In Chapter 6, Victor’s daughter made a serious mistake that their relationship may not be able to recover from.
If you’re not sure what you’ve stumbled upon here, we may refer you to chapter 1 of the love story, which The Young and the Restless doesn’t tell for Victoria; we are there when you catch up. In the meantime, regular readers will recall the last time Victoria suggested that Beau Rusty (represented above by Michael Park, formerly Jack on As the World Turns) become an executive trainee at Newman. It didn’t go well.
The morning after the couple’s low-key argument, Victoria notices how late Rusty has come from his night with the boys. “Yes, well,” he replies, “sometimes you have more steam to blow off than in others.”
She wants to speak right away to explain (again) why she thinks it would be such a good idea for him to get into the corporate world. Far from wanting to talk, he hastily retires, saying that he and the boys have an early phone call and a long day ahead of them.
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Over lunch with mother Nikki, Victoria asks if she was crazy to believe that if she brought Rusty into the family business, their relationship wouldn’t go any smoother. In response, Nikki asks what Victoria has in mind, what her father wants for her. She can’t help but roll her eyes. “A more manageable Adam?” She asks.
“Seriously,” says Nikki.
“Happiness and success,” suggests Victoria. “Not necessarily in that order.”
“And does Rusty make you happy?” Asks Nikki.
“OK,” says Victoria, “I understand where you’re going with it.”
Nikki had to learn the hard way to let Victor be Victor. Perhaps Victoria doesn’t have to learn through so much trial and error that she has to do the same thing to Rusty – and he doesn’t have to do that to her either. He loves Victoria for who and what she is, notes Nikki. And vice versa. Why would someone knock this apple cart over?
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“And not for free,” adds Nikki, “but what sane person would bring someone who doesn’t need to be part of Newman Enterprises to Newman Enterprises? It’s something you do to someone you don’t like, honey, not someone you’re crazy about. “
After fully realizing her mistake, Victoria returns to her place that evening, determined to apologize to Rusty and get things right. It just seems like he read the writing on the wall during the day.
“You don’t really want me,” he tells her. “You want the idea from me, you like that. But I? Actually me? Not as much.
“And that’s fine,” he hastily adds. “I’m like comfortable jeans in a world of starched shirts. I get it. And I’m not blaming you. “
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Rusty goes on to say that he fell in love with Victoria from the moment he saw her with a clover behind her ear. And he never doubted for a second that she cared for him and was drawn to the idea of a man who was not part of her world. But in practical reality? No, they just didn’t calculate.
“Are you breaking up with me?” She asks.
“You’re breaking up with me,” he says. “It’s just easier when I do the heavy lifting.”
“Easier for whom?” Victoria is crying. It may go under, but it certainly won’t be without a fight. Unfortunately, Rusty is unwilling to pay.
“We’re not finished yet,” he says. “Klee never really existed. We never really started.
“But,” he continues, “we remember what could have been in another world. I know I will. “
With that, Rusty goes to go. Victoria yells to have her say, right? It still exists, damn it! He had his voice, shouldn’t it have hers?!? But he’s gone.
What do you think, reader? Is this the end of Victoria and Rusty or just a bump? On your way to the comments, make a stop at the photo gallery below, which showcases highlights from Victoria’s life and times.