“Lorenzo, I’m fine,” Skye insisted as she watched him pace back and forth, worry etched on his face.
“You are not fine Skye!” Lorenzo said as he stopped pacing and went to her side. “This is the second time in two days you’ve fainted.”
“I did not faint yesterday,” Skye pointed out, but she could see that that didn’t matter to Lorenzo. “I’m sure nothing’s wrong Lorenzo. There’s been a lot going on and I just haven’t been eating well.”
Lorenzo sat on the edge of the bed, still holding onto her hand. “Indulge me Skye, please. I will not take any chances with you.”
Skye nodded. She couldn’t deny him this. He was already worried about his son and she didn’t want to add to that. Skye knew that Lorenzo needed to be focused on dealing with whatever Manny and Sonny were up to and not distracted by what might or might not be wrong with her.
“Well it’s not like I can go anywhere right now,” Skye said, indicating her hospital gown and the IV that had been inserted for dehydration.
Lorenzo sighed and took her hands in his. “I’m sorry Skye. I just don’t want anything to happen to you,” he said, looking into her eyes.
“I know Lorenzo,” Skye said gently. “Don’t be sorry.”
Leaning in, Lorenzo gently brushed his lips over Skye’s. The sound of someone clearing their throat behind him had him pulling back and turning around. Dr. Robin Scorpio and Kelly Lee were standing in the doorway.
“I have your test results, Skye,” Robin said, holding a chart binder in her hands.
“Hey, you up for a visitor?” Lulu asked as she poked her head into Diego’s room.
“Yeah, come on in,” Diego said. He had woken up not too long ago, but the grogginess was starting to wear off. “What are you doing here?”
“You’re my friend Diego, of course I’m going to want to come and see you,” Lulu said as she plopped down on the edge of the bed. “Wow, you look like hell.”
“Thanks,” said Diego as he shook his head. Lulu could always lift his spirits. “How did you hear about what happened?”
“I ran into Georgie this morning and she told me everything,” Lulu said. Seeing the look on his face, she furrowed her brow. “What is it? Georgie did come by, didn’t she?”
“Yeah, she came by,” Diego said, remembering their conversation earlier today.
“What happened Diego?”
“Georgie and I broke up,” he said.
“What? How? Why?” Lulu couldn’t believe she would do this to him, especially with Diego in the hospital after what he had been through.
“It’s a long story,” Diego said, not really wanting to get into it again.
“So. You’re not going anywhere, are you?” Lulu said matter of factly. “Come on Diego, why did Georgie break up with you?”
Diego knew there would be no dissuading Lulu when she wanted to know something. “She said she didn’t want to live this kind of life.”
“So after two years, she decides this?” Lulu asked, shaking her head. “What is wrong with that girl?”
“Nothing,” said Diego. “Lulu, I don’t blame her. I don’t exactly live a normal life.”
“So, who does?” Lulu asked. “Look at my life Diego. My father is always running off on some adventure. My mother sits in a mental institution all day staring at a wall. Lucky is a cop and has his own family now. And Nikolas is the product of my mother being kidnapped and forced to give the Cassadines an heir against her will.”
“Well, when you put it that way. . . “Diego said, deflecting Lulu’s hand with a laugh. “I know there is no such thing as a ‘normal’ life, but I can’t expect Georgie to want to give up what she has built for herself for a life of danger and uncertainty.”
Lulu thought about it a moment. “Alright, I guess you’re right,” she said. “But it still isn’t fair Diego. I mean, couldn’t she at least have waited until you were out of here?”
Diego smiled. “None of this is fair Lulu,” he said, thinking of his sister. “But that’s life. And maybe its better this way.”
“And how do you figure that?”
“I had a long talk with my father after Georgie left. He told me about his own experiences with being in love and living in this life. It wasn’t easy for him and he lost a lot over the years, but look at what he has now. He has a woman who loves him for him with no strings attached. That’s what I want,” Diego said.
“I think that’s what we all want Diego,” said Lulu. “And I hope you find it. Hopefully you won’t have to wait until you’re in your forties to get it,” she added with a laugh.
“Tell me about it,” Diego said.
Lulu stayed a while longer before leaving. She didn’t care what Diego said, she needed to have a conversation with Miss Georgie Jones.
Elaina ran over to where her father was sitting. “Daddy! Daddy! Did you see me?”
“I sure did,” said Jason as he swung Elaina up into his arms. “Did you have fun?”
