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Chapter 2

September 27, 2006

Lucky was furious and confused. He couldn't understand why he was strapped by his wrists to the hospital bed. He couldn’t remember what had happened or why he was here.

“Help me! Someone help me!”

“Please keep your voice down, Mr. Spencer.” Epiphany breezed into the room. “This is a hospital, not a wrestling match.”

“It’s Detective.”

“That’s not what I hear.”

“Wait until Mac gets here. He’ll tell you. I busted Jason for drugs so what am I doing here? Why am I tied to the bed?”

“You’ll have to talk to the officer outside. Someone will be back soon to check on you.”

“Wait. I need to speak to Elizabeth. I need my wife. Please find Elizabeth. She’ll come.”

“She will not be helping you, Mr. Spencer.”

She headed for the door.

“Come back! Let me out! Find Elizabeth!”

Soon he was screaming in an empty room.

……………..

“What happened, Elizabeth? Where’s Lucky?”

“Gram, please sit.”

“Are you okay?”

“I’ve been better. Lucky shot me.”

Audrey’s face showed her shock. Elizabeth sighed.

“Lucky’s been having an affair with Maxie Jones for drugs. Mac found out and fired him so Lucky thought he could get his job back by framing Jason for drug possession. I tried to stop Lucky from doing something stupid so I went looking for him. I found him and Jason on the pier. When he heard me coming he turned and started firing. I ended up here and Lucky is in custody.”

“It was an accident, darling.”

Elizabeth’s voice was low and sad.

“Gram, he’s addicted to drugs and has been refusing to see he needs help. It doesn’t matter if it was an accident.”

“But surely he’ll go into rehab now and things will be okay.”

Elizabeth looked out the window and sighed.

“Sure, Gram.”

Elizabeth looked to the door when someone knocked. It was opened and Mac entered.

“Is this a good time, Elizabeth? We need to take your statement.”

“Sure, Mac. Come on in.”

“Would it be better if we came back?”

“Oh, not unless it’s better for you. I’m not going anywhere.”

“I’ll bring Cameron by later.”

“Thanks, Gram.” Audrey left the room. “How’s Maxie?”

“She’s doing better, thank you.”

“I’m glad. She’s got her whole life in front of her.” He just stared at her. “Mac, I know what it’s like to be young and lose someone you love. It’s not easy.”

“That’s very kind of you.”

“What happened to Lucky?”

“He’s on another floor. He’s being restrained while he goes through withdrawal and then he’ll be held down at the station until he’s arraigned.”

“And the charges?”

“We won’t know all the charges until after we talk to you, Lucky, and Jason, officially. What do you remember?”

“Maxie and Cruz found me yesterday worried about Lucky going after Jason. After calling around I found out where he might be. When I got down to the pier I could hear both Jason and Lucky. By the time I got close enough to understand what they were saying Lucky was yelling about an ambush. When I came around the corner he started shooting at me. I tried to drop to the ground, but he hit me anyway. The rest is fuzzy. I know Jason was talking to me and then the EMTs showed up. I don’t remember after that.”

Mac closed his notebook.

“Thank you, Elizabeth. We’ll keep you posted.”

………………

Emily was scheduled for the emergency room for the day as part of her rotation for residency. She headed for the nurse in charge for her first assignment.

“Quartermaine, check the cubicles and update the board. We need to erase all the patients that have been moved to rooms or have been sent home and then add the new ones.”

Emily started erasing at the bottom and worked her way up. She got to the name at the top and found it was Elizabeth’s. She was alarmed to see gunshot listed and that she’d been sent to surgery. Emily knew she wouldn’t be allowed to leave her shift so she threw herself into her work. When it was time for her lunch break she rushed to the nearest nurses’ hub to use the computer. She found Elizabeth in the system and noted her room number. She was going up in the elevator moments later. She practically ran down the hallway. She was out of breath when she pushed the door open.

“Elizabeth!” Elizabeth sat up in bed and cried out when pain shot through her shoulder. Emily rushed to her side. “Are you okay?”

Elizabeth focused on her breathing and trying to not pass out as she laid back down. She finally looked at Emily after she was calm.

“I was sleeping, Em. You scared me to death.”

“I’m sorry. I just found out you were here while I was working in the emergency room. Are you okay?”

“I’ve been shot so things could be better. I’m in more pain than I want to be, but that, too, will get better.”

Emily looked over at the machines near the bed. Her face scrunched up in puzzlement.

“Why don’t they have you on morphine?”

Elizabeth hesitated.

“I can’t really take morphine right now.”

“Why—“

Before she could continue the door opened again and Nikolas barged in.

“Emily, Nadine told me you were in here. Lucky’s upstairs…Elizabeth. What happened to you?” He came all the way to her and covered her hand with his. “Are you alright?”

“I’ll be okay. Lucky was high and he shot me.”

“What? That can’t be right.”

Elizabeth sighed.

“He was trying to frame Jason with drug possession. I tried to stop him. He thought Jason had set up an ambush and he fired at me when I came around the corner.”

Her friends were stunned into silence. She understood their shock so she just waited.

“And you're really okay?”

She understood what he was asking.

“Yes, everything is fine except for being shot.”

He looked relieved.

“Good. Good.”

Emily’s voice was uncertain.

“Do you mind if I go check on him? I only have a little time left on my break.”

Elizabeth smiled trying to ease her discomfort.

