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With the death of a beloved character, can the past two lovers come together for comfort or will this latest tragedy drive them apart forever?Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Jason M. & Elizabeth W. - Chapters: 24 - Words: 149,771 - Reviews: 294 - Favs: 32 - Follows: 45 - Updated: 10-23-12 - Published: 02-29-12 - Status: Complete - id: 7883763
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A/N: Due to the factors of vacation, watching new shows (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Heroes, The Wire and Supernatural) and just being busy, I have not found time to update. I apologize for taking so long, but I have been away from my laptop for awhile. This has been my favorite chapter to write so far. It's pretty exciting and I spent a lot of time on this chapter to make it perfect. I've stayed up all night and into early this morning putting on the finishing touches, so without further ado, here's Chapter 20/ Shit's going down! This chapter is all Jason saving Elizabeth. Plus, this is the chapter for Liason *wink wink*
P.S. Anyone been reading the PCI or their tweets? PC is about to be rocked with returning baddies and I can't wait. Look for August and September to be explosive for GH as a whole. I highly recommend you check out the "magazine" as it offers up some interesting riddles to solve, if you're into that sort of thing.
P.P.S. Anyone see The Dark Knight Rises? If you haven't, you must be living under a rock :p Easily my favorite movie of the year. Also one of my all time favorite movie trilogies, it's up there with the original Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings. Even if you're not into the whole superhero thing, it's still an excellent movie to see. Lots of themes woven into a captivating story. I definitely recommend it. Since I've seen it twice, it definitely influenced the last fight in this chapter. If you've see The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, then you'll catch some quotes at the end.
P.P.P.S - If that's what it's properly called. I'm too excited for Liason. I'm trying really hard not to get my hopes up. I'm anxious to see how Ewen turns out to be bad (I know he's linked to either the Jacks or Cassadines). It's funny how Ewen turned out to be bad here in my story and now he may turn out bad on the show. Funny how things work like that sometimes. I never liked his character, and he always gave off the creepy, shady, stalker kind of vibe. Kinda like Ric but more creepy and shady. Anyways, Elizabeth is supposedly in danger, and Jason will have to save her from Ewen? Count me in! Can't wait for the Months of August and September. Supposed to be a blockbuster September! Sorry for making this A/N so long, I've had so much to talk about.
Leens: Thanks for the review! Sonny's going to get his own in this story, what that means, you'll have to wait for Chapter 23. And wanting a character to die does not make you a bad person ;) I really wasn't sure how to write Elizabeth talking to herself in her head, so hopefully it wasn't too confusing. I miss feisty Liz, and I loved Wednesday's scenes with Jason, Liz, Steve and Sam. I loved writing the Johnny/Gemma scene. Not sure if there will be more, I haven't decided. You described Jason at the end of the chapter perfectly. I could totally see Jason hulking out lol I'm too excited for college, and thank you!
Virgy15: Thanks for the review! I loved writing the feisty Liz; she has been gone for too long in the show. Johnny and Sonny are going to have a tough couple of chapters ahead of them. This chapter is action packed and full of surprises and twists!
lrobinson01: Thanks for the review! Sonny is finally getting his after getting off easy after all these years. Unfortunately, the only way for Johnny to make it out of the Soleito mansion alive is to team up with Sonny.
DevilJolie: Thanks for the review! Jason's anger is going to fuel him in this chapter. You don't want to be on the receiving end of Jason Morgan's wrath.
twin69: Thanks for the review! This chapter is going to be entirely about Jason rescuing Elizabeth, but who has her? More surprising deaths on the way.
Guest: Thanks for the review! I always love when feisty Lizzie comes out to play ;) I loved writing the character of Gemma and her interactions with Johnny. Not sure if I'm going to right more though. Trust me, this computer is my baby. I haven't let anyone touch it since I got it and I'm pretty much addicted to it. It's kinda bad how much I'm on it ;)
sashahailee: Thanks for the review! Thank you for all your kind words, it really means a lot. I f-in loved Liason's kiss on Monday and can't wait for more. Look how effortless it was for Jason to just turn his head and find her lips *SWOON* It's turning out to be an interesting summer, and it looks to be that September's going to be an explosive month. I only watch GH live when Liason or Elizabeth is on, but RC is starting to sway me. I totally agree with you about RC toying with Liason. If Jasam reunite after all this for good, GH is going to permanently lose most Liason fans, and some fans that just don't like Jasam front and center all the time. Maybe when that building fell on Jason a couple years ago, he lost all his memories regarding Sam and what she did from 2006-08? That's what I'm going with If we don't get Liason, at least give us Jake. I can't reiterate enough how wrongful killing Jake was. And if you're going to give us a child's death s/l, at least make it a good one (i.e. BJ's death s/l). The worst part about Jake's death was that it hardly focused on the mother's grieving; it was more focused on his adoptive father, his biological father, and the alcoholic grandfather that killed him. You will find out who has Elizabeth in this chapter. Look for plenty of surprises and twists for the climax of this story.
chawkchic: Thanks for the review! I like your thinking ;)
Hellz-on-Earth: Thanks for the review! I would never want to be on the receiving end of Jason's wrath. Johnny and Sonny have to work together to get to alive, they can't get out themselves. Look for the consequences of their alliance in the coming chapters. Thank you for all of your kind words! No worries about catching up, I do that all the time. It actually makes reading multiple new chapters more enjoyable.
QUEENDADDEK: Thanks for the review! Glad you loved it; hopefully you'll love this one as well.
ghfan51184: Thanks for the review! Don't worry, this chapter is all Liason. Not sure yet if I'm going to include more Johnny/Gemma scenes. Yes, Sonny was deeply unsettled by watching Kate's murder, look for repercussions in the next chapter. It was Elizabeth having a conversation with her conscience in her head. I wasn't really sure how to write that and hopefully it wasn't too confusing to read. In terms of Sam's rape on the show, with all the rumors I've been reading and how it was poorly handled, I wouldn't be surprised if her "rape" was fake. I also wouldn't be surprised if Sam and Franco had been working together.
Disclaimer: I do not own the characters, just the storyline.
"Love that we can not have is the one that lasts the longest, hurts the deepest, and feels the strongest."
Let It Burn
Previously on Start Again…
Sonny runs up the stairs, knowing that time was running short and his men were outnumbered five to one.
Praying that this was the last door to open, Sonny bursts inside, gun held at the ready.
To his surprise, Johnny was standing into front of him, back to Sonny, with a smoking gun in his hand.
Sonny looked past him to see a bullet hole in the head of who Sonny assumed to be Gino Soleito.
"Beat me to it, Johnny Boy?"
Johnny whirled around, gun now aim at Sonny's head.
"Whoa, I'm your side. They've got Carly too."
Johnny's head twitched to the side in confusion.
"Who's got Carly?"
"You don't know?"
"Your brother killed Kate. He's got Carly too."
Johnny immediately put his gun down.
"Where is she?"
"I don't know. I was coming here to find Gino and have him tell me, but you killed that idea, no pun intended."
"Well, he has to be close."
"My men are outnumbered. We need to get out of here."
Reluctantly to agree with his archenemy, but knowing that he didn't have any other options, Johnny nodded his head.
"What's the plan?"
"Make it out here alive."
Jason sunk to the ground at the sight in front of him.
On the TV monitor was a picture of Elizabeth, gagged and bound to a chair.
There was a small cut on her forehead, but it was bleeding profusely. She was flickering in and out of consciousness, and Jason could tell she was in a lot of pain.
On his knees, he watched as Damiano entered the screen.
"If you've found this video, then surely you've found Miss Elizabeth has been taken hostage. I'm truly sorry it's come down to this, as I was quite fond of Nurse Webber, but now that my heritage has become common knowledge, I needed a back up plan. Enter Elizabeth. Now, Mr. Morgan, if you want your sweet love back, you're going to have to play by my rules. One toe crosses the line, then Cameron and Aiden become motherless. Understand? Now, you will be receiving further instruction. I'm going to enjoy this game, Mr. Morgan. It will be a pleasure working with you."
