Discussion in 'Dallas Writers Room' started by Karin Schill, Sep 13, 2016.
Oh, this little collection had me in tears.
as much or as many as required.
"too much work and not enough people to do it"
synonyms: sufficient, adequate, ample, abundant, as much … as necessary, the necessary;
"have we enough food?"
sufficient, plenty (of), a sufficient amount (of), an adequate amount (of), as much as necessary;
a sufficiency, an adequacy, an ample supply, a satisfactory amount, a passable amount, a tolerable amount, an acceptable amount, an abundance, an amplitude;
"there's enough for everyone"
JR angrily pulled his car into the Southfork driveway, revving his engine to high speed. He didn't remember a time when he had been so furious, felt so betrayed. He saw she was home and parked beside her, staring in disbelief at her car, his mind filled with questions.
Quickly making his way inside and ascending the staircase, he was outside their bedroom door in a matter of seconds, opening it with force. Her face was the first thing he saw, as she sat, calmly waiting, on the bed opposite, her hands crossed over her lap, in expectation of his arrival.
He took one look at her and slammed the door, the noise echoing throughout the house.
"How could you do that to me?" he demanded, his fists clenched, his jawline tight, staring at her, rooted to the spot in anger.
She didn't raise her voice but said, "It's always about you, isn't it?"
"This was my business, Sue Ellen!" he shouted. "My company! You knew gaining control of WestStar at this time meant everything to me!"
"Well..." Sue Ellen said with a short burst of sarcastic laughter, "...how nice. I knew business was important to you, but I wanted to believe it didn't mean everything.." she highlighted. "Even you took me by surprise with this one."
"You know what I mean! You know what I lost with BD Calhoun. This was my chance to get Ewing Oil back! How could you, of all people, take that from me?" JR said, aghast and seemingly missing the point of everything she was getting at.
As much as Sue Ellen wanted to lash out at him, she remained seated.
"I want an answer Sue Ellen!", he demanded.
"Fine. I found out that you were planning to leave me for Kimberly Cryder..." she began. JR's eyes involuntarily fell to the floor, before he looked at her again. Although his anger didn't fade, she knew she had his attention. "I admit, you have stooped to levels in the past that I never thought possible, but this one...this one was a new low even for you..."
"Nothing was going to come of that!" JR said defensively. "You must have known that!"
"I've had to listen to Mrs Cryder for the past month, telling me how she'd left her own husband, how she planned to marry a rich oilman again....it didn't take a genius to figure out who she was talking about", Sue Ellen said, not flinching as she spoke.
"It was business Sue Ellen!"
"Yes of course it was", she said nodding with a slight smirk. "When I married you, I should have had you draw up a handbook for me to illustrate the difference between the women you take to bed, and for what purpose and then a separate manual for what I'm supposed to find acceptable and what I'm not..."
JR sighed in frustration staring at her as if running out of patience.
"She meant nothing to me!" JR shouted.
"She meant enough to jeopardise our relationship for!" Sue Ellen threw back at him.
"Sue Ellen, stop this! I was never going to marry Kimberly Cryder! You didn't have to go to these lengths!"
"How was I supposed to know that?", Sue Ellen said, shrugging her shoulders.
JR knew it was pointless arguing with her. He knew deep down he hadn't been straight with her and she'd hit back but he wasn't going to let her win. As far as he could see it, she'd taken his company from him and he couldn't forgive that, despite his own misdeeds. No, he was determined to put this one on her. Out of all the people in the world, he would never in a million years have expected Sue Ellen to have been the one who was on the other side of that door today.
"You could have asked me!" JR said.
Sue Ellen laughed. "You are unbelievable......Anyway, I have to go but before I do...em...I have a little present for you..."
"What?" JR said, confused. Sue Ellen lifted a large envelope from the bed, took out the enclosed documents and handed them to him.
"What is this?" JR said, as he flicked through them, although his acumen in business already told him the answer.
Sue Ellen didn't speak. She knew he would realise. "These are your shares....to WestStar...."
Sue Ellen nodded.
JR's expression seemed to relax as he raised his eyes from the document and looked to at her. When she didn't say anything, he said, "...and a proposal to sell them....to..me?"
"That's right", Sue Ellen said.
JR swallowed hard, the realisation hitting him. "You did this....for me?"
Sue Ellen quickly laughed then shook her head saying, "Not so much for you....as to show you....."
JR watched her. He felt a mixture of anger, excitement and strangely pride.
