Title: A Twist

Author: ShakesDarkLady

Fandom: All My Children

Pairing: Reese/Bianca

Rating: PG, I guess

Disclaimer: I don't own 'em, but damn, if I did!

Author's Note: A twist on the end of 1/29. Instead of Zach walking in on Reese being slapped, it's Bianca, as it should have been.

Reese feels the sting of her mother's handprint across her face. She fights back her tears, determined not to let her mother see her break. As she rubs the tingling skin, she looks up to see Bianca has witnessed the entire exchange. And the emotion in the younger woman's eyes is unlike any she has even seen before.

Claire Williams feels herself being spun around to come face to face with an enraged Kane woman.

"How dare you lay a hand on my fiancée!" Bianca growls.

Not one to be put in her place by someone so much younger, Claire stands her ground, placing her hands on her hips. "Reese is my daughter and I will do to her as I please! And it is NONE of your business!"

"Oh, it became my business the moment I met and fell in love with her! That makes her family, and anyone who hurts my family has to deal with me!" Taking a step closer to Mrs. Williams, Bianca points her index finger at the older woman, jabbing it into her chest. She lowers her voice to a dangerous tone, shooting daggers with her eyes. "Just because you have enveloped your life in misery does not allow you to ruin everyone else's. For the first time in her life, Reese is genuinely happy. And if you do anything to jeopardize that or even so much as look at her the wrong way, I will make sure your days of playing in concerts are through! Have I made myself clear?"

Claire nods her head silently, swallowing the lump in her throat.

"Now get the hell out of my sister's house!" Bianca demands, opening the front door and pointing out.

Her head hung in defeat, Claire leaves without even sparing a glance back to her daughter.

Bianca slams the door closed behind her and takes a deep, calming breath before turning to attend to her fiancée, her eyes softening with concern.

Reese is still trying to sooth her face, frozen to the spot in shock at all that has taken place.

"Are you okay, sweetheart?" Bianca asks, removing her lover's hand to see a slight bruise already starting to form along her cheekbone. She instantly pulls the other woman into her arms and begins brushing soft kisses across the sore flesh.

"I don't know… it hall happened so fast… she hasn't hit me in years…" The tears quickly spring to her eyes again, this time spilling forth.

"Oh, Reese," Bianca soothes, wrapping the other woman in a loving embrace and gently rubbing her back. "It's okay, honey… Let it out… I'm here…"

Sobs rip through Reese's body as her emotions pull her under. Her legs give way but Bianca holds tightly to her, raising her up into her strong arms. She carefully carries her upstairs to their bedroom as Reese buries her face into the crook of her neck.

As she is cradling Reese down on the bed, Zach appears in the doorway. Climbing under the covers along with her fiancée, she signals to him to bring her an ice pack. Bianca pulls Reese flush against her, whispering words of love and comfort and rocking her gently. "I love you, Reese. I will do whatever you need me to do. We will get through this and be stronger."