Chapter Fifty-Seven

Diego nodded to Spinelli who closed the office door once everyone was assembled. Even with the good news of his father and Jason proposing to the women they loved, Diego knew that Jason and his father needed to know the information he had uncovered so they could start planning. Something like this couldn’t be put off.

Looking around at the men sitting around the room, Diego again nodded to Spinelli and the lights dimmed while a screen came to life. A picture of Mateo Ruiz came on the screen.

“Spinelli and I have been working on tracking down Manny Ruiz,” Diego began. “I had a feeling that Manny had to have gone to someone he trusted in order to recover from his injuries. There was no place else for him to go. It took some digging, but we were able to find a family member who wasn’t on our radar.” He looked at the screen. “The man you are looking at is Mateo Ruiz. He’s Manny’s identical twin brother, right down the last tattoo.”

“Why didn’t we know about him before?” Jason asked impressed with what Diego was able to find out.

“Because after being arrested for a gang related crime, Mateo apparently found God while in prison. When they were released, Manny went back into the family business while Mateo went to a seminary. He became a priest.”

There was shocked silence as everyone digested this news.

“Where is he now?” Lorenzo asked his son, now sitting on the edge of his chair, staring at the man on the screen.

“Spinelli is still searching the archives to find where he’s currently placed, but we have confirmation that he is a priest and has been for a number of years. It’s only plausible that Manny went to his brother for help. Now, whether or not Mateo was able to provide more than medical assistance and a place of sanctuary for his brother is unknown.”

Lorenzo stood and walked over to his son. “Good job, Diego,” he said, squeezing the younger man’s shoulder. “As soon as you have his location, we need to know if he’s really a threat or not.”

Diego nodded, glowing inside at his father’s praise.

“Work with Max on this,” Lorenzo continued, nodding to the other man. “As soon as we know what’s what, we’ll make our move. I do not want to sit around waiting to be attacked again.”


“Where do we begin?” Mateo asked his brother, now dressed in a pair of dark jeans and a loose fitting button down shirt. “What can you tell me about Alcazar and Morgan?”

Manny leaned back in his chair, his feet on the desk in front of him. “The first thing you have to know is that they don’t stop. They never give up, no matter what you do to them. And they are loyal to each other. It’s sickening.”

Mateo nodded, pacing the small motel room they were currently using as a base of operations. “We need an edge. What can we use against them?”

At this Manny smiled. “Oh, there’s plenty to use. Morgan is currently shacked up with Alcazar’s sister. He also has a young daughter, still a toddler actually.”

Mateo nodded again. “Sounds promising,” he said. “What about Alcazar?”

“Alcazar has a son, about twenty – Diego. Looks like he’s grooming the kid to take part in the business. Morgan’s little girl is also Alcazar’s granddaughter. His mother is also in town. But the kicker is that Alcazar has a woman in his life. Skye Chandler-Quartermaine and she’s pregnant. My last report before I made it to you was that she was expecting twins.”

“Nice. We have plenty to use against them. With this information, we can have the Alcazar/Morgan organization for ourselves.”


The meeting broke up. Max, Diego and Spinelli left to see if they could figure out where Mateo and Manny were hiding out while Jason and Lorenzo remained in the office.

“If Manny was able to turn Mateo onto his side, they won’t hesitate to come after us,” Jason said.

Lorenzo nodded in agreement. “And to Manny’s way of thinking we have a lot to lose. He’ll want to target the women and Elaina.”

“Then we move them to a safe house,” Jason said. “I can have Milo set it up; they can be there by tonight.”

“No,” Lorenzo said. “I think they’ll be safer here, with us. If we move them now, we can’t be sure they’ll make it to the house safely or that they will even be safe there. We can protect them better here.”

Jason knew Lorenzo had a point. “I’ll increase security.”

“Good idea,” Lorenzo said. He looked at his partner and friend. “What about involving the local law enforcement on this?”

Jason thought about it a minute. “I don’t know . . . they’ve never really be helpful before, although I’m sure we can get Spinelli to hack their systems and see what they know.”

“Get him on it and make sure he stays focused,” Lorenzo instructed. After Jason was gone, he leaned back in his chair and slid his hand into his pocket, pulling out the small jewelry box. He looked at it. Skye was his life. These babies – his son and daughter – were his life.

Letting out a breath, he stood, closing his hand over the box and left the office. It was time to move forward with his life.


After relating Lorenzo’s instructions to Spinelli, Jason left him to get started, promising himself he would check on him later. Leaving Lorenzo’s house, Jason followed the path between the two houses and reached his own fairly quickly. Elaina was still with Carly, and he wanted to take advantage of that.