"Show me....?" he asked.
"That I am just as smart, and can be just as devious as you..."
"You knew......you knew all along..." he said.
Sue Ellen nodded again. She looked at him for a few more seconds and smiled sadly. He studied her, not knowing what to say next.
"I just want what they're worth....that's if you want them".
JR nodded in amazement. "I do..." he said quietly
Lifting her purse from the bed she said, "Just sign the papers when you get the chance".
Watching her stand, he clutched the papers and, his eyes shyly meeting hers, "Thank you, Sue Ellen..."
She realised his ego was bruised and nodded in acknowledgement of his thanks. Moving to the door, he gently grabbed her wrist and said, "Where are you going?"
"I'm leaving", she said matter of factly.
"Leaving?" he asked in surprise.
"You don't expect to stay with you after this do you?" she asked him.
JR sighed. "Sue Ellen...we can work this out..."
"No JR" she said. "I've had enough. You've cheated on me...again....underestimated me....again. And broke my heart..."
"Again...." he said, finishing her sentence.
She smiled a sad smile and nodded.
"I'm done" she said.
"JR. I love you..." she said, cutting him off. "But I'm not enough for you. I never will be".
"You are enough for me!", he protested. "Sue Ellen I do love you!"
"I want a divorce" she said.
JR looked utterly defeated, despite the good news she had simultaneously delivered him.
"But don't worry.....John Ross can stay here. That way you will have everything you ever wanted. Your company and your son".
Sue Ellen's eyes started to fill with tears as she opened the door but she was determined to leave with dignity.
She walked out into the hallway and kept going.
"Sue Ellen!" JR called after her. But she didn't stop. For the first time in their relationship she was determined not to look back.
I loved it! Sue Ellen showed that she definitely had enough.
Thanks for reading @zephiey
Quick to judge, not so quick to listen, to his detriment in the end. They could have had it all, but he was too little too late
Thanks Miss T. I do believe he still loved her during this time but was a master at separating the two (business and pleasure) in his head. What do you think?
I think that's correct, he compartmentalised what ought not to be considering the two were really intertwined. It was one thing to separate business from his personal life when it was negotiating a contract with the cartel involving money and shares over drinks, Sue Ellen probably didn't want to or need to know every detail there, it was quite a different issue when the business was negotiated using personal information or intimate moments, that sort of thing wasn't tradeable for business allowances as far as Sue Ellen was concerned, until it was because JR made it so. I think JR's problem was seeing the other side of things, switching positions in his head. It was no bother for him to go to bed with the Marilee Stones, Leslie Stewarts and Holly Harwoods of the business world because he wasn't doing it for no reason, it was part of a negotiation and the way he saw fit to negotiate with women. He negotiated deals with men using paid women if necessary, he simply partook in the act when dealing directly with women. If it was business it was business, but to Sue Ellen it was always a betrayal of their marriage vows.
And of course, Sue Ellen was right. He was a chauvanistic pig. Sorry, I do love him but he makes me sooooooooooooo angry because well, I love her more and choose and side with her always (unless she's being paranoid then I'm all about the lurve and will give her a wee shake!)
I think it's taken me until adulthood to understand that in his head this did NOT mean he did not love Sue Ellen, he was able to justify his actions to himself.
I'm intrigued though as to what you or anyone else thinks he was planning to do about Kimberly...I mean was he so arrogant that he thought he could put Sue Ellen away safely and woo her back once that deal was completed?? I cannot ever believe that he was ending it with her forever?
I think he planned on dealing with Kimberly when he got there but had no real plan beforehand. I don't think it would have been far off to expect he'd do much more than basically use her to get what he wanted (Weststar) and then essentially stop bothering with her and start paying attention to Sue Ellen again, trying to woo his real love and show Kimberly that he's just not interested in her and she'd be better off going back to Wilson. JR didn't think a lot of personal actions through the way he did business.
Thank you for answering me in detail. I get so troubled by these things!!! Really appreciate it and I do think you are right. I think his major mistake in all of this was totally underestimating Sue Ellen as I've tried to illustrate in my new One Shot. He thought she'd always be there. As he alluded in the dream 'I took you for granted' and I think that stands true with him throughout the series.
Then when he tries to make himself look normal with Cally and Granny Beaumont, well his whole personality falls apart. And no matter what any doubter says (out of jealousy or whatever) it's because SUE ELLEN IS NOT THERE.
Great one shot Sarah.
