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Okay so I got inspired I don't know if it's any good but it is an idea I've had for a while.
Getting it right this time
Jr Ewing stumbled onto the patio at Southfork, his daddys pistol in one had a bottle of bourbon in the other as he flopped himself into a patio chair and leaned back. “Where did I go wrong? All I ever wanted to do was do what was best for my family and Ewing Oil. Now look I’ve lost everyone and everything I love. John Ross, Sue Ellen, Mama and Ewing Oil, as he closed his eyes pictures of his life flashed before his eyes, his daddy, John Ross, Sue Ellen, damnit, he had done so many things wrong with all of them, if he could only go back and do it again. As Jr slowly blacked out his last waking thought was if he could only go back.
As Jr slowly woke, his bleary mind started to recognize his surroundings, he wasn’t on the patio, he was in his bed, in his room. “Did Bobby drag me up here last night? I sure don’t remember coming up here. Wait a damn second the room doesn’t look right. The walls are still blue, he slowly rolled his shoulders, this is the old bed, the on that Sue Ellen replaced.” At that point he felt a familiar shift in the bed next to him, he slowly turned his head and to his surprise there was Sue Ellen lying sound asleep next to him. “What the hell?” With that Jr quickly jumped out of bed and rushed to the bathroom.
When he flipped on the vanity light the Jr that stared back at him out of the mirror was not the broken, beaten gray haired Jr of the night before. It was the young vibrant Jr of years past. The man who ruled the world, who ran Ewing Oil with a iron fist, who made deals by spreading the three B’s and showed no remorse for it. He slowly raised her hands up to touch his face, then his hair that had absolutely no gray whatsoever. “How can this be real? How did this happen?” His mind slowly drifted back to the night before, and his thoughts that if he could only go back he would get everything right this time. With that he slowly looked up at the sky and said “I don’t know what I did to deserve this but thank you.”
Jr slowly walked back out of the bathroom and as he did Sue Ellen caught his eye. He carefully leaned down next her side of the bed and just drank in her beauty and refinement in the early morning sunshine. As she moaned and shifted in her sleep he noticed the growing bump in her midsection. “Good lord she’s pregnant, she’s pregnant with John Ross. If there was any time to start making things right it’s right now.” With that he slowly moved around to his side of the bed and laid back down. He then peeled the covers back from Sue Ellen’s sleeping form and carefully put his hand on his growing child. “God she is so beautiful, and now I can show her how much I love her and love our unborn son.”
Sue Ellen woke to what she thought was a dream there was a hand caressing her growing stomach and light butterfly kisses being placed on her neck. She groaned and fully woke to find it wasn’t a dream. It was Jr who was caressing what he called her bastard child and Jr who was kissing her neck. “What do you think you’re doing Jr?” Sue Ellen asked in a cold voice which was appropriate due to the coldness between them the last few months. Jr looked up at her and grinned, “waking my beautiful wife up properly.”
Jr then brought his mouth down to hers and kissed her with a burning passion that had been missing between them for so many months. As he moved his mouth down her neck and to her collarbone he brought his hand back to her belly. If Sue Ellen wasn’t surprised enough by his early morning behavior what he did next completely shocked her. Jr leaned down and kissed her belly, “good morning John Ross how are you this morning?”
Sue Ellen now fully in control of her senses started to violently push Jr away. “Stop it Jr I don’t know what kind of sick game you’re playing but it won’t work not this time.” Sue Ellen then wiggled out from underneath him and started to get out of bed. Suddenly Jr grabbed her arm, “sugar stop I’m not playing games, please just lay back down and listen to me.”
Deciding that honesty was the best policy, Jr slowly recounted the events leading up to what he recalled last night and how he had passed out thinking if he could only go back and do it again he would get it all right. “So you see sugar I don’t know if what I had was a dream or a premonition or if it really all happened and I’ve just gotten another chance, but this time I will do it right and that starts with you and our unborn son.” “OUR unborn son? OUR unborn son? What do you mean OUR unborn son, Jr this is Cliff’s baby and you know it!”
