You have to get into contact with your colleagues in Italy right away."
heart almost stopped when Kelly came through the door without knocking and held
an identification card in front of his eyes. Not showing how much he was shocked
by her sudden appearance - he was too proud to admit that he was almost
terrified to death - he took the card and had a look at it.
name on this passport says Cecilia Armonti and this means that it's definitely
not yours. First question : Where did you get it from? Second question : What
shall I do with it?"
have to call Italy and find out what this person has to do with my mother. Damn
it, her name is Armonti and the Armontis had always meant bad news for our
family and I don't want anything else to happen." Kelly was very loud and
decided that it would be best to remain quiet until Kelly calmed down.
this is almost an acceptable answer to my second question, but I won't move
one inch until you explained where you got this passport from. You don't want
to tell me that she gave it to you to find out something about herself, do
he had no intention of shouting, Connor's voice reached Kelly's level. It
had been a tough day for him and he was not interested in playing games with
her. The only thing he really wanted was to go home, take a long and hot bath
and then to relax on his comfortable sofa, watching one of his favorite old
movies. But now he got the feeling that he would have to stay much longer than
he had planned.
Forget about it!" Kelly was offended,
took the passport back and turned around. "My family seems to be
very important to you - you really care about them."
here we go again. The sentimental old feeling with a lot of tears and
pity." Connor thought but got up to walk around the table and to lay his
head tenderly on Kelly's shoulders.
me where you got this passport from and I will tell you what I can do for your
family. That is, if they have anything to do with each other."
found it." Kelly answered abashedly. "In
Cilia's desk. Hidden under her clothes. Don't you
thing that's strange in itself ? Why does she call herself Cilia Ardello, when
her real name is Cecilia Armonti. And why does she hide it under her clothes?"
calmness in Kelly's voice vanished again. Enthusiastically she turned around
to Connor, so that his chin slipped from her shoulders and it almost looked as
if he was agreeing with her. Kelly took it as more as a distraction, supposing
that Connor hadn't been listened to her at all.
me, did you hear what I said ? Can you see my point, Connor ?"
went back to his chair and sat down.
only thing I got is, that you went into Cilia's room, that you sneaked around
and found her passport. She has given you a false name and now you'd like to
know why. Did I get it right ?"
placed herself in front of him and looked in his eyes.
name is Armonti. Cecilia Armonti. Does this name sound familiar to you in any
way ?" she asked ironically.
not wanting to play games Connor just started to smile.
mother's name was Armonti before she returned to Santa Barbara and married
your father again. And from time to time you work for a company called Armonti
Industries. Are you satisfied with my homework, Miss Capwell ?"
an answer Kelly lifted the telephone receiver and held it out to him.. Then she
took a note out of her bag, which looked like an official document and showed it
like to know, if this little note here is as valid as it seems to be to me. If
it is, we have a bigger problem than the question why she lied to us. It would
mean to having a long conversation with my mother and it wouldn't be something
like a comfortable "tea time chat" at all."
After Connor had an intensive look at the document he looked incredulously at Kelly. He took the receiver, pressed the outline button and waited until he got an answer from the operator. Then he asked for a long distance connection to Italy.
had jostled at home for such a long time that Julia had to allow her to spend
another night in the Capwell house. So she had called Sophia and packed some
things for the night. Finally arrived in the Capwell house, Samantha went
directly into the kitchen to get a glass of milk from Rosa and then started to
search for Cilia.
discovered CC in the living room reading the evening newspaper.
evening. I hope that you don't mind my kid
staying again with you. It almost seems to me that she doesn't like her
own home anymore. She went on all day long about
hearing one more of Cilia's Italian stories that I finally couldn't
CC put his newspaper aside.
don't have to tell you that Samantha is welcome in this house anytime.
Something to drink ?"
Maybe a glass of juice. Where is Sophia ? She sounded restless on the
Julia was taking a seat on the sofa CC walked around the table to get her the
is upstairs and lying down for a while."
if she isn't feeling well I'll take Samantha with me again and she can stay
just wanted to raise when CC gestured for her
to stay seated and handed her the glass.
only a little headache - maybe too much work. And on the other hand it seems
that Samantha is not coming to see her grandparents, but more to listen to one
of Cilia's "Italian princess and horse stories."
smile showed that he wasn't displeased with it. "Yes, since she was last
here last she hasn't stopped talking about Cilia and her fantastic stories.
