“Carl can’t be trusted,” Jamie spat. “Forget about Carl. If he was willing to put Kirkland at risk – “
“Wait a minute,” Lorna cut Jamie off. “What are you talking about? Carl didn’t…”
“There’s a lot more that’s been going on than either of us realized,” Jamie cautiously prefaced before going on to tell Lorna everything Alice had filled him in on earlier.
“That does sound like Carl,” Lorna offered cautiously. “The old Carl, anyway. And he had to know that framing Spencer meant putting his entire family in danger.”
“My mother knew it, too,” Jamie groaned. “And she went along with it. All of it. She even went to Alice and… “ He trailed off. “She’s my mother. I want so much to believe she isn’t capable of that level of callousness, of cruelty. But, you know what you said before? About the old Carl? There’s an old Rachel, too….”
“Maybe Alice misunderstood,” Lorna clung to hope, knowing that losing faith in his mother would absolutely destroy Jamie. “Her and Rachel’s history is complicated, to say the least.”
“You’re telling me?”
“Things could have easily gotten out of hand, both of them saying things they didn’t really intend to. I know how much Alice means to you. But, you can’t just take her word, not over something as critical as this. You have to get your mother’s side of the story.”Jamie shook his head. “I do that, and I’m liable to learn things I just don’t want to know. Things I won’t be able to ignore… "
There is plenty of culpability to go around following Kirkland's kidnapping, as Lucas points the finger at Carl, Jamie grimly notes Lorna's father's role - as well as Rachel's, and a devastated Kirk simply blames himself. Plus, Matt attempts to blackmail Jeanne, only to receive a shocking response in return, and Donna goes after Morgan for what he did to Marley.
All at: http://www.anotherworldtoday.com/2011/2011_123p1.html