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Lady in Red
"I Wish I Was the Moon"

The uniformed Hispanic chauffeur parks the black limousine curbside at Shelter. "Mr. Peterson and Miss, er, Mrs, señora" he greets with broken English and a pause as he opens the door for Dorian. Carl replies with a simple "Buenas noches," before proudly adding, "Y, esta señora hermosa en el rojo es el Senador Dorian Lord (And this beautiful lady in red is Senator Dorian Lord)." Dorian glances at Carl. "Gracias," she retorts a bit surprised that Carl should announce her name even though they'd been together at the Veteran's Gala for the entire evening. She notices the driver glance at her hand as she hikes the bottom of her red silk dress that is delicately laced with black embroider at its top. "La señora ... casada (Mrs... married)--no al Señor Peterson (--not to Mr. Peterson)," Dorian garbles with a sigh to a chauffeur, who appears indifferent and probably used to being discreet. "Mrs. Married?" Dorian chastises herself in her thoughts. "I need not explain myself to anyone!" Carl shrugs, which makes Dorian wonder if she's expressed her thoughts outloud. Carl raises a brow before he slips his left hand into his pocket. Hours earlier, he'd taken off his wedding band.

As Dorian climbs into the limo, she frowns at her impetuous blurt -- the result of nerves more than feelings of obligation or marital commitment to her soon to be ex-husband David Vickers Buchanan. She still loves David even if she is no longer fond of his roving eye and penchant for spending tons of her money on expensive hobbies such as an unsuccessful acting career and redecorating her mansion, LaBoulaie. Initially her flirtatious behavior at the gala was largely for show and to annoy David --to prove to everyone that she has indeed moved on even though she has lingering doubts. It was David who was unfaithful and it was he who decided to move out of their home. Somewhere along the way, she began to enjoy Carl's company and the twinkle in his blue eyes when he smiled."Carl is sexy," she thinks as she impulsively moistens her lips. "A commanding and familiar presence, like Mel, except taller," Dorian decides in comparing Carl to her beloved, deceased husband. She opens her purse for her red lipstick to refreshen her lip color.

At 6'3", Carl casts a towering figure in black tie and tux, especially next to a petite Dorian, who is nearly a foot shorter. He frowns, grins at Dorian's assertion that has the impact of reminding him where he stands with her and that he too, is married. He concludes that her words were spoken with charm and bite that warn him a ride home should not be mistaken for an invitation to do much more. Powerful and ruthless, it has been awhile since he's not gotten what he wants at the mere suggestion. And paying $100,000 for a portrait of his unexpected but surprisingly delightful date was much more than a gesture. Emboldened by intrigue, Dorian's propriety leaves him oddly amused at the challenge Dorian represents since women easily throw themselves at him and his money. He suspected that Dorian was different and she is proving him correct. He likes being right and making things right. He's made a career of it. The chauffeur opens the passenger door for Carl before resuming the driver's seat. As the chauffeur exits the curbside, he leaves behind the image of the large placard in the plaza courtyard announcing "The Man of the Year."