Where did you find her ? - I mean, she came almost out of nowhere."
ask me. Ted hired her and this has caused enough trouble already. Lilly is
jealous, Rosa can't get used to her Italian temper and Sophia has started to
fall into sweet dreams of her years in Italy." CC noticed that he had said
something he should have kept to himself. He didn't want to talk about the
things Sophia had told him in private. So he tried to change the subject and
went on talking. "But she is doing a good job here by now and I'm really
surprised that she's almost part of this household. How's Mason ?"
I think he's in his office, reading intensively and preparing himself for our
baby. And when he comes home later he will tell me everything he has learned and
then he will explain to me what it's like to get a baby."
irony made CC smile. He laid his hands on hers and said :
so happy for you both. It's so good to see how balanced and happy Mason seems
to be. He deserves it - you both deserve it!"
kitchen door opened and Rosa came in, followed by an exited Samantha.
I cant tell you where Cilia is right now. Maybe she is upstairs fixing your
Samantha noticed CC and her mother she came up to them.
I can't find Cilia."
agree with Rosa that she's probably upstairs
working. Take a seat and we both will wait here until she turns up, OK ?
She won't be far."
just saw that the "story-teller-room" is prepared and waiting for
curious little girls like you." Sophia came down the stairs and joined the
May I go to bed ?" Samantha asked Julia.
ask me if you can go to bed ?" Julia looked on her watch. "Now ? -
Cilia's stories must be really good."
I ?" Samantha asked again.
couldn't refuse anything if her daughter looked at her this way. She nodded to
her and Samantha wanted to run upstairs directly, but was stopped by CC after a
Lady. Now that you are not coming into this house to visit us, may we ask for a
short moment and a good night kiss ?"
shy eyes switched between Julia and CC. She put a finger into her mouth, thought
about it, then she pulled her finger out again to give CC a kiss on his cheek
and to ran away. At the bottom of the stairs she slipped through under
Sophia's arm and ran upstairs. Happily the three adults watched Samantha
disappearing in the long corridor of the upper floor.
have you done to this kid ? I tell you, if she willing to stay with you tomorrow
night again I'll drop her with a bigger suitcase packed."
finished her glass of juice and got up to make her way home. CC joined
her walking towards the door and laid his arm around her shoulder.
daughter will always be welcome in this house. I don't have to tell you
over and over again, do I ?"
she likes being here with you and I
am happy to know she's in good hands. It gives Mason and me a chance to spend
an evening alone - just the two of us. He's working so hard, so that these
hours are really rare moments." They arrived the stairs. "You are
looking tired, Sophia. I hope Samantha will be a good girl and won't bother
shook her head.
never bother me. The two of you are going to have a wonderful, romantic evening
and maybe we all can have a day together at the beach tomorrow. I could really
do with some fresh air."
took his arm off Julia's shoulders and put it around Sophia's instead.
Together they brought Julia to the door.
a good idea. I'll talk to Mason about it later and give you a call tomorrow
morning. Good night."
Julia had left CC looked at Sophia - so much love in his eyes showed his
feelings for her.
what about us now ? The kids are out tonight and Samantha on her way to
"Wonderland". What do you think about a comfortable evening in front
of the fire ? A little music, your favorite champagne." Tenderly he kissed her
all I'd like to have now is a long shower and after that I'd like to go to
bed." Sophia saw how disappointed CC was. "Another time, OK ?"
I will finish reading my paper, if you don't mind."
"No! Just take your time. I wouldn't be much company tonight anyway." Sophia looked at him tenderly and added a quiet "I'm sorry!" She kissed him and walked upstairs, while CC went back to the living room.
the way back to her room Sophia passed the open door to the room where Cilia and
Samantha just made themselves comfortable for bed. Samantha already had her
nightdress on and jumped under the thick cover. Cilia went over to the desk to
get the brush out of the top drawer.
do you think ? While I'm brushing your hair, I will tell you the story of a
little, beautiful princess that lived in Italy long ago."
there any horses in that story ?" Samantha wanted to know.
who'd expected this question threatened her with the brush in her hands in a
are quiet suborn with horses, you know that ?" She joined
Samantha on the bed. "Do you like horses that much ?" she asked
and started to brush her hair carefully.
