“So, are you going to tell Dad about the pain meds in his water?” Jessica asked Skye as she finished her tea and set the empty cup on the table in front of them.
“No way. He would never accept another drink from me again. And what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him,” Skye said innocently, a smile playing on her lips.
Jessica nodded in agreement and then jumped slightly when the baby gave a particularly hard kick. “I think this one agrees,” she said with a smile as she rubbed her belly.
Skye smiled as she watched the younger woman. Jessica glowed with happiness at carrying the child inside of her and Skye found herself feeling envious. She had always wanted to be a mother and it saddened her – as it always did – to know that that would never happen. At least not naturally. Skye had been secretly thinking about adoption, but had not yet acted on it. She was sure her past would play a big factor in the procedures.
Jessica noticed the look in Skye’s eyes and put her hand on the other woman’s arm. “Are you okay Skye?” she asked gently. Jessica knew about Skye’s inability to have children and wished there were some way she could remove the sadness and longing from her eyes.
Snapping herself out of her little revere, Skye nodded. “Yes, I’m fine,” she said. But before she could continue on, they heard Lorenzo moving around in the other room. Looking back at Jessica she whispered, “Remember, not one word.”
Jessica nodded with a conspiratal wink and then looked up when her father walked into the room. He was dressed in black silk pajama pants and a deep maroon robe. His thick hair – shorter now than it once was a couple of years ago – was sticking up wildly and he still had the drowsy look of sleep on his face. If anyone was to see him now, they would not believe this was the formidable Lorenzo Alcazar.
“Hi. Nice nap?” Jessica asked as she struggled to stand. Her large belly getting in the way of her getting to her feet.
Lorenzo glanced at Skye curiously as he reached out and helped Jessica up off the couch with a nod of his head. “I guess I didn’t realize how tired I was,” he commented.
“Well, you needed it,” Jessica said, distracting his attention from Skye. Lorenzo was a very smart man and Jessica could see the wheels turning in his head. Once on her feet, Jessica kissed her father on the cheek and then gathered her bag.
“Where are you going?” Lorenzo asked, running a hand over his face to wipe away the last of his sleepiness. He hadn’t seen Jessica in a couple of days and would have liked for her to stay longer.
“I have a doctor’s appointment. I just wanted to check on you and make sure you were resting. And now that I know that Skye has everything under control, I’m going and I want you to get something to eat and relax.”
Lorenzo walked his daughter to the door, making sure Ramon was there to take her to GH. After closing the door, Lorenzo turned back to the main room, seeing Skye was not there. He followed the sounds coming from the kitchen and saw her preparing something for lunch. Walking up behind her, Lorenzo wrapped his arms around her from behind, feathering a kiss against the side of her throat.
“So, is there something you want to tell me about that nap?” he whispered in her ear.
Skye smiled innocently as she turned in his arms. “Nope. You’re body obviously needed the rest.”
Lorenzo nodded and had to admit to himself that he did feel a little more refreshed and not as sore and stiff as he did before.
Jason nodded to Max as he walked into Sonny’s penthouse, the conversation he had with Jessica that morning bouncing around in his head. He knew she was right – Sonny, Carly and their children were his family and have been since he became Jason Morgan. Sonny was the first person who didn’t expect him to be the person Jason no longer remembered and never would. Sonny, in a sense, became Jason’s new father figure – teaching Jason how to distinguish between right and wrong and make decisions for himself. Sonny gave Jason a reason to get up in the morning. He gave Jason a purpose to his life and it has made Jason the man he is now – a man who found a deep love and was now going to be a father. He just hoped he could get through to Sonny and make him see that his family was growing and he was going to have to start accepting and adjusting to it.
Sonny looked up when the door opened and Jason walked in. Sonny nodded to him as he walked over to his desk and picked up the file sitting there. “I need you to double check these numbers from the casino; I think Juan might be trying to skim off the top again. He’s going to need to be dealt with.”
Nodding, Jason took the file and quickly flipped through it, his eyes scanning over the columns of numbers. “If there are any problems, I’ll send Marco down there.”
“No Jason, I need you to handle this personally,” said Sonny, still not looking at Jason as he went over to the couch and sat. If Carly knew what he was doing, she would have a fit, and he was glad that she had had to take Morgan for a checkup at GH.
Jason sighed, but didn’t move. “Sonny, it’s not possible for me to leave right now.”
“You’re the best I have Jason and I know I can trust you to handle Juan.”
“Marco has dealt with him before and he’s more than capable of doing it Sonny,” Jason said as patiently as he could. He didn’t care what it took; he was going to make Sonny understand that he was not going to jump every time Sonny said. Sonny needed to understand that beside Jason being his Enforcer, they were also business partners and if Jason needed to delegate, then it was perfectly acceptable for him to do so.
