The weddings of Santa Barbara
More than a course for clues : an engagement... !

 

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Adventures after adventures, a tender link gets created between Eden Capwell, the young heiress of the Capwell empire, and the police officer Cruz Castillo. Even if they deny it at the whole beginning, the spark, the fire which pushes them towards the other is really palpable (just watch their dance show at Kelly and Joe's wedding) and will not be long in setting them on fire. And, gradually, they are all the great love facets that they decline in front of their families, their friends...

If it is during their search for the treasures of the Amanda Lockridge that their feelings get strengthened, it is at the time of more dramatic events (the kidnapping of Eden by Peter Flint) that Cruz realized his deep attachment to Eden... He has her in the skin. He cannot do anything against it. Unfortunately, for the moment, Eden did not have this flash yet, and this in spite of a first night of love shared at the time of episode 144. And because Eden did not come to this conclusion yet, she does not see this force of destiny which always brings her back towards Cruz. At the time of an argument with him (episodes 168 and 169), in the Capwell hotel elevators, she pushes back by a cunning Cruz's demand to marry him. Cruz, as all those who attend the scene, stays in doubt, Eden having quite simply given any answer...

And then, a few times after, there is the tunnel explosion. And Eden knows the worst hours of her life. She fears to lose the object of her heart... Taken then by the fear, the doubt, the emptiness of the absence, the fear of being alone, of having spent beside the most beautiful chance of her life... In a few minutes, Eden grows up. Eden gets mature. Eden opens her heart... Eden opens her heart to love. To never know this suffering, these so painful hours again, she chooses to take the initiative, like the strong woman that she is. Strong of her new certainties, Eden leaves on the grip of the door of Cruz's boat (episodes 196 and 197), a small note to his attention. The game for clues starts. She wants him to come to find her at the Santa Barbara hospital.

There, Eden is so happy of the new orientation of her life that she even gets pleasant with Gina DeMott, her rival in the heart of her father. However, at the hospital, Eden leaves a new message for Cruz. And when Cruz arrives, he learns that he has just missed the young woman. The nurse at the reception gives a second message to him. The game for clues continues...

Later, it is Santana Andrade who, according to Eden's instructions, gives Cruz a new little stone so that he does not lose his way. Cruz must now go to the cinema. And Cruz begins to appreciate this small game... At the cinema as it was planned, an armchair with a large pack of pop-corn awaits him. Without respecting the orders of the note which suggested to him to eat all the pop-corn, Cruz finds, at the bottom of the pack, some new indications. Now, he is asked to go to a wash-house which awaits nothing anymore but him. Cruz, more curious than ever, continues his search... And as the message asks him, he takes his car and goes outside of the town. He drives to a hill where a horse is waiting. Cruz rides the horse and, like a valiant knight, he continues his road. Not to get lost, he is guided by several notes and poems.

Cruz arrives finally at a clearing, where Eden is waiting, wearing a white dress. Eden is sitting at a table where everything is ready to eat and to drink. Two servants are there, ready to realize any of their desires. Cruz approaches. Their hands get closer first. Then their lips... Face to face, they let themselves get invaded by the force of their love. Eden, perhaps for the first time, gives herself up and opens her heart to Cruz. "My fears of living with you, a whole life, flew away. After the tunnel explosion... After having believed you were dead, they disappeared... I was so feared, then, of living without you. Not to have you in my life any more... My fears of living with you are nothing compared with that of living far from you, without you..."

Some champagne is then brought to them, and Eden invites Cruz to drink. At the bottom of his glass, Cruz finds an engagement ring. Their looks are searching for each other... After their body, it is their heart and their dreams to marry each other... Cruz, trustful, places the ring on Eden's finger. She accepts his wedding proposal. A very new happiness awaits them. A whole life to love each other... And never mind if C.C. Capwell or Carmen Castillo refuse the obviousness. They love each other... towards and against everybody they will always love each other... And face to the beauty of the nature, they promise to love each other again and again...

Of course, they will know many storms: they will be named Kirk Cranston, Andre Wolfe, Elena Nikolas, Nikki Alvarez... Whatever... Their love will always be victorious. After a wedding cancelled because of Marcello Armonti, they will have to wait 1988 so that their dream becomes fully reality, and that their love gets blessed in front of God.

A sweet moment charged of poetry, which brings them the touch of magic which will accompany them until their wedding in Pebble Creek, with the presence of Amelia and Captain Anderson. It seems that a good star or a good fairy takes care on them, and that she guides their steps towards each other, always. And even if Eden, years later, chooses to walk away, it is reassuring to believe that Cruz will not forget her and that he will find, one day, the way which will bring him back to her. It cannot be other way... Their hearts belong to each other... And from Saint Domingue, where Eden gets refuge, in Mexico, where Cruz rejoined his ancestors, there is only one step... A step which will certainly be crossed... In the name of the love... In the name of Adriana, their little daughter...

Text written for this site by Lilian