The video, which was a self-destruct tape, disintegrated.
A few times in his life he had experienced anger.
When he had finally let go of his old life, as Jason Quartermaine, and embraced Jason Morgan. He had been pushed to his breaking point by the Quartermaine's and just broke.
When he had to give Michael back to Carly and A.J.
When he had found Elizabeth in the crypt, battered and bruised.
When he had found out that Sam had watched his son be kidnapped in the park, and did nothing about it, and when she had hired two men to hold Elizabeth and her sons at gunpoint in the park as well.
When Elizabeth told him the Russians had kidnapped Jake.
When Jake died from his hit-and-run, caused by a drunk Luke Spencer.
When Franco forced him to watch Sam be raped.
When Sam lied to him about Robin's death.
When Sam continued to see McBain behind his back, after repeatedly asking her not to.
He wasn't sure if anyone had ever experience the pure, raw, uncontrollable, rage he was feeling at the moment.
Jason was literally seeing red and he had never felt this way before. It scared him, but it also empowered him.
Nothing could stop him from finding Elizabeth.
He would cross the ends of the earth to find her.
He would move mountains to find her.
He would kill a thousand men to find her.
Nothing could stop a hell-bent and crazed Jason Morgan.
"What the hell were you thinking?"
Damiano was furious, and with good reason.
"We need Jason out of the way. He can't know what's going on at your father's mansion."
"I know what the plan is, I'm the one who came up with it. You don't have to repeat it."
Sam flinched under Damiano's harsh tones.
Damiano whirled around, showing his true colors.
"You thought? You thought it was a good idea to kidnap Elizabeth Webber?"
"Yes, because I knew that my ex-husband would chase after the town whore."
Damiano swore as he sat down in his chair behind the desk.
"Well, now we've got a crazy Mob enforcer hunting us. He's not going to stop, and he's not going to let us live."
"What were you going to do?"
Damiano raised his eyebrows at Sam's sudden indignation.
"I was planning on distracting Mr. Morgan with something other than the love of his life. Now I have to go clean up your mess."
Sam rolled her eyes as Damiano left the office.
He followed the long and dark hallway to the last door on the left. A single guard stood outside, but the Mob Prince waved him off.
The guard nodded his head and walked away.
Damiano opened the door to see an anxious Elizabeth sitting on the bed.
At the beginning, it was just about getting revenge. No feelings involved, no strings attached, but God be damned, he felt something for the brunette nurse.
Damiano knew he loved Sam, in his own crazy way, but there was something about Elizabeth that was different.
She was so selfless and generous. He had never met any other like her. She made him want to be better than he was. She made him feel like there was something more to life than the Mob. Maybe if he met her before…
Damiano shook his head, clearing his thoughts of a different life and focusing on the task at hand.
He raised his hands, letting her know that he wasn't going to hurt her. She had never been part of the plan, but Sam's stupidity forced him to improvise.
"Why am I here?"
Damiano shrugged his shoulders as he leaned against the wall opposite of Elizabeth.
"Who are you really? Obviously you're not Ewen Keenan, but at least you owe me that much."
"I'm Damiano Soleito."
Jason was frantically searching through the hospital security tapes, trying to find any sign of his favorite brunette nurse. He paused the video as he saw her face.
Elizabeth was laughing at something Epiphany said.
What he wouldn't give to see her laugh again.
She walked away from the nurse's hub to check on one of her patients after being paged. His heart sank as he watched Sam sneak up behind Elizabeth in a deserted corridor.
She fought Sam hard, and Sam even pulled out her gun. Elizabeth didn't back down, and there was a struggle.
Jason watched with anger as Sam hit Elizabeth on the forehead with her gun, effectively knocking her unconscious.
He watched as Sam dragged her through the empty hallway and into the service elevator.
Jason tracked them down to the garage level of the hospital, where a car was waiting for them.
He wrote down the license plate in a hurry and got up from his desk.
What he wouldn't give to have Spinelli to run the plate numbers through the system.
He would have to settle for one of his other techies. He got out his cell phone to call one of his safe houses.
"Get Brad to run plate numbers 56Q27, through the system. It's a black SUV. I need it now."
Jason waited with a bated breath.
"The black Chevrolet is registered to a Tim Young. He lives on 64 Palm Avenue."
Jason hung up and raced out the door. He got on his motorcycle and raced through the streets of Port Charles.
I watch the city burn
These dreams like ashes float away
He had never driven this fast before, and he was certain that he almost caused an accident three times, but he didn't care.
Your voice I never heard
Nothing mattered except for finding Elizabeth. He couldn't lose her, not now, not after what happened at their safe house. They were reconnecting and finally trying to make it work.
"You know he's coming for me."
Damiano sighed. There was no point in arguing with her.
"Yes, I know your white knight in shining armor is coming for you."
Where were you when our hearts were bleeding
Where were you when it all crashed down
"And you know what will happen when he finds me."
Damiano nodded his head.
"Then why are you doing this?"
Never thought that you'd deceive me
Where are you now
Damiano looked at Elizabeth in surprise. There was no hate or malice in her voice, only concern.
Why was she showing concern for her captor?
Because she knows what's going to happen to you once Morgan gets here.
"Because I have to. It's all part of the plan."
"You can let me go."
How long can you stand the pain
How long will you hide your face
"Why would I do that? You're my bargaining chip. The one thing standing in the way between Morgan and I."
"Because if you let me go now, he won't kill you."
"Yes he will. He knows what I've done."
Damiano sat down against the wall in exhaustion.
He looked up at Elizabeth, who was sitting on the bed, cross-legged.
"For what you have to do."
"It's not like I have a choice."
"You always have a choice."
Damiano shook his head. She didn't understand. No one understands.
"Not when your father's Gino Soleito."
There was a silence that followed his last statement.
"Although, I figure he's probably dead by now."
Damiano dryly chuckled. Near the end, his father had been driven into paranoia, which led to rash decisions and poor choices.
"Will you please just let me go?"
Damiano looks to Elizabeth to see that she's being sincere about her plea.
How long will you be afraid
Are you afraid
"Because my sons need me."
Damiano looked away from Elizabeth. He can't lose focus now.
"You should get some sleep."
He gets up from his position on the floor and leaves her cell. He nods to the guard to close the door behind him.
Elizabeth looks at the small device on the floor. He couldn't have left it by accident. She didn't take him for a fool.
She picked up the cell phone, wondering if it was a trap or he was actually being nice.
Why would he be nice? He's holding you hostage.
Deciding that she may never have another chance, she dials the only man she needed to call.
Jason kicked down the door in front of him, gun aimed for a person's head. A man leapt up from his couch and turned to see a glaring Jason standing in his doorway.
The man recognizes him and tries to run. Jason vaults over the couch and tackles the man to the ground.
Jason ends up on top with his forearm rammed into the man's throat.
"Where is she?"
Jason lessened the pressure, barely.
"Tell me where she is or I will personally make sure your death is painful and slow."
Jason could see the man's fear in his eyes. He could see that the man was frightened of his stone cold glare.
"I don't know…where she is."
Jason cocked his gun and pressed it into the man's forehead.
"I swear I'm not lying…I just received instructions…to park my car at General Hospital by…a specific time."
Jason gave him a long stare to determine if he was lying.
"Where is it?"
"On the table."
Jason kept his gun aimed at the man and got off of him. He snatched the piece of paper off the table.
You're instructions are as following:
Park your SUV in the parking garage at General Hospital by 4:00pm
"Who left you this?"
"I don't know. It was taped to my apartment door when I got home."
Jason sighed as he ran a hand through his hair.
"Do you have any idea who this could be? What jobs have you worked for the last six months?"
"I was a nightshift janitor at General Hospital a couple of months ago. It was just an extra job I picked up to cover rent."
