Sam looked up when Jessica came out of her bedroom.
“Hey there sleepyhead,” Sam said with a smile as she set her laptop on the coffee table in front of her. “Did you sleep well?”
“Yeah. Where’s Jason?” Jessica asked as she looked around. It seemed that only she and Sam were home.
“Working,” Sam said with a shrug. “I volunteered to stay with you. And wait a minute; you’re not supposed to be out of bed.”
“I know, but my back was killing me,” Jessica said and then sighed when Sam pointed toward the bedroom.
“Back to bed. Do you think I want to have to answer to either your father or Jason because you were walking around when you weren’t supposed to be?” Sam asked as she got up and took Jessica’s arm, leading her back to her bedroom. Once Jessica was settled, Sam sat on the edge of the bed. “So, how are you feeling?”
“Fine. No pains. No dizziness. We’re doing okay,” Jessica said as she placed her hand on her belly. “Did you talk to Jason before he left?”
“A little. He said that the two of you came up with a name for the baby, but he said he would leave it up to you to tell me.”
Jessica smiled. “We did,” she said.
“Well, what is it? Don’t leave me in suspense,” Sam said as she shifted her position on the bed and crossed her legs Indian style.
“I decided to honor my mother and Jason’s grandmother. So we’re naming her Elaina Lila Morgan,” Jessica said with a smile.
“Oh my God, that’s beautiful,” Sam said. “Lorenzo is going to love it.”
“I hope he does. Have you talked to Dad?” Jessica asked.
“Yeah, yesterday. You haven’t?” Sam had a feeling no one had clued Jessica in on Lorenzo’s plan concerning Faith. She was still waiting to hear from Skye and see what happened when he told her.
“What’s going on Sam?” Jessica asked. “Is something happening that no one told me about?”
Sam knew she was going to have to tell Jessica and cursed both Jason and Lorenzo for not saying anything to her. “Well, there is sort of something going on.” Sam began, not looking at Jessica.
“Sam, come on. You have to tell me,” Jessica said, sitting up straighter.
“Jess, you’re not supposed to be worrying about anything, remember? You’re supposed to be relaxing and taking care of you and that baby.”
“And how am I supposed to relax when Jason and my father are involved in something that could be dangerous? Does it have to do with Faith?”
Sam sighed. There was no getting out of this and she knew it. “Alright, I’ll tell you.” Taking a moment to gather her thoughts, Sam got a little more comfortable on the bed. “Jason, Sonny and Lorenzo are teaming up against Faith.”
“The three of them are working together?” Jessica asked in astonishment. She didn’t think something like that would ever happen. “How are they going to work together against Faith?”
Sam sighed again and bit at her bottom lip. “Lorenzo is going to get close to Faith and infiltrate her organization. Take it apart from the inside out and leave Faith vulnerable to her enemies – and hopefully, keep himself, Jason and Sonny clean.”
Jessica stared at Sam a moment. “Get close to Faith? How?” Jessica was sure she had an idea, but she didn’t want to be right.
Clearing her throat, Sam looked down at her fingers. “Well, by . . . seducing her I guess,” she said, shuddering at the thought.
“What about Skye?”
“All I know is that he was going to tell Skye about the plan last night. I don’t know what happened yet.”
“So he’s going to break up with Skye – a woman I know he loves – to be with a woman he despises? A woman who almost killed him? A woman who has threatened his family at every chance she had?” Jessica asked in disbelief.
“That about sums it up,” Sam said with a shrug. “I think he was telling Skye to enlist her support in this. He isn’t walking away from her permanently Jessica. Just long enough to take care of Faith.”
Jessica couldn’t believe that her father was willing to give up his own happiness for his family. “And we’re all supposed to sit around and hope this works?” she asked.
“Well, you are. I plan on keeping tabs on this Faith person. I already had a run in with her yesterday and I am not letting Lorenzo walk into this without backup. I know he’s working with Sonny and Jason on this, but he needs family support and I am going to give it to him,” Sam said.
