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Ian Nichols has dragged himself through the cold grass for so long that he can’t feel his bare feet or ankles. Throughout his painfully slow journey his breath has fled him in clouds of vapor accompanied by groans of effort, but suddenly it catches in surprise. The sun has finally begun to paint the early morning sky a faint purple-pink, turning spindly shadows into trees and making the distant landscape more visible. And only now does Ian recognize the surroundings. If he looks through the skeletons of the leafless woods, he can see the tops of the evergreens that border the High Meadow estate.
He stops and sways in place, his left hand white-knuckled as it clutches a barren poplar’s thin trunk to support himself, and stares at the familiar sight. Ian can hardly believe it. His captors didn’t drop him off nearly as far away from his home as he thought. A flash of gratitude rushes through him and just as quickly dies. What is he thinking? Christ, what did they do to his brain?
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December 30, 2013
Ep. 6.06, "Via Dolorosa, Part II" has been posted. A battered Ian struggles home in fear of what he'll find there. Cameron discovers the extent of his son's injuries and vows revenge. Each in their own way, the women of the Nichols family try to relieve Ian's suffering--but only one manages to get him out of his sick bed. A stranger at a funeral reveals the terrifying possibility of an unheard-of enemy. Daphne learns of a sacrifice that puts her own feelings in perspective, while the reason for Ian's gift is revealed.
December 10, 2013
Ep. 6.05, "Via Dolorosa, Part I" has been posted. Return to the terrifying moments when Ian Nichols was caught by Tag Vaughan's men and forced to watch Daphne's shooting. As Ian's fate now takes an entirely different and grim direction from the other wedding guests, his father Cameron searches for his family and faces questions he's never been asked before. Can this powerful criminal accept having no control over those he loves? Can his son survive a battle of vicious mental and physical torment?
December 2, 2013: Ep. #6.04, "The Price of Gratitude, Part 2" has been posted. As the miniseries continues, focus remains on Daphne--who must juggle her father's growing impatience and determination to see his baby, her continuing attempts to get in touch with mysteriously absent Ian, and Tyler's condition taking a sudden shocking turn. Hints of other goings-on around town are revealed when Daphne spies a member of her family where she least expects it, and discovers another family dealing with the fallout from the church massacre.
Ep. #6.03, "The Price of Gratitude, Part 1" has been posted, continuing the "Six Weeks" miniseries. The POV shifts briefly to Tyler back on the day of the wedding, where his painful shock after his stabbing is worsened when he sees Daphne brutally shot and realizes his brother is inside the church targeted by untold rounds of gunfire. Doug and Charles find themselves, for once, communicating as they struggle with their fears over their children's fates.
Ep. #6.02, "Whom the Gods Love, Part 2" (Hannah) has been posted, continuing the "Six Weeks" miniseries as well as Hannah's painful journey during the first six weeks after the church massacre. She seeks strength from herself, her loved ones and her faith, despite her agony over the tragedy and her vigil waiting for more news about the remaining injured members of her family. Meanwhile, Hannah also gets an unwanted visit that instills dread for her future, Danielle offers sinister advice that Hannah tries to ignore, Ryan's help makes Hannah defensive, and an agonizing decision could rip the Nichols family apart forever.
Ep. #6.01, Season Premiere / Mini-Series: "Six Weeks - "Whom the Gods Love" (Hannah, Part 1) has been posted. In this, the start of ASF's first-ever mini-series and a new experimental style posted on our 16th Anniversary:
In the weeks after the devastating attack at Laurie and Victor's wedding, Hannah must gather all her strength to cope with the chaotic aftermath that puts her at odds with many of the other survivors.
Daphne has one shot at proving herself able to handle a romance with Ian--but will Tyler protect her from this dangerous liaison, only to get hurt himself?... Tristan impresses Cameron by coming up with a plan to recapture the things he most desires... Simon discovers a new angle to keep Becca from winning her bet... Shaken by the ominous wedding gift, Jonnie begs Laurie to change her mind, little realizing the true reason she decided against running away with him... Becca overhears some startling information about Daphne that Danielle might find very interesting... Laurie confronts Adele about the threatening floral arrangement, but Adele's theories send her reeling... Dean's suspicions worry Hannah... Mike makes the same plea to Victor, hoping to scare him straight... Becca's scheme to embarrass Jason backfires... Martina makes a staggering discovery about her night with Alex... When Chelsea awakens from one nightmare only to find another, she lashes out at an innocent and plans to spill her secret... Doug and Elaine's closeness triggers Bitsy's worst memories and most destructive tendencies, and when her violent frenzy threatens to turn fatal, a shocking, long-hidden personality emerges hoping to save her victim ...And an enemy returns to wreak havoc on a despised wedding guest, putting everyone's lives at risk.
Ep. #5.27, "Throwing the Bouquet" (Part 1) has been posted. In this two-part episode:
The wedding album fills with snapshots of the invited guests preparing to attend Victor and Laurie's nuptials--even those who don't want to be there, including Jonnie and the Fiores. Daphne's thrilled to make her move on Ian, but realizes the cost might be breaking Tyler's heart... Jason is anxious about how Becca will behave, if she'll even notice him, as well as being worried about his sister's hearing... Nick wonders if he's found a new Skyfalls cop to "influence" now that Sheppard is dead... Julie tries to calm her family... and Frank tries to explain to a furious Mike what happened last night. Meanwhile elsewhere around town, Clark is shocked to learn Ross came so close to death last night, while Ross faces his conflicted morals over the many lies he's telling everyone and himself... Beth's birthday is spent in her first prenatal sonogram where she must decide how much to see, and how much to tell when she gets some strange news from her doctor... Doug gives Elaine a Valentine's Day gift she wasn't expecting, but the reaction is truly shocking... Laurie makes a decision about how to deal with Adele's gift of her mother's earrings, but later she and Jonnie--each very awkward around the other--discover a new threat that casts a dark cloud over the wedding day.