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    This is a "What if?" fanfic. What if in the season eleven episode "Top Gun" Sue Ellen had changed her mind at the last possible moment and instead of teaming up with Kimberly and Wendell to beat JR she voted her Weststar shares to make him CEO?


    ***


    What If


    Part 27


    ***


    "You shouldn't be here, young lady," Clayton growled.


    Mandy raised her chin and looked him squarely in the eye. "JR would want me here."


    "They hell he would," Ray snapped.


    "I don't care if you believe me or not," Mandy said defiantly. "JR loves me and would want to see me. I'm not leaving."


    "We'll just see about that," Ray threatened, "I'll throw you out of here on that pretty little behind of yours myself."


    "Ray."


    All eyes turned to Sue Ellen, who had spoken up for the first time. "It's fine. If she wants to stay, let her stay. JR is a grown man. He can decide for himself whether or not he wants to see her."


    "Sue Ellen…" Ray started to protest.


    "I mean it Ray," Sue Ellen said firmly. "Let's not make a scene. Leave her alone."


    "Fine," Ray grumbled, "whatever you say."


    "Come on, Clayton," Miss Ellie sighed. "Let's go get that food and make those calls. Maybe Lucy will be ready for visitors when we get back."


    "I'll stay with Sue Ellen," Ray volunteered.


    Miss Ellie nodded and took Clayton's arm and let him lead her down the hall.


    Ray turned his attention back to Mandy. "Go wait somewhere else. I can't stand the sight of you and I won't have you upsetting my sister-in-law."


    "Fine," Mandy replied. "You just make sure JR knows I'm here."


    "Don't worry, Mandy," Sue Ellen said softly. "I'll tell him as soon as I see him. You have my word."


    Mandy nodded silently and walked down the corridor to a separate waiting area.


    "You okay?" Ray asked, sitting down beside Sue Ellen and taking her hand in his.


    "Yes," Sue Ellen answered. "JR is going to be alright. That's really the only thing I care about."


    "You should have let me throw her out."


    "No, Ray. That's JR's decision. He has to make it for himself."


    ***


    "That was Mama," Bobby told April, hanging up the phone on the kitchen wall. "JR is going to be fine."


    "Oh, that's wonderful news!" April gushed. "I know Sue Ellen must be so happy and relieved!"


    "I doubt that. Mandy Winger showed up at the hospital declaring her love for JR and refusing to leave."


    "Mandy Winger?"


    "One of JR's old girlfriends. Ray was going to throw her out but Sue Ellen insisted she stay."


    "Really?" April asked, surprised.


    "Yes, I don't understand it."


    "Well, I'm sure Sue Ellen knows what she's doing," April shrugged.


    "I hope so," Bobby sighed. "I swear, if JR could just keep his pants zipped up and stay away from husband stealing floozies..."


    April put down her coffee cup and stared at the counter.


    "I'm sorry, April. I didn't mean you."


    "I didn't think you did," April said. "I'm not a husband stealing floozie. You know, Sue Ellen and JR weren't really together when I slept with him. She's forgiven us both. It's a shame you can't."


    "Sue Ellen knows about you and JR?"


    "Yes," April shrugged. "She guessed a long time ago. JR didn't deny it because he was trying to reconcile with her and didn't want to lie. And I would have told her if she hadn't known. Can't have a real friendship with those kinds of secrets."


    "I had no idea she knew. The two of you have become so close…"


    "Like I said, Bobby, she forgave us. And her forgiveness is the only forgiveness I'm interested in, since she's the only one who got hurt."


    "April…" Bobby's words were interrupted by a ringing telephone. He turned and picked up the receiver. "Bobby Ewing here."


    April stirred her coffee absently as she listened to Bobby's side of the conversation.


    "Oh, Hi Harv. Listen, I was going to call you and ask you to move our appointment with the publisher until tomorrow. Uh huh. No, I can't come to the office today. Can't it wait? No, everyone is going to be fine, but Mama and Clayton are still at the hospital and I have the boys. Well, can you come out to Southfork? Fine. See you in a bit."


    "Company coming?" She asked him.


    "Yes. Harv Smithfield. He said it was urgent."


    "I'll get the boys up and make sure they have breakfast," April told him. "Then maybe I'll take them out to the pool. Sue Ellen probably won't mind if I borrow a bathing suit."


    "No, she won't mind," Bobby said thoughtfully. "But you probably should borrow one from Lucy instead. It would fit better."


    "What?" April looked up at him and blushed when she realized he was looking at her chest. "You know what? You're probably right," April laughed.


    ***


    "Ray," Sue Ellen whispered. "Please stop staring at her."


    "I can't help it," he sighed. "I wasn't kidding when I said the sight of her made me sick. She had to know coming here wouldn't accomplish anything but to hurt and embarrass you. What a bitch."


    "I don't know, Ray," Sue Ellen said quietly, finishing her sandwich and closing the plastic container it had come in. "She might be right. JR may want to see her."


    "The hell you say," Ray laughed. "He'll want to strangle her. Hey, listen Sue Ellen, I know JR's not been the best husband. But living with you guys and seeing the two of you up close and personal, he loves you. Hell, when he finds out she's here he might climb out of his hospital bed and throw her out himself."


    "Excuse me," a nurse interrupted them. "Mrs. Ewing, you can see your husband now."


    "Thank you," Sue Ellen told the nurse. "I guess we'll soon see if you're right, Ray. But thank you. You're very sweet to say so. Wish me luck."


    "You don't need luck, Sue Ellen," Ray winked at her. "You already have his heart."


    ***


    "I love you too, Daddy," Lucy smiled and handed the phone back to her grandmother. "He said to tell JR he was sending him good thoughts."


    "He's so relieved you're alright, Lucy," Ellie told her. "We all are."


    "Thanks, Grandma. I'm just glad that awful woman is dead," Lucy looked up and realized who she was talking to. "Sorry, Clayton."


    "There's no need for you to be sorry," Clayton told her. "I'm glad she's dead too."


    "The Sheriff sure didn't seem glad," Lucy sighed. "He kept asking me questions. Like he didn't believe it was self defense."


    "He's just doing his job, Lucy," Clayton told her. "It'll all be wrapped up in a couple of days."


    "He said I hit her straight in the head with all three shots. I guess all that target practice with Bobby and JR paid off. Hey...speaking of JR, when can I see him? I need to thank him for saving my life."


    "It will be a while," Ellie said. "Right now they won't let anyone see him except Sue Ellen. Lucy, I need to tell you something."


    "What is it Grandma"


    "Well, don't be angry, but I called Mitch."


    "Why?" Lucy asked, flabbergasted.


    "I thought he had a right to know that you'd been shot."


    "Well, what did he say"


    "He was very happy to know you were okay and said that you should call him when you felt up to it."


    "Really?" Lucy asked, surprised. "He said for me to call him?"


    "Yes," Ellie smiled. "And he seemed quite anxious to hear from you."


    "Huh," Lucy smiled. "Well, wonders never cease."


    ***


    "I told you to get away from me," JR growled at the nurse menacingly. "Where the hell is my wife!"


    "Stop it, JR," Sue Ellen said from the doorway. "I'm right here. You let that poor girl do whatever she needs to do."


    "Sue Ellen," JR said softly. "Come here, honey."


    Sue Ellen came into the room and walked over to his bed. "How are you feeling, my love?"


    JR's eyes narrowed. "Give us a minute, would you?" he said to the nurse.


    "Mr. Ewing, I have to draw some blood…"


    "Give me a few minutes alone with my wife and you can have all the blood you want," JR barked. "Otherwise, I'll fight you for every drop."


    "Oh, fine," the nurse threw up her hands in defeat. "I'll be back in five minutes."


    "You should be nicer to your nurses," Sue Ellen told him.


    "Come here," he held out his hand to her. "What is it honey?" he asked when she didn't take it.


    "I… I don't want to hurt you, JR," she said softly.


    "Darlin', the only way you can hurt me is by not letting me feel you and make sure you're okay. Now, come here, woman."


    Sue Ellen gave in, took his hand and let him pull her down to sit on the bed beside him.


    "Oh, God, honey," JR moaned, "I saw you go down. I thought Jessica had shot you."


    "Oh. No, JR!" Sue Ellen assured him, "Jessica was the one who got shot. She fell on top of me."


    "Yes. They told me. But I had to see for myself," he reached up and gently stroked her cheek. "I was so scared I'd lost you."


    "I was scared, too, JR," Sue Ellen confessed. "I was scared you were going to leave me…"


    "I'm fine, Sue Ellen," JR brushed a tear from her cheek. "And I won't ever leave you."


    Sue Ellen bent down and placed a soft kiss on his forehead. "I love you so much, JR."


    "And I love you, darlin'. So, now tell me,honey. Why are you mad at me?"


    "Mad?" Sue Ellen blinked. "Why do you think I'm mad at you?"


    "Come on, Miss Texas," JR's voice was low and teasing, "Don't forget how well I know you. You called me 'my love.' You only call me that when you want to strangle me."


    Sue Ellen dropped her eyes to the bed. "I'm sorry, JR. It's not even your fault."


    "What's not my fault?" he prodded.


    Sue Ellen raised her eyes to meet his, "Mandy came to the hospital to see you. She's in the waiting room now."


    "Mandy?" JR's eyes darkened. "Why didn't you have her thrown out?"


    "Ray wanted to," Sue Ellen told him. "I made him let her stay."


    "Why on Earth would you do that?"


    "She said...she said you'd want to see her and I just felt you should be the one to make that decision."


    "Oh, don't tell me, honey," JR chuckled, "you thought that maybe my brush with death knocked loose some deep, buried feelings for my true love?"


    "It crossed my mind," Sue Ellen said stiffly.


    "Well, I won't lie to you honey," JR sighed. "You're right in a way."


    "Oh," Sue Ellen muttered and dropped her eyes again.


    "I thought I might die," JR said softly. "I thought you were hurt. All I could think about was how many years I'd wasted, how I could have spent my whole life loving you the way you deserved. All I wanted was you - to see you. Touch you. Make sure you were alright. Get to you and tell you I love you and that my only wish is to be allowed to spend the rest of my life showing you how much. Sue Ellen, I was consumed with thoughts about my true love. But that's you, honey. Only you."


    "Oh, JR," Sue Ellen reached out and cupped his face in her hands. "That makes me so very happy."


    "I always want to make you happy Sue Ellen. I know you're going to have doubts, but I'm going to prove to you that you never have to doubt me again."


    Sue Ellen wiped a happy tear from her cheek and bent her head to give him a quick kiss. His hand shot up to her head and he tangled then in her hair, holding her lips to his. He kissed her thoroughly, causing her breath to catch in her throat. She moaned softly and kissed him back, surrendering to all the emotions that had been swirling through her.


    "Um, excuse me…"


    Sue Ellen sat up straight and blushed deeply. "Sorry," she murmured to the nurse standing in the doorway.


    "No worries," the nurse laughed. "Mr. Ewing's heart rate spiked. I thought I'd better come in and check on him. Will it be alright if I draw blood now?"


    "Yes, come on in," JR laughed. "And when you're done, I need you to do something for me."


    "What's that, Mr. Ewing?" the nurse asked, putting on rubber gloves.


    "There's a woman out in the waiting room bothering my family. Get rid of her. Call security if you have to."


    ***


    "You didn't know?" Harv asked.


    "No. I had no idea," Bobby sighed sadly. "It makes more sense now though. She didn't want me and Christopher to have to watch her suffer and die."


    "Do you have any questions for me?"


    "No," Bobby told him. "The will is pretty cut and dried."


    "The letter from the law firm said there were no arrangements to make. They buried her in Zurich last week."


    "That's what Katherine was doing, wasn't it? She wasn't moving money around for Pam. She was making funeral arrangements and making the money available to be dispersed to Pam's heirs."


    "Seems so. The letter from the lawyers said that Pam had left strict instructions that you not be contacted until all of her affairs were settled."


    "Yes," Bobby nodded. "I don't know how I'm going to tell Christopher...and Cliff. Oh, God, I'm going to have to tell Cliff."


    "Is there anything I can do to help you?"


    "No. Thank you, Harv. Just keep this quiet for a few days. We've all been through a lot. I want to take my time to think about how I'm going to handle all this."


    "Understood, Bobby," Harv said, standing up. "Call me at the office if you think of anything I can do for you."


    "Will do," Bobby said, standing up to shake his hand. "Thanks, Harv."


    Bobby watched the other man walk away, then turned his attention back to the papers on the counter in front of him. "Oh, Pam. Why? Why didn't you stay and let me help you?"


    ***


    "The news just said that Mr. JR Ewing is out of surgery and recovering well," Kimberly sighed. "We just can't catch a break."


    "Oh, I'm glad he's doing better," Wendell informed her. "I'd hate for JR to ruin all of my carefully laid plans to destroy him by up and dying on me."


    Kimberly rolled her eyes and started to respond, but was interrupted by the doorbell.


    "Excuse me," Wendell got up and moved to the door. His eyebrows shot up in annoyance when she saw who was standing on the other side. "What are you doing here? You should know better than to show up at my house."


    "Sorry, Mr. Wendell," Crystal apologized. "I have something important to show you and I didn't want to wait to arrange a meeting." She handed him an envelope and smiled.


    Wendell took the envelope and studied the papers. "Well," he finally said, "this is certainly unexpected good news."


