As the taxicab began to approach Kelley's, Elizabeth found herself hoping like hell Lucky wouldn't be in there. They had moved back in after the whole brainwashing ordeal had been settled and it was safe to move out of the cottage and it was one of the places she thought he might've gone. She had a feeling if he was there it would be a repeat of the Nicholas situation and she was not ready to deal with that. Not in the least.

She wished she and Jason hadn't had to separate but she needed to pack, and riding his motorcycle would have been a little difficult in her wedding dress. Stupid dress, she thought again. All it seemed to do was get in the way. It was beautiful. So what? Beauty isn't everything.

The cab pulled to a complete stop and she paid the driver and hopped out, an unruly, ungraceful mass white lace and satin. She determinedly hoisted up the dress and trudged onward to Kelley's. She ignored all the strange looks from familiar faces she received as she opened the door, her head held high, dress in hand and she trudged upstairs to her room. She would not be embarrassed. Refused to be. She would go upstairs, change, pack and Jason would come and they would leave. Just like that. No complications, no interruptions, and definitely no Nicholas.

*~*~*~*~*~*~

Nicholas held open the door and Emily and Lucky walked inside Kelley's in uncomfortable silence. Nicholas had found him sitting on the steps of the cottage and decided what Lucky needed right now was dinner with his friends. He and Emily would make him feel better, make him see that this was all for the best in the end. Or convince him that Elizabeth would come back to him. He was looking at the second option, but Emily was looking at the first. She seemed to think Jason and Elizabeth were actually in love.

They sat down at the nearest table, Emily and Nicholas across from each other and Lucky between them. There was another long period of silence before a waitress approached them, and they ordered immediately, Nicholas ordering for a disturbingly silent Lucky. He hadn't spoken a word since Nicholas had found him. He thought maybe he was in some state of shock or something. Hopefully, he'd snap out of it soon and he could stop worrying and get back home to Gia, who really didn't even want him to leave in the first place.

"So," Emily said in an attempt to start a conversation.

"So," Nicholas replied and they both looked to Lucky, hoping for a response, a sign of recognition. He just stared blankly at the wall. Emily sighed loudly.

*~*~*~*~*~*~

After a shower and a change of clothes Elizabeth felt much better. She had left the dress in a heap on the bathroom floor, not bothering because it was something she really didn't want to deal with right now. Now that she had some time alone, she decided to make it useful and think about some things, get things straightened out in her head before she and Jason left. She knew that she and Jason needed to have a talk; there were some questions she needed answered, some things she needed settled.

When Jason first came back, she didn't question it, only accepted it because it was what she wanted more than anything. But now she couldn't help but wonder what had brought him back to Port Charles. What had made him decide to chase her down, how he even knew where she was in the first place.

She had begun to doubt herself and her choices, too. All of the sudden Jason shows up on the same day as her wedding day to another man, no less, and she agrees to let him take her to Italy? What if she hurt him again? And why did he forgive her so easily after everything she put him through?

She sighed and tried to think of the positive instead of the negative. She was in love with Jason. There was absolutely no shadow of a doubt about that, and she knew that he loved her.

She focused on that and pushed everything else to the back of her mind, pulling out her suitcase from under her bed and beginning to pack for Italy.

*~*~*~*~*~*~

"Would you excuse us, Lucky?" Lucky didn't respond, only looked blankly off into space and Nicholas decided to take that as a yes. He needed to get Emily to stop and think of Lucky's feelings for a moment, which she had obviously forgot to do considering her behavior towards him and his situation over the course of dinner. She seemed to have forgotten that Elizabeth left him at the altar not so long ago, leaving Lucky a broken, emotionally distraught and curiously silent man who probably thought his future was over because he lost the love of his life to a thug. He pulled her over to a corner of the diner and leaned in close to her, simply so Lucky couldn't hear, and in no way because he enjoyed it. Emily's actions the whole day had infuriated him. "What do you think you're doing?"

"What do you mean what do I think I'm doing?" She lifted her chin to look up at him, annoyance in her eyes at his question. She had a look on her face that she got when she was angry, and for some reason he couldn't figure out at the moment he thought that look was cute as hell. Where did that come from? He blinked the thought away and went back to being angry.

"What is up with pointing out every flaw that ever existed in their relationship?"

"I was just trying to make him feel better." As she said it he studied her lips, became distracted by their fullness and perfect peach-pink coloring before his vision traveled back up to the rest of her face, including a raised eyebrow as she waited for his response.

"You weren't doing a very good job of it."

"What do you suggest I do, tell him that Liz still loves him even though I know without a doubt she's in love with Jason?" The mention of Jason's name pulled him out of his Emily-induced trance and reinstated his anger in the matter.

"She is not in love with Jason. She is in love with my brother and they will get back together. "

"Were you at the same wedding? Did you even listen to anything Elizabeth said at the park?"

"She was lying, Em. I thought it was pretty obvious."

"And you're never wrong, are you, Nicholas? I can't believe you sometimes. You know, you're just a stuck up, self-righteous, arrogant little-" Nicholas couldn't take it anymore and he stopped the last word from coming out of her mouth by placing his mouth on top of it with a passionate kiss. His desire making him forget that Lucky was only a few feet away, that he was angry at Emily right now and this was not a good way to get that message across believably and the fact that he and Emily were both in serious relationships with other people. For a moment, all there was the feel of his lips on hers and how Emily didn't fight the kiss, but surrendered after only a moment's hesitation. He broke away and looked back at her, seeing her flustered expression and it brought a smile to his face. "Prick." She finished, slightly in awe or disgust. And she turned around and walked to the table, never looking back at him.

