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KEEPING UP WITH THE DEVERAUXES
BY JENNIFER-LYNN D'ANNA
EPISODE 21

SCENE 1: JACK AND JENNIFER ARE ABOUT TO KISS WHEN THERE IS A LOUD KNOCK ON THE SIDE OF THE VAN. THEY BOTH JUMP BACK IN SURPRISE.

JACK: (LOOKING AT JENNIFER NERVOUSLY) What the--?

JENNIFER: (FRIGHTENED) Jack, who is it?

(JUST THEN A MAN APPEARS AT JENNIFER'S WINDOW)

MAN: (IN A THICK IRISH ACCENT) It's Larry.

(JACK AND JENNIFER LOOK AT THIS MAN STRANGELY. THEY ARE BOTH SCARED)

JACK: (SMILING NERVOUSLY) Hehehe. Excuse me for being a bit intrusive, Larry is it? But who exactly are you?

LARRY: Your guide.

(JENNIFER THROWS JACK A LOOK OF CURIOUSITY)

JACK: (CONFUSED) Our guide? Our guide to what, dare I ask?

LARRY: (PULLING OFF HIS WIDE-BRIMMED HAT AND WIPING HIS FOREHEAD) Why, the DiMera estate of course. Stefano thought you might want someone to show you around.

(JACK AND JENNIFER LOOK AT EACH OTHER. THEY KNOW THAT STEFANO IS ONTO THEM)


SCENE 2: JACK AND JENNIFER HAVE JUST FOUND OUT THAT STEFANO KNOWS THEY ARE THERE. LARRY, HIS GUIDE, HAS OFFERED TO SHOW THEM AROUND.

JACK: Stefano wants to show us around? (LAUGHING NERVOUSLY) To show us around? (LAUGHING MORE NERVOUSLY) Jennifer, did you hear that? He wants to...to...to show us around.

JENNIFER: (LOOKING AT JACK STRANGELY. SHE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING) To show us around? (SHE LAUGHS WITH HIM)

JACK: (LAUGHING) He wants to show us...seasoned reporters...around.

(LARRY LOOKS AT THEM AND SCRATCHES HIS HEAD)

JACK: (SLAPPING HIS KNEE) Well, that really won't be necessary. You see, we are perfectly capable of showing ourselves around. I mean, what's a little independence between friends? I'm sure that if you ask Stef-

LARRY: Stefano assured me you are not his friends. He did, however, leave word that you are to be taken in and treated with the utmost respect. After all, we wouldn't want any bad press, would we? (HE STICKS HIS HAND SLIGHTLY IN HIS JACKET, INDICATING HE HAS A GUN)

JACK: (DEFEATED) No...no...I guess we wouldn't. (TO JENNIFER) Jennifer, if you would...kindly allow the gentleman to help you out of the car and I will get the luggage from the back.

(JENNIFER RELUCTANTLY GETS OUT OF THE VEHICLE AND JACK WALKS AROUND TO THE BACK OF THE VAN AND BEGINS TO GO THROUGH THE BAGS, WATCHING HER ALL THE WHILE)

LARRY: You won't be needing any of your luggage.

JACK: (SMILING NERVOUSLY) You see, dear sir, on my account you are correct. However, on the young lady's you are most certainly wrong. She needs all sorts of beauty products to get her through the day. You don't think she wakes up this pretty, do you?

(JENNIFER GLARES AT JACK)

LARRY: (LOOKING JENNIFER UP AND DOWN) She looks fine to me. Besides, Stefano has taken care of everything.

JACK: Of everything, eh? Well, you know what they say, Larry, familiarity is the key to everything. (HE LIFTS UP HIS BAG). Alright, if we can't bring the makeup, can we at least bring our laptop and work-related materials? A good reporter never leaves home without it.

LARRY: (NOT KNOWING WHAT TO DO) I guess so. Just one bag.

JACK: (PUTTING THINGS TOGETHER IN A BAG) One bag it is. (HE THROWS THE LAPTOP CASE ON HIS SHOULDER AND WALKS TO JENNIFER) Shall we? (HE GRABS HER HAND) (TO LARRY) Which way good man?

LARRY: (PLACING HIS HAT BACK ON HIS HEAD) This way, please.

JACK: (TO JENNIFER) Apres-vous. (HE GESTURES FOR HER TO GO AHEAD)

(JENNIFER WALKS AHEAD AND THEN JACK FOLLOWS SUIT. OUT ON THE LAPTOP CASE, WHICH HAS THE WALKIE TALKIE'S STUFFED IN THE OUTSIDE POCKET)


SCENE 3: WELCOME TO PARADISE. JACK AND JENNIFER ARRIVE AT DIMERA'S ESTATE AND ARE SHOWN TO THEIR ROOM.