    "I thought you'd be pleased," Crystal said.


    "Yes. Now get to work. We can't have you fired for being late."


    "But… but I thought…"


    "You thought what?" Wendell demanded. "Please don't tell me you thought this little delivery would let you off the hook? This is only the first of what I expect to be many returns on my significant investment in you."


    "I have to keep spying?" Crystal asked, disappointed.


    "That's what I'm paying you for, dear. You run along to work now."


    He didn't give her a chance to reply before shutting the door and moving back into the living room.


    "Who was that?" Kimberly asked.


    "That," Wendell smiled, handing her the envelope, "was the best investment I ever made."


    ***


    "Excuse me," the nurse approached the Ewings. "Mr. Ewing wanted me to let you all know that he's fine and resting. The doctor said you could see him this evening. Mr. Ewing has asked that someone bring Mrs. Ewing some fresh clothes and toiletries. She'll be staying here with him."


    "Thank you," Miss Ellie stood up. "We should get back to the ranch. I'm exhausted."


    "I understand there's a Miss Winger here to see Mr. Ewing? He asked me to give her a message from him."


    "She's over there," Clayton told her, pointing at Mandy.


    The nurse nodded and walked toward Mandy.


    "Hang on a second," Ray told Ellie and Clayton, following the nurse, "I want to see this."


    "Miss Winger?" The nurse asked.


    Mandy looked up from the magazine she'd been reading. "Yes?"


    "I have a message for you from Mr. Ewing," the nurse told her.


    "Wonderful!" Mandy smiled brightly. "What is it?"


    "He said you are to leave. He doesn't want to see you or talk to you and he doesn't want you bothering his family and especially his wife. He said if you didn't leave voluntarily, I am to call security."


    "You won't need security," Ray said, "I'll be more than happy to escort Miss Winger out of here."


    "Sue Ellen is making him send me away," Mandy told Ray, her voice dripping with defiance.


    "If you know JR at all, you know damn well Sue Ellen can't MAKE him do anything. Now, are you going to walk out of here with a little dignity, or am I going to have to drag you out of here, kicking and screaming?"


    "I'll go," Mandy answered, standing up, "but I'll be back. You'd all better get used to having me around. JR loves me, and I won't let Sue Ellen and her schemes keep us apart much longer."


    "Why, you little…."


    "No, Ray," Ellie stopped him, putting her hand on his arm, "just let her go. "


    Mandy squared her shoulders and walked past them with as much grace as she could muster.


    "What a piece of work," Ray grumbled.


    "I feel sorry for her," Ellie said. "She clearly can't face reality. Let's get back to the ranch. The boys will be happy to see us."


    ***


    "I love you too, son," JR said into the phone. "I'll see you when I get home in a few days."


    He handed the phone back to Sue Ellen, who lifted it to her ear. "John Ross, I'll be staying with Daddy at the hospital. You and Christopher be good and mind your uncles and your grandparents until I get back, okay? I love you."


    JR watched her hang up the phone then return to her chair beside his bed and absently rub her temples.


    "Headache?" he asked.


    "Yes," Sue Ellen told him. "Probably just the after effect from all the adrenaline."


    "You look tired, honey. What don't you ask them to bring a cot in for you so you can stretch out and get some rest?"


    "No, I'm fine, JR. Really," she reached out and took his hand. "I'm glad April is there helping with the boys. They both seem to like her very much."


    "Yes," JR agreed. "I suppose it would be too much to hope that my brain dead brother would take advantage of the opportunity to get closer to her."


    "So there is something going on between those two!" Sue Ellen exclaimed. "I knew it!"


    "Don't get excited, honey," JR warned her. "Bobby turned her down."


    "Why?" Sue Ellen asked. "Because of Pam?"


    "No," JR admitted, "because of me."


    "Oh. I see. Well, that's just silly."


    "You think so?" JR was curious. "Honestly, Sue Ellen, I'm surprised you're so accepting of her. Usually you don't have anything good to say about any woman I've been with."


    "April is different," Sue Ellen shrugged. "You and I were living separate lives at the time. It's not like she tried to win you away from me. She's always been so open and honest about the whole thing. She's a wonderful person, JR."


    "Yes, she is," JR said softly. "Bobby could do a lot worse. Sue Ellen?"


    "Yes?" She asked, squeezing his hand.


    "No woman could ever win me away from you."


    Sue Ellen smiled and placed a gentle kiss on his cheek. "I'm going to hold you to that, Mr. Ewing."


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    Brilliant update. So sweet. Love my Lobsters.

    You write that vapid waste of egg Winger so accurately. This is who she truly is, if the odd person could see beyond the air in her vacant head.

    Sue Ellen is CLASSY. My girl. Hopefully she won’t be so tolerant of the Evil One in the next chapter although I understand her motivation this time.

    Maybe next time she can give herself permission to walk on when The She Thing gets hit by an ambulance.
     
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    Bobby is a close minded jerk sometimes. April is trying her best and has made things right with both JR and Sue Ellen and Bobby's still holding the past against her and getting jumpy whenever she's friendly.
     
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    Agreed. Yet he had no problem befriending stinky Holly Harwood. I love him but sometimes I want to slap him!
     
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    This is a "What if?" fanfic. What if in the season eleven episode "Top Gun" Sue Ellen had changed her mind at the last possible moment and instead of teaming up with Kimberly and Wendell to beat JR she voted her Weststar shares to make him CEO?


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    What If


    Part 28


    ***


    JR smiled as he listened to his wife snore softly. He'd insisted the nurses bring in a cot for her and had finally talked her into laying down and getting some rest. She was exhausted, and she looked it.


    "How are you feeling, Mr. Ewing?" the doctor glided into the room and interrupted his thoughts. Oh," he said when he saw Sue Ellen on the cot, "Sorry to disturb you, Mrs. Ewing."


    "That's alright," Sue Ellen said, stretching and sitting up. "How's the patient?"


    "He seems to be doing remarkably well," the doctor told her. "Blood work looks good,vital signs are excellent. How are you feeling?" he asked JR again.


    "Like I've been shot," JR groused.


    "Yes, well, that's to be expected. Any pain?"


    "No," JR told him. "Whatever it was the nurse gave me is working."


    "Good," the doctor smiled. "You're very strong, Mr. Ewing. You're recovering much faster than I even hoped for. With any luck, you should be out of here in a few days."


    "Days?!" JR started to protest.


    "That's wonderful news, doctor, thank you," Sue Ellen said, standing up and grabbing JR's hand to hush him.


    "Do you feel up to having visitors? Your niece is driving her nurses crazy. She keeps asking to come see you."


    "That girl has a knack for driving people crazy," JR laughed. "Yes. I'd like to see her very much."


    "Good. I'll let her know," he turned his attention to Sue Ellen. "And how are you feeling, Mrs. Ewing? No more dizzy spells?"


    "No doctor," Sue Ellen told him. "I feel much better now that I've seen my husband and have rested a bit."


    "Glad to hear it," the doctor said. "Don't forget to eat. You need to take care of yourself."


    "I will," Sue Ellen promised.


    "Alright. You two just let the nurses know if you need anything."


    JR waited for him to leave the room, then narrowed his eyes at his wife. "Dizzy spells?"


    "I'm fine, JR," Sue Ellen assured him. "I was just panicked and stressed and I hadn't eaten anything. It all caught up to me."


    "You sure?"


    "Yes, I'm sure," Sue Ellen bent down to kiss his cheek. "But right now I'm starving! Do you think you'll be alright alone for a bit if I go down to the cafeteria?"


    "Of course," JR answered. "Take your time, darlin'."


    Sue Ellen bent down and kissed his cheek. "I love you so much."


    "I love you too," JR grinned. "And I can't wait to get out of here and back into our own bed so I can show you how much."


    Sue Ellen shivered and blushed. "Behave yourself, JR."


    "I will. For now. Go eat, honey."


    Sue Ellen kissed him again. "I'll be back very soon," she promised.


    JR watched her leave the room then closed his eyes. He was glad she was giving him a few moments alone. He needed to call Harv Smithfield - and he didn't want Sue Ellen to hear what he had to say to him.


    He sat up gingerly and reached for the phone, dialing the number from memory.


    "Hello. JR Ewing here. I need to speak to Harv."


    JR waited for just a moment for Harv to come on the line. "JR here. I need you to do something for me. It involves Mandy Winger."


    ***


    "You leaving?"


    April turned around and smiled at Bobby. "Yes. My car is still over at Ray's. I'm going to catch a ride with him over there. I want to go home and shower and change, then I'm going to the hospital to see Cliff and Lucy. Plus, I put some things together to take to Sue Ellen to make her more comfortable."


    "That's really kind of you. Maybe I'll see you at the hospital. I'm headed there soon myself. April...listen...I just...well thanks again for everything you've done for us. You've been a godsend."


    "I told you, no thanks necessary," she reminded him. "See you later, Bobby."


    He watched as she walked to the driveway where Ray was waiting and climbed into his truck.


    "Yeah," he muttered to himself. "See you later."


    ***


    "Well, how did it go?" Wendell asked, pushing past Mandy into her apartment and making himself at home on her couch.


    "It was a disaster," Mandy told him.


    "Ewing's throw you out?"


    "No," Mandy shook her head. "They wanted to, but Sue Ellen wouldn't let them."


    "Well, that's strange," Jeremy mused.


    "Tell me about it. Anyway, once JR found out I was there, he had me thrown out himself."


    "Oh well, to be expected I guess," Wendell said. "The man has to put on a front for his wife."


    "I don't think it's a front," Mandy said sadly. "I think he's made up his mind to stay with her."


    "Oh, I don't know about that," Wendell smiled, handing her the papers JR's receptionist had delivered to him this morning. "Interesting, wouldn't you say?"


    Mandy's eyes grew wide as she read the documents. "Why...why would JR do this?"


    "Hard to say," Wendell said. "I have someone looking into it."


    "He's cutting Sue Ellen out of everything. This means…." Mandy sat back and smiled. "This means he's planning to end his marriage, doesn't it?"


    "It certainly looks that way, my dear," Wendell grinned. "Fix me a drink, Mandy. We have something to celebrate."


    ***



    "Hey, Uncle JR."


    JR turned his head and saw Lucy being wheeled into his room by a nurse. "Fifteen minutes," the nurse told her, leaving the room and shutting the door behind her.


    "Well, well," JR chuckled, "if it isn't Annie Oakley."


    Lucy smiled and wheeled herself closer to his bed. "How are you feeling?"


    "Can't complain, considering I took a bullet. And you?"


    "Same. I get to go home tomorrow though."


    "Good for you. I'm going to be stuck here a couple more days."


    "I talked to Daddy. He said he was sending you good thoughts and he wanted me to thank you for him"


    "For what?" JR asked, suspicious.


    "For saving my life, of course. I want to thank you too. If you hadn't pushed me down, she'd have killed me."


    "Yeah, well, we're even then. If you hadn't blown her head off, I would have lost Sue Ellen and the boys. I'm gonna start calling you Deadshot."


    "You can take credit for that too," Lucy laughed. "You and Bobby taught me how to shoot."


    "Time well spent," JR said. "Listen, since you're going home tomorrow, there's something I'd like for you to do for me."


    "What? You plotting another scheme?"


    "Yes, but this time it's a happy scheme. I was planning a surprise for Sue Ellen, but since I'm stuck here, I need help with the details."


    "If it's something nice for my favorite Aunt, you can count me in!"


    "Good. Stop by my room before you leave tomorrow and I'll tell you all about it."


    "Deal," Lucy grinned. "I'd better get back to my own room. I'll see you later. Uncle JR?"


    "Yes, Lucy?"


    "I'm really glad you're okay."


    "I'm glad you're okay too, Lucy."


    She smiled at him and wheeled herself to the door. JR waited for her to leave then reached for the phone again. He punched 0 and asked for Information and told the operator the number he wanted. He dialed and waited for someone to answer on the other end of the line.


    "Hello? It's JR. Yes, it has been a long time. No, nothing's wrong. I just wanted to talk."


    JR listened quietly as the other party responded.


    "Lucy just left," he said after a few moments. "She's turned into a very fine young woman. You should be proud of her, Gary."


    ***


    Sue Ellen finished her meal and stood up. She was immediately hit with a wave of dizziness followed closely by stomach cramping and nausea. She slowly sank back into her chair and waited for it to pass.


    She had lied to the doctor and to JR earlier. She had been experiencing dizzy spells on and off all day. She knew it was only a result of all the excitement, so she didn't want anyone to know. JR would be worried and make a big deal out of it. He needed to focus on his own health, not be worried about hers.


    Sue Ellen wondered if it was possible that she COULD be pregnant. She was on the birth control pill, but she and JR had been going at it like rabbits recently and no birth control method was one hundred percent guaranteed.


    The wave of nausea passed. She made a mental note to stop by the hospital's pharmacy and pick up a home pregnancy test. It was probably a waste of time, but she needed to know - just in case.


    ***


    Kimberly drummed her fingers on her desk as she studied the papers Wendell had given her.


    He was such an idiot. He was so excited about JR's will. Yes, it cut Sue Ellen out completely, but Kimberly happened to know that it had been drawn up long ago to pacify her when she'd demanded a show of good faith that he was really planning to leave his wife. Kimberly wasn't sharing that Information with Wendell. Let him play whatever game with Winger he wanted if it kept him occupied, but Kimberly knew that will wasn't worth the paper it was written on.


