University student David Rampal thought his mother, Marissa Rampal’s,
insistence that he transfer to Pine Valley University was for his own
betterment. In fact, she had another plan in mind. Pine Valley was now
the home of the father he never knew, Jeremy Hunter. Jeremy wanted desperately
to be part of David’s life, but he was not ready to open up to his
father. Secretly, he hoped that his mother and father would reunite despite
the fact that he was now married to another woman, Natalie Hunter.
David accompanied his mother to the Cortlandt Manor as she plotted with
Palmer Cortlandt to breakup Natalie and Jeremy. At the stables, David
met Lanie Cortlandt. They had a lot in common. Both had grown up in Europe,
and had a taste for classical music. Soon, they were happily dating.
One day, David returned home only to see Natalie and Marissa in altercation
at the top of the stairs. Marissa loss her balance and tumbled to the
floor. When David went to help his mother, he realized she was dead. The
incident traumatized David so much, causing him to sink into a deep depression.
Not even Lanie or Jeremy could reach out to him.
David was the student representative for Pine Valley University’s
fundraising board. There, he met the much older Ceara Connor. Their long
hours working together led to a romantic relationship. Jeremy did not
trust Ceara. He thought she only wanted David for his money. But, David
refused to listen to Jeremy’s warning. Jeremy took matters into
his own hands and began seducing Ceara himself.
1991: David and Lanie rekindled their old flame. They
married before leaving together for France.