Lorenzo sighed as he looked down at his sister. “Overbearing tyrant, huh?” he said, rubbing the back of his neck. Was that really how he was presenting himself to his daughter? “Look Samantha, this hasn’t exactly been a walk in the park for me. Out of nowhere, Jessica shows up on my doorstep and immediately puts herself in the path of Sonny Corinthos. I couldn’t just let that go. Then she was stabbed, kidnapped, tortured and I find out she and Morgan have something going on. I almost lost my daughter when she couldn’t deal with what happened to her. And yes, Samantha, I know it wasn’t all because of Jason. What happened to Jessica had a lot to do with me as well.” Lorenzo stopped and sighed. It was hard for him to accept that he was responsible for his daughter almost losing her life – more than once – since she arrived in town. “You know what; her leaving was the best thing for her. Part of me hoped she would stay away.”
“And the other part?” Sam asked expectantly.
“The other part wanted nothing more than to have my daughter back in my life.”
“Then why are you punishing her for the choices she made Lorenzo?” Sam asked, crossing her arms over her chest and staring her brother down. “Why punish her for falling in love? For being responsible for this wonderful life she’s carrying? A life that is not just a part of her, but a part of Jason as well and probably the best of the Alcazars?”
Lorenzo sighed. “You’re right. Maybe I have been punishing her. I just never thought that my only daughter would fall in love with a man I have thought of as my enemy since I arrived in this town.”
“So stop thinking of him that way Lorenzo. Because like it or not, Jason is going to be family. Now, I’m not saying he and Jessica are going to get married, but they are going to be sharing a very precious life. A life that needs to be treasured and not fought over. And being that you two appear to be very smart men, I’m sure you won’t screw that up.”
Lorenzo looked sharply at Sam and saw the amusement in her eyes. “Thanks for the vote of confidence,” he said with a wry smile.
“Hey, that’s what little sisters are for,” Sam shot back with a smile of her own. “So, you want to tell me what’s really bothering you?”
Lorenzo knew he wouldn’t have been able to keep his plan secret for long. And he figured if he fleshed it out with Samantha before talking to Skye, it would boost his confidence that it would work.
“I’m teaming up with Corinthos and Morgan to take Faith down. And the one way to take Faith down is to get close to her,” he began, watching Sam for her reaction.
“Okay, I think the idea of you working with Jason is a good one . . . but what’s the deal with getting close to Faith? How and who exactly will make that happen?” Sam was sure she wasn’t going to like what Lorenzo had to say in answer to that.
Lorenzo detailed his plan, trying to make it sound better than it did, but he could tell by Sam’s face that she didn’t like the idea at all.
“Are you NUTS?” Sam asked in disbelief. “You just stood there and told me that you are going to make Faith believe you broke up with Skye – the woman you happen to be in love with – so that you could be with her?”
Lorenzo sighed. “Yes Samantha,” he said as patiently as he could. “And I plan on letting Skye know what is going on.”
“Oh great. I definitely want front row seats for that one,” said Sam. “Lorenzo, Skye is the first woman I have seen you actually, deeply, and truly love since Elaina. Are you willing to risk that for this plan?”
“If it means keeping my daughter and granddaughter alive? Then yes. And I can only hope that Skye loves me enough in return to understand.”
“Are you sure Jessica?” Jason asked, not wanting to push her and cause her to change her mind. “Are you sure you want to do this?”
Jessica smiled as she watched his face. It was unusual to see the hopefulness in his eyes and there was no way Jessica was going to shoot that down. Not anymore.
“Yes Jason, I’m sure. It’s about time I stopped running. We’re in this together, no matter what happens. And I want to be with you.”
Jason let out a breath and went over to her. “Thank you Jessica.”
“There’s no need to thank me Jason. I love you, more than even I thought possible. I want the three of to be a family – our little girl deserves that.”
Settling onto the bed next to Jessica, Jason pulled her into his arms. “So, I think it’s about time we started talking about names,” he said, resting his hand on her belly, loving the feel of their daughter moving around.
“Hmmm . . . “ Jessica said as she moved closer to Jason and rested her head against his shoulder. “I might have a few in mind.”
“I thought you would,” Jason said with a smile. “Planning on sharing?”
“Well, I was thinking of honoring two women that were important in our lives,” Jessica began. “My mother and your grandmother. Elaina Lila Morgan.”
Jason looked down at Sam. “It’s perfect,” he whispered, kissing the top of her head.
His conversation with Sam was still bouncing around in Lorenzo’s head as he made his way home. Confronting Skye about his plan with Faith was not going to be easy and Lorenzo was not going to pretend otherwise.
Unlocking the door to his apartment, Lorenzo pushed it open, seeing Skye sitting on the couch. Stalling time was over.
“Hey, I was wondering where you were,” Skye said as she looked up. “I was starting to get worried.”
“I just needed to get some air,” Lorenzo said as he slipped his coat off and hung it on the back of the desk chair.
“Is everything alright?” Skye asked, seeing the tenseness in his movements.
“That depends on how you react to what I have to tell you,” Lorenzo said, figuring it would be best to just jump right in.
“Lorenzo, you’re scaring me. What’s going on?” Skye asked as she stood. “Tell me.”
“Just . . . before you say anything, let me explain everything.” Lorenzo thought that if he could get it all out at once without interruption, it would be a bit easier. This way he could read Skye’s face as he talked.
“Okay,” said Skye worriedly as she sat back down on the couch. This must be really serious, she thought.
Lorenzo took in a deep breath and slowly let it out. He walked over to the bar and after quickly contemplating the offerings, he decided on water – he needed a clear head for this.
Skye continued to watch Lorenzo. This was not going to be good, she could tell that much. “Lorenzo, please. Just tell me what’s going on. I’m sure we can get through whatever it is together.”