So he can have everything but Sue Ellen. That's sort of sad.
Excellent one shot, Sarah. Bravo!
OK...I have had a think and some of the discussions over the weekend have prompted me to write another version of this, and how I really hoped things could have gone for our couple instead of the absolutely awful way they were treated by the writers in that final season together. This of course would have taken a lot of uncharacteristic maturity on JR's part...but it would have been so worth it....
I like to write a little about Ewing family life behind the scenes as well.
**For the sake of dramatic licence, Pam is in this story, whereas in original she would have been gone by then - just because she is. OK?**
Sue Ellen knew she was late for dinner. She knew this would be frowned upon but she had done her best to escape the ramblings of Nicholas Pearce at their early evening meeting. She'd missed 4 calls from JR, hadn't had the chance to send him back anything other than a quick text and she was sure she'd forgotten something important that she was meant to do. From the moment she'd got up that morning, it had just been one of those days.
She was somewhat relieved to see the family out on the patio enjoying one of Dallas' hottest days all year. Parking her car in the slot beside her husband's, she quickly jumped out and rushed to join them.
"I'm sorry Miss Ellie!" she said, directing her apology to her mother-in-law who sat sipping a cool glass of white wine at the patio table. She walked to JR and kissed him softly on the lips, whispering, "Sorry.." to him as she did. He smiled softly at her, the last one who should be criticising anyone for being late for family dinner, but asked, "Where have you been? I was worried.."
"Late meeting!", she told him, rolling her eyes. "Mr Pearce can talk..."
Although Sue Ellen didn't seem enamoured with 'Mr Pearce' keeping her back from her family, JR felt a pang of jealousy as he looked at her and teased, "Mr Pearce..Mr Pearce...! Does Mr Pearce know about Mr Ewing?"
Sue Ellen raised her eyebrows in a playful yet slightly patronising poke of fun at JR. She had picked up on his vibes about Nicholas Pearce but she did admit to herself that it was rather nice that JR was feeling jealous. How unusual to have him wait at home for her for a change.
Sue Ellen kissed him lightly again on his lips, which he welcomed. "Of course he does.." she said seductively. JR smiled at her as Miss Ellie proclaimed,
"Don't worry Sue Ellen....it's so nice out we've decided to have a barbecue".
Sue Ellen knew she could smell food on her arrival but hadn't realised it was coming from Raoul and Teresa cooking nearby. It sounded just what the doctor ordered and Sue Ellen asked if she could be excused to change. The family were happy with their drinks in the sunshine and didn't mind waiting for her.
Well except for John Ross who shouted as he played sword fights with Christopher, "Hurry up Momma! I'm starving!"
"That makes two of us son!" JR said with a smile as he raised his eyebrows at Sue Ellen, gently chastising her lateness. Being part of the Ewing family was akin to being part of a Royal household. One was not late for dinner without a mighty good excuse. Sue Ellen knew it was an unspoken rule, but over the years had come to wonder was it more to do with the men's stomachs.
Sue Ellen changed quickly into a summer dress that would allow her some much needed relief and air from her office suit. She sighed as she removed her stilletos, changing into a pair of stylish sandals, which gave her a bit of height without the daily pain of her trademark high heels.
She jangled her hair loose, checking her appearance once more before heading downstairs.
Southfork was alive with the sound of family and laughter which was a rare sight but when it happened, everyone was grateful for it. The food that had been so perfectly prepared was wolfed down and enjoyed, Sue Ellen and Pam having to stop the young boys from over indulging, which they often tried to do. Conversation flowed freely, but Sue Ellen noticed JR had been pouting between talking to Bobby and had barely spoken to her throughout the meal. She sensed something was wrong but put it down to him being slightly perturbed by her tardiness with Nicholas. Everything had been going so well with them that she didn't feel it was anything more. She could read 'her two boys' like a book and when they were upset about anything, their expressions were identical.
Thanking Miss Ellie for organising such a lovely evening, Sue Ellen and Pam helped Teresa clear the plates and sporadic mess their sons had caused. JR and Bobby finished off a couple of beers at the poolside, while Miss Ellie and Clayton moved inside as the sun threatened to fade.
"OK boys!" Pam instructed, "Inside, wash up, bedtime soon!"
They groaned in unison. John Ross decided it would be highly amusing to let out a very large belch which Christopher copied, besting him at his own game much to John Ross' chagrin.
"John Ross Ewing the Third, stop that!" Sue Ellen scolded.