*~*~*~*~*~*~

Jason pushed open the door to Kelley's, bracing himself for another Nicholas attack. Actually attack wasn't the best word. Attack made Jason think of something fierce, something dangerous, when what Nicholas really reminded him of was an annoying fly that keeps buzzing in your ear. You swat it away, hoping it will get the picture and go somewhere else but it just keeps coming back until you squish it. Lucky reminded him of a fly too.

Maybe someday he would get to squish them both.

He walked right past their table, stopping only briefly to wave at Emily, wishing he could stop and talk to her but he was sure that Nicholas would start something. He really wasn't in the mood for that. Emily waved back, unknowingly breaking his cover as Nicholas turned around to see whom she was waving at. Jason quickly headed for the stairs but not quickly enough.

"Hey!" Nicholas shouted rather loudly, "What are you doing here?" Jason turned back around and crossed his arms over his chest. It always seemed to get people to buzz off when he did that.

"Nothing." He said simply.

"Is Elizabeth up there?" Nicholas began to get out of his chair and approach the stairway followed by Emily. Lucky just sat there, seemingly enthralled by the interesting flatness of the table beneath his hands, which his head was perched on. Jason looked at Nicholas and scrunched his face up to make it look like he was concentrating hard.

"Nah." He turned around and began up the stairs, only to be stopped once again by the buzzing of the fly.

"Don't play games with me, Morgan, you smug son of a-"

"Nicholas." Jason turned back around and saw Emily standing beside Nicholas, her hand pulling gently on his arm as she looked up at him. "Let's just go back and eat, all right? Leave my brother and Elizabeth alone." He agreed with her fairly quickly and Jason found something very peculiar about that. It was a definite change from earlier at the park. He shook it off, heading once again back up the stairs and to Elizabeth's room.

He wondered if she knew that her 'friends' were downstairs.

He knocked lightly on her door and heard her footsteps as she went to answer it. It opened, revealing Elizabeth, her hair wet and curling around her face. It had been pinned up before and he hadn't noticed that she was letting it grow out; he always liked her hair better long. She smiled. "Hey," She said.

"Hey," He said back and she moved aside to let him in. He looked around and let out a sigh of relief at the suitcases placed neatly on her bed. Somewhere in the back of his mind he was wondering whether or not Elizabeth was really going to go with him or if she had changed her mind, found some excuse, or decided that she loved Lucky. He didn't think he could take it if that had happened. Luckily, it didn't. "Ready to go?"

"Yeah." She sounded distracted and he moved closer to her, seeing a shadow of something on her face.

"Everything all right?"

"Can we talk?"

"Yeah. What is it you want to talk about?" She sat down on the bed and he sat down beside her. She turned to him, looking down at her hands, before taking a breath and looking up at him.

"Why did you come here today?"

"Because I knew you were getting married and I knew you didn't want to." He smiled slightly at his correct assumption and she smiled back.

"And how exactly did you know that?" She said, her tone teasing and he shrugged his shoulders.

"Maybe it was part wishful thinking. I just wanted to give you the opportunity to change your mind, let you know I'm still here if you need me."

"But why, Jason? After everything I did-" He took her hand and placed it in his.

"You did what you thought was right. The only problem was you were thinking about everyone else besides yourself."

"And you." He sighed. She was bringing up everything he had all ready worked through on his own, things he had all ready accepted and moved on with.

"It doesn't matter now. What does matter is that I love you, and we're here, and we're together." She leaned in and kissed him, a sweet, tender kiss, and when they broke away Jason could see it in her eyes, could feel that she loved him through her kiss and even though she didn't need to she told him it anyway.

"I love you, too, Jason." She whispered. He smiled and put his hand on her neck, his thumb tracing circles over her cheek. "I don't mean to ruin the moment, but I'll say it again: don't we have a flight to catch?"

"Yes, but I think you should know that Nicholas, Lucky and Emily are downstairs." She rolled her eyes.

"Oh brother. What did they do follow me here?"

"Nicholas didn't seem to know you were up here. I'm pretty sure he does now."

"We'll just have to sneak out without them noticing."

*~*~*~*~*~*~

Emily, Nicholas and Lucky still sat at their table, the only difference being that Emily had given up on conversation after the little encounter with Nicholas. She could not believe he had kissed her. What did he think that would accomplish, besides making her angry and creating immense awkwardness between them. What the hell was he thinking?

That of course, was not the only problem. The bigger one being that Lucky had gone completely mute. Hadn't spoken a word in the past hour. Emily was starting to get worried. And another problem was that Jason and Elizabeth had to come down sometime, and when they did Nicholas was sure to give them hell, and quite possibly Lucky if he ever snapped out of it.

"Lucky, come on, man. Everything will be fine. You and Elizabeth will work things out." Emily sighed as Nicholas tried to pull Lucky out of his state of shock with more lies. She became bored and looked around Kelley's, her eyes wandering to the stairway just in time to see someone walk down them wearing sunglasses, a trench coat and a scarf around their head. Emily blinked once, and when she looked again the shady figure had already moved; she was standing outside, waiting for something.

Emily shook her head and looked at Lucky and Nicholas. Nicholas was still having a one sided conversation with himself and Emily was contemplating leaving. They had done all they could, at least, for tonight. It would be best if they just handed Lucky over to his parents and let them see what they could do.

"Where's Elizabeth?" Nicholas wasn't looking at Lucky anymore, but at her brother who was heading for the door. Jason stopped and shook his head at Nicholas in annoyance.

"I all ready told you. She's not up there." He walked away, leaving Nicholas to call after him.

"She's gotta come down sometime!" Nicholas lost interest fairly quickly and went back to Lucky, but Emily's eyes followed her brother outside, and as he kissed the trench-coated scarf-headed mystery woman, she smiled to herself.