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I'm sorry I've been MIA. I have been working on Becky's birthday gift from her fans and packing up my house to move in a couple weeks so that hasn't left much time for writing. However, I've gotten a couple of one-shot ideas this week from Twitter and what I hear from the show. This one-shot is a continuation of Tuesday's show (3/13/18) when Elizabeth broke up with Franco.

This is the first clip so you can know what's going on if you're like me and don't watch. Make sure you click on part 2 & 3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0AmvPtvaGg


A New Day

Episode tag 3/13/18

Elizabeth managed to finish her shift without making any mistakes which could be considered surprising since her brain was a whirlwind of thoughts and confusion after she broke things off with Franco. She was tying her shoe when she stopped abruptly and picked her phone up. She scrolled through recent calls to find the number and waited for her grandmother to pick up.

“Hey, Gram. Do you think you could watch Cameron and Aiden for a little longer? I need to talk to Jake.”

“Yes, but do you think that’s a good idea?”

“Gram, I’ll be there as soon as I can. Thank you.” She hung up and finished tying her shoes. She put her dirty scrubs in her bag and slung her purse over her shoulder. She took the stairwell closest to her instead of passing Franco’s office to get to the elevator. It wasn’t long before she was pulling up to her grandmother’s house. They must have been watching for her because she was barely turning the car off when the boys were running down the porch steps.

“Mom!”

She laughed as they pretended to shove each other in order to hug her first.

“Alright, alright. Love you, too.”

“Are you really taking Jake somewhere?”

“Are you going to feed him and not us?”

“When do I get my turn?”

“Are you going to bring us something?”

She laughed again.

“Boys, stop. Yes, I’m taking Jake to Kelly’s, but I’ll ask Gram to bring you in a little bit, okay?”

“Okay.”

That was enough for Aiden and he ran back inside. She tugged Cameron gently into a side hug.

“We can talk later.”

“I’ll hold you to it.”

“Ugh, why do you have to sound so grown-up?” He just grinned a cheeky grin and hugged her back before going inside himself. She was left alone with Jake, her little mini-Jason. “Hey, Pumpkin.”

He groaned her name.

“Mom.”

“You ready to go?”

“I just need my jacket.”

“You get it and I’ll say hi to Gram.”

She followed him inside. Her grandmother was waiting by the door.

“Elizabeth, I hope you know what you’re doing.”

Elizabeth’s voice was tired.

“Why can’t you ever just support me? You always have to question me.” Her grandmother opened her mouth, but Elizabeth didn’t let her speak. She wanted to say this before the boys came back into the living room. “I broke up with Franco today. I told him I needed time so I don’t want him here. I don’t think he’ll show up here, but please don’t let him in. Can I trust you?”

“Of course you can, but—“

“No buts, Gram. Don’t let him in.”

She wasn’t sure what her grandmother wanted to say, but she didn’t say anything because Jake was coming down the stairs.

“Found it!”

Elizabeth ruffled his hair when he was close enough.

“If you’d put it where it goes you wouldn’t have to find it.”

“That’d be boring.”

“Alright, you. Let’s go. I’ll call you in a little bit and have you drop the boys off at Kelly’s if you don’t mind. You’re welcome to join us.”

“I don’t mind dropping them off. Good luck.”

She turned away before rolling her eyes. She [i]was[/i] nervous, but this was important. She grinned down at Jake.

“Let’s go.”

………….

She held the door open for Jake and followed him in. She took his coat when he slid it off his shoulders.

“Can we sit at the counter?”

“Sure, Baby.”

“Baby? Pumpkin? What’s up, Mom?”

“I’ll tell you in a minute.”

“Can I go?”

She nodded and hung their coats up near their guard who was at the door. She could feel his presence but knew she needed to have this conversation first, for him and for Jake. She took a deep breath once she was seated. She put her elbow on the counter and her chin in her hand as she turned to look at him.

“I love you. You know that?”

His tone was embarrassed.

“Yes, I know, Mom.”

“Welcome to Kelly’s. What can I get you?”

“Thanks. We’ll take a root beer float, please.”

The waitress headed to the window to put their order in.

“Did something bad happen? You ordered a float. That means big news.”

“More sad than bad, but it made me realize some things so it’s good, too.” She cupped his chin. “I know it’s confusing and I’ll explain.”

