A/N: Voila! Here's the last chapter of Homecoming! I know it's sad but it's finally done! Yay! This epilogue was longer than I intended it to be, surprisingly… I have no idea how that happened but it's longer, which is always good! I hope you've enjoyed this fantastic little JoLu Journey and I'd like to thank all of my avid readers/reviewers! You guys are the best and you're the reason why I work through the insufferable writer's block so I can deliver the story :) As always, happy reading and don't forget to leave a comment and look out for new stuff from yours truly!
Lulu tried to suppress a giggle as Lucas tiptoed down the hallway with a steaming hot cup of coffee for Johnny in his favorite mug. He was just too cute, she thought. He carefully pushed open the door, flinching as it creaked audibly. It was Johnny's very first fathers' day and Lucas wanted everything to be absolutely perfect. Johnny insisted that he didn't want a big fuss but Lucas wasn't going to take that lightly. Lucas wanted to do everything: breakfast in bed, playing catch in the park and of course, Johnny had promised to take Lucas to see the New York Knicks play in Manhattan and Lulu, with help from Nikolas of course, had secured two courtside seats. Lucas was practically jumping out of his skin, trying to contain his excitement.
"Daddy? Are you awake?" he whispered.
Johnny's arm hung off the edge of the bed and he snored quite audibly. Lucas handed the coffee to his mother and climbed on top of the bed. Lulu and Lucas moved into the Zacchara mansion in Crimson Pointe two weeks after Johnny had shown up in Los Angeles. Lucas didn't seem the least bit upset about moving to Port Charles. He was now closer to Cameron, Jake, Spencer, Michael and Morgan and of course, he had the father that he had wished for. Lulu walked around to the side of the bed and studied Johnny's face. She saw a glimmer of a smile and she knew immediately that he was faking sleep. She bit her bottom lip to cover up a smile. Lucas treaded carefully on top of the bed but Johnny was quick.
"Gotcha!" Johnny laughed, grabbing Lucas.
Lucas screamed and then began giggling uncontrollably as Johnny began tickling him. Lulu laughed and sat down beside the two of them once Johnny had let up on his tickling. Johnny beamed at her as he slid his arm around his waist.
This was his family.
He never thought that he could have one of his own. Being in the business made him make some tough sacrifices and he always thought that he would never want to have a family because of the danger but being without the woman that he loved and his son was one sacrifice he was unwilling to make and he was glad that he fought for them every single day.
"Happy Fathers' Day!" Lucas squealed.
"Thanks, buddy… I hope you two didn't go overboard…" Johnny said, kissing the top of his son's brown hair and then looking to Lulu.
"Well… Lucas was so excited about fathers' day…" Lulu said, with a sheepish grin on her face.
"We made your favorites for breakfast!" Lucas chimed in.
"Really? And what's that?" Johnny asked, putting his arm around him.
"Belgian waffles with powdered sugar and strawberries…" Lucas said triumphantly and Johnny's stomach growled in response.
"I think we got it right, Lucas…" Lulu giggled.
"And then we're going to go play catch and then mommy got tickets to go see the Knicks play!" Lucas added.
"You two did go overboard with this…" Johnny laughed.
"Hey, Lucas… why don't you go and get your dad's gifts? Do you remember where I hid them?" she asked.
"Yup!" Lucas said, launching himself off the bed and running out of the room.
"I hope you've found another spot for hiding presents for Christmas and his birthday…" Johnny muttered.
"This house is so big… it won't be a problem to find another place to hide presents." Lulu laughed.
"So… do I get a fathers' day present from you too, or is it strictly G-rated gifts from Lucas?" he asked, pulling her closer.
He looked down at her and a flirtatious smile curved on her lips. She moved slowly but gracefully so that she sat astride him, never breaking their stare. He smiled as his hands slid from her shoulders down to her waist and pulled her closer, eliminating the space between their bodies. She leaned in and Johnny thought that she was going to kiss him but she quickly turned away so that her lips were right at his ear.
"You have a very full day with Lucas today… you're not going to have any energy for me tonight…" she whispered.
"I always have energy for this…" he muttered.
With that, he swiftly turned her over so that she was lying beneath him. He smirked at the surprised look on her face and she laughed softly. He felt one of her legs break free from underneath him and wrap around his waist and then it was her turn to smile at his surprise. He then bent over and kissed her slowly. His kisses never ceased to make her dizzy. His hands roamed upward and his kiss rapidly became more urgent.
"Wait… we can't do this right now…" she gasped, breaking away from him.
