“If you sleep with Jason Morgan I will disown you.”
Elizabeth was a few steps into Kelly’s Diner when her brother, Dr. Steven Webber, uttered those words as he followed her inside. She sighed as she realized most people in the diner had probably heard him. She turned to face him.
“You do what you need to, Steven.”
She turned and headed to the counter. She put her purse at the end of the bar. A waitress made eye contact and Elizabeth motioned for her to come over. The waitress brought a menu and water pitcher.
“What can I bring you while you take a look at the menu?”
Elizabeth pointed to her glass the waitress was filling.
“This is great for now.”
“You got it. I’ll be back in a few minutes.”
Elizabeth started to read the choices available, but was annoyed at her brother boring holes with his stare into her back from his spot near the door. She took a couple of deep breaths before spinning her bar stool around and facing him. She stood and leaned against the stool.
“I mean it, Elizabeth.”
“I’m sorry. I didn’t catch your name.”
Steven’s mouth fell open.
“It wouldn’t be a good idea. I know he saved you from Dr. Keenan, but that’s no reason to...”
He didn’t want to say it again so he trailed off. She brushed a lock of hair from her face gently and tucked it behind her ear. The bandage at her temple pulled at the hairs a bit. She hadn’t forgotten what had occurred with Ewen. How could she? It had just happened and his betrayal was on repeat in her mind.
“You don’t think much of me if you think I’d sleep with him just because something bad happened to me. If I did that we would have had a lot more kids by now.”
“Am I making you uncomfortable? Good. My life and who I may or may not spend it with is none of your business. You get to love me and accept I’m an adult.”
“Jason is dangerous.”
“Life is dangerous. I chose a nice lawyer, my first love, and a respected doctor. Each of them hurt me, physically or emotionally, sometimes both. Jason has never hurt me intentionally. While his job may be dangerous, he is not.”
His annoyance was evident.
“You’ve made up your mind.”
“I have decided I’m not going to let fear keep me from being his friend. If he thinks we need guards to be around him we’ll do it, but I’m not letting either of us walk away again. He is important to me, Steven.”
“I hope he’s worth it, Elizabeth.”
She stared at the door for a few seconds after Steven left, but then squared her shoulders and sat back down. The waitress gave her a few minutes before coming over. Elizabeth ordered before being left to her own thoughts. The television was on behind the counter and it looked like a press conference was about to start. She watched as Dante stepped behind the microphones.
“I’m Detective Dante Falconeri of the Port Charles Police Department. Early this morning authorities were alerted to a possible hostage situation at Wyndemere out on Spoon Island. No one is currently living at the estate so a team was dispatched to check it out. Upon arrival we found Jason Morgan and Elizabeth Webber who informed us Miss Webber had been kidnapped by Dr. Ewen Keenan. It wasn’t long before we found Dr. Keenan sneaking out of the catacombs. No one was hurt and he is now in police custody.” He paused. “I’ll take a couple of questions.”
“Detective Falconeri, where is Commissioner Anna Devane?”
“She is currently out of the country.”
Dante pointed to another reporter.
“My source says Commissioner Devane’s daughter, Dr. Robin Scorpio-Drake, is, in fact, alive.” Elizabeth’s head popped up, her eyes riveted to the screen. She held her breath waiting for his answer. She could see Dante was surprised, but not shocked. “Is she out of the country looking for her daughter?”
“No comment. No further questions. Have a nice day.”
Dante left the podium and reporters started yelling out questions and comments, but Elizabeth heard none of it. She was remembering being on Spoon Island.
They heard Jason before they saw him. Ewen pulled her up and in front of him as Jason burst through the door. Jason aimed his gun at Ewen.
“Let her go.”
“I didn’t want this to happen.”
“And yet it did. Let her go.”
Ewen never took his eyes off Jason, but leaned in and whispered in her ear.
“Jake is the same as Robin. Jake is the same as Robin.”
He had shoved her at Jason before running into the tunnels.
It was his words she remembered now.
Her heart was warring with her mind. Her mind was telling her there was no way Jake could be alive while her heart was starting to beat with hope. Her phone began to vibrate in her pocket. She got up and stepped to the side for a little privacy. She was confused when she saw an international number on the display but answered anyway.
“Hello, Elizabeth? It’s Anna Devane.”
Her heart skipped a beat. She put her hand on the counter to help keep her steady.
“Yes. I’m in Switzerland. You won’t believe this but I found my daughter. Robin is alive.” Elizabeth drained of color as her dream took a step closer to reality.
“What? How did you-- It doesn’t matter. That’s not why I called you. Sit down, Elizabeth. Jake is alive. I found your son here, too.”
Elizabeth’s legs gave out and she sank to the floor, her hand to her mouth. She heard heavy footsteps and looked up to see Jason coming her way. He crouched down next to her, his face etched with concern.
He caressed her cheek and she realized she was crying. She smiled.
“Anna, I’m putting you on speakerphone. Please repeat that for Jason.”
“I’ll do you one better. Jake, say hi to your mom.”
Jason’s eyes widened. Elizabeth heard Monica gasp behind him. Elizabeth covered his hand with her free one.
“Mommy? Is that you?”
Jason hugged Elizabeth into his side, right there seated on the floor. She took a shuddery breath.
“Yes, baby. It’s Mommy. Mommy and Jason. Do you remember Jason?”
She held her breath until their son spoke.
“He was nice. He let me play with the yellow motorcycle, right? It’s my favorite.”
Jason’s voice was rough.
“I remember, Jake.”
“Can I come home now?”
Her tears started again.
“Yes, Jake. Miss Anna is Emma’s grandma and she’s going to help get you home.”
“What if we come get him?”
“That might be better. I still have to take care of Robin.”
“Jake, we’re going to get your brothers and then we’re going to come get you. We’ll be there tomorrow.”
Jake’s voice was timid.
Jason and Elizabeth shared a look.
“We promise. We love you. We’ll call you soon. Thank you, Anna.”
“You’re welcome. We’ll see you soon.”
Elizabeth heard the dial tone sooner than she was ready. Jason helped her stand and held out his hand.
“Let’s go get our son.”