Holly and Fletcher’s romance started when they did the horizontal horror on top of Holly’s desk at the Springfield Journal. Guiding Light viewers were shocked at this turn of events.
Holly thought she had caught her live in boyfriend, Roger Thorpe, with Alexandra Spaulding. Mentally tortured, Holly blew into the Journal on a late snowy night. Holly walked straight into her office and started throwing things. Fletcher heard the commotion and ran in. Holly demanded that he leave, but he refused. A heated argument ensued, which resulted in them getting into each other’s faces. Then, out of nowhere they passionately kissed. Next thing Guiding Light viewers knew, Holly and Fletcher cleared the desk and hopped on top of it.
Afterwards, Holly tried to pretend that nothing happened. Fletcher was desperate to air the subject out. Meanwhile, Roger was going crazy trying to get Holly to believe that he was faithful to her. Eventually, Roger got a taped confession from Alexandra stating that they didn’t do the nasty behind Holly’s back. Unfortunately for Roger it was too late. Yes, Holly took Roger back, but she was plagued with the memory of her and Fletcher making love. Therefore, she couldn’t get intimate with Roger without thinking about Fletcher. By then, Fletcher had the hots for Holly and wanted her for himself. Realizing that she couldn’t move forward with Roger while having unresolved feelings for Fletcher, she agreed to go out on a date with Fletcher.
Holly went on the date to prove to herself that her and Fletcher couldn’t make it together. Fletcher took the opportunity to whisk Holly away to a ski resort. To Holly’s surprise, she enjoyed skiing, eating, and talking with Fletch. Meanwhile, Roger was looking all over town for Holly. He found a lead that directed him to the ski lodge. Despite, Fletcher’s attempts to seduce Holly, she did not sleep with him again. Before Fletcher left to check them out at the front desk, he kissed Holly. She didn’t freak out, Holly calmly got ready to leave when there was a knock at the door. Thinking it was Fletcher she asked, “What did you forget?” When she opened the door a tired and haggard Roger Thorpe was standing there. Holly grabbed her things to leave with Roger as she scrambled for an excuse. Fletcher was furious when he came back to the room and found Holly gone. He fell into a real grouch funk. Fletcher thought Holly freaked out and ran because he kissed her. A few days later, Holly caught up with Fletcher on the beach in Springfield. Holly explained that Roger showed up and that’s why she had to leave. Fletcher was still angry because he thinks Holly should of told Roger to get lost. The argument ended with Fletcher admitting to Holly that he loved her.
Holly: Why are you acting this way? Why does it have to be like this?
Fletcher: I love you, d#mnit. I love you.
Holly: Don’t say that.
Fletcher: I already did. I don’t care how crazy –
Holly: I don’t want you to love me.
Fletcher: I don’t want it either, but that’s the story. I love you. Now, I’m going back to work because I have other stories to write.
By this time, Roger had already figured out there was another man in Holly’s life, but he couldn’t figure out who it was. Holly confessed that she had been with someone else, but it was over and she wanted to be with Roger. He forgave Holly, but could not let the matter die. Roger was bound and determined to figure out who made love to Holly. The truth came out at the 35th Annual Media Awards. Roger tried to set Holly up by writing a fake note addressed from “her lover” to meet him at his place. Roger’s plan was to follow Holly. However, Roger didn’t have to follow Holly because by that time Fletcher was fed up with hiding and keeping secrets. Fletcher dragged Roger out on the country club terrace and exposed all.
Fletcher: I’m going to put you out of your misery. It was me, Roger. I’m the man that you have been looking for. I made love to Holly.
Roger looked at Fletcher like he escaped from a mental hospital then laughed in his face. You know that saying, he who laughs last? As Fletcher continued to talk, Roger realized that he knew about things that only him, Holly, and her secret lover would know. After Fletcher finished purging his soul, he bid Roger farewell. Holly emerged from the shadows. She was listening the entire time. Holly was furious with Roger because she realized that he tried to set her up. She broke off her relationship with Roger because of his mistrust. Roger desperately tried to get Holly back while Holly tracked Fletcher down on a fishing trip. She tried to get Fletcher to take a chance on her. Fletcher rebuffed Holly.
A couple of weeks later at the 5th Street Ball, Fletcher realized that he couldn’t live without Holly. He proclaimed his love for Holly from the balcony of the Springfield Journal in front of the whole town. Holly rushed into Fletcher’s arms while a devastated Roger and Alexandra looked on.
Holly and Fletcher survived Roger and Alexandra’s attempts to break them up. They got married in a surprise ceremony at Ed Bauer’s house. A few months later Holly learned she was pregnant. The couple was shocked and elated until they learned that the unborn child had Down Syndrome. Holly thought about having an abortion, but decided against it. A few months later, Marguerite “Meg” Meredith Reade was born with a hole in her heart. Meg underwent emergency surgery and pulled through.
Fletcher and Holly Reade lived a happily married life until 1997. Holly’s resolve softened towards Roger out of concern for their daughter, Blake. Roger was engaged to Amanda Spaulding at the time, but he still had feelings for Holly. One day, Fletcher caught Roger and Holly in an embrace. This devastated Fletcher and he left town with Meg. Holly was beside herself because Fletcher left no clues as to where they went. Ross tried to help Holly locate Meg and Fletcher, but they failed.
Holly fell into a deep depression, turned to booze for comfort, and became Springfield’s Nursery Rhyme Stalker. Fletcher Reade heard that Holly was the Nursery Rhyme Stalker and rushed back to Springfield to help her. Fletcher convinced a judge that it was his actions that drove Holly off the deep end. In the end, Holly got three months in a rehabilitation center. During her time at the center, Fletcher visited her and also allowed her to see Meg. Holly hoped to reconcile with Fletcher, but she learned that he was in love with Meg’s teacher, Kate. Holly thanked Fletcher for his help and urged him to go back Kate. They shared a tearful goodbye and Fletcher and Meg left Springfield for good.
Fletcher and Holly’s romance came out of the blue on a snowy night during the Christmas season. Their love was unique and fun. Despite the sad ending, Guiding Light viewers enjoyed the ride.