Disclaimer: Homefront doesn’t belong to me it belongs to Warner Brothers and I make no profit from this story.
Homefront: The Secret comes out
Time Frame: 1948, Al and Anne have moved back to town by then and Al got his job back.
Written by Nancy C
One morning at the Metcalf’s, Jeff and Ginger are eating breakfast while Linda finishes hers.
“Thanks for letting me borrow your car.”
“You’re welcome.” Jeff says to his sister. “Just remember to put gas in it before bringing it home and don’t wreck it.”
Ginger looks at him and shakes his head.
“Jeff what you should be saying is don’t worry if you accidentally wreck my car just don’t wreck you.” Ginger says. “She’s your sister.”
Linda smiles. “It’s ok Ginger I’m used to him.” She quips and finishes getting ready.
Anne walks in with baby Michael. “You’re leaving already honey?”
“Yeah, I have to drive to New York City today to interview that lady.” Linda says.
Anne goes over to her stash coffee can, takes out some money, and hands it to her daughter. “If you get tired do not drive back home tonight, get a hotel room, and wait till morning.”
“Mother I’ll be ok.”
“Linda take the money.” Anne insists. “If you don’t stay the night then see a show while you’re there.”
Linda takes the money, kisses the baby, kisses her mom, and then heads out.
“Um, can Al give me a ride to the stadium and Ginger a ride to the station?” Jeff asks. “Linda took my car.”
Al walks in and kisses his wife and baby. “Sure I’ll give you a ride, do you have gas money?”
Ginger laughs at this remembering what Jeff had told Linda.
“Al.” Anne chides.
“Don’t worry Mrs. K, Jeff had that one coming.” Ginger says and tells her what Jeff had told Linda about his own car.
“Yes I have gas money.” Jeff tells Al and glares at his wife.
She just smiles at him, kisses him, and goes to get ready for work. Jeff goes to get ready also.
Anne, Al, and Michael eat the breakfast that Ginger made for them.
Later that day in NYC at the house of the lady that Linda is interviewing for the article she’s writing for the newspaper. They’re long finished with the interview and the lady is making small talk with her when she finally starts to go on and on about her life. Finally she gets around to talking about the love of her life.
“Steven was a very charming man and always made me feel like I was the only woman in his life. I never even knew his last name but that didn’t matter. He stopped coming by years ago and a few years after that I found out that he had died in an accident.”
“I’m sorry that happened, that you two didn’t get to spend the rest of your lives together.” Linda says.
“Thank you dear but I do cherish the time we did have together. Would you like to see a picture of him?”
“Sure.” Linda says being polite.
The lady searches through a drawer and finally finds the picture she had been looking for and shows it to Linda. “Isn’t he so handsome.”
~What the…~ Linda ponders as she stares in complete shock at the picture of her late father. “What year did you two meet?” She asks finally finding her voice.
“It was 1930.” She answers. “He lived out of state but anytime his work brought him here he’d spend all of his free time with me.”
“Doing what?” Linda demands.
“My dear that’s much to personal.” The lady says.
Linda sighs not knowing what else to say until. “Did he ever speak of his life when he wasn’t here in the city?”
“I know he was married and had three children but that wasn’t enough for him. It would be for most men. Don’t get me wrong he loved his babies very much and until the last few years of his marriage he loved his wife very much, but she started to become aware that he was seeing someone else on his so called business trips. She just didn’t know it was me. She did know about his gambling addiction, as did I. I tried to break him out of it but couldn’t. I don’t know if she was ever able to do that or not.”
Linda takes this all in and packs up her stuff. “Thanks for the interview but I have to go.”
The woman glances at her and notices the tears that are welling in the young girl’s eyes. “Dear I didn’t mean to upset you, but please don’t let it. It happened to me not you.”
Linda holds her gaze for a moment or two and finally speaks again. “His last name was Metcalf, he was my father.” She says and makes a very fast exit.
The older woman sighs and closes her eyes. Seconds later she opens them again. “My God, what have I done?”
Linda heads back for River Run but doesn’t go home she goes to see her father’s best friend instead. Once he opens the door she storms in and starts pacing.
“Ok sweetheart what’s wrong?” Bob Smith asks.
“What was my father really like?” She demands.
“Honey, your mom told you all about him, and you saw yourself what he was like.” He answers.
“Not according to Sylvia Allen.” Linda says as some tears escape her eyes.
He sighs. “How did you find out about her?”
“I did an interview with her for the newspaper and she got to talking about it not knowing who I was. Did my father have an affair with her?”
“Was she the only one?”
“Honey no good can come of this.”
“Was she the only one?” Linda repeats the question.
“No there were many others.”
She sighs not wanting to believe what he’s telling her but she can’t stop asking the questions. “Was he a gambler?”
“Yes he was, he almost wound up losing your house but your mom was able to save it. She never wanted you to find out what your father was really like. She didn’t want you and your brothers hurt by this.”
