Nikolas rushed into Alexis’s hospital
room, overjoyed that the doctor had just informed him she was conscious.
“Alexis!” Nikolas said. “I’m
so glad you woke up. I was getting very worried.”
“I’ll be okay,” Alexis
said. “Where’s Kristina?”
“She’s at Sonny’s,”
Nikolas said. “Ned has been out of town and…” Nikolas trailed off as all the color drained from Alexis’s
“How could you allow that? How could
you allow him near my child?” Alexis demanded.
“Alexis, he was the only person available
and willing to keep Kristina around the clock for an indefinite period of time,” Nikolas explained trying to calm his
aunt. “I don’t understand what the problem is. I realize you haven’t been close to him recently but you
were friends and he is very good with children. I mean, look at his relationships with his own children…” Nikolas
trailed off again as Alexis blanched at the reference to Sonny’s children. It didn’t take him long to understand.
“Oh Alexis, she’s Sonny’s daughter isn’t she? Why didn’t you say anything? Why did you let Ned
Alexis closed her eyes and tried to fight
back the tears. She couldn’t answer Nikolas’s questions and it didn’t matter now anyway. Sonny had Kristina
and he would never give her back. Alexis might as well have died because without her daughter there was nothing for her to
Nikolas stared down at his aunt in silence.
Seeing how pale and exhausted she was he felt bad for peppering her with questions but he did not understand how she could
keep a child from her father, especially when she herself had been deprived of a mother. Sonny wasn’t on Nikolas’s
Christmas card list but there was no denying how much he loved his children or how important family was to him.
That was how Sonny found them when he arrived
for his nightly vigil—Nikolas standing silently over a pale and scared Alexis. Sonny rushed in and grabbed Alexis’s
hand, momentarily forgetting that they were no longer the close friends they had been.
“I’m so happy that you’re
awake, Alexis,” Sonny said as Alexis pulled her hand away and wiped away tears.
Sonny glanced at Nikolas who had remained
silent and tense since Sonny had entered. At the look, Nikolas turned and abruptly exited the room. Sonny returned his attention
to Alexis, who looked far too pale and thin for his liking.
“I’m not sure what’s
going on with Nikolas but I know he is very glad you’re awake,” Sonny said.
“Could we not do this?” Alexis
said tiredly. At Sonny’s confused look, she continued, “Could we not pretend you care when you’ve stolen
Kristina from me?”
Sonny stood there in silence very confused.
“I don’t know what Nikolas told you but Kristina was staying with me so that he and Emily could stay in the hospital
with you,” Sonny said after several moments. “Ned was out of town and hasn’t returned calls. I didn’t
think you’d want Kristina in the viper’s den that is the Quartermaine mansion so I agreed she could stay with
me. Carly hasn’t been around and I had Viola stay with us so Kristina would at least have one familiar person who was
constant until you got better.”
“What did you tell Kristina?”
“That you were sick and the doctors
wanted to keep you here because you needed to sleep all the time to get better,” Sonny said. “She saw Nikolas
regularly and Elizabeth and Cameron spent a lot of time with her. She really likes them so I think it made her feel better.
She’s sleeping through the night now. She was having nightmares at first but she has calmed down.”
Sonny saw the tear roll down Alexis’s
cheek and his heart broke. He wasn’t sure how to fix things between them and he was terrified of making it worse but
he had to do something.
“Please talk to me, Alexis,”
Sonny said. “Tell me why you are crying.”
“I thought I asked that we not do
this,” Alexis said. “Actually, it would be best if you’d just leave. I don’t want to spend time with
the man who is taking my daughter away from me.”
Sonny stood there in confusion watching
her. He didn’t understand why she kept saying he wanted to take Kristina from her. Sonny had thought that Alexis knew
him better than almost anyone so she would know that he would never steal a child from its parents. After all, he had lost
his own mother too early in life and Mike certainly was never around when Sonny needed him. The only way Sonny would take
a child from its mother is if Sonny was the father and even then he wouldn’t keep the child all the time. His eyes widened
as that thought passed through his mind. It wasn’t possible, was it? Kristina was Ned’s. Alexis had told him so—a
few weeks after he went back to the wife who hated Alexis with every fiber of her being.
“Oh, God,” Sonny breathed.
“She’s my daughter, isn’t she?”
Alexis didn’t need to say anything.
Sonny could see the truth written on her face.
“Why didn’t you tell me?”