"What? Why?" he asked, out of breath and she laughed.
"You do recall that it is fathers' day? You have a five year old son that's probably about fifteen seconds from barging back in here…" she chuckled.
"Well, I can't help it when you're trying your hardest to seduce me…" he said, tracing the outline of her lips with his fingertips.
"If you think that was me trying my hardest, then you're no match for me when I really go for it…" she whispered.
"If you want me to let you go, you're going to have to stop tempting me…" he said.
"Not my fault that you don't have self-control." Lulu said.
They both laughed and he rolled off her. He cupped her face in his hands and brought her in to kiss him slowly again. Johnny looked up sharply as Lucas stampeded back into the bedroom. Most kids his age were completely grossed out by affection between their parents but Lucas loved to see the two of them kissing and hugging because it meant that his parents were finally together and happy.
And that's all that he ever wanted.
"What do have there? Is that for me?" Johnny asked, inquiring about the large wrapped box in his tiny arms.
"Uh huh…" Lucas said. He handed the box to Johnny and then proceeded to climb on top of the bed. It was wrapped neatly in silver paper with a pristine white bow and Johnny raised an eyebrow.
"I helped him with the wrapping…" Lulu laughed.
"Open it!" Lucas said as he tugged his father's gray t-shirt anxiously.
"Alright!" Johnny said and he began ripping up Lulu's impeccable wrapping job.
He took off the lid of the box and inside was a smaller black box resting on top of what appeared to be a long envelope. Lucas lunged for the small box and shoved it in Johnny's face.
"This one first…" he said, smiling.
The box wasn't wrapped but was secured with another pearly white bow. Johnny untied the bow and opened the box and his jaw dropped. Two weeks before, Johnny took Lucas to the mall and Lucas had caught him staring at a beautiful platinum Rolex watch and right now he was holding the exact same watch that he had been gaping at.
"And he picked it out all by himself…" Lulu said, ruffling Lucas' hair.
"The kid's got good taste…" Johnny muttered, completely mesmerized by the watch.
"I think he likes it…" she said, wrapping her arm around Lucas.
"Like it? I love it…" he said, slipping it onto his wrist and admiring it.
Lucas reached over and took the envelope out of the box and held it for Johnny to take silently. Johnny could tell by the expression on his son's face that this envelope was the real gift. He opened the envelope carefully and inside was just one lone piece of paper. His brow furrowed and he took the paper out of its envelope and he noticed that it was a legal document.
"What's this?" Johnny asked.
"Just read it…" Lulu said, smiling.
He looked at Lulu, cautious, but his eyes went back to the sheet of paper. He could barely make it through the legal jargon but one phrase stuck out from all of the grey legal terms:
Lucas Lorenzo Zacchara
"Oh my god…" he whispered.
Lucas' last name had been changed from Spencer to Zacchara. For as long as he could remember, Johnny was never proud of the Zacchara name. His father had been all about having a son to pass down the Zacchara name and a part of him was hoping that the name would die along with him. However, the sense of pride that was gathering in his chest as he held that sheet of paper was overwhelming and a smile broke across his face.
"I—I wanted your last name too, daddy…" Lucas said in a soft voice.
Johnny grabbed him and held him tightly against his chest. He didn't deserve to have this kid for a son. He was the best son that anyone could ever ask for.
"You know what?" Johnny whispered.
"What, daddy?" Lucas asked.
"This is even better than the watch…" Johnny muttered and Lucas smiled.
Lulu stood on the terrace, watching the wind thread through the trees and the Johnny's mother's rosebushes. The sun was blazing overhead and the entire grounds were silent. Johnny and Lucas had left to go play catch in the park in Port Charles with Lucky, Nikolas and all of their kids. Lucky and Nikolas were making an attempt to include Johnny into the family by inviting them to tag along in their fathers' day festivities. Lulu had just gotten off the phone with her own father as he was far away touring the Caribbean with Tracy until July. Lulu sighed and for the first time in years, she felt at peace. She never thought that things could or would work out in the way that they did. She was with the man that she loved more than anything else in the entire world and their son. Happiness was just a word to her six months ago… now… it was a living and breathing emotion that filled her to her core.
Lulu snapped out of her musings and turned around and saw Lucas running towards her, with a huge smile on his face. She extended her arms out to him and he flung himself onto her. Johnny trailed behind him, carrying two mitts and a pristine white baseball, laughing.
"Did you have fun?" she asked.
"The best! We had a contest to see who could throw the farthest and I won!" Lucas squealed.