Jr smiled and chuckled, “Oh honey, I’m afraid you’re carring John Ross Ewing the third. Heir to the Ewing empire. So regardless of your fling with that termite Barnes this is my child and I think you know that, you just don’t want to admit it. You’re serious about all this aren’t you Jr, you think that all that really happened don’t you?” “Oh honey I know it did, and like I said this time I’m gonna get it right. Jr then leaned over and brought his lips back to hers. He then whispered against her mouth “so how bout you let me start now?” Jr slowly removed Sue Ellens nightgown kissing each part of her he exposed and then his own pajamas, as they began to make love they allowed the passion to flow between them that had been missing for so long.
Later that morning after showering and dressing together, Jr turned to Sue Ellen and said “come on honey, we’re going into town and going shopping for baby furniture today. I want to be part of everything about this baby, and that includes the doctors appointments so you let me know when your next one is and I’ll be there.” Sue Ellen just stood there looking at him completely speechless, she finally said “who are you and what did you do with my husband?” Jr just grinned, “I told you honey I’m getting it right this time. I love you and I’m going to do whatever it takes to prove it. Of course I thought I had already done that once this morning.”
Sue Ellen blushed, “Jr behave, sometimes I can’t believe the things you say.” Jr slyly grinned, “well honey what can I say you bring out the worst in me.” With that he opened the door to the bedroom allowing Sue Ellen to walk out in front of him, he then reached out and pinched her as she walked by. “Jr what in the world has gotten into you?” Jr chuckled,“Oh honey, I’m just making up for lost time.” The couple then made their way down the stairs with Jr watching every step that Sue Ellen took to make sure she didn’t fall. “Jr I’m not an invalid, I’m just pregnant for heavens sakes.” “Well I know that darlin’ but I don’t want anything to happen to ya.”
The family had all gathered around the dining room table for breakfast when they heard Jr and Sue Ellen bickering coming down the stairs. Bobby smirked “looks like there at it again this morning.” Miss Ellie shot him a disapproving look, “Bobby please.” “Well he’s right Miss Ellie those two are enough to give me indigestion during breakfast” growled Jock. When the couple turned the corner instead of the bickering and arguing that everyone was used to they were instead arm and arm and laughing with each other. “Well good morning you two” Miss Ellie called out. “Good morning everyone, Sue Ellen called out. “Morning mama,” Jr turned and paused, then got a little choked up “mornin’ daddy, it’s real good to see you this mornin’.” “ Well Junior where else would I be” blustered Jock. “Say Junior how’s that deal going with Ames and Garr, I’m gonna want a full report on that real soon.”
Jr cleared his throat, “well daddy that deal is going real good right now, but for the next few months I’m gonna let Bobby start takin’ over more responsibility at the office. I wanna spend more time with Sue Ellen and helping get ready for the baby. Plus when the baby comes I want to be around to help her full time for a while.” The entire table fell into silence, Jock was the first to start blustering,”What the hell do you mean Junior.” “Jock that’s enough, Jr I think that’s a wonderful idea” said Miss Ellie. “Thank you mama, I know it is. Now if you’ll excuse us I’m taking my wife shopping for baby furniture. Oh and don’t expect us home tonight I’m taking Sue Ellen for a night on the town.”
After they left the entire table erupted in conversation. “What the hell does that boy think he’s doing ignoring Ewing Oil? I’m starting to wonder if he’s cut out to be runnin’ the company at all,” Jock grumbled. “Now Jock I don’t want to hear anymore about it, if Jr is starting to finally show some interest in this baby and Sue Ellen’s welfare then you will show him all the support he needs, do you understand me? Miss Ellie commanded. Jock knowing better than to argue with the true boss of the family replied “yes Miss Ellie.” “ Well Bobby do you have a problem picking up your brothers slack at Ewing Oil until he comes to his senses,” Jock asked. “No sir I sure don’t and I think what Jr is doing is wonderful. In fact I think this could be about the best thing that he has ever done,” Bobby replied.