“Well, obviously Marco’s last warning was not good enough if Juan is skimming again! You personally handling this will get the message across loud and clear Jason.”
Sonny finally looked up at Jason, who was still standing by the desk, the file in his hands, now hanging at his side. He couldn’t have heard right, could he? Jason did not just defy an order . . . did he? Sonny stood up and faced Jason. “I gave you an order Jason.”
Jason’s right eyebrow rose slightly. “I’m sorry Sonny, but I cannot follow through the way you want me to. I will check the numbers and if there is a problem, I will send Marco down there to look into it and take care of the matter as I see fit – per his report. Other than that, I am not leaving Port Charles any time soon.”
Sonny shook his head. “So you’re willing to throw it all away for her?”
“I’m not throwing anything away Sonny-“ Jason began but was cut off by Sonny.
“The hell you are!” Sonny shouted, finally letting it out. “You are throwing away our friendship for that bitch and for what Jason? A roll in the sack with an enemy’s daughter? Huh? Stick it to Alcazar? That’s what this is all about isn’t it?”
Jason was across the room so fast Sonny barely saw him move until he was backed up against the mantle. “The reason you are not standing here with a bullet in your head right now is because I respect you too much. But I will tell you this now Sonny, don’t you EVER disrespect Jessica again. I have put up with a lot of your bull over the years without a word and I would never speak that way about Carly, so don’t you start.”
Sonny was pinned there by Jason’s steel blue eyes. Sonny knew this was the last thing people saw before they met their maker at this man’s hands and Sonny could have sworn his own life flashed before his eyes. Finally breaking the hold Jason had on him, Sonny blinked and nodded his head. He knew he had gone too far.
“What the hell is going on?” Carly asked as she walked into the room with Morgan in her arms. Max had told her that Jason was there, but Carly had not been expecting to see the two men nose to nose, the tension so thick it could choke you.
Sonny and Jason stared each other down a moment longer and then both nodded slightly, coming to a silent understanding. Jason backed off.
Carly continued to watch the two men. “Am I going to get an answer?” she asked.
“No. Everything’s fine Carly,” said Jason as he moved back to the desk. “I’ll take a look at the numbers and let you and Marco know what’s going on.”
Sonny nodded again and watched Jason walk out without another word.
“You know, you still have to eat something,” Skye said with a languid smile, stretching her body alongside Lorenzo’s, loving the feel of his fingers combing through her hair.
“Hmmmm . . . well, I thought you wanted me to get some rest,” Lorenzo said, trailing his lips across her bare shoulder, pushing her silky hair out of the way.
“Rest? You did everything but rest Lorenzo,” Skye said, closing her eyes at the feel of his lips on her skin as they blazed a firey trail to her collar bone. “You really shouldn’t be . . . exerting yourself,” she weakly protested.
Ignoring her weak protests, Lorenzo moved over her body, his lips finding the side of her throat as he gently nibbled on it, hearing her moans and feeling her hands move over his back.
The ringing of the phone on the bedside table caused Lorenzo to groan into Skye’s neck as the phone continued to ring.
“Are you going to get that Lorenzo?” Skye asked when he didn’t move.
“No,” he said but grudgingly he rolled off of Skye and grabbed the phone. “If it’s not Jessica in labor then we’re going for round two,” he said to her before putting the phone to his ear.
Skye laughed and shook her head as she sat up and leaned against the headboard.
Not taking his eyes off of her, Lorenzo put the phone to his ear. “Alcazar,” he said.
“You know, I really don’t want to know what you’re going to be doing round two of, big brother,” came a female voice on the other end of the line.
Samantha McCall-Alcazar put her feet up on the console in front of her as she leaned back in her chair and smiled. “Well, at least you recognize my voice,” she teased.
Lorenzo chuckled softly. “It’s good to hear from you Samantha, what’s the occasion?”
Sam rolled her eyes. “Come on Lorenzo, you know I like to be called Sam.”
“That’s a boys name and I refuse to call you that,” Lorenzo said. “Where are you?”
“Actually, that’s why I called. I’m on my way into Port Charles as we speak.”
“You are?” Lorenzo asked, not hiding his surprise.
“I should be there tonight.”
“I’ll have someone meet you at the harbor.”
“Thanks, but it’s not necessary Lorenzo. How about I come by your place tonight and you can tell me all about what you have been up to.”
Lorenzo agreed and soon ended the call. As he replaced the phone on the table, he turned to Skye.
“Who’s Samantha?” she asked, her eyes giving away the little bit of jealousy she felt at the smile that graced Lorenzo’s face while he was talking to the mystery woman.
“Samantha McCall-Alcazar, my half-sister.”
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