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Summary: No one ever told Skye that having a long-term relationship with Jax would be easy... and they were right not to…. AU. Skye/Jax. SAX.
Author's Note: I am reposting some of the older works that I have saved on my harddrive. Old-time SAX fans may remember this story. It was written as a collaboration between April and June 2002 by members of the Skye messageboard fan fiction archive. Many thanks in advance to those who contributed to the writing of this epic monstrosity… including: Abauner, AjsFantaC, Blonde twinkie, Catrenee, Girl4Ingo, Icequeen1501, Jaxskye63, JaxNSkye4ever, JaxnSkyeForever69, Jordana213, Lexifan4ever, MelissaGrigo, Renee16, TheDragonStar, and WackedDiva1030.
Jax watched as the woman who held his heart slept so peacefully, knowing that the next few months were going to be very difficult. He would not lose her, there was no way he was letting anything happen to her. He could not imagine spending a day without her. Jax kissed her softy on the forehead and quietly slipped out of her embrace and walked outside the room to make a call and leave a voice message.
"Alexis, it's Jax.. I need to see you right away, meet me at GH."
Alexis arrived after what seemed like hours. She had the look of death upon her and she recognized the same look in Jax's eyes.
"What's wrong, Jax?"
"Skye did not murder, Sonny. She was with me and there's no way the woman I love would ever hurt anyone like that," Jax said simply.
"Jax, Skye's done some pretty questionable things in the past, and I know that you've changed her, but she hates So..."
Jax interrupted with tears in his eyes. "Alexis, Skye – the woman I love... is carrying my child and could die from complications because of this pregnancy. I could lose the only woman I've ever truly loved and my child… at the same time. I… I wouldn't know how to survive that… She… she can't go to prison. I need to be with her and hold her close through all of this."
Alexis noticing the tears in Jax's eyes had a sense of guilt flash in her own gaze, and Jax knew something was up.
"I can't do this anymore, I can't lie, I love you too much Jax," Alexis blurted out.
"What are you talking about, Alexis?"
"Sonny isn't dead. He's is doing this so Courtney would hate A.J. and get a divorce. I can't let Skye go to prison, after seeing how much you love her, I just can't do it," Alexis said.
Jax's eyes filled with rage. He turned his head to check on Skye…. looking at her through the door's observation window… so pale, so peaceful and filled with a new glowing radiance. He promised her she would be okay, and now… now, he knew what he had to do.
It wasn't until the next afternoon that Skye was released from the hospital. Edward had suddenly a complete made turn around, welcoming Skye over for dinner that evening. Once he heard that Skye was carrying the newest addition to the Quartermaine family, he was absolutely thrilled. The doctors had ordered her to rest upon getting home so they all settled for Skye getting convalescing at the mansion. Once Skye was upstairs resting and the commotion had died down in the foyer, Jax decided it was time to take action.
He was about to leave when Big Alice made her way down the stairs. "Mr. Jacks?" She said, in a deep voice, so different then the seductive way Skye would say his name. "Skye would like to see you."
"She's supposed to be sleeping," Jax said with a frown.
"Yeah, well she's not," Big Alice said.
His frown deepening, Jax said, "Would you please tell her I've gone out? I… I've got important business to attend to…."
"This is more important then business Mr. Jacks." Alice decided. "And Mr. Quartermaine demanded that all Skye's requests were met… and, I'm not about to upset my boss, so you either come willingly…"
"Okay," Big Alice said with a nod. Before Jax knew what happened. Big Alice had scooped Jax up in her arms and carried him up the stairs with no trouble at all. Jax struggled in her tight grasp, but Big Alice didn't let go until she entered Skye's room.
At first Skye was filled with shock, but soon the room filled with her lighthearted laughter when she saw Big Alice truss Jax down onto the edge of her bed like a sack of potatoes. Jax would have let the strange, overgrown woman carry him up to her room a hundred times if it filled Skye's beautiful face with such amusement each time. Big Alice left, and Jax sat up.
"Funny?" he asked.
"Yes," she said grinning. She then turned serious as she said, "I have something to tell you, Jax." Skye announced.
"Yeah?" Jax asked, eagerly. "Well, your timing's perfect timing because so do I."
