Chapter 15

Jason's stomach was in knots. It was never like this before. Before Elizabeth. Before Jake and Cameron. Before he had so damn much to lose.

Sonny was not thinking this through. Jason should have argued longer, harder. But this was his last hit and he wanted the whole thing over with. He wanted to move forward with Elizabeth.

As he snuck through the secret tunnels below Wyndamere, he listened for activity within the house. He finally heard Helena's voice in the den. Making his way to the tunnel's opening, he peeked inside and saw that Helena was hanging up the phone. Kristina and Spencer were nowhere to be seen.

Turning off all his emotions, he raised his gun and fired once.

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Alexis was just finishing Molly's dinner when there was a knock at the door. She checked to make sure the toddler was safely playing with her dolls and answered it.

Jason stood there but Alexis didn't see him. All she could see was the darling girl in his arms. Kristina was home and she appeared fine.

"Oh, baby! Mommy missed you so much!" Kristina dove for her mother and Jason left without speaking. Alexis made a mental note to thank him soon. "Are you okay?" At the little girl's nod, Alexis hugged her tight again. Molly began happily babbling at her sister and soon all three were hugging on the floor, tears of joy streaming down the mother's face.

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Emily tried to study. She really did. Two new procedures were coming up in the next week and she wanted to be ready. Life as a medical student was demanding. Life as a mother was too and that was where all her energies were now focused. Would Sonny bring Spencer home soon? Was Jason successful? Did they get caught? The questions chased each other round and round her head. Restless, she dropped the surgery text and began pacing.

Twenty minutes later, all her prayers were answered. Sonny put Spencer in her arms and the little boy wrapped his arms around her neck in a fierce hug. "Thank you."

Sonny embraced them both. "Thank you."

Emily laughed. "You're the one who brought Spencer home! All I did was wear a hole in the carpet."

Sonny flashed his dimples. "You gave me Spencer in the first place." Sonny kissed the baby's head. "I love him, Em, just like Michael, Morgan and Kristina."

Emily smiled. "I know what you mean. Biology is important but some things are just more important."

They held each other's eyes for several heartbeats. Sonny moved his hand from Spencer's back to Emily's cheek. Drawing her closer, he licked his lips. Emily brought her free hand up to trace his jaw. They kissed tenderly, never deepening it. When they pulled apart, Spencer gurgled at them quite seriously.

Emily smoothed his hair. "Oh, Spencer, I'm so glad you're home."

Sonny watched her closely. When she finally met his gaze, he saw his own feelings reflected in her eyes. They loved each other but they weren't in love anymore. "So, now that Helena's no longer a threat, you and Spencer could go back to Wyndamere."

Emily shook her head. "No, that place will never be home again."

Sonny lowered his head. "You could stay here."

"Are you proposing a real marriage?"

"Is that what you want?"

A moment, or an eternity, they stared at each other. And then it was over and it didn't hurt anymore.

Sonny cleared his throat. "I'll get Diane to handle the annulment."

"Sounds good." Emily kissed Spencer's head. "Make sure she understands that we want joint custody of Spencer."

Sonny smiled, really smiled at her. "I'd like that."

Emily smiled, really smiled at him.

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Jason parked in the driveway and stared at the house he had once shared with his family. If all went as planned, he wouldn't be leaving ever again.

He slowly made his way to the front door and through the window caught sight of his family cuddled on the couch. Elizabeth was reading a storybook and both boys were mesmerized. She was really getting into it, complete with a wide range of character voices. His heart ached that he had missed even one bedtime story. He was not going to miss anymore.

Jason let himself in with his key. Elizabeth looked his way but continued reading. The boys had yet to notice him but that was fine. He was enjoying just being with them. When Elizabeth finished, Cameron finally saw him. His older son leaped into his arms with a whoop. Jake started to cry from the sudden noise until he too saw his father. He then began to fuss for his own share of Jason's attention.

Elizabeth couldn't contain her tears at the sight. Jason raised his eyebrows in question but she murmured the word 'happy' to him and he nodded.

When Cam and Jake finally fell asleep, Jason put them to bed. Elizabeth waited for him in their bedroom. He stopped in the doorway, unsure what the next move should be. "I don't want to do this wrong."

Elizabeth held out her hand. "I don't you can."

Jason crossed to her and took her small hand into his. "I love you."

"I love you."

Both were afraid to make the first move so they stood still in the middle of the room, holding hands and watching the other in the moonlight.

Jason broke the silence. "This isn't going to be easy. It will take a while to convince certain people that I'm not working for Sonny anymore."

"I know. I mean, I figured as much." Elizabeth pulled her hand from his and took a few steps back. "I never asked you for this, Jason. I wouldn't have kept the boys from you if you continued…"

Jason closed in on her. "I know. I did this because you are more important than anything else to me. I can't live without you."

Elizabeth reached for him and he eagerly came into her arms. Before they kissed, she had one more thing to say. "Will you marry me?"

Jason laughed. "I wanted to ask."

"You asked last time." Elizabeth pointed out as she unbuttoned her shirt.

"I have the ring." Jason countered as he lifted his t-shirt over his head

"You do? Thank God, I looked and looked. I was so afraid it had been eaten by a hungry squirrel or something." Elizabeth slipped her jeans off.

"A hungry squirrel?" Jason's own jeans fell to the floor.

"Or something." Elizabeth tapped his bare chest. "Are you gonna answer my question or not?"

Jason scooped her into his arms and laid her on the bed. "Yes."

Elizabeth's brow furrowed. "Yes, you'll answer my question or yes, you'll marry me?"

Jason smiled into her eyes. "I'll marry you. I'll cherish our family. I'll love you more every moment of our life together."

No more words were needed.

the end