The Bold & The Beautiful Update Monday 5/29/06
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Brooke steps off the elevator at Marone Industries and calls Ridge on her cell phone. She apologizes for not getting back with him sooner with her decision, but shes had a lot of thinking to do. He wants a little hint, but she tells him she will see him shortly and give it to him in person.
Stephen talks to Nick on his cell phone and says he is meeting Taylor. Theres something else going on with her, but he doesnt know what it is. But, if there is a chance that he can keep Forresters from slipping through his daughters fingers Nick tells him to do what he has to do, but be smart.
Nick looks around and finds Brooke walking into his office. He quickly hangs up the phone and they both look at each other apprehensively. They both walk closer to each other and she makes the first move. Without saying a word, she puts her arms around his shoulders and slips into his arms.
In Stephanies office, Ridge laments to Eric that Brooke called. But, what if she accepts his mothers offer, but still doesnt dump the sailor? Eric comments that is possible, but Nick had told Brooke it was him or the company. She cant have both. And he offers that he doesnt see much for that relationship at all.
Ridge remarks that his mother has been awfully quiet. Is she all right? Sipping her coffee, she says shes just upset about Taylor. She was taken aback at her reaction. She thought she knew her and now shes not so sure she knows her at all.
At Taylors, she is sitting on the sofa sipping a big glass of wine, muttering to herself about the Forresters, Stephanie in particular. And that she has had enough of ALL of them. The doorbell rings and she shouts for whoever it is, just go away! He doesnt though. Stephen decides to come on in. She sees him and grabs the bottle and tells him hes just in time for a toast. He asks what are they celebrating? She pours him a drink and tells him they are celebrating her official parting of the ways from the Forresters. She says she is done with them; all of them for good.
Brooke holds Nick and tells him she is sorry she put him through all of this. He strokes her hair and her arm as she tells him she knows he said he understood, but all of this is hard to understand. He remarks that he knows the company owes its success to her. She has earned her 50%. But, she has to work with Ridge and he has a problem with that. She says she knows that. He tells her he loves her too much; he loves her too much to walk into that place and know what shes gone through and what she could go through again. She tells him that his support means so much to her; he means so much to her. And, she has taken everything into consideration and thinks she has come up with the best solution possible for all of them.
Both Ridge and Eric want to know what Taylor said when Stephanie was alone with Taylor. She explains that she had given Taylor 2% to show her she was a member of the family, but shed gotten so angry and resentful. She hopes she hasnt made a mistake.
Taylor paces as Stephen listens about the slap from Stephanie. Taylor remarks that it was because she gave her a piece of her mind and she didnt like it. She opines that she actually thought she was a member of that family, that she actually mattered to them. But, Stephanie showed her how they ALL feel about her when she chose his daughter over Taylor. She takes another sip of wine and Stephen gets to her and takes it politely out of her hands and says he is so sorry. She doesnt deserve all of this, but shes not alone. She does have options. Unless she has done what she said and given back the stock. She replies that no, she still has them. He remarks that he knows how much she is hurt; how much that pain cuts. But, now they have a way to make Stephanie and the rest of the family pay for the way they have treated them. He softly pleads that they may not have this chance again. So join with them and they can control Forrester Creations.
Nick tells Brooke that whatever she decides, she knows hes behind her all the way. She asks even if she accepts Stephanies offer? He gulps and asks is that what she has decided? Smiling, she says no, she has decided to put the two of them, you and me first. Because, no matter how she feels about Forrester Creations, she cares more for what they have. He asks if she is sure? She assures him yes, that nothing is more important than us. He seems satisfied and asks when is she going to tell them? She replies that she called Ridge and she will be on her way over soon. Nick states that he is going with her. He doesnt want her facing this alone. She assures him that she can handle it. He asks if this were reversed, would she be there for him? Would she be there to support him if he were facing what she is facing? She cups his face and says yes, every step of the way. Hes pleased and remarks that it feels so good, doesnt it, to be able to trust somebody. She agrees. He promises her that happily ever after that she deserves more than anybody else. They seal it with a passionate kiss.
Taylor mocks Stephanie and things she said about rubbing salt in the wound, etc. Stephen tells her that if she doesnt do something about this while she can .dont be a victim he can see shes hurt and angry but Stephanie is counting on that, that she wont resort to revenge. She states because that is NOT who she is. And she has no intention of stooping to Stephanies level. He offers that this is about righting wrong. With her 2% and Brookes 50%, they can send a message loud and clear. She shouts, no, no, no, thats NOT what I want. I dont want that. The stock means nothing to me. Its frigging payola. Its just Stephanies way to ease her guilt at Taylors expense. She goes to her certificate and says she might as well rip it up. Stephen stops her in time and tells her she has other options. Why not sell it to him?
