Sonny walked into the penthouse slamming the door behind him and startling Carly who was sitting on the couch going over some paper work for the club. Before she could ask what was going on, there was a knock on the door and Max stuck his head in.
“Mr. Alcazar is here boss and he’s insisting on talking to you.”
Sonny sighed. After what he had just witnessed he was not in the mood to deal with Alcazar. As he prepared to tell Max to send him away, Alcazar pushed past Max and into the penthouse.
“Listen Corinthos,” said Alcazar as he barged into the room. Carly stood beside Sonny, curious as to what was going on.
“What do you want Alcazar?” Sonny asked, annoyed that this man burst into his home uninvited.
“I want you to keep Morgan away from my daughter!” Lorenzo practically yelled.
Sonny’s head snapped up. Had Alcazar also been on the docks? Had he seen what Sonny saw? “What are you talking about?” Sonny asked, not wanting to jump to conclusions and give any information away.
Carly glanced between the two men, feeling the tension coming from both men. Carly wasn’t sure what happened, or how Alcazar had found out about Jessica and Jason, but she had to know what Sonny and Lorenzo knew and how she was going to get that information to Jessica and Jason before anything bad happened.
“I am talking about your watch dog being all over my daughter tonight. Now, I have no idea how long this has been going on, but I am telling you this now, it is going to end. You either keep a leash on him, or I will take care of it myself!” Alcazar threatened. He had never felt this angry before and he was not looking forward to confronting Jessica about this. As he was about to make more threats, the front door opened and Alcazar turned around and saw the object of his fury walk in and close the door. As he looked at Jason, remembering how he had his arms wrapped around Jessica and how he was kissing her, he snapped. Without warning or hesitation, Lorenzo took two quick steps toward Jason and shoved him into the door putting his arm into Jason’s throat. “You ever touch my daughter again, I will kill you,” Lorenzo growled in a low, ferocious voice.
Jason struggled at first until Lorenzo said Jessica’s name, then he stopped and looked over Lorenzo’s shoulder at Carly. Her eyes were wide and she nodded her head slightly, indicating that Lorenzo knew. Then Jason’s gaze went to Sonny and he saw fire and danger there.
“Alcazar! Let him go,” said Sonny in a loud voice. He knew Max was on the other side, but would be unable to open the door with Jason and Alcazar against it. “Give Jason a chance to defend himself,” he said, wanting to hear it from Jason’s mouth.
Grudgingly, Alcazar backed off of Jason but still glared at him. Jason moved away from the door and fixed his jacket. “What the hell is going on?” he asked, looking to Sonny and Carly.
“I’ll tell you. . .” Lorenzo said as he took a step toward Jason, but Carly jumped in between the two.
“Enough!” she said. “Look, why don’t we all discuss this like rational adults.” Carly looked between the two men before taking a deep breath. She turned to Jason. “Alcazar here claims he saw you and Jessica together tonight.” She held up her hand to Lorenzo when he started to speak.
Jason knew he couldn’t lie, the truth was already out there and they were all waiting for his confirmation. “I was walking Jessica home from the club,” he stated simply, walking away from Carly and further into the room. He noticed Sonny’s stare and knew that he would have to battle not just Alcazar, but his mentor and best friend as well.
“I want to know how long this has been going on,” said Lorenzo, turning so he could keep his eyes on Jason. “I want to know how long you have been taking advantage of my daughter and using her to get to me.”
“That is not the way it is happening!” Jason shouted, outraged at Alcazar’s accusation. “I would NEVER use Jessica!” He was about to shout more, but a warning look from Carly stopped him.
“How can I believe that?” Alcazar shouted. “How do I know you weren’t the one to attack her in the park?” Lorenzo could feel his blood boiling in his veins. If he indeed was looking at his daughter’s attacker, there would be no stopping him from killing the man standing in front of him.
Carly’s mouth hung open as she listened to Lorenzo accuse Jason of stabbing Jessica. Carly looked at Sonny, annoyed that he was just standing there, quietly watching everything unfold.
Jason was shocked. He would never hurt Jessica, never even consider it. He looked at Alcazar, could see the anger in the other man’s eyes. Normally, he would have just shut down and not responded, but he was beyond angry at being accused of hurting the woman he loved more than anything. “I would NEVER hurt the woman I love!” Jason yelled. The words were out of his mouth before he realized it.
The room was quiet at Jason’s proclamation. Carly couldn’t believe Jason had revealed how he felt, especially in front of Alcazar. Sonny stared at Jason in complete shock. Lorenzo was the first to recover. In a low and angry voice he said, “You ever go near my daughter again, so help me I will kill you myself.” Then he turned, stalked past Carly and walked out of the penthouse.
