- Pearl and Damien got acquainted.
- Quinn and Jude had it out over Quinn’s obsession with his dead lover Megan.
- The Collins family expressed their concern over Pearl’s slight resemblance to Megan and their determination to get Pearl out of Haven as soon as possible.
The Collins home, after dinner
Pearl Tyler patted her stomach as she got up from the kitchen table. “Thank you, that was a wonderful meal.” She looked around the room at her hosts, “I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done for me and my baby.”
Caleb and Rhiannon Collins smiled warmly. “You’re quite welcome Pearl,” Caleb replied. “We don’t get many visitors here in Haven.”
And with good reason, both Damien and Astrid thought to themselves.
“How long have you lived here?” Pearl asked.
“It’s been over twenty years now,” Rhiannon answered. “We wanted a place that was very quiet without a lot of people.” Caleb, Damien and Astrid gave her a knowing look, which Pearl didn’t pick up on.
“Well, I guess a lot of people like the slow pace of the country. I come from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which is mostly rural too,” Pearl explained.
“But you have a British accent like us Red,” Damien mused.
Pearl rubbed her belly again. “I’m originally from Manchester in Britain. I moved across the pond after I graduated from school when my dad’s job transferred him to the States, in Philadelphia. I got married and my husband, well ex-husband now, moved us to Lancaster.”
“Ex-husband?” Astrid piped. “But you’re pregnant—“
Pearl sat back down at the table and the rest of the Collins followed suit. “I divorced my husband four months ago, right after I found out I was pregnant.” She put her head down, still embarrassed. “He cheated on me with a younger woman and wanted nothing to do with the baby. So I filed for divorce. He didn’t fight it and gave me a check to cover alimony for the ten years we were married. As if that would compensate for everything.” Tears formed in her eyes but she fought them from coming. “My boss back home arranged for me to be transferred to a new office in Bangor. I always wanted to live in New England.”
There was an awkward silence for a moment as the Collins family let Pearl’s story sink in. Then Astrid said, “So there is some good coming out of this. A new job, a new baby and a new chance for you.”
Pearl nodded. “I need to get to Bangor first. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, you’ve been so wonderful, but Mr. Collins, can you fix my car before the end of the week?” She looked at Caleb pleadingly.
“Don’t worry love, I’ll have you back on the road to Bangor before the end of the week,” he assured her, a little more forceful than how he wanted to sound. “And please, call me Caleb.”
“That would be great, Caleb.” Pearl stood up again. “I think I’m going to go rest again. This bump on the head has really worn me out. Thank you again for dinner.”
She started on her way to the bedroom when Damien stepped beside her. He grabbed her hand and softly kissed the top of it. “Pleasant dreams Pearl.”
Pearl blushed at his expression of affection. “Uh, thank you Damien. You have a good night too.” She withdrew her hand and walked away. Caleb, Rhiannon and Astrid looked on with concern as their family member seemed to be very taken with their pretty houseguest. If they were to get her out of Haven safely, they couldn’t have him smitten with her. But he was oblivious right now.
“Wait Pearl, I have a question for you,” Damien called out. Pearl turned around. “What’s that?”
“Do you have a name for your baby girl yet?”
She smiled at him. “Well, I’ve been thinking about several names, but I’m stuck on Megan. I think that’s so pretty, don’t you?”
The Collins family looked at each other in horror. Pearl took notice and frowned. “What’s the matter? You don’t like Megan?”
Damien smiled weakly. “No Pearl, it’s just that, uh well, that was the name of a woman that got brutally murdered here last year,” he replied, without telling her the whole story.
“Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t know—“
“It’s okay Red. You couldn’t have known. The outside world really doesn’t know Haven exists so when something horrible does happen, it doesn’t get reported,” Damien quietly told her. “You go to bed and get a good night’s rest.”
Satisified with Damien’s answer, Pearl smiled at them. “You too. Goodnight everyone.” She turned around and headed to bed. When she was out of earshot, the three stood together in silence for a bit before Caleb spoke.
“It’s bad enough she has Megan’s hair color and skin, now that’s what she wants to name her baby. We have got to get her out of here before Quinn finds her.” He glanced at his son. “Damien, first thing tomorrow morning, you and I are going to make sure that car is up and running before tomorrow night.”
Coming up next:
- An argument between Damien and Pearl leads him to realize she needs to know the truth about Quinn and Megan.