Chapter Two

I have come to a decision . . . I am going to return to Port Charles. I don’t know what will happen once I get there, but Jason has a right to know that he is going to be a father . . . even if I am not sure about being a part of his life again . . .

Jessica sighed. It had been a long four months and she had to admit that she missed Jason . . . a lot. He was the first thing she thought about when she woke in the morning and the last before going to bed at night. Jessica had kept in limited contact with Carly, but was always careful to not let on where she was or what her present condition was. Carly told her that Jason had thrown himself into his work and distanced himself from everyone. She had also told Jessica that Lorenzo had been keeping his distance from everyone, but that things between him and Jason had not improved. They each blamed the other for what happened. Carly had also told her that Lorenzo had met his 17 year old son, a son he had never known he had, and that things between them were not going too well.

Jessica walked into the kitchen of her little cottage on the beach and pulled out a bowl of fruit salad from the fridge. Sitting at the table, Jessica thought back to the last conversations she had had with Jason and her father.

~ Flashback ~

“I am worried about you Jessica,” said Lorenzo as he ran his hands through is short hair, frustration evident in his movements. “You have barely left the house all week.”

“What do you expect me to do Dad? Just accept what happened and move on? I can’t!” Jessica yelled, standing and facing her father, trying to ignore the helpless look in his eyes. She knew he was worried about her. Carly was too, as well as Jason, but all their worry did not help her. She felt trapped . . . she needed to get out.

“I just want to help you Jessica,” Lorenzo pleaded. He hated seeing his daughter in pain. Although she had begun to physically heal from her wounds, he knew her psychological ones were a lot deeper and would take a lot longer to heal. “Just tell me what you need.”

Jessica took a deep breath and bit her lip. “I need to leave . . . I need time to think and be alone . . .”

Lorenzo did not want to loose his daughter, but he knew that if he forced her to stay, he would lose her for sure. He nodded. “Of course; I agree it might be better for you to leave. Do you know where you might want to go? I can make arrangments.”

“Yes, but first, I need to talk to someone.” And with that, Jessica grabbed her bag and left, heading for Jason’s penthouse.

She knew this wasn’t going to be easy, but she had to make him understand that she needed to do this. Taking a deep breath, Jessica knocked on the door.

When Jason opened it, she saw the hope and happiness in his eyes and she regretted having to break his heart.

“I’m leaving Jason,” she said simply, still standing in the doorway.

“What? Why?” Jason asked, happy to see her, but shocked at what she had just said.

“Why? Jason I was kidnapped and attacked because of who I was connected to! I was almost killed! And I killed a man. I know it’s hard for you to understand Jason . . . I mean, you kill all the time, so it must be nothing for you, but it was a lot for me Jason! I can’t stay here, knowing what I did! I need to leave, I need to find who I am again and I cannot do that here!”

“Jessica, I love you, I can help you through this-“ Jason began, but Jessica held up her hand to cut him off.

“No Jason, you can’t help me . . . no one can. Loving you is what got me into this mess in the first place. I can’t be with you Jason.” Watching the hurt and anger play over his face, Jessica turned and took the stairs, leaving Jason standing in his door.

~ End Flashback ~

Her father had been true to his word and he had helped her to leave Port Charles, without asking questions. Jessica had left without seeing Jason again and part of her regretted it, but she knew he would try to convince her to stay.

After arriving and settling into the cottage, Jessica started seeing a therapist who has helped her to understand her feelings and process what happened. Although Jessica would not have been convicted for killing Ric – as it had been in self-defense – she had been worried none the less. Not too long after arriving and settling in, Jessica started to feel sick and thought nothing of it at first, thinking it was her body reacting to all that had happened. A trip to a doctor had revealed that Jessica was pregnant.

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