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In the back of the limo, Carl pours a seltzer water for Dorian and then himself. "So do you love him?" Dorian swallows and then asks, "David, you mean?" Carl continues without reply. "I suppose that barmaid you called a slut has a lot to do with your separation and impending divorce." He looks into her eyes and notices a reflection revealing pain. "I'm sorry. I'm interested in you."
Dorian: Carl--don't apologize. At least you bothered to notice. (says with an edge)
Carl: How could I not notice? You're a vision in red. Timeless, as is your portrait.
Dorian (smiles): You're good for my ego. One hundred thousand dollars for my portrait--I could have picked Victoria Bank's jaw off the floor. Thank you for that!
Carl: And your husband is a jackass! Enough. Why don't we change the subject? (He offers her chocolate covered strawberries displayed on a platter.)
Dorian: Agreed. (She eats a strawberry) Let's talk about anything else. (Carl is distracted by her red lips as she eats. Dorian is drawn to his blue eyes before she looks away.) That was quite some speech you gave tonight. It seemed to come from the heart. Are you a veteran? (She rests her seltzer in a holder and continues eating the strawberry.)
Carl (sighs): You could say that.
Dorian (looks at him for clarity): I'm confused by that response or are you trying to be deliberately evasive?
Carl: Yes. The moon is magnificent tonight. Would it offend you if we took the scenic route along Llantano River?
Dorian (frowns at his response): No. I enjoy the company.
Carl pauses to smile at her and look again into her soulful dark brown eyes before he directs the driver. Then, he returns to his conversation with Dorian.
Carl: You want to know of my experiences. (He pours himself a vodka tonic and offers her another strawberry. She gestures no, more interested in what he has to say.) I-I was captured, a prisoner during Vietnam.
Dorian: I'm sorry.
Carl: I didn't confide in you to elicit sympathy. It's not a secret. I just don't like talking about it.
Dorian: Then I'm honored. Your speech--fighting for freedom and suffering injuries both emotional and physical--I could tell that you've made sacrifices. It cost you.
Carl: That's all behind me.
Dorian: No it's not. Why are you lying to me? That kind of abuse is never behind you. It is a part of you.
Carl (sips from his drink): You sound as if you have personal knowledge. For your sake, I hope that I'm mistaken.
Dorian (sighs): No. (She pauses.) I suppose if I am encouraging you to be forthcoming with me, I should be candid.
Carl: You don't have to say anything. I'm not demanding it of you.
Dorian (awkward silence): You were brave enough to share. So yes, in my childhood, there was.... My sisters and I suffered physical but mostly emotional abuse. It resulted in my sisters being institutionalized because of the trauma.
Carl: But not you?
Dorian: No. (She reaches for a strawberry.)
Carl: You're as tough as they come but not so tough that you're no longer vulnerable to life's pain. You feel more deeply, more intensely. And you're a fighter, like me. Perhaps that's why I was so drawn to you when I first saw you.
Dorian: You saw all that in a glance.
Carl: It wasn't just what I saw. (He looks into her eyes and moves closer to caress her cheek.) It's also what I felt. (He kisses her gently on the lips. She returns the kiss before they kiss more deliberately and with greater passion.)
Dorian (pulls back): I wasn't expecting that.
Carl: Your face framed by the moonlight, I couldn't resist.
Dorian: I wasn't complaining. (She kisses him with such passion that she doesn't even notice when he loosens the pins in her hair.)
Carl: Should we go to my hotel room?
Dorian (uses her fingers to wipe the lipstick smeared across his lips. She shakes her head.): Carl you're attractive and I want you.
Carl: You're turning me down. (He kisses her brow, savoring the moment before he loosens his tie and she rests her head against his shoulder.)
Dorian: I may have given you mixed signals.
Carl: I don't think that your body was confused at all. It's too much too soon. I'm a stranger and you're going through a divorce.
For a moment, Dorian thinks of Mel again, how she allowed herself to be swept up by passion on first meeting him and knowing in an instant that they would have a connection that would survive death.
Carl: You're quiet. (He strokes her hair.)
Dorian: I was just thinking, a man as handsome and as wealthy as you, how have you been able to escape marriage? (Dorian senses his body become tense at the mention. She glances up at him.) Carl? You're not wearing a wedding band, but there is someone.
Carl: Yes.
Dorian (begins putting her hair back into place): I see.
Carl: You and I were both caught up in unexpected feelings. We acted on them. (He takes her hand and kisses it.) Can I hold you?
Dorian looks into his blue eyes. They pause for a lingering glance before she rests her head on his shoulder again. The black limo passes along the bridge of the Llantano River. In the distance, the large moon can be seen hovering along the shimmering water.
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I have ... no words. Sweet. Hot. Intriguing. *sigh*


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Just wanted to leave another comment to let you know I read it AGAIN.