    Now, the other documents were MUCH more interesting. JR looked to be moving to sell his Weststar stock. She knew JR would rather die than to sell it to her, but there was more than one way to skin a cat. She needed to move fast, before Wendell managed to stumble onto the same idea.


    She reached for her roladex, found the number she wanted, and punched the buttons on the phone. "Hello? It's Kimberly Cryder. I was wondering if you were free this afternoon."


    She was silent as she listened to the response. "No, that's fine. Just stop by my office after you've finished at the hospital. I look forward to seeing you soon, April."


    ***


    Sue Ellen sat up straight and winced. She felt flush all over. She fought down a wave of nausea and reached for the pitcher of ice water on the table beside JR's bed.


    "You okay, darlin'?" JR asked. Sue Ellen noticed he was watching her carefully.


    "Yes," she forced herself to smile at him. "I think I was so hungry that I ate a bit too much. It's only a bit of indigestion."


    "Uh huh," JR said doubtfully. "Indigestion doesn't make you sweat, honey."


    "JR, I said I'm fine!" she snapped. She snatched up a box of tissue and took out several cloths to wipe her soaking brow.


    "Well, excuse me for being concerned about my own damn wife," JR muttered, folding his arms across his chest.


    "JR…" Sue Ellen breathed deeply. "I'm sorry. I truly am. I'm just very tired. I'm sure that's all it is."


    JR's eyes softened. "Honey, I know you're worn down. Why don't you take another nap?"


    "Bobby's on his way over," she shook her head. "He should be here any minute."


    "Why don't you go home with him? Sleep in a real bed tonight."


    "No," she said firmly. "I'm not leaving you."


    "Now, honey," JR soothed, "I'll be fine. Besides, you won't do either of us any good if you end up in a hospital bed of your own. You look so…" he stopped talking when he saw the look on her face.


    "I look what, JR?" she challenged him, "how do I look?"


    "Beautiful," he smiled at her and reached out to take her hand in his. "You look gorgeous. You look sexy as hell."


    "Liar," she laughed and squeezed his hand. "I'm sorry. I'm a little testy. Really though, I'll be fine. And I don't want to go home. I'll rest better on that hard cot here with you than I will in my comfortable bed at Southfork without you."


    "Alright, honey," JR gave in. "Just don't overdo it, okay?"


    "I won't, I promise," Sue Ellen leaned down to kiss him. "I'll rest up. I want to save all my energy for you so we can...spend quality time together once you get discharged."


    "Mmmmm," JR smiled against her mouth, "I can hardly wait."


    """


    Bobby sat behind the wheel of his car in the hospital's parking lot, trying to decide whether or not he should tell Cliff about Pam. He knew Cliff would get a call from his own lawyer sooner or later. Pam had named Cliff as one of her beneficiaries and he was due a pretty substantial inheritance. Someone would be informing him soon enough. It would probably be for the best if Bobby told him first.


    Bobby knew eventually Pam's death would hit him with force. Right now, all he felt was numb. He wished with all his heart that Pam had talked to him, trusted him enough to tell him the truth and let him be with her and help her through her final days.


    "But she didn't," he muttered out loud, "and wishing won't make it so."


    ***


    "Welcome to Weststar!" the pretty young brunette smiled up at him. "How may I help you today?"


    "My name is Harry McSween. I'm here to see my niece, Sly. Is she available?"


    "One moment, sir and I'll check."


    She got up and walked out of sight. A few minutes later she appeared with Sly at her side. "Uncle Harry!" Sly hugged him. "What a wonderful surprise!"


    "Do you have time to grab a bite to eat with your old uncle?" he asked her.


    "I can't," Sly sighed reluctantly. "The phones have been ringing off the hook all day. The CEO getting shot is making a lot of shareholders nervous."


    "I imagine so," Harry said. "How about just a quick cup of coffee instead?"


    "You're on," Sly smiled, took him by the arm, and led him into the office. "What brings you here, Uncle Harry? I know you didn't make a special trip just to see me."


    "No," Harry admitted. "Is there someplace private we can talk?"


    "Let's go into JR's office," she said. She led him inside, closed the door and gestured to the couch. "What's up, Uncle Harry?"


    "That pretty receptionist that greeted me, is her name Crystal Baker?"


    "Yes. Why?"


    "How much do you know about her?"


    "Not much," Sly sighed. "She had a long list of glowing references and JR liked the way she looked. You know him. He likes to keep pretty women around to charm his business associates. Why?"


    "Someone in this office is spying for Jeremy Wendell. I think it might be her."


    "What? How do you know that?"


    "I'm a detective, remember?"


    "What are you going to do?"


    "Not much at the moment. Tomorrow I'll go by the hospital to ask JR how he wants me to proceed. Just do me a favor, keep an eye on her and let me know if she does anything suspicious."


    "Alright, Uncle Harry."


    "Great. Now how about that cup of coffee?"


    ***


    "Oh, Ray they're beautiful! Lucy gushed over the huge bouquet of flowers. "Thank you!"


    "Thank Jenna," Ray laughed. "She picked them out and ordered them. I'm just the delivery boy."


    "Please tell her how much I appreciate them," Lucy smiled.


    "You can tell her yourself. She and Lucas are flying home in the morning. She wants to start packing up the house so JR and Sue Ellen can get in there and redecorate."


    "Do you think they're really going to leave Southfork and move to your place?"


    "Don't know," Ray answered her. "It's what JR wants, but he's leaving the final decision up to Sue Ellen."


    "That's a new one, him letting Sue Ellen make the decisions."


    "I have a feeling ol' JR is finally fully house trained," Ray laughed.


    Lucy giggled. "He does seem different lately. Almost human. Hope it lasts."


    "Me too, Lucy. Life for all.of us would be a hell of a lot more peaceful if JR would settle down."


    "A Peaceful life in the Ewing family," Lucy mused. "Who would have ever thought such a thing was possible?"


    ***


    Bobby jumped at the knock on his window. He looked up and saw April smiling down at him.


    "Hi, stranger," she said when he stepped out of the car. "Sorry to disturb you, but you looked a little lost."


    "I was just thinking," Bobby told her. "Lost track of time. You here to see Cliff?"


    "Yes. Him and Lucy and JR. I brought things from home for all of them and for Sue Ellen."


    "April, can I ask you a personal question?"


    "Shoot," she said, then grimaced. "Sorry, poor choice of expression."


    "Are you and Cliff more than friends?"


    April's eyebrows shot up. "I don't see how that's any of your business."


    "Don't get excited," Bobby snapped. "I wasn't asking because I have any personal interest in who you date."


    "Then why do you want to know?"


    "I have some very bad news I have to give him and I thought it might be a comfort to have you there when I told him. Should have known better." He turned his back on her and stalked from the parking lot to the hospital entrance.


    "Well," April shouted to his retreating back, "Excuse the hell out of me, Mr. High and Mighty! You can just go jump in a lake!"


    Bobby waved her off dismissively without even bothering to turn around.


    "Jerk," April grumbled. "See if I care."


    But she did care, and she knew it. And it all made her very sad.


    ***


    "Everything okay, Ellie"


    "What?"


    "I asked if everything was okay," Clayton said again.


    "Oh yes," Ellie said, turning to face him. "That was Jack. He heard about the shooting on the news and called to make sure everyone one was okay."


    "Jack? Did he say where he was?"


    "No, he didn't," Ellie sighed. "And I didn't ask. I don't want to push him. I let him know that anytime he wanted to come back to Southfork, he was more than welcome."


    "Well, I suppose that's all we can really do."


    "Yes. Clayton...do you think JR is really serious about his commitment to Sue Ellen this time?"


    "It seems so," Clayton shrugged. "Then again, I've thought that before."


    "Me too," Ellie said sadly. "This Mandy Winger situation is very upsetting."


    "You been hearing gossip?"


    "Yes. Mavis called and said she'd heard Mandy made a scene at the hospital. I honestly don't know how Sue Ellen keeps forgiving him. She thought he'd fathered a child by her sister, and yet she still took him back. I don't know whether to admire her or to feel sorry for her."


    "Well, Sue Ellen made the choice to stay with JR through hell and high water long ago. If thinking Christopher was JR's son didn't cause her to leave him, I can't imagine anything ever will."


    "Yes, I suppose," Ellie sighed.


    "Anyway, we'd better find Teresa and see what she has planned for dinner. I'm sure the boys are starving by now."


    Ellie followed her husband from the foyer into the living room. Neither of them looked up to see the two little boys standing at the top of the stairs.


    "My daddy is your real daddy?" John Ross whispered.


    "That makes us brothers, right? Not cousins?" Christopher's eyes were huge.


    "I think so...yeah…" John Ross said thoughtfully.


    "No wonder Aunt Sue Ellen didn't want me when her sister died. John Ross, they promised no more secrets!"


    "They lied," John Ross said, trying to hold back his tears, "our parents are all big, fat liars!"


    ***
     
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    Aw no!!

    Poor boys - they’ve misunderstood.

    Great update - I was very relieved that was JRs fake will and not divorce papers. I was scared he was lying to Sue Ellen for a moment :(

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    This is a "What if?" fanfic. What if in the season eleven episode "Top Gun" Sue Ellen had changed her mind at the last possible moment and instead of teaming up with Kimberly and Wendell to beat JR she voted her Weststar shares to make him CEO?


    ***


    What If


    Part 29


    ***


    "Oh, April, thank you so much! You're my hero!"


    April laughed, "You're welcome, Sue Ellen. I thought it would be better if I packed the bag instead of Ray or Bobby. Men have no idea what kind of things women need."


    "That was real nice of you, April," JR smiled at her.


    "No big deal," April shrugged. "I brought your shaving kit and some pajamas and a robe for you too."


    "How are the boys?" Sue Ellen asked.


    "They're awesome," April beamed. "Really great kids. They don't seem to be phased at all over everything that happened. We went swimming this morning. They must have dumped me off the float a dozen times."


    "That sounds like them," JR chuckled.


    "Listen, JR, I think you should know, Kimberly Cryder asked me to stop by her office this afternoon."


    JR's eyes narrowed. "What does that woman want with you?"


    "She didn't say," April shrugged. "If I had to guess, it probably has something to do with my stock in Weststar. That's the only thing the two of us have in common. You want me to cancel?"


    "No. Go see what she wants. I'd like to know what she's up to."


    "Okay, JR. I'll talk to her and report back." She stood up. "I'll leave the two of you alone to rest. Please call me if you need anything."


    "Thanks again for everything, April," Sue Ellen walked over and hugged the other woman. "I'm so glad to have you as a friend."


    "I can come back later if I'm interrupting."


    Sue Ellen felt April stiffen at the sound of Bobby's voice."


    "I was actually just leaving," April told him. "Remember, Sue Ellen, call if you need anything. I'll call you after I talk to Kimberly, JR."


    April moved to the doorway and nodded at Bobby. He nodded back and stepped aside to let her through the door.


    "How are you feeling, JR?" Bobby asked, moving to take a seat near the bed.


    "Not too bad, all things considered," JR told him. "How are things at Southfork?"


    "Quiet," Bobby told him. "Mama and Clayton went straight to bed. Clayton was with the boys when I left but I think Mama was up. She slept for several hours.."


    "Good," JR said. "Mama needs her rest."


    "Bobby, I hope you don't think I'm being rude," Sue Ellen broke in, "but since April brought me some clothes and things, I'm going to take a shower and freshen up."


    "You go ahead, Sue Ellen," Bobby smiled at her.


    Sue Ellen nodded at Bobby and bent down to kiss JR on the cheek. "I won't be long," she told him.


    JR smiled and watched as she walked into the bathroom and shut the door.


    "I heard Mandy Winger stopped by," Bobby said once Sue Ellen was out of sight. "You handling that?"


    "Don't you worry," JR growled. "I'll take care of Mandy."


    "Good," Bobby nodded, staring off into the distance.


    "What's wrong, Bob?" JR asked.


    Bobby took a deep breath and closed his eyes. "Harv Smithfield came by the house today," Bobby told him. He opened his eyes and fixed them on his brother. "JR...Pam.."


    "What?" JR prodded. "What about Pam?"


    "She's gone, JR," Bobby's voice was heavy with sadness. "Pam is dead."


    ***


    "The doctors say I can go home in the morning," Cliff sighed. "Really don't understand why I have to spend the night over a headache."


    "It's not just a headache, Cliff," April admonished him. "It's a concussion. And it's good that they're being cautious. Listen, when you get out of here, I think I should spend a couple of nights at your place. I don't want you there all by yourself in case something happens."


    "I don't need a babysitter," Cliff snapped.


    "No you don't," April agreed. "But you DO need a friend."


    Cliff sighed, "Well, I know it won't do any good to argue with you, so I guess I'll just have to deal with it."


    "That's right," April smiled. "Did I bring everything you need? If not, I can run back to your apartment and pick up what you want."


    "Nah," Cliff said, "I don't need anything else. Thanks, though."


    April nodded. "Bobby asked me if you and I were more than friends."


    Cliff laughed. "What did you tell him?"


    "That it was none of his business. He got mad and stormed off. He can be a real jerk sometimes."


    "Listen, April, I know you really like Bobby. Don't be so rough on the guy. He hasn't dealt with losing Pam. Not really. Seems like he just kinda pushed her aside in his mind."