She leaned back so the waitress, who she had seen coming, could put the float in between them.

“There you go. Anything else right now?” Elizabeth shook her head. “Alright, then. I’ll check back in a bit. Enjoy.”

“Thank you.” She gave Jake one of the spoons. “Dig in.”

He ate a big spoonful of ice cream and then drank from his straw.

“This is so good.” He scooped up another big spoonful of ice cream. “You can tell me now.”

She stroked his hair once.

“You’ve been through so much and you’re only ten.”

“Almost eleven.”

She smiled.

“Don’t talk with your mouth full.” She rested her hand on the back of his chair. “We need to talk about your dad.”

He dropped his spoon in the cup.

“I don’t want to talk about him.”

“No, that’s not an acceptable answer anymore.”

“Mom.”

“No, he’s been home almost six months. He loves you and wants to get to know you.”

“You don’t know that.”

One eyebrow raised and she pinned him with a look.

“Excuse me? You think he doesn’t?”

“He hasn’t been by.“

“Stop. Do you remember how you reacted when he came for Christmas?” He looked away guiltily. Her voice lowered and softened. “Sweetie, he doesn’t hold that against you. There’s no handbook for how to get to know your dad you thought was dead. He’s afraid to make things worse so he’s not pushing you.”

“But Franco said—“

“Are you really going to believe Franco over me?”

He pulled the tall glass closer and sucked through the straw. He pushed it away. He looked at her seriously.

“You’re sure about my dad?”

She didn’t hesitate.

“Not a doubt in my mind.” She put her hand on the counter palm up. He placed his own hand on it. She closed her fingers around his. “Remember when you saw him in the park and you said he made you feel safe?” He nodded. “You can trust him.”

He flopped back in his seat.

“Okay. I’ll try and get to know him. Do I have to do it alone?’

She gently squeezed his hand.

“No, honey. We could invite him over for dinner. You guys can show him some of your tricks on your bikes.”

“That sounds good, but I don’t think he and Franco like each other.”

“That’s putting it mildly, but Franco won’t be there.” She rubbed an itchy spot on her chin. “Franco won’t be living with us anymore. I broke up with him today.”

“What? Why?”

“I found out he’s been lying to me for a long time and I deserve better.”

He just stared at her and then threw his arms around her waist.

“I’m sorry.”

She wrapped her arms around him as well which was a little tricky on stools, but they managed.

“It’s okay. I’m okay.”

“No, you’re not. You’re always telling us the importance of honesty and we get a bigger punishment than almost anything if we lie so I know this has to hurt.”

She pulled back slightly.

“How did you get so smart?”

She knew she was in trouble when he gave a dramatic fake sigh.

“Probably my dad.”

“Such a brat.” She pulled back all the way and poked him in the belly. “Just like your dad.” She could see his shock. “You get your sass from both of your parents.”

He leaned on the counter.

“He seems so…quiet.”

One shoulder came up in a little shrug.

“Well, that is true, but that’s only because he lets everyone else do the talking. But I also think it’s more now.”

“What do you mean?”

“He’s still trying to get used to how things are. He’s been gone for five years. We thought he was…” The word was still difficult to say. “Dead, but he wasn’t. We have no idea what he’s been through. I can’t imagine it’s been good.”

“Another reason to be nice to him, huh?”

She smiled lovingly.

“I said you were a smart kid.” She pulled out her phone. “Ready for your brothers to come so we can eat?”

“Yes, I’m starved.”

“You just had a float.”

“I’m a boy, Mom. We always eat.”

She rolled her eyes at his tone and called her grandmother. She put her phone away when she was finished.

“Shall we talk to your dad?”

“Elizabeth.”

They both turned when they heard Franco call out for her. She closed her eyes momentarily to brace herself.

“What do you want?”

“I need to talk to you, to explain.”

She slid off the stool and stood her ground with her hands clasped together.

“I told you I needed time. It’s only been a few hours. Leave me alone.”

His tone became cajoling.

“Come on. We should talk about this.”

She stood up straighter.