Once Jr and Sue Ellen were in the car and on the road heading for Dallas, Jr finally turned to Sue Ellen. “Darlin’ you’ve been awfully quite, is something wrong?” “Jr did you really mean all those things you just said at breakfast this morning? We’ve barely had a civil conversation in the last four months, and before that they weren’t much better. Now all of a sudden you do a 180 degree change and you expect me just to except and believe you? Pardon me if I’m a little confused, but you certainly not acting like the Jr Ewing that I know, not even the Jr Ewing that I fell in love with.” Jr sighed, he knew that this wouldn’t be easy, that convincing her of the changes in him were real and permanent. “Honey I already explained to you about the dream or whatever it was. Now I know this is going to be hard for you but you will just have to trust me when I tell you I’m truly a changed man. Now I know that you have heard that before, but this time I mean it. I really do and I can’t tell you enough that I love you and our unborn son with all my heart.”
When he had finished his speech Sue Ellen had tears in her eyes. “Oh Jr I want to believe you I really do, I just don’t know if I can trust you.” With that Jr pulled the car over to the side of the road and turned to take her hands in his. “Honey I’m asking for a chance that’s all just give me today, that’s all I ask, just today, if you’re not convinced we’ll figure out something else, okay?” By now the tears were streaming down Sue Ellen’s face, all she could do was nod, she knew she couldn’t trust her voice. “Oh darlin’ don’t cry, I hate it when you cry” Jr said as he wiped the tears from her cheeks and brought her lips to his for a gentle kiss. “Now how bout we get goin’ so you can buy out as many shops as you can for that boy of ours.”
With that Jr pulled the car back on the road and they proceeded into Dallas. Once there Sue Ellen’s knack for shopping kicked in and by noon they had picked out wall paper and carpet but were still looking at furniture. “Hey darlin’ I don’t know about you but how bout we take a break and grab some lunch, I promise that all the stores will be there in an hour. I want to make sure that your eatin’ right and we can’t keep shopping on an empty stomach.” “Oh Jr I’m sorry I guess time just got away from me I think this has been one of the best days I’ve ever had shopping.” Jr pulled her into his arms right there in the store, kissed her soundly and said “ I’m glad darlin’ I really am but trust me the day is far from over.”
Over lunch the reunited lovers talked about the different styles and colors of furniture they had seen and which ones they liked the best. As they finished and Jr went to pay the bill, who should come by the table but Cliff Barnes. “Hello Sue Ellen you’re looking well, how are you feeling?” “Cliff what are you doing here?” Sue Ellen looked around nervously for Jr hoping he wouldn’t see Cliff at their table. “I’m here for lunch with some customers, when I saw you sitting here alone I thought it would be safe to talk to you.” “But Cliff I’m not …..” “Barnes get the hell away from my wife!” Sue Ellen cringed at the anger in Jr’s voice “Oh no here we go” she thought. Cliff turned his face red with embarrassment “Jr, I was just asking after Sue Ellen’s well being.” By this time Jr was nose to nose with Cliff “my wife’s well being or the well being of OUR unborn child is none of your concern.”
Jr grabbed Sue Ellen by the arm and said “come on darlin’ let’s get out of here this isn’t as quality of a place as I thought it was. When they reached the car Sue Ellen was bracing for the tongue lashing she knew was coming. Jr started the car and pulled out of the parking lot without saying a word. Finally Sue Ellen spoke up “Jr are you ok?” Jr closed his eyes and shook his head, then he leaned over and took her hand. “Darlin’ of all the men you could have had a fling with I’ll never understand why it had to be him. But I love you and we are having a baby together so I don’t care what that moron does he cant touch us or our family, okay?” Sue Ellen just nodded, this new Jr had thrown her for loop after loop today and she just didn’t know when it was going to end, but she certainly was enjoying the new Jr and his attitude toward the baby and towards her.