Sonny whispered sinking into the chair in a complete daze. “Why would you keep my daughter from knowing me?” Alexis
didn’t reply, couldn’t really she was crying too hard to speak so Sonny continued talking. “I came in here
every night and sat beside you telling you everything, the way I used to be able to when you were awake. I told you about
Kristina’s day and my feelings and how I never should have let you go. I realized when you were laying here that I loved
you. I know, it’s probably too late but I wanted you to know. It was why I ran. What was between us was too intense,
too powerful, too right for me to handle it. I was terrified so I went back to
Carly at the first excuse I could find because she was safe, I knew what to expect with her. She couldn’t hurt me, not
the way you would be capable of hurting me. I should have known when you said the baby was Ned’s. You never would have
slept with your sister’s boyfriend, no matter how much I hurt you. But I wanted to believe she was Ned’s because
then I could walk away guilt free and not have to look at what I couldn’t have everyday. I realize that makes me a selfish
bastard but how was I supposed to see you, to talk to you everyday when it would be like cutting out my own heart every time
I had to leave and go back to Carly.”
Alexis was staring at him in wonder, never
expecting him to say anything even remotely close to this. The only thing she had allowed herself to hope for was him to give
her custody of Kristina.
“I’m not asking you to forgive
me,” Sonny continued. “I couldn’t ask that, not after what I did but I was hoping maybe we could learn how
to be friends again. I would like to be part of my daughter’s life—if you’ll let me. You are her mother
and she needs you. I want you to know that no matter what you decide, I will support her and you in anyway that I can. I would
really like to try to be more than civil to each other though. Alexis, I miss my best friend.”
Alexis furiously wiped tears away but before
she could respond Steven came in to check on her. Seeing her tears, Steven immediately jumped to the conclusion that Sonny
had harmed her.
“I don’t know how things usually
work, Mr. Corinthos,” Steven said coldly. “But my patients are not to be harmed while they are recovering from
a major trauma. You need to leave.”
“Who the hell are you?” Alexis
“Steven Webber,” Steven said
his eyes never leaving Sonny. “I was brought in to consult on your case. Mr. Corinthos, you were asked to leave. If
you insist on staying, I will have you arrested.”
“I don’t know how things work
at whatever hospital you came from,” Alexis said echoing Steven’s words, “but in this hospital, the patient
gets to decide who stays in the room and I didn’t ask Sonny to leave.”
“Oh, not you too! What is with the
women in this town that they can’t see him for the criminal that he is?” Steven said.
“I know exactly what kind of criminal
he is,” Alexis said. “I used to be his lawyer.”
“Oh,” Steven said speechless.
“Are you by any chance related to
“Yes, although if you ask her, Corinthos
is more of a brother to her than I am,” Steven said. “Of course, her mind might be a little impaired—she
is living with Jason Morgan after all.”
“Apparently quite a lot has happened
since I’ve been in here,” Alexis commented. “The last time I checked, Elizabeth
was not speaking to you or Jason any more than I was.”
“It’s been an odd time,”
Sonny said. “Elizabeth came back from California
with her baby, Cameron Alexander Webber, the same day you were attacked. Emily called her the minute she was off the plane
and she came to Jason and me. Then she told us the reason she came back was that…”
Sonny trailed off realizing that Alexis
might not know about the rape and Elizabeth might want it that way.
“Um, someone from her past was in
jail but had just been let out,” Sonny said.
Alexis looked at him in horror and said,
“They let Tom Baker out of prison?”
“So you know?” Sonny asked.
“Yes, I know,” Alexis said.
“Nikolas told me a long time ago.”
“Okay, so anyway that is why she
came back,” Sonny said. “She told Jason and I and then moved into Jason’s penthouse to keep her son safe.
They’re in love you know.”
“I’ve always known,”
Alexis said. “Anyone could see that those two were destined to be together.”
“Destined? Didn’t realize you
were such a romantic,” Sonny teased.
“Yeah well my nephew is a prince
so why would I stick with reality,” Alexis said sarcastically.
Sonny threw his head back and laughed.
“I’ve missed this,” he said simply causing Alexis’s eyes to widen in surprise.
“I hate to interrupt this hallmark
moment,” Steven said sarcastically, “but I need to examine the patient.”
Sonny looked at Alexis who nodded. The
mobster shot Steven one glare before joining Nikolas in the hall.
“Did you know?” Sonny asked
“Not until she woke up,” Nikolas
“I still can’t believe it,”
“Are you going to sue for custody?”
“No,” Sonny said. “I
grew up mostly without a father and my mother died when I was young. I won’t take Kristina’s mother from her,
no matter how much it pains me to watch from the sidelines of her life.”