"You did? Fantastic!" she said, kissing the top of his forehead.
"Alright… why don't you go inside? Have you called your grandpa to wish him a happy fathers' day?" Johnny asked and Lucas shook his head.
"Ask one of the guards to help you call him… and then you can go and get ready to go into Manhattan… mommy and I need to talk… alone…" Johnny said, winking at Lucas.
Lucas seemed to be in on whatever Johnny was planning and giggled before trotting back into the house. Lulu raised her eyebrow at Johnny and folded her arms.
"What was that about?" she asked.
"I wanted to talk to you before we left for Manhattan…" he said. His voice was suddenly soft and serious and made Lulu pay attention.
"Of course… what is it?" she asked. He took her hands in his and sighed heavily.
"This day has been perfect… I couldn't ask for a better first father's day than being with you and Lucas… well, almost perfect…" he said softly.
"Almost?" she asked, raising her eyebrow.
"I thought that I had everything that I could ever want but…" he started.
"But what?" she laughed.
"But there's something missing… something that only you can give me…" he whispered.
"And what's that?" she asked.
Lulu had no idea what he was going on about. He bit his bottom lip, anxiously, but exhaled deeply, expelling any nerves that he was holding inside. She watched him slowly sink down into one knee and her hand began to tremble.
"Oh my god…" she whispered.
"Lulu… I want you forever… and you know that you and Lucas are the most important things to me in this entire world…" he started.
"Yes…" she managed to get out.
"When I thought that I'd lost you for good… I couldn't—I just went completely numb inside… I knew that if I just tried not to feel, I could get through the days one by one but I wasn't alive… you shook me out of that the moment that I saw you in Kelly's…" he said.
She knelt down to his level and held his face gently in her fingertips. His eyes were warm as he looked at her and she really felt like she was the most important person in the world to him. Her thumb gently ran across his bottom lip in their silence and his arms encircled around her waist and pulled her closer to him.
"I—I didn't want to admit it but I came back for you, Johnny… you were always that thing in the back of my mind, pulling me back home because home is wherever you and Lucas are…" she whispered.
"I guess that—that brings me back to what I wanted to ask you…" he said, smiling.
"Yes?" she asked, taking his hands in hers.
"Lulu… will you marry me?" he asked.
Her eyes were brimming with tears and she was smiling so wide that she thought that her face might crack. Was this really happening? Was she really this happy? A part of her wanted to wake up from this dream because it was just too good to be true.
"Yes… yes… oh my god! Yes!" she cried.
He threw his arms around her and held her close. Her heart was pounding against her chest and she held him just as tightly as he was holding her. He then pulled her into a passionate kiss. Yes was the most beautiful word ever invented to Johnny because it meant that he and Lulu were finally going to start their lives together.
"Did she say yes?"
Johnny broke away from Lulu's lips almost immediately. Neither of them had heard Lucas came back outside to the terrace and they both began to laugh.
"Yes, your mom said yes…" Johnny said.
"Did you give her the ring?" Lucas asked.
"Not yet…" Johnny said.
"Daddy! You're supposed to give her the ring first and then ask her!" Lucas whined and Lulu began laughing uproariously.
"Ok… ok… we have to do this right…" Johnny said, pulling out a small black box from his pocket.
He opened the ring box and Lulu gasped. It was gorgeous ring, simple but gorgeous. It was a three stone ring, two square diamonds flanked a larger circular diamond in the middle, set on a platinum silver band. He took it out of the box and slid it slowly onto Lulu's delicate finger.
"It belonged to my mother… I know that she would want you to wear it…" he said before kissing the top of her hand tenderly.
"It's beautiful… I love it…" Lulu said, admiring the ring.
"I love you…" he whispered.
"I love you too…" she whispered back, putting her hand on top of his.
"Now you're supposed to kiss!" Lucas laughed and Johnny raised an eyebrow.
"You heard him… kiss me…" Lulu said, smiling.
They both laughed but Johnny's hand came behind her ear and curled a piece of her loose blond hair around her ear and then his fingers made their way to underneath her chin. He pulled her in close, so close that he could feel her breath on his face. He kissed her lightly and softly, a very appropriate kiss for being in front of a five year old but it didn't matter because they didn't need to share a kiss with an overwhelming sense of passion in it. Now that they were finally together, they had all the time in the world to be with each other.
Do you think about me now and then?
Do you think about me now and then?
Oh, now I'm coming home again
Maybe we can start again…
Kanye West – "Homecoming"