(JACK AND JENNIFER WALK INTO THEIR ROOM AND LOOK AROUND AT HOW ELEGANT IT IS)

JENNIFER: Jack, we should've run.

JACK: (CLOSING THE DOOR) What and be mailed back to Salem? Two can play at this game. (HE SETS THE LAPTOP CASE ON THE BED)

JENNIFER: (LOOKING AROUND THE ROOM IN AWE) I don't understand it, Jack. Stefano had every reason to get rid of us back there.

JACK: Let's not be pessimistic here.

JENNIFER: Jack, pessimism is your middle name.

JACK: I am not pessimistic.

JENNIFER: You are not optimistic.

JACK: I am realistic.

JENNIFER: (RAISING HER EYEBROWS AT HIM) Realistic, Jack?

JACK: (ACTING SURPRISED) Realistic...ballistic. Look, it doesn't matter what I am. Stefano is using us-you and I-for some reason. It is in our best interest that we find out what exactly that reason is. However, our first order of (IMITATING JOHN'S VOICE) duty is to tell our (IMITATING JOHN'S VOICE AGAIN) fellow troops--what exactly is going on here. (HE HOLDS OUT A WALKIE TALKIE) Now do you want to do the honors or shall I?

(OUT ON JENNIFER LOOKING AT THE WALKIE TALKIE)


SCENE 4: JENNIFER AND JACK TALK MAKEUP

JENNIFER: (LOOKING AT THE WALKIE TALKIE) Is that what you were trying to get from the van?

JACK: (SMILING) You didn't think I meant that whole makeup business, did you?

JENNIFER: (COVERING) No. (SHE GRABS THE WALKIE TALKIE) Jack Deveraux, you amaze me sometimes.

JACK: (SMILING AND LOOKING SHEEPISH) I like amazed.

JENNIFER: (SMILING) No, Jack, you amaze me how...how quickly you think. Here I am thinking that you are just being annoying...being Jack...

JACK: Hey-

JENNIFER: (SMILING) And you're thinking about how to get us help.

JACK: At your expense. Truth is, you look anything but haggard in the morning. You look rather...

JENNIFER: (TAKING A STEP TOWARDS JACK) Rather what, Jack?

JACK: Rather...rather...(PULLING THE WALKIE-TALKIE TO HIS MOUTH) We really should call the troops, you know. (IN TRUCKER CB VOICE) Pulitzer to Scooby-gang...Pulitzer to Scooby-gang...come in...

JENNIFER: Pulitzer, Jack?

JACK: (PULLING A FACE) Come in. Cub reporter, no, Bimpy Blonde to Scooby-gang...can you read me?

JENNIFER: I am not a bimpy blonde. (GETTING NERVOUS) Why aren't they responding?

JACK: (TRYING TO REMAIN CALM) I don't know. Give me your phone (SHE HANDS HIM THE PHONE). No signal.

JENNIFER: Try yours.

JACK: Good, good. Try mine. (HE PICKS UP HIS PHONE) No signal, either.

JENNIFER: Jack, what does this mean?

JACK: This means we need to get new calling plans. (SHRUGGING) Okay, seriously, this means we do the one thing I hate more than anything else.

JENNIFER: We have to climb out of here?

JACK: No.

JENNIFER: We have to buy off-the-rack?

JACK: (GIVING HER A LOOK) No.

JENNIFER: We have to budget?

JACK: No, no, no. Wait, Jennifer, we have to wait.

JENNIFER: Jack, we can't wait. We have to warn the others.

JACK: Well, unless you know the fine art of telepathy, I think we really have no other choice. Besides, they'll figure out something's up when we don't call them...they have to.

JENNIFER: (TURNING AWAY) You think they will?

JACK: (GOING TO TOUCH HER BACK, BUT THEN DROPPING HIS HAND) I do. (HE DOESN'T LOOK TOO SURE)


SCENE 5: MAKING THE BEST OF THE SITUATION

JENNIFER: (TURNING BACK TOWARDS HIM) Okay, we'll just wait then.

JACK: That's what I've been saying all along.

JENNIFER: But not without taking a look around first (SHE OPENS THE DOOR AND SEES A GUARD)

GUARD: Going somewhere lass?

JENNIFER: (LOOKING AT JACK FOR HELP) Uh...

JACK: (WALKING TO THE DOOR TO HELP HER) What the lady is saying is no, she's not. She just forgot that this was the door. (SMILING) She was looking for the little girls' room. (TO JENNIFER) Jennifer, how many times do I have to tell you...East is that way (POINTS). (TO GUARD) You know women and their sense of direction. Sorry for bothering you. (CLOSES THE DOOR) Whew.