“Give Alexis time,” Nikolas
said. “She’ll come around.”
“You don’t know how badly I
hurt her,” Sonny said. “I asked her to trust me and when she did, I broke that trust. Alexis isn’t quick
to trust anyone so she’ll never let me that close again. And I can’t accept anything less from her than complete
trust because I know what it’s like to have it and won’t be able to settle.”
“You love her,” Nikolas said.
“Yes, I do,” Sonny said.
“Then fight for her,” Nikolas
said. “You don’t know how hard Emily tried to push me away to do the right thing by Xander. I simply refused to
go away. You need to do the same thing with Alexis. Don’t use your daughter but simply refuse to back out of Alexis’s
life just because it makes her uncomfortable.”
Sonny frowned and said, “I don’t
want to hurt her anymore and I’m afraid that being around her is all it takes for me to do so.”
“It only hurts because she loves
you,” Nikolas said. “She never looked at Ned the way she still looks at you, even after all the pain you caused
Sonny didn’t reply and Steven came
out of Alexis’s room and gave them an update. Everything looked fine but they wanted to keep her for a few more days
to be on the safe side. Head trauma could be peculiar and some of her bruises still looked like they could be masking more
serious injuries. Nikolas nodded and went back in to speak with his aunt.
“I’m glad you told him,”
Nikolas said. “I called Elizabeth while you two were talking. She and Jason
are bringing Kristina in now to see you. We thought it would be best so that she knew you were going to be okay.”
Alexis nodded and they continued to talk.
Nikolas was trying to see what she remembered about her attack and attacker. Steven had suggested getting her to talk to see
if the trauma to her head had caused any memory loss. Since she hadn’t mentioned the park or the attack upon waking
up, it was being assumed that she didn’t remember it which was not uncommon.
Alexis continued to converse with Nikolas
for a while about the Cassadine holdings and a variety of legal matters that had come up while she had been unconscious. She
asked about the Tom Baker situation and how Emily and Elizabeth were holding up. Nikolas filled her in on the security and
search efforts. Then Alexis heard Kristina get off the elevator and spot Sonny.
“Uncle Sonny!” Kristina cried
happily and ran to him, arms outstretched.
Alexis watched through the window of her
room as Sonny scooped up the little girl—his little girl—and held her close. Sonny closed his eyes as he held
his daughter in his arms, knowing that at any minute her mother could take her away from him.
“Hey, Princess,” Sonny said
carrying toward Alexis’s room. “Are you ready to see your momma?”
“Yes!” the little girl squealed.
“But I’m not a princess, Uncle Sonny.”
“Oh yes you are,” Sonny said,
walking into Alexis’s room with the child. “Hasn’t your momma or Nikolas explained it to you yet?”
“No,” Alexis said. “I
was going to wait until she was older so she could understand what would happen if Nikolas and Emily have children.”
“She’ll still be a princess,”
Sonny said depositing Kristina on her mother’s hospital bed.
“Mommy, I missed you,” Kristina
said hugging her mother.
“I missed you too baby,” Alexis
said. Taking a deep breath, Alexis made a choice that she greatly feared would ruin her daughter’s life as well as her
own. “But your daddy came here everyday and told me all about you and what you were doing.”
“My daddy?” Kristina questioned.
It wasn’t really a concept she understood yet. Ned hadn’t been around much in the last year and Kristina wasn’t
old enough to understand that other kids had two parents.
“Yes, your daddy,” Alexis said
looking at Sonny. It was odd to see the feared mobster who had broken her heart and soul fight back tears. “Sonny is
“Uncle Sonny?” Kristina said
turning to look at him.
“That’s right, princess,”
Sonny said. “I’m your dad. That’s why you stayed with me when your momma was sick and couldn’t be
“Oh,” was all Kristina said
before hugging her mother fiercely. “Are you going to come stay with Uncle Sonny now?”
“No, sweetheart, I have to stay here
for a few more days so the doctor’s are sure I’m okay,” Alexis said.
“Kristina, you can stay with your
mom for the night or you can stay with me,” Sonny said. “It’s up to you.”
“I want to stay with mommy,”
Kristina said never relinquishing her hold on her mother.
“Okay but it is way past your bedtime
so you need to lay down and try to sleep,” Alexis said.
Kristina lay down at her mother’s
side and snuggled up against Alexis. Alexis stroked her daughter’s hair and looked at Sonny with a silent thanks in
her eyes. Kristina also looked up at Sonny.
