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Luis, I'm pregnant...and you're the baby's father

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by chrissy n on 1.26.2000

I wonder if somewhere down the PASSIONS boulevard, we will see that story line. Lord knows, the story is so old, you can smell the mothballs. But it is still effective.

In fact, it is one of my favorite soap opera cliches, and Luis is a prime candidate for the story. Can't you see the scene? On the eve of their wedding, Luis tells Sheridan he has to break it off with her.

"Luis, no, you can't do this," Sheridan pleads.

Luis's tone is weary. "Sheridan, I told you Beth is pregnant. She's going to have my child."

"But you don't have to marry her..."

"I want to be there for my child."

"And you can do that, but you don't have to be married to the child's mother. Luis, you and Beth can act like a divorced couple...share custody."

He shakes his head. "That won't work for me, Sheridan...I have to be there for my kid...I want us to grow up in the same house...I know better than anybody what it's like to grow up without a father... You know, how angry I was when you met
me. We've talked about it."

"Yeah, I know." Her tone is barely audible.

"I had been angry like that for years...ever since Papa left...For a long time, Sheridan...I felt worthless...wondering if I did something to make Papa disappear...I won't let any kid that's a part of me feel any of that."

It's a hoary, oft-told soap plot, but I still think Beth becoming pregnant by Luis would get the PASSIONS zealots in a lather. I don't happen to think a man has to marry the mother of his child. But Luis is delightfully old-fashioned, and if presented with those circumstances, he'd opt to marry Beth.

If Reilly goes that way with Luis and Sheridan, I truly hope he doesn't pen something hokey like having Beth drug Luis, and when the sex act happens, Luis was unaware of his actions.

I'd prefer to see Luis and Sheridan have a huge fight... and Luis goes to Beth, and they wrestle on the mattress. And Luis is enormously contrite. Of course, he and Sheridan would reunite.

Naturally Beth would pull the woman scorned routine, and go to Sheridan and snarl, "Luis and I made love."

"You and Luis had sex," Sheridan retorts.

Beth is flummoxed. She parts her lips to speak, but all that comes out is a gasp.

"Luis told me that he spent a night with you. We had a fight, Beth...we thought it was over. Finished, and that we wouldn't be able to work it out...but we have."

"Luis told me about the fight," Beth says, in a reminiscent tone. "So you two have patched things up?"

"That's right. And I'm sure you're disappointed to hear that. But I've forgiven Luis for what happened with you."

Beth eyes become slits. "Oh, that's so noble of you."

"I love Luis. He's a good man. I feel very lucky to have him in my life."

"Well, if he's so wonderful, why did he betray you?"

"Do you need a Q-tip? He thought it was over between us, and the fact that he leveled with me about what happened with you shows that he's honest and can be trusted. He opened up to me because he wants us to have a solid relationship with no secrets between us."

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