JENNIFER: We're trapped. Jack, what are we going to do? (SHE LOOKS TOWARDS THE WINDOWS) They're barred. Jack, there must be a hundred rooms in here. Bo and Hope will never find us.

JACK: (PLACING HIS HANDS ON BOTH OF HER SHOULDERS) Jennifer, Jennifer, calm down. This is not going to help. I've never let you down before, have I?

(JENNIFER PULLS A FACE)

Hey, didn't we go over this a few weeks ago at the morgue? In life and death situations I've scored a perfect ten, right?

JENNIFER: I guess. But, Jack...

JACK: But what, Jennifer? So, we're not in a morgue, or on a ship, or on a train, but we're together. Besides, you said it yourself, Stefano had every reason to get rid of us earlier.

JENNIFER: (FRIGHTENED) What about Abby, Jack? What if she's not okay?

JACK: (LYING) I'm sure she's fine. Probably giving Jo and Vern a run for their money as we speak. It's her mother I'm worried about.

JENNIFER: (HUGGING HERSELF) I'm sorry. I just don't like this situation.

JACK: And I do? Personally I could think of a hundred places I'd rather be right now. Firing squad, the middle of the Sahara...

(JENNIFER LAUGHS)

See, I heard that. Now, let's just make the best of this situation. (STARTS LOOKING AROUND THE ROOM) There's got to be something to eat around here.

(THERE IS A KNOCK ON THE DOOR)

JENNIFER: (THROWING JACK A LOOK) Who is it?

(A GUARD OPENS THE DOOR AND PUSHES IN A CART OF FOOD.)

GUARD: Mr. DiMera thought you might enjoy a little bite to eat. He also said that you should make yourselves comfortable, for the next meal will be in the state room tomorrow morning.

JACK: (LOOKING AT THE FOOD) How very kind. Thank you, garcon.

(THE GUARD LEAVES AND JACK AND JENNIFER LOOK AT THE FOOD)

JENNIFER: Bon appetit, Jack. (SHE PICKS UP A BREADSTICK AND PUTS IT IN HIS MOUTH).


SCENE 6:

(JACK AND JENNIFER HAVE JUST FINISHED EATING AND ARE NOW SITTING ON THE BED. THEY HAVE HAD TOO MUCH TO DRINK AND ARE STILL POURING WINE)

JACK: More for you, my lady? (HE HOLDS UP THE BOTTLE)

JENNIFER: (GIGGLING) Why, thank you, kind sir. (SHE TAKES A SIP OUT OF HER WINE AND HICCUPS AND THEN COVERS HER MOUTH)

JACK: (SLURRING A LITTLE) Doth the lady have a dire case of the hiccups?

JENNIFER: (HICCUPING AGAIN) No. (SHE GIGGLES) Jack, I really don't think we should drink in this situation.

JACK: And normally neither would I. But as you can see, we have no other choice. We're surrounded by henchmen and well, you heard the man, we will not be seen again until the morn. So, as a wise man once said, bottom's up (HE TAKES A LARGE SIP OF WINE)

JENNIFER: (GIGGLING) It does get my mind off the situation.

JACK: (BRUSHING HER FACE WITH HIS HAND) I could think of a few other things to get your mind off the situation.

JENNIFER: (LOOKING AT HIS HAND ON HER FACE) Oh really?

JACK: Really. It involved two people...and it's a lot of fun.

JENNIFER: (SMILING) It does? Wait, it's not work, is it?

JACK: No, even better. I used to do it a lot when I was younger.

JENNIFER: (APPREHENSIVE) Okay. When you were younger?

JACK: Yes, I do, however, think we can do it now...to get our minds off things, of course.

JENNIFER: (GIGGLING) To get our minds off things.

JACK: Are you ready?

JENNIFER: (SMILING WIDELY) Ready as I'll ever be.

JACK: We are going to play...drumroll please...

(JENNIFER DOES A DRUMROLL ON HER LAP)

Truth or dare.

(MEANWHILE, THE OTHERS ARE WONDERING WHY THEY HAVEN'T HEARD FROM JACK AND JENNIFER. REALIZING THEY COULD HAVE BEEN CAUGHT, THEY DECIDE TO HEAD OUT, BY FOOT, IN SEARCH OF THEM)


SCENE 7: I DARE YOU...

(JACK AND JENNIFER ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF PLAYING TRUTH OR DARE. THEY ARE BOTH A BIT TIPSY. JENNIFER IS ON THE BED SITTING INDIAN STYLE AND JACK IS WEARING JENNIFER'S ROBE AND SINGING "AGONY" FROM "INTO THE WOODS". JENNIFER IS LAUGHING HYSTERICALLY AT HIM.)