“Uncle Sonny, tell me a story,”
“Alright, I’ll tell you a story
about a princess named Kristina but only if you close your eyes,” Sonny said. Kristina giggled but closed her eyes.
“Once upon a time, there was a princess named Kristina. She was the most beautiful and smart princess who ever lived
and everyone who met her adored her. Princess Kristina was so loved that she had a mommy and a daddy and a lot of uncles and
aunts because everyone who met her wanted to be a part of her life. Princess Kristina liked kitties and puppies and babies.
She liked balloons and dolls and trucks because she liked her older brother’s toys and he had lots of trucks.”
Sonny stopped talking as he realized both
Alexis and Kristina were sound asleep. He turned and saw Elizabeth standing in
the doorway with Jason behind her. Tears streamed down the brunettes face and she walked silently forward, wrapping Sonny
in her arms, giving him the comfort he needed without being asked.
Sonny sat in Alexis’s room the next
afternoon waiting for her to wake up again. Kristina was off with Cameron and Jason at the zoo along with an army of bodyguards.
Sonny and Alexis had managed to clear the air between them after Alexis was sure Sonny wasn’t trying to take their daughter
away from her. In fact Alexis had even agreed to try to work through their collective emotional baggage to see if they could
be friends again. Sonny wanted her to be more than his friend but he would start with what he could get now and work on her
Alexis woke up slowly aware that Sonny
was sitting beside her bed. He always was and it was starting to wear down her defenses. How could she refuse to let him in
if he refused to go away? How could she not trust him when he was always there keeping her safe? She slowly opened her eyes
and they immediately found his.
“Hey,” Sonny said.
“Hi,” Alexis said. “Do
you ever leave? I mean, have you been eating and working while you sit here?”
“Yes, I have been eating and working
while I sit here,” Sonny said with a smile. “It’s you that needs to eat more. You are way to thin.”
“Best diet ever,” Alexis joked
but Sonny frowned at her. “It was a joke, Sonny.”
“Well, it wasn’t funny,”
Sonny said. “Anyway, the doc said they might spring you today but they also said you couldn’t stay alone for several
weeks. Any thoughts on where you are going to go and who will stay with you?”
“Well, I could stay at Windamere,”
Alexis said. “I could have a whole wing and Nikolas and Emily would never know I’m there. Plus the servants are
always scurrying around so I wouldn’t be alone.”
“And if Helena
was the one who attacked you or ordered the attack?” Sonny asked broaching the subject for the first time.
“I thought of that,” Alexis
said quietly after a while. “The problem with that theory is that she never would have left Kristina roaming free. Plus
she would have finished the job.”
“So you don’t believe it was
Helena,” Sonny said.
“No,” Alexis said. “Sometimes
when I am sleeping, I think I dream about it but his face is just out of my vision. I know it was a male though. And for some
reason I think it is someone I know. I’m just not sure who at this point. The doctors are hopeful that I’ll remember
everything though so I guess it’s only a matter of time.”
Sonny frowned and Alexis knew he was worried.
It actually made her feel better for some inexplicable reason.
“I know you are going to hate this
idea but would you at least think about moving into the penthouse with me,” Sonny said. “There is plenty of room
since Kristina is sleeping in Morgan’s room and Viola has been staying in Leticia’s old room. You can have your
pick of any of the other guest rooms.”
Alexis looked at him but before she could
answer there was a knock on the door. Alexis looked up and her face went completely white. She started breathing faster and
her heart rate jumped. Sonny squeezed her hand and looking into her eyes, silently telling her to stay calm. Alexis understood
the silent signal just as she knew Sonny understood the reason for her sudden panic. Her attacker had just entered the room.
Alexis fought for control as Sonny turned, partially blocking Alexis, to see his half-brother standing in the doorway holding
a bouquet of flowers.
“Ric,” Sonny said evenly wanting
nothing more than to throw the bastard down the elevator shaft.
“Sonny,” Ric replied. “I
didn’t realize the two of you were on speaking terms.”
“Yeah, well things change,”
Sonny said before turning back to Alexis and giving her a reassuring look.
“What can I do for you, Ric?”
“I just stopped by because I heard
you were awake and I wanted to see how you were doing,” Ric said.
“I’m still extremely tired
and hazy from the pain medicine,” Alexis said. “I think I sleep about twenty hours a day.”
“Well there is another reason I stopped,”
Ric said. “As DA, I do need to get your statement about the day you were attacked. The police are investigating but
right now there isn’t enough forensic evidence to point to a specific suspect.”