It has been a great night. Jessica had just finished a shower after a long night at the club and was just settling down with a mug of hot chocolate before heading to bed. She was thinking about being with Jason earlier that evening and she smiled to herself. She remembered how Jason was gentle with her has he laid her on the bed and made sure she was comfortable with him before they did anything. Just as she was starting to drift off to sleep, there was a banging on the front door. Who could that be at this time of night? She wondered and was afraid her attacker was back.
“Jessica, open the door!” she heard her father’s voice yell. Jessica quickly got off the couch and crossed the room to the door, unlocking it and pulling it open. The look of anger on his face caused Jessica to back away from him instinctively. She had never seen her father this angry, although she had heard of it. She had no idea what had happened, but knew it was not good.
Alcazar slammed the door shut and turned to look at his daughter, he saw the frightened and weary look in her eyes. “I am going to ask you this once and I want the truth,” he said in a hard, low voice.
Jessica swallowed her eyes wide and nodded. She had a feeling that if she tried to lie, it would not be good.
Lorenzo took a deep breath. “How long have you been seeing Jason Morgan?” he asked.
Jessica was shocked. How had he found out? She wasn’t sure what to say. She wasn’t sure what he knew or if he was just guessing. She was hoping to stall as she thought of what to say.
“Before you answer, don’t bother trying to come up with a lie. I saw the two of you tonight on the docks. And when I confronted Morgan, he claimed to be in love with you.”
It took Jessica a moment to process all that her father had just said to her. “It’s true. Jason and I have been seeing each other for months now, since before the attack,” she added, not wanting him to jump to conclusions and think that Jason was involved. “We knew there were risks when we started to realize our feelings for each other, but I don’t care about the risks. I love Jason, and he loves me and that’s all that matters,” Jessica said with more confidence than she felt. She had a feeling that this was not going to go over too well with her father. And she was right.
“LOVE? You are just nineteen years old, you have no idea what love is!” Lorenzo yelled at her. “Jason is the right-hand man of my enemy and you think he’s in love with you? Open your eyes Jessica! He’s just using you to get to me!! What happened was Sonny ordered Jason to get close to you in order to get information on me, to destroy me! Jason is Sonny’s watch dog Jessica and he does not think for himself! He does what Sonny tells him too!”
“No, no! That’s not true! Jason loves me and he would never hurt me or use me!” Jessica yelled, not wanting to believe what her father was saying. She knew Jason. Yes, he was loyal to Sonny, but he would never do what her father was claiming.
“You don’t think he would hurt you? Sonny is probably the one that set up your attack and I am sure he had Morgan carry out his orders!” Lorenzo yelled back. Why couldn’t she just understand that Morgan was bad news and not the man for her?
“Don’t even say that! Sonny had nothing to do with what happened to me and Jason would NEVER hurt me!”
“Enough Jessica!” Lorenzo shouted. He had enough of arguing back and forth with her. Now was the time to be her father and put his foot down. “Whatever you and Morgan claim to have for each other is OVER! You will never see him again. Do you understand?”
Jessica stared at her father in shock. She was not going to let him do this to her. “No. I will continue to see Jason as much as I want,” she said in a low voice.
“I ever see you with him again or hear of the two of you sneaking around, I will kill him myself.” Without another word or a look at his daughter, Lorenzo turned and walked out the door. Once the door was closed, he turned to the new guard he had placed there. “She does not leave this apartment tonight. I will call in the morning with further instructions.”
Jason sat on the couch in Sonny’s penthouse not sure what to do now. He knew that Alcazar would go to Jessica next and confront her with the same information. He looked up when Sonny cleared his throat.
“You know this cannot go on Jason,” he said. Sonny was looking at the floor, at the wall, anywhere but into the eyes of his best friend. He knew that if he did he would see the love Jason had for this girl and the worry he was now feeling. “Now that Alcazar knows, there will be problems and I do not want to deal with a war right now.”
Jason understood what Sonny was saying. Now that Alcazar knew the truth, and not just that Jason and Jessica had been seeing each other, but that they were in love, there was no way they would be able to see each other. Plus, Alcazar was sure Jason was behind the attack, he would probably have guards on her at all times now. “I understand Sonny,” he said, knowing there was no use in fighting him. He loved Jessica and he knew the best way to keep her safe was to stay away from her, but it wasn’t going to be easy.
“Wait a minute,” said Carly, who had been watching her husband and Jason. “Jason, you’re going to leave Jessica just because her father found out about the two of you? I can’t believe it!”