Elaina nodded happily. “I swing high!”
Jason loved seeing his daughter happy. It made everything else worth it. “Come on, it’s time for lunch. Let’s see what Esmeralda packed,” he said as he carried her over to the blanket where Sam was unpacking their lunch.
“Looks like she packed enough for an army,” Sam commented as she pulled out containers and bags from the large wicker basket.
Jason set Elaina down on the blanket and then sat down himself. Pulling out a bowl, Jason put some pieces of cut up strawberries and grapes into it and put it in front of Elaina.
Sam smiled as she watched Elaina shove a couple of pieces into her mouth.
“Slowly Elaina,” Jason cautioned his daughter.
“Mmm . . . kay,” Elaina muttered through her full mouth as she started to chew slower.
Sam shook her head as she handed Jason a plate laden with food. “Have you heard anything from Lorenzo?” she asked.
Jason nodded. “Diego was still sleeping when I checked in,” he said.
“And what about who put him there?” Sam asked one eye on Elaina who had occupied herself with her fruit.
“Nothing yet,” Jason said. “But I have eyes and ears out there.”
Sam nodded in understanding. There was a lot going on behind the scenes so Jason could keep things as normal for Elaina as possible. As far as Sam was concerned, Jason was doing a good job of balancing is two worlds equally.
“So what do my tests say?” Skye asked somewhat nervously, not sure what Dr. Lee had to do with her tests.
Lorenzo stood, gently squeezing Skye’s hand. Whatever the results were, he hoped Skye knew he would always be at her side.
Looking between Lorenzo and Skye, Kelly smiled. “Hopefully the news is something you would consider good. Skye, you’re pregnant.”
The picnic had been wonderful – and it achieved its purpose: to allow Jason time to spend with his daughter in the midst of everything else that was going on.
Elaina had wanted another go on the swings before they left, so Sam had volunteered to clean up their picnic while Jason pushed her.
Sam smiled at Elaina’s high pitched giggles. Watching father and daughter, someone who didn’t know them would see a happy little girl and her loving, dedicated father and not know of the danger that surrounded their lives.
As Elaina swung, she looked up at the sky. It was a clear blue with a few puffy white clouds, like cotton balls. She smiled as the wind pushed her hair back.
When it was time to go, Elaina took her father’s hand and Sam’s hand and looked up at them. “I lucky Daddy,” she said.
“How are you lucky?” Jason asked with an amused smile.
“I have a mommy in heaven and a mommy here!”
Jason looked down at Elaina in confusion. “What do you mean?” he asked.
Elaina stopped walking and looked at her father in exasperation. “My mommy in heaven,” she said slowly so he would understand. “I no see her. My mommy I see is Sam!”
Jason lifted his eyes to Sam, seeing the same shocked expression on her face that he was sure was on his.
“P-pre-pregnant?” Skye managed to get out. “You have to be wrong because I cannot get pregnant.”
“I ran the test twice Skye,” Dr. Lee explained. “Both times it came back positive.”
“B-but I . . . I don’t understand . . . “ Skye continued in absolute confusion. “How can I be pregnant . . . I mean, I know HOW . . . what I don’t understand is that I AM,” she said. “I have been told for years that I couldn’t conceive . . . I was in a bad car accident . . . “ Skye knew she was rambling, but she couldn’t stop herself.
“I know your history Skye, which is why I ran the test more than once,” Dr. Lee said. “Sometimes, the body can surprise us.”
“So . . . ummm . . . what happens now?” she asked.
“I’m going to keep you here a little longer for dehydration and observation. Because of your history I am going to consider this a high risk pregnancy until I feel otherwise,” Dr. Lee said as she made some notes and wrote out a prescription. “I am also going to start you on prenatal vitamins.”
“Okay,” said Skye. She was pregnant. There was a little life growing inside of her. A life she never thought she would have. A life she and Lorenzo . . . Skye looked up at Lorenzo. He had yet to say anything about this.
Skye had to bite her lip to keep from laughing. Lorenzo Alcazar, international man of mystery, was standing there with his mouth hanging open.
Rolling her eyes, Skye hit him on the arm. “Lorenzo! You haven’t said one word,” she said, getting his attention as he closed his mouth and looked down at her. “Did you even hear what Dr. Lee has been saying?” Skye hoped that he wasn’t upset. There was no way they had planned for this. What if he didn’t want to have another child?