"You too Christopher! It's disgusting!" Pam warned. JR and Bobby laughed, leaving no illusion as to where the boys had learned it. The two men looked away from their wives as they stared at them in mock accusation.
Sue Ellen noticed JR say something quietly to Bobby and he nodded, following Pam and the boys inside. Sue Ellen was just about to leave when JR called to her.
"Sue Ellen?" he said softly. "I need to talk to you...."
Sue Ellen called to John Ross to take the remainder of the plates inside, then pulled the patio door behind her son and walked over to where JR stood by the pool.
"What is wrong with you?" she asked in concern. "You haven't said a word to me all evening...is it because I was late?"
"No..no...." JR said stroking her bare forearm and taking her hand. He led her to sit down, removing his own shoes as she did hers. The air was still warm and seeing that JR paddled his feet, Sue Ellen took it as her cue to do the same. She had grown slightly tense in the past few moments, wondering what he needed to discuss with her.
He didn't let go of her hand as he spoke. "I have to tell you something.." JR started. "And it's not easy for me..."
Sue Ellen didn't speak, dreading what he was going to say, her heart starting to beat rapidly as she feared the confession of yet another affair.
JR went on. "As you know, after the Calhoun affair, I have pretty much lost Ewing Oil.."
Sue Ellen looked at him, his eyes not meeting hers, him gazing across the acres of land the Ranch held, obviously finding it hard to look at her.
"..and, in order to gain any sort of standing in the oil business again, I will need to acquire another large company, or a sizeable amount of stock from another large company..."
"Like WestStar", Sue Ellen said, matter of factly. Again JR was surprised by how much Sue Ellen already knew about him and the fact that she showed him she understood was already making the conversation a little easier.
"Yes", JR said nodding.
"WestStar is Ewing Oil's biggest competitor. There isn't any other company who can give me back that standing. They just don't exist. But the company's owner won't sell to me. It will just never happen unless..."
"Unless what?" Sue Ellen asked growing more concerned by the moment. She tried to hide the irritation in her voice but couldn't disguise it.
JR could read Sue Ellen nearly as well as she could read him and squeezed her hand before saying, "...unless I marry his daughter."
In the few seconds it took him to complete the sentence, Sue Ellen could feel everything she'd spent the last few months wishing and working for, slipping out of her fingers. She let go of JR's hands and stood up, the rush to do so creating a splashing effect in the water beneath her. If JR had been able to reach her, it was likely his strength would have pulled her into the water, so instead he pulled himself to his feet and grabbed her arm, stopping her from going inside the house.
Sue Ellen spun around, the anger and fear in her eyes so evident for him to see. "Well I guess I don't have much of a choice then, since your mind is obviously already made up!" she said, her voice raising to a near shout. "You know...this time, I really thought we had a chance!", she went on, "I really believed you meant it when you told me you loved me and that I was the woman you wanted to be with!"
Seizing her arm back, it coiled like a spring against her body as she fought back the tears. "I have put up with some bullshit JR, but this....! I should have known that in the end, the mistress I would lose to would be Ewing Oil!"
Upon speaking the last few words, JR realised that her anger was heightened and when Sue Ellen was angry, she could be ferocious. As she stepped towards him again, there were no more than 10 steps between him and the pool. He took hold of both her arms again as she advanced towards him, determined to dispose of her anger in the most painful way possible at that moment.
Managing to stop her in her tracks JR said, "Are you finished?"
Sue Ellen tried to wriggle free of his grasp, but he didn't let go. Looking into her eyes intently he said, "I turned him down".
Sue Ellen looked to him and then around him as if wondering what had just happened before saying, "What?"
"I said no. I turned him down".
Feeling her relax into his touch, JR gently released her.
"You did?" she questioned, slowly starting to blush in embarrassment.
"Do you really think I would leave you?"
Sue Ellen didn't know what to say. The truth was, she still wasn't completely comfortable in trusting JR after their reconciliation. They had been apart for so long in the lead up to it. JR knew she was still feeling quite vulnerable, but really had done his best to that point to reassure her of his desire to be with her.
When she didn't speak, JR turned his back on her and looked again in the direction of the land. Sue Ellen knew that the ball was now in her court as she heard JR sigh. She walked up behind him and put her arms around his waist, leaning into him and kissing his back. Her lipstick left a faint mark on his light blue shirt.
"You're pouting..." she said softly.
"You can't see my face..." he said quietly back to her.
"I can hear it", she whispered.
