was because..
JACK: (LOOKING ANNOYED) Jennifer, Jennifer, Jennifer, will you just spit it out?
JENNIFER: (STOPS PACING AND KNEELS DOWN IN FRONT OF HIM AND PUTS HER HANDS ON HIS KNEES) Jack, Stefano didn't go to Lexie's funeral. (SHE SMILES)
JACK: (UNIMPRESSED BY HER REVELATION) Well, Jennifer, you didn't really expect him to go, did you? He is Salem's current resident pariah, after yours truly, that is.
JENNIFER: Jack, that's not all. Bo came down and overheard what Hope and I were saying and said that he just got off the phone with his cousin in Ireland and said (NOTICING JACK'S ANNOYED LOOK) Jack, Stefano is going back to Ireland.
(JACK'S EARS PERK UP AT THIS)
Scene 5: Jennifer has just told Jack that Stefano is going back to Ireland.
JACK: (RELIEVED, BUT NOT SHOWING IT) So, that's the reason you wanted to go back to Ireland?
JENNIFER: (PULLING HER HANDS AWAY AND COVERING FOR HERSELF) Why else would I go back, Jack?
JACK: Nothing...nothing. I just didn't want to separate this family unit we've got going now. Are you sure Stefano is going back to Ireland?
JENNIFER: Jack, do you ever listen to what I say?
(HE THROWS HER A LOOK)
Bo said that his cousin in Ireland said that the DiMera estate was being prepped as if someone was coming.
JACK: (GETTING UP AND PACING HIMSELF) As if someone was coming? What about if someone was there already? Did he say anything about that?
JENNIFER: (GETTING UP AND RUNNING OVER TO HIM) Jack, do you think that's we're Lexie and the baby are?
JACK: Well, it's a good guess. (BEAT) Did Bo say anything else?
JENNIFER: No. Jack we've got to go to Ireland and find them.
JACK: We've...what's with this we've? I think we've gone as far as we could go.
JENNIFER: What are you saying, Jack?
JACK: I'm saying...I'm saying that we've got to call Bo and Hope and Abe and Johnboy and whoever else is involved with this whole thing. We've got to tell them what's going on so that they can get on this.
Scene 6: Jack has just suggested telling Bo and the Gang about he and Jennifer's theory.
JENNIFER: You're going to let someone else scoop us, Jack?
JACK: Jennifer, this is not a story. You're not thinking clearly. How many times do I have to tell you that Stefano DiMera is a dangerous man? He was looking for us today at the morgue. We are not Sherlock Holmes and Watson anymore.
JENNIFER: But we were.
JACK: Yes, we were. Now we're Sherlock and Watson after they've been married, in Vermont, of course, divorced, and sharing custody of their bloodhound. It's not just us anymore.
JENNIFER: That didn't stop you from taking that ISA case, Jack.
JACK: That was different.
JENNIFER: How, Jack? How was that different? You put us in danger-me and Abby and you.
JACK: (SOFTLY) I had my reasons.
JENNIFER: And I have my reasons now, Jack. If I can help Hope, I want to.
JACK: (NOTICING JENNIFER'S SADNESS AND DETERMINATION) Okay, maybe we'll hold off on telling them....but just until we have some concrete proof. And I don't want you doing any snooping around without me, you understand?
JENNIFER: (SMILING SLIGHTLY) I understand. And Jack, now that we're going to be in danger, I think we should spend a lot of time together...you know to keep an eye on each other...for Abby.
JACK: (SMILING SLIGHTLY BACK AT HER) Yes, if we must...for Abigail. (BEAT) But I won't like it.
JENNIFER: (SMILING WIDER) You think I will? I'm beginning to dread even suggesting it.
JACK: (SMILING WIDER BACK AT HER) It's going to be awful.
JENNIFER: True, true. But I think we can manage.
JACK: I think so too. It is going to take a lot of work, though.
(A FEW SECONDS OF SILENCE PASS)
JENNIFER: (YAWNING) I think I'm going to head to bed now. I need all the rest I can get...especially now that I have to spend all my time with you. You coming up?
JACK: Actually, I think I'm going to stay down here for a bit. Could you get the light on you're way up? (HE SITS DOWN ON THE COUCH AND PROCEEDS TO LAY DOWN AND PULL A THROW OVER HIM)
JENNIFER: Sure. (SHE GOES TO GO UP THE STAIRS AND PAUSES TO LOOK AT HIM BEFORE TURNING OUT THE LIGHT)
JACK: (LOOKING UP FROM THE COUCH AT HER) Yes?
JENNIFER: Were you really going to buy me a present?
JACK: Well....well...no. (BEAT) Would you like one?
JENNIFER: No, it's okay. I just wanted to know. (SHE TURNS OUT THE LIGHT. IT IS COMPLETELY DARK AND ALL WE CAN HEAR IS THEIR VOICES)
(A FEW SECONDS OF SILENCE PASS AGAIN)
JENNIFER: Yes, Jack?
JACK: Did you really think I would buy you a ticket to Ireland?
JENNIFER: No, Jack.
JACK: What makes you so sure?
JENNIFER: You're too cheap, Jack.
JACK: (CORRECTING HER) Thrifty.
JENNIFER: Goodnight, Jack.
JACK: Goodnight, Miss Horton.
(JENNIFER PAUSES TO LOOK AT HIM IN THE DARKNESS. AFTER JACK HEARS HER HEAD UP THE STAIRS, THE CAMERA PANS TO HIM ON THE COUCH. HE TURNS ON THE T.V. AND WE CAN NOW SEE HIM BY IT'S LIGHT)
JACK: (TO HIMSELF, HOPEFUL) Goodnight, Miss Horton.
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