Letting himself into the house, Jason didn’t find Sam anywhere on the first floor. Heading upstairs, he found her in Elaina’s room, putting away laundry. He leaned against the door frame as he watched her a moment.

“Wow. The tough as nails Samantha Alcazar doing something so very domestic,” he said.

Sam spun around. “Jason! You scared me!” she exclaimed, a smile blooming on her lips at the site of him. She could just stand there and stare at him all day. At his broad shoulders and expansive chest, at his muscular arms and chiseled features. At those blue eyes.

Jason moved into the room, pulling Sam into his arms. “You know, we still have the house to ourselves,” he reminded her.

“I know. Where did you disappear to? Sheer boredom drove me to put away Elaina’s laundry,” she said.

“There was something I had to do.”

“What was that?” she asked.

Jason could see her curiosity was piqued and she wouldn’t let up until he told her. Taking her hands in his, Jason pulled her out of Elaina’s room and to his. He watched her eyes light up.

He walked her over to the windows, loving the way the light played on her brown skin and highlighted her dark hair. “You are so beautiful,” he whispered, gently reaching out and brushing some hair behind her ears. “You have brought so much to my life Sam. You helped me to love again. You helped me to live again. My daughter is happy and healthy because of you. She’s secure in who she is at so young an age because she has had you in her life. You have helped me to see what is important in this life, to remind me that life is too short to just let it pass by. I don’t want life to just pass me by Sam. I want to live it, to share it . . . with you.”

Sam wasn’t sure where Jason was going with this, but as he wasn’t the most at ease with expressing his feelings, she was not going to interrupt him.

“I love you Sam. I am in live with you. I want you in my life forever. I want you in Elaina’s life.” Still holding her hand with one of his, Jason pulled the small box out of his pocket with the other and sank to one knee. “Samantha Alcazar . . . will you marry me?”

Sam’s eyes widened and filled with tears at the same time. She was speechless – something unusual for her – as she stared at the ring and rolled Jason’s words over and over in her head. Samantha Alcazar . . . will you marry me?

Jason watched her. She was clearly shocked. “Sam?”

Sam brought her eyes to Jason’s. She saw the love there. Love for her. “Yes . . . yes Jason, I’ll marry you.”


Lorenzo found Skye in their bedroom. She was sitting on the couch, a plate of thick brownies on the table in front of her. She was leafing through some baby catalogues.

“I see Mother has made you her famous brownies,” he said as he entered the room.

Skye looked up. “She is a Godsend with those brownies!” she gushed. “Do you want one?”

Lorenzo joined her on the couch. “I’m surprised there are still any left,” he commented with a laugh.

Skye tossed a pillow at him. “Funny,” she said. “I would be able to eat more if I didn’t have to keep getting up to go to the bathroom a thousand times.”

Reaching over, Lorenzo took the catalogue from her hands and put it on the table next to the brownies.

“Lorenzo, what are you doing?” Skye asked. “We need to choose what cribs we want or our babies will have nowhere to sleep.”

“It can wait,” Lorenzo said. He moved closer and took her hands in his. “Skye, you are my life. You have been for a long time. You were there for me on the worst day of my life . . . the day my daughter was taken from me. You’ve been there through everything, never once running from the world I chose to live in. You are my light.”

Sinking to one knee in front of her, Lorenzo took out the box and opened it. “Skye, will you do me the honor of being my wife?”

“Of course I will Lorenzo,” Skye said, tears sliding down her cheeks. “I want nothing more than to be your wife.”


Diego looked up at the hoot of triumph coming from across the room. “Did you find something?” he asked.

“The Jackal has prevailed,” Spinelli crowed, pumping his arms in the air and almost toppling himself out of the chair. “The Jackal, the Assassin of Cyberspace, has accomplished his most intricate task, locating the Nefarious Double Duo.”

Use to the way Spinelli spoke and able to translate what he was saying, Diego got up and crossed the room. “Where are they?” he asked.

“Well, the Psycho Twin formally known as the Annointed One was situated at the Queen of Angels Church . . . right here in Port Charles.” He looked up at Diego.

Diego pulled out his phone and called Max. “Mateo should be at Queen of Angels,” he said. “Call Father Coates and find out if a Father Ruiz is there or not. Get back to me ASAP.” Then he looked at Spinelli. “What did you mean when you said formally Annointed One?”

“According to the records, Father Mateo Ruiz requested a leave of absence.”

“Manny got to him,” Diego said. “They’re working together. They have to be.” He left the office in search of his father and Jason. If Manny and Mateo were working together, they needed to prepare for the worst.

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