"Did you ever come into contact with a Dr. Ewen Keenan?"
Tim sat down on his couch, motioning for Jason to do the same, but he remained standing.
"Keenan…Keenan…I don't recall the name."
Jason leaned in and grabbed Tim by the collar. He could tell Tim was lying.
"I need you to answer my question. Now."
"Alright, I can take a hint."
Jason let go of Tim's collar.
"One day I was cleaning out the trash in Dr. Keenan's office. I came across some papers, well, that were quite obscure."
"Well, they talked about shipments of drugs into Miami. I was wondering why Mob business documents would be in Dr. Keenan's office. He came in as I was reading them."
"What happened after that?"
"He threatened me not to tell anyone, and if I did, he could get me fired from my other jobs. I told him I wouldn't tell anyone, but that didn't seem to please him. He asked for my name and told me that he would be asking for a favor soon."
"Were there any addresses or phone numbers on the documents?"
"Not that I can remember."
"Well, I need you to remember."
"Look, all I can remember is seeing the words cocaine and Soleito listed on the page. The rest was all mumbo jumbo."
Jason sighed. This was getting him no closer to finding Elizabeth.
"Do you have any idea where Keenan lives?"
"I heard that he had an apartment down on Central Avenue, but I'm not sure."
Jason knew that was a bust. He had already looked up that address to find that it was a fake.
There's got to be a warehouse around here that Soleito controls.
Jason turns around and leaves the apartment without a word to Tim.
"Brad, I need you to look up any warehouses in Port Charles that are controlled by the Soleito's. Text me the addresses."
Jason hung up and straddled his motorcycle. Waiting for Brad's response was killing him.
How long will you play this game
Will you fight or will you walk away
Another minute of not finding Elizabeth could mean another minute she was closer to being hurt or killed.
He couldn't bear it if Elizabeth died because of him. She deserved so much better than he could give her.
How long will you let it burn
Let it burn
Let it burn
He would never be enough, and maybe this is what finally needed to happen for him to realize that.
She would never be safe around him. His enemies would always use her or the kids for leverage, and Jason couldn't live if something happened to them.
Shaking his head of negative thoughts, knowing that Elizabeth needed his head to be clear and focused to find her, he checks his phone to see three addresses.
Two of them are in Port Charles, and the other in New York City.
Jason revs the engine, and takes off for the docks of Port Charles.
I watch the city burn
These passions slowly smoldering
He stops outside the closest warehouse, noting that it was abandoned and hadn't been used.
A lesson never learned
Jason slams his hands down on the handlebars of his bike in frustration. He checked his watch to see that it was 8:00pm, and it had been four hours since Elizabeth had been taken.
His window of opportunity was closing fast to save Elizabeth.
Just when he thought all hope was lost, his cell phone buzzes and he checks it to see that it's a blocked number.
His heart stops as he hears her voice on the other side.
"Elizabeth! Are you hurt? I swear, if that bastard's hurt you-"
"Jason, I'm fine. Just a cut on my forehead, but that's from Sam."
"Where are you?"
"I don't know. I woke up in this cell."
"How did you get a phone then?"
"Ew- I mean Damiano was talking to me and just left it here."
"Alright, I'm going to get my men to trace this number. I want you to stay on the line for as long as you can."
"God, it's so good to hear your voice."
"You have no idea. Look, I have all my men out looking for you. I'm going to find you and bring you home."
"I know you will. I trust you, Jason."
"Just please, stay strong…for me and the boys."
"I fully intend on coming back to you and the boys. Just…keep talking to me."
"I'm not going anywhere."
Jason paused as he listened to her quiet breathing on the other line.
"Jason, just in case something happens…well please explain to Cameron and Aiden-"
"Elizabeth, don't talk like that. You're going to make it through this, and I'm going to make sure of that."
"A mother can never forgive herself for failing her child."
"Elizabeth, I'm going to find you and bring you home to your boys. Please don't give up your faith in me."
There was another pause as Jason waited for her response.
"My faith in you is unshakeable and justified."
Jason smiled, knowing that she had said this many years ago, and it still rang true today.
"I will find you. No matter how long or how far it takes me, I will find you."
He could hear static and knew where it was coming from.
That son of a bitch! He gave her that phone on purpose!
"Jason… are y…ill there?"
"Elizabeth, there's something jamming the signal."
Is your world just a broken promise
Is your love just a drop of rain
There was a long pause, and then he heard the dial tone signaling the call's end.
Will we all just burn our fire
Are you still there
Elizabeth looked down at the phone to see that the call had been disconnected and that it died.
She threw it against the wall in frustration to see it break.
Elizabeth leaned back against the wall, knees pulled up to her chest. She concentrated on positive thoughts, knowing that it was the only way she was going to make it out of there alive.
She needed to stay strong for her boys, just like Jason said.
How long can you stand the pain
How long will you hide your face
First, she needed to think of a plan to get out of there. She couldn't sit around and wait for Jason to rescue her.
That was the old Elizabeth, the one who relied on Jason.
Now she had two sons to care for and that needed protection. She had to get out of there.
She looks around her cell for anything to use as a weapon. Not surprised, she doesn't find anything.
The door opens to a man holding a tray of food. Elizabeth glares at him as he sits the tray of food down on the floor near the foot of her bed.
He walks back out without a word and she waits until he closes the door to lunge for the food.
It doesn't look appetizing at all, but she knows she needs to eat something or else she won't be in a good condition to escape.
She starts to cut the mystery meat when she realizes that she was given a knife.
Surprised at their stupidity, but not second-guessing it, she slides the knife under her pillow.
It's small and has a dull edge, but it's better than nothing.
Jason opens the door, prepared for anything. The surprise was evident on his face as the man standing before him turned around. His hair was dark, with streaks of gray in them. The tan skin reminded Jason of Sonny's. He was older than Jason remembered, but it had been quite some time since he had seen this man.
Jagger looked confused as he saw Sonny's Mob Enforcer standing before him.
"Jason Morgan? What are you doing here?"
"I could ask you the same question."
Jason raised his gun, and Jagger looked puzzled.
"I'm looking for someone."
Jason nodded, but refused to lower his gun.
"Now it's your turn. Do you mind telling me why you're pointing a gun at a federal agent?"
Jason saw reasoning in Jagger's question and lowered his gun. He was still cautious of Jagger, instincts kicking in that even though he was Sonny's dead best friend's brother, he was still on the opposite side of the law.
"I'm looking for someone as well."
"Hmm, well maybe we're looking for the same person."
"I doubt it."
Jagger sighed as he set down the piece of paper he was reading and folded his arms across his chest.
"I've been chasing him all across the country. He's wanted by the FBI for the murder of two agents."
"No one here that fits that description."
"He goes by many aliases. The only one I've been able to track is Ewen Keenan."
Jason's blue eyes flared with anger when Jagger mentioned Damiano's name.
"I take it you're looking for him as well?"
Jason nodded his head.
"His real name is Damiano Soleito, son of crime lord Gino Soleito. Why are you looking for him? Did he do something to Sonny?"
"Look, I don't have any time to waste."
Jason turns around to leave.
"Perhaps I can help you."
"I work better alone."
"True, but I know where his hideout is."
Jason turned around and lunged at Jagger, disregarding the fact that he was assaulting a federal agent. He pushes Jagger down on the desk and holds him by the collar.
"Where is he?"
Jagger is unfazed by Jason's menacing tones and stone cold glare.
"He has a warehouse in New York City."
Brad had given Jason an address for a Soleito warehouse in New York. Jason let go of Jagger and turned around to leave.
"Morgan, I need him for questioning. There are still some unanswered questions regarding other murders."
Jason didn't turn around to respond to Jagger's subtle threat. Elizabeth depended on him to find her, and he couldn't let her down.
Straddling his bike, he took off for New York City with the Soleito's warehouse address in hand.
Once he reaches the warehouse, he knew he was at the right place.