    "She's been gone a long time, Cliff."


    "Yes. But Bobby really loved her.. Not trying to be negative, but I don't think he can have a relationship with you or anyone else until he comes to terms with his emotions regarding Pam."


    "You might be right, Cliff," April sighed. "But it's not my problem. And if he thinks I'm going to sit around and wait on him, he's crazy."


    "Bobby is a good man. He's worth waiting for."


    "Oh, it's all a moot point anyway," April smiled sadly. "He won't even give me a chance. He doesn't date women who've slept with JR."


    "In that case, the poor guy is gonna have to leave Dallas to find a woman!"


    They both burst out laughing. When the laughter subsided, Cliff reached out and took her hand. "You're a good friend, April. Thank you."


    April squeezed his hand and bent to kiss him lightly on the cheek. "Right back at you, Cliff. Right back at you."


    ***


    "I'm so sorry, Bobby,* JR said softly after Bobby finished telling him about Harv Smithfield's visit.


    "It's such a shock," Bobby told him. "I know I should be grieving, but all I am is numb. And worried."


    "Worried about what?" JR asked.


    "Telling Christopher. Telling Cliff."


    "I'd hold off on that if I were you," JR warned him.


    "Why?" Bobby asked, surprised.


    "No body." JR grunted.


    "What are you talking about, JR?"


    "Look, Pam disappeared without a trace. She didn't want you to find her. Seems too neat and tidy that you get a letter from a lawyer telling you she's dead and that she's already been buried. And Katherine - there's something odd about that too. If Pam had a team of lawyers handling all of her affairs, why would she need Katherine to run around Canada moving money? Something isn't adding up here, Bob."


    "Maybe, JR. But I don't think Pam would go so far as to fake her death."


    "Bobby, the truth is you don't even know if Pam knows you got that letter. Just because the lawyers say they're working for Pam doesn't mean they are."


    "What do you suggest I do, JR?"


    "I don't know. But I'll tell you one thing; I never liked that Barnes woman, but she loved you and Christopher. And I know you loved her. If it was Sue Ellen, I'd tear Canada and Europe apart until I found her. I wouldn't take anyone else's word. I'd have to see for myself."


    "I don't know, JR," Bobby sighed. "It's a lot to think about."


    "Yeah it is. But I wouldn't tell Cliff or Christopher a damn thing until you get it all sorted out in your mind."


    JR paused and was suddenly overcome by a coughing fit.


    "You okay, JR?" Bobby sat up straight ,concerned.


    "Fine, just fine," JR choked out, sipping on a cup of water that had been on his bedside table. "Throat is dry. Say, Bob, can you hand me Sue Ellen"s purse? She usually has some candy or cough drops in there."


    "Sure, JR," Bobby stood up, retrieved the purse, and handed it to JR.


    "I am going nuts stuck in this bed," JR said, rummaging through the purse, "I sure will be glad to get out of here…" JR stopped talking and frowned. What in the hell was Sue Ellen doing carrying around a home pregnancy test in her pocketbook?


    "Something wrong, JR?" Bobby asked.


    "No, no," JR said, finding a cough drop and handing the purse back to Bobby. "Just amazed at how much crap women feel the need to carry around with them."


    Bobby laughed and nodded. "I guess I'd better go on and see Lucy and Cliff. I think I'll take your advice and hold off on telling anyone else about Pam."


    "Good. Thanks for stopping by, Bobby."


    "I'll be back tomorrow," Bobby told him. "See you soon."


    JR watched his brother leave the room then fixed his dark eyes on the closed bathroom door. Sue Ellen was still showering, he could hear the faint sound of running water.


    "Well, well, Miss Texas," JR said to the closed door. "You certainly seem to have some explaining to do."


    ***


    Mandy sighed and threw the magazine across the couch. She couldn't concentrate. The phone call she'd gotten from Harv Smithfield consumed her thoughts.


    He'd told her to name a price. JR wanted to pay her to leave Dallas, as if she were some kind of whore who could be bought off with a few thousand bucks.


    When she'd told Smithfield she wasn't interested in JR's money, he'd warned her to stay away from the Ewings and threatened her with a restraining order if she didn't.


    Mandy just couldn't understand what kind of game JR was playing. She'd seen the will. He'd cut Sue Ellen out of it completely. That could only mean he was planning to divorce her. Mandy's heart sank when it occurred to her that maybe JR was involved with another woman.


    But who? JR had loved Mandy, yet he'd refused to leave Sue Ellen, breaking every promise he made to the contrary. Could it be that some other woman had gotten her hooks into JR deep enough that he was finally ready and willing to cut Sue Ellen completely out of his life?


    She shook the thought from her mind and decided it really didn't matter. Whether it was Sue Ellen or some other mystery woman, Mandy wasn't giving up without a fight.


    "You're mine, JR Ewing," she vowed to the empty room, "and I won't let any other woman take you away from me."


    ***


    "Thanks for agreeing to stop by," Kimberly smiled. "Can I offer you something to drink?"


    "No thanks," April smiled back at the other woman. "Why did you want to see me?"


    "Have a seat," Kimberly told her, sitting down behind her desk. "I understand you and the Ewings have become pretty tight over the last several weeks."


    "We're friendly," April informed her. "How is that any concern of yours?"


    "Well, it's come to my attention that JR may be thinking of selling his stock in Weststar. I'd make him an offer, but I'm pretty confident he would never sell to me."


    "What does that have to do with me?"


    "As you said, you've become very friendly with JR and his family. I was hoping you'd make the offer for the stock, then sell it to me. I"m prepared to pay you three times whatever you agree to pay to JR."


    "Three times?" April's eyes widened. "You must want that stock very badly."


    "Yes, well, Weststar was my daddy's pride and joy. I'd pay a steep price to get it back into the family."


    "Really?" April asked. "So then you'd be willing to pay four or five times the market value, wouldn't you?"


    "Possibly. Get the stock and we'll make a deal."


    "I'll think about it," April told her, standing up.


    "I'll be waiting for your call," Kimberly nodded. "I'm offering you a great deal of money, April. The Ewings won't like it if you sell to me, but you will have enough cash to buy as many friends as you want."


    "Like I said, I'll think about it."


    "Don't think too long," Kimberly warned her. "I'm not known for my patience."


    ***


    "Feeling better?" JR asked his wife.


    "Yes, thank you," Sue Ellen smiled at him. "A shower and fresh clothes made a world of difference."


    "Glad to hear it," JR said. "You know Sue Ellen, I've been thinking about us."


    "Really?" Sue Ellen raised her eyebrows. "What about us?"


    "Just about how lucky we are to have the chance to start over again. How nice it will be to have a truly open and honest relationship with no secrets and no games."


    "I am so happy too, JR," she told him. "It's been a long time coming."


    "It sure has, darlin'. But I want you to know that from now on, I will trust and respect you enough to come to you with anything. No more hiding or sneaking around. And I want you to know you can come to me with anything too. No matter what happens, we'll work through it together."


    "Oh, JR, that sounds so perfect," Sue Ellen leaned forward and kissed him square on the mouth. "We're going to be so very happy together."


    "Yes," JR agreed. "Sue Ellen, I saw..."


    "Excuse me, sorry to interrupt."


    JR bit back a frustrated groan. "What is it?"


    The young nurse stepped fully into the room. "It's time for your medication, Mr. Ewing," she smiled.


    "Great," JR grumbled, irritated that the conversation about the pregnancy test would have to wait. "Just great."


    ***


    "I don't know, Daddy," Crystal whispered into the phone. "I saw his badge when he hugged Sly. Do you think I should tell Mr. Wendell?"


    She listened as her father responded. "Okay, Daddy. I will. Talk to you soon."


    Crystal hung up the phone and buried her face in her hands. This had all gotten so far out of control. When she'd first met Jeremy Wendell, he'd seemed like the answer to her prayers. All he wanted from her was a little bit of snooping. He'd gotten her the job at Weststar and told her to be extra nice to JR and see what she could find out about his business. He'd paid the bank note on her father's diner off and had gotten her brother a job on one of Weststar's oil rigs. He'd even given her a nice condo and a new car to drive. It had all seemed too good to be true.


    And as it turned out, it WAS too good to be true. Wendell had paid off the loan on the diner, but now he owned the debt. He told her he expected her to sleep with JR to get the information he needed. When she'd refused, he'd threatened to call in her father's note. Then he'd given her brother that bomb. He promised no one would get hurt, that it wouldn't go off until early in the morning when no one was around. But it had gone off early, killing her brother and two other men. She and her father hadn't even been able to claim the body. Wendell didn't want anyone to know she was connected to the bomber.


    And now there was a cop snooping around Weststar. She was lucky that so far no one had made the connection between her and the bombing, but she knew it was only a matter of time. Her brother had used a fake name to get the job on the rig, but the cops would figure out who he really was eventually.


    She was between a rock and a hard place and had nowhere to turn. She regretted ever getting involved with Wendell in the first place. That man was pure evil.


    And he owned her soul.


    ***


    Sue Ellen sat nervously on the toilet seat, waiting for the test results.


    The dizziness had gotten worse and she'd barely been able to keep her dinner down. To make things worse, JR was acting very strange, as if he was annoyed about something. And she'd noticed he had been watching her very closely.


    She honestly didn't know how she would feel if it turned out that she was pregnant. She and JR hadn't talked about having another child for years. They were both well into their forties. Things seemed so perfect between them now. A new baby might upset the delicate balance of their relationship.


    But the thought of a new baby...JR's baby...also filled her with excitement and joy. She had been so depressed during her first pregnancy, drunk and angry. Then after John Ross was born, she had been so emotionally detached from him that it had taken her months to accept him and bond with him. This time would be so different. She'd have JR's care and support and the baby would be born into a loving, stable home.


    She glanced at her watch and realized that it was time for the test to be done. She closed her eyes, took a deep breath, and reached for the strip on the sink. She counted to the three and slowly opened her eyes to see the results. Her breath caught in her throat and she gasped. Tears formed in her eyes and slid down her cheeks. She hadn't known how she would feel once she knew for sure, but what she was feeling now was pure, deep, soul crushing sadness.


    ***


    "Up for company?"


    JR turned his head towards the voice and made a sour face. "What do you want, Barnes?"


    Cliff rolled himself into the room and sighed. "I came to say I'm sorry."


    "For what?" JR asked him.


    "For falling asleep and letting Jessica into the house. If I had done my job, no one would have gotten shot. This is all my fault."


    "Oh, Barnes," JR grumbled, "it's so like you to twist every situation to make yourself the center of it."


    "What are you talking about?" Cliff asked, offended.


    "What if you'd been awake? You might've gotten shot instead of just getting a bump on the head. What if Clayton and Mama hadn't had the radio on in the kitchen or there wasn't a TV going upstairs? Someone in the house might've heard the shots that killed the deputies and called for help. What if I'd stayed at the house instead of traipsing out to the cabin?"


    "What's your point, JR?"


    "Barnes, my point is there's a ton of what ifs and it doesn't do any good to dwell on them. We all acted stupidly. We're lucky it worked out the way it did. No one has more blame than anyone else. You want to blame someone, blame that nutcase Jessica and be glad she's dead. Stop with the self pity and guilt. It doesn't impress me one bit and I have more important things to occupy my mind than you. And you're not doing yourself any favors either."


    "I guess you're right," Cliff's voice was low. "You know, in a twisted sort of way, that's the nicest thing you've ever said to me."


    JR grunted again and narrowed his eyes on the other man's face. "I didn't say it to be nice, Barnes. I said it because it's true."


    "Oh, I know. Don't worry, JR. I will never presume to think you've learned to like me."


    "I can tolerate you," JR told him. "For the boys. And for my wife who has so sweetly asked me to let bygones be bygones."


    "You think you'll ever be able to do that, JR?"


    "It's a funny what happens to a man when he finally realizes that the only thing in life that really matters is the happiness of the people he loves," JR replied. "Christopher loves you. John Ross is fond of you too. You've been good to Bobby. Guess as long as you stay away from my wife and my business there's no reason not to make our truce permanent. Digger and Jock are both long dead and buried. I guess it's time to bury the Barnes/Ewing feud too."


    "You don't have anything to worry about from me," Cliff said. "I'll steer clear of Weststar and Ewing Oil."


    "And my wife?" JR demanded.


    "Oh, for crying out loud, JR. I already told you I'd never want to get between the two of you again, even if I could, which I can't. Sue Ellen is a fine woman, but that's all in the past."


    "It had better be," JR retorted.


    "Well, I'd better get back to my room."


    "Don't let the door hit you on the way out," JR mumbled.


    Cliff laughed and wheeled himself out of the room. JR glanced up at the clock on the wall. Sue Ellen had left to grab some dinner from the cafeteria over an hour ago.


    "Where the hell are you, woman?" he said to himself. "And why are you hiding that pregnancy test from me?"


    ***



    Fancy meeting you here," April smiled at Ray.


    "Hey April," Ray laughed, giving her a quick Peck on the cheek. "I just came from visiting Lucy. She's starving. Says hospital food is nasty. I'm going out to get her a burger. Think Cliff would want something?"


    "I got Cliff covered," she said, holding up a bag of Chinese takeout.


    "I should have guessed," Ray laughed. "Hey, has the sheriff contacted you today?"