Nick and Brooke step off the elevator at Forrester. They are greeted by two young stock/delivery men who mush and gush about how nice it is to see her and congratulate her on being back as CEO. Nick reminds her that he is loved around here. She remarks that yes, it was an amazing ride .one she wouldnt trade for the world even with all its ups and downs. She walks to the nearby wall and proudly looks at the framed photos of her accomplishments, with BeLieF, in the lab, Brookes Bedroom Line; her weddings. Nostalgia takes over and a small tear rolls down her cheek as she says, Ill never have another experience like this ever again.
Eric asks Stephanie if Taylor gave her back the stock? She says no, she imagines that was her intention but she never actually got around to doing that. He remarks so they are still hers to do with what she wants, keep it or sell it. With the help of his cane, Ridge rises from the chair and remarks this is Taylor they are talking about. He knows shes been through some rough times, but they arent worried are they? Before they can reply, Brooke walks in. Stephanie goes to her and is about to hug her when she sees Nick enter and she stops cold. She tells him this is the first board meeting with Brooke as CEO and Nick doesnt have any stock in the company. He states no, he knows, he is just there to support Brooke. Stephanie says well that would be fine .IF she needed it, but shes a big girl now and she is with her family (gag me) who love and adore her, and support her. Nick offers yes, the way they have loved and supported her all of these years. She admits she hasnt been, but shes trying to make amends. She goes on that she has distributed the rest of the stock and she wants Brooke to know that they are all 100% behind her with her being CEO of the company. Eric steps forward and assures her they want her and Ridge close behind saying its not because of the profits for the company, but because this is where she should have been all along. Stephanie leads the way that she should take a seat in that chair. Eric opines she is going to be spending a lot of time in it. So Ridge takes her hand and asks her to take a test drive. Its all hers. Slowly, she looks at it.
Stephen tells Taylor that if she rips up the papers that she will be hurting herself and her children. And shes been hurt enough. He will pay whatever she wants; enough to set her and Thomas and the twins up for the rest of their lives. She cries this has NOTHING to do with money at all. She has plenty of money. She doesnt need any money. Thats not what this stock is all about. This stock is just a representation of the contempt that Stephanie really has for her. How insignificant shes really been to her all this time. But, whats worse is what a fool she has been, thinking she was a part of that family or that this family cared a damn about her. He takes her by the shoulders and tells her she is NOT a fool. Shes one, loving, woman whos always trying to do the right thing. She looks at him and says so now hes telling her that the right thing to do would be to sell him the shares so that Nick and Brooke could give the Forresters a taste of their own medicine? He tells her that he knows she is not about revenge and he respects that, but these people have taken so much from them. They have sabotaged the life that they should have had. So its not just about revenge, but about redemption and justice for all of them that have been abused over and over again by that family, and especially Stephanie.
He clicks his pen and tells her all she has to do is sign the stocks over to him and he will deposit a fair market value into her account. And you will be free of the Forresters forever. That is what you want, isnt it, Taylor? Freedom from that family and Stephanie forever?
Brooke walks around the desk and lovingly touches the chair like the throne as she repeats, all mine. Ridge adds the desk, the office, the company, the whole enchilada. Stephanie tells her that more importantly she is now a Forrester. Ridge goes further by taking her down memory lane of all the amazing moments they have shared in this office as it all came together on the runway. The excitement, the applause, the adrenilin, as if they had hit a grand slam. She says she remembers, just like it was yesterday. Eric reminds her their success is her success. Though everyone wasnt always in favor of her beliefs. Stephanie says okay, she was an old fuddy-duddy; she should have known better. But, seriously, Brooke has 50% and she can be as provocative and avant garde as she wants. And shell put that in writing. Ridge wants to check with Sally to see if she has any champagne. Brooke has to put a quick stop to this and tells them to hang on. Slowly, she says she came there to tell them something, and they are making it harder on her.
Nicks cell phone rings so he excuses himself to take it. He steps outside in the hallway. Its Stephen who simply says its done, he has the 2%. Nick is shocked, how? Stephen says Taylor sold it to him. Nick wants to make sure. Stephen tells him he will give him details later, but what is important now is that Brooke doesnt have to give up the company she loves. She now has controlling interest.
Brooke strolls around the office and tells them, especially Stephanie, as much as the offer means and all it signifies, she has weighed everything very carefully. Nick steps back in by her side. Brooke continues and is about to turn down the offer. She says the only choice she could really come up with is to ..Nick quickly interrupts and says, to accept your very generous offer. He grins and looks at Brooke. Brooke is going to accept the position as CEO; Forrester Creations' largest stockholder. Effective immediately. He gives her a goose in the back that takes her breath away. The family looks on skeptically, and clearly Brooke is the most shocked and surprised of all.
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