Linda doesn’t say anything else she walks out and drives away.
He sighs, picks up the telephone, and calls Anne.
“Metcalf-Kahn residence.” She answers.
“Anne you have a problem.” Bob says. “Linda knows.”
Her face clouds over with worry knowing full well what he’s talking about. “How? Who told her?”
“Sylvia Allen.” He says and brings her up to speed. “I told her the rest, it would have done no good to lie to her. She wouldn’t have accepted anything less than the truth.”
“Where is she now?” Anne asks frantically.
“I don’t know.” He answers.
They talk a bit longer and then she hangs up the phone. A little while later Al comes home.
“Mommy sad.” Michael tells him.
“Don’t worry buddy I’ll remedy that.” Al kisses him and sits with his wife. “What’s wrong mother?”
She tells him what happened. “And now she’s out there somewhere alone with this. When I should be with her.” Anne continues to worry.
“She’ll come home.”
“What if she doesn’t? What if she can’t handle this and does something drastic.” She says as her eyes well with tears.
“Anne, she’s very strong and independent she would never do anything to hurt herself.” Al tries to assure her.
“She’s never had the image of her father shattered before.” Anne counters. “There’s only so much one person can take.”
“What’s going on here?” Jeff asks from behind them.
They turn around and see Jeff and Ginger there. Anne sighs heavily.
“Come in and sit down both of you, this is going to be long and it won’t be easy to take. Ginger he’s going to need you. Hank and Linda already know.”
They sit down reluctantly and Anne tells them everything as gently as she can.
“Mom you were only protecting us, Dad’s the one that was wrong.” Jeff finally says. “I’ll always love him but he was so wrong. I’m sorry you had to go through that.”
“So am I.” Linda says from behind them.
Anne quickly rises and goes over to her. “Are you ok?”
Linda shakes her head while her tears continue to fall. “I still can’t even comprehend it. I know it’s true but it doesn’t feel like it.”
Anne hugs her tightly. “I’m so sorry honey, especially for the way you found out. You should have heard it from me.”
Linda hugs her back. “Mom you were only protecting us.”
“Yeah a lot of good my protection did, you wound up getting hurt anyway.”
“Mom is that why he missed all those plays I was in when he was still alive because he was gambling or out with another woman?” Linda asks.
“Yes, but honey this much is completely true, he loved his children more than anything in the world.”
“Then why did he hurt our mother so much.” Linda counters.
“Honey that was years ago, and since then I’ve found a man who truly loves me.” She says and smiles. “Don’t worry about me, I’m a lot more concerned about you and Jeff right now.”
“I’m ok.” Jeff acts brave.
Ginger glances at him for a moment or so. “I thought you were raised not to lie.”
He sighs and stops trying to hold in the fact that he’s been hurt by the secret coming out. “He was my whole world at one point. I thought he was the greatest man in the world and now to find out he wasn’t so great.”
“That he’s human like everyone else.” Linda says and sits by him. “Jeff he made some horrible mistakes and if he had lived who knows maybe at one point he would have tried to change his ways and be a good husband to mom.”
“Or he could’ve kept messing around and once we became old enough to figure things out he might not have straightened up for us. What if Hank and I become just like him?”
“That won’t happen.” Linda insists. “You and Hank are nothing like that. You both have Dad’s charm but that’s it, the rest you got from mom.”
Jeff ponders her words and thankfully starts believing them. He then glances at her. “I’m sorry you found out the way you did.”
“It could’ve been worse. The lady I met today might have been ruthless and heartless but she wasn’t.” She then realizes how she left things with Sylvia. “Oh no.” She groans.
“What?” Ginger asks.
“I just dropped it on that lady that the man she had seen years ago was my father and then walked out and left her like that.” Linda says in a guilty tone.
“Honey I’m sure she understood.” Anne says. “You didn’t do anything wrong.”
“Mom’s right, the fact that you didn’t run out of there screaming or punch her lights out means that you handled it very well.” Jeff tells her.
They finally convince her of this.
“Mommy, hungry.” Michael starts whining.
“We’ll eat soon baby.” Anne says and gets started on dinner.
He goes back to playing with some toys he has in the kitchen.
Two days later Linda turns in her article on Sylvia Allen only to find her there waiting in her boss’ office. Linda freezes in her tracks when she sees her there and it takes her awhile to find her voice again. “Hello.”
“Hello dear, are you all right?” Sylvia asks.
Phil leaves the office giving the women their privacy.
Linda sighs and sits down. “I am now, but that was one hell of a shock. I’m sorry I left you like that. It couldn’t have been easy to hear.”
“You have nothing to be sorry for. Steven and I were the ones that were wrong years ago for having the affair.”
“Can we please not discuss this any further. I’m trying, my family is trying to put this behind us.”
She nods. “I just came by to make sure that you’re all right anyway.” She says and on the way out. “No matter what your father did please remember that he loved you very much.”
Linda nods and then Sylvia returns to NYC.