The 8th Annual Nurse's Ball
"Thank you, Welcome Ladies and Gentleman to the 8th Annual General Hospital Nurse's Ball, to support AIDS research and AIDS related charities. I am your mistress of ceremonies Lucy Coe-Collins, remember to bid on the auction items during the intermission and I hope you have a wonderful evening." Lucy said, and then left the stage for her first of 12 outfit changes which were guarenteed to drive Amy Vining, her dresser, crazy. She came out on stage a few moments later in an eye catching silver gown with a with feather boa and long white gloves. "I would like to take a moment to thank again, for the third year in a row, the designer of our wonderful Nurse's Ball T-shirt, Miss Elizabeth Webber." Lucy said, as she handed Elizabeth a dozen white roses. "Now let the music and surprises begin," Lucy finished up her introduction.
The lights dimmed and when they came back up Edward was on stage with Lila and the young children of Port Charles (Lulu, Serena, Micheal, and Georgie). They sang a medley of children's favorite songs. The audience loved seeing Edward, usually so stern, with all of the kids on or around his lap and Lila's singing away together. Then Lucy came back on the stage in a short shockingly yellow dress and introduced Eddie Maine, singing Addicted To Love. He came out dressed in tight Red leather pants and a black silk shirt. Then Lucy came out in a long pale orange pants suit with a little white tank top under the button down shirt (which was open). She introduced Dr's Alan Quartermaine and Tony Jones singing "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better," The doctors were a riot singing together trying to outdo one another.
Finally it was our turn to perform "Summer Nights" Lucy introduced us wearing a poodle skirt and a Pink Ladies jacket.We took our positions, the girls sitting around a lunch table (borrowed from PCU) and the boys on a small set of bleachers, just like in the movie. Nikolas and I stood with our little groups of friends and gradually got closer together until during the last chorus of the song we were standing back to back, our hands clasped together. We were a huge hit, and then it was intermission.
After about 20 minutes we were changed back into our formal clothes and seated at our table (Nikolas and Emily had bought it so we could all sit together and not be stuck with our families, well so they wouldnt be stuck with their families, and me all alone). The lights came up on Lucy who was dressed in a short black skirt and a bright blue shirt. Lucky was called up on stage to sing a special song to a special girl, and he sang "This I Promise You," to Elizabeth, who of course started crying.
Then Lucy came back out in yet another outfit, this time a shiny green dress. She talked about the importance of the money for the AIDS charities, and then announced that since Robin couldn't be with us this year, she had taped her message. Lucy played the tape and then went offstage to change into her outfit for the Chorus line. Lucy, Bobbie, Amy, Chloe, Carly, and Karen walked out on stage dressed in little chorus outfits. All of a sudden Lucy was caught off balance and her jacket slipped down off her shoulders, taking the whole outfit with it. Once again Lucy Coe was in her underwear at the Nurse's Ball. Finally it was time for the sing-a-long. Lucy introduced it in her last outfit of the evening, a long white velvet dress. Ned and Emily got on stage and started singing "Friends are Friends Forever," and everyone joined in, smiling and crying as a video showed the pictures of all the people lost to AIDS in the past 10 years (including Stone and Jon Hanley).
We walked in the door exhausted but happy. The first thing I noticed was that there was a small white envelope neatly tucked under the other mail on the table. It said AUTUMN in large black letters. I panicked knowing that I had waited too long to move on and now my friends would also pay for knowing me. "Oh God he's here," I whispered. No one noticed my outcry, and I slowly opened the envelope dreading the message inside. It simply read:
BAD GIRL, YOU SHOULD NEVER HAVE MADE FRIENDS WITH THEM, I'VE HAD THEM ONCE, I WILL COME AGAIN, AND THIS TIME YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO RUN AWAY--- EVER AGAIN!!!!! I AM TIRED OF OUR GAME OF HIDE AND SEEK. I WIN YOU LOSE!----LOVE DADDY TOM----
I froze for a moment, and then let out a bloodcurdling scream. Everyone came running and Nikolas caught me as I fainted, letting oblivion take over once again. The note slipped from my hand, but no one noticed it for now.