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As Elizabeth stood on the stage at Jakes, her back to the audience, waiting for the song she picked to begin, her mind began to contemplate, how the hell had she gotten herself into this situation. Singing in front of an audience was definitely not her thing. Sighing, as she remembered. It started when the pretty nurse decided to take a quick bathroom break, only to come across a very nervous Spinelli. Recalling the conversation she had with the hacker, the petite brunette could only roll her eyes as she realized, she had only herself to blame.


Heading to the restroom, to take a breather from both Lucky and Nicolas's prying eyes, Elizabeth noticed Spinelli pacing back and forth, hugging a microphone to his chest.

Slowly approaching the young man so as not to startle him, Elizabeth reached out her hand, lightly touching his arm, asking, "Spinelli, are you okay."

The hacker, jumped at the surprised human contact, but managed to stop his nervous gait and stare at the woman before him, trying to focus his attention on what she was saying.

Shaking his head to clear his mind, Spinelli, asked, "what did you say, Maternal one?"

Squeezing her hand gently on the young man's forearm in an attempt to calm him, Elizabeth asked again, "Are you okay?"

Sighing, Spinelli, looked down at the floor and then back at the pretty brunette before him, and said, "Fair Elizabeth, have you ever been so afraid to fail at something, that you don't know if you could go through with it, because if you fail, you might lose the one most important thing in your life? "But, if you don't try, you will lose it anyway."

Without missing a beat, the single mother looked Spinelli right in the eye and quietly whispered, "all the time."

Continuing as if Elizabeth had not spoken, Spinelli then proceeded to say, "At first, I thought this "courtly love" idea would be the perfect way to win the Fair Maximista's heart. For her, to see how much I love her, and how wonderful I think she is; but, what if it does the opposite? What if, my singing scares her so much she will never want to see me again. In my weakened state who knows what...."

Elizabeth covered the rambling computer geek's mouth to stop his ongoing chatter about "Fair Maximista" before she unwittingly throttled the poor boy for his misguided devotion to the harpy blond and quickly blurted out, "how can I help?"



So here she was standing in front of her peers, and non-peers, to sing karaoke, in the hopes that it will assist Spinelli in doing the same. The young nurse knew the computer hacker was waiting for his beloved mentor to show, but Jason, hadn't as of yet, so the brunette gave him the only support she could, she agreed to sing.

As the music notes started to filter over the stereo speakers, Elizabeth closed her eyes, and began to sway her hips to the beat, preparing herself to get lost in the words, remembering a time when she was truly happy. Then she turned, opened her midnight blue orbs and connected with the one pair of eyes she never thought she would sing to again.


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Jason quietly entered the back door of Jakes so as not to draw attention to himself. It had been a long day, and all the enforcer wanted to do, was to go home, have a beer, play pool, and relax in peace and quiet; but, he had promised Spinelli that he would support him as he serenaded Maxie. The blond only hoped that his roommate understood, he would not be participating, in any way, shape, or form. He was just here to lend moral support.

But, as he entered the bar, the blond realized his fears, presently, were unjust, because as he scanned the room for Spinelli, Jason found all eyes to be fixed on a very beautiful, petite brunette, standing up on stage ready to belt out a song. Remembering Elizabeth's last attempt at singing, the enforcer smirked to himself, but then sobered quickly, as he saw two big sapphire eyes connect with his, and then everything in the room disappeared, but her.


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As Elizabeth started to sing, she barely registered all the people in the bar staring at her, for her eyes were fixed, on only one individual.


Does he love me?
I wanna know!
How can I tell if he loves me so?



Closing her eyes for a moment to catch her bearings, she attempted to get lost in the words, moving her hips from side to side. But as she opened her midnight blue eyes once again, she immediately honed in on a pair of very intense cerulean blue ones, piercing her to the depths of her soul.


(Is it in his eyes?)
Oh no! You need to see!



And in that moment, as she watched Jason maintain his gaze on her, she knew, she knew, she wanted to stare back. She wanted the big blond enforcer to know she was singing, directly to him. The young woman had realized, the lights around the bar had dimmed, leaving a spot light directly on her; therefore, no one knew, nor had anyone noticed, Jason's arrival, giving her the perfect opportunity to be able to return his stare without fear of anyone observing their obvious connection. Smiling, a smile reserved only for Jason, reaching all the way to her eyes, Elizabeth, began to have some fun. Taking the mike from it's stand, the petite brunette started to saunter back and forth along the stage, wiggling her right index finger left and right, shaking her head back and forth, as her chestnut curls swung side to side, sparkling in the illuminated light.


