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Jane Spencer Has Had Enough!
by chrissy n 7.14.00

John Dixon had been dismissed from Memorial Hospital, and desperately wanted to be reinstated. He tried to butter up board member, Jane Spencer. But it didn't work.

But the never-say-die, John did a bit of snooping, and discovered that Jane's cherished son, Beau was adopted, a fact Jane neglected to tell the young man.

"If you don't help me get reinstated at Memorial, I'll tell Beau he is adopted," John threatened.

In the past, Jane had interfered in Beau's life, and almost lost him, but ultimately, they bridged the rift between them.

And now had a fabulous mother/son relationship, which Jane did not want to jeopardize. So she gave in to John.

She visited Jim Strasfield, acting chief of staff at Memorial. She sat in a chair facing Jim's desk. "Jane, I can't believe what you're doing," he said. "Using your position on the board to interfere in hospital personnel issues. This is unlike you."

Jane sighed. "I know. I've always made it a practice to stay out of staff issues."

"But you're making an exception now. Do you mind if I ask why?"

She shrugged. "Jim, I happen to think John Dixon is a brilliant cardiologist."

"I think there's more to it than that." He waited for Jane to reply, but she said nothing. "Jane, that brilliant cardiologist has been involved in scandals that cast Memorial in a bad light. He accused Bob Hugh--"

She held up a hand. "Jim, you don't have to catalogue John Dixon's misdeeds. I've heard them; read about a few in the newspaper."

"So you understand why he isn't wanted here? The man is a liability."

"I think his skill as a doctor would be an asset to the hospital...I want you to give him another chance. I want him
reinstated."

"Jane, I have to be frank with you. I resent the position you've placed me in. As chief of staff, the good of this hospital is my call, and I don't think Memorial will benefit from having John Dixon on staff."

"But I'm the founder of the Spencer foundation, which frequently makes sizeable donations to Memorial..."

"And if I don't indulge you, Memorial will lose one of its most generous benefactors."

She nodded. "I don't want it to come to that."

He let out a sigh. "Well, I'll have to call a board meeting, and I know without being told that David Stewart and Bob Hughes are not going to support me on this."

"Jim, you don't need their backing...The final say is yours. And I want John Dixon under contract as soon as possible."

Later, Jane was in her suite at the Spencer Hotel, seated at an escritoire, wearing pince-nez, doing paperwork. A knock on the door interrupted her. She removed her glasses and placed them on the desk.

She opened the door. And sighed extravagantly when she saw her visitor. "Dr. Dixon."

John bounced in without being invited.

Jane slammed the door. "Come in. Make yourself comfortable. Can I fix you a gin and tonic?" she said sarcastically.

"Actually, I'd prefer a martini. Gin instead of vodka. Hold the olive."

She smiled wryly and shook her head. "You are a contemptible man, Dr. Dixon."

"Yes, I've been told that many, many times. And considering those are your sentiments of me, I can't understand why you're backing me in my quest to be reinstated at Memorial." He was toying with her. "By the way, a little birdie told me that Jim Strasfield called a board meeting..."

"Who was that little birdie?" Jane asked. "Susan Stewart."

"Can't reveal my sources," John said. "But I understand that the topic of that meeting is the reinstatement of yours truly."

"You're being incredibly arrogant."

"I'm ecstatic about retrieving my rightful position at Memorial. I should have never been ousted. I feel like dancing a jig. Uncorking a bottle of champagne. And if it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be in this festive mood. I want to give you a heartfelt thank you for your support." He extended his hand.

Ignoring his offering, she snapped, "You blackmailed me into helping you."

"Ah, blackmail is a pejorative. We exchanged favors. Engaged in a little quid pro quo. I keep my lip zipped about Beau being adopted in exchange for you using your influence with Jim Strasfield to get me back on staff at Memorial."

"You blackmailed me," Jane reiterated. "And we both have seen enough detective stories to know how blackmailers operate."

"Explain yourself," John said, sitting in a peach-colored Queen Ann chair and crossing his legs.

"They keep coming back for more and more. Well, I'm not going to be subjected to that."

"Oh, and what are you gonna do? Hire a paid assassin to remove me from the face of the earth?"

She laughed without mirth. And squinted her eyes angrily. "If I could live with myself." She paused. "But I will not live under the threat of blackmail...Every time I get off the elevator of Memorial, and see you, I'm not going to get edgy and wonder if you're going to make demands of me, and force me into doing as you please...

"Lately, I haven't been able to sleep, or think clearly." She paused. "I refuse to live like that...So you're going to be reinstated, and that's the end of it. No more."

"But I'm the one with all the cards," John said.

She pointed a finger at John. "If you approach me again, threatening to tell Beau what you know...I'm going to sit him down, and tell him that he was adopted. I'll explain that I kept him in the dark all these years because I didn't want him to feel different...unloved, or unwanted...And he'll be angry. He'll despise me for a while; he'll want nothing to do with me, but we'll work it out." Her tone was emphatic.

"And then I'm going to Dick Martin--"

"An attorney in Chris Hughes's law firm," John said.

"She nodded. "And a dear friend of mine. I'll ask Dick to institute blackmail charges against you."

The cockiness vanished from John's face. But he demonstrated bravado. He rose from the chair. "Well, because of your position in the community, the story will hit the papers."

She continued. "And because of your role in the ugly story, you'll be mentioned in the articles. And you're no stranger to negative press, are you?" She paused. "Besides, Beau will know the truth, so why should I care if all of Oakdale does?"

"I think you talk a good game, Mrs Spencer" John said.

"Try me. You're going to be reinstated at Memorial, Dr. Dixon. But if you force me into telling Beau the truth, you'll lose what you hold dear--your position at the hospital. I don't think they would want a blackmailer on staff...And you may even lose your freedom... You have what you want, and you're not getting anything else out of me."

   
     

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