Title: Here With Me
Fandom: Port Charles
Disclaimer: I don't own Port Charles or any of its characters.
Summary: Alison thinks she's lost Rafe forever.
Alison was going through some things when she came across a box she hadn't seen before. She took it back out into the living room and sat on the couch. Alison opened it and found a leather-bound book, a tape, and an envelope. She laid the three objects on the table. She picked up the envelope and opened it. Inside the envelope was a sheet of paper that read:
By the time you read this I will have left.
I have left you a book and a tape.
On the tape is a selection of songs that I've put together.
In the book are photos and other things that I've arranged.
I miss you very much.
I will do everything in my power to find away to come back to you.
Until then, my angel, I will be watching you from afar.
Alison felt a tear run down her cheek. "I love you too." Alison whispered. She whipped the tear from her cheek and picked up the tape and put it into the tape player. She pressed play and turned the volume up. As the first song began she picked up the leather-bound book. She sat down in the chair next to the couch and rested her legs over the arm of the chair. She undid the seal and opened it to the first page. On it was a pink rose and a folded piece of paper. Alison flipped open the folded paper. "A beautiful rose for a beautiful girl." Alison read out loud. She smiled and looked up and said, "Thank you."
Just then Rafe appeared. He heard what Alison had said and replied, "You're welcome angel."
Alison swung her feet onto the floor and sprung up from her set. "Rafe, what. what are you doing here?"
Alison said surprised.
"Well I found a way to come back." He replied.
Alison walked up to him and wrapped her arms around him. "I missed you so much." She said with a tear running down her cheek.
"Angel, don't cry." Rafe said kissing her forehead.
"I can't help it. I'm just so happy." Alison replied.
Rafe smiled and whipped the tear from her cheek. Alison smiled back at Rafe. "I read the letter you left for me. It was really sweet. I was just looking at the book actually." Alison said.
"Really? So how far did you get?" Rafe asked.
"Actually I had just opened it when you came back." Alison answered.
"Ok then in that case, we can look at it together, if you'd like?" Rafe asked.
"Sure." Alison answered with a big smile on her face.
Rafe took Alison's hand and they walked over to the couch and sat down together and looked through the book. After about 10 minutes Alison looked up at Rafe and smiled. Rafe turned his head to see Alison staring at him. "What?" Rafe said laughing.
"Oh nothing, its just that I still can't believe you're here." Alison replied.
"Oh ok then." Rafe said smiling. Alison giggled then kissed him. Rafe picked her up and carried her into the bedroom. He set her down on the bed then sat down facing her. Rafe smiled at Alison then took off his shirt. Alison smiled back and undid her top. They engaged in a passionate kiss then began to make love.
After a few hours, Alison woke up and looked at the still sleeping Rafe and smiled. She looked up and said to God, "Thank you for letting him come back."
Rafe woke up to hear Alison thanking God and just lay there and smiled. Alison turned back towards Rafe and saw him smiling. She smiled back then asked, "How were you able to come back? Cause I mean when you left I thought it was something I had done."
Rafe shook his head. "No angel, it wasn't you at all." Rafe answered still smiling at her.
"Well that's good to know. But if it wasn't me then why were you pulled back so soon?" Alison asked
"Well you remember when you figured out that there were more angels then just me here in Port Charles." Rafe said
"Yeah." Alison answered.
"Well the others were going to tell who they really were. That's why I was pulled back." Rafe said.
"Yeah but if it wasn't you then why did they pull you back?" Alison asked a bit confused.
"Well they really didn't tell me. I'd guess it was because if only one of us disappeared it would look kind of suspicious." Rafe said.
"Oh. Well I guess that makes sense. But then why did they let you come back? The others didn't come back, did they?" Alison asked.
"Why all the questions, angel?" Rafe asked.
"I'm just trying to understand why, that's all." Alison answered.
"Oh ok." Rafe said kissing her. "The others didn't come back but when I talked to God." Rafe said.
"You talked to God!" Alison exclaimed.
