Baby Now That I've Found You
by aprilhope

(Author's note: I can't believe I'm posting this fic, lol. I started writing it years ago (used to post at Time After Time, and Wicked Games before that). Though I've lost interest in writing for GH, the story is close enough to being finished that I am determined to, in fact, finish it. It's a Sonny and Carly story (with a few secondary couples I'll let you be surprised by), set way back in 2000 (Sarah Brown as Carly days). Back when Carly was first pregnant with Sonny's baby and she'd moved in to the penthouse. It begins with the May 2000 scene where she agrees to marry him. What if S&C had gotten married before they lost the baby? What if Carly's fall had happened differently?

I will warn you two things... One, the first 15 or so chapters of this fic are extremely fluffy. After that, it still has fun moments, but the story becomes extremely angsty. So, be prepared for the shift! lol... Two, I have through Ch. 44 written currently. After those are posted, I'm not sure how long it will take me to finish the rest, so perhaps read slowly.

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AUTHOR'S NOTE UPDATE (1/29/10): The fic will NOT be properly finished, so be aware if you start reading (which I hope you still choose to). It will "end" with a brief summary of what was to take place in the remaining 7 or 8 chapters that never got written.

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Thanks for reading! Chapter One is basically a prologue... just what happened on that show, all actual dialogue, plus a little description of the scene.

I do not profit from GH or these characters in any way, and I only own Dr. Harvey Byers.

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Baby, now that I've found you
I won't let you go
I built my world around you
I need you so
Baby, even though
You don't need me now

Baby, now that I've found you
I won't let you go
I built my world around you
I need you so
Baby, even though
You don't need me
You don't need me, no, no

Baby, baby, when first we met
I knew in this heart of mine
That you were someone I couldn't forget
I'd stand right and I'd bide my time

Spent my life looking for that somebody
To make me feel like new
Now you tell me that you want to leave me
But darling I just can't let you

Now that I found you…
I built my world around you
I need you so, baby even though
You don't need me now

Baby, now that I've found you
I won't let you go
I built my world around you
I need you so
Baby, even though
You don't need me
You don't need me, no, no

("Baby, Now That I've Found You" by Alison Krauss and Union Station)

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Ch. 1 - Would You Ask Me?

"I want to marry you. I want to have our children more than anything that I ever wanted in my life, but I, I will let you go before I put you or the children in any kind of danger. That's all I have to say."

Carly lowered her head, trying to get a hold on her emotions before responding. She looked back up into Sonny's eyes and spoke, her voice a teary whisper.

"I'm afraid for you."

"Well, don't be. Fear wears you down, makes you crazy."

"How am I supposed to stop? Every time you walk out the door… I don't know where you're going, I don't know what you're doing. But I do know that you might never come back."

"First of all, you don't have to cry, all right?"

Sonny reached out and wiped the falling tears from her face with his thumb. She looked away at the tender gesture.

"Listen, I… I will, I give you my word that if things ever get bad, if there's a chance that I won't come back, I will warn you. But that's not gonna happen, because I… I may be a hell of a lot of things… and a lot of things may be wrong with me…"

He smiled widely at his last comment, showing dimples and laughing at himself. She laughed with him, and he was happy that he could get some of the fear and sadness to leave her face.

"But I tell you what… I do know how to stay out of jail."

He walked past her to the bar, picked up his glass of water, and stood watching the back of her… waiting for her to turn around and tell him his future.

She steepled her fingers in front of her face, wiping some remaining tears away, as she gathered the courage to make the decision her heart so wanted to make.

"Um… okay."

"Okay what?"

Sonny set down his glass as she turned around. He noticed that she kept looking down, even as she said what he'd hoped he would hear.

"I'll marry you."

He smiled again, as they began a flirty exchange.

"You keep saying that, but every time we disagree, then it's a question again."

"Well, it's the only leverage I have. Not that it does me much good."

"But you don't need leverage against me. We're on the same side. That's what, that's what this is for, you see?"

He held up the engagement ring that she had promised to wear… someday. That day was today.

"Very pretty, huh? It's my promise to you."

Smiling, Carly shrugged her shoulders girlishly.

"Would you ask me?"

Sonny was surprised but not at all bothered. In fact, he was honored. And he knew it was the very least she deserved. Still, he teased her a bit.

"Again?"

"Well, technically you never did. I mean, you kept telling me."

"What, you want me to get on one knee?"

"I'm not that demanding."

"All right."

"C'mon."

"Give me your hand."

She held out her hand and he took it gently.

"Caroline Benson…"

The use of her full name almost made her laugh, somehow nervous. She turned more serious as he continued.

"Will you marry me? I promise to honor and protect you. To love our children. And never leave you. So help me God."

Carly's face was all lit up… That was more than she had expected him to say.

The ring got stuck for a moment as he tried to put it on her finger, and they laughed playfully as she fixed it. She gazed at the ring as he gazed at her. She looked up with smiling eyes and a sure heart.

"I'll marry you. And I promise to honor and protect you. And love our children. And I'll never leave you… so help me God."

She looked heavenward and laughed at the last part.

Sonny couldn't believe how right it felt that he had just said, in effect, vows to Carly Benson. He couldn't believe how much… more than ever… he wanted to be with her.

"Okay, you may kiss the bride."

Carly grinned at those words coming from Sonny's beautiful lips. She grabbed his face and pulled him to her for a sweet but passionate kiss, sealing their commitment to each other and their family.