There were ten feet high walls surrounding the warehouse, with watchtowers at each corner. Guards patrolled the outside of the walls.
Jason hid behind a nearby warehouse, applying the silencer to his trusty handgun.
It was dark, and there was no light coming for the watchtowers. Jason stayed to the shadows, concealing himself from view.
He crept up behind a guard, effectively grabbed his head in his hands and swiftly broke his neck.
Jason pulled on the guard's jacket and ski mask, knowing that was the only way to get into the warehouse.
He picked up the guard's assault rifle and sprinted for the entrance.
Waiting for the guard near the entrance to move, Jason walked towards the door and silently opened it.
It was dark inside, and as he held up the gun, he cautiously walked through the halls.
There were no doors, something that worried Jason.
Elizabeth waited for the guard to come back for her tray. She heard footsteps outside her door.
She quickly got up off the bed and decided that it was now or never. Metal tray in hand, she hid on the other side of the door.
The guard walked in, confused as to where Elizabeth was.
She crept out from behind the door and hit the man over the head with her tray.
He shuddered and fell to the ground, effectively knocked out.
Elizabeth checked his pulse, making sure he was okay. She grabbed her knife from under her pillow and checked the hallway to make sure it was clear.
She had no idea where she was going; she just knew she had to keep moving.
Hearing a commotion behind her, and knows that it's been discovered that she escaped. Seeing another corridor ahead of her, she makes a run for it.
Jason hears yelling around the corner and picks up his pace. Praying to God that Elizabeth was all right, Jason sprints to the corner and waits. He finally found a door and stood by it.
How long will you be afraid
Are you afraid
Hearing someone running towards him, he cocks his assault rifle and waits patiently.
The perpetrator rounds the corner and Jason lunges out. He grabs the small person from behind and puts a hand over their mouth, trying to suffocate them. He pulls them through the door and into what seems a storage closet.
He hears a muffled scream, realizing that it was a female's voice.
Jason's heart nearly stops when he lets go and turns on the light.
Elizabeth is standing in front of him, fear in her eyes as she moves away from him.
It gives him a sense of déjà vu to when he rescued her at the Metro Court and they had been stuck in an elevator.
Forgetting that he had a mask on, he quickly pulls it off. Once Elizabeth realizes who it is, she flings herself into his arms and he envelops her in a hug.
"Jason, you found me."
"I told you I would."
Jason pulls back to check her face.
"Are you hurt?"
"No, I'm fine. How did you find me?"
Jason was puzzled. He wasn't quite sure.
"I…I just did."
He holds her hands in his, reveling in the closeness. He feels something sharp in her one hand and looks down.
Elizabeth follows his eyes and smirks.
"Well, it's not my trusty artist's knife, but I had to make do."
The relief was evident in his laugh. He couldn't stop laughing. Elizabeth looked confused, and he couldn't explain it.
"I'm just…glad I found you."
Jason pulls a strand of hair out of her face and behind her ear. She touches his cheek and he closes his eyes.
He pulls out his handgun from his waistband and hands it to her. She doesn't take it at first, but Jason gives her an encouraging smile.
"I need you to be protected. If we get separated or if I… I just you to be safe."
Elizabeth nodded and held the gun firmly in her hand. She was against wielding a gun, but knew that when the situation called for it, she would do whatever it takes to get back to her boys.
They both knew what he meant. If he was hurt or killed, she needed something better than a knife to protect herself with.
There was always this small part of him that thought he would never feel this again. That he wouldn't find her in time.
"We need to get out of here."
Elizabeth nods in agreement.
Firmly grasping one of her hands in his, he slowly opens the door and peers out.
Seeing that it was safe, he pulls his mask back on and pulls Elizabeth out behind him.
Shielding her from whatever that would come for them, they run down the dark hallway.
Stopping at the corner, Jason stops and peers around it. It was silent, but his instincts were kicking in.
Something was wrong.
Something was very wrong.
He takes another look around the corner to see five men charging down the hallway towards them.
Jason takes a breath, closes his eyes and calms his mind.
Steeling his nerves and reloading his assault rifle, he waits a moment.
Turning to Elizabeth, not saying a word, but saying everything with his eyes.
He's telling her to run.
She's telling him she's staying with him.
His eyes are pleading with her. He never wanted her to see him like this.
He gives her a little push and he can see tears in her sapphire eyes.
The footsteps are growing louder. Jason mouths the word go.
She has got to be the most stubborn woman on the planet.
And he wouldn't have it any other way.
She shakes her head as she starts to run back towards the way they came. He watches her open the storage closet door.
She looks back once and he nods his head, letting her know it's okay.
Elizabeth closes the door just as the men round the corner. Jason reaches out for the first man and grabs his gun.
How long will you play this game
Will you fight or will you walk away
Twisting it upwards, he hits the man square in the face, rendering him unconscious.
The next man isn't as clueless he aims his gun for Jason and fires, but Jason quick reflexes and instincts have him duck in the nick of time. Jason runs forward and grabs the man around the waist.
Slamming him into the wall, Jason stands up to his full height and head butts the man.
Jason looks over to see the next man aiming his gun. Pulling the one man with him, Jason uses him as a body shield and waits for the man to shoot.
Two shots are fired into the body in front of him. He pushes the body forward into the other man. Kicking the body, Jason knocks over the other man.
The final two guards round the corner, but Jason fires two shots, each in the forehead.
The guard on the floor is still alive, and Jason kneels on the dead guard's body.
"Where is Damiano?"
The guard struggles to breathe with the dead weight.
"I assume you're looking for me?"
How long will you let it burn
Let it burn
Let it burn
Jason spun around to see Damiano standing in front of him. He sees behind Damiano that Elizabeth has opened the storage closet door.
He slightly shakes his head, only noticeable to Elizabeth.
"Where is Elizabeth?"
"I think you already know the answer to that question, Mr. Morgan."
Jason stepped closer to Damiano, gun aimed for his head.
"What are you doing in Port Charles?"
"I thought you were a smart man, Jason. I would think that you would understand."
"I know you're here to take down Sonny. Why did you kidnap Elizabeth?"
"Because it's all part of the plan. The only way to take down Sonny is to go through you. The only way to cripple you is to take away the thing you want most. A life with your dead child's mother."
Jason lunged for Damiano, but he surprised Jason by moving out of the way.
"Yes, I know all about the Quartermaine heir, Jacob Martin Spencer."
Jason lunged at Damiano again, out of anger for his deceased son. Damiano swiftly moved and kicked Jason to the ground.
"You know, around the Mob underworld, there's talk of Sonny Corinthos' deadly enforcer. Some don't even utter his name because of the fear that's bestowed their hearts."
Damiano kicked Jason in the stomach, knocking the wind out of him.
"Jason Morgan, you are pathetic. You are weak. You abandoned your child when he needed you the most. You left the love of your life, the woman of your dreams, because of your life, your choices. You left your son unprotected and you are the reason he's dead. How could you ever marry the woman who watched your son be kidnapped or hired two men to hold Elizabeth and her sons at gunpoint? What kind of man are you? Did you ever really love Elizabeth? You are a horrible father, and a coward."
Between each sentence, Damiano kicked Jason in the ribs. He could hear them cracking and took the beating.
Damiano was right.
He was pathetic and weak. He left the family he wanted and loved unprotected. He left and because of that his son is dead.
"You went back to the woman that you threatened to kill. People call me twisted, but Jason, you are on a whole another level. Do you know how much you hurt Elizabeth by doing that? How she had to swallow her pain every time she saw the two of you together. You promised her everything and more, but you broke your promise. You gave it to another woman and left your son in the dust. You are a horrible father, and a coward."
Everything Damiano said was right, and Jason hated him for it.
How could he have gone back to Sam after all the things she had done to Elizabeth and her sons?
"Yes, I know you were drugged, but that's not an excuse. How can you call yourself a man? Maybe it's a good thing that Jake is dead, that way he will never have to know how much of a coward his real father is."
