“Where is she?”
RJ laid out his tuxedo, before returning to the bar
where he carefully prepared his favorite drink.
“She just left her apartment.”
His snitch had been following Evangeline all week,
since he had found out the real motives behind
Evangeline’s sudden interest. At first he had been
angry, hurt even, that someone he had cared so deeply
for could do this to him. But the anger had subsided,
and all that was left now was a need for vengeance, he
hated her with ever bone in his body, her and her
lover McBain. There truly was a thin line between love
and hate, but whose to say he couldn’t have a little
bit of fun while he was at it. Tonight she would see
the real RJ and tonight he would watch Evangeline
Williamson crumble before him. Before the night would
be over she would be swallowed by the dark hole that
had become his heart.
An hour later RJ walked into the lobby at the Palace.
For a moment, he just stared at her unmoving.
Evangeline looked breathtaking. She was clad in a long
cascading black gown that dipped to her lower back.
The back chiffon ruffles rested that the top of the
sleeveless corseted top that ended in a long black
skirt that hugged her body in all the right places.
Her dark silky hair was worn in a mass of spirals that
were led in place by diamond studded hair pins that
matched the stoned that hung beautifully from each
“My, my councilor, you really do look spectacular,” he
finally managed, as she hooked her arm in his.
“You don’t look too bad yourself.” She giggled.
“Shall we?” RJ’s answer came as he led the way towards
a string of candle-lit lanterns and into the
spectacular Palace Ballroom.
Evangeline stared at the mass of people in awe. The
place looked amazing; it was the residents of Llanview
at their finest. The women were decked out in
beautiful gowns, the men overly handsome. Fine wine
and delectable aromas filled the hall as waiters
rushed between the many tables and the open dance
floor serving the extravagant affair. She smiled hello
to familiar faces as they walked to their table, it
was a beautiful gathering and a wonderful event,
everything was perfect, everything except…
“Wow, RJ,” Lindsey Rappaport was at their table, Evangeline
remembered they had been together once. “You clean up nice.” she looked right through
“Didn’t know you two…” she pointed to each of them in
“It’s a work in progress,” the grin RJ displayed made
Evangeline’s feel sick.
“How are you Lindsey?” she managed, making great
effort to be civil.
Her words came slurred, as she sipped on her martini,
Evangeline could tell the woman had had a few too
”Thought you were screwing McBain?”
Evangeline felt the blood rush to her face suddenly,
and for a second she thought she saw RJ smile at the
“Now, now Lindsey, quit badgering my date, besides
that leash of yours is looking kind of slack tonight.”
He nodded past her to where Rex Balsam walked in with
Shannon McBain hanging onto him. They seemed to be
enjoying each others company, Evangeline couldn’t help
but smile; she liked Shannon, a lot. RJ made some
comment about how useless Rex was as the couple
crossed the ballroom. Evangeline was only half
listening to the conversation as she watched Shannon
momentarily let go of her date to run ahead to a
taller gentleman with his back to them. She barely
registered as the waiter took their orders; she was
still watching Shannon when she noticed the girl was
staring at her too.
Suddenly Shannon was waving frantically and tugging on
the tall gentleman’s jacket, pointing at her. When the
man turned finally his dark blue eyes burned into her,
causing a dull ache in her heart. John didn’t make any
move towards them but his eyes remained fixated on
“Isn’t that right Evangeline?”
RJ’s hand was on hers, she turned back to him
reluctantly, her heart beat loudly making her head
“What was that?” she smiled.
“RJ was talking about how happy you two are.”
They were watching her closely, and again she saw that
look in her date’s eye, this time it scared her. There
was clearly malice behind her words.
“Excuse me,” she started to get up. “I need the ladies
Evangeline could feel RJ’s eyes on her as she walked
“You’re a bad man RJ,” Lindsey was watching him
closely, “What are you doing to the poor girl…you saw
how she looked at McBain”
RJ turned to follow Lindsey’s line of sight, he locked
eyes with John McBain.
“Lindsey my dear, you have no idea.”