Alexis the Surrogate
Alexis breezed by the curtained window of Kelly's hoping to catch a glimpse of Kristina. She stopped and walked back. Her eyes narrowed at Sam sitting at a table for two with Carly.
"This doesn't look good at all." Alexis mumbled under her breath.
Robin walked up to the door hoping to get in and meet with Patrick for lunch. Alexis pulled back from the door to get out of her way.
"Everything alright?" Robin asked. "Looking for Uncle Mac in there?"
Alexis nervously grabbed tight to her briefcase and swayed back and forth on her heels. "Funny. You're funny."
She pulled Robin to the door. "What do you think Carly wants with my eldest?"
Robin looked towards Sam and Carly talking close.
Robin. "It looks serious. Maybe about Jason?"
"It's always about Jason isn't it?" Alexis rolled her eyes. "May I vent?"
Robin sat down with Alexis at one of the tables outside Kelly's.
Alexis took a deep breath. "I feel disconnected from her. She doesn't talk to me about Jason because she's afraid I'll judge her."
"Will you?" Robin shrugged her shoulders in a matter of fact manner.
"I try not to. But I want a great relationship with my child. I love her to pieces. I just don't know how to show her."
Robin smiled. "How often do you see each other? I mean if Anna were here, we'd probably do lunch once a week or something."
Alexis fidgeted in her chair and crossed her arms. Her mouth turned up to a half smile. The door opened and Carly walked out not noticing Robin or Alexis sitting across the way.
"She's so self-absorbed she can't even bother to say hello." Alexis grunted.
Robin grabbed Alexis by the hand. "This is your chance to go in there and be a mommy."
Without hesitation, Alexis grabbed her briefcase and marched into Kelly's. She felt almost silly standing perfectly upright and bold. Her eyes met Sam stabbing at the ice in her tea.
"Hi Baby." Alexis relaxed her body and slid into the chair vacated by Carly.
Sam barely looked up. She stared across the table at Alexis hands placed on the table. "Something wrong Mom?"
"No way." Alexis leaned back in the chair. "What did Carly want?"
"Do you want the short version or long version?" Sam continued to stab her ice.
"I want the truth."
"She offered to be a surrogate mother to me and Jason." Sam only looked up briefly before putting the straw in her mouth to prevent saying anything further.
Alexis swallowed hard. "I didn't know you wanted a baby."
Sam's eyes glassed over ready to leak tears. She wiped back what had already fallen. "Yea. I do. Just don't want the disappointment."
"Have you seen a doctor?" Alexis asked.
"Yea. There's ways to do it. All of them risky. With Jake's death, Jason seems like he's ok with bringing another child into the world."
Alexis nodded. "The bus crash taught me that anything can take your children. I learned a hard lesson with Kristina. You and I both did when you gave your sister your child's stem cells."
"Sometimes I think you forgot about my dead baby with Sonny." Sam looked Alexis in the eyes.
Alexis touched her heart. "Why would you think that? I could never forget what you did for Kristina."
"Have you really ever processed the link that child shared with both of us. She would have been your granddaughter." Sam forced a smile.
"Not sure how comfortable I am with being a grandmother. What about MeMe or what's a sexy name for grandma?"
Sam laughed as more tears flowed from her eyes. "I'll think of something."
"What does this surrogacy business involve?" Alexis asked as she dabbed Sam's eyes with a tissue.
"I don't want Carly carrying my child. No offense to Carly…"
"Would you consider it in any capacity?"
Sam sat back in her chair and played with her straw. "I want to experience pregnancy again."
"What if you can't have your cake and eat it too? What if this was your only option? What if the best experience of motherhood would be holding that child in your arms and the bond starting in that moment?" Alexis almost couldn't believe the heartfelt words coming from her mouth. "What if you're standing over the bed of a daughter you barely know after she almost died praying that you get more time with her?
Sam's face dropped. "Those all sound nice. I don't want anyone doing anything for me. Carly's an opportunist, but she also feels like she owes Jason."
"But she doesn't owe YOU anything." Alexis leaned in to Sam and caressed Sam's face in her warm hands. "I'll do it."
Sam dropped her straw in her tea and cradled Alexis' hand in hers. "Huh? You'll do what?"
"You can trust me right? You owe me!" Alexis yanked her hand away and pointed at Sam. "Remember when you slept with my husband? You owe me for that."
Sam stared at Alexis in shocked. "What?"
"I will carry your child for you. You don't have to worry about me wanting to keep it or feel something for Jason as a result of it. I know what you're thinking. You're thinking Carly and Jason will bond over this. It scares you. It should."
"Wait a minute Mom. Are you serious?"
Alexis stood up and grabbed her briefcase. "I will make an appointment tomorrow to see if I'm fit to carry a child to term. If the doctor says yes, you talk to Jason about it, and I'm in."
Sam stood up and wrapped her arms around Alexis. "I can't believe you want to do this."
"I would do anything for my girls. And the last thing I want is Carly holding this over your head at my grandchild's first birthday party. I want you to hold your new baby knowing he or she is yours to have guilt-free."
Sam released Alexis and watched her walk away only turning back briefly with a reassuring wink.
Alexis walked out the door and ran into Robin again this time with Patrick by her side.
"Hey!" Alexis leaned in to hug Robin.
"Is everything ok?" Robin stared perplexed at Alexis.
"I need a doctor's appointment for tomorrow." Alexis' face turned sheet white. She started to have trouble catching her breath.
Patrick grabbed Alexis' arm in concern. "Is something wrong?"
"I think I just offered to carry a baby for Sam."
Robin and Patrick looked at each other in awe.
"Ok. Alexis, all I suggested was lunch once a week."
"It just came out." Alexis took a deep breath. "And you know what; I'm going to do it. I don't think I've enjoyed any of my pregnancies. And damnit, I'm gonna enjoy this one!"
Alexis stormed off leaving both Robin and Patrice speechless.