"Well only if it's important. And this was very important." Rafe said. Alison blushed. "When I talked to God,
I asked him, not for me but for you, to let me come back. He had to think about it but then he agreed." Rafe continued.
"Well I'm just glad you're back." Alison said. "Did he say how long you could stay?" Alison asked.
"He said that I could stay until the end of this summer." Rafe answered.
Alison smiled and looked at the clock, it said 6: 30 pm. She turned to Rafe and said, "I'm hungry. You wanna get something to eat? It'll be my treat." Alison asked.
"Sure but where? The Recovery Room?" Rafe asked.
"Well we could go there but I was thinking more along the lines of Kelly's. You haven't been there yet, have you?" Alison said.
"No I haven't." Rafe said shaking his head.
"Ok Kelly's it is then." Alison said standing up and throwing on a pair of jeans and a blouse. Rafe throw his
clothes back on also. Alison walked into the bathroom to fix her hair then walked back out. "You ready?" Alison asked. Rafe nodded. "Ok lets go then." Alison said. She grabbed her purse and took Rafe's hand and walked out to her car. Rafe got into the passenger seat and Alison walked around to the driver's side and started the car. She leaned over and kissed Rafe before driving off.
When they arrived at Kelly's Alison parked the car and got out. They walked in together and found a booth. Alison slide in on one side and Rafe on the other. After a short time the waiter walked up to the booth and handed them both a menu.
"I'll be back shortly to take your order." The waiter said walking away.
"So what's good here?" Rafe asked.
"The chili's pretty good but I think I'm gonna have a burger." Alison replied.
"Ok maybe I'll try the chili." Rafe said putting down his menu. He just sat there watching her.
Alison looked up from her menu and saw Rafe staring at her. "What?" Alison asked.
"Oh I'm just wondering how I got so lucky, that's all." Rafe replied smiling at her.
Alison smiled back and said, "Oh." Alison put down her menu as the waiter came back.
"What will you two be having this evening?" the waiter asked.
"I'll have a diet coke and cheeseburger." Alison said.
The waiter jotted down Alison's order. "I'll have the chili and a strawberry malt, with two straws." Rafe said smiling at Alison. Alison smiled back.
"Ok so that's one diet coke, one cheeseburger, one chili, and one strawberry malt with two straws?" the waiter asked reading back the order. Alison nodded. The waiter walked back into the kitchen after taking the order.
"I can't believe you got two straws." Alison said with a big smile on her face.
"Yeah well." Rafe said trailing off. He reached across the table and placed his hand on Alison's. He kissed her hand and Alison smiled.
The waiter brought they're drinks over and then walked away. Rafe slide the malt glass in the middle of the table so that they both could drink from it. Alison took a sip then Rafe took a drink. They smiled at each other. Shortly after the waiter came back with they're meals. He placed the chili in front of Rafe and the cheeseburger in front of Alison.
"Can I get you anything else?" asked the waiter.
Alison shook her head and said, "No I think that's it for now." With that the waiter left. Alison opened the bun to her cheeseburger and placed the pickles that were on her place onto the cheeseburger. Then she reached for the ketchup and poured some on her plate for her french fries. Alison then placed the bun back on top of the cheeseburger and took a bite. Rafe took a spoonful of his chili then took another drink of the malt. Alison looked at him and smiled.
"What?" Rafe asked.
"You've got some whip cream on you nose." Alison said giggling.
"Oh." Rafe said picking up his napkin and whipping it off. They finished they're dinner and the waiter brought the check over. Alison paid and they walked out.
"So now what do you wanna do?" Alison asked. Rafe looked at his watch.
"Well it's about 7:30. We could just go back home and spend the rest of the night alone together." Rafe suggested.
"Ok. We could rent some movies and just curl up on the couch." Alison replied.
"Ok sounds good to me. You'll have to pick them out though cause the last movie I saw was in '91 before well you know." Rafe said.
"Yeah I know. Its ok I can pick out some movies. How many do we want?" Alison asked climbing into the car.