(Is it in his size?)
Oh no! You make believe!
If you wanna know
If he loves you so
Its in his kiss!
(That's where it is!)



Puckering her lips seductively, Elizabeth's smile only grew as she watched Jason's Adam's apple move up and down his throat from a strong visible swallow. His beautiful pale blue eyes opening wider as she ran her hands up and down her body, eventually hugging her petite frame in a quick squeeze.


(Oh yeah! Or is it in his face?)
no girls! It's just his charms!
(In his warm embrace?)
no girls! That's just his arms!
If you wanna know
If he loves you so
It's in his kiss!
(That's where it is!)
yeah!! Its in his kiss!
(That's where it is!)


Jason watched as Elizabeth continued to shimmy along the stage. The little minx was driving him mad. He smirked as he observed both Lucky and Nicolas eying the young mother, as if she was singing to them. Neither one understanding that Elizabeth, thankfully, only had eyes for him. And even though, he didn't deserve it, it warmed his heart to know that her feelings remained the same, that she still loved him. He could see it in her gaze, the way she stared at him, Elizabeth Webber was still in love with him, Jason Morgan. Now, the only question was, what was he going to do about it.

The blond shook his head out of his musings, focusing his attention, singularly, on the gorgeous brunette, who had stolen his heart in this dirty bar, so long ago, and has had it ever since.


Oh, oh, oh, honey !
Squeeze him tight!
Find out what you wanna know!
promise love, and if it really is,
It's there in his kiss!



Elizabeth still couldn't believe she was doing this, she was singing to Jason: and, she was happy. Her resolve to enjoy herself wavering only once, as she momentarily moved her attention away from the enforcer, noticing Lucky and Nicolas both staring at her. The single mother could tell, even in that barest of glances, that the brothers both thought she was thinking of them. Nodding her head in determination, knowing, that those around her, would think she was motioning due to the words in the song, the petite brunette thought, let them think that. It was better than them becoming cognizant of where her true intentions laid, which Elizabeth knew, no matter how hard she fought it ,would always be with Jason.


(How 'bout the way he acts?)
no no no! That's not the way!
You're not listenin' to all I'm sayin'!
If you wanna know
If he loves you so
It's in his kiss!
(That's where it is!)
Oh, yeah! Its in his kiss!
(That's where it is!)



And as Elizabeth continued to sing to him, Jason could remember every heart stopping, beautiful kiss they ever shared. Each one perfect in their own way. God how he wanted to feel those plump, luscious lips on his once more, run his hands through her hair and take her mouth in his, kissing her till neither one could breath. But, he had to remember it wasn't possible; yet, he wanted it to be. The blond wanted everyone to know how he truly felt about Elizabeth.


Oh, oh, oh, hold him !
Squeeze him tight!
Find out what you wanna know!
promise love, and if it really is,
well It's there in his kiss!




The brunette didn't stop her attack on Jason's senses. She came at him full force, wanting him to feel her desire to be with him again, wanting the man she loved to take her in his big, muscular arms and feel his mouth on hers. To feel the kiss, she was singing about in this song. Closing her eyes as the song comes to an end, the brunette imagines Jason's soft, full lips touch hers once again, feels the intensity and passion that his one kiss can give her, and, never hide the fact of how he truly feels.


(How 'bout the way he acts?)
no no no! That's not the way!
You're not listenin' to all I'm sayin'!
If you wanna know
If he loves you so
It's in his kiss!
(That's where it is!)
Oh, yeah ! Its in his kiss!
(That's where it is!)
mmmm ! Its in his kiss!
(that's where it is)
mmmm is in his kiss


And as the song's finale came to a close, Elizabeth knew, so was her make believe. Yet, even if, it only had been a few brief minutes, it had felt so good, to actually feel again. To truly know, it had never gone away. The single mother took her bow, and as she arose, as the applause started to fade, Elizabeth took one final opportunity to gaze back into Jason's breathtaking cerulean blue eyes, only to see, the sheen in his, as well as she felt, in hers.

Hurriedly, she removed her stare from the blond, only to realize it had been too late. She watched from her perch on Jakes stage, as she saw Spinelli realize Jason had arrived; and the the young hacker jumped from his chair running over to his mentor screaming, "STONE COLD! I am SO GLAD YOU ARE FINALLY HERE."

Elizabeth observed in horror as the whole bar turned to see Jason standing against the bar, right behind Lucky and Nicolas, the exact spot where all her attention had lain.
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