Disclaimer: I don't own the characters of GH or General Hospital itself.
Author's note: I wasn't going to post both of these chapters today, but then I decided that finishing the story on my birthday seemed like a really fun idea, so that's what I did. Story's done guys! Thank you all who have read and reviewed, or just read it, I really appreciate it and hope you all liked it so far, and that hopefully –fingers crossed- that you like the ending! If you like, let me know what you thought.
Song credit goes to Martina McBride and the song is Blessed.
Courtney ran her hands through the sand that surrounded her as she stared out at the crashing waves, always keeping an eye on the kids as they played at the shoreline.
It had been just over two weeks since they had gotten to the island, and the phone calls from Sonny and Jason were becoming more and more infrequent. The last they knew, the two men had been on their way to San Diego but neither Carly nor Courtney knew exactly why. Courtney had become resigned to knowing she would never know exactly what was going on these last few weeks but Carly wasn't as resilient. It was driving her crazy not knowing, which in turn, caused her to drive Courtney insane as well.
She really wished Jason was there though, it was rare that they ever spent more than a few days apart from each other, and with Macey still asking for him nightly, it was even harder for Courtney.
Plus, she really needed to talk to him. Face to face this time, not over the phone.
"You're awfully quiet," Carly observed from her spot next to Courtney. "What's going on in that head of yours?"
Courtney shook her head. "Nothing really," she answered. She drew her legs up and rested her head on her knees. "Just thinking. I'm just a little tired."
"I see," Carly said knowingly. "Look, I wasn't going to say anything, but you know how good I am about keeping secrets, and I'm even worse at not knowing them, so I have to."
"Secrets?" Courtney hoped she sounded curious. "What are you talking about?"
"I can't believe you haven't told me yet," Carly said, a hint of accusation in her voice. We're best friends, sisters, after all."
"I think you've had too much sun, maybe you should go lay down," Courtney suggested.
"I'm not blind Courtney, I've noticed what's been going on with you since we've been here."
"The same as you. Watching the kids and missing my husband."
"Going to bed early, saying you had the flu" Carly punctuated the words with her hands "for the past week. Have you told Jason yet?"
"Told him what?" Courtney tried to act nonchalant but knew she was caught.
"That you're pregnant again!" Carly squealed, nearly knocking Courtney over as she hugged her.
Courtney laughed despite herself as she and Carly tumbled into the sand. "No, I haven't told him, I just found out myself a few days ago anyways."
"Another baby! Courtney, this is so wonderful, I'm so excited for you! How far along are you? Have you seen a doctor?" Carly's questions came faster than Courtney could answer them.
"I'm only a month a long, and yes I saw the doctor yesterday," she replied. "Everything seems to progressing normally so far."
"Jason's gonna flip, you know that right? I didn't know you guys were even trying to have another baby."
"We weren't," Courtney said honestly. "I didn't even know if I could get pregnant again, I already had my one miracle with Macey, I still can't believe I get another one."
"Well I couldn't be happier for you," Carly said, a smile still bright on her face.
"Thanks," Courtney said, her gaze drifting back to the ocean.
"Okay, what's wrong?" Carly asked, concerned that Courtney didn't seem to be as happy as she was.
"What if things don't go like Sonny and Jason have planned?" she asked. "Could I handle raising two children on my own? And what if they don't get out of the business?"
"If they don't, then life goes on like it has for the last 5 years," Carly said diplomatically. "We won't be the happiest about it, but we've both learned to live with it."
"I haven't," Courtney said softly. "I told Jason if they didn't go legit I was going to take Macey and leave him." She kept her eyes on the water as she spoke.
"Court, are you crazy?"
She dragged her eyes to Carly's face. "I'd be crazy if I let Macey be put in danger again. I'm not as strong as you Carly, I can't live day to day worrying that each time I kiss my daughter and husband it could be the last. And now with another baby on the way?" She shook her head. "They have to get out," she said finally.
"They will," Carly said matter-of-factly. "Jason will do whatever it takes to keep you in his life."
"Daddy!" Macey screeched from where she was playing with Briana and began running down the beach.
"Macey wait!" Courtney protested, jumping up and squinting in the direction that Macey had taken off in.
"It's them, they're back," Carly breathed, as she got to her feet. "Michael, Morgan and Briana, come on!" she said as Sonny and Jason got closer.
"Daddy you're here!" Macey cried as she reached Jason. "I've been waiting so long, I didn't think you'd ever get here!"
"Hey there Miss Macey," he said, kneeling down so he could engulf her in a big bear hug. "I've missed you little girl," he said.
"I missed you too! I was a really good girl too, you can ask Momma if you want!"
"Is that so?" Jason looked up and grinned at Courtney, who had finally caught up to them. "Is that true Momma?"
She nodded. "She's been an angel, just like she promised," she said, smiling as Jason stood up with Macey in his arms. "Welcome back," she whispered, as he slid his free arm around her. Out of the corner of her eye she saw a similar reunion between Carly and Sonny and their kids.
"What about you? Did you miss me too?" He asked.
She shrugged, trying her best to act indifferent. "A little," she said. "But there's this one really hot guy that works down in the casino, Carlos, his name is, and well—"
"Uh-huh," Jason said, as he grabbed the back of her head and pulled her close enough for a kiss. "Carlos isn't gonna kiss you like that," he said when they finally broke apart.