“We’ve already talked about this. We talked about this when we became friends after I kept what we thought was Drew’s identity from him. We talked about this when I found out you knew Drew and Jason were twins and you didn’t want to tell them. We talked about this over and over again because I felt such guilt about what I’d done to Jason and Sam and Danny and you didn’t tell me because you didn’t want me to leave you.” She scoffed. “That’s the real kicker right there. If you had told me we wouldn’t be here.”

“Come on, Elizabeth. This wasn’t about you.”

She snorted.

“Are you kidding me? You watched me turn myself inside and out after my life blew apart because of the lie. You knew how everyone treated me. You knew how important honesty is to me and you lied over and over and over. And not just one lie.” She drew out the word no. “No. You’d just lie about something new when I finally found out. You couldn’t say ‘Elizabeth, I found out something and I need to work it out in my head a little before I come to you?’ No, you figured your honest and gullible Elizabeth would just let you get away with anything because she loves you. Not anymore.”

“I’m sorry.”

“You’re only sorry I’m mad because if you were really sorry you would have told me yourself. You only confessed because I confronted you. I deserve better.”

“What about the boys? I was going to be their father.”

“No. You were going to be a father figure, but not anymore. They deserve better, too.”

His attention turned to Jake.

“Jake, help a guy out. Don’t you want me to come home?”

Jake jumped off his own stool and put his hand in Elizabeth’s.

“I like you, but I trust my mom. She said no so I say no.”

“Jake.”

“No, that’s enough.” She pulled and eased her engagement ring off her finger. She walked over and laid it on the table nearest Franco. “We’re done.”

She turned and spoke to Jake as she headed back to the counter.

“Let’s clean our area up and then find a table for everyone.”

She saw him hesitate and then speak.

“Should we call my dad?”

“You don’t have to do it today.”

“Yes, I do.”

She was not thrilled Franco hadn’t left yet, but she wasn’t about to discourage Jake.

“No need. He’s in the back corner. You can just go ask him.”

His eyes swung to the jukebox area and sure enough, there was his dad, Jason.

“How did you know?”

She shrugged.

“I just always do.”

She followed Jake to Jason and Carly’s table.

“Hi.”

“Hey, Jake. This is my friend, Carly.”

Jake’s eyes swung to Carly.

“Hi.” But then they swung back to Jason. “My brothers are coming. Do you want to eat with us?”

“I’d like that.”

“Jake and I will go get a table ready and wait for the boys. You come over when you’re finished, okay?”

Jason nodded at Elizabeth who smiled at him and Carly before ushering Jake away. Jake was helping her push two tables together when gentle hands nudged her to the side. Jason and Jake worked together to get the tables lined up just right. She hid a smile when Jason looked up at her when she chuckled.

“That’s it? I don’t get a second chance and you just let Jason right in?”

She stalked past Franco toward the door.

“Outside. Now.” He met her in the courtyard, as did the guard. She didn’t know if he came on his own or Jason had told him to and she realized the reason didn’t matter. She turned to face Franco. “First of all, Jason is Jake’s father. Even if you and I were to reconcile nothing changes that fact. However, we are not going to reconcile because this was your second chance and you blew it. ” She turned when she could hear boys talking. Cameron and Aidan came around the corner with her grandmother not far behind them.

“Mom!”

She hugged both of them.

“Hey, guys. Go on in. Jake is waiting.”

They ran inside after yelling goodbyes to Audrey.

“You want to stay, Gram?”

“No, I think I’ll go home and give you some time together with your boys.”

“With all her boys, you mean.”

Audrey looked in the windows and saw Jason sitting with the boys. She glanced back at Elizabeth who was rolling her eyes.

“My son is getting to know his dad in a safe and comfortable setting. Franco is being petty because I broke up with him because he’s been lying to me for a very long time.”

“Elizabeth—“

“Gram, I love you, but I’m not going to get into it right now.”

“Alright, then. I’ll be off.”

“Thanks for watching the boys.”

They hugged and Audrey left the courtyard. Franco spoke as Elizabeth was opening the door.

“I’m not giving up.”

She stopped but didn’t look back.

“I’ll be sure to let Jason know.”

She went inside.

Cameron and Jake were looking at menus and Jason was helping Aidan read his. She sat in the empty chair between Aidan and Jake. She caught Jason’s eye across from her.

“I’m glad you could join us.”

“Wouldn’t miss it.”

“Good.” She looked around the table and smiled. “Now, who’s ready to order?”
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