Her mind was in a fog and her whole body hurt. Her stomach felt like she had been cut open with a rusty butter knife and her head felt like it was in a vice grip. Her left leg was stiff and her hip was throbbing. Not to mention that her whole chest felt tight and full of pressure, as if someone was sitting on her. Her throat was dry and it felt like something was forcing air into her lungs, which was good because she felt too weak to do it herself. She vaguely heard the beeping of machines that told her she was in the hospital but for the life of her, she could not remember what happened to put her there. As she was fighting to clear her head enough to think, she thought that she heard someone calling out to her. The voice was familiar but it sounded so far away. She could have sworn that she then felt someone squeeze her hand and place a kiss on her forehead. She tried to fight through the fog and let whoever was there know that she could feel them. She had tried to squeeze the person's hand back but she couldn't tell if she was able to move her fingers or not.
Jason sat at Sam's side after his altercation with Lucky and Elizabeth. The two of them made him angry beyond belief, but the second that he grabbed her hand, a feeling of calmness rushed through him. Even unconscious this woman put him at peace. He just sat there, clutching her hand in his, and talked to her.
"I'm sorry Sam. I can't begin to tell you just how sorry I am but I need you to believe that I didn't know about Lucy until the night of the accident. Elizabeth hid your letters from me. I read through them all while you were in surgery that night and I wish I had them sooner. I know what you must be thinking but I honestly would have tried harder to chase you down had I known you were pregnant. I can only imagine how much pain you went through, thinking I didn't want our child. Well I do want her, with all of my heart I want to be a part of her life. I also want to be a part of your life if you decide to let me. I won't pressure you, but I think I might have started to fall for you. Ever since you came to town and became friends with Carly, I don't know there was just something about you." Jason took a breath and closed his eyes for a moment before continuing
"Every time you would come to the coffee shop I would smile and it seemed like all of my stress just vanished. That night you were fighting with Lucky I just wanted to kill him for putting those tears in your eyes. Back at the penthouse when I got you to smile again… it was the most beautiful sight in the world. You are the most beautiful sight in the world. But Sam, that night when they rolled you into the emergency room… you were so pale and motionless. There was blood everywhere and I honestly thought you were dead, ripped away from me before I could find you to tell you that Elizabeth was the biggest mistake of my life. My entire world crashed around me that night so I need you to fight through this, Sam." The tears in his eyes were threatening to spill. Remembering that night was one of the hardest things for him to do. Reaching up to wipe away the moisture with one hand, Jason continued to hold onto Sam's hand. It was if he thought that she would disappear if he let her go. He couldn't lose her, he just couldn't.
"So many people need you more than you could ever realize. Jamie, Lena, Peyton and the twins… they love you Sam. You've held your family together for so long that they don't know what they would do if they lost you. Then there's Lucy. Our little girl needs her mother, especially right now. She's sick, Sam. She's sick and the doctor's don't know what's wrong with her. She's not eating and she's losing so much weight because of it. She needs you to wake up and tell her that every things going to be okay… I need you to wake up and tell me everything will be okay. Can you do that for me, Sam? Can you open those beautiful big brown eyes for me?"
He stared at her for what felt like forever, hoping that she had heard him and that she would wake up. After a few minutes of silence, Jason squeezed her hand as he stood from his chair. Leaning over her, he placed a soft kiss on her forehead. A tear escaped his eye and rolled down his cheek as he straightened. Before he had a chance to wipe it away, it left his face and landed on their joined hands. Just as he thought he felt her hand twitch, the door opened and Dr. McAllister strolled in.
"I have good news and I have bad news"
Lucky was still fuming over his altercation with Jason. He was pissed that the other man had the nerve to air his business in the middle of the hospital. He was angry that his daughter was being taken away from him. It didn't matter what anyone said, Sam's baby had to be his. There was no way that she would have cheated on him with Jason. It just wasn't in her nature to cheat. This was all simply a ploy of the enforcer's to get back at him for taking Jake from him. A simple case of revenge was all it was and Lucky wasn't going to let Jason win.
The bell sounded and the elevator doors opened, revealing the nurses' station on the pediatric floor. Lucky walked right by two women standing at the computer and proceeded toward the neonatal intensive care unit. He wanted his daughter and there was no way in hell he was leaving without her. Unknown to Lucky, however, somebody saw him….and that somebody wasn't very happy about it.
