Chapter Nine

“Wait. You did what?” Sonny asked as he took in the man standing in front of him. Sonny had heard about Manny Ruiz, but had never met the man – and he had to admit that Sonny didn’t think he had ever met anyone like him before. Manny was shorter than Sonny had expected, but the aura of danger that surrounded him made him seem so much larger. He was bald with a thick, black goatee. And the parts of his body that were not covered by his clothes, Sonny could see numerous tattoos – he was sure there were more that he could not see.

“I told you on the phone Corinthos, that I will work with you, but I will be doing things my way. I have my own reasons for doing this,” Manny said.

Sonny nodded. “I understand that, but you have to understand that this is a delicate situation and we can’t just move in and do what we want without planning.”

Manny shook his head. “Planning your way takes too much time Corinthos,” he said. “My way, gets things done faster.”

Sonny looked at the man. “So what was this calling card of yours?”

Manny just smiled.


Sam looked up when Skye rushed into the living room with Elaina in her arms. “Skye? Are you okay?” she asked, seeing the alarm and worry in the other woman’s eyes.

Skye put Elaina down who then ran to Sam. “No find Poppi,” she said, throwing her arms around Sam.

Sam looked down at Elaina and then up at Skye. “What’s going on?” she asked, pulling Elaina up into her arms.

Skye caught her breath before she started talking. “After tea, Elaina and I were going to meet Lorenzo at the house. When we got there, he wasn’t anywhere we could see and I had this strange feeling that something was not right.”

“Maybe he had a meeting or was on a business call,” Sam said.

“No, I don’t think so. Elaina called for him and you know Lorenzo would have heard her and come to us,” Skye said. “I didn’t even take a look around; I just grabbed Elaina and ran.”

Sam set the little girl on the couch and got up. Her discussion with Jason popping into her head. “Are you sure he was even home?” she asked.

Skye nodded. “I saw his cell phone on the desk – you know he wouldn’t leave the house without it. Something is not right Sam.”

“Okay, I want you to stay here with Elaina,” Sam said as she walked to the desk. She picked up the phone and hit a couple of numbers. “Hey Max, it’s me. Can you and Milo meet me at Lorenzo’s house? And come armed, something’s up,” she added.

After she hung up, Sam turned to Skye. “I’m going to check out the house. Stay here. And call Jason – he went over to talk to Carly,” she said.

Skye nodded and watched Sam leave before picking up the phone.


“You know, I’m not really surprised Sonny would do this Jason – I’m just surprised he’s waited as long as he has,” Carly said with a shake of her head. “Ad I will be damned if I allow him to even try to contact Michael and Morgan!”

“I know Carly. I’m increasing security on the boys and Elaina as well as all three houses,” Jason said.

“Carly nodded – she was not going to argue about the extra security. If Sonny has had two years to stew, who knew what state of mind he was in.

Jason got up; glad Carly wasn’t fighting him on this. “If he does try to make contact with you or the boys – whether by phone or showing up – do not engage him Carly. We may have gotten him through a lot of breakdowns, but this one might be different. Call me or get the guards right away, understood?”

“Understood,” said Carly as she got up too. “So, have you talked to Sam?” she asked.

“Sam? Yeah, I talked to her about all of this before I came over here,” Jason said.

Carly nodded. “So, ummm . . . Sam has really come through, hasn’t she?” she said.

Jason looked at Carly curiously. He could see the wheels turning in her head. “Yeah, she has,” he said cautiously. “Carly, where are you going with this?”

Carly looked at Jason innocently. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” she said.

“I know that look Carly. And whatever you are planning – don’t,” said Jason.

“I am not planning anything,” said Carly. “I was just going to make an observation. I mean, you and Sam have been living together for two years – first at the penthouse and now in the house on Lorenzo’s property. You two are raising Elaina together. And you know Jessica wouldn’t want you to be alone for the rest of your life Jason.”

Jason shook his head. “I am not getting into this with you Carly,” he said. The ringing of his cell phone cutting off whatever Carly was going to say. “Yeah,” he said.

“Jason, its Skye. I need you to get back here now.”

“What’s wrong Skye? Is it Elaina?” Jason asked, his heart jumping into his throat at the thought of his little girl hurt.

“No, Elaina is fine. We’re at your place. It’s Lorenzo.”

Jason heard the fear in her voice. “I’m on way over,” he said before hanging up.

“What’s going on?” Carly asked.

“That was Skye. There’s something wrong with Lorenzo,” he said, shoving the phone back in his pocket and heading for the door.

Carly grabbed her purse and phone and followed Jason.


Sam met Max and Milo at the door to Lorenzo’s house. “Skye didn’t see or hear anything, but she had this strange feeling that something wasn’t right. Lorenzo was supposed to meet her and Elaina here when they got back. We need to go in and see what’s going on,” she instructed as she pulled out her gun. “Let’s go,” she said.

The house was quiet – too quiet, eerily quiet – as they moved down the hallway and toward the living room. Everything seemed to be in order – nothing disturbed as far as she could see. She motioned for Max and Milo to check the upstairs while she continued with the downstairs.

Moving through the living room, Sam saw Lorenzo’s cell phone on the desk, she checked the kitchen, but it was empty and spotless. Leaving the kitchen, Sam headed down the hall, checking Lorenzo’s office before opening the door to the library.

Sam stopped at the destruction of the room. “Lorenzo,” she whispered.

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