Alexis was about to reply when Steven walked
in and looked in surprise at Ric. “I’m sorry Mr. Lansing but Alexis is in no condition to give you a statement
at this time. She is suffering from temporary, selective memory loss. She cannot remember any of the day she was attacked.
It’s not uncommon in situations like this especially with the kind of head trauma she sustained.”
“Oh, well then I’m sorry to
bother you,” Ric said. “I’ll just put these flowers over here and let you get some rest. We’ll talk
when you are feeling better.”
Alexis just nodded and Ric exited the room.
Without waiting to be asked, Sonny got up and grabbed the flowers. A few minutes later he returned with balloons. Alexis smiled
at him and Steven rolled his eyes as he took Alexis’s vitals. He frowned as he took her blood pressure and read the
heart monitor results from the last hour.
“Alexis, your blood pressure is a
little high and your heart rate is no longer stable,” Steven said. “I’m not sure what is going on but I
think I should run some more tests.”
“What’s wrong is that I want
to get out of the hospital,” Alexis retorted. “You try being stuck here and see how you like it.”
“Well if you have someone you could
stay with and you promise to come in every other day for follow-up, I don’t see a reason you can’t be released
today,” Steven said. “But I want to speak to whoever you plan to stay with.”
“Go ahead,” Alexis said. “He’s
standing beside you.”
Steven sputtered but was unable to form
coherent speech so he slammed out of the room. Sonny chuckled at the exit but looked at Alexis. He saw the fear in her eyes
that she desperately tried to cover up.
“You know if it was Ric, the legal
system won’t do you any good,” Sonny said quietly.
“I know,” Alexis said.
“Good, then you’ll let me take
care of it,” Sonny said pulling out his cell phone.
“No, Sonny,” Alexis said.
“Alexis, he has to be dealt with.
He could have killed you—hell, he tried to,” Sonny said. “He could have hurt Kristina.”
“I am aware of that,” Alexis
said. “But you are not going to kill him or order him killed. I will take care of it.”
“Look, Alexis,” Sonny started
but Alexis cut him off. What he saw in her eyes stopped him cold.
“No, Sonny,” Alexis said. “I
will take care of it. I am a Cassadine—no matter how much I tried to fight it, the fact remains that I am a Cassadine,
daughter of Mikos, sister of Stavros and Stefan. Cassadines do not let other people handle their problems. I will take care
Alexis held out her hand and Sonny laid
his cell phone in it. She dialed the number she had memorized long ago, even while she had prayed she never would need to
New York,” Alexis said. “Harborview
Towers, Penthouse 2 tonight.”
After Alexis hung up the phone and handed
it back to Sonny, he studied her for a moment and said, “It suits you.”
“Committing murder?” Alexis
“Defending yourself and your daughter,”
Sonny countered. “Not fighting who you are but accepting that good can come from the horrors of your family.”
“I guess you would know,” Alexis
said and the look that passed between them said more than any words could ever hope to.
Alexis and Sonny sat in the living room of the penthouse, Sonny sipping brandy
and Alexis drinking juice. They had put Kristina to bed an hour before, after eating one of Sonny’s famous creations
for dinner. Both adults were simply waiting for the knock on the door that they knew would be coming. Yet when it did, they
both jumped in surprise.
Max opened the door. “Visitor for Ms. Davis,” he said before allowing
the man to enter.
Sonny looked him over carefully and found that the visitor was not what he
had expected. He wasn’t sure what he had expected but the tall, thin, quiet-looking man definitely was not it.
Alexis rose and walked toward him and Sonny immediately flanked her to prevent
the man from doing her harm. The mobster was completely stunned when the man immediately dropped to his knee and bowed his
head at Alexis’s approach.
“Your highness,” the man said demurely keeping his head bowed.
“Rise,” Alexis said and Sonny looked at her sharply. He had never
seen her act this way and was surprised to find that it fit her. “I am Natasha Alexandra Davidovitch Cassadine. You
were summoned because my brother Stefan trusted you with the life of the Cassadine heir—a life he valued far more than
“Yes, your highness,” the man said. “I am at your service,
just as I was his.”
“Good,” Alexis said. “An attempt was made on my life.”
At that the man broke protocol and looked up at Alexis sharply, disturbed and
angered by this statement. “Why was I not called sooner?” the man asked.
“I have only recently recovered from my injuries and did not know who
had attacked me until today,” Alexis said. “I summoned you so that the situation could be dealt with immediately.”
“Of course,” the man said. “And you will never have to think
of this again.”