"Wow, Carly, this is absolutely amazing!" Lena glanced around the room in awe of how gorgeous it was. Perfectly fit for the princess that was going to reside there.
"I told you so… Our niece deserves the absolute best and I do believe her father agrees with me. Plus I think finally seeing the finished product with take the sting of seeing the statement away" Carly walked around one last time to make sure that everything was in order before following Lena out the door and closing it behind her.
"Do you remember the day we ordered all this stuff?"
"Yeah, I still can't believe how much it cost" The two women linked arms and made their way down the stairs of the penthouse. They couldn't wait to show Jason.
Flashback- 2 weeks prior
"I can't believe how much you just spent, Carly! I mean, seriously, $15,000? And that is just on one corner of the room! Who spends that much on a crib, some sheets, and a wall painting?" Lena was sitting next to the blonde on Jason's couch in bewilderment.
"Technically I didn't spend a dime… Jason did, but that isn't the point. This is luxury nursery at its best. You won't find better quality, style, or service anywhere" Carly closed the laptop, leaned her head back and closed her eyes
"Okay, fine… How could you spend that much of Jason's money? He is going to blow a gasket!" Lena couldn't believe how cool and calm the other woman was being about her expenditure.
"No he's not, Lena. Jason specifically said to make sure that Lucy had a room to come home to and I quote 'money is no object'. Not that it matters because I know he would want the best for his daughter and hell we got her the best there is…. Right Jason?" As the man in question walked through the door looking completely exhausted, he really didn't have the energy to form an answer.
"Mhm… What?" His original plan was to simply agree but one look at his sister's smile and he thought better of it
"We just ordered everything for the nursery. It should be here and set up in a couple of weeks" Jason simply nodded his head and made his way to the stairs, hoping to shower quick and return to the hospital.
"Just have them send me the bills" He didn't make it up two stairs before Carly responded.
"No need, bro. Already been charged to your bank account…" The blonde chuckled as she heard Jason mumble under his breath
"I should have known"
Lucky arrived at the NICU to find a nurse that he didn't recognize. Showing his badge, he asked to see baby girl McCall but the nurse frowned at him.
"I'm sorry officer, but we have no child here with that last name" Before Lucky could say anything else, he heard footsteps behind him
"I believe the child you are looking for is a Morgan, Lucky." Stepping forward was none other than Peyton McCall. The sixteen year old never liked her sister's ex-boyfriend and he was doing a pretty damn good job of reinforcing that feeling.
"Nurse, this man is not authorized to visit my cousin. If you don't believe me you can ask either her father or my father. Both men will tell you the same thing. Now if you will excuse me, Officer Spencer, I'm going to go in there to try and convince a newborn not to die" Peyton began to walk past Lucky but was stopped by him grabbing onto her arm
"You can't keep me from my daughter, Peyton… nobody can" The teen tried shaking off his grip, which only made the hold stronger
"She's Jason's daughter, Lucky, not yours. Now I suggest you let go of me before you regret it" Peyton winced as soon as more pressure was added. She tried to shake free again, but stopped when she heard a clicking sound
"Peyton, are you ok?" She nodded her head and released a sigh of relief as soon as she saw her brothers and her father.
"Let go of her Spencer… NOW" Lucky froze the second he felt the barrel of a gun pressed to the back of his head
"The good news is that I know what is wrong with baby Lucia and it is treatable" Jason released a breath he didn't even know he was holding and gave Sam's hand a slight squeeze at the news. His daughter was going to be okay. Jason had to admit that, even though he didn't like the way the doctor was glaring at his hand joined with Sam's, McAllister worked fast at getting Lucy's results.
"What's the bad news?" Jason squeezed Sam's hand just a little bit tighter for his own reassurance and noticed the eyes of the other man in the room darken slightly with jealousy. Oh yeah, Jason would definitely have to keep a watch on the doctor
"The bad news is that the only way to treat Lucia's condition is surgery" Jason swallowed a lump in his throat at the thought of his tiny baby girl having to go undergo an operation. Just as he was about to ask what exactly was wrong with his daughter, Jason noticed the doctor's eyes go wide and turned his head in time to see Sam's eyes slowly flutter open.