After a few moments, JR turned around, still within her arms and said, "Can we finish talking now?"
Sue Ellen nodded, somewhat pacified by his admission. Their damp feet left imprints in the ground as they walked to sit at one of the poolside tables.
"I'm sorry I didn't let you finish..." Sue Ellen said.
"What I was trying to say was.....well....I just don't know what to do, Sue Ellen. Styles....that's the owner of WestStar....gave me one option. And it's not an option". JR picked at the potted flowers on the table, knowing his mother would kill him, but too uptight and worried to do anything else.
"Well you do have other options..." Sue Ellen said.
"Yeah well I can't see any of 'em now..!" JR said, laughing although he didn't find anything remotely funny about the situation.
When Sue Ellen didn't speak, it forced him to look at her and when he did, he was amazed by what he saw. The woman truly was a chameleon. Far from being angry or upset, she was now looking at him with a knowing glance, waiting for him to catch the hint in her gaze.
He seemed to but didn't say anything.
"I can help you", Sue Ellen said, as if she'd just given him the key to Pandora's Box.
"How?" JR asked.
"JR, I love you but you can be incredibly stupid sometimes. Have I not set up my own business? Did I not do it UNDER your nose? Am I not just as capable as anyone else you know? Who better to help you than me? Your wife?"
"You would do that for me?"
"Well you'd have to guide me on some aspects, but yes...of course I would"
"It would mean buying a massive amount of stock. I mean I can fund that to you..."
"I have my own money..."
"It's a fortune, Sue Ellen..."
"We'll negotiate", she said with a wink.
For the first time that evening, she saw the smile she loved. "They won't sell to you with a name like Ewing, that's for damn sure..." JR said.
"You thought they sold Valentines to someone called Sims and Saxet...."
JR laughed, knowing by now it was an anagram of Miss Texas.
"OK....alright....you win!" he said. "But are you sure?"
"I'm only sure I want to buy it to help you. Then I don't want anything to do with it. Oil is your business, not mine".
"Thank you Darlin'"....JR said, with genuine affection in his voice.
Sue Ellen took his hand. "But I do have a condition..."
"Name it" JR said without hesitation.
"Can I have my husband back, once this is done?"
JR looked embarrassed. "I know I've been a bit distant. I'm just distracted. But I promise you...it's just because of the mess I created...nothing else..."
"Thank you for telling me the truth..." Sue Ellen said. "It really means a lot".
"And you are still the most desirable, wonderful woman in my life...always will be..." he said, kissing her hand.
"Shake on our deal?" she said, outstretching her other hand to him.
JR laughed again. Never did he imagine he'd ever be working with Sue Ellen in this way. It both delighted and excited him. This new woman, sitting before him. His best friend, his lover, his ally. She'd been there all along and he couldn't even see past his own ego to appreciate that fact. Until now.
He smiled at the gesture and shook her hand. "It's a deal. And you know in Texas..."
"A handshake is as good as the law...yes yes, I do listen you know", she said.
"You sure do..." he said, looking at her with admiration. Not letting go of her hand, JR stood up, walked to where she was sitting and pulled her to her feet. "I'm not very good with words...as you know...." he said, almost shyly. "But I'm sorry if I've underestimated you....all this time...you were right there...."
"Always have been...." she whispered.
"How I was raised....my Daddy...women weren't....."
"I know", she said, dropping a soft kiss on his bottom lip.
"But I want you as my equal Sue Ellen. I really do."
Sue Ellen stood on her tip toes and kissed him again, this time he deepened it, only pulling away to say, "I love you. I hope you know that".
"I do. I'm sorry if I overreacted".
JR looked down at her, his smile turning from sad to the slightly evil but beautiful grin she loved so much. "That's ok, you can make it up to me upstairs", he said winking.
"Mmmmm..." Sue Ellen said with a contented sigh as she kissed him again. "JR? Promise me something...if you can...if anything like this comes up again, please....just talk to me....I'd rather know."
"I promise Darlin'. I sure am lookin' forward to working with you on this..."
"Given the chance...we can really be something. A power couple..."
JR grinned, "Oh Mrs Ewing....I like the way you think....!" JR said, leading her inside the house and to their bed.
This was sweet
Thanks so much for reading @Justine
That was really great!
If only, if only. Really nice twist on the original plot
If only....I know.
Another great one shot Sarah. You do have a way of writing them.
I wish that would have happened instead of what we got on the show. Also I love that Pam was still there too. As it should have been.
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