Daddy promised that we'll ride on the beach together soon. But I will only get
a small horse, because he doesn't want to pay for the huge whole in the sand I
would make falling down, he said."
Cilia looked at Samantha.
said it, but I think he was joking.
I prefer smaller horses anyway. Are you going to start with the story now
what adults say without thinking. And they can't imagine that these little
kids recognize and learn." Cilia thought before she started to tell the
upon a time a beautiful princess lived on a small island near the coast of
Italy. She owned a little castle that was built at the highest point of the
island so that she could watch a small village that was on the other side of the
was her name ?"
could easily brush Samantha's hair while she was listening.
she didn't have a real name, you know. The people in the small village called
her "The princess of Capri" -that was the name of the island she lived
who was still standing at the door without having been seen yet started to
listen more carefully. The title of the story seemed to be similar to the story
she used to tell Eden and Kelly when they were little girls. She decided to stay
for a few more moments and to go on listening - becoming more and more
suspicious of Cilia. If she was right, how could Cilia know about the story
the meantime Samantha had laid down and held the big pillow and her favorite
doll tight. Cilia had joined her and put her arm around her.
while this young man worked high upon the roof of his house he could see a
bright light that almost blinded him."
was the golden comb with which she combed her hair at the window, am I right?"
Samantha asked and couldn't stifle a yawn. Cilia, who had a different
explanation for the shining light decided to agree with her.
are so right. Like every morning the princess was sitting at her window and
combing her hair" she went on.
looked into her golden mirror, like every morning. That's the way the story
goes." Sophia thought. "But the rest is exactly the same story I told my
children long ago."
noticed that Samantha was getting more and more tired. Soon she had fallen
asleep and Cilia stopped talking. Carefully she pulled her arm away and kissed
Samantha on the forehead.
we haven't reached the part with the princess' little, black pony, Bella."
She whispered. "Maybe next time."
Cilia got up from the bed she noticed Sophia standing in the door. Quietly she
came up to her, they left the room and Cilia closed the door.
again she's fallen asleep before I could tell her about the horses." Cilia
was too curious to join Cilia making jokes.
story you told Samantha where did you get it from ?"
had no idea what Sophia wanted to hear. Not knowing the she had listened to the
story from the beginning.
just one of many "Italian stories"" she tried to explain.
not one of many it's "The princess of Capri", that you told her.
understood what had happened. Sophia had recognized the story and asked herself
how Cilia could know about it now. What a chance for her to force Sophia once
what? Maybe I read it in one of the many children books we had. And now I
told it to Samantha. What's wrong with that?"
wrong, because you couldn't have found it in one of your children books.
It's an old story I created after a long journey to tell my children."
Sophia became very exited.
I heard it somewhere else. Maybe in
Italy, when you told the story to one of the Armonti children."
Armonti children were grown up when I met them." Sophia replied. "And I
can't remember telling it to anyone else there."
that's the point!" Cilia said without thinking, but it was too late to take
it back. She had forced Sophia and she had managed to make her curious."
do you mean?"
saw that her only chance was to get straight and offensive. She only wished that
this would have happened after she had got an answer from Europe.
you can't remember everything that has happened. Seems that you always had a
problem with that."
was scared that she might have gone too far. Sophia was irritable and mad.
dare talk about this. It was the worst time of my life, not knowing where I
belonged, not even knowing the people around me." Sophia shouted at her.
later on it didn't seem to be such a big problem for you to forget people. You
had remembered so many good old friends that you didn't mind loosing one or
two of the others."
it was Cilia who couldn't hold back her emotions. The fight became so loud
that even CC sitting downstairs became aware of it and started to listen.
never dropped or forgot anyone of my family. Marcello even followed me to Santa
Barbara until he
he became a murderer due to his sick loyalty for you and left me, too."
