Letting out a sigh, Jessica turned to face her father. “I thought you weren’t going to do this,” she said as patiently as she could.
“You thought I wasn’t going to do what, Jessica? Protect you and your child?” Lorenzo asked her, glaring at Jason as he did.
“She’s Jason’s child too, Dad. I wish you would respect that.”
“You are not moving in with him,” Lorenzo shot at her, trying to ignore the sad look in her eyes. He was only doing this because he loved her and didn’t want to see her hurt again.
Before Jessica could say anything, Jason took a step forward. “This is between me and Jessica, not you,” he said in a hard voice, his cold blue eyes boring into Lorenzo’s.
“Being that Jessica is my daughter, I will involve myself how I see fit,” Lorenzo practically growled in a low and dangerous voice.
Jessica looked between the two, not sure what to do to get through to either of them. Then she saw Diego heading to the elevators and grabbed his arm, noting the surprised look on his face. “Diego, how about you and I go and get some lunch?” she asked, turning her back on her father and Jason.
Diego looked at the three people in confusion. “Uh, is everything okay here?” he asked, not sure what he walked into. Brook Lynn had filled him in on what happened between Jessica, Alcazar and Jason Morgan.
“Oh, everything is fine. You see, Dad and Jason have gotten into this habit of deciding what is best for me without actually asking me, and I have to admit, I haven’t been home all that long and I’m already sick of it.”
Looking down at his sister, Diego admired her attitude.
“Jessica, I am just trying to protect you,” said Lorenzo, taking his eyes away from Jason to look at his daughter’s back.
“Protect me from what Dad, the father of my daughter?” Jessica asked as she turned back to the two men. She hated that they couldn’t at least pretend to be civil to each other for her sake. “You know what? The two of you can stand here and threaten each other for all I care, but I am going out to lunch with my brother.” She turned to leave, but then turned back, looking her father and Jason in the eyes. “Oh, and before I go, know this. I am more than capable of deciding where I am going to live and as of this moment, it won’t be with either of you.”
Jessica looked around her apartment, smiling as she took in the light colors and comfortable coziness it always offered. The main room was open and light with large floor to ceiling windows that made up one whole wall. There were a couple of large, comfortable beige couches with various pastel colored throw pillows and blankets.
She turned to Diego. “So, how about moving in here with me,” she said.
“What?” Diego asked in astonishment.
“I want you to move in here Diego. Look, I know your living above Kelly’s right now and I would like to get to know you better . . . so, what do you say?” she asked. The idea came to her after leaving the hospital.
“Are you sure about this?” he asked her, looking around the apartment.
“Definitely, we can get to know each other without worrying about Dad’s influence, and you can decide what you want to do about him without pressure.”
Diego liked the idea and nodded. “Sure, thanks,” he said with a smile.
“Great. There are two other bedrooms down that hallway there, pick whichever one you want.”
“So you’re just going to move in with your sister?” Brook Lynn asked Diego after he told her what had happened after he left her at the hospital that morning.
“Is that a problem?” Diego asked, his smile fading from his face. After he had moved his stuff over to Jessica’s place, Diego had gone out to pick up Brook from GH and then head to Kelly’s to hang out. He had promised Jessica he would bring back dinner with him.
“Well, you don’t really know her,” said Brook Lynn with a frown.
“That’s the point Brook,” he said. “We can get to know each other better and her place is pretty cool.”
“What about your father?”
“What about him?” he asked, picking up his cup of soda and drinking from it.
“I thought you were going to get to know him better. Won’t it be a little tough now that there are problems between him and Jessica?” she asked, playing with the napkin that had been sitting in front of her on the table.
Diego just shrugged his shoulders. “I can still get to know him. And anyway, from what I have seen, he’s just worried about her.”
“I understand that Diego, but its not like Jessica is involved with just anyone. She’s involved with Jason and your father and Jason hate each other. I just don’t want to see you caught in the middle,” Brook Lynn said, looking up at Diego with her wide eyes.
Diego smiled and leaned over, kissing her gently. “I won’t,” he said.
“So, are you going to tell me what happened today?” Carly asked as she settled onto the couch with a bag of chips on her lap.
Jessica rolled her eyes and sat next to her friend, grabbing the chips and taking a handful. “Just your usual Jason freaking over some dizziness, insisting I go to GH, then asking me to move in with him and my father showing up just at that moment,” she said, popping a couple of chips into her mouth.
“Wow, so what happened?”
“I pretty much told them that I would be the one to decide where I was going to live and left them there to continue threatening each other. Diego happened to show up and I escaped with him.”
“You left Lorenzo and Jason alone?” Carly asked wide-eyed.
“Yes. I told them they could argue and threaten each other to their heart’s content, but I wasn’t going to stick around for it,” Jessica answered. “And seeing that my father and Jason called me a little while ago, I know they didn’t kill each other.”
Carly just shook her head and grabbed more chips. “So what are you going to do?”
“I honestly don’t know Carly. I mean, I know my father is only doing what he thinks is best for me, but I wish he would respect my feelings.”
“And what are your feelings?”
Jessica sighed as she brushed the crumbs from her fingers. “I don’t know Carly. I mean, I know Jason still loves me . . . I see it all the time in his eyes when he looks at me. Do I love him? Yes, I do, and I always will, but the question is can I let him back in to my heart? I don’t have an answer for that.”
Carly leaned forward and put her hand over Jessica’s. “I think you have to just follow your heart Jessica. For once, don’t think with your head, think with your heart.”
Jessica smiled sadly. “I did think with my heart Carly . . . and look where it got me. Almost killed by a psycho DA . . . questioning my family . . . pregnant . . . and alone. I don’t think I can exactly trust my heart anymore.”
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