Courtney giggled and nodded her head in agreement. Before she could say anything Macey squirmed around in Jason's arms and waited for him to set her back down.
"Daddy, Michael and Morgan are helping us build a sand castle, wanna come help too?" she asked.
"That sounds great Sweetie," Jason said. "We'll build the biggest sand castle ever!"
"Yay!" Macey clapped her hands. "Come on Briana!" she said.
"Why don't you guys go ahead and we'll all be there in a minute?" Carly suggested. "Michael, can you watch everyone until we get there?" He agreed and the kids all went back to their spot on the beach.
"See, I told you we wouldn't be that long," Sonny said, coming up to Courtney. He hugged her. "Did you keep my wife out of trouble?"
"I did my best," she said with a laugh. "It's good to see you though."
"Sonny, come on," Carly said, tugging at his hand. "Let's go help the kids and give these two a few minutes alone," she suggested, with a wink at Courtney. "Glad you're back Jase!" she called over her shoulder as they headed down the beach.
"What was that about?" Jason asked.
She shrugged and laughed lightly. "Who knows what goes on in Carly's mind," she said dismissively, not ready to tell him just yet. "We should go get Macey, she's missed you so much." She started to walk away but Jason caught her hand and pulled her back to him.
"Courtney," he said, sliding an arm around her waist again. He used his free hand to brush a strand of hair out of her face. "We're out," he said softly.
"You are?" she asked as tears sprang to her eyes. She couldn't believe how incredibly happy those two little words had made her. He nodded at her. "For good?"
"For good," he pronounced. "As of yesterday, Corinthos-Morgan Imports became a completely legit, right side of the law, business. I told you Courtney, I'd never let you down."
"Oh my God, Jason!" She couldn't stop the tears from falling, and she laughed as he brushed them away. "I can't believe it," she whispered, hugging him as tightly as she could.
"Believe it," he said with a smile. "Did you honestly think I'd let anything happen that would take you and Macey away from me?"
"No," she said with a shake of her head. "Not for one second," she added, cupping his face in her hands. "I love you so much," she whispered, kissing him again.
"I love you too," he said. "Come on, I'll bet Macey's chomping at the bit by now."
"Wait," Courtney said. It was her turn to stop Jason and pull him back to her. "There's something I need to tell you now," she said.
"What is it?" he asked, gazing down at her.
She smiled. "I was just wondering how you would feel about expanding our family," she said.
"What? You mean like get a dog or something? Macey didn't fall in love with the turtles in the hotel, did she?"
Courtney laughed and shook her head. "Well, yeah she did, but I explained to her how they couldn't come home with us."
"Well then what do you mean?"
"I mean, how would you feel about another baby?"
"I'd love another baby, you know that," he said, leaning in to kiss her forehead. "We could have a lot of fun trying too, couldn't we?"
She sighed at how clueless her husband was. "We could," she agreed. "One slight problem though."
"I'm already pregnant," she whispered into his ear, pulling back to watch her words register with him. She grinned as she saw his eyes light up and a smile form on his own face.
"You're sure?" he asked when he finally found his voice again.
Courtney nodded. "Doctor confirmed it yesterday," she said.
"I can't believe it," Jason said, still stunned. "Courtney this is—I'm so—I mean—"
She laughed at him then. "I know," she said. "I feel the same way. Congratulations Daddy."
"Congratulations Mommy," he said, lifting her up off the ground as he kissed her. Finally, he set her back on her feet and they headed down the beach towards the others.
"Can I ask you one favor this time?" he asked, as they walked hand in hand.
"Whatever you want," she said, happy to finally have Jason back with her.
"Can you have a boy this time?" He knelt down next to Macey who grinned at him. "What do you think Macey? Would you like a little brother?"
"Hey!" Courtney protested with a laugh. "We'll just have to wait and see on that," she said; as she grabbed a sand shovel and helped Macey dig another hole in the sand. When she wasn't looking, Carly snuck up behind her with a pail of water and tried to dump it on her, but Courtney saw her at the last moment and reflected the pail, sending the water over Sonny, causing everyone to burst out in laughter.
Jason stepped back and watched as Courtney and Macey played together in the sand. His mind went back six years ago to the night Courtney found him on the docks and he remembered everything he had felt when he had taken her in his arms then. He had been true to his words from that night. He kept her safe, he gave her the life she wanted, the life she deserved, and she had given him more than he had ever expected to get out of life.
He got down on the sand with everyone else and pulled her into his arms, grabbing Macey as well. He laughed as the little girl tackled him, sending him flat onto his back.
Courtney looked down at him then, with her blue eyes were sparkling and the biggest smile he had ever seen grace her face. She had never looked more beautiful and he had never been more in love.
Returning the smile, he mouthed the words I love you and then resumed playing with their daughter, at the same time realizing just how lucky he really was.
And he couldn't thank God enough.
I have been blessed
And I feel like I've found my way
I thank God for all I've been given
At the end of every day
I have been blessed
With so much more than I deserve
To be here with the ones that love me
To love them so much it hurts
I have been blessed