Jason could take anything Damiano could throw at him, and at this point Damiano was this close to beating him to an inch of his life.
Maybe I should just give up now. It will spare everyone of the pain I inflict upon them.
Jason closed his eyes and resigned to his fate.
"Daddy, open your eyes!"
Darkness swirled around him, but he could see a faint light up ahead.
The sound of his son's voice echoed through his mind.
How can I be dreaming? I can't dream.
"Daddy, you need to save Mommy. Wake up!"
Jason ran towards his son's voice. The light was growing brighter, and his son's voice rose.
"I forgive you Daddy."
The light faded to black and Jason's eyes opened.
Jake's voice rang in his ears.
I forgive you Daddy.
Jason shook his head, but it wasn't a dream. He looked up to see Damiano still kicking him.
Daddy, you have to get up.
He listened to his son's voice. Jason punched Damiano's kneecap, forcing him to the ground.
Jason got up and drove his knee into Damiano's chest.
"You're right. I did fail my son and Elizabeth. I was a coward and I was pathetic for going back to Sam. I settled for someone who fit my life. It's no excuse, but it is what it is."
"You can't go back and fix it."
Jason smiled as he leaned in closer.
"You're right. I can't. But I can change what is happening now."
Jason picked up his gun and pushed it into Damiano's temple.
"I should paint the walls with your brains."
"Do it then. Be the monster you were born to be."
Jason cocked his gun, and his finger slid over the trigger.
Her scream cut through his clouded mind. He turned his head to see Sam holding Elizabeth with a gun to her head.
"Let her go Sam!"
"Not until you let him go first."
Jason growled, knowing that Sam would pull the trigger. He reluctantly got up off Damiano and put his hands in the air.
Damiano smirked as he got up and punched Jason in the stomach. He fell to his knees.
"Let her go Damiano. I'll do anything you want, just…let her go"
Damiano stroked his goatee, as if he was considering Jason's offer.
"If I let her go, where's my insurance policy?"
Jason struggled to stand as he held his ribs. He could feel them poking out of his stomach and the blood seeping through his black t-shirt.
"Wh-what do…you mean?"
"I guess I'll just have to show you."
Damiano nodded past Jason to a guard standing behind him. Jason turned around to see two guards moving towards him.
He could see that they were each holding something.
His heart flooded with fear as he saw what they were holding.
In their arms were Cameron and Aiden.
Jason heard Elizabeth gasp in surprise.
"This is your fault Jason. You just have to come save Elizabeth."
"Because you kidnapped her."
"Well, I needed a Plan B. You're looking at them."
"Let them go. They're just kids."
Damiano grinned as he nodded to the guards holding Cameron and Aiden.
"I'll have to get back to you about that."
Damiano turned around and started to walk away.
"Jason, don't let them take my sons!"
Jason looked to Elizabeth, who was being dragged away by Sam. He then turned around to see the guards holding Cameron and Aiden walking away.
He follows the guards holding Cameron and Aiden, but his injuries stop him from pursuing them.
Jason falls to the ground in agony. Lifting up his shirt, he can see his ribs sticking out of his stomach.
The sight alone sends him into oblivion.
Opening his eyes, he saw that he was in the foyer of the Quartermaine Mansion.
He blinked a couple of times and rubbed at his eyes to see if he was dreaming.
"Jason, what are you doing here?"
Jason turned around to see Emily near the steps, standing.
This can't be real. Emily's dead.
"Emily, how are you alive…is this a dream…am I…?"
Emily gave him a warm smile.
"This is whatever you think it is. I think it's a conversation that's been a long time coming for the both of us."
"So am I dead?"
Jason was thoroughly confused.
"On what you decide."
Emily motioned to Jason to follow her outside. He complied, considering he had no idea what was going on.
"If I'm not dead, then how come I'm here?"
"Jase, this might be a little hard to explain-"
"So explain it."
"You're neither dead nor alive. You're merely existing. You're like a ghost, stuck between two worlds."
"And how do I get back?"
"Only you can answer that question."
Jason continued to follow Emily through the Quartermaine grounds. She stopped occasionally to smell Lila's roses. Jason silently walked behind her, not quite believing the sight in front of him.
"Emily, what am I supposed to do?"
"If you could go back and change just one thing about your life, would you? And if you did, would that change make your life better? Or would that change ultimately break your heart? Or break the heart of another? Would you choose an entirely different path? Or would you change just one thing? Just one moment. One moment that you always wanted back…"
Jason was stunned by her questions.
"I have no regrets."
"C'mon Jason, I know you better than that. I also know when you're lying."
"I don't lie."
"You're lying to yourself Jase. You have to be honest with yourself before we can move on."
"Fine, there are decisions that I wish I could take back, but I have learned that you can't change the past. You have to move on."
"Name one moment."
"I wish that I could have saved Alan."
Emily solemnly nodded her head as they both acknowledged the pain of losing their father.
"I also wish that I could have saved you during the Black and White Ball."
"Jason, neither of those was your fault."
"Yes they were. If I had just-"
Emily placed her hand on Jason's forearm, ceasing his pointless argument.
"Jason, they weren't you're fault. I was meant to die at that point in time, the same with Alan. What is the one moment you could take back that was actually your fault?"
Jason thought hard about this one, but once he came to the conclusion, he knew all along that this was the one decision that has haunted his life for the past few years.
"I wish I would have fought for Elizabeth and Jake."
Emily smiled at his answer and Jason realized it was the right answer.
"But I couldn't keep them safe. They deserve better than me. I'm not…good."
Emily laughed, which annoyed Jason.
"Why are you laughing?"
"Because you're wrong. But if you're always looking for reasons not to be with somebody, and you always find 'em, then I guess at some point maybe you should let go and give your heart what it deserves."
"And that makes you laugh?"
"No, it just shows how much you're like me. I was the same way with Nik."
"I don't see how this is helping."
"If you could have a life with Elizabeth and her sons, would you take it?"
Jason nodded his head, which prompted Emily to smack him on the head.
"What was that for?"
"Then go have that life with Elizabeth."
"It's too dang-"
"Don't you dare finish that sentence, Jason. I know how much you love Elizabeth. I've seen it. The way your eyes light up every time she enters the room. The way you talk to her like no one else. The way you find each other when one needs comforting. The way you can be yourself around each other without being judged. You make her feel free and safe, while she makes you feel carefree and happy. She is your other half. Elizabeth is your soul mate. "
"You don't think I know that? I love Elizabeth. I have for a long time, but my life is too dangerous for her and her boys. What if something happened to them and it was because of my enemies? How could I live with myself?"
"Death can come from anywhere at any time. Don't waste you're time on this earth being unhappy and unloved. Use it being happy and loved. It's not about the time you wasted separate, it's about the time you lived together."
Emily started to walk away.
"What does that mean?"
Emily didn't answer him, and Jason found that he had a hard time keeping up with her. She turned around one last time to look at him.
"Just think Jase, you could be a big part of someone else's life and not know it."
"Em, what does that mean? What am I supposed to do?"
The answer is already in your heart.
Jason looked around to see that Emily was gone.
The answer is already in your heart.
Jason closed his eyes, and then opened them.
He was back at the warehouse, on the floor. He looked down to see that his ribs weren't protruding from his stomach anymore.
The answer is already in your heart.
The words echoed in his head, and he couldn't get them out.
You know what you have to do.
Years from now he still wouldn't be able to explain what changed in that moment.
It was like a light switch being turned on, but so much more than that.
It was like a fog had been lifted from his mind, much like when he had realized Sam had been drugging him for the past four years.
Except the fog wasn't in his mind, it was in his heart.
Jason struggled to get up, but he knew that he had to ignore the pain.
Pain is just a weakness leaving the body.
He stood up and walked down the hallway, following the guards that had Cameron and Aiden.
Jason's vision flickers from the blood loss, but he keeps going. The guards separate, forcing Jason to choose which son to go after. He is pained to see that Cameron woke up.