“Carly, stay out of it,” said Sonny, already knowing that Carly must have known all along. He had seen her nod to Jason when he looked at her earlier. “Jason knows what he has to do.”
Carly was speechless, almost. “You are unbelievable Jason Morgan,” she said, her voice getting louder. “I have seen you with Jessica and I know how in love you are with her. You can’t just give that up!”
Jason looked at Carly. He knew she was right, but he also knew that this was the right decision, no matter how much it was going to hurt. “I do love Jessica Carly, but I will not risk her safety. I love her enough to leave her if it means keeping her alive,” said Jason, turning away from Carly’s angry glare. Without another word to either Sonny or Carly, Jason left the penthouse and walked across the hall to his own penthouse. It was going to be a long, sleepless night and he would rather get through it without Carly being all over him.
Jessica was shaking she was so angry. This can’t be happening, she thought to herself as she continued to stand in the middle of her livingroom, staring at the door her father just walked out of. Her father had just threatened to kill Jason. She had always been afraid of something like this happening, but now that it did, she couldn’t believe it. Running into her bedroom, Jessica threw on a sweatshirt over her sweat pants and tank top. She then pulled on sneakers and grabbed her keys as she headed toward the door. Opening the door, Jessica was about to head into the hallway when she practically ran right into a solid figure blocking the door.
“I am sorry miss, but I have strict orders not to let you out of the apartment tonight,” said the guard. He saw the flash of anger in her eyes, but knew his boss’s anger would be far worse if he disobeyed an order.
Jessica angrily slammed the door in the guard’s face. She couldn’t believe this, she was a prisoner in her own home! Well, I guess he doesn’t know me as well as he thinks, Jessica thought to herself as she went to the window in her bedroom. Her apartment was on the third floor and there was a low roof jutting out over the second floor balcony. She knew that if she climbed out of her bedroom window, she could drop onto the balcony, climb down the trellis that clung to the side of the wall and not be seen by anyone.
Jessica made it to the ground quickly. She wasn’t sure where to go though. She wanted to go to Jason, but knew someone would see her and call her father. Instead, she pulled out her cell phone.
The ringing off his phone pulled Jason’s thoughts from the mess he was currently in and back to the present. He pulled the phone from his jeans pocket and looked at the screen. JESSICA was flashing back at him. “Jessica? What’s wrong? Are you okay?” he asked, worried she was hurt.
“I’m fine, but I need to see you,” she said. She had made it to the park without anyone seeing her or following her. She knew that if a guard were following her, her father would already be there.
“Jessica, I don’t think that’s a good idea,” Jason said. He wanted to do nothing more than go to her, but he knew that it was too risky now.
“Please Jason, I’m in the park by the gazebo.”
“Jessica, you shouldn’t be out. Is there a guard with you?” he prayed that she said yes, but he had a feeling he already knew the answer.
“No, I sneaked out.”
“I’ll be there in a couple of minutes,” he said as he grabbed his jacket from the back of his desk chair. “Don’t move from that spot and call me if there’s any trouble.”
Jason arrived at the park five minutes later and Jessica ran to him. She had been so worried that her father had already done something to him. “Jason, I was so worried. . . “ she began, but Jason did not give her a chance to finish. He pulled away from her and took a step back. Jessica was puzzled over his reaction.
“We can’t do this anymore Jessica,” he said, not looking into her eyes. He knew that if he did, he would be able to say what he had to say to her.
“What are you talking about Jason? I know my father knows about us and I had to sneak out because he put a guard on my door and told him not to let me out, but we can still be together,” she said.
Jason shook his head. “No Jessica, we can’t be together, not anymore.” The statement was simple and to the point, and it hurt to say more than he ever imagined it would.
“I love you Jason, please, don’t do this,” Jessica pleaded. She didn’t want to lose him; she refused to accept that.
Jason finally looked at Jessica and his heart broke at the hurt he saw there. He never wanted to hurt her, but he knew he had to do this in order to keep her safe. “I will never stop loving you Jessica, but we cannot continue to be together, it is too dangerous for you to be with me. You are already in danger from this attacker and being with me will only add to that.”
“I don’t believe you Jason. I have never felt safer than I am when I am with you. Please, don’t leave me.”
He stood in the shadow, just out of sight of the couple. He listened to everything they were saying. If he cared, it would have been heart breaking. He smiled as he watched the tears slide down her cheeks, as Jason took out his phone, dialed a number and left. In another minute, one of Alcazar’s guards showed up and escorted Jessica from the park. This was working out better than he thought it would have.
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