Jessica nodded. Feeling a bit relieved that Sam would be there for her father. “Can you do me a favor?”
“While you’re watching Dad’s back, can you keep an eye on Jason too?”
Sam smiled. “Sure,” she said.
Jason stood at the bar in The Cellar. It was late afternoon and Lorenzo was supposed to be arriving with Skye for a late lunch and to initiate their plan. It was already set up that Faith would be there – an anonymous message having been left for her saying that she would be very interested in a late lunch at The Cellar. Of course, the message had been left by Julius who turned out to be Ramon’s cousin. Julius was working a double cross on Faith and had already assured Ramon – Lorenzo’s number one guard – that he would be able to provide Lorenzo with any and all information concerning Faith’s organization and contacts, including enemies, as soon as he was in. Jason wasn’t too sure if he trusted that, but he had no choice.
Looking at the clock over the bar Jason sighed. It was almost time, so he headed to the back office where he was going to be waiting, listening, and watching. There was a bug on the table where Lorenzo and Skye would be and another where Faith was going to be seated. Lorenzo was also going to be wearing a recorder – which had been made to attach onto a button on his shirt to pick up anything the bugs didn’t. Jason was going to be in Carly’s office, making sure everything went moderately smoothly.
Sonny had made sure Carly was not in the club at that point, knowing she would not be able to resist interfering. Sam was staying with Jessica and Ramon was on Diego. Jason had been worried that the young man would find a way to get involved and he didn’t want that to happen. Besides Jessica, Diego’s involvement was an issue that he and Lorenzo actually agreed on. The only people of interest that would be present were Lorenzo, Skye, Julius and Faith. Jason had Max outside on the front door and Johnny on the back just in case and he was sure Lorenzo had a few men of his own around the building.
Flipping on the monitors for the cameras he had Stan install after the shooting, Jason waited.
The limo pulled up outside of The Cellar and Lorenzo sighed as he looked over at Skye. “Ready?” he asked. Skye had been quiet ever since he picked her up. They had gone over the plan that morning over breakfast and everything was set. But he knew that Skye was not thrilled. At least she wouldn’t have to act angry when the plan was initiated.
Skye turned her eyes from the window to Lorenzo, locking her soft green eyes onto his light blue ones. “I guess,” she said.
Lorenzo reached over and took Skye’s hand in his. “I know you don’t want to do this Skye. I don’t want to either. But I need Faith out of my family’s life. There’s a lot at stake here.”
“I know Lorenzo. And no, I don’t like this. I don’t want you putting yourself in the line of fire . . . but I know how much you love your daughter and granddaughter. And that you would do anything to protect them,” Skye said, trying to stay strong.
Lorenzo nodded. “I love you too Skye. I am doing this for all of us.”
Skye leaned forward and kissed Lorenzo, the kiss deepening instantly. But before it could get too intense, she pulled back. “Just promise that you’ll be careful.”
“I promise Skye. I promise that I will come back to you,” Lorenzo said.
Taking another breath, Lorenzo pushed open the door and slid out, offering his hand to help Skye. He was hoping she was as good as an actress as she claimed to be, because experience has taught him that Faith was not exactly a very gullible person.
Faith entered the dimly lit room of The Cellar and looked around. Julius was just beside her and slightly behind as she took in her surroundings. She was still not sure who had delivered the message, but she had to admit that she was intrigued. And Faith was never one to let a possible opportunity pass her by – especially if she was about to gain something out of it, and that’s what the message had implied. But Faith was not stupid either. She made sure she was armed as was Julius and the three other men she had stationed at various points around the club. She was not taking chances.
Lorenzo glanced up from where he was sitting and saw Faith in the doorway, Julius at her side. He shifted his eyes back to Skye and nodded slightly. Everything was just about in place.
Jason saw Faith enter the room and three of her men instantly spread out, taking up at different points. Julius stayed with her. She obviously trusted the man – and that was going to cost her.
Jason straightened his chair, ready for anything that might happen.