JACK: (BOWING) Thank you very much. I'll be here all week. Tips are appreciated. (HE PICKS UP HIS GLASS AND WALKS BACK OVER TO THE BED)

JENNIFER: You always pick dare, Jack.

JACK: What, do you not enjoy my antics?

JENNIFER: No, but you never pick truth.

JACK: One who searches for truth rarely speaks it. (SITTING ON THE BED) Your turn...truth or dare?

JENNIFER: (SMILING) Truth.

JACK: (SMILING BACK. HE IS ENJOYING HIMSELF GREATLY) Okay...best kiss.

JENNIFER: (GIGGLING) I feel like I'm sixteen again. Let's see. (SHE LOOKS UP THINKING)

JACK: (FEIGNING ANNOYANCE) It can't be that hard.

JENNIFER: Shhhhhhhh. I'm thinking.

JACK: (LOOKING AT HIS WATCH) It sure is taking a long time.

JENNIFER: Jack, it's not that easy. I mean, I've had great kisses.

JACK: Maybe I should rephrase my question...which kiss meant the most to you?

JENNIFER: That's easy. (SHE TAKES A LONG SIP OF HER WINE AND RAISES HER EYEBROWS AT JACK'S IMPATIENCE)

JACK: Easy? (HE SMILES BEHIND HIS WINE GLASS)

JENNIFER: (GIGGLING AGAIN) Yeah, Jack, that's an easy one. The one in Steve and Kayla's house, when we were looking for the diary key. Do you remember that one?

JACK: Do I ever (HE LOOKS OFF THINKING ABOUT IT). Yes, (COMING BACK TO REALITY) yes, I do.

JENNIFER: (SIPPING HER WINE) How 'bout you, Jack? Which kiss (PUTTING UP HER FINGERS IN QUOTATION MARKS) meant the most to you?

JACK: I don't believe this is part of the game.

JENNIFER: C'mon, Jack.

JACK: Okay, if we must. (HE REALLY LIKES THIS IDEA) Hmmmmmmmmmm...

JENNIFER: Jack!

JACK: Like you said, this takes time...there was Mitzy Robbins, my high-school crush, Bundt cake...

JENNIFER: Jack, you never kissed Eve.

JACK: No, not really, anyway. Okay, I got it. The first kiss we ever had. The one in my office.

JENNIFER: Ah, the pushy person kiss. Why?

JACK: Well, for obvious reasons, of course. It started something.

JENNIFER: (SMILING) And what a something it was. Okay, favorite fight?

JACK: Between us? The one when I kidnapped you to the mountains. You were so mad. You made that dog deaf, you know. Favorite date?

JENNIFER: Jack, we never dated.

JACK: Okay, favorite situation that threw us together then?

JENNIFER: The cruise. It brought our relationship to a whole new level.

JACK: (SMILING) Any regrets?

JENNIFER: (GETTING VERY QUIET) A few.

JACK: (SADLY) Too numerous to recall.

JENNIFER: (LOOKING AT HIM WITH GREAT LOVE) I've missed you, Jack.

JACK: (RETURNING HER LOOK WITH GREAT LOVE) I've missed you too, Miss Horton.

JENNIFER: I've been thinking about what you said...about us trying again.

JACK: Jennifer, I'm sorry, I know that it's over. We'll work some kind of agreement out with Abigail and custody. I know it hurts you too much.

JENNIFER: I'd like to.

JACK: (NOT HEARING HER) I was being selfish. I just know that you are the best thing that ever happened to me and I didn't...(BEAT) What did you say?

JENNIFER: (SMILING WITH TEARS IN HER EYES) I said I'd like to try, Jack...within reason, of course.

JACK: (SMILING. HE CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT HE IS HEARING) Within reason.

JENNIFER: Slowly, Jack. Let's go slowly. A lot of things went wrong between us, but a lot of things went right, too. I want to be sure that we're doing the right thing. (SHE LEANS ON HER PILLOW AND YAWNS. SHE IS VERY TIRED.)

JACK: Of course. I tell you what, Jennifer, when we get back to Salem, I'm going to take you on one of those date things. Complete with flowers, and violins, and sweaty palms.

JENNIFER: (SMILING) I'd like that, Jack. (SHE SHUTS HER EYES)

JACK: So would I, Jennifer. (HE LOOKS AT HER ASLEEP) So would I. (HE SMILES AND GETS UP AND WALKS TO THE BATHROOM. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WALK HE JUMPS UP AND KICKS HIS HEELS TOGETHER. HE IS VERY HAPPY.)

END OF EPISODE 21

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