“Thank you,” Alexis said. “The man’s name is Ric Lansing.
He is the local district attorney. You will be provided with his home and business addresses. I expect this to be clean.”
“Certainly, your highness,” the man said. He hesitated and then
continued, “If I may be so bold as to ask if you know why he attacked you. It is of course not important except in that
it may help to make his punishment…fitting.”
Alexis’s eyes met Sonny’s and never wavered as she said, “He
was attempting to gain my cooperation in stealing the children of his brother through the court system. I refused to aid him
in a plot to harm innocent children and he was aware that I would feel an obligation to warn the father of the children so
he thought to remove me.”
“A response befitting a princess,” the man murmured before rising.
He kept his eyes averted as he asked, “If I may take my leave, I will deal with this situation immediately.”
Alexis waved her hand in dismissal but Sonny stopped the man by saying, “There
is another matter that you might assist in.”
The man raised his head and looked directly at Sonny. The two weighed and measured
each other for several silent moments before the man nodded, signaling that Sonny should continue.
“A man by the name of Tom Baker was released from prison a day or two
before Alexis was attacked,” Sonny informed him. “This man may attempt to harm Nikolas Cassadine and his fiancée
“Who is Alexis?” the man asked in confusion.
“That is how he refers to me,” Alexis said.
The man’s eyes widened and he realized the owner of the penthouse must
be very close to the princess to be able to call her by a nickname. His respect for him grew.
“Anyway,” Sonny continued, “if this Tom Baker is in Port
Charles he needs to be dealt with, would you be willing to solve that problem?”
“If the princess allows, I will see to this matter as well,” the
Alexis nodded her agreement and said, “I will contact you with the details
regarding that problem at a later date.” Handing him a piece of paper, she said, “Here is the information on where
to find Lansing.”
The man backed toward the door after reading the paper and throwing it in the
fire. He bowed low at the waist once more before exiting the room. Sonny stared at Alexis who seemed unaware of the oddity
of the scene that had just played out.
“Who was that?” Sonny finally asked. “And don’t say
“That,” Alexis said looking at Sonny, “was Alexei Poposovitch.”
Sonny swallowed hard, realizing he had just been in the same room with the
most feared assassin in the world. “How do you know him? And what was with all the princess stuff?” Sonny asked.
“Alexei is an Imperialist Russian,” Alexis said. “His loyalty
to the royal family is absolute. Stefan told him long ago that Alexei was responsible for the safety of the Cassadine family
and Alexei takes that very seriously. He loved my father and because of that he considers me to be as much a part of the royal
family as Nikolas or Stefan. That means of course that he will kill anyone who threatens me or anyone I tell him to. When
I was a teenager, Stefan made me memorize Alexei’s contact information so that if anything were to happen, I would be
“And I was always so worried about your safety,” Sonny said.
“That is not a number I would have dialed while Stefan was still alive,”
Alexis said. “You should be thankful since that is why I didn’t call him after my sister was killed.”
“You would have sent him after me?” Sonny asked incredulously.
“Yes,” Alexis said. “My grief was all-consuming and pregnancy
hormones were not helping.”
“I guess I should thank Luke for not killing him sooner,” Sonny
Alexis just looked at him and shook her head.
~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~
Meanwhile across the hall Elizabeth,
Emily and Sam sat in Jason’s living room giving themselves pedicures—fire engine red for Elizabeth,
bronze for Sam and mauve for Emily. Emily and Sam had arrived saying it was to celebrate that Alexis was out of the hospital
but really they wanted to try to get Elizabeth’s mind off the lack of clues
to finding Baker. Jason had stuck around for a while but then made his escape to pick up the Chinese food the girls wanted.
Sam had laughingly called him a coward on his way out the door.
When the knock sounded at the door, Elizabeth
got up and walked over, mindful of her nail polish. Marco stood on the other side carefully watching the two men in the hall.
The older and obviously more important man stepped forward and glanced around the apartment.
“I need to see Jason Morgan,” Sal said.
“Jason isn’t here
at the moment although I expect him back shortly. Would you like to wait for him?” Elizabeth
Sal looked at Elizabeth for a moment
and said, “That would be nice. Thank you.”
Elizabeth opened the door to let
him in and said, “I’m afraid your employee will need to wait in the hall with Marco.”
“Understood,” Sal said looking at the other two brunettes on the
couch who both looked back at him curiously.
“Would you like something to drink?” Elizabeth
asked playing hostess.
“No, thank you. I’m fine,” Sal said.