Skye saw Lorenzo look up and toward the door then shift his eyes back to her. She saw him nod and knew Faith was there. Skye took a steadying breath and set her face in a grim look as Faith was led to the table right near theirs. It was show time and she only hoped that she could pull this off.
Faith had spotted Lorenzo and Skye instantly and was immediately interested. She saw the look on Skye’s face and had a feeling she was going to have a show with her lunch. Now, this could be good. She thought as she settled in at her table, making sure she had a good view.
Everything was set and everyone was in place. Now it was up to Lorenzo and Skye.
Jason checked the equipment, making sure everything was turned on and ready to go. The bugs and the mike on Lorenzo were all voice activated and the cameras were already rolling.
“Come on Ramon, I don’t need a babysitter!” Diego said as he glared at the other man.
Diego knew about his father’s plans and hadn’t liked them, although he did admire what his father was doing for his family. But Diego felt helpless and left out and he was getting tired of it. Sure, when he first found out who is father was and all the circumstances surrounding him not being involved in his life, Diego wanted nothing to do with him. But it was his sister that bridged the connection between the two men. Because of Jessica, Diego had a chance to get to know his father better and finally feel like he was part of a family. There was no way he was going to let that go. Not at the hands of Faith Roscoe.
But it seemed as if his father had anticipated Diego’s reaction and made sure he was watched by Ramon – unable to get anywhere near The Cellar. And it wasn’t fair. Diego wanted in on his father’s business. He wanted to take his place in the family. Diego was not a child and he wanted to prove to his father that he could survive in this business – hell, he had survived on the streets for years. He was sure he could survive this as well.
“I’m sorry Diego, but I have my orders,” Ramon said, not giving an inch on this. His job was not the only thing on the line if he did not keep Diego away from there. He was positive his life was as well.
“So, are we even going to talk about it Lorenzo?” Skye asked as she looked at him icily.
Lorenzo raised an eyebrow as he looked at her. “Talk about what?” he asked, all the while thinking to himself, Damn, she is good. If he didn’t know any better, he would have been afraid of that look.
“Don’t give me that Lorenzo. You know exactly what I’m talking about. Things between us have not exactly been great,” Skye said, leaning back in her chair. Out of the corner of her eye she saw that they had gotten Faith’s attention.
“No, they haven’t Skye. But I don’t know what you want me to do about it,” Lorenzo said, folding his hands in front of him.
“You can start by explaining why you were calling out another woman’s name last night,” Skye said, thinking as fast as she could. If Faith thought that Lorenzo was thinking about her when he was with Skye, then it might get him in faster.
Lorenzo’s eyebrow went up. “There is nothing to explain about that Skye. I would think it was pretty self-explanatory.”
Skye seethed and let the anger she felt toward Faith and all that she had done come to the surface. She needed that now. “Really? And how long have you been cheating on me?”
“I never said I was cheating Skye.”
“And I’m supposed to believe that when it’s her name you call out when you’re with me? Don’t lie to me!”
“I am not lying Skye, but I will be honest when I say that I would rather be with her than you.” It hurt like hell to say that and Lorenzo did all he could to not let that show in his eyes, his face or his voice. They had Faith’s full attention.
Skye gasped the shock genuine on her face. She looked into Lorenzo’s eyes, seeing the coldness there. And it actually scared her. She swallowed. “And when you were going to tell me Lorenzo? Or were you going to just string me along?”
Lorenzo sat back in his chair and let his eyes drift to Faith. He locked eyes with her before looking back to Skye. “Well, I wasn’t sure how she would feel about my coming to her,” he said.
“So you were going to keep me on the side until she accepted you?” Skye asked in disbelief.
Lorenzo just shrugged. Skye’s next move surprised the hell out of him as she got up, walked to his side of the table with deliberation and slapped him so hard across the face that it actually turned his head.
“You can go to hell Lorenzo Alcazar,” she spat at him. And for good measure, she picked up his water glass and threw the cold liquid in his face.
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