After finishing out the afternoon of shopping including furniture and the start of baby clothes which Jr insisted should all be blue despite Sue Ellen’s protests, the couple finished the afternoon with supper at the Oil Barons and then Jr surprised Sue Ellen again. “Jr I thought we were goin’ home,” asked Sue Ellen? “Darlin’ I told you we are spending a night on the town that means a night in town.” With that Jr pulled his car into the Regency suites where he had reserved the bridal suite for the night. When they got off the elevator on the top floor, Jr swept Sue Ellen into his arms and carried into the room. “Jr I don’t know what to think about all of this with you today. You certainly seem like you’re trying to change.” Darlin’ there aint no trying to this I am changed and I think after today you could see that.
With that Jr started to strip Sue Ellen out of her clothing, piece by piece. “Again Jr we’ve made love more times today than we have in the year!” “I know and I’m very sorry about that and I have every intention of changing that starting right now. I also think you should know that after John Ross is born I want as many more children as we can have. Many, many more, I certainly hope that agrees with you.” “Jr that’s the best idea you’ve had for a very long time. I would love to have more children, but let’s get through this one first okay?” Whatever you say darlin’ whatever you say.” With that he brought his mouth down to hers and slowly kissed her with a melting thoroughness that left her breathless.
Jr slowly started to wake on the chaise lounge on Southfork’s patio his head was just throbbing, as he recalled his dream he closed his eyes again “Damnit it was just a dream just a damn dream. All of a sudden from behind him came the sound of running feet. “Geronimo!” With that four children came baling around the patio chair and launched themselves into the pool. With that Jr sat upright, “What the hell?” as the heads came popping back to the surface the kids started laughing. “We got you Dad! You were sleeping and we got you!” Jr shook his head, “Hey dad mom says that me and Anna can sit at the table for dinner tonight!” “Only if learn to chew with your mouth shut like mama said Aaron.” “I wanna sit at the table too,” the little one whined, no Jason your still a baby exclaimed John Ross.
As Jr’s bewilderment and bemusement continued a familiar click of high heels sounded behind the chair. “Jason where are your water wings? I told you that you couldn’t go in the pool without them.” “But mama daddy was right here and I swim real good by myself now cause I’m a big boy, right daddy?” That seemed to break Jr’s reverie, “what was that son?” “ I said I’m a big boy now right?” “You sure are son.” It was then that Jr looked up into the glowing hazel eyes of his wife. “Mrs Ewing I presume?” Damn right who else would I be darlin’?” “Just checking I guess I finally got it right this time.”
Jen that was a great story,to bad it was only a one shot. I agree with Goldie and Rosie JR and Sue Ellen should've had more kids together.
If someone else doesn't write a One Shot today you're all banned.
I'm glad everyone is having so much fun with this thread! Sarah is that a que for our favorite Yellow Rose?
That was really FAB Jen. I loved it!
Excellent work ladies!
Thanks for the sweet comments Goldie!
Wow, these stories are all so amazing, much like the idea for this particular thread to be started. Anyway, I can't wait to see what someone is able to come up with next.
I'm looking forward to another one shot very soon.
End of the Road
Hello ladies. I've been working on this one-shot for what feels like forever trying to make it perfect and I think I've got it. It takes place after the episode End of the Road S3/4 DVD where Lucy marries Mitch for the first time. Hope you all like it.
Sue Ellen Ewing escaped from the adoring eyes of the married Clint Ogden and raced into the house, nearly crashing into a caterer on the way. She breathlessly stood among bouquets of flowers, platters of food waiting to be delivered outside, and straggling guests wanting to stay out of the Texas heat. Sue Ellen didn’t care about anything else as she raced up the stairs, fending off concerned glances from her mother in law Miss Ellie Ewing and her good friend Mavis Anderson.
She sought refuge in her bedroom, which was an odd place given the debauchery that had taken place minutes earlier. Sue Ellen glared viciously at the bed that had been slept in one too many times, careful to sit on the well made side of the bed. Sue Ellen didn’t know what hurt her more – the fact that her husband had chosen to sleep with another women after months of devotion to her, or that he would choose to be so callous in their bedroom and attempt to hide the evidence from her. Everything comes out in the end J.R., Sue Ellen swore under her breath, there are no secrets between us.