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Thanks for your enthusiastic response. I wanted to accomplish a couple of things other than writing something that might be enjoyable to Dorian fans. I wanted to write Dorian as a desirable woman again. I also wanted to show a connection she could have with Carl that was authentic and one that added depth to his character, who has already been cast as a heinous villain. Let's just say, I'd like to think there is more to the story. And if the show does not return, I'm good with imagining Dorian with a man who wants her and is able to demonstrate it convincingly.
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I have to admit I have let my imagination run wild several times about what might happen/might have happened after the gala and as a result of Carl escorting Dorian home. I definitely don't see him as a "good guy" but I agree with you that if he is a well-written character he could have a redeeming side. And of course those are my favorite kinds of characters, so Carl is/was especially intriguing to me -- ESPECIALLY when paired with Dorian who we all know has her own bad (or badass?) side.

I am suspicious about the fact that he warmed up to Dorian so quickly when we have seen him secretly "all up in" everyone in town's business -- and we know that Dorian's senatorial downfall and the reasons for it haven't been addressed. Didn't she at one point pause to question who the lady was who handed her the information that she passed on to the Intelligence Committee (but which ultimately led to her having to resign)? (And the documents had to do with secret prisons -- and Todd just happened to be in a secret prison for many years?) And isn't it convenient that Jeffrey was all over that story for The Banner of all papers?

And here she is (after all that), going through a divorce, and she's unfazed and out about town while everyone else is sort-of crumbling in their own ways over what is going on in their lives. (Well, maybe except for Bo and Nora who seem to be along for the ride. We'll see what Michelle does about that.)

So I guess what I'm saying is that Carl and Dorian's night could have gone any number of ways depending on Carl's true motives but I definitely think that they are both intrigued and impressed by each other and I really enjoyed YOUR take on what could have happened when they left the event. As you said, you made him not so much just a villain but also a relatable man who is used to using his power to "fix" situations. That makes sense. (And seriously, he threw around his money for Dorian's portrait like it was play money. And it obviously impressed her. So ... it stands to reason that a guy who is used to getting what he wants is going to assume she appreciates the attention and might even show him that.) Anyway, I think of him as a villain (though perhaps redeemable and ultimately lovable) - so I really enjoyed how quickly you seemed to redeem him in your story and how believable it was that they "went there."

And yes, Dorian should be seen as desirable. Even during the Buddhist storyline there were some sincere moments between Dorian and David but ever since he took off to Hollywood and Ray Montez stepped in I have not noticed that warm-fuzzy chemistry. I think they were believable as a married couple when OLTL returned - but perhaps an "old married couple," as in the chemistry had long since worn off. And David never acted like he desired her all that much and she must have picked up on it since she brought up that whole "I can't give you kids" conversation -- which is of course the biological root of the problem with men like David who feel the need to spread their seed. And she is smart enough to know that. But romantic enough to believe that love is enough??

And as for the actual AGE issue (looking at you, ABC) -- I think people enjoy watching couples find each other and find each other DESIRABLE no matter what age. It tells a story and gives us hope. (So shush, Chelsea Handler.)


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I have to admit I have let my imagination run wild several times about what might happen/might have happened after the gala and as a result of Carl escorting Dorian home. I definitely don't see him as a "good guy" but I agree with you that if he is a well-written character he could have a redeeming side. And of course those are my favorite kinds of characters, so Carl is/was especially intriguing to me -- ESPECIALLY when paired with Dorian who we all know has her own bad (or badass?) side.

I like the villains. That's my bias. I actually think that Carl is behind Dorian losing her Senate seat. I mean it's been dropped and then only mentioned again recently in their conversation so I believe that was purposeful to connect Carl to the events. He may even have an agenda when it comes to him attending the gala and meeting Dorian. Right now he is written as all black and it's my understanding the intent was or is to keep him. If that's the case, they must start writing some "gray" areas for the character. This is typically achieved through use of a core character so the audience cares to see other dimensions. Further, I'd like Dorian to figure out he's behind her losing her Senate seat because she's smart. And of course there's more to be slowly revealed to heighten the drama. There could be all kinds of layers of complexity. That's my take anyway so I'm open to the possibilities and more importantly the potential. The performers do have a natural chemistry so why waste it. I think Dorian is asexual in her relationship with David. Obviously I can picture Carl being attracted to her and vice versa. That's the kind of writing I want for Dorian. She is a woman and desirable to a man. I've always loved Dorian's passion in all aspects of her persona.
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David who feel the need to spread their seed. And she is smart enough to know that. But romantic enough to believe that love is enough??
You know I'm fine with him doing all that. But why rob Dorian of femininity? Let him do his thing. Free Dorian. LOL.
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I love Vimal though! I feel bad for him! Although I do understand Rama's perspective of never having had any experiences outside of her arranged marriage. And yes, Dorian needs a PARTNER, not a ... you know ... another kid to babysit. I actually like them better as friends with benefits and in those tumultuous days when that is what they end up being they are more fun to me. But David is not and has never been actual husband material. She loves him. This is one of the issues she's going to be dealing with in Turning Leaves, so I digress.