“Please, have a seat,” Elizabeth
said. “Jason just went out to pick up some food for us.”
Sal nodded and sat in the end chair. He looked around curiously, having never
been in Morgan’s penthouse before. Of course, he had never personally met Jason’s girlfriend and sister before
“I’m sorry, but do you often let Jason’s business associates
wait for him in his apartment?” Sal finally asked.
“Jason’s business associates don’t come here,” Elizabeth
“I don’t understand,” Sal said.
“I know who you are,” Elizabeth
said. “I wasn’t going to leave you standing in the hall and since I knew you were unarmed, I didn’t see
any reason you shouldn’t come in.”
“I can see why Morgan is so taken with you,” Sal said.
“So why are you here?” Sam asked.
Sal glanced at Elizabeth and said,
“I’m sorry but that’s something I can only discuss with Morgan.”
“He has information on Tom,” Elizabeth
Sal’s head whipped around and he stared at Elizabeth.
“That’s the only reason any one from your business would show up
here,” Elizabeth said. “If it had simply been about business, you
would never had come to this building. If it was about Alexis, you would have gone across the hall. That only leaves Tom Baker.”
“You are very astute,” Sal said. “Morgan is a lucky man.”
Before Elizabeth could answer Max
and Jason walked into the apartment. Both men glanced at the other mobster and then at Elizabeth
who smiled sweetly at them.
“Morgan,” Sal said in greeting.
“Sal,” Jason said.
“I need to speak with you,” Sal said.
“It’s about Tom,” Elizabeth
said receiving a glare from both men which she returned. “There is no way in hell you are going to discuss this without
me so you might as well deal with it now.”
started and then stopped when all three women in the room stood side by side and glared at him. “Alright, this isn’t
business and you do have a right to know. Talk, Sal.”
Sal walked over and opened the door, motioning Jimmy into the room. Jimmy stood
there, shifting from foot to foot and staring at the floor.
“This is Jimmy. He works on my construction crew,” Sal said. “This
morning he came to me with some information regarding this Baker guy. Tell them, Jimmy.”
“Um, when I was in prison I met a guy named Tom Baker,” Jimmy said.
“He was in for extortion and was an okay guy. Anyway, he got out a little while ago and called me up. I got him a job
with the crew. Figured he helped me out in prison, I was just returning the favor. I didn’t know anything about who
he had tried to get the money from or anything like that.”
“Why come forward now?” Jason asked.
“Well, it’s like this,” Jimmy said, “a few days ago,
he and I were walking through the park and he stopped suddenly and started staring at these two women and a baby. I stopped
too and when I looked where he was lookin’, I saw that it was Elizabeth Webber and Emily Quartermaine. Now, everyone
on the crews knows, you just don’t mess with those two. So I told Tom that figurin’ he didn’t know who they
were and just thought they were hot or something. But Tom says he knows who they are and why am I so afraid of two women.
So I told him it was because they had protection from Mr. Corinthos and Mr. Morgan and Tom got real quiet. Then Mr. Morgan
shows up and Tom hides. I figured, if he was hiding it meant that he had something bad planned.”
“I repeat, why now?” Jason asked.
“Well, I wanted to find out what he was planning before I said anything
since I didn’t want him to get in trouble if it was nothing,” Jimmy said. “But then I went to his apartment
to pick him up last night to go have a beer and while he was still in the shower, I saw he had all these newspaper clips on
his desk. They were all on Ms. Webber, Ms. Quartermaine, Mr. Cassadine, and Mr. Spencer. It seemed like these went back all
the way to when he first got in prison. I decided I couldn’t wait any longer to find out what was going on so I got
him pretty drunk last night and went to Mr. Pomantino first thing this morning.”
Elizabeth headed for the phone
and Jason intercepted her.
“What are you doing?” Jason asked.
“I’m going to have the bastard arrested,” Elizabeth
“He hasn’t broken any laws,” Jason said quietly.
“As if that matters to the PCPD,” Elizabeth
retorted. “Lucky’s a cop now, remember? And let’s not forget my ex-husband is the DA.”
“What exactly do you expect to happen?” Jason asked.
“I expect that Lucky will arrest him, Ric will put him in lock-up, and
he won’t make it to trial,” Elizabeth said.
“No,” Elizabeth replied.
“You are NOT going to kill him. He doesn’t deserve that kind of honor. He is going to be cut down by some two-bit
hustler in jail for a hundred dollars. That is what he deserves.”
Sal looked at Elizabeth with growing
respect and asked, “Could you really have him arrested and put in lock-up?”
