Episode 2-6: The Ex Files

Previously:

  • Jude told Quinn about his run-in with Pearl’s ex-husband Duncan.
  • Damien paid Pearl a visit and was disturbed that Pearl is still allowing Quinn to see her.
  • Duncan recalled a happier time while he still was still married to Pearl.
  • Quinn prepared to tell Pearl about Duncan.

The Lawrence farm, a little before midnight

“I’m sorry you’re having trouble with the van Gene but don’t worry, I’m fine,” Pearl Tyler reassured Gene Lawrence over the phone. He had called her to let her know the van’s battery had stalled again while attempting to leave his friends’ home in Bigelow.

“Sadie isn’t back yet?” Gene asked.

“She called a little while ago and said she was spending the night with a friend. I told her it would be okay,” Pearl explained.

“I need to get a cell phone. Iva doesn’t like them, but she’s going to have to learn. The woman has no qualms practicing witchcraft but a cell phone scares her,” Gene playfully teased.

Pearl laughed. “You can tell her that I told you that as long as you use them properly, it’ll be fine.”

“I’ll do that. I guess it’s also time to get a new van too. I’ve had the old gal for twenty-five years and maybe it’s time to let her go to the junkyard in the sky.”

“I know it’s hard to let go Gene, but you’ll be okay.” Pearl leaned against the kitchen sink, her back getting tired from standing. “Listen, my back is getting sore. I’m not used to carrying around a baby. I think I’m going to go to bed. Don’t rush in trying to get home. I want you to be careful,” she said.

“Okay Pearl. Iva and I will probably be home in the morning. Goodnight.”

“Goodnight.” She put the phone back on its receiver and started to head for the basement, turning out the kitchen light. When she got downstairs to her bedroom, she heard her cell phone, which lay on the nightstand, ringing.

“Who could be calling me this time of night?” she wondered aloud as she reached to answer it. She saw an unfamiliar number on the LCD screen.

“Hello,” she said. There was silence. “Hello? Still more silence. “Look, if you don’t say something within five seconds, I’m hanging up. You probably have the wrong number anyway.”

“No Pearl, I have the right number,” a man’s voice replied matter-of-factly.

Pearl’s body stiffened. She knew immediately who the voice was. “Oh my God—Duncan.”

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Outside the Lawrence farm

Quinn Nightshade got out of his car. He noticed all the lights were off in the farmhouse except for the basement. That meant Pearl was still up and he was extremely glad. He had to tell her about Duncan. Little did he know Duncan had beaten him to it.

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“Duncan what the hell are you doing calling me?” Pearl angrily asked, fiercely trembling.

“I wanted to talk to you. It’s been a long time,” he said softly. “I know you’re upset—“

“That’s an understatement.” she coldly interrupted. “I’m hanging up now, and don’t you dare call me again.”

“I’m in Maine Pearl,” Duncan told her flatly.

Pearl sat down on the bed, in total disbelief. This had to be a joke. “No,” was all she could say.

“Yes. I’m in a little town called Harmony. I should be in Haven by the end of day tomorrow.”

Pearl vehemently shook her head. This couldn’t be happening. “How did you find me? Wait, let me guess. You badgered Julie Hastings didn’t you? Didn’t you?” she cried.

“She didn’t want to tell me Pearl, but I insisted,” Duncan admitted.

“What on God’s earth for?”

“Because I miss you Pearl, and I realized I still love you. I was stupid to abandon you and our child for Bridget but I told her it was over last week. I’ve come to take you back home with me, where you belong.”

Pearl was incredulous. “No. No, no, no, no, no! I will not come back to you. Do you think that you can just waltz back into my life and think I would forgive you? After you cheated on me and denied the existence of our daughter?”

“Pearl, please listen to me. I was wrong. I made a giant mistake. But I want to rectify it. I want us back together and I want to be a father to our child,” Duncan pleaded.

“Over my dead body,” Pearl retorted. “You made your decision when you chose that tramp over me. Now you have to live with it.”

“Pearl—“

“No, I’m through with you. Don’t call me again, and don’t you dare set foot in Haven. If you do, I’ll promise you you’ll regret it.” She ended the call and threw the cell on the floor, starting to cry. Why was Duncan doing this to her?

There was a rap at the window. Pearl got up to see who it was. She pulled back the curtains and saw Quinn. She opened the panes up and he climbed through. He saw her tear-stained face and instantly got worried.

“Pearl, what’s the matter sweetheart?” he asked.