Carl and Dorian is definitely something I want to see more of. And I want him to be DORIAN'S - friend or foe - and no competition with Viki. Viki needs to stay focused on Clint right now. Let Dorian handle the Carl situation. Still ... my heart belongs to Ray Montez and I will have to see a lot more of Carl before he can even try to change my mind!

Is this going to stay a short story??? I love the angst it leaves me with.


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QUOTE
I love Vimal though! I feel bad for him! Although I do understand Rama's perspective of never having had any experiences outside of her arranged marriage. And yes, Dorian needs a PARTNER, not a ... you know ... another kid to babysit. I actually like them better as friends with benefits and in those tumultuous days when that is what they end up being they are more fun to me. But David is not and has never been actual husband material. She loves him. This is one of the issues she's going to be dealing with in Turning Leaves, so I digress.
As the interviewer mentioned in the Soaps In Depth article with David being presented a "lover," there's always Jo if Rama doesn't catch his attention. If he's to be the Casanova, "free Dorian." And even if that's not the case, "free Dorian." Prior to Ron Carlivati's writing, Dorian was desired as a woman. As for the online version, if one had no prior knowledge of the relationship, I'd think one would be hard pressed to see the love. There has certainly not been any show of physical affection. I could go on but why bother?

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Carl and Dorian is definitely something I want to see more of. And I want him to be DORIAN'S - friend or foe - and no competition with Viki. Viki needs to stay focused on Clint right now. Let Dorian handle the Carl situation. Still ... my heart belongs to Ray Montez and I will have to see a lot more of Carl before he can even try to change my mind!
I love Ray. I love Ray and Dorian. I love Dorian more. I want to see her written as a woman again. Of course I want to see more with Carl, but I'm rooting for more of a connection between the two of them because of what I want for Dorian and because I find him interesting. Ron Raines is also excellent. He has a strong screen presence. There is something about him that reminds me of Stephen Markle, his carriage, his diction, hell his beard. That's why I bring it up in the story. Dorian fighting over a man is for fans of the male character. I want Dorian to regain her feminine prowess without having to fight a woman for a man's attention. That lessens the woman. I think that has been done enough with Dorian.

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Is this going to stay a short story??? I love the angst it leaves me with.
I don't know. I'm more interested in finishing"Make it Real." This was just a distraction an excursion. But if the mood strikes me, I write. As far as fan fiction and fantasy goes, I'm still not sure they don't end up in bed. Are you? But would that be taking advantage of her, too? Questions. Maybe not if she invites it. Feminine prowess.
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As far as fan fiction and fantasy goes, I'm still not sure they don't end up in bed. Are you? But would that be taking advantage of her, too? Questions. Maybe not if she invites it. Feminine prowess.


I think that is why I like it where you left it. As much as I love reading YOUR perspective and take on what might have happened and I'm curious about what happens next in YOUR mind, it is nice to not have a sense of closure -- to not know what happens -- leaving the mind of the reader open to play and explore what might happen next. In many ways I think it is more fun to read fanfic than just discuss what we want or think should happen. (You're actually seeing what people see happening in a story rather than just discussing this or that.)