"Jason, what's going on?"
"Hang…hang in there Cam."
Cameron started to squirm in the guard's arms, causing the guard to move faster.
"Please, let him go."
The guard looks back at Jason and takes off down the hallway. Jason looks around to see that the guard holding Aiden had disappeared.
He is forced to follow Cameron.
The pain and fear in Cameron's fueled Jason's anger. He reached deep down inside himself and picked up his pace.
This warehouse was enormous, bigger than any he or Sonny had ever owned.
There are numerous connecting hallways, and the lights were dimmed down to almost darkness.
Jason limped along, trying to ignore the pain that was erupting in his stomach.
He couldn't get his mind off the idea of Elizabeth, Cameron or Aiden dying. For him to fail them would be the worst moment of his life.
Don't give up hope.
Jason could hear Emily's voice echoing in his head, something that wasn't normal.
He sighed, trying to stay positive and to keep on going.
Jason stopped at a corner to hear the guard open a door and close it. He took a breath, cocked his gun and ran for the door.
He opened it and immediately brought his gun up to eye level.
The sight in front of him shattered his steel nerves.
The room was empty except for Damiano standing in the middle of the room, gun pressed into Cameron's head. Aiden was in the corner, playing with a toy.
"Please place your gun on the ground Mr. Morgan."
Jason complied, staying calm for Cameron's sake. He could tell that Cameron was physically shaking.
"Let him go, Damiano. Take me instead."
Jason kneeled down and placed his gun on the ground.
"Kick it over here."
Jason kicked the gun over to Damiano, who then kicked it behind him. Jason put his hands behind his head. The pain was unbearable, but Jason ignored it.
He had no other choice.
"Let Cameron go. He's just a boy."
Damiano smirked and cocked the gun. Jason moved forward towards Damiano and Cameron.
Cameron gasped in fear.
"What do you want Damiano? I'll give you whatever you want, just please let Cameron go. He didn't do anything wrong. Just take me instead."
Damiano stared at him, not saying a word.
"Tell him he's going to be okay Morgan."
Jason stared right back at Damiano.
Damiano pressed the gun harder into Cameron's head.
"Why are you doing this?"
Damiano sighed and moved the gun away from Cameron's head, but didn't let go of the boy.
"Your 'partner', Sonny Corinthos, tore apart my family. He betrayed my father to Anthony Zacchara, who then whored out his daughter to my father. Thus creating the infamous Johnny Zacchara, my half-brother. It broke my mother's heart and destroyed my parent's marriage. My father never recovered from that, and to this day every decision he's made has hurt my family."
"Why are you doing your father's dirty work? Why not have one of his thugs do it? Trying to impress Daddy?"
Jason smirked at Damiano, trying to bait him into attacking Jason and letting go of Cameron.
"That's not going to work Morgan."
"Damiano, let the boy go. He's innocent. If you want me, I'm right here."
Jason was moving ever so closer to Damiano and Cameron, hoping the Soleito heir wouldn't notice.
"If you think I'm imprudent enough to not notice your movement, then you have another thing coming."
"Why did you kill all those innocent people? Like Spinelli or Olivia? They never did anything to you."
Damiano thought hard and long about his answer.
"I thought it was good sport. Because some men, like me, aren't looking for anything logical, like money. We can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn."
Damiano laughed as he raised the gun back up to Cameron's head.
"On your knees Morgan. Lie to him. Tell him everything's going to be alright."
Jason fell to his knees, pain evident on his face. He looked at Cameron, seeing fear in his eyes. It shook him down to his core.
Never in his life had he been so afraid.
So afraid to fail.
"Cam, it's going to be alright."
A tear rolled down Jason's cheek as Cameron nodded his head.
"Anything you would like to say to Mr. Morgan?"
Damiano nudged Cameron and he looked up at him. He pushed Cameron towards Jason.
"I'm so sorry Cameron."
Jason held the boy at arm's length. He could feel Cameron shaking under his firm grasp. Jason looked around him to see Damiano's gun touching Cameron's back.
"Save my mom and brother."
Jason couldn't help it; tears freely flowed down his cheeks.
At that precise moment, Cameron was his mother's son.
So selfless in the face of danger.
Worrying about other's happiness at the expense of his own.
"I promise I will."
Cameron nodded his head, refusing to cry in front of Jason. He wanted to be strong for everyone.
"Remember Batman, Jason?"
Jason nodded his head. Cameron spent hours telling Jason about Batman. Jason didn't understand the concept of a man wearing a mask and running around in his underwear saving people, but was captivated about how passionate Cameron was about his favorite superhero.
"You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."
Jason closed his eyes, understanding Cameron's statement. Cameron was talking about him. How Jason wanted to be a good man, but his line of work prevented him.
"Jason, can you…tell my mom…?"
It was like the Hoover Dam broke. Tears flooded from Cameron's eyes and Jason wanted to hold the boy in his arms and protect him from anything that would cause him harm.
The fear and pain in Cameron's voice unleashed an uncontrollable anger deep inside of Jason.
Something that had been harboring there for years, but waited for the opportune moment.
Time seemed to slow down for Jason in the next minute.
He wiped away Cameron's tears and made the little boy open his eyes. Willing Cameron to understand what he was saying with his eyes, Cameron nodded his head slightly.
Will you wait until it all burns down
Will you hide until it all burns down
With a fierce growl, Jason threw Cameron out of the way. He watched Cameron fall to the ground, making sure he was okay.
Jason reached up and grabbed Damiano's gun. He twisted Damiano's wrist and knocked the gun out of his kicked Jason in the face, but the anger coursed through Jason's veins and fueled the fire within. Jason leapt up, barely feeling Damiano's blow.
He punched Damiano in the jaw, pushing Damiano back a few paces. Jason sets his stance as he waits for Damiano to react.
Jason couldn't feel the pain in his ribs anymore; adrenaline was pumping through him and gave him a power he had never felt.
Damiano swings his fist at Jason, but he catches it in his and pushes it away. Jason punches Damiano in the stomach, forcing him to lean over. Jason dealt a devastating blow to Damiano's neck, forcing him into the ground.
He goes to stomp on Damiano's back, but Damiano rolls out of his way and gets back up.
Damiano pulls a knife out of his sleeve and catches Jason off guard. The knife plunges deep into his right shoulder, and Jason can feel the knife just missing his bone.
He yells out in pain and Damiano pushes the knife in deeper. Jason grabs Damiano's shoulder and pulls him closer to him.
"Jason Morgan, Mob Enforcer, come to die."
Jason groans in pain as he holds onto Damiano.
"This marks the day in history as the day that infamous Jason Morgan was killed by Mob Prince Damiano Soleito. It's got a nice ring to it, doesn't it?"
Damiano laughs as he lets go of the knife and walks away from a swaying Jason. He can see that Damiano is walking towards his gun and picks it up, aiming it at Cameron.
Jason pulls the knife out of his shoulder, moving past the excruciating pain in his shoulder and blood that seeps into his black t-shirt.
He moved towards an unknowing Damiano and grabs his shoulder.
Will it hurt when it all burns down
Will you fight when it all burns down
Turning him around, Jason rams the knife into Damiano's throat. The man falls to his knees and Jason holds onto his shoulder.
"This is for Max."
Jason finally sees the fear in Damiano's eyes as the blood stains Jason's hands. He pulls the knife back out and plunges it into Damiano's throat once again.
"This is for Spinelli."
Blood spurts out of Damiano's throat onto Jason's face, but he ignores it.
All he can see is red.
He pulls the knife back out and slips it under Damiano's rib cage and into his lung.
"This is for betraying Elizabeth's trust and for ever being with her."
Jason removes the knife one last time, trying to catch his breath. Damiano's eyes are flickering, but Jason can still see the fear and pain in them.
Jason gives out one last growl of pain as he plunges it into Damiano's heart.
Will you stand when it all burns down
Will you love when it all burns down
"This is for threatening my son Cameron."