Sue Ellen touched the tip of her fingers, still warm from Clint’s Ogden’s touch. Why had she agreed to dance with him, risk being scrutinized at a Ewing affair? Part of her wanted to make J.R. jealous, to teach him a lesson after bedding Afton Cooper, the Ewing’s newest in-law on what was supposed to be a sacred day. Another part of her wanted to be desired by someone – anyone – and Clint wasn’t shy about stating his feelings for her. He had been slowly pining for her for several years, quietly married to another woman – Alicia Ogden – all the while trying to prove himself worthy of her. The relationship ended over a decade ago – they were both young students in college. Pressure from her mother had driven a wedge between the two coeds; Patricia Shepard was convinced that poor Clint Ogden was not good enough for her daughter. The woman had no right to be a snob – the families shared the same middle status – but Patricia always said that she wanted more for her daughters, and that meant that they couldn’t be married to just anyone. She wanted a better life for her children, to give them opportunities that she never had; while her intentions seemed noble, Patricia robbed her girls of the opportunity to find true love on their own, forcing them to comply with her match-making skills.
Sue Ellen had fought long and hard to marry J.R. Ewing. She had charmed the oil baron with her beauty, intellect, charm, and grace. It wasn’t long before the well-known playboy was ready to resign his status and pick Sue Ellen as his bride. Winning J.R. was only half the battle for Sue Ellen – there was still her mother to contend with. Patricia Shepard found J.R. to be a satisfactory suitor for Sue Ellen, but she was convinced that she found someone better in Billy Frompton. Billy’s family was the most prominent family in Texas; dabbling in oil, coal, uranium, and diamonds – there was nothing that Billy Frompton didn’t have – except for a personality. Sue Ellen found him dull and all of the money in the world couldn’t sustain her interest in him long enough for a decent courtship. It took excessive cajoling from Sue Ellen for Patricia to see that her daughter had made up her mind about J.R. Ewing and was going to become his wife whether she approved of it or not. Patricia reluctantly agreed to the arrangement and Sue Ellen soon found herself swept into the Ewing world.
Sue Ellen examined her surroundings through inquisitive eyes. J.R. and the Ewing family had given her many blessings, but it seemed that each one was sullied by a condition connected to it. Sue Ellen could have had every material object she ever wanted – as long as she complied to the unspoken Ewing rules. The rules were numerous and harsh on the naďve Texas beauty. The main Ewing rule was that all Ewing women were to exist solely for their husbands. After marrying J.R., Sue Ellen was quickly discouraged from continuing her education or exploring a modeling career and was advised to join her mother-in-law her DOA efforts. She soon learned that being a Ewing wife was a full time job – one that would consume her for the rest of her life. One of the toughest rules for Sue Ellen to swallow, and one that she found out right away, was that Ewing wives were replaceable. Any time Sue Ellen got out of line, J.R. was quick to remind her that he could divorce her and leave her penniless. Sue Ellen had been encouraged by her mother to stay the course with J.R. and keep him happy; according to her mother that was Sue Ellen’s number one priority.
And it was. Sue Ellen gave up everything she ever wanted to become Mrs. J.R. Ewing. In the beginning she found it a small sacrifice to be with the man she loved, but looking back Sue Ellen was forced to wonder what being Mrs. Ewing had truly gotten her. Closing her eyes, she knew she wasn’t happy, and hadn’t been for some time. She was waiting for the other shoe to drop with J.R., she had doubted his ability to be faithful to her from the very beginning, and she knew it was only a matter of time before he strayed from her once again.
But this dalliance hurt her more than any of the others, including the brief Kristin affair the previous year. A few days before she had made love to her husband in that same bed, believing that he loved her and that all was well with them. When they had finished that afternoon, Sue Ellen knew that she was only fooling herself and toiled with the issue during Lucy’s bridal shower, going through the motions. That was until she came back in the house and had a not so pleasant encounter with Afton Cooper on the stairwell. Sue Ellen let out a laugh about young, naďve Afton. Sue Ellen had been able to pick up on her overly friendly attitude the minute Lucy introduced her to the family. The young opportunist latched onto J.R. with little regard for decency and propriety. Sue Ellen could see the dollar signs in Afton’s eyes as she generously laughed at J.R.’s jokes and stayed by his side for the entire evening. Afton’s comment to Sue Ellen about being lucky to have ‘such a fine husband as J.R.’ gave Sue Ellen all of the information she needed about the newest interloper. Her husband, however devoted he seemed to be, was rarely able to resist the charms of a young woman – whether she was family or not.