    "No," April told him. "But I haven't been home much so if he left me a message I wouldn't have gotten yet. Why?"


    "He came by the house and told me they were closing the case. Said I could go ahead and clean the room where Jessica was killed. He asked me to come in tomorrow and sign my final statement. Just wondering if everyone else needed to sign a statement too."


    "Well, glad it's almost over. If he calls me I'll let you know."


    "Thanks, April. Well, I'd better go get that burger. Can't keep a hungry woman waiting."


    "See you later," April said. She walked to the elevator and pushed the button and waited.


    "Back so soon, April?"


    April turned her head and smiled at Sue Ellen. "Bringing food to Cliff. I called JR's room and asked if you wanted anything but he said you were already down eating dinner in the cafeteria….hey, Sue Ellen. What's wrong?"


    "What makes you think anything's wrong?" Sue Ellen asked with false brightness.


    "Well, no offense, but you look awful. It's obvious you've been crying."


    "It's just stress," Sue Ellen said. "All the excitement is catching up to me."


    "You sure that's all?"


    Sue Ellen took a deep breath. "No. That's not all. But I'm not ready to talk about it, okay?"


    The doors to the elevator slid open and both women stepped inside.


    "Okay, Sue Ellen. I'm here if you need me though."


    "Thank you, April," Sue Ellen sighed. "Right now, I just don't want to think about anything but getting JR well and getting him home."


    ***


    "Did you get to see everyone at the hospital, Bobby?"


    "Yes," Bobby told his mother. "Everyone is doing fine. Lucy and Cliff are both being discharged in the morning. JR will be home in a couple of days."


    "That's wonderful," Ellie said. "You should really try to get some rest, Bobby. You haven't slept at all. Clayton and I will look after the children."


    "Thanks, Mama," Bobby smiled sadly. "But I don't think I can sleep. I have a lot on my mind."


    "Whatever it is can wait until tomorrow," Ellie told him. "You need your rest."


    "Mama? Do you think Pam…"


    "Do I think Pam what?"


    "Was I a good husband? Did I ever do anything that would make her think I wouldn't love and support if things got bad?"


    "Bobby," Miss Ellie chose her words carefully. "You and Pam shared a very deep love. You had your problems, all couples do, but I am sure Pam knew you would stand by her through anything. I don't know why she chose to leave, but I'm sure she had a very good reason and I'm sure it wasn't anything you'd done."


    Bobby nodded. "I'm sure she had a good reason too, Mama. I just wish to God I knew what it was."



    ***


    "But John Ross, we don't have any money. How are we going to take care of ourselves?"


    "I'll figure something out," John Ross told him. "We don't have to leave right away, but I want to be gone before my daddy gets back from the hospital."


    "Where are we going to go?" Christopher asked.


    "I'm not sure yet, but I'll think of something. Just make sure you're packed. Once I have a plan we might have to leave in a hurry."


    "Okay, John Ross."


    "Don't worry, Christopher. I'll take care of you and protect you. And we won't ever lie to each other. Promise?"


    "I promise, John Ross!"


    ***


    "Would you stop fussing over me?" JR snapped, snatching the pillow she'd been fluffing out of her hand. "You're driving me crazy!"


    "I'm sorry!" She snapped back. "I'm just trying to make sure you're comfortable!"


    "If you want me to be comfortable, you'll sit down and leave me alone!"


    "Fine," Sue Ellen seethed. She sat down on her cot and brushed a tear away from her eye.


    "This is never going to work if you break down crying every time I say boo to you," JR grumbled.


    "What?" Sue Ellen's eyes grew wide. "What's not going to work? Our marriage? Really JR? You're threatening divorce because I fluffed your pillow?"


    "What the hell is wrong with you?" JR shouted at her. "I never said anything about a divorce!"


    "You said it wasn't going to work!" Sue Ellen shot back. "What happened JR? The thought of Mandy Winger waiting in the wings giving you second thoughts about staying in our marriage?"


    "If I didn't know you better," JR's eyes narrowed to dangerous slits, "I'd think you were trying to provoke a fight with me just to give you an excuse to walk out of here."


    "I don't need an excuse, JR!" Sue Ellen raged. "In fact, I don't see any reason for me to stay here mooning over you when you clearly don't want my company!"


    She stood up and grabbed her purse, but was immediately stopped in her tracks by a hot flush spreading through her body and a wave of nausea bubbling up from her stomach.


    "Sue Ellen?" JR said her name, the anger that had been in his voice was gone and replaced by concern. "Honey? What's wrong?"


    Sue Ellen didn't answer. She just stood there, breathing deeply and concentrating on keeping her dinner down.


    "Sue Ellen?!" JR's tone was urgent now. "Honey, please sit down. You're as white as a sheet!"


    When she didn't move or answer JR threw back the sheets on his bed and stood up. "Honey?" he said, taking her by the arm, "Sue Ellen, come on darlin'. I'm sorry, okay? I'm very sorry. Please come sit down."


    She let JR lead her back to her cot. He poured her a cup of water from the pitcher beside the bed and handed it to her. "Drink this, sweetheart."


    Sue Ellen took the cup from him and gulped down the water. "JR, please get back in bed," she whispered shakily. "I'm fine."


    "No,"JR told her. "I'm not getting back in bed until you promise you won't leave me."


    Sue Ellen looked up at him and couldn't help but smile. "I promise, JR. I'm not going anywhere.Now please get back in bed."


    "Is everything alright in here?" A nurse suddenly appeared. "What are you doing out of bed, Mr. Ewing? No wonder your heart is beating so fast!"


    "I'm fine,"JR told her. "My wife had another dizzy spell."


    JR kissed Sue Ellen on the forehead and gingerly climbed back into bed.


    "I'll notify the doctor," the nurse told him. "Next time, buzz for a nurse. Don't get out of this bed again."


    "You get someone in here to check on my wife or me getting out of bed will be the least of your worries," JR snarled.


    "Wow. Guess I picked a bad time to come see you," April said from the doorway.


    "I'll get the doctor," the nurse told JR and brushed past April into the hallway.


    "Please, come in April," Sue Ellen waved her into the room. "Everything's fine."


    JR started to protest but was stopped cold by the warning look on his wife's face. "Sure. Come on in and stay a while," he groused.


    "Don't worry JR, I'm not staying," April grinned. "It's obvious you don't want a visit. I just wanted to tell you that Kimberly seems to think you're selling your Weststar stock. She asked me to buy it and sell it back to her. She offered a small fortune. Way more than the stocks are worth."


    "What did you tell her?"


    "That I'd think about it. Just let me know when you decide what you want me to do."


    "I will. Thanks, April," JR said.


    "No problem. I'll get going. You both look like you could use some rest. Call if you need anything."


    "Thank you, April," Sue Ellen smiled at her friend. "Goodnight."


    JR waited until April was out of the room and then turned his attention back to his wife. "Feeling better?"


    "Much better, thank you," Sue Ellen told him. "I wonder how on Earth Kimberly knew you were thinking about selling your Weststar stock?"


    "I don't know, and at the moment I don't particularly care. I don't want to talk about Kimberly. Or April. And I sure as hell don't want to talk about Mandy Winger."


    "Really, JR?" Sue Ellen raised her eyebrows. "Then what is it you want to talk about."


    "Well, Miss Texas," JR's voice was low and husky, "what I want to talk about in you."


    "Me?" Sue Ellen asked. "JR, I told you I'm just fine!"


    "I know that's what you told me. What I want to know is why, why after all the promises we made to each other about being open and honest and not keeping secrets you'd decide to start playing games again."


    "What?" Sue Ellen asked, shocked and confused. "JR what are you talking about?"


    "You've been lying to me, Sue Ellen. And I want to know why."


    **
     
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    I wonder what's wrong with Sue Ellen? :think:
    I assume the home pregnancy test turned out negative.

    Poor confused Christopher and John Ross wanting to run away because they thought their parents lied to them. :(
    Seems like Christopher might need to talk to a child psychologist or something. He's been through a lot lately.

    Hilarious how April bought Cliff china food.:popcorn:

    JR made an excellent point about Pam. If she was really dead it doesn't make any sense for her to not want Bobby and Cliff to come to the funeral to say a proper goodbye. So there's definitely something fishy about her disappearance and my bet is it involved Katherine. So well I hope Bobby does go look for her like JR suggested. He needs to know what really happened. Also love how he turned to Miss Ellie for advice.
     
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    My poor baby. Could it be an inaccurate test? Does she have some sort of internal injury from the shooting?

    April is annoying me a bit the way she keeps hanging about.

    Love the scenes between JR and Cliff and especially JR and Lucy.

    And JR didn’t love you Mandy. Please get bent.

    Beautifully written :)
     
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    This is a "What if?" fanfic. What if in the season eleven episode "Top Gun" Sue Ellen had changed her mind at the last possible moment and instead of teaming up with Kimberly and Wendell to beat JR she voted her Weststar shares to make him CEO?


    ***


    What If


    Part 30


    ***


    "JR, I have no idea what you're talking about and I really don't appreciate having you call me a liar."


    JR's eyebrows shot up. "Well, darlin' if you don't want me to call you a liar, maybe you'd better stop lying to me."


    "JR! What are you talking about? How can you think such a thing!"


    "Cut the Innocent act, Miss Texas," JR growled. "I saw the pregnancy test in your purse."


    Sue Ellen's eyes grew wide with shock. "What exactly were you doing snooping around in my purse, JR?"


    "I wasn't snooping. I was looking for a cough drop. And why should you care if I look in your purse if you have nothing to hide from me?"


    Sue Ellen brought her hands to her head and absently rubbed her temples. "JR, I…"


    "Excuse me, sorry to interrupt," the doctor came into the room. "I understand Mrs. Ewing has had another dizzy spell?"


    "She did," JR told him. "She says she's fine, but that's obviously not true."


    "Mrs. Ewing," the doctor looked at Sue Ellen. "I'd like to examine you and ask you some questions. We can do it here or I can take you down to an exam room if you'd rather."


    "No reason not to do it here," JR answered for her. "We don't have any secrets in our marriage do we, my love?" he put a special, sarcastic emphasis on the last two words.


    "No, we don't, darlin'," Sue Ellen matched his sarcasm. "Here is fine, doctor."


    JR watched in brooding silence as the doctor took Sue Ellen's blood pressure and pulse and listened to her heart with a stethoscope. "Just the one dizzy spell?" he asked her.


    "No…," she admitted, casting a nervous glance at JR. "Truthfully, I've been dealing with dizziness all day."


    "Nausea?"


    "Oh yes," Sue Ellen said.


    "I'm going to order some blood work and get a urine sample. We talked earlier about pregnancy. I know you said you were on birth control, but I'd still like to check."


    "That's not necessary, doctor," Sue Ellen said sheepishly. "I took a home test I got from the hospital pharmacy."


    "And?" the doctor asked.


    "I'm not pregnant," she said in a rush.


    "Alright. We'll still check. You might still be and it's just too early to be detected by an over the counter test. Any other symptoms I should know about?"


    "She's sweating," JR chimed in. "When she gets dizzy, she breaks out into a sweat."


    "Yes," Sue Ellen confirmed. "I get very hot and then very cold."


    "Okay," the doctor stood up straight and looked at them both. "Both of you need to listen to me carefully. Mrs. Ewing, I'll send a nurse in to draw blood and get a urine sample. In the meantime, I want you to get some rest. And Mr. Ewing, I don't want to hear another word about you getting out of that bed. So help me if that happens again, I'll restrict all visitors and Mrs. Ewing will have to leave. No more excitement. Do I make myself clear?"


    "Yes, doctor," Sue Ellen said, staring at the floor.


    "Mr. Ewing?"


    "Crystal clear," JR ground out.


    "Good," the doctor said. "Mrs. Ewing, I'll be back as soon as I get your test results."


    Sue Ellen and JR were silent as they watched him walk out of the room.


    "Alright, Sue Ellen," JR said, his eyes glittering, "spill it. All of it."


    ****


    Wendell was in a dark mood.


    Mandy had called him and filed him in on the call from Smithfield. It seemed JR had no further use for the lovely Miss Winger; and that meant Jeremy had no further use for her either.


    He couldn't figure JR out. Why would he drop Mandy if he planned to divorce Sue Ellen? And why would he be shopping around his Weststar stock after all the trouble he and his meddling wife had gone through to make him CEO?


    His face darkened further when he thought about Sue Ellen. He'd been so stupid to trust her. She'd played him like a fiddle, plotting with him and Kimberly, flirting for all she was worth. Then she'd told him she'd never sleep with him and had run straight back to JR, taking all her Weststar stock with her.


    He has to grudgingly admit the Ewings were smart. He'd never seen Sue Ellen's betrayal coming, but so help him he would make her pay. And he was more than happy to destroy her disgusting husband in the process.


    ***


    Bobby couldn't sleep.


    He was exhausted, but his mind wouldn't shut off.


    He kept thinking about his earlier conversation with JR. His brother was right, something about the situation with Pam wasn't adding up.


    Sure, if she was suffering from a painful, fatal disease, it would explain why she had taken off. Pam was impulsive sometimes. If she believed sparing Bobby and Christopher from the pain of watching her die was what was best for them, she wouldn't hesitate to leave them to protect them.


    But Katherine?


