TC backed off slightly and gave her some space. The scowl on his face told Eve that he still demanded an explanation.
“The truth is, TC, that you cheated on me. I thought that I might be able to forgive and forget, but this, this attitude of yours, thinking that you have the right to do me wrong, while I can fail at nothing? Well, I have news for you. It’s going to stop, now!” She glared angrily at TC and Liz. “Yes, I may have kept some things from my past to myself. But these are things that I am not proud of, things that I am ashamed of, things that I felt were best left where they were, in the past. But it is clear to me now that that was the wrong attitude to have. I should have been honest with you from the start, TC. Although when I think about it, I can see why I never told you. You are irrational, TC. You could never have seen past your own arrogant life to forgive a life like mine. I kept it from you because I knew without a doubt that you would go to the worst extremes and maybe even kill. I probably saved your sorry behind from a life in prison.” Eve smiled inside at the look of disbelief on TC’s face.
Outside the room, Julian bit down on his fist to cover his glee as he listened to Eve give TC a piece of her mind. “That’s the fire you used to have, my love. Give it to him; show him what you’re really made of.” He pressed his ear closer to the door, motioning to the nurses that everything was all right.
The nurses knew him all too well. They didn’t dare tell him to leave. So they went on with their work, pretending to ignore him. At the same time, one ear was cocked in his direction, trying to get a hint of what was going on.
Inside Eve’s room, Whitney and Chad stared at Eve, not believing what they were hearing. “Oh my goodness,” Whitney gasped.
“My thoughts exactly, I never knew your moms had it in her,” Chad agreed.
“How dare you accuse me of what ‘might’ have happened!” TC flared.
“I dare, TC, because I have lived with you for twenty years. I know how little it takes to set you off. I mean, let’s take Julian, for example. All he has to do is drive down the street in sight of you, and you suddenly become enraged. I am telling you, TC, you seriously need to get some help.”
“Julian!” TC fired angrily. “What does he have to do with anything? I should have put that worthless human being out of my misery a long time ago.” TC slammed his fist into his palm.
“Point made,” Eve stated.
TC stared at her blankly. “What?”
“See, you don’t even realize what this insane rage is doing to you. It’s like you have two personalities,” Eve said.
Ignoring her statements, TC said, “We are getting off the subject here. I want to know what Liz is talking about. What does she mean…johns, booze and drugs?”
“Exactly what she said, TC. I used to be bad! Oh, I was so bad!” Eve cried sarcastically. “I made mistakes, God forbid, but I made them. And if you can’t handle that, then that is just too bad.” Eve eyed him defiantly.
“What about the baby?” Liz jumped in with a gleeful smile as she met Eve’s horrified look.
“You knew about that?”
“Oh, I knew a lot about you, Eve.” Liz smiled.
“Baby?” TC, Chad and Whitney chorused.
Eve was dumbfounded. She had no idea that anyone knew of her son except Julian, Grace and Alistair Crane. She sat for a moment, and then sucked up her fear and eyed Liz with a courage that she didn’t know she possessed. “Yes, I had a baby. But he died at birth. It is very painful and emotional for me, and I guess that is why I never told you.”
“I can’t believe this!” TC cried. “You kept that from me all these years? What kind of monster did you believe me to be that you would keep that from me? All those years that you professed to love and trust me, you lied. Our whole life has been a total lie.” TC held his head in his hands to try to control the rage that the pain in his heart was causing.
“TC, I don’t think that it was the baby that had Eve’s tongue tied. Why don’t you ask her who the father was?” Liz said cruelly.
“And to think I ever called you my sister!” Eve spat. “You are nothing but a cruel, heartless bitch. I wish that I had never known you.”
Liz stepped back when Eve threw her water glass at her. For a moment she felt bad about what she had started. Then the vengeful demon buried inside her reared its ugly head and Liz laughed.
“I can’t believe how evil Liz is being,” Chad said to Whitney.
Whitney wiped her eyes. “My poor mom, she must have been through so much.”
“Who is he?” TC demanded.
“It doesn’t matter!” Eve snapped.
“Oh, it matters all right.” TC grabbed her arm and held her tightly. “Who is he?” he demanded again.
Eve tried to loosen his grip. He only held on tighter. “Tell me who he is, Eve. Who is the father of your bastard child?!” he snarled angrily.
Julian stepped into the room, his heart aching with pain. He could not longer take the abuse that TC was dishing out to Eve. Standing boldly, a defiant glint in his eyes, he said, “I am!”