last remark made Sophia speechless. She just looked at her, trying to keep her
emotions under control. This was Cilia's chance to free Sophia from her old,
false memories forever. She had waited so long, but this was the moment.
ask me how dare to talk to you about your past? I have every right to talk to
you about it because they are my memories, too." Cilia's voice started
to shiver and tears came into her eyes when she started to shout at Sophia. None
of them noticed the CC had come upstairs to check what was going on. "Memories
you don't share with me anymore as it seems. Otherwise you wouldn't have
asked me how I knew about the story
you would remember that it was you who told it to me. When I was little,
lying in a huge bed like Samantha is doing now. At a time when you hadn't
forgotten that I am part of your family."
Sophia couldn't respond. She stood there and stared at Cilia like she'd done that first day she saw her in the house. Neither of them noticed that CC was standing close to them and had heard every word.
held Cilia's arm all the way downstairs. After he had heard her fight with
Sophia he had just grabbed her and pulled her away.
it! You'll going to pack your things and then you'll leave." He had told
her in the corridor, but corrected himself in a heartbeat. "Forget about
packing! You can pick up all the rubbish you carry with you tomorrow at the
more forgetting!" Cilia called out, but CC didn't hear it.
the end of the stairs she managed to free herself of his grip, stopped and
looked at CC, who had also stopped at the bottom of the stairs.
more forgetting" she repeated. "No more forgetting that this woman upstairs
is a part of me and that I have a family and an identity." Cilia was very
upset and her shouting made CC even more furious.
don't care what you want. I want you to leave. Right away !!!"
went to the door and opened it with a jerk.
remained on the second step of the stairs and looked at CC. She could only see
the hate in his eyes and wished that he would listen to her for only five
minutes. But she knew, that there wouldn't be time for that. CC would never
allow her to get close to Sophia again he would take away her only chance of
answering the question she had asked herself so many times. Just in that moment,
when she began to formulate a last question Kelly came through the door.
knew that with Kelly's appearance her last chance for a quiet conversation
with CC had disappeared. The situation was 2:1 against her.
leaving!!" CC answered harshly and Kelly could see the fury in his eyes.
still have one single question and I believe that you might be interested in the
answer, Mr. Capwell." Cilia replied and courageously she faced him.
absolutely nothing I could be interested in that has to do with you."
let me talk to Sophia, please. It very important for both of us."
request made CC even more angry even more out and Kelly had to place herself
between them to avoid more violence. Both were surprised to see Kelly
intercede between them.
please calm down. Maybe we can sort this out in a more quiet atmosphere."
by her behaviour, CC made a step back from Kelly. Stunned and speechless he
stood opposite her and started to gesticulate with his hands. Suddenly he
grasped Cilia's arm again, pulled her towards him passing by Kelly and gave
her a push in the back so that she stumbled through the door. He added a harsh "out!" to his actions and slammed the door behind her. As it was finally
quiet again in the atrium, CC leaned his head against the door in exhaustion and
took a deep breath. Suddenly he slammed his hand against the door and turned
around to Kelly.
could you defend her in front of me? Do you have any idea what she's just done
here?" he shouted at her.
didn't defend her at all, Daddy" Kelly tried now to defend herself, but CC
didn't react. "I only wanted to
don't want to see this person in my house ever again. And I want you to stand
behind the family in this kind of situation."
couldn't fight her father's aggressions any longer and could only see one
way out of this.
is an Armonti, Daddy. She is an Armonti." She shouted at CC, who still looked
at her angrily.
hear the name Armonti silenced him. Not understanding a word, but as a relief
for Kelly, he quietened down. Kelly wasn't sure if CC could follow her but she
wanted to try and explain what she and Connor had found out.
real name is Cecilia Armonti and she was born in 1970 in a hospital close to
was working. CC remained calm and it seemed that he had understood what she had
just said. But it didn't seem to bother him. Slowly he came up to her and put
his hands on her shoulders.
I don't care about her name or where she's from. The only thing she s
done in this house is causing trouble and I don't want to see her here
couldn't stand the silence between them. And so she decided to tell him the
last fact she had kept from him. After that he would have to allow Cilia to see