    There was no way Pam would ever trust Katherine to handle her final requests. Pam was a good hearted woman and tried not to carry hate in her heart, but Booby knew she hated Katherine.


    Katherine had broken up their marriage and caused their divorce. She'd try to kill Bobby twice. Pam wouldn't reach out to Katherine even if they were the last two people on Earth.


    Bobby sighed heavily and sat up. There was no way he was ever going to get any sleep now. There was only one thing that would ever settle the restless thoughts in his mind.


    He had to go to Canada.


    ***


    "You can go on home, Crystal. Have a good evening."


    "Sly?" Crystal hesitated. "Can I talk to you for just a minute."


    Sly glanced at her watch. "Sure, but make it quick. I have some papers I need to drop off to Mr. Smithfield."


    Crystal dropped her gaze to the floor. "Your uncle. The one who came to see you today…"


    "What about him?"


    "He...he's a cop, right?"


    "Crystal, what's this all about?" Sly snapped. "Please get the point."


    "I'm in trouble, Sly. Serious trouble. I thought maybe your uncle could help me."


    "Why would he want to do that?" Sly asked. "Crystal what kind of trouble are you in?"


    "I stole papers from your desk and gave them to Jeremy Wendell. And...I know who caused the explosion on the oil rig."


    Sly sucked in a deep breath. "Yes, I'd say that's pretty big trouble. Sit down right there," she pointed at a chair beside her desk. "Don't move."


    Sly walked behind the desk and picked up the phone. "Uncle Harry? It's Sly. You know how you asked me to keep an eye on Crystal Baker? Well, she just confessed. You'd better get down to Weststar right away."


    *""


    "Well?" JR snapped impatiently. "Start talking."


    "Oh, JR, you're making a big deal out of nothing! I didn't tell you I was still having dizzy spells because I didn't want to worry you. As for the pregnancy test…"


    "Yes?" JR pushed her.


    "The doctor mentioned pregnancy in passing. I didn't think it was possible because I'm on the pill, but when the dizziness didn't stop I figured I should take a test anyway."


    "Uh huh," JR mocked her. "And tell me Sue Ellen, when were you planning to share all of this with me?"


    "I… I would have told you right away if the test had been positive. Since it wasn't, I decided there wasn't any reason to share it and upset you."


    "Upset me?" JR repeated. "Why do you think I'd be upset?"


    "JR, we haven't talked about having more children since...well since before Holly Harwood. I have no idea how you feel about having a baby and to be honest, I'm not sure how I feel about it either. Why talk about something that isn't going to happen? Maybe I thought…"


    "You thought what, Sue Ellen?" JR's voice turned gentle. "Did you think I'd be mad if you were pregnant or mad that you aren't?"


    "I don't know," Sue Ellen admitted. "Both. Neither. JR, I just don't know!" She burst out crying, sobbing uncontrollably. "I'm sorry, JR! I don't know what's wrong with me!"


    JR sighed and reached out to her. "Come up here and sit by me for a minute," he told her. "Come on now, honey," he cajoled her when she didn't move. "I promise not to bite your head off."


    Sue Ellen slowly stood up and moved to sit beside him on the bed. "JR, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to lie to you. I just didn't know what to say."


    "Sue Ellen, you and I have been through hell and back together.We've survived lies and secrets, other women, other men, alcohol, a paternity suit, my greed… I know you think our relationship is some kind of fragile thing, but it's not, honey. It's strong. We survived all those horrible things because our love is strong, it held us together even when we could hardly stand the sight of one another. Now, we have a new start. A chance to build a new future full of good instead of bad. You can't bury your head in the sand and run away every time something unexpected happens. If we are going to have the life we dreamed of together, we both have to be willing to talk about anything. That's how we protect this new happiness, Sue Ellen. Neither of us is perfect; far from it, But we have to have enough faith in one another to share the bad along with the good."


    "I know you're right, JR," Sue Ellen whispered. "I'm sorry I didn't tell you."


    "And I'm sorry I reacted so badly," he brought her hand to his mouth and kissed it softly.


    "Would you...would you want to have another child, JR?" she asked him before she could stop herself.


    "To be honest I've not given it much thought," he answered. "When you and I remarried, I just assumed there'd be more kids. After a few years I just stopped thinking about it. When you had the miscarriage, I was heartbroken. But as the years went by, I just put it out of my head."


    "JR...about that miscarriage…"


    "Oh, Sue Ellen, I know it was probably Peter's baby. I don't want to talk about that."


    "It was your baby," she told him. "I've never doubted it."


    "Why?" JR asked. "How can you be sure?"


    "I made Peter use protection," she said, her voice sick with shame. "He thought it was his because he believed I wasn't being intimate with you. Of course, I knew better."


    JR reached out and brushed a strand of stray hair from her face. "I love you Sue Ellen. I'm content with our life as it is. If there was another baby I'd be content with that too. So long as you stay by my side, I'll always be content."


    "JR?"


    "Yes, honey?"


    "I'm really sorry I made you doubt me."


    "And I'm really sorry I doubted you instead of thinking you probably had a very good reason for not telling me. Besides, I'm one to talk. I feel like a big, fat hypocrite."


    "What? Why?"


    "I've been keeping a couple of things from you too," he confessed.


    "What things?" Sue Ellen's face grew dark with suspicion.


    "For one thing, I talked to Gary."


    "Gary? Really? How did that go?"


    "Slow," JR told her. "Mostly we talked about Lucy and how proud we both were of her. He asked about you. I asked about Valene. It was awkward. But he told me I should call again when I got out of the hospital, and I think I will. Might be time to mend that fence."


    "That's wonderful, JR. I'm so very proud of you."


    "Well, you won't be so proud of me when you hear the second thing."


    "What did you do, JR?"


    "I told Harv Smithfield to pay Mandy to get her out of our lives."


    Sue Ellen couldn't help herself, she burst out laughing. "Let me guess, Mandy turned the money down flat."


    "Yes," JR said sheepishly. "So we threatened her with a restraining order."


    Sue Ellen laughed harder, holding her sides and gasping for air.


    "What the hell is so funny?" JR asked


    "You are," Sue Ellen said once she could breathe again. "Oh, JR, I don't think we need a restraining order. She'll eventually get the message and move on. The best way to get rid of her is to ignore her existence. She can't hurt us any longer. And...I'm really sorry I threw her name in your face when we were arguing."


    "You're forgiven," he smiled at her.


    "As are you," she said breathlessly. "I love you, JR."


    "I want to kiss you so badly right now it hurts. But can't have my heart rate going up again and signaling the cavalry."


    Sue Ellen laughed and hugged him tightly. They laid together on JR's hospital bed, quietly holding on to each other for a very long time.


    **"


    "Hurry up, John Ross!" Christopher urged from the doorway where he was posted as lookout. "Daddy could come out of his room any minute!"


    "He's not your daddy, he's your uncle," John Ross told him. "Just hang on a minute, I almost have it."


    John Ross was standing on his mother's vanity seat, rummaging through the top shelf of his father's closet. "Got it!"


    He climbed down and carried the seat back to the vanity. "Come on, let's get back to my room."


    The boys peaked out of the doorway, looked both ways, then scurried across the hall. Once they were safely inside the bedroom with the door closed, John Ross opened the shoe box he'd taken from his father's closet.


    "WOW! Look at all that money!" Christopher cried.


    "Yeah." John Ross agreed, "Daddy says it's always smart to keep some cash on hand in case of an emergency. So, now we have plenty of money. Now all we have to do is figure out where we're gonna go."


    ***


    "Has there been any more trouble from Mr. and Mrs. Ewing?" the doctor asked, leaning against the nurses' station.


    "No, they've been asleep for a while," the nurse told him. "When I went in to take her blood and urine, she was in the bed with him. I told her it was fine. I hope that's okay. Mr. Ewing has been very difficult and I didn't want him to get upset again."


    "It's fine," the doctor assured her. "So long as there isn't any.... heart accelerating activity, I have no problem if she sleeps with him."


    "Do you want me to wake them up so you can talk to them about Mrs. Ewing's test results?"


    "No," the doctor sighed. "Let them have some peace and good sleep. Morning will be soon enough to give them the bad news."


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    JR needs to stop being so hard on Sue Ellen.

    Please don’t let there be anything wrong with her that can’t be fixed...
     
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    I actually think she might still be pregnant. The way the doctors have seen her react makes it sound like she doesn't like the idea of being pregnant, so if the test comes back positive it would be a "bad" thing.
     
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    This is a "What if?" fanfic. What if in the season eleven episode "Top Gun" Sue Ellen had changed her mind at the last possible moment and instead of teaming up with Kimberly and Wendell to beat JR she voted her Weststar shares to make him CEO?


    ***


    What If


    Part 31


    ***


    "You look beautiful!" Ray said, kissing his wife. "God, I missed you. I missed this little guy, too," he smiled and patted Lucas on the head. "How was your flight?"


    "Long," Jenna sighed. "Lucas was so fussy. I don't think he likes flying."


    "Well, let's get you home and settled in so the two of you can get some rest."


    "How is everyone doing?" she asked as he opened the truck door and helped her climb in.


    "Fine. Mama and Clayton are bringing Lucy home this morning. Cliff is getting discharged too," Ray shut her door, walked to the driver's side and climbed under the wheel.


    "And JR?" Jenna asked, buckling Lucas into his car seat.


    "Doing fine. Doctors say he can come home in a few days, but I wouldn't be surprised if he was home by tomorrow."


    "How is Sue Ellen holding up? She must be exhausted."


    "You know Sue Ellen," Ray shrugged. "No matter what happens, she's all grace and dignity. To be honest, I'm worried about her. She looks awful and she's wearing herself out fussing over JR."


    "So much has changed in the short time I've been gone. I can't believe JR is buying the house and ranch."


    "JR's had a pretty harsh wake-up call," Ray smiled. "The reality Sue Ellen was really going to divorce him seems to have made him straighten up and fly right."


    "You think it will last?"


    "Time will tell," Ray shrugged. "Enough about JR and Sue Ellen. I want to hear all about Charlie and the house hunting you've been doing."


    "I missed you, Ray," Jenna smiled at him.


    "I missed you too."


    ***


    "You're all packed up," April smiled at Lucy. "You'll be ready to go as soon as your grandparents get here."


    "Thanks, April. Cliff excited to get out of here?"


    "Yes," April laughed. "He was already up and in the shower when I got here."


    "Are you guys a couple or what?" Lucy asked.


    "Or what," April grinned. "We're good friends. That's it."


    Lucy nodded distractedly. "I talked to my ex-husband last night. His sister was asking about Cliff. They used to be a couple."


    "Afton?"


    "How did you know?"


    "Cliff told me all about her. She's the one that got away."


    "You don't know the half of it," Lucy muttered.


    "What?"


    "Nothing," Lucy looked around the room to make sure she wasn't forgetting to pack anything. "JR asked me to come by his room before I left. Something about a surprise for Sue Ellen. Do you think you could coax Sue Ellen out of his room for a few minutes so he and I can talk?"


    "Sure. I'll take her down to the cafeteria and buy her some breakfast."


    "Great," Lucy chuckled. "Who would have thought a week ago that Uncle JR would ask me to help him with anything? Times, they are a'changin'."


    ***


    "Good morning," the doctor came into the room and took a seat by the bed. "How are the two of you feeling this morning?"


    "I'm perfectly fine," JR told him. "I'm ready to go home."


    "Your medical chart says differently, Mr. Ewing. Rest and take your medication today and we'll re-evaluate in the morning. And you?" he turned his gaze on Sue Ellen.


    "A little dizzy when I first woke up, but feeling better now."


    The doctor nodded. "I have your test results, Mrs. Ewing. You're slightly dehydrated and your blood sugar is lower than I'd like. I need you to drink plenty of water and juice today and you're going to need to eat well. I'll prescribe something for nausea to help you."


    "Alright, doctor," Sue Ellen agreed.


    "What's causing her to be sick?" JR demanded.


    The doctor sighed. "Well, Mrs. Ewing is right; she isn't pregnant." He paused and watched their reactions carefully. JR's expression didn't change, but Sue Ellen looked a little sad. "It could be you have a stomach bug, Mrs. Ewing. That would explain most of your symptoms. But I want you to make an appointment with your OBGYN as soon as it's practical."


    "Why?" JR's eyes narrowed. "You said she wasn't pregnant."


    "She's not, but...I can't make a diagnosis based on one set of tests and as I said, it could be just a stomach bug. But Mrs. Ewing's estrogen levels are alarmingly low."


    "What does that mean?" Sue Ellen asked.


    "Again, I want to stress that I can't make a diagnosis based on one set of tests. It could be an aberration. You're under a lot of stress and if you have a virus it could be playing havoc with your body and your hormones. But…"


    "But what?" JR snapped. "Spit it out."


    The doctor sighed heavily. "Mrs. Ewing, I'm afraid it's possible that you're entering the early stages of menopause."


    ***


    The sheriff sat back in his chair and nodded his head. "Thank you, Mrs. and Mr. Farlow. Mr. Krebbs and Miss Stevens came by earlier and signed their statements. I'll get the rest of them once everyone gets home from the hospital."


    "Well, we'll be heading out," Clayton said.


    "Wait Mr. Farlow. We need to know what you want us to do with your sister's body."


    "You can burn it for all I care," Clayton told him.


