All of You
A Days of Our Lives and Passions crossover "starring" Rafe Hernandez and Gwen Hotchkiss. Enjoy and please remember, feedback is love!
A – Adore
She had adored Ethan, she had loved him so much, and what had it ever gotten her but heartache and a dead baby girl? She had had lots of time in prison to realize that she had chased a dream, a fantasy, for years that wasn't even close to reality.
As soon as she got out of prison, she knew she was not going back to Harmony. She needed a fresh start more than anything. She pressed her finger down on a map randomly and peeled it away to see a little dot called Salem. She would go there. It would be the perfect place to blend in and start over.
Perfect place? She wondered as she sat in her hotel room for the second day and watched the snow coming down behind her windowpane. It was October. Since when did it snow anywhere in October?
She sighed and decided she needed a break from these four walls. She bundled into a thin jacket and walked outside the Salem Inn. The snow had stopped falling and just thick, white powder remained. She suddenly had the strongest urge to make a snow angel – something she hadn't done since she was a child and her parents would send her outdoors to get her out of their hair.
She slowly lowered herself to the ground and spread her arms and legs wide. Just then she felt rather than saw someone approaching. She was about to yell at them to watch out, let them know that there was someone here, but there was no time. He or she clearly wasn't paying attention because in the next moment they were tripping over Gwen's skinny foot and landing right on top of her.
"Owww!" They both growled out at the same time. Gwen to chew the guy out but one look at him and his chiseled, perfect features and big brown eyes made her unable to do it. Especially because he looked just like …
"Luis?" She asked.
B – Beautiful
"Luis?" She asked again. "What are you doing in Salem?"
Rafe narrowed his eyes at her. "My name's not Luis. It's Rafe. Rafe Hernandez."
"Okay… but you look just like this man I used to know. A man from another lifetime it seems."
"Were you two boyfriend and girlfriend or something?"
The blonde rolled her eyes. "Hardly. He could barely stand me most days I think. But you look so much like him …"
"Well I guess it's true what they say - we all have a lookalike in this world after all," Rafe said. "Is he at least handsome?"
"He's … beautiful," she said and blushed. "Now don't let that go to your head."
"Never," Rafe said facetiously.
"So… Do you mind getting off of me now?"
Rafe coughed and rolled off of her. He flopped onto the cold ground beside her and then jumped to his feet. "You never told me your name," he said.
"You never told me why you were running so fast, not looking where you were going."
"I was chasing a dream. All it is is a dream."
The blonde pulled herself up to a sitting position and looked at him with a little smirk on her face. "That's profound."
"Yeah I have my … profound moments," Rafe said. He stared at her and then offered her his hand to pull her up.
"No, thanks," she said. "I think I'll just make snow angels for a while."
"You're not going to tell me your name or why you're in Salem, are you?"
She shook her head as she spread her arms wide and dropped back into the snow. "Nope. I don't believe in telling stranger's personal information."
"I fell on you. We are not strangers anymore."
"Well when you put it that way …" She smirked and shook her head. "Nope, I think I prefer to keep you guessing."
He shook his head at her and then turned and walked off. He didn't realize it but he was still smiling.
C – Careless
"You were careless, Sami," Rafe reprimanded her. "I saw you with him - again."
"Rafe, please," Sami pleaded, "I love you. You know I do."
"Oh you have no idea what love is, Sami, and now I'm really done. Go back to EJ."
He then turned on his heel, regretting throwing a fit in front of everyone at The Brady Pub. But he didn't regret it when he accidentally slammed into the blonde he had literally fallen for a few days before.
"Hey, it's you," he said.
"Yeah, it's me," she agreed with a smile. "You and your girlfriend okay?"
"You heard that huh?"
"I think everyone did."
"Oh … Well actually she is my ex-wife."
"Ex huh?" The woman mused like she was tossing around an idea around in her mind but she held it back and just said, "Well it was nice seeing you again, Rafe. Thanks for not falling on me this time."
Rafe smirked in spite of himself. "You ever going to tell me your name?"
"Not today," she said and then scooted past him. He just shook his head and walked out of there before he could change his mind.
D – Dad
It had been a week since he had last seen her and he found that despite not knowing anything about her or even her name, that she was in his thoughts constantly. So he considered it fortunate when he spotted the beautiful blonde sitting on a bench in Salem Park one afternoon.
"Hey, you going to tell me your name now?" Rafe asked playfully. He thought they'd launch into another round of teasing and flirting but as she looked up at him, he saw pain in her big brown eyes.
He immediately dropped down onto the bench beside her. "Hey, what's wrong?" he asked, feeling instinctively that he needed to reach out to her.
She sniffled and he was thankful she didn't try to say she was okay because he could clearly see she wasn't. "It's my father … He died three nights ago."
Rafe shifted on the bench. "I'm so sorry to hear that." He meant it too.
"Jonathan Hotchkiss was far from perfect but he was still my dad and I am going to miss him. My mom wants me to come home for the funeral but I don't know if I can… I would have to face my past and the things I did that were less than shall we say, savory."
"Look I don't know what you've been through or what you've done but you deserve the chance to say goodbye to your father. I am sure he loved you a lot."
"He did but he wanted a boy from the moment he learned my mom was expecting. However, for all his faults, he would do anything for me. I guess I owe him one so you are right, I have to go back to Harmony."
"I think you'll be glad you did. I never really got to say goodbye to my Pop and though things were far from perfect between us, I wish I had had the chance to wish his spirit well."
She looked up at him. Her tears had dried a bit. "Well I'd better go and book the flight."
"Okay, good luck," Rafe said. He watched her stand and turn to leave but then she looked back at him.
"Gwen," she said.
"Gwen … That's my name… Gwen Hotchkiss."
And then she was gone, somehow taking a little piece of him with her. He didn't know if he would ever see her again but damned if he didn't want to.