Sue Ellen reached for her wedding picture to J.R., blinking her eyes to combat the tears that were readily forming. It could have been a beautiful day Sue Ellen thought remorsefully, feeling her face become warmer from the hot droplets. Lucy was getting married and starting a life of her own, J.R. was going to get full control of Ewing Oil – there was no reason that this day should have turned out like this.
Sue Ellen traced the frame of her husband’s face. He grew more handsome each year; his looks, coupled with his natural charisma made J.R. the target of many women’s affections. J.R. had a Texas size appetite for women, brought on by his father, and with dozens of women more than willing to be his latest fling of the moment. Sue Ellen silently wondered if it would ever be possible to hold his attention for longer than a month with the way his eyes constantly wandered.
J.R. Ewing blindly walked by well-wishers as he headed for the Southfork stairwell. All of the happiness of the day was beginning to get to him. J.R. grumbled to himself, lamenting the fact that Lucy’s wedding day didn’t go exactly as he had planned. He had counted on Bobby leaving Ewing Oil for good, and he did, but J.R. hadn’t counted on Bobby scoring points with Jock in the process. J.R. had planned for Bobby to leave the company in disgrace and beg J.R. to come back and set things right, but Bobby handled everything on his own – his way, above board.
But J.R. had bigger problems than Ewing Oil and the company fortune at the moment; he saw the way his parents had been acting during the wedding, during the entire weekend – ever since Gary and Valene came in from California. J.R. had heard conversations that he shouldn’t have been listening to and he saw firsthand just how far apart his precious mamma and daddy were becoming. He had once seen them as indestructible, the glue that held the family together. It shook him deeply to see them arguing – over Ray Krebbs no less – that it caused J.R. to do a very foolish thing.
She had cornered him, like snake waiting for her prey. Young Afton Cooper was craftier and wiser than most people would ever give her credit for. She saw the opportunity the minute she laid eyes on him and she was more than willing to do everything in her power to get what she wanted. Afton wasted no time in moving in on him, reminding him of their last little rendezvous in the bedroom, another instance where she had sought him out, and he had been weak enough to let her take advantage.
His mind was telling him no, to go back down to the wedding party – to his wife – and leave the little girl to her own devices. But she stood there, throwing herself at him, and J.R., against his better judgment, gave into her. The continuing disarray of his parent’s marriage had gotten to him and he was now beginning to believe that his relationship with Sue Ellen would eventually come to the same fate as his parents – and that frightened him.
He loved Sue Ellen; he knew he loved her more than any other woman in the world, excluding his mother. He slowly went through the motions with Afton, he felt no pleasure in what he was doing, only guilt, shame, and terror. Their tryst was brief and unmemorable, J.R. had promised to provide for her and her mother in exchange for her silence on the matter, and Afton was more than willing to agree to his terms. He quickly got dressed and turned his attention to the unmade bed. Thoughts ran through his mind as Afton talked on and on about how she wanted to be a big singer and have legions of money and fans. J.R. hastily made the bed, refusing to acknowledge Afton’s presence until he told her that it was time that they both went back downstairs, before someone suspected something. Afton readily agreed and went down the Ewing staircase with a smile on her face. J.R. stole another look at the bed; he hadn’t bothered to smooth the sheets, merely pulling the comforter over one side. He could have corrected his mistake and make the bed properly, but he chose not to. Disgusted with himself and his family, J.R. had begun to believe that Sue Ellen would be better off away from him – and the Ewing name, that she deserved better than he could ever give her. With a heavy heart, he turned his back on his sin; he was setting her up, and while he knew that she would hate him for it, he was certain that it would be for her own good.