    "I'll put it down as unclaimed," the sheriff sighed. *We're taking the cowboy out to the cabin today to show us where they buried your son. I assume you want to claim his body after the autopsy?"


    "Yes. Just give me a call when it's done," Clayton said.


    The sheriff stood up and shook Clayton's hand. "I'll be in touch."


    Clayton nodded, took Miss Ellie's arm, and escorted her from the room.


    "Clayton," she asked once they were safely buckled into their car, "are you sure you don't want to give Jessica a decent burial?"


    "She doesn't deserve any decency, Ellie," he growled. *Frankly, I hope she burns in hell."


    *""


    Sue Ellen buried her face in her hands and fought back her tears. "But I'm too young!"


    "It's unusual for women in their early forties to enter menopause, Mrs. Ewing, but it isn't rare. And again, I don't know for sure. That's why you need to go see your own doctor."


    "What's the bottom line, doctor?" JR asked. "What happens if it is menopause?"


    "Well, more than likely she'll be placed on hormone replacement therapy. She'll be emotional sometimes. She'll experience hot flashes and some dizziness. The hormone therapy will help with her symptoms."


    "But she'll be alright?" JR pressed. "This isn't anything dangerous about it happening early?"


    "Not at all, Mr. Ewing," the doctor smiled. "It's the same natural process all women go through eventually. She'll be fine."


    "Thank God," JR let out a deep breath.


    "Mrs. Ewing, do you understand what I've told you?"


    "Yes," Sue Ellen said softly. "I completely understand."


    "Good," he stood up. "Mr. Ewing, you stay in bed, get a lot of rest, and don't give the nurses any trouble. If we can get your blood pressure up a bit more, we'll talk about possibly sending you home tomorrow."


    "Alright," JR nodded. "Thank you doctor."


    The doctor nodded to both of them and left the room.


    "Hear that, honey? I can go home tomorrow."


    "Don't get excited, JR," she said without looking at him. "He said maybe."


    "Sue Ellen?" JR's voice was soft. "Come on, look at me honey. It was all good news."


    "Menopause isn't good news, JR."


    He reached out and lightly rubbed her knee. "You're going to be okay. That is very good news."


    Sue Ellen nodded at him and tried to smile. She wondered if JR had a clear understanding of everything menopause meant. "I love you, JR."


    "Love you too, Miss Texas."


    ***


    "Well, I think that went very well," Harv said. "I don't think they'll publish the story about Christopher. Bobby? Did you hear me? I don't think the newspaper will publish anything about Christopher's paternity."


    "Yes, I heard you. Listen Harv, I have something I need you to do for me."


    "What's that Bobby?"


    "I want you to look into the Zurich law firm that handled Pam's affairs. I need to know everything about them."


    "Alright. Am I looking for anything particular?"


    "Not really," Bobby said. "I just can't shake the feeling that something isn't quite right. Just let me know what you find out."


    "Alright, Bobby, I'll do what I can."


    "Thanks, Harv," Bobby stood up. "I'm off to the hospital to see JR then I'll be in the office for the rest of the day. You can reach me there if you need me."


    "Give JR my best," Harv told him. "I'll start poking around in Zurich. If there's anything to know, you'll know it soon."


    ***


    "We have to find an adult to help us," John Ross said thoughtfully. "We have lots of money but two kids traveling by themselves will look weird."


    "No one around here will help," Christopher said. "What are we going to do?"


    "Don't worry, Christopher, I have an idea."


    "What is it?"


    "I'll tell you later. We better get down to breakfast before Teresa comes up here snooping around for us."


    "Okay, John Ross."


    "I just have to figure out a way to use the phone without anyone knowing, then we're out of here."


    ***


    "Good morning, ladies," JR smiled. "Beautiful day, isn't it?"


    "Stop it JR," Lucy's eyes narrowed. "You know it always makes me nervous when you're in such a good mood."


    "You'd better get used to it," JR laughed. "Now that I have my beautiful wife back, I have a feeling my mood is going to be improved on a regular basis, especially in the mornings. Right, honey?"


    Sue Ellen playfully slapped his hand. "Can't you ever behave?"


    "Never," JR winked at her.


    "You two are worse than a couple of teenagers," April laughed. "I'm so jealous!"


    "Eat your heart out," JR teased.


    "Really, JR," Sue Ellen rolled her eyes.


    "Hey, Sue Ellen, I was wondering if you'd like to go to the cafeteria and have breakfast with me. I have some time to kill while Cliff's waiting on his discharge papers."


    "Oh.. I don't know, April," Sue Ellen cast an uncertain glance at JR.


    "You go on, honey,* JR told her. "The doctor said you need to eat well. Lucy can stay and keep me company, can't you, girl?" he looked up at Lucy.


    "Yup," Lucy answered. "I have to hang around until Grandma and Clayton get here anyway."


    "Well, if you're sure," Sue Ellen said, "I'd love to have breakfast with you, April." She leaned down and kissed JR on the forehead. "Be back soon," she promised him.


    "Take your time and enjoy yourself, darlin'." He watched her follow April from the room, his gaze fixed on her firm backside. "God, I love that woman."


    "Seriously, knock it off, JR. It's getting creepy,* Lucy groused. "You said you needed my help with a surprise for Sue Ellen?"


    "Yes. Look in the closet and bring me my wallet. Should be in my coat pocket."


    Lucy went to the closet, found the wallet, walked back to the bed and handed it to JR. He dug around for a minute, pulled out a business card and handed it to her.


    "Custom made jewelry?" Lucy read the card.


    "Yes. He made Sue Ellen's wedding band years ago. I had him make another piece to attach to it. Diamonds to surround that big rock she has now."


    "And you need me to go pick it up?"


    "Yes, but that's not all. I'm planning a big party of sorts out at Ray's ranch next Sunday. I need you to handle the invitations. There's a list of guests in the top drawer of the desk in Ray's study. I also need flowers and catering and a wedding cake…"


    "Wedding cake?" Lucy interrupted him. "Who's getting married?"


    "I am," JR laughed.


    "I hate to break this to you, JR, but you're already married."


    "Yes. I'm going to ask Sue Ellen to renew our vows. We've made a clean start. I want to show my commitment, to her and to the public."


    "And she doesn't know about any of this?"


    "No, I told you it was a surprise. Now, I've already talked to Ray. He and Jenna will both help you. I'm sure April will too if you ask her."


    "Yes but…"


    "What?" JR asked. "What's wrong?"


    "Well, nothing…. except...what if Sue Ellen says no?"


    JR laughed heartily. "I know my wife. She'll be thrilled to say yes. Especially once she finds out she's going to get the dream honeymoon she's always wanted."


    "Okay, JR. I'll take care of everything. Um listen, I was planning to go to Atlanta next weekend, but looks like I'll have to change my plans. Would it be okay if I invited Mitch to the wedding?"


    "Fanning old flames, are we?"


    "Maybe," Lucy shrugged.


    "Of course he can come, if that's what you want. Oh, and Lucy, you should know, I'm thinking of inviting your parents."


    Lucy's eyes grew wide. "For real?"


    "For real," JR smiled and winked at her.


    """


    "Sue Ellen, I think you're making too much of this."


    "Really?" Sue Ellen said doubtfully. "JR is a handsome and vigorous man. There's always going to be other women chasing after him. I am getting old! Menopause, for God's sake!"


    "Sue Ellen, JR loves you. And you're NOT getting old. You're still a gorgeous woman."


    "Yes, but for how long?" Tears welled up in her eyes. "April, I can't even have any more children!"


    "Have you and JR even talked about having more children?"


    "No, but that's not the point!" Sue Ellen sniffed. "Mandy Winger has years of fertility left. How can I compete with that?"


    "Sue Ellen," April sighed, "JR doesn't want Mandy Winger. He doesn't want anyone but you. He truly loves you. No woman can compete with THAT."


    "Oh April, he has always loved me. But he couldn't be faithful to me even when I was young and beautiful. How can I hold onto him when I'm old and dried up?"


    "Sue Ellen, do you think JR is the same man you married all those years ago?"


    "What do you mean?"


    "I mean stop feeling sorry for yourself for a minute and think about things rationally. The old JR Ewing would never have offered to give up the oil business. He would never have offered to move off Southfork. He sure as hell wouldn't have given Ewing Oil back to his brothers. He's changed, Sue Ellen. Even Cliff sees it and admires it. You are what he wants."


    "Maybe," Sue Ellen sniffed.


    "Besides," April grinned, "I've read that some women experience very heightened sex drives during menopause. You can just keep him so worn out he won't have the energy to look at other women, much less do anything else with them."


    Sue Ellen laughed along with her friend. "Thank you, April. For everything."


    "And thank you, Sue Ellen. Really. I'm honored and so happy to have you as a friend."


    ***


    "Is this a private party or can anyone join""


    "Hey, Uncle Bobby!" Lucy skipped to the door and hugged him.


    "Hey, Lucy. I stopped by your room, but they said you'd already been discharged."


    "Yeah. Just hanging out with JR until Grandma and Clayton get here to take me home."


    "Where's Sue Ellen?" Bobby asked.


    "Having breakfast with April," JR told him. "She'll be back soon."


    "April and Sue Ellen have gotten quite close, haven't they?" Bobby mused. "Pretty strange, considering all the history."


    "What history?" Lucy asked.


    "April.is a wonderful girl, Bobby," JR said, ignoring Lucy's question. "Sue Ellen is very fond of her, so you'd better get used to seeing her around a lot."


    "What history?" Lucy asked again.


    "Nevermind, Lucy," Bobby sighed. "It's not important."


    "Oh, my God!" Lucy breathed out. "JR, did you sleep with April?"


    "Lucy, mind your own business!" Bobby snapped.


    "Oh, for the love of God," JR laughed. "She knows about everything else, including Kristen after the cowboy confessional the other night. No reason to hide anything else from her now. She's a grown woman after all."


    "Does Sue Ellen know?" Lucy asked.


    "Yes, Sue Ellen knows," JR sighed. "It was long ago during a bad time in our marriage. Sue Ellen has forgiven us both."


    "I really like April. And, well if it's okay with Sue Ellen, who am I to judge?" Lucy shrugged.


    "That's very wise and mature of you, Lucy," JR told her. "It's really too bad others can't be so mature about the situation."


    "That's enough, JR," Bobby warned him. "How are you feeling?"


    "Good," JR let the subject of April drop. "Doctor said I can go home tomorrow."


    "That's great news. It'll help to have you and Sue Ellen back at Southfork. Mama and Clayton will need help with the boys. I have to take a quick trip out of the country. I'm leaving tomorrow afternoon."


    "Where are you going?" JR asked him.


    "Canada."


    JR nodded his silent understanding. "Hope you find what you're looking for up there."


    "How long are you going to be gone?" Lucy asked. "Will you be back in time for the wedding?"


    Bobby's eyebrows shot up. "Wedding?" What wedding?"


    "Can we tell him, JR?" Lucy asked excitedly.


    JR couldn't help himself. He burst out laughing and shook his head at his niece. "Well, since you spilled the beans already, guess I don't have much of a choice!"


    ***


    "But who is she?"


    "One of Dad's girlfriends. He spent a lot of time with her when him and Mama were fighting. I met her a few times."


    "And you think she'll help us?"


    "Sure she will," John Ross said. "She really hates my mama and from what we heard Grandma say, she's probably pretty mad at my dad."


    "Okay, John Ross. You want me to go now?"


    "Yeah. Just make sure you keep Teresa upstairs as long as you can."


    "I will."


    John Ross sat at the table and watched Christopher run up the stairs. Moments later, he heard a loud crash. That was his signal.


    "Teresa!" he jumped up and ran into the kitchen. "Christopher just broke one of Grandma's vases upstairs. I think he might be hurt!"


    John Ross watched her run from the kitchen. As soon as she was out of sight he snatched up a pen and a scrap of paper. He picked up the phone in the kitchen and dialed 0.


    "Operator? I need a number. Dallas. Mandy Winger."


    ***
     
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    This is a "What if?" fanfic. What if in the season eleven episode "Top Gun" Sue Ellen had changed her mind at the last possible moment and instead of teaming up with Kimberly and Wendell to beat JR she voted her Weststar shares to make him CEO?


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    What If


    Part 32


    ***


    Cliff leaned back in his hospital bed and closed his eyes. "I don't believe it, Bobby."


    Bobby had made the decision to tell Cliff about Pam. He was her brother and he had a right to know. Plus, it would have been disastrous if his lawyer informed him of his inheritance before Bobby had a chance to tell him.


    "Well, Cliff I don't have any real reason to doubt it…"


    "But you DO doubt it, Bobby. Otherwise you wouldn't be going all the way to Canada to talk to Katherine and you wouldn't be having Harv Smithfield check out the law firm in Zurich."


    "I admit something about this doesn't feel right, Cliff. But don't get your hopes up. You have to accept there's a very real possibility that Pam is gone."


    "When are you leaving for Canada?"


    "Tomorrow afternoon," Bobby told him.


    "I'm going with you," Cliff said.


    "Cliff, you're just getting out of the hospital with a bad concussion. You shouldn't be traveling."


    "She's my sister, Bobby. I love her. And I'm going."


    "Alright, Cliff," Bobby sighed. "I'm taking the Ewing jet. We're leaving at 2:00."


    "Fine, I'll be there."


    "Okay, Cliff," April came into the room with a wheelchair. "I have your discharge papers. Let's blow this joint!"