Lorenzo looked down at Skye. At the woman he loved more than his own life. He took her hand in his and gently kissed it. “I heard her,” he whispered. “We’re having a baby.”
“How could you do it?” Lulu asked as she stopped in front of Georgie. She had seen her coming out of Kelly’s and practically run over. There was no way she was going to let Georgie get away with breaking her friends heart.
“Do what?” Georgie asked.
Lulu rolled her eyes. “So you already forgot how you broke Diego’s heart while he’s in the hospital!” she practically yelled at her.
Georgie sighed. “I don’t expect you to be able to understand Lulu,” she said.
“Try me,” Lulu said, folding her arms across her chest.
“Okay, fine. I sat here at Kelly’s after Diego didn’t show up for a date worrying that he was dead. And not just from a car accident but from something having to do with the way he lives his life. I sat here Lulu wondering if this is what I wanted for myself. And it’s not. The fear, the worrying, the possibility that I could be used against him one day – that’s not how I wanted to live my life. And yes, I know, I shouldn’t have done it while he was recovering, but I also didn’t think it was fair to string him along and be there when I knew I couldn’t. I’m not cut out for that life Lulu.”
“Okay, maybe I do understand what you’re saying Georgie, but what I don’t understand is how you could walk away so easily.”
Georgie shook her head. “It wasn’t easy Lulu, not in any way. I care about Diego very much. He’s sweet, he’s kind and loving and loyal. He pays attention to you and cares about what you have to say and how you feel. But then there’s the other side of his life. The danger. The uncertain future. So, no, it wasn’t easy walking away Lulu, but it was something I had to do – for me. I know you don’t understand and I don’t expect you too.”
“You’re right. I don’t understand. Diego is everything you said and more. And the way he lives his life? That’s part of who he is. It’s not separate and you knew that when you started dating him. Or were you just trying to ignore that part, hoping he would get bored with it and leave the business? He can’t do that Georgie and you know that! He watched his sister die. He sees his niece growing up without her mother. And you expect him to give up who he is? You know, Diego feels that he didn’t deserve you, but you know what I think? I think it was you who doesn’t deserve him.” With that said, Lulu turned and walked away.
Carly walked out of Kelly’s with the take out she had ordered for her and the kids. After cooking up her little plan with Esmerelda, Carly planned a sleep over for Michael, Morgan and Elaina at the cottage and stocked up on burgers, fries, brownies and cookies. As she headed for the car where Max was waiting, she stopped when someone stepped in front of her.
“Carly,” he said.
“What are you doing here?” she asked, seeing Max step out of the car.
“I . . . I wanted to talk to you,” Sonny said. “Please.”
As Max came over, Carly handed him the take out bags. “It’s okay Max,” she said. “I can handle him.”
Max nodded and put the bags in the car, but stayed nearby.
“What do you want Sonny?”
“How are the boys?” Sonny asked.
“Fine. But I’m sure that’s not why you’re risking approaching me. After what you did to Diego . . . you’re lucky I’m not letting Max put a bullet in you right now.”
“I know,” said Sonny. “And that’s kind of what I wanted to talk to you about.” He knew it would be nearly impossible convincing Carly that he didn’t want to hurt anyone – not anymore. It wasn’t worth it. He had already lost everything.
“So talk. I don’t exactly have all day Sonny,” Carly snapped. The man in front of her was unrecognizable. He was no longer the man she had loved for most of her adult life. He was no longer the man that gave her son a home. He was no longer the man that gave her Morgan. He was shell of that man.
Sonny sighed and rubbed the back of his neck. He had known this wasn’t going to be easy. Nothing with Carly was.
“I’m sorry for everything I’ve done Carly. When I teamed up with Faith, I never thought she would kill an innocent woman. I thought it was Alcazar she was after.”
Carly shook her head. “You knew how psychotic she is Sonny so don’t give me that bull! You knew she wanted Lorenzo for herself and that she wanted to get Jason back for all he had done to her over the years! You were jealous Sonny. You were jealous because for once, Jason was in love with a woman he was willing to defy you for and you couldn’t stand that!”
“You’re right Carly. I was jealous. And now I’ve lost everything. But Jason will lose everything too if you don’t get him to talk to me,” Sonny said.
Carly shook her head again. “I’m not falling for it Sonny. I am not going to send Jason into a trap that will get him killed – so forget it. And don’t ever approach me again or next time, I will make sure Max puts a bullet into you!”
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