You'll find with many shows/movies and characters many different fans will pick up on the same moment in time and run with it in their own ways. And sometimes even the bad fanfic is as interesting as the good. (I found the most sacrilegious OLTL fanfic last night - it was just so so so wrong and I laughed about it for HOURS!! Like with tears coming out of my eyes!) I enjoy reading someone else's take on events and not knowing where they might lead. And I appreciate when their take doesn't rob me of my own imaginings in the process. (I tend to get pretty specific and opinionated in my own writing.) Anyway, bottom line - I like what you did there.

As far as what I said about Carl being Dorian's - friend or foe - I just don't care at all if they end up being an immediate couple. I don't mind if they try to elude each other or trick each other or even go toe to toe against each other. But as with Ray, whether they get along or not, he can be a partner for her, and there can be moments of intense chemistry, and layers and depth, and in the end, maybe yes, they could even be a couple. That's my take. So if they continue with the batting eyelashes and flattering each other and end up being a couple, that's just fine with me, and if they don't, well I would love to watch, either way. And I think, to be fair, either way would show Dorian as being Dorian, and being desirable. In my Carl fantasies he is a bad guy, she is onto him, and in the end his desire for her and her expectations of who he should be are what redeem him. But that is my take, and I like yours just as much!!


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And I think, to be fair, either way would show Dorian as being Dorian, and being desirable.

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In my Carl fantasies he is a bad guy, she is onto him, and in the end his desire for her and her expectations of who he should be are what redeem him.
That was one of my scenarios as well. I have different ones. What I've considered doing is not some much continuing this story but as I think of them and feel moved to write, present Carl and Dorian in different situations. But it's all in short story format.
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thumbsuponly.gif I would love to read that!


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I'm going to call this the "Lady in Red" short story series. The first story above is titled, "I Wish I Was the Moon." All of the stories will have an element of romance and well ... maybe red. There may also be other reoccurring themes that tie the series together.


Lady in Red
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Lady in Red
"Pure Imagination"
Dorian's hair is perfectly coiffed with an auburn tint and she is dressed in sultry black and red pants ensemble with long red free flowing scarf. She sniffs, snips and then arranges red roses into several short, circular, clear crystal vases on the dining table. The flowers are from Carl and were delivered earlier in the day. Dorian's mind begins to drift before she's aware of it. She fantasies her and Carl in bed and in naked embrace with red rose petals covering the cool, white Egyptian cotton sheets that caress their bodies; Jamie Cullum's "Pure Imagination" plays on stereo in the dim Parisian hotel room with an overhead fan above the large sleigh bed. Noticing herself in a trance, Dorian shakes her head and then leaves to check on dinner. For the next several days, Blair, Sam and Jack are on a trip out West to scout a film school Jack is interested in attending in the Fall, leaving LaBoulaie quiet for a change and Dorian alone. Tonight, she has invited Carl to dinner.

In the kitchen, Dorian immediately busies herself to keep her mind focused on her mission. She directs the meal preparers, critically samples the sauce for the duck and in general stands in the way of progress. She looks at the chef's exasperation. A smile slowly forms on her face. "Je suis heureux. Merci,"she says before glancing at her watch. "Le client sera arrivant dans l'heure. Je vous prie de m'excuser,." (I am pleased. Thank you. The guest will be arriving within the hour. Please excuse me.) The lady of the manor decides she's sufficiently added her contributions to the soirée repas.

Exiting the kitchen, Dorian passes through the dining room. She stops, checks the romantic presentation of the table with roses from Carl, china, crystal glasses, bottled vintage wine and soon to be lit candles. The door bell rings, which alarms her. She frowns and calls "Madeleine!" and then, whispers, "That can't be him. It's too early!" She enters the foyer just as Madeleine closes the door. Madeleine presents Dorian with a special delivery envelop. "Thank you. That will be all for the evening," she tells Madeleine, preoccupied with the delivery as she opens it. The message reads: Carl Peterson is not who he says he is.

Dorian freezes, frowns and then quickly scans the envelop for an address. There isn't anything. She rips the paper, enters the living room and tosses it into the trash can next to her desk. Dorian adjusts her scarf as she walks toward her patio. She is deep in thought. The full moon catches her attention.