Jax stared at her with a curiosity beaming in his eyes. He had not told Skye how he had come by the information Alexis had given him about Sonny… or the fact that she had declared her undying love for him. That little tidbit of information still was something he was trying to process. He realized he needed to tell her, but wasn't sure how. Thus, he let out a sigh of relief as he nodded at Skye. "Go ahead. You go first," he told her with a smile.
Skye's eyes had a pleading look in them as she said, "You love me, right?"
"Do you even have to ask that?" Jax asked, unsure where she was going with the question.
Skye smiled again, and Jax's concern melted. She said, "If you love me, then get me out of this godforsaken place. If I have to spend one more minute here, I'm going to scream!"
Jax kissed her softly and rubbed his fingers through her beautiful curls. He held her close and could feel her heart beating. He wondered how big the heart of his child was. "Of course I love you, and there's nothing I wouldn't do for you Skye. If you want to leave… we'll go. I know the perfect place to take you. There's a beach nearby and beautiful flowers and palm trees. There's a beautiful cafe so you can have that bacon you always crave. We can be together all day, and I'll take care of you. I love you with my whole heart, and I won't let anything happen to you…"
Skye's eyes gleamed with happiness, but then she remembered that she was still in trouble along with her brother. "What are we going to do about Sonny's murder? They still think I may have had something to do with it!" Skye said with a hint of terror in her voice.
"Skye," Jax proceeded, "Sonny's alive."
The gleam in her eyes the vanished, and she just melted into Jax's arms.
"What are you going to do?" Skye asked.
"Oh, my God, Jax. You really have to get me out of here now! If Sonny is alive then that means that A.J. is being held for a crime that no one committed," Skye told him breathlessly as she came up on her knees.
Jax shook his head. "Skye, calm down. It's not good for you to get excited like this."
"I'm pregnant, not an invalid, so please stop treating me like one," Skye shot back at Jax in frustration. The constant hovering of everyone around her had left her patience on its last leg. Crossing her arms, she said, "Will you get me out of her so we can help A.J. or not?"
Sighing, Jax nodded at her, "You don't need to worry about A.J."
Jax replied, "When I called Scott Baldwin about helping you, he told me that A.J. had already retained him as counsel. All I had to do was give Scott the evidence that was given to me that proves Sonny is still alive, and he said he could get A.J. released from that."
"What evidence?" Skye asked as her eyebrows rose in suspicion. "Who gave you what evidence about Sonny?"
Jax kept silent for a minute, debating whether to tell Skye about Alexis and her many confessions. He shook his head, deciding against it. "It doesn't matter," he said finally. "All that matters is that I love you, and I'm going to keep you safe. And our baby is going to be fine."
"Our baby," Skye murmured, her hand fluttering to her stomach. Jax watched her eyes fill, and laid his hand over hers.
"Yes," he said. "Our beautiful miracle baby. We're going to make it Skye. All of us." He leaned forward and gave her a soft kiss on the lips, and then smiled his encouragement. "We will make it through this," he said again. "I promise."
Skye looked up at him, her eyes still wet with tears. "How do you know that?" she whispered. "How do you know?"
Jax was silent for a moment before he smiled. "I just do, Skye. I have faith in you, and us, and our love. That's how I know."
Skye was about to protest before Jax lifted a finger to her lips to silence her. He grinned again as he said, "Now, are you ready to get out of here or what?"
Skye's only answer was with a grin. She hurriedly dressed, and Jax had spirited her out of the mansion before anyone was all the wiser.
However, on the way to his car, Jax suddenly sensed something was wrong. He was about to call out to Skye a warning, but he wasn't fast enough. Out of nowhere, a very much alive Sonny Corinthos appeared with a gun pointed at Skye.
Sonny nodded at her, "You know, normally I don't like taking care of business such as this myself. But… for you, I'll make an exception. I don't know how you messed up my plans for your brother, Ms. Chandler-Quartermaine, but it's for the last time. Your brother is a dead man, and so are you."
"Skye!" Jax called out as Sonny pulled the trigger. But, it was too late as the bullet quickly made contact with flesh as Skye screamed once and collapsed.