“Okay, if we’re done discussing the lack of Sam’s sex life, I have a favor to ask,” Skye said as she sipped from her bottle of water.
After glaring at Carly on more time, Sam turned her back on the woman and turned her attention to Skye. “What do you need?” she asked, glad for the change of subject.
“Well, Lorenzo’s birthday is coming up soon and I want to do something special for him,” Skye said. Last year they hadn’t done much, as per Lorenzo’s request, but Skye was not going to let his birthday slip by this year. “I was hoping you two would help me come up with something.”
“Skye, that’s a wonderful idea!” said Sam. “And we have at least a month to plan. For as long as I have known my brother, he has never made a big deal about his birthday.”
“Then it’s time we change that,” Carly declared, a glint in her eyes. She loved planning parties.
“Now Carly, I don’t want to do anything too over the top. Lorenzo hates when people make a fuss over him,” Skye warned, having seen the glint in the blonde’s eyes.
“I think a nice, private, family celebration would be good,” Sam added.
“You would,” snorted Carly with a shake of her head.
Sam turned to face Carly on the blanket. “And what’s that supposed to mean?” she asked with narrowed eyes. She knew Carly was not going to give up on this issue until one of them was dead.
“It just means that lately you’re always playing it safe – I mean, you are living with one of the hottest guys in town, yet NOTHING has happened.”
Sam looked at Carly as if she had three heads. “Carly, Jason lost the woman he loved with his entire being; a woman who is the mother of his daughter! How can you even suggest something like that?” she asked in disbelief.
Skye jumped in as referee at that point. “Okay, I thought we were done discussing Sam’s sex life,” she said with a smile. She was not going to verbally take sides on this issue, but Skye had to admit – to herself – that Carly had a point. As far as they knew, Sam had never been in a serious, long-term relationship before. And as far as Skye was concerned, Jason was too young to spend the rest of his life alone. But that was going to have to be a matter for another time – and not one discussed in public like this. Besides Skye wanted to discuss this with Lorenzo – see what he felt about the possibility of Jason and Sam, before anything was done. “We’re supposed to be coming up with ideas on how to celebrate Lorenzo’s Birthday. And anyway, I think Sam is right Carly – Lorenzo would hate anything too flashy and showy. So I think we should keep it small and simple. Deal?”
Carly sighed and rolled her eyes, but she knew Skye was right. “Fine. Deal,” she said.
Diego sipped his soda and looked up for the tenth time since sitting down at his table, tapping his fingers and bouncing his leg. Why the hell was he so nervous? He must look like a sappy, love sick puppy, he thought, sipping his soda again. There was nothing to be so nervous about. It wasn’t like they weren’t friends and hadn’t been for a long time. She had helped him a lot through his sister’s death. She had been there to help him refocus on school and his family. Allowing him to vent when he needed to vent. To talk when he needed to talk. And to just sit quietly when he needed to sit quietly.
“Are you okay Diego?” Mike asked as he passed Diego’s table.
“Huh? Uh . . . yeah . . . yeah, I’m fine Mike,” Diego said, trying to calm himself. He had nothing to be nervous about anyway. It’s not like they never met here and had lunch. They even hung out on campus together in between classes. So what the hell is my problem? He asked himself again.
The bells above the door jangled as it opened and Diego looked up, a smile coming to his face when he saw her. She was wearing a light blue long sleeved t-shirt with a v-neck that clung to her body like a second skin and dark blue, low-ride jeans. Her face lit up in a smile when she saw him.
“Hey,” she said, dropping her books on an empty chair before plopping into the one next to him. “It is going to feel so good to be done for the semester.”
Diego nodded in agreement, his eyes still on her. “I know, it’ll be a nice break,” he said. “Do you have any plans for the break?”
Georgie shook her head. “Nothing special. I was thinking of taking a couple of classes, but I’m not too sure. After the heavy load I have been carrying for the last two semesters, I think I might just take advantage of the break before moving into Junior year.”
Diego knew that since becoming a student at PCU, Georgie had been working hard. He was glad to hear that she was taking the summer off to relax. Maybe it was his chance to spend more time with her.
They ordered their food and Diego began to relax again. He still didn’t know why he had been so nervous before. Shaking his head, he ate his food while they talked about the school semester and their possible plans for the summer.
Jason sat on the couch in Lorenzo’s office and watched the other man pace back and forth in front of his desk. Jason could see the tightness in his shoulders and back, the hard coldness in his eyes and the angry set to his face. It didn’t take a genius to see the rage bubbling just under the surface.
“It’s been two years Jason. Why wait that long to plan something now?” he asked in a controlled voice.
“I don’t know Lorenzo. Sonny has always been unstable – he could have been planning this for the last two years and was just looking for the right partner. According to the reports, Faith has refused to help him. So he’s got to be making moves to find someone else,” Jason said.
“That’s what worries me. Who else would work with Sonny Corinthos?”
“Is there anyone out there who would side with him against you?” Jason asked.
Lorenzo sighed and rubbed the back of his neck. “Of course there are,” he said.
“Then I think we should get Stan on this. See if he can find who might be working with Sonny. There might be a lot of money moving around. Contacts made,” Jason suggested.
Lorenzo nodded in agreement. He wanted this stopped before it became out of hand.
When the line was answered, Sonny didn’t bother with pleasantries. “Are we ready?”
“Yes. Everything is in place. Are you sure you can make your way here without being followed?”
“Without a doubt,” said Sonny with confidence.
“Good. Then we will discuss our plans when you get here.”
Sonny hung up the phone. Things were moving along perfectly. It wouldn’t be too long now before he got the revenge he was seeking. Before Lorenzo Alcazar would pay for all he did.
Stan looked up when Jason walked into the office. “We have a problem,” he said.
“What?” Jason asked, not in the mood for problems.
“I just checked in with the men we have on Sonny. He’s gone.”
“Gone? What do you mean gone?” Jason asked.
“I mean gone. He left the island without them knowing about it.”
“Damnit! Do we know where he went?”
Stan shook his head. “No.”
Jason didn’t like this at all.
“So we’re on for the movies tonight?” Diego asked as he walked through the park, his fingers laced with Georgie’s.
Georgie nodded. “Maybe we can grab a pizza or something after,” she said.
Diego had a better idea, but decided to keep it a surprise. He was just glad she had agreed.
Diego turned just in time to catch the small body running toward him. “Hey there munchkin!” he said, swinging Elaina up over his head.
Elaina giggled. “Wanna play!” she said, squirming in his arms to get down.
Diego let her down and watched her run back to where Morgan was. Then she stopped by the swings. “Deego play!”
Diego looked at Georgie. “Do you mind?” he asked.
“Of course not,” she said with a laugh. “Come on, we can take turns pushing her on the swings.”
Diego smiled, took her hand again, and led her over to where his niece was waiting.
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