“Em, go be his friend.”

“Elizabeth—“

“Hey, we can talk about it later, okay?”

Emily really looked at her friend and realized now wasn’t the time.

“Okay. Call if you need anything.” She leaned over and hugged Elizabeth carefully. “I’ll be back after my shift.”

“I’ll be up in a minute.” After she left Nikolas sat in the chair next to the bed. “You’re sure you and the baby are alright?”

“As far as I know.” Her eyes watered. “I can’t believe he’s this far gone, Nikolas.”

He sighed raggedly.

“You and me both. Mac called me so I’d better go up and see what the next step is.” He squeezed her hand gently. “I’m so sorry he did this.”

“Me, too.” Her voice broke. “I can’t help him anymore. I can’t.”

His voice was sad.

“I know.”

…………….

The officer outside of Lucky’s hospital room checked his list of approved visitors and let Emily into the room. Lucky had quieted, but was glaring out the window.

“Lucky?”

His gaze swung to the door.

“Emily! You’ve got to help me. I don’t know why I’m tied up. They won’t find Elizabeth for me. I don’t understand. Please help me, Emily. I don’t like this.”

She came closer to the bed and put her hands on his right one. She could see him trembling and he was sweating. She knew his withdrawal would only get worse. Her heart broke for the sadness in his voice and his condition.

“Lucky, I am going to help you, but I can’t untie you.”

“What? Why not? I don’t belong here. I need Elizabeth. She will help me.”

“No, she won’t.”

Nikolas’ voice was hard as he stood in the doorway. Lucky’s voice came out in a whine.

“But, Nikolas—“

“No buts, Lucky. You’re in such denial about your addiction you have no idea what you’ve done.”

“What do you mean, what I’ve done?”

“What did you do last night?”

“I busted Jason Morgan for drugs.”

Nikolas slammed his hands on the foot rail.

“No, you didn’t. You stole drugs and tried to frame Jason for drugs. What you actually did was shoot your wife because you were high.”

“What? No, I didn’t.”

“Yes, you did.”

Lucky started to speak, but his forehead furrowed as he tried to remember the events from the night before. He remembered calling Jason and telling him to come to the pier. He remembered throwing the drugs at Jason’s feet and bragging about catching the great Jason Morgan. He fell back onto the bed when he suddenly remembered Elizabeth showing up at the same time Jason ambushed him.

“No, I shot the guy Jason had ambush me.”

“There was no guy, Lucky. Only Elizabeth.”

“No, no, that’s not—“ His shoulders slumped. “That’s not possible.”

“You have a problem, Lucky.”

Emily moved back towards Nikolas and put a comforting hand on his arm.

“I think he gets it.”

“He’d better.” He looked at her then. “I need to talk to Mac and see what’s next for him. See you later?”

She smiled.

“Dinner?”

“Sounds good.”

He gave her a quick kiss before leaving.

“Lucky, you need help.”

“I need Elizabeth.”

“You shot her. She’s not coming anywhere near you.”

“Please, Emily.”

“You need help first, Lucky. Then I’ll talk to her.”

…………….

Between Jason having meetings and Sam being with her mom at the hospital he and Sam had been playing phone tag most of the day. Jason left another message for her before getting on the elevator in the lobby of General Hospital. She must have been in with Alexis and her doctors discussing her treatment plan. As he rode the elevator up to Elizabeth’s floor he wondered how he was going to tell Sam Elizabeth might be having his child. They had decided only the day before to try their relationship again and he wasn’t sure what they would do if he was going to be a father. He did know he couldn’t keep it from her, but first he would talk to Elizabeth.

………….

He entered her room quietly and shut the door behind him. He leaned against it a moment watching her sleep. The night of the blackout with her had been unexpected, but he didn’t regret it. Not before he found out he could be a father and not now. Elizabeth stirred and he pushed off the door and made his way to the chair by her side. He reached for her hand.

“Hey, how you feeling?”

“I’m tired and sore.” She was aware of his questioning glance. “They can’t give me strong medicine for the pain so I don’t sleep well.”

“I’m sorry.”

“It’s alright. It’s not your fault.” She grinned at him. “Okay, it might be your fault they can’t give me the good stuff. I’ll blame you in a few weeks if the test says so.” He gave her a ghost of a smile. He suddenly rubbed his free hand down his leg to his knee. “What’s wrong?”

He blew out a breath.

“Nothing’s wrong.” He hesitated. “I need to talk to you about Sam. I guess first I should ask you if you’re going to tell Lucky.”

“Oh.” She leaned back against the bed which meant her hand pulled out of his grasp. He wondered if that was deliberate. “You and Sam are together?”

He cleared his throat.

“Yeah, we talked during Alexis’ surgery yesterday and decided we would like to give it another try.”

“That’s…that’s good, Jason. I’m happy for you.” She looked out the window for a moment before looking back into his eyes. “You want to tell her about the baby.”

“If we’re going to have any chance then I need to be honest.”

“No, I get it. As for Lucky, I just don’t know. He’s in such denial about being an addict I don’t know if it’s a good idea to tell him I’m pregnant and need a paternity test.”

“I can understand that.”

“But I promise I will tell him after we know for sure.”

“Let’s get you healed first. Sleep.”

They sat in silence for awhile as she tried to sleep. Her body finally gave in and she started to drift off. She had one last comment.

“You don’t have to stay.”

“I know.”
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