"Mom," Melissa said, kissing Maggie's cheek.
"Hi. Ignore Victor. He's all growly," Maggie said.
"I am not. You were flirting with Stefano DiMera. He's a very dangerous man," Victor said.
Two identical incredulous looks were given.
"Do you have a scale of evilness? Like when you took Claire from Shawn is outranked by when Ernesto Toscano dropped Hope into a vat of acid versus Stefano kidnapping, well, everyone at one point or another outranks Vivian kidnapping Nicholas? I mean, is there an actual scale?" Maggie asked.
"Not to mention you did kill my best friend at one point, " Melissa added.
"Fine. I'm evil. But you did married me," Victor said.
"Temporary insanity," Maggie grinned.
"Only for your money…"
"You'll care for me when I'm an invalid," Maggie said.
"Sorry, honey. The pain meds are making woozy," Maggie said.
"Let me see the ring and then I should go and let you get some sleep….wow! That's actually understated." Melissa was surprised.
"Your mother picked the ivy design. She didn't want anything to get snag while she was working," Victor smiled.
"You did good, although it's smaller that what I thought it would be," Melissa said.
"Lissa, it's four carats of rubies and diamonds. It's fine," Maggie said, laughing.
"I didn't want anything flashy. And ivy's a symbol of fidelity and love. Victor did a good job," Maggie said.
"Thank you, Horton. Are you sleepy?" Victor asked.
"I'm fine. But you should go home to shower and sleep," Maggie said.
"I'm fine. I don't want to leave you," Victor said.
"Kiriakis, go home and shower at least. Then come back and eat dinner with me," Maggie said.
"Fine. I love you."
"I love you, too," Maggie said. Victor kissed Maggie.
"So you kept Dad's last name?" Melissa asked, surprised. Maggie laughed.
"Everyone's so shocked by that. Honey, I've been Maggie Horton in some form for over thirty years. It would be a legal paperwork nightmare to change everything over. Victor doesn't care, so yeah, I'm still Maggie Horton."
"Were you flirting with Stefano?" Melissa asked.
Maggie's eyes sparkled. "It's so easy to get Victor's goat sometimes. And Kate was…"
"Kate was what?" Melanie asked as she entered the room.
"Hello, sweetie. How was the doctor's appointment?" Maggie asked.
"Fine. Zoe Margaret's doing good. What did Kate do?" Melanie demanded.
"Oh, she mentioned Victor might've just married me because…wait Zoe Margaret?" Maggie asked.
"Well, yeah, she's going to be named after her grandma, obviously," Melanie said.
"Oh!" Maggie blinked back tears. Melanie and Melissa smiled.
"But seriously what did Kate do?" Melanie asked.
"Ah, she might've mentioned that the only reason Victor married me was my upcoming untimely death," Maggie said.
"I'll kill her," Melanie simply said.
"Melanie, don't be ridiculous. Victor has people for that," Melissa said.
"I'm sure Victor already has people on it. Maybe she's in the sarcophagus already," Melanie said.
"O.k. Enough!" Maggie said sharply.
"….a horrible person, yes. But she's also Phillip's mother, which means she's Zoe's grandmother."
Melanie shook her head.
"Mel…" Maggie said.
"Yes?" Both Melissa and Melanie answered.
Maggie blinked and shook her head. "It's not like she said anything we didn't know. We did push up getting married because I got sick. It's just hard to hear."
"Mom, you are going to be fine, right?" Melissa said.
"Yes, of course." Maggie nodded.
"Because I really don't want to deal with Victor and Sarah. And, you know, Julie's going to be a mess…" Melissa blinked back tears.
"And I don't know how to make coffee as good as you do….."
"Melanie, could you give me a moment with Melissa?" Maggie asked.
"Honey, I love you, you know that?" Maggie asked, as she held her daughter tight.
"So I'm going to tell you a secret. When I first relapsed, before I married Victor, I had a dream about your Dad."
"Dad?" Melissa asked.
"Apparently, there's a plan that requires me to be married to Victor. I had a dream where your Dad told me to marry Victor. That I needed to love and be loved. And, honey, I don't believe I'd married Victor just to widow him in six months. I need to believe I'm going to be around for a while," Maggie said.
"Dad talks to you in dreams?" Melissa sniffled.
"Sometimes. Sometimes Alice will bake with me in dreams and I wake up, craving sweets. It's a comfort," Maggie said.
Melissa was quiet, thinking. Maggie calmly stroked her daughter's hair.
"Will you show me how to make coffee?"
Maggie swallowed the lump in her throat. "Yeah, baby. As soon as I get out of here, I'll show you how to make coffee."
Melissa smiled through her tears and closed her eyes. Maggie kissed her daughter's head and shook her head when Melanie popped her head back in.
"I'll come back," Melanie said.