Damiano's eyes roll into the back of his head, but not before his last words.
"I just…want to watch the world burn."
He breathes his last breath of life and Jason lets go of him. Damiano falls to the floor, but Jason continues to kick him for all the pain Damiano ever caused him.
Most of our life is a series of images. They pass us by like towns on the highway. But sometimes, a moment stuns us as it happens. And we know that this instant is more than a fleeting image. We know that this moment... every part of it... will live on forever.
There are moments in our lives when we find ourselves at a crossroads. The choices we make in those moments can define the rest of our days. And, of course when faced with the unknown, most of us prefer to turn around and go back.
Some moments change our lives for the better. Some moments change our lives for the worse. But there are moments that define us as a person. It's up to us to live up to those moments.
He had never heard that term of endearment meant for him. Jason fell to his knees in shock and complete exhaustion.
Jason felt Cameron's arms wrap around his shoulders, holding him up.
"Daddy, Mom needs you. You have to get up."
Jason looked up at Cameron and could tell that he was everything that boy ever wanted for a father and more. He looked at Cameron and knew that he would be his son; no matter what would happen between him and Elizabeth, he would always consider Cameron his son.
He used the love he had for Cameron, and vice versa, and found the strength inside of himself to get up.
"Cam, I need you to stay here. Protect your brother. Lock the door behind me and don't open it for anyone except your Mom or I. Understand?"
Cameron nodded his head and held onto Jason even tighter.
"Alright, go on."
Jason let go of Cameron and stood up. He went over to Aiden to check on him. Aiden smiled at the familiar face and held up his arms. Jason complied and picked the little boy up.
He pressed his lips to the boy's forehead and held him close. After a minute of thanking God, Jason sits him back down on the floor.
He retrieves his gun and pulls Damiano out into the hallway. Jason listened for the lock behind him and prayed to any God that was out there to protect his son. Jason pulled Damiano's body into a nearby storage closet and locks it in there.
He sighs as he applies pressure to his shoulder.
Jason cocks his gun and takes off for Elizabeth.
She could feel the sweat dripping down her back and the cold metal of a barrel of a gun pressed into her temple. She let out a calming breath as she felt Sam's arm around her stomach, pulling her down the hallway.
Elizabeth had watched Jason take off for Cameron and Aiden.
Damiano left Elizabeth alone with Sam to deal with Jason himself.
Now they were stuck in a room alone.
"He's dead. You do know that, right?"
Elizabeth looked up from her position of sitting on the floor, leaning against the wall opposite of Sam.
"You don't know that."
"Oh I think I do."
"How could you let him threaten my sons?"
Sam rolled her eyes and that's when Elizabeth lost it. She screamed and lunged out at Sam, fighting with everything she got.
She knew that something was wrong and she had to see her sons. Sam was in her way and Elizabeth knew what she had to do to get to her sons.
They pulled at each other's hair, but it did no good. Elizabeth pulled away and swung at Sam's face. Her fist connected with her nose and Elizabeth saw the blood gush from Sam's nose.
Sam tackled Elizabeth to the ground and pulled out her ground.
Aiming it for Elizabeth's head, Sam smiled.
"After I'm done with you, I'll deal with your bastards."
She cocked the gun, but Elizabeth rolled over. They kept rolling, fighting over possession of the gun.
A shot rang out and Elizabeth froze.
Will it end when it all burns down
Will you just let it all burns down
She felt blood underneath her fingertips and she immediately got up off of Sam.
Elizabeth crawled away from Sam, whose entrails were slowly spilling out onto the floor. Sam struggled to find words, and Elizabeth looked down at the gun in her hands.
Elizabeth watches as Sam shakes from shock and blood loss. She is slowly dying in front of Elizabeth's eyes.
It's her natural instinct to save people. It's one of the main reason she became a surgical nurse. To save people when they were hurt. But it was against Elizabeth's nature to kill anyone. It went against everything she stood for.
Now as she watched Sam gasping for breath, she couldn't physically get herself to move and help Sam.
Elizabeth was in shock that she killed a person. She let the gun fall from her hands and pulled her knees up to her chest. Elizabeth entered into shock and slowly rocked back and forth. She didn't notice that Sam muttered her last breath as her blood continued to seep into the floor.
How long can you stand the pain
How long will you hide your face
Her mind completely shut down due to the overwhelming emotions she was feeling.
Jason retraced his steps, hoping against hope that he would find Elizabeth. He checks every room he can find, but they're all empty. It seems the guards have all left, something that surprises Jason.
Finally at his wit's end, Jason opens another door.
The sight in front of him almost makes his heart stop and leap for joy.
Sam is lying on the ground, a pool of blood around her. Sitting against a wall was Elizabeth, a gun near her.
Jason's heart broke at the sight of her.
How long will you be afraid
Are you afraid
He got down on his hands and knees and slowly crawled over to her.
"Elizabeth, it's me, Jason."
Elizabeth looks at him and it seems to break her trance.
Jason breathes a sigh of relief.
"What happened to you?"
"Where are my boys?"
Elizabeth gets up in panic, but Jason holds her in his arms.
"Take me to my boys!"
Jason nods and helps her up, but almost falls from the loss of blood.
"Jason, you've lost a lot of blood."
Coming to her senses, she places his one good arm over her shoulders and takes some of his weight off of him. She helps him down the hallway as he directs her back to Cameron and Aiden.
Elizabeth knocks on the door with baited breath.
"Cameron, sweetie, it's Mommy and Jason. It's safe to come out now."
The door swings open and Cameron runs into Elizabeth's arms. She cries as she holds her oldest son in her arms.
Jason hobbles over to where Aiden is and picks him up with his one good arm. Settling Aiden on his hip, he limps back over to Elizabeth and Cameron are sitting.
Elizabeth takes Aiden from him and holds her sons in her arms. Kissing them back on the forehead, she speaks in calming tones, as if she trying to calm herself down.
Jason watches the heart-rending scene.
She looks up at Jason and nods towards him. He joins them on the ground and wraps his arms around Elizabeth and her boys.
"You're safe now. You're all safe now."
As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment. And then the moment was gone.
They drove back to the safe house in silence. Elizabeth sat in the back seat of the SUV, her arms around both of her sons.
Jason drove, with his eye continuing to watch the three most important people in his life.
They finally make it back. Jason tries to pick up a sleeping Cameron, but Elizabeth refuses.
"We need to take care of your shoulder."
"Jason, you're lucky to be alive."
Jason sighs, not wanting to argue with Elizabeth. He walks her up to the front door and opens it for her. She settles Cameron and Aiden in the guest room and closes the door behind them.
He's sitting on the couch, trying to move his shoulder.
"Let me take a look at that."
She lifts up the sleeve of his black t-shirt. He groans as her fingertips hover over his deep wound.
"You're going to need stitches."
She went to get up, but he grabbed her wrist and pulled her back down to him. He wrapped his one good arm around her and held her in his arms.
His lips came up to her ear and the following words made her shudder.
"I never thought I would hold you in my arms again."
"Neither did I."
He pulled away and looked into her deep sapphire eyes. She cupped his cheek and got up to get the first-aid kit.
Coming back into the front room armed with surgical tools, she sits back down on the couch.
"Alright, you need to take your shirt off."
"Whoa, I think you need to buy me dinner first."
Elizabeth smiled at his playfulness, and trying to get her to laugh.
She helped him take off his shirt, and she ignored all her senses that were driving her wild over his muscular body. Elizabeth tried to ignore his tanned chest and washboard abs, but her hands didn't listen. Her hand touched his chest once, and he placed his hand over hers. She looked up into his eyes, seeing the relief that he had found her and her boys.
Elizabeth cleared her throat and the moment was broken.
He looked away from her as she grabbed the rubbing alcohol.
"This is going to sting."
Jason nodded his head for her to continue.