“In a heartbeat,” Elizabeth
said. “I’ll even contribute the hundred it takes to kill the son of a bitch.”
“No,” Jason, Max and Sal all said at the same time.
“You’re sure this is how you want it to happen?” Jason said.
“Yes,” Elizabeth said.
She looked at Emily who nodded so she repeated, “Yes.”
“Okay, call Lucky and Ric,” Jason said.
walked into the police station followed closely by Emily, Sam and Jason. Emily immediately went into Nikolas’s waiting
arms. Sam stopped next to them and Lucky but Elizabeth didn’t even look
at them. She walked straight back to the interrogation room.
Entering the room, Elizabeth
said, “Leave, Ric.”
I am not going to leave this room until I know what is going on,” Ric said.
said and for the first time, looked at him. Ric blanched at what he saw in her eyes. The DA glanced at Jason who nodded and
Ric exited the room.
Jason stood silent in the corner while
Elizabeth looked at Tom across the table. Tom looked back and for that alone Jason
wanted to kill him.
“I thought I’d feel something
when I saw you out of prison,” Elizabeth said. “Rage, hate, something.
Disgust is pretty much the best I’m going to be able to do. Did you really think you’d get away with it? Did you
really think you’d be able to hurt us this time when you couldn’t years ago? We were teenagers and we beat you.
What made you think you stood a snowball’s chance in hell that you’d be able to do any better now?”
“You’re real sure of yourself
with a mob enforcer in the room to protect you,” Tom said.
“Oh, Tom,” Elizabeth
said with obvious amusement. “He isn’t here to protect me. He’s here to protect you.”
“Excuse me?” Tom said.
“That’s right,” Elizabeth
said. “Jason’s here to keep me from killing you. The DA may be my ex-husband but even he couldn’t refuse
to charge me for a murder committed in the police station. The PCPD is pathetic but even they would notice you were killed.”
Tom looked into Elizabeth’s
eyes and realized they were as cold as Jason’s.
“So the rumors about you killing
that Xander guy were true, huh,” Tom said. “Got to admit, I didn’t think you had in you but you were always
smiled and the smile made him shiver. She leaned across the table and spoke very low so that only he could hear her.
“You are going to go to jail again
and this time you are going to die there,” Elizabeth said. “I won’t
let Jason kill you because that would give you a stature that you don’t deserve. Just know that there is someone on
the inside who has already been paid to do the job. So when you feel the life draining from your body, remember this conversation.
Enjoy the rest of your life and know that it was only worth a hundred dollars.”
stood up, turned her back on him, and walked out the door. She kept walking straight out the door and onto the sidewalk. With
Jason beside her, she headed toward Kelly’s. Ric followed them out of the building as did several other people, including
a few cops. Suddenly, as Ric was jogging to catch up with them, he stiffened and fell.
Chaos ensued with Elizabeth
stopping in shock and Jason catching her as she fainted. Emily, Nikolas, Lucky and Sam all ran over but Elizabeth
was already waking up.
“Sorry, it’s been one hell
of a day,” Elizabeth said. “Is he dead?”
“Yes,” Lucky said. “A
sniper from a roof top.”
nodded and leaned against Jason.
“Do you need to go to the hospital?”
“I just want to go home,” Elizabeth
Jason picked her up and carried her to
the car. He drove in silence back to Harborview Towers
knowing Elizabeth didn’t need conversation. To his surprise, Elizabeth
turned towards Sonny’s penthouse when they got off the elevator.
“Ric’s dead,” she announced
as soon as she entered, “and Tom Baker will be in a few hours.”
“Are you okay?” Sonny asked.
nodded and looked at Alexis. “Ric was the one, huh?” she asked.
“Yes, he was,” Alexis said.
“I wish I could say I was surprised
but after everything else he has done, I guess I’m just surprised he didn’t manage to actually kill you,”
“How did you know?” Sonny asked.
“That’s the only reason Ric
would have been shot in broad daylight on a street full of cops with Jason as a witness,” Elizabeth
said as she flopped down into an armchair.
Jason walked up behind her and she automatically
reached up to take his hand in hers.
“So did things go the way you wanted?”
“It was weird,” Elizabeth
said. “I expected to feel hatred or rage but it just wasn’t there. I needed to do it though. I needed to stand
face to face with him and know that he will never be able to hurt me or those I love again.”
“I’m glad we all ended up being
able to put the past behind us,” Alexis said as she took Sonny’s hand in hers.
The two couples exchanged smiles.