of the Manor: Spotlight on Edmund Grey
by Leigh Russell
Dashing, handsome, proud, yet kind, and best of all, he's rich, and he
lives in a castle. Edmund Grey is definitely the stuff that dreams are made of.
But the life he lives now wasn't always a charmed one.
The product of an affair, Edmund lived his early childhood in obscurity
and abuse, and constantly in the shadow of older brother, Dimitri.
Edmund was denied his birthright for most of his life, but earned his
castle, Wildwind, when his father died, wracked with guilt.
But would he take what was rightfully his, and turn into the man that
abused him? Never.
Edmund opened his home and his heart to Dimitri, but not without a
lifetime of struggles. Edmund and Brooke English run Tempo Magazine, and it keeps
them both busy, but it wasn't until Edmund met Doctor Maria Santos that his
heart truly became full. Their
romance was one of epic proportions, of soap opera legend.
When they were married in a lavish ceremony, there wasn't a dry eye in
the house. Edmund couldn't have
been happier with Maria and their marriage, until they decided to have children,
and ran into their first road block--adoption.
Kelsey, Ruth and Joe Martin's wildchild granddaughter, was pregnant, but
not ready to be a mother. She opted
to give her son, Sam, up for adoption, to a grateful Maria and Edmund, who loved
the boy as though he were their own. But as usual, happiness was not to be had
for long. Kelsey was a manipulator,
and saw that Edmund's heart was with his child. She developed a crush on him,
and used her connection with the baby to insinuate herself on Edmund and Maria's
life together. When her schemes
didn't work, she cruelly ripped the child from Edmund and Maria. Maria planned to leave the country with the baby, and in some
of the most emotional scenes ever witnessed on daytime television, Edmund went
to the airport, and though Maria tearfully begged him to go with her, he took
the baby from her arms, and did what the law had said, giving the child back to
The action Edmund took ruined his marriage with Maria, and in a fit of
anger and passion, Dimitri and Maria made love.
Feeling guilty, both Dimitri and Maria vowed to never speak of the event
again, and Edmund and Maria finally reconciled.
Soon after, Edmund and Maria had lots of good news to celebrate.
Kelsey came to her senses, gave the boy back, and they legally adopted
Sam when she left town. They then
had even more happy news, Maria was FINALLY pregnant. But who was the father, Dimitri or Edmund?
Dimitri backed off, feeling he had done enough damage to his brother's
life. Plus, his own relationship
with Erica Kane was a bit rocky. Maria
gave birth to a daughter
in a cabin during a storm with Erica in attendance. Erica, however,
had recently suffered a miscarriage of her own, so after an accident, baby
Madeline found her way into Erica's care. She
kept the truth from everyone, and started to raise the baby as her own daughter.
After weeks of silence, however, the truth did come out, and Erica
returned the baby.
Soon, a tragic turn of events would change Edmund's life forever, and
send him into a downward spiral, the likes of which he would never recover from.
Edmund, Maria and Brooke all took a flight to New York, and Maria and
Brooke switched seats for a while, so Edmund and Brooke could get some work done
for Tempo magazine. The plane
suffered engine trouble, and crashed. Many
passengers died, but Maria managed to survive. She was pinned in a dangerous
area of the plane, however, that was about to fall off into the ocean.
Depsite their desperate efforts, the plane did fall, taking Maria's body
with it. Brooke felt tremendous guilt, Edmund was devastated, and sank
into a deep depression. Dimitri,
meanwhile, had started a relationship with Gloria, on the rebound from Tad, and
desperately wanting a child. Perhaps
in effort to save his relationship with her, and perhaps because he wanted to
have a second chance at fatherhood, Dimitri stepped up to make a claim on
Madeline, whom he believed to be his daughter.
Dimitri took custody of Madeline while Edmund was trying to deal with
Maria's death, and see if there had been foul play involved in the crash.
Eventually Edmund returned home, and instituted a Crystal Ball each New
Year's in honor of Maria. It was at the first annual Crystal Ball that the truth
came out to Gloria about Dimitri's manipulations.
Gloria left Dimitri and Edmund was reunited with his two children. A
blood test proved that Edmund was the biological father, but his problems did
not stop there. Edmund managed to
go on without his one true love, because of his children, but his own life
remained stagnant, until he met Kit, a rape victim who needed a hero. Edmund was
all too willing to step up to the plate. The
only catch was, the man who Kit accused of raping her was none other than the
man living in Edmund's home, Ryan Lavery. Edmund
championed Kit's cause, and it cost him many relationships, and friendships.
He struggled to love again, but the budding romance he shared with her
ultimately fizzled when the real rapist was discovered.
Kit left town, and Edmund moved on, content that he would never love
Just when Edmund thought he was finished losing the people he loved, his
brother Dimitri, left town suddenly. After
months gone, Dimitri returned to Pine Valley, but not the way that was
expected--he was on a gurney, headed straight for the hospital, with a brand new
wife in tow. Because of Dimitri's illness, Edmund wanted to take care of
his brother, but Alexandra wouldn't have it.
Amongst many secrets and lies, Dimitri was thought dead.
Dimitri had begged Edmund to take care of Alex for him, and Edmund
promised that he would, but Alex and Edmund's relationship was tolerant, at
best. One night, however, Edmund
witnessed how strong Alex's love for Dimitri had been, so he warmed his heart to
her, and accepted her into the family. Not
long after this, some questions about Alex's past began to come up.
Edmund helped her discover the truth about herself, and fell in love with
her in the process, asking for her hand in marriage.
But then Dimitri returned to their lives, not dead after all.
Alex went right back to Dimitri, leaving Edmund all alone, and feeling as
though his brother had won again.
This time, Edmund would not take the news lightly.
His rage is smoldering beneath a barely contained surface, as he
struggles to come to terms with his feelings for Alex, and the notion that she
chose Dimitri over him, in a matter of moments.
Edmund grew up around abuse, it is a learned behavior for him.
Yet, all his life, he's managed to turn that around, and be a better man,
because of it. His reaction to
Dimitri's return, however, when he flew into a rage, shows that Edmund's not as
in control of himself as he thought, for all these years.
Can he control it, or will it finally get the better of him, as loving
and losing all over again, is just too much?
That remains to be seen, but it is obvious that Edmund is a creature of
passion, his heart controls him, he is a writer, and a lover of words.
He is a father, and a brother, and a protector.
It is easy to say he will get over losing Alex, and it's likely that he
will, but one thing is for sure, Edmund Grey will never be the same.
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