He groaned as she cleaned his wound and found comfort in the fact that he let put his hand over hers to draw strength from. She quickly stitched him up. The wound wasn't bad, and it was much better than his others.
Elizabeth ran her hands through her hair.
"How are you feeling?"
Jason touched her arm and she looked at him.
Jason cocked his head to the side, signaling that he knew she was lying.
"I should've stopped it."
"Stopped what? Stopped us from becoming friends all those years ago? Stop me from falling in love with you? I knew the problem going into it and I dealt with it, even when you left. You see that's what hurts, that every time we come close to happiness you disappear from my life and then I am left with all this love and all these dreams and no place to put them."
He could tell that she was upset and all he wanted to do was comfort her. He goes to do just that, but she pulls away from him.
"I'll be fine. I'm going to take a shower."
Jason lets go of her arm and watches her walk off into the bedroom. He leans back against the couch and closes his eyes.
He hears the water running in the background and finds it oddly soothing. Jason moves his shoulder around, testing to see if there was any permanent damage.
He gets up and walks into the guest bedroom.
Cameron is sound asleep in the bed, while Aiden is snoozing in his crib. Jason kneels down next to Cameron's head and moves his dark curls out of his eyes. Jason watches him for a few minutes, and then kisses him on the forehead.
He moves to Aiden, who is clinging to his lion stuffed animal. Jason rubs his stomach and holds one of Aiden's hands. He kisses Aiden on the top of the head and moves out into the main room.
Jason notices that the shower is still running and it's been well over half and hour.
She's just taking her time.
His instincts tell him otherwise. He walks into the bedroom and towards the bathroom door.
Jason lightly knocks and waits for a response.
"Elizabeth, it's me. Are you okay?"
There's no response. He doesn't want to intrude on her privacy, but she didn't answer him. He opens the door to see Elizabeth sitting under the showerhead, fully clothed and soaking wet.
Jason closes the door behind him and looks at Elizabeth's face.
"I can't get her blood off of my hands."
She wringing her hands in the water, but they were perfectly clean. Her eyes are dim and she visibly shaking. He opens the shower door and sits down next to her.
He doesn't care that he's getting wet, she matters more.
Without saying anything, he wraps his arm around her shoulders and pulled her into his lap.
He holds onto her for what seems hours. He rocks them back and forth, gently running his hand through her hair and talking in soothing tones. She rests her hands on her bare chest and lays her head in the crooks of his neck.
Jason finally reaches up and turns the water off. Elizabeth gratefully looks up at him. He nods to her and helps her up.
He opens the door and leads her into the bedroom. He pulls out a robe for her to change into. Jason turns around to give her privacy. Once she's done, he makes sure she's tucked into bed.
He leans over her and places a kiss on her forehead. He turns around to leave, but she sits up and grabs his wrist.
How long will you play this game
Will you fight or will you walk away
She pulls him back to her and forces him on top of her.
"People who are meant to be together always find a way to each other."
Her words entrance him. She searches his eyes to see a certain vulnerability that only he is allowing her to see. Something that was rare in Jason Morgan.
His breathing increases at being so close to her. He puts his weight on his elbows as he stares into her beautiful blue eyes.
"I feel so numb."
His lips move closer to hers. Staring at her lips, then her eyes, then back down to her lips. They are inches away and Jason is barely restraining himself.
"I want to feel alive. I…need to feel alive."
Just before their lips touch-
"Jason, please make me feel alive."
"I never should have let you go."
"I don't want to think about anything tonight. I just want to be here right in this moment, safe…with you."
How long will you let it burn
Let it burn
Let it burn
She looked into his electric blue eyes to see them hooded with desire. She felt a wave of fear pass through her, not that she was afraid of him, but afraid of what they're about to do and knowing that she's going to want more.
Jason sees the flash of happiness and desire in her eyes before he slowly kisses her, giving her the comfort she needs.
He looked at her lips right before they collided. He gently ran his tongue along her upper lip, begging for entrance and she generously obliged. Their tongues fought for dominance as he pulled at her robe.
She puts up with it at first, and then takes control. He feels her pulling at his belt buckle and helps her take off his jeans.
He rips off her robe to see that she's completely naked underneath. His eyes ravage her body, taking everything in. His eyes move back up to her face to see her slightly blushing. It makes his heart swell with pride that he can make her blush.
Jason's madly kissing her now, every inch of her body. He places featherlike kisses down her neck, the swell in between her breasts and down to her stomach. He moves back up to the crook of her neck, nibbling on her sweet spot. He hears her groan and he growls in return with pride.
Everywhere her fingers touched, heat followed. He had never felt so alive! His muscles contracted under her masterful artist's hands. She ran them over his chest and his abs, taking care of not missing a spot.
Impatient, she pulls his head back up to her lips. Jason smiles into their kiss, knowing how feisty Elizabeth can really be. Elizabeth takes control of the kiss, which Jason doesn't mind. His hands are roaming her body; nothing is off limits to him.
He is hers and she is his.
He runs his hand through her wet hair, basking in the moment that their lives were finally in sync.
His hands continue to roam her body and she pulls at his boxers. He swats her hands away, but she continues relentless. He gives in, knowing that he wants what she wants.
Elizabeth pulls them down and Jason kicks them off. He resumes their kiss, their tongues fighting for dominance. Jason grabs her hands and entwines their fingers. He lifts their hands above her head and pin them there.
Jason pulls away from their passionate and fervent kiss to look into her eyes.
"There's no going back after this."
Elizabeth smirked as she pulled him back down to her. Her eyes are hooded with desire and longing, almost sending Jason over the edge.
"Jason, I need you now."
Let it burn
He takes that as her answer as he plunges into her. He feels her moan in his mouth as he lets her get used to his size.
There was no feeling in the world that could describe what he was experiencing.
It was like a man that was dying in a desert and finally found water.
Jason set his pace slow, wanting to enjoy every minute of it. Elizabeth's hips rock with his, and he increases his speed. Feeling close to the edge, he opens his eyes and pulls his lips away. She opens her eyes so they can both reach the climax together. Reaching the peak together, they both ride down on the high.
He collapsed on top of her, as they both caught their breath.
They were silent, knowing how much this meant to both of them. He kisses her shoulder as he rolled them over to his side and held her close to him.
She placed her head on his chest and her arm across his stomach. He wraps his good arm around her and holds her close. Her lower body swings over onto his. Her legs entangle with his as their feet touch.
Elizabeth looks up into Jason's eyes. He watches her with wonder, wanting to say everything he was feeling, but didn't know how.
Let it burn
"Words cannot express how much I miss the feeling of "home" when I was in your arms."
Elizabeth smiled at his compliment and kissed his chest in content.
"I missed you so much."
He ran his hand through her hair soothingly.
"I'm sorry I wasn't there to protect you and the boys."
"But you're here now."
"And I'm not going anywhere."
Jason kissed the top of her hair and pulled the blanket over top of them.
There were times in their lives where they were finally in sync to be together. Sometimes it could last for months, and others it could only last for one night.
Destiny, or fate, or chance, prevented them from being together and finding the happiness they so rightly deserved.
Jason felt Elizabeth nod off and he soon joined her in her dreams.
Throughout the long night they made love numerous times, giving into years of temptations and pent up feelings.
For if this would be the only night they could be together, they damn well made sure it mattered.
Let it burn
A/N: I'm so sorry for taking so long to update. As you can see, this chapter is over fourteen thousand words long! That's unheard of! It is the longest chapter I've written to date. I've edited this about ten times; wanting to make it perfect and I think I did. I'm not really good with the love scenes, so please put up with them. I'm sure it's easy to imagine Liason like this Also; the shower scene was inspired from the shower scene in the movie Casino Royale. Lyrics to 'Let It Burn' by Red, my second favorite song of theirs. Let me know what you thought of the chapter in a review and what you would like to happen. Only four chapters left of this story. Until next time! Viva la Liason! Summer 2012 of Liason! #LiasonReunion2012!