EDGE OF NIGHT, 2.April.1969
Law Offices of Karr & Drake
Adam Drake is on the phone with Vic discussing bringing Vic into the firm when Adam catches a glimpse of Mike rushing pass his office. Adam exclaims he’ll have to call Vic back and hangs up. He runs after Mike, but by the time Adam reaches the hallway the elevator door closes.
Worried over Mike's moody behavior, Adam caresses his chin and saunters back into the reception area.
Jean stops typing. “You missed him again?” She says, observing Adam.
“Did Mike mention anything about our hiring Vic Lamont?”
“No,” Jean replies. “Then he’s not been his usual self lately.”
“He has been rather moody, hasn’t he?”
“That's an understatement.”
“What time is Mike expected back?”
“Late this afternoon. He’s running late for a consultation with Louise Capice and ...afterwards...he has an appointment with Bill Marceau at police headquarters. He may or may not return to the office.”
Adam gazes out the window at Monticello river in the distance. For a moment he thinks about a vacate barn he'd seen up in Graham county behind a river the same olive color. He considers how nice it would be to buy and renovate that old barn some day and live up in Graham county. The commute to the city wouldn't be so bad. “So, I’m not the only one who’s noticed Mike’s moodiness,” Adam finally says, sitting on the corner of Jean’s desk.
“It would be hard not to miss. Mike is madly concerned about every phone call, especially about Laurie Ann...”
“I’m sure what’s really eating Mike is this stagnating loan shark investigation.”
“No, Mike is under a more personal pressure,” Jean counters. “Something at home. Between Mike, Nancy and Laurie Ann.”
In the living room Mike is explaining to Louise that they should find an interim president for Phil's real estate firm while Phil remains comatose.
Angered by Mike’s suggestion-legal or otherwise- Louise snaps, “Obviously, you believe Phil won't recover...”
“No, Louise,” Mike attempts to assure her. “My concern is that the company is going to suffer. Drastically. Without Phil or someone at the helm. Someone needs to be in control-”
“You won’t stop, will you?”
“Won’t stop?” Perplexed Mike stares at Louise and shakes his head. “I don’t understand?”
“The same way you destroyed Phil’s life. Now you intend to destroy his business. With a friend like you, Mike Karr, who needs an enemy.”
“Louise, don’t be silly. You have it completely wrong. I have the best intentions for Phil’s company-”
“Furthermore, you had the audacity to go over my head.”
“What are you talking about?”
“You investigated Lydia as if...as if she’s a criminal. You just won’t quit...until you’ve destroyed all of our lives.”
“I researched Lydia’s credentials at Winston’s request. Don’t pretend you weren’t aware of that.”
“I won’t hear it.”
“Winston insisted on knowing if Lydia was a certified registered nurse-”
“No, Mike. You voluntarily investigated Lydia to sabotage Phil’s recovery. That’s the real truth. Whether you admit or not. You won’t fool me. Not for one moment.”
“I give up,” Mike says closing his brief case and standing up as Louise refuses to listen to reason and rages on. “I am leaving,” a frustrated Mike says and starts out of the living room with Louise in tow.
Mike opens the door, turns and looks at Louise. “After you’ve calmed down and had some time to think, we can discuss this further. Now is not a good time for that when you simply won’t listen to anything sensibly. We’ll wait...Okay...So ahh...I’ll say goodbye.”
An undaunted Louise is still unhappy, remembering the degradation she suffered when Nancy screamed at her and ordered Louise out of the Karr house. Now more than ever she is determined to have the last word. “This goodbye should be your very last,” she announces sternly.
“As you wish,” Mike nods and walks out.
With all her strength, Louise slams the door.
Still fuming over both Mike and Nancy, Louise smokes a cigarette to calm her nerves. She misses her husband and thumbs aimlessly through a magazine glancing at pictures and articles she could care less about. When Sarah-Louise comes gaily into the living room, Louise puts the magazine down and gets up to greet her daughter Louise is happy to see. Then laments her concerns over Sarah-Louise’s perpetual absences that gravely disturbs Louise.
At first Sarah explains she’s been at a friend’s house, but then decides to tell Louise the truth.
“Mother, if you must know, I’ve been with Calvin,” she confesses.
“Calvin Brenner? Our Calvin? What do you mean? You’ve been with Calvin?”
“We ran into each other at the soda shop downtown on Powell Street. Oh, mother. He’s simply groovy. Devine. He's so very good to me.”
“I don’t think I like where this is going. Not in the least.”
“Mother, I’m not a child anymore. I'll be going away to college soon...but...Calvin. Oh, mother, I do...I do find him...so terribly attractive.”
Shaken by Sarah-Louise's shocking announcement Louise doesn't want to think about, Louise sits back down, wishing Phil would only wake up. She wasn't sure anymore if she could be a good enough parent alone to Sarah-Louise who had become a young woman. Meanwhile at Karr & Drake, Mike returns to the office in high spirits and Jean is happy about that and goes about her daily work. When Adam finally catches up to Mike, Adam mentions Vic’s job query and Mike enthusiastically tells Adam to hire Vic immediately.