She thinks back to a time in Carl's Palace hotel room when he is in conversation on his cell phone. His back is to her but he must sense her presence as he quickly ends the call when she enters the room, having returned from freshening up. "Carl?" she asks.

Carl: Yes. (turns) Well hello beautiful. (grins) Are you ready for a night on the town or should we stay in for the rest of the evening?
Dorian (stops walking): I'm not sure.
Carl: What's wrong? (He frowns, approaches. She backs away.)
Dorian: Who was that on the phone a moment ago?
Carl: On the phone? It was business Dorian. Something I wanted to take care of so that I could be free to spend an uninterrupted evening with you now that I'm in town for a few days.
Dorian (walks away from him): Or not. Why does it feel like, like you're lying to me?
Carl (abrupt): I'm not your ex husband.
Dorian: That's beneath you.
Carl: You're right. I'm sorry.
Dorian: Apology accepted.
Carl: But then again, neither of us are beneath lying to others if in the end it justifies what needs to be accomplished.
Dorian: I won't deny that.
Carl: In this case, I'm telling you the truth. (Her expression shows doubt) Ah--the warning you received from an associate in DC at that party. Dorian, I told you then and I'll repeat it again. You can't become a man of wealth and power without making enemies, some of them influential.
Dorian: I don't know, Carl.
Carl: What is it, honey?
Dorian: I don't know. Maybe I'm still spooked by the news that Senator Cohen committed suicide.
Carl: OK. I'm confused. What are we talking about that's coming between you and me?
Dorian: A wall. There's a wall between us. You won't let it, it fall.
Carl: A wall? Can I tell you that I've never had so much fun or felt so relaxed with another human being in my entire life?
Dorian: That's not what I'm talking about.
Carl approaches Dorian again. He tilts her chin to gaze into her brown eyes. "Isn't it?" They kiss. Carl says, "It's good between us. We both feel it."
Dorian: It's risky.
Carl (sighs): It is pretty scary. It's also exciting. All right. The contracts that I do for the government are a matter of national security. (Moves away from her. Pours a drink, gulps it down and then looks at her.) I can't say any more about it.
Dorian (long pause): I think that we should stop ....
Carl: Stop. Is that what you want?
Dorian: We should stop seeing each other.
Carl: End it. Kill what makes us come alive.
Dorian: I'm overwhelmed.
Carl: So it's easier to be alone. You're afraid.
Dorian approaches him and kisses his cheek. They exchange a gaze. Carl caresses her wrist as her hand touches the side of his face. She leaves for the door and then stops, turns for a final glance at Carl.

In the present, Dorian's cell phone rings. It's on her desk so she moves toward it and checks the caller ID. "David."
David: No. It's David Vickers Buchanan PI.
Dorian: Have you found out anything about Carl's involvement with the Senate scandal that caused me to resign from my position?
David: Your instincts are as good as ever.
Dorian: I never doubted that.
David: You're not going to believe this but a set of fingerprints discovered on the package that was delivered to you.... Well, are you sitting down for this?
Dorian: Just tell me, David.
David: Maybe this news is better delivered in person. What are you doing tonight?
Dorian: Ack!
David: Tell me you're still not seeing that tall guy, which of course could be me?
Dorian: I'm not discussing anything that's not relevant to what I'm paying you to do, handsomely I might add.
David: Allison Perkins.
Dorian: What about her?
David: The fingerprints on the package that was delivered to you in your Senate office in Washington belong to Allison Perkins as in Mitch Laurence's fruitcake sidekick.
Dorian (frowns and is silent for a moment, which causes David to call her name. She sits down.): I'm still here. Allison Perkins? Are you sure?
David: Afraid so. The entire town's still trying to figure out why she posed as a nurse, pumped drugs into Uncle Clint and then suddenly disappeared. Now the question is why she'd be interested in anything involving you and politics. You think it has anything to do with the deceased Reverend Laurence?
Dorian: I don't have the answers and I've gotta go.
David: All of which spells bad news for your latest suitor.
Dorian: You've said enough. Keep digging.
David: Of course. I will. Dorian, tell me you're not falling for this guy.
Dorian: My personal life is no longer your concern. Good night, David.
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