She didn’t say anything and tears started to fall down her cheeks again. Quinn protectively put his arms around her and she cried for a few seconds before looking up at him. He cupped her face with his hands. “Tell me what’s going on love,” he murmured.

“Everything is falling apart Quinn. Duncan just called me,” she tearfully replied. “He’s coming to Haven. What am I going to do?” She buried her face in his chest.

He stroked her hair with his left hand and kissed the top of her head. “He’s not going to take you away Pearl, I promise you. I’ll do whatever it takes to stop him.”

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The Little Harmony Inn, Harmony Maine

Duncan Tyler sat on the edge of the bed in his motel room staring at the carpet. He knew he shouldn’t have called Pearl but he had to. He wasn’t surprised at her reaction but it wasn’t going to stop him from putting his family back together. He was going to Haven to work things out, no matter what.

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The Lawrence Farm

Quinn led Pearl to the bed. “Come and sit down,” he told her. “You should be off your feet.” He sat down beside her and took her hand in his. “I came over here tonight to tell you that Jude ran into Duncan in Harmony earlier tonight. He told him he was coming here looking for you. Jude told me when he got home. He wanted me to wait until morning to tell you but I couldn’t. Not after our little talk this evening.” He squeezed her hand. “Besides, I missed you. I can’t stay away from you for long. You make me happy.”

“I feel like I’m trapped in a nightmare I can’t wake up from,” Pearl said. She got up and walked to the window. “All I wanted to do was to get away from Duncan and start a new life with just myself and my daughter. Instead, I’m stuck in this town that’s like something from a horror novel. I have a man who’s really a werewolf that wants to play a knight on a white horse wanting to protect me and I have you trying to make me a replacement for your dead girlfriend, who’s come back as a ghost. I’m staying on a farm with two witches and now my ex-husband, who I thought I would never see again, is on his way thinking he’s going to get us back together.” She ran her hands through her red hair. “Sometimes I feel like just running away, deep into the woods, where nobody can find me.”

Quinn went to her. He reached for her but she moved away. “Pearl, don’t do this. Not now. You need to be comforted—“

“Why me Quinn? I’m nothing special. I’m just an ordinary middle-aged woman. You can have your pick of hundreds of women, more beautiful and exciting than I am. I’m plain and dull. You’re wasting your time on me,” Pearl lamented.

“No Pearl, I’m definitely not wasting my time with you,” Quinn gently objected. “You are special. Very special.” He placed his hands on her arms affectionately. “Duncan knows that and that’s why he wants you back.”

“Well I don’t want him back,” Pearl retorted. “He’s crazy for wanting this reunion.”

“Good. He’s going to have one hell of a fight for you my dear.” Quinn smiled at her. “When I pulled up to the house I noticed Gene and Iva’s van was still gone.”

“The van broke down and they won’t be home until tomorrow,” Pearl explained. “Sadie’s gone for the night too so I’m alone. I shouldn’t be telling you this because I’ll know you’ll try to stay here with me overnight.”

“And you would be right,” Quinn coyly replied.

Pearl shook her head. “I’ll be fine Quinn. You need to go home and get some rest yourself.”

“I’ll rest here. You don’t have to be afraid of me, I won’t try anything.”

Pearl wasn’t convinced. “How can I be sure I won’t wake up to find you on top of me in the middle of the night?”

“I want to keep on seeing you. I’m not going to mess this up for anything,” Quinn replied. His cell phone rang. “Ugh, that has to be Jude. He’s a master at ruining moments.” He pulled the phone out of his jacket pocket. “It’s him.” He answered the call. “Hello Jude.”

Pearl watched him with amusement as he explained where he was. She decided to sit in the rocking chair. She was beginning to get tired. She leaned back and rubbed her belly.

Quinn ended the call with his brother and looked at Pearl. “My invitation to stay still stands.”

“Go home Quinn. Get some sleep. I’ll see you later,” she told him.

He walked over to her and caressed her cheek. “Goodnight sweet Pearl. I’ll be back tomorrow to check on you.” He wanted so badly to kiss her but he knew she would fight it, so he had to settle for a touch of her skin.

Pearl watched him leave her bedroom. Once he was out of sight she got up to close the window and the curtains. She began to undress and get ready for bed but she wondered if she would get any sleep knowing Duncan was on his way to Haven.

Coming up next:

  • Damien is ready to tell Pearl how he really feels about her.
  • Pearl tells Damien Duncan is on his way to Haven.
  • Quinn reveals to Jude just how lonely he is.
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