A small smiled played on his lips as he turned to face her. God, she was beautiful. What could he have possibly done to have deserved this woman in his life?
Not able to stall anymore, Lorenzo joined Skye on the couch, turning his body to face her and taking her hands in his. “I want you to know that I’m going to be joining up with Corinthos and Morgan in taking down Faith. It’s the only way I know how to make sure those that I love are safe.”
Skye nodded, keeping her promise not to interrupt until he was finished.
“In order to take Faith down . . . I have a man on the inside who has been feeding us information about her movements, plans and anything else of importance,” Lorenzo continued to explain. He knew this part of his plan sounded reasonable enough. Taking another deep breath, Lorenzo plunged on ahead to the next part. “It was also decided that in order to really get to Faith . . . I would use my past relationship with her to get close to her.”
Skye looked at Lorenzo in confusion. “Get close to her? How?” she asked, not taking her eyes off of him. Skye could see that this was not easy for Lorenzo to say – indicating to her that she was not going to like it.
“One of the things that Faith has wanted since coming back to town – besides revenge against Sonny and Jason – is me. I am going to make her believe she’s getting what she wants.”
Skye didn’t say anything. She didn’t move. She just sat there and looked at Lorenzo. Did she just hear him correctly? Did Lorenzo just say that he was going to give himself to Faith?
Swallowing past the lump in her throat, Skye took a breath and slowly let it out, never taking her eyes from Lorenzo’s. “And what she wants is . . . you.” Lorenzo had pretty much already stated this, but Skye needed to clarify this fact out loud.
Lorenzo watched Skye. Watched as she processed what he was telling her. He couldn’t tell what she was feeling or thinking at that moment, but he was sure he wasn’t going to have to wait too long to find out.
He was right.
“So, in order to beat Faith at her own game, you are going to put yourself in the line of fire – again. You’re going to go to her. What about us?” Skye could feel the anger rising, but she didn’t want to explode – at least not until she had all the facts.
“We’re going to have to make Faith believe that we’re over,” Lorenzo said, realizing how very hard saying those words were.
Skye nodded as she stood up. “It will have to be very public and very real,” she said. She couldn’t sit still at that moment. She needed to move and talk this out. With her arms folded over her chest, Skye paced back and forth slightly.
Lorenzo’s eyebrows went up in surprise. “Yes, it would have to be,” he said cautiously.
“And having it happen right in front of her would also be beneficial. She would need to see proof if she’s going to believe it.”
“I know you’re expecting me to yell at you, but the truth is, I know why you’re doing this Lorenzo,” Skye said, knowing that Lorenzo was going to need an explanation for her reaction. “And I’m not saying it’s going to be easy – or that I’m going to make it easy, because I’m not. But I do understand. I understand that you would do anything to save those that you love.”
“That includes you Skye. Believe me, if there were another way, I would jump all over it – but there isn’t. I can’t allow Faith to keep trying to hurt Jessica and that baby out of spite. Taking her out would be easy enough, but Faith has proven time and again that she’s not easy to kill,” he said with a wry smile. “But if I can get on the inside, I can make sure her organization is dismantled from the inside out, with no hopes of her recovering. I can also feed information to her enemies – taking the heat off of myself, Corinthos and Morgan if anything . . . untimely . . . were to happen to her.”
“Then I guess there’s nothing we can do about it,” Skye said with a shrug of her shoulders. Why did this always happen to her? Just when she found the – almost – perfect man, something always messed it up. Sure, none of her past relationships had gone exactly as she planned; Jax went after Brenda right after they were married; Luis was a drunken one-night stand that she barely remembered; Luke was obsessed with scheming and adventures and was always on the move, not to mention that his heart belonged soully to a woman who was too far gone mentally to even know. And now here was Lorenzo, a man who was full of mystery and danger, but also of love and compassion. He had put her first. He took the time to get to know her. He trusted her enough to open up about his past and let her in. And now she was losing him too.
“There is plenty we can do about it Skye. I am not walking away from you – us – not permently at least. I am telling you about the plan to keep you safe and to make sure you know that I love you and I will be coming back,” Lorenzo said, taking Skye by the arms and making her look at him.
Skye blinked back her tears and pasted on a smile. She believed him. She really did. But it still hurt, knowing he was going to another woman. “I guess I’ll just have to grin and bare it – but it won’t be easy resisting the urge to rip out every hair from her bleached blond head.”
Lorenzo smiled. “Now there’s that fire I love so much,” he said. “So, do you think you can handle this?”
Skye looked up at Lorenzo, the moisture in her eyes gone. Lorenzo loved her and he didn’t want to do this – and that meant the world to her. “Positive,” she said.
Leaning down, Lorenzo captured Skye’s lips with his. If they were going to have to make their breakup public and believable, he was going to have this night with her as something he could hold onto.
Skye pulled back. “You’re not going to sleep with her, are you?” she asked, her eyes hardening at the thought. “Because if you do – or even consider it – there will be hell to pay.”
Jason looked down at Jessica. She was sleeping and looked so peaceful. There was a small smile on her lips and he was sure she was having a good dream. Her hand was resting on her large belly with his, and Jason could feel their daughter – Elaina – moving. She was restless. Jason had an idea of how she was feeling. Jason was pretty restless himself – for a lot of reasons. He wanted his daughter to be born healthy and safe and he wanted Faith out of the picture. As long as she was around, Jason knew Jessica and Elaina would not be safe.
Part of Jason wanted to be out there, tracking Faith and making sure she couldn’t hurt anyone he cared about, but a bigger part wanted to stay right where he was – with Jessica in his arms, quiet and calm surrounding them.
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