Chapter 6

The next morning at the Lopez-Fitzgerald house

Following a steamy shower with Ethan, Theresa hurriedly dressed for Gwen's bail hearing. She wanted to arrive at the courthouse early enough to speak with the D.A. to personally request that Gwen and Rebecca be remanded to the custody of the Harmony P.D. without bail.

Upon arrival at the courthouse, Theresa made her way to the courtroom upstairs while Ethan made his way to the marriage license office to file for an annulment. Once all the paperwork was drawn up and in order, Ethan made his way upstairs to join Theresa.

The bail hearing went off without a hitch, and the judge decided to go ahead and hear Theresa's case for her lawsuit as well. It didn't take the judge long at all to order that Gwen and Rebecca be remanded to the custody of the Harmony P.D. without bail, but also that Gwen and Rebecca's trust funds-as well as anything else of value they currently owned-be rewarded to Theresa as restitution for all the pain and suffering they caused her over the last few years. The judge also awarded EVERYTHING owned by Alistair Crane to Theresa as restitution for all the pain and suffering he caused her and her family over the last two decades.

"Well, Ethan, you are now looking at the richest woman in the world," Theresa said. "And I'm not referring to what the judge just awarded me."

"You're not?" Ethan asked. "Then what are you referring to?"

"Ethan," Theresa replied. "I have Christ watching over me; I have you, my children, my parents, my brothers, my sister, my best friend, and a whole host of other family and friends who love and support me no matter what. All that alone makes me the richest woman in the world."

"I love you so much, Theresa," Ethan replied as he held her close. "Look what I have right here."

Theresa saw that Ethan was holding a manilla envelope.

"What's in there?" Theresa inquired, pointing at the envelope.

"My annulment papers to Gwen," Ethan replied. "I was just about to run them to her."

"I have a better idea," Theresa replied.

"I'm all ears," Ethan replied. "What's this idea of yours?"

"How does a family picnic at the beach sound?" Theresa asked.

"Absolutely delightful," Ethan replied.

"Well, you just hand me that envelope and get on over to the mansion and grab your swimsuit and towel. I'm gonna head home and grab my swimsuit and get the kids ready. I'll meet you back at the mansion in an hour."

When Theresa arrived at her house, she immediately went upstairs to her room to get the copies of the DVD and audio tape she made of Ethan baring his soul to her the night before. Theresa placed the envelope along with a photo of herself with Ethan, Little Ethan, and Jane. On the back of the photo, Theresa had written the following message to Gwen:

"Gwen,

Take a good look at this photo, because I want you to see how things are gonna be from now on. Ethan is now back where he belongs-with me and our children.

Face it Gwen, you've lost. You're NEVER gonna see Ethan or the kids again. I'll be sure to send you photos of my happy little family just to remind you of what you screwed yourself out of.

Have a nice life!

-Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald"

Once she sealed the envelope, Theresa changed into her swimsuit and got the kids ready to go to the beach.

On the way to the mansion, Theresa stopped by the jail to give Gwen the envelope.

Theresa left the envelope with Sam, along with instructions that Gwen would need access to a television set, a DVD player, and an audiocassette player. Theresa then left to meet up with Ethan at the mansion.

Sam took the envelope to Gwen along with the necessary equipment. Once the equipment was set up, Gwen watched the DVD and listened to the tape. Afterward, she read the message on Theresa's family photo and signed the enclosed annulment papers.

After Sam left with the annulment papers and all the equipment, Gwen took a pen and a piece of paper and wrote:

"To Anyone Who Cares:

My life is now over. I have lost everything in my life that ever mattered to me, and I don't want to go on living any longer. It's just too painful without Ethan.

To Ethan: I'm so sorry for all the pain and suffering that I've caused you, and I'm so very sorry I killed our daughter.

To Mother: I'm sorry I ever listened to you. Listening to you is what got me where I am now. I hope you're happy with the way things have turned out. You will miss me when I'm gone.

To everyone else: I'm sorry I was such a b!tch.

Goodbye forever!

-Gwen"

With that, Gwen placed the note where it would easily be found and then fashioned a noose out of her bed sheets.

Once the noose was finished, Gwen tied the other end of the sheet to the foot of her bed and tossed the noose over a pipe going across the ceiling.

At the last minute, Gwen picked up Theresa's DVD and broke it. Standing on the bed, Gwen placed the noose around her neck and the cut her wrists open with a shard of the broken DVD. She then stepped off the bed and hanged herself.