J.R. headed up the stairs, bypassing a feuding Bobby and Pam in the hallway. Seems like all of the Ewing marriages are destined to fail he muttered, pausing outside of his bedroom. He could hear the distinctly soft cry of his wife of over ten years. Frowning, J.R. realized that Sue Ellen had seen his misdeed, and he was unsure of what to do next.
“Darlin’,” J.R. said softly, coming into the bedroom. He gauged her quivering form and quickly pulled his handkerchief out of his suit pocket, handing it to her.
“You are despicable, J.R.,” Sue Ellen said under her breath, turning to glare at him, refusing his kind gesture.
J.R. said nothing as he ventured toward her, taking a seat next to her on the bed.
“Why did you do it?” she asked hoarsely, glaring at the unmade bed. “Why her?”
J.R. shook his head, regretting his decision to push Sue Ellen away in such a callous fashion. “I can’t explain it Sue Ellen…” he trailed off.
“Did you do it to hurt me?” Sue Ellen asked softly. “Do you hate me that much?”
J.R. reached his arm for Sue Ellen’s shoulder. “Oh no, I could never hate you Sue Ellen.” He was surprised when she didn’t push him away, so he boldly ventured forward. “I love you Sue Ellen,” he said softly.
“You have a funny way of showing it,” Sue Ellen said spitefully, refusing to meet him in the eye. “I’d hate to see what you’d do to someone you truly hate,” she scoffed.
“Afton approached me,” J.R. said nervously, knowing that it was a flimsy excuse at best.
Sue Ellen shook her head. “I knew you were taking a shining to our newest little house guest the minute you two met at dinner. If I had been smart, I would have seen the signs and known this was coming.”
“I didn’t want to do it,” J.R. insisted.
Sue Ellen flashed her hazel eyes at her husband. “Months of fidelity down the drain J.R. You promised me forever. How was I to know that ‘forever’ would only last a few months.” The tears trickled down her cheeks, prompting J.R. to pull her in his arms. He could never bear to see her cry.
“Sue Ellen – I imagined things would be different for us.” J.R. gingerly dried Sue Ellen’s cheeks, massaging the skin.
Sue Ellen looked into J.R.’s eyes, showing the hurt of a woman scorned once again. “Are you trying to tell me that you want a divorce?” she quivered, frightened that his affair with Afton would lead to his declaration that he intended to move on and discard her like an old newspaper. She pulled away from J.R.’s embrace.
J.R. gripped the edge of the bed in frustration. “I don’t know what I want.” He sent his wife a desperate look. “Things didn’t exactly go as I planned today.”
“Why not?” Sue Ellen scoffed. “You got control of Ewing Oil didn’t you?”
“Yes,” J.R. replied, “But it seems that I’ve underestimated Bobby’s business skills.”
Sue Ellen glared at her husband. “So is that why you slept with Afton – to blow off some steam after being beaten by brother Bobby yet again.”
J.R. let out a heavy sigh. “It’s more than that Sue Ellen.”
Sue Ellen narrowed her hazel eyes. “Did something else happen today?”
“I don’t know why Lucy’s bothering to get married at all,” J.R. muttered, ignoring Sue Ellen’s question. “All Ewing marriages are destined for failure.”
Sue Ellen took in a deep breath, feeling her heart begin to sink within her body. “Why would you say something like that?” Sue Ellen asked softly, terrified of the answer. She looked into J.R.’s deep blue eyes and saw an untapped vulnerability that she hadn’t seen since he had been shot. He was no longer the strong and powerful oil baron, but a lost little boy. “Talk to me,” she pleaded, taking a shaky hand and placing it on his shoulder.
“I saw Mamma and Daddy arguing again,” J.R. said quietly, looking directly at the wallpaper; he couldn’t bear to make contact with his wife, let her see his pain. “They’ve been arguing a lot lately.”
“I’ve noticed,” Sue Ellen said softly. It was hard for any of the Ewings to not notice the way Jock and Ellie had been acting toward one another. The couple that had once been so close was now distant and it was apparent at everything from dinner to cocktails.
“I heard Mamma mention the word ‘divorce’,” J.R. continued, “I’ve never seen her so angry at my daddy before.”
