JJ climbed through Jason’s bedroom window as he was getting ready to go to bed. ‘’You are not going to believe who is waitressing at the Dockside diner,’’ said JJ sitting down on the bed taking her shoes and socks off. ‘’Who?’’ asked Jason. ‘’Jessica Newman,’’ said JJ. ‘’I would have never pictured Jessica working at a place like that, but I think I can top that with something more unbelievable,’’ said Jason. “Ok, but that is going to be a hard one to top,’’ said JJ pulling the covers back. “Bones is working down at Murray’s Groceries as a Courtesy Clerk,’’ said Jason. “You are right that does top Jessica working at Dockside Dinner,’’ said JJ laying her head on the pillow. ‘’Jessica and Bones have both changed since they got together,’’ said Jason. ‘’Well, you know what they say, love changes everything,’’ said JJ starting to close her eyes. ‘’Oh by the way let’s don’t forget about tomorrow evening,’’ said Jason snuggling JJ. ‘’What’s happening tomorrow evening?’’ asked JJ. “Kyndal invited all of us to come over and watch movies,’’ said Jason. ‘’I almost forgot. I am glad you reminded me, ‘’ said JJ.
Rilee Bridges came down the stairs. “Nana, I am going over to Kyndal’s house to watch movies," said Rilee. ‘’Nana,’’ said Rilee not getting a response from her grandmother Ruth Ann Miller. Rilee found her grandmother in a recliner with her eyes closed. “Nana,’’ said Rilee tapping her shoulder. Tears started rolling down Rilee’s cheek as she realized her grandmother had passed away. ‘’Oh my Gosh, Nana, no! I am not going back to California, ‘’ said Rilee walking away. In a state of panic she ran out the front door and down the street.
“It is weird Rilee didn’t come,’’ said Kyndal halfway through the movie. ‘’Something probably came up,’’ said Richard. Jason cell phone starting ringing. ‘’That is probably her,’ said Richard. ‘’I will be right back,’ said Jason looking at the telephone number. After the phone conversation he returned to the living room with a shocked look on his face. ‘’Jason, what is wrong?’’ asked JJ. ‘’That was dad, they found Ruth Ann deceased in the living room and no sign of Rilee,’’ said Jason. Everyone in the room gasped at the news.
Rilee was walking down the road and it began to rain. ‘’Oh my gosh, Nana is crying because instead of being a big girl, I am running away,’’ said Rilee. She walked in the rain to her boyfriend Richard parent’s house. She noticed there were no lights on in the house. ‘’Crap! Richard and the others are still over at Kyndal’s,’’ said Rilee to herself. She opened the front door, quietly snuck into Richard’s bedroom, took her wet clothes off and got into bed.
Richard entered his bedroom upset about the news of Ruth Ann’s passing and his girlfriend Rilee missing. He changed clothes and started to turn the covers back. “Rilee!’’ exclaimed Richard. ‘’Oh my gosh! Richard, I am so sorry!’’ exclaimed Rilee pulling the covers up to cover her body. Richard climbed into bed and put his arm around Rilee. “I found Nana dead and I panicked because I don’t want to go back to California,’’ said Rilee crying.
After comforting Rilee while she cried; Richard got up, went to his chester drawer, and handed her one of his white tee shirts. “I’ll leave while you put it on,’’ said Richard kissing Rilee on the cheek. Rilee put the tee shirt on and laid her head on the pillow. Richard returned to his bedroom and laid down on the opposite of the bed. ‘’Richard, I want to ask you something,’’ said Rilee turning over. ‘’Ok,’’ said Richard turning over and looking Rilee in the face. ‘’I was naked in your bed and you had the opportunity to do all kinds of things but you didn’t. Why?’’ asked Rilee. ‘’Because I love and respect you,’’ said Richard with a smile on his face. ‘’Ok,’said Rilee turning over and laying her head on the pillow. Richard turned over and laid his head on the pillow. ‘’Richard,’ said Rilee. ‘’Yes,’’ said Richard. ‘’I am freezing from getting wet. I hope I don’t get sick. Would you snuggle me real tight?’’ asked Rilee pretending to be shivering. Richard turned over and snuggled her.
Rilee entered the funeral home where Ruth Ann’s body laid in state. ‘’Rilee you are ok. There are a lot of people worried and out looking for you,’’said the funeral home director hugging Rilee. ‘’I am so sorry,’’ said Rilee with tears rolling down her cheek. ‘’Your granduncle Maurice is on the way to make the arrangements,’’ said funeral home director. ‘’If it is okay could I have a few minutes with Nana?’’ asked Rilee.
The funeral home director took Rilee to the parlor. ‘’Take as much time as you need,’’ said the funeral home director. ‘’Nana, I never pictured it this way. I always thought you would be there to see me graduate high school, college, my wedding, and getting to hold your grandchild,’’ said Rilee pausing. ‘’One thing that I never did and had numerous opportunities to do was say thank you for giving me a second chance and never giving up on me. I know the first year that I was here in Dockside with you I was completely out of control, but instead of doing what mom did of sending me off somewhere you got control of me and for that I will always love you,’’ said Rilee starting to cry.
‘’That is something I will always regret doing,’’said Rebecca Bridges walking into the parlor and hugging Rilee. ‘’I guess you are here to take me back to California,’’ said Rilee. ‘’Oh No! Baby you are not going back to California. Dockside is your home, all of your friends are here. I am only here to make sure you have a place to stay. When the divorce is finished I will be moving back to Dockside,’’ said Rebecca. ‘’Divorce,’’ said Rilee with a puzzled look on her face. ‘’Yes, honey, me and your dad had some issues we couldn’t resolve,’’ said Rebecca. “I am sorry mom,’’ said Rilee. ‘’It’s not you're fault honey. I let the thought of power and riches blind me for years. I just hope when I move back to Dockside, you will forgive me for my past mistakes and we could start building a mother daughter relationship,`` said Rebecca. ‘’I would like that,’’ said Rilee hugging her mother.
Rilee was standing on a bridge looking at the water. Richard walked to where she was standing and put his arms around. ‘’Are you ok?’’ asked Richard. ‘’I will be,’’ said Rilee with a sigh. ‘’I guess you are going to be leaving Dockside,’’ said Richard with a sad look on his face. ‘’Actually I am going to be staying in Dockside,’ said Rilee. ‘’Who are you going to be staying with?’’ asked Richard. ‘’I will be staying with Betty and Kyndal until mom supposedly gets divorced and moves here,’’ said Rilee. ‘’You don’t believe her?’’ asked Richard. ‘’In a way, no because she loves the thoughts of riches and powers,’’ said Rilee. ‘’Well, the most important thing is me and you will still be together,’’ said Richard kissing Rilee.