"Two should be good." Rafe said.
"Ok two then. Oh and we have to get popcorn. A movie's just not the same without popcorn." Alison said laughing.
"Ok we'll get popcorn too then." Rafe said climbing into the car.
Alison smiled and drove to the video store. Alison parked the car then said, "What kind of movies do you want? Scary? Funny? What?"
"Doesn't matter." Rafe replied getting out of the car.
"Ok." Alison said smiling and getting out of the car. They walked into the store and looked at the different movies.
"How about Valentine and Legally Blonde?" Alison asked.
"Ok but what are they about?" Rafe asked.
"Well Valentine is a scary one about these 5 friends who made fun of this kid in school and he's come back to get revenge. It's really good." Alison said smiling.
"And Legally Blonde is about this California sorority girl who goes to Harvard law to win back her man. It's funny. I liked it." Alison added.
"Ok they sound good then." Rafe said. They walked up to counter and paid for the movies. "Wait we wanted popcorn too, didn't we?" Rafe asked grabbing a bag of it and throwing up on the counter. The cashier added everything up and put the two movies and the popcorn into a bag.
"Have a nice night." The cashier said as Alison and Rafe walked out the door. Alison climbed into the driver's seat and Rafe got into the passenger's seat. Rafe leaned in and kissed Alison. Alison kissed him back then started the car and headed back home. When they got home Alison unlocked the door and walked in. "I'll make the popcorn if you wanna start the movie." Rafe said.
"Ok. Which movie do we want first?" Alison asked.
"How about Valentine." Rafe said.
"Ok." Alison said putting in the movie. Rafe started the popcorn. When the microwave dinged he took out the popcorn and poured some into on bowl and the rest into another. He brought the bowls over sat down on the couch next to Alison. Alison took the bowl and smiled at Rafe then she pressed play on the vcr control. Alison tucked her feet under her and rested her head on his shoulder.
Rafe wrapped his arm around Alison and said, "I love you, angel."
"I love you too Rafe." Alison said smiling up at him. Rafe smiled back at her then watched the movie.
After the movie was over Alison looked up at Rafe and asked, "So what did ya think? Did you like it?"
"It was good. I liked it." Rafe said smiling at her.
"You wanna watch the other movie now or did you wanna wait?" Rafe asked.
Alison smiled and said, "We can watch the other movie unless there was something else you had in mind."
"No we can watch the movie." Rafe replied.
"Ok I'll put the movie in then." Alison said getting up. She walked over to the vcr and took out Valentine and popped it into the video rewinder. She then opened the box with Legally Blonde in it and put it in the vcr. "Do we want some more popcorn?" Alison asked.
"Sure, Do you want me to make it?" Rafe asked.
"No I can do it." Alison said walking into the kitchen to make more popcorn. When the popcorn was done she brought the bag back into the living room and gave some to Rafe and poured some into her bowl. She sat down and pressed play. She curled up on the couch with Rafe's arm around her. Alison smiled at Rafe. 'I'm so lucky to have him back in my life.' Alison thought to herself. After the movie was over Alison pressed the stop button then looked up at Rafe. "So anything else you'd like to do tonight?" Alison said with sleepy eyes.
"Well you look tired." Rafe said.
"No I'm not tired." Alison said yawning. "Ok well maybe just a little." Alison confessed.
"Well we have all summer to do what we want." Rafe said picking Alison up and taking her into the bedroom. Alison giggled.
"Your right we do have all summer." Alison said as Rafe put her down on the bed. Rafe bent down and kissed her lips gently. Rafe walked out to the room so that Alison got get into her pajamas. He walked into the bathroom and took everything off except his boxers. When he walked back into the bedroom Alison was already under the covers.
"You asleep?" Rafe whispered.
"No, not yet." Alison said. Rafe climbed into bed and wrapped his arm around Alison.
"Goodnight angel." Rafe said softly.
"Goodnight Rafe." Alison said turning over to face him. They kissed then soon after fell asleep.