    "Thank God," Cliff said, climbing out of bed and sinking down into the wheelchair. "I'll see you tomorrow, Bobby."


    "2:00 Cliff. I won't wait if you're late. April," Bobby nodded at her curtly and stepped out of the room.


    "What happens tomorrow at 2:00?" April asked.


    "I'll tell you about it in the car," Cliff told her. "Right now I just want to get out of here before all the nurse Rachets change their minds!"


    ***


    "Your blood pressure looks much better, Mr. Ewing. I wouldn't be at all surprised if you left us tomorrow," the nurse said with a smile.


    "Can't be soon enough for me," JR said.


    The nurse laughed and nodded and left the room.


    "You okay, darlin'?" JR asked his wife. "You've been awfully quiet since you got back from breakfast."


    "I'm fine, JR," Sue Ellen told him.


    "I know you too well to believe that, honey. I see you chewing on that bottom lip. Tell me what's wrong."


    "JR…"


    "Come on. Tell me," he pleaded gently. "Please?"


    "Do you… do you understand that menopause means I won't be able to have any more children?"


    "Of course I know that, Sue Ellen. I'm not stupid. I know what menopause is."


    "And that doesn't bother you?" Sue Ellen pressed.


    "Now honey, we already talked about this. You have already given me a beautiful little boy. We have Christopher. Eventually Lucy will have kids and they'll be underfoot too. I told you. I am content with our life as it is."


    "But, JR…"


    "No buts, Sue Ellen," he held up his hand to stop her. "I would have liked to have more children with you, but it didn't work out and I think it probably worked out for the best. Listen here, I'm further into my forties than you are. I don't have any desire for a baby. I'd rather spend my nights making love to you than changing diapers."


    "Are you just saying that to make me feel better?"


    "No. I'm serious, Sue Ellen. So what if we're both getting older? At least we're getting older together."


    "Oh….JR…" tears rolled down her cheeks.


    "You stop that honey," he said softly. "No more tears for you, only smiles."


    "But these are happy tears, JR," she stood up and took his hand. He pulled her down onto the bed beside him. "You can cry happy tears. So long as you always promise to let me kiss them away."


    ***


    Mandy ran from the shower, soaking wet and grabbed the phone of the bedroom. "Hello?" She said breathlessly.


    "John Ross?! How did you get this number?"


    She listened as the little boy talked, her eyes wide with shock.


    "John Ross, I don't think that's a good idea."


    "Wait!" she cried when he threatened to hang up. "Alright. I'll help. Can you get off the ranch? Good. Okay. I'll meet you there in an hour."


    Mandy put down the phone and shook her head. This was too perfect. Sue Ellen's precious baby boy was running away from home and asking her of all people for help.


    "Thank you, John Ross," Mandy smiled. "You just gave me the perfect way back into JR's life."


    ***


    "That all sounds lovely, Lucy, but a little more romantic than I'm used to seeing from JR," Ellie said.


    "I'm surprised he wants to have the wedding at Ray's place instead of Southfork," Clayton remarked.


    "He said the first two were at Southfork," Lucy shrugged. "He wanted a symbol of a brand new start."


    "Well, I think it's a lovely idea," Ellie said, "Lucy, if you and Jenna need any help with planning, I'm happy to pitch in."


    "Thanks, Grandma. I can't believe he's asking my parents to come."


    "That pleases me very much," Ellie smiled. "I hope so much they can come."


    "Me too, Grandma! It will be so nice to have the whole family together again "


    "Yes it certainly will, Lucy. It certainly will."


    "You two don't get your hopes up," Clayton warned. "Just because JR invites Gary and Valene, that doesn't mean they'll come. There's a lot of water under that bridge."


    "Still," Ellie mused. "It's a step in the right direction. And I'm proud of JR for taking it."


    "It's hard for me to believe, but I really am starting to think JR is serious about turning over a new leaf,* Lucy said. "Feels kinda weird not to be disgusted by him."


    Clayton laughed heartily. "Let's all just hope whatever is going on with him sticks. If he breaks Sue Ellen's heart again I don't know if she'll survive."


    "Let's just pray we don't have to find that out, Clayton," Ellie sighed, "for all our sakes."


    "Well, Lucy, let's get you back to the ranch," Clayton said. "Sounds like you're going to be very busy planning this wedding, so you should rest today at least."


    "Okay, Clayton," Lucy smiled. "I can't wait to get back home in my own bed!"


    ***


    "Calm down, Christopher. She'll be here."


    "She better come quick. Grandma and Grandpa Clayton will be back soon. If they see us, we're dead meat!"


    "Hey, here comes a car. Blue BMW. That's her. Come on!"


    The boys ran out from behind the trees they'd been hiding behind. The BMW slowed to a stop. John Ross opened the back door and threw in their suitcases. "Come on, Christopher! Get in!"


    Both boys climbed into the car and buckled their seatbelts.


    "Hi, John Ross," Mandy smiled at him through the rearview mirror. She turned her eyes on Christopher. "Hi Christopher. I'm Mandy. I'm going to take you two to my apartment until we figure out what to do, okay?"


    "Okay, but we should go. Our grandparents will be back soon."


    "Okay," Mandy told him and put the car in gear. "Don't worry, boys. I'll help you take care of everything."


    ***


    "I'm going with you," April insisted. "You have a concussion and you might need my help."


    "No offense, April, but I don't know how Bobby will feel about that…"


    "I don't care how Bobby feels about it," April snapped, folding her arms across her chest. "If I don't go, YOU don't go."


    "April, be reasonable!" Cliff protested.


    "I'm serious, Cliff. I'm going."


    "Okay, fine!" Cliff threw his hands up in defeat. "But you can explain it to Bobby."


    "My pleasure," April shrugged. "And if he doesn't like it, well that's just too damn bad, isn't it? Get him on the phone. I'll explain it to him right now."


    Cliff made a sour face and reached for the phone. "Nothing good is gonna come from this, April. You just wait and see."


    ***


    "No, it's fine, Harry,"JR said into the phone. "Bring her on by. Thanks. See you soon."


    "What was that all about?" Sue Ellen asked when JR hung up the phone.


    "Harry McSween found someone who knows who tried to blow up my oil rig."


    "Really? Who?"


    "My receptionist, Crystal."


    "The pretty little pop tart?" Sue Ellen asked.


    JR chuckled. "Now honey, when she gets here, be nice. Harry said she's scared to death."


    "Why, JR," Sue Ellen said with mock innocence, "what on Earth makes you think I wouldn't be nice?"


    JR laughed out loud and reached out to smack her lightly on the backside. "I tell you what I really want. To get home so you can be nice to me. REALLY nice."


    "Really?" she asked huskily. "What exactly did you have in mind?"


    He reached out and yanked her down onto his bed and whispered all his ideas into her ear.


    "Oh, God, JR," she whispered breathlessly when he'd finished. "In the barn? Really?"


    "Why not?" he grinned. "Not like we never did it in a barn before."


    "We were a lot younger then," Sue Ellen reminded him.


    "Yes," JR admitted. "But think about how much we've learned about pleasing each other since then."


    Sue Ellen shivered again and blushed.


    "Excuse me," the doctor said as he came into the room. "It seems like I'm always coming in here at the worst possible time."


    "You're right about that, Doc," JR laughed, winking at his blushing wife. Her face had turned a dark shade of Scarlett.


    "Well, at least I have good news. You're blood pressure is up and remaining steady. Your bloodwork is fine. I'm inclined to discharge you in the morning."


    "Oh, that's wonderful, doctor!" Sue Ellen beamed.


    "Yes," the doctor agreed. "Now you promise me, Mrs. Ewing, you'll make an appointment for yourself as soon as possible?"


    "Yes, I promise," Sue Ellen nodded.


    "Good, I'll see you both in the morning."


    JR smiled and laid back in his bed. "Maybe I better call Ray and have him clean out a stall for us?"


    "JR! Don't you DARE!"


    JR laughed out loud and winked at her again. "Don't worry, darlin'. I won't say a word. What we do in the barn will be between you and me. I'll even blindfold the horses if you want."


    ***


    "April, I'm not going to fight with you," Bobby growled into the phone. "If you want to come, come. But this isn't a vacation. I won't have time to baby you. I'm going to Canada to find out what happened to my wife and that's all I'll be focusing on."


    He was silent as he listened to her reply.


    "Fine. See you tomorrow at 2:00."


    Bobby slammed the phone down and rubbed his temples absently. It seemed as if April was always around lately, like an annoying puppy stubbornly nipping at his heels for attention.


    He understood completely why she was insisting on coming. Cliff shouldn't even be traveling at all in his condition. April was right, Cliff needed help.


    Bobby sat back in his chair and shook his head. The real problem was that Bobby liked having April around and he was very tempted to give her attention - a lot of attention.


    "I can't get involved with her," he sighed to himself. "Not until I know for sure what happened to Pam."


    ***


    "Okay, boys, is there anything else I can get you?"


    John Ross and Christopher were sitting at Mandy's kitchen table devouring the burgers and milkshakes she'd bought for them. They both shook their heads in answer to her question.


    "Boys, it won't be long until your family figures out you're gone. It will be all over the news. We need to figure out what we're going to do."


    "We have plenty of time," John Ross told her. "It'll be hours before they know we're missing. We could be halfway to Mexico by the time they figure it out."


    "What makes you think that?" Mandy asked.


    "Easy," John Ross told her. "We told Teresa we were going to the stables and Uncle Ray was gonna meet us down there. If anyone misses us before dinner, Grandma will just think we went over to Uncle Ray:s house. She won't bother to call until we don't show up to eat dinner."


    "You're telling me you could be gone for hours and no one would notice?"


    "Yeah," Christopher said in between bites of his hamburger. "Aunt Sue Ellen is the only one who really pays attention to us and she's not around.*


    "Why did the two of you run away in the first place?"


    "Because our parents are big, fat, stinking liars!" Christopher declared.


    *What do you mean?* Mandy pressed.


    "They told us Christopher was my Mama's real nephew. His real mama was my mama's sister. Then they promised no more secrets." John Ross told her.


    "But then we heard grown up talk,* Christopher chimed in, "and we found out my real daddy is John Ross's daddy!"


    "JR is your father?" Mandy asked him. "And your mother is Sue Elllen's sister?" Mandy's eyes were wide.


    "Yeah!" Christopher exclaimed.


    "But...John Ross? Why did you call me for help?"


    "You were always nice to me," John Ross shrugged. "My daddy has lots and lots of girlfriends, but you're the only one I really ever met. I know you hate my mama and are mad at my daddy too. My daddy days the enemy of my enemy is my friend, so I knew you'd help us."


    "I see," Mandy breathed out. "You boys finish your hamburgers. I'll be right back, okay?"


    Both boys nodded and Mandy walked from the kitchen to her bedroom. She sat down on the edge of the bed and buried her face in her hands.


    What a mess. JR had fathered a child with Sue Ellen's sister? And Bobby was raising that child? And Sue Ellen had stayed with him? And John Ross knew about all of JR's other women?


    Christopher's words repeated through her mind…"Aunt Sue Ellen is the only one who really pays attention to us…"


    And poor John Ross! "I know you hate my mama…"


    "The enemy of my enemy is my friend," Mandy repeated to herself.


    Mandy had always known things were bad at Southfork, but she'd always assumed the problems all stemmed from Sue Ellen's drinking. JR had always painted a picture of Sue Ellen as a drunk and an unfit mother. After hearing what the boys had to say, Mandy realized it was no mystery why Sue Ellen was an alcoholic.


    JR had an affair with Sue Ellen's sister - and worse, he'd fathered a child by her - a child that was being raised under the same roof where Sue Ellen lived. "A constant reminder of JR's infidelity," Mandy muttered.


    Mandy didn't understand why Sue Ellen accepted such an arrangement. She was aware that JR had cheated on Sue Ellen many times before he met Mandy, but Sue Ellen's SISTER? How could that ever be forgiven?


    "Because that's how much she loves him," Mandy sighed. For the first time, Mandy realized that she could never love JR as much as Sue Ellen did. She also understood finally why JR would NEVER leave his wife.


    "Mandy, you should know by now JR would never leave me for another woman."


    The memory of Sue Ellen's words, spoken when she had revealed herself to be the force behind Valentine and the movie deal shook Mandy to her core.


    Sue Ellen was right. JR wouldn't ever leave her. How could he when she loved him so much? JR needed Sue Ellen's devotion. He thrived on it. That's why he always ran back to his wife when he needed emotional support.


    He would never need Mandy as much as he needed Sue Ellen. Sue Ellen had multiple affairs. She embarrassed him repeatedly by being drunk in public. Yet he always forgave her and held onto her. He'd tossed Mandy aside over some lingerie pictures, but for Sue Ellen, he always seemed to be willing to forgive the unforgivable.


    "He loves her because she loves him so much," Mandy said.


    "Aunt Sue Ellen is really the only one who really pays attention to us…"


    Christopher's words ran through her mind again. "Unfit mother, my ass," Mandy sighed. Seemed to her that Sue Ellen was the only one around Southfork who gave a damn about those boys.


    Mandy shook her head, picked up the phone by the bed and quickly dialed the number.


    "Yes, is this Southfork? Mr. Farlow? This is Mandy Winger. I have John Ross and Christopher here at my apartment."


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