Sue Ellen let out a soft sigh. “I couldn’t imagine your parents going through such a thing.”
“Neither can I,” J.R. muttered. “And to think that that could be us.”
Sue Ellen’s lip began to tremble. “I don’t understand.”
“All Ewing marriages are destined for failure,” J.R. said finally, giving Sue Ellen a sorrowful look.
“Then you do want a divorce?” Sue Ellen asked, welling up.
J.R. lowered his head. “I was trying to protect you Sue Ellen.”
Sue Ellen raised her hand to her mouth. “Protect me?”
“I’m no good for you,” J.R. said finally, looking into her hazel eyes. He wanted things to be different for them, but at the moment he didn’t see any other way. “I’d only end up hurting you down the road in the same way my parents hurt each other.”
Sue Ellen shuddered at J.R.’s declaration. “You can’t push me away,” she said hoarsely. “I deserve better than that.”
J.R. nodded his head. “You deserve better than I could ever give you,” J.R. murmured, reaching for his wife’s hand. “You’re the most beautiful woman in the world Sue Ellen, and I know in my heart that I don’t deserve you – after everything I’ve put you through over the years.” Sue Ellen lowered her head as J.R. continued. “When I saw my mamma and daddy heading on a slippery slope towards divorce court – I couldn’t bear to see that happening to us down the line.” J.R. cupped Sue Ellen’s face in his hands. “I’d rather let you go now then hurt you down the line. Give you a chance to start over. I don’t want to end up like my Mamma and Daddy after years of being together.”
“Is that how you see us?” Sue Ellen questioned, placing her fingers on his hand.
“I don’t see another way,” J.R. said, taking his wife’s hand. “If my Mamma and Daddy can’t stay married, then what hope is there for us?”
Sue Ellen shook her head. “We are not your parents,” she insisted. “And just because they’re going through a rough patch doesn’t mean that they won’t reconcile.”
J.R. lowered his head. “I was trying to protect you Sue Ellen.” He inhaled the floral scent of her perfume. “I don’t think I could ever be the man that you deserve.” He pulled away, refusing to let desire take over his inhibitions. “Look at Bobby and Pam – they’re not exactly in wedded bliss – and he’s the better brother,” he scoffed.
“Oh J.R.,” Sue breathed as she linked her arms through J.R.’s body. It had never occurred to her that J.R. felt so insecure about their marriage – that the thoughts that he was feeling could be so similar to her own. “Giving up on us would hurt me more than anything else in the world.” J.R. turned to Sue Ellen as she continued. “We’ve been given a second chance J.R.; I don’t want to lose that.” She lifted her chin determinedly. “I can forgive you for cheating with Afton – I know you’ve forgiven me for worse. But I could never forgive you for throwing away our marriage.”
J.R. inched closer to Sue Ellen. “Darlin’ I love you.”
“Then fight for us,” Sue Ellen insisted. “If you have doubts or concerns about our marriage or your family, I’d rather you share them with me than with someone else.”
J.R. wrapped Sue Ellen in his arms. “I can’t promise to be a perfect husband Honey, I know I’ll make mistakes in the future, but I promise to love you with all my heart.”
“That’s all I can ask,” Sue Ellen whispered as J.R. pulled her into a soft kiss. Sue Ellen deepened his gesture, letting him know that he was truly forgiven for sleeping with Afton.
“You know we haven’t shared a single dance together today,” Sue Ellen said shyly, gazing into her husband’s blue eyes.
J.R. gave Sue Ellen a kiss on the cheek and opened the balcony door, so that they could hear the music swelling outside. “May I have this dance, Mrs. Ewing?” he asked, offering her his hand.
Sue Ellen gracefully walked toward J.R. and took his hand in hers. “You can have every dance with me for the rest of your life.”
“I wouldn’t have it any other way,” J.R. said as they swayed to the music. It didn’t matter what was going on around them, all that mattered was that they were together and in love; everything else disappeared.
Great story Scarlett. Why couldn't that have happened on the series?
Ah magic Scarlett, loved it
Wow that was great....perfect!